Osprey Diary: Guess our hatching date

This stick doesn’t go here. It goes here.

Moves small stick two inches.

And this grass would be better over here.

Moves two inches.

I have an itch.

Swivels head to scratch back.

I’m so bored.

osprey in a nest

There’s not much for me to do at this point in our family-making. My husband keeps telling me my job right now is important — the eggs need to be incubated, and he has been super supportive. He brings me fish, hangs out on the pole above the nest to keep me company and gives me a flying break every now and then.

But I’m still antsy.

I move our nest bits around to get more comfortable and make sure the eggs are protected and warm. I watch the waterfowl on the wetland below the nest and yell at the birds that come too close. I take plenty of naps.

I know it won’t be too much longer, just a couple of more weeks and we will finally see our three little ones.

In the meantime, I guess I’ll take another nap.

osprey in nest 2

Join the Countdown

The Okoboji osprey eggs typically hatch around the end of May, beginning of June.

(Read last year’s hatching blog post)

Make a paper chain with any number of links on it, estimating a hatching date, and cut off one link a day. Then watch the live nest cam here to see if your hatching estimation is correct!

Put your hatching guess of date and time on this blog post, and whoever is closest will win a special prize from the Dickinson County Nature Center!


  1. Brody on May 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

    My guess for the osprey eggs to hatch is 5-24 at 1:00am.

  2. Donna on May 11, 2017 at 8:26 am

    My guess for the first hatch is 5-23 at 4:00pm.