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. Do we have an egg? Female seems to be sitting on the nest incubating this morning in the freezing cold wind and rain.

  2. new contest, Friends of Hammonasset and Menunkatuck Audubon are putting together a MPNC hat and an Audubon canvas bag together as a prize to the first person who sees the first egg on this nest and posts it to the Meigs Point Nature Center facebook page!

    Winner must pick up prize at nature center! Good luck and keep watching….egg should be coming in next week or so

  3. Nancy, we wish we knew what they were saying too….I can tell you that sometimes I’m at the Nature Center, and can see the male just out of camera range eating a fish and clearly she wants some of it. Sometimes there are other birds annoying them and they vocalize as a response to the harrassment.

  4. Is the same bird making all the vocalizations? When only one is on the nest I assumed the vocalizations were intended to communicate “come home” or “bring me food.” But vocalizations continue unabated when they’re both present. What’s being said?

  5. Nancy Ordman..glad you enjoyed the video of the Osprey in the snow..that was taken by a friend, Doug German and we shared it with his permission….having a nest completely exposed to the elements makes life difficult

    No eggs yet but soon….and good news we are having a contest in conjunction with Friends of Hammonasset. The specifics of the contest will be posted on their facebook page tonight or tomorrow. Winner must go to Meigs Point Nature Center to claim prize

  6. Both the male and the female will be on the nest. There is a subtle difference in the plumage of the sexes and not always reliable. Ospreys of both sexes have a bib of speckled feathers. Generally, females’ bibs are somewhat darker. If you see a mated pair this rule can be applied to differentiate the sexes. However, if you see a lone Osprey, you can’t really sex it. Another difference is that a female Osprey is usually somewhat larger than a male. Again, you can only tell when looking at a mated pair.

  7. Juvenile Ospreys spend two years in South America before they return north as adults. Ospreys mate for life and return to the same nest year after year.

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