Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I was just watching the cam and saw one of the young flapping his wings in preparation. Birds have two very large breast muscles that power flight. Instead of a flat sternum or breast bone like humans have, birds have a protruding ridge called a keel. (Like the keel of a boat.) Muscles anchor to this keel and the wing bones. Young birds do not have developed breast muscles and spend time flapping to help them get in shape. All of the young birds will begin to flap a lot.
Its also getting hard to tell adults from young in the nest. Sometimes the young still lay down: the adults almost never lay down. Also, the backs of young are more mottled in color than the adults.
The adults are still feeding the young and will continue to do so for another month or so. As soon as the young birds start flying, they will also begin learning how to fish.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Question from viewer: Is there anyway to get the CAM to zoom in on the osprey without disturbing them? It would especially be nice when the chicks hatch.
Answer: Thanks for watching the ospreycam at Deer Flat NWR. The nesting platform is on a pole which is standing in the water of Lake Lowell. The camera is on a pole sitting on the shoreline about 50 yards from the nest. The camera can zoom in at 25X maximum and we have it at about that right now. We will do the best we can with zoom and focus when the young are visible. Stay tuned, the young should start hatching out in about 7 to 10 days. rcc
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Apparently, this type of interaction is not all that uncommon. The same type of intrusion happend last year and we have that on archived video. To see last years footage of another osprey trying to land at the nest click here: http://www2.fiberpipe.net/deerflat/vod.asp?Intruder_061310.wsx
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
We have two bald eagle nesting territories on Lake Lowell. One is just west of the visitor center and that nest has at least one young eaglet in it, about one month old. The other bald eagle nest is on the east end of the lake and only accessible by boat. We have not yet determined the number of young in that nest.
There are many breeding pairs of red-tailed hawks nesting on the refuge, they also have young in the nest. One of the more visible nests is at Murphy's Neck off Orchard Ave...I saw a downy head peeking above the edge of that nest just this morning.
The great blue heron rookery on the south side of Lake Lowell is full of nesting birds, as is the double-crested cormorant rookery in the same general location. Meanwhile, hundred of western grebes (some Clark's grebes mixed in) have returned to the lake and are preparing for their nesting season. We saw several in courtship display during a recent boat trip around the lake.
And lastly, the refuge staff is just finishing their surveys of nesting Canada geese on the islands in the Snake River. The nest numbers are down from previous years and the high river flows this year have inundated some of the nesting islands. Most all of the goslings should have hatched by now from the viable nests. rcc
Saturday, April 23, 2011
On 4/22/10 we observed the female laying low in the nest. This is a good indication that she has an egg. She has been deepening the bowl of the nest for the last 3 days in preparation for laying her clutch.
Incubation usually begins after the first egg is laid. Both sexes incubate, but female generally does most of the incubation. Female nearly always incubates at night. Male usually provides female with all food during this period; female takes fish to nearby perch and feeds there; male generally incubates while female feeds, but will initiate incubation independent of food transfers.
It takes about 36 days for osprey eggs to hatch. Notice the unusual color of osprey eggs in the above photo.
This information and the photo is from the Birds of North America Series. To learn more, click the osprey info button while you are watching the cam.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
....Oops. I just said that and she flew off the nest platform....possibly to do some morning fishing.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The ospreys are back at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. The male arrived the last week of March and the female a few days later. They have been busily adding sticks to the nest and readying it for a new nesting season.
Meanwhile, The Friends of Deer Flat have been working with local partners to upgrade the webcam for the 2011 season. In mid-march, Randy and Steve, refuge maintenance personnel, exacated a long trench from the visitor center to the webcam pole. The following week, workers from Budget Electric came out and layed a heavy duty electrical line. Then last week, Ken and Phil from Fiberpipe removed the solar panels from the camera pole and hooked up the camera and transmitter to the permanent electical line. And just yesterday, Fiberpipe was able to finish hooking up the camera video to the Fiberpipe streaming internet site.
Any day now the female osprey will start laying her eggs in the nest. Last years egg laying started on April 22nd. So stay tuned.Removing Solar Panels while ospreys look on.