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  •  That's an osprey on a nest platform. (4+ / 0-)

    Normally, I think they nest in big dead pine trees. They're big birds and need a lot of room for their wings. The nature preserve communities have been putting up telephone poles with platforms on them and they seem to like them.

    In this video of an osprey, you can see it stripping leaves off trees and then dropping them on the platform. Some birds build very elegant nests; ospreys don't.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    However, they are not nearly as messy as wood storks, who build nests in pine trees and then defecate so much that it looks to kill the trees.

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