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 difference with the young osprey is they have light orange eye coloring compared to the bright yellow of the adults. The video clips below capture some of these details and provide some insight into the daily activities of osprey at this stage of their life.

Osprey chicks at Middle Farms nest on the morning of July 6, 2022.

The adult male brings fish for the morning feeding on July 6, 2022.

One of the osprey chicks testing it’s wings on July 6, 2022.

This video clip shows the osprey chicks preening their feathers as mom watches over them and provides some shade.

Nap time for the osprey chicks.

Mid-day feeding.

The adult male osprey brings a stick to the nest for ongoing nest tending.

We hope you have enjoyed this window into the world of osprey on Fishers Island.