There are numerous bird species that benefit from man-made nesting structures, including several species that breed here in Sheridan County. Some of these birds may have difficulty finding the necessary natural resources or structures needed to safely and successfully raise their young.
One such species that is a common summer resident at the Brinton Museum’s Quarter Circle A Ranch is the osprey. Ospreys (sometimes called fish hawks) are a species of raptor typically found near water and feed almost exclusively on fish. Ospreys have a reversible outer toe and spike pads on their feet that help them grab slippery fish out of the water.
Andrew Sutphin is the property manager of the Brinton Museum.