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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:17 am 
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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hellgate, MT: Louis returned with the fish and Iris took over to continue feed of the big bobs.
At least little bob got some bites..


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hellgate, MT - chicks in awaiting breakfish...

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hellgate, MT: Brave Louis returned with fish at least

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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This was posted to the Hog Island Site this eve. Apparently there has been an attack on Hellgate this eve:

Evening to all and I hope you are all well and at peace. I watched the intruder attack on Iris and Louis over at Hellgate nest and have to say I've never really seen anything like it before outside of the early season challenges for nests and mates but here the nest and partnership is established so very odd. It is true that the fishing is very challenging given the high water in the river. In 2011 a similar torrent lasting 7 weeks led to the deaths of an estimated 95% of osprey chicks in the area, either through starvation or siblicide. Two of the three chicks in the nest of Iris and her then mate Stanley died. Not only is the river a challenge but there is a large eagle population in the area and they routinely follow fishing osprey and are adept at stealing fish midair. Osprey are skilled fishers and while eagles are not, they are skilled thieves and when catches are few they become another major impediment to success. For all this I've never heard of osprey attacking nests looking for fish. It will be fascinating to hear if Dr Greene has an explanation for this behavior. Here's a picture of the Clark Fork River as it looked in 2011, imagine trying to find, much less catch a fish in this.
Nothing is certain in their world. Nite



Unable to post video, but have read there were multiple attacks on Louis and Iris by another osprey possibly looking for fish. Louis was knocked off nest and at one time there is a photo of him upside down above nest during his defense of his family. It was reported he was back on nest by 9:01 CDST. And I believe all are well here!


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hellgate, MT - Parents & chicks on alert

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First group of intruder attacks 2017 06 16, 20 43 51 - video by Matoaka Rolfe

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Hellgate, MT - Again the nesting pair was attacked by an intruder...

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Little cute Bobbie #4 didn't survive the night

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Thanks so much for the updates... the attack was so nasty that Dr. Greene went to the nest today (Saturday) to look around for Louis (to make sure he wasn't lying injured somewhere....).
Tough season so far all around for ospreys....

(I wonder if the intruder could have been Stan?)


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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:sorrow: Bobbie #4!


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Alert posted on Cornell Hellgate cam:

Potential Starvation Event at Nest
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 the youngest nestling died earlier today (June 17), and the two remaining chicks have not been fed for almost two days. In addition, the nest has been intruded upon multiple times, which may also be impacting food deliveries. We remain hopeful that the young will be fed and survive, but the situation is tenuous. Thank you for your interest in the Hellgate Ospreys and the Montana Osprey Project.


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Oh no! To me it seems the osprey overall experience the highest percentage of unwanted outcomes @ their nests when compared with peregrines and eagles. Does anybody else feel this?


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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SWINWK wrote:
Oh no! To me it seems the osprey overall experience the highest percentage of unwanted outcomes @ their nests when compared with peregrines and eagles. Does anybody else feel this?


It sure seems that way this year, Swinwk.
Good question....

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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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:sorrow: I can only see 1 chick alive and it does not look good ... Iris is calling for food ...


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They are showing an osprey perched elsewhere that I think they believe is Louis.
The cottonwoods must be shedding up there ... am seeing lots of varying sizes of fluff floating by ...


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They continue to show the osprey in the tree ... I can not see Iris, but she continues to call for food ...


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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They are back to the nest and Iris is in brooding position and continues to call for food.
I do not know if the last remaining chick is under her and if still alive ...


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 Post subject: Re: DUNROVIN & HELLGATE, MT~2016-2017
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Just found Iris off the chick. It is still alive, able to hold it's head up for a few seconds,
unsteady, has gaunt look from eyes as in dehydration, in obvious decline. As I was leaving she started brooding it again.


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