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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, March 06 2012 @ 10:02 AM EST (Read 18828 times)  
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Osprey Cam - Ayer's Island, New Hampton, NH

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[work in progress - needs to be edited ~JudyB]


In the spring of 2004, two juvenile ospreys arrived at Public Service of New Hampshire’s (PSNH) hydroelectric station at Ayers Island in New Hampton, NH. A tall structure overlooking the hydro plant and the Pemigewasset River provided an attractive site for their nest; however, it also served as an anchor for a cable car used to do repair work on the dam.

Recognizing that it would be best for the ospreys to find a more permanent, out-of-the-way location for the nest, Public Service of New Hampshire (Northeast Utilities System) employees waited until the birds had flown south for the winter. Then, in October, 2004, representatives from PSNH, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department transferred the nest to a de-energized pole 50 feet away.

Apparently, the ospreys didn’t mind the change in address! The next spring, the pair returned and successfully produced two chicks, and ospreys have been returning to the nest ever since. Working in partnership with the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, PSNH installed the Osprey cam at the Ayers Island nest in 2006 to help educate people about these magnificent birds of prey, and to share an incredible bird-watching experience with viewers throughout the state and around the world.

The angle of the camera makes it almost impossible to tell how many eggs are laid, so we only know how many hatch and become large enough to be seen over the edge. The osprey at this nest hatched and fledged 3 chicks in 2007. They hatched and fledged two in 2008. In 2009, they again hatched and fledge three chicks. In 2010, two eggs hatched, but one chick died 12 days later; people at the site said it appeared that the adult male disappeared not long after the chicks hatched, leaving the female alone to brood the chicks and bring them food, which is likely why the younger one was lost; a new mate appeared, and helped her raise the surviving chick.

Junglejude's s'cap from June 28, 2010


Weather Report for New Hampton, New Hampshire

New Hampshire is in the Eastern Time Zone. GMT -5 during Standard Time and GMT -4 during Daylight Saving time

Link to last year's thread for this nest

Link to information and maps of Saco's travels

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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, March 06 2012 @ 10:02 AM EST  
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By: Junglejude (offline) on Friday, March 30 2012 @ 04:24 PM EDT  
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Hello everyone, :hello:
Good to see the camera is up and running for the 2012 osprey nesting season.
Looks like the osprey will be busy fixing up the nest. Smile
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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, April 01 2012 @ 11:31 AM EDT  
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Thanks for the news that the cam is on, Jude - and wonderful to see an osprey, jazzel!

It's very calm today - the water is so smooth it's hard to be sure the cam is streaming.

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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, April 01 2012 @ 05:10 PM EDT  
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We have a visitor! Grin

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Figures that the cam was nice and clear this morning when the nest was empty, and it's harder to get a sharp image now that there's someone to see. I did try for a couple of different poses, for ID purposes.

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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, April 01 2012 @ 05:14 PM EDT  
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And another picture now that he(?) has moved out to the perch - to help establish size.

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By: Junglejude (offline) on Monday, April 02 2012 @ 08:12 AM EDT  
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Thank you for the new thread JudyB.
So good to see we have one perched out on the beam this morning.
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