The image on the left below is from Oct 4, 2014. Clearly visible are six branches supporting the nest. Not visible is the seventh branch on which the camera is mounted. The image on the right is from June 20, 2016. Notice that there are now only three branches visible, and the fourth still supports Cam 1.Three of the branches that were there previously are gone, having been broken off by high winds – the latest branch fell very early in the morning last Saturday, having been fatally weakened by a burst of wind at around 6:00 on Friday.
We’re trying to figure out how much longer the tree can hang on, but clearly we will have to think soon about when to take the cameras down. Meanwhile, the Ospreys continue to build up the nest and have mated a number of times, including just today! Are they going to nest soon or are they just practicing their nest building skills for next year?