An empty nest
Update: Aug, 17, 2022
The osprey chick on the Arboretum’s osprey cam — dubbed ‘Little Arb’ by fans — has gone missing. Cam-watchers noticed that it had jumped or flown out of the nest around 11:15 a.m. Aug. 15.
It has not returned, nor has it been located in the field below, despite the tireless efforts by Vanessa Greene of Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch, and other volunteers with the group Aug. 15, 16 and 17.
Though one or both of the parents are reportedly still in the area, according to the watch group, they have not returned to the nest either. Nor have calls from the chick been heard.
After watching the family for nearly five months, this is a loss for all who love these raptors, who watched the chick grow from egg to a hatchling to a nearly fully-fledged juvenile in a matter of weeks — all while balanced high in the sky, in wind, rain, sun and lightning storms, including one midnight gust that blew the chick clean out of the nest.
We hope the chick is defying the odds and is out there somewhere enjoying a meal of fresh fish.
The osprey is a large raptor, often known as the “fish hawk.” Both male and female osprey work together to create the nest. Once eggs are laid (typically 1-3), the osprey take turns incubating the eggs. The family diet is 99% fish, supplemented with other reptiles and crustaceans. When the chicks are 10 days old, they are already mobile and eat between one and three pounds of food per day.
Special thanks to the Garwick Family Memorial Fund and Jo Frerichs for generously sponsoring the costs of the live osprey cam.