Hammonasset Osprey Camera


The Osprey camera at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison was made possible by
Ted Williams
and a grant from the
French Foundation
in collaboration with the
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection,
Meigs Point Nature Center,
and the
Friends of Hammonasset.

This is a wild Osprey nest and anything can happen. While we hope that healthy Osprey chicks will end up fledging from the nest this summer, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this Osprey family and may be difficult to watch. As hard as it may be to see anything happen to our Osprey, we will let nature take its course and not intervene.

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Menunkatuck Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.

See something interesting? Email Lorrie at lorrie@menunkatuck.org with the day/time.

The Osprey camera is located just west of the Meigs Point Nature Center.

We use infrared light for nighttime viewing. Infrared is not visible to the Ospreys or to humans, however, the video camera can capture the images.

We expect the first egg to hatch on or about May 25.

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  1. Hi Roz….from Cornell: https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/osprey/breeding

    Incubation
    From AFP and others as indicated. Both sexes incubate, but female generally does most; e.g., females did 70% of incubation during daylight hours at 3 nests in northern California (Levenson 1979). Female nearly always incubates at night. Male usually provides female with all food during this period; female takes fish to nearby perch and feeds there; male generally incubates while female feeds, but will initiate incubation independent of food transfers. Considerable variation among pairs in division of incubation labor, male sometimes doing the majority; needs study. Incubation often begins with first egg but sometimes sporadic until second egg is laid. Incubation period (first egg to first hatch) 37 d (range 34–40 in United Kingdom; Green 1976); 38.5 d ± 1.1 SD (range 36–42 in British Columbia; Steeger et al. 1992). Incubation period is substantially longer than expected for a raptor of this size, perhaps because females develop only a small brood patch, potentially limiting their ability to maintain high egg temperatures; needs further study.

  2. Jason you ask great questions…you might want to read Alan Poole’s book on Osprey “Osprey, a Natural and Unnatural history”, it is available at a library (I bought mine on ebay since I believe it is out of print) I have heard Dr. Spitzer say when the male catches fish, he generally sits nearby and rips the head off the fish, thereby not only teaching the young what to do, but also starting their gastrointestinal juices for feeding. Last night he added that it also helps keep some of the mess out of the nest, which would otherwise of course have a strong stench and attract bugs.

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