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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, March 29 2014 @ 09:20 AM EDT (Read 69716 times)  


For over 19 years osprey have been returning to build a summer home at the east end of the Calgary Zoo on St. George's Island.

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This has been a very successful nest over the years. Tragically in 2012 Dad osprey went missing in a devastating hailstorm. Mom managed to raise her three young and all successfully fledged.

In 2013 Mom returned with a new mate. Three eggs were laid, two chicks hatched and before the third egg hatched the cam was shut off during the devastating flood in Calgary. From reports from our "ground observers" it appears that all chicks hatched and fledged successfully.

2014 -- Enmax is in the process of running new fiber-optic cable to the camera for this season.

The camera is owned and operated by Enmax Energy in conjunction with the Calgary Zoo.

The camera -- ... he-ospreys

Enmax Energy Facebook page -- ... mp;fref=ts

Calgary Zoo Facebook page --

We welcome "ground observer" photos and reports about this nest and other nests along the Bow River, along with observations and screen captures from this nest cam .


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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, March 29 2014 @ 09:24 AM EDT  


Calgary Osprey 2006
3 chicks hatched. The youngest died when he was a few days old after a terrible hailstorm.
2 remaining chicks fledged.

Calgary Osprey 2007
Camera was damaged by lightning and did not stream.
Archive at old forum http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.o ... amp;t=1620

Calgary Osprey 2008
3 chicks - all fledged
Archive at old forum http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.o ... 41#p298841

Calgary Osprey 2009
Osprey returned April 19th
3 chicks -- all fledged
Archive at old forum http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.o ... amp;t=3347

Calgary Osprey 2010
Osprey returned April 15th
3 eggs laid. One egg failed to hatch.
2 chicks - both fledged.
Archive: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=45415

Calgary Osprey 2011
Osprey returned April 11th
3 chicks -- all fledged.
Archive: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=175415

Calgary Osprey 2012
Osprey returned April 10th
3 chicks -- all fledged
Dad osprey disappeared, and likely died, in a severe hailstorm Aug 12, 2012. Mom raised her chicks alone until they successfully fledged.
Archive: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=342604

Calgary Osprey 2013
April 24 -- Mom arrives home with a new mate.
May 6 -- First egg laid.
May 8 -- Second egg laid
May 11 -- Third egg laid
First hatch: June 14 -- 10:45 a.m.
Second hatch: June 15 -- before 6:20 a.m.
Third hatch: June 17 --
In June the camera was turned off after a devastating flood in Calgary.
Events of the chicks fledging were witnessed by visitors to the area.
Aug 10 -- Michelle witnessed the fledging on at least one chick while visiting the area.
Archive: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=419505

Calgary Osprey 2014
Camera live April 16th
Osprey return from the south -- Mom arrived April 17th, Dad arrived April 20th
First Egg Laid -- May 1st before 7:00 a.m.
Second Egg Laid --- May 3rd late evening. This day Calgary had a storm with over 25cm of snow falling. Both eggs may be compromised because of the cold.
Third Egg Laid -- May 7th
TRIPLETS ---- Absolutely amazing that all three eggs hatch and on the same day.
First hatch -- June 11th in the a.m.
Second hatch-- June 11th in the a.m.
Third hatch --- June 11th in the pm
First chick --- August 6th morning -- returned by 9:20 a.m.
Second chick -- August 6th -- sometime in the morning or early afternoon. He also returned to the nest.
Third chick -- August 7th
The last visit to the nest by an adult or chick was Sept 7th which was a day before it snowed. Dad was the last to leave the area but made no return visits to the nest.
Archive: forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=630396


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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, March 29 2014 @ 09:26 AM EDT  

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By: amd (offline) on Saturday, March 29 2014 @ 12:14 PM EDT  

Judy, I was so happy to see this new thread opened by you today -- us locals here have been trying to see if there was evidence of any work (i.e. cable/cam repair) being done at the Zoo platform, but haven't had any luck in confirmations wonderful....looking forward to a great Osprey season....I am already looking at all the favorite lamp-post perches by nests close to my home, as well as several other nest platforms around town as I drive by, and I know I am not the only one doing this!!! Titter
So excited! It won't be long now!



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By: jkr (offline) on Sunday, March 30 2014 @ 12:37 PM EDT  

Sharing some exciting insider information ............
We have to give a big thank you Thank You to BET for contacting Enmax. They informed her that they are running new fiber optic cable to the camera, which should be operational in April Very Happy


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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Sunday, March 30 2014 @ 06:05 PM EDT  
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Thank you BET for contacting ENMAX.

You are the best BET ever!

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By: BET (offline) on Monday, March 31 2014 @ 04:34 PM EDT  

Hi All

I am anxiously checking every day to see if the cam is up. I know, no Ospreys yet. They are just arriving in Montana. Considering the sever cold weather this past winter and the current storm tracks, I can not really expect to see the O's arrive before mid April. Question for all you local watchers: Have the Canada's arrived yet?

I don't watch many cams anymore. But I do keep track of Loch Lowes in Scotland. And what a wonderful event occurred today. Lady made it back - she is thought to be 28-29 years old and this is her 24th season at Loch Lowes. Her latest mate, Laddie, has been back for a couple of weeks and was courting another female. Well that ended in a hurry today. Lady chased her off and Laddie went to "work ?" mating our fair Lady.

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By: jkr (offline) on Monday, March 31 2014 @ 05:59 PM EDT  

Funny that you should mention Canada geese. We went to Calgary the weekend of Feb 20th and saw numerous V formations of Canada's. I' thought maybe they should have been heading North but they all seemed to be flying S.W. to who knows where.??!! Puzzled
I'm sure there are some that never migrated if they found open water through the winter Hopefully none take over the osprey nest before the O's arrive home.


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