In the spring of 2003, this osprey pair began nesting on a light pole at the Boulder County Fairgrounds and returned each year.In 2009, wildlife biologists moved the nest to its current location just east of the Cattail pond for the birds’ safety. Our biologists believe that the local surge in nests may be offspring returning to their previous habitat area.Infrared light is undetectable by osprey so it does not disturb them.
A huge thanks goes to View Into The Blue, a company in Boulder County that specializes in streaming webcams, for helping us with our osprey cam setup.
This is our fifth year running the camera and our first few years were plagued with technical difficulties.
This banded female osprey is not the resident female and may have lost her mate and/or was looking for a new partner. See the interactive timeline above for specific dates and other significant events.
The camera is an Axis P5534 network camera that can pan, tilt, and zoom.
Offspring usually remain at their wintering grounds for their entire first year before beginning a migration and nesting pattern.
There are no markings to indicate which osprey is male and which is female, but the females are generally larger than the males.
Osprey chicks only have a 50% chance of surviving their first year.
Classrooms and school groups are encouraged to watch the osprey.
On rare occasions, they will eat squirrel or muskrat.