Boulder Fairgrounds Osprey watchers get new camera

BOULDER, Colo. - Osprey watchers can once again peek in on a nest in Boulder.

It's believed a lighting strike took out the original camera over the nest, according to the Longmont Times-Call.

A new camera was installed last Friday, so fans can watch the two chicks that have hatched and their parents.

"The new camera is pretty far away so we will zoom in the best we can," officials said on the Osprey cam website. "We were unable to install the new camera directly above the nest because we did not want to disturb the birds. When the birds leave in September, we will take down the broken camera that is above the nest and reassess our system."

Back in 2003, a pair of osprey began nesting on a light pole at the Boulder County Fairgrounds and returned each year. In 2009, wildlife biologists moved the nest east of the Cattail pond for the birds' safety.

This year, fans have watched as mom laid eggs on April 27, April 30 and May 3. Two chicks have hatched.

See the Boulder Osprey camera: http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/openspace/pages/ospreycamera.aspx

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