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

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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

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    1. Aidan May 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Hi everybody,

      As you probably have noticed, we are FINALLY back live!!! I’m sorry we kept you all waiting so long this year, but it’s great to see so many people still around. HUGE thanks to Shelli for keeping things running. Our Ospreys appear to be back, and have built up their nest considerably. No eggs at the moment; I don’t have last year’s dates, but Tommy believed they weren’t laid until early June. I’m sure one of you could find it!

      Here’s to another great year for George and Gracie!

      • Redkayak May 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        Thank you for all of your efforts. I just tuned in to see it come on! Happy Spring/Summer 2018

      • Helen May 22, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

        YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Tommy, Aidan and Shelli!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Admin Shelli May 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        Thank u Aidan! I appreciate all your hard work getting the cam up and live again!
        And thanks to Tommy and Paul as well….and to anyone I am missing.

        We’re all super eggcited to see our special couple and just in time to see the egg laying!

      • Rjoneal May 22, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        Aidan and Tommy that is not Gracie and here are All the Years STATs all the eggs were laid in April and May and the Babies Hatch in June. Sorry for sad news we are all heartbroken Gracie is not with us.

        2017 Baby Osprey Stats Arrival Date for George & Gracie (Note, camera was down so 1st time seeing at the nest) 04/21/2017 Last seen George on 9/27/2017 & Gracie last seen 09/07/2017
        Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 am
        Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 7:06:24 am
        Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 7:31:23 (did not hatch) Egbert never broke buried in nest
        Baby Osprey #1 (Solar) hatched on 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
        fledged on 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
        Fist fish- no fish seen caught by Solar
        Last seen 10/06/17
        Baby Osprey #2 (Eclipse) hatched on 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
        fledged on 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
        First fish-no fish seen caught by Eclipse
        Last seen 9/19/17
        //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
        2016 Baby Osprey Stats Arrival Date for George 03/24/16 & Gracie 04/02/2016 Last seen George on 09/21/2016 & Gracie last seen 09/02/2016
        Egg #1 laid on April 25th @ 8:51 am
        Egg #2 laid on April 28th @ 7:11 am
        Egg #3 laid on May 1st @ 7:46 am
        Baby Osprey #1 (Brutus) hatched on 06/03/2016 (39 days incubation)
        fledged on 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
        first fish on 08/16/2016 it was18 days after fledging (74 days old)
        last seen at nest on 09/24/2016
        Baby Osprey #2 (Ali)
        hatched on 06/05/2016 (38 days incubation)
        fledged on 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
        first fish on 08/13/2016 it was19 days after fledging (69 days old)
        last seen at nest on 08/20/2016
        Baby Osprey #3 (Rocky)
        hatched on 06/08/2016 (38 days incubation)
        fledged on 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
        first fish on 08/15/2016 it was 10 days after fledging (68 days old)
        last seen at nest on 09/09/2016
        //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
        2015 Baby Osprey stats Arrival Date for George & Gracie April 2015 Last seen George on 09/26/2015 & Gracie last seen 09/08/2015
        Egg #1 laid unknown
        Egg #2 laid unknown
        Egg #3 laid unknown
        Baby Osprey #1 Ronnie) hatched on 06/12/2015 (unknown days incubation)
        fledged on ****2015 @ ** days old
        first fish on ****2015 it was ** days after fledging ( days old)
        last seen at nest on 09/12/2015
        Baby Osprey #2 (Sandy ) hatched on 06/13/2016 (unknown days incubation)
        fledged on ****2015 @ **days old
        first fish on ****2015 it was ** days after fledging ( days old)
        last seen at nest on 09/12/2015
        Baby Osprey #3 (PEEWEE ) hatched on 06/15/2015 (unknown days incubation)
        Died (RIP) in nest 07/1/ 2015 at 2 weeks old, lived 16 days

        • Admin Shelli May 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

          Gracie may have come back to this nest, eggs might have been laid, eggs could have been taken by predators – there are many many possible scenarios – we just don’t know anything for sure.
          She may be in the area or on another nest. Death is not the only reason we don’t see her.

          But I am sorry the OZ nest has failed this season and know how disappointing this is to everyone. 💕

          • nfc May 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

            I was so happy to see the nest live. Then I started to read the comments and realized that there is no Gracie. So sad. We all have great memories and have seen nature at its best and worst for the first three years. Hopefully George will find a new mate in the future. We will just have to watch and see. We can’t predict what will happen. Every year has been different. Rjoneal— what you wrote above says it all. It is a sad day for all of us. Watching this nest after seeing an article in Newsday is what got me hooked on watching osprey and eagle nests. I have watched bears, falcons, and dogs. I look for other live cams. I find myself looking at these nests and habitats and learning so much.My two favorite cams are Ospreyzone and SWFEC. I have shared my knowledge with my students. By reading comments from everyone, I got to know you as fellow osprey lovers. I didn’t comment until the end of last season, but I have watched from day one. I am very sad right now as all of you are. We can be here for each other and look towards the future. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes and all of you. We are all in shock right now. Time will heal our sorrows.

    2. Leesa Downs May 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Uh, is it just me, or does it look like there is a condom in the nest! Maybe they want the fun without the responsibility this year!!!

    3. Leesa Downs May 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! So happy to have the live feed up!!!

    4. GinaM May 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      All I want is to see a black spot under a right wing and I will be a happy person.:)

    5. Admin Shelli May 21, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Update on the live feed: Sorry we didn’t get the cam up and running, they ran into a snag today but it’s looking good for tomorrow! Talons crossed 🤞

      • CarolV May 22, 2018 at 7:17 am - Reply

        Bet Gracie gave them grief while they visited!🙀Waiting patiently!!!!

        GO AIDAN GO!!!!!!!!!

    6. Admin Shelli May 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone! I have some exciting news to share with u today! Aidan is at the nest right now and believes they’ve got the cam and the feed fixed.
      So we should be LIVE sometime this afternoon!!

      I am so excited to see G and G and I am so grateful for all the hard work that the cam owners/helpers are doing so we can see these amazing birds!!
      Thank u Tommy, Paul, Aidan (and all involved) for allowing us to share in the journey of this Osprey couple!

      • Rjoneal May 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        Thank you Shelli for posting and keeping us all updated Yeah! I have sent emails out to all Osprey Zone Followers that I have emails on.

        Thank you Tommy,Paul,Aidan, all who help and Shelli along with Nita.

      • Helen May 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

        I agree Shelli – yippee!

      • CarolV May 21, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        I guess they ran in to further difficulties? It’s not an easy task this year! Thanking Aidan for all he is doing surely can’t be said enough. Good luck!

        • Admin Shelli May 21, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

          I guess so Carol….they’re still trying to figure it out ugh. We were so close!
          Probably tomorrow 🤗

    7. Betsy May 20, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Hi, everyone! I had posted last week that my uncle was found dead — 2 weeks ago today. I’m not really sure exactly how this went, but my uncle originally had a reverse mortgage, with I believe, Wells Fargo, and then somehow my uncle contracted with a construction company who bought/took over, or however it’s done, the mortgage and which now owns the property; but my uncle was given a life estate deed. At first I thought the owner of the construction company, who we met, after my uncle died, and said he knew my uncle and that’s how he contracted the property, was a nice man, but it turns out he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing!! He was all set to demolish the house tomorrow — which is another story, because I went to the town hall up there on Friday and there is no demolition permit on file and the bldg dept told me it takes 3 weeks to get the permit!! We don’t care about the house being knocked down … well, we do care, but we know this was a business transaction. We just want to get my uncle’s personal property, which the construction company does not own. So, it’s only been 2 weeks today, and the 1st week after my uncle died was taken up by making funeral arrangements, the wake and the funeral, but this nasty man says we’ve had enough time to get the stuff, including furniture, out of the house!! We’ve heard he was also nasty to my uncle, trying to force him, on more than one occasion, out of the house. It’s been raining up there (and I think here, on Long Island) for the past week. The house is probably about 125 feet from the road and there is only a narrow dirt driveway (about a third of which has broken concrete and granite that the contractor put there) but after all the rain is now a mud driveway!! Well, anyway, yesterday, thank goodness as we (which has been mostly my 86-year-old mother and me trying to clear out the house) were wrapping up, as I was slogging through the mud almost up to my ankles, the sole of my sneaker ripped off!! But, today, the most wonderful thing happened. Just as I was walking into Incredible Feets this afternoon to buy new sneakers, I heard an osprey calling!! I looked up and there were 2 osprey flying around overhead!! Good omen, I think, especially when I told the salesperson that he was lucky to be able to see the osprey flying around there … he said he’d never seen one flying around!!

      • nfc May 21, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

        Betsy, What a story. That contractor is one of the horrible people in the world that works to scam the elderly. I hope it all works out for you. You don’t need the hassle when you are trying to get your uncle’s belongings out of the house. The contractor should wait. On the other side of the coin, dealing with a reverse mortgage after a person dies is another hassle. They want the house sold in a year or they take it. I will be dealing with that situation in the near future for my mom. It doesn’t help that your uncle lives upstate. Hopefully this will all work out. I am so glad that the osprey were there for you. That really was a great ending to the horrible days you were experiencing. I hope that you get everything done without this shark on your back. Some people out there are horrible. The ospreys made your day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Betsy May 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

          nfc: Thanks for your support!! I’m just about ready to throw in the towel — especially after I took a header in the mud today!! The only good thing is that the mud is so thick it was like falling on a mattress!! LOL We contacted College Hunks Hauling Junk on Saturday. They were supposed to come today to give an estimate, but they called and said they were stuck on another job! Rescheduled for tomorrow. Wouldn’t be so bad except my uncle was a hoarder as was my grandmother as was my great grandmother!! So the accumulated stuff is compounded!! I don’t think he ever threw out anything, never ever!! And I’m not exaggerating!! We’re walking through little aisles between mountains of stuff!! This is just the surface of what we’ve been dealing with!! The contractor came by today … he wants the place broom swept when we’re gone … I told him that’s all we can do since he had the electricity shut off!! LOL Years ago my uncle had gone to a lawyer, but only to have his will written. We had contacted him after my uncle died. I spoke again to him today and was explaining the situation … since neither executor is able to administer the estate, he told us not to worry, just leave the garbage!! My uncle was destitute so what could the contractor do!! I could write a book about this experience!!

      • Helen May 21, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

        Betsy –

        If you want to call me to discuss it please do – I have a lot of experience with this stuff. Would suggest you call or email Shelli – she will give you my email/phone

      • June c May 21, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

        So sorry to hear abt what u went thru with your family….how wonderful to see the Ospreys….

        • Betsy May 21, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

          June c: Thank you!! I’m thinking they may be at Wantagh Park – the Incredible Feets store is at the border of Wantagh and Bellmore on Merrick Rd. After we’re through with this mess, I’m going to have to check it out!

      • CarolV May 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        So sorry to hear about all the added stress! Those reverse mortgages seem very tricky……I think they were started as a help to the elderly but, as with any situation where money can be finagled, too many loosey-goosy deals are made with the uninformed victims. There are always villains waiting to prey on the unsuspecting and desperate.
        After all you went thru, I think you have a great outlook to find a positive note in the calls of the osprey. We can find comfort all around us if we just open our spirits to the possibilities.
        I have to admit, I chuckled at the sneaker bit! Like “How much must I bear??? There’s not much more I can take!!! Oh, crap!!!! “(sneaker falls apart)
        So it sounds like you may have gotten most of this behind you? Wishing you all the best…….

    8. MargaretR May 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      So sorry for your loss Nita….

    9. Theresa E rosko May 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      thoughts and prayers for Nita and family

    10. Betsy May 19, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Shelli: Please send my sympathies to Nita.

      • Admin Shelli May 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

        I sure will Betsy and thank u so much for thinking of her during this difficult time 🤗

    11. Rjoneal May 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Here it is……

      • Betsy May 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal: That looks like it would be incredible to read!!

      • Rjoneal May 20, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

        5-20-18 Yes you should order one give you something to read, it is a children’s book but has the story of Belle and has 105 pages gorgeous art and photographs in the book.

    12. CarolV May 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      My sparrow nest on my patio awning was all a’twitter the other day. I looked out the bathroom window to see 4 or 5 sparrows all perched or flapping around a poor starling sheltering from the rain. Unfortunately, it was about a foot from the active nest and the adults and friends weren’t happy with its presence! What a noise!!!!!!! I didn’t know if starlings were baby snatchers, so in the sake of peace and as a precaution, I tapped on the window till Mr Starling moved along………..
      The chicks in this nest are very vocal and I expect they will be fledging soon. There is a lot of activity on the patio as I have feeders hanging there. Yes, it is messy, but I put them there in the winter and kind of like seeing all the birds so close-up.
      It’s been a dreary week here, rain almost everyday, with general gloomy in between. Mother Nature threw in almost 2 weeks of gorgeous weather for the beginning of May and then threw us back to April.
      I’m just grateful that we got off easy with the wild weather that passed thru earlier this week. Lower NY counties had crazy weather and even a tornado. I guess with all the tragedies and sad happenings and the volcano in Hawaii, we need our birds to distract us. I’m about to go maudlin, so I’ll just say…………hug someone you love………………

      • lcpoucel May 19, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Hello Carol V Where can I get information on when the cam will be live again? lc

        • Admin Shelli May 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

          Hi Icpoucel…the cam owners are doing their best to get the cam back online, there’s been some technical issues but they assured us it would be up sometime soon. Thanks for your patience 🤗

    13. Rjoneal May 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Our Dear Friend Nita and her family have lost a loved one. The husband,father,and best friend to many has passed on into the comfort of Lords hands. We hope the celebration of life for him brings comfort to all who will miss him dearly. Nita has announced on FB and I wanted to make sure she knows her OspreyZone Family and Followers are thinking of them at this time.

      • Admin Shelli May 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        Thank u Rjoneal…I appreciate u thinking of her. This has been a very difficult time but Wayne is at peace now and is with our Lord ♥️🙏🏻♥️

      • CarolV May 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

        For Nita and her family- So sorry for your loss.

      • Helen May 18, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

        Ranay – Thanks for letting us know. If she is not on this site and you are speaking with her, please let her know that we are all thinking of her at this very sad time. Helen

      • Elaine May 18, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        Nita and her family will be in my prayers for comfort and strength.

      • Elizabeth May 19, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

        Nita…My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    14. Rjoneal May 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      5-16-18 Adult Ospreys fights Baby 3 Juv who just fledged today at Achieva. Thanks to one of our Followers WTR97 made a video and Shelli our Admin, I think this is one of her nest too.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgYecGUG4o0

      • Rjoneal May 16, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

        One of the fledged juveniles from the nest chases off an adult intruder, but the intruder comes back and attacks the juvenile.

    15. CarolV May 15, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Betsy- That must be some job! Sadly, you see so much about a person’s life with the items left behind. I hope you find some good memories among the jumble. Don’t be hard on yourself, tho. Too often we get caught up in everyday living to reach out to distant loved ones, even if they live one town away.
      It is comforting to know he had a peaceful passing, among his “treasures” that he chose to keep. May he rest in peace……………and you take comfort in that,

      • PattyK May 15, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

        Amen…..xoxoxo

      • Betsy May 15, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

        CarolV and PattyK: Thanks for the emotional support!! Got a 16 foot Pods container. We were up there today packing!! Got caught in that storm on the way home, though. The wind and the rain and the lightning, wow wee!! Big branches down on the road. I was hoping a tree wouldn’t come down on us!!

        • CarolV May 16, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

          That was some storm and we were on the light end of the scary part! Heard it was much worse before it hit the cooler water by us! Glad all is well with you !

      • ChrisH May 16, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

        So sorry for your loss, Betsy. I completely agree with Carol’s sentiments.

    16. Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

      One of the Other Osprey Nest started this in Finland very different there for Ospreys but so beautiful. BETA: Satakunta Osprey – FLIGHT CAMERA

      • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

        Here is the Osprey Nest -Satakunnan sääkset (Osprey Cam in Finland)

      • CarolV May 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        Love that osprey footprint cam! Wonder how soon the little rugrats christen it???

        • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

          Right, it wouldn’t take long for our Osprey Family

      • ChrisH May 16, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

        What a cool viewpoint!!

    17. Rjoneal May 14, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      The Osprey Nest at San Francisco Golden Gate https://hdontap.com/index.p… are pretty famous for bringing in a lot of weird and unusual stuff probably due to location of nest.
      This year just about a week ago I was checking in and could not believe my eyes. A Big Dead Bird, now don’t worry not graphic, you can just see big bird brown feathers laying in and then on rails of nest. Crazy, the Followers say that dad brought in the bird they think hummmm, then the followers tell me a week ago there was another dead bird and they are not sure if this is the same. Well I of course had a hard time believing an Osprey would pick up a dead bird maybe and eagle but not an osprey and bring to nest with babies in it too.( However we are learning more and more from cameras so you never know) First of all only during extreme cases of starvation will an Osprey eat something other than fish. Secondly this Osprey family does not seem to be using as nesting material. I wanted to get to the bottom of this so I reached out to Osprey Specialist Rob Beirregaard of course told him the story I got sent him the pictures I am posting below so you all can see.
      His explanation makes more sense and I am more incline to believe the bird was intruder and landed there on the side after being injured till it died maybe. Ospreys will just let it become part of the nest if they don’t take it away.
      Rob’s B. reply –
      I’ve heard of this before. It occasionally leads people to believe that the Osprey killed the bird.
      Rob
      So now if anyone knows anything about this and has actual facts and prof of and Osprey carrying in a dead bird please share otherwise, I will choose to believe the man who has and is still spending his lifetime studying raptor birds. You can make your own conclusion just wanted to share and give everyone something to think about. We all learn through discussions as long as it is polite,kind,not offensive.

      • Admin Shelli May 14, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        This is one of my nests and the 1st bird that was brought in by the male was definitely dead (probably for a few days as it was kind of dried up and stiff).

        He brought in another dead bird just a few days ago. I don’t believe he’s bringing them in as food items at all, but more as gifts, if u will, for his mate to adorn the nest.

        8 have several photos of both dead birds on my Facebook page.

        • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

          Shelli that is crazy and I am so glad I posted to ask and share info.
          Thank you for verifying with facts about this and I will be sure to pass on to Rob B as well. Like I said prior I know this nest brings in unusual stuff but now I seen it all. Hope the bugs don’t get to bad for Osprey Family.

      • CarolV May 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

        As we have seen some curious items brought in by ospreys, I say “Why not?” I don’t know that they process death and a bird body is just an object to be presented. Very interesting…………..

        As you say, Rjoneal, these proliferating bird cams are showing things not known before, so we can only speculate. Thanks so much for bringing this up!

      • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 9:36 pm - Reply

        Thanks to Shelli here is the proof the male osprey bird parent brought in dead bird to nest. Not to eat but guessing decor, nesting material or gift to the his mate. As she stated this is the 2 nd dead bird he has brought to nest. Crazy Osprey Family. Imagine the bugs might get bad with dead bird laying around.

    18. Isabella May 14, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Waiting,reading comments.live on Long Island.ospreyzone was my first nest.like everyone else,now watching a bunch. Is anybody watching Belwood? Watched everyday.almost gave up.eggs were laid in other nest. Then one day,one egg.then two,then three,! Seems to be a new female. Don’t seem as bonded as other pairs. They take turns egg sitting.have yet to see a fish delivered.they do have a corncob though! No chat,so a bit frustrating.

      • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

        5-15-18 Isabella at Belwood new females name is Sera. You can subscribe to get updates.

        • Isabella May 16, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

          Thank you! And thx for all your pictures and info! Happy nest viewing!

    19. James Caracciolo May 14, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Linda Thanks for reaching out. I do watch your cam and enjoy your Osprey. I support and follow all our Long Island Osprey. This is the only live cam. The Town Of Hempstead has one with a 30 second delay, not the same. I feel justified in expressing my disappointment !

    20. Admin Shelli May 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      To Gracie and all the osprey mamas as well as our wonderful viewers!

    21. June c May 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL💐

    22. June c May 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      We just came back from Cancun…they have peacocks on property..many…the males where looking to mate…there were abt 10 males and females all over the place..
      This my favorite one..

      • MargaretR May 14, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

        Gorgeous June c

      • CarolV May 14, 2018 at 6:41 am - Reply

        WOW! What a spectacular show! You’re so lucky!

      • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

        5-15-18 beautiful pic thanks for sharing,glad you were able to go to Cancun again.

    23. Rjoneal May 13, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Happy Mother’s Day !

    24. Rjoneal May 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      This is too funny baby Albatross preening Chicken lol….
      Kiamanu Preens Chicken, May 11, 2018 | Cornell Lab | Kauai Laysan Albatross Cam

      • June c May 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        Can’t believe the chicken let him do that…and the it was if it enjoyed it…

      • CarolV May 14, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

        That was adorable…saw it before but love watching! Shows friends are all around us, just need to open our hearts ……

    25. SUE May 12, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      If anyone else is aware, a few weeks ago the electric company took down the nest t on Flanders Road & Rt. 105 between Riverhead & Flanders/Hampton Bays. The local people got QUITE upset about it until it was revealed that the nest was sparking with the electric lines, so the pole had to be removed. I went past there yesterday & the Electric Co. not only replaced the pole, they constructed a platform in it for the osprey & put up a shorter pole about 100 yards away for the electric lines. Apparently the osprey got busy right away & there is a nice new nest on the nice new platform at the top of the pole. I wish they’d put a cam up there. That would have been awesome!

      • June c May 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        That is great…

      • CarolV May 14, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

        Stories and photos previous page. I was by there recently, too. Nice to see companies with concern for the wildlife.

      • Shredman May 14, 2018 at 8:55 am - Reply

        These pole men are now working there way down Northville tpk. and yes there is a new nest on top of electric pole
        just north of Doctors path ( no where near water) will wait and see how they deal with this situation after last one.

        • CarolV May 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

          Shredman- I wondered about proximity to water with some other nests I’ve spotted. Then I read that they will nest within 12 miles of the water. Since you are familiar with the Island, you know that covers a lot of territory! The river/estuary area isn’t that far for a bird to fly.
          Presumably, they will have to leave an active nest untouched……..unless it is causing sparking. Be interesting to see how they handle it!

    26. CarolV May 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms !!! And have a good weekend to all!

      Our Sunday is looking a little soggy here. We usually go to a beach on the bay that my Mom knew since she was a Brooklyn child and would head out here on the train, with her family, to camp nearby. We try to get there for Mother’s Day to remember her…………..looking iffy for this year………..

    27. CarolV May 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      I was down by, of all places, our local town police station, the other day. They have a very tall, vey complicated cell tower next to them. It looked like osprey central! There were 5-6 osprey circling and calling up above! I spoke to an employee and she said it was often like that and how she loved watching and listening to them……….kindred spirit! And she helped me see the nest, which was hard to spot in the array of equipment mounted on the structure! Our osprey are very inventive in their housing choices!

    28. Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Sad News – Osprey Family still incubating nest with no eggs taken by a Pine Martin at Woodland Trust. Pine Martin scared mom off nest and when she and dad returned they looked and looked for all 3 eggs then just started to incubate the nest bowl. This is common for them to have behavior to still incubate after losing eggs for awhile.
      Video by Woodland Trust

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        And here is dad brings in fish mom takes but dad starts incubating empty nest. Video by Woodland Trust

        • CarolV May 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

          So sad………………….There are so many animals that prey on osprey, it’s a wonder any survive to fledge. Then the path to adulthood is equally perilous; not to mention their lives and journeys as adults! Makes me love these birds all the more for their courage and tenacity!

          • Rjoneal May 15, 2018 at 10:04 pm - Reply

            5-15-18 I hear you CarolV you said perfectly.

    29. Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

      5-11-18 Hi just quick news around the Nest

      Achieva Nest Baby 1 Fledged today and they have a Juv Intruder as a visitor on nest right now. Difference in opinion on who won the fish some say the Juv Visitors got it some say Baby 1 got it who had the fish when Juv Visitor landed. Mom is on nest and is fine with Visitor. Let me tell you there was a full on wrestling head banging pulling out hair talons jab match when this visitor landed over this fish. It was a pretty vicious fight. For those who do not know this nest there are 3 babies on the nest right now and of course the Juv Visitor.

      Now talking about Juv Visitors Pink Shell has a Juv Visttor at its nest too. There are 3 babies at this nest and now the Juv Visitor.

      Do you all see a pattern here… I do Maybe Micheal G. Martin should study this, it seems the Osprey Nest that have 3 babies or fledglings on the nest that seems to be where Juv Visitors will go and try and get a free meal. Remember when we had 3 babies at George & Gracie’s Nest with Brutus,Ali & Rocky and we had 2 Juv Visitors visit and hung at the nest.
      One even got some fish. Maybe there is logic for this the parents of the nest having 3 or more babies don’t really care or notice if a Juv Vistor comes to get a free meal.

      We do not see to many nest with only 1 baby or fledgling allow a Juv Visitor. Usually the baby or Fledgling that lives in nest will try and stop the Juv Visitor or parent will. Easier to spot that they are an intruder with one baby.

      Well it is defiantly something to think about., Right?

      Missing our George & Gracie but hang in there you all soon.

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

        Here is one pic showing fight…..

    30. Jay Schneider May 11, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Nest building near Long Beach, Sag Harbor

    31. Linda Ardizzone May 11, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Hi. This is for James Caracciolo. You can watch our nests here in Colorado. We have the Boulder County Osprey nest and the City of Boulder Osprey nest. That is how I get my Osprey fix. Hang in there. George and Gracie will once again be live. Sometimes technical issues arise.

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        5-11-18 Hi Linda A. keep checking in please nice to see you posting.

    32. Deborah May 11, 2018 at 2:52 am - Reply

      Looking forward to the technical issues being worked out. I appreciate the privilege of being able to watch this nest that Tommy has given us as well as the volunteers and admins who answer our questions by volunteering their time.

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        5-11-18 Deborah still love your gravatar pic, glad you are here and still checking in. We are all just one big family thru the bad and the good. Take care

    33. Betsy May 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone!! I haven’t been keeping up with the comments, I’ve just been checking in periodically to see if the cam was up. And, this week I didn’t get to look at the site at all — my uncle was found dead on Saturday and my Mom and I have been going upstate, first to make funeral arrangements and then, today for his wake and tomorrow for the funeral. And, then, we’re going to have to go back to clean out the house … and he never, and I mean NEVER, threw anything away!! I just now glanced at some of the recent posts. Here are a couple of pics of George and Gracie from last year on this date. I know it’s not the same as a video stream, but …

      • Betsy May 10, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

        And from May 11, 2017

        • June c May 13, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

          Hope to see our family soon…memories🎼🎼🎼

      • Betsy May 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

        And …

      • Admin Shelli May 11, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

        Nice to see u Betsy and I’m sorry about your uncle 🤗

        • Betsy May 11, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

          Thank you Shelli, RJO, Helen, and Carol. He lived in Bardonia in Rockland County, about 60 miles away from us. Unfortunately, we hadn’t gone up there to visit after my Grandma died in 2000 (although my older sister and brother-in-law would bring him down here to LI occasionally for holidays at their house). At the wake we met many friends of his who were all so absolutely lovely!! His wonderful neighbors a couple of houses down would do weekly grocery shopping for him. They hadn’t been able to reach him on the phone for a couple of days to see what he wanted … so, they went to the house, and when he didn’t respond to their knocking, they called another long time friend of his who came over and they discovered him dead. They called the police and a detective notified my mother. He was in bed when they found him and the detective said he didn’t appear to have been in any kind of distress, that most likely he went to sleep and just didn’t wake up. The best way to go if you ask me!! You know, you always think there’s plenty of time, but that is just so not true!

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        Betsy sorry to hear about your loss. Take care

      • Helen May 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        I am so sorry, Betsy, about your uncle. I hope his passing was peaceful.

      • CarolV May 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Hi, Betsy- sorry to hear about your loss. Sounds like you’re a bit overwhelmed. Must be a daunting task. Take care of you and your Mom…………..sending thoughts your way…………

        • Betsy May 11, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Thank you! Absolutely overwhelmed!! And guilt ridden to the max that I wasn’t a good niece!! My uncle was a pack rat, my great grandma was a pack rat, and my grandma was a pack rat (and my mother is a pack rat — “child of the depression,” so she says!!) There is so much stuff in that house!! Besides what I think of as junk (for example, I found an area map that was given out by Stop-and-Shop that he had written the date on from 1978!!) there are also antiques, things from my great grandma and grandma, and family pictures from the late 1800’s. Unfortunately, my uncle had taken out a reverse mortgage only a few years ago, but there is no money left because he was hood-winked out of it by a woman con artist!! The mortgage had been bought by a contractor who gave my uncle life rights to live there until he died and I’m hoping the contractor will keep his word to my mother and me that we can get everything out of the house before he tears it down!!

      • June c May 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        So sorry to hear about your Uncle..prayers are with u and ur family..

    34. SUE May 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Sometimes the frustration is hard to take, but after I read that there are tech problems & there’s nothing that any of us can do because it’s already being done, I go to other sites & watch & come back here to check once in a while. I also go to places where I can see them in person- almost everywhere near the water nowadays. Yeah, we’re frustrated, but the admins can only have to explain so many times before it becomes an irritant, to say the least. So I’ll be checking in every few days, & I thank the admins for what they’re doing & tell everyone don’t take anything personally. BTW, on Explore.org, the cams regularly go down & they’re a big organization. OspreyZone doesn’t. Maybe if George & Gracie can throw a bluefish down once in a while as rent someone will figure out how to get online maybe by April first? But it ain’t happening this year, so- I’ll keep checking back & going to Explore (but this site will always be my favorite).

      • Linda Ardizzone May 10, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

        I agree. Everyone is doing all that they can to get the cam going. I thank them for their efforts but frankly at this point if it were not for the emails I get about this nest I would have forgotten all about it. I hope George and Gracie as well as all of the wonderful people connected to this site are doing well. 😊

    35. Suzanne May 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      For those of you wondering about the streaming delay, you have to understand that George & Gracie are famous now, so things are different. Our beloved birds are currently in negotiations with Tommy, Aiden & Shelli. George wants a cut of the merchandise profits & Gracie is demanding that more fish be brought in to stock the waters near them. We’ll see how things go – reality stars these days!!!

      • Admin Shelli May 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

        Bwahahahaaa! Love it! I see u got his memo 🤗

      • CarolV May 11, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

        EXCELLENT! Enjoy that explanation!

      • Leanne May 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        Maybe we should start referring to them as Kim and Kanye 🙂

    36. James Caracciolo May 10, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Admin Shelli ,I’m not being unkind I’m asking what is the problem? You don’t have spring training in baseball and not be ready for opening day!!!

      • Admin Shelli May 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        No James, you’re not simply asking what the issue is or why the cam hasn’t been turned on, u insulted the cam owners and continue to do so. I deleted your other comments in which u said it was a total embarrassment to LI and u named names – you’ve been rude, unkind and condescending.
        I will not be replying to or posting anymore of your unkind comments.

        If you would have taken the time to read back through the comments you would have seen that there are some technical issues that are trying to be resolved and they expect to have the live stream up in the next week or two.

        Again this cam experience is a privilege not a right! And I am grateful for the efforts of all involved.

      • Helen May 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        James – If you cannot accept the situation as it is, go root for another team – there are plenty of nests for you to look at. But, please, give Shelli a break. She has nothing to do with the resolution of the technical issues and she has been forthcoming about them with all of us. We all appreciate the gift we have been given and we are all looking for the resumption of the stream.

        • Admin Shelli May 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          Thank u Helen…I can understand his frustration but to be so critical is not acceptable and won’t be tolerated. We are all excited to see Gracie and George once again! It won’t be long now 🤗

    37. June c May 10, 2018 at 12:12 am - Reply

      Good new chick 1 was able to fly back to nests..with the great help of CROW…

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        5-11-18 June C forgot to say it is the nest at Pink Shell she wanted me to post to clarify. Crow saved one of the babies and it was released and flew back to the nest. Thanks to Crow a big shout out.
        CROW Clinic
        Published on May 10, 2018

        On May 2, one of the juvenile osprey from the Osprey Nest at Pink Shell Beach Resort took its first flight from the nest, but injured its wing in the process. It was rescued by two CROW volunteers and brought to the hospital where it received rehabilitative care for the injured wing.

        After a week of recovery, the young osprey was returned to the nest by the same volunteers who rescued it. This is the second time this osprey has received care at the clinic and been returned to the nest. Check out our YouTube channel for previous videos involving this nest.

        This video was originally part of a Facebook live video, so we apologize for any issues with quality or the camera shaking.

        Here is video

        • nfc May 12, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

          Great video. Thanks for sharing. CROW does a great job with the rehabilitation of all the animals in need. I assume this is the Crow on Sanibel Island that helped E 8 three years ago from South West Florida Eagle Cam. My reasoning is that Pink Shell is in the same town. Since it was released because of wing issues, the osprey did a nice job of flying around.

          • Admin Shelli May 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

            Yes! CROW helped poor E8 twice lol – how fortunate we are to have them so close to SWFEC and PinkShell Resort!!

          • Rjoneal May 12, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

            5-12-18 NFC You are welcome and yes I love CROW and all the work they do. Admin Shelli is also one of the Admin for Pink Shell and so many more Eagle and Osprey Nest. Thanks for watching video and checking in still. 🙂

    38. Dawn May 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Seriously? RJ and I were just chatting offline about how lucky we are to get a glimpse of this family and are SO anxious to see their progress this year. As someone who has watched from the first season, I find it utterly disrespectful when some folks DEMAND an answer about when the cam will be operational and how “ridiculous” it is to be made to wait. How about being thankful Tommy even allows us this privilege – because that’s EXACTLY what this is – a PRIVILEGE. Mind your manners, be courteous and be thankful. It really is just that easy!

      • Admin Shelli May 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        Thank u Dawn. Well said 🤗

      • Leesa Downs May 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

        Amen, and amen!!! Thank you, Dawn, for stating the feelings of the majority of us at least! I feel very fortunate that Tommy allows the camera on this nest, and for Aiden and all the others who give their time and talents to this site for our enjoyment. We are all anxious to see George and Gracie, and the site will be up just as soon as they are able to do so. End of discussion.

        • Admin Shelli May 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

          Leesa, thanks so much for your patience and kind words. 🤗

      • CarolV May 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

        Thank you,Dawn, for your eloquent defense. Anyone who doesn’t know the story of this site should page up, click on ABOUT and click on the video of Tommy explaining the story of starting this site. It was a labor of love that he wanted to share. It grew from there and perhaps exceeded expectations on how popular it became. But it is still a private site. Circumstances change and things break. Whenever the camera is fixed, I will be grateful for all the participants have done and look forward to catching up with G&G and this year’s family!

      • June c May 10, 2018 at 12:10 am - Reply

        Thank you Dawn..could not have said better..

      • Helen May 10, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

        Bravo, Dawn. It is what it is and if there are unhappy people, they can just stop going to the site.

    39. Tucker May 9, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Fishing has been very good in the East End bays. Lots of sustenance for our pals!

      • CarolV May 9, 2018 at 5:16 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Tucker! I was wondering how the slow spring was affecting the fish migration. It seemed like the fishermen who fish the river over by 105 were late getting there.

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

        Hi Tucker thanks for being with us again and posting your info. Keep checking in please.

    40. James Caracciolo May 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Please respond !!!!

      • Admin Shelli May 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        James I will not post your unkind comment. The cam owners are doing their best to get the live stream going.

        • Helen May 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

          Good for you Shelli – everyone is waiting with bated breath but these things happen. Helen

    41. Trinity May 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      As I’m driving earlier today, two osprey flew over Ocean Parkway ( Gilgo area ) with a late morning breakfast in their talons, so cool ! Spotted so many birds along my commute 😊

      • Rjoneal May 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        5-11-18 Trinity just love you always give updates on sightings during your commutes, thanks for posting Keep in touch! 🙂

    42. CarolV May 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      YAY! Have had Dr. Rob’s book-“Belle’s Journey..” on pre-order for months and was notified it will be arriving May 15th! Yaaaayyyyyy!

      • Rjoneal May 7, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

        5-7-18 CarolV Yes the book will be out but it is a children’s book never the less of course I have 1 coming to me.

        • CarolV May 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

          That’s okay! Sometimes I act like a child!

          • CarolV May 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

            Perhaps I should say big kid…………. then I won’t be insulting myself!

          • Helen May 10, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

            Carol – Big kid it is – aren’t we all! and a loving one at that!

    43. CarolV May 6, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Hope everyone had a great Cinco de Mayo!

      Here’s Gracie not celebrating last year in some rainy weather……………

    44. Rjoneal May 5, 2018 at 11:37 pm - Reply

      Osprey Zone Followers here is a video Betsy made in 2016.
      5-22-16 George laying on the 3 eggs and Gracie just wants him to get up so she can take over. George is so happy being a mate and a dad. We all know how much George likes to incubate and feed the babies.

      Hopefully this will help everyone get a taste of what is probably happening in nest right now. Don’t worry they are working on camera and it will be on as soon as possible.
      Thanks again Betsy for making all the priceless videos.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbN51-tjr8&t=344s
      .

    45. SUE May 4, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

      PLEASE is there a way the owners can let someone turn the cam on by the end of March in the future? Anyway, for those of you who are missing the cam, go to Explore.org (they have all kinds of animals, fish, wildlife… eaglecam.org, & many other sites have live cams.

      • Admin Shelli May 4, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

        Hi Sue, unfortunately it doesn’t work like that – there is a lot involved when hosting a live stream. Someone has to monitor the computer, cam, feed etc….

        The cam owners do the best they can and we just have to be patient and look forward to a wonderful event ahead.

      • J. Gerbereux May 4, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

        But they aren’t ‘our’ osprey. I live on the South Fork of Long Island and consider them to be part of our wildlife . I do watch the DC eagles, but love the local birds too.

    46. J Gerbereux May 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Oh please help me. I cannot find the live osprey cam – my screen says it’s not available yet, but the comments indicate that others are watching the family, including the three new babies. I’ve watched this site for years and am upset that I cannot see it. Please let me know what to do or how to get to the site.

      • Admin Shelli May 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Hi J…the cam has not yet been turned on for the season, you’re not missing anything 🤗
        It should be on in the next week or two.

      • CarolV May 4, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

        There are people who live near the nest who have reported in with sightings of George and Gracie (hopefully). In the meantime, we’ve been posting news and photos of other sites and reposting shots from previous years for this site.
        ……………..As we all wait anxiously for the camera to be fixed and turned on. Welcome to the waiting crew!

    47. Pattie Hoolie May 3, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Good Day! FYI This time last year we had 2 eggs and the third came on 5/4/17 Hope the camera goes on soon. 🙂

    48. Nancy May 3, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Nevermind ! Just saw Ronjeal’s post.

      • Rjoneal May 5, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

        5-5-18 Hi Nancy please keep checking on soon we will be able to see George & Gracie.

    49. Nancy May 3, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Does anyone here watch the Ospreys at Pink Shell Resort ? Did one of the babies fledge ? Everytime I look at the nest (over the past 2 or 3 days) there’s only one baby there. Hoping nothing evil happened there.

    50. Michael G. Martin May 3, 2018 at 1:41 am - Reply

      Hello Group and can anyone think of what catch phrase the might be saying in “Red Square” in Moscow “ Happy May Day “. What can I say “ I’m Bored

      Ok, since we don’t have a “ Live Feed “ to keep us entertained I have a question only a “ Die Hard” Ospreyphile can come up with the correct answer, okay here goes

      When George and Gracie are taking turns incubating the Eggs. I myself have been thinking long and hard for the answer but to no avail.

      Can Anyone tell me through some Research the
      Constant Temperatures that the Eggs have to be kept at to grow and mature in the Shell “ An approximate ambient temperature that would bring the Chicks to breakthrough the Shell and start Life
      I have tried all of the Osprey Sites but can’t find at least a ballpark number.. I’m thinking that within the Shell as the Chicks are developing must produce a fair amount of heat and coupled with what Mom and Dad can generate outside the Egg

      If anyone wants to take an educated guess and back it up with some facts on your Guess that would be Great

      And for the winner or winners with the right answer, I will personally come over to your Home and do your Household Chores for a Week..
      But keep in mind I cannot do anything that strenuous and “ No Windows “ and I cannot work any longer than 15 minutes with Two 5 minute breaks and the winner has to come to My Home and pick me up and most important “Buy Me Lunch”

      Thanks All
      Mike

      • Admin Shelli May 3, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

        Osprey incubation temperature ranges from 34.2 – 37.9 C.
        (93.56 – 100.22 degrees F).

        Source: Biologists Christopher H. Stinson, Mitchell A. Byrd and Glen Beani
        https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jrr/v010n03/p00090-p00091.pdf

        • Michael G. Martin May 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

          Hi Shelli
          Thank-You so much for that information
          And do you or the Other and Loyal and Informed Ospreyphiles know if the Chick in utero can generate any temperatures to match what the Parents provides in assisting with the Hatching Process

          Thanks All
          Mike

          • Admin Shelli May 5, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

            Hi Michael! You’re very welcome! I enjoy educating others about these amazing creatures 💕

            An embryo can not regulate its own temperature and relies on the incubation process to keep it warm enough to survive.

            After hatch it still won’t be able to keep its body at a consistent or constant temperature without the aide of a parent.

            It will be another two weeks, and only after its second coat of thermal down plumage has grown in, that it will be able to fully regulate its own body temperature.

            I hope that’s what you meant?

      • CarolV May 4, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

        Mike..sounds like you’re worth every imaginary penny I would not be paying you, if I had known that answer!

    51. Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      One of my favorites 5-13-17 George & Gracie Click on pic to see it move. We are thinking about you George & Gracie. Hope to see you soon. Enjoy

    52. Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Hi all just quick updates

      Pink Shell 5-02-18/ 08:58 We have a fledgling-Congratulation Baby#1 video by Uta

      • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

        Just some many more Osprey Nest that I have listed prior to this not in order.

        Lake Murray Osprey Nest has 2 babies and 1 egg still all doing well.

        Savannah Nest baby 2 died today in nest but 1 Healthy baby to raise.

        Satakunnan sääkset (Osprey Cam in Finland) has 2 eggs in nest.

        Glenlakes Osprey Nest Live- has 2 babies and 2 eggs in nest.

        Chesap Bay Tom & Audrey I believe have 2 eggs in nest.

        RSPB Loch Garten & Carnyx Wild3 eggs in nest.

        Achieva 3 Healthy babies growing fast.

        Seaside Osprey 1 egg so far in nest.

        Edgewater just started mating.

        Boulder has 4 eggs again this year.

      • nfc May 3, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

        Thanks for this video. I looked on the site and saw only one osprey. Was worried because I don’t watch all the time. Loved the way parent watched the fledging in flight.

        • Rjoneal May 5, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

          5-5-18 nfc you are welcome love sharing take care. Keep checking in please.

      • ChrisH May 3, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

        Mom’s like, “Where’d he go?? He was just here a second ago.”

    53. CarolV May 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Came home from work to witness that Gracie has a kindred spirit with the sparrow that lives in my patio awning. Heard a little crinkly flappy noise and looked around to see a sparrow flitting thru some bushes off to the side. It was trailing a cellophane strip at least as long as its wings were wide. As I stood still on my stoop, it made its way to the awning corner near me, where it has its nest, the cellophane ribbon making that crinkly noise in the breeze of its flight. I have noticed that these birds rarely fly straight in to their nests, but perch nearby as they check around them. As it sat on the rim, cellophane dangling, my Happy Harry (dog) came trotting up , The sparrow decided the “wolf” was too close(8′ below) and took his treasure back across the patio, crinkling all the way. It was a fun moment! I’ll have to remember to check if it eventually got added to the jumble of grass, dryer lint, dog hair and assorted detritus that is its nest. Hopefully, it won’t get pulled all the way inside, out of sight!

      HAGN, everyone!

      • CarolV May 2, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        BTW….We got our touch of summer today…….Was 81 on the North Fork where I was working, then dropped to 67 by the time I got home. Normal for us to be at least 10 degs. cooler with the ocean influence. It was nice while it lasted….heading back to normal temps, 60s then high 50s with possible rain over the weekend. I’m good with that. Not ready for summer so soon .

        • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

          5-2-18 CarolV thanks for weather update just now checking in and its been awhile. Take care.

    54. Anja Baldock May 2, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Can’t wait to see the nest. I imagine there are one or two eggs but we will have no idea when they were laid and in what order. Hoping no strings, plastic items or bullying siblings this year.

      • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

        Anja Baldock nice hearing from you please keep checking in.

    55. CarolV May 1, 2018 at 5:23 am - Reply

      Happy May Day to everyone! Going thru 3 seasons over the next two days! Starting now in the 40s, going thru 60s and 70s today to the 80s tomorrow! Don’t forget your sunscreen!!!!!

      HAGD!

      • June c May 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Happy May right back at you 🌸🌼🌻🌺….missing our family…hope to see them soon…

      • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:03 pm - Reply

        CarolV I have been so busy forgot to post May Flowers for all glad Shelli did sent you a pic prior to this.

    56. June c April 30, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Hi all Rachel had her 3rd. egg….Wonder how many our Gracie has….hopefully soon…

      • June c April 30, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

        Rachel and Steve Hog Island, Main

      • margaretR April 30, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        Beautiful June C !!!!

      • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

        Thanks for update but lots of eagles around again this year at Hog Island.

    57. HollyW April 29, 2018 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      Hi All..sorry I haven’t been on here since my last picture..i came home yesterday to George sitting in a tree in the back yard! He stayed for quite awhile. Hopefully, the weather will be nicer this week and I will go to beach and take some pix of nest again. The past time I was there, Tommy was still away.

      • Admin Shelli April 29, 2018 at 11:50 pm - Reply

        Awesome news Holly! Thank u so much for the update on George. I can’t wait to see him live again 😍

      • June c April 30, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

        Hi Holly…Thank you so much for update…

      • CarolV April 30, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

        Thanks fr the update! Poor females having a rough time with all the April showers! Be good to see G&G again!

      • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

        5-2-18 Holly, Thanks for posting and we are grateful for whatever ground observations you can give us. Take care.

    58. CarolV April 28, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

      I have thought that Vera @ the Verizon nest has been acting like she may be brooding but thought it was too soon. She and Vic both arrived toward the end of March. But I see that Rachel and Steve @ the Hog Island nest have eggs already and they came back later than that! Will have to keep an eye on the Verizon nest when I go to work and see if I can pick up any clues as to hatching. The nest is so darn high it’s all guess work……………..
      Wonder if there are any eggie blessed events for G&G,,,,,,,,,,,,,waiting patiently….not (sound of foot tapping)

      • CarolV April 28, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

        I keep checking back, looking for the video. It’s sort of like trying to read without my glasses……..I know it won’t work, yet I try anyway. Sooonnnnn……………sigh

      • helen April 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        Carol –

        I haven’t been back because am not sure what I could see – depends on how she is sitting I will go out tomorrow or Tuesday to check. Be well. Helen

    59. PattyK April 26, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Hello to All OspreyZone Family,
      Thank you all so much for keeping us posted. We have been checking in but haven’t posted till now. Looking forward to a wonderful George & Gracie season! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo, PattyK & kiddies

      • CarolV April 27, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

        We are all patiently waiting- sort of………thanks for hanging in with us! Hopefully we will soon be saying how cute our couple is!

        In the meantime-….4/28/17
        …………………………………..our happy couple last year……..egg #1……….George’s gift to Gracie……………

        • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

          CarolV nice pics thanks for sharing.

      • Rjoneal May 2, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        5-2-18 Patty K sorry just now getting back to you but thanks for checking in and please keep checking soon we are hoping to see our G&G Family. Take care

    60. CarolV April 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      April 29th
      Full Pink Moon
      8:58 pm
      – Full Pink Moon – April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn

      BTW- Just wanted to straighten this out…..The osprey nest, which I’ve passed for years on the way to work, on the NW corner of rts. 24/ 105, is still intact on the special post that was erected (possibly by the town). There was a movement to supply nesting platforms as an encouragement to increase a population of osprey that had declined due to over use of DDT and was on the rebound. It is carefully placed away from electric and phone lines.
      The nest that was removed, for safety concerns, and replaced with a new pole and saucer platform is just a bit further west on rt. 24. Pictures and stories were posted on the previous page.

    61. June c April 26, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Close up of Rachel’s egg….in the rain again…poor thing…

    62. Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Check out this fish at Pink Shell, video made by one of our Osprey Zone Followers WTR97

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

        And here is something that still amazes me, what people will do to make a profit or to just kill nature. Good story, ends well thank goodness for people who care about the birds.
        U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
        Published on Apr 25, 2018

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poCVXe1OqTc&feature=youtu.be

        • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

          Here is my Painting Bunting at feeder

          • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

            oops here it is

            • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 10:53 pm

              more

            • June c April 26, 2018 at 8:43 am

              The only other time a saw this bird was when I was in Texas…beautiful bird…

            • CarolV April 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

              Love mourning doves, especially the sound as they take off flying

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

        WTR97 was told fish looks like a spade fish. CarolV aren’t you the fish expert what do you think?

      • June c April 26, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

        Can’t believe how big the kids are…

        • ChrisH April 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

          I was thinking the same thing!!

      • CarolV April 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        Holy moley! That’s some fish! No, not an expert especially with fish from your part of the earth, Rjoneal! Amd I was confused at 2 adults in nest till I took a second look and realized how long since I had checked in on this nest! Those kids are big!
        Maybe. Michael Martin, you know?

    63. Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Must Read Amazing –
      A photographer in Florida captured a stunning photo of an osprey carrying a small shark in its talons. The shark also had a fish in its mouth.
      Neat right here in my state.

      http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/04/24/wildlife-photographer-captures-osprey-carrying-shark-carrying-fish-in-one-in-trillion-photograph.html

      • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

        Pics and his FB pics Enjoy!

        • Rjoneal April 25, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

          Click on the pics to get original size to see better

        • ChrisH April 25, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

          That’s very cool!! The bottom picture is not his though, it’s a file photo according to the article.

        • CarolV April 25, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

          Amazing! Right place, right time, right photographer!

      • helen April 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

        Wow Ranay – I posted the picture to Facebook – thanks for sharing! Helen

      • June c April 26, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

        Thank you for sharing…was really cool…

    64. Admin Shelli April 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      For Carol

      • CarolV April 25, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

        Thanks, I needed that after another day of rain! Spring is creeping in and trees are opening on the North Fork. Really beautiful flowering cherry in front of a picturesque church that I pass on the way to work. Hope the rain didn’t beat it up too much.
        Then I get to enjoy a 2nd Spring opening on the South Fork in about 10 days/ 2 weeks. We’re on ocean side of the Island and I guess that delays things just a bit, Which only adds to my enjoyment of my favorite season! Prolongs the beauty.

        • Admin Shelli April 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

          Sounds just beautiful!! And you’re very welcome 🤗

    65. CarolV April 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      After a gorgeous weekend and the two days since, with low 60s, we are looking at rain overnight in to tomorrow; temps in 50s overnight and tomorrow. Then more rain possible Friday………………All I can say, those May flowers better be spectacular!!!!!

    66. Admin Shelli April 24, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Rachel at the Hog Island nest just laid her first egg!
      Congratulations Steve and Rachel
      We pray they have a better and a successful season this year 💗

    67. Steve Wiedemann April 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Hi all,
      How do we know if it’s George and, or Gracie ?
      Love reading all of your up- –dates, and hope we get to see some “live action ” soon. I thought that maybe they were both tagged with i.d. bracelets of some sort ?
      All of you do a Fantastic job letting us know about these beautiful birds and, the videos of the next “guests” to come,are great fun and I’m sure that all of us are excited about their return.
      I also wanted to say a bit about the Flanders nest on the busy intersection of rt.24 and rt.105.
      We ride by there enough that we noticed the change being made by humans, to the Ospreys nest. They HAD TO take away the old nest twigs and sticks and stuff, and put up a “saucer-type” upside down dish for them to make their nest on. Think of it as an old snow disc that we used to sled on in winter years ago !
      They had to move the original nesting material up and AWAY FROM THE WIRES that were so dangerously close to it. Hopefully , those ospreys don’t mind the before and after re-model !
      Thanks for all of your replies ?

      • Admin Shelli April 23, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        Hi Steve…the folks that live local say that it is Goerge & Gracie, however they are not banded. We hope to have the live stream up and running in a couple weeks!

        Thanks for the update on the Flanders nest!

      • Rjoneal April 23, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        Hi Steve, nice to see you back again for another year. Soon we will be seeing our George & Gracie, thanks for posting and checking in.

    68. Trinity April 23, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Thank you Helen for the eyewitness update of George & Gracie 😀

    69. Michael G. Martin April 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Group
      If we’re thinking about names for the chicks, I have Three Suggestions. Each name has a backstory and I will gladly let everyone on OspreyZone know what it is at a later date(Suspense Grows)

      (1) Layla
      (2) Michelle
      (3) Melissa

      Thanks All and Peace
      Mike

      • Admin Shelli April 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

        Very cool Mike! We will definitely be holding a naming contest after the chicks have hatched.
        Hang on to these cute names until then and do let us know the history behind them! ✌️

      • Rjoneal April 23, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

        Micheal G. Martin did you see the video and pictures on previous page I posted of Ospreys in Rutland with Maya and Male 33 ?

    70. CarolV April 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Betsy- Just did some back tracking to see if I had missed anything and saw your Chocolate Alps for Shelli! Assume that’s Swiss chocolate! Too funny!

    71. CarolV April 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      My follow-up to the naming decision- Can we each make suggestions but not be held to group choices?

      Example: One nomination- Winken, Blinken and Nod
      ……………..Second………….-Eeny, Meanie and Minie
      So say, I would vote Chick#1 Winken..Chick #2- Meanie and #3 Nod………..Or would we need to choose each suggestion as a group?….Then choices would be narrowed down to most popular as was done last year.and revoted. Just wanted clarified before the time comes.

      • Admin Shelli April 21, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        I think each chick should receive its own individual name. We will not ask for a set of names but rather 3 individual names – we will have two rounds then the top names will go into the finals.
        (I need some time to think this through so I’ll let everyone know all the details soon)

      • deborah April 27, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

        i agree to not being held to group choices, but individual popular names

    72. Helen April 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      I am just seeing that I have two Ospreys on my dock which seems to indicate that this couple does not have eggs yet. Maybe it is the same at our nest – at first when I saw Gracie, she looked like she was broody but as I wrote Shelli, after a few minutes, both of them were sitting upright. Will go out again either tomorrow or the next day.

      • Admin Shelli April 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

        Thank u for sharing your observations with the group Helen…we really appreciate hearing about G and G 🤗

    73. Admin Shelli April 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone! I received this message from Helen:

      I just came back from the nest -they were both there – George (I believe it was him) flew away as soon as I got there – he came back a few minutes later dragging a fish. After awhile, Gracie then flew away and then returned. It did not look like either were “nesting” – they were both in an upright position so perhaps not yet. Feel free to share this info.

    74. Rjoneal April 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      4-21-18 Helen reported seeing George & Gracie at nest today. George brought fish to nest.
      Helen will send email to Shelli to post update.
      Thank you Helen for giving update.
      Thank you Shelli for keeping up with emails and the site.

    75. CarolV April 21, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

      DON’T FORGET! Earth Day this weekend!

      I’m wondering if the couple at the Verizon nest (by my job) have started laying eggs…….the female is settled down in the nest and I rarely see her. During the monsoon rains earlier this week all that could be seen of her were wings flapping off the water.

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