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Osprey visit Middle Farms nest before migration

By |2022-09-23T14:22:14-04:00September 23rd, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

On September 15, 2022 one of the juvenile osprey briefly stopped by Middle Farms nest for a final visit of the season. Moments after leaving, another osprey flies by the camera but it is not clear if this was the sibling, one of the adults – or another osprey. The clips below capture two

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Osprey rivalry at Middle Farms nest

By |2022-09-13T13:03:09-04:00September 13th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

Beginning late August the two juvenile osprey were rarely seen getting along on Middle Farms nest, as competition for fish – and the osprey nest became more regular occurrences. The clips below capture some of the battles through the beginning of September. As the days are getting shorter, it is expected that the osprey

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Osprey battle for fish

By |2022-08-18T12:37:38-04:00August 18th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

During the first two weeks of August, the juvenile osprey returned to Middle Farms nest multiple times daily for feedings. For the most part, they now wanted to feed themselves, so battles for the fish became a regular sighting and the prey was often taken away from the nest to be eaten nearby. It

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Osprey first flights July 31st

By |2022-08-04T08:33:17-04:00August 4th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

Eight weeks and one day after the first egg hatched at Middle Farms, the osprey cam captured the first flight from the nest by both juveniles on July 31, 2022. Shortly after 8 am the first one flew from the nest. Later that morning shortly after 11 am, the second osprey took its first

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Osprey chicks testing wings

By |2022-07-29T19:59:32-04:00July 29th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

Sometime around six weeks after hatching, the osprey chicks at Middle Farms nest began to test their wings. After seven weeks, they were hopping around the nest more often exercising their wing muscles – and began to achieve lift-off from the nest. It is expected that they will be leaving the nest for short

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Osprey chicks at one month

By |2022-07-15T13:38:43-04:00July 15th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

On July 6th the second osprey chick to hatch at Middle Farms nest turned one month old. Though we don't expect them to fly until the end of July or early August, you can see their feathers are growing. Juvenile osprey feathers differ from the adults in that they have white tipped edges. Another

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Osprey chick fell from nest

By |2022-06-16T14:13:47-04:00June 16th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

Sadly, we have confirmed that now there are only two osprey chicks at Middle Farms nest. On Sunday, June 12, 2022, the youngest of the three osprey chicks fell from the nest. When it was believed to be an accident, it was retrieved and the next morning it was returned to the nest by

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Osprey chicks pecking order

By |2022-06-13T01:13:10-04:00June 11th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

On June 10, 2022 the osprey cam captured an aggressive battle for the pecking order by the chicks at Middle Farms nest. Vicki Rafferty alerted us to the sibling rivalry - which may have been condoned by the adults. Osprey will often favor the stronger and more aggressive chicks to try to ensure survival

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Third osprey egg hatched June 8th

By |2022-06-09T19:27:19-04:00June 9th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

The third of three osprey eggs hatched at Middle Farms nest around 3:30 PM on June 8, 2022. (Two and a half days after the second egg hatched.) The video clips below show highlights from the new chicks first day beginning with a short clip of the hatching. In the long version  (35 min),

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Defending the osprey chicks June 7th

By |2022-06-07T16:59:51-04:00June 7th, 2022|Osprey Blog 2022|

On the morning of June 7, 2022 the osprey nest at the end of Middle Farms came under a brief attack by another osprey. The video clip below begins with the female osprey fortifying the nest, but she leaves  around 7:47:51 and returns when another osprey flies near the nest (7:48:32). She shields the chicks

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ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2022

Dr. Ralph Hoch leading the 1978 Memorial Day parade from a red MG driven by Eddie White. Photo by Charlie Morgan.

YEAR ROUND: A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY

The main show chronicles many aspects of the Island’s year-round community with a focus on work, school activities, recreation, and annual events that help bring the Island together.

NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM

This year’s Annual Exhibition will open virtually on this website later this summer.

WINTER VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

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