18 May 2009

Rain, rain, go away....It's a good thing our chicks have feathers because it's quite cool for us at this time of year. We normally have high temperatures in the 80's and lows in the upper 60's/70's, but this week is going to be different.

It's hard to refer to the brood as chicks anymore because of their size. As of this writing mom, GJ, MG, and DS are hunkered down on the nest bracing themselves against 40-45 mph winds and chilly rain. Due to the predicted rain for the coming week the male may find it harder to provide fish for his growing family.

19 May marks the 5th week of the ospreys hatching so we won't have much longer until the ospreys fledge. The chicks have been stretching their wings, which are of a great span now, exercising them in anticipation of their upcoming flights.

Other osprey nests are now having chicks hatch such as the Kentucky Osprey cam and the Scottish Wildlife Trust cam.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hate to see the ospreys trying to stay warm and dry, but I think the rain has cleared up the camera lens a bit. Some sunshine for our little friends would be awfully nice right now.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

It is tough to watch them all close together trying to stay dry and warm but Mama does a good job. Scottish mama now has two little ones. I agree the camera looks better :)

Kat

Anonymous said...

Lovely close ups this morning. Our little chicks look almost as big as mama osprey--but she still needs to feed them. Nice to see some dryer weather there today and perhaps a little sunshine.

Thanks for the link to the nest cam in Kentucky. Their videos are outstanding. It's amazing how much earlier the chicks hatched on Hilton Head.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

thanks for the other webcam links. It's been fun watching locally and now can continue with the other 2 nests. I have sent these to family/friends.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that DS doesn't seem to me motivated today. He isn't moving or eating with the others. I hope he/she isn't sick. DS is on the left side behind the other chick so he/she is hard to see.

Katt

Anonymous said...

I have been watching the Scottish nest. Is there a blog, I didn't see one. I wanted to ask about feeding the chicks. I have looked several times at various times of the day and have never seen the Mom feeding so was curious as to whether she was a first time Mom or if I have just missed the feedings. I thought they started fairly soon after hatching.
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

To respond to the Scottish question.. she is a very old mama I believe this was her 53 or 58 egg she laid this year. I saw her feed yesterday but I think the weather slowed the male down. He doesn't seem to be bringing her a lot of fish. It would be nice if they had a blog as well.

On another not I am still worried about DS. he hasnt moved at all.

katt

moderator said...

Katt - I've noticed that DS hasn't moved since 6:50 this morning when I first checked on the nest. For the last three days we have had continuous gale force winds, but that should not harm DS. I did notice GJ viciously pecking and twisting DS's neck area yesterday afternoon when the male brought in fish. Last night when I checked on the chicks about 7:45 pm all three seemed to be doing fine. Keep your fingers crossed the he/she is fine, though right now it's not looking very good.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! Moderator, what was that close up just now showing? I'm afraid of the answer.

Vivian

moderator said...

Checking on DS. He/she has moved since this morning at 6:50 am when I first looked at the nest.

Anonymous said...

So sad, I think you all are right about DS. So close to fledging. Mother nature can be a cruel mistress sometimes.

Sue

Anonymous said...

It just breaks my heart about poor little DS. He was doing so well as they all were. I wonder what happen to him. As I have seen with the Scottish nest it can happen so quick but I really thought since he was older he would make it. It is so hard when you get so close to these guys. Well I guess we keep praying for our other two babies and their health. Thanks for all the updates and close ups PE !!

Katt