Patuxent River Park uses live-streaming wildlife cameras to give you up-close footage of some of your favorite animals. Enjoy these osprey nest cameras day and night.
**8/30/2021 UPDATE on our live streaming cameras and the 2021 season**
Thank you for tuning into our live feeds for the 2021 season! Nest 1 fledged three osprey and Nest 2 also fledged three osprey; one "biological" chick and two "foster chicks". Both of our live camera feeds were affected by a recent storm and we have been unable to get them up and running again. Even though we have been seeing some chicks still hanging around the nests, we can expect the adults will start their migration south soon and the chicks will follow not long after. We hope you have enjoyed the 2021 season and we welcome you back next year to journey with the 2022 Live Osprey Cam cast through their season!
About the Osprey Cam
Welcome to Patuxent River Park's LIVE osprey nest cameras located in Upper Marlboro, MD at Jug Bay Natural Area. Please be aware that these are wild osprey nests and anything can happen. While we hope that all the osprey chicks hatched in these nests will grow up healthy and will successfully fledge each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disasters can affect them and may be difficult to watch.
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is believed to have derived its name from the Latin phrase, avis prede, meaning bird of prey. Ospreys are fascinating birds that can be seen throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries during Spring, Summer, and Fall. There are approximately 6,000 to 8,000 mating pairs in this region, one of the highest concentrations in the world. The species exists on every continent except for Antarctica. They feed entirely on live fish that are easily carried back to the nest with their opposable outer toes and barbed footpads called “spicules.” While in flight, Ospreys position the caught fish headfirst to reduce wind resistance. Pound for pound, they are considered one of the strongest birds in the world, able to carry prey half their body weight. Ospreys mate for life, annually returning to the same nest in North America after migrating thousands of miles from Central and South America for the winter.
For more than 30 years, Patuxent River Park has been conducting scientific research to monitor the local population of Osprey. This includes installing nest towers and equipping birds with leg bands. One female has been returning to the same nest for over 20 years!