Bird Cam

 

Have you been “tuning in” to our fabulous Landings Bird cam? It really is something! We (and the world) have followed the majestic Owls and their offspring, have seen the tree devastated by Hurricane Matthew, watched as a new artificial limb and new cameras were installed, and waited (and waited) for the return of our wonderful Owls. Just when we thought the nest would go empty, Ospreys (who had been checking out this “available property”) moved in, called it home and started a family. 

Did you know that the Osprey is a very unique raptor, standing out not only for its beauty but also for its choice of prey?

Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about this spectacular bird……

  • The Osprey species is at least 11 million years old
  • The Osprey was seriously endangered by effects of pesticides in the mid-20th century, but they have made a good comeback in many parts of North America.
  • Ospreys can live to be 15-20 years old. The oldest known osprey was just over 25 years old. During that long lifetime, these migratory birds can rack up over 160,000 miles of travel.
  • The nest site is usually on top of large tree (often with a dead or broken top) not far from water. (Ours fits the bill perfectly!)
  • The Osprey’s diet consists of fish which they search for by circling high in the sky over relatively shallow water. They often hover briefly before diving, feet first, to grab a fish. After a successful strike, they rise from the water and fly away, carrying the fish head-forward with its talons. Bald Eagles sometimes chase Ospreys and force them to drop their catch.
  • Ospreys mate for life. Their first nest is small, but they add to it every year. After a few years, the nest can be big enough for a human to sit in.
  • Ospreys lay between one and five eggs at one time. The eggs don’t hatch all at once though. The first egg hatches a few days before the last. The oldest and biggest chick bosses the other chicks around.
  • The female remains with her young most of time at first, sheltering them from sun and rain; the male brings fish and when hatched, the female feeds them to her young. She will only have one brood per year.

We are expecting the Osprey chicks to begin hatching sometime around May 4th – Just in time for Mother’s Day! Keep watching to see these two parents welcome their young into the world!

TUNE IN! Log on to: www.LandingsBirdCam.com to watch nature in action!

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