The View from My Window: The Neighborhood Osprey

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This is a nest currently occupied by three osprey in Chestertown, Maryland — just in front of a house I frequently try to escape to.
Recently, I saw a couple of osprey fighting in mid-air with a bald eagle. While the Gulf doesn’t have eagles and osprey, to my knowledge, there is plenty of wildlife there that is being blacked out. How does BP pay the world back for that?

— Steve Clemons

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32 comments on “The View from My Window: The Neighborhood Osprey

  1. Blue Mooner says:

    “Oil Reaches the Miami Beaches”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXamfJrDuXo&feature=player_embedded
    BP could try to blame the Lebron James curse?
    Maybe every single Senate and House members offices should be contacted with the dire warning “Mr/Mrs will be voted out of office if they continue doing nothing to solve the Gulf’s environmental and economic disasters”.
    Now that could get some action.

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  2. Steve Clemons says:

    Sundog – cool to know about the osprey down there too which no doubt are going to be having a tough time. I really love these birds.
    Tom Maines — will take a look. Gets worse and worse.
    all best, steve

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  3. Tom Maines says:

    Hey, Steve, any oily rain yet on the view from your window?
    Here’s a story deserving a closer look.
    http://blog.al.com/live/2010/07/oil-contaminated_sand_heading.html

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  4. BSharp says:

    BP’s cleanup exposed as a tragic farce
    http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12739924

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  5. David says:

    Looking forward to them, POA. You and a camera do good things.

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  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Paul, I’ll see what I can do about some pics. Give me a few days.

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  7. Paul Norheim says:

    Posted by PissedOffAmerican, Jul 12 2010, 9:02AM – Link
    POA, have you taken any photos of this? If not, perhaps you
    should? – Both the oilfields and the windfarms. (And perhaps
    forget your aesthetic valuations while working with the camera:
    pictures tend to be better and more surprising that way…)
    Just a suggestion.

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  8. DonS says:

    Here (in Nova Scotia) when an Osprey gets a fish and there is an eagle round, the eagle will harass the Osprey until it (usually) drops the fish. But then, and generally, when the eagles are in flight, the gulls will harass them out of the area, though all birds vacate the beach when an eagle lands.
    Lately the young ospreys have been learning their trade and shreeking shrilly in the process.
    This morning, through a lot of fog, an osprey was hovering/fishing above the beach according to my wife who wondered exactly how it is possible for them to see through and into the water in order to spot fish.
    I just finished a week long boat building class in Maine and the atmosphere at the school, including most of the participants, reinforced an attitude of respect for the natural world.

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  9. Don Bacon says:

    BP has retained Chicago law firm Kirkland & Ellis to defend most of the lawsuits (over 200 and counting) arising from the oil spill. Kirkland, through its employees, was a top 20 contributor to Barack Obama in 2008, giving at least $493,735

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Yeah, then long term restoration and clean-up costs are borne by the National Park System.
    Gotta a Plan B????
    Truth is, there is no monetary fix. Besides, BP will soon take it to court, and no matter their “promises”, they will move heaven and hell to avoid being held responsible. And considering the recent Supreme Court ruling, it will be far cheaper for them to bribe our politicians into dropping their drawers by offering huge campaign donations.
    The best we can hope for is a shake-up on the regulatory and enforcement end. And obviously, that ain’t gonna happen. It used to be known as “accountability”, a somewhat archaic term whose meaning seems to have fallen from favor. Judging by the fact that Salazar is still gainfully employed, and Obama is more concerned with golf in lieu of gulf, I doubt there will be any “result” of this catastrophe other than the catastrophe itself.

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  11. AD Boehm says:

    How does BP compensate for lost wildlife? By purchasing coastal marshland and donating it to the National Park system or an operation like the Wildlife Conservancy.

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Watching Thad allen this morning, one cannot help but note the prolific insertion of “we” that he uses in describing the efforts to cap this well. Since when did this guy become an oilfield engineer?
    Completely ommitted from the questions submitted by the so-called “Fourth Estate” were any concerning the use of Corexit. He also softpedaled the questions about media being denied access to polluted regions.
    Who are we supposed to trust here? BP??? The Interior Department and the malfeascant asshole Salazar??? Or perhaps the EPA, who declared the air around ground zero safe to breathe, consigning thousands of first responders to serious and debillitating respiratory illness for the rest of their lives? Trusting this fuckin’ fraud Obama is ludicrous as well.
    BTW, there is yet one more huge find outside of Bakersfield, and one of the obscenely wealthy oil guys here for whom we are constructing a five thousand square foot building to house his big game hunting trophy mounts and heads, (he owns a large oilfield maintainance and construction company) has branched his business out into North Dakota where he says there are huge deposits being found.
    It is interesting that where I live I see daily the dichotomy between an oilfield and a windfarm as far as appearence and “vibes” go. The obscene ugliness and aesthetic worthlessness of a developed onshore oilfield is a sight to behold, with its blacks and grays and industrial madness. Piping, raw cuts in the land, rust, generator stations, electrical high wires croscutting the skyline willy nilly, utility poles placed in a seemingly random arrangement, very little attention paid to their attitude or angle, and the ever moving beaks of the derricks, popping up and down with no harmony or unity, as far as the eye can see. It is visual chaos, unattractive and stark in its depiction of our terrible addiction.
    Then there are the windfarms that can be seen from the streets of Tehachapi and on the Mojave side of the Tehachapi mountains. Row after row of huge propellers and turbines on their high rise stanchions. Ordered and even majestic, the visual effect is amazing, so totally polar to the visual chaos of an oilfield. The underlying message, although almost subliminal, is hard to ignore. But, if history is a harbinger, ignore it we will.

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  13. rc says:

    POA (11:18PM) — question: is all the oil floating on the surface, or is there also a huge amount of deep sea sludge oozing along the bottom as well?
    The rate its flowing looks like the find has set back peak oil for a decade or two.

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  14. Don Bacon says:

    Make it personal. Get out in nature and do your thing, whether it be fishing or sailing or whatever. Connect. I’ve taken up backpacking, out there with whatever you need on your back, and nothing but mountainous splendor all around. Nature rules, and you’d better accept it when you’re crossing a log over a rushing, roaring mountain stream.
    I have a favorite bluegrass song that describes it very well. It’s called ‘Arizona Sunset.’ The key phrase: “It lets you know how small you really are.” If you’ve ever seen an Arizona sunset you understand. Nature still rules.
    Throw the teevee out. I’m serious.

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  15. ... says:

    dan k – you sound particularly dark tonight… i wonder if we will reach a point where the environment isn’t always treated like a slave to be used however by economics… politicians bow down to corporations and it seems unrealistic to think it is going to change any time soon… maybe a fucking nuclear holocaust has to happen for us to reconsider going to the brink… it is easy to get dark, but it isn’t fun…

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  16. Don Bacon says:

    USA Today, Aug 5, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP)

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  17. Dan Kervick says:

    Enjoy the natural world while we still have some left, Steve. Contempt for nature seems to be a bipartisan religion in the American government, so the current spill is likely just a harbinger of the many apocalypses to come. Even our liberal party aspires to little more than improving the federal government’s posture toward the protection of nature from the farcical and contemptuous incompetence recently on display to something approaching a competently managed technocratic despoliation and pillage over the long term.
    I guess Washington’s hatred of nature shouldn’t be surprising. How can one expect any company town whose chief specialty is the manufacture of gruesome and far-flung death to lead the way in the preservation of life?

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  18. The Pessimist says:

    An article I saved from 2007 that I feel supports POA’s point of government officials using any excuse to consolidate power rather than to serve the people:
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6134
    Lengthy but worth the effort.
    Key paragraphs:
    In May 2007, a major presidential National Security Directive is issued, (National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51/HSPD 20),
    NSPD 51 / HSPD 20 is a combined National Security Directive emanating from the White House and Homeland Security. It is tailor-made to fit the premises of both the Pentagon’s 2006 “Anti-terrorist Plan” as well Vice President Cheney’s 2005 “Contingency Plan”.
    The directive establishes procedures for “Continuity of Government” (COG) in the case of a “Catastrophic Emergency”. The latter is defined in NSPD 51/HSPD 20 (henceforth referred to as NSPD 51), as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.”
    “Continuity of Government,” or “COG,” is defined in NSPD 51 as “a coordinated effort within the Federal Government’s executive branch to ensure that National Essential Functions continue to be performed during a Catastrophic Emergency.”

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  19. PissedOffAmerican says:

    And while we are thinking about “views from windows”, it seems that is very much on Avigdor Lieberman’s mind. God forbid he should have to look out his window and see a genetic inferior spoiling his view and infecting his racially pure neighborhood.
    Judging from Obama’s on-all-fours subservience to Netanyahu, his selective indignation towards Arizona’s new immigration law isn’t based on any kind of concern over racial prejudice, as he would have you believe. Interesting that he would consider an honest attempt to enforce immigration law as being racist, yet he lets BLATANT AND UNABASHED JEWISH RACISM go ignored as he pledges his unreserved fealty to the RACIST STATE OF ISRAEL.
    Lieberman’s settlement bars Russian-Israeli families from buying homes
    Settlers in Nokdim, home to Russian-born FM, fear new residents not classified as Jewish by halakhic law could corrupt local morals.
    By Chaim Levinson The Nokdim secretariat ruled two weeks ago to bar non-Jewish Russian-Israelis from buying homes in the small Bethlehem-area settlement where Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman makes his home. The decision came after a frenzied debate between residents over whether the entry of individuals not considered Jewish by religious law would lead to “assimilation” or improper behavior on the part of veteran residents and their children.
    The current fracas was sparked after a number of families of Russian origin applied to be accepted in the community. In each of the families, at least one member is not Jewish according to halakha, or religious law. Nokdim is a mixed community of religious and secular Israelis, both native and Russian-speaking, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc southeast of Jerusalem.
    continues….
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/lieberman-s-settlement-bars-russian-israeli-families-from-buying-homes-1.301170
    There goes the nieghborhood, eh Avigdor??? Perhaps you can spend some of my tax dollars that we finance you monsters with on some poisonous shower heads. Clinton has the connections with the outfits that will do the R&R and manufacturing. Perhaps she’ll put in a good word for you and you can get a discount. Or better yet, why not just steal the technology from us? Then you can claim your genetically superior intelligence dreamed it up.

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  20. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Whats truly alarming in watching shithead Obama’s handling of the gulf DISASTER is imaging what these self-serving lying insincere worms would do if faced with a truly cataclysmic event. (Not that this spill might not prove to be such an event, for it may yet do so.) But the extremely unrestful period we are going through on the Ring Of Fire reminds us of the probability, even inevitability, of a MAJOR seismic event on the west coast of North America. And the mainstream news doesn’t seem to be covering it yet, but it seems the volcano Katla in Iceland is experiencing increased seismic activity in its area. Observing the machinations of these fuckers in DC, where they seem to use cataclysmic events to amass and consolidate power rather than serve and protect the interests of the people, (9/11/01 being the perfect example), what criminal acts and abuses can we expect if the social fabric breaks down due to a cataclysmic natural event? Who can doubt that some narcissistic sack of shit like George Bush or Barack Obama wouldn’t leap at the chance to declare marshal law to amass even more power, and even suspend the electoral process using the ruse of “necessity” to justify their actions? Anyone that doubts this scenario is in gross denial, and hasn’t been paying attention to the lawlessness and lack of accountability these sacks of shit now operate under.

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I agree with POA about Salazar. The White House
    should have given each agency a thorough going over upon coming to power after eight GOP years”
    This premise in one of the biggest indicators of what absolute dirt bags we now have in office. Even worse than Salazar’s maintainence of the status quo in regards to the corporate rape of our natural resources and environment, is Holder’s maintainence of the status quo executive rape of the concept and promise of equal protection before the law. There are two sets of laws, one set for “us”, and the other set for these fucking criminals in DC that are prosecuted for crimes ONLY if it fits the political aims of the Attorney General’s string handler, whether it be the right OR the left handling the strings.
    This piece of shit in the White House is actually WORSE than GWB was, for the platforms he ran on were far far far more deceptive and insincere than Monkey Boy’s were. Many of us were opposed to Bush reaching the White House because we KNEW what we were getting. The same cannot be said for Obama. BOTH sides of the aisle were decieved by this piece of shit, who seems unable to form a sincere or honest statement of intent. And his minions are no less factotums to the President than Bush’s were. I never thought we would get to this point, where the separation of powers is so blatantly non-existent. It is not very much of an over-reach to state that we are well on the way to having a dictator occupying the Oval Office under the ruse of a “representative” form of government.

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  22. Bart says:

    I agree with POA about Salazar. The White House
    should have given each agency a thorough going over
    upon coming to power after eight GOP years.

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  23. jon says:

    Put ecologists together with insurance companies and they can
    come up with some numbers for you. It won’t bring back wildlife
    already killed, but it will provide the start towards paying for the
    effort to restore the critical Gulf environment.

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  24. Cato the Censor says:

    What a very privileged life you lead.

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  25. nadine says:

    “But those numbers reflect changes in the numbers of those who survive to retirement, not what happens thereafter. The statistics regarding children distort the overall average”
    questions, the correct premise is not to start at 65, but to start at 18. It matters not only how long pensioners live to collect, but what percentage survive to start collecting in the first place. That number has also been going up as fewer adults die in youth or middle age.

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  26. Marcus says:

    In Quebec and the ROC (Rest of Canada), the exploitation and delivery of energy (all kinds and lots of it) is a governmental responsibilty.
    Not a bad idea, eh ?

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  27. Don Bacon says:

    Plus Obama had full legal authority to take over the oil spill after it happened, and he sat it out for six weeks, as is his wont.

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  28. Don Bacon says:

    Ospreys — ‘fish hawks’ — rule the coast, as the eagle learned. Soars high above water and then plunges, feet-first, to grab a fish in its talons.
    I wish I could do that.

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  29. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Steve, perhaps we should be blaming Salazar on the same level we are blaming BP.
    Who expects a corporation such as BP to be concerned with much except profits and growth? As despicable as that arrogant little prick Hayward is, the very traits we despise are likely the same traits that enabled him to claw and backstab his way to the top. Do we really expect scum like him to behave any differently?
    But Salazar and this slimey piece of shit Barack Obama are a totally different story. Are they not tasked to protect the interests, the security, and the assets of the people??? Its not like we just discovered the MMS was a bunch of asslicking corporate whores, is it? I mean hey, way back when, waaaay before this so called “spill”, Pelosi and a few other congressional worms were lamenting the “cozy relationship” MMS had with the oil companies. So just what the hell did these posturing frauds do about it, except primp for the cameras?
    So in comes Salazar, FULLY AWARE of the problems at MMS. Did he rattle cages? Demand reform? Launch investigations??? No. Just like Obama, he maintained the status quo, just one more Obama minion screwing us out of the “change” we were promised so that these assholes could worm their way into power. Whats Salazar still doing in office, Steve? Just what is it that makes our recent presidents think that incompetence goes unnoticed by the masses, and that such gross malfeasance should be rewarded with continued employment?
    Hayward should hang for his arrogance. But his loyalty to his position brooks no criticism. He is being what he is expected to be. Salazar should hang too, but his crime is a lack of loyalty to his position. He is being exactly what he is NOT supposed to be.

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  30. Sundog says:

    My parents live on the Gulf in Florida and in the tree across from them is an Osprey nest and plenty of Osprey. Just an FYI.

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  31. questions says:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/10/882664/-Zombie-Social-Security-lies:-Retirement-age-must-be-raised-because-people-are-living-longer
    The money quote:
    ” Related to issues about retirement age are questions about life expectancy. Many people are under the mistaken impression that Americans receive retirement benefits for considerably longer than they did when the program was created. The misconception results from looking at life expectancies from birth, which have changed dramatically because of the medical success achieved in conquering childhood diseases. But those numbers reflect changes in the numbers of those who survive to retirement, not what happens thereafter. The statistics regarding children distort the overall average ….
    For Social Security purposes, the correct question is not how many live to age 65, but rather how long those reaching age 65 live thereafter. Here the numbers are not as dramatic. In 1940, men who survived to age 65 had a remaining life expectancy of 12.7 years. Today, a 65 year old man can expect to live not quite three years longer than he might have in 1940, or 15.3 years beyond reaching age 65. For women, the comparable numbers are 14.7 years beyond age 65 in 1940; 19.6 years in 1990. [Emphasis added.]
    Clearly, despite the common misconception that we

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