29 March 2009

The female should be commended for sticking it out on the nest throughout an evening and night of wind, lightning, and driving rain brought on by the line of spring thunderstorms that came across the southeastern states. For those that followed along with us last year remember that the female left the nest during a similar storm and the eggs were unattended for several hours.

She took advantage of the calm weather this morning and slept in a bit. She appears unruffled by yesterday's event and continues with her incubation. Now all she needs is a nice fish breakfast!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will the male relieve her so that she can find food, or will he bring food to her?

Vivian

moderator said...

Generally the male osprey brings fish to the female as well as relieve her from her incubating duties.

During incubation and the nestling stage, the male osprey provides food to the female and the chicks. This entails delivering 60 to 100 g of fish to the nest per daylight hour (3 to 10 fish per day) during the nestling and fledgling stages. When a fish is delivered to the nest, one of the adults rips pieces of flesh from the fish and feeds them to the chicks. Parents continue to feed the young until two to eight weeks after they fledge.

LORRAINEB said...

I DIDN'T SEE WHERE TO POST A NEW BLOG. I'M IN NY AND JUST CHECKED THE CAM. I HOPE I'M WRONG BUT THERE MIGHT BE A SMALL FIRE STARTING. I WOULD RATHER POST THIS AND BE WRONG THAN LET IT GET OUT OF CONTROL HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WHO CAN CHECK ON IT WILL READ THIS.

moderator said...

Lorraine, if you are referring to the red light at the osprey nest don't be alarmed, it is only the tower light that we must have by the FAA.

Anonymous said...

It is great that folks from all over are watching out for our feathered pair. I'm glad there was no fire and grateful that Lorraine was being cautious.

When seeing how diligent the pair is on the nest keeping the eggs warm and dry during so much rain, I'd love to be able to put a cover over them for some relief. They are doing such a good job!

Vivian

moderator said...

I agree Vivian. What a difference a year makes with this couple. Last year they seemed lost in taking care of their eggs, but this year they are very attentive. We are eagerly awaiting Easter to come so we can greet the new family members.

Anonymous said...

Thank you moderator for doing a great job answering all our questions and keeping us informed on our HH Osprey couple!

Beth

Anonymous said...

The new pictures in the Osprey Gallery are awesome--really beautiful!

It looks like clear weather at least for a few days, so our feathered pair will have a nice break from the rain.

Vivian