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George and Doris Daily Notes

04-22-2019 - I Arrived this morning at 7:30 AM Doris is in the nest alone. She is looking pretty as usual. A few moments later I find George down the road at a beautiful marsh. He's looking for pickerel is my bet. He seems to like pike and pickerel a lot. I went by another time, and both birds are near the nest. Around noon I arrived back to the nest, spotting another interesting bird, a glossy ibis. George is on a pole eating what appears to be another red-fin pickerel. Geoge is very photogenic today! Looking good!


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George and Doris Daily Notes

04-22-2019 - I Arrived this morning at 7:30 AM Doris is in the nest alone. She is looking pretty as usual. A few moments later I find George down the road at a beautiful marsh. He's looking for pickerel is my bet. He seems to like pike and pickerel a lot. I went by another time, and both birds are near the nest. Around noon I arrived back to the nest, spotting another interesting bird, a glossy ibis. George is on a pole eating what appears to be another red-fin pickerel. Geoge is very photogenic today! Looking good!

04-21-2019 - When arriving this morning, found George on a pole close to the nest, oh wait, that's Doris on the pole chowing on a fish. George was in the nest for a change. Nice to see Doris has been out hunting. I checked them on the way back through and found one in the nest and one not. Whoever was in the nest wouldn't give me a good shot to see who it was. I will check in later or tomorrow.

04-21-2019 - When arriving this morning, found George on a pole close to the nest, oh wait, that's Doris on the pole chowing on a fish. George was in the nest for a change. Nice to see Doris has been out hunting. I checked them on the way back through and found one in the nest and one not. Whoever was in the nest wouldn't give me a good shot to see who it was. I will check in later or tomorrow.

04-20-2019 - Arrived at around 9 am, and Doris is in the nest looking very wet. Unfortunately, it isn't a beautiful day, cold, windy and rainy. George and Doris have a new addition to the nest, a green flag bag. Grr, I hate trash, especially in the nest. I will visit tomorrow and see how they are doing. Cold, damp and rainy days aren't great for photos.

04-19-2019 - When I arrived a little before 7 AM Doris was in the nest chilling out. George must have been out getting nest material or fishing. Later on when arriving, 12:30 ish George is on a pole close to the nest swaying in the wind. Doris is in the nest having a bad feather day. There is lots of new nest material today. I will see them again tomorrow.

04-18-2019 - George and Doris were both in and out of the nest today. The nest is looking great. Parked for a few and found Doris in the nest. A little while later, George shows up for a quickey. I arrive later to find George is on a pole with a fish. I managed to get closer, and it is an excellent sized pike! Nice catch! Doris is not happy that I have parked this close, so I leave and return later with George polishing off the pike. Not a very sunny day, but life is slowly recovering from a long winter.

04-17-2019 - Arrived this morning to nobody is home. I checked around no sign of them. Later I arrived to find Doris in a tree across the road and a tree in a field. Waited a bit and she flew over and around me to the nest. No sign of George. Must be out hunting. I didn't see George today; however, I didn't have a lot of time to hang out today.

04-16-2019 - Upon arrival Doris is in the nest without George. Came back later to take a few shots from the field as to get rid of some of the wires. George and Doris in the nest, however, both leaving the nest as a closer vantage point was achieved. George comes in a with a medium sized branch and shows us his skills in the wind. He lands the stick exactly where he wanted it. George flies off, and the waiting game is lost. I think it was too early in the build to get that close. I will need to earn their trust in the field.

04-15-2019 - Upon arrival, Doris is in the nest presumably to wait for George to arrive with some construction materials. George comes, with what was thought to be a stick. George has some other plans, flies in and mounts Doris. I guess they are happy with the nest mount. Both are sitting in the nest, and it starts to rain. Doris and George let me know when it is time to leave. Doris starts squawking, and that's my queue to hit the road. I may check back later, but the weather is not great for photography.

04-14-2019 - Upon arrival at a little before 8 AM neither bird is in the nest. A short while later Doris arrives with a large stick. She manages a perfect placement as she comes in. She relaxes and waits for George to come in with more construction material. A short while later George shows up with a stick, however much smaller than Doris'. He places his twig, and Doris tends to it immediately. Both rearrange a little, Doris doing the bulk of the placement detail. I think Doris is trying to show George he can pick up and carry much bigger sticks. Both birds in the nest for a few watching horse and buggies go by as the Amish head to church. Both birds are on the lookout. They let me get closer today than the last few days. Doris let me sit for about 15 minutes before she started squawking. I took that as my queue to leave. I will be back at the nest tomorrow. They are making progress; it seems the construction schedule has picked up.

04-12-2019 - George and Doris both in the nest at 7 AM George flies off, and Doris sits and waits to place the next stick brought by George. Cloudy and 37 degrees I am hoping for some good progress on the nest when it warms up. Uh oh, I have a flat, guess I will check back later. Back at the nest at 10:40 AM both of the pair bringing sticks today! Think they are keeping their spot. Unfortunately, the Spectrum contractors are running fiber today. That will put a damper on nest build time for today. 10:50 I am watching for a stick drop photo soon. 11:13 George returns to a nearby pole with something for lunch. It looks like a carp. 12:13 PM George is coming in with a stick. Oh, wait, no stick. George stops in for a quickie. Wow, these two are not bashful. That’s a great sign, I have seen them copulate twice, so I am sure we are going to see chicks. These two have been very successful in the past. I am delighted to see the two working and playing so hard! Hopefully, the fiber optic cable work will be quick and doesn’t disturb George and Doris. I chose to leave as not to get annoyed watching them try to get back to the nest.

04-11-2019 - George and Doris were out enjoying the sun bringing sticks in occasionally. They don’t seem to be in much of a hurry. Thats fine, who needs nest stress? At 11:44 AM, George is enjoying something gross for lunch while Doris sits in the nest making a lot of noise. May be he was supposed to bring her lunch too. They were in and out for the rest of the afternoon as I popped over to see them. The nest seems to be progressing, a few more sticks and grass in the nest. Have a great night George and Doris, keep on building!

04-10-2019 - George and Doris arrive at 8:00 AM. On the button. It’s a chilly morning temperature at the nest 31 degrees. It’s misting outside and there are occasional flurries. 9:15, sun starting to peak out! Wrong no sun.. 11:00 both George and Doris in the nest together. 12:50 temperature is 38 degrees. George in the nest. Doris is in a tree a ways away, near a hawks nest. 1:13 PM. Spectrum contractor showed up to work on the poles on and around the nest. I asked them to not sit and chat near the nest. I am watching the osprey repeatedly trying to come back to the nest. However at 1:52 they are still way to close to the nest. I will have to call Spectrum, apparently they are not as conservation minded as National Grid. I am very unhappy with this situation. Two PM and the osprey have stopped trying to com back to the nest. Thank heavens, 2:10 George is back with a stick and places it in the nest. George seems to be calling for Doris. I guess will all see if they are there tomorrow. I am hopeful!

04-09-2019 - George and Doris are building actively on the dish that National Grid put up to protect the osprey and the power lines.  A lot of flying in and out today.  It is not a sunny day however some photos captured anyway.  I am being cautions and keeping my distance as to not overstay my welcome or disturb George and Doris.  After they have a good nest up, I will get a bit closer.  


04-08-2019 - George and Doris seen for the first time in 2019 spring season.  Started nest building.

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