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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. Trinity June 26, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Watching around 1:18, Jane just looks tired and put her head down for a few seconds. Poor gal is in for a rude awakening when the eggs hatch !

      • CarolV June 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

        Oh, the awakening of a first time mother! As humans, we get all kinds of info from anyone within ear shot! Not to mention countless books , magazine articles and the ever available internet! And the reality is still a shock! Jane just has instincts and a good helper……..should be interesting.

    2. Betsy June 26, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

      More sparrows flitting by with sunlit wings …

    3. Betsy June 26, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Early morning treat

      • Isabella June 26, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Early morning “tweet”. Wish I could fly like a bird in the sky. Good morning Betsy!

        • Betsy June 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Good morning, Isabella … well, good afternoon, now!! I wish I had thought of early morning “tweet”!! 😀 😀

    4. Betsy June 26, 2018 at 2:10 am - Reply

      🎜 Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers?🎝
      Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those eyes?
      Gosh all, git up, how’d they get so lit up?🎜
      🎝Gosh all, git up, how’d they get that size?

      • Isabella June 26, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Now here’s a song I’m going to try real hard to get out of my head! Lol

        • Betsy June 26, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

          Isabella: I’ve been humming that song in my head almost all morning, then fish head, fish head will jump in!! 😀 😀

    5. Betsy June 26, 2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

      The first 2 pictures are fighting sparrows, the last 2 pics are the 2nd sparrow still flying away

      • Betsy June 26, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

        Forgot one!! This goes between pic 1 and pic 3

      • Isabella June 26, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

        Wow,they are putting on some show for George?(hard to see with shadows) but he seems not interested. We are,thx Betsy!

        • Betsy June 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          Isabella: I love wing shots!! Big or small!! 😀

    6. CarolV June 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Jane getting mooned….(;*}}

      It was an absolutely gorgeous day….. low humidity, high 70s, lots of sun.

      Now 65; dropping to 54 about sunrise. Clear skies, lots of stars……..Tomorrow, Tuesday, supposed to be more sun and mid 70s. Everyone, HAGN!

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      • Isabella June 26, 2018 at 12:48 am - Reply

        My kind of day. Hope it stays like this for the hatch. 4 more days! Gn CarolV!

    7. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli:

      The circle on the video goes round and round,
      round and round,
      round and round.
      The circle on the video goes round and round,
      all through the town.

      😀 😀 😀

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        Admin Shelli: Never mind, helli — I see the video is back up!! 😀 😀

        • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

          Betsy, take 2 drinks, wait an hour and it will be better……….. After a couple drinks, who cares anyway!………

          • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:12 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Looks like I was!! Look how I spelled Shelli > helli!! 😀 Can you believe I’m allergic to alcohol?? It really stinks!!

      • PattyK June 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

        9:45pm, what’s happening with video everyday..better to view here on dear OZ, or utube……? confusing to grannies who are not puter savvy..don’t want to miss the eggies hatch..thanl you admin, Betsy, Carol, et al xoxo

        • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

          PattyK: I watch on OZ site itself. But, usually whatever is happening on OZ site is happening on YouTube. Six of one, half a dozen of the other!! 😀

    8. CarolV June 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thankfully, came back in time to see this!!!

    9. CarolV June 25, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      What’s up that this so often happens when the hour is due to change! This happens to be from youtube but OZ the same. Will check back………….

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

        I couldn’t catch the exact second, but it’s back and 1 hour lapse……………. very odd……………….

    10. RobininMD June 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      Hellgate Osprey Chick #2 has passed. I am devastated – forgot how quickly you fall in love.

      • Trinity June 25, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        Just checked their cam and how devastating. With their difficult fishing conditions the optimistic outlook is that the remaining chick will have a better chance of survival, still very upsetting to witness.

      • Ann H. June 25, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

        I am devastated also. Nest of death. Every year Louis fails to find fish and chicks starve to death. Way too painful to watch anymore. Appropriate name.

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        That is so sad…… those parents worked so hard… hope conditions there improve enough for the welfare of the oldest.

        • RobininMD June 26, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

          Yes – hoping and praying for 1st hatch now. Thanks for everyone’s comments – I had no-one to talk to about how I am morning for an osprey chick 3,000 miles away…knew you all would understand. Such a shame the river conditions are so bad there. Yeah Isabella they should consider moving to Long Island – much better – guess they return to their birth location tho.

      • Elaine June 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

        I am also devastated about the loss of the little chick. We should pray for better weather conditions from now on, so fish will be plentiful for all. Louis did bring in more fish, but it was too later for the little one. At least the older chick has a good crop right now.

        • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

          Sometimes I think they should take the nest down. I know they say all the ospreys in that area are having trouble. Makes one wonder why they keep nesting there. Not the first time they have lost chicks to starvation. They need to move to LI.

    11. CarolV June 25, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      “You’ve got my attention!”

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        George gives us a wave to let us know he’s there……….

        • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

          Jane shows off her fish, shows how to hold it and goes…………

          • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

            George fluffs the eggies and settles in………

    12. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Jane admires her tail feathers!! 😀

      • Trinity June 25, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

        Fabulous dahling !

        • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

          Trinity: Good one!!

        • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 11:38 pm - Reply

          Good one Trinity!

    13. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      George started alarming, someone flew past, Jane flew in, George continued alarming, Jane joined in, someone flew past, things quieted down, Jane jumped up to the perch, George continued to sit. 😀 😀

      https://youtu.be/zXUzL-zdYGo

      • Monica Alvarez June 25, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

        Hello Betsy,

        So, no ‘babies’ this year?!

        • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

          Monica: Hi Monica! No, not yet. We don’t know what happened at the beginning of the season (how the new female, Jane, came to be with George) since the video stream wasn’t back up until May 22nd. Jane laid the 1st egg on May 23rd, the 2nd on May 26th, and the 3rd on May 29th. The average incubation time is 38 days … which would be June 30th for the 1st hatch!!

          btw, Gracie was still around — there was a huge battle with her and Jane/George on June 5th, a smaller one on June 6th, and another huge battle on June 11th.

      • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        Video by Betsy! Woot woot!

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the video! Clearing out those cobwebs for the big Eggstravaganza?

    14. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      George brought a long thin stick …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

        Beautiful Jane got up from sitting …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

        jumped up to the perch …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

        George waited a few minutes, standing mostly headless in the corner …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

        before carefully making his way to the eggs …

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

        where he sat, looking oh so cute!! 🙂

    15. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

      George snuck in …

    16. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Jane flies in …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

        George got up at the same time that Jane landed … making them look almost like the Hindu mythological bird Gandaberunda!!

        • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

          Easy for you to spell…….

          • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

            Avian push-me-pull-you ( Dr. Doolittle)

          • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Couldn’t think of a double-headed bird — looked it up … came up with 2: double-headed eagle and Gandaberunda. Gandaberunda sounded better!! 😀 😀 😀

            • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 12:59 pm

              CarolV: Plus, copy and paste!! 😀 😀

            • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 5:10 pm

              I appreciate the education! Was jk- look where I go! Kid lit. ………

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

        George flew off …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

        and, Jane sat …

    17. Elena June 25, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Today marks 34 days since the first egg was layed. We should see some activity soon!!

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

        Elena: Tick tock, tick tock …

    18. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

      “Hello. My name’s Jane.”

      • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Hi Jane! Get some rest! Your free bird days are numbered! Kiddies are coming!

    19. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Breakfast for Jane, personally foot-delivered by George …

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

        Nestside service!

        • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 4:16 pm - Reply

          Cute CarolV…nestside is the bestside!

      • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

        George must have some great fishing places! Another beauty!.. Couldn’t see the size of that one at work! Wonky service and small screen……..

    20. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Flying on by

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

        And, Jane gets one (well, there are really 2 — the 2nd is on the right at the edge of the nest 😀 )

    21. Betsy June 25, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Off goes Jane …

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply

        here comes George

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

        repeat, in reverse order!!

        Off goes George…

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

        here comes Jane

    22. CarolV June 25, 2018 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Here comes the sun!

      HAGD Everyone!

      • Trinity June 25, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

        I saw the sunrise while driving over Rob Moses Causeway this morning, always brightens my spirit, also spotted 5 osprey in that area ( one had breakfast in his talons ). 😀

        • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

          Trinity…what a pretty ride! Wish I was there. Enjoy your day!

      • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

        And I say”it’s alright “. Have a good day CarolV. Head song of the day!

    23. Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      I had taken a break from watching OZ and then resumed at about 22:00, picking up where I had left off on the video, which was at about 19:30. Both Jane and George seemed to spend most of the day facing to the (our) right with half of their heads lopped off, so it made it easy to skim along the scroll bar and just look for any movement from whomever was on the nest to then check what was happening.

      There was a 2-part position change by Jane over a couple of minutes …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

        and then a few minutes later she jumped up to the perch …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        and then hopped back down to the nest a half minute later …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:51 pm - Reply

        twelve minutes later she stood and did a vigorous wing-flapping session …

        • Trinity June 25, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

          Old school Jane Fonda calisthenics

          • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

            Trinity: 😀 😀

          • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

            Damn that woman still looks good! I should have kept her workout tape! Lol

            • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 11:32 am

              And the tape player! The antiques I’ve thrown away! Could be rich!
              And Jane didn’t help me than; sure a hopeless case now!

            • Trinity June 25, 2018 at 11:54 am

              Her videos are all over YouTube, I exercise to them several times a week !

            • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm

              CarolV: Wish that was something my uncle did … threw things away!! You did your son a favor!! 😀

            • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm

              Thanks??? Not planning on going anywhere soon……….. I know…..”you never know”
              And there’s enough junk to keep him busy anyway……..

            • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 7:41 pm

              CarolV: What a horrible thought!! Maybe I should change it to: you did your son a favor way, way, way, way, way down the road!! 😀 😀

          • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm - Reply

            Trinity…just when I thought you and I could be besties,you tell me you workout several times a week! Lol! But I will check out utube.

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

        before flying off …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

        doing a U-turn off camera and flying past in front of the nest out over the water …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

        a minute later George hopped down from the perch …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

        to sit on the eggs …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

        meanwhile, there was a lightning storm where I live as I was skimming along and every time there was a flash here and I’d look out the window, out of the corner of my eye I’d see a flash on the screen! That’s strange, I thought, must be reflecting on the computer screen!! …

        • CarolV June 25, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

          Thankfully my melatonin kept me asleep 💤 through that!

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:57 pm - Reply

        then the video screen went blue. I skimmed to the end of the scroll bar and saw that the video had come back about 15 minutes earlier …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

        I went back to where the blue screen ended and continued skimming along the scroll bar. I’d pick up bright flashes of light. There was a really good lightning storm happening on the east end!!

        • Isabella June 25, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply

          Cool pics! That was an intense quick storm. Then the moon was out

    24. Isabella June 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Does anyone watch Belwood? They have two chicks and an eggbert. They even have a side dish for their sushi,corn on the cob! I have never seen them bonk.still have racing stripes. If you want to see a couple of cuddle buddies,before we get our “babes in Ozland” . Head over to Belwood

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 11:18 pm - Reply

        What happened to smcf?

        • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

          Isabella: I was wondering the same thing about SMCF just yesterday!!

          And, I’ll have to check out Belwood!

    25. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      “When the deep purple falls
      Over sleepy garden walls
      And the stars begin to twinkle in the night….”

      from the song- Deep Purple

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm - Reply

        My favorite color and a nice song

    26. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      June 28th
      Full Strawberry Moon
      12:53 am

      Full Strawberry Moon – June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Looks like a little bit of moonshine getting through the clouds………..

        Still calling for possible t-storm between 10-12 tonight. It’s been pushed back a couple of times….maybe it’ll just miss us……….
        70 now, dropping to about 64 by sunrise.
        Calling for sunny day tomorrow, with temps high 70s
        HAGN!

        • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

          CarolV: I’m wrapping up now and reading comments!! I hope the forecasters are right about tomorrow because possible was definitely a definite!!!! 😀 😀

    27. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      19:25– Jane coming in………

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        Jane tapping her talons…………..

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

          George gets the hint and goes……..

          • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

            Jane heads for eggies………..

    28. Betsy June 24, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      It must be pretty breezy up on the nest!! Poor Jane got blown around a couple of times! Once, just after she had shooed away an intruder as she was about to sit back on the eggs and again, later, while she was changing position on the eggs.

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

        Second pic looks like she’s doing a headstand! She probably wishes we didn’t see this! Lol

        • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

          Isabella: She probably wishes we didn’t!! 😀

    29. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      @5pmEDT- George is working overtime!

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

        I went back to see if Jane had brought any of the last fish back with her. Instead, I found her pulling on George’s tail feathers to move him out! She is a quick learner!

    30. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Incoming!

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        George delivers a whopper! Head and all…………
        And Jane gets a good talon-hold on it!

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

          George looks like he has one of those funny braided beards………..

    31. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      BETSY: I’m glad you are done with Mr. Schmuck and will be around for Eggstravaganza (ty Isabella)…. I’ll be working most days! Internet reception not always reliable at work so I don’t always get to see much on the phone. And no pics!

      • Betsy June 25, 2018 at 12:10 am - Reply

        CarolV: I’ll try to stay glued to OZ to get plenty of pics … and video. I never did finish dumping old video overboard … anal retentive, you know, and I need to watch them first!! 😀 😀 😀

    32. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Nice to see a little sunshine between the clouds! Still calling for 50-60% chance of t-storms near sunset.

    33. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Kayaks on parade! Anybody see a red one??????

    34. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Jane came in even wetter than before……………… did some flapping- which may have been for the benefit of an osprey off in the background as much as water removal-
      She’s wheep-wheeping, but George seems in no hurry to vacate….she jumps to perch

      I know- we all hear it– “She’s got legs….”

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

        Finally…………..G is off……..

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        And now she knows how to use them! Talon hold! Thx for song of the day in my head! Lol

    35. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      That fluffy feather-flag more distracting than the flitty sparrows………

    36. Betsy June 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      “Amscray!” said George to the starling.

    37. Betsy June 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Sleepy George

    38. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

      George doing some nestorations……..

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

        He is determined to move that eyesore- uh, Jane’s nest sale bargain- and shifts it slightly but can’t get a beakhold on it……..

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 11:59 am - Reply

          George was out
          Jane came in… these morning shifts seem to be shorter………..

        • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

          Fifth pic…George “ aw fuggedaboutit!

    39. Isabella June 24, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Starting off the day with great pics and captions! Thx Betsy and CarolV!

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

        6 more days til the eggtravaganza hatch! (Hopefully)

        • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

          Isabella: You’re welcome. We should set up a count-down clock!!

          • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 3:25 pm - Reply

            …Yes- hopefully one that doesn’t skip hours.. attach to Jane’s antennae

    40. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Isabella. I was so intrigued by the Fish Head Song and that I had never heard it- or maybe just blocked out the memory- that I looked it up. Played on the ?Dr. Demento show……..which I never watched,………..This was one reference that came up in search, which cracked me up…………..

      https://www.facebook.com/the-fish-head-song-123586137655351

      Please don’t ask me what kind of drugs these guys were on when they made this song. Cause I don’t know, and I don’t want any. Now that that’s done and over with, it’s a song about, simply, fish heads

    41. nfc June 24, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

      After I was introduced to google maps and found the nest out on Rt 105 and 24, I did the same for the nest in Bayville. It is on Stehli Beach. If you look through the pictures you find a nest picture from last year. I mentioned this North Shore nest when we were all wondering about the ospreys in April since we didn’t have the cam up. Someone told me yesterday that there are two chicks in residence. I will be driving up there next Sunday. Have a good Sunday!!

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        nfc: I know Stehli Beach!! Dated a guy from Bayville many, many, many …. many years ago!! 😀 😀 Exciting!! I hope you have nice day for next Sunday!!

    42. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Still looking a little damp, Jane is off again……….

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

        ..as George comes in……..

    43. Betsy June 24, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      George brought nest supplies …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

        Not to be outdone, Jane went out and brought this …

      • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 10:30 am - Reply

        After dropping off the chunk of wood, Jane flew off and brought back a telephone pole!!

        • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

          Love George’s face in pic 3. “What’s this crazy woman doing? Building a log cabin?”

          • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

            He forgets he’s the one who started the season off by buying out the lumberyard!

        • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

          Isabella: I love watching their faces when the other one flies in with something really bizarre!!

    44. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Look what Jane brought in to add to the décor!

      Looks like a sky surfer coming in!

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

        George can’t take his eyes off it!

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

          Jane gets it just right and moves a stick………..

          • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

            George doing his part to make space while Jane goes off for more Sunday nest sales and bargain hunting……..

            • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:36 am

              Jane is back and looks like she took a dip…… did a little shake-it-off dance before settling………..{George flew out a couple of minutes ago}

    45. Betsy June 24, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

      I’m not saying a word!! 😀

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

        Boredom………………

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

          Maybe a back scratcher?????

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

        George just joined Cirque du soleil, lol

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

          Sorry, Isabella, Jane

          • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

            Oops, see speckles now. Must’ve gotten dizzy from Jane in,George out,Jane in,George out. It’s like watching a tennis match!

    46. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

      Those sparrows are flitting around that bottom left corner…. always just catch the eye and gone!

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:15 am - Reply

        Swapping places again……….. Jane out…

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

          George coming in with his eyes on the prize…………

    47. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 6:32 am - Reply

      5:46- George coming in……………

      • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 6:35 am - Reply

        Breakfish and Jane says thank you…………

        • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 6:36 am - Reply

          George cleans beak before settling in

        • nfc June 24, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

          Carol— thanks. I printed the second picture with both of them and the fish— with eggs in front.

          • CarolV June 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

            I like that moment too….

            • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm

              So sweet! Looks like they’re forming a heart!

    48. CarolV June 24, 2018 at 6:06 am - Reply

      George was on the eggies very early………… did he spend the night?
      Jane dropped down from the perch about 5……. she was chatting with him before that.

    49. Trinity June 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Observation about a different nest ; I’ve been passing one at the business center on Sunrise Hwy ( Oakdale merge ) for several years, and it seems the resident osprey finally has a mate this season ! I was so happy to see two adults chilling and watching the traffic / rat race go by .

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

        Trinity: Another spot for nfc to visit!! And, it’s closer to her!!

        Think I’ll have to take a drive myself!!

        • Trinity June 24, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

          There’s 3 other nests within a mile of the business nest, popular spot with all the nearby fishing options.

          • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

            Trinity: How awesome is that??!! Definitely going to have to take a drive!!

      • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 2:57 am - Reply

        trinity….on the flip side(montauk hwy) there are 3 to 4 nest. My husband drives through there heading west to work. Gives me daily reports!

        • Trinity June 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

          Those are the nests I mentioned ; Bubbles Falls / Sunrise Toyota / athletic field ( near the new apartment complex ). 😀 All visible from Montauk Hwy.

    50. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Is that the doorbell? Maybe dinner is here………

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        sighhhhhh.. forgot pic.

        • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          Jane off with fish………. looks ghostly with low light……..
          And George settles in……..

          • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Here’s a ghostly mate for the first pic!! !!

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

          CarolV: But, you remembered “Save my name … ” so you could add the pic!!! 😀 😀

    51. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      It took forever to get the sparrows!!!

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        They are quick little suckers! And sometimes they shoot straight up like they’ve been strapped to a rocket!

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm - Reply

          CarolV: It was unbelievable!! I had the video stream at 0.25 speed. But, every time I kept getting these 2 pics, repeatedly. I walked away for a while, then tried again … same 2 pics!! Moved on to another spot in the video, went back, same 2 pics!! I’m like I know you’re there!! C’mon now!! Then finally got it!! 😀 😀

          • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

            Oops, first pic was supposed to be this one!! Had to fish it out of the recycling bin … had to find it first from among the 200 rejected pics I discarded from throughout the day!!!!

    52. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Crazy! Lost an hour again!

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        Lost in transmission…….. prob. operator error

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Missed the spiral!! I think the hour went while I was trying to get the sparrows!! 😀

    53. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Look!! Jane’s wearing antennas to try to help us out!! 😀 😀

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

        I think they worked!

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

          CarolV: That just cracked me up!!

      • Trinity June 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        Ahh that is too cute !

    54. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Good heavens, Isabella! The Fishhead song! Listening to it now! A new one on me…. and once may be enough!

    55. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      IT’S BAAAA-AACK……………time is 7:17 now –oh, 19:17….. Guess it doesn’t like changing to a new hour??? Hopefully fixes itself again.

    56. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Jane’s not happy with someone……………..

    57. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Jane

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        and, again.

        I liked these pictures … something mystical with the fogginess on the camera!!

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        I thought this picture was pretty cool because everything was misty except her eyes — they really stood out!!

        • Trinity June 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

          Jane is shooting daggers with those beady eyes.

    58. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hey, look……. no more raindrops and the fog has moved off the lens and over the bay!

      “I can see clearly now….” but no sunshiny day on the menu…….. supposed to be cloudy with high 70s tomorrow……….

    59. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Poor nfc may never ask another question! We inundated her with answers! [:+}}}

      • nfc June 24, 2018 at 4:21 am - Reply

        Carol– no problem. I enjoyed all your answers. Remember I never commented much before this year. Now I can’t keep quiet because I feel more comfortable. It is great finding new places to visit . So thanks to all of you. I showed my husband the answers and he was intrigued by what you all had to say.

        • Betsy June 24, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

          nfc: Yes, we’re very talky!! 😀 😀

    60. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      @17:22- George heads out-
      Jane was right in but I liked her feathers in this pic.

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        The forecast has changed.. rain pushed till after 10 tonight and the lightening bolts are gone from the graphics! YYYYaaaayyyyyyy!

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Like a jabot!!

        • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

          Yes…in her formal feathers…….

    61. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      George. Look at his feathers!!

    62. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      I see the video stream cam back up at 15:59:43 hrs!! Thank you!!

      “Don’t look at me!! I had nothing to do with any of it!!” 😀 😀

    63. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Looks like we lost about an hour on the video clock………. was circling at 14:59:37 but when I tapped timeline beyond that, video returned about 16:00………… both on OZ and youtube.
      Seems ok now.

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        pics — I wasn’t online for that time…

    64. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: The feed apparently is down! Much earlier than usual!! 😀 😀 I thought at first that somehow I warped into a different time zone because I was pretty much keeping up with the video all day when normally I’m 3 or more hours behind!!:D 😀

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        That looks funny what I wrote!! What I mean is I was at the end (R-most end — would that be considered the beginning or the end side of the video stream?? 😀 ) when I noticed the time on the video stream was not matching the time on my laptop and then, pffloop, THE SPIRAL!! 😀 😀

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Betsy…. me, too! checked like 5 times, thinking maybe the clock warped to standard time or something,,( (prob wrong way),, it was almost exactly an hour! I had been checking in off and on earlier, but hadn’t been on in a while. But there were diff birds on either side of the timeline…….

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

          CarolV: You missed the spirally part!! I was watching (happy to be on the right end of the scroll bar for a change instead of all the way at the left!!), noticed the time warp and then the spiral started. So, I commented to Shelli, and thought the video for the day was over!! Then I figured what the heck, let me see if anything is happening … saw Jane sitting there and the time stamp on OZ was 15:59. I went back to see what time the video stream came back up, there was no spiralling — the video just went from 14:59:37 with George to 15:59:43 with Jane!! 😀

    65. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      …………………MAINTENANCE………………………………..It ain’t easy being a STUDMUFFIN!

    66. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      You couldn’t see the fish George brought Jane at 12:17:20-ish because George landed in the no-see area, but it looked pretty decent when its head popped into view as Jane was grabbing it from George. 😀

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

        Head and all!!!! Wow!

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Here, Betsy- the rest of the fish tale.{;*))

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Thank you for the end-ing!! 😀

        • Isabella June 24, 2018 at 2:45 am - Reply

          Here CarolV… fishtail song for you. By Seth max. On utube

      • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Fish head fish head…roly poly fish head! New song for your head! Lol

        • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          Eat them up, yum!

          • Trinity June 23, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

            Oh my goodness flashbacks to junior high with that jam !

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

          OMG, Isabella!! I didn’t even KNOW there COULD be such a song!!!! THERE IS!!!!!!!!! 🤣 🤣 🤣

    67. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Little harassment @ 11:33am
      Jane reacts, flies up and returns quickly……

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Was hoping for an improved weather report.. still showing possibility of t-storms later- from 5pm on……….. 61 now but starting to go UP to about 65 and hanging at 64 most of night.
        boohoo….. no likey boomers……

    68. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Here’s a switch! Jane with a switch gift! Firewood for George!

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

        Tries to find the perfect spot…………

    69. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

      After seeing Isabella’s comment re do osprey have tonsils, I wondered, DO birds have tonsils?? I found this article online: “Evidence of a true pharyngeal tonsil in birds: a novel lymphoid organ in Dromaius novaehollandiae and Struthio camelus (Palaeognathae).” The best that I could tell, trying to read through and trying to make sense of all the scientific mumbo jumbo, is that the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and the ostrich (Struthio camelus) have lymphoid tissue (“tonsils”) present in pharyngeal folds (large, paired, U-shaped structures) but that “evidence for the presence of true tonsils in the avian oropharynx remains elusive.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3502113/) 😀

    70. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Got to sit at a long red light by the intersection of 105/24 and see some interaction at that nest. Watched a fish delivery as I was approaching, with the male? gliding above the cars up to the nest. Both parents were standing when something set them off. Looked like an intruder flew by. Both parents flew out in opposite directions, with one holding the fish. It kept heading back toward the nest then veering off. And then the light changed! Dang it! Wanted to see what happened! And no scrollback buttons!
      My guess is, knowing how close to the river this nest is, and what an active fishing area, they were trying to prevent theft of fish ? Has to be a lot of birds who would just as soon take one as catch one? Was interesting.
      And I have seen at least two little heads poking above the edge of that nest.

      • nfc June 23, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

        Carol— where exactly is this nest??? Did you mean 105 and 27( Sunrise Highway)? That is near water. 105 and 24 isn’t near the water. I live off of Rt 24 in East Meadow. That is Hempstead Tpke. 105 is Jerusalem Ave. I looked at a map and it seems far from water. I would love to drive by the nest. Maybe it is in Suffolk Country. I would appreciate more info if you can give it. Thanks.

        • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

          nfc. –yes, Suffolk Cty….In Flanders, Riverhead. NW corner of Cty. rte.105( Crossriver Dr.) and Rt.24 (Flanders Rd.) The Peconic River, Flanders Bay running in to Peconic Bay- all an easy flight. There’s another tributary that I don’t know the name of and is a little hidden, that I have been lucky enough to see osprey flying from.

          Wish me luck. trying something new. Hopefully a map with a dot where nest is…..

          • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

            Well, no dot or # on 105………… 105 is the road that runs THRU the #25 to the word Riverside. It’s neither one of those. Then, where that road intersects with yellow line 24……on the NW corner.

            • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              There is another nest on Rt. 24 that was in the news not too long ago because the electric co. PSEG had taken down a long established nest because it was causing arcing. They replaced it within days with a second, taller, post and a large saucer on top. The osprey couple moved right into their new digs………. It’s about an inch west on that map( after you enlarge by clicking) from the intersection of 24/105.

            • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm

              psst:

            • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

              Better view. I think I can see your car CarolV!! :D:D

            • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm

              OK, Betsy- better map finder than I am………… losing air?

            • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 6:19 pm

              CarolV: Ssssssssssssssssssssss!!

              I was dealing with maps to find different ways to get to Bardonia without all the traffic!! There is no way!! Well, maybe at 3 in the morning there would be!!

          • nfc June 23, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

            Carol— and Betsy for helping thanks for the info. The roads do tend to wind in some places. The map came out nice too. Betsy’s pic is nice too. You two are so clever. Hubby found the two intersections on a Suffolk map once you explained. Probably people in other states are going WHAT and WHERE is this.??? You both did a great job of answering my puzzling question.

            • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:08 pm

              nfc: You’e welcome and thank you!!

      • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

        Cool! One of the rare times you want a long red light!

        • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

          P.s. NFC, if it’s the same nest I saw. It’s close to the Peconic river. CarolV got it right. 105/24. In Suffolk.

          • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

            If you go on google maps, you can see the nest

            • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 1:17 pm

              Isabella: After I saw your reply, I tried. Pretty neat!!

            • nfc June 23, 2018 at 6:26 pm

              Isabella— I used google maps and I saw it. Amazing that without an address, you can get a picture of a street with an osprey nest in it. This has been an interesting thread— at least for me. I learned some more things about the web. Thanks.

          • nfc June 23, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

            Isabella — it is nice that other people found it an are sharing more info. Thanks. Thanks for the pictures. Now that I am on vacation, I will have to take a drive.

    71. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Had a hard time finding a dry eye.-lens- this a.m……Jane on the nest-

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

        Jane out for walkies
        George in to preen

        • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

          George walked on Jane coming in……. wind was blowing against him………..

          And she left… hmmm, wonder why?……….(ain’t NO man gonna walk all over me!!!)

          • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

            George is rearranging his firewood…….. planning a nice warming campfire later?

          • Trinity June 23, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

            Your colorful commentary is the best !

          • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

            That’s right! You go Jane!

    72. CarolV June 23, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

      A rainy day in Ospreytown

    73. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Déjà vu!! (see CarolV’s pic from yesterday of George at 20:46:38 hrs)

      • CarolV June 23, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Betsy.. glad to hear your “fun” time is over. Hope all settled well. And hopefully we won’t read about any missing contractors named Mr. Schmuck from Bardonia.(;^)}

      • Meli June 23, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

        Cute mohawk! Ha! 🙂

        • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

          Cute Meli! I was thinking Alfalfa from little rascals

          • Meli June 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

            🙂 haaa! The perfect description. Love it!

    74. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Get this! I only noticed, for the FIRST time, of all my trips back and forth to Bardonia, and on my final trip home to LI, that there is an osprey nest on the east side at the northern end of the Throgs Neck Bridge!! What should be, with good traffic, a 1 1/4 hour trip, yesterday afternoon took me almost 3 hours — delays everywhere!! So, as I was creeping along in bumper to bumper traffic southbound on the TNB I heard an osprey, I looked over and there it was, an osprey nest and a flying osprey!! I was so excited that I even considered coming back around to see it again, but then I said to myself, with this traffic, hell no!!

      • nfc June 23, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

        Betsy— last year Newsday had pictures of falcons on the Verrazono Narrows Bridge, the Throgs Neck, and Marine Pkwy in Bklyn. I guess this year there are ospreys. hopefully we will get pictures some day. If we ever go that way, I will look on the bridge. Thanks for sharing that info.

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

          nfc: You’re welcome. I’m only sorry I saw it on the last day!! It would have been something to look forward to each day that I drove up to Bardonia. I guess the birds do okay if they keep building their nests in places like that!

      • Isabella June 23, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

        Betsy, Isn’t it funny how we hear osprey. I was sitting in my yard last year. Thought I heard an osprey didn’t have my iPad . Thought to myself “do I just hear osprey now” lol. Looked up and one was flying over with a fish. Then another day a stick. Thx to the cams, I know what happens to the fish and stick! Hey! Fish & sticks, it’s on an osprey menu! Lol

        • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Fish & sticks!! I love it!! Another name for this soap opera!!

    75. Betsy June 23, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

      I’m re-posting a comment, edited, that I made on May 31, 2016:

      “that the nearer they are to hatch date, the easier the eggs roll! The analogy was made to spinning a raw chicken egg on a flat surface vs spinning a hard-cooked egg … the raw egg “is very sluggish, will barely spin, and quickly comes to a halt. This is due to the viscous nature of the albumen, or egg white. Now try it with a hard-boiled egg. It will spin easily and quickly. This is because the egg is solid inside and has none of the resistance to motion caused by the thick liquid egg white. Likewise, as our osprey chicks develop, the eggs become more solid and will roll more easily.””

      I have very mixed feelings about the eggs hatching. On one hand, I would love to see chicks and to know George and Jane had a successful clutch. On the other hand, as CarolV brought up, how will the fare as hatchlings in the higher heat and with more direct sun, when other chicks will already be 3 to 4 weeks old, a huge difference in the osprey scheme of things (“By the age of 30 days, the chicks have already gained 75% of their adult body weight; the growth of the body slows down at this stage, while the feathers are growing rapidly”. [http://individual.utoronto.ca/ali_naqvi/osprey.htm] and “they are almost adult size by 5 weeks and ready to fly by 7-8 weeks. It is a very fast track growth spurt fuelled by their very high protein diet of fish brought in by dad”. [http://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/osprey-faqs/]) and will they have had enough time to build up their strength and learned the skills needed for the long migration. George does hang around until late in the season, but will it be long enough.

      https://www.cumauriceriver.org/conservation-wildlife/avian/osprey/osprey-eggs-to-flight-slideshow/

      • Betsy June 23, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

        Maybe I edited it too much!! The analogy was made on another website!!

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