Select Page

This is a live view from the osprey nest about 75 yards outside The Wetlands Institute. Our new high definition camera not only has night vision, it also has sound.  To adjust or mute the sound, hover over the image with your cursor and click the speaker icon.

If the camera feed stops, try refreshing your internet browser.  Storms may cause power outages which will interrupt the feed. The close-up nest camera is prone to outages when demand is high. Unfortunately, we have been unable to resolve that issue so far. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Note: If the camera feed appears jumpy on your browser, switch to fullscreen by clicking the fullscreen icon in the lower right corner of the camera window and it should stabilize.

Join the conversation!

Get updates, see pictures and join the discussion on Facebook.

Osprey | Alexandria, Virginia | 2021 | Photo: Julian Murphy

Comment on Facebook

Magnificent !

If you’ve been following the development of “our” three Osprey young, you’ve probably noticed some drama over the past week or so. A young female has been coming onto the platform and showing some aggression toward the young male from this nest, stealing fish that he’s caught and trying to prevent him from returning to the platform. You may even have seen her holding him down and pecking at his head.
Though this can be upsetting to watch, this behavior is perfectly natural. We don’t always see it, as most Osprey platforms don’t have cameras on them, but it happens regularly. This young female is attempting to assert dominance over the platform and the supply of food it represents. But don’t worry! The young male can still fly, has been hunting on his own, and is still being fed – it’s just a little harder for him right now.
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

When was the last time the "visitor" was seen?

Thank you for the information! I check the cam a few times a day and I have to admit it makes me sad to see the chicks are all flying because it means they will leave for good soon.😔

I just checked the cam and there are four babies in the nest! How did that happen?

Comment on Facebook

Still there must be lost lol

Awww -- "Are you my mom?"

There’s another post that says the fourth flew in and mom feeds him/her. How sweet!

I watched these 4 all day - mom and dad are hard at work feeding all of them. The 4th is practicing solo flights and probably just got distracted or too tired to get back to actual nest. First noticed yesterday (Sun ) AM by Wetlands staffer!

This is awesome!

Oh joy! I love seeing this SO much!

I just made note of that too. I have a feeling somebody dropped off an orphan

Birds of a feather flock together....hope they are healthy <3

Awesome photo

Full house!

❤️ "....the kindness of strangers..." How lovely to see it. ❤️

View more comments

6 months ago

Where did the fourth chick come from? ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

According to the Wetlands (we called!) - the fourth chick flew over! Mom was feeding it like her own.

Charles Schroth- wait, there are only three again - did you see anything?

6 months ago

I'm new to this page and ospreys in general. Should I be concerned about the one little guy who doesn't even bother to get up and get breakfast? ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Is momma there....Then no

My kid didn't make his own breakfast until he was almost 5.

All that growing is tiring! The three Osprey chicks spend a lot of time napping under their parents watchful eyes - and talons. Note: do not mess with a protective Osprey!
#wetlandsinstitute #stoneharbornj #middletownshipnj #Osprey #marshlife #ospreypile

Comment on Facebook

In all ospreys nests with chicks, they have a large dried cluster of that bladder seaweed. Is that for camouflage from above?

I can't get the cam. Is there a new web address for it?

Where did the fourth chick come from?

The Osprey chicks are starting to get big! Theyve been experimenting with standing and flapping - as well as they can manage - and the parents have been diligently feeding them and making some nest improvements here and there.
#wetlandsinstitute #stoneharbornj #middletownshipnj #osprey #wildparentsImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Neat to follow.

The three Osprey chicks all look strong and healthy, and are growing fast! Moms been busy feeding those three hungry mouths.
#osprey #wetlandsinstitute #stoneharbornj #middletownshipnjImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Ok that’s great but should we have a Monmouth County person? We have a lot of bests up here & I can see you guys are I overwhelmed down there. I’ve called& messaged about 3 active nests on generator polls, getting no response

And now there are two! Mom is busy feeding her two chicks, and were just waiting for the third to hatch!
#wetlandsinstitute #stoneharbornj #middletownshipnj #ospreyImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Another special happening nearby.

The first chick has arrived! This morning, we had our first egg hatch, and mom has been doing a great job of protecting her first little one. Look closely, and you can see the newly emerged chick right in front of mom. Keep your eyes on the webcam over the coming days, and you may catch the next one!
#wetlandsinstitute #osprey #stoneharbornj #middletownshipnj #hatchingImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Looks like two have hatched now! So exciting!

8 months ago

Does anyone know what happened to the Ocean City Osprey pair that were on that webcam? Did they lose their clutch? I haven’t seen either of them near the nest. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

I was just checking the cam. Mom was leaving so dad was taking her place. Just before he hunkered down, I got a good look at the three eggs and it appears that one may be hatching! Can anyone confirm? ... See MoreSee Less

Over the weekend, our Osprey mom had a first egg, and earlier today she laid a second! Things are getting exciting!
#wetlandsinstitute #stoneharbornj #middletownshipnj #Osprey

Comment on Facebook


Are the parents Marshall and Lily? I will always remember Chance!

5/6.............Lily laid egg #3 this morning!

I am in Fort Myers, FL, in a gated community with an osprey nest. A fledgling flew for the first time Thursday. It ended up splashing down into a lake and swam to shore (right into the blue-green algae). After climbing out of the lake, she perched herself at the base of a palm tree (basically the ground) and has been there ever since. The fledgling has not returned to the nest and I'm not sure if she/he has even tried to fly yesterday or today. Is this normal? I am concerned because there has been fish kill in this lake (from the algae and/or a chemical that was sprayed in the lake to knock down the algae) and the osprey have been eating the fish from the lake.

Load more

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Osprey

When do the Osprey come back? 
Typically, the Osprey return during the mid to late March. The older males arrive first, with females and younger males arriving a couple of weeks later. 

Do the same birds come back to the nest every year? 
Most of the time! Osprey have high “nest fidelity”, which means they return to the same nest year after year. When young Osprey return to breed for the first time, they will come back to the area they fledged from. 

Do they mate for life?
Usually. However, research has shown that Osprey are only loyal to their nest, not their mate! 

Why is there a platform for them?
Osprey naturally nest in large trees on the edge of the salt marsh. Here at the Jersey Shore, most of that habitat has been developed, so these platforms provide valuable nesting sites. 

Why is there human trash in the nest?
Osprey are master decorators, and will constantly add new sticks and other nesting materials to the nest! They will bring whatever they can find in the marsh, which unfortunately often means bringing human trash like plastic bags and beachballs into the nest. Things like monofilament line and balloon strings can get tangled in an Osprey’s legs with disastrous results. 

When do they lay eggs?
Eggs are usually laid a couple of weeks after the female’s arrival, in mid-April. 

When do they hatch?
Eggs take about 38-42 days to hatch. Typically, this means eggs will hatch in late May or early June! 

Do they have any predators?
Adult Osprey are apex predators, and not much will mess with them. However, sometimes an adult Bald Eagle will chase down an Osprey in order to steal its food! Osprey chicks are vulnerable to gulls, owls, and racoons until they learn to fly, so you’ll usually see one of the parents hanging around nearby. 

What do they eat?
Fish! An Osprey’s diet is almost entirely fish, earning them their nickname of “fish hawk”. Think you’re good at catching fish with a pole? Try doing it with your feet! Osprey fly overhead and look for fish, then dive in feet-first. Once they’ve caught the fish, they’ll rotate it in their talons so that it’s headfirst, which is more aerodynamic in flight. 

How many eggs will they lay?
Osprey will lay anywhere from 1-4 eggs. The exact number depends on the age of the adults and the environment. Young Osprey might only lay 1-2 eggs, whereas more experienced Osprey will lay 3 or even 4 eggs. Sometimes young Osprey pairs might not even lay eggs at all their first year!  

When will the young Osprey learn to fly?
Osprey chicks grow up fast. It only takes about eight weeks for Osprey to reach their full size and fledge the nest! Their feathers will come in during June and July, and by late July they’ll be flapping their wings in preparation for flight. Once they can fly, they’ll learn to fish. 

Where do they go in the winter?
Starting in late August, Osprey head for warmer areas, from Florida and the Gulf Coast to South America. Males and females migrate separately, and spend the winter apart. Juvenile Osprey will spend an entire year in their wintering habitat before returning north to breed for the first time.

Be a part of the conversation!

All osprey all the time!
Get updates, see pictures and join the osprey discussion on our Osprey Talk Facebook group.