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The Nature Conservancy partners with the Block Island Utility District to band Osprey chicks each year, before the young birds take flight. OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett shows us how they collect the birds and talks about their long migration to South America.

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Update July 11, 2023:

The chick is nearly as big as the parent, and is picking at food by itself (not being directly fed by the mama). Soon we will be seeing the chick fully standing and starting to stretch its wings.

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Update July 6:

This year’s osprey chick was banded today at 35 days year old. So many thanks to Jeff Wright and the team at BI Power Co.





June 23,2023:
Three weeks old - my how they grow! The chick is periodically being left by itself for SHORT periods of time, but one of the parents quickly returns.

June 9,2023:
One week old today. And, one of the two unhatched eggs is still in the nest. 

June 3, 2023:
Female osprey is sitting on - and keeping warm -  one unhatched egg and a day-old chick. Note that a second unhatched egg had been moved to the outer edge of the nest.

Osprey Update - June 2, 2023:
It is a warm sunny day on BI, and as of 2pm the first of three eggs have hatched! The male has already delivered part of a fish, which the female was sharing little bits with the newly hatched chick.  There are still two intact eggs…Eggs and chick are located in green circle on photo.

Osprey Update - May 30, 2023:

The Osprey pair definitely has 3 eggs. The 3rd egg was likely laid on April 27 or 28. The incubation period ranges between 36 – 42 days. Usually incubation doesn’t start until after the 2nd egg is laid – but it may have started intermittently with the first egg, or not started until the third was laid. With the following assumptions: (1) consistent incubation starting on April 28, and (2) a 38 day incubation, we can hope to see the first hatching on/or about June 5th. (Hatching on different days is likely, and may be as late as June 9th.) The photo was taken May 29th when the male dropped in to rearrange a few sticks.

Osprey Update - April 26, 2023:
The female is settling down to incubate her eggs –
appears to be 2 so far. It is possible that she’ll lay another egg –  Osprey egg clutch size ranges from 1 – 4. Usually the older the pair the more likely more eggs. Last year there were 2 eggs, only one of which hatched.In 2022 the pair was a new match - one of the adults last year was banded, which was the first time since the first pair in 2005 that one of the adults had a band, thus it was obvious that at least one of the 2022 pair was new to the nesting platform. 

Osprey Update - April 20, 2023:
The female is continuing to hang out on the nest, occasionally rearranging sticks and material that is brought in by the male. At 10:30 the male delivered a fish which the female flew off with for, presumable, a private meal while the male hung out and picked at & pushed around bits of seaweed/grass etc. But still no egg(s)!

Osprey Update - April 2, 2023:

The female osprey showed up on April 2nd. The female will mostly supervise the making of the nest. We will be seeing new twigs and seaweed and all kinds of things being brought to the platform by the male. Both birds will arrange the “furniture” but the female will do the bulk of nest primping.

Osprey Update - March 31, 2023:

Since the male osprey showed up at the power company platform on March 26th there hasn’t been much action other than an occasional new stick or clump of seaweed for the nest. Attention to building the nest will likely happen when the female arrives on the scene.

Osprey Update - March 26, 2023:
The male osprey has returned!

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