And now there are three.
The baby osprey chick born on Memorial Day now has two siblings in the osprey nest high atop a pole near the Interpretive Center at Island Beach State Park. One was born in the early morning hours of May 28, the other sometime on Wednesday afternoon.
"That's a lot of mouths to feed!" Marylou McCarthy posted on the Friends of Island Beach Facebook page. "Too cute. I am glued to the cam. My house doesn't need cleaning."
Last year the adult female bird laid three eggs, but only one hatched and survived. This year she laid four. That leaves one egg left to hatch.
The new arrivals will keep their parents busy. Osprey chicks require a tremendous amount of food until they reach full growth in roughly two months, Ben Wurst, habitat program manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, has said.
A clutch of four eggs is also very unusual.
Berkeley Patch will continue to update the osprey family's progress. The mother and father bird arrived at the park on March 24 and promptly settled in making a home.
You can watch the nest 24 hours a day, seven days a week by clicking here - http://friendsofislandbeach.org/ospreycam/
The Friends of Island Beach purchased the solar-powered "Osprey Cam," which runs day and night. The camera and platform were battered by the Superstorm Sandy and had to be repaired.