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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 October 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      On Sunday morning , 6:00 am, I saw two remaining osprey along Ocean Parkway ( close to the Rob Moses merge ). I’m leaning towards them being juveniles and hanging around until the last minute, maybe fine tuning their fishing skills. I will be passing the same route on Wednesday afternoon and will have my eyes peeled. The high count for that expanded area was around 21 in late July, I wish every single one a safe passage.

    2. Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      A variety of birds were at the nest this morning …

      Blue Jay

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      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

        The Blue Jay on the left didn’t like the blue Jay on the right being on the nest, too, so it chased the 2nd one away …

        • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

          Good capture! The jay on right has that scrawny neck a juvenile, that hangs around begging here. has . Maybe Mom’s telling him – SCRAM!

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

        Sparrow ….

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Couldn’t tell who this was flying to the nest with the glare of the sun on the camera lens …

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Grackles …

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        Sparrow flying from nest … I like how the wings are backlit by the sun …

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

        Starling ….

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        Goodbye starling …

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

        a gymnast sparrow … 😀

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        She sparrow …

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        He sparrow …

      • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

        Blue Jays are so pretty, but, boy are they noisy!!!

    3. Isabella October 1, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Top of the morning Ozland!🌥 🌬

      • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

        And the rest of the day to you, Isabella!

    4. CarolV October 1, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Since it is several days since Squirmy has been seen and much longer for George, with a tear in my eye, I’m ready to say Farewell
      Fly high…….. fly free……
      ……. fly safe………..just be……

      • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

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        • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

          Squirmy– loved every minute of our time with you….. from the first little squirm to the beautiful bird you became. Wishing many years of happy osprey adventures to you…………

          • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

            George……… each year, it becomes more difficult to see you go! Safe journeys to your winter retreat and then back to us next year…..

            • ChrisH October 1, 2018 at 7:29 pm

              Amen to all of your sentiments…. (as I type this while misty-eyed)

    5. CarolV October 1, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Moody blues in the sunrise….. does anyone else see an osprey cloud?

      • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

        Lots of visitors already.. sparrows…..

    6. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Got the biggest box of tissues I could find. Help yourself!! 😀

      • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply
      • PattyK October 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much, sniff sniff……..xoxo

    7. Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Ta ta !…sweet dreams Ozland!

      • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

        Lost in migration!

        • CarolV October 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

          Isabella- you make these cartoons a challenge! Think you needed a directional!

          • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Hold your cursor over Isabella’s picture and right click. You’ll get a menu. Click on “Open link in new tab” …

            • Betsy October 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm

              The picture will open in a new tab … right-side-up! 😀 😀

            • CarolV October 2, 2018 at 8:05 am

              Thanks for the tutorial, Betsy….. I can read upside down— or backwards. Was just sayin’….

            • CarolV October 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

              Tried just in the name of learning and negative on 3 diff new options…

          • Isabella October 2, 2018 at 2:07 am - Reply

            I’m seeing it right side up..how does it do that?….took it right side up…posted it right side up… I see it right side up…..and I’m hoping “ think you needed a directional “ was supposed to be funny 😄

    8. CarolV September 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Subtle sunset—— facing southeast…….

      About 65 now; dropping to 60 then back up a degree to 61 at sunrise……Clear skies getting cloudy after 2 a.m.
      HAGN!

    9. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Blue jay again …

    10. PattyK September 30, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      09/30/18 5:30pm Do you think this is it? No osprey action seen…getting teary eyed again…. if Squirmy and parents are headed South….God speed….safe travels….and warm hugs to all of OZ family……….xoxoxo

      • Helen September 30, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

        Amen, PattyK

      • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        PattyK…warm hug to you too!…I think they’re gone. She was an awesome chick! Was so great watch her! Great season! Sad that it’s over ! Love this pic of her,all “tucked” in for the night

      • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

        PattyK: With mixed emotions I think it is. George hasn’t been seen at the nest in 11 days and the chick has not been to the nest or heard on the perch for 3.

      • PattyK October 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        Hugs and thank you all for your response, love and expertise letting us all learn and love this magical insight into nature and osprey world. We still keep the OZ cam up on our little den laptop, it’s been on for years till the cam closes..Hopefully our dear Landlords/owners will be able to figure a way to have the camera up and running earlier in the nesting season, and sending them kudos for having Shelli, Aidan, et all for keeping us able to experience this great gift! Ok, keep passing the Kleenex for a spell….
        xoxoxoxo, PattyK

    11. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      A happy hoppy sparrow

    12. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Stupid duck … made me think an osprey flew by!! 😀 😀 😀

      • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        Not stupid…. just Daffy

        • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 9:24 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Good one!! 😀 😀

        • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

          Funny CarolV!

    13. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

      The chick is 13 weeks old today. I hope that, wherever she may be, she is safe and healthy, that she remains safe and healthy, that she has an uneventful migration with good weather and smooth sailing, and that when she reaches her final destination she survives and thrives so she can return north when it’s time and start her own family.

      • RobininMD September 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        Me too Betsy. Lovely pictures of her. She will be missed! It has been a successful season for George & Jane. Now we have to wait till next Spring to see what happens!

        • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

          RobininMD:

          I know we all want that.
          Thank you.
          She sure will.
          Yes, it has.
          Tick tock …

      • Redkayak October 1, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

        I looked this weekend in person. I did not see an Osprey in the area at all. Not near the beach or the tree across the canal. I didn’t hear any over the lake either. Till next year I guess

    14. Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Osonong kosuabon Ozland! ☀️……beautiful morning!…no princess 🙁

    15. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Sparrows …

    16. CarolV September 30, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Was looking for a blessing and just loved this…… not pertinent, but funny!

    17. Betsy September 30, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Blue jay …

      • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        That’s o.k., Jay…. we’re blue, too……………

    18. CarolV September 30, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Beautiful Sunday morning!

      • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

        Squirmy is 13 weeks old today………………

        • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

          Tomorrow- October 1, Squirmy will be 3 months old….

    19. Isabella September 29, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Osonong totuong, sonong – sonongon modop Ozland!😴……..good night sleep tight!

      • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

        💤

      • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        Three moons over bay!

        • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 11:00 pm - Reply

          Fireworks 🎇

          • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

            Blue bay!

            • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 11:07 pm

              Pretty bay view!

            • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm

              Isabella: Bay pictures — so relaxing to look at

          • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

            Forgot there was a San Gennaro Festival right in town last night. Sounded like the fireworks were right next door! Not those, of course….

    20. CarolV September 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Lots of boaters enjoying this beautiful fall day!
      There was what I think is a bee or wasp zooming around. Managed to catch it dead center near the rim of the nest in the middle shot….

    21. CarolV September 29, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Bobby+Darin-+Mr.+Lonely&view=detail&mid=0ABD7CE0DB737D0FDD580ABD7CE0DB737D0FDD58&FORM=VIRE

      Theme song of the nest at this time of year……..
      Exoeriment– crossed feathers!

      • CarolV September 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        As you can see, I typed in the wrong BOBBY– but that was the song….. with Bobby VINTON…… oldie but goody!

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        CarolV: I LOVE that song!!

        • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

          I ended up playing other songs on that page!! … My Special Angel, Blue Velvet (❤️), Blue on Blue, Roses Are Red (My Love), … and Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody (❤️ ❤️ ❤️) and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (played that song like a zillion times after one of one of my breakups!!) … Etta James’ At Last (❤️)

          🤣 🤣 🤣

          • CarolV September 29, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

            You had a regular trip down memory lane! And a little crying, I’m sure! I always do, when I hear some of these old songs! Rarely feel teary with rap…………
            And Unchained Melody is on my all-time greatest hits list

            • CarolV September 29, 2018 at 5:36 pm

              Strangely enough, I went back to listen to The Righteous Brothers and had James Corden on TV, who came on with a bit about the current “iconic song” that has over 2 billion views………. Baby Shark…doo, doo, doo, doo………………………………………………oy, vay………………….. where have we gone wrong…….

            • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

              CarolV: I first heard the Bobby Vinton songs when I was a child in the ’60’s. My mother used to have a small radio in the kitchen with all those songs playing. As a teen and in my 20’s I was more rock/heavy metal and disco music. I didn’t really know Unchained Melody until the movie Ghost and I sobbed at that scene when I heard it!! 😀 😀 I never really liked blues or jazz, but I love the song “At Last”!

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        I don’t know Baby Shark … I know Baby Elephant Walk!!

        • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

          Oops, I was trying to line up with my last reply!! Didn’t happen!! 😀

          Can’t listen to Ravel’s Bolero and comment at the same time!!

        • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 7:55 am - Reply

          Love the elephant…… find the shark annoying- no reflection on the real animals…. well, baby elephants ARE adorable

    22. CarolV September 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Was taking pics of the sailboat parade when look who popped up over the side!!!! Bopped around a bit then off to the right……

    23. Betsy September 29, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

      ~ Sparrow

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

        ~ Starling

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

        `~ Sparrow

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

        `~` Sparrow

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        Headless, but, beautiful wing!! 😀

        • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

          Auditioning for the role of an osprey!

          • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

            Isabella: That just cracked me up!!

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

        Wispy wasp-y wings!!

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        and …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        White wings 😀

        • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

          Funny!

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        Small wings …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        Starling wings …

        • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

          You’re having a wing ding time! Lol!

          • CarolV September 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

            Now I WANT a WingDing! oh–Is that ring ding? Close enough…

            • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:19 pm

              Isabella and CarolV: You guys do stand up comedy?

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

        Starling statue …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        The starling hop …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

        Sparrow channeling a raccoon!! Raccoon eyes …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

        Got excited …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

        saw a flash flying up to perch …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

        crow wing …

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

        😢

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

        .😭

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

        ` 😉 `

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        “ 😄

    24. Isabella September 29, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Habari ya asubuhi Ozland! 🌤🌥…..no princess 👑,but beautiful sunrise!

      • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

        🌅

    25. Isabella September 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      Lala Salama Ozland!💤

      • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

        Isabella: The useful phrases that you post with your good nights and good mornings should help! 😀 😀

        • Isabella September 30, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

          Betsy…help?

          • Betsy September 30, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

            Isabella: You know, for the people who wanted an English translation next to the good night and good morning and do not have the time to Google it!! 😉

            • Admin Shelli October 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

              Be nice plz

            • Isabella October 2, 2018 at 2:34 am

              Oh…that’s what I thought you meant…still mystified why translation was needed, since I said it was good morning ☀️ and good night 😴💤. And it was posted in the morning and then at night. If they wanted to know what language, they could have asked nicely and I would have included it!

    26. Betsy September 28, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Well, since George hasn’t been seen on the nest in 10 days, I’m posting updated 2018 STATS:

      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:

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

      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: 09/18/2018 (@ 16:26:02 hrs)

      Gracie (George’s former mate):
      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

    27. Betsy September 28, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Well, zero, zip, zilch, nada. Nothing at all today. Not a scratch of a claw or shake of the camera from a landing or takeoff from the perch, not a thing, not even a peep!! Although, there was an osprey(s) flying around way out over the water in front of the camera several times today. On the one hand, I’d love to see the chick or George again, on the other, it’s almost October and “they got to go.” If they, or just George, did leave, I’m kinda reminded of a story my late father told years ago. When he was on the NCPD he went to the funeral of a retired cop he had known. The man was like 99 years old when he died and his sisters, both well into their nineties, were wailing, “Too soon! Too soon!”

      On that note,
      https://youtu.be/2D6xSDffm6c

      • Isabella September 28, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

        Betsy…seems like there’s still the odd osprey here and there. Maybe they had a good season and don’t want to leave. My husband yelled from the other room this morning “ I see an osprey !..I went as fast as I could to see (like I could go faster than a flying osprey) ! ….anyway,thx for the video.. I never saw the whole movie til 1997! A great pick to say ta ta!

        • Betsy September 29, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

          Isabella: You should have flown to the window!! 😀 😀 Not ta ta for the season, though!! Still hopeful!!

    28. CarolV September 28, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Fog is creeping in…. shot just before shut-down. Wish I would remember to check when I wake up during the night. The sky is supposed to clear later and there might be some nice moonlight to catch, as Isabella did.

      59 now, staying steady within a degree all night. Clearing and looking like a sunny Saturday- and maybe all weekend! Looks like low 70s tomorrow.

      HAGN!

    29. Betsy September 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      .,

      • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        disregard – cat on keyboard!!

        • CarolV September 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Isn’t the internet sensation- Keyboard Cat??? Trying a new medium? Maybe wants to write songs for that cat!

    30. CarolV September 28, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      The nest is rocking as the wind whistles over the mic and the clouds scud across the sky…….. temp is 59 and maybe going to 63 this afternoon. Had some hard rains into the a.m., gradually clearing to probable starry skies tonight and a sunny day tomorrow.

      It’s always hard this time of year, hoping for a glimpse of our birds, while wishing they would get on their way….. avoiding any storms and hoping they are well. Imagining a successful life, even while knowing the statistics and the perils that face them……… That’s why I prefer they are unbanded and untracked….. I can always imagine them ALL flying safe somewhere……..

      • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        Needed a chick fix………….8/1/18

        • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          8/19/18-

          • Isabella September 28, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

            Awww! Shy Squirmy

    31. Betsy September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Admin Shelli: Would you ask Aidan 1: if he plans on doing the streaming software reset today and 2: if he does, could he try to do it in the middle of the day or early afternoon instead of late afternoon/evening? The chick comes to the nest in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening (although I don’t know about today with the pouring rain when, or if, she’ll show up) and there are hours and hours and hours … and hours … during the middle of the day when NO ONE is at the nest, not even other birds!! You know, the season is at its very, very, very end, on overtime even, so why ruin for us, the handful of diehard viewers (I’m not the only one left!!), what few chances remain of seeing the chick (or possibly even George) at the nest. Yesterday afternoon, around 4 pm and up until the video stream went down, the chick was on the perch, sounding as if she was “talking” to someone and then, just as it neared 5 pm and, it seemed most likely that she would be coming to the nest, POOF, the streaming software went into reset – for an HOUR – obliterating any conceivable opportunity to see her and possibly even George!!

      • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

        Oh, I see that it was done at 8:33 am while I was busy trying to (diplomatically!!) word my comment!! Hee hee. BUT … I hope it doesn’t get reset again later!! I’m still piqued about when it was done 4 (FOUR!!) times both days of the weekend the chick fledged!!

      • Admin Shelli September 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        I have messaged Aidan and will let u know when I receive his reply.
        We need all the help we can get to grab the last few glimpses of our precious O family ♥️

      • Admin Shelli September 28, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        Aidan will see what he can do.
        He has a program that refreshes the live stream every hour on the hour everyday and should only take a few seconds to complete.

        Are u guys saying that the cam/stream goes down EVERYDAY for an hour???

        • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: Not EVERY day … but it does go down, sometimes day after day after day (occasionally twice in a day!!) but usually its every few days, for exactly an hour — you see a spiraling circle for exactly one hour!! Today, for example, the video stream went down between 8:34:12 and 9:32:16 until it came back up — it was literally down for 1 hour. Yesterday it went down at 16:58:something and came back up at 17:58:something — that was about the time the chick comes to the nest. And on the weekend that the chick fledged the video stream went down 4 times (!!!!!!!) for one hour each time on both Saturday and Sunday. OMG, I thought they knew this!! And, that someone had a sadistic sense of humor!!

          You say Aidan has a program that refreshes the live stream every hour on the hour everyday and should only take a few seconds to complete? Is that why on the 58th minute and (usually about) 50th second of every hour the video skips a few seconds? 😀 😀 Maybe it has a glitch and causes the video stream to go down for one hour, which, BTW, when it happens, is on the 58th minute and (usually) 50th second of the hour, returning on the 58th minute and 50-some seconds of the next hour!!

          • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

            which, BTW, when it happens, is on the 58th minute and (usually) 50th second of the hour, returning on the 58th minute and 50-some seconds of the next hour!! — Except today when it went down on the 34th minute of the hour!! 😀

          • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

            AdminShelli: I think what we had here was a failure to communicate!! In retrospect, after I commented about video stream going down every day for an hour back in late June (http://ospreyzone.com/comment-page-201/#comments) and you replied that the software was being reset every HOUR to keep it from crashing, I just figured you meant every DAY!! 😀 😀 CarolV commented about it also and I guess we just got used to the video stream going down almost daily for an hour!!

          • Admin Shelli September 28, 2018 at 7:45 pm - Reply

            Yes, he’s not exactly sure what’s going on…but says it’s not a perfect system lol

        • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

          I’ve noted that MORE than a few times………. even posted pics. Usually happens @?:59: ?? secs or lately ?:58:?? secs. at no set hour. Sometimes more than once a day. And stays down almost exactly an hour. So if the video starts to circle at 1:59:37…. come back about 2:59:30 and the video will start again, with an hour missing from the timeline, of course.

          • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

            Because I haven’t been watching as much, I can’t find any recent posts right now. I think Betsy posted a pic around the 15th. Different from blue screen or even the greyed over screen

          • Admin Shelli September 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

            Yeah, it’s suppose to be a safety mechanism so in case the cam goes down while no ones in the office it will refresh in one hour’s time…again it’s not a perfect system but gets the job done 🤗

          • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Maybe it was on the 59th minute and 30- to 40-some seconds when the stream would go down. For some reason I think then it started doing it on the 58th minute and 50-something second. I kind of stopped paying attention to it since it happened often enough, just figured, “Oh, well,” except when it happens during a momentous time!! I don’t think I’ve fully recovered from the anxiety of potentially missing the chick’s fledge when it started happening repeatedly when the chick was going to be fledging at any second!! 😀 😀 We didn’t miss it … well, we could have missed it and what we saw was really the chick’s 2nd or 3rd flight, but, we’ll never know and I’m satisfied that what we saw was the fledge!! 😀 😀

            • CarolV September 29, 2018 at 12:36 pm

              t did change somewhere along the line. Like the camera shuts down earlier and earlier…. seems to be changing with the season. Like you say, just got used to the quirks.

    32. Trinity September 28, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Osprey tend to start migrating as summer comes to an end, aside from an internal clock, I’ve read that the change in temperatures, sunrise and sunset are all factors in their departure. Maybe Squirmy will be hanging around later than expected because of her delayed hatching and fledging. Some New England osprey stay at their nests until mid to late October.

      • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 2:34 pm - Reply

        Trinity: I hope her “clock” is on a delay timer (!) because of late-in-the-season hatching!!

    33. Betsy September 28, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Okay, CarolV, here’s a spider for you!! LOL

      • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

        Yea! Love to see them on the job!

    34. Isabella September 28, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Maayong buntag Ozland!🌧….don’t think we’ll see anything with this rain ☔️!

    35. Isabella September 27, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Maayong Gabii Ozland!😴

      • Isabella September 27, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

        CarolV’s fairy orbs by moonlight

        • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

          Glad you were up late enough to catch the little stay-outs! All I was seeing was the inside of my eyelids!

      • Isabella September 27, 2018 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        GN

        • Isabella September 27, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

          Nighty night princess…don’t let the nest bugs bite!

    36. CarolV September 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      It was an in-and-out day on the South Fork…(worked in a diff. store today).. Quick scroll thru looked like may have been the same at OZ.
      When the sun was out, it was a beautiful fall day!

      Second shot is right before the cam went night-night…

      Temp about 66 now, dropping just a few degs. to about 62-

      about 2-3 a.m., possibilities of rain 30%, rising to 100% near dawn. Rain likely to last most of Friday morning, changing to cloudy after noon. Temps steady to about 64.

      • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

        OK…. as you can see by the timestamps- shots reversed

    37. Betsy September 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      The chick hopped down to the nest from the perch a few minutes after 6 pm … I was afraid we’d missed her. That was a helluva thing. The chick comes to the nest early in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening and not for hours and hours and hours during the day but the hour-long software reset was done in the late afternoon!!

      • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        She stayed for not even half a minute …

      • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

        before flying from the nest …

      • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

        continuing to the left just above the shoreline …

      • RobininMD September 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        Do you think it’s odd if George left before his chick? Now I know this sounds crazy, but.. is it possible for a bird to go senile? LOL – well, he forgot who Gracie was and now he left for his migration before his chick? Guess she was bound to be on her own during migration… but still seems a bit out of character for George, no? Not like we have any answers but left me thinking and wondering…

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

          RobininMD: George didn’t forget Gracie, it’s just that Jane was now his mate (however that came to be we don’t know since the camera didn’t come up until May 22nd and Jane was already in the picture [no pun intended!]) Therefore, Gracie was no longer a part of his life and his priority was Jane and the nest.

          It’s possible that he left — some literature state that the female leaves first, then the male, and then the juveniles. Others state that the male stays until after the juveniles leave. But the way the chick was begging when she was on the perch I think George must still be here (and was on the perch with her or right nearby)! I guess birds can get senile, but I don’t believe George is. A couple of years ago we figured that he was maybe 5 or 6 years old, making him 7 or 8 now. (The literature that I’ve read states that their average lifespan is 7 to 10 years but they can live up to 30 years.) The males usually stay to supplement the chick(s) with fish, but we haven’t seen that, at least not on the camera. We need eyes on the ground to report to us!!

      • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 9:00 am - Reply

        You caught a nice wave, too!

        Although we can’t anticipate what- or if- a bird can make judgment calls, I wonder if George could know that Squirmy was short on preparation time. Since she is younger than other juvies going off to migration, she hadn’t had the weeks of practice previous chicks had by this time. So maybe he laid back to force her to care for herself, while keeping an eye on her. I’d like to think so anyway……
        But then, I’m the one with the fairy orb fixation………………………………………………………………………………….. haha

        • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

          CarolV: 😀 😀

        • Isabella September 28, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

          CarolV…they say it’s hard wired when they leave,so not sure George realizes she’s younger than most. That said: Rachel seemed to adapt to kick some GHO butt!! I like to think he’s still around. Most likely roosting in trees and bringing her fish. I’m glad she still comes to the nest . Maybe it’s easier for her to “handle “ the fish on the nest. Em chose to stay in trees. Fortunately she didn’t experience the horrors Bailey and Em did! Heck, she didn’t even get bonked! Lol!……as Betsy said the experts only agree that the female leaves first. After that it’s like “who’s on first,what’s on second “! I imagine them watching the cams thinking, “dang! We have to rewrite the book “! P.s. thx for the fairy 🧚‍♀️ orbs!

          • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

            Isabella and CarolV: I know Dr. has said he’s learned knew things from hearing what people witnessed on the webcams. I imagine there’s really no one-size-fits-all rule on migration. As with anything else, there will be individuals who are outliers. Yes, osprey have been tracked, but, their numbers are minuscule compared to the overall osprey population. There’s a lot known about osprey, but, I think there’s still so much more yet to learn — only so much can be seen on camera.

          • CarolV September 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

            Hard wired is an imperfect guess. We’ve seen even the experts don’t agree. That’s why they are still researching- as are we! Look at how Dr. B wrote off Rocky when she was born as a likely siblicide, just because she was the 3rd chick. …… we all learned a lesson on how intelligence and perseverance can out last and out wit — a true survivor.
            And, as I said, some one who believes in fairies can certainly enjoy thinking birds can plan and deduce

            “There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio”

            • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 8:29 pm

              CarolV and Betsy…here’s something to add to the migration mystery!

            • Isabella September 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm

              CarolV and Betsy…something for the experts to ponder

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

      Do you think this was anyone we know?

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

      nfc: Here’s a video of the chick stopping by the nest this morning in case you (and anyone else) were working and didn’t see her.

      https://youtu.be/0VFtL1hemz8

      • RobininMD September 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        Bless her, thank you Betsy

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

          RobininMD: You’re welcome.

      • nfc September 28, 2018 at 5:36 am - Reply

        Betsy=== Thanks again for making the time to let all of us enjoy our time with her. You really work hard and it is appreciated.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

          nfc: Your’re welcome and thank you!!

      • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

        It will be so nice to have all these videos, as well as pics, to revisit our baby over the long winter! TY! to ALL video posters!

        • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

          CarolV: You’re welcome!!

    40. Betsy September 27, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      I have not seen George at the nest since the afternoon of September 18th when he flew to the perch with a fish and then flew off with it. The last time he was actually on the nest was the morning of the 18th when he dropped off a fish for the chick. But, in 2015, he was last seen flying around the nest in the AM on September 27th and in 2017, after days of not being seen, he showed up on the nest on the 27th. Maybe George likes the number 27 and will show up today!! 😀 😀

      • Redkayak September 27, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        I last saw someone, not sure who, over the beach and in a tree not far from the nest last Sunday

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

          Redkayak: Wish they had ID tags!! 😀

          • Redkayak September 28, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply

            I wish I was better at identifying them. Someone hangs out, a lot, in a tree right across the canal from the nest. Always has, every year. They are still hanging out there now so I don’t think Squirmy is totally alone

            • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

              Redkayak: Well, maybe you can give a message to George that he has to go to the nest STAT!! 😀 😀 😀

      • RobininMd September 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

        Squirmy is doing well here by herself. Thank goodness. It’s kind of sad to know she’s on her own, but she showed us how she catches her own fish. I thought he’d stay till she left…I am sure he’s okay tho would be nice to see him. Thanks Betsy

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

          RobininMd: You’re welcome. I think George may still be around. At about 4:10 pm she was on the perch and it sounded as if she was “talking” to someone else on the perch!! Thought we might get to see if it was George but the video stream went down just before 6 pm for the hour-long software reset … aaarrrggghhh 🙂

    41. Betsy September 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Admin Shelli: The screenshot attached to my comment shows only a blank page when you open the OZ website. When this happened before Aidan posted a notice that the pages weren’t loading correctly because the number of comments per page was more than the website could handle. I think that’s happening now. BTW, when you click on “Previous (page)” the site does open to that page (but that’s only helpful if you’re already on an open page!! 😀 😀 ) Would you please let Aidan know? Thanks. (The video can still be viewed on the YouTube channel.)

      For reference here’s Aidans comment from September 6th, 2017:

      Aidan September 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm
      Hi all,

      Recently, we’ve been having issues with previous comment pages not loading. The problem was that a full page of comments was more than the website could handle, so we’ve had to decrease the number of comments per page from 200 to 150. This means that the page numbers of most comments have changed and old links to comments may not work. Apologies for any inconvenience, but hopefully the site will be working properly now.

      • Admin Shelli September 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        Thanks for letting me know…I have messaged him.

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: Thank you and thank Aidan please.

    42. Trinity September 27, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Thanks for all the pics & updates on Squirmy status. I spotted two straggler osprey at the southern end of Wantagh Pkwy yesterday afternoon, won’t be long until they make their trip.

    43. Betsy September 27, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

      The chick came to the nest this morning …

      • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

        looking for something to eat. She found a scrap of fish from last evening’s fish. She tried it but then ended up dropping it back onto the nest …

      • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

        then she hopped up to the perch …

    44. Isabella September 27, 2018 at 7:38 am - Reply

      👑!

    45. Isabella September 27, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Gorgeous morning!🌤⛅️

      • Isabella September 27, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

        Hello gorgeous!

    46. Betsy September 27, 2018 at 12:00 am - Reply

      I guess the storm went more out east because where i live in Nassau we only had a little rain.

    47. Isabella September 26, 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Sweet osprey dreams!💤

    48. Betsy September 26, 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      I don’t know what the chick was doing but she made me dizzy with coming and going!! She first came to the nest with a fish at 18:39:39 hrs and stayed half a minute before taking off. Then she was back a half minute later, stayed almost 1 1/2 minutes before taking off again. She was back a minute later, stayed about 23 seconds and then once again she was off!! Almost 2 minutes later she was back, this time staying a bit over 1 minute and then, off, flying away out over the water. A little over 1 1/2 minutes later she was back for the final time, this time staying 15 minutes to eat the fish before flying off into the murky blue yonder. At the 17:00-hr mark I thought she was going to choke on the fish!! It was a big piece and she was having a lot of trouble swallowing it, trying several times to grab it with her foot to get it out but not able to, then trying to swallow it down again!! I thought, “Oh, great, we finally see her again and she chokes to death in front of us on a piece of fish!!”

      https://youtu.be/cRidMPVpEYo

      • nfc September 27, 2018 at 6:30 am - Reply

        Betsy– thanks for the interesting feeding. At least we saw Squirmy for a long time eating after catching a fish. We are getting near the end for our visits with this family.

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

          nfc: Thanks! We have to squeeze out all the viewing time we can with her!! 😀 Maybe next time I’ll post a video of her in slow motion — make seeing her last longer!! 😀 😀 😀

      • Isabella September 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        Betsy… I was watching her and trying to get pics…I was like…would you stay in one spot!…the poor fish didn’t know if he was coming or going!!…lol!…was very hard to watch her struggle with that big piece. Thought she would give up. I thought the same thing “oh no,she’s going to choke!”

        • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

          Isabella: I wonder how you would give a bird the Heimlich maneuver?

          • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

            Pump their wings…………

          • Isabella September 28, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

            Betsy: on a wing and a prayer?

            • CarolV September 28, 2018 at 6:40 pm

              Or beak to beak resuscitation, if necessary………….

            • Betsy September 28, 2018 at 7:55 pm

              CarolV and Isabella: Comediennes both!! 😀 😀 😀

    49. CarolV September 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Look who flew in while I was busy reading comments and looking at photos!!! HELO, GORGEOUS!

      And with her dinner……..

      • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        Did you ever realize what an EASY season this was??? No I.D. issues! Jane so obviously Not George and Squirmy just Squirmy!

        • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

          CarolV..easy and enjoyable…I’m going to miss Jane and the princess! They were both quite the characters. The princess stealing the show,and mostly hanging out on center stage. Jane was quirky and sweet

          • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

            Isabella: Quirky … that’s a great description of Jane!!

      • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Squirmy left a piece of fish behind her eating log… will be handy for a lazy morning snack…..

        She cleaned her beak thoroughly and left.

        Temp about 73 now, dropping to 62 by dawn. Possibility of t-storm or showers -50%- about midnight.

        Tomorrow- high of 68 with clouds.

    50. Betsy September 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      The chick is still here!! Went and got herself dinner. She seems to love to put a talon or her beak in the poor fish’s eye!!

      • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        Would you want dinner staring at you while you rip its face off????

        • Betsy September 26, 2018 at 10:33 pm - Reply

          CarolV: That’s a good one!!

    51. CarolV September 26, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Isabella- see if this works for you.

      Place your pointer on the running video. You should get a reaction that looks like this

      • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        I see you have that in some of your pics.

        Do you see, by the word youtube, on the left of it, the small cog- settings. Place your pointer on it and tap- you should get this….

        • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

          Now you can see the box on the right that shows choices. Put pointer on Speed and tap……
          You should get this

          • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

            These are different speed settings- you can see Normal is checked. All the choices above that slow down the video. The choices below normal speed the video up.

            When trying to capture a swift moving object, scroll back to the moment (after slowing down the video) and it will be easier to shoot. Most often, I use .5 speed.. Sometimes I have to rewind and shoot a couple of times. With my computer, .25 speed may degrade the pics, especially in low-light situations.

            Then, don’t forget to go back and reset to normal or you’ll fall asleep watching it!! teehee………

            Also, do you ever expand the video by tapping that little square to the right of youtube? If you take pics with fullscreen, you won’t have all the space around your pics….. until you learn how to edit your pics, if you have that feature.

            I found things by experimenting on my own or with help from Betsy or Rjoneal. It does take practice, but not as hard as it sounds…… trust me, if I can, you can!

            Try it, you might like it!

            • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm

              Forgot to say- choose speed setting by tapping on your choice………… then tap on edge of box to make it disappear out of the frame
              Waiting a moment before shooting will make the red line, etc. disappear too

            • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm

              If you already know all this, sorry to waste space. I just threw this in when I saw your comment about something being hard to capture. {:*))

            • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 11:28 pm

              CarolV…thank you so much for your time!…I will try this…my browser doesn’t support full screen…first I have to deal with “this webpage was reloaded because….”. After I read your tutorial, I took an Advil and laid down! Lol!

            • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 12:49 am

              Isabella: What browser do you use? I Googled browsers for ipad. Here’s what I found: “Is Safari — the iPad’s default web browser — not your cup of tea? While Apple requires all web browsers on the iPad to use the WebKit platform, a number of web browsers are available that fit that standard and make great alternatives to the Safari browser. This list covers browsers that can interact with Google Chrome, can sync with Mozilla Firefox, can support Dropbox, and even play Flash videos and games.”

              So, if you’re using the default Safari you can try installing Google Chrome.

              If you’re already using Chrome as your browser I found this article “YouTube Fullscreen Not Working Problem on Safari, Chrome, Firefox Solutions” (https://itube.aimersoft.com/download-youtube/youtube-fullscreen-problem.html) After you read it, again take an Advil and lie down!! LOL

            • CarolV September 27, 2018 at 7:07 am

              Sorry, Isabella, I tried. But maybe you can at least try the slo-mo mode to get those pics that are too speedy to catch in normal . Good luck!
              And that’s how I would feel when reading Betsy or Rjoneal tutorials! I resorted to Aleve…

    52. Isabella September 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      C’mon princess, come and say hello!….if she caught a fish, she ate it somewhere else….Charlie was seen yesterday at Charlo, maybe George is still around….

    53. Isabella September 26, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Got this…then blue screen…then this is when I heard an osprey

    54. Isabella September 26, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Kopivosian doungosuvab Ozland!☁️⛅️…very excited to hear an osprey!..hopefully the princess!……love the lavender colors in this pic!

      • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

        Heard something on the camera…then this guy appeared…a wren or finch?

        • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

          Beautiful bay view!….I feel fortunate to live on the island….ocean,bays,the sound,etc. ..would hate to be landlocked!

          • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

            So pretty and mysterious looking when it’s misty

      • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

        You hear her on the perch…then I think this is her fishing…she so. Quickly swooped up then down…was hard to “capture “

        • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

          Fishing 🎣?

    55. Betsy September 26, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

      House wren visiting

      • Betsy September 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

        Prettier picture!!

      • Betsy September 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        The seagull looks as if its wing is only a white frame … and the water is showing in the center!! Hee hee Perfect gray match — water and wing!!

        • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

          That is a really interesting shot! Nice capture!

        • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

          Wow! It’s like the wing is transparent! Cool shot!

          • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

            Isabella: Thanks!! Transparent … now why didn’t I think of that word??!! 😀 I think I was suffering from brain freeze!!

      • Betsy September 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

        Dottie and Pippy paid a visit to the nest, too …

    56. Betsy September 26, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply

      OMG!!! The camera just came back up for today (well there were a couple of few-minute flashes starting at 6 but they don’t count). THE CHICK IS STILL HERE!! Was begging from perch at 6:59 am when the camera came on!!!

      • Betsy September 26, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

        Someone had jumped off the perch at 07:12:04 and then flew around a couple of times in front of the camera

        • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

          Betsy…hi!…saw your pics over at Charlo…the magpie is such a pretty bird!

          • Betsy September 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

            Isabella: They are gorgeous birds!! Black and blue feathers, loooooong tail feathers, and the wings, when open, just awesome with the white in the center “framed” by the black on the primary feathers!! I wish we had them here!! Kind of pesky, though!!

            • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 11:33 pm

              Isn’t it nice to get so many compliments on your pics! ( over at Charlo)!

            • Betsy September 27, 2018 at 8:52 pm

              Isabella: I didn’t really get a chance to look!! When the OZ video stream came back up on Tuesday I was trying to watch both sites, in 2x speed, switching back and forth between them, so I really didn’t have time to read the comments!! I read the next day that Charlie was spotted eating a fish. I actually caught that on video tape. I was so bleary-eyed and tired by the end of the night that I set the video recorder on the Charlo site and went to sleep. But, he’s eating in 2x speed! It’s such a PIA there without a timestamp — it always seems to look the same no matter what time of day it is; I try to look at the cloud formation to know where I am on the video stream but I think I kept watching the same part of the video over and over!! 😀 😀

    57. Isabella September 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      Kopivosian doungotuvong Ozland!💤

      • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

        They may be still around taking shelter in a tree. I know my sparrow woodhull tucks himself in on the crepe myrtle branch under the porch. Tonight he brought his lady friend. Their nest is in a nearby arborvitae. I will be cleaning up their “gifts “ tomorrow!

        • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

          👑

    58. CarolV September 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Nice to see we’re rolling again! Thanx to all involved…. Shelli for keeping us informed and our indispensable Aidan for all his hard work!

      I was wrong when I thought Verizon Vic had gone. He was waiting up on his post when I left work today…. rain had stopped and he came out of wherever his shelter was… usually some trees nearby.. I said good-bye and wished him a safe and swift journey, in case I don’t wee him tomorrow. I’m away from Cutchogue for almost a week after tomorrow… working elsewhere and enjoying a long weekend.

      Possibility of more rain this evening; then warmer weather returning. I would love to hear that someone saw George or Squirmy today…… waiting for posts to popp in….

    59. Admin Shelli September 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      The live stream is back up! Enjoy ♥️

      • TimR September 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        The Princess is back…

        • Admin Shelli September 26, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

          I see her! Thanks Tim ♥️

          • TimR September 26, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

            U got it, ty Shelli… Wish I wasn’t modded… lol

        • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

          Thanx for the video! I thought she was heading for her eating spot when she flew out the first time…. so glad she came back so we could spend some time with her.

    60. Isabella September 25, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Just checking…still no camera feed🙁

      • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        Cam is back,so far nobody home

        • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

          😄🙁

          • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

            Thank you!

    61. Anja September 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Watching the Osprey has been a joy for me, I truly hope George and Gracie reunite next year and raise another batch of eggs next year. Loved Betsy’s 2016 recap and have my 2018 calendar all set so I know just when to start watching the nest. I’m going to miss them … so until spring, thanks for the memories.

    62. Leesa Downs September 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Another season has now come and gone,
      Lots of drama, confusion, and chicks raised, just one.
      Memories made, made us laugh, some we’d like to forget,
      what happened to Gracie, lots of people made bets!
      George and Jane, they did such a spectacular job
      of raising their Squirmy without fighting a mob!
      Soon off to their wintering grounds they will go,
      with prayers for safe travels, no strong winds to blow.
      For we all will be waiting next year to come round,
      to again see the Osprey in Gardiners Bay and Long Island Sound.
      Waiting to see who shows up at the nest,
      George, Gracie or Jane, or some other pest!
      I’m thankful and blessed to be a part of this crew
      who call themselves Ospreyzone, these Ospreys we view.
      Such magnificent birds we’re so privileged to see
      in their natural environment, their nests on the sea.
      We thank you all, Tommy, Admin Shelli, Aidan, and the rest
      who keep this site going, all doing your best.
      Till next spring comes around and we’re all back on this site
      for another adventure in our beloved Osprey’s life!

      • ChrisH September 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Beautiful, Leesa!

        And Squirmy taking her bow….

      • CarolV September 24, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Leesa! Summed up the season with style!

      • Betsy September 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        Leesa Downs: Beautiful!! You always nail it Leesa!

      • Judy Cotrone September 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

        Beautifully said .. till next year…

      • Isabella September 26, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

        Finally got to read and enjoy! Very nice!

    63. Admin Shelli September 24, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      We apologize again for the cam being down – Aidan has attempted to do everything from the office to no avail.
      He believes he can get the stream up and running again but needs to go to the nest to do so.
      So we’re shooting for tomorrow – We will keep u all updated.

      • CarolV September 25, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

        It’s pouring out here today and possibly t-storms Wednesday as well. Guess season ends as it began…. shrouded in mystery! Otherwise known as tech voodoo!
        Pretty sure Verizon Vic adios’ed but I worked in a different KK for the weekend.
        All kind of a let down. But can’t fight Mom Nature or the great computer overseer! HAGD,Everone!

        • Admin Shelli September 25, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

          Sadly, u may be right 😞

        • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

          Just like the soap opera it’s been all season…leaving us with a cliff hanger!…who left first? George or the princess?…did she catch another fish before she left?…who will George mate with next season?…Jane,Gracie or a new chick?….what viewers will return?….will the camera be up in time to see George return??….tune in next season!

          • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

            My show was cut short due to technical difficulties!

            • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm

              Beginnings of a princess 👑

            • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 1:59 pm

              👑

            • ChrisH September 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

              LOL!!

        • Keith Bittner September 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

          Hi CarolIV. When you said KK is that as in King Kullen? I worked for the for 34 years. Just retired 4 years ago. Keith B.

          • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 5:14 am - Reply

            Yes, I remember you. I saw the name and wondered, but figured it was a coincidence. I’ve been in Cutchogue almost 10 years and in the sadly missed Riverhead store for 20 years before that. So hello to you and hope you’re enjoying your retirement!

      • TimR September 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

        it is back! yay!

    64. Isabella September 24, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

      If anyone wants to still see ospreys while our cam is down, take a “field trip “ to Charlo Montana. The Charlo princess C7 is still there. Possibly her daddy too…..CarolV’s fairy 🧚‍♂️ orbs are visiting!

      • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Oopsy daisy!….didn’t stick the landing

        • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 11:58 am - Reply

          Ta da!

          • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

            C7

            • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              Beautiful osprey!….just like our princess 👑!

            • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm

              Who me?

      • CarolV September 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        Have orb will travel! Looks like theydressed up for the visit with some extra color!

      • Betsy September 25, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

        Isabella: C7 MIGRATED today — there’s no timestamp on the video stream, but i think it was around 10 am!! Made a video for them!!

        • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 2:28 am - Reply

          Betsy… I know… These pics I took must have been right before she left. The no time stamp is a pain in the tu tu! Also believe pioneer log chick left. 🙁 hope they all have safe travels and enjoy their vacation! Will pop over and watch the video.

    65. Isabella September 24, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Not so good of a morning with camera down 🙁……over at Charlo C7 was hit again by a GHO. Time to go south!

    66. Betsy September 24, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Well, it’s 8:15 am now and the camera is still not up, so I guess Paul and/or Aidan can’t get it restarted. Paul must know that migration for George and the chick is imminent, that they will not be around for much longer so there isn’t much time left for viewers to still see George and the chick, if they haven’t migrated already, since Paul sounded authoritative about osprey when he was quoted in the Newsday article of September 3rd of this year and noted that wildlife webcams are so mesmerizing. I’d hate to think that it’s just indifference toward the viewers!!

    67. CarolV September 24, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Cue the music- The Way We Were-

      Squirmy at one week- already wobbling out of the egg cup …… too cute!

    68. GinaM September 23, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Hi, I don’t know what is going on with arguing, etc. so I will stay out of it.

      I am at that time of anxious sadness and hope for all of our migrating birds. On the one hand, if George and Jane and even Squirmy have flown the coop- this would be the perfect time as there are no hurricanes for the moment threatening their journey.
      Thank you for posting the photos of evidence that Squirmy has mastered fishing. Thank heavens. I knew she must have figured it out, but seeing a wet butt just makes me feel better.

      This nest beat all the odds this year. The camera was down in the beginning, so we don’t know what happened. Did Gracie arrive late? Did Jane get there first and George “landed” on whoever was there? Is Gracie OK? Did she survive the battle? Is Jane really one of George and Gracie’s daughters? There is a very good possibility since the babies return to their birth areas.

      What will be interesting to see is WHO will be the female next Spring?

      George(Studmuffin) has proven to be an outstanding everything- hunter, father, mate… not so much decorator, but that is OK.
      Jane the Beautiful learned how to become a mom and she did a magnificent job. Her late hatched chick SURVIVED long enough to learn how to fish and hopefully make it to somewhere warm and safe. You know, Squirmy doesn’t have to fly to the Amazon. Maybe she will land in Fort Myers. While she is in Florida, perhaps she should ask those Florida ospreys how they figured out that they can stay put in a nice warm place and not have to fly thousands of miles each year. I have been meaning to ask Dr. Rob about them.

      I always feel in the Spring, when I see my first osprey, that all is well with the world. This time of year I just pray I see them again.

      On the North Shore of Long Island I have not seen any at the nests. It is unusual, we usually have stragglers into October.

      If the camera comes back up and we get one last glimpse it would be great.

      But if not, Godspeed George, Jane, Squirmy and Gracie too.

      Talons Crossed for Safe Passage!

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        GinaM….nice to know that there are viewers that can make me laugh! Eg. George “landed on whoever was there?” … and got me thinking that it may not even be Gracie or Jane next year! Stayed tuned next season for “all my osprey!”

      • Betsy September 24, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

        GinaM: (re asking Dr. Rob about why continue after reaching Florida) I was looking for something else when I found this — it’s cute, but I think it would be similar to reasons Dr. B. would give:

        “Our ospreys’ wintering grounds are South America or Central America. Osprey that live in the Florida Keys and other warm regions don’t migrate. So, why do North American osprey go through all the hassle of coming back? (And travel these days is such a hassle, even for those flying raptor class.) Why not stay south? Well, imagine if all the college kids who flock to Key West and South Beach for spring break never left. Besides putting a number of colleges out of business, overcrowding in Florida would result. Well, more than it already has. Resources would be strained. Soon the winter-bird kids would be competing for beers, calamari and dubious apartments, and then they might start behaving worse than they already do. Ospreys are too smart to overcrowd or starve themselves. Besides, they would miss us.” (https://chestertownspy.org/2010/08/05/osprey-journal/)

        • CarolV September 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

          That is very funny! Glad you found that!

          • Betsy September 25, 2018 at 12:07 am - Reply

            CarolV: I thought it was a great analogy!! Very humorous!!

      • Kathleen B September 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        Hi Gina M, I was thinking of you yesterday as I raced outside to the distinctive screaming of an O above – there they were flapping and calling – then much lower headed east toward the water was a HUGE bird – my guess, the resident of the hill. Thank goodness it continued on out of sight while the O stayed aloft. This was my first sighting of big bird. I also saw one of the local platforms completely cleared off of any nesting material…and haven’t seen or heard any O’s around for a few weeks…perhaps the O was passing through? I too hope Squirmy finds her way safely south (and not too far south).

    69. Paula September 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      It’s a shame the camera is down. Hopefully Squirmy stays around until next Sunday. It seems she likes Sunday’s for her big steps. Hatched on a Sunday, Fledged on a Sunday and I was really thinking she would leave today, Sunday. But I really hope it’s next Sunday and someone will be able to get a last picture of her.

    70. Admin Shelli September 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone,

      It makes me sad that there’s tension in the group just as the time has come to say goodbye to our beautiful Osprey and to each other for the season.

      Life is so short and should be cherished each and everyday.
      I wanted this group to always be a fun safe place to come to.
      A place to meet others, a place to share and a place to learn.

      It saddens me that some can’t just “roll with it” and enjoy new and fun things.
      Not everyone will like everything posted in this group and that’s ok, that’s perfectly natural.
      But instead of criticism and negativity perhaps we should try a bit of acceptance and open mindedness.
      Those things are the glue that holds a community together.

      Each and everyone of you brings a specialness to our group and I love you all.
      Thank you for all the time each one of you have given to tell the story of this amazing Osprey family and the education you have brought to our group!!

      I have not posted all of your comments as I didn’t want this rift to continue.
      Let’s all put this behind us and start a fresh new week with fresh new comments.
      Let’s restore the peace, love and joy that this group is about. Shall we?

      (p.s. we apologize for the cam being down all weekend but will be back up first thing tomorrow morning)

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

        thank you, shelli…. well said. no caps not my ee cummings mode.. cat on my left hand

        • Admin Shelli September 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

          Lol I TOTALLY get that…I have 8 of them hahahaa 🐾

          • CarolV September 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

            Been there, done that. Now have 5, mostly geriatrics and a med. lg. dog.

      • Helen September 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        Hear, hear, Shelli.

      • nfc September 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        Shelli— thanks for the words that should bring us all together. It has been a crazy season that we should all just enjoy. It will be over very soon.
        Thanks to you for all you do. Thanks for the people who posts the pictures and videos. We get to see what happens each day. I am sure they spend a lot of time posting these pictures for us. It is sad when the season is over, but we have to hope that the osprey go down south and enjoy life until next year. Every year is different. We get to enjoy the experience because of the cameras that are available today. Enjoy them , learn things, share things, and teach others what you have learned. That is the best way to experience the live cams.

      • Dawn September 24, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

        I’m kind of glad I missed all the drama. I always find peace in watching our OZ family so I’m hoping that continues until we have to say goodbye. It ain’t over yet! (I hope)

        As always, I will keep my time missing our family occupied with our Eagle nests in Florida. I’ll see you all in the Spring and here’s hoping to an early 2019 cam view!

        Much love to you all!

        • Isabella September 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

          Dawn..love to you too!…enjoy your eagle 🦅 cam!….osprey zone is one of my happy places…wish I missed the drama,especially since it was aimed at me!

      • PattyK September 24, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

        Thank you dear Shelli! xoxo

    71. Betsy September 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      The chick is 12 weeks old today. Unfortunately, with the camera being down, I don’t have a current picture to share — that is, if she is even still around today and had come to the nest. In this picture she is just minutes old after fully emerging from the shell.

      • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        George was incubating the eggs at the time of the hatch. In the above picture that’s Jane flying from the perch. This was Jane’s reaction when she returned to the nest and the chick suddenly jerked its head!!

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        Aww..the hatching of a princess 👑…beautiful family photo!

        • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

          Isabella: Thank you!

    72. Betsy September 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Isabella: You watch the Charlo osprey cam. I was watching it this morning while ours is down … do you know if the papa is still there or did he migrate already?

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        I have not seen Charlie, but many viewers say he’s around and think may factor into why C7 hasn’t left. She is one of three. I only take a quick peek once or twice,so I rely on the regulars

        • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

          Isabella: So, the other 2 chicks and the mom left?

          When I was watching this morning, the chick seemed to be looking up at something and begging … but, so far, no fish!!

          • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

            Betsy…yes Charlotte and siblings left…..C7 does fish for herself ,but she’s daddy’s little girl…..thx for the awesome and humorous pics of Charlie bringing in a fish!!😃

            • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm

              Isabella: I found out that she was the 2nd of 3 to hatch, the last to fledge but the 1st to catch a fish, and the last to, as yet, migrate … probably has middle-child syndrome!! LOL

            • CarolV September 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm

              What’s wrong with second child??? What syndrome????? What are you tryna say????????? (From a second child)

            • Betsy September 25, 2018 at 12:06 am

              CarolV: Middle children have … fill in the blank!! The first child reigns supreme, the last is the baby of the family, the middle child is … just fill!! LOL Coming from a middle child also!!

            • Isabella September 25, 2018 at 2:35 am

              I too am the “monkey “ in the middle!

            • CarolV September 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm

              Middle child is……. a peace maker; someone who tries to please; brilliant….. geez, starting to sound like a psych quiz……

        • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

          Isabella and RobininMD: Yup, the papa is still around!! He just brought the chick a fish …

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

            Says thank you the same way that our chick does … “Go away now!!

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

            The same hazards as George … the toes are not a fish!!

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

            Good to the last bit of fish tail 😀

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

            A short time later (there doesn’t seem to be a timestamp on the Charlo video stream) the papa flew in with another fish and ate off the head of it while on the wooden post (I think they call it on that site a perch). Then he flew to the nest and gave the chick the rest of the fish. The chick flew up to the post/perch to it the fish. While there this black-billed magpie flew at the chick!!

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

            and then it flew away. It looks like a cartoon bird in this picture as it’s flying away!!

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

            I ended up watching the Charlo website for most of the day!! They post a lot of pictures there, which some here would totally hate!! LOL I love this picture!!

            • Admin Shelli September 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm

              We have 422 active members in our Charlo group, so yes, we do get a lot of photos posted each day!

            • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm

              Admin Shelli: I had a nice time there today!! I loved all the pictures!!

            • Admin Shelli September 23, 2018 at 10:33 pm

              So nice to hear that! Enjoy ❤️

            • Betsy September 24, 2018 at 7:21 am

              Admin Shelli: It was nice to visit Charlo, but I wish the OZ camera was up already … aaarrrggghhh!! LOL

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

            and this …

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm - Reply

            and this ….

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

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          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

            Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds’ feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/overview)

            • Admin Shelli September 23, 2018 at 10:32 pm

              The barbs are called spicules – great information, thanks.

            • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

              Admin Shelli: Thank you. They had great closeups this afternoon … I thought I’d get screen shots and then do teaching moments!! 🙂

            • Admin Shelli September 24, 2018 at 1:46 am

              Well done!

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

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          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

            When they dive into the water, Osprey close their third eyelid – called a nictitating membrane – which is semi-transparent. It acts like goggles and helps them see clearly beneath the water. (https://www.peregrinefund.org/explore-raptors-species/osprey)

            • Admin Shelli September 24, 2018 at 1:48 am

              They can also close their nostrils using an inside membrane to keep water from getting in.

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

            This would make a pretty pattern for wallpaper!!

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 11:08 pm - Reply

            Juvenile ospreys have distinctive mottled appearance caused by a pale edge to each feather- they keep this colouration for the first year or two. (https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/scotlands-wildlife/osprey-fact-file/)

          • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 11:22 pm - Reply

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            • June c September 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm

              Hi. I am in Dublin…don’t have detail feathers…great…thank you…

      • RobininMD September 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

        Hi Betsy, the Charlo Osprey (C7) – the dad was still there yesterday – I think he’s still there today – tho haven’t seen a fish come in yet – also there is a chick still at Pioneer Log and Timber cam (also in Montana) that one is down today. So interesting to be able to see all these cams. Thank you again for all your pictures. You, Isabella and Carol do a fantastic job of capturing the moments. Thank you so very much.

        • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

          RobininMD: Thank you for the info and the compliment. The Charlo chick keeps calling for its dad and going back and forth from the nest to the post. I really feel for it!

        • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

          RobininMD..thank you for your appreciation!!…I was watching pioneer for a while. I called the chicks big and little.

        • CarolV September 24, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

          Thanks, Robin….

    73. Isabella September 23, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

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      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

        C7 at Charlo today….she is older than the princess… I think June 12….she is still within migration time frame. Will be interesting to see if the princess leaves within time frame or later due to being younger

      • CarolV September 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

        all interesting. tnx, Isabella. I wonder if jane wandered back toward her natal nest on her short pre-migration sorties … oops, no question marks one handed!?? oh, can do it! the birds return to their general natal areas, not exact, to breed.
        there is so much I wonder about jane! we all seem to agree this was her first breeding year. I also wonder if this was her first return, making her a young bird of about 2-3 yrs. old. it’s not unusual for some birds to return several years without claiming a mate or nest.
        whatever the case, forever a mystery, this has been an interesting year, watching the making of a competent mother, thru the patience and guidance of our studmuffin!

        but I still missed gracie………. maybe they will consider the options of polygamy and return as a 3-some! a good story line for “as the nest turns”! and we’d need a bigger nest! and wide angle lens………… sorry– getting carried away!

        • Betsy September 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I missed Gracie, too, but I really grew to love Jane!! I like the idea of polygamy!! We’d have everything — George, Gracie, Jane … and think of all the chicks we could watch!!!! 🙂 🙂

          Maybe we could do that nest idea from a couple of years ago … and, make it a duplex!! 😀 😀 😀

          • CarolV September 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

            I’m sure Tommy would love all our plans for the nest! It’s ONLY 60 feet up! Well, we can dream!

    74. Isabella September 23, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      How do Ozland!☁️🌧

      • Isabella September 23, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

        This is unfortunate and upsetting! Hopefully will be back before the princess and possibly George migrate!

    75. CarolV September 23, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Just wanted to say my thank yous to everyone before the season gets away. The camera is down and who knows if any of our stars will be there when it comes back.

      ADMIN SHELLI- and NITA- you have improved our posting experience and wrangled a chatty bunch. All thru your own personal challenges. THANK YOU! and been the go-between to our tech guru.

      AIDAN- thank you, as always, for being there to keep the camera going. All your tricks were needed to compensate for glitches that were determined to kick us off line..THANK YOU!
      PAUL- THANK YOU for sponsoring this educational and entertaining site.
      and for TOMMY and Christina……….. THANK YOU for bringing your Windsong nest to the public. Thank you for sharing your private passion with a bunch of strangers. I wonder if you had any idea how involved we would all become? Or how many of us there would be? Can’t say THANK YOU enough!

      And thank you to all the commenters and pic and video posters, that have given us so much to think about. When I couldn’t watch, someone was and left evidence of all the precious moments…

      Hopefully, Squirmy, at least, will still visit when camera comes up, but tick-tock, tick-tock……..

      • Admin Shelli September 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

        Awww…what a sweet thing to write Carol – thank u so much!
        It has been my pleasure to be here each day and get to know u all a little better.

        I will pass this on to Paul and Aidan.

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