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June 1st, 2020: Two eggs laid, still one to go?

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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.

*******************
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

    43,327 Comments

    1. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:27 am - Reply

      “Mercy me! What now? A chandelier!

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

        “George! I barely have room for these fabulous feathers! Do you have any idea how long it took to grow these???”

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

          George aims for a few bare square inches……….

          • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

            Love Jane’s face!

            One benefit of George’s wood obsession this year is the house below has privacy!

      • Trinity July 6, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

        The nest is looking like an episode of Hoarders, yikes !

    2. CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

      OK. That clump on right is all grasses, leaves and debris. Jane is dismantling and spreading it out.(@8:11am) When I saw it yesterday, in the light situation, it appeared to be more one piece.
      Then I lost my wi-fi. Back on finally. Withdrawal was painful!

    3. Meli July 6, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Squirmy looks very sluggish this morning. He wasn’t following his parents as he usually does. I hope he is ok? He didn’t have breakfast either, although fish was brought in.

      • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Squirmy was sluggish because he was well fed by George about 6:30…….
        And again later about 10:15 and 10:55ish…………… Not being neglected

    4. Betsy July 6, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

      George flew in at 04:58 hrs …

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

        and, Jane flew off …

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

        After waiting, as if not sure what he should do, George sat on the eggs and chick …

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

        until Jane came back …

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

          I love the effect that sometimes happens in the low-light shots! Very artistic….

      • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

        Hee hee … I just really like that picture above!!

        So … until Jane came back …

    5. Betsy July 5, 2018 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      “You check out what’s happening over there, and I’ll check out what’s happening over here.”

      • Isabella July 7, 2018 at 3:05 am - Reply

        Which way did he go George?

    6. Betsy July 5, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      🎜I see a shadow,
      I see a shadow,
      Of George on Jane,
      Of George on Jane.🎝

      Tune: “Frere Jacques” 😀 😀

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

        🎜I see a shadow,
        I see a shadow,
        Of Jane on George,
        Of Jane on George.🎝

        😀 😀

    7. CarolV July 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      BIG BIRD!!

    8. CarolV July 5, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      So my video stream jumps from 18:00 to 18:59…. I guess I get no explanation where the bush came from! Poor Jane has no room for those lllooonnnggggg tail feathers!
      Still have to refresh posts and see what happened today.

      • Paula July 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        CarolV the same thing happened to me. At first I thought I had somehow missed it and then went back several times to make sure I wasn’t losing it! I’m pretty sure it was Jane though because she was out of the nest at the time and besides George likes to put sticks in front of the camera

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

          George builds; Jane “beautifies” Works for me! I still think she’s fortifying for that precocious child!

    9. Betsy July 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      George — popbrella …

    10. Debbie Fulton July 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Are either parent feeding that poor baby.. It has its mouth open begging and they are stuffing their own mouth…. SMH

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        Debbie Fulton: Yes, Debbie, George and/or Jane feed the chick. As you can see in the picture its crop (circled) is bulging, indicating s/he has just eaten a good meal.

        • Debbie Fulton July 5, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

          Thank you Betsy, when i was watching both parents were eating and baby was just a begging for food. But dad was busy feeding mom…. So glad they fed the baby…

          • Betsy July 6, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

            Debbie Fulton: I’m glad I was able to lessen your worry!! The chick may not always get fed immediately when George brings a fish, but it does eventually get fed … and usually a lot!!

    11. Trinity July 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      George made a fresh market delivery around 4:00. Yummy

      • Joan Hall July 5, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

        Is it strange that the other chicks haven’t hatched yet?

        • Trinity July 5, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

          Due to the late arrival of the eggs, it’s possible they’ll be non viable. Last year Gracie laid three eggs and only two hatched.

    12. Nancy July 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Squirmy is going to have quite the advantage over his siblings, considering he hatched 7/1.

      • Trinity July 5, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        That has me very nervous, in my humble opinion sometimes it’s best if not all the eggs result in a successful hatch. Little Pip back in 2015 was a victim of being last born and that was brutal to watch.

        • CarolV July 6, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

          I’m fine with an only child at this point. Jane is still learning.

    13. Betsy July 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      George brought a fish for mid-morning snack …

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

        Almost immediately after, the nest was buzzed by an intruder going around and around. Then things quieted down …

    14. Paula July 5, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      I was just watching the last feeding and I really don’t remember seeing another chick this young moving around as much as this one. This is one strong little Osprey!

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

        Paula: He does get around!! I remember Rocky being 3 days old, moving around Brutus and Ali, climbing up the slope of the nest cup to stand in front of Gracie to say, “See me!! Feed me!!” 🙂

        • Paula July 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

          Betsy,

          I’ve been thinking a lot about Rocky this year too.He was my favorite, such a fighter! Hope he/she is well and has first nest this year!

      • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        Paula… I agree! That’s what I said earlier. He really gets around with those little “chicken wings “ lol!

    15. nfc July 5, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

      At the site of the Jersey City Falcon cam there are nest notes. Under June 28 there is a 15 minute video about NJ. At about 7:15 on the video there is a short video segment on ospreys and falcons and banding them in Jersey. It is called episode 201. It is worth a quick look if interested.

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        nfc: Thank you for the information!! I’ll have to check it out!!

      • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        NFC… just watched video. Very moving. The first time I saw an osprey catch a fish was at the Jersey Shore. I was walking along the water, saw a bird. Thought at first a seagull. Realized it was an osprey. Stood,watched and waited while it circled over the water. Finally dove in and came up with a fish! He flew right over me. Saw him turn fish head first. I spun around so fast to continue watching,almost fell in the sand! Amazingly, even though beach was packed. I seemed to be only one watching! PS…couldn’t believe the nest on the beach in the video!

        • nfc July 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

          Isabella— glad you enjoyed it. I just found it when I checked in on the falcons there. Your story sounds amazing too. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if any people were wondering what you were doing looking around at the sky??? They don’t know what they are missing!!!!!!

          • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

            NFC….I thought if anyone caught me on video, it would go viral!! Middle aged woman looks to sky, almost falls! I was dreading the possibility!!

            • Trinity July 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm

              Too funny ! Technology age has led to every public event being documented, willingly or not.

    16. nfc July 5, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

      10:21am— looked at cam and all you can see are two eggs and a tiny tail off to the right. Boy can baby move toward the food. I hope the baby is getting fed over there. The little one moved over pretty quickly. Good moves.

    17. Trinity July 5, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      That green seaweed clump reminds me of Medusa’s snake hair….too creepy !

    18. June c July 5, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th….?..I have always counted day after egg laid as day 1….July 1st was the 39th day egg hatched…wondering if anyone counts the day its laid as day 1?

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

        June c: I count the same way you do … the next day after the egg is laid I count as day 1!!

    19. CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

      2nd fish ………….Again Jane left…….. have we had a spat?

      • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply

        George topped off Squirmy…………

        • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:48 am - Reply

          Jane comes back and is fed by George… all is well in Ospreyland….
          Again we had the musical fish. Jane takes, flies out, comes back and gives fish to George to take it back and eat it, What’s going on???

          • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:50 am - Reply

            I think Jane sees Squirmy’s potential and is building walls…..

            • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:53 am

              Well, gotta get ready for work
              And I guess eat crow because of my “hatching egg” mistake………

              Leaving you with the happy couple and baby in hiding..

            • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 9:51 am

              CarolV…have a groovy cool day! Eggs remind me of the cup game. Which egg has a chick about to hatch! Lol

            • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 10:33 am

              CarolV…I’m keeping an eye on egg closet to bay. Don’t know if that’s a crack or grass. Flies are buzzing around. Either getting a hatch,or they are duds and really smell!

            • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 10:36 am

              Baby O really gets around with those “chicken wings “ lol

      • Trinity July 5, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

        The heat & humidity make me a crabby lady, I can’t imagine how Jane feels sweltering in that nest ! Her little escapes are much needed I imagine.

        • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

          Trinity…me too! Let’s form a crabby lady group 🤬

          • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

            Trinity and Isabella: 🙋 I’m in!!

          • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

            It’s gonna be a BBBIIG group………. I work with the public,,,,, need I say more?

            • Trinity July 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

              Comforting to know I’m not alone ! Due to my hatred of the evil UV rays, I live like a vampire until October. SPF 50+ for my rare outdoor appearances 😀 Watching this cam is the closest I get to outdoor activity !!

      • Betsy July 5, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

        No 2nd fish!!

    20. CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

      George brought in a fish….

      • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:02 am - Reply

        ……….and Jane left………

        • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:03 am - Reply

          .leaving George to feed Squirmy………. which he did nicely

          • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 6:41 am - Reply

            Jane acting a little gaga……. she came back, took the fish, flew out and back and left the fish for George……
            He ate some and Jane took it back and polished it off

    21. CarolV July 5, 2018 at 5:42 am - Reply

      And looks like I made “much ado about nothing” . Mea culpa. Things look the same in the eggie department.

      • CarolV July 5, 2018 at 5:46 am - Reply

        Jane spent the night worrying about her happy wanderer, because she was up first thing thinking baby rails…………… George has stopped in already

        cprt.OZ.com-spons.byTRS.com…………

    22. CarolV July 5, 2018 at 5:36 am - Reply

      Looks like the moon had a time to shine before the clouds took over….

    23. Isabella July 5, 2018 at 1:01 am - Reply

      So you learn something new….don’t think I knew adult osprey have crops. Does make sense for storing food. But I thought they could swallow all fish parts,and you don’t see a bulge like a chicks. Over at Hellgate,an adult osprey landed on the nest. Iris was out fishing. You could see she had no crop. Chest was caved in. Think she was hoping Iris would bring her a fish. There are pics that someone tweeted . Was sad to see!

      • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 1:06 am - Reply

        Like I said…we are lucky so far! The Oz’s are a pleasure to watch. They dote on baby O. I swear if that kid isn’t sleeping, his mouth is open WIDE!

        • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 1:09 am - Reply

          Scrolled back to what I believe was the evening meal. Realized I was watching a silent movie!

    24. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Fireworks… mostly at a distance.
      George dropped down from perch…….

    25. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      George delivered a fish when I was all excited and I got sidetracked…………
      Jane did a thorough job feeding Squirmy

    26. Paula July 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      George and Jane seem quite upset about the fireworks. Hope everyone listened to Admin Shelli and are safe with their celebrating!

    27. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Moment when Jane stood up and you could see the eggshell fall apart!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

        George taking a good look!……..
        So eggcited I can’t take a straight picture!

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

          Also have this picture from earlier of Jane staring at that egg. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. Looks like it may be partly open here.
          But since Jane sat on the eggies and S till dark, guess I get to see how wrong I am in the dawnin’… I’m fine either way……

        • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 11:03 pm - Reply

          That sure looks like a chick in there

      • Trinity July 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

        Yayyyy 😀

    28. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Hey! Am I seeing things? I was more interested in the fish!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

        This is what I saw — in slo-mo…
        Jane starts to stand and egg is mostly intact.The shell comes apart
        On Squirmy’s first attempt to climb Everest, she rolls over backwards…
        And in her efforts to get back up, she changes eggs position………
        Several people on fb suggest egg was broken earlier ………..
        have to wait till morning when Jane takes the lid off the pot

        • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

          This is definitely the most confusing hatch ever! Lol
          One for the books for sure lol

      • Meli July 4, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

        Is this 2nd hatching egg the same one that had the part of Squirmy’s egg shell on it? Thanks

    29. Paula July 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      There was talk earlier today about half of squirmy’s egg getting caught on another egg and at 20:30 I saw that it did happen. You can see the old half come off. Hopefully it will stay off and hopefully it isn’t too late.

    30. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Both were alarming and George went to perch, I think………. Jane is not impressed by this visitor……..

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

        In the pink of the evening, the bay looks like glass….. that sailboat is so peaceful …….

        81 now; starting to drop quickly in the next hour, down to a still warm 71 by sunrise…… partly cloudy.
        Another warm day tomorrow, mid 80s, partly cloudy morning changing to sunny afternoon. And the everloving humidity…………

    31. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Squirmy, literally, falls into a food coma.. She toppled over with the last big bite and made a token effort to get up

      Jane ate a lot and George took off with the rest….

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        George came in with the leftovers……..
        Jane didn’t seem interested, so he snacked on them…

    32. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Fish is in!
      Jane starts ripping in to the whole fish, clearly starving……..
      Squirmy repositions herself and Jane stops to stare……. and starts offering her some!

      • Trinity July 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        Really nice pictures, lighting is perfect that time of day. Jane is doing her best with Private Squirmy !

    33. Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      💚💙💚💙💚

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        Best wishes! And make friends and family promise not to video you while you’re under the influence! So embarrassing (but funny!!!)

      • Paula July 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        Good luck with your surgery and Good Luck staying away from O.Z.

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Shelli…hope all goes well & you have a speedy recovery!

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        Admin Shelli: My father used to say, “Tooth-hurty, time to go to the dentist!” Hope your surgery goes smoothly and you have a speedy recovery!! And, have plenty of ice packs on hand!! After big oral surgery years ago I looked like Droopy Dog!!

      • RobininMD July 4, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

        Good luck Shelli – wishing you a speedy recovery!

      • June c July 5, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

        Wishing you the best..and speedy recovery……

    34. Leesa Downs July 4, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      I have been watching the nest pretty much all day, between a couple of naps!, and haven’t noticed a feeding since this morning. Did I miss one mid day? I’ve scrolled back when I was away for a bit but never saw one. I know the boat traffic on the water is heavy today, and wondered if that prevents George from fishing. Anything I’ve missed please let me know.
      Thanks

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        I didn’t see any either but, remembering from past years, busy water traffic days seem to inhibit George. Maybe infringe on his fishing holes………

      • CatZ July 4, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        Ah at last I can relax and the little one FINALLY gets his teeny, tiny crop filled!! He was taking on some rather large pieces too… thinkin it could be a while nummm nummm! It is so much easier to sleep on a full belly! GN LI Family!! 😀

    35. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      George came in and Jane chatted……………. then the little trooper started making her way towards Dad
      Whether intentional or coincidence, Jane stuck a stick in front of Squirmy! Portable babygate!

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

        Second pic..love how George looks down “yes junior?”

    36. Betsy July 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Jane is so poufy and George looks like GQ bird!! 😀

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

        Jane I feel your pain! Oh the humility! I mean humidity! Lol

    37. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Squirmy turning her cuteness on all concerned parties………

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

        What are these giants! They don’t even look like me!

    38. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      George has been on the nest most of the afternoon…. saw this one fly out……….

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

        He spent his time on the right, where an occasional glimpse showed he was there…….

    39. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Ospreycize in the afternoon………

      Lots of traffic on the bay

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

        I want to reach over and pluck that feather off her beak!

        • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

          Lol I have said this a few times throughout my nest journeys

          • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm - Reply

            It’s distracting! And I know I’d be going nuts if it were Me! {:*))

        • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          Maybe it’s her personal fan!

    40. GinaM July 4, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Don’t look now, Janie, but you are going to be in for another little surprise very soon. Pipsy will be joining Squirmy.

    41. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Oh, George— Jane tried to resist……………..

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        But Wait!……. There’s more…………..

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

          ***** SIGH!*******

          Was that George’s slingshot? Plus+++

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        George just LOVES to put sticks right in front of the camera!! 😀 😀

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        Was just going to say…that slingshot was for intruders..not Jane!

    42. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Is this the hole that may be a pip? Or is this the egg that might have been cracked when hit by a stick? Sorry…. get them confused………. or is that not a hole?

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      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        ..

      • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        I can’t tell either lol

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

          CarolV and Admin Shelli: I’m not so sure one of those eggs will hatch. When Jane was eating the fish in the evening of 7/1, the half egg shell that George had moved out of the egg cup got knocked back into the egg cup and it worked its way onto one of the remaining eggs. It looked to me as if it worked its way on to the broad end of the egg. Would be real tough, if not impossible, for a chick to break out of a double layer of shell.

          • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

            Yes, I noticed that too….that would make things more difficult for sure, but not impossible as the eggs do get rolled around quite a bit.
            surly this isn’t the first time this has happened – hopefully that’s a non viable egg.

            • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 5:03 pm

              Admin Shelli: I remember reading on another site a couple of years ago about a similar situation. After the osprey had migrated, researchers examined the nests. In one of them they found an intact egg … they examined it and inside was a perfectly formed chick but the shell had a double-layer and they theorized the chick couldn’t hatch because of that.

            • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm

              cont’d –
              ” …The unhatched egg was found to have a double shell and to contain a well-formed dead chick with an egg tooth (Plates 12-14). The chick seems to have died
              some time before it was ready to hatch, possibly because its vital gas exchange was inhibited by the double eggshell. Tony Lightley, who checks all the TVOP Osprey nests annually, says he finds one unhatched egg a year on average, but this was the first one with a double shell. … ” https://archive.org/stream/scottishbirdsjou3512scot/scottishbirdsjou3512scot_djvu.txt

              add’l links:
              https://tweedvalleyospreys.com/2016/04/26/the-osprey-waiting-game-is-over/
              https://tweedvalleyospreys.com/tag/osprey-egg/

            • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 5:28 pm

              Oh wow…thanks for finding this – let’s hope that one is a Dudley and the other one will hatch 🙏🏻

    43. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      I really wish I had sound back! I missed first hatch; would love to be able to just listen in case there is some skawking when I’m away from the computer.
      Anyone else have sound?

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        you know I meant squawking, right?

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        Well……. answered my own question……. started watching on phone and heard them loud and clear! Now I guess I have to figure out why computer is silent. Have I mentioned my computer hates me?

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

        Okay CarolV..you had me looking up skawking! Lol

    44. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Ugh! It’s toooooo hooooot!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

        Interesting move on the way to a stand……….

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

          Swithches places with George, who steps in as brella…..

          • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

            Brellas are allowed to nap on duty…………..

    45. Betsy July 4, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      How pretty Jane is here. Poor thing looks so hot, though!! And, there’s George off to the side!!

    46. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      George is staying close… maybe a little TOOOO close……

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

        Squirmy nipped at Jane’s beak when she came close…….

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          Squirmy going to join the family discussion…………..

          • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

            When J&G looked around and saw baby in the sun, they turned (synchronized again) and headed towards her………..
            Jane made sure she was shaded!

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        Don’t you shake your tail feathers at me!

        • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

          First pic CarolV!

    47. Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      ♥️ Please celebrate the 4th with compassion for wildlife ♥️

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        Admin Shelli: Thank you for posting that.

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: My mother adds that too bad the right people aren’t reading that.

          • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

            I have plastered it everywhere lol

            • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 2:16 pm

              Admin Shelli: Oh, good!!

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

              Need to plaster it ON the fireworks!
              Don’t think we’d get that passed……..

            • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm

              Italy outlawed any fireworks with noise….they use only silent fireworks now!
              I sure wish the USA would do that!

            • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm

              Admin Shelli: After I posted my 2:16 pm comment, I got to thinking that it’s too bad fireworks couldn’t be silent … hmm, I see from your comment it turns out they can!! It should be mandatory worldwide!!

            • Admin Shelli July 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

              Agreed!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

        💞💕👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿🦆🦅🐰🐣🦇🦀🐟

    48. Paula July 4, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      I’m beginning to think that the lighter of the 2 eggs must not be viable because Jane sure doesn’t seem to want to lay on it. Whenever an egg is left out it’s that one. If there is going to be another chick I sure hope it’s soon, like today, so that “Squirmy” isn’t to big to keep it from feeding. Of course they do have George The Wonder Osprey for a father so that will make a difference!

    49. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Jane is really antsy. ….up, down…. this was her on 7/1…. are we getting someone new or is it just the heat!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

        Sorry, should have said that’s how she acted,,,, re-read and thought it may sound like the pics are from the 1st

    50. Leesa Downs July 4, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Had breakfast, now a little yoga to start the day off right!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        Nice leg stretch… is that for the gluts?

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

          Just realized that was Jane! Of course, she’s doing butt exercises! She sticks it in front of the camera so often she wants it to look toned!

          • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

            CarolV: And, that’s funny!! 😀

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Leesa Downs: That’s funny!!

    51. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

      HELLOOOO, KAYAKER!

    52. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

      George in charge………….. becomes a whole patio cover..

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

        Jane went for a dip…………… cooling for the threesome, too. … Squirmy and the maybes

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

          83 before noon and HUMID!
          Squirmy grabbed the prime real estate

    53. Betsy July 4, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

      💕

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:30 pm - Reply

        ❤️💕💖

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Thank you!! I 💖 the last 💖 !! 😀 😀

          • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

            OK… does that mean something I don’t know? Took it for really excellent…… shining star

            • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm

              CarolV: Means “I love this very much!”.

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm

              OK! Good to know! And I did!

      • GinaM July 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        Oh Betsy,
        That’s precious!

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

        Baby O is the cutest!

    54. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Sometimes, even weebles wobble wrong……

      looks yummy….……….

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

        Help! I’m faaalllllingggg!

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

          But I got up!
          Loved the way G&J seemingly show concern!

    55. Isabella July 4, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Morning all… have you had enough of the humidity (stupidity)!

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

        Isabella: What a pretty picture!! Dying of the humidity!!

        • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

          Betsy thx! That’s Iris from Hellgate. Don’t mess with an overworked hot mama!

    56. Leesa Downs July 4, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Betsy, at 8:27:18 the egg closest to the chick, has the dark end on it, rolls by itself. I don’t know how to do a video, but someone who does needs to capture it!!!!

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

        Leesa Downs: Here you go!! Good eye!! Couldn’t tell if it rolled on its own or because chick #1 was making vibrations when it was getting fed by Jane …

        https://youtu.be/TU0K0AxPCwA

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

          I had the same thought… there are a couple of small sticks or grass that run back from Squirmy to the egg….
          We shall see…

    57. Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

      George feeding Jane

    58. Renee July 4, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Too funny, Oslet wobbled backwards and was too stuffed to get up, rested a bit before righted itself!

    59. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

      6:43am. George brings in a whole fish. delivered on right. Jane and George both flew off.

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

        Just me……… I don’t even have a shadow……..

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

          George was back in minutes; Jane right after, with still whole fish.
          Jane starts on the fish ………… and Squirmy wiggles her way.

          • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:43 am - Reply

            George takes the fish back and flies……….

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 10:46 am

              George is back…………

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

              George feeds Squirmy as Jane watches……….. and Squirmy is well fed. note coma

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 10:55 am

              I think George and Jane had a little chat …… look at his eyeball; serious!
              Jane took the fish; flew around to left.
              Squirmy rallied and Jane fed him………… still needs practice but progress…….

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 10:58 am

              While Jane was out, George had a reaction. fly-by? Mainly posted for the wings……..

    60. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

      No Holiday for George!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

        6a.m. and some nice moist seaweed is delivered

    61. Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      George brought a fish at 6:42 am that Jane grabbed from him …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        After eating a little, she fly-hopped across the nest with the fish …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        And, then, flew away with it …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

        Meanwhile, George remained in the no-see corner; then he hopped up to the perch (camera shook). That little chick is so smart!! It pays attention and watches everything that’s going on around it!! S/he knew George was up on the perch and was looking up at George!!

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

        George eventually hopped down from the perch and then stood at the far right corner of the nest …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:14 am - Reply

        A few minutes later Jane hopped down from the perch, fish in tow …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

        She was so ravenous, that she ate and ate ..

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

        George made his way over to the fish to take it from Jane …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

        losing his balance on the way but catching himself …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

        after getting the fish, George flew away with it …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

        and Jane sat on the chick and eggs …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

        A few minutes later George was back with the fish …

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

          An HOUR later … George was back with the fish!! 😀 😀

          • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

            Was gonna let that go but you caught it….. few minutes, hour…….. it’s a holiday, who counts?

            • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 2:18 pm

              CarolV: Exactly!! 😀

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

        George fed …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

        and fed the chick …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

        and Jane gave it a whirl, too …

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

        and, little chick, sated and with bulging crop, went into a “food coma.”

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Here chick is after s/he lost her/his balance and fell over … so much for weebles wobbling and not falling down!! 😀 😀

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

          Just saw your weebles post after I posted mine! Guess she had to be a weeble!

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

        Chick does a squirt … obviously getting enough, not only by having a bulging crop, but what goes in must come out!! 😀 😀

    62. CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Welcome back from the land of the blue screen……
      and
      ………………………………… HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!………………………… @@***%#!!!$@@@+()&..(fireworks)

      It’ a calm, misty morning. Already 79 by 9am. and muggy.

    63. Meli July 4, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Little bsfore 9 am, George beak fed Gracie then the baby again… he is such a good dad and husband 🙂 Jane is s lucky osprey 🙂

      • Meli July 4, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

        Sorryy!! Jane, not Gracie….

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

          Meli: So many times AFTER I hit “post comment” I think, “OMG, did I just write Gracie??!!” 😀 😀 😀

          • Meli July 4, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

            Lol 🙂

    64. Meli July 4, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Most exciting feeding around 8:10 am… Jane brought a fish to the nest, George took of with it and returned with the now headless fish. George fed baby Squirmy, Jane wanted to be part of it too. She grabbed the fish and stared feeding Squirmy, but then Squirmy fell backwards and rolled belly up in the nest cup. All went quiet…. G and J just stopped moving, and stared at Squirmy. Finally Squirmy managed to get right side up after George tickled his belly with some grass, Squirmy pooped on George as a Thank you daddy, and Squirmy went into a food coma…. the parents are doing so good. this was so exciting to watch… who needs TV anymore…

    65. DarDar July 4, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

      I saw Jane step on little one and it looked as though it may have injured it at the time but unsure about damage done and I feel not enuf food for it so far as of Tues nite
      ………

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

        You should be relieved with how well fed Squirmy is now…… and she seems fine….

    66. JanL July 4, 2018 at 5:21 am - Reply

      5:09 AM. Baby opens his mouth sooo wide, that when he closes it, he fell over. Cute little thing. Attaching a pic to see if this post ‘takes’–tried yesterday with a short ‘hi’ but didn’t see my post appear. Testing….

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

        JanL… have learned the hard way, and with prompting from Betsy…………. make sure you check little box for Save my name… On my computer, I can’t see a box but it’d midway under the name box and I just poke around till I find it.
        This saves your comments to show as pending. Otherwise, they do post but you can’t see them till ADMIN okays them.

    67. Cher July 3, 2018 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Is there no camera now when it gets dark?

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 3:45 am - Reply

        This cam doesn’t have IR. Chick hatched July 1

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

          Isabella: OMG, Isabella … 3:45 in the MORNING??!! 😀 😀 😀

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

        Cher: No, there is no infrared camera. We can see something, though, when there is a full moon!! 😀

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

          And when we don’t go blue screen

          • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

            CarolV: 😀 😀 … and when we don’t go blue screen!! 😀 😀

    68. Cher July 3, 2018 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Yeah, a chick has hatched!!!

      • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

        Cher: Yes, on 07/01/2018 (after 39 days incubation)

        • Sharon Read July 4, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

          Thanks Betsy for the info on birth date! I haven’t been watching for awhile – what happened to Gracie?

          • Sharon Read July 4, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

            Forgive me for goofy picture – not completely sure how to post stuff yet.

    69. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      Synchronized posing!! 😀

      • Isabella July 4, 2018 at 1:02 am - Reply

        Wow!!

      • June c July 4, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

        For some reason it reminds me of Esther Williams, famous synchronized swimmer…My mom loved her….

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

          Especially that last one! Just need to put out one wing!

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Gotta get Squirmy on board….. She’s got skyward facing beak down pat!

        • Betsy July 4, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

          Isabella, June c, and CarolV: 😀 😀 😀

    70. Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      ♥️♥️♥️

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

        So you’re going with girl, too? I’m tired of the he/she bit . Besides, takes too long to type!

    71. birdRJSviewer July 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      All lined up in a row …. 1 chick and 2 eggs LOL 🙂

    72. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Timer starting skipping ahead a few seconds at a time
      Then, night night video

    73. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Good night, Jane, Squirmy, eggies……………..moon’s not out yet.

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

        77 now; dropping to about 71 by sunrise. 40-60% chance of showers from 3 to 8am……. overcast tomorrow, temps to mid 80s.
        The humidity is a killer…….air is so heavy!

        This egg got pushed out. Is it too exposed (if even viable)?

        • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 9:46 pm - Reply

          Which egg got pushed out? The one we think has a pip or the other one?
          I have seen eggs get rolled out from under the adult but they always seem to be able to rangle it back in, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

    74. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      George stops in; Jane took a quick break. As she settles back, we can see the grass clump hanging around Squirmy’s neck is gone.

    75. Paula July 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      This is off topic but, I recently watched Jaws and was wondering if there had ever been a shark warning/ attack in this bay?

      • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

        Hi. not an expert but have lived on the East End most of my life. Have no memory of an attack inside the bay. Most shark action occurs in the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east or LI Sound to the north

        • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          Also, this section of the bay sometimes shows a continuation of the Peconic River flow, so I guess considered part of the estuary system…………
          See where East Marion- home of OZ nest- shows continuation of river

          • Paula July 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

            Thanks CarolV,

            Stupid I know, I was just curious!

            • CarolV July 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm

              Always happy to help if I can…..

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