Coley’s Fledgling Family

We may have tagged a new Osprey but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about Coley. Rangers at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge are keeping a keen eye on his nest. From her Wednesday, May 22 report, Ranger Colleen Sorbera shares some exciting news from the front:

Coley’s chicks have made their appearance! The two chicks, which are probably about one week old, are now strong enough to hold their heads up and can be seen from the trail. Visitors who watch patiently while the chicks wait to be fed will eventually get to see two little heads pop up and peek out from the nest, looking almost like fuzzy finger puppets.

One of the chicks appears noticeably bigger than the other. Osprey chicks hatch on different days so the first chick to hatch has a head start on growing and is a bit bigger.  Though there were three eggs in the nest, sometimes not all eggs produce chicks.

The parents will be kept busy feeding the chicks all summer. While we watched today, Coley left the nest and returned in less than fifteen minutes with some prey. If this summer is like last summer, we expect Coley will be able to find plenty of food in Jamaica Bay to feed the growing family.  As the chicks grow, so will their food demands, and the female will have to leave the nest too, to go fishing and bring back food as Coley has been doing.

You’re welcome to come to the Refuge to visit Coley and our two newest Jamaica Bay Ospreys. Refuge staff members are stationed on the trail by the nest with a high-powered telescope from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays to show you the Osprey family up close and share fun facts about these charismatic birds.


  1. In the immediate days following the hurricane we had to leave our house in Rockaway. The devastation to our home, compounded by the earnest threat the looters imposed, forced us to become refugees taking flight to a safer place.
    As we lumbered over the debris, carefully climbing over the newly formed sand dunes the storm surge had deposted onto the roads of Rockaway, we slowly made our way onto Crossbay Blvd. Moving past Broad Channel at a snails pace, looking and feeling more like the Joad family of “The Grapes of Wrath” we felt far worse than the word sad can relate. Now coming into view were the lines of waiting military troops and vehicles.
    Then, we finally approached the Jamaica Bay Sanctuary, as is my habit, I automatically looked up,searching out the ospreys’ nest. It was with the greatest happiness and awe inspiring surprise to see the nest seemingly fully intact. It appeared that even that red tattered piece of cloth stood firm against the wild anger of that storm.
    A wonderful feeling of strength and hope came over me, after seeing the nest. That nest became my symbol of survival.
    Nature takes from us, and gives to us what we are willing learn, yet it is never personal with nature. Still, it is always amazing.

  2. Cristine, Thank you for sharing that story. We couldn’t agree more about the awesomeness of nature (in both the fearsome and inspiring sense). Hope you are comfortably settled again in your “nest.”

  3. Osprey chicks alll over New York and New Jersey. Coley has a family and the IBSP nest with osprey cam has four. I’m fortunate to be able to check both websites during the day and keep up with all the activity. Looking forward to the new GPS system. Very exciting. madelyn