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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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June 15th, 2020: Two eggs in the nest. Mostly sunny this week.

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    44,085 Comments

    1. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Weather forecast…mid 60’s tonight….low 80s tomorrow….partly cloudy

    2. Paula July 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I have to say that I’m a bit concerned about #1 whom I am now calling Big Baby instead of Big Bully. Anyway I’m concerned about him taking care of himself after he is on his own. He seems determined to be fed instead of feeding himself. Tonight at approx. 6:30 there were 2 fish brought to the nest. 1 was given to Big Baby and then Gracie started feeding Littlebit and then Big Baby came over to Gracie and had her feed him. But on the up side, Littlebit went right over and started in on the unattended fish, so she’s learning how to take care of herself!

    3. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      6:38pm- Uno had control of the last fish, so Gracie went for her own.

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

        Uno decided she needed to be babied, so she moved over to Gracie, while Trey was good taking over the other fish.

        • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

          or is that Dos? Only one eyeball at the moment…….me, that is…….

    4. Renee July 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      #3 watching #1 get lift off and fledge, yay! Hopefully she’ll be back soon…

    5. Sharon July 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Finally saw Chick #1 fly from the nest @ 4:55 pm EDST and returned @ 5:35 pm EDST!!! Yay!! I was hoping it would happen today as it’s my Mom’s birthday!! 😀

    6. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      6:14pm….Gracie drops down to lead cheer squad…………

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

        ………………as George slides down in front of camera. He decided to feed the kids–on the right

    7. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Am I doin’ it right? That’s it Kid……….Keep practicing!!!!!
      At least Uno isn’t giving us heart palpitations !!!

    8. HollyW July 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      16:55..Did I see #1 lift-off???

    9. Margaret July 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Uno fledges 16:56. The look on Trey’s face is just priceless. Hope she does well 🙂

    10. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Just me and Mom’s shadow….all alone and feelin’ blue…me and Mom’s shadow …… no one else to – hey, does this mean I get more fish?

    11. JP(K) July 29, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      Scrolled back to 16:55 (4:55pm) and I think chick no. 1 Just fledged…. Last remaining chick is surprised to be all alone….

    12. Dorothy July 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Here’s the look on #3’s face after #1 fledged.

    13. Marianne July 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Saw Chick #1 take off at 16:54:50 after doing some wingercise. Pretty cool !!! #3 all by its self waiting for supper.

    14. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      4:55pm…………………………………………………………………..Easy as ONE……

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

        ………………………………………..TWO………………………………………………..

        • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

          THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………………………………………………Uno? UNO????????????????????????

    15. june c July 29, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      16:55:13 A is off Yea

    16. Dorothy July 29, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      There goes #! at 16:55:16 . We have lift off and her first flight!!! To the amazement of #3.

    17. June c July 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      This a graft of George.s call

      • June c July 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        This is Gracie’s. Just interesting

        • Kathleen July 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          Very cool Jean. Did you notice if Lil bit and Gracie’s calls are similar? To myuntrained ear they sound very much alike

      • CarolV July 31, 2016 at 12:47 am - Reply

        Does the graph measure decibels? Gracie’s squawks seem so much louder..Is that why the lines are almost solid together on Gracie’s?

    18. GinaM July 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Is #3 well? He seems to be doing an awful lot of sleeping today… deep, faceplant sleeping.

      • Karenf July 29, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        I thought the same thing today..

      • Shar July 29, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        GinaM, I noticed that too. I rewind and watch this when I miss parts, and it seems like baby #3 gets about a third or maybe less of what one and two get to eat daily. Even though #3 usually has to wait…..I’ve noticed that even since two has started to self feeding a little, she will see #3 getting a few bites from Gracie – and come over to be fed by mama. And of course by now, baby always gives way to the two bigger ones. Baby 3 probably doesn’t have the energy level the other two do, not enough calories. I still wonder what will happen to her/him. Maybe when one and two start to catch their own fish etc, baby 3 will be able to put on some weight and grow more. I hope.

    19. Karen July 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I love how the babies just fall asleep – Food coma! I like this one with #3 – has a stick to rest her head on!!
      It’s quite interesting to see how the babies watch where George, Gracie or #2 fly off too. In admiration, interest, or “OH that’s how it’d one!”

    20. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      HI!…..Is that you, Tommy? Is that you, Christina? Hi! hi! HI! Uo here!

    21. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      3:24pm- Cue the free-for-all! Happy to say Trey was fed this time…

    22. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Now, That’s a big improvement! Rain is gone; nice breeze; sunshine…..and sailboats!

    23. June c July 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      The three amigos….

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        Baddest “hair” day ever!

      • Karen DeLong July 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

        I really like this picture! Very cute and very sweet.

      • Kathleen July 30, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

        Very nice snap.

      • Bobbie July 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        Great shot, June.

      • Monica July 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm - Reply

        June C – love this pic!! Which one is #3? I can only tell when I see his bald spot. lol

    24. June c July 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Looks like a long way down..have to think twice about this one..

      • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        😀 That’s a great caption June!!

    25. Marlene July 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      #1 helicoptering again at 12:53 p.m. Bet he’ll lift off within the next five days.
      rjoneal: Love the feather duster photo. Like a peacock, but lying flat.
      Margaret, re #3’s neck – I think it’s the way the wind is blowing, and also she might have been a little wet. A couple of weeks ago, it was really bare. The feathers have begun to grow in. It’s alot better than it was. I don’t think #1 has been naughty toward #3 in a while. Hope that nice behavior continues.
      Betsy, that video of #1 checking out the screen was so funny. What a close-up!

      • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        It was so funny that it happened right after Leanne posted the hawk video!! Like, oh yeah, I’ll show them I can be cute, too!!

    26. Karen July 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      I think #1 caught some wind on that attempt! hahaha He’s like whoa!

    27. Karen July 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Gracie needs some decorating classes. That material is just annoying the kids esp. in the wind and their talons get caught on it… lol

    28. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      I see that Dos seems to be showing up more as fish arrive. I may have said this , but I’m reminded of Sandy, from last year. If fish was showing up, you could hear her/him coming in from wherever, screaming the entire way! It was always so funny! Hope our last year’s chicks are doing as well as these guys!

    29. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      12:10pm- Someone’s getting too big for his britches! Gracie had to work hard to hold on to this one! George just dropped it off and Dos wants charge of it! Good training…..

    30. Dorothy July 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      That was interesting. 12:17:ish George brings another fish, Gracie takes it and has to play tug-o-fish with #1 or #2 until she can get it away to start lunch,

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        Who knew our quiet, laid back second child would be the one to take the lead?

    31. Dorothy July 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      That’s cute. Dos just came back to hunker down with her siblings. 12:15:00 approx nest time. And here comes mom. G and G have been busy providing fish this am for all.

    32. Betsy July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Trey is not a baby baby anymore!! 🙂 🙁

      • Paula July 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        She’ll always be our baby!!!

        • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

          Yes, s/he’s the baby, but s/he’s not a baby baby!! 😀

      • Jenny July 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        Oh my!! What a handsome lad/laddie!! Thanks for the great shot, Betsy. Happily, it can now hold its own with the siblings.

        • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome Jenny!! I’m so glad s/he’s not getting picked on anymore!!

      • HollyW July 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        Trey is my favorite ..I smile every time I watch her,,what a great strong personality she has!. I’m definitely gonna be shedding some tears when she leaves us. I can hear her calls so loud and clear…I’ve gotten so much joy out of this year’s OZ. Thank you to Tommy, Paul and everyone who posts and keeps us up to date on the happenings!

        • Kathleen July 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

          My sentiments exactly.

    33. Betsy July 29, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Chick #2 taking off for a spin this morning. Kinda like when you first get your driver’s license and your Mom would say she’s going over to Mrs. X’s house to give her whatever and you’d volunteer to take it … and then jump in the car to drive two houses down because you could!! 😀

      • BirdNerd July 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

        He he he he! So true.

      • Monica July 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

        So, Betsy, #1 didn’t fly off today?! I didn’t get a chance to view until late this evening. Or is it that #1 is staying to the right where we can’t see?

        • Betsy July 31, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

          Monica: Chick #1 flew for the first time on July 29th, but not until 4:55 pm. That’s chick #3 in the right corner near the camera and chick #1 on the left corner looking out over the water and chick #2 taking off to fly! And, of course, Gracie on the right upper corner. 😀

    34. margaret July 29, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Will the feathers on #3 neck grow back, the poor thing looks bald back there

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        They’re improving….looks like tiny nubs popping out…hopefully….

      • Karen July 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        I was wondering the same thing!

      • Barbara July 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

        When I took a closer look today at the back of #3’s neck, it looks like the feather’s are growing in but are the tan colored feathers. If I’m seeing this correctly, the wet look of those feathers make it look worse than it probably is.

    35. Dorothy July 29, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Odd. I think it was George who landed with a fish at about 06:06:30 then immediately leaves with it. Then about 06:43:00 I see the baby being fed off to the right of the camera with the other parent in the nest as well.

    36. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

      9:17am- Just like the Post Office-no matter the weather, George delivers!

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

        9:31am- Back-to-back! Dos took charge of that first fish, with Uno waiting for some.I should say muscling in. Trey is getting Daddy time.

        • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

          Uno got a bite or two from George, then went back to the main course. I couldn’t figure out if Dos was feeding Uno or if Uno was snatching from Dos’ beak…there was a cutie distraction.

          • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

            Video break-up. so I couldn’t see if a hand-off or a grab-off……

            • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

              Gracie came home and picked at leftovers, feeding anyone interested. Good-bye fish.

            • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

              Can we say “Sadder than a wet osprey”?

    37. CarolV July 29, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

      6:22amEDT- There was eating going on in the l.rt. corner, but that’s all I can say. Saw nothing.

      I think Dos spent the night there, too, because that was the last place he was seen and the first place he showed up. Guessing. And I think he’s out again. Can’t see him.

      8:10am- George brings in a good sized 1/2 fish.
      You can also see Trey’s neck; think it looks so rough because of the rain.

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

        Dos was there for the early feeding. BETSY—-coming out of the channel (;+}

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

        And look who just showed up-out of the right corner….is there a red carpet over there? that everyone needs to use that entry lately?

        • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

          We’re going to have to put a yellow “Do Not Cross” tape over there!!

    38. Betsy July 29, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Okay, Mr Hawk, you were really cute, but move over! We have our very own adorable osprey, chick #1, checking out — and taste-testing — the camera!!

      https://youtu.be/iFojydyNbMk

      • Donna W July 29, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Talk about selfies!!! This #1 chick is a camera hog!! That’s the pecking order for you! Some great close-ups too! Great video Betsy! Thanks!

    39. June c July 29, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

      To our computer techies. On Explore.org on 7/27/16 there was a live chat with Denver Holt, president and founder of Owl Research Institute. He said all “Ospreys have a destinctive voice pattern.”
      Is it possible to keep their voices/calls on file? Listening to -B- easy to recognize.

    40. Betsy July 29, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

      Dear fellow OspreyZone fans: I hope you don’t mind my not answering you all individually!! 🙂 You’re welcome and I’m glad you enjoyed the video!! We were all anxiously waiting for chick #2 to come back and expressing concern over where s/he could possibly be – did some unfortunate mishap truly happen or was s/he was safe somewhere, just needing to rest or needing time to get her/his bearings to make her/his way back home. It felt like slow torture to me and I’m sure it did to a lot of you!! 😀 And, we’ll never know where chick #2 was!! Just think, we still have to go through chick #1 and chick #3’s fledges!! I sure as hell hope they aren’t gone for so long!! 😀

      P.S. I hope that other chick found its way home!! I felt bad that George gave it the bum’s rush!!

      • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

        OMG!! I couldn’t post all day yesterday after I posted the video and my thanks to Paul!! I kept getting this error message: “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down” I was reading the comments and then when I’d try to reply that message kept coming up!! I tried different browsers and changing settings and pfft nothing — still couldn’t post!! I put a message in the video on YouTube late last evening … like an SOS!! Sorry about that but nothing was working and I didn’t know what else to try!! Then I saw rose’s July 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm post (at around midnight!!): “the date on you text says July 29 !!” And I was like what is she talking about??!! I even looked at the video thinking somehow I’d put in the wrong dates!! Then it dawned on me … she meant the post date — July 29, 2016 at 6:34 am!! 😀 So I figured that’s why I couldn’t post … I had to get into the future!! 😀 That date kept my post at the top!! Thanks Paul so much for the honor!!!! Well, it’s good to be back!!

        • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

          Actually, I should say that at midnight I remembered reading Rose’s post!! When I first read it after that batch of comments were posted I didn’t think too much of it after I checked the dates on the video, just that she must be a little confused!! It was at around midnight that I had the eureka moment!! 😀

        • Aidan July 29, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

          Sorry you couldn’t post, Betsy! We didn’t realize that would happen. We’ll have to find a different way to highlight comments in the future.

          • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

            Well, I can post today!! I was talking to the screen, so maybe people heard me!! 😀

    41. Betsy July 29, 2016 at 6:34 am - Reply

      Chick #2 returned to the nest Wednesday, July 27th at 5:47 pm, none the worse for where(!). 🙂

      • ospreyzone July 28, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

        Thanks Betsy, love the clock. As always, appreciate your efforts.

        • Betsy July 28, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

          😀 You’re welcome!! 😀

        • Jai July 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

          And when do these treasures get their names?

        • Michael G. Martin July 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

          Bob or Ron

          Is it possible for me to come to where the Nest is located and observe the Nest at a safe distance as not to interfere with their Day to Day activities.
          I live in Southold which is about 15 mins away. If I can scout the area and possibly build a Hide
          I have a very powerful Finder Scope its 9 x 50 and a pair of also powerful Binoculars, I use both in my hobby which is Astronomy.
          Let me know and I will do the Observing under your Direction and Instructions
          I do have some experience observing Ospreys as I have a pond by my Home where I have observed Ospreys fishing
          So let me know
          Mike

          • Elizabeth July 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

            I made a similar suggestion and someone didn’t agree…about an observer/moderator.

      • Barbara July 28, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

        Thanks for keeping us updated! I was so happy and relieved when I saw 3 chicks back in the nest!

      • NJD July 28, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

        Betsy – Thank you! I though that was #2, but was waiting for your confirmation. What a relief!

      • margaret July 28, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

        Betsy… great video….thanks

      • Redkayak July 28, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

        This is the BEST post ever!!! lol

      • Karen DeLong July 28, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

        I believe I checked in around 940pm est last evening and I about fell out of my chair! I couldn’t believe my eyes………. Thank You God for protecting our little one!

      • Karen DeLong July 28, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

        Great, great video! How in the world do you do these videos? Just amazing to me.

      • june c July 28, 2016 at 10:11 am - Reply

        That was a really great video..

      • birdRJSviewer July 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        Aww thanks for posting. Chick 1 & 3 were so happy 🙂

      • GinaM July 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        Fantastic Betsy!

      • Margaret July 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

        Terrific video, thanks. That clock spinning by those long hours surely demonstrated just how anxious we all were. So glad Dos is well.

      • rose July 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

        the date on you text says July 29 !!

      • Michael G. Martin July 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        Betsy
        Your the Best. Bob Is it to late to Banded or Tag them or are they to Big or are the Logistics to difficult to work out

        Thank-You All
        Mike

        • Robin July 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

          But, Mike I see them as beautiful free birds and not creatures of research. Every single day is about surviving for these birds – why make things more difficult for them by changing their bodies and adding tags/bands/satellite equipment, etc. so we can have more information?

      • Robin July 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        That’s a great video – thank you! I can’t keep up – I saw the chick last night but thought it was the visitor. It’s very exciting times to watch – and seems like they are all best buddies now!

      • Monica July 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Betsy – Great video!! lol I was watching when #2 came back yesterday at 5:47pm. Not sure who I asked – you or RJONEAL if that was #2. But, I did notice that his chest didn’t have the black markings on it. So, I was pretty sure it was #2. (Thanks to the pics you posted the other day showing the differences).

        So happy #2 is back!! Yay!! So, Betsy, are you a professional videographer? It certainly looks that way by the awesome videos you post!! 🙂

        • Betsy July 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

          Thank you Monica!! No, Monica, I’m not a professional videographer!! The closest I ever came to photography or videography was years ago when my younger sister went to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study photography and I went to Jones Beach and laid on the sand throwing bread crumbs up in the air so she could get close-up shots of seagulls!! 😀 The first video I did was “Gracie’s Battle with the Intruder” in May using Windows’ My Movie Maker that I posted on OZ!! Then I started playing around with the different options — animations, visual effects, captions!! I’m still learning!!

          • Monica July 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

            Betsy – Wow!! That’s just so impressive!! I’ll have to check with you next time I need to ‘do’ a video of some type. lol Great job! Thanks for identifying the chicks for us. I don’t always log on. Just checking in now at about 7:45pm. I have to catch up on comments; see what took place today. 🙂

      • Victoria Schiman July 28, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

        I am just so thrilled at how well our Osprey family are doing! And soooo relieved that chick#2 returned safely! 🙂

      • Victoria Schiman July 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy!! What a wonderful video capturing the exact moments of chick#2 flying off and returning! Most appreciated! 🙂

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

        A perfect keepsake of this event. TY

      • BirdNerd July 29, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

        This working stiff appreciates the ongoing updates as well — from you and all the other dedicated nestcam monitors. Break time has been this site since before the chicks were born.

      • Marilyn July 29, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

        Betsy, what a great video. I was away for a week & didn’t get to watch the fledging. Hope when I scroll down more, there will be other videos for me to watch. Appreciate all your postings.

    42. rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 Reply- June C glad you too like my pic of Bb2 I also like the pics you have been posting keep up the awesome pics.

    43. rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 Reply- Robin I am glad you like my pic of Bb2 all ruffled up you said in all her glory, glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.

    44. rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 Reply- Renee you are welcome, and yes I couldn’t wait to read how excited everyone was that our Bb2 came home ! I emailed Rob B.our Osprey Specialist since I had emailed him earlier that our bb2 did not come the other day it was intruder, and everyone just wanted it to be our baby, as soon as I saw it was our Bb2 took pic and posted unfortunately there were so many post it took awhile before any got posted.

      You may already know this but since you said you are new at watching Ospreys I thought I would just let you know. If you click the button below post comment that says Notify me of Follow-up comments by email and the button Notify me of new posts by email and then you will see post before they show up on the site however be prepared to clean your email box since it comes in as a thread and sometimes one posting has 80 or 112 emails. It just depends. I like it since I always have my phone and ck email all day long and I get to see post before they are even on site so I can reply and sometimes it gets posted quickly.

    45. rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 Reply – Nancy T thank you for the nice words.

    46. rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 Awesome feather display fr Bb1 almost like my feather duster !

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

        Looks like an Oscar worthy cape …..only would be printed, not osprey feathers,of course!

      • june c July 29, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

        Feathers and wing shots my favorite..love the picture

      • Donna W July 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        So gorgeous!!! Great shot! Thanks!

    47. Monica July 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Hello osprey lovers!!

      So, did the little guy get fed at all today? I didn’t watch most of the day but I saw at one point he got one bite in.

    48. Marlene July 28, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Dear Betsy, you made my night re #1’s return. I hadn’t been able to go online all day. Thanks from all of us. Amazing video. We will all sleep good tonight. I wonder what Gracie and George thought when they saw him. Is he going into time-out corner?

    49. CarolV July 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Betsy…this one’s for you………………………………………………………………sailboat……………………………………………..
      Trey is enjoying her bottle…….and tweaking tail feathers. Wonder if she differentiates that those feathers are attached?

    50. Trinity July 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      In tribute to chick # 2 taking flight and finding their nest again ;
      “Make my way back home when I learn to fly high
      Make my way back home when I learn to fly ”
      – Foo Fighters

    51. CarolV July 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Probably just the way the feathers are laying, but it looks like a question mark on Trey’s head….

    52. rjoneal July 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 PRICELESS moment Bb1 Bb2 Beak kiss how adorable taken today

    53. Marianne July 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Chick #2 is just awesome taking off and flying like a champ ! So exciting watching the cam 🙂 Happy to see the youngest one getting stronger every day – Thanks !!!

    54. Paula July 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      While I am very happy that #2 is back in the fold, I really hope tomorrow is a better day for Littlebit getting fed. She hasn’t had very much to eat since about 10 this morning, at least not that I saw.

    55. CarolV July 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Weather report: Cooling to low 70s…possible t-storms after 2am., chances increasing toward morning, with heavy rain forecast for Friday am..Clearing late day. temps. mid 70s.

    56. melba July 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know if #3 got to eat today? I have watched two feedings and s/he didn’t get a bite. The last one was about 19:30.

    57. birdRJSviewer16 July 28, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Tug of war today

    58. DarDar July 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Great video Betsy, thanks again. Dos is so very handsome to me. It just amazes me that none of that trash bag plastic doesn’t ever just blow out of nest. If it was needed there you know it would.

      • DarDar July 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        Aww , as of 7:41 pm Fri nite our little one is alone till at least dark(9:00 pm) Little looks so sad. Uno and Dos have left the building! My My.

      • Betsy July 31, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        DarDar: You’re welcome. And it amazes me, too, how that plastic doesn’t seem to ever blow away … just flaps like crazy in the wildest winds!! 😀

    59. CarolV July 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      7:29pmEDT- Good one, George! See how far this goes.

      • CarolV July 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

        Didn’t see Trey getting anything. But it did look like George fed her earlier. Biggies are botttomless!

    60. GRACEY July 28, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      I HAVE A QUESTION FOR ANY OSPREY “EXPERTS”…APPARENTLY THE SIBLINGS AND THE PARENTS KNOW EACH OTHER NOW…AS WE SAW WITH THE “INTRUDER”

      AND THE RETURN OF BABY #2. SO WHY AFTER A YEAR ABOUT THE WORLD, DO THEY NOT CONVERGE AND MEET EACH OTHER AGAIN ?

      • CarolV July 29, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

        Not an “expert” but from what I’ve learned…..2 yr. olds return, after spending time in S.A. or Caribbean, to the general, but not exact area of their birth. Nature’s way of preventing inbreeding.

    61. CarolV July 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      5:25pm…George brings in smallish 1/2 fish. Dos was very pushy and squabbled with Uno. Mr. Independent, I’ve seen the world!
      Gotta catch up and see what’s been happening.

      • CarolV July 28, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

        @5:32- George brings in 2nd small fish and looked like he was feeding Trey off on the right. Uno took control of the end of the first fish and is busy.

        • CarolV July 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

          Uno looks like she’s doing plenty of practicing and learning some control before she jumps. Hopefully, no drama with her launch!

    62. CarolV July 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      3:53pm- Uno hovering-in shadow

      • CarolV July 28, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        4:03pm…Dos landing– somewhat gracefully…

    63. June c July 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Fish pull. A won

    64. Jackie Budris July 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you all for your invaluable postings and the treasured time you give to this awesome site. Love reading your posts, have learned so much about the osprey family just by your postings. Keep up the good work. I have become an ardent fan. These guys are just too beautiful. I occasionally have a few moments to see them in their crowded nest. I wonder where all of this stuff comes from and is there a method to this event to do so??

    65. PattyK July 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      5:15pm, 7-28-16 KVELLING!, and lol not jewish, but this says it all…..so very appreciating this special time enjoying our osprey family! I know this word from dear dear friends who just smile, hug and share happiness!!

    66. Helen July 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      All five on nest – 5:32

    67. Margaret July 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      17:25 – Nest dynamics sure have changed. Dos is not allowing Uno to eat first. Standing right up for himself. Uno trying to remove the food from Dos’ beak!!

    68. sallyanne July 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      I don’t watch/comment as often as so many others, but MUST tell you, Betsy, what a creative clever video-grapher you are!! Loved your inventive touches, and of course, was delighted to see Chick #2’s return. He/she seemed quite blase about his/her adventure, don’t you think?? Just flew in like an experienced traveler.
      Thank you for making this so all of us could enjoy the moment. (July 28, 4:30PM)

    69. Karen July 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      #2 returns again………Really Dad?? I been out all day cruisin for chicks and came home for dinner and all you bring is a lousy piece of rag? I can’t fish yet and I cant eat that!! 4:05pm

    70. Margaret July 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      15:41 Uno up above the cam for a while and landed with great control. Nice.

    71. PattyK July 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      7-28-16 What a BEAUTIFUL OZ Day!! Kept scrolling back all day to see Dos return,all self feeding, and laughing when scrolling back to 13:18 to watch the nesties watching Dos navigate ’round n ’round! And then seeing Uno & Trey side by side looking like best buddies…..simply smazing day! Thank you, thank you xoxo

    72. Helen July 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      someone flew off at 13:19 – haven’t seen him/her since.

    73. June c July 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Baby B flew off came back and went on perch..pic of him/her leaving from perch for a little flight practice..

    74. Kathleen S July 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      I’m wondering if the oldest sibling is female, and the youngest is male… there’s such a size difference. Both of them flapping so furiously… who will be next? Am I right in assuming only the middle sibling has officially fledged?

    75. Karen July 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      I think #2 is just showing off now that he has mastered his landing skills. How funny it is to watch his two siblings watch him! Once he learns to get a fish will he ever bring one to the nest?

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