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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

    44,819 Comments

    1. Rjoneal April 27, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

      4-27-17 Good Morning, I thought looking at Gracie watch Geo make a nest bowl was so funny as if she was checking him out!

    2. CarolV April 27, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Gracie has a good perch there! When G&G do the egg mambo, it’s like a good innerspring mattress-more bounce…George just leaving after a quickie—

      • Rjoneal April 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

        4-27-17 CarolV did you change the color for your pics or do you got something going on with the color? Lately your pics look different. Did you see the pic I posted for you the other day when you went MIA?
        🙂

    3. Rjoneal April 27, 2017 at 4:33 am - Reply

      4-27-17 Am Update for Egg Guess When Gracie lays 1 egg into nest:

      ____________________________________________________
      Sorry No Egg ☹
      April 25, 2017 Laura
      April 26, 2017 JuneC & Betsy 7:48 Am
      ________________________________________________________

      __________________________________________________________
      April 27,2017
      CarolV late afternoon
      KathyB 11:11Am
      Trinity
      ________________________________________________________
      April 28,2017
      Becky Lindley morning
      DawnF 4:00Pm
      Tora 2:00Pm
      ________________________________________________________
      April 29, 2017
      MargaretR
      PattieH mid morning
      Rjoneal
      ________________________________________________________
      April 30,2017
      AnjaB 4:00Am
      Micheal G Martin 0900/ 9:00Am
      Ruth 7:17Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 1,2017
      Bre 6:00-9:00Am
      MarilynG 8:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 2, 2017
      Isobel 11:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 5, 2017
      Jara 9:00? Am/Pm

      • alizarin April 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        Hey everyone, hope you all are enjoying the season!

        My guess for the 1st egg is May 1 at 11am

        • Rjoneal April 27, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

          4-27-17 Reply- Got date and time posted, good luck and glad you you joined in.

    4. Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      4-26-17 Update for Egg Guess When Gracie lays 1 egg into nest:
      Dates: Names:
      ____________________________________________________
      Sorry No Egg ☹
      April 25, 2017 Laura
      April 26, 2017 JuneC & Betsy 7:48 Am
      ________________________________________________________

      __________________________________________________________
      April 27,2017
      CarolV late afternoon
      KathyB 11:11Am
      Trinity
      ________________________________________________________
      April 28,2017
      Becky Lindley morning
      DawnF 4:00Pm
      Tora 2:00Pm
      ________________________________________________________
      April 29, 2017
      MargaretR
      PattieH mid morning
      Rjoneal
      ________________________________________________________
      April 30,2017
      AnjaB 4:00Am
      Micheal G Martin 0900/ 9:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 1,2017
      Bre 6:00-9:00Am
      MarilynG 8:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 2, 2017
      Isobel 11:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 5, 2017
      Jara 9:00? Am/Pm

    5. Betsy April 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      George taking off from nest

    6. Monica Alvarez April 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Hello!!

      Hope all is well with everyone!! So, when did George and Gracie return?!

    7. Betsy April 26, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      George smooshing the nest to make egg bowl. I get a kick watching him do that! 🙂

    8. Marlene Jannotta April 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Dear Rodee, I’m so sorry for all that you are going through. We have to keep the faith, because nothing is impossible with God. I will keep you in my prayers, and in the meantime our feathered family will help keep your mind occupied. Sending you a hug and all my best wishes. XOXO

    9. Helen April 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Just want to recommend “Wild Scotland” on Nat Geo Channel – “Spring Awakening” episode – beautiful and moving – Ospreys were featured in this episode.

    10. Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      4-26-17 Reply- CarolV I do not see any post from you for over 2 days are you ok? This is not like our CarolV, hope all is well and can not wait to get another humors pic with caption.
      Betsy is doing her thing with her pics now I need you doing your thing. Need to get weather report too when is that rain going to go away???

    11. Isobel April 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      I am so sorry to hear such sad news about Rodee. Keeping you in our prayers. Thank you Rjoneal for letting us know and for posting the beautiful photo. What a talented lady.

    12. Laura April 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      So sorry to hear about you. My thoughts and prayers are with you Rodee.

    13. June c April 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Hattie…I recorded their voices last year..this is a print out of George’s voice

      • June c April 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        This is Gracie when calling

        • June c April 26, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

          This is print out last year Gracie

        • June c April 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

          One I recorded at 12:50:45 today

          • Betsy April 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

            June c: It will be interesting to see the new chicks’ “voices”!!

    14. MM April 26, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Welcome back beautiful family <3

      • Mary Yourch April 26, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

        George has done such a good job lining the nest for the expected eggs, the sparrows are coming to help themselves. So sweet.
        Looking forward to a wonderful season.

        • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

          4-26-17 Reply- Mary Yourch George has learned a lot since last Season and Gracie too. I think they this year is going to be the best yet,glad you are with us.
          Love all our Osprey Family and Followers

    15. Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply

      4-25-17 George wants play,

    16. Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

      4-25-17 Here is a picture of our Dear Osprey Zone Follower and Friend, Rodee at an art exhibit were she had some paintings on exhibit in 2016.

      • Michael G. Martin April 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Rodee

        That is some beautiful Art Work. Just by looking at that one painting, your use of colors is extraordinarily beautiful. Do you have a Website to where we can access photos of your Artwork.
        And lastly, have you ever thought about doing a Family Portrait of George and Gracie and their Brood.

        Mike

    17. Betsy April 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      I think George looks so cute here!!

    18. Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Gracie flying from nest as George watches

    19. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      4-25-17 Update for Egg Guess When Gracie lays 1 🥚into nest:
      Dates: Names:
      ____________________________________________________
      🙁 Sorry No Egg -April 25, 2017 Laura

      April 26, 2017 JuneC
      Betsy 7:48 Am
      _______________________________________________________
      April 27,2017 CarolV late afternoon
      KathyB 11:11Am
      Trinity
      ________________________________________________________
      April 28,2017 Becky Lindley morning
      DawnF 4:00Pm
      Tora 2:00Pm
      ________________________________________________________
      April 29, 2017 MargaretR
      PattieH mid morning
      Rjoneal
      ________________________________________________________
      April 30,2017 AnjaB 4:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 1,2017 Bre 6:00-9:00Am
      MarilynG 8:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 2, 2017 Isobel 11:00Am
      ________________________________________________________
      May 5, 2017 Jara 9:00? Am/Pm

      • Michael G. Martin April 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

        My prediction on the First Egg is
        Sunday
        April 30 2017
        0900 hrs ( 9:00am )

        Mike

        • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

          4-26-17 Micheal G Martin thanks for making a guess your name and guess has been added.

      • Michael G. Martin April 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        Hi Group

        Has anyone witnessed Gracie and George engaging in a Mating Ritual

        Mike

    20. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      4-25-17 Please Read
      Osprey Zone Followers I know it is about our Osprey Family but one of our Osprey members who lives in New York has been diagnosed with a terminal Cancer. She is known in her community for a lot of things but most of all for someone who is always taking care of others. Rodee Hansen, a talented artist, who has many other jobs,hobbies, to many to list, has been with us since the beginning and went to the Osprey Luncheon last year.
      She wanted me to let Paul,Tommy, Aidan and all those who help behind the scenes know that she was just so happy to be able to see our Ospreys one more time reunited this year. While recovering after surgery she was able to take just a moment and enjoy watching them. She was so grateful that the camera came on so she could see them with her own eyes. This put a smile on her face and gave her a little escape from all the medical decisions she is facing at this time. Rodee may try and post again but for now she has asked me to let everyone know that she has really enjoyed watching and being apart of The Best Osprey Live Cam Family called Osprey Zone.
      Let us all keep her in our thoughts. Hopefully she will be able to join us at some point.

      • margaretR April 26, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

        so sorry to read this… praying for you Rodee

      • Aidan April 26, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

        Thanks so much for letting us know. I will certainly be keeping Rodee in my thoughts. So glad to have her as a part of our community and that we can bring her something that she enjoys.

        • Mary Yourch April 26, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

          Prayers for Rodee!

        • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

          4-26-17 Aidan you are very kind to post that and it did make Rodee happy. She said she is so grateful to have all of us behind her giving her such good support.
          I want to thank you since I know you are very busy.

      • ChrisH April 26, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

        Dear Rodee, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know I speak for all of us.

      • June c April 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

        Our prayers are with you Rodee…Thank you Ranay for letting our family known..

      • Redkayak April 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

        God bless. I pray you get to enjoy more “Zone” time soon.

      • Betsy April 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        Thanks for informing us Rjoneal. So sorry to read this. My thoughts are with you Rodee.

      • Helen April 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        Rodee – Am wishing you the very best. Be strong and hopeful Helen

      • Ann H. April 26, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        Such sad news! We are all thinking of you Rodee. We need to have an early luncheon this year for you.

      • Michael G. Martin April 26, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        RJ
        I live in Southold and if I can be of any help to Rodee let me know. I’m retired and have a lot of free time on my hands I would be more than happy to help Rodee. Just tell me when and where.

      • Kathy B. April 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        Prayers Rodee as you brave this awful disease. As one who has had cancer twice I know what you are going thru. You will be in my prayers. Hugs and blessings.

      • Bob April 27, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

        Can only add my prayers for Rodee to show us all we never know what will happen and so get better! With affection, Bob

      • alizarin April 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        Rodee, I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through. Sending you positive thoughts today and always.

      • CarolV April 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        I know this may be expressed elsewhere but can’t be said enough—
        ………………………………………………………….Rodee, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your beautiful artwork and good attitude are expressive of a beautiful spirit………Take care of yourself and keep up the good fight.

    21. Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      George rides in on a stick!!

      • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        Not easy when you’re a bird in the wind to arrange the new furnishing!!

        • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

          Got it … just got to move to over there …

          • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

            Was supposed to be this picture!!

            • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:09 pm

              Almost there …

            • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 10:18 pm

              All done with the stick …

            • June c April 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

              laat picture looks like she is saying “I dare you to move it”

          • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

            4-26-17 Reply- Betsy I agree with JuneC the last pic the look is a stare to dare. Great little sequence and captions for the pics.

      • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        4-26-17 Betsy I saw this but I was outside so could not get a pic, great pic and it was funny to watch him and with the wind too.

    22. Sue B April 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you all for bringing the site back this year! I am fortunate to live on LI and get out fishing on the south shore. There are a lot of nests that I get to peek at on the water, but none that let me see inside. This has been a treat for 3 years and I really appreciate the opportunity. Thanks again!

      • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

        4-26-17 Reply- Sue B glad you have found Osprey Zone to be a good home and to watch our George and Gracie start a new family again. I have ospreys all around me too but it is not the same, getting that beautiful view in,around the nest is just awesome. Here is to another good year.

    23. Betsy April 25, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Hang on George!!

      • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

        Poor bedraggled Gracie!!

        • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

          One of two ducks that went sailing past nest this evening!!

          • Rjoneal April 26, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

            4-26-17 Reply- Awesome quick grab, clear pic of ducks flying by. I tried to get a shot but just was not as clear did not have the patients at the time doing to many other things, glad you got it.

          • ChrisH April 26, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

            Great shot!!

    24. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      4-25-17 Osprey Lovers Rodee wanted me to post this in case you have not seen before, if you love ospreys watch this video it will amaze you.

      https://youtu.be/nA3LtXnNIto

      • margaretR April 26, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

        reply: Rjoneal- wow that video is fantastic– thanks for posting!

      • Trinity April 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

        For viewers that are quick to criticize George when he struggles to keep the family adequately fed, this might change their attitudes. We humans walk into a market for fish….it’s incredible seeing what osprey do to eat !

      • Helen April 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

        Sensational!!! Thanks so much.

      • Betsy April 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        I loved watching this video so much after GinaM posted the link in 2015 that I posted it last year! It’s just so amazing to see how the osprey catches fish (even though I’ve only seen it in videos!!). I never could get tired of watching this!!

      • Birdnerd April 27, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

        Simply amazing!

    25. gracey April 25, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone, I’m Back…actually I never left. And thanks Kathy B. for aligning with me on the Osprey’s proper names. I see Car V is at her same ole nicknames again…tsk..tsk.

      The April cam will be on Tuesday from 4:00 till 8:00 EST. This Osprey cam is the best of all…Thanks to all that made this possible,,,,Gracey

    26. Hattie April 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal, can you clarify what you meant in a reply to Kathleen, that ” We know George returns first “. In the years that this camera has been up has this George always returned first or did you mean all males return first ? I know many nest where the male has come back before the female, so I am just wondering what you meant. Also can you really tell the difference in a specific Osprey voice from another ?

      • Rjoneal April 27, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

        4-26-17 Reply- Hattie yes it is documented that most male ospreys come back to the nest first however there have been some nest where the female has shown up first. Osprey Zone George in the past 3 years has always returned first. Alzarin has made a wonderful calendar that is free to Osprey Zone Followers that has all the info on it about George and Gracie and babies from the beginning. You can just save it in your computer or you can print out like several of us have done. This way each month you can compare from Season 1, Season 2 and now with Season 3. So for example soon we will be doing the Egg Guess Hatch and you can look at the previous dates from the past two years and see when the babies were hatched and maybe this will help you with your guess. We have posted many times all the info on the Ospreys such as when they hatched time and dates and when they fledged, caught first fish and so on. This info is all on the calendar that Alzarin made. You can email me and I will send you a copy of it there is no way to just post it. Hope all this info helps
        Rjoako@bellsouth.net

        June and I listened to a Live Chat together and both I told June my Ospreys in different locations do have different tones that if they are just not screeching on alarm I can tell them apart then we herd this live chat so June decided to take an interest on it and you can see bigger pictures on it on page 48 that she posted back then. Do not misunderstand me but the Osprey male and female that live in my backyard lake do have very different tones then our George and Gracie and other Osprey Live Cams such as Steve and Rachel. Having so many Ospreys in Florida around me you hear the call of an osprey but unless I am by the house or around the ospreys that live by me a call of an osprey is the same it is the tones and also you have to take their actions to distinguish them apart.
        June c August 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm – Reply
        This all came about when Denver Holt, president and founder of the Owl Research Institute had a live chat in July. He said (this is not a quote) that each osprey has its own distinctive voice pattern…I put a shout out on Oz regarding this..No answers back so I decided to give it a try. Yes, calls peaks are different when calling, warning or just soft talk in nest with the same Osprey.

    27. Isobel April 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      My guess for first egg is May 2nd 11am. Many thanks for doing this again, makes it even more interesting.

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        4-25-17 Reply-Isobel you are welcome and glad you are with us again too. Wanted to do something to get everyone back on Osprey mode and get rid of all the negative.
        Osprey Hug

    28. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Then…. last one after snow started melting right before camera went off
      rjoneal December 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm – Reply
      Now the snow has almost all melted.

    29. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      And… here is what I posted for our 1st snow at the nest
      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.

    30. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      4-25-17 For those intrested, we have had a couple request, I think CarolV and I got the last pictures taken before camera was shut down if not it is close enough. Here is what the nest looked like on 12-16-16

      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!

    31. Bre April 25, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Hello Family soo glad to be back!! 😉 I have missed G&G and all of you xoxo…Rjoneal my guess on first egg is May 1st, early morning between 6am-9am

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

        4-25-17 Reply- Bre Glad you are back and hoping you are working on another master piece for the Return of our Osprey Family and Followers. HINT…HINT…No pressure just has to be amazing like all the ones in the past. Haaaa. LOL
        Big Big Osprey HUG to you!

    32. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

      4-24-17 Since I got a lot of great, nice responses on re-cap here is an article I posted at end of Season 2 for those who signed off early, hope you like it.

    33. Tora April 25, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Super windy and rainy today. Hunker down and stay safe, George, Gracie, and all!

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        4-25-17 Reply- Tora I hear you on that, Hunker down, Gracie and George need to make a tunnel with that wind. Hang on Gracie thank goodness those eggs in you added a couple pounds to help brace yourself to the nest.

    34. Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

      4-24-17 Reply Aidan thanks for fixing the YOU-TUBE problem, our pictures will look so much better. 🙂

    35. HollyW April 25, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply

      They did not clear the platform and most of it survived the several windstorms we had!

      • Redkayak April 25, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

        Thank you. We’ll that must have been a welcome sight for G&G

    36. Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      4-24-17 CarolV this pic is for you, got a crab claw in the nest heeee love crab legs yes I do.

    37. Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Egg Guess, When Gracie lays 1 🥚into nest join in on the fun !
      Updated on 4-24-17 pm

      April 25, 2017 Laura

      April 26, 2017 JuneC
      Betsy 7:48 AM
      April 27, 2017 CarolV late afternoon
      Trinity
      April 28, 2017 BeckyL morning
      DawnF
      Tora 2:00PM
      PattyK
      April 29, 2017 MargaretR
      PattieH mid morning
      Rjoneal
      April 30. 2017 AnjaB 4:00AM
      May 1, 2017 MarilynG 8:00AM
      May 5, 2017 Jara 9:00 ? AM/PM

    38. Betsy April 24, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      For newcomers here is my video of how to tell George and Gracie apart:

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        4-25-17 Betsy glad you re-posted video because I was going to do it for you for all the newcomers. Great minds think alike. You know I always try and spread the word about all the informative videos you have made for Osprey Zone and Followers.

        So here is a SHOUT-OUT for all of Betsy’s hard work last year making videos. Go to her You-Tube channel or you can click on her Gravatar pic next to her name of Gracie and it has all her info. Enjoy she worked hard to make those videos.

        eraftery (https://www.youtube.com/user/eraftery

        • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Thank you! I thought it was a good idea to post it again. As you know, I had posted at the end of March that my computer crashed and I lost a bunch of my pictures (before the camera came up again for this season I was trying to reconstruct them from my videos and the pictures with your emails and the pictures posted here — I was only up to July 19th when the camera for this year came back 😀 😀 ). Re-watching the G&G video, I saw a couple of pictures I still need to get back!! 😀

      • Patty K April 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy! This is my 3rd year but it’s great to watch this refresher course! xoxo

        • Betsy April 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

          Patty K: You’re welcome!

    39. SUE April 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      YAY!!!! BACK ON!!!!!!! They look WONDERFUL! THANK YOU!!

    40. Laura April 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      The nest has more of the soft bedding compared to yesterday. Looks like the nursery is ready!!

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

        4-25-17 Reply- Laura I do believe they are doing their best to find soft bedding, isn’t that why they say a woman pregnant is nesting shortly before she goes into labor? Eggs then babies cant wait.

    41. CarolV April 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      George brought in a nice big head-on fish which Gracie took possession of…

      • CarolV April 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        She must not have had a good hold on it because she was back in a minute fishless…..spirited conversation and George took off again…..
        Video choppy and only about 1 1/2 hr. rewind…another storm on the way, so maybe interference……with video, not fish!

        • CarolV April 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

          “I know—butter talons….I couldn’t believe it either…”

    42. Becky Lindley April 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      First Egg 4/28/17 in the morning. Becky

    43. Anja April 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      What joy it is to see George and Gracie again after a long winter. The recap was wonderful rjoako! Thank you.

      • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

        4-24-17 reply- Anja thanks reading it 🙂

    44. Hattie April 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know when each Osprey returned to the nest , as they do not travel together. That will also have a lot to do with when the first egg is laid, not when they laid the first last year.

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

        Hattie: No, we don’t know when each returned. The video stream did not come up until April 21st. However, area people had reported seeing an osprey in the nest (although, whether George or Gracie or intruder wasn’t known) as early as March 30th (see comments below).

        For anyone interested in “The Cloacal Kiss”: https://ospreytaleteller.com/2014/04/07/the-cloacal-kiss/

    45. Kathleen April 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Dear RJOneal – Nice to see you back! If you know, could you please give me the dates that George & Gracie came HOME! Looking forward to your informative posts <3

    46. Laura April 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      I predict tomorrow, 4/25 for the first egg. Here we have another successful “kiss”! Click on link below or copy and paste into address bar.

      https://www.facebook.com/laura.pluta.52/videos/1932531750311724/

      • Laura April 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

        This one occurred this morning, 4/24 around 9-9:30 AM

    47. Betsy April 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      BTW, Aidan, the camera is down

    48. Tora April 24, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Well, cam is not working for me atm, so I will take this time to guess! I am guessing Gracie will lay her first egg on 4/28, 2pm

      • Becky M. April 25, 2017 at 8:09 am - Reply

        The cam does not seem to be working properly. It appears to be 4 hours behind time.. I never had a problem before. Is anyone else seeing this?

    49. Laura April 24, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

      The link below is to the video I captured of what would appear to be a successful copulation on 4/23 around 7:30 AM and was probably one of several successes. My guess for the first egg is 4/25. I could not upload the video.

      https://www.facebook.com/laura.pluta.52/videos/1932218263676406/

    50. GinaM April 24, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Has anyone seen the telltale spot under the wing yet to 100% confirm our ID?

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        Hi Gina. Yes it is 100% George and Gracie!!

        • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

          Inset pics are from 2016

          • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

            And, top of head

          • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

            4-24-17 Reply- Betsy good pics for the showing. Did you get my email? Glad to see you are trucking right along having a new computer and all.

      • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

        4-24-17 Reply- GinaM It is George and Gracie and soon we will have a new family to watch grow. Did you want to guess on when Gracie will lay her 1st egg? Get in on the fun come on lady pic a date lol. Hugs

    51. Rjoneal April 23, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      OOPS sorry Trinity I forgot your name,

      Trinity 4-27-17 for 1st egg laid by Gracie

      • Redkayak April 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        It’s wonderful to see the CAM up and running again. Happy Spring 2017. Thanks to everyone who manages this site. I have one question. Do we know if the nest platform was cleared this year and they started from scratch or are we looking at last seasons black plastic furnishings? So happy to see things up and running again, thanks Tommy, Paul and all of the Osprezone

        • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

          4-25-17 Reply- Redkayak- The platform was not moved this past winter. This is from last year but there were a lot of free loaders and new tenants over the winter months.
          Paul had mentioned during the first year and last year that they had no intention on cleaning out the nest that they do know some sites do this but it was not deemed necessary for this platform. The only reason the nest got cleaned out and started from scratch during Season 2 was because they lowered the platform. At that time it was cleared out and they put a couple of big sticks with a ribbon on it to secure them for or Osprey family. The camera went down shortly after the first winter snow.

    52. Rjoneal April 23, 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      Egg Guess, When Gracie lays 1 🥚into nest join in on the fun !

      CarolV 4-27-17 late afternoon
      DawnF 4-28-17
      JuneC 4-26-17
      MargaretR pending
      Rjoneal 4-29-17

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

        My “Gracie’s first egg” guess: April 26 at 7:48 am!! 😀

      • Pattie Hoolie April 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        April 29, 2017 mid morning

      • Patty K April 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

        Patty K my guess, 1st egg 4-28-17! xo

      • Jara April 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

        May 5 @ 9:00

      • Marilyn G April 24, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

        May 1, 8 a.m.

      • Laura April 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        Predicting (hoping) for the first egg tomorrow, 4/25!

      • Kathleen B April 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        April 27th. 11:11 am.

        • Rjoneal April 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

          4-25=17 Reply Kathleen B will put on update you should see on tomorrows list. Thanks for joining in, you and Betsy are giving very specific times down to the seconds do you 2 know something we dont? LOL Good luck

      • Ruth April 26, 2017 at 12:37 am - Reply

        1st egg on 4/30 @ 7:17am

    53. Rjoneal April 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Welcome Back everybody, here is a recap from last Season 2, all the accomplishments that were made.

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

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

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

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

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

      • margaretR April 24, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

        Rjoneal… Reply great re-cap!!!

        • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

          4-24-17 Reply- MargaretR 🙂 tks Osprey HUG!

      • june c April 24, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

        Great summary of last yearL

        • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

          4-24-17 Reply- Thanks JuneC it was a good one thats for sure. Hugs

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        Very nice!

    54. Rjoneal April 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      4-23-17 Some of my favorite pictures are when Gracie is grooming that is how I got my Gravatar pic of Gracie Feather-Duster

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

        Boy, was Gracie ever going to town on those feathers!!

    55. Patty K April 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Was out of town for weekend no wifi for a few days….came back to see the cam going strong! Yippee!! Thank you, thank you! Looking forward to another great Osprey Zone year! xoxoxo

    56. CarolV April 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      4/23—- Lazy Sunday–George with some leisurely nestorations, between checking in to say hi…

      • CarolV April 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Gracie catching up on here grooming regimen……

        • CarolV April 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

          …….which pays off- You look Marrrr-vel-oussssssssssssss. Dahlink!!!!!

    57. Linda Ardizzone April 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Oh what joy!!! We are up and running. So glad that George and Gracie are both back. They have become very good parents. Here is to a successful and happy nesting season. 🙂

    58. Robin May April 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Yay! Thank you 🙂

    59. CarolV April 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Whatcha got, Honey???????

      • CarolV April 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Never too soon for crib rails………….

    60. CarolV April 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      4/23-early afternoon and sunny
      ………………………………………………..Still a little damp………………..

      • CarolV April 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        HOW long do I have to stand like this to dry out????????

    61. Ellen April 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Hi. New here…is there a problem with the angle of this cam or is it always like this?

    62. Sarah Lynn April 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      The clarity of the picture this year is phenomenal. If I wanted, I could count the blades of grass in the nest. Thanks so much. here’s hoping the , um, projectile products, go the other way!

    63. Leora April 23, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Thank you for turning on your camera. Is there anyway you can adjust the camera angel so we don’t have a blind spot on the right. it seems to be a corner they favor.

    64. Betsy April 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Gracie on 04/22/2017 at 17:26:13

      • Betsy April 22, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        Sorry Trinity!! I had to frame this!! 🙂

        • Trinity April 24, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

          What an expressive face ! 👀

    65. carolV April 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      About 6:40pm 4/22—Bay looking glassy and calm- chance of more showers overnight–Gracie looking bedraggled…

    66. CarolV April 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      4/22/2017 about 4:00pmEDT- George delivers nice headless fish–

      Day has been cool and gloomy- but there is hope for a steady warm-up over the coming week…………….

      • CarolV April 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        Gracie takes her fish out for a picnic…….

    67. carolV April 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Just saw an osprey nest that makes hoarder, Gracie, look like an amateur! Had everything but the kitchen sink—-and that may have been in there somewhere!!! Was on an Audubon site but don’t have address. Greenwich CT if that helps…besides, don’t want to start out season posting other cams-was ok for winter.

    68. Laura Pluta April 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      “Hey, you guys are back too”!

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

        Good caption!!

      • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

        4-24-17 Reply-Laura P good caption with your picture. We are Back is Right Season 3 Yippee !

    69. Bobbie April 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! So glad to see Osprey Zone webcam in operation again. Yippee!

      • Rjoneal April 24, 2017 at 11:30 pm - Reply

        4-24-17 Reply- Bobbie I just noticed you post the word Yippee but hopefully there is enough cheer to go around. 🙂

        • Bobbie April 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

          For sure! I’m grateful that George and Gracie are reunited and appreciative of all those who make Osprey Zone possible.

    70. Donna lee April 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      I’m so happy to see the camera back up and George & Gracie here to start their family! I hope everyone had a wonderful year in the mean time.

    71. Elaine April 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Gracie looks good. I am so glad to see George and Gracie are back. I am so glad to be back chatting with you all again.

    72. Doris April 22, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for getting the camera working again. I am sure everyone is as happy as I am.

    73. Isobel April 22, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      So funny, the sparrows are back stealing nesting material.

    74. Betsy April 22, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Is anyone else having sound issues, i.e., the audio and visual of the video are not synchronized?

      • Betsy April 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

        Of course, it resolved itself not too long after I posted that!! 😀

    75. Isobel April 22, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Wonderful! Great to see our lovely couple back again.Thank you so much to all.

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