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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

    45,435 Comments

    1. CarolV November 23, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving from the Zone and the photo-bomb crow!

    2. CarolV November 23, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

      “Shouldn’t this be turkey???”

      Happy, healthy day to everyone!

    3. Rjoneal November 23, 2017 at 12:05 am - Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving, be safe

    4. Admin Shelli November 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      To the OZ family

      • CarolV November 23, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

        You, too, Shelli…..and Nita

      • Rjoneal November 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Shelli now we have to get ready for Christmas and those baby eaglets to hatch ha..

    5. Admin Shelli November 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Here is a wonderful article about Bailey from Hog Island written by Audubon – Enjoy!
      http://www.audubon.org/news/the-saga-continues-bailey-beleaguered-hog-island-osprey

      • nfc November 23, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

        Thanks for the article. It was a very stressful time for the Hog Island ospreys.
        Watching H and M in SWFL now. Hope for a good season. All set for 2-8-18 classroom chat.
        Happy Thanksgiving.

        • Admin Shelli November 23, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

          Looking forward to hosting your classroom session!

        • Rjoneal November 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

          Hi nfc glad you are still checking in.
          Yes beautiful Harriet and handsome M15 are wonderful and they got 1 egg so far. Of course they are in Florida we’re I am so I watch them a lot more.
          Romeo &Juliet have 2 eggs
          and all the other Eagles should be laying theirs anytime.
          Take care

          • Admin Shelli November 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

            Harriet’s second egg was laid last night…so her clutch is full 💗

          • nfc November 24, 2017 at 6:16 am - Reply

            Rjoneal— I have been here all three years. I only started posting this year. By posting I was able to set up the classroom chat with Shell at SWFL eagle cam. I never even thought of doing it last year( that was the first year I had internet in my classroom). I am passing on my new knowledge and a passion for eagle and osprey life to the children. They love seeing what is happening. There are more eagle happenings during the school year, but we get the beginning of the ospreys in May and June.
            I enjoy reading all the posts that have been here.

      • Trinity November 23, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

        Bailey is a fighter and I hope she’s able to return to Maine on her own accord, also heartwarming to see how generous people are to donate for her care. Thanks for posting 🧡

      • Linda Ardizzone November 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much for sharing this story. We all love our sweet Bailey. 🙂

        • Admin Shelli November 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

          It was my pleasure! Praying for a full recovery and a soon release 🙏🏻

    6. alizarin November 22, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

      For those who want a 2018 G&G calendar, I finished the first draft which I sent to Rjoneal who will help review the dates and pics for me. It will probably be another week or two before it will be ready to email to those who want a digital copy (pdf). So if you want the file, please email me at alizarin (at) operamail (dot) com and I’ll email a copy to you to print when it’s ready. The calendar is the same size and set up as last year’s–tabloid size and in color.

      Enjoy the holiday season!

    7. CarolV November 22, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

      Haven’t been around much lately…..looking forward to seeing what’s new when I have more time………..it’s pouring right now as I get ready for work………ugh-hate driving in the rain…

      Everyone have a great day and a warm and healthy holiday!

    8. Betsy November 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Another batch

      • CarolV November 23, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

        You’re really working your way thru those mangled folders! Must be like one of those puzzles where all the pieces are the same color or the subject is so abstract all the pieces look alike! Would have me dizzy in no time!
        Take a little time for turkey!

    9. Betsy November 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Where is everyone? 😀

    10. Betsy November 20, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

      I haven’t watched the video stream in weeks. Today I decided to take a break from my 2016 picture recovery/re-creation nightmare and watch it. This is a crow landing on the nest and then flying up to the perch.

    11. Betsy November 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      “Eh??”

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

        7/25/2016

      • Betsy November 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        My picture is of funny-face Gracie

    12. Betsy November 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      Honest opinion: Does this look bad?

    13. Betsy November 19, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Gracie and Brutus 7/25/2016

    14. Betsy November 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      1: Solar hopping down from perch
      2: Solar flying to nest
      3: Eclipse flying to nest
      4: Eclipse landing on nest

    15. Admin Nita November 18, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Gorgeous sunrise!

    16. CarolV November 17, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Posting @ 10amEST- Some shots from this morning- a clear, crisp, windy day………….You can see the water going back out to the bay …………The camera and nest are swaying so badly; I was getting seasick!!!! Hope everything holds on!

      • JanL November 18, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

        Great captures, CarolV…I had tuned in during part of that time and saw some of that seasick-inducing-swaying! Had to turn it off 🙂

    17. CarolV November 17, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

      8/30/16– “Nice pose, Dad!……Now, can I have the fish??”
      ……………..”Pheewww! It’s exhausting doing all that cheering !!”

    18. CarolV November 15, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Someone turned a light on down below………….

      • CarolV November 15, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        Minutes before…………………

        We finally had sun today after days of gloomy……….mid 50s temps dropping to mid 40s, then rising after midnight as rain comes in. Future cast for the next week shows temps at best mid 50s…….guess we are in slide to winter………..

    19. CarolV November 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      BETSY: Just saw your remark about the color on some of my shots— there was something wrong with my computer. Remember the yellow taco chip that sat in the middle of the nest for a while–bright yellow? I have shots where it has hardly any color at all! Whatever the cause, it fixed itself- or I stumbled thru fixing it(doubtful) Anyhow, it was like the sudden colorization of OZ and I was seeing color again.!!!
      So you may need to break something else in your computer to duplicate that effect……………..{:*}}

      And thanks for all your efforts to educate me…..someday………….

      • CarolV November 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

        These were same day- it was in and out several times; that pizza slice/ taco/ whatever really brought it home, when I started seeing it in others’ shots………..

    20. Betsy November 14, 2017 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Picture from 7/31/2016 Rocky winger-sizing and Brutus on the left eating

    21. Betsy November 14, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

      CarolV: I made you a How to Attach an OZ Logo to a Picture video

      https://youtu.be/S5q9kFGHXFE

      • Betsy November 14, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

        Admin Nita: Saw your comment on YouTube for this video — I have a Windows 10 laptop and use Microsoft Office 2010 (although I really only ever use Word). I just googled and, if you don’t already have it, it looks like you can get Microsoft Office for a Mac — online or from a brick-and-mortar store. I love it — that’s how I create all of my portraits and frames!!

        • Admin Nita November 15, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

          Thank you Betsy!

    22. ChrisH November 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      CarolV… thanks for my laughs for the day re your comments about “G&G don’t make ugly” and the G’s discussing the stick. LOL literally!! 😀

      • ChrisH November 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        Oh, and I also forgot to mention the “ceviche in a salty brine…”

        Ha-ha!

        • Admin Nita November 13, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

          My son in law loves that =)

        • CarolV November 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

          Thanks! We all need a good laugh! Glad I helped! And the ceviche comment was my personal favorite……….

    23. Betsy November 13, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

      “This is a WHAT??

      07/25/2016

    24. Rjoneal November 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      11-12-17 I have not been on site all day but looks like live cam is down.
      My picture is of sweet Ali from 2016 Season 2

      • Admin Shelli November 13, 2017 at 12:59 am - Reply

        Thanks I’ll message Aidan in the morning

      • Admin Shelli November 13, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

        The cam is working on my end this morning 😊

        • Rjoneal November 13, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

          Tks it is working now good job Aidan many thanks to your quick action.

    25. CarolV November 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Nice to see the moon was out but it is now 11:25am- getting the 4 hr. mid-night recycle……….

    26. Betsy November 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      CarolV: Here’s another way to add the logo to your picture:

      Follow Steps 1 and 2 below. Then continue:

      Step 3: Doing the same as in Step 2 for your picture, copy and paste the OZ logo onto the Word document. Tap/left click on the logo and the “Picture Tools Format” tab will show up (it’s hidden until you tap/left click on a picture) giving you a selection of things you can do. Size the logo to the width of your picture. (You don’t need to do anything in “Wrap Text” with this method.)

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

        Step 4: Tap/left click on the “Insert” tab again and tap/left click on the “Shapes” icon. A drop down menu will open – go all the way down to the bottom to “New Drawing Canvas” and tap/left click on that (A). The new canvas will open up immediately so make sure you leave space between the pictures you just pasted and the canvas (by hitting the enter key a few times after pasting the pictures). Then size the canvas, similarly to how you sized the OZ logo – a “Drawing Tools” tab opens after you insert the canvas – making sure to uncheck the “Lock aspect ratio” box (or the canvas height will be too large). Size the canvas to the exact width of the picture but for the height you need to add together the height of the picture and the height of the OZ logo (B). (For example, for my Brutus Not Ugly picture, the picture of Brutus was 5.85 inches and the OZ logo was 0.15 inches, so the height for the canvas was 6 inches; the width on both pictures was 6.5 inches.) AND, just to let you know, when the cursor is not over the canvas, it disappears and you’ll have to “feel” around to locate it (with the cursor).

        • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

          Pictures are reversed — picture A is the bottom picture.

        • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm - Reply

          Funny story: The 1st time I used a new drawing canvas, I pasted it on the Word document. I had forgotten what size I needed to make it, so I went back to my picture for the size. Then, I’m like, Cr*p, where’d the canvas go??!! So, I pasted another canvas and sized it. I went to my picture to copy it, and I’m like, Not again!! Where the h*ll did my canvas go?? So, I pasted a THIRD canvas and after going to copy my picture, the canvas again was gone!! I’m like, What the h*ll is wrong with #$@&%*! Word!! 😀 😀 Then, after highlighting everything on the page, I saw the “shadows” for them. And that’s how I learned that they don’t show unless they’re tapped inside the frame!! Even with the picture in them, once you’re off it the canvas doesn’t show. Sometimes I’ll have a bunch of pictures on the page (like tonight!!) and I have to click on each to find my canvassed picture!!

          • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

            Tip: If you want, you can type 2 parallel rows of dashes or x’s or whatever and paste the New Drawing Canvas in between them so you know immediately where it is

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm - Reply

        Step 5: Copy and paste your picture into the canvas. It should fit in perfectly, but you may have to position it (there’s a position tab in the same window used for sizing a picture – it should be snug to the top and to the left in the canvas, 0 inches horizontal and 0 inches vertical – remember, tap/left click on the picture to open the “Picture Tools” tab to get options/sizing). Copy and paste the OZ logo into the canvas then position it using the positioning tab in the “Picture Tools” (C) – any picture pasted into the canvas always pastes to the top of the canvas and will need to be positioned – for horizontal put in 0 and for the vertical put in the height of your original picture (again, for example with my Brutus picture, after I inserted the OZ logo into the canvas, I set the vertical position as 5.85”, the height of my picture). You may be wondering why you can’t paste your picture and the OZ logo into the canvas directly from pictures folders using the Insert Pictures tab – because the picture inserts itty-bitty and there’s no way to reset the size of it to the proper size (D)!!

        • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

          You can also drag the logo into position, but using the position tab is more precise.

        • Betsy November 12, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

          Actually, I need to revise the “no way to reset the itty-bitty picture”: It can be reset: tap/left click on the itty-bitty picture in the canvas to open up the “Picture Tools” tab. Then, where the sizing box is, tap the up arrow on the width or height to “grow” it. You just have to make sure you stop when the proper dimensions of the original picture is reached or the picture will continue to “grow” to fill up the entire canvas and the picture will be “warped”!! Then you’ll need to move the picture to the top of the canvas so the space on the bottom can be used for the logo.

          This is an exaggerated example, but I made the new drawing canvas 8 x 6.5 inches, inserted the picture of Brutus via the “Picture” tab directly into the canvas and used the arrow key to “grow” the picture, not stopping at the original dimensions (5.85″ x 6.5″). This is the result: 😀 😀

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

        Step 6 (last step!!): Holding the cursor anywhere on the edge of the canvas (on the clear plastic-looking outline), right click to get a drop down menu and then left click on “copy”; then right click to paste the new picture onto the document – making sure to move the cursor to another spot on the Word document or you’ll end up just pasting your new composite into the canvas!! Voila, picture with logo!! Good luck!!

    27. Betsy November 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      CarolV: Here is the logo so you can use it to attach to pictures. Either save it as a picture or copy and paste it onto a Word document and save. There are a couple of ways to attach the logo to the picture. I’ll give you a way I think you’ll be able to do. Do you have Microsoft Word? Keep in mind I use the touchpad only on a Windows 10 laptop so all I have to usually do is move the cursor to hover over something and then tap to open or R click to get drop down menus.

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        Step 1: Open up a new MS Word document. The size of the document can be adjusted in the “Page Layout” tab. The default paper size is letter size (8.5 x 11 inches), so pictures, even if they’re larger, will paste as 6.5 inches wide. When the Word document size is changed, the picture will paste larger – up to the parameters of the margins, which can also be adjusted. In normal margins, the picture width will be 2 inches smaller than the width of the document; in other words, if you want to post the picture to OZ in the actual size it was originally saved as, the Word document width needs to be 2 inches larger than the width of the picture. Your pictures are generally 9.53 inches wide, so to keep that width, the Word document would have to be no less than 11.75 inches. Are you with me so far, CarolV?? 😀

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

        Step 2: Paste the picture you need the logo for onto the page (tap or left click on the “Insert” tab, then tap/left click on the “Picture” icon; your picture folder will open and you can choose the picture you want – double tap or double left click on the desired picture and it will copy and paste right onto the Word document. Or, go directly to your picture folder, place the cursor over the picture you want, right click and from the drop down menu right click on “copy” and then go to the Word document, R click on the document and from the drop down menu tap/left click on “paste” to paste the picture onto the document). Still with me, CarolV? 😀

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Step 3: Doing the same as in Step 2, copy and paste the OZ logo onto the Word document directly below the picture (A). Tap/left click on the logo and the “Picture Tools Format” tab will show up (it’s hidden until you tap/left click on a picture) giving you a selection of things you can do. First size the logo to the width of your picture (it’s all the way over to the right [B]). Then tap/left click on the Text Wrap icon and tap/left click on “In Front of Text” (C) – this will allow you to move the logo around. Push it straight up until its top is tightly touching the bottom of the picture (D). Eyes glazed over yet? 😀

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

        Step 4: Highlight the picture and logo – hold your cursor on the left side next to the picture (not on the picture itself) and tap/left click and the picture and logo will both be highlighted (E). Then, keeping the cursor where it is, right click and you’ll get a drop down menu. Then, tap/left click on “copy.” Making sure you’re in the “Home” tab, go to the “Paste” (clipboard) icon, tap/left click for Paste options (F); an options window will open (G). Tap/left click on Picture (Enhanced Metafile). The picture and logo will paste as one picture. Save to the pictures folder to then post. Are you going Buh buh buh buh buh buh like Goldie Hawn in “Overboard”? 😀 😀

      • CarolV November 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Betsy, for the step-by-step…………will try this ….sure it will take me a while…………..between you and Rj’s encouragement. I hope I get there!

        • Betsy November 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

          CarolV: You can do it!! Just take your time, step by step. It’ll be confusing in the beginning, but then it will become easy!

    28. Betsy November 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Someone had posted a comment on one of my videos on YouTube that Brutus got uglier as she got older. Does Brutus look ugly?? Not to me!!

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

        Brutus IS a handsome bird…….G&G don’t make ugly!!!

        • Betsy November 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

          CarolV: 😀 😀 to the G&G don’t make ugly!! They sure don’t!!

    29. Betsy November 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Someone had posted a comment on one of my videos on YouTube that Brutus got uglier as she got older. Does Brutus look ugly? Not to me!!

    30. CarolV November 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      4/30/17-
      Sometimes you catch an odd angle that just looks weird till you see a different view…..

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:56 pm - Reply

        I LIKE these!!

        • CarolV November 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

          Oh, me, too Betsy- weird is good….just different

          • Betsy November 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

            Carol V: I like the semi-black-and-white old-timey feel!! How DID you get that color?? I remember at one point this summer all of your pictures were coming out without color — they’re not true black-and-white, they’re not gray, they’re not sepia … I’ll have to try to figure it out!! Another mistake that can be useful!!

    31. CarolV November 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      ” I will be serving this lovely fish, lightly ripped apart, ceviche in a salty brine, for your eating pleasure…………………..Honey, they aren’t paying attention……………..”

      • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 11:57 pm - Reply

        CarolV: The size of the fish!! IT could eat the chicks!! 😀

    32. CarolV November 11, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

      “Honey,– do you think that’s a good place for that stick?”
      “George………….please, you decide. I’m exhausted…” (I’ll change it later anyway…..)

      • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

        6/9/16

        • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

          Guess I’ve gotta learn how to add logo line to pics that don’t have it….It seemed like everyone that caught my eye today was naked!……………..gggrrroooan……………..

          • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

            everyone meaning photos…..I really should re-read my comments from a neutral point of view before posting……………

            • Rjoneal November 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm

              tks CarolV 🙂 Hopefully you will figure out something on how to add logo with your computer.

            • CarolV November 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

              Thanks, Rj…..Lots of coaching and I will hopefully figure it out….found something called Paint on Office program and am exploring….unsuccessfully…..stumbling is my best learning method.

              BETSY- good question-don’t know why it was crooked…

            • Betsy November 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

              CarolV: I didn’t know quite where to put this comment because there’s no reply button to your Paint on Office program comment!! Are you referring to the Microsoft app “Paint” (there’s also “Paint 3D” — you know how much I hate the printing on the pictures, so I used a little cropping from another picture and Paint 3D “watercolor paint” to “fix” the 5/11 Gracie picture I posted a couple of days ago!! 😀 😀 ). Anyway, it’s good for some things, but not attaching the logo to a picture.

          • Betsy November 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

            CarolV: How come the picture is crooked? 😀 😀

    33. Betsy November 11, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Solar’s fledge

    34. Rjoneal November 11, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Thinking of our Veterans and their Families Today….

    35. Betsy November 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Admins Nita or Shelli: Would you let Aidan know that the pictures aren’t showing up on pages 95 and 96 (I guess since the # of comments per page was adjusted). All I can say is, Phew, good thing I copied all the pages onto MS Word in the spring so I could figure out what pictures got eaten after my laptop crashed in November!!

      • Admin Shelli November 10, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

        Betsy I have texted Aidan with your concern. I’ll let u know when I hear back from him.
        Have a good night.

        • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: Thank you!

          😀 Just noticing that the time on the laptop is 10:36 pm, but the time of my last post is 10:38 pm. Would you ask Aidan to also adjust the time (and on video stream) for the time change?

          • Admin Nita November 11, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

            Thanks Betsy! I let him know.

    36. Betsy November 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Gracie flying off with fish — 5/11 about 4 pm. Looks naked without the time on the bar!!

    37. Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      My pictures of sweet Rocky 9-2-16 Yes logo at the top 🙂

      • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        Like that middle one gazing over his shoulder

    38. Admin Shelli November 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Hey everyone I just want to remind you that when posting a photo the OZ logo MUST be on the photo.
      Typing the OZ credits in the comments is not acceptable. Plz make sure the OZ logo is on your photos and videos.

      Also, there are many different personalities here in our chat platform so let’s allow creative freedom and expression especially when making cute photos, collages and videos….as long as the OZ logo is present and it’s not rude or crude, the sky is the limit.

      Let’s all be kind and thoughtful of our fellow group members even if we don’t agree with something. This should be a FUN, SAFE and DRAMA FREE place.
      Osprey, education and conservation should always be our focus here.

      Peace ✌️

      • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        Thank you Shelli 🙂

      • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        Thanks Shelli

    39. Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      And here is Hank who was very excited when he saw Bailey and she him.
      There was an instant connection between them, and I’m so happy to hear this!

      The Hog Island nest has had manny woes the past several years and Bailey was sparred none. She was attacked 3 times by a GHO, which caused a wing injury. Then just as she was healing, she was attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets that caused her to fledge early. Then to top it off an eagle attacked her in mid air and she plummeted into the bay and was brought to a rehab in Maine. This is just a small part of her saga. Now she is in warm Florida at The Birds of Prey Center. We don’t know if she will be released only time will tell.

      Anyway isn’t this such a sweet photo❤︎

      • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

        Thank you Nita for giving update on Bailey and yes so sweet such an adorable photo. I am glad Bailey is here in Florida with us and a friend to boot a female at that.
        Bailey has had a rough start at life but thank goodness for the live cams and everyone’s participation this one Osprey has been saved to many times to keep count.
        Thanks again for sharing info and photos. 🙂

        • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome Rj happy to report good news =)

          • Admin Shelli November 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

            Thanks Nita for sharing this wonderful news with the group!
            You’re the best 💗

      • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

        Glad to hear Bailey may have a buddy! She could prob still use some species interaction !

      • Betsy November 12, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

        Admin Nita: The poor thing to go through all of that!

    40. Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      At you guys request here’s the first update on Bailey…..

      Dear Friends of Bailey

      I am pleased to report that yesterday morning Bailey was transferred from Avian Haven in Maine to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Florida as their 799th raptor patient of the year. She continues to be in good hands as the Florida Center has treated more than 20,000 raptors.
      Bailey was driven to Boston’s Logan Airport, placed aboard a direct Delta flight to Orlando and met by staff from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. According to the Center staff she “looked fabulous” on arrival. She will be placed in a 55’ long flight pen with two other ospreys where her recovery will continue. Bailey’s assisted migration to Florida was just ahead of an advancing Arctic cold front that dropped the first snow fall of the year in Maine. This was great timing for Bailey as ospreys prefer warmer temperatures. It’s interesting to see the layers of clothing that Baileys holder in Maine is wearing and the contrasting t-shirt of her receiver in Florida! The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey will post occasional updates about her progress on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AudubonCenterforBirdsofPrey/
      It is with great pleasure that I thank the staff of Avian Haven for their great care for Bailey and for arranging the transport to Florida. We are very pleased that her recovery will continue at this important Audubon facility that specializes in the recovery of birds of prey. Somehow it seems appropriate that Bailey has found her way from one Audubon Sanctuary to a new Audubon home. Both Hog Island and the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey are owned and managed by National Audubon Society.
      Many thanks to the many Bailey friends that made gifts to Hog Island for Bailey’s support. More than $3,000 was received from 85 friends for Bailey’s care at Avian Haven and her transport to Florida. An additional $1,500 for Bailey was received by Friends of Hog Island and these funds will go to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey to help support Bailey while she continues to heal. She is one lucky osprey to have so many friends!
      Steve Kress, Director Hog Island Audubon Camp
      Photos from Maine and Florida attached
      1. Bailey leaves Avian Haven in Maine
      2. Bailey in Travel Box
      3. Bailey welcomed to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Florida

      • Helen November 10, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

        Nita – Many thanks for reporting this happy news. Helen

        • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome Helen!

    41. Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      My pic for today is 5-12-17 3 eggs George & Gracie in the nest and a new stick for a flag

    42. Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      George

    43. Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      I’m up to comment page 89!! (And, I now have 1,612 pictures up to July 24th!!) I was able to re-create from video some of the pictures that I was missing or saved others posted that were, in my opinion, good (meaning no printing on them or where I could crop off the printing still leaving a really good picture). A few pictures on the previous pages I liked a lot, but they had printing along the top that couldn’t be cropped off without destroying the picture (printing smack dab across the middle of Gracie’s FACE??!! What’s up with that?? Especially since she was standing perfectly still — in other words not an action shot!!)

      • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        I suppose I could crop it off leaving her looking like she had a really botched lobotomy!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        Then, I console myself with the thought that I have a lot of beautiful pictures like this one. (I had to shake my head and laugh when one viewer said she liked the printing ON the picture and didn’t like the black bar on the bottom — I guess it never entered her mind that the bar can be cropped off leaving an unblemished picture!!)

        • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

          That’s Brutus winger-sizing July 24th

        • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

          And, this:

          Brutus (wings) and Ali (legs) were winger-sizing. Rocky didn’t know where to move to get out of the way!! And, Gracie was oblivious to it all!! 😀

          • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

            Gracie is a very pragmatic mom……kids just want to have fun and when the house is small, they still need to stretch their wings!!!!!! Go with the flow….

            Enjoying these trips down memory lane!

            • CarolV November 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

              And my vote is for black bar on whenever possible. Sometimes I can’t take a good shot without pausing video, so I wind up with the logo across picture. Then there are shots that have been cropped and have no info….I know date because my files tell me the day taken, but time has been lost. I am finally learning to retain original and save as a copy any close editing I do……..it’s a learning journey……….

        • Helen November 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

          A truly beautiful picture.

    44. CarolV November 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      RJ—just read that Bailey, of HI, has been successfully transported to Maitland, FL….Audubon Center…..anywhere near you??
      Hopefully Nita or Shelli will post article here,

      • CarolV November 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

        Just googled….by Orlando……………….not a hop, skip, jump for you

    45. CarolV November 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Tales (tails) of our Osprey-
      ……………………………………..5/12/16……….7/25/16………..7/29/16…………….6/7/17

      ok–fingers crossed…1..2…3…

      • CarolV November 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        OH- Got excited——————–photos/ cprt.ospreyzone.com-spons.by TRS.com

      • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        Yeah CarolV you did it and I love the- Tales (tails) of our Osprey great pics and saying.

    46. CarolV November 10, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Story of my life………..stumble on something new that other people can figure out and I can’t get it right again…but I won’t give up trying yet

      TUCKER: We are a messy species….I hate seeing things come flying out of cars and would love to chase those slobs down to lecture them……..fortunately, it’s just a thought. But picking up random trash can only help. And passing the word to kids is a great idea.

      Rj……I knew my post for11/11/17 was early. Was a reminder not to forget….and maybe a leftover from when things didn’t get posted as quickly, especially on weekends!

      It’s a windy, chilly day….steely blue water is gorgeous! That thin stick at center position is flipping back and forth like the needle on a speedometer…will it hold on or be the next to exit the nest!???

      • CarolV November 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        p.s…….those “lines” on the water were the water being driven back off shore by the north wind………

    47. Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      These are random photos I took from webcams.

      trying to post 2 at a time.

      Boohoo nothings working =(

      • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        Nita how cute baby elephants playing in the water or taking a bath. Thanks for sharing 🙂

        • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

          Thanks Rj, this was one of 2 photos. Still not able to post 2 at a time =/

    48. Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Observed Veterans Day today

      • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

        It’s TOMORROW!!

        • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

          Indeed Carol 👏

        • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          Sorry Betsy but you’re incorrect observed Veterans Day is today if you look at a 2017 calendar Veterans Day is on Saturday.
          This is why I specifically wrote observed Veterans Day.

      • Helen November 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

        Yes our town was closed today – sort of a trade-off for the real Veterans Day.

    49. Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

      Wow, it’s 1:15 am!! I don’t think I’ll ever get all of my missing 2016 pictures recreated/recovered/saved!!

      First picture is from 7/20/2016 and is Brutus winger-sizing.

      Second picture is from 7/20/2016 and is Gracie landing with her 1st catch of 2016 — a Moby-sized fish!!

      Third picture is from 7/28 and is Brutus checking out the camera housing.

      Fourth is from 8/18 and is Gracie hopping down from the perch

      • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:31 am - Reply

        Oops, falling asleep and wasn’t paying attention!!

    50. JanL November 10, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

      In the spirit of sharing pics of ‘all wildlife’…this is a closeup screen shot I took of Juliet from the live cam. She’s the female of a pair of mated bald eagles; their nest is located in northeast Florida. Juliet recently laid 2 eggs, so we’re patiently watching her/and hubby incubating the eggs, expecting hatch dates on/about 1st week of December.

      • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

        Jan poor Juliet and Romeo are being stalked by the owl. Juliet is doing such a good job protecting her eggs even when the owl knocked her over in the nest she did not harm any of the eggs. Poor, poor Juliet and romeo that owl spends the late night to early morning constantly knocking them down or swooping by hitting their heads. I fear for the babies with this owl being so persistent with the adult Eagles we know what can happen to the eaglets. Keeping the faith and hoping eventually the owl will get tired of playing with the eagles.

        • JanL November 12, 2017 at 7:26 am - Reply

          Yes Rj…I was watching a day or so ago when the same owl (the AEF folks determined it’s the same one) swooped in and knocked one of the pair off a branch; there has been speculation among the cam operators/volunteers/ground crew around that nest, that perhaps with hurricane earlier this year/as well as other storms, and some major construction very close to the nest (less than a quarter of a mile), trees were lost due to both : weather and construction—and that at least one adult owl, possibly two, are repeatedly trying to ‘take over’ the NEFL nest. As for the current situation, with R & J pretty much always on the eggs, or at least very nearby, I’m not too worried. But when those babies hatch, and are squirming around the nest bowl, and mom and/or dad fly off for a while to hunt, well…it does make me worry about those eaglets. I’m also keeping the faith and hoping the owl gets the message and finds another tree!!

    51. Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      ALL Oz Folllowers- Ok where are the computer techs I mean followers who can help if you have a Mac? We can post several pics at 1 time by using the Control button Betsy explains below in her post however some have a Mac and it does not work any ideas or does anyone want to give it a try? CarolV is the one who discovered this by mistake and Betsy shared info on how to do it. Now we need info on how to do using a Mac please.
      _____________________________________________________________
      Betsy November 6, 2017 at 8:58 pm – Reply
      Rjoneal, CarolV, and Nita: After you hit Choose Files and the Picture Folder opens to your pictures, press the control (ctrl) button and then select the pictures you want to post. I wonder what the max number at once is??!! 😀 😀
      _____________________________________________________________
      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!!

      • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

        Nita: Try using the shift key instead. Good luck!!

        • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 1:57 am - Reply

          Nita: After clicking on 1 picture THEN hold the ctrl button and click on another. Good luck!!

          • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:36 am - Reply

            Nita: And, they have to be in the same folder — can’t mix and match from different sub-folders

            • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

              Betsy on a mac I upload from my desktop. I’m going to try holding the shift key down. Talons crossed!

          • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

            I tried that, didn’t work….

        • Admin Nita November 10, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

          Ok thanks!

        • Rjoneal November 10, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

          Betsy thanks for your response.

    52. CarolV November 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      If I remember correctly….a WELL fed Rocky who tumbled over and down the slope of the nest bowl! Gracie handled it well and did what she needed to do…..while all of us worried about him!

      Trying for double post………

      • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

        Sorry–6/19/16- this is the 2nd one that was supposed to post….no idea why the others tagged along…….

        also- photos-cprt.2016ospreyzone.com/spons.by TaxReductionStudios.com

        • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

          I love the way Gracie is looking at her baby—- Look what you’ve done now! But Mommy’s here……………..

          • JanL November 10, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

            CarolV, thanks for these pics, all of which are new to me as I discovered this nest just this past summer. Poor lil Rocky, but I assume he got back where he belonged!!

      • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        You did it yay!!!!

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

        CarolV see you did do it. I have to hold down Contol button as I continue to add pics and you will see as you are doing it in the Choose File box it will show example 3 pics so you know once you hit post it works.

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        CarolV that 1st pic makes me sad it is very stressful watching any of the babies on their backside and they try to flip but sometimes have to take a break just to get enough strength to flip. Or they lay there and await some kind of movement in the nest so they can use to flip. But I like the other 2 pics and I am glad you figured out how it works for you to post several pics.
        Any info you can offer to Nita? She has a Mac

    53. Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Trying again

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

        Oh well good picture of blue water,Osprey nest and it looks like a sunny day.

    54. Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Rj it didn’t work but I have a mac.

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        JuneC has a mac I wonder if she has tried to do yet. Oh Well If I find anyone who has I will let you know. 🙁

        • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          Thank you ❤︎

    55. Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Here goes Rj!
      Our beautiful bay and a kingfisher snagging lunch =)

      • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

        WOW! Good one!

        • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

          Thanks!

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

        Wow Nita your kingfisher birds look different then ours here in Jax Florida. What a good pic were you diving at the time? I am Scuba certified Diver but have not been in 5 years probably wont be able to go ever again but I did for 20 years and loved it. Scuba diving was a great passion.
        Great underwater pic.
        Thanks for sharing.
        Here is my Kingfisher but you can not see that there is another one that has lots of red on its head like a red crown on top of head. They chase and stay with each other,I think they are mates but not for sure,I do not know that much about them. I love to watch them go so fast and they intertwine with each other as they fly over the lake and make the most loudest scream noise I just love to see and hear them. They get a fish and they go up to the tree and eat it.

        • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

          Rj sorry I should have said I didn’t take it. Someone I know posted it. I’ve seen ones like this while watching live cams in Alaska and Maine. Aren’t they beautiful. I love kingfishers that’s a lovely pic you posted of one too!

          • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

            Nita no biggie thanks for sharing was just wondering if you were a diver too? 🙂

            • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

              No never tried it. Only snorkeling for me!

      • JanL November 10, 2017 at 2:05 am - Reply

        Beautiful pic Admin Nita! Our backyard gets a good share of these lovely creatures; one of the acacia trees that overhang our wall out back is a fav spot for a pair of h-birds who return each Feb/March and build a nest. I’ll be watching this spring 🙂 Thank you for the pic.

      • Miguel Vidal Pinheiro August 26, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

        I Nita could you tel me what is the set up you do to realize the photo from the kingfisher?

    56. Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      11-9-17 Why are there no comments posted for today? Is everything ok? 🙁
      pic from Betsy

      • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        For a minute, thought this guy was a comment on the weather report!

        • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

          CarolV I have to give Betsy credit for finding this guy I loved it soo much I had to borrow. It worked out perfect for tonight’s post. But love your interpretation !

    57. CarolV November 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Don’t forget…….thank a Vet….

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Not till Friday and Saturday CarolV a little early but every day we should be honored and grateful we have them and their families. Thanks for posting.

    58. Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Today 11-9-17 My pic of the day is on 8-3-17 Gracie, Solar & Eclipse in nest.

    59. Tucker November 9, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Looking at the reflection of the sun on the water , makes me forget how suddenly the temperature has dropped here on the North Fork. Baby it’s cold outside. I have been watching Osprey Zone since 2015. I am keenly aware of the fact that Osprey are collectors. I remember like it was yesterday, the wonderful rescue due to the entanglement in the carelessly discarded fishing line. My suggestion of a drone to remove trash mentioned the stringy stuff in particular. I highlighted it because it is life threatening. I felt it might be a learning experience for younger people, a lesson instilling an appreciation of wildlife and an awareness of the harmful effects of litter.(Our host has done wonderful work with our local youth) To say that the Osprey will only bring more is a specious comment. Should we stop picking up trash on our beaches , roadways, and streets because litter pigs will only leave more? The Osprey bring trash to the nest because we make it available to them. Why not do all we can to rectify the problem we created.

      • Trinity November 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        You’re so right Tucker. Littering seems like such an easy problem to rectify but I still see boneheads chucking garbage out of their cars sitting at a red light. If everyone did their part and put forth a little effort, we could have clean streets and waterways.

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        Tucker I am glad you are still with us and I do know you have been part of the family. As we all know sometimes words typed just don’t put out the message,humor,and sometimes even sarcasm,happiness, or even sadness the way we are thinking.
        I am glad you are still posting and we all have been trying to educate family, friends, children, and anyone who will listen about our environment and especially what is trash and dangerous to all animal and human life. Thank you for caring and trying to stay involved and of course mostly thanks for looking out for all life in general and safety.
        Love Our Osprey Family & Followers
        Take care

    60. Betsy November 9, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Eclipse Flying from Nest 9/1

      • Betsy November 9, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Eclipse Landing on Nest 9/2

    61. Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 12:29 am - Reply

      Nita & CarolV you have to hold down the control button for each pic you want, so if you have 2 pics Choose Files,opens pic folder hold down control button and click on pic 1 then hold down control pic click on pic 2 if done then click open files and then post comment.

      • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        Ok I’ll give it a go Rj!

      • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        Do I have to hold “control” continuously or just hold when I add new pic? I tried holding down the whole time and it was a p.i.t.a working my files with one hand…..and it didn’t work

        • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

          and I guarantee I wasn’t holding when I did it accidentally

        • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

          Me too! PITA for sure =)

        • Betsy November 10, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

          CarolV: Just when you’re adding a new pic

    62. Betsy November 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Didn’t read comments today, I only glanced at them!! Hope to read them tomorrow or Sunday. I’m up to 7/22 for 2016 pictures … woo hoo!! 😀 😀 I think I lost more than I originally thought!! So, here’s one I like — it’s from 07-22-2016 at 07-58-13 hrs I like how George can be seen between Gracie’s wings flying off after his fish delivery while she surfs on the fishboard!!; Rocky, Brutus, and Ali are L to R

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

      • CarolV November 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        George singing- “You are the wings beneath my wings.” {;*}

    63. CarolV November 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Grey clouds gathering over a flat, quiet bay……..45deg. @ 6:30pm…..dropping to 40 overnight
      Mid fifties tomorrow, then a balmy high of 39 for Friday,,25 overnight……….think Mom Nature tired of teasing us!! For at least a week, it looks like the warmest day may hit 55……Canada sending “warm wishes” our way……bah!

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

        Tooooooooooooooooooooo Cold for me yikes no, no,no today was in the 80s just the way I like it. Thanks for weather report CarolV.

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

      FAMILIES…………………….2015

      taken from June 24, 2015 highlights video

    65. CarolV November 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Teenagers!

      all photos/ cprtOZ.com/TRS.com…………………………….2015 shot taken from GinaM. Highlights video

    66. CarolV November 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      If you haven’t seen this………………(crossing fingers right one shows up!)

      https://www.facebook.com/AppreciateENG/videos/1763709230595548/

      • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        AND–didn’t know all the comments would be dragged along…………..oh, well, we all know not everyone agrees and are not shy about stating opinions, uncensored, on Fb….

    67. Admin Nita November 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Here goes

      • Admin Nita November 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

        And only one will load this is the belly of a woodpecker.

      • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 12:23 am - Reply

        Ok Nita here is the Red Belly-Woodpecker

        • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 12:24 am - Reply

          And one with Blue-Jay

        • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

          I love them! Ty Rj!

          • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

            Nita I do too thats why I buy special bar treats just for them and the other woodpeckers. They all have had families in my tree and it is just amazing how all day long the dad and mom are feeding the babies. I have Pleated woodpeckers,Downy,and Red Belly ones that have a nest but a lot more of others come to visit.
            Love the way Red Belly Woodpeckers announce themselves just love that sound.

            Here are 2 of the babies just from recent Downy Woodpeckers

            • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

              Awww sweet, we have the same ones here where I live. I use to make my own suet for them but I got lazy. They love the sunflower seeds tho. I’ve never had a pileated at my feeders tho. but they love the boring bee grubs in my wood deck and are happy to tear apart my deck for them!!!

          • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

            Nita homemade suet no, never made good for you, but I do put cayenne pepper on black sunflower seed oil in the feeders for the birds they are suppose to love it. It is also suppose to be something the squirrels hate but guess what my squirrels still steal food from the birds and will eat just about anything they can get.
            Your poor deck, but I know what you mean since with my old fence that just got replaced the woodpeckers had created little hiding places and would stick black sunflower seed in creases then as it gets colder if they can remember all their hiding places they will come back and get. They have also done this on our shed in between roofing shingles but sometimes like today one of the squirrels took the woodpeckers stash of sunflowers. Those squirrels are so smart they will hide in the tree and just freeze and watch all the woodpeckers and if they hide the seed once the woodpecker has left well the squirrel has found its meal.

            • Admin Nita November 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm

              That’s too funny, squirrels are so clever!

    68. CarolV November 8, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

      WING SHOTS!

      • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

        Tried multiple Betsy’s way- no go
        5/19/16……………………………………….ANGRY BIRD!

        • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

          wing shots………………

          • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

            and more wings..tips

            • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

              Last two-9/20/16 and 9/24/16

          • Betsy November 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

            You and Rjoneal are trying to kill me!!!! 😀 😀 Need times!! But, I found it!!!!!!!

        • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

          Too funny CarolV but re- read my comment above and Betsy’s you will get it.

    69. Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Ok for the cat lover here I found this cat last year trying to get a bird to eat and seen it around my bird feeders. When I first saw cat was very skinny and sickly looking. I have 2 dogs so they do not like any cats in the yard but this cat was brave. This picture was taken after I started taking care of it. On one side of the house by the boat I blocked off to feed this cat 2x a day and after it ate I would shoo it off to go hang out somewhere else. Finally the cat was fat and looked real health meanwhile I was trying to find a home for it. Well we found a lady who has lots of land and property she has feeding stations set up for cats that are not sick and they lay around under her trees. She also gives every cat she takes care of neutered and shots.
      This sounded better than letting this healthy cat go starving again. I could not continue to do with my dogs. I called this cat my malnutrition cat because I really did not think it was going to make it. Look how healthy. She ended up being a she and got pregnant before I found this lady and of course set up her home in my backyard by the swimming pool along the corner of the fence. I was so scared she was going to have babies before I could find somewhere for her to go. I just knew if she did I would never be able to give her up then. Thank goodness we found this wonderful lady. I Love cats but I have a German Sheppard who thinks cats are food and my Sheppard is just very protective of its property. My Samoyed would just play with it but he is so big he would crush the cat.
      I miss this cat after taking care of it for almost 1 year but life is so much easier without her an the dogs. This is why I get so mad when people just move away and leave their pets.
      This is what happened to this cat. The owners were renting and just left the cat and moved out. It is just terrible to do that to any animal.

      • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        I have never understood the attitude that animals were just rentals….we have a seasonal community where people get pets for the summer and move on without them, thinking(mostly cats) that they are natural hunters and will fend for themselves. There winds up being feral populations that reproduce indiscriminately and become someone else’s problem. Fortunately, there are good people and organizations who take on the jobs of taking care of these wild colonies, just like the good person who took in that abandoned cat….and you, Rj, who cared enough to find a place for her.

      • Trinity November 9, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        I’m so happy to hear your story RJ, it takes a good person to get involved with stray wildlife. I spent a week in July trapping a pregnant momma cat & her three kittens. The mom Spring had a kitty abortion, spayed, shots, flea & tick treatments ( all free @ the Hempstead Animal Shelter ) ; she’s now a very spoiled feral at my job. The three black kittens were taken in to be socialized and adopted out. It’s a very rewarding feeling. 😺

        • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

          Trinity amazing you not intentional but managed to get mommy cat and baby. I am so glad there are people like you too. And it is rewarding to do our part no matter how little or big but just to do something to help all the poor animals left to survive. Some were raised in homes and then kicked out and until they were kicked out of house they had never been in the outside world a hard lesson and just plain cruel to do..
          Thanks for posting and sharing your marvelous story and the picture.
          Thank you for posting info for anyone who might find it useful and its educational to those who have never had to deal with this problem. Like I said I have 2 big dogs so cats living in my backyard is a problem feeding them is the easy part but they need shelter and I feel as a human they would want to be loved.
          Take care nice talking to you again

      • Trinity November 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        By accident I trapped Mom & baby at the same time. For anyone with feral / stray cats in their neighborhoods, contact the town shelters. They loan traps out and have free / low cost TNR programs.

        • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

          Such nice looking cats even though I am a dog person. Aww pretty things how can anyone not love!

    70. Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Betsy ok here goes I am going to try it the way you described fingers crossed….
      Yeah! it looks like it is going to work amazing !
      OK how come no one figured this out during the last 2 seasons?
      Next time CarolV you need to mess up more often.heeee
      Not even sure what pics they are I just clicked on 3 diff ones from 2016 enjoy

      • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        oops logo -for all 3 pics posted November 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm – Reply
        thank you osprey zone

      • Admin Nita November 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        I still can’t figure out how to do this! When I try to add another photo it removes the first one =/

        • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

          It didn’t work for me, either, this time…will retry the way I originally did it another time.
          AND NITA: , TY for fixing my screw-up…Still no idea what happened.

          • Admin Nita November 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

            It’s frustrating! You’re welcome about the screw up 😉

        • Rjoneal November 9, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

          hold control button down while you click on pic at the sametime

    71. CarolV November 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Betsy….have you seen the video of the cat who dives in to a cereal box, repeatedly, and slides around the floor? Wish I knew how to find it for you………….

      • CarolV November 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        Betsy, I tried to post a video of a cat sliding around in a box, but somehow posted a link to “Slender-man” video! Thankfully, I asked Nita to delete before it got here!

        So, if you search “cerealbox cat” on youtube, there’s several cute videos. if you haven’t seen already!
        I’m too creeped out to try again right now!!!!!!

    72. Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Well phooey only 1 posted, here’s the 2nd one

      • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

        Nita: So serene!! I could stare at that all day!!

        • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

          Thank you Betsy it was the night before hurricane Mathew swept through!

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

        Beautiful!

        • Admin Nita November 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

          Thank you!

      • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        Nita it is very beautiful thanks you for sharing. I have lots of pics kinda like this one and like you stated I do not know why but it seems we get the best pics of colorful skies either before or after a hurricane or big storm.

        • Admin Nita November 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

          Thanks Rj, yes the skies are beautiful just before the hurricanes =)

    73. Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Hoping 2 photos upload, this is from my Florida visit.

      • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

        Nita: Great Blue Heron?

        • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

          Thanks, yes it was waiting for a fisherman to feed him =)
          So he posed for me !

      • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        Florida is wonderful isnt it Nita? Here is my white Heron in my back yard I do not have to go anywhere they all come to me heee……
        Thanks for sharing your Florida pics.

        • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

          Gorgeous pics you posted I know I see a lot here in Florida.

          • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

            and we cant forget the big Blue heron

            • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm

              and my Osprey

          • Admin Nita November 7, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

            Gorgeous birds Rj!

        • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

          Rj it is wonderful to have them in your back yard for sure, nice scap =)

        • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Amazing to be able to regularly see such beautiful birds!!

          • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

            Thanks Betsy but I do not like the armadillos,possums, and raccoons as much they tend to break things and destroy stuff. Just last week I had an possum walking along my fence as they do and he fell right into my swimming pool net that hangs on the fence. What are the chances that he landed just right to get caught inside of it. Well before I could even get to it that possum had chewed a hole right through the net to get out. There went $25.00 down the drain to buy a new one.

      • CarolV November 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        OK, RJ…..jealous now! But I have my sparrows……………………{;*]]

        Nice pics, both of you!

        • Admin Nita November 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

          Thanks Carol, lol! I’m in Georgia now so I feel your pain =)

          • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

            Nita living in Georgia you still have a bunch of amazing birds and animals around you plus you get more Seasons there too. I love to go to GA just to see all the different colors on the trees. When my son was younger we use to ride dirt bike competitions sometimes in GA. I also had family that lived near the sub base.

            • Admin Nita November 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

              Rj, I love being here in Ga. mainly for the cooler weather. The trees are beautiful and I get to feed a variety of songbirds I never saw in Florida. Both states both hold there own beauty, don’t they =) Looking forward to seeing the winter birds arrive, juncos and a variety of sparrows. Right now there is much for the birds to glean on in the woods around here. My feeders will be full of birds again as winter approaches.Nothing like scattering seed on fresh snow, the birds love it.And so do I. We don’t get snow often but talons crossed for this year!

        • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

          Really CarolV sparrows thats too funny, I know you have a lot more than that around you. Thanks 🙂

    74. Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      some pics …

    75. Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      ok let see if it works for me with regular size screenshots…. screenshots might be to big I usually have to reduce size before posting here goes…

      • Rjoneal November 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

        Ok every time I try and put a second pic in the choose file box it just deletes the prev. one so how are you ladies doing this???

        • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

          Same with me Rj!!!!

          • Betsy November 6, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal, CarolV, and Nita: After you hit Choose Files and the Picture Folder opens to your pictures, press the control (ctrl) button and then select the pictures you want to post. I wonder what the max number at once is??!! 😀 😀

            • Admin Nita November 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

              ok will give it another try Betsy!

            • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

              Betsy I thought for sure tonight when I opened up site you would have already tried it out. How Many Can it Take Hummmm……
              Who is going to try it out? Remember Aidan said he had to change to 100 images a page so are you thinking it might hold 100? A whole page ?
              Give it a try Betsy….

          • Rjoneal November 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

            Nita your turn to try it works …..

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