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They are powered directly from a building that is approximately 750 feet away but the video and audio feed is transmitted wirelessly.The nest is illuminated at night using an infrared light.The male and female migrate and winter separately but return to the same nesting site each year.Offspring usually remain at their wintering grounds for their entire first year before beginning a migration and nesting pattern.There are no markings to indicate which osprey is male and which is female, but the females are generally larger than the males.They show up around the first of April and complete mating and egg-laying within the first two weeks after both have arrived.
Osprey nests weight an average of 400 pounds and are amended yearly.
No one knows why they collect all the different things that they do for their nest (including trash), other than to make the lining soft and to keep eggs from falling into voids in the stick nest.
Osprey chicks only have a 50% chance of surviving their first year.
In 2009, wildlife biologists moved the nest to its current location just east of the Cattail pond for the birds’ safety. Our biologists believe that the local surge in nests may be offspring returning to their previous habitat area.
In 20, a female osprey with a metal band around her leg was seen. See the interactive timeline above for specific dates and other significant events.