About the OspreyCam
Alcoa launched the OspreyCam in May 2012. The OspreyCam is a live webcam that follows a pair of osprey (named Oliveea and Oscar by Alcoa employees) at Badin Lake. They return year after year to a nest situated atop the Narrows Dam. The OspreyCam has received more than 541,000 hits from 87 countries since it was introduced.
The OspreyCam has captured the hatching of three baby chicks. Over the next two months, viewers can watch the parents feed and care for the chicks as they grow and prepare to take flight. Osprey chicks usually fledge — or leave the nest for their first flight — in late June or early July. The chicks can be seen making practice flights across the nest as they get ready to take flight.
“It’s a great way to see the wonder of nature, right here in our own backyard,” said Mark Gross, technical manager for Alcoa Power Generating Inc. “It’s fascinating to watch these little chicks grow and take flights.”
Monday, August 18, 201412 weeks old
Miracle is about 12 weeks old now. We are seeing less and less of him these days. This has been a special year watching young parents figure out how to take care of a new chick. We all had concerns from the get-go, whether we would ever see the egg hatch or the chick survive, but the final result has truly been a miracle!
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| TrackbackThursday, August 07, 2014Play and learn
While Miracle and the other chicks in the area work on their fishing technique, they seem to enjoy each other’s company. You can hear them chatter back and forth and often engage in a game of “follow the leader”. It is a joy to watch these young Osprey play and learn!
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| TrackbackTuesday, August 05, 201410 weeks old
Miracle is now about 10 weeks old. He will continue to stay in the area, close to home. As Miracle works on his fishing skills, he will return to the nest for food brought in my mom and dad.
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| TrackbackMonday, July 28, 2014Miracle takes flight!
Thank you for all the pictures and video of Miracle taking flight! All is empty in the nest this morning but we are sure Miracle is out taking in his new surroundings and learning how to dive for fish. This little one’s name says it all……Miracle.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 22, 20148 weeks old
Miracle is now about 8 weeks old. He has been busy active preening and exercising his wings. As his wing-flapping increases, we will be able to see Miracle lift a little off the nest. If you are able to capture a picture, please send it in!
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| TrackbackWednesday, July 16, 2014Storms yesterday
Storms blew through the area yesterday afternoon bringing heavy rain and wind. We were concerned for our little Miracle, but all is well in the nest this morning. Miracle is almost as big as Mom, but of course Mom and Dad make sure their baby keeps a full belly. Not much longer before Miracle will be ready for his first fledge.
Temps will cool down the rest of the week.
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| TrackbackWednesday, July 09, 2014Buzzards
We have been seeing more Buzzards than usual around the nest this week. Although the Buzzards outnumber the Osprey, at least 5 to 1, the Ospreys are teaming up to try and chase them away. With only one chick to tend to, Mom and Dad give Miracle all their attention and provide more than enough food! Mom does her best to shade little Miracle, but he’s not so little anymore. Temps stay in the low to mid 90’s this week with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 08, 20146 weeks old
Miracle is about 6 weeks old now. We should see Miracle trying to fly in the next couple weeks. Until then, he is content to be dependant on mom and dad.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 01, 2014Growing up fast
Our little Miracle is growing up fast! Mom and Dad continue to do a wonderful job parenting. There were a few people walking across the top of the dam today. Mom flew away, but seemed to have given little Miracle “orders” to hunker down and stay quiet until she returned and the danger passed. Miracle blends in with all the sticks in the nest. When he is still, you can hardly see him. Mom has been busy shading Miracle as the temperature has been in the 90’s with no relief in sight. Possible storms in the afternoon.
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| TrackbackMonday, June 23, 2014Meet Miracle
Thank you for voting! Miracle received 53.4% of the 57,815 total votes cast in our poll. We hope our Miracle lives a long, happy life!
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| TrackbackFriday, June 20, 2014Voting Almost Over
Voting for the name of this year's osprey chick will continue until Sunday at midnight EST. There have been over 45,000 votes cast so far. Miracle and Lucky are neck and neck. Please continue to vote for your favorite and we will announce the winning name on Monday.
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| TrackbackThursday, June 19, 2014Hot week
Thanks for all the votes to name the Osprey chick! Soon we will be able to refer to our little one by name. Mom has her work cut out for her this week as the temps will soar to the mid to upper 90’s. At least there is relief during the late night and early morning hours. Our chick has tripled in size and has been crawling around investigating the nest when not sleeping or huddled under mom’s wing. More greenery has been added to the nest along with pine cones to help entertain our little one. There is a chance of storms every afternoon this week and in the late evening hours.
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| TrackbackMonday, June 16, 2014Time to vote
Thank you so much for the great suggestions you sent in! To vote for your favorite, please click on the circle next to the name and click the "Vote" button. Voting will end Sunday at midnight and you may vote as often as you like! We will announce the winning name Monday morning (June 23rd).
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| TrackbackTwo weeks old
The chick is about two weeks old now. Its feathers have turned a dark brown. Young Osprey grow rapidly and typically begin to fly around 8 weeks of age. Mom is doing a good job shading him from the hot afternoon sun.
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| TrackbackTuesday, June 10, 2014Name our chick
Our little chick is just over a week old now. He appears to be doing really well. We can't wait to give this little guy a name. You all have sent some great suggestions - keep them coming!
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