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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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June 15th, 2020: Two eggs in the nest. Mostly sunny this week.

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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

    44,085 Comments

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

      I LOVE THIS PIC OF BOTH BABIES FOR THEIR PORTRAITS THIS YEAR, Enjoy hope you like as much as me.
      Love my Osprey Family & Followers

      Thank You Paul, Tommy, Aidan and all others for giving us this wonderful experience of our Osprey Family. We have such good memories and have learned so much.

    2. Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Please Click on Picture below for Several shots of Gracie on a THIS DAY 8-20-17 once again thank you to the OZ Follower who let me know Gracie was at the nest.

    3. Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      BABY NAMING VOTES BY FOLLOWERS- UPDATED 8-23-17 AM

      NAMES CHOSEN: FROM:

      Brownie & Blondie
      Cheryl
      Pattie Hoolie
      Jan L
      Betsy
      Marilyn G

      Breeze & Spirit
      Daly
      Rjoneal
      June C

      Earhart & Lindbergh
      CarolV
      Karen D

      Monroe & Madison
      Susan M
      Cathy R

      Ally & Aiden Pattie Watkins

      Bonnie & Barny Isobel

      Mike & Ike Bobb

      Marion & Laurel Dawn

      Bailey & Layla Margaret R

      Sashimi & Sushi Lyn D

      Jerimah & Barney Elaine

      Sophia & Charlie Trinity

      Googie & Nattie Sandi

      Blondie & Dagwood Gina M

      Radar & Hawkeye Laura Pluta

      Giselle & Jules Bre

      Norm & Cliff Kathy B

      Solar & Eclipse
      Doris
      Judith

      Sun & Moon
      OR
      Moon Pie & Sonny
      Isabella
      Helen

      Porgy & Bass Tucker

      Raphael & Azarias Berta G

      • ChrisH August 23, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

        I vote for Marion and Laurel… a fitting connection to the locality.

        • Rjoneal August 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          8-24-17 Reply- Chris H thanks for your devotion towards the area of the nest, I have added your name and choices on the list. Thank you for being with us again for another wonderful successful year so far.

      • CarolV August 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

        Thanks for keeping track of all this!

    4. CarolV August 23, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Racing in to see the fish….and George…

      Both chicks were in nest . There was some rain last night and everything is still very wet and muggy already.

      • CarolV August 23, 2017 at 7:08 am - Reply

        Good sized fish to start the day. Blondie is happy!

        • CarolV August 23, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

          Brownie shows up to beg from Blondie….good luck!

          • CarolV August 23, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

            He started harassing her enough that she gave up fish. Probably full anyway. There’s a good sized piece left, which Brownie takes and goes….about 6:45am

    5. kLL August 23, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

      I like Solar /Ecilpse as well

      • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

        8-23-17 Reply- KLL I have added your name to the list, thank you for posting and being part of our Osprey Family Follower.

    6. Betsy August 23, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

      Chick #1 fledge video

      https://youtu.be/ZbkWY0gU404

      • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

        8-23-17 Reply- Betsy Thank you for sharing you can only make so much magic happen when so much is out of your control. The video is better than nothing and so many of us missed the whole event so we are thankful to see what you could record.
        While I am saying Thank Yous glad you are posting pictures of their age keeping us aware how fast they are growing.

      • CarolV August 25, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

        Thanks for the effort………..video was rough that day…

    7. CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      @16:42….George dropped in and got an earful from two empty kids…

      • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        6 mins. later—–Here comes Dad!

      • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        CHARGE!!!!!

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

          Hmmmm…..no fish for YOU!

          • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

            Brownie’ turn to thank Dad…………….

            • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm

              17:05—Blondie coming back in with leftovers in her fishcase,,,,

            • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

              17:12- yet another juicy porgy from George but no takers, so he keeps it for himself.

            • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

              And wrong picture above. Bound to happen…way past my bedtime!

              This picture was showing that both kids are staying in nest, Maybe so windy they don’t want to stay on perch? Stayed till after dark.
              Weather for tonight called for some t-storms after midnight but that no longer shows on weather app. Que sera sera……in any case, mid 70s and muggy overnight with cloudy skies and high 70s tomorrow.

              Might as well post George now. Has a nice fish to show off!

    8. CarolV August 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      14:53- Calisthenics….Raise those wings! Push them out!

    9. Judy F August 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      I also like Breeze & Spirit for the chicks

      • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

        8-23-17 Reply- Judy F, I have added your choices to the list, thanks for joining in. I feel we had such an Easy, Peasy Season this year with no drama having 2 babies that they are perfect names for our babies. They do not stay in the nest as much as our previous babies had in the past, which also makes think they just want to fly around and be free. Which is why Breeze & Spirit are fitting for them just my thoughts. Although their landings need some practice sometimes lol.

    10. Leanne August 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Name suggestion: Luna and Sol.

    11. Dan August 22, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Love Solar & Eclipse.

      • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

        8-23-17 Reply- Dan, thank you for joining, I have added your choices to the list, these 2 names ( Solar & Eclipse ) are really bringing in the votes,good luck.
        Love my Osprey Family & Followers.

    12. Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

      8-22-17 Please check to make sure name and choices are on the list from today I had to go by emails I received since I could not get previous page to open on OZ with everyone’s posts.

      I want to thank everyone for joining in and feel free after seeing the list to change your choices at anytime until 8-29-17.

      Love my Osprey Family & Followers

      • PattyK August 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        Thank you for doing this, dear Rj, have gotten used to Blondie & Brownie since dear CarolV started naming them, will stick with that! xoxo

        • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

          8-23-17 Reply- Patty K, You are welcome glad you are still with us as our Osprey Family Follower, we have had a wonderful, successful year so far and with 2 babies no drama.
          I just wish Gracie would hang out in the nest more usually we would see Geo feed her some at this time. Gracie will be leaving soon if she did not leave already so I have been missing her ever since she moved out of the nest. But we have 2 healthy babies and George to look at for Now. Take care 🙂
          I have added your names to the list.

    13. Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 5:07 am - Reply

      BABY NAMING VOTES BY FOLLOWERS- UPDATED 8-22-17

      NAMES CHOSEN: FROM:

      Brownie & Blondie Cheryl
      ” ” Pattie Hoolie
      ” ” Jan L
      ” ” Betsy
      ” ” Marilyn G

      Breeze & Spirit Daly
      ” ” Rjoneal
      ” ” June C

      Earhart & Lindbergh CarolV
      ” ” Karen D

      Monroe & Madison Susan M
      ” ” Cathy R

      Ally & Aiden Pattie Watkins

      Bonnie & Barny Isobel

      Mike & Ike Bobb

      Marion & Laurel Dawn

      Bailey & Layla Margaret R

      Sashimi & Sushi Lyn D

      Jerimah & Barney Elaine

      Sophia & Charlie Trinity

      Googie & Nattie Sandi

      Blondie & Dagwood Gina M

      Radar & Hawkeye Laura Pluta

      Giselle & Jules Bre

      Norm & Cliff Kathy B

      Solar & Eclipse Doris

      Porgy & Bass Tucker

      • Elizabeth August 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

        I like Breeze & Spirit.

        • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

          8-23-17 Reply- Elizabeth, Love your joining in and of course love the name choice too. I picked the same names but we are up against some real competition with
          ( Solar & Eclipse) and also ( Brownie & Blondie )

      • Leanne August 23, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

        Can I add to the list? I made a post yesterday but dont see it anywhere. My names would be Luna and Sol.

        • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

          8-24-17 Leanne sorry because of the page on site issue I did not see but you have been added to list. I miss seeing your pics and post hope all is well. HUGS

          • Leanne August 24, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

            Thanks so much 🙂

    14. Isabella August 22, 2017 at 1:02 am - Reply

      Since they were born year of solar eclipse .suggesting, sun and moon for names.perhaps variations,moon pie and sonny….p,s,thx to all that post pix!!

      • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

        8-23-17 Reply- Isabella I got your choices and even listed both for people to choose from. Thanks for posting take care.

    15. Betsy August 22, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

      8/21 Gracie

    16. Betsy August 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Mosaic

      • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        Looks like partylights across the nest!

    17. CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      There is something about page 65. Wouldn’t respond when I tried to go back. So I clicked on 63. Went right to it. Hit next, went right to 64. Hit next and 65 just comes up white with an identifier across the top. Is anyone else having trouble?

    18. CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      @18:54–George delivers..

      Having trouble posting again. Said first try didn’t go thru……

      • CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

        Looked like Brownie was going to get it, but Blondie did the under grab….

        • CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

          Seemed very pleased with herself!

    19. CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      There have been so many good suggestions for names! I don’t know how we will choose! I commented on a few that caught my eye.

      With all the email jumping I’ve had to do, I’m back to my original. But now I can’t access pg. 65 ,or hit previous, to read any new comments before the page turned. Maybe it was a glitch for that page?

    20. June c August 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal..I know my name picks are Mattie n Jack, please cancel them out…will go with Daly

      Breeze and Spirit

      • Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        8-22-17 June C your new choices should be on list above dated 8-22-17.

    21. Betsy August 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      There’s something wrong with page 65. Whether you click on “previous” while on page 66, “next” while on page 64 or directly on page 65 it just opens to a blank page.

      See attached picture.

      • CarolV August 22, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

        I hope they can recover that page! Changed between 4 email addresses posting to that page! Each worked for awhile; then THAT page showed.

    22. Berta G August 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Raphael and Azarias

      • Berta G August 22, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

        Hi:

        I didn’t see my suggestion on naming the chicks:
        Please list for: Chick #1 Raphael, and for Chick #2:
        (This post submitted on 8//22 at 4:54 p.m.) Thank you!!

        • Berta G August 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

          Ooops – my suggestion on naming the chicks: Chick #1 ~ Raphael and Chick #2: Azarias

          • CarolV August 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

            Beautiful flowers! My new favorite color…

        • Rjoneal August 23, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

          8-23-17 Reply- Berta G Beautiful picture thanks for posting.
          Love Our Osprey Family & Followers

      • Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        8-22-17 Reply- Berta G I have added your names to list,thanks for joining.

    23. Betsy August 21, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Chick #1 is 11 weeks old today.

    24. June c August 21, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Hi..So happy to see Gracie dropped in..wonder where she has been?

      • margaretr August 21, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

        Reply June C- I was happy to see her as well

    25. Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

      8-21-17 Here is another pic of Gracie 8-21-17

    26. Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

      8-21-17 Thanks to an OZ Follower I was able to see Gracie fly in with a fish for Baby1 yesterday for a brief time she was at the nest. She has been MIA since 8-15-17
      We miss you Gracie so glad to see you again.

    27. Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      8-21-17 Thanks to an OZ Follower I was able to see Gracie make a real brief appearance at the nest yesterday. Gracie has been MIA since 8-15-17 and on 8-20-17 she fly’s into the nest with a fish for Baby 1.
      We miss you Gracie,guess she is taking a new route on parenting,keep herself at a distance.

    28. Doris August 21, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Chick #1 Solar, Chick #2 Eclipse

      • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        8-21-17 Reply-Doris I have your choices on list and I like the way you are thinking. Thanks for posting.

      • Helen August 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

        That’s cool – I vote for that!

        • Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

          8-22-17 Reply- Helen I have added your name to list thanks for posting.

      • CarolV August 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

        Good one!

      • Judith August 22, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

        …yes…agreed!!! 🙂

        • Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

          8-22-17 Reply Judith I have added your name on to list under names Chick #1 Solar, Chick #2 Eclipse if this is incorrect please let me know, thanks.

    29. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Blondie moved where we could see her; she ate most of that fish, then looked up to perch and flew to side to get around. Fishtail stayed.

      This is the 4th email. #3 just froze. Will be interesting to see what actually posts…..and if I have to start inventing more email addresses!

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        George drops down to clean up. Checks around nest and heads to perch. I double checked to be sure it was George!

    30. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      @19:17- Blondie drops from perch….

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

        …as George comes in with a fish.

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

        It seemed like Blondie wanted George to let the fish go, but she finally reached in to take it; then mantled.

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

          George checks the nest, then goes…

    31. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      16:38–Blondie flies in

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

        …..just ahead of George @16:39

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          “Thanks, Dad! You already de-headed! Straight to the gooey parts !!!!

          • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

            When Brownie shows up, he fails to get sympathy, despite his continuous whinge……………..

            • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

              Brownie did a sidle in end run and Blondie’s sitting complaining now. George dropped in with some seaweed and got comments from both of them….

    32. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      I spy with my little eye……..a Redkayak?

    33. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Some more shots from the past few days that I liked…

      Brownie’s “Angry Bird”….8/17/17

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        8/18/17—Friday was a miserable day….it rained most of the morning…… different parts of the Island were dumped on like a fire hose-where my son was working(East Hampton) had torrential downpours for 1&1/2 hrs.; at my house, we had steady rain with a few quick, hard showers. Cutchogue, where I work, had a flooded parking lot and part of the ceiling in our back room collapsed (I was off). Meanwhile, the nest in East Marion(about 15-20 miles west of Cutchogue, looked wet but not overwhelmed.

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

          8/19/17- Blondie showing off her flying technique…..

    34. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      @ 5:41……..Blondie hesitated so Brownie snatched the breakfish from George

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

        @6:34–Blondie got her fish….

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

          I’m working on a 3rd email to post thru. The 2nd one started screwing up the same as the 1st.

    35. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Beautiful day, beautiful bird!
      Blondie checking out something down below….she has had a lot of complaints, some of them aimed directly at the perch.

    36. Tucker August 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Names Porgy & Bass

      • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        Reply- Tucker I got your names on list. Thanks for posting.

      • CarolV August 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

        Funny!

    37. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      I’M WAITING!!!!!!!

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

        INCOMING!

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

          LOOK!

          • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

            HI! Did you miss me?

            BTW- Blondie enjoying fish…..

            • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

              Windy at the nest…but a beautiful, sunny day.

              A lady of mystery…we can only speculate. Exploring the Island since the kids are doing well?

      • Bob August 31, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

        Dear CarolV, That’s my biggest worry about these two youngsters. They are still waiting not catching. As soon as I see them bringing back their own catches I will be much relieved. Unless I have just missed them being successful on their own I have yet to see them do it. If I am wrong do not hesitate to tell me. Bob

        • Shelli Simon August 31, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

          Bob, it is not at all uncommon that a juvenile osprey doesn’t catch its first fish until migration. Hunger is a real motivater lol
          But we are learning more and more about a juvenile’s behavior thanks to the cams!
          In South Carolina there’s a nest in a yard of a house on a lake and the owner has seen a juvy catch a fish just this season!
          So it is possible and probably happens more than we know.

          • Bob September 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

            Dear Shelli, Thanks for the reply. I’m sure you are correct although my memory keeps telling me that last year’s young didn’t take long after leaving the nest before they brought in their own catches. I’m only guessing and your info makes me feel more comfortable about the present status of the little ones. We’ll see soon enough. Regards, Bob

            • Shelli Simon September 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

              Your very welcome Bob! Remember, just because we see a chick bring a fish to the nest doesn’t mean they actually caught it. Many times they will follow a parent to a perch and steal a meal hahahaaa. I first saw this behavior in 2014 on the Hellgate nest.

    38. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Just some shots from past few days that I liked…

      GORGEOUS GEORGE!!!!!

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

        8/18—- LET IT FLY!

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

          8/17…..Our beautiful kids!

          • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

            8/17….unknown intruder harasses our juvies…bumps Brownie twice and then when Brownie flew out, came back and whacked Blondie.

      • Rjoneal August 22, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        8-22-17 Gina so you see this pic CarolV posted STUD MUFFIN with a fish, thanks CarolV can not get enough muffins heee.

    39. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Trying this shot from yesterday that I liked. Seeing if my original email goes thru today…..

    40. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

      @8:17—George brings in fresh seaweed………….

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

        Thanks for blocking that blinding sun!

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

          Stick poking a must on a Sunday!

          Having some video issues…choppy, pixelating and the audio seems off….

    41. CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Sunday morn and 2 kids waiting………………

      Been having hard time posting…trying a diff email…….

      • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

        wow! wonder if regular email would work today!! But afraid to try! Maybr later!

        Brownie got that one….Blondie started for it but hesitated…TOO LATE!

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

          .and Blondie gets her fish………

        • CarolV August 20, 2017 at 10:37 am - Reply

          Tried regular email and it freezes every time…..have to reboot computer to get OZ back. Be interesting to see if those posts show up when comments fill in……………

    42. CarolV August 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Testing

    43. JanL August 19, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Baby Naming Contest: I like the ‘unofficial’ names given by CarolV, Brownie and Blondie.

      • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        8-21-17 Reply- Jan L, I will add your names to list. Thanks for joining in on the vote.

    44. Rjoneal August 19, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

      8-19-17 posted AM update

    45. Laura Pluta August 18, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      My name for the chicks. Radar and Hawkeye

      • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        8-21-17 Laura Pluta I love M*A*S*H good names and thanks for posting.

      • CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

        Love it…especially Hawkeye!

    46. Bre August 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Big Thanks to Rjoneal for the keeping of baby name contest going!! It’s all about having fun and being apart of Osprey Zone that matters XOXO

    47. Bre August 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Although,i have some sad tears for Missing Gracie :-(…George and his amazing commitment and love always for his family brings (happy) tears to my eyes.
      Love all my OZ Family Thank You all

    48. Bre August 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Giselle for (female) chick #1 and Jules for (male) chick #2.. of course gender is only my observation lol Thank You! 😉

      • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        8-21-17 Reply- Bre you are the sweetest, you are welcome, I too miss seeing Gracie and the family. I have your names down on the list HUGS

    49. Kathy B August 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Names for babies….Norm & Cliff ! 🙂 wish we knew what sex they were.

      • Kathy B August 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        And last but not least #3…Bert for EGGBERT !

        • June c August 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

          How could we forgotten egg 3…my vote for Bert short for eggbert is in..

        • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

          Kathy B EGGBERT is perfect. 🙂

        • CarolV August 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

          How could we forget Eggbert! It’s been the 3rd “baby” and character in the soap opera of G&G

      • Rjoneal August 21, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        8-21-17 Kathy B I have your names on list take care good luck.

        • Renee Wolf August 24, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

          Rjoneal if your still counting the chick name votes, could you put mine under Breeze & Spirit? Thank you!

    50. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      This is just a test. Having problems.

    51. GinaM August 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Contest:
      Based on the eating pattern
      Blondie and Dagwood
      🙂

    52. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Glad he knew which way the wind was blowing!

    53. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Just Brownie being adorable!

    54. Sandi August 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Baby #1 “Googie” – George’s pet name for Gracie
      Baby #2 ” Nattie” – Gracie’s pet name for George’s birth name- Nathan
      And I must add….I can always resubmit the same names next year as I have grown fond of Carolyn’s Blondie & Brownie
      Rjoneal- Thank you … and Thank You TRS for access and support…and our Whole OZ Family for all your great pics and posts!
      ps. has anyone seen our Mattituck Plaza Osprey family? I haven’t seen any activity there in over a week.

    55. Betsy August 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal: Re your asking if I made a video of chick #1’s fledge and, if so, if I plan on posting it:
      Yes I did and no I do not. I had been posting pictures and videos for the pure and simple reason of my love for watching George and Gracie and the joy of sharing highlights or funny moments with others who may have missed them. There are no monetary benefits for me (or, if I had one, my company) or compensation for my time and efforts. I was attacked on more than one occasion, thus proving the idiom that someone posted previously that no good deed goes unpunished. Therefore, posting videos is no longer a consideration for me. I do, however, plan to continue posting the occasional picture.

      • Betsy August 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        BTW, for names, I’m going with Blondie and Brownie since it was me who first described them (in my June 26, 2017 at 3:04 am post) as blonde and brunette (“In this picture chick #2 is on the left. She has more dark head feathers overall making her look more “brunette” whereas chick #1 looks more “blond.””) which CarolV obviously liked so much she ran with it, changing the brunette to Brownie.

    56. Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      Reply- Elaine I did not get your message till after I posted 1st list your name should be on new update thanks for joining. I got your names on list now.
      Jeremiah and Barney

    57. Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      HERE IS 1ST LIST OF NAMES – Please make sure your choices are on the list and I will post updates. FYI- We have 2 for Breeze & Spirit and 2 for Brownie & Blondie.
      I want to thank everyone for taking the time and joining in on naming the babies. I know there is more of you out there so put your votes in Please.
      Love My Osprey Family and Followers!

      • Rjoneal August 19, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

        2017 BABY NAMING VOTE BY THE FOLLOWERS – End date to post is 8-30-17 and Official List for Babies Names on 8-31-17

        The Names that have the Most Votes will be Posted on 8-30-17

        If we have a Tie on Names the choices will be posted and we will need to Vote only on those Names

        Just post 2 Names Only for your Choices or pick any of the Names already Listed

        Facebook is doing a Naming Vote also we hope to combine together and give the 2 Babies Official Names from both sources,

        Love my Osprey Family and Followers

    58. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      A wet looking Blondie hanging around the nest.
      We had a pretty good rain on my side of the island….and thunder too.

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

        @11:28–George brings in a decent sized portion of fish to Blondie

        • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          She did some wing-surfing while standing at the edge of the nest.
          Blondie eventually took off, landed and took off again, taking her fish for a sail.

    59. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

      @7:20–Blondie calling for room service……….

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

        Blondie short fished again! Your timing is off, baby!

        • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

          Just a tail; and a small one, at that! But I’ll take it, says Blondie………….

    60. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

      George delivers a real fish to Brownie………..

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

        .who says “all for me!”

    61. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Morning, Brownie!

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

        @5:54- Thanks for poking your head in, Blondie!

        • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

          @6am sharp, George lands with a smooshy looking footful but no one is home…

          • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

            I think this was Blondie who came for the fish hash…..

    62. CarolV August 18, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      It’s a gloomy, gray humid day…chance of showers in morning, late afternoon and overnight. T-storms a possibility . temps mid-high 70s and mid-low 70s overnight. Prime sitting in your own puddle weather, for those who don’t have a.c….me…
      On the South Fork by me- there is no midday break, just chance of rain all day- as it is now.

    63. Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

      SHOUT OUT- RC are you still with us ? I know you are a Floridian, hope all is well and get ready Osprey’s leave to migrate and we get the hurricanes. Hope you post and let us know if your are still watching our Osprey Family.

    64. Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      8-17-17 pic taken Baby1 seems to have a hard time tearing the fish apart at first but once he/she gets mouth part torn apart then he/she is good to go.
      Of Course our Baby1 is like Brutus and Sandy still begging for Daddy to feed it. George being such a good dad he feeds Baby1 plus this way Geo got to eat some himself.

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        George is #1 Daddy! always takes care of his kids! Love him!

    65. Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      8-17-17 it was a quite an event full evening George was just trying to deliver a fish to the nest. I counted I think 6-7 attempts that George tried to make before finally succeeding.
      Baby1 was eating a fish in the nest and baby2 was next to baby1. George flies in with fish and hits baby2 with fish and he/she gets knocked over. Baby2 gets scared when George comes around the second or third time and flies off the nest then returns and George comes back again and this goes on until finally the sixth or seventh time George finally makes it to the nest with the fish.
      At first I thought it was an intruder because George kept knocking the babies in the nest over with that fish.
      For whatever reason George was determined not to land in the middle of the nest he had a specific place he wanted to land and that’s all there was to it It didn’t matter that the babies were in the way that’s where he was going to land.
      PLEASE CLICK ON PIC with Frame for a couple views of the event.
      Love Our Osprey Family and Followers

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

        Rjoneal- thanks for sharing the event last night– I missed it.

    66. Daly August 18, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Name for the Contest
      Breeze
      Spirit

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

        8-18-17 Daly I got your choices on a list will post list tomorrow 8-19-17 Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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

        Those are great names!

    67. SusanM August 18, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

      For the baby naming contest, I was thinking of some patriotic names. Maybe after a US President. Monroe and Madison?

      • Rjoneal August 18, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

        8-18-17 Susan M I got your name choices on the list will post list tomorrow 8-19-17 Thanks for posting 🙂

      • Cathy R August 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        I like Monroe and Madison also. They get my vote.

    68. CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      This is just to show that fish was plentiful and everyone ate….

    69. CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      @17:22—this was an odd incident with lots of rapid action. It was hard to follow especially since I really never saw much of the 3rd bird beyond legs…

      @17:22:08…Blondie has a fish. Brownie is next to her when someone flies right into her…

      • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        17:22:22- second pass and Brownie gets knocked practically tail over teakettle…
        He has been alerting and chases the intruder out, so it must be a stranger…with a fish in foot

        • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

          @17:22:40- Another assault, this one on Blondie, who is alone this time.

          • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

            Blondie either left after this or moved to patio. It was quite an event! Nest looked empty for a while.

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

        There is a video on you tube of this incident………..

        Osprey Zone Cam lot of activities 08 17 17

    70. CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      It was a busy afternoon again in the scrolback…

      @15:04- both were in the nest, briefly…

      • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

        Thought Blondie looked a little damp here….she was very busy fluffing and folding her feathers……..

        • CarolV August 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

          @16:37….delivery to Blondie….it flopped around and was heading for edge, but she caught it…..

    71. Rjoneal August 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Here is a pic I posted in past of Blue Heron in my backyard,

      • Margaretr August 18, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

        Cool picture!

      • CarolV August 18, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

        These birds always seem a little creepy, maybe because they are often portrayed as villains. But they are so majestic and move so elegantly! I’ve only seen videos of them hunting fish but loved watching them move. It was thru osprey watching I learned about them stealing chicks from nests. But somebody has to be the predator……………..
        You’re so lucky to have such an unusual neighbor!

      • Helen August 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        They are beautiful and the chicks are absolutely adorable.

    72. Renee Wolf August 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      pic 3 (sorry out of order)

    73. Renee Wolf August 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      2 pic

    74. Renee Wolf August 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      (1) First pic….Looks like chick #2 (I think) arrived back to nest being followed by an intruding Osprey, not once but I counted 3 x’s came around after #2 and the last time looked like #1 took a hit! Anyone else see it? What do you think?

    75. June c August 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      CarolV posted a pic of Gracie bringing in fish on Aug. 15th at 18:42..does anyone have a picture after that of Gracie at nest?

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