Feed courtesy of Grand Lake resident Kent Roorda
JUNE 14 UPDATE: Dear Osprey Watchers and Friends, I am writing to you because it is time to start watching the nest more closely. If things are on their usual schedule, we should start seeing the eggs hatch in the next few days. Remember, they hatch in the same order that they were laid. This year, the three eggs were laid about every other day.
Dad has been taking great care of Mom, as she has been sitting on the eggs. He has also been sitting on the eggs quite a bit himself. Take Care and Stay Safe. My Best to All of You, Kent
MAY 20 UPDATE: My friend Steve, who is actually on the east coast, has let me know that we now have a third egg! I have never had more than three eggs in the nest, and three has been the average, but that’s not to say that there can’t be more. Therefore, let’s keep a close eye on the nest and on Mom as she takes care of her eggs. I’ve observed Dad making many trips to the lake to get fish for Mom, so he is doing his job well. Remember, the average gestation of the eggs is around 34 days. Likewise, the eggs hatch in the same order that they were laid. I very much appreciate everyone’s participation in this exciting, interesting and educational opportunity. My Best To All Of You, Kent Roorda
MAY 17 UPDATE: We have a second egg!
MAY 14 UPDATE: Our fellow osprey watcher, Terri, spotted the first laid egg this morning. Yah, Terri! The ospreys normally lay 1-3 eggs. Each egg is laid 2-3 days after the previous egg. Likewise, when the eggs hatch, they hatch in the same order that they were laid. Therefore, the first chick to hatch can be up to a week older than the last one to hatch. Therefore, the youngest chick has to compete with the oldest chick to get food from mom. Normally, the eggs need to incubate for around 34 days. During that time, mom sits on the egg(s) the majority of the time. However, if she needs to take a break and get some exercise, she will call Dad, who resides in a nearby tree, and he will come to the nest and sit on the egg(s) while Mom takes a break. Our osprey was late in laying her egg(s) this year. In past years, she has laid her eggs by May 5. We’ve had some up-and-down weather in the past week, and I wonder if that may have delayed the laying. Now, we need to see how many (total) eggs she will lay. So, keep watching. Thanks for all your input and participation. My Best, Kent