Cape Henlopen State Park

Lewes, Delaware

Open Daily 8 a.m. to Sunset

Welcome to the 2014 Osprey Cam at Cape Henlopen State Park!

Our Osprey Cam is up and running for another season. The nest is located atop one of the SPI Pharma towers, just outside of the park. The adults should arrive around the first day of spring, March 20.
Scroll down for viewing tips and osprey updates--

Our Mating Pair

 

Osprey Pair on the nest

The pair should be on and off the nest until the middle of April, when the female begins to lay and incubate her eggs. The male will then be stopping at the nest off and on to deliver fish to the female for most of the spring.

Watch for Chicks!

 

Osprey adult and chick

Look for the chicks to hatch in June, and then watch the chicks grow all summer until late July, when they will fledge (start to fly). The young will still stay close to the nest, waiting for fish from the adults, until the adults migrate south. The young will begin their own migration shortly afterward; by early September, the nest will be empty again.

Young birds will have light speckling on their wings, whereas adults are all brown.

Thatch's Migration

 

Map of Thatch's migrations last summer

On a side note, our satellite-tagged osprey, Thatch, migrated back here last summer. He spent most of his days across the bay off Cape May, but made a few trips back home to Delaware. Unfortunately, Thatch was shot on the island of Curacao during his migration south last fall. He was one of several tagged birds who have been shot in the Caribbean islands, the most common cause of death for young osprey.  

Follow other migrating osprey tagged with satellite transmitters at Dr. Rob Bierregaard’s website.

The Osprey Cam equipment was generously provided by The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park.