Ethel & Oscar
(44.6669, -63.5276)
Osprey Nest Platform
The Osprey is the Provincial Bird of Nova Scotia. Since 2007 Nova Scotia Power Corp. and the Museum of Natural History have partnered to bring this nest online via a webcam.
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2014 - OspreyEyes2012 - OspreyEyes
aAdult Arrival4/30/14
bEgg Laying5/7/14
bIncubation Initiation5/7/14
cClutch Hatching6/15/14
eFirst Chick Fledging8/6/14
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2014 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by OspreyEyes
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by OspreyEyes
Adult arrival04/30/2014Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging08/06/2014
Egg laying05/07/2014Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation05/07/2014Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/15/2014Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/06/2014 by OspreyEyes
Fledge Day!!! C1 (53 days old) and C2 (52 days old) - aka Harmony and Lee - both fledged :)

06/24/2014 by OspreyEyes
The 3 chicks - 9, 8 & 6 days old respectively - are thriving. Ethel and Oscar doing a great job and plenty of fish is being brought to the nest. No aggressive behaviour has been observed :)

06/18/2014 by OspreyEyes
The 3rd of 3 chicks hatched earlier this morning... day 36 :) Pic "borrowed" from deewerms of the HWF forum.

06/16/2014 by OspreyEyes
2nd chick hatched through the night on day 37. Yesterday's heavy rain and wind compromised the cam image ... hopefully it will clear up as loads of sunshine forecasted :)

06/15/2014 by OspreyEyes
We have our first chick! This is day 39 but not sure if it hatched late last evening or earlier in the morning.

05/16/2014 by OspreyEyes
A 3rd egg was first observed in the nest on May 15th by a member of the Hancock Wildlife Forum. Unfortunately between Sunday night, May 11th and Wed. afternoon, May 14th, the cam was down. It is, therefore, assumed that the 3rd egg was laid on May 13th.

05/10/2014 by OspreyEyes
2nd egg laid at 11:26am :)

05/07/2014 by OspreyEyes
First egg laid approx. 6:20pm :)

05/02/2014 by OspreyEyes
Tuned in and found the pair at the nest. The cam came online April 30th ... please note new link to the webcam:

03/22/2014 by OspreyEyes
In 2012 the original female failed to return from migration and the new male from last season, who arrived mid-April, was ousted by what I believe to be a young, inexperienced male. Throughout the summer he courted at least two females and continued to establish his territory. No breeding took place. 2013 saw this new male return and breed with one of the females from the previous year. One egg was laid on May 16th and hatched 41 days later on June 26th. Unfortunately three days later the chick was lost under mysterious circumstances … at the time there was observed aggressive defence behaviour by the female, possibly due to intruder activity. Cam went offline July 31st. NOTE: The link to the webcam is broken. Inquiries will be made with the Museum of Natural History. They reconfigured the website so hopefully together with N.S. Power they will again bring the cam online for this season and provide a new link. Keep it here! :)

03/04/2012 by OspreyEyes
Nesting History 2007: Cam went live June 6th. In July the two 5-week old osprey chicks were killed by a Great Horned Owl. The cam was shut down for the season. 2008: Cam went live June 20th. One chick, named Bella, successfully fledged. 2009: Cam went live May 26th. Three eggs laid. Two chicks, un-named, successfully fledged. 2010: Cam went live May 4th. First clutch of 3 eggs failed. Second clutch of 2 eggs was laid and one chick, Skylar, successfully fledged. 2011: Cam went live May 9th. New adult male. Three eggs laid. One of the 2 chicks (Hunter) died shortly after fledging as a result of being electrocuted; other chick, Fisher, migrated September 17th.