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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Monday, September 19 2016 @ 07:47 PM EDT (Read 128 times)  
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Welcome to the 2017 Season At Hellgate Canyon Osprey Nest!


The nest is located in Missoula, Montana, on the Clark Fork River and and thank you HWF for featuring it on your web site along with a nest thread where we can post our observations, scaps and videos......giving us the opportunity to learn about these beautiful birds ..

Special thanks to Cal04 for bringing this cam to the attention of HWF and providing a history for this cam and it's sister cam at Dunrovin Ranch ..

This thread is for scaps, videos and observations of the Osprey..Please limit smileys to three per post....Thank You and Enjoy!

Last season was unusual in that Stanley didn't return Sad.. Judy B said it all very well ..I am using her summary with her permission...

Stanley did not return this year; Iris may have mated before laying her first egg but did not have a mate and she appeared to not be tending the egg that much - and it was taken by a raven the next day. She laid a second egg May 2, and seemed to be tending it more carefully, but still did not have a mate; a second osprey was being seen more often about this time, with Iris initially responding as if he was an intruder, but inviting him to mate with her on the nest on May 3rd; this osprey resembled Stan somewhat, but was not him. And later on the 3rd there were 3 other osprey near the nest (did she post "mate wanted" in the personals?).
By the end of the day on May 3rd, one of the suitors had brought Iris a fish, and while the "New Guy" had some coordination issues in the mating department, it seemed that she might have accepted him; and on May 4 he was bringing in sticks, bringing fish and mating - all things Iris (and we) would hope for in a potential mate.
One of the eggs was seen to have a hole in it on May 10, possibly because the new male has a tendency to step on and around the eggs without curling his talons (we do think he is young); he was seen picking at the broken egg, and trying to move it out of the nest.
By May 18, "New Guy" had begun incubating the eggs, and he was named "Louis" in honor of revered Salish elder Louis Adams, who died the day before New Guy appeared.
Two additional eggs appeared damaged and then broke and were removed, on June 5 and 13 (the male is dedicated, but hasn't learned all he needs to learn about moving near eggs); as of June 17, one egg remains; day 40 for the 5th egg is June 21.

Thanks Judy .!

It was noted on the thread the last egg didn't hatch .. Iris and Louis bonded very well and the unhatched egg was a great learning tool for Louis.. preparing him for next year... Iris and Louis continued to incubate the egg.. eventually leaving it alone at night and during the day... until was stolen by a Raven.

Video of Raven with the egg


2016 Nesting Season

Weather Report

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/missou ... ast/329453


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Incubation Period for eggs. 35 - 42 days.

Chicks fledge between 53 and 60 days old....

2017 Time Line

Osprey Return....

Eggs laid ....

Hatched.....

Banding ...

Fledged...

Last seen ....


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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Monday, September 19 2016 @ 07:58 PM EDT  
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Iris and Louis
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S'cap by Jean aka mjb

Louis
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S'cap by Jean aka mjb


More pictures of Louis

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I would be remiss if i didn't thanked JD and Carolyn for their commentaries .. Thank you JD and Carolyn !

Hoping to see Iris and Louis and wishing them a successful season ! ..


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