People from all over the world watched three eggs hatch in an osprey nest west of Nelson last year via webcam.

Osprey returns to the nest

The drama of the Nelson osprey nest continues.

Someone has moved into the nest where the trials and tribulations of Nelson’s most famous osprey family were chronicled last year via webcam.

Nelson Hydro, which set up the camera in partnership with Columbia Wireless a few kilometers west of town, says it hopes to once again stream footage online, but will wait for eggs to be laid.

Last year, what began as a heartwarming glimpse into avian life turned heartbreaking when the adult male was electrocuted and two chicks subsequently died.

The lone surviving chick, dubbed Nel, was removed from the nest, sent to a sanctuary in the Lower Mainland, and then returned and released at Kokanee Creek Park once grown. Whether Nel ever reunited with her mother, Nellie, is an untold part of the drama.

Alistair Fraser got a good photo of the nest’s present inhabitant with its back turned to the camera. You can see it on his blog:

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