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Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.
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
Having quite a struggle with that hideous manmade black plastic! Are they trying to keep it or have it fly away? Oh how nice it would be to be done with the plastics, fish lines and numerous other plastic items and gloves and strings! Why does everyone scream recycle all this when it should be stopped from being produced in the first place! And then this doesn’t even address the humanity that elects to just toss any plastic detritus in any form out a window or in a ditch and then our wildlife both in the air and in the seas suffer!
My comment took awhile to be approved! I entered this remark early on this morning-not sure how this site works, however, I do love these ospreys and patiently await pips!
Sheila Falkowski: I so agree!!
Gracie coming in to land
My guess for first egg is June 5th am, second egg June 7th pm and third egg June 9th am. Can’t wait to see the new family.
Gracie looks like a flower 😀
For some reason I think of peonies!! 🙂
6-4-17 Reply- Betsy, Good comparison she sure does, and she is just as beautiful as the flowers!
When were the eggs laid and what is the estimated hatch date?
1st Egg 4/28/17
2nd Egg 5/1/17
3rd Egg 5/4/17
Eggs hatch anywhere from 35 to 42 days 🙂
6-4-17 Reply- Pattie Hoolie thanks for playing the Guess Hatch,good luck 🙂
Rjoneal thanks for the info on the egg tooth, soon we’ll see it in action. The snarly stuff we see in the nest- my guess, some variety of dried seagrass. I don’t believe it is anything to be concerned with, not the dreaded fishing line. The balloon ribbon seems to have balled up, I wish it were history.The man made trash is what becomes problematic. The nest appears to be to be better constructed than in the past. George and Gracie are becoming seasoned vets, good stock!
6-1-17 precious,tired Gracie early morning
Update for EggHatch
June 2 AM
Good Morning June 1, 2017 UPDATED LIST
#1- June 4
#2- June 6
#3- June 9
#1- June 6 at 11:00 AM
#2- June 7 at 7:00 PM
#3- June 10 at 6:31 AM
#1- June 3 at 2:00PM
#1- June 6
#2- June 9
#3- June 11
#1- June 4 AM
#2- June 6 PM
#3- June 8 AM
#1- June 5 at 12 noon on PM
#2- June 8 early AM
#3- June 10 early AM
#1- June 5 at 4:00 PM
#2- June 7 at 5:00 PM
#3- June 10 at 3:00 PM
#1- June 7 at 7:00 AM- 11:30 AM
#2- June 9 at 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM
#3- June 11 at 7:00AM- 11:30 AM
1st Egg June 6th
2nd Egg June 8th
3rd Egg June 10th
My guesses on the Egg Hatch
No1 June 3 at 0300hrs
No 2 June 5 at 0700hrs
No 3 June 6 at 1300hrs
To All You Ospreyphiles
If I’m right on any of my guesses, I will personally come to Everyone’s home and do all of your Household Chores
( No Windows )
6-4-17 Reply- Micheal G Martin your name has been added to the list, good luck.
I would like June 6th between 6 and 11 AM.
There was a variety of birds that visited the nest today:
First there was the intruder
Then a starling
And, a crow!!
Hey, Ranay—Diana Ross- “Upside Down”- and a few other people recorded too…googled to remind myself of lyrics. I posted sideways so it didn’t take up so much of the page,,,,especially since it wasn’t OZ picture. Lost some of the impact of how pretty the nest is. Went passed tonight and could see the top of a head- prob mom…will have to stop for Chinese more often to keep tabs on nest, (only reason for me togo to that shop. center) The sacrifices I’m willing to make!!!
Was a gloomy day with rain mid-morning; later than had been predicted. But by late afternoon, was clearing and sun was out briefly. Calling for sun tomorrow…hope so…need vitamin D!
6-1-17 Reply- Carol of course the Dianna Ross version you know the disco days!
I’m getting Excited for the hatching of the Eggs! My bet is First Egg June 6th in the AM 🙂
6-1-17 Reply- Pattie H. thanks for playing we are going to be sitting on pins and needles just waiting for that first pip then wait again and more then finally that lil Osprey will break free and we will have a baby. I cant wait either so many other nest have babies already but George and Gracie are running right on time. They should all fledge before we get all the hurricanes here down south. Good Luck! 🙂
I don’t know if this link was already posted, but here is more info about Ospreys from The Raptor Research Project. http://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/marshy-point-ospreys/
6-1-17 Reply -Jessica V Hi you should play our 1st Egg Hatch Guess. Pick a date and poster or email take care.
Thank-You so much for the Link. Does Marshy Point have an active blog. And does the site entertain any Q and A from the public
Jessica V: Thanks for the link! Just went there … they have IR camera– Mama was preening!! The nest looks so clean … no plastic or ribbon that I could tell!! 🙂
I love when George takes a nap while sitting on eggs
I have a question, 2 of the Columbus Osprey eggs have hatched within 12 hours of each other, here’s the question, isn’t that really rare? In all the reading I’ve done there is almost always 2 or 3 days between hatchings! The first egg was laid on April 21, the 2nd on the 26th or 27th and totally unknown for the 3rd. The camera isn’t always on and the nest is blocking a lot of the view. I have high hopes for these 2 babies but if the 3rd egg doesn’t hatch today I’ll be very concerned for that baby.
The Columbus Osprey aren’t such a great couple like George and Gracie. I especially love watching George feed Gracie. I think that is so special. I am just really hoping for a better outcome than last year here in Columbus.
Paula: Hi Paula!! I think it’s rare, but not as rare as we think!!
Thanks Betsy for the feedback! Just to let you know the 3rd egg hatched June 2nd. Everything seems to be going well so far. The momma tries to make sure all get fed but she doesn’t feed them until they go into food coma’s the way Gracie does. The father is not paternal at all. He hasn’t laid on the babies or fed them. He just looks at them like they’re aliens. Hopefully this couple will improve with age to be close to the couple George and Gracie are!
Some good info for All-
The Egg Tooth
Learn about the egg tooth and how it assists baby birds in the hatching process.
Whereas most mammals maintain a protected internal environment for the growing fetus, birds use an external protective covering consisting of calcium called a “shell.” This protective shell provides an isolated environment to allow the developing chick to thrive but once the chick is ready to survive in the outside world, this secure vault needs to be opened. The chick needs to break open the shell without help, in its own time frame and only the chick’s internal clock knows when it is time to emerge. Therefore, the chick needs a device to break through this hard, protective covering. The beak and claws of the chick are not yet strong enough or sharp enough to break the shell. The “egg tooth” is the unusual structure, only found in emerging chicks and lost soon after hatching that penetrates the hard shell that was once the protector of the embryo.
The egg tooth is an essential component to the hatching process in almost all species of birds. This specialized structure develops for the sole purpose of “pipping” (initial breaking of the shell) and cutting the chick out of the egg. The egg tooth firsts breaks through the internal shell membrane. This happens at least a few hours before hatching. At this point, the chick starts breathing by using the internal air cell in the egg. In some species, the chicks all might start chirping at around the same time as a method of communication. This may be an effort to coordinate the timing of hatching in the nest. In another few hours or more, the egg tooth is used to break the external shell. In parrots, the range of time between internal and external pipping can be from 3 to 72 hours. From this point on, it may take up to 24 hours for the chick to entirely break through the shell and emerge into the world.
The egg tooth is sharp as it needs to break the shell and cut the chick out of this strong, protective, calcified shell. The egg tooth develops from the edge of the material of the top beak or rhinotheca. The chick first uses the egg tooth to cause a crack in the eggshell. Once this crack has appeared the chick back-stretches the neck and uses the sharp, long edge of the egg tooth to cut through more of the shell. The egg tooth, in most species, falls away or is worn down in the first 2 to 4 weeks of life as the beak material continues to grow and the egg tooth is not replaced. The breaking of the shell by the egg tooth is aided by the enlarged “pipping muscle” in the neck region. This helps by cushioning the head and bracing the neck to allow the strong movements needed by the body of the chick to push the egg tooth through the shell.
The process from the internal pipping to breaking through the external shell and emerging into the outside world is gradual in most birds. This allows the physiology of the chick to gradually, without shocking the system, begin to adjust to breathing air and the new found unlimited mobility of its limbs. Both the respiratory and circulatory systems must adjust to this new atmosphere and success depends on a gradual changeover rather than an abrupt ending of the protected shell environment. The yolk sac, which will no longer be necessary once the chick escapes the egg, starts to retract and is absorbed by the newly emerged hatchling. In weaker chicks, this whole process will take longer and there is always the temptation for people to “help” the process along. This is usually a mistake as the respiratory and circulatory systems are not yet developed enough to support the chick in the outside world and the yolk sac might still be largely visible. More dangerously, the vessels attached to the yolk sac may still be functioning and, if disrupted prematurely, can cause a fatal bleed out.
There is some variation on the egg tooth in the avian world. As usual, we find the kiwi does this process differently. The kiwi is almost always the exception that proves the rule in the bird world. Kiwis do not have an egg tooth but instead will use their legs along with their beak to break through the relatively thinner eggshell of this species. Many species of woodpecker (including the flicker) have two egg teeth, one each on the tip of the upper and lower beak. In fact, some speculate there is more of a purpose to the egg tooth in woodpeckers and other species than just to pip the shell for hatching. The egg teeth are visible to parent woodpeckers in very low light allowing the parent to more easily find the oral cavity of the nestlings, improving feeding efficiency to the chicks. Flickers and some burrow-nesting seabirds retain their egg teeth until fledging, which is useful when trying to feed nestlings in the dark.
Very informative ! It’s always nice to learn more about these birds.
6-1-17 Trinity glad you read it and found it useful, take care hugs
Rjoneal: Thanks for posting!! Another link for me to bookmark!!
Ranay – Thank you for this very, very interesting article. Am going to try to locate it and keep it. Hope you are well. Helen
Intruder very close to bowl..George on eggs. 7:23:59
Love this shot! Making himself big and scary to shoo off Pesky!
Watched at Verizon nest as I was getting off work- the male, Vic, was on his post while an intruder circled in several times. The female was squawking from the nest in support, I guess. The intruder came around closer each turn, getting within feet of the perched bird. I thought it was gonna knock him off his post in an attempt to grab his fish. But Vic was doing this same maneuver- stretching himself to look bigger. It’s really fascinating, watching the interaction. And it helps to see the up-close-and-personal view watching George react after having seen a similar interaction from the ground.
Good Morning Happy Wednesday! Pick A Date and Guess at the Egg Hatch in the Nest of George & Gracie,good luck.
Gracie had returned from her late dinner last evening with leftover fish. George retrieved the fish this morning
And, then, when he flew away, his talon was snagged on that stuff that Gracie had had such a hard time with last evening and it went with him.
George this evening
And, Gracie this evening
LOVE……..so beautiful & peaceful.
Gracie’s foot got snagged in that tangled mess of whatever that is …
A couple of minutes later, after it snagged on her foot again when she was doing some housekeeping, getting dragged to the right side of the nest, she picked it up to move it to another spot…
She placed it but when she picked up a stick to move, the stick got tangled up in the stuff …
When she went to move the stick to another spot …
the stick got untangled …
and now it’s on the left … and I hope it blows away!! And that someone finds it and PUTS IT IN THE GARBAGE!!
Gracie racing back to the nest from a break
George landing in front of camera with fish he brought for Gracie …
I think he was having trouble landing because his legs were swaying in the air
And, then he flew off with the fish. About a minute later he came back with it and Gracie flew off to eat.
Gracie moving the plastic out of the way (which was brought to the nest when the camera was down … I would have loved to have seen which one brought it!!)
Pic of Gracie … Just because I like the feathers!!! 😀
And another pic just because … Gracie’s tail feathers
Gracie returned from a break with a stick … look at George’s face!!
Gracie a little after landing ….
Gracie placing the stick
@8:25 I heard the commotion of Gracie’s welcome song….George came in on right corner…here’s Gracie doing her “Gimmee-I want that” dance
Bottom right- the fish shows briefly before Gracie exited right and George settled on eggs…
Gracie was back @8:42pm
The nest in Flanders, corner of 105/24—-appears there may be a hatch…. this nest is usually a little ahead of the Gs. There seemed to be chick feeding happening, but I am observing from the road while waiting for red light to change…so just speculating…
Was happy to see a live feed when I got home. Had time to watch a little bit …..saw Gracie come in and shoo George out—
She rearranged that tumbleweed that was tripping her up………
then fluffed and folded herself on to the eggs…………
It was a gloomy but calm day- occasional almost sun………..Forecast overnight is for possible t-storm and 30-50% chance for showers thru till morning…temps mid 50s…
Tomorrow- cloudy; mid to high 60s
Big THANK YOU to admin for fixing the cam…you guys are great!
Just one of several odd poses Gracie got in as she kept getting her toes stuck in that tumbleweed—looked like an awkward ballerina……………
Gracie “playing” peek-a boo!! 😀 😀
5-31-17 Reply- Betsy, now you know I love the PEEK -A- Boo poses I always post some but this one is wonderful. Thanks will add to my collection. I am not able to watch as much as I use to.
Rjoneal: Thanks!! If you want the full original let me know and I’ll post it!! 🙂
Gracie stretching her wings
Hello everyone. I’ve noticed that both mum and dad are continually looking down (in the direction of the egg bowl) – when incubating, could they be listening to chirping coming from inside of the eggs? Has anyone else noticed this or is it just wishful thinking on my part? Pam from U.K.
Pam from U.K.: I’ve noticed that, too. But, I don’t believe they are able to make chirping noises until a few days or so before they hatch when they pip internally — when the beak pierces through the embryonic membranes into the air space — and they start breathing. I think George and Gracie may be watching the multitude of bugs crawling around the nest.
Rjoneal last year posted a great article on the hatching process — the article is specifically in reference to bald eagles, but osprey hatching is a very similar process:
Bald Eagle Egg Hatching Facts
Eagle eggs hatch one to several days apart depending on when they were laid.
Eggs hatch consistently after 35 days of incubation.
About 4 days before hatching the chick develops an egg tooth at the top of its bill. From inside the egg the chick pokes a hole in the membrane separating it from the air bubble at the top of the egg shell. Still inside the egg, the chick takes its first breath into the air bubble. and draws in its first breath. This bit of air will provide energy to scratch a hole through the egg shell to the outside.
The hole poked through the membrane is called the internal pip. The hole pecked through the egg shell is called the external pip.
After breaking the membrane with its egg tooth the chick can breathe the air that filters through the porous egg shell and vigorously starts the final process of hatching.
The chicks hatch from the eggs without any help from the parents.
The chick uses its egg tooth to scratch around the inside of the shell in a circular path. The scratches weaken the shell in a pattern all around the egg. This is called pipping, and it can take from one to two days. When pipping is completed the chick gives a few expansive bursts and the shell opens up. The chick is hatched!
During hatching, a chick must undergo several physiological adaptations. Before it hatches, a chick absorbs oxygen through the shell by way of the mat of membranes under the shell. During the hatching process, the chick must cut the blood supply to these membranes and trap the blood within its body. The chick must also absorb the yolk sack into its body and inflate its lungs for survival outside the egg.
Once the chicks hatch, the parents don’t get rid of the shells. The broken shells sit at the bottom of the nest sometimes for a long time before getting crushed into tiny pieces.
If eggs don’t hatch, adults will initially continue incubating, then start spending longer periods off the eggs and eventually give up.
5-31-17 Reply- Betsy thanks for passing on info and helping out just cant get to all the comments anymore. 🙂 Too funny since I posted the Egg Guess Hatch I wanted to post something about hatching and then you posted this from last year that I posted guess we are both in the same frame of mind. Can not wait for those babies.
Hi Betsy: Thanks so much to you (and to the other ‘Zoners’) for your comprehensive replies to my posting. Isn’t it amazing that all that happens inside the egg without anyone seeing it and out pops a beautiful chick – and soon! Pam in U.K. 🐣
Pam- Hey to the U.K.! I don’t know but always suspected they hear chirps or feel the movement. I don’t see why not, as the chicks are close to hatching……hopefully the more informed posters will chime in on this…..
5-30-17 Reply-Pam it is to early still so No do not think so. However everything else you said are tell-tell signs one might be pipping real soon so good info. Keep your eyes on those eggs. Please pick a date for our Egg Guess Hatch, below is all info. Take care
Gracie watched a big ol’ sea gull sail by
BTW, does anyone know if that’s a wad of fishing line in the front or just a clump of dried roots??
Hi Betsy – think it’s dried roots (thank goodness).
Was wondering that too, Betsy. Hoping for grasses. When I got to watch this evening, Gracie kept getting tripped up by that wad til she moved it more to left. We can only hope…
Gracie’s wing framing George
George positioning the stick he just brought
Gracie flying off after George landed.
Thanks for bringing the camera back up!!
5-30-2017 ALL OSPREY ZONE FOLLOWERS, HERE IS THE EGG GUESS HATCH FOR 2017 THE GEORGE & GRACIE NEST !
No Prizes just for fun as we do every year. Good Luck and enjoy our Osprey Family.
My Guess…June 6th 1st. June 9th 2nd…June 11th 3rd. All before 12PM…
5-29-17 Patty K sorry just saw your comment thanking me for the video on birds. Thank you for watching love seeing and learning new things,take care.
5-30-17 Rjoneal Thank you for the thank you, lol, and thanking all the photo experts for the wonderful pics and info, especially when the cam is down.My predictions for hatch: #1 June 4th, am, #2 June 6th, pm, #3, June 8th, am. Good luck to all! xoxo
5-30-17 Reply-Patty K got it check to make sure dates and times are right and I promise to make sure your name does not disappear from list. 🙂
Monday, 5:00pm—Hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and took time to thank a vet or active service member for our freedom….
Cam still down showing yesterday’s last 4 hr.rewind. Weather has been icky and there is a slight drizzle right now. There were heavy rains overnight, then it held off most of the afternoon…overcast and a little chilly….Temps mid to low 50s overnight; barely 60 predicted for tomorrow. but slowly rising the next few days.
Looks like we’re having a cool wet start to June.
Found a little sunrise sunshine from a few days ago—–
btw- my hatch predictions-……#1–June 6-11:11am
5-29-17 On Memorial Day,
Rjoneal: Very cool!!
tks Betsy 🙂
Thank you Carol you do not comment on my pics to often so I know you must like. 🙂
Rjoneal – Thank you.
My wife and I are viewing the ospreys at about 8:41 a.m. (New York time) on Monday, May 29. Are we watching a recording or a live feed? The stamped date on the bottom reads “2017-05-28…11:52:58” Also, the words “Live Feed” is shown below the video.
As you may have seen from other comments, the cam was down. Since the volunteer moderator, Aidan, usually takes off for Sunday and holidays, we sometimes get the re-runs from last four hours cam was live. As you noted, you can tell by date/time stamp. Fortunately, was corrected Tues. a.m. and doesn’t happen too often.
5-30-17 Reply- Micheal Pickering the video was caught in a loop so it kept just playing the same footage over and over until Aidan was able to fix. It is live cam 24/7 but sometimes with any technology it goes a lil haywire. So you were not going crazy it was live but old live in a way. 🙂
Had to work on a Sunday- that should be illegal!! JK- lots of people do it every week- I’m lucky I don’t have to except some holidays…..
Met another OZ watcher,,,shout out to SANDY….and HELEN was in shortly after….becoming a social center for OZ -ites.at KK Cutchogue…and we all check in on the doings of local osprey like Verizon Vic and Vera by my store and the Mattituck couple about 5 mins. west. Hope it’s okay that I’m posting the unique and upscale nest for these osprey…it can’t be more than 16′-20′ above a parking lot!
Looks like the video is circling the drain- stuck at 15:19.
Did ake some screenshots from the rewind earlier-
About 11:ooam- Gracie doing tai chi- Crane Hunting Goldfish pose
Tap the Egg pose
Worked up an appetite; just in time, @11:20, George brought some fish–here she is thanking him………..
She had a good 1/2 hr break—returned on the dot…
The bay looked beautiful and busy–people taking advantage of the Sunday sunshine we weren’t supposed to get- it was somewhat overcast off-n-on, but who cared? It wasn’t the rain that had been predicted!
5-30-17 Reply- CarolV Upside down boy you turn me, inside out and round and round something like that….. Do you remember that song Carol? That was the 1st thing that popped into my head when I saw up sideways pic made me laugh. HUGS 🙂
George in rosy am
Hi Betsy – love your photo of George with the early morning sun on his cheeks. Gorgeous. Thanks Pam
5-31-17 Reply- Betsy this one is a keeper.
Throwback 2016 😀 😀 😀
Looks like George has been working out!
CarolV: Middle-aged spread maybe!! 😀 😀
Love your pics!! They’re always so very creative and funny at times.
(Thursday is TBT on Facebook – we should have a page there) 🙂
Monica: Thank you
I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone here a very happy memorial day weekend and to those of you who have served our country, thank you!! Have a safe one, everybody 🙂
Gracie in am
Fly-by starting early!!
Intruder looped around for another pass!!
I thought I heard Pesky say something like “nanny-nanny pppbbbllttt”.
CarolV: I thought I heard that, too! 😀
5-27-17 On Friday Gracie was on the perch George in nest sitting on the 3 eggs and Gracie leaps into the nest as she was flying into nest 1 of her feathers went floating down from perch and swirled all around until finally out of view. It was kinda funny to watch as it was happening.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! Let us all reflect on who we love,who we have lost,and who we can learn,love,and grow with while we are still on this earth.
Picture of George and Gracie with 3 eggs in the nest,a true reflection of their bond.
Amen Ranay, Thoughtful and reflective Memorial Day to all of us.
5-29-17 Helen Thanks 🙂
This is really beautiful………..
5-29-17 Tks Hugs
Thanks for the Memorial Day sentiments and a work of art!
Pic 5/26 Gracie stretching her wings
Or, if you prefer this way
Posted a morning in misery shot this a.m……………..Here’s a good-night, Gracie, and your little eggberts, too!
Weather was much improved as the day went on, with even some sun during the afternoon.. Current forecast is for a good day on Saturday and now even Sunday- which had been calling for rain—here’s hoping!
AND forgot the photo–duh……………
George is so loving – feeding fish to Gracie – I dunno – maybe that happens in all the nests. I am curious about that. Have a good and thoughtful Memorial Day Weekend.
Yes it does.
5-29-17 Reply- Helen yes, it does happens at most nest, the male osprey feeding the female is a sign of bonding together as mates. You can see on all other sites usually more so when the female has eggs the male will feed while she is laying on the eggs. There are plenty of You Tube videos you can look at.
Love all the pictures!!!! Whoever is doing the egg guess you know mine June 6th..again to all great pictures
oh no! 3 Eggs again. I can’t take it. I dont want to watch these little guys fight again! 🙁
5-29-17 Reply- Dave no matter what nest of the ospreys you look at there will be bonking,fighting,sibling rivalry and if food source is scarce or for unknown reasons sometimes Cannibalism. There is info on this but we are going to stay positive and therefore I do not want to post all that info. Bonking and fighting is part of the baby ospreys growing up.
Be prepared, but stay positive George is a good provider and as long fish is good and the last one to hatch learns to sneak food when it can and stay in line so he wont get pecked to death we will be ok. Lets just hope they are not to far apart when they all 3 hatch.
Love our Osprey Family & Followers.
Gracie was flapping her wings dry
And she better be flappin’ again! Rainy Monday- not singing this time- and a little chilly now.
Missing the cam….why always on weekends?
BTW- love the shot!
5-27-17 Reply- Dawn are still watching with us? The babies will be hatching in about 2 weeks or so I hope you are still with us.
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 email@example.com. There are to many to post on site.
Happy Friday,Osprey Zone,looks like another rainy day there,hang in there George and Gracie it has to stop sometime.
That balloon ribbon is a hazard on the nest. We better keep an eye on it.
Hate that ribbon…and its hard to break..have to watch that loop hope it does not wrap around a talon..lets just hope for a strong wind or like last year the fishing line works it way to edge.
I hope that the green ribbon blows off. It’s a real danger once the chicks arrive.
I have never seen such a bedraggled, soaked nest and attending sitters as this one this morning. I do hope the sun comes out and a gentle warm breeze wafts over this nest and parents to dry out this nursery campground! Well, the good Lord fashioned osprey feathers to stay warm and dry throughout these rains and storms. It ain’t easy being an osprey-lots of miles those wings put on flying up and down the coast and then making a big old round nest with a partner whose taste in furnishings and flooring don;t meet mom”s standards!
May the sun rise to meet you two this fine day!
Amen to that statement Sheila. Well said. Those green ribbons look dangerous-good way for feet to get tangled up in. Also bad for the chicks. This is my third year at this site, and first osprey nest to watch. I love it! Hope we have the screen washer this year.
No shine for my rise this morning………grumpf……………..just think of sunshine and keep the eyes closed……………
There is SO much to catch up on and I will enjoy every bit of it when I have time….Quick scan thru and I’m happy to see Rodee sending messages and enjoying the G’s antics!
Glad to see you are getting a kick out of my comments, Betsy,,,,,as always, enjoying your work and EVERYONE else’s….saw a Bree original is gonna be there to savor when I have a I can keep my eyes open!
6:52pm Is this the original ribbon that was almost buried into the nest an now resurrected by George’s futzing or a new one?..
7:16pm….HHEEEE’SSSSS BBAAACCCKK! George pesters til Gracie stands up and floats off in the wind……….
If you hear someone muttering (prob. obscenities) they’ve changed my picture program again……..hate these people!
Anyhow- seagull blows by ….Weather hasn’t been great-bands of rain ran thru all day, with wind blowing it every which way………….More of same tonight and into tomorrow-at least everything will be nice and green! Temps in 50s overnight s and mid-to high 60’s next couple of days with hopefully sun for Saturday…….
Hope everyone has a good MEMORIAL DAY weekend……find some time to pay respects to those we’ve lost as well as our heroes who are with us……….
I think that was a seagull and not Gracie??? Tail looks white and head blocky-
New one. Orig was white. Wish they would not bring them to the nest. Such a hazard.
I’m with you on that!!!!! I take every opportunity to remind people of the hazards of releasing them! Someone I know was talking about ordering balloons for her wedding ceremony at a beach and I butted in to say- not releasing, I hope? She said no, so I hope she wasn’t just saying that while thinking MYOB !!!
And I thought this was a different color…TY
Gracie and George
George brought in green ribbon with a delivery of seaweed
Gracie flying off with fish
Gracie’s exposes chicks-to-be to fish!! 😀 😀
Supposed to be this picture!! That’s what happens when I’m distracted watching the news!!
I cry a lot and mutter when watching the news—posting is more therapeutic!
Was wondering how fish down-the-hatch was exposing chicks to fish—they’re already out of Gracie!!!!! Not making fun- I’m right up there on the mis-post list myself!!! Need a retraction button—-
CarolV: Not down the hatch!! Over them — osmosis through the shell!! 😀 😀
George brought a partial fish to the nest. He finished it all, not sharing any of it with Gracie!! And, then, he left!! Poor Gracie!
What a beautiful painting Rodee. My very best wishes to you. Thank you for sharing Rjoneal.
Gracie was getting buffeted by the wind when she came back from her break
Her windswept look
George watched as these geese flew by
And Gracie watched a sea gull
Poor Gracie in the rain!!
Thanks for bringing the camera back up!!
5-25-17 Good Morning Osprey Zone
Interesting effect! Looking back in time!
Cam won’t load this morning. 🙁
George watches something below as Gracie watches George.
George came to the nest at 17:24 with a fish …
but for some reason he flew away with it …
He was back at 17:44 with a fish … I wonder if he was flying around with the fish for 20 minutes or if this was another fish for Gracie!!
Gracie didn’t even stand up to come around to get the fish from George … she just stretched out her neck to grab to fish. Here they are eye to eye and beak to mouth 😀 😀 Then she flew away to eat the fish
About 25 minutes later, Gracie and her shadow came back from dinner. 😀