from the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail Osprey Cam
July 28 @ 0800hr - The nest platform was
empty, as all three young Ospreys are flight-capable. Now
they have to figure out how to catch their own fish...
July 17 @ 0800hr - Two young Ospreys observed
on the nest platform, joined a few minutes later by the third
youngster landing on the platform. Our note of May 29
estimated that flight activity should start around July 17 --
right on schedule!
June 21 @ 0700hr -
Breakfast time on the platform as the three chicks line up for
chunks of fish being passed from one of the adults. The
chicks appear to be healthy and growing fast.
June 5 @ 0730hr - All three chicks sleeping
with one adult on the perch. The size difference is less
obvious now, which is a good indication that the advantage of
the "older" chicks is less important.
May 29 @
0730hr - Third chick confirmed! The third (and
final) egg hatched over the weekend and this morning appears
noticeably smaller than it nest mates. Time will tell whether
the latecomer will find the strength and determination to
claim its fair share of food offered by the parents. The next
significant event in the lives of our young Ospreys will be
fledging or flight capability, generally 50-55 days after the
midpoint of hatching. Assuming a midpoint of hatching date of
May 25, practice flights should commence around July 17.
May 24 @ 0845hr - Apparently right on
schedule, two chicks were observed. Due to resolution limits
this year, it's difficult to determine the status of the third
egg. It could be a couple more days before we know the fate
of the third egg...
April 30 @ 0730hr -
incubation continues non-stop and one of the adults is
constantly on the eggs. Assuming that the first egg was laid
April 14 or 15, hatching should commence 38-40 days later or
about May 23...
April 22 @ 0850hr -
third egg observed... perhaps the last egg, although clutches
of 4 are not uncommon.
April 19 @ 0630hr -
second egg observed... Recall that the delay between eggs is
often responsible for size difference in young Osprey chicks
that favors the larger, more aggressive young at feeding time.
April 18 @ 0730hr - still one egg...
April 16 @ 1840hr - one egg obvious, no
other eggs apparent.
April 15 @ 1000hr -
one egg confirmed. One of the pair was observed
rotating the egg.
April 12 @ 1850hr -
one egg probably in the nest. One of the pair spends most of
the time apparently incubating. Recall that both members of
the pair share in incubation duties. It has been difficult
verifying the presence of an egg visually, but incubation
behavior is a good indication that an egg is likely present.
April 4 - The Osprey Cam along the
Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail was brought online after
technical difficulties were resolved. The camera feed
mechanism may change later this spring, but for now the video
is online and stable. Both Ospreys have returned (presumably
the same pair that has nested on the platform the last few
years) and have been observed bringing new nest material to
the nest on multiple occasions. To view the Osprey Cam, click