Ospreys

Along with the Great Blue Heron Osprey’s are my favorite bird. If you go along the South side of the Noyo river you’ll come to a public ramp. Look up into the trees and you’ll see Ospreys nesting.  The osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish.

There was a medieval belief that fish were so mesmerised by the osprey that they turned belly-up in surrender, and this is referenced by Shakespeare in Act 4 Scene 5 of Corialanus:

I think he’ll be to Rome
As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it
By sovereignty of nature.”

Hands up all those who knew that Shakespeare bit? Huh, not even one.

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