The osprey on Hog Island in Maine have returned for the 2014 season.
And it is so good to see them!
With the winter being so much colder this year and the snow sticking around for so much longer, it seemed that spring would never get here.
But when the osprey come back, it means that spring has indeed arrived!
For the past two days there has been a female at the nest, but we are pretty sure it isn’t Rachel, the one who has returned year after year.
The male showed up today – and we are pretty certain it is Steve, Rachel’s mate.
He usually gets here before Rachel each year, so that’s another reason we are sure the female isn’t her.
We are waiting for her return so she can claim her nest as in years past.
Until then, Steve will continue to get the nest ready for her – bringing new sticks and moving the old ones around – making it just right for the new season.
Another exciting season is beginning for this osprey family and we will be watching!