Skip to content

Endeavour's ospreys: Resident mascots back for another season

Osprey returned to nest in established home tailored for them in the community of Endeavour.
The nesting osprey in Endeavour seem to have taken to their new nesting site.

ENDEAVOUR  -The nesting osprey in Endeavour have made their annual debut and have started building up the nest that was relocated last year. The relocation was necessary as their original nest had been built on a SaskTel cell tower and was a cause for concern from SaskTel. The community rallied and built a separate tower, and relocated the nest to that tower away from the original tower.

“They seem to have taken well to the new relocation. This spring they seemed to have trouble settling down at first but have since settled,” said Brad Romanchuk.

The osprey is a unique bird that is unmistakable when seen at close range, stated the bird view website.

It is the only species in its family, and it is found worldwide. Its breast and belly are mostly white, with some dark streaks. The white extends out the wings, but the primaries, secondaries, and tail feathers are mottled black-and-white. The back is mostly black or dark brown. The head is distinctive with a white crest, a face bisected by a dark eye-stripe, and yellow eyes. While there is much variation, the female tends to have a streakier breast than the male.

The osprey's talons are uniquely adapted for catching and carrying fish: their surfaces are rough, and their toes can be held with three forward and one back, or with two forward and two back, an arrangement seen in owls but not in other diurnal raptors. In flight, they are most often confused with gulls because of their long wings, which are bent at the wrist. However, Ospreys have a bounce to their flight that gulls lack.