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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. Betsy November 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      I’m going to try this 2 for 1 picture post!!

      I’m now up to July 21st in pictures for 2016 (which was page 58 out of 91 but is now page 87 out of 137 — even though there are fewer comments on each page after Aidan adjusted the number of comments per page — this sounds worse!!

      So, here goes:

      • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

        Okay, so I see it worked!! (It does say “Choose Files” with an “s” after all!! 😀 😀 Just never thought to do more than one picture!! It would have saved a lot of time posting since I’m such a slow typist!! 😀 😀 )

        Thanks CarolV!! And you said you didn’t know anything about computers!! 😀 😀

        The first picture is from 07-20-2016 at 19-53-33 hrs Chick #1 (Brutus) Winger-sizing

        The second picture is from 07-21-2016 at 16-54-11 hrs Chick #2 (Ali) Plays with the Rope; Gracie (L); Chick #1 (Brutus)

        • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

          Dang!! Both pictures © 2016 ospreyzone.com – sponsored by Tax Reduction Services!!

        • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

          With me-if I screw up enough, I eventually fall in to something….often &#!* but occasionally something useful!!!!!

          • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

            LOL!

          • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Whatever works!! 😀

      • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

        Love, love both pictures. Such beautiful birds.

    2. stephanie November 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Betsy, Unfortunately, I did’nt get a screen shot of the owl, I’m not computer savvy at all,
      so I don’t know how.

      • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

        stephanie: That’s too bad. Would have made an awesome picture!! Anyway, I don’t know what kind of computer you have. I have a Windows 10 laptop — here’s a link for instructions for Windows computers: http://www.digitalcitizen.life/4-ways-take-screenshots-windows-8-81-using-built-tools

        I usually just press the prt sc (printscreen) button and then paste the image onto a MS Word document (the article mentions Paint — you can also use PowerPoint). I prefer a Word doc because I am more familiar with it than PowerPoint (although, to me, they’re pretty much the same!!) and I find it easier to uniformly crop my pictures than in other programs! (Then I save the picture to the Pictures folder.) Also, it’s best to capture a screen shot from the video in full screen (you know, the little square icon on the bottom right of the video stream). You can stop the stream to get your screenshot (which, as everyone here who knows me knows that that irks the heck out of me because then you end up with printing on the picture!! 😀 So, I slow the video to 0.25 speed [you know, the little gear icon on the bottom right of the video stream] and then grab the shot I want. Then you can post your picture (Click on “Choose Files” box. This will open a small window of your Pictures Folder — and then click on the picture you want to post). I hope this helps you and I hope you decide to post pictures!

        I think CarolV uses a Mac, so she can tell you how to grab a screenshot on it.

        • CarolV November 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

          Nope-Dell laptop-sorry
          Mac was my Dad’s name, tho.[:+}}

    3. Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Ok just wanted to post another pic,this is of Gracie and how young she looked at the beginning too. Here is Gracie 2015 laying 3 eggs notice even then she liked her green decor.

      • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        Back before her Goth period when all was black

      • Trinity November 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

        It’s hard to believe three years of Osprey Zone have passed ! 2015 has been my favorite so far, I thought about Ronny & Sandy recently and how they’re doing ( as an optimist, I’m convinced they beat the odds and will be in NY next spring starting their own families 😊 ).

        • Betsy November 7, 2017 at 12:41 am - Reply

          Trinity: Unless I’m reading your comment wrong, it’s my understanding that they return to the general vicinity where they “grew up” when they are 2 years old to find a mate and set up house and “practice” but don’t yet start a family — so I think they would have been back THIS year in the late spring/early summer … which would ultimately mean that, yes, next spring they would be starting their own families! 🙂

          • Trinity November 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

            You pretty much reiterated what I wrote. I’m well aware of the juvenile and adult timelines for osprey. Thanks.

        • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

          Trinity Hi, it is hard to believe so much time has gone by. I always imagine all of our Osprey birds are out there free, strong and alive. This is why I am kinda glad we do not tag or band our Osprey Family. However it also has a disadvantage of not knowing. I would rather keep our nest as a fairy tale and dream the ultimate dreams for them and let the other nest be the ones to be tagged so we can learn. Since this is my home away from home and the place I go to wind down, relax, smile, laugh and even sometimes cry.
          Thanks for posting and staying with us from the beginning to the end right.

    4. CarolV November 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      5/13/16—– Ruffled feathers………

      • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        OK! This was an on purpose! Who knew….two for one!

        Second shot is from my camera roll that somehow wound up among my screen shots and always make me laugh when I run across it! That’s one of my herd….Maisy, now 16, never sees an empty box without feeling the need to fill it…..

        • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

          And that was not the intended pic “Ruffled Feathers” Hmmmmmm……system needs perfecting………………..

          Ruffled Feathers…………5/13/16

      • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        CarolV: What a pretty kitty!! My Mom’s cat Gracie loves boxes, too!! She’ll be climbing in the box even as the item is being removed!! The best is when she thinks she can get into a really small box … “I got a leg in, let’s see if I can get the rest of me in”

        • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

          Funny thing is, once they decide they’re going in, they make it work, no matter how much hangs out! Luv my kitties!

          • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Well, she tried to get into a cereal box once … that definitely did NOT work!! 😀 😀 😀

    5. Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

      11-6-17 Pic of the day 2016 7-7 look at Ali always standing in the nest like an adult, Brutus, Ali & Rocky, Rocky getting feed by Gracie.

      • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

        And after ……..

      • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        Ali always was ahead of his time…..

    6. CarolV November 6, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Good morning, everyone!
      Gloomy and windy today……….the flag making quick, flipping appearances on the left……
      The nest has become an archaeological dig as the layers get stripped down; showing all the things we worried about as they were brought to the nest…….

      • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

        And wonder of wonders, there’s a piece of black plastic worming its way out on the left rim. There is a “flag” of plastic, too, which whips out from under the nest, but wasn’t counting that as “in” the nest………….

        • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

          OK…wasn’t aware I could post more than one picture in a single post! Will try to remember how I did that, even tho this was a mistake!!!!! Interesting…………..

          • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Ooh, I’m going to have to try that!!

    7. Tucker November 6, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

      I wonder, is it feasible for a drone to take away the synthetic trash that’s in the nest. The removal of the stringy stuff in particular. Would be a nice project for students, scouts, environmental group or anyone who doesn’t want to see them entangled.

      • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

        Tucker, the ospreys are collectors, they will just bring more =)

    8. Aidan November 6, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Good morning everyone, hopefully the site is now loading for you all. I had to decrease the number of comments per page to 100 because they used up too much memory for the page to load.

      • CarolV November 6, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

        Thanks, Aidan, our hero fixer of the internet!

      • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

        Thank you, I thought it was just me!

      • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

        Thanks for your quick response Aidan. Happy Monday 🙂

      • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

        Should we take up a donation for more memory to be added? I know we have all said it before to Paul and you if you need us to donate to keep it going let us know.

      • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Aidan: Thank you!! We all just love to “yap”!! 😀 😀

    9. Betsy November 6, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Of course, I won’t be able to see your reply!! (We still get the video stream!!)

    10. Betsy November 6, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Here is page 90

    11. Betsy November 6, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hi Nita or Shelli!! Listen, OZ doesn’t open to page 91 (current page) — I can open all of the other pages, except page 91. I closed my browser and when I tried again to go to OZ, same thing. I’m writing my comment on page 90 (in case you’re wondering how I posted this). Here is a screen shot:

      • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

        Betsy I’m having problems wit this site too. We will message Paul today.

        • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

          Admin Nita: Thank you!!

          • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

            You’re welcome Betsy !

    12. CarolV November 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Shot some stills from the 2014 highlights video…..George claiming his domain……………
      If you haven’t watched this video, go to that row of videos toward the top and see how beautiful these birds are courting. Very well put together video…..I get lost in it…..

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      • CarolV November 5, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

        This seemed to be the main contender for Mrs G at that time…..but there were, at times, as many as 4 birds circling over the bay …..couldn’t tell if Gracie was among them…

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        • CarolV November 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

          sorry—my comp not co-operating…hope this is right one, or the lady will be a mystery until you watch 2014 highlights !!!

      • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Such a lovely photo, Carol!

    13. Betsy November 5, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      “Ack … ack … I ha a fea-er awn ma ung”

      • CarolV November 5, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        I think the other two were laughing!

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

        Look at our Rocky up front,they all look hot.

    14. stephanie November 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      I always watch, but never comment. Last night Sat. nov. 4th, in the bright light of the
      full moon, a Great Horned Owl visited the nest twice, it was approx. 9p.m. to 10 p.m.
      It sat on the nest awhile, then flew away, and then returned.

      • Betsy November 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

        stephanie: I’m sorry I missed THAT!! Get a screenshot?

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

        11-5-17 This is amazing we have never seen an owl in the area before. Hopefully passing on by we don’t want them there when our Family comes home.
        Don’t get me wrong I love all owls even the ones that take babies from nest they can not help it they have babies to feed also. It is nature.
        We have owls were I live but they must find plenty of other food since the Ospreys,Eagles,Herons,Hawks all have babies that fledge every year. Of course that does not mean they did not lose a baby to the owls. As long as at least 1 baby makes it every year I am happy. That is 1 more our there.
        Thanks for posting your observations Stephanie.

      • Linda Ardizzone November 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        I do not like the GHO visit. They are way to hard on Ospreys. I wish they would just go away.

    15. CarolV November 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Didn’t think I’d miss that plastic but it’s hard to see how windy it is by the skimpy shivering grasses !

      • CarolV November 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        For whatever reason, it wasn’t allowing me to add to that post…………………….photo from 9/23/16- Stepping Out

    16. Admin Nita November 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Posting my photo of an anhinga I took last year near Merritt Island Florida for RJ.

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

        Nita, thank you for sharing love this picture. Drying those wings off just to get wet again. His/her pouch looks a little big might have just ate a fish.

        • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

          Rj, you’re very welcome, he probably did, this is a wetlands preserve.
          I went there to see the ospreys but got pics of several birds fishing too.

    17. Betsy November 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Eclipse racing to get the fish. Can her eyes get any bigger??

      • Betsy November 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

        Matched by Solar!!

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

        Eclipses eyes are big good picture. Solar, well Solar was always yelling for more fish.

    18. CarolV November 5, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

      SHOCK! Black plastic bag free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Betsy November 5, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

        CarolV: Gracie can start her collection again next year!! 😀 😀 😀

      • Bobbie November 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Hallelujah! Finally!

    19. Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

      11-5-17 TODAY is Daylight Savings hope you remember to turn your clocks back and check smoke alarms.

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

        My pic for today has our blob on pic but still a good one. The whole family Solar & Eclipse with mom and dad 6-29-17.

        • Betsy November 5, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

          Rjoneal: George and Gracie always have the most adorable babies!!

      • Admin Nita November 5, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

        Actually it’s back to EST =)

      • Betsy November 5, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Rjoneal: Clocks were done last evening!! (OZ needs to adjust the time on the time stamp!!) Bought new batteries for smoke detectors!! 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

          Very good with holidays coming around I don’t want to worry about any houses burning down with people in it.

    20. MFPI November 5, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Looks like Gracie’s black plastic whatever has blown out of the nest — Hooray!!

    21. Betsy November 4, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Parenting without peril … that’s a stretch!! 😀

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

        Poor Gracie always getting wing-slammed,poo on and George has even landed on her.

    22. CarolV November 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Look who jumped up to join the party! Couldn’t tell what started this….there was a small jump in the video and-poof- there it was!

      Cool day today- 53 now at mid-day…..sun and clouds today…..not much change overnight -low 50s-high 40s.
      Slightly warmer tomorrow and Monday- mid-high 60s with possible showers both days…….cooling off to 50s and possible 40s by Friday……..bbboooooooo…..

    23. Betsy November 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Chick #2 says Peace. 😀

      Pic 7/20/2016 at 06:17:34 hrs Gracie Feeding Chick #3; Chick #1 (R); Chick #2 Wing-tip Photobombs

      • CarolV November 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        cute! Peace to all our osprey

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

        Look how crowded the nest looks and no railings hardly.

    24. CarolV November 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Moon saying good-night about 6am…..that’s my Harry playing werewolf at bottom of frame…

      • CarolV November 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        A subdued sunrise……………….

        • CarolV November 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

          turned in to cotton candy and beautiful blue!

          • CarolV November 4, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

            I have to say- whatever the winds are doing in the upper atmosphere, there have been some spectacular cloud formations the entire month of Oct. and Nov……I’m turning into a dropped jaw cloud watcher lately!!! And not just when the colors appear!

            After colors faded……………..

          • Betsy November 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Wow!! The colors are so beautiful (the cotton candy and blue!!)!!

    25. Rjoneal November 4, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

      11-4-17 My pic for today back on 2015 the rescue

    26. Rjoneal November 4, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

      REMINDER- 1 day left until it is time to turn the clocks back and do not forget to check smoke alarms.

      • Rjoneal November 4, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

        Thinking about all who are still recovering and who have lost a loved one from the attack in New York the state were our Osprey Family Birds live in.
        Thinking about all who live in New York today and always.
        Thinking about each and every one of our Osprey Family Followers Be Safe.
        Love My Osprey Family & Followers !

        Click on picture and see the State be built back up no matter how many times people or nature try to bring it down. Strong, loving, American Made it will survive.

        • CarolV November 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          Very thoughtful………and love King Kong………….

          • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

            Nice you eye caught that too funny. 🙂

    27. Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Ok look this is when it all started George arrives at the nest 2015 look he looks like a young bird…..heeeeee

      • Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

        And it cant start tell theirs a little whoopie going on G&G 2015 mating

      • Betsy November 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: George does look young … and so skinny!! But always handsome!!

    28. Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      This painting was done by a follower of Steve & Rachel in Hog Island I just loved.

    29. Betsy November 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Moon collage

      • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        Betsy, how do you post more than one photo?

    30. CarolV November 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Yoyo weather continues…..was almost 70 yesterday; close to that today- 63 now @8:30pm. Dropping to mid-40s tonight with highs tomorrow in the 50s…….how do you know how to dress?

      Here’s a nice warm July day with arriving goggles for swimming lessons….{;*))

    31. Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Harvest moon

    32. CarolV November 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Just a hint of moonlight on left over an almost flat bay….the waves barely lapping on the shore…..such a calm evening………..

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

        Official full moon early a.m. …..don’t imagine I’ll witness the moment! This looks good to me!

        • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

          Full Beaver Moon

          • Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

            That’s right Beaver moon! Thanks Carol!

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        If you can, scroll back to about 19:50…….the moon was playing with the clouds and appeared to dissolve in to the bay……..wish I did video

        • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I tried to tape it for you but I got a message on the laptop that I didn’t have room and that I needed to delete things. But I’m not ready to delete anything since I haven’t finished going over and sorting everything out!!

          • CarolV November 4, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

            Yeah- I made the mistake of deleting things for space shortage and now I’m sorry. It was just my office program expired and cut my storage space…….But thanks for the effort……you watched? It was mesmerizing but over too quickly……

            • Betsy November 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm

              CarolV: I watched. It was mesmerizing!!

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

        CarolV amazing I do not recall seeing the water so calm before. Hope this does not mean a storm is a brewing.

    33. Betsy November 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      “Look at the time … go to sleep” 😀 😀

      • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Pic from 07/20/2016 at 00:56:31 hrs

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

        Yes they were up all the time out of all 3 batches of babies I think they hold the record of overnight slumber parties.

    34. Betsy November 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      My picture of the day from 7/6/2016 George landing on nest with fish, Gracie’s on the right and L to R are Ali, Brutus and Rocky’

      • Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

        I remember watching this, love this picture it really takes me down memory lane thanks Betsy.

    35. Tucker November 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      CarolV Deer- You write so well. You have your finger on the pulse and your ability to put thoughts into words is more than praiseworthy. Deer are amazing animals. PBS had a wonderful episode on them. When Wolves were reintroduce in Yellowstone to control the overpopulation of Elk, the whole ecosystem was rejuvenated. An overpopulation of anything isn’t good. I know a local who owns a large wooded area. He would allow a hunter from NYC to come every season to hunt a Deer. The Hunter doesn’t come anymore. He told the landowner, it has become like fishing in a barrel. Like you say methods have been tried, no easy answer. Let’s get some Mountain Lions out here. Maybe they will help ease the traffic during Pumpkin Picking season- now that is a priority for East Enders. Agri-entertainment??

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        I like the way you think. Tucker! Maybe it wouldn’t take me more than 2x as long to get home on an October weekend if we had a couple of cats doing traffic control by Harbes!!!!!

    36. CarolV November 3, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

      http://www.dailyliked.net/henius-honey-badger/

      This was too funny! It’s an oldie…..

    37. CarolV November 3, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Family viewing party…….I always love this age of the chicks, where they are still hobbling along on their ?knees and their chubby bellies and hopefully full crops are so prominent……………..
      Unfortunately, I can’t compete with Rj and Betsy in quantity of pics……getting hard to find ones that haven’t been posted…………….

      • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Great picture!! I love the babies at this age, too!! There’s no competition!! It just seems like I have a lot of pictures!! I didn’t have that one!! In fact, after I went through the pictures on pages 55, 56, and 57 I scooped up like 20 pictures I didn’t have!!

        • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

          Eaten by the crash monster, no doubt!

      • Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

        CarolV if you took as many pic as us and saved them all then you would not have time to give me weather and event updates. And another thing I know you have a bunch of pics but you even bring more to it by adding your sense of humor every time you post something. Love that about you. 🙂

    38. CarolV November 3, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Didn’t want to get into the deer issue but I feel like I kicked it off…………………..In a way, WE ARE responsible for the deer over-population on eastern LI. We have killed or driven off any predators. And we plant a veritable banquet to keep them well fed and successfully reproducing…………..In the end we are winding up with too many deer that will in time be unhealthy, because the weaker individuals, who should have been weeded out by natural selection, are being fed “breakfast in bed” by the super abundance of forage! Even selecting so called deer resistant plantings isn’t working, because the super-population is driving deer to eat everything—-like broccoli haters struggling thru cause there’s nothing else in the pantry!
      …Answers are difficult. In a perfect world, all get to live. In my heart, I am against killing….but it’s a hollow argument because I am a meat eater…
      …..I see the value of hunting for meat, not just for sport. Most hunters I have known have been ethical people who only bring down what they use. On the other hand, hunting often takes the prime, stronger segment of the population. Hunting space in such a human populated area is also limited.
      The alternatives are few. Birth control has been bandied about, but no successful plan has been devised. Culling has been initiated, but leads to protests which often stop the efforts before they are carried out.
      So we are at a stalemate We are living with the results…car crashes, wasted money in landscaping and/or agriculture, Lyme disease(it IS called a DEER tick) and some other tick diseases. .
      So I’m not looking to start a war of words. Just trying to point out an issue we are dealing with, leading to vocal proponents on both sides…..And no solutions.
      …………………………….And please, this is just an opinion………….

    39. Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      11-3-17 Happy Friday, my pic today 2016 all 3 babies sleeping Brutus, Ali, & Rocky

      • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        With a wingtip!! 😀

        Pic from 7/5/2016

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Soooooocute!

    40. Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

      A huge scallop or clam shell in the nest. It catches my eye every time I look at the nest. Decided to grab a pic!
      Not sure how long it’s been in the nest. Some bird must have dug it up, anyone know?

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

        There have been assorted shells over time. Even a horseshoe crab shell. Some came in tangled with seaweed George brought. Not sure how long that one has been there. And good-morning!

        • Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

          Ok thanks Carol!

    41. Betsy November 2, 2017 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      Tearing my hair out, but my eyeballs are falling out on their own!! 😀 😀 😀

      Here’s a picture of George landing on the nest on June 21st, 2016. Chick #1 (Brutus) and Chick #3 (Rocky) are closest to the camera and Chick #2 (Ali) is to the right by himself (I think Ali was a boy)

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        Is this you?

        • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

          Here’s a spare pair………………….

          • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

            OH,,,some choices for when you’re done with the hair……………

            • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

              I’m partial to lower right ! Even if pink…………….

            • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm

              CarolV: Thanks for the eyes and hair!! Definitely needed!!!!!!! Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read your posts!! 😀 😀 😀

        • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

          CarilV: Is that me? ABSOLUTELY!!

      • Rjoneal November 5, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

        Nice landing George.

    42. JanL November 2, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      After Shelli’s reminder that pics of all wildlife are welcome in the off-season, I asked if drawings of our own are ok, and she was kind enough to say ‘yes’! So here goes; I’m a sometime-sketcher, working mostly in graphite, or chalk. I had a screen shot of ‘Hope’ (one of the kids in the NEFL eagle nest from last year), so I used that as my model–she was turned sideways, vocalizing at a parent, probably hollering ‘feed me!!’ I hope you enjoy this sketch and don’t mind me sharing it here. I enjoy sketching many things, and find an inner peace drawing–at other times, it takes me into another world, to put it bluntly. As Kurt Vonnegut said: “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” My next project: figure out how to get a pic loaded up next to my name here, as others have. Looks like I need to create a Word.press account? Will need to dig into that soon 🙂

      • Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

        It’s beautiful Jan❤︎

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

        Really nice work, Jan! Thanks for sharing!
        I got left out in the art department and have a little envy! My dad was an artist; my sister is an artist and my son has talent, too. Feels like ring-around-the- Carol!

      • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

        JanL: That’s really beautiful!!

      • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply
        • JanL November 3, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

          Thanks all for indulging me on the art work~! Betsy, thank you for the Gravatar links, will investigate in the morning 🙂

      • Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

        JanL Nice job on Hope I still look at some of the videos. Can you try and sketch a pic of our George or Gracie the next time you are feeling it? I would love to see your sketch or drawling!
        And Betsy could find the perfect frame to put it on for the site.
        Thanks for sharing. .

        • Betsy November 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: What a brilliant idea!! Yes, JanL, can you sketch out George and Gracie?

    43. Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Last year I posted a pic of snakebird in my backyard and here is one from this year. Now you can not see in pic but up close some of the feathers have a purple tint to them when the sun catches them just right. Betsy posted a pic of one she found that had purple feathers that you could really see in pic. Anyways enjoy they are wonderful birds.

      • Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

        An anhinga right?

        • Rjoneal November 3, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

          Nita that is correct but here in Florida we call snakebird.
          You probably seen them and might even have were you live.

          • Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

            Rj I remember my mom calling them snake birds.

      • Betsy November 3, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

        Rjoneal: I remember!!

      • CarolV November 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        Nature has a great imagination; infinite in her variety !!

    44. Admin Nita November 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Super moon part 2

      • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Nita thanks for posting Super Moon Part 1 and 2.

        • Admin Nita November 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome Rj =)

      • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

        Amazing how bright the moon is when it’s full/almost full!!

        • Admin Nita November 3, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

          Isn’t it, it lit my bedroom up so much it was like a light was on !

    45. Admin Nita November 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Super moon part 1

    46. Betsy November 2, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      I’m up to July 19th!! 😀 😀 And, I looked at pictures on pages 55 and 56 today … found a few that I was missing!! I had cropped and labeled all of my own screenshots and was just starting to go over pictures that others posted to see if I had the same picture (and if I didn’t, seeing if I had the corresponding video to get the picture — because you know me and printing on the pictures!! 😀 ) when my laptop had crashed in November!! Thank goodness there were so many pictures posted by everyon!! Eventually I’ll get there … but, I sure hope I’m done by the start of next season!!

      • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm - Reply

        Oh!! Picture © 2016 ospreyzone.com – sponsored by Tax Reduction Services

        And, picture is from 07-19-2016 at 19-10-15 hrs Chick #2 Stretching, Chick #1 (L), and Chick #3

        • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

          Ignore the picture ID!! It’s from 07-19-2016 at 19-26-03 hrs Chick #2 Winger-sizing; Chick #1 and Chick #3 (front to back)

      • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        Picture from 06-23-2016 at 17-14-25 hrs Gracie Moving Her Plastic Strip (1)

    47. Tucker November 2, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

      I wish this site had the capability of allowing posters the means to send each other Personal Messages. Trinity I never said the Deer issue was a priority. Other issues take precedent; water quality, affordable housing, I could list several others that are more important than Deer here on the East End. I’m not here to hijack comments. I just gave my view on Deer. Enjoy the pics.

    48. Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      11-2-17 My pic of the day- Eclipse pancake in nest 8-4-17

    49. Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

      CORRECTION- ( oops it has the wrong date on it silly me I did not even notice) NOVEMBER 5,2017 TURN BACK THE CLOCKS and dont forget to check your smoke alarms too.

      • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: Good reminder!!

    50. Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      11-2-17 Reminder for Sunday

      • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

        CORRECTION- ( oops it has the wrong date on it silly me I did not even notice) NOVEMBER 5,2017 TURN BACK THE CLOCKS and dont forget to check your smoke alarms too.

    51. Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Happy November 1, 2017

    52. Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      I have lots of Doves every day 2x a day visit me but I want to share how cute these young juv doves who are mates but just practicing I guess since they just kinda hop on and back off.
      Anyways too cute.

      • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

        Now wait for it…

      • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: They’re so cute, but they don’t look real!! 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

          Seriously you don not think they look real hum… here is 2 uncut screenshots from my camera same day.

          • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

            and see my backyard feeders

            • Admin Nita November 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

              Awwww!

    53. Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      My pic of the day or I should say night sorry so late, Remember in 2015 one of the osprey feathers landed just right and stayed standing upright till the end almost and we called it the Feather Flag.

    54. CarolV November 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      This was the view when I got to work this a.m.

      • CarolV November 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        moving left………………..

        • CarolV November 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

          I forgot to mention…it was a brisk 35 degs.
          You may remember that I have mentioned an osprey couple, Verizon Vic and Vera (my names for them). I watch them where I work. This is the cell phone tower where they make their nest way on top of the top drum. You can see some sticks poking out. If you can see them, there was a flock of black birds (usually a mix of redwings, grackles and starlings banding together in the fall/winter) on the nest and any available perch and spilling down in to the trees. …………….

          A beautiful way to start a day……….the rest of the day was overcast and drab…………..at least it warmed to the upper 50s!

          • JanL November 3, 2017 at 6:55 am - Reply

            Great photos CarolV…thanks 🙂

      • Admin Nita November 2, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Wow beautiful Carol!

      • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

        Beautiful CarolV thanks for sharing. What a good way to start your day. I love days like that.

      • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        CarolV: What P-H-E-N-O-M-I-N-A-L colors!!

    55. Betsy November 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Please, please don’t anyone take this the wrong way. What happened yesterday was an horrific, sickening, vile, loathsome act by a demonic monstrous fiend, but I did have to laugh when I was watching the news this evening and they said there were thousands of ISIS images on that terrorist madman’s computer — and I thought, They’d find thousands of osprey images on mine!

      • Rjoneal November 2, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

        I understand you were just thinking to yourself hummm if they came to my house and went through my computer guess they would be surprised to see Osprey photos and info however in your case not thousands you are probably almost to the million mark cause I am in the thousands ha.

        • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Not even 10,000 yet!! Working on it!! 😀

      • CarolV November 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        Sometimes the only way to react to horror is with humor. Understand completely! My mind is that way too!

        • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Thanks!! Years ago, when I was a young nurse working on an orthopedic floor, we got some of the Avianca plane crash victims. One night one of the patients fell out of bed. I was treating it almost like an emergency, really worried … have to call the doctor stat, get x-rays stat, etc. One of the other nurses said to me, Look, he fell 10,000 feet out of the sky … he only fell a couple of feet to the floor, he’ll be fine. If you let every thing get to you, it will eat you alive!

    56. Tucker November 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Deer have become invasive on the East End of Long Island. I gave up gardening, no longer wishing to feed them, they ate everything. They are destroying the biodiversity of the environment helping create monocultures of invasive plants. Invasive plants that destroy the natural flora. Wooded areas are losing saplings because of the abundance of deer, they eat them before thy get a chance to grow. Change the canopy of the forest it will change the species of what survives. Measures are need to protect our trees and shrubs. Deer populations are huge compared to what they were two, three hundred years ago. The Deer predators that once controlled the population couldn’t possibly keep up. Just think if the Raccoon population was to get out of control and eat all the Osprey eggs? What if the Owl population were to grow such that they ate all the Osprey chicks? I have a friend who had a Deer run into the side of her car. While on the way to the auto body shop another Deer ran into the other side of the car. Please note she did not hit them they hit her. Years ago I very rarely saw Deer. Now three or four daily. My Pal had Eight on his front lawn the other day. I don’t want to see any living creature or organism die. But sometimes we need to take action to save what’s left. My daughter suffers everyday from Lyme Disease. Tick borne ailments abound here, not just lyme’s. The blood test for diagnosis is 42% accurate. When left undetected it wreaks havoc on one’s health. We have learned from Osprey Zone that nature can have a cruel side. I do realize ticks live on other creatures mice, opossum, geese…. A tick can fill itself with blood and fall off. You may never even know you had one on you. I feel sometimes people favor cute things. This is a controversial issue, I’m willing to listen and please correct me if I’m wrong? Just my 2 cents.

      • Trinity November 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        As a resident of central Nassau County and the south shore of central Suffolk County, it’s hard for me to truly empathize with the deer crisis East End residents face ( since I see deer on rare occasions ). I understand the effect deer have on the local flora, destroying private gardens, etc… but many LI residents are more concerned with the ever rising cost of living and the issue of a deer problem does not take priority. Maybe it’s something the East End population should bring attention to in Albany.

      • Helen November 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

        What you are expressing is unfortunately all too pervasive. I have had several deer v car encounters myself. But as you yourself stated, ticks are on species other than deer. I feel that the deer were here first and that has to be respected. When I hear comments that the deer should be eliminated, it truly sickens me.

      • Linda Ardizzone November 2, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

        Wow, that was intense. I find it troubling when humans decide that a certain species needs to be controlled. Mother Nature knows best so why is it we feel so inclined to determine when other species must be controlled or in reality, die at our hands? Sorry but perhaps we humans should stay out of it.

    57. Betsy November 1, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Making my way through checking and re-organizing 2016 pictures!! I’m up to July 11th!! 😀 😀

      Picture from 07-11-2016 at 19-51-51 hrs George Flying to Nest with Fish; Rocky (L), Ali and Brutus (front to back)

      • Betsy November 1, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

        I think my head is going to explode!! 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

          like this ……

          • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

            CLICK on pic to see in action….

            • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

              Rjoneal: Exactly!! 😀

      • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

        Love the pic of course its our babies.

    58. Admin Shelli November 1, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Just a quick note to let u all know that during the off season (Oct – Feb) any and all wildlife or nature related photos or artwork is welcomed.
      I think it’ll be a greadt addition to our chat. Please make sure to give proper credit and a detailed explanation of your photos. Thanks!

    59. JanL November 1, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Thanks Shelli for the note about any and all wildlife pics being welcome, here, during the off-season. OK, here goes :). A screenshot of mine from yesterday morning–this is the female, Juliet, of a pair of mated bald eagles who return each year to their nest in northeast Florida. Her ‘man’ is named Romeo. Judging from past births/egg laying schedules, they expect to see eggs anytime after Nov 6th! Here’s the copyright info from the live cam source. © 2017 American Eagle Foundation Eagles.org AEF-NEFL

      • Admin Shelli November 1, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

        During the off season other wildlife or nature related photos or original artwork is welcome.
        I think that will be a great addition to the OZ chat platform 😊

      • Betsy November 1, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

        JanL: I really like this picture!! What a pretty eagle!!

      • CarolV November 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        Thanks, JanL.I watched this nest last year but haven’t gotten in to the swing of things……….thanks for the reminder!

      • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

        11-1-17 Hi JanL if you dont know about the Trio-Eagle Nest you should check it out. Mom disappeared after the babies las season but the 2 dads which they call Valor I & Valor II raised the baby eaglets last season. Now this Season a New Female has arrived in the nest and so far she has been accepting of both the male dad eagles. The previous Female mated with both male eagles and they believed she laid eggs from both Valor I & Valor II. We are waiting to see if this new female will also mate with both dads.
        Here is link for that

        http://stewardsumrr.org/webcams/

        SWFEC

        http://dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html

        I love Romeo & Juliet but my first Eagle Cam ever was good ole Harriet & Ozzie and now M15, also in Florida Ft.Myers most have heard of them.
        I keep my eyes on about 10 different Eagle cams this time of the year. Even though I have eagles right here in my back yard because the live cams give you a view you just cant see in your backyard. However if you ever seen a full grown Eagle up close before especially the females you will never forget it truly magnificent it still takes my breath away.

        • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Wow, that sounds so amazing that the 2 males raised the babies!!

    60. CarolV October 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Moonrise…………………………

      • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Feel free to do a little howling!

        • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

          Full Moon- 11/4 @1:23am

          – Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon

          • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

            Info from Farmers’ Almanac

    61. CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Pic of day—-5/29/16—
      …………………………………..Gracie doing tai-chi to relieve cramps from sitting on the future 3 Musketeers…….

      • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        sorry—cprt2017ospreyzone.com/spons.by TaxReductionServices.com

        • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

          screwed that up! …….cprt2016……

      • Betsy November 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Yeah, another picture for my 2016 collection!! Great picture!!

      • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

        CarolV some of my favs are the Action packed ones you have posted. Every time is see you type the words tai-chi I cant help but think of that commercial the chia- pet and I have to sing the tune ch..ch.. chia .

    62. CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      To All- For anyone who misusunderstood—When I captioned the photo of a deer that my son took, that he “shot”, I was of course referring to shot by camera. I’m sorry for any concern by some that I was posting a now dead deer’s photo. I just thought the stag was majestic and a bit unusual with its unique antlers and wanted to share. It’s not unusual to have deer around the neighborhood, but it is rare to catch one bedded down nearby while still light enough to take a picture.

    63. Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Here is Gracie from last year pic I did.

      • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        Also munching on the scenery!

        • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

          Yes CarolV she got hungry while howling at the moon.

      • JanL November 1, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

        Rjoneal–Nice composite with Gracie! Belated Halloween greetings to you 🙂

    64. Betsy October 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      This is one of my favorite composites from last year. This was Rocky’s 2nd ever fish catch, on 8/23 at 19:26 hrs, and he took almost 30 minutes to eat the fish. Over that time span the sky colors changed dramatically as the sun set. I wanted to capture that, so I took a screenshot every 4 minutes, then took a sequential slice of each for my composite.

      • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        Picture CPRT ospreyzone.com-Sponsored by TaxReduction Serviceshttp://ospreyzone.com/

        • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

          Just thinking!! I had cropped off the black info bar on all of my pictures when I saved them (no offense, but yuck with it there!! 😀 ) just titling them in my picture folder with the date and time and who was who. So, in case I forget to note it, all of my pictures are CPRT ospreyzone.com-Sponsored by TaxReduction Serviceshttp://ospreyzone.com/ 😀

      • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

        I remember that….very pretty and innovative.

    65. Dawn October 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Party of five.

      • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        Hi Dawn thank you for sharing.

      • CarolV November 1, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

        Your table is ready!

        • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

          Now thats a good one CarolV hope they remember +1 + 1 since we had 2 juv intruders this night.

      • Betsy November 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

        Dawn: That was really something when those 2 other juveniles stopped by for a visit!!

    66. Admin Shelli October 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Hey everyone, I just wanted to remind you that during the off season you are allowed to post pictures of any and all wildlife.
      Please make sure to give the proper credits and good information or caption for your photos.
      Thanks!

      • Admin Shelli October 31, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        And if you have a question or need myself or Nita, please feel free to email us. We’re glad to hear from you…that’s what we’re here for 💗

    67. Betsy October 31, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      Rjoneal: I’m still here!! I had posted in the spring that my laptop had crashed in November. First I had a local company try to retrieve my pictures and videos from the hard drive, but they were unsuccessful. So, then I sent the hard disk out to a fancy-schmancy company in Missouri to give it a go. They told me the disk was frozen, meaning it wouldn’t spin, so they had to retrieve my data with a different method. They retrieved what they could and sent back the data on an external hard drive. The data comes back in folders — I think when I started going through them there were something like 15,000 main folders. Some of them were empty and some of them just had one piece of data and some had multiple sub-folders within sub-folders within sub-folders within sub-folders!! In a couple of the main folders I was in like the 4th sub-folder and then there were thousands — yes thousands — of sub-folders, either empty or with only one bit of data!! Look in the Windows (C) drive and you’ll get an idea of how my data came back — only instead of names the main folders just had numbers (like 0000111344) 😀 😀 I’d find a picture here and there in these folders. Finally I found the mother-lode, the folder that had my pictures, but because the computer crashed a bunch of them are missing and a bunch of them can’t be opened. I’m hoping to recreate some of my pictures from my videos, but some of those can’t be played and some are missing!! I’m running a program now, Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery, with the hope that the damaged pictures can be repaired!! Anyway, here’s a picture for yesterday’s pic of the day (it’s from 07-20-2016 at 11-21-50 hrs with Ali, Brutus, and Rocky (L to R).

      • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        And, here’ a picture for today’s pic of the day — it’s face time with Ali from 8/12/2016 at 16-58-40 hrs 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

          Betsy just in this pose look how much Alis head and beak markings look like Eclipse all that white down by the beak.
          Love to Face-time with Ali,miss you!

      • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

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      • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

        Oh my Golly Betsy what a mess. You have gone through so much time and money such devotion and passion for George & Gracie and family I am sending you a big cup of coffee same one I sent last year when doing a big project you will need it. .
        I know when we upgraded and hubby loaded what he thought were all my pics from 2015-2016 I lost a lot because it was not all of them. I had not backed up all since I was going through them and well those are the ones I lost. I was very upset for awhile but I am just glad I took a lot of pics so I have some. I just hate it when I know I use to have a certain pic and then when I cant find it I remember oh that one is gone.

        Thanks for posting 2 pics of the day we do have followers checking in.

        • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

          And ….

        • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Thanks for the coffee!! I really need it!! 😀

      • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

        You are a trooper! I would have put my head down and cried! I don’t understand 1/2 of what you said, let alone know how to do anything with it!!!!!

        • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

          and a donut to go with that coffee………….

        • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I DID cry, an oceanful!! All my hard work and designs and portraits, hours and hours and hours of work just poof gone!! But, they were able to recover a lot of it. I had about a little over 1900 pictures, I guess, and probably lost about 200 of them. After I go through the recovered pictures, I’ll try to figure out what I am missing and if I have the video to recreate it (although some of the videos are also gone) and I’ll go through last year’s comments for others that I may have posted but didn’t get back and from what other people posted. At least my George and Gracie and the family portraits I had created on Microsoft Word and my docs were mostly intact, and I was able to recreate the missing portraits. And, I’m running a program to try to recover the pictures that won’t open. Oh, well, what can you do!! It is what it is. And, I still do have a ton of pictures — although I guess to some 1700 pictures isn’t that many!! 😀 😀

          Thanks for the donut, yummy!!

          I’ll use an analogy to try to explain the folder thing. Say you have old banking checking and saving statements from multiple banks, and tax returns, and tons of whatever other paperwork people save, and pictures. They’re all organized and stored neatly in cardboard boxes in a garage, grouped together in their individual boxes, all adding up to over 110,000 pieces of paper. And, a big storm comes and the wind blows everything apart and all over the place, some papers blowing down the street. So, you hire a company to try to find as many of the papers as they can and organize them. They get a huge file cabinet that has 20,000 hanging folders — it’s a deluxe fancy-schmancy file cabinet. 😀 All you really want is the pictures, so you start to look in the hanging folders to find them. Some of the hanging folders are empty and some have only 1 piece of paper in them; some have a manila folder in it, either empty or holding a piece or a few pieces of paper, and some have a manila folder within a manila folder within a manila folder within a manila folder, with a piece or a few pieces of paper in each, and then a couple of these innermost folders even have a pack of 2,000+ manila folders (there was a special on manila folders!! 😀 😀 ). So you keep looking, going through each individual folder. And then you find a picture in one of the manila folders, but it’s a torn half of a picture!! Yeah, in another folder, you find an intact picture!! Finally, you find a folder that has most of your pictures in it, but some of those are only torn halves and some are so damaged that you can’t tell what the picture is, and although the company found a lot of your pictures, they couldn’t find all of them!! Understand now? 😀 😀 😀

          • CarolV November 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

            Sorry Betsy…..my eyes are glazing over…………..I get the gist………….a #@!+storm of a mess and a bucket of aggravation and a crap load of heartbreak…..sound about right?

            • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm

              CarolV: You hit the nail on the head!!

          • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

            Betsy I about fell off my chair when I read now you are going to try and explain to her using the folder system to funny but it defiantly brings me back to the adding machine days ha. Good job explaining.

            • Betsy November 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm

              Rjoneal: Apparently there’s no way to just recover pictures, videos and documents … you get the whole dang OS and the apps back … in tens of thousands of pieces … each in their own lovely little folder!! 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

          Oops forgot the doughnut
          thanks CarolV she will need it.

        • Rjoneal November 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

          CarolV you crack me up.

    68. Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Happy Halloween, be safe

      • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        deflated ghost in nest…………or does anyone remember THE BLOB?

        • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          Yes CarolV I remember the blob and deflated ghost is perfect. You just made the perfect story to go w my pic Tks.

    69. Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      OZ Followers – Since we are doing a Pic of The Day any request of what year or what pictures you would like to see, if so just post and hopefully we can make that happen. 🙂

    70. CarolV October 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      A much calmer night tonight….beautiful blues as the day fades…..
      We had a lot of rain thru until this morning, followed by heavy winds thru the morning. Some large branches were already down all around as I headed to work and I also spotted an electric pole that was only standing because the wires were holding it up. But the situation changed as the winds picked up, causing many trees across the roads and several poles to fall. Sections of our 2 major roads plus a secondary backroad were closed at various times throughout the day. The ride home was2x longer than usual. Even tho rt.25 had been cleared, the other roads were being funneled into it . Just grateful that all seems to be well at home.

      Hope everyone is doing well…..weather is crazy all over!

      Clear tonight, mid 40s ……..looking good for the trick or treaters tomorrow…….

      • CarolV October 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

        My son “shot” this handsome guy yesterday just before sunset. There’s a sump across the side road by me; chainlink fence surrounded by overgrowth and tangled vines. The stag was tucked back in a small cleared space and was disinclined to move, even tho my son wasn’t far from him. He had a snug spot with some shelter from the rain……..I like his mis-matched antlers.

        • Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

          Hey CarolV you mean took picture I hope? Surely you are not saying he went hunting and shot animal right? For those who hunt for fun I do not judge that is their thing but I am all about life for animals. Now if you have to hunt for survival that is different but everyone is entitled to their own opinion I choose life.

          • Betsy October 31, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

            Rjoneal: Didn’t you see that CarolV has the word shot in quotation marks!! Meaning her son “shot” the deer with a camera!! 😀

            • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm

              Betsy I did but I got lots of emails of concern on this picture. CarolV knows, I know, she meant picture just wording really throws a lot of people off sometimes.
              Thanks for posting for those who do not know.

          • CarolV October 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

            Thanks, ladies, for helping me out with this one…..didn’t realize I would cause such a stir! Mis-worded, mis-read, whatever…..mis-communication is all. Just a lot of misses!

            • Admin Shelli October 31, 2017 at 5:38 pm

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            • Rjoneal October 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm

              CarolV All is peaceful at the nest. 💜💙💚

        • Helen November 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

          He looks nice and chubby Carol.

    71. Isobel October 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Hello, yes still looking in each day. Love the photos and comments but I also don’t have any pictures I’m afraid.

      • Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Isobell thank you posting glad you are still checking in. I know you have been with us and I am just glad to know you are still out there. With all the eagles,falcons,bears,deer,pandas,hawks,and all the other animals live cams going on right now everyone including me are not checking in as often.

        I just want to keep the chat active as best as I can so Paul will keep the camera on. The winter time at the nest view is gorgeous for those who live in Florida it is something I look forward too. Last year the camera went down shortly after I got pictures of the 1st snow at the nest.
        Take Care
        Love Our Osprey Family & Followers

    72. Bonnie Sudnick October 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Hi, still here too. Check in now and again. No pics to share. Our osprey all left along with visitors and bald eagles have taken over within a week’s time. So will see and definitely hear them for the next several months. (Broadwater creek off of the Chesapeake Bay) They seem to not interact, but really get onto those blue herons though!

      • Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

        Hi Bonnie S. thanks for posting and checking in. Here in Florida I have the Ospreys, Eagles, Owls, and Blue Herons. Right now the Eagles and Owls are very active and the Herons should have babies already in the nest or their babies are just now hatching. The Ospreys lay low pretty much now until the Eagles start mating then around January the Ospreys will start mating again. Usually only see the Ospreys 1x a day now but the Eagles all day long. Chesapeake Bay is very active place you probably get to see a lot there too. Those Eagles will try and take a baby Heron and eat it so I hope the Herons are keeping their babies hidden if they have any. But no matter what happens it is the circle of life and everyone is competing to stay alive and I am ok with that.
        Keep checking in when you can and enjoy the Eagles.
        Love Our Osprey Family & Followers

    73. Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      OZ Followers- Hello are you still checking in?
      If their is anyone else out there still checking in post a hello or hi or please join us in The Picture of The Day- post a pic to share with us……..
      Love Our Osprey Family & Followers

      • Trinity October 30, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

        I’m still here ! Don’t have any osprey pics so I’ll just enjoy what everyone posts 😀

        • Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          Hi Trinity glad you are still checking of course. Do you see any Eagles in your area? It is so hard to believe that Fall is here and soon winter I miss George & Gracie so much I did not get enough of Gracie so I hope she does not pull the same thing next year.

          • Trinity October 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

            There are several bald eagle nests on LI but I haven’t been lucky enough to see any. I did spot quite a few red tailed hawks in NJ & PA a few weeks ago. Lately I’ve seen a slew of butterflies down by Ocean Parkway ( runs parallel to the ocean ), most likely migrating south.

    74. Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Betsy I did not see your pic of the day all ok?

    75. Rjoneal October 30, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

      10-30-17 Pic of the day- Devoted,Gracie ( mommy ) tries to cover Solar & Eclipse during the storm.

      • Admin Nita October 31, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

        Precious photo Rj ❤︎

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