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.”
Thursday, March 19, 2015A View From the Dam
Here's a look at the osprey nest from another vantage point. This photo was taken from the top of the dam looking up toward the new nest.
The ospreys have been busy carrying in sticks to the nest and chasing buzzards this week. They are teaming up with other pairs to help with the chase. You can occassionally hear them calling for backup when the buzzards are trying to move in too close.
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| TrackbackSunday, March 15, 2015Building The New Nest
It's great to see so much interest in the osprey's new home. Rest assured, there is plenty of material nearby for them to add to their nest. In addition to sticks, you will often see the osprey pull grass and moss from the face of the dam to add to the nest.
In the past, we've noticed that the osprey don't get serious about building their nest until after they have mated for a couple of weeks. You can see that they have started adding more and more material over the weekend.
This is a great opportunity to see how these birds build a nest. Keep watching and see how it develops.
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| TrackbackTuesday, March 10, 2015
As you can see, here is the new nesting box. We hope the Ospreys enjoy their new home!
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| TrackbackNew nesting box for New Season!
As you already know, our Ospreys have returned for a new season! The new nesting box arrived at the end of last week and was installed yesterday. We were not sure the old box would hold up to another season of youngsters especially if we have triplets again! Only a few sticks were added from the old nest as most of them had rotted from last year. I'm confident this pair will fill the nest full of fresh sticks. Steps are being taken for new nesting box installations on the transmission towers.
We do read ALL your comments but are not able to reply to each and every one, BUT we will try to answer most questions as soon as possible!
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| TrackbackTuesday, January 27, 2015Osprey update
We expect the Ospreys to return in mid to late February. Depending on when the new nesting box arrives, we may take the site down temporarily during the box replacement. Regardless, we will not clean up the old nest. However, if the new nesting box arrives in time, we will add a few small sticks to the nest. The Ospreys are wonderful housekeepers!!
Additionaly, we will be installing 6 new nesting boxes on the transmission towers. If the Ospreys take to them, we may add more down the road.
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| TrackbackTuesday, October 14, 2014Autumn
The Fall season is upon us and the leaves have started changing its colors. Soon they will begin shedding from the trees. We would like to thank everyone for their comments and watching our OspreyCam this year.
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| TrackbackThursday, August 28, 2014Migrating soon
We haven't seen many Ospreys this week. Sadly, it is time for them to begin migrating south. Miracle and parents are still in the area, but we expect them to begin their long journey soon.
It has been an amazing year! Miracle has proved to be a fighter from the very beginning. We have watched him grow into the strong, stunning Osprey he is today. We are going to miss watching this lovely family, lbut ook forward to seeing them again next year.
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| TrackbackMonday, 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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