Welcome to Raptor Cam-2013 Edition. We hope to have the cam up and running in the next few weeks. In the interim we wanted to provide you with a quick update.
Fire Escape Red-tails: The hawks that nested on the fire escape and were featured on raptor cam from 2007-2012 appear to be once again attempting to nest on the Mark Hatfield Federal Building (the same location as last year). Unfortunately this site will not work for a camera installation because there are several obstructions blocking the view of the birds. Last year the hawks were not successful at this site---their eggs never hatched. Hopefully they will do better this year!
South Waterfront Osprey: The osprey that were featured last year on raptor cam should be returning to South Waterfront on their long northward mitigation from Mexico any day now. They will find that their nest platform has been moved a couple of hundred feet to a permanent site right next to the river. In addition a second nest platform has been added about 900 feet further south along the greenway. Hopefully the new nest platform will attract a second pair. Osprey are not very territorial so a second pair is a possibility. The installation was done last weekend by Audubon and Ascending the Giants. Unfortunately the South Waterfront Greenway is still under construction and no electricity is currently available near either of the nest platforms.Installing temporary electricity to these sites to run the camera would have been prohibitively expensive and other alternatives such as using solar panels also were not feasible at this site.
The following pictures were taken by Jim Luke of the South Waterfront Nature and Greenspaces Committee of Bob Sallinger of Audubon and Brian French of Ascending the Giants installing the new nest platform:
So we have been working for the past couple of months to find a new location....think of it as Raptor Cam 3.0. We think we have found another osprey nest that will work out really well and will bring you more information in the coming days. Stay tuned!