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Belle’s Journey

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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. Monica July 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone! It’s about 4:35pm. I was wondering – so, the body of the little runt is still in there under all that stuff that’s been brought into the nest? Or was it taken out at some point? I don’t always log on. Just curious. 🙂

      • kgerette July 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        Monica…Peewee is still there. Was never taken out of nest.

      • Jeanne Deevy July 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        The body was there, right in the middle, but little by little disappeared under all the stuff that parents brought in.
        One thing about all the wood and other stuff: They will make a good base for next year’s nest–for the current occupants or another pair.

    2. Jan Klinedinst July 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      So darn funny, at this stage. . . “DITTIE-BOPPERS”

      • Karin July 12, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

        I’m old. I admit it….what is a dittie bopper?

    3. Mitchell July 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Why do they always hang out on the one part of the nest that is almost of camera?

      • Leanne July 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

        Possibly because from the middle over to the left it’s nothing but junk. Probably not comfortable to lounge on??

      • JP July 12, 2015 at 11:51 pm - Reply

        Possibly some shade during certain parts of the day?

    4. Carol July 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      Geo came in about 20mins. ago and brought a big stick. Did some calling since Gra had stepped out. Stayed long enough to step up to camera and give us a nice closeup. Thank you, George.
      Gracie should up shortly after with a nice clump of seaweed, which she picked at and sort of offered to a chick, who had no interest in it.
      For Bonnie- They must be thinking. Although a lot of what they do is instinct, they must adjust to situations and react accordingly. To me, that is thinking. As humans, we tend to ignore instincts too much. We over think!

      • Bonnie July 12, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

        Thank’s Carol, I was watching one chick mimic the other and wondered . . .

    5. Karin July 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Grace seems to have a hard time when Geo brings a live fish, head included….. I am wondering why she always starts at the head ( or neck ) why doesn’t she go from the belly when the fish is whole?

    6. Karin July 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      12:01 PM That was odd….. Grace was feeding chicks… She stopped for a moment ( looking tired ) George swooped down from the perch and took the fish away from her…..then he left…weird… maybe he went to get another one….

    7. Leanne July 12, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Another fish delivery at about 11:15

    8. Carol July 12, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

      10:15a.m. Brunch arrives!

    9. Karin July 12, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

      11:15 A floppy lunch is served.. Grace snagged it from George immediately.

    10. Karin July 12, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

      I had asked about donating for a camera and maybe a new nest or two but I never saw my comment posted…. I know there were a few problems with the comments so I waited. I figured you either deemed it inappropriate or you were thinking about it….. anyway, If you would please, if this is something we can help with let us know before this site goes off air ( does it? ) Thank you ( ps… I also know some comments get shuffled under various highlight headings and I did look under those too. )
      Have you noticed? I think one of the chicks is doing a lot of chirping… It is in a lower tone than the adults…

    11. joseph July 12, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Love this web site.mother nature at work!

    12. Carol July 12, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

      The chicks seem very low energy. Missing the protein and hydration I guess.

    13. barbara July 12, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Any idea how much longer before they start flying?

    14. JB July 12, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

      What’s going on under the Osprey nest today? Somebody is trying to convince some children their dog is friendly, dogs barking, family talking loudly. Nice and peaceful for the Osprey chicks.

      🙂

    15. Catherine July 12, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

      the chicks are getting so big! thank you for letting us watch this amazing family!!

    16. Carol July 12, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Gracie has a nice solid perch set up in that bottom right corner. It seems to be her favorite spot. We get some nice views of a bird’s eye!

    17. Bonnie July 12, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Can ospreys think ?

    18. Carol July 12, 2015 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Yay Gorgeous George! Fish deliver before six! Gracie almost knocked him over getting it. When he brought in something for the nest a few minutes ago, both she and the chicks had comments to make. So he’s out again. Gracie’s gone up to the perch to yell and one of the chicks is chirping away. It’s great to see their progress.
      There will be plenty of flapping getting those wings ready. I’ve watched in previous years at other nests when the young practiced. They would sit at the edge flapping away and even hovering in place til suddenly they were gliding away. The first flights were short, landing on nearby buildings and lights until they figured out how to gain altitude to get back to the nest.
      The year that I observed the Cutchogue pair raising a single chick, it seemed he wasn.t anxious to leave the nest. Lots of practice, no jump. The parents started flying by with fish, no delivery, just stop and go, till JR got the message and made the leap! Definitely tough love.

    19. Karin in Rockland July 12, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Its a beautiful morning in Long Island, I have a birds eye view..
      OK that was a bit lame, but true
      Everyone in the nest, so sweet.

    20. Leanne July 12, 2015 at 6:15 am - Reply

      Another peaceful breakfast in the nest 🙂

    21. Diane S July 12, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

      Early fish around 5:45am, on the weekends I think fishing has to take place before boat traffic starts up. It’ll be a hot one today and lots of boats should be on the water. This does not bode well for too many feedings today. I hope I’m wrong.

    22. Rjoneal July 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Paul a day or two ago somebody asked a question on whether you have a donation site so that maybe next year we can upgrade on the camera not sure if that was ever answered and I just missed the answer. Do you have a donation site in case anyone wants to donate?

      • ospreyzone July 12, 2015 at 6:27 am - Reply

        I much appreciate the question, at the moment we haven’t considered it but are exploring funding options. We definitely have to resolve the cloudy lens option and have some thoughts regarding re-positioning the camera and actually developing a washing system for the glass plate which is part of the housing. thanks. By the way, we are starting to post much longer highlights which summarize whole days, they are on the side of the live stream.

        • Diane S July 12, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

          I mentioned this problem to some NASCAR fans I know, they told me NASCAR uses a rotating lens on the cars, so when one gets dirty they rotate to the next lens. If/when it rains, you could rotate to clean. Not sure if this would make noise though and spook the birds.

          • ospreyzone July 12, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

            We did hear about a roll of clear something or other that just rolled across the lens like an old roll of film. Every time it got dirty it would just advance to the next section of clear material. Sounds a little complicated. I think camera location is key, but due to the sun shade on the enclosure we need a strong wind to wash the lens. A washing system makes sense to us as well.

        • JB July 12, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

          I don’t think a “washing system” is necessary. There are hundreds of cameras around this country and the world that are operating with night vision, tilt, pan, zoon, and in high definition. They are fully hermetically sealed from the elements and do not require an external lens cleaning system. What’s most important, is to mount and elevate the camera out of range of Osprey poops shots; both from above, and below. I suggest you check with Audubon and leverage the expertise of their members and staff to buy and mount a sustainable surveillance system for this nest. There is no need to re-invent the wheel here because there are several years of lessons learned and experiences to draw from.

    23. Carol July 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Looked like fireworks again flashing across the screen. Gracie definitely didn’t care for that…was chirping…poor birds…

    24. Ja July 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Omg baby #1 was flapping his wings as if he was ready to take off . I cant beleive it i miss them already. How long will the family stay in this nest once the babies learn to fly?

    25. Mary Hulsenberg July 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Gracie looks so tired. Hurray up George and bring a fish so she can get some sleep.

    26. mitchell July 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      No rain In sight for the next several days

    27. Carol July 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      It looks like George brought in 2 fish early and then another about 3:15. Unless I missed something, this is way below his efforts this week. Could it be that it’s Saturday and boat traffic has increased?

      • ospreyzone July 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        I’m beginning to think that boat traffic and wakes are making it hard for George to fish, as the fishing grounds are subject to wakes from weekend boat traffic. The mornings are usually calmer and maybe the evenings too. Also the morning and evening light might be a factor.

    28. Rjonesl July 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Saturday at 6 PM well I only got a chance to look in on the family a couple times throughout the day but I was able to see that food was finally brought to the nest at around 3 pm I was starting to get a little nervous since the babies and Gracie the mama were acting so hungry today but there was no fighting. Every time I looked in on our osprey family I did see a lot of boats out there maybe that’s the reason why George didn’t do a lot of fishing today. During the Fourth of July weekend when there were a lot of boats he didn’t do as much fishing then either. I do think it’s funny when the parents are trying to rearrange the big sticks over the babies. How about when one of the babies stretches their wings out and it gets caught on the other sibling it’s hilarious. They are mimicking mom and dad a lot movement swinging their head back-and-forth and very much aware of their surroundings now . Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings us good night little Osprey family and followers.

    29. Carol July 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Is it possible the growing nest is making people think the lens has moved? Comparing live feed to June 19th highlight, the horizon looks similar but nest is bigger.

    30. Carol July 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Just scrolled back the four hour tape so that would be about 1:10ish and gracie flew in with a questionable black wad, maybe similar to what Leanne mentioned at 5:22a.m.? Could have been netting or hopefully kelp. It was put to right side of nest. Is that a diaper disintegrating in the center? Just saw that Gracie moved the white thing and it looks like a bag. It’s getting blown off the right side, hopefully good riddance Then about 1/2 hr ago, she brought in some black plastic. Just redecorating with a color change! It’s fun to see what
      changes have been made.
      When I passed the nest at 105/24, on the way home from work, the two chicks were sitting on the rim next to mom. They are definitely more mature than G&G’s two. It will be interesting to see when the chicks in all 3 nests I watch make the jump.

    31. Karin July 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      The babies are becoming more aware of their surroundings… They are responding more to the human activity ( and noises below ) and are watching mom and dad more as they fly off somewhere or move around on the perch above the camera. They are already imitating their parents…. I wonder how soon they will begin flapping around to see if they can fly………

    32. Karin July 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      3:51 pm In the middle of feeding time….. It’s so nice to see the babies taking turns and not fighting…I can’t wait till the start their in nest flight training…….

    33. Diane S July 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Finally a fish at 3:15pm…kids not fighting, t was all very civilized. I thought with no fish all day they might have fought for the food.

    34. June B July 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Fresh fish delivery at 3ish. And since it is still flipping about I would say it’s real fresh.

    35. shelgor July 11, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Is it my imagination, in addition to the lens being blurred by ‘poop’ …….has the position of the lens changed ……pointing more downward, towards the bottom of the nest ?

      • ospreyzone July 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        I don’t see any difference.

        • Bonnie July 12, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

          It seems to me down here in S Florida that the length of nest has shortened .

          OT: Paul you need to add a button to stop emails from here .. I didn’t know there would be so many :^(

          • ospreyzone July 12, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

            OK, I’ll find out how to do that. I guess you signed up for notifications and can’t un-subscribe. There should be a fix for this.

            • Bonniie July 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

              Thank You for considering it. I had to block you for now as I read your forum already. I truly enjoy all the work done so far to bring us such a AWESOME SITE and Tommy, what can I say other than THE BEST ! Many Thanks for sharing this wonderful close up of osprey life .

          • Karen July 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

            Bonnie,

            At the bottom of each email I receive, there is the option to unsubscribe or modify your subscription options. Is that what you are looking for?

      • Monica July 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        I noticed that the angle of the lens seems to be smaller too. Although I’m not a camera expert, something seems different; the size of the picture is smaller. Oh well, still enjoying my birds. 🙂

    36. JB July 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      There are three sunbathers off the port bow of the nest. A great highlight would be one of the kids sending a direct squirt hit. And, it’s bio-degradable; fully recyclable.

    37. Monica July 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Hola, it’s about 12:40pm. Just wondering, has the angle of the camera changed? I know it’s blurry because of the feces but the picture seems smaller to me. It looks like people are out and about today. I should be too. 🙂

    38. Debbie July 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Well we will try this again..I posted this morning but it never showed up..Hmmm..!! So i see No rain to wash of the lens of cam. there
      had been an intruder this morning, black in color. Both parents were on the nest, all is safe…It’s around lunch time, lets see if George brings
      in a big fish for lunch. And as always thank you.Paul Henry for giving us a look into this nest….

    39. sallyanne July 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      It’s @ 12:13PM on Sat. July 11th. I’ve been watching pretty much all morning. George has not yet brought one fish At least i haven’t seen it.

      Let’s hope he flies in with a big one soon!!

    40. Tucker July 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      The big black mass? My guess is that it is some variety of seagrass that washed on shore?

    41. susan July 11, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

      More trash in the nest! Oh goodness!

    42. rodee hansen - Ronkonkoma - NY July 11, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

      So what ….. its a little FOGGY up there. Better than not having this great experience at all. We all can still see what’s going on. Patience!!! Rodee

    43. Karin July 11, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

      9:58 AM the nest is getting so full. There is a big brown blob that was not there before. George has been bringing more items in.. He brought in a long stick… I’ve been thinking he needs a tiny chain saw… ,I’m also thinking he needs to take a break for awhile then bring back a couple big, fat, juicy fish… No offense George.. You have been doing an excellent job… ( and you deserve something extra for putting up with all the nagging )

    44. Debbie July 11, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Well i see No rain to wash the lens off…There was an intruder this morning. both Mom/Dad was on the nest. It made a fly-by and you
      could see it was all black. Neither parent chased it. All safe on the nest….Happy Saturday family…!!!! Kids are getting so Big….

    45. Liz July 11, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

      More housekeeping going on. Have to laugh when the kids get bopped with a twig. Everyone looks bright eyed this morning.

    46. Alizarin July 11, 2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Here’s an interesting story with video about abandoned chicks in CT: http://wtnh.com/2015/07/08/osprey-chicks-saved-in-old-saybrook/

      The nest was built on a log which broke free and was floating out to sea when rescued. The rescue group will try to place them with other parents whose nests had failed.

      • Beatrice July 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the link – I loved the story! Hoping the chicks find some good foster parents very soon.

    47. Carol July 11, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

      Maybe it’s a case of the chicks version of “don’t spit into the wind”! They may instinctively know which way the breeze blows and let go with the flow so it doesn’t come back at them…

    48. Leanne July 11, 2015 at 6:20 am - Reply

      Headless fish delivery which makes me believe that George has eaten. 🙂 Babies eating without fighting. 🙂 Gracie got a few bits in for herself. 🙂 George continues to bring in more “stuff” for the nest. A beautiful start to a beautiful day. 🙂

      • Coleen July 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Until George, I had never seen a fish delivered to an osprey nest with its head on, or alive. The ospreys that I photograph in Louisiana always have the head off before they carry it to the nest.

    49. Leanne July 11, 2015 at 5:44 am - Reply

      Breakfast was delivered a few minutes ago. Small fish. It’s kind of hard to tell, between the dirty lens and Gracie’s tail, who is eating and how much but so far no fighting, which is always a good sign.

    50. Leanne July 11, 2015 at 5:22 am - Reply

      I watched as George flew in with that big black mass of ??? at the top right of nest. It was his second delivery of the same product. Is it old netting?

      • Mary July 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

        I think Gracie is waiting for maid service

        • Karin July 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

          Mary. Maid service……….. Ok. You made me laugh. ::)

        • Leanne July 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

          She needs it. 🙂

    51. Ann H. July 11, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

      It was hilarious yesterday to see Gracie doing nest redecorating and that sparrow running around.Peace and tranquility reign in the nest now since deadbeat dad George started doing his job and feeding the family – after Gracie screamed at him until she was hoarse. Kids are growing by leaps and bounds- can’t wait to see them fly.

    52. echo of soul gold July 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      I like it whenever people get togetherr and share thoughts.

      Great website, keep it up!

    53. Karin July 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      8:58 pm Yup. That seems to be what all babies do……. eat, poop, sleep…… Time for another dumb question…… Do all the birds ( referring to young ones ) go out of their way to squirt out of the nest? I never nest-spied before this one…….and these chicks seem to have been doing this since they were able…….kinda like it’s the first thing they were taught… rule # 1… poop outside the nest…. rule # 2…………

    54. Karin July 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Hey! The comments are back! … so of course I went through them… Regarding duke energy… some of you may wish to scroll back and see what JB posted… Duke seems to be trying to do better in regards to the golden eagles…. If they really do care ( and it SOUNDS ) like they do….. then this is a good thing…

    55. Elaine July 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      The camera lens is so blurred that I cannot see hardly anything. I see one chick to the right and barely see the other one at bottom of screen.

    56. victoria s. July 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness! The camera is a mess..looks like the little ones have decided to make it there personal aim when going poop! Yikes!

    57. Pat July 10, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      The lens has definitely gotten “poohed” again…lol
      The babies are getting big.

    58. Dawn July 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      @Tommy….I LOVE this view into the Osprey life. Is there a way we can “like” previous comments?

    59. Leanne July 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      George delivered a headless fish so I am assuming he has eaten. Babies dont seem interested but Gracie sure is. 🙂

    60. Beatrice July 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      I love watching this nest but also reading the comments makes me laugh. Love your sense of humor about the poopy lense and the reactions to the fish that are delivered. Thank you all! andreaallennyc – yes I’ve been watching those hummingbirds too. That’s a very small nest!

      • victoria s. July 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        Me too! I do enjoy reading the comments I have to admit. 🙂

    61. Monica July 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      6:05pm….Just logging on now. I see only one of the babies. Where’s the other?!

    62. LINDA July 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Happened to check out the highlights and unfortunately, though nice to see little peewee, it saddened me. It just showed that he was doomed from the start because he hatched too many days after the other two, Never got the chance to catch up. Also the parents seemed to concentrate on the other two, so peewee lost out from the start. He’s flying free now.

      • Cloudymoor July 11, 2015 at 6:51 am - Reply

        I understand completely how you feel. Particularly as just days later, George was suddenly bringing in a lot more fish. Makes you wonder if the little chick could have survived otherwise. RIP.

    63. Leanne July 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      George delivered another fish which Gracie was happy to take off his hands. As of right now, no one seems the least bit interested in it. Gracie is actually just standing there with it and she even looks like she’s taking a little nap.

    64. JB July 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      George shows up with a fish and Grace is gone. He’s not quite sure what to do.

    65. Karin July 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      12:22 Been watching a while in between chores….. Geo brought a whole live fish a couple hours ago… and apparently told Grace to deal with it. She had a heck of a time… He finally took over and ripped the head off and fed the kiddies… Grace flew off while he was doing this…. Then about an hour ago another fish appeared and this one was already beheaded… I think Grace dished out this one… anyway everyone ( including George ) had plenty to eat… screen seems to be clearing a wee bit. i can see better now than a few hours ago.

    66. Carol July 10, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Dad came home with a fish but Mom was out shopping. Even the kids were somewhat indifferent. It’s hard not to imagine human reactions in this story. He kept looking around as if waiting for recognition. He did a little picking at the fish but really didn’t seem hungry. Mom came home, settled herself and got back to the business of demanding the fish and feeding the kids. It’s so great to see everyone so well fed. Just wish we could see better. Those kids are relentless in their aim!

    67. Leanne July 10, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Another fish has been delivered but no one seems interested in eating right now. A lot of squawking and I think Gracie is on the perch watching George eat. Strange?

    68. andreaallennyc July 10, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      On the other end of the avian continuum, two hummingbirds are expected to fledge soon. They better … because they don’t fit in their nest anymore!!

      http://explore.org/live-cams/player/bella-hummingbird-nest

      • Leanne July 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        I’m watching them now too. So cute. Thanks for the link. 🙂

    69. JB July 10, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

      Looks like it’s time for a tiny agile person dressed in an Osprey suit to climb the tower with a squirt gun and a couple of paper towels.

      🙂

      • Leanne July 10, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

        That would be worth watching. lol. I just checked the weather forecast and from what I read the area isnt due for rain until Tuesday. Not good.

    70. kgerette July 10, 2015 at 7:26 am - Reply

      poop shot at 7:25…left side of camera. More to clean……

      • Leanne July 10, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

        I think I heard a little snicker after that shot. 🙂

    71. Carol July 10, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

      Visibility somewhat better. Good enough to see Gracie’s feathers glistening in a pretty sunrise. George taking a good rest keeping his honey company while she naps. Very peaceful scene

    72. Carol July 10, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

      George brought 2nd fish while Gracie working on 1st and started feeding a chick while Gracie still feeding the other. Looks like everyone well fed and leftovers.

    73. Leanne July 10, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

      George is my hero. Not only did he deliver 1 fish for the early breakfast, he delivered TWO!! As Gracie was busily feeding one chick, we was just as busy feeding the other. What a great morning in the nest. Makes me soooo happy to see these 2 babies thriving. George and Gracie are wonderful parents. 🙂 Oh and there was no fighting. 🙂

    74. Carol July 10, 2015 at 6:29 am - Reply

      A big fish this a.m from George! He is definitely an early bird with breakfast before 5:30!
      We’re still flying blind, tho.

    75. peter July 10, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

      I think I saw the dad is feeding the chicks too this morning.

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