We installed the nest this past summer and were thrilled this fall to see a male Osprey proceed to construct a large stick nest. During December and most of January an Osprey would perch for a few minutes or just circle around and make lots of noise. Often you would see three or four Osprey in the area in an obvious territory dispute.
Our best guess is that starting right around the end of January the female started sitting on her eggs. If you look closely you can just see her head protruding above the nest. I had to make my way up to the 4th floor of the 2nd building before I could even see her.
An Osprey needs to be between 3 and 4 years old before they can raise a family. They usually mate for life and will use the same nest for years. The female lays between 2 to 4 eggs and incubates between 35 to 40 days. The young will be in the nest for 7 to 8 weeks before flying.
We hope to see the young sometime in the first of March.
We will keep you posted.
Check back tomorrow for another update!