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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. Sheryl June 19, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Had breakfast as a family this morning. Even Dad fed the chicks, albeit awkwardly!

    2. JB June 19, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

      One must be wary of when an Osprey feels the urge to “go”, because when they point and shoot, the white stuff is more powerful than a super soaker.

    3. JB June 19, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

      The little ones are getting stronger so fast and even starting to stand a bit. Also, looks like Dad hung a plastic bag flag on the side of the nest yesterday 🙂

      • Ronetta June 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

        That flag was from Mom yesterday. At one point she had the chicks all covered up with it.

    4. Janine June 19, 2015 at 5:35 am - Reply

      early morning breakfast! Little guy is getting in there too! despite the bigger siblings knocking him over. Dad (I believe) is doing a good job feeding everyone 🙂

    5. Liz June 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      I am obsessed with the whole family! I keep them on my desktop at work ALL DAY! I especially Love baby number 3! He looks like daddy and i hope he thrives!

    6. Debra June 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      I’m so worried about the little baby (the third one born), because it looks like the “big” babies are getting all of the food! Do you think he’s getting enough to eat? Thank you for posting this live feed … I watch it almost everyday and it’s been interesting watching the babies hatch and grow.

    7. helen June 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      It’s amazing to watch the osprey’s talon grab that fish and never letting go. Today the fish was still flapping. The osprey starts at the face and works its way down. Just keeps picking from the bones and feeding their young.

    8. Catherine June 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      The one in the back is not getting ANY fish.

    9. emilie June 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      I agree that it’s hard to watch the little one get pecked at and not getting fed. What’s up with the plastic bag??? Did one of them bring that to the nest?

      • Heather June 19, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Actually, Mom brought in the plastic bag, apparently thinking it would be a nice soft addition to the nest. She kept trying to rearrange it on the nest, even at one point covering the babies with it. It was so hard to watch, but thankfully, she finally put it on the edge. It is trying to blow away. I wish it would, although another osprey or creature may do the same with it.

    10. Cathy June 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      I absolutely love this feed. It is a bit rough watching the little one get beat up and fed last…….

      • rebecca b June 18, 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        Same for the 5:45 feed, rough watching the little one get pushed back and fed last! But at least mom takes time to feed him. Rooting for #3.

    11. DJ June 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      Dad bringing in bigger sticks and arranging them. Such a good dad! Child proofing the nest so nobody falls out.

    12. susan June 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Time now is 9:00 PM and are those white things to the left of the nexs down on the beach lights ?

      This is very cool and thank you for sponsoring it but I wish you would open your comment section over at Youtube as some outside of the U.S. I have sent this website link to can not view it but can see it at your Youtube link of the same feed but the comments are disabled……I am certain many would love to comment and thank you for doing this…..

      And Kudos to Tommy too !

    13. merry June 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the good news!!

    14. Merry June 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Has anyone seen number 3 being fed?

      • IRJ June 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        I saw #3 getting some personal one-on-one feeding about 1-2 hours ago while the other two fell into their ‘food coma’. Last group feeding I caught they all seemed to be getting more equal treatment.

      • Pattie June 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

        Yes we have been watching from our office on a daily basis and yes #3 is getting fed they feed the two bigger ones first I too was a worrying mom not seeing him eat but happy now

      • Jeanne June 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        Yes little one gets fed

        • LT June 19, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

          Friday morning, all the kids are having breakfast, I think #3 is looking a little stronger today.

    15. Bill June 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Can’t get it on my iPad today, was ok before today, went to safari reset cookies etc., no help. Comes up fine on the home pic. Help!

    16. JB June 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Here’s an informative link about Osprey nestlings from Doctor Paul Spitzer:

      http://blog.explore.org/osprey-expert-paul-spitzer-on-nestlings/

    17. JB June 17, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

      I’ve been reading about Osprey habits and it’s rate that more than two chicks survive due to sibling rivalry and feeding. Being the third to hatch is not an advantage.

      • Heather June 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Oh dear. I hope that’s not the case here, though it does look like that is happening. That’s going to be very tough to watch. 🙁

    18. DJ June 17, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      A little morning sprucing up the nest. A new twig here, move one there.

      • Zoe June 17, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

        hee hee…I was just thinking that too…but more like ” I better clean this place up while the kids are napping!”

    19. robert June 17, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

      #3 looks so weak, i really hope he’s ok!!!

    20. Heather June 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Worried about baby #3. She doesn’t seem to be feeding him like she does the other two.

      • JB June 17, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

        I noticed that also. It’s all about who can get momma’s attention and get to the front of the line. New baby gets pushed to the back and misses the bigger bites. I did notice yesterday afternoon that both parents were making an effort to walk around the two older chicks to feed the weaker baby.

        • Heather June 17, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

          Yes, I saw that too. I just hope it’s enough and that the little guy is ok.

    21. rebecca b June 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      I Love this web cast! I live on the North Fork and I fell so attached to these birds now that I have been watching and saw all the babies hatch! Its inspiring to see both parents working so hard for their family! Even dad feeds mom when she is sitting on them keeping them warm. Can not wait to see how big they get over the next week. Was worried about baby#3 being fed, so I was so happy to see mom feeding all 3 finally!

    22. Charlene M. June 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Oh my….poor Gracie is just crying out this evening!! It’s dinner time, where is George? I hope all is well, Gracie seems a bit weak. And she is such a great Mom, taking care of her babies!!

    23. Donna June 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      So sweet George was feeding the babies and Gracie.

    24. suzanne June 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      I keep seeing George (I think) flying low along the water line in background looking for dinner i bet.

    25. Phil Kelsey June 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Just saw one of the chicks have a major #2. Airborne white Stream about 6 inches long. LOL. Reminded me of changing my sons diaper many years ago.

    26. BA Lynch June 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Move over ID channel, I just found the Osprey Zone… this is awesome. Thanks for those of you who put this together.

      • rebecca b June 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

        Lol! I have ID on the TV and Ospreyzone on the computer ! can not get enough of both!

    27. emilie June 16, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Does anyone know what kind of fish they are catching and feeding on?

      • robert June 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        They are feeding on bunker…its a very oily baitfish

      • Pete Burawa June 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        It looked like scup “Porgies” this afternoon.

    28. suzanne June 16, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Has Gracie eaten lately? I haven’t seen George (probably miss him when i peak in). QUESTION: how does she get hydration if she never leaves nest? through food?

      • Jeanne June 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        I know from watching Eagle cams. They get hydration from their food.

    29. shel June 16, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

      I know it’s premature but does anyone know about how many weeks before the chicks learn to fly ?

      • ospreyzone June 16, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

        From what I’ve read, it usually takes 7 or 8 weeks for them to make their first flight.

    30. Katerina June 16, 2015 at 8:55 am - Reply

      Is mama sleeping?

    31. Katerina June 16, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

      A great source of knowledge about Ospreys and even greater source of entertainment. Thank you so much for putting this up.

    32. Emilie June 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      I feel so bad for Momma Gracie! Rain Rain go away! Congratulations on Baby #3! This is so exciting. Thank you so much for this live feed- I just love it!

    33. christine June 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      egg #3 just hatched about 300pm today june 15

      • shel June 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        THANKS TO ALL…….I WAS BLINDED BY THE RAIN AND JUST SAW MOM SHELTERING THE CHICKS AND DO SEE THE 3RD EGGSHELL

    34. Jeanne June 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      The 3 rd baby was almost fully out of the egg at 3:10 pm. When Mom quickly fed them. The relentless rain is unforgiving for her and the babies today. Cant we just put an umbrella up there for her? ?

      • merry June 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

        I was thinking the same thing! What awesome parents!!

    35. Mary Hulsenberg June 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      The last chick arrived at 3;05 pm.

    36. Kathy June 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      The third egg hatched around 3 pm today.

    37. Donna June 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      3rd egg is hatching! This is so exciting to watch

    38. JB June 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Agree with toughing it out in the rain today. Mom just sits to cover and protect her young. There is no medal, no certificate of achievement. Just a natural and selfless behavior.

    39. Phil Kelsey June 15, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Mom really toughed it out in the rain today. I marvel at this devotion to life.

      • suzanne June 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

        Me too, I think the 3rd egg might have hatched yesterday late afternoon but wasn’t positive by any means.

      • slk June 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

        Baby #3 is almost out of the shell, George came by with food and the other two babies were fed around 3pm.

    40. suzanne June 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      I think the 3rd egg hatched?

    41. Shel June 14, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Any current information about the status of the 3rd egg ?

      • Shel June 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        Hmmmmmmmn, I’ve been able to observe (2) chicks………have you seen three ??

    42. David Berson June 14, 2015 at 10:50 am - Reply

      There is so much emotional investment when watching that it is exhausting. Our connection to all life, and the success of that life, is obvious and very poignant. It is indeed as Darwin wrote, a struggle, and all we can do is hope for the best and cheer from the sidelines

    43. Merry June 14, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

      I hope Gracie is OK. She seems to be breathing hard and panting with her beak open and drooling.

    44. Carol June 14, 2015 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Both chicks got fed this morning. This must be a new mom. She was trying to give them pieces of fish that were a little too big for them to handle. I did see them eat some smaller pieces, though. So far, so good.

    45. Phyllis June 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Tommy, Thank you so much for affording so many of us the opportunity to see nature at work. I have been glued to the screen and have actually postponed a trip for another day because I can’t get my clothing packed and ready for my trip. It has been wonderful watching the ospreys and their growing family. I say “Mazel Tov” to George and Gracie.

      I received a message saying that this is a duplicate comment but that is not so. This is the only comment I’ve written.

    46. Phyllis June 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Tommy, Thank you so much for affording so many of us the opportunity to see nature at work. I have been glued to the screen and have actually postponed a trip for another day because I can’t get my clothing packed and ready for my trip. It has been wonderful watching the ospreys and their growing family. I say “Mazel Tov” to George and Gracie.

    47. Bart Porter June 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      I posted a comment earlier; however, it is gone. I was wondering about the message across my screen that says “We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.”

      It is a blackened strip, opaque, but hard to see through.

      Can you let me know when this will be corrected? I have an entire neighborhood of kids trying to watch!!!

      Thank you!!

      • Louise June 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

        Bart, when I get that black strip across the screen, I click on it and it goes away.

    48. Jeanne June 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Mom did such a good job feeding the babies at 5:40 pm ish that the babies went into an immediate food coma! ? it. Love watching them. Thank you ?

    49. Colin June 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on cayennes. Regards

    50. Louise June 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      This is so cool! I’m watching from Florida and as a former Long Islander, I’m loving watching the babies hatch and George and Gracie taking such good care of them! Thank you Tommy!

    51. JC June 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      I see the image fine except for a broad gray band with the words “WE are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by” over the central 1/3 of the screen. Please remove your message so I can see the image.

    52. Bart Porter June 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      This is awesome coverage. What seems to be the problem causing the “technical difficulties” black banner across the screen?

    53. john coleman June 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      What was that? an oriole stressing mom out?

    54. Helen June 13, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

      The 2nd egg hatched yesterday. The mother doesn’t seem to want to feed the 2nd baby for some reason.

    55. Scott June 13, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

      A second Mazel Tov on the birth of hatchling #2!
      1) What is the life expectancy of an osprey?
      2) What is the normal time frame from hatching to independent flight for an osprey?

      • ospreyzone June 15, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

        Thanks for the questions, Scott. From what I understand, ospreys can live as long as 25 years. They should take their first flight in around 8 weeks.

    56. Mimsey June 13, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Looks like a second egg has hatched over night Friday/Saturday, June 12/13.

    57. Jane June 13, 2015 at 8:15 am - Reply

      When did the second baby hatch? They look awesome together. What a wonderful treat to see nature in all its glory! Thanks so much for a wonderful site.

    58. Madeline Sharrock June 13, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Looks like Gracie is getting the hang of motherhood. Welcome chick #2!

    59. Denise Civiletti June 13, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

      A second chick has hatched. Watched both parents feeding both chicks bits of fish this morning at about 6:30 am A beautiful, awe-inspiring sight! Thank you, Paul, Tommy & crew for setting this up and making it available to the world. Fantastic!

    60. Carol June 13, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

      A second chick has hatched this morning. Mom was feeding both when I checked the cam at 6:30am

    61. JB June 13, 2015 at 6:00 am - Reply

      OMG! As soon as I wrote my last comment, I see that she’s begun feeding! So good!

    62. JB June 13, 2015 at 5:59 am - Reply

      A new hatchling appeared this morning. The male brought another fish to the mother who was nesting on top of both hatchlings and the remaining egg. Unfortunately, she is just not feeding either of them. This is an unfortunate aspect of nature that is hard to watch.

    63. Carol June 12, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      I saw Gracie feed the chick this evening. Something seemed to click and she did a great job. Chicks can actually get by without eating for 24 hours after hatching.

    64. Betty June 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      I missed some footage. How is the first baby doing? mother did not feed the baby

    65. Judi June 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful event. Just saw the baby being fed. I could watch them for hours…..so precious.

    66. Suzanne June 12, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      They are such great parents! I am so happy to see them. I was also worried about only one hatching so far; so glad to see it may be 5 days apart. They just ate (George brought big fish for his little family) at around 3:00 MST…so 6:00 ish in East I think with Daylight savings. Thank you for showing this live feed!

    67. ray June 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      At 6:12pm I saw the mom feeding the chick.

    68. DTP June 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Feeding baby, yeah!

    69. christine June 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      I watched the first baby being born this morning at about 700am and been watching all day its sad that they must be new parents .that they don’t know how to feed I hope they ddon’t die

    70. Steve June 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      one Hatched,two to go !!

    71. Donna June 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Will the hatching be ok with this heat? Worried about sunburn since she can’t lay on the hatchling.

    72. Doug June 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Better now!

    73. Doug June 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Is there a way to adjust or fix the focus? The image goes out of focus about 3/4 of the time.

    74. Mary June 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      I have seen this behavior on the part of a young Mother before having raised Doves. The first nesting had to be feed by dropper as the Mother did not know how to imprint. We have to wait and watch. Unfortunately the little one is probably already dehydrated due to sun exposure.

    75. rc June 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      they are letting the baby die…why?

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