At Mount Vernon I was treated to a special surprise. An Osprey (sea hawk) had built her nest along the dock. I have never seen one of these in the wild and have never seen one communicate so clearly…she definitely wanted me to keep my distance. Not only was she loud, look at those puffed up feathers. After hearing her story I understood her cries. Apparently she laid 3 eggs in the nest. Only 2 eggs hatched. A few days before we arrived there was a severe thunderstorm with high winds which swept away one of the babies. One of the caretakers at Mount Vernon said she has been screaming for days. It made me sad. There is still one baby left which the caretaker said he has only seen once. She is quite the protective mama!