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Thread subject: Jug Bay osprey cam and tiki bar is up
Name Date Message
Melanie 07/26/11 11:51 am Ok - so there's no grass skirting this year so it's not really a tiki bar (which has such a nice cadence to it) but this is how Greg deals with two chicks whose mother was taken by a great horned owl. The third chick got swapped out to another nest to take the pressure off Dad. It affords the chicks some shade and lets Dad come and go. As soon as a chick is done being fed it moves right back under the shade. Worked like a champ a few years ago in the same situation.

Sorry ladies, but you'll have to sit through a brief Old Spice commercial with Fabio to get to the osprey.
Anne-UK1 07/27/11 05:22 pm Is this the same nest as the last time Melanie, or another one?

I just looked in and both chicks are well shaded - amazing how effective that simple cover is. I can't find any info on how old the chicks are. Hopefully not too far off fledging and fingers crossed the owl stays away and lets dad raise these two successfully :)
Melanie 07/27/11 10:55 pm He actually has two cams going at the same time so he can choose which one goes online. This is the "2nd nest" which is fairly close to the original webcam nest and I think it has about another two weeks before those chicks fledge. Once they start flapping he will remove the shelter to give them some more wing space.

There has been a GHO operating in one area for the past few years and has put an early end to about 5 platforms each year taking both adults and chicks. In the past Greg has spoken about the possibility of trying to snare the owl and relocating it but for whatever reason he has decided against it. Owls gotta eat, too. Just wish it wasn't osprey.
Anne-UK1 07/28/11 03:06 am Thanks Melanie. Yes, it's nature and we interfere too much. It's not easy sitting back and watching though :(

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