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August 8, 2020: Camera is now back online after the storm!

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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Weather FORECAST..clear turning overcast after midnight..Temps.mid to low 70s’………..humidity drop made day bearable, but will be rising again. Thursday low 80s…overcast changing to mix of sun and clouds.

    2. Paula August 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Hello All,

      I think Gracie is having trouble letting her babies grow up, not that I blame her, but it always seems that when she brings a fish to the nest she won’t give it up to any of the chicks. She insists on feeding them. Of course she tries to be fair which I appreciate. But they really need to do more for themselves!
      I just want them to be as ready as possible when they are on their own and I worry that they aren’t.

      • CarolV August 18, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

        And George practically throws it at them! Talon-biting protection! Sometimes, I think Gracie is making sure she gets a share. George often eats before he gets to the nest.

      • rjoneal August 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        8-18-16 Reply -Paula I posted this before to you don’t know if you missed it but the babies are fine. Gracie and George will feed some of the time until they migrate it is just what they do. As long as they get some of the techniques to fish they will be fine. This is all instinctive behavior. Including the parents feeding them sometimes. Osprey babies will not migrate until they know they are ready to go. Gracie will be leaving us soon last year she did the same thing right before she left hanging out at the nest or perch and eating a lot for herself so when that instinct kicks in she will be ready to go. My guess is a week and I think she will be gone. Guess we will have to wait and see.

        rjoneal August 13, 2016 at 12:14 am – Reply
        8-12-16 Reply- Since all the babies last year Ronnie and Sandy were actually born later than our babies this year you just cant compare however, Gracie and the family all left at the time other osprey were leaving too. The specialist say its an individual thing, instinctive and they just know when they are ready to go.
        Actually they would not leave early because of the fish kill they will not migrate till they can get enough fish, and they wait till their wings are mature enough,long enough and they will get restlessness when its time to migrate. They may leave the nesting area but per osprey specialist they migrate along the coast so they don’t have to worry about long trips without food.
        This is what I posted the other day if you want to take a look at it.
        Ospreytrax is wonderful Robs page will pull for home page and you can sign up for newsletter and updates so when the birds that he has tagged you can see where they are going and where land and he has so much more with projects and events donations. This site should have all your answers. Enjoy

        http://ospreytrax.com/

      • Redkayak August 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

        Or she’s teaching them parenting skills

    3. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Magic moments…today, on a road that runs thru the Pine Barrens between Hampton Bays and Riverhead, on my way to work, there is one lone dead tree, taller than all the rest. This morning, an osprey was sitting up there, majestically surveying the surrounding area. It was a surprise, as there are no visible bodies of water…to me. To an osprey’s viewpoint, there is probably water all around.

      Yesterday- same road….I had to stop to allow a small flock of turkeys to cross the road. …two hens and 5 or 6 chicks, of 2 differing age groups. The lead hen, going from the right side of the road, crossing to left, was about 3/4 way across, with at least 5 chicks and the 2nd hen strolling along in front of me. The lead hen looks back and one chick is still on the right edge, not moving. Clucking prompted no reaction from the chick, so lead hen reverses, sending everyone else reversing and scurrying back to the hesitant chick…….NO MAN LEFT BEHIND! Everyone gathered and went off to the right, where they had come from. There were 2 or 3 cars waiting behind me and no one was honking or yelling, but respecting nature. A nice way to start my morning before heading on to work…………..

      • Paula August 18, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

        No honking by anyone!!! That right there is a miracle in itself. Everyone is always in such a hurry that it doesn’t matter what gets in their way.
        The things people miss by being in a hurry!

        • CarolV August 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

          Might have been people not familiar with turkeys. Someone pulled over to watch them-I hope watch-as I pulled away. I was just glad everyone was patient- I wouldn’t have wanted to flip the bird on such a peaceful moment!

    4. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      17:51- Gracie arrives with a nice fish. Dos seems like he would rather be fed. Trey comes in. They both watch Gracie and wait, so they aren’t rushing her. She seems more interested in feeding herself. A Mamma has to eat, too, after all !

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

        Dos won’t go to bed hungry….Mom saw to that……………..

    5. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      17:06–George brings in a piece of fish. Uno and Dos are in the nest, and despite having eaten recently, grabs this delivery and eats it all, as Dos grumbles.

    6. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      15:13:43- Incoming- I think probably Trey. Goes to perch.

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        Followed seconds later by…………

        • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          which is Uno with a nice fish……………..

          • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

            Trey came in to the nest about 10 of 4 and watches for a while. About 16:25, Uno slows down, after eating all this time, and Trey makes the grab. Uno looks down several times, like she expects the fish to reappear………………

            • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm

              Trey worked on that piece till about 5, when she flew out. Uno took charge of the last bit of fishtail. Dos flew in, to see what was available, as Uno ate all.

    7. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      12:08pm…Trey hanging out waiting for a free meal

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        Gracie brings in a fish and feeds the baby

    8. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      I think Uno is going for a nautical look–imitating a sailboat!

      • rjoneal August 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        8-158-16 CarolV now that is definitely funny,

      • BirdNerd August 19, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Misplaced Mohawk?!

    9. CarolV August 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Mom and Dad with time on their talons……………….

      • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 2:21 am - Reply

        CarolV: I was watching!! George brought a headless fish — Gracie had brought a fish 2 hours earlier and fed chick #3 and herself, so there was no one there to take his delivery. He then stayed there a good 10 minutes! The way they were standing they looked like an estranged couple!! But, they were exchanging soft chirps.

        • CarolV August 18, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

          I always love it when they chat quietly….

      • June c August 18, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

        This beautiful sight I fear will be ending soon….I think Gracie will be leaving shortly…now I have voices to go with the pictures..Thank you and all who have given us so many great pictures!

        • CarolV August 18, 2016 at 11:19 am - Reply

          Quiet chat must look so different from Gracie’s usual mega-decibel screech!

    10. Bre August 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Gina M – I’m with Leanne..i would Love for you to do something special again for this year, looking forward to whatever you decide to do! 😉

      • June c August 18, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

        I agree..Gina it was beautiful…I watch it here and there and still get tears…

    11. Tony Rees August 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your welcoming comments! I made a real disaster with my photograph! When I chose the option to include a photo I thought it would be a one-inch thumbnail photograph, not one half the size of New York!. Hopefully someone can remove it for me. Anyway, thanks for your welcomes. I will certainly have a look at George and Gracie next year. I’ve become very attached to them.
      Johannesburg is about 500 miles from the coast, so we don’t have local ospreys here (in South Africa they are called Fish Eagles).

      • Monica August 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        Tony – hello and welcome!!

        I can’t help but smile about your picture. The same thing happened to me and I was so mortified for my huge face to be plastered on here. lol

        No worries, I’m sure it’ll be taken down soon. 🙂

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        Hey, what’s wrong with a change of scenery? i.e your face? Kind of funny- not your face- seeing it suddenly !

      • Betsy August 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        Well, Tony, I think it’s a very nice picture!! And, welcome! 🙂

      • June c August 18, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

        Hi Tony…would it b possible for you yo post a picture of your Fish Eagles? By any chance do u know the Roos?

    12. Debbie August 17, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Morning…. Just a question, i like watching the boats coming in on the left side of screen, But is there a way we could see a little more of the right side for next year. I don’t mean a drastic change just a small move to where we can watch more feedings from that side… I have really enjoyed watching this family again this year…. Lot of tears and smiles and Love. Thank you…….

      • Paula August 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        Debbie,

        I totally agree with you about everything and that is my hope as well. I really hate the blind corner.
        I like seeing the horizon the most. Especially when the sailboats are out.

      • Monica August 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        Debbie – I’ve been thinking the same thing. I do enjoy the water view but would prefer to be able to see the entire nest. A lot of “stuff” takes place on the right side.

        So, I second that motion! 🙂

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        Many of us would love to see that spot….once again…60′ tall tower…………..not a ladder climb away…equipment borrowing, man-hours, time, money weighed against necessity……and the possible loss of the view. A second camera would also be a suggestion, so maybe we could get a long view that includes the perch too. Put it in the Christmas wish list. And repeat all of the above starting with equipment

    13. Betsy August 17, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Yesterday, August 16th, at 12:39 pm, Chick #1 caught its first fish!!

      https://youtu.be/Y-1pT71Ov5A

      • Paula August 17, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

        Thanks Betsy for posting this video. I missed it yesterday because the feed was down and I really thought she had caught her first fish this morning.
        Thanks also for posting all the pertinent dates for the chicks. As much as I think about writing this stuff down, I always forget and then can’t find it when I go looking.
        So thanks for keeping this airhead up to date!

        • CarolV August 18, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

          You may have same system I do! Backs of envelopes and post-its to be transferred and organized as needed (never)?

          • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm - Reply

            CarolV: I love backs of envelopes!!

      • Diana August 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

        Just a question. IS there a way the nest can be cleaned up whe the Ospreys leave the ares for the annual migration . It looks to a plack place bag or tarp intertwined withe the rest of the nesting material

        • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

          There are plastic bags, rope, plastic landscaping edging we call Gracie’s “windshield wipers”…..even, somewhere . possibly, a turquoise balloon ribbon………….just off the top of my head. Gracie loves her eclectic finds. And a lot of plastic has blown out or been buried.Along with an assortment of shells, crab claws and a horseshoe crab shell. Don’t know their plans for working on the nest this winter, but these are all things that the osprey incorporate into their nest. There is a snarl of fishing line that thankfully got covered, as far as I know. It’s out of sight on the far side of the nest. But that might be the only object anyone would worry about as far as a danger to the birds.

        • rjoneal August 18, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

          8-18-16 To Everyone , Reply- Diana and Paula There are a lot of nest that dont get cleaned out and here is some info on this subjuect. Also here is what Paul Henry posted last year when this was talked about. Hope this helps you.

          ospreyzone August 26, 2015 at 12:01 am – Reply
          We are definitely going to lower the tower to a more manageable height after they leave. That’s the only plan as of yet. I’ve seen other nests that the handlers will remove all sticks, branches, material etc. and let the Ospreys start over again. I believe that it’s done to clean out the nest of any insects, mold, mildew etc. but might not be necessary in cold climates. Anyone know more?

          Karen August 26, 2015 at 12:25 am – Reply
          The only one I know that takes it all down is the Chesapeake family and they are certainly cold in winter. They mention doing it because of parasites but I also think the size of the pole and platform must figure into it. I don’t think the pole would support multiple year buildup.

          Jai August 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm – Reply
          Paul, just wondering, will this nest be taken down after the Osprey fly south or be left as it is for them to come back to in the Spring? Or…is the weather bad enough that it will take of removing the nest?

          Gamma August 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm – Reply
          9:12 am PDT Paul, I am no expert but I guess I tend to look at these nests kind of the same way that you look at when to rescue a bird, Yes this nest is made by the Osprey on a man made platform with a camera to view them, but why should it be removed when all other Osprey nests that are not viewed by a camera are left for the Osprey pair to come back to year after year. It seems like all nest I watch you see the big adding onto at the beginning of the season with things added off and on through out, but now towards the end it’s almost like they bring more to ready it for the winter and hopefully their return next year. Just my take on it , but I say leave it :))))) And thank you for giving us this chance to watch nature even at it’s worst.
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          Nest Description
          Osprey nests are built of sticks and lined with bark, sod, grasses, vines, algae, or flotsam and jetsam. The male usually fetches most of the nesting material—sometimes breaking dead sticks off nearby trees as he flies past—and the female arranges it. Nests on artificial platforms, especially in a pair’s first season, are relatively small—less than 2.5 feet in diameter and 3–6 inches deep. After generations of adding to the nest year after year, Ospreys can end up with nests 10–13 feet deep and 3–6 feet in diameter
          —easily big enough for a human to sit in.

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          Osprey
          Osprey share many nesting traits and techniques with bald eagles. Like the eagles the osprey builds a stick nest and returns to it year after year. But there are major differences between what the eagle chooses for a nest site and what the osprey deems appropriate. Ospreys like dead trees, and often build their nests in the very topmost branches. They get away with this latter location because their nests are smaller than those of bald eagles. The nests are also more symmetrical, more rounded and altogether daintier than the gargantuan, sloppy constructions of the bald eagle.
          Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the osprey’s nest is daintier on the outside, because the inside can get pretty cluttered. This bird is the “collector” of our title, and will pick up all manner of flotsam and jetsam and cart it back to the nest. Unlike bald eagles, which do the same thing with greenery, ospreys frequently nest out in the open, using exposed trees or man-made platforms. Lacking greenery in their surrounding area but having, as eagles do, a strong desire to carry items back to the nest, the osprey resorts to beachcombing. The results can tell how the world has changed. Writing in Ospreys: A Natural and Unnatural History, Alan Poole lists the oddities found in osprey nests in the nineteenth century (a rag doll; a small doormat; a toy sailboat complete with sail; a feather duster; barrel staves and hoops; a bootjack; 20 feet of hem pen rope; a blacking brush; a remnant from an oilskin rainslicker; and bleached-out bones from domestic animals like cattle and sheep) and the t w entieth (rubber boots; bicycle tires; Hula Hoops; sections of television antennas; and styrofoam cups and plastic hamburger containers).
          Ospreys in North America nest from northern Alaska eastward to Labrador; along the Atlantic coast as far south as the Florida Keys and along the Pacific coast as far south as Mexico. Once the nesting season is over almost all migrate, some wintering as far south as Central and South America. First-year birds stay put when spring and the adult birds return to the north. The immatures won’t leave the wintering grounds until their second year, and they won’t breed until they’re three. The older birds return to the site of last year’s nest, the male arriving first. He may greet a female with an undulating courtship flight to entice her to the nest.
          Ospreys, unlike bald eagles, which space their nests at least a mile apart, often nest colonially. A colony may contain 50 or more nests. Such gatherings are found only where fish are unusually plentiful. In earlier times Gardiner’s Island in Long Island Sound had a colony of approximately 300 nesting pairs. Some of the Gardiner’s Island ospreys nested directly on the ground, something that has been observed in the Florida Keys as well. Apparently this occurs because suitable trees aren’t always available. A typical osprey nest isn’t on the ground. It’s up high, and unlike the bald eagle this raptor doesn’t seem to mind being out in the open. Ospreys seem to deliberately chose highly visible nesting sites, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that such a site makes the surroundings highly visible to the osprey. Besides tall trees, preferably dead, the birds favor utility poles, billboards, communication towers and even channel marks. One Florida pair slapped a nest together on the boom of a sidelined construction crane.
          The species’ preference for out-in-the-open nests may explain why nestling ospreys wear camouflaging coats of mottled down. Aerial predators such as bald eagles, gulls, crows, and ravens would have difficulty in spotting the young from above. The nest is constructed of sticks and branches, and is added to annually, although not to the extent that bald eagles nests are. The average weight of 400 pounds is therefore more modest than that of a bald eagle’s nest but is still sizable.

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        • Dawn August 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply

          Diana – The owners lower the nest after our family has left for the season and clean it out. Grace and George start fresh every year.

      • Dorothy August 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        I may be wrong but I saw Uno bring a fish to the nest a few days ago and commented on it that day.

        • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 1:57 am - Reply

          Dorothy: You were wrong!! I even posted a reply to your comment:

          “Betsy August 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm
          No, Dorothy, it was chick #2!! ?”

          • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 2:04 am - Reply

            In fact, I even made a video!! “8/13/2016 at 7:37 am Chick #2 Catches Its First Fish!” https://youtu.be/AmSKPcZhN_Y Do you read the comments or replies to your posts??

    14. Betsy August 17, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Yesterday, August 16th, at 10:36 am, chick #2 caught another fish — and chick #2 stole it … again!

      https://youtu.be/341RXZQ4ur0

      • Betsy August 17, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

        Supposed to be chick #1 stole it again!!

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        I’m glad you caught that! Love the whole feather shaking production!

    15. Leesa August 17, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Question for Tommy. I will be in Southold next week visiting my daughter and her family, and was wondering if there is a place to view the nest without infringing on your privacy, and that of your neighbors. I saw this same question a few weeks ago, and meant to keep track of it to see what your response was, but couldn’t find it among all the many comments. I greatly respect your privacy, and completely understand if the only way is out on the water, but was just wondering if this was possible on land. Nothing would thrill me more than to see this special Osprey family in person! I’m one of your Tennessee followers, and we make it into NYC more often than out to Southold, so thought I would just ask.
      Thanks for the opportunity to watch this amazing site!
      Leesa Downs

      • Catherine August 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        There is a beach at the end of gillette dr in east marion that requires a southhold town sticker. Nest is visible atop tower from there.

        • Leesa August 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

          Thanks, Catherine. Their car does have a Southold sticker, so that’s perfect! I’m so excited to see my daughter and her family, but also to see George and Gracie and the babies three!!!

    16. Betsy August 17, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

      A juvenile intruder tried to land on the nest which chick #1 chased away. Then, George landed on the nest … and chick #1, still in a defense mode attacked George!! Chick #2 then landed on the nest and all was well … until chick #1 attacked chick #2!!

      https://youtu.be/S-9u5_e41BM

      • Marilyn August 17, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

        What was up with chick #1 attacking George & its sibling?

      • Paula August 17, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

        Hi All,
        After watching this video I just wonder if it really was an intruder or if there was just some sibling rivalry going on. It really looked to me that both chicks were posturing quite a bit. I think poor George just came home at the wrong time!

      • Monica August 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

        Wow!! Baby#1 needs some anger management classes. Perhaps he was angry that he still had not caught any fish on his own?! Not sure if this video was before he finally caught a fish.

        • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 11:31 pm - Reply

          It was before!! Maybe chick #1 was just hangry!! 😀

    17. June c August 17, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

      Last night got up couple of times and at around 12Am saw bb1 in nest..got up again at close to 1:30AM. Gracie was in nest. Don’t know how long she stayed. I know there where lighting storms up north .

      • June c August 17, 2016 at 6:13 am - Reply

        Bb3 settled in nest earlier …alone…

      • rjoneal August 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

        8-18-16 Reply June C – good pic 🙂

    18. Leanne August 17, 2016 at 5:11 am - Reply

      To Gina M.- Later on, in the season, would it be possible for you to make another one of your video’s, Summer of 2016? Last years was just so beautiful. Thanks ahead of time 🙂

      • GinaM August 17, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Thank you Leanne! That is so nice of you. Yes, I will do something. Everyone’s photos and videos are so beautiful this year I don’t know how good it will be. Last year, it was the only way I could express my joy and sadness – the joy of sharing our summer with George and Gracie and Ronnie and Sandy, and sadness that they had all gone south. This year, although I have not been able to post as much, I have been watching them. My search for the missing fledgling gave me a lot of ideas- so it will be simple and not like our great OZ videographers, but I will do something I am sure. Thank you for remembering.

        • Helen August 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

          I feel the same way GinaM – I looked at it many times and it comforted me. Am looking forward to another video. Thank you so much for last year’s.

        • Lady Di August 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

          LIKE!

        • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

          We all loved it; as did admin…enough to keep it available in highlights………….

        • Leanne August 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm - Reply

          Thanks, Gina. I can’t wait to see it. Last years was the best ever video and you managed to capture every emotion possible. It really is a great addition to the highlights and I’ve looked at it often. 🙂

    19. Robert August 17, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

      Wednesday, August 17@ 2:30 a.m.all three children in the nest.

    20. Marlene August 16, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      HI, Betsy, you said you are sure that it was Gracie who brought the big fish to the nest yesterday and then went up to the perch. Gee, I could’ve sworn it was #3. Didn’t look like baby feathers or like Gracie at all. But, you’re better than telling them apart than I am. I was so happy . . . oh, well, at least #3 caught the minnow. That’s a big accomplishment.

    21. Redkayak August 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      This evening before 8:00pm as the sun set and the moon was rising I watched this family of five fly together in circles near the nest. They appeared to play together in the gusts of wind. As the sky turned dark, one returned to the nest. It was a gift to witness. So beautiful. Then a gaggle of geese flew east and a Herron returned home. A perfect summer night.

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        A magic moment in your day…good for the spirit!

      • rjoneal August 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        8-18-16 Reply Redkayak- glad you got to witness our osprey in flight and play along with the other birds. I love all birds and love to watch and hear them all around me in my backyard.
        The big pelicans can look a little scary with their eyes watching and waiting for anyone to drop any pieces of fish. Sounds like a perfect summer night except you have to have little lightening bugs flying around to lite up the sky.

    22. Betsy August 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Chick #1
      hatched on 06/03/2016
      fledged on 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
      first fish on 8/16/2016 ➡ 18 days after fledging (74 days old)

      Chick #2
      hatched on 06/05/2016
      fledged on 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
      first fish on 8/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (69 days old)

      Chick #3
      hatched on 06/08/2016
      fledged on 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
      first fish on 8/15 ➡ 10 days after fledging (68 days old)

      • David August 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy….this is very interesting info

        • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

          David: You’re welcome.

    23. CarolV August 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Is Trey choosing the nest tonight? She fidgets just like her father! Maybe the wind?

      • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        Uno and Trey…Uno went up right after this…

        • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          Trey made a pretty, floating ascent but is back.Looks like she’s in for the night.

      • GinaM August 17, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

        The atmosphere was so weird last night- all the fluctuating barometer pressures with the storms, I wonder if that had something to do with her fidgety-ness…

    24. CarolV August 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      FORECAST-is getting boring…overnight- high 70s-low 80s. overcast …chance of t-storms 2-4 am-35%…blah blah…wednesday-mid to high 80s- mix of clouds and sun,,blah blah..slightly less humid

    25. Jai August 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      So….are the official names Uno, Dos and Tres or BB#1, BB#2 & BB#3? I have not seen an answer to anyone’s questions about the names for these babies. Just wondering

      • CarolV August 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Nope, nope and not named yet

        • Jai August 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          Do we know when that will happen? It seems Ronnie and Sandy were named much earlier than these three are being named…

    26. CarolV August 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      All the activity today is making my eyes cross- and I’m just tryna read about it! Gonna have to wait till I’m less tired. I do see eveyone is proficient thieves, an important skill to have learned! But these two are clear………………………catcher……………

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

        ………………..snatcher…………………..

        • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

          The identity of the victim will be concealed pending notification of next of kin.

    27. june c August 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Wendy did you get info everyone posted for you for the injured bird?

    28. Betsy August 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      In my excitement about chick #3 catching a fish I didn’t notice that s/he dropped it in favor of leftover bigger fish in the back corner! 😀 However, this I’m sure of … it was Gracie who caught the fish at 2:20 pm and, then, flew up to the perch with it!!

      https://youtu.be/rvfXFhd1Xcw

      • Monica August 17, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

        Betsy – yes, I thought I had seen #3 drop his catch for his sibling to take (in the video you posted the other day). But, I didn’t realize that it was because he was going to eat a larger fish off to the right. lol I’m glad you capture all this for us! Gracias! 🙂

        • Betsy August 18, 2016 at 11:25 pm - Reply

          Monica: De nada! 😀 And,I didn’t realize that he left his little fish for the bigger leftover fish until Paula pointed it out to me!!

    29. CarolV August 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      I think OWT is setting in-ospreyzone withdrawal tremors…….wonder how long the video has been down??? will have to wait to find out

    30. Tony Rees August 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      I’ve been following their progress for two months or so. So very, very beautiful. I’ve had to fight off a tear or two now and then, just because of the sheer beauty of it all.
      Thank you so very much for providing us with the opportunity to see life as it was meant to be.
      Tony. Johannesburg South Africa.

      • june c August 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        That is amazing your watching from South Africa…I think you win the longest distance award..Our family is so unique…have their own way of doing things.

      • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        Welcome…glad to have you here from so far away.

      • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        8-16-16 Reply – Tony, glad you joined our osprey family they are wonderful incredible birds, Do you see any Ospreys in South Africa were you are? Living in Florida they are all around and I just love to hear their different calls every day. Hope you can join us again next year. This is George and Gracie’s 2 time having babies so every year gets more and more exciting to watch. If you do not get to join us next season I am at least glad you got to experience the Ospreys from Osprey Zones site, I say we have the best view looking out over the water with the sun and the moon. Lets not forget all the sailboats,birds geese,even a humming bird visited first time this year. Don’t usually see them that high up by osprey nest.
        Thank you for commenting, best wishes to you and you will always have a good home here.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers !

      • Helen August 17, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

        Tony

        I am so happy you are in our little family. Enjoy and keep in touch.

      • Bob August 17, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

        Tony, if you keep watching you’ll see this is not a little family you’ve joined but rather aa monstrous family.. Very popular site two years running. I don’t comment too much but am pleased you will get to see the fledglings take off for southern climes in the not too distant future. Welcome from South Africa. Bob P.S. I live on the west coast of Florida where we have lots of osprey so I see them hunting most every day. I grew up on Long Island so I am familiar with where the Osprey Zone nest is located.

      • Robin August 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        I feel the same way, Tony – truly is beautiful.

    31. Meg August 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      The chick on top tried to land 4 times with his huge catch at 10:36 am. Once he finally landed, the other bird stole it away 🙁 I think the one on top is #3 but not sure!

      • Meg August 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

        At 12:39 PM, this chick brought in their own catch! So impressive to see how quickly they’ve learned to fish.

    32. Shar August 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      10:37 I think it was Trey flew in with a fish, and Uno was in the nest…….Trey made two or three attempts to land with the fish but Uno was trying to take it away, when she/he finally did land, Uno took the fish away! Uno is still.. Thank you for everyone that posts here, and for the people that put up and maintain this camera and site, its been the first time watching Osprey, and I have really enjoyed watching them hatch and grow.

      • rjoneal August 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

        8-18-16 Reply- Shar glad you joined us and hope you stay till the end. It is incredible sad but joyful at the end of the season but, we all share our emotions with each other and it really brings us together as a big family and it especially helps us deal with a big part of our life that has grown and moved on but left us feeling a little empty. Please join us again next season to see if our Gracie and George make it back home.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

        pic is from 7-4-2016 George and Gracie and 3 babies

    33. rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

      8-16-16 This morning during the whole intruder coming to the nest after bb fights intruder off the nest a couple times Geo fly’s in with stick poor Geo bb goes after Geo 2x once in the chest and then in the throat. BB was just still in attack mode and was still running on bird instinct I guess.
      I know Betsy probably is making a video about the whole intruder to the nest so I just wanted to make sure everyone know what happened after when Geo came in.

      • GinaM August 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Wait! What? Which baby attacked George??

        • rjoneal August 17, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

          8-17-16 Reply- Baby 1 attacks George 2x so aggressive it was right after baby 1 had to fight off intruder several times at the nest in the nest and as soon as intruder was leaving Geo pops in probably not knowing what was going on and he gets attacked by baby 1. As you probably already read from comments Baby 1 was in a very aggressive mode yesterday not letting anyone in the nest. Baby3 tried to land several times with a fish he/she caught on its own and even though Baby3 had fish Baby1 did not want anyone landing on the nest kept fighting and pushing baby3 out of nest even with food. Finally Baby 3 lands just to have his fish taken by baby 1 and baby 3 must have saw the crazy in baby 1 eyes so he didn’t even try to fight waited patiently like he/she can and soon Baby 1 was done and Baby 3 got to eat his/her leftover piece of fish bb3 caught. It was a good size fish so plenty for baby 3 but a nice size for baby 3 to get a fish that was as big as baby 3. Dont know why Baby 3 didn’t just fly off to a tree and eat the fish there. Maybe he/she just wanted baby1 to eat the head off we know how much baby 3 has a hard time with the head part. Baby 1 was crazy aggressive yesterday!
          I figured all probably saw the intruder but might not have seen baby 1 go after Geo. Poor daddy !

          • Betsy August 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

            rjoneal: Change all the baby 3s to baby 2s!! 😀

      • june c August 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Watched this…great picture…

      • Redkayak August 16, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

        The intruders could be new friends. Ive seen about 6/7 osprey flying together over a field very near by there’s another family over the lake not far away.

    34. Marlene August 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Gracie brought a nice size whole fish to the next around 5:45 p.m. for #1 and #2. Isn’t that too funny!! The baby caught two fish today. Shame on the older siblings. Looks like #2 is getting first dibs at the fish.. At 6:27 p.m., #1 makes a successful attempt to get the fish away from #2. At 6:58 p.m., I believe an intruder must’ve been on the perch and lands on #3, who is resting in the nest, and then takes off. Looks like an adult intruder. And it looks like another night of empty nest syndrome. One of our ospreyites said that she thinks that George is making the nest uncomfortable by bringing up twigs, so that the babies don’t sleep in it and look for trees to stay in. I think I agree. The nest bowl is definitely gone, and it looks like it’s uncomfortable when one of them goes to rest. Maybe he remembers the problem he had with Sandy last year, who never wanted to leave that nest. We all thought she wanted to take it with her to South America! George is probably thinking, “I’m not going to go through that again!”

    35. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Chick #1
      hatched on 06/03/2016
      fledged on 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
      first fish on?

      Chick #2
      hatched on 06/05/2016
      fledged on 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
      first fish 8/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (69 days old)

      Chick #3
      hatched on 06/08/2016
      fledged on 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
      first fish 8/15/2016 ➡ 10 days after fledging (68 days old)

      • Ruth August 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        Is there a video of the fledge of #3? I thought he fledged on the 6th, so I must have missed his flight on the 5th. Thank you.

    36. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Chick #1
      hatched on 06/03/2016
      fledged on 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
      first fish on?

      Chick #2
      hatched on 06/05/2016
      fledged on 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
      first fish 8/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (69 days old)

      Chick #3
      hatched on 06/08/2016
      fledged on 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
      first fish 8/15 ➡ 10 days after fledging (68 days old)

    37. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Moonrise………………..

      • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm - Reply

        OOPPPSSS…wish I could take that back! Sorry

    38. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Sniff,,,,snifff……snnnniiiiiffffffffffff

      • Betsy August 16, 2016 at 4:38 pm - Reply

        CarolV: That face!! Just waiting for the tears to start!! 😀 😀

        • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

          That’s the way I felt! Like she kept losing out and whoever, maybe Gracie, was on the perch should do something! But just our opinions, right?!!??

    39. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      5:45pm- Here George comes-

      • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        Scrimmage-Dos and Uno…………

        • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

          Non-winner cries FOWL

          • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

            He turned on George a little bit this time, too…was reading someone went after George today. Will check back to that. Poor George is the target of all frustration…head to talon apparently !!!!! Raising feisty kids, Dad!

    40. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      4:29pm—sliding in to home…

      • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        AND making the catch………Trey from Gracie

    41. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      2:30pm-ishEDT…I’m here…where’d everyone go?………..George takes his fish to go………..

    42. Bre August 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      DECAL WITH WINGS SPREAD WIDE OPEN COMING IN FOR LANDING. It will look nice black & white

    43. Bre August 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Am looking in OZ store for white cotton hoodie jacket going to have Osprey Zone.com with big Osprey Bird Decal put on the back..for cooler days arrive just an idea

      • Kathy B August 16, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

        YEA……in plus size too ! PLEASE………

    44. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Did a quick scroll thru…lots to go back for when I have time. Love taking time and reading everything and carefully looking at pictures. Also saw a couple of fish exchanges atter 2pm-ish…took screen shots to look over later.
      Like everyone else, thrilled that Trey as well as Dos have brought in fish…both smarties! Maybe being first a disadvantage…used to having things handed to you..oh, did that sound bitter? Just kidding…we’re talking osprey…

      FORECAST; More hazy, hot and humid…and the ubiquitous possible t-storms. Looking on the graphic for the storms, all those clouds with raindrops seemed to end further west, while we just had clouds.Temps overnight-high 70s dropping to low 70s- t-storm warnings start 2am thru-out morning. Tuesday- mid 80s-overcast ….

    45. Marlene August 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      #3 flies to the nest just before Gracie arrives with 1/2 fish, and proceeds to grab it from his/her mother. I wonder if #3 ate the big fish that he caught a couple of hours ago, when he went up to the perch with it? That baby is definitely eating well! I haven’t seen the other two during the time I have been on and off the website.

    46. Paula August 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks to CarolV and rjoneal for replying to my question about the site in winter. It’s good to know I can come back and check things out in case I think of something while I’m pining for all the birds. It just stinks that all the birds leave in the fall. My robins are already gone, the hummers are really active right now but they’ll be gone in a couple of weeks and then of course the starlings and grackles will return and chase the blue jays and cardinals away for the most part. I’ll spend my time cursing at them for eating all the seed and suet instead of cursing at the computer screen because #1 aka big bully for picking on littlebit.

      • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

        8-16-16 Reply- Paula welcome 🙂

      • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        Think you need another hobby,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, other than cursing…..(;+}

    47. Marlene August 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Daly, I think that #1 has dots on her(?) breast. I also think the markings on the top of her head are darker. The breast of #2 has one mark on the left side of its breast, and its head markings are not as dark as #1. I hope I’m correct. Note to Louise: I haven’t seen anything about a baby-naming contest. Note to Betsy: I guess the fish #3 brought in around 2:20 p.m. was the second one caught. A lot bigger than the “goldfish” he/she caught earlier. Quick learner!!

    48. Marlene August 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      At 2:20 p.m., our favorite baby, #3, brought a nice size whole fish to the nest. He/she took it up to the perch. Not such a baby anymore! Glad he/she is learning. Very proud of our little one!

    49. Pattye August 15, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      looks like Uno (I think) caught his own fish at 14:20 – am I right???

    50. Jackie Budris August 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      I am getting ready for separation anxiety when our beautiful osprey family leaves us for good. So sad. Thank you all for your entertaining observations since April. Seems like yesterday, when our little guy could hardly lift its little body to eat without getting bullied. Kudos to the wonderful parents for sustaining them all, even to this day. Since they mate for life, lets look forward to 2017. Thank you Tommy and Christina for this privilege of watching from afar, what a wonderful treat of Nature.

      • Helen August 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Yes I fully agree with everything you wrote. I went to OspreyTrax and it seems that it is getting to be the time. Also the nest on the property next to mine and down the street look as if the Mamas may have already gone.

        It is a sad and worrisome time for all of us indeed but like you, I am so grateful to have had this experience for the second year. Thanks to Tommy, Paul and Christina for everything.

        • Helen August 17, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

          Everyone seems to be back on my dock. Good!

      • Leanne August 15, 2016 at 11:29 pm - Reply

        I totally agree with you. Couldn’t have said it better. 🙂

    51. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      And, a closer view of his/her fish!!

      • Paula August 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

        Hi All,

        Betsy, did you miss the fact that Littlebit dropped his fish to go and get the fish that I think was #1 walked away from? I thought it was really cute that Littlebit looked down at his fish and over to the blind corner and then practically ran away from his little fish. But so proud of him and at least #1 got a fresh snack because unless she doesn’t bring them back to the nest she’s the last one to catch her own fish!

        • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

          8-16-16 Reply- Paula I saw that too Baby 3 was like ok I caught a fish even if its bait fish and small now lets switch I like the old big fatty fish you have been eating on and the big bb said humm I have to try that its something new like sushi small and squishy so they switched and it was funny to watch.

        • Betsy August 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

          Paula: You’re right!! I was so excited that chick #3 caught a fish that I didn’t see him/her drop it and then chick #2 pick it up!! 😀 😀 And the fish that chick #2 had been working on had all bite marks which I didn’t see on the fish that chick #3 showed in the corner!! 😀

      • Betsy August 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

        Forget this picture!! I was so excited that chick #3 caught a fish that I didn’t see him/her drop it before going back to the corner!! 😀

        • Paula August 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

          Hi Betsy,

          Why did you take down the video? I went to show my husband and it’s gone.

    52. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Chick #3 caught a fish!! Remember I posted on August 13th that chick #3 came back to the nest looking wet, as if s/he had been trying to fish!! Woo hoo!!

      https://youtu.be/w-0aRh3O2V8

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

        Pictures of chick #3 landing.

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        I forgot to put that at 7:41:52 to the right of the cloudy spot and above the angled branch you can see chick #3 starting to fly in!!

      • Robin August 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        That’s amazing – I’m so happy for the baby! Thanks for capturing this milestone, Betsy!

      • BirdRJSviewer16 August 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        That’s great! Good for him,her!

      • Ginger G August 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much Betsy for posting this video! I am so proud of our little one!!!

      • Redkayak August 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        Terrific. I haven’t actually seen #3 catch a fish but I have watched our little funky flyer get wet a few times. I can’t tell its #3 by the interesting style of flight

      • Monica August 15, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

        BETSY – Yay!! So happy that the little guy caught a fish. But, did his sibling then take it for himself?! It looks like #3 steps away to the right (out of sight) WITHOUT the little fish he caught. Or, am I seeing things?! At any rate, so happy our little guy caught himself a little fish. Love it!! 🙂

      • GinaM August 16, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

        Betsy that video made my day! Our baby is growing up!!

      • Betsy August 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        Revised version!!

        https://youtu.be/-eHkyFiKs2c

        • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

          8-16-16 Reply- too funny Betsy nice Revised video guess you just got caught up in the moment. I thought it was funnier that bb3 was like hey I got fish do you want to trade? Big bb was like humm whats that never had that before looks like sushi ok lets trade it was comical no fighting just like it was an even trade.

    53. rjoneal August 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      2016 8-15-16 not to much going in the nest out of the ordinary so here is pic of Gracie today.

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        Yes there was!! 😀 Chick #3 caught his/her own fish!!

        • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

          8-16-16 Yes,more happened BB3 caught what I would call bait fish a minnow maybe it was so small but it was his first fish that we had seen. At the time when I was posting the Gracie pic I had not seen bb3 bring in his fish yet.

      • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        Looked like she was wearing her heart on her sleeve !

        • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

          8-16-16 Reply CarolV I agree how cute

      • Betsy August 16, 2016 at 1:06 am - Reply

        It’s the latest osprey fashion trend!! Chick #1 on 8/14 was wearing the same style!! 😀

      • GinaM August 16, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

        Gracie has always been fashion-forward 🙂

    54. Daly August 15, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Chick 1 and Chick 2 Can you tell them apart ?

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

        Yes

      • Lady Di August 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

        I sort of notice #1 has a sort of an orange tint to the back of his neck feathers, which #2 does not have.

        • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

          8-16-16 Reply-Lady Di thanks for the info i will have to look for that did not notice.

      • Paula August 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        Hi Daly,
        It is getting very hard to tell them apart but #2 has a more pronounced black stripe in the middle of his head. #1 has more black all over head.

    55. Louise August 15, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Good morning everyone! I would like to thank all of you for your beautiful pics this season-what a happy season it was! Empty nest syndrome for sure the past couple of days! I want to thank Betsy for all her info and all those beautiful pics and videos..amazing your pics,videos are Betsy!! Love them! Did they choose names yet-does any one know?? Just curious! Have a great osprey/osplet kinda day all! Peace to ya!

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome Louise!!

        I don’t know if the names have been picked.

    56. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Chick #3 saying hello!!

    57. Barb August 15, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

      I think I must be wrong, maybe misinterpreted the neck.

    58. Barb August 15, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

      I am absolutely astonished, it looks like Trey feeding one of the other chicks. 8:44-ish.

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        Barb: Gracie was feeding chick #1!! The only one yet to catch its own fish!!

    59. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

      8/14 They seemed to be coming in to land at a low angle and on the left side yesterday!!

    60. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:57 am - Reply

      8/14 George has learned that if he wants to keep his toes after bringing a fish he has to be in and out … fast!! George dropped off a fish and chicks #1 and #3 were there. Chick #3 is becoming quite assertive!! S/he grabbed the fish and held her/his ground when chick #1 tried to take it!!

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

        Chick #3 really held his/her ground when chick #1 tried to take the fish

    61. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

      8/14 Chick #1 flew to the perch and then either fell or jumped down. Chick #3 had been laying right in front of the perch and tried to scamper out of the way.

    62. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:17 am - Reply

      8/14 A sparrow flew over the nest from the left side.

      • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

        8-16-16 Reply- Betsy I love it when the birdies come to visit they are so brave for such little birds. Cute pics.

      • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        About time our secondary characters made it to a starring role! Thanks, Ms. Director! Good spotting!

    63. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:12 am - Reply

      8-14 Gracie brought a nice sprig of greenery to the nest

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

        And then an hour later a gust of wind blew it away!!

    64. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

      George flying to the perch with a fish.

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:09 am - Reply

        After I looked at the picture it looked as there was headless osprey with a big ole osprey head next to it!

    65. Betsy August 15, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

      8/14 A flock of geese flew over the water in front of the nest.

      • CarolV August 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

        Always reminds me of fall when the geese start flying again…..[;-{

    66. CarolV August 15, 2016 at 6:00 am - Reply

      5:53am- George brings in a fish to a lucky Dos.

      • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

        We had all 3 earlier. Uno and Trey dropped down and Dos flew in.

      • CarolV August 15, 2016 at 6:12 am - Reply

        Can’t complain we can’t see what’s going on this time! Moved slightly left; that pine branch seems to be an annoyance.

    67. CarolV August 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Moonrise on an empty nest ! It’s possible Trey is on the camera perch………………Uno, who I believe has been spending the night there, took at least 3 tries getting up there, squawking upwards in between. I think Gracie also still perches there. Would love to be able to see if they’re huddled in together ! Don’t know that there’s much space !

      • CarolV August 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Protester before last jump up……………….

        • CarolV August 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

          Dulces suenos de noche buena, pequena familia
          ……………missing some little worms over n’s

      • Betsy August 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Beautiful picture CarolV!!

    68. CarolV August 14, 2016 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      The Three Amigos….

      • GinaM August 16, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

        I am going to miss these three guys!

    69. CarolV August 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      FORECAST— overcast till early a.m. clearing for a few hours, then cloudy–mid to low 70s… Monday- mid to high 80s- clouds/ sun…. followed by general crankiness and dissatisfaction

    70. Robin August 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Where’s the baby? I see Uno and then Dos eating at 6:08pm but no Treys… Come home and eat Baby 3!

    71. CarolV August 14, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      That’s just kind of funny!

    72. CarolV August 14, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      17:04— Gracie’s in and no one home. What’s a mother to do?

      • CarolV August 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Oh- good idea!

        • CarolV August 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

          After a while, Uno comes in to be fed….I don’t remember seeing Dos all day.

    73. CarolV August 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      George survives a hand-off to Uno…someone’s VeWWWYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY hungwy…………………….

    74. Isabella August 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      When are the names being picked?I like gavin(white hawk/battle hawk)for no. One.george Jr. for 2.especially now that he caught first fish! Lil Gracie for the baby.she was always in tune with mamma .ps. So funny no. 2 looking around after catching fish,looks like he’s thinking”hey Betsy,get that for a video?

    75. Kathleen August 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      15:03 a biggie tried to steal away a fish from #3. Lil Bit held on. Hooray for the little one.

      • rjoneal August 16, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

        8-16-16 Reply- Kathleen I agree bb3 can hold his/her own even if smaller than others.

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