The osprey have returned to the Colorado Front Range from their winter homes along the Gulf Coast and South America.
I didn’t see too many yesterday but there were a few out there including this pair that was clearly not wasting any time setting up their breeding home. Skies were kind of cruddy and overcast yesterday which was a bummer but it was fun to see them.
The male had been hanging out at the nest when out of nowhere, the female appeared to join him. I think even he was a bit startled by the look on his face.
How do you know which is male and which is female? First, like most raptors, the female will be the larger of the pair. Second, female osprey usually have a ‘necklace’ of brown which you can clearly see on her as she flies in.