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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.

*******************
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. Theresa August 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      For the record, Ali, Chick # 2, fledged the earliest @ 50 days old on 07/25/2016 . Eclipse, Chick #2, fledged @ 53 days old on 7/30/2017.

    2. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      George stood mid nest for a few minutes before going to perch.
      Shadows of flapping wings from right and then Squirmy moves where we can see her tail…

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        14:01- It’s possible Squirmy is eating- that tail is bobbing up and down… I hear soft chirps from her and George but not happy eating sounds… possible George left piece of fish for her to work on ??

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

        Mamma’s home and heads right towards Squirmy.

        A lot of conversation……tail flipping….

    3. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      12:57- George brings in a headless fish. Heads to right. Thought I heard Squirmy briefly.
      Very frustrating that all action has moved completely right and it’s all guesswork……..

    4. Trinity August 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Since Squirmy has finally spread her wings, I’m curious if Jane is going to stick around or head down South soon ( since the moms usually leave first , at least Gracie did in past years ). I’m sure George will finish his fatherly duties and wait until Squirmy can provide for herself.

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        That was my thought. She’s out of the nest- or just out of sight- most of the day now. Hope we get to see her a few more times……

      • Isabella August 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

        Trinity.. I was thinking the same about Jane. Will she leave when other moms do. Or stay a little longer since the nest had a late start? I know Iris, Rachel, and Dee are still around. Dee’s chick Twee2 is two weeks older than Squirmy. Curious to see if they all leave about the same time. Dads stay behind with chicks, but they don’t leave together. I remember George staying with Sandy, who didn’t seem like she wanted to leave! Lol. I will miss Jane!

        • Trinity August 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm - Reply

          I’ve watched the video of George & Sandy taking off countless times, makes me smile 😀 . I loved the summer of 2015 nest.

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

          We used to joke George would have to tow the nest with them if he wanted to get Sandy to go!

    5. Isabella August 27, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Oodgay orningmay Jane and Ozlanday!☀️

    6. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

      George came in with a small blackfish and lands on the right.

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

        George waits ……………… the bees are heading over.

        • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

          George is feeding Squirmy. Although I thought I heard her earlier, she is loud and clear now…. and George’s movements are consistent with feeding.

    7. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Squirmy was in briefly…. chirped a little, then out……..

    8. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Experiencing empty nest syndrome……………………………….

      Since video came back, no Squirmy………..

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

        George????

        No,…. Jane. She spends some time looking around. I can’t help wondering what goes thru her mind. Once again, a new experience in that the usual situation in the nest is now different.
        I wonder if Squirmy is even in sight?

        • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

          And be sure to notice the view compared to beginning of summer!!

    9. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Look back……Sunday, 07-01-18 Beautiful dawn

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

        George and Squirmy- day 1

        • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

          Jane meets motherhood…… it’s a little scary the first time!

          • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

            . and puzzling…….Guess I better feed it?????

    10. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Guess it’s time for a look back…………

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

        ADMIN SHELLI….. if possible, please remove this and comment it’s attached to (10:18am) maybe Aidan ws working on restoring video, bless him. but site kept jumping while I was posting and this was an accident………

    11. Betsy August 27, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      2018 STATS

      Egg #1 laid on 05/23/2018 @ 12:04:41 hrs
      Egg #2 laid on 05/26/2018 @ 07:11:23 hrs
      Egg #3 laid on @ time unknown (camera was down between 05/28/2018 at 21:08:24 hrs and 05/29/2018 at 09:38:55 hrs – egg first seen 05/29/2018 at around 10:11:38 hrs)

      *2 eggs did not hatch

      Chick (Squirmy)
      Hatched 🐣: 07/01/2017 (39 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 08/02/2017 @ 56 days old

      Gracie:
      Not seen at nest when camera came back online on 05/22/2018; seen on 06/05/2018 in huge battle with George and Jane while trying to reclaim nest, again on 06/06/2018 in a smaller battle with George and Jane, and on 06/11/2018 in another huge battle with George and Jane, and on 7/28/2018 when she briefly landed on the nest

      George:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 05/22/2018 when camera came back online

      Jane (George’s new mate):
      First seen 👀 at nest: 05/22/2018 when camera came back online

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

      Isabella- one thing I have learned is that I can mangle good morning and good night in many different languages!

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

        I did well with pig Latin

        • Dawn August 27, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

          My mom and I used to speak it all the time. Glad it’s not a dead language!!! LOL

          • Isabella August 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

            This was a “blast” from the past from Jr. high days! Realized I’m very rusty speaking it now! Lol!

    13. June c August 27, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Congrats to the fledge….have been watching the progress….missed the fledge…..next up a fish catch…

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

        We haven’t really seen her pull a fish from parent…. unless I just missed it. I know she has had control of fish pieces….. baby steps…. but she better step faster! Time’s a wastin’!

    14. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

      Squirmy in the moonlight………

      Waiting for the camera to start this morning……..

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

        ..Funny how the camera comes up for brief periods during the night…..

    15. Betsy August 27, 2018 at 1:22 am - Reply

      Couldn’t decide which one I liked best!!

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        Get some interesting effects at night…….. miss the all night camera days…… especially full moon

    16. Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Oodgay ightnay Ozland! 💤

    17. Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      The big girl now seems to take up a lot of the nest

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        George bringing a fish

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

          The fish 🐟

          • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

            Eating like a big girl

            • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm

              Dad “tops” her off

            • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

              The tail end!

    18. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      George adds to the seaweed collection……
      Squirmy does some pre-bed exercise.

      76 now- dropping to 69; clouds start coming in later

      Monday- partly cloudy with temps in the low 80s.

    19. Betsy August 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Isabella: Thank you Isabella for the reminder!! Here’s the video of the chick’s fledge.

      PS – At 12:08:03 hrs the chick does a really high hover (as we have all seen it capable of doing over the past several days) going across the nest (that’s the shadow — noon-time shadow is at a slight angle from straight down) landing on the right edge of the nest (see the tail feathers at 12:08:09 hrs as it lands on the nest from it’s hover). You can hear the chick still on the nest at 12:08:17-19 hrs and again at 12:08:34-36 hrs (listen for it’s raspy “whey whey whey”) and the shake of the nest as the chick fledges can best be seen on the right side where the camera housing and land meet in the camera view at 12:08:53/54 hrs. You can first see the chick flying, just after it leaves the nest, in the opening formed by the 2 sticks on the very right edge of the nest at 12:08:57 hrs.

      https://youtu.be/y-CCoIkKB5g

      • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        Couldn’t put my finger on what I saw earlier without recognizing it, but this is it: I’m just now noticing a flicker of a shadow at 12:08:52 hrs on the very right edge of the nest immediately under where those 2 pieces of wood that form an opening jut up — that’s the shadow of the chick as it fledges. So, CarolV, there’s your shadow!!

        • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

          Sorry, Betsy, but what I see is a piece of grass flicking in the wind and then Squirmy coming up under the nest edge as she rises. I’m just saying it’s hard to put an exact call on this and 12:08 is exact enough for me….. just my opinion.

      • nfc August 27, 2018 at 2:59 am - Reply

        Betsy— Thanks for taping this video for all of us who watch and want to see the fledge of an osprey. What a wonderful thing to see.

      • Isabella August 27, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Betsy….thx for the video! …love how when she lands, she looks around and yap,yap,yaps…”hey! Did anybody see that”?

    20. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      When video woke up from its nap, Squirmy had a fish and was feeding herself. This has been a busy couple of days– sleeping perched at night; fledging; having her own fish! WOW!

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

        .Squirmy did some stretching…… not used to eating at this angle– or pulling apart that fish!

        • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

          Some seaweed came in; followed by George……
          He took the fish from Squirmy and fed himself for a while…… then he shared with her.

    21. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Sleepy baby….. had a busy day! Camera went to sleep right after this…. Check back about 7

    22. Isabella August 26, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Shelli….has Dr.Rob contacted anyone?

      • Admin Shelli August 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        I have emailed him 😍

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

          Shelli.. haven’t “seen” you in a while….how are you?…how is your mouth since your surgery?

    23. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Midday fish………. looked like a bigger one, Squirmy may prefer making a grab for the smaller blackfish, as she didn’t try for this.

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

        She hung back complaining but it looked (and sounded) like she wasn’t fed till she moved in…..

    24. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Gorgeous sky………. those clouds look like the puffs from and old train engine!

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

        Love the black and white of the osprey,against that deep blue!

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

          Choo….chooo!🚂

    25. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Studmuffin comes in to pose in his gorgeousness……..

    26. Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Wait a minute…. I don’t have to lay around the nest anymore!

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        I

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          Can

          • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

            Fly!!

            • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm

              Did ya see me?

            • RobininMD August 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

              Yay for Squirmy! Thanks Isabella, Betsy, Carol and Gina for the beautiful pictures & poem our new fledgling!

            • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm

              Hi RobininMD ….thought we “lost” you to the Tweedles! Your welcome! ….great to see all members of the only club have fledged!……Em,L’el’e,Twee2 and Squirmy

      • Trinity August 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        She must love the new sense of freedom.

    27. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Squirmy made a real effort to get the fish for herself………… she settled for being fed lovely blackfish……..

    28. Betsy August 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      The chick actually fledged at 12:08:54 hrs. Here’s her track as she flew in a loop out over the water …

      • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

        before gracefully landing back on the nest …

      • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

        Then she took a SECOND spin almost immediately after landing …

      • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        taking another quick spin before flying back to the nest (wings behind branch …

      • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

        and another good landing!!

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

        Really can’t debate the seconds………… she flew up toward perch, fluttered there then disappeared for 30 seconds or so…. some shadows on right and then nothing till she appeared flying up from below…… so second of fledge somewhere in between……… but just my opinion…. I had it totally wrong!

        • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

          I’m not sure I’m following what you mean about “debate the seconds,” but the chick was still on the nest on the right back at 12:08:36 when you can distinctly hear it’s raspy “whey, whey, whey” and watch the nesting material … they move differently with flapping wings than with the breeze at that time (in other words, they”settle” down at 12:08:53/54 hrs). Here’s a glimpse of the chick at 12:08:57 hrs in the opening between 2 pieces of wood after it had just taken off.

        • Betsy August 26, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

          Oh, and I forgot … with keen observation skills, one can actually see the nest shake ever so slightly when the chick takes off!!

      • Trinity August 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        Whoo hoo !!!! 😀

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        Betsy…I wasn’t sure this is when she fledged due to before my pics . I was getting a black screen with that dreaded circle! Any way, whether or not people saw it live,( like I was lucky to ) I’m sure many would appreciate and enjoy a wonderful Betsy video!

    29. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Squirmy’s begging whenever someone is close enough…..

      George with seaweed
      Jane with a stick and a beak plant
      Close overhead pass……
      Tries puppydog eyes……..

    30. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Went back to find Dr, Rob’s post….. we have a winner!

    31. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Camera back on hold……….. whole lot of excitement fit in between camera naps……………

    32. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Well…. as usual. I missed the original first. Mary Anne on FB posted and I went back to see she fledged @12:08:03

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        and credit to Isabella, who posted right one too!

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          CarolV…so glad you posted your pics of her other flights! Made me realize I wasn’t seeing things. Didn’t know til now posted first flight. Seeing yours showed she likes to do the same loop! You and I have posted a lot of pics….I’m glad we both posted pics of our special girl flying!😃. This is a special day for all of Ozland!🎉

    33. GinaM August 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      “Look at me way up high
      Suddenly here am I
      I’m flying!
      I’m flying!
      I can soar
      I can weave and what’s more
      I’m not even trying!
      High up and as light as I can be
      I must be a lovely site to see
      I’m flying!!!”

      Way to go Baby Girl!!

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        GinaM….love it!

      • Trinity August 26, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        Lovely sentiment Gina *

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

        Maybe those little red orbs this morning were Tinkerbell! Come to give her courage!

      • ChrisH August 27, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

        Beautiful!!

    34. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      SHE WENT!!!!!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

        And BACK!! Thank you, baby! Didn’t keep us waiting!

        • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

          ..

          • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

            rested…………

            • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm

              TOO EXCITED!!! Let’s do it again!!!

            • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm

              WWWWhhhhhheeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

            • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:16 pm

              And home again! WE HAVE A FLEDGLING!

              (unless I missed a previous jump)

    35. Isabella August 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Clearing before takeoff!

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

        Off?

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

          In the air…landing! She came from the left

          • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

            Watched this 3x….seems like May have went to perch first….believe that is her in the air…she definitely came in from the left!!….don’t know if this is her maiden fledge….this is what I saw….believe the princess had fledged from the royal 👑 roost!

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        You did better than me! I got all excited about a later flight because I somehow missed this one….. day late; dollar short…

        • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

          That’s what I get for eating lunch…. darn! In any case, we have a fledgling and lots of good shots of various flights………….. video, anyone???????HINT!

    36. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Squirmy with her breath-taking practice ( me holding breath!)……………. shadows are what we see about 1/2 the time…

    37. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

      ….. DAY 56—— Camera came on early just long enough to get silhouettes against a dawning sky with some left over moonlight shining on Squirmy………
      and went back to blue screen…

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

        Camera came back with fairy orbs– two special red ones!– …………….. George was feeding Squirmy

        • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

          And Jane stopped in……… note: not an x-ray showing an egg…..

          • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

            X-ray not showing egg….too funny!

    38. CarolV August 26, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Finally got to check in today and we are on naptime……. check back 11:59

      • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

        Back right on time…………

        Someone is there with her………. and a log right in the middle———

    39. Betsy August 26, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

      The chick is 8 weeks old today

    40. Isabella August 26, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Dzien dobry Ozland! ☀️

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

        Living on the edge

        • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

          Is she going to fledge?

          • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

            .?

    41. Isabella August 25, 2018 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Dobranoc Ozland!😴

    42. Isabella August 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      A little late evening boogie!

      • Trinity August 26, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

        Squirmy is gearing up for her maiden flight !

    43. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Sunday- 08-26-18-……….. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SQUIRMY!!!!! 56days/ 8 weeks old…..

      • Meli August 26, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

        Happy birthday beautiful Squirmy!!!!! Cannot wait to see you fledge…. soon!!!!

    44. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Down again…………………………

      • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

        Camera came up right on time………
        Stayed long enough to get some silhouettes of Squirmy………..just cloudy enough to diffuse that moonlight

        • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 9:24 pm - Reply

          The fireworks across the bay were on again tonight……….

          • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

            Squirmy’s stretching wings caught some light from the house below……….

            68 now; dropping to 62 under clear skies…… one more good day tomorrow; highs of 76-77 with mostly sunny skies…………. heat returning Monday…

            HAGN!

    45. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Squirmy was having such a good time flapping, she barely broke stride for this ps!

    46. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      George brings in some seaweed…………..

      • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        .. and wrestles with this big stick………… nicely leaving it across the lens again…….

        • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

          Squirmy takes 40 winks……..

    47. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      @17:53…. George is in and out with a nice fish….. Squirmy looks dumb-founded!

      • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        Unfortunately, the camera needs a nap. I’m sure superdad was back to feed the kid .a.s.a.p. checking back at 18:58….

        • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

          Back on time……….. Looked like Squirmy cleaned her beak, then went back to the right, where Jane is………

    48. Mary Drotar August 25, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      How did we find out Squirmy is a “she”? Did someone life up her skirt?

      • Trinity August 26, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

        Haaaaaaa 😀

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        We lifted up a feather! Lol!

      • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        See! Lol

    49. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Since Squirmy learned how to do the one-legged osprey, she practices a lot!

    50. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Look out below!!!!!!!

      • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Squirmy decided to rearrange Dad’s branch!

    51. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Squirmy practiced…. several times…. just posting one……..

      • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        And she peeked at us……………..

        • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

          George and Jane both came in. Squirmy was chatting when George started alarming……. she couldn’t decide to pancake or not………

    52. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Couldn’t decide if this was a feeding or not…….
      Squirmy got excited and headed right. The grasses in that bottom corner were kicked up, like maybe there was a fish flopping. Then Squirmy disappeared right.

      George popped in a little later… almost like he came out of the right.

    53. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Just managed to catch this feeding. Don’t know if it’s a recent fish 🐠 or left from the double delivery earlier. Just happy to see Squirmy eating!

    54. Meli August 25, 2018 at 10:58 am - Reply

      I lost track of how old squirmy is… Is she about 7 weeks now? In comparison with Lele from Hellgate (before fledging) it seems to me that Squirmy is practicing flying a lot more. She is very, very active.

      • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Meli….she was 7 weeks aug. 19. I also watch hellgate. I saw L’el’e helicoptering a lot. And yes she is a very busy princess! Lol!

        • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

          But not at the moment! Lol!

          • Meli August 26, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

            Such a cute bumming osprey…

        • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

          8 weeks tomorrow

    55. Isabella August 25, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Dobre rano Ozland!☀️……breakfish is served!

      • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

        “Pirate “ princess walks the “plank”

        • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

          Thought George was going to knock her off with his wing!

          • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

            She moved to the other side

        • CarolV August 26, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

          Love those pirate pics! She is really skirting the edge! And now sleeping upright seems to be the thing….. Lots of good practice perching…

    56. GinaM August 25, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Come on Janie- you can do it. Spread those wings and fly- really you can do it! You have a BIG trip coming up and you need the practice!!!

      • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

        GinaM…do you mean the princess?…..

        • GinaM August 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

          Yes, my bad 🙂

          • Isabella August 26, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

            Thought you were talking about Jane til you said she needed the practice! Lol

    57. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Fairy orbs all over Squirmy…. will this be a magical day???????????????????????????????

      • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

        Morning CarolV! Love fairy orb pic!

    58. CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Squirmy greets the day………

      • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

        ……… and Jane…………

        • CarolV August 25, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

          …………………..AND George!

          The day is off and running…… Squirmy is eating and will have fuel for lots of exercise…….. HAGD!

    59. Isabella August 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Dobrou noc Ozland!💤

      • Isabella August 24, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

        Hi osprey experts!! Is anyone watching me?….did I break the record for fledging ?

        • Isabella August 24, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

          These wings are a lot of work!

    60. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Squirmy as the moon rises…………….

      Temp. 74 now……… clear skies and 62 by dawn….. Saturday…. Starts out sunny, with increasing clouds.. temps high 70s

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

        As the moon rises, Squirmy seems determined to stay upright like the big osprey she is, but seems like she’s fighting sleep. Was waiting to see who gave up first, her or the camera….. looks like the camera is losing…

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

          There was fireworks across the bay on the right.
          Camera pooped out shortly after this………………. sometimes it pops back on … hope I catch it , to see if Squirmy gives in and lays down.

        • Isabella August 25, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

          CarolV… I was thinking the same….she is becoming a “night owl “

    61. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Jane comes in…………… she sat on the right for a good while before heading to perch, She did some work on the porch……….. probably rearranged furniture, since they spend so much time out there!
      She was calling and it sounded like George answering from a distance.

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        Beautiful background as Squirmy does her exercise.

    62. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Interesting effect……….. looks like Squirmy has her own horizon!

    63. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      @17:36…..Squirmy cheers……..

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

        As George delivers a platter size fish…………..

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

          Squirmy squawks as George tries to wait her out………….
          Then George concedes a few inches and holds out a piece…………
          Squirmy is happy to make the stretch………..

          • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

            George gives Squirmy a big piece which she has to hold with her foot. Good practice. He feeds her more while she was trying to figure out what to do with the foot fish. Funny to watch….

            It was a good long feeding, with leftovers. George is working on them now……………… Gotta love that Studmuffin! Such a good Dad!

            • Helen August 24, 2018 at 8:05 pm

              As we have discussed many times, he is an outstanding and patient father. Squirmy is very lucky.

    64. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Squirmy announces the arrival of a fish with George….@15:10

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        George skims the frame………

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

          Squirmy moves to twilight zone to join George and Jane comes in and heads to perch………

    65. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Looks like video is on hold…15:58;51….. will check back at 16:59 to see if it rested …..

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        Back right on time…………… Squirmy surveying the bay…………..

    66. Isabella August 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      The wee one

      • Isabella August 24, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

        Little cutie!

        • Isabella August 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

          Few of my favorites

          • Isabella August 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

            Blast from the past!

    67. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Squirmy clears the landing field………..

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

        Then practice………shadows and tailtip……………she disappears for toooooooo long, till I hear her! and practice starts again….rally working at those wing muscles!

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm - Reply

          Off load excess cargo………..

          • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

            Maybe get some REAL height now!!!!!

            She is doing a LOT of practicing….. close to perfect conditions, I guess. Gentle breeze, rising thermals, no rain!

    68. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      13:25….. George delivers lunch…. a nice blackfish.

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

        Jane makes the move and yanks off a very stuck fish………..

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

          Jane moves right with Squirmy, but I’m not sure she stayed. Squirmy sounded more like she was complaining than happy. And she did some flapping……..

    69. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Thought Squirmy went! Watching on phone, it looked like her shadow disappeared…….. went to computer to get the story.

      Squirmy limbered up and flapped briefly……….. suddenly took off and went across the nest. Her shadow is above that right corner and disappears very briefly, till she settles down and I see her tail tip.

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

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        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

          I think she might be trying for the perch…….. thought I heard Jane, maybe, chirping after the first try.

          This looked like a mid perch try……….

          • Isabella August 24, 2018 at 10:45 pm - Reply

            When I was watching her helicopter on the 19th….she was up for 9seconds. Heard her hit either the camera or perch. Don’t know if her wing or body hit it. Then she was back in the nest. So I also think she may fledge to the perch

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          Forgot to mention… when she was on the right, and no shadow showed, there was movement of some sticks showing she was there…. Flapping shadows started again as she moved over……..

    70. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Not much happening except preening………….
      A nice day- 78 now, with mod. humidity…. slight breeze….. love it!

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 11:59 am - Reply

        George came in to move things and have a chat with the kid……….

    71. Isabella August 24, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Bonum mane ozland!☀️

    72. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

      ……………………….Morning Prayers………………………………..

    73. CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

      8/24- GM, Squirmy!

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

        GM, Jane!

        • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

          Notice our little daredevil right on the edge!

          • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

            GM, George and your fishy friend!

            • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 8:44 am

              George brings in the headless fish and Squirmy goes to the twilight zone to eat…………

    74. Isabella August 23, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      Bonum Nocte Ozland!

    75. Isabella August 23, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      Dancing in the moonlight 🎵

      • CarolV August 24, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

        I was watching her dance! Looked joyful!

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