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.

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.

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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Hammonasset Osprey Camera — 139 Comments

  1. Lorrie Shaw, I didn’t know about the brood patch. Thank you for that. And I definitely will watch for that behavior again.

  2. 1st chick could hatch during the Memorial Day weekend. How awesome is that for a birthday!I hope the fishing is good! Papa’s going to be a busy bee. (Did they let their pet Sparrows out yet today? It looks like they’re nesting in the basement of The Osprey Arms Hotel).

  3. I’ve kept up with the Cornell red-tailed hawk cam since its inception in 2012. The first male, Ezra (who sadly was hit by a car last year) purely loved sitting on the eggs and brooding the chicks. Cam watchers regularly saw Ez telling Big Red, when she returned from wherever, that he was fine sitting for a while longer, BR telling him to move and eventually pushing him off the eggs. Big Red has a new mate this year; I haven’t had time to find out whether Arthur also loves nest-sitting.

  4. Roz, that’s an interesting observation, hadn’t noticed that. If you see that behavior again get the day and time onscreen. Many female birds (and some males) develop a brood patch, female Osprey have an especially small one, but that enables the eggs to incubate. Male Osprey can keep the eggs safe from predators and somewhat protected from the elements but they need mom to hatch

    (*** Brood patch definition from wikipedia A brood patch is a patch of featherless skin that is visible on the underside of birds during the nesting season. This patch of skin is well supplied with blood vessels at the surface making it possible for the birds to transfer heat to their eggs when incubating.) Some birds incubate with their feet!

  5. By the way…Menunkatuck’s monthly public meeting on May 23rd will feature an Osprey expert, Dr. Paul Spitzer. 7 pm at Canoe Brook Center in Branford. Our meetings are free and open to the general public. More information is on our facebook page or website http://www.menunkatuck.org

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