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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

    43,163 Comments

    1. Betsy May 25, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Well, since the camera is down, I’ll post the last few pictures I have from yesterday!! 😀 😀

      I like this pose of George alarming!

    2. Betsy May 25, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Poor George in the rain this am.

      BTW, Aidan, the camera is down! Thanks

    3. Rjoneal May 25, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

      5-25-17 ATTENTION Osprey Zone Followers-Our sweet Rodee has sent me an update. Most important is that she has an art picture being presented in your community on May 26,
      and the painting is called the Chinese Wood Rose,she painted awhile back. She has been working a couple hours the last few days in between Chemo.treatments. Her surgical incision has not healed well and now she has infection but medicine should take care of this. Rodde has had some good days and bad days with some pain and some not which is to be expected. .
      Rodee says (Watching my birds,the George and Gracie is the BEST part of my day! ) Rodee says she is loving all that she sees on Osprey Zone and is so grateful to have everyone here supporting her.
      I have attached her art pic that is going to be in the art gallery,hope Paul does not mind, I know it has nothing to do with our ospreys but the ospreys is what is keeping her going. Members Showtime Artist Reception May 2 6 – June 17 Main Street Gallery Huntington.
      Thank you Paul, Aidan, Tommy,and all helpers,along with Followers for giving Rodee this Osprey view even while getting chemo.

      • Betsy May 25, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

        That painting is GORGEOUS!! Beautiful work, Rodee!

      • ChrisH May 25, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

        Wow Rodee — that is absolutely stunning!! You are so talented!

        Sending positive thoughts your way. Glad you’re enjoying the ospreys. Watching the nest and water is very calming and relaxing… good boost for your well-being.

    4. June c May 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      George came in with fish around 17:21 went on perch..you can see shadow of fish tail on Gracie. She want interested n he took off…came back later…
      Thought the shadow was cool.

      • Betsy May 25, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

        June c: The shadow was cool!! Why are the pics still blurry? We have to figure out what you’re doing!!

        I hope you don’t mind but I’m re-posting picture 🙂

        • June c May 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

          Happy you did..I have it one 720 HD..maybe time for new lap top…

    5. Laura P. May 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Are we having a first egg hatch date prediction contest this year?

      • Rjoneal May 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

        5-25-17 Reply- Laura P. Yes, I was going to announce on Friday, I do every year but asked Betsy if she wanted to do so awaiting her answer. Either way Betsy or I will do one soon. 🙂

    6. Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      5-24-17 CarolV are you on Facebook instead of being on site with us? Not 1 picture or saying from you today very unusual. Miss you Hugs 🙂

    7. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      George looked funny taking off – like a hoverboard – first lifting up parallel to the nest for almost a second before moving forward slowly at first and then quickly flying away!!

    8. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Gracie flew back to the nest and then did a little housekeeping … spreading George’s tail feathers when moving a stick

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        And dragging it over his back!!

    9. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Open wide!! George alarming at fly-over

    10. Ed McDougal May 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      We had robin’s nest in the wreath of our front door. 4 eggs, all hatched and the four chicks fledged about a week ago. While not as dramatic as our ospreys, it was awesome to watch mom and dad feed the babies worms and clean the nest.

      • Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        5-24-17 Ed McDougal nice, love robins and glad they all fledged. Did you see the parents eat the poo sack? Kinda different then our ospreys. The adult robins feed the baby then as soon as the baby gets it down the adult watches with a careful eye to get the poo that comes out in a sack and the parent eats it. It looks like a big white balloon coming out to funny to see. They do not squirt outward like ospreys. To make sure the nest stays clean and rid free from insects,bugs and there might even be a nutritional benefit for the parent to eat the poo sack they keep it clean. I have a Carolina Wren bird making a nest in one of my hanging flower pots the past couple of days now I am wondering how I am I going to keep those flowers alive so they do not get exposed? Crazy birds,I have a backyard full of almost every kind including the ospreys. I have posted pic in the past of the hawks,egrets,snakebird, and blue herrn along with many others. Thanks for sharing the love of animals. Glad you got to enjoy nature right out your front door literally. 🙂

        I am attaching a 43 second video for all to watch if you never seen it you should. Amazing I just love all birds.

        https://youtu.be/rqVkarVMHGQ

        • PattyK May 25, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

          Thank you so much for the link and video! Amazing!

        • Ed McDougal May 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          Did get to see the “clean-up.” I also actually got to see one of the four when it fledged. I was almost certain it was coming because they were all pecking at their chests and under their wings removing the baby fuzz. When I saw one stand up on the edge of the nest and take a step or two then stretch its wings, I decided to watch. I stood still for almost half an hour and was rewarded when one flew off. They actually don’t fly for about 2 more week but they a do enough to land without injury. I also learned that they all fledge within one day of each other. I just missed the second one. Then when I came downstairs the next morning the last 2 were out of the nest but one of them was perched up on the edge of a bench near our front door. Just incredible to watch the whole cycle. I don’t know where they go at night once they are out of the nest. I know the parents keep feeding them while also teaching them to do their own hunting for worms.

        • CarolV May 25, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

          OK love nature but may be TMI with the poo sack- somehow dessert not tasting so good! (JK! I’m tough)
          Have only skimmed thru comments but this caught my eye! Guess worms are a palate cleanser after that!

      • MargaretR May 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        We had Robins make a nest last spring in our wreath, we loved watching the entire experience.

      • Betsy May 25, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

        Ed McDougal: That’s really nice!! I love watching, when babies have fledged, the chicks following the parents and getting fed by them!!

      • ChrisH May 25, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

        That’s so cool!! I’d love to see a nest built in my wreath or one of my planters! Maybe someday…. c’mon birds!

    11. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      I don’t know what Gracie was watching flying around …

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        But, her head went from this …

        • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

          to this in the blink of an eye!!

    12. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      George brought a twig to the nest and then did some housekeeping — including moving the crab leg …

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Almost promptly after George left, Gracie moved it to the other side of her 😀 😀

    13. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Here’s a good picture for all of you who like “Stud-Muffin” George!! 😀 😀 He was ready to defend the nest against an intruder.

    14. Michael G. Martin May 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Hello All You Ospreyphiles
      Is it possible for anyone to post the video of the Osprey rescue in Wickham Creek on Monday. I’m having problems retrieving the video from the site

      Thanks All
      Mike

    15. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      I caught this of Gracie shaking her head!!

    16. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Gracie watches as George flies from the perch … probably hopes he’s going to get her another fish to replace the one she dropped!!

    17. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Gracie flew off with the partial fish George brought her in her beak …

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

        She was trying to get hold of it with her feet in midair …

        • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

          Apparently without success because she was back a minute later without the fish!!

    18. SUE May 24, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Does anyone else smile when they fly in & curl their toes up so they won’t break any eggs or hurt their babies? Walking around with their toes curled in can’t be easy for them.

      • June c May 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

        Yes they are very carful ..and must be difficult for them to walk in curled talons like that…good Mommy n Daddy….

      • Rjoneal May 25, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

        5-25-17 Reply- Yes Sue it is funny and makes you smile but now after years of watching so many birds I do not even notice it is so natural. I do not think it hurts but defiantly takes good skill and balance. We have seen many times George and Gracie stumble from time to time and land on their wing,not getting hurt. Glad you are finding it amazing to watch and it makes you smile. The ospreys tend to fill your soul if you let them in. Thanks for posting and expressing your thoughts. Good to have a fresh look.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers !

    19. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      George decorated himself with a long strand of grass

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

        The grass came with him when he got up for Gracie to sit when she came back from her break … with something all-natural — wood!!

        • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

          I thought it would go with him when he flew off and people below would see an osprey flying with a grass necklace!! 😀

          • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

            But, it didn’t and Gracie didn’t know how to sit on the eggs with it in the way

            • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

              So, very determinedly, she moved it out of the way

    20. Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Pictures of G&G

    21. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

      George positioning his newly found crab leg

    22. Bonnie Sudnick May 24, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Good Morning everyone! Hope all are well. Been watching – but not commenting until now. That crab claw is surely making its way around the nest. Always interesting the stuff that gets carried in. Does anyone have an idea of the possible hatching date ranges? Please. Thank you!.

      • June c May 24, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

        Hi Bonnie..incubation period is between 35-42 days…if you count April 28th as day 1..35th day June 1st., but i doubt it…latest June 8th..My guess June 6th.(40th day)

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        Bonnie Sudnick: The 1st egg was laid on Friday, April 28th, @ 10:36:07; the 2nd egg was laid on Monday, May 1st, @ 07:06:24; and the 3rd egg was laid on Thursday, May 4th, @ 07:31:23. The incubation period is 38 days, on average, so the 1st chick most likely will hatch on or about June 5th and then the other 2 chicks will each hatch 2 to 3 days after the previous one. Last year, the 1st chick hatched after 39 days incubation! and chicks #2 and #3 both hatched after 38 days incubation.

        My guess for this year is 1st chick will hatch on June 4th, 2nd on June 6th and 3rd on June 9th!! 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

          5-24-17 Betsy was going to post on Friday to start the Egg Guess Hatch, that we do every year but a couple of followers have posted their dates already including you now. Did you want to do this year or do you want me to do? I dont have as much time this Season as I did in previous but I do want us to do for followers. It makes everyone get involved and watching for the first pip then hatch so much more exciting. Let me know if your up to doing or not please. 🙂

        • June c May 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

          I am still holding on to June 6th first egg..9th for second…would love to see 11th for 3rd.but most likely the 12.. It’s only guesses..

    23. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Gracie positioning herself on the eggs

    24. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Intruder is still very persistent!!

    25. Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Our Gracie last year and this year with her feathers missing.

      • Sue May 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

        What caused the missing feathers? An attack?

        • Rjoneal May 25, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

          5-25-17 Reply- Sue on previous page 59 I posted long article with websites to click on for info on this subject. (Rjoneal May 17, 2017 at 12:01 am –
          5-16 Reply- Suzie Honeycutt looks like a female feather by the pattern and colors to me it even might be a primary feather at that.
          I have several websites with info below.) page 59
          Have a good day

    26. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      George brings a pop of color to brighten up the nest

    27. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

      George fed Gracie this am, then finished off the fish tail

    28. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

      You could see the water drops flying off George when he flapped his wings to fly from the nest

    29. Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

      5-24-17 My favorite thing to watch,George feeding Gracie.

    30. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 3:40 am - Reply

      Hi everyone! I haven’t really been keeping up with the comments over the last few days because, as you can see, I’ve been trying to get pictures and now it’s almost 3 am!! I have been skimming and looking at the pictures posted!! So …

      To Helen Rosenblum, White Bearj, Sue, Nancy, and Michael G. Martin: Thank you for posting about the osprey rescue and link. Wow, who’d a thunk a clam!! 😀 I’m glad it wasn’t something more sinister and I’m glad it had a good ending!!

      emily: I’m liking your pictures! (Again, thank you for posting the link to lunapic!!)

      CarolV: Dang, girl, I darn near p**d my pants reading your comments to my pictures (gargling, sky-diving, feathered fem fatale, magic trick!! 😀 😀 ) If there was ever a funniest pictures caption contest I bet you would win hands down!!

      Bre: Love your poem!!

      Elaine: Thank you for the awesome pictures compliment!

      Randi: Love the speedboat caption!!

      Rjoneal: Re the framed picture of George – you told me last year that I should try to make a portrait of George showing the male characteristics of a male osprey — the sleek long slender look!! So I did!! Re the pic maker – I really like that site (although if they added a color picker it would be better!! 😀 ). They have some really good frames (although, as you can see, I like to sometimes add my own touch and I still “build” my own frames). I liked your framed Geo-brella picture so much, I re-created it without the printing on the pic!! 😀

      • Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        5-24-17 Reply- Betsy yes, the pic maker is great I love it but wish it had some more options on text and color like you were saying. Most of the time I use that then I use MS paint and sometimes use the Lunapic. Emily gave out Lunapic as what she was using over the winter when you were MIA. She did some good pieces to get us through the off camera time.
        Glad you liked the Geo-brella picture. Reminded me of the first year when CarolV,you and I were able to take the first pics and CarolV said mom-brella and many other terms, when Gracie was trying to shield all 3 babies. I lover her humor.
        Your right, I told you last year that you should try to make a portrait of George showing the male characteristics of a male osprey sleek long slender look. Do you remember everything?
        You seem to never forget. Glad you made it your way with No Words,our Stud Muffin.George.

        • emily May 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

          Hugs!

      • emily May 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

        Betsy: Thanks for the stunning pictures!!!

    31. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:37 am - Reply

      Handsome George!!

    32. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:36 am - Reply

      Gracie doing tai chi!! 😀

    33. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:34 am - Reply

      Gracie hopped down from the perch, her foot landing on the upright stick

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:35 am - Reply

        Now it’s out of the way!! 😀

    34. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:27 am - Reply

      The intruder was really being pesky. Here’s George chasing it away. Boy, did George do some acrobats!!

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:28 am - Reply

        It was incredible to watch!!

        • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

          Looks like he’s suspended in the air! 😀

    35. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

      George flying from the perch

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:26 am - Reply

        I meant to post this picture — I liked it better

    36. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:24 am - Reply

      Gracie could be osprey Cousin Itt in this picture!! 😀

    37. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:23 am - Reply

      Gracie just landing on nest

    38. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:21 am - Reply

      I should start a Gracie-wing picture gallery!! 😀 😀

    39. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:20 am - Reply

      George: “I are cute, too!!”

    40. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

      Gracie perfectly frames herself!! 😀

    41. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

      Here comes George

    42. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

      Gracie: “I are cute!!” 😀

    43. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

      George rearranging the furniture

    44. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:14 am - Reply

      Gracie makes such incredible wing picture!!

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

        Was supposed to be this picture!!

      • Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        5-24-17 Betsy this is the same pose that I made a portrait especially for YOU with no words on it. Guess you did not see it, here it is again. Sorry to followers for duplicating.

      • Rjoneal May 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        Betsy oops guess not exactly the same thought it was at a glance now I see the difference. And dont say here are your glasses I got them already. haaaaa lol 🙂

        posted the original- Rjoneal May 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm – Reply
        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!

    45. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

      Gracie coming to nest

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

        Sorry for the duplicate picture!! After I posted my comment it wasn’t showing and because I’ve been getting “duplicate post” error massages I thought it didn’t go through! Turns out we’re on a new page!! 😀 😀

    46. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

      Gracie flying back to nest

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:12 am - Reply

        I couldn’t decide which picture to post!! 😀

    47. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

      Gracie taking off from nest.

    48. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Gracie – she looks like a lampshade!! 😀

      • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

        THIS was the lampshade picture!! Sorry, got confused between so many pictures, time of day (night!!) and having to click open to page 60 when the page would return to page 59 after every post!!

    49. Betsy May 24, 2017 at 1:58 am - Reply

      Here comes the pesky you-know-who again!!

    50. Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      5-23-17 Shout -Out Osprey Zone Followers we have about 2 weeks before we should have the first baby being hatched. Are you all still with us? Mark your calendars and get ready to tune in for sure. Hope to see some comments from our devoted Osprey Followers. Have a good day.

    51. Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Osprey Zone Followers Bre wrote a poem before the babies get here. Please all read she works hard to write us poetry on our Osprey Birds. It is posted below.

    52. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      I wonder why sometimes George or Gracie will all of a sudden, without any seeming reason, get up and fly off

    53. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Gracie flying away

    54. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Intruder fly-by

    55. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

      George had a little visitor

      • Betsy May 23, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

        “OK, you’re sleeping!! ‘Bye! See ya later.”

    56. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

      George shooing away intruder.

      • Betsy May 23, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

        The audio wasn’t syncing up with the video, but I think this may be Gracie’s wing because just before this there was another wing that passed

      • Monica May 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        Hello Betsy!!

        I haven’t been able to log on in a few days. Is there anything interesting I may have missed?!

        I hope you don’t mind my addressing questions to you. Thanks much!! 🙂

        • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

          Hi Monica! Look at all the pictures and you’ll be all caught up!!

      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- Betsy another great shot of George protecting his nest,eggs,and Gracie even if she was not around.

        • Betsy May 24, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

          Rjoneal: Thank you! They both are so amazing at protecting the eggs!!

    57. Helen Rosenblum May 23, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Good morning,

      I thought you may find this link from Southold Local interesting.

      Thank you for all you do.

      Helen

      http://southoldlocal.com/2017/05/22/north-fork-animal-welfare-league-comes-rescue-osprey-caught-bizarre-predicament/

      • Redkayak May 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

        WOW Great story. Thanks for sharing.

    58. White Bearj May 23, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply
      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- White Bearj thanks for passing on the info this is really good. About 3 people reported the same thing which means people really are paying attention to our Osprey Birds.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

    59. Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

      5-23-17 Happy Tuesday

    60. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 6:41 am - Reply

      An intruder must have been directly overhead — Gracie shooing it away

      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- Betsy great picture tells the whole story.

    61. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 6:40 am - Reply

      Poor Gracie in the rain yesterday!! Here she’s trying to shake the water out of her feathers

    62. Betsy May 23, 2017 at 6:37 am - Reply

      George’s tail feathers

    63. Nancy May 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Southold Local on FB had a story tonight about the NFAWL rescuing an Osprey with a clam stuck on it’s foot ! Hope it wasn’t G or G… !

      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- Sue as I said to others who posted ,thanks for passing on the info. So glad we have so many folks watching out for the Ospreys.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

    64. Michael G. Martin May 22, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Hello Group
      My wife just read a post from the North Fork Animal League that at about 5:00pm that they rescued an Osprey who became entangled or trapped in debris. This rescue occurred in Wickhan Creek. The rescue was carried out by the North Fork Animal League volunteers amongst them was one Judy Walsh.
      For more information go to their website

      Mike

    65. Michael G. Martin May 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Dear RJ
      I hope you may possibly up for this task. I’m still looking as to our recent Intruder could have been either Sandy and or Ronnie. I realize that after two years Ronnie or Sandy (R or S) for short, left us as Juveniles and now are Adults. I read you research that you posted on Molts and Plummage and found it quite useful in trying to identify whether R or S was indeed our Intruder, which I do think think it may have been.
      I have some photographic evidence from anothe Osprey NestCam that ID’ed one of their intruders that was ID’ed via it Osprey being Tagged
      What I need from you or anyone else if possible a photo of the intruder and several photos of Ronnie or Sandy as juveniles before they left the nest a couple of years ago. I realize this is a monumental task and would require many hours of work. If you don’t have the time I’d understand if you can’t do it. The reason I asking is I don’t know theses Ospreys as well as you know them
      In closing, if anyone else feels they way I and a few others think that Ronnie and Sandy did come back for a Visit with Mom and Dad. This will be my Summer Project and it might be fun if it was True

      Thanks All
      Mike

      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- Micheal Martin I will look into this and get back with you.

      • Rjoneal May 26, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

        5-26-17 Reply- Micheal G Martin in order for me to send you the pics that I have of Sandy & Ronnie you will have to email me privately so I can email to you. I will send you what I have and you can study the pics. My email is under my pic Gravatar but here it is rjoako@bellsouth.net. There are to many to post on site.

    66. CarolV May 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      about 12:23pm Gracie back from her walk………..

      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- Carol I was watching this when she arrived and wrote a note that George was looking at Gracie’s talon hoping she brought back some leftovers,no such luck George.
        As far as I have seen Gracie has only brought back leftovers 1x so far this year. Could be wrong but that is all I witnessed while watching. Thanks for posting the picture. HUGS

    67. CarolV May 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      about 11:45am- George delivers a tree- scrub pine

      • CarolV May 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

        (grunt-pant) just a little more…………

        • CarolV May 22, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

          and this looks better over here…………

      • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        5-23-17 Reply- Carol who know we can get a lesson in trees. LOL love that you knew what kind of pine tree it was from. 🙂

    68. CarolV May 22, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Just my opinion–and as a picture poster, admittedly biased……………….
      I like seeing pics and videos…
      Not everyone can be here to watch the daily activity and I can catch up whenever posting is done and I have time….it’s easy enough to scroll back to whatever looks familiar and work my way back to top. I always check further back to see dates on reply posts to see if anyone has answered or commented to any one else. Depending on how much time I have, I can either read and examine everything or just skip thru for what catches my eye at that time.
      I have been here for few of the big events and would have missed out if not for pics and vids…………….
      and I (opinion ) find rolling chat scrolls filled with far too many “aawwww” and “so cute”s running passed too quickly to add any merited content to my experience……….please no boo-s and negativity for that- just my OPINION!
      I feel bad for Paul and co. making a decision on this one!

      • PattyK May 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm - Reply

        Excuse me, don’t quite understand… you find the äww’s”and “so cute'” comments do not add any merited content to your experience on this site? I so enjoy the fantastic , expertise of yours, Betsy, Rjoneal and all the experts handling the videos and photos….that said…any chat scrolls filled with emotions from all of us deserve merit, as we all love to share our emotions for this awesome sight…….just my opinion

        • Rjoneal May 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

          5-23-17 Patty K thank you for the compliment on the things that I post. Not sure what is going on between Carols post and yours but hopefully we all can continue to enjoy our Osprey Family no matter what gets said. Brush it off and lets move on we have babies coming soon. I can not wait to see the little rolly pollies with the bobbing heads, just love them. They grow so fast and will be gone before we know it.
          Love Our Osprey Family and Followers! 🙂

      • Trinity May 23, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

        As a regular viewer of many other wildlife cameras, it’s pretty standard for folks to give positive feedback.

      • Constance Clerico May 23, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

        I agree with PattyK…I’ve been watching this nest all last year & now again this wonderful new year. and while I appreciate all the videos & photos, I feel (opinion) that this chat roll is filled with basically all of the same videos & pics with cutesy titles..I like reading the awwws and other emotions. It makes for a good mix

    69. CarolV May 22, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Mondayabout 06:30EDT ……………….Hey, Babe……..Wanna trade???

      • CarolV May 22, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

        George thinking about getting p.t. job as Mercury, the messenger……………………….
        p.t. being part-time as opposed to pt- phys. therapy-as we older people think of it!!!!!!!

    70. CarolV May 22, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

      How does that go?? “Raindrops on feathers…osprey on eggberts…..”

      • CarolV May 22, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

        ” This one I know!…Shake-shake-Shake it off….Flap it off”

      • CarolV May 22, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

        Rain coming in this afternoon-temps mid to high 50s….showers to continue overnight thru tomorrow….possible t-storm later today…
        temps rising mid to high 60s tomorrow….and for the rest of the week- cloudy day Weds. with more rain possible end of week

    71. Rjoneal May 22, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

      5-22-17 A very different look at our favorite osprey family.

    72. Rjoneal May 22, 2017 at 7:01 am - Reply

      5-22-17 Good Morning Osprey Followers – Got the Monday Morning Blues, let George play Peek-A-Boo with You !
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers,have a good day.

    73. Betsy May 22, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

      Pic 5/21

      • Rjoneal May 22, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

        Betsy I see you like my pic maker since now you are not making your own frames or using what you used last year. Have fun with it.

    74. emily May 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      Gracie can’t wait to see her babies…

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