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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    45,435 Comments

    1. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      7-20-16 Reply- CaroIV this is a picture for you, see the people in kayak? Bb2

    2. Elise-Maree July 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you to whoever cleaned the camera lens. My first time watching these ospreys. I am from Christchurch New Zealand. Really appreciate all the work to have this webcam. Thank you to everyone. It ha been fascinating to watch the rearing of these lovely birds. Thank you to those who make this website happen..

    3. Suzie H July 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you Wendy C. for posting your comments. I have been wanting to post something similar for days but haven’t. I totally agree with your comments and people need to appreciate what we have.

    4. Rose Petejan July 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      July 20, 4:35 p.m. Top right hand corner. Is that fishing line in the nest?

      • Exis July 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        It might be a frayed rope

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        Nope- rope…Gracie brought in a coil of it. Probably a few feet. But no boat.

        • Paula July 21, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

          CarolV You constantly crack me up. I was just sitting getting caught up on the comments and then here’s this about :no boat”. I laughed so hard my eyes are watering.

          Thank you for helping to get my day started off great.
          Hope you have a great day.

    5. Donna July 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      4:20pm EST George is feeding baby #2 and Gracie is singing a tune. She doesn’t look happy that he’s doing the feeding. The oldest is doing some serious wing stretching. Looks like it’s almost ready to take flight. #3 waiting patiently.

    6. Connie July 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Wow, have they grown up…I’m not on this site to often, so I was so surprised how beautiful they all have become – even Little Rocky. Beautiful birds.

    7. June c July 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      I see you looking at me!

      • Monica July 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        June C – hi! Is this the little guy?! So cute!! 🙂

      • rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

        7-20-16 Reply- June C love this pic ( I see you looking at me! )

    8. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      3:24pmEDT- It was a long wait and Gracie is frantic…George is lucky he didn’t get bowled over! Med. headless fish. George says he’d like to stay for lunch. Gracie is in blind edge.

    9. CATHY July 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      June 20, 2016 happy chicks!

      • rjoneal July 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

        7-21-16 reply- Cathy love the happy chicks pic!

    10. Kathryn July 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Do we know the sexes of the chicks? Has a lot to the name you give them.

      • Dorothy July 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        No, can only be determined by DNA blood test. You have to be creative. 🙂

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        They recommend Gender Neutral choices- the sex is hard to tell without bloodwork. I did see where one specialist on another site, who works with and handles osprey, had other methods, but then, again, expert.
        Some of us have feelings about certain chicks, and may use gender specific pronouns, but it’s personal choice and means nothing.

    11. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Osprey tai-chi- Gracie must have taught him that….

      • Karen DeLong July 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

        If I tried this, I’d be in traction!

      • June c July 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        It does look like he/she doing a dance…?

    12. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

      11:36amEDT- George delivers to the blind zone. Gracie is kicking him out, while he pauses to clean his beak.
      A chance to see our handsome hero….

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Can’t see too much- but you can see that wide-open beak! Trey eating well for now…
        There is some video stutter, but it’s probably cable issue.

      • Karen DeLong July 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        Yep. Our boy is a very handsome dude!

    13. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

      7-20-16 Reply – Marlene I have to thank you for updates too. I see you have been keeping us informed along with others. Thanks since yesterday I was not able to view that much and I rely on everyone’s updates if I cant watch. I am the crazy person that has Osprey Zone on my living room TV and on my computer when I am cleaning the house. I use my cell phone alot when I am out to view. Everyone in my family knows once George and Gracie start their family I am usually glued to Osprey Zone.
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

      • Karen DeLong July 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        ? So you wouldn’t be a little nutty for our osprey family, now would you?

    14. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

      7-20-16 Reply – Sylvia thanks for your updates yesterday, I see you are posting alot more glad your are with us!
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      SYLVIA July 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm
      9:10 pm dad brings in a fish after mom fusses a very long time. Moon is up and sun down. Baby and mom rush to dad who takes off with the fish! Mom hops up on camera, kids settle down and the fish and dad are whereabouts unknown. Sweet dreams everyone. Wish you better eating tomorrow.

    15. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      7-20-16 Reply- Patty K I am not Jewish either but always love to learn thanks for a new word of the day and it sure fits how we all feel about our Osprey Family and to Paul, Christina, Tommy, Aidan, and all the behind the scenes people who bring us this site.
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      PattyK July 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm
      7-19-16 8:50 pm Just kvelling and I am not even Jewish, but I learned that is a word for your heart spilling out with happiness…watching our dear Gracie doing a night feeding, full moon glow behind the nest,…..another special moment, Osprey Zone xoxox

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

        Having parents raised in Brooklyn exposed this Irish girl to a different vocabulary. Knew exactly how you felt! [;+}

        • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

          And who says we only need to learn osprey?

    16. Karen DeLong July 20, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Ha ha! Our baby is getting feathers on her head/neck area! Yea! ?

    17. SYLVIA July 20, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Lil Bits still did not get much to eat, the last fish (number 4) was interrupted by a peck on back of head by a biggie. They will not let it eat in peace and just keep gobbling up the fish even when already stuffed. Hope it gets more to eat.

    18. GinaM July 20, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Wow what a wonderful clear view this morning! Thank you Tommy and Paul!
      I noticed Baby#3 was attempting to self feed while the biggie was being fed by Gracie.
      It looked like a baby shark – about the size of a pencil. Did anyone else see that?

    19. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Trey ate for several minutes til lBiggie(??) pushed in. No violence. Gracie immediately redirected and stopped feeding Trey. Doing her duty, I know. Trey is eating again @10:15am

    20. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

      7-20-16 Sorry, I didn’t realize how big of a picture it was of George it looks like a poster sorry about the size!!

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        That happens to me when I try to edit something to feature a certain point…like Trey’s head feathers…which is now giant and somewhat out of focus…..

    21. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      7-20-16 Heres a pic for all the George fans he is so handsome!!

    22. Redkayak July 20, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Hey Ma, there are three hoomans in our bay!

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

        Cute!

      • rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

        7-20-16 Reply – Redkayak love your pic good sense of humor to boot!

        Redkayak July 20, 2016 at 10:01 am – Reply
        Hey Ma, there are three hoomans in our bay!

    23. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Just wanted to show how much better Trey’s “bald” spot looks. Looks like peach fuzz covering that raw spot.

      • Paula July 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much CarolV for posting this photo. I haven’t been able to get a good look but it definitely does look like the feathers are coming back.

        • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

          She refuses to pose, the little dickens…….

    24. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

      9:51am- IT’S A BIG ONE!

    25. Leanne July 20, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

      July 20- 9:53 am

      • Donna W July 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the great pics Leanne! Really appreciate seeing them!

    26. Paula July 20, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      Has anyone else noticed that Gorgeous George has been delivering fish as close to Littlebit as possible and Gracie comes over and gets it and takes it away from her? I also saw what looked like maybe a start to self feeding this morning. It looked to me that Gracie was pulling off big pieces and giving them out and the big babies were taking them away to eat them. Littlebit tried but at least once I saw a biggie come and take her piece away.

    27. Leanne July 20, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      July 20- 9:48 am

      • Leanne July 20, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Sorry about the duplicate post. Feel free to delete.

    28. Leanne July 20, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

      July 20-

      • rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

        7-20-16 Reply- Leanne good picture got them all looking poss Geo coming to the nest with a fish ?
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        Leanne July 20, 2016 at 9:45 am – Reply
        July 20-

    29. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

      7-20-16 This is a pic from yesterday I wanted to share ! BB2 feels the wind under his wings and likes that feeling he cant wait to fly!!!

      • June c July 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        Wing shots are my favorite!

    30. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Reply- GinaM I feel the same way after 2 years and now our second family of siblings getting ready to fledge soon. Hmm Just wonder if you are going to give us another good surprise at the end like last year making the video. It made us all cry happy tears and it gave us something to watch when we were missing them.. Just an idea….Dont forget how we all loved your choice of music with the video how are you ever going to top that?? Just saying if you need any pics for your video you know I got them.
      I am already feeling anxious about them leaving but will be so glad to see all 3 fledge.

      GinaM July 19, 2016 at 8:19 am – Reply
      I am grateful for all your posts, I feel like we are old friends. Thank you for all you do RJONEAL.

    31. June c July 20, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

      I do believe this is B wing stretch…this is going to be great when all 3 try and do this same time…

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        For a minute, I thought Gracie snuck a log in! Good shot!

    32. rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

      7-201-16 All Osprey Followers just a Reminder what will be happening soon in our Osprey nest.

      Fledging
      At seven to eight weeks of age the young osprey will take their first flight. They spend days practicing flying and perching, near the male’s feeding perch calling when the male returns with food. Two weeks after fledging, the young will start to follow the male on hunting trips. Four to eight weeks after fledging the young Osprey will begin to emulate their parents and hunt fish on their own.
      http://newyorkwild.org/osprey_show/osprey_info.htm
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      Juveniles
      For at least two weeks after fledging, the young Ospreys return to their nest for food brought in by their parents. Usually the young stay in the area, close to the nest site, as they improve their skill in the air, before they then begin to make attempts to catch a fish for themselves.
      http://www.ospreys.org.uk/osprey-facts/

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        Thanks, as always.I’m missing them already, tho I suppose Trey may linger..as in Sandy 2
        Then again…pretty feisty, take charge kid when not under Uno’s eye!

    33. Kathleen July 20, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Good Day everyone – I recently read about a raccoon raiding an Osprey nest; which led me to wonder – Does our family have any means of protecting the nest? I’m thinking a greased pole or a conical sleeve wrap around. Is there anything??

      Thank You for hours of enjoyment. I appreciate it.

      • june c July 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

        Hi, The danger is not what is below them its what is above them. There has been intruders since the beginning. Their nest is 60 ft. high. Hope this helps a little.

    34. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

      9:0am- Full compliment cheering squad-

    35. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

      8:23isha.m. Foraging by Trey produced a piece of something, which Gracie took over Trey got a coupple bites before Biggies moved in. One of yesterdays disappearing fish? The Biggies were off to the side with a piece of their own.Trey was getting some tastes.

      8:28- George came in with a very small fish. Uno tried to take it and it wound up flopping between them. Trey made a peck at it, then thought better of it with Uno right there. Gracie came for it. It won’t go far.Note Trey under George…

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

        George must be upstairs- Gracie and Mini-G are giving him the stare- and chirping. The fish didn’t go far and Trey had none.

    36. Kelly July 20, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

      I normally don’t post. I watch and read comments. Where Betsy been?

    37. Rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

      7-20-16 Good Morning- Thank you Thank You, Tommy, Christinia, Paul, Aidan, and all the others who helped out behind the scenes !
      I am so glad we have a better view so we can watch them practice on flying and soon they will be fledging.

    38. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Weather- a cool day-high 70s-low 80s..low humidity-sun. Best day for a week- returning to high 80’s and low 90s- no rain in forecast

    39. Lady Di July 20, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Looked like first fish came in around 6:30am, and the little guy got almost the whole thing! Looks to be a beautiful day on “the Island” today, low 80’s, low humidity, but this weekend forecast is for brutally hot temps, and high humidity. Hope the sea breezes keep our Osprey family cool.

    40. CarolV July 20, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

      6:17amEDT- The day begins with a nice headless fish. Trey was first in line and had a few bites, before Uno pushed in between, without aggression. Trey backed off to wait her turn. Dos ate and Trey finished off the fish with Gracie.
      Trey killed time flapping.

      • CarolV July 20, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

        “Someday, I’l be a biggie, too!” Trey at wingersize

    41. birdRJSviewer16 July 20, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Nice night feeding under the moonlight as chick #3 tries out his/her wings

      • Twinsmom July 20, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

        Great picture. Love the moon on the water.

    42. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Gracie was lobbying for fish, after two Biggies polished off the whole last fish. But I figured George was done for the night. But NO..Yay!- he was upstairs with his own dinner, and has dropped down.
      You could tell he was feeding Trey, butt in the right corner, by the movements. Gracie was asking for some, too, and may have had a bite, but he wouldn’t hand it over.

      Check out the MOON…

    43. Marlene July 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      CarolV, thanks for fish count: 9 fish up until 3:05 p.m. I’m sure there were more since I started watching, but I saw a small one brought in at 6:58 p.m. Didn’t look like #3 got any. George delivered a big one at 8:31 p.m., but I don’t think Peanut ate any of that one, either. Maybe he was full from the fish brought in between 3:05 and 6:58.

    44. PattyK July 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      7-19-16 8:50 pm Just kvelling and I am not even Jewish, but I learned that is a word for your heart spilling out with happiness…watching our dear Gracie doing a night feeding, full moon glow behind the nest,…..another special moment, Osprey Zone xoxox

    45. Marlene July 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks to the Three Musketeers — whoever was responsible for the lens cleaning. Awesome job! You guys are really the best. Hope you know how much we appreciate all that you do.

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

        Here here!

    46. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      8:13pmEDT- replacement for missing fish, THANK YOU ! Not that Gracie is rushing….

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        Good sized whole fish…

        • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          Wasn’t big enough..Poor Trey…but she ate plenty today….

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        Sorry-reversed #s..As you can see on phto, time was 8:31

    47. birdRJSviewer16 July 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      How great, around 6:30 the lens was cleaned. Thanks. I would like to see how the camera works. The chicks are so big now. Getting ready to leave us soon 🙁

    48. Margaret July 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Picture perfect… Thank you very much

    49. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      And peace reigned in the osprey kingdom…

    50. Karen DeLong July 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Wow! A very clean lens! Thank you soooo much!! ?

    51. PattyK July 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      7-19-16 7:44pm Precious to see the golden sunset shining on our perfectly satisfied, sleeping babes. so very happy and lucky to witness! xoxoxoxo

    52. SYLVIA July 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Has our little one had much to eat this evening? I just saw a small fish come in and the two biggies got it all. Hope more arrives and little one gets stuffed too. I do thank all who make this possible, and for those pictures and videos. I miss so much being at work and looonnnggg commuting both ways. So just get to do some quick peeks now and then.

      • SYLVIA July 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        This small fish was around 7:00 pm.

      • SYLVIA July 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

        Second small fish at 8:30 biggies fed until all gone at 9 pm and lil bits gave up early and received not a mouthful. I really hope more fish arrive fast tomorrow for this little brave sole. Hate to think of dehydration and starvation now.

      • SYLVIA July 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        9:10 pm dad brings in a fish after mom fusses a very long time. Moon is up and sun down. Baby and mom rush to dad who takes off with the fish! Mom hops up on camera, kids settle down and the fish and dad are whereabouts unknown. Sweet dreams everyone. Wish you better eating tomorrow.

    53. PattyK July 19, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      7-19-16 around 6:55pm…….WOWEEEE!!! Many thanks to our dearest OS Crew for repairing the lens wash!! xoxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

    54. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Wishful thinking or does that look like some growth on Trey’s head/neck?

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        Wind is blowing her little crown

        • Robin July 19, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

          Yes I think so too Carol – her feathers are looking great – he/she is getting to eat a wide variety of fish and receiving the much needed nutrients to grow up into the beautiful osprey he/she is! Thank you to all who make this possible – a window into their world.

    55. LynD July 19, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Tommy, Paul, Aiden – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. It has been so long since a clear lens, and now we have one. Kudos to a really innovative
      inventor!!!!!!!! Did I forget to say “THANK YOU”?

    56. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      6:58pmEDT- George heard there was a celebration. Brought the guest of honor. Whole, medium size

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        I think it went overboard. The Biggies were pushing in on Gracie, who was on the edge. Suddenly, they backed up and Gracie was looking over the edge; every one was looking all around…bummer…

    57. gigi July 19, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Love watching the “Jump and Flap” dance, babies are getting so big, thanks for running a great website 😉

    58. Paula July 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      YAH, the lens cleaner is fixed!
      Thank you-Thank you- Thank you!!!!!

      Wanna take bets on who get’s it first?

      My money’s on Littlebit!

    59. Monica July 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Hello Osprey Lovers!!

      I can’t tell which is the little guy when they’re all lying down resting. I guess I’ll have to view more; I don’t always get the chance. 🙂

    60. Jo July 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you for cleaning the lense 🙂

    61. Judy Frawley July 19, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Nice lens cleaning thank so much. So enjoy watching the osprey on this wonderful site

    62. Sharon July 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you!!! Awesome lens cleaning job!! We’re all set for the “Full Buck Moon” tonight!! 😀

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        OH! Thanks for the reminder! I was so ready for it last night in preview and we had that cloudy sky,,,,,

      • rjoneal July 20, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

        7-20-16 Reply – Sharon its been awhile since I said hi to you, I love it when its a full moon. I bet Gracie likes it too !
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        Sharon July 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm – Reply
        Thank you!!! Awesome lens cleaning job!! We’re all set for the “Full Buck Moon” tonight!! ?

    63. Brad July 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you Paul.
      Thank you Tommy.
      Thank you Aiden.
      And…THANK YOU WENDY! (:

    64. June c July 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      YEA!!!!!!!!

    65. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      16:32- THE VIEW RETURNS! YAY! Thank you, oh wise and powerful ones!

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

        in process….well scrubbed!

        • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

          looks like an impressionist painting!

        • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm - Reply

          Show’s over…

          • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

            Or begins again!

          • steve w. July 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

            Very FUNNY watching all the babies hunker down during scrubbing !

    66. CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      6:24pm- Gracie is ordering dinner…Mini-G is putting in her request

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        George is probably napping somewhere, listening to somnolent water sounds…

    67. rjoneal July 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      7-19-16 – Reply Thanks CaroIV –
      I haven’t been able to check in as much as usual today. We are doing a lot of home projects so I want to say thank you to for doing the fish count today and keeping us all posted.
      As always love your sense of humor that you give to us with your daily reports. Keep up the good work especially since I am not able to be on as much as I would like to right now!
      I totally agree with you on the comment you made about that’s how families are.

    68. rjoneal July 19, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      7-19-16 Reply- Joan
      Thank you Joan, I know you don’t comment very often so I am glad to see you’re still watching our Osprey family. They are growing and getting so big and will be gone before we know it. Our hearts will be breaking but we will know they are starting a new life cycle. Hopefully someday they will come back to the original nesting area and have babies of their own.
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      Thank you, rjoneal. You’re doing a terrific job. And this is a terrific site.

    69. rjoneal July 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      7-19-16 ALL Osprey Followers-
      I don’t know if anyone saw this but I want it to be noted that I saw Gracie try to feed George today and I’m attaching a picture.

      It was like old times as CaroIV mentioned in her posting. Everybody was in perfect harmony Gracie feeding babies and 2 and daddy George feeding baby 3. George flew up to the nest with a fish that Gracie did not see at the moment, she turns to him with a mouth full of fish and tries to feed it to him. Priceless he just kinda look the other way like no thanks I got a whole fish of my own honey.
      A very precious moment to watch in real life then he goes to feed baby 3 until Gracie takes over.

    70. PattyK July 19, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      7/19/16 5:40pm laughing with queaky(?) tears, watching Gracie, so so tired at front of nest, putting up with all those fledging wings! It’s an Oh me gosh moment…just cannot believe how healthy, strong, wonderful these babes are, even tee hee- ing how so very smart Lil one knows… how and when to grab her meals and stay out of the pecking..We have our laptop on all day and night during this season to see and hear…so very amazing….cannot thank you enough for giving the sorry for the pun birds eye view of nature! Bless our Osprey Zone!!!xoxoxo

    71. June c July 19, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Around 17:44. A… does a fly jump…

      • CarolV July 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        I can never catch that moment….Good shot! You are a patient person!

    72. TinaMarie July 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I think it’s adorable that all the babies are cleaning house. They’ve learned from the best!

    73. Karen July 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Wow! George brought in 4 fish this afternoon nearly back to back for all to get fully nourished! way to go POPS!!

    74. Michael G. Martin July 19, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Hi All
      Now that we have gotten our frustrations off our Chests lets get down to Brass Tacks
      I noticed that one of the Chicks has been doing a lot of Wing Flapping and a little bit of jumping as well. And it won’t be long before some helicoptering will be attempted. I think that by the Weekend we’ll see this.
      So let’s see if we can get a Friendly Pool going (Sorry No Prizes Will Be Awarded) to see when the First Chick will Fledge and take to the Sky. Whoever wants to play Bookmaker go right ahead
      And if anyone can record any video of Their Maiden Flight or Attempts that would be great.

      And also, if anyone of us that remembers North Fork Bob our Osprey neighbor from Mattituck I found him or someone going by his ID from his Tracking Device
      If I recall, Bob was reported to have been killed last September during his Winter Migration South. His body was found in the Florida Everglades via his tracker
      I was looking at Animal Trax and I clicked on an Osprey and it came up with North Fork Bob’s ID. He seems to be living in the Chesapeake Bay Area. He established a Nest there, and like in Mattituck he hasn’t found a Mate yet, but we can remain hopeful for him to finally find True Love
      Wether it’s the original Bob or not, we just have to wait and see.

      Mike.

      • JeanneD July 20, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

        July 20, 2016 at 12:20am
        I read on the Loch of the Lowes website (Scottish Wildlife Trust) that if tracking devices are found, they are reused because devices are so expensive. One of the osprey on that site who disappeared last fall was wearing a device, but it and the osprey were never found. The three young osprey were banded but satellite trackers were not used because of the expense.

    75. June c July 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Around 15:52 B, I think, did another air jump..who knows he may be the first one to take off!

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