☰ Hide Videos

The Ospreys Have Returned!

Videos


OspreyZone Live Stream
•LIVE

OspreyZone Highlights: Yankee

OspreyZone Highlights: May 21st-29th, 2020

OspreyZone Highlights: May 15th-20th, 2020

OspreyZone Highlights: May 7th-14th, 2020

OspreyZone Highlights: May 6th, 2020

OspreyZone Highlights: April 20th, 2020

OspreyZone Highlights: April 19th, 2020

Early 2020 Highlights

Osprey Rescue

Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

Tip:  If the nest is empty, use the red scroll bar to rewind the stream up to 12 hours

August 8, 2020: Camera is now back online after the storm!

Please be advised that nature can be brutal – viewer discretion is advised.
Best viewed with Google Chrome.

Ospreyzone.com copyright © 2016 – 2020 Tax Reduction Services. All rights reserved.


Special Thanks to Tommy and Christina: George & Gracie’s Landlords

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.

Click HERE for more information!

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.

*******************
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. CarolV October 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Here comes that rainy day feelin’ again—lalala
      Been raining since mid-morning…..but we were gifted with 2 gorgeous days Fri. and Sat. Balance I guess.

      Right now, calling for cooler temps but clearing in time for the little ghouls on Tuesday……..
      This time next week, it will be full dark, with the time change…….bah……..never get used to these dark evenings that seem to come so quickly!

      • CarolV October 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Just saw on news a band of showers is heading this way that, depending on where it hits, may dump as much as an inch of rain in an hour! I’m mentally pushing it further east!!!! Go, Go over the ocean!!!!!

        • Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

          Tks for keeping us posted on weather conditions CarolV.

    2. Rjoneal October 29, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      10-29-17 Pic of the day- Solar and beautiful open wings hope it brightens up the rainy day at the nest.

      • Helen November 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        Beautiful picture, Ranay!

        • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

          11-2-17 Helen thank you, you know how a lot of us like the wing shots. I miss our Osprey Family so much.

    3. Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Halloween pic

      • Rjoneal October 29, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Here is the FISH it is a Tug-A-War betwen Solar and Eclipse but in the end Solar gets the fish

      • CarolV October 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        Too cute to be scary! TY for Halloween card!

    4. Betsy October 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      I like that pic of the day idea! Here’s a pic from 9/6. Eclipse had been on the nest, then Solar flew in. Eclipse eventually flew off, coming back about 20 minutes later all wet. Here s/he is looking up at the perch at George or Gracie as if to say, “I tried, I really, really tried!!”

      • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        Betsy glad you like it thanks for joining in… Love this pic your right ( I tried I really did ) now give me that fish… Perfect for expression on face.

      • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        Dont forget Betsy it can be from any year that makes it more fun…and gives us the opportunity to add photos if we did not get that pose to add to our collection of our Osprey Family.
        Of course I have way to many now but can not wait to see different pictures that I do not have.

      • CarolV October 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        Keeps us birdbrains from having total withdrawal!

    5. CarolV October 28, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

        Ok that pic reminded me of the song ( Witchy Woman ) by the Eagles love them, guess I have music on my brain.

        • CarolV October 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

          How about–“Wouldn’t you like to fly on my beautiful ba-room?
          …………………Way up in the sky on my beautiful ba-room?”
          ………………..hehe.{;+]]

          • Admin Nita October 29, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

            ROFL!!!!

          • Betsy October 30, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

            CarolV: I should have learned a long time ago not to read your comments when I have a mouthful of coffee!! Have to wipe off the screen now!! 😀 😀

          • Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

            Yes CarolV that song is even older than the one I posted ha .. but such a famous tune and very fitting.

    6. Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

      10-28-17 my pic of the day is 7-7-16 Brutus, Ali, & Rocky ( A Family Breakfast 3rd fish of the day.)

    7. CarolV October 28, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

      8/27/16- The infamous “smudge” that became the bane of all the pic takers! They did love posting behind it! Like they were in witness protection…………….

      • CarolV October 28, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

        Just a pretty wing shot………………..also 8/27/16

      • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        Who could forget the smudge to hid their identity as if they were wanted birds…

    8. CarolV October 28, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

      I’m sure I’m not alone if I say Rocky has been my favorite………….. love all the others, too, but every “g-parent” has a secret special one!

      • CarolV October 28, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

        Forgot to date above photo….both of these shots are from 7/29/16………………..

        This one shows Rocky’s “bald” spot, where Brutus yanked out feathers……..

      • ChrisH October 30, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

        I agree — Rocky is one special osprey. Loved his/her spunk…. and that instinct to know when to stay low or fight back!

    9. Betsy October 28, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      A sparrow zipping across the nest, the sun making its wing translucent!!

    10. Rjoneal October 27, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

      10-27-17 My picture for the day is Eclipse flying in the nest look at he/she foot, it looks so funny to see such huge wings and such a little body to support all that. It is like having really big hair on a very small person.

      • JanL October 28, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

        Lovely pic…thank you Rjoneal

      • CarolV October 28, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

        Good shot…..reminds me of a guy who goes to the gym too much and is all are muscle…needs to work on those legs!

    11. Betsy October 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Fancy crow!! 😀

      • Rjoneal October 27, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

        Love the pic Betsy, sing ….. Shake,shake,shake / shake,shake,shake,shake / shake those tail-feathers …… ( KC and The Sunshine Band Shake your Booty)

        • Admin Shelli October 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

          Lol now I’ll be singing that alllllll day long! Thanks 😝

          • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

            Don’t you just hate that when you can not stop singing a tune heeee…. whats even worse is by the end of the day when it pops in your head you are trying to remember were did you hear that from heeee….. Singing or humming is contagious and stats show it raises your endorphin’s which keeps you in a good mood or state of mind… : )

      • CarolV October 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        There’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on!
        ….8/31/16

        • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

          CarolV What about this one 2016 George shakes off the raindrops…..

          • CarolV October 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

            That looks like an exorcism! Perfect for the season!

          • Rjoneal October 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

            Exactly, but look how flexible

    12. gracey October 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      so how was the Long Island luncheon last Saturday in Farmingville ? It was way too far for me to drive…Are there any photos?

    13. Rjoneal October 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Happy Thursday

    14. Rjoneal October 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      OZ Followers as you know I have so many pics that I have decided to everyday randomly close my eyes and just scroll through my pics wherever my mouse lands that will be the one
      I share for the day.
      Now here is today’s pick George is providing the Dad-Brella for baby.

    15. Rjoneal October 26, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

      10-26-17 Today I am sharing the eagle pics I took but it is not very clear since this eagle was way above the clouds just soaring, could not believe I got pics at all he/she was just so high.
      For all the Eagle fans here you go

    16. Rjoneal October 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      10-25-17 Ok I noticed throughout the day today it looks like cat eyes hiding in between the nest twigs,sometimes it would be 1 eye then both eyes and even 1 eye would blink.
      Of course it was the light coming thru the twigs but funny to watch.

      • JanL October 26, 2017 at 6:09 am - Reply

        Somebody is watching us! 🙂

        • Rjoneal October 26, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

          Thanks for noticing JanL 🙂

    17. Betsy October 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      This crow was the model for the stealth bomber!! 😀

      • ChrisH October 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        For sure!!

      • Rjoneal October 25, 2017 at 11:34 pm - Reply

        Betsy and Chris H- I dont know but when I first saw the pic I thought I know its a crow but the way the bird is flat and black it could pass as one of Gracie’s black plastic flying in the air lol.

    18. Betsy October 25, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

      !

    19. Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Here is a pic right after Gracie laid 2nd egg and George could not get on the 2 Eggs fast enough,guess he wanted to lay down and nap.

      • June c October 25, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

        I remember with the third egg she laid the 3rd egg edge of nest because George didn’t get up. later she rolled it to others…He such a good Dad…

        • Betsy October 25, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

          June c: That was last year, 2016!! Although George pushed Gracie out of the way this year while she was in “labor” with the 3rd egg, he was well gone by the time she laid the 3rd egg 8 minutes later right in the egg bowl!!

          One egg is only partially visible on the camera-side of the nest, the 3rd egg is next to Gracie’s right foot.

        • Rjoneal October 25, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

          10-25-17 June it is amazing how many stories and how much we have witnessed over the past 3 years together and they all seem to be just one big continuous story.
          Thank goodness our George and Gracie keep making back home to us.

    20. Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      OZ- update on Pink Shell, Helen has been watching Pink Shell in Ft.Myers Florida so this is for her and all OZ Followers. Like a lot of Ospreys here in Florida they do not migrate. The resident Female they call Lucy was at her nest today and down by the water was a Heron fishing and the crows have been hanging out in the nest with the Ospreys. Look how much fishing line is in nest tangled by all the branches and sticks.
      The Ospreys do not seem to mind each others company at all. They usually hang out on the corner perches facing the water. Both Resident male and female are at the nest almost everyday. It has been raining off and on but in the 80s.
      In Jax Florida it is sunny and hot and in the 80s with all the birds out including my backyard Ospreys all is good.

      • Betsy October 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: Just went to the site. The fishing line snarl, like the one in G&G’s nest last year! I hope it gets covered there in the corner!

        • Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

          Betsy I know why some people do not see the danger with fishing lines and debris not just for our birds and nature but children and the environment.
          The Ospreys at Pink Shell start usually around January mating just like my backyard Ospreys do.
          Here is a video of Pink Shell and it mentions new male suitor so I am not sure why? I can not tell if it is a new male mate or not.

          https://youtu.be/vm2J_LMJW2Y

          • June c October 25, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

            What happened to her mate? I also have been taking a peak here and there..to bad no sound..

            • Rjoneal October 25, 2017 at 11:39 pm

              I am not sure that is just what the info said new male suitor so we will have to wait till around January when they start mating to see if Lucy mates with same partner or a new one. Suspenseful and yes to bad they dont have sound but hey not everyone can be as good as Osprey Zone. Hugs

      • Elaine October 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        Hello Rjoneal: I had a bad experience this morning at my school crossing guard post. I saw a dead Osprey. As soon as I got close enough to see it, I realized that it was an Osprey. I cried when I saw it. I called my supervisor and told her, and hope she will be able to get the authorities to remove the dead Osprey. I did not see any blood, but I think the Osprey may have come in contact with live wires and got electrocuted.

        • Admin Nita October 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

          I’m so sorry to hear this too, how horrible for you =(

        • Rjoneal October 25, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

          My sad Elaine, it is sad when we see our wonderful birds, ospreys, or any animal or living thing dead out in our view. It is just a fact of all living things but as long as we have the desire to learn about nature and all the living so we can do better on protecting the wonderful gift of life is what really makes a difference right? Now just like with anything we lose you started with feeling the sad emotion then you reacted which was wonderful now put the sorrow behind you. Remember sometimes by you and others reporting the situation it can lead to Nest platforms or studies on statistics and so much more. So think about how if you did not watch George & Gracie at the beginning you probably would have just said oh so sad a dead bird but now you know it is an Osprey. We all learn things even if it is during a crisis or bad experience or even just a sad moment.
          Though that Osprey did not survive you have to stay positive on the ones that do. Look at Rob and many others who do research,tag,band,and do so much more, they know most of the Ospreys will never even make it to adult hood, but that does not discourage them. They keep on trying to learn from the Ospreys. Ospreytrax is magnificent wealth of info and remember because of their failures and success we have learned so much about birds in general.

          I love your passion as I am a very emotional person too. Keep your chin up lady thanks for sharing your story and just for that I put together just a clip art of a School Zone with Crossing Guard but added our Osprey Family in it so maybe you can think of this image as you volunteer as a School Crossing Guard. By the way thank you for volunteering your time to keep children safe.
          Love Our Osprey Family & Followers

        • Trinity October 29, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

          Hi Elaine. I also had a similar trauma in August ; on the commute home I noticed a dead osprey youngin laying next to the concrete barrier on Sunrise Highway. There’s a nest on the south service road @ Exit 47. I presumed the bird was just starting to fledge and being so close to a major road = danger zone. Oh did I bawl the rest of the way 😔

          • Rjoneal October 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

            Hi Trinity sorry to hear that, Elaine sent me a private email and they did have the bird removed so that was good. It is so sad and to see a fledgling knowing all the obstacles it had to survive just to make to fledge. Stay positive lady we do not understand why these birds often build their nest either on or nearby dangerous areas.
            I am thinking about you at this time and hope you do not have to witness it again anytime some. Take Care

    21. June c October 24, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

      A shout out to Margaret…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY……

      • Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

        Happy Birthday Margaret.

      • margaretR October 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        Thank you June c and Rjoneal!!!!!!!!

    22. CarolV October 24, 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

      Update….as usual, the forecast is changing….now we may have rain throughout today in to tomorrow and maybe Thursday……we do need the rain…
      At least, right now, they are calling for a perfect fall weekend….

      • CarolV October 24, 2017 at 6:00 am - Reply

        Also, high winds coming….testing, testing on that plastic!!!!!!

        • Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

          It looks like real high winds…..

    23. CarolV October 23, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Beautiful day today with a “breeze” making the bag flap like a demented crow………may sound like I’m picking on crows…well, I’m still mad about Eggbert!

      Temp. about 71 @2:30pm; only dropping about 5-6 degrees overnight; possibility of showers, hopefully clearing by morning.

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Crazy crow was around today. It kept trying to pluck the plastic from the nest but seemed to be a little unnerved by its flapping …

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

        almost touching down or just landing for a nanosecond on one foot before taking off to try again!!

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

        Flying in to try again!!

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

        I think it didn’t like the feel of the plastic or of landing on something that went ppppfffffff flat when it landed on it!!

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

        Finally it plucked a piece of something from the nest and flew off!!

    24. Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

      Well, Eggbert is no longer in the nest! Sniff sniff. 😀 But more on that later. Today the nest was visited by starlings, mockingbirds and crows and there was fighting and selfies!! A starling was first …

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

        coming there early, in the blues and pinks

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

          of the morning …

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:15 am - Reply

            getting in a selfie before briefly checking out

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:16 am

              Eggbert …

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

        A starling was back again later, touching down for a second …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:17 am - Reply

          and then flying to a lower branch to check out the interior of the nest …

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:17 am - Reply

        It came out a couple of times to check out the nest before flitting across the nest to … somewhere …

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

        A few minutes later it raced across the nest, diving under the camera …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

          chased by an angry mockingbird

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

            “Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.” 😀

            • CarolV October 24, 2017 at 5:58 am

              Nice to see so much activity even when no one home!

        • CarolV October 23, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

          Loved the starling doing the fan dance in front of the camera!

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

        then out popped the starling at the front of the nest, startling the mockingbird …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

          who

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:21 am - Reply

            then

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:21 am

              flew

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:22 am

              up

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:23 am

              and came right back down to land on the nest.

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:23 am

              It hopscotched its way on the branches to disappear down in front of the camera …

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:24 am

              but soon hopped

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

            back

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:26 am - Reply

          up …

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

            in

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:28 am

              contortionist poses!! 😀

            • CarolV October 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

              Love all the wing poses!

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm

              CarolV: Mockingbirds always seem to make great wing poses!!

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

            It flitted down, then up onto a branch before flying up to the perch.

        • June c October 24, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

          Great series of wing shots…

          • Betsy October 24, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

            June C: Thanks! I think mockingbird wings are almost as good as osprey for pics!!

        • Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

          wonderful shots Betsy

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:30 am - Reply

        The crows were here today also, and that’s when Eggbert got dropped out of the nest!!

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

          The first crow checked out Eggbert while the second crow watched …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

          the third crow didn’t want to miss any plundering and hopped down from the perch …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:32 am - Reply

          Meanwhile, the second crow flew up to the perch …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:32 am - Reply

          Crow #3 grabbed a piece of … something, and flew up to the perch with it …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

          crow #2 hopped back down to the nest …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:34 am - Reply

          for its turn checking out Eggbert …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:34 am - Reply

          and carried it over to another spot with a seaweed handle …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

          the crow soon lost interest and started ripping the nest apart while crow #1 worked over at the right on a chunk of wood it had snatched from crow #2 …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

          The video jumped 30 seconds so I don’t know which crow is which anymore, but this crow went back to Eggbert …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

          picked him up by the handle …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

          and as the other 2 crows watched, flew down to a lower branch …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

          and … then … DROPPED …. EGGBERT!! Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!!

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

          “I didn’t do it!!”

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:38 am - Reply

          “This is fun!!”

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:39 am - Reply

          Coming back down from the perch to join the fun …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:39 am - Reply

          Having a cawnference!!

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

          Another selfie …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:42 am - Reply

          The crow watching in above picture also took a selfie …

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:42 am - Reply

          there was a crow fight …

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

            they flew off the nest to the right fighting …

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

              Oops, was supposed to be this picture:

          • CarolV October 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

            Becoming a crowbar, with all the hanging out and fighting!!!!! Getting drunk on fermented fish scales????

            • CarolV October 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm

              oh, and “cawnference” excellent! and you can tell it’s younger generation crows, with all the selfies! Rowdy brats!

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

              CarolV: You caught that — the cawnference!! 😀 😀 They sure are rowdy!!

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:44 am - Reply

          the fight

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:57 am - Reply

          continued as they flew around back to the nest

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

          With the crow on the left in the above pic flying off and this crow, who was on the right in above pic landing on the nest to take a breather

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

          After a few more minutes of tossing the nest they were done …

          “Whaddya say …

          • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

            we fly this coop.”

            • JanL October 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm

              Betsy, what an awesome series of pics/updates on the eggbert story. Thank you!

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

              JanL: You’re welcome and thank YOU!

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

        Geese flying by in the late afternoon sun

    25. Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Here is a pic of Gracie on crib rails on April 27,2017 the nest looked so different.

    26. Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      10-22-16 pic below is on April 23,2017 just look at George in front he looks so fluffy and so different at the first of the season when they 1st arrive. This is not his usual pose for us but it is so adorable. Also look at Gracie she too looks so clean and fluffy what a beauty.

      • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

        You know I just noticed in this picture especially a frontal view you can really notice how different their eye markings are. It would be a good one for newcomers.

      • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: I love this pic of G&G. They are such a handsome couple!!

        • Rjoneal October 24, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

          Betsy dont they look so healthy, well rested and just so clean. It is amazing how different they look at the end of the Season when they leave to migrate. Of course some of it is due to the feathers molting some but they just look so dirty and worn out by the time they leave to me.

          • Betsy October 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal: The price of parenthood!! 😀 😀

    27. CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      Nest is looking lonely now…..even the plastic looks deflated!

      Was a beautiful weekend. Temps high 70s, low 80s…….overnight mid 50s, with clouds starting to come in. Tomorrow, partly sunny, high 60s; possible t-storm on Tuesday

      • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        PS….hoping to see some info about the luncheon …….Hope all had a good time!

      • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

        CarolV- tks for weather report 80s is more like for me. 50s -60s yikes !

    28. CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      The crew took selfies before they left…………

      • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        Me, too; me. too!

        • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

          CarolV your right he/she does seem to be saying wait my turn lol

        • June c October 24, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

          its a great shot so clear…..

      • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

        I like this selfie the best CarolV.

        • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: I agree!! CarolV grabbed a great shot!!

    29. CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Just before 1pm, the crow crew stopped in…..Eggbert was rolled closer to edge…………..

      • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        …………..a piece of dried on seaweed made a convenient handle….at least he got carried toward the center…………

        • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

          looked safer here…………

          • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

            The bums..uh, crows..were distracted by a tug of war and general destruction, tearing out random chunks of nesting…..like juv. delinquents on a spree…

            • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

              Suddenly one grabbed Eggy by that seaweed handle, jumped over the side to a lower perch on left………..

            • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

              And let Eggbert gooooooooooooooooo…………………………..

              You can make out the side of him just before he dropped………………….

        • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

          Looks like he/she is playing, Spin the Egg like the toy tops we older folks grew up with ha….

          • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

            Bye, Bye Eggbert we will miss you.

    30. Isobel October 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Oh dear Eggbert is gone. Just before 1pm three crows arrived one started pecking at Eggbert [ I felt like shouting at the screen to leave it alone] it lifted the egg and dropped it down the side of the nest. Love the new setup and looking in to read the comments. Thanks and best wishes to all.

      • CarolV October 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        I had just logged in in the afternoon and did a doubletake when I saw his absence………….I scrolled back just in time to get some shots….and, yes, I yelled at those crowbums too!

        It reminded me of my cats, who love to push things off tables just to see it fall…………all the crows watched………..

    31. Admin Nita October 20, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Eggbert shines through

      • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

        I took Nita’s picture do you see the cub?

        • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

          It is funny how we can all see so many objects and different animals in this nest. It is like looking at the clouds and everyone will see something different but all are great visions. 🙂

        • Admin Nita October 21, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

          It does lol1

    32. Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      DON’T FORGET TOMORROW IS –
      Osprey Zone’s Yearly Luncheon October 21, 2017 at 11:30 at Ole Restaurant, 630 Horseblock Road, Famingivlle, Ny 631-698-4944
      The reservation will be under Osprey Friends.
      It will be for an 1-2 hours …email me if you want or post if your are coming june5wilson@yahoo.com

    33. CarolV October 20, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Glad to see Eggbert’s still there ….Betsy’s posts about the crow playmates dropping in look really close to an accidental “fledge” for Eggbert! Don’t think he would have fared as well as the wingless sparrow!

      • Betsy October 20, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

        CarolV: He’d be like Humpty Dumpty!!

        • CarolV October 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

          And we know what happened to him! His brain was scrambled!…………….just yolking!

    34. Admin Nita October 20, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Eggbert enjoy the morning sun

      • Betsy October 20, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

        Admin Nita: It’s kind of sad seeing Eggbert sitting there all alone!!

        • Admin Nita October 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

          It sure is Betsy ❤︎

      • CarolV October 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

        idk—think I like him better alone than having the crow kids over to play!

    35. Admin Nita October 20, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Close up

    36. Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Last Year on This Date I posted this picture
      rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm – Reply
      Our Babies from 2016

      • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

        And I asked Betsy to take my Favorite pic that I took and put in one of her frames of Stud Mufffin George 2016

        • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

          Also

          • ChrisH October 20, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

            Yes — George doing his GQ poses…. 🙂

            • rodeehansen October 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

              Why so many abbreviations????? What the heck is HG poses???// Rodee

            • Rjoneal October 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

              ChrisH you got it that’s perfect.
              😃

        • Betsy October 20, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

          Rjoneal: I really like that picture of George. The frame didn’t come out too shabby either!! 😀

          • Betsy October 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

            rodeehansen: Not HG poses!! Although I suppose HG poses could work!! Hot Guy poses!! 😀 😀 It’s GQ — “gee cue” — poses!! GQ, from the men’s magazine that used to be called Gentlemen’s Quarterly (now it’s just called GQ). Meaning he’s like a model, attractive, a hottie, a stud muffin!! 😀 😀

            • rodeehansen October 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

              FOR BETSY……… GQ …… fine explanation. English is my second language and when I come across a word I do not understand, I always look it up. Yes, it fits George.
              Thanks for clearing it up. RH

            • Betsy October 23, 2017 at 6:11 pm

              rodeehansen: You’re welcome!

          • Rjoneal October 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

            Frames worked out perfect. I am going to go through some of my pics as soon as I can get some extra time and might have you frame some ha…
            I will send a pot of coffee with the pics.

            • Betsy October 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

              Rjoneal: A giant pot!!

        • CarolV October 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

          That top pic of G was always a favorite…..his -aw, shucks, you’re too kind , saying those nice things- pose

    37. Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Some of you may have seen this before it was posted on SF Osprey site this past Season but it is just so cute I wanted to share.

      • Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        And

        • June c October 20, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

          Yes that is out east…we past it…pretty big winery..

          • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

            How cool, we do not have one that I know of but then again I stay around my area.

    38. Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Kevin likes the sailboats here is picture from 2016

    39. Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you Nita for contacting Paul. And, thank you Paul (or Aidan) for bringing the video stream back online.

    40. Betsy October 19, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      The crows were back again today to do some more scavenging …

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

        They decided again to check out Eggbert and I thought for sure Eggbert was going to go over the edge of the nest!! The 1st crow pecked at Eggbert …

        • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

          Crow pecking, hello is there anything in there good to eat?

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

        tried to pick Eggbert up with its beak …

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

        and rolled it over – Oh, there it goes I thought … I was holding my breath!! This crow left and then a few minutes later its buddy came over to check out Eggbert …

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

        The buddy, too, rolled Eggbert!! First from this side … Ok, this is it, I thought, there it goes over the edge …

        • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

          Like playing Jinga but instead of pulling the blocks out it is how far can we roll Eggbert without it falling? Lets see……
          good close up of his/her buddy too

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        and, then, the crow rolled Eggbert from this side … Now Eggbert’s going to go flying for sure, I thought …

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        But, he didn’t. And, then, the crow pecked Eggbert …

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        And, rolled Eggbert over this way …

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        where he sits all by his lonesome!! 😀

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Then the crows flew away. The End.

        • Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

          Betsy you forgot to end with Eggbert still remains alone in the nest uncovered The End.

          • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal: What am I missing? I put: where he sits all by his lonesome!! 😀

            • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

              Betsy when I was looking at it on my I-phone since it just read (Then the crows flew away. The End.) and the pic shows crow flying away I could not see if Eggbert was still behind him. However once I enlarged the pic you can see a little piece of Eggbert behind the crow. I thought maybe the crow took the egg at first since it did not say and you can not see very well when pic is small especially on phone.
              Did not mean to criticize in any way. Your not missing anything I just did so I added a pic without crow showing Eggbert all alone.

        • June c October 20, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

          That was a nailbiter for sure…

    41. Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Kevin & Dee we are thinking about you during these difficult times and hope you recovery soon Kevin.

      • CarolV October 20, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

        Too cute! That should help!

        • Rjoneal October 20, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

          Thanks here is a sailboat too for him….

    42. CarolV October 19, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Slowly warming up again….54 this a.m……brisk but better! A sunny day ahead, hoping for high 60s. No rain in sight right now, thru the weekend.

      Don’t know why, but this is shot of screen now….note time @4:32 while it it 6:56

      • Admin Nita October 19, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

        It seems to be caught in a 4:32 loop….

      • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

        CarolV: The video stream is down.

        • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 8:19 am - Reply

          Add: And, needs to be reset by Aidan or Paul.

        • Admin Nita October 19, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

          Hi Betsy, I emailed Paul earlier =)

          • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

            Admin Nita: Thanks. Not there’s much to see at this point, but the view is so beautiful and I like seeing the occasional bird on the nest!!

    43. Betsy October 19, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

      Okay, CarolV, I thought of how we (or at least I do) see shapes in the nest — like your alligator shape from the plastic in the nest — when I saw “eyes” (with irises no less!!) glowing in the nest tonight … and then they BLINKED!! 😀 😀 😀

      https://youtu.be/NYEeYUmB-C0

      • CarolV October 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        The things we see in the dark! Kind of mesmerizing!

        • Betsy October 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Now with the egg where it is it looks like the face of a demonic beast!! 😀

    44. CarolV October 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Please help me send thoughts and wishes to KEVIN, a member of the OZ family. His wife, Dee, was at King Kullen today and mentioned that her husband is at a Physical Rehab center, recovering from a fall. She misses him very much, so we need to send good vibes his way to get him home soon.

      I know Kevin likes watching the boating traffic, so I found this with boats on parade in the background.

      • Admin Shelli October 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        My thoughts and prayers are with them both 💗

      • ChrisH October 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        Wishing Kevin a speedy recovery!

        • Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

          Hi ChrisH have you thought about doing a Gravatar pic so when you post it is easier to know it is you in case we get trolls again.? Now would be a good time to do using any pic you want sometimes CarolV uses her dog,cat, and a lot of us use pic of George or Gracie. I have Gracie Feather-Duster and JuneC has George & Rocky, Betsy has Gracie and Margaret R has her dog. Some people even have Eagles or just flowers. If you click on my Gravatar pic outside my name the pic of Gracie I have a lil description there. Some do not put anything at all and thats ok to. It is pretty simple step by step process but if you need help Betsy has posted in past info on how to sign up.

      • June c October 20, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

        Prayers go out to Kevin….speedy recovery to you…

    45. CarolV October 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Remember when VFs stopped by?

      • CarolV October 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

        And Gracie accepted them…….

      • Rjoneal October 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

        10-19-17 CarolV what about when one of the VF takes dry weed grass and puts it on Solars back then lays down next to Solar while Eclipse is on the left napping on and off and the other VF is by the water. It was as if it was trying to bond with Solar. heeee

        • Betsy October 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Maybe he(!) was telling Solar he wants to marry her when they grow up!! hee hee hee

          • Rjoneal October 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

            Agree heee….. it was like a bonding thing maybe a pre-engagement commitment if they meet again.

        • CarolV October 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

          I know! When I was going thru pics, I was confused for a bit thinking there was a 3rd VF till I realized that was one of them laying down while one of ours stood up!

    46. Marlene October 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Rj, you are so lucky to have such a variety of birds in your backyard. Love those little colorful birds. And you have your own osprey family — Elvis and all! Are you north, east, south, or west in Florida? (Such a BIG state.)
      Also, thanks to everyone for reposting the funny shots of George. He really is so funny sometimes. I remember last year when Gracie was in the middle of trying to lay the egg, and along he came. Sometimes he’s in his own world, but he’s such a good father and husband.

      • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        10-17-17 Marlene yes I am in Jacksonville, Florida and I live about 5 minutes from Atlantic Ocean and on the other side is the St.Johns River which is the only river that runs into the ocean.
        So Our Ospreys and Eagles can pick what they want fresh water fish or Salt water fish. I really do have it great where I live not on the beach or River but close enough to have all the nature around me all year long. Not to mention I have a pool that has fountain and believe it or not the Mockingbirds love to dive into the fountain streams to take a bath. It is so funy to watch them. Then we live on a lake and that is where my blue heron, hawks, egrets and all the other birds live in the all the trees around the lake. The Osprey Nest is on a cell phone tower that is made to look like a pine tree with fake branches above the lake but a little back in a swamp kinda area.

        I agree George can be the silly clumsy one but then again Gracie has had her share of being silly it just makes us love them even more.
        I just love it when all of us OZ Followers get together and share all our wonderful pictures and info on our osprey family. Thanks for posting stay in touch.

    47. Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

      10-17-17 I have been sending Terry all the kind words everyone has posted and she wanted me to tell everyone this ( Thank you everyone for your support and prayers. )

    48. Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      And here is one from 2016 of the babies around the same time 8-1-16

      • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

        We can not forget the 1st babies that George & Gracie made in the Long Island Nest…

        • Admin Nita October 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

          That’s the year I won the naming contest for Ronnie❤︎

          • ChrisH October 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

            Nita, that’s so cool!! Congrats!

            • Admin Nita October 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

              Thank you Chris, that was my first year watching =)

          • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

            Nita It was a magical year for all of us! Paul,Tommy and all of us followers were learning together for the 1st time and we had to experience so much drama with PeeWee. It was such an educational experience for all of us and so emotional. Poor Paul was trying to guide us all through the rough patches but some were not so nice. I am really glad he did not give up on the vision of Osprey Zone. You did good with Ronnie thanks for entering imagine if you did not what poor name we might have been stuck with.

            • Admin Nita October 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm

              LOL Rj, I think someone else would have come up with a fine name. But thank you !

    49. Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Our Babies

      • Admin Nita October 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

        ❤︎

    50. Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      remember this one I posted

    51. CarolV October 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      A gloomy day…rain last night; plummeting temps leading to low 40s before dawn. Some parts of LI, like the Pine Barrens, will prob have frost. 54 right now.
      Guess I finally have to shut the windows…….Everyone have a good night……..Rj and all our FL friends- try not to shiver when you read this!

      • CarolV October 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        Meant to say low temps tonight, in case I was unclear….bit of a brain shut down from a weekend of car problems, still on going,,,,just grumpy. But the sun will come out tomorrow!

      • Admin Nita October 17, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

        Hi Carol, it’s 48 degrees here in Ga. I’m loving it =)

        • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

          We have cold front this am but still at 78 degrees and suppose to get a lil higher. Wow Nita 48 where you are crazy since you are not that far away.

          • Admin Nita October 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

            I know right, I’m about 5 hrs north and I think 2 zones higher. Also mush further west. It seems to be much warmer in the winter around the Ga coast too. I’m a happy camper today =) I wish we had moved to Alaska lol

          • CarolV October 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

            Rj,,,,Did you get out your muffler and ear warmers?

            • Rjoneal October 18, 2017 at 10:24 am

              Not yet but I have them on stand by.
              Good one CarolV heeee

      • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

        Burrrrrrrr

    52. Betsy October 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I thought this sparrow looked funny in this picture!! It flew from the front of the nest to the back but barely used its wings … okay, CarolV, give a caption!! 😀

      • rodeehansen October 17, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

        SPARROW: FLYING BULLET

        • Betsy October 17, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

          rodeehansen: Faster than a speeding bullet it’s superbird! 😀

      • ChrisH October 17, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

        Lol… this cracks me up every time I look at it!!! 😀

        • Betsy October 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

          ChrisH: It just looked so funny to me without outstretched wings!! Like a flying sausage or something!

          • ChrisH October 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

            I can’t help thinking this is like something you’d see on the internet: “This poor bird was born without wings, but with determination, it taught itself how to fly.”

            • Betsy October 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

              ChrisH: That’s funny!

      • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Betsy that is insane that the bird is not flapping nor does he/she have wings open. Why only CarolV do you give caption to?
        Good capture

        • Betsy October 17, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Because I think CarolV comes up with the most hilarious lines!! And, thank you for the compliment.

      • CarolV October 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        SPARROW ARROW– best shot from a rain bow…..

        • CarolV October 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

          A thought balloon above Eggbert—- wishing he could have been a bird, any bird….

      • CarolV October 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

        UFO spotted over Ospreyland………appearance similar to a bird but no visual means of support……..Unknown Floating Object

        • CarolV October 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

          Original concept for the “birdie” in badmitton

    53. rodeehansen October 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Terry ……I am sorry to hear you are suffering with a loved one. May God provide strength and all you and your loved ones need to get through this. So much misery all around us . I just had a SCAN today at Stony Brook – hoping results are favorable. God bless you for the care you give. Rodee H.

      • CarolV October 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        Happy thoughts, happy thoughts going out to you!

    54. Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Good Morning

    55. Betsy October 16, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Boss mockingbird wasn’t happy when another mockingbird tried to come to the nest and made that clear.

      • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

        Picture for CarolV!! Mockingbird wings!! 😀

        • CarolV October 16, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

          I thought this was interesting…both male and female protect their territory, even when not actively nesting; of course, it gets more intense as nesting time rolls around. The songs are their way of letting others know who’s in residence and even the female has been known to do territorial singing.
          Thanks for the wing shot

    56. Marlene October 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      I love that picture of George that Betsy took, where he’s looking upside down. He’s such a cutie.

    57. Marlene October 15, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Haven’t checked in for about a week. Thanks for sending those wishes to Terry from her Osprey family, Rj. That was very thoughtful. All of us feel for one another, when someone is going through a rough patch.
      I see Carol wrote a note about Eggbert. Is it still in the nest? I know sometimes I see something white, but I thought it might be a seashell or who knows what else was brought up there.
      I think the weather is starting to get colder. Don’t know which osprey is still hanging around, but I hope it has a winter coat, like cats and dogs.

      • June c October 16, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Hi…yes that is Eggbert…it was pushed up from nest on Oct. 11…On page 90 Rjoneal has pics…

      • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

        10-16-17 Reply- Marlene you should go back previous page and see all pics of many birds that everyone posted. Thanks for checking in and posting kind words.

    58. Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Just a short info on migration in New York……….
      Nature of Migration
      Migration from North America displays broad spatial and temporal distribution, evidenced by data from band returns (Henny and Van Velzen 1972, Poole and Agler 1987, Mestre and Bierregaard 2009) and satellite telemetry (Martell et al. 2001a, Martell et al. 2014). Most of North American breeding range is migratory, with non-migratory individuals in southern Florida, the Caribbean, southern California, and the Baja Peninsula.

      Please read this part especially-

      Individuals typically migrate singly, except at concentration points. Kerlinger and Moore 1989 reported that 80% of Ospreys sighted during fall over New York State were alone, 11% seen with other raptors (primarily Broad-winged Hawks [Buteo platypterus]), with maximum flock size 2 individuals. A flock of 11 was reported at Cape May, New Jersey (Dunne et al. 1988). Larger flocks (up to 92 individuals) have been reported in Cuba (Rodríguez-Santana et al. 2014) and Haiti (Crouse and Keith 1999) where the broad-front migration from eastern and (partly) central North America is concentrated as it passes through the Caribbean.

      https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/osprey/distribution

      • June c October 16, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

        Great article…Each year I say i’m going to Cape May to view mirgration……2018 will be my year for sure to go!!!!!

        • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

          When the Marlins arrived here in Jax it was a sight to see thats for sure.

      • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: Just finished reading the article, interesting information. I’m glad Gracie doesn’t leave as early as August as the article states is typical of adult female departure time!! Gives us more time to enjoy our beautiful Gracie!!

        “Aw shucks”

        • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

          Hee hee. Here’s our beautiful girl!!

          • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

            Yes she is in one of many favorite positions.

            • Betsy October 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

              Rjoneal: She posed for me!! 😀 😀

    59. Betsy October 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Well, who are you? (who are you? who, who, who, who?)
      I really wanna know (who are you? who, who, who, who?)
      Tell me, who are you? (who are you? who, who, who, who?)
      ‘Cause I really wanna know (who are you? who, who, who, who?)

      • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        I love the the old classic Rock-N Roll.

      • CarolV October 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        You lookin’ for osprey or owls? {;^))

        • Betsy October 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I can always count on you to totally crack me up!! 😀 😀

      • JanL October 17, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

        ‘Who’–indeed! Thanks for that, Betsy 🙂

    60. CarolV October 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      6/24/16-.needed a baby bird boost….look at our well fed trio!

      • Admin Nita October 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        ❤︎

      • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        cuties:)

      • June c October 16, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

        The were really well feed this year….

        • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

          The most yet and George brought in 2 fish at one time, 1st time he did that.

      • ChrisH October 16, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

        Oh yeah… they sure are well fed!!!

    61. CarolV October 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      There’s a flag-waving wind today……………

    62. Betsy October 15, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Zoomin’ on by

      • CarolV October 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        🎼🎶zoom on down…..zoom on down the road 🎵

    63. June c October 15, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

      I am pretty sure this is a mockingbird, went on perch this AM around 8:03. .this year around my home there are quite a few of them…

      • CarolV October 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Love them!

        • Betsy October 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Here’s another one for you!!

          • CarolV October 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

            There’s one around my house but he rarely sings here,,,{:*[
            Must be edge of his territory

            • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm

              CarolV: There’s one around my house and he’s ALWAYS singing!! I am in the middle of his territory … I’ve seen from which house to which house he goes that is his turf. The mockingbird here (mine) has got some repertoire!! Gotta tell you though, all that singing can get annoying at times!!!! 😀 😀 😀

      • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        June C yes a beauty.

    64. Betsy October 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Someone flew by low in front of the nest after flying out from the left over the inlet and circling around …

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        About 20 minutes later 2 flew out from the left side together and then flew to the right …

        • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

          Could it be Solar and George? We might never know…..

          • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 8:09 am - Reply

            Rjoneal: They need name tags!! 😀

            • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

              Agree…

            • rodeehansen October 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

              The thought came to me just now …….. I hope our “land lord” had a first-hand view/encounter with one of those still hanging around 2 birds. Seem like he is the only one able to get a correct ID. It is all too mysterious.

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        And I could hear an osprey doing its call/warning above the wind … at about 15:10 and again at 16:40. June should do a voice graph!!

        https://youtu.be/S861HD5NqB8

        • June c October 15, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

          Hi I did try and record…the wind was very loud..but for sure I heard Osprey…who I dont know….

        • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

          Thanks for sharing the video !

          • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

            Rjoneal: And, June’s audio is still on my YouTube channel for when we want to hear him!!

            • Rjoneal October 17, 2017 at 9:45 am

              tks

    65. Betsy October 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Here’s a new one!! Not a sparrow, not a starling, not a mockingbird, and not a crow, but a …

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        blue

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        jay!

      • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

        10-15-17 Betsy I think it is the first time we have seen a Blue Jay at the nest. Maybe since they lowered it we will have even more of a variety of birdie friends visit.
        Good pics you got of blue jay. They love peanuts at my house when they come to my yard they make lots of noise so I know they are there and I put peanuts on the fence about 8 of them will each come down and get one. Not to mention they will shove their way in on black seed oil that the red birds eat take what they want and fly off.

        • Betsy October 16, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

          Rjoneal: No, I don’t recall ever seeing a blue jay either!

          • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

            Chris H- They do make a lot of noise and the male blue jay in my yard is usually the most vocal. If you go back a previous page you will see I posted 2 pics of painted bunting birds that come to my yard also.
            ChrisH are you going to try to go to the luncheon if you live in NY?

            • ChrisH October 17, 2017 at 10:40 am

              I did see your pics of the painted buntings… they’re so pretty they almost don’t look real!

              Yes, I do live on LI and was hoping to get to the luncheon this weekend, but it doesn’t look good right now. Still trying….

        • ChrisH October 16, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

          Ha — I do the same thing, feed peanuts to the blue jays. They go absolutely crazy over them! Mine make such a racket, too, like they’re saying “C’mon lady, get out here already — we’re HUNGRY!!”

    66. Betsy October 14, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

      I had things to do this am. There hadn’t been anyone near the nest for days so I was going to forego my usual 3-window speed viewing. Then I decided, Oh, what the heck. I’m glad I did because …

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

        Someone is still around!!

      • JanL October 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

        Great to see! Wonder who….hmmmm 🙂 thanks for sharing Betsy.

        • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

          JanL & Robin: You’re welcome. I don’t know if it’s one of “ours” but someone seems interested in buzzing by the nest!!

      • RobininMD October 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

        Oh my, still there? That’s amazing, Betsy – thank you for sharing this.

    67. CarolV October 14, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

      A cool rainy morning…..Eggbert is hunkering down for cooler weather to come…………

      Happy weekend to all.

      • Admin Nita October 14, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

        And to you Carol!

    68. Betsy October 14, 2017 at 12:06 am - Reply

      A view of George from a different angle!! 😀

      • Admin Nita October 14, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

        =D

      • CarolV October 15, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

        Seeing if those people in the lens look any better this way!

        • Betsy October 15, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

          CarolV: 😀 😀 😀

      • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

        Love this view lol

      • ChrisH October 16, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

        That is too funny!!!

      • Rjoneal October 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

        What about this look I used during the contest of Gracie to go with your pic of George?

    69. Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Attention OZ Followers – One of Osprey Followers Terry is dealing with some medical issues with her family members. I only know since she reached out to me to let me know she will not be able to attend the luncheon. Here is a little something for her and her family.

      • JanL October 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        Very nicely said Rjoneal…I add my well wishes and thoughts of strength for Terry and her family.

      • June c October 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        so sorry to hear….wishing all goes well

    70. CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      5/19/16—George on the job!

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        5/17/16– Our Happy Couple……….

    71. CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      From my first shots—–4/9/16

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

        4/10/16- George loses his head for Gracie——(hehe)

      • June c October 15, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

        A oldie but a goodie

        • Betsy October 15, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

          June c: 🎶 One is the loneliest number. 🎶 It looks SO clean!! 😀

        • June c October 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

          The pic date is 2015, but it really is pic of 2016 when they first shorten the pole…

          • June c October 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

            Take that back it was 2015…Time is going way to fast for me Ha…

            • June c October 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

              went back on pics that pic was 2016…2015 there was nothing in nest when they started

    72. CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Combing thru the oldies….love this one–

      Waiting for the fishcicle man…………….7/29/16

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        7/26/16—-Testing, testing………………..watch your posture!

        • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

          Am I doing this right?

          • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

            7/30/17—- A rosy glow…………..

      • Admin Nita October 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        LOL!

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        And, then, he fed Rocky!!

    73. Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Attention All OZ –

      • Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

        For Osprey Zone’s Yearly Luncheon October 21, 2017 at 11:30 at Ole Restaurant, 630 Horseblock Road, Famingivlle, Ny 631-698-4944
        The reservation will be under Osprey Friends.
        It will be for an hour or 2…email me if you want or post if your are coming june5wilson@yahoo.com

        • June c October 15, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

          You are too much…Thank you for posting…

    74. Betsy October 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Solar does an impression of a turkey!

      • Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        Betsy you should hang on to this for Thanksgiving..
        It is the Turkey Dance

        • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Good idea!!

          • CarolV October 14, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

            She was very good at “gobbling” too!

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        Should repost for thanksgiving!

        • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I’ll make a card!! 😀

      • Admin Nita October 13, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        Hahaha!

    75. CarolV October 13, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Anyone see a crocodile?

      • Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        I Do, I Do, cute CarolV, but then I live in Florida the teeth really look like a gator or croc.

      • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

        CarolV: No!! I see a puppy!! 😀 😀

        • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

          So what’s my Rorschach test score?

      • Betsy October 14, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        CarolV: And, during the night there is a raccoon face!! 😀

    Leave A Comment