Thread subject: Blackwater chicks gone
||06/25/14 08:20 am
||Looks like a predator got the 2 chicks. I hope the adults are okay.
We are sad to report that we believe a predator took the two osprey chicks from the nest. Staff and volunteers have not seen them since late yesterday. We heard that there were bald eagles reported in the area, although the Great horned owl is also a common osprey predator. We'll share any news we get."
Sorry Lisa. :-(
||06/25/14 09:46 am
||So sad...sorry Lisa.
||06/25/14 12:44 pm
||Yes, I looked in today & didn't see them. Very sad.
||06/25/14 12:56 pm
||Thanks, yes - very odd. They seemed to be doing really well, too. Volunteers said they saw eagles flying high over the nest, but we've never seen an eagle come to the nest when the ospreys were in residence. Makes me wonder about an owl.
||06/25/14 05:35 pm
||Oh that is so sad. Really sorry Lisa.
||06/25/14 07:06 pm
||How awful. How big were they? I'm assuming big enough to be left alone for periods of time? An owl (or any predator) wouldn't come to the nest if a parent was on it, would they?
So sorry to hear this
||06/25/14 10:04 pm
||They were about three weeks old. And yes, GHOs have been known to take out a parent on the nest, as well as the chicks, so they can be pretty aggressive.
||06/27/14 07:48 am
||This is very sad news when they seemed to be doing so well... GHOs are deadly enemies to an osprey nest.
||06/27/14 02:38 pm
||so sorry to read about the bad news :-(
||06/28/14 02:46 am
||That is very sad. Sorry, Lisa. Maybe next year...
||06/28/14 09:54 am
||Thanks all -- yes, hopefully these parents will try again next year at the nest.
||07/08/14 06:22 pm
||So sorry to hear about this Lisa. Must be so hard when this happens.