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August 8, 2020: Camera is now back online after the storm!

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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. CarolV June 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      6:55pmEDT…Nice delivery,George…Everyone eager to share. And that’s something else I remember from last year…Gracie would mantle the fish and squawk till George left the nest. Much more the “peaceable kingdom” this year…it’s just lovely…..

      • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        7:18pm..Gracie is futzing with her plastic…I was surprised to see her swallow that feather before, when she was cleaning up after the chicks. But I guess it’s easier than swallowing that fish tail she just ate ! Everyone got well fed. They all ate together nicely and no fighting. Time to rest.Dos was pecking around in the plastic, like Mom did. Uno was thinking about doing something, but just collapsed; Trey just coma-tized.
        Another beautiful ospreyland day….

      • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        7:28pm This evening light is the best time to see all those beautiful feathers coming thru…what handsome birdies these guys are !! Even Trey has some popping out. As someone else mentioned, we’re like proud grandparents….thrilled with each milestone, thinking everything they do is just too darn cute….LOVE IT!!!!

    2. Elise-Maree June 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      It concerns me with all the plastic in the nest. Did the parents bring it up to the nest? Plastic is such a big killer of natures animals it is awful seeing it sitting in a nest like that. Will the parents remove it or just leave it to pollute the area?

    3. Jackie Budris June 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      This nest really needs some serious cleaning. Any suggestions? it seems to be attracting little mites and the osseys have very little room to play and sleep.HELP!

    4. Ginger G June 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      I’m just curious. Does anyone know how many people follow this site?

      • BirdRJSviewer16 June 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

        Since last year, I was wondering if a counter can be added to track how many people are currently viewing the live feed?

      • PaulC June 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply

        Well there are at least 3 people here all the time!! like 24 hours a day.

        • Betsy June 28, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

          No, not during the night time … there’s no infrared camera!! 😀

    5. june c June 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      around 17:39 Baby B attacks A, short..Then he goes after lil one and really goes after him. You can see that when the lil one saw the fight was trying to move away..This time I think
      he hurt the little one. Had him by the top of his head and shaking him around. First time this year related over food.

    6. CarolV June 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      5:40pm For a minute, I couldn’t find Trey…thought he was lost in the sea of litter! But he was just off to the right behind a Biggie, sound asleep…Phew!

    7. Monica June 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Hello fellow osprey lovers!! I haven’t been able to check in as much as I’d like. Glad to see that the little guy has grown and is thriving. I’m wondering why the chicks like to “live on the edge.” I wonder if they’re just trying to get used to the feeling of flying away. 🙂

    8. rjoneal June 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      2016 6-26-16 p.m. Wow, today everyone that owned a sailboat must have been out in that water. Was their some kind of competition or something today? Sure did look like the wind was nice and strong for the ones on the sailboats.
      {Sailing take me away!} love that song, anyways hope everyone had a good Sunday. I know our Osprey family ate well and had alot of quality family time, George hung out with family for a nice while. Fat, crops full and well rested with mom and dad to take care of them the only thing left is a crib or playpen please these babies are all over the place.

      • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

        I was thinking today how much nicer it is this year that George has so much time to spend with the family. Last year, all I remember for the first few weeks that I watched, was Gracie frantic and screaming more fish….and George being GONE…..things got better, but that ugliness lingered…….

      • Redkayak June 27, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

        There were two sailboat races happening on Saturday and as I sat on the beach I was wondering how it must look on the camera

        • Betsy June 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

          That’s one thing I didn’t make a video of!! But is was fun to watch all of these sailboats going across the water at the top of the screen!!

    9. Robert June 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Loved Kathleens Everybirdy/Anybirdy play on words

    10. Betsy June 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      When I saw all the sailboats go by in a loose clump starting at about 2:23 pm, I tried to unsuccessfully find out online if there was an event. At least it distracted me for a while from watching the little one who had been teeter-tottering at the very friggin’ edge of the right front corner an hour earlier and then, after getting fed, going back to that area to eventually go to sleep right on the edge in front of its siblings … so, was there an event??? 😀

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

        Cluster, I should say 😀 , not clump!!

      • Redkayak June 27, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

        There were two sailboat races happening out in the bay near Orient that were out of Shelter Island they were H 12 1/2 class boats

        • Betsy June 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

          Thank you, Redkayak … I hope we get to see more throughout the summer!! … had to go look up H 12 1/2 class boats — boat specifications, right?

          • Redkayak June 29, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

            Yes they are a 12.5 ft sail boat usually wooden. Most Saturdays you’ll see them out there. They come out of Sterling yacht club and some out of Orient Yacht club.

            • Betsy June 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

              Thank you.

    11. Jillian June 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Could someone please explain how this “lens cleaner” works? Sometimes I come here & the webcam is filthy; next thing I know, I come back & it’s crystal clear. Does someone Windex it, lol? Is there a windshield wiper? Someone w/ a hose?

      • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        Magic! No, our friendly osprey landlord, Tommy, rigged up some device and installed it while they renovated and lowered the nest platform this past winter. Not sure how it works, but sure glad it does !!!!!!

    12. Jo-Ann June 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      June26 @ 3:19 (EST) George arrived about 1:05 and began some nest restorations which included moving a stick over one end of that flapping in the wind piece of plastic. He repositioned it a few times and it is helping to keep that end secured. I find it amazing that they are so aware of some things that are annoying to them (and I think all of us) and find a solution to the problem.

      Reply to Rjoneal–Thank you for responding to my question regarding that wad of fishing line that it now on the edge of the nest on the water side. That sounds like a reasonable explanation but as I said that little branch was there in Betsy’s video of 6/22 but I do not see that fishing line there at that time. I noticed it yesterday and CarolV commented on it also when I pointed it out. Of course your explanation is logical since I just could not begin to figure out how it got there. But how ever it got there still makes me nervous about it’s being anywhere in the nest.

    13. CarolV June 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      1:14pm…George brings in a big whole fish, which tries “swimming” away. George chases it, losing it beneath the plastic..when he finds it, he grabs it, takes off, flies around and makes a more dignified re-entry !

    14. CarolV June 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      12:21pmEDT….I see Gracie gave that annoying stick a shove with her tail about 11:15. A little harder next time please!
      Looked like George did the 10:20am feeding. Worked at it for a long time; had the kids lined up and everybirdy ate(thanks,).Gracie napped and finally demanded the tail about 11:11am. George went off to the (osprey) office for a while. He came in @11:35, almost running over Gracie!

      About 12:30pm. Gracie flew over, back from yard-saling. with her plastic haul. These kids who saw her coming ducked ! No idea what that huge thing was, but it was chasing Mom!!!! She was just in time to interrupt the fighting, started by Trey, going at Uno?….

      • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

        That was meant to be…thanks, Kathleen, for the everybirdy.

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        😀 Yes!!

    15. June c June 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      I ask Rob Bierregaard this question “At what age do chicks have depth perception and would they walk off bowl” this was his reply

      I don’t think anyone knows the answer to that question, but logic tells us that they sorted it out millions of years ago. Ospreys fall out of nests because they’re pushed by more aggressive sibs or get blown out in wicked winds, but just walking off the edge doesn’t happen much. When it does, it gets some bad genes out of the population. Remember, upwards of 70-80% of the young fledged each year aren’t going to make it through the 1st migration cycle. It’s why Ospreys are so spectacular—only the superlatives survive.

      Rob

      • PattyK June 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

        9:12pm Thank you, June c for posting Rob B.’s info….So, dear OZ family, isn’t this just such an incredible happening , that upwards of 70-80% of the young fledged do not usually make it through the first migration cycle and here we see our dear George & Gracie back in Tommy’s yard to mate, have babes and help the.species carry on!Feeling so privileged to learn more about this spectacular species and to watch them very day….xoxoxo

    16. Betsy June 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Kathy B: I’m finally making my way through all of the comments, so therefore the delay in answering you!! This is re your comment “kathy B June 25, 2016 at 9:53 am … 9:48-49 am. Little one got his wings around his siblings as to say “we’re all in this together”. Very Cute. So , so happy they are getting along. … How do I post the video of it?” (And your prior comment June 25, 2016 at 9:49 am with the YouTube website address). … That must have been really cute!!

      Because the OZ video on YouTube is a live video stream with a scroll back window of 4 hours, even though you post the website address (or copy and paste the video URL), unless someone is within that 4-hour window, there’s no way to view what you were excited to share (it’s better to put what time you saw something and hope the comments come up in time!! 😀 ). The only other way, that I know of, is to copy from the video stream what you saw and want to share using a video recorder program (making sure full copyright and sponsorship information is shown on all images) and then to upload it to your YouTube channel (if you don’t already have one, you have to first set one up!), then put your comment followed at the end of it with your uploaded video URL (or even just your uploaded video URL without a comment)!! Then, if it gets approved by the moderators, it will be posted!!

      • Kathy B June 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        Thanks Betsy…I’ll leave the video’s to you ! I’ll just post a time and hope all can see. Actually the “hugging” incident was right before your “all hell broke loose” situation. But it was very cute…..for a few seconds. It’s so much more peaceful in the nest this year to say the least. What was that about paternity tests? Hmmmmm…. 🙂

    17. Karen DeLong June 26, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Boy, that little one is pretty smart. He/she follows mom to get as much shade as possible. I also just love the views these ospreys have. To think they don’t pay a dime to get this, while the rest of us have our rear ends in hock for mega years just to get these views!

    18. june c June 26, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Thank You Tommy…11:34 you can see the chicks look up at a airplane that was flying by…I think its almost time for lil one to graduate to be called chick 3,,or C..

    19. Marlene June 26, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

      George came in with a nice size headless fish at 7:26 a.m., and true to fashion, our favorite chick was right there, waiting to be fed. Gracie fed him well; he ate soooo much! At 10:22 a.m., George brings brunch. I think all three chicks got fed from this fish, and I really think they are so full. Now they are looking out at the water. What a beautiful view. Bet they are wondering how and when they will be able to fly like their parents.

    20. cheryl June 26, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Thanks to all for the updates. Have been away the last 9 days and could only check in sporadically. You have all helped me to keep up to date. So glad to see the Baby baby is progressing so well, oh happy day!

    21. Betsy June 26, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

      rjoneal is right … that’s not a new wad of fishing line in the left front of the nest. The branch that it had gotten caught on when Gracie inadvertently snagged it when flying off with the fish on May 13th was originally upright making for the glowing “nightlight.” But, as rjoneal says, with the moving and adding of the sticks on that side over the past 1 1/2 months, the branch has worked its way to the front toward the water and is lying horizontally now. If you go back to past video, you can see it’s the same branch!! 😀 And, hopefully it will remain there or work its way down!

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        BTW, Jo-Ann, I’m glad you liked the “All Hell Broke Loose” video! I think the reason that the fishing line can’t be seen in the video is because of the angle of the sun, because I have video from the day before and the day after and, unfortunately,it’s there. 🙁

    22. Catherine R. June 26, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

      I am worried about the little one. Do you think he/she will survive?

      • Betsy June 27, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

        Jon: Catherine is voicing a legitimate concern. Why are you being rude, nature isn’t all rainbows. Sound familiar?: Jon June 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        Yes, Catherine, although anything can go wrong, it looks pretty good right now for the littlest one.

    23. Karen DeLong June 26, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Our little baby is starting to get feathers! What joy!!

    24. CarolV June 26, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Around 8:45am…the chicks are lined up, lying down, along the far edge. Trey is in the middle, looking, in turn, at the Biggies. I thought he had ideas of instigating in his little birdbrain, but he held off. Instead, at 8:47:47, he took a shot towards the lens ! Close, but no cigar, little buddy !!!!

      George seems to be on nest duty @8:57. Over the next few minutes, he alarms a few times. Gracie flies in to perch at some point. George takes off at 9:08.

      • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

        OK @9:28am: kid in the middle DEFINITELY George’s..put that stick on his own back! Is that what he got from “Sticks 101” that George taught this morning @7:28? And someone was posing for a selfie earlier ! The evidence is mounting up!

        • CarolV June 26, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

          @10;21am- George must be on perch..and I think I hear crunching..Gracie is talking to him and Biggie is perfecting his head waggle focusing on him,,,Yup. 10:21, he drops down, “tripping” on that stupid upright, with a long, thinnish fish, head still mostly there. Not in any hurry to turn it over, either.
          But it’s my turn to fly-to the store-so will have to check back later. Not flying back with fish. for sure!

        • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

          😀 😀 😀 I saw how s/he maneuvered the stick on him/herself too … it was so funny!! Why have someone else do it when you can do it yourself!! 😀

        • GinaM June 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm - Reply

          CarolIV you crack me up!

    25. LynD June 26, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

      8:55:33 – Nice fly- in by George over the water, carrying sea weed. Beautiful!

    26. LynD June 26, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

      8:48 a.m. – June 26th – We just dodged another bullet coming our way.

    27. LynD June 26, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Last year…a LIFE SAVER, this year, a SIGHT or SITE saver…..Betsy said it BEST, but I’ll add mine to the rest,
      THANK YOU TOMMY ! ! !

    28. Betsy June 26, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

      I’m testing to see if the image I picked for my name will come up!! Then you’ll know that it’s really me when I post!! 😀

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

        Rats!! It’s not in the system yet!! It said to wait 5 to 10 minutes … like 3 minutes ago!! 😀 I’m very impatient!!

        • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

          Yeah!! This is a picture of Gracie enjoying the wind that I cropped from a video rjoneal sent to me!!

          • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

            And it doesn’t!! So now you’ll know when I post!! Yippee!!

    29. CarolV June 26, 2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

      5:13am 6/26- Good Sunday morning ! First fish in.Whole but small. Trey and Dos? getting fed(I haven’t studied Betsy’s ID video yet), The gang in the tenant apartment are really noisy!
      The second Biggie came in for a few bites and Trey hung in for the last bite or two. Morning first feedings seem to be short.
      Fish in @7:27am..Big and headless…
      The gang is really roaming around that nest! They love looking out over the water. And they’re getting that head waggle down, so they must be viewing distance already…boat watching?

      I think you are right, Rjoneal. I was thinking that fishline wad was different one, but I recognize that stick because I had thought it looked like the fingers on a hand holding that wad….Time for another extension!

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        It may help a little, Carol, because some things are the same … but they’re practically changing by the second — like when I speed up parts of some videos!! 😀

    30. Jim B. June 26, 2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Tommy, you are brilliant! Now, can you come up with a robotic arm that will reposition annoying limbs and remove garbage bags, windshield wipers, landscape plastic, door molding, fishing line, etc. from the nest?

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        😀 I mused back in April that if surgeons can perform remote robotic surgery, why can’t a robotic system be invented to attach along with the video cameras to remove hazardous things from nests??!! … and things that obstruct our view!! 😀

    31. Betsy June 26, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

      Carol and all: I didn’t see the video at 7:21 pm; I was trying to find a picture that I liked to put on Gravatar to use next to my name! I did see this, though, from 7:45 pm. George flew from the perch and swooped and soared with chick #1 watching (and being chased!!). After George landed on the nest, he went over to the remainder of the fish and ate. Chick #2 woke up and George fed it, then the little spunky dolly woke up and George fed that one, too. Gracie, meanwhile, had hopped down from the perch when chick #2 was done before #2 made its way over to lie next to chick #1. After George flew away, swooping and soaring again, watch at 19:59:02 pm – the little cutie tries to bite off a few pieces of fish!!

      P.S. I never did find a picture to use that I liked and I never read all of the comments from yesterday!! 😀 Now, I’m off to the supermarket, and I hope to catch up later!!
      https://youtu.be/Bs1IXID_26o

    32. Bre June 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      or is it in 3 eggs-bowl circumference?

    33. Paula June 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      I just wanted to thank CarolV and Deborah for answering my question. The babies are gone from the nest. I don’t know when they were removed because the news station stop showing the live feed for most of the day. They have it back up now but I don’t know for how long!
      I will continue watching Osprey Zone and hope that next year we get the great outcome that I think is coming for these babies.
      I have to agree with the rest of you that the lens cleaner is AWESOME and you should really have it patented before someone steals you idea.
      Thanks All
      Paula

    34. Bre June 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Betsy: don’t you mean 13cm in egg circumference instead of 13 inches..

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 12:41 am - Reply

        No, Bre, I mean inches. What I neglected to put in my answer to Mike was that after I placed the chicken eggs together the way they were in the egg bowl (like this: http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/100_7947.jpg). I then measured the diameter (the distance across a circle through the center) as 4 inches. So, to get the circumference, which is the distance around a circle or the perimeter, you multiply the diameter (which is twice the radius, or the distance from the center of a circle to any point on the circle) by pi or 3.14 and which comes out to 12.56 inches, or 13 inches give or take!! 😀

    35. Marlene June 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Tommy, thanks so much. What a way to spend your Saturday. Cleaning the lens. Your invention sure came in handy. I guess Gracie was not as surprised about it this time. Can’t thank you enough for cleaning our screen. If it makes you feel any better, I have seen some of them imitate their parents and squirt outside of the nest. (Hope you are not down below when that happens.) Your are the best! That must be why Sandy stopped by to see you last year before she left. They must know you take care of them, even if they don’t realize that thousands of us OZ lovers are viewing their private lives, ha-ha.

    36. Bre June 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Chicks pecking is Pure child’s play/natural..they have to learn to defend themselves, or fight for their life. Hint kittens & puppies do the same thing with each other 😉 I think Chickpea/Ozzy has to practice early on being smaller so it a good thing

    37. Betsy June 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Tommy’s magic again!!
      https://youtu.be/Yfhn0fo-J2Y

      • Elizabeth June 26, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

        Remarkable! Thanks Tommy!

      • Victoria Schiman June 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy for sharing and creating the video clip of Tommy’s magic! Awesome! :)than

        • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome. Wouldn’t be possible though without the “magic” lens washer!!

    38. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      @7:22pm- The way the light is shining you can really see the fluff popping out on the chick’s back. Little fuzzly-wuzzly soon..!!!!

      • CarolV June 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        BETSY: @ 7:21, George drops out of nest: then, you can see him hovering and diving..thing of beauty ! Now I’m sorry I opted not to get a touch screen on this. Can’t zoom in!

    39. BirdRJSviewer16 June 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      That lens cleaner is the best!

    40. Deborah June 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      7:22pm George rocketed from the nest and Gracie followed. Wonder what’s up.

    41. Karen DeLonng June 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Our little cuties must not be too too hungry right now……. #1 got up and had a few bites, the other two are semi-comatose……… And thank goodness there were two ‘shots’ and both missed the lens! Just peeked again and #1 & #2 are getting bites now. Our little one is still snoring……..

    42. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      7:10pm George is in. Is that a new fish or leftovers? It’s a good sized tail section, but I couldn’t see it clearly.

      oh…Mike Martin…good luck with that..

    43. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Around 18:57 Gracie was over checking around by the camera..was she looking for whoever did that? Note the kayaker in the background..envious..(me. not Gracie)

    44. Elaine June 25, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Three cheers for Tommy! Thank you for your quick response in washing off the camera lens. “We can see clearly now”.

    45. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Gracie looked like “O.K…….it’s happening again…………….I’ll just ignore it..George didn’t believe me last time….Kids, Mommy has more fish here!”..”Then, Mommy needs to rest…”

    46. Rjoneal June 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Tommy you’re the greatest !
      Thank you now I can cancel my new eye appointment for glasses.

    47. Frieda June 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      As a former Orienter, I have been fascinated with the G&G family and what great parents they are. As #1 chick was born in the daytime, my vote for that name would be “Sunshine/” The 2nd chick hatched at night so I suggest “Moonbeam” and the plucky #3 stands up for itself so well, I’m suggesting “Champ” for the little guy’s name. That’s one he can grow into! What a great window washing job!!!

    48. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      6:30pm…………..You know the tune….
      He let it go, he let it go…..
      Can’t see our birds anymore….
      He let it go, he let it go,
      Sprayed the lens and made us sore!

      So let it flow, let it flow
      Can’t see our view no way
      Let it flow. let it flow…
      Here we are and now we say:

      We don’t care what chicks may do-
      Tommy found a way to erase the poo !!

      • Elizabeth June 26, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

        LOL Carol V…especially the last 2 lines!

    49. ospreyzone June 25, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Three cheers for Tommy! Another amazing demonstration of good old Yankee ingenuity.

    50. Betsy June 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you Tommy … that was speedy!! ♥

    51. Arlene June 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Awesome job again cleaning the cam screen….thank you!!!! 🙂

    52. Helen June 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you Tommy and Paul – 18:23 – all clean !!

    53. Elaine June 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      June 25, 2016, 2:23 pm: Here we go again. This time it was chick #1 who made a direct aim at the camera lens. He/she must have thought this out perfectly. Gracie was standing there watching. I guess it is time to use the lens cleaner again.

    54. Dorothy June 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know what happened to the cam today?

    55. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      17:48pmEDT- Gracie announced that George brought a fish.

    56. rjoneal June 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      Reply-6-25-16 Betsy wonderful job on videos and you are welcome, glad to help in any way, you had to do all the hard long hours in the making of the video..
      Guess you might have another squirt video to make if they use Tommy’s invention to rescue us from blurred vision.
      Even if you cant see I am addicted so I will keep watching just might have to go to eye doctor to get glasses.
      Here is hoping the babies start using the side of the nest to do their squirts, the water bill might get kinda high at this rate.

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

        Thank you, rjoneal!! … rjoneal is sometimes my alert-er and my “editor” … but I need someone to sometimes help me come up with titles, ahem CarolV.

    57. Betsy June 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Here we go again!! 😀
      https://youtu.be/p5on7HpMJMs

      • Elizabeth June 26, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

        Look Ma…Bullseye!

    58. rjoneal June 25, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      6-25-16 pm Can someone give Tommy a Ring-A-Ding Ding and ask him to water our camera? I hope he is not out of town? Can we start a telephone tree for squirt Emergency?

      Oh No don’t tell me the well is dry and we have no water for our Tommy’s invention, I will bring some water to you Tommy if you need it to clean camera.

      I’M DREAMING OF OUR OSPREY NEST, ONE THAT HAS TOMMY’S WATER INVENTION TO CLEAN THIS MESS,HOW WONDERFUL IT USE TO LOOK, OH I’M DREAMING OF OUR OSPREY NEST!

      Our lovely babies love to take position, point, aim, fire, squirt who cares were lands even if its on mom or dad now brothers and sisters they are prime targets.

      • Betsy June 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: 😀 “a Ring-A-Ding Ding and ask him to water our camera? … a telephone tree for squirt Emergency?” That’s funny, but not a bad idea!! 😀

    59. CarolV June 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      5:24pm 6/25 Shooting practice a weekend event now?

    60. rjoneal June 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Reply-Jo-Ann believe it or not that wad of fishing line is the same one that was on the left side of the nest. With all the stick moving around and nest remolding it has worked its way back up and front facing the water almost now. Hopefully as time goes by it will get worked down were it wont be a problem. This happened last year with string it was amazing to watch this string disappear and reappear in a different location just when we thought it was so far down into the sticks so it wouldnt hurt any of the birds. Then we we get a glimpse of it in a different location it was to entangled into the sticks away on outside of nest so that was good.

    61. rjoneal June 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Reply – Maltiegirl, Hi welcome are you new to the site?? Were you here last year? I dont remember your name?

      • Maltiegirl June 25, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

        Hi rjoneal, Thank you for the warm welcome! I was a lurker last year. I watch a few other osprey nests, unfortunately this year my favorite, Hellgate, will not have any chicks. I am enjoying this nest! I grew up on Long Island back in the 60’s and 70’s when there were no ospreys so it is so lovely to see this nest.

        • Deborah June 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

          I am sorry about no chicks on the Hellgate nest.

    62. Janet June 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Opps someone messed the screen again lol?

    63. Terri June 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Oh no
      Terri

    64. GinaM June 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      A direct hit! Bombs away Chick #1!!! He backed up right to the camera and aimed for it.
      Tommy time to hit the shower!

    65. Margaret June 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Oh well, I just sat down from working around the house all day and was looking forward to seeing what the family was up to…. And the camera is all dirty again. Hope it gets washed soon

    66. Eva June 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Time for the poop shot cleaner again!

    67. Betsy June 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      The little rascal started a fight this morning, too, at 9:50 am!! All hell broke loose, part 2!! The little one picked a fight at 9:50 am with chick #2, then chick #2 kicked his butt … then a couple of minutes later the little holy terror 😀 pecked at chick #1 then chick #1, after pecking him back, went at chick #2!!
      https://youtu.be/SdfEQ0IBxIE

    68. Ann H June 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Woooah… Bullseye! I think it was chick #1 this time.
      Get the windshield wiper. Glad we have the cleaner this year

    69. LynD June 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      June 25th – 14:23 – Oh boy looks like No. 1 chicklet blew up the screen again with a HUGE PS. Tommy oh where are you Tommy???????

    70. Helen June 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      14:23:33 Chick poops on camera. It was not the little one but one of the others. what an aim!!!

    71. LynD June 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      June 25th – 14:23 – No. 1 chicklet blew up the screen again with a HUGE PS. Tommy oh where are you Tommy???????

    72. Donna June 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      @ 2:23pm another bullseye to the lens. Looks like we’ll need another lens cleaning. That thing is amazing!

    73. Brenda Sherman June 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      are they able to clean the lens again?

    74. Karen DeLong June 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      We need our wiper service again! Not sure which ‘rear end’ did the job this time. But whoever did the direct hit—should be very proud! Talk about a bulls eye!!

    75. Marlene June 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      About 2:23 p.m., #1 shot a bulls eye at the screen. Perfectly placed. This might call for another window cleaning. This family sure keeps Tommy and Paul busy.

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