20 May 2013

It's now one month since KG broke through its shell. KG and JB are looking very good. JB was seen this morning moving sticks around the nest copying Bea.

This is the first season that we haven't had much aggression between the chicks. With JB hatching one day after KG, JB's proximity in hatching and size has been its advantage in competing for food. That's not saying KG hasn't tried intimidating its sibling.

We have at least another month to go before the two will fledge, but about two weeks prior to fledging we should see them strengthening their wings by flapping them and also see them jumping up and down.

Photo of JB.

13 comments:

Carol said...

They are growing like weeds!

birdgirl said...

Wow, great closeup of Bea feeding the chicks a HUGE (and rather bloody) fish. Looks like KG and JB are having a feast.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

what happened to the third egg?

Marty Folly Field

moderator said...

Hey Marty,

The third chick never hatched and the egg has been covered with nesting material. It might not have been viable to begin with. I guess we'll never know.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how big they have already gotten. Wow!

Anonymous said...

Hi

When will the young chicks be able to eat the fish on their own that Jasper or Bea bring them, or will the parents continue to feed them until they learn to fish for themselves. I cannot believe how large they are getting....almost as big as the adult osprey.

The two B's

Anonymous said...

I live in Atlanta and thoroughly enjoy checking in on the Ospreys. Thank you Palmetto Electric for providing their home and a camera. This beats all of the reality shows on TV.

moderator said...

To answer the Two B's question about the chicks feeding themselves:

KG and JB have been picking up scraps of fish that were dropped while Bea fed them, but they are not yet to eat a fish themselves at this point.

Fish skin is tough and requires neck and beak strength to rip and tear the fish into pieces for them to eat. In past seasons the juveniles began to eat fish on their own around the time they fledge.

Anonymous said...

So amazing and educational...school children should be required to see this to learn respect for nature! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Moderator for your replay to my question regarding the "wee" ones eating on their own. Goodness I just love to watch these little chicks and will be sort of sad when they fledge but also proud of them to be making it on their own. What a wonderful experience to be able to watch their growth and I want to thank you and all your associates for brining this wonderful experience to all the people....let me not forget to thank Palmetto Electric as well.

The two B's

Anonymous said...

I don't know which "wee" osprey it was but one of them stood up so you could see all the whites of its legs and spread its wings out full.. pretty impressive. Goodness gracious the wing span is pretty wide for such little ones. It will not be long until they are on their own. It will be sad to see them go. Bea and Jasper have done such a good job bringing up their chicks.

The two B's

Anonymous said...

How amazing and educational! How long has this platform been built? What happens to the fish remains and do the parents occupy the nest after the young ones fly? Thank you all for this great webcam experience...we love it!! R

moderator said...

Hey R.

The platform (fence section) was placed on the tower in 1989. Back then, the osprey were continuously building nests on the crossarms of the tower and the nests kept falling to the ground, so we placed a section of chain link fence to the top of our communications tower.

Usually there is nothing left of a fish, every bit of it is consumed.

The parents, Bea and Jasper, will stay at the nest until August or so then begin their southern migration. We do have a few osprey that are in the area during the fall/winter months, but we have never had any stay at the tower year round.