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.

 

The first two eggs hatched on June 11 and June 12; the third on June 14 but the nestling didn’t survive. Last year, only one of three eggs hatched.

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 lays 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.

 

65 Responses to “Osprey Cam”

  1. Ted S. says:

    Who knew that Ospreys used “Airbnb”!

    The Osprey nest on Eastern Long Island also had two chicks hatch…and so far…one has fledged and one is getting close.

    But in looking at their web cam just now…there are TWO other Fledglings in the nest…making for a total of four juveniles…and one VERY confused looking adult. Never seen that before at any other nest.

    Is it possible they are just having a “play date”? 🙂

  2. Steve Fay says:

    Thanks for the info. I get to watch them fish when I fish out of Cos Cobb in the early morning. Lots of bunker around and have located five active nests that I can see from the water. Fascinating to watch.

  3. Ted S. says:

    And Steve…a young Osprey’s success rate at catching fish is just like the answer to…”How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” 😉

  4. Milan Bull says:

    According to Rob Bierregaard, leading Osprey scientist and researcher, fishing behavior by Ospreys is instinctual with no training by parents. Young Ospreys, although beg and are fed by the parents after fledging, instinctively hunt for fish by themselves and develop their own skills by repetition.

  5. Ted S. says:

    Steve, Here is a link to an article that may answer your questions.

    http://www.zen88810.zen.co.uk/ROspreys%20site/Answers%20educating.htm

  6. Steve Fay says:

    Is the fishing behavior instinct or learned?

  7. Sherri says:

    Perhaps folks should be aware that it is against the law to disturb an osprey nest during the nesting season unless it is an emergency, and even then requires a permit.
    Though many of us get impatient while waiting to see the osprey family, cleaning the cam doesn’t constitute emergency.

    Here is reference to the law:
    “During the nesting season, people or their pets should maintain a distance of at least 500 feet from an osprey nest. Disturbance of ospreys is prohibited under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and the Connecticut General Statutes Section 26-92.”

  8. Ted S. says:

    Ah Ken…no…it’s really “shame on the BIRDS” for their ability to defecate with such pinpoint accuracy…as to be able to hit the camera square in the lens…more than once.

    There are only two real options for cleaning the camera lens. The one Tom outlined…and the second one…which is the heavy RAIN that we just had roll through today. And as you can see…Option #2 works like a charm.

    By the way Ken…virtually every other Osprey nest that has a camera near it has this very same issue. The little critters seem to have a natural talent for obscuring web cams! Maybe they just want some privacy once in a while. 😉

  9. Tom Andersen says:

    Ken, thank you for your concern; we’re not happy with the situation either. But before you shame us, you should know that climbing a ladder in the middle of a tidal marsh to work on a camera at a nest occupied by two adult and two nestling Ospreys would probably not end well for either the person on the ladder or the Ospreys. We’re going to have to live with this for the time being.

  10. Ken says:

    How many weeks will go by before someone cleans the screen…shame on you.

  11. Ted S. says:

    Steve…the “screen grey out” happens to everyone…but should only be momentary before the picture returns. But it does happen with regularity. As long as the nest is occupied…nothing can be done about the video interruptions.

    I am fairly certain (from aerial photos I have seen of the nest platform area at low tide) that they run a CABLE down from the camera on the nest platform (Tom correct me if I am mistaken)…along the bottom of the Tidal Marsh…and into the Center…where the video is then sent out to this Web Page/Internet. Only slightly more complex than the Internet feed into your home. Therefore…it is prone to some hiccups every once in a while.

  12. Steve Fay says:

    Does everyone’s screen grey out or is it just on my end?

  13. Sophie says:

    At 6:40 the mother left the babies alone again for a few minutes. Wonder if this is normal.

  14. Tom Andersen says:

    Hi Ken. We try to answer questions when we know the answer. What with carrying out conservation projects, running education programs, leading bird walks, editing the website and sending emails to our members, managing sanctuaries, keeping our fundraising program on track, operating our summer day camps, etc., we don’t watch the Osprey Cam round-the-clock. Unfortunately even if we did some things happen that we can’t explain. Baby birds perish for lots of reasons (as do adult birds). This is one we can’t explain. But it’s certainly possible that someone else who was watching may have seen something.

  15. Ken Popp says:

    On the night that the third chick hatched, the female was sqirming a lot…wonder if she accidently suffocated the third chick. It would be nice if someone from the Society would comment on all the questions regarding the third chick.

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