20 May 2009

Chick dies at Palmetto osprey nest

Our smallest chick, DS, has apparently died unexpectedly. As of 6:50 am Wednesday morning DS has been unresponsive on the nest. All three chicks, which hatched mid April, were coming along fine so were are unsure as to the circumstances of the chick's death. As of yesterday DS was active and moving about the nest and eating after the other two chicks were full.


It is sad to loose one of the chicks at this stage when they are so close to fledging. The adult osprey may expel the dead chick or leave it in the nest. The other two chicks seem unfazed by the dead body and are going on with their daily routines. It is natures way of survival of the fittest.

We will continue showing our osprey cam to our viewers.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is especially sad after watching DS hatch and progress for a month, to see the little body there in the nest. But, as the Moderator said, it is nature's way. We'll continue to watch and wish the best for the other two chicks.

Vivian

BarefootNurse said...

Sometimes nature just does not make sense. I am sad for the chick...I just hope they other two stay healthy.

magpie said...

This has been a rather difficult year at a few nests, Loch of the Lowe's included, and struggles continue there. Hoping the two remaining chicks here will continue to thrive and fledge.
Margy aka Magpie Eaglet Momster from WV

Anonymous said...

I agree...I've been watching the Loch of the Lowes right now. It was a long wait for a fish and when it came, the female didn't bother to feed the chicks. She later left a significant amount of the fish at the top of the nest and laid over the chicks. Not good.

Mits said...

sad to hear about this:(, been watching for a long time...love the osprey

Anonymous said...

I, too, hope the chicks in Scotland make it. I did not see them get fed yesterday but every time I looked the Female was calling, calling. Hopefully they will do ok. ALso watching the new chicks in Kentucky and see both parents on the nest so that is good. Only bad thing there is you have to keep refreshing the page as it does not auto refresh.

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear about the youngest chick. I am looking at the nest right now and two chicks are huddling on each side of the adult.

What happened to DS? Did someone remove he/she from the nest?

moderator said...

No, we are letting nature take its course and allowing the ospreys to either leave or dispose of the youngest chicks body. As of this writing, the chicks body is still on the nest.

Anonymous said...

thank you for your response. After sending my comment, I read your obs about DS being aggressively pecked at the neck by DJ.
Speculation: DS may have sustained injury that may have contributed to its death.
It was a roller coaster ride watching the interaction of all three. I really felt they would all fledge. . .I wish the best for the remaining chicks.

Realist said...

So sad about DS - can't add much more than has already been said. Hope all will go well from here on...

Wild creatures and birds deal with "survival of the fittest" better than we do.

From a biological perspective, will be interested to see how the parents deal with poor little DS's body...

Anonymous said...

Very nice pictures this morning of mama feeding her chicks. Looks like they are right on the edge of the nest again. Our young ospreys will be flying before we know it.

Vivian