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By Liz Potasek
The two eggs in the Osprey Cam nest hatched yesterday just a few hours a part. The eggs were laid May 15 and 18. While eggs typically hatch sequentially, but it’s not uncommon for them to hatch closer together, says Vanessa Greene, who coordinates the Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch.
After 40 days of incubating the eggs, the osprey parents next task is keeping the chicks cool, hydrated and fed. “Heat is a concern for all the little chicks in the metro,” Greene says. “They can’t thermoregulate at first, so the adults need to keep them hydrated and shaded. But we had extremely hot temps when some other chicks had just hatched, and they all seem to be doing fine. It’s supposed to be a bit cooler over the weekend. They will probably be fine.”
The chicks are being raised by osprey parents that are new to the nest this year. The parents were observed feeding the babies bits of fish yesterday, and they’ll continue to feed them as they grow and gain the strength they need to learn to fly and hunt.
If all goes well, the chicks will fledge the nest in about two months. They’ll make a solo journey to their winter nesting grounds in Central and South America. Chicks who survive typically return to the same area where they hatched.
JUNE 26, 2021 UPDATE: We received the sad news that one of the osprey chicks has passed away. “It was reported earlier today that one chick kept falling over and missed a feeding,” says Vanessa Greene of Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch. “It has been raining this afternoon so Mom was just brooding them, and they could not be seen. She finally stood up, and it is clear that one chick is motionless… The other is moving around, his head bobbing and looking for food. Its a very sad situation. Think good thoughts for the remaining chick.”