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Cape Henlopen State Park
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Check Back Next Spring!
Our Osprey are down south for the winter, but they'll be back.
Our Mating Pair
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!
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.
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.