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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.
IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
We don’t pay anything for the privilege of watching the nest, and the “production” is not a production, and not television. I personally would like a more orderly comment section, but I have no right to demand it. We see these birds through kindness. It’s nice to hear from the site owners, but we can’t demand it; we have no idea of the demands and obligations they face in “real” life. It’s perfectly appropriate, in my view, to point out video irregularities, in case they have not been recognized, but that’s about as far as we can go, I think.
Hear hear well put, Sarah Lynn. Actually the comment section has improved but as you say, we see these birds sole because of the generosity and good will of the site owners. We should be grateful for that and the enjoyment they have given us!
So, no one is in the nest and no new posts? Where is everyone???
8-3-17 ATTENTION ALL OZ FOLLOWERS-
I just wanted to remind everyone and let the new- comers know as much as we would like to believe that the juv intruders or just believe that Sandy or Ronnie are back home in the area the statistics show Not likely.
Message from Rob Bierregaard and a picture he was kind enough to send me so I can share with everyone below.
Here’s a picture of a juvenile Osprey in December of its first year. The spots have already worn off the contour feathers, so you already can’t tell this is a juvenile (unless you are close enough to see the still slightly orange eyes). So, you are absolutely correct, by the time birds get back to their nest areas, if they even get there at all—and most (90%) never go exactly back to their natural areas—there is NO way anyone, including the adults at the nest, could tell that they are 1st year returning birds, much less recognize them as birds that were born there almost 2 years before.
PS we emotional humans still can dream our babies came home and are out there starting their new families and getting ready to migrate soon also. They have marked a certain part of our soul forever and we will always have them with us.Dream Big!
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Reply to Rjoneal, Love your post, very informative, thanks for sharing what Dr. Rob Bierregaard e mailed you.. 🙂
8-5-17 Reply- Margaret R thank you for reading glad to pass on the info. take care.
So good of Rob for sharing that info. I tried looking up when juvies get adult plumage but didn’t get far. Thanks for sharing. Rjoneal
CarolV welcome 🙂
Oh Lord, thank you for this! As I see tonight’s cam I am reminded of the year about the same time of Gracie stately standing on the famous perch, guarding her brood under the beautiful moonlight, and now I think, is waiting for what’s his name to lay down in the nest. Thanks again for your post, Rj, and for Rob B’s info…..Let’s try to name 2017 healthy babes soon!! xoxo
8-5-17 Reply- Patty K You are welcome, love to share any info and pictures I get from Rob. Those are good memories and now Gracie has been hanging out at the nest a lot and observing how her babies are growing and perfecting their skills with flying and soon fishing on their own. She is such a good mommy osprey. We cant forget Stud Muffin George has done wonderful keeping the supply of fish coming. Gracie has not even started fishing herself yet. Usually around the time the babies fledge Gracie would start fishing too. But hey she has a good mate so she will wait to fish when he slows down the deliveries. Remember they should slow down bringing in fish to help encourage our babies to fish on their own. I cant wait to see our babies bring in their first fish. Take care
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Seeing all in the net, maes me think that maybe Brutos, Ali & Rocky came back to visit their old home.
They are most likely in South America, if successfully able to navigate the very difficult migration ( less than 50 % of juveniles do ). Osprey do not come back north until two years old and have been known to start nests within 100 miles of their birthplace.
8-2-17 Paul or Aidan are you going to do a Baby Naming Contest like you have done in the past after both Babies fledge?
Thanks for giving us another successful year so far with George and Gracie and our 2 adorable babies.
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reply–Rjoneal- I hope they have the baby contest again this year.
can you get a full view of the nest everybody is to the right
8-3-17 Walter this nest camera does not rotate like other sites so unfortunately it is a permanent view.
However it is a beautiful view and we are just glad they keep the camera on all year round.
If you are new to our nest Welcome and please feel free up at the top to click on any of LIVE FEED/ NAME THE BABIES/ HIGHLIGHTS/ ABOUT/ PRESS/ GET IN THE ZONE/ STORE/Highlights
This will give you a little background on the George & Gracie Nest.
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Camera is fixed and 60ft. in the air. The offside “porch” is a yearly annoyance we live with in order to have these magnificent close-ups…
A Picture my brother took of the Oak Beach Osprey family from his boat Wish we could get that close
and Yay for Chick #1 Today sorry I missed it
Wow look at that beautiful family..great pic
I love the variety of the osprey nests! Wherever they can find real estate ! Nice shot…thanks for showing us!
Do they observe the speed limit? (hehe)
What a great picture — love it!!
See I made an error on A’s first fledge..So today is 1st. Congrats little one…on to first fish…
Their address (nest) was probably posted on AirBnb. So they’re renting out the site. Landlord should speak to them about extra rent. Against code with so many feather bodies?
8-3-17 Helen F. Now that is funny, good one. Made me laugh 🙂
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I’m thinking the juvenile visitors might be either last year’s or the one before. They seemed very much at home there.
Roberta last years babies would not be ready to migrate for a couple of years, please read my posting from Rob above. Have a good day.
I see that my response from yesterday to Trinity and Chris H was not posted. I’m curious as to why since there was nothing untoward or outlandish in my comment. I merely asked what their explanation (for the ongoing choppiness of the video stream) would be, defined the word sponsor and gave the word’s Latin origin and the inherent obligations of sponsorship. I must have hit too close to home and the truth was recognized. You know, not only is what a company chooses to sponsor a reflection of that company, so is how well or poorly they maintain that sponsorship; it gives some indication of the company’s standards and values. I’m sure most people can recognize that.
Your definition of outlandish is clearly different from mine. This is a private nature camera and website, not an Audubon Society or by a publicly funded foundation. Tommy, Aidan, Paul and anyone else involved are free to run OZ however they see fit. If it doesn’t reach your standards find another website. There are dozens to choose from.
HOW DARE YOU…They can take this cam down in a blink of an eye…your not paying for it..Choppy..loss of sound..going blank here and there..thats the way it goes sometimes..
To refer to their business standards is shameful…no I do not recognize that and most of OZ will agree…Just enjoy this beautiful family….
Betsy and All the Ospreyphiles and Our Entire Extended OspreyZone Family that has now gone International
I hate to keep reminding everyone here at OspreyZone about Trolls and Trolling.
All those these would be individuals may or may not be Trolls in the common sense they are disruptive when in comes to the harmonious atmosphere that we all have tirelessly to achieve here at OspreyZone
While we as Humans want to be loved and respected by our Peers that comes a time when the perception of ourselves is challenged by someone who knows nothing about our lives and what kind of person we really are deep down inside ourselves
I’ve been a member of Our Osprey Family and a follower of OspreyZone from the get go. And as in any Family we do have our differences but nothing that I would consider Malicious or Vindictive. From my personal experience and observations of everyone’s posts and comments by in large are nothing but courteous and respectful to one and all
So basically what I’m trying to say and I hope that I speak for many is that let’s let all the comments that we may deem obtrusive or sometimes hurtful. Let’s just let them roll off our backs a dismiss them as just “One Of Those Things” and not let it interrupt the pleasant atmosphere that we all have worked long and hard to achieve
Peace To All
I would like to remind everyone that this site is not based on solely altruistic reasons.
This was from an article in a local paper:
“Anyone who visits ospreyzone.com will notice the large sponsorship by Henry’s company, Tax Reduction Services, which he says came about as a way to afford all the time and money that goes into maintaining it.” http://www.danspapers.com/2015/06/north-fork-osprey-webcam-draws-hundreds-of-fans/
And, this was from an email I recieved from Paul:
This is from an email I received when I was trying to get close-ups of videos that led to © and sponsorship being cropped out: “However, I must take issue with our copyright info being cropped out of the pictures and videos. Creating, managing and sustaining Ospreyzone is a very time consuming and expensive project. Although I love all this, especially sharing, I can’t help but feel that this is crossing the line, a bit. The only way that I can justify the expense of Ospreyzone is via my Company, TRS’s sponsorship, which I feel needs to be included in all imagery. I would ask that you please respect our ownership of this material and include the full copyright and sponsorship info on all images.”
From: “Paul Henry” Date: 06/07/16 10:06 AM
What is a ‘Corporate Sponsorship’
A corporate sponsorship is a form of marketing in which a corporation pays for all of (sic) some of the costs associated with a project or program in exchange for recognition. Corporations may have their logos and brand names displayed alongside of the organization undertaking the project or program, with specific mention that the corporation has provided funding. Corporate sponsorships are commonly associated with nonprofit groups, who generally would not be able to fund operations and activities without outside financial assistance. It is not the same as philanthropy . http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/corporate-sponsorship.asp#ixzz4onMvC2ez
Notice the last line, it is not the same as philanthropy.
All of the above is very informative, thank you. Sponsorship and Philanthropy aside, a statement like this one made on July 30th, “The video stream has been horrible for over 2 weeks, so, apparently, Paul and Aidan don’t watch it or, in my opinion, more likely don’t care about the video … or the viewers.”, surely cause personal harm. The above supplied info does not negate the need for an apology. The pursuit of perfection can be very blinding to the better aspects of our Human nature.
Chick #1 fledged at 6:33:28 am this morning.
Did the fledger fly right back in? Anyone have the video??
Dorothy: Flight lasted about 32 seconds.
I missed it. Did you make a video?
Yup, Thank you for asking.
Aww, I missed #1’s fledge by minutes, I posted my pics of the fish arriving and then went to bed 🙂
George arrived with breakfast fish!
#1 was determined to get it.
Chick #2 is 8 weeks old today
Coming in “fast and furious” 🙂
Sera: Great pictures!!
Here’s one more for the collection!!
Thank you Betsy, they certainly are a pleasure to watch.
Apparently the George’s nest is the it place to be. 😀
Just thought of this! Two pair and a queen!! 😀
Dear Betsy, Doubt very much if new visitors are past G&G chicks. That, I believe is not likely no matter how much it pleases us to think so. I know I could be totally wrong and wouldn’t a family reunion be nice? I would think year old chicks feathers would no longer be spotted but though I have read much I am no expert. Still it was nice to see them all seem to get along for the most part and I have not seen that before since I don’t spend as much time as y’all on the site. Always appreciate your art and comments. Hope you are well. Yours, Bob (the same Bob as the last two years from Longboat Key Florida where we have lots of osprey and formerly from Long Island where OZ is located)
Bob: Thank you, Bob, for your compliment. I never mentioned that the visitors are past G&G chicks, just wanted to point that out. In fact, I posted this year that last years’ chicks would still be at their migratory grounds and last year I posted that any previous chicks would be unrecognizable and would most likely not be in the immediate area.
Dear Betsy, Sorry, didn’t mean to have misunderstood you. Doesn’t really matter I guess since, as I said, I am no expert on the birds, just love them as everyone else does. Some often eat a fish on top of the building I reside in and that is both fun and messy. Was surprised to see the visitors as I don’t believe that has happened too often in such a non-confrontational manner. I enjoyed it very much as I am sure you did. Be well. Bob
HAHAHA ! At first I thought you had super-imposed the extra birds into the photo. But then I saw all the other comments ! What a marvel !!
I wonder if the extra “kids” are Sandy and Ronnie.
Good question! George & Gracie don’t seem to be chasing them away.
Reply- Marilyn G. No it is not Sandy or Ronnie since these birds are Juv and Sandy and Ronnie would look like adult Osprey by the time they migrate back home. See my posting above message from Rob. Thanks for posting and take care.
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Reply- Stephanie L. please read my posting above message from Rob B. our Osprey Specialist. Thanks for posting and keep taking pictures.
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Coming soon to the sky near you—
Full Sturgeon Moon 2:11 pm…………..aka-Full Red Moon………Green Corn Moon…….Grain Moon
On Monday, August 21, 2017, North Americans will get an opportunity to observe nature’s greatest show — a total eclipse of the Sun. This total eclipse of the Sun will be the first in nearly four decades that will be visible so close to home………………Farmers’ Almanac has a chart showing times, and percentage of coverage for various cities across US
CarolV already have it on my calendar 🙂
Sorry- I meant to post credit for the paragraph about the eclipse–was from Farmers’ Almanac on line.
Another shot of chick#2 with ‘friends’
That is a cool shot. Thank you.
Reply- Renee Wolf, you know that is Gracie by the camera then the 2 babies and 2 intrud juv. Good picture thanks for posting.
Don’t get to watch much anymore but glad I tuned in this evening…. it was very interesting with some visitors…I’m thinking: Chick 2 must of invited some friends for some nest-overs while out and about (the one looks like the visitor from a few days ago, and it looks like they brought their bro/sis!) Chick 1 was not happy she lost what was left of her fish and eventually started to lose her patience (trying to shoo them off)…finally after a few HOURS of Osprey games, they must of heard Mom calling and split..
not sure where he came from but he’s trying to fit in!
8/1/17 7:30pm Excuse me, but are Gracie and George having an open house nest for other fledglings?? A full nest tonight!!! Or should I make appt for new glasses?! LOL!! xoxoxo
counted 4 at 7:30pm!
Reply- Patty K appointment not necessary they take Walk-Ins ha…
There are 5 birds in the nest, it appears there are two visitors! Approx. 7:08/7:09. And, they are here for some time. This is fascinating!
Definitely fascinating! xoxo
Reply- Barb it was wonderful to watch how lucky we are. Thanks for posting and keep on posting.
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It’s 7:14 PM Tuesday. Who is the third bird? Could it be Ronnie or Sandy?
Reply- Susan M, No read my message from Rob above please. Take care thanks for posting . 🙂
THERE’S 5 IN THE NEST – WHO’S THE VISITOR & WHY ISN’T ANYONE TRYING TO SHOO HIM AWAY?
Isn’t that our VF in upper right corner? Stopping by for dinner?
And now, I’m seeing DOUBLE!
Vf getting cozy with Blondie
Blondie made a brief charge toward the visitors. Both have since left, but I don’t think it was our baby’s bravado!
@17:38—“Brownie” took a quick jog for about a minute…was acting like a crazy person flapping around out there!
Went straight up to perch when he flew in..
At work today, I saw one of the 2 young from the Verizon nest flying around as I came in to work (nest is across the parking lot). A crow started chasing it (crow babies were sitting on a wire nearby) The osprey was doing a fine job dodging and playing keep away….good practice!
Later, about 2 or so, we had a show as the young osprey made a couple of passes about 10-12 ft. above lot, passing along the front of the store not far outside our big windows! It was so unexpected!
The young have been flying about a week now.
Came home to do the daily scroll back and caught this comical moment….Gracie dropped in with a thin, large oak branch and landed it on poor “Blondie”….
all is well. moved it immediately..
Placing her stick. studded with acorn caps…..she fussed for a bit then took to offsides.
I’m just reading yesterday’s comments now. Chick #1 did NOT fledge — November Oscar Tango, not — fledge yesterday, July 27th at 9:05 am nor at ANY OTHER time yesterday. This is chick #2 — see the thin strip of dark feathers at the beak line?? — who went out for a spin at 9:05 am
This is chick #1 — it has a wide strip of feathers at the beakline
Should have been: fledge yesterday, July 31st at 9:05 am!!
This is picture of chick #1. For some reason it was still in the “choose files” box from when I posted the 8-week picture of chick #1!!
Thats what I posted and Birdsviewer said…9:05 July 31at..
You wrote “Baby 1 fledge around 9:05”. By “baby 1” I am assuming you mean the oldest chick. Chick #1 (ONE) has NOT fledged yet. There are 2 chicks in the nest — the first-hatched chick and the second-hatched chick. It was the younger (second-hatched) chick that fledged on July 31st. The oldest (first-hatched) chick has NOT fledged yet. They are 2 different chicks, the older chick or chick #1 hatched on June 5th and the younger chick or chick #2 hatched on June 7th. It was the younger chick (chick #2) the chick which hatched second (on June 7th) which fledged first, on July 31st. The older chick (chick #1) has not fledged yet. You posted “Baby 1 fledge around 9:05” but that is incorrect. It was chick #2 which flew from the nest at 9:05 am, the chick which had fledged the day before.
Yikes, I closed the tab hoping to try to stop my first reply from going through, but apparently it didn’t work. So, the second identical post is with the fledge date corrected.
You wrote “Baby 1 fledge around 9:05”. By “baby 1” I am assuming you mean the oldest chick. Chick #1 (ONE) has NOT fledged yet. There are 2 chicks in the nest — the first-hatched chick and the second-hatched chick. It was the younger (second-hatched) chick that fledged on July 30th. The oldest (first-hatched) chick has NOT fledged yet. They are 2 different chicks, the older chick or chick #1 hatched on June 5th and the younger chick or chick #2 hatched on June 7th. It was the younger chick (chick #2) the chick which hatched second (on June 7th) which fledged first, on July 30th. The older chick (chick #1) has not fledged yet. You posted “Baby 1 fledge around 9:05” but that is incorrect. It was chick #2 which flew from the nest at 9:05 am, the chick which had fledged the day before.
Betsy I have been following this family for 3 years ..even you have made an error….
Why are there 5 Osprey in the nest now? 7:14 pm Tuesday
who are all
the birds in the nest? 6 at one time!
Hello all. I haven’t been able to watch as much as usual. Are the names Brownie and Blondie official? I don’t recall seeing the name the babies contest this year.
I was thinking the same thing.
No ..pet names CarolV gave them
Sorry if I’ve confused anyone…..I have posted several times that I nicknamed the kids Blondie#1 and Brownie #2–one chick had a darker head than the other when they were small…..also, any pronouns I may assign are personal guesses. But, it’s true I don’t add it every time.
For me, it’s just easier to think of them by names…..
I’m hoping we have a naming contest, too. These would not be my choices…..
Thanks, June c—appreciate your help.
Hi CarolV…I hope we do have a naming contest, no prize just for fun..as this site is…..
Sitting in the golden/pink glow —-tomorrow should be a repeat of today, but just a little warmer…
Brownie decides to take a fly around the block…
Blondie yells at him almost the entire time ……he’s heading in for a Kris Angel landing–in the air then on the nest…just need that puff of smoke for drama…
Carol, I like the names you chose for the babies. I hope they stick!
HI, The Audubon osprey cam doesn’t have chat so I don’t know. I hope they do the mother saw it fall, It was being pester by flying bugs. I guess it just could not take it anymore. This nest doesn’t have much luck. This year the other 2 were taken. Last year 2 of them were taken by other predators. If I find out anything I will post it. That is what is good about this site you have chat and know what is going on if you miss something.
Audubon chick was being harrassed by bees and was trying to get away. Tried to land on a branch which was not sturdy enough and fell. Was found and placed on the Boat House nest which was thought to be vacant but the female returned unhappy with Bailey there. She was put in yet another nest which had been hastily constructed where she remains. The parents have been seen in the vicinity but there is no camera. The reason there is no chat is because it has been turned off because of all the commotion. Just to correct a previous statement above, last year one chick was taken by an eagle, not 2. There were 2 successful fledges in 2016
The Audubon site in Maine does have chat, although they suspended it for a day or so, probably when you were looking for it. They are an explore.org site, and thus they have have moderators, rules, and updates from experts. I have not looked this afternoon, but as of this morning, the little one was in a hastily established nest without a camera, and there were good signs the parents were feeding it. The whole story is pretty fascinating.
Katheryn, they do have chat on explore.com which is the nest you are speaking of with Rachael & Steve. It is safe on another nest and the parents know where she (Bailey) is.
If you scroll down below the camera thumbnails you will find all the chat comments and status updates (this applies to all Explore sites)
Their chat is back but no cam on the new nest on the Porthole House roof constructed quickly by Eric, caretaker and jack of all trades on the island. It’s very close to the original nest that was invaded by wasps. We have only had one picture of the nest with Bailey in it and another of mom Rachel perched in a tree nearby. I think they are trying to solve the wasp problem but not sure if there are any plans to place Bailey back in the home nest should the wasps be removed. I would think not at this point as s/he is very close to fledging for real.
Chick #1 is 8 weeks old today. Maybe today it will fledge!!
Chick #2 went out for a spin this morning …
I think George and Gracie joined the chick flying around … there was flying and gliding over the water in front of the nest and over the nest by sometimes 2, sometimes 3 osprey — like a choreographed dance!! I think this is a group photo!!
Dear Eggbert is really close to nest edge. It has endured a long time there with older kids.
8-3-17 Reply- Bonnie Sudnick sorry took so long to post a comment to you. I am betting even when they migrate that egg is still going to be in the nest. So close,so many times it almost rolled out but it is still hanging in there. It must be hard as a rock those babies land on it, jump on it, roll on it, that is why I called it the Babies Yoga Ball.
Thanks for posting and taking the picture.
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You can feel their exuberance as they fly- it must be the most amazing feeling to suddenly be able to do that. All that nest sitting and then the sky is theirs. What a wonderful, fortunate season we had this year. Two beautiful, healthy babies and a happy and strong G and G.
George had brought a fish earlier in the morning which chick #1 grabbed and ate. George brought another fish around 8:07:30 which chick #2 got. The chick started to eat the fish and then lost its balance …
nearly tumbling out of the nest …
but, with some fancy foot- and wing-work, it was able to right itself …
but lost its grip on the fish and Gracie picked the fish up … and then fed chick #2
First chick flew at 9:04am 😀
Did both our babies fledge this weekend and I missed it?
Baby 1 fledge around 9:05..and watching latter they where all flying together as a family..around 9;08…such fun to watch..
Hi Where are all the other OZ followers?
George was in at 5:17 but couldn’t see a fish. Was back at 5:31 with a chunk of fish
the last osprey on the Maine nest flew off the nest and fell to the ground.
Was rescued and being taken care of. Relocated
Kathryn please, please do not upset people by posting just that info. I know you meant well but put the whole thing out there so they know Bailey is Alive and Well.
1) The Baby Osprey is alive and doing well.
2) It is Bailey on Hog Island fledged early due to being swarmed by bees for several days they have been swarming on her. Bailey has been recovering from owl attacks and has injured wing but experts expect it to heal. She was doing well during flight until she reached the trees then fell backwards landed, Eric found Bailey and she was ok.
3) Bailey had a lot of drama for awhile but in the end after being moved to different nest a couple times,she is on a new nest platform made just for her close to her home and mom and dad Steve,Rachel are feeding her fish and keeping an eye on her.
4) There are several videos and messages from Rob B. and Steve K.on Bailey if you would like read on their site and on YouTube.
Paul and Aidan are nice enough to let us talk about other Osprey cams and Osprey families but that post just causes emotions to heighten, even if you did just intend to spread the your love for ospreys.
CarolV thanks for posting a follow up to let everyone know Bailey’s ok.
Not happy with that long ribbon right kid is laying on….when he was standing, it looked like it would easily tangle in his talons. Don’t like being an alarmist…..
Gold morphing to pink- foretelling a beautiful day again, tomorrow…
Ribbon/string dragged behind his foot when he moved…….
The family had a relaxed afternoon. George provided enough fish to keep everyone happy
Brownie’s white spots have enlarged. He has a really different face. And Blondie’s got some beautiful markings, too. G&G—you done good!
Both chicks did their wingersize workouts.
Blondie looks like she has plans to move on up!
7/30/17 5:30pm…Still not sure where to post comments, especially on weekends, but something is going bonkers on cam.You all know by now that I’m not a savvy puter person, but the stop,go,stop, go on the stream is crazy right now….looking forward to seeing your other posts on Monday! xoxoxo
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
– Helen Keller
Chick #2 fledged at 1:35:09 pm on July 30th
It took only a short spin around and then landed on chick #1!!
I apologize for the quality of the video. I have Optimum and, after trying different browsers and still having the same issues of stuttering, freezing, jumping, pixelation, and disintegration, I was all set to blame Optimum. However, I went next door to my friend’s house; she has Verizon and the issues were still occurring. The video stream has been horrible for over 2 weeks, so, apparently, Paul and Aidan don’t watch it or, in my opinion, more likely don’t care about the video … or the viewers.
Apparently you like jumping to conclusions about Aidan and Paul….
Wow, that was snarky! I guess you’ve proved it true… no good deed goes unpunished.
Chris H 🙂
Reminder — PRIVATE CAM. Maybe some folks are on vacation. Surprisingly critical.
Reply- MFPI I agree, why can’t people just not say anything if they do not have anything nice to say. Basic Manners,spread the positive and not negative.
Love our Osprey Family and Followers.
Thanks for the Video So Happy their Flying Yay!
“That’s my sib!”
It was fun to watch Blondie’s reactions!
a little left- Left- LEFT—oh–your right!
Shadow of descent
It wasn’t quite graceful; video breaking up but it looked like he came down on Blondie
I would like to remind everyone these are just my nicknames for #1-Blondie and #2- Brownie—NOT official
as are pronouns my guesses
Telling Blondie all about it!
“COME WITH ME NEXT TIME!!”
I went back and watched a couple of times, thru some video break-up, and realized this (last two photos) was not a congratulations party, but #1 telling #2 ” YOU LANDED ON MMMEEEEEE! Butthead!”
13:35:11— BROWNIE #2 HAS FLEDGED! TOES OVER BLONDIE!!!!!!!!!!
I’m going with this as 1st out until I hear otherwise…first one I saw and previous posted comments are backed-up
Brownie’s off sides pumping UP!
Shadow passes over
Look at ME!
Another pass—went around a few times and was out about 3mins/40secs.
CarolV: Re Pre-jump comment: I just scoured 20 minutes of horrendous choppy with thunk-thunk noise video from about 13:25 to about 13:45. I’m confused!! What does first out mean? Nothing happened at the time (13:29:56) of the picture!!
No- @13:35:11, Brownie#2 passed over Gracie and Blondie#1….admittedly I was a bit excited and probably was setting up the situation with a look at the nest before the moment/pre-(before) the jump.
And 1st out, I was saying 1st to fledge, Since comments weren’t filled in for a couple days, I didn’t know if perhaps I had missed a previous flight by either chick.
I had posted a first quick picture of Brownie flying over and went back to edit and set up the entire thread.
Is that Pop?
George flying off after delivering fish to Brownie..
Blondie slides in for the steal……
@9:52—minutes later, George is back with #2 for #2
Brownie with his fish
A bit later, Gracie came in for some of Brownie’s….
On Friday the video stream played with only a few minor freeze-and-jumps the whole day and I thought, Wow, Aidan or Paul read my comment from Friday morning and fixed the issue. But, alas, on Saturday the video stream was about as bad as ever and today it’s even worse!! So, I am re-posting my comment, in caps, to try to get their attention:
AIDAN (OR PAUL): HI AIDAN (OR PAUL). I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ARE AWARE OF THIS BUT THE VIDEO STREAM HAS BEEN STUTTERING, FREEZING AND JUMPING, PIXELATING AND DISINTEGRATING (AND OCCASIONALLY SHOWING THE BLUE AXIS COMMUNICATIONS SCREEN). THE VIDEO STREAM STARTED INCREASINGLY DOING THIS ABOUT A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE SUNDAY, JULY 16TH, WHEN IT WAS EXCEPTIONALLY BAD AND HAS CONTINUED EVER SINCE. IT OCCURS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY FOR EXTENDED PERIODS AND IT SEEMS TO OCCUR CONSISTENTLY AT ABOUT THE SAME TIMES DAILY (WEIRD, RIGHT?). THE CHICKS ARE DUE TO FLEDGE ANY DAY NOW. AS YOU MAY RECALL, THE VIDEO STREAM DID THIS LAST YEAR WHEN ROCKY (CHICK #3) FLEDGED AND I KNOW MANY PEOPLE WERE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY DID NOT WITNESS THE YOUNGEST CHICK’S MAIDEN FLIGHT. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO OR ADJUST SO THE VIDEO STREAM IS SMOOTH AGAIN? THANK YOU.
08:09—He went up here…
went out of sight…………came down here…..
Good to see 2 pretty faces….when out of sight, I start to wonder…
@06:03—-Brownie toes! Sometimes right out of frame…
Summertime and the living is eeeeasssyyyyyyyyy…….wish those fish would jump this high…………………your daddy catches fish ….that your mama’s not cookin’……….
……………..so don’t hurry, little babies…..we’re not ready for good-bye
Thanks for blocking the sun glare so we can see your handsome face!
Sorry,,,lack of credits on first pic……………posted wrong photo–right subject
Sitting against a pretty sky as night falls…
George delivers a fish….
We didn’t get the rain that was predicted but it did get windy. The good part to that is that plastic is gone!
Blondie got the fish….Brownie didn’t even come over, but I don’t know what the food situation was earlier…
Pancakes for dessert!
Blondie was glancing skyward a minute ago.
A spot of sunshine after a gloomy, cool day..
Gracie found the fish Blondie has left. After Gracie started on the fish, Blondie suddenly decided to have some more, since Mom was doing all the work!
A while later, Brownie was fed from the endzone. Gracie wandered out in view shortly after.
The video is skipping and jumpy, with pixilating….and it looks like lens is a bit cloudy…
@20:03—poor Brownie listening to the feeding session and he’s not in it…..and then Dad brings in a, fortunately, tiny stick and lands it on him! WOW! Brownie gives George a chirping to before he takes off again.
@20:14—George listened to Brownie and came back with a fish for him…..
2 full babies as night falls…….
Looks like a creepy jellyfish with tentacles………..
@17:14–DINNER! And it’s Fish for Friday!
One of the chicks next door to my property has fledged.
8-1-17 Hi Helen glad to hear your neighborhood ospreys are doing well and fledged. Take care 🙂
Forecast : 81 now, overcast….calling for rain, starting 3-4am, with high 60s……….rain to last til about noon, temps low 70s
Judging by reactions, we have fish….Brownie was right there to get it..briefly
and it’s a STEAL…………………
Who’s the wise guy? This magically rose, so someone in the endzone must be responsible….wasn’t obscuring enough?
Has anyone figured out what that plastic is? Looks to big for a broken balloon but had what looked like ribbon ties……………..
Gracie came in later and decided this wasn’t her favorite…
Tried this and a couple of other looks…….
and this was final inspiration…..for now
And while Gracie is busy with the kids, George tries his hand at decorating….and helps us out! View is now clear!
In the never-ending-story—-Gracie jumps from perch to watch George roll the stick back into view……phew…….
Just an update from Columbus, OH. Both of the surviving babies have already fledged. Not exactly sure when but pretty sure it was the 25th or 26th. The news station will not leave the camera on the nest no matter what. I haven’t even got to see either one of them take off or land back on the nest. I’m hoping to get to see one or both of them bring back their own food but I’m not really too confident that I’ll get to.
So Exciting watching these two ready to take flight Hopping & Flapping around the nest We must name them soon 🙂
Breakfast came in…
Brownie exploring the joys of plastic…….
Another fish from George
Aidan (or Paul): Hi Aidan (or Paul). I don’t know if you are aware of this but the video stream has been stuttering, freezing and jumping, pixelating and disintegrating (and occasionally showing the blue Axis Communications screen). The video stream started increasingly doing this about a couple of days before Sunday, July 16th, when it was exceptionally bad and has continued ever since. It occurs multiple times a day for extended periods and it seems to occur consistently at about the same times daily (weird, right?). The chicks are due to fledge any day now. As you may recall, the video stream did this last year when Rocky (chick #3) fledged and I know many people were deeply disappointed that they did not witness the youngest chick’s maiden flight. Is there anything you can do or adjust so the video stream is smooth again? Thank you.
Thanks for posting this….I thought it was just me again! It gets really bad, it seems, when I’m on scrollback or slo-mo
You are trying to compare video quality on a nature camera with a tax prep business ? It’s shocking to see the usual suspects get so accusatory and malicious over a few bumps in technology. A certain someone was booted off this site last year for expressing her unfavorable opinions. Maybe she should take a break from this site if it’s so bad.
And, just as I started the day with my first post for 7/27 with a pic of Gracie flying to the perch, I end the day the same way!! 😀 😀
I was looking at you
You were looking at me
I was looking at you
You were looking at me
The chicks were looking at the sparrow and the sparrow was looking at the chicks 😀
When Gracie flew off, her talon snagged on the twine George had brought in the morning …
but it fell off her talon back into the nest … shucks!
I was wondering who brought that…..again I would have thought Gracie!
Talking about impressive, these are pics of chick #2’s wings
folding them after this stretch … you wonder how the chick will get them folded right!!
Chick #2 was did a little winger-sizing, then did a big bend-over-hammie-and-wing stretch
and then did some more winger-sizing …
going up …
and up … looks impressive, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!! 😀
Now you can say
🎶 Hands up, baby, hands up 🎶 … 😀 😀
Guess who dropped in …
landing between chick #1 and chick #2 …
the juvenile intruder that visited the nest Tuesday into Wednesday
I’m pretty sure it’s the same juvie … the markings look the same
Chick #1 was definitely not thrilled to see the visitor again and threw up its wings several times at the juvie to try to shoo it away …
I wonder what was so interesting to them!!
L to R: chick #2, Gracie, chick #1, visitor
The juvie eventually inched its way over to the right no-can-see-anything corner …
needing to pass chick #1 who gave it an earful, threw up its wings at it and even mantled as the juvie was passing by …
A few minutes later it flew off (you can see it just above chick #1’s head …
And flew for, I hope, its home … flying a little wobbly like Rocky used to!! 🙂
George brought early dinner …
Chick #2 ran over to grab the fish … but in its haste grabbed George’s toe instead. Stoic George didn’t even let out a peep!!
As George got his toe free he lost his grip on the fish …
And, it flapped around …
Gracie then hopped down from the perch …
took possession of the fish …
and fed chick #2 …
In the meantime, George went fishing and brought this back …
which chick #1
took without George nearly losing another toe!!