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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  1. I see there is a piece of ribbon in the nest…we are keeping our eye on it. We cannot go get every piece of garbage they bring in, there is no imminent danger as there was last time….hopefully it will get buried or blow off.

  2. As of this morning, April 22nd between 6 and 7 am, Christine H. spotted the first egg on our Osprey nest. A second egg should arrive on Wednesday. Let’s see how many eggs there will be this year. Last year there were 4 which is an unusually high number of eggs, but all fledged successfully. You may recall Osprey are show site and mate fidelity, so we always expect the same pair to return to the same nest.
    This is obviously a very experienced pair of Osprey.

  3. I am fairly certain that I spotted one egg Sunday evening around 9pm! So exciting!

  4. Celia there is sort of a rewind feature…we pay for video storage so if you see something really special, let us know the day/time and we can retrieve a clip

  5. Yes there was high drama on the nest tonight, the balloon from the other day reappeared along with the long ribbon, this time it was attached to the female Osprey’s leg. She flew off dragging balloon (we have photos and video to share…this is a real public service announcement)
    Luckily she landed back on the nest, and I watched as the ribbon came undone from her leg. The Osprey team, Terry, Ed and Deanna retrieved the balloon, the ribbon and fishing line from nest.

  6. i wish there was a rewind feature, this si a beautiful cam and nest–thank you 🙂 <3

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