Grand Lake Osprey Cam
One of our wonderful HTA volunteers has set up a webcam on an Osprey nest in Grand Lake. This nest has been set up for a few years now and every year the same male and female pair return to raise their young. We expect to see between one and three eggs in the nest each spring. On April 8th the female Osprey was seen returning to the nest for another summer in Grand Lake. Feel free to view the nest cam by clicking on the link below.
UPDATE: On April 20th, both the male and female osprey were seen in the nest. The regular pair have returned to Grand Lake for the summer. They have not yet fully nested and will not be until eggs are laid. They will mate for the next 10 days and hopefully have between 1 and 3 eggs. Please refer to the link below for the webcam footage and more up to date descriptions.
UPDATE: On May 7th, the first egg was spotted in the nest. Each year, the Osprey lay between one and three eggs. The eggs are normally laid one to two days apart and hatch after 34 or 35 days. Keep an eye out for more eggs and hatching sometime around the second week of June. Please refer to the link below for the webcam footage and more up to date descriptions.
UPDATE: On May 10th, the second egg was laid in the nest. All seems to be going well for the Osprey so far. The camera is now zoomed in a little closer for a more detailed view of the eggs. Hopefully, we will be seeing a third egg in the coming days. It takes around 34 to 35 days for the eggs to hatch and typically hatch in the order that they were laid. Keep an eye out for eggs beginning to hatch sometime around June 12th. Please refer to the link below for the webcam footage and more up to date descriptions.
UPDATE: On May 13th, the third egg was laid in the Osprey nest. Thus far, all three eggs have come three days apart from each other and laid around the same time of day. Although it is normal for the Osprey to lay between 1 and 3 eggs each year, there is potential for more. The eggs will typically hatch in the order they were laid and take just over a month. Keep your eye on the nest and look for hatching around mid-June. Please refer to the link below for the webcam footage and more up to date descriptions.
UPDATE: By mid June, all three Osprey eggs have hatched. The Osprey parents still have a lot of work ahead of them caring for the new chicks, but they seem up for the task. Over the next month and a half the parents will be busy keeping their chicks warm, providing food, and protected from the elements. On average, it will take the chicks around 52 days to fledge and fly. Keep an eye on the webcam to watch the chicks grow and mature over the coming months. Please refer to the link below for the webcam footage and more up to date descriptions.
UPDATE: The Ospreys were incredible parents this year. They even took care of a lone, orphaned chick who came to their nest before the birds migrated. It is now October 8 and Kent has successfully upgraded the camera. The resolution is even greater than it previously was and there is now audio. You can turn on the audio by clicking on the audio bar which appears in the lower right corner of the picture. Let's hope that our Ospreys aren't in the area where the latest hurricane will be making landfall. They are very smart animals, so I trust that they are very good at avoiding bad storms. It will be great to see them when they return in mid-April of 2021.