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The baby Osprey at Almshouse Creek is looking more and more like his parents. He is about three-fourths the size of mama now. His looks differ only in the mottled appearance of his wings, all tipped in white, and in his still slightly orange eye color.

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Mama is leaving the baby alone in the nest more and more, though this morning, she was watching protectively from the tallest mast on a nearby sailboat.

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Meanwhile, the baby Osprey seems to be trying out his wings for size, though never actually leaving the nest. Over and over, he would flap his wings, occasionally getting a foot or so above the nest.

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Ospreys have a long incubation and nestling period. The eggs incubate for up to 42 days, and they stay in the nest for up to 55 days. So this fella should be just about ready to fledge.

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Meanwhile, he keeps trying his wings out…

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… occasionally showing off what will be an impressive five to six foot wingspan. Go ahead, buddy, spread your wings and learn to fly!

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