28 April 2008

Photo Gallery Updated

Osprey Gallery has been updated with new photos.

25 April 2008

Where are the Chicks?

Not much has happened since the last entry: the ospreys have continued mating and maintaining the nest. The female has spent more attention to the area where the eggs were last seen, which is a good sign. This weekend is the 6th week since the first egg was laid. The pair has been taking turns watching the nest and been seen with their heads buried in the nest as though they were rotating the eggs.

Did the colder weather a few weeks ago harm the eggs while the adults left the nest totally unguarded? Our ospreys returned, but were not attentive to their eggs while the weather was unfavorably cool. Will these eggs hatch?

15 April 2008

It's Almost Time!

This coming weekend begins the 5th week since the first egg was laid. If the eggs are still viable then egg activity should begin soon. The female osprey has been seen on many occasions with her head down into the nest where the eggs were last seen on March 28th. Both ospreys continue to cover the eggs with moss, twigs, and grass. I’m hoping that the eggs are still thriving and that they will hatch, but again time will tell.

03 April 2008

Egg Rotation

Both ospreys have frequented the nest more the last three days than they did over the weekend, but their ongoing absence is disconcerting. Last Friday afternoon, 28 March, the female was seen rotating the eggs then covering them with Spanish moss. That was the last time I saw them. The first egg was laid 18 days ago, the second, 15 days ago, and the third, around 12 to 13 days ago. If the eggs are successful, it generally takes 5 – 6 weeks until the eggs hatch.

Yesterday I witnessed both ospreys looking up and following an object in the air circulating about them. Both birds were lifting their wings and squawking about the nest. This could be an intruder osprey or predator bird which may be keeping them off the nest.

Both ospreys have continued mating, which is a good sign, and repairing the nest with sticks, moss, and various vegetation from the several storms we’ve had since Saturday, which also could be keeping the osprey off the nest more so than usual, though I would think they would uncover their eggs to rotate them and check on their general condition. The female was seen this morning with her head down over the area where the eggs were last seen then flew off shortly after. Both birds seem to be taking turns again on the nest as they did in the previous weeks.

Time will tell where the eggs are concerned. Keep your fingers crossed for a successful clutch and stay tuned in.