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 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.

 

55 Responses to “Osprey Cam”

  1. 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.

  2. Steve Fay says:

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

  3. Sophie says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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