I almost fainted when I saw this Osprey fly over our heads yesterday. We were at a pond in Sherborn, Massachusetts in the middle of November. There shouldn't be any Osprey here! Thank goodness my good friend Pam was there with her camera ready! Pam - who has never before photographed a bird in flight - was able to get some outstanding photos to prove we saw what we saw!
I was jumping up and down with excitement, but neither Pam nor Carolyn are birders. They never heard of an Osprey, so it wasn't that much of a thrill for them to see one fly over a pond in Sherborn in November. As for me, I still can't believe that I saw him - and I still can't believe that these gorgeous shots were taken by someone who has never photographed a bird before.
From very far away I thought it was a GBH; as he came closer I decided it had to be a Great Black Backed Gull because it couldn't be anything else . . . I didn't recognize my summertime Cape Cod friend until he was practically overhead!
If Pam hadn't taken these amazing shots, I probably wouldn't have felt confident enough to report this sighting on eBird. I get very intimidated by the warning messages and the comments required when reporting a rare bird. With such indisputable proof in hand, however, it felt great to confirm and submit seeing an Osprey in Sherborn in November. Rare Bird Alert - with pictures posted on The Nature of Framingham blog!