June 11, 2013 by: Ann Harwood
Ospreys near Bear Spirit Lodge B&B at Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge
Ospreys return to Montana nest each summer!
The Osprey is found on every continent except for Antarctica. They are beautiful & bold, mate for life, & generally return to their same nest every year.
The male osprey courts the female with fish and lots of it. He collects most of the materials for the nest, and the female does the "decorating" with it. The female is larger than the male, and frequently has a speckled brown necklace across her upper chest.
Ospreys may have a wing span up to 5-6 feet, and can dive up to 30 miles per hour and up to 50 miles per hour before they hit the water. All along Montana rivers, lake and ponds, osprey nests are pretty easily seen.
Near Bear Spirit Lodge, along the Flathead River & ponds at the National Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, osprey nests are on telephone poles, tree snags and man-made platforms. They are loud, big, gregarious and not shy around human beings.
Ospreys are great anglers, and live fish make up 99% of their diet. They generally catch a fish in 1 out of 4 divers. The average time they spend hunting before making a catch is about 12 minutes. Now that is something to think about the next time you throw your line in the water.
Come to Bear Spirit Lodge, and let's go birdwatching!