July 21. It’s been a bit of a tough year for the Ospreys at the Milford Point Coastal Center. The first two hatchlings died and for a while things looked dicey for the third. But it survived and is now almost adult-sized.
Keep reading to see how circumstances and outlook changed for these birds as the weeks passed.
July 7. About the comments: we definitely what to read what you see and think. But be patient. To avoid spammers, we review and approve all comments before they show up on the page. But depending on what else is going on – dinner, sleeping, a good ballgame on TV – we don’t always get to it right away. Thanks!
July 1. News of the third hatchling’s demise has apparently been greatly exaggerated, so the camera is back on.
June 30. The third hatchling is either dead or about to die. We made the decision to turn the camera off. Thank you for watching and keeping track for us.
The third egg hatched at midday on Wednesday, June 20. The second egg hatched Monday afternoon, June 18. After the first hatchling perished, we’re hoping for the best with the other two.
The first egg hatched at 6:18 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Unfortunately by Monday morning, June 18, it was clear that the hatchling did not survive. Although this makes for grim viewing, it’s not that unusual. Mortality in nature is high. We suspect that the female is inexperienced. Two observers emailed us to report what they saw in the hours after the first egg hatched:
“I watched for many hours yesterday … and neither parent brought any fish back to the nest until late in the afternoon…and then it was the female who I never saw feed the chick. Even though it was ‘asking’ for food. I would suspect that the poor thing starved to death.”
“[On Sunday, one of the observers] was monitoring it for hours and the female left it out in the sun instead of protecting it. Then, hours went by and it didn’t get any food so it was probably dehydrated. She left the eggs all of the time instead of sitting on them in the cold weather. I know this stuff is happening all over the place but when you can actually see it, it is heartbreaking.”
We don’t disagree.
Connecticut’s Original Osprey Cam is Back!
For 2018 we’ve installed a new, high definition, solar-powered camera, with wireless internet, supported by Canaan Technology.
Each year we provide live streaming of the Ospreys that nest in the marsh at the Milford Point Coastal Center.
The female lays eggs 1-3 days apart. The first egg was at least two weeks later than usual this year — about May 10th. By May 18th, there were three.
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.
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.
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