Blown In The Wind

Ben Wurst confronts a full Osprey nest blown clear off the platform during Tuesday's horrific storm
Ben Wurst confronts a full Osprey nest, complete with chicks, blown clear off the platform during Tuesday’s horrific storm
Much like many of us did a careful inspection of our homes
Just as many of us did careful inspections of our homes after the storm, to make sure all of our bodyboards and porch furniture were accounted for, Ben took some time to poke around Barnegat Bay looking for downed Osprey, blown out of their nests and starving in the marsh.
This nest managed to retain its Tennis Ball. I would have loved to see the Osprey hauling that ball back to the nest.
This nest managed to retain its Tennis Ball in the strong winds. I would have loved to see the Osprey hauling that ball back to the nest.
Perished. You never know what you'll find, or smell, during the first Osprey survey.
Perished. You never know what you’ll find, or smell, during the first Osprey surveys of the season.
Ben smiles to find a healthy chick at Jack & Wendy's nest. You might remember Jack doing his Skydance, being a little selfish with his fish,
Ben smiles to find a healthy chick at Jack & Wendy’s nest. You might remember Jack doing his Skydance, being a little selfish with his fish, decorating their place with Dead Ducks. You might remember Wendy going full upside down. This is the first year they have successfully produced a baby monster. If you look carefully at this nest, you can still see the Duck.
Oh, hai
Oh, hai
A lucky young volunteer learns the fine art of caring about stuff from the master, Ben Wurst
A lucky young volunteer learns the fine art of caring about stuff from the true master, Ben Wurst
Fiesty
Fiesty
Put. Me. Back.
Put. Me. Back.
Score. Two little monsters in Viserys the Leucistic Osprey's nest!
Score. Two little monsters in Viserys the Leucistic Osprey’s nest!
Easy now
Easy now
Self Portrait In Osprey
Meeting our true selves in the Wild. Self Portrait In Osprey.

While it was clear LBI lost a few precious Osprey to the storm, overall Ben saw the survey as encouraging. We found lots of healthy adults and chicks launching the next generation of fish mangling monsters to grace our shore. You can read a great post about it, along with more photos, at the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ blog.

And if you have a local nest, be a Citizen Hero and keep an eye on it, especially in dicey weather. Follow along at the NJ Osprey Project’s Facebook page to learn more. Some little monsters were saved this season thanks to friends & neighbors of the mighty, mighty Osprey!