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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:07 pm 
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The sun is setting and Louis is no longer perched and they are scanning around the territory looking for him. They went back to the nest and Iris was off the chick who is still alive. Iris is back to calling and brooding the chick.


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:53 pm 
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Hellgate, MT - This is a heart breaking day for all

and we don't know when the tragedy will end for those beloved cuties and the night comes...


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:10 am 
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The 2 remaining chicks passed away last early evening.

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Difficult foraging conditions around the nest have made it hard for Louis to provide enough fish for the growing nestlings. We are sad to share that these difficult conditions have resulted in all three of the remaining nestlings perishing from starvation over the weekend of June 17-18. The camera will continue to broadcast from the nest, allowing us to see what comes next for Iris and Louis.

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:10 am 
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Edited: Posted on FB approx. 12noon (eastern time)

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 show 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 attack 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

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:12 pm 
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thanks bonbon for bringing over the latest FB post...

I had been following this nest and am just heartbroken.. :tissue: ..so excited that they finally had chicks after all these years..and now this..I hope Louis is ok...

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:sorrow: I am really surprised this little one made it through the night ... feel so badly for all of them ...


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Do not see any osprey on the nest @ present.


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hello bonbon, skygirlblue & SWINK:

Iris is back calling for her mate & leaves to the tree perch near grizzly's stadium


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:48 am 
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Hellgate Iris Returns to Nest & Louis 2017 06 22, 18:41

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Thanks Ferenz!! :15heartbeat: So Louis is ok?

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Louis is okay! He removed one of the chicks today.


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hellgate, MT - Neighbors

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Hellgate, MT - Residents :egg19:

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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:sorrow: Squirt!


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016, 2017 & 2018
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From Montana Osprey Cams about Hellgate Cam:

Hello everyone!

Well we are revving up for another Osprey season at the Hellgate Osprey nest! Here is hoping that the third year is the charm for Iris and Louis! Two summers ago (their first season together) they did not lay any fertile eggs. Last year was looking good with four fertile eggs! However, really high water right when the chicks were just hatching was bad timing. With the very muddy and high water it was really hard for ospreys to catch fish for a few days, and this corresponded to the time when the little chicks needed food to survive. So all four chicks starved last year.

Here is a preview of what we have planned for the next week. Charles Eldermire is the director of the Nest Camera Program at Cornell of Ornithology. He is arriving in Missoula on Wednesday night. On Thursday we will be going up to the Hellgate nest with a bucket truck. We are going to take down the camera for repairs. Depending on what we find up at the nest, we may take down to metal scaffolding that holds the camera up (it is really heavy) and replace it with a lighter modular arm for the camera, IR illuminator and microphone.

We are also planning on getting a better camera angle into the nest so the eggs are a bit easier to see (they were a bit hidden last year). We are also planning on putting up a perch at the nest for for the ospreys to perch on.

We are also going to put a second camera on the side of the new building (Missoula College) right next to the “owl pole” where the birds like to sit when they bring in a fish. This will allow us to zoom in and get much better pictures of the fish.

So the camera will go offline on Thursday, 22 March. We will keep you apprised of what we find, and let you know about the progress of our improvements!

More soon,
Erick Greene


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016, 2017 & 2018
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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
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Here is a photo taken yesterday of the osprey pair at the baseball nest just down the river from the Hellgate nest.
They arrived back yesterday, and you can see they are not wasting any time -
getting right down to business!
Great photo by Robin Poole - thanks Robin!
Cheers, Erick Greene
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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016, 2017 & 2018
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Louis is back 4/4!!
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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016, 2017 & 2018
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Welcome home Louis looking forward to the return of his amazing mate... :egg19:

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