[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 15:05:36 EDT 2014

​6/11  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center   10-1PM, high tide
receding, 65F.
At 10AM the female osprey was on the nest calling, male on the perch with a
fish.  At 10:10 he brought in the fish to nest.  Both parents feeding the
chicks.  3 chicks are very large and the last hatched is tiny.  Smallest
one was hunkered down, not moving.  If it tried to get fed, the larger
chicks continually attacked it. I know it's nature, but it's hard to
watch.  The smallest chick was not fed at this feeding.
At 11AM the male brought in another fish, and again the 3 larger chicks
were fed, then they lay down on top of the smallest chick, preventing it
from being fed.  Finally at12:35PM the tiny chick got fed a bit.   There
are 2 other ospreys in the area.
On the marsh were D.C. Cormorants, 1 Great Egret, 2 mallards, 8 Mute
swans.  On the grounds were cardinals, Purple Martins(nesting) robins,
House wren singing, Common Grackles, Red winged blackbird, Mourning doves.
Bev Propen, Orange

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