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Hellgate Canyon MT Osprey Nest.. 2018

Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:07 pm

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Welcome to the 2018 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!

2017 was a very sad year for this nest....Iris laid 4 eggs and they all hatched ....DR. Eric Greene explained it best.

Hi everyone,
This has been an extremely traumatic couple of days, and it is a very sad day for all of us associated with the Montana Osprey Project.
All three of the remaining osprey chicks starved to death, with the biggest one dying this morning. The ultimate cause has been the difficult fishing conditions, with extremely high and muddy waters. Just as the rivers were starting to clear a bit, the strong rains of the last few days brought a lot more mud and silt into the rivers.
I am not sure what effect the extremely aggressive osprey intruder the last couple of days had on Louis' ability to fish. Osprey intruders are quite common at nests, and we see them every year. They generally fly close to the nest and often land on them too. But when they do, they tend to be very submissive, and are eventually shown the door. But the latest osprey intruder was surprisingly aggressive - diving on and hitting Louis right off the nest. I was concerned that Louis was injured by the attacks yesterday. I combed the bushes underneath the nest and along the river but did not see him. He did not return to the nest yesterday after he was hit. I do not know what to make of this aggressive behavior. Ospreys in general are quite sociable. I have studied them nesting in large colonies (with MANY osprey nests packed close together) and have never seen this sort of aggression before.
So we all had such high hopes for Iris and Louis this year, especially since this is the first time in three breeding seasons that chicks have hatched in this nest.
The lesson that I take away from this nest camera is an appreciation of the many challenges that wild animals must deal with in order to survive and successfully reproduce. Iris had spoiled us for so many years by being such a successful osprey mother, and we had perhaps taken success for granted.
RIP little chicks, Erick Greene

I like this by Judy B

Big hugs to all who have been watching and posting here - this is all so very, very hard.

Rest in peace, little ones :brknhrt: - and I'm seeing four little beams of light shining on Iris and Louis as they recover begin to get ready for the season away and for next year. :grhug:


Link to 2017

Weather Report

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

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Incubation Period for eggs. 35 - 42 days.

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

Time Line..2018

Osprey Return ... Louis April 4 ,12:24pm / Iris April 6th, 5:03 pm

Eggs Laid..Egg# 1 April 27, 11:04am ..Video by Darlene ..... EGG # 2 April 30 ...Video with thanks to Cornell Lab Bird Cams Project .....EGG#3 May 3.. Video with thanks to Cornell Lab Bird Cams

Hatched ..June 4... Egg#1 38 days old .....viewtopic.php?p=63215#p63215.. :vid:..... https://youtu.be/js37OYp40xE

Egg#2 ..June 5 ..36days old .....viewtopic.php?p=63835#p63835
:vid: https://youtu.be/N30CxS_olrM

Egg# 3 ..June 8, 36days old.. viewtopic.php?p=65601#p65601

:vid: https://youtu.be/PHwgNcNaW80

June 11...Sadly chick # 3 passed over the rainbow today at 3days old.. :brknhrt: :cry1: Cause of death.. Bad weather resulting in shortage of food..

June 25....C 2 passed over the rainbow at 20..ays old..... :brknhrt: :cry1: Cause of death.. Bad weather .. Sibling Rivalry and shortage of food

July4, 2018 7:13pm..... Two Parents..Two Fish ..Onechick......viewtopic.php?p=80175#p80175

Chick named .. July 12, Le'le....viewtopic.php?p=84033#p84033

July 13....
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Fledge ..L'el'e .August 5 at 6:58am....62 days old ..viewtopic.php?p=92998#p92998

Last seen .L'el'e Sept 2 .. 90 days old or Sept. 3 .. 91 days or 13 weeks old.

Sept 4.. DR Greene saw L'el'e , Iris and Louis up river.


Sept.10 .... Iris

Sept.14..Louis..
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:15 pm

Iris and Louis
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Louis
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:19 pm

Comparison Picture taken April 8, 2017: Louis on the left..............Iris behind on the right.
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This shows the differences from the front.............Iris has a necklace..." speckled chest" Louis has a solid white chest She is quite dark on the forehead while Louis has more white showing on his forehead. His dark feathers on the forehead make more of a vertical line while Iris' dark patch is broader/wider.
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:20 pm

Pictures of the 2017 chicks

Chick #1 recently hatch
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Chicks # 2 # 3 and # 4
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:20 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

Osprey information

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

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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.

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Here is great article on

Bird Emotions
Do Birds Have Feelings?

BY MELISSA MAYNTZ
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https://www.thespruce.com/examining-bir ... ons-386439
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:21 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 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:51 pm

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018

HAPPY EASTER ALL

I am opening this nest thread at the request of Fly Forever Free and this is why..

Montana Osprey Cams
March 26 at 4:48pm ·
Hi everyone,
Well - osprey season has officially started in Missoula! This morning the female osprey arrived back at the Osprey Baseball nest! This is the next osprey nest about a mile down the river from the Hellgate nest.
There was a "goose excluder" up on the nest, and folks from Missoula Parks and Recreation took it off just after the osprey got back. She started collecting sticks right away! Her mate returned just a few hours later, and so they are off to the races. This pair of ospreys is typically among the first ones back every spring!
Cheers, Erick Greene


Thanks FFF for letting me know and hoping for a successful season here .. :)
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Post by FlyForeverFree » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:42 pm

You're very welcomed .. Here's hoping that Iris and Louis find their way back to their nest and raise a wonderful family together this season.
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:25 am

MONDAY,APRIL 2, 2018

Good Morning Hellgate and everyone.
9:16am
Snow on the empty nest
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Keeping good thoughts that Iris and Louis return safely from their migration . :love:

Last season Louis returned April 6 and Iris April 7 ..
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:19 am

TUESDAY,APRIL 3 , 2018

Good Morning Hellgate

6:02am..cl for bigger
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:12 am

Daylight....... nest is full of snow and train is going by.. no sound yet !
9:16am
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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:16 pm

Now the time has almost come for Iris and Louis to reappear,
we hope the train welcomes them soon....
And for new life on this nest after years.....
Crossing fingers.....
carolyn

Thank you Bev and FFF....cool that the Baseball osprey are back, both.
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:09 pm

Hey Bev and Carolyn :bye 1:

I saw this posted in another group of mine so I wanted to come here and share the news...Louis is home!!
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I remember the heartache here last season so I'm hoping for great things this season for all of you who watch here :grhug:
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Post by IrishEyes » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:21 pm

stephaniemhood wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:09 pm
Hey Bev and Carolyn :bye 1:

I saw this posted in another group of mine so I wanted to come here and share the news...Louis is home!!

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I remember the heartache here last season so I'm hoping for great things this season for all of you who watch here :grhug:
Thanks so much Steph :hug: and welcome home Louis :cloud9:

So Handsome \
12:25pm
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Now we wait for Iris and hoping for a successful season here . :love:
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:35 pm

You are very welcome Bev!
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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:01 pm

Louis first....Wow......Iris come home, he is waiting.......
Thank you Steph, important news....and it really makes me smile.
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Post by Ferenz » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:43 pm

Welcome back Louis looking forward to the return of his amazing mate...

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Post by IrishEyes » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:31 am

THURSDAY, APRI 5, 2018

Hi Carolyn and Ferenze... LOVe the poem Carolyn :)


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Video of Louis returning to the nest at 12:24pm , April 4.


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Post by IrishEyes » Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:57 pm

From Cam Chat with thanks to Brenda Cunningham
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and check this out


9:07, 4/5 Video of Louis' second visit to the nest. #HellgateOsprey
Courtesy of the one and only Grandad Rufus! https://youtu.be/i-BzxCmdQWI
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Post by Darlene » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:19 pm

Woodlands Bleu wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:16 pm
Now the time has almost come for Iris and Louis to reappear,
we hope the train welcomes them soon....
And for new life on this nest after years.....
Crossing fingers.....
carolyn

Thank you Bev and FFF....cool that the Baseball osprey are back, both.
Love the poem Carolyn and I sure hope they have a successful season this year! :luck:
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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:14 pm

I hope so too Darlene.....That was more random thoughts than poem, yet I am so glad you liked it. :

Poem now....

Louis is waiting, while not abating in his renovations,
time goes on slowly, he watches the horizon,
waiting for Iris' eyes to appear from the blue.

We do too.....
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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:34 am

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018

Good Morning everyone . Love your poem Carolyn :)

9:28am
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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:18 am

10:05am
A nasty Dad at Hellgate
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Keeping good thoughts that Iris will return safely and and that Louis id hunkered down sadly somewhere.

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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:37 pm

3:33pm

Snow is melting.... and no sign of Iris yet ..she returned on the 7th last year
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Post by FlyForeverFree » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:07 pm

TOUCHDOWN IRIS !!! 5:03 PM

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Iris and Louis
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Iris Returns, [Long Cut] April 6, 2018 | Cornell Lab | University of Montana Hellgate Ospreys

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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:31 pm

:woohoo: Welcome Home Iris and thanks FFF !

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Post by Ferenz » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:07 am

GREAT NEWS >> Iris reunited with Louis :grlol; :grlol;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg5EpiNnsdo

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Post by Ferenz » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:05 am

Mating & riding gusty winds

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