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Watch ospreys roosting live

Chelsea Powrie

High above the ground, pairs of ospreys have begun making their nests and preparing for batches of babies in the South Okanagan. 

"They just returned, we're just hearing and seeing some of the nests around the valley being occupied now," said Dale Belvedere, manager of the SORCO raptor rehabilitation centre.  "They should be laying their eggs within the next couple weeks."

The hawks, known for their fishing capabilities, like to roost on telephone poles. They mate for life, and typically return to the same spot every year to raise their young. 

"They come back to the same nest, they like to nest somewhere near water because they fish," Belvedere said. "And they usually have between two and three babies per couple."

One pair is on camera 24/7 so the public can watch their progress. A nest in Osoyoos has a live stream, thanks to a partnership between the town and FortisBC. 

"FortisBC crews de-energized the pole to make sure the birds will be safe once they return home," states a description on the Town of Osooyos website. 

In past years, the raptors found their nesting areas usurped by Canada goose parents. But this winter, temporary cages built above the roosting sites seem to have staved off the geese until it was time for the ospreys to return. 

Keep an eye on the osprey camera in the coming weeks to catch the eggs and see the eventual babies. 

Town of Osoyoos


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