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Osprey Chick

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April - September


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Recap of 2014 Nesting Season

  • April 6: First adult returns to nest
  • April 11: Both adults now at nest
  • April 27: First egg
  • April 30: Second egg
  • Beginning of May: Third egg
  • June 4: First egg pips
  • June 5: First egg hatches
  • June 6: Second egg hatches
  • June 9: Third egg hatches
  • July 9: Eating and growing
  • July 21: Practicing flight skills
  • July 31: First chick fledged
  • August 1: Second chick fledged
  • August 7: Third chick fledged
  • End of August: First fall migration
Recap of 2013 Nesting Season
  • April 5: Adults on nesting grounds
  • May 1: Egg-laying complete
  • June 2: First chick hatches
  • June 3: Second chicks hatches
  • July 1: Parents deliver 12 fish per day
  • July 25: Preparing to fly
  • August 1: Both chicks have fledged
  • August 28: First fall migration
Background
Osprey are birds of prey that rely almost entirely on fish, so they nest and raise their chicks near water. Rachel and Steve make their summer home atop a 30-foot tower located at the Maine Audubon Camp on Hog Island. The pair returns each year in early April after wintering in South America. Egg-laying takes place at the end of the month. Rachel does most of the incubation, while Steve often feeds her at the nest. After two months of rapid growth, the chicks begin to fly in early August. In early September, the young will begin fall migration traveling solo.

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