As young chicks all over North Idaho are continuing to develop the parents will be busy shading their young from the intense high heat temperatures predicted for this coming week. The osprey pair that nests here on Sandpoint’s Memorial Field had a fine 2015 season.
They were first spotted at the nest on April 5 and immediately began their nest renovation.
Biologist This year the Memorial Field Osprey pair laid three eggs; one did not hatch, but two did.
Unfortunately, just this week, the youngest died after exhibiting symptoms of problems. One way to view these events is that a ‘biological insurance policy’ is in place to help insure survival for the remaining youngster, which now has no remaining competition for food and parental attention.
It’s been, so far with fingers crossed, the most successful year yet at the Memorial Field osprey nest since the installation of the web cam three seasons ago.
Camera maintenance help is provided by Bestway Tree Service and Westside Fire District, both of which have provided their tall trucks to reach our 100-foot-tall nest, along with technical help from Video Security Technology.
Raptor biologist Jane Fink of Birds of Prey Northwest, a raptor conservation and rescue group based in St.
Maries, is consulting as biologist for the project.
Bob Anderson, Raptor Resource Project, provided initial advice. Janie Veltkamp Excecutive Director, Birds of Prey Northwest July 4 There are two nests atop light standards at Memorial Field, and on July 3 tragedy struck the nest across the field beside Ontario Street, when the two parent birds apparently collided while possibly defending their nest from an intruder – and both were osprey parents were killed.
Many others contributed, including Ron’s Electric staff; Thorco Electric; local birder Rich Del Carlo; architect Sean Fitzpatrick and CTA Architects . Initially upon admission they were in shock and hungry. With two very young chicks in the nest, Janie Veltkamp and volunteers with Birds of Prey Northwest organized a rescue early this morning with the help of the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department and Bestway Tree Service with its tall bucket truck. Above is one of the chicks being cuddled for warmth after the cool night unsheltered.