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July 30, 2019 – The babies are starting to fledge. See the comments for more details!

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Click here to see brief videos of the first two eggs hatching.


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.

141 Responses to “Osprey Nation – Osprey Cam”

  1. Sherri Delaney says:

    9/18 …. I saw juvenile yesterday morning (9/17) at 7:10 AM.
    Gull currently on nest 9:58 AM

  2. Debbie M alletzhauser says:

    9/17 – Seems like the last juvenile has left the nest (last seen yesterday around 4pm eating a fish). Today there is a gull in the nest scavenging.

  3. Tom Andersen says:

    There’s plenty of info on our website. If you Google ospreys, you’ll also find the Cornell Ornithology lab website.

  4. walt gintant says:

    where can i get more information about ofreys

  5. Tom Andersen says:

    Others have made that suggestion as well. We’ll have to see what the future brings. The nest is on an island in the middle of a tidal marsh, so access to it isn’t always easy.

  6. Janice says:

    Would it be possible to adjust the camera next year so we can have a better view as well as audio? See website iws.org (eagle watch)

  7. Rick says:

    Sunday 8/25, 6:30 pm. All 3 juvies in the nest. Looks like one of them eating a fish.

  8. Carol says:

    Even tho the nest is empty, very often one of the juveniles is sitting on the camera post and yesterday both parents were sitting on the perch. Also yesterday at various times in the afternoon, two juveniles were in the nest each eating a fish.

  9. Paul says:

    Odd, Aug 22 @ 11:00am, no Osprey in the nest just two half eaten fish!

  10. Rowena S. Lavoie says:

    Visited the coastal center 9/15/19 lovely day. Osprey family treated us to a short fly about a real treat so graceful. Staff was friendly and helpful. Hope to visit again.

  11. Amy says:

    One of the juveniles caught a fish and proceeded to devour it while his sibling tried several times to take a bite and snatch it without success. When he was about 2/3rds done with the fish, the 3rd sibling swooped on the nest and grabbed the fish right out of his claws. He let him take it and keep it. I guess he had enough to eat. Didn’t think they shared their catch – but I guess they do!

  12. Mike W says:

    I hope they all hang out a bit more than usual. The family this year has been the best I’ve seen so far. The parents were just perfect.
    Last years Mom “wasn’t up for the task”. The dad was like “meh”.
    But 2019?

    Three more BEAUTIFUL Ospreys for the world!
    Great job Audubon and staff!
    🐣👏🐣👏🐣👏

  13. Ted S. says:

    Everyone knows when the birds will vacate the nest. The day after Labor Day. That’s when ALL “summer rentals” expire. 😉

  14. Tom Andersen says:

    Hard to say exactly. They will probably be gone by the end of the month but they will almost definitely be there for another week or so. If you go to the Coastal Center during the times the building is open, someone will show you where to look. There’s a spotting scope in the building and they might have binoculars to let you use.

  15. frances federico says:

    Tom Anderson: How long do they remain in the nest before moving out? Or do they stay until they migrate south for the winter. I would love to see them in person but where and how would I locate them?

    My 5 year old daughter and I have been watching them since before they hatched with the last one hatching on her birthday. It has been truly fascinating.

    Currently, all three in nest at 4:45pm.

  16. Tom Andersen says:

    I was at the Coastal Center this morning. All the Ospreys were present and accounted for, flying, resting on the perch behind the nest, stopping on a rock uncovered at low tide; this year’s juveniles were flying over the marsh and dipping down to the water to dip their talons in, as if practicing. If you’re a fan of the Osprey Cam and you live within a reasonable drive, it’s worth a visit to see them in real life.

  17. frances federico says:

    2 in the nest, one with a fresh catch at 4:30pm

  18. Carol says:

    Male chick with freshly caught fish (hopefully he caught it himself) and just starting to eat head.

  19. Tom Andersen says:

    I saw the female on the nest, rearranging sticks, around 12:30 or so.

  20. frances federico says:

    Same, 1pm no one is home.

  21. Paul says:

    Checked in today at 9:15am…..No one home….Empty nest.

  22. frances federico says:

    Two birds are flying on their own and one caught its own fish tonight.

  23. Cindy says:

    Omg I haven’t been watching for awhile What beautiful babies and all3 with feathers and one just attempted to fly and up and down pretty quickly!!! Mom or dad is there too and one was hopping around on the nest So precious! Thank you so much for this beautiful experience!

  24. Rowena S. Lavoie says:

    I understand. Thankyou.

  25. frances federico says:

    First bird officially took flight around noon today. Last evening he was was flying up enough to cast a shadow on the nest and came right back down but today he’s out and about.

  26. Tom Andersen says:

    Perhaps next year. Moving the camera entails canoeing into the marsh, extending a ladder to the nest, removing the camera, installing a new camera stand, all while the young birds are in the nest and the adults are freaking out nearby. Noe of them would stand for it.

  27. Rowena S. Lavoie says:

    Wish I could see more of the nest and family. Is it possible to back cam up a little to make this possible? Thankyou .

  28. Amy says:

    7/25 – 7pm – Chicks are feeding themselves and are growing so fast and getting so big!

  29. Mary Pat says:

    Chicks are doing great. Sure wish the camera could be zoomed out a little to see the entire nest. Hard to see all three.

  30. Carol says:

    One chick appears to be female

  31. Mike W says:

    ….shout out to the Dad also. Great provider! 🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟

  32. Mike W says:

    Flight lessons seem to be well underway. All 3 chicks look awesome! Great Mom this year!

  33. Mia says:

    Mom and babies all eating at 7:40 pm. Soaking wet from the rain storm, but nice to see how full the feathers are getting on the babies.

  34. Anne says:

    When will the young Osprey learn to fly and catch fish?
    Their wings have grown and they have been stretching them
    a lot. One can eat his own fish, but still wants mom to feed him.

  35. Carol says:

    Yes, there is an Osprey nest on a light pole at Milford Crossing. Has been there for several months and incubation has occurred but unclear if there are any chick(s) in the nest. It is being monitored.

  36. Chris says:

    I think I saw an osprey nest at Walmart in Milford?
    On a light pole….
    Have a pic

  37. Ted S. says:

    Brenda…the nestlings get all the “water” they require from the fish the adults feed them. And…because birds don’t “sweat”…they have no sweat glands…the way they dissipate heat from their bodies is by “panting”. Hope this helps. 🙂

  38. Brenda says:

    Can anyone tell me if the chicks need water? I can’t find any info online about that. They seem to survive in the hot sun while panting in the nest so I’m just curious.

  39. charlie SLADKY says:

    While working at Millstone power Plant in Waterford I looked forward to the return every year. Almost twenty years. We had two nests. It was great to see the first flights. The adult would leave the nest an fly to a weather tower, and stop there. Then would screech and scream until the youngster would fly over. About a quarter mile. Then we would watch them fish all summer in Niantic Bay. Thanks for the CAM

  40. bob says:

    Any reasons why there are no recent responses ?

  41. Brenda says:

    It is quite amazing to see the difference in growth and development from the oldest to the youngest chick. The little one is only four days younger than the oldest and the feathers are just coming in while the other two are fully covered. I tuned in this morning at 10:35 to see the second chick eating his own fish. So much has changed in the course of a week. Fascinating to see!

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