August 6, 2012: Approaching First Flights

August 6, 2012: Approaching First Flights

Credit: Krista Bradford

August 6, 2012: Approaching First Flights

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by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:51 PM

The osprey nestling is now 65 days  old and very capale of flight. In fact osprey can take their first flights (fledge) as early as 52 days of age so this bird is on the older end of the continuum for osprey to take to the air.  According to Henney et al, osprey first flights in Oregon trypically occur between July 15 and August 21st.  The young osprey is doing a ton of wing flapping to build-up his flight muscles. Was for extended periods where he will just pump his wings furiously. Occaisionally he even gets a little lift rising a few feet above his nest. First flights are often not intentional---a gust of wind will catch a young bird as it is helicoptering above the next and send it airborne. Young osprey will return to the nest site between test flights so it is possible that our youngster has already attempted some flights at this point. Let us know if you have seen the nest empty at any point recently . However to the best of our knowledge at this point, he has not yet taken to the air.

Departure dates for osprey to begin their migration to wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America extends from about August 20-September 25 so there is only about a month and a half left for this youngster toreally perfect his flying and hunting skills under the tutulage of his parents.

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Wing stretching in nest by Krista Bradford

 

The whole family in the nest by Krista Bradford

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