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This Osprey nest is perched atop a 30 foot tower located at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island. Ospreys are the only birds of prey that rely almost entirely on fish, so they nest and raise their chicks near water. They return to Hog Island each year in early April after wintering in South America.

The Hog Island ospreys laid the first of their three eggs on April 26, and incubation time is 35-42 days. The female (recognized by the heavy striped pattern on her breast) does most of the incubation and the male often feeds her at the nest.

After the eggs hatch, the parents brood the chicks, protecting them from extreme weather and predators. They are very diligent parents, never leaving the chicks unprotected - even at night when Great Horned Owls might threaten the chicks. The parents are great providers of fish, hovering 30-100 feet above the sea, before plunging feet first under water, snagging the fish with their sharp talons. About fifty days after hatching, the young start exercising their wings in the nest and take their first practice flights from the nest. In early September, the young will begin their solo journey From Maine south along the Atlantic Flyway, passing through the Caribbean to winter in South America as far south as Chile.

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  • grant: $500,000 - National Audubon Society, Inc.

    To support Seabird Restoration Program activities in Maine

  • topic: osprey

  • location: bremen

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The Audubon operates an ornithology camp on Hog Island near Bremen, Maine. The camp, which has been operating since 1936, and offers bird watching and nature walk trips.

Hog Island is home to more than just osprey birds; Arctic Terns, Loons, Eiders, Hummingbirds and Northern Parulas are just some of the 200 species of birds that live on and around the island.

There are two osprey nest cams on Hog Island. The original cam shows the nest ospreys Rachel and Steve, and is located on top of a 30-foot tower. The second Osprey nest camera is located on a boat house.

Hog Island's ospreys spend the winter apart, but when spring comes again the couples reunite and start up where they left off, mating, laying a clutch of 2-3 eggs and raising their chicks to fledge. All of this action can be viewed live on Explore's osprey cam.

The ospreys bonding will lead to upwards of 160 mating attempts through these next few weeks that will eventually produce a clutch of two to four eggs. The eggs will hatch after an incubation period of 35-42 days and both parents will feed themselves and their chicks a fish-only diet. While watching the osprey cam, you may notice are under nearly-constant parental watch to keep them safe from

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location: Bremen, Maine

best hours: 7:00am - 7:30pm

time zone: Eastern Time

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Best Viewing Hours
24/7 Tune in even at night and check out the infrared view!

This Osprey nest is perched atop a 30 foot tower located at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island. Ospreys are the only birds of prey that rely almost entirely on fish, so they nest and raise their chicks near water. They return to Hog Island each year in early April after wintering in South America.

The Hog Island ospreys laid the first of their three eggs on April 26, and incubation time is 35-42 days. The female (recognized by the heavy striped pattern on her breast) does most of the incubation and the male often feeds her at the nest.

After the eggs hatch, the parents brood the chicks, protecting them from extreme weather and predators. They are very diligent parents, never leaving the chicks unprotected - even at night when Great Horned Owls might threaten the chicks. The parents are great providers of fish, hovering 30-100 feet above the sea, before plunging feet first under water, snagging the fish with their sharp talons. About fifty days after hatching, the young start exercising their wings in the nest and take their first practice flights from the nest. In early September, the young will begin their solo journey From Maine south along the Atlantic Flyway, passing through the Caribbean to winter in South America as far south as Chile.

Learn More & Get Involved
· Subscribe to Audubon Wingspan
· Learn about our Audubon Camp
· Adopt-A-Puffin
· Project Puffin Visitor Center
· Puffin Watching Tour

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