24 June 2013

Now that KG and JB have fledged, they will spend the next few weeks strengthening their bodies and learning to fish for themselves. The success rate for fishing is affected by individual ability, weather and tide. KG and JB will need to hone their skills as their parents may only continue to feed them for several more weeks.

The juveniles resemble the adults in almost every aspect, but their dark back feathers are white-tipped, their eyes are orange, and they tend to have fewer markings on their chests (necklace). Juvenile plumage is generally replaced by adult plumage be 18 months of age.

Most likely the ospreys will migrate further south to Georgia, Florida or to South America. Since Hilton Head is on the edge of the year round/breeding area, we do have a few osprey winter here. Ever since our web cam has been in operation (2007), we’ve yet to see osprey on the platform during the winter months.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just watched Jasper bring in a nice flounder..KG (I think) grabbed it & did not share (so far) tonight. First I've seen this behavior with all four at the nest. R

moderator said...

Good morning R,

We've noticed that too. Usually there's not much fish left to share after KG or JB has been eating. Both seem to be doing well.

Anonymous said...

Haven't noticed but wondering if the parents are bringing in fish less often to encourage the young to hone their own fishing skills. R

moderator said...

Hey R,

Sorry it took so long for a response.

The parents are still providing fish. We haven't noticed yet if KG and JB bring their own fish to the platform as of this post.

KG and JB are most likely honing their fishing skills as Bea and Jasper decrease their parental influence so the two become independent.

Gina said...

They are beautiful.

So happy for a successful season.

Anonymous said...

Friday afternoon, noticed three ospreys flying over our lagoon (PD) near Broad Creek & 278... Couldn't help but wonder if it were JB & parents...never noticed them here before... Empty platform today is a healthy sign but will hate to see them leave later on this fall...good job to all! R

Anonymous said...

Do you think KG and JB are fishing on their own yet....if so are they getting enough to eat. Now, if these "wee" ones were not getting enough to eat would the parents know this and still feed them? Also, if and when they do catch fish on their own do they bring them back to the nest to eat. I know this is a dumb question but would the two "wee" ones share their fish?

The two B's

moderator said...

It's possible that KG and JB are finding their own food, but we haven't noticed them bringing fish back to the nest as of yet. Osprey parents continue to provide food for their young for several weeks after fledging.

Most likely KG and JB would bring their meals back to the tower to eat, but there are many places around the tower for them to perch and eat their fish. As for the two sharing a fish, we've seen either get the leftovers after the first has had its fill of the meal.

Anonymous said...

Moderator, thank-you for all your wisdom this past season....it is much appreciated. It has been a truly wonderful experience for us and we will miss KG and JB when they are gone but will look forward with anticipation to next year and hopefully they will return or at least Jasper and Bea. We will be returning to your wonderful Island this coming October...we love everything about HHI.

The two B's

moderator said...

You're very welcome and thank you for participating with our blog. It's always nice to hear from our viewers. Have a safe trip.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, my daughter called & said there's an osprey in the middle of the Cross Island bridge...they stopped to help! When they opened the car door, it took flight but hit the car. They were calling their vet who rehabilitates birds when the stunned bird flew off...they noticed there's a nest nearby. It may have been a young bird...we must watch out for them!R

moderator said...

Thanks for the information R.

In case anyone comes across an injured bird, you can contact The Center of Birds of Prey at 843.971.7474. They operate a professional avian medical clinic for injured birds of prey and some shorebird species and are located at 4872 Seewee Road, Awendaw, SC 29429, which is north of Mount Pleasant, SC.

moderator said...

Forgot to add their website address: http://www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org/index.php

birdgirl said...

Either Bea or Jasper sitting in the middle of the nest--all alone. Where are those kids??

Vivian

birdgirl said...

Fourth of July morning--There sits Bea and Jasper all alone except for (what looks like) egg #3. It looks like fresh moss in the nest--why would they bring that after the chicks have fledged?

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

Most likely to establish that they have control over the nest.

Anonymous said...

Looks like some crows have landed in the nest and may have broken open the third egg....what will happen now, will the chicks still land...will Bea and Jasper run them off?

The two B's

moderator said...

Hey Two B's,

I saw the crows on the nest this morning too. Didn't take them long to uncover the third egg. I can't imagine it was appetizing.

If more crows come to the platform Bea and Jasper might run them off, but usually the crows don't bother them after the juveniles have fledged. Now if it was when they were incubating eggs or had small chicks they would definitely run the crows off.