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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
8/8/16– full house
Hi, friends, this must be extremely frustrating for Paul — the end of the osprey season. hoping to be able to see our family leave. It must be very exasperating for him. Here he was able to do so many extra things this year — like the window washer. That was an absolute treat! Now he has to content with this.
And yes, I saw that negative comment the other day, but I ignored it. Some people have unhappy lives and have nothing better to do but make nasty remarks. I look at people like that and am thankful that I am not like that (or at least I think I’m not, ha-ha). I try to surround myself with wonderful people, and the OZ family is a wonderful group.
rjoneal: When I saw Brutus tearing that poor fish apart and scattering parts here and there, I thought the same thing that you did. George and Gracie did not waste any part of a fish. I was really amazed about how they ate every single piece, and even commented on that. However, Brutus has a mind of his/her own. As you said, no table manners. You know what I think was one of the funniest photos/videos this year (but really kind of disgusting): When one of the parents went to feed Rocky the fish’s eyes, and he spit them out. Lying in the nest were those two eyeballs. It’s really yucky, but a funny moment. They have given us so many laughs, like George’s picture and Carol’s caption, “Bottoms up.” I would be hoping that no one saw me fall over. Let’s keep the faith and hope that the three of them are still here. And, let’s remember all the poor souls and families who suffered on this tragic day, and all of the police, fireman, first responders, and soldiers who defend us everyday. Peace to all.
BETSY: I’ll remember that about Agnes! That was one reason I knew I had right osprey, wrong name because I used fem pronouns. I thought Ali was a male, the other two females.
……Thanks to everyone who makes this such a FAMILY ! I don’t really follow other sites as closely because of their chat rolls. As annoying as this may get when we have to wait for comments to fill in, I enjoy being able to go back and pickup comments later. Sometimes can be confusing, but always educating.!
I’m just sad. as are we all, to be missing these last days with our bird family. I know Paul and all are doing what they can to fix it and appreciate their efforts.
Despite the forecast- no rain today- was a reasonably nice day once the clouds burned off…gonna have to find another weatherman….or just predict the opposite!
For what it’s worth- FORECAST: tonight- mid to low 60s, maybe 50s out here; clear skies…tomorrow..sunny; low to mid 70s
Thank you, OZ, for trying to get the live cam back to work. It’s been such a treat to watch the development from egg to ready-to-migrate. I appreciate your efforts.
Everyone seems to be in panic mode whether due to failed streaming, loss of continuity, having to say goodbye, some unkind comments, etc.. Let us just watch whatever we get at the wrap up of this season. As OZ was so kind to me when some guy made a very nasty comment I will tell anyone who has received silly commentaries to just ignore them. So what if some pics come out bad or some posts are mistaken. Does it really matter? I don’t think so. Just want to get this family off safely the same as all of you. I am never sad to say goodbye because otherwise things would not be as they should be. Plenty to do all year long. Other birds of prey will soon be nesting again online. After my barn owls in Texas had such a tragic outcome this season I am rooting for them to have more food and more success this year. Regards to all. Bob P.S. There are osprey all over the place down here in FL
Bob: Post pictures for us!! 😀 😀
I would love to post pics for you but I am a lousy photographer with an iPhone that can’t get close enough (even with full magnification) to see these osprey perch in tree tops and on bridges where they love to hang out and hunt (and wow do they catch!). And, of course, when I do get a chance at a close up I usually blow it. You would also be amazed to see all the manatees and dolphin around here. The manatee hang out outside my window in what we like to call a lagoon but is really just a canal leading off Sarasota Bay. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my comment. Yours, Bob
Bob: Oh well. BTW, did you ever get how OZ opened with the video on the bottom straightened out?
As always, Bob, thanks for your sanity and pragmatic view! Keep on keepin’ on……………..
9-12-16 Reply- Bob you know you are one my favs we have history both living in Florida and having ospreys all around us. I hope to hear from you next season I will be looking for you as always since your are an official part of the family! Take care of your family and hope the owls have better luck too. They seem to have very little that make it anymore. I have 2 owls male and female in my backyard at the lake and when they are mating their mating calls sound like a baby crying its so crazy but I love having them. I hope nothing happens to them. Take Care
9-11-16 Thinking about all on this day,life is so precious we need to embrace it. Our heroes,our falling soldiers,our loved ones, we will always remember you !
Don’t forget to reach out to those you love today there may not be a tomorrow to do so.
That being said I love you all and wish the best.
Love our Osprey Family and Followers
6-9-16……”Honey, do you like that there?”
…………….”Yes, dear”…to herself–I can change it later….
CarolV – your comments always make me laugh. Great memories of this family and their antics. Especially George and his nestorations.
9-12-16 Reply- CarolV whats really funny about the pic and your wording is that Gracie has her eyes closed and is just agreeing and saying yes dear. I cant tell you how many times my hubby would say look at this and I would say I see it but have my eyes close and resting. I laughed so hard when I read this I can relate. Plus my hubby says he always has to turn the lights on when he comes home because he never knows if I moved the furniture around again. Just like Gracie does she waits till he leaves then moves it. Laughing so hard at this one you really pegged Gracie and me.
We thank you for update Sun AM for live cam. Good luck be with you.
sorry about lack of tag…hope not all blurry
not sure if I ever posted this…………I just think it’s one of my favorites………..
CarolV: Great picture!! I don’t recall ever seeing it!!
P.S. Just like I told rjoneal: MAKE SURE you read my reply to you!! (re nauseous!!) Here: ? ? ? ?
ok- missed the wink!!!!! those faces are tiny on my screen….Just glad you got me the first time!!!!!
9-11-16 Aidan or Paul thank you for posting comments BUT can you please let us know about the live cam or give us something,some kind of info on what is going on with the live cam PLEASE!!!!
You both know how many people are watching and how attached we all are to our osprey family. We really wanted to watch till the end and now we dont even know if they all migrated and we missed it.
Paul last time there was a problem you were kind enough to get a temporary link knowing how many of us are watching. Is this not possible this time?
Its like reading a book or watching a movie and it just stops with no ending, we would really like to see them leave after watching for months its hard to believe that it just has to all end here.
BETSY: The last thing I want is to get ANYONE upset !!Especially you who work so hard! I madea comment about Dramamine referring to a previous comment made by someone else..Taken out of the context where that comment was made, it may sound like I’m complaining….not, not NOT the case! Rjoneal suggested we let the negativity go and ignore that less than friendly attitude. Just wanted to let you know , as I have said before, I appreciate ALL your work. As I do all the efforts made by our many friendly posters…………….
CarolV: I knew what you were referring to!! Didn’t you see the wink??!! 😉 😉 😉 Those are winks!!!!!
Sorry….large yellow periods…….will enlarge next time to check
CarolV: 😀 (that’s a laughing face!! 😀 )
Sorry about the lack of communication, I have been working on the problems and not sure what’s going on. Still working!
9-11-16 Reply – Paul Thank you for posting something and we do appreciate anything you can do before they leave if they have not left already.
We are all sending positive wishes it can be fixed somehow.
4;40pm, 9-11, thank you for communication, right now it looks like the u-tube video is the only one working, no option to go to live feed, time is off also, you probably know this already, just sending a hug and hope that you and great team can resolve problems, thanking you always, xoxoxo
FOR BETSY !!!!!!!!
I was really touched by your thoughtfulness to let me see this event again of the crowded nest and George skimming the water.
Where else does one find such selfless behavior, such giving and caring to bring joy to others. I really appreciate you (and all the other loving sisters and brothers of our FAMILY of Osprey Connections). And I am amazed at the superb knowledge and command you have posting, video, going back, recording …. all that fancy stuff. All that would be lost without you taking time and making effort. Its been a great gift to me. How much I would love to meet you all in person. Its has become such a bond. God’s Blessings. Rodee
rodeehansen: You’re very welcome. I had been taping only their their comings and goings at the nest recently. It’s funny because I hadn’t noticed when I taped that George had skimmed the water until I read it in your post!! I went back and looked at the video … I was like “Well, I’ll be!!” I’m glad I didn’t stop recording as soon as George flew from the nest!! 😀
One baby on nest today and I think I saw George also.
Does anyone have an idea when site will be working again?
I was so looking forward to a few more glimpses of the 3 birds left! No telling who will be here when the video comes back………………….
FORECAST: Overcast all night with 60-70% chance of rain/t-storms thru-out morning. Sun may appear late afternoon. Temps – now 75…dropping a few degrees overnight..mid-high 70s in a.m., with low 80s later in day tomorrow.
Rocky still screams for her supper. George’s Rapid Delivery Service complied with a gigantic fish at about 1:30 I think it was. She is the noisiest eater- still screeching between bites like she did when she had to ‘sing for her supper” with Gracie.
GinaM: That’s from Friday … video stream has been down since about 2:30 pm Friday afternoon.
I feel like such a dope. A hopeful dope. I realized it this morning when I watched the same footage this morning. Thank you for letting me know, Betsy.
She IS the noisiest screechiest eater!!! 😀 And, as of 10:15 am this morning Brutus and George are still here!! (The feed is back up!! Yippee!!)
9-12-16 Reply- Gina YOU CRACK ME UP LOL ! Reading your comment made me laugh, I imagined the 2 day seeing you watching the video going huh Brutus did the same thing yesterday, huh oh well Brutus does the same thing everyday begs for food. Then it hits you wow he is in the same position 2 days in row at the same time. lol heeee
Wait a minute is this live or the same thing over and over. Hopeful,crazy,funny and I just love that about you. The only reason I can say that is last year I did the same thing when the live came froze it took me about 1 hr to realize it was just looping over and over of course there were 4 birds in the nest at the time so a lot more activity going on before I could notice a pattern and we didnt have a clock either. Thanks for good laugh, not laughing at you laughing with you!
CarolV and rjoneal: Well, I guess a certain someone must be thrilled that the live feed has been down since yesterday afternoon!! There won’t be any current pictures posted of osprey on an osprey cam website where the ability to post pictures was initiated and the posting of pictures encouraged! Of course, we could always take repeat pictures of the video loop repeating from yesterday and post them!! 😀 😀 Or, maybe post pictures of the empty nest and just imagine what’s happening today!! 😀 😀
9-11-16 Reply- Bostonwatcher ,Betsy and CarolV No sense in covering up the identity that person ( Bostonwatcher) brought negativity to our nest like the Trolls did lets not give anymore thought to the hater. But, yes Betsy that would be funny I am laughing imaging seeing nothing but pages of the loop. Heeeee ! I think by now Bostonwatcher knows haters NOT WELCOMED.
CarolV I love all your ………………………ssssoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo………hhhhhaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrdDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD…I can only imagine, glad you know how to express yourself. I was saying the exact same thing.
Bostonwatcher, as I said before there is no stopping Betsy, CarolV and me we chat and post all year long and the only way we can be stopped is if Paul does it. So if you dont like to post positive things from here on out you will be ignored and you should just move on to another site.
We are a very close family even though we do have tantrums at times we always come back to each other like Sisters and Brothers.
We love our Osprey Family and our Followers!
RJoneal, I think you are the greatest, I really do. Thank you for posting that. If I could ever join your little chat I would love it. It will help me get through my empty nest syndrome. I would like to think I am a part of the “family” too.
Paul has my email address.
9-12-16 First of all you dont have to ask you are part of the family. Second I dont know if you know this but some people not all if they have a picture by their name a Gravatar like I have feather duster Gracie, you can click on that lil pic and whatever info that person wants to share it will be right there. My Gravatar pic has my email address you can email me anytime.
We do post comments on OZ all year long so you can join us here also.
CarolV use to call me old wise one and Betsy she use to agree now lets just say she has called me good things and bad things but we are all sisters we cant always agree.
Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!
What are we looking at today? Yestreday?
An update would be appreciated!
Is the Live streaming done for the Year? I have not been able to get live streaming since yesterday afternoon. If it is down I hadn’t seen any information telling us that it was going down for the season. Thank you for any information regarding this.
Sunday 10 a.m.- still on re-runs–Paul says they are working on it….sad to be missing these last few days…hope they are waiting for us!
I have ” Missing the Empty Nest” syndrome……………….FORECAST: clouds & sun mix today- high 70s, low 80s…HAGD
hope the video comes back soon…………….
so glad we have pictures! (;=}}
9-9-16 one more pic Brutus with his lively big fish from Geo
9-9-16 I just cant believe Brutus and his table manners, lol Brutus is always scattering all about and around the nest himself and fish parts everywhere. Brutus is not going to be anything like our Gracie and George they both like to clean up after eating and I never seen an osprey eat a fish the way Brutus does, too funny to watch.
This made me laugh so hard Brutus sticks his some of his head down into the fish to get meat, guess he dont like the skin. You know its fattening so only eats the meat. heee
Hope you all like the pic
I’ve noticed that Brutus has a harder time “opening” a fish than the others. Thought it may be because she was pampered by Gracie. Rocky has gotten more practice with the smaller fish she catches. Brutus went straight to bigger, tougher fish. In any case, she eats well in the end!!!!
These are a few of my favorite pictures of Brutus from today — specifically different times of the morning.
And one of George coming in with a fish. Brutus flew to the nest and snagged the fish.
And, I think this is a duck that Brutus alarmed at that went sailing by!
It looks so interesting from the underside!!
9-9-16 When George brought in that big flopping lively fish for Brutus he lets go of that fish with the quickness and flys off sideways to prevent getting attacked or pecked like he did earlier from Brutus. Guess thats the way Brutus says thanks. Poor George pulling overtime for Brutus the bottomless pit, Rocky is taking care of him/ her self.
9-9-16 Reply -Aidan Please update us on video issues do you think it will be streaming by tonight?
Betsy,CarolV, June C, Leanne, Marlene, Stephainie, Helen, Margaret R, Gina M.Marlene, and all others WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR NEST CANT SEE ! Is everyone freaking out like me video has been down since 2:30 pm and I really dont want to miss if they leave to migrate. I know they would leave in the early morning usually so what if tonight is the last night to see them. I wonder if our Rocky had to go get his/her own dinner cause Brutus took fish from Geo tonight.
Please, Please Aidan and Paul can you get the video up and working before we miss the migration?
I sure hope the video isn’t going to be down for long since this could very possibly be our last day to see our very special family or who’s left. I haven’t seen Littlebit ( Rocky) since early this morning. Only Brutus screaming her butt off and attacking her father when he caves and brings her something to eat. Probably just to get some peace and quiet at least for a little while
I wanted to make a comment to Betsy in response to the nastiness of a couple of days ago. I have to admit that when you do sooo many pictures in a row I really wish you would just do a video. It does make me a little seasick. But there are better ways to make a point and being nasty isn’t one of them.
I really do appreciate all that you do because there are lot’s of things that I would have missed without your dedication and I Thank You.
Thank You All for a wonderful season of Osprey watching. I came to the party a little late but I’ll be here on time next year because I am hooked.
Paula: I’ll get you Dramamine, too! 😀 😀 😀
To JP(K): We haven’t seen Gracie since around September 2. Ali (baby #2 – the adventurous one) hasn’t been seen since around August 23. Brutus (#1) and Rocky (my favorite – #3) are still hanging around. They know how to fish, but like to keep their talons dry and have George fish for them. We all believe that Gracie headed south and are hoping that she is well and safe. I thought that was kind of early for Ali to leave; hopefully, that is what happened. He was always the trend-setter, so maybe he beat everyone to South America. Hoping they are safe, and that the three remaining members of our osprey family also have a safe and uneventful trip.
Thank you for the update! Safe travels to all….
BETSY: Got any Dramamine in your bag of tricks for our friend who finds all the pictures nauseating!??!!!!
Sorry- not ALL the pictures- just so many—
Loved your video answer……..nice work…..
AND we may need meds. if video doesn’t start streaming again, as we need our last glances…….
CarolV: I guess the meds for us would be Prozac!!!! Or, maybe Xanax!! 😀 😀 😀
Absolutely! I LOVE every picture and every comment! Can’t thank you all enough for all you do to keep us updated! Each and every one of them!!!
9-9-16 CarolV Really! not you, did you see the message I posted to Betsy and you ? Dont tempt The Bear when he is hungry, just leave it alone that person is a hater we are lovers.
This is a positive place ignore the ignorance and mean they have nothing better to do but cause drama and get your blood pressure up. You know this and if you encourage Betsy thats is all she will focus on so lets enjoy while we can since they will be gone soon.
Not to Mention that message is so far down no one probably even saw it and if they did they know its just a mean person hating on anyone they can prey on.
Everyone here knows the truth and love you both you too are part of our family unit and it wouldn’t be complete without you both. 🙂 Hugs
I made you nauseous?? Sorry!! 😉
9-11-16 Betsy your remark is right under what my message says and it looks like you are replying back to me.
Just to be clear people the hater said (made you nauseous) I did not, Betsy was replying to that person.
We have all moved on from this so hugs to Betsy and CarolV and lets send positive vibes to Paul and Aidan so they can get the cam fixed.
rjoneal: NO!! It was a joke to CarolV, but then your comment came in between!!
9-12-16 Betsy I understand I see you sent the glasses to CarolV since she missed your wink.
For CarolV: That person needs a lot of help. I personally have enjoyed this season and all the pictures/videos, and thank you CarolV and all who have contributed to keeping us updated and informed. I also love the closeup camera. I will miss the osprey family and chatters, and look forward to another season in the spring of next year..
Who said that Carol? Not more nastiness! I am glad our regulars stick together.
Don’t let the turkeys get you down, Betsy!
1:58pmEDT—-George delivers to a waiting Brutus, who has been pacing the nest…..
Wow, the later in the season the larger the catch.
I know! Makes me want to go fishing for dinner myself!
Someone on nest earlier yelling and being answered, then dad came back just after the kid returned to nest with fish.
9-9-16 am Reply Betsy &CarolV
Betsy I wouldn’t even taken the time to justify anything haters will hate just ignore. You don’t need to waste your time with people with mean intentions. Good effort but focus on what you love best and ignore the rest.
CarolV glad you didn’t feed into it leave it alone no negativity here were all positive and love you both and that’s all that matters.
Hugs to you both !
Thanks…tried positivity and humor …but your prob right to ignore. Will try harder, o wise one…….but………………
Thanks Rjoneal, but I don’t … just trying to educate!! Some don’t have any sense of humor!! 😀
I love, love, love seeing all the pictures and reading the comments!! It adds so much to the website!!
THIS WAS COOL …… this morning 7:55 AM (Friday) George, with small end of fish, flew in together with Brutus with much tam-tam. I always thought my Love Birds were noisy, well, Brutus makes me turn the volume down. So…. as the 2 land on the nest, along comes Rocky and the nest is crowded, so George takes off, to the left, where the pilings are. He flew thru the light and when he reappeared, clearly I saw that he skimmed the water, the trail was there. By that time he is almost out of sight – I kept scrolling back to savor the moment. I had never watched that before.
And later, when Dad comes in with another fish-end, Brutus gets aggressive, lashes forward and then tries to go for Dad’s feet. Interesting that George STILL caters to him …..hmmmmm.
I’m always surprised at how muc these parents take from these juvs. Guess they instinctively understand the necessity for aggression when they are on their own
For you Rodee 🙂
9-11-16 Reply – Betsy that was nice to do!
Love our Osprey Family and Followers
rjoneal: MAKE SURE you read my reply to you!! (re nauseous!!) Here: ? 😀 😀 😀
9-12-16 ok glasses are for me I thought they were for CarolV since she missed the wink. I got it I know, but just didnt want people to misunderstand any of this.
9:43amEDT– George flies in, with Brutus hot on his heels……
Thanks Dad by snapping at him…..it’s funny, because we know she can “shop” for herself, but doesn’t. Just like the current generation!
10:46am…I missed this arrival yesterday. Flew straight to perch. Brutus was in and out several times. but no fish brought down at that point. Next delivery I see was the 1:58 pm gift to Brutus from George.
SPECULATING- that was Rocky with her own fish. I think George would have at least brought part of it to B
And that looks like a real-sized fish! Not her usual minnow appetizer!
hope this works……..
CarolV: It worked!! Great capture!!
so hungry she’s eating the pink smudge–teehee..(;-}}
On Sept 9 at 8:10 a young osprey (Brutus?) landed on the nest, then flew up to the perch and perhaps away at 8:14.
Just a quick update on other two nests I watch.the Flanders 105/ 24 nest; haven’t seen anyone there for at least a week, with 2 chicks as far as I knew..just pass it twice a day.
……………….the Verizon nest with Vic and Vera.. still saw 3 birds there yesterday..hard to tell who..have 2 young…have to say, one was large like the female, who is considerably bigger than the male. Maybe one of the young takes after her. Couldn’t see well enough to differentiate feathers.
FORECAST: low 80s today, clouds and sun mixed. Humidity high, so mug-ugly
One left on the neighboring property, nothing on the nest leading to the street where I live and two at the King Kullen nest.
All the North Shore Nassau Ospreys are still in residence! 🙂
Both kids in this a.m. They’re keeping us guessing !!
Brutus had a hunk of fish with her.
Our pretty Rocky
This morning Brutus flew to the nest as George was bringing the little remainder of a fish, which s/he grabbed, Rocky following on their talons.
I was looking at pictures this evening and I want to add this picture.
One baby on nest 7:16 – calling – someone answers.
I didn’t see Rocky come to the nest at all today. Brutus (mostly) and George were both in and out.
@6:35pm- Brutus had been hanging around the nest till about 6:15. She flew out and came back with this. Good job, B ! On a quick scroll thru to dark, I didn’t see anyone else.
I seem to be having issues with posting so if some of these pics get duplicated, I apologize.
just one of my favorite pics.
Leanne: I’m laughing … look at all those sticks!! George kept piling them on the left (our view) side of the nest!! 😀 😀
You had me at baby pictures ! Always love seeing those faces……..
Leanne: Great pictures!!
Betsy, thanks for posting Gracie’s farewell. Hope she’s in a safe place and enjoys a nice, relaxing winter. She deserves it, after raising three hungry little chicks who grew up to be gorgeous fledglings (especially Rocky). I’m scrolling back and see that, at 13:41, Brutus stopped by for a visit. No one was there, so he flew away and returned at 14:29 again, but no one was there. Finally, he returned at 15:24 and George arrived at 15:21 with a headless fish. He did not do a fly-by and drop, but I think his talons were still intact. Brutus finished the fish, went up to the perch, then came down around 16:04. Stayed around a few minutes and flew up to the perch again. Sounds like he hit his head or body on something while flying up, but he’s okay. At 16:33, one of the babies brings a nice size, lively fish to the nest. I’m thinking maybe it’s Ali, although I can’t get a front view. Looks like there’s a black dot on the left side of his breast, but unsure. Can someone else tell if this is our adventurer, if they saw this part of the video?
Thank you Marlene.
Could look at those eyes everyday this winter to get us thru!
I thought it was strange that George had left given his behavior last year.
Good day folks. Been working my tail off for a few weeks and haven’t been in to check on the nest for quite a while. Can anyone give a quick update? Are all the birds still in the area, or has migration begun? It was a great season to have three chicks not only surviving, but thriving!
Nearly simultaneous landings as Brutus flies to the nest as George arrives with a fish delivery. S/he grabs the fish and then George flies off
Well……now I’m confused and staying that way !!Gotta get ready for work..dang it!!! Comments weren’t in last night and to see Brutus’ name after all this time is just confusing….assumed I saw Ali last night …..will have to wait till tonight to see what’s going on!!!!!! double dang it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I just realized it’s my brain not my eyes! Had right kid wrong name…duh! #1 kid. knew that!!!
6:40 a.m. Sept 8..George brought breakfast for #3, I guess. Nice to see them still around.
6:39amEDT– Beautiful mirrored fly-in ! George brings in a large whole fish to Ali…
Just saw my post re the Raptor Trust. Thank you. I guess I am glad that my other posts have not appeared as they were all wrong!!!!! So happy to see some of our family are still here!!!!!
Hello Baby – wow!!
Rocky flew in with a fish at 19:05
then did a hop or was caught in the wind
landing in front of the camera
S/he ate her fish, then flew away at 19:25
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Betsy!!!!
Brutus or Rocky did a loop in front of the nest
Then they both took off together
After chatter between I think Rocky and Brutus, I think this is Brutus flying from the perch
After finishing, Brutus “converses” with someone on the perch, does a turn, losing her/his balance in the process.
But regains her/his composure before flying away
George drops by the nest with a headless fish
Brutus hops down from the perch to snag it
After alarming at someone and then looking around, George flies off
And Brutus eats his/her fish
He’s still my Stud Muffin 🙂
GinaM: He’s one good-looking osprey!! And takes/took such good care of his family and the nest!! 🙂
At 18:05:53, Brutus hopped down to the nest from the perch again
This time staying 6 minutes
It said my picture was too large and didn’t take it, so here it is, smaller!! 😀
Before flying away
At 17:21:07, Brutus hopped down from the perch to the nest.
S/he only stayed for a short while, looking around
And, then, flew away
Betsy, again thanks for the great pictures. It looks like Brutus was very busy this morning.
Marilyn: Thank you. Very busy looking to score a fish from George!! 😀 😀
After Brutus left this morning, there was no activity at the nest until 16:28:43, when an osprey wing shadow crossed over the nest, sweeping to the right and then to the left. Just before 17:00, someone on the perch started calling for a fish. At 17:09:37, someone flew from the perch.
9-7-16 reply- GinaM can you believe it just when you think its almost over then one comes back, LOL maybe Brutus knew we were missing him/her to much and needed a second glance before he/she leaves us for good to migrate and someday start his/her own family. Now we are back to 2 babies and George we will be sitting on the edge of our seats until they leave us!
Just love our Osprey Family they are so unpredictable.
9-7-16 Our Strong great fisher Baby3 – Rocky went fishing got its own fish since Baby1 – Brutus took the one from George and ate it in the nest then it was off to bed in the trees.
Way to go Rocky you Rock-On!
9-7-16 reply- Bre- Guess we are going to need a special poem just for Baby1 Brutus returns back to the nest and joins Baby 3 Rocky and George.
9-7-16 reply- CarolV cant wait to hear all your humor and special wording for the last 2 days of events. I bet you have posted a book by now with all that has been going on in the nest.
Sorry…apparently getting it wrong..discounted Brutus as an option, even tho I thought it might be him. Will have to look over everything since I just did a very basic scroll thru comments that just came up and am now confused but on way to work! In the words of a stupid commercial……..MIND BLOWN!!!!
Just re-read my own comments with last night’s posts…….I did have kid #1 one in mind…just wrong name…I’m going away now till I wake up and smell the Snapple–don’t drink coffee..will catch up after work…saying duh to myself all day
CarolV: I think Brutus is a she and for some reason I always want to call her Agnes!! So if you ever see “Agnes grabbed the fish from George” you’ll know I mean Brutus!!
Scrolling back, I see that Brutus came to the nest at 6:05, looking for dinner. He flies away and George flies in with a headless fish at 6:25, followed by Brutus. Brutus eats the fish, flies away, and Rocky comes in at 7:06 with his own little fish that he caught. He finished his fish and flew out at 7:25. Our little fisherman is doing so well!
9-7-16 Reply-Betsy saw your video on A Family Reunion of Sorts I just knew we could count on you to make a video.
rjoneal: Thank you! I was shocked to see Brutus on the nest after not being seen since the morning of September (not August 😀 ) 3rd!! I was like “What??!! … where the heck have you been for the past 3 days??!! I’m wondering if s/he started migration, got caught in the storm and turned back … but I don’t know if osprey (or any bird) does that!! I sure hope that Gracie is okay. And, I’d love to know where Ali is!!
9-9-16 Reply- Betsy I was kinda shocked you didnt email me. When I saw all this going on I reached out to 3 or 4 people and I just couldn’t believe it was happening, it was so intense,exciting is it a visitor, is it Ali missing one or is is Brutus. Wow it was crazy there for awhile trying to figure it all out since the camera lens was so cloudy from salt water I guess and weather with the hurricane winds it just was hard to get a view at first.
Brutus must not have been able to get any food with storms and turned backed plus he prob realized better to be in an area familiar with during the storm than uncharted territory.
Also we did hear from Rob I think it was that Ospreys have been known some on rare occasions, I think I read it on ospreytrax that one osprey that fledged and they thought was off to migrate ended up tricking everyone. He started to migrate zig zag everywhere gone for days then turned around and came back to nesting area.
Anyways Brutus is kinda in some ways like Sandy does not want to fish unless has too would rather spend all day begging, lazy Brutus. I think George is going to have to kick Brutus out of the nest like he did Sandy in order to get Brutus to migrate. I think Rocky will be just fine one way or another whether it be a minnow or bait fish or big fish Rocky finds a way to get food and is not depending on Geo to provide which is a good sign. Not to mention even before Brutus came back Rocky would only visit nest or perch for short periods and did not hang out anymore. Independent our lil Rocky has become.
I think Rocky my migrate now before Brutus the way Brutus has been acting.
Another way of looking at it could be Brutus is smart milking it for as long as it can until he/she has to do on own this way saves energy.
rjoneal: Sorry!! I was so engrossed watching and then watching the rest of the day for another view of Brutus!! Plus, when I have my Optimum email open, it either slows down my laptop to a crawl or crashes it!! 😀
9-11-16 Reply Betsy- all good 🙂
Did you read about the two ospreys who landed on that cruise ship and they took them back NORTH again to NY? The ospreys were tired from the hurricane winds and landed and they put them in a box. They mentioned that the ospreys didn’t go into it easily. I thought to myself, Good for them!
I don’t what happened to them and if they will know how to start south again!
9-11-16 Reply- Gina M Yes, I know about the 2 ospreys who landed on that cruise, thanks for letting me know, June C and I do email each other so I was able to see article before it actually posted.
I do remember either Rob or one of the other Osprey Specialist saying that have followed tracking on an osprey that migrated and it became stationary for long period then was moving to slow and they later stated they believe the bird found refuge on large boat for part of the trip of migrating and that some do that.
However they were not captured and put in a box, they just sailed with the boat until rested then off they went.
Yes I too wonder if by being put away took their sense of direction haywire and now they dont know which way is north or south.
I would think since it is instinct that even when they get turned around they eventually will get a vibe to fly off in a certain direction or just hunker down where they are and try to survive.
Paul – Am wondering why none of my posts show up after 9/5 – maybe I didn’t go back far enough but I don’t see them. Wanted to update on the Raptor Trust which I did but it is not anywhere. Thanks. Helen
9-7-16 OH HAPPY DAY it is our Brutus who has returned to the nest. The visitor yesterday and today Bb1 or Brutus is back. He attacked Geo to get a fish today in the nest and ate like it was starving to death. I can only imagine what poor George is thinking just when he thought all was going as planned as soon as bad weather clears up then he was going to get Bb3 Rocky to get in gear to migrate so he can take a vacation. All that fishing for everyone for several months is wearing him down. Now Brutus shows up and obviously either cant get any fish or just wants to be waited on. I would have to think with the hurricane maybe Brutus started out then decided to turn back was the safer bet or he/she has been in the area just testing out his skills before he/she migrates. I have to think with the hurricane and storms fishing is very hard to do and only experienced fishing birds are going to be able get a fish. Since we know the ospreys fish from shallow area they dont dive down so they have to be able to see the fish from above and with all the wind and rip tides that has to be hard to do and I would think the fish are down low.
Our nest is just like a drama reality TV show so much going on and nothing like the books say our family has their own plan and our nest is so different from others.
Thank goodness Paul,Tommy and Christina along with all the behind scene helpers all came together and made this all happen, Hard to imaging 3 years ago Tommy and Paul along with their family members all had a normal life until Osprey Zone was invented. Paul defiantly pick the right person and the right location for our wonderful Osprey Family. What a roller coaster it has been now we have 2 siblings that have to migrate before poor George can vacation.
No nest is like our nest..I agree, I think he did make an attempt to go south but got caught up in winds. Brutus smart enough to know to go back. Gods speed to Gracie hopefully she found safe area to wait it out.
19:06–Rocky brings home her own. She made quick work of it.
18:25- George brings in a headless fish for Ali….just when he thought he could rest!
You people still there??????? Miss me?
Too bad the lens is so smudged…overcast and passing sprinkles, I guess.
So it looked like Ali to you too, huh Carol 🙂
Great to know to that someone else saw and also think it was Ali…YAY!!! lol
Sorry, Stephanie…Just had names backwards……commonly known as a brainfart..a well documented senior condition!.
6:11pm- so who’s this beautiful bird? Looks like our Ali is home from her travels. Wonder if she went elsewhere and got turned around by the weather? We’ll never know……………
Golly it did my heart good to see George and the kid tonight. I was afraid they all went south.
I hope we get another week or two!