The oldest chick has fledged the nest and has been sitting on top of the crane that is located about 200 feet away. Judging by all the exercise in the nest, the second chick will follow soon. Dad brought in fish and the oldest chick decided to join his siblings for lunch. Storms are possible for the next few days with temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s.
We have lost audio on the OspreyCam due to the strong storms that blew through the area last Thursday. We are aware of the problem and are in the process of getting it repaired. We are sorry for the inconvenience and apologize to all of our faithful Osprey viewers.
Ollie, Olive, and Oscar Jr are working very hard getting their wings strong enough for flight. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Ollie (our oldest) fledge within a week. As for the parents, Oliveea and Oscar are busy feeding their growing brood and chasing off unwanted predators.
To answer a few questions: The nest does not swing as much as the pole the camera is mounted on. After the chicks leave the area, we lower the nest down to inspect and repair if needed . Also, the noise you hear over the microphone is water flowing down the spillway.
The rain and storms are over for now. I'm sure our Osprey family is ready for some sunshine. The chicks are now 6 weeks old and learning how to use their wings to lift off the nest. They should fledge between 8-10 weeks.
You've probably noticed the chicks exercising their wings. This will prepare them for their first flights, which should happen in a few weeks. One day their wings will have grown to a wingspan of nearly 6 feet! As Oliveea tends to her young, Oscar is always close by. We usually see him in the dead tree across the spillway, keeping an eye out for intruders.