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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
4-29-17 George and Gracie at the nest, Gracie lays on 1 egg laid 4-28-17
Went back to see if Gracie ate this pm and here George is bringing a nice fish, head and all. She left with 2 feet firmly gripping it; was gone at least 20mins,; wiped her beak thouroughly when she got back. So guess she had a good meal!
Shout-Out-To- Our Betsy- Rode just emailed me today and wanted to say she felt loved by The 2 videos Besty posted on Facebook. I do not do Facebook so I am not sure which videos but it really made Rodee happy that she could see them. I have been forwarding all the videos of events and some pics to her.
She said she is so grateful to have such blessed people praying for her and supporting her. She will be seeing another doctor soon and if something can be done she will keep me posted. She is still pretty much bed-bound still but is getting better and hopes to be moving around soon.
Rodee said George Our Man brought in 2 fish instead of passing out cigars he did it his way.
This is a good sign she still has her sense of humor.
Rjoneal: I think she must have meant YouTube! Glad she liked the videos and I’m glad to hear she’s getting a little better!
Intruder lands in nest around 5:53 PM
Update to Winners- I missed Patty K name-All Picked the Correct date on Guess 1st Egg Laid CONGRATULATIONS!
Becky Lindley morning
UPDATE– PATTY K WAS ALSO ONE OF THE FOLLOWERS WHO PICKED THE DAY APRIL 28 FOR GRACIE’S 1ST EGG LAID, IT WAS OVERLOOKED SORRY PATTY!
When Gracie stood up at 5:16 pm (April 29) I believe there were two eggs. Did the second one just arrive?
So eggcited about the first egg! Now Gracie can work on #2.
Thanks to everyone who posts pictures and videos for all of us who unable to watch these important events.
with a parting gift!
Gracie stepped out about 45mins. before to get to her palates class. George was near-by and took over egg duty………..
Thanks for the weekend updates 😊
4-29-17 Reply- CarolV & Ann H and Betsy – I am so eggcited too since Sunday Gracie might lay Egg 2 we will have to wait and see…….
I just got back from dropping off expired meds at a location for “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” (The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. — https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html). The agent and I got to talking and he showed me this picture of Indonesian surf champion Dede Suryana riding a wave filled with trash on Untung Jawa Island. Pretty gross!!
Interesting article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/10/trash-waves-indonesia_n_3736913.html
4-29-17 Reply- Betsy OH…. What A Mess, Yuk that is just terrible. Just so hard to believe, thanks for passing it on.
Gracie would have so much to add to the décor!!!!
Seriously, I will Not complain about our litter issues! and continue with my own little ways to avoid our garbage build-up!!!!!!
CarolV: Hi!! 🙂
We had a quick thunderstorm pass thru this a.m.-early….some of the longest thunder-rolls I’ve heard…one lasted what seemed at least 30 secs. long…a couple of loud ones, too. My cat, Stevie Irwin, was m.i.a. for awhile-not a fan.
George stopped in before 6 to say morning. He was back with a headless fish about 7ish…Gracie chatted but wasn’t interested in eating yet. George brought his fish back about 7:15 and Gracie took it this time and flew off.
They are reacting to intruders, which I haven’t seen yet.
O.K.-hungry now—coming, dear one….
George tucking in “eggy”
Gracie showing off her dot
Gracie was out about 1/2hr with her breakfast, so she had a good stretch. George is dropping in regularly….good “hubby”
Forecast is for one more possible shower, then cloudy but warm-high 60s for East Marion, by nest; low 70s here on the south fork. It’s already 65 by nest at 10:30am……
I was surprised and happy to see that George and Gracie have their first egg. Congratulations are in order! Betsy, thanks for the videos. Can’t believe I missed the whole thing, but at least being able to see it afterward is wonderful. Have a nice weekend, everyone. This is an eggstra special weekend for our favorite couple.
Marlene: You’re welcome!
4-28-17 SHOUT-OUT TO BETSY Thanks for making the videos for us. I was going to email you but I was hoping you were already working on it and it looks like you were working,
4 videos in 1 day guess you got the coffee brewing on constant refill. 🙂
Rjoneal: Constant refill!!! 😀
4-28-17 George brings in 2 fish 1st time every one for the books!
Great photo for next year’s calendar!
I always enjoy that even tho people may post similar shots, we all have our own take on them!!!
about 4pmEDT—Home comes our hunter-home from the sea…………..yes-double catch
Presenting one to his queen……….
I kept missing the moment of arrival and wondering where the smaller fish dropped from!
Gracie took off with smaller fish. George started to settle on egg, spotted 2nd fish; after looking between fish and egg, he took off with fish. Gracie was back within a minute–fishless.
George was in and out several times, but I didn’t see her get any more fish. She did get a stick laid on her back…..helpful to a hungry mother. I’m sure if she got a fish, someone will post…..
anybody have a can of mackerel?
A double-header!! George brings in 2 fish at the same time!!
George came in with two fish at around 3:58pm….Amazing how he managed two at once…
Our boy caught 2 fish at one time around 4 PM
Reply June C. Really hoping he keeps up the good work!!!
4/48/17 1600 hour. George delivered 2 fish. Gave both of them to Gracie.
Reply June B-Gracie only took 1 fish flew off with it. Returned and begged for George to either feed her of give fish but she did not get any of the fish.
Hi Betsy. Thanks so much for sharing the video of Gracie ‘giving birth’. Brilliant.
Pam: You’re welcome
I thank you also Betsy very much. Have a good weekend.
Helen You’re welcome and thank you!
3/28/17 @3:22pm One egg visable.
George is in and out often–insisting on sitting on egg each time, if only for a few minutes…
Gracie finally moves over to enjoy the view…..
That’s adorable CarolV.
Congratulations George and Gracie. Well done. Great news.
OMG how precious, Gracie is absolutely beautiful..bless her heart she is amazing! Congrats to George & Gracie egg #1 🙂
Gracie accepts her push present from George………….
Fantastic to be able to watch the first egg being laid live!
We have an egg folks!
I see one egg. Its 1:17 PM on 4/28/17
Now she is sitting on it.
George stops by for a few minutes to have a few chirps with Gracie………….
….before stepping off in a nice sideways glide
She squeezed it out at 10:36.
Did Gracie Lay an egg? Sure looks like it? BTW its nice to see everyone back on the site.
Hello. Thanks for replying to my first comment. Have just logged on here in UK and looks as tho Gracie has been busy – yippee! It’s wonderful being able to follow your site, thank you for providing it.
Hey, did you all miss the event? There’s an egg in the nest!!!!
April 28, 2017
Scrolled back to watch Gracie lay her first egg at 10:36 am. Congratulations, Gracie and George!
Oppps looks like one …
YA !!! two eggs…
Sorry, Rjoneal, took vaca from computer and osprey, so was lax in my weather reports..Besides, weather was getting depressing!!!! Promises, promises on sun, only to be yanked back, like “haha,,,fooled you again!” So has been nice to feel the sun and warmth again…
……………………………………………..Gracie, dozing in the sunlight, enjoying the day…………
Gracie at 10:25.
Gracie at 10:25, and Gracie at 10:35! Nice job Gracie!!
10:36am this morning. 1st sighting of Egg #1.
Looks like precious Egg #1 arrived apron. 10:39. And Parents look as amazed as we are! A beautiful day!
Egg one 10:36 AM
First egg sometime between 10:25 and 10:36 am Friday morning
Gracie laid her first egg of 2017 at 10:36:07 today, Friday, April 28th. For those who missed it, here’s the video:
Here’s Gracie sitting on the egg for the first time after laying it:
Here’s George sitting on the 1st egg of 2017 for the 1st time
Thanks for the videos. I’ve missed all this!! Last time I checked in the camera was not on. Please answer a few questions for me if you have the time. When did George & Gracie return to the nest? It seems to be quite some time since there’s a lot of “stuff” on the nest.
And, so, the first egg was today, Friday, 4/28?
These guys never cease to amaze me year after year. 🙂
Monica A: HI! We don’t know exactly when each returned — the video stream did not come back 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 previous page). I believe the nest platform was left as is after George left last year, so G&G did not have to start from scratch to build the nest, they only had to add fresh material. And, yes, Gracie laid the first egg on Friday!
Thanks so very much, Betsy!! 🙂
Elizabeth: You’re welcome!
Thanks so so much for the great video!!!
Jan: You’re welcome.
CarolV: You’re welcome!! Love kitty Gravatar picture!!
Yay, we have Gracie’s first egg! Betsy, thanks so much for posting the video!
Maryanne: You’re welcome!
George bonding with the new addition, giving Gracie a rest….
Nice work, Momma!!!!!
YYYYAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY! See we are all proud aunts and uncles!! Off to the races!!!
4/28/17/ 11:33 am Proud Poppa George cuddling first egg! How heartwarming to wath! xoxo
That’s o.k…I have a finger lisp toooo…(;*}
Nice call Becky! Helen you were right.
congrats to all the 4-28 guesser….
All Picked the Correct date on Guess 1st Egg Laid CONGRATULATIONS!
Becky Lindley morning
How exciting…great shot!
4-28-17 Reply- Elizabeth thanks:)
What happened to Patty K vote for today??? Rj,was posted on 4/24/17…….was so glued to cam and so happy!
What happened to my guess?.
I guess I was deleted from the guess list
Patty K I would never delete you on purpose obviously it was an oversight, only human sometimes we make mistakes. You dont?
OMG!!!! An egg!!!!!
Yay! We have an EGG!!
4-28-17 Gracie’s lays 1st Egg
4/28/17 10:43am Hooray!! First egg- GREAT job dear Gracie! xoxoxo
I think there is an egg in the nest or is something else. Thanks
First egg! Video! https://youtu.be/_6IRd1MnsMs
WOW very exciting I just witnessed her laying the first egg at 10:36 a.m. 4/28/2017.
one egg 10:37am!!!!!!!
4/28/17 10:27am Looking like dear Gracie is getting very ready to lay 1st egg!!!
I certainly was wrong about the first egg being imminent – I guess in her own time – so long as they are healthy.
No egg yet. It looks like Gracie has a leg up on us 😉
There is an egg now!!!
I am experiencing a delayed screen everyday. When I log in at 9:00 am,the cam is dark and it tells the date and 4:00 am. This continues all day.. Anyone else? I love watching the Ospreys as well and am grateful for the cam.
I may be wrong but I think an egg may be imminent from the way she is acting.
she did it! We have an egg
4-27-17 EMILY- Attention looking for EMILY, were did you go my lady? Hope all is ok please post something so I know you are still with us. This is not like you to go silence and no pics or guess. Email me or post and let me know you are watching our George and Gracie hope you check in soon so you will see the camera is back up.
Dearest RJ, you are so sweet for caring about me! I am doing all right. I’m just really busy these days (family stuff, etc), but I check in every day to see the posts. I am so grateful to you all for the updates. Much love xo
4-29-17 Reply- Emily, Glad you are still checking in and hope things will calm down and nothing to serious. Miss your pics and postings. Osprey Hugs and keep in touch!
Emily you can email directly if you want email@example.com
moonlight, last night…
Gracie looks like she is going pop anytime who will be the lucky person to guess the day right?
Egg Guess, When Gracie lays 1 🥚into nest join in on the fun !
Sorry No Egg ☹
April 25, 2017 Laura
April 26, 2017 JuneC & Betsy 7:48 Am
April 27, 17 CarolV late afternoon, KathyB 11:11Am &Trinity
Becky Lindley morning
April 29, 2017
PattieH mid morning
Micheal G Martin 0900/ 9:00Am
May 2, 2017
May 5, 2017
Jara 9:00? Am/Pm
Mary Yourch: The link for Scotland wild ospreys (re Helen’s posts April 27, 2017 at 9:27 am and April 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm) is http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/destination-wild/videos/wild-scotland-spring-awakening/
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Thank you so much Betsy – I guess I still do things the old-fashioned and more complicated way. Thank you for sharing – I just want everyone to see it. Watched it again this morning and was enchanted anew.
Helen: That was just a wonderful video to watch! I’m so glad you posted the info!
I am so glad you felt the same way as I do about it. It is really special.
Thank you to all who make this possible. My prayers to Rodee. Can’t believe Shelter Island won’t allow a substation rather than digging up the bay, disruppting the park, land and Osprey nest in Greenport. So let them do with less electricity this summer.
My thoughts and prayers are with Rodee…it has been a privilege having known her thru this group. Keep up the good fight Rodee, as you take care of yourself.
I WONDER IF SOMEONE CAN TELL ME IF THERE IS A SPECIAL ORDER TO THIS POSTING. I HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING CURRENT POSTS WITHOUT SCROLLING HALFWAY DOWN THE PAGE AND THEN THEY ARE MIXED IN WITH MUCH OLDER ONES. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Hattie, you are not doing anything wrong. It takes quite a while to get used to the ways posts are displayed. Try thinking of it as a treasure hunt!
Hattie: You’re not doing anything wrong!! Sometimes Paul or Aidan need to post an important comment that they are able to keep at the top by dating it in the future (e.g. the ospreyzone comment at top dated August 26, 2017 at 10:31 am — note the year). People respond to these comments and eventually it all becomes unwieldy and confusing — as you can see!! 🙂 . When the original comment is no longer relevant or applicable, Aidan will correct the date/year and move it and its replies so the entries are in chronological order (relevant to all of the comments). For whatever reason, some of the replies somehow get dragged back to the top!! We sometimes just ask Aidan to please clean up those comments — so that the newest posts are at the top. Hope this helps!!
Hattie you are not alone. I’ve watched this cam each year and refrain from posting. I can never understand the order either. It is very confusing.
Watching from the UK. Got hooked on your site last year. Been watching male house sparrow stealing twigs from the nest to make his own. Cheeky.
4-27-17 Reply- Pam, Welcome back glad you are with us again. Do you want to try and make a guess on when Gracie is going to lay the 1st Egg? No Prize just for fun we love to keep everyone together as one big family. Below postings are some of the people who have entered, you just have to post your comment or email me and I will update the list 1 daily.
Now if that is not your cup of tea no problem enjoy the live cam we are so grateful to have.
Love our Osprey Zone Family and Followers!
I I have not made a comment in a long, long time. I just want to say I am so happy the camera is back. I enjoy all the pictures and comments from others. I hope others appreciate the work of all involved and keeps any negative comments to themselves. This is such a wonderful thing. Thank you.
4-27-17 Reply- Karen Haggerty, Nice to see you are still with us and yes this year no more negative. This time all of us are not even going to respond to any negative postings. We are just going to skip over and move on. This is a place to put a smile on your face at the crazy things our birds do and make you laugh. We will not be fooled by the TROLLS and we are not acknowledging any negative. Just to many great things to talk about those people are not worth our time.
Most of us do know Paul,Tommy,Aidan and the helpers are the best and Osprey Zone knows who their devoted family followers are versus the ones that always cause trouble.
Thanks for posting and lets have the best year yet Season 3 yeah 🙂
Just looked at Wild Scotland again – noted that the exact name of the channel is Nat Geo Wild in case you have two Nat Geo channels. It is so moving – shows the Osprey family as a central part of the nature scene. Please look at it – you will treasure it as I do.
Helen could you give us the link for Scotland wild ospreys. I could not access it.
Mary – I got it from the Nat Geo Wild website – please let me know if you have a problem. I have recorded the Osprey episode which is called Spring Awakening and I look at it all the time. It is really magnificent..
I just went to Nat Geo Wild – it is a wonderful channel – they list what they have – I had to click on “load more” about 6 times before it came up. They stated that it would be on again May 9. There are two other episodes but again the Osprey episode is called “Spring Awakening” and I believe it is available on line.
Friday here on LI should be partly sunny and 74 degrees and the weekend doesn’t look bad so Hoping for a Saturday Egg 🙂
4-27-17 Reply-Pattie Hoolie thankyou for weather report, I am always bugging CarolV to post since I live far from LI.