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

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Belle’s Journey

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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. Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Gute Nacht Ozland!

    2. Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Add rain water, grow osprey……quick glance,thought this was Jane.

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

        The Mamma and me, dripping wet!

        • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

          Squirmy praying for nice weather!

          • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

            Drying off wings

            • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:13 pm

              Oopsy daisy

            • CarolV August 14, 2018 at 8:14 am

              Good catch with the praying osprey!

    3. Shredman August 13, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      When does this spoiled little Squirmy start learning to eat fish on his own?

      • Isabella August 14, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Well…….she is an only child,and mom and dad don’t seem to mind feeding her

        • Isabella August 14, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

          At 6 weeks she should be doing it soon

    4. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Looking SO grown up!

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        But still our little goofball……………

        • Isabella August 14, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

          She is very entertaining!

    5. Isabella August 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      George came in with fish. Squirmy decides even in the rain one must eat!

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

        George trying to shake off fish stuck on foot! Flew off with it

        • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

          Came back sans fish

          • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

            Pretty baby

      • Isabella August 14, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Just eating in the rain 🎶

    6. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Going…………………
      ………………………………going…………………………..
      ……………………………………………………..done!!!!!

      Hopefully….

    7. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      See that one stubborn red cell over the North Fork????? I think it’s right over Squirmy!

      • Trinity August 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        Been getting hit with rain all day in central Nassau, as of 6:00 there’s a wicked thunderstorm approaching.

    8. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      George came in and found a tailfin that’s been laying there. Squirmy wasn’t interested. She just wanted to tell Daddy how miserable she was……….

    9. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Jane was keeping Squirmy company for a while….. Hopefully, this is the last of the rain. We even have sun right now……. On the weathercast, it looked like one last cell crossing the North Fork…… Poor baby…….

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        Soon, baby, SOON1—- so sad, with her drippy beak………

    10. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      ISABELLA: I’ve scrolled thru comments several times and just now got that ( on the Twee nest) you mean pollock as in Jackson the painter………… and I was thinking pollock, as in the fish — all sprayed over the roof! Wasn’t sure what those local osprey eat!!!!!! The BIG LIGHTBULB lit up! Too Funny!!

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        CarolV…never even thought of the fish. That’s too funny!!

        • Isabella August 14, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

          Although….if they ate a pollock fish…and then ps…you get a pollock Pollock! Lol!

    11. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      George on the job!……. We get to see – or barely see- a well fed Squirmy…..

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        Another heavy band going thru……. we have some lighter sky over here….. hopefully thru the worst of it…

        Squirmy moved to right to chirp her misery…

    12. Karen August 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Why have not George or Jane come to Mombrella or Poptent? Poor baby alone in the rain.

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        Think she may be too big!

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

      Just wish that Mombrella worked for BIG kids, too!

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be heading to OZ with a drone and an umbrella……. wish I could, anyway…………….

        • Trinity August 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

          Totally ! I feel so bad

    14. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      It’s POURING here for at least 20 mins. The kind where the air looks white. …. Looks like Squirmy’s hit pretty hard, too….. poor baby…
      I was surprised to see that sailboat out there…….

      It’s a hard and it’s a hard and it’s a hard and it’s a hard
      And it’s a hard rain’s a gonna fall….. Bob Dylan…..

      • Isabella August 16, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Song of the day!

    15. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Jane stops in…….. Squirmy showing her opinion of wind……..

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        …… and it’s raaaainning all over the wwwoooorrlllld………….

        Just saw how bad the weather is all around the country- including a bride being rescued on her way to her reception….. I’m not complaining; but Squirmy might!

        • ChrisH August 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

          And in California too please!

          • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

            YES! So many places out west could use 1/2 0f this!!! One side of the country is drowning and the other is burning!

    16. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      @11:55……. Snackies from the twilight zone………

    17. SUE August 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      HELLO— CAN YOU SEE ME? LENS IS SMUDGED!

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        Fogging up from the weather……

    18. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      The mid-morning meal……………George looking like he took a dip, as he edges over to the left. He dries out in the wind before returning center rim, waiting patiently for Squirmy to come to the foodbell…………

      ……..

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        Squirmy ate a little, danced a little, then settled in to the job of fish consumption…………..the lens fogged over- temp change I’m guessing

    19. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

      There is something stuck on the lens that will slowly drive me crazy! At first I thought it was clouds scudding across the sky……. but they don’t go anywhere………..
      One end is attached under Services.com while the left section flaps annoyingly! It’s less noticeable in the still frame, just a slightly darker spot.
      It’s these little things that make my eyeball twitch……………..

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

        I was so distracted by the thing on the lens, and then the rain, that I didn’t notice the stick on Squirmy!!!!!

        Thanks, Dad!!!

    20. Trinity August 13, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

      8:22 am Squirmy taking a little rest, George comes in and drops a bundle of ‘decorations ‘ on his kid. Squirmy settled back in with a nice stick on her back.

    21. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

      The weather on my side of LI is very dark and brooding. We weren’t forecast for a storm, but it sure looks like something’s coming! But it is cooler! YAY!

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

        Now I see we have a 30-50% chance of showers for the next few hours…. Just looked out window and would saw it’s 100%….. consulted my weather rock- more reliable than weather app. May be running down the south shore.

        • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

          Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…………. looks like 100% chance in East Marion too………..

          • Isabella August 16, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

            Song of the day!

        • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

          Another shower in OZ……….. We’ve had rain all morning,,,,, a large cell of heavy rain is south of us over the ocean, heading our way…… have to watch and see if it goes north to EM…

          Parts of NJ have been hit really hard….. good thoughts going toward all affected……….

    22. CarolV August 13, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

      6:02– as the camera just came on…. GM, Squirmy!!!

      • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

        @6:42- Breakfish….

        • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

          Jane comes with leftovers and Squirmy got a nice big chunk, which slid down fine…………..

    23. Isabella August 12, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      Bonne nuit Ozland!

    24. Isabella August 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      It’s a fishy tale………Jane and George came in fighting over a fish . George flew out….Jane flew out

      • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

        Somebody ca me back and fed squirmy on the right……Jane and George tussling over the fish…..

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

          Squirmy goes over hoping to be fed….George flys out….Jane feeds Squirmy….George comes back…..no fish left…flys out again

          • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

            Which way did George go? Lol

            • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 11:50 pm

              Abstract family photo

    25. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Jane’s just about ready to fly upstairs………. Squirmy is O_U_T….. full belly; happy chicky

      Weather forecast has improved………. Still overcast but chance of t-storms diminished to 2 or 3 very brief possibilities…… temp 74; dropping just a few degrees to 71 @dawn.

      HAGN! Anyone with a clear sky—- remember the meteor showers. Dark skies of new moon increase chances of spotting some.

    26. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      George delivers what looks like a tautog……….on the small side of small!

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        Jane took it and flew right around to the no-see zone. We got the Squirmy butt with happy sounds……….

        • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

          19:39– George is back with a second, larger fish…..As Jane takes it, Squirmy hustles right up. offering to help…
          Jane stays right there and feeding begins…… a good long one….

          Squirmy, who is learning her manners, cleans her beak before bedtime……..

    27. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Jane finding the perfect spot…..

      Someone is wheep-wheeping and I don’t think it’s Squirmy….. maybe Jane, ’cause I think she’s in the no-see zone.

    28. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Trying to find something to do………

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

        ……… nuttin’ ta do………………

      • Trinity August 13, 2018 at 8:27 am - Reply

        Typical kid in the summer…. “ I’m bored, there’s nothing to do “

        • CarolV August 13, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

          haha…. what I was thinking! And it’s nice being an only child cause no one to fight with………BUT…. no one to play with

    29. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      George brought a nice fish…………. Squirmy stood front and center and we got a different view of her butt while she ate………….Jane came in and took the fish….

      When she returned with leftovers, Squirmy was snoozing…..

    30. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Squirmy stepped up on some branches to sky watch with George.
      Thankfully, she stepped back down when she started flapping!…….. Poor George got out of HER way!

    31. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Look what Squirmy did! Who did she learn this from? hhhmmmmmmmmmm………………

    32. Isabella August 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Update on the only club…..L’el’e gets a fish from Louis…..my fish, my fish!!…Louis “yes L’el’e, your fish “

      • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Twee2 trying to stay cool on her “pollock” rooftop

        • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

          Fish for the kids. Glad to see Belwood nest doing well after their ordeal!

          • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

            Not much to do on a hot day….try to stay cool…preen…pick up sticks…preen again..take a break

            • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm

              Look up…watch sailboat ⛵️

            • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 2:10 pm

              What is that ? A seashell?

            • Isabella August 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm

              A little chicky was testing her wings and “caught” a few seconds of air!

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the updates! That little guy Twee2 growing like crazy!

        • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

          CarolV…😊

    33. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Squirmy doing her wingersize dance…. added some hip-hop!

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        ..

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

        Funny…looks like she’s walking across hot coals! Lol

    34. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

      All right…………. we have a mystery. About 10:05- Someone was on the right side of the nest,
      …… Squirmy reacted cautiously, also squawked at them……. Bird offered fish to Squirmy, who was tempted but wouldn’t come close. As this osprey flew out, Squirmy pancaked.
      Just then, George flew in with a small stick, found a partial fish and fed Squirmy……… who was happy to see him……………..

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

        ..

        • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

          pancake as osprey leaves

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

            George came in right after, with a stick

            • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

              Squirmy jumped up when she saw George…. it looked like the fish was there for George to discover. So, of course, he fed Squirmy
              Jane came in and hung out upper right. It didn’t look like she got any……..

              Of course, I’d like to think that was Gracie, having a moment of happiness, feeding a chick in her nest….. but that’s sentimental me…..

            • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm

              Went back to find I am guilty of premature postulation! I would not make a good detective! I get too excited too soon and don’t complete the investigation!

              The unknown osprey was there longer than I had recognized… at least by a minute. So if you watch, start about 10:03…. Squirmy recognizes someone is there and does start taking fish…. But when I went to phone to watch (I get better audio) her little Squirmy squees were a little subdued.

      • Karen DeLong August 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

        Ten to one it was Gracie. I thought the same thing as you.

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

        Just saying this here, now. This is my interpretation of the events. There are alternative explanations.

        • June c August 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm - Reply

          That would be something our beautiful Gracie would do….anything possible at this nest..

        • Karen DeLong August 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

          True. But WHY this nest??? I’m telling you it was Gracie. My gut says so and I always go with my gut.

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 12:13 am - Reply

        I would like to think Gracie is on another nest with her own chicks. If this was Gracie or a strange osprey, would think George, Jane or both would defend the nest.

      • Betsy August 14, 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

        No mystery. No unknown osprey. No Gracie. JANE was offering fish to the chick (as seen in 10:06 pic time frame). The chick wasn’t “cautious,” Jane had fed it earlier and the chick was still full, not eager yet to eat more!!. Then Jane flew off as George came back with a stick. (George had flown from the perch at 10:02:52 hrs.)

    35. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

      A busy osplet morning…….stretch——flap——- preen

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

        ..preen…………..stretch……….flap one footed…………..get your talon snagged ………..stretch

        We’re just missing a ps and breakfish!

        • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 10:12 am - Reply

          and do the “headless osprey”!

      • Isabella August 13, 2018 at 12:16 am - Reply

        She is a busy chic!

    36. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

      And George says you can never have enough wet seaweed on a wet nest!

    37. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Showers came thru, off and on; even a brief t-storm. Sun showed he was up there.
      Day looks to be partly sunny, with a chance of showers late afternoon.

    38. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Jane brings in a seaweed garland
      Then furniture rearranging begins…………. watch out, Squirmy!!!

    39. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Squirmy checks to see if we’re up!

    40. CarolV August 12, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Camera came up around 6am, with George bringing in a nice goopy looking clump of sandy seaweed.

      • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        George adjusted his weeds
        Jane slipped out from the perch, as G&S watcher go

    41. Betsy August 12, 2018 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Chick is 6 weeks old today

    42. Isabella August 12, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

      Buonanotte!

    43. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Sunday, 8/12/18-

      …………………………………………………HAPPY 6 WEEK BIRTHDAY, SQUIRMY!

    44. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Sleep tight, little Squirmy! I won’t say the bedbug line… probably the only bug she hasn’t got in there with her!

      Weather: At least the afternoon was clear. They had a chance to dry out.
      74 now, about 9:30. Dropping to 70 about sunrise…………… chance of t-storms 2-9am, 50%
      Tomorrow- high 70s; chance of t-storms 30-50% all afternoon… In fact, the next 4 days are showing chance of t-storms!

      Everyone, HAGN!

    45. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Squirmy’s beautiful tail…………

    46. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Earlier, we had another episode of nestoration wars……….Jane comes in…….

      • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

        …. maneuvering her stick, she managed to get it over her neck………..Squirmy is just trying to stay out of the way but still gets stepped on!

        • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm - Reply

          Squirmy gets poked
          Then dodges and dances as Jane puts her stick in place! Phew!

          • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

            THEN! Minutes later, it’s George’s turn!………. Squirmy tries to stay out of Dad’s way, wingersizing in the background,,,,,,

            • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:54 pm

              ……….. but George moves her way, giving Squirmy a solid butt-check!
              So everyone survived …….. and the nest is more crowded,…….

            • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 9:37 pm

              George was back later. He realized he hadn’t obstructed our view!!!!!!
              Fortunately, he managed to knock the worst of it out of the way………

    47. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      @17:55- George brings a nice porgy………….

      • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        Squirmy’s ready!

        For a good, long feeding………

        • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          She cleans her beak…………..

          • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

            And shows us her happy face!

    48. Laura August 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      I would like to just add a couple of comments about the Southold nest at Cedar Beach. First I would like to thank the Wildlife Animal Rescue in Hampton Bays. They sent a man named, “Jim” to appraise the situation the next morning. Thankfully, the Osprey had freed herself and all seemed to be fine. I am sorry Jim had to waste his time driving to Southold but am truly grateful his help was not necessary. I have heard this is the same man who did the rescue last year at George and Gracie’s nest. There was a stick dangling from the nest with blue ribbon and a fishing rig. This had not been there the previous evening and I do believe this is what the female was tangled in. I feel the public needs to be educated about the dangers of leaving garbage on the beach. I also feel there should be some law against balloons with ribbon being let go outdoors. I realize this is improbable but these do so much damage to wildlife as a whole. I personally look forward to the Osprey’s return every year and am always sad to see them leave. They are here for such a short time, people should be more diligent with keeping our beaches clean. If they don’t want to do it for the wildlife, do it for the children. Okay, done with my rant!

      • Helen August 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

        🙂

      • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        These are our beaches , ocean, bays, the sound,etc. I don’t understand the “who cares” and “someone else will do it “ attitude. When I was young, I collected shells. Now I see more trash and dog poop than anything else! Most of this is from people enjoying the beach. Why can’t they respect the beach, caring people that do respect the beach ,and wildlife! Ps. Happy to hear Cedar beach nest is okay!

      • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        I’m glad the W.A.R of HB was there for you. Better safe than sorry and happy that the osprey managed to free herself. And I’m sure we all agree with your “rant”!

        At the very least, balloon sellers should be required to display warnings of the dangers to wildlife if those balloons are released. But that would probably impact the sales negatively, so will never get legislated. I just wish people would pay more attention instead of glossing over the “sad” horror stories of the impact to wildlife.

        Again, thanks for all you do!

    49. Isabella August 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Squirmy puts in lunch order to George on perch. George flys off. Fish tail makes an appearance. Lunch. Shake off . George gets the tail end!

      • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

        Rainy day activities…pick up sticks anf Seaweed…….Jane dropped in with a stick….George dropped in with seaweed,or cassette tape…..Jane flew out

        • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

          Jane came back with stick…George right behind her with a bigger stick…Jane flew out to escape getting poked

          • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

            Jane flew back in with another stick…and Squirmy says…game over!

            • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

              Love these Squirmy faces! Good catch!

          • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

            Enough with the sticks!!

        • CarolV August 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

          Yes! That seaweed does sometimes look like a cassette tape gone rogue!

    50. Isabella August 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Fluffy,wet,baby

      • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        George came over to feed squirmy. Stick got between them. Squirmy stretched,turned,and somehow got on the right side of the stick!

        • Isabella August 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

          Rain watching

    51. Helen August 11, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

      And incidentally, for those viewers who are new to this site, a little “tape” entitled “Osprey Rescue 2015” is on this website. You can see Jame and PSEG who worked together for a successful outcome.

    52. Helen August 11, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Regarding the Southold nest at Cedar Beach, although thankfully all was and is well, I think it is important to note: the same person, Jame MacDougall who had conducted the rescue on our nest from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center, came from Hampton Bays and was on site for several hours; PSEG was ready to come but they explained to me that there were two nests in the area each requiring a separate kind of truck; my sweet fiancé, Ed, went down to the area to assist with identifying the correct nest for PSEG — Jame was down there already but Ed did not know it so he left his office to help to go to Cedar Beach to help. To all these people and organizations, we owe our thanks and our appreciation.

    53. White Bear August 11, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Can it be determined if Squirmy is male or female?

      • Admin Shelli August 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

        Not with 100% assurity White Bear…only a DNA test can be absolute.

    54. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

      Happy to see George is on the job! Jane took it and fed Squirmy (out of sight)
      And Squirmy came in for a close up to make us feel sorrier for her!

      Gotta go! Sorry for the hurried shots

    55. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 5:43 am - Reply

      LAURA: Thanks for letting us know about that nest. Balloons should be sold with a warning about letting them loose! I understand the gesture when balloons are set free to go to heaven to say Hi! to a loved one, but people don’t think of the consequences to wildlife, We are a thoughtless species! Even with education, we continue to do what gives us instant gratification, not what’s best for the world around us.
      But I’m preaching to the choir here. We all have seen the results of human carelessness. So thank you, again, for what you do to improve those beaches. You are a star!

    56. CarolV August 11, 2018 at 5:24 am - Reply

      About 5am……….The storm has started out here. The thunder is far in the distance, but there is a lot of it! Heavy lightning too! Just starting a light rain. Video isn’t on yet. Will try to get pic before I’m off to work.

      • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 6:05 am - Reply

        Good news is, this is a band of storms and should pass thru soon. Bad news is it’s VERY noisy and raining hard! And these bands will be running thru all day or longer. Guess we’re getting what we’ve been waiting for….. I could do without the NOISE! Thunder very loud!

        Still no video.

        • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 6:18 am - Reply

          Caught the sky lighting up…….. good news is that the storm is mostly over the south fork by me right now, so Squirmy’s not getting it as badly.

      • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 6:08 am - Reply

        Video came up while I was typing no video. Here’s our wet chicky………

        • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 6:29 am - Reply

          Squirmy is up
          2nd pic- Squirmy reacted to this lightning
          And Jane is here to keep her company

          • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

            OH! So sad……….
            She’s moved to the right

    57. Isabella August 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Goodnight Jane

      • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

        Goodnight seashell?

    58. Isabella August 10, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      The game plan…..George flew in with a fish…..Jane and Squirmy “huddled “ to come up with a plan to get fish

      • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

        Jane flew out than back…..faked out George after he gave her a bite….then grabbed the fish!

        • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

          Squirmy did her best to distract George

          • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 10:42 pm - Reply

            Jane walked around with fish on foot while George followed wondering how he got duped!

            • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 10:44 pm

              Jane and Squirmy enjoy their victory!

            • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm

              Abstract family photo with Squirmy winking 😉 at us

          • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

            Your version is a lot more fun than mine!

          • Trinity August 11, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

            How dare they scheme against our beloved George ?!?!

    59. Isabella August 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Squirmy with sailboats

      • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 9:41 pm - Reply

        Squirmy 💕

        • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

          Incoming Jane with seaweed

    60. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      I can’t quite figure this out…. I think it’s a shell……….. Maybe a worn oyster shell? Anyone have other ideas??

      • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

        Sometimes it looks like a shell. If it was smaller, I’d say fruit pit? Been wondering too

    61. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Was trying for a family portrait, but this will have to do……….. Jane puts a stick on George…… she did take it off, so I guess that counts………

    62. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Just loved the look, composition and background color of this………

      • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

        Squirmy and dad daydreaming. Nice pic!

    63. Rjoneal August 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Osprey Zone Followers, I have missed you all. Today I looked at the nest for the 1st time since the baby has been born. George just finished feeding the baby and then I saw this. Baby’s shadow on Jane’s chest was just to special, so before I sign off I wanted to share and let you all know I miss you all bunches.
      Maybe you all have seen this all season so no big deal to you all but for me I loved it. We all I know how I love the sunlight,moonlight and shadows on the Osprey Family or nest.

      Signing off but first I must say we all knew George would be an excellent mate,father and provider. He is the King of Stud Muffins and most Gorgeous male Osprey on Long Island. I do miss our Gracie but Jane looks so pretty and thank goodness she had George as her mate, her being 1st time mom, George really trained her the way he wanted lol. So happy another successful year at the Long Island Nest even if it was not with our Gracie.
      I have to say it( Love my Osprey Family & Followers)
      Bye

      • Rjoneal August 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        Here are the original shots

        • Rjoneal August 10, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

          ok I Just realized I spelled Shadow this way (Shawdow) sorry for misspell oops !

      • Isabella August 10, 2018 at 11:25 pm - Reply

        Hi Rj! Miss you too! Awesome photo! Since you like moonlight an shadows , I am reposting this pic. Hope you enjoy it! It’s from boulder county osprey nest. Osprey silhouette

      • nfc August 11, 2018 at 5:25 am - Reply

        Rjoneal— wonderful to hear from you. Miss your witty comments. That is an interesting shot that you captured. George has been a great teacher for Jane and Squirmy. I have been checking your videos as Osprey Momma. You have wonderful sites all around your yard. Take care.

      • CarolV August 11, 2018 at 5:32 am - Reply

        Hi, Rjoneal- Missed you this year. Good to hear from you. Jane has done a good job, after a rocky start. George has been an excellent teacher. We’ve all learned so much! And still more to come. Stay safe!
        We’re about to have one hell of a weekend with this monster storm they are predicting. And just by how much Thunder and Lightning is happening, in the distance, is off to a swingin’ start.

      • June c August 11, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

        Hi RJ…..good to hear from you….

    64. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      About 5:30pm….. George brings the fish over and got Squirmy interested………….

      • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Although with THAT face…… I’d think twice ………….

        • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

          Squirmy picked up something that was dropped and they demolished that leftover fish.

          • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

            George tried to interest Squirmy in another bite..

            Then down the hatch!

            • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm

              Jane comes in just a sec too late and says something to George,
              George takes off and Squirmy watches him go.

            • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

              George was back in less than 15 mins. with Jane’s fish.
              But when she approached, he turned away….

            • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

              Jane flew out briefly, then came back and politely asked. George fed her a few bites before Jane took the fish. She went off to the right to eat.

    65. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Backed up just like the big chick she is! And overboard………….

    66. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Squirmy had a fuzzy feather stuck on her tongue and fluttering in the breeze. It moved to her nose.

      • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

        And making good use of that annoying stick

    67. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Long Island. It will be in effect from midnight Friday until 8 a.m. Sunday
      Possible 1-3 ” with locally heavier amounts. Possibility of 1-2″ per hour.
      Oh, joy………… but that may not be us. Many heavy storms break up before they make their way east. Can we get a beach umbrella 60 ft. up before mid-night???

    68. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      George brings in a fish and Squirmy doesn’t want any.
      Jane’s shadow appears and then we have two tails cozying up together……

    69. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      This was shared on the New Hog Island fb page. Everyone loves a happy story!

      https://capecodtoday.com/article/2018/08/01/241337-Three-Osprey-Chicks-Displaced-Fire-are-Reunited-Parents

    70. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      We’re back! Minus the osprey………….. the boats are pretty!

      • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        Celebrated too soon……. Video circling and the clock is off by 9-10 mins. And the black overlay is back now………

      • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        SShhhhhhhh! we’re back with a partial osprey (making progress) but don’t want to say it out loud…………………….

    71. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Leaning her head on the lens guard……….

    72. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      George brings in a fish
      Followed by assorted butt views as Squirmy gets fed

    73. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Squirmy– thnx for trying! But you are not blocking that bright, bright sun!

    74. CarolV August 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Another chapter to the G&J nest wars…..

      Jane was fussing in that corner, moving things, straightening things. Reached practically under Squirmy, who moved,
      to grab a shell……
      Just to put it in almost the same spot…..

      • CarolV August 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

        Then, George comes in with his messy clump of seaweed and piles it right in Jane’s neat corner!

    75. Isabella August 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      10:09 pm is the last post I see. Was hoping to see an update for the nest by Cedar beach

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