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Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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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

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    1. Karin July 10, 2015 at 2:24 am - Reply

      2:19 AM These babies are awake and one just took aim…. Luckily it went off to the side….It looks so calm and peaceful out on the water and the boat lights are bright.
      I can’t tell yet if any rain helped but I can see movement and hear a few chirps now and then…

    2. Rjoneal July 10, 2015 at 12:34 am - Reply

      Paul
      Thank you I too am trusting the
      Audubon people based on their reputation,education,and devoted professional experts in the field of birds and wildlife. I believe this is for a good cause. I have never signed a petition before until now. Watching your live cams and other osprey live cams have taught me a lot and made me inclined to sign. Thank you and here’s hoping tomorrow will be able to see a little bit better,and there will be plenty of fish for our osprey family.

    3. Rjoneal July 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Osprey zone I don’t know if you will post this and if it is OK to do so but if possible it would be great to spread the word about this. I signed the petition today

      Dear Rjoneal,

      Thank you for standing up for birds by signing the petition asking Duke Energy to stand down from its attacks on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act!

      Please help spread the word by forwarding the message below and/or sharing the alert with your social networks.

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      Dear Friend,

      Duke Energy–the nation’s largest electric utility company–has launched a vendetta against the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) after it was fined $1 million for the deaths of more than 150 birds, including 14 Golden Eagles. Please join me in signing Audubon’s petition asking Duke Energy to stand down from its attacks on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act: http://www.audubonaction.org/DukeEnergy

      • ospreyzone July 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm - Reply

        Normally I think I would not have wanted to take any political positions, but I’ll make an exception here, trusting the Audubon people, I’ve signed the petition.

        • Samantha July 10, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

          They’ve got my signature.

      • JB July 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        As with all political positions, there are two sides to the story. So, have a look at what Duke Energy has to say:

        “Duke Energy Renewables reaches agreement with Department of Justice regarding bird mortalities at two wind facilities
        Nov. 22, 2013
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        CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
        Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, today announced it has reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two of Duke Energy’s wind generation sites in Wyoming.

        The DOJ brought misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) for 14 golden eagle mortalities within the past three years at Duke Energy’s Top of the World Windpower Project and Campbell Hill Windpower Project near Casper, Wyo.

        Golden eagles are not listed as threatened or endangered under U.S. law. However, they are protected under the MBTA.

        Federal fines and restitution of $1 million will be levied against Duke Energy Renewables. These funds will be dispersed to the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and The Conservation Fund.

        “Our goal is to provide the benefits of wind energy in the most environmentally responsible way possible,” said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “We deeply regret the impacts to golden eagles at two of our wind facilities. We have always self reported all incidents, and from the time we discovered the first fatality, we’ve been working closely with the Fish and Wildlife Service to take proactive steps to correct the problem.”

        These steps, among the first in the wind industry, have included:

        Installing and testing new radar technology to assist in the detection of airborne eagles on or near the site, which was developed from the same technology used in Afghanistan to monitor incoming missiles
        Instituting a curtailment program using field biologists, who radio for turbines to be temporarily shut down upon sighting an eagle in the vicinity
        Further curtailing turbines during periods of high eagle flight activity
        Instituting migratory bird training programs for wind technicians and developing a reporting system to track any findings related to avian populations on the sites
        Removing rock and debris piles that attract eagle prey
        Continuing to voluntarily report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) all eagle and migratory bird mortalities and meeting with the agency regularly to discuss adaptive management measures to reduce avian mortality.
        “Top of the World and Campbell Hill were some of the first wind sites we brought into service, during a period when our company’s and the wind industry’s understanding of eagle impacts at wind farms was still evolving,” said Tim Hayes, environmental development director at Duke Energy Renewables. “The development of these sites from 2007 to 2009 was before the release of the USFWS wind energy guidelines or its eagle conservation plan guidance.

        “Our voluntary monitoring and curtailment of turbines have been effective. Upon implementing these measures, more than a year passed without any known golden eagle fatalities at these sites. We remain committed to continuing our work in cooperation with the USFWS to implement appropriate site-specific measures to minimize and mitigate any avian impacts,” said Hayes.

        Duke Energy Renewables also has committed to further evaluate potential avian deterrents and to implement conservation measures designed to minimize the risk of any future avian mortalities from its Wyoming wind operations.

        “We will continue our approach to proactively safeguard wildlife resources,” Wolf said. “Over the coming months, the company will be working closely with the USFWS on a Migratory Bird Compliance Plan and an Eagle Conservation Plan that allow us to continue to operate our wind facilities while protecting avian populations.”

        About Duke Energy Renewables

        Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy generation projects for customers throughout the United States. The company’s growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 15 wind farms and 17 solar farms in operation in 12 states, totaling more than 1,750 megawatts in electric-generating capacity. Learn more at http://www.duke-energy.com/renewables.

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        http://www.duke-energy.com/news/releases/2013112203.asp

        • andreaallennyc July 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

          Their own reply makes them look terrible …. I certainly wouldn’t leave anything “voluntary” for them.

    4. Carol July 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Could just make out Gracie and that she is in the nest and was shaking out her head and neck feathers, a good indication, I think, that it is raining. But staring at image waiting for the lens to wash off is just making me dizzy!!! Good night, Gracie and kids

    5. gracey July 9, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you for all the answers to my questions…theoretically then all the Osprey in the large immediate area are somehow related. But No family reunions.

    6. Carol July 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Raining on the south fork…hoping some comes to Greenport…hard to tell on cam

    7. Helen July 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Mr. Henry – Are you aware of what happened today on Shelter Island?

    8. Leanne July 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      I live in the Midwest and we’ve had more than our fair share of rain recently, with more on the way. If you don’t mind, I’m sending some of that moisture straight to you guys so that lens gets rinsed off. Hopefully, tomorrow, we’ll all have a better view of the nest and the Osprey Four. 🙂

    9. Marilyn July 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      There seems to be a lot of movement in the nest. Hard to see, must be raining.

    10. Patty July 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Wonderful feeding day for the family! Calling him George, but he has a tee hee element of Ray Romano , “ok, did I did good now look??”.He has been outstanding in the daddy bringing meals home again, the babes are growing leaps and bounds.We all hope for the rain man to help soon for the cam, Thank you AGAIN for this experience!xoxo

      • Patty July 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

        I am in Bethpage, it’s raining, hopefully getting out to Suffolk and the cam.Cannot see a thing right now- does Gracie still try to shelter the not so little ones if it storms, or do they just learn to deal??

        • ospreyzone July 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

          Not sure, I don’t think they would fit under her anymore.

    11. Carol July 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Gracey…a good site to check out is “allaboutbirds.org/guide/osprey It is a Cornell Lab site, but not knowing if you live on LI, I’ll let you know they are a fantastic resource for all things animal or plant. I don’t know that they can answer you’re questions but still have good info.

    12. Ja July 9, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      I hope the winds & thunder aren’t going to be to bad tonite, Gracie will need to stay close by and cuddle the babies.

    13. Carol July 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Got home and scanned thru the day..Seems like George keeping up with demand. Can barely see with the scmutz on the lens. Doing a rain dance next.
      On my commute to work this a.m., when I passed the nest on the corner of rts. 105/24, the mom was looking out and I could see two heads next to her. This nest is on a post about standard phonepole height so it’s much easier to see the birds. I have had several “magic moments” as these birds come and go right above us. This morning I could clearly see one chick already has a white chest. Each year this couple arrives about a week or so before the couple I watch in Cutchogue. This head start means the chicks are more mature and usually jump earlier. When I retire I will have to scout out nests on the South Fork to observe..I will miss the one by where I work.

    14. Monica July 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone!! So, what’s been going on with “my” birds?! I wish we could clean the lens.It’s 6:16pm and I can barely see. 🙂

    15. JB July 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      It’s cool to see the young-un’s agility and butt-eye coordination improving. They’ve discovered the camera window is located directly in a shoot zone, and rather than just shoot, they have learned to first “moon” the camera, pause, and then shoot right in the eye of the beholder. Way to go kids!

      🙂

    16. gracey July 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      I have 2 questions for anyone who knows: 1 – Do the siblings stay “friends” the rest of their lives?
      2 – And do the offspring stay close to their “parents” their whole lives?

      • old dollady July 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

        no,gracey. the siblings will depart on migration alone,and will not as a rule be together again. If they return ,the parents will not let them even land on the nest. they will learn all they need to know to survive before migrtion

      • Samantha July 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        I have been wondering this myself. I’ve done some reading and it looks like they return to the same nesting area each year, especially the males. They’re bound to run into family members, right? Do they recognize each other? Do they treat each other as strangers?

      • Karen July 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

        No, to both questions. They never see each other again after they leave the nest to migrate. The parents migrate separately but, with luck, meet back at their old nest in the spring. They do sometimes “divorce” for different reasons like a failed breeding season.

      • annieap1 July 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Answer to Gracey: No they don’t. Once the migrate they probably never see one another again. They will end up in different areas in SA. And, on the same note, even though the chicks return to the same (general) area, they don’t see their parents again in normal circumstances. The fledglings stay in SA for a couple of years b/4 then return to their birth area. Does that help? I’m not an expert – this is my third year watching.

        • annieap1 July 9, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

          Why is my response to Gracy staying in moderation for such a long time? This is the first time that I have posted on this site. No one else seems to have responded to her question.

          I don’t know what I am supposed to type in the box marked “Website”. Is that the problem?

          • ospreyzone July 9, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

            Sorry about the delays, we just can’t moderate constantly and get to them ASAP.

      • Featherdog July 9, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        Hi Gracey! Ans #1: No. They go their separate ways around September for South & Central America. I understand they don’t breed until their 3rd year. (correction may be needed here…). Ans #2: yes, in that they usually nest in the same area as their birth nest, and no, they aren’t “close” to the parents as ‘friends’ might be close but they nest in the same area and compete for the same resources as the parents. Sorry, I’ve forgotten what they do for their 2nd season. VOM — do you know the answer for year two?

      • Mitchell July 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

        I only know the answer to your first question. The siblings do not like each other at all. In fact if you were here a couple of weeks ago there were three chicks all together the older two decided it would be best to beat the younges to death. ( this is of course using ther terms like and friends in such a way that humans do.) To them i guess everythhing they do is all just based on survival instinct.

      • Marilyn July 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

        I read somewhere that when it’s time to migrate one of the parents leave first. Then the other parent then the little ones. The parents do not stay with each other wherever they migrate to, but reunite back here. The kids, not sure. I hope someone answers your question.

        • old dollady July 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

          the mom will leave first,the dad stays and teaches the kids to fish,altho they really do know how to fish!! the dad will not leave til the kids have left. we have seen the dad stay -on other nests with an injured chick until late sept in montana. usually a female chick will be the last to leave-free meals,yaknow 😀

    17. Debbie July 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Come on rain and wash the cam lens so we can this family better. Another fish, Good Job George.!!!!
      Glad the chicks are getting along better….One day at a time…

      • LH July 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        a small drone with a water gun attached to it would do the trick

        • Karin July 10, 2015 at 2:12 am - Reply

          I had been thinking the same thing…. a drone SQUIRT gun….. ( just a ‘squirt’ pun ) 🙂

    18. Cathy from SI July 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Too Funny Gracie just yelled at George and took away the fish……he left.I could hear him…..crazy woman! I’m outta here!

    19. Karin July 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      3:39 Poor George…. She yanked this fish out of his grasp before he even got the head off…. That’s ok… I think he just flew off to get another…..

    20. suzanne July 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      3:38 nest time. heard lots of squawking and George had brought fresh fish….so fresh it was still flopping a bit! Everyone in nest now awake after Gracie wrestling the thing down. Team work at its finest.

    21. Nancy Fetherston July 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      The fish caught seem to be very young blue fish, porgy, flounder and sea bass. Estuary environment? I wonder whether high tide and poor visibility contribute to fewer fish as opposed to low tide and sun to reflect on them. If so, daytime high tide would negatively affect fishing success. This afternoon and evening will be high tide.

    22. Karin July 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Sometimes I wonder if perhaps the catch a glimpse of their reflections and movement in the camera and that’s why they stare right into it sometimes…

    23. Maureen July 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      I ❤️ the site.I have been watching for a few weeks now. Thank you for having this.It has been very fascinating watch these amazing birds. Nature is wonderful ( although sometimes heartbreaking with the passing of PIP the baby ) but in all I am in awe watching these birds each day.

    24. Jara July 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Wow, around 1:45 there must have been either lightning or thunder because both chicks jumped and the screen lit up for a second. One sat up and looked out at the water as if to say “What the heck was that?”

    25. gigifromlongisland July 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      it is so wondrous how they have grown, feathers are beautiful and they are growing to fly out of nest .Gracie is a wonderful mom. i stopped watching crazy after baby.She doesnt sleep at night…and George is doing his very best. who are we to judge how they decorate the nest…as long as babies are fed.and they do not fight..its perfect…i will never use another plastic bag after this.

    26. Karen July 9, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      I have been addicted to this site ever since I read the article in Newsday. How great it is to watch these birds! THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!! Still feel bad for the runt. He really tried. I want to say thanks to all who make comments because they let me know what I miss. Especially a feeding! I hope we all get to see these two make it and fly away. A big thank you. I have learned so much.

    27. Elaine July 9, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

      We should teach the kids how to aim in another direction. I don’t think they want us to see them. They are really getting bigger, since the first time I saw them and they seerm to be closer to the camera.

    28. Karin July 9, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

      10:34 am Another successful feeding almost done. I have neither seen nor read in the comments any fighting for about 3 or 4 days now… Maybe G & G figured out if they keep the babies tummies stuffed babies don’t fight. This is ( I think ) the fourth or fifth fish today….everyone seems happy… yea! 🙂

    29. Leanne July 9, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Fish #4 and it looked like it was good sized, from what I could tell.

    30. Audrey fm CT July 9, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

      I noticed that someone has named the chicks, Izzy & Gigi. Has someone determined their sexes at this point? If so, how? We are expecting a heavy rain after 5 pm tonight here, hope it is there also to clean that camera lens.

      • Leanne July 10, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

        Hi Audrey, Those are just 2 names that my granddaughter and I picked out for the 2 chicks on the days they were born. I am a first time watcher here and I dont know for sure when they can tell if they are male or female. I think that will be a little easier to tell as they get older. There was a third chick, who my granddaughter and I named Rocky but unfortunately he didnt make it.

    31. Jara July 9, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

      About half an hour ago I noticed that the lens started to haze over. The chicks were asleep so they had nothing to do with it. Gracie and George keep bringing in more sticks to build up the nest.

      • GinaM July 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm - Reply

        We have hazy, drizzly, foggy weather today.

    32. Rose Petejan July 9, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Hi Paul,
      I was wondering if you will arrange to have the nest cleaned once George and Gracie migrate?

    33. Janet July 9, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Just hit the camera again so it it blurry should rain again and it will be clean they are by them self for a long time today but no fighting

      • Tucker July 9, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Camera Beware!! George has found a Honey Hole!

      • Jara July 9, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Can’t blame the chicks this time. I just happened to check in around 9:30 and the chicks were sleeping. As I watched, the lens just started to haze over. It was really weird.

    34. Cindy July 9, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Can’t see much of anything now. 🙂

    35. Karin July 9, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      9:20 OOOOH! Direct hit… covered the whole screen.. Now you do need the rain….:) . We’ve been petty lucky the last few days….. I figured we would get hit soon.

    36. JB July 9, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Just now, an attack from a large predator; possibly a vulture, but cannot tell. Gracie was very upset and vocal. Then, she lept from the nest to chase it away. You could see the large bird move away in the background over the water. Hope it doesn’t return.

      • Leanne July 9, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

        I saw that too. I don’t know what it was but it was BIG.

      • Joan T. July 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

        Do we have vultures on LI?

        • Sheryl July 9, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

          I have spotted turkey vultures.

    37. Trishrg July 9, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Just watched the tail end of a feeding. Both chicks are stuffed and the last one finally waddled away.

    38. Jan Klinedinst July 9, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Can you please tell me which direction the camera faces out over the sound. And tracking weather can you please tell me what location is the nest on the North Fork. . .( North, South, East, West end) THANKS..

      • ospreyzone July 9, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

        Camera faces SE and is in the Greenport area

        • JP July 9, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

          Peconic River, Gardiners Bay? I watched one of the tall ships come in towards Greenport last week from your Osprey cam! Awesome view of both water and chicks!

        • Jan Klinedinst July 9, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

          Thanks for the location reply!! Now I can see when storms head your way on the sound. Looks like we need rain on the lenses today …;))

    39. Judy July 9, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Baby’s are growing so fast..Gracie is very busy with the nest.. Funny to watch the babies try to help with the nest…This has been wonderful to watch… Thank you Tommy?

    40. Leanne July 9, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Fish #3 so far for today 🙂

    41. kgerette July 9, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Fish # 3? 8:08 am Still flopping…….

    42. Carol July 9, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

      She’s really working on building up that left rim…baby got bonked by a good size piece of driftwood but always resilient. Sorry I have to leave for work…more fun watching building away! Dad just brought big stick…realizing kids need bigger playpen?

    43. susan July 9, 2015 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Nest looks much better this morning! babies resting, Gracie was on the side but just took off . They are look peaceful this morning, good to see! babies are getting so BIG so fast now!

    44. Leanne July 9, 2015 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Another small fish or half a fish was just delivered a short time ago. Does anyone know if George fishes at night?

      • Janet July 9, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

        No Osprey do not fish at night.

    45. Diane S July 9, 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

      Fish #2…about 6:30am….kids are ambivalent, they ate an hour ago.

    46. Carol July 9, 2015 at 6:35 am - Reply

      More pine….She’s going Early American. It’s funny that each addition has to be placed just so and tweeking of other stuff is required.
      And another fish @6:30! Did somebody show George that video? .

    47. Carol July 9, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

      The addition of a tasteful pine stick has required some rearranging of the other debris. And she’s off again! When the kids are fed and quiet, moms have more time for esthetics…

    48. Carol July 9, 2015 at 5:59 am - Reply

      First fish @5:15 and another one half hour later! George on a roll! It’s good to see a relaxed feeding. Gracie off to find more decorating material. What’s next? Very eclectic tastes….

    49. Leanne July 9, 2015 at 5:33 am - Reply

      Good Morning 🙂 George delivered a very small fish for breakfast. Neither baby seemed very hungry which is good. Izzy (2) started to eat first but then thought better of it and let Gigi (1) eat.. When Gigi was full Izzy got her turn. Hope George brings a bigger fish later because the one they just had was snack sized.

    50. Diane S July 9, 2015 at 5:24 am - Reply

      First fish at about 5:15am…after some lean days (especially over the holiday weekend) Dad is coming through…these kids are eating well!

    51. Shar July 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Finally raining here in Westhampton Beach. Hope it holds together and reaches the nest location. Fingers crossed! ♥

    52. Carol July 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      It looked like Gracie tried to settle in with the kids but they got too restless I guess. I was wondering if she would huddle with them if it rained. IF it rains!

    53. Karin July 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      They are growing so fast now. How much do we think they weigh? I’ve been thinking 3 to 5 pounds….. but a lot of that is hollow bones and feathers… maybe 2 to 3?

    54. Patty July 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Watching the night close in, love seeing stately Gracie off to the side of the nest, observing, wondering when and if she can catch some zzzzzzz’s!

    55. Elaine July 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Oh My! I opened up the site, and there is more trash in the nest. As if they need more stuff. Gracie and George need to do some serious housecleaning, and have the kids help with it.
      I can’t believe it. I look also at another site with mother and father with two chicks, and their nest is pretty clean. In fact, the mother moves twigs around probably to make more room since the chicks are growing. I agree that we hope that Gracie and George are making notes for next year for improvement of nest appearance.

    56. Carol July 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Sallyanne, for pointing out the feeding incident! I had scrolled through and missed that part where Gracie handed..I guess I mean clawed..over the fish tailfins for JR to practice on. .It was really interesting! No holding these guys back now! I still get a laugh at the size of their feet! Guess it’s like puppies and paws…got a lot of growing to fit in to them….

    57. Rjoneal July 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Has anyone noticed how the one baby has learned to take shade under mom it’s so cute

    58. JB July 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Please zoom back out with the video, or whatever feature you are using to increase the size of the video frame. It is causing clipping and further reduces the area of visiblity. In other words, cannot see the edges and perimeter of the nest. Thanks

      • ospreyzone July 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

        To my knowledge and eyes the frame has not been changed.

    59. Carol July 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      One man’s trash is another bird’s treasure. Gracie doing her best to decorate with the bounty humans so graciously discard everywhere!

    60. nancy July 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Ha! George and gracie need to have a garage sale! There’s piping, netting, bags, a rubber ring of some unknown origin……..

    61. sallyanne July 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      WOW I think this is a REAL step forward . One of the chicks on July 8th @ 5:45PM is grasping the fish in his own talons, and ripping off the flesh for himself!! This is quite an advance toward independence, I’m thinking.
      Always a wonder to watch these magnificent birds. Thank you, Tom

    62. Carol July 8, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Just ran thru the video and postings to get my fix for the day. The osprey video is spectacular! Thanks for posting! The chicks are gorgeous with the new feathers that have burst from the quill covers overnight. And it’s great to see them all so well fed as to be almost indifferent to more! Too bad they can’t stock up the freezer with extras!
      As I was waiting for the light on rt. 105 turning left on 24( there is a nest on the northwest corner) the male came flying along the south side of 105 like a plane coming in. He had his fish in a one claw hold and it was amazing to watch…He headed up to his post on a streetlight near the nest to do his thing before delivery. Lucky to catch such a beautiful moment….

    63. June B July 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know what is on the right side of the nest. Dog collar? wire? I have to say Mrs. Osprey isn’t a very good housekeeper.

      • Shar July 8, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        It looks like a small bungee cord to me. Not sure though. Hopefully it rains soon so we can get a better view.

    64. Diane S July 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Fish #7 around 4:40pm…a great day for fishing for Dad!

    65. Jo-Ann July 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Some comments yesterday eluded to the fact that baby#1 is getting to eat first and I just logged in and am observing this also. Thankfully baby#2 older and stronger than poor PeeWee was and there is enough food there right now so he will get to eat after #1 is full, I can’t see the size of the fish and I hope there is enough for all to get enough to eat tonight .Could not bear to have another baby attacked over lack of food.

    66. Karin July 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      4:47 Wow! George brought another fish… The kids are still in a drunken fish stupor… Maybe this one is for Mom and Dad to share…..

    67. Jan Klinedinst July 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Heads up! Looks like thunderstorms might be heading in the direction of the nest.

    68. Karin July 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      4:27.. were they just under attack? we had Grace, george and another big bird…things got noisy

    69. Karin July 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      We’ve gotten about 4 and half inches rain yesterday and today… I’m in Indiana… it should be heading your way soon. 🙂 Just a thought on all the plastic and trash…. maybe it could be floor layering… like throwing a clean rug on top a dirty rug and repeat ..( it would also hold down on the bug population…..

    70. Holly July 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      They’re getting so big! I wonder if mom is making notes for next year? I’m sure George is. Glad to see them growing so big and strong.

    71. cafer July 8, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

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      • ospreyzone July 8, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        Wish I could, have been waiting for rain, maybe tonight.

        • Shar July 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

          I’ve been playing, “I Wish It Would Rain” by the Temptations…. hope it helps as I don’t know any rain dances! ♪ Sunshine, blue skies, PLEASE go away! ♫ lol

        • Patty July 8, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

          LOL! Maybe cafer thinks this cam is right outside your doorstep…sorry, couldn’t help the tee hee! Here’s hoping that another part of Mother Nature does a glass plus! Again, many thanks for all of this and all you do…..l

    72. Karin July 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      3:35 pm Seems like mom is trying to overstuff the chicks….. maybe her fight prevention solution? She seemed to almost lose her balance 3 times while ripping the fish…. she is on the edge of the nest…. she needs a nap.

    73. Karin July 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      3:21 pm feeding had already started when i tuned in… if there was any fighting i missed it. both chicks got plenty and seem content. i noticed mom was giving one of the chicks some very large pieces… not a problem. He ate it up just fine…

    74. Jessica July 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      I haven’t logged in in two days and the chicks have new/different feathers!

    75. barb July 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      glad to see everyone getting a little something! 3:09pm

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