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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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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. CarolV February 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Hi, Everyone- Happy Spring-ish to all. We have had some early warm weather here on LI, but it’s heading seasonal again. If warm for too long, our flowering plants rush to bloom, which can be a problem, especially fruit producers. I guess most of you know about that.

      Anxious to see nest. I know it will be rebuilt, but curious to see what’s left. The Verizon nest of Vic and Vera ( by where I work in Cutchogue) has lost most of the visible branches, with just the more central structure poking up. Between the snow a couple weeks back and some fairly high wind days, a lot of trees and big limbs have come down all around. Clearing out the old to make way for new: Mom Nature on a cleanse!

      HI RJONEAL- yes, I check out all you recommend.Always appreciate you! Getting quite a library of sites I check in on- several osprey, eagle, Bermuda cahow, ass’t animal sites- all the while waiting to begin G&G watch. Guess we’re on Betsy watch, too! Thinking about her and hoping all is well.
      TTY soon – looking forward to hearing from everyone.

      • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

        3-1-17 Reply- CarolV will since she did not reply to my emails I take it Betsy does not want to be found.
        Hi CarolV, glad to know you are keeping busy watching all the nature you can until our family comes home. I cant wait either! Looking at the the 2 baby ospreys at Pink Shell just makes me think about our family. Especially since our Live Cam is the best and so are our Osprey Zone Family and Followers. It wont be long starting in about a week or so we should be seeing the 1st of the ospreys returning back home. Then we will be on lookout for our George then Gracie.

    2. Jon Powers February 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Still no comment system i suggested last year, it’s better than this.

    3. rjoneal February 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      2-25-17 Pink Shell has a Baby Osprey, Achieva still laying on eggs ospreys that live in my backyard have eggs. I cant wait till George and Gracie have their babies. All the eaglets at NEFL American Eagles, and SFEC here in Florida are all growing up so quick.

    4. Helen February 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      One baby born in Ft. Myers!

    5. rjoneal February 22, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

      2-22-17 Emily this pic I posted before but it is one of my favs,
      Brutus and Gracie 7-28-16 Brutus trying to copy Gracie in her feather duster position but takes it to a whole new level looking like a hand feather duster.

      • CarolV February 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        Always love wing shots! Like the princess tiara in this one………

        • CarolV February 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

          I just had a flash to those combs Spanish senoritas wear- appropriate for winter vaca in SA!

        • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

          3-1-17 Reply- CarolV thanks 🙂

      • Emily February 27, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

        This is an amazing photo! “Hand feather duster” is an excellent comparison. You are hilarious!
        I looked through the screenshots I saved during that time frame and found these…

        Meal-sharing. They look angry birds. Haha.

        • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

          3-1-17 Reply- Emily Nice funny !

      • Emily February 27, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

        Rocky’s wings look like a tutu to me.

        • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

          3-1-17 Yes indeed good comparison. Love the Graphics ha

      • Emily February 27, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

        I used to love this cute show called Dinosaurs, and that’s one of the characters. I think they all look alike, don’t you? Lol

        • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

          3-1-17 Emily you make me laugh something to keep us busy till our family comes home but we need Tommy to come home 1st.

          • Emily March 4, 2017 at 1:01 am - Reply

            Happy I made you smile 😀

      • Emily February 27, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

        I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think Rocky looks like an origami plane in this pic. 😀

      • Emily February 27, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

        It looks like someone’s ready for the Grammys. Is she hotter than Beyonce?

        • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

          1-3-17 Emily I agree this kinda pic is always one of my favs I have so many, I just love this pose. Grammy for sure why did I not think of that?

      • June c March 3, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

        I also love this picture..

    6. Bird Woman February 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      THEY”RE BACK……
      http://www.nature.org/ouriniti
      They are always the first to return. This will keep us “happy” for now…. ENJOY !!!!

    7. Dawn February 21, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Do we have any idea when the camera may be back online? According to my calendar, I first spotted either G or G around 3/23 last year. I am just itching in anticipation! 🙂

      • rjoneal February 25, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

        2-25-17 Reply- George was identified on the nest on March 24 and Gracie arrived on April 2 are the official dates. But yes we did suspect that was George around 3-23-16.
        Do you have one of the calendars Alazarin made for everyone? All the dates of last 2 Seasons of events like eggs laid, hatching, first fish, fledging, leaving and arriving are all on there. I helped her with calendar so if you email her or me we can send it to you if you like. My email is under my Gravatar.

        Dawn below is what Aidan posted about the cam being off.
        Aidan December 30, 2016 at 10:42 am – Reply
        Hi All!

        Hope you’re all doing well. Tommy let me know that the camera will be offline for some time this winter for repairs. I’m not sure exactly how soon it will be back, but definitely by the time our ospreys return. In the meantime, the comments section will be open as usual, and I’ll see if there’s anything I can put up in place of the stream.

        Have a happy New Year!

        -Aidan

    8. kll February 20, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      just for my info….is the live stream down until G / G return?

      • rjoneal February 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        Osprey Hug to you, missing all the action of watching our Ospreys. Keep in touch !

        Reply- kll this is what Aidan posted on site.

        Aidan December 30, 2016 at 10:42 am – Reply
        Hi All!

        Hope you’re all doing well. Tommy let me know that the camera will be offline for some time this winter for repairs. I’m not sure exactly how soon it will be back, but definitely by the time our ospreys return. In the meantime, the comments section will be open as usual, and I’ll see if there’s anything I can put up in place of the stream.

        Have a happy New Year!

        -Aidan

    9. rjoneal February 19, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      2-19-17 pic fr 9-1-16 of George

    10. CarolV February 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Morning, everyone! Haven.t checked postings yet……just wanted to say it’s a relatively warm (high 50s) day on ELI, NY. The sounds of spring greeted me when I opened the door to let the dog out. Numerous bird calls, dominated by the local mockingbird, prob marking out his territory. Just a matter of weeks, not months, till the nail-biting watch for our couple; anxious to see if it is, indeed, out beloved George and Gracie who come to this nest…………….
      Now to see what’s new…….

      • CarolV February 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        BRE- inspiring, as always………
        RJoneal- I missed that news about Rob’s book- thanks for the update…and HI!
        CHRISTIAN-sorry to see not much has been done for the osprey nest situation out by you. but as we see daily, individual human rights(i.e. Dakota Pipeline’/ Sioux Tribe Water Rights Protest-)- get little respect. Haven’t seen anything in Suffolk Times, either, unless I just missed it.. Did you contact them? Don’t know that I’d lead with the mayor’s salary argument, tho…………….

      • rjoneal February 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        2-21-17 Reply CarolV I heard you were having a bit of a heatwave for about a week and then it is going to get cold again. Enjoy the nice weather. I miss everyone and our osprey family. Hope Tommy comes home early. Do not know if Betsy will join us again or not she never did respond which is not like her at all. Hopefully she is just taking a break until they come home. I did send 1 more email to her to let her know we are here. It has been in the 80s here in Florida and I have been watching my Ospreys mate in the backyard and even saw the hawks mate in the pine tree. Then the other day 1st time I saw 2 doves on my fence mating by the bird feeders. That was funny to watch but the beautiful blueish gray feathers were so pretty. The blue heron is still around but I have not seen a mate for him or her yet. All the baby woodpeckers finally are flying around and eating seeds from my backyard along with the baby white egrets that hang out in the weeping willow dead tree I had to keep since woodpeckers are living in it.
        Did you ever click on the Florida Osprey video link I posted ?
        Missing our Osprey Family, Osprey Hugs !

    11. rjoneal February 15, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      2-15-17 Aidan or Paul you still with us? Do you know if there is going to be a highlight from last Season and update the site???? I know you both are very busy but if there is anything I can do to help to make it happen let me know, you have my info and email but just in case you can get email under Gravatar as well. Hope to hear back soon.

    12. Bre February 15, 2017 at 2:21 am - Reply

      George & Gracie Love..

      Their joint return…
      I hope to see you there
      As she approached
      Her yellow eyes glared at him
      Wings arched high..
      Fledge in a different path
      They plan another season here
      Soon,They arrive back home again
      Like the tide, and the day
      That love will find it’s way.

      • rjoneal February 15, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

        2-15-17 Reply- Bre Once again thank you for another inspiring poem. I wait for the day I see them back together home to make another family.

      • ChrisH February 16, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

        …Sweet…

        Can’t wait!!

      • June c February 24, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

        Thank you for another great poem.
        Will be soon now!

    13. June c February 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Happy Valentines Day to all…
      Rjoneal. Thank you for links..lov the moon picture and all that you post
      Emily…enjoy so much your creative pictures
      CarolV..we got 12 inches..then on Sat everything was iced…Rjoneal told me to take pics n I didn’t.
      Love to all….

      • Emily February 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        Thanks, June. I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day <3

    14. rjoneal February 14, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Attention all Osprey Zone Followers:

      • CarolV February 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

        How exciting! Looking forward to this!

    15. rjoneal February 10, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      2-10-17 Our Baby Eaglet being rescued today yeah!

      NE Florida Eaglet Rescue Memo

      Early Friday – February 10, 2017 – The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) plans to retrieve the eaglet “Peace” the from its wild nest in Northeast Florida.

      On February 6, 2017, AEF NEFL Remote Camera Operators alerted AEF officials Al Cecere and Gretchen Butler about the balance problems the 7 week old eaglet was exhibiting. After closely monitoring the eaglet via live streaming nest cams for hours, we noticed black monofilament (commonly used for fishing) wrapped around the left foot, including the hallux. Shortly after the discovery of the fishing line, the female parent “Juliet” appeared to be pulling and tugging on a clump of moss while going after a piece of food, and it is believed that the parent had removed the line from the eaglet’s foot.

      Once the fishing line was identified, AEF immediately began talking to USFWS and making plans to rescue “Peace.” We were beyond excited that this problem seemed to have been resolved without the need for human intervention which is rather rare when fishing line enters a nest. So, thereafter, our plans were to continue to monitor the eaglet, but then a storm rolled through the area knocking power out for almost 24 hours. The electricity was restored on February 8, at which time it was immediately noticed that “Peace” was still having significant balance problems.

      A decision was made on the evening of February 8 to continue plans for the rescue, which will hopefully take place early in the morning on February 10, 2017 – at which time our cams will be taken offline.

      “Peace” will be taken to the Audubon Raptor Center for a complete medical checkup and assessment.

    16. CarolV February 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Titled: Full Hunger Moon on Snow
      2/9/17
      ……sub-title: TOO FREAKIN’ Cold to go outside to take pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • CarolV February 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

        TOO FREAKIN’ View 2

        • CarolV February 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

          oh, yeah, alt name THE FULL SNOW MOON

      • rjoneal February 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        2-11-17 Reply- CarolV thanks for posting some pics BURRRRR to cold to go out is right. Stay warm and safe.

    17. rjoneal February 9, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      2-9-17 DONT FORGET FRIDAY 2-10-17 Green-Comet Snow Moon & Penumbral-Lunar Eclipse more info and video on the times to watch on sites below enjoy.

      http://www.space.com/35652-green-comet-snow-moon-eclipse-friday.html

      http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/feb-10th-penumbral-lunar-eclipse/

      • Helen February 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        Spectacular pictures! Thank you very much.

      • CarolV February 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

        You always research well! Great dual shot…..

    18. rjoneal February 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      2-9-17 To all those who are suffering from either storms,tornado’s, or winter snow blizzards, keep the faith things will get better and our hearts feel for you during this difficult time.
      Wish I could see what it looks like at our Osprey Nest in Long Island. I know there are a couple people who live near by if you are still with us can you give us an update on if the nest, is still there or post a pic of the snowy area?
      We had some tornado’s around my area in Florida but we were lucky no damage from the storms in my neighborhood.

    19. rjoneal February 9, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      2-9-17 George and Gracie

    20. CarolV February 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Checking in…..blizzard going on outside….stayed home(phony crying sounds insert here)…..laying down 2-3 in. per hour in some places. Yesterday was about 50deg. Schizo weather! …. 12-14′ predicted.
      Gonna see if I can find a good pic to post, with sunshine……………..

      7/1/16- still funny…………….

      • CarolV February 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

        That would be 12-14 ” not feet ‘ – hopefully! Scared myself!

      • Helen February 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        I’m glad you stayed home. I worry about you making that drive in this kind of weather. I stayed home on Friday also – could not get my car out of the driveway. Take care and will see you soon.

      • rjoneal February 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        2-13-17 Reply- CarolV good pic with sunshine to funny, here is one 7-24-16 around 90 degrees all 3bb hot and hungry.

    21. rjoneal February 8, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

      2-8-17 Reply- Dawn thanks 🙂

    22. Nancy February 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      I think I’ve been watching the eagle cams too long. Here’s why….. when I look at the Pink Shell Osprey cam I can’t help thinking that her beak is so small…Or I suppose she may be a different [breed] than our G & G, but I swear her beak is smaller than the G’s. [and compared to the eagle’s, it IS] Am I crazy ?

    23. rjoneal February 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      2-6-17 Well did anyone click on the video that I posted of Florida Osprey on 2-2-17 with a pic? Just wondering if you checked it out good sound of amazing osprey calls.

      Amazing Osprey Calls – Up Close

      https://youtu.be/2b3-a2gQ3RI

      MyBackyardBirding

    24. CarolV February 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Rascally Rodent saw his shadow- HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!

      • rjoneal February 3, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        2-3-17 Reply-CarolV cute pic and Happy Groundhog Day to you too.

    25. CarolV February 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Hi to everyone! Good to run thru all the imaginative posts! All fresh new ways to see our family, plus an introduction to the warm lands of Rjoneal and our Florida friends. Much as I love our hardy winter feathered friends- just a little “jelly” of the gorgeous varieties visiting them!
      Once again, sad to see someone needing to criticize and belittle others. As long as Aidan doesn’t mind posting, why wouldn’t people find new ways to showcase the G’s? As June c points out, when the G’c return, we will be back to featuring them in the conventional ways.
      Rjoneal- love, <3<3 the pandas, too! Poor overworked stuffed toys!
      For anyone wanting an unusual bird to check out …… https://www.facebook.com/groups/148759122286777/?fref=nf
      …………………………………………………………………………Bermuda Cahows@Cornell Lab really interesting….I had never heard of them
      All the tributes to Leif were excellent! And I couldn't even cut and paste at the time!

      • CarolV February 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        I think this will take you straight to Cahows, not thru fb-……..lives in burrows and incubating shifts are days long, not hours

        http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/53/Bermuda_Cahows/

        • CarolV February 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

          btw- also a portal there for an albatross in Hawaii- another interesting bird to learn about- who has a recent chick !

        • Helen February 10, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

          Thanks Carol – I will enjoy it!

    26. rjoneal February 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      2-2-17 Reply- Emily see even Rob B. liked your project you did of Leif. I know you just had to one up CarolV and I since we posted pics w/info you got fancy. Love it, glad I let him know how much we all care about our ospreys no matter were they are.
      Love our Osprey Family and Followers

      • CarolV February 3, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

        Always glad to be outdone, especially in my tech challenged, blame the computer moments!

      • Emily February 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        You are so thoughtful, RJ 🙂 Thanks for your support.

        • rjoneal February 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

          2-6-17 Reply- Emily of course, I can not wait to see what we all create when our family comes home. Not to much longer. Well a lil bit longer but almost there.
          Big Osprey Hug to you for sticking it out and overlooking the negative and keeping a positive outlook towards moving on into the future.

          • Emily February 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

            HUGS <3 <3 <3

    27. rjoneal February 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      2-2-17 Here is a picture of Ronnie Season 1 of George and Gracie’s Family 9-12-15 Memories, memories

    28. rjoneal February 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      2-2-17 For All Osprey Lovers to Enjoy

      Here is a video of Florida Ospreys from My Back Yard Birding and this is what I see everyday in my back yard. Usually the ospreys around me do not stay on the pine trees too long, just long enough to get a view of a fish then down to the lake they go and they move so fast.

      Amazing Osprey Calls – Up Close https://youtu.be/2b3-a2gQ3RI

      MyBackyardBirding

      Published on Feb 1, 2017
      Male Osprey territory/mating calls from the Backyard – doesn’t get any closer than this – and this time the sun and view angle was near perfect. Note that the eye lids actually close and the tongue sticks out when he hits those big high notes. Amazing is an over-used word, but this one fits the bill. Like most big raptors he could care less about the people down below – this is his land! February is mating and nest building season in Florida – one day maybe they will pick a nest spot nearby. At various times you can hear the squirrels alarming as they have yet to figure out they are not on his menu – fresh sushi only please!

    29. rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      2-1-17 George and Gracie with 3eggs

    30. Rob Bierregaard February 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Osprey-Zoners!
      A belated Happy New Year to all.
      RJO sent me a bunch of the tributes you all made for Leif. Thanks for that. I didn’t know your group was following our migrating flock, but then I realized, of course you would be! Won’t be long before the birds are heading home. I’m in the middle of the Ospreytrax mid-winter update which will go out later this week. If you’re not a subscriber already, there’s a link to click on Ospreytrax.com to subscribe to the periodic updates.
      I’m sure we’ll be chatting soon when G&G come home NEXT MONTH!!

      • Emily February 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        Ospreytrax has become part of my daily routine – thank you for all your work!

      • CarolV February 5, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

        We appreciate your comments here and are interested in your research.thanks for checking on us! Will keep tabs on you on fb and ospreytrax. Have a good winter.

    31. Leanne January 30, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Just checking in!! Can’t wait until spring!!
      Hope all is well with my osprey friends.

      • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

        2-1-17 Reply Leanne thanks for checking in again with us and we can not wait either. Keep in touch,be safe and keep warm. Big Osprey Hug to you!

    32. rjoneal January 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      1-29-17 For all to enjoy

      • Emily January 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

        Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo! Geo is such a great dad.

        • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          2-1-17 Reply- Emily your welcome, he is a good dad and becoming better and better every year.

    33. CarolV January 29, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Good to see all the creative posts! Now we know the reason behind that Mona Lisa smile! She loves osprey, too!
      Like the “Dances With Wiper” recreation………(nickname for those plastic strips, for anyone who doesn’t know)…was really funny

      since not posting as often, adding now….February 10th Full Snow Moon 7:33 pm …Aka Full Hunger Moon
      And a VALENTINE hello

      Weather here has been surprisingly good. After scary predictions, we had a cold spell early, some come-and-go snow and seasonable temps, tending towards cloudy but warmish. Now February screaming at us- January a speeding blur- while we fill in our wait for the G’s with feet tapping and other webcam watching.
      Hope everyone well.

      • June c January 30, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        And. To you too!

      • Leanne February 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

        Happy Valentines Day 🙂

      • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        2-1-17 Reply-CarolV thanks for the hearts just enough for Geo & Gracie and our last 3 babies Ali,Brutus & Rocky

      • Emily February 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Happy Valentines Day! Of course Mona Lisa loves ospreys — who doesn’t?! Haha

    34. rjoneal January 28, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

      1-28-17 Here is another Florida bird in my backyard

      • June c January 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        What bird is this? Love the hawk shot.

        • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

          2-1-17 Reply- June C I believe it is a blue heron and if Bob is still checking in I hope he saw my pic.

          • Helen February 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal – It is a blue heron. Looking forward to seeing the chicks at the Chesapeake Conservancy website. Those chicks are super adorable. Hope you are well.

            • rjoneal February 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

              2-13-17 Reply- Helen yes it is thank you for looking and commenting. I am getting things ready and doing my to do lists now so when our George and Gracie come home I can watch, I miss them so much. Glad you are still checking in with us.

        • margaretR February 2, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

          Reply June C. we should get together soon!!

      • Emily January 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Wow! I wish we had all these birds in Toronto. The most exotic bird I’ve encountered here are parrots in the pet store. 😀

        • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

          Emily now thats funny pet store haaa, 🙂

    35. rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      1-27-17 One of my backyard Hawks enjoy, we all know how much I love birds just have to share with you. What a cutie !

      • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        oops Osprey zone label got placed incorrectly, oh well like CarolV was saying my computer is wanting to cut and paste in its own way have no idea how it got moved up, I know human error but really easier to blame computer right.

      • Emily January 31, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

        A real beauty 🙂 I sometimes see hawks circling the courtyard of my building, but I can never get a very good photo of them.

      • Helen February 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

        On the front of the local newspaper was a red-tailed hawk just discovered on Shelter Island. I think – and hope – they are too small to bother the chicks near me. Hope you are well Rjoneal.

        • rjoneal March 1, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

          -1-17 Reply- Helen thanks for thinking of me all well here. The hawks will eat baby birds but around here unless the baby ospreys are left unattended they do not usually approach the osprey nest when there are babies in it. The hawks do not want to have to fight for their meal and their is usually plenty to pick from much easier to get. I think they will be ok if parents stay around the nest till they are big enough to fledge. Keep us posted on you hawks and ospreys around your area.
          Soon our family will be home.

    36. gracey January 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      HAPPY NEW YEAR…This site, which used to be a web cam on the osprey nest, has now turned into a High School Art Class. Does anyone want

      “artsy” renderings of the birds…they are beautiful plain and simple…the “art work” is totally distracting…

      • June c January 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

        People are having fun with pictures…I think they are very creative…will not be able to do this when George & Gracie come back. It’s a great web site…nothing happening at nest so you should enjoy the art talent..

      • Emily January 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

        SORRY – maybe it’s my fault because I kept posting gifs. But some people like this high school art project.
        We find the birds inspirational. If you don’t like the artsy renderings, you could just stare at the blank web cam.
        I do apologize that you are annoyed, however. I’m probably going to stop making them anyway.

        • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

          2-1-17 Reply- Emily my dear osprey lover, do not apologize for your creativity. Many of us who are still posting have all stated we enjoy your postings. Just lIke you said if you do not like to look at it you can watch the blank screen or just not not read comments. The birds are not here right now so it is time for us to be creative and remember are osprey family. Do not stop due to one person making a comment and for that matter it does not matter if it is a 100 people. This is a public space Paul has provided for us right now while our ospreys are on vacation. The site provides lots of info along with our pics.
          Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

        • CarolV February 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

          No need for YOU to apologize. WE appreciate you!

      • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

        2-1-17 Reply-Gracey, Happy New Year to you also. Sorry you felt the need to post that comment. Do not mean to sound harsh but it has to be said. The birds, our Osprey family is not here and the screen is blank so if you do not like to look at the pics do not read the comments. This is a public space and some people are just being creative using pictures of the osprey family to keep the memory going. Many of us enjoy this while they are gone.
        This is still a web cam on Ospreys but we like to share other info as well. For example Rob B. our Osprey Specialist recently gave an update so many of us wanted to post something about Leif may he rest in peace. The work that is being done on ospreys by people like Rob and his students is how we learn.
        Yes, we all agree our Osprey family is beautiful but they are not live right now and the cam is off.
        Hoping you still watch when George and Gracie come home but I can pretty much tell you now that this past year and present year will have creative pics and videos of our Osprey Family. Especially when Betsy starts posting again. She has made a lot of creative pics in the past so I am sure she has learned some new stuff over the winter to show us.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

    37. rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

      1-27-17 Happy Friday -I forgot to mention in the St.Augustine photo posted 1-18-17 you can see how the deck is still destroyed and the boat is not functional they are still waiting for Hurricane insurance to send check to repair even though FEMA already approved still waiting, for now it has to stay like it is. So many others still doing repairs from last hurricane as well.
      I do not have that view in my back yard but I have a pretty good view so I can not complain. I have seen this view on post cards here in Florida the sun and water part.

    38. Dawn Frazzitta January 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      For those of you that cannot wait until the latter part of March (like me!!!) for our family to return, the Osprey Nest at Pink Shell in Florida has some eggs. They may just tide us over! https://www.pinkshell.com/resort/osprey-cam See you all soon!!

      • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

        1-27-17 Reply- Dawn, do not mean to sound mean or ugly at all please do not take wrong but if you would review previous post you would see that as soon as they started mating and even before that everyone has been talking about it for over a month along with other osprey nest. Thanks for sharing info. If you look at previous post you might find how most of us are watching ospreys nest and of course the Eagles so many cute eaglet babies. Not to mention Emily’s and others pics along with CarolV posting and Bob posted a pic of himself w fish and I posted a pic from the Osprey Luncheon of 3 people more attended, Emily posted pic of Canada were she lives. Lots of New Year posts and so much info has been posted in the last month if you have time to look back.
        Sorry if this seems not nice I know you just wanted to be nice and share for those who missed the last month I guess it is new to them right? 🙂
        I love our Osprey Family and Followers!

        • Dawn February 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

          I’m not here on a daily basis during the off season. You have to admit, it’s a little hard to sift though the entire blog and all the beautiful pictures looking to see if someone else mentioned Pink Shell. However, consider it noted. I’d certainly hate to be repetitive. I was just looking to share my excitement with you all. See you all in March!

          • Rjoneal February 2, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

            2-2-17 Reply-Dawn,
            I am truly sorry if I offended you. I know it’s hard going through the pages to see if things have been mentioned in the past I myself have been repetitive and info and pictures. I didn’t mean for it to sound that way I am truly sorry I should have just not responded.
            Please continue to check in and stay with us this is a wonderful Osprey family and wonderful Osprey followers.

            • Dawn February 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

              No worries. I love this page and all our family! Looking forward to our family’s return! See you all soon.

      • Dorothy January 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

        HI, I tried you link and all I saw was a still pic from 1-20-17 of the nest and the 2 parents.

    39. CarolV January 20, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

      I don’t know whether it’s me or the computer, but having cut&paste issues……..but the news is not good….Rob B posted that it appears the last of his this-years’ NF batch of young tagged osprey has been lost…Leif, the adventurous, has shown no recent signs of movement and is suspected deceased. No speculation as to cause or whether the transmitter wil be recovered. Our condolences to Rob and the loss to his project. Best wishes to continued success with the adults still being followed from your NF group.

      • CarolV January 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

        Meant to add…………RIP, LEIF ….thanks for adding to our osprey education with your surprising and spectacular journey

      • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

        1-27-17 Reply-CarolV I read this too very sad I really had high hopes for Leif with all his adventures. Just can not believe all the young and no survivors that they know of. This is what always makes me nervous about our George and Gracie until I see them come back to the nest I am a wreck. We always want more us humans and I would love for our G&G to outlive me haa. Just makes me kinda glad we do not tag our babies this way in my mind they are living free,and someday will come back to LI and have a family of their own.

        RIP- Leif, you have taught us so much and will never be forgotten,thank you for the time you gave us, you touched our hearts and souls.

      • Emily January 29, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

        Sadly, there has been no signal from another osprey, Sergej from Michigan, since January 15, 2017 http://michiganosprey.org

        This is a tribute to Leif

        • Rob Bierregaard February 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

          Very cool! Thanks for putting this together.

          • Emily February 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

            Thanks, Rob.

        • Helen February 27, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

          Very touching Emily – thanks.

      • Emily January 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

        Leif

        • Leanne January 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          Wow!! Just beautiful!!

          • Emily February 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

            Thanks, Leanne 🙂

    40. CarolV January 20, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      RJONEAL- I’m member on fb page for achieva nest…and they are starting a page for Pink Shell…so many nests, so little time! Have a couple I check, along with a couple eagle cams as well as general sites, like explore.org and crow.org, etc.

      • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        1-27-17 CarolV I hate FB but happy you found it to be enjoyable for you. Yes, I have always been a fan of Explore and Rob B. I found them first thats how I learned about our Rob B. Lately I can not take my eyes of the Panda babies in China in the snow so many of them hilarious to watch them play.

    41. Rodee January 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      If you want to watch something like an Osprey Comedy, go to Ontario Osprey and watch the Mom moving an L-shaped stick around over and over and over again. It is hilarious. Thanks be to God the babies were not hurt. I wonder what was bothering the Mom. Rodee

    42. rjoneal January 18, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

      1-17-17 This is the beautiful view out my daughters back door in St.Augustine Florida.

      • Elaine January 18, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

        Awesome view! Very peaceful.

        • rjoneal February 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

          2-1-17 Reply- Elaine thanks for commenting on pic. It wont be to much longer before we start watching for George and Gracie to come home March and April . I can not wait.
          Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

      • Emily January 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Wow! That looks like paradise to me.

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 Reply- Emily she is spoiled but all of are that live in Florida I think.

      • margaretR January 19, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Reply to Rjoneal- absolutely stunning!!!!

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 Reply- Margaret R well I think you are going to see it in real life soon right? Going to visit Florida soon yeah you! Maybe you can take a pic to have for your backyard as CarolV mentioned. 🙂

      • Helen January 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        Absolutely beautiful!

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 Reply-Helen thanks 🙂

      • CarolV January 20, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

        Feel like printing this billboard size and rolling in to my backyard!

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 Reply- CarolV see thats a funny one just what I love (roll in to my backyard haaaa) Good idea maybe I will do the same. 🙂

    43. rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      1-17-17 Emily, I just noticed due to the fencing and the dogs fur my favorite thing, look at pic, it looks like a heart shaved out of the dogs chest too funny.

      • Emily January 18, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        Haha! I noticed that too. Sooo precious.

      • CarolV January 20, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Nice pic….and good spotting!

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 tks

        • Emily January 29, 2017 at 11:46 pm - Reply

          Thank Carol and some more ‘hearts’

        • Emily January 29, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

          thanks

        • Emily January 29, 2017 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    44. rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      1-17-17 Reply-Emily YEAH ! You did it, you made a Gravatar and I just love your neighbors dog. Looks like white German Sheppard maybe? Anyways he is a cutie. I have 2 dogs my Samoyed and German Sheppard but I have to keep my Gracie the Feather- Duster for my pic. Thanks, this will make it so easy to find your post during the season when posting gets real busy. 🙂

      • Emily January 19, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

        She’s my neighbour’s friend’s dog. She’s a Husky (very vocal)

      • Emily January 19, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

        some gifs

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 Emily aww my heart and Rocky with flowers what more can you ask for.

          • Emily January 31, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

            <3 <3 <3

      • Emily January 19, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

      • Emily January 19, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

        ….

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 very unique, love Gracie taking her egg !

          • Emily January 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

            Thanks! I just love making random gifs

    45. rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      1-17-17 Reply- Helen by the time you posted an answer I have seen them mate many times and today I saw 1 beautiful osprey egg in the nest at Pink Shell. Thanks for your response, not being sarcastic really thanks for answering. Here is hoping there will be one more osprey baby to fledge, to make a more beautiful world to live in.
      Love Our Ospreys and Followers!

      • Helen January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        🙂

      • Helen January 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm - Reply

        I see at least two eggs now, Rjoneal so that is good.

    46. Helen January 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      There looks like there is one egg in the Ft. Myers nest. It seems kind of fast that an egg should appear at this point – and also the egg looks unattended??????

      • Elaine January 18, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

        I was very nervous about the egg being unattended. However, this morning she was at the hest. I hope the egg is ok. Temperatures around 58-60 degrees during the night.

      • rjoneal January 19, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

        1-19-17 Reply-Helen 1st of all by the time you saw them mating they probably mated other times outside the nest. 2nd of all a viewer of this nest has a video on You-Tube showing her lay the Egg on 1-16-17. 3rd of all Last Year at Pink Shell it is on there on website and there is videos of this also Egg laid end of December and 1st hatch was on 2-29-16 so she seems to be running on track with last year give or take a little.
        There was comment about not tending to egg as much but folks it is average 50-60s and highs in 80s most days here. The egg does not need to be laid on all the time it is hot enough. There are eagles in Fort Myers but I have not heard of any around Pink Shell could be wrong.

      • Charlie Roney January 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

        Sadly, the egg is gone. It was there at 7:40 am 1/19/17, and gone by 9:30vam. I didn’t see the attack, but did see some of the shell remnants in the upper part of the nest. Hopefully, more eggs on the way!

    47. GinaM January 17, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Just a fly by January Hello to my osprey friends!
      I am missing them so much- driving around here seeing the big empty nests just waiting for their owners to return.
      I hope everyone is well.
      Today is January 17. The ospreys of Long Island start to appear on March 17. Not long now….
      ginam

      • rjoneal January 19, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

        1-19-17 Reply -GinaM if you are still there thanks for checking in I just posted a shout out for you. Are you watching the eagles? I saw the video from Janet Adams on Facebook and she did a magnificent job and there is a Gina on there.
        Osprey Hugs!

    48. rjoneal January 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      1-16-17 Here you go CarolV another Osprey nest in Florida even though I hate to post on OZ guess it is ok since everyone talks about Pink Shell this is just another one. There are several at 5 in Florida that have live cams. You might like this better than Pink Shell until our family comes home.

      http://www.achievalife.com/achieva-osprey/

    49. rjoneal January 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      1-14-17 Emily what do you think about this pic? You know me love the hearts. All 3 of our babies together in the nest in 7-2016

      • Emily January 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        I love it! You made our babies look adorable!

      • Elaine January 18, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

        What a beautiful family. I love it.

      • Emily January 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

        more gifs

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 Funny our Gracie always bringing in her treasures and loved to use that black plastic bag for insulation in the nest.

      • Emily January 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

        • rjoneal January 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

          1-27-17 love this one good job. 🙂

      • Emily January 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

        ….

      • Emily January 20, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

        …..

    50. Rjoneal January 14, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

      1-14-17 I reached out to Betsy by email. I let her know CarolV was asking about her and hope all is ok with her. Asked her to post something, that’s all I can do.

    51. CarolV January 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      EMILY_ your dancing heart frames took me by surprise! Was used to Rj’s frame so when OZ opened up to the sparkling hearts, I thought the old eyes were failing! (why not? Everything else on the fritz!) Very creative! Love the little hearts flying between th love-birds!
      Nice to see a shot from Canada. Like LI, so many different views! We have phone poles, only PSEG replacing standard poles with bigger uglier ones that often lean and require additional poles to stabilize them. They must have stock in the pole making business. This was brought up by Chris H (I believe) when it was mentioned that there is a long standing osprey nest that may be destroyed when a new power line is run out in Greenport ( town east of OZ nest.)—-{{for some reason, one of my crazy cats has decided she has to sit on my arm and clean my finger-lunch memories, I guess. Pardon any wonky typing-}} Haven’t heard anymore about this nest lately.
      Two local villages on the South Fork of LI stood up tp the power company years back and forced them to put the lines underground when they went trhu historic downtown areas- towns date from the 1600-1700’s ( not necessarily buildings, of course) and are more affluent than most in this area. Most towns don’t bother fighting “progress”. To RJONEAL-would love to have those pole free views, too, but we don’t have the frequency of hurricanes. More cost effective, I guess, to roll the dice and make do with tree trimming.

      • Emily January 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        Thanks, CarolV! I love all the pictures posted here – Occasionally, I like to play around with them. A few years ago, I started a “photo” blog – pics taken with cell phones… I haven’t posted much lately, but you can find them here if you are interested, emxxx4.blogspot.com …Well, I hope the osprey nest doesn’t get destroyed! That’s terrible. Please keep me posted.
        *sighs* I don’t like seeing the electrical wiring… no one here is protesting them…

      • rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

        1-17-17 reply- CarolV here, here, there is always pros and cons for all situations and in this case what state you live in. Hurricanes yes but I will take it to live in this beautiful state with so much nature around me. It brought me back to my childhood growing up in Nebraska looking at Emily’s picture with the poles and that is a good memory.

    52. isobel January 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Lovely pictures Rjoneal. Great memories of last season and to think all going well we will see George and Gracie raise another family this year. Can’t wait. Best wishes to all.

      • rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

        1-17-17 Reply- Isobel you are always so nice, thanks for checking in again and posting. Around March I get so much anxiety until I see George and Gracie back home building the nest.
        They just have so far to travel and so many ospreys do not make the trips so until I see them again I am like a worried mother. I just know they will make me jump up and down and probably cry when I see them, I cant wait. 🙂
        Osprey Hug to you!

    53. Trinity January 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Waiting patiently for Spring to arrive and our beloved birds to begin another season. I hope everyone is starting the new year on a good note 🌞

      • rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

        1-17-17 Reply- Trinity I am just counting down the days till I can start watching for them to return. My Ospreys in backyard at the lake are running late this winter on having a baby. The male just did his sky-dancing and has been bringing fish to the nest to female but she takes it and leaves. They have been very vocal so hopefully they are bonding and soon babies.
        So far the New Year is good but until I see my G&G it wont be complete. Osprey Hug to you !

    54. rjoneal January 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      1-12-16 I found a bunch of pics with the whole family hope you like.

      • CarolV January 13, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Thanks for the “fix”, Rj! Hey, maybe Betsy’s in a program for OWA!

        • rjoneal January 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

          1-17-17 CarolV well I did email her now we just have to see if you posts something. OWA could be allowing no contact until the birds come back haaa

    55. CarolV January 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Rj- nope, no pics of me- ur stuck with my handsome Harry for now……….prefer to stick with birds (although I am a little cuckoo) animal- related news and seasonal greetings (;=}}

      • CarolV January 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        And in all honesty, my “snide” remarks are usually the “taken out of context” kind, where print doesn’t convey tone. Used up most of my snide this fall——no politics intended here………..was enough idiocy to spread on all agendas! And now back to the birds!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Anyone watching Pink Shell? I see June c is! seemingly the Kardashian tape version! Guess we’ll be having an egg watch soon! Can’t get as interested in other sites. No one has the intimacy this nest does. Watching SWFL eagles and Oz and Harriet sporadically. And the Decorah eagles pop up on my fb page, in their snowy nest. Get a variety of beautiful pictures thru explore.org on fb. All interesting! Recommend it highly.

        We did hit 51 this afternoon. What a change from the teens just a couple of mornings ago! Needless to say, most of snow is gone-toodle-loo- and I’ve lost my excuse for not taking down hol. lights….sigh………..

        Just a hello to everyone still posting……love hearing what everyone else is up to……….thank you, AIDAN, for sticking with us !!We appreciate all you do!

        • CarolV January 13, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

          Sorry- meant Romeo and Juliet not O&H- I know Ozzie has passed. Just checked in with eagles.org and other cams..they grow so quickly, just missing a couple of days makes a drastic diff!

        • Helen January 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

          Yes – they have mated and as you say, just awaiting egg times.

          A very strange thing happened to me today – I passed the Osprey Nest on the road to my house and there was a bird sitting in it. It looked like a Osprey – same size and coloration. I took a pic with my phone but he flew away. Is that possible? Maybe it was another bird…..

        • Elaine January 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

          For CarolV: Lot of Ospreys in Florida. I pass3 nests on the way up 41 each day. I just looked at Pink Shell Osprey Cam, and saw what I thought was an egg when Osprey moved. It looks like it may be a little blood on it. She is not completely sitting on it.

          • Helen January 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

            I think the egg is broken – at least I don’t see it now (Pinkshell nest). She is still broody – maybe she laid another one.

      • rjoneal January 13, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        1-13-17 Reply-CarolV, Humm not what I expected.

    56. CarolV January 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      RJONEAL………..’doing a quick run thru and spotted photo album……looked like a passport! Thought one of the G’s was stuck at the border!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      .and thanks for your kind words…now I feel like I can never make a snide remark again………..dang…..the pressure!
      I feel like a slacker; all this free time while others are learning new techniques and I’m just trying to relearn what my stupid Windows10 had changed on it’s “updates”..Bah!

      8/2/16- Think I got them all..forgot how crowded that nest could be!

      • rjoneal January 11, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

        1-11-17 Reply- CarolV I should have taking a view so you can see it is a big album. Anyways 1st the pic you posted Nice, I too forgot how crowded it was when the whole family was in the nest. 2nd Your welcome for kind words, and your snide remark, I can count only 2 x in 2 years that felt a little over the edge towards me. I know what kind of person you are and our friendship so we move on, just voicing your opinion I know. I depend on you as our G&G Osprey commentary spokeswoman. Ever since you came to us at the beginning some were not sure how to take your humor and observations. It did not take them long with just a lil encouragement from me to keep going,keep posting for everyone to see what a wonderful lady you are. I am so glad during the beginning you did not leave and stuck it out. This made the haters leave and all of us were standing by you anytime someone had something even the the slightest bit out of tone towards you. I just love, love that you devoted your time to always give updates,weather reports, pics, humor, and educational info along with environmental issues as well. As you know I am on site 24/7 most times but do not have the humor you have to give such wonderful updates for all those who only get a chance to check in but depend on your posting to keep them updated. Hope you have been saving up for some new material to use for this year haaaaa 🙂 If not the old stuff will be just as good since you have such a flare on how to word it.
        ps I still am trying to figure out Windows 10 and I have had it for awhile but only know just what I use so much more to learn dont feel bad.

        CarolV are you ever going to post a pic of yourself? Maybe one of you at work? This seems to be the CarolV everyone knows the one at work that is. Would love to finally see your face since I already know you are a beautiful person inside the outside is just the shell but then you feel like you have really meet the whole person.

    57. CarolV January 10, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

      January 12th Full Wolf Moon 6:34 am
      aka The Old Full Moon
      Saw the snow shining last night when I was up in mid. of night. Our 7-8″ of snow will disappear when the temps shift from a current 13 now @7:30am est 1/10/17 to the 40s later today with possible 50s by Thursday……….bubye snow! (not a snow lover, in case I haven’t mentioned it) !

      Have to admit, the spinning cube makes me dizzy!

      • CarolV January 10, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Missing you, Betsy…Rj…heard from her?

        • rjoneal January 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          1-10-17 Reply-CarolV nope, have not seen her post or gotten any emails from her at all.

      • CarolV January 10, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

        For anyone checking on Rob B’s birds…….

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

      • rjoneal January 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        1-10-17 Reply-CarolV dont look at it haaaa 🙂 I know it does but it is different and thats why I liked it.

    58. rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      1-9-17 One of fav pics of the whole family, I have posted many times in different frames but I just love it.

      • Emily January 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        Yes, this is a great pic. I borrowed it and did these gifs

        • rjoneal January 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

          1-13-17 Reply- Emily we make a good team. I can do the easy part post a pic and you can do all the fancy tricks to make it even better haaa :). Love both of them but the one with the heart that floats in between G&G I really love the best. It took awhile for CarolV to do a Gravatar. If you remember early in the past season we had some trolls for the 1st time on our site and they were posting comments under fake names but also using our followers names. Then our followers would have to post that they did make that mean negative post. Betsy is one of followers that had it happen to and she is also the one that found out all about our main Troll Tammy. Once you have a Gravatar pic if someone post under your name if it is not you the pic will not show up so we will all know it is a troll. This was one of the reason I did the Gravatar then asked others so we could just ignore the trolls. Just FYI in case you are wondering why I like it so much. I have no financial gain,not a spokesperson for them darn….. The pics are perfect for Valentines thanks again.

          • Emily January 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

            Yes, we make a good team, but I don’t think I make your photos better! I’m just having fun… About those trolls – I don’t get why some people are such wretched human beings. That’s why I prefer animals. Haha.

      • Emily January 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      • Helen January 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

        Beautiful!!

    59. June c January 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Helen……just saw the Pink Shell Osprey’s mate…thanks for heads up….

    60. BirdRJSviewer16 January 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Happy New Year. With all this snow, I decided to check on the nest. Have not been here since our last chick Rocky left. ❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄

      • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        1-9-17 Reply- BirdRJSviewer16 Glad you are checking in. You should look back a couple pages back and you will see I did take a pic of the nest on the 1st winter snow before Tommy went to go out of town and the camera was shut down.. Several us posted lots of Holiday pics very creative you should take a look. Enjoy 🙂
        Love Our Osprey Family & Followers!

    61. Bob January 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Haven’t been around lately. Just enjoying Florida winter and watching some new eagles get their start. But, wanted to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.

      With affection, Bob

      • Jun c January 9, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

        Nice catch …Happy New Year o you too!

      • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

        1-9-17 Bob nice to see a face to match the name you do not look your age. I posted picture of some the Osprey followers that went to the luncheon if you want to look at that it is on this same page 56. I too am enjoying our Florida weather but the last 2 days has been burrr in the 30s but highs in 40s-50s now tomorrow finally back in the 70s. I hope you have time to go back a couple pages and take a look at all the creative pics that were taken by everyone for the Holidays. Start at Thanksgiving I posted a real good one from June C who was in Cancun of the 3 babies. Also before the camera got shut down I did get the first winter snow on our nest. The only reason camera is off right now is Tommy is out of town but we are told he will be back by the time our birds come back. A lot of us have been watching Eagles and like you once and awhile I get to see one in my area but not to often. Mostly Hawks Ospreys, Owls,Snake birds,Egrets,Pelicans,and all the other usual suspects.

        • Bob January 10, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

          Thanks for making me feel younger. i have gone back and seen all the amazing pics that you and others have posted. You are all so good at it. While we all wait with hope for G & G to return I have been watching young eaglets hatching and growing on different sites. Don’t kill too many fish but between my wife and I we do get some great and very fresh fish dinners. Not as fresh as the osprey who’s dinner is always flipping around. Be well. Bob

      • CarolV January 10, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

        Hi, Bob! HNY! See you’re keeping busy!

        • Bob January 10, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

          Hi Carol, Thanks for the reply. Time goes by quickly so it won’t be too long before we discover the fates of G & G

    62. rjoneal January 6, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

      1-6-17 Here is a pic with George and Gracie taking turns sitting on the 3 eggs. It looks like Gracie is crossing her talons as she is flying in what a lady haaaa.

      • CarolV January 10, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

        Looks like a pirouette! Birdie ballerina!

        • rjoneal January 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

          1-10-17 Reply CarolV Yes it does! Gracie has to have good foot work with all the babies always biting at her feet or talons.

    63. rjoneal January 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      1-5-17 Reply- Bre, February is approaching soon, can I put in a request for a special Valentine Poem for George and Gracie? This will give you time to work on one. 🙂

    64. rjoneal January 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      1-5-17 Gina M are still checking in? Missing you 🙂

    65. rjoneal January 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      1-5-2017 Reply Emily Aww, you did keep a pic of my Family Tree and I just love the heart with Gracie and the motion one too. I have made a lot of pics inside a heart of our Osprey Family in the past I just love hearts. Here are some that I posted in past.

    66. Helen January 4, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

      The Osprey in Fort Myers are mating.

      • June c January 6, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Is this the Pink shell nest? I once in a while take a look…did you see them mating? If so I’ll be sure to watch more often…Thank you agin for the link to make pics interesting….Happy New Year to all

      • rjoneal January 6, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

        1-6-17 Reply- Helen did you see them? Here in Florida they not only mate in nest but mostly in Pine Trees, at least the ones in my neighborhood do. They meet at the nest to bond a lot and sometimes one will bring a fish but often we see them mating in the trees. It takes good skill but they do it well. It only last a few seconds to minutes but babies always come so it must work.

        • Helen January 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

          It was definitely a mating at the nest – he jumped on her back etc. And I saw more than one there. They are together alot now.

      • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        1-9-17 Reply- Helen, JuneC was fortunate enough to see the Ospreys mating today I did not see it. Babies arriving before you know it.

    67. rjoneal January 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      1-1-2017 HAPPY NEW YEARS DAY ! Everyone be safe and kind to all, for those in cold weather keep warm. Missing everyone and our Osprey Family,Gracie and George keep safe and come home to us when the time is right we miss you both.

    68. rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      12-30-16 Sorry so big just learning this new pic program Emily uses and I just love it. 🙂

    69. rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      12-30-16 another experiment with our family

    70. rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      12-30-16 for Rodee here is a Picasso art of the family.

      • CarolV January 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal- Love the exploration of alternative art- keeps us entertained till stars come home! Like the graininess of this; looks like sand!

        • rjoneal January 6, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

          1-6-17 Reply-CarolV we all know I am all about Florida, so sand it is. I did not see that before until you mentioned it. Funny how new eyes can open up to a new prescriptive thats what I love about our site. How is the clean up with all the dead fish going? I really hope this does not impact our G&G Family when they return. After all it is a new year so talons crossed new year,G&G return safe,start new family,good weather,plenty of fish.

          • Bob January 19, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

            Dear RJ, The fish kill up north is a very common fall phenomena and is usually mostly a fish called menhaden (or locally bunker or moss bunker). The striped bass and bluefish drive the bunker into tight quarter inlets in such great numbers that they use up all the oxygen in the water and just plain die of asphyxiation. I have seen it many times and so it never surprises me. I don’t think we have to worry about a lack of food for the osprey when they return. I personally think the weather conditions play a greater role in their being able to catch enough food during nesting season. What bothers me more is the red tide down here in FL that kills many species of fish and manatees as well. It can take a long time for the fishery to recover and that is why seasons and regs change so often in order to restore some fish. It can take years. Hope you are well. Bob

            • rjoneal January 28, 2017 at 11:32 am

              1-28-17 Reply-Bob I agree the red tide is awful in Florida and I think I posted last year or maybe the year before about the red tide here in Florida. I love the manatees and use to scuba dive a lot and would see so many plus they are around us along with dolphins. They spend so much time talking about it and not enough action I know. That algae bloom is just awful.

      • ChrisH January 6, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

        Wow!! I don’t how you did this but it looks amazing! I saved a copy and am hoping to get a good print of it suitable for framing. It would look awesome hanging in my house — one of my rooms has a similar color scheme. Thanks for this, Rjoneal!!!

        • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

          1-9-17 Reply ChrisH I am so glad you like it, Rodee paints and many of her pictures have been in an exhibit so I knew she might like this. Rodee did thank me in private by private email which is under my Gravatar pic by my name. Thank you so much for the compliment, June C and I both printed our pics that we have taken and ones that we posted and they came out just fine. June C even gave me a special B-Day gift in September by making a photo album and printed all the pics on photo paper.
          Thanks for checking in and posting comments,glad you are still with us. Can not wait till our family comes home but until then I will continue to create pics of our family.
          Love Our Opsrey Family and Followers!

          • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

            Oops sideways but you get the point. Its a beautiful photo album !

        • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

          1-9-17 reply ChrisH if you email me then I can send you a pic without all the words on it if you want.

      • Helen January 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Terrific Rjoneal – thanks so much.

    71. CarolV December 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Hi! Hope everyone having a good week ‘tween holidays before our long winters nap! Last time I logged on stream was down and now down again- has it been up lately?

      For CHRISTIAN in Greenport- although not destroying the long established nest you are concerned about would be the ideal solution, being ignored by Big Utilities in favor of economics/their convenience too often the case. Just saw this article to show moving can be successful with a little concern on their part… if there is any way you could pass this on to powers that be…keep us updated if you make any progress…

      http://www.app.com/story/news/local/land-environment/enviroguy/2016/12/29/jcpl-osprey-nest-brick/95971200/

      • CarolV December 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        Just saw message about camera. Good vaca to Tommy! Thanks for the heads up and keeping comments going! Happy New Year!

    72. rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

      12-30-16 G&G if they were at the nest on a snow day!
      Reply- Emily this is what I did with that program for now, still trying to figure out what pics I want to play with and make something. Thanks again I have about 4 different pic programs and this one is just as user friendly as the ones I use. Thanks again 🙂

      • Emily January 3, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

        Hi RJ! They all look lovely! I’m glad you’re having fun.

        G & G look adorable–I love this pic the most!

        • rjoneal January 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

          1-5-17 reply- Emily thanks commenting on pic and yes I am liking it but have not had much time to get on computer. I have a question were you with us last Season I mean in 2015? Do you live NY if you are wanting to say if not that is ok. Just so you know if click on my Gravatar pic it has my email address if you want to email privately.

          We have had several days in 80 s but this weekend it is going to get to freezing for 2 days in the 30 s Burrr. Just getting yard work and what we call spring cleaning for the new year. You have to mow and weed eat and all that since the grass is still growing and the bushes and trees are too so they all need trimming lots to do. I always like to steam clean carpets doe outside cleaning and inside before we get our winter months usually Jan and Feb.

          • Emily January 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

            Hi RJ! I am from Toronto, Canada. I discovered this site last year and I love it!
            Thanks again for all your pictures.
            I think you are just wonderful!

            • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm

              1-9-17 Reply- Emily thanks for such kind words,you are so far away from me living in Florida. This is great to be able to meet someone like you, and you taught something new, and I am able to share it with our Osprey Followers. We are so lucky to have this site, look how educational it can be and I love learning new things. We have such a great site and followers too.
              The year 2015 was a hard year since it had PeeWee but it taught us all about Sibling Rivalry and if you want to learn about the Ospreys and most birds this is part of nature. It was really hard at first but then you realize it is part of nature. I just stopped watching when it got real bad once he passed on then I could watch again.
              The Eagles are more aggressive to me and they eat just about anything so watching the Ospreys who only eat fish mostly except rare occasion is so beautiful. Do not get me wrong I still love to watch Eagles too but once you watch them then Ospreys are so much more tame. However, Ospreys have been known to fight an eagle if they have to. Sometimes I think the Eagle parents pay a little more attention to their young but it just depends on their age and different families have different ways just like our Osprey Family G&G. They have rare qualities as mates and parents, as our Osprey Specialist Rob B. has pointed out in the past and it may have to do with them both being so young.
              Can you post a pic of what the weather looks like around you in Canada? Would love to see. Talking to you will probably be the closest I will ever be able to get to Canada. I have seen many pics and books but not the same.
              Do you have birds around you there? Do you have Ospreys around you ?
              Do you know how to make a Gravatar pic next to your name? Would love it if you could get a Gravatar pic, it makes it so easy during the Season when everyone is posting to glance at the pics to find the comments you want to read 1st then go back and read all comments. As you know their are so many people that will be posting when our birds come home. Try it learn something new like you taught me to do. Haaaa 🙂 I got Betsy, JuneC, Margaret R, and even our Nicest……. person on the site and our commentary spokeswoman, well thats what I call her CarolV figured it out.
              Once again thanks for joining our family and I can not wait till our Season 3 starts with George and Gracie.

          • Emily January 11, 2017 at 12:37 am - Reply

            I completely agree with you. I feel the same way about the eagles and the ospreys. I am happy to have found this site and to meet you guys. I have never been to Florida, but it looks like it would be a beautiful place to live in. I bet it’s nothing like this pic I posted of a lakeside drive in Toronto today.

            • rjoneal January 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

              1-11-17 Reply- Emily,
              How beautiful, thanks for taking a pic and posting it. Kinda funny to see electrical power lines hanging from pole to pole. Not everywhere but mostly where I live all the wiring and Cable,Electrical is underground now except in some of the old neighborhoods and certain areas.
              This picture reminds me a lot of Nebraska where I grew up. Thanks for bringing back some good memories even though this picture could be as far as the moon especially how far this pic was taken from Nebraska but yet looks like it.
              Did you think about using a pic to have your own Gravatar? Some of of the followers used their pets others used symbols and of course like me several of us used a pic of George or Gracie. Thanks for granting my wish with the beautiful pic now we just need our G&G to come home safely when the time is right. 🙂
              Silly, silly lady the year on pic needs to be 2017 this is why I hate the 1st month of a New Year it takes about a month before you get use to writing a new year.
              Big Osprey Hug !

            • rjoneal January 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

              1-11-17 Reply Emily you forgot to answer my question, I know I wrote a book to you so you probably forgot but, do you have birds around you there? Do you have Ospreys around you ?

          • Emily January 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

            I didn’t see ospreys in Toronto. But last September (around 11 pm) I thought I saw one flying south. Some years ago, I was fascinated watching intelligent sparrow interaction, friendly blue jays, cardinals, mean grackles, crows… Sadly, I saw starlings and pigeons eaten by falcons in my backyard. Now, I live in a condo, with a small patio, and I’m happy that my neighbour has a bird feeder (and a great dane :)… so we are visited by small birds, as well as by chipmunks, squirrels, and sometimes raccoons…
            Haha. I realized I wrote the wrong year after I posted it!
            I might look into making a Gravatar account. Thanks for the suggestion.

    73. alizarin December 30, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Wishing everyone much love, luck and happiness in the new year! G&G will be back in a few months too!

      Enjoy the calendars and Happy 2017!

      Alizarin

      • CarolV January 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

        Enjoying the calendar! Thanks everyday……….

      • rjoneal January 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        1-9-17 Reply- alizarin Of course we all love the calendars and so glad you took the time to make them and share them with all of us. Now we just need our G &G to come home safely and start a new family. Here is to 2017 good fishing, good weather, healthy babies, all survive and fledge to migrate.
        Osprey Hug to you, missing all the action of watching our Ospreys. Keep in touch !

    74. Aidan December 30, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Hi All!

      Hope you’re all doing well. Tommy let me know that the camera will be offline for some time this winter for repairs. I’m not sure exactly how soon it will be back, but definitely by the time our ospreys return. In the meantime, the comments section will be open as usual, and I’ll see if there’s anything I can put up in place of the stream.

      Have a happy New Year!

      -Aidan

      • rjoneal December 30, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

        12-30-16 Reply- Aidan thanks for letting us know. I hope he stays warm and safe during his travels. I wish Tommy a nice time but would be lying if I said I was not sad. 🙁
        Going to miss the view but happy he will return before our family comes back home. Hopefully Tommy will return early you know how us fans are anxiously awaiting to see the first ospreys return and then to get the first glimpse of our George and Gracie to make sure they are safe.
        Love that you are going to try and put something up maybe some of video from when the babies were growing and changing so quickly like during the month of July and August. By 8-20-16 Ali left so it would be good to see when all 3 were still in nest but not during the time Rocky was getting pecked a lot.

        Aidan no matter what you put on the stream THANK YOU, to Paul, you and all others that are allowing the site to stay up for comments. I love our site the most for this reason. We can still communicate to each other all year long. Thanks again and a big Osprey Hug to you!

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