Monday, June 20, 2011

Osprey Nest

In April of this year the residents of Maurice River, NJ got new neighbors.  A pair of Ospreys have made their nest and a few weeks ago their babies hatched!

Ospreys are birds of prey who migrate to wetland areas in the northeastern United States in the spring. They dine on fish and are fun to watch as they dive feet first into shallow water then take their catch to  a nearby perch to eat.  They build their nests on tall (usually dead) trees and special nesting platforms built especially for them.  Their numbers were declining due to pesticide contamination of waterways however thanks to new pesticide regulations and habitat protection they are making a comeback!

Maurice River is one of our neighboring towns and we can see Osprey flying overhead and fishing while on nature walks or even just driving to the shore.  The kids and I have really enjoyed watching this nest camera placed in a nest in Maurice River, NJ.  We figure we have another 3 weeks or so before the babies are ready to leave the nest.


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10 comments:

Jamie said...

I enjoy nature with our family.I am hopping over from the HHH
Please stop by our family blog for a visit

melismama said...

Love thie Jess...there is a place in NJ also where on line you can watch American Bald Eagles and their Eaglets...

http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/eaglecam/

melismama said...

OH, thanks so much for linking up to NOBH!

Jess said...

Melismama,

thank you so much for the link - the lesson plans they have available on the eagle site are awesome too!

Brag All About It said...

what a cute blog!

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Carolyn said...

How fun! Now, I'm not that old for my eye-sight to be going out yet (29) but are those babies in the nest or a big snake dinner? hmmm..... =D

Following from the I <3 Blogging hop--would love a follow back!

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Jess said...

Carolyn,

Definately babies. The camera has two angles - one is a wider angle to see the whole nest and the other a closeup.

Going to visit you now :)

Accepting and Embracing Autism said...

Hi just calling by whilst blog hopping. Love the photos. They are awesome. I admire those mothers who home school. I don't think I would cope cause I am not organised enough. Plus I have 2 boys who has Autism/Asperger. They seem to be better with the routine of school. Be sure to check out my Autism Awarenesss Wednesday Blog hop. www.acceptandembraceautism.blogspot.com Sarah

Chef in Training said...

my little girl and I enjoy watching nature too! you have a wonderful blog! I am visiting from the hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back! thanks so much!
-Nikki
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Chisum Crew said...

New GFC follower (happi shopr) from the I <3 Blogging Hop.