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Osprey Nest Platform
This nest was installed by BHP and GF&P on May 2011 after the birds built a nest on a nearby power pole. The pair was unproductive the first year.
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aAdult Arrival4/3/224/2/213/31/204/4/194/6/183/28/173/29/164/7/154/6/144/6/134/6/12
bEgg Laying4/22/224/19/214/21/204/22/194/22/184/20/174/24/165/6/154/26/144/28/134/29/12
bIncubation Initiation4/25/224/21/214/23/204/24/194/24/184/22/174/27/165/8/154/29/144/30/134/29/12
cClutch Hatching6/1/225/31/215/30/206/5/186/2/176/6/166/21/156/6/146/9/136/9/12
eFirst Chick Fledging7/20/217/26/207/28/187/26/177/31/168/12/158/1/148/2/12
fChicks Last Observed9/18/209/16/169/20/159/13/149/12/139/8/12
xNest Failure5/22/19
xReason For Nest Failureother

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Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/06/2012Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging08/02/2012
Egg laying04/29/2012Chicks last observed09/08/2012
Incubation initiation04/29/2012Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/09/2012Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/06/2013Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying04/28/2013Chicks last observed09/12/2013
Incubation initiation04/30/2013Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/09/2013Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/06/2014Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging08/01/2014
Egg laying04/26/2014Chicks last observed09/13/2014
Incubation initiation04/29/2014Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/06/2014Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/07/2015Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging08/12/2015
Egg laying05/06/2015Chicks last observed09/20/2015
Incubation initiation05/08/2015Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/21/2015Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival03/29/2016Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/31/2016
Egg laying04/24/2016Chicks last observed09/16/2016
Incubation initiation04/27/2016Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/06/2016Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival03/28/2017Nestlings4
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings4
Nest Active First chick fledging07/26/2017
Egg laying04/20/2017Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/22/2017Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/02/2017Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/06/2018Nestlings4
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings4
Nest Active First chick fledging07/28/2018
Egg laying04/22/2018Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/24/2018Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/05/2018Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/04/2019Nestlings0
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings0
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying04/22/2019Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/24/2019Nest failure05/22/2019
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureHeavy snow prevented egg incubation
2020 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival03/31/2020Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging07/26/2020
Egg laying04/21/2020Chicks last observed09/18/2020
Incubation initiation04/23/2020Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/30/2020Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/02/2021Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/20/2021
Egg laying04/19/2021Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/21/2021Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/31/2021Reason for nest failure
2022 Nest Activity Report by campsogo1
Adult arrival04/03/2022Nestlings4
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying04/22/2022Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/25/2022Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/01/2022Reason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

04/01/2020 by campsogo1
Pair arrived earlier than any other year. Male was seen on March 30th perching near the nest. Female arrives on March 31st on a beautiful spring day with heavy snow and cold temperatures in the forecast..

03/30/2016 by campsogo1
Female arrived one day earlier than male. This marks the earliest date that the pair has completed their spring migration.

09/30/2015 by campsogo1
The pair has been doing very well for a few years now. This year they successfully raised three chicks.

09/13/2014 by campsogo1
Snowed four inches on the 9/11. Birds have now today left for the winter. It was another successful year. Three eggs with two fledglings. The pair is now experienced and very well adapted to their nest environment.

06/12/2014 by campsogo1
First hatch on 6/9 early morning. Second hatch two days later.

05/02/2014 by campsogo1
Three eggs with first one laid on 4/28. Pair is now experienced in nest maintenance and being able to ward off other birds.

04/06/2014 by campsogo1
First observation of the pair on the nest. Coincidentally, the arrival of the pair is on the same date as the previous two years. The male arrives a couple of days before and then early in the morning the female lands at the nest.

04/29/2013 by campsogo1
On the same day that the first egg was laid, two other pairs of Osprey circled the nest. The pair was quite agitated and in a few occasions there was mid-air contact. Thankfully, neither bird was injured and they were able to defend the nest.

04/27/2013 by campsogo1
With 42" of snow in April, the birds are having problems preparing the nest. With constant snow cover on their nest, they have resorted to starting a new nest on a nearby electrical pole. We're hoping that warmer weather will provide some relief.

04/06/2013 by campsogo1
First observation of the pair on the nest

04/05/2013 by campsogo1
Single bird first sighting at the nest on 4/1/13 just as the pond was starting to show open water.

10/26/2012 by campsogo1
September 8, 2012 - Last day that the osprey were seen at the nest.

08/03/2012 by campsogo1
One of the young Osprey took its first flight off the nest yesterday. The second one, shown in the picture, is testing its feathers by going aloft over the nest while his mother gives him encouragement. The mother was seen pushing him off the nest with her chest encouraging him to go. Also, upon returning from a flight she bumped into the chick with its talons. He, however, did not get the hint.

07/10/2012 by campsogo1
Third chick perished within a week after hatching. Cause unknown. No carcass seen. Two remaining chicks are doing well.

06/12/2012 by campsogo1
Second egg hatches on June 11. (name: BOLA). Male no longer eats part of fish before bringing it to the nest.

06/09/2012 by campsogo1
The osprey's first egg hatched this morning around 5:00 am. The male and female were seen looking towards the middle of the nest probably wondering about the fluff ball moving there. The male got a fish and as usual ate part of it in a nearby branch. However, the eating behavior was somewhat different. We noticed that he was eating very fast and ended up choking on a bone. After about a minute he was able to cough it clear (nerves?). He then brought the fish to the nest and the female took it and proceeded to feed the two hour old chick. Once the chick was fed, the female was unsure how to sit on the two remaining eggs. After a few tries, she decided to move the chick to the side under her wing. Very exciting stuff. The chick's name: DODE.

05/24/2012 by campsogo1
In 2012, the pair returned to the nest on April 6th. They fish at the pond next to the nest site, on Rapid Creek, and at Pactola, half a mile downstream.

05/24/2012 by campsogo1
On May 22, a bald eagle was hovering near the nest. The pair quickly sounded the alarm with high pitched calls. They chased the eagle off by flying close to it in an aggressive manner.

05/24/2012 by campsogo1
On May 5th a terrible hail storm crossed the area. Thankfully, the osprey stayed on the nest and weathered the storm.

05/24/2012 by campsogo1
The first egg was laid on April 28th. On May 6th, three eggs were observed on the nest. The female diligently sits on the eggs.

05/24/2012 by campsogo1
Towards the end of April the male continued bringing sticks to the nest, many times preferring to simply approach a tree and snap a branch while in flight. The pair would also collect pine needles in the same fashion. The needles and other soft material would provide the lining of the center of the nest.