Nesting Season 2014
July 21: Preparing to Fly
The three osprey chicks, Poole, Pan, and Pia are about 7 weeks old. During August,
watch them practice lifting and 'helicoptering' over the nest. In September, they will leave Maine on their first solo migration, instinctively knowing where to go without help from their parents.
July 15: Banding Day
Dr. Rob Bierregaard gently took Pan, Poole, and Pia down to the ground team for banding. The plain, silver bands will allow researchers to gather a variety of information about each bird over time such as: Where do these chicks go after they fledge? Will they establish a breeding territory of their own once they are adults?
July 9: Eating and Growing
A month after hatching, the three chicks are actively preening and exercising their wings. Wing-flapping gradually increases until they are able to lift and 'helicopter' over the nest for the first time, usually at about 7 or 8 weeks.
June 9: Third Chick Hatches
All three chicks have hatched!
June 6: Second Chick Hatches
Newly hatched osprey chicks weigh about 50–60 grams (1.8–2.1 oz).
June 5: First Chick Hatches
When osprey chicks hatch, they are covered in white down with brown streaks on the face, back, and wings.
June 4: First Egg Pips
The first "pip" or tiny star-shaped crack on the outer shell was spotted on one of the eggs. Pipping signals that the chick will emerge within 24 hours.
May: Three Eggs in the Nest
The eggs will hatch in the same order they were laid.
April 30: Second Egg!
Rachel laid this egg almost 72 hours after the first. Osprey often lay subsequent eggs in 1-2 days.
April 27: First Egg!
The egg arrived on Sunday April 27th at 14:50 PDT. Appearing cream in color, the larger end is wreathed and spotted with reddish brown.
April 11: Two Ospreys in the Nest
Two birds have now returned to the nest on Hog Island. But are they Rachel and Steve? Experts are working to confirm their identities.
April 6: Raptor season begins..
At 6:59 pm the first of the Hog Island Osprey quickly touched down in the nest before taking flight.