Young Osprey spend the first seven or eight weeks of their lives confined within their nest (Eyrie). It is a pile of sticks lined with seaweed, bark, grass and straw . This is the nicest and most functional nest O&H have ever built. That’s not to say, the Taj Mahal has not added to the beauty of this year’s Eyrie. Plus they are a year older; “practice makes perfect,” someone once said.
David and Jesse will be fed primarily by the Harriett, who tears pieces from fish that Ozzie brings. At two weeks old the youngsters can move around the nest. The boys are 3 weeks old today. You cannot help but be impressed by their size and activity.
Note their eyes are open. They are aggressively pursuing food brought to the nest and their primary feathers are becoming visible. Still they have excellent camouflage.
After last week’s post, I’m sure no one doubts the importance of camouflage.
The Doctor predicts they will be actively preening and exercising their wings within a week.