By Gary Bogue
Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 7:03 am in Ospreys.
I found a great place on the Alameda Navel Air Station (now closed, but turned into a private use area with wildlife refuge status) for checking out birds.
I was following a pair of hawks that I knew and trying to find a nesting spot, when I saw in the distance a bird that looked way different than every other sea bird around. Also, the seagulls were kind of flocking/harassing it, something I look for when I’m searching for hawks and the like. It was completely by accident, then, that I found a pair of ospreys who seem to be attempting to nest at the end of a jetty at Alameda Point.
Unfortunately, this area is accessible to people who have no idea of what is happening here. Fortunately, it is difficult to find and a major toxic cleanup is underway involving dumped radium of all things. This has a way of deterring the fishermen somewhat, but not completely. I’ve had to tell more that one about the situation already. People who fish though, really appreciate a hawk that dives talons first into the water and can pull a fish greater that it’s own weight out and manage to fly miles with it. One cool bird. I think it’s the most beautiful bird I’ve ever seen.
The tern is like a butterfly and I love the way he dives into the water, too. I don’t know much about him yet. Believe it or not, all of this is happening about 200 meters from a most wonderful hawk nest located in a field with what can only be the most magnificent view of San Francisco as a backdrop! Soon I’ll have some pics of that …
Beautiful! Keep ‘em coming! /Gary