Meanwhile … Back at the Cell Tower

When I last left the Cell Tower Osprey, they were in an apparent tussle over their nesting site.

Photographically speaking, I chose the wrong time for this week’s visit. But, I was in the neighborhood just after dawn and figured I’d drop in for a few minutes. The only place to photograph this tower is from the west, looking into the sunrise. So, the eastern sun left me two options: backlit Osprey or … poorly-lit Osprey. I chose backlit and poorly-lit Osprey.

Everything seemed a-okay at the cell tower nest, with both Osprey preening, chatting, and venturing off occasionally for a few nest twigs.

Osprey Landing at Burien Cell Tower with Stick for Nest

More Twigs - ©ingridtaylar

Osprey With Stick in Seattle

Heavy Load - ©ingridtaylar

Osprey Nest Building in Seattle

Nest Building - ©ingridtaylar

I didn’t remember this much crow interaction from last year’s nesting season, but it appears at least one pair of vigilant crows now resides nearby.

Crow on Light Post in Seattle

Sentry - ©ingridtaylar

Osprey and Crow at Osprey Nest

And Crow Makes Three - ©ingridtaylar

The lower levels of the cell tower are also a bird condo complex, with at least two Starling couples building nests inside the open pipes.

An important note on birds and pipes: The pipes in this cell tower structure have access from above and below, so the Starlings swoop in from the top, and fly out from the opening below. I don’t think there’s any danger of them getting trapped inside. If, however, you know of any uncapped pipes or PVC tubes on your property, be sure to check them and secure them for bird safety. MSNBC had a piece late last year about hollow mining claim markers that cost bird lives. The same is true of other types of pipes and tubing. The Rewilding Institute has a PDF on the hazards of and the remedies for open pipes on properties.

Starling Nesting on Cell Tower

Starling Nest - ©ingridtaylar

More Nest Building - ©ingridtaylar

At this point, my camera battery was still going strong, but my car battery wasn’t. I called AAA, they jump-started the little Honda … and this was my last view of the two Osprey as I idled before takeoff.

Osprey Pair on Cell Tower

Talking - ©ingridtaylar

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  1. says

    Ingrid, interesting behaviors and a timely reminder on the potential dangers of pipes for birds. And thank goodness for AAA – they rescued me last year on Antelope Island when my battery died.

    • says

      Ron, I’m with you on giving a plug for AAA. My dad bought me a membership when I first started to drive, and in my early years, even if I was scrounging for grocery change in my pockets to get me through payday, I made sure my AAA was paid. I had a Ford Capri that was practically jury rigged with duct tape, just to keep it running. :)

    • says

      That’s so cool you get an overhead view of their travels. I’d actually love to have an Osprey platform in my backyard. Have to figure out where I can move to finagle that. Neighbors would love it, right? :)

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