And then there were … five! The nest is full, as our osprey pair, Pete and Sandy, have successfully hatched all three eggs. Here is the nest report from Robin Werner, our lead Sandpoint Online Nestwatcher:

Sandpoint ospreys - koi in shell

Koi exiting shell.

You might have heard thunder this weekend as storms hit our area – or you might have been hearing the thunderous cheers as nestwatchers greeted Pete and Sandy’s three chicks hatching over the course of just four days! At 9:40 a.m., on Wednesday, June 6, the first chick popped out of its egg just as Pete sat down to incubate. He was quite surprised, but took on the duties of protection as the chick exited its shell.

Just 16 hours later, in the wee hours of the morning, the second chick hatched at 1:38 a.m. on June 7. Three days later, Egg No. 3 hatched at 2:26 p.m.

Sandpoint osprey chicks

All three chicks

Nest fans have dubbed the new trio of chicks with names of some of the local fish they’ll likely be thriving on: Kamloops, Kokanee, and … Koi. While koi is not a fish found in our Lake Pend Oreille, the youngest chick’s name is a homage to Pete, who has been an industrious provider the past couple years by bringing koi to the chicks. Nest watchers surmise he has been catching the koi from a nearby residential koi pond.

Pete has been bringing very nice-sized fish to his family and the chicks have been well cared for. Watch every day as the chicks change quickly. Soon they will get darker and look like little dinosaurs!

Click to go to a video clip of Koi hatching free after the epic effort it takes for a chick to break out of its shell. The video, which appears like stop-motion due to the web cam’s speed constraints, is on the Sandpoint Osprey Nest Friends Facebook page, posted by Uta Große:

Sandpoint ospreys video screen