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.

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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.

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.

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  1. It does appear that something has happened to one of our Osprey chicks in New Haven. At this time we do not know what happened, we will be contacting the state to ask what we can or should do about the situation. We hope our second chick will fledge.

  2. Is there something wrong with one of the fledglings at the West Haven site. One of them has been lying still for several hours. What could have happened to it?

  3. Currently there is a plastic bag in the Osprey nest, not an uncommon occurrence. It is unfortunate that plastic bags are so prevalent in the park and elsewhere, Osprey seem to be attracted to all kinds of garbage that humans leave behind. We are not able to approach the nest unless there is a dire need and then we would need to obtain permission from state agencies, there would also be a risk that we could scare the chicks who might move even closer to the edge than they already are.
    As upsetting is that plastic is, hopefully it will bring attention to the need for us all to minimize our use of plastic and be mindful of how we dispose of our garbage.

  4. Hope some of our faithful Osprey cam watchers will come say hi at Hammonasset today at their anniversary celebration. We will have a table outside Meigs Point Nature Center…10-5….at 12:00 Ranger Russ will do a brief presentation on Osprey inside the Nature center.

  5. Great narrative!
    No, the odds do not favor the smallest. However, if it can get enough food to keep going and get a bit bigger, it might make it. Dad is going to have to spend a lot of time fishing.

  6. About 6PM the father brought to the nest a blow fish (All blown up)and the mother looked liked she wanted nothing to do with it. (But it was real good news). The father brought another fish and teeny weenie #4 “The Butter Bean” was trapped beneath a larger chick and exhausted, just motionless, so he got nothing(Again and again).But after having their fill, the two largest chicks retreated and then….the mother went tearing into that blow fish and The Butter Bean was standing with one other chick and he got at least a dozen pieces of fish. The odds do not favor the tiny tweeter but he’s still kicking and fed for another night.

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