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Osprey chicks begin to hatch on Cowlitz PUD live cam

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Two ospreys in Cowlitz County have become the parents of one chick Friday, according to Cowlitz PUD.

Cowlitz PUD built a platform 15 years ago near a utility pole to provide a safe nesting alternative for ospreys. Ospreys have nested on the platform ever since, according to Cowlitz PUD

Two ospreys, named Electra and Watt-Sun, returned to Cowlitz County from their winter home on March 25, and Electra laid three eggs on April 24.

Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once, according to Cowlitz PUD. The first chick emerges up to five days before the last one.

If all goes well, there should be two more chicks by June 1.

Once all three hatchlings emerge, Cowlitz PUD will hold a naming contest for the three chicks.

The chicks will remain in their nest for seven to eight weeks, and will migrate south in the fall to their winter home.

Cascade Networks, in partnership with Cowlitz PUD have launched a live-feed osprey camera. You can watch the hatchlings here.

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