The two osprey have been seen together quite regularly. They have built up quite an impressive nest. The male can be identified from the female by his slimmer body and narrower wings. The breast band of the male is also weaker than the females. It is possible they have begun a courtship. A pair usually begins a five-month period of partnership to raise their young. The female may lay two to four eggs within a month of the first signs of partnership. These two osprey have been seen together since the begining of June.
There have been many empty platforms around Western Montana and we have had confirmation of one nest containing non-viable eggs. To read more about the complications for ospery around Missoula, MT please click here. To learn how you can help please visit www.raptorview.org