14 April 2011

Not much going on at the moment with our pair, Bea and Jasper, while they continue to incubate their three eggs. The first egg could hatch anywhere from April 28 - May 4. If we are lucky enough to have chicks this season, it will be the second time since the web cam went live in 2007.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The comment about this being the second year since 2007 that chicks might be produced at this site, is this fairly typical of Osprey throughout the world?

moderator said...

Since the platform was placed on top of our tower back in the 80's we've had many successful seasons with chicks. In 2007, our first with the camera, the resident couple, Olivia and Ollie, had a clutch of three eggs that never hatched, for what reason we never knew. In 2008 we had a new pair on the nest that laid eggs, but again they did not hatch. We believed the pair was young due to inattention they paid to the eggs during storms and cold weather.

2009 brought us again three eggs with all hatching, but the youngest chick died 5 weeks into it's life.

Last year was just crazy with multiple osprey's attempting to establish residency of the platform. No osprey establish the nest and it was basically left unoccupied last year.

What we have seen through other sites are up and down seasons. So is it typical we can't say, but some nesting sites have many successful seasons while others have seasons like ours - hit or miss.

Anonymous said...

Loch Garden FYI...
EJ laid her first egg at 3.25am BST

Beth/Oh

Anonymous said...

Nice summary about the history of this nest. For the many years that there was no camera, it would be hard to tell exactly what happened each year, except that folks watching would see that there were osprey on the nest and chicks fledging. Thanks to Palmetto Electric, there now is a camera and a very attentive moderator and we can all keep up with what is going on and enjoy the view. Perhaps Bea and Jasper will be the couple to come back year after year and protect the nest they have worked so hard on this year.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

They seem to be protecting and rolling the eggs well. There is a hint of a pine cone in the back right of the camera shot. Have they eaten any pine cone seeds since a week or so ago?

moderator said...

We haven't noticed Bea eating any more pine cone seeds since the other week.

Anonymous said...

3:03 -- egg on right is hatching?

Sure looks different than the others and she is standing there checking it out.

Peter

Anonymous said...

I think it is at least 2 weeks early for an egg to be hatching. I left Hilton Head this morning and have just started watching the nest this afternoon. Hope all is well with mama and her eggs.

Vivian

moderator said...

The three eggs are still there. Vivian is correct - it would be about two weeks early. They pair keeps rotating the eggs and it may have appeared different due to the eggs mottled appearance.

Anonymous said...

8:20 EDT --

New pine cone right in front of her to the right, looks to be missing some seeds IMO.

Anonymous said...

7:47 PM -- nest empty.

All OK?

Anonymous said...

7:50 PM

Momma back

Anonymous said...

Scotland nest has 2 eggs laid in past few days so am watching that nest too. And the Eagles in Iowa which have had snow but are growing rapidly. It's all very interesting, I'll start watching this next more as due dates for egg hatching gets closer.
Lynne/HHP