04 August 2009

Just to let everyone know......we WILL NOT be turning the camera off unless we have maintenance to perform on the camera and its respective equipment. By leaving the camera on we all can watch the local birds on the tower, so keep watching.

18 comments:

Realist said...

Join the others in thanking Moderator MG for a marvelous spring and summer and Palmetto Electric for enabling it all to happen.

Activity in nest today! Also, activity in NH and Woods Hole.

Looking forward so much to next March when we're off and running again!

Have a good winter everyone!

Mary

Anonymous said...

Grand idea! Thank you soooo much!!

Anonymous said...

What a great present for all!!

One of the Juvies has returned to the nest (436pEST) and seems to be agitated with wings slightly spread out.

Juvie looks fantastic and fit for its upcoming migration. BTW, when do you expect the migration to begin?

Thank you again for the wonderful news. Congrats on a great 2009 season :-)

moderator said...

I haven't seen any other osprey than GJ on the nest, though other views have possibly seen MG or the mother, now named Bella.

The osprey should begin their southward migration mid August to early September.

Anonymous said...

I am curious, each year as the ospreys return to your area, are there enough nests available?

moderator said...

Throughout southeastern Beaufort County, where we are located, there are roughly 26 man-made osprey platforms built by electric companies and other local resources as well as the numerous nest locations built by the birds themselves.

With the ample waterways there is not much competition for food. The osprey’s reproductive output is a good indication of the quality of the habitat – the better the habitat, quality of food – the birds will produce more offspring. This past season our male osprey, recently named Benicio by blogger Katt, showed how abundant food in our area is by bringing in so many fish that the three chicks and the female couldn’t eat them and had fish lying about the nest.

The Lowcountry Institute, which is studying the local osprey, hope to develop an “Adopt-a-Platform” program to help further protect the raptors. No matter where you travel on the island or throughout the Lowcountry, you can usually hear the call of an osprey.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your informative reply. Glad to hear ther is a strong support for ospreys!'

On another note..there is a nest in Hailuoto
http://kotinetti.suomi.net/saaksi/index.php
with an chick that has sustained a leg injury(probably during a battle situation). The attitude of the North Ostrobothnia Regional Environment Centre in Finland and some Finnish Osprey scientists/experts are to not go and rescue it. It is so sad that it will be left this way. I am afraid that it will not survive much longer.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous how do you know that the chick at saaksi has an injured leg. I have been watching this nest also but have not read anything about an injured leg. Please tell me how to access updates on this nest.
Thank You,
Mary Pat

Anonymous said...

The Scottish babies are getting ready to leave to migrate. They have been fun to watch as well. They fight a lot more than our two did.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Pat,
This is a link to a blogger site where individuals talk about the Hailuoto nest and the injured chick:
http://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=107&p=46019&hilit=

I have just posted my thoughts and added some info there. Unfortunately the Hailuoto site does not have a blogger site available like we have here (a fab one!)
I hope this will help you. Let me know of your thoughts, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Pat,

Here is another link
http://www.storchennest.de/forum/viewtopic.php?p=75088

where concerned individuals are voicing their thoughts about the Hailuoto nest.
You will need to use the Google translator to convert the conversation to English.

There are a lot of people out there upset over the attitude of the NOREC and scientists/experts.
I hope someone with authority will listen and save this chick, named Koo

Anonymous said...

Thank so much for the links. They have been very informative. I also think that something should be done. Koo should not be left in the nest to die. Looking at the the webcam just now Koo was standing on both legs being fed by one of the adults. Let's hope Finland gets the message and rescues this chick.
I agree this blog is great. I normally do not participate in blogs but everyone here is so nice and helpful.
Thanks again,
Mary Pat

Anonymous said...

This is the second day that I haven't seen a sign of our young osprey on the nest. Could s/he have decided that it was time to go south?

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian!

It's possible that our osprey have begun their southward travels. I'll keep watching and let you guys know if I see any of the osprey on the nest.

Realist said...

Has anyone (Vivian?) been watching the NH osprey web cam at ww.psnh.com/osprey/default.asp#livecam.

One chick still has not fledged...other chick fledged a couple of weeks ago. Wondering if there's a "problem" with chick remaining in nest.

Any ideas or observations?

Thanks -

Anonymous said...

It looks like the last chick at psnh has fledged. I had been watching, looked away for 15 minutes and when I went to the webcam the nest is empty. So all's well apparently.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary--I have not been able to get on the NH site. I tried a while back and again yesterday and today, but when I try, a text file downloads. Whatever software is needed I don't have.

Still no sign of an osprey here and I think the NC cam is down--doesn't seem to be updating. But there is still one young osprey coming and going at the Woods Hole nest. Yesterday it was feasting on a fish.

Vivian

Realist said...

Thank you Moderator MG for keeping this blog available. Learning a lot and the links to other osprey activity around the world are invaluable!

Second chick in NH must have fledged just as I was writing my last post! Great action in that nest this AM. Papa flew into nest with huge fish followed by chick who wasted no time in dramatically yanking fish from Papa and commencing to devour it. Tough kid!

Thanks for the additional links to the Finland situation. I, too, hope there is some human intervention for the injured chick but looks doubtful. Perhaps the folks in Finland believe in nature taking its course...

Vivian - NH cam uses Windows Media Player. Perhaps you just need to update to the latest version of WMP. I have difficulty, from time to time, accessing the Woods Hole cam which is on an Axis camera.

Question: Have read differing information about chicks learning to fish and when. Scotland says chicks migrate before learning to fish; Blackwater says they learn to fish from parental guidance before starting to migrate. Google isn't helping me much with this information. Thanks for any clarification you all can give me.