Ospreys

Os-Days at Dunrovin by Terry Kiley

When the season began Hope was carried for three Called Honk, Hero and Hoot We prayed all would fly free These words are the story Of the wonder of you Of a little one lost And the blessing of two One did live before Hal His hearts happy for you He so loved your dear…

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Hoping and Praying for Hoot

We are all very concerned for the smallest chick, Hoot. He has received relentless bonking by his older siblings and has been able to get mere scraps of food. It is a terrible thing to witness the sibling rivalry,  and we are all full of angst for his/her survival. However, we at Dunrovin Ranch are powerless…

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June 2017: Hallelujah Hal Steals Our Hearts

  I wonder if osprey romances are anything like human romances. It is a total mystery why some people “click” and others do not. Falling in love is an inexplicable force of nature that has, thus far, defied psychologists and neuroscientists alike. Our falling head over heels seldom has anything to do with practical reasons.…

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June 2017: The Original Ozzie Osprey

    Even before installing the web camera above the ospreys’ nest at Dunrovin, we had referred to the mating pair as Ozzie and Harriet. Our ground-level view did not afford us the opportunity to really get to know the birds as individuals. We occasionally used our binoculars or spotting scope to really bring them…

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June 2017: What’s In a Name?

  Harriet’s and Hal’s three lovely little chicks broke through their respective eggs on June 1, 2, and 4, 2017. In the following days, the chicks have proven themselves to be healthy and voraciously hungry. Luckily, Hal is up to the task. In spite of the high waters in the Bitterroot River, Hal has routinely…

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Three Names for Three Chicks

It is a great privilege and responsibility to name living creatures. For me personally, I try to infuse a name with sentimental attachments to people, animals, places, or events that hold meaning to me.  Sometimes, inspiration strikes red hot and the perfect name occurs to me that lights up my heart. Such was the case of…

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May 2017: Mother Harriet Osprey

Anthropomorphism is the interpretation of what is not human or personal in terms of human or personal characteristics. It seems that anthropomorphism is natural for people—especially for animals with human-like physical characteristics, like other mammals. Web cameras have definitely expanded our inclination to anthropomorphize to birds. It is almost impossible for viewers of nest web…

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April 2017: Springtime in the Rockies

  Montana holds a number of very interesting weather-related records. This screen photo of the MontanaKids.com website gives some of the details. While Montana is well known for holding the lowest recorded temperature in the contiguous 28 states of the US, it is less well known for the records it holds for temperature changes. As…

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April 2017: Will the Drama Ever End

Over the years, we have had a lot of exciting events occur at the ospreys’ nest. Some have been incredibly joyful, such as chicks hatching and fledging, BIG fish deliveries, and the return of the adults each spring. Some events have been scary and have had our web-camera viewers holding their breath. Attacks by eagles,…

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April 2017: Kelli Goes Crazy for Harriet

It is not something easily conveyed, this love we have for a bird that knows or cares nothing for us. In describing the ardor that surrounds the stars of nest web cameras, the uninitiated sometimes roll their eyes as if talking with a small child who clearly does not understand the ways of the world.…

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