The Osprey Nest
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Osprey Chick

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Viewing Season
April - September

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Welcome to the home of ospreys Rachel and Steve in Hog Island, Maine. Perched atop a 30-foot tower, this live cam peers directly into the nest, where Rachel and Steve reunite every spring after a winter apart.

In the Spring, watch for...
Here's the typical timing for these key nesting events:

  • April 6: First adult returns to nest
  • April 11: Both adults now at nest
  • April 27: First egg
  • April 30: Second egg
  • Beginning of May: Third egg
  • June 4: First egg pips
  • June 5: First egg hatches
  • June 6: Second egg hatches
  • June 9: Third egg hatches
  • July 9: Eating and growing
  • July 21: Practicing flight skills
  • July 31: First chick fledged
  • August 1: Second chick fledged
  • August 7: Third chick fledged
  • End of August: First fall migration

* Dates are from 2014.

Osprey are birds of prey that rely almost entirely on fish, so they nest and raise their chicks near water. Rachel and Steve make their summer home atop a 30-foot tower located at the Maine Audubon Camp on Hog Island. The pair returns each year in early April after wintering in South America. Egg-laying takes place at the end of the month. Rachel does most of the incubation, while Steve often feeds her at the nest. After two months of rapid growth, the chicks begin to fly in early August. In early September, the young will begin fall migration traveling solo.

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