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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. Isabella September 1, 2018 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Sula bulungi Ozland!😴

    2. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Big weekend for Squirmy! 2 b’days….

      Saturday, 9/01….. HAPPY TWO MONTH BIRTHDAY!!!!

      • CarolV September 1, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

        No body in sight……. even the sun is struggling!

        Everybody, HAGD!!!

        • CarolV September 1, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

          GM Jane……….
          GM George….

          We all gotta go…………

      • CarolV September 1, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

        I rolled right by her!
        GM Squirmy!!!!!

      • CarolV September 1, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

        Complaining. Has there been breakfish?

    3. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Squirmy checked out perch; then floated upward, just like a big bird…………… our baby growing up………… snifffffffff….

      A markedly more pleasant evening! 70 and drier now; cloudy night dropping to 64 by dawn…… Saturday- partly sunny, temps mid 70s……….

      HAGN! Camera signed off about 8pm

    4. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      And the fish sits alone…… Squirmy was out of sight for a bit.
      She came back, checked on the fish; then, they rested together……….. til something got her attention……….

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        19:04- George brings a deheaded fish…….. S is very happy to see it!
        George quietly appropriates the bigger fish in the background………..

        • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

          Just after 7:30-
          ……. the coup de queue………

          She seemed better able to handle this fish and plowed right thru it!

    5. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Incoming dance…
      George lets us see him this time………
      Squirmy gets a hold…. fish seems dead already

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

        Squirmy starts in….. she seems distracted and George is upstairs alarming…………

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

        When you think about it, if Squirmy had come along at the usual hatch time, fish would probably have been smaller for her to practice on… generally are earlier in the season……… so she’s getting a crash course!

        • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

          Nature calls……………..
          She was mostly done with that fish for now………

      • Trinity September 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        I crack up at Squirmy’s facial expressions !

        • CarolV September 1, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

          I know.. who would have guessed bird faces were so fun to read? Another reason these nature cameras are so great!

    6. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      And we’re waiting……………. and waiting………………

    7. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply
      • Isabella September 1, 2018 at 12:37 am - Reply

        Warm moment!

      • nfc September 1, 2018 at 5:43 am - Reply

        Carol— thanks for sharing that video. A good ending for an eagle caught in a fishing line. Eagles are my other bird of choice to watch. I am sure others here like eagles too.

    8. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Mid day meal @15:40…

      Squirmy excited about the pizza delivery guy………..

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        Lots of red sauce on the pizza………….

        George wisely had his share already………….he jumps to perch and down, hanging around while Squirmy eats………

        • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

          George alarms and goes………….

    9. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Squirmy has been standing around complaining……….

      Now she’s lying down, complaining…….. got PSEG’s memo to save energy……

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Who dat???

        • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

          Just like any kids– can’t wait for them to learn how to talk; pretty soon, you wonder if they ever shut up!

          • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

            Was over in Riverhead this a.m. and saw 8-10 birds leisurely floating in a large circle…. thought they were osprey and then heard confirmation.. that voice is unmistakable! They were north of me, so probably over the Sound. So they are not as solitary as I tend to think of them. Nice to see hangin’ wit friends!

    10. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Squirmy dropped down from the perch……
      George came in and Squirmy was chatting with him…
      George was checking on the seaweed supply……..

    11. Isabella August 31, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Dobroho ranku Ozland!☁️……peek a boo princess…we see you!

    12. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Squirmy hopped and took short flight with her fish in foot…………

    13. CarolV August 31, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Family meeting……….

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

        ..

      • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 7:31 am - Reply

        Squirmy breakfish

        • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 7:33 am - Reply

          Adding to seaweed collection………..

          Pink pixies say HI!

          • Isabella August 31, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

            Love the pixies!

    14. Betsy August 31, 2018 at 6:22 am - Reply

      Peek-a-boo

    15. Betsy August 30, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      “It was our favorite part of the day, this in-between time, and it always seemed to last longer than it should – a magic and lavender space unpinned from the hours around it, between worlds.”
      – Paula McLain

      • Isabella August 31, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

        I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…love the colors this time of day…and seeing the black and white of ospreys against those blues!

    16. CarolV August 30, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Caught Jane in on scrollback……………. George jumped down ……….

    17. CarolV August 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Squirmy is announcing an arrival.. very excited!

      • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

        18:56- Phantom deliveryman—– My money is on George-

        • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

          Squirmy diddled around taking this fish. It was by her feet when it slowly got pulled back right. Guess it was to get her interested again.
          She went after the fish and claimed it

          And the video went to naptime……….

          • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

            You can just see the fish between those sticks on the right in that top photo………

            • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm

              Video was back a short time before pooping out then going blue screen………..

              It’s Mostly cloudy and 77 now. Dropping to 69 about dawn. Friday mostly cloudy, mid- 70s….. and LOWER HUMIDITY!!!!!

    18. Isabella August 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Nadobranich Ozland!😴

    19. Isabella August 30, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Beautiful view!

    20. Betsy August 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Flew in like a crow …

      • Betsy August 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        Flew out like an osprey!!

        • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

          Now for my next trick!…..good one Betsy!

        • CarolV August 31, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

          I wish I could change from an old crow to….. something! Osprey might be nice except for my fear of heights…………

    21. Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Buna dimineata Ozland!☀️……George came in with headless fish….you could hear the princess giving her order from afar….George fishflopped it to the right and waited

      • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

        Princess decides to come to the “table”

        • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

          George took a spin and reentered with fish

          • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

            Thx dad!

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm

              George tiptalons out of her way

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm

              Gracefully eating her breakfish!

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:26 pm

              The wasp get breakfish too!

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm

              George flys from perch…comes back with seaweed

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm

              Jane comes right behind him with more seaweed

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:38 pm

              George pops out and brings a little more seaweed

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

              While Jane keeps the princess company…George flys by

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

              Brings in a lot of seaweed

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

              The “zone” family

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:46 pm

              Bye George!

    22. Pattie Hoolie August 30, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Nest is quiet today? Little bird doesn’t seem to be present Dad came in at 139:41 gave a few shout outs then flew away

    23. Betsy August 30, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      THERE’S Jane … still around, making a grass delivery this morning …

      PS – she remained headless from flying in to moving to the corner!!

      • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        Jane is almost always headless…and most times George…and sometimes the princess! This is the only nest I watch that the camera is like this. Makes for some interesting photos!

        • Betsy August 30, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Not seeing her at all yesterday I was hoping for a glimpse of her pretty face to show everyone!!

    24. Betsy August 30, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

      George brought Essie (disclaimer: my nickname for the chick) a partial fish. After taking the fish from George, she mantled over it!!

      • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

        Mine is the princess 👑

    25. CarolV August 30, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

      George comes in and Jane is right behind, both with seaweed deliveries. Jane moved right and it sounded like she might have taken over feeding, as I heard some Squirmy happy squees……..

      • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        I was wondering the same…though I didn’t see her with fish in feet

        • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

          Squirmy was working on a fish from earlier. I think Jane helped her along

    26. CarolV August 30, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

      Morning! Did a quick scan and each time the camera came up, Squirmy was in the same spot……..

      • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

        This time, no one is in sight……… nice pink glow as we see another hazy morning…….
        They say we are due for a weather change with a cold front coming through……….

        • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

          George exits from the right. He did a little beak cleaning. Hopefully, he delivered to Squirmy but unknown, as camera came up minutes ago.

          • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 6:55 am - Reply

            Our pink-red fairy orbs are back……

            • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 7:25 am

              George brings a fish and no Squirmy……… he waits for a while……

            • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 7:28 am

              Now Squirmy and no George………..
              George is right behind her………
              Squirmy takes the fish and tries out her mantling technique……….
              Then heads right….

              You can always hear George nearby, keeping an eye on Squirmy.

        • Betsy August 30, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

          CarolV: re: cold front coming through. It can’t come soon enough!!

          • Isabella September 1, 2018 at 12:41 am - Reply

            Heat + humidity =🤬

    27. Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:19 am - Reply

      Noapte buna Ozland!💤

    28. Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      Fish George brought to dinner had other plans

      • Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

        Her highness seems frightened

        • Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

          Hunger won out

          • Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

            She stood on him, then took a bite…he didn’t care for that

            • Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:51 pm

              So he flipped her to the other side

            • Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:57 pm

              Fish rodeo

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:02 am

              fish makes a “run” for it!

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:06 am

              The princess shows mercy and performs CPR

            • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:08 am

              Too late!

        • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

          This guy was a worthy opponent…….. we have to thank it for contributing to Squirmy’s education- and stomach………

          • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

            CarolV.. I like it better when they bring a headless fish

    29. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Well, the video stream came up relatively late, at around 7 am, with an adult osprey standing on the right front corner of the nest, only visible from the end of its folded wings and tail feathers … couldn’t tell who it was. I did not see Jane at the nest all day nor did I hear her alarming from the perch at any time. Hmm …

    30. CarolV August 29, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Another muggy night after a muggy day- consistent. 80 @ 9pm….. clear night- 74 by dawn……………. Thursday- sorry to be redundant- muggy- sunny, temps mid-high 80s…..

    31. CarolV August 29, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      George came in with ANOTHER fish…. headless this time… when he saw Squirmy was busy, he devoured this fish in no time………

      Squirmy flew around while George was still there. She was soon nodding off…………. been working hard!
      George left thru right side and may have picked up leftovers on his way..

      • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        Just noticed I caught George tip-toeing toward leftovers before he flew……….

    32. CarolV August 29, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Although I am sorry for this fish, it was a good learning tool for Squirmy. It was STILL alive and got away………. Squirmy JUMPED on it

      • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        She started right; paused to start on the fish, then went out of sight and was working on it………

      • nfc August 30, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply

        Carol— I loved this sequence and how Squirmy handled it. Glad you captured it. Squirmy is becoming an osprey with skills to survive.

        • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

          CarolV…glad you saw this too! It was something to watch,though it’s getting harder to see them come in alive and flipping

    33. CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      18:20- Squirmy announces George’s arrival with another fish…….
      Squirmy doesn’t seem anxious to take this one, but George lets it go…..

      • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        It’s a VERY flippy fish!
        Squirmy waits for it to slow down, then goes to stand on it— vey effective!

        (it’s not easy watching something fighting so hard to live……)

        • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

          Squirmy doesn’t seem too interested …. probably still full…

    34. CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      I’ve mentioned my on-going fight with my computer. This is the issue where, when plugged in, all live videos enlarge……… don’t usually bother posting, but I love this one! Need to enter this in to the animal print genre- Young Osprey …..!
      This second one is the scene, computer unplugged…….

    35. CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Got home to be able to see this epic struggle………. funny/epic………

      Squirmy flies down from perch to yell George in…..She goes to grab the fish, but George ……………

      • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        …..lets it go. and it’s a lively one! It goes flipping, but Squirmy isn’t intimidated like she was last night. She chases and tries several holds on it………

        • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          She YELLS at it while she works on a foothold……

          • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

            … then moved with it to the top of the nest and then to the right, where she spent a good bit of time working on the fish…..

            • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 6:10 pm

              Seemingly finished for now…………

    36. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Hello!! Long time, no see!!

      • Betsy August 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        Exit stage right …

        • Trinity August 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

          ‘ exit stage left ‘ is my go to move for fleeing social situations ! 😀 !

          • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

            I just exit the shortest way possible!

          • Betsy August 30, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

            Trinity and CarolV: You guys crack me up!!

      • Betsy August 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

        And up to the perch …

    37. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Essie (my nickname for the chick – combination “S” and “Y” … the first and last initials of its given name!! The suffix -sy is pronounced “sē,” so … Added benefit: In American the meaning of the name Essie is: Star!! Hee hee. Y’all already know or guess, since I always refer to the chick as “chick,” that I can’t use the name “Squirmy”!! I just can’t!!) made a brief appearance …

      • Betsy August 29, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

        made her way to the other side and then, I’m guessing based on the shadow, she jumped up to the perch …

      • Isabella August 31, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Sorry to the majority that voted for Squirmy. I don’t like it either. Makes me think of all the creepy crawlers in the nest! Was cute when she was little.

    38. Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Friends

      • CarolV August 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

        That shot of Montana is priceless……..
        All good, especially Hellgate

        • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:39 am - Reply

          The one where they look like they’re doing the locomotion? Lol…..that’s Iris leaving and Louis flying in.

          • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

            My fav is, L’el’e tucked in Iris’s wing

    39. Isabella August 29, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Very quiet morning!…someone was on the right,early 7ish. Think they ate breakfish out! …..since it’s quiet, I will share a few pics of osprey friends of a feather!

      • CarolV August 30, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

        Lonely looking already.

        • Isabella August 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

          CarolV…funny how the season seems to go “fast forward “ near the end

    40. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

      George flew to the perch to check on the “house” …

      • Betsy August 29, 2018 at 10:30 am - Reply

        Then called out a warning to someone who looked like they might want to visit …

    41. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Another visit …

    42. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Sparrow gymnastics …

    43. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

      🎝 They’re baa-aack!! 🎜

      • Betsy August 29, 2018 at 8:36 am - Reply

        Or not!! Apparently it landed on the perch and then flew off less than a minute later!!

    44. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Anja pointed out my typo for the chick’s fledge!! Thanks Anja!!

      Redone with correct date for 2018 fledge:

      2016 STATS

      Egg #1 laid on 04/25/2016 @ 08:51 hrs
      Egg #2 laid on 04/28/2016 @ 07:11 hrs
      Egg #3 laid on 05/01/2016 @ 07:46 hrs

      Chick #1 (Brutus)
      Hatched 🐣: from first-laid egg on 06/03/2016 [between 2:42 pm and 5:23 pm, when first seen (39 days incubation)]
      Fledged 🐦: 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
      First fish 🐟: caught on 08/16/2016 ➡ 18 days after fledging (@ 74 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/24/2016

      Chick #2 (Ali)
      Hatched 🐣: from second-laid egg on 06/05/2016 [somewhere before 4:58 am, when first seen (38 days incubation)]
      Fledged 🐦: 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
      First fish 🐟: caught on 08/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (@ 69 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 08/20/2016

      Chick #3 (Rocky)
      Hatched 🐣: from third-laid egg on 06/08/2016 at 6:17 am (38 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
      First fish 🐟: caught on 08/15/2016 ➡ 10 days after fledging (@ 68 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/09/2016

      🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞🙞

      Gracie:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 04/02/2016
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/02/2016

      George:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 03/24/2016
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/21/2016

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      2017 STATS

      Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 hrs
      Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 07:06:24 hrs
      Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 07:31:23 hrs (did not hatch)

      Chick #1 (Solar)
      Hatched 🐣: 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
      First fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/22/2017

      Chick #2 (Eclipse)
      Hatched 🐣: 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
      First fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/19/2017

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      Gracie:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 04/21/2017 when camera came back online
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/07/2017

      George:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 04/21/2017 when camera came back online
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/27/2017

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      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 🐣: 07/01/2018 (39 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 08/26/2018 @ 56 days old
      First fish 🐟:
      Last seen 👀 at nest:

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      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 landed briefly 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

      • nfc August 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        Betsy— I noticed two errors on your list but didn’t want to mention them because you put SO MUCH effort into putting this together, but they are there . It is the teacher in me who proof reads work at school. LOL The errors are all for Squirmy. The hatch and fledge dates have the wrong year 2017. I am sure you want to have correct info here, so I am commenting. You do so much to keep all of us informed. Thanks for your hard work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Admin Shelli August 29, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

          Thanks for proofreading! I made the corrections so Betsy didn’t have to post again.

          • nfc August 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

            thanks Shelli. We do want to have the correct info. We all work with each other. Thanks Betsy again for your hard work.

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

          nfc and Admin Shelli: Thanks so much nfc and Shelli!! I copied and pasted from the year above but then didn’t think to check and change the dates!! Just went back to my own MS Word document and fixed the dates there, too!!

      • Admin Shelli August 29, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

        I edited the year of hatch and fledge for Squirmy from 2017 to 2018

    45. Isabella August 29, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Labrit Ozland!……Shhh….baby’s sleeping 😴

    46. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

      S-t-r-e-t-c-h
      .

    47. Betsy August 29, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Birds of a different feather …

    48. Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Ar labunakti Ozland!💤

    49. Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      The princess flies to the nest to request and receive a fish

      • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

        Thx dad!

        • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

          She is Leary of the fish..Jane comes to watch

          • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

            Takes hold of the fish, fish knocks her back!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:28 pm

              Has wrestling match with fish

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm

              “Pins” the fish …then starts to eat!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:37 pm

              While eating…Jane comes in with her own fish…the princess moseys over

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:40 pm

              Jane fed her…then she went back to her fish..back to Jane…her fish

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:43 pm

              Mom!…..can you give me a “hand” with my fish!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 10:44 pm

              Back to Jane…back to her fish

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm

              Fish….Jane

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:55 pm

              After dinner laps around the bay

      • Trinity August 29, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

        I see Squirmy has inherited a nice set of gams from her parents 😀

    50. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Squirmy’s back down. Looks like she’s dozing off.Maybe she still feels comfortable sleeping like this. ………. I think she still has some fish. I didn’t see George come to take it.
      And we just went blue screen…………. GN

    51. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Beautiful clear night………… 83 now, dropping to a still muggy74 by dawn.
      Wednesday- sunny, high 80s. with humidity giving “feels like” temps into the 90s.

      HAGN!

    52. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Squirmy cheers in George & co.

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

        George brings in this big lively fish and turns it over to Squirmy and leaves.
        Jane came down to watch, but didn’t step in…….

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

          It looked like the fish was getting away but Squirmy finally got the courage to get a foothold; then dragged/ bucked across the nest.

          • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm - Reply

            As Squirmy started to take her fish apart, she noticed that a fish suddenly appeared by Jane(I think)…. No idea where it came from
            Squirmy was abandoning her fish, for an easy meal with Mom, but that option took off.
            So Squirmy went back and started the long meal with her fish…….

            • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:45 pm

              Squirmy did a great job!
              She stretched and went to right..

            • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm

              She did a quick fly around and up to perch. She was back down, then up….. working that fish down!

    53. PattyK August 28, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      82818 7:00pm What a pleasure to watch our great Dad George train Squirmy to self feed tonight! xoxo

    54. Admin Shelli August 28, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      I emailed Dr. B about the fledge – Here is his reply:

      Thanks! That’s about the record for a late fledge we have from the Vineyard. Really interesting.

      Dr. B.

      • June c August 29, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

        Hi..I think this year this nest is going to make many one for the record moments….

    55. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      At least one resident upstairs. Shadow play and chirping…. adult.

      Lots of sailboats….. Look at that colorful sail!

      • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        Here they go again….. HI! down there! Checking out the osprey nest??? Anyone we know?

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

          Every Breath you take…I’ll be watching you

          (little creepy…………) How about……

          Sail on
          When the water gets high
          Sail on
          When the wind starts to die
          Sail on

    56. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      The invasion begins already…………..

    57. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Making the jump-

    58. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Camera back @11:59-{the witching minute} and Squirmy is still there.
      There was a quick fly-over she reacted to…………
      Lots of preening goin’ on……..

      • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        …………and scratching!
        She keeps glancing at the perch- parent at home?

    59. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

      About 9:30- Jane stopped in……… did some calling and out’

      • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

        About 11 am, video came back from blue screen………. Squirmy landed……

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

          looked up……..

          • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

            … as George jumped from perch, practically on top of her……..

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

          The video having issues……. had short freezes, and the clock was running behind…….now frozen…

    60. Isabella August 28, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Shubh prabhaat Ozland!☀️

      • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

        George delivers a fish

        • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

          Breakfish is served 🐟

          • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:08 am - Reply

            The princess takes it to the right

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

              Decides to move into our view

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:15 am

              Then fishflops it over center stage

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:17 am

              After fighting wasp and fish….

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

              She gets down to business!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:25 am

              The fish was feisty, but she held on to it

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

              Showing the fish who’s boss!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:31 am

              Showing us her fish 🐟

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:33 am

              She handled it like a pro

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

              Done!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:42 am

              Reacting to the applause 👏!

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:44 am

              Going to the perch

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

              Incoming Jane

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

              Fishflops over other fish to top off the princess

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 12:01 pm

              George pops in

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm

              To take the first fish

            • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              Sorry wasp!

    61. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Jane comes in with fish that looks like that chunk she had saved.
      She moves over by Squirmy…….

      • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

        No body but a fish body……….

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

          Note the haze over the water………. Already 78, and muggy…. heading to high 80s,,,, sunny

    62. CarolV August 28, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

      6:05- I can hear Squirmy off to right as George brings in a porgy………
      Squirmy moves in. She has a nice whole fish to work with.

      • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

        Squirmy starts on the right then moves center, where we can see her………TY Squirmy!

        She’s still working on it as I post.

        • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

          Squirmy has her fill; heads to perch but drops back right after a few minutes.

    63. Betsy August 28, 2018 at 1:42 am - Reply

      Jane does some nestorating

    64. Betsy August 28, 2018 at 1:39 am - Reply

      Doing a Bend-Over-Hammy-and-Wing Stretch

      • CarolV August 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Just heard a tendon crack in sympathy!

    65. Isabella August 28, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

      Shubh raatri Ozland!😴

      • Isabella August 28, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

        💤

    66. Isabella August 27, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

      Jane flew in what was left of a fish

      • Isabella August 27, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

        Stood like this a while, effectively blocking the princess. Maybe she was waiting to see if her highness was hungry. She was busy preening for the camera. Not interested in a late night snack. Watching her girlish figure!

        • Isabella August 27, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

          So Jane left

    67. Betsy August 27, 2018 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      2016 STATS

      Egg #1 laid on 04/25/2016 @ 08:51 hrs
      Egg #2 laid on 04/28/2016 @ 07:11 hrs
      Egg #3 laid on 05/01/2016 @ 07:46 hrs

      Chick #1 (Brutus)
      Hatched 🐣: from first-laid egg on 06/03/2016 [between 2:42 pm and 5:23 pm, when first seen (39 days incubation)]
      Fledged 🐦: 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
      First fish 🐟: caught on 08/16/2016 ➡ 18 days after fledging (@ 74 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/24/2016

      Chick #2 (Ali)
      Hatched 🐣: from second-laid egg on 06/05/2016 [somewhere before 4:58 am, when first seen (38 days incubation)]
      Fledged 🐦: 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
      First fish 🐟: caught on 08/13/2016 ➡19 days after fledging (@ 69 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 08/20/2016

      Chick #3 (Rocky)
      Hatched 🐣: from third-laid egg on 06/08/2016 at 6:17 am (38 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
      First fish 🐟: caught on 08/15/2016 ➡ 10 days after fledging (@ 68 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/09/2016

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      Gracie:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 04/02/2016
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/02/2016

      George:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 03/24/2016
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/21/2016

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      2017 STATS

      Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 hrs
      Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 07:06:24 hrs
      Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 07:31:23 hrs (did not hatch)

      Chick #1 (Solar)
      Hatched 🐣: 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
      First fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/22/2017

      Chick #2 (Eclipse)
      Hatched 🐣: 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
      Fledged 🐦: 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
      First fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/19/2017

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      Gracie:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 04/21/2017 when camera came back online
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/07/2017

      George:
      First seen 👀 at nest: 04/21/2017 when camera came back online
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/27/2017

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      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
      First fish 🐟:
      Last seen 👀 at nest:

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      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 landed briefly 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

      • Anja Baldock August 28, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

        Betsy..thanks for the timelines. But Squirmy fledged Aug 2? I thought he was just helicoptering on Friday. I sure hope Gracie returns earlier in the spring next year, it just wasn’t the same without her.

        • Betsy August 29, 2018 at 8:01 am - Reply

          Oh my gosh!! I did a cut and paste instead of typing but forgot to change the date!!

    68. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      @19:54- Jane is in…….. she waits a bit but gets no requests.
      She jumps to perch.

    69. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      DINNER FISH Pt. 2………….. Squirmy sees George…

      George returns, with all the nest he took with him…

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

        Squirmy goes for the fish as soon as George got in…………….. taking no chances!

    70. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      18:46- George brings a headless fish, still good sized.

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        Squirmy drops from PERCH! little stinker……. sitting cozy while we worry!

        • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

          Being well fed by Dad…………..

          • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

            George alarms and flies out………..

    71. PattyK August 27, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      8/27/18 7:15pm LOL! Squirmy is such a smarty pants! Seems like just days ago she was squatting in nest; now she has fledged and feeding herself and sleeping standing up! Mother Nature is simply amazing and we feel so privileged to watch! Even with all the cam problems, we feel so blessed to have our OZ !

    72. Shredman August 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Finally the little squirmy tries eating on his own looks like alot more practice is needed.

    73. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Jane brought in a stick………… sat for a while. calling. then went….maybe to perch? I hear soft chirping soon after….

      • CarolV August 27, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        That stick tip ( by Jane’s feathers) over the bay keeps catching my eye. Quick glance, it looks like a flying osprey……….

    74. CarolV August 27, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Squirmy comes in………..
      …………..Squawks …………
      ………………..Looks around…….
      ………..and goes……..

    75. Deb August 27, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Why don’t they take care of the camera? This sux

      • Admin Shelli August 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        This cam is a fixed cam – it’s not a remote controlled cam, it cannot be moved unfortunately

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