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Here, get your own fish (3/26/04)

Is someone trying to give a subtle hint? One might ask where the hook and line are — (30 seconds)

Mating Sequence (4/1/04)

A typical mating sequence — (1 min.).

A Brief Visit (4/1/04)

A red-winged blackbird makes a brief visit to the nest — (50 seconds).

First Egg Arrives (4/5/04)

The first egg arrived at approximately 11:10 pm on Monday, April 5. The full moon provided good lighting of the event.

Laying the first egg — (9.5 min)

Unwanted Guest (4/8/04)

At around 9:25 the female osprey was sitting on the egg and the male osprey was on the perch when the female suddenly became alert and the male flew off the perch and joined her on the nest. All of a sudden, the third bird landed on the nest and then got chased by the female.

An unwanted guest — (88 seconds)

Second Egg Arrives (4/8/04)

The second egg arrived at approximately 3:50 pm on Thursday, April 8. In the clip, it appears that the contractions stop just before the 7 minute mark. A clear view of the two eggs is not available in the clip, but the male bird seems to check them out carefully.

Laying the second egg — (12 minutes).

Third Egg Arrives (4/11/04)

After fussing with the nest for a while, the female settles down in the nest and, after six contractions, lays the third egg at approximately 4:10 pm on Sunday, April 11.

Laying the third egg — (10 minutes).

Fourth Egg Arrives (4/14/04)

Immediately after returning from feeding (not shown in clip), the female osprey starts having contractions for the fourth egg. The egg arrives at approximately 1:35 pm on Wednesday, April 14. Can anyone identify the animal that runs up the clearing near the end of the clip?

Laying the fourth egg — (6 minutes)

The First Chick Hatches (5/13/04)

The clip starts at 04:53 in the morning on May 13. The female stands and we see the still intact egg. She begins fussing and frequently resettles on the eggs. At 3 minutes 40 seconds (3:40) into the clip she stands showing the egg starting to open. It is now 05:05 in the morning. At 5:50 into the clip, now 05:16 AM, she again stands and the shell has opened and the chick can be seen moving its head outside the shell. At 8:30 into the clip, now 05:19 AM, the chick is almost completely free of the shell. At 9:35 into the clip, the male stops in for his first look at the new chick. It is now 05:20 in the morning.

First chick hatches — (11 minutes)

The Second Chick Hatches (5/15/04)

The clip starts at 06:19 in the morning on May 15. The female stands and we see the egg start to crack at 06:21 AM. At 07:31 AM, 4:45 into the clip, she begins fussing and rearranging the eggs, which results in her closing the egg on the poor chick as she settles down. It isnt until 09:12 AM that we get another good look at the chicks. At 6:47 into the clip, the male delivers a fish and the female feeds the older chick and herself. The second chick is visible almost completely out of the shell and appears exhausted!

Second chick hatches — (20.5 minutes)

The Chicks Get Fed (5/16/04)

The clip starts at 06:24 in the morning on May 16. The male delivers a nice fish but there is an intruder that both adults take off to chase away. The female returns and leaves several times, issuing a warning each time she returns. Meanwhile the chicks are up and looking for a feeding. Finally the female settles down and begins the eating and feeding, which lasts until 06:54.

Feeding time — (19 minutes)

The Third Chick Hatches (5/17/04)

The clip starts at 03:28 in the morning on May 17. Because it is so dark it is hard to see if the egg has started to open, however the female does roll it and it seems intact. At about 03:45 AM (3:30 into the clip) the female again rolls the egg and it appears that the shell is open and empty. Approximate time of hatching is 03:40 AM on May 17.

Third chick hatches — (5.5 minutes)

The Fourth Chick Hatches (5/20/04)

The clip starts at 11:06 in the morning on May 20. The female moves the egg around along with the three chicks before setting down on them. For the first 3 minutes of the clip you can see that the egg has not yet opened. There is no view of the chicks or the egg for the next 25 minutes or so when, at 11:35 AM, the female discards the top flap of the shell. She then begins to break up the remaining shell as the male arrives with a fish that gets ignored. The male then takes the fish and flies off. Time of hatching somewhere between 11:06 and 11:35 AM.

Fourth chick hatches — (10 minutes)

Disposing of the Fourth Chick's Carcass (6/2/2004)

WARNING: This video clip is of the female Osprey feeding her chicks the remains of the expired chick. It is unedited and graphic. Do not view it if you find the situation offensive or upsetting. DPOF is providing this clip in accordance with its stated goal of providing an uncut, unbiased view of the Osprey nest.

The fourth chick seems to have expired sometime during the night between June 1 and 2, 2004. At 05:30 AM on the 2nd, the chick's immobile carcass is visible in the bottom of the nest. During the day, the female adult moved it from the bottom center of the nest to the upper side of the bottom and partially covered it with nest material.

The clip itself starts at 17:46 (5:46 PM) on the 2nd. The chicks are resting with the chick at the top facing the camera. The topmost chick is covering the dead chick carcass with its hind end. The female adult moves behind the chick and pulls the carcass from the nest material and then flies off. She returns and begins to feed herself and the chicks from the carcass. After 8 minutes, the feeding stops and the adult fusses with the nest for the next 6 minutes. The chick carcass is visible on the right side of the nest. The female then turns and picks at the carcass for a minute, then flies off with it. She returns with it in her right talons and then flies off again. She repeats landing and taking off again, circling the nest. When she again lands, she starts feeding herself and the chicks again from the carcass. 12 minutes later the carcass is completely consumed. Less than 1 minute later, the adult male brings a fish and the chicks get fed from that.

WARNING: This video clip is of the female Osprey feeding her chicks the remains of the expired chick. It is unedited and graphic. Do not view it if you find the situation offensive or upsetting. DPOF is providing this clip in accordance with its stated goal of providing an uncut, unbiased view of the Osprey nest.

The Meal That Wouldn't Sit Still (7/4/2004)

The clip starts at 2:55 in the afternoon on July 4. The adult male delivers a very live fish. 2 chicks try to catch it as it flops around, finally to be caught.

The meal that wouldn't sit still — (1.7 minutes)

The First Fledgling of 2004 (7/5/2004)

The clip starts at 2:20 in the afternoon on July 5. The young male chick takes a few practice liftoffs and then flies up to the camera perch as the other two watch from the nest.

The first fledgling of 2004 — (3.3 minutes)

The Second Fledge of 2004 (7/12/2004)

The clip starts at 5:53 in the morning on July 12. The second chick to fledge takes a few practice liftoffs and then flies up to the camera perch.

The second fledge of 2004 — (2 minutes)

The Third Fledge of 2004 (7/14/2004)

The clip starts at 8:10 in the morning on July 14. The third chick to fledge takes a few very determined practice liftoffs but doesn't leave the nest. Fast forward to 11:59 and more practice. Suddenly, at 12:01, she takes off to join her siblings!

The third fledge of 2004 — (7 minutes)

Strange Behavior at the Nest (7/14/2004)

The clip starts at 16:40 (4:40 PM) on July 14. The three siblings are all in the nest making quite a racket when suddenly an adult Osprey flies off the perch and begins to taunt the chicks. The taunting and buzzing of the nest goes on for close to 15 minutes. Is it one of the parent birds trying to get the chicks to leave the nest? Does the adult have a small treat that it is using as a lure? Is it a hostile event by a non family member?

Strange behavior — (15 minutes)

A Two Way Tug-of-war (7/19/2004)

The clip starts at 18:18 (6:18 PM) on July 19. The three siblings are all in the nest making quite a racket when an adult Osprey drops off a fish. Two of the chicks end up in a heated tug-of-war, each trying to pull the fish from the other’s grip.

Two way tug-of-war for a meal — (3 minutes)

A Three Way Tug-of-war (7/23/2004)

The clip starts at 15:30 (3:15 PM) on July 23. The three siblings are all in the nest making quite a racket when an adult Osprey drops off a fish. All three of the chicks end up in a heated tug-of-war, each trying to pull the fish from the other’s grip. One gives up quickly, but the other two carry on noisily.

Three way tug-of-war for a meal — (5.5 minutes)

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