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August 8, 2020: Camera is now back online after the storm!

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

*******************
Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    45,435 Comments

    1. Betsy July 15, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      CarolV: What time was the may or may not have been Gracie incident? I didn’t really watch today because we’re starting to sort out uncle house chaos, but I did keep running to my laptop to tape!! So, I may have caught it.

      • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        Sorry, Betsy, was at work, I think, and checked in and out when I could. As I said, it was a fleeting incident and just a thought on my part, so I don’t even remember time of day. Shelli said she heard it thru the fishvine. Maybe if someone could give her a time of day, you could narrow down a search…….darn job! If I’d been home, I could have hunted down that moment!

    2. Laura Pluta July 15, 2018 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Although we have a naming the chick competition, I actually like the name, squirmy!

    3. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      When OZ came back, (right on time) George was off to the right with a fish and Squirmy was sound asleep…..

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

        Squirmy was up long enough to do a big stretch……… George had flown out….

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

          When Jane came back, she went straight for the fish George had left.
          Squirmy woke long enough to crawl under Jane’s tail.

          • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

            Jane straightened the nest, moving things to the outer areas………..

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:12 pm

              Jane flew out briefly; when she came back, Jane was attacking those big branches and moving things out of the center of nest again.
              She settled down, with what she could fit of Squirmy under her………

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm

              about 21:06- Jane went up to the perch…….. Is Squirmy ok to be alone overnight? I know females usually roost close to the nest, I’m just not remembering it being so soon. But then, Jane doesn’t do “usual”

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:18 pm

              and we went blue screen about 9:18pm

            • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 4:24 am

              Felt better this a.m. to see someone on the nest with Squirmy. Can’t tell who yet.
              and we’re back to blue screen

    4. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Looks like we’re in a holding pattern… will check back at 19:59

    5. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      18:09— George brings a smallish black fish,,,, Jane’s out

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        . followed by Crazy Jay……. and I keep hearing him screeching in the background!

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

          At first, I don’t think Squirmy realized there was fish, but pretty soon, she ankled over. George fed a few bites, then was distracted by something.
          Squirmy took some snips at the fish; she had been plucking at grasses earlier!
          George flew out briefly, fish and all, possibly in response to a fly-by.
          When he came back, they got down to business and Squirmy ate well

          • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

            Squirmy seems finished. Even though she doesn’t seem to want any, George still offers. Squirmy just seems to want to hang out, watching Dad eat…

    6. Debbie Fulton July 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Hi it’s 6:25p on 7/17 and as i watch Mom feeding the baby for a good 6 mins i notice there is no crop and what mom gives is an empty mouth witch the baby knows cause it keeps going to try and get more instantly. and i can see there is No food that mom is giving. I don’t want to be a worry wart but goodness that baby nneds something in its crop. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed it too…

      • Debbie Fulton July 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        It is on 7/15….Not 7/17… Sorry about the date.

        • Betsy July 15, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

          and, crop — looking bulgy!!

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

        Debbie, at 6:25, George was feeding Squirmy and had been for a bit. By 6:25, Squirmy was full and George kept offering but Squirmy was barely making an effort. She didn’t fall asleep. as per usual, but sat and watched George eat. Most of my shots at that feeding are hard angles to see crop but maybe this will make you feel better. I worry about her, too.

        Sorry it’s fuzzy, but had to enlarge.

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        • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

          CarolV… I have to say I’m puzzled by what you’re worried about?

      • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:21 pm - Reply

        Debbie… I don’t know what nest you’re watching. This baby is so stuffed she can barely move. Just scroll through today’s pics

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:28 pm - Reply

          And that was dad feeding her

      • Betsy July 15, 2018 at 11:30 pm - Reply

        Debbie Fulton: First of all, it was George, the dad, feeding the chick. The crop looks pretty full to me, and although the chick and George were almost at the edge of the camera view and weren’t really at a good angle to see fish pieces, here’s a picture with George feeding the chick a decent size piece of fish. So, I think it’s just you.

      • Bonnie July 16, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

        Yes, I notice mom has been doing that from the beginning and that dad does so much better.

        • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

          Bonnie…Debbie was wrong about who was feeding Squirmy. It was George. This nest is doing well. So why dont we all just enjoy it

        • Debbie Fulton July 17, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

          Thank you Bonnie, I wasn’t trying to cause trouble, love this nest too but when I was watching the feeding was at the front of nest not the side as these pictures show. Again wasn’t causing trouble with any of you, just was asking a question or telling what i saw… Thank you all for your comebacks…!

          • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

            Debbie Fulton: re: “watching the feeding was at the front of nest not the side as these pictures show” — 6:25p = 18:25, so feeding at that time was at the side of nest!!

      • Trinity July 16, 2018 at 10:01 am - Reply

        Squirmy is getting plenty to eat. If you scroll down and look at the multiple pics posted by Carol, Betsy & Isabella ; Jane does feed the chick and George is always picking up any slack.

        • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

          Trinity 😊

    7. Betsy July 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Chick is weeks old today.

      • Admin Shelli July 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        Two weeks old

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

        Oh, shoot! I was thinking tomorrow! I had her candle all ready! Guess I should consult calendar, not memory!

      • Betsy July 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

        Admin Shelli: Yes, 2 weeks old!! Didn’t notice numeric lock key was off when I typed my comment!!

      • Betsy July 16, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

        “At 2 weeks of age rusty golden feathers start replacing the down on the head and neck. Darker feathers appear on the rest of the body slightly later, while the primaries, secondaries and the rectrices appear at the age of 20 to 25 days.” (http://www.lansingrec.com/parks/salt-point/20-parks/salt-point/salt-point-articles/24-a-year-in-the-life-of-an-osprey-at-salt-point)

        Yesterday and the day before, on several occasions, I saw the chick pick up a piece of fish which had dropped out of its mouth after the piece was given to it by George or Jane … and then eat it!! The chick has also tried, a few times, to bite off a piece of fish for itself from the whole fish that George or Jane was holding!! And, it is starting to wipe off its beak after getting fed!!

        And the eye color must be beginning to change because depending on the angle of the chick’s head I’ve been seeing a slight tinge of reddish coloration in its eyes!!

    8. Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      This poor baby is waiting for a fish. Very hot in Chesapeake bay. Looks like the apocalypse

      • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        Meanwhile, back at the farm….George and his long skinny legs,brings in a fish

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

          Squirmy decides to fit in a little more

          • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

            Then decides to help himself while dad sounds the alarm!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm

              Fish flew out

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:52 pm

              Baby not happy!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm

              This pic

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm

              And…done!

    9. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      George hot footed(hot winged?) it in and straight to perch, where he did some alarming…… didn’t see anyone nearby…

    10. Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      You guys again? Lol

    11. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      George brings in another treasure………. I don’t know whether Jane is ducking or cringing…..

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

        Jane immediately grabbed it, muttering ” I’ve asked you and asked you not to shop any more beach sales!”
        She packs it down on the wall to the left.

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

          She came back later to move this stick across the front

    12. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Jane blew in backwards! Idk if someone else chased her in, but there has been an uptick in alarming……..
      She landed on Squirmy…………..

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        DUCK, DUCK, OSPREY!!!! Squirmy learned quickly!

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

          So funny! Duck duck osprey! Protect the twins!

    13. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Poor George! Jane polished off that fish…..He was going around, checking out this gill plate for any morsel!

    14. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Jane tried a new salon………………………………. don’t give me the number………..

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

        While Jane was at the salon, she should have had them work on her eyebrows,

        Come to think of it, if they poofed our her feathers, maybe they poofed out her brows!!!!!

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      • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Funny stuff CarolV!

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

      Fish came in

      • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

        Fish went up

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

          Fish came back

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

            Jane won tug of war

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm

              Fresh fish,blood came pouring out

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

              Jane gave a good long feeding

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:18 pm

              And…..done!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

              Mom!…stop moving! Trying to rest my full crop on your feet!

    16. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      14:49– George has to fight, bringing in this fish…. Maybe broadside fish catching the wind??

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        ..Even blew back up and came back in……

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

          Jane had a hard time getting it off George’s foot……

          • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 3:54 pm - Reply

            Then spent a good 20mins. or more, feeding Squirmy till she sank from the weight! Squirmy is taking bigger pieces, without any problems….

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

              CarolV..Squirmy ain’t so Squirmy anymore! Lol! Should change her name to ….can barely budge! Lol

    17. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Squirmy spending time in the no-see zone…. not happy when I can’t see her! At least here, she’s in view…….

    18. Isabella July 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Dear lord…not more wood. Can’t he bring some soft pretty moss like Rachel has!

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        We don’t have soft pretty moss here. Grasses and seaweed the best we have to offer………. Maybe we could order some to dump nearby! All the birds in the neighborhood would be grateful!

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

          CarolV… I was talking for Jane. Reread it, can see were you thought it was me! Lol

    19. carol July 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      curious to know why mother never feeds baby she even takes fish from dad while feeding baby.

      • Trinity July 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

        @ 14:52 you will see Jane feeding baby Squirmy 😀

      • Admin Shelli July 15, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        Here’s a video of Jane feeding
        https://youtu.be/eYsy4D25A8g

      • Meli July 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        She is feeding the baby. Look at 2:52 pm. She fed the baby for a very long time. She is probably a first time mom. She is learning from George and is doing good. She is getting better and better…

    20. Isabella July 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Charlotte and her fluffernutters

    21. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Always confuses me when I’m posting and it goes to a new page!

      Check back to155 for other new posts

    22. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Furniture rearranging…. Jane did her own.
      And a new addition…. fortunately, George moved most away from the lens…

    23. Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Step lightly around the eggs please!

      • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Ahh much better!

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

          Guarding the twins!

          • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

            Pic

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

              Mom, please don’t step on the eggs!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:29 am

              What did I just say!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:31 am

              Well!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

              Whatever mom!

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

              Moms turn

            • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              Whatcha guys looking at!

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

          It’s so much better watching how carefully Jane walks in the nest, compared to the old Jane just a couple of weeks ago!

          • Admin Shelli July 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

            Carol did Gracie make an appearance yesterday?
            I heard this thru the grape opps fishvine lol

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

              I saw what looked like someone come near or in the nest but was looking on my phone. Can never fine tune that stream when I try to scroll back…. but I got the fleeting impression it might be Gracie. Just wasn’t sure enough to even mention or confirm.

            • Admin Shelli July 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

              Oh ok, thank u 🤗

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 4:59 pm

              Maybe Betsy was watching? She’s much quicker i.d.’ing Gracie……..

            • Betsy July 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

              Admin Shelli: What time was this?? I might have a tape of it. I haven’t really been watching today … sorting through my uncle’s Bardonia house stuff that we hauled home!!

            • Admin Shelli July 15, 2018 at 6:24 pm

              I have no idea Betsy, I was sent a message asking if the rumor was true and I had no clue as I’m still recovering from my surgery – haven’t been on as much.

    24. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Squirmy practicing for Gymboree..

    25. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Looks like threats of t-storms this morning are cancelled… even a hint of sun! Now possibility 30-40% between 3-6pm

      Are the family in witness protection? Faces are concealed for their safety! Maybe the cops are zeroing in on that hitbird. Crazy Jay!

    26. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

      INCOMING! Jane arrives for back-up!

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Jane’s turn to do one-legged-osprey

    27. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Today’s arrangement is……………

    28. CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Blue screen turns to blue scene…………..

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

        Gloomy Sunday morning……
        George comes down from perch to find a fish tail off right, which he shares with Jane

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

          Squirmy was out briefly, using those growing wings to flap her way around

          • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

            5:34- George in with a fresh fish….Jane looked excited

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:17 am

              Jane had a few bites before releasing Squirmy

          • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

            Jane took over and fed Squirmy well but ate the spaghetti herself

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:21 am

              Think we’re full…….. for now

            • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 8:27 am

              And a few more bites with Dad….

    29. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Reading comments by Isabella and Nancy about the eggs and the possibility of the smell got me thinking about birds and their sense of smell……

      Taken from “Birds and Blooms” article by G. Harrison…

      Most birds have little use for the sense of smell. The odors of food, prey, enemies or mates quickly disperse in the wind. Birds possess olfactory glands, but they’re not well developed in most species, including the songbirds in our backyards. The same is true for taste, which is related to smell. While humans have 9,000 taste buds, songbirds have fewer than 50

      So I guess it doesn’t matter if those eggs stink….

      • Admin Shelli July 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

        Biologists that band birds and retrieved non viable eggs say that the eggs do not smell at all.
        Weird huh? I thought they would stink lol

        • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:17 pm - Reply

          Shelli….me too. Like rotten eggs!

        • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

          Strange…. maybe they mummify, sort of…..

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

        CarolV…interesting and makes sense. Could you imagine the smell of fish in this heat!

      • June c July 15, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

        That is funny ..I never thought about what a nest would smell like with all it holds…very interesting…learn something new everyday.

    30. Paula July 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      As we watch Squirmy eat so much I was worried he/she was going to explode and then pass out under his loving mother could we all send up our prayers that Hogs Island has a safe night. I really think they could use all the prayers we all could give.

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:21 pm - Reply

        Paula…Amen! I stayed up till 5 am. Seems Rachel and a lot of viewers didn’t get much sleep

      • CatZ July 15, 2018 at 5:43 am - Reply

        Amen.

        • Paula July 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          Amen and God bless the people who have that camera and all they are doing to keep this chick safe to fledge! Thanks for all the prayers!

      • CarolV July 15, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

        Happy to see the nest this a.m. and all good

    31. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Just when I was ready to wrap it up….. just one more peek….. and George’s late fish delivery arrived…….
      Squirmy took a front row seat…

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        Squirmy again ate well, with G feeding.
        Even with Jane standing in the way, there’s no hiding that crop!!!

        • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

          Squirmy getting comfy with her eggcellent pals

          • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

            Squirmy must have taken a power nap! Started up again!
            She was so full she was gagging a little trying to get it down, but , no matter,,,, to George, open mouth, insert fish!
            The way those feet are growing, the excess fish is going straight to them!

            • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm

              Lot harder getting all that Squirmy settled under her!

              Once again! Good night!

    32. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Nice to see there’s a bit of a breeze…..
      Forecast. 74 now @ 7:30ish… only dropping 4 degs. overnight to 70 @ sunrise. 30%-50% chance of t-storm between dawn and noon Sunday……..cloudy most of the afternoon, temps in low 80s Sounds like a sticky day….

      HAGN!

    33. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      From earlier…… Game of Hide the Squirmy

      Where’s the chicky?

    34. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      George came in and made it his mission to wrestle that stick in line……. Jane seen in distance to left as she flew out.

      He spent almost 15 mins. working on it…..

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        Jane’s opinion of the “new, improved” version of the stick……..
        Is that an osprey eyeroll???

    35. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Afternoon fish delivery……. it suddenly appeared on the edge of the frame…

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

        Local pest makes a couple of passes……….

        • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

          Squirmy ate for a good 25 mins. with George feeding her. Jane was in and out.
          The fish was a real flipper (you can see flying grasses in some shots) but it didn’t deter Squirmy!

          • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

            Squirmy was so full, she toppled over when she tried to move, She struggled to stay awake, but the Sandman got her……

            • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm

              Jane came in, still damp from the spa..
              She went over by George but there didn’t look like much left. When she went over to the right earlier, she didn’t stay long ..Unless she stood offsides, didn’t look like she had much to eat.

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        This was supposed to be the first picture, but apparently, someone can’t read her own writing…….

    36. Isabella July 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Squirmy waddled over to use his “wing rest “

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        Study in feathers

        • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

          What else is there to do on a brutal hot day?

        • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

          I love Jane’s feathers…..

        • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:29 pm - Reply

          Squirmy’s and Mom’s

    37. Paula July 14, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Squirmy is getting his/her scrub pad look on. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chick with their head looking quite like this. Looks almost like he/she is wearing a helmet!

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

        Paula, Hi! Yes he/she in the awkward “tween” phase! Lol! Will soon look like a fluffernutter! Ps. Not the sandwich 🥪!

    38. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Around 14:20 that crazy jay is swooping back and forth! The shadow keeps sweeping over the nest and theG&J are both ducking. Wonder where it’s nest is? Didn’t it check the neighborhood before moving in? Needs a better real estate agent!!!

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        CarolV…I was thinking the same. Why now with the jay? I know they’re done with chicks because of a nest near the house. Since chicks fledged, no one is there.

        • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

          Just read a bit about blue jays and no clue what’s up. You’re right in that they only have one brood per nesting season. Think this one fell out of the nest and hit its head! Now, he’s a cuckoo!

          • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

            So cuckoo, thinks he’s an osprey! Lol

    39. CatZ July 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Oh how much Juniors appearance has changed in just 24 hrs!! I love the variegated feathers that baby osprey get… they are so pretty once those come in!! 😀

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        CatZ….love when they get all fluffy! Just want to reach in and pet them!

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        I swear everytime I see her, Squirmy is noticeably grown.. I’ve been watching the wings and today, I noticed a decided case of Big Foot!

        • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

          So cute when they get those clown feet!

      • June c July 14, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        I know…in 3 days time what a difference in size…

    40. Isabella July 14, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Squirmy just loves his twin eggberts!

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        We all need a little support! That pose doesn’t look eggactly comfy!

        • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 10:56 pm - Reply

          Think she’s realizing belly can’t clear the egg hurdle!

      • Betsy July 15, 2018 at 1:33 am - Reply

        Isabella: Congrats!!!!!! 😉 😀 😀

        • Isabella July 15, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

          Betsy….thx!!😁

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    42. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Looks like George brought in a fish 🐠 about 8:10 and it looks like Squirmy is chowing down as G feeds

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Got a couple of shots on my phone.

    43. CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:55 am - Reply

      GM, peoples!
      When the blue screen cleared, George was eating….. maybe leftovers from that fluke.
      He passed it to Jane, who took it to right…. and maybe out
      Squirmy cuddled up to George

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

        George passed it to Jane
        She took it to right and out of sight,
        Squirmy snuggled up with George……….

        • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 6:06 am - Reply

          Jane flew around to the left. Squirmy waddled over and was fed.
          Saturday off to a good start!

          HAGD, everyone!

    44. Betsy July 14, 2018 at 3:14 am - Reply

      Poor Jane!! George brought a fish at around 19:00. He started digging in to it. Jane went over and kept trying to either take a bite or grab the fish … and George gave her a peck on the head!!

      • Betsy July 14, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

        Eventually George let her have the fish. As she was eating it on the nest a blue jay swooped down and hit her!!

        • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

          HEY! Maybe Gracie hired the blue jay!!!

          • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

            A HIT BIRD!

          • Betsy July 15, 2018 at 1:35 am - Reply

            CarolV: A hit bird hired by Gracie!! Too funny!!

    45. Isabella July 14, 2018 at 2:00 am - Reply

      Close encounters at hellgate?

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        Funny! Take me to your leader!

    46. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      NIGHT!

      70 now @ 9:20pm… clear night, 63 by dawn
      Saturday- also sunny; high 70s

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 12:31 am - Reply

        Good night CarolV, good night Jane,good night George,good night Squirmy,good night OZ fam, good night 🌙

    47. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      George was back with the fish…….. he had some; Jane had some and Squirmy looked like she didn’t need any!
      Poor Jane was hung up with that branch in her feathers!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

        I love when Jane leaves a fish next to Squirmy! Keeping her treasures close?

      • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 12:28 am - Reply

        CarolV…Squirmy pic 2….”0MG, I’m so stuffed,can’t even look at another fish! “Until tomorrow “! Lol

    48. Isabella July 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Betsy..how did the baby bunny 🐰 do?

      • Betsy July 14, 2018 at 3:08 am - Reply

        Isabella: I don’t know. When I brought a baby robin to WINORR a few years ago they told me that when they accept an animal they don’t give out information on the outcome. They do post pictures of some of their rescues on their Facebook page — I damn near had a heart attack when I was looking to see if there was a picture of the bunny and I saw a bunny, about the size of the one I brought to them, with the caption “Young cottontail rabbit … Sadly died overnight Sunday 24 hours after a cat attack” … until I realized it was from 3 years ago (the Sunday part didn’t register with me — I had brought it to them on a Monday!!)

        • Betsy July 14, 2018 at 3:38 am - Reply

          I was just looking at their pictures … looks like they’ve rescued quite a few osprey!!

    49. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Was so busy taking a cute family portrait, I didn’t notice the carpet George was holding till Jane stood up!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        Arrival……..

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

          Jane got it and Squirmy was creeping up on her………..
          Jane didn’t want it…..
          George was right in for it…… the fish seemed tough to work with..

          • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

            Squirmy made herself comfy on the fish…….

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm

              Jane wandered thru
              George fed Squirmy…. daddy dinner time………

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm

              George pulled the fish from under Squirmy and passed it to Jane, who did a brilliant balancing act……….

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm

              Jane didn’t keep the fish.
              George took it up to perch, where it amusing bob across the frame…

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:27 pm

              Jane tucks Squirmy in……

        • Trinity July 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

          That’s an impressive feast !

    50. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Looks like George is wearing a reeaalllllyyyyy long tie! [;^))

    51. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      George brings in a smallish fish…. possibly sea robin?
      Jane takes it but stays……..

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Inch, by inch; waddle by waddle; squirm by Squirmy………….

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

          Hi, Mom!….. Hi, Sweetie…Hungry?

          • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

            JANE fed Squirmy for more than 10 mins., with good sized pieces………….

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 5:42 pm

              MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm

              @17:57
              Jane was off to side, snacking on leftovers when she saw Squirmy pop up………….
              SHE went to the chick as the baby stood up……..
              A well filled Squirmy and a conspicuous crop!!!!! Go, Jane!!!

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        CarolV…lOVE this whole series of pics and captions!!

      • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 5:58 am - Reply

        ..

        • Isabella July 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

          CarolV… I don’t know what two dots mean?

          • CarolV July 14, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

            Sorry, Isabella! Snuck that in there before your posted comment showed on my timeline. My solution when I forget to check the box for SAVE and I lose my first post is to stick a comment in somewhere and all my pending posts appear. There was no time to actually make a comment so I just put that under my own post! Then when your post filled in it does look like a weird reply….was hoping you wouldn’t notice!

            But I was gonna add a thank you for compliment here anyway!

    52. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      OH, LOOK! Greenery!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        I’m choosing to ignore that stick……….

      • Trinity July 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

        That pop of color is so important to the decor 😀

    53. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Was this the crazy bird again? They didn’t alarm, just watched something flying around overhead

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Synchronized looking!

    54. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      SO…. thought my problem was magically fixed….. till I plugged in to outlet….. will have to watch unplugged or live in the land of the giants!

      Here’s Squirmy and her shedding head….. no more of these…….

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        CarolV..thx for the close up of my bald spot! I kept trying to hide it under mom & dad! Xoxo Squirmy

    55. Nancy July 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Will they ever boot the unhatched eggs out of the nest or out of the way ?

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

        Don’t think so…. maybe when Squirmy gets more active, they’ll get pushed aside…………

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Nancy…some do,some don’t. It must smell. Think they’re nose blind since they smell fish all day! Plus Baby O uses the twin eggberts as pillows!

    56. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      This was earlier when jay dove at Jane… flew in from low right, then up and over…. too fast! Might have bumped Jane and she did react to look after it.

    57. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      12:37… George brings in a lively fish…….

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        Jane wanted to take it, as Squirmy hustled forward, front and center, to put in her order………..

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm - Reply

          George just left the nest 5 mins. ago! You rock, Speedy!

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

          Jane did take off with the fish, leaving George on popbrella duty……….

          • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

            Then things veered to “crazy”…..
            Jane came back and stood a good 10 minutes or more, with George ignoring her
            Jane deposited the fish in middle of nest and George ignored it…….
            Squirmy is sitting ON the fish; George looks over and Jane nudges the fish out for a better view…

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm

              George pulled it out from under Squirmy, but it seemed she was more interested in shade….
              Jane flew out briefly and Squirmy headed to George, until Jane flew back and Squirmy went under her.
              Eventually, Jane stood and Squirmy was being fed by George behind the curtain of Jane. Looked like S ate well.
              Good thing George is so patient!

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 4:51 pm

              Additional feeding and shots of Squirmy and her growing crop

    58. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      No, not an osprey, but just too cute………

      https://www.facebook.com/NTDTelevision/videos/3024045517637538/

    59. LYNN CUTLER July 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      they need a big ole fish about now

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Your wish was George’s command! 12:37

        • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

          There was a fish around this time 12:48? Something kept buzzing the nest. Must have been small bird that they didn’t alarm to. Think Jane had enough & took off with the fish. Don’t know if or when she came back. Did see her fly by with fish in “hand “

    60. nfc July 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      There is an interesting 9 minute osprey story on you tube—– Poole Harbour Osprey Translocation Project. It is in England.

      • Trinity July 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        I’m so hopeful for Poole Harbour to have a successful project 😀

    61. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      George is at it again…………. was busy working with the top of branch against the perch. Happy he settled it off camera view!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        Earlier (from phoneshots) ……….. Looks like George had plans to build a harp……….

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

          George moves his favorite beak cleaner

    62. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      So a woman walks in to a computer repair store……….. sounds like a joke, and it was! Told my sad tale of giant videos, opened up to OZ, of course, and….. everything fine! Too funny! Told the guy he was a genius for scaring my Dell back in line and he agreed computers are afraid of him and business done!

      Happy day!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

        Looks like the colors on my phone screen captures are not so great….. Hopefully back in business here!

      • nfc July 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        Carol— glad your computer is working. Life without one— oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

          Thanks… interesting thing is…. it only works right when not plugged in! No matter where I plug it, with or without a surge protector, the live videos go giant again. It wasn’t plugged in when we put it on at the computer repair shop, so it worked fine…..
          So now I watch it unplugged, take pics. and plug in to post or edit. Need to go back to shop anyway, so will drag this along, too. I don’t even get upset anymore…. electronics and I walk a fine line between love and hate…………..

      • Paula July 13, 2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

        CarolV
        All my electronics are afraid of my husband. It takes months sometimes to show him a problem I’ve been having. It is quite frustrating sometimes!

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

          We must get our snooty devices from the same place!

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

        CarolV..will be waiting for the punchline to your joke! Lol

    63. Renee Wolf July 13, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Lol, George catching the other end now.. ‘squirm’s bum!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        There’s so much cushioning with all the grasses and no room with all the sticks! No wonder they trip !
        At least it slows Squirmy down! She’s a mover!

    64. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Mary Anne Miller, on fb, explained that Squirmy is entering the “dinosaur phase”…. chicks lose down as new feathers develop. will look dark and scaly for up to 2 weeks. And it starts on head.

      Good to know Squirmy is okay. I had forgotten this from previous years…. guess I prefer to remember the cuddly look!

    65. CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

      George takes over while Jane gets a break

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

        George is in and out with the fish

        • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

          George starts feeding Squirmy about 5:32 and fed for about 25 mins.

          • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

            Squirmy hit the wall and Jane took the fish…….

            • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

              Jane flew out and was back in minutes to the top right to deposit the fish.
              George went to get the fish and Squirmy cheeped for more.
              She managed a few bites before admitting there was no more room.

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

        CarolV posting pics again! 😁

    66. Betsy July 13, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

      “Let me see if Daddy’s toe tastes like fish.”

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

        YES!

      • Isabella July 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        Sure smells like fish! Lol. Jr. Seems to like daddy’s feet! Love the pic of him resting his head on his “foot”

    67. CarolV July 12, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Just learned how to take a screenshot on my phone! Not as fine tuned as screenshots on computer but something…… this is from the 16:51 feeding. The fish was still flipping but Squirmy was getting right in there!

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        ..

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        This was George coming down from perch for 2nd feeding……. Squirmy putting my heart in overtime as she sits in front of nest…..

    68. CarolV July 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Another sunny day with temp. 76 @7pm…dropping to about 61 by sunrise. Several more days of high 70s low 80s. Sun tomorrow, partly cloudy over the weekend. Next sign of rain, right now, is next Tuesday. Too bad ; need a little rain to see if Squirmy’s bald spot washes off. Too bad Jane couldn’t use some good old Mom spit to wipe that head off!

    69. Renee Wolf July 12, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      pic 3

    70. Renee Wolf July 12, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      pic 2

    71. Renee Wolf July 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Oops….’Dad, watch where your stepping….that was my head!

      • CarolV July 13, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

        Good thing these chicks are like nerf balls! Spring right back!

    72. CarolV July 12, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      about 17:30…. Squirmy hanging out by front (bay side) of nest , watching the view….. do we need to start worrying so soon???

      George is at right with a fish and Squirmy waddled her way over. Can’t see if a new fish or leftovers.
      Just scrolled back and see G brought it in @16:51. Squirmy was very pushy, not wanting to wait while G took apart the head. Poor George barely had room to work! Squirmy got her way and G started as soon as possible.
      Jane was off to right and made her way over a few minutes later to claim the fish. George planted his big self in the way, but I’m guessing by body movement that Jane was feeding chick.
      Think J flew out or went to perch. In any case, G wound up with fish….and back to that 5:30 feeding.

    73. PattyK July 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      4:55pm Fantastic view of Dad feeding Squirmy!! another Wow moment in OZ World, thank you!

    74. Betsy July 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      I nearly forgot to post this!! My comment was all typed and the pictures added but I never hit “post comment”!!

      Blue jay attacked George. Look how close its claws are to George’s eyes in the first picture!!

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        Crazy jay! Good thing for him, George is a pacifist- except for other osprey.

      • Trinity July 12, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

        Blue jays can be rather aggressive !

      • Rick July 13, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

        Looks like a Mockingbird.

    75. Betsy July 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Chick tries to help Daddy pick up fish!! 😀 (S/he tried to take a bite as George was lifting the fish.)

      • CarolV July 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

        That kid is ready to try!
        anything!

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

        Baby O is smart! He/she is no “bird brain “!

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