Alley Oops #3: “Osprey Aquarium”


This may look like an ordinary municipal water tank but it’s really an upscale avian high rise. By my count some 6-7 osprey nests cling to the winding stairway at different status levels.

How nice to have your own private fish tank with a painted mural that surely delights the youngsters!

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Four nests are visible (hover mouse to enlarge) in this image.

🙂 🙂 🙂

[a Monday sampling of signs, murals, graffiti]

5 Replies to “Alley Oops #3: “Osprey Aquarium””

  1. It must have been a community endeavor … i noticed all the names listed on the main pipeline … Great photo … Where is it located?


    1. I think those are the names of the dead, Richard. A slew of osprey lost their lives constructing that tank, and many many more from foul balls and errant throws by the NY Mets at the adjacent Huggins-Stengel Field (Crescent Lake Park, 22nd Ave N). The Mets were a perennial cellar team in the early years, you may remember. Add to the death toll osprey with poor eyesight who dove straight into those painted fish and broke their necks. On Sundays the osprey do fly-bys past the names of the dead and dip their wings.

      😀 😀 😀,-82.6400775,3a,75y,229.47h,91.37t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s0cYScvorqcBVE_JlkoWlXQ!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en


      1. So glad the Osprey are remembered by name … It’s horrible to have remains buried in the “tombs of the unknowns” & warms the cockles of my heart (which I think is the only organ with cockles) to know this. May the Osprey tank workers live on in spirit and in paint!

        Christ … are we bored or what?


    1. Rumor has it the osprey rise from their graves on Halloween and go out shrieking & screaming something that sounds like “trick-or-treat,” but that sounds a bit fishy to me. 🙂


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