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. I’m afraid I can’t make it to the Canoe Brook Center, as I’m wheelchair bound, but I would love to know more about how these creatures communicate. For instance, many gulls have a bright red spot near the tip of their otherwise yellow bills that has to be pecked to make the parent regurgitate food.

  2. Jason those are great questions…I’m not sure I’ve ever read information about that. Are you coming to see Dr. Paul Spitzer tomorrow night in Branford at the Canoe Brook Center? He is the Osprey expert, he might know

  3. Does anyone know: A) Can a newly hatched Osprey hear? B) If it can, I presume it can also hear 4-5 days before hatching, so do the parents start “talking” to them, as in for imprinting and feeding behavior?

  4. Yesterdays storm brought winds in excess of 70 MPH. How on Earth do these birds(and their eggs/nest)not get blown away? How is that possible? Amazing animals.

  5. Osprey Hatch contest: Friends of Hammonasset, our collaborating partner with this Osprey cam is offering a wonderful prize to one lucky Osprey cam watcher. Here are the Rules….
    1. You must like Meigs Point Nature Center on Facebook
    2. When you see the first chick hatch from the egg, go to that site and post that you saw it. (DO NOT EMAIL LORRIE, well you can but you won’t win the prize but I want to know too)
    3. If you are the FIRST ONE to Post on MEIGS POINT NATURE CENTER FACEBOOK PAGE, you will win a beautiful painting of a scene of Hammonasset.
    Good Luck, by the way the hatch is expected closer to May 30th.

  6. Hi Catherine, so glad you are enjoying the Osprey cam. We have a video of the garbage you mention and her attempt to remove it.
    There are plenty of fish in the area they are nesting, it actually may be a contributing factor to the number of eggs in the nest (4) since generally there are 2-3.
    They eat several times a day, I have seen the male fly in with a fish, hand it off to the female and she leaves to go to the perch to eat so not always on camera. The camera has limited bandwidth…we hope the state will release more to us so the video will be more fluid…especially since almost 60,000 views have occurred. They have been very generous to allow us on their network.
    Osprey do have eyelids, they also have what is called a third eyelid a nictitating membrane – which is semi-transparent. It acts like goggles and helps them see clearly beneath the water and helps protect the eye during conflicts with other birds. Make sure you watch some of the videos below the live cam, they are the highlights of Osprey behavior, very interesting to watch.

  7. There is a paper or some other material brought into the nest. While fixing the nest for the coming chicks, that piece of paper has been moved all over the next. The night before it was moved onto the eggs covering them completely and then she sat on her covered eggs. In the morning she moved that item off to the side. very interesting.

  8. I watch them at all hours and enjoy this site. When do they sleep? Watching the nest being filled with soft hay for the chicks to be hatched. Do they have eyelids.The last 3 days the camera has been stuck in place to show still pictures of the Osprey.I really enjoyed when she pushed him off the eggs when he would not get up. She raised her claw against his body and really shoved him off the eggs. How often do they have to eat? I have only seen a few times that he brought back fish. Thank you for this great site.

  9. 5/9 at 1:02(13:02) they did it again, but not as long as they did it before. The first time, one would lie on the eggs and the other one sorta pecked him, he got up and she layed on the eggs. Then he nudged her till she got up and he layed back down on them. It happened a few times. But I haven’t seen them do it like that since. Just this little bit so far.

  10. Menunkatuck’s monthly meeting will be :Connecticut’s Vital Role in the Osprey-Menhaden Story

    Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Canoe Brook Center, Branford

    Dr Paul Spitzer, Osprey expert will be our guest speaker, a program not to be missed. Dr. Spitzer has been studying Osprey for 50 years, a very engaging, knowledgeable speaker.
    The meeting is free and open to the general public.

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