15 June 2011

Our two chicks, MKD and TE, are now 6 weeks old and have grown significantly. Unfortunately for all of us their aim upon relieving themselves has been directed at our camera preventing us from watching them transform from gawky chicks to full feathered juveniles. They both have been flapping their wings in order to strengthen their muscles in anticipation of fledging, which is usually in 7 - 9 weeks of age and they will continue to roost on the nest for about another month. With the tower being 100’ high the first flight is always a tense moment.

Bea is still feeding MKD and TE, though they will soon begin feeding themselves. Juveniles will sometimes fly along the male begging for food while he hunts. Juvenile ospreys usually catch their first fish 2 – 8 weeks after fledging.

In 2009, the osprey parents would sit on the communications equipment and squawk at the young possibly enticing their young to take flight. We’ll have to see what approach Bea and Jasper take with their two. Hopefully by then, if not sooner, we’ll have rain to clear the camera housing lens.

On a side note…I’ll be taking a vacation beginning next week, but will be checking the blog to post your comments as I get an opportunity. Also, we would like to thank everyone for their patience with the lens being blurred.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update ! Enjoy your vacation.

Carol said...

Mod, have a wonderful vacation next week. Hope you're heading somewhere cooler than around here! And PLEASE bring back some rain!

Anonymous said...

Moderator. Thank you so much for all your information. Have a great time on vacation. I have to admit I only check once a day since we can not see the chicks. It is disappointing but that's life. I hope the best for our two fledgling chicks.
Mary Pat, Maryland

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. I have been following the osprey cam in Finland and the fourth egg hatched this week.

Anonymous said...

Good morning. Did it rain last night? The camera shot is clearer. Where did that big chick come from?

Have a great vacation, Moderator!


moderator said...

Good morning Peter,

It poured last night starting around 1am. Yes the lens is a bit clearer, but still obstructed. It's a bit caked on and will probably take several hard rains to clear it up where we could see better. That "big chick" is Bea.

Anonymous said...

Yes, mid island got two big storms--one just after midnight and one about 3:30 this morning. I thought the lens would be completely cleaned off, but guess we need another couple of big rains!! Anyway, at least we can see some activity there.


Carol said...

GREAT shot of adult with babies this morning!