Another of our faithful watchers shared this great picture via Twitter. Thank you, Celia (@celia_pd). We can clearly see at least one of Oliveea's eggs in the nest. Keep egg hunting! Happy Easter from all of us at Alcoa.
We love reading your comments. One of our faithful viewers spotted two eggs in the nest and was able to take a snapshot. Great job Anne! We want to thank all of you for your interest in our Osprey pair and helping us keep a watchful eye out for eggs. Please continue to send in your videos and snapshots. By working together, we are able to capture and share these amazing events.
Oliveea will need to hang on tight again today. We have gusts of wind up to 30 mph. As least the rain is over and the sun is attempting to break through.
Oliveea and Oscar have been fending off the vultures that keep flying over and landing close to the nest. This has been a constant challenge each year. Ospreys from nearby nests help chase them away. Thankfully, Oscar does not have to do all the work himself!
Oliveea is acting like she has laid, but we have not been able to confirm. We will keep zooming in the camera off and on to get a closer look. Today will be very windy, so hang on Oliveea!
By Oliveea’s actions this morning, I think she has laid her eggs! She seems to be nesting and turning the eggs occasionally. I have not been able to get a confirmed sighting, so if anyone spots the eggs PLEASE take a snapshot and send in your comments! The eggs are whitish with bold splotches of reddish-brown. The eggs are incubated for about 5 weeks before hatching.
Temps in the mid 60’s today and breezy later on this afternoon.
We received a few messages from people experiencing issues with the live feed. We are working to improve performance. The audio is better, but we are brain storming on how to keep the wind noise down. We appreciate your patience!
Last year, Oliveea laid her eggs around the third week in March. Hopefully we should see something soon. In the meantime, Oscar and Oliveea have been bringing in more moss and grass and putting the final touches in place before the eggs are laid.
Temps today in the low 60’s and the weekend will be beautiful with temps in the mid 70’s!
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Yesterday, we attempted to move the larger sticks to the edge of the nest to give Oliveea more room for nesting. Like all of you, we have been watching while they try to maneuver them out of the way. The sticks are not quite as large as they appear on camera. Originally, they were placed on the sides for Oliveea and Oscar so they could entwine their smaller sticks in them and also to see if the babies would use the longer ones protruding out as a fledging gangplank.
During storms, winds can blow on top of the dam at speeds that can and have destroyed the nest. This happened back in 2011 when two baby chicks were blown out of the nest. One baby osprey had to be transported to the Raptor center and treated for a broken wing, while the other was placed in a make-shift nest. The vultures destroyed our work within 2 hours and made it almost impossible to re-arrange the sticks without dropping down the whole nest. Lesson learned – let them do their own thing and hope for the best!
Today should be another beautiful day with the temps in the mid 50’s and wind up to 17 mph.
Great news! We now have the audio up and running successfully.
Oliveea and Oscar have been busy over the weekend preparing their nest. Oscar brought in more sticks this morning, and a fish for them to snack on. Oliveea is slightly larger than Oscar and sports a dark speckled necklace. While perched on one of the sticks, I get a good view of her feet. An ospreys foot has a reversible front toe, as well as barbs, which helps it hold onto slippery fish in flight It should be a nice warm day with temps around 67 and rain coming in late this afternoon.
Oliveea and Oscar have returned! They were spotted last week, but I finally caught them in the nest yesterday morning. They still have a lot of work to do before the nest is ready, but I'm confident they can pull it off. The audio testing is almost complete. It shouldn't be much longer before we hear Oliveea and Oscar communicating. Happy Osprey watching!