29 May 2013

I am going on vacation beginning May 30th for a little over a week. I’ll be checking the blog for posts when I have access to a computer so keep your posts coming.  In the meantime enjoy Jasper, Bea, KG, and JB.

24 May 2013

Just a note for Memorial weekend to wish all of our viewers and bloggers a fun-filled and safe holiday. KG and JB are so well fed that they now have fish lying about the nest.

Have a great weekend!!!

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 May 2013

It's now been three weeks since KG hatched and both chicks appear to be doing well. They are now growing their pin or blood feathers. From the Dennis Puleston Osprey site.... Feathers start replacing down at about 2 wks of age...pin feathers begin to appear on the head and neck. Darker body feathers follow, with primaries, secondaries and wing and tail feathers at about 3 wks of age.

09 May 2013

Twenty new photos have been added to the gallery. Click here to view.

07 May 2013

In the photo below you can see the "crop" on JB, chick standing up.

Ospreys are diurnal raptors (active in the daytime), and all raptors of this type have a special organ called a crop, which is a swelling at the base of the esophagus that forms a storage area where food can be held for later digestion. When the chick's crop develops over the next couple weeks, it will look like a small bulging protrusion on the chick's chest, and its presence will make life easier for the whole family. For the chick, the crop means the little bird can quickly swallow food that its siblings might want, and for the adults it means the chick can go longer between feedings.

Besides storing food for later consumption, the crop also stores indigestible material -- like bones and scales. These unusable fish pieces are captured in the crop and eventually molded into pellets that are later regurgitated.

Information from Dennis Puleston Osprey Cam Message Board.

02 May 2013

The photo gallery has been updated with 18 new pictures.

01 May 2013

Looks as though Jasper has found a nice fishing hole. Below is a photo of Bea feeding KG and JB, left to right, a bit of Sheepshead, which I understand are not the easiest to catch.