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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. Betsy November 19, 2016 at 1:00 am - Reply

      I was looking to find the video to recreate a set of pictures from a May 11th intruder episode. These pictures are also from May 11th video, at around 11:10 am, but are not from the video I was looking for. As we all know the video stream would sometimes have technical issues. The video I made is a little over 5 minutes and is of George sitting on the eggs when an intruder came. The live video stream apparently pixelated only when George flew off to chase the intruder and at the time I either didn’t notice or didn’t care (most likely didn’t care). I took these pictures tonight from the video and I really like how they have an abstract arty feel!!

      • Betsy November 19, 2016 at 1:00 am - Reply

        George giving chase

      • Rjoneal November 21, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

        Reply-Betsy there you are. 🙂
        You know how I always take pictures in sequence order if you need me to email you some I will.
        If you need help with some of the dates I can look on my pictures because I date them as soon as I take them. When we didn’t have the date time stamp.

      • CarolV November 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        Contemporary pointillism….looks almost like a cross stitch embroidery, too.

    2. Betsy November 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      I haven’t been to the OZ site in about a week because I’ve been crazy with organizing my “G&G” pictures. Well, I’m down to my last 25 pictures (from early in the season) to figure out and label. I had pictures scattered everywhere – in an “osprey” folder, “for OZ” folder, the “Pictures” folder that’s one of the Windows general folders, a “saved” (pictures) — folder, “screenshot” folder, and pictures that I thought I put in the “OZ” folder to post and then couldn’t find when I went to post because I had inadvertently put them in the “Music” folder!! 😀 Plus, all the pictures I had pasted on documents – some of them 70+ pages of pictures (see one of my previous posts). I’m annoyingly obsessive about how I want my pictures cropped and labeled – meaning in proportion to the subject and uniformly cropped when they’re part of a series and the date and time noted for every picture. Some of the early pictures were sent to me or I grabbed a screenshot of my own, stopping the video to use the snipping tool or “prt sc” (print screen) and that would lead to ununiformed cropping and/or with printing on the picture across the top (sorry Paul), which to me, ruins the beauty of the picture. In other words, with a little patience and several attempts, the perfect picture can be grabbed without having to stop the video stream. So, I’ve been going back to videos I took so I could re-create a picture!! Where am I going with this you’re asking?? Well, we were really spoiled when the time stamp was added and adding the date was the crème de la crème!! (Too bad the date wasn’t added sooner – I wouldn’t be bald now from trying to figure out when the pictures on the documents were from!! 😀 😀 ) These pictures are from an early video I was looking at to re-create a few of my pictures – it looks so bare without the date and time!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy November 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        The pictures are from May 11th at around 6:15 pm of George and Gracie on the nest.

        • Betsy November 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

          Now, I’m going to read all of the passed week’s worth of comments and see what I’ve missed!!

        • rjoneal November 22, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

          Here is something else that happened on 5-11-16 George feeds Gracie !

      • rjoneal November 22, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

        11-22-16 Betsy I have this whole day well most of the day pics in sequence here is what happened to go along with your pics. Not sure of the time but on the same day I have the pics you posted along with Geo bringing in a fish and Gracie taking off with it so you can add to your collection ha .
        pic 5-11-16 G&G hang out at nest Geo brings in fish Gracie fly’s off with it.

    3. helen November 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Hope someone else saw the two crows picking over our nest for about twenty minutes today 11-18-16 at about 3:50 to approximately 4:10 pm. So beautiful, shiny black feathers, perfectly groomed, exchanging food (can’t imagine what they found there, didn’t look very tasty) . Was I ever lucky!! Having been rewarded today, now am waiting to see a whale or some dolphins in the Bay. Not impossible, yesterday there was a whale by Statue of Liberty. During the summer my son and friend saw school of dolphins swim by at Robert Moses – and later came back. Field 5.

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        helen: I missed the crows!! I read in the paper about the whale — how lucky those people were — and how lucky your son and his friend were!!

    4. CarolV November 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      RJONEAL..when do your local osprey begin their nesting season? I checked in to Pink Shell resort webcam and one was sitting on a corner. Was wondering if anything is starting there. Do you recommend any other FL cams.

      • Rjoneal November 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm - Reply

        11-18-16 reply- CarolV
        CarolV, out of my respect for Paul’s request I do not think posting sites would be appreciated.
        Although he and the moderators are kind enough to let us talk about other osprey nest. Also events going on to help educate everyone who comes to Osprey zone. It would be wrong for me to post websites to other live cams on Ospreys.
        If you would like to email me I would be more than happy to send you a list of all that I know of. All you have to do is click on my Gravatar picture and my email is on there.
        As I’ve said in the past Osprey zone is my home and will always be my home. However I do frequent some sites to learn and gather information and to compare the difference
        between older,younger ospreys and the different behaviors.

        • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: You sound a little testy!! Here, have a Snickers bar … you’re not you when you’re hungry!! 😀 😀

          • rjoneal November 22, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

            11-22-16 Betsy dont know why you think I sound a little testie? All Good here, no thanks to the snickers I prefer M&M plain.

      • Rjoneal November 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

        11-18-16 reply-CarolV I know at Pink 1 st egg hatched Febuary and 1st egg laid end of December. So could be an egg it is possible. In my opion a lil early still. Just depends on the experience of the osprey. They say the ones in Florida that do have 2 batches of babies are mature older birds that have learned how to calculate the timing.
        The Ospreys in backyard down at the lake usually have the 1 st batch
        of babies in February then in either June or July they had 2 batch of babies. I have seen 2 years in a row but have no way to know for sure it is the same pair of Ospreys. I just know the male osprey that has landed many times on fence or in my tree appeared to be the same male 2 years in a row.
        The female osprey does have good necklace markings but she has never landed close enough for me to see if it is the same female. Female does not stay long when I see her fly on top pine tree.

        Pink 2-29-16 1 st hatch
        End Dec laid.
        Mated success –

    5. CarolV November 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Update posted today on fb

      • CarolV November 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        Shinnecock Bay is the body of water that lies between this canal and the Atlantic. Shinnecock Inlet connects this bay to the ocean. My son had seen flocks of gannet hunting from above along the ocean shore while surfcasters were pulling bluefish from the ocean as fast as they could reel them in. While in a feeding frenzy, blues snap on to anything.
        While schools of bunker are huge, it makes me wonder how an event this extensive will effect next year’s availability of foos supplies. Only time will tell. It will be a long speculation as to cause and effect and only Mom Nature has that answer………………

        • rjoneal November 20, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

          11-20-16 Reply- CarolV this is bad really bad, I hope the community pulls together for the sake of everyone, people and animals to try and find a solution to this problem. There has to be something they can do just probably will cost a lot to fund. I read about it here in Florida for we get a lot of algae fish kills and some pretty bad and unknown fish kills but this is probably the worst I have seen or heard about since I have been alive. I know your son is in the fishing business and I know that both of you are very active in keeping people informed about keeping our environment safe mostly the dangers in the water. For human life and plant and animal life.
          Us humans probably help create this mess with all of our developments in the areas so we need to figure out how to protect what we have left.
          I feel terrible knowing this is happening anywhere but sure glad our ospreys are already gone. I only hope this does not create a chain reaction that will be felt when our family comes back home.

      • CarolV November 18, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

        An unusual # of whales are being seen hunting “baitballs” of bunker in various places along the ocean beaches. A very unprecedented year!

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Interesting. And, like you and rjoneal, I wonder what the potential effect will be and I hope there is no major impact on next year’s fish stock.

    6. Bre November 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      She rides the sky like she owns the sun,
      on a sea of air and light-
      surfing, skimming, rising high,
      then sweeping low and tight.
      She swoops to catch a perfect
      wave,er wings held straight and true.
      The ocean was cold, the sunlight was
      gold, feeling free as could be…

      • CarolV November 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

        Another beautiful word sculpture….TY

      • ChrisH November 18, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

        Beautiful, Bre… can just visualize that scene.

      • rjoneal November 19, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

        11-19-16 Reply- Bre OH My Sweet Bre, you have done it again, another emotional,inspirational poem that warms the heart deeply. Thank you !

      • June c November 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

        Always beautiful…printed out your poems have them in a folder so I can re-read…

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

        Bre: Beautiful.

    7. CarolV November 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Moon on the water………………
      After a day of pouring rain yesterday and a stiff east wind today, we are gifted with a beautiful moonrise tonight…………..

    8. Trinity November 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      The non stop and ultra speedy journey by Leif is mind boggling ! It gets me thinking about G & G, their wintering location ( wherever it may be ), how Ronnie & Sandy are doing, if this years babies made it… so many unanswered questions.

      • CarolV November 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

        The nagging flip side to our season of watching…..

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        Trinity: Amazing how watching them we get so attached and concerned for their safety well-being!!

    9. CarolV November 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      One more-

    10. CarolV November 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Our nestweed not down for the count!

    11. CarolV November 16, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

      9:02 amEST In case any one cares, timer is still on EDT
      Just found out I have new features to my nice simple screenshot editing….this could get interesting-translate:freaky. Please bear with me if I try anything new!

      Confession- a very nice lady stopped in to my job Saturday to say Hi! to me as a fellow OZ watcher and, as I’m so wonderful with names, I’m not sure now…..I think it was Nancy. Hi to you and let me know again if you spot this! Apologies…..I mentioned to you that Helen, another watcher, also stops in; she was there shortly after you! If timing were better, we could have had an OWA meeting. Eastern LI chapter!

      East wind again, so our flag is waving at us!

      • June c November 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        I would come out…Ha

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Time stamp is still off … but on March 12th the time will be correct again!! 😀 😀

    12. rodee hansen November 15, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      I think Gracie is sneaking in at night once in a while to re-arrange the rope.

      FOR CAROL….
      When I still lived in Northport, the same fish-die offs happened at the Mill Dam Road in Centerport by OLQM church.
      The stench was overpowering and the Town Of Huntington brought in heavy equipment to remove all the dead fish.
      Your photos are quite shocking. If this had happened while our ospreys were still here, do you think they would dive for them? Just wondering. Rodee H.

      • CarolV November 16, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

        re:rope magic…And I thought it was my eyes! Crows maybe? Wind? Ghost of Peewee?
        I don’t think the osprey go after dead fish…it didn’t appear so when the die-off happened in the Peconic Estuary basin last year. There was a die-off on a small scale(relatively speaking) this year, up the island somewhere, which was attributed to trapped fish, low oxygen, maybe red tide. Just checked- it was Mill Pond, Northport-same as by you? Don’t know my LI geography, shamed to say. About 11,000 fish.. And yes, the die-off on Peconic stunk. Many fish were beached along the shore, especially in the reeds of the marshes, where clean-up was difficult!

        Haven’t been by canal since this happened. Hopefully, most went out with tide!

      • Margaret R November 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

        For Rodee hansen I live in Northport and this past summer the blue fish chased the bunkers in the harbor in Centerport twice. I drove by on 25A and to go to the Huntington Village and you are so right the smell was beyond disgusting.

    13. Margaret R November 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Reply Rjoneal- that is super cool

      • rjoneal November 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

        11-16-16 reply – Margaret R thanks, so many friends of mine got better pics but hey this is right in back yard.

    14. rjoneal November 15, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

      11-14-16 super moon in Florida my back yard.

      • rjoneal November 15, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

        oops forgot to reduce size Sorry

      • CarolV November 16, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

        supermoon- why not go big?

        • rjoneal November 16, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

          tks Carol 🙂

        • Helen November 16, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

          Carol –

          I ordered the Osprey Zone decals – will let you know when they get here. Tried to pick smaller ones.

          • rjoneal November 19, 2016 at 9:56 am - Reply

            11-19-16 Reply- Helen did you get one for everybody? 🙂

            • Helen November 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm

              Rjoneal –

              I would be delighted – they came yesterday and look very nice. Anyone interested, let me know. Rjoneal, would you like me to get a couple?

      • Helen November 16, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

        Rjoneal – that is an amazing picture! Thank you.

        • rjoneal November 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

          11-16-16 Helen thanks for noticing glad you are still checking in.

    15. rjoneal November 15, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Just thought I would share since our nest is in New York some super moon pics.

    16. rjoneal November 14, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Osprey Zone Followers we are so lucky that Paul Henry and others decided to start this little project of the live cam view of the ospreys, mainly George and Gracie of course. Osprey zone with the beautiful scenery behind it has been part of our lives ever since it started. Paul you have made so many people not only aware of our ospreys but aware of what we do to our environment and how it affects nature. You have taught us a lot about survival in nature whether it be beautiful or heart breaking.
      You have given free 24/7 live education on nature to so many people, families, children and grandchildren, and schools that alone is a great success. Not to mention 2015 season 1 we had 2 successful birds that fledged from the nest for the first time and now 2016 all 3 birds fledged that’s pretty incredible. Disaster always seems to hit several osprey nests throughout the year so glad we only lost one in the year 2015 and we have more success than failures.

      Recap of 2016 of The George & Gracie’s Nest
      This Season 2 we have had a lot of new changes.
      ****
      Our family added a new addition; Paul now has Aidan Mancini our computer specialist. Rob Bierregaard- Academy of Natural Sciences Drexel University our osprey specialist is with us again. Let’s not forget our Landlords Christine & Tommy. They have made it possible for giving Paul Henry the opportunity to give us the eye view of The George and Gracie Osprey Nest. That leads me with our very own Paul Henry, Osprey Zone is Sponsored by his business, Tax Reduction Services. We are so thankful for all of his time along with all his helpers and family we have the best site ever!

      This Season 2 we are able to post pictures and videos. So many followers are posting pics for all to see when they come to our site.
      We also have a date time stamp clock to the exact seconds. We still have the wonderful feature of four hour rewind live feed.

      Before our birds arrived this season Paul, along with all his helpers lowered the tower where the nest is.
      Secretly our landlord Tommy created a wonderful invention to clean the camera lens off, one of a kind.

      Betsy made our first portraits of George & Gracie, along with Brutus, Ali, Rocky, also Ronnie and Sandy from Season 1 2015. Betsy made first videos on how to tell the difference between the three babies also how to tell the difference between George and Gracie for the newcomers. Betsy made first portraits of first fish caught by our babies.
      Betsy, Leanne and some other OZ Followers were able to capture with all of their videos the amazing moments in Season 2 2016.
      June C. started the 1st research on graphing the sounds and calls of our Osprey Family.
      Carol V is our commentator and spokes lady on our day to day events she keeps us posted. Never boring, adding her flare with words and humor to brighten up our days. She along with several other OZ Followers has kept us informed about the types of fish and dangers us humans are doing to our environments.
      She also gave us our daily weather reports for the nest.
      Alizarin made our 1st calendar for 2017 with Season 1 and 2 pictures of both Families from the George & Gracie’s Nest. She also made Birthday card to Bre and Rjoneal.
      Rjoneal and Besty did the 1st Egg Guess Hatch.
      Osprey Zone (Paul Henry) awarded OZ money to be used at the OZ store for the winners in the Baby Naming Contest.
      Rjoneal made the 1st Family Tree of our Osprey Family.
      Paul Henry and all helpers made 1st shirt and merchandise available soon from the 1st Season 2015 G&G Family, Ronnie, Sandy, & PeeWee.
      Bre is our poet and made several poems for our Osprey Family again this year.
      Everyone did fish counts and got very creative on posting the info.
      Gravatars pictures are being used now on Osprey Zone. Betsy made my famous Feather-Duster Gracie pic in frame.
      Bob is still forever reminding us that you cannot predict nature to be prepared for anything to happen.
      Betsy who we also call our own detective uncovered the TROLLS who for the 1st time visited our site.
      All the Osprey Zone Followers post websites and info, share, educate, teach, everything there is about the Osprey Life. We have lots of books that have been posted for recommended reading over the winter months until our family comes home.
      What a wonderful Season 2 we have had and I know Season 3 is even going to get better.

      • Margaret R November 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

        REPLY: RJONEAL- The poster is amazing- and what you wrote recapping season 1 and 2 was fantastic.

        • rjoneal November 16, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

          11-16-16 reply – Margaret R thanks glad you liked it. Should have made it earlier but I can re-post at the beginning of Season 3 so all can see for the new comers.
          .

      • CarolV November 16, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

        Thanks for the summary and and your kind words! And thanks to you for all you do! Song for this- ” We belong to a mutual, admiration society, my friends and me” lalalal…….. Slightly modified

      • Trinity November 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

        So detailed and informative, thanks 😀

      • June c November 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        Amazing work Ranay!!!

    17. rjoneal November 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      11-14-16 Reply- Elaine I would not know where G&G or babies are since they are not banded or tagged and go separate ways. Unless you were able to see them with all their markings which would be really hard to do we wont know. Just know they are either here or moving further South. If you are seeing ospreys in nest probably Juv. since adults dont usually hang out on the nest unless they are mating. Juv. will go to nest to see if they can get food from any adult. Now the Osprey nest in my back lake had 2 batches of babies and they can do this for the more experienced, mature female that knows how to plan it accordingly before it gets to cold.
      Most ospreys that are passing through you will see by the coastline as they travel. Now if they are looking to stay you might see some or hear them as they try to take over some of the territory to live in. Most the ospreys around here are very protective of their territory but usually more so during the mating season. They want to make sure they have enough fish supply for their soon to be family.
      I love the Sarasota Osprey on the news station there. When I would check in only cause its in my State it appears this year there was only 1 baby. Nice to know we have another OZ Floridian in our family.
      You too can email after all we both live in the same state.

      (Elaine -Would you know where George and Gracie might be in Florida. Since I live in Sarasota, FL, I see some ospreys here……

    18. CarolV November 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Happy to see we’re back! The Super moon…Beaver Moon…

      Thank you, admin!!!!!!!

    19. CarolV November 14, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      I’m sure you all remember discussions about last year’s fish die-offs. This is what one looks like. This was the canal by my town. today. This canal runs between the two bays that lie on either side of us. It has locks that open and close with the tides, to regulate the different water levels in those two bays; the canal was built to make ease of access for boat traffic.
      Schools of bunker were chased by schools of hungry bluefish, driving them in to the canal. When the tides turned and closed the locks, many fish were trapped, causing them to use up the oxygen in the water where they were stuck; thus.”drowning” or suffocating, till the tides turned again and the bunker could be washed away. Some lived; many didn’t.
      No one remembers this happening here before.

    20. helen November 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Oops, guess you’ve had frost out there. I’m in West Islip and so far, only light frost

    21. helen November 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Just think, only four months to ides of March when we can expect to start looking for our feathered friends to return to the nest. Meanwhile watching our salad bowl grow. No hard frost yet. Sorry couldn’t make the diner, maybe next year.

    22. CarolV November 14, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Supermoon over ghost stop sign- when you forget to turn off flash

      • CarolV November 14, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

        Full Beaver Moon @ 4 a.m. ish

        Sad it couldn’t be seen over the nest……………….

    23. rjoneal November 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      This is the month to pay special attention to our loved ones and to remember to be thankful for all of the people in our lives.

      • Emily November 14, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

        Hi, RJ! It’s an absolute pleasure to visit OspreyZone! – Thank You! – Thanks All!
        (Sharing some good news: Dr. B. “added a long narrative on Leif’s epic journey on the Fall Update map: http://bit.ly/2bQdvl9”)

    24. CarolV November 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      From READERS DIGEST

      • Helen November 16, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

        Hysterical Carol!!! Although I always feel so badly for the Turkeys. We have several groups of wild turkeys on Shelter Island as I am sure you do where you are. I have grown quite fond of them although they can be aggressive. See ya soon.

    25. CarolV November 13, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Leif finally started and boy, did he move! Keep an eye out Rj and FL friends- may be a comet going by!

      Ospreytrax.com

    26. CarolV November 13, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

      In Florida, even the eggs wear sunglasses!

      https://youtu.be/10Ynz1KKmTo

      • rjoneal November 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        11-14-16 CarolV now thats original love, love, love the pic !
        You know it, sun-glasses, a must in Florida.

    27. CarolV November 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      November 14th Full Beaver Moon 8:52 am
      aka The Frosty Moon

    28. CarolV November 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      From fb page on 11/10/16 by Rob B
      Ospreytrax.com
      Yesterday at 3:01pm ·

      Leif, the lazy laggard of Lewiston seems intent on breaking Meadow’s record for late departure by a juvenile (15 November). As of 11 this morning (10 Nov), local time, he was still in Maine!

    29. CarolV November 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      http://www.nefleaglecam.org/

      first egg sighting for those in withdrawal- eagles are a little harder to watch as far as feeding…

    30. CarolV November 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      11/11/16—–Remembering our Vets! Hope everyone pauses to thank someone today……………

      See frost finally did in our garden..could still resurrect temporarily if weather co-operates; very resilient ..have had at least 3-4 mornings of icy windshield on this side of the Island….59 in E.M. @ 1pm. Very windy and wind has shifted again-no commercial fishing today- rough year weather wise

    31. rjoneal November 11, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

      To help the empty nest syndrome just a quick crop of pics.

    32. rjoneal November 11, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

      11-11-16 Chilly in Florida this morning, Burrrr 53% However it will be 80% by lunchtime. Here is a pic

      • rjoneal November 11, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

        oops suppose to say degrees not %

    33. rjoneal November 10, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

      11-10-16 Another pic star is Rocky today!

    34. rjoneal November 9, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

      11-9-16 Just a reminder to all to be thankful

    35. Paula November 9, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      I haven’t been on the site for a while. I’ve been busy getting the yard and house ready for winter. Spring is so much easier than fall. In the spring you do a little bit at a time. In the fall you pretty much have to do all the clean up at once.
      Anyway, I just needed a calming effect this morning and was so grateful that the video feed is still up. Watching the water is quite soothing.
      So thank you Osprey Zone managers and thank you to all the people who regularly post. Love seeing all the pictures and recap of the season. Can’t wait for March 2017.

    36. rjoneal November 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      11-8-16 All enjoy, Geo has a message for you

      • CarolV November 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

        Darn! Wish I had! Better looking than other choices!

    37. rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      11-7-16 Our Precious Rocky on 8-15-16 looks like he was poising for me to take his pic.

      • CarolV November 8, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

        NICE…she looks be-yuuu-ti-ful, daah-link !!!!

        • rjoneal November 9, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

          11-9-16 CarolV- Thanks love the way you manage to put your lil musical interpretation on it. At least I sang it. haaa

          • CarolV November 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply

            Sorry, but that was supposed to be Zsa Zsa Gabor or a take-off of Billy Crystal “you look Marvelous” Obviously not successful…But singing it works…….

      • Betsy November 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: Great picture and I LOVE this frame!! 🙂 PS — I’m gonna have to “steal” it!!

        • rjoneal November 9, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

          11-9-2016 Betsy thanks, glad you like it enough that you want to use. It took me about an hour to config.all the different colors and pattern I wanted. It originally had about 5 colors in frame so I had to delete some and then adjust all the diff options to try and get the right brown and hint of blue then adjust the pattern it was not fun to make. Wish I had an easier way of doing but this caught my eye and I just started messing with it.

          • Betsy November 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

            Is that the Framify app? How is it? Is that how Gracie Feather Duster got Blue?

            • rjoneal November 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm

              11-14-16 Betsy, no I do not know what that app is. I used google and found a Mosaic frame and used that. It allows you to pick patterns and colors of many choices. I just enhanced Gracie feather duster once you did it and it came out blue but I liked since it made it stand out more.
              I do use different collage apps on my phone then send to computer to put on site.
              I will have to try Framify app and let you know.

      • Margaret R November 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        reply to rjoneal, love all your pictures of the family—thanks

        • rjoneal November 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

          11-14-16 Margaret R.glad you are still visiting the site. Love the pics you sent me, your dog is a handsome fellow. Keep in touch.

    38. CarolV November 7, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Sending out holiday greetings now, since comments posting less frequently…..not meant as a complaint… something for everyone’s taste……pun intended….

      ………………………………………HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

        And for our Florida friends……………..

        • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

          11-7-16 CarolV absolutely love this one! Cute 🙂

      • Betsy November 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

        These are so funny CarolV!!

      • June c November 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

        Like the jokes…now joining OA program….

        • CarolV November 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

          Everyone welcome! You have reached the first step- admission…

      • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

        11-7-16 CarolV this one works for us Floridians too since we are always baking in the sun.

    39. CarolV November 7, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Current state of the garden…42 right now. Supposed to “warm” to low 50s. And windy.. But at least wind direction has changed and lower temps are pushing fish out of bays and my son is working again- commercial fishermen bringing in something other than dogfish and jellies finally………..

      • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

        11-7-16 all I can say about this weather report is BURRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    40. Betsy November 7, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

      09-19-2016 at 16-42-14 Brutus Flying to Nest

      • Betsy November 7, 2016 at 1:27 am - Reply

        And, Rocky

      • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        In this photo, that stick looks like an arrow!

        • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

          And Rocky’s so proud with her anchovy!

        • Betsy November 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Wow, you’re right — the stick looks like an arrow!!

      • June c November 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        Wings n feathers…love the shots

        • Betsy November 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

          Thanks June c. I LOVE they’re wings!! 🙂

      • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        11-7-16 Betsy good pic,nice open wings as if Brutus was flying in slow motion just for you.

        • Betsy November 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

          rjoneal: Thanks!! Looks like she’s coming to give us all hugs!!

    41. Kathleen November 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Hello Everyone – I am suffering from a severe case of Empty Nest Syndrome. I wish you all the best of the holiday season and keep safe until we ‘meet’ again when our friends return.
      (Just when can we expect them?)

      God Bless!

      • Betsy November 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

        Kathleen: Thank you for your wishes! I don’t have Empty Nest Syndrome just yet — still working on sorting out pictures!! (Haven’t gotten to videos yet!! — I’ll probably still be organizing G&G 2016 until they return again about the end of March!!)

      • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        Late March, Early April…..Did you get a pdf of Aliziran’s calendar so you can print one up and look at them every day?

      • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        11-7-16 Kathleen, Geo was seen on March 17-16 and Gracie arrived on March 31-16 last season in 2015 it was April when Geo and Gracie meet at the nest to mate. It could be anytime in March that we will be seeing a lot of ospreys around but probably not till the 2nd or 3rd week till we will really be able to identify if it is G &G. The past season we had a lot of intruders who were at the nest before we finally saw George. Then we only saw frequent visits so until we got enough views to identify all the markings on George can we confirm its him. Then we wait with Geo until he finally sees Gracie. Once he knows Gracie is in the area not necessarily at the nest he will start bringing some sticks to the nest and he will bring fish and sit and wait a bit for her. At least the past season he did this. Poor Geo waited in the poring rain one afternoon all day but no sign of Gracie. Then finally one day Geo shows up with a fish and sure enough our Gracie made her appearance. They looked so awkward at first and there were many male young ospreys trying to mate with Gracie and bringing fish to the nest also. Gracie did take fish from intruders while Geo was away but Geo was doing his best to keep others away. Gina M and some others will tell you at the beginning of this past season while Gracie was mating w Geo an intruder osprey landed on her and mated quickly before she even noticed it was not Geo. Now we believe that was the male intruder that kept coming around all season. This is why many times we would all joke about Gracie getting a DNA test done that one of the 3 babies was probably from the male intruder.
        If you have time go back through comments to around the date of March 17-16 or couple days before and after you will see all of our conversations. It is so intense when we see the first ospreys in the area,waiting to see our G&G.
        Here is a pic for you when they were first reuniting, hope this info helped.

        • Betsy November 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

          Who’s on the left?? Doesn’t look like George or Gracie!!

    42. rjoneal November 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      11-5-16 Hello everyone I have not been able to get on site in a couple of days to many things to get done at the house. I noticed our captioned has changed at the top of site.
      (George and Gracie Have Left For Florida.) Do not worry plenty of fish and good weather, see even the birds know Florida is a good place to head off to heeee.:) I wish I could say I would keep my eyes out for them but kinda hard to tell them apart with not tags. Soooo many Ospreys here in Florida already a lot more than usually so most of them are passing by. So many different sizes and necklace markings. It is just amazing how one osprey I saw almost looked as if it was wearing a black turtle neck that started from the end of the neck down to the chest. Then I saw one that actually looked like big rain drops or black paint drops for the necklace. In case you are wondering I have a good pair of binoculars so I can see such detail but they usually are moving so quick hard to get pictures unless its mating season or they are perched eating.
      Hope everyone is doing well and settling in for the Holidays and winter. Hopefully by now empty nest syndrome is getting a little bit easier. All is good here in Florida.
      I am sharing a picture of our family when they were babies still,hope you all like it, enjoy

      • Betsy November 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: Yes, I like the picture very much!! And, I noticed the change in caption, too!! I hope the are only going/went as far as Florida — much safer for them that way!!

        P.S. As much as I like this frame I’m going to have to give lessons on how to “build” a custom frame!! 😀 😀

        • rjoneal November 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          11-8-16 And what is wrong with the frame? I wanted it to have separation and did not want to border the pics. 🙂

        • rjoneal November 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm - Reply

          11-8-16 Betsy any info is learning so I am opened minded.

      • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

        From the relatively few I’ve seen on websites, I’ve been impressed by variety….Turtle-neck—too funny!
        Glad to hear things are moving along for you…..

        • rjoneal November 9, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

          11-9-16 glad you liked that one shows my age right?

      • June c November 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        Nice…..like the wood frame

    43. Betsy November 5, 2016 at 12:06 am - Reply

      Well, I’m not making much headway in going over and organizing my OZ pictures, but I am having fun “doodling”!!

      Disclaimer ( 😉 Carol!!): No osprey were harmed in the making of this geometric nest!! 😀

      • Betsy November 5, 2016 at 12:09 am - Reply

        Oh. yeah!! The picture is from 8/22 and that’s chick #3 sliced and diced!! 😀

      • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        Thanks for taking my delicate sensibilities into account on the slice&dice !

        • CarolV November 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

          meaning the “no harm” disclaimer

    44. CarolV November 4, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      RJONEAL- that snake bird is really interesting! You have some interesting wildlife going on that we certainly don’t have! and thanks for the picture,BETSY-btw, where do you find the time!
      also, Rj- I’ve decided that part of my middle child syndrome includes a desire for everyone to get along…..so if I occasionally sound like I’m placating people to avoid arguments, ignore me!!! Just my thing, I guess. Nest weed or garden, it’s all good, mon……. “we are family…” lalalala..lala..lala……..

      • CarolV November 4, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

        Also, Rj, great shot of spider web. I don’t think I’d want to meet that spider on a dark night!
        I read a comment somewhere recently, about the importance of dead trees in the eco-system..such as the birds who nest in them, like yours…as well as their use as perching places for wildlife such as osprey. Human need to straighten up and beautify disrupts that continuity. You are doing a service to wildlife by leaving that tree there. Can you hear Mom Nature applauding you?

        • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

          11-7-16 CarolV thanks I hope so since the only reason its there is for the birds. Florida is known for its spiders. We have a lot of them and its best to always have a termite and pest control company to take care of inside and outside of house if you want to try to live without all the bugs. I just could not believe that spider web showed up on Halloween morning and we had a lot of fog roll in it was crazy. Thanks for noticing the pics. Yes, Betsy did a good job finding a good pic that represents the snake bird.

      • CarolV November 4, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

        I’m trying to send eyeballs to Betsy to help her out…….

        • CarolV November 4, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

          OH GEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Better leave that stuff to the professionals!!!!!!!!!!! That’s a real eye- opener!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess that’s a before and after of you after a computer session, Betsy !

        • Betsy November 7, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          Thanks CarolV for the eyeballs — the second picture is exactly what they look like right now!! I could do a Visine commercial and they wouldn’t have to do makeup to make my eyes bloodshot!! 😀 😀

      • rjoneal November 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        11-7-16 CarolV Just caught me off guard since I am the oldest sister,caretaker,rational one and I have always been the negotiator and make everyone keep the peace. I know you know this about me. I do not hold grudges and I do not like to get mad but if I have something to say I will say it. It is not good to hold it in so I speak then I can forgive and forget. I have always been the center of the calm when I was working at the hospital. Anytime there was a scrap everyone would come to me. I know I voice my opinion but I appreciate everyone’s too.
        PS BIG EYEBALLS, thats ok we wont have to send her glasses now. 🙂

    45. CarolV November 4, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Following is a comment from Rob B. on ospreytrax.com fb page concerning late migrating osprey.
      Leif was still hanging around in Maine a couple of days ago. People were concerned about his safety, as are people here about sighted osprey. Rob B says at this point, it is classified as dispersal, depending on the distance from home territory. I don’t wish to restate expert Rob, so check out his site.

      “So our boy Leif still has some time to get out going before he’s the latest to leave. We had one bird go all the way to Michigan (1,460 km from its nest!) and settle down until the 15th of November at a location farther north than where Leif is now, and another bird who hung around Boston until the 7th. “

      • CarolV November 4, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

        LEANNE- thanks for the crow shot- I’ve been missing them at the nest….seemed to be a big cleaning crew last year that I haven’t had the fun of watching as much this year…I love watching a crow-crew at work!

    46. CarolV November 3, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Quiet except for the occasional bird call…….

      • Betsy November 3, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        That’s so pretty, CarolV!!

      • rjoneal November 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

        11-5-16 Reply CarolV looks so peaceful !

    47. Trinity November 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      I hope everyone is doing well, and thanks to the usual suspects for the holiday themed photography 😀

      • rjoneal November 5, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        11-5-16 Reply- Trinity my email is on my Gravatar you can email anytime. All is good here in Florida and we got every kind of bird you can think of and then some. This time of the year is just magical since so many different birds that do not live here pass on through and it is just wonderful. Love our Osprey Family and Followers

        • Elaine November 12, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

          Hi rjonea. Missing the OZ season. Would you know where George and Gracie might be in Florida. Since I live in Sarasota, FL, I see some ospreys here. In fact, I see an osprey in each of two nests on Tamiami Trl. Hope everyone is well, and will have a wonderful Holiday season. Time flies. Soon Christmas will be here. I love the picture frames for the osprey family.

    48. rjoneal October 31, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Here is a pic of our Gracie for Halloween

      • Helen November 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

        Wonderful! I love it!!!! Thanks – hope you are well.

        • rjoneal November 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

          11-5-16 Reply- Helen all is good here in Florida, thanks for noticing my pic and I hope you and your loved ones are doing ok. Keep warm, stay safe, and have a good Holiday if we dont talk before then.

      • CarolV November 3, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

        Cute….looks like she’s snipping that curlicue hanging above her………….

        • Betsy November 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

          That’s too funny CarolV!!

    49. isobel October 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Great Halloween pictures, so amusing. Thank you all.

      • rjoneal November 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        11-1-16 reply- Isobel you are welcome 🙂
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers !

    50. Betsy October 31, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      This is related to my October 30, 2016 at 3:23 am post! 😀 I just finished looking at Doc6! The first few pages have links and osprey info and then the rest are daily notes I took and some of my comments I composed!!

      On June 23, 2016 at 6:59 am I posted to CarolV: “Want to know my secret? 😀 I keep 2 running MSWord docs open … one for OZ video that I put the date & then my observations w/ time noted and which is also where I mostly compose my observations and replies (not all, though, some I do put right in the comment box!!). It’s usually strong for the morning hours and early afternoon as far as observations go, but then kind of fizzles out for the rest of the day!! 😀 And, the 2nd doc is where I keep my links and stats!! 😀 I use “find” to search the documents using a key word. That reminds me, I need to clear a lot from the OZ video doc … I’m up to 101 pages (it goes back to May 24th)!! :D”

      WELL, I NEVER DID – IT WENT UP TO 165 PAGES!! – From May 24 through July 14!! 😀 😀 😀

      I got a kick out of reading them, but since I had long ago deleted my notes from April through May 23rd and I didn’t do daily notes after July 14th, I guess I’m deleting these too!!

      • CarolV November 4, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

        Rjoneal—extra eye-balls needed, with that coffee!

      • rjoneal November 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

        11-5-2016 Betsy I have pages and pages like that as well, June C and others I know just used a notebook and I think next year I will do the same. I thought by having on computer not only would I be able to keep it organized better but easier to find stuff if I need to search for it. Well guess what along with all the other stuff I too need to free up some space. So I am going to print out my notes and put them in a notebook so I can delete and it will all be ready for next season when George and Gracie come back home. At least now next season I will have everything in place. I just can not seem to get rid of anything that has to do with our osprey family.
        Hope you and all your loved ones and animals are doing good.
        I do not know about anyone else but I have not even had time to read any of the new osprey books I got. Hopefully after Thanksgiving I will be able to sit down and read.

        • Betsy November 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

          rjoneal: I have barely any space left on the laptop!! But, I had deleted earlier notes, so, there was no sense keeping these!! I didn’t always have a full day of notes anyway and I figure I can always go back through the pages of OZ!! Important dates (date of eggs laid, hatching, fledging and similar things) I have saved!! 🙂 Links I have saved on a document (if I bookmark them, I’ll lose them because I usually forget to save bookmarks and when I do a clean install I lose them!!).

    51. rjoneal October 31, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

      10-31-16 Everyone-
      I woke up at dark and it was drizzling fog hitting the lake and pool. As the sun finally started to rise it was a perfect picture for Halloween. All the fog and a spider had made a beautifully crafted web in the tree branches as a snake bird slept in the weeping willow tree. I ran to get my phone to take pic but as soon as I got outside the sun was already up. Wish I could have shared with you the spooky,foggy morning we had. I took a pic of the snake bird drying his wings off in the tree from all the fog and dew as the sun was rising and the spider web appropriately made on Halloween. It was not there the day before. Yes, that poor looking tree use to be a beautiful weeping willow but due to hurricanes and my red crowned woodpeckers who have made the tree their home and keep having babies, we have not been able to cut down. If they would only stop making babies in that tree we can plant another weeping willow. Hope everyone has a safe day!

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

        rjoneal: That spider web looks huge!!

        Of course, I had to look up snakebird!! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhinga) Snake-like neck = snakebird name!! 😀 😀 It’s a beautiful bird!! Here’s a picture from the wikipedia site (“Male drying its feathers and warming its body, Florida, US”)

        • rjoneal November 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

          11-1-16 Betsy and Everyone sorry living in Florida I forget you might not know what a snake bird is. We have a lot of them with the egrets in the lake. The name snake bird because the really do look like a snake in the water. It is amazing to watch them come up just a little and have a huge fish then down they go. I have 3 different colors of snake birds that hang out in our lake. They make real weird noises too!
          Nice picture of one Betsy they are interesting birds.

        • Helen November 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

          Wow! Impressive sight and great picture!!!

        • June c November 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

          I had to look up too!

    52. June c October 31, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Hav a fun and safe HALOWEEN 🕸🎃🕸

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

        June C: Cute picture and frame!!

      • Margaret R November 1, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

        June C: that is such a great photo and frame!!

    53. rjoneal October 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      10-30-16 Here is another Halloween Greetings from the whole Family George,Gracie,Brutus,Ali,and Rocky
      Not sure how its going to show up on site hopefully good.

      • rjoneal October 30, 2016 at 8:31 pm - Reply

        10-30-16 ok it looks a little blurry since I had to enlarge it, oh well I tried. 🙂

        • Margaret R November 1, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

          rjoneal: I liked the photo and frame a lot!

          • rjoneal November 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

            11-5-16 Reply Margaret R it has been awhile since we talked, hope all is good on your end. Thanks for comment on pic. 🙂

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

        Cute frame!!

    54. CarolV October 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      BETSY- loved the video “Routine Morning” . Showed their personalities as we came to know them! Brutus doing what she was supposed to, waiting for Mom or Dad to take care of it; Ali sticking his head up to not miss out on anything; Rocky peeping away( bouncing with each sound) while flat out………..she was a talker! Thanx for the memories………

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

        Thank you Carol!! Ali was always the rebel!! Brutus, I think, had silver-spoon syndrome!! 😀 😀 And Rocky, being the baby, trying to make herself heard!! 😀 😀

    55. CarolV October 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      A quiet day @ the neststead….resident nestweed will be hangin’ over the edge soon at the rate it’s growing! A reprieve in the march to winter…almost 70 this afternoon in East Marion- we have 72 on this side of the Island…….almost no wind: the plastic is barely fluttering. An army of (probably) ants checking everywhere–you can see some on left upper camera cowling.
      ……………………………………………………………HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

      • CarolV October 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

        Rain prob coming this evening- already clouding over @ 4:30pm- was nice while it lasted………..followed by about a 15deg. temp drop…….but should be dry for little goblins tomorrow.

        • CarolV October 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

          And there it is-earlier than predicted………not on my side of the Island yet-

          • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

            CarolV: The storm blew in fast and when the rain started it was blowing sideways and up!! (I’m in Nassau.) And, this morning it is a little cold!! I got my candy and I’m ready for Halloween!!

    56. Leanne October 30, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Havent done this in a while so hope it works.

      https://youtu.be/lpZDkjaBhfU

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Yes, it worked!! Thank you Leanne. I’m not watching the video stream anymore, just reading the comments, but between you and CarolV I’m thinking I may have to go back to watching!! 😀 😀

    57. Sue B October 30, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Good morning all. I’m a long time watcher but rarely post. Does anyone know if some Ospreys winter here on Long Island?

      While out having lunch yesterday (Saturday) in Island Park, Long Island we watched 3 Ospreys flying over one of the back bays. All I kept thinking was fly SOUTH!! One was fishing, the other flew by and then was chased away by the first and then a third appeared. I’m just worried that it is so late in season for them to still be here.

      Thanks to all for such a great site!!!

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

        Sue B: No, osprey don’t winter on Long Island. They’re probably dawdlers or just passing through from farther north. Rob Bierregaard’s (http://ospreytrax.com/ or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ospreytraxcom-1592703860949409/ ) once mentioned that a tracked osprey didn’t start its migration until November 15th!!

        • SueB November 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          Thanks Betsy! I didn’t think they did, but figured I would check. Hope they leave soon before the weather gets too cold.

    58. Betsy October 30, 2016 at 3:23 am - Reply

      Okay, I am the world’s biggest procrastinator!! I have made very little headway little – actually it’s more like none – in organizing G&G&Cx3 pictures!! My “system” was to get a screen grab using the print-screen on the keyboard and then pasting the picture on a MS Word document. 😀 Did I date anything on the page?? NO!! Did I note who was doing what?? NO!! So … I have pages and pages of documents with pictures just saved as “Doc#” and not even those are in date order because if I deleted a document and then saved a new one, Windows gave it a # where there was a gap in sequence, so some later documents come before earlier documents!! I can get an idea of when the picture is from from the date that the document was created, but usually I used one document for a few days!! I’m on Doc7 (which I apparently used for 3 days, because the “created” date is July 24th and the “last modified date” is July 26th) out of 60-some documents!! The first picture on the document is this: Brutus hot in the sun and Ali closest to the camera.

      • Betsy October 30, 2016 at 3:25 am - Reply

        Then, I looked in my video folder (the videos only have the time they were recorded, but, since I was usually so far behind on the video stream, doesn’t tell me anything!!) I found the corresponding (19-minute!!) video (which I didn’t always get – meaning sometimes I just took pictures and no video) and I saw this: Peek-a-Boo, with Brutus “peeking through” while Ali was doing a bend-over-hammy-and-wing-stretch. I thought it was cute!! That’s me, procrastinator, didn’t even save the pictures yet on Doc7 and getting new ones … which I’m pasting on Doc74!! 😀 😀 😀

        BTW, the pictures are from July 24th

        • Betsy October 30, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

          Just in case anyone is anal retentive like me and wants exact dates for pictures, I was trying to match pictures in the document to my comments (because some of the pictures I posted) and to find the video … on page 45 the picture that I posted of the 3 chicks (a composite with their little selves) I had put the date of the current (at the time) picture as July 22 and then I corrected that to July 23rd, BUT, it’s really from July 24th, as I discovered this morning when I was looking for the video to verify the date and add the time before I save the picture!! 😀 😀 😀

      • June c October 31, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

        I don’t know if you realize how difficult it is to catch the eye wink..watch ur Viedos ….one day I was counting how often and the speed of their wink..extremely fast.
        Good catch…

    59. rjoneal October 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Another pic

    60. rjoneal October 29, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      10-29-16 A pic for the Holiday

    61. cheryl October 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Betsy, just tuned in on saw your video posted 10/27, it just made me smile. Thanks for sharing, they are a dear little family.

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

        You’re welcome cheryl!

    62. rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      10-28-16 Betsy here is your cup of coffee to keep you working on all the videos you have. Waiting for the next one to come out!

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

        rjoneal: That’s too funny!! I’m drinking coffee now as I read the latest batch of comments and I burst out laughing!! Thank goodness I didn’t have a mouthful of coffee though!! 😀 😀

        • rjoneal November 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

          11-1-16 Betsy glad you enjoyed it

    63. rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Picture taken 2016 7-20-16 all 3 babies, look at our Ali a rebel from the beginning standing while the rest lay down.

    64. Rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      10-28-16 sorry I have not been on site in a couple of days I have lots of comments to reply to. We had to rebuild our shed finally got that done and off my list. Saw the most beautiful red hawk fly over my driveway with a big snake in his claws what a wonderful site. Heard my osprey but could not see it too high above the clouds. And of course the usual Redbird bluebirds and backyard birds came to my birdfeeders for breakfast today.
      I miss our Osprey family so much I cannot wait for George and Gracie’s return.
      Need to catch up on comments so I can reply miss you all talk to you later.

    65. rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      10-28-16 Rodee H. and others sorry to say but this is called a cud weed that is growing in the nest, I did not know you were interested in knowing what it was or I would have answered you sooner. Cud weed grows anywhere and every state. I posted pic below as well.

      • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        Just wanted to point out the plant in nest is not fuzzy leaved. While we have a weed similar to the one shown in your pic. this does not look the same. Perhaps another variety of cudleaf? I saw there were several weeds listed as cudleaf but different species (in Latin name).Can we just call it nestweed?

        • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          Hope this doesn’t blur

        • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

          CarolV: Nestweed sounds good to me!! 🙂

        • Rjoneal October 31, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

          10-31-16 Reply CarolV if you would notice my comments were not in order below is the comment I posted also. Rodee and I are friends all good here !
          rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm – Reply
          10-28-16 this is why we call our vegetable garden. 🙂 Whatever you want to call it, it is colorful for now.

    66. rodee hansen October 28, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

      I just spoke to a lady by the name of Roann from the Cornell Coop. Extension – Suffolk County. 631-581-4223.
      He best guess: since it is in a rosette form growing, it looks to her as it might be in the MUSTARD Family.
      If that is so, this might survive the winter.
      So ….. wait and see.

      • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

        10-28-16 this is why we call our vegetable garden. 🙂 Whatever you want to call it, it is colorful for now.

      • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

        Thank you rodee hansen for trying to get the plant ID’d!!

    67. Rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Just FYI – the green growth in the nest is called a cud weed. A very hearty weed grows everywhere and hard to kill.

    68. CarolV October 28, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Crazy LI weather continues. Was a toasty 41 and raining yesterday mid-afternoon while I was out grocery shopping. Today 47 @09:00 with wind predicted all day…yea….standard good times for my vaca. Tomorrow back to 60s hopefully to salvage the week, with an iffy Sunday: possible showers.

      • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 9:24 am - Reply

        MARGARET R—GORGEOUS dog……

        • Margaret R October 29, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

          Reply: CarolV awe thank you .. I haven’t been on the site in days so when I saw your comment it made me smile

      • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

        All those lines in the water are the wind blowing the waves back out in the bay—mesmerizing to watch

    69. Betsy October 28, 2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

      June c: I love how you cropped the picture of George and Rocky for your Gravatar picture!!

      • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        10-28-16 Betsy I will send you the picture that I sent to June C so you can put original in frame it will look much better. Soooo look in your email tonight to get pic ok? 🙂

        • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

          rjoneal: Done and done!! 😀

      • June c October 29, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

        Out of hundreds of pictures I have this one is my absolute favorite… It just says so much …Thank you greatly for framing it out..I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

        • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

          You’re welcome June c.

      • Jan October 30, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        To June C and Betsy… Just love this picture! Precious!

    70. Betsy October 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Paul and Aidan. Thanks for still posting our comments and for keeping the camera up!!

    71. Betsy October 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Throwback Thursday!! Video to match rjoneal’s July 7th am picture of the chicks. You know which is Rocky; Ali is the chick on the right and Brutus is in the back (water-side of the nest). Enjoy!!

      Only 4099+ videos to go!! 😀 😀 😀

      https://youtu.be/CCK9xKX2EZw

    72. Dawn October 27, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

      There is something very peaceful about today’s nest – the contrast of the green and grey. The stillness of the water. Missing our family very much but looking forward to some Eaglets during the off season and our family’s return in March. As always, thank you to Tommy, Paul and everyone at OZ for this extraordinary experience. This is my second season with the family and I look forward to sharing many, many more with you all!

      • Betsy October 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        Dawn: It does look serene! I can’t wait until there’s hustle and bustle in the nest again!!

    73. CarolV October 26, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

      It’s always interesting to catch the moment when the camera changes from night to day mode…..seconds after this, the color switched on. For now, ghost-weed…….

    74. CarolV October 26, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      BETST: Had to dig deep(we are a chatty bunch) but found that post and, yes, those icons are gone- hurricane destruction?????? haha. Smiley icons still with us elsewhere…..

      • Betsy October 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        Thanks for checking CarolV … thought it was my glitchy laptop!! 😀 😀 (At least you’ll be able to see the smiley faces!!)

    75. CarolV October 26, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

      We’ve gone from nice warm return of summer to unseasonably cool within a few days. Also still windy. 42 @ 9:15am . Mr. Mocker visits and did some chirping. Garden grows well.

      • Bobbie S October 26, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

        Quite the organic salad growing there!

      • Betsy October 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

        CarolV: I now only read the comments on OZ — maybe I should go back to watching the video stream!! 😀 😀 Great capture!!

      • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

        Just an add on from yesterday…..the mocker in my yard is smart enough to know that when the back door opens, he needs to skeedaddle….the big, bad wolf is coming out ( my Harry, the hunter), Wish I knew how to curb THAT behavior………….

        • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

          That would be add-on from 2 days ago…………….disclaimer announcement posted previously………..lately, I’m afraid to look down, as I may see my butt : head may be screwed on backward……apologies

      • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

        10-28-16 CarolV nice capture of the bird and nest.

      • June c October 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

        Really good shot…

      • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

        10-28-16 CarolV thanks for keeping us informed on weather there in New York.

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