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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
What in the world did Gracie bring into the nest at 7:03 pm. A branch crossed with an octopus?
19:07 pm Look at those crops! Esp wee one. He looks like a turkey. No one can say they are not getting enough to eat. Holy Cow. And Gracie was just trying to moce a very awkward stick and has left the middle of the nest a mess.
Jue39 @ 6:42 George brings in headless fish at 6:22. That bird has his game on. Gracie placed it right in front of Baby 3 and I think Baby 2. Baby 1 then came over. Seemed everything was going wall. No pecking of #3. I can’t believe they are still hungry and can put any more food in their gullets.
18:22 headless fish
June29 6:03 For those of you that are counting fish deliveries my 5:45 post related to the fish that Redkayak is posting about I just forgot to put in delivery time of 5:10. My post was not about a different delivery.
@ a little after 5:00pm George brought in the Biggest Fish i have ever seen him carry into the nest today “dinner” nice catch 😉 GEORGE! 😉 Not sure what kind it is tho…
June29 @ 5:45 P.M. (EST) George brought in a huge alive fish which Gracie took and dragged over to the lower right side. Out od view. Baby 1 &2 went over to her but Baby 3 stayed p where George was and was being very vocal as if he was complaining to George about the feeding situation and seemed to be asking George for help. He bit George’s talon twice then George left. Baby 3 then went over to where the feeding was going on. He is so far down on the right he can barely be seen. Can not see if he is getting any food or if he is getting attacked. That fish is huge and hopefully as happens he backs off when full and Babies 2 &3 will get fed.
5:56 Baby 3 seems to be in the middle of the nest don’t know if he got fed or if he was forced away. He seems to be sleeping so hopefully he is in food coma. The other 2 seem to still be eating.
When I first peeked, couldn’t find the little one. Here Mom (I think….) was In The corner of the nest just off to the side of the camera and lo and behold, the baby was getting stuffed with a lot of goodies. Then #1, decided to wake up and get his/her share and the little one just played at sleeping.
OMFNG Lil One was pushed out of the nest!!! help?
1735 – Baby 1 is gorging itself, Baby 2 is playing architect, and Baby 3 – can’t see!!! Hope it shows up with a full crop! Can’t get anything done till I see end result.
Emerges with full crop at 1754 – yay Baby 3 – so far so good. Good night all!
Can’t see the most recent feeding which started at approximately 5:10 p.m. Gracie took the whole fish over to the right side of the camera. The little guy managed to get himself a place next to his brothers. But, can’t see if he’s getting any food. I wonder why Gracie decided to feed them so close to the edge. Does she perhaps know we’re watching and doesn’t want for us to view them? LOL!!
17:10:30 Gracie moves out of the way for George and a decent size fish delivery
6-29-16 Reply- Monica please read what I posted to Margaret and hang in there if you can bear to watch. If you do manage to even watch some look at the beauty Paul and the Landlords have put right in front of us without even leaving our homes. Just check in and see how fast they grow it is just so amazing the way they change so quickly at this point.
Still so many more changes in the way they look now will not even come close to what they will look like when they fledge.
RJONEAL – Thanks for the response. I was with the group last year. So, I felt the heartbreak when we lost PeeWee. Nonetheless, it’s not any easier to watch the pecking this year. I don’t think it would ever get any easier. Every time I see the little guy get pecked, my heart breaks. Just hope that he makes it. Praying that he will. 🙂
I am not sure how to comment on this board but at 3:00am California time I saw the little one get fed a bunch
And the other two didn’t peck him or even bother to eat at all.
6-29-16 Reply – Kathleen I guess I should have read your comment before making my post to Margaret. Please read what I wrote to Margret it applies to your response also. Yes, if you believe in God then you know you have to have faith and whatever is meant to happen will happen and it was Gods plan. Since you stated please God watch over little one…
I was not home from 10:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m., but I replayed the video and saw the fourth fish delivery at 12:29 p.m. Gracie was blocking the camera, but I know that one of the older ones got fed first, then Peanut ate at 12:36 for about 7 minutes. Could not see how much. One of the big guys pecked him a couple of times. I feel so bad for him; he has marks on the back of his head. I know he had natural marks on the back when he was younger, but these look like pecks. The big guy was standing behind him for about 45 minutes. it must be such a scary feeling. But, he did lay low and submissive most of the time. Poor little fella (or gal)!! The second chick was being fed around 2;04 p.m., but I think it was part of the fish that George delivered at 12:29. So, keeping track of the fish deliveries, I saw:
#1 – 6:00 a.m.
#2 — 7:15 a.m.
#3 – 9:10 a.m.
Left to go out at 10:00 a.m. Don’t know if any sushi was delivered between 10:00-12:30
#4 – 12:29 p.m.
Did anyone see additional feedings?
There was a fish delivered at 11:30 am or 11:32 am. and they finished that one. No one was standing first in line when George delivered the fish at 12:29 pm because they ate all the earlier one at abt. 11:30 am.
6-29-16 Reply- Gina M. I truly admire you, and your knowledge last year, you answered a lot of my questions and you dont write books when you post just quick little postings but so meaningful.
I am grateful you think I am doing a good job with my wording on posting ( if you dont look at my spelling errors from using my cell phone ha ) for all of us this does mean alot to me coming from you.
I laugh when you say you post on cell phone causing mistakes! I have same problem! I call it FFS-Fat Finger Syndrome- and it takes me forever to do a simple sentence! Admire your perseverance !
The babes are starting to stand & walk around the nest instead of hobbling on heels lol how cute as they stumble after taking a few steps here & there then to fall back on heels 😉
Bre: Even better today!! 😀 Woo hoo!!
6-29-16 Reply- Margaret If you were not with us last year and even if you were it is hard and some can not deal with this part of raw nature which is exactly why Paul has it posted on the site ( Please be advised that nature can be brutal – viewer discretion is advised.) I completely understand if you cant watch which is exactly why reading the comments are good to do before viewing so you kinda will know what has been happening. However since it is not live chat you could start watching and anything can happen..
I did watch Pewee last year and signed off as he was dying hurt my heart, stomach and couldn’t sleep for days. I had just watched Rachel and Steve’s babies get stolen from the nest in Maine and that was hard too. But started to read more about Ospreys and the more I watched and learned the easier it became. When I signed back on after I read he was gone it was hard since Gracie left his body there. Sandy and Ronnie would lay on his dead body until it started to decay. Then it just became part of the nest. Then the joy came from watching how beautiful and wonderful Sandy and Ronnie became as young juvenile Ospreys. Until they fledged, then I was heart broken cause I missed them.
You really have to put it into perspective and remember it is like one big open space with many animals all fighting for their existence. This is not for all and it could turn real ugly at anytime.
However, it is teaching us on how these beautiful birds and their behaviors, how they are as parents, and how will they provide and teach the siblings. this will help them overcome and manage to survive the long winter migration. If baby 3 cant survive the nest he would only face a lot more when he goes to fledged and wouldn’t survive anyways.
As Rob stated this is how bad genes get stopped kinda like how you would want to stop an epidemic from spreading to those who are well.
Keep positive but this is out of our hands.
Love our birds, love our Osprey followers
Reply @ Rjoneal yes I did watch last year. I came on the site right after pee wee died. I totally fell in love with Ronnie and Sandy. They amused me to know end and I felt empty when they all fledged the nest… I would still go on the site just to look at the nest. Your explanation is quiet helpful so thank you for that
WELL said, I do love Weebles AND, I HATE how they killing him or her slowly……..I’m still hoping he makes it.
15:37 look at the size of that kids wing! Wow
I am getting really concerned about how Biggie #1 is treating littlebit. Things had been going so well and now #1 is just being quite vicious to #3. I know there’s a pecking order and that’s the way it should be but what is concerning me is the #1 tracks him down when they’re not even eating and just pummels #3. It seems like #3 is deferring to him at every turn but he still beats the snot out of him at every chance. I’m also concerned about how #1 and #2 seem to flank #3. I’m so afraid that they’re both gonna go at him. I just hope Gracie can handle it and help to keep the peace. I’ve already had my Osprey heartbreak for the year. I really hope I don’t have another one!
I think wee one will be ok…he needs to learn to “play dead” when 1 comes too close..I think he will learn eventually…I have lots of hope and faith this season at this nest..Gracie and George are great parents..Have a great day everyone!!
Gracie seems like a more conscientious mom this year; another year of experience CAN make a difference in Osprey parenting!
June 29 @ 1:20 P.M. (EST) It was a peaceful and beautiful scene with the three babies together looking out over the bay. Gracie is not in the nest and all is well, Till food arrives that is!!
June29 @ 12:15 p.m. I did see the events of this mornings feedings and I was very upset but I do realize it is what it is and has been for millions of years. I didn’t see baby 3 get any of the first fish which was a small one. Glad to hear he did get enough to eat from that fish after he got attacked by baby 1 and submitting to him. He seems to” know when to hold um, know when to fold um, know when to walk away, know when to run.” He did get plenty of the second fish along with baby 2 because baby 1 got most of the first fish and was full and asleep.
I hope other feedings today went well. We have to get used to their behavior when it comes to food. Thankfully food has been plentiful. No fish kills this year to date. But as the water temps rise it is always a possibility. The EPA I think changed some rule as to how much fishermen can harvest. They increased the limit so that there would be less fish in the water if a kill happened. Of course that would impact the number of fish for the osprey in the area. But from what we have been seeing there is no shortage of fish and all is going well in the nest. Pray it stays that way and the worst that happens if that baby 3 has to wait his turn at the table or talons so to speck.
1:26..pm wow the baby is getting pecked on a lot today by the eldest baby #thug.. Its getting brutal to watch. It makes my stomach sick to see this so I think I will tune in tomorrow and hope its a better day for the little guy..
Our little chick number 3 was born on June 8th. That makes him 3 weeks old.
Little PeeWee from last summer was born on June 15th and passed away on July 1 at barely two weeks old. He was also much smaller than normal.
Even though the fighting has picked up a bit today, I am hoping that the extra week of growth (which is monumental in Osprey time) will protect Chick#3 this year.
Today Lil One is 3 weeks old..Positive thoughts for the the Lil guy!
Chick #3 is 3 weeks old today. I was looking at video from June 24th to compare how chick #1 looked at that age … chick #3 seems to be a little smaller than chick #1 was at 3 weeks, but only a little, and s/he has all of the start of feather growth that chick #1 had at that age. I think it’s just that we’re comparing her/him to how big the older chicks are now! Remember, we were not comparing chick #1 at that age to an older larger chick.
;-)Notice baby #3’s wings are looking longer & fuller now. rjoneal is right they are getting more mature & feedings are changing…
9:34a.m. June 29 – Brutal attack on Poco from #1.
Hi CarolV, I scrolled back to that early feeding. I think that’s #1 fish of the day. I saw that the bully pecked our baby three times during that feeding, so I guess that’s why he retreated. He really did not get enough to eat. Felt really bad for him. Anyway, George delivered fish #2 at 7:15 a.m. Fatso was so full that he did not even budge, so #2 and #3 ate all of the fish. The little guy had a really good feeding, and actually walked away and fell asleep. I hope that Gracie gets enough to eat. She finished the tail. Afterward, she took a quick trip and returned with an actual piece of wood — thick and square. Walked around the nest to the left, to the right, then dropped it gently on the bully, who was sleeping. That was really funny. Anyway, the wood ended up out of sight, on the right side of the nest. George delivers headless fish, #3, at approximately 9:10 a.m. Looks like #1 and #2 ate very good again. I think baby #3 would’ve eaten more, but #1 came over and I can see he is a little afrraid of him; that pecking must hurt. He stayed slightly away, but when #1 walked away, #3 came back to eat. So, they are all full. And, Gracie got to eat some more. She has to keep up her energy in order to take care of those hungry chicks. So, I know they had three fish thus far, the first which I saw at 6:00 a.m. Maybe others can keep track, because I have to sign off until late afternoon. Good luck fishing, George.
#3 has a full crop! Very good feeding. Way to go daddy George and mama Gracie! World of difference this year for the little one. =) 9:27 am.
6-29-16 am ok I hope everyone is not losing their minds and stressing about baby 3 this morning at first feeding was really hard to watch but this is a valuable lesson baby 2 and 3 needs to learn that there is a pecking order in the nest it just has not be enforced until now. If you watched this am 5:00- 5:30ish am 1st fish of the morning it is always going to be the most important one since they have not had any food for long period through the night. Baby 1 and 3 have been getting away with getting feed in line first up until today. Now that baby 1 is getting older he is going to be more aggressive not wanting to share nest with siblings. They will need to learn to get out of his way and stay down until he lets them by or get up..
If baby 2 and 3 make sure they stay in line and more less wait to see if baby 1 is going to eat or not, then they hopefully should be ok Baby 3 has learned to survive by sneaking in there in the past that wont go well unless baby 1 is full or sleeping. As you saw today baby 3 attempted 3x to just get close to the fish and all 3x Baby 1 would start the pecking and hurting him. He was telling baby 3 you dont eat unless I let you even though baby 1 had his fill he still was not ready to let baby 3 eat. Eventually baby 1 lay down and let baby 3 by without any problems baby 3 got feed enough for his crop to fill out.
Notice at the 2nd fish of the day things were so much calmer and baby 2 and 3 got right up there and ate and ate and ate. Baby 1 was pretty much full and everyone went into food comas as Carol Iv and Betsy and others have called it.
Hopefully baby 3 will learn not to go near the fish unless baby 1 is not wanting it or we could have a problem.
Note positive thinking even though there is a lot of fighting lately if they learn and get the pecking order they all might make it. Dont get discouraged yet but it is about to get REAL now they are at the age were the aggressiveness and dominance is going to be instinct. So remember we have an unusual osprey nest but we got a long ways to go still .
Love our Ospreys, Love our Osprey Family Followers positive energy going all the way to the nest!!
rjoneal.. I watched the exact thing you describe above and found it to be so upsetting I had to close the computer. I just love baby 3 and I can’t watch baby 1 peck and him/her
Perfectly put. I think baby 3 is smart enough to figure it out. He has been pretty crafty so far.
RJONEAL – I am losing my mind. I cannot watch like I used to. Now I just peek and hope. Please God, watch your little one…
Kathleen– I can’t watch like I usd to to either!! Breaks my heart…to sad! I am praying for his little guy…
Thank God I missed that first feeding. That would have broken my heart. I rewound and saw that the little guy got some food at about 9:17am or so. My thoughts and prayers are with the little guy always. I hope he makes it. He seems to be feisty, assertive in sneaking in and getting food. I’ll never understand why Gracie doesn’t have the maternal instincts that should save the little guy. Nature is indeed cruel. 🙁
Monica… I totally agree with you….so hard to watch…can’t watch as much as I used to. Have to turn it off. Gosh…I hope he is strong enough and makes it!!!!
Good to see Trey getting some tidbits in this feeding. He looks good. Hope me makes me a liar! 😉
Of all three, he is definitely George’s baby- he may surprise us all! 🙂
Crossing my fingers!
Yeah—we do to Rob…..
😀 We all hope so, too, so we can all give you raspberries!! 😀
I hope he makes you a liar, too, Rob B.!! Watching the little guy at the edge of the nest looking out, I imagine he’s thinking, “I can’t wait to get the heck outta here! But, first, I have to get more food in my body and grow and get strong. I just have to get the heck outta here!!” LOL!!
You are highly respected and your knowledge of Ospreys is amazing. Years of study….Liar is a harsh term..You just said it didn’t look good for lil one. We all have such high hopes that he will make it.
Can somebody tell me how old was the little chick when it died last year?
I believe only 16 days- Born June 15h, 2015- Passed away July 1st- and Forever in our Hearts…
I think 3 weeks?
He hatched on June 15 and died July 1…16 days old
the little chick last year was younger than these guys are now. I haven’t checked in for a week or so and can’t believe how much all have grown and I was very surprised that #3 was still alive (though smaller). I would guess that last year the siblicide happened midway through June. It was awful. Very hard to watch. I assumed I would check in today and see only 2 chicks. The fear (in my uneducated mind) is that #3 has to really grow and get strong so when fall comes he will be able to fly away.
I believe the anniversary of his demise was July 1st.
About this time last year. This year’s 3rd chick looks much healthier and stronger than last year’s #3 chick.
I agree with you, Madeline S. I think this year’s baby #3 is healthier, bigger, and just a lot more ‘assertive’ when it comes to getting fed. There have been times when he has gotten fed all by himself. Except when bully #1 realizes it and comes to get his share. I think the little guy is going to make it.
watches a wildlife show last night, the parents lay their eggs on a cliff and the little chicks need to plunge off the cliff to the parents on the ground. Then in another bird clip….the little chick, pushed the egg out of the nest…..talk about a cruel world
Looks like Gracie was feeding our little one to the point that our baby turned away from Mom and didn’t want anymore! Excellent sign. Keep stuffing our/your baby Mommy! Good job and Daddy too of course!
That’s exactly what I saw too Karen – thankfully
7:17amEDT Another whole but smallish fish…happy to see Trey front and center for this! What’s George eating???? Kids first, I guess…
I was SO glad to see that!!
7:20am, another fish and baby is getting all of it.
5:34amEDT-George brings in a fresh one. Medium sized flipper bouncing around the nest. Gracie gets a beak on it and takes charge of feeding. Trey thinks about scooting in but gets looks from the Biggies and decides to cuddle up to someone’s butt and wait it out.They have to stop eating sometime, right? @6:15, still no opening…..
6:25am- Don’t know whether Trey went back to sleep or if sib is sitting on him, but he hasn’t eaten yet and fish is disappearing. Biggies eat so much now! I see he is getting some feathers now, as are his tail feathers sprouting, too.
Yea!! 6:29- Trey time! Down to the last bit, but Gracie’s doing her best to get every piece in to him.
Gracie was down to some tough pieces of skin, which she tried to rip up for Trey, but couldn’t hold to rip further. So she’s searching for dropped pieces. And Trey did a little foraging of his own.
CarolV, I just woke up and saw comments … went back to that time frame … the little one was pecked by chick #1 at 5:30 and again a few second later!! 🙁
I mean 5:35 am (5:34:59)
Chick #1 got the rap
But it wasn’t his crap
That went flying onto the lens
It was chick #2
Who soiled the view
Either way we’re in need of a cleanse
For Betsy: I love your poem. How appropriate! Maybe the chicks should take a course in “HOW TO DIRECT YOUR SQUIRTS AWAY FROM THE CAMERA LENS, PART 1 AND 2”,
This is my 2nd season of Osprey viewing and I’m loving every second!! Love the little one and it’s great knowing our viewing won’t be interrupted by a dirty lens!! Thanks to all who make this adventure possible!!
Wow, comments are up!! I had been busy scrolling back and was counting fish 😀 Then Rjoneal contacted me at a little before 9 pm or so to tell me that chick #1 and chick #2 were beak kissing … at 5:06 pm! I quick made a video and then I kept scrolling forward from there and I saw the 6:06 pm feeding … I was taping the feeding, pleased as punch that I would show a video that shows how chick #3 gets itself right up front and gets plenty to eat – and then chick #2 started pecking the hell out of chick #3!! Drats!! I was about to post the chick beak kissing video when I saw comments were up and I quick glanced through them … chick feeding at the 6:06 pm time, blasted screen again, Tommy help messages!! 😀 By now, it was near the very end of the 4-hour window for the very end of the feeding … so I copied the video stream from about 6:17 pm, which was near the time I had scrapped the video of the feeding. And now I’m busy catching up on the rest of video stream. 😀
Here’s the chick beak kissing video:
And here’s an old one I had of George kissing Gracie:
Thanks, Tommy, for rescuing us (again) from our OCD. Uh-oh, I take it back. At 8:20 p.m., one of the older ones squirted on the screen. Here we go again!!
The big guy just got the screen again…time for the magic waterworks 🙂
June 28, 2016, 8:08 pm. Either chick #1 or chick #2 decorated the camera lens again. I guess it is time to get out the lens cleaner again.
20:08 – June 28th – Number 1 did another Number 2, obliterating our view. T O M M Y ?????? H E L P! ! ! !
At least they aren’t constipated! That’s a good thing! LOL
Boy that’s for sure! ?
20:08 Geezeee, Tommy just cleaned it off, there goes another Big squirt! Hmmm… , may we contribute to the water bill?!? Hopefully Mother Nature will help out- rain predicted for tomorrow, thankfully can still see the feed through the stuff, xoxo
Is one of the older babies having a problem with the plastic on its foot? Just noticed this at 8:00 PM. Love this family!!
just saw chick aim and get direct hit at camera lens.
Baby 3 got a good feeding at 6:15pm while baby #2 was playing with metal object in the nest – #1 and #3 ate well then #2 realized she was missing out and came over and pecked #3 very hard – baby 3 cried out and laid flat – now I see how easy it would be for the other 2 to harm 3 – all my heart is with #3 – be strong baby 3.
Yes the little guy does not get as much food as the older sibs, but he is smaller and he is growing, so it appears he/she is getting enough food. And there is definitely more food this year than last. I’m not worried anymore.
This little one is just AMAZING! Actually forced itself right up to the front of the food line. Even stole some food right out of the mouth of one of the others! I just simply adore our baby! May our little one grow big and strong……
Goodies arrived at 1807pm! And that darn weather stripping (or whatever it is) is in the way! Maybe that was Moms decorating idea? ? We just gotta have a birdie/human talk on her decorating styles……
6-28-16 Reply-Lady Di- I agree with you I counted 10 fish one day that George brought in I think it was either after baby 1 or baby 2 and I estimate about the same as you anywhere from 8 to 10 is his average. I wanted to say that several of us saw him bring in a founder and as you mentioned bunker fish and others. Glad you are watching this year and let’s keep positive attitude. No sense in feeling stressed about something that has not happened yet. It’s nature and we just are so lucky this year so far so many Osprey Nest have had such tragedy. Love our family,Osprey birds and followers!
All of you who seem to spend your lives watching these osprey must be extremely pleased with their success so far this year. They seem to be getting enough food not to pick the little guy to death which is not a rare occurrence and so far, despite Mama’s attempts to bring dangerous stuff into the nest they have not yet entangled themselves to the point of needing rescue. which is always a serious undertaking. The lens cleaner is working well so we don’t get blotted out for too long and that is good as well. All in all, with some continued good luck (which is never guaranteed) we may actually see three youngsters fledge successfully which would be cause for a glass of champagne. Yes?
WOOOOT WOOOOT thank you for the clear picture again! I think every wildlife cam needs this system! =)
Okay, all you fish knowers out there … George brought a fish yesterday that was yellowish – I’m curious to find out what kind of fish it was/would be!! 😀
Now….tell..just how lucky are we to have Tommy’s ingenious lens cleaner?!?! Simply smazing!!!And the kiddies never moved…just how does the force of water not splash on all of them?!? Don’t tell, dear Tommy, just get that thing patented!!! xoxoxo
The three musketeers all look so peaceful when sleeping huddled together. Would that it was always so. Here’s a thought – does anyone think Gracie remembers PeeWee?
I mean, do you think it influences how well she is taking care of the baby this time? Can birds feel grief as we know it?
I giggle like a toddler when I see that wonderful screen cleaner go into use! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Thank you Tommy!! Lens cleaned at 3:06 pm!! (Sorry, no video!! 😀 )
I mean I’m not making a video of the cleaning!! The video feed is fine!! 😀
How is it that a chick can only be a few days younger than its siblings and yet be so much smaller?
6-28-16 3:15 pm thank you thank you thank you for the magical cleaning of the lens.
Just let us all know where to send the check and will be more than happy to donate for the water.
Did my cataracts get suddently bad 🙂 or do we need a lens cleaning. I sincerely hope the later is the case. P L E A S E
It was not your cataracts. The lens cleaner did its job . Much better view of the kids. They are lookin good. Chick #3 has pin feathers on both wings.
It looks as if it is time again to start up the lens cleaner. WHO DUNNIT THIS TIME? Maybe the kids are taking turns.
They did!! … it was a joint effort … when chick #1 only managed to get the left side of the view after 2 tries, chick #3 stepped up to the plate and got the right side!! 😀
6-28-16 Reply – Karen DeLong
You are welcome Karen!
I really think Rob B. knowing the history of our nest from last year wanted to prepare us because last year it was so unpredicted no one saw it coming and we were all so Unprepared it made the tragedy even worse. He was just giving his expert opinion we have been watching the behaviors of our birds and family and based on what we have seen so far as long as things stay the way they are hopefully all three will fledge. The good news is because the two older brothers are about 4 days older this means they will be flying out of the nest first and hopefully catching their own fish as long as Gracie or George continue nurturing baby number three once they do that then he will have the nest to himself for the most part and he hopefully will be fine. I really do think even though he’s the youngest that he is just going to be one of the small Osprey birds not all ospreys are the same size and he is on the smaller side doesn’t mean he can’t survive this.
Fingers crossed but as the expert say it is a higher percentage he might not make it then he will make it. But we already have as Rob mentioned unusual family and because of the way they are bonded I really do think number three could make it. Since our nest has been the first to witness the female Gracie feeding George in line with the babies Then our nest could be the first for the little guy to fledge successfully. Just be prepared in case it does go bad but for now I’m thinking positive until I see otherwise.
Let’s remember Pewee was put to death by both siblings at the same time several times and then they would go at him one on one for the most part when they both ganged up on him at the same time that was his demise. We have not seen that behavior in this mess this year. Of course I am no expert in these are just my observations
POOR WEEBLES, HIS/HER NECK IS TAKING
A BEATING, THEY PECKING IT SO HARD, LEAVING BLOOD MARKS
Totally agree with your comments. I am no birdie expert at all, but I do know that IF ‘everyone’—no matter what ‘type’ of species, knows that there will be enough food available, more than likely there will not be ‘any problems’ between the siblings. Now as for birds, I don’t have a clue if that theory would be on the same level. HOPEFULLY it is, but as you mentioned, only time will tell. We just have to hope and pray for our little one……. And thanks for getting back to me. ?
I agree with every word you said Rjoneal. Hopefully we are both right! I have a lot of confidence in the little one.
Well, who wants to count fish? 🙂
I nominate you, Kathy B!! 😀 Here’s a start (from today): 😀
This is unreal! Where is Tommy!! Why isn’t the lens being cleaned?!!
6-28-16 Reply-Paul and Tommy
Please please someone give Tommy a ring a ding ding let him know we need his emergency services once again.
We know that both of you are very Busy but please let’s not let Tommy’s invention go to waste.
Are birds are changing so much in a 24 hour period. It’s just amazing how fast they are growing hate to miss out on too much. I know it is happening quite a bit but I’m sure if Tommy needs some money to run the water we would all pitch in and send him a check.
Tommy can you hear us can you hear is crying out to you ? We need you !
This reminds me of last year for sure looking through the little pieces that are clear.
The little one had just gotten pecked by chick #2 while they were getting fed yesterday afternoon. S/he waddled away to the side and then s/he had to squirt … butt facing into the wind!!
Yesterday, Gracie was calling for George to bring a fish and then the littlest one started calling while lying in the corner. When George landed on the nest, the littlest one got up to stand directly in front of George … and called in stereo with Gracie for George to go get them all a fish!! Hold your ears!! 😀
the little ne must be a girl…lol
I agree. It was also doing some rearranging of the nest. We also have a clean lens as of 3 pm.
I LOVE this! With George calling alert, it’s like a family concert! Not exactly music to *our* ears…but we still love them.
Noticed that earlier in day Lil One was mimicking Mom..did not see it later..Love the video and all that you do taking the time and effort to post..You make our family visible through you
videos.. Sometimes words are not enough..
This looks and sounds more like an alert that there was an intruder lurking, rather than a call for fish. They are constantly looking around and even ducking in some cases.
That pesky upright stick is gone 😀
I just want to say thank you to Betsy and rjoneal for being able to check on our little family and keeping track of most on goings! The both of you seem to be on the ‘ball’ with these kids and their parents! Thank you so much for ALL of your information. Much appreciated!!
You’re welcome, Karen.
You both are wonderful!
How often does the camera self clean the glass?
When it’s needed.
11:51 this morning, Gracie feeding only 1 chick. All 3 are lined up, but the closest one to her is getting all the food. NOT FAIR! Hope there was a better feeding earlier.
All 3 fed at about 5:45 this am and wee one had a bunch at the tail end. Almost like a private feeding. I posted that earlier Marilyn. I think he’s doing ok !
I just went back and watched. All three chicks were fed, Marilyn, at the feeding time you mention. At first the two larger chicks were getting fed with little #3 on the side next to chick #2; then s/he maneuvered her/himself in front of the bigger chicks and got fed. They had also been fed at around 5:30 am and 8 am, and more (whole) fish was delivered at around 12:15 pm with all three getting fed, although it was really difficult to see because they were on the center-right area of the view — in the worst area of the cloudiness — but I could see the little ones head bobbing as Gracie fed him/her, at the start, anyway before the two bigger chicks crowded in, and then later in the feeding I could see Gracie’s head going lower as she fed him/her more; and then another fish at around 2:25 pm, again with them all in the really clouded area … not that that really mattered because Gracie was blocking the view for a good part of the feeding!!