29 April 2009

As many of our cam viewers have noticed and commented on, the chicks are now quite mobile about the nest. Their size difference in the last few days is very noticeable as well as the beginning growth of feathers. They somewhat resemble little cactus walking about the nest - prickly.

We are still seeing the occasional aggression from GJ, but that is to be expected in a raptors nest. The female is doing a great job of spreading food amongst the three chicks so aggression is minimal.

We've also seen the chicks standing, lifting, and stretching their wings. This wing activity will increase as the chicks near their time to fledge.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, moderator, for the update. Your posts always quell my apprehensions. It's amazing to me how quickly the chicks are changing/growing. Mama and Papa ospreys look so proud.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Ditto...thank you for your update. The chicks are really growing quickly and mom is definitely doing a great job!

Anonymous said...

Dinner is served and it looks like the oldest chick rules the table. The second and youngest are in a submissive position (balled up) while the oldest is being fed.
530p..mom abruptly stops feeding and the other adult appears on the nest.
The adults seem to be on guard...possible intruder?

Anonymous said...

Pls explain why the blog nest photos are so sharp while the cam photos are soft, almost monochromatic, and blurry. Thought #3 was dead and discarded 4/28 as it received no food and scant attention, actually seemed to be being pecked by siblings and either prodded or pecked by Mom. All is now well! Thank you for this... it is truly fabulous to see this up close.
Clare

moderator said...

The lens on the camera needs to be cleaned hence foggy camera views. I am cleaning up the photos before publishing them. And we can not go up the tower to clean the lens until the osprey leave.

As mentioned in an earlier post, we will be examining the cost of video streaming live feeds in the future, but for now it is still shots in 5 second increments. Hopefully next week I'll update the gallery with recent photos. I'll post information on the cam page when that happens.

Anonymous said...

Just have to say again this morning how great the close ups of the feeding are. You folks have provided us with quite a treat!

Vivian

moderator said...

Thank you Vivian! We are just amazed at how fast they are growing. With this being our first year with chicks since we installed the camera, we are learning each day about these marvelous birds.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning..is the camera messed up this morning ? Have a great day and thank you !

Katt

moderator said...

We are having a few technical issues with our cam this morning so you may experience intermittent service. Hopefully we'll have it working at 100%.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates. The chicks look good. Growing like little weeds. A little too mobile though...they keep moving out of camera range.
Would love to see you go live stream. That would be awesome!!
Mary Pat

Anonymous said...

Why are the photos so foggy? The old ones are clear but the most recent ones are not clear at all.

Bob

moderator said...

The lens needs to be cleaned. See about 7 posts above this one.

Anonymous said...

OMG! They are growing so fast. I cannot believe how much they have changed. I can see their colors coming in now. Hopefully the next time it rains the lens will be clear! Great Job by the folks at Palmetto Electric and of course by both parents.

Sue

BarefootNurse said...

Great job indeed by the parents! And kudos to Palmetto Electric for giving us literatlly a 'bird's eye view' - it is awesome to see these awesome birds grow a family! I just wish mama would keep her chicks in the center of the nest - they are so close to the edge!
Thanks again

Anonymous said...

5/4/09 11:31am Thanks for the closeups you just did!! The chicks look great. I only wish the chicks would not be so close to the edge.
Mary Pat

moderator said...

I agree Mary Pat, they seem to be fascinated with looking over the edge of the nest. I've caught myself holding my breath at times.

The male is doing a tremendous job with providing fish to the nest. If only they would stay in the middle of it after they ate.

Anonymous said...

OMG the three of them hanging over the side ... too much.. they make me a nervous wreak

katt

Anonymous said...

Dinner served after 5p. Adult osprey did a great job making sure the 3 chicks were fed. Goodness are they chubby!
Now they are passed out near the top of the nest, forming a triangle. Adult stands guard nearby.

Anonymous said...

The chicks are finally in the middle of the nest!!!
Thanks for the gallery update.
Mary Pat 2:07pm