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

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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

    44,360 Comments

    1. Leanne December 29, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Wishing Everyone A Very Happy and Healthy New Year.

      • rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

        12-30-16 Leanne thanks for checking in miss everyone so much…… Happy New Years to you too,have a safe,holiday and stay warm. Osprey Hug to you!

    2. rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 1:05 am - Reply

      12-28-16 Paul and Aidan is there going to be a highlight video for this last Season 2016 ? I hope all is well with both of you and your families.
      Paul you have not posted in a longggggggggggg while,maybe give us a hello or update on how well your TRS buisness is going along with our OZ progress hummmm. Just missing our Paul Henry, are you even still with us at all, we know you are a busy man? Hope to hear something from you, your osprey followers can not thank you and others enough.

    3. CarolV December 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Just gonna post as something to keep us busy til the G’s come back….this place looks fascinating!! I had never heard of it! I hope they get protected status.

      http://chesapeakeconservancy.org/conserve/focus-of-our-work/mallows-bay/

      • CarolV December 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

        I see we have video interruptus….can’t see the bay waving at me……………….

      • Helen January 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Very very interesting CarolV.

        I wish you and all our friends and especially our little family that we all share, a healthy and safe New Year.

      • rjoneal January 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        1-5-2017 Reply CarolV surprised you have never visited since in Chesapeake Bay they have Osprey nest too I thought you would have seen this before. Thanks for passing info to those who did not know about. Missing our Ospreys sooooo much. Mostly watching Eagles,and the nature of all the birds in my backyard for now along with cleaning, cleaning.

    4. CarolV December 26, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Chillin’ the bubbly to share a drink with my OZ friends! Hope you all had a great day yesterday with yr fam and friends…Was Santa good to you? It’s been a trying year for many of us, as we have shared here. Best wishes for a better 2017 for us and everyone…..starting to sound Tiny Tim-ish…just need a Cockney accent!

      • CarolV December 26, 2016 at 7:58 am - Reply

        looks like I hit the bubbly already on the focus of that one!!!!!!!!!

      • June c December 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

        A toast to you CarolV and to all our Osprey family ….

      • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

        12-28-16 CarolV have a toast to the safe return of our Osprey Family and all of our Followers!

        • Emily January 2, 2017 at 1:52 am - Reply

          Happy New Year!

          • rjoneal January 3, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

            1-3-17 Emily that is the pose I used to make the Family Tree of George and Gracie.

            • Emily January 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

              Yes, this is a great pose. I took it from this pic:

            • Emily January 4, 2017 at 5:55 pm

              Your family tree of George & Gracie is very nice!
              Thanks a lot for all your posts!

            • Emily January 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

              I hope you like this

        • Emily January 2, 2017 at 1:55 am - Reply

          Have a great start to a great year!

        • Emily January 4, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

          Gracie again – we love her

    5. rjoneal December 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      12-24-16 Happy Holidays to All !

      • June c December 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

        Wow…love the tree ….really cool….🌲

      • MargaretR December 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        Reply to Rjoneal. Wowwwwww love that picture, Happy New Year to you and everyone

        • rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

          12-30-16 Margaret R thanks, have you seen Emily’s pics she did below. Awesome, she also gave us picture takers a new program that I had not used to take pics with before so now I have about 4- 5 different ones. I am ready for Season 3 to start and wont feel better about our birds till I see George and Gracie again. Every year I hold my breathe they will come back to us. Hugs. Happy New Years and be safe.

      • Helen January 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        Great shot, Rjoneal. Hope the New Year is healthy and happy!

    6. CarolV December 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Only 5:30 pm and so dark- never learn to like that! But officially on the turn around and getting lighter every day now! YYYYYAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!

    7. rjoneal December 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      12-23-16 Gracie and her 3 babies

    8. CarolV December 23, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Sharing a glass with all ……………….

    9. CarolV December 23, 2016 at 12:53 am - Reply

      Just did a quick run through and will be back …………loving all the creativity I’m seeing!

      Rob B’s osprey, Leif,still exploring the DR
      Ospreytrax.com
      Yesterday at 11:38am ·
      Although it’s not yet on the map, Leif has checked in from his HQ at L. Rincon.
      2 Comments

    10. Bre December 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      From the first time I heard the call,
      Of the Osprey in the air.
      I knew I had a place to go,
      A place where we can share,
      Memories and stories
      Of how are lives have been
      Watching baby osprey grow, then fledged
      And brought us back again..

      Life seems to come full circle
      The memories of the past..
      OZ has been a huge part of that
      an now it’s a part of us
      Taking in the beauty
      The broken heart will mend
      Until the time the ones we love
      Close the circle again

      • CarolV December 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        And Happy New Year !!! Keep that spirit in your heart…..thank you, as always……….

      • rjoneal December 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        12-23-16 reply- Bre, beautiful, beautiful poem thank you for your gift of poetry. So glad you are part of our family here at Osprey Zone. Love our Osprey Family and Followers.

      • June c December 25, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        Another beautiful poem to add to my collection.
        WISHING ALL A VERY HAPPY HOILDAY SEASON

    11. Helen December 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas, Happy holidays, Happy New Year to all and thanks for all the wonderful pictures and comments and updates, etc. You’re a great bunch !!

    12. isobel December 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Would just like to wish you all best wishes for Christmas and a happy and safe new year. God bless.

    13. Jan December 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas……Happy Holidays everyone!! Enjoy it!!

    14. rjoneal December 18, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      12-18-16 A Florida Sand dollar with our baby Rocky

      • Emily December 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

        Our Brave Rocky!

        • June c December 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

          This is too cool….really something different…Happy Holidays to all!!!!

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

            Wishing you a Christmas full of joy and love!

        • rjoneal December 22, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

          12-22-16 Reply- Emily, another great piece of work and with our baby Rocky. See my request to you on the other pic you did for us.
          Sweet Rocky such strong will,good survival instincts,and great fisherman along with beautiful wings . We miss you Rocky my Love !

        • CarolV December 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

          Thanks for a new way to see our birds!

      • Emily December 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm - Reply

        Very Merry Christmas!

        • rjoneal December 22, 2016 at 7:24 am - Reply

          12-22-16 Reply- Emily WOW, now you have to tell us how you did this? Love, Love the action photos and we all know how much and how many millions of photos I take. Please let us know if this is something you can teach us photo takers that love to post pics. What a great Holiday gift you have giving us and such a great addition to our family.
          Now if you do not tell us the secret than please try and do one with our sweet Gracie, since she left first I think I miss her the most.
          Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

            Hi, RJ!
            I made these gifs with http://www.lunapic.com
            It’s very easy and fun: click ‘Animation’, then ‘Edit Gif Animation’ (You can also do ‘clip to gif’)
            Try all options – enjoy!
            If you have lots of pictures, it’s easier to upload them to YouTube and make slideshows – I did a slideshow for Charlo, Montana’s Aspen chick (because there were no pics taken that day) – http://www.youtube.com/etzdc

            • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:39 am

              12-28-16 Reply- Emily thanks for all your info,will have to try it out when I get some time to play around with it. Let you know if its something I like or not. I know I like your pics and you picked our star Rocky. Thanks again 🙂

            • June c December 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

              What a great fun site….thanks for sharing

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

            I made these gifs, but I do agree with June c – “pictures are always great…“`

            Gracie`s last visit

            • June c December 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

              Love how u can see the wind in her feathers…your action shots are really unique….

            • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:40 am

              12-28-16 Emily thanks for making one of Gracie for me, my sweet sweet Gracie love it !

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

            George before Gracie`s last visit

            • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:43 am

              12-28-16 Emily, thanks for our Stud Muffin he looks gorgeous up to his usual moving around things heeee 🙂

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

            George, after Gracie`s last visit

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

            George`s fish delivery for Gracie

            • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:51 am

              12-28-16 Emily that nest always looks so cold once it rains. Thanks for the moving pics of our star family!

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

            George, September 4, 2016

          • Emily December 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

            OZ… Hot Summer

            • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:48 am

              12-28-16 Emily I have so many pics of this day, thanks for memories been awhile since I looked at this one.

      • June c December 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal …pictures are always great…

    15. rjoneal December 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      12-17-16 Our babies looking at the Christmas Tree down by the beach !

    16. rjoneal December 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Now the snow has almost all melted.

    17. rjoneal December 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Good morning everyone, be careful and stay warm.
      CarolV it is 81 degrees in Florida and Sunday is suppose to be 85 degrees but looking at the snow fall on the nest all day sure makes me miss it. So beautiful looking. Just looking at the snow fall made me feel cold but I drank a hot cup of coffee and could not stop staring at the snow falling.

    18. June c December 17, 2016 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Hello all……Rjoneal..love all your pictures and you great song!!!! ……CarolV..you always put up the best funny pictures….Rodee..so sorry to hear you where in a car accident, but glade you are OK… We just got back from Fla., Fort Myers & Disney..we saw many nests only a few had Osprey’s in them, but Osprey’s where hanging around them…it was so great to hear them in the sky…We go to the DR at least once or twice a year. I am going to write a letter to resort to spread the word that Osprey’s only eat fish …word of mouth may help Lief..the resort is in Puerto Plata pretty close to the mountains…who knows
      Wishing all Happy Holidays….

      • CarolV December 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        Good idea! But fish farming is an industry there, I’ve heard. Hopefully, education=compassion, tho, and some birds will be saved… every one counts! Thanks for the efforts….

      • rjoneal December 29, 2016 at 12:47 am - Reply

        12-28-16 Reply- June C thanks 🙂

    19. CarolV December 16, 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

      BEST WISHES TO EVERYONE THIS YEAR..AND NEXT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      MERRY CHRISTMAS, ……………HAPPY HANNAKUH…………..
      ……………………………………………………………………………………..and HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Emily December 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        Happy Holidays!

        • rjoneal December 19, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

          12-19-16 Reply Emily adorable !

          • Emily December 21, 2016 at 12:02 am - Reply

            Thank you, RJ! Have a jolly and blessed Christmas!

        • June c December 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

          This s so cute…love it

      • Emily December 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        Best Wishes!

    20. CarolV December 15, 2016 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      Rob B’s latest post on facebook-( and ospreytrax,com) “Newfoundland Osprey Leif seems to have settled down at Laguna del Rincon in the D.R. We had a bird (Tucker) shot at this lake back in 2007. Back around 2007 after our 4th juvenile trying to overwinter in the D.R. was shot, I got in touch with Jorge Brocca, president of the Hispaniola Ornithological Society. Jorge helped recover a transmitter from a downed bird. We put together a small grant and aired some public service ads on local TV. The message was that Ospreys only eat fish, so there’s no reason to shoot them to protect chickens. Of course we don’t know if that made much of a difference–many of the people we were targeting probably don’t watch a lot of TV, but we tried. When I saw where Leif seems to have settled down–at least for now–I emailed Jorge to see what we could do. One of his staff–Cesar Caceres–is in the area and will spread the word about our amazing Leif. Making him a celeb down there may be a good thing. It will keep more eyes on him and be a good way to do some education about Ospreys. Maybe we’ll save some more down the line if more people understand where the Ospreys they see come from and what they do–link only eating fish!”
      Thanks, Dr. Rob, for the update!

      • CarolV December 16, 2016 at 12:13 am - Reply

        Cold clear night making moon look even brighter…22′ dropping to teens tonight…putting on a muffler just thinking about us, Rjoneal? Very windy conditions making the “feels like” temp at least 0!
        On the way to work, this a.m.’ crossing the Peconic River bridge, a swan barely made it over the bridge’s railing while taking off. As it rose and the wind hit it, it was sailing backwards, and dropping altitude- swans’ don’t have the body shape of our beautiful osprey for maneuvering! I was afraid I was going to hit it! It was maybe 6′ above my car as I went under it- the bird was flapping like a mad-thing just to stay up! Wasn’t looking forward to playing “Angry Birds” if it came thru my windshield! It was beautiful, tho- rare view!

        • CarolV December 16, 2016 at 12:16 am - Reply

          Oh- supposed to yoyo back to 50s for weekend, with rain………….Mom Nature going loco!

        • Tucker December 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          CarolV Must have been something to see. I live East Creek on the North Fork. Swans seldom fly in comparison to most waterfowl. If anyone has the good fortune to be close to one in flight,you should take a listen. The woosh their wings make is something special to hear. Beats the heck out of those dumb leaf blowers.

          • CarolV December 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm - Reply

            hi, Tucker! Was a magic moment- after I stopped holding my breath!

        • rjoneal December 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

          12-17-16 CarolV been real busy around here sorry for not getting back sooner. You guys are crazy, living in both climates North and South both have their pros and cons. As I age I can not imagine driving in the snow in traffic with birds and animals and ice and rain. I do not miss that at all. However driving here year round the traffic is awful and we do get a lot floods,hurricanes, wind storms, hail storms. I am so glad I grew up in the North with snow but even happier I am spending the 2nd part of my life in the South.
          Burrrrrrr to anything under 70 degrees.

        • rjoneal December 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

          12-17-16 CarolV a Swan, wow what a scary sight to experience but sounds beautiful to look at the swan. Glad it all went well.

      • Trinity December 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        I do hope that the employee is able to spread the word and educate local residents about osprey. Their survival is so important, especially taking into consideration what the species has overcome since the 1960’s. They deserve celebrity status ⭐️

    21. Trinity December 15, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      As temps plummet here on LI and Old Man Winter shows his glory, I express my deepest jealousy of the osprey and any humans living down South ! 🌞 ⛄️

    22. SusanM December 14, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Hello to all. Happy Holiday Season. Wishing everyone health, happiness and many blessings in the New Year to come. Looking forward to George and Gracie’s return. It will be here before we know it!

      • rjoneal December 14, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

        12-14-16 Reply- Susan M thanks for checking in with us. Wishing you and your loved ones a good Holiday, keep warm and safe. As you can see G&G coming home can not happen soon enough for most of us. I try to post a pic every 2 days or so just because I miss them so much…..
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers

    23. rjoneal December 14, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

      Our Family 2016

      • margaretR December 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

        REPLY…RJONEAL, GREAT PHOTO!!!

    24. rjoneal December 14, 2016 at 12:33 am - Reply

      From Florida

    25. rodee hansen December 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks, rjoneal – – – –
      Kind and comforting words you wrote.I would rather watch some osprey nests, but here are 100th of pages to be filled out, for ins. co, docs and police. I don’t understand the terminology and the meaning of so many questions – so I feel really helpless. Car shopping on saturday.
      Maybe stuff like that is best communicated via e-mail – don’t you think so? Nothing to do with Osprey Family. Rodee

    26. CarolV December 13, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      http://ospreytrax.com/2016%20Fall.html

      Leif, Rob B’s late traveler from Newfoundland, has changed his course again. Looked like he was heading for SA finally, but decided to go exploring again; probably in the last place he should be heading- the DR…..We can only wish him God-speed–or say” May Odin watch over you!”

      Tonight- Full Cold Moon- 7:06pm (clock off by 1 hr.)

      • CarolV December 13, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

        Got that shot just in time! Video interrupted @ 21:49:55

      • rjoneal December 14, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

        12-14-16 reply- CarolV I wish he would quit exploring and settle down it would make me feel better if he would find a good place to call home.

      • birdnerd December 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        I did see an Osprey 90 minutes east of Santo Domingo along the coast this past weekend. Maybe??!!!

    27. Rjoneal December 13, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Reply Rodee I live in Jacksonville Florida Osprey, Florida is another place in Florida.
      Osprey is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,100 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    28. rjoneal December 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      12-12-16 Osprey Zone Followers
      Ann H contacted me the other day and is still having a hard time trying to get into the spirit of Holidays since the passing of her dog,family member. She wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words. She went on the site only 1x since but by the time G&G come back she we will back into the routine of things. Just wanted to pass it on.
      Big Osprey Hugs to you and your family

    29. rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      12-9-16 Awwww what a long time ago it seems, can not wait till we see Gracie again.

    30. rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      12-9-16 Miss everyone bunches,be safe,keep warm,spend time with friends and family even a neighbor maybe.
      Love our Osprey Family and Followers

    31. rodee hansen December 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      rjoneal…..
      Nice Florida landscape, no ospreys in site. Do you actual see any in December? Thanks

      • rjoneal December 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

        12-12-16 Reply- Rodee I do not live in Osprey, Florida just wanted to send a pic since obviously the name osprey but there are lots of Ospreys there and pretty much anywhere you go in Florida you will see an osprey nest. A matter fact while June C was in Fort Myers she too saw ospreys at the nest. Usually the juv. ospreys will hang out and the male and female ospreys will sometimes hang out just for a bit at the nest but wont sleep there unless they are mating or have babies.
        Right now as CarolV has mention there is an osprey nest at pink shell and she might be getting ready to mate or lay an egg soon. Some more mature Florida ospreys can have 2 batches of babies since they have learned how to time the hatching and live here all year long if they want. This of course is for the permanent residents ospreys. There are about 3-5 live cam nest in Florida that I know of could be more.
        I have about 4 ospreys around me right now and I just have to wait to see if they are going to mate like previously they had 2 batches of babies. Mostly the Red Hawks are going crazy looking for food as the weather goes from chilly to hot. 1 day we had 50-46 degrees and by the next day we were at 80 degrees. Just like today 80 degrees. 2 winters here in Florida that I know of it snowed but melted as it hit the ground and several winters we all wore shorts on Christmas and New Years. You just never know,that is the disadvantage to Florida we really do not have seasonal changes just various temps. through out the year.

        • rodee hansen December 13, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

          Hello, dear rjoneal….
          I don’t under stand ….. you said “I do not live in Osprey, Florida”. I thought you did live in Florida????? Was this just tongue in check funny? Rodee

    32. rodee hansen December 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Good morning and it is. Thanks, rjoneal, nice surprise to see the 3 of us together. How about doing another luncheon in January, when the boring period sets in, after all the hustles and pressure for the Holy Days. Lets give Carol lots of time to make plans to be with us. ….. and the others as well. We need our humorists.
      I was in a car crash Tuesday evening on my way home from work. I am fairly OK – my car is totaled . The other driver is at fault. I hired a lawyer, just in case and I am coping with the situation. Rodee

      • Trinity December 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

        Good luck with everything.

      • Rjoneal December 13, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

        Reply-Rodee, I am so sorry to hear about your car and the trauma of being in a car accident. I was injured several years ago with broken ribs, shoulder injury and my car was totaled. Out of work for about 3 to 6 months and had to do rehab. The person that hit me had stolen a car was under the influence of drugs and had several DUIs. You can always replace a car even though it can be costly and seems unfair but we can’t replace you so I’m glad you’re OK. With any type of accident it always takes time and lots of healing. Take care.

      • CarolV December 13, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

        You are right that it is a good morning when you walk away from a totaled car and are ok! Sorry for your troubles !! Keepup the good attitude!

    33. rjoneal December 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      12-8-16 Rodee here is a pic of Osprey Florida maybe George and Gracie are there

    34. rjoneal December 8, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      12-8-16 JFrom Florida

      • CarolV December 9, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Snowmen in this season Here’s hoping they stay on this page! Oh, I do have a lighted snowman outside…that’s enough….this is very funny!

        You ladies look marrrvelllous! Nice you got to make the trip up—teehee

        • rjoneal December 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

          12-12-16 reply- CarolV best way to travel right? Thanks, and I used to have a lighted snowman outside now I only have lights and statues for swimming pool area of snowman and gingerbread men along w/ lighted Christmas Trees. I love gingerbread men then snowman would be my second thing, well if you dont count the red and blue birds that visit and love my statues. The Snowman hat is great for bird bath when it rains even though I have 2 of them outside they love it.

    35. rjoneal December 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      2016 OZ luncheon June C printed out a pic of me and kept it at the table and all the ladies took pics with it. There were others there but I have not been able to get consent to post pics of them as of yet, so for now, Rodee H. and June C agreed its ok to post pic.

      • MargaretR December 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

        Reply Rjoneal That is a fantastic picture!!!

        • rjoneal December 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

          12-12-16 Reply- Margaret R thanks next time you can be there hopefully, I know June C really enjoyed seeing you at the park. 🙂

      • Helen January 4, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

        What a joy! More pictures of the luncheon if available. Thanks.

    36. CarolV December 8, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

      12/08/16- Looks like bubbles resting !

      • CarolV December 8, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

        Look who stopped by! Looked like s(he) found some juicy bugs……

        • rjoneal December 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

          12-8-16 reply-CarolV good pic

      • rjoneal December 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        12-8-16 CarolV wow it does look like 2 big bubbles, amazing how you noticed that. Good job ! With the plastic bag and the stick raised the way it is it almost looks like an osprey with his wings open on both sides. Do you see that?

        • CarolV December 9, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

          I saw crow and it looked a little ominous- bad indigestion that day to see foreboding?

    37. Trinity December 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      This holiday season has come so fast, which means Spring and the return of our birds isn’t too far off ! I truly wish everyone the best as the year comes to an end. Enjoy time with family and loved ones, savor every moment and memory. 💚

      • CarolV December 9, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

        savor every moment the best New Year advice ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    38. rjoneal December 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      12-7-16 CarolV going with your snowmen theme if you sing a lil tune of Frosty I made a lil jingle but using our ospreys instead of Frosty the Snowman.

      OHHHHHHH G&G 🎼
      G&G are the best couples we knowwwwww 🎼
      with magnificent eye site
      and a reversible toeeeee 🎼
      G&G are the best at catching their prey
      they mate a lot as we all know
      but go their separate ways
      —there must have been some magic
      on that tall pole in Tommy’s town
      for when he made a platform, for a nest
      they began to hang around 🎼
      OHHHHH G&G became our familyyyyyyyy 🎼
      and we soon got to seeeeeee
      all 3 little babies, grow up to be, just like G&G…….. 🎼
      THE END

      • ChrisH December 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        LOVE IT!! 🙂

        • rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

          12-9-16 reply – Chris H thank you, just trying to spread good cheer! Nice to see you are still checking in with us. I miss everyone so much but from here on out so much to do for the Holidays. I have plenty to keep me busy but Osprey Zone is where I go to de- stress. I know living in Florida has its advantages but you still need some down time to do what makes you happy. We all know OZ site talking to everyone and watching, learning is what makes me happy. 🙂
          I hope all is well with you.

      • CarolV December 9, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

        HO HO HO
        funny-O
        your humor we see
        but you know
        for me tho
        poetry will still be by Bre………………………………………….

        <3 <3 <3

    39. rjoneal December 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      12-7-16 Our Rocky the shinning star

      • helen December 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

        Wow – what a picture. Have a Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year!

        • rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

          12-9-16 Reply – Helen, same too you as well and be safe.

      • CarolV December 9, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

        Love the sparklies!

        • rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

          12-9-16 reply- CarolV tks 🙂 If you squint could be snowflakes

      • MargaretR December 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal.. I always loved that little guy. Great picture. Thanks

        • rjoneal December 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

          12-12-16 reply- Margaret R you are welcome I miss him most but also I wish Ali could have hung around the nest longer before he fledge. We got to see the least of Ali.
          Do not even get me started on how much I miss my Gracie and George.

    40. CarolV December 6, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Have fun for the Holidays!

      • CarolV December 6, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

        Despite my two posts, I don’t think I have any deep-seated animosities towards SNOWMEN……………..

      • CarolV December 7, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

        Hey! I did it…changed gravatar…used Harry Shepsky in his snowdog pose. Wish fb picture were that easy to change!

        Weather here back to gloomy…must mean I’m on vaca——-yup…Checked to see if Leif the exploring NL osprey had settled for winter, but no recent posts from a busy Rob B.

        They are still shoveling bunker off the beaches, with no end in sight….prob thankful for the cooler weather!

        And Weedy hangin’ in there! GO, Weedy, GO!

        Bye-bye for now!…….pic 9/21

        • rjoneal December 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

          12-7-16 Reply CarolV you did it, what a beautiful pic and you are getting tech savy now.

          • CarolV December 9, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

            occasional moments of clarity-or luck- better description

            • rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm

              12-9-16 Reply- CarolV I know the feeling half the time thats the only way things get done, the only problem is I can never remember how I did it.

    41. gracey December 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      More than 170 Tons of Bunker has been removed from Shinnecock Bay….NY

    42. rodeehansen December 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      CarolV – – – – – – I did not need a name to figure out who mailed the cartoon of the hair-dryer Funny. THAT’S MY CAROL, I thought. Tell me, is this your own drawing? It cute and put a smile on my face.

      RANAY …………. Thanks for the Christmas card from the G & G family – so festive. Did George make you do it?
      Would it not be wonderful if we could just get a quick glimpse of the place they call home right now. Or see an aerial view as to where they are in relationship to each other.

      I am sending wishes for a thoughtful Advent Season – a little extra time reflecting on why we celebrate this Holy Season and may Joy and Peace fill your hearts. I hope you feel the hugs I am sending your way.
      Rodee

      • CarolV December 6, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

        No. Rodee..sadly, art by-passed me…I had a dad who was artistic, plus my sister and my son. Kitty faces and simple daisies more my speed!

      • rjoneal December 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        12-7-16 Reply Rodee my sweet lady I will work on something for you in response to your message below
        (Would it not be wonderful if we could just get a quick glimpse of the place they call home right now. Or see an aerial view as to where they are in relationship to each other.)

    43. CarolV December 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      @11:18amEST- Weedy still going……….almost dead calm winds; thought the picture was frozen till I saw plastic at edge of nest twitching. No waves, no movement within nest…we’ve had some rain, again, but thankfully, no snow.
      Lovin’ the seasonal greetings with their pretty frames! Nice job as always !
      RJONEAL….when I worked@ the Riverhead King Kullen (for 20+ yrs.) every time I went in the local hospital, there would be my customers taking care of me! Sometimes a little disconcerting, but —-
      ————————Everyone…………HAGD !!!!!

      • rjoneal December 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

        12-7-16 Reply – CarolV really disconcerting, I always said you cant train someone to be a good nurse it has to be in their soul. Those who do it only for the job or money it always shows.
        My patients loved it when they found out I knew their sisters,brothers.parents or family members. They knew I would give more than 100 % even if I was off the clock I would check with them before I left to make sure they did not want me to sit with them. I believe how you treat others really will come back to you in one form or another. And if nothing else it sure feels better to give and make others happy then trying to give and please yourself. I would have made sure you were not uncomfortable and assure you that your personal issue was private.
        Then I would just make you laugh and take good care of your needs.

    44. rjoneal December 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      12-4-16 pic of our family

      • June c December 7, 2016 at 6:13 am - Reply

        Very colorful and festive….look how everyone is eyeing that fish…..

        • rjoneal December 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

          12-9-16 Reply June C thanks Missy, enjoy the weather on your lil vacation. Safe return home.

    45. CarolV December 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      SEASONS’ GREETINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • June c December 7, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

        This is very funny….you always have great cartoons ⛄️⛄️⛄️⛄️⛄️

    46. rjoneal December 2, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

      12-2-16 Family pic for the month of December

    47. CarolV November 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Just a portion of the fish that have washed up from the bunker kill ….this is next town over, with frontage on Shinnecock Bay. The homes nearest this sight( or site-either way) are multi-million dollar houses whose owners enjoy a marshland waterfront view……….heavy equipment cannot be used in these fragile wetlands.

      http://patch.com/new-york/southampton/drone-footage-captures-massive-cleanup-more-one-million-pounds-smelly-fish

    48. Leanne November 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Sending my sympathy to Ann H. and her family on the loss of their dog.

    49. rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      11-29-16 Helen and CarolV Just to give you an FYI- if you would have attended the luncheon, you would have received the gift from June C, who had 10 Calendars made and a couple of photos that she gave out to all Osprey Zone Followers that showed up. I did not mention before but since you brought up, I thought I too would say that June C. was very nice for spending her money and time to do this.

      • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

        As I was unable to go, I didn’t know this. It was a sweet gesture, June C. But for now < I was giving thanks to the giver and the creator. TY for filling me in, Rj…

        I am meeting more OZ followers who drop in to KK where I work..I recently met Tucker- or I should I say re-met ( he and his s.o. Doris have been long time customers, even tho we didn't know names). Tucker has contributed here with fish facts and i.d.'s. Doris had the honor of naming Ali. Hi to you both!

        • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

          For Ann H…losing a family member-as our pets truly are- is always a crack in our hearts…so sorry for your loss……………..

          Rjoneal, very nice tribute…,<3 your generosity of spirit……….

        • rjoneal December 3, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

          12-3-16 reply- CarolV, nice for Tucker and Helen to come by and see you at work. Maybe the next get together they all can all meet at your work, haaa. Neat how Tucker and wife have been there all along. That situation happened to me many times working at the hospital. So many times I would be taking care of someone and then their family would come to visit and I knew them. What a small world, you just never know. This is exactly why we should always be the best we can be.

        • Helen December 6, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply

          Maybe I know them too! Look forward to hopefully meeting them.

      • helen December 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal – Thanks for mentioning that. Both Carol and I have the calendar which is really beautiful. I assume you have one yourself? I love your most recent pix. Helen

        • rjoneal December 7, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

          12-7-16 Reply Helen I helped Alizarin with the calendar, she sent it to me to proof read and give recommendations before sending out. So I actually got to see the rough draft 1st then her final work of art, that was her vision of the calendar. I was glad and very grateful she asked me to help with.

    50. rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      11-29-16 Reply- Helen you are so sweet, I was just kidding, but thank you for the offer. I do not have a bumper sticker but I do have an OZ T shirt and my coffee mug that I just love.

    51. rodee hansen November 29, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Dear Ann and Family !
      The prize for loving so deeply……… What sadness fills your hearts. Only time will soften your pain somewhat. Nothing will be able to replace your sweet friend. May all the good memories help you cope. I am sorry for your loss. I remember mine, when JELLYBEAN, my cat had to be put to sleep. I was never able to get another one. Even when one of my Lovebirds was killed, I was inconsolable. Your wounds are so fresh and you feel lonely. May the love of others surround you. Rodee H.

    52. CarolV November 29, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Southampton Patch
      10 hrs ·
      BREAKING: 1.4 million lbs. of dead fish washed up in Southampton; wealthy residents can’t turn on heat because smell is so bad, experts say.

      More than 1 Million Lbs. of Smelly Fish Wash Up Near One of Wealthiest Streets in Hamptons
      BREAKING: 1.4 million lbs. of dead fish washed up in Southampton; wealthy residents can’t turn on heat because smell is so bad, experts say.
      PATCH.COM

      • rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        11-29-16 Reply- CarolV cant they use as fish bait, if they get to the dead fish in time and freeze? Or what about the Vultures or Eagles here in Florida they would be chowing down at least it would not go to waste. Eagles and Vultures would eat so I guess they may not have that many in this area? They should give to birds in rehab or sanctuary’s or even see if the local Zoo can use. What a waste when so many other animals if they could get the fish to them could eat.

        • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm - Reply

          Few vultures or eagles here. Plenty of seagulls, tho, but they are so full, they aren’t even fighting much! Remember scene from ” Finding Nemo” with the gulls yelling “Mine,mine, mine”.? That’s what they really are like! There are difficulties removing fish now, as they can’t bring heavy equipment on to the beaches, thru the fragile dunes. Any that have washed ashore in to the marshes are a whole different problem. Some boats that can get them while they are in the water are allowed to harvest and sell for fertilizer and chum. What can be collected from the beaches will be composted at a local landfill for fertilizer. It’s gonna be a long, slow recovery process.

          • rjoneal December 3, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

            12-3-16 Reply – CarolV thanks for info I was just wondering. So many animals, plants and people have to be affected by this huge number of fish that died. I hope they do find some solution in the future.

    53. CarolV November 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Just looked in and was happy to see video back up-but dark right now. Did quick run thru comments and spotted the 3 amigos!!!! Love love love it! Will be back to check it out when I have more time…happy to see so much creativity to explore later……………
      Just wanted to add latest info on Dr. Rob’s superstar, Leif………..and happy to hear he did not go the DR route with the dangerous fish farms………

      https://www.facebook.com/Ospreytraxcom-1592703860949409/

    54. christian November 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Hello Everyone on this blog – I live in Greenport right near a great ospreys nest on the Fifth Street Beach / Park. I am not sure if any of you are aware , but PSEG plans to run high voltage electrical lines in the direct area of this great nest. There is a chance it may be taken down so PSEG can get a tunneling machine into the tight confined area where the Ospreys nest is located. It’s a disgrace what they are doing and what the twin will do for a few bucks. I met with the PSEG engineers and they claimed the only reason they are doing this project near the ospreys nest is because it is the closest and easiest root. Seriously , that was there response. They have not even looked anywhere else. It is the closet point on a map. It will kill the birds and disrupt the communities greatest public beach and park. If anyone cares to get involved and try to stop this madness from happening , please email me at Christian.mcshea@gmail.com we need your help. I wrote this on 11/28/16

      • rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        11-29-16 Reply- Christian, we have a law here in Florida that protects the ospreys. I do not know if it varies from state to state and I do not know all the ends and outs of the particulars about the law. Is there not a law to protect the nest of the osprey? How bizarre it is PSEG since they are the ones who helped rescue our lil babies in 2015 Ronnie and Sandy. They both had fishing line stuck around their claws and foot. There is a video on the rescue on this site. I would think and hope somehow you can get the law on your side so they can not disturb the nest. This is terrible if true that they have not even looked at alternate routes that could be taken.

      • June c November 30, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

        Let me know how I can help…I live in Greenlawn ….

      • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

        PSEG and most companies are famous for doing fast and cheap for them. It’s what the towns allow them to get away with. The South Fork towns demanded, and got, buried lines to preserve the beauty of their towns and help with storm related damage. The North Fork towns didn’t have the clout or persistence for many years now and allowed the big-ass poles on both major roads. They lean and usually require additional poles for stability, adding to the scenic clutter. It would be a shame to have them get away with this plunder without offering a plausible, justifiable reason, other than cost.

        • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

          Without trying to be political, look to the struggles in ND with the local people and the oil pipeline issues. Fast and cheap always big business choice ……………..

      • Ospreylover December 2, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

        Looking into this

      • Helen December 6, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

        I will look into it Christian – as you know, the project involves Shelter Island so I should be able to get info. My understanding is that the Greenport Village Board just approved it.

        • Christian m February 17, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

          Hello Helen,

          I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The issue here is that this is just an old pole that became an ospreys nest to a family of 4-6 Osprey last year and just the 2 mates show up in April and go back down South in October,

          This is not a utlity pole that is in use or connected to anything, It had been there for a long time. Well it is right in the line where they will be digging up the earth and tunneling to shelter island starting in September 2017.

          There is no reason this needs to happen and it can easily be avoided. They are doing this to run high voltage electrical lines to Shelter Island under the bay – but they will be digging and staging right where the nest is. It is totally ridiculous. Plus there is a public beach and park here too.

          Please let me know you can see the 2 photos I have attached — I do not see them although I have attached them.

          I was hoping to get the ball rolling and perhaps pick up some interest with other member of this site who may have some tips for me. When they did the environmental DEC review initially – they didn’t even list that an Ospreys nest was present and they weren’t disturbing any wildlife.

          It was the middle of June and there were 1-2 fa,ilies of Osprey living there. This is crazy – I need help from anyone who know about this. please google GREENPORT NY PSEG CABLE PROJECT and you will get the idea.

          Thank you so mush – I hope to here from you and please share with the rest of the club if possible.

          Regards,
          Chris

    55. Redkayak November 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Colorful nest guest today. Northern Flicker

      • June c November 29, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

        Right place righ time. Great shot

      • rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

        11-29-16 reply- Redkayak what a beauty look at the red and beautiful spots and patterns you managed to capture when you took the pic. Being a bird-lover I thank you!

        • Redkayak November 30, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

          thank you . I must credit the sun for all of that. It was a short but delightful moment I happened to tune in to.

      • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

        Nice capture…haven’t seen one in there yet! And Weedy is still struggling along, I see!

    56. rodee hansen November 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Hello to all my nature-lovers. I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable.
      My son and his wife were here from PA and of course, we went to the site and back tracked. They live near Hawk Mountain and I invited myself for our next migration period. YIPPY.
      Typical to my nature, once and for all I wanted a professional ID for the “salad bowl” in the nest. Fortunately the same plant grows by my front door. So I mailed it to the local Cornell Diagnostic Lab in Riverhead.
      “The planet submitted has been identified as ANNUAL sowthistle . This is a annual that reproduces primarily through wind-blown seed. Seeds germinate in mid to late spring but can continue to emerge throughout the season in moist, cool sites.Lower leaves are generally more rounded and lobed in appearance, where the upper leaves will become more sharply lobed. I have enclosed a chart to tell the difference between some similar-looking weeds as well. After a frost or freeze the plant should begin to senesce.” Sandra Vultaggio, Horticulture Consultant – It was worth the $8.00. The plant certainly adds to the beauty of the nest.

      • CarolV November 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the ID on Weedy! Even tho an annual, I wonder if the plant will struggle back after the winter? Perhaps self-seeding? Will be interesting.

    57. Helen November 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      I should explain – perhaps the Osprey in Ft. Meyers has been there all along but the hotel camera was not working until recently so I could not see them.

    58. Helen November 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Just saw the two Ospreys have returned in Ft Meyers Fla.

    59. rjoneal November 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      11-24-16 ALL OZ FOLLOWERS
      Today was a day to give thanks but for one of our Osprey Zone members is has been a day of sorrow. Ann H. and her family is suffering the loss of their dog. Those of us who have animals who are part of the family knows how difficult this can be.
      Sending Osprey Hugs to all.

      • Jan November 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

        For Ann H. So very sorry for the loss of your dog… Such a difficult time for u and your family..They are true members of the family and they are forever in our hearts… So sorry

    60. CarolV November 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      ALIZARIN; Your calendar turned out beautifully….HELEN had an extra one printed and dropped it off to me. Thanks to both of you for my copy that will have pride of place on my wall!!!
      BETSY: You may have worn out those eyeballs I sent to you! How do you find the time? Good one with the Snickers for Rj……..
      RJONEAL: I’m okay on sites to watch…..watching some eagle sites and Pink Shell, which I know isn’t in full use yet, but you’re info will give me an idea of when ………..don’t get as involved so I’m on semi-vaca from bird watch.
      The huge flocks of mixed black birds are here. Passed a yard, on the way to work, that was solid black ! Love watching them come in and cover trees and phone lines, lifting and falling in processioned order, poetry in motion!

      Went away to finish dinner prep and ate. Prob look like the chicks after a big fish! Full crop!
      The video stream is down again. It’s been so windy, I’m not surprised! Poor camera is probably tired anyway…was a long season.

      My Windows 10 did some updating and I do NOT like the changes. What was a relatively easy photo/screenshot process has become an enemy ! And it made locating older shots more difficult…not a happy camper. It also changed background colors of my most basic pages and is not allowing me to change things- at least, I should say, I haven’t figured things out….not happy at all!

    61. Susan Pipitone November 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you for keeping this site streaming 24/7 with or without any Osprey. May you receive many blessings for your kindness. Allowing me to follow Rocky (Baby Boo) was an experience I will forever cherish. His/her will to survive was so moving and inspiring. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I only wish I could have followed Rocky on his/her journey south. I absolutely fell in love with him/her. What a wonderful thing you are doing for so many of us nature, bird lovers. May God bless you always! Susan Pipitone

      • birdnerd November 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        I agree. Thank you and Happy ThanksGiving!

    62. Jan November 23, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Everyone… Happy Thanksgiving…be safe! Missing our Osprey family!!

    63. rjoneal November 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      I am Thankful for our Osprey Family and Followers

    64. rjoneal November 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      11-23-16 A pic of our babies

      • Jan November 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        Precious! So cute Rjoneal!

        • rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

          11-29-16 Reply- Jan thank you, here is hoping our osprey family has settled in for the winter wherever that might be. I hope they find their migration home just as pleasant as their home they grew up in. Here is to George and Gracie, may the wind swiftly,and carefully bring them back to us safely when the time is right.
          Here is a pic of our George and Gracie 5-31-16 Gracie on 3eggs

    65. rjoneal November 23, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      11-23-16 Happy Holiday Osprey Zone !

    66. rjoneal November 22, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      11-22-16 Here is a pic from June C who wanted me to post for all our Osprey Zone Family and Followers

    67. Betsy November 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you rjoneal for your offer to help me sort out my pictures. Between going back through the comments and using the date I created my Word document I’m confident I have them all dated correctly. But, I also really like the TIME they were from noted!! 🙂 And, I really really really love pictures without the printing on the picture itself that happens when the video stream is paused so people can grab a certain screenshot – there were some extraordinary pictures posted, but because of the printing on the picture itself I wouldn’t/won’t save them (I don’t mind the bottom frame because in addition to the © and sponsorship info, which Paul rightly requests, it has the date and time). So, I’m going to let everyone in on a little secret(s)!! Besides slowing down the video stream and counting to grab a certain picture without the printing on the picture itself, there are other ways which everyone with Windows 10 can do!! You can get series shots by holding down the Windows key and pressing the prt sc (print screen) repeatedly and the screenshots will be saved in a “screenshots” subfolder in the “Pictures” folder – big beautiful pictures without printing on them. They can then be cropped to size, if desired, in the “Photos” app or, like I like to do, pasted on a Word document (or in PowerPoint) – and then cropped to (uniform) size using the crop aspect ratio (and the gridlines in view on the Word document (which are finer/spaced closer than in the Photos app) – well, it’s a little complicated for me to explain, but I get dizzy viewing pictures that even though they’re all cropped to the same size they are cropped at a slightly different point, making some a little higher or a little more over!). Everyone with Windows 10 also has the capability to grab video and then stopping the saved video at the desired point to get a clean screen shot (I use both “Movies & TV” and “Windows Media Player” to do this) – yes, a little more effort is needed, but worth doing to get screen grabs without printing on the picture itself!! Plus, you can go back later to watch and/or get pictures without the time constraints of the live video stream!! (A selling point — hee hee!) Here’s the link explaining how to copy video, “Use the Xbox app to record your screen in Windows 10” at https://www.cnet.com/how-to/use-the-xbox-app-to-record-your-screen-in-windows-10/ So, now you all know my “trade” secrets and I expect print-free perfect pictures to be posted next season!! 😀 😀 Now, practice, practice, practice!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy November 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        And, invest in an external hard drive such as an Iomega or Passport to save the videos or save to Google Drive because those videos eat up a lot of room and fast!!

        • rjoneal November 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

          11-29-16 Betsy as I have said before I use the My Passport and I love it. Try it and you will love so easy to use.
          As far as all the other stuff about pics, well I dont know about that there is not to many people that post pics and now you want them to try it your way. Not sure thats going to work. Good effort and nice for you to educate everyone but even I cant say that I will remember and do the way you want. It just depends on how much time I have and if I remember. 🙂

    68. rodee hansen November 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      To Paul, Henry and Aiden and to their families – to all my loving Osprey Family Friends, I wish a relaxed day in the midst of a joyful ROUND TABLE of good people, sharing love and fine foods and wines.
      Yes, there are so many reason for giving Thanks.
      God’s Blessings on everyone. Rodee Hansen

    69. Jara November 21, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      11/21/16 4:33 Eastern: Looks windy at the nest, but such a beautiful view. Snowy and cold here in the Berkshires. All my feathered friends are eating me out of house and home due to the snow. Have to refill the feeders every morning. Not to mention putting out kibble for the squirrels and crows so they’ll leave the feeders alone. Thank you for leaving the site up this long. I miss the Osprey and look forward to next year.

      • CarolV November 25, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

        Yes…was windy for days!! One night, winds woke me up and news said gusts were up to 60mph. But I don’t envy you the snow! Must make feeding a fun job!

    70. CarolV November 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Shot from the early days
      6/13/16

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Nice picture!

    71. CarolV November 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ospreytrax.com

      Rob B speculates Leif, the exploring osprey, may have taken a slow boat to Cuba, on his journey southward! Learning so much from these birds! Thank you, Dr. Rob!

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        CarolV: I’m going to have to check it out!!

    72. rjoneal November 20, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

      11-20-16 WHERE IS BETSY?? Are you missing in action? Have not seen any comments lately on what CarolV and I along with others have been posting.
      Hope everything is ok. Not like you to not comment on my Accomplishments of 2016 cause I know you will have a positive and negative remark. Which I can handle, just let us know you are ok.
      Betsy is playing us like Brutus right? She will reappear when we don’t expect it. haaaaaa 🙂 check in with us

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: I’m here!! Finally got my pictures sorted out!! Now I’m going back through the pages to see if there are any pictures posted that I want to add — just finished page 42 and I am heading to page 43!!

      • CarolV November 22, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

        I know she doesn’t use tape, but I have a mental visual of her sitting with unspooled tapes piled to her nose! Hello under there!

        • CarolV November 22, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

          Just paged down and there she is! Out from under her reams of video…HI, Betsy!

          AND —-HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!

          9/23/16- showing a turkey how to hide……………………………

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

          11-22-16 Reply CarolV thats funny I can picture it too 🙂

    73. rjoneal November 20, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply

      11-20-16 This was on my weather app about the fish kill.
      Tens of Thousands Clog New York Waterway
      https://www.weather.com/science/environment/video/thousands-of-fish-dying-in-long-island-canal?pl=pl-editor-picks

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: Wow … I noticed CarolV’s post, too … making my way down the comments!! 😀

    74. Leanne November 20, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you Leanne and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

      • rjoneal November 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

        11-22-16 HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU TOO LEANNE :}

      • CarolV November 25, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Hope your T-Day was memorable…hagd every day!

    75. rjoneal November 19, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

      11-19-16 Good morning everyone, here is an oldie, Gracie and Geo waiting for their 3 babies to hatch Season 2

      • Betsy November 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        This is when George knocked Gracie off the egg cup as she was laying the third egg!! 😀 😀

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