from the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail Osprey Cam
July 15 – 0630hr – the third chick was observed landing on the
nest platform, joining the other two chicks and one adult.
Shortly thereafter the other adult landed with a fish and
July 13 – 1000hr – CBOCS volunteers,
Chesapeake Beach Public Works personnel and Greg Kearns
(Naturalist with Patuxent River Park) approached the nest
platform to band the Osprey chicks before they reached
fledging or flight stage. However, our activity around the
nest platform prompted one of the chicks to take off on its
maiden flight. It flew well, gained altitude and circled the
general area at some distance, and it remained aloft until we
left the area and lost sight of it. As soon as the first chick
took flight, we backed away from the platform so as to not
disturb the remaining two chicks. Time will tell whether the
chick that took off will return to the nest platform — it
should … Greg was not surprised when one of the chicks took
flight, even though fledging was supposed to be next week.
Some birds fly at 7 weeks of age or earlier, rather than the
long term average of 8 weeks.
July 1 – 0800hr – The
three chicks have grown rapidly and appear healthy. Assuming
that May 23 was the midpoint of hatching, fledging should
occur around July 17. Fledging is the time when a young bird
has developed all feathers necessary for flight.
June 13 – 0800hr – All three chicks appear to be similar
in size and equally alert, while “mom” stands alone on the
perch adjacent to the nest.
June 04 – 0825hr –
Breakfast time on the nest platform. All three chicks are
standing at times while one of the parents rips off small
pieces of fish to feed the hungry mouths. Last year there were
two dark-headed chicks and one light-headed. The same color
patterns are apparent again this year, with “whitey” somewhat
smaller (likely the last chick to hatch).
May 29 – some
time during the last day or so Chick Number 3 hatched! The
next milestone for the young ospreys will be flight
capability, which should occur about July 17 (55 days from the
midpoint of hatching for the clutch). You may recall that last
year we lost the osprey cam in June due to a lightning strike.
Hopefully we’ll be able to follow the chicks as they grow and
develop through fledging …
May 23 – 0730hr – Second
May 21 – Nancy Feuerle reported that
the first chick hatched some time during the afternoon today!
We should see another hatch or two in the next few days…
May 20 – 0600hr – No eggs have hatched yet, but next week
we should see a chick or two or three!
May 01 – 1130hr-
The apparent male (white chest) was incubating the eggs when
the female (brown mottled chest) returned and resumed
incubation within a few minutes.
April 20 – 1630hr –
third egg confirmed! Assuming an incubation period of 38 days
(38-40) and a first egg date of April 15, hatching should
start on or about May 23.
April 17 – must have been a
busy Easter weekend because TWO eggs were observed at 0815hr
today. A clutch of three eggs is not uncommon, and three eggs
hatched during 2016. Perhaps in a couple more days we’ll see a
April 07 — both ospreys visit the nest
occasionally throughout the day (as they have since the second
half of the pair arrived), and the nest bowl appears to be
March 30 — both ospreys observed on the platform
daily since arrival. Note the increasing appearance of small
“nest material” (lighter in color and more plant-like as
opposed to twigs and branches).
March 25 — They’re
late, but an osprey was observed on the nest platform. You may
recall that the Town of Chesapeake Beach Public Works and
CBOCS volunteers erected two osprey platforms during the
Spring of 2014. Last year a camera was placed above and
adjacent to the eastern platform just in time for the ospreys’
return on March 17, 2016.