As expected, ospreys have arrived in Coeur d'Alene to take over nesting platforms perched high above McEuen Park. But as of Sunday, only one of three platforms 70 feet above the park was spoken for. An osprey pair has called dibs on the south nest.
The center platform is still vacant, furnished with just-right-sized twigs which which to build a nursery nest.
And the north platform was just vacated - probably Sunday - by a Canada mother goose, who had laid and hatched at least two eggs. She and her fluffy goslings were gone - presumably the babies had gotten flight lessons - leaving behind only a layer of soft down feathers. Smaller birds were eagerly filching the down to line their own nests.
With donations and volunteer labor, the city parks department installed web cameras at all three nests. You can keep tabs on the big fish hawks on the city's web site cdaid.org.