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Over the weekend, our Osprey mom had a first egg, and earlier today she laid a second! Things are getting exciting!
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Are the parents Marshall and Lily? I will always remember Chance!

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

Though the Ospreys have fledged, theyre not yet completely independent. Caught Dad feeding one of them this morning. Theyll get there!
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but Dad i need the keys to the car too!

How do you tell mom from dad?

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My favorite birds! Thank you so much for the posts about this nest.

Lots of practicing happening on the platform today. Wont be long now!
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Do you know their gender?

I think I caught one taking flight this morning, around 9:00 AM! (8/18/20) Perfect flight, took off from the edge and returned safely.

I was lucky enough to watch one take off - early afternoon - and then return in a few minutes. That's a very crowded nest these days. But happy the fledglings keep coming home for us to watch them for as long as possible.

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Love this shot!

I took this shot last week. They all flattened themselves out suddenly. I assume because they sensed a predator. I thought it was pretty cool. My cat did too!

It’s been a busy few days for Ospreys here at the Institute. At the end of last week, Hanna Toft—of Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s New Jersey Osprey Project—banded the 3 healthy Osprey chicks in our camera-platform nest with USGS silver, lock-on bands. She was joined by Wetlands Institute staff and seasonal research assistants. The chicks took the banding in stride, and the adults kept protective watch over their chicks and returned quickly back to the nest. We will continue to monitor the success of the brood. Banding is an important tool that helps us understand birds’ movements through re-sighting or band recovery, and also helps to inform future conservation actions so that these birds continue to thrive.

And early this week, Institute researchers rescued an Osprey chick who had fallen out of its nest on another one of the Osprey platforms in the marsh. They discovered the bird on the ground right below the platform, fat and healthy, and they were able to return it to the nest.

Both of these broods are fairly late in the season. Many of this year’s chicks have already fledged and left—and these should too if all goes well.

Many thanks to all those who help make banding of new chicks possible, and who continue to support our work on behalf of these beautiful birds!

If you want to keep up with our banded chicks, you can catch them anytime on the live nestcam here:…

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Do we have names for these three cuties yet? I have enjoyed watching them all season. Thank you Wetlands.

Thanks for this! I noticed the bands and wondered how that was accomplished.

The Ospreys all made it through Tropical Storm Isaias like champions! The three chicks look great, and are really getting big.
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Beautiful kids!

Mom is hugging a baby!

Thank you so much for sharing that. I Didn’t even want to look at the camera for fear that they didn’t make it. They are a good strong family, aren’t they?

I was so frightened for these chicks. And so glad and relieved to see them safe the next morning. They are beautiful. And your camera are wonderful. Wish they had a red rewind to watch fish arrivals and feedings.

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The Osprey chicks are now too big for the parents to contain! 
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They grow up so fast

The Osprey chicks are getting big!
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Hatch day! Two of the young have hatched, and the third should be along any time now. Based on their size, they cant be more than a day old.
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Why isn’t the live feed link found on this page?

I saw two little heads bobbing around this morning!

Baby #3 hatching right now! This picture is from 12:31pm. Mom is sitting on all the babies right now.

You see something poking out of the egg (12:32pm)!😃

Mom is standing and all three babies are visible! I’m not getting any work done today! Can’t stop watching.😍

Wow! Very late!!

Such great news! It’s going to be time to install a lot more nesting platforms for all the families the chicks will have. If there is an organization that does this, I would appreciate knowing about them.

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The third Osprey chick hatched! Now the REAL work for the pair begins... ... See MoreSee Less

Caught a shift change in the Osprey pair this morning. The eggs look good, and both parents are doing a great job brooding them and watching over the nest. Looking forward to a hatch soon!
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The cam isn't working for me.

Looks like two of the babies are hatched!❤️❤️

The close-up nest cam should be all set.

Why is a live feed link not provided here?

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Our Osprey pair tending their two eggs this afternoon.

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Thrilled to see!

Such happy news!!!!

5/20.....It looked like 3 eggs at 10:15am

Yes! 3 EGGS!

The eggs are so pretty!

Mama osprey seems to have her beak/mouth open a lot (in the mid morning when I see her). Can someone share info about this?

Looking forward to a hatching or two or happy outcomes at the nests I usually watch - Maine, Montana or Chesapeake.

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Heres a better view of the first egg from this afternoon.
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And we have our first egg! Thanks to Mary Murphy for spotting it.

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I’m so glad she didn’t start laying until today. I have been so worried about her with all this cold and horrible weather.

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I’m new to the group. Where can I find a camera link?

Another nice day out, with the Osprey pair enjoying some much-needed sunshine. Still waiting (and hoping) for an egg soon!
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The Osprey were enjoying a bit of sunshine this morning, and bringing in new nesting material to the platform. Nice to see them so busy!
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Please look at the one video view! it looks like an injured osprey on the ground (far left corner of the bottom feed)!! wings partially open, keeps trying to spread wings to get up 🙁

The Osprey pair enjoying a bit of sunshine together. Both left the platform just after this, presumably heading out to hunt.
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Where do i put a question. Without clicking on a photo

Though a little bedraggled, both Osprey seem to have weathered the storm unscathed. 
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I’m so happy. I worried so much about them.

So glad to see that

It's amazing what strong and resilient little critters ospreys are, glad they came through the storms okay.

I was watching them off and on all day. 😊

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The Osprey pair adding new material to the nest. Getting ready for an egg? Lets hope!
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I love the new nest and camera views, looking forward to a great season with these beauties.

Relating to my best in w. Cape may. Harry and sally

I'm new to this group. It website states that there is supposed to be sound, is that not working yet?

Thank you for this camera! I love watching Marshall and Lily!

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A nice close-up of one of the pair this afternoon. 
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Fun Fact Friday: In their diet of fresh fish (and their ability to dive into water to catch them), Ospreys are unique among North American birds of prey--and theyve developed a couple of specialized features for hanging onto their slippery catches: they have reversible outer toes (owls are the only other raptors with this adaptation), allowing them to grasp onto a fish with two toes in front and two behind, and they have barbed pads on their feet to provide an extra-secure grip.
Also known as fish hawks, Ospreys are actually placed in a separate family from all other hawks (and other birds of prey, for that matter)--Pandionidae, of which they are the only living representative. This fact, combined with their nearly worldwide distribution, also makes these birds highly unusual.
Ospreys were hit hard by DDT, but have rebounded remarkably well since the pesticide was banned. Their recovery--along with those of the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon--was one of wildlife conservations greatest successes. 
Osprey have just recently returned to the marsh, and you can watch their progress on our live cams here:
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Thanks for the very interesting info.

And a little closer--with a wing stretch.
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Distant view of the Osprey pair this morning. Its a little windy, a little wet, and a little cold, but they seem undaunted!
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The Osprey pair were back again this morning, enjoying a bit of sunshine after yesterdays soaking!
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Do we know for sure that they are Marshall and Lillie?

That’s some high tide!

I'm so glad you were able to get the new platform built and camera feeds back in place 🙂 I still miss not having sound though 🙁 it was so cool to hear the sounds of the marsh, especially the vocalizations of the ospreys and their chicks!

Marshal and Lily are back again this morning. Looks like they may be settling in!
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Great news. And you installed such a comfortable new nest!😊

This afternoon, one of our returning Osprey pair was hungrily devouring a recently-caught fish on the platform. Keep your eyes out, everyone!
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Can't wait to see them at the nest when I click on. As they start preparing I'm sure to see them.

AH!!! Good to know someone’s on schedule!

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Both Osprey back on the platform right now, and looking like theyre getting ready to setup their nest!
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Yesterdays feasting Osprey was back again this morning! Activity at the platform is definitely picking up.
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We have a nest behind our house is W Cape May. I know the pair has returned but I really enjoy seeing what is going on in your nest and enviion the same going on in "my nest". Love it!

Marshal and Lily have returned! We had our first sighting of our famous pair just after 9:00 this morning. Keep your eyes on the live cams for any new developments! ... See MoreSee Less

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Does anybody else have problems with the camera feed? Mine is jumpy. I can't watch or it gives me a headache. :'(

Holly Kirk Patrici a Wolfe. Are Sally and Harry back

Wonderful news!

P.S. thanks Wetlands for letting us know.

Have there been any sightings since the 17th?

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Thank you for all your hard work. I look forward to another season of watching this nest and appreciate all you have done to bring this nest to us again. The parents will be returning very soon, I know they will be happy too to see their new and repaired nest waiting for them. 🥰😘

Can't wait!

Jeff Dix, The Wetland Institutes new Maintenance Technician, has been busily running and checking the Osprey camera cable this morning. Getting closer!Image attachment

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Can’t wait!!

Great news .I love watching your ospreys!

yay! thank you!

Thank you so much, Jeff. You're the greatest. 😘

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You guys are the best!


So happy the camera will be back for the coming season. Would love more updates as the season begins, especially when the chicks arrive.

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Yesterday morning we had a visit with one of our fledgling Ospreys, who took a quick flight from the nest platform to take in the early sunshine on one of their favorite perches. The number of Ospreys around the marsh has dropped off considerably over the last couple of weeks as more and more birds depart to their wintering grounds in the southern US and Central and South America.
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Lots of activity at the Osprey platform this morning. The fledglings continue exercising their wings, taking longer and longer flights over the marsh. Both parents are still here, watching out for their young and providing further encouragement. Go Ospreys!
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The excitement continues! Over the last few days the rest of our Osprey family fledged! All three chicks have now left the nest--mostly. Theyre still sticking close to--or on--the platform, but theyve been testing out their new wings with short flights over the marsh. Both parents are still watching over the young, and have been taking off from the platform to try and encourage the new fledglings to explore.
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I miss watching

Thanks for the good news. Next step for the chicks: learning to fish. I guess Lily will be leaving soon. I will miss this happy little family.

This has been a banner year for the Institute’s ospreys - 3 healthy fledglings soon ready for the big migration!

Exciting news! Around 8:00 on Saturday morning, our first Osprey chick left the nest! It flew to the top of our lecture hall and hung out there for a while. A nearby Mockingbird, not as thrilled with the event as we were, lodged a complaint. 
Way to go, little Osprey!
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Congratulations on a great landing - ignore that annoying bird!


Aww, that's so cool! But I miss them when leave.

This morning (Monday) there was only one in the nest at there are 2 so another one has learned to fly!

Yes, I always miss them when they leave. They are fascinating to watch, leaves one in awe of nature and instinct! I check several times a day during nesting.

1:24 p.m. Last baby just took flight! 🦅

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Windy, windy! 💨🌧🌧💨 Just moments ago, during the recent storm, the strong winds knocked down the osprey platform support post with the mounted web camera. But, don't worry, we checked and the nest and chicks are weathering the storm like true champions! We have disabled the camera feed, until the platform can be repaired, but we will keep you posted with daily updates. ... See MoreSee Less

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Is the platform still atop the main pole?

Thank you! I check every day, love this little family!

That’s an old structure, so I’m not surprised! Hope it’ll get some love and if you need anything feel free to reach out!

I will miss my daily visits with this little family. It is one of the few 'happy' nests this season. <3

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That is a really beautiful picture.

I remember 2015 very well.

the one chick who hatched late was named Chance and I think the whole osprey world was watching this one. Mom departed very soon after Chance fledged, and dad stayed with Chance until s/he was able to fish on his/her own. Then they departed. There were wonderful clips of Chance's fledge day supplied by the Institute.

Did the Easter Bunny come a little early this year?? 🐰🥚🐣 Not yet! Osprey will bring all kinds of nesting materials to the platforms as they prepare the space for the arrival of eggs and chicks. We arent quite sure what the white object is, but it definitely made us give it a second glance. Stay tuned!

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A stolen egg?🙄

A shell? Sea not egg. 😀

Looking forward to meeting them soon.

I have noticed there are no eggs, have Lilly and Marshall left?

I’ve been wondering the same thing!

I've been checking everyday and wondering what's wrong with no eggs yet.

Sue Slotterback Any idea what's going on?

There’s a couple things: first yes, I am thinking it’s odd that the nest only has phrased hay in it. In years past they have had a nice nest ringed in sticks as branches. Second, this couple have been continually harassed by another one or two ospreys. Could this be putting stress on them? Third, they been seen mating several times over the past weeks so we’ve got our fingers crossed for “any day now”. I won’t be until Monday, but I’ll check last year’s chart again to see when the first eggs were laid and let you know.

Thank you, Sue.

5/15/19.....I believe the female just laid an egg on the Wetlands nest. 3:24pm is when she got up and I saw an egg.

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2 years ago

Hello! My name is Daniel O'Brien. I decided to join this group because of how much I love Ospreys and want to help keep them and their food source protected. ... See MoreSee Less

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How can I join this group? Does anyone remember Chance from 2015 ??

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The nest is looking so much better. And I'm glad this group was formed so we can have much more news this season.

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