17 March 2010

The pair has been off the nest more than on it the past few days. They are still mating and bringing in moss and sticks, but have not settled into a routine that would indicate egg laying. We haven't seen the intruder for almost a week now, but have noticed both ospreys still seeming agitated at times so she, the interloper, may still be hanging around.

The nesting material has increased, but it is haphazardly placed about the platform. The nest is no shape for eggs to be laid. This season could possible see no eggs/offspring if our pair doesn't get its act together soon.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I have to agree with you. This season may be a bust for these two. The nest should be egg ready by this time. Although very disappointing :( for us that is nature. Since they have mated I can't imagine that she wouldn't lay eggs. Maybe they have nested somewhere else. The intruder surely had a hand in this I think. Right now all that is on the nest is a few crows.
:) Mary Pat

Carol said...

What about other osprey nests along the east coast. Do they seem to be on schedule this year? Perhaps seeing as how we've just had an abnormally cold winter, even in SC, mother nature has delayed things a bit till temperatures are closer to normal.

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

From what I've been reading we're not they only nest with intruder problems and/or weather related issues. I think your right about mother nature delaying things, but am looking forward to our pair getting down to business.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone direct me to other Osprey webcams north of HHI? Agree it is disappointing.
Is it at all possible this pair have prepared another nest because of the intruder presence?
D of Canada

moderator said...

Hey D,

Yes it's possible they are nesting in another location, but they were both on the nest yesterday so they're not gone. I'm not aware of additional osprey cams in our area.

Carol said...

D of Canada, go to Bird Cams Around the World
www.peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net/index.php
Be sure to read the instructions before you get started. It is a forum board and different from most websites. But once you get on and learn the rules, it's great.

Carol said...

Another GREAT site not only for birds is WildEarth.TV. Use your search engine. I am absolutely hooked on this website. Don't get a darned thing done anymore! So much for spring cleaning this year!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi D. There is a list of links at this site--some of them are no longer valid, but some of them are.
http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org/viewtopic.php?f=154&t=1408&start=0

At some of these cams, such as Wilmington, NC, where there is a Great Horned Owl with nestlings, you will see other birds have taken over the osprey nests.

We are still really hoping to see some osprey activity in this nest. After all, we have waited about 7 months!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

D of Canada, go to http://www.beakspeak.com/
This is also a great site for all kinds of raptor nests. And also you can go to http://www.webcamplaza.net/master_frame_fix.html
That is also a good site.
Mary Pat :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you all, apprec the info and I'm already way behind on day to day "to-do" stuff watching our HHI empty nest! Guess won't be too popular at home. However, still hoping for good things from our pair.
D of Canada

moderator said...

Hey D,

Our couple was on the nest about an hour and a half ago so maybe there's hope yet!!

Anonymous said...

Modertor,
Can you tell me what is happening with the webcam? All I get is a very dark screen with a red tink to it and appears to be frozen. I can make out the nest but that's all.
Thanks,
Mary Pat :)

Anonymous said...

Is the camera not working? It looks like it is a night picture?

Anonymous said...

is the camera down.. all I see is dark and red..

thank you katt

moderator said...

Thanks for the notice. The camera needed a reboot. It should be working now.

Anonymous said...

There is some new nesting material in the nest today. Hope, hope, hope this is a good sign! Thanks, MG, for the reboot.

Vivian