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Hatching!!

June 2nd, 2013

Three healthy hatchlings at Forsythe NWR!

by Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager

Chicks!

If you haven’t noticed, we now have three healthy osprey nestlings at the nest at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, as viewed by our Osprey Cam. The first chick hatched on May 25th, the second on the 26th, and the third on the 28th. The eggs hatched in the order they were laid, referred to as asynchronous hatching. The incubation period was ~38 days for all three eggs (average is 35-37 in NJ; 32-43 throughout their range). With the cooler temperatures the longer period is expected. Osprey young are born semi-altricial, or are downy and require close parental care to survive. The male osprey has been very busy foraging and catching more prey to feed all the hungry mouths. Have you tried to identify the prey that they’ve brought in?

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2 Responses to “Hatching!!”

  1. Norma Savitsky says:

    Can the public view the webcam.

  2. Ben says:

    Hey Norma,

    Yes, here is where you can view the Osprey Cam: http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/ospreycam

 
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