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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

    43,327 Comments

    1. DarDar September 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      I sure wish someone would comment today Wed. Strange comings and goings on nest.

    2. Jackie Budris September 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      I miss seeing the babies. I don’t know if I will ever recover. Maybe we could build another nest for the winter birds., since the Ospreys won’t be needing it.
      Would it be possible to have next season an infrared camera to see the birds at night? That would be awesome. Thanks for a wonderful viewing season of a very
      informative site. Have a great year.

      • CarolV September 9, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

        I used to want that, till I was reminded how gorgeous the full moon scenes are…………..

    3. Nancy September 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Sept 7th. I guess the party’s over…..I haven’t seen anybird for days, although I really only get to peek early morning and late afternoon. Bon voyage Osprey family.

    4. Doris September 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Has anyone seen anyone today. I haven’t and was wondering if they have all left the nest. If they have, God speed and be safe. Good luck to Gracie and George. Fly high and be strong
      Brutus, Ali and baby Rocky. Rocky was great. He was smart and tough. Hope Gracie and George come back next year. I miss them all ready. Thanks a lot for this site.

    5. Betsy September 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      I love this picture I had of George and Gracie on May 23rd at 6:49 pm

      • Betsy September 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        This is the one that I really wanted to post!!

        • june c September 8, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

          Like the 3 dimensional look..Love the picture..

        • CarolV September 9, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

          I like this look. Nice shot

        • JeanneD September 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

          Gorgeous.

      • Margaret R September 8, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

        Betsy….. great photo!!

    6. June c September 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Yesterday Rojneal pointed out another Osprey in nest, again today..I think this is Brutus …what do you all think

    7. rjoneal September 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      9-7-16 Well after rewinding and taking many pics maybe that was not baby3 or Rocky that George gave the fish too? Some pics look like Rocky others the bird has to much black on his head it did sound like Rocky but now even though I can usually tell the birds apart I am not sure. Dont really know why George would give his fish to a visitor but it kinda looks like it could be either our visitor from yesterday or possibly Brutus baby1. I just find it hard to believe that 4 days later Brutus baby 1 would show back up. Couldn’t get a good enough look at all markings to really tell.
      Cant wait to see what everyone’s opinions are on this from today George giving fish to Rocky, Visitor or Brutus? Hummm You know with all the bad weather I am sure a lot of the ospreys that were migrating got turned around so anything is possible.

    8. Redkayak September 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      was yesterday 9/6 their last goodbye?

    9. Helen September 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Just an update regarding the 2 Osprey covered by the Post. I spoke to the Raptor Trust and they were uninjured and released at one of the beaches near by. They took off immediately. Guess they were happy to be free.

      • june c September 8, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

        What great news!.Thanks for the follow up…

      • CarolV September 9, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

        Thanks for updating on that…appreciate that you know who to call

        • Betsy September 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

          Helen: You mentioned the two osprey were released from a local beach … I wonder if one of them was Brutus!!

    10. rjoneal September 7, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

      9-7-16 Rocky gets a big fish from George today, glad to see they made it through all the bad weather. I hear its suppose to clear up by tonight which makes me think Rocky and George will probably leave tomorrow since they decided to stay and ride out the storm.

      • Betsy September 11, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

        rjoneal: This was Brutus!!

    11. Lily September 7, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Is everyone gone?

    12. Jara September 7, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

      10:50 am Scrolled back and saw that George brought in a fish for Rocky who stayed for a second before flying off. They will be leaving any day now, so it was nice to see them. That nest looks so empty and sad. Thank you to Paul, Aiden, Tommy and all the rest of those who put this site together and have spent many, many hours and much effort to give us this inside look at the lives of Ospreys. Bless you for your time, dedication and above all patience with those of us who “humanize” our little family. And thank all of our Osprey “aunts” and “uncles” who kept us informed of the daily events by words and pictures. You have no idea how many times you have lifted my spirits.

    13. Betsy September 7, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Brutus flew to the nest at 9:57 am. George came in a few seconds later with a fish but couldn’t quite manage to keep his talons on the nest, wafted up, and then came back down on the other side of Brutus. Brutus grabbed the fish, George flew off, and then Brutus flew off with her prize.

    14. Betsy September 7, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

      An osprey flew by over the water in the sun’s reflection on the water.

    15. Betsy September 7, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

      The sun reflection on the water this morning as it rose over the horizon was really beautiful.

    16. Stephanie September 7, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Yesterday, 9/6/19, sometime in the afternoon, I saw both Rocky and Brutus (well I think it was Brutus) in the nest, and it was sooo windy!
      Today, 9/7/16, at about 10AM, I saw who I think is Brutus again in the nest. George flew in and delivered a fish, which Brutus(?) quickly grabbed and flew away with. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of that, but so far today, they’re still here 🙂

    17. Helen September 7, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Godspeed to our family.

    18. DarDar September 7, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Where’s everyone? Hope Hermine didn’t get to you. Sounds as though it is still trying…..Wed am 7:40.

    19. JudithW September 7, 2016 at 7:26 am - Reply

      At 7:24 am Sept 6 Rocky was in the nest eating a large fish. Later he was gone but the fish was there. Later the fish was gone and so was he.

    20. Cheryl September 7, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

      9/6/16 at about 2:30pm two were in the nest, Brutus and Rocky?? for a brief time.

    21. alizarin September 7, 2016 at 5:51 am - Reply

      rjoneal, do you have time to take a look at the calendar to check the dates and photos? I’m not the best with proofing my work and don’t want to send a calendar out with errors. Also, did Brutus leave? I saw two juvi’s on the next yesterday (9/6) but I can’t tell who is who so one or both may have been intruders. If you want to review the calendar, I can email you a copy. Just send an email to me at alizarin (at) operamail.com and I’ll forward a pdf to you. Thanks.

    22. Leanne September 7, 2016 at 12:40 am - Reply

      I just wanted to thank everyone involved with Osprey Zone for giving us the chance to view such an amazing osprey family. To say I’ll miss George, Gracie and the chicks 3 is an understatement but I hope and pray that this family makes their journey safely and that the 2 G’s bless us with their presence again in April.
      OZ has been so very important to me this year and although I am sad to see all of them leave I know, deep down, that they will thrive and that George and Gracie will be back to start yet another amazing family that we’ll get to watch from the very beginning. What an honor!! Thank you, George and Gracie. You truly are amazing!! See ya next year 🙂

    23. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      I have posted several times already that I last saw Ali at the nest on August 20, 2016. I know unequivocally that Ali was at the nest in the morning of August 20 (two-zero, once again two-zero, the 20th … of August). I have her/him on video – s/he flew to the nest, landing at 6:33:34, ate the leftover fishtail that was lying at the right front corner of the nest and then flew away at 6:44:17. S/he was there again at 7:49, flying away at 7:53:44. I have videos of the comings and goings of the rest of the George family up until 16:47, which, by that time it was nearly 8 pm … I closed my eyes “for a bit” – which was until the middle of the night — so I didn’t get any other videos for that day. However, I was watching the video stream and I am nearly 100% certain that Ali was at the nest in the late afternoon/early evening. Perhaps one of the OspreyZone followers who take a gazillion pictures, such as you rjoneal, could look at any pictures from the late afternoon/early evening of August 20th to see if there are pictures of Ali. Since that date, the 20th of August, I have not seen Ali at the nest.

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      STATS

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

      BRUTUS
      Hatched from first-laid egg on 06/03/2016 [between 2:42 pm and 5:23 pm, when first seen (39 days incubation)]
      Fledged: 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
      Caught first fish: 8/16/2016 ➡ 18 days after fledging (@ 74 days old)
      Last seen: TODAY!!

      ALI
      Hatched from second-laid egg on 06/05/2016 [somewhere before 4:58 am, when first seen (38 days incubation)]
      Fledged: 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
      Caught first fish: 8/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (@ 69 days old)
      Last seen: August 20th

      ROCKY
      Hatched from third-laid egg on 06/08/2016 at 6:17 am (38 days incubation)
      Fledged: 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
      Caught first fish: 8/15/2016 ➡ 10 days after fledging (@ 68 days old)
      Last seen: today

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      Gracie: Last seen at nest: September 2, 2016
      George: Last seen at nest: today

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      I do not have any information regarding the George Family for last year. As I have already posted several times this year I did not start watching OspreyZone in 2015 until shortly before Ronnie and Sandy fledged and do not have any information other than that I started watching OspreyZone shortly before Ronnie and Sandy fledged.

      • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm - Reply

        If anyone wants the specific times of the fledges, I made a video of each chick’s fledge and of their subsequent return (except for Rocky, who didn’t need a return video, as all s/he did was fly in a loop out over the water, returning immediately to the nest). Likewise with the times for each chick’s first-caught fish, which are all posted on my YouTube channel.

    24. rjoneal September 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      9-6-16 What terrible weather today and no sign of George but you could hear him on the perch a couple of times unless I just missed it when he went to the nest.
      Interesting thing happened though Rocky had a piece of fish flys into nest with it and there was a visitor in the nest right away visitor tried to take Rockys fish and he actually got his beak clamped down on it but Rocky got away with his fish.
      Then when Rocky flys into the nest he doesn’t seem to care that visitors is there he did not even alarm or call out so at first I was thinking is that our Ali or Brutus maybe since Rocky seemed to act as if the visitor was a sibling. Its was unusual to watch since normally Rocky would be defending and protecting the nest and would not let any intruders land. It was as if Rocky wanted the company he was lonely and of course that is my human interpretation of his behavior. We all know Osprey don’t flock and pretty much stay by themselves for the most part.
      I think the visitor is migrating and needed a rest and as soon as he/she stopped in the nest there was fish in front of his/her face who could resist that?
      I made a quick little collection of pics to show all this, I am thinking if I know Betsy she has made a video or one of her famous arrangements of pics. Lets not forget CarolV probably has a lot to say about the visitor along with many more of our Osprey followers.
      Comments did not get posted at all today so I am sure hoping all is ok there with the bad weather. I know with us in Florida it was after the hurricane left the rains and wind did not stop for 2 days later that was probably the worst of it. It looks like that is happening at the nest today, poor Rocky could barely keep his claws gripped in the nest.

    25. Leora September 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      Gracie was in the nest last at about 5:50pm today! did anyone else see them today?

      • Betsy September 11, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

        Leora: Gracie has not been at the nest since September 2nd!! 🙂 Brutus came back shortly before 2:30 pm on September 6th after being MIA since September 3rd. And, George and Rocky had been around, at least through September 9th afternoon.

    26. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      At 6 pm the water and sky were gray; at 7 pm they were blue.

    27. CarolV September 6, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Rained off and on all day; continuing possibility of showers thru night into morning. Predicted clearing, with sunshine in the afternoon tomorrow. temps: low 70s tonight; mid to high 70s tomorrow. Winds have died down.
      Lost a small 8ft tree I was debating cutting down anyway; Mom Nature made up my wavering mind! Thanks, Mom! and Hermine…………

      • CarolV September 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        Looking forward to comments coming in….

    28. CarolV September 6, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Around 4:30pmEDT- Rocky was in…she looked like she picked at something. Took off.

      • CarolV September 6, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

        5:52pm– George bringing in “tons” of nesting material………………

        • CarolV September 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          He spots something, picks it up, takes the “wind elevator” and floats straight upward.

          • CarolV September 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

            Rocky looking toward perch; heads up there shortly after.

    29. Marlene September 6, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      George brings some nestorations to the nest at 5:52 p.m. and hangs around about a minute before leaving. Can’t believe he’s still adding to the nest. Rocky flies in at 6:55 p.m. for about a minute, then leaves. I can hear chirps coming from the perch. Sounds like George ??!!! Hope tomorrow is a better day, weather-wise.

    30. Bre September 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      What a surprise Brutus dropped in 😉

    31. Robin September 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Seems like Dad left and Rocky is still here – maybe he will come back – maybe he just went inland for a little while? The wind sounds unbearable.

    32. Redkayak September 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      A few more visits to the nest today but again, I can’t tell who’s who

    33. Marlene September 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      At 2:28, Brutus landed int he nest, looking for food. Extremely windy and rainy, off and on. I see someone hovering above him with a headless fish in its talons. Might be George, but could not tell by talons. He helicoptered up and away, and then Rocky made an appearance. So, I’m not sure if it was George originally, but headless fish makes me think it was him. He might have hovered because he was protecting his toenails! Another osprey flew by when the chicks were in the nest, but I have no idea who it was. Around 2:32, both chicks fly away. Brutus returns to the nest at 4:05; sounds very upset. This was definitely not a good fishing day. Rough surf. Hermine. He flies away again around 4:15, probably starving. Have no idea what happened to that fish that I saw earlier. Rocky returns around 4:27. Keeps looking up and squawking. Don’t know if it’s hunger or intruder. Rocky flies away at 4:30. Glad that George and two kids are still here and not flying with this storm. Hope that Gracie and Ali are okay.

    34. Renee September 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Rocky back with the fresh catch of the day…snapper maybe?

    35. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Where the HECK has Brutus been??!! S/he was last seen on the nest on September 3rd when s/he flew there at 6:21:26, grabbed the fish that George brought, and then flew away with it at 6:21:49!! Then s/he showed up at the nest at 14:27:40 today!! George blew in with a partial fish a few seconds later which Brutus unsuccessfully tried to grab before George blew away. Rocky then landed on the nest at 14:28:25. Brutus did all of the “talking” while they stayed on the nest — maybe to tell Rocky that s/he started migration but got caught in this awful wind and rain and turned back!! 😀 😀 Rocky looked as if s/he didn’t know what to make of Brutus’ being there!! Then Rocky blew out at 14:32:41 followed a few seconds later by Brutus!!

      https://youtu.be/1-dpijMP1Ns

    36. Stephanie September 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      9/6/16 ~ Saw both Rocky and Brutus (pretty sure it was Brutus) in the nest today…yay! 🙂

      • Stephanie September 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        Oh no, I cropped the words off of the photo…oops! I understand if you don’t post it.

    37. ospreylvr September 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      I understand that #2 has not been seen since August 19th (thereabouts) Any updates?

      Thanks!

      • Betsy September 11, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

        ospreylvr: Ali (chick #2) has not been seen since the 20th of August.

    38. Renee September 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      NOT…George flying away! Part 3

      • Betsy September 8, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

        Renee: It was a seagull!! 😀

    39. Renee September 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Brutus has it..part 2

    40. Renee September 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      George delivering…NOT, just kidding!! Brutus was not happy! Not sure if wind played a factor but right after Rocky flew in and Brutus gave him an earful…then George flew away to the left afterwards….

    41. Wanita September 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Sept. 6, 2016–16:05 p.m. EDT–Brutus on the nest (yelling as usual) till 16:15 p.m.

    42. Donna September 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      The wind is blowing pretty good @ 4:12pm EST. Almost blew I believe it is Rocky out of the nest. He then takes off. Going for shelter I hope until this blows out of the area.

    43. sheila September 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      More of a ? for Bob B as regards why infants were never tagged or banded this year. Perhaps I missed a remark made by you or others, however, just curious. I suppose they get somewhat terrified when someone approaches the nest. Anyway, I thank you and your team profusely for this opportunity to watch Mother Nature in action, A beautiful scenario not matter what! I so appreciate you and your teams efforts and expertise. T’was truly a treat for me. When I speak of Mother Nature I always picture an ad for margerine from many many years back who finished her ad by saying “You Never fool with Mother Nature”

      Thank you again

      Sheila

    44. DarDar September 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      What the heck was going on at nest about 2:30 tues pm. Rocky surely had an on nest visitor for a while and I thought at first it was Brutus or even Ali but now not sure at all. Anyone else confused? Not confused about that hard wind today though! Hermine still?

    45. PattyK September 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      9/6/16 2:13pm approx WOW, am I seeing things?! TWO babes back at nest!?! xoxoxo Saw Rocky come back for leftover fish from yesterday, then took off, then glory be two babes in the nest!

    46. PattyK September 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      9/6/16 2:13pm approx WOW, am I seeing things?! TWO babes back at nest!?! xoxoxo

    47. sundeck9 September 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      trying to leave a comment. rocky and possibly brutus were here at 2:30 on sept 6. after much discussion they decided to leave. Not sure how they could even do that. probably a good move on their part

    48. Flyeagle78 September 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Brutus and Rocky showed up for a couple of mins.

    49. sundeck9 September 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      2:30 9/6/16 rocky and possibly brutus came on nest. that fish that had been laying there is gone. wind has picked up and after much discussion and having difficulty staying on the nest, they decide to leave. Good move. Don’t know how they did it though. Wind is whipping

    50. Redkayak September 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      I’m terrible at identifying who’s who so I’m not sure who this is who flew in at around 12:03 to eat the fish leftover that was laying around all morning

      • Redkayak September 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

        Then around 2:30 they arrived. Best shot I could get sorry

        • Redkayak September 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

          Rain on the lens around 4:00pm

      • Betsy September 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        That is Rocky in the first picture getting the fish. 🙂 Then, as you probably already know by now, ( 🙂 ) Brutus showed up at 14:27!!

    51. Helen September 6, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      Am I wrong!! One on the nest right now eating the fish that he/she had caught and was just laying there.

    52. Bob September 6, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

      As expected, everyone seems to be in a funk as we lose our family to their natural migration. May they go safely. We all realize it is an arduous and not always safe journey so we can just keep our fingers crossed. Thanks to all for your comments, poems, pictures, updates, etc., etc. .Will miss you all just as much as the osprey. And, of course, my thanks to the folks at OZ and Tax Reduction Services for making the whole thing possible. I feel very lucky to have these type of birds year round and also very lucky to spend this time with all of you. Yours truly, Bob from Longboat Key Florida (formerly from Long Island).

    53. Helen September 6, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Off at 7:27 – have not seen him since???????

    54. Renee September 6, 2016 at 7:42 am - Reply

      Rocky (R) kept company w/the fish (L) in nest last night (too tired to post) Don’t know if the wind had anything to do w/him/her staying …thinking George brought the headless fish in but I personally haven’t seen George all day. (9-5-16)

    55. sundeck9 September 6, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

      sorry, meant to say one of the babies is on nest eating

    56. sundeck9 September 6, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

      someone is on nest Sept 6 at 7:15 and eating part of a fish. Just happy to see him.

    57. sundeck9 September 6, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

      7:14 a.m. tues the 6th sept. One of thre threesome is on the nest and is eating part of a fish, don’t know when he came, but glad to see him.

    58. CarolV September 6, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

      6:48amEDT- Rocky is back with her own fish…looks like a porgy, with that spiky back. Getting some rain and she was fighting the wind; it has died down some.

      • CarolV September 6, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

        Comparison to Dad’s catch. Photo enhanced to show fish better.

    59. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

      I think this was Rocky who came back to the perch at 19:46, stayed for a minute and then flew off. Someone was back on the nest at about 10 pm, but it was really hard to see — just the white of the feathers.

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

      Rocky was done with dinner and flew off at 18:36

    61. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 6:31 am - Reply

      Rocky chased off an intruder during dinner.

      • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

        Taking his/her fish with him/her, returning a minute later, fish safely in talon, and then continued eating.

    62. CarolV September 6, 2016 at 6:13 am - Reply

      Was glad to hear everyone in FL doing okay. Hope everyone all up and down the coast fared well. If only that infernal wind would stop.! HAGD everyone!

    63. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 5:59 am - Reply

      Rocky flew back at 18:01 with fresh-caught fish.

      • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

        Then, at 18:10, George dropped off a fish, then stayed fro a bit before flying off.

        • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

          And, Rocky was torn between his/her fish and the fish George had dropped off, deciding he wanted to finish eating his/her fish.

        • Betsy September 6, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

          For a bit, not fro!! 😀

    64. Betsy September 6, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

      The clump of crabgrass blew to the right edge of the nest at 17:17 where it stayed until eventually blowing off at 18:01. 🙂

    65. CarolV September 6, 2016 at 5:47 am - Reply

      Rocky is in the nest this a.m. Very windy. Has that fish waiting for her.

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

        She flew off without eating fish. Looks like most of George’s additions are gone. All his hard work!

    66. Marlene September 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      At 6:00 p.m., Rocky flies in with a whole small-medium fish, and is busy eating it when George flies in with a big headless fish. He leaves it for Rocky, who doesn’t want to be disturbed. Rocky seemed really amused when he turned around afterward and saw another fish. Something distracts him and he goes after it wish his little fish, then returns to the nest and finishes his fish. Then, he starts to eat the second fish but eventually leaves; guess he’s had his full for tonight. He flew away at 6:36 p.m., and George’s fish is still in the nest. Guess it’ll taste better in the morning, after fermenting. Yuk! So, at least George is still there, waiting for his handsome baby to get going. Maybe tomorrow will be the day??

    67. Dorothy September 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      So, around 18:10 nest time Baldy arrives with his little minnow dinner. He soon spies mom coming in for a landing and immediately starts to mantle his prize fish. Mom lands with the “baby whale” she caught and not getting a very nice greeting soon takes off again. Baldy keeps mantling until he turns around and spies the larger fish that was left in the nest. Not to be shown up he continues eating his hors d’oeurve.

    68. CarolV September 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Interesting effect-

    69. Kathy B September 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      6:10pm…Rocky and George still here ! Rocky eating his own fish when dad delivered a bigger one.

    70. CarolV September 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      6pmEDT–Rocky is in with a fish. It may be a bigger one than she had before, not the same.

      • CarolV September 5, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

        About 10 mins. later, George drops off a George-size headless fish. Rocky isn’t interested since she has her own, so George leaves it for now.
        Good to see him…………

        • CarolV September 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

          6:30pm–OH…HELLO! a nice big dessert!

    71. Betsy September 5, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Rocky was back this afternoon at 16:48,stayed for almost 20 minutes, buffeted at times by the wind, and calling without getting a response. I haven’t seen George on the nest today. And, as I type, Rocky is back with a fish!!

    72. Marlene September 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      rjoneal, thanks for posting all of that osprey family tree info. I thought that the parents hung around a little later last year, and was surprised that Gracie and Brutus left so much earlier. Forget Ali; he’s the adventurer. I wonder if George is still here, since I’ve seen Rocky a few times today. I have to tell you that your records are probably tied with ancestry.com!!

      Thanks for noting all of that. We leave for Florida the beginning of January, but the only place I see ospreys is when we drive across the southern end of Lake Okechobee. There, they have platforms set up like Long Island. As we drove by, there were so many ospreys. We didn’t have time to stop by, but I would love to take a short detour and visit the lake just to see the birds. (It would be interesting to see Lake Okechobee, also. I believe I read it’s the second largest lake in the USA, next to Lake Tahoe.)

      Thanks for all of your pictures, family history, and the same to Betsy, Carol, June, Gina . . . so many wonderful fans with osprey info, etc. What are we going to do with all of our spare time????

      All of our deepest thanks to Paul, Tommy, Christine, and Aidan. Can’t thank you enough for all you have done for us, and to help us enjoy another glimpse of that wonderful family.

    73. PattyK September 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Sept. 5, 2016 17:17 :20…Hope this wasn’t yellin’good-bye from Rocky…………..xoxoxo

      • PattyK September 5, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        9-5-2016, 18:00 Okay, okay, feel better- Rocky back at nest with his supper! xoxox

    74. Marlene September 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      I had the OZ up, just in case someone showed up. It’s been empty since this morning, when Rocky showed up and then flew off. Lo and behold, Rocky, our favorite, flew in at 4:48 p.m. He’s calling out, as usual. Wonder if he wants Daddy to bring him dinner. I haven’t seen George, but I don’t think George leaves before the babies. Am I correct? Rocky flew out again at 4:48 p.m.

    75. CarolV September 5, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Just wanted to thank AIDAN ( I guess) for the quick posting. I missed Rocky’s earlier visit, (even on scroll back); it was so brief. I managed to get a few screen shots from the time on Betsy’s post. Thanks to you both, as every chance for a photo is precious now!

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