26 June 2012

GV and RJ still have not fledged though both have been seen vigorously flapping their wings and hopping about the nest getting airborne at times. Jasper and Bea could withhold food from the two to encourage them to fledge.

18 June 2012

GV and RJ are now about the same size of their parents, Bea and Jasper. Both juveniles have yet to fledge, but it could be soon as they enter their 7th week since hatching. The camera housing is somewhat blurry due to it being hit by one of the ospreys relieving itself and it doesn't appear that we are due any rain in the coming week. Last year the same thing happened and obstructed our view for several weeks.

GV and RJ at times are still fed by Bea, but more often they are eating their own fish which is still brought to them. Bea and Jasper may encourage their offspring to fledge by withholding food so they can begin their fishing skills.

There are many trees and other towers near the nest for RJ and GV to perch on once they take their first flight. Landing may be awkward at first as the juveniles will have to master its balance and grasping objects. Our nest is atop a 100' foot tower so whichever juvenile fledges first will demonstrate a leap of faith and and a whole lot of confidence.

11 June 2012

Looks as if Bea and Jasper got tired of the fighting and gave GV and RJ their own fish. Though we just saw GV go over to RJ and peck him/her a few times even though GV has its own fish and now just stole RJ's fish. RJ just can't catch a break with GV.
This will be the 6th week since the two chicks hatched. GV is still attacking RJ when fish is brought to the platform. GV was seen this mornig pulling feathers out of RJ's back. RJ probably cannot wait until GV fledges or until he/she fledges itself.

08 June 2012

A quick visual difference between GV and RJ is their head coloring. GV is on the left and has more blonde in its feathers than RJ.

Their gender on the other hand is another story. The most reliable sign of gender is the "necklace" - the coloring across an osprey's chest. Females have the brown speckled chest where males are mostly white.

The juvenile's gender is not as easy to determine as they usually have a necklace then lose it as they mature. Body size often assists in determining an osprey's gender, but again in juveniles it is not exact until maturation. So we are not sure if we have males or females. Both GV and RJ have transformed into beautiful juveniles and they should fledge within a few weeks.

06 June 2012

Our osprey family is a bit damp, but hopefully the majority of the wet weather is behind them.

As many of our bloggers have noted both GV and RJ have gotten quite large as you can see from the photo in the May 21st blog. Jasper has been doing a good job bringing in fish throughout the storms  the last few days.

This weeks marks the chicks 5th week since they hatched and they both look healthy. We should start seeing the chicks, or should I say juveniles, begin flapping and stretching their wings more preparing for their first flight. Jasper and Bea will not teach their young to fly, with avians it is instinctive.