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Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:00 am
by jkr
CALGARY OSPREY 2018

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For over 20 years osprey have been returning to build a summer home at the Calgary Zoo.

The Osprey from the former Enmax camera can be observed from the Canadian Wilds area at the zoo, near the musk ox enclosure, or by strolling along the Bow River pathway which is the best option. Other osprey nests are in various locations along the Bow and Elbow River system.
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Link to camera-- Unfortunately, Enmax will not be replacing the camera after it malfunctioned in 2017.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:08 am
by jkr
TIMELINE THROUGH THE YEARS
Calgary Osprey 2006
3 chicks hatched. The youngest died when he was a few days old after a terrible hailstorm.
2 remaining chicks fledged.
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Calgary Osprey 2007
Camera was damaged by lightning and did not stream.
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Calgary Osprey 2008
3 chicks - all fledged
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Calgary Osprey 2009
Osprey returned April 19th
3 chicks -- all fledged
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Calgary Osprey 2010
Osprey returned April 15th
3 eggs laid. One egg failed to hatch.
2 chicks - both fledged.
Archive: HERE
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Calgary Osprey 2011
Osprey returned April 11th
3 chicks -- all fledged.
Archive: HERE
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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. In the hearts of her dedicated followers she is now known as Super Mom.
Archive: HERE
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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: HERE
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Calgary Osprey 2014
Camera live April 16th
Osprey return from the south -- Mom arrived April 17th, Dad arrived April 20th
Eggs
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
Hatches
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
Fledges
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: HERE
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Calgary Osprey 2015
April 14th -- Dad arrived home.
April 15th -- Mom arrived home.
April 29th -- Egg #1 laid
May 2nd.-- Egg #2 laid
May 5th -- Egg #3 laid
June 7th - First hatch @ 9:23 a.m.
June 8th - Second hatch confirmed at 7:40 a.m.
June 10th - Third hatch
August 1st - Two chick fledged today. The third is still procrastinating.
Third chick fledged sometime between Aug 6 and Aug 9th while the camera was out of service.
Archive: HERE
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Calgary Osprey 2016
March 4th. The pole with nest and camera still attached was moved to it's new location near the Cequel Energy Lodge.
April 13th -- The osprey returned and are currently trying to build a nest in the hydro tower near the old location of their nest. Two sticks were placed in the old nest box at it's new location but it was soon abandoned in favour of the tower.
April 15th --The O's have decided to leave the tower and move to the nest box with the camera. It is our own pair who have returned.
April 19th -- Enmax turned on the camera
Eggs
April 25th - First egg laid 12:15 p.m.
April 28th - Second egg laid between midnight and 6:30 a.m.
May 1st - Third egg laid before 6:00 a.m.
Hatches
June 4th -- FIRST HATCH confirmed at 5:07 a.m.
June 4th -- SECOND HATCH approx 9:48 p.m.
June 6th -- THIRD HATCH approx 10:27 a.m.
Fledges
First fledge -- July 29th approx 9:20 a.m.
Second fledge -- July 31st at 9:13 a.m.
Third fledge.. July 31st at 9:38 a.m.
Last Sightings
AUG 31st.... last day Mom was seen on the nest.
Sept 1st... last day that all three chicks were together on nest.
Archive: HERE
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Calgary Osprey 2017
April 10th -- Mom arrived -- along with a fish for lunch.
April 11th -- Dad arrived.
Eggs Laid
April 24 -- First Egg
April 27 -- Second Egg
April 30 -- Third Egg
Hatches
June 4th -- First hatch -- sometime before 6:00 a.m.
June 4th -- Second hatch
June 5th -- Third hatch
Fledges
July 29th .. Oldest chick
July 29th .. Second chick
July 30th.. Youngest chick
DAD
July 30th .. arrived at nest at 4:35 p.m. with a wing injury.
July 31st -- arrived again and spent over 5 hours on the nest. Wing is no better. Mom kicked into gear and does the fishing now.
Aug 4th .. Dad brings the first fish to the nest since his injury.
Last Sighting:
Aug 27 -- last day two of the chicks were seen on the nest.
Aug 31 -- last day Mom was seen on the nest
Sept 1 -- last day Dad was seen on the nest
Sept 2 - last chick was seen on the nest.
There were camera problems so the last few days were not streaming. Camera was shut down by Enmax on Sept. 7th.
Archive: HERE

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Calgary Osprey 2018

THE CAMERA WILL NOT BE REPLACED BY ENMAX THIS SEASON.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:10 am
by jkr
Identification of Mom and Dad from the previous year

When Dad is viewed from a distance his forehead feathers resemble a keyhole
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Photo credit goes to BET

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:28 pm
by ErnieL
:D :yes: I think I found my way in. I couldn't get my old username from previous years to work or maybe I only thought I knew it. So I re-joined with what was the same old username but I guess I'm starting over. Oh well!! :angry: Just checking to see what happens next!!

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:03 pm
by jkr
Hi Ernie :bye 1: So glad to see you made it.

lilywriter (Christine) , Bluebird1 (Jean), DKY and BET have all registered as well so we should be off to a great start once the birds return. From what I have heard Calgary is dealing with a HUGE amount of snow so I hope it doesn't stick around for long. Looking forward to Spring.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:57 am
by jkr
Well, this is just the worst possible news and very unexpected.
Thank you Janet for sharing the news with us.
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I for one am going to miss this camera so much :cry1: and most of all I'll miss our amazing group we have had posting here at the Calgary nest for so many years. :grhug: Thank you for the fun, the laughter and, the sometimes, tears as we watched 12 years of this amazing osprey family. There are still lots of osprey nests to watch here at HWF, along with many eagle cameras, so I hope everyone finds what they are looking for.

If anyone in Calgary will be making trips down to this nest, or any of the many Calgary nests, I will leave this thread open for pictures and reports.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:01 am
by BET
:cry1: :cry1: :cry1:

Ten years I have watched and recorded the activities on this nest. I was looking forward to another year with a new camera. Now - well depressed is a good word to explain my feelings.

Is there any way that a local business could buy a new top of the line cam and donate it to EnMax or arrange to set it up and run it themselves for the advertisement?

Only a month to accomplish that if it is at all possible.

I will keep checking this forum to see it there is any news.

Miss you all
BET :cry1:

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:06 am
by jkr
BET, I don't think money had anything to do with their decision. They can well afford to do it if they wanted to.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:59 pm
by FlyForeverFree
Hi everyone..

I just found out about the cam not streaming this season. It's such sad news and makes me wonder if the Zoo would ever think about doing it. It's been awhile since my last visit to the Zoo, before the nest pole was moved, but I think it's still on Zoo property. This is like loosing a friend, dang.

:grhug: everyone.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:11 am
by jkr
I did Tweet the Calgary Zoo to see if they would be interested in taking over the osprey camera and this is their response.
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I also checked with my daughter to see if maybe the company she works for in Calgary would be interested but they are still recovering from the oil and gas crisis so can't put out the money to do it right now. :(

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:35 am
by jkr
APRIL 22, 2018

I got a very special treat in my email this morning from Janet Preston ! She sent photos from the nest -- I am sooooo excited that the osprey did return.

"Hi Judy
Is anyone reporting on the Zoo nest?
We finally made it there on Friday.
Sat across the river
Two on nest when we arrived
Nest very established so they must have been back for awhile
Dad left soon after
Lots of flying around us then he disappeared.
We had just starting walking the path by the river and he flew right by us with a fish and a seagull looking for a free dinner
I still have to download the pics by the nest and Dad (I assume) Flying beside us.
These are just iphone pics

Still upset we lost the Webcam

We will make a trip and sit beside the platform at some point. "
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:37 am
by jkr
Janet's photos continued
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:38 am
by jkr
Janet's photos continued
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Thank you so much Janet for allowing me to share your photos. :rh:

Janet also says there are more to come --- Can't wait to see them.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:43 pm
by BET
Thank you Janet !!!!! and Thank you Judy for letting us know that you have posted the images of most likely our Dad taken by Janet.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:57 pm
by ErnieL
***Somehow the network managed to notify me of the pictures, many thanks to everyone involved. Pictures will never make up for the loss of the camera but it still keeps us informed & in contact. Later on when all the snow melts from my back yard, should be soon, I hope to go down to check out the site.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:27 pm
by DKY
Thanks to Janet Preston. I don't know what it would take to have private funds continue to support the camera. I/we would be willing to help. Don't know where to go from here.

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:09 pm
by Bluebird1
Hi Judy, Bet, Ernie and DKY, and thank you Judy for sharing Janet's pictures. Like all of you I was crushed when I heard the news that Enmax was abandoning this project and casting us and our beloved pair adrift. This is very sad for all of us who have followed the cam for the past many seasons and come to love our super Mom and Dad.

The research potential seems to go unrecognized here in Alberta and though I will try and visit the zoo this year to look for "our birds" we will lose the intimacy we were able to share with these courageous and magnificent birds.

I hope all of you survived the long winter well and thank you Judy for keeping this thread open this year. Now that spring has finally arrived it seems so wrong not to share it with all of you. Keep well everyone, and that goes especially for Mom and Dad Osprey. :huggie:

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:56 am
by jkr
As promised Janet has sent her pictures and I'm so excited to post them. :rh:
These photos are going to take up quite a few posts because of the limit to 3 per post but I'll get them on here. :D

From Janet:
Assuming this is Super Mom...
It was always the same Osprey on the nest in these pics
Dad? was there at first then flew into trees to the left
then he flew all around us before disappearing

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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:56 am
by jkr
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:57 am
by jkr
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:59 am
by jkr
He flew from the nest to the trees immediately to the left from my viewpoint
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:01 am
by jkr
Dad in flight
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:02 am
by jkr
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:03 am
by jkr
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:04 am
by jkr
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:05 am
by jkr
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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

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Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:09 am
by jkr
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Janet, thank you soooo much for sharing these. Now I'm off to study them more closely. :grhug:

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:56 am
by BET
First :huggie: and THANK YOU to Janet. Gorgeous photos.

I agree, it does look like Super Mom, but I have no idea about the male. I would need to compare the under wing markings with one of Janet's previous photos and even then it would be difficult as the under wing markings are not that definitive. None of the EnMax photos show the Osprey in flight.

I noted that EnMax did not remove the camera or the housing.

Regarding who would be willing to take on responsibility for a new camera and it's operation: I think the operation of the camera and all of it's connections and electrical components is the big problem. The Zoo did not want it after the first year, EnMax does/did not like having an employee used to manage it, so who could or would? A school? Is there a University, or Community College in Calgary that would have a division interested in ornithology? Or is there an Audubon Society in the area that could be enticed to take on the project?

Re: Calgary Osprey 2018

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:29 am
by jkr
Thank you to Janet Preston for sending us an update on the Calgary Osprey family this season. She has sent us a series of the following photos.
It's wonderful to see how well this family has done again this season. Thank you Janet !!

"A few pics from todays visit
First opportunity I had to get back there
Think Dad must have just bought the headless fish home then Mom flew to the sandbar
One of the kids was with her then the second arrived
We watched for about an hour
Must have been a big fish"
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