Osprey Cam

Thanks to the Jarriel family, Arundel Rivers can bring you the fascinating antics of a pair of Osprey living on the South River in Edgewater, MD. This live feed was brought to you by HD on Tap Live Streaming Webcams. We also appreciate Bob O’Dell’s help in getting the platform and camera ready for their debut! Based on last year, we expect their eggs to hatch in the 2nd week of June.


BACKGROUND INFO

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According to the Jarriel family, this will be the 6th year that this Osprey couple have used this nest. The male has more spots on his breast feathers then the female.

In 2020: The Osprey spent 2-3 weeks nest building, then laid their first egg on May 4th, the second egg on May 7, and the third egg on May 11, 2020. The first egg hatched on June 11th, 2020. The second egg, hatched the next day. Sadly, the 3rd egg did not hatch.

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2021 "BEST OF" MOMENTS

This year, we took short 30 second to 3 minute videos of Ospreys. Here is the best of them for your enjoyment.

Cleaning with Chicks Underfoot

Lunch time!

Sushi Delivery

Watching Chicks Sleep

Two chicks Pop Up

Keeping the Eggs Warm

2020 "BEST OF" MOMENTS

Last year in 2020, we took short 30 second to 3 minute videos of Ospreys. Here is the best of them for your enjoyment.

Second fledgling!

Parents Feed Rockish to Teenagers

Invader!

Thanks for the Fish, Now Babysit!

First Egg!

Arranging the Nest


ABOUT OSPREYS

Monogamous, ospreys reach sexual maturity at age three and often mate with the same partner for life. Adults return each year to nest in the same area in which they were born. Experienced breeders begin to arrive at old nest sites in late February or early March, while less experienced breeders arrive later in the season and can spend several weeks finding a mate and nesting site. Males arrive before females. Courtship and nest building or repair begin once a pair has reunited. Large, bulky nests are built using branches, corn stalks, shoreline debris and other materials. Nests are often located near the water on tall structures like dead snags, utility poles, channel markers and nesting platforms.

Females lay three eggs between mid-April and late May, which are speckled with beige and brown spots. Incubation lasts for 38 to 42 days. Eggs do not hatch at the same time. The first chick may hatch as many as five days before the last one, and the oldest chick often dominates over the younger nestlings. If food is limited, this behavior can cause younger chicks to starve to death. Nestlings are brooded and fed fish for about 40 days after hatching. After this point, nestlings begin to resemble adults, but have reddish-orange eyes and feathers edged in buff.

About 55 days after hatching, young begin to fly. Families remain together near the nesting site through July, as fledglings learn to fish. Adults begin to migrate to their wintering grounds as soon as fledglings become independent. Juveniles usually migrate during the last week of August. Learn more about Ospreys from Chesapeake Bay Program’s field guide.


Comments:

  1. The chicks are so adorable!

    Comment by Nancy Merrill on June 15, 2021 at 2:44 pm

  2. I can’t believe how fast the babies are growing. They change so fast from day to day. I love watching them being fed. Mom and Dad are such good parents.

    Comment by Lynn on June 20, 2021 at 1:18 pm

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