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 Calgary - Enmax 2010
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By: BET (offline) on Tuesday, June 01 2010 @ 11:01 PM EDT  
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About 8:40pm Mom had just left the nest. A bird flew by over the river, but close to the nest.

Mom lost no time returning
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She no sooner landed and had her wings closed when Dad landed
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They both stood guard for a few minutes. Mom then took off and Dad settled down to brood.


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By: jkr (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 08:59 AM EDT  
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THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010

6:45 - 6:55 am
THREE OSPREY ON THE NEST !!!!!!
I thought for sure my eyes were playing tricks on me Faint
Amazingly enough there was no aggression shown. Would one of them be the original Mom or just a visitor looking for a place to rest ? I believe Dad may be the one standing furthest from the camera
I wish I'd had the cam on when it made it's appearance to see what transpired.

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6:56 am
The O (Dad) on the far side of the nest flew off.




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By: jkr (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 09:01 AM EDT  
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7:01 am
Two still on the nest
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7:31 am
Both are still on the nest and the third O made a fly-by over the river.


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By: jkr (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 09:44 AM EDT  
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7:41 am
I think I'm getting very confused watching these two. The more I watch them the more I think these are both females on the nest :dunno:
The head markings are really throwing me off.... AND.... why are both on the nest for such an extended period of time ? This is very unusual behavior. Help emo
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7:44 am
The one on the eggs got up to do an egg roll. I thought maybe they'd made a switch of duties but no such luck so I still don't know for sure who's on the eggs but think it's Mom.

7:46 am
Got a good head capture of the two for identification. Now I wish I could see both breasts to check for the neckline markings.
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7:54 am
Both still on the nest. Eggs have been turned twice but the incubator is NOT switching places with the other one.
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By: jkr (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 02:07 PM EDT  
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12:07 pm
Camera appears to be off-line. Sad

Just as a comparison.
The top part of this photo is our original Mom from 2009 and the bottom is the female "intruder" from the nest this morning. I don't think this intruder is the original female --- The head markings are different. Who is she ???? :dunno:Puzzled and why weren't Mom and Dad bothered by her ? Could she be one of the chicks from 2 years ago ?? I suppose we'll never know. :dunno:

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By: JudyB (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 03:13 PM EDT  
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Very strange - I'm glad you were able to get some pictures of all of that, Judy. Incubating Mom must be fairly comfortable with the other osprey to expose the eggs while the visitor was there.

I'm not sure about osprey, but know that generally male eagles won't challenge an intruding female, though they'll arrive promptly to take over the nest while the female gives chase. That does make sense, as the male is quite likely to be seriously hurt in a skirmish with the larger female. Osprey females are also usually larger, so it seems likely the same would hold true - though I have the impression that the Milford CT male chases away all comers.

Something to research. Chin

1:15 pm MDT
Cam is back, and there's one osprey in the nest.

(edited to correct time to Mountain Daylight Time)

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By: JudyB (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 04:44 PM EDT  
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2:35 mountain time
Mom(?) has been brooding since my last post.
A second osprey arrived at the back of the nest - guessing Dad based on slimmer looking appearance.
Then a third osprey arrived on the left side.
Mom gently got up and flew away to the right.
Dad and Whoever looked at the eggs, and the one I thought was Dad moved in, gave a little roll and settled in to incubate.
A minute later, he got up and flew to the right.
The remaining osprey moved closer to the eggs but didn't incubate or assault them.
Someone else flew in from the back a moment later (possibly with a stick), and resumed incubating.

It's now 2:41 mountain time
Dad(?) is incubating, facing the cam and Whoever is standing on the cam side of the nest.
And maybe it's Mom who's incubating - seems to be bigger than Whoever.

You're right, Judy - this is a strange nest!

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By: BET (offline) on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 04:45 PM EDT  
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2:35pm MDT

Three on nest again. photos soon


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