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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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July 9, 2020: Sadly, George and Jane’s first chick has passed away. The remaining egg is long overdue and questionable.

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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

    44,429 Comments

    1. Trinity September 23, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

      According to the frequent posters, our lady Jane has flown the coop and is making her way to the tropics. Almost all of the osprey residing along Ocean Parkway & the Rob Moses area are also gone, I’ve only spotted a couple of stragglers the past week. I’ll be thinking of them and wishing all of my best for safe arrivals. These birds have given me so much joy and a relaxing hobby to indulge in ( and it’s free !!! ).

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

        Trinity… I think of you when I go through the oakdale merge. Have not seen an osprey at any of the nest. Went to the bayard arboretum a few days ago. Didn’t see an osprey and was miffed at every seagull making me think for a second it was an osprey! Lol!

        • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

          Isabella: They can be hard to tell apart sometimes, osprey and seagull … sometimes, on the video, I’d think “Who just went by?” then I’d look and see it was one of those big seagulls with the black wings!! 😀

    2. Isabella September 23, 2018 at 1:58 am - Reply

      Nighty night Ozland!💤

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 3:02 am - Reply

        Migration

        • CarolV September 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

          another good one! like that reassurance.
          no caps because my cat, zoe is curled up on my left hand. good thing info is preloaded

          • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

            CarolV..this is from Rachel Carson, who you may know Rachel at Hog Island is named for

            • CarolV September 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm

              TY, Isabella- I may be the only one in my generation who never read Silent Spring….. should be on my ” about time TO-DO” list…. which is VERY long!

    3. Betsy September 22, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: Just in case you don’t see my email, I’m posting this here. The video stream is down!! First, at 15:52:06, it went to a dark picture with a spiraling circle …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        then for over 1 1/2 hours now, it’s been the turquoise screen with a spiraling circle. Can you please let Paul or Aidan know? Hopefully one of them is around to fix it!!

      • Admin Shelli September 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        They have been notified but it’s the weekend so I don’t know how quickly anything can be done

        • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: Okay. Thank you!

    4. rodeehansen September 22, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      FOR ISABELLA……..

      PLEASE, WRITE IN english !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY. WHY EXCLUDE US WHO DO NOT SPEAK WHAT EVER LANGUAGE YOU ARE USING. IT LEAVES US OUT. RODEE
      I KNOW YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND.

      • Admin Shelli September 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

        Rodee I believe they’re just saying hello, good morning, goodnight etc…in a new language each day. Just to have some fun.

        • gracey September 22, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

          THEY ARE ALIENATING ALL OF US…SO HOW MANY TIMES IS IT FUN? JUST PUT AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION NEXT TO IT…PLEASE

          • D September 22, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

            Hello there gracey – Please, you don’t speak for all of “us”. Myself I enjoy new things and if I don’t care for a post anywhere online, if I choose to – I just skip it. One does not have to partake of everything one sees posted. And when I have been curious as to the meaning of something, I simply Google it. No one makes any of us “have to” partake of anything online – I live and let live or in this case, post and let post. Lol. ;D

            FYI – I am a regular watcher here, just post in chat sporadically.

          • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

            Gracey….it is always good morning and good night….so you don’t have to look anything up unless you want to…this was explained pages ago…how is it alienating when I say Ozland?…that includes all that watch the nest! Thought I was being nice greeting everyone and then signing off for the night. Guess I’ll think again! Though I will continue for the few that enjoy it. Tonight will be in English for you and Rodee!

        • rodee hansen September 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

          Shelli ……….. I like to be part of the fun. Rodee

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        rodeehansen: It’s good morning in Uzbek!!

        • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

          BTW, Rodee, I went to Google translate to look it up. The internet is wonderful for looking up information!! As has been posted before, Isabella bids us “Good night” and then greets us with “Good morning” in a different language every day!! The “Good night” comes first in a new language at the end of the day and then the “Good morning” follows the next morning in the same language used for the “Good night.” I think it’s a really fun idea!! You can even, for most languages, listen to how it’s pronounced!!

          • rodee hansen September 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm - Reply

            Most of us do not have the time/interest to see these foreign languages every day…… spending time for translation ….. to no avail/use. If the 3 of you like to carry this on, just test each other or do private e-mails…. saying good night and good morning to each other every day. Sounds like you are having fun…… for the most of us (heck, take a survey). It takes courage for me to speak up, especially since I do not find support of others (only GRACY) and yes, yes, I am not alone. Now you had all YOUR FUN, think of us now and bring this to a happier end for this season. Hopefully next year will be less “language educational”. R.

          • rodeee hansen September 22, 2018 at 10:53 pm - Reply

            Betsy ……. what has all this to do with OSPREY ??????????

            • D aka SmokyMtnCreatureFan September 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm

              P.S. We have a wonderful, fun, welcoming and highly capable Moderator and Admin here named Shelli. Let’s leave the moderating to her, as that is where it belongs. You are entitled to your opinions, as are we all. You are not then entitled to criticize others here for how they choose to enjoy the community nor are you entitled to speak for “most” of any group. In addition, opinions are not facts. Hope you can choose to enjoy this cam site via accepting that we are all different – some of us will connect, some of us won’t – it’s ALL good!

              ~Happy Sunday to you and everyone!

      • Trinity September 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

        Slow your roll ladies, please. It’s such a trivial issue to complain about.

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

        Rodee…it is always good morning and good night! So you don’t have to look up anything

      • Meli September 23, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        Isabela and all those who take time out of their personal time to update us on everything, I just wanted to say THANK YOU, everything you do is really appreciated. I am sure people WORLDWIDE are watching this video, so considering that most of the posts are 99.9% in English and that you make the rest of the world not feel left out by putting a little GM and GN in various languages, should make English speakers feel privieged. Just because the nest is in USA doesn’t mean that people from other continents don’t watch it…. Youtube covers the whole world, rodeee. Plus our ospreys travel and leave in more than one country… They have dual citizenship, therefore, they “speak” more than one language. 🙂 sometimes it’s good to widen your angle of view about the world and see things thru other people’s eyes, you will be amazed at how much more beautiful the world looks…

        • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

          Meli…thank you very much! I super appreciate your appreciation!..for me your point about other viewers from around the world , was summed up by a viewer at Hog Island from another country . “The fact that we share the same moon,sun and stars, made him feel closer to us.

      • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

        Rodee,,,I don’t speak any of the other languages. Heck, sometimes I have trouble with English! If I was capable of knowing all those languages, I think I would be famous! Why I started using other languages was explained in the beginning. I went to post good morning, it said I used that comment already. So I thought to get around that I would use a different language. I didn’t know that I could just add something to good morning eg. An emoji! So I’m not that tech savvy either! In fact I didn’t know how to do a screen shot. Betsy one day said “ Isabella, pictures to go with your comment! So I went to google to figure out how to do it. Never was it done to exclude anyone and anyone was welcome to join in!

        • rodee hansen September 24, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

          FOR ISABELLA …………
          Thanks for your explanation ……… I never saw what you had written in THE BEGINNING….. and it is so because I delete most blogs, its just tooooo overwhelming – my life has many other interests (and I work), so impossible to take all the OSPREY comments in. (Seems like other people invest more time). The down side is that I do miss stuff, but thats c”eat la vie (adding one more language). Anyhow ………… I appreciate your note. R.

        • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 3:05 am - Reply

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    5. Isabella September 22, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Hayirli tong Ozland!🌥⛅️…….hayirli tong princess!

      • Isabella September 22, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

        She beat the fairy orbs

    6. Betsy September 22, 2018 at 1:53 am - Reply

      By my calculations, if, on 9/18, the chick flew off to go fishing at 18:11:43 hrs and returned to the nest, touching down, at 18:14:35 hrs, it took her 2 minutes and 52 seconds overall. And, on 9/21, she flew off to go fishing at 16:21:26 hrs and returned to the nest, touching down, at 16:36:50 hrs, it took 15 minutes and 24 seconds overall!!

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

        But, as you can see, her back end feathers were dripping wet both times!! LOL

    7. Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:20 am - Reply

      I didn’t see George AT the nest today, nor did I hear him vocalizing. But, I think he is still around. I don’t know if the chick spent the night on the perch, flew to it before the camera came up at 5:59 am, or landed on the perch sometime later …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

        but, this may have been the chick flying to the nest at around 8:04 am – although I didn’t see the usual telltale shaking of the camera as when there is a landing on the perch …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:23 am - Reply

        because it was quiet at the nest from the time the camera came up until around 8:12 am when the chick, on the perch, started doing begging calls when this osprey flew into her view and flew around over the water in front of the camera … so I think it may have been George …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:24 am - Reply

        I don’t believe this was George flying around … it seemed larger than George and the chicks vocalizations were different – in both pattern and pitch

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:24 am - Reply

        at 8:58 am the chick flew away

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:25 am - Reply

        The chick did not come back to the nest until almost 3:57 pm, landing on the perch (nice big dip in the camera and a few quiet calls) …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:28 am - Reply

        then she flew away at 4:07 pm …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:30 am - Reply

        only to return a few minutes later to the perch at around 4:12 pm …

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:33 am - Reply

        Ten minutes later she flew off to go fishing … and the rest they say is history!! LOL

      • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 12:37 am - Reply

        Please note: I didn’t realize it was after midnight when I did my comments, so “today” pertains to 9/21!!

    8. Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      While the chick was eating the fish, all the way over on the right edge of the nest, this flew by. I wonder what the heck that is?

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

        it’s …

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

        a gill!! LOL

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

        Then this came flying past. Hmm, I wonder what part of the fish this is? (I was watching the video steam in 2x speed!!)

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:37 pm - Reply

        Oh, it’s a sparrow!!

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:38 pm - Reply

        then this flew by …

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

        Squirt #1!! LOL

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

        then this flew by ….

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

        Squirt #2

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

        which the chick did just before taking off …

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

        and flying away for the night

        • Isabella September 22, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

          Betsy… I think you need to get to sleep earlier! Lol!!…sparrow,gills,poop,ufos….reminds me of watching things fly by in wizard of oz!
          Maybe we should nickname George,Wizard!

          …..looks like she caught that fish..her “petticoat “ is soaking wet!

          • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 6:01 pm - Reply

            Isabella: I think I need to get to sleep earlier, too!! Yes, her “petticoat” was wet from fishing, not from rain … unless she was on her back!! 🤣

    9. Isabella September 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      hayirli tun Ozland!😴

      • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

        Mamma Mia!!….didn’t know an osprey could catch a whale 🐋

        • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

          🐋

          • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

            Fishflopped

            • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 9:06 pm

              She stood like this a few minutes…she must be exhausted…would have loved to see her catch it!

            • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 11:40 pm

              C7 still at Charlo….wish she/he would migrate…was attacked twice by GHO

        • Trinity September 22, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

          Holy moly that’s gigantic !!!

    10. Betsy September 21, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      A diiferent view of fish eating!!

    11. CarolV September 21, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Glad the moon made such a pretty show before the camera went beddy-bye…………

      70 now, dropping to 68 and back up to 69, with a chance- 30-40%- of a shower in the early a.m.
      cloudy to partly sunny tomorrow with temps in low 70s.

      HAGN!

      • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 11:10 pm - Reply

        Wasn’t this beautiful!!…think we took pics around the same time!…thx for the info on the moon!

    12. Kammy McLoughlin September 21, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      I’m so proud of our baby girl. I think she did catch this big fish. Her feathers were wet. The fish was quite sandy so maybe they had a tussle on the beach if she dropped it. Way to go!

      • RobininMD September 22, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

        Yes – me too Kammy!

      • Trinity September 22, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

        I’m relieved and so proud as well ! 😀

    13. CarolV September 21, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      @16:36— Just what I wanted to see! Squirmy front and center with her own fish!
      Looks a bit sandy but still kickin’…… She starts on the poor guy…….

      • CarolV September 21, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

        She fish-walks across the nest and heads right….

        • CarolV September 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

          ……… and we get to see bobbing tail feathers… @ 17:11, she’s mostly unseen.. I thought she had flown but there is still flickers of feathers off and on…

          • CarolV September 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

            Squirmy off-loaded some excess weight…………….

            • CarolV September 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

              ….. and took off………..

            • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

              Haven’t seen a ps in a while!

    14. Betsy September 21, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      NOW do you all believe me that she caught her first fish on the 18th (ahem CarolV) ?????? This is her SECOND self-caught fish!!

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        Damn good-size one, too!!

      • CarolV September 21, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        My only point was I wanted to see it! Now we did!

        • Marguerite Iannone September 22, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

          Agree – didn’t see the fish come into the nest via Squirmy.

        • Marguerite Iannone September 22, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

          Totally agree — no real evidence on the 18th. Now we SEE it.

      • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        Betsy..glad you brought this up…I’ve been meaning to tell you that I didn’t doubt you when I asked,”how do you know?”…I guess you have pics or a video….. I should have said “I missed it, do you have pics or video “!… I didn’t “catch “ how the fish arrived,but was wondering if she caught it due to even though it was raining she was soaking wet !…..you were busy with Shelli and Then I was busy and forgot…..thx again for the video and all your videos 😄👍

        • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 1:07 am - Reply

          Isabella: I didn’t take the “how do you know” as questioning that she caught a fish, I took it as curiosity about how I could tell!! On that invisible right edge it can be difficult, if not downright impossible, to know what’s happening. As I wrote, it was totally different from when George delivers a fish. There was no frenzy as there is (was?) when she’s there first on the nest screaming as he flies in with a fish or when he’s there first and she dive-bombs onto the nest to grab the fish from him (even in that invisible area you could tell that someone, not necessarily who, but that someone, delivered a fish to her when a fish was delivered there), there was no mantling as when she waits for him to leave, there was only quiet vocalization from her — surprise, shock maybe at what she did LOL — and her hind end feathers were dripping, dripping wet. She’d been trying to fish — she had been coming to the nest at times all wet — and that time she had success.

          And, Isabella, you’re welcome!!

          Yes, CarolV, it’s great to actually see her bring in a fish, but it’s also great just to know that she did catch a fish, whether or not we witnessed ALL of it with our eyes!!

      • RobininMD September 22, 2018 at 7:02 am - Reply

        Thank you so much for the pictures of Squirmy with her catch! So proud of her! Yay!

    15. CarolV September 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      All alone am I….
      Did you say good-bye?
      All alone …..
      Without the beat of your wings…………..

      Could SOMEONE please please stop by???

      • TimR September 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply
        • Trinity September 22, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

          Thanks for posting Tim !

          • TimR September 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

            yw, thanks for noticing… lol

        • Shredman September 25, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

          That was nice but looked like the fish hit the beach before nest, I am thinking someone else dropped it on the beach for the squirm to
          dive down and get it right away. I am suspicious of that video and hope I`m wrong

          • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm - Reply

            Shredman…I had the same thought for a minute…then I thought “she’s new at this,it’s a BIG fish and she probably struggled with it!”

    16. Carol Valk September 21, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      While wandering thru photos, came upon the attack crow from last year! What a pest!

      • Carol Valk September 21, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

        another day, another attack……….

        • Carol Valk September 21, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

          This was my favorite…. looks like George has black extensions put in!

          • Trinity September 22, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

            Haaaaaa thanks for the chuckle 😁

    17. Carol Valk September 21, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

      I think it’s safe to say, Jane has left. So. my wish for her- and no doubt, Gracie, too——

      May the winds rise to lift you…
      May the sun shine softly on you………..
      May the way be clear before you………
      And wherever you may roam….. Til you return……..
      May God hold you in the palm of his hand………

    18. Isabella September 21, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Bon matino Ozland! 🌥⛅️

      • Isabella September 21, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

        George flies by while princess is on perch ordering breakfish

    19. Carol Valk September 21, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Morning, Ozland!
      The fairy orbs and pixies come and go as the sun plays hide-and-seek with the clouds…………

      • Carol Valk September 21, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

        Squirmy is on the perch yapping as this osprey circles below………………..

        I’m wondering about George.
        And I’m wondering, if Squirmy caught a fish previously, why she hasn’t shown up with others. Is she taking them elsewhere? Would love to get eyes on her to see how she is. The perch was shaking as she protested the osprey…..must still be strong.

    20. Jimmy Webb September 21, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

      This is nature. Do not interfere on this please!!

      • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

        Jimmy Webb: What does that mean? I don’t mean what does that mean, I know what it means, I mean WHAT does that mean? It’s like out of left field!!

        • Betsy September 22, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

          Oh, it suddenly dawned on me and I think I understand!! We shouldn’t be WISHING that we were still seeing George!! We mustn’t interfere with nature by wishing!! I wish I was a billionaire, but I don’t see that interfering with the gods not making me one!!

      • CarolV September 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

        ?????

    21. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      I wonder where George could be. This is the second consecutive day that he did not come to the nest nor was he heard — doing guarding calls, or any kind of calls. He’s such a good papa I can’t imagine that he left on migration and I hope he’s alright. In 2015 and 2017, when the chicks those years hatched within the first week of June, George stayed at least through September 27th when he was last seen and in 2016 he was last seen at the nest on September 21st. This year’s little chick hatched 3 weeks later than the chicks in those prior years. Migration is a funny thing which scientists have yet to figure out, with no set date, but I really expected George to stick around until at least late September if not even into early October.

      • TimR September 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm - Reply

        Not sure, but I guess Squirmy handled it…

        • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

          TimR: This is her SECOND self-caught fish. I made a video of her first if you would like to watch it @

          https://youtu.be/pPOac2M2EeI

          • Marguerite Iannone September 22, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

            Sorry, In my opinion, this video doesn’t show Squirmy coming into the nest with her own fish. You her her getting excited off to the right. Where, it is entirely possible, that George brought the fish into the right side and she picked it up from him. She is wet from the rain. 9/21 – clearly records her first catch.

            • TimR September 23, 2018 at 8:01 pm

              I questioned that as well, Marguerite, but do not contest it, as it is unclear, although the fact that there were 2 sets of wings is possible. I never claimed my video was 1st catch… 😉
              I am just glad we got to see Squirmy, getting the job done!

    22. Isabella September 20, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      Bon nocte Ozland!💤

      • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        Osprey on guard!

        • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

          Beware!

          • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

            Don’t mess with this chick!

    23. Carol Valk September 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      September 24th
      Full Harvest Moon
      10:52 pm

      Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September This full moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering

    24. Carol Valk September 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      66 now, dropping to 60 under cloudy skies…….
      Tomorrow- high of 70 and partly sunny……
      Interesting clouds going by…….. calm night, not much wind….

    25. Isabella September 20, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      Princess yappy arrives

      • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        Still yapping

        • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

          George leaves perch

          • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

            Did he leave for a fish?..or peace and quiet?

            • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm

              The princess waiting to find out

            • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

              She waited no more

            • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:17 pm

              UFO

            • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 6:20 pm

              C7 at Charlo this morning….looks like a postcard

    26. Carol Valk September 20, 2018 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      So I started from an empty nest, doing the scrollback slowly, and found no one …. Coming back to present….Squirmy! as pretty as ever!
      I’m hoping someone saw George today…….. I don’t want to believe he would have gone………. I know it’s getting late, tho.

      • Carol Valk September 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        Squirmy had lots to say as this osprey flew by……. and after
        She kept an eye on it.
        And she’s just sitting, looking pretty in the 3rd shot…

    27. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Yeah!! The chick is still here!!

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

        She landed on the perch at about 4:30 pm and did some calling for George, then she hopped down to the nest at about 5:05 pm to look and call for him

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

        The chick stayed on the nest for a little over 40 minutes, occasionally calling for George, alarming and mantling those times an osprey flew too near the nest, but mostly standing quietly …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

        And then she flew away.

    28. Karen DeLong September 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Anyone seen Dad today? I haven’t. Maybe he’s trying to teach Squirmy some ‘tough’ love in getting her own goodies??

    29. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: As the breeding season ends I want to thank you for posting our comments (and fixing our screw-ups!! 😍), answering our questions … and keeping us in line 😉

      • Admin Shelli September 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        You’re most welcome Betsy… thanks for thinking of me 🤗

        • Helen September 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

          It has been a pleasure knowing you. I imagine we will stay in touch on Facebook – at least I hope so. You are a lovely person.

    30. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Admin Shelli: Are you still around?? I need to ask you to do me a favor …

      • Admin Shelli September 20, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

        Yes, I’m here

      • Admin Shelli September 20, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        Plz tag me in your selected posts

        • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: Would you remove the 6 comments that I flagged and their pictures, please? And, then, would you remove my “Are you still around?” comment, please? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

          • Admin Shelli September 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

            Betsy I am away from home until later this evening and I’ll be happy to try locate them

            • Betsy September 21, 2018 at 2:07 pm

              Adnin Shelli: Thank you for fixing my comment from 9/19!!

    31. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Pretty colors with the sunrise …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

        Glinda comes to the nest with her morning fairy friends …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

        you can see a face in the bubble over the upright stick!! LOL

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

        Seagull going by

    32. Isabella September 20, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Bonan matenon Ozland!🌥⛅️🌤

      • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

        CarolV’s fairy 🧚‍♀️ orbs….usually hear the princess about this time

    33. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:33 am - Reply

      Isabella: here’s your “UFO” LOL

    34. Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

      Admin Shelli: I’m posting this so I can bring up my comments that are awaiting moderation!!

    35. Isabella September 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Bonan nokton Ozland!😴🌛

      • Isabella September 20, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

        The princess and I bay watching

    36. Betsy September 19, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      I didn’t see (or hear) George at the nest today, but, the chick was in and out a bunch of times and on the perch, jabbering — to George or the world, I couldn’t say. She first came at 6:32 am, flying in from wherever she spent the night …

      • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        she looked around for George and called for him with no response …

      • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 11:50 pm - Reply

        she poked around the nest a little looking for something to eat …

      • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

        then hopped from one spot on the nest to another …

      • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 11:57 pm - Reply

        she found her leftover fish from last evening …

      • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

        and took it to go …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

        She was back at 7:21 am, again calling for George …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:16 am - Reply

        and scavenging for something to eat, finding the gill cover from last evening’s fish. She ate some of it but then discarded the rest …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

        she poked around for something else to eat but pretty much came up empty …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:22 am - Reply

        so she hopped up to the perch …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

        she was back at around 9 am, but, it was the same story — no George and no fish …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:27 am - Reply

        so, up to the perch again …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:31 am - Reply

        at around 9:30 am, she started excitedly alarming … a stray juvenile was trying to land on the perch. It flew off …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:34 am - Reply

        and “our” chick hopped down to the nest …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:36 am - Reply

        she continued alarming and mantling since the other juvenile kept trying to land on the nest …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

        and even lunging at it when it came close to landing on the nest …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:44 am - Reply

        it was very persistent, doing flybys …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 12:50 am - Reply

        there was lots of wing waving with this fly by!!

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:36 am - Reply

        So, continuing!! After things settled down, a good shake out …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:37 am - Reply

        a gleeful jump for a job well done

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:38 am - Reply

        and up to the perch …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:42 am - Reply

        Someone was nearby again, so, down to the nest …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:43 am - Reply

        again mantling …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:44 am - Reply

        all clear …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:45 am - Reply

        back to the perch …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

        and, then, a pest was near again!! Repeat!! Jumping down, alarming, mantling, calm …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:53 am - Reply

        but this time …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

        instead of hopping up to the perch, the chick flew away …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 1:57 am - Reply

        While the osprey’s away the crows will play Hee hee

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:02 am - Reply

        The chick was back at about 4:30 pm

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:03 am - Reply

        calling and looking for George …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:04 am - Reply

        losing her balance from weakness from not eating … just kidding!!

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:05 am - Reply

        then up to the perch to do more calling for George …

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:22 am - Reply

        I’m tired, so this is the rest of the day!! LOL

        1. https://youtu.be/pmzebit-loA

      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:23 am - Reply
      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply
      • Betsy September 20, 2018 at 2:27 am - Reply

        as the day closed out she sounded as if she had returned to the perch …

    37. Betsy September 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      CarolV: She didn’t come from the front. You can hear her as she’s flying to the nest and at the 18:14:23 hr mark you can just see (barely) the tips of her wings as she goes by (just a hairline above the nest and just to the right of curved branch/sticking up straight stick), then she lands on the edge. Her cries are different from a fish delivery. She throws a couple of “eeks” (or “icks”, maybe) in with her cries … probably from being proud of and surprised at her catch!! LOL

      • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        This was supposed to be a reply to CarolV’s post under my video — but when I submitted my post, it came back that I had to enter my name and email address … so I did, but apparently that then made it a stand-alone comment!!

    38. Isabella September 19, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Mwaramutse Ozland! 🌤🌥…….CarolV’s fairy orbs

      • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

        Mwaramutse princess!

        • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

          She alternated between calling for breakfish and nibbling on fish jerky

          • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

            Encore

            • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 10:12 am

              George?

            • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 10:16 am

              Love when her wings are up….she has pretty markings…beautiful combination of the Mamma and Daddy O!

    39. Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Muramuke Ozland!💤

      • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

        Nice big supper

        • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

          Fishflopped it

          • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

            Mantled while George flew by

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:19 pm

              First picture above…George is right above the nest on the right….

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:21 pm

              Coast is clear

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:24 pm

              Fishflopped

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:28 pm

              Balance was tricky

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:33 pm

              So she moonwalked it a bit

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:36 pm

              Got back to business

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:39 pm

              UFO flew by

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm

              The princess took her fish and followed

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:47 pm

              The End!

            • Carol Valk September 19, 2018 at 5:59 am

              Hi! Isabella, I think that UFO was a white heron.

      • CarolV September 19, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

        Marmalade to you, too, Isabella!

        • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

          CarolV…thought is was a heron,but I couldn’t scroll back to take another look…….very funny marmalade! Lol!

    40. Betsy September 18, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      The chick flew to the nest at 6:38 am looking for George and a fish …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

        she was there for not even half a minute and then she flew off …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 10:57 pm - Reply

        she was back 8 minutes later …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        landing with a hop …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

        she waited …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

        and waited …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:03 pm - Reply

        blowing over and losing her balance in her excitement when she saw George on his way …

        • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 12:25 am - Reply

          Love this wing shot!

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

        this is what he delivered …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

        it was very lively …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        but she managed to grab the fish …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

        then she took off to eat the fish at another eating spot taking a bunch of nesting material along …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

        it looked funny to see it dangling as she flew …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

        the nest was quiet all day and then she flew to the perch where she either chattered to George or to herself …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:12 pm - Reply

        I’m not sure when she left the perch after landing there at 1:51 pm, but she flew to the nest at 3:55 pm …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm - Reply

        and then hopped up to the perch …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

        a couple of minutes later she flew away …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:20 pm - Reply

        George flew to the perch with a fish at 4:22 pm. I’m surprised the chick did not spy him and race to the nest …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:22 pm - Reply

        George ate some of the fish while on the perch, making the camera shake with each piece of fish he tore off. A few minutes later he flew off with it to eat it somewhere else …

        • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

          20 minutes later the chick returned to the nest, flying to the perch …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

        she got all excited when this osprey flew by the nest — I don’t know if it was George, but it must have been from the way she was begging for a fish, but she may have been so hungry that she would have done the same if Attila the Osprey flew by —

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

        she hopped down from the perch …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:35 pm - Reply

        did some intermittent begging and then hopped back up to the perch …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm - Reply

        about 1/2 hour she flew away …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

        she was back 3 minutes later,landing on the right edge of the nest, with …

      • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

        her first self-caught beauty of a fish!!

        • Meli September 19, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

          This news made my day! Happy to hear she finally did it!

        • ChrisH September 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

          Way to go, Squirmy!!

    41. Betsy September 18, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Well, it’s been one full week since Jane was last seen at the nest — on 09/11/2018 at 18:11:42 hrs. I think it’s safe to say now that she left on migration!!

      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 🐟: caught on 09/18/2018 ➡ 23 days after fledging (@ 79 days old)
      Last seen 👀 at nest:

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

      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

      Jane (George’s new mate):
      First seen 👀 at nest: 05/22/2018 (when camera came back online)
      Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/11/2018 (@ 18:11:42 hrs)

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

      • Nancy September 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        Do the chicks migrate with the last adult ? Will Squirmy leave with George, or will she be left to figure it out on her own ? Now that she apparently can feed herself, maybe George will decide his job is done and take off for southern climes. He did such a great job this year – really shouldered most of the burden ! It’s a bittersweet time of year…. <3

        • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

          Nancy: Hi Nancy. No, the chick(s) do not migrate with the last adult (or any parent). They go it alone!!

          “Nature of Migration
          Individuals typically migrate singly, except at concentration points. Kerlinger and Moore 1989 reported that 80% of Ospreys sighted during fall over New York State were alone, 11% seen with other raptors (primarily Broad-winged Hawks [Buteo platypterus]), with maximum flock size 2 individuals. A flock of 11 was reported at Cape May, New Jersey (Dunne et al. 1988). Larger flocks (up to 92 individuals) have been reported in Cuba (Rodríguez-Santana et al. 2014) and Haiti (Crouse and Keith 1999) where the broad-front migration from eastern and (partly) central North America is concentrated as it passes through the Caribbean.
          Satellite telemetry data show: (1) male-female differences in timing of migration (females leave up to a month before males), distance traveled, and overwintering locations; (2) individuals followed for over 1 yr by satellite telemetry showed unwavering fidelity to overwintering sites and a general fidelity to migration flyways, but not to specific routes; (3) breeding pairs did not migrate or overwinter together (Martell et al. 2001a, Martell et al. 2014); and (4) adults do not migrate with their offspring (MSM).”
          (https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/osprey/distribution)

          “MIGRATION
          1. Do Osprey pairs migrate and winter together?
          Ospreys mate for life, as far as we know, but part ways each year for the fall migration. They migrate as individuals, not in groups or flocks. Usually, females leave the nesting area first, followed by the males. Mates do not see each other again until they return to their nest in spring. It would be a very rare coincidence if a pair ended up in the same wintering place.

          2. Do the young migrate and winter together with parents or each other?
          The young are left behind when parents migrate. A few days to several weeks later, the young take off, too. Each one finds its own route south and winters in a different place, just as the adults do.

          3. When do the young migrate back north? Do they return to the place of their birth nest?
          The young remain in the vicinity of the winter home and generally do not migrate north their first spring. Rather, they remain near their wintering area for another year until they are almost two years old. If young survive to the spring of their second year, they head north, but they do not necessarily return to the place of their birth nest. In fact, they may return to anywhere within a hundred miles of it. Chances are they will never see their parents, or each other, again.

          4. How do Ospreys know when to start their migrations?
          This question is hard to answer. Many birds respond to changing day length that at some point triggers migratory preparation, such as adding body fat to fuel the long trip. Then, environmental conditions such as wind direction and speed, atmospheric pressure, temperature or some unknown input or combination click in the birds brain, turning it from a lethargic resident into a migrating machine. Quite literally, a bird will be perched resting one moment and the next will be off like a shot out of a canon. The perplexing thing about the influence of day length on birds that winter in the tropics is that the length of daylight does not change much in that region. So there are likely many factors detected by the birds that prepare them for migration and then send them off at almost the same time each year.

          5. Do Ospreys follow the same route north that they took south?
          The return migration is almost always the mirror image of the fall migration. A bird that we have tracked on Nantucket, Señor Bones, migrated south in the fall and north in the spring in 2011 and in 2012 along almost exactly the same path. Minor variations occurred when he was flying over the Caribbean and over the Straits of Florida between Cuba and Florida; these variations were caused by drift with the prevailing winds at the time of the different flights.

          6. How do Ospreys know where to go that is, how do they navigate to find their way back to their nests in the spring?
          Ospreys use many methods to navigate. Since they do not migrate as a group, but as individuals, they cannot learn from each other. Some studies have shown that birds migrate using celestial cues, such as star patterns, or the position of the sun through the day and at the time of year. Others have shown that the earths magnetic forces aid them in migration. Some learning goes on through trial and error. Once a bird navigates successfully, it almost appears as if it has its own GPS navigational system to guide it next time around. The long and short of it is that we do not know for sure how they do it, but we do know that whatever methods they use, they can travel with remarkable accuracy from place to place.

          7. Do Ospreys eat during their migrations or do they rely on fat stores to fuel them?
          Ospreys fish along the way to keep up their strength. It appears that most fishing takes place early in the morning before they start the days flight, or during rest stops lasting a day or so along the way. This varies depending upon the distance traveled, the success of earlier fishing attempts, etc. Ospreys do not appear to fish when they travel out across large bodies of water such as the Straits of Florida or the Caribbean Sea.
          What are the greatest dangers to Ospreys during migration?

          8. One major danger is weather, especially when crossing large bodies of water. For instance, Ospreys crossing the Caribbean or the Straits of Florida can be blown off course if they fly into a strong headwind or get caught in a severe thunderstorm. Anything that slows their flight and increases the time it takes them to make the crossing could drain strength or fat reserves (their fuel) and put them at risk. Worst case, they may have to ditch into the water, or if they do make it to land somewhere, they may be too exhausted to fish to regain their strength. Another major danger is being shot by humans. This could happen anywhere. However, birds migrating in this part of the world are particularly vulnerable when they fish in private and commercial fish farms/ponds in the Dominican Republic, Haiti or Cuba. Many of the farms are owned by local people living at or near subsistence level, who do not take kindly to anyone or anything that steals their fish.

          9. What happens when one mate migrates back to the nest before the other?
          The longer the time interval between mates arrival at the breeding site, the more likely it is that the first to arrive will attract or be attracted to a new mate. Yes, Ospreys do mate for life as far as we know, but that bond needs to be reinforced each spring by the arrival of the second mate. If too much time elapses, a bird will accept another mate since the instinct to breed is far greater – and more important – than the instinct to wait for a mate that may have perished over the winter.

          10. What happens if an Osprey returns to find his or her partner with a new mate?
          In most cases, the late returning bird will drive off the new bird as the bond between the old mates will be stronger than the newly formed bond between the old and new mates, especially if the new mate is a young bird. We often see three Ospreys on a nest and conflicts between two of them early in the nesting season. These conflicts are usually short in duration and no one gets hurt in the process. However, once I found an adult Osprey dead in the nest while two adults went about their business of egg laying and rearing young. I do not know if the dead bird was a former mate or an intruder.”
          (http://www.jamaicabayosprey.org/faq-about-ospreys)

          “Migrations:
          There are two distinct populations of osprey with respect to lifestyle, the Residents and the Migrants. Residents are the ones, which breed in the subtropical latitudes in winter; they either stay in the same area all year round or move only locally during the non-breeding season. The other ones are the Migrants, which nest in the temperate latitudes and fly off each autumn to spend the winter in the tropical regions.

          North American ospreys start migrating south to their wintering grounds in Central America and in the northern parts of South America, around mid-August. By early September, most nesting colonies in the northern latitudes are empty. The numbers of migrating ospreys observed at selected watch points along their southward route are at their greatest during mid-September and early October.

          They reach their wintering grounds by late November. During winter, the only thing an osprey does is to eat, rest, recover from the stress of the previous breeding season and prepare for the next breeding season. It has been observed that during winter, they become more tolerant of each other as they congregate in loose flocks and are even known to hunt together in small groups, a few birds hovering over water, looking for fish might also stimulate others to join in the frenzy.

          Adult ospreys start leaving their wintering grounds in early March, by late March, more than half of the wintering ospreys have left the wintering areas, for their natal nesting grounds.
          Yearling ospreys stay on their wintering grounds for another eighteen months, returning to their natal nesting grounds at the age of about two years.

          Two-year-old ospreys however, leave the wintering grounds much later than the adults, and may reach their natal nesting grounds as late as June, by then; they are already too late to breed. However, pre-adult ospreys may become a nuisance to the breeders, because they try to take over nest sites and may interfere with the breeding pairs, as they explore and search for nesting sites of their own. They are also sometimes known to replace a partner in a breeding pair if it dies or is incapable of performing its duties.

          Ospreys arrive back at their natal nesting grounds by early May.” (http://www.glenlakesfoleyal.com/html/osprey_information.html)

          Another website about migration: VIMS VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE @ http://www.vims.edu/bayinfo/ospreycam/about_ospreys/

          • Nancy September 20, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

            Thank you Betsy. This is wonderful information !

    42. Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Just before the video started to shut down for the night……….. looks like clearing skies.
      about 72 now, dropping to 67- skies clear in early a.m., with clouds returning in morning, for a partly cloudy day. Small chance of a shower just before noon. high temp 73.

      We are still getting some rain on the South Fork….

    43. Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Squirmy popped in to view briefly……… yaps and returns to perch…….

      • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

        About 18:17…………She poked her head in from the right and at some point, a delivery was made.

        • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

          Squirmy kindly brought the fish in to view…. seems to be eating at the nest…

          Looks like rain stopped….. yay! But still raining on my side of the Island, so it may return to OZland.

          • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

            Aside from shifting position, Squirmy has been eating non-stop!

            • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:23 pm

              Wow, she ate almost all of that big fish! I don’t think she took the small remnant with her…. low light always makes my pics blurry… but even tho she trailed a strand of seaweed, it looked like her feet were open…….. JMO

            • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 12:22 am

              Big fish! She handled it like a pro!…was waiting to see if she would eat it tip to tail..

        • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

          CarolV: No delivery — self-caught!!

          • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

            Betsy…how do you know?…I’m guessing that you have pics or video…hint hint!

            • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 1:16 am

              Isabella: Video!!

              How do I know?? Here’s how can you tell: She hadn’t eaten since 7 am, so she would be “starving” but, there was no commotion!! She doesn’t holler as when she sees George approaching the nest with a fish; even if he is there first with a fish, she comes tearing and screaming in; she’s relatively quiet as she flies to the nest; you can hear a raspy “eek, eek, eek” mixed in with her cries; she doesn’t mantle over the fish as when she grabs it from George; when she walks out with the fish you can see her bottom dripping, and even though it is drizzling, this would only happen from a dive. She has been trying to catch a fish — she has come to the nest wet. This time she did!!

              https://youtu.be/pPOac2M2EeI

            • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 1:25 am

              BTW, you can jump from about 18:15 to 18:17 — she’s very quiet during that time, but some movement of the tip of a branch can be seen, so she’s still there.

            • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

              Betsy…. thx for the video!….when I came on she already had the fish…couldn’t scroll back to see how it arrived..I must have just missed it!…funny because I couldn’t decide if she was wet from rain or bay….and what a big fish!! Congrats princess 👑!

          • CarolV September 19, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

            I didn’t see her flying in… I heard some yapping and what looked like a wing tip swish above her head as she came from the right. That’s why I thought phantom osprey delivered

    44. Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Squirmy is upstairs wheep, wheeping. Guess she needs fish? Did a quick scrollback and don’t see any recent. Weather is horrible, tho, so understandable. Thunder started, loud and proud about 1:15 and rain held off till almost 2. Been raining, in varying intensity, since……..

      • Cathryn September 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        Hi Carol, I saw Squirmy earlier today and Dad brought a fish and almost lost a toe! Squirmy took off with it.

        • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          I swear these parents have armor plated feet! Thanks, Cathryn!

    45. CarolV September 18, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

      It’s been a gray day. Quite windy at the nest, from the sound..
      Later in the day, they’re still showing t-storms. We only had a few sprinkles as opposed to rain they had forecast.
      Haven’t had any luck catching any one at the nest. Have to wait for posts.
      Have a great afternoon, everyone!

      • CarolV September 18, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

        Must be a good day! It posted from phone!

    46. Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Nary osprey nor craven on the windswept windsong nest!

    47. Isabella September 18, 2018 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Bon dia Ozland!⛈

      • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

        Bon dia princess!

        • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

          Waiting for breakfish

          • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

            Served nest side!

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 7:50 am

              Fighting fish and wind!…..fish tried to smack her royal tu tu!

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 7:54 am

              Decided to go eat somewhere less windy

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

              Bon apetit!

            • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm

              She should get her royal tu tu out after her own fish!

    48. Isabella September 18, 2018 at 1:04 am - Reply

      Bon nochi Ozland! 💤

      • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 1:08 am - Reply

        Home is where the nest is!

        • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 1:12 am - Reply

          2 of these are on Long Island

          • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 1:17 am - Reply

            NJ

            • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 1:19 am

              Ospreys bring strange things to the nest!

        • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Well, whatever works, I guess!! (re home is where the nest is) LOL

          2nd nest down in 3rd grouping (2nd grouping of nests) is OZ!!

          The family probably wanted to make it look like someone was at home!! LOL (re: strange things) I wonder how whoever brought it carried it there!!

          • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

            Betsy and Isabella: re: strange things…. are we talking the guy or the sculptures????

            • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 12:05 am

              CarolV..both, teehee!

          • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

            Betsy..yes,and the one under OZ is a neighbor in east Marion

        • Carol Valk September 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

          Isabella…. all good but that 2nd shot of the nest in that scrawny tree right where people were set up to lounge………. that is a spectacular shot!

          • Isabella September 19, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

            I think this is in Dorset,England….they are setting up decoys hoping to attract the real thing. They even spray white stuff around to look like poop!

    49. Betsy September 17, 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      The chick was at the nest early this morning looking for a fish from George. She stayed for about 11 1/2 minutes, scavenging pieces of fish from the nest.

      Pics:
      1. Landing on nest
      2. Eating something she found on the nest
      3. Hopping across to the edge
      4. Fly-walking back to center

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 9:46 pm - Reply

        Doing an osprey dive when she left …

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

        A bird just passing through. I liked the silhouette …

        • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

          Is that an osprey on the left?

          • Betsy September 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

            Isabella: No, I don’t think so … the three birds seemed to be together and then split as they passed the nest.

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply

        George delivers.

        • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

          Aww…poor fish!…reminds me of those singing fish 🐟 some people have for decor

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

        George came to the nest with a partial fish. He patiently waited for about 1/2 hour but the chick didn’t come and then he left …

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

        Crow landings from perch to nest (1 to 4) and a jump up to the perch (5)…

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 10:09 pm - Reply

        George came to the nest to check on things and look out over the water. He stayed less than a minute and a half before flying off. I wonder if he felt wistful that he would soon migrate …

        I didn’t make an error — I couldn’t decide between the 2 wing pictures!!

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

        The chick came wanting a fish. She jumped up to the perch to let George know that she was hungry …

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

        About an hour later George delivered a fish.

        The chick hopping down from the perch (1) and grabbing fish from George (2 to 4)

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

        and then he flew off …

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

        There are legs …

        • Isabella September 18, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

          Clever!

          • Betsy September 19, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

            Isabella: Thanks!!

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

        and then there are LEGS!!

      • Trinity September 18, 2018 at 8:33 am - Reply

        Oh Squirmy it’s time to stop loafing off Dad and catch your own meals !!!

    50. Carol Valk September 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Weather– 75 now, dropping to 72 under cloudy skies……. rain coming , increasing after midnight………
      Looks like rain hanging around all day tomorrow. Remnants of Florence, most of which is passing over the mainland. We are getting outer bans and the further east, the lower the rain accumulation. Think we are under an inch total out here……….. but never second-guess Mom Nature

      Video back right on time…. but I’m guessing action is done for the night…

    51. Carol Valk September 17, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Video napping…. checking back @7

    52. CarolV September 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      17:07- Dinnerfish…
      George brings partial fish,,,,,,,,,, Squirmy jumps from perch and runs right in to George to get the fish..

      • Carol Valk September 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        George out
        Squirmy out in a puff of nesting
        S flying toward her spot

    53. CarolV September 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Just some visits to the nest……..

      George is here……

      • CarolV September 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        Squirmy stopped in and is wheep-wheeping from the perch right now……..

    54. CarolV September 17, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      The cleaning crew is obviously a family business! The kid wanted to be paid on the spot!

      It’s frustrating…. I can post to face book from my phone at work but posts to OZ can sit in the phone for hours, with the endless circle, until I get back to cancel them.
      But it is more likely to have success with an all text message. Doesn’t make sense………..

      Not sure what I’m posting…. now I’m having trouble finding pics I took today… almost posted my cat…. at least this should be an osprey…. I hope…
      I’d blame me for this nonsense, but I’ve been doing fine…. till lately

    55. Isabella September 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Empty nest syndrome 🙁

      • Isabella September 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

        Thought osprey more north might leave earlier ….not this Charlo cutie

        • Isabella September 17, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

          Thankfully we still have our princess 👑!

    56. Isabella September 17, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

      CarolV’s cravens

      • Isabella September 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

        Craven cam!

    57. Betsy September 17, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Juvenile crow getting fed by parent …

    58. Isabella September 17, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Moghrey mie Ozland! 🌤🌥🌦

      • Isabella September 17, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

        George brought a fish for a no show princess…..waited…then left….that’s George on the left

    59. Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Oie vie Ozland! 😴

    60. CarolV September 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Itsy-bitsy back again…(on the stick). must have had a good night at this web!

      About 72, dropping to 64 under clear skies, gradually clouding over in early a.m.
      Monday- mostly cloudy, hight 76. Remnants of Florence heading our way, westward across land.

    61. CarolV September 16, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Looks like Squirmy finally calls it quits…… looked like she did a double loop around the nest. I didn’t catch if/when she landed on perch……..

    62. CarolV September 16, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Squirmy’s lobbying again. Looks like there was a fly-by that she’s reacting to.

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        And down again, with prolonged yapping………. on two devices slightly out of sync……………… better turn one down before my ears start to bleed!

        • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

          @17:43- all that work paid off……….George shows with a large, LIVELY fish…………

          • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

            This guy gave Squirmy a good fight and I was afraid she would lose it…….. she went right but the fish’s tail could still be seen, flipping for a while……. TY, Fish, for your sustenance.

            • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm

              Squirmy was moving around, maybe trying for a better hold……. she was still working on it as I post @ almost 6:30. And she needs a bath! Fish blood all over her legs…….

    63. CarolV September 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      15:57- Squirmy flies in, yapping, then heads to perch. Chatting to herself once in a while……

      Look at the beautiful day we have! 79 now at 4p.m……

    64. CarolV September 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      13:25- we have delivery! Squirmy wasn’t there- surprise, surprise- so George called

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        Crazed banshee arrives and claims fish……..

        • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          George takes his time, cleaning his beak then heading to perch………..

          • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

            Squirmy ate in…. her shadow showed and she chattered – don’t know how she ate AND yapped!
            George was above, with an occasional comment

            • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm

              It was Squirmy’s turn to clean beak and jump to perch

    65. Isabella September 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      About this ginormous nest…even the osprey look bewildered!…..”we should have put a door in”!………also surprised nobody spotted Gracie in one of the pics!….take another look…I’ll wait

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

        I did………. felt it was only natural she be included And our view- as it once was- caught my eye!

        • CarolV September 17, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

          I’m wondering where that is and if there are windy storms! The Verizon nest has to be rebuilt almost every year after winter!

      • Karen DeLong September 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        Oh yeah—I immediately picked out our Gracie! I really miss ‘our’ girl. I sincerely hope she’s doing fine and is well.

      • Betsy September 17, 2018 at 1:03 am - Reply

        Isabella: Rjoneal took that screenshot on 06/16/2016, we called it Gracie Feather Duster!! … and then I framed it for her!!

        • Isabella September 17, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

          Betsy….when I spotted it, I thought I remembered it being your or RJ’s pic! It caught my eye because it was one of my favorite pics! When I googled osprey nests images. There she was!

    66. Betsy September 16, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      A little cutie pie …

    67. Betsy September 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      The chick is 11 weeks old today

    68. Isabella September 16, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Bongu Ozland!🌤☀️………bay cam!……I could hear the princess

      • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

        Osprey cam….bongu princess 👑!

        • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

          After a quick trip, princess yappy is back

          • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

            Pick up sticks

            • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:08 am

              See or hear you later!

            • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:12 am

              Interesting

            • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:18 am

              May be of interest to some

            • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 11:26 am

              This was about a week ago…..Louis fishing…I like to think he’s having a “spa” moment & pretending that he can’t hear Iris! Lol

    69. CarolV September 16, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Squirmy made an appearance to yap and then head upstairs……..

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

        Squirmy has been chattering on the perch and dropped down to say some more……….. just GO FISHING!

        This was not the sunny morning forecast. We had fog and it’s finally clearing … As you can see, the day was overcast in OZland. Things are starting to look better.

        • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

          Is that George??????? Getting a big reaction from Squirmy….

          • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

            The suspense is killing me!!!! Fish or no fish??? Squirmy is asking………….. repeatedly!

            • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

              It’s been quiet from the nest……….. did Squirmy get the hint and follow George???? or give it a try? Hope so!

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

        BTW………HAPPY 11 WEEK BIRTHDAY, SQUIRMY!

        • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

          In honor of the Squirmy mushroom………

        • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          👏🎉😃🐟🍰👑

    70. Betsy September 16, 2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

      Someone was out late!! Came hurrying to the perch.

      • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        Betsy…. I should have stayed on late…..great pic!!…looks like the princess 👑

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        By that time, my sheep were all counted and I was starting on zebra stripes………….

    71. Isabella September 15, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      IL-Lejl it-tajjeb Ozland!💤

      • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

        int ukoll Isabella

        You, too, Isabella…. in little white doggie language (;*]]

        • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          Kelb Malti ……very funny and clever CarolV!😆😉

        • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

          Kelb Malti

    72. CarolV September 15, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Tried posting from work and it looks like it didn’t go.
      Verizon Vic was on his pole with a fish as I got to work. I had said that I thought his 2 juveniles were gone but when I went outside at lunch, there was what looked like a juvie sitting on the post, calling. So I think Vic has one juv still hanging around.
      These were pics of Vic this a.m.

      • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        So nice to still see them around! ….did you name him?

        • CarolV September 16, 2018 at 8:36 am - Reply

          Yes- Verizon Vic and Vera

          • Isabella September 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

            Good choice!…Verizon should make a commercial with them!

    73. CarolV September 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Pretty sunset for a pretty day.
      Temp now, 71, dropping to about 63 under clear skies. Tomorrow supposed to be sunny all day, temps. mid 70s. No complaints from me!

      Heard Squirmy talking to herself upstairs, a few mins. ago. Don’t know what her food sitation was today, since the mid-morning 1/2 fish I saw. Wonder if George will bring her anything tonight?

      • CarolV September 15, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

        Was happy to search back and find she did get something to eat. A small piece of fishtail.
        @16:07…. Squirmy had hoped off perch and was so excited, she flew off the nest. George came in and S flew back and attacked that fish.
        George stayed for a few minutes, as Squirmy squawked…..

        • CarolV September 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

          After George left, Squirmy’s shadow showed from the right. She must have stayed on the nest to eat, as she walked in to view some time later. Stayed for a few mins. then went.off.

          • CarolV September 15, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

            About an hour later, Squirmy flew in and started yapping…. someone flew off the perch, right over her head.
            Then, it looked like she went to perch…

    74. Isabella September 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      DIY captions 😃

      • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

        😎

    75. Isabella September 15, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      🙁

      • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

        Info

        • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

          Pics

          • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

            More pics

            • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 11:53 am

              Some more pics

            • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              DIY captions 😊

            • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 12:11 pm

              😊

            • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

              ☺️

            • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

              😁…

            • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 12:22 pm

              😉!

            • CarolV September 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

              It’s amazing the variety of nests and nesting places! Truly opportunistic birds ! That first nest under the 11:50 post is and ecosystem unto itself!

            • Betsy September 16, 2018 at 12:12 am

              Isabella: I can’t believe how gigunda (!) the first nest in the more pics grouping is … it is soooooooooooo deep!!

        • nfc September 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

          Isabella— thanks for all the different nests. Amazing!!!!

          • Isabella September 15, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

            nfc….you’re welcome!…one of them is a sculpture!

            • CarolV September 15, 2018 at 9:19 pm

              And it is amazing!

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