Osprey Cam

The Ospreys are nesting at the Milford Point Coastal Center and you can watch them 24 hours a day no matter what the weather.

 

Nest-building started late in the day on April 4 and resumed on April 5. The first egg was laid on Wednesday, May 3, the second on Saturday, May 6, and the third on May 9.

The female will lay eggs 1-3 days apart. Incubation begins with the first egg and takes 36-40 days; the eggs hatch asynchronously, each hatching in the order laid. This gives a distinct advantage to the older chicks in years with meager food supplies. If the weather is bad, all may not hatch. Generally, two or three babies fledge annually. In 2016, she laid three eggs, one of which hatched.

Ospreys were driven to the edge of extinction in the 1960s and early 1970s because of the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. They were listed as endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act. After DDT was banned, the Osprey population began to thrive.

The Connecticut Audubon Society began its Osprey Nation stewardship program in 2014 to collect data on Ospreys that nest in our state. With more than 200 volunteers, it has grown to become one of the largest citizen science projects in New England.

View the Osprey Cam here to enlarge the screen and use the comments section to tell us what you see.

 

30 Responses to “Osprey Cam”

  1. Ted S says:

    Tom,

    Can we assume that when the image is wobbling in windy conditions, that it is in fact the camera (mount) that is moving, and not the entire nest platform? Sure wouldn’t want “scrambled eggs”! πŸ˜‰

  2. Carol says:

    Three eggs now.

  3. Carol says:

    Two eggs!!! I thought that I saw 2 at 5:30pm and saw 2 again for sure at 9:25pm.

  4. Ted S says:

    Maybe I’m not the first to see this…but at 2122hrs…just noticed a second egg in the nest. GREAT…egg #1 has a roommate!!

  5. Amanda says:

    Hi I,just found out about this Osprey Website with live cam and looking for more. If anybody can list some additional sites I’d love to watch more Ospreys.

    Also, NOT sure if it’s normal but I watch this site and 3 min later I,see a spiraling symbol then cam freezes. I have to keep refreshing to keep watching live. Any answers why this happens??

    Thank you all in advance.

  6. Sherri says:

    Oops! sorry Kathy, I didn’t see your post when I posted.
    Think it was a little before 2:00 PM.
    Hooray! πŸ™‚

  7. Sherri says:

    First egg laid this afternoon!

  8. Ted S says:

    See…just needed the paint to dry! πŸ˜‰

  9. Kathy says:

    Yeah, we have an egg!!!!!!! Sometime between noon at 2:30ish, May 3

  10. Ted S says:

    Well…well. I see what looks like a paint stir stick in the nest now. You two kids doing a little sprucing up of the place before the eggs arrive? We are all patiently waiting…. πŸ™‚

  11. Kathy says:

    I’m starting to get worried that no eggs have been laid yet. The nest I watch in ME has 3 already and LI nest has two.

  12. Tom Andersen says:

    The camera is positioned to the south of the nest, so roughly speaking it’s facing north.

  13. Carol says:

    What direction is the camera pointed? Do prevailing winds factor into the birds decision where to build stronger sides to the nest?

  14. Ted S says:

    Interesting observations in the past few days.

    As the nest is being filled in with more “soft” materials, both parents have, on occasion, put their beak into one side of the nest as an “anchor”, and then used both feet to “dig a hole” in the center of the nest. Reminded me of some of the dogs we have had over the years digging holes in our backyard looking for a nice spot to get comfortable in. I can only imagine that it may be a natural tendency to get ready for egg laying.

  15. Charlotte says:

    She has become very restless might we see an egg today?

  16. Charlotte says:

    615 am seem to have I corporates some rope into the nest

  17. Charlotte says:

    6am both birds on nest. They appear to be building up the edge around the nest with dry marsh grasses

  18. Nan says:

    What is the time period between mating and laying of eggs?

  19. Ted S says:

    Friday @ 1505.

    Very strange behavior right now. The female has been very aggressive towards the male for the past five minutes that I have been viewing. Jumping on HIS back with talons open…and driving him off of the nest each time he returns seconds later. She is definitely not a happy camper right now.

    Is she possibly getting ready for a “visit from the Easter Bunny?”

  20. Kathy says:

    Is it possible to un-zoom the camera out a little? Seems like we’re missing half of the nest on the left. Thanks

  21. Nan says:

    Yep, mated again at 7:35 Pm.

  22. LorraineB says:

    Not much progress on the nest.

  23. Nan says:

    7:45 pm….mated again for a few seconds.

  24. Ted S says:

    “I was watching shortly before 7 a.m. today and happened to catch them mating.”

    Well…it’s 1050…and they are still at it! Can’t someone get them a private room somewhere? 😊

  25. Tom Andersen says:

    I was watching shortly before 7 a.m. today and happened to catch them mating.

  26. Kathy says:

    Yeah!!!!!

  27. Ted S says:

    At 1613…just “tuned in” to see both birds on the nest. Mom & Dad are back!

  28. Jen says:

    Two! First time I saw both. πŸ™‚

  29. Ted S says:

    Welcome back!

    At 1123 the male just landed with a mostly eaten fish. Looks like they have some “remodeling” to do before the eggs arrive.

  30. Nan says:

    On Apr 2nd, saw an osprey in the platform at 5:10 PM. Bird seemed to be quite tired. Can’t determine if it’s male or female.

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