Pia Has Fledged!
From our partners at The Audubon Society:
Today, August 7th, the third and youngest Hog Island Osprey fledged. While the chick’s older siblings Pan and Poole made their leap in the prior days, Pia was content to watch them practice their flying technique from afar. Today, though, “she” stood on the nest’s perch as she’s has seen her mother, Rachel, do all season. With a few warm-up flaps from her juvenile wings, the young osprey vaulted off and soared toward the sand bar, hooking right across the bay. Another milestone for the Hog Island Osprey Family. Rachel and Steve won’t be empty nesters, however. In fact, Rachel will most likely be the first to leave, Steve staying behind to fish for his offspring while they hone their own hunting skills. By the end of August he will begin his own migration, leaving Poole, Pan, and Pia independent for the first time in their lives. They too will migrate South down the East Coast, continuing into the Caribbean and Yucatan and into South America for the winter.