[CT Birds] Questions about Osprey in Ct
marymushinsky at att.net
Mon Aug 1 12:27:01 EDT 2016
Don, There is one pair on the West River in New Haven (very near the coast) that started nesting very late this year, so their chicks are younger than those in other nests in greater New Haven. Observing the nests on the Quinnipiac and West Rivers, the young seem to practice leaping and flapping above the nest platform, and hang around the immediate neighborhood for awhile after they find they can go aloft.Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford
From: Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:04 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Questions about Osprey in Ct
I'm fortunate enough to be a steward of an Osprey nest this summer, and a
few questions have come to mind that I never thought of before.
Is there a date range that nestlings are generally expected to fledge? My
nest is a northern one (Ashford) and I know from the size of the chick when
I first saw it that these birds must have started very late.
I have been watching a nest in Eastford for years and it has always been
true for that nest also. Is there a correlation between nesting date and
distance from the coast or how far north?
What is the experience with other inland nests?
Are there signs that fledging is imminent? This chick is still quite a bit
smaller than its parents, but flaps its wings from time to time, and the
wingspan is impressive and the feathers look pretty much grown in. I'm
trying to get some idea of how long it will be till "takeoff".
Once a nestling flies from the first time does it leave the nest for good
or return to it?
If it does return, is it considered fledged after its first flight?
Guidance on any or all of this will be appreciated.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
mntncougar at aol.com
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