17 March 2014

We are posting the past few comments to answer a few questions by our viewers.

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!!  
posted by Pam Maynard

  • The osprey's add new material each year to pre-existing nest material.
  • Both Bea and Jasper have a "thing" for pine cones, especially Bea. They often nibble on pine cones while incubating their eggs. We're not sure if they actually eat the seeds.
  • Yes, the platform is a section of chain link fence approximately 7'x6' which was installed in the late 1980's.

Mod, I just went to the gallery. I can't find a good picture showing the difference between Bea & Jasper, frontal view. I have tried to capture one myself but have not gotten it yet. Perhaps you can help!
posted by Carol Mullins

  • They have a dark stripe through each eye, and a dark brown back. Ospreys have light blue-gray feet, yellow eyes and a black beak.



carol mullins said...

It appears to me that Bea has a little more dark feathers on her 'forehead'. Other than that and her dark chest feathers, they are pretty much identical. Is Bea a bit larger?

moderator said...

Ospreys are large birds of prey (55 to 58 cm long), with a wingspan ranging from 145 to 170 cm. Their long wings have a characteristic bend at the carpal ("wrist") joints. They are bright white underneath, with dark brown patches at the carpal joints and a mottled dark brown necklace. Other identifying markings include a dark stripe through each eye, and a dark brown back. The feet of this species are pale blue-gray, and the beak is black. Juvenile ospreys resemble adults, but have a somewhat speckled appearance due to buff-colored tips on their dark brown upper-wing and back coverts and a less well-defined necklace. Juveniles also have an orange-red iris, rather than the yellow iris that is typical of adults. Juvenile plumage is replaced by adult plumage by 18 months of age. (Poole, 1989; Poole, 1994; Snyder and Snyder, 1991)

On average, while not necessarily longer, female ospreys are 20% heavier than males and have a wingspan that is 5 to 10% greater. In North America, for example, male ospreys range in mass from 1200 to 1600 g, whereas females range from 1600 to 2000 g. Female ospreys also often have darker plumage and a more defined necklace than their male counterparts. (Poole, 1994)

MGH HHI said...

Did anyone else notice that someone was climbing the tower on Sunday am around 10:30am. Seemed to be taking pictures. Was that part of a study or what?

moderator said...

Wasn't viewing the cam during that time so I didn't see it. No one is authorized to climb the tower without approval from Palmetto Electric. It's poosible it was a crew member from one of the utilities that has equipment on our communications tower.

If you have photos of that please send them to peci@palmetto.coop.

Anonymous said...

The Ospreycam at Ferris State U. in Big Rapids, MI is now working.

birdgirl said...

No birds there yet, but here's the link for the osprey web cam at Ferris State University: