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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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. Approx. 8:15 – 8:20 am on July 19: She’s experimenting with her wings in the nest, flapping them and letting the wind lift her. She is definitely thinking about fledging. C’mon buddy, you can do it! 🙂

  2. Sorry to see that one of the chicks is gone. I was away last week and didn’t look at the nest, but prior to that I thought one of the chicks looked kind of sick and wasn’t eating as much as the other one and seemed to be sleeping more. I’m glad you were able to keep the remaining chick safe by removing the body of the dead one.

  3. Lorie, well said. YEs without the dedication of all those who want to protect wild-life it wouldn’t exist. The work that is being done is amazing. Nature is beautiful. I just wish more people understood the effort it takes and more so not take it for granted. Legiststration is hard enough but simple things like picking up garbage or not littering at all would be a step in the right direction. We don’t all need to be expects but we can do our part. Thank you for all that you do!

  4. Donna it is a gift to be able to watch the Osprey behavior up close without disturbing them. Luck is partly to thank for all the Osprey, but regulations around pesticides, the hard work of determined citizens and organizations like Menunkatuck, building nest platforms for them have paid off in abundance. We believe our camera installations and video streaming are well worth the expenditure of our resources. People only protect the things they cherish.

  5. Lori Thank you for the through explanation. It is such a gift to watch and learn. We are so lucky to have so many of these beautiful birds in CT.

  6. If the chick were even a week older or more you are correct the concern of a premature fledge would have been taken into consideration.

  7. Intervention was done with the approval of DEEP wildlife biologists and under permit. Osprey chicks tend to hunker down and try to disappear into the nest material rather than act feisty.
    The corpse was in really bad shape and to have left it there would have invited an infestation of maggots that would have endangered the other chick.

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