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.

If you enjoyed our Osprey cam, consider supporting Menunkatuck’s projects with your tax deductible donation.

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.

The first egg hatched on May 29.

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  1. 6/7, 15:45-15-51: The 4th chick was not getting anything due to the rear position, looking practically lifeless, but a miracle occurred at 15:45. One of the larger chicks moved aside (to go) creating an opening for #4, and he took it, receiving a very good feeding as a result.

  2. The female Osprey tends to have what is referred to as a “necklace”, brown feathers on her breast that
    look like a necklace, males tend to be completely white. Female Osprey also tend to be larger or somewhat bulkier than males, but that can be more difficult to detect.

  3. what happened to Papa ? for the past few nights now there has only been one osprey at the nest. Does he do night fishing? he was always there before all the chicks hatched and now i havent him in two nights. I figure that it is the female who is staying with the Chicks, i may be wrong,since i dont know how to tell them apart?is there a difference in appearance between the two?

  4. At 10:42AM I saw #4 being fed but the feedings always seem to begin with the largest. Then it seems they go down the ladder as the next larger bird has had its fill. I suppose with ample food #4 would make it but looking how the top two were fighting each other earlier one can presume they’ll be turning on the weakest as soon as the smaller ones are perceived to be a threat. And at the rate they’re growing it’s going to get crowded in there soon.

  5. Yes, it is survival of the fittest. Chick 4 is so much smaller that it cannot compete with the older ones. Unfortunate, but that’s the way nature is.
    This behavior is not much different from the way Brown-headed Cowbird chicks act. Female cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other songbirds, most of whom don’t notice that there’s a larger and different colored egg in the nest. When the eggs hatch, the cowbird chick is larger than the host bird’s chicks, hogs the food, and survives.
    Another factor in Osprey chick survival is the availability of food, principally menhaden, for the male to bring back to the nest to feed his mate and chicks. If there is plenty of fish, more chicks will be able to survive to fledging. If food is scarce, then nest mortality is higher.

  6. She is not feeding the 4th chick. He is getting weak trying to get some attention from her to feed. The other chicks keep pushing it away. why won’t the mother see that the little one gets food? Is this normal the survival of the fittest?

  7. Thank you for that, it’s reassuring. On another note, unless I’m seeing things, there is a 4th head bobbing among the chicks!!

  8. Jason, the reason the platform seems to be rocking has to do with the camera installation which was added this year and not part of the original platform design. The support arms that hold the camera have some flex in them as they stick out 6 ft., so it isn’t the platform that is rocking, it is the camera. The platform is structurally strong.

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