27 March 2014

We continue to have an intruder osprey harass Bea and Jasper. While Bea was incubating the eggs this morning, the intruder attempted to land on the platform multiple times. With any luck the pair can dispatch the newcomer quickly.

24 March 2014

We have lost one of the eggs. For whatever reason Bea and Jasper left the eggs unattended for about 20 minutes on Saturday and apparently a crow got to one of the eggs and broke it. There has been another osprey in the area attempting to land on the nest. It could be that Bea and Jasper were driving the intruder away while the crow appeared. We'll check the photos we've taken so far and determine, if possible, to see which egg was lost.  As mentioned in the last post.....the eggs hatch asynchronously in the order in which they were laid, so we might know which egg was lost as the chicks hatch.

21 March 2014

Bea and Jasper are busy taking turns incubating their three eggs which were laid March 7th, 10th and 13th. Osprey usually lay two to four eggs, one to three days apart. Both the male and female incubate the eggs, which hatch after approximately 40 days. Because incubation starts when the first egg is laid, the eggs hatch asynchronously in the order in which they were laid. Chicks that hatch first are larger and have a competitive advantage over those that are hatch later. If food becomes scarce, the smaller chicks are less successful in competing for food, and often die. This decrease in the number of chicks in the nest makes food more available to the surviving chicks, and increases their likelihood of survival. This process, common in raptors, is called brood reduction. The past three seasons Bea and Jasper's first egg hatched after thirty nine to forty days which would put the first chick hatching on April 15/16.

Both parents expend considerable effort protecting the nest from intruders, including other ospreys and potential predators. Yesterday we had another osprey attempting to land on the platform. Both parents fended off the intruder. Ospreys are vulnerable to predation from aerial predators, such as owls and eagles . In North America, Bald eagles and great horned owls are known predators of osprey nestlings and (occasionally) adults. The speckled appearance of osprey chicks camouflages them in the nest and may be an adaptation to minimize predation by diurnal avian predators like the bald eagle. Raccoons, snakes and other climbing animals are also suspected predators of osprey eggs and nestlings.
(Poole, 1989; Poole, et al., 2002)

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.

Bea
Jasper


14 March 2014

Bea


Jasper

 

13 March 2014

We now have three eggs as of 10:07 a.m.


12 March 2014

The photo gallery has been updated with sixteen more photos.

10 March 2014

Updated: March 11, 2014 at 07:55. The osprey cam hours have been extended to 8:00 p.m. The viewing times will be adjusted to accommodate Daylight Savings Time.
UPDATE 10:24:  The second egg was laid this morning. Photo pending.... 



We still have the one egg as of Monday, March 10, 07:29 a.m.


07 March 2014

We have our first egg. Beth, from Ohio, spotted the egg at 1:40 p.m.