The heartfelt reaction of those who watched the drama unfold over the Internet showed how these birds can capture the imagination. With wingspans reaching 6 feet, they are often seen gliding low across the coast before diving talon-first into the water in search of fish.
“I’ve seen eight osprey flying at once off Forest River Park,” said Steve Saxe, a volunteer observer from Marblehead.
The birds, which migrate as far south as Venezuela, are expected to make their return to the area this month.
It will be a welcome sight.