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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

    43,165 Comments

    1. Isabella July 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      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.

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

        In reading these posts, I am confused as to what a GBH , GBO are..

        Very confused.

        • Admin Shelli July 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

          GHO – great horned owl
          GBH – great blue heron

          • Catherine July 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

            Thank you so much for clearing that up for me.

      • Catherine July 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        What is a GBH, or a GBO ?

    2. CarolV July 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      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…..

      ssssiiiigggghh……………..

    3. Isabella July 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      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!

    4. CarolV July 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        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.

        • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

          Sorry,,, time on the 2nd fill-up was about 1:06 or so……..

    5. Karen July 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Just curious how the little guy got a bald spot on his head.

      • Karen July 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        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

        • Admin Shelli July 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

          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.

          • Karen July 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

            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

      • Admin Shelli July 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        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 🤗

        • Karen July 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

          Thank you, Shelli! He sure is a Spunky little guy.

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        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!

        • Karen July 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Thank you CarolV, I think that is exactly what I did, I forgot to check the box.

    6. Paula July 12, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

        I had just checked over there and read the horrible news……… heartbreaking…………

      • ChrisH July 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        Oh no. So sad.

      • Isabella July 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

        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

      • Earl Haffler July 12, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

        Is there video of this? I want to see.

      • RobininMD July 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        This makes me feel very sad. Wish Steve and Rachel would find another place to raise their family.

      • Trinity July 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        Nature is just too harsh for my sensitive soul sometimes. 😔

      • June c July 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

        Such sad news…so sorry to hear…

    7. Karen July 12, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Why does Mr Spunky have a bald spot?

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

        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!

      • Isabella July 12, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

        Karen…Male pattern baldness? Lol I see what you mean. Maybe lost some “baby feathers “ to get new ones?

    8. Admin Nita July 12, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

      ❤︎

    9. Betsy July 12, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Nervy blue jay!!

      • Isabella July 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        Betsy…maybe some birds of a feather shouldn’t flock together? Lol

        • Isabella July 12, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

          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!

    10. CarolV July 12, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Was happy to see a feeding about 6:15. George was feeding Squirmy and about 6:30, he was feeding Jane.

    11. Betsy July 12, 2018 at 5:47 am - Reply

      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

    12. RobininMD July 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Jane’s necklace is spectacular! She really is a beautiful osprey.

      • Isabella July 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        Robin… I agree and I love the speckles under her wings! By the way…did you check out Chesapeake bay, edgewater?

        • RobininMD July 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

          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!

    13. CarolV July 11, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      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………….

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 11:29 pm - Reply

        CarolV…will miss your pics!!😩

    14. gracey July 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Betsy…in your anatomical drawing there was no brain. How large or small is a “bird-brain?” in an Osprey

    15. SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply
      • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

        ♥ 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. =)

        • nfc July 11, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

          smcf—- thanks for sharing a great video. It made me want to fly just like the birds. They see amazing things while flying.

        • ChrisH July 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

          Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

          P.S. Loved your response to Jenny.

        • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

          Thank you.. a moment of freedom……..

        • PattyK July 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

          WOW! Outstanding! Thank you so much! Goose bump moments!

      • Trinity July 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        Love this !

      • RobininMD July 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Beautiful – thank you so much for sharing this!

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

        Beautiful! Flying,the ultimate freedom!

      • June c July 12, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

        That was so beautiful…Thank You very much for sharing…

    16. Bonnie July 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        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!

        • Bonnie July 12, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

          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.

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        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!

      • Paula July 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        Bonnie,
        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!

    17. Betsy July 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      “Hi Mama. Got fish?”

    18. James Murphy July 11, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Is it typical to see such time elapse between first and subsequent hatchings? Will the other two eggs hatch soon?

    19. Elaine July 11, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

      What happend to current comments (2018)?

      • Admin Nita July 11, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Not sure what you mean Elaine, the comments are here?

        • Chris July 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

          Maybe referring to the comments on page 154 and lower since this page155 just started on the other day

          • Admin Nita July 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

            Ok gotcha

            • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

              Nita.. I think she may be referring to Shelli putting July 10,2019 on baby name post

      • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

        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?

    20. CarolV July 11, 2018 at 5:43 am - Reply

      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…………..??????????

    21. CarolV July 11, 2018 at 5:24 am - Reply

      ??????????????????????
      Morning view……@5:20am. Did the camera fall in to the nest?

      • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 5:35 am - Reply

        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????

        • Betsy July 11, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

          CarolV: HOW do you always have all of these issues??!!

    22. Betsy July 11, 2018 at 2:59 am - Reply

      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.

      • Betsy July 11, 2018 at 3:01 am - Reply

        1st picture should have been this:

        • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

          Yeah. That first picture shows opening for insertion of fishies

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

        Betsy…interesting about ear feathers. Wonder if ear hair in older men does the same thing!

    23. Betsy July 11, 2018 at 2:54 am - Reply

      Osprey chicks hatch with blue eyes that change to deep orange-red, then to yellow as adults.

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        This one I knew

        • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

          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

          • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

            Betsy…this is in Finland

            • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

              Steve at hog island delivers a tree!

            • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm

              Does anyone see an osprey in the sky? Hog island

            • Trinity July 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

              Last pic of the cloud osprey is just beautiful

            • ChrisH July 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

              Great pics! The one of the cloud formation is amazing!!

            • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 7:52 pm

              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!

            • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

              Thx Trinity, ChrisH, CarolV 🙂. Ps. I need to start eating whatever fish 🐟 that osprey in Finland is eating!

    24. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      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!

      • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

        Jane seems to like her Knick knack. “Yup it looks good there!”

    25. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      George and Jane having a chat…………

      Too much cuteness! (enlg’d from cprt. pic)

      • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

        Soooo cute!

      • ChrisH July 11, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

        That is precious! Daddy’s little girl (or boy).

    26. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      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…

    27. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      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!

      HAGN!

    28. Betsy July 10, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      George (on right edge) gets buzzed by a blue jay.

      • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

        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!

        • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 5:14 am - Reply

          That is one persistent crazy jay!

    29. Jenny anne July 10, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        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!

      • Trinity July 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

        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.

      • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        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. =)

        • Sharon Read July 10, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

          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.

          • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

            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! =)

        • nfc July 11, 2018 at 3:53 am - Reply

          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.

          • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

            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! =)

        • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

          Well put! You explain how all dedicated watchers feel!

          • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

            Thank you Carol girl – ‘love all of YOUR posts and pictures – thank you for those!!! =)

        • Leesa Downs July 12, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

          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!

      • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

        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

      • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        ???….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!

        • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

          And let’s not forget about FLYING!! I have flying envy!!

        • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

          LOL, that’s right Isabella!! =)

      • Michael G. Martin July 10, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        Jenny Anne
        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
        Remember Group
        Don’t Feed The Trolls

        Mike

        • Betsy July 11, 2018 at 3:10 am - Reply

          Mike: I gave the benefit of the doubt. Not so with comments a few days ago. Plus, I got to post interesting links!! LOL

        • CarolV July 11, 2018 at 5:18 am - Reply

          You go, Mike! Very succinct! Enjoy your view!

        • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          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

          • Admin Shelli July 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

            Amen! Well said….education is a huge part of what this site is all about.

          • RobininMD July 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

            Yes! I so agree and you have a way with words to state things so beautifully and perfectly – thank you!

          • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

            Smoky…I so agree!

    30. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Squirmy’s little wing has been very active while she’s sleeping. Maybe she’s dream flying????

      • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        “dream flying” – I LOVE that! =D♥

    31. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Hard to believe just about 9 days ago, this Squirmy baby was coming out of an egg like that!

    32. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      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…..

      • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        ..

        • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 6:01 pm - Reply

          George came in to get the fish. It looked like Jane was concerned about Squirmy panting (my opinion) and went to shelter her……

          • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

            Behind the feather curtain, it looked like George was feeding both of them………..

            • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 6:04 pm

              And at 16:11… George is popping in from the right to feed anyone who opened a beak! He’s a fish feeding maniac!

            • Trinity July 10, 2018 at 7:29 pm

              George definitely keeps his squad well fed !

    33. Catherine July 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      I take it that there is no hope for the other eggs ?

      • Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        It is very unlikely that the other eggs will hatch…they are many days over due.

    34. Misha July 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone,
      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
      Thanks!

    35. Isabella July 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Other onlys….hellgate Chick, about 1 month old. I call her Hope,due to the tragedy this nest has had.

      • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        This is Twee2 ,from Chesapeake bay on tap. Notice the Pollock poop painting on roof!

        • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

          Twee2 is 3 weeks old

        • RobininMD July 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

          What happened to the other Twee’s Isabella? I live not too far from this nest and didn’t know anything about it…

          • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

            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!

            • RobininMD July 11, 2018 at 6:04 am

              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. ❤️

      • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        Isabella: I love the fist picture … how the chick is nestled against its mama.

        • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

          Betsy…isn’t that precious! Saving for my Mom for Mother’s Day

      • HollyW July 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        I called PeeWee Hope from the very beginning. Prayers for a better outcome!

    36. Trinity July 10, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      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 😀

    37. Isabella July 10, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Love how baby O, Squirmy,Jr., soon to be named. Is sleeping between the twin eggberts!

      • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        And, using George’s foot as a pillow!! 🙂

    38. Elena July 10, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

      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.

      • Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

        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.

        • Elena July 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          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.

    39. Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Plz email your name suggestions to:
      OspreyZoneFun@gmail.com

      I will be accepting name suggestions until Monday July 16th at midnight.

      • Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        Plz email it to me at:
        OspreyZoneFun@gmail.com

      • Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        Email your name to:
        OspreyZoneFun@gmail.com

      • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

        Shelli…Elaine may be referring to you put July 10 2019 on the name the baby post

        • Isabella July 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          Oops…. I meant Nita. But it’s Shelli’s post

        • Dots July 14, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

          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?

          • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:11 pm - Reply

            Dots….think it’s safe to say, there’s no way these eggs will hatch. Not viable, got damaged? Who knows

    40. Pattie Hoolie July 10, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

      ok i’m freaking out! can’t see the baby he went over to the right ugh

      • Pattie Hoolie July 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        Yay! Back in the center of the nest!

      • Trinity July 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        I had a nervous Nellie moment too until the little one scampered back into view !

    41. GinaM July 10, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

        Too funny 😂!
        I like lemon 🍋 on my fish

      • Karen July 10, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

        LOL, I said almost the same thing to my friends. Oh look someone had tequila shots last night!

      • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

        Fish and tonic with a twist of lime!

      • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        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!! 😀 😀

        • Isabella July 10, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

          Betsy…it is a leaf. Would swear it’s a lime slice!

          • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

            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!! 😀 😀

    42. CarolV July 10, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

      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!

    43. Barb July 10, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

      I haven’t been on in a while is there no sound this year?

      • Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

        Yes, we have sound

      • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

        Hate that spot! Squirmy too young to torture us! The chicks last year waited awhile before doing that!

        • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

          Sorry. This was supposed to be under Pattie Hoolie’s comment! Cursed phone 📱

      • CarolV July 10, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Mine comes and goes or depends what device I’m on

    44. Admin Shelli July 9, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      ♥️

      • Leanne July 10, 2018 at 1:46 am - Reply

        Excited for this.

      • PattyK July 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

        What happened to today?Saw some facebook but why is the OZ site not letting us know . Tks

        • Admin Shelli July 10, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

          Patty what are u referring to? I’m not sure what u mean?

    45. Paula July 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      It looks really windy there, George has been on the nest for a long time. Is there a storm coming or something?

    46. CarolV July 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Synchronized snoozing!
      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.

    47. CarolV July 9, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Was scrolling and this is where it stopped……… thought it was interesting

    48. CarolV July 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Oh…. goodie………….. Just what we NEED!

    49. Redkayak July 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Lady and the Tramp 🙂 lol

      • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        Tee hee…spaghetti guts! Yum!

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        THAT IS SO FUNNY!!!!! perfect!

      • Betsy July 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        Redkayak: What a great caption!!

    50. SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      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! =)♥

      • Kara July 9, 2018 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Junior not as rude and more appropriate. He will always be Junior in a week no more squirming. LOL!!!

        • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

          “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

      • Deb C July 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

        Junior for me!

      • Jim Varney July 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm - Reply

        Lol I thought we all agreed on Junior lol what happend?

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        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.

        • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

          Thanks and ya! what you wrote! XD

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

          SORRY! That’s George and Jane! Judy was the daughter I think! Highly inappropriate !

      • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        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.

        • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

          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!

    51. Kara July 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Deb Love the picture. Looks as if Mom is keeping Jr. cool.

    52. Pattie Hoolie July 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      I think little Squirmy is Adorable and growing so fast! Seems he’ll be the only baby to name 🙂

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

      George coming in to land on right. Wonder if he’s got a fish, cause Jane was checking something out but wasn’t interested

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

        George definitely has a fish now. Jane still not interested……..

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

          George hop/floated backwards and started to eat in front of her………..

          • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

            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…

            • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm

              aannnddddd…. we’re done…………… Jane flies out and Squirmy passes out……….

            • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm

              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!

    54. CarolV July 9, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Squirmy on the move! Jane came in to put a lid on it……….

      Squirmy is self- regulating temp now, I think?

      • Admin Shelli July 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

        They usually begin thermoregulating around 2 weeks of age. But they still need help keeping cool.

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

          Thanks, Nita! Glad he wasn’t alone long!

    55. Bob July 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      LOL!! 4:09 The chick is burning up!!

    56. Trinity July 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Sometimes when Jane is looking directly at the camera, it’s like she’s looking straight through me. Very intense eyes these birds have.

    57. Gammy Wilks July 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Hi friends, Did Jr. eat today?

    58. CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      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….

    59. Bonnie July 9, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Sharon Read July 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

        I agree Bonnie!

      • LYNN CUTLER July 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

        same thing on that chesapeake bay osprey nest, cept, the mom makes sure the baby gets some, very frustrating to watch

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

        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. 🙂

      • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

        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!

    60. Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      A blue jay has been buzzing around the nest today …

      • Kara July 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

        Perhaps he want to be friends with Jr.?

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

          He’s confused. He was taught blue jays steal chicks from nests but he got the wrong address………………

          • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

            OH! I hope he wasn’t looking for the neighbors!

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

          Kara: Probably wants to scare the family away!! They can be real “mean” safeguarding their territory from any perceived threats!! 🙂

    61. Isabella July 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

        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!

    62. Deb C July 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      How is Jr this morning LOL look what I found

      • Jim Varney July 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        Deb Jr. Is doing great!! Ate well. Love this pic!!

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        Cute!

      • LYNN CUTLER July 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        lol, very cute

    63. Betsy July 9, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Uh oh

    64. LYNN CUTLER July 9, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

      did baby eat yet today? i sure hope so, baby sure is adoreable

      • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

        First by Jane …

      • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

        Then by George …

      • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

        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!!

      • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

        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.

        • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

          George came back with fish. Starting 11ish, fed Jane and baby O.

          • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

            George gave Jane the tail. Baby O in food coma! Looks like a little stuffed penguin!

            • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm

              more George feeding Jane …

          • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

            another 4-wheel driving!! Too cute!!

          • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

            George feeding Jane …

        • CatZ July 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

          That’s funny stuff, Isabella! 😀

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Pictures!!

          Jane feeding chick …

          • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

            Betsy…thx for the pics!! You never disappoint! 😁

            • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

              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!! 😀

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

          George took the fish …

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

          Chick “4 wheel driving over” the eggs … Perfect description, Isabella!! Cracked me up!! 😀 😀

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

          George feeding chick …

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

          George gives Jane the fish tail …

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

          Down the gullet!!

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

          Love the 4wheel driving poses! Probably too full to walk!

    65. CarolV July 9, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

      8:15. Am. Squirmy has a big feather and I can’t take a picture! Watching at work torture!

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

        Have gone to YouTube. Having problems with OZ stream on my phone Is it just me?

      • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

        🙂

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

          Thanks! I’ll enjoy this when I get home!

          • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

            Perfect! Just the one I wanted! So cute!

    66. DarDar July 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      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?

      • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

        George spends his time with Squirmy as a dadbrella in the times I’ve seen him lately.

    67. Betsy July 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      George says hello

      • Isabella July 9, 2018 at 1:06 am - Reply

        Betsy… I believe you’re the one who loves wing shots. This is for you. Hellgate.

        • Betsy July 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Yes, I LOVE wing shots!! Thank you!! That’s an awesome picture!!

        • CarolV July 9, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

          Sonic osprey! Nice shot!

    68. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      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…………

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        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.

        Everybody, HAGN!

    69. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      WOW! LOOK at Squirmy! She’s HUGE!

    70. Paula July 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      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!

      • Misha July 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

        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!

      • Cheongyei July 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        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.

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

        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……..

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

        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!

    71. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      @17:53, Squirmy rallied…. George has been waiting…………

      Squirmy made some room……….

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        … and was ready to eat.
        …………………….and pass out……….
        Jane and George have some bonding time..

    72. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      ……………That’s GOTTA be Jane!……………………

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

      George has been sitting upstairs …
      He jumps down with a fish
      Jane wasn’t that interested, but Squirmy was!

      • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

        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………….

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

          As per the drill, Jane comes back with a headless fish and turns it over to George.
          George feeds Squirmy……..
          ……. and Jane helps herself……….

          • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

            Squirmy tells Mom…”It’s my turn, please”

            • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

              George feeds Squirmy well…………….

            • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm

              Would you say that crop is developing well?????

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    74. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      You AGAIN??? Don’t you have some thingS to do?

      Accidental captures are so much fun!

    75. CarolV July 8, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      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,,,,,,,,,,,

      • nfc July 8, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

        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.

        • CarolV July 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

          And it’s happening in the dark… that has to be so much more terrifying!

      • RobininMD July 8, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        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.

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