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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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


Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

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

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    1. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      17:50ish….Gracie delivers to a complaining Uno. Has had much to say .

    2. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      ONCE AGAIN; This nest is on a 60′ tower. Not a 15′ ladder away. Can’t just reach out and tweak the camera in to a different position. We pray for no emergencies because of the difficulty of reaching the nest. The blind corner has been noted for two years now………………….

    3. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      5:02pm- Dos nearly went bum over beak diving for this one!

    4. Meg August 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Gracie showed up with this what at 1:35 pm and it took her 1 hour 15 minutes to finish it off after feeding the littles. Trey tried to take it away from her at first but she knew it was way too big for him to handle. Just WOW!

    5. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      What to do on a sunny summer Sunday………….if you’re not an osprey….

    6. Betsy August 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply


    7. Michael G. Martin August 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      To the Group
      I apologize to the group if I missed your responses to my Questions.
      One more time, I’m sorry , but does anyone know approximately what date All the Ospreys left last year on their Winter Migration South
      I have this Theory that there may possibly be a connection between any particular Celestial or atmospheric or Weather related Event.
      Or are the brains of the Ospreys just Hard Wired to migrate at a certain time. Or do they decide one day to just pick-up and leave for no apparent reason.
      And I was also wondering does their fishing and feeding drastically increase before leaving on their Migratory Flight
      If anyone has any ideas or theories on these topics, by all means share them

      Thank-You All

    8. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      1:35pm- A mother’s work…etc…………bring home the fish; deal with the unruly kid;

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

        and chase home………………

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

        ………..the neighbors’ brats…………………..

        • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

          @14:43–Late to the party but the caterer is still serving…………………..

    9. Dorothy August 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      What a fabulous sight!! Baldy eating the fish he stole while Uno and Dos just look on. A wonderful day all around. Our baby has grown up!!!

    10. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      11:39am- George brought in a fish, followed in by Dos. Trey took over, with Dos watching. Now Big Mama is here. And for a change, she takes the fish and feeds Dos. Trey already had a good share.

    11. Bob August 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Watching at noon Sunday and as usual one chick gobbles and shares nothing. They are supposed to be selfish until the become parents is my guess. Not even a parent intervenes for the most part. They learn to survive and that doesn’t include sharing.

      • Bob August 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        I obviously meant they not the. Also obviously a parent finally takes over a feeds another chick (probably the youngest). Thanks to the great food supply, it looks like barring any unforeseen disasters, this family may take off safely for better climes. Hope so as you all do.

    12. Betsy August 7, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Big step!! Chick #1 came to the nest, took the piece leftover fish, and flew off to eat it elsewhere!!

    13. Paula August 7, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      I was wondering if anyone has seen either of the two biggies bring in their own fish? I would think that should be happening very soon.

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        Not me..not yet….G&G are still supplying more fish than they need…Gracie’s last catch tonight was around for about an hour before anyone showed even a little interest in sharing. And Uno had stayed in nest earlier, complaining til something showed up.!

    14. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

      10:49am…………George shows up and no one is interested……..except maybe a VF

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

        George takes his fish elsewhere…

      • Kathleen August 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        Carol – Pleeease let me know what VF means. Thanks…

    15. Bob August 7, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Does Trey (my Curly) win the Oscar for OspreyZone?

    16. Rita August 7, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

      saw baby 3 fly out of nest twice this morning ,even took a fish from other baby very neat all have grown so beautiful .

    17. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

      9:22am……Gracie brings a BIG headless fish……

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

        as a ninja pounces from above………….aka Dos

        • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

          Uno moves in for the takeover

          • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

            And a hand off to Mom…She ate well and Trey got a share

    18. GinaM August 7, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

      This was a really cute Q&A with Monty the Osprey at the Dyfi nest.
      I wonder how George would answer these questions??
      There is some good Osprey info there. My favorite line is that his mate “never forgave him for bringing that Garfish to the nest.”
      I think Gracie would feel the same way!

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Really cute!

      • CarolV August 8, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

        I did enjoy that…love that sight as much for their blogs as their story. Thanks.

    19. Betsy August 7, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

      June C: How is this for a picture of the chicks?

      • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

        From left to right they are chick #1, chick #2, and chick #3. 🙂

        • Donna August 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

          Very nice Betsy. I like the above. Now I wonder when is the naming going to take place?

        • Marilyn G August 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

          Thanks for the pictures of the chicks, beautiful!

      • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

        Or, maybe you like this way better.

        • Elizabeth August 7, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

          Thanks Betsy, I like both but, blue is my favorite. Great captures!

        • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Would look good hanging in the nest ! Gorgeous!

          • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

            Too Bad Ronnie and Sandy….and Peewee…don’t have a formal portrait!

        • Monica August 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply


        • Elise-Maree August 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

          Love the blue. Great Pictures Betsy love them.

      • Lorri August 7, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

        Just perfect; I love these. Thank you for sharing, Betsy.

      • Paula August 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply


        This is absolutely beautiful. I would really love to have this as a real print hanging on my wall.
        Just Beautiful!


      • Jackie Budris August 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        just beautiful pics-thanks

      • june c August 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

        Oh My God Betsy..This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL..I have been trying to cut and paste and really stink at it..I could have not asked for more..not just for me ,all our Osprey family will fall in love with this picture. going to print it out as an 8×10. Thank you again and again

      • Lilli August 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Beautiful work Betsy, regarding sibling pictures!!!!

      • Karen DeLong August 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        I absolutely adore these photo frames of our babies!! Good job!

      • Jara August 8, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

        Betsy – Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much.

    20. Paula August 7, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      I have been watching Littlebit fly as much as possible and I’ll say again “that is one smart bird”. I was a little worried because she wasn’t going far but then I saw her coming back to the nest early Saturday and she looked like she wasn’t going to make it. She took a big rest before flying around any more and it’s always short trips but she definitely looks like she’s getting stronger and she’s always had pretty good landings. She just knows what she can do and doesn’t push herself farther than she should.
      I know it’s not possible but I sure do wish we could get her banded just so that we can be sure she makes it and where she is and if she is a she. I for one would really like to see her genes passed on. It could only be good for the whole species!

      Have a Great Day!

      • Kathleen August 7, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply


    21. DarDar August 7, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Sun am at 8:15. Little took a flight earlier this am but now back and Uno flew in and it looks like right talon on Uno is swollen. Anyone else notice?

      • Meg August 7, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

        I did notice later in the day that Uno seemed to be a bit limpy.

    22. rjoneal August 7, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

      8-7-16 GOOD MORNING TO ALL!

    23. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Lining up for the runway………………..

    24. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

      6:34amEDT- George brings breakfast to Trey

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

        Trey has enough and turns it over to Dos

    25. CarolV August 7, 2016 at 6:26 am - Reply

      Waiting for breakfast…………………

    26. LynD August 7, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

      At 6:17 a.m., August 7th, our LilBit took a 3 minute fly around, out of the nest. So happy to see this! If you get this comment within
      a 4 hour window of that time, check it out! comm

    27. Marlene August 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the music to #3’s fledging — finally!

    28. rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      8-6-16 Today our Baby 3 fledged, so proud of our family,all 3 survived and fledged, so far all is good, now just keep talons cross and all will migrate, with all the powers of love within us I know they all will. Good job George and Gracie you did it again.

      • Lorri August 7, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

        Brilliant collage! Thank you for sharing.

      • CarolV August 8, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        Another thing I wish I could do……………

    29. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Just wanted to add this to my views on animal relationships….from-“Koko:The Gorilla Who Talks”—- “Anything that opens the eyes of humans that these animals feel, and think, and love life, is a plus to make US a more compassionate species. ”
      Saw it on PBS this morning early.

    30. Dorothy August 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Hi, not to doubt anyone who said bb#3 fledged but the only video I can find never shows his head. Anyone have a better “fledge” video??

      • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

        Do you want me to post the WHOLE video?????? All almost 1 1/2 hours of it, from the time George delivers the fish just before 6:08 am and then you can track chick #3 the WHOLE time, through the feeding of chick #2, then his/her chick #3’s feeding by Gracie, then chick #3’s moving over to and standing in the right back corner with the tip of his/her tail feathers in view for about 30 minutes and occasional winger-sizing and Gracie shooing away a visiting fledgling at 7:17 am, and then Gracie moving over to stand on the right side of the nest next to chick #3 before chick #3 flew at 7:28 am???????

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          Just want to add: I’ve been as anxious and eager for chick #3 to fly as anyone … I would not have spent all the time that I did picking out the font and size and colors and getting the hallelujahs coordinated with the song if it had not been chick #3 finally flying!! My eyes were bleary by the time I was done!!! And, I hate the song now!! 😀

          BTW everyone: I had a really funny (I thought it was funny, anyway) plan for the first fledge with countdown numbers, like the old movies, with a high hover by chick #3 which were then no go for three times before the actual fledge with the hallelujas!! But that didn’t pan out with the choppy video on the 5th and 6th!!

    31. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Look at what else I’m good at…………….

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply


    32. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      FORECAST…low 70s overnight- 30% chance of t-storm till10pm. …clearing…Sunday- sunny, low 80s, low humidity

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

        Thank you to all the posters and photo and video posters for covering Trey’s big moment…hurt that I had to miss it…..

    33. june c August 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Deborah..I have 29 recordings, even one of Eric while be fed by Mom on Hog Island. I am a novice at this. Each Osprey does have a different voice pattern and I wish I had a machine to print out these grafts. When completed will send if you like. My email is listed with my avatar. Thanks for asking.

    34. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Had a little bit of rain………perfect backdrop color

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        ……..for a TA-DA entry!!!!!

    35. Kathleen August 6, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Well, we did it. I think WE can take credit for the most anticipated fledge of all. Baby #3 All or most of the OZ viewers either prayed, wished, hoped or pleaded; that the pecking would stop, the chick would get fed more regularly and in general be treated better by the other members of this feathered family. When my brother visited in June, he predicted that #3 would make it. That was at a time when some of us vowed not to watch a repeat of PeeWee (2015) I was inspired by his optimism and this site became my addiction. I was so happy today I thought I would burst. Good Night to all, especially Lil Bit.and my brother, Robert.

    36. june c August 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Betsy..Thank you for video missed it this AM…Was able to watch 2nd flight.
      Good to see him/her in flight
      See both A n B able to tear fish for themselves..even eyes..Now it will be who catches the first!

    37. Rose August 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Aug 6, 2016 6:34 p.m. I did a rewind and noticed one of the chick’s ankle is caught in what looks like fishing line. Please tell me I’m wrong?

    38. Deborah August 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      I am so happy a fledged. The hysterical thing is my son hates to drive, but today he took his first solo…160 miles. So 2 fledgling today….for me.

    39. Jai August 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      If this has been answered already please forgive the inquiry but I was wondering when the winning names are going to be announced. They have fledged and need their names 🙂

    40. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Saw that there was another thorough lens washing and the industrial strength poop stain is still there! Should have taken note of fish eaten that day! Who knew there was potential in long lasting fish crap…explore the possibilities

      For BETSY..when I take a screen shot, there is of course the option of the full screen picture. There is also the option to not enlarge to full screen; where you can see the video box and allthe surroundings. If I want a smaller picture, I screen shoot that page. Then, when I go in to edit, I can leave white space on either side, adjusting to vary the size of the photo itself. Since the shot that posts includes that white space, it prevents the actual photo from enlarging right to left to fill in the allotted space. The more white space, the smaller the picture. Occasionally, I over compensate and wind up with the blue edges of the page. I can also decide to shift right or left, depending on how much white I leave on each side…or just equal white sides to center.
      Of course white on top or bottom unnecessary, as it doesn’t help adjust size. Only cropping the photo itself adjusts length. What I can’t do is go back to readjust full size screen shots.Exceot to crop. And then I don’t know how to get the OZ/TRS info on the photo once it is cropped out. Have some older photos I love but no tag on them.
      Photos started same….top one with maybe 2″ or so inches of white space on right side.

      I was admiring your explorations in photo “bedazzling” . Love that mosaic look! And the frames. I guess I’m gonna have to look in to some kind of photo/printing program?

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

        Picture cropped close with all surrounding white removed.

        • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

          You can see what I mean about faint line where I didn’t crop carefully…and to make it smaller, you can leave white on both sides………….

          • CarolV August 8, 2016 at 8:30 am - Reply

            I also realized that I make the actual video box smaller to start with, by reducing the image-and type- on the page, sometimes. Maybe that makes a difference in the final product, too.

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

        and Rjoneal

      • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        Like this??

        • CarolV August 8, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          Looks good to happy with it?

      • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        CarolV: re the mosaic and frames … There are a bunch of ways to do it including using MS Paint (which can be a pia). I just used MS Word (2010) … Open MS Word. Then click on the insert tab and you’ll see options including shapes … click on shapes and it will show you shapes and down at the bottom you’ll see “new drawing canvas” … click on that and a clear frame will show on the document which can be adjusted to size needed … then you can insert the picture or pictures (the frame doesn’t show unless you click in it!!) and arrange them how you want in the frame … then tighten the frame to fit the pictures, scroll the cursor on the clear frame until you get just an arrow then copy and paste that and you’ll have your mosaic, then save in your picture folders to post!! You can also use fill to color the new box/canvas and adjust the frame to get a border around the pictures like the matting in a picture frame… many different things. For the picture frame I also use MS Word (Click the picture and format and you’ll see picture styles for frames or softened edges or whatever.) Play with it and see.

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

          And you can do that several times to layer it!!

          • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

            To make it look like a real picture in a frame!! hehe!! … I’m going to have to do one of George and Gracie, for sure!!

            • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm

              Just thought of something?!! rjoneal (or anyone) post or email me your best picture of George and Gracie … and I’ll do the same thing with them if you guys like this!!

    41. Donna W August 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Tommy, Thank you so much for the 10 minute long lens wash!!! That helps us see who’s who so much better!! What an invention!!!

    42. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      What i find fascinating is the different ways each chick fledged….i haven’ been able to find out much…working..except that trey is OUT…for a short maiden flight. DOS- the quiet middle chick who got along with both sibs, jumed in to flight with abandon. Flew around like a maniac and didn’t come home for how long? Then UNO, the”bully” and biggest, showed more caution, but still went on a fairly decent afternoon adventure for her initial triP. Then TREY the clever,the brave,the resourceful-a short barely out of the nest and back in-from what I can determine. Looking forward to getting to the computer and waiting for comments to fill in. Hope feed was reliable enough to get a decent video of her jump! And i guess this will be one of the last times for the1-2-3 names or any of the myriad of pet names we had. I think they get their official names shortly! EXCITING!!???????

    43. isobel August 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Well I cant call you wee one any more! You have had a hard start to life but to see you fly today what a little fighter you are. Again thank you Betsy for letting us see the video I was laughing out loud at the end.

    44. Betsy August 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      To everyone: I believe chick #3 actually fledged yesterday at 3:14 pm but, much to our, or at least my, and a couple of other people who’s posts I read, disappointment we could not experience the joy of seeing the fledge. This morning at 7:28 am chick #3 flew again with more in the video than could be seen in yesterday’s video. So we can PRETEND that that was chick #3’s fledge!!

      • Betsy August 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        And I wish to add: Seeing chick #3 fledge was something that we have waited for since chick #3 hatched, rooting for it at every step of the way, going through agony of seeing it get fed last, if at all, getting picked on by chick #1 and occasionally chick #2, watching it sit in the nest and wondering when, if ever, it was going to fledge. Disappointment … no I think not … it’s way way more than that.

        • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply

          It took a village to root this one to this moment…Glad we were Trey’s cheering squad!

    45. susann August 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      all I can say is Awesome!

    46. Rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Reply-Micheal Martin here is what I have for 2015

      2015 Osprey zone-Paul Henry
      Aidan-comp &camera
      Gracie &George 2015
      Arrival date April
      #1 is Ronnie
      #2 is Sandy
      #3 Pewee died in nest July 1 2015 2 wks old
      Lived 16 days

      Sandy and George last seen September 26
      9/27/15 confirm 24hrs no birds/left 9/27/15

      Ronnie last seen September 12, 2015

      Gracie last seen 9/8/15

    47. Betsy August 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Chick #1: hatched ? on 06/03/2016 ➡ fledged ? on 07/29/2016 = 56 days
      Chick #2: hatched ? on 06/05/2016 ➡ fledged ? on 07/25/2016 = 50 days
      Chick #3: hatched ? on 06/08/2016 ➡ fledged ? on 08/05/2016 = 58 days

      • Donna W August 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Betsy, thanks for the video from yesterday afternoon showing #3 fledging at 15:14:16. I could see that #1 was tracking #3 and was watching her when she flew in from the left. #3 sure has nailed those landings!!!!

      • Bostonwatcher August 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

        That was funky. Right around 16:51 hours one of the chicks pulled a red and white feather out of the freshly-caught fishes mouth as it was starting to dine. Never seen THAT before! And it was a fairly big feather! Unless it was part of a lure? In any case, chick tried top eat and went “ptoooey, that’s not fish!” hehe.

        • Bostonwatcher August 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

          Make that two feathers, spaced a minute apart!

          • Robert August 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

            Bostonwatcher, those were the gills of the fish being pulled out, not feathers. Funny how Dos can now discard the morsels she used to fight for. Thanks to all of the hosts and administrators of OZ for this emotional journey. Betsy, thanks for the “third rate” photos, videos and omniscient commentary.

            • Betsy August 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

              Robert: Thank you, I think!!! 🙂

          • Robert August 7, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

            Bostonwatcher, Dos was pulling the gills out of the fish, they do resemble feathers. It is funny that Dos now discards food that she fought for only days ago. The moss bunker (menhaden) that George are catching are about as large as they get.

      • Monica August 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Betsy – just logging on now. Wow, so what time did #3 fledge? Do you have a video of it?

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

          Monica: I’m pretty sure the real fledge was on August 5th at 3:14 pm but the video was so choppy … !! Then yesterday, August 6th, chick #3 flew at 7:28 am — you could see more(!!) in the video than the day before!!

      • Victoria Schiman August 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

        Betsy, you are awesome!! Thank you for the dates. In my house we have named Chick#1 Rocco, Chick#2 Bella, and Chick#3 Trey. Trey is doing so well and we couldn’t be happier with ALL their growths! Sincerely, THANK you for all you wonderful updates.

      • Jo August 6, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

        #3 fledged this morning, 10:38 08/06/2016

      • Meg August 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

        A lot of folks think #3 fledged today but it was actually 3:15 pm yesterday.

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

          That’s right — video was too choppy though for good posting!! I tried!!

    48. Karen DeLong August 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      I sincerely hope that I was not the only person who saw our baby fledge! This happened around 10:36 to 10:38am. I swear I saw her! Honest! I hope someone can go back and check this out to verify. When you get to that time frame, just keep watching. She took off from the right of the nest and est 2 minutes she’ll come back from the left and land.

      • Cathy August 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        Actually, she did the same thing yesterday at 3:14. Two minutes seems to be her limit.

      • Meg August 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Trey actually fledged at 3:15 pm yesterday! At least 2 of us saw it.

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

          Make that 4 — me and Paula and Dally!!

          Maybe if we all petition Paul he will post that portion of the video!!

          • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

            Can’t add!! Make that 5!!

    49. rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      8-6-16 THANK YOU WINDOW CLEANER! Camera had a good cleaning once again.

    50. Michael G. Martin August 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Greetings All

      Does anyone know or recall if all Three Eggs this Year were laid at the same time, and if so on what date. And if they weren’t laid at the same time how were they spaced apart.
      This one may sound Strange or Creepy but it is for Science. How many attempts at mating did George and Gracie perform before fertilization was successful.
      And does anyone know how long is gestation amongst Ospreys last approximately.

      Thanks all

      • Rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

        Reply-here is 2016 arrival
        2016 osprey zone

        **George home – March 24-2016

        Gracie 3/31/16 days Gina says

        **Gracie home April 2 I say 2016

      • Rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        Reply-Micheal Martin I believe these are the notes from Betsy that she posted a while back if I’m wrong sorry Betsy.

        Chicks hatch date 2016

        1st chick hatched: 6/3/2016 between 2:42 pm and 5:23 pm, when first seen (39 days incubation)
        2nd chick hatched: 6/5/2016 somewhere before 4:58 am, when first seen (38 days incubation)
        3rd chick hatched: 6/8/2016 at 6:17 am (38 days incubation)

        The chicks hatched in the order in which the eggs were laid.

        (In case you’re curious:
        Egg #1 laid on April 25th @ 8:51 am
        Egg #2 laid on April 28th @ 7:11 am
        Egg #3 laid on May 1st @ 7:46 am)

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: You’re correct … hehehe — in fact I didn’t know that you answered Mike and my post is below yours!!

          And, now Mike, keep the info in a safe spot, because I think this is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve posted the dates!!! 😀 😀 😀 (Thank goodness for copy and paste!! 😀 )

      • Betsy August 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        Here Mike:

        Egg #1 laid on April 25th @ 8:51 am
        Egg #2 laid on April 28th @ 7:11 am
        Egg #3 laid on May 1st @ 7:46 am

        1st chick hatched: 6/3/2016 between 2:42 pm and 5:23 pm, when first seen (39 days incubation)
        2nd chick hatched: 6/5/2016 somewhere before 4:58 am, when first seen (38 days incubation)
        3rd chick hatched: 6/8/2016 at 6:17 am (38 days incubation)

        The chicks hatched in the order in which the eggs were laid.


        Incubation Period: 36 to 42 days; average is 38 days


        How many attempts at mating did George and Gracie do? A lot, more than a lot, a multitude of times!!

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

        Sorry…but the “attempts” were too numerous to count! Think the term “like rabbits” might apply!

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I think the term should be changed to “like osprey”!! 😀

          • CarolV August 8, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply


            • Betsy August 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm


      • Rob Bierregaard August 7, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

        I don’t remember exactly when they were laid, but there’s always a 1-3 day interval btn eggs. about 38 days is the incubation period.

    51. Michael G. Martin August 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Greetings To One And All

      Can anyone provide me with the approximate Time and Date of when each individual Osprey departed for their Annual Winter Migration South.
      I want to include this as a Side Bar to my Project. As I accumulate pages upon pages of research material I thought the Migration might fit in nicely
      So if anyone can also provide me with the approximate Date George and Gracie arrived back in the Nest this year from sunning themselves in South America

      Thanks All

      • Betsy August 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm - Reply

        Can’t help you on this one Mike. Maybe someone else will be kind enough to give you the information.

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        Mike- you’re keeping everyone on their toes! I’m sure Betsy or Rjoneal will have that, or any of several other organized posters.

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I only watched part of last year … right before Ronnie and Sandy fledged and I didn’t know who was who (and the commenters didn’t seem to know who was who!! 😀 😀 😀 ) So, I haven’t a clue!! 😀

    52. Marlene August 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the window washing. That was a LOONNNNGGG one!

    53. Rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      8-6-16 Reply-Betsy- AWESOME video (There is no stopping baby3 now) I think was the title
      I just watched your video and baby three fledged this morning somehow I missed that I’m glad you made a video for those of us who didn’t see it.
      The special effects with the music hallelujah and the wording was awesome.
      Glad to know our baby 3 can fly in case there’s danger he can fly away from the nest. Yeah BB3 we are so proud of you we waited a long time for you to make it this far.

      Thanks for making the video once again !

      • Betsy August 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: You’re welcome. I don’t ever want to have to put words synced to music in a video again!! 😀 😀

    54. Marlene August 6, 2016 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I think I saw #3 take off at 7:36:09 today. I couldn’t see her entire body on the screen. She was off to the right side. But, whoever it was kept practicing and finally off she went! #1 had flown into the nest to finish a fish left there, and look surprised also! She quickly returned to the nest. So proud of Peanut! If I am correct and it is her, she practiced her flying once more and came back home quick!

    55. birdRJSviewer16 August 6, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

      How exciting, around 11:18 our little chick #3 flew from the nest and came back. Our nest was empty! It was the first time I was able to see him. Does anyone know he first left? ????

      • Kathleen August 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

        Hi – At 7:36:02 – It was eggciting…

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply


        • Kathleen August 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

          CarolV – WTH I can tell that my ? about VF is ignored. I won’t ask again

    56. GinaM August 6, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

      She did it!
      #3 Fledged at 10:39 AM!! She did a circle around and came back in for a perfect two foot landing! She scored a 10! Even the Russian Judges gave her a 10!!
      Way to go Little Amelia Earhardt!

      • Dorothy August 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

        Sorry, but I think he’s a Charles Lindbergh (male). Any way to know for sure? That’s what I based my “name the chicks” entry on. I thought because the “biggies” were so mean to him that they had to be female and he, being submissive, was male.

        • Robin August 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

          I agree with you Dorothy.

    57. Brenda August 6, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      #3 fleged

    58. Karen DeLong August 6, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Aaaahhhh folks!! I believe I just saw #3 FLEDGE @ 10:38 am! I just checked to see if the little snot was in the nest! And just a minute ago–lo and behold–the little fart flew right back into the nest!!! OMG! Our baby FINALLY DID IT!! Bless her heart!! YES!!

      • Karen DeLong August 6, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

        And I even scrolled back to make sure it was our little girl and YES it was. (You never know with my eyes and with new glasses to boot!) I am soooo EXCITED!!

    59. Brenda August 6, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

      bb#3 I think is off and flying….

      • Brenda August 6, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

        at 10:39 bb#3 fledged

    60. Betsy August 6, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Chick #3 has been out and about — finally!!

      • Michael G. Martin August 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply


        You put a Smile on my Face and you made My Day Thank-You so much


      • Monica August 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

        Betsy – great video!! I missed it, of course, since I’m not always watching. But, happy that you captured it on video. Love it!! 🙂

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        Love the hallelujah…especially in contrast to Dos and his ” see, told ya you could” look!

      • Marilyn August 7, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

        Betsy, thank you so much for the video of #3 finally getting airborne. I was at work & missed it. Especially loved the end of the video.

      • Elizabeth August 7, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

        Way to go #3…you did it!

      • CarolV August 7, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

        “Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars….let me see what life is like…….” or once around the nest is good………….

      • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome everyone!! I was prepared with the song for days (wasn’t sure how I was going to work it in … had thought of doing his/her fledge in slo-mo at the end with the song, but ended up doing it differently!!) waiting for the MOMENT!!

      • Kathleen August 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        Dear Betsy: Thanks for all you do, especially Baby #3’s first flight.

    61. Bob August 6, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Until the little one takes to the skies everyone will be sitting on the edge of their seats. Once he or she is up there we will all hold our breaths until there is a safe return. You all must admit we are getting extra entertainment but will not rest easy until we have three young going and coming successfully. Trey (whom I call Curly) should then win the Oscar for Osprey Zone. Until then, we all wait patiently (or not so patiently)!

    62. Margaret August 6, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

      9:35 4/6 – Trey fledges. Sailed off the right side of the nest and about a minute minute and a half she came back in on the left side. Not a bad landing. Had to laugh as she seemed to “croak” and approval of it all.

    63. PattyK August 6, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

      8-6-16- 9:36 a m watched #3 ‘s perfect landing!

    64. PattyK August 6, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

      8-6-16-9:24 a m #3 took off!! Mom & sibling looked surprised!

    65. rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      8-6-16 THANK YOU TO ALL -thanks for the kind words on my pup being hurt and is needing surgery we are hoping to have it done in 2 weeks the surgeon we want is on vacation, how dare him go on vacation just kidding. nestorations, well I am going to try and do some of the small things now while we wait till surgery but not until I see our Baby 3 Fledged.

      I know some say Bb3 fledged yesterday but until he flys off the nest and makes at least a complete circle or goes a distance from the nest he has not fledge to me, going up in the air is just a hover and they can hover for a long while but that does not mean they fledged. Once again this is just my opinion you can chose to agree or disagree. 🙂

      • Betsy August 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

        I think yesterday at 3:14 pm was the true fledge … there are huge gaps in the video because it was so jumpy and Gracie appears to be watching something. Watch my video from today “There’s No Stopping Chick #3 Now!!” … watch how far chick #3 gets in seconds. Those gaps can really mean important things. 🙁

        Maybe Paul can post his unjumpy portion of the video from that time … I’m willing to bet we’ll see more than we saw on the choppy video and that it was chick #3’s fledge which we were all so anxious and eager to witness in full!!!!

        • rjoneal August 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

          8-7-16 Reply- Betsy so not 8-6-16 we are saying 8-5-16 at 3:14 pm was the true fledged due to video issues it was unclear but 8-5-16 3:14 pm is going to be used as the record for bb3 correct?

          Wish I could have seen it but just knowing and seeing bb3 fly makes me happy enough. Thanks for being all of our eyes and ears especially since I am so preoccupied with issues at home its been hard to watch all the time like I use to mostly just have it on and checking in.

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        Spent a lot of time on right, and sometimes looked like she/he was gone…..cheeky bugger!

        • rjoneal August 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

          8-7-16 Reply- CarolV Cheeky Bugger I will have to remember that one. I think we should start a book of CarolVs helpful words that make you laugh in Osprey land. Heeee 🙂

      • Meg August 7, 2016 at 8:05 am - Reply

        Trey DID fledge on 8/5…off the nest, circled around and came back and landed. It was definitely not a hover. Sorry to hear about your doggie.

        • Betsy August 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply

          Meg: Did you get to see the video stream without the jumping???

        • rjoneal August 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

          8-7-16 reply- Meg thanks for your input. 🙂

      • Bob August 7, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

        Tend to agree with you but there is no question the youngest has fledged and taken some decent flights before returning. After all, not necessary to go to South America yet unless Trey wants to see Olympics.

        • rjoneal August 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          8-7-16 Reply- Bob thanks for your input as I just wrote to Betsy have not been able to watch all the time like I use to, I do have it on but am preoccupied with taking care of things around the house, dog, and phone calls. Once again thank you for your input as I missed it.
          All is good since I know and seen him flying and doing well so far.

      • Bob August 7, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

        Didn’t know about your pup. Good luck with that and hope for a full recovery. Bob

    66. rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

      8-6-16 reply-CarolV I too like Betsy want to know how you took the whole screen shot and shrunk it down to size? Whats your secret would love know how to do that?

    67. Mzsha August 6, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Too many feed errors. I’ve only been able to log on a couple times most of the week. Would be nice to see Trey fledge but I guess that’s not going to happen. I’m ready to give up. I’m sure you’re trying to fix it so thanks for that. Must be frustrating for you too. ?

    68. Melba August 6, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

      good morning. Trey still here I see. Maybe next season we can turn the cam a little to the right? So afraid #3 will fledge from that side and we will miss it!

    69. Kathleen August 6, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

      7:36:38 Lil Bit back to nest. Short flight.

    70. Kathleen August 6, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

      7:36:02 Lil Bit left the nest.

    71. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 6:20 am - Reply

      6:07am-FISH.,,from George………….Gracie comes in to take charge

      • CarolV August 6, 2016 at 6:28 am - Reply

        Morning feed……………

      • Kathleen August 6, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        Hi CarolV – I appreciate all of your contributions. Please tell me what VF means. Thanks!

    72. CarolV August 6, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

      3 in the morning-together
      Trey had plastic caught on her toe, but she worked it off.

    73. Betsy August 6, 2016 at 12:24 am - Reply

      Chicks #1 and #3 done in film grain.

    74. Betsy August 5, 2016 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Chick #1 adorable face!!

      • rjoneal August 6, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

        8-6-16 reply-Betsy love this pic

    75. Betsy August 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Okay CarolV!! I’m stumped!! How are you making your pictures smaller?? I normally have OZ open in 2 windows side by side — 1 with OZ on YouTube and 1 on the site — because you know I’m usually at the tail end of the 4-hour window, which I’m watching on YouTube, and the window I keep an eye out for any new developments (after the impostor chick #2 fiasco I learned my lesson!!). So, all the pictures appear small to me in the window. Tonight I opened the window full screen and, yipe, my pictures are gigunda!!! I know a while back I said I thought pictures came out huge but I had forgotten how big they can be … and I think they’ve gotten even bigger!! 😀

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