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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. Dorothy July 27, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

      So, been reading all the comments and is the consensus that the osprey that visited the nest today may not have been #2? I did think it odd that the dad sort of forced it off the nest by buzzing it from the overhead perch and that no one else paid much attention to it. I also thought that if it had been an intruder that at least the parents would have made even more of a fuss like I observed in the DC eagles nest. That nest juvenile was very agitated and flapped the intruder off the nest. Any thoughts?

    2. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 To All Followers – Here is part of info that I have posted before on fledglings

      The fledglings might switch nests during their preliminary flights. The adults either tolerate these young intruders, or are unable to distinguish their own young from the others, (which is unlikely). They even feed these intruding chicks, over-run by their parental instincts. Subordinate chicks, which do not get enough food to satisfy them, at their parents’ nests, are more likely to switch nests, seeking a nest with younger chicks, where they can dominate at feedings.

    3. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 10:20 pm - Reply


    4. Rose July 26, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Hi, Just want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the Osprey’s world. Also, I have 2 theories about our missing baby #2: 1st is maybe the intruder is trying to lead Gracie or George to our baby (maybe they can follow him) & 2nd is maybe he also is missing from his nest or our baby took his place in the nest. Nature has its way of taking its course – lets all hope for the best.

    5. Linda Ardizzone July 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      #2 is back, no he is not, yes he is, oh my gosh. Is he or isn’t he? I never know what to believe on this site. And someone mentioned that some posts never make it on the website. I wonder why? Too negative? Too realistic? Someone else taking it personally? Who knows. All I know is that although there was some sibling aggression it was nothing like last year (you know, no dead baby like Pee Wee) and it was lovely to watch. We still have so much to learn about Osprey and that is part of the fun although I understand it can be sad and disheartening some times. I worry too but until I find out otherwise I will choose to believe that #2 is alive and well. This is not like Pee Wee dying in the nest for all to see so let us enjoy this season. George and Gracie have become amazing parents having learned lessons from last year and all the babies did well. I truly enjoyed watching them this year.

    6. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      I really wish I was wrong but our baby 2 is out there somewhere and I am hoping Paul will get a search party to see if they can find our Baby.

      • Leesa July 27, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

        Well that just stinks! I wish I could tell them apart better, but I never dreamed an intruder chick would visit the nest without a display of agitation from the others. Thanks for posting the pics, but I can’t say thanks for the info. Still worried about our little one. Hopefully he/she will show up today, and all will be well again. And to think we have to go through this 2 more times!! Don’t know if my heart can handle it.

    7. Marlene July 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry, I have to post one more comment. I just read more comments that were not there earlier, when I read the posts. I must be mistaken; that was not #2 who was in the nest. I am sorry if I steered other ospreyites in the wrong direction. The pictures and comments must not have been there when I looked at 6:45 p.m. I just went back and checked and it seems that the young bird in the nest was an intruder. Again, I apologize for giving erroneous information. So much for high hopes.

    8. Marlene July 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Talk about competition: At 16:56, Gracie flies in with a big headless fish, followed by George a minute later with a big lively fish. #1 goes to Gracie’s fish, and George waits to see if #3 can figure out how to start eating it. When he sees that Peanut is having a difficult time, Daddy takes over.However, at 17:32, #3 takes the fish and moves it, so that she can feed herself, while #1 is still being fed by Mommy. Eventually, #2 returns to the nest and then Daddy and child go for a fly together. Yuk! There are all creepy crawlies on the leftover fish from #3 on the right side of the nest! It’s 9:12 and #2 hasn’t returned to the nest. Wonder if he’s sleeping out tonight. At least we all can sleep easier, knowing that he knows how to land and where his nest is. I bet it won’t be long until he starts fishing. So glad they are all safe. Nighty night!

    9. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 Reply-Michael G. Martin- Here is another pic of Baby 2 head down so you can see markings on the side and top it is the one closest to the camera on the right side.

    10. Tora July 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Hmm.. anyone else notice #1’s little cough? I have the sound on for the first time in awhile, so it might just be me.

      • rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

        7-27-16 Reply- Tora this has been talked about every since they were born. The last time Betsy reposted about a week ago or so. You can review comments but it is a sneeze which is very common due to the feathers in short terms. There is more info on site.

    11. CarolV July 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      BTW—did everyone notice Gracie was the one who brought a headless fish to the double “header” before? George’s was whole. Feeding someone else some where else??? Mystery Theater will continue tomorrow……….Brought to you by the fish wholesalers of America-and our local sponsor, The Ospreyzone Store….and TRS,Inc., of course.

      • Paula July 27, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

        Way to lighten the mood CarolV.
        I’ll be watching Mystery Theater tomorrow for sure.
        And praying for #2.

    12. GinaM July 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      rjoneal you asked this question:
      rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      7-26-16 Gina thanks for the update and taking time to go there even though its on private property you did the best you could do. From what you are saying you are thinking Baby 2 is on the ground from the looks of it but you couldn’t actually spot the bird itself.

      REPLY: I didn’t see anything on the ground from where I was. The adult female was up high and the adult male took off from what looked like the ground, but it could have been from a lower branch. I was far away at that point and had to walk closer. I did find a feather for my efforts!

    13. Monica July 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      I was so happy to see #2 come back to the nest. He stayed for a while; the other two were totally oblivious and kept on feeding. Then he took off again and came back and the last time took off a few seconds after George. He must have eaten somewhere else with his Dad. Perhaps they’re doing some male bonding. 🙂

      (Just from my observations, I get the feeling #1 is female; #2 and #3 are male.)

    14. CarolV July 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      LOOKIT!!! MY wings stretch right out of the frame, too, now!

    15. Rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 Not our Baby 2. He is not home. Betsy has made videos and posting pictures this is not our baby 2 he does not have any of the markings of our baby2 George chased the intruder juvenile off the nest and Gracie wouldn’t look at the intruder juvenile because it’s not baby 2.

      George would not divebomb or chase off the juvenile baby too if it was our bird that was not our Osprey baby t George would not divebomb or chase off the juvenile baby to if it was our bird that was not our Osprey baby 2.

      Many juveniles have fled the nest up-and-down where are nest is they too are flying around. Has been noted some have even got fed on other nest This was an intruder juvenile and that is why George decided he had stayed long enough.
      I wish I could say it was I really wanted it to be I studied everything about this intruder and that’s all it is an intruder juvenile flying around.

    16. Elaine July 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      I thought George gave a warning sign, and #1 and #3 laid flat right before fledgling landed. I thought then that she gave this warning in case #2 did not land correctly. But I think I was wrong. Both #1 and #3 continued to lay flat until after George forced fledgling off the nest. Gracie never responded to this fledgling the whole time. I learned more by scrolling back to 6:11 pm. Unfortunately, now I don’t think the fledgling was #2, because George chased him/her off.

    17. Leanne July 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      The chick in this video looks a little older to me than our chick 2 but truthfully I wasn’t sure. After reading the comments I’d have to say it probably wasn’t him 🙁

    18. Donna W July 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      L C Sylvester – The pic you posted at 5:51 showing #2 on the nest time stamped 17:50 with the caption, “I Am Back”, is on Page 45 of the comments and it’s still there. Also there’s about 4 or 5 comments from you posted on that page. Thank you for posting the pic and the comments. That page filled up with all the comments and pics regarding #2, and we moved on to Page 46 which is where we are now. I hope you continue to watch and post comments and pics. They are appreciated!

      • rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

        7-27-16 Reply- Donna W – Well now we have 2 detectives in the group. (NOT in REAL LIFE) Betsy and you, good research. :).

    19. Melba July 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      “You did that on purpose!!” LOL

      • LynD July 27, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        I agree with you Melba, that No.1 DID that maneuver on purpose. I saw it happen and thought the same thing. What nerve, shame on No. 1 !

    20. CarolV July 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      The two other nests I watch are also fledging…The Verizon nest chicks are using our parking lot lamp posts for perches, as the young birds do every year. So much fun to watch! Kinda sorry I wasn’t at work all last week to watch,,,but I’ll get over it.!

      Now, this is what I was told by a customer today, when he heard 2 of us discussing ospreys. He says he knows someone out here who put up a post or tower about 10-12′ from his home and he can look out at the nest from his second floor window. Has anyone from the East End heard about this? Sounds kind of noisy and messy–

      • CarolV July 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        Unless he heard about Tommy’s tower and added some “facts” of his own…No one I knew well….

    21. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 Reply-Michael G. Martin- Baby 2 right side in Betsy pic I sent prev and in this pic Baby 2 is closest to the camera Baby 1 is being feed by Gracie. If you review comments and get time to ck video that Betsy did it might help also. She has another pic that shows markings on the back of the heads that would help you alot. It is posted here in on comments or maybe you can ask Betsy to send to you.
      Hope this helpf a littler

    22. Elaine July 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      July 26, 2016. Please scroll back to 6:11 pm this evening, and see what could be #2 who eventially flew off with adult osprey (possibly Gracie).

    23. CarolV July 26, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      About 7:15 ish PM- George dropped down to help Trey with that fish she’s been working on. It always feels special to see George feeding the kids…especially Daddy’s girl…

    24. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 Reply-Michael G. Martin Betsy did do a video on the differences here is her picture and then I will send you a pic that I have also showing the same markings.

    25. CarolV July 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Uno doing some powerful flapping about 4pm…wish I knew how to do a several good shots……

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

        Well, that’s some picture!! Didn’t get video… as usual I was like 15 minutes away from end of the video stream window, then saw all the excitement, watched that part of the video stream and then poof … 😀

      • june c July 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

        love the pic wings n feathers

    26. Robin July 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Are you all sure that was Baby #2?

      • CarolV July 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply


      • june c July 27, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

        at first I was so excited to see juvenile thought like most our B. Few things were not right. The other chicks did not turn around. He did not go after fish Gracie had. Then the topper was George chased him away from nest. I am truly hoping that our B is also nest hopping.

    27. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 Reply – LC Sylvester this is for everyone not just you! All comments and pics have to go to moderates before they get posted on this site. This is not live chat and just depends on how busy it is for the moderators to get through all pics and comments. You have to give it time they get thousands of spam attached to our comments and pics.

      We are a loving and fair site Paul works really hard to keep this site up along with Aidan and Tommy, Christina and many many more people. You should review how this site got started we are only on our 2nd season.

      The rule for pictures is you must have somewhere the logo of the site or sponsor or best if you have both. They will not post picture without it since it is owned and sponsored by copyright © 2016 Tax Reduction Services. All rights reserved.
      L.C Sylvester commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
      in response to ospreyzone:

      Hello all!!! I believe there are only”certain” people who can post pics here! I just posted a pic of #2 returning to the nest and it when on the site for moderators approval…then was taken off…I will no or photos.longer post any thing here-comments or pics for they always get removed…not a very fair group you is a shame no one but the regulars can post pics…or photos…this just is not fight.

      • Margaret July 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        @rjoneal I tried to send you a personal e mail. However it was rejected .
        ???? Any ideas why?

      • Annie July 26, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        Thank you, I am not used to commenting here and didn’t mean to sound like I was complaining, just wasn’t sure what was happening with the pictures. I do believe you are correct about that being a visiting juvenile, which happens a lot at osprey nests. That would also explain the behavior of the parents as well as that of the other chicks.

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 5:48 am - Reply

        Rjoneal”’are we even sure that the complainers are real posters or just out to cause dissention? There was one or two others suddenly popping up. I have posted and it’s not gone thru, but I always assumed it was my error. Let these people stew and not give them any credence to fuel their egos…… Save your energy for remodeling!

        • rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

          7-27-16 reply CarolV- good thought! 🙂

        • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

          Yes, CarolV, they are!! 😉 😉

          • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

            Real posters, that is!!

      • L.C Sylvester July 27, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

        My pic yesterday did have the OspreyZone logo on the bottom…I will try again today-thank you rioneal

        • ospreyzone July 27, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

          Please do include ospreyzone link and
          However we did not reject your picture, I suspect it was not entered properly.

    28. Kathleen July 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      All that worry for naught. #2 just came for a visit. albeit a short one. He made it through the storm! Hooray…….

      • Monica July 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

        Kathleen – you just reminded me of a Barry Manilow song –

        “I made it through the rain
        I kept my world protected
        I made it through the rain…”

        That’s what #2 must have been telling us. lol

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 Reply- Kathleen sorry it is not Baby 2 all wrong markings and George would not chase baby 2 off the nest. Aalso Gracie kept her back to the juvenile osprey its just one of many that are around that area that have fledged just like our Baby 2. Experts will tell you that juveniles will visit other nest once they fledge sometimes even getting a meal. The females dont usually mind the intruder juvenile but daddy does.

        • Kathleen July 27, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

          oooooooooh. I am disappointed but thanks for the information.

    29. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 ALL FOLLOWERS- I know we want Baby 2 back but just as our family is fledging so are other babies in all the nest around there. Someone on the site said they say alot of osprey nest up and down more than last year. All the juvenile are out flying around and learning how to fish just like our baby2 hopefully. It is very common for juveniles to land on other nest during this time some even get feed.
      I am keeping the faith but hope Paul is going to have a search party to see if they can spot our baby 2 anywhere.

      • CarolV July 26, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        I agree we all want Dos back so maybe we are seeing what we want to see. On longer exam., it looks like more whit on that juvie’s head, along the sides, behind the eye…….no longer humming “I’m Happy”………..So hard to tell………………..

    30. Marlene July 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Dear GinaM and also Michael G Martin, hope by now you both have read the wonderful news! #2 has returned to the nest!! Yippee!! Thanks for all of your efforts on our little chick’s behalf. You both are exceptional human beings. Thanks to everyone who has posted the happy news. I’ve been trying to check in while I was babysitting, and the last time was this morning when there was no sighting. Boy, we can all give a big sigh of relief!!

      • Michael G. Martin July 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

        To All
        Until we have Confirmation on No#2 I will continue with my search
        But I will still need a photo of Chick no2 a good one that I download to my iPhone and a good physical description and any obvious and discernible markings
        The hunt continues


        • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

          Mike: I can’t think of anything really to add verbally. I can’t really give you a description of the ventral side of its wing — I know it has marks, but I don’t have any pictures because I’m more video than pictures and s/he flapped those mighty wings fast. rjoneal posted a reply, also — see below. My reply to you showed up on the previous page and I don’t know how far back you go when looking at comments, so I’m posting pictures again for you. If you right click on the picture(s) options come up including save image, then once you do that you can print out a copy. I’d love to join you but my Andy isn’t back yet so I must hang around the house in case he shows up. Good luck.

          • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

            And bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!! 🙂

            • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

              P.S. Mike – you can also right click on the pictures and open image in a new tab and print from there.

    31. Jai July 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Well isn’t this a great day! BB1 and BB3 self feeding and G/G & BB2 out doing some flight and GPS training. Probably do some touch and goes for good measure just to round out the flight school for the day 🙂

    32. Melba July 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Why .dad trying to get #2 out of the nest? Looked like he was flying down at her

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 that was not our baby 2 it was a juvenile intruder that is why geo chased off.

    33. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 ALL OSPREY FAMILY THAT WAS NOT OUR BABY 2 wish it was sorry for bad news George finally has enough of the juvenile hanging out and chases him off. I have lots of pics and all the markings are wrong not our baby.

      • NancyT July 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        We noticed the alarmed behavior of Mom and she signaled and the chicks went down. Then Dad sent the juvie away. Thank you rjoneal for clearing it up.

      • Arlene July 27, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

        If they were banded then we would know for sure…why were they not banded??

      • terri July 27, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

        Thats what I thought yesterday as mom didnt try to feed the chic and dad did chase him off…not unheard of for chics from other nest to visit others. Last year at the Chesapeake Bay nest, this happened in a big way and eventually the visitor kept getting fed….never a dull moment! Hope #2 is taking advantage of another nest and getting healthy

    34. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 Betsy that was NOT our Baby 2 wrong just a juvinille stopping in for a rest Geroge finally said you got to go now and chased him off.
      Sorry wish it was our Baby2
      fr Betsy- Reply-Jai: I love you, love you, love you!!! Yes, it is!!

      • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: I know!! I was replying to Robin and had just hit post when I saw Jai’s comment, saw the tail of a third chick and just typed my comment!! Then after I went to the 5:50 pm time frame of the video and watched, I saw that it wasn’t chick #2!! Since then I’ve been looking at prior video to get pictures to post side by side to show that it’s not chick #2 … the eye strips and head stripes are different!!

        • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

          Rubbed my hand on the keypad and my reply went before I was done!! Anyway, I was just about to reply to Jai that I have to take my statement back because it’s not chick #2 when I saw new comments were up!! 😀 Still haven’t found a picture of chick #2 at about the same time and near the edge of the nest to show side by sides!

    35. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 George 1st attempt to scare off juvenile intruder George flys at him but he stays, George comes back a second time and he leaves.

    36. birdRJSviewer July 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      4:57 Mom and Dad brought 2 fish for the chick#1 and chick#2. One for each 🙂 Cute chick#3 tried to start eating the fish dad brought, however he/she is not ready to start off when the fish is still moving around. Dad took over and started feeding #3.
      At 5:30 chick #3 took the fish from dad and started to feed himself 🙂
      Then wouldn’t you know it, at 5:50 our fledgling osprey chick landed back at the nest. One minute later dad when for fly over and the flying chick when after.
      5:57 chick came back and landed on top of the camera. Chick #3 got a little jealous and spread his wings as to say “I want to fly around also” How great!!!

    37. rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      7-26-16 George chases off juvenile intruder over stayed his welcome

    38. Leanne July 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      He flew in like a pro 🙂

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 Leanne not our baby 2 it is juvenile intruder looking for a rest.

        • Leanne July 27, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

          July 27- Yeah, I know and I’m so bummed. I truthfully had my suspicions that it wasnt 2 but I guess I just wanted it to be him so badly. Ugh. Hopefully today will be a better day and we’ll see 2 fly in like a boss with stories to tell. Lets hope 🙂

    39. GinaM July 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      OK- I turn on my computer and there are three fledlings in the nest? IS HE BACK??!! George was chasing something and he flew away is he an imposter or did he just fly off to help George???
      All I know is, if that is our missing pilot, he has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do!!!!!

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        7-126-16 Gina that was not our baby 2 Geo finally chased off I posted pic with time.

    40. Paula July 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Did it look like George ran #2 off the nest at approx. 18:20 to anyone else?

    41. susann July 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      why did George chase baby off the nest?

    42. Annie July 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Another shot of George knocking #2 off the nest. George had been dive bombing the chick previously.

    43. Dorothy July 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      18:12:30 Now that was weird. It seemed to me that the dad was trying to get #2 off the nest. Is that NOT #2??? I would think if it weren’t then they wold have made a big fuss to get the “intruder” off the nest like I saw the bald eagle juveniles do last month. Very strange.

    44. June c July 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Not our B..George kicked him off. Gives me hope maybe our B doing the same thing

    45. kpbuquoi July 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      No. 2 comes home

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 that was not our baby 2 George would not chase off and Gracie kept back turned and all the markings are wrong just another osprey juvenile who fledge just like our baby 2 did.
        It has been said by experts they even might get feed at other nest.

    46. Karen DeLong July 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Oh thank you God! #2 safe and sound!! Now can I wring his/her beak for putting us through this torture?? Little snot.

    47. Annie July 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      George knocking chick#2 off the nest

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 No that is not baby 2 sorry wish it was.

    48. Robin July 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Do you think Baby #2 is getting fed off the nest?

    49. terri July 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      maybe thats not the fledgling, looks like papa chased him off and mom certainly didnt offer him food?

    50. Stephanie July 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Home at last! 17:50

    51. Robin July 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      18:12:28 – was that her????

    52. kbuquoi July 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      No. 2 came home!!!!!!!!!

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 not baby 2 sorry wrong markings and George would not chase baby 2 off nest.

    53. Dorothy July 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      I don’t get it. There is Dos and the mom isn’t evening looking at her just continues to eat while #1 and #3 are flaked out. Dad is practicing taking off from the perch and landing again which is shaking the nest to the point that #2 nearly fell off. Interesting. she must be hungry.

    54. Arlene July 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      6:09 pm 2 came back again ..I think….then flew off again with another osprey…a friend maybe…I am confused LOL

    55. JudithW July 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      At 6:11 George and Dos flew off together.

    56. terri July 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      looks like the 1st fledgling made it back???

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 Reply- terri NO that is not our Baby 2 George finally chases off ! Wish it was.

    57. june c July 26, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      i may have posted wrong time !7:51 baby B back?

    58. L.C Sylvester July 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Hello all!!! I believe there are only”certain” people who can post pics here! I just posted a pic of #2 returning to the nest and it when on the site for moderators approval…then was taken off…I will no or photos.longer post any thing here-comments or pics for they always get removed…not a very fair group you is a shame no one but the regulars can post pics…or photos…this just is not fight.

      • ospreyzone July 26, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        Not sure why, probably operator error or impatience.

        • steve w. July 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

          Probably the second one

        • Melba July 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

          Thats strange..mine is gone now also…

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

          Are we even sure these are real posters? Or imposters?

      • Leanne July 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        I’ve had that happen before and what usually happens is they get approved a short time later. 🙂

      • Susan W July 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        Stop with the drama! Enjoy the site

    59. Jai July 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Is bb2 back? I see a third young osprey’s tail feathers in the right corner of the nest and it keeps flying up on top the camera housing then back to the right corner of the nest…..

      • Betsy July 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        Jai: I love you, love you, love you!!! Yes, it is!!

        • Annie July 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

          George seems to be treating chick #2 as an intruder? Knocked him/her off the nest.

      • NancyT July 26, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        WAY COOL! WAY COOL! Chick2 comes and goes with confidence!

    60. Renee July 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Left to right….Mom (Gracie), #1, #3 eating and # 2 towards the back…Yay!

      • Karen DeLong July 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

        THANK YOU for taking this picture for us to see!!! Very much appreciated!

      • GinaM July 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        For the love of Pete! He is a bad boy scaring us all like that!

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 not our baby 2 wish it was wrong markings just a juvenile intruder who fledged takes a break.

        • Kathkleen July 27, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

          rjoneal – I feel for you having to ‘disappoint’ all of us with the correct information about chick #2.

      • Renee July 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        False alarm, sorry all!

    61. Arlene July 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Baby 2 took off again at 5:53 pm from what I could see…

    62. rajo July 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      At 5:50pm EST, all three siblings are on the nest.

    63. Glenn July 26, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      Just saw #2 at 17:56 Looks like landing in the nest is the problem

    64. Tay July 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Guess who’s coming to dinner!!

    65. DianeH. July 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      GOOD NEWS!!! At 17:50 today #2 landed back at the nest. All 3 chicks in the nest. Then #2 took off again. Mom and #1 were looking down to the left for a while before that. Father must be keeping up with #2.
      Also right before 5pm both mom and dad brought a fish and #3 has been feeding himself.

      • rjoneal July 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        7-26-16 not our baby 2 George finally chases juvenile intruder off.
        I really wish it was our baby wrong markings and body.

    66. CarolV July 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      5:54pm…Question one answered! .. Gulliver has returned from his travels! Good to see 3 in the nest! Phew! Now to read comments and scroll back video…..

    67. Margaret July 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Dos returns – 17:50. He buzzed in and then back out again. Now in the nest. I am so happy to see him.

    68. Judy F July 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      All three young ones back in nest 5.52pm

    69. june c July 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      was that our baby B..

    70. Shar July 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      17:50:37 !!! Baby #2 flys in and land briefly!!!! Yeah, she/he is allright!

    71. Michael G. Martin July 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Dear Group
      I live in Southold on the Bay side. There are several Osprey Nests on low platforms that the Town has erected for nesting Osprey’s
      I’ll start on the border of Southold and Greenport and work my way West to Mattituck. I know all the little inlets and marsh areas. Cedar Beach has an Osprey Nest. Cedar Beach is a stones throw from East Marion.
      I have a pair of Binoculars and Comfortable Shoes. I’ll try and do my best to find the Wayward Chick
      Can anyone give n
      Me a good clear photo of no#2 and can any or all give me a good physical description and any distinguishing characteristics

      We’ll find him

      • CarolV July 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        That’s so nice of you! #2 must have heard you were coming for him, cause that’s right around when he came in!

      • Leanne July 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much, Mike, for offering to do that for chick 2, and us all. 🙂

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 1:13 am - Reply

        Mike: Thanks for going out to look for chick #2. I hope you get flooded with pictures from everyone (sorry Paul and Aidan). Here are mine. I can’t think of anything really to add verbally. I can’t really give you a description of the ventral side of its wing — I know it has marks, but I don’t have any pictures because I’m more video than pictures and s/he flapped those mighty wings fast.

        • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 1:16 am - Reply

          Here’s the back of its head.

      • june c July 27, 2016 at 6:27 am - Reply

        That is really nice of you.. If I lived out there i b right there doing the same…

    72. Arlene July 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      5:50 pm Baby #2 is back home!!! Yayyyyyy 🙂

    73. Dorothy July 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Then off she went again to demonstrate her new found skills with another couple of fly bys. Trey could have cared less and just kept eating his own fish through the whole thing. #2 landed again so wonder how long whe will stay this time??

      • Tora July 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        Did dad chase the kiddo away for some reason? Alerting a little bit #2 seemed to flinch a few times before flying off.

        • Dorothy July 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

          That’s the way it looked to me. It was strange how after #2 landed no one at all paid her any attention. She didn’t come over to be fed just hugged the rim of the nest. Every time the dad took off from the perch he caused the nest to sway an nearly knocked her off balance each time. The final time he seemed to fly down right at her. That was so odd. Haven’t seen he back since. She seemed to have a nice crop on her though.

    74. Leesa July 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! The wayward one returns at 17:50!!! SO HAPPY to see him/her ok!!!

    75. L.C Sylvester July 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      I AM BACK!!!!!!!

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