PPL’s Lake Wallenpaupack Welcomes Osprey Chick

The osprey chicks have arrived by the dam at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center! Or should I say, chick. The resident pair of Osprey at the dam has produced only one chick this season, but it looks nice and healthy, and most importantly happy that it gets all that food to itself! I have observed the chick starting to appear more frequently from the bottom of the nest. On this particular morning, both the female adult and chick were peering over the edge at me while I was in the garden.

The female appeared to grow impatient waiting at the edge of the nest for the male to bring their morning fish, which usually arrives around 8 a.m. By 9 o’clock she had adjusted herself several times from the middle and then back to the edge. While waiting for breakfast they both kept themselves busy by preening in the morning sun. I even witnessed the chick preening the adult. Soon the chick will be fledging and won’t have to wait for dad to bring breakfast anymore! You can stop by to observe their activity at a safe distance. You won’t be disappointed!

-Sarah Hall, PPL Education and Public Outreach Assistant

1 Comment

  1. Connie Mae said,

    June 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    beautiful!


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