Â· The Osprey is usually 21-24â€ in length. Itâ€™s wingspan is usually 4â€™6â€-6â€™. It has a brown back and white belly. The Ospreyâ€™s head is white with a dark line through the eye and on the side of the face. It is found near lakes, rivers and seacoasts.
Â· The osprey was observed on a bird watching trip on September 22, 2001, between the times of 10:00 am and 10:30 pm. Mr. Russell Kovach, as well as myself saw the bird resting on power lines over the water on the lower side of the Conowingo Dam.
1. Known as the â€œFish Hawkâ€ .
2. Often misidentified, because at a distance the Osprey resembles a gull.
3. Once a fish is sighted, the osprey dives steeply and sometimes completely underwater to make a catch.
4. If an osprey makes a catch, it always adjusts the fish in its talons, so that the head of the fish faces forward.
5. Population declined drastically because of pesticides used in the â€˜50â€™s and â€˜60â€™s, but has since made a remarkable recovery.
Â· The Cedar Waxwing is usually 6Â½-8â€ in length. The cedar waxwing is a sleek, crested, brown bird. It has a black face, yellow tips on its tail, and red wax-like tips on its secondary wingtips. It is found near open woodlands, residential areas, as well as near orchards. Inhabits areas from mid-Canada through America.
Â· The cedar Waxwing was spotted on a bird watching trip on September 22, 2001, around 9:00 am. The bird was seen on a shedding tree located on the outskirts of the dense woods of Susquehanna State Park by Mr. Kovach, as well as myself. .
1. Waxwings spend most of their time in flocks whose movements are quite erratic.
2. Enemy of Berry Farmers, because hundreds will appear at a crop of berries and eat until the entire crop is exhausted.
3. Adults store food for their young in a â€œcropâ€, a pouch located in the throat, and are able to regurgitate as many as 30 chokecherries.