Last osprey chick removed from nest

The last remaining osprey chick has been removed from the nest. The mother had stopped feeding the chick - web photo
The last remaining osprey chick has been removed from the nest. The mother had stopped feeding the chick
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Viewers tuning into the live osprey cam will discover that no chicks remain.

The decision was made today to intervene after the mother osprey stopped feeding the last surviving chick.

Originally there were three chicks in the nest, but two passed away and the father osprey was killed when it struck a power line.

With no father to provide food, volunteers from Nelson Hydro began supplying fish to the mother, in hopes she would feed her last remaining chick.

But the mother had stopped feeding the baby osprey and the decision was made to take action.

According to a press release, a local representative of a sanctuary/rehabilitation institution in Delta, called OWL, accepted the chick.

"This was done utilizing a large bucket truck and a local utility arborist. The arborist gently removed the chick, placing it into a pillowcase and then inside a hard shell bucket. The chick was brought down and handed over to the local representative from OWL. "

When offered food, the "chick chick ate ravenously and seemed to be fairly strong after eating."

The mother returned to the nest but did not appear to be any more despondent or concerned than yesterday. The release stated that "It is hoped that she will now concentrate on feeding herself, and then look for a new mate in preparation for next year's mating season."

Nelson Hydro wishes to thank all those that participated by volunteering their time and equipment during the course of this venture.

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