Stopping by Lawrence and Olivia's nest is rarely dull. Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first time in quite a while that I didn't see them, but even then, a conversation with Robert (a photographer and keen follower of their story) revealed that they had had an active morning.
Just over a week ago, on Tuesday, was the last time that I saw Lawrence's handiwork at its best. Shortly after this picture was taken,
a huge section of the nest fell away. It looked pathetic. No other way to describe it. Many of us worried that Lawrence and Olivia were giving up on it, and perhaps even leaving the area.
Added to our concern, the seals haven't come back to the area as they did last season. Some time during the winter, someone must have ordered the removal of the pylons and resting places where up to forty seals used to bask in the sun with their pups. Last Friday, I watched this lone seal approach one of the only two logs in the water.
We were all happy to see Lawrence and Olivia begin rebuilding the nest. This time, they are leaving very little around the edges, but are perhaps doing a better job of packing in the middle section. To me, this seems wise, as they no longer trip and fall into the gap that used to be at the centre of the nest. I had worried about that gap possibly trapping any future chicks.
On Monday of this week, Olivia looked for all the world like she was nagging at Lawrence, and he was looking positively browbeaten.
Olivia didn't seem particularly impressed. She kept up a running commentary that, to my ears, was anything but encouraging.
Lawrence seemed okay with her bossiness. He went about his work with what appeared to be enthusiasm.
I enjoyed the geese as well. This one was foraging for weeds (I guess) around the edge of the shoal where I stood.
Lawrence arrived with what appeared to be a crab. He went to the nest, but soon flew to the pylon. You can just see his eye peeking over the top of his right wing.
where he hovered for what seemed like a long time, wings fluttering way too quickly for my camera to capture.
Olivia responded to his show, and flew past him. I missed the shot of them together, but they did a bit of a dance, before disappearing. It occurs to me that although many of us watch Lawrence and Olivia's story, there is still a lot of guesswork in recognizing what is happening. My friend, Dianne, walks in the area most mornings, and she was told by two avid bird watchers that Olivia actually arrived long before most of us realized she was there. I describe things as I imagine them to be, and believe they could still be in their courtship phase, but whether or not I interpret their actions correctly is definitely up for debate.
In other action around the nest, "my" blue heron often visits when I stand on the shoal. On Tuesday, it flew in, and caught three small eel-like creatures in the space of about fifteen minutes.
And, a first ever sighting for me. This Cedar Waxwing was not around the osprey nest, but spotted last evening during a walk at Jericho Park.
I haven't figured out if this is a couple. There were quite a few flitting around in this tree, but they were high up, and often behind branches.
I love their masks (although it sure is difficult to see their eyes), their little topknots, and their beautiful colours.
One other bit of very important news. There has been a possible sighting of Luger, the dog who disappeared on Vancouver Island. If any of you happen to be in the Crofton area, every bit of help in bringing him back to Karen would surely be appreciated! (That link will take you to more information as to how you could be of help.)