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July 6, 2020: The first egg has hatched!

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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

    44,311 Comments

    1. Sarah Lynn August 3, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

      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.

      • Helen August 4, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

        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!

    2. Dorothy August 3, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

      So, no one is in the nest and no new posts? Where is everyone???

    3. Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

      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.

      Rob

      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!
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

      • margaretR August 3, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

        Reply to Rjoneal, Love your post, very informative, thanks for sharing what Dr. Rob Bierregaard e mailed you.. 🙂

        • Rjoneal August 5, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

          8-5-17 Reply- Margaret R thank you for reading glad to pass on the info. take care.

      • CarolV August 3, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        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

      • PattyK August 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

        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

        • Rjoneal August 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

          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
          Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

    4. Rse Ann August 3, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Seeing all in the net, maes me think that maybe Brutos, Ali & Rocky came back to visit their old home.

      • Trinity August 3, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

        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.

    5. Rjoneal August 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      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.
      Love our Osprey Family and Followers

      • margaretR August 3, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

        reply–Rjoneal- I hope they have the baby contest again this year.

    6. walter August 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      can you get a full view of the nest everybody is to the right

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        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.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

      • CarolV August 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

        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…

    7. Pattie Hoolie August 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      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

      • June c August 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        Wow look at that beautiful family..great pic

      • CarolV August 3, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        I love the variety of the osprey nests! Wherever they can find real estate ! Nice shot…thanks for showing us!

        • CarolV August 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

          Do they observe the speed limit? (hehe)

      • ChrisH August 4, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

        What a great picture — love it!!

    8. June c August 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      See I made an error on A’s first fledge..So today is 1st. Congrats little one…on to first fish…

    9. Helen F. August 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      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?

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        8-3-17 Helen F. Now that is funny, good one. Made me laugh 🙂
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers

      • CarolV August 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        good one!

    10. Roberta August 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      I’m thinking the juvenile visitors might be either last year’s or the one before. They seemed very much at home there.

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        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.

    11. Betsy August 2, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

      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.

      • Trinity August 3, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

        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.

      • June c August 3, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

        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….

      • Michael G. Martin August 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        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
        Mike

      • Betsy August 4, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

        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.

        • MFPI August 5, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

          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.

    12. Betsy August 2, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Chick #1 fledged at 6:33:28 am this morning.

      • Dorothy August 2, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Did the fledger fly right back in? Anyone have the video??

        • Betsy August 4, 2017 at 3:30 am - Reply

          Dorothy: Flight lasted about 32 seconds.

      • Tiffany R August 2, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        I missed it. Did you make a video?

        • Betsy August 4, 2017 at 3:30 am - Reply

          Yup, Thank you for asking.

      • sera August 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        Aww, I missed #1’s fledge by minutes, I posted my pics of the fish arriving and then went to bed 🙂

    13. sera August 2, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

      George arrived with breakfast fish!

      • sera August 2, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

        #1 was determined to get it.

    14. Betsy August 2, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Chick #2 is 8 weeks old today

    15. sera August 2, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Coming in “fast and furious” 🙂

      • sera August 2, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

        nice ♥

      • Betsy August 2, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

        Sera: Great pictures!!

        • Betsy August 2, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

          Here’s one more for the collection!!

          • sera August 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

            Thank you Betsy, they certainly are a pleasure to watch.

    16. Betsy August 2, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

      Apparently the George’s nest is the it place to be. 😀

      • Betsy August 2, 2017 at 6:56 am - Reply

        Just thought of this! Two pair and a queen!! 😀

        • Bob August 3, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

          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)

          • Betsy August 4, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

            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.

            • Bob August 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

              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

      • Nancy August 3, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        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 !!

    17. Stephanie L August 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      I wonder if the extra “kids” are Sandy and Ronnie.

      • Marilyn G August 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        Good question! George & Gracie don’t seem to be chasing them away.

        • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

          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.
          Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

        Reply- Stephanie L. please read my posting above message from Rob B. our Osprey Specialist. Thanks for posting and keep taking pictures.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

    18. CarolV August 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      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

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        CarolV already have it on my calendar 🙂

      • CarolV August 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Sorry- I meant to post credit for the paragraph about the eclipse–was from Farmers’ Almanac on line.

    19. Renee Wolf August 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Another shot of chick#2 with ‘friends’

      • Helen August 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

        That is a cool shot. Thank you.

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

        Reply- Renee Wolf, you know that is Gracie by the camera then the 2 babies and 2 intrud juv. Good picture thanks for posting.

    20. Renee Wolf August 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      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..

    21. Cathycmr August 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      not sure where he came from but he’s trying to fit in!

    22. PattyK August 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      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

      • PattyK August 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        counted 4 at 7:30pm!

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        Reply- Patty K appointment not necessary they take Walk-Ins ha…

    23. Barb August 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      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!

      • PattyK August 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        Definitely fascinating! xoxo

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

        Reply- Barb it was wonderful to watch how lucky we are. Thanks for posting and keep on posting.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers

    24. Susan M August 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      It’s 7:14 PM Tuesday. Who is the third bird? Could it be Ronnie or Sandy?

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        Reply- Susan M, No read my message from Rob above please. Take care thanks for posting . 🙂

    25. Cathycmr August 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      THERE’S 5 IN THE NEST – WHO’S THE VISITOR & WHY ISN’T ANYONE TRYING TO SHOO HIM AWAY?

    26. CarolV August 1, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Isn’t that our VF in upper right corner? Stopping by for dinner?

      • CarolV August 1, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        And now, I’m seeing DOUBLE!

        • CarolV August 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          Vf getting cozy with Blondie

          • CarolV August 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

            Blondie made a brief charge toward the visitors. Both have since left, but I don’t think it was our baby’s bravado!

    27. CarolV August 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      @17:38—“Brownie” took a quick jog for about a minute…was acting like a crazy person flapping around out there!

      • CarolV August 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        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.

    28. CarolV August 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      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..

      • CarolV August 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

        Placing her stick. studded with acorn caps…..she fussed for a bit then took to offsides.

    29. Betsy August 1, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

      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

      • Betsy August 1, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

        This is chick #1 — it has a wide strip of feathers at the beakline

      • Betsy August 1, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

        Should have been: fledge yesterday, July 31st at 9:05 am!!

        • Betsy August 1, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

          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!!

        • June c August 1, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

          Thats what I posted and Birdsviewer said…9:05 July 31at..

          • Betsy August 2, 2017 at 1:41 am - Reply

            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.

            • Betsy August 2, 2017 at 1:51 am

              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.

        • Betsy August 2, 2017 at 1:46 am - Reply

          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.

          • June c August 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

            Betsy I have been following this family for 3 years ..even you have made an error….

      • Maureen August 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        Why are there 5 Osprey in the nest now? 7:14 pm Tuesday

      • Lisa August 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        who are all
        the birds in the nest? 6 at one time!

    30. Susan M July 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Elizabeth August 1, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

        I was thinking the same thing.

      • June c August 1, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

        No ..pet names CarolV gave them

      • CarolV August 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

        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.

        • June c August 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

          Hi CarolV…I hope we do have a naming contest, no prize just for fun..as this site is…..

    31. CarolV July 31, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Sitting in the golden/pink glow —-tomorrow should be a repeat of today, but just a little warmer…

      • CarolV July 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

        Brownie decides to take a fly around the block…

        • CarolV July 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

          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…

      • Susan M August 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

        Carol, I like the names you chose for the babies. I hope they stick!

    32. kathryn July 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Susan Grabel July 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

        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

      • Sarah Lynn July 31, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

        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.

      • Kathy B. July 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

        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.

      • Jan Woods August 1, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

        If you scroll down below the camera thumbnails you will find all the chat comments and status updates (this applies to all Explore sites)

      • Dorothy August 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        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.

    33. Betsy July 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Chick #1 is 8 weeks old today. Maybe today it will fledge!!

    34. Betsy July 31, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Chick #2 went out for a spin this morning …

      • Betsy July 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        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!!

    35. Bonnie Sudnick July 31, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Dear Eggbert is really close to nest edge. It has endured a long time there with older kids.

      • Rjoneal August 3, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        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.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

    36. GinaM July 31, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      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.

    37. Betsy July 31, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

      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 …

      • Betsy July 31, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

        nearly tumbling out of the nest …

      • Betsy July 31, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

        but, with some fancy foot- and wing-work, it was able to right itself …

      • Betsy July 31, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

        but lost its grip on the fish and Gracie picked the fish up … and then fed chick #2

    38. Birdrjsviewer08 July 31, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

      First chick flew at 9:04am 😀

    39. Dawn July 31, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Did both our babies fledge this weekend and I missed it?

    40. June c July 31, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

      Baby 1 fledge around 9:05..and watching latter they where all flying together as a family..around 9;08…such fun to watch..

      • June c July 31, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

        Hi Where are all the other OZ followers?

    41. CarolV July 31, 2017 at 6:02 am - Reply

      George was in at 5:17 but couldn’t see a fish. Was back at 5:31 with a chunk of fish

    42. kathryn July 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      the last osprey on the Maine nest flew off the nest and fell to the ground.

      • CarolV July 31, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

        Was rescued and being taken care of. Relocated

      • RJONeal July 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        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.

    43. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      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…..

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

        Gold morphing to pink- foretelling a beautiful day again, tomorrow…

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

        Ribbon/string dragged behind his foot when he moved…….

    44. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      The family had a relaxed afternoon. George provided enough fish to keep everyone happy

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        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!

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

          Both chicks did their wingersize workouts.

          • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

            Blondie looks like she has plans to move on up!

    45. PattyK July 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      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

    46. Betsy July 30, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      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

    47. Betsy July 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Chick #2 fledged at 1:35:09 pm on July 30th

      • Betsy July 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

        It took only a short spin around and then landed on chick #1!!

      • Betsy July 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply
        • Betsy July 30, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

          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.

          • Trinity July 31, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

            Apparently you like jumping to conclusions about Aidan and Paul….

          • ChrisH July 31, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

            Wow, that was snarky! I guess you’ve proved it true… no good deed goes unpunished.

            • Rjoneal August 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm

              Chris H 🙂

          • MFPI August 2, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

            Reminder — PRIVATE CAM. Maybe some folks are on vacation. Surprisingly critical.

            • Rjoneal August 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

              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.

        • Patti Hoolie July 31, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

          Thanks for the Video So Happy their Flying Yay!

    48. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      “That’s my sib!”

      It was fun to watch Blondie’s reactions!

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

        aaannnndddd ZOOOMMMM

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

          Shouting encouragement…

          • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

            GO–GO—GO——

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

              a little left- Left- LEFT—oh–your right!

    49. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Shadow of descent

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

        TOUCHDOWN!
        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

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

          Telling Blondie all about it!

          • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

            “COME WITH ME NEXT TIME!!”

            • CarolV July 31, 2017 at 8:43 pm

              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!”

    50. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      13:35:11— BROWNIE #2 HAS FLEDGED! TOES OVER BLONDIE!!!!!!!!!!

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        Pre-jump

        I’m going with this as 1st out until I hear otherwise…first one I saw and previous posted comments are backed-up

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

          Brownie’s off sides pumping UP!

          • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

            Shadow passes over

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

              Look at ME!

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm

              I”M FLYING!

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm

              Another pass—went around a few times and was out about 3mins/40secs.

        • Betsy July 31, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

          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!!

          • CarolV July 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

            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.

    51. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Is that Pop?

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

        George flying off after delivering fish to Brownie..

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

          HEY!

          • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

            Blondie slides in for the steal……

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:55 am

              @9:52—minutes later, George is back with #2 for #2

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:57 am

              Brownie with his fish

            • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

              A bit later, Gracie came in for some of Brownie’s….

    52. Betsy July 30, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

      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.

    53. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

      08:09—He went up here…

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

        went out of sight…………came down here…..

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

          Good to see 2 pretty faces….when out of sight, I start to wonder…

    54. CarolV July 30, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

      @06:03—-Brownie toes! Sometimes right out of frame…

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

        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

        • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:09 am - Reply

          Thanks for blocking the sun glare so we can see your handsome face!

      • CarolV July 30, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

        Sorry,,,lack of credits on first pic……………posted wrong photo–right subject

    55. CarolV July 29, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Sitting against a pretty sky as night falls…

    56. CarolV July 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV July 29, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        Blondie got the fish….Brownie didn’t even come over, but I don’t know what the food situation was earlier…

        • CarolV July 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

          Pancakes for dessert!
          Blondie was glancing skyward a minute ago.

          • CarolV July 29, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

            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…

    57. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      @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.

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

        @20:14—George listened to Brownie and came back with a fish for him…..
        2 full babies as night falls…….

    58. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Looks like a creepy jellyfish with tentacles………..

    59. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      @17:14–DINNER! And it’s Fish for Friday!

    60. Helen July 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      One of the chicks next door to my property has fledged.

      • Rjoneal August 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

        8-1-17 Hi Helen glad to hear your neighborhood ospreys are doing well and fledged. Take care 🙂

    61. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Forecast : 81 now, overcast….calling for rain, starting 3-4am, with high 60s……….rain to last til about noon, temps low 70s

    62. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Judging by reactions, we have fish….Brownie was right there to get it..briefly

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Blondie approaches…..

        • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

          and it’s a STEAL…………………

    63. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Who’s the wise guy? This magically rose, so someone in the endzone must be responsible….wasn’t obscuring enough?

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

        Has anyone figured out what that plastic is? Looks to big for a broken balloon but had what looked like ribbon ties……………..

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

        Gracie came in later and decided this wasn’t her favorite…

        • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

          Tried this and a couple of other looks…….

          • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

            and this was final inspiration…..for now

            • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

              And while Gracie is busy with the kids, George tries his hand at decorating….and helps us out! View is now clear!

            • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

              In the never-ending-story—-Gracie jumps from perch to watch George roll the stick back into view……phew…….

    64. Paula July 28, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      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.

    65. Pattie Hoolie July 28, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

      So Exciting watching these two ready to take flight Hopping & Flapping around the nest We must name them soon 🙂

    66. CarolV July 28, 2017 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Breakfast came in…

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

        Brownie exploring the joys of plastic…….

    67. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 6:02 am - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        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

      • Trinity July 31, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

        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.

    68. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 5:17 am - Reply

      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!! 😀 😀

    69. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

      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 😀

    70. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 5:01 am - Reply

      When Gracie flew off, her talon snagged on the twine George had brought in the morning …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 5:02 am - Reply

        but it fell off her talon back into the nest … shucks!

      • CarolV July 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

        I was wondering who brought that…..again I would have thought Gracie!

    71. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:57 am - Reply

      Talking about impressive, these are pics of chick #2’s wings

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:58 am - Reply

        Stretching …

        • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 5:00 am - Reply

          folding them after this stretch … you wonder how the chick will get them folded right!!

    72. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:50 am - Reply

      Chick #2 was did a little winger-sizing, then did a big bend-over-hammie-and-wing stretch

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:51 am - Reply

        and then did some more winger-sizing …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:53 am - Reply

        going up …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:53 am - Reply

        and up … looks impressive, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!! 😀

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:54 am - Reply

        Now you can say

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:55 am - Reply

        impressive!! 😀

    73. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:46 am - Reply

      🎶 Hands up, baby, hands up 🎶 … 😀 😀

    74. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:22 am - Reply

      Guess who dropped in …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:23 am - Reply

        landing between chick #1 and chick #2 …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:28 am - Reply

        the juvenile intruder that visited the nest Tuesday into Wednesday

        • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:29 am - Reply

          I’m pretty sure it’s the same juvie … the markings look the same

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:31 am - Reply

        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 …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:33 am - Reply

        I wonder what was so interesting to them!!

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

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:38 am - Reply

        The juvie eventually inched its way over to the right no-can-see-anything corner …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

        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 …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:42 am - Reply

        A few minutes later it flew off (you can see it just above chick #1’s head …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:43 am - Reply

        And flew for, I hope, its home … flying a little wobbly like Rocky used to!! 🙂

    75. Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:11 am - Reply

      George brought early dinner …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:12 am - Reply

        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!!

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

        As George got his toe free he lost his grip on the fish …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:14 am - Reply

        And, it flapped around …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:15 am - Reply

        Gracie then hopped down from the perch …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

        took possession of the fish …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:17 am - Reply

        and fed chick #2 …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:18 am - Reply

        In the meantime, George went fishing and brought this back …

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:20 am - Reply

        which chick #1

      • Betsy July 28, 2017 at 4:21 am - Reply

        took without George nearly losing another toe!!

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