The Osprey family is busy fishing and flying and preparing to migrate, which may happen at any time now. I visited them at the Fill on Sunday morning and was treated to quite a show. At first, I saw only one of the youngsters at the platform.
There were lots of crows in the trees behind the platform, more than usual. There had been a football game at the nearby stadium on Saturday, and crows always turn up in large numbers the morning after a game to help clean up the mess.
The crows in the trees were very vocal, and as I drew closer, I could see why -- a Cooper's Hawk was trying to relax in the tree and the crows were not allowing that. The poor hawk chose the wrong day to come to the Fill!
There was a lot of chasing in both directions -- crows at hawk, then hawk at crows.
Eventually the hawk flew away and things quieted down a bit. Most of the crows flew back to the stadium clean-up crew. But not long after, a bunch of them flew back to harass an Osprey that flew in towards the platform.
It was quite a show, and I'm glad I was there to see it!