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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. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 3:58 am - Reply

      Chick #2 looks as if it’s partially made of glass when the video broke up

    2. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 3:50 am - Reply

      George brought …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 3:51 am - Reply

        this twine

      • PattyK July 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        7/28/17 4pm Betsy, just wanted to thank you so so so much for all the photos and terrific accompanying comments(SP?) , trying to get used to enlarging each pic, practice makes perfect;, kudos to CarolV, Rjoneal and all others who are making 2017 OspreyZone community so special! As I posted a few days ago, thank you CREW for making the cam so clear and clean;, my family would love to volunteer to beg PSEG crew to align camera to center of nest platform to peek at the hidden side of nest!
        Hugs to all of this very special Zone! xoxoxo

        • Rjoneal August 1, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

          Reply-Patty K thank you for your kind words. What a beautiful Osprey Family we have.

    3. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply

      Gracie coming in to land on the perch

    4. CarolV July 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Forecast-71 now in East Marion- possibility rain overnight-temps mid-to high 60s…Overcast with sun mixed tomorrow. Differing predictions for Fri. into Sat., depending on which way the front goes….one call is heavy rain possible with showers in between. Hope that one is wrong!

    5. CarolV July 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Not happy to see that red “cord” in the nest

      • CarolV July 27, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        On scrollback, saw that the cord did catch on Gracie’s leg, but slid off as she rose…..thankfully!

    6. Betsy July 27, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

      Gracie. I love the white feathers sticking out 🙂

    7. Betsy July 27, 2017 at 3:57 am - Reply

      L to R: Gracie, chick #1 and chick #2

    8. Betsy July 27, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

      The video stream has periods of stuttering, freezing and jumping. It can lead to some interesting effects!

    9. Betsy July 27, 2017 at 1:52 am - Reply

      The stick can really be in the way at times! But, here, it perfectly frames chick #1!! 🙂

    10. Marlene July 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks for all the pictures, Betsy, especially with the wayward fledgling. I thought maybe it was Sandy or Ronnie, but I would think their feathers would now be the same as George and Gracie. I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m still here, checking in. Got a kick out of the goggles. They are too funny. Never know what ends up there . . . although it can also be dangerous. I like Carol V’s idea of pilot names. Someone else said Phelps and Lochner (might be misspelled). That’s good, too. Let’s see what adventure tomorrow brings.

    11. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      George took Gracie’s words to heart and brought her a BIG one!

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        looks like a bluefish

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Fortunately, Gracie took charge–it was strong!

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

          Both chicks shared – Brownie was back and forth….practicing on the right. He kept disappearing—he was going high and learning to shift r. to. l.—-scary stuff; there’s a good breeze…

    12. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Shots from several practices…Blondie was making me nervous: she was either on the upper left, where there were loose sticks or close to the edge on the right…

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        plastic stuck to claws…

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        George stopped by about 7:30 with a TINY stick and to move some stuff. Maybe he was counting heads to see if any guests?

    13. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      At some point a fish came in and I think Brownie had it. He was sitting off-sides and I thought he was eating but hadn’t seen a delivery…..

    14. GinaM July 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      I hope that when our babies run out of steam to fly back to the nest that whatever nest they land on the resident osprey family is as cool as GG’s! Good for George and Gracie and A and B!

      • Rjoneal August 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        8-1-17 Hi Gina I hope so too,especially after today watching 2 Juv Ospreys with real pretty necklaces hung out at the nest 1 got a fishtail and 1 even laid down with our baby. It was wonderful to watch Gracie and our 2 babies interact with them. At times Gracie would raise her wings at them but not to aggressive so they stayed. Then our baby tried to copy Gracie and gave a lil charge forward as well but still they stayed. Too funny eventually they all hung out and enjoyed the cool breeze and napped a bit.
        Take care

    15. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      GEORGE! Haven’t you rested enough????????????????
      We’re all still hungry….these kids don’t grow on air!!!!!!!
      It’s the end of July—we need to get them out of the nest!!!!!

    16. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      Tea time for Blondie…..

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        George pauses to enjoy the view….

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          then heads to perch…

          • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

            Are you done yet….Mom says “share”

            • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm

              Makes a grab but no go…maybe next fish

              “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU ATE THE WHOLE THING–GREEDY GUTS!”

    17. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Is this stick growing?

      Hope not double post….suddenly “page not found”

    18. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      @14:21- George is flying in…when he landed in the end zone, Brownie was closest and grabbed the fish…

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

        Blondie was NOT happy…

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

          So she stole it…

          • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

            George flies in and Gracie greets him…

            • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm

              Brownie contemplates trying to join Blondie in the stealing games or………Mom’s table looks roomy…look, there’s a place set for him!!!!

    19. Michael G. Martin July 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Hello Group
      My predictions on when they will Fledge is by this Weekend or even before. They are at that stage when they’re big enough and all it is, is a matter of time
      Go Chicks, Fledge Already

      Mike

      • Michael G. Martin July 27, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

        Hello Group

        The juvenile in the nest was probably from a previous Brood

        Mike

      • Rjoneal August 1, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

        8-1-17 Reply-Michael G Martin well, you guessed it right since Baby 2 fledged on Sunday 7-30-17 just made it. Now we got to get these babies fishing and they need to practice their skills.

    20. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      13:27–Momma’s home!

    21. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Blondie has a lot to say about someone being on perch…VF?

    22. Roberta July 26, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

      Am I seeing things or counting wrong? I see a third juvenile in the nest this morning. Anyone know where it came from?

      • CarolV July 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        Guess you saw by now your eyesight is o.k.! The VF was back today, so I’m sure pics will post about this visit!

    23. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Gracie hopping down from the perch … golden feathers!

    24. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Chick #1 was backing up to change its position and lost its balance … for a nice feather effect!! 🙂

    25. June c July 26, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Gracie came down from perch 8:08 and has talk with visitor at 8:18 visitor left…

      • Margaret Reeves July 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

        Reply: June C, very cute picture

    26. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

      The juvenile intruder is still on the nest — I guess it will be here a while!!

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

        Eventually the juvenile intruder, having eaten breakfast and gotten a nice long rest …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

        flew away.

        • Betsy July 27, 2017 at 1:38 am - Reply

          The juvenile faked me out!! It circled around and landed back on the nest at almost 8:17 am!!

        • Betsy July 27, 2017 at 1:39 am - Reply

          THIS was its final takeoff!!

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

        Before it flew off for home (I hope it made it), the juvenile had taken a spin out over the water …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

        and returned to the nest, landing on George …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

        it bounced up and then came back down!!

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

        George was very good about it, just giving it a look!!

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

          I’m sorry I missed that! Was at Midas watching retirement move farther away…..glad you got that!

    27. June c July 26, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Could not believe my eyes last night when a juvenile landed around 8PM last night..It was more of a surprise to see it in AM..George came around 5:38 with fish and visitor took it..Came back with a second fish..”.A ” had that one, then Gracie takes from A to feed B. Around 6:50 George brings in a third fish.. Visitor left nest couple of times and came right back. At one time all there together. The only thing George did was step away when visitor too close to him. I know they dont go after juvenile Ospreys, but last year Gracie did. Unless George came in and said “Its a miracle the 3rd. egg hatched” Ha. Still there as of this post 7:37…

      too

      • Margaret Reeves July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

        June C I could not believe my eyes this morning when I looked at the site… too funny about George thinking it was a third egg.

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        Very funny! Maybe hummingbirds stole Eggbert’s spirit and it’s back–just a little bigger than its sibs!

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

          Hummingbirds were the closest I could think of as avian fairies…teehee

    28. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

      Chick #2 is 7 weeks old today

    29. Nancy July 26, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Ok experts. I swear I saw 3 babies in the nest this morning, just judging by the feathers. Any thoughts on this ? Scroll back to 6:45-7:00 a.m. (ish)

    30. CarolV July 26, 2017 at 6:55 am - Reply

      Look who’s here! Still or again?

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

        Too funny! The foster kid is alarm chirping and our guys are pancaking!
        VJ snagged and expertly handled first fish. Blondie has a second fish already.

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

          Gracie came in and snagged Blondie’s fish….already a good portion gone……now G is feeding Brownie off-sides….no reaction to theVJ

    31. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

      Well, the juvenile intruder was still there this morning …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:33 am - Reply

        It did a whole lot of wing flapping — I thought it couldn’t fly, that maybe its flying last evening and landing on G&G’s nest was a fluke, that it had been a premature fledge … and then finally it flew off …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:34 am - Reply

        It circled around and landed on the right side of the nest …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

        And, when George came with a fish, it took the fish!!

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

          This fish is actually George’s SECOND fish delivery!! That dang no-can-see-anything corner!!

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

        George brought another fish which chick #1 got

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

          Actually, this is the FIRST fish George brought!! This is George flying away after the 1st fish delivery …

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

          After he dropped it off at around 5:30:30 am, it flapped around and ended up under chick #2!!

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

          When chick #2 stood up I saw this fish and wondered how it got there!! I replayed the tape over several times and that’s when I figured out the fish order!! 😀

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

          Chick #2 tried unsuccessfully to pick up the fish

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

          After chick #2 moved away, chick #1 claimed the fish

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

        When chick #1 had eaten its fill, Gracie hopped down from the perch and took the fish …

        • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

          And fed chick #2 while chick #1 watched and the juvenile intruder continued eating its fish

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

        To be continued …

    32. sera July 26, 2017 at 5:50 am - Reply

      There are three chicks now?

    33. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 3:26 am - Reply

      A juvenile, probably lost and needing a rest, landed on the nest at about 7:59 pm

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 3:29 am - Reply

        It landed in the no-can-see corner, of course! 😀 Eventually it moved to the front of the nest. What an adorable chick!!

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 3:32 am - Reply

        It took care of a little business …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 3:33 am - Reply

        And picked at the plastic a few times …

      • Betsy July 26, 2017 at 3:43 am - Reply

        I think George and/or Gracie tried to run it off a couple of times, but it seemed to be only half-heartedly. I’m glad that they didn’t succeed because it was getting dark. The chicks barely even reacted to the intruder, just looking at it with some curiosity, but mostly ignoring it. The juvenile was still on the nest when you couldn’t see anything on the video anymore.

        Ornithologists report that osprey adults are rather tolerant of wayward juveniles from other nests, and sometimes even feed the visiting fledglings before the young head back to their real homes. It’s kind of like “trick or treat” in the osprey community – chicks visit other nests to see if the snacks at the neighbors’ house are any better than the ones they’re getting at home. http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/osprey_cam_blog/archives/2004/07/11/

        • sera July 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

          Thanks Betsy, it certainly is adorable.

    34. Betsy July 26, 2017 at 3:16 am - Reply

      It was a little hard for George to find a landing spot!!

    35. June c July 25, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Our family had a visitor at the nest…a young one..

    36. CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      And who would this be!

      • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        I can hear Gracie but she doesn’t seem inclined to chase visiting juvenile…..Mellowing?
        It has stayed for a good while

      • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Spotted about 8pm, with what looks like Gracie in the nest! And seems to still be there at almost 9pm

    37. elaine July 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Am I seeing things or is that another older osprey chick.or is it Gracie? I didn’t think Gracie had white tips in her feathers. Kids don’t seem concerned.

    38. CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      A family photo—nice to see all of George!

      • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        DAWN suggested swimmers’ names for the chicks because of the goggles….

        I’m going with famous pilots, because those goggles remind me of the early flyers……so I suggest…..EARHART and LINDBERGH
        Hope we have a naming contest

    39. CarolV July 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Just about 6pm, Brownie did his wingersize…very strenuous!

      • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

        Gracie keeping busy amongst the craziness..

        • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

          OOpsie! Sorry, Mom…I just can’t stop!

          • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

            Gracie’s do has been redone by the wind machine…

            • CarolV July 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

              Lots of hopping and bouncing, too

            • Bre July 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm

              LOL CarolV !! Still laughing at your Gracie’s do comment ;-D Funny!

    40. sera July 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Very clever, getting some good air under the talons.

    41. CarolV July 25, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Tuned in to see Blondie was given a whole, live fish by George (off-sides); Brownie is bugging Blondie like he wants to share, while Gracie is near-by with a perfectly lovely piece of fish! Brownie soon realizes his cheeps are falling on deaf ears….and goes to Momma…

      I was off for a couple of days and found out today that the Verizon chicks are now fledgelings..Not sure what day was the official day. II haven.t watched this nest(across the parking lot from my job) as closely this year, but I never even saw them helicopter. It is usual for these birds to be a bit ahead of our guys, as the parents come back just a little before the G’s. .

    42. birdRJSviewer08 July 24, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness, I can’t believe there are swimming goggles in the nest! Oh no.

    43. CarolV July 24, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      18:46–Brownie says “Daddy’s Home!”

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        George is stepping out after turning fish over to Gracie. Brownie has Gracie’s attention-and fish- to himself as Blondie works on her fishtail

        • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

          Blondie had this fishtail, too…….

    44. CarolV July 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Gracie had been doing so well since she took plastic aversion therapy………………..IT’S BACKKKK!

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        UH-OH! A new generation into plastic?

    45. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Gracie flying from the nest in “glow diffused”

    46. CarolV July 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      @18:25–cheering George in…….

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Gracie has taken possession-out of sight{shocker} and George is fighting thru the gang of 2 to leave

    47. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Gracie flying from the nest in “glow diffused”

    48. PattyK July 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      7/24/17 , 5:35pm, another , don’t know how and when this happened, but another kudos to our Osprey Zone owners, noticed the “burn marks”on cam are gone! The clarity of cam is amazing, thank you so very much…watching our family kiddies wingersizing, how wonderful, wish and will try to go back to last year’s to see if they are ahead of schedule(my thinking), so very happy to see how Gracie and George have perfected their parenting since we first watched them! Just a p.s., will there be another “Name Game”? soom? xoxoxoxo

    49. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      You know how I love wing pictures 😀 😀

      These are chick #2 winger-sizing 😀

    50. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      George brought a fish at 12:05 pm, landing somewhere in the no-see-corner. I don’t know if he stayed there while Gracie fed the chicks — between the rain on the camera lens and that right out-of-view edge of the nest, you could only see part of Gracie’s head as she fed the chicks!! Anyway, here he is flying from the right side of the nest!

    51. Grandma Val July 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Some where between Betsy’s comment about a “balancing act” and Lady Di’s cute “lost goggles” scenario … the stain on the lens magically disappeared. How did that happen?

    52. Dawn July 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Well that does it! With those goggles in the nest, the chicks should be called Phelps and Lochte!

    53. CarolV July 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      “Raindrops keep falling on my head..
      …and just like the guy who’s feet are too big for his nest…
      …………..there’s not enough fish……….
      ………………..Those raindrops keep falling………….”

    54. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Finally!! A full frontal!! 😀 Poor sopping wet chick #1 is 7 weeks old today.

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        Maybe I should have waited longer!! 😀 Chick #1

      • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

        (12:55pm post) Looks a little like Kermit the Frog deco for her b’day…..or a goofy Smiley!

        • CarolV July 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

          2:52 post—“Could you sing HBD louder? Can’t hear over the rain “

    55. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Gracie is the BEST mama!! She tried to cover her chicks in the torrential rain!!

    56. CarolV July 24, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Gracie drops in—looks like they’re trying not to blow away! Look at the surf…

      63 right now…possibility of showers thru afternoon, hopefully stopping by 4pm…….

    57. Karen D. July 24, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Swimming goggles? Seriously??

      • Elaine July 24, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

        Karen: I watched George bring the swimming goggles to the nest yesterday. I think it would be so cute to have a portrait of one of the chicks wearing them. When I saw this I thought to myself “You’ve got to be kidding!” Maybe George is trying to outfit the kids with summer attire.

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

          Elaine: Did I hear portrait? 😀 😀

        • Karen D. July 26, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

          LOL! Love this nest……

      • Jan Lester July 24, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        I saw the goggles early today and now I notice the chicks/parents are kind of staying along the edge to avoid it!…The parent must have snagged the goggles bringing them up to the nest, maybe while going after a fish…? But the fact that my human brethren are such slobs makes me sad. Things like these PLASTIC goggles and the long straps can be deadly to wildlife when left out in the open. Pick up your trash, people.

    58. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply

      There was a seagull flying around nearby

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

        It was funny to see their heads move in unison as they watched it fly around and then pass by almost overhead

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        I keep seeing a flash of white thru my kitchen window and thought I was seeing things! Then I went to side window to see a seagull gobbling down wet cracker crumbs I had put out yesterday for the birds! Smart birds, those seagulls!

    59. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Chick #2 feeling the wind under its wings

    60. Nancy July 24, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Omg. When did the goggles arrive in the nest ?? Also, saw one of the babies hovering this a.m. …won’t be long now ! :-/

    61. Sheila Falkowski July 24, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Good Morning North Fork,

      I just love the goggles, perhaps fledging is about to begin and the goggles are a new innovation? Love this zany coupple and their kids. One parent or the other is way ahead of al;l the other pairs in outfitting their chicks! Peaceful day to all and thanks again for this wonderful site!!!!!!!!!

    62. CarolV July 24, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      A windy, wet morning at the nest. The sibs huddle together.

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

        Someone taking advantage of that wind…

        Looks like the goggles are making their way around the nest.

    63. Lady Di July 24, 2017 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Mom: “How many times have I told you to keep an eye on your things?” Kid: “Ma, I swear, I left the goggles right here on the table?” Mom: “You think money grows on trees?” Kid: “But Ma, really, they were right here when I went into the house for a minute!”

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        Good one!

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

        Lady Di: That’s funny!! I can just imagine a conversation like that!!

    64. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:43 am - Reply

      Gracie does a balancing act!! 😀 😀

    65. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:40 am - Reply

      Chick #2 looking adorable with its windblown head feathers!!

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:41 am - Reply

        Closer to the camera — even cuter!!

    66. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:38 am - Reply

      Chick #1 did a partial wing stretch and then kept its wing on chick #2 for a couple of minutes. I thought it made a cute picture!

    67. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:29 am - Reply

      The chicks were testing their wings in the wind today, holding their wings out and letting the wind lift the chicks up (and I really believe singing — uh, I mean enjoying — the wind beneath their wings 😀 !!) This is chick #2 …

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:30 am - Reply

        who really let the wind take her/him up!!

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:37 am - Reply

        Chick #1 seemed to be a little more restrained

    68. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:21 am - Reply

      I think it was Gracie who was up on the perch. There was alarming and then this chase. I think it was George doing the chasing of an intruder because the shadow of whoever was on the perch still showed on the nest. 😀

    69. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:16 am - Reply

      Gracie flew from the perch to circle around and then landed on the right side of the nest …

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:17 am - Reply

        she did a little housekeeping.

    70. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:10 am - Reply

      George brought a piece of bamboo to the nest. He had just finished positioning it when a gust of wind caught him …

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:10 am - Reply

        spinning him part way around!!

    71. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

      George had brought a fish to the nest at 2:16 pm. Gracie was still feeding the chicks from it when he brought this one, so he hopped up to the perch with it …

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

        A minute later there was sort of an ackackackackacka noise and the camera shook as George flew off with the fish …

      • Betsy July 24, 2017 at 3:04 am - Reply

        with this bird chasing him! Doesn’t look like a crow or a mockingbird!

    72. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 2:54 am - Reply

      George brought a stick to the nest and then started housekeeping, moving the goggles off to the side. He looked so cute with them!

    73. Betsy July 24, 2017 at 2:52 am - Reply

      A seagull flying close by

    74. GinaM July 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      The swim goggles! Love it!!

      • CarolV July 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

        Wonder if any neighbors check in and recognize their missing item!

    75. CarolV July 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      @19:03–fish is in–At least this time we got to see everyone!
      Chicks showing anticipation—

      • CarolV July 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        Gracie checks in….

        • CarolV July 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

          George and Mr.Fish…..
          Feeding was of course, off-sides…

          • CarolV July 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

            @19:56- another delivery- George made a very brief partial appearance-feeding started on porch, then Gracie moved out. Looked like both kids got something..Gracie handed the tail portion to, I think, Blondie. There were further comings and goings but I had a hard time tracking them off on right.

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