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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
George came in for a late break…. Jane flew- in a blur.
Jane stepped down from perch about 9:10….George out…
Jane’s foot is blurry in the low light, but it looked more like a step down than a fly down…. that’s how high the nest has been built!
Looks like a clear night…. Temps 61 now, falling to about 56 near sunrise.
Jane looks like she has a new ‘do, but it’s just tail or wing feathers showing…..
16:01- all 3 eggies were showing within the stockade….. I did a little playing around with adjustments to make them a little clearer……
13:44- just happened to catch this pose on a frozen screen as I was scrolling back…
Rise and shine Jane 🌅
George sounds the alert and goes
Jane doesn’t miss a beat!
Good night George and Jane (she’s upstairs)…don’t let the nest bugs bite!…..sweet dreams ospreyz!
This was our quick peek at the eggs today…..
Be seeing bobble heads soon!
Jane made it in before 9pm curfew….. phew!
About 64 now, under clear skies. Clouding over and temps dropping to high 50s.
Shades of the evening…….
Love it CarolV!…so pretty!
Thank you and Isabella for the daily update pics this season!
Ur welcome PattyK!😊
Y W, I love sharing!
8;45pm 6-7-2019 Red at night, sailors delight, watching the glow of sunset on the nest, saw some big ugly bugs(gosh, how do they get up there and survive?) crawling around the front barricade, but lady Jane took no mind….every season is so different here but what a gift to be able to see raw, wonderful nature up close! xoxo
Yuck!…those creepy crawlers make watching hard sometimes…. And yes I remember driving around. Seeing osprey nest. Than reading about osprey zone. What a thrill to see the goings on in the nest!
@20:23… A surprise! Jane was slow to take it, but off she went. There’s so much material in the nest, they’re having a hard time walking!
Looks like I forgot the dinnerfish! Posted dessert before the main course! @6:31pm
@19:26- George out; Jane in
Green eggs and George
These right side deliveries make it so easy to miss!
Jane was singing and dancing for this one…
A slight hint of red…….
Jane is off….. looks like a good size…..
Looks like Jane supersized her meal!…nice shot!
A bit of greenery from George…
Hey CarolV! …nice pic!
Thx for pics of the day!
Those 🕷 🐛 🐜 help keep nest healthy, much as we may not want to see them! Saw a biggie myself on that nicely bleached stick towards the front
George found a use for those grasses…
The bribe fee has been upped! Jane arrives with a double clawfull
George looks impressed!
…..til George left……….
Or scared 😱….the attack of the 50 foot osprey! Lol
I know! I love these big feet right in the face!
George brought payment for his turn….
They were watching something intently….
…. and Jane goes for her Zumba class…
New show on Netflix!
George sleeping in the sunshine….
About 67 now @ 9am. Supposed to be around 70, going from mostly sunny to cloudy later to day.
George saw what Jane was bringing and got out of the way!
I think Jane liked the more contemporary vibe of this sleek light colored piece…. she ensured proper placement
BTW- our eggie view has disappeared again……………
Rise and shine!🌅
Sky ,bay and nest colors are so pretty
Thought George was on for the night…also noticed with the humidity came the creepy crawlers….don’t know if they were bugging George..he kept squirming
Then took off
Jane always seems to be waiting in the wings!
Love the golden hour!
The blur of George going…..
Jane comes in…..
It was warmer than predicted today…. mid/high 70s and humid. Sunny, too. A beautiful June day! Tonight; dropping to high 50s.under overcast skies.
@19:07…. Jane came back and went in to full nestoration mode…..
Yes, there’s a lot of pics, but she was a BUSY girl!
We even could see 2 of the eggs before she sat on them!
….. and she sleeps………………..
I usually complain about sticks across the camera, but if it means we can see the eggies, I’m good with this!
OOPS! That’s George sleeping… they traded places and I missed it…
Jane out; a damp looking George in
Wow CarolV!….you and Jane were busy..thx for filling in the day..was wondering how that big stick got that way
Time for a fish………………. Jane excitedly headed right and dragged this fish in to sight. She got a good grip and headed out…
George settled in…..
6/6/2019. 5:28 pm Hi all, As much as I still miss the George and dear Gracie team, I am so happy to see how George and Jane are so very in sync this season. As I remember, Gracie admonished young George the first season and trained him well.George trained Jane to be a good Mommy last year and now I see how wonderful they are together. Feeling blessed that we are able to observe nature this way, many thanks OZ family!
Learning to post multiple pics from phone
Hope they are in order…..
At least they made w!😸😍😜
Jane has such beautiful feathers! They look 👀 look good blowing in the breeze! Learning video making next but don’t hold your breath till that happens!
Was thinking same thing about video…u will probably get there before me
After giving Jane a snack…George decides if he wants to go down the hole!
It was a dark and gloomy morning…then…
5:54- Breakfish arrives
by 6:17- Jane is back…
Assorted “glamor” shots of Jane…. including a wonky feather…
She always looks good to me!
The ever changing weather report…. now, possible rain after 10pm, with possible t-storms after 8am. Temps 69 now, holding till about midnight, then dropping only about 2-3 degs. before 7am and starting to rise. Tomorrow, partly clearing and 72, with slight chance of rain late afternoon.
Might as well have a weather rock……
Jane is snuggled down as the wind blows …. sleep tight, mamma!
Wonder if this is Jane’s wonky feather….good night Jane..good night CarolV…good night ospreyz!…😴
Jane was jumping up , ready for dinner, as George came in….. she got a good grip…..
Jane was back by 18:09…. George moved slowly, but he moved out….
In the exchange, a piece of bark slid into the bowl but Jane quickly moved it out…..
George brings a chunky piece of wood…. oh, good, we were running short (she said sarcastically)!
He tried several times to step in her place,,,, when she finally left, you could see how far down he stepped in to the bowl…
They are playing musical nest again, with several exchanges since then… too many to share!
That top pic is a little scary!….nice shot!
Small glimpse of an egg
Saw an osprey flying from across the bay…thought it was George….til Jane started alerting and gave us a good view of her pretty feathers!
Peek a boo eggs
Jane brought in a piece from the au natural store….went back for more
Decided to give George a makeover
He gave it a thumbs down 👎 and took off….nice move Jane!
George gives Jane the heave ho
Guessing this is Jane, by the length of those feathers…
We had some brief showers that just passed thru, here on the south fork. Looked very spotty on the ch.12 weather just now.
The sun is trying to shine, but looks like it may have a fight with the clouds today. At least we’re gonna be in the 70s.
Looks like George still in place…
The temps last night dropped in to the 40s last night… pretty chilly! Some places in the pine barrens, west of us, even dipped into the 30s.! Hey, Mom Nature,it’s June!
Today was picture perfect…about 63 now… overcast tonight, holding temps around 61……….
Tomorrow some sun. mostly cloudy. Temps to low 70s. Chance of rain and t-storms starting around 4pm.
Missed the switch, but can see now that Jane is in…. barely keeping eyelids up(me).. HAGN!
George underestimates the sneakiness!
Dinner for Jane
Good night 😴 Jane….good night all in osprey zone!
Jane was fidgeting and egg-fluffing …..
Dinnerfish is served @19:16. A good sized fish which, I was happy to see, Jane got a good grip on before she left.
George gave his beak a thorough cleaning…………
Just when we were getting a look past the wall…. iiiittt’sss baaaaaa-ack! Wish it away, everyone, so we can see eggies hatching…..
Got to witness an intruder episode at the local nest. As I was leaving work, both osprey were alerting and I spotted the stranger flying toward the nest. The male “charged” from his pole perch across the field to intercept. It was a thing of beauty to watch! The intruder tried looping back but the male flew directly above it, within feet, and mimicked its movements…. he peeled off to go to the nest as the stranger headed away…..
I always feel privileged when I see something like that!
So cool to witness osprey in person…..good for you CarolV!
I hear the F troop theme song! Lol
George alerting…Jane comes from across the bay
Jane minds the eggs
Rinse and repeat
I’ll take it from here George!
Enjoying the nice breeze….
In comes George with a stick
How rude George!
Worked like a charm!
TY, Isabella, for all the pics. Leave early and miss so much…. darn job…..
You’re welcome CarolV!😊
Nice capture! Love a good wing shot!
Morning, Jane! Gonna be a beautiful day!
Morning CarolV!….morning Jane…..wow what a sunrise!
Looks like George is on tonight. Saw him switch with Jane a bit ago.
62 now, dropping to low 50s under clear skies….. another sunny day tomorrow. Today was near perfect, weather-wise. Cool for June, but that’s o.k. by me!
Good night George!
Didn’t see much today… watching on my phone at work doesn’t cut it! So was happy to see this big fish jump out on the scrollback! Thank you, George, for not doing a smuggle in from the right!
I fried up some yummy flounder tonight…. just around 5:50… dining with Jane! Mine wasn’t sushi-style.
Nice CarolV!…I was gardening and missed this…..looks like his talon is hooked through the fish 🎣
George watching the sunrise
Jane gets a nice big fish
Not too long
In comes Jane
George playing with his linkin logs
Trying to hide behind the osprey zone wall
Intruder still sees him….Jane comes to help
Love Jane’s feathers
Yes tired mama…better rest before you hear the pitter patter of little talons!
Jane channels Marilyn
That does look good sized! Hope she held on!
In that sunrise shot, George looks like he’s wearing a head shawl/scarf………
See what you mean with the piece of wood
Great…. Fort Osprey….
Can you STILL see me?
I hope someone saw if a fish 🐟 came in. On phone and scrolling is a —/:
Jane has been surfing again and rides her pinebark board to the nest
She dismantles that clumpy stick George brought in, then hustles him out so she can arrange the prize by the egg bowl…
Then she settles in…
Love when she hustles him out….Jane is quite the character!
Changing of the guard
George getting his egg game on
George brings in a stick wrapped in some kind of debris and gets a bit of tail in the face as Jane leaves….. guess she wasn’t impressed!
We’re back!!! YaYaYAAAAAAAAAAA!
Came up in the magical :59th minute reset, if I remember from last year’s issues.
Anyhow, I was just signing in to report the bad weather we haven’t gotten. Turned in to the nice day that wasn’t expected. We may still get a quick t-storm, possibly within the hour, possibly about midnight., but was not the wash-out afternoon as predicted.
67 now, dropping to mid 50s overnight. Lots of suns on the forecast for tomorrow, with temps high 60s.
Shelli has reported the problem with the cam. If it is still down tomorrow, it will be reset first thing in the morning.
Youtube is down, there are a lot of nest cam sites down because of it.
Hi Mary Anne….thx for the info!
When youtube was back up and running a while ago, this stream is not. Freezes at 14:57. If it doesn’t return, Shelli will report it. There is another nest cam that is down also. It was fine before youtube went down.
I was wondering. Had tried youtube when OZ was acting up. TNX for the info
I’m losing count on nest exchanges…!!! here’s two about 20 min apart.
@11:23- G out; J in
About 10:30- Super Studmuffin brings ANOTHER fish……..
We get to see fish this time…
AND we get to see fish GO! Bombs away!!!
You could see Jane flying below…. wonder if she went after it?
George just sees eggies….
Playing fish frisbee with Jane!
Forgot to say that Jane took that fish and dropped it….
Those big feet arrive about 9:52, coming back after that last fish……
George goes, without fuss or games…..
Foggy blue bay and Jane
George alerts..Jane swoops in
Jane settles in
Jane’s tail moved this stick before she took off
Nice look at the eggs while George prepares for liftoff
Don’t back up!
Love that shot of George! Reminds me of “The Bat Signal” from Batman!
CarolV…funny..I was thinking Dracula
Isabella…. I think that was George first thing… I was surprised to realize it was him,,,, saw Jane last night last thing. Maybe he slipped in early?
Jane was back a little while later.
Wish I knew how to post side-by-side
Could be…I usually wait til they move to identify them…can’t remember if I did….bay was foggy..maybe I was too! Lol
Several exchanges…. this was G out, J in….
George was staying nearby… sounds like he’s alerting from the perch.
George was fidgeting on the nest when the cam came on……… another foggy morning
@5:23, Jane is back
Jane heads to right, chirping……. picks from the butt-cam,,,teehee
@6:20, we get a sight of the fish, then Jane flies…
About 10 mins, later, Jane is in….. Hope she got to eat some of that fish!
George was alerting, as if someone was nearby.. At first, I thought an intruder had landed, but then, he seemed to be looking behind Jane.
That pile of wood was very shaky as Jane made her way over it.
Good Night, Jane……………….
Looks like she has a dry night ahead of her. Temp about 63 now, dropping to about 55 under cloudy skies….
Clouds continue thru the a.m., with some clearing mid afternoon. Temps rising to almost 70 as sun pops out and precedes a chance of thunder storms in late afternoon to evening…
Dinnerfish @ 19:02….
Jane was yapping for a bit…then she got up, yapping and doing the fish dance right out of frame
I don’t recall seeing her doing the dance too often….. she’s usually more direct . It was fun to watch.
Other then the teeniest sliver that should on the right of frame, that’s about all we saw of fish…
George settles in….
about 19:45…. Although it looked like George was lingering, Jane wasn’t having it….. She scooted right in….
About 14:44, Jane stood up and went right, coming back with a partial fish….
Wish George would stop with the out of sight deliveries!
” She’s got legs… and she knows how to use them….”
Jane gets a grip and goes…
George creeps in from the right……
@7:04 – George says “See ya!” to the eggies and goes
Jane comes in.
There’s a lot of alerting already…. gonna be a long day, I guess…
Looked- and sounded- like breakfish was delivered off right.
Jane got up and chirped her way over and George came in… one quick wing flap was all that was seen of Jane as she exited left
Pretty sunrise as George fidgets as he sits…….. “You people here already???
Supposed to be a partly cloudy day, with temps in the high 60s.
Off to work for me. Isabella, see you’re up. GM and keep us updated! HAGD!
We’re live by 5…… GM, Jane
Jane is out
George is on watch….
Jane is back by 5:47
New day dawning for George
Looks like a good night for a change. 68 now, with clear skies. Temps dropping to about 58 with some clouds developing after 3am.
Good night ahead for you, Janie girl….. HAGN, everyone…
CarolV…thx for all of today’s pics! Lots of good shots!
Love the fog on the bay
Jane sets up her “sails “ while watching the sailboats ⛵️
Was wondering about fish today and was happy to search back to find this delivery…@14:25
Big feet….. fluffy butt….. Janie’s here
George moves out reluctantly
Jane settles in…..
Got a look at the eggies! Must have moved the barricade!
Posted wrong place…. this was with the 14:25 fish delivery…. but good to see them whenever!
Blowin’ in the wind…… nice breeze…. gorgeous feathers
18:09- George in…..Jane out
We’re back…. was on a little after 5..
Looks like shadow of George from perch; and I just heard him chirping
This was pic I thought was attached…
But celebrated too quickly…. stuck again. And on Friday afternoon…… shades of yesteryear….. Aidan off for the weekend….
well, we shall see…. or not
Up again…. it’s taunting us!
Any one figure out what that decoration on left side of the nest is? Piece of fence? Looks treacherous!
Helen– to me it looks like a pointy tree branch. It does look dangerous.
To me, it looks like a scrubpine branch… why the curls, I can only speculate. Maybe was growing against a house or wall? Grew back towards light?
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The sunlight highlights those pine needles on that curly branch
@3:47pm…. looks like we’re having a pause…..
And we’re back! Only the clouds have been changed to amuse the inquisitive…..
Now it’s running in stop-motion…. jerky and sometimes skipping ahead a couple of secs……. sigh……..
So, based on the guesstimate that first egg was laid on 5/9, are we looking at pip watch to begin June 12ish? Nice to have first hatch for Flag Day on the 14th!
George gracefully rose from below…..
Right after Jane went, an intruder ZOOMED over, right above G’s head…. G had a lot to say!
Went back for more shots of intruder
The camera needs to be repositioned. The Maine site has two cameras. We have been enjoying the benefits of the camera and its adjustment free of charge. Perhaps if there were a fund or a Go Fund Me account, upgraded cameras could be had and the person doing the work could be compensated. Is anyone interested?
It has been offered every season and the owner has not been interested. He’s a snowbird and is only here for part of the year now. I think discussions have been had and ADMIN mentioned the intricacies of protective mandates on osprey.
It’s no doubt more complicated with a privately owned nest site than if it were an environmental group or something of that nature.
John…what CarolV said….and if you’re talking about hog island, they study the osprey and band the young
Jane surfed in and tried to put her board on George’s tail
He jumped up and both challenged an intruder that had followed Jane
As George goes out, Jane spotted a piece of bark that was slipping in to bowl. Shifted it to the ever growing pile on camera side of nest… Thanx a lot, Jane!
George brings a fistful of seaweed in exchange for the eggies.
and settles in……
Fog is reluctant to get pushed out… but the sun is trying
Sun is shining at my house, but I’m not on the water….
And there it is…… a touch of blue and a horizon!
Breakfish at 0622…..
“Thanks. Babe!” Jane gets a good grip on this nice fish and goes…
George with his eyes on the prize, as he settles in