LAKE MURRAY, SC (WIS) - A Midlands favorite is back in action!
Lucy is back - high atop her perch at Lake Murray ready to lay her eggs this year with her partner, Ricky. As of Tuesday morning, two of the eggs have hatched with one more left to go!
Lucy and Ricky have called the area near Ford's home their home for the last five years. Ricky has joined her the last two years. Ford said the pair built their nests on two dead trees before they were destroyed by weather.
She says she had the idea to build a fake dead tree so the birds could build their home - and they did, returning every year from their migration south of the Equator. Some friends helped her construct the perch for Lucy and Ricky.
Lucy's nest sits on Lake Murray in the Twin Bridges community. No word on if Fred and Ethel stop by.
Ospreys are a part of the raptor family, which includes eagles, owls, falcons, and hawks. More facts about the osprey, from National Geographic:
- Diet: Carnivore
- Average lifespan in the wild: 30 years
- Size: Body, 21 to 23 in (54 to 58 cm); wingspan, 5 to 6 ft (1.5 to 1.8 m)
- Weight: 3.1 to 4.4 lbs (1.4 to 2 kg)
- Did you know? The osprey is one of the most widespread birds of prey and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
- Relative: Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man
- Ospreys can lay up to three eggs a year
And don't think it's just osprey that love the sights and sounds of Lake Murray - Ford spotted an eagle in their nest before the couple arrived!