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

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    45,435 Comments

    1. CarolV July 20, 2018 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Back from the blue screen…….does this look like more schmutz on the screen?

      • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 6:23 am - Reply

        Bright and early, George is here with fish………
        Jane does her usual… take fish, fly out and right back to feed kid,,,, at least we see pretty pink fish and Squirmy’s ever growing maw!

        • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 6:26 am - Reply

          And while feeding is happening, George brings a SECOND fish!

          • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

            Jane finishes off the first fish and goes….. she landed on the perch a short time later
            Poor famished Squirmy immediately angles toward George;
            what’s a daddy to do but feed baby; who, by this point, isn’t even standing up!

            • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 7:04 am

              George leaves leftovers and flies……….

            • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 7:07 am

              Jane drops in and grabs leftovers…….. She fed Squirmy some more and downs the 2nd tailfin of the day….

    2. Isabella July 20, 2018 at 3:00 am - Reply

      Taking it day by day, night by night ,on a wing and a prayer ….don’t know if one thing is working or all together. Hopefully will keep working!

      • Isabella July 20, 2018 at 3:02 am - Reply

        Manny Quin

    3. Betsy July 20, 2018 at 1:58 am - Reply

      Saw this on the news tonight: Premature baby penguin recovers after parents broke her egg (https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/premature-baby-penguin-recovers-parents-broke-egg-56687073)

      We needed those zoo keepers when George accidentally dislodged a big stick into the egg cup making it act like a cue stick striking billiard balls in a game of pool!!

      • nfc July 20, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

        Betsy— interesting story. Thanks for sharing.

    4. CarolV July 19, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      George!! We all thought that would be a fish!

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

        Also, NOT a fish………….

        Video went to blue screen about 9:15……

        Forecast: About 70 now, dropping to 62 by dawn. Clear night; low humidity
        Friday- Sunny, high about 80
        HAGN!

    5. CarolV July 19, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Looks like Jane has been feather-dipping!
      She has flown out suddenly several times within a few minutes……. Wonder if there’s a pest around?

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

        I think Jane was trying to get Squirmy underneath her….. not happening!

    6. CarolV July 19, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Jane slips in from some “ME” time…….. Squirmy watched every move………….. and I think George got bopped by a wing; probably for playing pirate (one leg and an eyepatch!)

    7. CarolV July 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      OH GOOD! Thank you! The schmutz wasn’t enough!

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        I’m not sure how that stick stood up! Jane and Squirmy were at right; George dead center looking out.
        I reviewed several times, even in slo-mo, and I can’t figure out what made it pop up! George’s tail didn’t hit it and there was no jump in the timeline! These shots are within the same second……
        Gracie go to a séance now, to raise the ghost of Peewee? The only one spooked out is ME!

        • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

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          • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

            And the stick just fell over, sliding to left…
            This lovely b&w is the latest incarnation of my computer saga… just now, when I plugged it in, the video didn’t super enlarge, as it has been doing; just sucked all the color out… word to the wise…. don’t ever let me touch your electronics!

      • Trinity July 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        Giving us nosey viewers a hint that they want some privacy ?!? 😀

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

      Managed to catch this earlier feeding when I got home a little early.… having too much trouble watching on phone at work….
      Jane went to meet George on the right
      George pokes his head in…. fortunately, Squirmy was just stretching, not aiming!

    9. White Bear July 19, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Who soiled the lens?

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        One of the kids……. and it wasn’t the eggberts!

    10. Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      George wanted Jane’s spot,so he gave her a nudge!

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

        Testing. Testing…

        • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Sorry! Didn’t work. Pic 3 should be pic 2. Flip 2 and 3

          • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

            Squirmy and Jane have their heads in the clouds. lol

            • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:39 pm

              Squirmy is just the right height for the schmear

            • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm

              Long lazy lunch with a water view. What could be better?! Feeding by Jane

            • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 3:58 pm

              Isabella: Head in the clouds!! That’s funny!!

      • Trinity July 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

        “ beat it Jane, I’m the real star of this show “…..😀

      • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

        George is always so subtle! Needs his “ME” time, too with Squirmy!

    11. Trinity July 19, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

      The nests on Sunrise Hwy ( Connetquot merge ) have babies and it’s such a great feeling seeing their little white heads peeking over….probably laughing at us boneheads stuck in traffic ! It had me thinking of the growth stages of chicks and how our Dino Squirmy is still in a “ porcupine “ phase.

    12. Trinity July 19, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Last night I was at the Jones Beach venue for a concert and was fortunate enough to spend the ride down Ocean Pkwy showing my sister all the osprey nests, she was stuck listening to me yap about how amazing these birds are. Then she wound up spotting a few hiding in the trees and was so excited !

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

        Trinity…I think we have all developed osprey radar…..”look,an osprey nest! Look one is bringing in a fish! Look the chicks are peeking over! Etc. My sister’s like “good eye” . Good eye, what are you looking at? Lol. I’ll tell you though, I do get a crick in the neck!

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        Yay! Trinity, maybe you made a convert! Brought her over to the ospreyside!

      • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        Trinity: They truly are amazing!! I must know the wrong people, ’cause when I go on and on about George and Jane and the chick and show them the video stream, they’re like, “Oh, that’s nice.” … in a flat voice!!

        • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

          My son was only interested if I showed him a fish to i.d. I texted him to verify a fluke, I think. and I got a “yup, impressive claws”… sad for him he’s not a birdbrain………….

    13. Betsy July 19, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Remember when people were concerned that because the chick was a singleton it wouldn’t know how to fight to protect itself? Well, not to worry!! Last evening when Jane was tidying the nest close to the chick, it raised up into a fighting stance!!

      • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

        And, gave Jane a nip!!

        • CatZ July 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

          That is hilarious Betsy!! The little stinker is gonna bonk the folks, eh? ; )

          • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

            CatZ: Good thing I’m not its mama!! I’d peck it right back!! 😀 😀 “See, it doesn’t feel good does it??!!” 😀 😀

        • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

          What a brat! So proud of her!!!

      • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 8:27 am - Reply

        And, it did the same thing this morning when George was doing some nestorations … but without the nip!!

        • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

          Oh the tween stage! Lol….Squirmy turns bratty! Lol

          • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

            Isabella: A peck to siblings, yes … but I didn’t think a chick would do that to its parents!!

            • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 7:27 am

              Who else has Squirmy got to dominate! G&J have their talons full with this one!
              I do remember previous years, the kids went after parents feet sometimes, but I believe that was when they were older and learning to self-feed.

        • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

          Yeah- never bite the big bird who brings fish!

    14. Betsy July 19, 2018 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Chick should have aimed THAT way one of the previous times it squirted!! At least the central view isn’t blocked … and, there is a dreamy feel to the view!!

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        Geez! Look at the hook on that! Too bad the wind wasn’t blowing the other way…………….
        We’re supposed to get rain Saturday….. hopefully it will clear the view….. and Squirmy will be more polite in future!

        • Betsy July 20, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

          CarolV: No, that wasn’t the squirt that hit the lens — it went off to the left. The squirt that hit the lens happened somewhere between blue up and blue down!! 😀

        • CarolV July 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

          I realized that as soon as I hit send! No take backs! Thought I could squeak by!

    15. Isabella July 19, 2018 at 5:21 am - Reply

      Morning breakfish with Jane

    16. Isabella July 19, 2018 at 5:08 am - Reply

      Made it through the night to greet another beautiful morning

    17. Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Good night all! George is waving goodbye

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:44 am - Reply

        ….

    18. Betsy July 19, 2018 at 12:17 am - Reply

      I love evening shots!!

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        Love the colors and contrast. Brings out Jane’s fancy feathers!

        • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Jane does look beautiful!! And, when Gracie was on the nest, I loved getting shots of her at dusk … she is (notice the present tense!!), with all her simplicity, also so gorgeous!!

    19. Betsy July 18, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      Hi guys!! I’ve been kind of scarce lately … involved with going over the stuff I hauled back from my late uncle’s house with a woman who does estate sales — two 16-foot POD containers chock-a-block full of stuff, plus tons of stuff I crammed into the car and brought back on each trip I went up there!! Bravo Isabella on pics with story lines!! And CarolV, as usual, with pics and amusing narratives!! Hope to be back on track soon!!

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        Thx Betsy! Hope you’re having chock a block fun!

        • Betsy July 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Thrills a minute. NOT!! 😀 😀

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        Sounds like tons of fun {;^))

    20. Betsy July 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Jane gives a good stretch.

    21. Betsy July 18, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Unwieldy wings!! The chick made strong efforts at winger-sizing a couple of times today!!

      • Betsy July 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply
        • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:29 am - Reply

          OMG! How cute! Trying to fly like Mamma!

          • Isabella July 20, 2018 at 3:07 am - Reply

            Mom! Wait for me! I’m right behind you!……have watched this video at least 10 x.

      • Trinity July 19, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

        Ahh so cute !

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        I hope the kid spends more time in the middle and less off right! With the built up nest, we have such a good view of how much she changes daily………..

    22. CarolV July 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Got these earlier….. Squirmy with her own close-ups…you can see the start of her little bandit stripe……

    23. CarolV July 18, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Jane was standing around posing, when George brought in a fish
      She took it, then took off…..

      • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        It makes sense that this would be Jane, but there was so little showing, I almost thought it was George. I think I’ll leave the call up to you!

        • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

          AND…… it was Jane! Made the most sense. She’s gotten SO GOOD at feeding Squirmy, it threw me off!

          • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

            Squirty— I mean ,Squirmy empties out before settling in.

            It’s gonna be a clear night…. 73 now, dropping to 62 by dawn……… clear sunny day tomorrow, temps around 80. Humidity tolerable!……….. HAGN!

          • Betsy July 18, 2018 at 11:08 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Yes, it was Jane!! She has really become a wonderful mama!!

    24. Betsy July 18, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      “Looks good!!”

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:17 am - Reply

        Hello!! Is this thing on?…..cool pic!

      • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

        Think he’s trying to come visit us???

    25. CarolV July 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Remember when we thought close-ups were ssooooo cute, because they were rare???
      George sat here for more than 30mins, with mostly his chest for the view…. love me some Georgie, but…..

      • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        And this is what I got when I plugged my wacky comp. back in………

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

        Think he’s on to us and blocking the view!

      • Trinity July 19, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

        Thanks for the birds eye view George 😀

    26. CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      One of my favorite times for pics…. in this light….. and the sky/ clouds are beautiful!
      The porcupine is sound asleep……..

      • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

        Beautiful!….and the little porcupine had a great day!

    27. Isabella July 18, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Remember when I was this big?

      • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

        Me today…don’t worry, I’ll be cute again…right momma?

        • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

          Feeding by George?

          • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

            Making room for more

            • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 6:25 pm

              It was George…hello Jane, hope you enjoyed your dip in the bay!

        • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

          I like the little porcupine!

        • RobininMD July 18, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

          hehe Isabella – the baby is SO cute and seems very relaxed and comfortable! <3

      • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        Yeah….like yesterday! Crazy how fast they grow!

      • Trinity July 19, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

        Our little Squirmy will have to adjust to life as a local internet celeb 😀

        • CarolV July 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

          Gotta be careful… celeb kids often have behavior problems… seeing the beginnings, where Betsy posted 7/19 @8:24 am. that Squirmy is already standing up to G&J! Rebellious already!!…..[;*}} These things happen when they’re born with a silverfish in their mouths! Oh, wait, I think that’s a bug……………hhhmmmmm……..

    28. Betsy July 18, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      “Our” chick is right on schedule!!

      “Reptilian Stage:
      … a little over two weeks old and in their reptilian stage, which means their down has become darker and woolier. Osprey expert Alan Poole says this is a stage when “they are black, scaly, and often crouch at danger, reminiscent of their reptilian ancestors.” If you’d like to seem some excellent close-up photos of the reptilian stage and the incoming pin feathers, check out these Maurice River, New Jersey osprey gallery photos. (https://www.cumauriceriver.org/conservation-wildlife/avian/osprey/osprey-eggs-to-flight-slideshow/) …

      … you can also see a white stripe down their backs. When they lie in the nest, this stripe helps camouflage them and makes them blend into the sticks in the nest, so they’re not as visible to predators that are flying over.”

      Info from: https://blackwaterospreycam.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/reptilian-stage/

      • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Betsy! You always post good info

        • Betsy July 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

          CarolV and RobininMD: You’re welcome!!

      • RobininMD July 18, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

        Yes the baby is cute and thank you for this information Betsy – so interesting!

    29. Admin Shelli July 18, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Voting closes on Tuesday 7/24/18 at midnight

      Click on this link to vote for your favorite name:
      https://form.jotform.com/81996509169171

      The final names are: Squirmy, Solo, Jet, Elroy, Astro, Junior
      If the link above doesn’t work, plz email your vote to:
      OspreyZoneFun@gmail.com

      • Carol July 22, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

        I like Astro. If you look carefully the chick has a white star-shaped spot on his chest.

        • CarolV July 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

          I have a cat like that….. we call her Starjones

      • GinaM July 24, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

        Those were cute choices! Hard to pick one!

    30. LYNN CUTLER July 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      lol, i got it, one very cute baby i must say

    31. Isabella July 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Lunch time for Jane and squirmy….Jane joining George for alarming…..Squirmy “pancaked “ as much as she could with belly! ….and done!

      • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        They both seemed to pick at lunch…maybe not that hungry due to 10am feeding. Also by Jane!!

        • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

          Finishing up lunch….Jane swallows tail…..and….done! Feeding by Jane!

          • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

            Don’t know how pics got scrambled….last one should be first….third should be last….one,two and fourth in between….oh heck, I’m taking a break! Lol

            • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

              I had a learning curve on posting multiples and still screw up! With my program ( or whatever is in this computer) you have to click last foto first, and up the line WHILE HOLDING the CTRL button down. If I let go, it screws up everything….. AND I have to work with photos in reverse order taken….. EX.- 25, 23,17…. if I want to go with the order 23. 25. 17…I have to post 25, 23… then post 17 as a reply

              If I am just continuing a series and don’t want to make a comment, I just do a .. or some small thing in the comment box, as you can’t post pictures without a comment……

              Now, does that help or have I thoroughly confused you? I think I confused myself!

            • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm

              CarolV…I’m going to pretend I didn’t read this! Lol. Thx!

      • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        It was good to see all these feedings! My phone wasn’t co-operating at work and I forgot my portable charger, so I didn’t see much today.

    32. Trinity July 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Around the 13:10 mark, Jane is struggling to balance on a stick and serve lunch. Typical mom multi tasking 😀

    33. rose July 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      what happened to the other two eggs? they didn’t hatch?

    34. Isabella July 18, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Just to share….thought this was funny that fish thought it was being rescued!

      • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Another beautiful day for hog island family….Rachel comes to the “table “for lunch …Steve serves it…Steve has other plans

        • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

          I know this would startle me if I came upon it! Think Eric is having fun, would like to know who’s wardrobe he’s raiding! Lol

          • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

            Think Jane recommended the hair stylist!
            I’m really happy to see things are well there. Sending good wishes for tonight……….

      • Trinity July 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

        Love it !

      • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

        Isabella… do you always read upside down?

        • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

          ?

    35. LYNN CUTLER July 18, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

      is something wrong with the cam today??

    36. Trinity July 18, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Around 8:38 am there was a very close fly by, J & G were alarming just prior to the ballsy intruder.

    37. CarolV July 18, 2018 at 5:05 am - Reply

      Good Morning! Back from blue screen land…… Jane looks good…… waiting for that sunny day!

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

        Good morning, peoples!
        Jane jumps to perch, leaving some leftover fish behind……….

        • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

          ..and George is right in to get it…………….wake u, Squirmy! The day has begun!

          • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 5:48 am - Reply

            Squirmy speaks up about breakfast and Jane puts in her 2 cents

            • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 5:50 am

              Uh- NO- not on the menu, George!
              Sure it’s just a short wait now….. anticipation enhances that nice fishy flavor..

            • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 5:54 am

              Pretty colors; pretty George

    38. Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Good night Jane, Squirmy and oz fam!

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm - Reply

        Incoming George…left side of nest. Going up to the perch. Good night George!

        • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

          Reverse the pics

        • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

          Good catch on George!

          • Isabella July 19, 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

            CarolV 😊

    39. CarolV July 17, 2018 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Looks like forecast improved. Had shown possibility of more rain later, but now looking like an overcast night. Temps 70-72 trhu sunrise. Tomorrow –sunny, mid 80s, lower humidity… I can live with that!

      HAGN!

    40. Isabella July 17, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Dino aka Squirmy plays hide and seek. We know where you are! Lol

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

        Abstract family portraits

        • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          This was an interesting article and good short video of osprey fishing

          • Trinity July 18, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

            I get sucked into black holes on YouTube watching ospreys hunting, nest cams, wind up hours later on animal rescues and sanctuaries in Africa. Think YouTube should enforce a time limit or something !

            • Isabella July 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

              Trinity…I agree!! WARNING! Osprey cams and other videos may interfere with other things in your life! Right now I should be doing laundry. Why can’t they make a “self “ loading washer and “self” folding dryer!

            • CarolV July 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

              Fellow addict…. need a timer on my computer watching …. told the cats I just needed a few minutes to sit before I fed them…. embarrassed to say how long ago that was! 10 eyes boring in to me…….. going right now!

          • ChrisH July 18, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

            That was great – both the article and the video!

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

        Evening supper with the Mamma

        • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

          Somebody needs a napkin!

          • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

            And……done!

    41. Trinity July 17, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Time stamp 19:08 Dino Squirmy had something to eat with mama Jane.

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

        Trinity…is this it?………dinner with the Mamma. All full and taking shelter from the storm under the Mamma!

        • Trinity July 18, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

          Yep. It was good to see George being able to fish in the stormy conditions, Dino Squirmy is definitely one spoiled little bugger 😀

    42. CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Well! Surprise! George takes advantage of a let-up in the storm……

      and— uh. oh! Look out!

      • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

        Squirmy’s making room!

        • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

          Fortunately, it just grazed the bottom right corner!

          • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

            Jane took the fish…….and fed Squirmy for a bit, till it started to rain and she wanted the chick undercover..

            • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

              At 19:16- George is back with what might be the fish Jane left on the right. I didn’t see G come in on that side, so I’m guessing.
              G stands around for a bit, then starts to eat and then, feed Jane.

            • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

              Squirmy empties the tank,

            • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 8:35 pm

              This is turning in to the never-ending dinner………. instead of eat-and-run, it was eat and rain!
              George starts to feed Squirmy and it rains again so George covers S
              Jane was back to shelter Squirmy and when there was a break in the rain, she fed Squirmy till the fish was gone…

          • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

            CarolV….great poop shot!!! I’ve been trying to get one for a couple days.

    43. CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Since it’s doubtful George will be fishing tonight, I was happy to just catch this on scrollback.
      @2:03….George came in with what looked like leftovers, so I.m guessing there was an earlier feeding?
      Squirmy was willing to eat but didn’t seem famished. George was happy to feed himself, while S watched. George did share nicely with Squirmy, too

      • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        When Jane came in, she wasn’t hungry, but stood watching as Squirmy outdid herself! All crop and a little osprey! Pushin’ those feathers out., too!
        And………….. I think we’re full!

    44. Paula July 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      OK I am officially nominating George for Super Osprey. It is POURING there and he comes in with a fish. He is AWESOME!

      • Trinity July 18, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

        Right !! Love him 💙

    45. CarolV July 17, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Around 12:15- Jane wanted to move some sticks and George had his opinions…….. looks like Jane overruled! George was toooo comfortable……

    46. CarolV July 17, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      The rain started at my house about 1/2 hour ago…. Looks like OZ started just about the same time……. We had some distant thunder, but not too bad. At least it should cool things down and cut the humidity! We had a bit of wind today, but it was hot wind!

      Jane had a hard time getting Squirmy tucked in, but she’s doing a good job sheltering the chick……..

      • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        OK’…. that was a big one! Just @5:59! But I’m not plugged in so guess ok…

      • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        ……..#@^*+… ggrrrrrooooannnn………………….

    47. Lisa D. July 17, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Bad storm coming in. I’m about an hour away on LI and it looks like it’s heading in the direction of the nest. Hope the baby stays safe….

    48. Trinity July 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Around 14:05, Squirmy woke from a nap and meandered over to George for some grub. Watching the face plants and awkwardness had me laughing !

    49. Stephanie L July 17, 2018 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      There seems to be a lot less trash in the nest this year. Either people have become more mindful or it’s just that Gracie and Jane have very different definitions of “shabby chic”! Either way, it’s good to see.

      • Trinity July 18, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

        It’s probably my wishful thinking, but maybe there’s less plastic due to the Suffolk County surcharge of 5 cents per bag. People may finally be switching over to reusable totes ✌️

    50. Anna C. July 17, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      They should fix the poorly positioned camera. Should I call them? Does anyone know the number?

      • Admin Shelli July 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        The camera is a “fixed” camera and cannot be moved remotely.
        So unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do – we have set the camera in the best possible position for now.
        Hopefully we will have a new camera next season.

    51. sceca July 17, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

      where is the chick? possibly blown away?

      • Admin Shelli July 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

        The chick is on the far right side of the nest out of camera view.

        • sceca July 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply

          thank you great setup

        • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

          The right side of the nest was an addition built by George…. since camera is fixed, not much can be done. This site was a labor of love by the property owner, who then decided to share with the public. We put up with the quirks, grateful for the sharing……..

          • Admin Shelli July 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

            Amen Carol! Hoping to raise money for a new HD PTZ camera for next year!!
            How cool would that be? Close ups, remote following, 360 viewing and night IR vision 😍

            • ChrisH July 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm

              Wow – that sounds awesome!!

            • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm

              I think I’m drooling ! Are they going to ask for donations? Many people here have offered to help in previous situations…. just give us a heads up! Might not be able to give much, but there are a lot of us, I believe……..

            • Admin Shelli July 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

              Yes, we are in the midst of planning a fundraiser!

    52. Admin Shelli July 17, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hey Everybody….

    53. Jim V. July 17, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

      It would be interesting to see a very intense storm come through. To see how the handle it.

    54. Isabella July 17, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Good morning Squirmy’s friends of a feather…..Belwood, l’el’e, Em, Twee

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Pics would not post. Said they were too big

    55. Isabella July 17, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Good morning to Squirmy’s friends of a feather….Belwood, Twee 2, l’el’e, Em

    56. Trinity July 17, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

      9:15 am, Jane is getting a nice blowout by Mother Nature herself, clearly she isn’t satisfied with the previous salon visit 😀

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

        Trinity…I’m going outside to see if I can get one! Lol

    57. Isabella July 17, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Dino aka Squirmy gets breakfish in bed, by George

      • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Another good night for Rachel and Em

        • Paula July 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

          Thank You God!
          Please let it continue.

        • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

          Was thrilled to see that when I checked in first thing this morning! Think this storm is heading up there, but not sure if it will hit there tonight. Good thoughts and happy wishes for another safe night!.. Just one night at a time!

    58. Betsy July 17, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Maybe fishing is good today with the impending storm. George brought a fish at 5:05 am, that Jane took.

      • Betsy July 17, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

        Then he was back 13 minutes later with another fish that he fed to the chick!

      • Trinity July 17, 2018 at 9:14 am - Reply

        George continues to be the lifeline of this family, such a gem !

        • Betsy July 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

          Trinity: He is a good doobie!! 😀

    59. CarolV July 17, 2018 at 5:39 am - Reply

      All I can say is there was a fish. Jane was eating it, flying off and leaving it there.
      Squirmy is off right with George. Sadly, gotta go before unravelling this.

      • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

        This was the family feast when Jane came to finish her fish
        Trying to post from phone. Not sure if pic will come thru

    60. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      As night falls and George’s forest waves in the breeze….
      It’s still 77 degs., following a hot muggy day…… partly cloudy overnight, 73 by dawn.
      Tuesday- mostly cloudy with likelihood of t-storms after 3pm, increasing toward sunset.

      HAGN!

    61. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      George did a nice sideways slide right over Jane to get on the perch! Impressive!!

    62. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Jane got a little payback! Jabbed George pretty good and took him by surprise!

      • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

        And squirmy has a front row seat to the fun

    63. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      George comes in right over Jane and Squirmy hustled right over,; she even made a move to bite the fish…….. so cute!

      • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Jane took the fish and fed Squirmy from the first piece she ripped off…..She fed S till almost 7:30. Squirmy is getting good about taking the fish from parent instead of waiting to have it popped in her mouth.
        George took over and Squirmy had more, although she was slowing down. Seems like she just enjoys watching George, too.

    64. RobininMD July 16, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Isabella, The Chesapeake bay osprey cam in Edgewater, MD – is totally unethical in my opinion. The homeowner allowed the osprey to build a nest on top of their roof – the roof tiles are totally hot – the temperatures have been soaring well into the 90’s… why in the world, would this be allowed/acceptable – 2 out of 3 babies have so far died and the third isn’t looking that good. Mom doesn’t provide any shelter for the remaining baby… I am at a loss as to why this person doesn’t put something on the roof to prevent the nest from being built in the future or why the owner doesn’t build a platform to provide more ventilation for the returning osprey and the nestlings. Maybe he has given up but this nest is not a healthy one. So sorry for the poor chick – hope he survives. I wish there was something I could do to help.

      • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        We had a situation out in Southampton where the homeowner was a summer resident. By the time they came out in the spring, the osprey were in residence and, by law, the homeowner could not remove the nest. They must wait till the osprey leave. Then, I don’t know what their plans are.

        Is this the first year that MD nest is there? I can’t imagine anyone voluntarily wanting that mess, that noise and that weight on their roof. Of course, I don’t know the story for that home, just what I read about the house out here.

        • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

          Not to mention the expense of repairs once that nest is moved! And, hopefully, some group helps with expenses to put up a post and platform to entice the osprey not to rebuild on that roof.

          • RobininMD July 17, 2018 at 4:24 am - Reply

            Yes Carol – That would be better – more ventilation – hope that happens – I’m no expert but seems like the roof would be too hot – maybe I’m wrong – I don’t know.

        • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

          Well, just went back to take another look at that nest and see it is in a man-made box that looks lifted off the roof. Now my question is-WHY? Much as I like osprey, would not want THAT an my roof!

        • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

          This was the one roof I was thinking about. That osprey pair chose the spot on their own. No man made structure.

      • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

        Robin… I don’t know how this nest came about. Thought the same thing about the roof and heat . Hard to tell from pics I’ve seen if there is space between roof and nest. I have seen nest on other roofs. Hopefully they are not fazed by the heat. I would hope that they wouldn’t nest there if it did. This pair have quirky ways. Things were worse last season. Very nail biting with Twee. Once he was “out of the woods “ the nest was very enjoyable to watch and Twee fledged. This year the first chick passed most likely from starvation. Second they believe from a fish bone. I would imagine fishing is sometimes hard due to traffic in the bay. I know one day I heard a jet ski and there was no fish delivered. Let’s hope there’s better fishing and less heat wave! Talons crossed!

        • RobininMD July 17, 2018 at 4:30 am - Reply

          Hoping so Isabella…I don’t understand why Mom doesn’t open her wings and shade him so he is having to sit there in the heat…maybe it’s okay for older osprey but it can be fatal for the young chicks… hope today is a better one for him. Thanks for responding to both you and Carol / I was feeling so upset about it.

          • Isabella July 17, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

            Robin….couple of things from their Facebook……seems geese like this nest too. .also read article about osprey building nest on traffic cam on the bay bridge.

    65. Paula July 16, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Just logged in after being off for a few hours and it looks like George has been quite busy on the fence! Who thinks he might be a tad over protective?

      • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        Jane is almost as bad, but she concentrates on building that wall front left higher! Much higher and she’ll be able to step to perch instead of flying up!

        • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm - Reply

          Funny…Jane builds stairway to second floor! Lol

    66. Isabella July 16, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Squirmy using egg as a foot rest

      • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        As CarolV would say….lose that hair salon number! Lol

    67. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      I thought this was kind of funny— aside from that wall on the left side (also amusing!)

      George dropped down from the perch and Jane looked pointedly at his feet… And when he started fiddling with sticks, she just stared at him!
      If he’s not reading the signs, it sure looks like Jane’s saying “WHERE’S THE FISH??!?”
      But I haven’t done a full scrollback, so I don’t know when the last fish was served.

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    69. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Look at our Squirmy! She’s got a tiny mohawk…….

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    71. Isabella July 16, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Osprey silhouettes…boulder county

      • CarolV July 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        That’s a haunting shot! Love it!

    72. Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

      One tired momma! Worth staying up for!

      • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

        Squirmy seeks shade leaving the twins in the sun. It’s every man, er eggs, for themselves! Lol Dad comes in and shades the twins. Squirmy says”thx dad!

        • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

          Just because I love mommy and me pics. Iris and L’el’e

          • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

            Lol….wrong pic! That was fault it if you got it!

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

          The twins are hard-boiled… they can stand the heat!
          (too soon to joke????)

          • Isabella July 16, 2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

            CarolV…tee hee…not too soon..been wanting to say hard boiled for awhile 😆

      • Paula July 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        Isabella,
        You’re absolutely right that it’s worth it. Rachel is definitely loosing a lot of sleep. I’ll still keep praying that Rachel and all the efforts made by the nest owners will keep this baby safe! I’m always a little scared to log on in the morning!

      • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        I hope some of the measures they are taking to scare off the owl work! Be just too sad after all the tragedy that has been seen at this nest!

    73. Kathy Bookie July 16, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      7/16….8.26am…..what is that loopy string thing by squirmed? Fishing line?

    74. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 5:50 am - Reply

      logged in @5:38, to see breakfish in progress.
      See Jane was in residence @5 when blue screen went bye-bye……
      G came in about 5:35 with what looked like a whole fish.
      Jane flew out
      Squirmy hustled, uh, ankled over and is happily eating

      Hi-ho-hi-ho……. everyone have a great day! Big on-line sale day….shop well!

      • CarolV July 16, 2018 at 6:02 am - Reply

        Still eating! Am I optimistic or are some of those prickles looking more feathery? Need bird back, not dinosaur!

        • Paula July 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

          I agree CarolV. I agree!

    75. CarolV July 16, 2018 at 4:20 am - Reply

      Forecast About 71 now @ 4:15am…… Looks like a partly cloudy morning, clearing this afternoon to sunny.Mid 80s.
      Already a bit muggy.

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