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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Around 5:40pmEDT-..cpoycat-er, copybird sailboat apparel
8-20-16 Who do you think pulled off the feather look the best?
Dear Sylvia, I hope that your husband has a quick mend — no surgery. It must be very difficult for you, too. Hope that our gorgeous osprey family brings you some joy and smiles.
Bob, a lot of work went into that list!! I knew there were a lot of us, but never realized so many. Thanks for putting that together. I think maybe us gals appreciate nature more than guys?? I don’t know. My husband asks me questions about them and might take a quick peek, but that’s it. Nature is so beautiful (most of the time).
Yesterday I watched George and Gracie at the nest for awhile in the afternoon – and they were all alone. No babies. Gracie was resting, and George fussed around a little – once in awhile he would give a little peep/chirp and look at Gracie. It was like they were having a quiet time together after all their work this year. Along with everyone else, I will miss watching them when they fly south.
8-20-16 oops here is pic – Baby laying down in nest watches a seagull I think fly by left hand side.
He/she has turned out to be a real beauty – I love to see baby #3 – can’t get enough – I will always wonder what happened with this one – I love baby 3!
8-22-16 reply-Robin I love baby 3 too with the white head he/she just looks different and love the way Bb3 still lays down sometimes in the nest like today.
8-20-16 Baby laying down in nest watches a seagull I think fly by left hand side.
Well the most important thing during the whole osprey visit was when I saw what I thought was the oldest fledgling go eye-to-eye with trey and make four flights in succession the night before trey made one flight in the same circle the following morning. Nothing impressed me more than that and I doubt that it was taped because I cannot find it. I am sure that if others had seen both they would have seen something that they would cherish, ;like me. forever. tony
That is a moment to hold…..Thanks for sharing
And I truly wish I could of seen this. Thanks for sharing this Tony!
Very happy to say, I saw that! And Tony, I couldn’t agree more, it truly was a beautiful thing to see. I remember watching them and thinking, she’s being encouraged to fly with flying lessons, from her older sibling…so sweet! 🙂
Just a silly observation.
FEMALES UNKNOWN MALES
Paula Tora Rob Bierregaard
CarolV Ospreylover Bob
rloneal Flyeagle78 Rich Russo
Marlene birdRJSviewer Michael G. Martin
Isabella Bre steve w.
Betsy DarDarf Zach
June c Jai Paul M
kathy B JP(K) John Elipolito
Karen rajo Edward Boyd
Helen Redkayak Jim Varney
Leanne J bardio
Dorothy B. Sudnick
This is an incomplete list using just a few pages of comments but gives one an idea how my comment that most followers of the site who do comment and post pix are female. This is in no way a negative statement. I think it’s great but somewhat surprising. Also,, please excuse any mistakes such as name interpretations and redundancies.
Sorry for the loss of table form when I transferred the file to my comment but I’m sure everyone gets the idesi
Bob, it happens my husband loves the birds (OspreyZone and various other nest cams) but doesn’t care to join the chat. So the difference may be some men are interested in the Ospreys but not so interested in the chatter?
So, Bob, you’re saying women like to share new information, are more loquacious and enjoy innovative new techniques (for many of us)? Thank you !
Sorry you feel that way Jim although others don’t seem to feel as you do. But, to keep you happy I will not post again. Apologize even though I feel you might be a bit unfair. If you go back a bit you will see I have posted very little over the season. See you next year. Bob
Jim’s message has been deleted, never should have been published. Although I agree, in part that comments should be reserved a bit, I would add that most of the frequent commenters have been the most valuable contributors to our group. Bob, please don’t take one rude, rogue comment to heart. One of the tidbits of wisdom I’ve learned over the years is that “you can really tell a gentleman (or lady) by the way they complain”. So please, we’ve come so far, let’s finish out this season with smiles, and above all everyone, “be nice”.
Hi Bob, It sure does look that way, but then again, there could be many more males following OZ but they just don’t comment… maybe? Love your list in any case and glad to see my name there.
According to my Wife,I am a Male.
Mike, If you understand that your name is listed in the third column (the columns did not come out right as I had mentioned) you’ll realize you are listed under males so I’m sure your wife is right and I’m glad to have a few other men listed, too. It is my fault for the mistake in presentation but I certainly meant to have you in the male column and I don’t know how many other males are in the unknown column. Bob
8-20-16 Bob here are some men names that have posted this year just maybe once and awhile but there are some men on the site and probably a lot more than I have they just don’t seem to post. Don’t know why, you should encourage them to post to get an accurate count on how many are still watching this year. Sorry if I left some of you men this is just a list of men who I know have commented at least once.
!) Paul Henry 2) Aidan 3) Tommy A. 4) Rob B.
Kris – Ron S-
Mitchel- this year and last year Tucker-this year and last year
Jim B – Russ Kartee-
Earl Hafler- Michael-
Phil K – this year and last year Steve Weideman-
JP(K)- this year and last year Jim Varney-
Jon Power-this year and last year Chris B-
Micheal G Martin- this year and last year Bob -this year last year
And, Ed McDougal and his beautiful poem!!
BirdNerd is a guy — Lee (not Leigh!)
Hi ChrisH here — just for the record I am female (I realize my name can be taken either way). I don’t comment very often so that may be why the assumption was made that I am male. I love this site and watch the cam (and scroll thru the pics) as much as I can but don’t always have time to read all the comments and post my own. But I truly appreciate the time that others devote to sharing their thoughts, pictures and videos.
8-22-16 reply Chris H –
My bad,sorry, I at least had your name. Now I know thanks for the info glad you’re still with us even though you don’t post that often.
Love Our Osprey Family and Followers !
Just curious to ask you, what do these stats tell you as regards # of female to male ratio?
A strong maternal instinct when viewing little ones, females being the usual primary caregivers perhaps. The awe and wonder of new life whether it be humanity, animal (cats, dogs, whatever) not to mention the uniqueness of human assistance and bonding between man and beast. truly a wonder repeated daily and all over the world, a common bond to new life.
Well, that was a run on sentence! I smile as I view your cam and wonder on the thoughtful glory of it all.
75 year old mother of 5, grandmother of 11
Although our birds are not GPS tagged I have high hopes for them all reaching their southern climes safely as I know you all do. I don’t know when they will leave but it won’t be too much longer. A safe trip to all. And, now they have official names. None of mine made the cut but I love the ones that were chosen. I mostly just hope for their safety as I’m sure is true of everyone who’s watched them be born and grow into amazing birds that can fly to South America. I wish them “bon voyage” and thank everyone for their constant vigilance while they grew. Your Friend, Bob
Oops, sorry- 1 kid.
It’s been pouring, thundering & lightening for the past hour in Riverhead. YAY!!!!! I don’t see any rain on the nest yet, but 1 parent hanging out on the nest.
Well it looks like our family might get their ‘tail feathers’ wet pretty soon……….. (1013am)
Thank you everyone for your pictures and comments, I have not had a chance to watch since Wednesday morning. After 5 weeks of being on the floor finally got hubby to get to hospital and stop playing around with his doctor. After strong meds and more scans and referrals, the very last doctor (after several experts) showed him where he has a ruptured disc besides the sciatica being extremely irritated. So he is now able to get around, but still in pain. He starts some treatment soon (steriods and other stuff in needles (ick) in his back) and then we wait to see if the rupture will self-mend, or not. But for now, with me working and having to take care of things at home, I just collapse whenever I sit down and fall asleep. Need a vacation.
Anyway, enough of that, Thank you everyone! You help this old person enjoy some moments. Our osprey here on Broadwater Creek in Churchton, MD fledged some time ago and ALL are flying and keeping in touch with each other and ranging farther and farther away from the nest pole. Dept of Natural Resources put up some years ago. No banding, no camera, so we just peek now and then from neighborhood pier when we can.
This site provides some kind of drama.
Sylvia, Hope your husband feels better soon – it is awful to be in pain all the time. Sending positive thoughts your way. My husband and I also live in Maryland and went to Deale for dinner couple weeks ago and saw all the amazing osprey and tons of nests – all the nests were numbered and there were lots of them all over the bay there – totally amazing – I couldn’t focus on dinner / just wanted to watch the osprey – what a great place to live!
Early bird gets last night’s leftovers! But it’s a late start- everyone else go straight out? I didn’t see anyone come down. But I do hear Gracie.
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I just love this photo. Very sweet! This is something maybe Gracie would like to hang up somewhere in her nest!
Great pictures Betsy!!!!!
Brilliant Betsy – LOVE IT!
I finally got around to this:
8-20-16 awesome pics Betsy thanks
Could you trade the trophy fish with Trey’s first minnow? jk- size doesn’t matter-….where have I heard that…….????
8-19-16 While all 3 babies ate their fish in the nest Gracie sat looking stunning with beauty with the sunlight.
great picture of Gracie…keeper
FORECAST- overnight-mid-to low 70s, partly cloudy, bearable humidity.Saturday- high 70s..partly cloudy.
Possible showers Sat.afternoon-HA- and Sunday-HA HA
8-20-16 CarolV I know I haven’t told you lately so thanks for keeping us posted on forecast for those who don’t live there. Bye the way here in Florida feel like temp at 6:30 pm was 102 degrees don’t know how our osprey can stand it but they do.
YW…we may complain about the heat but you;ve got it worse!
6:11pm- George brings in a fish to Trey-who eats in dead zone.
Gracie brings in a fish which Uno takes. Gracie and Dos come in and hang around the nest for a while. Couldn’t tell if Dos got the fish Trey had.
All the pampering has not helped Uno, as we talked about previously. She is an extremely slow eater. I think she’s ready to go up to the perch, which she did once already. But she still has a big chunk of fish that she doesn’t want to leave. Trey was there when she flew up earlier, but was obviously full, because she didn’t take the fish left behind. What a dilemma!
Uno finally went up about 8 to squeeze in on perch. Piece of fish still there.
Huge fish for #3..6:28 pm
Went back through the comments – it appears Gracie left last year about September 8th. So ignore my recent email. Thanks.
8-20-16 reply-Helen as I have posted before you can not go by last year since babies were all born later and Gracie had to hang around until she knew they could take care of themselves. Gracie and George both left late most ospreys last year adults and juv. all left before them .
This year babies were born around the same time most ospreys were born in the area. I don’t think Gracie will still be her on September 8 she will not leave at the same date I don’t think. Per the specialist they will start to get restless and it depends on the length of day and when they get that instinct to migrate. We all know it is going to be real soon since Gracie is now showing all the signs she did last year right before leaving. She is hanging out at the nest and eating as much as she can along with getting rest and waiting for the moment to hit her. A couple days before this she let Geo tend to the babies and she stayed out of nest and pretty much out of sight just keeping and eye on Geo to see and let him know she will be leaving soon. She also last year spent time with Geo in the nest soft chirps to each other for several days until she left. She has done that 2 days in a row that I know of so far.
Hope this helps refresh your memory on how she was acting last year before she left. Pretty much a lot of us knew the morning she left we just could tell she was leaving.
Would appreciate if anyone can remember the day Gracie left last year? Thanks.
Uno and Trey waiting for bounty to fall from the sky……………………….
AAARRRggghhhhh! I’m circling- the video. that is………………………..
Only for a short time.
And then at 15:56 Gracie brings in more PLASTIC!
8-19-16 Reply-Marlene your welcome. I am all ready getting sad because I know they will all be gone soon. Time goes by so fast. I do have some books to read and definitely need to get back to my home improvements along with still taking care of puppy. But my Osprey family I just cant get enough of them. Love our Baby 3 also he is just such a wonderful bird and will be a great mate and daddy someday. Bb1 spoiled rotten reminds me of Sandy from last year and Baby 2 defiantly is like Ronnie.
8-19-16 Gracie has fish feeds bb and their beaks touch awww how cute!
awww is right on!
Picket fence next addition?
At 13:51 George brought in what looks like a small piece of wallboard or something to that effect.
I wonder if he’s trying to insulate the nest and ride out winter here because that long flight just seems to long this year?
I know I can relate!
Do we have official names
Do we have official names for these beautiful Babies
still not yet
Thank you Carol for your comment. Osprey Zone cant be beaten for the view and the whole setup but you might like a wee look at one in Scotland “loch of the lowes osprey cam” lovely view, makes me homesick. Thanks again to all for great photos and comments.
will have to check that one, too. The best part about site shopping is the change of scenery and the variety of locations osprey choose as home bases. Speaking of which, Sandpoint, Idaho is above a baseball field! Thanks for the tip. And yes, this is my favorite, the only family I spend so much time with!
12:40- Uno has luch with Mom- again I’m having ID issues. Think It’s Gracie since the parent is feeding the kid, who I’m pretty sure is Uno. Should not watch and guess when I have an ocular migraine.
I hate them!! Makes for pretty colors first, though, before everything goes weird!!
Thowing in MY 2 cents on the matter – terrorist teenagers, in fact most teenagers generally, cannot even read maps today. They rely on GPS exclusively and
even need it to tell them if they are going north or south. So go ahead CarolV, and draw! : )
You are so right! teehee
8-20-16 Reply – LynD & CarolV here, here, I second that my grown children and any of these kids now a days cant handle any situation if technology goes out. Just think not to long ago we didn’t have GPS and navigators in our cars and you had to learn how to read mile markers and street addresses and know which way is north,south,east and west.
Recently we were out the girl at register did not even know how to count change back I had to tell her how much change I should get and count it out for her when the register was broke and they were doing orders on paper. Ridiculous, what have we done to this generation. I had to teach my own children when they were in school how to write a check correctly it was when all the schools went to ATM cards for lunch money and no longer excepted cash. Each student gets their own password and card and the parent has to put money in the account.
They stopped teaching how to address an envelope too.
CarolV would never do anything to endanger or hurt any human or living thing as long as I have know her not unless it was needed to be done for emergency reason. Love you CarolV keep it up!
The usual suspect…….is there an X on the floor showing her where to sit? and begggggggggggggggg……………………….
George brings in seaweed and spots leftovers…distributes the nest material to his liking, rearranges some shells, takes his reward and goes……………..
9:27amEDT- Between sunglare and eye-issues, I THINK this is Uno……Gracie turns over small tailpiece. 5 mins, later, George comes in with something better and a happy chick takes it instead.
Kid involved…they are reacting to possible fly-over
All I see are wings and butts, so I’ll take your word for it! ?
Yes, it was. 🙂
8-19-16 Baby1 in right hand corner eating fish from Geo and Baby 3 gets a big wing pat from baby 1
At aprox. 7:40 Gorgeous George delivers a fish and #1 gets it. Littlebit comes in a few minutes later, waits a few minutes and then goes in for the steal. #1 I think thought about trying to get it back but then just took off instead. All I could think was “Payback Sucks doesn’t it.”
Paula!! It was chick #2 who got the fish that George delivered at 7:20 am!! 😀
I’ll take your word for it. I really thought it was #1 though. # 2 has been nothing but a sweety so I wouldn’t say anything nasty about him!
Absolutely love your last comment! And so very true!!
7:21- George brings in breakfast to Dos. The kid hits the nest seconds before Dad.
Trey takes over..Dos seemed like he was done.
Taking off with the leftovers
There are wings
And, then, there are WINGS
This made me laugh out loud!
Thanks so much
Love this pic Betsy!
Hi rjoneal, thanks for re-posting that wildlife rescue link. I’ve saved it for the future, too. (Hope I don’t need it.) By the way, I’m glad #3’s forehead is whiter than the others. He/she really stands out, although they are all beautiful.
Betsy,love the no room to park video! CarolV,love the washboard pic & pop of plastic! Everyone needs a little beauty & a smile in their day!
TY-couldn’t agree more!
Isabella: Thank you!! I thought it was so funny that she kept trying to land and couldn’t … and the chorus that greeted her each time she flew near was hilarious!!
Good night, little family. Let’s see who falls out of bed tonight
CarolV – nice pic! Who fell out of the nest? I always assume that #3 stays in the nest all night long all by himself. 🙂
It looks as tho Trey has moved up to the perch, where we think Uno and Gracie has have been going. Sometimes someone gets bumped out, and the other night Uno wound up back in nest.So that was just a joke about that. No harm, no foul.
Monica: No!! Chick #3 doesn’t sleep in the “crib” anymore!! 😀 S/he’s a big bird now!! 😀 But chick #1 likes to hop down sometimes during the night … probably has indigestion from grabbing and eating all the fish!! 😀 😀 😀
Not every one is a success….
Not good Carol….sad. Like the article said, you hate to criticize, especially for memorials, but I wish people would think about the wildlife!
So sad! I really liked the part of the story about warning about balloon memorials. I always thought that was stupid. If you want a memorial to a loved one, plant a tree, bush or something else that will enhance nature not kill it. I quit giving my kids helium balloons in the 80’s after I heard about how it kills turtles and whales and I sure wish the rest of the world would get the message.
there’s a movement- balloonsblow.org – which is doing a good job, working against mass balloon releases. They suggest alternatives to baloons-and warn against butterfly release and other non-environmentally-friendly options.
CarolV: What a sad, terrible story. Like Paula says, plant a tree, bush or something else.
All of my posting of late appear, awaiting approval, then gone.
Redkayak: I see your osprey picture on the previous page!! I so envy all of you in the area who can see them in “person”!
I must look like a nut to my neighbors as I dash out the doors when I hear them in the vicinity
about 7:10pm- George brought in a chunk of fish- didn’t want to let it go, but Dos is still hungry.
The kid on the right showed signs of slowing down. Gracie snapped out of dozing in the suset and went to take the fish. She’s still feeding the chick as well as herself.
OMG I just had two visitors but my phone only had space for one photo. Thrilling!
The tip of the tree.
Beautiful shot Redkayak. Exciting.
That is wonderful Redkayak! I used to live close to a nest and would find them in the tree behind my house like that too. I would talk to them. My neighbors thought I was nuts- but I didn’t care. I would ask them how many fish they got today? What are their plans, are the going to stop over in the DR or Cuba? … Come to think of it, maybe my neighbors had a point! 🙂
My kind of crazy! The world could use some more of it!
LOL, I’m of the same nut variety. I dash out the doors when i hear them near by. It’s so exciting.
5:30pm…Dos flies in seconds ahead of George, to receive a nice fish…..also, a very hungry kid. We haven’t seen much fish catching by the juvs today.
16:53- Gracie brings in a fish to an already worked up Trey. Transition went smoothly, tho.
16:51EDT- Trey comes storming in-
almost stomping across the nest to get what’s left of the last fish…………….
Intimidation and a sneaky claw got her no where…………..
Stomping! LOL! you are right she is!
Carol why don’t you just draw everyone a map….of all living Osprey’s nests in the area….then the kids with the fireworks will know exactly where to go…
George stayed in the nest until all babies were accounted for
I really don’t get what your issue is with me…we’ve been down this road before…the only nest I’m publicly “mapping” is the Verizon nest…very tall tower on a public road at a shopping center..how is this “secret”? And anyone reading this is not, hopefully, interested in exploding anything near it! I am not giving out any information which is not already known. The osprey nests are fairly easy to see all over..to anyone who looks up past their noses!
The ospreyzone nest is visible from the water, the beach as well as the neighborhood..I am not saying where it is exactly because I have never been there and don’t know.! It has been publicized on t.v. and in newspapers. Even terrorist teenagers can read those if they are determined to do harm!
I don’t usually like being drawn in to inconsequential arguments with someone who is SO wrong but this is not the first time you have made these remarks. Get over your self-righteousness!
And I’m done with this…
I know, BETSY…deep breath!!! Take my own advice………………………………………………………………………………………………….
That’s supposed to be an ice cream cone!! Most everyone loves ice cream … makes you feel better!
Just noticed how I spelled Carol!!
Was wondering…two pairs of glasses weren’t working…
Agree, I was surprised by the comment. Teenagers with firecrackers? Really? CarolV, keep on keepin’ on! Enjoying your posts all year.
Carol, sorry I have not been here for a few days and just saw this. Nests are very easy to see as the osprey very often choose open areas and do not usually hide their nests. I don’t understand her accusations. They are most definitely unfounded. It bothers me that someone would keep stating this. I love your informative posts and comments. Stay positive. I look forward to those pictures and posts.
I agree! Surprised the moderators published her comment.
gracEY: I think the people watching this webcam and reading the comments are responsible people who have a love for the beauty of nature and not kids with fireworks who will know exactly where to go!!
Thank you Betsy. I didn’t see what must have been posted to Caol responding to my question. Sure hope it didn’t cause a ruckus. We are now in Southold and I cannot express my excitement of seeing George, Gracie and the chicks. I am so excited no one can stand it!! Thanks for all the support in getting a first hand view of some nests.
Woah- where did THAT come from?
All you need are two eyes and a location near a bay and an osprey nest is pretty easy to see. If you cannot see, all you need are two ears and be near a bay and the osprey calls are pretty easy to hear.
Carol is a valued member here who contributes so much. She is not harming anyone or endangering any bird.
Can’t we all just be nice to one another?
3:37pmEDT——-Here come da fish, here come da fish!
I just LOVE the baby standing on the live fish & bouncing up & down when it flaps! Just wish they’d stand in front of the camera a little better.
LEESA- if you think about it- if you take Rt. 25 to Southold- you go thru Cutchogue. east of Cutchogue village is King Kullen shopping center; right next to it, east, is a Verizon building with a large structure, containing 2 large “drums”. On the topmost drum is an osprey nest…home to Verizon Vic and Vera and their 2 kids. I mention them here from time to time. Thought you might want to put them in context. Have a good visit and enjoy the time with the grand-kids………………..hope you get to see G&G’s nest!
Carol I look at that nest all the time. Could not tell however how many kids. How did you find out the names of the parents? This is their second year I understand?
That’s just my name for them. I work near-by- for about 7-8 yrs. now-, and have been watching them every season. They were there before me. The female is not the original one because about 4 yrs. back, a noticeably larger bird showed up and took up residence; obviously it’s the female. The male appears to be the same, but just my opinion on that. I am fairly sure there are two chicks. Anything I say about them is just my observation.
Thanks so much, Carol, for the info. We will definitely check out that nest. The last time we were there they showed us several nests in the area, and we enjoyed seeing several Osprey. I even think we witnessed a chick fledge! We were on one of the beaches, and this one chick kept flapping its wings and standing on the edge, then would back off for awhile, then start that whole routine again. It seemed that the parents were in a tree close by, and kept calling to him. Then he finally took off and made a big loop then back to the nest. I’m really excited to see the G’s nest and hopefully get a glimpse of all the family. Not sure what day we will go, but most likely early next week, cause I may want to go back for a second look!
Thanks again for the info.
You’re more than welcome! It’s fun watching them fledge from below, too. A magic moment…and I know what you mean about the parents. One year, the nest by Verizon had a homebody and the parents resorted to tough and go with a fish, as if to coax the kid to follow; which it did in its own time.
Enjoy your visit.
Some awesome news. For those of you on here that also follow SWFEC….E8 was released back into the wild this morning ! They also banded him incase he is ever found injured again. So happy and relieved.
Got the news and watched the release…little teary and very happy! Wishing him wind in his wings, food in his belly and a good long life to pass on those survivor’s genes…………….And a shout out to CROW for a job well done……………
Yes. Excellent news and not one bit of hesitation about leaving. Did you see wskrsnwings pics of him high in the clouds? He was so happy to be free! Great job CROW!
Trey came in looking damp around the edges and has been sitting in witness protection ever since. As annoying as the dead zone.
and quietly begging……..left shortly after this…………..
Any names decided yet?
Not published if chosen, so far
Love it when we get this washboard water effect! Of course, better in motion as the sunshine twinkles off it………………………..
Not sure why I titled this Solitude when I wrote it many years ago but I thought it interesting given my recent fascination with ospreyzone.
With brown-feathered sails stretched in mute reply
To the silent call of unseen squally hands
The white bellied hunter black in the morning sky
Its angled shadow rippling grass-fledged sands
And hawkish eye afire in early sun
Peered beneath the mirror veiled sea
Espied the silver streams of spring begun
A rhythmed ritual of die to be.
The mass migration, peaceful, harbored fright.
While most, not every, swimmer would survive.
A single careless fin sprayed the surface white
Prompted the searching hunter’s pointed dive.
And, as if alone, its fatal limp the guide,
The feast for the lonely osprey, taloned, died.
A beautiful tribute to the sacrifice of a life to feed another. Thank you.
That’s really beautiful!
Lovely poem – I love the osprey but feel emotional to watch the fish die such a long and horrible death. Circle of life it is! Thank you for sharing – look forward to reading more!
Ah. Gracie, Gracie, Gracie………………………………….adding a modest pop of plastic
…..just ahead of her breakfast, courtesy of George. Uno ate some, then took it to go.
5:10ishAM-EDT—Uno dropped in and sat 30 mins. or so. Gracie came in about 6 just to sit. George was in and out a couple of times, bring seaweed.
Uno leaving in a pink blur
Look at that sky!
The sky was awesome this morning!! Did a 20-minute video of it because it looked so incredible!!
Hello Tony, Loved your photo I just thought how nice to put a face to a name.I am a Scot living in England and I hope you enjoy this wonderful site as much as I do.There are many laughs and some sad times. I think we could all learn a lot from these beautiful birds.
Hi, Isobel! I like checking out the DYFI site, too..I know, wrong area but same island…………..beautiful countryside. Thanks for visiting
I’ve seen Gracie fly down to the water’s edge after feeding the chicks and/or herself to take a “bath.” Tonight, after feeding the chicks the fish she brought at 5:30 pm, was no exception. When she tried to land on the perch, there apparently was no room — chick #1 had jumped up there, and I believe George was up there (he had been doing an alarm call) and I think chick #2 returned to the perch after getting fed and flying off; chick #3 was still on the nest. You can see her at 19:06:26 just to the left of the nest at the water starting her trip back to the nest … she tried landing unsuccessfully 4 times before circling around for the final time to land on the nest!! There’s total silence except for the chorus each time she approaches the nest!! — hilarious 😀
Guess you need to add a second perch to that nest package
And, while I was posting my comments I heard a disturbance on the perch and chick #1 hopped down to the nest!!
sleep flying…good thing she didn’t get far
The moon in the evening.
KOOL1 Postcards from Grand Ole Ospreyland!
Gracie in the evening.
I REALLY like this one…
I think Gracie is so beautiful!!
Gracie brought a fish home for dinner at 5:30 pm 😀 Chick #2 was already at the nest, chick #3 flew in several minutes later and chick #1 eventually hopped down from the perch.
Gracie and Chick #3 from the afternoon (8/17)
8-17-16 look how beautiful our Baby 3 is in nest!
I really liked this one. He is soooo handsome. Just like his Dad.
8-20-16 Paula beautiful right thanks for commenting on my pic. 🙂
Hey, look! One leg!
Nope…JK…as she hopped up to bed…
Full Sturgeon Moon rising
At around 7:15pm a very wet, bedraggled Gracie in the nest with no fish. Poor Mom, the babes should start bringing her dinner.
cheryl: Gracie did eat. Then, after dinner, when all had been fed, Gracie included, she went down to the water’s edge to take a bath!!
The Sturgeon moon tonight! And nest is empty…and this years family will soon be gone 🙁