If you miss seeing nesting peregrines on camera here’s a raptor family to watch online. As of last night (June 5), there were two chicks and one egg still to go at an osprey nest in Montana.
The nest is in Hellgate Canyon next to the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana. It looks like a very public place but the birds are right next to the river. The Hellgate valley is so narrow here that the river, the railroad, some businesses, and Interstate 90 are all close by. We see and hear I-90 traffic in the background. (Click here for a map of the site.)
Louis and Iris are devoted parents whose lives are sometimes complicated by terrible weather and threats from challengers. And yet they persist. In this video clip Louis brings Iris a fish to eat while she was incubating last week. Click here for a 36 minute video of the first chick’s first feeding.
p.s. If you watch before 7:15a Pittsburgh time, you’ll see that the sun hasn’t risen yet in Montana!
(photo from tweet of Cornell Lab’s Hellgate Osprey nestcam)