Osprey mother with chick
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Ospreys usually mate for life.
The nest the pair builds is a large heap of sticks, driftwood and seaweed built in forks of trees, rocky outcrops, utility poles, artificial platforms or offshore islets.
In spring the pair begins a five-month period of partnership to raise their young.
The female lays two to four eggs within a month, and relies on the size of the nest to conserve heat. This year I have observed two chicks so far, which were probably the first hatchlings. I'll know in a week or so if there are more because they will be strong enough to peep out of the nest.
The newly hatched chicks weigh only 2 oz, but fledge in 8–10 weeks.
If one gets too close to the nest, or there appears to be a threat of some kind, the Osprey will let out a series of strong high -pitched whistles that carries a pretty good distance.
On a high on a power pole in coastal Southeast Georgia