Grand Lake’s Osprey Camera captured a pair of osprey that hatched three chicks this summer, all of which learned to fly and fish in front of tens of thousands of viewers. The birds have migrated south for the winter, but are expected to return in April.
Courtesy of Kent Roorda

Like a hit TV series fading away after the season finale, Grand Lake’s favorite osprey family has headed south for the winter.

In an update this week, Kent Roorda, owner of the 24/7 Live Osprey Camera, posted to a nest in Grand Lake, revealed the show was over, at least for now. , as he applauded the successful year of the birds and thanked everyone for tuning in.

During the spring and summer, the Sky-Hi News broadcast a feed of Roorda’s camera ospreys that recorded tens of thousands of views.

One of the viewers called the newspaper on Friday and recalled some of the highlights, like watching the three chicks learn to eat larger and larger pieces of fish, as he admired the close-up footage and wanted to know if the family of aviators were still there.

The man even said the osprey’s camera helped him navigate to other live animal feed, such as those from the San Diego Zoo. Well, those feeds should do the trick for now.

“Ospreys from (the Great Lake region) are believed to be migrating to and from the Gulf region and the islands,” Roorda explained in his latest update confirming that this year’s migration has taken place. “I would also like to share that ‘our orphan’ is also gone, which is very good news for her.”

Somewhat surprisingly, the three chicks hatched in the nest this year weren’t the only young birds seen using the perch this summer. Indeed, a young female was seen in the nest at the end of the season.

In a previous update, Roorda confirmed that the young female was not one of three who hatched in the nest this year. He said it was impossible to know how or why she was orphaned, but that she seemed to have strong flying skills and could fish on her own, and those were good signs.

Even though the young osprey had some survival skills, she was also seen receiving help from the parents, who Roorda said had “adopted” the orphan osprey and appeared to be caring for her.

With the orphaned chick beginning her migration, Roorda believes she is on her way to resuming a more normal osprey life.

“Let’s all wish him the best,” he added.

Kent Roorda August 30: A number of you recently asked me if the chicks had all left the nest and flown south. The answer is no. In fact, all three are flying and catching their own fish now. They need to develop their flying and fishing skills for a few weeks before migrating as their life depends on it. Every now and then you will see mom at the nest, but her job is done now that the chicks can feed. Dad can often be seen in “his tree” which is about 150 feet from the nest.


As for the family, according to Roorda, the three chicks that hatched this year will not be returning next spring. Instead, they will stay in the south for over a year before returning to the Grand Lake area in the spring of 2022 seeking to start a family of their own.

“Normally, the parents return to the nest around April 15 of each year,” he explained. “As we approach that day, I will send you a notification so that you can observe their behaviors once they arrive.”

In a little nod to next season, Roorda also reiterated something he said earlier this year, that next year’s camera will be even better with audio.

A screenshot from the live stream of the Grand Lake Osprey hosted by local Kent Roorda shows the female osprey eating a fish while keeping an eye on her three eggs.
Courtesy of Kent Roorda