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Nesting Season 2014

April 11
Two birds have now returned to the nest on Hog Island. But are they Rachel and Steve? Osprey tend to mate for life, so we might assume this marks the return of the pair, but the experts are still working to confirm their identities. We'll have to wait to know for sure!

April 6
Welcome home! At 6:59 pm the first of the Hog Island Osprey quickly touched down in the nest and glimpsed the beautiful sunset before taking flight. Raptor season has officially begun!

 


Recap of 2013 Season
  • April 5: Adults on nesting grounds
  • May 1: Egg-laying complete
  • June 2: First chick hatches
  • June 3: Second chicks hatches
  • July 1: Parents deliver 12 fish per day
  • July 25: Preparing to fly
  • August 1: Both chicks have fledged
  • August 28: First fall migration
Background
Osprey are birds of prey that rely almost entirely on fish, so they nest and raise their chicks near water. Rachel and Steve make their summer home atop a 30-foot tower located at the Maine Audubon Camp on Hog Island. The pair returns each year in early April after wintering in South America. Egg-laying takes place at the end of the month. Rachel does most of the incubation, while Steve often feeds her at the nest. After two months of rapid growth, the chicks begin to fly in early August. In early September, the young will begin fall migration traveling solo.

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