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Thread subject: Ospreys
||08/31/05 07:53 am
||Anne and Zara - ospreys on the nests at Woods Hole and Connecticut right now.
||08/31/05 12:44 pm
||Only just seen your message - but I still got to see one at each nest. Thanks.
||08/31/05 01:29 pm
I hear you visited RW with Tiger, pleased to hear you saw lots of Ospreys.
Have included some info for Anne in my Back from Scotland message, have a look!
||08/31/05 02:02 pm
||The Woods Hole osprey is still there. How much younger than the DP birds are they?
||08/31/05 11:45 pm
||They are running about two weeks behind ours. WHOI arrived back at the nest on March 31 and laid the first egg on the April 25th. DPOF returned on March 18 and laid the first egg on April 11.
I don't remember, however, whether WHOI had 3 or 4 eggs. They fledged 3. DPOF had 4 eggs, the third egg apparently was not viable for whatever reason. The 4th egg hatched but the chick did not survive for long and then there were two.
Last year they returned on March 15, had 4 eggs (all hatched) and fledged 3. We were still seeing the oldest chick hanging around the nest as late as August 20. It may have been later, but the camera took a lightening hit and our viewing ended early. This year they seem to have gotten out of there much faster than last year.
||09/01/05 06:55 am
||Maybe they are still around but not using the nest? Over here, we see adults going through in August and then juvvies in Sept/Oct.
||09/01/05 09:44 am
||They may be still in the area, they may not. Bierregard has shown that chicks will often "explore" their surrounding areas prior to migration, taking short trips here and there. Sometimes they return to the nest, sometimes they just keep exploring. Some of the Martha's Vineyard osprey chicks have already started their migration.
I have 4 nests on my creek and I haven't seen anyone at the nests for just about three weeks. I see juveniles flying, but no nest activity, so the only thing I can assume is that I'm seeing ospreys. What nests (or areas) they are from is anyone's guess at this point.