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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. Rjoneal June 13, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

      6-13-17 Today is Sandy’s Birthday!

    2. Rjoneal June 13, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

      On 6-12-17 George is up to his usual, brings in big stick and it lands on Gracie it was funny to watch the two of them move that stick around.

      • June c June 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        It was very funny to watch…its good u could share with everyone..

        • Rjoneal June 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

          6-14-17 Reply- tks many of us posted same pics it was funny to watch.

    3. Rjoneal June 13, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

      6-13-17 Yesterday baby falls asleep wrapped around the egg in the nest was sooo cute!

      • Betsy June 14, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Actually, chick #2 was draped over the egg and chick #1 was draped over chick #2!!

    4. CarolV June 13, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

      Good Morning, All! This was the 2nd fish of the morning.. George dropped in before 5 with something small. Couldn’t tell if wasa small fish or leftovers.

      • CarolV June 13, 2017 at 5:40 am - Reply

        Earlier- wish the would get away from that ribbon- their little wings keep dragging thru it……………

      • June c June 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

        George is feeding his family well…

    5. CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      7:56- George brings in a good fish””’

      • CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        It looked really good but no one was much interested at first…..babies were still in food comas.

        • CarolV June 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

          Eventually, little heads popped up and snack was served.
          I’m not happy how much that ribbon is worming its way further out………………….

    6. CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      George and Gracie had a real battle about this stick George brought in

      • CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

        They each tried to take possession….

        • CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

          The tussle went on right over the chicks. The stick fell on (or between) them and Gracie grabbed it.

          • CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

            So Gracie got control-again……………

    7. CarolV June 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Bah- work today…..got to scroll back to about 4 pm. Looked like plenty of feedings ….and the dynamic duo are out of their bowl!

      It was a hot day on LI for mid-June…..high 80s and not a breeze….’looks like we’re holding into tomorrow, when a t-storm appears likely.

    8. PattyK June 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      6/12/17/8:30pm…Does anyone think maybe #3 egg not viable?Can anyone say which # babe has straight line down back, which # has “spots”.Love the comradarie, food sharing between George and Gracie, having a bit of withdrawal sighs from not having sharing info in comment section, xoxo

    9. Rjoneal June 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      6-12-17 RONNIE 2015

      • margaretR June 13, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

        Woww.. Love that Ranay!

    10. Betsy June 12, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Poor George!! He was followed by a crow and as soon as he landed on the nest …

      • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        the crow did a hit and run!!

      • June c June 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        I have a picture from last year when crow sat next to Gracie in nest..it was only for a second..You have captured so many different birds at nest..pretty cool

        • Betsy June 15, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

          June c: Thank you. Last year it was mostly the mockingbird attacking Gracie and George … this year it’s been mostly a crow!

    11. ChrisH June 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Hey Rodee, so nice to hear from you!! Glad these cuties are helping to keep your spirits up!

    12. Becky June 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Do we think the third egg is not going to hatch?

    13. Doris June 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you Betsy for all the information. Keeping our fingers crossed that all ends well. Seems like the babies are robust.

    14. Betsy June 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      I was trying to figure what bird flew overhead making this shadow — I’m thinking it may have been a crow!

    15. Monica June 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Is it my imagination?! I think the third egg is ‘breaking through.’

      Or am I seeing things?

    16. Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Chick #1 stretches its wings — I love when the little chicks stretch their wings!!

      • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        And, then, Gracie stretched and said to the chick, This is what you’ll look like when you’re a big bird!

        • CarolV June 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          Adorable baby, funny comment! TY

    17. Rjoneal June 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      6-12-17 Just noticed our Ali from last year 2016 looks a lot like Ronnie did in Season 1 2015 maybe this means one of the babies this year will look familiar to us.

    18. Rjoneal June 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      SHOUT-OUT Today is Ronnie’s Birthday 2 years old, born 6-12-15 on Season 1 at The George & Gracie’s Nest on Osprey Zone. We Love You Ronnie !

    19. Monica June 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      So I’m wondering if Gracie has ‘given up’ on trying to get the third egg to hatch.

      She’s too busy feeding and taking care of the two chicks.

      Does she even have any time to sit on the third egg?

    20. Rjoneal June 12, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

      6-12-17 Well it looks like our Season 3 is complete with 2 baby ospreys this year since the 3rd egg did not hatch. They are already providing us a good show and I am sure with George and Gracie’s antics we will be well entertained. Sit back and enjoy the show.
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

      • Elaine June 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        I love our Osprey family. They sure are entertaining.

        • Rjoneal June 14, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

          6=14-17 Elaine I love our Osprey Family too every year it is different. You just can not predict what is going to happen. George and Gracie really matured a lot over migration winter and they have both managed to make it back home to the nest. Such good Osprey parents and providers they have become.
          I love the way they bond together and it seems as though George remembers what Gracie likes every year he sees her. I know I am humanizing emotion but just cant help thinking it appears from a human stand point they really love each other.

      • Bob June 13, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Hi RJ, Right now it seems like there will just be two young as it would be very hard for a third chick to survive against the older babies. Also looks like Gracie has given up on the third egg. Gracie is acting like she has cooties and George is having a more difficult time hunting. Hope that improves soon. Hope you are well. Bob

        • Rjoneal June 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

          6-13-17 Hi Bob it has been awhile, hope all is well with everyone. There is a lot of bugs, big fly’s, bees, and ants along with what looks like gnats or mosquitoes. For some reason they are here earlier than usual in the nest. Past couple years it has been at least July if not August before they got kinda bad and by that time the babies were able to move around and get away from them. Gracie has been picking at the babies it could be fish guts or the bugs. Whatever the reason they are really bad. It doesn’t help that lately their has been pretty bloody fish come in and I am sure that the blood is all over the nest. I posted a pic were the blood was dripping down one of the babies.
          Gracie has a reason for acting like she has cooties they need to clean up that nest. haaaaaa
          There is a green and white ribbon in the nest that keeps getting tangled up around the babies and Gracie but they are able to get free. It is concerning hate that they are so attracted to colorful dangers from us humans. Just going to have to see how that plays out. We got lucky with that wad of fishing line last year. It kept making its way all around the outside of the nest and no rescue was needed thank goodness.
          The 2 babies are defiantly perfecting their skill of fighting lately which I know this is the stage were it happens a lot but still gets hard to watch sometimes. All the other Osprey nests the babies have been pecking and fighting too some with 4 babies and some with only 2. I really hate this stage, can not wait till they start to get their pin feathers or maybe 2 weeks from now it should settle down.
          Not sure if you saw but George did bring in plenty of fish and so many afternoons there was a fish still laying in the nest just to snack on. George has been feeding Gracie and the babies and we even got pics of him spending the night at the nest with Gracie. I think he is doing fine. You just must have missed it.
          Sooooo Glad we only have 2 babies and the egg did not hatch when predicted. It would have been just like last year with Rocky and even though Rocky survived he was really the exception to the rule. We would probably not have got so lucky again.
          Take care and keep checking in. We have been getting a lot a rain in my part of Florida but we on restrictions still way below norm. hope you guys are not flooded. Do not even get me started with the smell and smoke from fires far far away. Just depends on which way the wind is blowing. I have been taking care of my backyard animals, I have baby woodpeckers again this year and a wren took up nesting in my flowering pot that is hanging. Blue herons have 2 babies and the hawks mated but I have yet to see the babies. The osprey family has 2 maybe 3 babies, this has turned into a book sorry take care.

      • CarolV June 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

        Beautiful lighting, Ranay! You caught it just right…

        • Rjoneal June 14, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

          6-14-17 Reply- CarolV thanks a bunch 🙂 Osprey HUG

    21. Pattie Hoolie June 12, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

      What is everyone’s thoughts on egg number 3 really thought it would have hatched by now??

      • Monica June 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        This afternoon I thought I had seen the third egg partially breaking through. I commented as such but I don’t see my comment here.

        At any rate, better that it not get hatched. It’d be too many days in between the hatchings.

        I’ll be happy with just two healthy, happy chicks. 🙂

    22. Betsy June 12, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Gracie and George are such good parents 🙂 The chicks are really thriving!! Today chick #1 is 1 week old! Depending on which website you visit, osprey egg incubation period given varies slightly, from as early as 32 days and up to 42 days. The last egg Gracie laid this year was on May 4th, which means today is the 39th day of incubation. Watching Rocky, the 3rd chick to hatch last year, grow into a self-sufficient beautiful bird was thrilling, but there was 4 1/2 days between him/her and Brutus, the 1st chick, and watching the (beyond!) nerve-racking episodes Rocky went through, at this point I hope the 3rd egg doesn’t hatch — there would be at least 7 days between it and chick #1 if it were to hatch today or within the next couple of days.

      • Monica June 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

        Great pic of the family!!

    23. SUE June 12, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

      Looks like egg #3 isn’t going to hatch? but the other 2 are doing great.- mom & dad are feeding them right now. Going to be hotter today than yesterday- I hope G&G take a lot of breaks to cool off.
      BTW- how’s the new messenger idea going? Can you get one that has the comment box at the top of the comments?

    24. sera June 12, 2017 at 5:24 am - Reply

      George arrives with a fish but leaves soon after…

      • sera June 12, 2017 at 5:26 am - Reply

        …then returns with the fish.

        • sera June 12, 2017 at 5:36 am - Reply

          and it is breakfast time,, lovely feeding – George feeds Gracie and she feeds the chicks ♥

      • CarolV June 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        Thanks for posting these serene shots…..it was such a peaceful, quiet morning!

        • sera June 14, 2017 at 4:43 am - Reply

          You are most welcome CarolV.

    25. sera June 12, 2017 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Whar a view you have Gracie.

      • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

        sera: I LOVE Gracie in blue!! … made a copy!!

      • Rjoneal June 12, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

        6-12-17 Reply- Sera it is a good view no doubt. 🙂

      • CarolV June 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

        We were just minutes apart with our “L’heure blue” shots! It was too good a view to pass un-noticed…and we gave Betsy a double-shot of happiness!

    26. CarolV June 12, 2017 at 4:44 am - Reply

      A peaceful calm morning- the bay is like glass……..

      • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Just like I told sera (see right above) I LOVE Gracie in blue!! hee hee — made a copy, too!!

    27. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      7:16pm- George stops in with another fish! Stays about 1 min., goes off to eat and comes back about 15 mins later.. George fed her and it looked like they fed the chicks but Gracie never stood up and we had a rump view with the chicks out of sight.

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

        George gargles down the tailfin

        • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          After George leaves, Gracie gets up to poop, do a couple of stretches and settles back.

    28. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      17:53EDT………All I can say is WOW!….George has really stepped up his game!
      Another fish gives his life to grow our osprey family…thanks!

    29. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      George must have gotten the memo about crib-rails. He tossed it to Gracie to place.

    30. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      George stepping it up! Fish in at 3:34pm

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        Both chicks were fed; George took fish for awhile, then Gracie got it back.
        This was funny: somehow, one chick had a twig across him and the other on top of all–you can almost hear the little voice-“Let me up, Let me up!” (no chicks were harmed in the making of this photograph)

        • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

          Everybody ate well and Gracie is gonna down that tail. But it’s almost like a teaching moment. She dangles that fish in front of this chick repeatedly, who even snaps at it a couple of times. Was fun to watch in slo-mo

    31. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Heeerrrre’s Georgie!

      Good to see Gracie has spare wiper!

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

        One chick has headstart as other snoozes away

        • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          and 2nd is awake….and ate and ate!

          • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

            on the edge……………..

    32. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Mombrella duty…………

    33. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Climbing Everast….almost to top

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

        Hard work….short nap…..

        • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

          And let’s try a little preening…chick was distracted from its climb by parents moving around
          Won’t be long! George needs to bring in guard rails

    34. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Family fun …………

      About 10:30am- currently 80 in East Marion…cooler on the South Fork-75 with the ocean breeze.
      tomorrow the same- possible t-storm Tues. That week of sunshine formerly predicted falling apart….shocker! I wish I could be wrong so often and still be so well paid!

    35. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Gracie having a salon day

    36. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Gracie playing with one of her favorites,,,a “windshield wiper”

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

        only to lose it to the wind…………wiper overboard!

    37. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      JUNE C–loved the comment about George’s legs reminding you of Mrs. Robinson! Talk about pulling out a memory!

      RANDI- loved the ” fish tale” video…..funnier each time I watch!

      RJONEAL- thanks for “mooning” me. Loved the full moon shot’

    38. CarolV June 11, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

      RODEE! It was so good reading your post! I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying your OZ. You are in my thoughts often.

    39. Betsy June 11, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Gracie doing a bend-over hammy-and-wing stretch

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

        “Upside down, boy you turn me…Inside out; round about….”

    40. Betsy June 11, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

      “Excuse, you don’t need this anymore, do you? I need to feather my nest”

    41. Rjoneal June 11, 2017 at 4:42 am - Reply

      6-11-17 Real early morning hours George comes to the nest to check in on Gracie and the babies,he stays almost 2 hours to show Gracie he is protecting his family.

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

        Maybe he was out with the boys and was too drunk to make it all the way up to his place…………..hehe

    42. Betsy June 11, 2017 at 3:01 am - Reply

      I guess George decided to spend part of the night on the nest with Gracie!! He landed at 1:55 am and was still there as of this posting!!

      • Betsy June 11, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Just to follow up! 😀 George left at 3:21:55 am!! 😀

    43. Betsy June 11, 2017 at 2:48 am - Reply

      I thought it would be a good time to point out a couple of markings to differentiate chick #1 and chick #2:
      In the picture on the left, chick #1 is on the left — beside being larger, note that chick #1’s back stripe is pretty straight and thinner whereas chick #2’s (right) back stripe is a little thicker and bulbous at the bottom. Also, chick #1’s center head stripe is darker than chick #2’s.In the picture on the right, chick #2 is on the left. 🙂 Hope this helps!!

      PS – The picture on the left is from 6/7 and the picture on the right is from 6/10

      • Betsy June 11, 2017 at 2:49 am - Reply

        Here’s a picture from 6/6 in of chick #1 in case anyone has doubts!!

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the efforts and I will try but by the time I learn the difference they are changing! Good thing I didn’t have twins!!!

        • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

          CarolV: You’re welcome! Maybe a should post a daily “this is what the chicks look like today” post!! Hee hee!!

      • Marilyn G June 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Thanks! That’s a big help. They are growing fast!

        • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

          Marilyn G: You’re welcome!

    44. Rjoneal June 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      6-10-17 What a bloody mess this fish was, baby osprey has blood dripping down his crop and neck. There were a lot of horse fly’s in the nest today crawling around everywhere I hope it is just from the fish that laid around all day and the family ate off of it all day long. Or from the blood that dripped all down in the nest and on the babies.
      I know we get a lot of bees, and ants along with many other bugs but I think I saw more than we normally do today. Everyone ate real good today.

      • CarolV June 11, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

        The insects are really bugging Gracie. She scratches a lot and shakes herself. I don’t remember it being this bad,
        Coincidentally, we’ve had flea issues here. I have a 15 yr old cat with flea allergy hair loss who has never had fleas before! Harry the dog brought them in, I guess. even tho he is on all the prevention meds. Everyone I talk with says how much worse all insect issues are compared to previous years. Who knows if it’s weather conditions causing the upsurge? Would have thought all that rain would drowned them!!!!!!

    45. Rjoneal June 10, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      6-10-17 Carol I forgot to post my Full Moon picture for you, here it is…..

    46. kathryn June 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      how long for the egg to be viable in days for it to hatch?

    47. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      YAY! Moist and juicy!!!!!

      Audio slightly off and video jumpy…………..

      • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

        While the front chick is getting more right now, Gracie is making the effort to reach both.

        • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

          George removes leftovers….

          • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

            and comes back to feed Gracie

            • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

              ……….I will finish this!!!!!![gritted beak}

            • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm

              almost…got…it…..(comes back up)

            • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 7:27 pm

              Winner and still champion………The Iron Gullet!

            • Betsy June 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

              CarolV: The pic with George and the skin — made me think of Rocky and the skin!! (Never did do my video!!)

    48. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Didn’t notice that was even the pemmican fish till George brought attention to it!

      • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        Gracie took charge……………the left chick was the one getting most of the fish……..

        • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

          .food coma for lft. chick and rt. chick gets a turn

          • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

            George works on dried up tail fin. Will be glad to see moist, juicy fresh fish as they need moisture in the heat. Just not sure how George will do with all that traffic on the bay.

    49. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Morning fish has turned to jerky. Doesn’t bother anyone, just a little tough.

    50. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Had a little bit of a face off–leaning on eggbert

    51. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Guess George is carpetbagging around with the fish again

    52. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      In Mom’s shadow………

    53. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Incoming………………..

    54. Betsy June 10, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

      🎶 This is how you do it 🎶

      Gracie shows us how she preens her tail feathers

      • Betsy June 10, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

        And her wing feathers …

      • Betsy June 10, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

        And, how to stretch …

    55. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      0:06—Gracie coming back from HER shopping trip

      • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

        OH-yay- plastic……………….

    56. Bonnie Sudnick June 10, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      I do not like to be a downer, but with the now increased number of days between hatching, I really hope egg #3 is not viable and does not hatch. The size difference would be great and early this morning I saw some aggression between these two during early feeding. This ended when feeding got better – that bowl is really deep – parent feeding at that time was having difficulty trying to feed and not make a beak dive.

      • Bonnie Sudnick June 10, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

        Unless this is in the process – is that pipping (spelling?)??

        • Bonnie Sudnick June 10, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

          Close up.

      • Monica June 11, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

        I don’t always check in. Thanks for answering the question I was about to ask. I too hope the third egg doesn’t hatch. It would definitely be difficult for that last chick to catch up to his siblings.

    57. CarolV June 10, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Hi! Want anything special for breakfast?

      • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

        How does that fish look?

        • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

          Daddy brought this good fish for you! Nummies…………..

    58. Rodee Hansen June 10, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Greetings to all of my faithful Osprey-Family. This morning I am “IN A GOOD PLACE” …… a week after my second chemo. With every beat of my heart I thank you this morning for all you have said, prayed and lifted me. What also helped me endure these excruciating pains was SITTING at the computer, seems like the ONLY place I felt some comfort and less throbbing and stabbing on sole of my feet and legs. OspreyZone has been good medicine. And now – I enjoy those two wobble-heads, wiggling and bobbing and the love and care from their Mom and Dad. Aiden – please – let “the bosses” know they contributed to my enduring of this condition. Love thy neighbor (in Ronkonkoma) comes to mind.
      I am asking God for blessing all of you and keeping you healthy and surrounded with lots of warm Osprey-Hugs.
      YOU ARE A GREAT BUNCH. Fondly, Rodee Hansen

      • emily June 12, 2017 at 2:05 am - Reply

        Hugs!

        • CarolV June 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

          Nice card, Emily! all the best to Rodee.

    59. Betsy June 9, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      George came at 10:30 pm to have dinner by moonlight with Gracie!! 🙂

    60. CarolV June 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      FULL STRAWBERRY MOON…..

      • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

        Looks like George is having a late-night snack!

    61. PattyK June 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      6/9/2017 7:40pm So magnificent, watching george feed gracie. who in turn feeds the babes….gosh, the mum & dad have come a long way, really maturing into such a caring expert dynamic family! Does me heart good to be able to witness this…..xoxoxo to all at Osprey Zone! xoxoxoxox

    62. Dorothy June 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      When is #3 supposed to hatch and have there been any closeups to look for pips?

    63. CarolV June 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Always happy to tune in and see feedings….George flew in to watch.

      Scrolled back to see earlier feeding sessions and it seems both chicks are getting fed successfully. Eggbet#3 is soaking up the sun.
      forecast
      It’s a little warmer on my side of the Island- we hit 70. North Fork a good 65. @ 12:50pm. sun Sun SUN predicted for the next week
      Increasingly warm over the weekend-to 80 on Sunday. General PERFECT June weather …

    64. Betsy June 9, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

      A starling flew up from in front of the nest and right over Gracie 😀

      • Betsy June 9, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

        I think its wing touched her head!! 😀

        • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

          Wonder who was more startled

      • CarolV June 10, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

        Beautiful shot!

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

      I love watching the feedings and then the babies passing out Priceless! Hope egg #3 hatches today

    66. CarolV June 9, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

      about 5:15am
      George brings in a fish, while Gracie goes for her run…

      • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

        It was a general food-for-all…..George fed Gracie……..

        • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

          George fed the chicks……

          • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

            Gracie fed the chicks…….

            That plastic is REEELLLLLYYYY annoying me now…it always winds up obstructing the view of the egg…compromising the zen outlook I’m trying to achieve..(as if )

            • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 8:40 am

              Leanne’s and Rjoneal’s breakfast pics popped in after I had posted my (later). You guys are early birds! At least we post different views!
              Ranay- going back to study egg-didn’t see crack-too annoyed by plastic, I guess………..must be zen- ohmmmmmm

            • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 9:02 am

              My wish is granted!!!! Move away! Move away plastic!

            • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 9:17 am

              It’s a not-so-ill wind….buh-bye plastic!

    67. Leanne June 9, 2017 at 6:16 am - Reply

      June 09- Again

      • Leanne June 9, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

        June 09- Don’t know if you can see it but one of the chicks popped out from under Gracie to catch another quick bite.

      • CarolV June 9, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

        I was watching that and it was completely adorable!

    68. Leanne June 9, 2017 at 6:14 am - Reply

      June 09- Breakfast Continues

    69. Leanne June 9, 2017 at 6:12 am - Reply

      June 09- Breakfast.

    70. Rjoneal June 9, 2017 at 5:30 am - Reply

      6-9-17 All OZ
      5:14.41 and some even earlier you can definitely see a pip hole on egg and crack. Gracie gets up to take her fly around after George comes to the nest for the 3 rd time that I saw already this early morning but this time he has fish. Hopefully a baby today!

    71. CarolV June 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Around :30pm–George does a close fly-by

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        Gracie gets fish in the hide-away corner

        • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

          She’s perfected a technique of crouching to reach the shorties. She’s moving fast and furious passing pieces over.

          • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

            Stick delivery….right on target!!!!! Does he ever miss??? Looked like it popped her on the head twice, too………

    72. CarolV June 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      @12:17pm—Come on, Gracie! We’re watching for #3!!!!

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

        Tacking it down………….

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        Uh-oh—-George is rearranging Gracie’s plastic!!!!!!
        Got me a little scared cause it looked like he covered the pippers and then was rooting around like he was looking for the. But I did see their little heads popping out before he settled on them

    73. Betsy June 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Gracie makes sure each wing gets equal stretch time!! 😀

    74. CarolV June 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Nice to see both parents feeding the shorties………

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        @about 11:25am—-what’s up with the head dimple (chick on left)???? Maybe dried fish schmutz?
        close-up photo/ taken from screenshot /cprt2017ospreyzone.com-spons.byTaxReductionServices.com

        • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

          Maybe dried on eggshell remnant?

      • Helen June 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        Wonderful picture Carol. Thank you.

    75. Betsy June 8, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

      The horseshoe crab shell got caught on Gracie’s wing while she was preening …

      • Betsy June 8, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

        lifting it up …

      • Betsy June 8, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

        And …

      • Betsy June 8, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

        over …

      • Betsy June 8, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

        to …

      • Betsy June 8, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

        the other side!!

        • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

          Saw your post just in time to rewind and watch!!! TOO funny- nice flip!

      • CarolV June 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        They are really stepping up the variety on found objects in the nest! Claws, conch shells, seashells,horseshoe crab shells, stones………….a few things different from last year’s collection! But the season is still early!

      • Rjoneal June 8, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

        6-8-17 Reply- Betsy good series of shots with the shell on Gracie glad you posted since I missed this. Bet it was funnier to watch in person but looking at pics still made me laugh.
        Our Gracie sometimes is anything but Graceful. Those crazy birds, just got to love them. Take care 🙂

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