The last confirmed sighting of osprey from the Museum webcam was September 13, 2023.
The osprey chick getting ready to leave the nest with a fish in its claw on September 10, 2023.
The daily fish deliveries grew fewer at Middle Farms nest during the second week of September, but prior to migration the juvenile osprey could often still be seen at the nest calling and waiting for fish – or heard nearby. It is unknown if the chick began to capture any fish on its own or if the parents were preparing their offspring to migrate and receive fish elsewhere. In the final days, it continued to take nest materials away and appeared hungry during extended stays at the nest – while it honed its skills for eating more efficiently.
The video clips below capture some of the nest activities from September 7 through September 13, 2023.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2023: The juvenile osprey visits the nest and preens.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2023: The juvenile osprey rests for a while before dad delivers a fresh fish.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2023: While waiting for fish, the young osprey assesses sticks on the nest, then attempts to leave with one.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2023: The juvenile osprey lowers from the camera and gathers some nest material.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2023: Dad gets hit by the wings of the younger osprey struggling to get a grip on the fish.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2023: A crow visits the nest while the osprey are away.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2023: Dad delivers a fresh fish that flops onto the nest.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2023: Mom stops by for a final visit to the nest this season.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2023: The osprey chick lands on the camera in the morning and calls for fish.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2023: After a feeding, the osprey chick returns to the nest for an extended stay and calls for more fish.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2023: The osprey chick calls for fish from the camera, then lowers to the nest and continues for a while.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2023: The osprey chick returns to the nest briefly to call for fish again, then returns to the camera.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2023: The osprey chick swoops into the nest and calls for fish.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2023: The osprey chick resting.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2023: During this feeding, the osprey chick struggles with the slippery fish at first, but eventually gets a good grip and flies off with it.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2023: The osprey chick visits the nest and spends time on each perch before leaving.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2023: After a few minutes of calling, this time, dad finally delivers some left-overs.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023: The last morning this season that the osprey cam captured the sound of the chick calling from the camera.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023: The osprey chick visits the nest mid-afternoon and spends time calling for fish and preening.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023: The osprey chick pulls at some seaweed and bites on a stick.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023: The osprey chick spends more time on the nest.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023: The osprey chick spends more time waiting for fish – preening and tearing at pieces of bark.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023: The osprey chick chews on more bark before returning to the camera.
NOTE: There was technical difficulty with the stream after this video clip so it is uncertain if there was a final fish delivery on the evening of the 13th.
We hope you have enjoyed this window into the world of osprey on Fishers Island.