Ospreys of Mallows Bay
One of the first things you may see as you paddle out to the wrecks is an osprey nest in a tree on the shoreline. Known as the “fish hawk”, ospreys are mid-sized raptors that are found near bodies of water. Ospreys mate for life, and the mating pair often returns to the same nest year after year, adding sticks and other materials so the nest grows larger each year. Ospreys can be found in the Mid-Atlantic region from March to August, during their breeding season. At the end of the summer, they migrate to Central and South America for the winter.
Two ospreys guard a nest (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).
Ospreys return to the same nest every year (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).