Ospreys and geese


Ospreys tend to return to the same nests year after year. However, often when they return, they find their last-year’s nest already occupied by geese. The osprey sometimes succeeds in driving the geese out, but sometimes the goose just completes its earlier nesting season before the osprey takes over. 

Yesterday, I watched osprey harass geese which had taken up residence on a couple of different nests. There were no good shots of the osprey dive-bombing the geese, but here are pictures of the participants. 

Prior to the osprey’s return, geese took up residence in osprey nests. 

An annoyed osprey flies by.


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7 Responses to Ospreys and geese

  1. Gail Frampton says:

    Beautiful shots of the Geese and the Osprey!

  2. Mandy Bath says:

    We’re expecting a similar battle here in Kaslo, where a goose is occupying the osprey nest on the piling by the Movie. It was wonderful last year to watch the osprey family fledge.

  3. Della C. Fenkner says:

    Is there an Avian Court of Justice?

  4. Colleen says:

    That Osprey does not look happy about the situation. “Avian Court of Justice” good one!

  5. Susan Mulkey says:

    Last year in Kaslo, I do believe it all worked out to be a fine time-sharing arrangement!

  6. Shirleen Smith says:

    I wonder if the goslings are happy about the precipitous drop.

    • Alistair says:

      Shirleen, that is a problem faced by both geese and some ducks. I suspect that the light, fluffy chicks just manage to land satisfactorily.

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