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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. CarolV July 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      1:09- Gracie drops from the perch to greet George and his fishy buddy…..

      • CarolV July 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

        Gracie thanks George as an excited chick says a quick “Hi, DAD, thanks for the grub!”

        • CarolV July 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

          Hungry chicks line up…
          They’re back to hanging on the porch…hate that…not good for my heart to log in to that empty nest; then having to play “I spy with my little eye…is that a tail feather?”

    2. Bob July 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Sometimes it seems as though the whole family does not want to appear on camera. I assume that both chicks are still in the nest over on the right despite that as I look at it now it seems abandoned which I know is totally wrong. Assuming both chicks are still in the nest the abundant supply of food and rapid growth tends to indicate an early fledge. Hope that is the case.Can’t spend my whole day watching so I naturally worry when I don’t see any birds on camera. If anyone wishes to respond to this comment and reassure me I would appreciate it.
      Bob

      • Rjoneal July 5, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

        7-5-17 Hey Bob, the 2 babies are still in nest they are spending a lot of time on the right side of nest out of view of camera and every once and awhile you would see a pin feather or a tail. this was off and on all last week. Today since the camera has come back up and running they have moved back into view. Thanks for posting and keep in touch. 🙂

        • Bob July 6, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

          Hi RJ, Just not spending as much time watching and even less time commenting. But, I still keep up to date on the progress of the chicks and they certainly have been fed well (as the fish supply has been great this season) and are growing fast. As always, I get worried when G&G bring some weird and dangerous stuff into the nest. What can I say? Great parents but sloppy housekeepers like most osprey. Thanks for the reply and hope you are well. Bob

    3. Isabella July 2, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Nice pic of Humpty Dumpty this morn! Guess family went to BBQ for the holiday

    4. CarolV July 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Managed to catch a couple of fish deliveries…..one about 4:30pm

    5. CarolV July 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      I see we’ve graduated from claws to an entire crab shell…right in front

      • CarolV July 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        One chick was checking it out…

        Gracie took it to the patio later but the video was pixilating too badly for me to get a shot.
        The shots are getting too dark to post without enhancing…There’s a possibility of T-storms overnight. I really hate to wish for rain, but the lens seems to just get worse…..

        • CarolV July 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

          @ 20:44–Went back for one more try and grabbed this shot of Gracie moving the crab….then video breakup again…

    6. Karen D. July 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      I sure wish we could try and get our screen cleaned…………

    7. Mickey Martin July 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      4:56pm Just as Gracie was almost finished with the fish from 40 minutes ago. George delivered another fish. This one had it head lol He is a fishing god. He let her have the full fish and he finished the tail from the other.

    8. Mickey Martin July 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      7/1/17 4:21pm Rain is on its way. George delivered a headless fish. Gracie took it and George took a few moments then took off. Both chicks didnt take too long before lining up to get fed. Which Gracie is doing skillfully. Rain in the area through the night with nice weather due Sunday.

    9. Jan July 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Everyone…The chicks look healthy and well…and are growing so fast!! So happy to see that..It has been very windy here on Long Island…hopefully will calm down soon!

      • Rjoneal July 6, 2017 at 12:07 am - Reply

        7-6-17 Hi Jan thanks for posting again yes our babies are growing up so fast. Hope you had a good 4th If July and yes I believe it was like hurricane winds. I wonder if our birds ever get motion sickness from all that wind.

    10. Stephanie L July 1, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

      George returns with a fish that has a hook/line in it’s mouth. A little worried!

    11. Rjoneal July 1, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Good Morning Happy July 1, 2017 we have 2 well feed babies in the nest and George & Gracie, all is good and everyone is happy, healthy.

    12. CarolV June 30, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Forecast–Mostly clear weekend, with a possibility of showers tomorrow—high 60s-low70s overnight. Tomorrow low 80s and humid…
      Rest of holiday extended weekend to be similar..slightly higher temps as weekend progresses.

      EVERYBODY—HAPPY FOURTH!!!!!!!!!—be safe, have fun, party smart…

    13. CarolV June 30, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      20:18—a lively, medium sized fish for Gracie..”.thanks, hubby!”

      • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        It tried to make a get away and flipped toward the chicks but Gracie jumped on it. Video was pixilating but you can see the fish “on the run”. Flopped into the chicks, who woke to get a share…
        BTW- she got it……

    14. Becky June 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Does the washer thing still work? The view is getting quite muddled. Thank you for our continued view into this wonderful world of osprey’s.

      • Rjoneal July 6, 2017 at 12:12 am - Reply

        7-6-17 Becky It did get turned on 1 that I know of but did not work very well. Think it is out of order but not sure. 🙁

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

      16:54- Gracie has been yapping at the sky and a shadow went over her–possibly George? since she doesn’t seem overly excited’

      Spent 1/2 the day at Firestone while they bandaged the internal boo-boos on my car and will anxiously wait for comments to post as to what I missed today. Looks peaceful now. I do see that eggbert has made a journey to the left….I know the needlefish whacked him yesterday but not that far.

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

        Here’s George now!

        • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          NEXT COURSE!!!!!! @17:34
          Gracie gets to enjoy as food comas make the kids oblivious

          • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

            Of course, her dinner for one didn’t last.

    16. Betsy June 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      It seems so windy at the nest today!! Gracie had worked her way over to the left (our) side of the nest while trying to rip pieces from a fish. Poor Gracie! A huge gust of wind nearly blew her off the nest!! She did a George maneuver of spinning and catching herself!! (By George maneuver, because he’s lighter than Gracie, he more often gets almost blown over by strong winds and ends up doing a sort of pirouette!!)

      PS Because of the increased cloudiness on the lens (courtesy of, it looks like, another chick-poop bulls-eye aim to the lens during the night or while the camera was down) I enhanced the pictures to make them more clear.

      • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        Gracie hangs on!!

        • CarolV July 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

          I love the way the kids are looking at her!!! Like a demonstration of what NOT to do!

      • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        I thought it was hazier!
        Good capture!

    17. Paula June 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      I have bad news from here in Columbus, OH. One of the babies has died. I was afraid it was going to happen when the oldest one started going at the youngest and when I was able to watch the feedings the poor thing wasn’t getting anything.
      I have a question. Will the parents remove the baby? I’ve looked on line but haven’t been able to find anything so I just know someone here will have an answer.
      Thanks

      • Pat June 30, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula,

        When PeeWee died in 2015, his little body stayed in the nest. It wasn’t moved or touched or in any way acknowledged by the other birds. It was gradually covered with leaves, branches and other nesting materials by the parents. When they flew away in the fall, you couldn’t see him at all, but he was still there.

      • Trinity June 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        At the Hellgate Montana nest, the male Louis removed a dead chick from the nest, its unusual behavior. As with Pip ( who passed at our nest in 2015 ) the dead young are left in the nest and are covered with sticks and leaves.

      • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

        When Peewee died in 2015 season, his body was left and slowly covered over by nesting material. Of course, when the nest had to be dismantled in order to shorten the tower from 80′ to 60′, everything was removed and G&G started fresh in the 2016 season; added on to that nest for the 2017 season.
        On the other hand, I have read that deceased chicks were removed at other nests. It may be an individual choice.
        Just as this nest has an unhatched egg still sharing space, other nests reported the female cracking their infertile eggs. Sorry to have no definitive answer; and we feel your pain….nature can be brutal to watch…

      • Betsy July 1, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

        Paula: The parent may remove the dead chick or leave it in the nest.

      • Michael G. Martin July 1, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

        Paula
        There is a nest in Rutland UK where two chicks died as they only lived a few hours. And Maya the mother actually removed both Chicks from the nest. It was very sad to view

        Mike

      • Mickey Martin July 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula,
        Sometimes it gets removed, I`ve seen it get fed to chicks, and sometimes it becomes part of the nest.

      • Donna H July 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        It also happened with this nest 2 seasons ago. It wasn’t removed, it just became part of the nest.

      • Joe P July 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        Paula, in ’15 the 3rd chick, named Pee Wee, did not survive long as he was unable to compete for food and was a victim of siblicide. As I recall the body was visible for days. I suspect his little emaciated body just fell apart in the nest.

      • sera July 3, 2017 at 5:45 am - Reply

        Hello Paula, sorry to read about the little Osprey chick perishing, If it is small it could stay in the nest but get buried under other nest materials or a parent will remove it at some point. 🙁

    18. Mickey Martin June 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      6/30/17…12:24pm…Tuned in to see a very peaceful feeding going on between Gracie and both chicks. Both chicks were getting equal amounts. Gracie is starting to make the chicks lunge or peck for their food. As opposed to bringing the ripped pieces to their mouths.

    19. Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      OZ Folks- Elaine is one of our OZ Followers and she is recovering from shoulder surgery. We want her to know we are glad she is watching Osprey Zone while she is recovering, it gives us such great joy watching the Osprey Family. We hope you have a speedy recovery.
      Here is a pic for you today!

      • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        Speedy recovery, ELAINE…….hope you’ll be flyin’ soon!!!!!

    20. Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

      OZ Followers-with the 4th of July being on Tuesday many will be celebrating this weekend, be safe,kind,remember to respect your environment and don’t pollute please.
      I hope everyone has a good weekend and the weather there is in your favor.
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

      • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

        DITTO!
        No balloon releasing….no fireworks near nature sanctuaries or known nests….pick up trash an take it with you, including fireworks remnants

        But I’m wasting my fingers here, cause I’m sure everyone on this site knows the drill! Pass the word!

    21. Betsy June 30, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Kathryn: Re your comment of too many pictures, too little information (June 26, 2017 at 2:09 pm). I didn’t know about OspreyZone in 2015 until just before that year’s chicks (Ronnie and Sandy) fledged. I had tried reading the comments at that time but found it very confusing with many viewers apparently not being able to differentiate between the chicks or even George and Gracie, so I gave up and just watched the video stream. But it piqued my curiosity about osprey and I vowed to watch the 2016 breeding period from the get-go. I wanted more information on osprey and I saw that others posted questions but no one was answering them so I took the initiative to research and post pertinent or just interesting information myself about osprey. We’ve already passed mating, egg laying, incubation, and hatching, all of which I posted information about last year. I posted information about the osprey GI system and about their feet for catching and holding fish among other interesting tidbits of information if you want to go back through last year’s comments. So, here we are with the chicks in their 4th week of life. Here’s some applicable information for this stage of their life and about the nest which I will repeat from last year:

      Betsy April 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm – Reply
      The other viewers and I frequently see sparrows, and sometimes starlings, hopping around on the nest “stealing” grass and small twigs for their own use! I usually saw them when the osprey was not in the nest, but now they seem to be more brazen! (I don’t know that I would if I was a little bird, or even any bird, even though ospreys eat almost exclusively (some 99%) live fish and will “only occasionally, when fish aren’t available, will the osprey eat small mammals, birds, or reptiles.” (http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/osprey)
      And, here’s something interesting that I read: “Ospreys nests are used by many other species of birds. Smaller cavity-nesting species, such as common grackles, tree swallows, barn swallows, European starlings and house sparrows build nests inside osprey nests. Other larger species take over osprey nests for their own use in the spring before the resident ospreys return. In North America, these species include great blue herons, Canada geese, bald eagles, Red-tailed hawks, Great horned owls, herring gulls and common ravens.” (Poole, et al., 2002) (from http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Pandion_haliaetus/)

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      Betsy May 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm – Reply
      Birds don’t have sweat glands; so, when they’re hot they “pant” (similar to what dogs do when they’re hot).

      “Respiratory evaporative heat loss – this is the most important form of heat loss in birds and virtually all birds exhibit some form of panting. … Many, if not all, birds flutter the throat area during heat exposure, resulting in heat loss from the mucus membranes of the throat. The hyoid bone flexes and the whole area is suffused with blood.” (http://ornithology.com/ornithology-lectures/7898-2/)

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      Betsy May 27, 2016 at 9:49 am – Reply
      “Osprey Crops
      Ospreys are diurnal raptors (active in the daytime), and all raptors of this type have a special organ called a crop, which is a swelling at the base of the esophagus that forms a storage area where food can be held for later digestion. When the chick’s crop develops over the next couple weeks, it will look like a small bulging protrusion on the chick’s chest, and its presence will make life easier for the whole family. For the chick, the crop means the little bird can quickly swallow food that its siblings might want, and for the adults it means the chick can go longer between feedings.
      Besides storing food for later consumption, the crop also stores indigestible material – like bones and scales. These unusable fish pieces are captured in the crop and eventually molded into pellets that are later regurgitated. Whenever someone talks of pellets, we often think of owls; however, owls do not have crops – they eat their prey whole, so all the contents goes to their stomachs and that’s where the pellets are formed. Owls regurgitate pellets much more frequently than ospreys do, mainly because of their different eating methods.” http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/osprey_cam_blog/archives/2004/05/25/
      There’s also more at: https://nutritionofosprey.wordpress.com/digestive-anatomy-and-physiology/

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      Betsy June 9, 2016 at 9:15 am – Reply
      I saw an “osprey fact” post on another osprey webcam site yesterday regarding chick development. So, I “borrowed” their idea: that it would be great to see how the chicks will develop over the next 8 weeks.

      Then, I lifted this from http://www.ospreys.org.uk/osprey-facts/
      “Chicks
      A young osprey spends the first seven or eight weeks of its life confined within the nest (or eyrie); a huge pile of sticks lined with moss, bark and grass. It will be fed primarily by the female, who tears pieces from a fish and passes them into the nest cup. At two weeks old the youngsters can move around the nest and after a month they are very active preening and exercising their wings. Gradually the wing-flapping increases until they are able to lift a little off the nest, called ‘helicoptering’ and then take their hesitant first flight.”

      Go to the website to see how the chicks will look at 3 weeks old, 5 weeks old, and 8 weeks old.

      “Chick Development:
      … The buff-colored plumage that the chicks were born with will be replaced with a dense, wooly down when they are about 10-12 days old. Osprey expert Alan Poole calls the wooly period their “reptilian stage,” when “they are black, scaly, and often crouch at danger, reminiscent of their reptilian ancestors.” This second down covering will last another 10-15 days. …
      At about 2 weeks old, feathers will begin to replace the down. According to Poole, “First to appear are rusty-golden pinfeathers on the head and neck. Darker body feathers follow slightly later, and primaries, secondaries and rectrices (outer feathers of the wing and tail) emerge at about 20-25 days.” When the chicks are about 30 days old, their growth will begin to slow and they will already be at about 70-80% their full-grown body weight.” from: http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/osprey_cam_blog/archives/2004/06/01/index.html

      There are excellent pictures at https://www.cumauriceriver.org/pages/ef-slide/ef-01.html showing week by week osprey chick development.

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      The chicks and Gracie have been occasionally sneezing over the last several days. This was posted last year:
      Maltiegirl July 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm
      Hi Karen, I saw this on the Charlo Montana Osprey site regarding sneezing!
      ” Lots of preening as those feathers are really developing. Once the feathers have developed they burst through the sheath protecting them. They contain blood vessels that nourish the growing feather, thus the name blood feather, or pin feather. The feather is rolled inside of these tubes to protect it while growing. The protective tubes flake and fall away on their own or while the bird is preening. Through this time you will often hear the Ospreys sneeze as the powdery flakes fall away and become airborne. “!

      • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

        6-30-17 Kathryn, Betsy is not the only one who has posted info on Ospreys, about fish, environment, about nesting or nest sites, and so much more, several of our Osprey Zone Followers have posted info on issues and several of us have even posted pictures of Ospreys in their area. Usually info does get posted except as a reminder around the stage we are getting ready to witness on the Live Cam with our Ospreys. However as previous posters have noted we have all talked about this for past several years now so unless someone ask a question we do not post as much info as we did in the beginning.
        Just wanted to give all our Osprey Zone Followers credit for everything they post and do as well as Betsy.

        • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: In 2015 someone with the initials JB did post information and links, up until August 2015. A handful of other people did post links but mostly to other webcams, and not all were even osprey webcams, and to a few news articles and, yes, there was even the occasional link to osprey info sites. I did not see any osprey information posted by you in 2015. I posted a TON of information with links in 2016 and I even made a video to differentiate George and Gracie after viewers apparently couldn’t tell them apart. It was after that that you started posting information. Just thought I’d refresh your memory. Thanks.

          • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

            And, Rjoneal, I’m still annoyed about all the times when I would post a brief synopsis of information from an article and provide the link so people could read more if they cared to and you would copy and paste the w-h-o-l-e e-n-t-i-r-e article from that link and then insinuate that it was you who discovered the link and information!!

            • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

              6-30-17 Betsy just because you post a link and I post info does not mean 2 people cant have the same, just recently Jessica V and I both post same info,info I get is on the websites,books,internet and chat rooms. I do recall anytime that I am aware of using any info or pictures from you or any of our followers giving credit to that person. For example not to long ago I used a picture of yours and June C and made sure I posted that. I can truly tell you if I did use something and did not give you credit and in fact it was something I took from your post not from my notes I can only say sorry it was a mistake. WOW such ugliness towards me what a shame. Thought we were ok but by this posting guess not. I do not have room for negative comments or thoughts in my life it is just full of Happiness,so on that note Have a good day!

        • GinaM July 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

          I have posted quite a bit of osprey info and info about the area since I live here. I find it helpful to read all I can about these magnificent creatures.

          Someone the other day was talking about spirit animals and they said to me, oh I bet you will say a cat… and I said no way- my spirit animal is an osprey.

          While I am here posting, which, unfortunately I am not able to do as much this year, some of you may remember me talking about the osprey family in the channel marker. I was on the same big sailboat on Friday night and momma was none too pleased to have something that tall pass so close. It is where people turn to head back to harbor so she must be used to it, but when the mast is taller than her nest, she gets a little upset! She did the hovering – swoop of protection – I said to her, out loud “It’s OK Momma, we are only passing by.” Of course the other sailors looked at me like I had lost it, but that’s not the first time!

          Speaking of Friday night, Betsy posted some very windy photos- the wind on Friday night was INSANE. I was on the water and can attest to it. I don’t know how they stayed in the nest. Thank heavens they did.

          I love this holiday weekend and all it represents but I HATE the fireworks scaring our wildlife. They seem to take it in stride, but I am a nervous wreck until it is over.

          Happy fourth to everyone. May everyone stay safe- talons crossed!

          • Rjoneal July 5, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

            7-5-17 GinaM thanks for posting that is all I was trying to point out, everyone gives a little to the site. 🙂 Sailboat, be safe when you are in that thing. I went sailing when I was young but now we own a fishing boat. It was a lot of work back then and my dad was a great teacher. Just never stuck with it starting water skiing,fishing instead.
            Post when you can love to read your posts. HUGS

      • Monica July 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        Betsy, I enjoy all your pictures, especially since you always have great captions on them.

        I don’t care to know which is which, quite honestly. I’ll never be able to tell the chicks apart no matter how many times I’m schooled about them. And that’s OK with me. I love and enjoy watching the live feed almost every day. This is my third year following the ongoing saga of George, Gracie and their ‘kids.’ lol

        I remember reading some articles which have been posted; also watching some of the videos of other osprey families.

        I’m grateful to you and all the people I consider experts on this site. Keep up the GREAT work!! 🙂

    22. Betsy June 30, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

      The chicks had eaten all that they wanted to and there was still fish left. George moved in on Gracie and the fish and then Gracie started to feed George. But, George had other ideas and tried to take the fish — there was a tug-of-war … with Gracie winning.

    23. Betsy June 30, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

      That was some wind yesterday afternoon and evening. Chick #1 was stretching its wing when a gust of wind caught the wing, blowing it backward, and flipping the chick on its side.

    24. Betsy June 30, 2017 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Last year George brought a fish similar to this to the nest a couple of times. There was discussion about what type of fish it was — some called it a needlefish and some called it a garfish.

      • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 6:51 am - Reply

        Then he brought a second one to the nest

      • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

        It was amusing to watch each grab an opposite end of the fish to take possession of it, but, Gracie ended up with the fish

    25. CarolV June 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      @ 18:21—Is this one of Gracie’s “wipers”–extra long?

      • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        CarolV: I do believe it is!!

    26. alizarin June 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and our family. Sorry I haven’t been able to post much but I try check in and look at everyone’s pictures to see how the family is growing. There are a lot of great pics and I’ll make another calendar for next year if there is interest.

      Has anyone read about the eagle’s nest in BC Canada where the eagles took two hawklets but ended up feeding one along side their eaglets instead of feeding it to their young? The other one didn’t survive. There was some discussion that the hawklet would be killed by the siblings or parents but so far it is doing well and has fledged. You can check out some video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rurXi3nDcD4 Amazing footage. I think they are natural enemies and there was discussion that the hawklet doesn’t know this and won’t survive. But hopefully it will gain enough skills to make it on its own.

      Take care everyone!

      • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

        6-30-17 Alizarin-Of course I have,you know it, just love following that hawk thinking he is an eagle. An update soon when David gets back from Brazil. Take care Hugs

      • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

        The aberrations of nature are truly amazing! The instincts of motherhood outweighing the instinct to kill? Thanks for posting! And hi! Still loving your calendar!

    27. CarolV June 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      17:39—another needlefish…..Gracie was begging when the first was quickly finished. I think George took less than 15mins. to bring this one in…..this one also a fighter and this was George’s 2nd attempt to land. It was stabbing back at him!

      • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        I think between them, they subdued this fish, because Gra didn’t have a hard time. The kids were more interested. And Gracie fed Geo a few bites first

    28. CarolV June 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      17:01…..NEEDLEFISH!

      • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        That eel-like fish was not co-operative….flipped and rolled the eggbert and swatted the chicks. Gracie had a hard time and George watched her closely.

        • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

          George did a air-hop across nest, watched closely by Jr.

          • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

            Gracie removed the “nose” and put it to the side. George found enough meat on it to do a little feeding.

            • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm

              The kids weren’t too enthusiastic and gave up quickly. So George fed Gracie.
              There wasn’t a lot to this fish, so Gracie was begging immediately after.

    29. Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Good Morning OZ Followers- Sure would like to here from some more followers

      • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

        Did you know that is our state bird?

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Reply- CarolV I did have to research it but when I did it said Eastern Bluebird so yes I wanted to find some picture of New Yorks state bird. What a beautiful bird I have some that visit my backyard late afternoon.

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

          Carolv forgot to say also the birds in background of the bluebirds can be Ospreys.

      • Marilyn G June 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        Thanks! That’s lovely😄

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Reply- Marilyn G. thanks for noticing and posting, truly appreciate it. Love how colorful they are.

      • Bre June 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

        I’m still here! Watching are beautiful babes growing out of the” fuzzy clumsy stage” so fast! G&G have got the parenting thing down pat…i appreciate pics
        an comments from our OZ family that i adore,that put together with unconditional love and dedication, time & commitment each year! Big Huggs & prayers
        always.

      • Sheila Falkowski June 30, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

        There doesn’t appear to be any visible activity or nest showing. Seems like the camera is kaput?

    30. Betsy June 29, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

      The chicks are getting so big and beautiful! (Chick #1 is closest to the camera)

      • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

        Déjà vu!! (Chick #1 is closest to the camera)

    31. Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

      6-29-17 Good Morning Family here is a pic before they were born, George did not want to get off the eggs and Gracie later had to give him a lil shove.
      George was saying- If I do not look at you I can pretend your not there so I can nap.

    32. CarolV June 29, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Daddy daycare time as Gracie gets a break….lots of picking at emerging feathers

    33. CarolV June 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      How far can that crop stretch before he bursts?

      • CarolV June 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        < look…..it's squeezing out the other end!

        • CarolV June 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

          Equal time for 2nd chick…..

          • Birdnerd June 30, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

            Beats the opposite direction!

      • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

        CarolV just like the old commercial, I Guess will never know hu….

    34. Kathy B June 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      6/28…7:15pm…FULL crops tonight !

    35. LynD June 28, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Haven’t posted all season yet for a variety of reasons, but lurking every day and reading comments. Wanted to give this link to a story here on TV,
      regarding an osprey nest, and thought OZ viewers would find it interesting. http://longisland.news12.com/story/35761794/osprey-nest-grows-too-large-atop-east-end-home

    36. June c June 28, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      This a photo from last year June…this crow kept coming and then sat right next to her.

      • CarolV June 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        WOW! Can’t believe she allowed that! Good shot!

    37. Rjoneal June 28, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Love Crab Legs

    38. Rjoneal June 28, 2017 at 8:14 am - Reply

      6-28-17 Thursday Morning, here is a pic

    39. June c June 28, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

      This is the best nest ever…Rjoneal sent me this pic last year…wildest nest ever

      • CarolV June 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        WOW! can’t think of any other comment…WOW!

      • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

        June, glad you still have picture it defiantly was the most unusual, trashy, messy, colorful nest ever seen.

      • Birdnerd June 29, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

        There was a custom on ski slopes that women’s underwear was used to decorate a designated tree near a ski lift. Ignoring the fact that it’s a lot of trash (shame on us), maybe this is the avian version??

      • Twinsmon June 29, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

        Now that’s a party nest!

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Reply- twinsmon party nest thats a good way to describe it with humor. Can you imagine being a baby in that nest?

      • Karen D. June 29, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

        Yep… Now all they need(ed) was some lights strung! It’d be it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Reply- Karen D I got a laugh at your post, who knows there might be lights just someone needs to hang them up, thanks for reminding of such a good tune.

    40. Betsy June 28, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

      Chick #2 is 3 weeks old today.

      • Betsy June 28, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

        Chick #2

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

          Betsy thats a good one, love the light on the eyes.

          • Betsy June 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal: Thanks. I try to only post my best shots!!

      • Betsy June 28, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

        I like this picture of Gracie silhouetted as she flies from the nest

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Betsy it is a good shot of Gracie and we all love wing shots. 🙂

    41. Trinity June 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      The babies are growing like weeds ! As a Long Islander, it’s such a joy to have stumbled upon this local site two years ago and learning about these magnificent birds in our area. Looking at the various nests during my commuting ( I pass 3 – 5 nests daily ) really lifts my spirits. Thanks to all the regular posters for keeping us informed 😀

      • BAC June 29, 2017 at 3:49 am - Reply

        I am a native Southolder working in Africa at the moment and watching these wonderful birds has given me immense pleasure.

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

          6-30-17 Reply- BAC thanks for watching with us all the way from Africa. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful Osprey Family and Followers. The Osprey Zone has giving us all free access pass into the world of George and Gracie but we also get to enjoy all the other nature all around and those animals that choose to visit. The view when the lens does not have poo on it is just beautiful. When the sailboats are going by in the back round and you can hear all the birds around it is just a wonderful experience.
          Thank you for posting and hope you are safe and well while in Africa.
          Love Our Osprey Family and Followers.

      • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

        6-29-17 Reply- Trininty I am so glad you just stumbled on this site back then,to know and learn about the ospreys together with you has been fun and an extra bonus that you know and have been to my hometown even better. You kinda get to see how different the South Ospreys are compared to the Ospreys that just migrate. Love that you have posted pictures of Ospreys that are on your way while commuting or in your area in the past and present as well. Every Osprey has their own beauty. You do not post a lot but when you do you know we are usually on the same page and love to hear your take on the events. Hard to believe how addicted the George and Gracie nest can be,but we all kinda feel like we are the Grandparents watching George and Gracie mature and raise so many different families. Keep in touch 🙂 HUGS

    42. CarolV June 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Just a touch of lavender to the sky as Gracie pops some more into the kid. Miss a day or two of checking in and they’ve grown so much!

      Temps. tonight in low 60s-good sleeping weather! The next week looks pretty steady- mid to high 70s days; mid 60s nights. Not a lot of rain in the forecast for the week-but as always, subject to change. There was a chance of a t-storm for this evening, but it doesn’t seem to be coming now…

      • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

        6-30-17 Carolv thanks for giving weather report, you know I look forward to that so I know what to expect if they are right. LoL No offense to any weather people I know it is unpredictable.

    43. Robininmd June 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Hi All, I’ve been here watching – this has been a most peaceful, drama-free (yay!) season so far. Terribly sad what happened to the Missoula, Montana, hellgate osprey nest. I just happened to tune in during the drama there. So sad. But shows the effects of birds and our environment. Good for all of us to see. I love these babies – so healthy!

      • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

        6-29-17 Reply- Robininmd Hello and thank you for posting glad you are still with us. Sooo glad we have a wonderful nest this year, everything going as nature intended and for us it is all good. We needed this after going through PeeWee then watching Rocky was hard even though he survived a strong bird it was hard to watch at times. A sigh of relief this year with only 2 and very little aggression. It does not always happen this way even in nest were there are 2 sometimes aggression can be really bad since both babies will fight for dominance. This is one reason why I believe we have a male and a female. Now if the dangers of us humans could lessen that would be even better, specifically that darn ribbon and dangerous objects we leave or dispose improperly that end up in the nest. Take Care and Keep Watching Our Amazing George and Gracie Nest.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

    44. Gordon June 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Hi RJ! Yes, still watching and enjoying! As for the dearth of posts, if I can speak personally, I can’t be bothered to scroll through the many screen shots looking for the few posts which do exist. No offence to those who post them but, to my mind, there is just too many of them. Maybe there are fewer posts because we are now veterans and osprey “experts” so don’t have so many questions to discuss. For my part, I think these two chicks are developing better and faster than any of their predecessors. Perhaps this is because there is only two of them, or because fish seems abundant. As Nancy said, it’s good there has been so little friction between the two chicks, as far I have seen. It all bodes well for a early and successful fledging!

      • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

        6-29-17 Reply- Hello Gordon, it has been awhile since I have seen your name I agree with you, I think we all have come such a long ways and like you said we have all become veterans and Osprey “experts” so need to talk about stuff we have all talked about 3 years in a row. I know for fact that at the beginning of each year CarolV, Betsy, JuneC and I along with some of the Followers try to help any newcomers and answer their questions. We occasionally will re-post info pertaining to what stage we are watching. I know someone commented not enough info being posted but this is the reason why so I am glad you pointed this out. I along with many other Followers keep files and books of info on the Ospreys along with all my info from Real Osprey Experts that I communicate with by email. The main reason I keep now is for the Newcomers or when we forget to refresh our memories. If someone wants more info they just need to ask, I think all of us Followers all try to answer.
        I do agree scrolling down through the many can get frustrating when you just want to post a little something about the event that you just witnessed and want to share with others. However there is Always 2 sides to a coin indeed. I think if it were not for the many then sometimes we might have missed an amazing event that we never witnessed before. The Comment box being at the Top of the Page under the Live Feed would be the Best Result for those who do not want to read all the post. Obviously we all had made this statement in past and Paul said he was working on some changes but that takes time. So for now hang in there and give us a post once in awhile,mostly thanks for your honesty and posting!
        Love my Osprey Family and Followers

    45. Betsy June 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      CarolV: In the next nest package we must remember to include safety helmets!! 😀 😀 So many clunks in the head!!

      • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        First by mama Gracie on chick #1 and then by papa George … on chick #1 😀

        • carolV June 28, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

          It amazes me they survive between head bops and being stepped on! Must be made of memory foam!

          • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

            6-30-17 Memory foam that is a good one Carol. They really are resilient lil guys.

        • Bre June 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

          Betsy love this shot! Lots going on..looking at the chick laying on a crab claw LOL half wing/half claw FUNNY hehe

    46. Betsy June 27, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      “Mooove over, you’re hogging my space!”

    47. Roberta Schoenbrun June 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Is it possible that some of the “intruders” might be offspring from 2 years ago? I thought I learned that they do return to the area in which they were hatched.

    48. MFPI June 27, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

      https://www.facebook.com/NTDLifeOfficial/videos/vb.137187660126037/286629631848505/?type=2&theater
      Hi All — The above video appeared on my FB page. Thought some of you might be interested. Shows the fortunate rescue of an osprey down in water.
      Truly enjoy this site. Start my day early with G & G and family and a hot cup of coffee. Enjoy the humorous and educational commenting by all.
      Thanks OZ administrative team for all of your efforts.

      • CarolV June 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        So glad you posted that! It was amazing how calm that woman was! And how unaggressive the osprey seems as it gathers its strength……Thank you!!!!!

        • MFPI June 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

          I kinda wish it had been me so blessed in the right place at the right time. Enjoy your posts very much — They keep me laughing.

      • June c June 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much for sharing…The Osprey looked like he/she realized she was helping…

    49. Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

      6-27-17 SHOUT-OUT- TO ALL OZ FOLLOWERS-I know the view is a lil messy right now so it is a good time to post. We have not heard from a lot of our viewers this Season just hoping all our Osprey Followers are all still with us. So drop a line to say hi or that you are watching our Osprey family. Sure miss all the post from our followers and if you never posted before this can be the time or the year you can sign up and post. Would love to hear from all of you and hey if you want to say what state your from even better.
      My name RJONEAL female and I am from Florida and have been here from the start 2015,would love to hear from some of you!
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

      Tony from Africa are you with us again this year?

      Hugs to all hope some of you post and join in. 🙂

      • Dawn June 27, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

        I was thinking the same thing. I noticed I haven’t been posting much this year either. I think I’m just trying to take it all in. I also think I may be on Osprey overload. I feel like there are so many nest cams now. I have to take a step back and devote some time to my OG OZ family. I’ve been here is 2015 and George and Gracie deserve a little bit of my undivided attention!

        • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 5:59 am - Reply

          6-29-17 Reply- Dawn your right you have been MIA too long get back in the Zone with us. The nest is going so good and fish is flowing right into the crops of our babies and I mean all the way to the top. So funny to watch Gracie try to top them off with that last bite even though they turn their head or move back she actually pursues them and tries to keep pushing more and more. I have never seen such full crops all the time mostly in this nest till this year. Way to Go Handsome George on his fishing technique, obviously he has got it down. Sometimes you can watch him go straight from the nest to the water and he will be back in less than 10 minutes with a fish, just wonderful.
          Stay in Zone but you peek at the rest LOL. Take care HUGS

      • savethelittle June 27, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

        Hi Rjoneal. I live near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, close to Annapolis, and commute to work in Arlington, VA. Watch when I can, but miss so much. Appreciate all folks comments and pics.- they just seem to grow so fast now. Me, female, T-Rex is my near relative as I feel old as… 🙂 one. Have two very old cats (17+ years) that I love and give lots of vet care for. Had 6, but all have ‘gone before’, and miss them. Have an osprey nest on a pole in our creek but no camera, so have to peek through neighbors yards to see. Last year one osprey got after long legged blue heron and chased that poor thing all over the neighborhood, through the tree canopy and finally the heron left the area. Seen the ospreys dive and dunk the blue herons beak first into the water when herons have been fishing for their supper. BUT… have also seen those herons snatch up and gobble little kittens, and baby ducks off the banks. They have caused me to cover both my fish ponds to keep herons out. They are pretty, but really bold.

        Anyway, I and my sister rescue anything that can be saved and return all back to their areas where we found them.Local vet is wonderful about helping too. We just try to help when and where we can.

        Thank you all for all the comments and wonderful updates from someone who can only peek now and then.

        • CarolV June 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

          I’m only recently learning how predatory these herons are! I don’t fault the herons for what they are, but I am glad the ospreys stand up so diligently! Thanks for the insights! And being a rescuer….

        • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

          6-29-17 reply- Savethelittle Hello, thanks for posting glad you are with us. I too have a backyard Osprey Nest but no camera but have an excellent view since they fish at my lake and the ospreys land in my trees and fences. Amazing story about the blue heron I have posted the blue heron, hawks in my backyard and a pic of my backyard osprey before. The herons here are defiantly not scared of the Ospreys they will put up a fight if they think they can get a baby from the nest or a fish. Lucky for the Osprey family in my backyard that the herons usually stay at the lake and have plenty of birds and baby ducklings sorry but it is true, along with other animals to eat that they do not bother going to the nest. When the Juv. fledge though watch out if they are on the small side that blue heron will think about it. I think the ospreys here in my backyard just are not that aggressive as most. They drop the fish every time and just give in. The Hawk wins every time and if the heron puts a chase on they just drop the fish and go get another one. No shortage of fish around here since we have the St.Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean they can pick what they feel like eating today fresh or salt water fish.

          Thank you for being a wonderful person and your sister too, looking out for nature and helping out when you can. I know we have a lot of cat owners so I am sure they are really happy with what you do. I am a 2 dog owner to a German Sheppard and Samoyed. But I love cats and all animals just do not like bugs cant help it. What a wonderful vet to help with everything as well, lots of love in you alls hearts hope it continues to spread.

          I am so glad you found the George and Gracie Nest they have and always will be my true love for an osprey family. I do follow many nests but this is home with Tommy,Christina, Paul, Aidan, and all the helpers and of course all of the Followers.
          Osprey HUG and keep peeking in and if you need and update just post someone will answer.
          I am going to re-post a pic of my backyard osprey in case you missed it.

      • aWavedancer June 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

        Hi, I have not posted here, although have been watching for years. Appreciate this web cam, especially since I am on the North Fork way….east for part of the summer. Hello and thank you all for the things you post, talk about, and the positive shout outs. The “bossy” clean the lens…or the fights…not so much. 🙁 I like the ones when your all pitching in together, whether to help someone thru a rough patch, and all of us holding our breath that the “lil’ one” will be saved and the bucket truck makes it in time. Holding back tears when we can’t see them any longer as they travel south, and smiling to one another through this computer when we see “our old friends” return. So, yes I have “lurked” but I am one of your alls biggest cheerleaders and appreciate you all more than you can imagine. Thank you.

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

          Thanks for your input! We are a little like a family–sometimes we bicker and some of us are more vocal, while others are less chatty but still supportive! In the end, it’s about “our”
          ospreys and how they live their lives….and along the way, we get together to encourage each other along the way. It’s good to know you are “lurking there”! HAGD!

        • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

          6-29-17 Reply- aWavedancer Hello, thank you for posting first time yeah! Wow, you words are perfect love the emotion,dedication and love you spread. Your title for your name seems perfect since your words just dance around the page in a nice wave. Being from Florida I love waves. We are so lucky to have this family and I mean everyone and the Ospreys. Thanks for the compliments and since this started I have learned so much even though I have ospreys in my backyard and I thought I knew some but Southern Ospreys are different than migrating ospreys. You North Folk people sound so wonderful and so kind. Keep lurking and now maybe drop a line every once and awhile. You keep your eye out for our Osprey Family and stay in the Zone with us. Take care, Osprey Hug 🙂

      • CarolV June 27, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

        Ranay- Just saw your comment about my 1n1/2 day off causing that last lens plastering….guess what? You may be right cause I missed a day n a half again and splat there it is! Came back to this double thick gooey mess that the magical washer couldn’t get off!
        Must be yet another sign that it’s time to retire!

        • CarolV June 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

          And I am from Long Island, NY…live south-west of the nest and work just west of the nest….Have been a fan since around June, 2015.

        • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

          6-29-17 CarolV who are you kidding you cant fully retire you like to help as much as you can and you will go crazy on full retirement. I think you have a good set-up work just enough but not to much lol. Seriously it is a weird coincident though huh…

          I forgot, Hello thanks for posting and glad you are one of the Long Islanders, NY glad you are in the zone and stay in the zone dont ever leave us. HUGS

      • SusanM June 28, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

        I’m still watching every day before and after work. Always checking in! I again would like to thank everyone for posting so that I can catch up with what is going on. This is my third season. I found out about Osprey Zone from our local TV news 3 years ago and since then I am obsessed. I am from New York. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer.

        • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

          6-29-17 Hi SusanM glad you are here with us again hard to believe 3 years in the making and a New Yorker. George and Gracie are really having a nice time raising this bunch of babies since there is only 2. George just loves to feed the babies they are so polite and do not bite him YET. It is so refreshing to see Gracie have so much fish that the babies and her go into a food coma then back to begging for more fish. Gracie and George really needed this rest raising 3 babies 2 years in a row and both years had their troubles. I know her and George have such a good bond and this year I think they bonded by 10x more than before. Keep watching and give us a post once and awhile. I hope you and your loved ones have a good summer too
          Love Our Osprey Family and Followers.

      • Elizabeth June 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        I’m still here. I check in everyday and so glad it’s a peaceful nest this year. Thank you all for the pics and posts.

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Elizabeth glad you are still here too. 🙂 Yes peaceful so far and hope it stays that way. George and Gracie are really getting the whole parenting thing down. I just love how much they are interacting and bonding this year taking advantage of only having 2 babies. I also like to watch the babies play around and lay on that egg. I call it their YOGA BALL.
          Take care, keep watching and like I have been saying this year lets all stay in the Zone.

      • PattyK June 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        6/28/17/2pm Hi RJ, I have my laptop in den with OZ running almost 24/7, love your photos and comments, also CarolV’s and Betsy’s and all the photographers! I don’t post much at all, but OZ is dear to my heart, have watched since the beginning and I’m thankful for all the constant info and updates! xoxo

        • Rjoneal June 30, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

          6-30-17 Patty K Hello, wonderful you are like me every room either has Osprey Zone on TV or laptop or I PAD and when I am out with dogs on my IPhone.
          I remember you and glad you did post it is a wonderful Season having only 2 babies it is perfect harmony in the nest. Thank you for the compliments and I am glad you are enjoying all of our posting with pics,and all the stuff we do. So much fun having such a beautiful Osprey Family to watch and wonderful osprey followers.
          My favorite time of the year is when they are in New York at the nest. George and Gracie never disappoint with all that they do and the babies just so entertaining.
          Who doesn’t love to watch them curl up with each other and constantly stretch those wings and legs out so cute.
          Take care stay in the Zone xo

        • CarolV June 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

          Hi, PattyK…thanks for the encouraging words. I remember you. Good to hear from you . Keep in touch!

      • Monica June 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        Hi, this is my third year watching, although I don’t log on every day. I posted a lot more the first two years. Now when I log on, I just enjoy the amazing pictures and captions (Betsy’s are the best!).

        I’ve never been able to identify who’s who; I simply enjoy George & Gracie and their ‘kids.’ LOL!!

        I missed the lunch reunion last year. Is there one being planned this year? 🙂

      • Trinity June 29, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

        Michael England…..you must be a real pleasant person to be around. There are DOZENS of other osprey cams for you to observe. Everyone’s a critic hiding behind their computer screens. Go away 😀

    50. Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

      2 FOR TUESDAY

      • June c June 27, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

        They are pretty close to same age as last year (June 3rd.n 5th) I see much more feather growth on last years Ali n Brutus. Our guys a little behind..always nice to see side by side.

    51. Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 8:28 am - Reply

      6-27-17 Hard to believe how much the babies have changed but this pic was exactly 7 days ago look how fast they grow.

    52. Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

      6-27-17 Aidan, can you give Tommy a Ring-A-Ding on the Telly and see if he can use his great invention and wash away that gray that is all smeared and now a big haze, Clean the poo so we all can Shout YAHOO !

      Seriously, Tommy if your home sure would be great if we could ask for a favor and put that invention of yours to work again. If you not possible then we still love you for giving us Any View of our Osprey Family. OSPREY HUGS

    53. Ospreylover June 27, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Where is our windshield washer?

    54. Nancy June 27, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

      These siblings seem to get along very well..I haven’t seen any aggression, although I only check in for a few minutes each day. I remember Rocky taking more than a few hits last year and was so relieved when he got big enough to fight back.

      • June c June 27, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

        Hi Nancy..I have noticed that as well…I think one reason abundance of fish and at times George n Gracie are feeding them at one time..a far out guess one could be female the other male

      • Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

        6-27-17 Reply- Nancy you are right we are all saying 2 is the magic number plus I think it helps that we believe one is a female and the other is a male due to the size difference but that is only a guess. Anyways at the beginning we had a couple bonking sessions but that was just playing and no pecking just grab each others beaks which is normal. However I have witnessed 2x only a not even whole second peck. It was just peck peck then over. So wonderful that no one is really being aggressive as of yet. Lets hope it stays that way till they fledge. Thanks for posting and keep in touch. Betsy and CarolV have been on more than me this year so they might have witnessed more.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

      • Trinity June 27, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

        Yes it’s definitely a different mood this year, reminds me of Ronnie & Sandy after little Pip passed ( 2015 ). When it’s two chicks instead of three there seems to be less bickering over food.

    55. Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:50 am - Reply

      Gracie feeding the chicks

      • Trinity June 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

        👀 on the prize 🐟 !

    56. Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply

      It looked like it was quite breezy on the nest this afternoon. George bent over to move a stick and as he did so the wind caught his tail feathers … he ended up spinning around to catch his balance

      • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:49 am - Reply

        A few seconds later as Gracie was moving a stick, the wind caught her and almost knocked her over

    57. Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:40 am - Reply

      George took off from the nest, flying around it before landing on the perch

    58. Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:21 am - Reply

      Chick number one
      We saw what you’d done
      Without any fear
      You lifted your rear
      To let your poop fly
      But, it went a little too high
      Hitting the camera lens
      Please don’t do that again!

      • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:22 am - Reply

        Later Tommy turned on the lens cleaning machine
        But, it did not get it pristine clean
        Since the water came out largely in splatters
        Still it’s the attempt that truly matters
        The view is now mostly clear
        And for that we thank you Tommy dear

        We APREA-ciate you

        PS Thank you, too, Aidan and Paul

        • CarolV June 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

          Cute…especially love the word play with Tommy’s name!

      • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:28 am - Reply

        When the water first came out with a sudden spurt sound, Gracie got really startled, throwing her wings up before flying off like a bat out of h*ll!!

      • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:30 am - Reply

        I don’t know if George got startled by Gracie’s reaction or from the spurting water itself, but he puffed out his wings and bolted off, too, a second later.

      • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 3:34 am - Reply

        Gracie came back a moment later and looked warily at the camera! And, then George came back to the perch

      • Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

        Betsy nice rhyme fitting for our view.

    59. Mickey Martin June 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      It really is fun checking in to see how well this family is doing. By all accounts the fishing has been superb. As most know that means a peaceful nest. George has really stepped up his game being a Dad too.

    60. Karen D. June 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      OMG! Just peeked at the kids (549pm) and Lord have mercy are they roly poly! Such a sweet sight to see, VERY healthy babies…………

      • Rjoneal June 27, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

        6-27-17 Reply- Karen D glad you peeked in, they get along so good and just love watching how right now they are mimicking their parents,moving things around and voicing their lil calls.

    61. Rjoneal June 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      6-26-17 Well since the view is not good right now with poo on the camera lens thought I would make everyone laugh. This Nest in San Francisco, on the Golden Gate Bridge
      today they brought in a stuffed animal a long snake looks like its a purple stuffed animal snake crazy ospreys.

      • June c June 27, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

        Rjoneal u had a picture of the most colorful nest I have ever seen….can u find and post?

      • CarolV June 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

        Isn’t this the same nest where a ballcap was delivered by the Mr. and the Mrs. showed her gratitude by taking it for a short ride to drop it towards the bay? And we think Gracie has some weird choices!

        • Rjoneal June 29, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

          6-29-17 Good memory CarolV yes it is the same nest. Crazy nest 🙂

      • birdRJSviewer08 June 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

        Wow the chicks are large already compared to ours on the east coast. And that looks like a snake LOL

    62. bridRJSviewer08 June 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Has the camera cleaner stopped working? If so, our clear viewing is over 🙁

    63. kathryn June 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Where is the washing invention to wash the poop off?

    64. Isobel June 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Bulls eye little one, great shot. Hope the screen washer is still working.

      • June c June 27, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

        I saw it happen and said Oh Great..Ha

    65. kathryn June 26, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      The pictures are great but to many. The first time I went on this site it was more informative about the ospreys to learn about these wonderful birds.

    66. Rjoneal June 26, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      6-26-17 Monday Morning

    67. Betsy June 26, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

      “Who’s 3 weeks old today?” “Me, I am!!” 😀

      Chick #1 is 3 weeks old today.

      • Betsy June 26, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Mr Intruder wanted to come to the party, but, George told him it was for family only! 😀

      • Betsy June 26, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

        Mr Intruder thought he would ask Gracie if he could come to chick #1’s birthday party, but, she, too, said “NO”! 😀

    68. Betsy June 26, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

      I thought it would be a good time to update the differences between the chicks as they grow and change. In this picture chick #1 is on the left. Just like George her center head stripe is pretty much even in width from front to back. And, chick #2’s, just like Gracie, flares at the end. And her “eyebrows,” for lack of a better word, are thicker and darker.

      • Betsy June 26, 2017 at 3:04 am - Reply

        In this picture chick #2 is on the left. She has more dark head feathers overall making her look more “brunette” whereas chick #1 looks more “blond.”

      • Betsy June 26, 2017 at 3:04 am - Reply

        In this picture chick #1 is on the left. Her back stripe is (still) straighter and narrower than chick #2’s, which flares at the bottom.

      • Betsy June 26, 2017 at 3:09 am - Reply

        In this picture chick #2 is on the left. So … chick #2 has a flare about her and chick #1 is on the straight and narrow!! 😀 😀

    69. Betsy June 26, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

      Chick #2 pooped. It went straight up and … splat on chick #1

    70. CarolV June 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      See the wind picked up over by the nest…..we had a quick 5 min. shower run thru here, with spectacular salmony clouds clearing out as he sun is setting!
      Can’t tell if OZ got wet. Wish those clouds had been a background……

      Overcast till about midnight with clear skies and temps low 60s after…..Sun and mid to high 70s tomorrow…..

      Everyone-HAGN!

      • CarolV June 25, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        My son was fishing by the Shinnecock Canal-north/east of me and maybe 10 miles away. He didn’t get rain but he got the rainbow-a double! Had to share and wish everyone a good night…………….
        (photos by S. Wilcox)

        • Rjoneal June 26, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

          6-26-17 Reply- CarolV thanks for sharing we do get double rainbows quite often since it rains while the sun is shinning her in Florida but these are beautiful pics, thanks for sharing.
          How can anyone get enough of rainbows. Love it. “)

        • Betsy June 27, 2017 at 2:33 am - Reply

          CarolV: Awesome!!

    71. CarolV June 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Serious wingersize till he almost nose-dived…..

      • CarolV June 25, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

        minutes later, George arrived with a BIG fish! The fish this afternoon seem to be on the bigger size….
        The chicks are responding more eagerly….and we get to watch as they stay near center..

        It was another beautiful day–occasional passing clouds with a lot of sun,,

        • CarolV June 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

          George showed up with a fish of his own. The chicks ate, napped and ate again!

          • CarolV June 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

            @18:47—They ate so much, they’re round like penguins!

    72. Rjoneal June 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      6-25-17 I just love this stage with the babies every time Gracie calls out to George and begs for more fish they chime in. They copy her begging call. Gracie has 2 different patterns of begging she has always done probably more but her standard not in a hurry beg call is what makes our Gracie, Gracie. Love the way she just looks up occasionally to see if George is still there whether it be he is in the nest or on the perch. She dozes and close her eyes and sometimes just opens 1 eye and beg calls. She will do this sometimes for 30 minutes or so then George usually cant ignore her anymore and off he goes. Baby1 and Baby2 are really starting to copy and mimic Gracie and Georges movements and calls.
      As you all know unless blood test is done no way of telling difference of male or female not until they are full grown adults can you tell by size and beaks along with feathers and so on.

      I think our Baby1 being the smaller of the 2 walks and stands more always on guard way more than Baby2, I believe Baby1 is our Male and Baby2 is our Female. Baby2 being the larger of the two and laying in nest more than walking around defiantly,eats more acts like Sandy did a lot in 2015.

      Thats just my predictions and guess, can not wait till the Baby Naming Contest which Paul usually does,not until right as they are fledgling. There is no guarantee Paul will do this year but hopeful he will keep the tradition going.
      What do you OZ Followers think?????

      Below is a pic were babies are chiming in after Gracie opens her eyes after begging George for more fish, he is on perch but finally fly’s off to the water 6-25-17 .
      .

    73. Betsy June 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Gracie was trying this out for a masked ball 😀

      • Rjoneal June 26, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

        OK thats FUNNY lol almost fell off my chair when I saw this.

    74. CarolV June 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      13:07–Yet another fish by George delivery–tug o’ fish for this one…guess who won and took it off-sides to the kids.

      • CarolV June 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        George had brought in a small one earlier that could barely be seen in his claw. Gracie took it over to the chicks. After that , she stepped out for a quick dip.

        • CarolV June 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

          While he was in charge, George introduced one chick to the irrigation tube.

    75. CarolV June 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Gracie watching boats this morning

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