West River Memorial Park Osprey Camera

The Osprey camera at West River Memorial Park in New Haven was made possible by a grant fromwatershed-fund

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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Photo archiveVideo archives – 2017 / 2016

Ospreys have been nesting on this platform in the West River Memorial Park for many years.They generally return from their winter homes in South America during the third week in March. After rebuilding their nest they will start raising a new family.

Menunkatuck’s Osprey camera is a collaborative project with the New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Trees Department, New Haven Public Schools, Barnard Nature Center, and Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School.


West River Memorial Park Osprey Camera — 32 Comments

  1. The egg is from Hammonasset several years ago. It is not uncommon for some of the eggs laid to not be viable. Sometimes the birds will remove those egg; sometimes they just leave them in the nest.

  2. H, I was so excited to see the cam back. Did you find the egg and pop it up like that? I was shocked to see it myself when the cam cam up! Thanks for getting the nest back up on-line.

  3. They sometimes do that. One of the platforms we replaced at Hammonasset in 2005 had an egg buried in the middle of decomposed nest material.

  4. I was just at the park and they were flying around over the river and lagoon. We still do not know what the problem with the camera is and are planning on going out to the site next week.

  5. Any progress being made on the camera system repair? Last I was able to watch, the Osprey chicks were beginning to fly from one side of the nest to the other. Imagine they are quite accomplished at flight by now.

  6. Camera issue does not appear to be solar related…so more trouble shooting will have to be done to fix the issue :-(…..

  7. One of the hazards using solar power to charge the batteries. The IR night light also depletes the batteries. The camera should be back on shortly with today’s sunshine. The Falkner Island camera should also return as the battery gets charged.

  8. Thanks hoping the cams will be back soon. It’s been a great experience watching them. I actually went down to the park yesterday to check on them and they are doing phenomenal thanks for keeping the cams up as you have all this time itd been great!

  9. Greg we sent the video clip to an osprey expert we know to get his take on what was happening…we believe there are too many single males hanging around this year. Luckily nobody was hurt.

  10. Hi Greg Wisniewski…thanks for the info…we’ll go back and try to get a photo of the 3 of them….

  11. We currently have 2 chicks…waiting to see if the third egg hatches out. Should it not hatch, it may just break in the nest or the parents may push it out. We still have hopes that it will hatch.

  12. I just had a report that we have a chick on the nest (5-29-17)
    anyone have confirmation?

  13. We do believe she is sitting on an egg as of today 4/19/17….sometime around 1:30 she appeared agitated, was bowling out the nest and seeming to be ready to lay the egg. Since then she has been seen in an incubation posture and appeared to be egg rolling at one point. The nest is much deeper this year than last year so it is much more difficult to see inside the nest.

  14. Making a comment to test the system. Camera system was greatly appreciated last year and looking forward to the infrared improvement this year.

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