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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
Welcome to the world Chick #1!!
Chick no.1 has arrived!!!! Congrats George and Gracie…….
AT 12:54pm….We have a BABY!! Congrats Mom and Dad!
Chick out! Gracie playing hide-n-peek—@12:23pm
@12:43pm–Gracie was cleaning out the eggshell
Gracie is so fidgety today- I think someone is getting ready to be be born and she feels them.
I think I should change my name to Capt. Obvious! The baby was already out- I just couldn’t see him! LOL
6-5-17 Reply- GinaM missed you hope to hear from you a lot more once our family is all born and growing. Glad you are posting once and awhile. Take Care osprey Hugs
12:22pm 6/5/17 YES!!!!! Babe #1 has arrived! xoxo
closer-up of above
Working on it!
close up of above
George leaves a push present…
He’s stopping in often…
11:53am. First sighting out of shell. Congrats George and Gracie. Another summer of fun.
WELCOME LITTLE ONE !!:53!!!!!
ignore the 53..means nothing type o
Baby #1 cracking there way through… YAY 🙂 Started at11:50ish
@11:45am 6/5/07. Shell cracked. Movement seen. Mom covers up
UPDATE FOR JUNE 5, 2017
Rjoneal, you obviously fixed this contest. Maybe you’ve hijacked the feed to help out your cause. JUST KIDDING (sometimes jokes don’t translate well into posts)!!! Seriously, congrats on nailing the first hatch almost perfectly! That was very good. I’ll be in touch with you when the NCAA pool comes out.
6-6-17 Reply- Birdnerd well I do not know about the NCAA pool but good luck with that, but it would be good to win the lottery big one time not just a dollar or five dollar. LOL
6-5-17 From June C she wanted me to post pic she took today,slit in Egg
6-5-17 ALL OZ FOLLOWERS we have a CRACK and a PIP on 1 EGG FOR SURE started Sunday 6-4-17 picture shows it clearly Gracie in nest with Eggs. A possible pip hole on 2 nd Egg started today.
Slowly but surely the chick is working at making the hole bigger!! Yeah!!
Gracie excitedly awaits arrival of breakfish
Most of the exchange took place in that %$#@ right corner…..
George gets his eggs as Gracie goes out for a bite
George looking dressed in diamonds when Gracie gets back…..
5:10am- George was in before 5 but Gracie wasn’t gonna move. He just came back and she decided to take a jog. She was gone about 20 mins. Here’s George stepping back so Gracie can get right back on the eggs.
Still drizzling. Just a wet gloomy morning. I just heard thunder in the distance (about 6:40am)
I find it odd that no onoe is commenting on this site, Is there something wrong and no one is able to make comments or at least have them posted? I see no updates and wonder if anyone else is watching besides me!
If you post a comment on the weekend, there’s a good chance you wont see it until Monday. No one in the office on weekends.
During the weekend sometimes posts do not come up until Monday..believe me we are all here watching for 1st…
Comments are screened and not posted immediately, patience is a virtue on this site.
Aidan, our moderator, usually takes time off over the weekend. The Admin is exploring alternative posting systems to find a more up-to-the-minute chat system that allows all the content included here…This system sometimes gets backed up due to the schedule of admin and moderator…private provider, not organization funded.
George taking a break from housekeeping
Definitely a “hole” lot happenin’!! (pun intended!!) 😀
Poor Gracie sitting on the eggs in the rain!! Occasionally she flapped her wings to shake out some of the water!
George was chased by a crow
George comes in, looking to take his turn…
Taps with a foot……………..
backs into her and pushes till she stands…………
She looks like she’s yelling at him!
, as he gazed longingly at HIS eggberts, she plops back on them!!!
Too late for a walk or does she feel tapping??????
Earlier today, George brought in a good stick
No delivery is complete without bonking Gracie…………..
Gracie taking a stretch and drying wings a little; heads back to #1 priority-keep eggberts warm…..
It’s been a gloomy p.m., with the promised rain showers running thru…….Not cold, so at least that’s bearable.
Sunday a.m……” ..sunshine on the water makes me happy…Sunshine almost always makes me high……”
Enjoy while we can. Going downhill this afternoon.Rain coming in after 3pm or so; lasting all night in to tomorrow. Temps in 60s, dropping to high 50s overnight.
6-4-17 sorry for re- posting forgot Terry’s name on new list.
6-4-17 Sunday Fun Day,Good Morning Osprey Family
Pic 6/3 Gracie at twilight
An intruder landed on the nest at 12:30 am!!!
Here’s the video:
George leaving just before Gracie sat down to sit on the eggs … which I think may be 2 eggs and a chick tomorrow — it looks to me like a crack in the back-most egg!!
What do you think … is this a crack?
Tomorrow meaning today – June 4th!! 😀
I like this picture of Gracie stretching!!
Gracie returning from a break
George brought Gracie a partial fish for dinner …
About 40 minutes she was back with leftovers …
Then George took off with the fish …
And, then, he came back 18 minutes later with the fish — a little smaller …
And he fed Gracie
CarolV: PS I noticed the sailboat and made sure to post a pic of George feeding Gracie with the boat in the background!! 😀
Gracie doing a bend-over wing-and-hammie stretch
George is about to jump up to the perch after Gracie returned from her break
George stopped in to check on Gracie
12 minutes later he was back with a fish for her
I love Gracie in the blue morning. She got up off the eggs …
to do early morning tai chi!!
About 7:10pm- Graacie was exercising and posing- such a pretty momma!!!!
George spent at least 20 mins. feeding Gracie- so cute to watch…..
Saturday evening- Gracie studying eggs….
A cloudy gray morning became a picture perfect June day…cool overnight- temps in 50s.
I would like to predict the first egg hatch on June 6th between 6 and 10 AM.
All Our Babies from last year Season 2 were born this Month, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO -Brutus, Ali & Rocky
6-3-17 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUTUS 1 YEARS OLD
6-3-17 Brutus has a Birthday Today !
6-3-17 Updated List
I wonder when that diagonal stick got there!! It wasn’t there in my 10 pm pics!! 😀
I guess the brightness is from the moon even though it’s not full. When Gracie flapped her wing the light feathers really glowed
I kinda like the way they look!! 😀
Gracie at the end of the day
George taking off for the night
Gracie grabbing the fish for dinner from George
The plastic sheeting got grabbed along with the fish and then she took off
She must have been a sight to see if anyone on the ground saw her with the plastic flapping behind her!!
Gracie warning away intruder
George moving the pesky plastic sheeting …
I got this picture of George …
I thought I was having deja vu when then I got this picture of George 6 minutes later — except in the first he’s standing and in the second he’s sitting 😀
George brought Gracie a fish, but he didn’t want Gracie to take it. She tugged and tugged until he finally released it from his beak
I can see why he didn’t want to let go!! It looks tasty!! 😀
When Gracie took off with this fish, hear talon hooked on the “area rug” George brought yesterday …
And, off it tumbled from the nest. See the white feather from Gracie floating in the air??
I got a good wing shape to rival Gracie’s when George flew from the nest 😀 😀
George took a few minutes to sit before he took off after bringing material to the nest and doing some housekeeping
Intruder was trying to land on perch as George egg-sat
George sitting on the eggs
Gracie taking off from the nest … I really like how the sun hitting the camera made a color reflection of Gracie’s wing!!
Gracie is waiting for George
June 9th Full Strawberry Moon 9:10 am-
Strawberries are an important crop out here on the East End- including the yearly Strawberry Festival, as part of our tourism industry. The crop this year may be iffy, between the cooler weather and too much rain…..
Also known, (from European origins) as the Rose Moon…
@7:21pm–George brings in a headless fish for Gracie…
Gracie takes plastic with her as she goes………….
George watching as Gracie and her banner fly away
George takes opportunity to nestorate before incubate……….
In case anybody’s worried…( I was) Gracie was back @ 7:48, minus her banner
George brings in a nice straight stick-
and of course has to bop Gracie as he arranges-
After George leaves, Gracie tries an alternative position
Suddenly dark and gloomy on the South Shore by me. I see the wind picked up and white caps on bay by OZ. Yesterday, something similar happened with a line storm running across LI. There was a narrow band of rain that soaked the area about 8-10 mi. from where I worked and we never got a drop.
Looks like it’s trying to clear already. According to my weather app, East Marion had a 30% chance of a shower@4pm; and then clear all night. Temps in 60s, dropping to mid-low 50s overnight (still cool for June) Saturday- high 60s w/clouds&sun…
Yeah- you can see raindrops on Gracie-( I won’t launch in to song even tho tempted…2nd line- “whiskers on catfish….”) Sooorrryyyyy!.
The showers are passing over my way now. App on phone showed t-storm 40% @ 5pm and it’s just about on time. My Stevie Irwin (cat) is running from hiding spot to hiding spot trying to get away from the grumbling rolling thunder.
Gracie looks like she has clear skies. The dark skies of upper right corner are more or less my way………….supposed to clear soon…………
Just heard distant thunder to the north..@ 4:17pm…
BETSY- Gra and plastic video looks like a work out tape—Jane Fonda in feathers! And she does resemble a peony at times!
MIKE M. Be careful what you promise @ 3a.m. ! We are all compiling our chore lists and rooting for YOUR predictions!
RJONEAL- as always, I admire your fortitude not only keeping track of all the guesses but wrangling guesses from past posters! NOW- can you throw the contest so Mike can win and do all our chores???
Betsy- left a comment by your 2:57am post, too—(a tee-hee)
Getting excited!! “Any day now for the first egg hatch” *;-) 😉 😉
It’s gonna be a bright bright sun-shiny day!!!
George is in EARLY —-“Morning, my love–Time to stretch…”
@ both other nests I watch here on LI, there is the appearance of chick feeding happening…just guessing from adult movements as I watch from below……….both nests are usually just ahead of the G’s on arriving back here.
BETSY- loved all the pics of neighbors visiting- quite a variety! Now I hope they forget the address! May or may not be a threat to the osprey eggs (crow no friend) but the jay and the crow danger to the sparrow family!
Ranay- thanks for the tooth info…always informative!
And thanks for the hatch guess record!
CarolV: Thanks!! They all came on the same day!! I wonder what was up with that!! 😀 😀 Maybe they were spreading the word that there’s a remake of “The Birds” 😀
Love the Jimmy Cliff lyric !
All at noon
#1 – June 5th
#2 – June 8th
#3 – June 11th
🐦#1 June 6 10:45 am
🐦#2 June 8 1:32 pm
🐦#3 June 10 11:48 am
Gracie this am
And, this pm
Gracie is just as pretty in the afternoon as she is in the morning. She is quite a lady.
George decided an “area rug” would be a nice addition for the nest!! 😀
Gracie decided she wanted to move the black plastic sheeting to another spot.
Between moving it into the wind, stepping on it as she tried to move it and her legs and feet sliding into the tears what an ordeal she had!!
The wind was pretty gusty and she lost her balance
making for interesting poses!! 😀
I would love to see that on video. Hope the eggs are ok.
Gracie moving the plastic sheeting
Osprey work-out video- Jane Fonda in feathers!
It looked as if Gracie was chased by a mockingbird on her way back to the nest after a break. You could see its white wingbars really shining in the sun as it flapped its wings while it chasing Gracie!!
Gracie seems to make funnier wing shapes when flying from the nest than George!! 😀
Maybe she took ballet as a chick- or samba classes in SA over the winter? She has beautiful and limber extension………………….
Altho judging her footwork with the plastic and the tumbleweed, there was some definite hip-hop influence.
6-1-17 HELLO were are all my OZ followers that played last year, The 1st Egg Hatch 🐣 guess 2017 has started. And to all other Osprey Followers that I might have missed we miss you put a guess in and lets keep our eyes on our Osprey Family.
Hatch dates #1 egg June 5th 11:11am #2 egg June 7th 9:13am #3 June 9th (my anniv) 7:05pm