(Photos and story by Melissa Ward, Restoration Coordinator, Community-Based Restoration and Education Program)
Our regular pair of ospreys have had three chicks this year on the nest platform adjacent to the Back Bay Science Center- their 9th year of nesting. This year, the chicks turned out to be two females and one male, and hatched about five weeks ago. Last week, a raptor biologist (pictured above) donned his harness and hockey mask to climb the post and band the chicks. Despite the flybys and calls from a protesting parent, the chicks were banded quickly and successfully and placed back into the nest. Each band on the chicks’ legs has a unique number, so if the birds are observed or found injured or dead later, they can then be correctly identified.
The chicks are popping their heads up and flapping their wings more frequently now, and are very entertaining to watch! If you want to come out and see them for yourself before they leave the nest, come by the Back Bay Science Center on Sundays from 10am to 2pm for our Community Days and take a look through our binoculars or spotting scopes. Don’t miss out on the fun!