04 April 2009

It has been exactly 28 days since the first egg was laid, so we are definitely in the home stretch toward seeing chicks. Keep your fingers crossed, for our couple has had no hatchlings the past two seasons. It's possible that by Easter we could have our first osprey chick...how exciting that would be for all our viewers. Even our employees at Palmetto Electric are bustling with excitement about our potential brood since we went live with our osprey cam in 2007.

We are expecting temperatures to get down into the 30's for Monday and Tuesday evening then warming back into the 50's for evening temperatures the rest of the week. Hopefully this cooler weather is winter's last surge and warm weather will stay for our resident ospreys.

With about a week or so to go.....keep viewing and sending in your observations.

Enjoy!! 8-)

13 comments:

Mits said...

well I'm hoping for a wonderful outcome this year:)

Anonymous said...

Yeah for a nest with eggs and attentive adults. At Blackwater, the osprey cannot seem to get their act together to build a nest.
Judy

Anonymous said...

Postive vibes going out to our
HH couple!
Beth

Deklan said...

Hi, best of luck for this year.
Our Osprey here in Scotland are awating their first egg.


http://www.rspb.org.uk/webcams/birdsofprey/lochgartenvideo.asp

BarefootNurse said...

It seems that they have had quite the challenges. despite that however they seem to be committed to the building of their family! I cannot wait :)

Anonymous said...

Is there any way Palmetto Electric can use the streaming video that the Scottish web site is using? Or could it be considered for next year? It is awesome to see the real time movement and listen to the audio.

moderator said...

I have to agree the Scottish Wildlife Trust osprey cam is quite amazing. I do plan to contact them and ask what equipment they are using to broadcast their osprey nest. Of course we have to consider the cost of the equipment. Currently, we are using cameras, wiring, etc. that we already had.

Not sure if and when we would provide live streaming video/audio for our osprey nest, but we are discussing our options for providing that type of service for our osprey viewers.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your response regarding the question of streaming video. I don't know whether they would be interested but it might be worthwhile to contact some of the centers for the study of birds of prey around the country to see if they would share the cost for a live feed. It might be a capability that would support their ongoing research projects. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Mama osprey appears to be somewhat nervous, looking from side to side. Could it be that she feels movement in the eggs and knows something will happen soon?

Vivian

moderator said...

I thought that myself Vivian. She does have a look about her that appears fidgety.

Anonymous said...

Mama osprey has left the nest and the eggs exposed. Is this something to be concerned about? I haven't seen this happen since the eggs were laid.

Vivian

moderator said...

Actually, it was the male that left the nest unoccupied and this is not the first time. This is the third instance that we have noticed. Each time the male has left the nest, it has been unattended for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Needless to say, it is tense for us to watch. We want our couple to have a successful clutch. We don't know if he is just out of sight of the camera or if he has flown off.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that one of the birds is back on the nest. It is hard to tell which one with the angle of the sun this time of the evening. It almost looks camouflaged. If they only knew how much we all are pulling for them....

Vivian