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By: jkr (offline) on Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 03:21 PM EDT (Read 48371 times)  
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Nelson Hydro and Columbia Wireless

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Thank you to Marg Craig of the City of Nelson / Nelson Hydro, and Ben Leslie, COE of Columbia Wireless, for giving their permission which allows us at HWF to post pictures of this beautiful pair of osprey to this thread.


This is a new nest. The pair presently sit on three eggs.

Background

Nelson and the surrounding areas are blessed with living close to nature. However, providing electrical services can be challenging for Nelson Hydro because of the close interaction with the many forms of wildlife that occupy our area.

One common interaction is with the bird population. Birds of prey, Ospreys in particular, tend to choose nesting sites that are high up, and near a reliable food source. Many times they choose the top of a Nelson Hydro power pole to build their nest. The crossarms at the top of the pole make an excellent base for a building platform.

This practice can, and has, resulted in negative impact for Nelson Hydro and its customers, and more seriously for the birds attempting to construct a nest on the pole. One misplaced or dropped stick during the construction of the nest can trip the power circuit, resulting in a power outage for customers, and lost time for the Line Crew locating and correcting the cause of the outage. More serious is the possible injury to the bird involved.

One such site in particular has been notorious for this type of problem over the years. The power pole is high above Kootenay River at Grohman Narrows, an excellent vantage point for fishing, so is an ideal location for an Osprey nest. The nest is visible from the highway.

So in an attempt to avoid the usual outages at this location, and more importantly to avoid injuries to the nesting Ospreys, a separate pole has been installed, complete with a pallet and bracing at the top for a nest to be built upon. Shortly after the pole and nesting platform were placed, the Ospreys put the structure to use and constructed their nest, safely away from the existing energized pole. They now have a safe location with the same advantages as the power pole but with none of the associated hazards.

Nelson Hydro is proud of this installation because it shows that there can be a symbiotic relationship between the utility and nature if some planning and forethought are put in place. It's a small price to pay back to nature for the enjoyment that the Ospreys bring to us all on a daily basis.

Enjoy the nest cam and follow the progress of the Osprey family.
Nelson is on DST the same as our HWF west coast eagle cams.

Links to this cam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nelson-osprey-nest

and here
http://columbiawireless.ca/

TIMELINE
First Egg laid: May 3 --- hatched June 12 --- named Nel --- removed for rehab July 4
Second Egg: May 6 --- hatched June 13 --- named Tag --- died July 3
Third Egg: May 9 --- hatched June 15 --- named Pee Wee --- died June 24

July 4 update: Dad Nelson flew into a high tension line while leaving the nest after a feeding at dawn on June 20; no food was brought for a couple of days, then Mom Nellie began leaving to get fish on June 23; sadly that was too late for the youngest chick, and he/she died June 24; Nellie brought in several good fish, and either late July 25 or early July 26 Nelson Hydro got permission to set up a platform with a pulley that could be raised and lowered so they could provide fish to the family. That worked for a while, and both chicks were fed well through the evening of July 1, but Nellie stopped taking fish from the tray after that; she left the nest several times but never returned with fish, and it didn't appear that she had eaten either. Both chicks were exploring the nest the evening of July 2, and N2/Tag apparently got stuck near the edge and couldn't return to the nest for brooding; he died about 1:30 am from exposure. On July 3, the second full day without food, folks from O.W.L. contacted Nelson Hydro and local authorities to get the permits to rescue the remaining chick, and N1/Nel was removed from the nest about 6:30 am July 4; an observer noted that he was fed twice, and ate eagerly. Keeping fingers crossed.

July 31 update: Nel is doing well at OWL, self-feeding on pieces of fish, and watching an adult female osprey who is there being treated, and who is serving as a role model; Nel's development is behind her actual age because of the period of little or no food, but she otherwise seems fine; she was just moved from a small cage with towels to sit on to a little nest in the corner of a larger area, and will soon join her foster mother in the flight pen with the trout pond, where she will learn to fish before being returned to the Nelson area for release.

August 26 update - fledge: Nel and her foster mom were moved to a large flight cage with a trout pond on August 24 - and she was observed flying the length of the pen on August 26 - which I think qualifies as a fledge, though she needs some more practice at flying and fishing before she's ready for release.

September 12 update - release!: Nel was released September 12 at Kokanee Glacier Park, just outside of Nelson, in an area where 18 other fledgling osprey had been seen practicing their flying and hunting skills, with an abundance of Kokanee fish in the surrounding waters. Safe travels, Nel - may you have happy adventures and lots of fish! love


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By: Darlene (offline) on Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 03:27 PM EDT  
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Beautiful cam and it is always so wonderful to see big companies working together with the wildlife. Way to go Nelson Hydro! Bravo


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By: evym (offline) on Tuesday, May 13 2014 @ 04:46 PM EDT  
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Thanks, Nelson Hydro for this cam...
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By: jkr (offline) on Wednesday, May 14 2014 @ 09:05 AM EDT  
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Wednesday May 14, 2014

Good morning evym and Darlene .. and everyone who stops by this nest.
I hope we have many viewers and posters on this thread because this is one very beautiful nest.
Also the location on the Kootenay River makes it a spectacular fishing spot for the osprey so there should be plenty of fish deliveries for the chicks when they arrive.

6:03 am
Sun rises over the mountain.
I don't know this pair of osprey so I can't say for sure which one is on the nest at the moment.
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6:09 am
Adult flies off leaving the eggs unattended.
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A few seconds later an adult arrives to take over nest duty.
After checking on the Ustream chat this is Mom.
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By: jkr (offline) on Wednesday, May 14 2014 @ 09:17 AM EDT  
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6:16 am
Dad ? arrives and stays perched on the nest rim. However, I haven't seen too many males with those distinctive dark breast feathers.
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The head markings from the side profile make these two much easier to identify but it would help if I was 100% sure of who's who. Titter
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6:33 am
Egg roll.
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By: evym (offline) on Wednesday, May 14 2014 @ 11:27 AM EDT  
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Thanks for the great pix, jkr. wave


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By: jkr (offline) on Wednesday, May 14 2014 @ 02:15 PM EDT  
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11:14 am
A beautiful sunny day in Nelson.
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By: evym (offline) on Wednesday, May 14 2014 @ 04:32 PM EDT  
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