From 0 to Flight in Just Two Months
Osprey chicks spend only a couple months in the nest, between hatching and fledging. Our Osprey chicks, Pan, Pia and Poole, are already many times their original size since hatching during the week of June 5th.
Osprey chicks normally fledge within 48 to 59 days of hatching. They will grow as big as mom and dad (Rachel and Steve) before taking their first flight!
“Generally they hang around the nest, but will fly off to perch elsewhere. Sometimes they’ll go to another nest. Feeding happens at the nest; Steve will bring food and drop it off there. There is a long transition period (around a month to a month and a half) in learning to fish on their own — food delivery by the male is critical to ensuring that the young don’t starve while learning to fish. They fish on their own — no one teaches them anything!” – Audubon Bird Cam Partners.
Once they leave the nest, they instinctively know where to migrate in the fall. Meet the chicks on the Osprey Live Cam here!
(Thanks to explore.org fan, Maddi for the great snapshot!)