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2018 Observations 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 the button.