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.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the 2015 nest updates! I was so worried about
little one (WC) that several days I could not look at the nest
or check in.
WC is a survivor 💗

Beth/Oh



birdgirl said...

Hurray for Bea and Jasper for raising three chicks to fledge! It seems like such a short time--and really it is--that they start their season on Hilton Head and then leave. I hope they decide to stick around for a while in August.

Vivian, GA

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for all that you do for us. So very glad to see an empty nest!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to see a successful season at this nest, especially with WC surviving and fledging.
How time flies, watching ospreys quickly grow up and leave the nest for new adventures.

Thank you for providing us a view of the nest and all the drama that came with it.

Mahalo from Hawaii :-)

birdgirl said...

The camera stopped last night with WC (I think) eating a fish. Is WC catching and bringing fish to the nest or are Bea and Jasper still providing food?

Vivian, GA

Anonymous said...

BTW...meant to ask...is WC a female or male?

moderator said...

Juveniles of both sexes can exhibit a "necklace" of dark feathers that contrast with the white feathers of the upper breast. Even adult male "necklaces" can be darker than others so the most defining aspect is the osprey's size. The females are often larger than the males – some females have wingspans approaching five feet, and weigh up to four pounds; males weigh in at two pounds.