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

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    45,435 Comments

    1. graCEY October 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      YOU SAID IT – George doesn’t have a surname….duh ? So why use his first name as a replacement ? You don’t get it….If anything it’s the OZ Family….Get it ?

      • Rjoneal October 2, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

        To Everyone 10-2-16 Gracey -Wow these are harsh words and offensive we are all one big family there is no need to over do it. I was sticking up for you thinking you were just being emotional. Now I think this is becoming a nonproductive comment.
        If you would like to make your own portrait you can name it whatever you want .
        This was Betsy’s creation and her vision therefore Betsy can name it what she wants.
        If you don’t like the name of it don’t look at it everyone is entitled to their own opinion but let’s keep it friendly. This is supposed to be a safe environment to talk about our birds doesn’t mean it has to be proper etiquette always it means we can express ourselves but in a nice way.
        At this point I’m truly doubting that this is our Gracey that has been with us for two seasons.

        • Helen October 4, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

          Rjoneal, I know George was waiting what seemed like a long time. I hope it was Gracey but you certainly know more than I do. I guess I will just compare pix.

          • Rjoneal October 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

            10-4-16 Reply-Helen I am not sure what reply or statement I made that you are talking about?
            Sorry but you lost me in your reply to me.

      • Rjoneal October 2, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

        ALL-10-2-16 look at all the miss spelled an upper and lower case letters I do believe this is a troll posing as our Gracey.

      • Betsy October 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        graCEY: I redid the portrait just for you. I hope you like it — it’s just the way you would prefer it.

        • Rjoneal October 3, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

          10-3-16 Betsy I know by now you figured out the Gracey that made that second comment is definitely a troll by all the miss spelled letters uppercase lowercase of the name this is how they did it last time when using other peoples names before.
          I think it’s funny though that you redid the picture love your titles hilarious.

          • Betsy October 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal: No, it’s GraCEY; she’s spelled her name like that before. Looks like I’m the target of her rantings now. I thought about answering with a whole dissertation, but having read her past comments, I know you can’t reason with an obtuse person who makes inane (maybe I should insert an “s”) comments!! And, I still had my template, just had to swap out the pictures!! 😀

            • Rjoneal October 4, 2016 at 7:26 pm

              10-4-16 reply-Betsy Good Woman, you’re right you can’t change crazy !

      • Bob October 5, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

        Dear graCEY, Is any of it that important? Does it really matter? I personally don’t care what one names these birds or what one names the family. Just not too crucial to care that much about. Think about it. Yours, Bob P.S. Have a safe winter.

    2. CarolV October 1, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Hey- all 5 in the nest!!!! Barely…………8/2/16

    3. GinaM October 1, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Hard to see the nest empty – but glad Brutus is on her way. I am concerned about all the migrating birds in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Praying they stay safe!

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 reply – Gina M I am glad Brutus is on her way too. However like you said others are still migrating and CarolV mentioned Horizon Vic is still there hopefully he stays there until the hurricane is gone.
        We are on low alert they predicted it would have already started turning away from us but has not and in about a week or less it could reach Florida and it will be a big one if it stays on course and on their predictions.. Thank goodness the weathermen and women are only 50% of the time. We are all on stand by watching it closely though.
        I have not posted in about 2 days again a lot going on here but have pulled up site to look at our nest several times and watch the rain storm and listen to the wind I am so glad they were not in the nest, the weather there looked pretty bad earlier.
        I have been re- watching all the videos I took with my iPad and iPhone and the videos on YouTube. I miss our family so much but got to keep going and get things done around here.
        I miss talking to everyone on site.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers !

    4. June c September 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Before everyone signs off…if you would like to meet for lunch will be Oct. 22 at 12:30 at the …The Garden Grill….64 N County Rd., Smithtown NY. Hope to see you there…
      What a wonderful season!!!!!!

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 I am there in spirit take pics, love that some of you that live there are going to get together !

      • Helen October 5, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

        June – Unfortunately I cannot make it – have a wonderful time – wish I could be there and thanks for the invite.

    5. Redkayak September 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      What a miserable day. These birds knew what they were doing when they left and gave themselves a 5 day head start on this spell of bad weather. Smart. Now I’m glad they took off when they did. They know best.

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 Reply- Redkayak- Agree 🙂

    6. GRACEY September 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      To BETSEY, WHY DO YOU CALL IT THE “GEORGE FAMILY” ? WHAT about Gracie, she has an important role…..If anything I would call it the OZ Family….or Osprey Family…

      anything but George…how about our NY Family…or “The ALLENS”…..I just don’t know why you eliminated Gracie, the BirdMom of 5 wonderful offsprings…

      • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        GRACEY: It’s akin to calling any family by the patriarchal surname, e.g.The Smith Family or The Brown Family, only George doesn’t have a surname!!. Get it????

        • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

          10-1-16 Reply- Betsy I was waiting to see how you were going to answer Gracey. I am proud of you, your choice of words was perfect. You know right now some people are just emotional and sounds like Gracey was just wondering why you left out the mother. Gracey has been on Osprey Zone since last year if its the same Gracey and she is part of our Osprey Zone Family.
          Glad you answered just the way you did since when you titled the portrait George Family I knew that is the reason you were choosing those words. Actually it is the proper way to do,as you stated just like when you address a letter for Christmas cards or wedding invitations. Like I said I think Gracey was just emotional and I am glad you thought before posting a response. I could be totally off base her but thats how I read it.
          PS I love the portrait as you know I would thanks for making it. 🙂

          • Betsy October 2, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

            Thank you rjoneal … but after Gracey’s most recent response it sounds as if she still doesn’t get it!!

          • Bob October 6, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

            Does it matter whether she (graCEY) gets it or not? I don’t think so. I told her so yesterday. I mentioned that it was not vey important. Bob

    7. Trinity September 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      These lyrics go out to last years babies and our three out on their journey South ;
      ” If I leave here tomorrow
      Would you still remember me
      For I must be travelin on now
      There’s too many places I got to see ”
      – Lynyrd Skynyrd ?

      • CarolV October 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        Thanks- good choice- find ospreytrax on facebook to see how Rob B. tagged birds are doing . Our guys should be sailing along behind them!

        https://www.facebook.com/Ospreytraxcom-1592703860949409/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

        • Trinity October 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

          I’ve been checking in on the tagged birds and also the Harriet / M15 cam, as well as several wildlife cams on the Audubon site. It’s great to be able to spy on Mother Nature ?

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 Reply – Trinity my kind of gal here here ! You know they lived and have gravestone here in Florida

        • Trinity October 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

          Yes my father has educated me well on rock & roll music over the years ! I’m originally from Atlanta and have a soft spot for Southern tunes ?

      • BirdNerd October 3, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

        How appropriate

    8. Betsy September 30, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

      I want to thank everyone behind the scenes at OspreyZone. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, with some minor and some major hiccups along the way, but, overall it was an wonderful and amazing viewing experience, from the first moment George and, then, Gracie returned to the nest in the spring to the final moment when Brutus finally stopped showing up at the nest.

      Thank you Paul and Aidan for not posting all of my comments where I put my foot in my mouth and for posting the comments with my explanations when you did.  (BTW, Paul, you should really try to go back and read some of the comments; there have been beautiful poems, humorous captions to pictures, interesting and informative links, terrific observations and commentary posted!)

      Thank you Tommy and Christina, for without them having built the nest platform and, then, allowing Paul to set up the video stream for the public to view the nest there would be no OspreyZone!!

      I hope everyone has a safe and healthy fall and winter. “See” you in the spring!

    9. Pattie Hoolahan September 30, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Well another season has come & gone too soon This is my second year watching George & Gracie and am thankful every morning I walk in my office to scroll back in the comments and pictures for anything I may have missed. Thank you all! I will still check on the nest every morning till the camera shuts down. Happy Fall & Winter Be Safe until next year!

      • BirdNerd September 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        Same here, on both checking for comments and (forlornly) waiting for the camera to go dark. .

        • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

          10-1-16 Reply- BirdNerd camera stays on 24 and it is a good view in the winter just like in the summer. We will be here too. Glad you stayed with us and happy to have you as part of the osprey family.

      • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        It stayed up and running all winter last year, so hopefully, will remain. I’m waiting for new designs to hit the store. I haven’t seen or read any info yet, but am admittedly skimming comments for now.
        We checked in sporadically all winter, posting occasional comments. This year, I’m sure there would be pictures posted of snow in the nest and progress on that vine which has moved in!

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 Reply- Pattie Hoolahan the camera does not shut down open 24 hours unless it is a computer problem. We will be here checking in too especially during the holidays a lot of our osprey family checks in. Glad you have been with us through it all from the beginning and glad you stayed with us. Do not forget there are osprey books you can read and you can also look at Robs ospreytrax it has so much info and its updated will show you were some of the tagged ospreys are.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

    10. June c September 30, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Betsy..Thank You for posting the recording of George calling to Brutus on YouTube…For those who will listen to it, it was George calling to Brutus on Friday the 23rd early afternoon. After that George was not around. He did the same with Sandy but she left with George…Our stubborn Brutus left the next morning.
      Again Thank You Betsy…

      • June c September 30, 2016 at 6:45 am - Reply

        I recorded it around 11:30…
        Deborah I did not forget ur request for file of calls..pls send me ur email

      • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

        June c: You’re very welcome!

    11. Betsy September 30, 2016 at 3:29 am - Reply

      I did a portrait of the chicks, a portrait of George and Gracie, so now here’s a portrait of the family!! 🙂

      • june c September 30, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

        nice family shot….even caught THE SPOT..Ha

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

          june c: That blasted spot!! They seemed to love standing in front of it!! If it had been on the other side, then that’s where they would have stood!! 😀 😀

      • Elaine September 30, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

        For Betsy: What a beautiful portrait of the George and Gracie family. I love the frame.

      • ChrisH September 30, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

        This is absolutely beautiful, Betsy!! Thank you for making it… I have it saved and printed!

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

          ChrisH: Thank you and you’re welcome!!

      • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        NICE!

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

          Thanks, CarolV. As you know, I’m a big coffee drinker (2, sometimes 3 pots (4- to 6-cup only 😀 ) a day)!! I was thinking with all the wonderful pictures that have been posted that if OZ had coffee mugs with the pictures and I got one of each, I probably wouldn’t have to wash a coffee mug for at least 3 months!!! 😀 😀 😀

          • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

            10-1-16 Reply Betsy and CarolV, Now thats funny Betsy, maybe we can put coffee mugs on your Christmas List haa.
            No washing coffee mugs for at least 3 months too funny. I thought and my friends and family think I drink a lot of coffee but OMGolly I drink about 1 pot a day but not all at once. I usually have a cup after every meal and of course a couple first thing in the morning but none after dinner. I stay up late enough if I drank coffee after dinner I would never sleep.
            Every time I look at the nest I think I am going to hear Brutus calling as he/she approaches the nest and I can just see in my head Brutus swinging in sideways then into a landing. I miss that little bugger so much.

      • Karen DeLong September 30, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy for this wonderful picture! I printed it out also!

      • Robin October 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

        Betsy: I LOVE the family portrait – Thank you!

      • Deborah October 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Very nicely done. Thank you so much for this beautiful collage.

    12. Betsy September 30, 2016 at 3:14 am - Reply

      To all: rjoneal and June C asked if I would put this on my YouTube channel and then post the link on OZ. It is a recording that June made of George the last time he was heard, off at a distance not at the nest.

      https://youtu.be/rnyjKPaOHDY

      • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 3:41 am - Reply

        The picture thumbnail that I used for the cover of the recording had previously been emailed to me by rjoneal … I though it fitting that I should use rjoneal’s picture with June’s recording!! 🙂

      • rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply- Betsy that was so nice of you to do that, thanks again Betsy.

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome rjoneal!!

      • june c September 30, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

        Thank you again..since the wind is so loud in real time hard to hear Georg’s calls in background…play when no wind…Thank you again..

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome june c!! I’ve already played it a few times … you know, missing them and all!!

    13. Rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 1:05 am - Reply

      9-29-16 Bre & Betsy 49 really ? Well I just had my 50th and 50 is the new 30 so I am loving it.

      • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

        You are all babies— I’ve entered the don’t tell, don’t ask catagory….

        • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

          10-1-16 Reply- CarolV Really you are such a hoot I figured you were our age or younger hard to believe. Missing our osprey family soooooooo much!

    14. rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      9-29-16 Betsy & CarolV I mentioned you two in the newspaper article and you did not say anything about it, whats up with that? 🙁

      • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

        rjoneal: I did!!

      • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        Sorry, Rjoneal, guess the fame went to my head! Thought that was a fictitious newspaper prank!

        Just in case there is a misconception, there are 6 pets, one dog, 5 cats. Two cats were my Mom’s. The white cat/red cat photos are two sides of same cat. And as I said, one kitty. Zoe, didn’t make the gallery as I have no shots of her-shy- and will have to make an effort to stalk her! She’s completely black, as opposed to Starjones, shown on top of TV, who has a tiny white star on her chest. Dog got multiple shots as he is out-numbered!
        Way behind on comment reading- skipping thru each time I check in. Will catch up soon…….Hi to all!

        Attaching photo to show progress of the vine- wretched weed vine that overtakes everything! Looks pretty now……………..

        • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

          I previously stated all animals were rescues, which is true- my Mom’s two,which technically I inherited, were rescues, also.

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Re: the weed — And, it’s getting plenty of water to help it keep growing!! 😀 😀

          Re: the cats — I did cat and kitten rescue; found homes for about 40 kittens and a couple of adult cats. I won’t tell you how many I had at one point when I couldn’t find homes or I fell really hard for them (or if I spent a fortune on them, such as my late Ezekiel, who actually was to be adopted but after being diagnosed with epilepsy (fortune!!) the people decided they didn’t want to have a cat with medical issues)!!

        • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

          10-1-16 Reply- CarolV see what I mean hilarious, fame went to your head, only you would make that statement. You make me laugh so much!

    15. Jan September 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      To Everyone at OSPREYZONE… Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone on OSPREYZONE for the daily updates, pictures and comments throughout the entire season! And to all who make this site possible for us to view. It truly has become so much of our daily lives. I rarely post but watch every moment I get a chance!! I look so forward to getting on at night and to looking through all the pictures, comments to see what goes on through the day! I miss our family so much…the season just goes way to fast…Looking so forward to April when Gracie and George return.. I hope our entire family stays safe. Will be checking in daily … This Osprey withdrawal is terrible!

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 Reply- Jan thank you for posting and being part of our family we hope you check in once and awhile there is always someone here. May you stay safe, warm.and happy until we are all rejoined with our osprey family back home at the nest. Plenty of books to read and always videos it helps a lot look for on site or you can just go to Betsy YouTube channel.
        Love our Osprey family and Followers!

        • Jan October 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

          Reply -Rjoneal ..Thank you so much for your reply! Just love this Osprey family.. This is my second season watching and I’m so glad I found this site and family! The pictures and posts are priceless! Recently picked up some books on Ospreys … Great suggestion…and recently found Betsy’s YouTube channel. Excellent videos. I’ll be checking in everyday… I hope your not in the path of this hurricane rjoneal…stay safe! I love all your pictures… Great shots!!

    16. Donna September 29, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      I just want to put in my final comment for this season. What a wonderful season it was! Thank you everyone, for making this possible and the most enjoyable once again. Can’t wait for the next season, won’t be long until that happens!

      • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

        10-1-16 Reply- Donna, indeed what a wonderful and emotional season as with all nature it is just a roller coaster all wonderful learning experiences. Can not wait for next season too.
        Thanks for posting and being with us. Love our Osprey Family and Followers !

    17. CarolV September 29, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

      6-3-16—– The cracking of an egg to start the adventure of a life time…..first one out; last one out !

      • CarolV September 29, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

        zoom in

        • CarolV September 29, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

          sorry for the blur- so much for close-ups

          • rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

            reply- CarolV yikes

            • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

              Looks like Rodan, the great Japanese monster bird!

          • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

            CarolV: There are no words, not that I could see any more to type them!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy September 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        CarolV: 😀 😀 😀

    18. SusanM September 29, 2016 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Thanks again to all for the posts and beautiful pictures. I miss the family already and look forward to seeing George and Gracie next season. Wishing everyone a happy fall and winter!

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply- SusanM we will miss you too, cant wait to see George and Gracie again next year. Lets all hope for a safe journey back home to the nest when it is time to reunite. Nice having you with us and feel free to check in once and awhile.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

        • SusanM October 4, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

          Thank you. I definitely will!

    19. Diane G September 29, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Hi Everyone,
      I have been following since last year with the birth of Ronnie, Sandy and the Little Guy (RIP)
      I would like to thank everyone single one of you for all of your pictures and comments, it was the highlight of my everyday. I am looking forward to next year. Wishing all a wonderful Fall and Winter.

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply- Diane G. It has been a great year with ups and downs and I am glad you stayed with us through it all, see you next season, be safe, be kind.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

    20. Betsy September 29, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

      I hope someone is still reading comments!! This is a video of the last week (well, 8 days) of George’s daddy duty. As you know, the video stream had audio issues. I thought about dubbing in sound on the ones without, but I decided to leave them as they were.

      https://youtu.be/75per8-4xaQ

      • Margaret September 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

        Dear Betsy — Thank you for this fantastic video. You have captured the loyalty and dedication to family that this magnificent male Osprey we call “George” consistently displayed throughout this season. Certainly, an example of the stamina and fortitude it takes to survive this life we are given – bird, human whatever creature. Your talent with the computer and your good humor has been a gift to me and many others. Many blessings to you and yours.

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

          Margaret: You’re welcome!!

      • Renee September 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

        Wow didn’t realize the 21st was the last fish delivery or was that the day before the cams went down for a day? If so, I guess we won’t know when George actually left….
        I’m still hoping Brutus was fishing on her own and just not bringing to the nest to eat…do you know if this nest has any ground people watching/reporting?
        Well I also just wanted to say thank you for all your pic, videos and info that you shared this season. Being my first year watching Osprey’s it was a pleasure most of the time watching this nest, I know how cruel wild life can look sometimes I usually watch eagle cams…Thank You! 🙂

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

          Renee: You’re welcome. And, yes, the 21st was the last time that we saw George bring a fish to Brutus. It was just after Brutus finished the fish, leaving just the last bit of tail end on the nest, and, then, flew off that the video stream went down. The next morning when the video stream came back up the tail end of fish was gone and George was not seen at the nest again.

      • Maureen Reich September 30, 2016 at 6:13 am - Reply

        Thank you so much for the lovely video. I have loved watching this year’s successful nest.??

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

          Maureen Reich: You’re welcome.

      • CarolV September 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        George took daddy-duty seriously, that’s for sure! Kept his kids and Gracie well fed !

        • Betsy September 30, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Plus, all the “furnishings” he brought and then “arranged”!! Good daddy indeed!!

    21. Anja September 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      What joy it was to watch the babies hatch! I held my breath as the youngest struggled; so worried I might see a repeat of last years sad death. So many times I wanted the youngest to open his beak and push his way forward for food, cheering him on as I sat in my office. Thank you all for making this years viewing exceptional, you’ve no idea (or maybe you do) how much joy you brought to those of us who watched this years brood grow into stunning birds. Empty nest syndrome never had so much meaning as it does when looking at that big empty nest just waiting to be redecorated next spring. Happy winter all.

      • rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply- Anja So glad you stayed with us, another season has passed, time goes by so fast. We will be here and thank goodness Paul made it possible with Aidan and all the others this year we got to post pics and videos along with info. Now we can spend some of the winter months going back and looking at all the pics and videos along with comments and info. Be safe and keep warm.
        Dont forget to get a good book on Ospreys there are so many to read.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

    22. rose September 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Good luck to our beautiful family on their long flight to SA. May you get to your second home with no problems and may mom and dad come back next season. May the babies have fun for the next two years in their new home and come back to raise their own families someday.

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply-Rose well said, we will miss all of them very much,but looking forward to another great new family when they return. Geo and Gracie are so good together. We will talk to you again, feel free to check in once and a while someone is always here.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

    23. Ed McDougal September 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks to everyone especially to those who administer the site. See you all next year.

      Ed

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply – Ed McDougal Glad you were with us again this year, See you next season. 🙂

    24. Bob September 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Oh, just wanted to remind everyone to vote for George & Gracie or Gracie & George for president. A sneaky political comment meant in fun! Bye all.

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 Bob I have not been on site in a couple days a lot going on at the house, I just saw you posted today so did you see the newspaper article I posted on 9-26-16 ? If not look on 9-26-16 date I mention your name at the end. Haa

        • Bob October 1, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

          RJ Please see my reply to you just below the newspaper article you created. Yours; Bob

          • rjoneal October 1, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

            10-1-16 Reply- Bob yes I did see you got my message and I got yours. Thanks my Florida neighbor I live in Jax so you and I have to keep our eyes on this hurricane. Just today while sitting at the pool in my backyard the lake is on my property behind the fence an osprey started calling so I looked up sure enough he was in the weeping willow in my backyard scoping out the lake. I saw him fly down to lake but never could see if he got a fish or not or even which direction he flew off in. Like you told someone on the site they move very quickly around here. I do have some pics of ospreys I even got one on my phone while I was at Publix daddy was bringing fish to mom and babies.
            It is just so small since I took with my phone but you can see the fish. I am going to try and post it for everyone. They say are Florida Osprey are much smaller than ones up north. I also know our ospreys at least in my area have to batches of babies and they dont migrate.
            Stay safe and healthy!

            • Betsy October 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

              rjoneal: That must be awesome to see them carrying the fish in person!!

    25. Jessica V. September 28, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

      After experiencing heartache this season in other nests, these birds were a lot of pleasure to watch. Last year it was very upsetting after the death of the little one, and I didn’t think Gracie was a good mother. Boy was I wrong! I was thrilled Rocky made it, and it was wonderful watching what a good mother Gracie really was. I will miss them and look forward to next year!

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 reply-Jessica V I know how you felt emotions get the better of you sometimes but I never thought Gracie was bad mother so I am glad you kept watching this year and so glad you are still with us. George and Gracie are new at this only the 2nd time they had babies and we will see more and more how much Gracie learns from each batch and how much she will mature as a mother as well, instinct is only half the other is experience and she is doing great.

        Just for you a pic of Gracie feeding our Baby 3 Rocky and she went out of her way to get the fish to him.6-18-16 hope you like

    26. Leanne September 28, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Sad to see the nest empty but wish our osprey the very best on their journeys. Would also like to thank, again. everyone at OZ for giving us the ability to view these wonderful birds. A special thanks to Aidan who has been dealing with all of our comments. Aidan, you did a wonderful job! Hope everyone has a great fall/winter and I look forward to seeing George and Gracie in the spring, as well as all of you. Will miss the family but will still check in on the nest from time to time.
      George, Gracie, Brutus, Ali and Rocky: Thanks for the wonderful memories 🙂
      Say Goodnight, Gracie.

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 reply- Leanne lots of wonderful memories again. Glad you are part of the family and all your videos, pics and along with comments have been wonderful. Will miss talking to everyone but do need to get things done around here so a lot to keep my mind off the empty nest. You know I will always be here so until we talk again my osprey friend be safe and keep warm. Thanks for always being so kind. Cant wait for G&G to start a new family!

        • Leanne October 2, 2016 at 6:01 am - Reply

          All the best to you, my friend. Miss our family so much but am excited for the spring. Can’t wait to finally see George and Gracie again and watch them build another extraordinary nest for their new chicks. It will be just as amazing as this past spring so until then, have a great fall and winter. 🙂

    27. June c September 28, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

      On October 22nd. I was wondering if our Long Islanders could meet for lunch…I would not mind driving out east…say around 12-1 PM..please contact me…my email in my gravatar..

      Thank You Tommy Christine Paul & Aiden for all that you have given us…and others who where behind the scene….What a season…

      Brutus was lucky…She/he had good weather going down, just has to remember h/her fishing skills….

      • rodeehansen September 28, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

        THIS IS FOR
        June C …… AND carolV. I live in Ronkonkoma and would be glad to drive out east to meet for lunch. I forgot which KING KULLEN Carol works in. PLEASE, REFRESH. That also would be fun.
        I am not computer savvy and Gravitar I am not familiar with (I have an iMac).
        So how do we connect.?????? Post an open e-mail address of ourselves? But maybe not phone number?????? Somebody say something. THANKS, Rodee

        • june c September 28, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

          It is I who would drive out east..I live in Greenlawn, township Huntington. Farmingville would be good for out east people, or further if needed.
          my email june5wilson@yahoo.com. I have a Mac also. Will be away beginning Oct., Hope to hear from our Long Island friends or anybody who would make the trip.
          i don’t mind driving so if anyone has a spot in mind please let me know…Thanks

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

        I had the pleasure of meeting CarolV the other day – was terrific! I would be happy to meet with all of you.

      • Trinity September 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

        Wonderful suggestion, I’ve sent an email ?

      • Trinity September 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        Patchogue is centrally located and has many great restaurants to choose from.

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 Reply- June C If I did not live in Florida I would be there just a little to cold for me. I think it is a great idea for anyone who lives close enough to get together before all the Holidays start. Let me know how it turns out.

    28. CarolV September 28, 2016 at 6:08 am - Reply

      Just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to the ADMIN of Ospreyzone…Paul, Tommy, Christina, Aiden, anyone involved with the running of the site and nest. You started this and kept it running; putting up with us and all our pestering and demands, with patience and innovation (washing station).

      Also everyone who posts, good, bad, indifferent, for participating in the discussion. And, of course, all the picture takers, video makers, fact-checkers and providers of info…you know who you are !!!!! This has again been a fun and rewarding experience !!!

      Shout out to HELEN, who I got to meet the other day. Thanks for stopping @ King Kullen to say Hi! Will see you again, I’m sure. BTW- Verizon Vic, my first osprey obsession, was still here yesterday( and Monday) 9/26 & 9/27, at his pole above the Verizon field, drying off while holding his fresh caught fish. Was happy to see he waited for me ’til I came back from vaca- thought he might have gone when I wasn’t around.

      To all who check in year round- as long as the site stays up, I will be checking in, just for the fun of going thru pics and seeing if anyone has added comments. Looking forward to new shirts and designs at the store, to include our own personal osprey as stars !
      A HI to BETSY and RJONEAL…….it’s been fun……….thanks for your help on a couple of issues. Such as getting my own Gravatar!!!
      HAGD and winter…….see everyone for the Grand Return next March or April………

      • CarolV September 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm - Reply

        9/28- Looks like we’re in for a “lovely” stretch of weather this weekend…..not ready to give in to Fall- but Mom Nature is not asking my opinion! See the choppy waves that show the wind! Looks like a vine is sending up sprouts in the nest,,,some little volunteers have appeared.

        Verizon Vic was on his post in Cutchogue.again about 5pm, finishing off a fish. Surprised he hung around with this front coming through.

        JO-ANN- you have been busy! I don’t envy you with transporting semi-feral cats; you took them with you or found homes? Having to settle them in to a new home would be a job and a half!. Can be tricky business ! At least you’re able to move at your own pace, now, in settling in. Parts of Delaware that I have seen are beautiful ! I work with someone who had knee replacement and it’s not an easy recovery. Hope all is well with your daughter. If you log in over the winter, say a quick HI!…others of us drop by, too.

      • Helen September 29, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

        It was a joy CarolV – I have seen you so many times but did not realize it was you!! See you again and soon!!

        • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm - Reply

          9-29-16 Reply- Helen I am jealous you got to meet our CarolV I have been talking to her ever since she first posted and let me tell you she would keep me laughing thats for sure.
          Is this a Grocery Store I looked it up on google and it says Grocery store. If it is no wonder our CarolV is good at her job she is a people person for sure.
          I retired from the medical field as a nurse not to long ago,early retired. I just had my 50th Birthday but you cant turn back the clock so I am embracing it.
          It is just so amazing how many people have got together after meeting on this site. With our beautiful ospreys we all have at least one thing in common.

    29. Jo-Ann September 27, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Hello to anyone still looking in. I haven’t posted since July 28th because as I stated then I was moving to Delaware I had donated about 85% of my belongings to charities so needless to say that moving (which included moving 6 semi feral cats) was quite time consuming ,my daughter who lives in Manhattan had partial knee replacement in August so was up in there for a week and then came up to Long Island to close on my house there and shopping for furniture and hundreds of other items I needed have made the last 2 months very hectic for me. I did keep up with what was happening by reading comments almost every day and so appreciated all the comments, videos and pictures. I must admit looking at the view from the nest makes me miss Long Island a lot. I love the water and the beaches there. And now that the nest is empty I will probably continue to log on to see that beautiful view.
      Thank you to Paul, Tommy, Aiden and Christine for allowing us to be witness to this wonderful experience, to all those who comment, do the videos and pictures that kept me informed. God speed to our osprey family. Looking forward to next March when George and Gracie return.
      Happy fall and winter to all.

    30. Bre September 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone i believe one of my messages got stuck at the very bottom of the comment page #55 just above the POST COMMENT box on Sept 24th at 9:17am-
      It read: This message is or Mike: I am very curious/excited to see what your project is..now with all the information you have gathered & collected from all of us??
      Is anyone else a little bit curious? lol Are you still here with us Mike Martin?

    31. Paula September 27, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      It’s very bittersweet that the nest is empty but so proud of George and Gracie for the wonderful job they did raising 3 very strong and smart babies. Although we will never truly know how they get along, I feel in my heart that they will all survive and flourish!

      I want to thank everyone on this site for teaching me so much about Osprey’s. I have done a lot of reading and watching and it has just really been a wonderful experience. It was difficult at times, but so worth seeing it through to the wonderful end.

      I especially want to thank the administrators of this site. For you to fix the problems that occurred, to come up with a ingenious way to clean the lens and to put up with everyone’s complaints(including some from me) as well as policing the site to keep the inevitable nasty people away is truly inspiring. Thank You most of all for this wonderful experience.

      I hope everyone has a blessed and safe Autumn and Winter and I hope to “see” everyone next year in March.
      Bye All

    32. Betsy September 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      CarolV: I was just looking at your photo gallery on Gravatar … guess you don’t like ? ?’s much!! 😀 😀 😀

      • CarolV September 28, 2016 at 5:48 am - Reply

        All my babies, all rescues…very fur-filled life! There is also Zoe, who is camera shy…………

      • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

        9-29-16 reply- CarolV yes, I noticed all her pets pics too and I thought, guess she had to just pick one out for now and then she will switch them every once and a while so they all can have a turn.

    33. Betsy September 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      The chicks heads all moved in unison as they watched George as he flew in with a ball of “furnishings” for the nest. 😀

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        Then Ali moved over to Gracie, who had been working on a fish, to get fed, while Brutus worked on the new “furnishings.”

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        George had brought a similar “ready-made nest” on April 27th at 6:35 pm!!

    34. Betsy September 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      These pictures are from the morning of July 8th. First Ali (chick #2 then) and then Brutus (chick #1 then) were trying to flap their wings … still unwieldy for them at the time!! 😀

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

        A few minutes before that, Rocky (chick #3 then) had been flapping his/her wings!!

    35. Donna Lee September 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      God speed to all, George, Gracie, Brutus, Alie, and Rocky. May we see the new family next year with new faces to appear as they hatch! Looking forward to a new healthy family, as this year! Will miss everyone until next year! Thank you all for a fantastic 2016 season!

    36. BirdNerd September 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks for a wonderful rookie season. Godspeed to the stars of the show, and hearty thanks to all those who monitor, manage and post. Makes the days of this New York City office dweller tolerable. See everyone in the Spring — unless our paths cross at another cam (that isn’t blocked by my company’s firewall!).

      • BirdNerd September 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        It’s MY rookie season here, not the camera’s (just to be clear!).

    37. Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Happy birthday Bre and happy belated birthday rjoneal. I had wanted to make a “card,” also, but somehow the day(s) was here before I knew it. I’m so glad alizarin made such a beautiful “card” for you guys!!

      • rjoneal September 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

        9-27-16 Reply- Betsy thanks

        • margaret R September 29, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

          reply.. @rjoneal look what I was able to install..

          • rjoneal September 29, 2016 at 11:51 pm - Reply

            9-29-16 Margaret R, Yeah you got pic now too, by next season a lot of us will have Gravatars, great I just love it. Chocolate Lab ? Now go in and edit your profile, you can just write about the pic of your dog or favorite website which of course is Osprey Zone, you can list your email if you want or not or just put what state you live in, it is up to you but remember whatever you put on it if you keep it open to public whenever you are on internet or on any website it will show your Gravatar with the info you listed. You can look under the Gravatars fr Betsy, June C , CarolV, Sylvia, Leanne, me and any others you see just to get an idea what you want to put on yours.
            Love your Dog what a cutie.

      • Bre September 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy 😉 turned 49 shh lol

        • Betsy September 28, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

          Bre: 😀 That’s my age, too (and holding!!)!! 😀 😀

    38. Rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Paul I have posted a couple of pictures and made a family tree and have received comments on how they would love for those pictures and family tree to be on T-shirts or sweatshirts or something to wear so that our Osprey followers could buy them. Just wondering if you are looking at any of the pictures posted and family tree for some options.
      You mentioned a while back to submit any photos and several of us have however there is no real place to submit except for by posting it. I asked if there was a separate email you wanted us to send pictures but got no response which was unusual but I understand you are very busy.
      Now that the season has come to an end will you be reviewing pictures, family tree, collages, also portraits made by Betsy and I and other osprey followers for possible things to be printed on merchandise for Osprey Zone ?

      If there’s anyway we can have some type of response that you received this message that would be great.

      • ospreyzone September 28, 2016 at 12:57 am - Reply

        Fair enough, Sorry about the lack of attention to comments, we’ve been overloaded lately. I love the images I’m seeing, the layouts and the frames are a nice touch. Glad to consider any images, please send them to us in maximum resolution via email. Bear in mind that these images are from a fairly low resolution video stream and there are limitations as far as quality goes, especially when enlarged.

        • Rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 1:11 am - Reply

          9-29-16 Paul Henry – sorry I just realized I did not thank you for your quick response, I apologize. I will email some pics soon with highest resolution and just maybe it will be good enough for Osprey Zone merchandise.
          Love our Osprey Family and Followers !

    39. cheryl September 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      As it looks like the end has come and a new journey awaits all our Osprey family I would like to thank everyone for this again remarkable experience. The photos, the narratives, the videos, have just been extraordinary. Hope everyone has a safe, healthy and happy fall and winter, and look forward to the spring when we can follow our Osprey family.

    40. John September 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Elvis (Brutus) has left the building. Godspeed big guy!

    41. Marlene September 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Happy fall and winter to all the ospreyites. So quiet, except for the seagulls, and so still in the nest, except for Gracie’s plastic strips . Imagine how quiet it must seem to Tommy, who we heartfully thank for allowing us to share in his feathered neighbors, and of course Paul, without whom OZ would not be possible, and Aidan. Looking forward to the spring and a new G&G family. Wishing our George and Brutus a safe trip, as they venture south.

    42. Sylvia September 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone! Thank you all for all of the comments and pictures. Osprey down here on Broadwater Creek off of the Chesapeake have been long gone. Now I hear more of the eagles chirping and calling. Miss our three amigos and their folks and really hope they all have safe flights south. Been a lonely nest there, but beautiful scenery. Take care everyone and will keep looking as long as the camera is up and can find the time.

    43. Carol C. September 26, 2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Am beginning to wonder. Have they all gone now? Brutus too? Haven’t seen her in days and there’s been no comment. We will miss them. The Southampton osprey are still here. Last year they left about the 10 of Oct.

    44. rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Hope you like !

    45. SUE September 26, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Had to come back & take one last look at the nest after having been in the Mattituck Inlet & seen some of the Osprey still there. Thank you for the pictures, updates, & amusing comments. Sad to see our Osprey friends leave, but will be looking for them to come back next spring. How fitting is the piece of rope in the nest???

    46. rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      9-26-16 EVERYONE PLEASE READ ! Please do not be offended if I did not mention your name in this article their was only so many letters I could use in this download. Everyone in our Family is appreciated and I am glad we are one big family. Love Our Osprey Family and Followers.
      Enjoy

      • June c September 28, 2016 at 6:19 am - Reply

        Very original…have not seen anything like this…

      • Betsy September 29, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: A “newspaper” article!! How cute!! I love it!! 😀

        • rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

          9-30-16 Betsy I did not think you seen it so I posted a comment to you to look at it just late last night. I just wanted you to know I mentioned you in it. Thanks for looking at it. 🙂

        • rjoneal September 30, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

          9-30-16 Reply- Betsy, Wow, I say it again Wow, not only did you comment you actually said cute and love it, I know how hard it is for you to say that being a perfectionist, haaa thanks

          • Betsy October 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

            rjoneal: Yes, I really thought it was adorable and I loved it!! You sure did cover a lot in the “article”!! 🙂

      • Bob September 30, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

        I went back and appreciated you including me. Don’t know if I deserve it but it is true that I have a perspective based on the fact I am a lifelong fisherman and bird watcher with the experience of growing up on Long Island and now living in FL with osprey all around me. I try to be informative when I can and, of course, appreciate the hard work of you and the other posters who contribute so much to the site. Also, we owe so much to the site creators and sponsors for giving us this wonderful opportunity to watch. I hope it will continue next season as I’m sure you do too. I’m not certain but I think I may have missed good wishes when you had a Birthday. I’m not certain, but if I did it is now a belated wish.Have a safe winter. Yours truly, Bob

      • alizarin October 2, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

        Love this, very original. Thanks for the mention!

    47. Dawn September 26, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

      There’s a little hole in my heart now that our family has left. 🙁

      I will have to fill it temporarily with Harriet and M15’s new nest. It was as if someone in SW Florida KNEW we needed those cams to go live! A huge thank you to Tommy, Paul and everyone over at OZ for allowing us to watch our family each and every year. (and sometimes surprising us with new gadgets – like the screen cleaner!) It is truly amazing and my family and I love watching so much! See you all again in March!

    48. Bre September 26, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Happy Birthday Rjoneal! Hope you had a great day!

      • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

        9-26-16 Bre HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ! I am singing it to you! I hope you had a nice Birthday too my Florida Osprey Friend.

    49. Betsy September 25, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      From the earliest fringe of morning’s dawn to the last edges of evening’s dusk there was no sign of Brutus at the nest today. Maybe Brutus will do what s/he did after not being seen at the nest after September 3rd – suddenly appear at it 3 days later!! But, until otherwise, I’m calling Brutus’ stop at the nest on September 24th (at 7:03 am) “Brutus’ Last Appearance at the Nest.”

      I edited the video clip the way I did because the day was still quiet except for the wind and the occasional seagull calls, and, to me, that heightened the sense of forlornness, puzzlement, and resignation in Brutus’ calling as s/he searched in vain for George and I wanted to show that.

      https://youtu.be/v8BYQZGvX6I

      • Betsy September 25, 2016 at 11:48 pm - Reply

        An osprey flew relatively near the nest today before it veered out over the water and continued flying to the left … Brutus?, George making a final fly-by to check on the nest? or a random osprey passing through?

      • Rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm - Reply

        9-26-16 reply-Betsy thanks for the video to funny I did my pic collection almost starting almost close to the same time you started video. I just left out when Brutus was flying to the nest. You know me I took pics of the whole sequence but only posted some of the pics. Great minds think a like.
        I am glad you made video though I’ve listen to Brutus’s calls in the wind blowing several times along with June C recording of George the last time he was heard off at a distance not at the nest. Since she doesn’t have a YouTube channel she is unable to post the recording to the website it doesn’t recognize it and she and I both have tried several times but it will not post. She was going to try and email it to you to see if you could post it on the website under your video Channel for all to hear since it is the last time we heard George.
        I don’t know if you were able to post it as well or not but I don’t see it as of yet. Anyways I can’t get enough of George and Gracie and all the babies I keep reviewing all the videos I definitely have empty nest syndrome. I’m so used to having it on at night I turned it on just so I can hear the wind noise and I keep thinking I might hear one of our birds how silly of me but I miss them so much already. I forgot how hard it is at the end of the season, I have to keep busy around the house to keep my mind off of it. Thanks again and I hope you’re able to help June post the last sounds good to you calling for everyone to enjoy.

    50. Rich Russo September 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Always bittersweet. May our little family travel safely south, and George and Gracie return again next year. Ronnie and Sandy will also make their way north if they have survived their “year abroad”. Time to switch to the Southwest Eagle Cam where Harriet and M15 have rebuilt their nest. Aren’t all these birds just remarkable?

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

        Rich Russo: Absolutely remarkable!

      • Kathy B September 27, 2016 at 6:43 am - Reply

        Yes Rich, SOOOOO excited for SWFEC and Harriet & M15 to start fresh. So glad they rebuilt the nest and that E8 is off on his new life. See you on the flip side!

      • rjoneal September 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm - Reply

        9-27-16 Reply- Rich Russo, Be safe, and we will see you next season.

    51. Betsy September 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      This picture was taken the same day as my Gracie picture, May 2nd. George was sitting on the eggs when two sparrows landed on the sticks.The overcast day made the water appear gray, making it the perfect backdrop!!

      • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

        9-26-16 Betsy I like this one I have same pic.

      • June c September 28, 2016 at 6:29 am - Reply

        It is great to seeI George in nest…sparrows had their home under nest..so I guess we watched 2 families this year..

    52. Bob September 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Think it’s over folks. Not totally sure but I’m gone. I wish everyone a safe fall, winter, and spring. I realize I have said goodbye already but I figured one more wouldn’t hurt. And, of course, I hope G&G make it back for another go-round. With love, Bob

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

        Bob: Likewise to you, a safe fall, winter, and spring. Until we “meet” again! 🙂

    53. Marlene September 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Betsy, I like the first picture frame better. What a good mommy. Hope she is safe and enjoying a relaxing vacation. She deserves it. Hope the rest of our feathered family are doing well, too. I haven’t been tuned in the past two days. Has anyone seen George? I see Brutus still makes an appearance here and there.

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        Marlene: Thank you Marlene. George hasn’t been seen at the nest since Wednesday, September 21st, at 17:22 as he flew off after making a big fish delivery to Brutus. And Brutus was last seen on the nest on Saturday, September 24th, flying off a little before 07:30.

    54. CarolV September 25, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Was trying to find one of all 5 together-between ones I had previously posted, too “smudged”, or after the juvs started flying-wound up back in the nursery days…………

      6/10/16-

    55. rjoneal September 25, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

      9-25-16 To Brutus We Love You ! pics taken 9-24-16

      • Margaret R September 26, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Reply @ Rjoneal love how you captured Brutus before leaving and actually leaving. I will miss them all especially Rocky- he/she will always be my favorite- You, CarolV , and Betsy have been amazing with all the work you do with the pictures.. Thank you

        • rjoneal September 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

          9-27-16 Reply- Margaret R thanks for compliment, and I too am partial for Rocky then Ali then Brutus. I love them all and think they are beautiful birds.

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: I like the idea of the lower part of the picture, but you should have cropped ALL of the individual small pictures — would have made it nicer!! 🙂

        • rjoneal September 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

          9-27-16 Reply- Betsy I can count on you to speak your mind, 🙂

          • Betsy September 28, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

            rjoneal: Of course!! 😀 😀

      • CherrieM September 27, 2016 at 6:19 am - Reply

        great picture arrangement!

        • rjoneal September 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

          9-27-16 Reply- Cherrie M thank you, I appreciate you noticing and commenting. I will miss them all and until I see Geo and Gracie both return next season I will have an emptiness in my heart. Thanks for being here with us, Love our Osprey Family and Followers.

          Here is a pic just for you all Babies, hope you like.

    56. Meg September 25, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

      I want to thank everyone for an awesome season once again. To the regular commenters, you are all awesome. I only posted a few times, mainly because you all said what we needed to hear. What an beautiful family you all are. Can’t wait for next year. I’ll be here with you for sure.

      • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

        9-26-16 Reply- Meg, so glad you are commenting now, loved having you with us and cant wait to hear from you next season as well. We are one big Family here and I think we got the best view and best landlords,and owner-Paul Henry that anyone could ask for. Lets not forget our Osprey birds George and Gracie are magnificent birds and loving parents. Thanks to Paul and Tommy with all the new additions this year we are so lucky and grateful to have witnessed the family site growing to unimaginable successful high tech site. Be Safe, Be Kind,and we will see you next year.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

        Just a lil pic to you real quick the whole family 8-9-16

        • Margaret R September 28, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

          Reply- Rjoneal- Love that picture of the whole family-thanks for all that you and the “group” do with posting of these pictures- How amazing and talented you all are-

        • Meg September 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

          I’d like to invite you to bookmark this eagle nest in Minnesota. Last year they raised 3 healthy eaglets. Brutus, Ali and Rocky reminded me of the 3 Minnesota eaglets. Our website has no sound nor can you rewind. But the parents were amazing providing more than enough food for the babies, often several fish in the pantry waiting for them. This nest tides me over until osprey season. Here is the website line for the Minnesota DNR eagle cam: http://webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/ They laid their eggs in January and it’s amazing to watch the parents weather the snow and elements. Thanks for the kind comments and the great picture!

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm - Reply

        Meg: Thank you. Until next year.

    57. CarolV September 25, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

      10:00am- Have heard lots of birds this a.m.- seagulls, jays, crows, but no osprey calls…..so I’m posting my modified Irish blessing for the O’Sprey family-

      …..May the clouds part before you
      …..May the sunlight fall softly on you
      …..May the warm winds rise beneath you
      …..And until we see you again
      …..May God hold you in the palm of his hand……………….

      • CarolV September 25, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

        Tenga u viaje seguro, todos los, y vaya con Dios.

        Nos vemos en la primavera, Jorge y Gracie.

        Have a safe journey, all of you,and go with God. See you in the spring, George and Gracie

      • Redkayak September 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        I didn’t hear one osprey this weekend. None on the beach, near the nest or even back by the lake or over the field. Plenty of crows but no osprey. I wish them well in their travels. I hope they return to LI again one day. Carol V’s Irish send off is perfect.

        Have a great winter my fellow birdheads. I hope we all return in the Spring 2017.

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Perfect!

      • Bre September 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

        Very nice CarolV..

    58. Betsy September 25, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

      I adored Stephanie’s picture that she posted of Gracie at sunrise, so I framed it!!

    59. Helen September 25, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Good luck, good hunting and Godspeed to our family. We will certainly miss them but it was time to go..

    60. JudithW September 25, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

      On Sept 24, during his early morning visit to the nest (7:11 – 7:29) Brutus watched a bird fly overhead and a few seconds later an osprey flew low in front of the nest, right to left. A short time later Brutus flew off the nest to the left.

      Thank you Tommy, Christine, Paul and Aiden for sharing with all of us another amazing chapter in the lives of George and Gracie.

    61. june c September 25, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY RJONEAL!!!!!

      • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        9-26-16 reply- JuneC thanks for remembering.

    62. GinaM September 25, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Godspeed baby Brutus and Studmuffin George. I think they have both left.
      If you live anywhere along the eastern seaboard, if you hear a screaming osprey flying overhead – look up. It will probably be our Brutus – she who must be heard.

    63. Roberta September 25, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Betsy, your picture of Gracie is gorgeous. I like the plain (not wood) frame better.
      Looks like we finally have an empty nest. It’s been such a rare pleasure to be witnessing this life of an osprey family. Many, many thanks to Tommy & to all who have made this possible.

    64. isobel September 25, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

      Beautiful picture Betsy, love the wooden frame.

    65. alizarin September 25, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

      We have a couple of birthdays here this week….

      • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

        alizarin: What a beautiful “card”!! Love the “Bird Day”!! 🙂

      • june c September 26, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

        love it…Hope u enjoyed ur BD Bre

      • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        9-26-16 Reply- Alizarin Beautiful thank you !

      • Bre September 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm - Reply

        Thank You Alizarin! Beautiful!

    66. June c September 25, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Yesterday saw Brutus In nest, stayed there between 7-7:30 and did not see her/him after that…..the day before George was calling out in background . Did not hear his calls on Sat…. Brutus calls where not as loud Sat. morning….Gods speed Brutus….I think he left. …
      Thank you all for making this a wonderful season…

    67. CarolV September 25, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

      6:00am- I’s 55 as the sun comes up. May hit 66 on a sunny Sunday……….autumn came in right on schedule. Much as I hated doing it, had to shut windows last night. (:+[[

      • CarolV September 25, 2016 at 6:14 am - Reply

        Should be IT’S 55- I am not

      • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        9-26-16 CarolV Yikes cold to me glad our birds heading south!

    68. Betsy September 25, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

      I started cleaning out my OspreyZone picture folder — you know, getting rid of things I used in videos or the fish count pictures that I did back in July and other pictures that I didn’t want to get rid of at the time but after looking at them now are pictures that I don’t really want. This picture was from May 2nd and is Gracie while she was sitting on the eggs and I really like the color combination in the nest (plus a lot of “her” plastic is covered!! 😀 ). Then, I decided to play around with different frames until I really liked how it came out. So, what do you all think?

      • Betsy September 25, 2016 at 1:30 am - Reply

        While I was playing around with frames I tried this fun kind of frame!! 😀

        • Betsy September 25, 2016 at 1:34 am - Reply

          So, which do you like better, the wood frame or the picture frame? 😀 😀 😀

          • JANET F September 25, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

            I really like the wooden frame. =) Love her expression! Thank you for all the great pics and info all season. Godspeed Osprey Zone family! Stay safe and fly high!

            • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm

              Thank you Janet.

          • Karen DeLong September 25, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

            Wood for me!

            • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

              Karen DeLong: It’s interesting to see people’s different tastes!! Some like the wood and some the picture frame!! 🙂

          • CarolV September 25, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

            I like the idea of the picture in picture frame—- #2

            • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm

              CarolV: When I was playing around trying different frame combinations I hit the picture option without knowing what it would look like, but I think it would only work with certain kinds of pictures!! … Could you imagine the nest the way it looks now as a frame!!! 😀 😀

          • Eva September 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

            I like the wood one.

          • Trinity September 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

            Wood frame ?

          • Sylvia September 26, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

            Hi Betsy: I like both, but the wooden one is better (just my opinion is that it could be a little smaller in size as it is a little overpowering-or way bigger). Thank you for all of the work you have done. This is a really nice picture of her and the nest with all the nice colors.

            • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

              Eva, Trinity, and Sylvia (I had a kitty named Sylvia once, Sylvie!! 🙂 ): Like I replied to Karen DeLong it’s interesting to see people’s different tastes!! Some like the wood and some the picture frame!! 🙂

          • Bre September 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

            Betsy i love the wood grained frame 😉

            • Bre September 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm

              Actually,
              i like them both, #2 the pic within a pic in very unique 🙂

            • Betsy September 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

              Thank you Bre.

        • rodee hansen September 25, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

          FOR BETSY…………

          the wood frame is too over-powering (in my humble opinion, since you asked). The other one is very harmonious and it is really all about the bird and not the frame. I learned this early when I started painting. And yes, you are right, it is a shot to keep – Gracie looking to sweet and full of expectations – there is no other Gracie (and George) anywhere. I hope your day will be blessed. Rodee

          • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

            Rodee hansen (and Sylvia): I guess the wood frame is a little overpowering. You should have seen the first wood frame that I did … when I was working on it, it didn’t look so big until I looked at it in photo viewer. So I trimmed it and then it looked fine in photo viewer … then when I posted it, wow, you could see it was a smidge too big for the delicate colors and for Gracie!!

        • Renee September 26, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

          It’s a beautiful picture of Gracie and since you asked our opinions…I like the picture in picture, think it’s a great effect

      • Kathy B September 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        I really like it !

      • Elaine September 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        I like the brown color.

      • CherrieM September 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

        Great shot. And I like this frame combination with first the light, then the dark.

        • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

          Thank you CherrieM.

      • Leesa September 26, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

        It’s beautiful! Show’s our sweet Gracie at her best, and the frame makes the colors stand out. Good job!

        • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

          Thank you Leesa. Yes, our beautiful, beautiful Gracie!!

      • Margaret R September 26, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

        Betsy…. Love the wood frame alot.. I am missing the family so much..

        • Betsy September 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

          Thank you Margaret R. I’m missing them all a real lot, too!

    69. Betsy September 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      As the day progressed after Brutus’ 25-minute visit to the nest this morning s/he did not return to it, nor did s/he do a fly-by over the nest or go racing by the nest while hollering. I waited until the last vestiges of daylight faded into twilight and then into darkness and the camera view went from mottled blue to black, and still no Brutus. As much as I found Brutus’ calling for George and begging for a fish to be extremely annoying at times, the nest seemed eerily quiet today and I missed hearing Brutus’ “voice” and seeing Brutus. If s/he has started migration I hope s/he has fair weather and tail winds all the way and that s/he makes it safely to her/his migration grounds.

    70. CarolV September 24, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Has anyone seen Brutus since this a.m.? This was my last sighting just at 7:29:30. I heard an osprey calling later but no views.

    71. Betsy September 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      With the wasps recently zipping around the nest close to the camera appearing so large, I found myself going back in the video to see if it was a bird only to discover that it was a wasp … today the thing that zipped passed the camera was a sparrow.

    72. Elaine September 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Has anyone seen Brutus and George before 8:30 am today. I scrolled back to around 8:30 am this morning, and they have not been at the nest all morning up to 12:28 pm. If they finally left, I wish them a safe and healthy journey, and pray that Brutus will be able to hunt and take care of herself. Thank you Tommy,and everyone who kept the camera running and in good conditioned, and the lens periodically cleaned. Also I want to thank everyone, including the Mods for keeping us updated on the nest activities and learn about life of this osprey family. I hope the camera continues to be functional during the winter. I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy winter, and look forward to the return of George and Gracie for another great osprey season at the nest.

    73. diane September 24, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

      still here looking for food

    74. Bre September 24, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

      This message is for Mike: I am very curious/excited to see what your project is..now with all the information you have gathered & collected from all of us?? Is anyone else
      a little bit curious? lol Are you still here Mike?

    75. rjoneal September 24, 2016 at 9:16 am - Reply

      9-24-16 Here is one of June C favorites Geo w Baby 3 Rocky

      • Betsy September 25, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

        rjoneal: I love the reflection!!

        • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

          9-26-16 reply- Betsy thanks was trying to think of something different for her.

      • CarolV September 25, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

        High tide…………

        • rjoneal September 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

          9-26-16 Reply- CarolV my funny, funny lady, dont want to get your feet wet huh? High tide indeed. 🙂

      • June c September 25, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

        OMG…..LOVE IT….It is my favorite…..

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