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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

    43,166 Comments

    1. Admin Mary Anne May 29, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

      May 29- Egg 2 at 6:45 am. Jane might lay another on June 1st but these first two eggs were laid so far apart, so who knows!

      • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 8:30 am - Reply

        I haven’t seen many mating sessions lately… I was wondering about a 3rd…. guess we’ll have to see

    2. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      15:35…. Fish delivery….. Jane is ready!
      …..George just drops the fish and heads for the important stuff…….

    3. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Jane quietly cheeps and gets ignored…… she moves up to where George can hear her!
      Out he goes.

    4. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      George uses the debris for eggies trick again…. they’ve been playing musical eggs and he just left! He has to shove Jane off.
      She’s more interested in a fly-by and circles right back to nest, to alarm loudly…
      George decides to fly just as Jane was taking off, making for a beautiful flurry of wings! Jane went, with George right behind…..

    5. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 11:45 am - Reply

      George brings in a double load of seaweed and can’t wait to arrange it, but Jane is in no hurry to go…
      First, he pushes her out of the cup; then, he practically gooses her to get her to move along…….. she finally gets the message!

      George carefully spreads his seaweed before settling down.

    6. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 10:33 am - Reply

      If anyone having trouble signing on………. I used to be able to just type ospreyzone.com in the 3rd box. but it needs a more formal address now…. use….. http://ospreyzone.com

      • Paula May 29, 2020 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        I had the same problem. Luckily it saves it for the next time!

        • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 3:39 pm - Reply

          I don’t know if it’s my computer but sometimes it doesn’t… which is only fitting, because I have the same problem!

    7. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Jane’s trying to nod off…. but keeps popping up to scan sky…

      Temp 65 under cloudy skies… not getting too much warmer…67-68. Bit of a wind @10mph… Rain possibly starting 8ish tonight.

    8. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Close up without feathers….. another gorgeous egg

      • ChrisH May 29, 2020 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Beautiful!!

    9. Paula May 29, 2020 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Good Morning All,
      I like the new format at the top but I’m wondering if the video’s of George and Gracie are still available or if they are just gone?
      Also, it would really be nice if you didn’t have to go all the way to the bottom of the page to post a comment! Just a thought!

      • ospreyzone May 29, 2020 at 8:54 am - Reply

        Thanks for the feedback. Highlights section has all the old streams and will be growing. Plans are to produce lots of footage over the coming months. As far as putting the entry screen for comments on the top, I have wondered that myself, i’ll Ask Aidan if possible.

        I appreciate all the feedback and comments.

        Paul

        • Paula May 29, 2020 at 9:14 am - Reply

          Thank you for the reply!
          Have a great FRI-YAY!

        • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 10:29 am - Reply

          Thanks for the rearranging…… like all the improvements you’ve been making, especially the video summeries!

          • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 10:35 am - Reply

            Also, the input of new comments more immediate…. also nice!

    10. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 8:17 am - Reply

      George brings Jane breakfish and meets eggie#2

      • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 9:14 am - Reply

        Jane is back….. nice long break..

    11. June c May 29, 2020 at 7:17 am - Reply

      Wow 2nd egg 5 days after 1st..guessing around 6:45 this morning…hopes she sits on eggs longer….

      • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 9:23 am - Reply

        I’m hoping all that time off #1 may have slowed down development of embryo in #1 so they hatch closer together….. but we can only hope and observe

        • Admin Mary Anne May 29, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

          I hope so also. What I really hope for is that the first egg is not viable, that the second egg is, and that Jane lays another in 3 days. The hatch spacing between #1 and #3 would be such as there would be very little chance for the last chick to make it. We shall see, fingers crossed.

          • Paula May 29, 2020 at 12:43 pm - Reply

            That was exactly what I was worried about. The little one wouldn’t stand much of a chance if they do hatch in order. So I really hope the first one doesn’t hatch.

    12. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 6:55 am - Reply

      Two eggs!!!!

      • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 7:02 am - Reply

        6:45 I think….. in the rain…… Go, Jane!

        • CarolV May 29, 2020 at 7:11 am - Reply

          Jane shakes off the rain…. eggies from another view… Jane’s keeping the lid clamped down…

    13. CarolV May 29, 2020 at 6:06 am - Reply

      George comes in so Jane can take a walk in the rain….
      When she comes back, she has a stalker…

    14. CarolV May 28, 2020 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Jane came in and redid some of George’s nestorations…. like any wife.

      • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 6:18 pm - Reply

        The quiet was broken… Jane had to jump at an intruder that flew right above the nest…… She almost fell over the side but caught herself…..

        • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm - Reply

          And @17:27…another fish…. no response from Jane….George just stood for a few minutes before leaving

        • Paula May 28, 2020 at 6:52 pm - Reply

          I keep wondering if the “intruder” is Jane 2! I haven’t been able to really tell if it’s male or female. It seems very persistent.

    15. CarolV May 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      @15:49….. Jane cheered in this big fish! Maybe she’s glad it’s not fluke!

    16. CarolV May 28, 2020 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      George brings some seaweed while Jane amuses herself

    17. Isabella May 28, 2020 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Was at the arboretum yesterday watching the osprey. Nice to see so many. Most times you hear them before you see them. They do the alarm call a lot. The ground is littered with rejected? Fish. Good size whole fish with its head nearby. Fish head fish head rolly Polly fish head. Anyway…there are a couple of nest in trees. And I’m sure some of the osprey are from platforms along the road.

      • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Flotsam and jetsom certainly covers some of the things we’ve seen in various nests!

    18. CarolV May 28, 2020 at 8:49 am - Reply

      @08:31…. another fluke, bigger than before!!!!! But Jane’s not interested…..

      • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 8:54 am - Reply

        It looked like George wanted to go to eggie, but the fish got in the way…. He was slip-sliding around…. I wonder if he needed Jane to pull it off?

        He took off.

        Jane was right back in.

        • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 9:10 am - Reply

          Breakfish 2, take 2……… and rejection 2…..

          George did a side hop toward eggie and decided to go…

          • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 11:08 am - Reply

            9:45…. Jane just ignores him and stays put

            • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 11:12 am

              AND ONE MORE TIME! and NO….Jane flies…
              George gets challenged and flies out… at least the fish is off his foot!

            • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 11:16 am

              Mary, Mary, so contrary! Jane comes in, spots fish and takes it to go.

              George gets to do a spruce up and sit on eggie.

      • Isabella May 28, 2020 at 9:38 am - Reply

        Nice catch!…you and George….that egg matches Jane

        • Isabella May 28, 2020 at 9:42 am - Reply

          CarolV…rewind not working on you tube either ☹️🤬

          • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 11:18 am - Reply

            Huh… that’s too bad! Strange.

    19. CarolV May 28, 2020 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Pest…. coming and going…..

      • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 8:14 am - Reply

        stuck…. stuck…. STUCK…. had an exercise session for her neck getting that off…

    20. CarolV May 28, 2020 at 7:25 am - Reply

      @06:49…. George appears with a nice fluke…
      …as Jane approaches, George takes off!

      • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 7:28 am - Reply

        Jane finds a nice piece of bark and starts to nibble on it. She doesn’t seem to see George slip back in behind her….. maybe the bark is tasty?

        • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 7:30 am - Reply

          Jane decides fish is better and gets that nice fluke to go….

          • CarolV May 28, 2020 at 7:35 am - Reply

            she was back by 07:14

            Temp is 65 now, only rising to 67-68 under overcast skies…… or so they say for now. Hoping for some sun

    21. nfc May 28, 2020 at 7:08 am - Reply

      There is one osprey chick on the PSEG osprey cam in Oyster Bay. There are at least two other eggs.

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