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Blackwater Refuge, MD Osprey cam 2018

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:57 am

Welcome to the 2018 season of the Blackwater Osprey Nest .

Added March 16, 2018

Link to Cam

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Adding 2019

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WARNING: This camera displays a live view from a wild osprey nest at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. The cam will display raw, unfiltered nature that might include wildlife interactions and weather calamities that we cannot control. We have a no-intervention policy, as we are just observers.

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See a video of our recent camera installation at the nest!

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Nest Update

2/24/18:
We recently met with a streaming video specialist who is working with us to get streaming video/audio up on the Osprey Cam nest before the ospreys return around mid March. We're keeping our fingers crossed that all the pieces will come together in time.

Nest Updates:

March 14, 2018: The Friends of Blackwater have operated a cam from this nest for 17 years and have seen over 45 eggs laid during that time. This is the first year in which we have streaming video and audio at the nest. The nest sits on a land-based pole with the nest box about 40 feet in the air. It is located along the Wildlife Drive at the Refuge. In front of the camera (the view you cannot see) is the Blackwater River, where the ospreys like to fish. The water you can see on the camera is an impoundment pond that sits beneath the nest, and Great blue herons will sometimes fish in the pond. When the ospreys migrate for the winter, other birds -- such as bald eagles, herons, and owls -- will perch on this nest, so we will leave the camera on throughout the year.



March 26..

History of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Since 2001, the Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge have been broadcasting images from an osprey platform located along the Refuge Wildlife Drive, and since 2004, the Friends have also been broadcasting images from a bald eagle nest in a local loblolly pine tree. Learn more about these two raptor species by watching the cams and exploring the resources below.

http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camcentral.html

No chicks in 2017 with thanks to Lisa .webmaster

Weather Report

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Egg Incubation Period.. 35-42 days and we have seen eggs hatch later in some cases

Time Line for 2018

[*]Cam On Line... March 16

[*]Adults Return ..Two Osprey on the nest March 26.

[*]Eggs Laid ..None..

Nest Updates ..May 26 , 2018
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[*] Eggs Hatched

[*] Chicks fledged
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Re: Blackwater Refuge, MD Osprey cam 2018

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:58 am

Stats for 2009 - 2016 with thanks to JudyB

2009
3 eggs in April all hatched,all hatched in June .. sadly 2 died . 38days and 37days old and one fledged in Aug. 59days old..Last seen Mom Aug.23, Dad and chick Sept.9.

2010
3 eggs in April, all hatched May 31,June 1and 2 and chicks all fledged successfully in late auld and early August at 54, 55 , 59days old... Last seen..Female Aug.21, 2 chicks Sept 8, Male and last chick Sept.9

2011
3 eggs, all 3 hatched ..and all 3 fledged successfully in July at 56, 58, 57 days old

2012
3 eggs and all hatched .. 2 fledged July 20 and 24 . 60 and 62 days old No apparent cause for the loss of the youngest chick; there had been bad weather when it was very young which may have left it weakened, and it is hard for the smallest one to compete for food.Mom last seen mid.august , Dad still there Sept.10, not sure about the chicks .

2013
3eggs in May , 2 chicks died in June
Starting June 8, only 1 egg was seen; weather was bad around that time, and this may be a new pair who left the nest for a while during the storm, but so far we don't know what happened to the other eggs.
Friends of Blackwater reported that the chick died; they noted that the parents appeared to be inexperienced, but also noted that the chick wasn't as active as most, so may have had an underlying health issue.

2014
3 eggs in April.... 3 hatched in June.. the third chick was weak from the start, and died after a couple of days.
Friends of Blackwater reported that the believe a predator (possibly eagle or great horned owl) took the remaining two chicks from the nest late June 23 or early June 24; the chicks were about 3 weeks old.

2015
3 eggs in April...3 hatched in June.. 2 fledged 57and 58 days
Sad news - the youngest one was doing really great - but something went terribly wrong the evening of June 12; an adult brought a fish, all three gathered - and the little one either fell partly into a hole in the nest or got stuck or may have been injured by the large fish or the landing of the adult with it - my guess is a hole in the nest, just large enough to trap an adventurous little chick. Rest in peace, little one - you were such a feisty little one!

2016
2 eggs.. 2 hatched in April.. by May 31..feeding behaviour observed ..
Cam malfunctioned April 25 and can't be repaired until the chicks fledge; an observer

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2017 ...
No chicks in 2017 with thanks to Lisa .webmaster

2018 .. By Blackwater May 26, 2018: It's clear now that we won't have ospreys nesting this year on the cam. We have seen a male defending the nest, but he hasn't mated, and instead we've seen moments where multiple ospreys were using the nest as a temporary hangout. We hope next year will be more productive, but we will keep the cam online throughout the year as we have other birds visiting the nest, including the eagles
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Re: Blackwater Refuge, MD Osprey cam 2018

Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:58 am

Information

Bonding. The pair are confirming their bond from last season.

Mating, you will see the female's tail up.

Possessive, you will see a quick on and off by the male, and other indications off territory disputes.


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Osprey Facts.....Rutland Osprey


The annual migration by Ospreys from northern breeding grounds to southern wintering spots and back again never ceases to amaze or raise questions. Here, Dr. Bob Kennedy answers a few

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Osprey with fishDescription: Also known as the “fish hawk,” ospreys are raptors that are well adapted for fishing. They have long legs and large feet with specialized barbs on the pads, hooked talons, and a reversible outer toe that allows them to easily grasp fish with two toes pointing front and two pointing rear. They have an oily waterproof coating on their wings, and they can close their nostrils when they plunge into the water. They have slender bodies and long wings that are bent at the ‘wrist’. Their strong wings give them extra lift to fly up and out of the water with a heavy fish. They have a black bill with a sharp hook for eating fish.

Resource

Here is great article on

Bird Emotions
Do Birds Have Feelings?

BY MELISSA MAYNTZ
Updated 02/23/17


https://www.thespruce.com/examining-bir ... ons-386439
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:32 pm

SUNDAY , MARCH 25, 2018


Good Evening everyone .. :woohoo:


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Two ospreys spotted on the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Osprey Cam! We saw a bunch of couples arriving on the nests along the Wildlife Drive today. We'll post a video tonight.
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Post by Raffs » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:16 pm

Wow, what a change! I still remember that old nest and cam :)

Thank you IrishEyes for this thread and updates :)

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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:35 pm

Raffs wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:16 pm
Wow, what a change! I still remember that old nest and cam :)

Thank you IrishEyes for this thread and updates :)
You are welcome Raffs .. and welcome to this nest thread and isn't the new cam wonderful ...... I think it is the same nest just a new cam with a better view :) . ... hope you will watch this nest and post here also :)
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:55 pm

Look here and scroll down.. there is a short video and other pictures

I love the video and the chirping of the Osprey ... :love:
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:56 am

MONDAY , MARCH 26, 2018

Good Morning Blackwater Osprey and all.

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Windy at the empty nest
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Post by Raffs » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:08 am

IrishEyes :)

Not Ospreys yet... but heron!

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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:39 am

Raffs wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:08 am
IrishEyes :)

Not Ospreys yet... but heron!


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Thanks Raff .. love the picture of the Heron !
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Post by Raffs » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:53 am

Pair of osprey in disguise? :grlol;
... and heron on the backgroound again.
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:18 pm

Raffs wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:53 am
Pair of osprey in disguise? :grlol;
... and heron on the backgroound again.

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Thanks .. great catch :D
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:20 pm

3:18pm
I wasn't as lucky :no:
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Post by Raffs » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:42 pm

Almost all day I have been watching that cam, waiting for that osprey and nothing yet.. maybe yesterday it wasnt resident pair.

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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:57 pm

Raffs wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:42 pm
Almost all day I have been watching that cam, waiting for that osprey and nothing yet.. maybe yesterday it wasnt resident pair.

I watched here a lot also and I am thinking the same thing Raff ..No new updates on F B either.
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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:55 am

Some deers running on the background.

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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:28 am

Black vulutre! and he was chased off by the young bald eagle!
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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:56 am

And now, juvie again. with adult company.
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:05 am

WOW Thanks so much Raff

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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:11 am

11:10am'Eagle hears a plane
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and it looks like eagle is de-furring a prey
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:16 am

1:14pm
Eagle is gone and there is left over food in the nest
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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:18 pm

Black vulutres... but someone chased them off.. I think It was that juv. bald eagle (or osprey?)
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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:23 pm

Black vultures action was around 12:00 pm

Now (15:20) raven at nest.

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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:35 pm

Osprey!
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Post by Raffs » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:58 pm

He/she fly off... I hear a lot of people voices... what are they doing out there? :dunno:

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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:03 pm

Raffs wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:58 pm
He/she fly off... I hear a lot of people voices... what are they doing out there? :dunno:

Thank you so much Raff for all the coverage here today :)
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Post by Raffs » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:51 am

28 march, 7:50

Raven.. chased off by juv. bald eagle... juv bald eagle chased off by adults :)
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Post by Raffs » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:06 am

when adults flew off.. Juvie arrived and he stole that leftovers! Adults back with another small prey, but male didnt want to share with female. A lot of quick action today.

I think this is a pair.. one of them is smaller.

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