Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

This holarctic raptor has been found on Saint Paul on at least six occasions. Records span from late May through mid July. The characteristic white head, shaggy crown, dark eyestripe, dark carpal patches, and long narrow wings help to make Ospreys very distinctive. Most of the Saint Paul birds were seen around the town’s harbor or in the Salt Lagoon. Needless to say a visiting birder would have to be quite lucky to see this species on the island, but vigilant searching of the skies, and of prominent perches around the harbor (including the rock breakwalls and the shipwrecked parts on the north end of the harbor) could produce this or other raptor species.