View a short video on the banding of two nests of osprey chicks
(six total chicks were successfully banded) on July 2nd of this year:
About the Osprey
(Update, July 7) We are sad to report that the chick seen on our Osprey Cam has died. It was last seen around 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, growing ever more agitated at the black flies. An inspection of the nesting site shortly thereafter confirmed that it had left the nest - too early to fly. We thank you for your support of the Osprey Cam and we will soon be posting on the Osprey Cam site a video of the recent banding of several other healthy chicks at other nesting sites.
Thanks to the Garwick family for sponsorship of the “Osprey Cam."
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, crustaceans and even other birds. When the chicks are 10 days old, they are already mobile and eat 1-3 lbs. of food per day.
The male osprey (black band) of the pair has been returning to this nesting area since 2003. He's currently 22 years old. This is his third female partner, and the returning female (green/black band) this year is 4 years old. This nest pole was erected in 2001 in response to ospreys attempting to build a nest on an electric line.
Ospreys are nesting in the Twin Cities area primarily because of a 29-year program initiated by Three Rivers Parks to reintroduce the birds as a nesting species in the metro area and monitor their population expansion and distribution.
Here are helpful links for more info on ospreys:
www.ThreeRiversParks.org (search for "ospreys")