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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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

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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    44,429 Comments

    1. CarolV May 31, 2019 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Where’s the bay??? Just a bit foggy……..

      • CarolV May 31, 2019 at 6:59 am - Reply

        George appears magically from the fog for Jane’s morning run…

        • CarolV May 31, 2019 at 7:01 am - Reply

          Jane comes back with a stick….. just what the nest needed!

    2. CarolV May 30, 2019 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Looking less like a “bowl” and more like a soup tureen! Look how deep that thing is!

    3. Isabella May 30, 2019 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Sound the alert

      • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        On your mark…

        • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

          Get set…

          • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

            Go!

    4. CarolV May 30, 2019 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      It’s already started raining on myside of the Island about 1/2hr. ago. Has gotten pretty steady now. Forecast is for chances of t-storms and rain till about 1am, clearing gradually to a hopefully sunny tomorrow Temps holding steady all night- 58-60 degs,, rising to low 70s tomorrow.

    5. CarolV May 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      TY, Jane, for facing this way so we can see that face!

      • CarolV May 30, 2019 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        Jane stretched and almost lost her balance…
        She even wobbled a little on her way out…. is her fish fermenting and making her tipsy?

        • CarolV May 30, 2019 at 7:13 pm - Reply

          She’s back in minutes with all her fluffiness…..

    6. Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Good morning soggy Jane!

      • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:43 am - Reply

        Breakfish to go…think they do this to keep the nest fresh

        • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

          George takes over

          • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:47 am - Reply

            Jane returns

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:49 am

              George shows up with an agenda

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:51 am

              Jane gets the message

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:53 am

              Boomerang Jane

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

              Ha ha George!…nice try!

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:06 pm

              George comes to mind the eggs…distracted by intruders?…though it’s eerily quiet….kept turning around & stepping around the eggs

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:08 pm

              Step lightly!

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm

              Thought he finally settled down…back up!

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:14 pm

              And back to the “hokey pokey”

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:19 pm

              Someone flying by…could be Jane

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm

              Down up down up

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:27 pm

              First floor & second take off

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:32 pm

              Jane sitting on what are hopefully not “scrambled “ eggs!…..George did the “hokey pokey” a long time…I posted a fraction of the pics!

            • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm

              George thinking…..decides to fly

    7. jackie budris May 30, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

      whatever happened to GRACIE??

      • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        We’ll probably never know….when camera came on George,Gracie and Jane were vying for nest rights. Jane is George’s new mate. This is her second season. My hope is Gracie is with a new mate and eggs of her own.

    8. Isabella May 29, 2019 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Feed jumped …believe this is camouflaged George.

    9. CarolV May 29, 2019 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Tried posting this a.m. from my phone…. looks like they didn’t go thru.
      It was just Jane and George in the early morning… shows the damp nest… there was some rain overnight.

      We are having rain now at 6:30 on the South Fork…. looks like it may stop about midnight. Temps a steady 55 till about 8am, rising slowly to 65 late in day tomorrow; cloudy all day.
      We’re paying for that glorious weekend we just had…. but we’re fine compared to so many other places, with all the wacky and dangerous weather they’ve been having. Thoughts and prayers go out to anyone dealing with those conditions……………….

    10. CarolV May 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Looks like we are having issues with the live feed….. it’s now 6:18pm and video records 1751, with the hypnotizing spiral…..

    11. jackie budris May 29, 2019 at 10:00 am - Reply

      WHEN WILL BABIES HATCH??

      • Isabella May 29, 2019 at 5:55 pm - Reply

        June 16?

    12. Isabella May 29, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Jane’s turn to build

      • Isabella May 29, 2019 at 7:56 am - Reply

        Intermission…chasing intruder

        • Isabella May 29, 2019 at 7:59 am - Reply

          Back to work

      • CarolV May 29, 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        Interesting fencing choice on the left! Looks a little wrought iron like!😀

    13. Isabella May 29, 2019 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Don’t know when piece on left was added….architectural salvage?

    14. PattyK May 28, 2019 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      5/28/19 8;04pm Hi all! Been here since dear Tommy, Paul, George, Gracie………Still have my laptop on here, used to be 24/7, now whenever it’s on from am to pm, so grateful! for our admins, and steady photo experts, Carol, Betsy, Isabella, laughing at the fortitude of George to always building the nest(yeeks sometimes) hugs to all here,don’t comment much but so so appreciate OZ Family! xoxoxo

      • Isabella May 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        Hi PattyK…. Thx for the appreciation! Glad ur joining us for the new season! X0

      • CarolV May 30, 2019 at 9:25 am - Reply

        👋 hi! Glad you are with us!
        Love these endlessly entertaining birds tool!

    15. CarolV May 28, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      I see what you mean, Isabella! Stairs to perch? There goes what view we still have!

      • Isabella May 29, 2019 at 12:10 am - Reply

        Now they can just hop up instead of fly….what a mishmash of different wood & whatever…waiting for them to add ship lap! Lol

    16. Paula May 28, 2019 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Haven’t been watching as much as would like but working on getting better. Things really do seem to be going better this year. While I still really miss Gracie, I am so pleased that George has found a worthy mate in Jane. I may be biased but I think that George is probably THE BEST male osprey alive!
      I was wondering if there has been any update on fixing the camera? I do know that it can’t be easy but I was really hoping to be able to see more of the nest this year!
      Just thought I’d ask!

    17. Isabella May 28, 2019 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Morning George!

      • Isabella May 28, 2019 at 10:01 am - Reply

        George the builder!

        • Isabella May 28, 2019 at 10:04 am - Reply

          Making a fortress?

          • Isabella May 28, 2019 at 10:07 am - Reply

            Jane’s not sure she likes the change

            • CarolV May 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

              Squirmy was so active from the get-go, he’s making sure this brood stays put!

        • Trinity May 28, 2019 at 1:52 pm - Reply

          George needs to stop building ! Holy moly the nest is straight out of an episode of Hoarders !

          • Isabella May 30, 2019 at 12:43 pm - Reply

            Holy moly!…you crack me up Trinity!🤣

    18. Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Good morning Jane?

      • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:04 am - Reply

        George brings in what’s left of breakfish

        • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

          Jane takes it to go

          • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:09 am - Reply

            George takes a turn

            • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

              Not for long

            • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:13 am

              Jane returns

            • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:20 am

              Excuse me George…trying to sit on eggs here!

            • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

              Intruder

            • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:25 am

              Jane takes off

            • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

              Peek at the eggs before George sits on them

    19. CarolV May 27, 2019 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Jane in the sunshine……….
      Breakfish slides in from the right and Jane takes to go….
      George settles in

      • CarolV May 27, 2019 at 9:46 am - Reply

        .

        • CarolV May 27, 2019 at 9:47 am - Reply

          ..

          • CarolV May 27, 2019 at 9:50 am - Reply

            Sorry… that’s George leaving without protest or being stick-induced.

            And Jane is back @ 0643

      • Trinity May 27, 2019 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Jane definitely seems to be more at ease , with last season being her suspected first as an expectant mother and the Gracie cat fight soap opera it wasn’t smooth sailing.

        • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          OMG Trinity….I may be dating myself…the soap opera saga reminded me of Alexis and Crystal from Dynasty! lol!

          • CarolV May 27, 2019 at 3:53 pm - Reply

            That would be the FIRST “Dynasty”….Didn’t they try a redo which was an epic fail?

            And, yes, like that without the designer fashions…………..….

    20. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      George came in around 7 and I believe he is still there at 8:30….. His turn for overnight duty?

      still low 70s @9pm. Was close to 80 today. Partly cloudy tonight with temps in low 60s.
      Monday–sun giving way to clouds, temps reaching low 70s.

      Have a pleasant day tomorrow.
      Thank you to all the Vets, servicemen and the families that support them…….

    21. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to see someone caught a fish, but that’s Jane coming in. Trying to track back to when George came in but not finding it yet

      • CarolV May 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        Jane flew several loops in front of the nest, before landing briefly.
        She was back, empty footed, in 15 mins. or so.
        George went off and Jane settled, “sails” in the wind.

      • Isabella May 26, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        CarolV…so funny you posted this…I was sitting down by the bay around 6 pm….saw an osprey fly almost right in front of us ,he came down close to the water by the beach. Think he was losing a grip. He held on and kept going. About a minute later came another with a fish. Then a third was fishing. So when I came home I logged on , scrolled to 6 pm. Went back and forth. Didn’t see fish delivery. So I thought..I’ll see if CarolV caught anything. Anyway, if anyone wants to see an osprey with a fish..seems like 6 pm is dinner time!

        • CarolV May 27, 2019 at 9:19 am - Reply

          Too funny! Lucky you to see so many fishing!

    22. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Someone is getting in close to the nest. Flew by once,; then, just as Jane settled, it came in from behind

      • CarolV May 26, 2019 at 4:06 pm - Reply

        George came in to take over. Jane didn’t go far. Could see her shadow moving around and hear her chirping. A grocery list, perhaps? King Kullen is open!

    23. Bobbie May 26, 2019 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      There is so much “lumber” in the nest that there is barely enough room for Jane and the 3 eggs.
      I wonder how they will manage when there are potentially 3 chicks plus 2 parents.
      May need to take out a home improvement loan and use the lumber to put an addition on in order to accommodate a growing family.

      • Elaine May 26, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

        There is one piece of lumbar sticking up for one of them to get punctured by it. I can almost compare this nest with an osprey nest at a TV News Station in my town. The nest looks untidy and is located on a cable dish. The nest looks like it could slide off anytime. For the second year, the ospreys have not layed eggs. They just come, add material, look at the nest and leave.

      • Trinity May 27, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

        😁 lots of Memorial Day sales @ Home Depot !

        • Isabella May 27, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

          Ur a riot Trinity!🤣

    24. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Yes…No… In…OUT……. I have yet to see a fish… am I missing one?
      I think I remember from previous years that George might have trouble fishing on busy boating days. Or maybe Jane caught her own?
      This time, Jane went from basking in the sun to flying out. George headed right in. And Jane came right back to sit on the perch.
      Hope someone posts if a fish was delivered this morning

      • Trinity May 27, 2019 at 10:45 am - Reply

        Yes the big 3 summer holidays ( MD, July 4th & Labor Day ) have consistently been difficult for George.

    25. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Jane tries again but a little lacking in the stick department… piece of bark, looks like

      Jane was fluffed up in the breeze. George didn’t leave till Jane flew out. Then she was right back
      Maybe took a dip in her travels?

    26. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 8:21 am - Reply

      6:25- Here comes Jane with her persuader …… Right on George’s tail….
      She taps at his side till he gets the message
      Then she tidies up while settling in

      • CarolV May 26, 2019 at 8:24 am - Reply

        AND George is back….. musical nests on an almost sunny Sunday

    27. CarolV May 26, 2019 at 7:30 am - Reply

      The pests are out early! Jane reacted to an intruder as George dashed out from the perch….
      The pest looped around and flew right above Jane, as she yelled at it…

      • CarolV May 26, 2019 at 7:32 am - Reply

        That’s intruder wing at top right above Jane

        • CarolV May 26, 2019 at 7:34 am - Reply

          Job done…. George drops to nest.
          Jane sat again and they chatted for a minute before Jane took off for her morning run

    28. CarolV May 25, 2019 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Looks like the wind did us a favor! That annoying piece of wood has been moved out of the way! Now, can we work on a few more, Mr. Wind?

    29. CarolV May 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish @19:16………… Pretty breezy, making landing interesting and lots of fluffybutt shots….
      Jane takes it to go, of course….. you can see the fish waving good-bye in the last shot…. figuratively speaking…..

      • CarolV May 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

        Jane was back in about 20 min. Tapping with her foot and the crowding technique didn’t budge George. Looked like she headed right or up to perch. George was probably hoping she’d be longer!

        • CarolV May 25, 2019 at 8:58 pm - Reply

          Jane was back again and haunted him, from both sides, before he agreed to move.
          Off he went…. Jane straightened things to her liking before settling in

    30. CarolV May 25, 2019 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Looks like Jane hit the lumberyard for this one! George is gonna be sorry he ever pulled this on her! She laid it on him, then took it and hop/floated over him, to put the wood in the far upper right edge. Almost thought it was on it’s way out…..
      She then crowded George from his spot

    31. Sue May 25, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Are there any plans to adjust the cam?

      • Admin Shelli May 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        Hi Sue, I have not heard any updates. My guess is it might be too late in the season to disturb the nest and risk damaging the eggs etc…

        If there are any updates I will definitely let everyone know.

        • Sue May 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm - Reply

          Thank you!

    32. Isabella May 25, 2019 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Good morning Jane!

      • Isabella May 25, 2019 at 10:24 am - Reply

        Watching George fly in

        • Isabella May 25, 2019 at 10:33 am - Reply

          George and Jane ordering “take out”

          • Isabella May 25, 2019 at 10:36 am - Reply

            Hey!…you’re delivering to the wrong nest!…lol

            • Isabella May 25, 2019 at 10:46 am

              This is the first time I saw another osprey carrying a fish on a cam!….George and Jane were both alarming as he flew by….this season for me has been so far,so good…Jane and George seem so in sync taking turns with egg duty. They are a hoot to watch!….such a pleasure to watch this nest!

          • Isabella May 25, 2019 at 10:49 am - Reply

            Pics didn’t come out in order…osprey flying too close to the nest is carrying a fish 🐟

            • CarolV May 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm

              All cute, Isabella
              And I agree they are working really well together!

    33. Isabella May 25, 2019 at 3:13 am - Reply

      Was a beautiful & eerie moon

    34. Carol Valk May 24, 2019 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Dinner fashionably late- almost 8pm….. George comes in the back door.
      Jane takes
      Jane goes
      George cleaning beak
      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………………………..

      • Carol Valk May 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm - Reply

        Looks like the clouds should clear thru by midnight… temps mid50s.

        Sunshine tomorrow…. temps mid 60s.
        HAGN, everyone

        George in the twilight

        • Carol Valk May 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm - Reply

          Think George might be having an all nighter? I don’t think he minds!

    35. Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      George brought Jane a nice fish for dinner, she flew off with it, and George is taking his turn brooding the eggs.

    36. Carol Valk May 24, 2019 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Jane reacted to a fly-by.
      George came in to perch ( You could see his shadow come in) He was chirp/ challenging along with Jane
      Jane flew out, stopped back, then took off. George came in with a smile on his beak.

      • Carol Valk May 24, 2019 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Jane wasn’t gone too long. Started nestorating before she settled. Could hear George chirping upstairs.
        It’s hard to see but there are 2 birds out there in that bottom shot…. looked like osprey

    37. Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Before gust 💨

      • Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        After

        • Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

          Thx George!

          • Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

            Sound the alert!

            • Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm

              Go defend the nest!

            • Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:09 pm

              Jane’s big ole feet!

            • Isabella May 24, 2019 at 12:10 pm

              Watching her man while guarding the eggs

    38. Arlene J Coverdale May 24, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Are there plans on moving the cam over to the right so we can have a better view???

      • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Not that we have heard, if we hear anything, we will let everyone know.

        • Betsy May 24, 2019 at 4:56 pm - Reply

          So, your answer on May 15th to a viewer’s question (re: Will the camera be adjusted to be able to see Jane/George better?) with “the cam owners are working on a solution, we will update everyone when we know more.” was a lie?

          • Admin Shelli May 24, 2019 at 5:57 pm - Reply

            Betsy I will not tolerate your attitude towards Mary Anne or anyone for that matter!

            Mary Anne would never lie to our group and is only providing answers which I have asked her to share.

            We were told that there was a POSSIBILITY that the cam angle could be adjusted, but there’s a lot of red tape and hoops to jump through when dealing with a federally protected bird – and we have NOT heard an update on this issue, these things take time – and that’s what Mary Anne was referring too.

            Why do you have to be so nasty?
            Why would you assume/accuse someone, especially an admin, of lying?

            If you’re not happy with the cam view etc please just don’t watch or participate in the group discussions. You have crossed a line.

      • Carol Valk May 24, 2019 at 5:32 pm - Reply

        The tower is 60′ tall and camera fixed…. this is like a hobby project for the owner. I don’t think he anticipated the growth of the nest or how many of us would jump on the train that became our OZ! Privately owned and run with help from friends

    39. Maryann May 24, 2019 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Hello:

      Never mind … false alarm… both eyes look great!

    40. Maryann May 24, 2019 at 10:55 am - Reply

      HI: Just wondering … maybe its the camera angle,
      but does anyone think there is anything wrong with Jane’s left eye?
      It doesn’t seem to be opening all the way, although I can’t see
      the right eye to compare it…. maybe she’s just dozing?
      Thanks

      • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2019 at 11:10 am - Reply

        Hi Maryann, she looks ok, she was dozing earlier, so perhaps that was it.

    41. CarolV May 24, 2019 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Jane in the hazy dawn….
      George comes in and happily moves to the eggs as Jane heads for soul cycle….

      • CarolV May 24, 2019 at 8:27 am - Reply

        Jane is back……. no movement…

        • CarolV May 24, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

          Jane learned quickly! Within minutes, she returns with George’s ploy…….

          Move it out, big boy……

          • CarolV May 24, 2019 at 8:35 am - Reply

            6:62- Breakfish…..

            Jane out, George happy!

            • CarolV May 24, 2019 at 8:39 am

              About 7:21, Jane was back but got ignored

              about 20 mins, later, George rolled the eggs and started to settle, when he took off just before Jane came in

      • Trinity May 24, 2019 at 9:04 am - Reply

        Keeping her figure toned !

    42. CarolV May 23, 2019 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      The idea forms……

      • CarolV May 23, 2019 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        Honestly, George!
        Fortunately, it was light and Jane just reached around and pulled it off.

        • CarolV May 23, 2019 at 10:36 pm - Reply

          There was predictions for t-storms, but so far we had some sprinkles earlier and that’s it. Still a slight chance around midnight. Low 60s now and overnight. Tomorrow sunny but windy… temps close to 70. HAGN, everyone.

    43. Isabella May 23, 2019 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      What’s a girl to do? Must be refreshing!

      • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm - Reply

        George came home with a stick!,Jane told him to try again

        • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 10:27 pm - Reply

          So he did

          • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 10:30 pm - Reply

            While Jane watched

            • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 10:35 pm

              Then she joined him

            • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm

              George came back for the eggs

    44. Isabella May 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Eggs look like mama !

    45. Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      First came the curtain rod…

      • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        Then the curtain ….think they heard you CarolV…not! Lol!

        • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm - Reply

          Flew out on an alert mission….dropped this stick

          • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:37 pm - Reply

            Moved it while badgering Jane to take a hike

            • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

              So she decided to go!

            • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm

              Jane’s big ole “feet “ that she used to persuade George off the eggs!

    46. Kammy McLoughlin May 23, 2019 at 11:57 am - Reply

      I so love this site. I think Jane’s maternal instincts are coming out because there seems to be tension this morning over who gets to sit on the eggs. George didn’t want to get up so Jane gently jumped on him. Then around 11:38 (I don’t know how to do a screen shot) again George didn’t want to get up so Jane dropped a stick and took off. He seemed to cry pathetically for her to come back.

      • CarolV May 23, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        This seems to happen a lot!!! Think George found out last year that he likes the job! Now he practically bribes her with fish to move her and she nips at his feathers if he won’t move…. it’s a comedy!

    47. Isabella May 23, 2019 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Beautiful sunrise!…but the rain is coming

      • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 8:55 am - Reply

        Rain 🌧

        • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

          Here we sit like birds in the wilderness waiting for our food 🎼

          • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 9:04 am - Reply

            Food

            • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 9:12 am

              Delivery boy….morning George!

    48. CarolV May 23, 2019 at 7:49 am - Reply

      I know it’s still early, but will we know when eggies hatch with the barricades in the way???? G & J, please take down those walls!!!

      • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 9:18 am - Reply

        Don’t know if Jane and George will comply CarolV…looks like they’re flipping us the bird!”lol

    49. CarolV May 23, 2019 at 7:04 am - Reply

      Ran thru the scrollback– lot of blue screen but was on long enough to show this moonrise just at midnight! Beautiful!

    50. CarolV May 23, 2019 at 6:28 am - Reply

      GM, handsome! George came in as the camera came on…..

      • CarolV May 23, 2019 at 6:33 am - Reply

        Jane was back but all she got was George’s back! He loves his turns! J went to perch

        She gave him his extra time, but now she’s taking over

        Supposed to be passing showers shortly, with clearing to a cloudy day; temps in mid-60s. More serious rain late in day extending thru evening.

        • CarolV May 23, 2019 at 6:58 am - Reply

          The rain’s a pain, falling mainly on the Jane….

    51. Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Incubating in the moonlight 🎼

      • CarolV May 23, 2019 at 7:53 am - Reply

        You are a night owl! I was z-z-z-z- by then, but got some shots on scrollback.

    52. CarolV May 22, 2019 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Kind of late for someone to be out harassing nests! Jane settled back in and camera turning in for the night….

      HAGN, every birdy…..

      • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 9:19 pm - Reply

        Hmm…… something got misplaced…..

    53. CarolV May 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      @19:19, George stood over Jane, as if requesting the egg duty, but she ignored him and he flew out…

      • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

        @19:44 ….George is back with a bribe… uh, dinner.
        Jane takes it but isn’t gone long. I wonder if she’s losing fish?

        • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm - Reply

          @19:50, Jane is back…
          Looked like she tapped him with her foot…. then she pulled at his feathers! He took the hint.
          Nice fluffy view, Jane…

          • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:20 am - Reply

            Hey CarolV… I took pics of the same scene…was concentrating on her “feet” and missed the feather pulling.😟 Jane is quite the hoot!

        • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 8:51 pm - Reply

          Had severe brain hernia trying to remember the chicks from 2017!!! Had to dig thru old pages to find Eclipse and Solar! I can sleep now!

    54. CarolV May 22, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      WOW! Is this the new normal?? I just scrolled back to find a 12 hr. video! How long has this been available??? Fantastic… although I feel like a goofball if it’s been like that a while….

      • Admin Mary Anne May 22, 2019 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        Carol, I noticed it today also, it’s new!

        • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm - Reply

          OK…. thought my senior moments had finally caught up to me! I was pretty sure it wasn’t there last night! Makes it a little harder to isolate moments, but is great to be able to see what I missed all day!

          • Betsy May 23, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

            Longer viewing window since Saturday

    55. CarolV May 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      George moving some of the pine bark aside. Hand-scrapped wide board flooring is in with humans….. looks like wind-scraped pine bark flooring is in with George….

    56. Mary E Urban May 22, 2019 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Trinity also love this nest, been watching for four years. never really came on chat.

    57. Trinity May 22, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      It’s just amazing that our beloved George is back for season 5, he’s the best ! And Miss Jane making the strenuous journey back to her home nest is also an incredible feat, plus we have some eggs ! For those that continue to be negative, complaining about the camera, or Gracie being replaced, please just stop. This site is a joyous reprieve from daily life so enjoy it or beat it. 😊

      • Isabella May 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        Hi Trinity!😊❤️

    58. Isabella May 22, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

      George sounds the alert….Jane comes flying!…..heads up!

      • Isabella May 22, 2019 at 11:40 am - Reply

        Another alert…super Jane to the rescue!…..you can see the intruder in a couple of pics,he was flying back and forth over the bay

        • Isabella May 22, 2019 at 11:54 am - Reply

          Intruder on left

          • Isabella May 22, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

            Shift change…Jane tidies up before her turn

        • Trinity May 22, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

          “ don’t mess with my nest buddy !!! “

        • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

          Isabella- Discovered the 12 hr. scrollback on the video…. and it did look like a lot of alerting today! There were at least 5 osprey circling over our parking lot today, to the irritation of our local couple. The singles must be getting restless and looking around !!!

    59. Patricia Sledjeski May 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Too bad the camera isn’t centered on the nest

    60. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      And we have dessert! George brings in another fish. Looked like Jane headed to perch or the right no-see zone, as I heard her chirping …..

    61. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      That slab of bark was blown upright by the wind! Jane looks like she’s sinking. Hope it gets knocked back down…………..

    62. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Dinner came in @17:32….. George shows in the distance, then just floated up with a quick pop in to view . Jane made sure she had a good grip before heading out.

      • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        ..

        • Isabella May 22, 2019 at 2:54 am - Reply

          Wow…looks like Jane does yoga!

          • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 12:07 pm - Reply

            Fish grasping osprey pose. 👀🥴😍

            • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 5:49 pm

              OK… just read that! Sounds like the fish should be holding the bird! Maybe a hyphen? Fish-grasping osprey pose….
              Made myself laugh anyway!

            • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:06 am

              I liked it CarolV…made me laugh too!

    63. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Someone wondered how we can watch this limited view…. Sadly, I will probably still watch if we’re limited to toenails and nest bugs…… Have been watching thru 3 seasons of hatchlings to fledglings and love this nest. And the picture is still sufficient to see the cute babies when they come out!

      I think it’s called addiction………

      • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        CORRECTION…. 3 seasons with Gracie, one with Jane…..

      • Trinity May 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Reply

        Same here ! It’s frustrating that people can never be satisfied, pipe down with the complaints please 😀

    64. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Lunch at OZ. @13:44…..George brings a nice fish for Jane…

      • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        Jane was back in about 20mins………. wonder if she lost lunch?
        At least she was there for back-up when someone flew over….. George stayed on eggies for awhile, enjoying the sunshine.

        • Isabella May 22, 2019 at 2:56 am - Reply

          Thx for the pics CarolV!

    65. Paula May 21, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Thanks so much for all the great pictures and info. Doesn’t really look like much is going on though!
      I also want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers. I’m up and not quite kicking but on the mend so I think they helped!
      Last year I broke a toe trying to clean house and watch Squirmy hatch and this year I get a brand new hip at the start of the season. I’m a little concerned what will be on the agenda next year!

      • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula, you’re welcome!….glad to hear so far so good!…your last sentence was too funny!….to bad you can’t fly like an osprey!

        • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm - Reply

          Maybe not a good idea! She might hit something with the luck she’s having!!

          • Paula May 22, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

            CarolV,
            I think you’re probably right, flying would probably be a disaster being’s how walking isn’t going so well!

            • CarolV May 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm

              Just take care of your recovery and follow orders and you’ll be “flyin’ high!” Wishing you the best!

      • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:34 pm - Reply

        Improved weather….. steady fishing and delivery….. same ole same ole…
        Glad to hear you’re okay…. didn’t want to jinx you, but we had heard hip replacement was easier than knee….. so if you had knees–AND shoulder- this must be a breeze! You are the current BIONIC WOMAN! I don’t know if they furnish any other replacement parts….?

    66. Admin Mary Anne May 21, 2019 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Just a friendly reminder-during peak season, until the ospreys leave, please do not post any comments about other nests. Thank you!

      • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Good morning Mary Anne..if u are referring to me… I thought we were allowed to til the eggs hatch 🐣😊 my bad!

        • Admin Mary Anne May 21, 2019 at 12:49 pm - Reply

          Hi Isabella, it’s ok, just a reminder for everyone!

      • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Might have been me…. sorry… check…..

      • nfc May 22, 2019 at 5:58 am - Reply

        Mary Anne— your comment about other nests hit a nerve with me!!! It was posted when my post was posted. We have always been able to talk about other things and nest activities. If anyone made a comment it has always been a short post. A lot of us have been here for the four years that this nest has been online. We have been there for each other in times of stress or good times. I started watching this nest the first year. During the season someone mentioned the SWFEC. I started watching them that fall. These have been my two favorite nests. After Shelli came onboard as an administrator, she advised me to have my students do a classroom session. My students had been watching the eagles for the previous year. I signed up and had a fabulous classroom session. In my 38 years of teaching it was one of the most rewarding things I did. So it holds a special place in my heart. If another teacher comes in and says something about his/her students, I would make the comment about how great the learning experience can be when a teacher exposes the children to the world of birds. The students learn by observing. At SWFEC the moderators still comment to me and thanked me on how I have educated my students and introduced them to the birds.

        I understand you are just reminding us, but it could have been done later in the season or if some people made a big continued comment about a specific nest.

        • Admin Mary Anne May 22, 2019 at 7:28 am - Reply

          I appreciate your comments, but there isn’t much point reminding everyone later in the season. We have to remind people in the beginning and Shelli has asked this of everyone previously, last year. We do it so we don’t get continued comments about other nests. Once the ospreys are gone in Sept, everyone can talk about whatever they like.

      • nfc May 22, 2019 at 6:27 am - Reply

        Mary Anne– I forgot to mention that last May and June I had my students observe the ospreys on this cam. They made comments comparing the eagles and ospreys. The viewers here enjoyed reading the comments that the students made.

        • Isabella May 23, 2019 at 1:35 am - Reply

          Nfc….reading your comment reminded me the way I found out about other nests was from viewers here….and I did enjoy your students comments!

          • nfc May 23, 2019 at 7:59 am - Reply

            Isabella— thanks. I agree that we learned about other nests from viewers. We all learn from each other and what that person has found or knows about. Double thanks!!!!

    67. Susan May 21, 2019 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Opps………..Jane

    68. Susan May 21, 2019 at 7:54 am - Reply

      How can you tell the difference between George and Jane?

      • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 9:49 am - Reply

        Jane is bigger and lighter in color…has a necklace and “freckles”on her “petticoat “ u can see when she lifts her wings. Also to me when she looks straight at the camera, she looks like a peacock (her face)

        • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 5:33 pm - Reply

          Jane in the back

          • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm - Reply

            Jane

            • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 5:36 pm

              George

    69. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 6:09 am - Reply

      Breakfish arrives

    70. CarolV May 21, 2019 at 5:31 am - Reply

      Looks like George may have had night duty again.
      Jane came down about 5am.
      Camera goes off and on during the night. Did anyone see Jane on the nest earlier?

      • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 5:32 am - Reply

        ..

        • CarolV May 21, 2019 at 5:44 am - Reply

          Let the sunshine in…………….. Looks like we’re starting the day with a pretty sunrise…
          Jane has something to say as she peep-peeps, maybe putting in a breakfast order……. “can I get oatmeal with peaches please?” Let’s guess what arrives……………

          HihoHiho…. off to work… HAGD, everyone

    71. Isabella May 21, 2019 at 1:36 am - Reply

      Can’t tell who this is by the moonlight….

    72. CarolV May 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      George came in to take a turn…. love the way he stares at the eggies….

    73. CarolV May 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Dinner comes in @18:49. Jane came back and stood over George, but he seemed to be happy to stay where he was. Then when Jane headed up, he popped up and out….. are we playing games> Jane came right down to the eggies.

      It was a warm day today,,,still 71 @ 8pm. dropping to high 50s overnight, with partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow mid-60s, with in-and-out sun.
      HAGN, everyone!

      • CarolV May 20, 2019 at 8:19 pm - Reply

        ..Looks like those 2 went in wrong order….you know who’s who….
        Here’s Jane staring him down while he hums to himself…

        • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 1:08 am - Reply

          Funny!

        • ChrisH May 21, 2019 at 9:52 am - Reply

          Lol!

    74. Lee May 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      How can you guys watch tail feathers legs day after day? The camera is off. This is the weirdest nest on the net.

      • Paula May 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        Hello Lee,
        No One is happy with the angle of the camera but apparently the owners are working on a solution. But to answer your question it’s called Love For This Nest and dedication to trying to learn about these beautiful birds!

        • Betsy May 22, 2019 at 8:46 am - Reply

          Hi Paula!! Glad you came through your surgery okay!! Re solutions: You can’t really believe that, can you??!!

          • Paula May 22, 2019 at 3:35 pm - Reply

            Hi Betsy,

            Thanks for the glad tidings and Yes, I have “hope”. We were told they were looking for solutions and I’m sure it’s not an easy feat so I haven’t given up hope yet!

      • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm - Reply

        Sometimes I flip a coin…what will I see,heads or tails….sometimes both at the same time! Lol! This is the first nest I watched. I do peak in at other nests. I feel tied to this one because I live on the island . Though I see your point! Lol

        • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply

          And ya gotta love 💕 Jane and George!

    75. Isabella May 20, 2019 at 9:52 am - Reply

      George puts out the alert call…Jane rushes to his side

      • Isabella May 20, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Tails & “petticoats “ blowing in the wind

        • Isabella May 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm - Reply

          George brings in a stick..steps on Jane…she takes offense….they end up with a small arbor

          • Isabella May 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm - Reply

            Lunch is given…lunch is taken away…so poor Jane goes back to egg duty

            • Isabella May 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

              Pretty Jane and the eggs…..I have yet to see number three

        • Isabella May 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm - Reply

          This cutie looks just as stuffed as his/her friends!

        • CarolV May 20, 2019 at 6:17 pm - Reply

          Love these shots!

          • Isabella May 21, 2019 at 1:17 am - Reply

            Thx CarolV!… I still don’t know how they sometimes come up out of order 🤔

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