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Watching the Nest
Updated: May 12, 2022
Power has been restored to the Osprey Cam. Strangely enough, all was good until about 3 a.m. on Thursday (6 hours after the storms) and then power went down. Good news is that mom, dad and the two eggs survived the storm last night although most of the nest that the pair had been building the past month is gone. But fear not! They are swift rebuilders! They have already started bringing sticks up to re-ring the nest!
Egg 1 was laid on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8 somewhere around 11:45 p.m. Egg 2 was laid on Wednesday, May 11 around 12:30 p.m.
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.