Things are getting a little racy in Longmont:
As feathered friends take up song and begin the year, indulge me while I talk about a non-gardening topic. High above the Boulder County Fairgrounds drama has unfolded, capturing the attention — and imagination — of fans.
The resident ospreys returned for the summer and they opened the season like avian Kardashians, with strange females, a two-timing male, bad boy attacks, and the struggles of a female to keep her man. Via the live feed from the Osprey Cam, fans tune in from across the globe to watch the pair and offer thoughts (and sometimes judgements) on the nesting and mating habits of the pair.
The interloper strutted about the nest, protecting it as if it were hers. A second, then a third unknown female visited; an unknown male made a brief attack run. Clearly this nest — festooned with plastic flotsam the male finds irresistible — is prime real estate.
But then the Resident Female arrived on March 25 and addressed the shenanigans. “She’s usually fashionably late compared to other area ospreys. Perhaps she migrates farther,” said Finks. Feathers were ruffled, then flew in a brief scuffle, and the usurping female fled
Now the male pays loving attention to his one and only: he nurtures her, and she him, gently bumping together as they repair the nest or bring each other fish.
Love watching these guys on our walks. Always seem to catch them at dinner time when they are fishing – often unsuccessfully – in the ponds.