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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. ospreyzone March 23, 2023 at 7:26 am - Reply

      Greetings, looking forward to a great season.

      I have 2 requests:

      1) Please restrict postings, images and videos to only about the Ospreyzone nest.
      2) When an image or still is shared, please don’t crop out the bottom line with date and time etc. I need it to be able to come back for being included in highlights. Also, my copyright is important to me.

      Please note that I encourage you to point out highlight worthy moments, as I can’t see everything but I’m hoping to keep up with the nest this year in our highlights. I also have an Osprey intro and a history of The plight if the Osprey , made by some of my students recently, to be published shortly, stand by.

      Many thanks.

      Paul

      • CarolV March 23, 2022 at 10:23 am - Reply

        TY, Paul! Looking forward to video… your students always do an interesting story.

      • CarolV March 25, 2022 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        Happy Friday!
        Quick run through on computer and no sightings…
        The sun was peeking in at times, making pretty patterns on the bay and beautiful cloud designs.
        Too bad I can’t get synchronized! Phone doesn’t do roll back and I can’t seem to take pics on computer… hate to always make excuses!
        This year, I‘ve had severe sinus issues and have maybe 3 brain cells to fire up . Cannot figure out where everything went! Talking tech issues but also works for brain!

        • CarolV March 25, 2022 at 3:21 pm - Reply

          May have temporarily found way to get to photos from earlier in n day! It’s a long and winding road but until I find a better idea….. this is shot from this morning taken about 2:30pm…and I can edit!
          Sort of stumbled… um,….. navigated to a back door. Now better make notes or….
          Now I’m exhausted!

          • CarolV March 25, 2022 at 3:24 pm - Reply

            AND the sun came out…!!! HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE!!!

      • nfc March 26, 2022 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        Paul– the videos were very well made. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

      • Joy May 17, 2022 at 6:07 pm - Reply

        Hi all.
        When should we expect the first hatching? Seems like it should be soon.

    2. CarolV May 26, 2022 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      All tucked in and listening to very peaceful bird songs….

      Temps 61-62 all night. Winds from S@6mph.
      Possibly of showers 4-8am.
      HAGN, everyone!

    3. CarolV May 26, 2022 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Earlier G was casting his shadow again. This is his place now, keeping L company and guarding his nest. Very domestic!

      • CarolV May 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        And then he went a’huntin’!
        Look at that nice fish! Lucy should be busy with that! Just wish she’d get better grips!

        • CarolV May 26, 2022 at 7:19 pm - Reply

          Off she went…
          After that flurry of activity, G looks a little shellshocked but he’s soon on the eggies

    4. CarolV May 26, 2022 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      This was a fish delivery and I managed pics of Lucy announcing and fluffy pants…
      But at least we know she got it!

    5. CarolV May 26, 2022 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Thursday morning… the usual trading places, with Lucy holding her place more.
      G staying close.

      Temps holding around 63-64 with winds@10mphSE

      • CarolV May 26, 2022 at 11:00 am - Reply

        X

      • CarolV May 26, 2022 at 11:06 am - Reply

        Hehe… he thought I was going….

      • Marguerite Iannone May 26, 2022 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the commentary, as always, CarolV!!

    6. Isabella May 26, 2022 at 1:56 am - Reply

      Good night ospreyz
      Good night Lucy

    7. CarolV May 25, 2022 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      George’s shadow covers Lucy as he comes to perch.

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 9:32 pm - Reply

        Looks relaxed

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm - Reply

        GN, Ms. Lucy
        About 53 now. Temps hovering within a few degrees all night. Light winds @3mph from the SE

        Everyone, HAGN!

    8. Marguerite Iannone May 25, 2022 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      George with a whopper dinner fish for Lucy.

    9. Isabella May 25, 2022 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Lucy wondering what George is alarming about
      Sometimes I think he likes to hear himself talk 😆

    10. CarolV May 25, 2022 at 11:01 am - Reply

      BRUNCH!
      George now delivers on that right rim making it difficult to get a good shot of the fish but Lucy held it up for. Us…..

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 11:02 am - Reply

        Off she went

        • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 11:03 am - Reply

          George took over and got comfy

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 11:27 am - Reply

        Lucy was back

      • Isabella May 25, 2022 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        She is many times camera cooperative
        Knows what her fans want!

    11. CarolV May 25, 2022 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Wonky feather alert 🪶!
      Lucy a little squished as she fits in with the skateramp…..
      G is upstairs sounding off… just another osprey day, with lots of sun….
      Temps about 56 heading to 63 or so w/ from the E@6mph

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 8:12 am - Reply

        Z

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 9:31 am - Reply

        Lucy was out 5 mins or so… little bit of exercise.
        George was a bit reluctant but Lucy not about a feather tug or talon tap….

        • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 9:34 am - Reply

          Lucy angled in and settled. G stayed nearby to let everyone know where he was……
          Headed up

    12. Isabella May 25, 2022 at 6:32 am - Reply

      The exchange
      Get up George!

      • Isabella May 25, 2022 at 6:36 am - Reply

        Lucy sporting late spring fashion

        • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 8:18 am - Reply

          Fashion alert… shows the rogue feathers influence so fashion forward this season!

      • CarolV May 25, 2022 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Group of get-up…. That 3rd photo… we’ve all had that 👀 look at some point! Either counting mentally or playing muzak in her head… patience patience patience……

        • Isabella May 25, 2022 at 12:29 pm - Reply

          Lol!

    13. Isabella May 25, 2022 at 6:13 am - Reply

      Sleeping beauty

    14. Isabella May 25, 2022 at 2:21 am - Reply

      Good night Lucy
      Ospreyz

    15. CarolV May 24, 2022 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Lucy settled in for night

      Almost 9pm and temp 55… just dropping a few more cool degrees to 52 by dawn under overcast skies; winds from E@8mph
      HAGN!

    16. CarolV May 24, 2022 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      She looks so pretty in this lighting….

      • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        Just after I posted Lucy’s glamour shot, handsome hubby brought dinner!
        They stayed on right but you can just see fish before L took off….

    17. Isabella May 24, 2022 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Changing of the guard
      Lucy takes a break

      • Isabella May 24, 2022 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        George settles in

        • Isabella May 24, 2022 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          Too close for comfort

          • Isabella May 24, 2022 at 5:08 pm - Reply

            Lucy nudged George with her “foot” to get George off the eggs

            • Isabella May 24, 2022 at 5:13 pm

              upstairs… downstairs
              Enjoying their penthouse nest with a view

    18. CarolV May 24, 2022 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Fish for lunch!

      • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 11:10 am - Reply

        Good one… she was trying to get a good grip. It had seemed she lost an earlier fish as she was back within minutes of delivery

        • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 11:12 am - Reply

          G is still annoyed by the wall Lucy worked on

      • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 11:37 am - Reply

        Lucy brought back some fish to eat at home…
        I think G was hoping for leftovers

        • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 11:58 am - Reply

          Lucy was out getting seaweed

        • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 12:01 pm - Reply

          She chose some lovely art pieces

          • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 12:04 pm - Reply

            And ushered G out…
            Ty for that tail shot, G!

            Is that a satisfied smile?

      • Isabella May 24, 2022 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        Bay to “table”…nest
        🎣

        Fish for lunch

    19. CarolV May 24, 2022 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Trading places continues…
      G has a small stick…to add to that big one. Is the ramp really necessary?

      • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 9:59 am - Reply

        He pushed Lucy out again and is dismantling her wall…. Clashes with his ramp…

    20. CarolV May 24, 2022 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Good morning, Ms. Lucy . Perfect morning for snoozing in…

      A partly cloudy day, 57 now headed to mid60s with winds @9mph from the NE

      • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 7:41 am - Reply

        Lucy is keeping busy futzing…:: she’s got a little wall in the works.

        • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 7:52 am - Reply

          I think G was taking off as Lucy brought in that brick of muddy stuff by her feet…. I think modern muddy seaweed is her design aesthetic

          • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 8:10 am - Reply

            George back with double claws of reeds and pushed Lucy out

      • CarolV May 24, 2022 at 8:32 am - Reply

        L never stays away for long….. and ignores him the rest of the time….
        He retired up above to yell at the skies…

    21. Isabella May 24, 2022 at 1:01 am - Reply

      Ospreyz 💤

    22. CarolV May 23, 2022 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      This was odd. Didn’t see this bird coming in but it just stood like this for a couple minutes. As it took off, Lucy took off behind it…. Was she just backing up G or chasing someone? Hate missing part of the story! Lucy was right back and you could see. The bird flying back to the left.

      Wind out of the SE @8mph . Temps dropping to 55 under cloudy skies.

    23. Isabella May 23, 2022 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Looking at George…who just flew to perch

    24. CarolV May 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      What do you think? Alfalfa? Or a Hershey’s kiss?
      Going with kiss cause she’s so sweet!
      Of course, it’s just a stick behind her…

      • ChrisH May 24, 2022 at 10:10 am - Reply

        Alfalfa — lol! I was a big fan back in the day!

    25. Isabella May 23, 2022 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Enjoying the breeze….but not the gnats

    26. CarolV May 23, 2022 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Lucy on the lookout.
      Much cooler day… should stay lower than 70…. Wind coming from the NW@11mph. Much easier on the birds. In general, looks like a good week of seasonal weather
      Happy Monday!

    27. Isabella May 23, 2022 at 5:37 am - Reply

      Lucy takes a break

    28. Isabella May 23, 2022 at 1:56 am - Reply

      Tucking in for the night

    29. CarolV May 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Lucy had some nestorating to take care of before she settled. She’s got to be feeling so much more comfortable as temps settle back to where they should be.
      Everyone, HAGN!

    30. CarolV May 22, 2022 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Yammer time… G must be nearby….
      She’s watching that stick as it wobbles with the wind…..

      • CarolV May 22, 2022 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        And here it is! Big fish dinner and Lucy needs the moisture…. And off she goes

        • CarolV May 22, 2022 at 7:04 pm - Reply

          And play time with the kiddles

          • CarolV May 22, 2022 at 7:10 pm - Reply

            Temps falling… cooler 61
            By dawn…. Wasn’t long ago when that was the high for the day!
            About 74 now, with winds from the S @10mph

      • Isabella May 23, 2022 at 2:01 am - Reply

        Think stick bothers her as much as us
        Better one stick then George’s usual collection!

    31. CarolV May 22, 2022 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      No words… at least not that I can put here….

      • CarolV May 22, 2022 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Got excited… Lucy and that beautiful tail pushing stick out of the way….
        Was just a teaser…..
        Lucy comes; George goes

    32. Isabella May 22, 2022 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Panting from the heat
      Sounded like Lucy was on perch

      Lucy getting a nice breeze

    33. CarolV May 22, 2022 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      George on the job… slowly cooling down…. 80@3:30

    34. CarolV May 22, 2022 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Lucy letting in what breeze there is… temps are about 84… with breeze almost straight out of the south. There’s the difference between North Foork and South Fork and being close to ocean… only about 69 by me.
      George is upstairs letting the neighbors know he’s there…..

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