About the Osprey

Thanks to the Hank and Dottie Garwick family for their generous sponsorship of the “Osprey Cam."

The osprey is a large raptor, often known as the “fish hawk.” This nest pole was erected in 2001 in response to ospreys attempting to build a nest on an electric line. The male osprey (black band) of the pair has been returning to this nesting area since 2003. He's currently 21 years old. He was with one female his first two years, then a second female from 2005-2012. The female (green/black band) is new to the nest this year. She is 3 years old. Both osprey worked together to create the nest, with the male bringing in up to 4’ long branches, and the female inter-weaving with other sticks in the nest. Once eggs are laid (typically 1-3), the osprey take turns incubating the eggs. The family diet is 99% fish, with the rest either reptiles, crustaceans and even other birds. When the chicks are 10 days old, they are already mobile and eat 1-3 lbs. of food per day.

Ospreys are nesting in the Twin Cities area primarily because of a 29-year program initiated by Three Rivers Parks to reintroduce the birds as a nesting species in the metro area and monitor their population expansion and distribution.

Here are helpful links for more info on ospreys:

www.ThreeRiversParks.org (search for "ospreys")