17 June 2014

There was a steady breeze at the top of the tower yesterday that may have assisted BK and CR in taking their flights. Strong winds can send a fledging osprey to take its first flight whether it wants to or not. The days are becoming more humid with occasional afternoon thunderstorms scattered about the Lowcountry, which is typical for this time of year. Both BK and CR seem content on staying on the platform, as of this post, which will continue to be their home for several more weeks.

Jasper continues to provide fish with Bea occasionally feeding both juveniles. The young ospreys will soon be working on their fishing skills which they will develop up to migration. It's been reported that siblings that fish together after fledging will develop their hunting skills faster than single juveniles, though once migration begins single juveniles demonstrate no difference in hunting ability. 

A few viewers have asked about the sex of the juveniles. Necklaces on young osprey can be deceiving as many chicks start out with one and lose it as they mature. Body size is another indicator, but as they continue to grow it is not definitive in determining sex.  Since we don't band the osprey on our tower we're not sure what sex the two young ospreys are.

We still have several more weeks of osprey viewing before the family moves on so keep watching and commenting.

10 comments:

carol mullins said...

Thanks for the update, Mod. As always you provide us all with helpful information and we appreciate it.

birdgirl said...

I'm surprise to see all the new nest material (moss) today, with Bea arranging it around. Isn't it a bit late in the season for new material?

Vivian

carol mullins said...

I think Bea is showing BK and CR how to distribute the nesting material! Lord knows it took her a couple of years to figure it out! lol

birdgirl said...

Ha ha, Carol, I believe you're right!!!

birdgirl said...

Awwwww, empty nest this morning. Guess this will be the case more and more now. But we'll keep watching for any last looks at our BK and CR!!

Vivian

carol mullins said...

Kids have flewed the coop!

birdgirl said...

One kid in the nest this morning. They seem to come and go at will now. I guess Bea and Jasper are still bringing food to the nest?

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

Yes, food is still being provided for the two juveniles. The young ospreys are venturing out a bit further each day so they should start practicing their fishing techniques.

birdgirl said...

Uneaten fish in the nest. The juvies must have gotten too full to finish their breakfast. :-)

Vivian

Anonymous said...

3 juvies ready to fledge at

osprey.ferris.edu