Thanks for visiting the Lake Capote osprey webcam page! The Southern Ute Wildlife Division is excited to give the Tribe and the public an opportunity to learn more about these fascinating birds by viewing them up close. Click on the video preview below to start the webcam.
Click here to view the leg-banding of the three osprey chicks from 2017!
Key Osprey Dates
|First Detection at Nest||March 13||March 8|
|First Egg Lay||April 2||March 30|
|First Egg Hatch||May 10||May 8|
|Approx. Incubation Time||38 days||39 days|
|Leg-Banding||June 19||June 28|
|Blue Band Numbers||10C, 11C, 12C||13C, 14C, 15C|
|First Fledgling from Nest||July 4||July 4|
|Number of Eggs/Chicks Lost||0||0|
|Number of Chicks Fledged||3||3|
The Lake Capote Osprey Nest
For the past ten years, a pair of ospreys has made its seasonal home at the Southern Ute Tribe’s Lake Capote, and given visitors spectacular displays of nesting, fishing, and fledgling young. Beginning in 2017, viewers should get a much more close-up view of the birds’ activities, via a webcam installed at their nest.
The birds have arrived in March of each year, after migrating from their winter homes in Central America or South America. Over the course of the spring and summer, the ospreys work on nest construction, lay eggs, raise young, and of course catch a lot of fish. Learn more about ospreys at All About Birds Osprey Page.
Naming the Ospreys
The Southern Ute Wildlife Division sponsored a naming contest for the pair of adult ospreys that can be seen on the Lake Capote webcam. From 10 entries submitted by Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students, Wildlife Division staff chose Sʉʉwhsiagyetʉ or “Strong Wings” for the male, and Sʉʉpʉ’igyetʉ or “Powerful Eyes” for the female. The winning names were submitted by students Terena Hight and Jaela Velasco, who each received an Osprey brand kid’s backpack as a prize.
Identifying the Male vs. Female
Division staff installed an AXIS P-5515-E network camera in February 2017. A mounting system was attached to the nest pole, which includes a lightning rod to divert any strikes away from the camera and the nest. An aerial lift was used to safely reach the top of the pole.
The division worked with View Into The Blue, a Boulder-based company specializing in outdoor webcams, to design the webcam and livestreaming system. The high-definition 1080p camera has pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities – allowing it to capture not just what’s happening on the nest, but also video of the lake or Chimney Rock for example. The camera data is transmitted wirelessly from the webcam to a communications tower near the campground.
The Southern Ute Wildlife Division would like to thank the following for their assistance and support of this project: