19 March 2012

Hopefully soon we'll see Bea sitting on some eggs. Last year the eggs were laid March, 25th, 28th, and 31st. The pair continues adding material to the platform, increasing the size of the nest, which does not have a definitive "bowl" shape as of yet.

Bea and Jasper first appeared on the nest February 20th and began mating the next day. Incubation is usually five to six weeks and if the eggs are fertile, will hatch in the order that they are laid. Next week will begin the 5th week since the pair first began mating and we could possible see eggs then. The typical clutch size is three eggs, but a cluth can range from one to four eggs. Since our osprey cam went live we have never had more than three eggs laid. Osprey eggs are about the size of large hen eggs and are a mottled brown, cinnamon color.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The nest is certainly looking better. No nest bowl but hopefully once they create one eggs will be on the way. Female on nest now (4:36PM). The view of the nest is fantastic. I hope we continue to see more of the nest!!! Thanks,
Mary Pat :)

moderator said...

Mary Pat,

Now that Bea and Jasper have broadened the nest area, they have moved away from the camera which has given us a better view.

Carol said...

Mom sure is spending a lot of time on the nest. You'd think she'd want to be out and about before the first big egg drop!

Anonymous said...

Has one of the birds been eating that pine cone, presently in the lower right corner of the shot, similar to last year? The cone does not look nearly as uniform and fresh as one did a few days ago (although I think that one was in the lower left corner of the frame as I recall).

Welcome back, all!

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

I believe you're right. Last year Bea had an affinity for pine cones and it looks as though she still does. Bea is the only osprey, that we have witnessed, that enjoys nibbling on pine cones. Maybe one of the strange eating habits of pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

Moderator wrote: Maybe one of the strange eating habits of pregnancy.

Let's all hope so and that she lays those eggs soon!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Checking in on B&J :)
Pine cone furniture-that you
can also eat...sound like a plan!

Beth/Oh

Anonymous said...

Lots & lots of moss!! I would still like to see more sticks, etc to build up the nest. Still no nest bowl. Bea spends a lot of time on the nest.
Mary Pat:)

moderator said...

Totally agree. You would think she could do a little maintenance to the nest while she's standing there.

Anonymous said...

I wonder where the eggs will land in that nest without a bowl. It seems that last year the eggs were a little to the front of the camera area. Hopefully, once there are eggs to incubate, the osprey will add more sticks around the outside to make a wall/bowl.

Vivian

moderator said...

Vivian,

Both Bea and Jasper have built a nest wall closest to the camera. It's not seen since most of their time is spent in the center of the platform. They are building up the right side of the nest with sticks and moss.

The back end of the nest remains somewhat flat compared to the other sides.