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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately one of the chicks died. Its body was removed from the nest. However, decomposition from the heat made it impossible to do a necropsy on the remains. The remaining chick appeared to be in good shape.



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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.

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  1. Edit
    Menunkatuck’s monthly meeting will be :Connecticut’s Vital Role in the Osprey-Menhaden Story

    Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Canoe Brook Center, Branford

    Dr Paul Spitzer, Osprey expert will be our guest speaker, a program not to be missed. Dr. Spitzer has been studying Osprey for 50 years, a very engaging, knowledgeable speaker.
    The meeting is free and open to the general public.

  2. Has anyone seen more than two eggs since my last post on April 23rd? I wasn’t 100% sure on that day whether there were three. Since then I’m only seeing two but one could easily be out of sight.

  3. 2 eggs in the nest as of 4-21 at 6:45 pm…anybody see it earlier than that time?

  4. No. This was the first camera we installed and we quickly realized that sound was important. The Falkner Island and Hammo cameras were installed with microphones. We can install sound on the West River cam but it’s a major job that requires removing the camera, taking it to a workshop, adding the sound equipment, and going back into the marsh to reinstall it. We’ll see if we can do it after the Ospreys leave in the fall and have it going next year.

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