13 April 2016

Updated: 4/14/16

The pair has begun mating often and Jasper now turns his back to Bea and spread his wings out and down with tail depressed. These are signs usually seen at the beginning of the season when the pair is re-united. Such a strange season we are having.


A comment in our last post asked if they pair could have another brood. It is a rare event that osprey have a second brood, but I did find it documented in Scotland thirty four years ago. Our pair, Bea and Jasper, have begun mating again so who knows. It would be great if that happened.

08 April 2016

It appears our osprey nest has failed this season. Yesterday, April 7, I checked the nest early morning around 6:15 and KS was fine. I was away on business all day and checked the nest this morning and KS had disappeared. A blogger wrote in (see comments on previous post) that he could see no eggs or chick yesterday early evening. 

It was unfortunate to not have all the eggs hatch, but to have the only chick die is discouraging. We checked around the base of the tower and did not find any evidence of egg shells or of the chick. Upon observing the center of the nest there is a gap from which the chick and eggs most likely fell through. We've noticed Bea pull on a twig/branch that was centered within the nest and her persistence may have lead to the instability of the center of the nest. 

We are not 100% sure this happened, but most likely it has. So unfortunately our 2016 osprey season is over. The pair should maintain the nest for the rest of this year and hopefully we'll have a successful 2017.

As always our camera will remain active so you can continue to watch Bea and Jasper.

04 April 2016

Surprisingly, we still have only the first chick, KS, hatch. It is possible that the remaining two eggs are not viable. Today marks the 45th and 42nd day for the remaining eggs. It may be best if the other two chicks don't hatch as KS has a six day advantage and is steadily growing.

31 March 2016

We possibly have a pip in the second egg, the left egg. Will keep you posted.

30 March 2016

Become an Osprey Watcher

For those that can't get enough of watching ospreys why not consider joining OSPREY WATCH. The Center for Conservation Biology - a partnership between researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and The College of William and Mary - allows citizens to gather nest data on breeding osprey.

The website has a wealth of information and if you know of a nest site that is not being observed you can register - no charges -  and help them document nest activity. I registered a few years back and have been listing our nest activity.

The site lists observed nests all over the world so you can follow them too. 
Check them out! 

29 March 2016

When an osprey chick is ready to hatch from its shell, it uses a pointed egg tooth located on the tip of its upper beak to break through the egg shell. The chick is usually awkward and quite tired from exerting itself. The initial break in the egg is called a "PIP" when the chick begins to crack the shell to free itself.

Watch this YouTube video of a chick hatching at the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT) in Wales. Turn up your volume so you can hear the chick as it emerges from its egg.

We have our first chick of 2016. 

The first chick hatched at 8:47 this morning. The chick's name is KS.
Pictures pending.

Updated: 11:14
KS receiving its first piece of fish since hatching.

The first chick is still attempting to break free of its shell. You can see that Bea is checking on the little one in the photo.