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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 July 18, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      9:18am– #4, I believe.
      Trey had some. Others not too hungry. Gracie is having a good feed! About 10 now and one biggie wandered over.

    2. Rose Petejan July 18, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

      07/18/16 9:20 George brings in what appears to be a headless fish. Trey heads over and eats undusturbed. His siblings don’t seem interested at all. George needs to bring in another one for poor Gracie.

      Ps. For those of you who think there are better cameras out there, please feel free to watch them instead and leave us to enjoy this one.

      Thank you to the host for this opportunity. There are some of us who do appreciate what you’re doing?

      • Margaret July 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

        Thanks for that P.S., Rose. I wish the negative, critical people would go away, too. I so enjoy reading all the shared astonishment and joy of the positive and grateful people observing this amazing Osprey Family. The criticism/negative is sad and doesn’t belong here. Thank You once again Site Management and team for this gift.

      • steve w. July 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

        Absotively agree

    3. Rose Petejan July 18, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

      07/17/16 9:20. George brings in what looks like a headless fish. Trey was the first to head over. Siblings didn’t seem interested and Trey ate undusturbed for quite a while.

      PS. For those of you who think there are better cameras out there, please watch those and leave the rest of us to enjoy this one.

      Thank you to the host for this opportunity.

    4. rjoneal July 18, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Good Morning All 7-18-16 FYI-
      SOLAR ECLIPSE
      On Monday, 2017 August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States for the first time since 1979.

      1st whole morning fish was 5:34.25 am BB1 of course eats 1st but actually leaves without eating the whole thing,
      Picture is BB3 getting feed and BB2 eats mostly after Gracie feeds BB3, yeah BB3 way to stand your ground but know when to walk away!

      • GinaM July 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

        Oh boy- they will be flying by then! Thanks for letting us know of this event!

    5. joe July 18, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

      i am going to be watching this because the other osprey camera i watched a raccoon climbed the nest and killed the chicks and it is over

      • Karen DeLong July 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

        How sad……. You’re welcome to join our site!

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        We heard about that. It was tragic! Probably different format than you are used to, but give it a chance…And enjoy the view’-‘it’s the 6th character in this show, after the osprey!

    6. joe July 18, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply

      hello i am new to this

    7. CarolV July 18, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

      8:28am –FISH #3–working hard, George!

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

        Trey is waiting, not so patiently, as the biggies keep eating. She’s been off in the bottom corner, preening and watching each mouthful. Now she’s creeping in.

        • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

          And rewarded for her patience, Trey does a disappearing act with the last of the fish.

          • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

            Gracie starts lobbying for “Next” as Trey gulps down the tailfins….I think George goes fishing just to save is ears! Known some spouses who fish for similar reasons……….

            • Karen DeLong July 18, 2016 at 1:19 pm

              Yep, yep!

            • Margaret July 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm

              Hilarious!! Truly a belly laugh. Thanks, CarolV.

    8. DarDar July 18, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Dad brought in 3 fish before 7:20 am. Good start today.All is good so far.

    9. Paula July 18, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      I agree with Bre that #2 doesn’t get as much attention as is deserved. But that’s because the squeaky wheel gets the grease. He/she will grow up strong and a great parent I believe. Just seems to have a great temperament and smart as all get out.

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        Definite candidate for middle child syndrome!

    10. CarolV July 18, 2016 at 7:42 am - Reply

      Yay! I like my long neck! I can stay back here and still eat!
      Still working on 7:18 fish

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

        Trey got well fed. She had the end of the fish, which was to big to swallow. Tug of war for Gracie to take it back, but Momma always wins! She helped Trey take it apart, then Trey got the fins. Gracie really likes the kid!
        And immediately started asking George, who is upstairs, to head out for more…..The Pressure to feed these bottomless pits!!!!!!!

    11. CarolV July 18, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

      7:18am NEXT! Fish 2

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

        This one is headless, so George is getting his share…

    12. CarolV July 18, 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply

      5:34amEDT…Breakfast is served. Thanks, Dad!

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 7:24 am - Reply

        Eveyone had some. Trey was right in there..

    13. Marlene July 17, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      To Rose Petejan: I agree, her neck and head seems so much smaller. But, she is feisty and smart and just as alert as the other two biggies. Maybe ospreys have runts? I don’t know. And, she is also starting to flap her wings, which is just so cute.

    14. DarDar July 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Will some of our viewers look back at time Sun nite 18:55 and 19:34 and see if you laugh as I did? Alert from Mom really affected little and then Mom really got little with a forked stick.

    15. rjoneal July 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      7-17-16 Rob thanks for checking in and watching the progress our family has made so far. We all watched the video of the tagging of the osprey in Hog Island and of course got a good laugh at the osprey squirting 2x on that guy. Price you pay to be able to hold and witness right in front of you one of the most beautiful birds in the world. I live in Florida so they are everywhere but I love to watch Osprey Zone to see what is really happening in the nest. As you can tell I am a fan of yours and Osprey Zone and love to read all the books on Ospreys and of course I check in at Hog Island just to compare. I was watching last year when they lost their babies it hurt and I had a lot of human emotions. However every year something new happens and it helps toughen me up and puts me in check, that is how nature revolves.
      Thanks again for being the Osprey Whisper and of course thanks to Tommy the landlords, Paul, and Aidan also those who help out behind the scenes that never get recognition.
      Love my Osprey family and Followers!
      pic 7-15-16 George and Gracie who has fish (Mom and Dad)

      ________________________________________
      Rob Bierregaard commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
      in response to ospreyzone:
      ice flapping session by the oldest young. He was whacking Gracie in the process. I like her Pocahontas look with that molting feather.

    16. rjoneal July 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      7-17-16 Reply – Karen Delong – I here you sister me too lol!

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      Karen DeLong July 17, 2016 at 11:51 am – Reply

      That how I look like when I get up in the morning! Trust me, as Martha Stewart would say……’Not a good thing!

    17. rjoneal July 17, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      7-17-16 I changed my pic back to Gracie the Feather Duster pic, if Betsy is reading she will finally stop asking me to change it back I did !!

    18. Betsy July 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      I think the mantling is just a Gracie thing because I haven’t seen the female osprey do mantling when the male brings a fish on other webcams.

      • Betsy July 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

        And, I can find nothing in the literature about female osprey mantling over the fish when chicks are x weeks old, I can only find information about mantling in osprey courtship and mantling when there is an intruder around. I wonder what George must think for having once been welcome at the “dinner table” only to have the “door shut in his face” after he makes his fish delivery. “But, honey, it’s me!! Not Mr Intruder!! Why am I in the bird (dog) house??” 🙂 🙁

    19. Wendy C. July 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      I don’t post very often but feel I must at this time. Some of the comments and demands are out of hand. “Clean the lense, move the camera, lower the pole, remove the plastic, post my comments, why doesn’t everyone appreciate my videos and photos”, really, really???? It just goes on and on…….some must remember that this camera was put in place to observe the wonders of nature, observe these magnificent birds in their natural habitat, not to respond to the demands of the viewing public. You might say, ” well, you don’t need to read the comments”. I do enjoy reading SOME, especially the informative posts that explain some things that we all might not know about or are interested in. Unfortunately this comment section has morphed into a number of posts that are just ridiculous and resembles some online comment sections that are an insult to the provider. I suggest to the person who claims there are many phenomenal osprey sites and doesn’t have to settle for one that is third rate, I suggest you do just that. Insulting our providers is rude and nasty. Thank you Tommy and Paul for all you do!

      • Kathy B July 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        I wholeheartedly agree Wendy C. This is my second year here and I enjoyed the comment section last year much more. Stop with the demands. There are a few people that have felt the need to take over this site and make it a competition. I do enjoy the pics and videos, but feel that has gotten out of hand also. I really like my one eagle site where there are specific times with moderators and 2-3 hour blocks for discussions. Thanks Tommy and Paul for everything and letting us peer into this wonderful nest. I’m glad everything has gone great this year.

      • Dawn July 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

        My sentiments EXACTLY! If you have nothing nice to say… I am forever grateful to Tommy and Paul for this beautiful “birds eye view” of our family.

      • Karen DeLong July 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        Totally agree……..

      • Susan G. July 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        Thank you, Wendy for saying what needed to be said!

      • Maureen Reich July 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        I agree 100%. I watch eagles as well as ospreys and m grateful for each and everycam provider. I love these babies. Thank you.??

      • Bob July 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

        Wendy,

        I so totally agree with everything you said. I am so glad that someone had the sense to recognize that some folks just don’t get it, understand it, or have any conception of the fact that we are just to be lucky bystanders while these birds do their thing and that it won’t always go like a TV soap opera. It is not supposed to all be sweet and wholesome. It is to be what nature provides and it won’t always be pretty. I don’t know from where you comment but it seems that many people don’t seem to have a life of their own and spend their days consumed by this one site. That is fine if only they would cease the behaviors you so well mention. These Long Islanders are giving us something special and to complain about any of it is just plain selfish and silly.I have osprey all around me and I am used to them building sloppy, dangerous nests. It’s what they do and sometimes it is sad the trouble that ensues but all in all they seem to be in good shape around Longboat Key, Florida. Having migrated from Long Island I am very familiar with where the site’s nest is and what fish they feed on.
        Again, thank you for a sane realistic comment. As you mentioned, many other comments are quite good and some very informative. Let’s hope for more of those and less of the childish ones. Bob

        • Dick McNeil July 19, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

          Thanks Wendy & Bob: Here in W. N.Y., it’s fun to watch the family on E.L.I. … Dick McN..

      • Anon July 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

        Amen

      • Mary Y July 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        Thank you Wendy C. I totally agree with you. I had stopped reading many of the comments as they were too pushy & demanding. That is not the way it is here on the North Fork. It made me uncomfortable. Do hope they listen.
        Thank you Tommy and Paul. You are so generous with your time and efforts! Now lets all enjoy the upcoming fledging of our “little” ones.

      • Monica July 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

        Wendy C. – thanks! I totally agree with you. I noticed that the other day but wasn’t sure how to phrase my sentiments. I haven’t been reading the comments as much as I used to do. It’s getting ridiculous, honestly. So, I settle for just watching ‘my’ ospreys. lol

      • Mac July 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        Well Said.

      • Trinity July 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Thanks Wendy ?

      • Sue L July 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Well said Wendy.

        Thank you for posting it and THANK YOU to Tommy and Paul for the time and effort you put in so that we can view these beautiful birds. This a great site and there is an awesome team involved in OspreyZone.

      • Susan Weber July 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        Here, here!! I agree with you 100%! It’s been painful and embarrassing to read all those petty posts. But thrilling to watch the brood thrive this year. As the saying goes….no good deed goes unpunished!

      • Jackie Budris July 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        Whole heartedly agree Wendy C. You have put us all to shame.

      • Donna July 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        Well said and I agree!

      • Margaret July 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

        Bravo, Wendy C. Well said. Unfortunately, today, we live in a very me, me, me culture. Where is gratitude and appreciation. Lots of unfortunate complaining and criticism from people who are doing nothing but being given a gift –FREE!!! Shame on us.

      • MOUSE July 18, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        THANK YOU WENDY. THANK YOU TOMMY AND PAUL HENRY.

      • Jai July 18, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        Cannot agree more! Thanks for speaking out.

      • SueB July 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Amen! Thank you to all who give us this wonderful site!!

      • Victoria Schiman July 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        Wendy C. ~ Well said. I am sooooo grateful to view these amazingly, magnificent birds. Dear Negative Commenters: Stop whining about what you don’t have and start counting your blessings on what you do have. A window into nature. Thank you.

      • Bonnie C. July 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

        Wendy, very well stated! I have had the same thoughts over the last month or so and have stopped reading the posts altogether (until today) due to their immature nature. This site is a special treat provided to us – at no charge. I feel nothing but fortunate to be able to view these truly extraordinary birds on a daily basis from the comfort of my home. I find it mind boggling that there are some who simply are not capable of appreciating what we have here on OZ – and save the criticism for someone who deserves it.
        Big thanks to OZ for putting up with all of us!

      • june c July 19, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

        We are so fortunate to have this wonderful site. You said it so beautifully. Thank You all who run this side.

      • Elizabeth July 19, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

        I thought I was the only one who felt this way. Last year was more enjoyable and pleasant. This year I scroll through most of the comments and posts and just watch the cam.
        Tommy & Paul thank you for taking the time to maintain the site…it’s greatly appreciated.

        • Elizabeth July 19, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

          And…thank you Aiden also.

      • Helen July 19, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

        Ditto Wendy

      • Joan July 19, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

        Hear, hear.

      • Leanne July 19, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

        July 19- 8:57- Well said. Thank you.

      • Mike July 19, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

        How about when someone complains, we paint them like a fish and feed them to G and G……………………

      • Jenny July 19, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Spot on, Wendy. Such a wonderful gift from Tommy, Paul and Aidan~to allow us the wonderful privilege of watching this osprey family. We have learned so much and so very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you.

      • ChrisH July 19, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

        Thank you, Wendy, you couldn’t have said it better. I, too, have been thinking the same thing for some time now. I feel there is a completely different tone to the comments section than last year, when there was a much “friendlier” vibe. Of course I LOVE this site for the camera and check in as often as I can, but sadly I read very few of the comments anymore.

      • Wendy July 19, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

        Bravo!

      • Chris B July 19, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Thank You Wendy for expressing what many of us were thinking. I also have been watching since last year and have enjoyed watching George and Gracie but this year the tone seems to have changed and with many demands and some people sounding as if these are their ospreys! Simple – if you are not happy with the site stop watching. And thank you to those who administer and maintain this site.

      • Sandy July 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

        And here I thought I was the only one feeling this. Thank you for making this comment. I appreciate the opportunity to see all this unfold before my very own eyes and appreciate all those involved in making this site available. God bless you.

      • Kathleen July 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        Our lil bit had an entire fish to himself. Yeah, Georgie…

        • steve w. July 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

          FUNNY, I have NOT seen a fish come in since 4:30 ???

      • Becky July 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        Yes, thank you for keeping us all up to date on these beautiful birds…OUR birds. I appreciate your time and effort. Thank you again.

      • Sharon July 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        Thank you Wendy!!! ♥ I agree with you 100%. ♥ Thank you Paul, Tommy, Christina and Aidan for all you do to bring this beautiful Osprey family into our homes! ♥

      • Deborah July 20, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

        I love watching this site. I watch a lot more than I comment, as I work 8-6 5 days a week (50 hours) and am with my class. We check in on this family daily and my 4 year old students love it; they are so happy number 3 is doing well. I don’t understand why people make such critical comments nor why they are so demanding. We should be grateful we can watch what happens in nature. It is a privilege to see this and without the wonderful generosity of Paul, Tommy, Christina, Aiden, and the moderators we would not have it. A few years ago none of this was possible. I agree with what both Bob and Wendy said. Lil one has to wait to be fed, why? Because it is the birth order. If it is meant to be she will fledge.. Her parents are taking very good care of her and George is an excellent provider, bringing in the fish. I do heartily believe all three will survive this year. And thank you Rob Bierregaar for answering our questions. Please chill folks. This site is not about you. It is about the osprey. Watch, enjoy, learn,and make positive comments.

      • E COLE July 20, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

        Thank you for the clean lens and I appreciate all you do. I do see some of the ridiculous demands and chatter about things not pertaining to the osprey. Again my thanks for the good work.

      • BirdNerd July 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        Thanks for all the adults in the room.

      • Leesa July 20, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        Thank you, Wendy, for stepping up and saying what apparently several of us are feeling too. I read the comments constantly last year, but had stopped reading them for the most part lately cause there has been so much of the demanding of things that seemed very rude to me too. Also, I’ve enjoyed some of the videos, but I’m kind of tired of seeing so MANY pictures. We all have access to the site, and can see the birds for ourselves. Some of the videos, especially I know of Betsy’s, have been wonderful. And yes, I too enjoy the comments that help to inform and teach us more data on these beautiful birds. Thank you Tommy, Paul, Adrian, and all who are involved in providing this awesome site to watch what “Naturally” goes on in and Osprey nest!

        • Betsy July 21, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

          Thank you Leesa. I made a comment this morning after I read Kelly’s post, but I don’t know if it will go through or I would have included you in my reply.

        • Betsy July 21, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

          I think, Leesa, that it just may be the size the pictures come out when posted. I think if the pictures posted much smaller, it would definitely be more enjoyable.

    20. Robert July 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Betsy,
      You are making this a negative experience. Change the channel.

    21. Betsy July 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Paul: I hope you post this. Please don’t be offended by what I am writing. I understood that last year you were very interactive with the viewers. I went back through some of last year’s pages and here is what I found: you made 8 comments to viewers on page 1, 17 comments on page 2, 30 on page 3, 4 on page 4, 8 on page 5, 19 on page 6 and that’s all I went through. It’s frustrating to see the same questions and criticisms over and over again. Believe me I know and you (wisely) did not post some of my responses to viewer’s questions. Perhaps you need an osprey information page (“All You Ever Wanted to Know About Ospreys but Were Afraid to Ask”) and add information on the “About” page with things such as were asked by viewers last year about the camera to which you posted “ospreyzone June 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm “We can zoom in on the image from the camera, but it’s a digital zoom not an optical one and as it zooms, it loses resolution and quality. We can’t actually change the direction of the camera, but when we zoom in we can select different sections of the image, appearing to zoom and pan.” or about the timeliness comments, on which you posted this: “ospreyzone June 24, 2015 at 11:23 pm: “This is definitely the comments’ section. Our software is supposed to allow users to comment directly after they have been approved once, just doesn’t seem to work. However good this would be for filtering out spam it still might not prevent some of the un-publishable comments that we have received which need to be moderated. Unfortunately we can’t monitor 24/7, so for the time being there will have to be delays between comments and publishing. I’m looking into better ways to manage comments, please stand by.”

      This year, from what I’ve seen, you do not seem to be engaged. Perhaps you are ill or have a family member who is ill, perhaps you just lost your mojo for running the site, or perhaps you would prefer not to discuss it, but even a comment to that effect I’m sure would be let us be more empathetic and an update more than just the rarest here and there from you or even Aidan when there are technical issues or even just to say “hi” would be greatly received and appreciated by the viewers and would most likely lessen the frustration of some of us.

      • GinaM July 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

        Betsy,
        I have had the honor of meeting Paul and his lovely wife in person. They are two of the most engaged people I know. They care about this osprey family. Paul also works – the “Tax Resolution Services” you see on the page is his. Last year, I was able to check in a lot more often, but work for me has become incredibly busy. Do I love this osprey family less? No way. I was getting teary eyed thinking that next month at this time we will see them flying and getting ready for their trip south. I will never forget how empty I felt when Gracie left and then Ronnie and the incredibly touching moment when George guided Sandy on her way. If not for George, I believe Sandy would have stayed in the nest all winter.

        There are a huge amount of comments this year as well as all the new photos that they have let us post. It must be an insurmountable task to moderate all of this and watch the nest and maintain a semblance of a normal life.

        I enjoy the photos that you and so many others put up because I get to see what I missed.
        I love how we all love our feathered family.
        Rob is also so cool with his insights.
        I think everyone is totally engaged, including and especially Paul.
        No posting doesn’t mean no monitoring or loving of Gracie and George 2016.
        This is our little peace of heaven in a world gone mad.
        Thanks for letting me respond to your post and express my deepest gratitude to Paul and Tommy and all the wonderful posters here.

    22. june c July 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Amazing size difference for just 5 days apart..

    23. birdRJSviewer16 July 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Many fish brought to the nest today 🙂 and it looks as if chick #1 is ready to fly any minute now 🙂

    24. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      4:55pm- My arm is getting tired typing! George didn’t want to let go of this one. No one is interested anyway. The poor fish is glupping in Gracie’s claw, still alive…..There’s a nice breeze rising and flapping practice seems like the plan.

    25. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      4:44pm GEORGE! I can’t keep up! Looks small….
      What happened to the rest of the last fish? It didn’t seem Gracie and Trey worked long enough to finish it…

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        This is when the Biggies finally became interested in eating! That poor fish-.gulping away….Just want to take a moment for recognition: many fish have been harmed in the making of these osprey. We would like to thank each and every one of them for their sacrifice.I would scroll their names here, but they are too numerous to list.(and we all know I’m not great at id-ing anyway).

        • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

          Sorry..belongs under the 16:55 delivery..oopppsss……Slightly less suffering for the fish.

    26. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Gracie brought this in around 3:39pm…It’s been moved to the far upper side of nest. I hate to say, but it looks like a fine-mesh netting. Hope I’m wrong.

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

        Hopefully, false alarm…Sorry! It could have been a jumble of seaweed. Looked at it again and thought there were tendrils…Current views, it’s even hard to see it. Don’t like being a needless worrier….meaning making others worry.

        • Paula July 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

          Hi CarolV,

          I did the exact same thing a few days ago. I really thought it looked like netting too. It even looked like it was stuck on Gracie’s talons. But then thankfully it just wilted into the nest.
          I guess we should just be glad it isn’t plastic!

    27. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      4:04pm…You da man, Geo! Losing count!

      • GinaM July 18, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

        I know. George is the man. He rocks. The Stud Muffin rules. 🙂

    28. Kathy B July 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      3:45 pm…Lil bit got the tail !

    29. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      2:34pm- YAY!!!!! George delivers…Gracie is being noisy and guarded. It looks like biggies are moving in…Trey will have to wait. But that doesn’t stop her from edging around to the far side out of reach!

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        3:27pm …a small headless fish. It was hard to tell who got what with that last fish, but Trey is rught in there now @3:32”’

        • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

          Small whole fish. George must have found a school of anchovies. Trey is front and center for this one. I don’t know what that black lump is that came in a bit ago.Tried enhancing and enlarging but no luck.

          • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

            Trey got all of that last fish. Just her size! Gracie beaked over the back end of that fish, and Trey downed the whole chunk…and the tailfins!

      • Steve w July 17, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        This nest is Loaded with creepy crawlies …..what are these critters ?

        • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

          Natural bugs and beetles. Important to the eco-system that this nest is. Help dispose of the fish scales, osprey poop, other waste produced by sloughing skin cells, shed wing covers, etc., etc. Much like the many bugs-visible and microscopic, that surround us. Like the teeny little critters in your bed chowing down on your shed skin cells……….sleep tight!

      • steve w. July 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

        George broughti n 4, yes 4 fish in a row……looked like the first one was a big blue fish, the next 3 looked small like porgies….Weebles had to wait til the third to get some but, She got all if that 4 th fish to herself. !
        I still wonder what type of crawly bugs they are in the best ??? It’s loaded witht hem ?

      • Bostonwatcher July 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        Clean the lens!

    30. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      11:33am..George brings in 1/2 a fish. Trey got a jump on sibs and managed a few minutes of feeding before the biggies moved in. Quickly disappeared.
      And that all I see. Now 2:20pm…Lots of water traffic, probably disrupting fishing. Kids are up and down, taking turns standing in front of camera. I wonder if they see reflection in the lens….

    31. Paula July 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      I was just wanting to put it out there that I also wish that the camera could be moved a little bit to the right so that we can see the “dead zone”. I’m pretty sure there is a lot of feeding’s going on there that we can’t see and I for one get quite upset when it looks like there hasn’t been a fish delivery for a long time. I know that Littlebit is gonna get beat up if all of the babies are really hungry because she is so strong she sneaks her little butt in there any way she can and most of the time she gets away with it but it’s really bad when she doesn’t. I do like being able to see the water though.
      I hope this doesn’t seem like a criticism because I don’t mean it that way at all. I just really didn’t know if maybe the camera had gotten bumped or something or it wasn’t realized that there was a blind spot.
      Thanks so much!

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Sorry..spot has been blind since last year..it is annoying sometimes that they seem to congregate there, but you always know when a fish arrives. Just not always who is getting what. It’s a trade off.The view is breathtaking in any weather. And it’s nice watching the traffic…G&G coming and going; the assorted birds that share the environment; even the human water traffic.

        Many different opinions make for healthy discussion. But only the admins. make the decision…and the climb….

        • Paula July 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm - Reply

          I didn’t know about the camera angle, this is my first year on Osprey Zone and I really hadn’t thought about what it takes to move the camera-duh- I wouldn’t want to climb up there either!

    32. Rose Petejan July 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      07/17/16 1:57 p.m. The little guy’s head seems so much smaller than his siblings. Will he catch up? Is this due to the lack of food earlier on?

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

        I think that’s partly due to the lack of feathers to fill out the rest of her head….I was noticing that too, and saw how much of the Biggies head volume is that glorious crown.

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

        Also, Rose, there is an osprey chick in a nest in Boulder County CO.-should be able to google-that is one day younger than #3. Compare..this was raised as a single chick. Head looked similar to me. Hasn’t gotten those glorious crown feathers our biggies have sprouted. Has more than Trey, though !

      • Marilyn July 18, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Hi Rose. The little guy was the last to be born. The first & second chick were born close together, the little one came a few days later making him/her smaller. Don’t know if he/she will ever really catch up in size. The fish have been plentiful so he/she is getting enough to eat. I hope when it comes time to leave the nest he/she will be strong enough. I have seen the lil one flapping its wings, so that’s a good sign.

    33. Marlene July 17, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Hi, Robyne, re hatching order: #1 on June 3; #2 on June 5; #3 on June 8. There seems to be such a big difference in size between #1 and #3, but I guess five days is a big difference in osprey days. My husband looked at the screen yesterday and can’t get over how much they’ve grown since a few days ago. (He’s not addicted as I am.)
      CarolV, thanks for capturing the moment when George brought in that fish last evening and all the babies were waiting with “baited” breath. It was really so funny when they were all moving their heads in unison, watching him. Also, thanks for letting us know that many fish were brought in this morning and that our little girl did not get beaten up. I do think she’s a girl, because she is always chattering, like Gracie.

      • CarolV July 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        I enjoyed the swaying in unison, too. These guys are just too cute!

    34. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

      OK Kinda funny…thought I had shut down all programs before I shut laptop. Was by computer looking for something and it’s sneezing! Gensundteit, baby-or teenage- bird!

    35. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Mid80s predicted for ospreyland today. Little bit of a breeze and reasonable humidity. The best of next several days…heading for the 90s

    36. Rose Petejan July 17, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Thank you for posting fish deliveries. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish #2 and #3 depending on angle. I look for postings to confirm who has eaten.

    37. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Seems like no matter what happens…no matter how many stick additions, seaweed and grasses added…that *?>#@<){X# SNARL lives on..attached to that "bony hand" stick, pointing dead center out to the bay….

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

        Does anyone know, in simple terms, if there is a way to adjust the picture size when sent? This looked small on my screen before sending.

    38. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

      OK- issue resolved. Was a new page that my pictures were posting on, but I guess because there are still others awaiting moderation, the last page was still showing. Not going crazy, me or the computer! YAY! Hope I haven’t over-posted. Enjoy!

    39. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

      about 8:25am…Trey enjoying quiet time with Gracie, back to help finish up last fish.

      • SYLVIA July 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        Thanks Carol and everyone for notes on the fish. I too often do not get to watch and worry over our little one. When I can go back to catch up, I just sit until late at night viewing over and over again as little one eats.

    40. DarDar July 17, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Sun 7:20 am. I just realized our baby is not a baby any longer. Even biggies realize it now. No pecking after 3 fish so far this morn and all 3 wingersizing and Little has got TALONS now(not little feet!).

    41. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      I am having posting issues again. Have sent pictures but don’t see that they went thru. Just posting this to say fish in @ 5:31 and 7:20am…Whole first, headless second, both large.

    42. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 7:29 am - Reply

      7:25amEDT- Second fish. George had his share.
      I can’t tell if other posts went thru..so ..There was a first fish @5:31, which was big, whole and lasted till after 7. Everyone shared nicely.

      • Karen DeLong July 17, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Thanks for the pictures Carol. Good to know our little one is getting goodies!

    43. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

      7:00am-I posted a picture of the fish arrival, which may or may not be there. This is just to let you know Trey has eaten. The fish is still being worked on.

    44. CarolV July 17, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      5:30amEDT- Breakfast arrived – anice big whole fish. It’s 6:50 now and Gracie is still working on it. Everyone has had some and returning for more.Agood start.

    45. Bre July 16, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      #2 “Ray” has giving such peace to the nest like peace maker he’s like my ray of sunshine like his father George 😉 No one speaks of him much, but he has alot to do with why our #3 trey”Tracey” gets a BIG break..just think if Ray was as Rude as our “Rudy”but of course things have changed alot between G&G going away for parenting classes before second round lol had fun with that. rjoneal excellent work*****things are moving so fast going to miss this bunch time FLYS when FLEDGE Love,Peace,& Joy

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

        I Know!!!! Didn’t we just watch them hatch like–yesterday? Pretty soon they’ll be packing their little osprey suitcases and heading off to osprey college!

    46. Marlene July 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Not sure if I mentioned earlier than George brought a big whole fish to the nest at 14:02, and I believe everyone ate. At 18:52, he brought another whole big fish, and it was so funny because Gracie was squawking, the kids knew dinner was coming, and the three babies’ heads followed George flying above with the fish. Our brave #3 started eating, and one of the bigger ones (#2?) even took a piece and went off to try and eat it. That left #1(?) and #3, and Peanut ended up getting attacked. She got into her cowering position, and eventually went back for some food. I really don’t think she got a lot of that meal, and I’m sure she is going to bed hungry. When she went back the second time to eat, she got pecked again. Eventually, she worked her way back again to Gracie, but there was nothing left and Mommy flew away. Poor baby.

    47. CaroV July 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      So I guess when they grow up. Trey and Uno will not be spending holidays together? Unless they go to Dos’ house and chat at opposite sides of the room….Uno was not nice tonight……
      And this computer is not nice tonight!!!!!! My internet is “stuttering” I think, so I keep losing connection. Hope that’s all it is…..Not sure what will be posted of what I’ve sent.
      Lots of chick chirping going on and I was hoping George might slide in with a late evening fish……….Now 8:20pm

    48. Margaret July 16, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Why does it take so long for the comments to appear???

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

        Asked and answered multiple times. Many pages of comments with answers there.

        • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

          Sorry..sounded curt…one person is mainly in charge of moderating and sorting thru reams of spam to find comments. And this is not his main job…sometimes needs time off..say HI and THANK YOU to AIDAN

      • Betsy July 17, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        Margaret: I was reviewing last year’s comments and here is what I saw had been posted. I am surmising that the answer given to the viewer last year with a similar question remains the same (Carol, I know you already answered, but I think frustration is getting to all of us):

        ospreyzone June 24, 2015 at 11:23 pm: “… Our software is supposed to allow users to comment directly after they have been approved once, just doesn’t seem to work. However good this would be for filtering out spam it still might not prevent some of the un-publishable comments that we have received which need to be moderated. Unfortunately we can’t monitor 24/7, so for the time being there will have to be delays between comments and publishing. I’m looking into better ways to manage comments, please stand by.”

    49. GinaM July 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Hey Dad! What’s for dinner??!!!!

    50. Robert July 16, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      I wish people would appreciate what our hosts are doing and desist with the criticism and upper case demands. I would not be surprised if this is the last year for OZ. If you can’t say anything nice …..

      • Betsy July 17, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

        Robert: And, that just might be the best thing that could happen. There is a multitude of phenomenal osprey webcams that can be found online. There is no reason to settle for third-rate.

        • Betsy July 17, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

          I better put “in my opinion is third-rate” and make a screen copy of awaiting moderation.

          • Kathleen July 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

            Sorry for the repeat. I didn’t see my remarks and hadn’t remembered if I posted it.

      • steve w. July 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

        Some people think they’re on Facebook chat. Usually that means lack of respect and or manners.

      • Kathleen July 18, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Robert – I agree with you, wholeheartedly. To call this site 3rd rate and to continually comment is absurd. Stop the bull%^#* and jusst enjoy. Geeez!

      • Kathleen July 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        Robert – I totally agree with you. I am very happy with our little Osprey Gang. If some people feel this is a 3rd rate operation, there’s the X. Just check out.

      • Monica July 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        Robert – totally agree with you! We’re supposed to be grown ass adults here! I’ve stopped checking in; am getting tired of all the negativity. We should be thankful to Paul for being able to watch our ospreys for free!! I’m sure if he wanted to, he could charge a fee. Please, folks, let’s just be grateful that we’re able to watch nature at its best (well, and worst, sometimes). Oh, btw, I’m sure Paul is busy with work; I’m sure he can’t watch 24/7 as people would like. IF I were working, there’s no way I’d be viewing as much as I am now. 🙂

    51. kathy B July 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      7:20 pm…wish Gracie would move. Damn 2 houligans are gonna push lil one right out of the nest ! Hunker down sweetie……. Biting my nails here !

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        I had that thought. too. Her wings are so small and theirs are SO big…She doesn’t mind standing at the edge…..

    52. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      6:50pm- And a chorus sings him in…..

      • Shar July 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        Another great picture Carol!

    53. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      6:51pmEDT- Guess who’s coming to dinner?

      • CarolV July 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

        Gracie getting some sass from the Kid..MINE! MINE!

        • Redkayak July 18, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

          WOW nice catch Geprge

      • Margaret July 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        Hi CarolV — I just have to tell you that I look so forward to your posts. They are always so amusing. I get up in the morning (5ish), fix my coffee and tune in to OZ. I don’t comment at all but in your case, I just again have to say, you make me smile. Thanks!!

    54. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      6:30pm-Parent on perch squawking. Must be Gracie calling for fish. Kids are joining in while still prone…squeaking with bouncing bodies to match…[;-}

    55. rjoneal July 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      7-16-16 picture (Did you see that?)

      • Karen DeLong July 17, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

        LOL! ☺

      • Shar July 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        Cute pic!

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

        Good one!

      • Monica July 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

        Awww, cute pic!! Love to see the “guys” all standing there together. 🙂

        So, have they all been behaving? No pecking of #3, I hope.

    56. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Family TV watching, osprey-style…

      My computer, or aol, is screwing up. Everytime I try to post, aol shuts down and says I’ve lost internet. So anything posted previously may or may not post…so confused. See if this goes thru. Talons crossed!

    57. rjoneal July 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      7-16-16 I just love this pic of bb1 reminds me of pics of George and Gracie on windy day that I have!
      Love my osprey family and followers!

      • Karen DeLong July 17, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

        That how I look like when I get up in the morning! Trust me, as Martha Stewart would say……’Not a good thing!’

        • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

          Bet even her jail cell was color co-ordinated in Martha approved decor

      • Dorothy July 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        More like “Big Bird?” lol

    58. Robyne July 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      How old are these chicks please. I have been watching them every day, but did not note when they hatched.

      • Marilyn July 18, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

        Robyne, first chick born June 3, second June 5 & lil one June 8.

    59. GinaM July 16, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      That was pretty cute. #1 had a successful short hover and #3 tried to copy him.

    60. PattyK July 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      7-16-16 4:45 pm….WOW! Just looking at them stretching the wings!! My, they grow so fast….feeling queeky(?) watching this precious scene xoxo

    61. Marlene July 16, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      George brings a big whole fish to the nest at 14:02, and #1 eats most of it. After half an hour, #2 gets fed and #3 gets some, too. It was so funny because #3 stayed between Gracie’s legs, shielded by the sun, the entire time the big guy was eating. In this way, she was safe from being pecked and could wait her turn in the shade. Such a smart little girl. George and Gracie are doing an awesome job!

    62. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Sailboat watching on a sunny Saturday…..Boats are for you, Betsy…
      HollyW-As I was leaving work today, a mockingbird was singing in the tree at the side of our parking lot(coincidentally near to the Verizon tower nest of Vic and Vera O.) It fluttered from branch to branch, till it sat on the topmost tip of the tree, singing the whole way. I listened for a good 15 mins, and his repertoire included not just the songs of other birds, but insects, like cicada and crickets,peeper frogs, bull frogs, several different car alarms, telephones, so many sounds I can’t remember them all! It was my magic moment for the day!

      • Betsy July 18, 2016 at 7:34 am - Reply

        Thank you Carol. Not watching OZ too much anymore, just peeping in from time to time and reading a few comments here and there.

    63. Brenda July 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      why is it when i post something it never shoes up ?

      • Brenda July 16, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        shows not shoes…lol

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        Did you check back through the previous comments to see if it filled in later? Note time you send then scroll back through comments to see if it came in…everything is time stamped. Also, be sure you are filling out the 3 boxes beneath comments correctly, every time. Small mistakes can cause comments to be dismissed.

    64. Rob Bierregaard July 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Nice flapping session by the oldest young. He was whacking Gracie in the process. I like her Pocahontas look with that molting feather.

      • CarolV July 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

        Glad to see you had time to check in. Aren’t they doing great? Even Trey-#3- thriving, and able to take care of herself(guess), minus those feathers from her crown and neck.

    65. Brenda July 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Beautiful Day

    66. MD July 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      I don’t know much about Osprey, when do the chicks fledge?

      • Karen DeLong July 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        From what I understand, it’s usually 50 to 51 days. BUT I am not an expert on these babies!

      • CarolV July 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Hi- quick answer, 49-97 days old…wide variation…scroll back to comment and picture by KathleenS. dated 7/15@12:27pm..She compiled a list of possible fledging dates for this site and others she watches. Just suggestions, of course.Nature and kids do what it(they) want when they want.

      • Leesa July 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

        I don’t remember the exact age, but it will be later in August or even early September sometime before these chicks fledge. Some of our more knowledgeable watchers can answer a bit more precise if they see your question.

      • Betsy July 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        MD: Too bad you were not a viewer last year because apparently Paul answered questions.

        viewer’s name June 16, 2015 at 9:15 am – Reply
        I know it’s premature but does anyone know about how many weeks before the chicks learn to fly ?

        And this was the response:
        ospreyzone June 16, 2015 at 9:34 am – Reply
        From what I’ve read, it usually takes 7 or 8 weeks for them to make their first flight.

    67. Betsy July 16, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply
    68. Marlene July 16, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Hi CarolV, thanks for the fish count. You saw the first at 5:16 and the second at 5:38. I saw a third delivery at 6:54. It’s now 10:30. I don’t think I saw any between 6:54 and 10:30, although I scrolled through fast. Thanks for the count yesterday, Betsy.
      Also, Paul, in getting back to the problem with the “window washer,” I vaguely remember hearing a sound prior to the cleaning, which I did not hear in prior cleanings. I heard the noise and was wondering if that meant the lens cleaner was going to start. Don’t know if that helps you.
      I can’t get over how big they are getting, especially our favorite. I agree that #1 might become the first helicopter in the nest shortly.

      • CaroV July 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        I went to work after that, so usually have to wait for comments to fill in to find out what’s happened during day.
        As to the washer, a couple days back, George brought in a stick which of course. Gracie re-positioned. It went out of sight under the camera somewhere. I think I posted about it, but , of course, if I did, I can’t find the comment to pin-point day. But that could have bumped something. And I heard that funny whir noise, too. For what it’s worth.Have a good night……..

    69. Elaine July 16, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

      What is wrong with #l’s voice. His/her voice sounds squeaky compared to the others. I wonder if #1 should be checked in the near future to make sure he/she does not have problem with vocal cords. Looks like a nice day for the family today.

    70. Betsy July 16, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

      This is a picture of George from 6-26-2016 at 10:22 am that I wanted to share.

      • Betsy July 16, 2016 at 8:15 am - Reply

        And, this is Gracie from 6-23-2016 at 9:15 am

      • Shar July 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

        Beautiful picture Betsy!

      • Karen DeLong July 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        Very COOL pics of Mom and Dad!

      • BirdRJSviewer16 July 17, 2016 at 12:42 am - Reply

        Great

      • Robin July 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy – I can see how #3’s wings will look much like George’s in due course.

    71. Paula July 16, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      I was wondering how a bird is picked to be banded? I’ve watched the several videos about saving and banding and it got me to wondering if a certain bird ( littlebit) could be banded. I have as well as all of you have become so attached to this little bird it sure would be nice to know if she ( I agree with the others who say she) makes it and where she might raise her own young.
      Of course I would like them all to be banded including Gorgeous George and Mighty Gracie but I do understand that that isn’t reasonable so if it can only be 1, I would like Littlebit.
      Anyway, just a thought.

      BTY Betsy,
      Thanks for giving permission for your videos. I watched almost all of them and I especially enjoyed “Where’s the fish”. I think that if it hadn’t been for Gracie’s plastic it might have gotten away.

      Thanks,
      Have a Great Day!

      • CarolV July 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

        These birds seem to be nesting at nature conservancies or other locations where research is being conducted. Coincidentally, also where research grants and funding is available. They appear to band all members of the brood. They also, I imagine, are more readily able to get whatever permits or permissions are required. I don’t know the process, so hopefully, someone with a complete answer will see this question.

    72. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 6:34 am - Reply

      6:27am- everyone out early…just saw a ski-doo? scooting across the bay…Gracie has been doing some challenging calls and I heard the CrazyBird earlier with its warning calls, as an osprey flew across the view.
      I read up a bit on mockingbirds, and it said they rarey use the same nest twice and will build up to 60′ from the ground. Wonder if its got a nest somewhere nearby, that it feels the need to buzz the nest sometimes? Could be on its 2nd brood for the summer.
      Sounds like Gracie is calling for the deliveryman….@6:32….

      • HollyW July 16, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

        that mocking bird is in the tree to the west of the nest and sits on a lower branch..he gave us an earful on our walk! , George and Gracie just look down at us, we say good morning to them and keep walking!

      • SYLVIA July 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

        Thanks Carol for the fish count. I try to see how much our favorite baby gets to eat and it’s cute mannerisms to get to the fish and survive. S/he is so very cute in the way it keeps an eye out on the two biggies. Thanks again.

    73. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 6:00 am - Reply

      High 80s, near 90, again on the North Fork..70s already.Full Sun.Slightly less humid. At least George got them off to a good start for hydration. Looked like everyone ate well-and peacefully!

    74. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 5:30 am - Reply

      5:15amEDT- George started early. First fish in; medium whole. Looks like Trey is the starter.
      Thismay be duplicate-or not- someone here is not quite awake.

      • CarolV July 16, 2016 at 5:41 am - Reply

        5:38am- Delivery #2- headless delivery..all seems well.

        • CarolV July 16, 2016 at 5:52 am - Reply

          It still amazes me that Gracie can spot George from such a distance! And distinguish him from all the other birds flapping around out there! Even in the middle of serving the last of the first fish, she was announcing that George was coming! Eyes like a HAWK !!! An old adage seen at work….

    75. CarolV July 16, 2016 at 5:20 am - Reply

      5:16amEDT- Off and running early. Fish delivery; whole. medium

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