On Monday afternoon we had some heavy rain, and the largest hail I have ever seen in my years living here. It was just a bit smaller that golf balls. I live about a mile up from the causeway. There is a hydro pole, at the 4 way stop and we have watched a pair of Osprey raise two chicks this summer. Last few days they have been standing up, flapping their wings, I presume getting ready to leave the nest. The mother was always with them, watching over them, while the male would be fishing for them. After the hail storm I said to my wife ” I bet that could really hurt the birds being right out in the open like that. I’m sure hail like that could kill some birds.” I took a drive down to the causeway and to my shock, the nest was completely gone and the two adult birds were circling around the bare hydro pole. I don’t know if they had a lot of wind there or what, but I could find no sticks from the nest. I’m sure, many others have noticed them gone.

Location: Ennismore
Observer: Randy Hayes

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.