OSPREYCAM SHUTDOWN FOR 2019 AS OF SEPTEMBER 5. IT WILL BE RESTARTED IN MARCH 2020.
Greenbelt's OspreyCam is located in Gloucester, MA on Greenbelt salt marsh near LobstaLand Restaurant. The resident Osprey are Annie and Squam, who are currently raising one chick.
History: In 2017 a pair of young Osprey took up residence on the LobstaLand platform in July/August and made a small nest. In 2018 they returned in April, stayed until
August and built a large nest but never laid eggs. We call this a "house-keeping pair"- almost always a young pair learning the ropes.
In 2019, the pair returned in April to the nest and produced a clutch of 3 eggs. They were named Annie and Squam. At some point one egg disappeared - it was probably broken accidentally
by the adults while incubating.
On June 12 one egg hatched and the second never hatched and was eventually removed. The chick (named River) grew rapidly as a spoiled only child! On July 24 Osprey Program Director Dave
Rimmer banded River at about 5 weeks old with an aluminum USFWS band on its right leg. River fledged in early August and remained on and off the nest. Annie departed in late August
and Squam remained in the area, appearring once a day at the nest to deliver food to River while he learn to fish independantly. Eventually Squam left and then River left on his own
migration south before the end of September, hopefully to return to the area in the spring of 2021. Below is one of the last webcam shots of River perched in the early morning of Sep 4, 2019.
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.