28 July 2015

2015 Osprey Season

With the approach of August our osprey season is coming to a close. Our osprey family: Bea & Jasper and their three offspring (AA, DG, and WG) are still in the area. They are frequenting nearby trees more than occupying the platform.

The juveniles seem to be well and have been catching their own fish. Often the three can be seen helping themselves to their sibling’s bounty if they’ve missed a meal. The juveniles must master their fishing skills prior to their fall migration as they will be self sufficient on their southward journeys.

To recap our season Bea arrived February 2nd and Jasper arrived on the 10th. The pair quickly got to work preparing the nest for their pending clutch with the first egg being laid March 2nd. The second and third eggs arrived March 5th and 7th.

The eggs hatched:

April 10th - AA
April 12th - DG
April 13th - WC

As the chicks grew so did tension between DG and WC. DG relentlessly attacked WC often biting the smallest chick to the point that the chick frequently had open wounds. I have to say I didn’t give WC much hope of surviving. But the strong will chick held on and survived. This year marks the first time since we installed the camera that three chicks fledged.

DG fledged June 9th with AA fledging the week of June 15th. With its older siblings off the nest WC was able to eat more fish becoming stronger and heal. WC fledged June 27th.

As always we want to thank our viewers and blog participants. The camera remains pointed at the platform so we can view the bits and pieces of this year’s osprey season any other wildlife that may frequent the platform.

Have a great 2015 !!!  :)

09 July 2015

AA, the oldest, on the platform taking a break from eating a flounder.

07 July 2015

Jasper recently brought a fish in for WC. Most of the time the osprey family is located in nearby trees and is maintaining ownership of the nest.

02 July 2015

It appears that WC fledged on the morning of June 27th. Since 2007, when we began broadcasting views of our osprey nest, we have had only two chicks survive and fledge each year. So we are extremely pleased to have all three chicks fledge this season. I have to admit I didn't have much hope for WC surviving the relentless attacks from DG. The will to survive is very strong in WC.

The family currently occupies nearby trees and lower sections of the tower while not in view of the camera. All three juveniles are staying close to their parents and perfect their fishing and fling skills.

Migration for juveniles will be their biggest challenge as they will face many obstacles including emaciation, electrocution, bad weather, habitat loss and misdirection. The juveniles will travel alone with little fishing skills and only inherit navigation knowledge. It has been reported that less than half of migrating juveniles live long enough to breed, which is at three years of age. Despite all the obstacles osprey face the total population survival rate is quite high and continues to grow.

In past seasons the osprey family has departed mid July to early August so we have a few weeks left to our 2015 season.