San Francisco Bay Osprey Nest Cam
LIVE SAN FRANCISCO BAY OSPREY NEST CAM
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ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY OSPREYS
Meet Richmond and Rosie, the resident San Francisco Bay Ospreys.
Ospreys are large hawks that evolved to hunt and eat fish. Their vision is over three times better than human vision so they can spot fish swimming below. The dark band around their eyes reduces glare from water. Their feet are unique among North American hawks: Rough pads on the feet help grip slippery fish, while one of their talons rotates to hold fish more aerodynamically in flight.
Ospreys are pretty easy to identify. Look for their white head, white breast, dark eye patch and hooked beak. Flying overhead, their wings make a sharp M or W pattern rather than a gentle curve. Hovering over water they dive for their prey and then plunge their head and feet forward, grabbing the fish with their feet.
Ospreys build nests close to the water with materials such as sticks, moss or seaweed. They tradionally nest on dead tree snags but when those are not available they often nest on human structures.
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY OSPREY WEBCAMS
Watch the Bay Area’s first live Osprey Nest Cam, featuring resident pair Rosie & Richmond. HDOnTap installed two high-definition video cameras close to an active Osprey nest on top of the Whirley Crane, a 75-foot-high WWII maritime crane overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Nesting ospreys need the San Francisco ecosystem and the surrouning watershed to be as clean, heatlhy and safe as possible. The Golden Gate Audubon hopes to bring awareness to this issue and promote their habitat work in the area.
"The San Francisco Bay has seen a dramatic growth in Osprey nests in recent years", says the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO BAY
San Francisco Bay is a large, nearly landlocked bay indenting western California, U.S. It is a drowned river valley paralleling the coastline and is connected with the Pacific Ocean by a strait called the Golden Gate, which is spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco Bay is 60 miles (97 km) long and 3 to 12 miles (5 to 19 km) wide and is one of the world’s finest natural harbours. Treasure, Yerba Buena, Angel, and Alcatraz islands lie in it, and several bridges connect its eastern and western shores. Around the bay are San Francisco, Oakland, and a band of contiguous metropolitan subcentres linked by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
Season Summary: 3 eggs, 3 hatches, 3 fledges
March 24, 2021 - First Egg Laid
March 27, 2021 - Second Egg Laid
March 30, 2021 - Third Egg Laid
May 1, 2021 - First Hatch
May 3, 2021 - Second Hatch
May 5, 2021 - Third Hatch
June 25, 2021 - Sage (WR) Fledges
July 1, 2021 - Poppy (ZP) Fledges
July 2, 2021 - Lupine (VZ) Fledges
Season Summary: 3 eggs, 3 hatches, 2 fledges
March 30, 2020 - First Egg Laid
April 2, 2020 - Second Egg Laid
April 5, 2020 - Third Egg Laid
May 6, 2020 - First Pip
May 7, 2020 - First Hatch
May 9, 2020 - Second Hatch
May 11, 2020 - Third Hatch
June 10, 2020 - Nestlings start to feed on their own at 33, 32 and 30 days old
June 17, 2020 - Nestlings are all banded and weighed, 2 males (ZD and XV) one female (WU)
June 22, 2020 - Oldest nestling at 45 days begins to hover followed by 44 day old female
June 29, 2020 - Oldest nestling at 52 days fledged from the nest to the crane cables
July 3, 2020 - Shasta (WU) female at 55 days old fledges from the nest to cables
July 5, 2020 - Tam fledged at 54 days
July 6, 2020 - Tam was injured flying up the crane boom, he was discovered the next morning and taken to WildCare of San Raphael for assessment, it was discovered that he had a broken leg, Surgery was performed and Tam was recovering. After the surgery, Tam's condition turned fatal. Since banding the nestling was the youngest and underweight.
Season Summary: 3 eggs laid, 3 eggs hatch, 2 fledges
March 31, 2019 - First egg laid
April 3, 2019 - Second egg laid
April 6, 2019 - Third egg laid
May 10, 2019 - First & second hatch
May 13, 2019 - Third hatch
May 15, 2019 - Third hatching dies due to cold weather
June 17, 2019- The two chicks are named by the Golden Gate Audubon Society. In hatch order:
"Peace-up" meansing Osprey in the Siuslaw native language
"Kiskasit" meaning Osprey in the Hanis Coos native langauge
June 30, 2019 - "Peace-up" fledges ( Watch Clip)
July 4, 2019 - "Kiskasit" fledges
3 eggs laid, 3 hatches, 3 fledges
March 31, 2018 - First egg laid
April 3, 2018 - Second egg laid
April 6, 2018 - Third egg laid
May 9, 2018 - First hatch (watch clip)
May 11, 2018 - Second hatch
May 13, 2018 - Third hatch
June 1, 2018 - Chicks named by Golden Gate Audubon Society. In hatch order:
Roemer: In honor of Elsie Roemer, a GGAS conservationist who worked tirelessly to protect birds and their habitats
Victory: In honor of the shipyard workers of Richmond who built the Victory (and the Liberty) ships, including the Red Oak Victory, neighbor to the Whirley Crane nest site
Brisa: Meaning "breeze" in Spanish
June 21, 2018 - Chicks banded
July 1, 2018 - Roemer and Victory's fledge
July 6, 2018 - Brisa's fledge
Clutch of three eggs, two hatches, two fledges
April 1, 2017 - First egg laid
April 4, 2017 - Second egg laid
April 7, 2017 - Third egg laid
May 1, 2017 - An egg was removed from the nest by the adult female
May 12, 2017 - First hatch
May 14, 2017 - Second hatch
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May 19, 2021
San Francisco Osprey First Egg Laid • Watch Clip
Check out the First Laid egg in the San Francisco Bay Osprey Nest in 2021!
May 18, 2021
Richmond Brings a Tree-Umbrella Into the Nest • Watch Clip
Watch Richmond from the San Francisco Bay Osprey Nest bring back a dead tree into the nest, it appears as though he want to build a sun canopy for Rosie and the kids.
May 23, 2018
Three Osprey Chicks • Watch Clip
The parent osprey tends to three chicks in the nest overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Golden Gate Osprey Nest
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