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June 15th, 2020: Two eggs in the nest. Mostly sunny this week.

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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

    44,085 Comments

    1. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      George in the nest.

      62 and cool right now………… holding steady with a degree or two drop overnight. Increasing clouds; possibility of light showers close to dawn; increasing thru morning to the likelihood of T-storms throughout the afternoon…oh, joy…………… The dog and I can console each other……….

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

        Jane is back……. Goodnight, Jane………..HAGN, everyone…

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

          I’ve had some sticking video……….. when I check back to stream, it is circling and slow. But when I click on right end of the bottom black bar, it catches up. YouTube was okay. So I don’t know if it’s my end or not. Not much to do about it. Just thought to mention.

    2. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      @20:19- Jane took a quick fly around and came right back in,,,,,,,,,,

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        Jane was probably off telling George to finish up his dinner and deliver the rest!
        We got a face full of tail feathers as Jane backed up when George delivered…………….

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

          . a minnow–1/2 a one at that! Jane was happy to take it.

    3. Betsy June 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: Can I all-cap this please?

      CAROLV: THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE PICTURES FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS!! As you know, I wasn’t around for them and I’m glad I got to see what I missed!! Looks like some action happened today!!

    4. Betsy June 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: Hi Shelli! Don’t ask me why this thought popped into my head, but it did!! I was just wondering if you read all of our comments … plus with the other sites that you moderate you’re eyes must kill you at the end of the day!! 😀

      • Admin Shelli June 22, 2018 at 9:54 pm - Reply

        Well I do read all of the comments I approve….they all do keep me busy lol

    5. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Running thru scrollback the video was a little choppy and I got some odd but interesting shots…………..

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        This was a shift exchange………. George was backing in to the camera lens………..

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

          Jane was practically climbing under George as he slowly moved away………….

          • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

            Pretty- for all our wing shot lovers……..

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 7:58 pm

              Jane nestorating before settling………

        • Isabella June 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

          Please excuse my rear view! Lol

          • Isabella June 22, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

            Second pic

      • Betsy June 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Pic #1 — Look like a modern art sculpture!!

    6. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      This has the best view for sky-watching! Especially on a day like today with the ever changing clouds!

    7. kathryn June 22, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      The osprey are monogamous but I guess if one dies they move on. Maybe that was Gracie and just came back late? Yea the first egg can go to July 4th. The second to July 7 and the third to July 11.

    8. kathryn June 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      The hatching of eggs is from 5 to 6 weeks, so the first egg was laid 5-23 which will bring that to June 27 for the first egg to hatch. I think it is going to be real late for these to migrate. Also the osprey usually mate for life.

      • Admin Shelli June 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

        Kathryn, we’re expecting a hatch around the 30th as they did delay incubation after laying the first egg.

        The term “mate for life” does not mean that an Osprey will only have just one mate for its entire life, what it actually means is that osprey are committed to its mate but if the mate dies, becomes injured, or can no longer provide or protect the nest, mate or offspring, the other will look for a new mate – some ornithologists call this “divorce” and we are seeing more and more of this behavior as more and more wildlife cams are installed.

        We have also seen osprey have more than one partner or mate at the same time. Caring for two females, two nests and two sets of offspring has been observed.

        We continue to learn new and interesting things each season.

        • Betsy June 22, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: I agree!!

          Dr B. says the average incubation time is 38 days … which would be June 30th for the 1st egg!! 😀

          Phew!! Must be tough on a male with two mates,two nests, and two families!! Hope he doesn’t call one mate by the other mate’s name!! 🤣 🤣

          And, I agree that we continue to learn new and interesting things each season and we’ll learn that osprey have FEELINGS!! 🤣 🤣 🤣

          My Bardonia hell house saga is over … I’m cracking myself up with giddiness!! 🤣

          • Isabella June 22, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

            Good for you Betsy! Hope things went your way!

            • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

              Isabella: Thank you!! As far as things going my way … after a prolonged battle for the most part! The contractor is a real beaut, actually I should say a real brute!! He assaulted me!!

            • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

              How horrible!

    9. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

      and when you forget to click “save my name” you lose your comment ….. yes, Betsy, you told me so……….. so I need to re-enter all info and CLICK! to find my original…….
      Will I ever learn?????

      • Betsy June 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Eventually!! 😀 😀

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm - Reply

          Thanks for your support…………….

    10. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

      @10:09- Jane gets a fish delivery
      ….Jane takes off
      ……..and George takes over

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

        George watches sky, flies out briefly but returns……..

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

          Alarming as an osprey shows ………

          • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

            2nd flies out over the nest….presumably Jane……….

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:10 am

              Contact…. or darn close…………

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:13 am

              SuperGeorge for back up!……… du-du–DU-DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 11:15 am

              and Dad is back on the job in minutes…….

            • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

              CarolV… Super George,funny! It’s a bird,it’s a plane, it’s Super George! Wait a minute,it is a bird! Lol

    11. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      about 9:27- some disturbance and George comes in to defend…………

      • Trinity June 22, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

        The third pic is great !

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

          Training for the opera………….teehee….

      • Isabella June 22, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

        Wow! Do osprey have tonsils! Lol

        • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

          Should have been …. do osprey have tonsils?

    12. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Should we cue up the music for musical nest.?..…….

      Jane gets up and goes to right
      George brings in a footfull of something and then alarms and jumps after someone…….
      Jane came back to the eggs

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

        9:16…. George comes back… takes time to move a shell before settling…

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

          ……………..and Jane is back…………….@9:25..

    13. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

      About 9, George is off-

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

        Jane is back-her feathers still ruffled from the whole incident…..(;^}

    14. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

      8:06- George leaves as Jane comes home………

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

        8:28- George and one of his STICKS comes in….. and in…….and in

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

          He tried to poke our EYE out!

          • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

            Jane can’t believe the disruption and goes……….. and George got to sit on his eggies…..

            • Trinity June 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

              His clever tactics to get Jane off the eggs are working 😀

          • Isabella June 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

            That should block CarolV from taking pics of my butt!

            • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:17 am

              Isabella….you get me laughing! Cute!

              And if they stick it in my face….I’ll snap it!

    15. CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Early in the morning, George was on the nest. There was an aquablue screen, showing camera was off during some part of the night- then G was there.

      • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

        5:21- George is out

        • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

          Jane tip-talons in carefully—

          • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

            Neighbor off running errands…………..

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:55 am

              George must be home; then breakfish-to-go………..

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:59 am

              George settles in………..

            • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

              Traffic………He keeps checking upstairs….Jane home?

          • Admin Shelli June 22, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

            Hahahaaa….tip-talons! That just cracks me up 😂

    16. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Fog got thick, quick!

    17. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      George came in with some grasses and what looks like dried leaves………

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

        As Jane stepped to the top edge of nest, she tripped on a shell that was there, sending it flipping over on to the eggs……… they both just stared, but George was transfixed………..

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

          Jane goes out, leaving him still staring……

          • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

            George moved the offending shell, almost back where it was.

            • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:45 pm

              BTW- horseshoe crab shell……….

            • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm

              Jane back on nest…………
              there’s been off and on alerting.. sounds like George is close by…..

              Note the fog over the water. Temps. falling quickly.. 4 degs. in last hour…about 65 now, dropping another few degs, to 61 around sunrise.

        • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 3:23 am - Reply

          Now they’re playing horseshoes.lol Jane got a ringer,George thought she laid another egg! He looks stunned! My dad says horseshoes is the only time almost counts.

    18. JoAnn Fontana June 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli

      So sorry I should have looked before contacting you. The comment is there.

      • Admin Shelli June 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

        The comment about going back to page 149? Yes, I approved that one.

    19. JoAnn Fontana June 21, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Shelli , hope you had a great day. I commented about 4 this afternoon and I thought I posted it. But it didn’t say the moderation message. So did you get it?

    20. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      @18:13– Thanks, George, for the quick look at those beautiful eggies……………

    21. helen June 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks for this wonderful spot. Appreciate all you do.

    22. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      My what a big beak you have, Ms. Shadow……….

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Earlier……. I think Jane was looking for more than a stick………..
        Off she goes….
        So did George, but he was back in minutes……….

    23. JoAnn Fontana June 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone. Happy first day of summer! I think it has finally arrived and will stay. Please go back to Page 149 I commented and it was posted at 9:43 but but there was a lot of postings done today that we are now on Page 150. I don’t think it was visible long enough for a lot of followers to see and I think it is very important. I really don’t want to retype it so again PLEASE go back and read it.

      Carol – So you and others thought that female in 2014 was not Gracie. I absolutely do not remember this being questioned at any time on this site..Then again I can’t remember where I park my car in a shopping center.

      Isabella- I looked at that video at least 10 times and I couldn’t see a spot under her wing and I think her necklace is larger and darker.

      • Betsy June 21, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

        JoAnn Fontana: Yes, we are a very chatty group!! We fill the pages very quickly, but not only because we gab so much, but because back in November 2017 Aidan had to decrease the number of comments per page because it was taking up too much memory and the pages wouldn’t load!!

        The female(s) in the 2014 Highlights is(are) not Gracie. The female in the video with George has a very heavy “necklace” (Gracie had very sparse speckles), the head markings are completely different, as is the inside of her wing, plus she has heavy dark feathers on her leg (Gracie had hardly any). There was also at least one other female landing on the nest and this was not Gracie either.

        • Betsy June 21, 2018 at 10:10 pm - Reply

          more pics … notice what’s in the nest?? 😀 😀

          • CarolV June 22, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

            TOO FUNNY! I had forgotten that! Haven’t watched that whole video in a while! Overdue.

        • Betsy June 21, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

          That’s why when Jane brought the blowfish I knew what it was right away!! I had already watched the 2014 highlight video and at the time I was like what the heck did she bring?? A balloon?? ( nfc ;D 😀 ) Then as I continued watching it deflated and I saw that it was a fish!! 😀 😀

        • Betsy June 21, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

          Oh, and JoAnn, you wouldn’t have had to retype your comment!! Just copy it and then paste it in the comment box, as you did originally. 😀 😀 You might get a message when you hit the post button that says “You already said that,” in which case add a word, add a letter, or add a punctuation mark or anything to the comment!! That will change it enough so that the new comment doesn’t match the original!! It’s a safety thing against spam.

      • Isabella June 22, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

        JoAnn, CarolV doesn’t think it was Gracie. You and I agree about the “necklace “, and Betsy solved it. Female 2014 is not Gracie!

    24. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      When George came in before, this clump of grasses he brought was overshadowed by his wing……… I didn’t notice it till G started moving it in and spreading it around.

      I suppose it could have been sitting off sides on the right, but it’s front and center now……….

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

        Jane seems to be withholding her opinion………………… no doubt adjustments will be made………………………..

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        Watched again and it looked like he brought it in………..

        Turned a page….. checking back

    25. Becky June 21, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Is there an egg missing??

      • Admin Shelli June 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

        I don’t think so…maybe it’s just hidden in the nesting material

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

          You mean that pile George brought in? Missing eggs and 1/2 the bird! (jk) (;*))

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm - Reply

          @17:02. as George leaves, had a brief moment to catch eggs. 2 are lined up on left., almost looking like one.

          • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

            Admin Shelli. did you need the original on that enlargement?

            • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm

              Crap- not it anyway………wasted space

            • Admin Shelli June 21, 2018 at 7:57 pm

              What am I missing? It’s hard for to see the photos in the chat forum as they’re very small thumbnails….if there’s something u really want me to see plz post it on our fb page and tag me 😊

            • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm

              Sorry, Shelli…. will do that…was silly anyway and then I screwed it up by posting wrong second pic. Next time……… cause I KNOW I will screw up again..

            • Admin Shelli June 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm

              Lol

    26. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Restless Jane……………

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

        Sometimes you catch a special shot………………

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

          and George came in to take his shift………..

    27. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      11:47- Jane back after a nice break

      G out; J skootching in

    28. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

      A little egg roll………..

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Scratch that itch………..

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

          and Jane gets a break……….. J out; G in

    29. Catherine June 21, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Hi all…about how many more days until the eggs should hatch if they are viable ?

      • Admin Shelli June 21, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

        I’m thinking about the 30th Catherine.

        • Catherine June 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          Waiting with bated breath. I do hope that the eggs are viable . Fingers crossed!

          • Admin Shelli June 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

            Me too! They should be – but ya just never know, especially with a young female.

    30. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Looks like Battle Eggsit was ended and Jane has been on the nest since I left about 8:30……..

      There were occasional passing showers……

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

        10:25- there must have been a fly-by, as Jane stood up to warn it away. She flew out briefly, but was right back.

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

          Jane did the occasional egg fluffing …….

          • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

            By 11:00, Jane is feeling the heat and the heavy air… panting and venting to cool.

    31. JoAnn Fontana June 21, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thank you Admin Shelli,Isabella,nfc and Betsy for welcoming me back to commenting on this site I never stopped watching usually every day just stopped commenting in Oct of 2016.

      Sincere Condolences to Admin Nita on the loss of your husband. Hope watching George and Jane’s escapades,looking at the pictures and watching the videos will help you through this very difficult time.

      Now I am going to make a statement that will start a new conversation. About 2 weeks ago Stephanie posted that she didn’t think the female that was in the nest in 2014 was Gracie. I then watched the Highlight 2014 video many times and I agree with her. I couldn’t see that spot under the wing of that female. Could those who are very good at identifying Gracie especially Betsy who was so right in identifying her when she was attempting to land in the nest. There are no comment pages until June of 2015 after the Newsday article when a lot of us started watching. Let’s see if we can solve this?

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

        JoAnn- I had always thought that the 2014 female was not Gracie, but I wasn’t always the best at i.d.ing her from the quick shots in the 2014 highlights. This has been discussed a while ago, and of course there were proponents for both opinions. Like you, many of us started watching after that Newsday article!

        So welcome back to the posts and hopefully, we will have an interesting summer learning more about our osprey!

      • Isabella June 21, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

        JoAnn, I too watched the highlights after reading that post. Then I watched 2015. I’m no expert,this is what I see. Gracie doesn’t have the same feather pattern on her chest. Don’t remember if this was answered already

    32. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

      Fluffy cloud or Jane???

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:47 am - Reply

        I think Jane wants George out, as she drags a stick over him…………

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

          And George came back to push Jane out! Everybody wants eggietime!

          • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:27 am - Reply

            8:05– George out; Jane in……..

            • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

              Minutes later, George is pushing Jane out!
              Jane is contemplating the stick trick…………..

              There was another switch at 8:13 and I’m afraid togo back to stream to check! I gotta go! Vet time.

    33. CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Happy to see we’re back in business…. just popped in a min or two ago. YAY!

      Still overcast, but overnight rain may be done and skies to clear. Zoe cat and I are off to the vet; not major problem, I hope! HAGD,everyone!

    34. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Okay, guys, take lots of pics tomorrow. I’m going to be at the horror house all day!!

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:31 am - Reply

        Sending positive thoughts…….. George and Jane starting out the day too.

      • Isabella June 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

        Your osprey family is rooting for you!

        • Betsy June 21, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

          Thank you CarolV and Isabella!! 2 hours to get there and almost 3 hours to get home, all in bumper-to-bumper traffic!! Going back tomorrow!! Have to get my eyes back in focus then I will look at pics … and try to answer JoAnn’s question.

    35. CarolV June 20, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!

      • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

        Meaning Thursday, June 21………

      • Isabella June 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

        Happy summer! Hope it’s not too hot for us and the chicks!

    36. CarolV June 20, 2018 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Covergirl………

      Looks like rain coming in after 2am, continuing in to morning. 70 now, hitting about 64 before dawn. Rain stopping mid-morning, with sun arriving early afternoon. Supposed to be a nice low-to-mid 70s.

      • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

        Got a message from Rjoneal in Florida……. 103 on the thermometer! No thank you! Those eggies would be cooking!

      • Isabella June 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

        She gets prettier by the day. Sweet Jane!

    37. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: Camera’s down.

      • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        must have had a hard day……… went to bed early……………

    38. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      GQ George 😀

      • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

        I’m too sexy for my feathers…..new song for your head!

        • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Thank you!! I appreciate that. 😀

        • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am - Reply

          “Just too sexy………”

          Better than the Farmer in the Dell!.

          • Isabella June 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

            Okay! Now I have too sexy and farmer in the dell in my head. Weird battle! Lol

            • CarolV June 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm

              You get me laughing on that one!!!!! Sexy farmer or sexy cows? Nevermind…..TMI

    39. CarolV June 20, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Around 5:30 pm………….. George brings in a twig. Jane prepared to go but took a couple of minutes to alarm with George.

      • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

        ADMIN Shelli…………@ about 6:30. video clock reads 17:59…. and I see we are getting the hated spiraling circle…………too early for the nightly nap!

    40. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      A companion picture, of George, to go with Jane’s wild feather picture!!

      • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        Jane needs Dippity Do, George needs Pomade! Lol

      • LYNN CUTLER June 20, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        lol

    41. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Sparrow flying across

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        Fighting sparrows!!

        • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

          Sparrows are fierce defending teir nests! Regular twitter wars on my patio!

    42. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      George brought a long stick to the nest …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

        nearly whacking Jane in the head as he landed on the nest with it. “Now, we’re even!” 😀 😀

    43. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Jane, who had been so quiet up on the perch I didn’t even realize she was there, suddenly bolted from the perch …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        nearly whacking George in the head with her wingtip as she took off …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        George must have been watching where she was going because his head waggled from side …

        • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

          Love the head waggle……….

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        to …

        • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

          Head side to side pics. Too funny!

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        side …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        She was back a minute later, landing on the perch …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        For some reason, as was approaching the nest, the feathers on the back of George’s neck stood up!!

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        After almost a minute of indecisiveness, as if he was deciding what to do, George flew from the nest …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        and Jane hopped down to the nest …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        I think she went to for a refreshing dip in the water because her neck and belly feathers looked wet, and birds don’t sweat!! 😀

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        “Birds do not have sweat glands. To lose heat, they depend upon evaporation of water from the surfaces of their lungs and air sacs. … The rate of evaporation increases with higher temperatures.” https://www.heatstress.info/HeatStressExplained/BodyHeatregulationinPoultry.aspx

        And:
        https://www.audubon.org/news/how-birds-keep-their-cool

        • Admin Shelli June 20, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

          Great information! Thank u Betsy 😊
          They also use their feathers like vents – to cool down they open up or fluff up their feathers, this allows the heat to escape.

          To keep warm they do the opposite – they tightly close or keep their feathers close to their bodies preventing heat from escaping.

          • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

            Admin Shelli: Thank you!

            😀 😀 Maybe the feathers on the back of George’s neck stood up as Jane was approaching because she got all “hot and bothered” at the sight of her and he had to cool off!! 😀 😀 😀

            • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

              Enough George,you had your fun! Time to hatch eggs! Lol

    44. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Sigh … so many pictures, so little room left on the laptop. 😀 😀

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        Yup, so many pictures, so little room left on the laptop.

    45. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      George was sitting quietly on the eggs, as handsome as ever, when he started alarming at an intruder …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

        He stood up to keep it from landing on the perch…

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        I didn’t hear Jane on the perch join in, but then the camera shook as if someone flew from the perch, and a glimpse of a wing could be seen racing past George …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        First one osprey flew past low in the front …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

        and then another osprey went zipping past …

    46. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      It’s fascinating to see how the color changes over a matter of minutes, or, sometimes even seconds!!

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        You can really appreciate the difference if you first open each picture in its own tab (“open link in new tab”) and then just click along the row on each tab!!

        • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

          Hey,old “dog” ,new trick! Thx Betsy!

      • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        Another reason to appreciate a cloudy day!

    47. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Jane took off …. I guess to go to George’s eating tree to tell him to hurry up and eat his share of the fish …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        because less than 2 minutes later she was back …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        to sit on the eggs. But, not for long ….

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        because about a minute and a half later, she was up to greet George …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        and as he made his way to sit on the eggs, she apparently positioned the fish in her foot …

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        and away she went …

    48. Gammy Mema June 20, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

      What happend to grace

      • Admin Shelli June 20, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

        Well, the cam wasn’t turned on until late May so we really don’t know what happened.
        We believe another, younger and stronger female, we now call Jane, wanted this nest and got it.
        We think Gracie is still around as a female with similar markings has continued to make attempts to regain the nest to no avail.

    49. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

      So angelic looking!!

    50. Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:58 am - Reply

      Guess who!! I had stopped the video stream while George was shaking his head. I just had to post it!! 😀

      • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

        George the cyclops! Lol

      • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        Isabella: 🤣

    51. Betsy June 19, 2018 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Sitting Pretty.

    52. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      ADMIN Shelli— Right on time………..

    53. Betsy June 19, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Okay, Isabella, here’s a real bad feather day!! 😀 Jane looks like some kind of wild feathered open clam shell!! 😀

      • Isabella June 19, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

        Poor Jane! She needs some Dippity Do!!

      • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

        Love wonky shots!

    54. JoAnn Fontana June 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      This comment is a test to see if I am doing posting correctly. So much about this site has changed since the last time I posted in October of 2016 and since I am internet challenged I was leaving the posting of pictures and videos to those who were so very capable, I lived on Long Island and started watching after the Newsday article and I commented frequently. I moved to Delaware n July of 2016,I never stopped watching just commenting I hope this isn’t to personal to post. I have a thought about this Gracie situation and will post it if I see this comment posted.

      • Admin Shelli June 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm - Reply

        Hi JoAnn! You are posting correctly – I’m so glad u decided to Jon us again in chat.
        Plz let me know if there’s anything I can do to help or any questions u might have. 😊

      • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

        Hi JoAnn, I too am internet challenged. I too started watching after the newsday article. I have never been to Delaware

        • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

          Well, Isabella and JoAnn, all you really know is how to get to OZ!! 😀 😀

          • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

            Forgot the “need”!! SHOULD have been: … all you really need to know is how to get to OZ!!

            And, I’m typing-challenged!! 😀

            • Betsy June 20, 2018 at 7:26 am

              Admin Shelli: We need an edit button!!! 😀 😀

            • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 9:51 am

              Just had to follow the yellow brick road!

      • nfc June 20, 2018 at 7:00 am - Reply

        JoAnn– welcome to the group of posters. I have watched since the beginning too after reading about it in Newsday. Didn’t post till the end of last season for the naming contest. Having fun posting this year. You get comfortable real fast with the nice people that are here.

    55. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Very curious……….. George off perch and out….@19:40

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

        Seconds later…Jane out…..

        • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

          And the eggs stand alone, the eggs stand alone.hi-ho the de-ri-o………..

          • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

            Jane comes in with a headless fish…………. and leaves

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

              @20:12…. Jane back a second time; looks around and kicks fish off foot and heads for eggs.

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm

              BUT WAIT: We’re not done! @20:27- George comes in….WITH A FISH! Jane claims it, drags it over her fish and takes off!

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm

              As of 9pm, George is on the nest……. probably wondering why there is a fish behind him!

              73degs. now, dropping to 60 by sunrise….. partly cloudy night giving way to a partly sunny day; slightly cooler, high mid-70s.

              HAGN, everyone……

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 9:06 pm

              Oh, yeah,,,,,,,,,,,, George….

          • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 9:09 pm - Reply

            CarolV: “And the eggs stand alone, the eggs stand alone.hi-ho the de-ri-o………..” That is too funny!!

            I watched too, very strange indeed!!

            PS – Now I have the song stuck in my head!!

          • Isabella June 19, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

            Funny CarolV… think the heat has gotten to you! lol

            • Isabella June 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

              And yes, thx for the song. Hasn’t been in my head since my kids were young!

        • Isabella June 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

          Seconds later..Jane out. Second pic. She looks like an airplane with landing gear down!

      • Isabella June 20, 2018 at 12:24 am - Reply

        okay CarolV.. you’re going to make me say it again, great pics and captions!

    56. BridRJSViewer June 19, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      I wonder if Jane will be a 1st time mom?

      • Admin Shelli June 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        From her behavior I believe she’s very young and this may very well be her first time laying eggs.

        • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

          I kind of thought she looked “surprised” when she laid that first egg!

    57. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      18:44- George to perch
      …….. Jane back on the job…..

    58. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      17:47……… Dinner is served…..

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        Jane out……..George happy………

    59. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      15:31……Jane out, George in

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        Watching paddleboarders……..

        • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

          Jane is back, sitting on the camera, I think. Her tailfeathers are throwing shadows…….George is in no rush to leave.

          • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

            George contemplating his next move………. as Jane weep, weeps above…….” Um, isn’t it my turn now? I wouldn’t mind a little nosh, if you’re not busy.”

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 5:54 pm

              16:33……….. At last!

    60. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Just wanted to show the Verizon nest I’ve mentioned. Usually, it’s about 1/2 the depth of this nest. They really went all out this year!
      I believe that is the male, Vic, sitting on that upright pillar. I thought I could see the back of Vera, possibly feeding chicks in the nest

      • nfc June 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        Carol— thanks for sharing the picture of the Verizon nest. It is nice seeing other nests.

    61. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      13:44…………. Jane was doing her yoga, including this perfection- downward facing birdie- when she spotted something……….
      ……….It sounded like George was upstairs, and both started alerting……….

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        Incoming…….

        • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

          Jane reacted and made a lunge………

          • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

            Now this is speculation…. I think George flew over, maybe coming off perch???

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

              as this osprey flew right past another one… possibly the intruder circling…………. You can see the very tip of a tail near the camera housing, right near horizon. I tried to get a better shot but it was so quick! Osprey you see flying right, other going left……………..

              If it was Gracie, I’m sure she had a few choice words to say to George!

            • Trinity June 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

              Gracie to George ; “ so you think the grass is greener on the other side ?? Pfft you can’t get rid of me this easy !!! “

            • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 9:11 pm

              Trinity: Very good!!

            • CarolV June 20, 2018 at 5:47 pm

              Good one, Trinity!

    62. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      11:23am…..George coming in as Jane just flew out…….

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        Temps reached 84 this afternoon, but at least there was a slight breeze………..

        • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

          12:19- George to perch………

          • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

            …..as Jane came back…

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm

              Keeping well vented to help cool herself..

    63. Admin Nita June 19, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Hi everyone!
      I just want to say thank you for all the well wishes I received from y’all at the
      passing of my husband in May. I wasn’t able to be here while I was caring for him since
      December.
      I look forward to watching the upcoming events with Jane and George.Happy to see the eggs too.
      Have a blessed day everyone ❤︎

      • nfc June 19, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

        Welcome back. Time will make things easier. I hope that watching the ospreys will give you some joy. There are interesting people at this site too. We are all anticipating what will happen in July!!!!!!

        • Admin Nita June 20, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

          Thank you nfc, I look forward to it too =)

      • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

        Admin Nita: I am so sorry for your loss. Maybe watching George and Jane will take your mind off some of the pain you must be feeling, if only for a moment.

        • Admin Nita June 20, 2018 at 7:57 am - Reply

          Thank you Betsy, it sure does help.

      • Admin Shelli June 19, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

        ♥️♥️♥️ I’m so glad you’re back with us Nita…I missed u sooooo much! ♥️♥️♥️

        • Admin Nita June 20, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

          Thank you Shelli it’s good to be back!❤︎

      • ChrisH June 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        Nita, I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I know what you are going through. Please know that things will get better. Wishing you much comfort.

      • June c June 20, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

        Welcome home Nita..so sorry for your loss..its good to have you back….This is going to be very interesting to see if eggs hatch..again Welcome back…

    64. CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:36 am - Reply

      George delivered a good sized headless fish @8:21. Jane grabbed with beak and ran. On phone no pics 😬🤔🙀

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

        Temp 75 already and muggy. Probably low 80s and sun 🌞 supposed to come out Had a doozy of a thunderstorm 🌩 last night about 8:30-9 and some rain later.

    65. Betsy June 19, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

      I spy George. Thank you Shelli and Aidan.

    66. Renee June 18, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Am I the only one getting this?

      • Admin Shelli June 18, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

        The cam must be down again as I see that too Renee.

        • Betsy June 18, 2018 at 11:38 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: At 18:38:02 hrs the video stream got “stuck” (pic 1). Then at 23:13:22 hrs the video stream came back online (pic2), and then, at 23:24:46 hrs, it went all turquoise (pic 3). Would you let Aidan know in the am please?

        • Renee June 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

          Thanks it’s looking good now!

    67. Admin Shelli June 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️
      Hi everyone! As the season ramps up and hatch time approaches, I want to remind you to please keep your comments about our osprey and nest.
      (other educational material, links etc. can be shared if it pertains to an event happening on the nest)

      Please refrain from sharing personal information during peek season.
      Personal comments will no longer be approved.

      During the off season, which is October-February, we can loosen up a bit and share more about our lives and other personal information with the group.

      Thank you for understanding and I look forward sharing this season with you all.
      ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️

    68. Paula June 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      I’ve been noticing that Jane seems to be doing better but George still seems to be spending much more time on the eggs than ever before. I’m just concerned about how Jane does when or if the eggs hatch. She seems to be a very young lady and really doesn’t seem to know what to do, I know that George is the Super Osprey but I’m very curious to watch and see how things turn out. I keep thinking back to 2 years ago when Rocky was having such a hard time and there was a horrible storm that came up and the 2 older chicks were hiding out under Gracie and George was sneaking food to Rocky while they were scared of the storm. So I know that George can take care of the babies, I just don’t know if he can do it all by himself.

      • Isabella June 18, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula, I think Jane is doing a great job! Who knows why George is sitting on the eggs more? Maybe he needs more naps. lol. After the male at Belwood lost his mate, he cared for the chicks. So I think George will cope. Have a feeling Jane will be fine. Hope I’m right.

      • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

        Paula: Hi Paula. I agree that George is spending a lot of time on the eggs and that he is a good daddy. But, I think Isabella is right … Jane will be fine. A thought did occur to me just now, though. I know there are people who don’t believe that birds have feelings and will pooh pooh me, but, I’m wondering if George just might be depressed and that is why he spends so much time on the eggs, because there have been multiple times that Jane was ready to sit and George continued to stay on the eggs for a very long time. And, in the future, when science catches up and figures out a way to test for depression among wild birds and what signs there are, people will say, Wow, that Betsy was right!! 🙂

        • Paula June 19, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

          Hi Betsy,

          I’m with you, I believe animals have strong emotions and George could be depressed because his first love was so late getting back he needed to choose another. I really hope the camera is live in March next year to see if Gracie makes it back before Jane and can take back her nest and we can see how much egg-sitting George does then.

        • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

          Or maybe he’s just resting up. cause he knows when the eggies hatch, he’ll be flying his a–, uh- tail off to feed the big mouths1 {;*))

    69. Isabella June 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Two “fished” osprey. This osprey reads Dr. Seuss, One fish,two fish!

      • nfc June 19, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

        Love this picture. These birds can really show amazing skills. MomDecorah (eagles) did a few double meals after she had to raise three young eaglets when dad disappeared. It is great when someone can capture the picture. This osprey pix will be added to my collection. Thanks Isabella.

      • June c June 19, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

        Isabella….What a great picture…i not sure if George ever did that…do u know what nest he comes from?

        • Isabella June 19, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

          Don’t know the nest. It is a lake in Finland. He is banded

      • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

        Isabella: Wow, that picture is phenomenal!! Thanks for sharing it!!

        June c: Yes, George did that once — April 28th, 2017, at 16:00 hrs. I even made a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy8IEGR6PtY)

        • nfc June 19, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

          Betsy– Thanks for sharing George’s pix with the double fish. I don’t remember it. I am glad that he can double catch too. LOL

          • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm - Reply

            nfc: It was the only time I ever saw him do that!! … and I was glued to OZ last year!! (Well, I mostly just did a ton of taping — I have yet to look at the videos!! I don’t know what I will eventually find!! 😀 )

            • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

              Glad you had that. I remembered it but couldn’t back it up!

        • Isabella June 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

          Double header for George! He is the man! Thx Betsy for the video! Wish there could be a cam to see them fish. I’ve seen it twice in person. It’s awesome!

          • Betsy June 19, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

            Isabella: You’re welcome. I would love to be able to see them fish in real life!!

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        That is a great shot!

    70. Betsy June 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t resist this picture!!

      • Isabella June 18, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        Having a bad feather day? lol

    71. kathryn June 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      It take 5 to 6 weeks from when egg is lay. That will be July 1st to hatch.

    72. Pattie Hoolie June 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Am I correct? Should we be seeing the chicks hatching soon 🙂 I know the first one should be a dud 🙁 Getting Excited! and Hopeful!

      • Isabella June 18, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

        Pattie ,Someone will correct me if I’m wrong. I will give it a go. Pip watch should be around June 30. All three may hatch, they can delay incubation . Yes we are all eggcited and hopeful!

      • Laura P June 18, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

        Last week of June thru first week of July.

      • June c June 19, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

        Hi..if you count day egg is laid as day 1…then June 30th will be 39 days…the average..it could go to 42 days or sooner 36….This will very interesting…doubt if 1 will hatch..but who knows anything can happen at this nest….

    73. nfc June 18, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Everyone. Here are the responses my students had after I showed them the video of the puffer fish.

      3rd graders—- an egg, a ball, a fish
      4th graders an egg, a pear, an onion, foam
      5th graders—an egg, a penguin face, a toy, a water balloon, a blow up chicken, an onion, an orange, a radish, a large bird three students called out a puffer fish before I showed them the end of the video.

      They all thought it was funny. This is the last student comment for the year. Happy summer is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Admin Shelli June 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        Hahahaaa….how funny! I love young minds 💕
        Thanks for sharing this with us.

        • nfc June 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

          Shelli— I enjoyed sharing the two cams with everyone—SWFEC and Ospreyzone. It was a great way to end the school and help the students know more about nature. I am so glad that you are here with Ospreyzone now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Betsy June 18, 2018 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        nfc: Just like some of us also thought … a balloon or a ball!! LOL

      • CarolV June 19, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        Penguin face! Very inventive!
        I see we rated with the 3rd graders!
        Have a great summer, teach!

    74. Isabella June 18, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Good morning Jane,George, and friends of a feather. Stay cool!

    75. CarolV June 18, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Fish delivery 📦 at 7:37 this morning. On phone no pics

      • Betsy June 18, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

        CarolV: There probably won’t be too many pics from me today! I haven’t been able to reach the attorney who was “helping” us with the Bardonia house issue so I don’t know when I will be allowed back in there and, not knowing, I can’t schedule the junk-hauling company. I would think an attorney would/should have a moral and ethical responsibility to let someone know, even if he wasn’t retained, that, “Sorry, I’ve done all that I can do. I can’t help you anymore.” My head is splitting and I have such a high level of anxiety right now that I feel like vomiting and I can’t even enjoy OZ. I sent an email to him and to the contractor’s attorney, written all in caps, stressing that the personal belongings are not abandoned. I’m starting to hate attorneys!! It seems to be all a game to them and they don’t seem to take people’s real-life issues seriously. I mean, come on, he had been communicating via email with me and with the contractor’s attorney (“doesn’t use the phone” I was told by his office), how HARD could that possibly be??!! I guess it’s all about the green!!

        • nfc June 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

          Betsy— sorry to hear the troubles are continuing. There are good and bad lawyers , contractors, etc… Try not to make yourself sick about it. Come here and enjoy the ospreys. You have plenty of supporters here.

          • Betsy June 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

            nfc: Thank you for your support. I know that there are good and bad in all professions, but right now, I can’t help but start to hate attorneys!!!! … and contractors who buy homes from old, infirm people, giving them the right to live there until they die, then try to have them evicted a month later, and when that doesn’t work, tried to convince them to go into a nursing home!!

        • Bonnie June 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

          Feel for you Betsy. When my dad passed away attorneys (plural) said it would cost a very large amount of money to settle everything. Like $60,000 plus. We never had that kind of money ever. So I told mom we are taking everything that has papers, will, deed, vehicle registrations, etc. all up to the Orphans Court (this is in Annapolis, MD for us) and sat down with her and she told us what to do and she did almost everything that she told us to do in providing new papers, certificates, etc. We paid very, very little for her time. Under $50.00 at that time, 1968. And most of it was free.

          So, my suggestion is to phone your county or state representative and ask them for advice to help you locate a better attorney and to find out your rights. My feelings on attorneys is the same as the clerk at the orphans court, if they are male… read between the dots. Yet, some of the male attorneys will step up and fight for us women. The problem is finding them.

          I wish you all the best moving forward with this. Many hugs to you and take some deep breaths and a minute to relax, then hitch up your panties and you go girl!

          • Betsy June 18, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

            Bonnie: Thank you. Good advice!!

      • CarolV June 18, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Sorry. Think 7:27 if someone looking for it. Fat thumbs small keyboard

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