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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
touching an egg gently
Gracie takes off
There goes another feather!!
5-23-17 Reply- Betsy good eye and getting the picture just so love it.
“Are you guys still watching us??”
5-23-17 Gracie almost looks like a statue ( Not Real) the way she is frozen and the eyes.
George was egg-sitting. He got up to take a “spin” out over the water … he let loose in mid-air!! 😀
Sky writing…or expulsion of excess fuel?
Linda A..incubation period is 35-42 days..If u count April 28th as day 1 June 1st would be 35 days..as I said before, JUST A GUESS, June 6th 40th day..
I love to watch G & G mates for life…
I like to watch them hover when looking into the sea
I spy them from a live cam a huge nest
Of driftwood, tree limbs, seaweed,& plastic hehe
Each summer, several generations of young
We’ve all watch grow.
George will search for food for Gracie to feed
Their favorite dish a nice juicy fish, spotting
Prey underwater from 30 meters above.
Soon to come hatchlings chirping from the nest
Parents will never rest…
Incubation will become a pleasant memory.
5-22-17 Sweet Bre, Thank You, for our osprey family poem, we all just love your poetry. Of course you had a little pressure from some us including me to write another masterpiece before the babies arrived. Job well done. BIG OSPREY HUGS !
George feeding Gracie
5/21/2017, 6: 02pm Watching Stud Muffin George feeding his Lady Gracie….Thank you OspreyZone for this exceptional experience…xoxoxo
5-23-17 Reply- PattyK I like Lady Gracie thats perfect. 🙂
about 4:45pm- George was picking on some fish jerky he spotted….he stood up to pull it out then vacated to let Gracie come in.
As Gra came in and settled on eggs, Geo flew in to perch-his shadow covers her………..
Gracie’s snacking in bed @ the jerky a little while later……..
…then worked on it down to the yummy dried tailfin!
Gracie settles back down on the eggs after things quieted down and George looks really cute here!!
After George flew back with grass for the nest, he and Gracie watched and alarmed at an intruder
Poor Gracie!! After aerating the egg bowl she had debris stuck on her face!! She tried unsuccessfully several times to shake it off, even having to alarm at an intruder in her undignified state!! 😀 😀
Eventually, though, she was able to — on her second attempt — rub it off on the nest and was then back to her winsome self!! 😀 😀
Oops!! Didn’t include © and sponsorship info!! Sorry!!
5-23-17 Reply- Betsy I missed this whole thing glad you posted pics poor Gracie.
I think this was a mockingbird chasing maybe a crow
I always love seeing the little guys chasing the crows! Yeah- I know- they have their own families to feed—yadayada………
“Are you watching me??”
Gracie getting a sexy selfie for George’s cell–titled; Feathered Fem Fatale”
A unique view of Gracie
This must be what it’s like as a chick!! 😀
One more!! 😀
Good shots and FUNNY comment about chicks’eye view!
Another feather picture!! 😀 😀 George flying away
5-23-17 Betsy this is a good feather one a keeper for sure.
George alarming away an intruder!!
Gracie tip toes and wing flaps her way over the twigs to get to the other side of George
Gracie flying away with the fish from George
George was sitting on the eggs when he decided he needed to get up and fly in a loop around the nest
returning after a few seconds to resume sitting on the eggs
For Betsy: These are awesome pictures.
Sunny Sunday @ 6:19amEDT–George comes in w/fish………..
Intruder flies up and over
George jumps at Pesky………
Pesky u-turns and away
Getting careless again- here’s Pesky, not a repeat of George’s feet
Gracie went out for a few minutes- George always has a hard time deciding between fish and eggs, looking back and forth til he starts picking at fish……….Gracie was right back and settled on eggs, so George went out with fish
and a few minutes later, hubby returns to feed wifey…..
Nice snapshots 😀
Enchanted evening with Gracie
Gracie is so beautiful.
The day is winding down
George moving the stick he brought
George brought a stick and then gives us a close-up view of his feathers
I love their feathers!!
A chaos of feathers!!
I think the two year growth of the nest has brought it up toward camera–seems to be more in-your-face views! Hope Tommy’s windshield washer still in action! Should be a few dead -on shots into the lens when the hooligans get here!
Gracie doing a bend-over wing-and-hammy stretch
Yoga classes going well!
This afternoon, I think Gracie regurgitated seaweed … After opening her beak and vigorously shaking her head, it looked as if green seaweed was regurgitated!!
Here it is flying through the air!! 😀
Nevermind!! I taped the episode and after looking at the tape again, I think she was trying to regurgitate something and her beak snagged on the seaweed and sent it flying!! 😀 😀
There was an intruder frequently doing fly-bys today!!
Gracie has a loose feather at the top of her big … she looks so cute with it!!
Across the top of her beak!!
5-20-17 CarolV here is a GeoBrella for Gracie
He’s a good hubby–even when he’s not trying!
Open wide, Honey- A little more fishy for you……………
We always love seeing G & G bonding!
George first tries to put the stick that he just brought on Gracie
George and Gracie swapping egg-sitting duty
I think Gracie’s affinity for things plastic is beginning to rub of on George!! 😀
S/b, rub off!!
Somebody missing an irrigation system????? Has he been hangin’ with the robins and goin’ for worms?????
George shows us his tail feathers
Fly away George
I was wondering when this nest will be on pip watch? After a nasty snow storm in Colorado and our Boulder County Mom protecting the eggs from the cold and snow for almost two days (without food) we suddenly have sun, warmth and a set of twins!! Two more eggs left to hatch here. I would love to see George and Gracie’s chicks come into the world but I have no clue when I should start expecting them. Can anyone tell me? Thanks. 🙂
I am guessing June 6..incubation period is 35-42 days…June 6 will 40 days..could be a couple days earlier ..very exciting time..
First egg was laid on April 28th so should see the first egg hatching around June 5th – 8th.
George jumped down to the nest and Gracie took off
Gracie tells George she wants a break
George caught daydreaming.
George flying off nest
Gracie pulled a stick through George’s wing feathers
Through to the other side
Practicing a magic trick?
Gracie is a little windblown
And, there goes George
There goes Gracie
Gracie waiting for George
A little drama to start the day- apparent intruder above
George came right in to back up his lady-love
OK….I’ll take over now………
Sorry- didn’t check and just assumed——–George had been in earlier to take the nest- That was Gracie in for back-up…The perils of ASS-U-Me-ing
SORRY-fake news-check facts before printing!!!!!!!!!
Arent ” alternative ” facts all the rage now ?! 😀
George this am
Gracie this am
George nods off
George nods off
5-21-17 Reply- Betsy this is the same picture of George I posted on May 19, 2017 you must have liked as much as me. I love his stance and pose, you can really see his body structure and his tailored look,that is what I loved about it when I posted it.
Gracie flying to nest
Intruder flies by
George and Gracie warn away intruder after it circled around and flew back overhead
Love this shot!
5-19-17 This one if for Betsy a picture of Gracie with Betsy’s logo on bottom and no words in picture just for you Betsy!
Gracie with wonky feathers again………getting a new spring wardrobe and clearing out the old????
Gracie taking off for her evening constitutional………………….
G & G trading places when Gra gets back and Geo prob settling in for the night. Temps dropping; low 70s and feeling better already!!!!
George was there for a couple of minutes with Gracie looking at him and the fish-maybe she was looking to get fed?
Finally decided she had to get up and hand over the eggs if she was gonna eat!
I would like to thank all those that take the time to post pictures, answer questions, and provide commentary. It is wonderful! Because of time constraints I have unable to log onto this site daily and without these photos & updates I would miss so much wonderful moments in the life of Gracie, George & The Three Eggs.
5-19-17 Another different look of George the Stud Muffin, you like, different I know it kinda stood out too much for me but I love George.
5-21-17 Reply- Margaret R Like !!!!! Thats a thumbs up, I will take it. Osprey Hugs
George is one handsome dude!
5-21-17 Reply- Elaine Guess your in the Club too with our Handsome George. Thanks for commenting and looking at the pictures. As I said below to Janet soon it will be the whole George and Gracie Family. I can not wait till those babies are born. Keep in touch.
I love Gorgeous George too! Such a handsome fella!
5-21-17 Reply- Janet Funicelli Guess we are in the Stud Muffin,Gorgeous George Club. Thanks for commenting on our Handsome George and the pictures that I made.
Soon we will be taking pictures of the babies and G&G. Take care 🙂
Here it is George and 3 eggs
Our George and 3 eggs
86 and very sunny- hotter than predicted…a bit of cooling panting is in order-
Some smart humans out to enjoy the water; making us envious………….
Gracie back from her break- does she look a little damp? Hope so!
Temps are supposed to drop about 30degs. overnight to the mid-50s–yoyo thermometer syndrome at work again!
From blazing summer temps to cool & cloudy this weekend, LI weather has definitely been unpredictable 🌞 🌧
5-19-17 REPLY- Paul Henry
Paul, while doing your research into other ways to handle the postings and moderators please keep in mind that sooooo many of us love Osprey Zone for many reasons but when it comes to the postings we are not limited to time frame on when you can chat,post pics,videos, info. Most other sites have specific hours only that you can post and chat and it will not let you post anything and hold it if it is closed then it is closed. This is bad we all love OZ the way it is for that reason. I can post something at 3:00 AM in the morning when I have the time to sit down, not have to go to my computer at specific time in the day just so I can post something. Plus all those who work cant just stop working and wait till the chat line is open so they could post. I am not going to keep rattling on and on I think you understand my point. I hope you do find something that will help make you and everyone else involved a lot easier but at the same time I hope we do not lose the Best Benefits of this Osprey Live Cam.
Us devoted Osprey Zone Followers are behind you on whatever you choose and if you need help you have my email and all the others as well. Good Luck but it would not bother me if it stays the same. PS If you go to something that you have to have a Facebook account I am afraid you will lose a lot of people who do not choose to use Social Media such as Facebook.
I’ll second that as far as limited postings…..some sites have moderated posting in specified hours and limited conversation between members during other times. Not many seem to allow pics and poems and other posts. I, too, find off hours convenient.
But I understand how overwhelming this must be. I hope someone has a good suggestion. I think someone-Jon?- had mentioned some system but I don’t know particulars….hopefully he’s still a chatter and can give you guidance.
I’m not one that posts all the time but am here. A few years back we didn’t have the constant loading of pics and videos and I feel at times it’s too much and that is where OZ’s issues are. Please correct me if I’m wrong. We all love this site…I’ve been here for a few years now but there is too much to scroll thru at times with the barrage of pics , etc. I also visit our eagles Harriet & M15 and their chat is nice. At least it is real time. Hope OZ can figure out what is truly best for them and the site. Hoping for a great year with our 3 eggberts and nothing too dramatic!
I don’t know if anyone posted this link, but The Cornell Lab has bird cams, one of them being an osprey cam in Montana. http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/40/Cornell_Lab_FeederWatch/
George brings Gracie a fish
George looked sweet on the nest this am
5-19-17 Good Morning Osprey Family and followers
Pic 5-18: George and Gracie made a heart
You forgot the arrow going through the heart!
Here is the arrow 😀 😀
Hi everybody! Dr. B. checking in. I’m adding links to different web-cams to my website (www.ospreytrax.com) and in the process checking in at my favorites. This is by far the sharpest image that I know of. Looking forward to another season watching the family grow. Pretty much the only thing we know is that there will be drama!
All 8 of my satellite-tagged Ospreys made it back from their wintering ranges. Sadly, Hackett, an adult male from Annapolis, MD, died recently–a total mystery. Belle’s transmitter finally failed after almost 7 full years on the air.
5-19-17 Rob as always thanks for checking in with Osprey Zone we know you are busy and I am always sending you stuff. Sorry to hear about Hackett not familiar with this one so I will have to research a lil on him.
Well you knew it was going to be anytime now for Belle’s transmitter are you going to try and change it out since she is your oldest I think and wasnt she the first of your project?
I know you are working on your book with Belle as your star Osprey,how is that coming along?
Thanks for giving everyone info on your new links as you know some of us here try to keep everyone updated on your Ospreytrax. Happy Friday, take care.
ps you are still 1 email behind to reply to me haaaa lol 🙂
Dear Dr. B. I was very sad when I realised that Hackett was hurt and then died. And about Monroe Julie – what happened to her is still a mystery to me
Thank you so much for all your work!
…It seems that Monroe Julie is a city girl 🙂
Gracie passing the nest on the way back from her break
What made you move the OZ logo to the middle of your pictures ? Along the bottom looked just fine ✌🏻
Sorry, Trinity! I’m just trying to post the kind of pictures people here indicated they like and want to see!!
The pics themselves I like, it’s the logo splashed across that’s distracting. 👍🏻
This one is for GinaM, RJ and CarolV and anyone else who maybe able to lend a hand with this question
When you take a ScreenShot or a Short Video Clip. What is the process as to make these images into 3D stills. What I’m trying to accomplish with everyone’s help is a 3D image of let’s say Gracie. What I’d like to do with the image is to be able to rotate it 360*, enlarge, zoom in and out, magnify very precise parts of the image.
Now in order to do all this, does the image have to be photographed with a 3D capable camera with Ultra High Definition properties.
And RJ, thanks for the research on how Ospreys grow their plumage as it answered quite a bit of my questions.
Lastly, Thank-You One and All on taking the time and effort into answering my questions
Michael G. Martin: There are many apps out there that help people do this. Here are some websites with information: http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-photo-editor; https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-free-photo-editing-software/; http://www.creativebloq.com/software/best-photo-editor-51411752. Two sites that I have used lately are: https://www.tuxpi.com/ (rjoneal uses this) and http://www141.lunapic.com/editor/#
Thank-You Betsy will do
Sorry, Martin, I’m a basic kind of girl- screenshots with moderate enhancements and cropping…………….the super-whiz-kids are gonna have to help!
Oh boy…sorry I got u upset ..🌈🦋
Lovely image of George in all his morning glory 😀
Thanks, Trinity xo
Nice to see a happy sunrise!!!!! Too many gloomy mornings this spring…….TY for that one
Glad you like it, Carol <3