The Birder's Handbook states that Osprey also take rodents, birds, small
vertebrates, and crustaceans.
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Osprey in Monkton
> Yes, ditto Jane's observations. As far as I am aware, they are just not
> adapted for capturing prey on the ground.
> Carol Wagner
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>> Far as I know, Osprey exclusively eat fish, not like Bald Eagles, who
>> only prefer them but can and will catch other stuff when necessary. They
>> do sometimes carry a fish quite some distance before coming down for
>> their meal, though.
>> Merrie Perron wrote:
>>> On my walk this evening I saw an Osprey perched at the top of a dead
>>> feasting on something. It could be seen from the intersection of Rotax
>>> Covered Bridge Road and Charlotte Road near the Champlain Valley Telecom
>>> Building looking east. There aren't any bodies of water near by, unless
>>> someone has a pond in their backyard. I was able to get a far off photo.
>>> I zoom in I can see something hanging down, but you can't tell if it is
>>> tail or squirrel tail!
>>> Merrie Perron, North Ferrisburgh