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July 9, 2020: Sadly, George and Jane’s first chick has passed away. The remaining egg is long overdue and questionable.

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Belle’s Journey

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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

    44,360 Comments

    1. Jaycee June 8, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Does anyone have an idea about Egg #3? Is it still viable? When was the last one laid?

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        Jaycee- Sorry- answered you elsewhere but cat walked across keyboard and shifted where it posted somehow….and I just realized I posted my hatch day guess…..maybe this is why I should leave answering questions to the more organized!

        Anyhow- lay date for #3 –5/5@7:31am

        Would like hatch ASAP to keep close in age to other 2

      • Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 11:54 pm - Reply

        6-8-17 Reply- I am guessing on July 9 for the 3rd egg if the hatching’s continue to go as last year.

    2. CarolV June 8, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

      about 9:30amEDT–Gracie does tai chi

      George is off-side right. You can just see what looks like a shiny new fish in that bottom corner.

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

        Gracie feeding chicks

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        Laid June 10 @6:31 AM—assuming they are hatching in order (I can’t tell eggs apart) 2 1/2 days after #2–still well within viability window
        Biggest concern of course is how far behind first two. The longer the wait, the more likely it will be bullied.

        • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

          Ignore this total +(*^{ ………mis-posted and just plain wrong………………………………..

          • Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

            6-8-17 Carol you crack me up so much with all that you post and all that you mis post lol 🙂

    3. Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      6-8-17 Monica A. here is a picture for you, love our Osprey Family and Followers.

    4. Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Good Morning OZ Followers!

      • Margaret Reeves June 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

        Ranay: Love that picture and frame- reminds me of a MacKenzie Child frame

        • Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply

          6-8-17 Reply- Margaret thanks, glad you liked it, love our almost complete osprey family 1 more to hatch. HUGS!

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        Loving family waiting for new addition

        • Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

          6-8-17 Reply- Carol I hope the egg hatches on July 9 and no later. I am guessing it will if it goes like last year it will. Drama, drama will soon begin.

      • June c June 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        Really nice family shot…

        • Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

          6-8-17 June C I really liked it, warms your heart and soul. HUGS

    5. Bonnie Sudnick June 8, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

      So fish delivery became a fish rescue as it (the fish) slid down the nest bowl between the kids. It was funny to see both parents looking and looking to figure out what to do. Finally the fish got removed. Sorry did not have video capacity to record it.

      • Bonnie Sudnick June 8, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

        Oops. forgot to insert photo

        • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

          That was so funny! Like George was waiting for them to grab it!

    6. Betsy June 8, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

      George landed with the fish again and then fed Gracie

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

        Good feather show! Looks like fringe on a western jacket……

        • Betsy June 9, 2017 at 2:12 am - Reply

          CarolV: 😀 😀 😀 !!

      • Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

        6-9-17 Reply- Betsy George looks like my snake bird when he is drying his wings off in the trees.

    7. CarolV June 8, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Good Morning! Breakfish is served…………….good sized full fish

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

        George introduces the kids to self-serve, but the concept is lost on them…………..

        • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

          There were several feedings………George returned often, carrying what looked like his original fish firmly in foot.

          • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

            6:45am feeding…..it looks like the kids are doing a better job holding on to the fish—and Gracie is navigating that slope…

            • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 8:10 am

              7:25ish–Gracie gets pampered……….

            • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

              George delivers reeds….Gracie keeping a close eye on what’s happening down under………..

    8. Randi June 8, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

      George delivers a fish and, um, simply lets it slide down towards the two osprey chicks. There it lays while George and Gracie appear to be trying to figure out who is to feed them. It looks like neither one! Meanwhile, the “kids” are like “well SOMEone feed us!”
      https://youtu.be/cryfDzi-nXg

      • Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 12:08 am - Reply

        6-8-17 Randi, I saw this in real time but Thank- You for making video for those who missed it. This is also great for new comers on Osprey Zone.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers.

    9. Betsy June 8, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

      George returns with a fish … I’m not sure if it’s a new one or the leftover he flew off with earlier

      • Betsy June 8, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

        How about those legs!! 😀

        • June c June 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

          The shot reminds me of Mrs. Robinson…love the legs!!!

    10. BirdRJSviewer08 June 8, 2017 at 6:13 am - Reply

      So funny. Around 5:53 am the parents were like “here chicks have at it” and threw the fish 🐟 at the chicks 🐦. The chicks were like “what am I suppose to do with this?” Lol 😂😂😂😂😂

      • Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply

        6-9-17 Reply- BirdRJSviewer08 I was thinking the same thing. Thanks for posting. 🙂

    11. Betsy June 8, 2017 at 5:18 am - Reply

      George with fish for his family this am. I think chick #3 is going to hatch today — it looks like there is a pip and a crack!!

    12. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      5/13/16- for those who think this year’s nest is messy…..

      • June c June 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        OMG that is too funny…How quickly we forget..the big worry was the rats nest fishing line…again poor thing in the rain…

      • Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

        6-9-17 Reply- Carol OH NO I can not forget about that fishing line and did you notice Gracie has her plastic and her crab legs laying in nest. I love crab legs. YUMMY 🙂

    13. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Not waiting till official full moon! Last time I did that, weather spoiled it!

    14. Elaine June 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      I think Gracie is tired. She needs all the rest she can get.

    15. sera June 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Oh my, there are two of you 😍

      • June c June 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        Nice picture..you caught the light really great

        • sera June 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

          Thank you June C.

      • Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 12:17 am - Reply

        Sera your funny yes we have 2 and hopefully on July 9 we will have the 3rd and final one. Thanks for posting.

        • sera June 10, 2017 at 3:36 am - Reply

          You are welcome Rjoneal ☺…will keep an eye out for number three ♥

    16. sera June 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Lovely to see George and Gracie again, I haven’t spotted the lastest addition yet ♥

    17. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      about 3:30–after George left nest and chick did an ally-oop

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        Gracie flying in from window-shopping break

        • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

          She carefully positioned herself and in the process, the chick was jostled enough to roll to its side. It will have enough to push against to right itself.

          • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

            George stopped in about 4pm. Gracie stood up enough that we can see all is well—bottoms up, where they belong!

    18. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      @2:06pm—I’m so excited!

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        Framing George’s arrival
        He took his time, circling several times…..

        • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

          …and he came in over the camera

          • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

            whole fish—head and all!

            • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm

              Gracie was trying to feed the shorties, but it’s almost as if the bowl is too steep. She’s surfing down the sides on the fish…..
              She managed to pop some pieces in to them, but not sure if they swallowed them.

            • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm

              about 2:30—George came back and took fish away for maybe 10mons. When Gracie got it back, she took advantage of naptime to feed herself. She fed chicks again. George came in and took over he fish and fed Gracie. When Gra decided to get some exercise, Geo carefully settled over chicks.
              It’s hard to tell if chicks are actually eating. I know they don’t need much at first, so hopefully enough is going DOWN the gullet, not out the side.

    19. Elaine June 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Gracie, please get your foot off your baby. Both of the chicks are precious!

    20. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      YAY! The blue is back! Tired of the greys……………
      13:21EDT…Shorties sleeping in the Sunshine while Gracie straightens out her feathers….

    21. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Just curious–that’s what I saw yesterday morning and thought might be a pip…..any opinions so I know what or what not to look for???
      Or can anyone tell if that was the egg to hatch?

    22. GinaM June 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Remember when?
      Remember those awkward first time parents who weren’t quite sure what to do with nest – the eggs – the newly hatched chicks….?
      What seasoned pro’s G and G have become. Gracie is such a beautiful and wonderful mother and Studmuffin George is a caring, protective, loving father.
      We are so lucky to be able to see how they have come into their own.
      Thank you Paul, Tommy and Aiden.

    23. Monica A June 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Yay!! Happy to see two of the chicks have ‘arrived.’ When did that happen?!

      I can’t see the third egg. Is it still there?

    24. Rjoneal June 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      2 growing babies

    25. JANET FUNICELLI June 7, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Elated to see a second hatch for Gracie and George! =D

    26. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      George in charge

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

        Move this seashell

        • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

          Gracie flying in with a branch

          • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

            As Gracie arranges her branch on the balcony, George decides where eggshell belongs

            • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

              Intruder…Gracie makes a couple of leaps toward the upper perch to chase off Pesky

    27. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      @9:58am…was editing to the sweet sound of Gracie thanking Lovey as he fed her—SO sweet

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

        George eyeballing his doubled family

        • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

          George trying to interest sleepy chicks in fish

          • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

            Gracie slips over to get fish while George is waking up the duo-“I’ll do this, dear..”

            • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:52 am

              Feeding time

            • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

              ” HEY, PEOPLE! Anyone notice what’s missing from this picture????………………..RAIN!…………but nobody here is missing it!”

    28. CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      @6:29am- Gracie feeding 2

      Although I thought I saw a pip yesterday, I still can’t see 2 chicks in any of the pictures posted or any of my own from yesterday. Guess I’ll have to put 2 pairs of glasses on!!!

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

        Looked like a busy morning; George was in several times, fed Gracie and the chicks got multiple feedings

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

        OK….Guess I misunderstood–#2 was hatched overnight or very early this a.m. Got it…Will not need to get magnifier to re- search yesterday’s pics!

    29. Jessica V June 7, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Now we need #3 to hatch soon so it has a good chance to survive!

      • Monica A June 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        I was thinking the same thing. I hope he/she hatches tonight or early tomorrow.

    30. Redkayak June 7, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

      (:50 am George is feeding Grace like she’s his baby. How sweet

      • Redkayak June 7, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

        sorry 9:50 am

    31. Pattie Hoolie June 7, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      WOW Hatching quickly So Exciting 🙂 Their Adorable

    32. rajojomanik June 7, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

      I see two now… when did #2 hatched?

      • June c June 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        At 5:30 this AM saw there was two.
        Rjoneal and I played back and saw Gracie around 2:45 putting her head down under her.. could hardly see.. if anyone else played back would like imput

    33. June c June 7, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Welcome little one!! Born very early this morning…great sight to see first thing AM

    34. PattyK June 7, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

      6-7-17 8:00 am SO Great waking up to see Two little ones!! xoxo

    35. Doris June 7, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Chick # 2 has arrived. Went back and noticed two chicks at 7:05 AM. Congratulations Gracie and George. They are so adorable.

    36. Leanne June 7, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Chick 2! Congrats to the two G’s.

    37. Helen June 7, 2017 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Number two!

    38. Rjoneal June 7, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

      We have baby 2 just 1 left to hatch!

      • Elaine June 7, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

        I hope Chick #3 hatches soon. Congratulations to Gracie and George for hatching of Chick #2. Nice way to start the day.

    39. Betsy June 7, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

      6/6 Chick

    40. Betsy June 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      CarolV: I made you a sailboat hat!! 😀 😀 😀

      • JANET FUNICELLI June 7, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

        LOL Love this Thanks!

      • Redkayak June 7, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

        I love this

      • CarolV June 7, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

        TY…Was needing that touch of dignity!!!!!

    41. CarolV June 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Could we get rid of this????

    42. CarolV June 6, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Had to be out today and was anxious I’d miss something!!! I thought I saw a pip on one egg but I’m usually last to see them….just excited I guess!!!
      Did the scrollback and saw nestorating. As nice as those big leaves are, the chick seems to spend as much time begging from them as from a parent! Is he imprinting on a tree? Just kidding-I know eyesight is still developing…..
      This is a small log George brought home.

    43. Paula June 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      Is anyone else having trouble with the feed?

      It won’t load but I can see the thumbnails at the bottom.

      It won’t load on youtube either.

    44. Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      I believe this is George flying to the nest …

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

        But there must have been an intruder just on his tail as he landed on the nest because Gracie went into intruder mode …

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        I love her feathers in this one as she waves her wings at the intruder …

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        One more pic for good measure!! 😀

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        It apparently was still hanging around because Gracie just as Gracie seemed to settle down, she went into intruder mode again …

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        She almost fell over!!

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        When all was finally quiet, George fed Gracie

      • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        GREAT wing shots!!! Gracie in full blown defense mode!

    45. Elaine June 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      The view is better now. Thank you .

    46. Elaine June 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      George, could you please move that stick you just now brought to the nest, because it is blocking the camera view of the cute little chick. I guess Gracie went to get some food, since all that George brought back was a large stick.

    47. Bonnie Sudnick June 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      June 6, 2017 about 13:02:31 until 33 or so the parent moved to cover the eggs and chick and the left foot kept nudging baby and I am worried about a talon could have poked the baby. That talon kept nudging into baby’s body and moving it forward. Hope it is ok.

      • Betsy June 7, 2017 at 3:21 am - Reply

        Don’t worry Bonnie!! It might look as if the chick(s) may be getting hurt but Gracie and George are (usually!!) careful. The chick(s) are resilient!! Last year Gracie landed hard smack dab on chick #1 when she came in with a stick; I thought for sure she killed the chick or broke its back!! — but it was fine.

        • Bonnie Sudnick June 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

          Thanks Betsy. AND… when I popped back on to view, the second one has hatched! So glad to see both, now we need the third child out so it will have a good start by not being too far behind. Last year was a real hoot watching the tiny one zip around to get food and the other two fighting overhead. So glad all three made it.

    48. Betsy June 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      A gull apparently flew too close to the nest for George’s comfort … George took off from the perch to chase after it!!

    49. Betsy June 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      George flew off while Gracie fed the chick … the chick watched George as he left!!

    50. Betsy June 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      George feeds the chick after he fed Gracie when she got up to poop

      • Monica A June 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        Hi, oh, so, chick #1 was ‘born’ yesterday?

        And #2 today (6/7)?

        I had not logged on until this morning.

        Now the G & G and Family reality show begins!!

        • Rjoneal June 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

          6-7-17 Reply- NO Monica baby not born yesterday, Baby 1 born on June 5,2017 and Baby 2 born June 7, 2017

    51. CarolV June 6, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Grummmppffffffffff………….what’s the weather app saying?

      Possibilities of rain thru till evening with a possibility of an additional shower after midnight….temps mid50s. dropping to low 50s overnight with slowly rising temps toward a.m.

      • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

        O.K…..just “Shake it Off”…..so sick of that “Raindrops…” song

        • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

          Pause n the rain, my Georgy to feed me AND a little one cuddled below–what more can a girl ask for?

          • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

            Baby got fed, too. George tried but looked baffled. Shorty was more interested by leaves. Gracie got him to eat some before she decided he needed to go undercover again.

    52. Leanne June 6, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Welcome to the World, Lil Bit.

    53. Betsy June 6, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      An intruder was around this morning …

      • Betsy June 6, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

        George took off from the perch after it

    54. CarolV June 6, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

      George brought in a fish about 8:30am… Gracie was interested at first and went to the hideaway side

      • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

        She made a brief attempt to feed Shorty, but decided to cover him and the eggs up. She really barely ate. There was some intruder commotion. too.

    55. CarolV June 6, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

      5:00amishEDT
      Another cool gloomy morning on Gardiners’ Bay ….Gracie was up and out for a quick stretch. She came back in and pulled out leftovers…

      • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

        It looked like she decided chick warming was #1 priority, because she put that down to sit on the gang…
        George was in a bit later and I believe he found the leftovers; in any case, he started feeding Gracie…

        • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

          Grace left George to have a chat with Shorty, who shows off his begging technique…

          • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

            and when George left, Shorty tries his technique on the blowing leaves…….too cute!

    56. June c June 6, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

      around 6:40 this morning noticed a good size split in egg 2…who knows today may be 2nd
      Congrats to all who said June 5th…

    57. Rjoneal June 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      George and his wonderful eye for decorating anything and anyone.

      • CarolV June 6, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

        I thought he looked very pleased with himself! What to give to the osprey-wife who has everything!

        • Rjoneal June 6, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

          6-6-17 Carol I agree he just look so pleased with himself it was funny to watch as always.

      • Monica A June 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        LOL!! The leaves were the ‘push gift’ to Gracie.

        • Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

          6-8-17 Reply- Monica A. I posted a pic for you this morning. 🙂

    58. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      About 21:18- It looked like Gracie pulled an egg shell from underneath her-

      • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        No- I looked back to photo @18:30 and it shows part of #1’s shell still in that spot. Sorry…….so I saw her do it, just jumped to wrong conclusion……

    59. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      About 7:45pm- George brings in a lovely gift for Gracie-

      • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

        ….which isn’t complete till it’s draped on Gracie……….

        • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

          George leaves, job well done.

          • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

            And Gracie sleeps peacefully under her blanket of love.

          • June c June 6, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

            I watched this is well..George did a great job..love the color…

    60. Elaine June 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Congratulations George and Gracie, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 1st chick. I love the green leaves in the nest-how colorful! Get plenty of rest Gracie and George, because your work begins with feeding and fishing. May the fish be plentiful for the family.

    61. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Well fed and falls asleep……..off and growing!

      • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        Sorry- double post..at least pics are diff….can’t have too many shots of Shorty!

    62. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Junior was well fed and fell asleep with fish stuck to beak…………..

    63. birdRJSviewer08 June 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Yea first chick 🙂 June 5, 2017

    64. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      George and Gracie each had fish. George was holding out some towards the screen blob. For a while I thought there were two heads back there but I think it was just a stick that had a curved end that was rolling under George’s foot. Each time he stepped on it, it looked like movement behind the “curtain”.

    65. Bre June 5, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Watched the first chick hatch today!! 😉 G&G are so excited trying to feed it and keeping it warm. How very special this experience is, like the first time every time 😉

    66. Rjoneal June 5, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      6-5-17 OZ Fans we have a baby.

    67. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      It’s like one of those programs when the faces are blurred to protect the innocent! What cruel window wiper left the fog over the chick&eggs???

      Gracie’s petticoat on display………..

    68. Isobel June 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Happy birthday little one!

    69. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      BETSY–I posted a sailboat pic to see if u’d notice!!! Tried to get a sailboat hat effect repeat, but didn’t line up!

      LENS is trying to clear…I just want to run my blow-dryer over it to dry up that moisture!

      I’m happy right now because I can here sparrow chicks…we had a bluejay looking for lunch the other day. We chased him away anytime we heard a twitter explosion out there, so maybe we stalled him for awhile…leaving plenty of other food out there as distraction.

    70. CarolV June 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      About 1:15pm–George brought a fish to Gracie. who took it out and we get a look ….unfortunately, the lens has fogged over…$^*)(!
      Here’s George meeting Jr.

      • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

        Jr. showing Dad he has a mouth………..

        • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

          Gracie tries to feed Jr. but (s)he is mainly focusing toward George and Gracie keeps swallowing pieces.

          • CarolV June 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

            Gracie winds up pulling fish over to bowl and puts the lid on it, Jr. and fish! Cozy

    71. Tucker June 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    72. Tom June 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      @1:25 – Baby’s first bite of food. @1:22 mom’s starts attempting to feed.

    73. ed June 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      first chick hatched!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6/5/17!!

    74. Doris June 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Baby #1 has arrived. He/she is so cute. What a good Mom you are Gracie. God Bless the babies and Mom and Dad

    75. Rjoneal June 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      6-5-17 We have a baby osprey and a second one trying to hatch. I will no longer be posting Egg Guess Hatch dates for the other 2 eggs. The list is here if you want to refer to it as they continue to hatch. This has been fun once again and I love watching our new family start for Season 3 at the The George & Gracie’s Nest on Osprey Zone. Thank you all for participating and for those who did not thanks for putting up with the constant postings of the list. Now time to get down to business lots of pictures to take.
      Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

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