Lake Allatoona's Nesting Ospreys Ready for Hatching Time


An Earth Day hike along the banks of Lake Allatoona found the lake's nesting ospreys busily preparing for hatching season.
Nesting ospreys at Lake Allatoona are preparing their huge nests for hatching time.Photo: DeanLand /

Thanks to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Georgia Power cooperative program to erect nesting platforms around the lake, nesting ospreys are able to return each year to safe nests for the spring mating and hatching season. Georgia Power provided 40-foot-tall poles for the nests, and the Corps and Georgia Power provided equipment and manpower to erect the nesting towers. More towers were added in 2013. Ospreys also have been spotted nesting in tall pine trees along the shores of the lake.

According to Army Corps of Engineers reports, the osprey population at Lake Allatoona has grown from one pair of nesting birds in 1995 to more than a dozen pairs in recent years. Considered an endangered species in the 1970s due to the environmental impacts of DDT, osprey have rebounded in recent decades. The species was removed from the endangered list in 1983, but is still protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Typical of spring activity, multiple osprey pairs are tending their nests.

Watch nesting ospreys repair their nest and prepare for the hatching season in this video."

Watching one nest near Allatoona Battlefield Park on Earth Day 2022, one of the nesting osprey remained in the nest while the other flew around the lake hunting for food and bringing more materials into the nest. We spotted a potential second osprey nest across the lake, as one of the birds circled the area nearby then swooped down to land in the tall pine trees.

With more than a dozen man-made nesting platforms and other natural sites, it's not unusual to see ospreys soaring high above Lake Allatoona. The impressive large birds have a wingspan of over five feet. Due to their size and white heads, they often are confused with the larger bald eagle.

For more on these nesting ospreys, see this article from earlier in the mating season.

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