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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. Judy F July 27, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Three chicks lying side by side ???

    2. Tora July 27, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness! #1 “defending” for the first time, I think! Even used the little alert! Soooo cute. I think we *might* have #2 back. Not sure. Either way, definitely great to watch (though I am still wondering if #1 has a cough 🙁 )!

    3. Jo July 27, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      all is as it should beat the end of the day, mom watching over her little ones

    4. Robin July 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Please tell me what do the osprey chicks look like when they turn 1 year old – or could this frequent visitor be one of last year’s chick?

    5. JP(K) July 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      While checking in around 6 50pm and watching one kid practicing takeoff, saw 3 kids in the nest… Since there is no protest from the adults and in scrolling back, its been back a while, is this the lost child?

    6. rajo July 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      3 chicks on the nest again at 17:47, not sure if it’s the same chick from yesterday.

    7. CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Is that 3 I see? Sounds like Dr. Seuss….Gotta check this out! Gracie’s calm…good sign, although she wasn’t excited yesterday…

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        Looks good to me….can’t wait to see comments fill in…George didn’t kick him out either……

    8. GinaM July 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      I see Amelia Earhart has returned! This is definitely her- Gracie fed her!
      I wonder where the heck she’s been!!!

    9. sheila July 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      At 18:31:49 3 speckled offspring and i parent still on nest , one offspring feeding and maybe two feeding? Oh I sure hope so, all looks calm and normal. Hope I am right

    10. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      OMG – do I see who I see?? At 17:43 pm?? Yippee yippee yippee!!! 😀 😀 Oh, joy!!

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        17:47 hrs – YouTube icon was blocking the number!!

    11. Stephanie July 27, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      YES?!?! PLEASE. Say it’s our baby!

    12. JudithW July 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      6:18 pm Is the third chick, the one closest to the camera, Dos?

    13. sheila July 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      A 3rd Speckled chick lander at 17:47 and change!

    14. sheila July 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      At 17:50 and a few seconds, there appears to be 3 chicks with speckled back feathers. Do hope this is the chick #2

    15. sheila July 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      are not these 3 chicks back together at 6PM on the nest? It appears that they are all here or am I incorrect?

    16. Rich Russo July 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      OK – so at 6:00 there were 5
      4 in nest and 1 on perch
      Is #2 back?

    17. Jo July 27, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Three little ones in the nest with mom the late afternoon 🙂

    18. Renee July 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Is this #2 that just flew in…#1 went to alert mode but stopped when they landed, I think Gracie is feeding it! After yesterday I’m not sure lol….

      • Renee July 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        I think we finally have 2 back!

    19. Leesa July 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal, Betsy, someone PLEASE tell me this is our wayward chick in the nest at 17:47!!!!

    20. Laura July 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      We have 3 babies in the nest now. (17:00) Can someone verify that our baby #2 is back?!

    21. JudyB July 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      5:48 pm
      Three chicks on the nest! This one landed more tentatively, and almost immediately headed for the leftover fish and is now busily eating – which is much more the behavior I’d expect from a newly returned fledgling who has spent a couple of nights off the nest. And now I’m pretty sure Mom is feeding the new arrival. This behavior and reaction from Mom and the other chicks looks much more promising to me that this is the little wanderer back again after a couple of days of strengthening his/her wings for the return flight.

    22. melba July 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      B2 or intruder again?

    23. Karen July 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      I really think this is #2 – he has the right colorings. He had to work at the landing – but he did it!!

      • Karen July 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        This is right after he landed and tucked his wings in

    24. Pattye July 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      YAYE No. 2 came back at 17:47 – not sure if he came back before that cause I haven’t been watching. But now we can all rest tonight.

    25. Dawn July 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Do we have ALL THREE back????

    26. melba July 27, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      So do we have another intruder or is this one b2??

    27. Karen July 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      We have 3 in the nest!! It looks like #2 I hope it is

    28. Margaret July 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      I see three chicks in the nest @ 5:50. Is that the baby

    29. Michael G. Martin July 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      To Bob,Ron and the Group

      I was doing an Aerial Surveillance of East Marion and the neighboring Towns, GreenBelts, Canals and Ponds via Google Earth. As a Juvenile and on his Maiden Flight..
      My question to the Experts as well as the whole Group who I consider Experts also.
      What type of range would a newly fledged Juvenile have. Does any research conducted and would it be considered conclusive what range, are there any physical landmarks that they would be drawn too.
      I conducted the start of my survey of where I think the nest is located. I came up with “Gull Pond Inket on the Bayside of East Marion. If I started my search in the wrong location please correct me and if possible give me an approximate location.
      I believe it was Bob that said if an Osprey gets caught or trapped in a wooded area he may not be able to get the proper ” Range of Motion ” for his wings to Flap and being able to get any Lift.
      There are several areas of acreage that surrounds East Marion, and the neighboring
      Villages and Hamlets that have some very large area of dense wooded and tight areas of undergrowth where No2 may have gotten himself stuck.
      And there was another scenario that crossed my mind. Of what I have read via the Group, is that Osprey’s don’t have an over abundance of Predators in the Area. Yes there are Owls, Hawks and wildlife but nothing to real to mention
      So if anyone can help me in my Search, please feel free to do so. And also feel free to correct me, I won’t be Offended

      Thank-You Everyone
      Mike

    30. Leanne July 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I thought this little video was adorable and maybe make a few of us chuckle. Aidan, if it’s not allowed, feel free to delete it. 🙂

      It’s Mr. Hawk visiting the camera of a TV Station.

      https://youtu.be/cY0fJv33U3Q

      • june c July 28, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

        It did..very cute

      • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

        Leanne: I couldn’t post this yesterday, but that was so cute!! I’m glad you posted it!!

    31. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      7-27-16 Reply- Paul Henry
      Do you have any plans to attempt to look for the baby2 or just leaving it up to nature? Just wondering I know how you feel about human intervention but I dont know if you would at least try and search for a view of our baby 2 to confirm or not.
      I know you have a 100 jobs sorry to call you out on this and ask but whatever you can do or whatever you want us viewers to do to help money wise for time, gas, and people to help look just let us know. I know we would all do whatever you need or request it is your family too and you are the boss.
      Love our Osprey family and followers!

    32. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      7-27-16 A picture of G&G taken today enjoy!

      • june c July 28, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

        For sure this is a keeper,,nice shot

    33. Redkayak July 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      @ 4:54 (16:55:40) we had take off and then a piggy back landing. Be still my heart

      • Jessica V July 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        Saw that! It was funny! Great hover though!

      • june c July 27, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

        Thanks for heads up…was able to play back..next one to leave the nest. So great to see all back together..

    34. Paula July 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I’ve been watching this site since on the local site I was watching the mother was attacked on the nest and flew off and the babies died from exposure and they stopped the live feed, so I found Osprey Zone and have been watching ever since. But anyway after the babies here died a natural resource officer made a statement that I didn’t agree with then and certainly don’t now. She said that birds don’t mourn the passing of their young. From what I’ve been seeing from George and Gracie they are very upset about their little one being gone. Even Big Bully (as I’ve been calling him) seems different. He isn’t Lording it over Littlebit and really doesn’t seem to be eating a lot. I hope I didn’t just jinx it and Littlebit doesn’t get beat up tonight but things do seem different on the nest!

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Paula: I don’t agree with those sentiments either. I believe that they do mourn — just not in exactly the same way that humans do. But chick #1 is most likely more “relaxed” because there is less competition for food.

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        I agree with you that they mourn..maybe it was meant that the don’t mourn as we do. Plus, I think the experts tend to be more detached, in order to do the work they do.

      • Karen July 27, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

        You are from cbus ohio?. I too saw thar from hatch to death…I was heartbroken and I too found this site…filled with love for these beautiful birds! I think #2 is back tnite…they all seem calm.

      • rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 1:33 am - Reply

        Reply Paula- I agree this is what I posted about BB1 and BB3 while our BB2 was gone.
        7-27-16 Reply All-
        I have noticed ever since our baby 2 left Baby 1 has been very subdue and laid back. I hope that bird instinct kicks in for baby1 she doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to learn how to fly or want to leave nest. Just like our Sandy last year did. Remember Sandy just loved to lay in the nest and have Gracie feed her even though she could fly,fish,and eat her fish on her own. She was just a Princess and loved being waited on.

    35. Jara July 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      4:11 Eastern – Here’s a question. Last year there was a lot more lifting off and landing in the nest before they actually fledged. And it was VERY windy when BB2 got carried away. Could BB2’s wings not yet be strong enough to lift it back up to the nest? I was watching BB1 practicing today and it did not look like it was strong enough to stay aloft for an extended period. Just wondering.

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        I was thinking Dos was in such a hurry to go, he didn’t really learn all the skills he needed.

    36. Redkayak July 27, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      16:05:29 why are they still building the nest? To keep the other’s from flying too soon?

    37. Ann H July 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      I would gladly volunteer to look for #2. Just invite us and we will come. I live a few minutes from the area.
      An eagle in Florida, E8, was attacked by an owl and pushed off his branch at night and he broke his leg when he fell. He was lost for almost a week before volunteers from CROW found him. He is now in rehab in the hospital.Time is critical. The eagle was found across the street and down a little bit. #2 may be far away -OR – he may be very close. Give him a chance.

      • steve w. July 27, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

        All babies area accounted for….George has been doing FLYING lessonsw ith #2, and they came back TOGETHER again this evening around5:30

    38. Helen July 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      No I think it is George

    39. Karen DeLong July 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      God I about had a freaking heart attack. #1 just went straight up over the cam and came back down. I can’t handle two babies doing this at one time. I just wish we could see our #2, either flying or something. Then the other baby can do what nature has intended. I’m not made for this.

    40. Helen July 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Either Ma or Pa (I think Pa) is there too and looks relaxed.

    41. Helen July 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Three again – this time all chicks look relaxed.

      • LynD July 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much Helen, for your information, since you are one of the most reliable sources of “eyeing” the conditions of the nest. We have had all our hopes and prayers answered.

    42. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Whoo-ee … chick #1 was really working it and I thought this was gonna be the now moment … but not yet.

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        You don’t see chick #1 because s/he went above the camera, so here’s her/his talons as s/he was still getting up there!! 😀

        • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          You thought I was only at 11:30 am time frame on the video stream because of what I just posted a bit ago to Mike and ?? 😀 Today I have two windows open side by side so I am watching “live” in one window and catching up in the second window!! Learned my lesson yesterday!! 😀 😀 😀

          • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

            There was no recent “and” person!! 😀

        • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          Chick #1 getting more air time!!

    43. Marlene July 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Dear Jo-Ann, best of luck and happiness in Delaware. You are starting a new chapter in your life, and I’m sure it will be full of wonderful things. I know you will still have your roots to OZ. It’s like OCD.

    44. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Mike: You put your comment as a reply on Paula’s post so I am writing this as a stand-alone post! 😀 Well, Mike, I’ve just reached that time now 😀 and I didn’t see a large dark bird on the end of the jetty. However, I did see a sea gull fly in and try to land on the post at the end of it but apparently there was a sea gull already sitting there because a minute later one flew off and landed on the water. And I did see someone or something swim out of the inlet and around the end of the jetty and up the opposite side, toward whatever is on the far side of it … shore I guess. 🙂

    45. Ruth stone July 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      I’ve been on the site a couple of times since this morning and haven’t seen Gracie. Have I missed her ? And when was she there?

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

        Yes, Ruth, you missed her. I don’t have the times off the top of my head but she’s been in and out multiple times. In fact, she’s in the pictures that I posted today and she was there in the morning when George made his fish deliveries.

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

        It’s not unusual now for Gracie to be out, but more often, she’s on the camera perch. Sometimes she’s yelling; sometimes you can hear her claws-talons- scraping.

    46. NJD July 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      I was wondering if our wayward #2 and other Osprey Juveniles, that visit nests other than their own nests, are lost. Their only perspective before first flight is from their nest. Once airborne, things may look entirely different and with several nests in the area, they may become confused.

      When our #2 left it was very windy, which may have taken him/her farther than anticipated.

      Who knows, maybe our #2 is visiting the other #2’s nest. If so, let’s hope he/she received a better reception and a free meal.

    47. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Gracie adds a touch of color.

    48. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      7-27-16 In honor of keeping the faith that our Baby 2 is out there flying free and nesting wherever he/she can I have changed my pic for now to bb2 all ruffled up.

      Baby 2 7-20-16 taken We Love You !

      • Robin July 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm - Reply

        Baby 2 in all her glory — so beautiful!

      • Renee July 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

        Thank you for clearing up yesterdays mistake I made of misidentifying #2….this is my first Osprey cam I’m watching. However #2 is back! Take a look, it’s possible you know already but I see no posts of it yet. Thank you for all the info you contribute as well.

      • June c July 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        Great picture…love wings n feathers…

    49. Jai July 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      I am hoping that BB2 has found a nest where they have taken him/her in. Does anyone know if G&G will continue to call and look for the baby or has the “bond” been broken with the time BB2 has been away?

    50. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Paul or Donna: ?? — Secret or not ready?

    51. HollyW July 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      1210-1211..baby#3 flapping his wings hitting #1 continuously in the head…payback for all the pecks in the head,lol!

    52. Sylvia July 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Gee…where did everyone go?? These two spent hours looking for their feathered peeps. Hope someone brings a big meal soon.

      • Sylvia July 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        Ok, my photo to the two lonesome kids did not get attached. But…I do see where they got some fish. Happy about that.

    53. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Paul: I don’t want to jinx it or anything, but today, so far, the video stream has been perfect!! Thank you.

    54. Jo-Ann July 27, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Hi all, I haven’t had time lately to comment but I have tried to keep up with reading and watching what is going on by scrolling back when I have time. I am moving to Delaware tomorrow and will be without internet access for a few days. I have lived on the North Shore of L.I. for 60 years so this is a major undertaking for me. I will miss this area very much. I will continue to be an Oz fan. So I will catch up on what happens in the next week as soon as possible. Thank you Paul and Tommy for this incredible opportunity to view into this nest which so many of us are dedicated to and love. Thank you Aiden for moderating the comments and to all who post their thoughts and observation, photos and videos.

      Carol- I didn’t have time to read all the comments last night.so I hope Andy came home. I have been transporting 6 rescued cats to my new house so I know how upsetting it is to be missing a cat. It has happened to me many times and fortunately they always show up.

      Will start viewing comments next week..

      • JeanneD July 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Jo-Ann

        Best wishes for an uneventful and safe move

      • Leanne July 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Safe travels, Jo-Ann, and good luck in your new home. 🙂

    55. Bob July 27, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Last year, watching a nest of Pennsylvania falcons it took but one flight for a fledgling to fly into a window and get killed while a second was rescued from the street and successfully returned to the nest unharmed. This nest is located on a city building ledge. The first one obviously didn’t realize you can’t fly through windows. Most probably, it thought it saw a competitor as the window acted as a mirror. These are the things that can happen at any time just as our Osprey seems to have gotten into a bad situation. As always, I hope I am wrong and may have already missed a successful homecoming but if not I realize that these things happen all the time and all one can do is feel bad but it doesn’t change the sad outcomes that are so much a part of nature.

    56. Maureen July 27, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

      At 9:00 am I’m seeing 3 in the nest. Isn’t that right?

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        Maureen: I’m just reaching that time now!! 😀 That would be mama Gracie on the left corner of the nest toward the water and chick #3 (L) and chick #1 (R) [our view] near the camera.

        • Maureen July 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

          Thanks for responding. I’m sorry #2 hasn’t returned and wish him the best.??

          • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

            You’re welcome. I don’t think most of us have given up hope yet. I know that I haven’t!!

    57. Gale July 27, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      I will miss baby #2, I hope it’s fine and will live a long wonderful Osprey life! I also watch Audobon Osprey Cam, not as I watch this, but I check on the nest and they also have 3 babies and it’s amazing how different they are then our babies here. They always try to huddle under the mom and she opens her wings to cover them. They are as big as her and she still does it. Our babies are much tougher then hers… I have enjoyed this year so much and it was wonderful to actually watch baby #2 fledge, I thought he just got caught in the wind.

    58. Kathleen S July 27, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh, so much flapping! Am I correct in thinking that little one is 49 days today? It’s not unheard of to fledge at 49 days….. they’re both flapping so furiously, I don’t see myself getting ANY work done today lol.

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

        Kathleen S: Wow … yes, 49 days today — the 3rd chick is 7 weeks old today!! Don’t ask me how — s/he just hatched, like, yesterday!! 😀

    59. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

      7-27-16 Reply- CarolV I have taken 2 days off, I got to get back to working around here so keep me informed anything major,and keep the people calm. I know everyone is worried about our baby 2 but we have to focus on baby 1 and baby 3 right now they are changing everyday.
      I am telling you people before you know it our hearts will be filled with joy but also sorrow of them leaving. It is so hard at the end.
      Just seeing Gracie and George made it thru migration and mated again and had 3 babies is just amazing fills your heart.

    60. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

      7-27-16 Reply All-
      I have noticed ever since our baby 2 left Baby 1 has been very subdue and laid back. I hope that bird instinct kicks in for baby1 she doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to learn how to fly or want to leave nest. Just like our Sandy last year did. Remember Sandy just loved to lay in the nest and have Gracie feed her even though she could fly,fish,and eat her fish on her own. She was just a Princess and loved being waited on.

      • Tora July 27, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

        I think I have seen/heard a little bit of a cough coming from Baby #1. I wonder if he/she is not feeling well? Could also be having more space in the nest and one less sibling to fight for food, though.

    61. Donna W July 27, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Annie – Your pics are posted down below on this page (Page 46) and the times posted are 6:21 pm and 6:17 pm. They are still there. Your comments are there too. Thank you for posting the pics and comments. They are appreciated!!!

    62. Paula July 27, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      To All Osprey Zone Followers,

      I think we all can forgive ourselves for the mistakes made yesterday. We have all been worried about #2 and were thrilled when it looked like he had finally come home. Almost all of us are not experts by any stretch of the imagination and didn’t really notice that the chick that landed on the nest wasn’t ours. I have to admit that I thought it strange when Gracie didn’t turn around to greet him or start screeching at him just to tell him she had been worried and I was shocked to see George run him off. Every day of watching this site brings new knowledge to us all. That’s the whole point, I think, that most of us watch.
      Here’s to another day of worry and wonder of what these beautiful birds do on a daily basis.

      • Michael G. Martin July 27, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

        To All

        At approximately 11:17 hrs I noticed a large dark colored Bird sitting on the jetty to the left of the nest
        If anyone who can capture the image and enlarge it we can possibly identity the bird and we can rule this bird out as Chick No2

        The search continues
        Mike

    63. Dawn July 27, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

      So the consensus is we HAVEN’T seen #2 come back to the nest yet? 🙁

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Dawn: Yes, that is correct — we haven’t seen chick #2 come back yet — we’re still awaiting his/her safe return.

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

          Oh, I was so happy yesterday to have seen when that chick landed on the nest. I thought that when he was ‘forced off’ it was just George getting him to fly together and do some practice runs on catching fish. Jeez!!

          Betsy – thank goodness we have you. To this day, I seriously can’t tell who’s who (except for the little guy and his bald spot). lol

          I hope #2 is fine and thriving and perhaps will return to the nest soon. 🙁

          • Betsy July 28, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

            Thank you, Monica. Hopefully it won’t be long before you can’t tell chick #3 apart that way!! 😀

    64. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

      7-27-16 Reply- Paul Henry Do you have any plans to attempt to look for the baby2 or just leaving it up to nature? Just wondering I know how you feel about human intervention but I dont know if you would at least try and search for a view of our baby 2 to confirm or not.
      I know you have a 100 jobs sorry to call you out on this and ask but whatever you can do or whatever you want us viewers to do to help money wise for time, gas, and people to help look just let us know. I know we would all do whatever you need or request it is your family too and you are the boss.
      Love our Osprey family and followers!

    65. Leesa July 27, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Good morning all. Just catching up, and I must say I was shocked and heartbroken to read that the chick that came to the nest yesterday wasn’t ours. I never dreamed another chick would land on our nest without some commotion from George or Gracie, but what others have explained does make sense. At least I got a good nights sleep because I thought our baby had come home. Hopefully today we will see him/her and know everything is ok. I sure hope so. Ihe’m guessing today could be the day that Uno decides to fledge, as he has really been close to the edge of the nest a lot these past couple of days. Just praying for all 3 of our babies, that they will be safe and stick close to home for awhile!

    66. Rob Bierregaard July 27, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

      If the young that landed yesterday was a neighbor visiting, this would be typical of Osprey behavior. It happens a lot. Usually, according to Alan Poole, the parents are more accepting of visiting teenagers than the young in the nest. But what about this family is normal? Last year we had a young that we satellite tagged in New Hampshire show up at a nest in Rhode Island and completely take it over, excluding the young that were born at that nest for 12 days. Always fascinating to watch these nests!

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

        Rob Bierregaard: I was thinking after reading information and having just recently posted how “osprey adults are rather tolerant of wayward juveniles from other nests, and sometimes even feed the visiting fledglings before the young head back to their real homes” that George and Gracie weren’t very hospitable to the juvenile!! But maybe they have other things on their mind — like where is their own chick.

      • Helen July 27, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

        I noticed one thing that made me think he was not ours – when he landed, the other two flattened themselves on their belly immediately. Am assuming this is the usual reaction in this situation?

      • Deborah July 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        Rob Bierregaard: Also pertaining to this nest was that at the end of the season last year dad called to Sandy to leave and did a fly by to get him/her to come along while calling. The juvie left with dad.

      • NancyT July 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

        Rob and Helen … Husband and I noticed the two chicks dropped flat to their bellies when the visiting bird came. We’ve seen this behavior before when there’s a threat somewhere around the nest; in fact, we’ve been assuming the parent(s) give some type of signal to the little ones. Are we right?

    67. Marlene July 27, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

      rjoneeal, thanks for posting the pictures of #2 and the #2 intruder. Let’s hope he is safe, maybe visiting other nests, like the other young fledgling did. Another busy day at my home; I won’t be able to check in until later today. So much for retirement! I’m busier now than ever. Have a good day, everyone.

    68. Rob Bierregaard July 27, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Delighted to see our “first in flight” young back after his inaugural flight. I posted over on the Hog Island cam and a few of the chatters there mentioned other nests where a youngster took 30 hours or so before returning. This is a great example of how much we’re learning from nest cams!

      • rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

        7-27-16 Reply- Rob, sorry our Baby 2 is not home so many people wanted it to be him or her so they jumped and posted before really looking!
        I posted below on site the difference between the intruder juvenile and our baby 2 with pics side by side to show the difference. Thanks for staying in touch.

        I hope Paul is working on looking for our baby 2 since its on private property no one else can go there.

        Love our Osprey family and followers!

      • rose July 27, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

        I know an eagles nest where their young eaglet took a few days to come back

    69. rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

      7-26-16 OSPREY FOLLOWERS – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BABY 2 AND INTRUDER VISIT TODAY

      • Karen DeLong July 27, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

        Well did OUR baby stop by today or not? I’m just not sure on the comments. I’m hoping so. Could you let me know for sure please rjonael?

        • rjoneal July 27, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

          7-27-16 Reply- Karen Delong- NO our baby 2 did not come home sorry. I posted 2x look at the pics posted side by side pics to show the difference. Wish it was our baby2. I asked Paul if he is going to do anything or just let nature take its course. I just posted to Paul Henry today hope to hear something.
          Rob B. our expert also posted an update once I notified him and he could see the pics might want to read his update posted today also.
          You may already have your answer by the time this gets posted but I did not want to ignore your question to me.
          Keep the faith
          love our osprey family and followers

          • Karen DeLong July 27, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

            Thank you for getting back to me! I just hope our ‘wonderer’ is behaving himself, eating, and is OK……… I can feel more gray hairs coming in.

      • NancyT July 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        rjoneal … gosh you’re good

      • Monica July 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        RJONEAL – Hello – so is this #2 that landed in the nest today at approximately 5:47pm? He has no black spots on his chest. I’m hoping that’s definitely him!!!

    70. june c July 27, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

      First fish around 6:30 but very small..6:43 George brings in the main meal…

      • Betsy July 27, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

        I would say that the fish at 6:30 am was beyond very small — I would say it was microscopic!!

    71. CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

      6:43am- Glad he didn’t land on Trey with this one!

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

        Uno has started hangin’ in the corner, scaring me

    72. CarolV July 27, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

      Fledgling Watch 2016 continues…..

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:30 am - Reply

        Again, it sounded like Gracie’s calls were being echoed from a distance. Also a garbage? truck backing up down below……Don’t think Gracie called them…

        Had a fun thought…do you remember how Sandy would respond once he had fledged? If fish showed up at the nest, you could hear him screaming in from wherever he was, squawking at the top of his lungs the whole way! Used to make me laugh!

      • CarolV July 27, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

        6:30 am- It’s Trey’s turn to be trampoline…the small fish George had sort of slid down her back to Gracie’s feet…
        .
        Again, it sounded like Gracie’s calls were being echoed from a distance. Also a garbage? truck backing up down below……Don’t think Gracie called them…

        Had a fun thought…do you remember how Sandy would respond once (s)he had fledged? If fish showed up at the nest, you could hear him screaming in from wherever he was, squawking at the top of his lungs the whole way! Used to make me laugh!

        • june c July 27, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

          i was watching and missed that Ha..thought u had to go back to work thats why I posted fish catch. How did u get ur picture smaller?

    73. CarolV July 27, 2016 at 5:40 am - Reply

      Forecast for the day- it was a comfortable low 70s overnight . Prediction of mid 80s and sunny,mod. humidity for this end of the Island. Back to low 70s overnight

    74. Helen July 27, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

      I can make out only the 2 babies at this time in the dark.

    75. Betsy July 27, 2016 at 2:11 am - Reply

      L.C Sylvester: I see a picture you posted on the previous page (page 45 – L.C Sylvester July 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm) with the caption I AM BACK!!!!!!! (Although, Melba, I do not see any post with your name)

      To all: When you post a picture or even a comment, it will “show” temporarily with the words “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” in italics under your name and the date and time of the post and that is maybe what you saw and why you thought it was there and then deleted. As rjoneal states you must give it time to be accepted and then posted by the moderators.

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