Hellgate Canyon MT Osprey Nest .. 2020

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Hellgate Canyon MT Osprey Nest .. 2020

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:55 pm

This Nest is on the MDS( Mountain Daylight Savings) Time Zone


Cam Link .. No chat .. 'https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/hellgate-ospreys/

The new cam is equipped with Infrared..... providing night vision for our viewers while not interfering with the Osprey!


Welcome to the 2020 Season At Hellgate Canyon Osprey Nest!

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 Osprey nest is at the mouth of the spectacular Hellgate Canyon at the edge of Missoula, Montana. It’s in a very busy location, right outside the Riverside Health Care Center and next to busy parking lots, a construction site, a busy highway, and a railroad. However, it’s also an ideal location in many ways, since these Ospreys have riverfront property only about 50 feet from the Clark Fork River. Being so close to people does not bother them, and hundreds of people enjoy watching them every day.
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And this is Iris.. the Queen of this nest .. she is one of oldest Osprey in the world . :love:
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Scap courtesy of Heather L


The female Osprey at this nest is called Iris because she has very distinctive spots on her iris, especially in her left eye. These iris patterns serve as individual barcodes and allow us to identify her. She has nested at this site for many years. Her mate of many years, Stanley, did not return in 2016, and she attempted to breed with a new male dubbed "Louis" after an influential local Salish elder named Louis Adams

Ospreys are consummate fishing birds, and this pair fishes primarily from the Clark Fork River and nearby Rattlesnake Creek. They use their 6–7 foot wingspans to soar above the water, looking for fish, then diving as deep as 3 feet for shallow-swimming prey. Adult Ospreys usually weigh 3–4 pounds, and they can carry prey up to 50 percent of their own weight. Ospreys can live up to 25 years, and they typically lay 1–4 eggs in a clutch

The nest used to be on a power pole about 200 feet west of where it is now. This was dangerous, since the Ospreys could have been electrocuted, causing fires and power blackouts. In 2007, the current nest platform was erected to provide a safer place for the Ospreys to nest. They took to it immediately. Getting the new nest platform set up, and installing and running to high resolution camera for this feed for you to enjoy has been a large effort involving many groups: Riverside Health Care Center, Karen Wagner, Kate Davis and Raptors of the Rockies, Northwestern Energy, Dave Taylor Roofing Company, and Dr. Erick Greene of the University of Montana.

2019 Nest Thread

Closing Post ..Nest Summary 2019

Weather Report

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us/we ... a/missoula

Link to Facebook

incubation Period for eggs. 35 - 42 days.

Chicks fledge between 53 and 60 days
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Re: Hellgate Canyon MT Osprey Nest .. 2020

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:08 pm

TIME LINE

[*] Cam on Line .. all year ! [/b]

[*]Adults Return April 4/2 19:20 Dr. Greene has reported that Louis returned to the baseball field nest in Missoula, yesterday, 4/1, and the female, Star, returned today, 4/2. They have removed the goose excluder today. Now all we need is for Iris to show up :-)

April 5 at 7:05a . Iris arrived viewtopic.php?p=307989#p307989

at 9:21 ..
Iris landed on the nest
:vid: with thanks to Dr.Greene
https://www.facebook.com/16507261355690 ... 455143007/


[*]Eggs Laid... May 2 Egg # 1 at 5:14pm.....

May 3.. Raven stole Egg #1 at 10:13a :(

May 3 at 12:0pm Un Known Male Osprey visit the nest :vid: Thanks to FE Harrison
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... e=emb_logo

May 8 at 11:15 am 'Egg# 2 :vid: thank you Hellgare Osprey https://youtu.be/tK4Gkr26bWg

May 13 at 1:43p . 1:44pm
With thanks to Heather L ...Raven tried to take Iris's egg , this is Egg # 2.. drops it .. Raven leaves .. Iris to nest chirping ..she checked her egg.. Hellgate checked the egg and the conclusion is her egg is damaged :( Start here

viewtopic.php?p=330837#p330837

May 19, 10:52a
Thank You Heather L ... No sign of Iris today but there was an UnKnown Female Osprey on Iris's nest 10:52 am
.. Iris seen in dead tree at 7:10 pm

Start here
viewtopic.php?p=333813#p333813

May 20, 21 ..No sign of Iris

May 22 at 7:35pm ... Iris is back . viewtopic.php?p=335548#p335548... She left at 9:29pm


Hi Bev , On 29th at 11:58 am Iris got her talon caught in the egg and then it rolled back into nest , then around 12:48 pm she was picking at it , but left it in the nest . I thought it was in smaller pieces but today when she came and went and it was in view on the nest I thought she'd laid another egg lol but after I watched and scapped I saw her poking at it . I have not seen Louis since May 14th when he was on the Owl Pole eating a fish and left at 1:03 pm , He was on the nest around 12;30 pm mating with Iris before he caught a fish and went to the Owl Pole :)
Thank You Heather

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:22 pm
Thank you Hearher :huggie: when was the last time you saw Iris ? ... I know she is safe where she is ! :rh:
Hi Bev , Iris was last on her nest June 1st 8:19 am and possibly her on Dead tree June 3rd 5:44

June 15 Two Unknown Osprey on the nest viewtopic.php?p=346536#p346536

June 18 '..It has been 5 days since Iris was seen :(
viewtopic.php?p=348010#p348010

An Unknown Osprey landed on Iris's nest 7:25 pm [attachment=2]hellgate unknown osprey to the nest 7 25 jun 26
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Re: Hellgate Canyon MT Osprey Nest .. 2020

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:11 pm

Information

Bonding. The pair are confirming their bond from last season.

Mating, you will see the female's tail up.

Possessive, you will see a quick on and off by the male, and other indications off territory disputes.


Post by Judy B re ...Osprey

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Osprey Facts.....Rutland Osprey

The annual migration by Ospreys from northern breeding grounds to southern wintering spots and back again never ceases to amaze or raise questions. Here, Dr. Bob Kennedy answers a few

Read Here and Scroll Down


Osprey with fishDescription: Also known as the “fish hawk,” ospreys are raptors that are well adapted for fishing. They have long legs and large feet with specialized barbs on the pads, hooked talons, and a reversible outer toe that allows them to easily grasp fish with two toes pointing front and two pointing rear. They have an oily waterproof coating on their wings, and they can close their nostrils when they plunge into the water. They have slender bodies and long wings that are bent at the ‘wrist’. Their strong wings give them extra lift to fly up and out of the water with a heavy fish. They have a black bill with a sharp hook for eating fish.


Here is great article on

Bird Emotions
Do Birds Have Feelings?

BY MELISSA MAYNTZ
Updated 02/23/17


https://www.thespruce.com/examining-bir ... ons-386439
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Re: Hellgate Canyon MT Osprey Nest .. 2020

Post by IrishEyes » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:12 pm

From FB ... I didn't know this

6/6 You may have noticed that our chicks were hatched with down covering most of their body. Soon after hatch their eyes opened and they were able to feed from Iris's bill. The term that describes chicks hatched with these characteristics is "semi-precocial."
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I googled and found this also
In biology, precocial species are those in which the young are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth or hatching. The opposite developmental strategy is called "altricial," where the young are born or hatched helpless.
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Post by IrishEyes » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:13 pm

I like this
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:19 pm

SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2020

Happy Day and Iris is home :woohoo: ... Heather is going to add her scaps and thanks for letting me know Heather :hug:
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:28 pm

Iris arrived 7:03 am
From the DVR
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Picked up a stick
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:30 pm

Iris looking to her left 7:04 am April 5
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Flew from the nest
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:30 pm

Iris flew back 9:21 am
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Cam op zoomed in , Iris
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Iris checking her nest , moving stick 9:23 am
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:40 pm

Iris to the Faux Branch 9:24 am Apr 5
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Iris , she was doing her usual preening and looking so beautiful 9:28 am
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Iris flew 9 :43 am
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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:40 pm

With the way the world is right now, I did not think I could get excited about anything. Iris' return has just made me thrilled!
Oh thank you both of you for the news and pictures.

Now my wish is for that male who was with her the end of last season to arrive to be with her. That would be glorious.
I can imagine that Hellgate Osprey is beyond thrilled to see her again and looking so healthy.
Love you two,
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:49 pm

Woodlands Bleu wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:40 pm
With the way the world is right now, I did not think I could get excited about anything. Iris' return has just made me thrilled!
Oh thank you both of you for the news and pictures.

Now my wish is for that male who was with her the end of last season to arrive to be with her. That would be glorious.
I can imagine that Hellgate Osprey is beyond thrilled to see her again and looking so healthy.
Love you two,
carolyn
Hi Carolyn , So So awesome to see Iris back , boy do I wish she finds a new mate too . :rh: :luck:

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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:51 pm

Iris back at 10:57 am
hellgate iris landed on nest 10 57 apr 5 .jpg
Iris moved small stick
hellgate iris poking at a small stick 10 57 apr 5 .jpg
Testing the nest 11;00 am
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:54 pm

Iris moved to the nest arm 11:24 am Apr 5
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Iris 11:25 am
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Iris flew from the nest arm
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:59 pm

Information from Chat , Dr Greene looking for Iris 12:22 pm Apr 5
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:02 pm

Hope Dr Greene didn't get too far away , Iris back to nest at 12:43 pm April 5
hellgate iris back nest 12 43 apri 5 .jpg
Iris busy tidying up her nest 12: 46 pm
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Iris digging nest with her feet/talons lol 12:48 pm
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:15 pm

Heather L wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:49 pm
Woodlands Bleu wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:40 pm
With the way the world is right now, I did not think I could get excited about anything. Iris' return has just made me thrilled!
Oh thank you both of you for the news and pictures.

Now my wish is for that male who was with her the end of last season to arrive to be with her. That would be glorious.
I can imagine that Hellgate Osprey is beyond thrilled to see her again and looking so healthy.
Love you two,
carolyn
Hi Carolyn , So So awesome to see Iris back , boy do I wish she finds a new mate too . :rh: :luck:
I echo this ... :hug: to both of you and all who watch this nest ~ :)
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:16 pm

Thank you Bev :huggie:
Iris 12:48 pm April 5
hellgate iris 12 48 58 apr 5 .jpg
Iris flew to the Faux Branch 12:49 pm
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Cam op zoomed in 12:50 pm
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:23 pm

Iris on the Faux Branch 12:52 pm
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Preening 12:56 pm
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:27 pm

Iris she looks so healthy and radiant 12:57 pm Apr 5
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Iris looking down
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:32 pm

Iris still perched on the FB 12: 59 pm
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Preening
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:37 pm

Iris looking at something 1:01 pm
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:42 pm

Iris alert 1:02 pm Apri 5
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Iris leaves
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:44 pm

Heather when you have time.. Please send me one of your pictures of Iris., .. I would like to use it in the opening post :) :ty:
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:46 pm

Iris is back with a fish 2:34 pm April 5
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Looking up and chirping
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:53 pm

Iris more chirping and flapping wings 2:34 pm April 5
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An osprey lands on the FB
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:56 pm

Iris chirping loudly , defense mode , Osprey on the FB 2 :34 pm April 5
hellgate iris very up set osprey on the fb 2 34 apr 5 .jpg
Osprey on the FB seems unfazed 2:35 pm
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Post by Heather L » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:05 pm

Iris soft chirps , defense mode , Hellgate chat says a Male Osprey :love:
hellgate iris and an unknown male osprey 2 35 apr 5 .jpg
Unknown Male Osprey still on FB 2:36 pm
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