06 June 2009

The young osprey could be due any day for their first flight. Both GJ and MG have been seen hovering just briefly over the nest. They both appear strong and healthy. The female continues to fed both youngsters even though both have been seen feeding themselves. A third adult osprey was attempting to land on the nest Friday afternoon which the male quickly dispatched.

Friends At Blackwater have their second chick and are expecting their third any day. Over at the Scottish Wildlife Trust both chicks are beginning to develop feathers, mainly on their heads.

29 comments:

Realist said...

Blackwater reports third hatching! Very difficult to view chicks but should improve as chicks mature.

So afraid I will miss the first flight of our osprey chicks! Unpredictable but appears they are revving up!

Connecticut Audubon still having major cam difficulties. Shame, because super view when functioning.

And, on we go...

Toni said...

Do you know if we have both a male and a female? It looks like one has less of a "necklace" than the other.
Toni

moderator said...

Almost all juvenile ospreys show a somewhat prominent bib, speckled breast. So, to determine an osprey's sex at this time would be difficult to do.

Realist said...

Question for moderator:

Kentucky osprey web cam - egg laid April 2 never hatched and is still in nest...intact. Mother ignoring it, and the 2 chicks who did hatch are ignoring egg as well.

What will happen to egg...surprised it hasn't disintegrated yet.

Thank you!

moderator said...

Realist...

The previous two osprey seasons our pair laid three eggs and none of them hatched. They eventually covered the eggs with nesting material and continued to occupy the nest throughtout the season - so no other osprey would take ownership of the site. As far as we could tell the eggs were buried within the nest because we never saw any crows on the tower nor did we see any evidence of shells on the ground below our tower.

The osprey at the Kentucky site may leave the egg in the nest as I have seen with other sites in past seasons.

Anonymous said...

I found another webcam on an osprey nest in NC. The camera is low and from the side so gives a great view. Probably another month or 2 of watching as the chicks are fairly big. Hope the link works or you can copy and past into browser line and try that way. Camera is spotty sometimes due to rain/fogging up due to humidity.

http://home.roadrunner.com/~ospreynest/autoupdate.htm

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on the osprey nest at Shandy Point, NC. Part of the url is missing from the previous post. It ends with htm

The mark between .com/ and ospreynest is a tilde, not a dash.

I'll try to post it:
http://home.roadrunner.com/~ospreynest/autoupdate.htm

That web cam shows a little different but interesting view of the nest.

Vivian

moderator said...

For some reason the blog is cutting off the htm at the end of the url.

jazzel26 said...

Will you be able to pan the cam out for a better view of the chicks fledging? The oldest chick at 55 days today should be heading out any time, so exciting!!!

Linda

moderator said...

The camera is as far back as it can go. As they move about the nest we are following them in hopes to see them take their first flight.

Anonymous said...

You must have a much better vantage point than we do on the 5 second delay cam. Your picture is not that good on the cam. I hope you eventually upgrade to a live view video much like the Pennsylvania Falcon group has on their cam. Check it out from this link below:
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/falcon/

Anonymous said...

Thanks PE you guys have done a wonderful job from the start of this with the camera and the shots. It actually has sometimes been better than some of the live cameras out there.. who knows maybe we can donate to get a live one for next year but just a little thanks for everything for this year

Katt

moderator said...

Thank you Katt!

We will be pricing new equipment over the course of the summer and see if it is feasible for us to upgrade our osprey cam.

Carol said...

The suspense is killing me! They are so ready to fledge. Is that Dad standing at the ready? Will they return to the nest to be fed by Mom after they fledge?

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

Both of the parents have been on the nest as well as sitting on a few of the communication devices that surround the tower. The chicks most likely will return to the nest after their first flight so they can learn how to fish for their own food and become independent of their parents.

We've seen the osprey hover a little higher over the nest each day and think the next lift off will be their first flight, but not quite yet.

The female ate most of a single fish this morning before she gave any to the two chicks, which kept attempting to feed. I believe she is trying to get them to take their solo flights. Keep watching it could be any time. Of course we will post the information as soon as it happens.

Carol said...

Such excitement! I have been sharing pics for the last several weeks with my son in Michigan as well as a few of my neighbors here in Bluffton. Such anticipation. I'm getting nothing done because I'm afraid I'll miss the take-off!!!

Carol said...

Did one just fledge????

moderator said...

Carol,

I'm not sure I still think they are hovering over the nest.

Realist said...

Just know I am going to miss first fledging - can't stay glued to computer.

Hopefully, osprey gallery photos will catch fledging for posterity.

In my experience of watching chicks fledge in past, they do return to nest for some time after first fledging - to eat and feel safe, I presume.

Moderator - you all are doing wonderful job! The up close and personal views are one of a kind!

Anonymous said...

It is 626am (EST) and I am wondering how close that flashing red light is to the nest.
Does it have any effect on the chicks and/or adults?

moderator said...

The light is at one of the corners of the nest. The osprey don't appear affected by it at all. The light is required by the FAA since we are within one mile's radius of the airport and the tower is 100 feet tall.

Anonymous said...

Our young osprey love their nest and don't want to leave. Mama osprey, on the other hand, might want them to take flight. She seems to be giving them the eye to give it a try. The close ups of the pair this morning are making it even more exciting to watch. They seem so ready and yet not quite ready.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

yesterday I happened to catch one of the chicks in a "hover" over the nest testing wings. Exciting. Good pix also with the camera changing positions.......thanks. Hope I don't miss the "big flight day"

Anonymous said...

I'm a newbie on your site and am wondering if the cam remains live during the scheduled hours all year?

moderator said...

Usually the cam is operational throughout the year so our cam viewers can watch the resident osprey and any other birds that may frequent our communications tower. The only time we turn off the cam is to do maintenance on the camera itself or work on the tower.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your response :-)
It will be sad to see the osprey leave the nest but I wish them well and a safe journey.

I'll be looking forward to viewing other visitors to the nest and the changes in seasons

Kudos to all at PE!!

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see a young osprey take its first flight from the 1st tee of Clipper at Shipyard Golf Course. The mother circled the tree constantly chirping for 5-10 minutes and then finally the baby took its first tentative flight, kind of a fluttering glide down to another tree. How exciting. Hope we can catch an "up close" of our Palmetto Electric babies.

Anonymous said...

They seem to be challenging one another, "I'm first!!!". how exciting for mom and dad as well as all watching. what a thrill. good luck to our new feathered friends. THANK YOU PALMETTO ELECTRIC.

Anonymous said...

They are really getting good at flying around the nest! Any moment now they could just take off. I love watching this site. You guys are doing a GREAT job! Thanks.

Sue