- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula hail storm brought more than bad weather for a family of osprey’s in Hellgate Canyon along Clark Fork River.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1KImong ) that University of Montana ornithologist Erick Greene says all three of the osprey’s eggs were cracked in the storm. Without an intact shell, the embryos inside either dried out or were vulnerable to bacterial infections.

The Hellgate Canyon ospreys, named Iris and Stanley, have enthralled bird-watchers for eight years through a live-feed camera pointed at their nest as part of the Montana Osprey Project.

The video showed the birds hunkered down on Sunday trying to shield their eggs from the quarter-sized hailstones.

Greene monitors about 200 osprey nests in the Missoula area and he says more than 60 percent of those will successfully fledge chicks.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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