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Osprey Cam Live!

Background Information

Open Space and Mountain Parks osprey camera is back for a second year! This year OSMP staff have installed a new HD camera for a clearer picture. This video system was initially set up by Parks and Recreation staff at the Boulder reservoir for monitoring Osprey. However, the past several years Canada Geese have successfully defended the nest from Osprey at this site. In spring 2016, prior to the return of the Osprey, OSMP partnered with Parks and Recreation to upgrade some of the camera components and move the system to a more active Osprey nest. 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 nine 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 indicated:

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

Here is hoping to another successful nesting season!

Check for updates on the nesting Osprey in the brown box to the upper-right (or below on a tablet/phone). 

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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