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UPDATE: Make That Three! Third Osprey Chick Hatches At Island Beach State Park

One egg left to hatch

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.

Peter M. Clausen III May 29, 2013 at 02:10 PM
paid $10k to watch osprey chicks? come over to Bayville and watch the six + nests that have already fledged ten chicks!
Lowmal May 29, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Boy, Peter.. You're a real breath of fresh air. Can't you just, you know, sorta be happy about it? Thousands of people enjoy watching that cam every year. I hope all those chicks that live by you have explosive bowel movements on your car.
A. B. May 29, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I'm am glued to my computer screen lol! The chicks are adorable!
shorefriend May 29, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I can't stop watching, I love the way the male brings in a fish. Does anyone know if the male takes part in feeding the chicks too?
shorefriend May 29, 2013 at 06:52 PM
@Lowmal -BEST COMMENT EVER!!!!! There are a lot of haters on the patch!!
yeah right May 29, 2013 at 08:00 PM
You can see the third egg is hatching.....and yes both males and females feed the young
Silver dollar May 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Thurs morning, Now there is three chicks.
lauren May 30, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Saw both parents feeding babies yesterday
YouSuck May 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Did they take their first crap yet? Please let us know with breaking news as soon as the first chick takes its first crap. We are all on edge here I can barely sleep at night. Are there 4 chicks yet? are there? I can't stand the suspense.
YouSuck May 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I would like to watch them build a nest from start to finish. Now that would be interesting. How do they weave the first couple of twigs together with their beaks? That would be fun to watch.
Joey Joe May 31, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Would be nice if I could see them with my iPad instead of breaking out the GatesMachine...
Joey Joe May 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Got my GatesMachine fired up and I wish Momma Bird would show me her chicks.. she is keeping them warm I guess this morning... Would love to see the three little guys being fed.... Gotta love nature...
Trish June 01, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Saw the little chicks tonight. So cute!
yeah right June 02, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Sunday morning and there are 4 chicks in the nest,quite a rarity,hope they are up to the task of feeding them all....

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