25 March 2013

At 10:49 this morning, Bea chased off an osprey from landing on the platform. Couldn't tell if the osprey was male or female. There are other nests in the area, but they are already occupied by pairs. This may be an osprey looking for a mate or one that is migrating north.

22 March 2013

Now that the three eggs have arrived, Bea and Jasper will spend the next 5 – 6 weeks incubating their eggs. It is possible Bea could lay another egg, but since we’ve had the cam on our platform, we have never had more than three in a clutch.

Both Bea and Jasper are doing a good job of caring for their eggs and continue bringing material to the nest.

19 March 2013

Bea has laid her third egg around 12:30, Tuesday, March 19.

The osprey gallery has been updated with the latest photos, http://www.palmetto.coop/galleryosprey/spry/demos/gallery/index.html#

18 March 2013

We have a second egg! Bea laid the egg between 11:43 a.m. and 2:08 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

16 March 2013

As of 7:35 a.m. Saturday, Jasper was incubating one egg.

14 March 2013

With cooler weather upon us, Bea and Jasper will have to keep their first egg warm. Both parents have a brood patch, an area of bare skin under their breast feathers. Males have a smaller ‘hot-spot' than the females; however, the female ospreys have a larger area with many vessels that can be suffused with blood whenever the egg temperature falls. This instinctive ability allows the ospreys to sense temperature changes within the eggs and to control it within the nest through their own body methods.

Both the male and the female brood the eggs for about 5 - 6 weeks; however, the female does most of it and she relies on the male to feed her during this time.

The average clutch consists of 3 eggs, but 1 to 4 eggs are possible. The eggs are creamy white to cinnamon with dark brown or reddish-brown spots. The eggs are slightly larger than chicken eggs, measuring about 6.2 x 4.5 cm (2.4 x 1.8 in) in diameter and weighing about 65 g (2.4 oz).

It appears we have our first egg! I was off work yesterday, so I missed the event, but one of our viewer's, Beth, saw the egg yesterday evening. I'll try and get a close-up photo of the egg when Bea re-positions herself. The viewing time extended to 7:30 pm.

07 March 2013

Photo of Bea and Jasper.

Bea and Jasper are making good progress on the nest in the last few weeks. One of the posters asked about competition for the nest and we really haven't had much of that up to this point. A few years back, 2010 to be exact, competition was quite fierce that no pair occupied the nest.

Bea and Jasper appear to be in a nice rhythm, moving sticks and spanish moss around the platform. Bea has been spotted several times pressing her body into the nest, making sure it's just right.