The Sandpoint Osprey Cam at Memorial Field

Hello! Welcome to the Sandpoint, Idaho osprey cam, watching the nest at Memorial Field.
See more below, join the live chat, and check the Nest Notes blog.

The Sandpoint Osprey Cam is a collaboration of the City of Sandpoint and Sandpoint Online, with major support donated by Avista and Northland Communications. Consulting biologist is Janie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest. Maintenance help by Selkirk Fire. Technical help donated by Video Security Technology. Electrical services provided by Ron’s Electric. Cam efforts supported by Lake Pend Oreille Cruises. To all… thank you!

This project is sponsored by the following partners:

Welcome

to the Sandpoint Osprey Cam. Located at the Sandpoint, Idaho, War Memorial Field on Lake Pend Oreille, the osprey nest here was moved in Autumn 2011 to a nesting platform atop a new lighting standard, as part of major renovation to the field facilities.

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No tax money is used for cam operations. Contributions are gratefully accepted to help defray operational costs. Want to help?
The Memorial Field Ospreys

Memorial Field is home an active osprey nest – as well as scores of community events each year, from soccer, baseball and football games to the annual Festival at Sandpoint summertime music series. From early spring, when the ospreys arrive in Sandpoint following their migration from Central and South America, until they head south in autumn, the ospreys are a ubiquitous presence at the field – occasionally upstaging the human events as they return to their nests carrying a squirming fish, or circle with their distinctive, whistling calls.

Osprey biology & FAQ

Lake Pend Oreille is an important nesting area for osprey, and these unique birds of prey have legions of fans among residents and visitors. They are the only raptors that eat fish exclusively, and they are consummate fishermen – putting on a thrilling show as they hover over the water, then plummet down and dive completely under to grab fish. Thanks to Jane Fink of Birds of Prey Northwest and Sandpoint Online’s nestwatcher Robin Werner, read more about these fascinating birds on our osprey FAQ currently undergoing restoration. 

The nest cam project

The opportunity to place a web cam on the Memorial Field nest arose when the city undertook replacement of the aging light poles at the field in Autumn 2011. Two of the old poles held osprey nests, and their replacement poles were built with nesting platforms above the light arrays. Subsequently, in Spring 2020 as part of major field renovations, a new pole was erected for the osprey nest in a new location near the field’s boat ramp, more proximate to the lake.

The cam project is a collaboration among many partners. It was proposed to the City of Sandpoint Parks Department by staff at Keokee, which produces Sandpoint Online, and embraced by the parks staff and the city’s utility partner, Avista. The cam, network and computer equipment, plus implementation of the streaming video, are provided by Sandpoint Online with financial and logistical support from Avista. Northland Communications is providing the high-bandwidth Internet connection through its new fiber optic network in Sandpoint. Kerry Berg of Video Security Technology in Sandpoint led the camera equipment installation. Raptor biologist Jane Fink of Birds of Prey Northwest, a raptor conservation and rescue group based in St. Maries, is consulting as biologist for the project. Bob Anderson, Raptor Resource Project, provided initial advice. Many others have contributed, including Ron’s Electric staff; Thorco Electric; local birder Rich DelCarlo; architect Sean Fitzpatrick and CTA Architects; Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project.

Sandpoint Osprey Nest Observations

Use our chat box below to offer your own comments or observations.

Latest Message: 2 days, 13 hours ago
  • Donna T : I didn't want to leave you hangin, so I piped up - lol
  • Lori : Donna T- Just got my phone plugged in. O appreciate the response. 😁
  • Lori : *I
  • Lori : 6:41pm- nobody's home??
  • Donna T : :O
  • Donna T : Is everyone out fishin?
  • Lori : Hmmmmm..... maybe?
  • Robin : Linda - Lori - we are a little concerned as there are reports of C where BJ works. Right now kind of cold symptoms but Dr. wanted him tested. We shall see in 24-48 hours for results.
  • Robin : Dr. said another virus is going around, too.
  • Robin : At least this virus can't be passed on from the computer! 😀
  • Robin : Poppy on the nest at 6:52
  • Lori : Robin- please let us know♡
  • Robin : I will, Lori heart
  • Lori : Robin- I need to explain what happened while you were gone.
  • Robin : Please do!!
  • Lori : So.... while "Camas" was on the nest, and you were gone, for a moment I wasn't being a good observer.😔 My daughter had called and asked me to check something on my phone.
  • Lori : The nest was to my left, and in my peripheral vision I saw an osprey coming from the left to land in the nest. I got super excited because I thought that we had 2 juvies in the nest!
  • Lori : When I looked at the webcam though, there was only one. So while I wasn't looking, "Camas" must've flown away and Poppy landed. The end🥰
  • Robin : Lori - well thank you for that report! Interesting. I do think we may have two, but it sure can get confusing. AT LEAST we can tell when it's Pete in the nest, stop, drop, and roll is his MO
  • Lori : Robin- Teehee!😁😁
  • Lori : Oh... and you're welcome ❤
  • guest_6524 : Who's on the nest now!
  • Lori : This is Poppy🥰
  • guest_6524 : I think maybe Poppy is a boy
  • Lori : Why do you think that?
  • Linda : No fish on foot yet.
  • Robin : Linda looks like she's going to bed without her slippers on tonight! 😀
  • Linda : Yes it does😴
  • Lori : 😢
  • Lori : 2:30am- Poppy's little head is tucked into her wing while she sleeps 🥰🥰🥰
  • Karyn : 6:28 am- She's not on the nest. If on right perch she is so far over not to be in view.
  • Karyn : 7:23 am- here when I popped in and immediately flew off.
  • Karyn : Back on left perch...7:25
  • Lori : 8:15am- no visible osprey.
  • guest_2728 : We’ve got a nest in our area at the neighbors house. One juvenile constantly screaming for food from dad…mom appears to be gone. Can’t wait for this one to be gone!
  • guest_2728 : But not our Poppy!
  • DJ : Oops, it went back guest for ID…it’s Donna JOnes who wrote above!
  • guest_6524 : My last comment was based on not much of a 'necklace' at the throat
  • Lori : Poppy on the nest at 9:20😍
  • Lori : Aaaaaaand... she flew at 9:22😤
  • Robin : DJ- the necklaces don't actually have to be close to the throat, but on the crop area and down, while they call it a necklace, on some ospreys it's almost like a scarf or bib 😀
  • Lori : Robin- good morning. 🌞 I think that that comment was meant for Guest6524. Donna was 2728.🙂 How's your husband feeling?
  • Robin : Sorry DJ!! Thanks Lori, I got confused! He is still sick today, no better, not a high fever, but cough and aching, haven't heard anything about the test results yet.
  • Robin : I don't see a 2728 comment...better refresh
  • Robin : Just when you think you see everyone's comments....I refreshed and saw 2728.
  • Lori : Robin- haha!😁
  • Lori : Robin- hopefully he feels better soon. ♡
  • Lori : 10:53- Poppy followed by Pete with a fish!!!
  • Lori : I see that sweet 🧜‍♀️ tail!
  • Lori : Whole fish....Kokanee😊
  • Linda : She does seem to be enjoying it in the nest as opposed to a tree.
  • Lori : 11:05 Poppy flew off with her bounty!😍
  • Linda : 2 seconds after I said that she flew off, fish in talln
  • Lori : Linda-😁
  • Robin : Lori - Thank you. I hope so too, if he has C, it is really just like a cold....hopefully we'll start seeing some improvement.
  • Robin : So I missed the deliver by >that< much! Both Poppy and Pete are still around!
  • Lori : Robin- You're welcome. ♡ Did you see my comments above🥰
  • Lori : Oops...lol crossed over!
  • Robin : Lori - I think I saw them all!
  • SueG : Robin, do hope your hubby hasn't got C and "only" a bad cold. A question for you please - what has been the earliest date we've been left with an empty nest, i.e. all migrated?
  • Robin : Sue G - Thank you, we all hope so, too!! heart! The earliest that we have last seen an osprey on the nest was 9-2-2015, the latest was 9-16-2017 (our Spud, nest Potato) we have had a season
  • Robin : where the screen went black so we don't know when they were last on the nest.
  • SueG : Thanks Robin.
  • Robin : SueG you're welcome! Wish we had real dates for when they leave the whole area!
  • Lori : I'll be continuing to go to the nest for a little while after we no longer see them on the camera. I probably won't stay as long as I do right now though. Maybe I can help with that. ♡
  • Lori : 2:30-Osprey in the nest!
  • Terry : Is this Poppy?
  • Lori : I think? But the wind isn't giving a good view. 😤
  • Linda : I can’t tell either, but kind of think not. She needs a good gel or mousse to hold those head feathers in place.
  • Linda : I got a decent look, I believe it is poppy.
  • Lori : It's Poppy!❤❤❤
  • Robin : Lori- that's so sweet of you! We covet your insights when you're down there looking!!! 😀
  • Lori : Robin- thank you!😍❤😍
  • Karyn : Boy I wish him the best too. When will he know if it's the C-19? I already lost one neighbor last week and my other neighbor has both her son and daughter in law in ICU up here!
  • Robin : Karyn - got the results today. Positive. So we are hunkering down and taking care, so far symptoms most like a cold/flu.
  • Robin : Karyn - I meant to say thank you, too!! heart
  • Lori : 3:09 Pete with a huge fish for Poppy!
  • Robin : WOW, that is a hugey! Of course I was down here and the screen is up there and missed it!!
  • Lori : Robin-😢
  • Terri : Robin- praying for you and your husband. May you heal fast!
  • Robin : Thank you Lori and thank you Terri! hopefully it won't get worse than a cold/flu type situation. we are quarantined for 12 days.
  • Robin : I wonder if Poppy will take that fish off the nest. I need to watch and see it, haha, I'll probably miss it!
  • Lori : That will be her heaviest fish to fly with, that's for sure!
  • Lori : She's making it smaller for flight!☺
  • Robin : I think ospreys are over 20 inches in length, does that fish look that long?
  • Linda : I am so sorry to hear the diagnosis. I do hope it stays mild. I hope you and your son manage to avoid catching it.
  • Lori : Robin- I don't think that it could be longer than a foot.🤔
  • Lori : 3:47pm- that fish is gone!!!😯😯😯 She ate it all!😍
  • Lori : Look at that crop!❤❤❤
  • Lori : Well.... forget that. 3:49pm- Poppy flew away. 😔
  • Robin : Missed it again. Story of my osprey season life!!
  • Lori : Robin-❤
  • Robin : Thank you, Linda. Chances are we will all get it, but will remain at home and do the best we can!! 🙂
  • Robin : Kayrn has mentioned the hatchery, is that south of the nest? I guess I can't picture where that is.
  • Lori : Robin- I'm pretty sure that it's across the Long Bridge, off of Lakeshore Drive. Don't quote me though. 😊
  • SueG : So sorry to hear this Robin - hope his symptoms remain mild and the rest of you stay clear.
  • Robin : Thank you SueG!!! We hope so too 😀
  • Robin : Lori - that's the area I thought maybe it could be...
  • Lori : 4:40pm- Poppy and Pete with a fish!
  • Lori : Fish#3 for the day! This one looks partially eaten though.
  • Robin : Guess what, I saw her fly in just when I was going to refresh, and so I watched and Pete flew in, he had been taste testing the fish!! 😀 Finally got to see Pete in 'real life' 😀
  • Lori : Yay Robin!!!❤❤❤
  • Lori : Um.... I'm not sure if this is Poppy🤔 I sideways just assume!🤦‍♀️
  • Robin : I've been looking too, I 'think' it's Poppy, I thought I saw the mermaid tail, a little....
  • Robin : Yes, it's Poppy with a wind blow mermaid look.
  • Lori : Oh... okay. I hate giving false information!☹
  • Robin : Hey, it is challenging, for sure. Sometimes I don't want to say anything because I'm afraid I'm wrong and others times I just say it ;-D
  • Robin : My goodness she is carrying on.
  • Lori : 😍
  • Lori : 4:52pm- Poppy flew away♡
  • Lori : I'm on my way to the nest🥰
  • Robin : I see Lori's car!
  • Lori : I'm down by the boat dock. Do you remember the other day when the osprey was on one of those short posts that stick out of the water? I'm pretty sure that i see 2 osprey out there.
  • Robin : I remember. Oh awesome!! Now if Pete would fly in we might be able to figure that possibly Camas and Poppy are there.
  • Lori : I'm waiting to see them fly. There was also a boat out there, very close to them. I might see if they're going to dock here, and if they saw them. And to see if they know what an osprey is.
  • Lori : Robin- yes!!!! I hadn't thought of that! You're so smart!😍
  • Robin : Haha, and if they think you're crazy 😀
  • Lori : Well there's that...😊
  • Robin : Haha!
  • Lori : One just landed on the camera!
  • Lori : 6:20pm- Poppy?
  • Robin : I got a screen cap and I'm not sure it was Poppy.....
  • Robin : Are there two on the poles still?
  • Robin : Did the one on the arm fly to the perch? I was saving the screen cap and didn't see where it went. I can't tell who is on the perch.
  • Lori : I don't know for sure if they're osprey or not. They have the right colors, but i can't tell for sure 😔
  • Lori : Yes😊
  • Robin : Ok, so I'll keep looking to see, it's either Camas or Poppy
  • Robin : I 'think' it's Poppy
  • Lori : I just saw her "tail" 💞
  • Linda : She looks very regal, and maybe a little drowsy.
  • Lori : Linda- she had a very big meal earlier🥰
  • Lori : I hope that Poppy doesn't 💩 on me! I have to walk right under her!
  • Robin : Ready, aim, fir!
  • Robin : FIRE, not fir. Oh never mind LOL
  • Lori : Lol....I made it!😁
  • Lori : Okay ladies.... gotta go. I'm going to wave 👋
  • Karyn : Just read and caught up. Lori is correct on the hatchery location. It's across from the nest, not south of it. ( you can go ahead and quote her) 🙂
  • Lori : Karyn ❤
  • Karyn : Lol, and they stock August and September. I guess just special timing for Pete!
  • Karyn : Robin- if you search Sandpoint fish hatchery it will come up with a map. You can see on the map it is directly across the lake/river from Memorial Field...a very short flight.
  • Robin : But isn't the direction in front of the nest, South?
  • Robin : What was that sound????
  • Robin : Sounded like fireworks or gun shots, my view was of chat not the cam. Poppy was on the perch, but not now...
  • Robin : OK, she's back now...
  • Robin : When I say in front I mean the water front of the cam, to me the parking lot is North and the back, I know it may sound backwards.
  • Karyn : I guess technically it is south west? Since you said you couldn't picture where it was, I figured saying it was across the lake would give you a better "picture" of location.
  • Robin : Karyn - thanks!! Ha I usually do better with it's across from or next to etc. I just was making sure of my directions 😀
  • Terry : 4 30am Poppy on left perch.
  • Karyn : Not in nest. Could be on far right of perch but can't tell because camera is askew.
  • Karyn : She arrives on perch 7am.
  • Karyn : Lots of preening and a wet head.
  • DJ : Wow, just reread all the messages from when I last posted! Took me like 20 minutes! Lol! I see I missed a lot. Every time I click on, there’s no one on the nest!
  • DJ : You all see everything! And Lori, you are a trooper! I love your pics and posts-it’s like being right there with you!
  • DJ : See, no one on the nest! Whaaaat? My timing sucks!
  • Cindi : DJ - I've been here for awhile and haven't seen anyone either.
  • Cindi : The entire area is very quiet this morning
  • Lori : Hi DJ😊
  • Lori : Hi Cindi😍
  • Cindi : Hi Lori. Got your tissues ready? Empty nest syndrome is near at hand 🙂
  • Lori : Hi Karyn 👋
  • Lori : Cindi- noooooo!!!💔
  • Cindi : LOL! Don't worry. You won't be the only one.
  • Lori : I'll be heading to the nest around 9:30😍
  • Linda : Lori, are you in a white van this morning?
  • Linda : 👋👋
  • Lori : Lol.... it's not a van. Everyone says that when they see it on the webcam. It's an SUV.🥰 It's my daughter's car. She 16.... she hasn't gotten her license yet.😁
  • Linda : At least I had the color right...I think😅 Any bird sightings?
  • Lori : Linda- not yet☹
  • Linda : It should be breakfish time fairly soon
  • Lori : I've seen 5 dogs and 2 ducks though😊
  • Robin : Lori - wow, but can they fly and catch fish? 😀
  • Robin : I got up SO late today, I don't remember the last time I got up so late!!
  • Lori : Good morning Robin!❤
  • Robin : Oh, I guess the ducks can! Good morning Lori and everyone else!
  • Linda : Now that there’s a crew to observe The nest I am off to the shower, finally.
  • Lori : Robin- lol.... no, they're kind of boring!🙂
  • Lori : Ttyl Linda♡
  • Lori : I guess that I'm going to walk down to the water treatment plant....
  • Lori : 9:47-Osprey in the nest🥰
  • Lori : Well... on the right perch.😁
  • Lori : 10:00 Poppy flew to a light post ♡
  • Robin : So there's an osprey in the hood at the moment!
  • Lori : Robin- did you miss her in the nest? Actually I'm not sure if it was Poppy. Oops...
  • Robin : I missed it.
  • Lori :
  • Linda : Years ago I wrote a very short story about a dog who was taught to fly by his bird friends. I do not believe this could ever be a reality. If you see one, let me know.
  • Robin : Linda - If I see one, you will be the first I tell about it!! 😀
  • Lori : Linda- Keep my eyes out for a flying dog, ✔ 🥰
  • Lori : I don't have a chair.... time to wing it.
  • Linda : Where you’re parking could be a risky place to wing it. I hope you get a bird sighting for all your effort🙂
  • Lori : Linda- risky how?
  • Lori : There someone here that's been in there car, with it RUNNING, for the last 70 minutes!
  • Lori : *their* grrrrt....I hate when i do that!
  • Lori : Here she comes!
  • Lori : 10:43 Poppy for sure in the nest🥰
  • Lori : I have to leave in 5 minutes. I haven't had my morning coffee yet. ☕ ❤
  • Lori : 10:47 Pete with a fish!
  • Linda : Yes.
  • Robin : I see Poppy, missed Pete and the fish, was writing an email. That is such a waste of gas and is irritating, bleck!
  • Robin : Lori - ugh that would be irritating and what a waste of fuel.
  • Robin : Another nice fish!!!
  • Robin : Lori- she's standing on the edge so you can see her!!
  • Lori : Robin- I just saw 2 other osprey flying! I assume that one of them is Pete. That's why she was making so much noise!
  • Linda : I did post a delivery screen shot. She’s going to have a little before leaving with it I expect.
  • Robin : Linda- great, I'll go over to FB to look.
  • Lori : Well time to go. I'm so glad that i got to see Pete!❤
  • Robin : Lori - oh my gosh, yay, they are still around. I feel sad we didn't see Clover anymore.
  • Lori : Robin- I know 😔
  • Robin : But I'm not surprised, really, with Clover. She was always so independent acting!
  • Lori : I'm going to check the tree that i think that i saw one land in on my way out. I'll let you know if i see anything.
  • Robin : Thanks, Lori!!!
  • Lori : You're welcome❤
  • Linda : Poppy is making sure Lori gets a good view. Just hope when she leaves she doesn’t drop her lunch on Lori.
  • Lori : I feel terrible that i didn't film Pete bringing the fish. 💔 I was basking in his glory!💞💞💞
  • Robin : Don't feel terrible, you just bask away!!!!
  • Linda : I managed to use your method and got a sequence of 4, but the best is the one I posted.
  • Lori : Linda- ❤
  • Linda : Lots of stringy bits🥴
  • Robin : I don't think this is Poppy.
  • Robin : Oh she is showing your favorite, Linda, stringy bits! 😀
  • Robin : Maybe it's, I don't know.
  • Robin : Those are kind of alert sounds, someone must be flying over her.
  • Lori : You guys!!! I just saw that osprey on Boyer again!!! I got pictures this time! Robin can I post them on the FB page?
  • Robin : Lori - sure. Is there a nest on Boyer or do our chicks go that far?
  • Lori : I know nothing! This is definitely an adult. If the one osprey that i saw flying very far away earlier was Pete, this could definitely be him!
  • Robin : Lori - very interesting!! 😀
  • Linda : Tuned in just in time to see the tail disappear. I questioned whether it was Poppy. Hope you got a good look to let us know.
  • Linda : A beautiful bird whoever she is.
  • Linda : Now I think it is Poppy.
  • Lori : 11:41am- Empty nest😶
  • Karyn : Lori I think they are from the nest on Hwy 95 and the "Mall". Could be the nest at the "popsicle bridge". I would think Pete wouldn't go that far from the lake to fish.
  • Lori : Karyn- are you talking about the nest by the hotel by Walmart? You talked about that on here before. I drive that road ALOT. I've never ever seen an osprey there.
  • Karyn : I don't see them there either....I don't think it's in use anymore this season. The popsicle bridge nest is also closer. Every nest that was in use has gone out of use sort of like ours.
  • Karyn : They are in the trees now.....or gone.
  • Jim : I see what appears to be an Osprey shadow on the nest box to the right of the camera arm at 12:53pm
  • Karyn : Jim-You are right! I know Pete did that last year a lot. We would see his shadow...could be the chic too. I have seen her hang around up there also.
  • Lori : I'm pretty sure that that is just a shadow of the camera. 🤔 I think that we've been fooled by that before. ♡
  • Karyn : Lori, that was defiantly as osprey shadow. At one point it was a perfect silhouette. Camera shadow is a bit different.
  • Lori : I just saw an osprey on Boyer.... again! Different pole this time though. And..... now I'm stuck at a train.... again. 😫
  • Lori : 2:08- Osprey on the left perch😁
  • Lori : It's Poppy!🥰❤🥰
  • Linda : ?Waiting for that delivery guy?
  • Lori : Linda- yes! He's late! She's getting her money back!😂
  • Linda : 😅
  • Linda : There will certainly be no tip
  • Lori : Linda- indeed!☺
  • Lori : 2:34pm- no Poppy unless she on the right perch...?
  • Lori : 2:35- scratch that. She's here😁
  • Linda : She kept checking out her feet like she’d never seen them before and wondered if something so ugly could belong to a beauty like herself
  • Lori : Linda- 🤣😂😅🤣😍
  • Karyn : A way to be sure is if the shadow turns it's head,
  • Karyn : LOL, or fly away.
  • Karyn : Really likes watching the water now that she's a big girl. Use to favor the other corner before she fledged.
  • Linda : Finally!
  • Lori : 3:37pm- Pete with a fish! 🐟
  • Linda : A lot of talk before eating.
  • Lori : Maybe she's saying, "THANK YOU!!!" 🥰
  • Linda : Sounds more like complaint about lousy service😅
  • Lori : Lol...yes!!! It does!!! "What took you so long???!!!"🤣
  • Linda : Robin hasn’t checked in for several hours. Hope she’s just out cutting hay or plowing.
  • Lori : Linda- she's probably taking care of hubs❤
  • Linda : Hope they are all doing ok.
  • Linda : Empty nest until dinner time.
  • Lori : 4:16pm- I think that Poppy flew away.
  • Lori : Linda- if you hover over our last comments, you'll see that we posted them the exact same second!😁
  • Linda : Maybe we could even take up something like synchronized swimming since we’re so well coordinated😅
  • Lori : 4:56pm- Poppy on the right perch🙂
  • Lori : Linda- haha😊
  • Linda : I see a couple toes an
  • Linda : and a feather.
  • Lori : 5:02- Pete with a fish 🐟 ♥
  • Linda : I see the fish I missed the delivery
  • Robin : I'll try to catch up. Just so tired today. Looks like Poppy is being well fed. It's in the 90's here!
  • Lori : Robin- get some rest❤ We got this! This is Poppy's third fish today. The second one was only an hour and a half ago. It's only 78° here.
  • Robin : That weather sounds perfect and obviously Poppy is happy!! 😀
  • Lori : Robin- yes and yes!!!🥰
  • Linda : Ditto what Lori said. Get some rest.
  • Robin : Thanks you guys. Heart!
  • Lori : Robin- sending ❤ 's your way!
  • Lori : 6:04- I just noticed that Poppy flew. Of course unless she's on the far right perch. 🤔
  • Lori : I hear Poppy... but can't see her
  • Lori : 6:56pm- Poppy's in the nest❤
  • Linda : 7:04 she’s on the perch
  • Lori : Stopped by the nest fire a few minutes at about 7:20pm. Found I think Pete eating a fish on the top of a light post!❤❤❤
  • Karyn : Saw that too! I was there just before you.
  • Karyn : It was the post closest to the water. Poppy was talking to him.
  • Linda : Wonder if they were discussing travel plans.
  • Karyn : I hope so, time to pack and head out. She may just set a record for the last osprey seen on the nest in September! I think Robin said the 10th was the last date.
  • Robin : The latest a chick has been seen at the nest was Sept. 16, 2017
  • Karyn : Wow, we have a way to go then.
  • Lori : Karyn- I'm sorry I missed you. Did you get any pictures?
  • Karyn : I go a lot, but I leave the picture taking to the pros, Randi and Lori. My phone is "crappy" at that.
  • Karyn : I was at the Chamber of Commerce for a meeting tonight and saw an Osprey nest platform out the conference room window. Empty, but sure is interesting how many there are here. It was in the
  • Karyn : middle of Sand Creek....Not very high.
  • Robin : Karyn - but it's different every year and thought was our nest potato, Spud!
  • Robin : not thought, should have said that. that was our nest potato, Spud.
  • Karyn : I wondered what you meant. LOL
  • Donna T : Me too 🙂
  • Karyn : How is your husband, and you too.
  • Robin : Sorry, I thought I was typing it correctly!! Well, my husband is really hurting today, his eyes really hurt which I think must be the headache some have had or the aches that he's had. The
  • Robin : doctors do not give anything to help, just treat it like a cold/flu unless you can't breathe then go to the ER. I am super tired, not sure I have it, but need to carry on! 😀
  • Karyn : Just heard that there are no beds at all in the entire state of Idaho! Hope Washington is better.
  • Donna T : ooooh, 🙁 I'm sorry to hear that Robin, sending more healing prayers and many positive vibes:)
  • Karyn : How is his breathing?
  • Robin : Thank you Donna T!
  • Robin : Karyn - no problems with breathing, it's like a cold/flu right now, not really any congestion, just aches a lot
  • Robin : My best friend's daughter is a nurse and last I talked with her she said the ER is full, but not with Covid, it is with people drinking too much or putting off treatment because of the Covid
  • Robin : that's all I've heard, but not for a week or two.
  • Karyn : I assume you are giving him Tylenol or something for that. Flu aches are the worst. I sure hope he feels better soon. My pulmonary Dr. at Kootenai Hospital says they are full with Covid
  • Robin : Karyn, yes, Tylenol, but he doesn't like taking it too much. Would be great if all of this would go away, but I think virus' are here to stay!
  • Karyn : Here at Bonner too. I know two people in ICU here. I know they are busy with covid here because my neighbor was just told he has a tumor on his kidney and they are too busy to set
  • Donna T : Karyn-Do you know if the Covid patients are individuals that did or did not receive the vaccination prior to being admitted to the hospital?
  • Karyn : an opening for a biopsy! He has to wait to see if it's malignant.
  • Karyn : No they didn't get it. Their entire family has covid but, only two are in the ICU.
  • Robin : Donna T - My husband goes to work and comes home, those are his only contact with people, they told employees with proof of vaccine they didn't need to wear a mask; now there is an outbreak
  • Robin : of Covid there. I think they say it's a leaky vaccine. Not to get political, I think it's everyone's choice. I also have a friend who got very sick with Covid, but had been vaccinated for 3
  • Robin : months and then got Covid. Seems like there's no set way to work for everyone.
  • Robin : It's really sad that some have been so sick from you. I wish you all good health! heart!!!
  • Robin : Not YOU! IT. I'm thinking my computer is messing up, goodness!!!
  • Karyn : I just got a text from a friend that the military is sending medical personnel to Coeur d' Alene and other hospitals in Idaho! We are in a real mess up here.
  • Robin : That is so sad! I hope things get better soon!!
  • Karyn : Thank you, but if hoping worked it would be gone by now,. Everywhere :}
  • Karyn : Another text came in. It's a FEMA response and it's considered an emergency situation.
  • Donna T : Karyn-I'm sorry your friend & his family are going through such a difficult experience with Covid. Robin-You're right, this virus/ and vaccine is having such a wide range of effects on indiv
  • Donna T : uals, it's really unlike anything we've seen previously.
  • Karyn : The Army is sending 20 doctors, nurses, and respiratory techs to Kootenai Hospital. They are for covid patients only.
  • Robin : Donna T- Yes, it sure is! I guess people just have to make whatever choice they think is best for them. Maybe in time they will get it all figured out 🙂
  • Robin : So glad to see Poppy on the nest. She's been pretty consistent with sleeping on one perch or the other.
  • Donna T : Robin-I totally agree, it is a personal choice.
  • Robin : I'll see about a cam adjust tomorrow 🙂
  • Donna T : Poppy sure seems to favor the very edge of the perch doesn't she? lol
  • Donna T : Off to bed for me, G'nite and blessings to all. heart
  • Robin : Donna- yes she does, thank goodness it's the side that is visible tonight! 🙂 G'nite, Donna, take care!! heart
  • Lori : Donna T- she really does! Goodnight❤
  • Karyn : Good night Donna, Lori, Robin, and Linda (if you are there).
  • Lori : Gosh ladies, I'm going to be awake for at least another 4 hours!!🥰
  • Karyn : I didn;t have a nap.
  • Lori : Karyn- Lol..... I didn't either😁 I just keep crazy hours!
  • Robin : I hope Mr. Spider finds a place for his web next season that isn't on the cam. Actually, I wonder how long Mr. Spider will even be around. I saw 'him' last night.
  • Lori : Robin- I've grown so accustomed to seeing him there, that I don't even notice him anymore!😊
  • Karyn : I won't actually go to sleep for another 2-3 hours, but I am in bed and want to watch a TV show and the news. I tend to get up between 5-6 every morning.
  • Robin : I've actually forgotten what the view is like with out the webs about the cam.
  • Robin : Good night Karyn.
  • Lori : Karyn- okay. Goodnight🙂
  • Karyn : Nite, and hope your husband is better in the morning.
  • Robin : Thank you, Karyn 🙂
  • Karyn : 7:20am on the nest and gone as I wrote that! 🙂
  • Karyn : Back on perch!
  • Lori : 8:00am- Empty nest🤔
  • Karyn : Lori, is that you pulling in the lot?
  • Lori : Karyn- no.....I just crawled out of bed. 🥴 I'll be there in a little while.
  • Karyn : Oh, I never saw the white "van" people refer too, one just pulled into your spot then moved out.
  • Lori : Karyn- well it's a good thing that they got out of my space!
  • Karyn : LOL I think they decided to move away from the boat.
  • Lori : I wonder why someone put their boat in a car parking space? 🤔
  • Karyn : Good question. Meeting people for breakfast first...then all going out on the lake. (I have done that scenario before) Hard to park a boat in a restaurant lot here.Will be interesting to see
  • Lori : Karyn- but I would still think that they'd put it in a boat and trailer space. Oh well... to each his own.
  • Cindi : They probably didn't want to take up an entire long space when a regular one would do and deprive someone who needs a larger space
  • Lori : Cindi- hmm, maybe you're right. 🙂
  • Karyn : Cindi- Exactly
  • Linda : Just read all I missed last night which probably means I Got a good nights sleep. I worry about Robin and her family with Covid in the mix
  • Karyn : It may also be for sale and that is a better place to show it to buyers than their home. Just a thought.
  • Linda : i will try not to comment much because one of the nicest things about this bird adventure has been no politics😊
  • Karyn : Yes, worried too about them and many others. Yes again on the politics... pandemics shouldn't be about politics at all.
  • Linda : That being said, people’s choices affect others. One of my daughters has worked retail and has worn a mask for 18 months, 5 or 6 days a week, 8-10 hrs/day She expects to do so for the
  • Linda : foreseeable future. My son travels in his job and has had his nose swabbed over 40 times to be able to get in and out of Canada. The last was just as unpleasant as the 1st
  • Linda : My granddaughter works in a cardiac ICU at a Seattle hospital, but has had to also work Covid unit. Watching a young man her age die was traumatic.
  • Linda : My youngest daughter works for the local hospital, in non patient care, and the first thing they did last year was move her to work at home.
  • Linda : My oldest daughter has a spouse who will not get vaccinated. It has really stressed her marriage, Their daughter is the ICU nurse.
  • Linda : Other people’s choices do affect us.
  • Linda : And North Idaho’s hospital situation was the top headline on our local paper.
  • Linda : Hoping for a good report from Robin this am.
  • Lori : 9:42am-Poppy came with me!🥰
  • Lori : She's in the right perch. I actually don't know if it's Poppy for sure. 🤭
  • Lori : *on
  • Lori : 9:48- she flew to a light post.
  • Linda : Lori, I do think you’re her favorite☺️
  • Lori : Linda- I'm not going to argue with you🥰, but she really didn't have very many choices. But she really did follow me into the parking lot. It was pretty special!❤
  • Lori : *doesn't
  • Lori : Somebody allowed their dog to 💩 right in the middle of the parking lot, and didn't pick it up!🤬
  • Lori : I see an osprey down in that dead tree in Pete's fishing spot. 😍
  • Linda : One can only hope the dog owner steps in something nasty on his walk💩
  • Lori : Linda- yes this!!!😊
  • Lori : 10:47am- it's time to go home. Pete is off of his tree, and Poppy is off of her light post. I suspect that they're fishing. I'll likely miss it coming to the nest☹
  • Robin : So good to read the updates! Thank you guys. Went out to the car to find ASH all over! That was a surprise.
  • Robin : Lori- you are the osprey whisperer! I also think you are gifted to be able to look both up and down; obviously a skill necessary when people don't clean up after their dogs! Phooey!
  • Robin : Linda - did you all see any ash in your area? Your cars a probably in the garage, we have a truck in our driveway so I could see plenty on it.
  • Karyn : Yes, Linda. In some cases we need to make choices that are best for the whole and not just what an individual thinks is best for them. People can't drive 100 mph on a road because they
  • Karyn : may hurt someone. A Person can't light up a cigarette in Walmart either. Doing things that hurt others isn't a right. We ALL have rights to life!
  • Linda : Karyn, YES!
  • Linda : Robin, I was going to ask you the same thing about ash. I had to hose off my car to go grocery shopping. My daughter in Olympia also got ashed
  • Linda : There is no room in our double garage for a car😂
  • Robin : Linda - I was so surprised, to see it, I guess I hadn't heard anything to expect it! Ha! Truth be known, we only us one side of our double garage, too! 😀
  • Linda : Yesterday the sky was so ugly and depressing I wondered if it contained smoke but did not check the air quality website. I didn’t notice smoke smell but wasnt out much
  • Linda : Robin, how are all of you doing in your quarantine?
  • Robin : This morning when I looked out back (East) it looked smokie but I never would have thought we had ash, too!! I remember we got a lot when the Gorge was on fire.
  • Robin : Linda- we are doing well. At least we have a lot of property around so we don't feel confined. My hubs is status quo, no worse, no better today.
  • Linda : Yes, frequent mornings then with ash. Today looks nice and clear
  • Robin : Why is that boat parked in a car parking area? Was he the one with the dog? Makes you wonder....!
  • Linda : Robin, hope the reports tend to be good.
  • Robin : Linda-thank you. So far it's like a flu bug.
  • Karyn : Robin, read the above regarding the boat. We all have ideas what it is about 🙂
  • Robin : I guess I better refresh.
  • Robin : All good scenarios regarding the boat.
  • Karyn : Breakfast is over so I now am betting on the "for sale" idea. 🙂
  • Linda : Has Poppy had a fish this morning?
  • Lori : Linda- not in the nest, no.
  • Robin : Linda - I don't see any post regarding Poppy getting a fish yet today...at least not at the nest!
  • Robin : See it must be true then, we both said the same thing 😀
  • Karyn : I didn't see one early this AM, but I was out staining and sealing my porch and stairs for a couple hours. Lori was on watch, however.
  • Lori : Robin- sorry. I had to refresh to see your comments. "Osprey Whisperer"!! I like that!❤ Thank you for the props!🥰 By the way...I saw that osprey again on Boyer on my way home from the n
  • Lori : Nest
  • Lori : Those sirens sounded close🙃
  • Robin : Oh I forgot to try the sound out.
  • Karyn : Are we sure she isn't on the far right perch?
  • Lori : Karyn- unless she's being super quiet, I don't believe she's there. You know how chatty she is upon landing!❤ You can usually hear her before you see her. 🥰
  • Karyn : Thanks Lori, I almost never turn on the sound anymore. Hate the feed back and then when I need it, I don't think of it.
  • Lori : Karyn- You're welcome. I hate to even mention that there's no buzzing, for fear that it will start again. THIS IS A TEST!😍
  • Karyn : LOL
  • Karyn : Here she is!
  • Lori : Osprey in the nest! 12:46
  • Lori : Hello Poppy 😍❤💞
  • Linda : Waiting for that delivery guy again.
  • guest_1376 : Hi
  • Lori : I think Pete may be trying to encourage Poppy to fish. He knows that she knows how. ❤
  • Lori : 3:17pm- Poppy flew away☹
  • Lori : 3:37pm- Poppy's back😊
  • Lori : 4:05- Poppy's not in the nest
  • Lori : 4:38pm- Osprey in the nest
  • Lori : Posotive ID: POPPY😍
  • Lori : 4:56- Pete with a fish! FINALLY!!!
  • Lori : *positive
  • Lori : Poppy started eating right away! She didn't talk to her fishy for 10 minutes this time❤
  • Lori : The wind is really giving her a problem with her fish!
  • Karyn : Two people at the boat and "messing" with it.
  • Linda : I wonder if she’s hungry enough to finish it there or carry part of it off to her secret eating place
  • Lori : Linda- you should've seen the exchange! She was so assertive! And she started eating it like ten seconds after Pete left!😁
  • Linda : Sorry I missed it. Like you said she usually talks about it for 5 minutes before touching it.
  • Lori : Linda- you could really tell how hungry she was!
  • Karyn : Too hungry for a conversation with her dinner today. Missed breakfast and lunch.
  • Linda : Poor baby😅
  • Lori : Karyn- indeed!
  • Karyn : I still say that boat is for sale. One guy is showing the other every part of it from the engine to the seats.
  • Linda : Did she eat the whole thing or lose it over the edge?
  • Lori : Based on how long it usually takes her to eat, I'd say she probably finished it. 🤞
  • Linda : Good.
  • Karyn : Cool lift off towards the camera.
  • Lori : 5:26pm- Time for Poppy's post meal flight. 😊 She flew away.
  • Linda : And she’s gone until bedtime.
  • Lori : 6:42pm- Poppy's back🥰
  • Lori : 6:48pm- Poppy flew away🙃
  • Linda : Will she be on her perch tonite? She’s usually home by now.
  • Lori : Linda- I can't tell if she's on the right porch or not. I was thinking about driving down there, but I'm watching the U.S. Open🤩
  • Lori : *perch...lol
  • Linda : Watch your tennis. 👀
  • Lori : 🎾🎾🎾 Yes!
  • Lori : I drove to the nest at about 8:45pm. No Poppy.
  • Robin : She must be practicing her tree sleeping 😀
  • Linda : I expect full departure is not far away.
  • Robin : Linda - I know you are right!! This might be our last week with them.
  • Lori : Waaaaaahhhh!😭❤
  • Robin : Lori- or maybe longer!! Heart!
  • Lori : 7:00am- Empty nest
  • Linda : 7:48 Poppy arrived
  • Cindi : Nest occupied at 7:50 a.m. (9/9) I'm surprised. But then, it is typical of them to make a nest stop in the early morning to tease us and then disappear.
  • Lori : 8:20am- nest is empty again
  • Cindi : She was eyeing the pond for quite some time. Probably figured it was time to fish 🙂
  • Lori : Cindi-yes!😁
  • Linda : She did look a little hungry.
  • Robin : 8:44 our lovely is back! Good morning all! Good morning Poppy! Hope you catch a fish of your own today! Try it, you'll like it!! 😀
  • Lori : Good morning Robin!🥰🥰🥰
  • Cindi : She was really scoping out the water before taking off - for about 40 minutes. Probably sees the little fishies from that great viewpoint.
  • Robin : Hi Lori!
  • Robin : It would seem like those Kokanee would be easier to see with their glittery silver color!
  • Lori : I'll be at the nest just after 9:30😍
  • Robin : Oh boy, our reporter will be on duty soon! Thank you, Lori!!
  • Lori : Robin- lol🥰
  • Lori : You're welcome ❤
  • Lori : 9:15- Poppy is on the right perch🙂
  • Robin : Thank you for the cam adjust!!
  • Bernadette : Did any of you read todays Daily Bee, front cover? It was all about a osprey named Poppy who was found tangled up and hanging up-side down in the Sand Creek neighborhood late August.
  • Lori : Bernadette 😳😳😳😭😭😭😭😯😯😯
  • Lori : You guys!!! The water is so calm today!❤
  • Bernadette :
  • Robin : Bernadette- that is awful, but not our Poppy, ugh I worry who that could have been?
  • Robin : Lori- calm waters would make a great view for fishing!
  • Lori : Poppy's hiding from me today! Rude!🥰 She obviously doesn't know that i have a headache today and probably should be at home!❤
  • Bernadette : I do remember a bird being tangled up in fishing line last month, but i had no idea he was named Poppy or that he didnt make it. 😕😕
  • Robin : Oh my, that is rude! Is it smoky there? That sure wouldn't help with a headache!
  • Lori : Robin- it's just a little hazy.
  • Lori : 10:21-Poppy's back❤
  • Cindi : 10:22 Poppy back on the nest looking quite drenched. No catch, but it's clear she has been trying
  • Lori : 10:49- It's time for me to go home. Thankful to see Poppy, but disappointed to not see Pete ♡
  • Lori : 11:15- Poppy flew away😶
  • Linda : 11:16 and she’s off. Maybe to get her own lunch
  • Linda : 11:17 she’s back😅
  • Robin : Lori - did you see Poppy fishing?!
  • Lori : No, not at all. I walked down in the direction that she flew, by the water treatment plant. I was watching over the water the whole time. Con't...
  • Lori : I walked back the same way, watching as well. When I was almost back to the nest, she flew over my head, flying from the same direction that I saw her go when she left the nest.
  • Lori : 12:02- Poppy flew away
  • Lori : 12:07pm- She's baaaa-aaaaack!
  • Lori : 12:08pm- Lol.... she's gone again.
  • Lori : 12:12- Poppy's on the right perch🥰
  • Karyn : Bernadette- How do they know it's name is Poppy? Do they explain? I wonder if it was a male chick or adult. Going to go grab the paper.
  • Lori : 12:59- Poppy took a 30 second flight, and came back🥰
  • Robin : She's doing the preen scene!
  • Robin : Still no Pete about!
  • Karyn : Bernadette- Just read the article. So sad of a situation. I thought that chic they found would make it. (Male juvenile) I had heard about it. Another twine disaster. I guess
  • Karyn : it was another twine/fishing line situation. Circulation never came back to the leg. They said he was upside down too long. This fishing line situation needs to end.
  • Robin : Karyn - wow, that is so sad...
  • Lori : Robin- sorry, I was picking my daughter up from choir practice. I didn't see any sign of Pete today at all. 😔
  • Robin : Lori- that's okay. Well, maybe he will make an evening appearance...
  • Karyn : Did you read it on line? "Bonner Daily Bee"
  • Robin : No, I didn't read it.
  • Linda : How awful about the dead osprey. There are enough natural obstacles without human caused ones. Has Poppy ever had a bite today?
  • Lori : Linda- not that we know of, no
  • Bernadette : Karyn, the osprey in the newspaper was named Poppy because it was found near the popsicle bridge, thus the name Poppy.
  • Robin : Sure hoping to see Pete today!
  • Lori : Robin- this was the time that he came with her first fish yesterday. Come on Pete!
  • Robin : Come on Pete! I'd hate to think that Pete left....
  • Lori : 😳
  • Linda : I was also hoping he hadn’t left, but he’s forcing her to try fishing again.
  • Robin : The males usually do stay around until the chicks fish for themselves, but I don't think anything is written in stone with ospreys...
  • Linda : They may not have read the manual 😊
  • Karyn : Bernadette- Thank you. Really thought that poor baby had survived.
  • Karyn : Robin, I thought some osprey fledglings learn to fish after they migrate. Am I wrong?
  • Robin : Kayrn - you are not wrong, but what also has been seen is that the males stick around for the last chick to feed themselves. I think there are many scenarios.
  • Lori : I'm going to nest very soon. I'm going to hunt for Pete! 👀 👀 👀 👀
  • Lori : 6:32- Poppy flew away
  • Linda : Lori, hope you find him.
  • Linda : What a sad, hungry example of birddom
  • Lori : She came back!😁
  • Lori : Okay... so I see a bird in that tree down by the water treatment plant. I guess I'll go check it out. 😊
  • Robin : Lori- if it's Pete I'm sure you'll let him know Poppy is hungry!!
  • Robin : She's not even looking toward the water plant.
  • Lori : For sure Robin!
  • Robin : Seems like she might be calling for him if he were around, too....
  • Robin : I do have the sound off because of the buzzing, but I don't really see her beak moving.
  • Lori : Pete has been found, and he's making noise. Not sure if he's saying, "get your own fish", or not. But I told him that Poppy's hungry. 🥰
  • Lori : While I was typing that he moved!
  • Linda : Lori, at least you did your best😊 How he deals with your suggestion is out of your hands.
  • Robin : Lori- and Linda - haha. What has ears but doesn't listen......my answer to that was men or males, instead of corn, but I guess there must be a reason why he hasn't brought a fish.
  • Lori : Robin- haha! Yes!🥰 I think that he's trying to encourage her to do it herself. Unless his vacation has already started. "Staycation" 😊
  • Robin : Lori- well, I always like the saying, "trust the osprey' because I do believe they know what they are doing, but it is hard for us to understand....
  • Linda : I expect he wants her ready to travel so he can. It also seems like I read that they need to be able to go a short time without food.
  • Karyn : Linda, I read they put on a thick layer of fat before they leave just for that purpose. That 4 fish a day diet she was on probably did the trick!
  • Linda : It will be interesting to see what tomorrow is like.
  • Lori : Linda- indeed! I'll be here around 9:30 again🥰
  • Karyn : I am betting Pete is ready to go and his girl knows how to fish and is in perfect fattened up health to make a start on migration. I hope the other two were in great shape too when they left
  • Karyn : She has had her head tucked for awhile now. Maybe she's calling it a night.
  • Karyn : I have a hunch she ate away from the nest today. She was gone awhile and was wet too. Pete may also be feeding her by the tree.
  • guest_1104 : Huh?
  • Lori : 6:55am- Poppy is on the right perch 😊
  • Lori : 7:08- Poppy flew away
  • Robin : 7:41 Poppy is in the nest
  • Linda : She’s on the corner of the nest where she watches for Lori
  • Linda : By the time I typed that she was gone
  • Robin : and she's back!
  • Linda : From reading her beak I think she’s expressing her feelings about the deterioration of food service at this location
  • Robin : Definitely not the service she's become accustomed to! 😀
  • Lori : Good morning ladies💞
  • Linda : 👁👁
  • Lori : If and or when Pete brings her a fish, he'd better be careful because he's probably going to lose a foot!😯
  • Linda : Very likely😅
  • Linda : I hope she gets the thrill of catching her own soon.
  • Robin : Good MOrning, Lori and Linda
  • Lori : 9:00- now where did our Poppy go? 👀
  • Linda : Hope she’s gone fishin’
  • Lori : It is extremely quiet here at the nest. 🤫
  • Lori : Well.....I guess I'm going to go home. I may stop by later to check in. That may depend on what we see today, I'm not sure.
  • Bernadette : I was at the nest around 11am with nothing to report😕😕
  • Linda : That rascal is out trying to be an adult osprey instead of a parakeet.
  • Lori : Linda-❤
  • Lori : ******pin drops****** 😔
  • Lori : 🦗 🦗 🦗 🦗 🦗 🦗 *chirping*
  • Linda : 😅
  • Karyn : Bernadette-I made one last stop over there myself just to say goodbye.Last night I had a hunch they were leaving today. Guess I may have been too late. Did see Lori's car (van) but no osprey
  • Bernadette : Katyn, i also have a feeling both Pete and Poppy may have taken off to southern places yesterday. We all knew that day was coming😕😕
  • Lori : Karyn- what time were you there?!!!
  • Lori : Bernadette- Poppy was in the nest until this morning. And I saw Pete in a tree is his fishing area last night as well.
  • Karyn : Yes, I am aware. Read what I wrote following that, just before I went to bed. I would like to see them one last time.
  • Karyn : I also saw them yesterday and her on camera this morning. Fear I got to the field too late.If we don't see her again (or Pete) then I am pretty sure she followed him, and that's a good thing
  • Lori : Karyn- was that to me? I was talking to Bernadette. 🙂
  • Karyn : Was to everyone really.
  • Karyn : Lori -got there just before 10, maybe 9:45. Drove through the lot then drove to the water plant. Saw nothing and made a swing into the lot again and back out.
  • Lori : Karyn- were you in a station wagon?
  • Karyn : No, charcoal Honda Crosstour.
  • guest_1999 : It appears the day we all dreaded has arrived. Who knew that when Poppy left the nest this morning that was possibly going to be the last time we saw her. It's been fun watching!
  • Linda : It has been fun. I hope their journey is problem free. I wish they had little body cameras so we could know where they go.
  • Terri : Safe travels Poppy and Pete!
  • Karyn : Linda, Have you read "Soaring with Fidel"? 🙂
  • Robin : The first time I watched the whole cycle of the osprey was the first time I ever truly felt the Empty Nest Syndrome....they always leave a bit of themselves in our hearts 🙂
  • Lori : So many feelings💔❤💔❤💔❤
  • Robin : It is amazing, they leave, but they bring many people together in the time the are here.
  • Lori : Nicely said Robin 😍
  • Robin : Lori - aww thank you. I am thankful for all your trips down to the field to send in your reports and everyone else for their contributions to the seasons. Everyone's observations were so
  • Robin : helpful, and really fun getting to know you and others, more. Looking forward to next season!
  • Robin : That being said, maybe now Poppy will appear? 😀
  • Linda : Karyn, I have not read Soaring With Fidel, but I hope to later this year. And yes, Robin, I have so enjoyed getting to my fellow osprey ladies. I hope Lori is able to be our observer next
  • Linda : season. She’s done a great job this year.
  • Linda : Correction: Getting to know my fellow osprey ladies.
  • Robin : Linda- you'll have to keep us updated on the Clark County nest, I hope to check into it more next season, but I'm not good at watching too many nest 😀
  • Linda : I am trying to figure out how and I can watch two nests and get even one item of housework done😅
  • Lori : Robin & Linda- thank you so much for the kind words!!!🥰🥰🥰 I've been changed forever! ❤ Unless the rest of 2021 brings any more surprises, you can bet I'll be here next season!
  • Lori : Just try and stop me!!!
  • Robin : Lori- we won't try!! I promise! 😀
  • Robin : Linda - it is challenging, that's for sure!!
  • Linda : Robin, are you and your husband both still doing ok health wise?
  • Lori : Robin- 😍
  • Bernadette : Lori, Linda,Robin, and all you Osprey watcher ladies, i've enjoyed all your observations and chats. Ive been a watcher for several years and love these birds. See you in the spring
  • Terri : Yes, thank you all! I am grateful to all of you.
  • Don V : Many thanks to all for another great year.
  • JT : Osprey Ladies, there are some guys like me who have watched for years and will continue next year. I really enjoy all your input and hope you all continue, thanks for all you do!
  • Robin : Linda -Very kind of you to ask. My husband had a really bad day yesterday, very high fever-103, but, with helpful advice was able to get that down, he still aches and is feverish.
  • Robin : Linda- cont'd I am not as tired, sometimes feel a little warm, but really doing well!!
  • Robin : SO nice to hear from everyone on here! We truly had a great outcome after a few close calls!! I never tire of a season with NO challenges 😀 but am thankful all 3 fledged successfully!!
  • Robin : May they fly high, live long, and thrive!!!
  • Lori : ❤I need to repeat that! I think that we all should! Kind of like a toast! May they fly high, live long, and thrive!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ Thanks for the memories! Poppy, I'll miss yo
  • Lori : ❤ Poppy, I'll miss you the most!🥰
  • Karen : Thanks to Sandpointonline, everyone posting here, and our unsuspecting stars of the show - our osprey friends - for making this another great season.
  • Linda : Getting involved with this great group was the one positive thing after the disaster in our local nest. I learned so much and had fun in the process💖💖💖
  • Karyn : Thank you goes out from me to Sandpoint on Line for all their efforts from adjusting the cam promptly, working so hard on the chat, getting the cam back etc. A very special thank you to the
  • Karyn : fire department and Avista for going out of their line of duty and saving this season for us and the Osprey!
  • Robin : Linda - I sure do hope there will be a successful season at the Clark County nest, and here of course, too! We get attached right from the start, so hard when there's a loss!!
  • Robin : We can all continue to be in though here as well as the FB page. I plan on updating there soon.
  • Linda : Robin, glad to know we can be in touch here from time to time😊
  • Robin : Linda- I'm not sure, but sometimes they move the cam to different views, so maybe we will be able to see more of Sandpoint or the mountains, etc. 😀
  • Karyn : Hope they leave it on the nest for awhile because it would be nice to see if any Ospreys make a pit stop on their way south. Who knows if one our of prior offspring returned to start a nest
  • Karyn : of their own further north.
  • Karyn : I read they return to the general area where they were born to start their own families...particularly the males.
  • Robin : Thanks for the toast, Lori! heart!
  • Lori : Robin- 😘
  • Charlie : This Osprey season for this nest has been exceptionally positive. Having left my home a few steps from the nest, I have valued everyone's input. I thank you all for your
  • Charlie : time, efforts, running to the nest, calling for assistance when this was needed, giving the most awesome reports...from those folks on site, as well as the sharp eyed viewers, taking
  • Charlie : pics, and giving detailed reports. Thank you Sandpoint Online for supporting all of these efforts, as well as the Firemen, and Avista. We have many many viewers who rarely post
  • Charlie : and some who never post who love these Osprey and are dedicated to each season. Special thank you to Robin, our facilitator who has had incredible support from Lori and Karyn.
  • Karyn : And thank you too, Charlie. Until next year.
  • Lori : Charlie- well said!❤ I hope to see you again next year!🥰
  • SueG : Can this really be "goodbye" so soon? Maybe someone is still around, just out of eyeshot? (she said hopefully 🙂 )
  • SueG : And Charlie, lovely words which I second wholeheartedly (being someone who loves our family but doesn't post often). We miss you, and bless your successors.
  • Robin : SueG - Lori is down there now, checking out the area 🙂 I wish there would be a sighting, and yet I know it's time to say good-bye. 🙁
  • Robin : Charlie- thanks so much for your kind words and for you care and attention to our ospreys!! You're the best!!
  • SueG : Will they leave the cam active through the winter, if maybe aimed somewhere scenic?
  • Robin : SueG - as far as I know, that's what they will do 🙂
  • Karen : I have been known to check in to see how much snow Sandpoint has.
  • Lori : In case any of you here don't have Facebook, I wanted to let you know that I stopped by the nest last night around 6:00, and there was an osprey in Pete's tree! I'm 99% sure that it was him!
  • Lori : That being said, I also stopped by this morning around 6:30 also, and I didn't see any osprey. I will likely be checking by late this afternoon, or early this evening. I'll report back then.
  • Robin : Thanks for checking, Lori!!! I think we need cams on every corner in that area so we can always know what is going on! So thrilling to see an osprey after our empty nest 🙁
  • Lori : Robin- you're welcome ❤ Well it certainly wouldn't hurt to have one on that tree! That's for sure! I've seen him there on countless occasions. 🥰
  • SueG : Thanks for this Lori - I love your reports and will miss them over winter 🙂
  • Lori : SueG- awwwwww!!! Thank you, that's sweet of you to say!❤
  • Lori : I checked in on the nest area tonight around 6:30. I couldn't find any osprey anywhere. I will be checking in tomorrow morning again and 9:30am.
  • Lori : *around
  • DJ : Lori…you are a trooper! Your posts have been so rewarding, keeping us all up to date! I’ll be looking forward to them when we start this all up again next year!
  • DJ : I still have the one fledgling at the nest by my house. He/she/it is making so much noise but haven’t heard or seen anyone else around for a couple days. I’ll bet today it leaves.
  • DJ : Which would be a good thing…the constant crying is driving us all batty!
  • DJ : And speaking of batty….I’d sure love it if they migrated soon too. I’m being taken over at every beam by them.
  • Lori : DJ- Thank you, I can't wait!!!❤❤❤
  • Robin : DJ- wow, you have a lot of avian activity!!! I guess bats are really avian, but I included them anyway 🙂 I would suspect the one hold out will be heading out pretty soon!
  • Robin : OH my gosh, I love the view! Thank you Sandpoint Online!!
  • Ethan : 👍
  • Linda : Wow!
  • Karyn : Linda,-looking towards Canada.
  • Karyn : Charlie can see her old street where she lived from this view!
  • Lori : We can watch the football games!!! ⚽️
  • Lori : That was supposed to be a 🏈🏉🏈 !!!
  • Linda : I think the spider is gone🕷🕸
  • Lori : Linda- Hello! Well now's a fine time for him to leave!!!😠
  • Robin : Had to refresh to understand what Lori was talking about, LOL
  • Linda : Karyn, thank you for telling me which direction it’s aimed. I have never visited Sandpoint so it helps.😊
  • Robin : The infrared should come on pretty, Mr. Spider like the spot light, maybe he'll be there!!
  • Robin : To me the cam is pointed North West, so there's a lot of Canada up there and beyond 😀
  • Robin : Linda - also, if it were pointed more to the East or to the right, that would be the direction of downtown and the city beach 🙂
  • Linda : Maybe over the coming months they will give us a peek at all of the area.
  • Robin : Maybe. You wouldn't be able to really see town or the beach but you would know the direction 🙂 It's beautiful there.
  • Linda : I do see the spider web🕸🕸
  • Karyn : Linda- Is it possible for you to visit the area? You should come next season. You could watch the nest building or be hear during fledging.
  • Linda : Karyn, a visit is unlikely but I would not say a definite no. Our age and my husband’s health make travel difficult.
  • Karyn : Well, I would love to be your tour guide if you can make it. I would show you other parts of the area. Hope is scenic and Bonners Ferry etc. As for the nest, fledging is the best time.
  • Karyn : you can stand in the lot and watch them all a few feet over your head! Until then you can see more and a better view from the camera.
  • Karyn : Spending a day in Coeur d' Alene is also fun for a visitor.
  • Linda : I will remember your offer😊 On our honeymoon 58 years ago we went to Glacier Nat’l Park and crossed some of the north part of Idaho. The memories are fuzzy😅
  • Karyn : Well, I don't know what your health issues are , but I would do my best to make it work. Transportation from the airport (Spokane) is not a concern.
  • Robin : Linda - I think Sandpoint Online has some online magazines and such that you can look at to see the area, I'm going to look and I'll post them for you if you want to look at pictures, IF
  • Robin : I can find what I thought was there, LOL
  • Robin : Linda - duh! Right at the top of this page, they have the links now, There is a Visitors Guide with a bunch of stuff, you can click on links to see specific pictures!! 😀 Kind of fun!
  • Karen : I love the new view!
  • Robin : Karen - Looks like a beautiful day there, too!!
  • Charlie : A gorgeous view!! Thank you, Ethan and Sandpoint Online . And yes, Karen, I CAN see my old street. I can see the crosswalk that leads up to it where I crossed so many happy times.
  • Robin : Don't for get to refresh. I've been looking at the view, not realizing until just a second ago that the truck pulling into the parking lot had not moved! 😀
  • Karyn : Charlie, It's a very cute street! (And it was convenient too!) 🙂
  • DJ : Anyone comes here and needs a tour guide…I’m available too. Happy to show anyone around!
  • Karyn : DJ, good for you! Maybe we can coax a few nest watchers out here for a visit next season.
  • Robin : Looks like spam is taking over the chat tonight. Has any one seen the spider, with the new cam view the web looks different 🙂
  • Lori : Robin- indeed it has taken over! I went by the nest for about 10 minutes earlier. It's so quiet there. ☹
  • Robin : This is a sad time of year....you can't help but wonder where and how they are!!
  • Lori : I know! It's so mind boggling to think of all that they will see and do in this journey of their's. And to think that Pete and Sandy have done it over and over again is just unimaginable!❤
  • Robin : Truly is mind boggling and amazing!
  • Lori : Well this apparently isn't working😠
  • Robin : Not it's not, LOL
  • Robin : Lori - it looks like it's raining there! what a strange picture and now I'm off for the night, wonder what posts we will see in the morning!!
  • DJ : What is this junk on here? Has it been hacked?
  • Robin : test
  • Robin : So is it still soccer season? It looks like they are playing soccer tonight, not football...?
  • Lori : Robin- I just checked it....I thought tonight was football too! Sure looks like soccer. 🤔
  • Robin : Lori- I guess in England soccer is football, or is that Rugby?
  • JT : Mornin, All over the world soccer is football.
  • Karen : Looks pretty chilly out in this rain. I remember taking my kids to our field and shivering while they played their games. It was fun times for all but glad to get home to hot chocolate.
  • Robin : JT: Everywhere but the U.S. 🙂 I do love fall sports. Karen- it really feels like hot cocoa weather here, I was thinking of putting a log in the wood stove!!
  • Linda : Glad to see the spam is missing. Lovely rain here in western Washington this morning. I got in a nice walk.
  • Robin : Linda - isn't is SO refreshing!! I hope the super hot days are over, bring on the Fall! 🙂
  • Linda : Robin, it is. 🌂🌂
  • Karen : My kids played soccer here in Canada too.
  • Robin : Karen - It wasn't really a sport played when I was in H.S. in the 70's my husband did play soccer for LeTourneau College in the 70's though. It has really taken off !
  • Linda : Robin, did your husband learn to fly at Letourneau?
  • Robin : Linda- yes, he got his private pilots license there and degree in aviation technology.
  • Linda : A always associate Le Tourneau with MAF pilots. I love flying. I took lessons for awhile but couldn’t finish.
  • Robin : Linda - Yes! Of course he had friends that were involved in that area!! My husband did not get all of his ratings because he married me and it was so expensive 🙁
  • Linda : Robin, thinking about your husband...how is he doing? Are you staying healthy?
  • Lori : Linda- hello🥰
  • Linda : Hello, Lori😊
  • Lori : Linda- are your watching that nest in Port Luncoln?♡
  • Lori : *Port Lincoln 🤪
  • Linda : No. I may check it occasionally.
  • Robin : Hi Linda - Husband is doing well!! All of us are doing well, he goes in tomorrow for a check up/test 🙂
  • Robin : Hi Lori, too!! 😀
  • Robin : We had thunder yesterday and bunches of rain. Looks pretty dark in Sandpoint!!!
  • Linda : Robin, glad for the good health report☺️
  • Robin : Linda - thank you for checking. We are so happy things are better!
  • Charlie : Spectacular pic here right now. A ray of sunshine filtering through the clouds. Either that or it is an illusion...maybe the spider is racing down the camera.
  • Robin : Hi Charlie! That spider web sure is strong! It does look like a ray of sunshine, though!!
  • Charlie : Good morning, Robin, I think that you sent the thunder showers and rain our way. Yesterday, Sandpoint had a short T shower, and Clark Fork had quite a bit of rain, and thunder.
  • Robin : Charlie - oh I was hoping you wouldn't mind a short T shower!! 🙂
  • Robin : Charlie- Mr. Spider is showing off his legs for you!! That is so weird to see!!!
  • Cindi : LOL! Mr. Spider. I'm surprised that spider is still there. It's about time the lay eggs and wrap themselves up with them for winter. Most in my garden are gone.
  • Robin : Hi Cindi! I wondered about that! It's probably a Mrs. Spider, I don't know why spiders are always male to me, LOL If eggs are laid and survive the winter,what will we see in the spring!
  • Cindi : It could be a Mr. I have never taken the time to learn how to tell the difference with spiders, hahaha! Except black widows.
  • Cindi : I accidentally hit an egg sack one spring. Apparently it was ready to hatch because hundreds of teensy spiders burst out and ran every which way. Yeah. I jumped!
  • Robin : Oh gosh, I would, too. If they hatch on the cam, it's going to look like the invasion of the body snatchers, they will look huge 🙂 eeek
  • Linda : I read something recently that said females build the web and the males run around frantically trying to find one to mate with. Maybe she’s too high to find
  • Linda : Boy, the soccer teams could have used a little of this sunshine. I think they may have needed water skis.
  • Robin : Hi Linda! Looks like perfect soccer weather. I wonder how the artificial turf does with a lot of rain, I suppose it has some kind of drainage, etc. seems like it might get slick.
  • Robin : Linda - I am just seeing your post about the spider, I didn't see it at all yesterday and it was before our last comments! I didn't know that about males!
  • Linda : Evidently some males do spin webs, but most webs are made by females. For such little devils they are complicated creatures.
  • Linda : I do not like spiders! Indoors they get squashed if I catch them. Outdoors I just try to avoid them as they do serve a purpose in nature’s scheme.
  • Robin : Linda - I had no idea for sure about spiders, I mostly try to avoid them in all ways! Except for Charlotte's Web! 😀
  • Charlie : So, Robin and Linda, I come from a family of many animals. I hesitated to mention this, but, well,.. .....We once had a tarantula named Tina. She was quite gentle.
  • Linda : Charlie, did you also have pet snakes? ☺️
  • Linda : Did Tina have the run of the house or some sort of enclosure to,keep her in?
  • Robin : Oh wow, Charlie! I admire your bravery and fearlessness! gulp 😀
  • Charlie : Linda, so yes, we did have a pet California King snake named Carey. I normally did not like snakes but he was a good snake. I actually got to where I could touch him!
  • Charlie : LInda, well, no Tina did not have the run of the house. She lived in a large terrarium.....well, except for the one time that she got out. We found her in the pots/pans cupboard.
  • Charlie : Robin, well, I normally did not like spiders. Tina came home from the high school science class on summer vacation, then became part of the family. lol
  • Linda : Charlie, most creatures are ok if they don’t feel threatened. In my house a snake and a tarantula would have felt threatened😂
  • Charlie : Linda, I totally agree with your wise comment. In fact, the snake escaped once, too. He was in my stationery drawer when I opened it. We both were surprised.
  • Linda : The snake find would have given me nightmares. We had a garter snake that shed its skin on our front steps for several years. I was surprised how high I could jump.
  • Linda : Just saw an article about thousands of migrating tarantulas in Colorado. They reassured people they are just gentle giants looking for love
  • Charlie : Linda, your postings are making me chuckle, not laughing at you, but totally agreeing with your reactions. In San Juan Capistrano, we had tarantulas outside especially in May.
  • Charlie : Linda, the biology professor used to say that tarantulas were very gentle, and actually fragile. Like you say, gentle giants. I got to where I was used to seeing them outside.
  • Karyn : Charlie and Linda- My childhood home was in the hills of South Pasadena, Ca. My hilly back yard was home to a coyote den and lots of garter snakes. I would catch the snakes and keep them
  • Karyn : for a couple of days and let them go. I was afraid they were getting hungry and didn't have the stomach or heart to feed them live food!
  • Linda : Karyn, I knew boys would catch snakes, but not GIRLS!! I used to find a gift one on our mailbox at times. I lived out in the country and appreciated various wild creatures, but not snakes
  • Linda : i was more into catching frogs.
  • Karyn : I caught frogs too and salamanders! ALWAYS let them go. Had a pet wolf in the 80"s and 90"s.
  • Karyn : I have been looking at that "streak" of spider web for a week now. Wish my "swiffer duster" had a bit longer extension pole. LOL
  • Linda : I think we all had fun childhoods. So different for kids today.
  • Karyn : Linda- Agree, we weren't glued to a phone screen or a game on a screen.
  • Linda : And we had more freedom to roam without fear. By the time I had children we were more cautious.
  • Karyn : Linda, SO TRUE!
  • Linda : I had to clear a spider with a small web off my side view car mirror. Every Fall one tal
  • Linda : oops takes up residence there. Not sure why that spot is enticing
  • Karyn : LOL, It's his "home".
  • Robin : I like this view, too!! Won't be long before there will snow in them thar hills!! 😀
  • Lori : I think that I like this as well!
  • Lori : I'd love to just see the lake though!❤
  • Robin : The lake is so beautiful to look at all day!!! So is the Powder Puff game going on now or who is that on the field?
  • Robin : The weather looks like our weather here!
  • Lori : Robin- I think that that is Varsity practice, maybe?
  • Lori : It's a yucky rainy day here for sure!
  • Robin : Ok. Hope we can hear once things start......I don't really hear anything yet.
  • Lori : Could you hear?
  • Robin : Nope, not a thing!!! 🙁
  • Jim : The Bulldogs are playing Lake City. Homecoming for the Bulldogs.
  • Robin : Hi Jim! I heard the Bulldogs won!! Yay!!
  • Jim : Yes they did. 28-13
  • GB : Did you see the float plane parked in the parking lot yesterday? LOL!! Gone this morning
  • guest_7305 : Hello from Chicago to beautiful Sandpoint
  • Lori : Hey ladies! Anybody out there? I just thought that I'd pop in and say hello to you all!❤🥰❤
  • SueG : Hi Lori - bit late, but I pop in a couple of times every day - just to look at those beautiful autumn colours.
  • Charlie : Hello ladies, and guest 7305 in Chicago. This is an awesome fall, gorgeous leaves and skies. I pop in each day to check it all out, too.
  • Linda : I also check in daily to read the spam and enjoy the trees changing to their Fall clothing. It is a beautiful view.
  • Linda : Hope Robin is ok and keeping busy with her tractor while wearing her new sparkly glasses.
  • Lori : Hi Sue G, Charlie and Linda! 😊
  • Lori : Linda- Robin is doing well. Her mother is visiting right now!🥰
  • Linda : Lori, thanks for info on Robin. I hope she’s not been sick, that her mom is just on a fun visit.
  • Linda : With Covid in their midst I was worried.
  • Lori : Linda- no no no! It's just a regular visit!💕
  • Linda : 😊
  • guest_1304 : FRANCHES
  • Robin : Oh my, don't the fall decorations look lovely! Hi everyone! Back to check on things and then need to hit the grocery store. Hope everyone is doing well!!
  • Linda : 😊
  • Robin : Hi Linda! We sure have a beautiful day here today!!! I found a little frog on the bird bath 😀
  • SueG : Hello Robin, nice to "see" you. The colours are lovely, aren't they - though it looks horribly wet right now. How did a frog reach as high as a bird bath, I wonder.
  • Robin : Hi SueG!!! So nice to
  • Robin : Oops, so nice to 'see you, too' That is a very good question about this little frog, I never thought of that until you said that....there are other bushes and greenery around the bird bath,
  • Robin : so maybe it just hopped it's little self up those branches. It's only about 1.5 inches long! Cute little thing!!
  • Linda : A tree frog, no doubt. Cute little guys.
  • Linda : I have been noticing our local trees, too. Some beautiful reds. They should last until a really hard rain.
  • Linda : Robin, I have been wondering if your husband knew Gene Hamilton. Older than your husband but an airplane mechanic who served as such with MAF
  • Linda : He lived in this area and I believe worked at times in a shop near Evergreen Airport.
  • Robin : Linda - No, he doesn't know him .... 🙂 It's such a small world though!
  • Linda : It is.
  • guest_5629 : hopefully thoes are controlled burns we are seeing on the upper left
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October 14

Our Nestwatcher Robin Werner provides this final word on the 2020 season for our osprey family.

New fledgling Bonner asks: “What do you mean I have to get my own fish now?”