04 July 2013

2013 Osprey Season

We had another successful season at our osprey platform with Bea and Jasper returning for their third year. The pair was patient with us as we installed a new camera, which provided a full view of the nest (no more panning back and forth). Our pair arrived mid February and immediately began preparing the nest. This year both Bea and Jasper constructed quite the nest as their parenting skills have much improved. 

Three eggs were laid on March 13, 16, and 19. The first chick, KG, hatched April 22nd, the second chick, JB, hatched April 23rd, and the third chick never hatched. This year was the first for us where the two siblings didn’t have much rivalry between themselves. As in previous years, Jasper provided their young with plenty of fish. 

KG and JB grew quickly and JB was the first to fledge 58 days after hatching on June 20th. KG fledged 60 days after hatching on June 21st. Bea and Jasper, KG, and JB are still nearby, just out of view of the camera. They all will most likely migrate soon or in August. 

We want to thank all of our osprey viewers and bloggers in joining us watch Bea, Jasper, KG, and JB. It’s always nice to interact with our viewers and to get a peak of the wildlife on the island. The camera will still be in operation as well as the blog so keep your posts coming. Thanks for another successful osprey season and have a great summer!!

18 comments:

Carol said...

And here's to our great moderator who again so eloquently kept us abreast of the daily activities on the nest. Your updates helped us all understand what was going on....and why. And thank you again to Palmetto Electric for making this all possible. The new camera was a great improvement over previous years and allowed us to have a better overview of the nest and its surroundings. I wish all my fellow bloggers a safe and happy summer and hope we will all be back together at the nest come January, 2014!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Palmetto Electric and staff for all they do for us. Here's to 2014! Judy/Ohio

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Moderator, and Palmetto Electric for all your excellent information and answers about the ospreys..we appreciate your expertise and look forward to next season...it appears we have a little more time with KG, which we'll enjoy! R

Anonymous said...

I have been watching from Canada. There are Osprey nests where I live and this has been a great opportunity to see what is going on in these nests.

birdgirl said...

This morning there are only crows in the nest! That's a true sign that the osprey season is winding down.

Vivian

birdgirl said...

Good morning, Jasper. I see you all alone in the nest. Are you suffering from empty-nest syndrome? I am too. Thanks for providing so nicely for Bea and the little chicks. Have a great fall/winter, wherever you decide to spend the time. I look forward to seeing you again next season.

Vivian

Carol said...

WOW! Bea and Jasper are both on the nest now. What a nice surprise! (Friday, 7/19)

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

I haven't figured out why, but our family has been "hanging out" on the tower scaffolding below the nest (platform). It could be that they are in a bit of shade from the sun.

Carol said...

Do you suppose they have decided to winter here this year? When would be the latest they would migrate south if they were going to go?

moderator said...

Carol,

In past years, the parent ospreys and the juveniles stayed until mid August, so we'll see if they decide to stay in the area.

Carol said...

Is there a dead bird in the nest????

moderator said...

No Carol, it is a clump of spanish moss.

birdgirl said...

Dear Moderator,

Every time I have checked in the past few days, the nest has been empty. Please tell us if any of our osprey family is still hanging around, or should we consider this wonderful season has come to a close?

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

I haven't seen our osprey family for a while now, so yes I would consider the 2013 season officially closed.

Anonymous said...

Monday surprise! Who is that on the nest? Glad to see it! R

moderator said...

Hey R,

It's not from our osprey family. Could be a migrating osprey.

birdgirl said...

Looks like some new material in the nest, maybe some moss. Probably put there by some ospreys passing by trying to stake a claim? I'm sure they will be quickly shooed away come January/February if they are there when Bea and Jasper return.

Vivian

Pam Maynard said...

I just found this site and it is so awesome of Palmetto Electric to take interest in our furry feathered creatures. This earth belongs to them just as much to us and we have to be sensitive to the survival of all of wild life. Anyway,Do they use the same material every year and just add to it? And Whats with the pine cone there! Do they eat the seeds like squirrels do or are they just "decorating" their home? The Osprey webcam nest site looks like a chain link fence gate, was this put there by Palmetto Electric for the Osprey? And are Osprey careful when building a nest on man made places like the one on your web cam? Anyway, Hats off to Palmetto Electric for caring!!