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Osprey Babies Debut
Born to Eat
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Fall Migration August 28, 2013
At just 12 weeks of age, this year's young birds embark on their first migration, traveling solo to South America.
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.
On April 5th, Maine Audubon announced Rachel and Steve's return: "After a winter in South America, our happy osprey pair has found their way back home."
- 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 have fledged
How do osprey respond to seasonal change? The images and video captured during the nesting season are your springboard to research and discovery.