Three Times a Lady (Bird)
From our partners in Hog Island, Audubon Society:
The Hog Island Osprey family is getting bigger! And the nest a
little more crowded. Rachel and Steve welcome a third egg to their brood, revealed on May 3rd, 2014 at 9:32am PDT.
More eggs do not necessarily mean higher chances for success among the family. Osprey expend more energy providing for the first (and largest) chick, to the detriment of a brood’s youngest hatchlings. Fortunately, the Hog Island nest is located in a spot that is heavily trafficked by flounder and other fish, so Steve has managed to catch plenty of good eats for Rachel. This is a positive indicator that he will be able to provide food for his large family, helping ensure survival of even the youngest chicks.