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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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July 6, 2020: The first egg has hatched!

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    44,312 Comments

    1. Admin Shelli January 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you all so very much for your heart felt sympathy and condolences….I really appreciate that, more than you know. 💗

    2. ChrisH January 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Dear Shelli, my sincere condolences to you.

    3. Admin Nita January 30, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

      This is a photo of the Dunrovin chicks from this year.

      • Rjoneal January 31, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

        Nita- I love this osprey family so much nature all around on this cam. It was probably the 3 rd osprey nest I watched.
        Last year a lot of bonking but if I remember right there was 3.
        Nice shot love the wings.

        • Admin Nita January 31, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

          Thanks Rjoneal,I love this nest too. Hog Island and Long Island were my first 2. I actually started with Decorah eagles and then the red tail hawks at Cornell and then my obsession grew to ospreys on the live cams. Growing up in south Fl is where my love for ospreys began. My mom called the fish hawks which they are =) I was thrilled to watch them on the live cam back in 2013 when my addiction started lol!

          • Rjoneal January 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

            Nita I started with watching Eagles too then Hog Island Steve & Rachel when the eagles attacked on the babies I was devastated no babies left to watch. Just by chance that’s when Osprey Zone just started Live Cam.
            Since I donate to so many bird and wildlife I am always getting updates.
            D Ranch love to watch and the sound quality is great.

    4. Admin Nita January 30, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Also taken in Satellite Beach a GBH

      • Rjoneal January 31, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Aww you know I love The Great Blue Herrons. I am keeping this pic saved.

        • Admin Nita January 31, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

          Aw you may have anything I share here =) This guy was being feed by a local so he held real still for me =)

    5. Admin Nita January 30, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Here’s my contribution Rjoneal
      when my son was in Satellite beach there was a neighborhood inundated with wild peacocks. People came from all over to see the sight.

      • Rjoneal January 31, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Amazing love to look at wild peacocks not the ones locked up.
        Here in Florida as you know Fl you might already know but in Amelia Island peacocks roam free. There is great shopping and events in Amelia but pretty pricey. I like to go there every once and awhile for gift ideas you can not find anywhere else.

        • Admin Nita January 31, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

          I’ve only been on this Island once many years ago. I missed seeing the peacocks then and the gift shops darn …..
          I wish I could remember what city we were in but it was near Coco Beach, I’ll ask my son next time he calls.

    6. Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      Ok now I posted some pics anybody somebody join in and post something. 🙂

    7. Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      I want to thank everyone for posting to Shelli she is in our thoughts.
      Thanks Nita for a great job on Osprey Zone, I know this is just one of the many jobs you do.
      Here is my woodpecker picture today.

      • Admin Nita January 30, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply

        You’re very welcome Rjoneal, my pleasure for sure! I know Shelli really appreciated everyone’s support ❤︎
        That’s a sweet little downy or is it a hairy?

        • Rjoneal January 31, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

          It is a downy but hard to tell since you can not see top of head. You know your woodpeckers. 😃

          • Admin Nita January 31, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

            When I moved to Ga I began to familiarize myself with the song birds in my backyard.
            I very seldom saw them in Fl.

            • Rjoneal January 31, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              Nita I am surprised you very seldom saw birds in Florida. Maybe you just did not really notice them maybe working or just not in a location for the birds.

    8. Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Here is a picture of my Osprey flying above me, just look at his legs dangling down in this picture. The other pic is what he looks like up close taken awhile back.

      • Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:25 pm - Reply

        dont forget to click on pictures so you can see

      • Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

        I forgot to mention his name is Elvis and his partner last 3 years name is JoJo . This year has been a new female at the nest a lot and I have not been able to defiantly identify JoJo yet so I am not sure if new female is in or out yet. As I mentioned before we have been having eagles and the ospreys both frequent and eat at nest and at this point no one has taken over the nest nor has then been any eggs laid in the nest yet. We are off to late start with my ospreys but it may be due to the eagles. This has never happened before were they are both still coming to nest and no one has established it as their territory yet. So….we are still in a hold pattern to see who gets the nest and who leaves. Ugh so frustrating I love them both but it was built by the Ospreys.
        Her is the pic of new female I posted about a month ago she is a beauty.

        • Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

          Now here is JoJo

          • Rjoneal January 29, 2018 at 11:45 pm - Reply

            ok mines well post the eagles pic also since they go with the story

        • Admin Nita January 30, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

          That’s a beautiful osprey, love the necklace =)

    9. MargaretR January 28, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Dear Shelli.. sending healing prayers your way.

    10. Betsy January 27, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Shelli: I saw Rjoneal’s post and I want to extend my most sincere condolences on your loss.

    11. Rjoneal January 27, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

      All Osprey Zone Followers one of our Administrator Moderators Shelli, has been trying to cope with the lost of a loved one, very dear and close to her heart.
      At this time I just wanted her to know we care.

      • Rjoneal January 27, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Shelli is a moderator along with Nita for Eagles and Ospreys.

      • June c January 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        Prayers go out to Shelli…

      • CarolV January 28, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

        Our prayers and support go out to Shelli and her family in this time of loss.

    12. margaretR January 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal– HI– I really enjoyed doing the word search– Crabclaw was a tough one!!

      • Rjoneal January 27, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

        Margaret R glad you did word search thanks for playing. Keep warm up there. .

    13. Rjoneal January 26, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Picture of Adult Woodpecker today in Florida

      • Admin Nita January 26, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

        Beautiful!

        • Rjoneal January 27, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

          tks Nita we know I love my birds heee

      • CarolV January 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

        Cute red-head!

    14. Rjoneal January 26, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Everyone Join in Word -Search 2 this one has all words that Ospreys do or have, have fun. Thanks again to all who play! 🙂

      • Rjoneal January 26, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

        Don’t forget you have to click on picture in order to see or print.

      • Betsy January 27, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: reverseable? LOL I do like word searches though!! Thanks for another one!! 🙂

    15. Rjoneal January 25, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Trinity nice to see you posting and checking in. Now you have to do the Word Search I posted heeee.
      Hope all is going well stay warm.

    16. Betsy January 25, 2018 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Second leg!! LOL

      • Rjoneal January 25, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        Now that’s much better and I love it.

    17. Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      ATTENTION All OSPREY ZONE- give it a try Word Search Game- click on picture so you can read and print
      I was inspired by Betsy being creative so I have made a Word-Search Puzzle for us. Now this 1st one is an easy one there are 15 words to find and all words have to do with the George & Gracie’s Nest. Good Luck and let me know how you did. I will post the answers in 1-2 days for everyone to see. Have fun with it.

      • Betsy January 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

        Cute!!

        • Rjoneal January 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

          Yeah thanks for participating,
          June C emailed me hers.
          I have received a few others by email also.
          It was fun !

      • nfc January 26, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

        Rjoneal— Thanks for the great puzzle. The only word I had trouble with was Brutus(LOL). I remember him very well. The words were nice because it reminded us of all three seasons. I might just give the puzzle to my students to do.

        • Rjoneal January 26, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

          NFC Thanks for checking in and your comment, I posted today a much more educational one if you choose to share with the kids. Take care

      • June c January 27, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

        Love these word finds! Thanks

    18. Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      And for George & Gracie here is a memory we will soon get to see again.

      • Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 10:41 pm - Reply

        Our sweet babies and Eggbert along with George bringing in a big fish and Gracie immediately grabs the fish. Look at our sweet babies so precious.

    19. Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Bonding time is going well at Achieva with Jack and DianeOsprey Family and soon they might have an egg just have to wait and see.

      • Betsy January 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Wow, that’s some diameter nest!!

    20. Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Pink Shell has a busy day today 1-24-18
      1) Lucy lays 1st egg and right after she lays egg the rescue bucket appears
      2) fishing net removed from nest
      It has been a long time coming for this fishing line to be removed all parties including crow all were on stand by for weeks waiting for NFL to give final permission due to laws protecting the Osprey Nest. The male osprey got hung up in fishing line and was hung upside down but was finally able to free himself which was amazing and a miracle. Tough bird.

      Thank you to all who helped save this Osprey Family and viewers who make videos that we can share and learn from.

      • June c January 25, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Thanks for posting..I watched it…it went so fast…So happy the netting is gone…

      • Betsy January 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        The poor thing didn’t know they were helping — could see her shadow as she frantically flew back and forth overhead!!

        • Rjoneal January 25, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          I know Poor Lucy, she just laid an egg and you know usually after laying an egg need to rest. I mean she just had labor for goodness sakes.
          They needed to do just bad timing. Glad it’s over it was hard to watch feeling for her wanting to get to her egg and just laying it.

    21. CarolV January 24, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Watching the rising sun this a.m ……..clouds came in after this for awhile, but turned into a beautiful day. Rained in torrents yesterday. so it was nice to see the sun.

      • CarolV January 24, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        This was a lucky catch……there is a beautiful old farmhouse, with its outbuildings, across the street from where I work. The sun was directly behind one outbuilding, where the windows on opposite sides lined up. That is the sun that can be seen through the building, looking like a fire inside!

        • Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

          CarolV that’s amazing you got that shot. Right place right time. Great pictures thanks for sharing.

      • June c January 25, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Hi CarolV..I know you are our moon person Ha..Hope u get some good picture on Jan 31st…Blood Moon and Blue Moon same day…

      • Trinity January 25, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        Beautiful photos 🌞

      • Betsy January 25, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

        Such beautiful colors at that time of day. Hope there isn’t really ever a fire or people will think it’s the sunrise!! LOL

    22. Rjoneal January 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      UPDATE on Bailey from Hog Island –
      MJ Mod • 11 hours ago
      Updates about our lovely Bailey:
      From: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

      These x-rays are from Bailey the Osprey, patient 799-17. We posted a few weeks ago that she still wasn’t flying high sustained flights, and nothing has changed since then. These x-rays help explain why (check out the photo of Bailey on the x-ray table).
      Her right wing joint is enlarged from the way it healed. Bones healing have osteoblasts which are bone forming cells. These cells quickly add onto the injured bone to help it heal. Then after the healing occurs, another type of bone cell, called an osteoclast, reabsorbs the excess bone to get it back down to a normal size. However, in this case, there is still a lot of a callus left in Bailey’s joint, when the osteoclasts should be done reabsorbing what they will.
      We are concerned about her ability to rotate her ‘wrist’ with the callus that is left. Osprey migrate long distances and in order to hunt fish need to be able to hover, both which require perfect ‘wrist’ rotation.

      As always we’ll keep watching her and update when there is news.

      https://explore.org/livecams/ospreys/audubon-boat-house-osprey-nest

      • CarolV January 24, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Rjoneal….as always, our best reporter!

      • Trinity January 25, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

        Bailey has been through so much in her first year, wishing her a successful recovery.

    23. Rjoneal January 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Betsy I have not seen any of picture creations lately. Everything ok?
      Hope to see some of your pics soon.

      • Betsy January 23, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

        I’m here!!

        George 08-08-2016

        • Rjoneal January 23, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          Betsy-Ok that’s different, thanks for posting and sharing your picture.

          • Betsy January 23, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

            Rjoneal: Thanks!! I was playing around with a picture of George so it was just him with the background removed but because he was high in the camera frame he looked funny with a flat head so I stuck him in a frame!!

            • Rjoneal January 24, 2018 at 8:05 pm

              Betsy I think it is great and wonderful you are trying new things and being
              Creative.
              Do not take this wrong please I just noticed it looks like George has one leg. But I do like the pose very unique and I know George was in that pose.

            • June c January 25, 2018 at 9:25 am

              Hi Betsy…New things how cool….

        • CarolV January 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

          George looks angelic!

    24. Rjoneal January 21, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Hi June C and Margaret R thanks for checking in.
      Before we know it our George & Gracie will be home.

      CarolV thanks for sharing info 💚

    25. june c January 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Hi All…Wonderful pictures everyone…Ranay thank you for posts rescue Ospreys…Have been away here and there last 2 months…Hard to believe in couple of months our family will be back…ready for a great season..Lets hope web cam on before they get back…..

      • MargaretR January 20, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        I hope the camera is up before Gracie and George come back to June C

    26. CarolV January 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      This was just shared by Beth Lorenzo on the BCF osprey cam….I had never seen it and just got such a happy feeling that I wanted to pass it on…hope it works

      The genius of Brin Dempski @ Hanover, PA eaglecam..

      https://www.facebook.com/brin.dempski/videos/1680158222001104/

      • ChrisH January 22, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

        That is hysterical!!! Very, very clever…. I love it!!

    27. CarolV January 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Good morning, OZ!
      This was kind of funny– I threw some bread out for the birds…tossed it to the driveway side of the fence so Harry, the dog, wouldn’t eat it . A few minutes later, I heard a clattering scramble on the old aluminum awning, so I glanced out the door. Seagulls were skittering down from the awning right before my eyes! About 8-10 gulls dropped down and the bread was gone in minutes! It always amazes me how these birds can spot anything so quickly when you don’t even know they’re around!
      Wish I had the camera!

    28. Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      1-17-18 MUST SEE (Warning,might be to graphic for some) -Osprey Rescue Today, Kevin from Wildlife Center of Venice, Osprey is fine.

      Jan. 16, 2018. Kevin, from The Wildlife Center of Venice, scales a dead tree to free an osprey. The osprey had twine trailing off his leg for 2 days and when she tried to snap a branch off the dead tree, for her nest, the twine caught and she was left hanging upside down. Luckily there were 2 of us there who saw it happen and we both made calls to separate rescue facilities in the area. The Charlotte County Fire Rescue responded, as well as Peace River Wildlife Center.

      • Admin Nita January 18, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

        Bravo to the men risking their own safety!

      • Betsy January 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: Okay, so what happened to the osprey after the branch was cut?? When the branch swung down there was no osprey there!

        • Betsy January 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

          Never mind!! After going to David Eppley’s website I found the answer!!!

          Viewer comment: “Holy cow!! I was afraid for the rescuer, as well as the osprey. Did they both make out ok?”

          David Eppley’s reply: “Yes. The rescuer has been doing this for years. I’d say he’s an expert :-). There was a crew on the ground, firefighters as well as animal rescue personnel. They brought the osprey out in an animal carrier and she was alert and seemed to be ok. They took it in to have it checked out by the vet. When its ready, they’ll release her back in her territory.”

        • Rjoneal January 19, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

          Betsy at the top by my warning I did not go into details but I did put ( the Osprey is Fine)

      • CarolV January 19, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

        That was scary! That rescuer looked so unsteady! I’m glad he was okay and the osprey was taken for observation!! Hurrah for good people!

      • Helen January 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

        Wow, terrific! Thank you

    29. Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      1-17-18 Ok Nita you asked for it so when I got home I took pics of every bird I saw in the backyard today.

      • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

        more

        • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

          and

          • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

            also

            • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm

              …..

            • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm

              ….

            • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 8:59 pm

              and of course Osprey DONT FORGET TO CLICK ON THE PICS SO YOU CAN SEE THEM BETTER PLEASE

            • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm

              many more …

            • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

              …also

      • Admin Nita January 18, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

        LOL Thank you, Rjoneal =)

      • CarolV January 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

        So many birds, so little time! Lucky you for the variety!

        • Rjoneal January 19, 2018 at 10:56 pm - Reply

          CarolV thanks it did take me about 10 min to walk down by the lake and backyard and take pics but it was for fun. Nita said looking forward to your pics so I gave her a variety lol.
          Thanks for commenting. 😃

    30. Admin Nita January 17, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Chipping sparrows

    31. Admin Nita January 17, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Snow bunny

      • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        Florida Bunny and birds heee…. Nita we both have bunnies in our yards.

    32. Admin Nita January 17, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Good morning!
      Here’s my day
      What’s it like in your neck of the woods?
      Temp is 15 degrees with a feel like factor of 3 degrees.
      Those of you who know me know I’m in my glory
      A beautiful snow covered day today.
      1 pic about 3 to 4 inches
      2 pic snow bunny
      3rd pic hubby put out seed for the birds
      last night and they found it =)
      Enjoy your day where ever you are!

      • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Good morning Nita thank you for sharing your beautiful view from your home. Being not far away from me it is amazing the difference. Just 30 min drive from where I live there is some light snow and ice.
        My home is just ice and a cold 32-35 degrees not so nice to be that cold unless you have the beauty is snow like you have.
        Later I will post what the view is here in Jacksonville. I am on my way out so it will be later.
        Thanks for sharing we all I know how much I love the birds.

        • Admin Nita January 17, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

          You’re welcome Rjoneal, look forward to your pics =)

    33. Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

      All Osprey Zone Followers
      A Wonderful Osprey short story please watch not long – This is an old one but recently watched it again and felt warm inside about our Osprey Family. Hope you enjoy 🙂

      https://youtu.be/v1CRVuO9VjM

      • ChrisH January 17, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Beautiful!! Thank you, thank you for sharing!

      • nfc January 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal

        That is a great video. It shows so many aspects of osprey life. I think I will show my students the video because of the part on making a nest. We are studying the eagles and they want to know how they build a nest. The video shows the whole process. Thanks for sharing.

        • Rjoneal January 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

          nfc I might be able to find something better with the Eagles since I am s big Eagle fan. I started watching them first then came the Ospreys especially here in Florida we have a lot of Eagles. If I find something with eagle nest making for the kids I will post for you.
          I am glad you like the video anything I can do to help educate or share the joy and love for animals.
          Thank you again for being such a good teacher and exploring all avenues to teach your kids. More teachers should be like you.

          You may or may not find this interesting but it is great for kids-

          https://www.pinterest.com/brimful/eagle-crafts-activities-for-kids/

    34. Rjoneal January 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      1-16-18 Dear Osprey Lovers I have a Pink Shell video from Utagrosbe below but WARNING the male Osprey gets caught in fishing net, he does free himself. Just not easy to watch but it is nature and as we all know this happens way to much. This could have been deadly so grateful he was able to free himself however the threat is still in the nest I think and of course we do not know if he has any injuries from this but he does fly away so that is an excellent sign he is ok.
      As we saw last Season with George & Gracie and the babies ( Solar & Eclipse ) it probably was the worst year recorded on entanglements in the nest. Betsy sharing photos of way to many entanglements and way to many times we were sitting on the edge of our seats hoping we would not need another rescue and especially hoping the dangerous items would get out of the nest.
      Please people lets teach those around us to be aware of their trash and disposal especially that darn fishing line.
      Missing our George & Gracie but for now will enjoy all the other nature around me.
      Love My Osprey Family & Followers

      https://youtu.be/OxMNQU2xpF4

    35. Rjoneal January 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      1-12-18 Hi Osprey Zone Followers it has been awhile since I checked in.

      Please click on the picture below and you will see a sequence of my Great Blue Heron eating his fish and back up to my tree to sleep for the night. This Great Blue Heron is younger than the one I posted last year but I am happy he/she visits me too.
      I hope everyone is safe and keeping warm, I miss everyone.

      • nfc January 13, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

        Thanks for sharing this sequence. You are lucky to see that in your backyard. It is sad that the ospreys aren’t here on Long Island right now. Hopefully they are enjoying some nice weather. We just had a lot of snow, then a lot of rain so it is gone, and we get more snow next week. It would have been nice seeing the osprey nest with the snow and the wind we had. Looking forward to another season with the ospreys of Long Island. Time will fly by and we will enjoy watching them. I am watching the eagles for the winter. I do prefer watching the ospreys eat because of what they eat. The eagles are interesting to watch also.

        • Rjoneal January 14, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

          1-14-18 nfc- Hang in there they say this should be the last cold winter blast but what do they know right. Thank you for posting and thats good to watch the Eagles we have Eagles and the Ospreys fighting over the nest right now in my backyard lake. It has always been the Osprey nest but every couple years a couple of Eagles will hang out at the Osprey Nest.
          I think they use this nest as a back up until they establish new territory around the area since they never seem to lay eggs in the nest. This year however both the Ospreys and the Eagles are both frequenting the nest and our Florida Ospreys start nesting and mating in January so not sure if this year the Eagles may not leave. Its a waiting game for sure.
          As of today in early morning the Ospreys meet at the nest and ate fish but by sundown the Eagles were at the Osprey Nest. Unfortunately It is to dark to till if they staying the night in the nest or not. Romeo and Juliet along with Harriet and M15 are Florida Eagle Stars for sure but there are so many other Eagles everywhere you can watch on live cams or in person. I miss our Osprey Family and Followers for sure but this is the time to enjoy all the other nature around us. Take care, keep warm.

          This is a pic of Eclipse he/she is playing Mirror, mirror on the pole who is the best Osprey I am heee or just keeping an eye on us

      • CarolV January 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        Hi! Thanks for the visuals! Loved watching that big fish fit in that skinny bird!
        Happy to see the snow gone. No longer comfortable getting around in the icy conditions. Dare I admit????? age is an issue-plus the multiple knee surgeries over the years.
        Like everyone else, looking forward to seeing the nest again. But not wanting to wish time away….it’s a conundrum………….

        Meantime, an osprey fix…………

        7-21-16–Lunch with the family

        • Rjoneal January 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm - Reply

          Thanks CarolV and good osprey fix. Did you see my newest Osprey I posted below to Bobs reply aint she a beauty defiantly has the female necklace of course just guessing a female. keep in touch 🙂

      • Admin Nita January 13, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        Wow! Cool pic Rjoneal!

        • Rjoneal January 14, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

          1-14-18 Thanks Nita I just love my resident blue heron so fun to watch.

          • Admin Nita January 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

            You’re welcome ❤︎

      • Trinity January 16, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

        Beautiful sequence of wildlife in action 😀

        • Rjoneal January 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm - Reply

          Trinity thanks for the kind words and posting. Keep warm be safe. I know it’s going to another bad week of weather.

    36. CarolV January 7, 2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      7/26/17—–Mom’s home!!!!!
      7/23/17—-and the goggles arrived

      Looking back to warmer days…………..

    37. Admin Shelli January 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone….thank you for your patience as we try and locate the problem with the cam as it is not on Paul and Aidan’s end.
      As soon as we know more I promise I’ll post an update. Thanks!

      • CarolV January 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Shelli-extreme cold and high winds probably not beneficial for electronics! Thanks for the update. My Wi-Fi, home phone and TV were out for a while. Seemed to be local to my house. Up and running again…………..forget what to do with myself when all that is off!!!!!!!

    38. JanL January 5, 2018 at 5:42 am - Reply

      As we all either watch (on the news), or experience (in real life) the horrendous Arctic blast gripping the east coast, I thought I’d share a scr shot that warms the heart, a little I hope. The screen shot was taken by Anne Pip, and she gave me permission to play with it a bit, just a little border/blurring effect. It was such a lovely shot of colors at sunrise that she shared with some of us in one of our eagle groups, that I couldn’t resist sharing it with you (with her permission)…hope it makes some of you feel warmer, at least in spirit. She took the shot just a couple weeks ago I believe. Cheers…and thx Anne Pip. Copyright for photo (cut off in process of border-making)..added here: Photo CPRT ospreyzone.com-Sponsored by TaxReduction Serviceshttp://ospreyzone.com/

      • Admin Shelli January 5, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

        Hi JanL…thank u for the beautiful photo however we cannot post it without the OZ stamp on the photo itself. Thank u for understanding.

        • JanL January 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

          Ah, well, thanks for the reply. I really reworked that photo and managed to let the bottom c-right line get cut off. And since the copyright line was ‘gone’ from the beginning (my bad) when I cropped the pic, laying it over the current photo just covers up some of the prettiest portions of the work, as I had enlarged the original pic, cropped out some, added a double layer of different shading/borders…the artist in me refuses to lay-over ‘text’ on top of the final product. So, I’ll just leave it as is, and enjoy it myself. But thanks for your time.

          • Admin Shelli January 5, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

            I’m so sorry – Can u email it to me and I’ll see if I can add the logo to it? Or can u post it on our Facebook page so I can retrieve it and fix it for u?

          • Betsy January 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

            Jan L: I would love to see your picture. I use Microsoft Word when I make all of my portraits and “art creations.” Back in November I posted step-by-step instructions on how to add the OZ logo (http://ospreyzone.com/comment-page-137/#comment-33972) to pictures. The OZ logo can be on the top or on the bottom of a picture, it doesn’t have to be directly on it (which, I agree, really spoils a picture). I’ve posted pictures as circles and other shapes, so even if your picture isn’t a rectangle, the logo can be added. Please check out my instructions and give it a try!!

    39. CarolV January 4, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

      At the beginning of what’s being billed as a blizzard. It started around 5am, later than predicted ,which is never a good thing….slow storm, more snow………..

      Winds already gusting officially a nor’easter ….
      Started with sleet, making black ice under the snow ……already heard sirens towards town, so probably accidents already. Just made my official call to work that I’m not there.
      Harry Shepski, my dog, doesn’t want to come in….crazy Husky ancestors calling to him!!!!! Have to go speak sternly to get him back in!!!!!

      Meantime, here’s sunrise I got to see from work yesterday morning……….came up bright then slipped behind a cloud band. Was back out again for a cold but nice day. Note the high flyers, our local seagull visitors. Usually more…they wait for an early morning customer who often feeds them. They sit all around her car and when she gets back to it, she heads to side of building where she feeds them and they all rise up behind her, following her. It’s really a sight to see! Wish I could get the video!

      Camera looks down for the count……Maybe cold weather did it in! It has already been extreme but going to new lows after this storm!

      • CarolV January 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

        Just realized last pictures were not the most recent…..taken about 2 weeks ago. No wonder the sky was more vibrant than I had remembered!
        Anyhoooo—–this was yesterday! Liked the way the sun peeked thru the trees…………………….

        • CarolV January 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

          And this is today………………..cleaned the car off about 10 and this was about 11. Ran back and forth in my short driveway to make it easier later.
          View out front door shows less snow because the winds are cleaning the ramp for me……..

          • JanL January 5, 2018 at 5:27 am - Reply

            Great pics, CarolV…it’s 2:26 AM, Jan 5th, cam still down from my vantage point. Stay warm!!

          • Rjoneal January 14, 2018 at 10:49 pm - Reply

            Love the pics cause I do not have to shovel or live in it. But I use to many years ago. So Pretty nice and white.

      • Betsy January 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        CarolV: you could have used Harry to get to work!! 😀 😀

        • Betsy January 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

          But not sled cats!!

          • ChrisH January 5, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

            Lol! As a cat person, had to save this…. so true!!

        • CarolV January 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

          TOO FUNNY, Betsy! And tooooootrue!

          • Betsy January 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

            ChrisH and CarolV: As I’m sure you already know, I’m a cat person, too!! I saw the cat sled cartoon when I was looking for a dog sled picture to post for CarolV and got such a kick out of it!!

    40. Helen F, West Islip January 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal – Been watching from beginning pretty much but seldom commenting. Counting days til March 15 or thereabouts. Live close to Robert Moses Causeway so go down there three or four times a week (have a dog to walk). Lots of deer, once in a while a fox, marsh hawks – waiting for a snowy owl!!

    41. June C January 1, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

      HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!!! Good health, happiness wishing for all!

      • CarolV January 1, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

        You, too June!

      • Rjoneal January 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

        1-2-18 A late Happy New Year to you as well JuneC stay warm and be safe.

        • Bob January 10, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

          A belated Happy New Year to one of my fellow Floridians (Rjoneal)) and to everybody else on OZ. With affection, Bob

          • Admin Nita January 11, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

            Happy New Year Rob!

          • Rjoneal January 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

            1-12-18 Bob, Hi hope all is well with you and your family. I am happy you checked in and before we know it will be The George & Gracie show again Yeah! 🙂
            I posted awhile back my newest Osprey I think its a female she visits me every couple of days. Here is the pic I posted of her she is so precious. I am so glad I have so much beauty around me to watch and observe until George & Gracie come back to the nest. How is your bird watching going? And did you see the my eagle pics they have been coming to the osprey nest and now it is a showdown on who will win the nest this year…..

          • Rjoneal January 12, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

            ok I am losing my mind I thought I posted the Osprey pic about a week ago but guess not. Things were so hectic I just did not get it posted till now.

      • JanL January 5, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

        Happy New Year (a bit late) to all…may we all enjoy a new season with our little osprey family this year.

    42. CarolV December 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Happy New Year’s Eve to all…………….
      Sad to see that camera is still down, but figured since it was a weekend, video would stay in the death spiral………….too bad we’re gonna miss the first full moon of 2018………………..

      We did get snow yesterday but it was the pretty kind! Fell most of the day but accumulated about 2″….my kind of storm! Now cold is coming back…low teens overnight! The revelers in Times Square, Manhatten, .will be peopsicles I will be celebrating with my pillow- that’s the kind of party gal I am!!!!

      Everyone have a good night celebrating your way! Be safe and be well!

      • CarolV December 31, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

        Just saw update for conditions in Times Square tonight— 8 degs, with windchill equivalent to -10 to -20……….bbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Estimated 1 mill nut jobs—uh, people will be there

        • Rjoneal January 2, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

          CarolV those people are devoted die hard traditionalist to still stand out in the weather. Crazy but if it makes them happy just glad no one got hurt or had any seriously life-threatening injuries from weather conditions.

      • Rjoneal January 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        CarolV ( peopsicles ) now thats funny, thats what I love about you every time I read your post there is always a little something in there to make me laugh. 🙂

    43. Betsy December 31, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Happy New Year!!

      • Rjoneal January 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        WOW Betsy, wonderful I love your New Years pic of Rocky. Thanks for sharing beautifully made. Now can you make one of the family from 2016 & 2017 in your new creative frames when you have time? I know you made beautiful portraits during the year but you have really tuned in on your talent to make even better frames.
        Happy New Year !

        • Betsy January 3, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

          Rjoneal: Thanks!! Yes, my frames have really gotten intricate!! This one had almost 30 separate pictures to make the final picture!! 😀 😀 Only for the holidays though!! I’ll try to come up with another family portrait for those years!!

    44. Betsy December 31, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

      Happy New Year

      • CarolV December 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        Very pretty like the hat!

        • Betsy December 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Thanks!!

          Just noticed I didn’t note who and date: Rocky on 08/04/2016

        • Betsy December 31, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

          And, here’s the hat for you, CarolV!!

    45. Rjoneal December 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      12-29-17 Jan L- Just wanted to say hi to Jan Lester glad you with us on the Eagle live chat Friday night.
      Tis the time for the peep shows of all the baby eaglets yeah! Soon they will be all grown up and then our Osprey Family will be back home at the nest. I hope George & Gracie are getting nice and fat on all the fish here in the South so they will be healthy and ready to start a new family when they come home. Missing our Family and Followers cant wait till we are all back together again.
      Love Our Osprey Family & Followers

      • SUE December 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

        Happy New Year- can’t wait until the end of March when Osprey Watch starts!!!
        Maybe by then it’ll warm up???

        • Rjoneal January 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

          Sue Happy New Year late to you as well thanks for checking in. Yes anticipation is rising as the baby eaglets are all growing that means before we know it will be time for George & Gracie to come back home. I cant not wait.

      • JanL January 5, 2018 at 5:33 am - Reply

        Thanks Rjoneal…you mean the live broadcast with Dr. Sasse? (sorry I didn’t see your post earlier)…that’s the only live eagle chat I can think of….I don’t recall seeing your ‘name’ as I was chatting..? You must have used a different sign in name, yes? If that’s the live chat you are referring to…:). I’ve forwarded a series of scr shots of the NEFL eagle nest to Dr. Sasse, in response to his interest in differences in eaglets’ beaks, development, so forth, and he emailed me that he plans to use them in this Friday’s show! I’m excited, so we shall see. Cheers…(P.S., are you the chatter last Friday as ‘Raptor Resource Project’?)….

    46. Rjoneal December 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone it has been awhile hope everyone is staying warm and had a good Holiday. It is even cold here Florida for us in the 30s-50s yikes. The Eagles are good with the cold weather but the Ospreys and some of the other birds are not liking the cold. Been real busy with Holiday stuff so maybe after New Years I can finally get a break. Just wanted to say I am thinking about everyone suffering from the winter blast and hope everyone is safe.
      Every time I do check in camera is down I was hoping to get a view of the winter snow at the nest guess it does not like the cold either.
      Here is a pic of our sweet Gracie 2017 it has been posted by many of us cause it is a beautiful pic and Gracie posed for us all.
      Take care, stay warm and be safe.

    47. CarolV December 29, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

      ADMIN- If you haven’t heard already, looks like cam is spiraling again…..

      • Rjoneal January 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

        All I want for Christmas is the camera on again, the camera on again, the camera on again (singing a little jingle)
        Miss everyone be safe keep warm

        • Admin Shelli January 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

          Sorry for the delay…I had an emergency and was away for a couple days. I have sent a text to Aidan. I will keep u all posted.

          • Rjoneal January 3, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

            Shelli you changed your pic cute.
            I was just speaking in general. No need to apologize Nita has been working on it for a couple of weeks. It works a lil then goes down. It is how it is pretty sure Aidan and Paul know about it and will get back up as soon as they can get it working.
            Just wanted to see how the Nest is doing with all the winter storms.
            Sorry to hear about your emergency and hope things are getting better.
            Thanks for your response but Nita is doing everything she can so we are all good here.
            Take care

    48. CarolV December 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      I’ve been lucky to catch some really pretty skies this week- with this shift I’ve seen both sunrises and sunsets. Tonight was a beauty, but not because of over the top color but from the cloud forms layered upon each other. Too bad it didn’t show behind the nest…..just a pale pink glow.
      You can see the lines on the water from the North wind pushing the water back out to the bay.

      • CarolV December 28, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

        It’s still a few days till the full moon but the sky is clear and the moon is already showing itself.

        • CarolV December 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! Wishing peace and happiness, but most of all, wishing good health to us all!

      • Rjoneal December 30, 2017 at 12:03 am - Reply

        Hi CarolV I hope you are staying warm, thanks for weather update. I have been watching the news snow and ice everywhere.

    49. Admin Nita December 28, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

      We are up and running!
      Date and time are correct!
      Enjoy your day =)

    50. Admin Shelli December 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas from Blu and me 🎄

      • ChrisH December 27, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

        He (or she?) is a beauty!!

        • Admin Shelli December 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

          It’s a little boy named Blu…he’s such a joy! He came to me at just days old when his mother was hit by a car and killed. I bottle fed him and prepared him for adoption but when the time came I just couldn’t let him go….this is what we foster moms call a “foster fail” LOL

          • CarolV December 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

            That is a gorgeous boy! I’ve had Siamese and know what personalities they are! How could you have ever given him up? He’s where he belongs….lucky him and lucky you!

            • Admin Shelli December 28, 2017 at 11:58 pm

              Aww thank u Carol! He is a talker lol and is so special.

      • Rjoneal December 30, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

        Aww, Shelli nice of you to share your lovely family member Blu.

    51. Admin Nita December 25, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Merry Christmas everyone!

      • Rjoneal December 30, 2017 at 12:05 am - Reply

        Hi Nita if it is cold were I am I know its cold in Georgia. Go away go away cold even with the sun it is to cold for me. Stay warm 🙂

        • Admin Nita December 30, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

          Hi Rjoneal, yes it’s a bit nippy here, 29 degrees this morning and they are predicting 16 degrees on Tuesday night. I’m loving it =D

    52. Admin Nita December 23, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Happy Saturday everyone, cam is up and running!

      • Betsy December 23, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

        Admin Nita: It’s still down and looping the almost 2 hours from yesterday 12/22.

        • Admin Shelli December 23, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

          Thanks for letting us know Betsy. I will contact Aidan now. But I have a feeling since it’s a holiday weekend the cam may be down for a bit.

        • Admin Nita December 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

          Sorry Betsy, I thought it was fine this morning =( I must have looked at the time and not the date…..

      • Frazer Page Dougherty December 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        Not sure where yr nest cam is – but a large Osprey cruised my house in East Marion this Am.

        Seems a bit late & there aren’t many fish left in their diving distance …

        • Admin Nita December 23, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

          This nest is located in Long Island.

        • CarolV December 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

          Frazer–That’s funny cause I thought I saw one while I was on Flanders Rd. Heading home about noon today! It was probably a hawk, but, dang, it threw me!!!!!

          • Helen December 26, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

            I thought I saw one also flying on the North Fork. Felt the same as you, that it was an eagle – but was really surprised.

    53. CarolV December 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      ADMIN NITA or SHELLI- looks like video is in trouble again (8*{

      @2:45EST

      • Admin Nita December 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        Thanks Carol, I’m on it =)

    54. Isobel December 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. Look forward to seeing our feathered family back in the spring.

    55. ChrisH December 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Warm wishes to all for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year!! Looking forward to another thrilling nesting season in 2018!!

    56. CarolV December 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      In case anyone is having difficulty gift wrapping….a tutorial……………

      https://www.facebook.com/houseofkittyliciousness/videos/1555997397769952/

      • CarolV December 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Sorry- meant to say this was a Christmas song for you!

    57. CarolV December 22, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Wishing happiness and good health to all our OZ family and our ospreys wherever they are!!!!!

      • CarolV December 22, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Looks like we may have a shower late afternoon, but the real rain coming in after 2am tomorrow; possibly raining all day Saturday. Rough for the last minute shoppers!
        Temps look to be in the 50s tomorrow, then steadily dropping every day
        . Merry windy Christmas, temps high 30s.
        Dropping to barely 30 by Weds.; teens overnight…….
        .Still colder by next weekend -mid- to high 20s for days, with possible snow Fri. and Sat……………………………”Winter is coming.” …OK…shivered a little typing that! Game of Thrones fans??? So much more ominous than a bit of snow!!!!

        Gracie’s wiper waves in the wind, as the waves roll onto the shore.

        • Rjoneal December 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

          There you are CarolV
          Thanks for the forecast.
          Gracie’s wiper if still there when they return I think will make Gracie feel she is home. Of course some how ever year she finds a wiper either her or George do.
          Sad people must just throw them out on the land instead of disposing them properly.

    58. JanL December 22, 2017 at 4:36 am - Reply

      Wishing a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season to all the friendly folks here, who welcomed me to the ‘osprey world’ this past summer! Looking forward to the little family returning in March. ‘Peace’ and good will to all.

      • Rjoneal December 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

        Jan L thanks for checking in.
        Glad you are part of our Osprey Family. I cant wait till we are all back together again.
        Happy Holidays be safe keep warm.

    59. Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      CarolV where are you? Missing your daily humor to make me laugh.
      Hope you are taking some time off of work for Holidays. I know your babies would be happy.
      Well I had to look up the weather forecast and it appears around Christmas time New York is supposed to be getting some ice warnings. Don’t know if that’s true or not just with the national weather said.
      The nest looked real pretty bright sunshine today although I know it was probably a little cold there.

      Harriet and M15 Eagles have 2 eggs and it could be any day 1 of them hatches. Romeo & Juliet’s eaglets E18 & E19 are growing so fast those bobble heads are already exploring out of the nest bowl.

    60. Helen F, West Islip December 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to everyone from Florida t o Maine, all our osprey lovers. Just had the best day at Robert Moses field 5 (to lighthouse). Clear, sunny, no wind, ocean very calm, very, very calm. About ten people on whole beach, unbelievable! Happy healthy 2018. March is just around the corner, so our friends will be shortly back, before you know it. Kick out those squatters, take over their home and start anew. We have osprey’s in West Islip but George and Gracie give us a ringside seat, don’t they? We are so lucky, thanks to Paul, Aiden, Nita and anyone else who does such a good job keeping us informed. Happy healthy 2018, again!!

      • Rjoneal December 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Helen F West Islip-I have not seen you on our site posting till recently that I can recall have you been with us long?
        Well let me say Welcome to our Osprey Family even if you aren’t new maybe just new at posting comments. Either way hi and yes those birdie friends of ours are a handful but very entertaining.
        I posted several pics on previous page were one was eating the snow and pecking down into the nest.
        Happy Holidays to you and your family.
        Take care keep checking in if you can.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

    61. Dawn December 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      It’s been a while since I have posted. Just wanted to wish my OZ family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year. March will be here in the blink of an eye and will hopefully bring back our George and Gracie safe and sound! Love to you all!

      • Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

        Hi Dawn nice to hear from you.
        Happy Holidays to you and your family.
        George & Gracie will be home before we know it. Time goes by so fast.
        Keep warm stay safe

    62. Betsy December 20, 2017 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      It can be hard to tell from a picture the true color of something …

      • Betsy December 20, 2017 at 11:46 pm - Reply

        I think this might be a good color match for your Gracie Feather Duster picture!!

        • Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

          It is perfect love the frame. 🙂

      • Betsy December 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm - Reply

        So, Merry Christmas!!

        • Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

          Santa has been kind to me. Thank You and Merry Christmas to you too. It is very pretty and yes I noticed your detail work with frame looking like it has different dimensions and with the the white mat enhancing the picture.

      • Betsy December 20, 2017 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        Supposed to start as: To Rjoneal!!

      • Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

        Betsy I do not have a frame but I tapped the pic on the wall so you could see it. However as you can see different lighting in the room makes the walls look just a little different. It does match the walls perfectly, the pictures I took do not look as good as it does in person. .
        I still do not know how you are managed to match it up from a pic as good as you did.
        Thank- you, Thank-You

        • Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

          Here is the feather-duster pic from last year I printed and just laminated a 5×5 and when I sit at my computer desk I can look over and see my Gracie. lol

      • Rjoneal December 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

        You matched it on the bulls-eye just right. 🙂

        • Betsy December 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

          I’m glad that the color matched and that you liked it.

          The swatch on the left is what I started with before morphing it to the swatch on the right I used in the final frame. I don’t know your taste in patterns, however, the original looks great in the frame. Now you have a choice!! 😀 😀

          • Rjoneal December 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

            I think I like this design better it fits my taste more. I love pattern designs as you probably know from some of my pic frames I post.
            Thanks this one is a keeper for sure.

    63. Rjoneal December 20, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

      I still love this posted last year but it works every year

      • Rjoneal December 20, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

        click on picture so you can read

    64. Betsy December 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      I think I found my passion!! Designing and making frames!! 😀 😀 😀

      Here’s another Christmas picture. I liked a frame I saw on the internet, but dang if I’ll buy a subscription at 29 bucks a month for 10 images at Shutterstock or one of the other stock image outfits!! Especially since I’ve designed most of my frames!! So, I designed this using the other frame as inspiration:

      • Betsy December 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

        Here’s the frame by itself:

        • Betsy December 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

          This is the frame I used for inspiration!! 😀

      • Rjoneal December 20, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

        Betsy we all know that you are creative and love doing it. I have been telling you that for 3 years, to just do what you do best. Many of us do not have the time nor the passion you do to create. And let us not forget you attention to detail sometimes a lil to much but… you have the perfectionist trait in you so that is just who you are.
        I like the new frames too for the Holidays, and no I would not pay either. To many other things you can spend your money on.
        Keep it going I will be checking in as much as I can.
        Happy Holidays, be safe, stay warm, and be kind, spread peace and joy.

    65. Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      See Betsy it looks good in my computer on blue walls…….

      • Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        oops suppose to say computer room heee

      • Betsy December 19, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: For real?? You really framed it and have it hanging?? That’s such a compliment!! I love the wall color!! Slate gray?

        • Rjoneal December 20, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

          Yes I did,even though my Feather-Duster pic of Gracie is still my #1 favorite this frame matched the computer room (that is what I call it) perfectly.

    66. Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      George & Gracie Holiday Wishes

    67. Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Happy Holidays

    68. CarolV December 18, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Good to have the video back………thanks going out to Paul, Aiden, Admin Nita, et al involved in the fix!

      • CarolV December 18, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

        I had to stare at the video when I scrolled back because it was so dead calm, nothing was moving-waves, nest grasses, ribbons. One small light blinking by that jetty was the only sign of life…………..

        We had a couple hours of light rain mid-day, with temps.mid 30s, but it was a raw day. Temps rising overnight to close to 50 tomorrow. They bounce around during the week with, what may be the sunniest day, Thursday, the coldest day. Looks like rain for the Christmas weekend, mid 50s Fri to low 40s for Monday…………….Santa will need the flying SUV for his deliveries and the reindeer their rainboots!

      • Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        Yes Thank -You !

    69. Helen F, West Islip December 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Miss the greenery from last year. We need someone to climb up t here and re-seed it. Also collect rent as think some starlings are living downstairs in the nest. See them pop up now and again. A legal or illegal two-family?? or, Summer / Winter rental?

      • Trinity December 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        I can’t stop laughing ! Renters on Long Island unite ! 😂

      • CarolV December 18, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        Cute! But it is a legal 2 multi-resident dwelling…..sparrow family below….but the starlings ARE squatters if they are staying./ unless they are sending a check to the Sparrows………..and I missed Weedy from last year, too.

    70. Betsy December 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      6/15/2017 George and Gracie

      • Rjoneal December 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        Betsy I have this same pose and it is one of my favorites of George & Gracie from 2017
        I like your frame very pretty.

        • Betsy December 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: Thanks!! Here’s the link if you want to use it: http://images.all-free-download.com/images/graphiclarge/snowflake_wreath_312244.jpg

          First, after pasting the wreath on a MS Word doc, I set the white as transparent color; then cut and pasted it back on the page; then artistic effect > glow edges, cut and paste; then artistic effects again > film grain!! Just size to what you need!!

          You can even take it a step further and apply color noise (choosing your colors) at that website you use for frames!!

          • Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

            Betsy thank you for sharing all the step by step instructions on how to make. I am so busy with Holidays right now but will eventually try this.
            For now I will just enjoy your creations. : )
            I actually printed out the one above with George & Gracie on photo paper and it came better than I thought. The clarifications are pretty good.
            Thanks again

            • Betsy December 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm

              Rjoneal: You’re welcome!!

            • Betsy December 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

              Rjoneal: Another tip: I crop the picture into a square and then into the circle. But, it can be kind of tricky because if the square is too small then when it’s cropped into a circle part of their head is cropped off. You can leave the picture on crop and slide it around to fit better and also adjust the circle size itself — widen or narrow or elongate or shorten it. Plus circles work better when they’re not so close the the side of the nest, which they seemed to like to do a lot this year, maybe to try to move away from the gazillion bugs in the nest this year!! And I “softened” the edge about 1 1/2 points — that fades out the edges of the picture so there is no sharp demarcation between picture and frame when there is a clear frame.

            • Rjoneal December 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm

              Betsy, Oh boy I know about making circles and squares trying to get the pic just right. You are right it is hard to find to many pics this year with the both of them in the middle of the nest.
              Just using the other photo programs I have had lots of practice on that. Just never used MS for pics I don’t usually have time or patients to do all that.
              But I will check it out later, thanks for the tips.

      • CarolV December 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

        Pretty in blue!

        • Betsy December 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

          CarolV: It’s hard to match green and red Christmas colors with the nest colors!! And silver and gold make everything looked washed out!! Chanukah colors of blue and white would be easier!! I suppose I could have made dreidels!! Will be my project for next year!!

    71. CarolV December 17, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      “Then they were kung-fu fighting.”……………………..7/20/16

    72. Betsy December 17, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Rocky

    73. CarolV December 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      The nest was rockin’ and rollin’ in the wind! It did get up in the mid 30s but the wind made it feel much colder! And, yes, Nita, I am the weather person! Working not so far from East Marion on the North Fork and living on the South Fork, I just got in the habit of letting people know what was going on. Rjoneal commented that she appreciated this, so it became a thing………

      Minutes after this shot was taken, the video stopped and appears to be stuck there….reads 14:21 and it’s now 20:43-

      • CarolV December 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

        Yes, video is on the loop- just bounced back to 10:23

      • Admin Nita December 17, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Thanks Carol, we will let Paul know.

    74. CarolV December 16, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Good Morning from the nest……..I think we had more snow on the south side of the Island…….we had a good 2’+ on my car this a.m. and I had cleaned it once already last night…………..it’s very fluffy and the wind may have taken some off the nest.
      Temps 27 now in OZland and very windy.

      Have a great day everyone.

      • CarolV December 16, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

        The fairy globes looking to go skating!

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