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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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July 9, 2020: Sadly, George and Jane’s first chick has passed away. The remaining egg is long overdue and questionable.

Please be advised that nature can be brutal – viewer discretion is advised.
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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.

*******************
Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    44,355 Comments

    1. Helen September 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      The youngster is still on the nest – so glad!!!!

    2. CarolV September 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      4:57pm..Rocky’s back..showing off that beautiful neck we all despaired over!

    3. Bre September 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Hmm,we may have a dilemma with Baby, think she gave it a test run to see how far she could go..and came back to the nest feeling weather may be to strong for her to go just yet…
      she is so smart, i must add it’s a bit difficult seeing this beautiful bird go-never seeing her again…

    4. Betsy September 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      At 2:43 pm a strong gust of wind blew the stick, that George worked on so laboriously to position yesterday, over and to the front of the nest.

      • Betsy September 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

        Now, it looks like a big walking stick insect in the nest!!

        • Robin September 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

          it does, it does!

      • Helen September 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        At least one on the best right now – so happy to have been wrong!

      • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

        The sun was out briefly and lit the stick and the nest

        • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

          Wrong pic!! here it is

          • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

            Eventually the stick blew away

      • Bostonwatcher September 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        Thanks a lot for spamming the site with pics of a stick moving. Seriously? Betsy, you’ve gone too far. This is the most pointless thing on the site ever. Pics of a stick moving. Great.

        It’s done. September is here, all the babies are flying away. Get OVER it already!

        • Betsy September 9, 2016 at 7:34 am - Reply

          Bostonwatcher: Maybe you’re right. But, I was watching when George first brought the multi-branched stick the day before at 12:28; then he came back in the early afternoon and then again in the late afternoon to work on the nest and fuss with the stick, spending a lot of time and trying multiple times to get the branch that was sticking up to lay flat, and eventually moving the stick, with a lot of effort, toward the back of the nest. Then the next day, in a matter of a mere second, the stick blew over and toward the front of the nest, with those branches now facing downward so the whole stick was now relatively flat; and then eventually the stick was blown out of the nest!!

          Here, I made you a video so that maybe you can appreciate the pictures.

          https://youtu.be/tXtKL1IQig8

    5. Roberta September 5, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Anybody home? Empty nest? BOO-HOO 🙁

      • Robin September 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

        We’ll all be sad, but the fish will be doing the happy dance or happy swim!

      • Bostonwatcher September 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Oh my…….GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s an osprey in the nest at 18:55 PM today on 09/06/2016! Holy jeez! Let’s post 5,000 photos of it!!!!! Quick! Everyone! This will never ever happen again! Quick! Do it! It’s not like it’s been going on for hundreds of thousands of years! Oh, the bird flew away. Sorry all, you missed your once-in-a-lifetime-chance to see an osprey in a nest. I guess someone will just have to spam-post photos of an empty nest now, to show what we COULD have seen, even though we have seen it ad nauseum all year, and all last year.

      • ospreylvr September 7, 2016 at 5:39 am - Reply

        Hi
        Could someone update me with the status of C2?

        • ospreylvr September 7, 2016 at 5:41 am - Reply

          sorry…I missed my first post…didn’t see it until now.

    6. Betsy September 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      I was happy to see Rocky stop in to the nest at 13:01, albeit staying only briefly — flying off at 13:01:23

      • Robin September 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

        Guess she’s gonna ride out the storm at home!

    7. Stephanie L September 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Doing the limbo June 28,2016

      • CarolV September 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        AWWWWWWW !!!! Taking after Dad wearing odd outfits……….

    8. rjoneal September 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      9-5-16 Marlene and Alizarin Here is Info last year and this year that I have posted in past Betsy might have more . 🙂

      2016 osprey zone

      **George home ? March 24-2016
      Gracie 3/31/16 days Gina says
      **Gracie home April 2 – I say 2016
      Gracie last seen 9-2-16
      6:23.11 AM looks up at perch says goodbye by giving her Gracie call leaves at 6:23.43 AM
      Betsy has pic and same info
      ////////////////
      Brutus
      Baby 1 born 6-3-16 17:47 / fledged 7-29-16 16:55pm
      Bb1 first fish-8-13-16
      Bb1 last seen 9-3-16 6:21.26 AM
      ————-
      Ali
      Baby 2 born 6-4-16
      5:57 34 sec / hovers 1st time 7-18-16/chick #2 first went completely up at 15:03
      Fledge-Bb2 7-25-16 10:23 am windy day
      video – bb2 caught his 1st fish flys in up perch drops fish into nest fr perch Gracie gets feeds
      8-13-16 confirm bb2 flys in nest w his fish 2x
      Bb2 first to get his own fish- 8-15-16
      BB2 missing -last seen 8-19-16/ some say 8-20-16 poss heard on perch 8-23-16 ??? Betsy has other info not sure on this**Need to UPDATE INFO
      ——
      Rocky
      Baby 3 born. 6-8-16
      3wks old 6-29-16 still alive but bb1 beating him down / bb3 gets feed well
      Bb3 fledged official 8-5-16 3:14 pm cam froze
      Betsy Video confirmed
      8-6-16 7:29am windy morn 2x out
      Bb3 first fish -8-16-16
      ————–

      Hatched Fledged
      Chick #1 06/03/2016 07/29/2016 = 56 days
      Chick #2 06/05/2016 07/25/2016 = 50 days
      Chick #3 06/08/2016 ? = ? days
      ——————–
      4 1/2 days apart Fr oldest

      Baby 1 and 2 fighting viciously at each other not even over food. Plenty of fish in nest.
      ——————-
      4/2/16 George start building nest with seaweed and sticks brought a fish in but Gracie left it’s been storming and raining
      George attempted to mate Gracie flew off
      **4/3/16 G&G poss success mated
      19-22 days for eggs appear

      Gracie lays
      1st egg 4-25-16 ? 8:40am
      2nd egg 4-28-16 7:00am
      3rd egg 5-1-16 ? 7:00am
      ?➖?➖?➖?➖?➖?

      ___________________________

      2015 Osprey zone-Paul Henry
      Aidan-comp &camera
      Gracie &George 2015

      Arrival date April
      #1 is Ronnie
      #2 is Sandy
      #3 Pewee died in nest July 1 2015 2 wks old
      Lived 16 days

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

      Ronnie last seen September 12, 2015

      Gracie last seen 9/8/15

      • Kimberly September 6, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

        I have seen Rocky on the nest this morning – 09/06/2016. Is there any way you can save a video of Rocky’s last sighting as we continue on to end their season with us and post it here or to YouTube? I am not able to do so and he has been such a gift to me to watch. I would appreciate anyone being able to do that. Thank you…

        • rjoneal September 8, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

          9-8-16 Reply- Kimberly I am sure Betsy will make a video she makes a better video so I leave that up to her and Leanne mostly. However you can go on You/tube channel I have listed a couple that post videos about and from Osprey Zone.
          Betsy- eraftery
          WTR97
          Osprey Summer of 2015 (GinaM.made )
          Osprey Zone

        • Betsy September 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

          Kimberly: I will do my best!!

    9. Stephanie L September 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Say cheese! May 25,2016

    10. CarolV September 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Flashback—7/3/16——-A well filled crop and Mom’s “wipers”

      Came home and did the scrollback to about 9am…no body home…

      • CarolV September 5, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        Thank Aidan and Betsy for the quick posts, as I missed Rocky’s brief visit till I caught the comments just in time for scroll back

    11. Stephanie L September 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Easy come, easy go dinner

    12. Stephanie L September 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      May 23,2016 Seaweed Wrap

    13. Stephanie L September 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Another incredible season will soon come to a close. Thank you to all those who share their thoughts, daily summaries, pictures and sweet poetry. To our hosts: Paul, Tommy, Christina Aiden and all those who make this site possible, THANK YOU!!! Due to your kindness, commitment and generosity, we have developed an insight and bond with this amazing osprey family and with people we have never even met. This site definitely helps to restore faith in the goodness of others. We’ve shared days that were nail biters, and others that were tear wipers. We watched our family snoring and must say, they were never boring!!!

    14. RobinMay September 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      1:02 baby back with fish! But only for a second, then flew down with it.

    15. Betsy September 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      At 7:15:24, Rocky landed on the nest, coming in with a sideways twist, stayed for about 8 1/2 minutes, then flew off at 07:23:55.

      • Betsy September 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Close-up view.

        • Betsy September 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

          Rocky flying off the nest.

    16. Linda Southerland September 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      i think George is fortifying the nest this year to prevent what happened last year, the total demolition of the nest (due to the lowering). He doesn’t want to have to totally rebuild next spring. A very organized and forward thinking guy.

    17. Betsy September 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      At 09:09:33, Rocky came racing up alongside the left side of the nest hollering the whole time, circled around to fly to the left in front of the nest over the water then flew back to the right in front of the nest with someone behind and overhead apparently in pursuit then turned and landed briefly on the nest as someone still chased him/her before doing a head dive off the nest.

      • Betsy September 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

        Rocky’s touch down and head dive off the nest.

    18. Helen September 5, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Maybe I am wrong but it is possible the last youngster left at 7:25 am. Will keep checking to see if I am right or wrong.

      • RobinMay September 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        Hi I think so too.. Flew out in a southerly direction… Safe travels little one! XO

      • Jo September 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

        The young follow the adults to migrate and continue to learn from them, they do not migrate on their own.

    19. rjoneal September 5, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

      9-5-16 After the whole intruder chase bb3 or Rocky flys back to nest soak and wet no fish and hangs out awhile.

      Pic is Rocky giving us a wink !

      • Helen September 5, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

        So I guess I was wrong – thanks Rjoneal.

        • rjoneal September 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

          9-5-16 reply Helen no correction made directly to you just posted a pic, 🙂 any day now I predicted today or tomorrow 9-6-16 guess we will have to wait and see. Did you like the wink?

      • Helen September 5, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

        So I guess I was wrong thinking they had all left. There is one in the nest next to my house also – thanks Rjoneal for correcting me.

      • June c September 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        and a wink right back at ya!

    20. Marlene September 5, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

      I saw Rocky come in for a landing at 7:14 a.m. Hung around until around 7:24 and then flew in a few different directions. Haven’t seen any other activity since then. It’s very windy and overcast today. I’m starting to sound like CarolV. I wonder if our osprey family will be totally gone in the next day or two.

    21. CarolV September 5, 2016 at 6:51 am - Reply

      Morning…keep an eye on the tide line below the nest. Curious to see how high it gets, since they are still predicting high tides. Winds still predicted with up to 55mph gusts
      Still possibility of showers tomorrow from the back end of Hermine remnants. Summer to return later this week..

      FL friends…hope clean-up wasn’t too major for you.

      • rjoneal September 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        9-5-16 Reply – CarolV still doing fencing repairs and lots of tree and yard work but that just means more exercise and we get to swim after all is done so can not complain the weather is great for us 90s No 100s and its sunny were I live.

    22. Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      George this evening taking a break from his nestorations which included wrestling with a big multi-pronged branch — that he wrestled with when he first brought it to the nest earlier today.

    23. Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Rocky on the nest this morning eating the fish that she caught and brought back at 11:07 am.

    24. Marlene September 4, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      June C, that story was amazing about the two ospreys. The wind over the ocean must be unbelievable. Hope our family is safe, wherever they are. Godspeed.
      rjoneal, I saw that fish drop-off by George and thought it was hysterical. He finally learned how to protect his talons. Hope he remembers for next season, with his new family (hopefully). Scrolled back and saw that George is still redecorating. I don’t understand why he’s still bringing twigs and branches to the nest, but it was kind of cute. Looked like a “peace” sign. Unfortunately, he kept trying to rearrange it and succeeded. When Rocky landed with a fish that he caught, he had a tough time finding a comfortable place to eat dinner. I think that Betsy or rjoneal or someone else posted the dates that the family left last year. I haste to be a pest, but can one of you please be do it again, if possible? I think that Gracie has flown the coop, along with Brutus. And, I agree that Ali left a couple of weeks ago. Looks like just George and Rocky are left. Can’t believe how fast this spring-summer season went by. Can’t thank Tommy, Christine, Paul, and Aidan for all that they have done, and especially for weeding through all of those emails. It’s amazing when I see ones that come from far-away places such as Australia, Scotland, Africa, etc. We sure our website providers busy. Bet they are looking forward to some free time. Thanks, again, all of you, and also to all of the devoted fans and the ones who stop in once in a while. We are very blessed.

      • Helen September 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        I spoke to the Raptor Trust. Was told that they seemed ok but the question was raised as to why they did not fly away. Was told that they would make the decision about releasing them in a day or so. They felt that they would know more by Wednesday. Will call back then and report.

        • CarolV September 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

          Maybe they need a download to re-set the internal GPS- plug them in to a computer!!!!

          • Betsy September 11, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

            CarolV: Just noticing now what you wrote!! We could have you, the computer specialist(!! 😀 ) do that with George, Rocky, and Brutus and then they’ll be sure to stay here!! 😀 😀 😀

    25. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      18:25EDT- I don’t think George knows what to do with himself without the fam to care for, especially Gracie.!! He’s futzin’ around the nest again, with a beak on everything!!

      Grasses………

    26. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      18:48—HeeerrRRRREEEEEE’SSSS ROCKY !!!!!!!!!!! yyaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! was SO afraid she left! Wasn’t prepared for all of them to go so quickly……

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        Oh–she brought her own minnow…..

    27. Paula September 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Very concerned here. I was watching Gorgeous George on the nest about 18:20 and watched him fly off and noticed something on the beach below to the right of the nest. I swear it looks like a black bird dead on the beach. I scrolled back and it first showed up at 17:35 or so. Is there anyone who can go out and look to see what it is?

    28. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      It’s been an incredibly beautiful day, especially since we weren’t expecting it ! Hermine is still lurking in the ocean, but for now, we have sunshine, a good breeze, not wind and 73.
      FORECAST: tonight- mid 60s-overcast; increasing winds……………….Monday- low to mid 70s. windy; cloudy; 20% chance of rain; mod. humidity………..

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        It does help that the main storm has been out to sea, while migrating osprey from here will be hugging the coast

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        UPDATE: Looks like tomorrow will be a good one, too. Too bad the fam. packed up and left early, like many tourists. The storm turned off shore much earlier than had been predicted and is farther south going out to sea. We will probably still have some winds and the coastal flooding from higher tides. Rip currents have kept the beaches closed to swimmers. Still, wait and see. We know Mother Nature is capricious…..AND the forecasters are wavering again…..overcast and windy, gusty..as Hermine starts northward again. ………..bah————-

        Don’t like that Rocky hasn;t been in all day. or that she left that fish without eating it…..George has been calling, off and on, and been in and out a few times.

    29. rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      9-4-16 I think George and Rocky will be leaving tomorrow 9-5-16 if not the next day for sure. I kinda think that is why George gave our Rocky a nice big fat meal last night and then again first thing this am. George is wanting to fuel Rocky up so he/ she will finally be ready to go.

    30. rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      9-4-16 Reply -Bre and Bob along with any other Florida family,glad to hear all of us are safe, property and possessions can be replaced life is precious gift.
      Hang on to all who are just now getting the storm we are keeping fingers crossed all will be ok.

    31. alizarin September 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks to those who posted the photos for the calendar. I think I have all the photos I need–each month will have 1 larger photo with a caption and date and 2 smaller ones. I’ll put in some of the milestones on the dates, such as when this years eggs were laid, hatched and fledged. I think I put in when last years chicks hatched too. Does anyone know when Gracie and George arrived this year? I can also put in when they leave.

      I’m setting up each month on an 11 x 17 page size (tabloid). If I distribute a pdf file, can you color print out the tabloid pages?

      Oh, and that long eel like fish that George caught, was that a needlefish?

      • alizarin September 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal, what is the date of your Gracie feather duster picture? Thanks.

      • CarolV September 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

        Yes. Here it is called a needlefish. Some call them gar, but when I looked them up, gar in NYS are mostly around the Great Lakes and rivers upstate. This is a relative, tho.

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

        As if we aren’t worried enough!

      • June c September 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

        OMG those poor birds…

    32. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Very thorough nestorations happening…….

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        Throwing himself in to the job……………

        • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

          There, that looks so much better!!! To George…and that’s what counts! No Gracie around to go behind his back………..
          …and it nicely frames that beautiful sailboat for a moment

          • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

            He was trying to perch on that skinny straight up branch, I think..needed a new lookout or trying for a second bedroom for next year?

    33. Robin September 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      As the season comes to an end – seems like George and Rocky have their bags packed and ready to go – A HUGE thank you to the cam owners and ALL the story tellers, poets, picture takers and all who made this experience truly an awesome adventure. It wouldn’t have been any fun to watch at all without all the pictures and good reading material – Thank you all! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year. To our Osprey: Fly high, stay safe, enjoy your freedom and may you always have full crops and full bellies!

      • RobinMay September 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        Beautifully said.. Thank you everyone!

    34. Helen September 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      George – still arranging the nest. 2:18

    35. Betsy September 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Gracie’s Farewell September 2, 2016 at 6:23 am.

      https://youtu.be/idJ8XJAzJlk

      • June c September 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much for video..last recording of her. Brought out a tear..Everyone will be playing it!

        • Betsy September 7, 2016 at 12:12 am - Reply

          You’re welcome June.

      • Monica September 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

        Betsy – hello! Thanks for the video. So, Gracie has definitely left? Who else has bid goodbye to us? I haven’t logged on to watch in a couple of days and I’m seeing conflicting comments. I know you’ll be able to let me know. Thanks much!! 🙂

    36. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      The branch bringing in George…….
      ……and as a bonus for his hard work, he found the fish that was in nest

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

        Yea!! Snack!

        • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

          This was supposed to be above………..George finding fish…………

    37. Dorothy September 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Here is the latest addition to the decor, perhaps from a nearby giant oak tree??? Are the parents trying to make landing in the nest difficult so as to send a message to the “kids?”
      If this is George he dropped off the twig and scored the leftover fish in one smooth motion. Way to go!!!

    38. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      I see there have been additions since I ‘ve been out. More art?

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

        Post- modern with a touch of whimsy…………….

    39. SYLVIA September 4, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Who is the adult delivering the morning fish today, September 4, at 7:10 am?? Is this our Rocky?

      • SYLVIA September 4, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

        Oops, forgot the first picture.

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

        SYLVIA: It was George delivering the fish to,yup, Rocky. 🙂

        • Sylvia September 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

          Thanks Betsy. Have not had much time to watch. Do so enjoy when I find time. Even if late at night and have to go back and also catch up on all the pics and comments. Lovely!

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Rocky is behind George in this photo. George delivered.

    40. Trinity September 4, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

      As the season comes to a close and our osprey family begins their long trek South, I thought this quote was appropriate ;
      ” Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. ”
      – Ferris Bueller

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        Never know where we’re gonna find inspiration! Good one!!!!!

      • rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

        9-4-16 Reply-Trinity love Ferris Bueller too funny!

    41. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      All of George’s objet d’art- aka clump collection- are gonna wind up flying out…hope he has them insured against weather related incidents!!!!!

    42. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I like that the smudge is pink. Hope it posts that way! After annoying us for so long, we’re getting a hello before we go moment from The Smudge !!! .

      • LynD September 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        The Smudge had a baby and its located in Tommy’s yard on the left. Ugggg…..I wonder what the cause? Hope before next season, someone is able to get up there and physically wipe the lens down with some kind of product.

    43. DarDar September 4, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Very windy on nest Sun am.Thanks Hermine. Rocky’s fish still abandoned on nest for about 1 hour. It was a big one too.

    44. June c September 4, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Wanted to share…if Gracie and Brutus left they where in for a rough ride …Gods speed.

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

        June c: I hope, too, that if they did, as most likely, head out that they are safe.

      • Helen September 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        Thank you June!!! These birds are so coooool!

      • Helen September 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        What paper is that June – Daily News?

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        Can you imagine how confused these birds are? If they have an internal GPS, that annoying voice keeps saying- turn left, turn left…re-calibrating…………..you have missed your exit…………..
        And hurrah for the ship’s personnel for caring enough to get involved!!!!!

      • Elaine September 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        For June: Thank you for sharing with us. I had to laugh. Apparently they did not appreciate the luxury very much. Oh well, free cruise, free meal, and both of them are alive and in one piece. That is what counts.

      • Monica September 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        June – thanks for sharing! My uncle and his two teenage granddaughters are on the Norwegian Gem cruise ship. I’ll have to ask them if this took place before or after they boarded. lol Glad the ospreys are ok. 🙂

    45. DarDar September 4, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Good Sun AM all. Thinking Brutus and possibly Gracie have left the building. Dad delivered a nice big lively fish around 7:15 and no Brutus but Rocky was and then Rocky left nest and fish at 7:34 and still no sign of Brutus……..so there you go. Safe travels first born.

    46. CarolV September 4, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

      7:10amEDT- George brings in a big fish and drops it off, flipping all over the place…………..

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 7:29 am - Reply

        “catching” her breakfast……..and not watching it swim overboard………

        Unexpected sunshine! And not windy yet. No Gracie, no Brutus this a.m. either……..

    47. Betsy September 4, 2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

      The view at 19:20 was gray …5 minutes later it was blue!!

    48. Betsy September 4, 2016 at 1:21 am - Reply

      And, I only saw Brutus once today (August 3rd) on the nest, at 06:21:26, when s/he landed on the nest to get the fish that George was delivering.

      • rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

        9-4-16 Reply-Betsy the month is wrong the correct date is September 3,2016

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

        This should have been September 3rd at 6:21:26 when I last saw Brutus!!

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

        This was supposed to be September 3rd — not August 3rd. I put in the date correction but for some reason that didn’t get posted!!

    49. Betsy September 4, 2016 at 1:16 am - Reply

      I think Gracie has left. I last saw her on August 2nd when she hopped down from the perch onto the nest at 06:23:11, staying just 32 seconds before flying off at 6:23:43. She had looked up at the perch to whoever was on it and gave her Gracie calls – I think she was saying goodbye!

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 1:19 am - Reply

        Gracie flying off the nest on August 2nd at 6:23 am.

      • rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

        9-4-16 Reply – Betsy this is what I have also and the last pic for Gracie except the month is wrong you mean September.

      • June c September 4, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

        Betsy do you still have that on tape..could you do video would like to record her voice..Thanks June

        • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

          June c: One video coming right up!!

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

        That’s what I get for posting at 1:16 am!! Not August 2nd!! Should have been September 2nd!!

        • rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          9-4-16 Reply- Betsy see we all do it at one point or another but in your case lack of sleep, maybe now you will be able to catch up on your sleep.

    50. CarolV September 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      FORECAST;A cool 66 at 8:30pm- feels cooler, even chilly. temp will stay close to this overnight.winds to pick up after 3am. thru-out day; may get up to 50-70 mph, depending on where storm sits out in the ocean.temps tomorrow low to mid 70s. Rains, if any, more likely for Monday, with hopefully the winds dying down before then. All subject to change, of course, depending on the whims of Mom Nature.

      • rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        9-4-16 Reply CarolV as always tks for weather update. 🙂

    51. Robin September 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Everyone, Feeling so worried now with hurricane coming in. Did Gracie and Brutus leave the area? I only see Dad & Rocky today. What a great Dad to stay behind with Rocky. Hope this storm will blow off to sea sooner than expected and everything will be okay. Poor babies…The wildlife really struggle in times like this.

    52. CarolV September 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      A brief burst of sun highlights the nest and Rocky, her fishtail and the paddleboarder…………was a nice touch after this gray day!

    53. Pattye September 3, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Ok I need help – who caught the fish round 5:30pm and ate the entire thing – including the tail???? I thought it was Rocky but not sure.

      • Betsy September 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        George brought a headless fish to the nest at 16:36 which Rocky was there to receive and finishing it off eventually at 18:05.

    54. CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      16:36– Rocky flew in; some dangling feet showed in upper right corner; after which Rocky wrestled with a scraggly branch that had become entangled with a 1/2 fish. I don’t think the dangling feet even landed on the nest!

      HEY! GIMME!!!!!!!

      • CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Is that a daddy foot?

        • CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

          LET.GO.OF…………MY…………FISH…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bad stick, bad stick !!!!!

          • CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

            She’s been sitting, not eating, all this time. Also chirping. Now she appears to be mantling from a possible intruder. Must be well fed You can see the fish in this one; the way she got it.

            • CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm

              Doing the 4 hr. scrollback, I saw George and Rocky. Will have to see comments to catch up on Gracie watch.

            • CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm

              Well, she’s eating now! The video must have stopped while I wasn’t watching and instead of skipping ahead, it’s running double time! Really funny to watch! Thought I had changed speed, but no, Still on normal speed.

        • rjoneal September 4, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

          9-4-16 Reply- CarolV I saw this too of course you know it had to be dad and I laughed at his improved skill. You are right he learned a new skill he dumped the fish while in the air so he wouldn’t get attacked and his claw wouldn’t get bit. Geo did this when he brought in some grass too since Rocky was there and thinking dad had fish George was not about to land so he just lets go of the grass and it feel perfectly in the nest. Good skills our Geo has.

    55. CarolV September 3, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

      6:41am- Rocky goes out early fish shopping….no waiting around this morning for the fish delivery man!

    56. CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

      Rocky is in early…hate to go to work when we’re on Gracie watch. I only saw her early yesterday, I believe. Even Brutus was out most of the day…..

    57. CarolV September 3, 2016 at 5:34 am - Reply

      FORECAST- a pleasant 64 @ 5:30am…overcast for most of the day- peeks of sun in am, with a steady 72 posted for most of the day. Overnight- winds picking up after midnight, rain developing late tomorrow as remnants of Hermine approach…they think it’s going to park south of us over the ocean; position will determine the rain amounts

    58. Betsy September 3, 2016 at 1:09 am - Reply

      Stephanie: It was Brutus you saw in the morning of August 31st. S/he was hangry and also didn’t appreciate the colors of the morning!! 😀

      https://youtu.be/qKYklx3bE_M

      • Stephanie September 4, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

        Thank you Betsy, for your reply and the video! 🙂 Honestly though, I’m disappointed…really wished it was him.
        ? Oh where, oh where has our little Ali gone, oh where oh where can he beeee? ?
        And where ever he is, I hope & pray he’s safe and well.

        • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

          Stephanie: I hope s/he’s safe and well, too. S/he was always so ambitious I’m hoping s/he probably just headed south ASAP!!

    59. rjoneal September 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      9-2-16 Rocky looking so beautiful, oh my I am going to miss you!

    60. rjoneal September 2, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      9-2-16 bb1 Brutus and bb3 Rocky both in nest Geo has been to nest to drop off grass and before that Rocky got a good size fish from dad.
      This pic was just to cute to not share.

      All good were I am now, just have to replace some fencing and tress down holding down the fort still a lot of wind and rain here along with tornados. We got lucky,hope everyone else is ok.

      Love my Osprey Family and Followers!

    61. Renee September 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Part 3

    62. Renee September 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Part 2..

    63. Renee September 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Hmmm…It doesn’t look like Brutus (#1)to me, even Rocky (#3) tried to show them the door.. Any opinions? Ali (#2)??

      • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

        Renee: It’s Brutus.

    64. Jo September 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Oh my, first pushed to the edge of the nest by sibling, then attacked from above by same sibling and then pushed him off the edge of the nest and prevents him to land back in the nest so he landed on perch above… sibling rivalry wow!

    65. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Help me out on this. Bird on right- was sitting, chatting, with Rocky. Rocky did a little displaying, flew straight up then back, then…………….

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

        ……….shoved it out of the nest………….what the hey?
        Seemed like they knew each other at first, so I just took it for Brutus at that angle. Straighten me out, Betsy

        • Renee September 4, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

          Carol – I saw it also and didn’t know what to make of it either…. Rocky was acting like he/she didn’t know them, shooing them off the nest….??

        • Betsy September 4, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

          CarolV: It was Brutus. I think Rocky was playing!! They seem to take turns buzzing or pouncing on each other!!

    66. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Doing aerial spotting in unison…………….

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

        NANCY- they must have heard you needed a comparison shot !! Brutus on left.

    67. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      George is in and out bringing nest materials. Brutus takes air snips at him! ” Where’s the fish?”

    68. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Happy to see Brutus!!!!! Begging and all……….

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

        From the perch, Brutus spotted that fishtail left by Rocky.

    69. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      16:41- Looks like Rocky finally got hungry enough!

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        Dinner bell ringing!

        • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

          Rocky is back with, I guess, the fish she had earlier. George stops by to check. Someone is on the perch. Not sure who, or if George flew out and around

          • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

            This looks like camera shadow

    70. birdRJSviewer16 September 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Will the baby ospreys get tagged?

      • CarolV September 4, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

        N….’not part of a research project….need backing and finance for that, I would imagine…and permits probably.

    71. Betsy September 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      For Nancy and Shar: The easiest way to tell Brutus and Rocky apart is, besides being larger (which you can’t always tell when Rocky is alone on the nest), Brutus, on the left, has much more dark head feathers … center head strip and “eyebrows.”

    72. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      2:48pm……..Got all excited by the fly-by. Seemed like she recognized someone- in my opinion………….

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        Why is it I see the mistake as soon as I hit POST? and I just want to drag it back! Trying again- fly-by

        This was 4-9-16…..we were partying together for my birthday………..

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

        I couldn’t have found a better photo to mis-post for “got all excited”……got me laughing anyway!

    73. CarolV September 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      LEESA AND BRE: Loved your works! Added the right touch to an amazing summer- and I try not to overuse that word amazing like the kids do! Thank you so much for your thoughts ! Will enjoy them even more some snowy day this winter!

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        BETSY–as always, appreciate your innovative efforts and will have to try something like these. Just thinking that I can test them and try them out with my printer, instead of posting here-or anywhere- till I get an idea what I’m doing. YOU inspire me!!!!

        • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

          And I thought that might have been Gracie coming in under cover of dark- but no judgment…what doesn’t happen at the nest stays out of the nest……so I implicated the kids (;-}}

    74. Renee September 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Heckle or Jeckle trying to steal the lime-light and found some nest left-overs. A sign that NOBODY was home!

      • CarolV September 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

        I knew I heard a crow but forgot to go back to check! Just underlines the empty nest syndrome looming over us!

      • rjoneal September 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        9-2-16 Renee seeing the crows just means they will all be gone soon, missing them all already even though they are not gone they come home less and less. Good pic

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