Barbee Mill in Renton's Kennydale neighborhood was the last operating sawmill on Lake Washington before it was shut down and sold last year to make way for new homes.
A family of Osprey had been nesting atop a piece of sawmill equipment that was to be torn down. According to Renton Magazine, the birds and their descendants had been returning to the nest at the mill annually for at least a decade so the owners of Barbee Mill built a platform atop a 25 foot pole upon which a video camera has been affixed, not far from the original nest site in hopes the birds would accept it. They did and this is their second year using the new nesting site.
Check out the live webcam by visiting http://www.appart.com/osprey/. The chicks have hatched and the nest is a flurry of activity. As of this morning, the site has had more than 90,000 visitors.
At one point, Osprey were an endangered species but efforts to address the cause of their dwindling population have proven succesfull and they are failry common again in much of the country.
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