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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.
IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Goodnight!….Charlo with deer 🦌 in field
I grabbed the same screenshot!! Now, what are the chances of that!!
Wow!…imagine if there was a time stamp!
I worked at our Hampton Bays store today and had a treat coming out to head home. It’s hard to see, sadly, but there was a trace of a rainbow shining in the sky…… neede the boost!
Even if you can’t see the faint rainbow, those cloud formations are pretty spectacular!
CarolV: No, I don’t (rainbow) and yes, they are (clouds)!!
CarolV…I see the rainbow 🌈 left side of the sun….now if I could only find that pot o’ gold!!
Brrrr!…here comes the sun and a blue jay
I don’t know what it was about the camera but the starlings,especially, were really intrigued by it!
Betsy…wow!..interesting to see!..maybe they see their reflection…then the cravens…maybe there’ll be a bidding war for the nest! Lol
Hope they’re eating some nasty bugs…maybe George scheduled for the nest to get “exterminated “ while he’s on vaca!
Isabella and CarolV: Disappointed you guys didn’t comment on my fun picture in the video!!
Betsy…are you talking about the ending?….funny!
“Who’s that good lookin’ bird!?” “Wouldn’t mind if you joined our flock! Com’on over!!!”
Here comes the sun ☀️. Here comes the hawk…and I say, it’s alright
Sorry…pics will not load
Maybe 10th time is the charm
☀️ok…so this is how I finally got the pics to load…I took screenshots of my pics
This is for..here comes the sun☀️ Here comes the hawk..and I say it’s alright…..doesn’t the cloud above the sun, look like a bird?
So much beauty to behold…mountains, field, sky, sunrise, bird cloud, spider web, diamond fairy orbs, hawk in the golden sunlight!!
🎼☀️🌞☀️ Here it comes
Beautiful sunrise to start a mostly cloudy day
Isabella: The 3rd pic is my favorite.
Here comes the sun☀️
Here comes the 🌞
It’s all right now……….. here comes the sun
Went over to Riverhead and sun was popping in and out. Had a full blast of shine on the way home….. the clouds were OUTSTANDING!!! there were at least 4 varieties in the sky at the same time, making some magnificent formations…..
“It’s clouds’ illusions I recall……”
To songs at once! Ear worm time!
CarolV…OMG..haven’t heard that song in ages!…beautiful!!….and a beautiful sky never gets old!
Popped over to utube to watch and listen to “clouds….there is an osprey catching a fish on the video!
Isabella: Nope, a beautiful sky never gets old!!
I went right over and listened after I posted that! One of my all time favorites!
CarolV: Not reading your comment … saw “Here comes …” DON’T want an ear-worm!! 😀
I’m sorry I haven’t responded to comments!! I haven’t even really looked at them for a couple of days. This no thumbnail business on the scrollbar is killing me (it’s a YouTube issue — this is the 3rd day — no thumbnails since Thursday afternoon!!)!! 😀 😀 I’m watching Charlo — they have interesting birds coming to the nest, especially the hawk. It’s beyond annoying that I can’t scroll along the scrollbar and stop when something is there. This is how I’ve been watching OZ and Charlo — take a break then watch at double speed until I see something!! Curses to YouTube!! 😀 😀 😀
Betsy…explore.org …no timeline is annoying,but Charlo is beautiful..still say it’s like a postcard!
Isabella: It’s gorgeous, but without thumbnails I keep losing my spot and it all looks the same to me during the day!!
The chick is 15 weeks old today. I hope she is safe and well on her way south …
Betsy….talking about me?
Isabella: “Our” beautiful girl!!
Why thank you Betsy!..lol!
Yesterday afternoon blue and lavender water …
this morning, pink and blue water …
Betsy…wow! Stunning!..love lavender! And this morning was gorgeous!
Another grey day……. the sun made an effort this morning ………..
.and may peek out during the morning……… we were in mid 40s overnight and is still 49 at 8 a.m………
Isabella……. did you get out on Sound ave. as you had planned? I heard that day you mentioned was a big traffic jam, despite the less than nice weather………. it hasn’t been the kind of weather that attracts people out for pumpkins and apples and hayrides. too bad, as the farms depend on the fall business.
We may squeak up to 60 later., under cloudy skies. Then more rain tomorrow, while heading to upper 60s………….. looks like fall is here to stay, with long range forecast a sliding scale of 50s all week At least there are some days of sunshine packed in there!
Happy 15 week b’day to Squirmy………… we miss you and wish you a safe and free life!
Everyone, have a good day!
CarolV..went out to Stakey’s Monday…took 25 instead of Sound Ave…MUCH better! PS. Don’t tell anyone! Lol!…wasn’t crazy crowded, so had a nice day!
Isabella: Blue and pink? What are they?
On second pic- almost looks like a big “sunbird” on the water, with the beak facing nest………..
CarolV… TOO FUNNY,…when I quickly read this, thought it said..beak facing west!…lol…and yes looks like a bird!….a sun osprey!
Isabella: And, I read Big Bird!! 😀 … 🎜Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street 🎝
Just wanted to share these pics that were posted on FB…. clever! Someone commented…. me-owls!
Love this !
Betsy- finally got to check that 9/27/18 post and, yes, it is showing the post you see…. tis a mystery!
CarolV: Thanks for looking, too. ‘Tis indeed a mystery!!
Am I the only one whose pics this happened to?? 😀 😀
All of a sudden 2 massive waves of birds flew by — maybe there was an open call for a remake of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”!! Hee hee
PS – You can see the birds passing best on the right side of the screen where it’s not so misty!!
Avian flash mob!
Isabella: Good one!!
Betsy- thanks for the video. The birds must have had a hard time yesterday with the rain that we got. It was heavy at times.
nfc: You’re welcome! I was wondering why and where they were going all at once!!
Lol – love your comment! That was neat to watch – thanks for posting!
ChrisH: Too bad the lens was misty … probably really would have looked amazing!!
I’m sure many of you experience these bird mobs flying thru this time of year. I love when one comes thru the yard, clearing out the feeders! Just wish the view at the nest was a little clearer. By my job, we have been getting flocks of assorted blackbirds settling in the trees along the roadway. What was interesting the other evening was that there appeared to be hawks hunting the birds. I have seen it before, where a single hawk would be making dives toward these settling birds, probably trying to flush out dinner. But the other night, there were at least 3 large birds, that appeared to be hawks, making darting moves into the trees of settling birds. Perhaps a parent teaching technique??? Unfortunately, there were people in cars behind me who expected me to pay attention to the road-how rude!- and I couldn’t watch long………. but it was interesting in a slightly gruesome way!
We had a miserable day yesterday, with a few hour pause from the rain in the afternoon; followed by a monsoon (with thunder) lasting over night……. sunshine today, masking the drop in temps from almost 80 yesterday to about 62 now. And anyone seeing the nest can tell how windy it’s been.!!
Looking like a cool weekend, with highs in the 50s and 40s overnight…….. Mom Nature ain’t playin’! Fall has arrived…….
What a difference a day makes- or a matter of hours! Even the air looks scrubbed clean!
CarolV: In the early summer my mother and I were at the cemetery visiting my father’s gravesite. It was mid afternoon and all of a sudden these nonstop waves of starlings flew by!! I didn’t even know there were that many on ALL of Long Island!!
This is the 3rd day now that I have seen an osprey on the video stream — on the 9th, 10th, and this morning between 7:12 am and 7:13 am it looked as if there was an osprey fishing …
Betsy…that’s a seagull in a osprey costume! Lol…. could be the princess taking a curtain call!…
Isabella: Nope, they were osprey. Watched and re-watched at those times!! The eye stripe can be seen in the first pic.
Betsy… I was kidding 😄
I wonder if it’s the same osprey in all the pictures. Lingering local or visitor resting up before continuing its migration …
Itsy bitsy at Hog Island
Isabella: Wow!! Eww!! The first pic is a really good shot of the spider!!
The wind came along and was tossing the spider about!
Nice work, Isabella! Miss Muffett must have exited!
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)
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 07/28/2018 when she landed briefly on the nest
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
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: 09/27/2018 at 18:04:36 hrs (Note: on 10/05/2018 at 07:00:19 hrs an osprey landed on the perch; it could be seen flying from the perch at 07:01:10 hrs – most likely it was Squirmy)
isabella: You’re welcome!! Hated to have to complete it!! But, all good things must come to an end!! 🙂
Thank you Betsy for posting the important info throughout the season. I could only check in once in a while this season so it really helps. Do you know if Ospreys are hard-wired to leave at a certain time regardless of the status of their off spring? I saw by your posting that Squirmy did catch a fish on his own so here’s hoping he’ll do ok on his own. George has been an excellent father and provider. I was just wondering how that works and if you might know. Thanks again for all of your postings and input!
Gigi: You’re welcome! I posted info a few weeks ago about migration (http://ospreyzone.com/comment-page-220/#comment-44142). Some sites say the male leaves before the young, others say they stay until the chick leaves. George seems to be all over the place — earlier, later, at the same time!! At the Charlo (Montana) nest the male left after the chick. I guess there are other factors that effect when the male leaves.
Admin Shelli: Can you show Aidan my 11:22 pm comment from today (Oct. 8) [and, CarolV’s comment from October 7, 2018 at 11:41 am] and ask him if he has any theories why this is happening?? I’m always “cleaning” my laptop, clearing out histories, caches, DNS, shutting down and restarting my laptop daily and yet this continues to happen!! At least I’m not the only one it’s happening to!! So, it’s clear it’s not on my end!! 😀
Admin Shelli: Can you also let Aidan know: This seemed to start happening after he shortened the number of comments per page (I really don’t remember this happening to me during the spring/summer). This also happened to me around this time of year last year and I believe it was also after he had to shorten the number of comments per page. So … I think there may be a connection.
To tell the truth, I don’t know how many people read the comments in full and then study the picture with that comment and so would then know that it wasn’t the right picture; they’d probably think we just posted the wrong picture with our comment!! I know I generally don’t scrutinize the comments. I’ll quickly read the comment and look at the picture with it (and open the pic if I want to see it more clearly) but I wouldn’t necessarily notice that the picture didn’t match! I MIGHT notice if it’s a picture of an elephant with a comment that states, say, “George flying in with seaweed.” or “Beautiful sunrise.” 😀 Where was I going with this? Oh, yeah …. so this most likely is happening to others, not just me and CarolV, but, they don’t know it!! And, I most likely wouldn’t ever have noticed this issue if my own pictures hadn’t been showing up wrong when the page reloaded after I submitted my comment(s).
Yes, I have already approached him about this and he’s clueless but is taking a look into it.
CarolV: OMG!! I was on the previous page (page 223) looking for something when I saw this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🤣 🤣
Going to close my browser now and see how it is when I open it again!! Maybe I’m hallucinating from watching too much video!! Too many sites!! But …………. under my comment of September 27, 2018 at 12:00 am (re: lightning pics) a picture of mine from TODAY is showing there!!! On both the picture on the page and when the picture is clicked open — it’s the same picture … from TODAY!!!!!! Under my SEPTEMBER 27th comment!!!! (vs. showing a pic I posted today on the page and opening to the correct one!!)
Okay, so I cleared out everything, Chrome history, caches, temp folder, etc. Restarted my computer … and the wrong picture (a picture from today) is still showing with my September 27th comment!!
CarolV (and Isabella): Do me a favor … look at my September 27th comment (re storm more out east) and see what pictures are showing!!
Betsy…the first picture above
Isabella: So, you see the picture that’s dated 10/8 with my September 27th post?? Oh, boy!!
Betsy….the 9/26 and 10/08
Will check on computer at home tonight
No birds — no sparrows, no blue jays, no starlings, no grackles, no crows … no osprey — came to the nest today. There were plenty of seagulls zipping all over the place. And this beautiful egret went sailing by this morning!!
Sunrise and magpies
Isabella: (re sunrise pics) Glitter and gold!!
Northern Flicker (Charlo)
Isabella: They are so fascinating looking!!
Isabella: This is the type of bird I think was flying by when you posted the picture and asked “Osprey or seashore rat/aka seagull.” As this bird flew by this morning, at a certain angle the wings looked as if it could be an osprey … add the morning low light and it can be really hard to tell. But this morning when it was to the right of directly in front of the camera you could see it was a seagull.
Betsy…he has some nerve flying by an osprey nest! Lol
I like this picture — bird flew up over the camera (Charlo)
Looks representative of an Easter photo almost- like the dove of peace type of photo
CarolV…yes exactly! Had same thought!
CarolV: Yeah, it does!! LOL
Looks like he’s posing for a pic…..never quite sure what time it is…you have to follow the sun ☀️ lol
Isabella: During the midday I can’t tell where the sun is in the sky!! It all looks the same to me — 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm!! LOL
Misty bay with sailboat
Blue bay with sailboat
Blue bay with sparrow
Thought we needed a little color. This was yesterday morning on my way to work- right across the street from our parking lot. The sky was starting to fade- sorry about that!
I had been driving about 5 mins. west of this spot, with trees along the road to my right. Just as I hit Osprey Dominion Winery’s vineyards – around a gentle curve- and the trees drop away and the sky opened up, I almost had tears in my eyes from the beauty! The entire sky was pink cotton candy balls, with an oval of blue carved out toward the horizon! Then the rows and rows of grapevines marching across the fields.! A true feast for the eyes and soul!
The weather was disappointing this weekend- not the sunny or even partly sunny days, as advertised……………. warm enough, but heavy and overcast. This morning , the air was so heavy with moisture, it sounded like the road had rain on it as the cars ran by……
About 75 now @ 5pm……. dropping to 63 overnight under still cloudy skies- maybe a slight thinning allowing some moonshine thru-
Tomorrow- for the holiday/non-holiday- still cloudy but cooler, in the mid 60s.
ISABELLA- if you head out Sound Avenue, be safe and enjoy the day, among the pumpkin-maniacs!
CarolV: Wow!! The colors are just beautiful!!
Wow!!! Gorgeous sky!
The blue jay stopped by the nest this morning, not too long before 9:14 am and stayed for about 5 1/2 minutes …
should have been this pic!! Hee hee
It was looking for scraps to eat, settling on the pieces of, by now, fish jerky …
It would try to break the pieces it found into smaller pieces by pecking at them or banging them on the sticks …
It hopped out of sight at the left edge of the camera view, than flew back at about 9:21 am ” Ta da, I’m baaa-aaack” LOL
Channeling Bart Simpson …
and Woody Woodpecker when it landed!! LOL
Well…….. see for yourself- again. Just one more and then I’ll just suck it up- my view- till I click on photos
Sparrow flying up sequence—- had a good laugh at this cute sparrow
CarolV: Did you try the things I posted you should try?? This is the picture!! 🤣 🤣 🤣
I hope this one shows correctly for you!! 🤣
CarolV: Try flushing the DNS (domain name system).
Most operating systems and DNS clients will automatically cache IP addresses and other DNS results (in other words, the computer operating system maintains a database of
all the recent visits and attempted visits to websites and other internet domains) in order to speed up subsequent requests to the same hostname. Sometimes bad results will be cached and therefore need to be cleared from the cache in order for you to communicate with the host correctly. All major operating systems allow you to force this process.
Here’s how to flush the cache:
You’ll need to access the cmd (command prompt). You MUST use “command prompt admin” — the one that’s the administrator or the cache won’t get cleared.
I’m not sure what version of Windows you use, so,
In Windows 8/8.1 right click on the start menu — a menu list should come up. You should see among them “Command Prompt” and “Command Prompt (admin)” Right click on the one with ADMIN. A black box should open.
Then JUST copy this — from right here, on this page!!: ipconfig /flushdns
Then paste it next to (on the right) the C:\WINDOWS\system32> that’s in the black box
Then hit enter. If the cache is successfully cleared you’ll see “Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache”
In Windows 10 type command into the search box. Command prompt will come up. Right click on it and you’ll see the 1st option “Run as Administrator” Click on that and when the command prompt black box opens follow the steps above.
PS — Close your web browser before you flush the cache!!
Sorry Betsy… eyes 👀 started glassing over. As long as right pics pop up when clicked, I ‘m good. Or just watch on diff page. But thanks for trying. Google translate doesn’t cover
CarolV: That’s papa osprey, Charlie, at Charlo!! Well, they’re both birds!!
Thank you for the link to the Mississippi River Flyway Cam. It is just beautiful !! <3
The chick is 14 weeks old today. Wherever she is I hope that she is “happy” and healthy. An osprey flew by from left to right just a while ago (10:07 am) — maybe it’s “our” chick still hanging around! As Paula wrote (http://ospreyzone.com/comment-page-223/#comments), “It seems she likes Sunday’s for her big steps. Hatched on a Sunday, Fledged on a Sunday … ” so maybe she’ll put in an appearance on the nest if she’s still here!! Wouldn’t that be something!! 🙂
Good morning ☁️⛅️…..beautiful bay….love the lavender
Beautiful jay watching the bay….love the blue feathers
Osprey or seashore rat/aka seagull….I’m going with the latter
Before the seagull appeared…saw something down to the right of that stick (the one that’s sticking up) I’ll wait and see what Betsy says
Now this is An osprey possibility!
Now I see Betsy agrees!
Isabella: I saw that this morning …
After watching it this morning, I decided that the bird that flew across at 7:48 am was a seagull …
And I decided that the bird that flew across before the seagull was a duck (seen in the triangle formed upright stick, R edge of picture and nest) …
It’s so hard to tell sometimes!! I can’t tell you how many times I watched it this morning before I finally decided duck and seagull!! 😀 😀
No sign of the chick today, although this morning, at around 6:48 am, an osprey flew from that back left area over the inlet and across to the right; it could be seen at the very right edge of the camera view and it appeared to be fishing … maybe that was her; I was hoping it would come to the nest/perch.
Morning and evening …
Ghost sailboats!! LOL
Birds from today, at OZ and at Charlo webcams:
Sparrow flying out from behind the scenes!!
Starling flying out from behind the scenes … in a loop and behind them again!!
Doing the twist!! LOL
Sparrow flew across the nest …
This is what posts to the page- these photos are not in my pictures
Not a sparrow
This is what comes up when clicked on………….
refreshed, renewed scrubbed and polished……….
And this is a new group from the ones I mentioned………………. only a few of the ones you posted on the 6thare doing this
These are some from the 5th….. thought maybe Charlo pics were involved but the bottom one is OZ which comes up diff too
Well….ok……… went to phone and checked and correct pics are showing………….. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
My good friend, Mr. Computer, up to tricks again! But what’s interesting is they are not photos from my cache! Pulling them from somewhere…………
Well, it will be a surprise opening pics from now on….. will it be or will it won’t?
Oh- I tried a couple different servers- I think they are called- AOL and E- and on phone they work correctly. But this is E on computer……….. vvvvvveeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrryy in-ter-esting………..
And finally, went to AOL to open OZ (on this computer) and it looks fine……………… tis a mystery……………
Sparrows may not be exotic but they are cute!!
Now the sparrow is doing the twist!! LOL
There was a northern flicker (red-shafted) — like I know!! LOL A moderator at Charlo ID’d the bird for someone who asked what kind of bird that was — around the perch at Charlo today. Wow, it’s got stripes and dots and a bib and the top of the head is a rosy color. But, man, wait until you see the inside of the wings and tail feathers!!
Anyway, here it is getting the boot from the perch by the magpie — another gorgeous bird, if not very nice!!
Northern flicker info links:
Forgot to put: It’s a female bird
the northern flicker is!!
Magpie flying from nest to camera housing
The northern flicker
northern flicker doing a stretch … look at the wings — is that not awesome??!!
doing a wing-and-hammy-and-tail stretch …
Did I not tell you??!! LOL
then another wing stretch …
Flying to or from the perch at various times … it’s probably even more gorgeous to see it in person!!
There goes the magpie
All great pics 👏👍🎉🍡🍛🐈🐩🐀
Isabella: Thank you!
It was a gorgeous sunrise- to a mediocre day-
CarolV: Well, it could have been worse!! It could have been RAINING!! 😀
Osprey “calling card”
Iris from hellgate impersonating a peacock/ or 🦃
Louis “ real nice Iris “ lol …maybe she’s flipping us the bird! Lol
Isabella: I love when the tail feathers are up like that!! It’s so cute!!
Good morning ⛅️🌤….fairy orb ghosts
Beautiful blue jay
Blue jay silhouette
Sailboats…study in gray/grey
Isabella: Sunrise sure was pretty this morning!!
On October 3rd I wrote how Charlo has an infra-red camera over there (I think all of the Explore.org webcams do, but I’m not sure), and it kicks on as soon as it’s dark, but as the afternoon fades into twilight/dusk, the camera jumps back and forth between color and gray/black-and-white, then goes to all gray/B&W for a bit before the IR camera begins, really interesting to watch. I made a geometric picture using a color picture and a gray picture from the 4th from when the camera was doing its changeover.
Betsy..all the cams at explore I watch do that …cool pic…you’re like a wizard!
I spy …a seagull
Isabella: It looks so dwarfed next to the pelicans!!
Follow the leader
Isabella: Rockette rehearsal — that’s cute!!
Already a chilly night @60… dropping to about 55 under clearing skies. Sunny tomorrow, with high of 66. Pumpkin mania in full swing, with the long holiday weekend looking good for all the gremlins coming out for the corn mazes, pumpkin picking, hayrides, etc. that bring the crowds…… not to mention the wineries and, now, cider and beer brewing concerns which are starting around the area………. busy, busy roads!
Had a nice treat yesterday afternoon……. in an otherwise nice day, we had a very quick shower- followed by a rainbow! Think I saw a pixie or two……… [;^}}
Going out there Monday….not looking forward to the Sound Ave crawl!
Hawk — don’t know what kind
Hopping starling Hee hee
Trying out a Rastafarian look!! LOL
Must be the humidity!
I’ve been a bit absent lately…… Nice to do some catching up.
Thanks for keeping us updated, Betsy and Isabella , and all the commenters. And TY to all who included me in comments of appreciation. I truly enjoy this site!
ADMIN SHELLI: Glad to hear discussions are under way for camera improvements! Looking forward to hearing the outcome! So exciting!
CarolV: You’re welcome!! BTW, I was just about to post a comment yesterday re “Where are you CarolV? I hope everything is okay” when I saw that you posted about being absent!! Was getting concerned because there wasn’t anything on FB either!!
I was going to inquire too,but we all know what happened last time I wondered about other people! PS. Thank you CarolV!😊
Isabella: Oh, yes, I remember!!!!
There was a brouhaha, for the most part, over an innocent little question!!
Black-billed magpie at Charlo webcam …
Starling (at Charlo)
🎜 … stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni … 🎝
Sparrow so cute!!
The pictures that show on the page are not the ones that show when you click on them…………???????????????????? I think I remember you having an issue like this previously?
These and the attached group all misbehaving. Previous group from 4:51 am seem ok
CarolV: I was having the reverse problem — after I posted my comment(s) the pictures that showed on the page were showing wrong, but when I clicked on them they were the correct ones I’d posted!! The ones you say aren’t opening correctly are opening fine for me when I click on them — same on page as when they’re opened — maybe try refreshing the page or closing and reopening the browser; you might even need to restart your computer!! That’s weird that it’s happening to another person — I mean, that what someone else posted are showing up wrong for you!! I’ve never opened someone else’s pictures and not have them be what was showing on the page!!
Do the pictures on the page match what birds I said they were? Or, do they open to the wrong picture, not the bird it’s supposed to be? Let me know!! I’m so curious!! I’m also glad to know that I am not the only one who has this happen to them!!! LOL
I wonder if this happens to anyone else beside us!! They might be opening a picture of mine that I described as, say, George feeding the chick and it’s showing the chick winger-sizing!! And, then, they’re thinking, “Okay, Betsy’s really lost it!!” LOL
Doesn’t happen to me….but now I jinxed myself!
Isabella: Yup, you probably jinxed yourself!! LOL
At 07:00:19 hrs today, an osprey called as it landed on the perch … this time, as it flew away after staying quietly on the perch for a little less than a minute, we got a glimpse of it. It sure as heck looks like “our” chick …
Take a look for yourselves!! 😀 😀
Betsy…Wow! I must be psychic ! But again I just missed her! Was watching fly cam, couldn’t rewind to see her🙁….so thx for pics and video!!
Look at times on my pics… I scrolled right past her!🤬
Betsy..something was mentioned about a new camera. If so,hope it shows the whole nest and perch like a lot of other sites do! Also IR would be great. Maybe asking too much, but panning around would be awesome!
Maybe if donations could be made, they would be able to get one? If everyone chips in, I am sure they would get enough to buy a new camera… they need to attach a link to this site where donations could be made…
We are actually discussing this right now, so I’ll let u guys know when I hear more.
Good morning! ⛅️🌤. Slim chance,still hoping to see her!
Nest by moonlight
These are a few bird pictures from yesterday and from Wednesday
This is a sparrow hopping across the nest
I think this is a song sparrow …
Here it is flying to the nest …
I see it flying away from the nest. Is it just me?
That’s a good shot and a beautiful bird……….. and yes, Isabella, it’s you…………..(;*}
I see the wing tips facing up. Which should mean head pointing down
It was flying upward!! Here’s the sequence
Now I see it!
Black-billed magpie at the Charlo nest … don’t you just love the wings??!!
So many feathers flying! Wish we had magpies,they’re beautiful!
Isabella: I agree!! I think they are a really pretty bird!!
Juvi red-tailed hawk at Charlo. Awesome eyes!!
Blue jay …
Love that one looking straight at us!
CarolV: I know!! They are so cute when they’re “face on”
A grackle hopped into the picture …
Photo bombing grackle! Lol
Juvenile red-tailed hawk at Charlo. The wings are pretty!!
Waiting in line at the DMV
Did they call my number?
Until 2019! Bye.
Bye! See you in the spring!
OK- That’s scary…………..2019…………..
What kind of bird is that?
At 16:39:54 hrs an osprey landed on the perch, briefly calling softly a second after it touched down. It stayed for about 33 minutes, totally quiet after the initial calling, flying off at 17:12:38 hrs. I tend to think that it’s “our” chick because an osprey has been coming to the perch, 3 out of the 4 past few days, at about the same time, late afternoon, as “our” chick used to come to the nest and, except for yesterday afternoon, it stays a while. I wish the osprey would fly in FACING the camera instead of “sneaking” in the back!! LOL This afternoon when it flew off it could first be seen flying low over the water diagonally to the left (pic 1); then it passed by, left to right, low in front of the nest, it’s wing just visible (pic 2); and then it flew right to left out over the water to that left back area (pic 3).
Only a few times today did I see a bird that was recognizable, to me, as an osprey flying over the water, The others were either coarse black pepper spots zipping along or seagulls flying around.
Lonely feather…wonder who’s it is? George or the princess 👑?
That is a mistery that will never be solved….
Betsy posted pictures above of a sparrow lifting the feaher in question… I guess sparrow is helping us, so we can take a better look at the feather… maybe we can solve the mistery of the lonely feather after all… with the help of our little friends…..
Meli…such a cute pic!…was thinking the same,” here Isabella,can you see it better?” Lol. Thank you little feathered friend!
Isabella: “Take a good look now!!” LOL
Meli: That’s so funny! “Can you see it now?”
Was going through pics..realized how much the princess had her “mouth “ open…..here are some shots of princess 👑 yappy!
And the yap goes on!
Isabella: She certainly was noisy!! 😀
Oh, an osprey flew to the perch in the late afternoon (10/03) at 17:27:05 hrs, calling just after it landed. It stayed quietly for about a minute before flying off. It never went in view of the camera before or after it landed, so, I can’t say who it was, one of ours or a passer-through.
Betsy…was browsing pages….believe this is from 165. Pic of Gracie. You said she slid on the plastic. The result is a different and beautiful wing shot!
Isabella: I really liked her wings here!! She had jumped down from the perch and went sliding on the wet plastic — wheeeeeeeeeee — using her wings to help catch her balance!! (p. 166) For some reason it reminds me of Rastafarian hairstyle!!
Look at the eyes glowing!! Waterfowl, I guess!
from Mississippi River Flyway Cam
Just in time for Halloween decor!
Mississippi flyway…before the storm
Isabella: That must have been amazing to watch!! I’m sorry I missed it!! I was busy going back and forth between OZ and Charlo — got some awesome pics of the juvenile red-tailed hawk over at Charlo!!
Beautiful pics…third looks like ballet
Every time I view that cam, it looks like a postcard!….backdrop looks fake!
Thank you to all who made watching this year’s family episodes so enjoyable. Above all, thanks for making it possible to watch this nest. Looking forward to Spring!
All those pesky neighbors went south!
They must have cleaned the camera….looks like a postcard!
“Website “ with hawk
Diamond fairy orbs….magpie
I’ll take it 😀
Trinity…I’m guessing you’re referring to the nest for rent. I thought that was clever and funny of whoever did it!
Love seeing some cool birds?
Check out our new Mississippi Flyway Cam
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Admin Shelli: Thank you for the cam link!! Looks as if it will be interesting to watch!!
You’re welcome Betsy! There is ALWAYS something happening there to watch!
There is a pair of adult bald eagles and three juvies that are seen constantly.
Also, a GHO (he likes duck for super) and the beautiful spoonbills, cranes and herons just to name a few. Enjoy!!
Shelli== thanks for the Mississippi Flyway cam website. I watch Explore for the eagles, falcons, ospreys, bears, and dogs. This should be interesting to see as they migrate.
You’re very welcome! Yes, this is a great stopover for all the magnificent birds passing thru. Enjoy!! ♥️
Thank you Shelli, have been watching that cam. Haven’t seen an osprey yet. Thank you for your time,you are a lovely person!!😊
Isabella, you’re welcome! I believe most of the osprey are already gone…but there’s an endless supply of head-turners lol – so enjoy! 🤗
Thank you Shelli! I love that cam!
So glad u like it Robin!
Blue jay is baaa-aack …
After the OZ site went to the blue screen the second time …
PS – Through the night, the video stream comes up for a few to 10 to 12 minutes on the 58th minute and 40 to 50-some seconds of every hour, and then either goes to the turquoise screen or to a frozen frame with a semi-transparent black overlay …
I jumped over to the Charlo webcam just in time to catch this beauty. ID’d on that site as a juvenile red-tailed hawk — juvenile red-tails often have brown tails until they are about one year old (https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2016/six-quick-questions-help-you-identify-red-tailed and http://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/red-tailed-hawk-identification.html)
The later there was this beauty, a robin …
Doing a s-t-r-e-t-c-h
They have an infra-red camera over there, and it kicks on as soon as it’s dark, but as the afternoon fades into dusk, the camera jumps back and forth between color and gray/black-and-white, then goes to all gray/B&W for a bit before the IR camera begins, really interesting to watch and makes for some really beautiful B&W pictures. Here’s the robin in B&W.
Admin Shelli: Thank you
You’re very welcome
On webcams we watch as osprey return from their long migration’s journey
We watch as they mate and lay eggs to start a new family
Enraptured, we watch as each chick emerges from its shell
We watch as they grow from hatchling to dinosaur-ugly to beautiful juvenile
We watch as they first wiggle to move about the nest
We watch as they start to stand and take their first ungainly steps
We watch as they begin to self-feed from the fish a parent brings
We watch as they start to exercise their ever-growing wings
We watch as they practice to eventually take to the sky
We watch as they jump and go increasingly high
We watch, asking will this be the one, will this be the fledge
We watch as they go oh so close to the nest’s edge
Then one day they’re off, to the air they take flight
Soon to be flying off for the day, returning to the nest for the night
A fish, a fish, you may ask, what about catching a fish
Finally, the chick reaches that milestone and you get your wish
The days they grow shorter as the season draws to an end
The stops at the nest become fewer and less time on it do they spend
Too soon it is over, no one at the nest to see
Have they all left on migration, they must, but could it really be
You hope and you pray that they all have a safe migration
Uneventful and with fair weather to reach their final destination
Although sad at first, you’ll begin to look forward to spring
To watching the parents return and seeing what the next season will bring
That is the perfect sum-up, Betsy! Started to get a little emotional toward the end and had to stop reading a couple of times before continuing.
I really appreciate the all time and effort you, CarolV and Isabella put in to keep us up to date on the nest, and to everyone who posts pictures, poems, info and interesting tidbits. I always look forward to checking in to see what’s new.
As I’ve said in the past but bears repeating, thanks to all involved with the nest cam: Shelli, Aiden, Tommy and Christina, and Paul. It wouldn’t be what it is without you!
And to our past and present feathered friends, I wish you safe journeys and lots of yummy fish!!!
ChrisH: Thank you!! I posted a box of tissues on the previous page if you need one!! 😀
Yes, I saw — that was cute! And appropriate for me for sure – lol!!
ChrisH…thank you very much!
LOVE 💕 IT Betsy!
Isabella: I’m so glad!!
I love it too Betsy! Well done!!!
RobininMD: Thank you!!
Betsy…that is beautiful and true….loved it……….just came back long trip….went thru comments..last picture of her on 9/27?
June c: Thank you, and, yes, June, September 27th was the last time she was seen on the nest. HOWEVER, on October 1st, 3rd, and 4th, in late afternoon, an osprey landed on the perch. There’s a real strong likelihood that it is the chick. Maybe if I post a video with her voice from one of those days you could do that voice thingy to see if the pattern matches hers?
PS – Hope your trip was nice and went well!!
June c…that would be great if you can do that voice match like Betsy said! If it’s the princess, then Betsy can include it in her stats(if she wants to)
I stared at the computer screen all day and then as late afternoon turned to dusk and dusk turned to night
Please, I silently begged, please, just one more glimpse of the chick we love
Please, please let me hear her “voice” just once more
But, all I saw was a desolate nest
All I heard was the gusting wind
Beautiful and sad
Now that’s a beautiful sky!!!!! We got the sun they hinted was possible,,, temps.73 now……………. now the word is, rain overnight…. highest chances late thru after midnight. Temps 66-67.
Blue jay was back again this morning …
Good morning, Ospreyland…….. off to a grey day, as advertised. Looks like we may get some pops of sun this p.m……temps. mid-low 70s.
This handsome visitor stopped by……….
I’m so fascinated by the pattern of their wing and tail feathers!! Magical!!
I Know! That caught my eye…..
Saw a young osprey by Marion Lake yesterday. It was hanging out in the trees and practicing fishing. Not too far from this nest. Only Osprey I saw all day!
Wonder– could it be our kid???? Never know….. TY for info
And REDKAYAK– tnx for looking around. She’s playing hide and seek if she’s still around!
CarolV: Like the Cheshire cat — disappear and reappear!! LOL
I believe the chicky-chick chick is still here!! At 15:55:44 hrs I believe it was the chick that landed on the perch, doing some quiet calling as she did so. She stayed on the perch for almost 2 hours, making the camera periodically shake with her moving and, maybe, scratching, quiet except when she did a few quiet calls at 17:11:56 and again at 17:12:01 hrs. At 17:44:13 hrs she flew from the perch, flying out over the water and then off to the right. I tracked her as far as I could until she became lost in one of the Bermuda Triangle spots of the camera lens.
At 17:49:50 hrs she flew back to the perch and it appeared as if she was carrying a fish – you can see a faint line just below her – landing on the perch at 17:49:55 hrs with a few quiet chirps. At 17:50:57 the camera shook and there was definitely the sound of a flapping fish!! You could see the tip of a couple of wing feathers as she must have been catching her balance while trying to hold on to the fish. I don’t believe a passing juvenile, as some seem to think it was, would have gone fishing and then returned to the perch with the fish.
At 17:59:22 hrs there was a big shake of the camera as she apparently flew off to eat elsewhere. She did not come back to the perch/nest the rest of the night.
Sometimes juveniles will go off wandering before returning to the area/nest and then starting their true migration. Maybe that’s what Squirmy did, singing
🎜 I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun,
So joyously it calls to me,
“Come! Join my happy song!”
Val-de-ri–Val-de ha ha ha ha ha ha
My knapsack on my back. 🎝
I’m responsible if it was her….. as soon as I say something, the opposite happens…teehee!
But more seriously, chicky-chick-chick- Get your tail feathers in gear! Time’s a’wastin’!!!!
CarolV: That happens to me, too!! Maybe I should post updated 2018 stats with her last sighting at the nest on the 27th and then she’ll just have to show up again ON the nest (perch doesn’t really count since we can’t SEE her!! 😀 😀 ) !! 😀 😀
This kid sat there for a good while, looking around and looking lonely…….. find your flock, Sweetie!
About 69 on a dreary evening…… dropping to 62-63, with a chance of showers(30-40%) around midnight-3a.m. Looks like a duplicate day tomorrow…. cloudy and low 70s.
CarolV: I was watching. It wasn’t very cute!! 😀 😀
Looked like a lost baby………………..
Don’t forget, everyone………… go to pages and hit previous for some additional current comments and pics……
Looking forward to March… Until then, you will be sooo missed (tissues anyone?) Amazing how much we can learn from these birds… for example that life is so simple (until we make it complex), so little is needed to survive… food, shelter and love… Enjoy your vacation Squirmy, George, Jane, Gracie…. <3
It was a real page turner this season! We learned so much! It was a peek in to the drama that goes on in nature all around us!
And I would have liked to see what we missed…….. although I’m not sure Jane would have been as well liked if we saw the initial nest take over………. unless it WAS a case of Gracie not showing up on time….. ’tis a mystery…… What I was trying to say is….. hope we get an earlier start next season……….
Meli…nicely put! You’re a sweet person!