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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Poor Jane and baby O! It is HOT! Was outside for half hour getting some vitamin D. It was torture. But while I was outside, I looked up and saw an osprey chasing a GBH! Osprey was quiet,heron was squawking.
In reading these posts, I am confused as to what a GBH , GBO are..
GHO – great horned owl
GBH – great blue heron
Thank you so much for clearing that up for me.
What is a GBH, or a GBO ?
My view of an osprey leg……… 1:10 pm
Just realized video is devoid of all i.d. and clock….. but is still playing live…..
12:11 feeding. Believe it’s Jane. Think George flew off or to perch. Hard to tell since they’re in that dreaded no see zone!
12:09….. looks like George brought in a fish but all business is being conducted in the no-see zone. Got to see George cleaning his beak in front of lens as the fish slowly slid out of sight ( obviously Jane).. Now I just see a Squirmy rump making motions like she’s being fed…… drat!
George hopped across the nest to the left with the leftovers. Squirmy was well fed, after a slow start, and Jane got her share, mostly after Squirmy fell out. G&J polished it off between them.
Sorry,,, time on the 2nd fill-up was about 1:06 or so……..
Just curious how the little guy got a bald spot on his head.
How can you delete something you post? I posted this earlier and couldn’t find it, so posted again and now I see the other post. Lol SORRY
Karen, unfortunately there’s no way to delete your post…but u can always ask Nita or myself and we will do it for u.
Thank you Shelli. I just didn’t want both of the same pictures and question out there. Didn’t want to get in trouble. LOL
Perhaps it is loosing its down feathers which will soon be replaced by the contour feathers, or it could be some fish juice weighting the tiny down feathers down.
But nothing is wrong, so no worries 🤗
Thank you, Shelli! He sure is a Spunky little guy.
Karen…. just a note from someone who does this regularly……….when you enter your info at the bottom of the comment . beneath that line it says “Save my name. etc” Be sure you check the little box (which may or may not be visible beneath the name box… I can’t see it but I know it’s about under the middle of Name box.) Check mark will appear
When you check that, after you hit POST COMMENT, your post will appear as PENDING…. otherwise, it seems to disappear. I have been guilty of this often!
Thank you CarolV, I think that is exactly what I did, I forgot to check the box.
Well another tragedy at Hog Island. GHO got another chick last night so unfortunately the lights didn’t work for more than a couple of days. Things like this really make what’s happening in this nest seem trivial. Our baby is well fed and reasonably safe from attack. Please send hopeful thoughts for the last remaining chick at Hog Island I have a bad feeling about it’s survival!
I had just checked over there and read the horrible news……… heartbreaking…………
Oh no. So sad.
Paula…couldn’t agree with you more about this nest and the horror over at hog island! Hope they find and save the chick! Pic is of Rachel and remaining chick
Is there video of this? I want to see.
This makes me feel very sad. Wish Steve and Rachel would find another place to raise their family.
Nature is just too harsh for my sensitive soul sometimes. 😔
Such sad news…so sorry to hear…
Why does Mr Spunky have a bald spot?
I see that, too, but it’s hard to tell. From one angle, it looked like something maybe stuck there but that’s a big spot. Can only see on a small screen right now. Hope it’s something simple!
Karen…Male pattern baldness? Lol I see what you mean. Maybe lost some “baby feathers “ to get new ones?
Nervy blue jay!!
Betsy…maybe some birds of a feather shouldn’t flock together? Lol
Betsy..ps. I posted a pic of another wing shot . Catching a fish in Finland. Again I wish we had a cam to watch them fish! Awesome shot! Imagine the patience of the photographer!
Was happy to see a feeding about 6:15. George was feeding Squirmy and about 6:30, he was feeding Jane.
Yesterday, the chick was trying to pick up sticks!!
“… The chicks began mimicking this behavior by two weeks of age, picking up sticks and reworking them into the nest.” http://www.ospreytrax.com/Papers/rettew%20thesis%20Osprey%20aggression.pdf
Jane’s necklace is spectacular! She really is a beautiful osprey.
Robin… I agree and I love the speckles under her wings! By the way…did you check out Chesapeake bay, edgewater?
Isabella, I did and that is an interesting nest. Very unusual location on top of a roof but I see how close it is to water. I got worried thinking it gets too hot up there but guess it’s okay. Saw Dad feed Mom who then quickly stuffed the kiddo. Too precious. Thank you for showing us the nest, I wouldn’t have found it on my own and I live maybe 25 miles away. I’m going to keep watching!
Well. I still have Land of the Giants for my videos. When I first log in, for a split second I see the actual video. Then it bounces to a live video of an enlarged section of the nest. Thinking about spending time on the phone with a tech just makes my head hurt, so I’ll be without my good computer till I get to support the local computer shop. Hope it’s simple. In the meantime. phone will be main viewer….. or my tablet if I can be friends with it long enough to get signed in. So no pics from me……… sssiiiighhhhh………….
CarolV…will miss your pics!!😩
Betsy…in your anatomical drawing there was no brain. How large or small is a “bird-brain?” in an Osprey
gracey: No information specifically relating to the osprey brain, but here are a couple of links about bird brains in general:
Betsy….. Do they name any names?
♥ The above video is dedicated to all birds in our world – young and old and to all we who love them so. ♥
~Heard a clip of this song on some TV commercial and I was like wait! what song is that?!?!?! It grabbed me. ‘Found it on YouTube, then today found this video and was blown away by the absolute beauty to accompany the song that grabs this Bohemian spirit deep inside. It’s just too magnificent to not share. =)
smcf—- thanks for sharing a great video. It made me want to fly just like the birds. They see amazing things while flying.
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
P.S. Loved your response to Jenny.
Thank you.. a moment of freedom……..
WOW! Outstanding! Thank you so much! Goose bump moments!
Love this !
Beautiful – thank you so much for sharing this!
Beautiful! Flying,the ultimate freedom!
That was so beautiful…Thank You very much for sharing…
Thank you dad, baby got a good stuffing and lots of fish left over. Mom tries, but… does not do a good job of ‘actually’ feeding the chick. She gets between chick and dad and eats the food before it can be grabbed by the chick. Surprised by how long it has survived. Thank goodness there were/are no other chicks. This mom hopefully, will be much better at taking care of chicks next year.
Jane was feeding baby O first. As Betsy would say “George’s big ol’ bod” was blocking view. George finished up feeding. Have seen variations of this on many nest. What difference does it make as long as chick is fed? As I’ve said before,we should be glad this nest is doing well so far. Other nest have had tragedies. Please STOP Jane bashing!
Just my observations, I am not Jane bashing. So please do not accuse me of something I am not doing. She appears to be new mother and learning.
Bonnie…Chesapeake bay, Edgewater ,has been waiting for a fish over an hour. Both Mom and chick calling for one. I don’t think the chick cares which parent feeds it!
While I have been quite concerned about Jane’s maternal instincts, she is getting much better and while I’m not 100% positive I’m fairly certain this is her first year being a mother and she is being taught by Super Osprey George so while she is still getting the hang of things George is definitely taking up any of her slack and that baby is doing fine. So I agree with Isabella and we should all enjoy the wonder we are able to watch and stop bashing Jane. She is doing fine and learning more every day!
“Hi Mama. Got fish?”
Is it typical to see such time elapse between first and subsequent hatchings? Will the other two eggs hatch soon?
What happend to current comments (2018)?
Not sure what you mean Elaine, the comments are here?
Maybe referring to the comments on page 154 and lower since this page155 just started on the other day
Nita.. I think she may be referring to Shelli putting July 10,2019 on baby name post
Do you know that page numbers are listed by comments box at bottom of page and you can page back day by day or even go back to previous years?
My computer youtube has gone to the log nest picture while my phone youtube is still showing Jane in the nest with the correct time and date…………..??????????
Morning view……@5:20am. Did the camera fall in to the nest?
All very odd………. youtube ok… did see the logs for a bit but it cleared up. And on OZ, the thumbnails show a good picture…. hope this clears. But gotta get ready for work.
Did anyone else get this or has my computer gone rogue????
CarolV: HOW do you always have all of these issues??!!
Just lucky, I guess
The avian ear is composed of three parts – an external, a middle and an inner part. The external ear lacks a flap or pinna (earlobe) and is hidden by specialized feathers known as auricular feathers. The auricular feathers protect the opening, reflect sound and enhance sound wave collection by funneling sounds toward the opening.
1st picture should have been this:
Yeah. That first picture shows opening for insertion of fishies
Betsy…interesting about ear feathers. Wonder if ear hair in older men does the same thing!
Osprey chicks hatch with blue eyes that change to deep orange-red, then to yellow as adults.
This one I knew
Betsy… I have made an observation that may interest you, when Rachel is dealing with the GHO,she makes a different alarm than the intruder alarm. Iris at hellgate made the same sound when people were near waving at the camera. I call it the panic alarm. There are videos for both on their sites
Betsy…this is in Finland
Steve at hog island delivers a tree!
Does anyone see an osprey in the sky? Hog island
Last pic of the cloud osprey is just beautiful
Great pics! The one of the cloud formation is amazing!!
Those Finnish osprey are such show-offs! No, seriously, that is a stunning photo!
And it’s nice to see George isn’t the only one bringing home entire landscapes!
Thx Trinity, ChrisH, CarolV 🙂. Ps. I need to start eating whatever fish 🐟 that osprey in Finland is eating!
Look at what Jane brought in! A feminine touch among the wood décor!
Speaking of wood décor, was happy to see the camera screen was moved!
Jane seems to like her Knick knack. “Yup it looks good there!”
George and Jane having a chat…………
Too much cuteness! (enlg’d from cprt. pic)
That is precious! Daddy’s little girl (or boy).
At the Verizon nest, by work, there appears to be 2 chicks. They have begun peering over the edge and were seen doing some basic wing stretching/flapping!
At the 105/24 nest, I was startled to see one chick sitting on the very edge! Scared me but had a green light and had to complete the turn. Just seemed very bold for a youngun’! The adults rarely sit so precariously!
Guessing these chicks to be about 7 weeks old…
Another beautiful day……….. starting to sound boring! Got a little warmer but still moderate humidity; temp. now @7:15pm, 80.deg. dropping to 68 around dawn. Some clouds coming thru overnight. Wednesday partly sunny, high 78 or so.
George is sticking close and enjoying his balancing act; holding it for quite a while!
George (on right edge) gets buzzed by a blue jay.
Earlier, something (shadow on nest behind Jane and George [who’s tail feathers are shielding chick from the sun]), flew at George and actually hit him … I strongly suspect it was a blue jay since they’ve been buzzing the nest since yesterday!
That is one persistent crazy jay!
Hi I don’t get it? Do they do anything for enjoyment? What is the point. they seem to be simply existing and that’s all. are they self aware? Do they have thoughts? Imagine having a baby and just sitting in a room and staring at the wall all day every day.
They also spend 6 months or so elsewhere; vacationing from each other and no longer parents to this year’s chick. As to self aware and having thoughts…. how can we judge? We rarely know what other humans are really thinking and we know more about them!
Jenny they’re wild animals, let’s not over analyze their “ lifestyle.” If you don’t appreciate watching a live nature program, simply go watch something else.
LOL Jenny. Every living thing has its’ own ways of being, yes? So all creatures have their own lives as per what kind of species they are. Are you projecting a sense of boredom felt by too many human beings? Because when one learns about the creatures, one learns they have their own take on things, not like humans… And some things are very much like humans = enjoying good food, enjoying having newborns, some enjoy the feeling of a nice breeze on a hot day, etc etc….
So to be a bird, is not to be a human, yes? Hence, these birds enjoy their own lives – living in the right here, right now – many humans could benefit from such a way of living, bec all too many of us might miss the beautiful moments while we might worry about the future, pine for the past….
They don’t stare at a wall all day. They have contentment it would seem to me anyway – in just BEING. They have their routine – they fish, they protect their nest, each other and their baby. They have a nap here and there – heck they get to fly – wish I could fly! They build and improve their nests, they will eventually fly allllllll the way South for migration = an amazing and incredible journey in itself! They probably take enjoyment from just BEING – being together, being parents, being mates, being awesome fishers, etc…. I suspect they do NOT sit there and think oh I wish this or oh if only that…. no humans do that, not these birds. Lol.
And so, each creature has its’ very own ways of being. If you are not a bird, then no, you cannot know what it is like to be a bird anymore than a bird can know what it’s like to be a human. I feel quite sure they have thoughts – hey, I’m hungry, time to eat! Hey, I have to feed this baby now. Hey get out of here and away from my nest – got to chase that intruder away from my nest! You get my point. They just live. They just deal with what is right in front of them. Their instincts dictate what they do and how they are. They are programmed, so to speak, to be a bird, an osprey. And so they just ARE. Pretty simple, but boring? No, I think that’s a human thing – exception being captive animals like in a low quality zoo for example, or neglected other kinds of animals who have horrid people owning them and not allowing them to be the creatures they are. For example – Dogs just want to play, eat, sleep and share love – they also love to learn. But too many aren’t allowed that blessing to just BE a dog due horrid people, etc…
So a wild bird is just a bird – BEING a bird. I would not think they are “bored” – as long as they are getting what they need – they seem very content in their own feathers. And how many humans are content in their own skin, just BEING? Hmm, some are blessed to be so, some are certainly not. ;D I think the higher the intelligence of a captive bird, then yes, if not getting their needs met, those birds can suffer boredom, just like any other captive creature can. But wild birds are not the same, as they are free to be who they are. They are all about survival, enjoying their lives, as they play out, doing their thing and doing their best to keep on doing their thing, surviving any dangers that may come along…
When you get to know creatures – like watching these birds, any birds on cams – then you get to know them. You can see their feelings, their thoughts at times via their behaviors. Like watching a mother bird snuggle her baby during the cold. Like watching a brand new mother, like Jane here – seeming to be rather startled, shocked, surprised the very first time she saw her baby. Like seeing the male feed the female who is his mate… Like seeing a mother osprey fight SO hard to save her chick from an attack by a Great Horned Owl, risking her very own life in so doing. Watching a father bald eagle seem to mourn the loss of two of his eaglets who had just passed away…. Like watching a young bird learn how to use those beautiful wings… Seeing all these things and more, gives you a sense of what these birds may think and feel. No, we cannot know for sure exactly what other creatures actually think and feel, but heck yes Jenny, when you spend time, in any way, learning and watching, experiencing any creature on a regular basis? Then yes, you start to see them for who and how they are. You do learn to see what they might be thinking and feeling as it’s in their eyes and in their behaviors, just like with us. You learn to recognize what their sounds might mean at different times… You learn to see their feelings in their eyes….
Keep watching if you like Jenny, watch different cams too, watch and you too will learn, you too will get a sense of what it means to be a bird and what their lives are all about. They are fascinating, they are beautiful, they are totally awesome. At least to me, they are. I love all creatures, so enjoying them in any way, is pure enjoyment and endless learning for me. You stick around long enough, then you will “get it” – if you are so blessed. I hope you keep watching bird cams and other creature cams as well – all creatures are totally awesome, each in their very own, unique ways – just being true to themselves. =)
What a amazing reply to Jenny – so gracious and with alot of good information! Its people like you on these webcam sites that make it all worthwhile.
Hi Sharon – Thank you VERY much for your affirmations and compliments! I read this and smiled with my all, in gratitude. And, right back at you re your last sentence – so thank you for you! =)
SMCF—- your words are perfect to explain about the life of all creatures. You get it and are sharing it with people who don’t understand. Sometimes I talk about the live cams that I watch and people don’t get it. Other times when I talk about them, they want to learn more about them. They become interested in nature in the wild. I especially like sharing the live cams with my students. They learn and ask questions. We all learn by watching these cams. Even when we see the sad parts of nature, we are lucky to be able to watch and learn. Thanks for taking the time to explain the world of creatures.
Hiya nfc – Thank you also for your kind words of affirmations. ‘Always welcome as this writer suffers the same insecurities as any good person has. Affirmations are one of the greatest gifts we can give to others, that’s for sure. Amen to all that you wrote in your post! Some get it, some never will and that’s okay too…. To each their own…. Yes, even in the horrors we may see, we learn more…. although at times, this sensitive soul must confess – some of the nightmare moments that I have seen has led me to consider not watching live creature cams anymore… Then, I do return, bec most of the time, it is pure beauty and awe. And, I’ve no regrets, as in my own life, re seeing anything on these cams = the good, the bad and the ugly – bec every single bit of it can be used for the good. Thank you for your post and for being a teacher! Bravo! =)
Well put! You explain how all dedicated watchers feel!
Thank you Carol girl – ‘love all of YOUR posts and pictures – thank you for those!!! =)
Well put, my friend! I think some of us love and just enjoy nature, and animals, more than others do. Nothing wrong with either way of being. It’s just who we are. And you really explained it beautifully! I have friends who say they don’t understand why people love dogs or cats. I don’t understand how one couldn’t love such giving creatures. And for those of us who love all animals, your explanation hit the nail on the head. Thank you for sharing such beautiful words, and for stating it so well!
Jenny anne: A few articles to read and then you tell me.
Do Birds Play? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/do-birds-play/
Do birds have the capacity for fun? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982214011403#!
Is Play Unique to Mammals? https://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-06/play-unique-mammals
Book: The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
???….If you’re talking about George,Jane & baby. I would think they’re enjoying their water view,going for a dip in the bay,fishing,eating,and chirping about their day!
And let’s not forget about FLYING!! I have flying envy!!
LOL, that’s right Isabella!! =)
I sit on my back porch watching life go by with the occasional trip to eat and go to the bathroom Am I self aware of course do I exist I guess so I do have a pulse
Go Troll someone and somewhere else We enjoy our Family Life
Don’t Feed The Trolls
Mike: I gave the benefit of the doubt. Not so with comments a few days ago. Plus, I got to post interesting links!! LOL
You go, Mike! Very succinct! Enjoy your view!
Myself, not “feeding a troll”. Some people have never been close to critters, some people have no clue about the creatures we share life with, etc. etc…. So for me, I’m doing my part, sharing the beauty re a world that some people may never have been immersed in before… Everyone has a story and I sure don’t know that person’s story. This writer shares for myself, for anyone else who may enjoy it and I let go of all the rest…. To me, my words cannot change another person nor am I that powerful, but The Creator can – using our words, our deeds, our love. And so this is just me being a willing conduit for universal good. People will take what they want and leave the rest and we all see things differently. It’s all good. Love. We need more love in our world. I have seen people who acted like trolls before get turned around due the kindness of others, so we just never know…. ;D
Amen! Well said….education is a huge part of what this site is all about.
Yes! I so agree and you have a way with words to state things so beautifully and perfectly – thank you!
Smoky…I so agree!
Squirmy’s little wing has been very active while she’s sleeping. Maybe she’s dream flying????
“dream flying” – I LOVE that! =D♥
Hard to believe just about 9 days ago, this Squirmy baby was coming out of an egg like that!
Got to watch this very successful feeding!
@15:26- George came in with a fish. He fed Squirmy a couple of pieces as Jane made her way around……I expected Jane to fly off with the fish, but she fed Squirmy….The kid didn’t know which way to turn! George stayed to watch for a few, before heading to perch.
Jane fed Squirmy for almost 15 mins. before leaving the fish in front of her…..
George came in to get the fish. It looked like Jane was concerned about Squirmy panting (my opinion) and went to shelter her……
Behind the feather curtain, it looked like George was feeding both of them………..
And at 16:11… George is popping in from the right to feed anyone who opened a beak! He’s a fish feeding maniac!
George definitely keeps his squad well fed !
I take it that there is no hope for the other eggs ?
It is very unlikely that the other eggs will hatch…they are many days over due.
I’m curious how the feedings are going, is momma doing a bit better? Did Squirmy get fed today? I thought I saw twice but I couldn’t tell if that was last night or this morning…maybe it’s that I’m still sleepy…LOL
Other onlys….hellgate Chick, about 1 month old. I call her Hope,due to the tragedy this nest has had.
This is Twee2 ,from Chesapeake bay on tap. Notice the Pollock poop painting on roof!
Twee2 is 3 weeks old
What happened to the other Twee’s Isabella? I live not too far from this nest and didn’t know anything about it…
Robin… The parents are Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Last year they had a chick named Twee. So chatters started calling this years chick Twee 2. He/she did have siblings. One died of starvation, and or extreme heat. One died ,they believe of choking. Possibly on a fish bone. This is a fascinating nest to watch. Since they’re on a roof,they get company. So Twee 2 will have friends to play with!
Thanks Isabella. So sorry and sad to hear about the other 2 twees. I know it’s nature but so hard to witness on cam. I will watch and hope last twee thrives. ❤️
Isabella: I love the fist picture … how the chick is nestled against its mama.
Betsy…isn’t that precious! Saving for my Mom for Mother’s Day
I called PeeWee Hope from the very beginning. Prayers for a better outcome!
Watching George on the nest always fascinates me, how much energy and dedication the male ospreys put into their families. He seems like he’d be the ultra cool dad in the neighborhood 😀
Family picture!! 🙂
Love how baby O, Squirmy,Jr., soon to be named. Is sleeping between the twin eggberts!
And, using George’s foot as a pillow!! 🙂
I am not an every day visitor to this cam, but have been checking in for three or four years occasionally. I have tried to find an info what had happened to Gracie, and I couldn’t. Could, somebody, please, to tell me in a few words? Sorry for that.
Elena, we don’t know exactly what happened or where Gracie is.
When the cam was turned on we saw the new female on the nest. There must’ve been a nest takeover.
A few days later, we believe Gracie tried to reclaim her nest, as battles ensued, but to no avail.
Jane is younger and stronger and fought her off.
I see. I guess, it happens all the time in other nests, and once in a while we can witness this on the cam nests. It just regretful that cam had been off at that important moment in this family life. Thank you very mach, indeed.
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I will be accepting name suggestions until Monday July 16th at midnight.
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Shelli…Elaine may be referring to you put July 10 2019 on the name the baby post
Oops…. I meant Nita. But it’s Shelli’s post
Is anyone wondering why the other two eggs haven’t hatched yet? I shudder to think about sibling attack problems like we saw the season before last. This chick is a lot older than any bro going to hatch, if, they, do. I don’ t think, after observing what happened two years ago, that any chick hatching now would have a chance. How do you all feel about this?
Dots….think it’s safe to say, there’s no way these eggs will hatch. Not viable, got damaged? Who knows
ok i’m freaking out! can’t see the baby he went over to the right ugh
Yay! Back in the center of the nest!
I had a nervous Nellie moment too until the little one scampered back into view !
Was there a party last night that we missed? Wake up to find half a fish and a left over lime from a gin and tonic!
Too funny 😂!
I like lemon 🍋 on my fish
LOL, I said almost the same thing to my friends. Oh look someone had tequila shots last night!
Fish and tonic with a twist of lime!
GinaM: That’s funny!! But, it’s a leaf. Came in on a stick that Jane brought, Got dried out and stepped on to make … a lime slice!! 😀 😀
Betsy…it is a leaf. Would swear it’s a lime slice!
Isabella: I know!! When I first saw it, I had to go back to see when the lime slice came in … but it wasn’t!! 😀 😀
Happy to see Squirmy was well fed at least 2 times. Last one I saw about 8:15. Looked like everything normal. Really need to retire so I can watch these guys!
I haven’t been on in a while is there no sound this year?
Yes, we have sound
Hate that spot! Squirmy too young to torture us! The chicks last year waited awhile before doing that!
Sorry. This was supposed to be under Pattie Hoolie’s comment! Cursed phone 📱
Mine comes and goes or depends what device I’m on
Excited for this.
What happened to today?Saw some facebook but why is the OZ site not letting us know . Tks
Patty what are u referring to? I’m not sure what u mean?
It looks really windy there, George has been on the nest for a long time. Is there a storm coming or something?
Had to shoot 3 or 4 pics…. took turns peeking!
FORECAST: 72 now @ 8pm…. slight breeze, low humidity…clear skies. 65 by dawn………Tuesday- another sunny day, temps low to mid- 80s.
Caught um again…. in pinky/gold!
Was scrolling and this is where it stopped……… thought it was interesting
Oh…. goodie………….. Just what we NEED!
Lady and the Tramp 🙂 lol
Tee hee…spaghetti guts! Yum!
THAT IS SO FUNNY!!!!! perfect!
Redkayak: What a great caption!!
Howdy everyone! I check in every day, but don’t always chat… I have noticed some call baby “Junior” and others call baby “Squirmy” – here is a pic of the one that gets my vote! =)♥
Junior not as rude and more appropriate. He will always be Junior in a week no more squirming. LOL!!!
“Rude”????? How is that adorable name in any way “rude”??? LOL. Ah well, we all perceive things differently. I am just saying when I read chat here, I see some referring to baby as Squirmy and some saying Junior. I don’t think there has been any formal decision made re the name. Junior to me is so over used, so common, nothing warm about it. But hey, that’s just me…. =)
And, as they he/she mature, well, they will continue to “Squirm” around right into our hearts, over and over, yes? hahahahaha XD
Junior for me!
Lol I thought we all agreed on Junior lol what happend?
Nice sign! I’ve been calling her Squirmy since day one or two, since she busted out of the egg and started moving around so early!
But I’m looking forward to the naming contest when everyone gets a vote….. maybe a more “adult” name to send her off in to the world. I mentioned Jet. Some people want to reference the Jetsons ( George and Judy) but also because she’s jettin’ around the nest so early!
Also looking forward to the cute names that will be nominated.
Thanks and ya! what you wrote! XD
SORRY! That’s George and Jane! Judy was the daughter I think! Highly inappropriate !
I’ve been calling her/him baby O. Wanted one more chick to call baby Z. Get it, OZ! Not what I want the final name to be. Also like CarolV ‘s squirmy. Don’t remember how Junior came about,like that too. Can’t wait for naming contest.
CarolV…I also like Jet. George,Jane and Jet. Has a nice ring. Or maybe, George,Jane and Jetson. After all,they do live in the Skypad apartment! Lol!
Skypad! Good one!
Deb Love the picture. Looks as if Mom is keeping Jr. cool.
I think little Squirmy is Adorable and growing so fast! Seems he’ll be the only baby to name 🙂
George coming in to land on right. Wonder if he’s got a fish, cause Jane was checking something out but wasn’t interested
George definitely has a fish now. Jane still not interested……..
George hop/floated backwards and started to eat in front of her………..
Squirmy broke out of the mom-pen and was very well fed…….
Jane snuck a bite but waited til Squirmy slowed down and George fed both…
aannnddddd…. we’re done…………… Jane flies out and Squirmy passes out……….
A little bit later, after Jane got back, Squirmy rallied and had some more. After she was full, Jane took her turn being fed by George. Big boy needs a hot towel for that busy neck of his!
Squirmy on the move! Jane came in to put a lid on it……….
Squirmy is self- regulating temp now, I think?
They usually begin thermoregulating around 2 weeks of age. But they still need help keeping cool.
Thanks, Nita! Glad he wasn’t alone long!
LOL!! 4:09 The chick is burning up!!
Sometimes when Jane is looking directly at the camera, it’s like she’s looking straight through me. Very intense eyes these birds have.
Hi friends, Did Jr. eat today?
A tree grows in OZ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Is that a piece of fish laying there? Must have been a well fed family….. Haven’t read comments or done a full scrollback….
A certain adult keeps snatching the food away from baby while other parent is trying to feed it. This is a weird pair. Poor baby may finally get enough to eat, but… The one acts as if it is still a big baby itself and wants to be fed and cared for, seems to care very little for the baby. Maybe good thing others not hatched/or hatching.
I agree Bonnie!
same thing on that chesapeake bay osprey nest, cept, the mom makes sure the baby gets some, very frustrating to watch
Bonnie: Jane does sometimes grab a piece of fish that George is giving to the chick and eat it, but Gracie did that also. I’ve also seen her take a piece from George and then feed it to the chick. She seems to be learning quickly how to take care of the chick, definitely coming a long way from when it first hatched. She’s fed the chick on her own without waiting for George to do it first and she keeps the chick shaded and the nest clean. And when the chick has fallen over onto its back she has shown great concern … even going so far as to “pinch” the chick’s wings or feet with her beak in an attempt, I believe, to get the chick to “flail” its wings and legs, thus enabling it to right itself!! I think she is a good mother and is taking very good care of the chick. 🙂
Bonnie…what Betsy said…also happens at other nest. Lois at hellgate feeds Iris all the time. It’s called bonding! The baby is fed well. Jane is doing a fine job. Every nest has its quirks!! Thankfully this nest is doing well so far. Other nests have not. Please stop Jane bashing!
A blue jay has been buzzing around the nest today …
Perhaps he want to be friends with Jr.?
He’s confused. He was taught blue jays steal chicks from nests but he got the wrong address………………
OH! I hope he wasn’t looking for the neighbors!
Kara: Probably wants to scare the family away!! They can be real “mean” safeguarding their territory from any perceived threats!! 🙂
Watching different nest, it amazes me how they have different routines. Before the cams,you would think they do the same thing. Eg. .lois feeds Iris, tweedle dum gives pieces of fish to Tweedle Dee, she then feeds chicks, Steve and Rachel catch and feed, Charlie sleeps on perch,Charlotte stays in nest (wish Steve and Rachel did that) . And it seems to me, females are catching more fish. These are just some egs. Must be driving the experts crazy!
Yeah, they’re finding out they’re not so expert! But scientists are always learning, if they’re good. A close minded scientist is not a true scientist!
How is Jr this morning LOL look what I found
Deb Jr. Is doing great!! Ate well. Love this pic!!
lol, very cute
Did George dredge the bay?
CarolV: Green ribbon!!
did baby eat yet today? i sure hope so, baby sure is adoreable
First by Jane …
Then by George …
to the point that the chick was stuffed and wouldn’t take any more fish … here’s George pressing the piece of fish against the chick’s beak, but the chick didn’t want any more!!
Jane started feeding him 10:24. Til 10:30. Then George took the fish. Love how baby O props up on the twin eggberts! About 10:30 he went “4 wheel driving over them! Lol ps. Wanted one more egg to hatch so I could call the chick baby Z.
George came back with fish. Starting 11ish, fed Jane and baby O.
George gave Jane the tail. Baby O in food coma! Looks like a little stuffed penguin!
more George feeding Jane …
another 4-wheel driving!! Too cute!!
George feeding Jane …
That’s funny stuff, Isabella! 😀
Jane feeding chick …
Betsy…thx for the pics!! You never disappoint! 😁
Isabella: You’re welcome!! Got a little mixed up under which reply I was putting them, though!! LOVED your 4 wheel driving over the eggs … it did look like s/he was a 4 wheeler going over them!! 😀
George took the fish …
Chick “4 wheel driving over” the eggs … Perfect description, Isabella!! Cracked me up!! 😀 😀
George feeding chick …
George gives Jane the fish tail …
Down the gullet!!
Love the 4wheel driving poses! Probably too full to walk!
8:15. Am. Squirmy has a big feather and I can’t take a picture! Watching at work torture!
Have gone to YouTube. Having problems with OZ stream on my phone Is it just me?
Thanks! I’ll enjoy this when I get home!
Perfect! Just the one I wanted! So cute!
George fed baby until stuffed about 4:30 pm Sun. Very good long meal. And I have noticed George has not been on eggs for some time now, Have I missed it or do you think he has stopped?
George spends his time with Squirmy as a dadbrella in the times I’ve seen him lately.
George says hello
Betsy… I believe you’re the one who loves wing shots. This is for you. Hellgate.
Isabella: Yes, I LOVE wing shots!! Thank you!! That’s an awesome picture!!
Sonic osprey! Nice shot!
Jane kept getting bumped by a stick; George was off to the right and must have been standing on the other end. Looked like she was wearing a lacy petticoat…………
FORECAST: About 74 now, dropping quickly when the sun goes down. Clear night; dropping to about 61 around dawn.
Monday…. and the next few days …. low 80s and sunny. humidity will be the key.
WOW! LOOK at Squirmy! She’s HUGE!
Was just watching this feeding and seeing Squirmy not that interested and wondered if being the only chick was actually a good thing? He won’t have to learn to fight for survival and I don’t think that’s a good thing when their out there on their own! I’ve never seen a chick turn down a feeding before and it just got me thinking. Anyone else have any thoughts?
BTW CarolV, I started to watch the Hog Island video and I couldn’t watch it either. Definitely a lesson in nature being brutal!
Well, she won’t be interested in food if she has a full crop. If she had a recent feeding, then she won’t want to eat. If there’s not been a feeding and she didn’t want food, then I would say there is a problem.
I was watching Hog Island live when it happened. It was AWFUL!
Thousands of “only-chick” offspring do incredibly well. They learn to defend the prey as they get older and even chase parents off the nest to claim a meal as their own. Don’t worry at all.
I felt the worst when poor Rachel is sitting there almost face to face with that owl, in the dark of course, and helpless to do anything. She did a good job attacking the owl and I hope it made an impression.
These things go on all the time and we don’t know….. ignorance is bliss is the saying.
And these are animals. Could spin this out to represent our blithe ignorance of the horrible things that are happening all around the world…………. but then, I’d be crying all the time……..
You know, as you say, the competition between siblings toughens them up for the real world…….. maybe if Jane stays the way she is, so pushy about the fish, it will work out better for Squirmy! Eventually, S is gonna fight back. In time! Putting a positive spin to Jane’s attitude!
@17:53, Squirmy rallied…. George has been waiting…………
Squirmy made some room……….
… and was ready to eat.
…………………….and pass out……….
Jane and George have some bonding time..
……………That’s GOTTA be Jane!……………………
George has been sitting upstairs …
He jumps down with a fish
Jane wasn’t that interested, but Squirmy was!
Squirmy waddled fast and Jane got interested………
Squirmy looked like she was going to go for the fish herself! George was starting to feed her when Jane decided she DID want the fish…….
and took off………….
As per the drill, Jane comes back with a headless fish and turns it over to George.
George feeds Squirmy……..
……. and Jane helps herself……….
Squirmy tells Mom…”It’s my turn, please”
George feeds Squirmy well…………….
Would you say that crop is developing well?????
You AGAIN??? Don’t you have some thingS to do?
Accidental captures are so much fun!
Just wanted to say a quick word about the Hog Island nest. Was very sorry to read the GHO has struck this year and they lost a chick. So devastating. I made the mistake of trying to watch the video. I feel that I need to see the bad with the good……….. but I had to fast forward thru parts……. I’m not that strong
Heartbreaking…….. hoping for the best,,,,,,,,,,,
Carol– that was hard to watch. Poor Rachel— watching the owl kill her baby. She tried to fight, but knew she had to worry about her other babies staying safe. I hope she learns real fast to sleep with the babies on the nest. She didn’t do it last year until two were taken from the owl. The worst part of nature to watch, but it happens all the time.
And it’s happening in the dark… that has to be so much more terrifying!
Oh No – I’m not watching that nest this year because of that reason – every year seems to happen there. Unbearable after watching the babies every day. I am so sorry for all the viewers, Mom, Dad and the poor chicks.