The web cam is LIVE.
Osprey were spotted on the nest March 21st!
Special thanks to the Fishers Island Utility Co. for re-installing the camera and helping to resolve some temporary audio problems, and to Carolyn Ross for providing a screen capture to confirm the first osprey sighting.
The Henry L. Ferguson Museum web cam connects viewers to the intimate life cycle of our osprey neighbors.
During the spring and summer of 2022, we watched the unfolding action as the eggs hatched, the male delivered eagerly awaited food to the nest, and the female brooded the young. Approximately 55 days after hatching, the chicks fledged with feathers and wing muscles that were developed enough for flight. They have since migrated south for the winter.
We hope that this window on their world will inspire further conservation efforts on Fishers Island.
Osprey 2022 Blog
New Nest Platform Installation
Residents and visitors who enjoy following the ospreys that return to the island each spring have a lot to celebrate this year. The H.L. Ferguson Museum’s much-anticipated new Osprey Cam became operational in mid-March. The Dahua 32x IR PTZ Network Camera features a 32x optical zoom lens, and is capable of capturing long-distance outdoor video surveillance day or night.
The 32x optical zoom lens provides a higher quality and viewable image size. The camera delivers much greater color details in low-light conditions and is equipped with quick and accurate pan/tilt/zoom control. While the previous camera was not set up for SSL (secure sockets layer), the new one offers secure streaming over HTTPS.
The camera also has an audio function, which we did not have previously. In addition, its Live Streaming Network minimizes bandwidth usage, allowing us to stream higher-quality video. The previous feed was choppy. The new system is also able to maintain 30 days recording, so we can go back and grab significant events.
The funds to purchase the new Osprey Cam were donated by George and Leslie Conant. Funds to cover several years of annual streaming fees, which have gone up considerably, were donated by Nick Spofford and Jennifer Sanger through the Spofford Foundation, with additional funds to cover streaming provided by Jennifer Russell.
The previous camera was purchased in 2012 with funds donated by the Fishers Island Conservancy. After it ceased to function properly in July 2021, a search was undertaken that led to the new camera and a higher-quality streaming service.
The Museum would like to thank the Fishers Island Utility Corp. for its support on this project, the Fishers Island Telephone Corp. for installing the new camera on short notice, and the Fishers Island Electric Corp. for donating the use of equipment for the installation of a new nesting platform at the Osprey Cam site. The platform itself was generously constructed and donated by Pirates Cove Marine. The volunteers who worked early on a Sunday morning to mount the platform were Harrison Hall and Kenny Ahman of Fishers Island Electric, and Tom Doyen of Fishers Island Telephone, with additional assistance and coordination provided by Jim Baker, along with Ken Edwards, Jeff and Benjamin Edwards. Photographing the project from start to finish were Steve Head of Fishers Island Telephone, Catherine Edwards, and Pierce Rafferty.
We thank you all for such a great group effort!
Each year you can expect to see the arrival of the first ospreys by mid to late March, according to recent history. The ospreys generally show up a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, “about the same time that the spring peepers start singing,” says Museum Trustee Terry McNamara. They are often seen in flight days or even weeks before they settle on a nest. In 2021, resident osprey expert and former Museum Trustee Ken Edwards spotted an osprey in flight on March 14. The first sighting on camera was of one osprey on March 31. This year (2022) the first sighting in flight was on March 20 and the first confirmed landing on nest was March 23.