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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

    43,165 Comments

    1. June c August 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Rjoneal…chick 1…Mattie Chick 2…Jack

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

        June I got your names on the list. HUGS

    2. Cheryl August 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      I would vote for Brownie and Blondie. Those have kind of stuck for me. Very cute.

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

        8-18-17 Cheryl Your choices are on the list will post tomorrow updated list. Thank you for posting.

    3. Patti Watkins August 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Baby Name Contest

      Ally – girl
      Aiden – boy

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

        8-18-17 Patti Watkins I got them both on the list thank you for participating.

    4. Isobel August 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you for doing this Rjoneal. These names popped into my head Bonnie and Barney. So pleased the

      Thank you for doing this Rjoneal. These names popped into my head Bonnie and Barny. So pleased the “wee” ones have done so well this year.

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

        8-18-17 Isobel you are welcome, I just cant see them leaving us with no names. We love our Osprey Family! I have your names on the list and thanks for joining.

    5. Betsy August 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Okay, so, like, we may be waiting forever to see a first fish catch by the chicks!! This looks to me like a chick — of course, whether “our” chicks or from another nest is the million-dollar question!! — flying passed with what looks like a whole fish!! It could be, also, that George or Gracie are bringing fish to the chicks elsewhere than the nest and they take off to eat it in a different place.

    6. Bobb August 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Mike & Ike
      They look alike !

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

        8-18-17 Bobb I will add your names to the list and thank you for posting and joining us.

    7. Elaine August 17, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Jeremiah and Barney. Thank you.

    8. Rjoneal August 17, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Betsy, did you make a video of the other babies 1st flight and if so are you going to share with us OZ Followers?

    9. JANET FUNICELLI August 17, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Watched one of the chicks defend nest area from a some kind of Heron! So brave! And fast as as lightening too!

      • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        Might be an egret. I’ve seen them fly by often, but usually stay further away.

        • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

          Although it looks pretty big…

    10. Rjoneal August 17, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

      ATTENTION ALL OSPREY ZONE FOLLOWERS-

      It Appears that Paul is unable to do the BABY NAMING CONTEST this year. So let’s take a vote,then these two babies can have a name before they migrate.

      What do you say let’s all get involved even those who never posted before this is your chance.

      Please post only 2 names that you would like for the babies to have, I will post a list of all the names after a couple days of posting and then we will ALL VOTE on the names that we have.
      How does that sound? Ready, Set Post!

      • Dawn August 17, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

        How about Marion and Laurel for the areas that the nest is in?

        • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

          8-18-17 Hi Dawn I have your names and put them on the list, thanks take care. 🙂

      • margaretR August 17, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Rjoneal.. my first choice for baby 1 would be Bailey- after my chocolate lab and baby 2.. Layla after her sister.. Thanks for doing this!!!

        • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

          Margaret R sounds nice will add your names to list and good luck. HUGS

      • Pattie Hoolie August 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

        I have been kind of used to hearing Brownie & Blondie so I will go with that 🙂

        • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

          8-18-17 Pattie Hoolie ok I think so far that is 2 people that are sticking with CarolV’s nicknames. I will put it down on the list, thanks for joining in.

        • Marilyn G August 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          I agree!

      • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        I’m going with…Earhart and Lindbergh……..those goggles remind me of early flyers’ eyewear…

        • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

          You crack me up CarolV 2 people are using your nicknames and now you have me laughing at why you chose your names. Perfect goes with your sense of humor I like it.

        • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

          meant to put Earhart #1 and Lindbergh#2

        • Karen D. August 18, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

          Ditto for me too……. My hubby is a pilot so it fits for me…..

      • LynD August 17, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

        My suggestions for names are : Chick #1 – Sashimi —- Chick #2 – Sushi
        This really brings home the term “You ARE what you eat”! Perfect names for fishhawks.

        • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

          8-18-17 Lyn D I like the way you think made me giggle. i have your choices on the list thanks for posting.

        • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

          Good ones! Funny!

    11. Betsy August 17, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

      A heron (I think) flew passed the nest …

      • Betsy August 17, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

        and chick #1 …

      • Betsy August 17, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

        gave chase.

      • Rjoneal August 17, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

        Betsy I agree or a Snake Bird from Florida managed to visit….

    12. JanL August 17, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

      6:04 AM, 17 Aug, lots of fussing over a fish, out of camera view on the right. Didn’t see which parent brought it in, but do see the other ‘kid’ landing to get in on the action this morning/breakfast.

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

        Love sunrise shots and leg shots and wing/tail shots! All in one! TY!

    13. CarolV August 17, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Brownie gets breakfish

      • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

        @6:05

        • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 7:08 am - Reply

          6:15- George brings bedding and got swooped by Blondie with an attitude…..

          • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

            Blondie has hers now………

    14. CarolV August 16, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Due to management mis-communication, no one was there with a key this a.m. to open our store. So we had about 1/2 hr. to kill in the parking lot. I probably enjoyed this more than most because we had an osprey airshow……one of the kids from the Verizon nest was proudly flying around chirping at Dad (I believe) on his post . The kid was hauling a piece of fish around and showing Dad how good it was doing! Not sure if anyone else is still here from this nest.

      Temps were in 80s today and sunny. Overnight may be cloudy, with temps dropping to mid 60s–good sleeping weather.
      Tomorrow sunny again but cooler- mid 70s.

      Gonna try to get to comments before sleep, but am looking forward to seeing how everyone is. HAGN …

    15. CarolV August 16, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      @17:10– Brownie got his fish from George…..

      • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        Brownie ate in the nest for a while….

        • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

          …then took the rest to-go….

      • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

        CORRECTION: @17:10- that’s Blondie leaving her fish behind and grabbing the new fish. That left over fish is the one Brownie left with…..

    16. CarolV August 16, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Got to scrollback to about 2:45 today…Saw a lot of empty nest and some bouncing in and out. Brownie came in to lounge a bit…

      • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

        Blondie flies in…..

        • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

          @16:35- George delivers and Blondie gets it…….

          • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

            Pic that was meant to go above…..

            • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

              Blondie enjoys the gooey (gory) bits!

            • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

              She eats well and leaves nest @17:52……

              Just a reminder…Blondie(#1) and Brownie(#2) are nicknames I use and not official……as gender pronouns are just my guesses

    17. Betsy August 16, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Chick #2 is 10 weeks old today … and tried to “bite the hand that feeds it”!!

    18. Dawn August 16, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Good Morning OZ family! Has anyone ever witnessed a juvie do some suicide dives? I watched my Port Washington Osprey family in amazement this morning. I thought at first he was being attacked as it looked as though he was falling out of the sky. But upon closer examination, I saw him spiraling on his own accord. It was quite beautiful to watch. He did this for quite sometime. They never cease to amaze me! Have a wonderful day everyone!

      • June c August 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        OMG That must have been so interesting to watch, never heard of that..I know Eagles do that as part of their matting….

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

        I can imagine how fascinating this was! Added some magic to your day!

    19. GinaM August 16, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Wednesday morning… I saw something very unusual. One of the babies is arrives at the nest and George delivers a fish. The baby takes it from him. George starts a warning call- I think it was there was no sound this morning but it looked like he was giving a warning call- the baby stops eating and goes after George forcing George to take off and fly away.
      I don’t like that. Don’t pick on Studmuffin. He’s been a GREAT dad this year.

      • CarolV August 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        Growing pains or teen rebellion? Don’t they say that’s why teens are so obnoxious? To make parting with them easier???

    20. Rjoneal August 16, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

      IN 2016- here is portrait Betsy made of all 3 babies when they caught 1st Fish, wish our babies now would bring in fish still waiting for that moment.

    21. Marlene August 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Hi to Bob from Longboat Key: I, too, haven’t been on OZ as much as I was over the past three years, but I do take a quick peek approximately every other day. Both babies are doing fine. They have fledged, but neither has caught a fish yet. George has been bringing a lot of fish to the nest. I see that CarolV was asking if anyone has seen Gracie. So, I don’t know if she has flown the coop. I can’t believe it’s the middle of August already! As far as I know, they haven’t received official names yet. Hope this helps.

    22. CarolV August 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Looking at the nest now, it’s really, really dark There is an almost new moon in a cloudy, overcast sky……but earlier, there was a Full Osprey Moon……

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

        The cloudy skies and high 60s overnight give way to low-mid 80s and full sun tomorrow.

        BOB from LbK, FL—always good to hear from you…as you can see, G&G are doing their usual excellent job, with 2 gorgeous kids …..

    23. CarolV August 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      @18:42…GRACIE delivers….she’s been m.i.a. for the past couple of nights.

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        After the usual brawl, Brownie got this one…

        The kids need to start catching their own. They’re learning techniques on stealing and keeping; now they need the catching skill.

    24. CarolV August 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Did the scrollback after work and saw a lot of empty nest.
      Saw that at 14:33. Blondie was working on a chunk of fish…

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        @15:49…George flies in….

    25. Redkayak August 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Another view of our friends as they fish, or learn to fish the bay below the nest on Sunday. Sorry it’s a cell phone shot and I couldn’t see through the lens

      • Redkayak August 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        one more

      • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

        This must have been so thrilling to watch! Lucky you!

    26. Bonnie Sudnick August 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone. This year has been one of sore disappointment for me as I have not been able to watch this lovely nest often. Not enough to keep up. So thank you everyone for your updates. Appreciate all. Question, quite some time ago I noticed Egbert sitting to the left of the screen really close to the edge – what ever happened to our dear Egbert? A fall, or did it get covered up?

      Thank you everyone.

      • Bonnie Sudnick August 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

        I scrolled back to Aug 11 pics, and could see Eggbert, then on the 12th it was almost hidden, and saw it again in some Aug 13th pics, but had to really really look to see it. Eggbert is almost completely covered there (then). And Eggbert is closer to the edge more so than before. The kids look good, worried about that foot, hope it heals and no cause for concern in future.

        • Nancy August 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

          I noticed one of the kids seeming to stay off his/her right foot a few days ago…..Anyone know what happened ? TIA

    27. Betsy August 15, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      An intruder landed on the nest and was chased off by chick #2

      • Betsy August 15, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

        A couple of minutes later George or Gracie chased away an intruder.

    28. Betsy August 15, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Chick #2 on the nest this morning.

    29. GinaM August 15, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Is it possible dear Gracie has left already?

    30. Betsy August 15, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Chick #1 is 10 weeks old today.

      • Betsy August 15, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

        I was supposed to post chick #1 10-week date yesterday.

    31. CarolV August 15, 2017 at 5:46 am - Reply

      Passing showers overnight, ending early-8 am-ish…temps 69 now only mid 70s today. Possible showers late afternoon

    32. CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Did scrollback for afternoon…Blondie finishing a fish chunk about 3 p.m.

      • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        George drops off a stick and Blondie explains she’s getting hungry, please….

        • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

          The kids have been flying in and out. At one point, Blondie landed and Brownie, right behind her, bounced off the edge of the nest!

          • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

            @19:07.a fish was delivered on right. Scuffling wings and this effort by Brownie show Blondie was the winner. Brownie tried hard but no fish for him…..

            • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm

              Being pestered, Blondie moves the fish.

            • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

              and again!

            • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

              @19:44…Intentional? Brownie flies right into Brownie

            • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

              Getting desperate, Brownie chomps on the gill cover…

            • CarolV August 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

              After do some guarding display, Brownie had screeched skyward…Intruder?
              Then Blondie moves away and Brownie gets his fish.

              Getting pixelating, making shots difficult.

              Still not seeing Gracie….could she have gone so early? Hoping to see her tomorrow….or at least hearing she’s been spotted.

        • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

          Brownie is there to collect it…………..

      • Trinity August 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the informative pictures and witty commentary, it’s appreciated !

    33. Bob August 14, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Hi All, This is Bob from Longboat Key Florida and I haven’t been on the OZ site much lately. Just wanted to know if all was well so far with G&G and the two youngsters. Any response would be appreciated. Hope all OZ watchers are well. too.

      • Rjoneal August 16, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

        8-16-17 Hi Bob, we have not seen the babies bring in their own fish yet. They are hanging out mostly on perch and away from nest now. Gracie is defiantly distancing herself earlier this year from nest. I think it has been 3 nights ago she stopped sleeping at the nest. The babies are coming to the nest to get fish from George but as of lately he too has slowed down the deliveries hopefully to get them to try and fish on own. The are still getting their fill of fish just not over plentiful like it was in past. We saw Gracie bring in fish a couple of times about 1 week ago not looking at my notes just estimating right now.. The 2 babies do sometimes take turns hanging out in nest mid afternoon taking a nap laying down for brief periods.
        When George does come with a delivery its a drop and fly visit usually since the babies mantle a lot and are getting more aggressive to food delivers since they appear to be hungry, maybe from trying to fish on their own without success who knows.
        I do know my juv Ospreys in backyard behaved liked this whenever they would fish from my tree and drop fish or just was not successful. They would try for several hours sitting in tree watching water to dive down then finally they would fly off crying to the nest and wait for dad to bring at least 1 fish in. Then they would fight for that fish. Now my Osprey juvs are really good at fishing and hard to spot them unless they are diving down from pine tree to get fish. They have even out flown the hawk a couple of times.

        Bob Hurricane Season is now in full swing 2 already hope you are ready for this Season. I know I tested my generator the other day all set here as one can be.
        Be safe us Floridians have to stick together.
        Sooo glad you are still with us another great year with George & Gracie
        Keep in Touch

        • Bob August 17, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

          Dear Rj, Thanks for the reply and latest info. We’ve weathered one pretty big storm without having to evacuate the island and did not suffer much damage. A few trees and power outages but all in all we got lucky (so far). I’m sure you read about the double homicide at the new Zota resort which just recently opened replacing the old Hilton hotel. They have caught the shooter but I have a feeling there may have been an accomplice or two but they are keeping that info under their hats right now as it is still an ongoing investigation. First murders on Longboat Key since 2000 and within walking distance of where we reside. Scary. Hard to believe anyone could murder two people for a few hundred dollars. One would obviously have to be nuts. Thanks to cameras and heavy duty police work they have gotten the main guy who is, or was, a security guard. He killed another security guard and the desk clerk (51 & 59 years of age) for nothing. As I said, scary.That aside, let’s hope our young osprey start to catch their own fish soon so they are ready for their long journey south. Yours truly, Bob

          • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:37 am - Reply

            Bob, Yes I have been trying to follow that and it is scary and awful. As much as we hate cameras invading our privacy sometimes they can help. Being part of a police and military family I feel for all sides. How can a man or woman take on a life to do such terrible horrific things. Please my friend be safe. The weather is going to be the worst this year they are predicting and I feel they may be right. I was not sure how much damaged was done but so glad you did not suffer to much. I hate to evacuate done it a couple times but the last few hurricanes we stayed and rode it out and I was glad we did. We were able to stop a lot more damage by being here. We had pipes burst and fence panels falling and blowing everywhere. We sure did save ourselves from a lot of water damaged and if we would not have been here our house would have been flooded for sure. We used several pumps to pump water out and of course thanks goodness to our generator.
            You keep an eye out for strangers or suspicious events and keep alert and safe. Fingers crossed Hurricane Season will leave as quickly as it came ha… wishful thinking.

            Our Osprey Family has been so wonderful no drama and plenty of fish. So glad George and Gracie have really got it down now the whole parenting and raising babies.
            They are working great together hope to see them both next year.
            Take care of your family and stay in touch

    34. June c August 14, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

      The poor fish new what was coming….nice catch ..

    35. CarolV August 14, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

      No one in the nest. Didn’t see anyone there last night either………

      I know Brownie went out with his fish last night so maybe he went to a tree or post with it and stayed….

      I guess I’m not the only one wondering how long before Gracie leaves and worrying when she is not seen……This season has gone so quickly!

    36. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      @19:41–Brownie came in……

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

        I swear his beak dropped when he spotted that fish! He looked all around, like he was looking for an owner! “All for ME! And no hard work? WOW!”

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

          Brownie does a grab n go; almost took the goggles along for the ride.

          • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

            Flyin’ off with da fishy in my foot…la-da-dadi-la-da-dah…….

    37. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Blondie gets another one from George……
      Brownie was over on right but his tail is replaced by an adult tail in a bit. Looks like eating happening over ther

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        Blondie fills up then jumps to perch, leaving 1/2 fish behind her.

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

          George wanders from right, cleaning off his beak…He glances at fish and goes without it.

    38. Rjoneal August 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      8-13-17 THIS DAY LAST YEAR 8-13-16 ALI CAUGHT HIS OWN FISH-

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        And here’s Ali! Just commented we need a shot of him! Especially like the long feathers shot! Thanks for posting family photos!

    39. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      @16:37- George brings a chunk of fish to kid who step in from right and moved back there.

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

        Sorry…time on that should be 13:59

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        @15:06-Blondie flies in…

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

          Gracie brings in a fish and Blondie wants to be fed but Gracie just turns away…..

          • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

            Blondie gets the message-“I’m a big girl now”

          • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

            @15:50- Brownie comes in…

            • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

              Brownie haunted Blondie but waited till she was done to move in.

            • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

              Brownie was in when George brought ANOTHER fish, full sized….@16:32

            • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

              He really didn’t want it, but dragged it over to the right. Someone flew on to perch and there was a lot of conversation

    40. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Blondie’s fish comes in- part of one, anyway…..

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

        George does a quick check before he goes…..

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

          did a close uo on Blondie’s toe and it’s looking much better…..

          • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

            sortta looks like a parsnip

            • JanL August 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

              Thanks for the great closeup of the foot!

    41. Rjoneal August 13, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

      More pics

    42. Rjoneal August 13, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Crazy Lights at the nest last night,thanks to June C who contacted me I was able to get some pics. You could hear baby and Gracie alarm but no other noise. Spotlight from below lights up the nest .

    43. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

      “O where, O where has my daddy gone.
      O where, O where can he be?
      With a fish so big
      In his feet so strong
      O where O where…. can you see?

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

        minutes later…………….HEEERRRRE’S GEORGIE!

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

          Brownie takes his long awaited fish off to the right……….

      • Rjoneal August 16, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

        8-16-17 CarolV aww I could hear them singing the lil tune in my heard.

    44. DarDar August 13, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Morning all. Juvie Osprey’s are the prettiest to me and this year G&G have the most beautiful AND sweet babies I have ever seen.I know I have and many others have enjoyed this year and Thanks to all that make it possible. I do think these two babies are spoiled with Geo bringing so many fish and they need to be bringing fish to nest that they have caught. Just saying…………….Osprey love to all.

      • Rjoneal August 16, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

        Reply- DarDar the babies are more spoiled than babies in past due to only 2 of them and G&G are more experienced. George has finally slowed down deliveries now and they seem to be hungry every time he does arrive so hopefully they have started fishing just been unsuccessful or they might just be eating in tree. I am sure that they have been spending their time away from the nest trying to fish.
        When they first start off they drop their fish a lot while they are flying or they dive down and come up empty.
        At least in Florida the Ospreys in my backyard for many years I see this when they first start off.
        Last year the babies ate their fish a lot in the nest this year the babies have been seen to eat a couple of bites then fly off with fish.
        Thanks for posting DarDar this has been such a drama free year only having 2 Babies and plenty of fish.
        Take Care

    45. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Did George have a late night out with the boys? Maybe he got taken by aliens last night! Usually at least shows up with breakfish

      • Trinity August 15, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

        Love your sense of humor 😆

    46. CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Morning, Gracie!
      @5:40

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

        Morning, Brownie!
        @5:54

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

          Morning, Blondie!
          @7:13….sleepyhead

          • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

            Brownie flying back in against this beautiful sky…..

            Looking like a beautiful day in Ospreyland………..sun’s coming out and temps. low 80s. YAY! My kind of weather. Hopefully humidity stays reasonable!

    47. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Looks like Gracie lost at perch wars again………..

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

        There was some weirdness going on with odd lights and upset birds, Flew in and out and had a different kind of chirpy noise from Gracie. The aliens have landed in East Marion!

        • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

          Just needed “Twilight Zone” music and Rod Serling voice over……”Tonight, in this sleepy little osprey nest, as the occupants chatter in panic….”

    48. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      @18:54- Gracie gets a tiny chunk of fish from George. Guess he had his dinner.

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        Brownie came begging but Gracie turned away. So he went to hang over Blondie, still working away on that whale…..

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

          Gracie finished her fish, then moved over to keep an eye on Brownie AND watch over Blondie’s fish

          • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

            I was doing so well! Had to screw up the end…above shot shows Blondie cleaning her beak while Gracie takes over that fish and Brownie gets fed by Mom……………..the end

    49. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      @18:20- A fish came in…

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Blondie made a good effort but Brownie won

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          @18:28-another fish comes in-looks like it wants to eat Blondie!

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

          She really had to fight for it!

          • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

            It got yanked away at one point but she went right back for it!

            • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

              What a tug o’ fish!!!!!!!

            • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

              And it was GRACIE making Blondie work for that fish! It’s a big one too!

              Gracie settles her ruffled feathers after all that work!

    50. Rjoneal August 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Here is a picture from 2015 Ronnie and Sandy look at the nest date pic taken 8-22-15 New- Comers, Sandy is laying down in nest Ronnie has black chest marks and is standing.

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the pic of these two! I have so few!

      • JanL August 20, 2017 at 5:54 am - Reply

        Thanks, Rjoneal for the great history pics…

    51. Rjoneal August 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      And of Course on THIS DAY – Last Year 8-12-16 our Rocky and Brutus, just look how little he was but so strong.

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

        Good to have all the kids together on this page….Just need Ali…..I kept getting Ali and Brutus mixed up…should have remembered Brutus, the bully(brute) was oldest chick.

    52. Jan August 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Just before 7 PM nest time; didn’t see who brought in the fish, but it’s a great big one. Is that one of the kids eating? I’m guessing so, due to all the showy-white outlines to feathers, vs. the osprey in foreground, much less white, and leads me to think that’s one of the parents. Looks like it was a gray, cloudy day at the nest today, 12 Aug.

      • Rjoneal August 16, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

        Reply- Jan Love the colors your picture has Beautiful Gracie even when she is wet. Thanks for posting your pic. 🙂

        • JanL August 19, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

          You’re welcome Rjoneal. I manipulated the colors a tad, since the day was so ‘gray’…:)

    53. Rjoneal August 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Today is 8-12-17 so on THIS DAY LAST YEAR – Here are some pics of George I posted last year. It always makes us laugh looking at George trying to keep the nest tidy.

    54. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      It makes me wonder what Gracie does when she’s gone so long….hanging with the girls? working back to the single life? visiting travel agencies?

    55. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Blondie was sitting upstairs and must have seen George coming; jumped down to get up close and personal with that fish.

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Dad!

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        Brownie comes in with a racket!

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

          Brownie moves in for a steal but Blondie is enjoying her meal too much and shuts him out……………………

          • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply

            I had missed the part where Blondie flew out, leaving the fishtail at the edge of the nest and Brownie came down from perch for it…..

            • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm

              .so when this bird flew in (Blondie?)

            • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

              I was startled, too! Expected Blondie to be the one IN the nest…..sneaky little buggers!

              As far as I can tell, that small piece of fish is the only thing Brownie has had this afternoon. In fact…since 7ish this a.m. Tough love time….”Get a Job” Fishing is a good occupation!

    56. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Blondie has been on the nest for a while. Brownie has been in and out again.

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        When George drops some seaweed, Blondie gives him an earful and takes a snap at him.
        “I’m huuuuunngreeeey! AND my toooe hurts….”

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

          Brownie conveniently arrives now that George made an appearance………..

          • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

            @13:27- waiting too long……….Blondie heads out for a jog…..

            • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

              Brownie headed for perch….

    57. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

      A brighter outlook for the day! Storms seemed to have moved out instead of hanging around for the morning. Does call for overcast all day, but the sun IS making an effort! Temps predicted to mid 70s.

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

        “Here comes the sun, little darling…Here comes the sun…………….sigh,………..at least, if I’m sitting here empty. I could use sun to dry out!” (the nest if feeling the lonelies again)

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

        That sun was a false hope…..dreary day…………….

    58. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Gracie heard fish was on the menu………………

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Service for one, my dear………………

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

        This handsome guy pauses long enough for a selfie……….
        Hard working Dad deserves to be seen!

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

          ……….Deserves to be seen without a kid hanging on his toe!

    59. CarolV August 12, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Blondie has been limping this morning. Stumbled when she tried to stand as a fish comes in. Used her wings for help standing up. Otherwise, she’s getting around ok.

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

        Brownie was first to get to the fish when a beak poked out of the offsides zone…..

        • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

          Blondie was so intent staring at Brownie’s fish, she didn’t even notice Dad was already back with her omelet! Brownie saw it first. Blondie was happy to collect it about 15 secs. later……….

          • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

            Brownie takes off with a little chunk of fish and some of Gracie’s precious furniture……………..
            Blondie in the no-see zone.

      • CarolV August 12, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

        It’s been a rainy morning(and night) on my side of the island. Haven’t heard any thunder and no real downpours. May continue thru the morning. The birds don’t look drenched, so all is good.

    60. june c August 12, 2017 at 6:36 am - Reply

      Gracie stayed in nest last night …noticed yesterday 1 stayed in nest most of the day…she lost a big fish yesterday AM after George delivered it. flew off with it and came back empty handed. She should be doing a lot more flying…its about time for both of them to start catching their own fish…Love to the family

      • Rjoneal August 16, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

        June C great shot love our Gracie

    61. Betsy August 12, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

      Chick #1 eating. I thought this made an interesting effect 😀 😀 😀

      • CarolV August 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        I some times want to post those…..like modern art..

    62. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Weather for the Gs’ nest tonight…..it’s about 73 now but humid. Clouding over with rain, possible t-storms, starting early a.m.-2-3am thru Saturday till early afternoon-maybe 2pm.
      High 60s tonight…mid 70s tomorrow.

      Better day for Sunday-sun and low 80s- hope the humidity stays away

    63. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      I’s’ been a busy afternoon.. Long sequence…..after no action since early afternoon….bam-bam-bam…

      @17:09George comes in and Blondie goes right for it…….

      • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        Blondie tells Brownie-“Step away from my dinner!”

        • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

          @17:11- Brownie gets her fish from Dad……….

          • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

            @17:16–another fish from George….Blondie drops her first to take this one……..

          • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

            You can see her 1st in background…………

            • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm

              Brownie showing off his skills…..flew out with his fish and came back about @17:41 still carrying a chunk…

            • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

              Gracie comes in and puts her foot down—on the rejected fish Blondie left behind…

            • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm

              Bottomless chicks! Brownie has been getting Mom to feed him while Blondie is moving in to take over the fish…which she does.

            • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 7:20 pm

              @18:39–Gracie flies in with a headless fish….made sure she ate, I guess, before the dependents moved in! Brownie took this; Blondie still working on the last one!

            • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm

              CORRECTION: I identified George as Gracie in two pictures–post @6:47 and 6:51. Sorry, George….you are very manly, I am very blind……………..

    64. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Looks like Blondie has an injured toe….she was biting at it this afternoon,,,,even Brownie was nipping at it….Helpful or hungry?

      • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        Sorry I don’t know how to get info ON photo……close-up

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    65. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Haven’t seen any fish come in since Gracie gave some to Brownie around 1pm.. Kids have been hanging around and were wildly happy to see George flying towards them.
      @16:18 a lovely little stick from George

      • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

        @16:21–video choppy and breaking up…managed one shot of? with ????

    66. kathryn August 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      The osprey is alright was in a strange position but got up and all is well. Thank God.

    67. kathryn August 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Just look in at 3:35 is their something wrong with the osprey, is it stuck?

    68. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      @13:19—Blondie comes in, just missing lunch from Mom…..

      • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        Gracie has been alarm calling again…Blondie had joined in but decided Mom’s better at it and pancakes…..

        • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

          Gracie and Blondie were both yapping, sounding more like food requests. Alternating with alarm calls… Busy neighborhood! All those teens on their joy rides…..Think all the yapping tired her out!!

        • Betsy August 12, 2017 at 1:04 am - Reply

          CarolV: It was chick #1 that missed lunch and pancaked!

          • Betsy August 12, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

            Never mind — I forgot their nicknames!!

    69. DJ August 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      We have enjoyed most of your shows the past 2 years. However a lot of the action takes place on the right side of the picture, which does not show up. Is there a possibly that you may be able to center the camera next year?

      • june c August 12, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

        I to would love to see the camera moved a little…would also would be happy to chip in funds for bucket truck to do so…

    70. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Brownie has been flying in and out for 15mins. or so…this is the time he races to beat Gracie.

      • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        LUNCH!

        • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

          Gracie is on perch and when she starts alarm calls, Brownie says ” I’m outta here!”

    71. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Rjoneal…..Thanks…I can tell face view who is who–distance from side sometimes a problem…….Gracie seems to be detaching earlier this year….maybe because there are just 2, but I sort of remember her coming in with more fish last year…
      I’m laughing at you talking to the computer ’cause I do it, too! But I have to turn down volume now, because my son is doing a masonry job where there is an osprey nest nearby and all he hears all day is osprey chat! His ears need a rest by the time he gets home!

      Jan Lester….you had success so why not try again? Need more posters! PLEASE! When I’m back to work on Monday, need posts so I know what went on all day!

      The nest is empty so much now. I was in Riverhead at BJ’s the other day when I heard that unmistakable osprey call. I looked up to see 2 above me, circling and playing in the breezes. It looked like 2 juvies from the way they flapped, so I imagined for a moment our 2 doing the same elsewhere….

    72. Rjoneal August 11, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Baby1 different views of the close up, click on picture please

      • Rjoneal August 11, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Oops BABY 2 Sorry this is baby 2 not 1 wrong info on pic silly me need more coffee.

      • MargaretR August 12, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

        Rjoneal… cool picture!

      • CarolV August 13, 2017 at 9:11 am - Reply

        I just love this effect! Sometimes I take multiple shots and love them all and traditional posting takes too much space! Thanks for the pics…hope you enjoyed the coffee fix!

    73. CarolV August 11, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

      George came in and the big fish went to Blondie

      • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

        …who took off @5:52

        • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

          WAVING BYE_BYE!

          • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

            Brownie took it and ate for a while, then left………

            • CarolV August 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

              …then came back later to pick it up………..having a picnic…

    74. Rjoneal August 11, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Now Gracie with Baby1

    75. Rjoneal August 11, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

      And 1 more pic

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