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 !!!  :)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the 2015 nesting info/updates...

Palmetto mods "Rock" (!)

Beth/Oh

PS...Live free and 'Fly' high WG 💗

Anonymous said...

I wonder if someone here would be so kind as to give me the link to the live cam? I have been watching this nest for years, but never knew it was being recorded. Thank you.

moderator said...

The link to our osprey cam is: http://www.palmetto.coop/osprey-habitats/

We do not record the osprey nest. We take still images and refresh them every few seconds.

birdgirl said...

Many thanks to our moderator for the great photos and for keeping us informed during another successful osprey season. It always seems like the season will never start, and then like it should not be time to end! We'll keep an eye out for the crows and other wildlife that visit the nest.

Vivian, GA

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your reply! I will definitely be watching from now on. Is there any chance you would ever consider using a live cam (continuous streaming) like they do some other places - Chesapeake Bay, Hog Island, Maine, etc.? This would be a fascinating nest to watch!

moderator said...

We considered streaming a few years ago, but the broadband costs outweighed our decision to go forward with it. At the present we will continue with still imagery.

Thanks for the question.

Anonymous said...

july 29
17:04pm

Aloha from Hawaii! thank you for the wrap-up of the successful 2015 season.
And thank you for your work :-))

I, too, had little hope for WC but what a survivor!! Thanks to Jasper and Bea for their great parenting!!

ENS is creeping up on me as I watch this nest and others as the season winds down.

Hope you will continue to be available to answer questions.

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right now there is a juvie at the top of the nest, standing on the left side. Don't know who that is. Maybe WC??


Anonymous said...

Thank you. Think about donations to help defray costs for a program like that. There are many wonderful people out there who enjoy watching the wildlife and may be willing to help. You might be surprised! In the meantime, I will be watching. Happy birding!! :))

moderator said...

Good morning Hawaii. The last post was our usual wrap up for the season, but we'll always answer questions as best we can.

birdgirl said...

I've been checking the nest in case any little critters are scampering around, but the camera has been stuck on August 27.

Vivian, GA

birdgirl said...

Yay!!! The camera is back. No critters, but it's nice to be able to take a look.

Vivian, GA

birdgirl said...

OK, this is January 13. It is time for our Osprey to return and get started!!!

Vivian, GA