11 June 2009

The second chick, MG, flew off the nest three times this morning between 7:02 and 7:11. GJ appears a bit apprehensive about leaving the nest, though probably not for long. We have been waiting for this moment for three years since we installed our osprey cam. Now we just need GJ to take off to complete the cycle.

A third osprey was just seen attempting to land on the nest. The female quickly dispatched the intruder as GJ and MG kept low on the nest.

5 comments:

HawkLady said...

I thougth that was it! Each of them disappeared from the camera view for about ten seconds -- then reappeared. Maybe today is the day.

Realist said...

Missed it!! Brave MG! If I was looking down 100 feet, I'd be wary about taking off for the first time, too.

Hoping to see many more trial flights from both, starting today. By the way, my initials are also MG!

moderator said...

We had a feeling that MG would be first just because he/she seemed more determined. The moderator's initials are MG as well!!!

moderator said...

As of this writing we have not seen GJ fly off the nest, just flapping and hopping around, though it does appear his/her curiosity is peaking.

Realist said...

MG Moderator - what are the distinguishing marks between the two chicks? (Or should I call them adolescents, now...). In other words, how do you tell them apart?

Beautiful camera work!