By Doug MacCarter
I would like to thank all of you who participated in viewing the Ospreys at Snappy's. Three years of collecting data on Ospreys in the Flathead Valley indicates that the population trend of Ospreys has remained stable. The average number of occupied nests ( both parents) was 25, producing an average of 32 young per year. Fledging success average 93%. Studying the reproductive performance of Ospreys shows a productivity (number of young per occupied nest) rate of 1.3. It is believed that each breeding pair in the population must reproduce an average of .95 to 1.30. This productivity seems to be sufficient to maintain a stable population. Tune in for next year.
The Results Are In!
Thank you to all who voted in our little contest. We had some great name suggestions come in as well. Even though we had a bit of a tragedy with our triplets this year, we continued on with the naming of all three birds.
And the Winner is.......
Huey, Duey, Luey with 35% of the votes. "Other" (or the write in votes) took second place as a whole with 33%.
Write In Votes:
Manny, Moe, Jack 24 15%
Winken, Blinken, Nod 14 9%
Boone, Crockett, Bowie 6 4%
Scott, Shaunda, Kent (Lupton Siblings) 1 1%
Pete, Repeat, & Tailgate 1 1%
One, Two, & Three 1 1%
Manny, Moe, & Jack 1 1%
Oscar, Oswald & Osiette 1 1%
Ava, Avery & Avian 1 1%
Manny, Joe, Jack 1 1%
Uno, Dos Tres (they migrate south ) 1 1%
Baja, Diego, Rica 1 1%
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy 1 1%
Prince, Princess (now only 2 - fits w/ Duke, Duchess) 1 1%
Boone. Crockerr, Bowie 1 1%
You may have noticed that the last 48 hours our Osprey Cam has been down. We have had a bit of a tragedy hit our Duke and Duchess, and also the family here at Snappy's. July 21, 2017 - Friday afternoon we were made aware of a chick that did not appear healthy in our nest and concerns were expressed about how to handle what we were watching unfold.
We have three chicks this year. So we are looking to name all three in a creative and memorable fashion. Please help us out and check out the poll below. We have picked some famous trios to start.
We haven't been quite as attentive this year with our Osprey as we had previous. That doesn't mean we love them any less. We have just had a busy summer. However I am very please to report that hasn't bothered Duke and Duchess any at all.
We noticed, once again this year, three eggs in the nest. If you remember, we did have three last year as well and only two hatched. I confirmed a couple of days ago, this year we have a 100% success rate. All three eggs have hatched and we have three chicks in the nest.
After seven months, we have our FIRST visit of 2017. It looks like Duke has come to claim his nest this year. Duchess will undoubtedly follow in the next couple weeks. We are looking forward to another year with our Osprey family. Tune in with us and see what 2017 brings this couple.
The Results Are In.....
Thank you for all who participated in the naming contest. We had some great suggestions. We appreciate all your feedback and input.
So without further ado.... by your vote: Lewis & Clark is your winner! Continue reading for all the results. Thank you again, and keep watching for the checks to fledge. We expect any day....
Friday Morning July 22, 2016
Dear Friends, Customers & Viewers Worldwide:
Thank you for enjoying with us, Snappy’s “Osprey Cam”, and for following this wonderful natural phenomenon of these beautiful raptors. It’s been quite terrific to view and follow these magnificent birds – their nest building and mating, their patient process of feeding and waiting for eggs, then the laying of three eggs, the hatching of two chicks, and now “Duke & Duchess” raising their offspring, soon to fledge (def: leaving of the nest).
Also, I would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Mr. Doug MacCarter, who has achieved extensive graduate studies on the osprey species, and who has provided to us, invaluable counsel and knowledge. Most important, he has become a great friend. THANK YOU, DOUG! And the following are some educational tidbits, passed through to you, direct from Mr. MacCarter.
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:30 am | Updated: 10:26 am, Wed Jun 15, 2016.
By SAM WILSON Daily Inter Lake |
Nearly two months after Snappy Sport Senter unveiled its “osprey cam” atop a 60-foot pole outside the Evergreen sporting-goods store, a pair of newborn ospreys are helping drive international traffic to the website.
Jon Lupton, an information technology employee at the store owned by his father, said viewers from 43 countries have logged more than 60,000 views of the website’s popular “Osprey Page” in the past month.
“People just have a kind of innate interest,” Lupton said. “We see most of our traffic, over 80 percent are returning views ... The osprey-cam definitely commands much of our page viewership.”
The clutch of three eggs has so far yielded two chicks, which like their parents, will be the subject of a naming contest in the coming weeks.
The two adult birds were named Duke and Duchess after the April naming contest brought in more than 600 votes from three countries and 30 states.
“We’ll do the same thing when we know how many chicks we have,” Lupton said.
His announcement of the first hatchling on June 7 brought a spike in web traffic, Lupton said, followed by a second birth on Thursday. He had been hoping that once Duchess moved out of the way, visitors to the site could catch a glimpse of a third tiny osprey, but a viewer on Monday confirmed the egg has yet to hatch.
Osprey watchers can view the live feed at www.snappysportsenter.com. For the next six to eight weeks, Lupton said it’s expected the chicks will remain in the nest.
While there has been a substantial increase in internet traffic since the osprey cam launched, he said he wasn’t sure how much of a boost it would provide for business.
“I’m not sure there’s a real tie from osprey-cam-to-dollar necessarily, but it’s definitely some good PR, a lot of good community involvement and support, and just being able to get our name out there and have it associated with something that’s a positive for the community,” he said.
Reporter Sam Wilson may be reached at 758-4407 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE HAVE A CHICK!
Duke and Duchess successfully hatched the first egg in the nest yesterday (06/07/2016). We have two more eggs to go. However this is a milestone.
The chick emerged at 8AM (or more precisely 7:58.50 MDT). We had noticed Duchess being a bit fidgety the last couple days. This was right on schedule at 41 days since we saw the first egg. The other two eggs followed 2 days apart each. So we anticipate some more hatching action in the next 36-48 hours.
The Good Stuff....