03 June 2011

Hilton Head had a little bit of rain on the south end of the island during the night. From what we can tell the nest appears dry so we're not sure if mid island received any rain. The camera is still blurred and the high humidity is not helping. We are expecting possible showers this eveing so hopefully the lens will clear from its present state.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am mid island and very close (as the osprey flies) to the nest. No signs of any rain here last night. Hopefully the sun will help burn off some of that moisture from the lens this morning

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback in the earlier thread about the lead time the Dunedin chicks have. It is fascinating to watch them looking over the edge of the nest, flapping their wings, and preparing to leave the nest.

Maybe the chicks here will launch before The Fourth?

Have a good weekend all.

Peter

Carol said...

I was hoping our heavy rains last night would have cleaned off the lenses. Looks like they made it worse! Mod, you're just gonna have to climb up the tower and clean it off! :)

Carol said...

Looks like one of the Dunedin chicks has fledged!

Carol said...

Sorry folks. Both chicks are still on the Dunedin nest. I saw the 2nd chick when I went to full screen.

moderator said...

Good morning Carol,

LOL...I don't think so.

As you were hoping for rain, so were we. Our extended forecast doesn't hold much hope for rain and I read last night that we are on the verge of a drought. I believe I read that the lack of rain and the unseasonably high temperatures has put us in the first stage of drought. In this past week alone our daily evaporation rate has reached as high as 0.4 inches. We desperately need rain.

Anonymous said...

I watched a parent feed the Dunedin chicks this morning, and I was surprised that the chicks did not "help themselves" to the fish.

Is this the way it goes? Will the parents cut back on bringing fish to the nest, and on feeding the chicks, as part of the process of them fledging, in a sense to force them to fly off in search of food?

Peter

Anonymous said...

PS -- Hilarious, one chick (?) is standing straight up in the middle of the back of the Dunedin nest, and facing the camera. Looks like a skinny long-legged creature of some sort!

Peter

Carol said...

We got a good soaking last night but the lagoon behind my house in Pinecrest is down 2 ft. Yes, we need lots more rain! And the snakes are coming around looking for water. Don't like that!

moderator said...

Peter,

Bea and Jasper may cut back on feeding MKD and TE right before fledging takes place to encourage them to fly.

Carol said...

I believe eagles will continue to bring food to the nest even after the eaglets have fledged. Maybe it's the same with osprey.

Anonymous said...

I know this is not the Dunedin blog, so thank you Moderator for your indulgence here during our obscured view of the Hilton Head nest.

I only see one chick in the Dunedin nest (incl. full screen view) and she is looking nervously over the top left edge of the nest to the ground. Did the other chick take to flight?

Cool!

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

I've been out much of Saturday so I haven't looked at Dunedin in a few days. Their other chick may have taken flight.

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

From what we've seen with our nest, after the chicks have left the nest the parent osprey feed themselves. If a chick happens to still be on the nest prior to migration, they have attempted to not feed the juvenile. Most likely encouraging it to learn to fish for itself so it can begin its journey southward.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but it's a down right shame nothing could be done with the messed up lens. I first began watching the Platform in March......and now this. I will not bother next year......you lost my attention. Doesn't a Power Company have a Bucket Truck?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Loch of Lowes is not going to have chicks this year since the eggs are way past hatching date.
Too bad. And looks like our chicks may have hit the camera again, it looks worst to me now than before at 12:50pm. Maybe we'll get luck this coming week and get some much needed rain here on the island.
Lynne/HHP

Anonymous said...

Could that lens get any worse? Except for 5 drops of rain Saturday morning, mid island has gotten nothing. I think mama and papa are using the camera for target practice!

Vivian

moderator said...

Yes, we do have bucket truckets, but the lifts do not go up 100'. We are not disturbing the osprey's and are waiting for rain to clear the lens.

Carol said...

I am really concerned about the shape of the nest. It needs to be much thicker. You can see the grate under the few sticks that are there. I'm afraid if we get any kind of wind, what's there will be blown away and there won't be a nest at all. Would the parents rebuild? Would they abandone the chicks? I am very concerned but I guess there is nothing we can do but let nature take its own course.

moderator said...

Carol,

The outer edge of the platform on the west side is lacking sticks, moss, etc. The platform is roughly 7' x 6'. The nest itself is probably over 5 feet in diameter and several inches thick.

It would take a substantial wind to blow the nest off the tower. The ospreys should be fine.

Anonymous said...

Just visited the Dunedin site and saw a youngster on the nest ... appeared to have a problem with one of its legs. It could be the one who went into one an outside staircase of one of the condos. Hopefully not too serious.

Very disappointing not to be able to view the continued growth and development of our chicks but there is obviously a lesson to be learnt here ... the camera may be too low into the nest - will it be moved for next year?
DB

moderator said...

Hey DB,

Yes, we are looking into moving the camera. We just have to find the appropriate camera, bracket etc. that will fit the tower structure and not interfere with the existing communications equipment on the tower.

Anonymous said...

Wow, is someone experimenting a bit with the camera? I just came to the site and saw the tops of buildings very clearly, now it is back to the nest with all the smudges. Looks like it might not be updating at the moment, but I think I can see one of the young ones--or is that a pine cone?

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

We were turning the camera to see if the rain storm that our New River office is currently experiencing is coming our way or not. And to see how much of the lens is covered with poop.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation. I'm back in Atlanta this week, but doing a Hilton Head rain dance.

Vivian