Bird-lovers celebrated as the resident ospreys that nest at the Boulder County Fairgrounds laid two eggs this spring, leaving osprey camera viewers hoping for smooth sailing for the new eggs after two years without chicks.

The first egg was laid at 6:26 p.m. April 14 and the second egg came at 1:53 p.m. on April 18, documented by the county’s live camera trained on the nest.

“The ospreys have returned, there’s eggs in the nest, and it’s fun birdwatching from home,” Nik Brockman, the web administrator for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, said.

Jasmine Finks, Boulder County Parks and Open Space volunteer osprey chat moderator, said the resident female usually lays around 4 eggs, so watchers are expecting two more. The eggs typically hatch about 70 hours apart.

Boulder County Open Space has documented the osprey nest at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont since 2016, showing the cycle of a male and female osprey nesting in the spring and summer.

Last year, a new male appeared, as the previous male the female was mating with for several years did not return and presumably died.

A pair of nesting osprey that use a nest platform at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, pictured March 28, could soon become parents after the female laid a pair of eggs, one on April 14 and the other on April 18. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

“The chatters called him ‘Superdad’, he didn’t come back last year,” Brockman said.

Superdad was an older bird, well into his twenties that had nested in Boulder County since 2011. The resident female has been returning to the nest since 2013.

“They mate for life and they’ll take another mate when the other mate passes away, which is what happened a couple of years ago,” said Jasmine Finks, Boulder County Parks and Open Space volunteer osprey chat moderator.

In 2021, the female and her new mate laid 4 eggs. However, they did not hatch due to what Fink said is believed were complications caused by snowy weather conditions, making this year very exciting for those hoping to see new chicks make the male osprey a first-time dad.

“The dad is a brand new dad so he hasn’t seen chicks or anything yet,” Finks said. “Osprey, they don’t need to practice. They have instincts that drive them. They know by instinct, what to do, like how to build a nest. You know, the male brings the fish to the female and feeds her and all the chicks when they arrive.”

After being laid, osprey eggs typically hatch in about 36 to 42 days, with the babies able to fly approximately 50 to 55 days after hatching.

“Ospreys are here through the spring to the fall,” Finks said. “And then they migrate to the south. We’re not really sure where our Colorado osprey migrates, but we think it’s Central or South America.”

The live osprey cam can be found at bouldercounty.org/open-space/management/osprey-camera/.

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Bird-lovers celebrated as the resident ospreys that nest at the Boulder County Fairgrounds laid two eggs this spring, leaving osprey camera viewers hoping for smooth sailing for the new eggs after two years without chicks.

The first egg was laid at 6:26 p.m. April 14 and the second egg came at 1:53 p.m. on April 18, documented by the county’s live camera trained on the nest.

“The ospreys have returned, there’s eggs in the nest, and it’s fun birdwatching from home,” Nik Brockman, the web administrator for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, said.

Jasmine Finks, Boulder County Parks and Open Space volunteer osprey chat moderator, said the resident female usually lays around 4 eggs, so watchers are expecting two more. The eggs typically hatch about 70 hours apart.

Boulder County Open Space has documented the osprey nest at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont since 2016, showing the cycle of a male and female osprey nesting in the spring and summer.

Last year, a new male appeared, as the previous male the female was mating with for several years did not return and presumably died.

A pair of nesting osprey that use a nest platform at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, pictured March 28, could soon become parents after the female laid a pair of eggs, one on April 14 and the other on April 18. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

“The chatters called him ‘Superdad’, he didn’t come back last year,” Brockman said.

Superdad was an older bird, well into his twenties that had nested in Boulder County since 2011. The resident female has been returning to the nest since 2013.

“They mate for life and they’ll take another mate when the other mate passes away, which is what happened a couple of years ago,” said Jasmine Finks, Boulder County Parks and Open Space volunteer osprey chat moderator.

In 2021, the female and her new mate laid 4 eggs. However, they did not hatch due to what Fink said is believed were complications caused by snowy weather conditions, making this year very exciting for those hoping to see new chicks make the male osprey a first-time dad.

“The dad is a brand new dad so he hasn’t seen chicks or anything yet,” Finks said. “Osprey, they don’t need to practice. They have instincts that drive them. They know by instinct, what to do, like how to build a nest. You know, the male brings the fish to the female and feeds her and all the chicks when they arrive.”

After being laid, osprey eggs typically hatch in about 36 to 42 days, with the babies able to fly approximately 50 to 55 days after hatching.

“Ospreys are here through the spring to the fall,” Finks said. “And then they migrate to the south. We’re not really sure where our Colorado osprey migrates, but we think it’s Central or South America.”

The live osprey cam can be found at bouldercounty.org/open-space/management/osprey-camera/.

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