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Subject:Re: Roseville Osprey
From:Moriarty, John
Reply-To:Moriarty, John
Date:Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:52:11 -0500

Dislodging the goose from the Little Lake Josephine Osprey pole would be considered a federal migratory bird law violation.  If anyone is found harassing the geese, they will be reported.  Even though the geese are not the species most people want to see using the pole they got there first and should be allowed to use it without human intrusion.
The osprey will work at trying the remove the goose, if they are unsuccessful dislodging the goose they will find another location to nest. There are a number of vacant osprey platforms in the area, not to mention numerous trees.  
John Moriarty
Ramsey County Parks


From: Minnesota Birds on behalf of Vanessa Greene
Sent: Sun 4/11/2010 5:59 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Roseville Osprey

Regarding the osprey nest in Roseville with the goose. Clearly that goose is incubating eggs...that is why no one can dislodge her. It is not totally unusual and it has happened before in the metro area tho with a less attached goose. A goose was on another nest a few years ago and the osprey did manage to chase her off, and unbeknownst to us, she left behind an egg. When the osprey laid their eggs and incubated them, they also hatched a gosling. Since Geese are precocial and osprey are altricial, it did not have a happy ending. The osprey were totally non aggressive towards the visitor and tried to feed  it fish, but it needed someone to lead it to its food so it could feed itself. After about 4 days the gosling disappeared...either starved or died from dehydration or jumped off the nest platform.
I searched for the ospreys today but did not find them anywhere.
Vanessa Greene
Metro Osprey Watch

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