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Sasanoa River, Maine

July 10, 2010

When we visited one of the nest viewing areas on July 4 (click for full report), the osprey parents looked as if they had one or more chicks - but we still had not been able to see a chick, though it seemed likely they would be getting quite large if they were hatched around the same time as the chicks at the nearby osprey cam nest in Woolwich - so we stopped by again to see what we could see.

It had been raining hard earlier in the day when we visited the nest in Woolwich (details here), but there were only a few occasional sprinkles by this time. We thought we might have caught a glimpse of a chick - but while we continued looking for a while, we didn't see it again. And as far as we could tell, there was no adult on the nest, though one was perched on the nearby dead tree.

Sasanoa osprey nest

I must admit I wondered if the combination of extreme heat and heavy rain had proven to be too much.

The eagle nest also appeared empty, but that didn't really worry me - when we'd visited a week ago, it looked as if the eaglet was getting ready to fledge.

Sasanoa eagle nest

I was very glad that the chicks in Woolwich were looking good today.