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August 8, 2020: Camera is now back online after the storm!

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Belle’s Journey

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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.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

    45,435 Comments

    1. Megan May 20, 2019 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Hi there, I’m writing on behalf of a small class of local Kindergarteners who are dedicated osprey fans! In fact, North Fork ospreys are the focus of their Integrated Study Unit this trimester, and they are using the book Ollie the Long Island Osprey by Greenporter, Karen Lieblein, as their “text.” The kids are absolutely *thrilled* that the camera is up and running! They’ve been waiting patiently and checking in on the Maryland cam in the meantime. I’m writing with a couple of questions the kids have and was wondering if there was an email address that I might be able to write to? Thanks so much! Best, Megan

      • Admin Mary Anne May 20, 2019 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        Hi Megan, that’s wonderful that your kids love ospreys! You can ask any questions the kids have right here!

      • nfc May 20, 2019 at 4:26 pm - Reply

        Megan, So glad to hear that you are exposing your students to the ospreys on Long Island. It is a great way to teach the students. Everyone here will answer your questions. In the past I have shared the eagles in South West Florida with my students. It was a great learning experience for them. Your students will enjoy whatever you can share with them.

    2. Paula L Legnosky May 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I am having hip replacement surgery on Monday and , of course, I’m very nervous.
      Anyway, my request is for a lot of photos of anything good that I might miss. Hopefully I’ll be back watching George and Jane in a couple of days.
      A few Prayers coming my way would be appreciated as well.
      Thanks all. See ya soon.

      • Elaine May 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        I wish you the best for your hip replacement, and lots of prayers. I have had 2 knee replacements (at same time) in 2003, and right shoulder replacement in 2017. The left shoulder will probably be replaced next year. The shoulder replacement was more painful than the knee replacements. Physical therapy for hips and knees usually starts either that night after surgery or the next morning. I had to wait 6 weeks for therapy on my shoulder. Lots of ospreys in my area of SW Florida.

      • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm - Reply

        Paula…wish you all the best and a speedy and hopefully not to painful recovery! Will keep you in my prayers!

      • CarolV May 20, 2019 at 7:55 am - Reply

        Hoping you’re soon up and kicking! Both my sisters have had hips done and all went well.

    3. Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Good morning all! Beautiful sunrise!

      • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:31 am - Reply

        After I posted pics…see CarolV has two of the same….good morning CarolV,enjoy your day!

        • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:32 am - Reply

          Good morning Jane!

          • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:34 am - Reply

            Breakfish by George

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:41 am

              George takes a nibble…then a turn on the eggs

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:45 am

              Barely settled in…intruder alert!

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:51 am

              Jane comes to help….intruder gets the message…..that blur left of Jane’s tail

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:55 am

              Worked up an appetite

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 8:57 am

              George went shopping for nesting decor

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 9:25 am

              Jane nudges George off

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 9:29 am

              Bye George!

            • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 9:34 am

              Sweet mama Jane ❤️

    4. CarolV May 19, 2019 at 6:02 am - Reply

      The day started early in Ospreyland with a 5am shift change.
      Looking like a pretty morning with some clouds developing in the afternoon. Temps low 60s. Checkout the sunrise!

      I’m off to work 1/2 a day, not usual for a Sunday…. everyone HAGD!

    5. CarolV May 18, 2019 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      I must have missed something… or did Jane get her own fish?

      G came in empty-footed @17:12 and took over the eggies…

      • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm - Reply

        Yeah,,, missed the photo…

        • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 7:18 pm - Reply

          Jane came back with a partly eaten fish, which she wouldn’t give to George……

          • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 7:20 pm - Reply

            hey….HEY!

            • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 7:23 pm

              Jane came back and George played it cool…. as she gulped down the tail, he took off

            • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 7:45 pm

              Just a short time later, George delivered a stick and shuffled his way on the eggs again…. guess he enjoyed his afternoon!
              Jane was back in about 15 mins. for another change over

    6. CarolV May 18, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Lunch arrives with the noon whistle…

      • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm - Reply

        Look what I have!

        My son says fluke (summer flounder)

        • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm - Reply

          Bit of a breeze today! Ruffling those gorgeous feathers…………

          I’m posting these in honor of Kevin, who passed away this winter. Wasn’t a commenter but he liked the osprey, loved the boats…. am happy to have known you…..

          • Paula May 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm - Reply

            So Sorry for your loss CarolV
            RIP Kevin!

    7. Paula May 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Isn’t FANTASTIC to see this view again?
      I absolutely LOVE seeing all the boats out there!

      • Isabella May 19, 2019 at 3:02 am - Reply

        George and Jane have such a great water view!

    8. Isabella May 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Heads or tails….heads!…lol

    9. Isabella May 18, 2019 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      What a day for a daydream….!

    10. Elaine May 17, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Looks like George is going to incubate the eggs tonight. I haven’t seen Jane return.

      • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        I wondered if that last fish, which came in a little late and was sort of large, kept her occupied. Maybe she lost track and it was too dark to fly back? We’ll see if she’s slipped back …..

    11. Elaine May 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone. George is a great dad, taking his turn to incubate while Jane takes her break.

    12. CarolV May 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Jane in the sunset………..

      Fish in the sunset………..

      George in the sunset…………

    13. CarolV May 17, 2019 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      PEEK-A-BOO!

      • Isabella May 18, 2019 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        I see you!….thx for the pics CarolV!

        • CarolV May 18, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

          I haven’t been on as much as I like….tG for scrollback! life been little crazy lately!

    14. CarolV May 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      As much as WE appreciate you moving that stick, I don’t think Jane appreciated your efforts! After shaking out ruffled feathers, she settled back….

    15. CarolV May 17, 2019 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      George brought this long, bendy stick and was trying to land it on Jane…. one way to move her!

      • CarolV May 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        “Raindrops are falling on my feathers”………. passing showers; may be another band running thru. Most of tonight and tomorrow look dry, with sun and partly sunny… temps. mid 60s.

        • CarolV May 17, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

          Jane had a long break, but George wasn’t ready to turn the eggies over…. told her to please wait upstairs and relax. She was up there peeping for a while.
          When she came back down, she had to “walk ” him off the nest.

          • CarolV May 17, 2019 at 6:31 pm - Reply

            OK…. my bad! Scrolled too fast and missed an exchange. Jane wasn’t out relaxing at the spa. There was other exchange and Jane did some furniture placement while she was at it.

            Let’s see— I can blame my cat, Zoe….. she was trying to climb on me and I scooted right past that episode….. yeah, yeah,,,, all her fault! hehe

            • Isabella May 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm

              Yes,and I blame the dryer when pants don’t zip!”lol

    16. Arlene J Coverdale May 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Can the camera be adjusted so we can see more the right side??

    17. SusanM May 17, 2019 at 10:26 am - Reply

      So happy to see OZ up and running. Looking forward to this season. Thanks to all that make this possible. I also appreciate all the posts that keep me updated!

    18. CarolV May 17, 2019 at 9:34 am - Reply

      uh…..George…..three is not enough?????????

      • CarolV May 17, 2019 at 9:50 am - Reply

        Breakfish..

        • CarolV May 17, 2019 at 9:54 am - Reply

          Anyone know what that is?

          • Tom May 17, 2019 at 11:47 am - Reply

            Looks like a license plate holder to me

    19. Sue May 17, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

      YAY!!!!!! 4 days in the hospital & I come home & you’re ON LINE & RUNNING!!!! THANK YOU!!!! WONDERFUL present!!

      • Admin Shelli May 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Sue, We’re so glad you’re home safe!
        Enjoy the season ❤️

      • CarolV May 17, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

        Glad you ‘re home and enjoying the entertainment! Be well

    20. Paula May 17, 2019 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      I was so excited to see OZ back on air. I missed a few days because I thought it was going to be next week so I forced myself to stop checking for a few days but just couldn’t resist today. So very happy Gorgeous George and Jane are back safely from their travels. I, like so many of us, was hoping our sweet Gracie would have taken back her nest but we must all be thrilled that we get to see George and Jane as they evolve into a great couple.
      Thanks so much to the camera owner for indulging all of our whining and pleading and getting the camera going before the action really gets started.

      • Admin Shelli May 17, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        ❤️❤️❤️

      • PattyK May 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        Pleeease, George, stop construction, not much room for Momma and brood! xoxoxo and cam!

    21. CarolV May 16, 2019 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      George brings dinner.
      Jane thinks it looks yummy; says TY and C ya!

      • CarolV May 16, 2019 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        George is vigilant but it’s soooo warm in that sunshine…… z-z-z-z-z-z-z-

        • CarolV May 16, 2019 at 10:23 pm - Reply

          Jane comes home, but George isn’t ready to give up the eggs, so Jane pops up to perch…
          She’s back when George spots a fly-by… He challenges the intruder, which you can see over George’s head in one shot

          Jane took over the eggs after that.

          • CarolV May 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

            ..

            • CarolV May 16, 2019 at 10:40 pm

              About 7pm, George was back and Jane had about an hour1/4 break…partly on the perch, I believe.
              There was a nice pastel sunset…
              And another moonlit night….

              Remember last year??? George had to spend nights and long stretches in the day, sitting on the eggies… Our Jane is such a good mom now… at least with the eggies… Multiple chicks, if they all hatch, may be another learning experience!

              HAGN!

    22. Mary E Urban May 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Hello

    23. CarolV May 16, 2019 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Another day with G&J…………
      Cam came up about 5–
      Jane resettled a log- right in the way, of course…..
      Big Daddy delivers…….

      Have a good day, everyone………..

    24. CarolV May 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Thought things were looking a bit bright…… almost there……

      .The next full moon will occur on May 18th, 2019 at 5:11 PM ET and will be a Full Flower Moon

    25. Laura Roalef Pluta May 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      3 beautiful gems!

    26. Laura L Pluta May 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      And then there were 3!

      • Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        Laura, please do not post any screen captures with the sponsor cropped out or we have to delete them. Thanks!

        • Laura Roalef Pluta May 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm - Reply

          Gotcha!

    27. Isabella May 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Beautiful day for a well deserved siesta……..I was hoping just two eggs to avoid the drama…..though three eggs it is for our sweet osprey mama!

    28. Pattie Hoolie May 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Do we know if the camera will be adjusted so we have a better view?……………. Asking for a friend lol 🙂

      • Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2019 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        Patti, if we hear anything about that, we will let everyone know.

    29. Leesa Downs May 15, 2019 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Did anyone catch a video of the 3rd egg being laid? If so, I would LOVE to see it!! Didn’t get a chance to check on the site until early afternoon, so was thrilled to see #3! Betsy, with egg 3 being laid today, does that help a little to estimate when the other 2 were laid? Maybe give us a closer date to be on hatch alert!

      • Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2019 at 2:18 pm - Reply

        Hi Leesa, Egg 1 would have been laid on May 9th and Egg 2 on the 12th.

        • Leesa Downs May 15, 2019 at 4:19 pm - Reply

          Thank you Admin Mary Anne! It’s nice to have an idea of when to start watching for them to hatch!

      • Betsy May 16, 2019 at 7:14 am - Reply

        Hi Leesa! Here ya go:

        https://youtu.be/jkhXVKPdUic

        • Leesa Downs May 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm - Reply

          Great! Thanks Betsy!

        • Pattie Hoolie May 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm - Reply

          I’ve watched this video several times and looks like one of the eggs is no good has a big cracked hole on the top Can you please look at it careful and verify?

          • Betsy May 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm - Reply

            Hi Pattie! I don’t see anything that looks like a crack/hole on any egg. Maybe you could take a screen shot and/or describe where on which egg looks defective?

          • Admin Shelli May 17, 2019 at 4:19 pm - Reply

            Osprey eggs, because of the spots and colorization, can be very deceptive. The light and lens can distort what we see. Hopefully all the eggs are intact.

        • pattie Hoolie May 20, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

          It looks like a crack to me not a very good picture 🙁 seen many osprey eggs hopefully the camera can be adjusted and we can get a better view

    30. GinaM May 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      A third egg! Yay! To my fellow old timers, do we have a positive id on Studmuffin? Has anyone seen his “spot”?

      • Leesa Downs May 15, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

        Hey Gina, I’m no professional on identification, but from past pictures I have, and just being familiar with George, I have no doubt that this is George, and Jane from last year. I can’t say I’ve seen his spot yet, but the marking on the top of his head, among other features, definitely makes me sure it is him.

        • CarolV May 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

          I agree. Also haven’t seen spot. But that’s our Georgie!

    31. Elaine May 15, 2019 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Will the camera be adjusted to be able to see Jane/George better?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm - Reply

        Hi Elaine, the cam owners are working on a solution, we will update everyone when we know more.

    32. Betsy May 15, 2019 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Love that face!!

    33. june c May 15, 2019 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Congrats to Jane on three…9:49?

    34. Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

      We have a third egg! 9:49 am

      • June c May 15, 2019 at 10:24 am - Reply

        At least we were able to see 3rd. egg laid..Again congrats to Jane..

      • CarolV May 15, 2019 at 10:45 am - Reply

        YAY!!!!!

      • Elaine May 15, 2019 at 11:38 am - Reply

        Hello everyone. So glad to see OZ back. Welcome back and congratulations to George and Jane on third egg. Jane will probably have her work cut out for her this year with 3 babies, if all three hatch.

        • CarolV May 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm - Reply

          Too funny! I never thought about that! Squirmy was an only child, so she had it easy last year!

          • Paula May 17, 2019 at 7:18 am - Reply

            Hi CarolV,

            Remember that George did most of the work last year. He is the only reason Squirmy made it. Jane seems to be doing better this year!

      • Maureen Reich May 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        Way to go.+💕

    35. Isabella May 15, 2019 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Jane with “updo” watching the sunrise

      • Isabella May 15, 2019 at 9:48 am - Reply

        For those who forgot what it looks like…that’s the sun!……and headless osprey!

        • Isabella May 15, 2019 at 9:50 am - Reply

          Letting the eggs “catch “ a few rays

    36. Pattie Hoolie May 15, 2019 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Not gonna lie Folks I was hoping for Gracie but Glad to see a pair in the nest, will be watching everyday from my office as usual… All hopes for a drama free season 🙂

      • ChrisH May 15, 2019 at 10:09 am - Reply

        Same here. Nothing against our sweet Jane, but I was hoping for Gracie, too. I think of her often & hope she’s OK.

      • Leesa Downs May 15, 2019 at 2:06 pm - Reply

        Pattie, I think most of us who have been watching the OZ site for awhile actually were hoping for Gracie to be there, too. But as you stated, just glad to see George and Jane back, and no drama for day one! I know I hold a special place for Gracie, as lots of us do. Praying she has found a new mate and is raising a brood of her own this year!!!

        • Anja May 16, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

          Amen to that… It was a thrill to watch George and Gracie the first years, even with the heartbreaking loss of PeeWee, and the amazing rescue although, admittedly, there were days I could hardly watch!!. Hope this years hatch is successful and drama free.

    37. CarolV May 15, 2019 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Saw George coming in and was hoping for breakfish…. but no, ……
      Jane hopped to perch and made a few comments.

    38. CarolV May 15, 2019 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Morning, all! Sky looking more friendly. Maybe drying out a little, today….. was sprinkling when I let the dog out earlier.

      Here’s George arriving with some household supplies…….
      Looks like 2 eggs, still

      George snoozing while waiting for Jane to return

      • CarolV May 15, 2019 at 7:26 am - Reply

        Jane is back after her break. What is that strange brightness off to the left???

        Now back to the saltmines after a nice 6 day weekend…. boooooooooo… hagd, everyone!

    39. CarolV May 14, 2019 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Went back to shut down site and see the feed is back for now. Everytime Bug Light flashes, Casper shows up!

      • Isabella May 15, 2019 at 1:07 am - Reply

        Thank you for all the pics CarolV!😊

    40. Bobbie May 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Thrilled to see the camera in operation. Great to see George and Jane again. Thanks to all those who make this possible for us to enjoy,

    41. CarolV May 14, 2019 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Hunney, I’m home!

      • CarolV May 14, 2019 at 8:11 pm - Reply

        Jane takes dinner to-go………

        • CarolV May 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm - Reply

          Handsome George on egg duty……..

          • CarolV May 14, 2019 at 8:17 pm - Reply

            Jane is back, refreshed and full. Lens is fogging over

            • CarolV May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

              Might be a rain shower. That’s Bug Light showing as a white dot near center of horizon. Feed went off about 8:27

              Good night, all…….

    42. June c May 14, 2019 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Welcome home….looks like Jane is doing much better this year with eggs..

      • CarolV May 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm - Reply

        George taught her well…. she looks so much more confident!

    43. PattyK May 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      George!!! Just came back to nest with supper for Mama, who is Mama? Black markings under wings do not look like Gracie and don’t remember Jane’s under markings, will have to go back to last year, but, what does everyone think??? SO very happy, excited to have OZ back!!

    44. Cathryn May 14, 2019 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Everyone!
      I was so into the habit of checking and then I see the nest! I jumped! Yay!!!! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you and Hi everyone!

      • Kathy May 15, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply

        We’re back! Nice way to start my day! Jane on nest and seeing the captures! Thank You!

    45. CarolV May 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Has Jane had it with us already????????

      Looks like the sky is clearing somewhat…. we’ve had a cold, rainy spring. My joints are rusting! 45 now at 6pm., with possibility of showers overnight. Forecast for tomorrow shows a cloud with some yellow object peeking from behind it! Maybe low 60s.

    46. CarolV May 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      YYYYAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

      A couple of quick shots……. Looks like Jane
      There’s 2, maybe 3 eggs…… not sure.

      And someone was harassing her but she’s on the job…..

      • CarolV May 14, 2019 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        And thank you, Helen, via Holly, for the tip that we are on!

    47. GinaM May 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Hello Pretty Jane!!!! What a wonderful surprise to check the camera and see it is working! THANK YOU to all involved!
      Now where is my Studmuffin George??

      • Rjoneal May 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        Hi Gina M Stud Muffins here yea! 🙂

    48. Admin Mary Anne May 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Welcome to the 2019 OZ season! The cam owners are testing the live stream. It is looking pretty good so far! It appears to be Jane on the nest with 2 eggs. Remember when posting pictures to leave the sponsor at the top of the screen capture. Enjoy, everyone!

    49. Leesa Downs May 14, 2019 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      YEAH!!!!!! The site is up!! Looks to me like Jane is our female again, and George is as handsome as ever. Two eggs is all I see, which would be great to not have the drama of 3! Thank you thank you thank you to all the admins!!!! Loving seeing the family again.

    50. CarolV May 13, 2019 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      ISABELLA…… have you been back to Dahlgren? The single egg hatched and the chicklet is hard to spot among the stuffies! Poor child will be raised with expectations of nest materials that will be hard to duplicate!

      • Isabella May 15, 2019 at 1:06 am - Reply

        Or think” what odd looking osprey”!

    51. Leesa Downs May 13, 2019 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      When oh when will the camera come on?
      When our sweet Ospey’s we’ll see?
      We’ve waited so long, spring has come and almost gone,
      Yet we wait and wait so patiently!
      Who will be on the nest? Are there 2 eggs or 3?
      Is George still king of this family?
      Has Gracie returned, or will Jane be the bird That we watch each day with much intent.
      Tommy we’re so glad you are home now in fact,
      Without you we’d have no sight to see!
      So Aidan on you we now count on to view the OspreZone webcam in tact!
      Our thanks to you all who have answered the call
      To manage and care for this site.
      For without each of you there’d be no sight to view
      On the tip of Long Island, New York!

      • CarolV May 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Thanx, Leesa! A little song to sing while we wait!

        • CarolV May 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm - Reply

          BTW- Rain, rain, go away would be another good song! We must be making records! Endless!

      • Rjoneal May 14, 2019 at 11:09 am - Reply

        Hi Lessa very nice you go girl love it. Thanks for sharing as always : )

      • PattyK May 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        5/14/2019 YAY!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU Aidan et al, so so happy to see live stream!!! xoxoxoxoxo

      • June c May 15, 2019 at 6:01 am - Reply

        What a way to start the new season with a beautiful poem…Thank you….

    52. Isabella May 12, 2019 at 3:57 am - Reply

      😊💐

    53. Betsy May 11, 2019 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Hi Shelli … Can you re-date the 2020 “welcome new admin” comment please? It’s become a little unwieldy and people have to scroll through all the replies to your comment before hitting the current comments. Saw I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realize there were more recent comments. Thank you.

      • Admin Shelli May 11, 2019 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Thanks for the reminder Betsy! I was just thinking about that the other day and it went poof lol.

        • Betsy May 11, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

          A brain fart!! 😕 Happens to the best of us!! 🤣

    54. Allan Johnson May 9, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

      I’m sad to surmise that the site is down for the future.

    55. Admin Mary Anne May 7, 2019 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone,
      Shelli was in contact with Aidan today, he handles all of the technical aspects regarding the cam. He told her that he is out of town right now and that hopefully he can get the cam online next week.I know it’s hard waiting, as we all all anxious to see what’s going on at the nest, but we will just have to be patient until he is back and able to get things moving.

      • Paula May 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the update!

      • Isabella May 8, 2019 at 4:15 am - Reply

        Hi Mary Anne!…thank you for the update…hopefully good things come to those who wait!

      • Elaine May 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        Thank you Mary Anne for your updates.

        • Admin Mary Anne May 12, 2019 at 5:46 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome, Elaine!

      • CarolV May 9, 2019 at 7:27 pm - Reply

        TY for keeping us updated! In more pessimistic mode, I worry about the tenuous chain it takes to get and keep this camera rolling………….. Just the chance we take falling in love with a private cam site, as we found out with the Pioneer Homes cam this year when operators couldn’t keep up with the tech demands of that site.

        As always, truly appreciate all that Tommy, Aidan and Paul have done and do to give us this glimpse at nature. And TY to Admin Mary Anne of course

      • Kathy May 12, 2019 at 9:56 am - Reply

        Thank You for the update Mary Anne. I see I was not the only one anxiously waiting for news about the cam and recent comments.

    56. Paula May 7, 2019 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Hello,
      I was wondering if we could at least get a possible ETA on when things are going to be working? In this case “no news” is not good news. I find myself checking the site all the time and with the comments being wonky it takes a lot of time to find Nothing. Please, for our sanity, please find something out for us,please!

    57. Leesa Downs May 7, 2019 at 12:18 am - Reply

      Anxiously waiting!

    58. CarolV May 5, 2019 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      One of the more creative osprey collections…….

      • CarolV May 5, 2019 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        Current deco scheme……….. there was a lovely green froggie at one point, but it seems to have “hopped” away

    59. CarolV May 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      With all the rain and gloom we’ve been having, it certainly would be difficult to do anything on the radio tower for the OZ nest. Almost everyday, we have rain and gloom………………bah!

    60. Janice May 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Hi All!!! Anxiously waiting for the camera to come up. Can’t wait to see George ….. and Gracie…or Jane… Missed Gracie last year but I guess we will have to see what this year brings!!!

    61. Isabella May 4, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Eggs on all the nest I’ve been peeking in on. Hog island, hellgate, Belwood, Chesapeake bay, Charlo. In hellgate, Lois is 2 timing Iris. He had a hard enough time getting fish for one nest. Hopefully will have a better season! Still waiting for this nest and Edgewater. Sure they’ll be on soon just in time to who is taking turns on the eggs. It’s a “eggciting” time for the osprey and those who watch!

      • CarolV May 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        Hey, Isabella…… we need sun! Checking in on some of those nests, too. Have you seen the nest with the stuffed animal collection, with an old sock thrown in??? Plus assorted odds&ends……Dahlgren Ospreys.

        • Isabella May 6, 2019 at 1:05 am - Reply

          Hi CarolV!…yes if the sun doesn’t come out soon and dry up all the rain…I’m going to buy a canoe 🛶! Lol….yes I did see the nest with the stuffed animals…so cute that they are preparing the nursery!

    62. Paula May 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      It’s May 2nd! Is there any update on when the camera will be on? It will be kind of like watching a movie that’s half over, but I still want to see the end!
      Thanks

    63. dawn May 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      What a beautiful day today! I was able to spot 4 pairs of Osprey around Hempstead Bay this morning! I’ve been watching this nest since it went live several years ago. Can we all just take a moment to be thankful that we continue to have this “birds eye” view into the nest. Let’s all hold off on complaining that there aren’t any updates, or demanding WHY the cam isn’t on yet. Have some patience – I know we are all anxious to see what’s happening. You may not have any idea what it takes to make this live stream happen or the expense! It’s a huge undertaking and our hosts do this out of kindness and their love of Osprey. It’s a privilege for us to be able to witness all that goes on in this nest thanks to Tommy. I cannot wait to see what our couple has in store for us this year! Let’s have a great season everyone!!!

    64. Janet May 2, 2019 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Checking in! Can’t wait to see Gorgeous George and hopefully Gracie again!

    65. Isabella May 1, 2019 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Happy May Day! Just checking in.

    66. Paula May 1, 2019 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Well it’s May 1st. It would be nice to at least get an update on when or if the camera is going to be on!
      Thanks

      • Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula,
        As soon as we hear anything we will be sure to let everyone know. Thanks!

        • Paula May 3, 2019 at 8:20 am - Reply

          Thanks for the reply and sorry about the post on the 2nd. I didn’t see the reply you gave me because I had to scroll down so far!
          Thanks again for all you do.

          • Admin Mary Anne May 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm - Reply

            That’s quite alright, Paula, thank you!

    67. Barbara Anne Williams April 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      How I would love for the feed to come up and see Grace on the nest…..

    68. CarolV April 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Hope I got the right one….. just an oldie for the memory ……

      ADMIN: Sometimes it is hard to cancel a comment if I decide not to post, The word CANCEL doesn’t always appear on the Leave a Comment line.

      • CarolV April 26, 2019 at 1:52 pm - Reply

        Mainly no CANCEL on new post area at bottom of page

        • CarolV April 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm - Reply

          OH—that was a shot from 9-21-16

    69. Leesa Downs April 24, 2019 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Just checking in to see if any new news is on here, but nothing shows up for me since the last time I posted something a couple of weeks ago. If the same thing happens this time as the last, I will see more updates once I post this message. Is anyone else having this happen?

      • CarolV April 26, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        Hi! Not much happening here since we are waiting for Tommy to get home, hopefully soon. ADMIN has two announcements dated 2020 to keep them on top, with comments on those announcements following. Makes it a little harder to find newer posts.
        Although I’m just guessing by the way the female is staying in the Verizon nest, I would imagine egg laying has begun— providing there was no drama at OZ this year. Waiting … as we all are!

    70. Anja April 24, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Anxiously waiting for updates! If no eggs are laid yet, they will be soon.

    71. Isabella April 22, 2019 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Hope everyone had/having a nice Easter/Passover! Hoping to see some osprey eggs soon!😊

      • CarolV April 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        Happy Springtime! Waiting semi-patiently with you!

        • Isabella April 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm - Reply

          Hi CarolV! Thx for the pics of Verizon Vic. Always interesting to see what they’ll make a nest on!

    72. Lynda Delzeit April 22, 2019 at 11:05 am - Reply

      I have been watching from the beginning, curious as to why comments start with March 26, and nothing new posted. Any news at the nest?

    73. helen April 19, 2019 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      There are three nests (at least) on Robert Moses State Park. Last year all were active and looks same this year.

    74. Allan Johnson April 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      I am concerned that Jane and George apparently haven’t returned to their nest, unless the camera hasn’t been turned on yet!

      Here in Huntington, NY there are three active nests on the Lloyd Neck Causeway..

      I also follow the Chesapeake Bay nest. They already have an egg!

      There are returnees to Hellgate in Missoula Montana.

      Some, please allay my fears!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 19, 2019 at 8:26 am - Reply

        Allan, a couple of people posted and said they went by the nest and saw ospreys there. We don’t know who they are, but it shouldn’t be much longer until we will find out.

    75. CarolV April 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      The latest from the Verizon nest……..about 6pm Saturday.
      All our worrying and it looks like the V’s figured it out….. Still not confident that balancing the nest on the “handrail” rim of the array is the best idea, but the birds seem happy with their choice! The nest has grown and is looking sturdier.
      One pic is Vic on his post, with a nice fresh fish. He was fussing and I couldn’t tell why, as my human eye didn’t see anything. I thought he was having trouble holding the fish and getting comfortable. Then I stopped beneath the tower for a quick pic and heard Vera squawking….. and there was the intruder, trying to land in the nest. Of course, the one shot I had of it touching on the nest didn’t turn out.

      • CarolV April 13, 2019 at 8:22 pm - Reply

        In this close-up, (which I didn’t think would turn out so clearly!) it looks like the nest may be more stable than I think. It looks anchored between those tubes.

        • CarolV April 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm - Reply

          Pushing the limits for clarity………….

        • ChrisH April 15, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

          Wow – they got that done fast!

      • CarolV April 13, 2019 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        There’s Vic, protesting the intruder, while holding his fish. A little blurry, but you can see that nice, good sized fish hanging to the left……
        There were some changes to the computer program for editing and saving shots. Bear with me while I get used to the changes …..TY

      • Admin Mary Anne April 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm - Reply

        Wow, thank you for sharing those pics, Carol! It’s wonderful you get to see them almost every day!

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