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On numerous occasions I have observed Ospreys stalking in cutover cornfields
and plowed fields in south Texas, and have seen them perched on clumps of
soil where they appear to be watching for potential prey items.  And I have
seen them eating what appeared to be small rodents in those habitats.  I
believe there are also records of mammalian remains in Osprey nests.

Susan Fogleman
Campton  NH

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ron Payne
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 2:20 PM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Osprey in Monkton

The Birder's Handbook states that Osprey also take rodents, birds, small 
vertebrates, and crustaceans.

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "marcus5495" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:33 AM
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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> From: "jane" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 10:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Osprey in Monkton
>
>
>> 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.
>>
>> Jane
>>
>>
>> Merrie Perron wrote:
>>
>>> On my walk this evening I saw an Osprey perched at the top of a dead 
>>> tree
>>> feasting on something. It could be seen from the intersection of Rotax 
>>> Road,
>>> 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.

>>> If
>>> I zoom in I can see something hanging down, but you can't tell if it is 
>>> fish
>>> tail or squirrel tail!
>>>
>>> Merrie Perron, North Ferrisburgh
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>