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Osprey Cam Live!

Nest Updates:

March 15: Camera live feed resumed for 2018 nesting season.
March 23:  Nonresident female osprey seen at nest.
March 25:  Male osprey arrived at nest.
March 28:  Female osprey arrived at nest.
April 19:  Egg #1 laid. 

Updates: 

On April 12th, 2018 City staff removed some trash that the male osprey had brought to the nest, and adjusted the camera slightly. Staff was able to approach the nest because the adults had left the area, and the osprey have not laid eggs yet. This will be the last time this season we will be able to approach the nest. 

Background Information:

This video system was initially set up by Parks and Recreation staff at the Boulder reservoir for monitoring Osprey. However, for the past several years Canada Geese have taken the nest over from Osprey at that site. In spring 2016, OSMP partnered with Parks and Recreation to upgrade some of the camera components and move the system to a more dependable Osprey nest. In 2017 OSMP staff installed a new HD camera for a clearer picture. With the help of other city departments, including Information Technology and Utilities, we now have the camera streaming live! 

OSMP wildlife staff have been monitoring the Osprey nest since 2011. Since then the nest has been successful every year, fledging a total of 14 young! 

When viewing the Osprey, the male and female can be identified by their different markings. The female Osprey has a “bib” of dark feathers on her chest, whereas the male has an almost completely white chest.

Timeline:

Monitoring of this Osprey nest in past years has indicated:

  • March 20 - April 10: Adult Osprey return to the nest
  • April 21 - May 9: Eggs laid and incubation begins
  • June 9 - June 24: Eggs hatch
    • Osprey eggs hatch in 36-42 days after being laid
  • August 5 - August 23: Young fledge
    • Fledging occurs 50-55 days after hatching 

Here is hoping to another successful nesting season!

Video Highlights:

Highlights from 2018 season.

Highlights from 2017 season.

Viewing Tips:

The camera is solar powered and completely “off the grid”. Prolonged periods of inclement weather may cause temporary outages. If an outage occurs, please be patient and we will restore the live stream as quickly as possible. 

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