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.

After the gulls stole the eggs on May 4, the Osprey pair waited till June 1 and 4 to lay new eggs,  We now have two eggs that hopefully will hatch around July 12.    

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Hammonasset Osprey Camera Videos

It appears that the Osprey pair are inexperienced at nesting. They did not do the nest building that is typical of an Osprey pair that is getting ready to breed. They also left the eggs unguarded for extended periods of time. The result has been that the nest has been raided by a pair of Herring Gulls. 


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Hammonasset Osprey Camera — 224 Comments

  1. Just checking in, still around, when did they leave last year. She sounds horse. Great nest. Thanks you all for video, until next year.

  2. It’s still there, probably practicing flying and landing. Remember the oldest one is eight days older than the youngest.
    All four chicks enjoying dinner.

  3. On Thursday July 19th some of us observed one of the chicks “helicoptering” over the nest, flapping his wings and getting lift. During the time I observed him he never left the confines of the nest, although on camera this would be difficult to notice. Now it is 4 days later and messages are coming in that one of the chicks has fledged…Osprey, unlike other birds will return to the nest, they will be seen on the ground, on the perch pole and even on nearby trees so if you are at Hammonasset, be on the lookout for the chicks, difficult to distinguish from a distance but their back feathers are more spotted looking than parents. We also may have other visitor chicks from surrounding nests.

  4. The Little Cue Ball is doing quite well and continues to fight to get to the front of the chow line. The odds seem better now, considering I saw the poor badly beaten bird basically give up and die a couple of weeks ago until that blow-fish showed up and momma fed the tiny bobblehead.

  5. Margaret all the chicks are looking healthy but I guess we won’t stop worrying until they all fledge successfully. The chick we lost in New Haven surprised us all, we are not sure why he died and he seemed healthy up until someone spotted him not breathing, so you never really are sure until the end.

  6. Hi. his is a great nest. Four wonderful chicks and super parents. Watching last night at 21.37 the male osprey was there and was the first time I have seen him. Do we still have to worrie about non responsive chick or was he/she just relaxing?

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