31 March 2011

Our pair now has three eggs. The first was laid Friday, March 25, the second, Monday, March 28, and the third, Thursday, March 31.

Osprey's generally lay 2-4 eggs with three being the average size clutch. The eggs are whitish with bold splotches of reddish-brown and are incubated for about 5 weeks to hatching.
We may have three eggs, though not confirmed. The female was acting a bit odd around 3:17. Hopefully she'll move so we can get a good look.

Update...Yes, We now have our third egg which she laid at 3:17 on Thursday, 31 March.

Our male appeared at 7:05 this morning and the female flew off. We have noticed a few more palm fronds and sticks around the nest so dad is still hard at work. I'm sure the hard rain throughout the past several days has hampered his efforts. We are predicted to have more rain today than mostly sunny into next week.

29 March 2011

Close up of the two eggs as of today, 29 March 2011.

28 March 2011

We have our second egg!! Thanks to viewer/blogger, Beth, who spotted the egg at 12:59, on Monday, 28th of March.
The pair is doing a fantastic job protecting their first egg from the thunder and lightening storms that have been passing through the Lowcountry. The female has been tucking her head inward protecting the egg and most likely herself from the pelting rain. The warm temperatures that we've been enjoying for a few weeks now have fallen about 15 to 20 degrees and do not appear to go back into the 70's until the weekend. We'll go through the names we've received so far and try to pick names this week. We still have the first egg at this time.

27 March 2011

Our pair weathered the storm that passed this morning, although they both look a bit disheveled.

26 March 2011

The male and female are taking turns, about 60-40, incubating their first egg. The male almost seems obsessed with rolling the egg. Both male and female will roll an egg to ensure it is evenly heated and that the embryo does not stick to the inside of the eggshell.

As mentioned by one of our bloggers, the weather forecast in the next few days is not going to be the best for our pair and their new egg.

With the weather conditions forecast to change the pair will have to make sure they keep their egg(s) warm.

Both parents have a brood patch, an area of bare skin under their breast feathers. Males have a smaller ‘hot-spot' than the females; however, the female ospreys have a larger area with many vessels that can be suffused with blood whenever the egg temperature falls. This instinctive ability allows the ospreys to sense temperature changes within the eggs and to control it within the nest through their own body methods.