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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
8-11-17 Here is what you missed in the early morning at the nest our 2 Babies
Renee Wolf: re your comment August 8, 2017 at 11:45 am “Chick 1, I thought had a more dark ‘stripe’ to the beak and chick 2 was more white, is it the opposite?” You are correct.
Pic: Chick #1 is on the left.
Ok thank you so much for responding Betsy and for sharing all your wonderful pix and information!
The kids look cozy……………………
Gracie brings in dessert…………………….
Brownie’s says no thanks….Blondie was happy…..
The kids nestorate….moving the same stick around…..and in G family style, the back placement is being perfected….
Glad to come home and see both kids eating….Scrolled back to see Blondie got hers @17:47. George let it go and it flipped around a bit……Toe insurance? Or a teaching moment..
Crumbs that’s Brownie @ 17:53 above…….
reading is fundamental and I’m just mental….but it’s fun! Okay enough with the word play……
This will now be Blondie @ 17:41…..fingers crossed….
George stops by to check on things: fluff some bedding, move some sticks…..
Blondie finds a comfortable position to rest while keeping an eye on Brownie, who still has fish…..
Parent straight up to perch……………?
ALL OZ FOLLOWERS –
8-10-17 Baby 2 got up close and I was able to get a great shot of a closed eye which is amazing so here is just some info on the Osprey Eye. If yu cick on the link you can see pictures and so much more info. I have more but just cant find right now.
I hope you learn something new today.
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Bird vision https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_vision
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With forward-facing eyes, the bald eagle has a wide field of binocular vision.
Vision is the most important sense for birds, since good eyesight is essential for safe flight, and this group has a number of adaptations which give visual acuity superior to that of other vertebrate groups; a pigeon has been described as “two eyes with wings”. The avian eye resembles that of a reptile, with ciliary muscles that can change the shape of the lens rapidly and to a greater extent than in the mammals. Birds have the largest eyes relative to their size in the animal kingdom, and movement is consequently limited within the eye’s bony socket. In addition to the two eyelids usually found in vertebrates, it is protected by a third transparent movable membrane. The eye’s internal anatomy is similar to that of other vertebrates, but has a structure, the pecten oculi, unique to birds.
Some bird groups have specific modifications to their visual system linked to their way of life. BIRDS OF PREY have a very high density of receptors and other adaptations that maximise visual acuity. The placement of their eyes gives them good binocular vision enabling accurate judgement of distances. Nocturnal species have tubular eyes, low numbers of colour detectors, but a high density of rod cells which function well in poor light. Terns, gulls and albatrosses are amongst the seabirds which have red or yellow oil droplets in the colour receptors to improve distance vision especially in hazy conditions.
The eye of a bird most closely resembles that of the reptiles. Unlike the mammalian eye, it is not spherical, and the flatter shape enables more of its visual field to be in focus. A circle of bony plates, the sclerotic ring, surrounds the eye and holds it rigid, but an improvement over the reptilian eye, also found in mammals, is that the lens is pushed further forward, increasing the size of the image on the retina.
Visual fields for a pigeon and an owl
Most birds cannot move their eyes, although there are exceptions, such as the great cormorant. Birds with eyes on the sides of their heads have a wide visual field, useful for detecting predators, while those with eyes on the front of their heads, such as owls, have binocular vision and can estimate distances when hunting. The American woodcock probably has the largest visual field of any bird, 360° in the horizontal plane, and 180° in the vertical plane.
The nictitating membrane of a masked lapwing
The eyelids of a bird are not used in blinking. Instead the eye is lubricated by the nictitating membrane, a third concealed eyelid that sweeps horizontally across the eye like a windscreen wiper. The nictitating membrane also covers the eye and acts as a contact lens in many aquatic birds when they are under water. When sleeping, the lower eyelid rises to cover the eye in most birds, with the exception of the horned owls where the upper eyelid is mobile.
The eye is also cleaned by tear secretions from the lachrymal gland and protected by an oily substance from the Harderian glands which coats the cornea and prevents dryness. The eye of a bird is larger compared to the size of the animal than for any other group of animals, although much of it is concealed in its skull. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land vertebrate, with an axial length of 50 mm (2 in), twice that of the human eye.
Bird eye size is broadly related to body mass. A study of five orders (parrots, pigeons, petrels, raptors and owls) showed that eye mass is proportional to body mass, but as expected from their habits and visual ecology, raptors and owls have relatively large eyes for their body mass.
WOW! Very interesting stuff Rjoneal! Thanks so much!
Reply-Karen D. Glad you found it informative. There is so much info out there and sometimes I need a refresher course. Thanks for posting and glad you are still watching our family.
@11:14- Brownie puts his order in at the fly-up window……
Fish made a run for it’s life but Brownie caught it…….. Brownie had a hard time pulling the face apart and the poor fish was alive for a while……….thank you for your sustenance, mr. fish………………
@ 06:10..Gracie is home alone when George brings this nice fish.
Blondie stops by for a bite—didn’t stay long……
Teens are busy busy…….in & out, in & out………………….2 together briefly @ 07:27
Thank you for this wonderful view into this osprey family…I’ve been watching for a few weeks., and tried to post a couple pics, following the steps here, but not sure it worked. Wondering, if I fill in my name/email address below, what info is required in the block that says ‘Website’? I have nothing to put there. OK, Here’s another attempt, including a quick screen shot yesterday of parent lifting off from nest, taking a fish…away!…From 8 August. Trying to learn what I can about your posting process here, so here’s a question or two: Will my post appear above, on this page? Just wondering if somehow my previous attempts were ‘showing up’ somewhere else? Let’s try :). I’ve got many screen shots of the family, and want to thank those who always provide pics, they’re great, and so much fun to read all the comments. (Carol IV, really loved your shots/comments yesterday when George (I think?) did the ‘whacky footwork while face down’ performance!….thx to the entire group of people who make this site possible.
YAY!You got this posted! Website is ospreyzone.com…..
We have a volunteer moderator who does this when he can, so posts take a while to show up. Should show at top of comments on your screen as “waiting…” To add additional posts at the same time, click on “reply” at top of your post and the comment box will open there. Good luck.
Thanks CarolV !
Thanks Carol! I’m practicing taking more screen shots :)…
Reply-Jan Lester yeah you did it another follower that posted a pic for the 1st time. Under the part that says website type Osprey Zone.
Thank you for posting.
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Appreciate that, Rjoneal…thanks!
Incoming boats always look eerie at night…like a spirit coming across the water.
Looks like Gracie and, I think, Blondie are spending the night in nest.
Nope, this is Brownie#2, this a.m.
Agree CarolV a lil spooky! 🙂
@19:48– George brings in some fish which Gracie is happy to take from him………….
Chick #2 is 9 weeks old today.
@18:57–first fish goes to Blondie#1
@19:08- Brownie #2 gets his
Happy tails for two….
@19:48- Fish for Gracie!
so George goes to clean up what Brownie couldn’t finish…….
Everyone well fed
RJONEAL: Thanks for comps…
RENEE WOLF: I thought the bird in your bee stand-off pics might be Brownie but since I wasn’t sure, I didn’t say. I do best i.d ing when I can watch video. Maybe someone else will tell you.
I was just noticing how much lighter Brownie #2 is looking. It’s getting harder to tell them apart
CarolV – Why don’t you look at the beaks if you look at the beak going up towards the head baby2 is mostly white baby1 has lots of black stripes, it’s so much easier than looking at the back of the head. If you get a face view that is.
They are both so unique in their own special ways I will miss them both dearly when they leave.
@15:43- Gracie brings in a fish, followed by Blondie.
Blondie was polite. Guess she doesn’t pull the same crap on Mom that she pulls on Dad…
She waited a bit and then went in for the fish.
Blondie backed away to poop and Gracie took over the fish……Blondie went upstairs.
Brownie flew in and went to get some mama-love. Making her happy squeaks….fishy, fishy, yummy yum…………..
George stopped in and ate in the nest. Gracie came in and had a part of the fish.. The made lovey eyes and communed; then Gracie took off.
Then George went, fish in beak………
B & B must be off playing with the other teens…..
Does anyone know what that long white cord is or does anyone in vicinity of nest see it from the ground! It flies up periodically, I guess when the wind is right….just curious.
Hear more building type noises down below. Yeah,,,,nosy….
Here it is again..
And NOW $%&^@####…caught on edge
Looks light….maybe it will blow back off…
Got an answer on fb- popped balloon on ribbon.
Must just depend on how the wind blows.
“All alone am I..
Ever since they could fly….
All alone without the beats of their hearts………………..”
YAY! One in and I can feel the wings flapping of the other!
BigDaddy with that smelly fish!!!
…………………………(Brownie gets it..Blondie in wrong position this time)
sssiiiiighhh………They never call, never write…………
It seems every time I glance at the nest now it’s empty – somewhat of a foreshadow of things to come, I guess. Don’t leave us too soon!
8-9-17 Reply- Dawn it has been awhile good to see your name and know you are still watching.
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Reply Dawn.. every time I go OZ the same … nest is empty.. it really was a nice peaceful season
Today this morning both babies got a fish from Stud Muffin (George) here is a pretty sky with Baby2 flying in and Baby1 already eating.
Crumbs….look what I miss when I sleep in! TY
Don’t forget to click on the picture to see more pictures will follow!
8-9-17 Good Morning Followers, here is our Baby2 flying into the nest 8-8-17 such beautiful feathers.
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Thanks, Rjoneal!! Captures his beauty perfectly!
Thank you Rjoneal and everyone for updates. Have not had time to watch often this year. That lonesome little egg! But I am glad it did not hatch. This nest has fared better than many this year. Muddy waters causing starvation, owls, eagles, and malformed or something wrong in the egg causing so much loss of babies this year. So very sad. Happy to see some nests have made it with at least one baby, and this had two! Good G&G parents. Hope they do not leave too early, enjoy watching them.
Reply- Bonnie S.
So many failed nests this year. We are so fortunate that as far as we know there are hardly any predators around our nest in Long Island.
No Eagles are owls have been around the nest that we know. So as far as predators it’s mostly those darn crows and other ospreys. So glad even though I love all birds glad there are no Owls and Eagles around to take our babies or even hurt George and Gracie.
And yes it was really nice to only have 2 babies this year A lot less drama and more time to focus on the beauty.
Also while the babies were young we got to see a lot more of George and Gracie bonding a lot more time together for mom and dad.
Thank goodness Paul and Tommy got together and put up this camera. Our Osprey family and followers has been a significant part of my life for the past three years.
Take care Bonnie thanks for posting and your sweet comment. 😃
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We can’t thank everyone involved with this admin enough! Tommy and Christine for inviting us in and Paul and Aidan for all their support!
Wow RJONEAL beautiful shots!!!
Tks Margaret R you are always noticing my pics and post comments sooo sweet of you. 🙂
PS Now we just have to get a pic of our Babies with their own fish. Soon any day now.
Beautiful pictures Ranay!
8-11-17 Reply- Helen thank you for looking at them. Glad you are still watching as if you could take your eyes off our beautiful Osprey Family. Soon our babies will be fishing for themselves. It will be interesting to see if we have another Brutus or Sandy this year. Meaning Brutus and Sandy the years prior were great at fishing but always wanted free handouts from George and Gracie and loved to hang out in the nest. I mean laying down they were not much on sitting. Who will be the first to bring in their own fish??
Take care,stay in touch,keep watching. HUGS
@19:58- Not one of George’s best touchdowns. Landed on Blondie ….
…..then slides down her back. Blondie got the chunk of fish.
Gracie came in and tried to claim it but Blondie wasn’t giving it up……….Teenagers! So defiant!
Gracie makes another try, sidling in slowly this time, and it’s a take over. I think Blondie was full anyway but made a token protest.
Gracie barely beats George to the nest
“Thanks, hon”…………………………….”Do you think we could get the kids to say that , Gracie?”
And Gracie feeds Blondie, the spoiled one………Things returning to normal………….
Maybe Gracie wasn’t feeling well…
Good shot CarolV I was watching this when it happened and you better believe Gracie was hungry and wanted to fish.
We are seeing less and less of Gracie so I hope she continues to come around the nest in camera view before she leaves at the end of August or first week of September.
HERO DAD !!!!!
@17:16-17 long minutes after Blondie got her snack, George shows up for Brownie…..
Happiness is a fresh fish……………
I Agree. I was screaming at my computer Telling the other baby wait your turn daddy is getting you a fish just hang on a minute. He’s not gonna let you starve he knows there are two of you you’ll be back.
My family thinks I’m crazy when they hear me talking to the ospreys. Just can’t help it it’s like watching a TV show.
@16:59- The kids have been hanging around waiting,,,Blondie is up on perch. When they spot George, Blondie almost tumbled down and is behind Brownie.
Brownie’s right there, ready………..
.but in the turmoil, Blondie makes an endrun and goes in underneath……score!
“Hey, where’d you get the brooch?”
“At the tackle store….they had flies on clearance….”
RENEE WOLF- This place has gone buggy!
Lol — perfect caption!!
Lol good one!!
Like this shot and wanted to share………
…………………………Blondie was daydreaming when Brownie flew in and seemingly startled her..
The kids are hanging around and there’s some loud complaining happening. Hungry? Brownie is in and out but Blondie has turned in to the stay at home princess waiting for delivery service.
Does anyone else think Gracie is distancing herself early this year?
There’s a lot of banging going on down below. I always wonder what they’re building or fixing. My son says I’m nosy. What’s wrong with that?
Yes, I believe Gracee is keeping a distance somewhat and is keeping an eye on the progress of the babies. I think Gracie is more in the Gracie mode then parenting mode and is starting to prepare to fatten her self up to migrate end of August 1 week of September..
I know Gracie is saying will you please just catch a fish so I know it’s almost time to go.
Once they start catching their own fish then Gracie gets to sit back fatten up for her long winter haul.
Look at our beautiful “girl”-(my opinion). She jumps to perch.
FYI, Rjoneal- 60s & early70s ….jr. high, high school, very brief college, marriage and motherhood…no psychedelic for me….good early rock and folk songs come to mind……
George lands in front of 2 tense kids……………..good luck!
…and the loser is………
Brownie takes his loser butt upstairs..
@12:18.Gracie arrives and gives George a “hello” look
@12:12- George is back with Brownie’s fish. “Hey, wake up! Got your food!”
Brownie comes down……
Don’t these kids know “Thank you?”
George heads to perch…………
Sorry–Gracie is in wrong spot up there…………should be here @12:18
In any case, George did take a quick trip and brought back a stick, not a fish.
Gracie has been hanging offsides with Brownie.
Could I get a little music for this dance?????
…..”Chest push….doin’ the chest ppuuuusssshh..
Was anybody watching????
Not sure whether chick #1 misjudged her approach or was trying for the pesky bee!
Now I’m confused who’s who…! Can someone clear this up for me? Chick 1, I thought had a more dark ‘stripe’ to the beak and chick 2 was more white, is it the opposite?
Chick #1 (I believe) seems to need a ‘bee’ swatter!
Love these shots! Especially the bee-bird face-off.
Great pic…he is looking at it saying I have my eye on you…
That is chick #2
Picture taken 7-23-17
Love this one!
8-9-17 Reply- CarolV thanks Gracie deserves to be the one in front view. 🙂
Nice family photo…
8-9-17 Reply- JuneC, not easy to get them all since George usually gets attacked so he does not stay long. To the babies he is just the food guy. Take care HUGS
UPDATE ON RODEE- Our Dear Osprey Sister
Our sweet Rodee just got to come home a couple of days ago from a long haul, a 10 day stay at hospital. When she got home she did say her family and friends were there to help her.
Good news, day of release, oncologist said her numbers are down – however, radiology/Interventional meds, were required for those reason last Fridays 5th chemo was cancelled.
Rodee is a solider so I just hope things calm down for her so she can get to do at least some of things she likes.
Attached is another piece of Rodee’s artwork from awhile back. Enjoy
So glad Rodee is home and healing…still in my thoughts and prayers. Hope things are a little smoother and the worst is over. And love your art!
TY for posting and keeping us updated, Rjoneal…..
Best Wishes from all of us at OspreyZone and of course Gracie and George and the Youngsters we missed you and all the contributions that you make here at OspreyZone I hope you are up to commenting on our Family also if there is anything we can do for you in the future
I know that this is a very private matter in your life but please know we are thinking of you and as always Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you
Thanks for the update… thinking of her.
Another beautiful painting — what incredible talent!
Wow -Rodee sure is talented! Glad she has the support of loved ones and wishing her all the best which prayer can bring.
Please wish her my regards…
Finally a Gracie sighting….I haven’t seen her much lately…..George brought a fish to an empty nest………..
Gracie drops in, has a few chirps with George and does a grab-n-go with the fish.
“Give the kids a peck for me….See ya!”
@17:32…………There was MAJOR toe pulling on this delivery!! Both kids were in when George landed with a fish.
Brownie went for it and got George’s toe……
The fish was dropped and Blondie seized the opportunity to grab it.
QUCH! ow! ooowwwww! OUCHIE! OW! OW!
Poor Blondie didn’t get a good hold on the fish and it flopped, literally, at Brownie’s feet.
Brownie with the fish; Blondie saying ” I HAD it FIRST!! Stingy!”
George comes to clean up when Brownie doesn’t finish his fish.
i was watching it thought George poor toe..the kids where really hungry..
I saw that..poor George..
Tim, I liked your photos. They were from a different perspective. Thanks very much! Welcome to OZ!
@14:13–George brings in a 1/2 fish
Brownie is seconds behind…..
George nestorates that branch-thankfully not to this spot!
Someone is begging on the perch………….
The rain has started on the South Fork, about 1/2hr. ago. Front is moving northward, while we are west and south of nest. The worst rain may come overnight, but there is some indication front may move south of LI and miss us……….or so they say……….
Who’s a big birdy now? Looks like Brownie!
G&G’s kid for sure!
Thank you all sooooooooo much for your comments and pictures. It makes checking in with the OZ family even more fun. And, of course, a thousand thanks to the generous hosts for sharing this wonderful experience with all of us.
8-9-17 Reply- Judith W glad you are still watching our wonderful osprey family. Summertime just would not be the same without them. Babies are growing more and more independent so it wont be long now before they should start fishing. I mean they have been doing practice dives but soon they will actually get a fish.
Yes our Aidan has been wonderful keeping on top of things and if it wasn’t for Paul and Tommy along with helpers we would not get to see and learn about our beautiful Long Island Osprey Family.
Keep watching and keep posting.
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THANKS, AIDAN! for fixing the clock among all your many chores. We appreciate you!
Brownie #2 waiting patiently @ 10:18
sees Dad bringing a guest
and gets so excited he practically mows down George
you can here Blondie on perch yelling away
so minutes later Dad is back with another friend…………
who Blondie is happy to meet…..
Dad really takes a beating for these kids!
Happiness in stereo…………………….
When Brownie ate all he could, he flew off, doing a nice little swerve and dip over the bay. That’s him just left of his leftovers………….
HELP…my red scroll bar is stuck at left side…and says NaN:NaN
I cannot go back or go to live feed.
What should I do to correct this?
I just updated Java and that did not work.
Nestorating again…Each adds their personal faves….seaweed from George…
….and Gracie–well, you know,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
It’s turning in to a gray day…..overcast and gloomy…
about 70 with a high of 74ish today. T-storms predicted after two pm-60-80% chance thru sundown and rain thru to about 3-4 am.
btw- video clock about 6-6 1/2 mins fast
8-7-17 Good Morning OZ Followers enjoy my Monday picture.
Reply– wow Rjoneal- that is some shot.. never saw one like that before- well done!!
Margaret glad you liked it. Our babies are so entertaining love them. 🙂
OK a little psychedelic but fascinating!
CarolV did you make you think of 60-70s ? thanks 🙂
‘disco fever for sure…
Chick #1 is 9 weeks old today.
Morning, people! @05:29, Brownie heads out after a night alone in the nest…
Gracie dropped down …… one of last night’s winners in the perch lottery. In an interview about her winning move, Ms. Gracie stated ” Teenagers! Fool me once….I’m Queen of the Perch!”
Georgie and one of his ever changing fish buddies….
Blondie, the lucky recipient of the other upper berth last night, Finally decided to get out of bed when she smelled breakfish was served
19:13—MAMA’S BACK! was thinking an a.p.b. might need to be sent out! Guess she was on a gal’s day-out and had dinner. She came home with a fishy-bag…..
She’s eyeing that perch. It’s been a merry-go -round up there….you could hear someone up there earlier. First, Brownie did his p,s. and flew out to head up there…it took him 3-4 fly arounds before he stuck a landing.. Then a bit later, Blondie did her p.s. and flew out and around and shook the whole camera on landing!
Then George came in with a fish and Blondie hopped down to grab it. No sooner than a spot was open, George jumped up! Have they added the extra room we talked about last year?
8-8-17 reply- CarolV love this pic good wing shot of our Gracie and her beauty.
Brownie has been waiting in the nest and is excited to see George. Has plenty of time to enjoy his fish.
@17:04…George brings in another fish. Blondie practically fell on him she was so excited!
@17:53:42- George brings in another chunk of fish and Brownie is ready for dessert.
I did the scroll back fairly quickly, twice, and I didn’t see Gracie….Is she out trying to rent a perch since the kids took over the upstairs last night?
Yes, I suspect I am one of the new followers of the webcam, however, after many years of watching the Ospreys in Orient (I am a retired conservation officer from overseas), I recently took some new photos and discovered the camera. When I arrived home, I Googled the whereabouts of the cam and found the link.Unfortunately my photos are not that perfect since I randomly take my camera while out and about, and the weight of the extended lens tends to cause me to tremble!! I do have a tripod, but most of my shots are spontaneous events with no warning or time to set up. I am sure you appreciate this!
Hi..Is this the OZ nest?
These are three different nests. East Marion, and two on Orient causeway.
If I am not mistaken, the East Marion nest is 4 and 5?
I also access from the Town beach and think I remember the posts as well as the contours of the nest in 4 and 5.
This is their 3rd year at this nest. a really beautiful family..welcome to our OZ would
Tim, these are great!! Thank you for sharing!
8-9-17 Reply- Hi Chris H, Our babies are now juvenile Ospreys, they are so gorgeous don’t you think ? What a wonderful job George has done with the fish demand.
Take care from Florida
Thanks so much! We rarely get out side the nest views! Just keep in mind, please, this is private property and a quiet neighborhood, so no one who knows the actual location publicizes it.
Love the photos!
Just realized you were there the day of the juvie invasion! Two Visiting Fledglings were on the nest What a lucky day to happen by!
And I don’t mean to reprimand you like a stern school teacher, if that’s how it comes across. Just that you are new to site and might not know history yet.
After reading the warning at the top of this blog about private property, I suspected their might just be be some comment about my photos. No-one need worry since they are taken from the Southold Town public beach which I swim from most days and until recently always forgot to bring the camera. The Orient nests are taken from the road on the causeway.
Reply Tim…. wow great photos and nice to see the nest from all different angles
Great shots, Tim. Have you ever tried a monopod? Much easier to carry around, adds stability, especially when zoomed in. Relatively inexpensive…
At 10:03:45 am Gracie brought a fish to the nest; first time she’s done so this season. Chick #1 was on the nest and went to grab the fish, but instead grabbed Gracie’s toe — ouch!! — pulling and yanking on it for what seemed like forever … oh, yeah, that’s right, I was playing the video in slow motion to get pictures. It eventually let go of Gracie’s toe and tried unsuccessfully to grab the fish. For whatever reason, Gracie then flew off with the fish.
But, then, George came to the rescue, dropping off a fish for the chick at 10:19:21 am, his image still showing high on the horizon as he continued to fly to the nest!!
Here comes what I imagine is George…….
George landing with fish……….Brownie, who has been upstairs since 10:42, must be down in the offsides. because I hear happy squealy squeaks like when feedind
Getting a little break-up in the video and clock is 6 mins. ahead
also a little jerky …..THANKS, AIDAN for all you do.
George brings in a porgy to Blondie, who has been hangin’ at the nest…
Blondie a little guarded with her prize….good practice for future against other osprey
and George out……………..
Sounded like Brownie yelling his way to perch, but doesn’t jump down…..
Saturday night 8/5 around 20:16 chick 2 went up to perch the around 20:20 chick 1 went up..they stayed the full night. Gracie slept in nest..first time I can remember chicks stay full night on perch and Mom in nest. It seems to be their favorite spot…bad for us we will never see them except for dindin time..They should be soon catching their own fish..last year it varied from 9 days to 19 days after fledging. My guess 2 will catch first fish..
George adding some seaweed to the nest…………
Gracie adding her personal plastic touch…….shocker!
Two kids waiting for the deliveryman………….
George appears and surprisingly, Brownie got it.
Gracie checking bed situation…………..
It appears bunkbeds were installed and the kids have taken over Gracie’s perch! What’s a mother to do?
past my bed time-forgot photo
Gracie by moonlight……………
@16:12:32…..George comes in and no one is home! He called and shortly after. Blondie#1 came in…..George turned the fish over to her…
Blondie ate for almost an hour…..Brownie had come in and was waiting politely….@17:05:00-Blondie allowed Brownie to take the fish….
Watching George standing there brought to mind another chick who always knew when a fish came in to the nest and would come screaming-you could here him/her from far away and track her/him all the way in! I believe it was our Sandy in 2015. Can anyone tell me if that’s correct?
I just remember how I loved listening to that bird arrive…..It was too funny!
@16:41- George made a perfect descent between bodies with this fish….
Gracie shared with Brownie………Blondie doing fine on her own!
NAMES ARE JUST MY NICKNAMES TO KEEP THEM STRAIGHT IN MY MIND………….PRONOUNS USED ARE OPINIONS, NOT FACT.
To The Whole Group
I like to think of some of my Comments as Grounded In Reality. Sometimes the little things can get blown up and misconceptions appear to run rampant. I’ve noticed that we have some New Ospreyphiles that are viewing OspreyZone Webcam for the first time. You were probably redirected from another Webcam that’s Production Quality is a little more sophisticated than that of OspreyZone
So what I would suggest to the Newcomers is that they scroll down and read some previous comments and posts so you can get a feel for this sites scope. And when you have an idea of what’s going on your posts will be Right On The Money
Thank you! xoxo
George heading out…..peeppeeppeep from Gracie getting wearing…….
Blondie steps out
@12:41:54—–George brings in a nice fish and Blondie is the only one home.
Blondie mantles over her fish
Brownie comes in and wastes breathe begging and pacing
@13:18–Blondie must be full-she got distracted and allowed Brownie to steal. Gracie ‘s just sitting and watching the clouds go by. Letting the kids handle things among themselves.
To Betsy –
I’ve noticed you haven’t really been posting pictures for a couple of days. I enjoy Carol’s pictures but I especially like yours. Hope all is okay.
Tug o’ fish won by Browbie#2, who took it offsides.
06:51—Great….more to worry about—a whole tangle of line…….
The storms are staying west of here again…they’re having downpours further up the Island while we have overcast skies. The forecast for overnight tonight is storms all over the tri-state area, which includes us. We do need some rain out here.
This was funny. Yesterday afternoon, a few minutes after 4 pm, chick #1 was at the front of the nest eating a fish and chick #2 was on the right eating a fish, mostly only its shadow visible. Chick #1 suddenly stopped eating and was watching something off to the left and you could see from chick #2’s shadow that it was watching that something, too. Then George or Gracie, on the perch, called out an alarm. Chick #1 pancaked and chick #2 flew away and a skein of what looked like geese flew passed.
I haven’t visited in quite some time. So, why are the pictures so small now?
Have the chicks started to fly yet?
I hope someone answers my questions.
Have a great day!! 🙂
Aidan instituted a new system wherein the pics are small to take up less space. Just click on one and it enlarges. There were enough people who disliked the comment flow interrupted by the amount of pictures that he found this compromise……
And yes, they are both flying—Chick#2 went first…July 30, 17 @13:14:11………………………….chick#1-Aug 2 about 08:30-If you haven’t seen already, scroll back to where Betsy has posted some stats
I was lucky enough to see Brownie#2 fledging…..bummer that I had to work the day Blondie #1 went—BTW- just my nicknames
I may be wrong on time for #1’s first flight….hopefully someone will give you correct time…..
Carol – thanks much for responding to my questions.
I can’t believe all I’ve missed in about a month.
I’ll be checking in from time to time. 🙂
Brownie on sky-watch…
Weather has been a mix of sun and cloudy–same tomorrow. temps low 70s tonight-mid to high 70s tomorrow. there was some wild weather west of here near NYC yesterday evening (downpours resulting in flooding and large hail) but the storms broke up before they got out here There was nothing on my side of the island(could have used some) while I heard there was a brief 5 min. downpour on parts of the North Fork.
Very quiet on the nest this evening.
….except for one chick hovering about and Gracie being wary 🙂
Nice shots Sera–especially love the fanned tail!
This is a travelin’ fish! George brought to Gracie…was stolen by Blondie………
Got away from her and flipped right into Brownie’s “lap”..Brownie seemed as if he couldn’t believe his eyes!
Blondie, of course, tried to take it back-here and at least one other try, but Brownie wasn’t losing his lucky catch!
Gracie and Blondie each took quick fly arounds in the evening breeze.
When George brought next fish about 20 mins. later, Gracie wasn’t in a mood to share.
After another jog around the block and landing on the perch, Blondie jumped down and found Mom in a better mood and happily got fed.
Correction- Gracie never got her beak on that first fish–it was taken straight from George! No wonder Gracie was defending that 2nd fish!
2017 Chick Stats
Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 am
Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 7:06:24 am
Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 7:31:23 (did not hatch)
Chick #1: hatched 🐣 on 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation) ➡ fledged 🐦 on 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
Chick #2: hatched 🐣 on 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation) ➡ fledged 🐦 on 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
2016 Chick Stats
Egg #1 laid on April 25th @ 8:51 am
Egg #2 laid on April 28th @ 7:11 am
Egg #3 laid on May 1st @ 7:46 am
Chick #1 (Brutus)
hatched on 06/03/2016 (39 days incubation)
fledged on 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
first fish on 08/16/2016 ➡ 18 days after fledging (74 days old)
last seen at nest on 09/24/2016
Chick #2 (Ali)
hatched on 06/05/2016 (38 days incubation)
fledged on 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
first fish on 08/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (69 days old)
last seen at nest on 08/20/2016
Chick #3 (Rocky)
hatched on 06/08/2016 (38 days incubation)
fledged on 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
first fish on 08/15/2016 ➡ 10 days after fledging (68 days old)
last seen at nest on 09/09/2016