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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 Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. Paula July 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      At Approx. 15:50 I’m pretty sure it was #2 flying over the nest and #1 and Gracie started chirping but then #1 started ducking like #2 was a predator. He also did this when #2 first took off.
      I thought it was a little appropriate that the “big bully” was frightened by one of it’s siblings he had been Lording it over all these weeks in the nest.

    2. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      I’m coming for you, Dos! Well, maybe later……..Dis almost clear the top of the frame.. She does seem a bit out of sorts,,,

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        BETSY- with the video stream issues, this looked like stop-action motion….I’m NOT suggesting another video- your hands are full already. Just saying, watch if you haven’t already….

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

          That’s assuming we’re having same issues. There seems to be a variety of different problems. I’m blaming Optimum, our cable provider, just cause I can….their bill is high….they can suck up some criticism at their prices….

        • Betsy July 25, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

          There would be nothing I could do with it — you could hear chick #1 flapping his/her wings wonderfully, though!! 😀

          • Betsy July 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

            Addendum: It’s not Optimum on our end (as much as I like to blame them for everything 😀 ) because I can view another osprey webcam in another window side by side with OZ (for testing purposes!!) and it’s not choppy.

            • ospreyzone July 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

              There are a lot of variables and every platform is technically different. In other words, all streams are not equal.

            • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

              Optimum on OZ end. Probably

    3. Monica July 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Hello All,

      My heart sank when I first logged on a few minutes ago and saw only TWO chicks in the nest. I’m still trying to catch up. So, what time did the chick fledge? Is there a video of it? Please let me know. Thanks much!!

      • Mimsey July 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Scroll down and you will see a video posted of the fledge.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

        10:23am and OH YES Scroll back in comments

      • Leanne July 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Hi Monica, I posted a video at 10:40 this morning. It’s called Up, Up and Away 🙂

    4. Maryann July 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Baby getting good feeding at 3:00 pm.. No.2 is out on the town, and No.1 only ate a little. He did not seem to resent sharing with baby though. Does anyone know if
      the parents can sense the gender of the chicks? Thanks to all.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        Sorry-you gotta speak osprey for that one….don’t mean sarcasm, just funny…

      • Betsy July 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        Maryann: That is a really good question!! I couldn’t find anything on the internet if osprey parents can sense the gender of the chicks. I don’t even know if there is anyway anyone could find out!! 😀 However, I did find this which I think is interesting (I don’t know how much similarity there is to ospreys):

        “Female birds can bias the sex of their chicks.– Whether a bird is more likely to lay a male or female egg depends on which sex will have the greatest chance of doing well. Rutstein et al. (2004) adjusted the food intake of female Zebra Finches [see photo of female (left) and male (right) Zebra Finches below right] & found that well-fed females were more likely to produce daughters, while less well nourished birds were more likely to have sons. This is exactly as predicted by the fact that female offspring need to be better nourished than males if they are to survive and grow well.
        The authors noted that: “In most animals sex ratio is close to 50:50 and extremely resistant to change. In mammals, including humans, the sex of the baby is determined by whether the sex chromosome in the sperm is male or female. But in birds, it is the female’s egg rather than the male’s sperm that determines what sex the chick will be. Thus the female has the potential to determine the sex of her young by whether she ovulates male or female eggs. In some way, female Zebra Finches seem to be able to exert control over whether to produce a male or female egg depending on which of the two is most likely to be successful. Our research tells us that they do it, and we understand why. The big question is: how do they do it?”
        In many animals, females need to be well-nourished and in good condition if they are to breed, as eggs are costly to produce. Bigger eggs tend to lead to bigger young that are more likely to survive. Such ‘sex ratio adjustment’ is well documented in certain insects, such as bees and wasps, but is less well understood in birds and mammals.
        Birds are an excellent model to use in the study of sex ratio adjustment because, using molecular techniques, scientists can establish the sex of each egg soon after laying. Further, all the resources given to the developing embryo are present in the egg at laying. Thus the size and the content of the egg are measures of the amount of resources that the female has allocated to that egg, which affects its subsequent survival chances.
        The authors explained: “We manipulated the diet quality of Zebra Finches to look at the effects of body condition on female investment. We found that females were able to exert a strong degree of control over the production of male and female eggs. When females were fed on a low quality diet, they laid eggs that were considerably lighter than those laid when they were fed on a high quality diet, and they also laid far more male eggs on a low quality diet. This is the converse situation to that described 30 years ago for mammals, but it makes sense for Zebra Finches. Previous research has shown that under poor nutritional conditions, female Zebra Finches grow more slowly and survive less well compared to males. Therefore, females are producing more of the sex with the highest survival chances under those conditions.””

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

          Thank you for sharing this! Interesting about the bigger eggs leading to bigger young – very interesting article!

          • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

            Robin: You’re welcome. And when I was first finding information to post about osprey eggs the literature stated that the first egg laid is the largest and each subsequent egg is smaller than the previous one, thus, the largest chick dominating (as we’ve seen with chick #1) ensuring that if food becomes scarce at least one chick will survive. But this article was totally new information for me!!

    5. Betsy July 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      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.

      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.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        One source I read said some take up to 90 days to fledge….talk about failure to launch! Who has to postpone the winter vaca to hang with that one!

        • Betsy July 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

          Maybe they meant 90 days from hatch to fledge or maybe it was a typo … or maybe the chicks just liked the comforts of home!! 😀

          • Betsy July 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

            Not hatch to fledge, I mean egg to fledge!!

          • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

            Probably current generation chicks. They never leave home! Or those California chicks, who surf before they fly!

    6. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      2:53pm- George delivers…

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        Gracie-ously accepted….

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

          And Trey finds the bonus of a long fish! She keeps glancing at Uno to see if she’s noticed….I am constantly amazed at how sharp this ittle one is!

    7. Marlene July 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Leanne, I’m SO GLAD you captured #2’s first flight! It actually gave me goose bumps. The look on #1’s face was priceless, how he followed #1 around. Thanks to all of you for the pictures. We really have a family album going!

      • Leanne July 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        It was really exciting and the looks on #1’s face were pretty priceless. I’m just really happy I was here and able to record it. Now, before long, it will be 1 and 3 venturing off. Exciting and sad at the same time.

    8. GinaM July 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Okay, I know we are supposed to be happy when they fledge but it makes me a nervous wreck to know one is “out there” and not under “our” supervision. I mean, he flew off at 10:23 AM – Where is he??

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        7-25-16 Reply- Gina you know George is flying around keeping an eye on the juvenile just like he did last year. I am nervous too but have faith George did a wonderful job last year with Ronnie and Sandy he will do even better this year. Plus I just saw an osprey over the water hopefully is Bb2.

    9. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Sounds like Dos is farther away…wrong way, Corrigan!

    10. isobel July 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks a million Betsy for your video of first fledge. Wheeeee what a wonderful feeling it must be for them.Also thanks to all for great photos and videos.

      • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 3:47 am - Reply

        isobel: You’re welcome.

    11. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      2:05pm- George came in empty footed and got an earful- three of them! Even Uno had something to say. Eveytime he’d put his head down to rearrange seaweed, the little one would peck at him..—Took off after this barrage and peck…

    12. alizarin July 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Uno after the fledge…

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        I think she misses her sib! She did get along better with Trey at feeding time. But she definitely acts out of sorts.

    13. cheryl July 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Oh, how wonderful to see the #2 video of the first fledge. Thank you, Betsy!!!! and all who are recording these precious moments we might otherwise miss.

      • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 3:48 am - Reply

        You’re welcome Cheryl.

    14. Betsy July 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you Aidan for the update.

    15. Leanne July 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      July 25- 1:07 pm- #1? Gives it a try 🙂

      • Donna W July 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        Great video! Looks like #1 does not want to be outdone by #2 !! This is one time the pecking order doesn’t come into play!

      • NancyT July 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

        I was SURE he/she was going to fly away!

      • Marilyn G July 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        Thanks Leanne, for the first flight video! I use Safari and am unable to see previous video. It made my day?

    16. Betsy July 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      July 25, 2016 at 10:23 am Looks Like a Good Day to Go Flying – Chick #2 Fledges

      • Donna W July 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much for making the fledge video Betsy! Love it!

        • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 3:50 am - Reply

          You’re welcome Donna W.

      • karen July 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

        They still come back to eat etc. don’t they for awhile?

        • Betsy July 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply

          Yes, Karen. I posted a separate post above with more information.

      • Monica July 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        Betsy – great video. Thanks!! Only way I got to see #2 fledge as I’m never online in the mornings. (I knew it was #2 the one that had been helicoptering all these days). I wonder if #1 was a little jealous as he watched #2 fly away. lol

        • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 3:51 am - Reply

          You’re welcome Monica. Chick #1 probably thought “Yippee, more fish for me!!” 😀

          • Monica July 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

            Betsy – you’re probably right. lol

            Now I’m so worried about #2. The thunderstorms we had here on LI were so fierce yesterday. The wind; and the rain was coming down so hard. I just hope he’s OK. 🙁

      • Robin July 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the video, Betsy – that was fantastic – hope she finds her way back in a hurry – must be getting hungry!

      • Kelly July 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        Great video! Much thanks! One down two to go.

      • Claire July 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        Betsy, thank you so much!! Awesome to see. Oh, have names for the chicks been decided yet?

      • Judy July 26, 2016 at 1:34 am - Reply

        Really enjoyed seeing this. Thanks!

      • Twinsmom July 26, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

        #1 is like, “where does he think he’s going?”. Thanks for the video. Those of us who can only watch sporadically greatly appreciate it. Otherwise, I would miss the great event!

      • Redkayak July 26, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

        That was just great!

    17. Donna W July 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Looking forward to seeing one or more fledges this week! It could happen very soon! They have to be mentally ready as well as physically.

      Chick #1 hatched June 3 – it’s 52 days old today
      Chick #2 hatched June 5 – it’s 50 days old today
      Chick #3 hatched June 8 – it’s 47 days old today

      • Donna W July 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        I had this info sitting in my comment box this morning and never got to hit send. I walked back in and hit “send” without looking at the screen to see that #2 did indeed fledge while I was away from the computer!

        #2 fledged at 50 days old today!!!! Whoo hoo !!!

        Thank you!!! Leanne for the incredible fledge video and many thanks to CarolV, June C and rjoneal for the fledge pics. They’re awesome! Many thanks to all who post pics, videos and comments every day. They are all appreciated and keep everyone up to date when life and work gets in the way of watching this nest!

        • Leanne July 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

          You’re very welcome 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply


        • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

          7-25-16 Reply- Donna W your welcome and what a happy day! Soon probably 1-2 days so maybe tomorrow Bb1 will fledge. Get ready for another joyous moment to treasure. Like everyone else its happy tears cause they are growing up so fast and will be gone before we know it.

    18. Bob July 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      If I am right about the chick flying off I like to think he or she hooked up with George to learn how to catch sashimi.It’s always fun to anthropomorphize the birds’ behaviors even though I realize it has nothing to do with reality and just makes me feel good. Nevertheless, I will worry until I see the chick safely returned to the nest.

      • HollyW July 25, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

        Fear not..Dos is fine..he is sitting on the perch with George!! 6:24 pm..i took pix with my phone, but cant post a picture on here..I heard him flying overhead early afternoon checking out the neighborhood!

    19. Dorothy July 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      That was so COOL!!!!!!!!!!! I got to see her fledge!!! Not sure if #1 or #2 but she sure was having fun flying back and forth over and around the nest. The remaining “Biggy” could only watch and wonder before deciding the best course of action was to hunker down. Now, let’s see how long it takes her to figure out how to get back into the nest. It’s amazing after watching the bald eagles do days and days of “branching” before fledging and the osprey just take off!!

    20. Bob July 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      To all,

      Not sure if I know what I am talking about but at about 10:20 AM on July 25 I think one of the chicks took off and still has not returned about two hours later. One parent (I think Gracie) has been on the lookout constantly but so far to no avail. Is this really happening or am I seeing things? Hoping that if I am right the young one makes it safely home. If I am wrong please don’t hesitate to set me straight. If I am right can one consider the chick to have fledged?

      Thanks to all for your input and info.


      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        Chick #2 HAS fledged, but I guess you read that by now, with comments coming in quickly. The chick-sorry, fledgling, -should be fine and may stay away for hours more.

    21. june c July 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      OK you record keepers…I have first flight for Ronnie Aug. 7, around 6:30 AM, first born 9 weeks not have Sandy’s fledge date..if you have please let me know…..Our B is 7 weeks old.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

        These guys got a better nutritional head start than last years chicks. Might make a difff. #3 may be flight delayed because of her struggles. Really don’t think even the experts can know what motivates that first step in to air.

    22. Gale July 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      at 10:23 one of the babies flew off… I couldn’t believe that I saw it live! Will he come back or is that it, he’s gone off forever? What happened last year, did they take flight and return?

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Often sit in a tree or other perch, sometimes hours. Whether building up courage or just need to get hungry enough, they come back- the whole barring unforeseen events speech goes here.
        I believe a parent may sit near-by at times.

        • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

          7-25-16 Reply-CarolV you are correct usually the male osprey will follow the juvenile and keep an eye on him/her and he will entice to go back to nest with the fish if he has too.
          This really makes me think we were all right Bb2 is a male just like Ronnie first fledge and likes to do everything George does as Bb1 and Bb3 always mimics Gracie.
          I think we are all getting good at this osprey stuff.

          The Osprey were I live dont get to big at least not the ones in my backyard but who knows how old they are. I just love everyday at around 5:00pm you can see and hear all the ospreys mostly the juvenile fishing and calling, love it when they land on my fence to scout out the lake for fish.. The fence is 12ft tall on one side facing the lake. The down side is I never can see in the nest.

          Did you notice poor Bb3 flapping away but his wings and balance is not there yet he wants to be like the big boys but you can not rush that. He is trying so hard to get off ground and hover.

    23. Dorothy July 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Haven’t seen the third chick for a while now and hope she is in the dead zone off camera. Really hope there is a way to reposition the camera higher on the arm to take in more of the next for next season.

    24. Karen DeLong July 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Oh crap…. I feel like a Mother who just saw her baby go out into the world. These kids have given me more gray hair than my husband does.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

        I assume your hub isn’t jumping out into 60′ of nothingness? But I know what you mean. Now I understand how people get invested in soap operas!

        • Karen DeLong July 25, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

          No he doesn’t jump off a 60 foot poll. But he is a flight instructor! Pilots are really not normal people! The only thing these folks know is to go ‘up’! When we got married, I didn’t have a single gray head on my head. Now I’m polluted!

          • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

            That’s too funny! I was thinking “unless he’s a pilot” when I typed that!And you’re only 29, right?

    25. Karen DeLong July 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      WOW! Our babies our really and truly growing up. Safe flying #2. Please be careful.

    26. margaret July 25, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

      That was amazing to see BB#2 fledge the nest and fly around the water.

    27. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

      There was an osprey calling from near-by and it didn’t sound like George. Gracie answered.Dos will be back when he gathers courage.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Uno is waiting with Mom…and Trey sleeping off breakfast….Uno really has a different voice…must be the Sneeze effect.

    28. rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      7-25–16 Baby 2 Fledges rt corner picture bb1 watches Gracie feeding bb3
      So Happy Rob said its usually the 2nd one to fledge first he was right today!

      • june c July 25, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

        Good shot..have to copy everyones..

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

        Taking a break from your “nestorations”? Bet your having fun!

    29. June c July 25, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Pic of his take off. 10:23:26

    30. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Gracie and Uno are watching off to the left and downward. Hope Dos managed a tree landing.

    31. Aidan July 25, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Hi everyone, we’ve been looking into problems some of you have had viewing the stream recently. It seems there is an issue when using Internet Explorer, either with the browser, Youtube, or Flash Player. If you are using Internet Explorer and can’t see the video, please try a different browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome. We’ll try to find a way around the issue on our end. Otherwise, I expect there will be an update to fix the problem at some point.

      • Rose July 25, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

        Thanks Aidan. I’ve been having a problem the last several days, and am now able to watch using Google Chrome.

      • NancyT July 25, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

        Aiden, for what it’s worth – I was having the same problems with both Safari and Firefox – although today I seem to be streaming smoothly..

      • NancyT July 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

        Correction … sticking today with Safari and Firefox … but no pixelation.

      • Donna W July 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        FYI Aidan. The exact same thing with the kaleidoscope screen is happening at where they have abt. 50+ cams. It was happening on all of them except the underwater cams the past few days. I was using Windows 7 and IE browser on a laptop but downloaded Chrome yesterday so I can watch the cam now.

      • Donna W July 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        Thanks Aidan for all of your help! It’s really appreciated!

      • Paula July 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        Thank you for looking into whatever the problem may be. I switched to chrome on Saturday and other than some choppiness it’s been ok but today it has been going black screen and pixelating for a few seconds to a minute and then gets clear again.
        My husband and I figure the problem with IE is another automatic windows update. Can’t count the times those have caused problems!

      • Ruth S July 25, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        Aiden, I cleared my cookies and that cleared my problem. BTW, are you really in the future? Check the year on your post. ?

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

          They post date their important posts so they stay at the top of the page, Comments fill in behind it.

          • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

            Then, when the need is passed, they redate to allow it to fall in proper chronology

    32. june c July 25, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

      10:23:24 BABY 2 FLEDGED….

    33. GinaM July 25, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

      “One of these mornings
      You’re gonna rise up singing
      And spread your wings
      And take the sky….”

      10:23 AM #1 Fledged and flew so well! That soft cooing/warning noise Gracie makes is, I believe, her saying, “Don’t go too far!”

      Safe flying baby 1

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

        I was going Peter Pan-” Look at Me, I’m Flying!” Both appropriate-Gracie sings one, DOS #2 the other

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        Gina M and CarolV I was thinking about that song way back in the 70s called Dust in the Wind by Kansas 1977
        I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone

        All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
        Dust in the wind
        All they are is dust in the wind

        Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
        All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
        Dust in the wind
        All we are is dust in the wind

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

          Way to perk us up! No, kidding…love that song……

    34. rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      7-25-16 Reply – Alizarin You are welcome and so happy all of us are getting to experience this for the 2nd year in a row. How much I am going to miss them when they leave, time goes by so fast soon they will only be coming to the nest once and awhile then they will be gone. However since we have baby 3 about week younger we will probably have more viewing time of him and Gracie will leave first then George with baby 3. At least thats how it worked last year. George was such a patient father Sandy never wanted to leave till finally he gave his last warning and off Sandy went to follow.
      alizarin July 24, 2016 at 9:51 am – Reply
      Wanted to add a thank you to rjoneal for your pictures and research info. You all make the site enjoyable to view!

      For those having issues seeing the video stream on this site, maybe you can see it better streaming on the youtube site or are you experiencing issues there as well?

    35. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      10:23am- EASY AS ….ONE

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply


        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply


          • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

            Dos has left the building!!!! She’s flying back and forth so the steering works…may not see him for a while.

            • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

              Sorry for mixed pronouns…excited…and irrelevant anyway

            • june c July 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

              Great sequence shots…

            • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm

              I’m sorry I broke posting rules for photos but I was too excited. Plus I don’t know how to attach OZ/TRS logo to photos I,ve edited out of frame. It’s a constant learning experience.
              And thanks…

          • Marilyn G July 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

            Great pictures! Thanks for posting!

    36. Leanne July 25, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      July 25- 10:40 am- I love the other chicks reactions. 🙂

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

        It was priceless! I’m so glad I got to be home for this! Not ashamed…a few tears…proud foster aunt!

        • Leanne July 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

          July 25- OMG. Wasn’t it just the best! I admit, I too shed a few tears. Just very happy and proud to have been able to witness it 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

          BTW- No one on fledge skedge today….

        • Gale July 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

          I watched it too…. I also teared up! Such a special thing to witness.

      • NancyT July 25, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

        Thank you for this video, and the reaction of the others was adorable!

      • june c July 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        This family has may foster Aunts and Uncles…Such a proud moment. if we where all in the same room would be shouts and high 5’s…and hugging!!!!

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

          High 5s with feather dusters—they still make them, right?

      • Robin July 25, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you Leanne – hope she comes home soon now!

      • Leesa July 26, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

        Wonderful video for those of us that missed it live! Thanks so much. Now just praying for a safe return.

    37. Gale July 25, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Was that first flight I just saw or did anyone see that before? Amazing! Now I’m watching to see if he comes back!

    38. rose July 25, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

      did we just have a fledge ???

      • june c July 25, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

        Yes Rose..sooo exciting! was baby 2

    39. june c July 25, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

      if possible can one of our picture takers post a picture of of three babies side by side…I know the where up front one time or another. I am not good at the crop n paste.
      I think everyone would like it too. Thank You…

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

        I can’t do that either. I can’t figure out how to put the oz/TRS info on whatever I take out of frame. Tech deficient

    40. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

      10:00am- medium fish and MAYHEM ensues……
      And look at Trey’s pretty head!

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Think everyone ate. Baby’s in the corner.

    41. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

      One benefit of a camera freeze…funny photo.

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

        @ 9:39am- Still a 3 count in the nest. Gloomy, overcast day…but probably easier on the chicks

    42. Dawn July 25, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      I am seriously loving all the snapshots on the feed. The nest is running constantly in the background for me at work. All of my co-workers come over to check in on the family. However, there are times when I am so so busy I don’t get a chance to see the family. The snaps are a good way to catch up. Thanks to everyone for posting!

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        You are so lucky to have that at work. I can’t even figure out why the comments won’t post to my phone…I screwed something up,I know, cause I used to get them….tech wizard strikes again…..

    43. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Trey had a busy morning already….learning to make a nest cup… way….

    44. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

      8:35am- George brings a small fishtail, which Trey accepted. Then an alarm was called….so, is this a mantle combined with a pancake…a mantlecake?

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Trey worked her way toward Dos with her fishtail I think Dos got the end of that.

      • Karen July 25, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Ha ha I saw that happen CarolV. First time I witnessed a pancake..

    45. Leesa July 25, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

      What on earth is that at 5:33??? A first I thought George found an electric eel. But it has a fish tail, and it has a long beak looking thing. Need a fisherman to tell us what this one is!

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

        Guess you learned it’s a needlefish. George brought one a while back. Pre-historic looking

    46. DarDar July 25, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Some people call this a Gar fish but all I know its stinky and has a ton of very sharp teeth in that long skinny mouth!

    47. DarDar July 25, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Geo brings in a large needlefish and it was comical viewing at first. Needlefish is the most fishy smelling fish in ocean and it has a lot of meat in it. Surprising how much meat and how much smell. All get some but Gracie was not impressed and Geo fed them all. Needlefish do stay on top and only calm water. Good catch Geo! 5:30 am Mon.

    48. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

      7:29am- George arrives with large, whole fish. Uno eats first…that needlefish was slim pickins’–teehee..

    49. Leanne July 25, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      July 25- 7:32 am- Fish Delivery 🙂

    50. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Could you move? I’m pecking here!
      Dos has the fidgets and is exploring all around……

    51. June 5 July 25, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Around 7:05 Gracie is rearranging stick when she drops it on -B-. B takes it in stride and Mom removes ..

      Bre—keep reading ur poems…more u read them they become a picture

    52. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 7:13 am - Reply

      Gracie’s trying to keep the chicks at home, starting with Dos.
      OOps !!Sorry, chicky…

    53. June c July 25, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

      George brings in needlnose fish., 5:33:22. A/B not interested..nor Gracie she stays on perch ..Lil one could care less, fish is fish. George fed Lil one whole fish.

      • June c July 25, 2016 at 6:45 am - Reply

        George feeding Lil one

      • GinaM July 25, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

        So all day the other chicks and mom and dad will have to live with his Needlefish Breath 🙂

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

          Binaca fresh breath O’sprey

    54. Leanne July 25, 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply

      July 25- 6:01 am- Delivery.

    55. CarolV July 25, 2016 at 5:51 am - Reply

      5:34am- George start the day with a lovely needlefish. We get a really good look at it, this time.He stays to feed them.Uno is up first.

      Trey and Dos are both practicing in the right corner. Careful chickies! No crowding!! This is like giving the car keys to a teenager,,,you’re proud to see them grow-up but you hate to see them leave!

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 6:09 am - Reply

        Gracie must be taking a morning off, but her voice is still working! She’s upstairs squawking.
        She drops down to squawk right behind George. Think she’s telling him she doesn’t like needlefish-please get something else.

        • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

          And Trey got fed, too.

        • GinaM July 25, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

          #3 has Gracie’s “voice” – sounds just like her!

    56. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      5/31/16- Can you see what it is? Not a devil’s face, as has been suggested.

    57. Betsy July 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Guys, I was reading the replies just now to Karen’s July 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm and at 4:14 pm posts. The picture was of Gracie!! Here, I ordered a pair for everybody: ? 😀 😀 😀

    58. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Weather forecast for East Marion- overnight–mid 70s/ overcast to cloudy..Monday-mid 80s -cloudy, increasing humidity; possible t-storms in afternoon; 70s overnight.

    59. Dorothy July 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      So, watching #1 or #2 eat the fish all by herself. Not sure where mom went but maybe she figured it was time to see if any of the chicks had learned from her to feed themselves. The other two are resting, unconcerned about what is going on in the rest of the nest.

    60. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Fish count—6:20am; 7:03am; 9:15am- fishtail from previous fish brought in by George- Uno ate;10:58am; 3:48pm; 5:15pm; 6:23pm- not eaten, removed by George; 7:16pm- returned fish, by George, barely touched by Dos only…eveyone is stuffed.

    61. Sharon July 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Sunday evening, looking for room to lay down. Decided to move it’s sibling’s foot by grabbing it’s toe! ? lol ?

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

        7-25-16 Sharon love your pic and I too have several of bb1 bb2 doing the same thing on separate occasions from the past when they were younger. Its so funny to watch them do that to each other.
        pic was on 7-6-16 Bb grabs other bb claw he looks and says hey thats mine put it down whats going on down there?

      • CarolV July 25, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

        CUTE! good one

      • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 3:57 am - Reply

        That’s so clever!! 😀

    62. Leanne July 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      July 24- This made me laugh 🙂

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

        7-25-16 Leanne made me laugh too! Nice video.

      • Monica July 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

        I was watching. That was so cute and funny. Great video, Leanne. 🙂

    63. Leanne July 24, 2016 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      July 24- 8:18 pm-

    64. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      The fish came down again @7:16pm…George and Gracie both left, leaving the fish as a teaching tool. Only Dos was interested, and scraped and picked some off. It’s under plastic now.

      • CarolV July 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        This is the one George brought about 6:23pm–G&G go out. The fish is left there. Dos takes a chance and gets some real self feeding experience. Makes some progress then leaves fish under plastic.

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

        7-25-16 CarolV – love this picture good moment. I Dont get time to comment to often right now but thanks for all your updates and pics and of course your sense of humor thats what makes the stories and events of the day fun to read. Keep up the good work!

    65. June c July 24, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      George dropped off fish and -A- doing it all himself…have been watching on and off last couple this new..

    66. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      6:23pm- Gracie is making her opinion known about George being on the perch. He takes the elevator down, good sized headless fish in claw. Then, NO ONE cares! Not even Gracie wants any….really making a guy feel needed! So he waits 10 mins,. then takesit back up to storage…

    67. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Around 5:40pm- Dos is learning control. He’s staying up longer and actually maneuvering a bit.

      • Monica July 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        So, is Dos the one who’s been helicoptering?! I thought so too but really wasn’t sure. In another comment I stated that perhaps the little guy is so feisty and strong that perhaps he’ll be the second one to start practicing his flying. 🙂

    68. Rob Bierregaard July 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      The bluefish just keep coming. George brings home 2 in 20 minutes? Baldy got a nice feed off the 1st.

    69. Leanne July 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      July 24- 5:48 pm- Dinner and a Show 🙂

      • rjoneal July 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

        7-24-16 awesome video thanks for sharing Leanne

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

        7-25-16 Reply- Leanne- Just FYI- I enjoyed my Dinner and Show.

    70. Betsy July 24, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Wheeee … chick #1 gives it a go …

      • CarolV July 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        She has finally come out of the blind spot and I’m still a nervous wreak!

    71. CarolV July 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      5:15pm- Huge- Gracie’s up front and center. As much as I complain about not seeing what’s happening–couldn’t watch the beginning. The bigger the fish, the harder to watch…….
      Trey is right in there to get pointers on how to do it.

    72. Leanne July 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      July 24- 5:13 pm- I have a video on youtube of the chick practicing his flying.

      • July 25, 2016 at 4:45 am - Reply

        Cool any day soon they’ll be off.

    73. Leanne July 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      July 24- 5:06 pm- George delivers 🙂

    74. Rob Bierregaard July 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Wow, one of the big guys is really helicoptering! I’m pretty surprised that it hasn’t already gone, windy as it is. Sometimes a real gust when they’re hovering can lead to the first flight. Sometimes in can be one of the young moving under the helicoptering bird. My grad student saw that happen on a Martha’s Vineyard nest and I wrote it into my book, Belle’s Journey, about one of my satellite tagged bird’s first trip to Brazil and back (coming to a bookstore near you sometime in 2018). It’s how Belle makes her first flight.
      Someone asked about sexing the young. Pretty hard to do on video. Females are bigger and have thicker legs. The two big young look pretty close in size, which tells us they’re the same sex. But I haven’t really looked closely enough. There’s a pretty big difference btn males and females in size. You can also compare them to Gracie. I’ll try to pay more attention, but that’s what you need to look for.

      • Monica July 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        I’ve been watching. I keep thinking it’s chick #1 but not sure. He does it a lot. The other two just look at him, perhaps envious of him. lol The more I watch, the more I attribute human feelings to the chicks. I know that’s not possible. It’s amazing to see how nature and instinct take over. I mean, no one tells them to start practicing their flying! I get the feeling the little guy will catch up and fly off before #2. He’s that feisty! 🙂

      • Leanne July 25, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

        July 25- 7:16- Thank you so much for the information. It’s definitely very useful. 🙂

      • rjoneal July 25, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

        7-25-16 Reply- Rob Bierregaard thanks for taking the time and giving some info based on what you and your grad student have observed. Glad you have the book coming out cant wait to read. Safe Travels, Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

    75. Leanne July 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      July 24- 4:55 pm- So cool 🙂

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