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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

    44,770 Comments

    1. Charlene Lanigan April 20, 2020 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Whats the easiest way to tell Jane from George

      • Admin Mary Anne April 20, 2020 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        Jane has a dark necklace!

    2. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Jane complains to the camera………

      It’s a gloomy day. Mostly cloudy; temps. about 53. Looks like clearing over night (low 40s) with sun in morning. Rain watch, possible t-storm, starting late morning.

    3. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Good haul, George!

    4. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 11:37 am - Reply

      George is on guard….
      Intruder flies right over and looked like it might try to land but it moved on down the road…………..

    5. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Jane brings in a clawful…

      • CarolV April 20, 2020 at 10:47 am - Reply

        An intruder approaches from left and comes right over nest.

        George springs in to action, while Jane screams insults…

        George returns; then Jane decides to move someone along.

        • CarolV April 20, 2020 at 10:51 am - Reply

          Loved this shot as all of George explodes from the nest….. single focus, full concentration!

    6. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Jane brings in a good one…..

    7. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Working hard on that egg cup! Almost tipped over!
      Love that wiggly butt!

      • CarolV April 20, 2020 at 9:50 am - Reply

        Comes at it from a different angle later

    8. CarolV April 20, 2020 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Somebody better fix that doorsill!!!

      George gets a talon caught

      • CarolV April 20, 2020 at 8:39 am - Reply

        PHEW!!!

      • Paula April 20, 2020 at 9:01 am - Reply

        I agree! That looked like it could have turned out really bad!

      • June c April 21, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

        I saw that also….that was close..

    9. Paula April 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      She’s been on the nest a lot today! I wonder if it’s close?

      • june c April 20, 2020 at 6:34 am - Reply

        Hi Paula…I was thinking the same thing..especially staying in the middle…who knows maybe in a couple of days we will see an egg…

    10. CarolV April 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      George was trying but Jane wasn’t in to it. The wind’s blowing pretty steady…..

      And it looks like Jane has discovered the wonders of plastic…{;^[[

    11. CarolV April 19, 2020 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Nice! Early breakfish…. Jane was so excited, she backed up into the empty corner dip… didn’t faze her…

      • CarolV April 19, 2020 at 8:46 am - Reply

        Looks like a decent 1/2 fish…. Jane takes it away.

        • CarolV April 19, 2020 at 9:01 am - Reply

          Was surprised to see Jane return with some leftovers. George moved in.
          Then, after a brief flyout, G returned and Jane took it back! Lost track of who finished it!

    12. CarolV April 19, 2020 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Lots of coming and going already this a.m. George has taken several pauses already to work on egg creation. Busy boy!

      Here’s Jane, back from the Sunday yard sales, with a nice chair.

    13. Laura April 19, 2020 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Time to roost!

      • June c April 21, 2020 at 8:46 am - Reply

        This shot I enlarged …….great shot of all her markings!

    14. Laura April 18, 2020 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Off to roost for the evening. Good night!

    15. CarolV April 18, 2020 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      See the video was back streaming a little after 4. Thank you to whomever…… can never thank Aidan enough!

      The next front rolled through, creating wondrous cloud formations and MORE than 50 shades of gray! Always fun to watch. But looking forward to a sunny Sunday and 10degs. warmer-mid 50s/

      George and Jane were in and out. Wasn’t a pleasant day, so they didn’t seem up to much. Good night to all.

    16. CarolV April 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Video stuck about 13:31 and even jumps back to almost midnight….9:*[

    17. CarolV April 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      The “tree” moved…Wind? Camera appeared to be off for a bit. So Houdini moment…..upright…down

    18. CarolV April 18, 2020 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      ADMIN>>> Clock jumped from about 10:59 to 12:07 on rewind. Hadn’t checked in during that time.

    19. Laura April 18, 2020 at 11:35 am - Reply

      He has a difficult time maneuvering it.

    20. Laura April 18, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply

      George flies in with a large branch.

    21. CarolV April 18, 2020 at 11:20 am - Reply

      George wrestled this monster in to place and went off with a lift from the wind…..

      • CarolV April 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        The video skips an hour or so and it comes back to see the large branch moved…. George came in and tried wrestling it back to its place.
        It wound up, after a mighty struggle, getting stuck on the edge of the nest,,,, probably destined to fall.

        For now, I’m calling it sculptural wall art!

        • CarolV April 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm - Reply

          Wall art…. Jane’s admiring the new decor

    22. CarolV April 18, 2020 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Jane and George on watch…. They’ve been in and out .
      It’s been a rainy, chilly morning with some wind out of the NNE. Possibility of more rain in the afternoon. Temps not supposed to get above 45. Brrrrr…

      • CarolV April 18, 2020 at 11:22 am - Reply

        George got a face full of feathers……..

    23. L.I. Marg April 18, 2020 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Congratulations OZ Family!! Glad to see this today – it’s been a while since posting but I have been lurking and hoping.
      I see George & Jane have reunited and the view is excellent. It’s sure to be a wonderful season 2020. Thanks to all concerned
      for the efforts made in bringing back this cam!!

    24. Paula April 18, 2020 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Goo Saturday Morning All,
      We don’t know when the couple got here but I think an egg could be coming soon. I don’t think the nest is looking too “egg ready”. There isn’t a distinct egg cup or any soft material. At least it is all natural material. Jane doesn’t seem to like the trash like Gracie did. That’s a good thing, but it was interesting to try to identify all the stuff she used to bring home.

      • CarolV April 18, 2020 at 11:08 am - Reply

        The seaweed and reeds are the soft material.. There is no mossy stuff readily available . George has worked on the egg cup several times. Pictures posted. The weather is not co=operating.

      • Laura April 18, 2020 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        Right before the wind storm I observed Jane using her legs and push the softer nesting material back in a digging motion attempting to get a “bowl” in the middle of the nest nest. (see my facebook page video on April 12 at 8:28 pm) But wind storm took care of that. I observed the same behavior at the PSEG osprey nest at Oyster Bay 2 days ago.

    25. Laura April 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Afternoon delight!

    26. Paula April 17, 2020 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      It’s so nice to finally get a good look at Jane. Thank you all involved for the camera. But I was looking at Jane and it looks like she has little hearts all over her “necklace”. I hadn’t noticed that before. I’ve been concerned about the fish situation and still am, but I’m quite surprised that Jane doesn’t just go fishing for her self. If I remember this right she’s a very good fisher woman.

      • Admin Mary Anne April 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        Paula, it’s all part of courtship, bonding, preparing for eggs, and the eventual chicks. The male bring the fish to the female, starting when they both return from migration. If Jane wants to fish, she will, but most of the time, George brings them in. You may remember 2 yrs ago, when Jane went fishing and returned with a puffer fish! I will never forget the look on George’s face!

        • Paula April 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

          I do remember that! Hilarious!

        • June c April 20, 2020 at 6:38 am - Reply

          I do remember the puffer..I think I have pic..will have to look…

          • Admin Mary Anne April 20, 2020 at 8:53 am - Reply

            June, here you go! June 2018.

            • June c April 21, 2020 at 8:38 am

              Thank you…

      • Admin Mary Anne April 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        Paula, it’s all part of courtship, bonding, preparing for eggs, and the eventual chicks. The male bring the fish to the female, starting when they both return from migration. If Jane wants to fish, she will, but most of the time, George brings them in. You may remember 2 yrs ago, when Jane went fishing and returned with a puffer fish! I will never forget the look on George’s face!

    27. CarolV April 17, 2020 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      ADMIN: Hope it’s ok to post one pic just to show what BCF nest is contending with…

      Boulder County Fairgrounds Ospreycam… for those who don’t watch…. this is what these birds are contending with. There are eggs under there=3, I think. The female was completely buried in there, trying to protect them, till she finally had to push her way out. And still it snowed.

    28. CarolV April 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      We have the MEAT! uh, fish…………

      George brings in lunch to his singing honey.
      She shows her gratitude with that sweet cold shoulder and takes off.

      Ahhh, osprey manners…………

      • CarolV April 17, 2020 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        BTW— for those of us who like to check in, particularly during full moon, camera is up all night………….

    29. Laura April 17, 2020 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Late morning kiss!

      • June c April 21, 2020 at 8:42 am - Reply

        Hummm…..little more then a kiss Ha…

    30. CarolV April 17, 2020 at 10:24 am - Reply

      George rearranging pieces he brought in earlier.
      He’s patiently listening (ignoring) as Jane cheeps away….. I didn’t catch him bringing a fish yet… request seems insistent…

    31. CarolV April 17, 2020 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Good”night” moon……………here cum da sun!

      • CarolV April 17, 2020 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Jane doing her share………..
        George brought something wooden looking earlier. Both nestorating and busy

      • CarolV April 17, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

        Good night moon should have been good day…. Just came up at 4a.m., so he’s having a play date with the sun!

    32. June c April 17, 2020 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Looking back on notes…Gracie in 2016 laid her 1st. egg April 25th….would be nice to see earlier this year🥚🥚🥚

      • CarolV April 17, 2020 at 12:11 pm - Reply

        TY, June c…… I’m so bad about keeping track of these dates! I was wondering.

    33. CarolV April 16, 2020 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      George brings Jane her 1/2 fish… Jane takes it to go.

    34. CarolV April 16, 2020 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      A little less this; a little more fish…… we have eggs to grow!

      Oh, wait…… need that too!

    35. CarolV April 16, 2020 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Nestorations going on….. George was tugging and pulling sticks around,

      Jane tried to lend a helping beak…

      • CarolV April 16, 2020 at 3:49 pm - Reply

        After George left, Jane poked around but I think it was the wind that gave a final nudge to this stick. It was the perfect shape that kept it teetering on the edge for a minute or so, Jane was eyeing it, as if wondering what it was doing…. comical!
        She stepped over to rescue it, but it was too thick to get a grip from the end. She watched it as it fell.

    36. Anja April 16, 2020 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      In 2016 Gracie laid her first egg April 25. In 2017 Gracie laid her first egg April 28. In 2018 Jane laid her first egg May 23. Should be interesting to see when Jane (sure it’s Jane and George) they look so young to me, will lay her first egg. So glad the camera is working again, missed them last season.

    37. Paula April 16, 2020 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I haven’t been watching a ton but I haven’t seen very many fish and Jane looks a little thin. I was wondering if anyone knows how the fishing is in the area? With all the storms it might not be so good!

      • CarolV April 16, 2020 at 5:48 pm - Reply

        My son clams and works the fishing boats. He was seeing fish in the bays and almost overnight, the deeper water fish are moving in…. he says porgies are running. Don’t know if bunkers have started moving in to spawn yet.
        George hasn’t been feeding her until the last day or so. At least, I haven’t seen it. But he brought her a couple of 1/2 fish today.

        • Paula April 17, 2020 at 7:25 am - Reply

          Thanks for the reply CarolV.

    38. CarolV April 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      George brings in 1/2 a fish . Jane had some things to said while George cleaned his beak…. didn’t sound positive… then swooped out to the left.

    39. CarolV April 16, 2020 at 8:53 am - Reply

      George greets Jane ; and another more thorough “Good Morning!”……… they’ve mated several times.

      • CarolV April 16, 2020 at 8:55 am - Reply

        Jane tries out new porch

      • CarolV April 16, 2020 at 9:02 am - Reply

        I think Jane is looking for fish….. George delivers a table

    40. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      George is in the groove!
      Janie must have whispered something in his ear….. she’s spending more time hanging around the nest….Maybe? How long does it take for an egg to bake?

    41. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Georgie comes a courtin’……..
      It disappeared quickly…. and she started cheep-chirping. Could there be eggs a brewing?

      • CarolV April 15, 2020 at 5:12 pm - Reply

        Working hard on that nest!!! George in turkey mode

    42. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Jane flew in seconds ago to the perch. Now she drops down to chirp about that other bird. May be George, because she wasn’t too defensive. She watched as it flew by that house down on the right.

      • CarolV April 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm - Reply

        That probably was George carrying a fish, He brought a 1/2 eaten fish not long after

      • June c April 16, 2020 at 10:25 am - Reply

        The top picture pretty cool shot…wings and feathers my favorite capture…nice

    43. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      George bringing home essential supplies…. Jane inspects them

    44. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Jane to exception to an osprey flying over the bay and springs in to action

      • CarolV April 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        .

        • CarolV April 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm - Reply

          That would be an oops…. This is what I was aiming for

    45. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      George was sitting with her for a while; she quietly cheeped at him. Off he went.
      Now Jane is manning her post….

    46. Paula April 15, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply

      There doesn’t seem to be very much housekeeping going on!

      • June c April 16, 2020 at 10:22 am - Reply

        Yes your right…I was wondering the same thing…she will be ready in a week or two for eggs..I do see a bowl…..

    47. CarolV April 15, 2020 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Love the submissive pose George does when Jane is approaching… ” Morning, dear! Good to see you!”
      They’ve both been in and out but Jane seems to be hanging around the nest.

      Looking a little damp around the edges….. at least it seems the rain is done for now.

      • CarolV April 15, 2020 at 9:42 am - Reply

        The neighbors were both in shopping this a.m. Pickings are slim. Just like us! The shelves are sparse and there;s no TP!

    48. CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      George did a nice upward rise ….. couldn’t tell if he went to perch or elsewhere. Couldn’t see him going out over the bay.
      Jane left earlier. George had a partial fish, which he enjoyed after she left.

      50-80% chance of rain tonight but it should stop early morning, with the sun coming out in the afternoon. On the cool side, barely making it to 50.
      HAGN!!!

    49. Leesa Downs April 14, 2020 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      YEAH!!!!! This is the first time I’ve checked on the camera situation since last week. SO HAPPY to see that it is up, and that George and Jane are both back! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen!! Now looking forward to another year of enjoying the site!!

      • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:13 pm - Reply

        Hi! Isn’t it great we can see more than toes!!!!!

    50. CarolV April 14, 2020 at 11:35 am - Reply

      George is not happy with this stick.
      They’re on watch..

      • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 11:45 am - Reply

        UUMMMMPPPHHHHHH……………….

        • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 11:46 am - Reply

          If you can’t move it, hide it…

    51. Admin Mary Anne April 14, 2020 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Hi everyone, just to let you know that cam owners are aware of the streaming issue and are working on it. It appears it may be on the internet provider’s end. Aidan said they are having internet issues from the office. He put up a back up stream from home, so it appears all is well right now.

    52. CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:53 am - Reply

      One of the neighbors stopped by to check for new furnishings.

      Started the dreaded white circle spiraling and now we are seeing yesterday’s storm. boohoo.

      • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:55 am - Reply

        AND we’re BACK! yay!

        • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 11:30 am - Reply

          Well, it wasn’t back but it is now…. sure we have Aidan to thank!

    53. CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:21 am - Reply

      It’s a beautiful day…. especially when I check in and see the happy couple!

      Hope everyone made it thru the storm ok…. a lot of damage and power outages western LI but all good here, to my knowledge.
      Thinking about what I need from store and how badly do I need it…. hoping everyone doing ok and staying healthy!

    54. Paula April 14, 2020 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Is the camera not working right or is it my computer?

    55. Paula April 13, 2020 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Hope everyone is doing all right with the wicked weather it seems everywhere. It’s almost over here in Ohio. Still some high winds but nothing like on the east coast.
      I know we’re not seeing to many Osprey today but it is so nice to see the camera still working and I for one like watching the storm over the water. It’s quite a sight for a land lubber like me!

    56. HollyW April 13, 2020 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Ospreyzone fans..Today around 1:30 and injured osprey was found in East Marion not far from the nest. I watched the camera after that and only have seen 1 of ours in the nest..time stamp was around 2:13 or so. I can not tell who it is. A picture of the injured bird is posted on the North Fork Animal Wellfare League’s fb page..Its in a carrier, so picture is not the best. I couldn’t identify the bird. I’m hoping one of you will be able to tell if it’s Jane or George. They couldn’t tell how bad it was injured, it was very wet. It is now at NFAH getting treatment. Hoping it isn’t hurt and can be released back to area where it was found. Prayers up..stay safe everyone.

      • Admin Mary Anne April 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm - Reply

        Holly, thanks so much for letting us know. Here is Jane flying off, so George is the one we haven’t seen, I went and looked at the pics at North Fork Animal Welfare, and I don’t think it is George in that crate. That osprey has quite a bit of dark feathers below its neck. I hope the osprey that was rescued recovers quickly!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 14, 2020 at 7:32 am - Reply

        Holly, George mated with Jane this morning, 4/14, at 5:48 am, so he for sure not the osprey at North Shore Animal Welfare. Thank you again for letting us know.

        • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:24 am - Reply

          Mr. EarlyBird! Guess it was a long day yesterday, without her!

    57. CarolV April 13, 2020 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Looks like the nest is a little disheveled! According to the app, winds are 30mph in East Marion; temp. 60 and dropping. Rain lasting till about 8pm. No thunder or lightning here. We got off lucky. Much worse west of here, as often happens.

    58. CarolV April 13, 2020 at 8:34 am - Reply

      And good morning to YOU!

      It’s pretty windy but supposed to be much worse during the afternoon. Heavier rain, high winds, lightning……. So looking forward to THAT! My weather cat will be hiding and the dog will be pacing…. good times….

    59. Elaine April 12, 2020 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you for bringing Osprey Zone back. This sure does lift my spirits in this time of uncertainty.

    60. CarolV April 12, 2020 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      George bows as Jane comes in behind him,,,,,,

      We’re getting the stare… think she spotted us!!!

      • CarolV April 12, 2020 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        Got an alert from the power company…. high winds tomorrow, up to 70mph….. hope they have it wrong!

      • CarolV April 12, 2020 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        George was happily nestorating as Jane chirped from the perch. Guess she wanted his attention, as she dropped down to cheep-cheep.

    61. Janice April 12, 2020 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      A big THANK YOU To everyone who was involved in getting this camera up and going! So very appreciated…. THANK YOU!

    62. June c April 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Happy Easter to everyone…I wonder what Jane is saying to George all day…Be safe…

    63. rodee hansen April 12, 2020 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Answer for CarolV – I am sure I saw Gracie on the 10th BEFORE 10 a.m.
      Its driving me crazy. It was very brief, but when she took off in a southern /western ? ( flying off to the right of the nest – direction there was that unmistakable black spot.
      I am sooooo glad you saw it as well. It all means, my head did not play a dirty trick.
      Blessed Easter to you. Rodee

      • CarolV April 14, 2020 at 9:31 am - Reply

        No, Rodee, sorry but I did not. I didn’t even think the camera came on till early afternoon. So I can’t tell you what was going on in the a.m. Best wishes for a good season. So much to look forward to.

    64. CarolV April 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Easter Sunday with Jane in the glow…………

      • CarolV April 12, 2020 at 1:57 pm - Reply

        George stopped in, with Jane quietly chirping in the background…… enjoying the dulcet tone of her voice— while it lasts! Soon enough the BRING ME FISH voice will begin!

        • CarolV April 12, 2020 at 1:58 pm - Reply

          George making the bed………

    65. CarolV April 11, 2020 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      The happy couple …. separately together…

      Sorry I missed the wild party this a.m.!!! Sounds like birds were coming and going!

      I was thinking with Jane, after last year, maybe we should be comparing her toes for i.d.! We saw them more than anything! teehee…………

      • CarolV April 11, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

        They were both here till George did the wide arc fly-out and came to say “good-night…..

        He sort of skidded across Jane’s back and into the nest. She just looked at him, with an “Oh, George” kind of way…………

        The video is a little jumpy and audio a touch out of sync. Not complaining… happy to see them!

    66. Candi Calcandy April 11, 2020 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      love that the cam is back TY

    67. Mary M Yourch April 11, 2020 at 11:56 am - Reply

      So glad to see the camera is working. Welcome back & thank you!
      Mary

    68. Arlene J Coverdale April 11, 2020 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Thank you to all involved getting the camera back up!!

    69. Paula April 11, 2020 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Hi All!
      So happy the camera is working and a BIG THANK YOU to all involved. I am positive that this is Gorgeous George however I’m not sure about the female being Jane. I haven’t really had good views of her but her necklace seemed much darker in my memory. I’m just glad to see George. This nest has always been my favorite and it’s great that we get to watch the action this year. I will always miss Gracie, of course, because her and George were the best parents and their shenanigans were fun to watch.
      Here’s to a wonderful year with all hatchlings fledging and to all of us surviving in these very uncertain times.
      Stay Safe and watch web-cams!

    70. Cathryn April 11, 2020 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Good Morning ! I was just strolling back….go to around 7:00 a.m. WOW! It may be up to 4 Ospreys…..Worth going back to catch the whole thing!

    71. Trinity April 11, 2020 at 6:27 am - Reply

      @ 6:25 am, our couple are enjoying a fresh breakfast . It certainly looks like Jane with her distinctive necklace !

    72. rodee hansen April 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      I still think I saw GRACIE landing on the nest earlier today. Her very dark spot under her right wing very visible. Am I going crazy. Any
      one else out there
      saw the same thing???
      Rodee

      • CarolV April 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        Hi, Rodee. Nice to see you here! Hope you are well.

        How early did you see her? I think I saw your other post and it was early morning? To my knowledge, cam came up early afternoon-ish. I’ll have to check other postings. Is it possible they were running older clips, maybe trying out the system?
        But then, anything is possible. Maybe someone else knows?

      • Ann H April 12, 2020 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        I saw it too Rhodee. I thought it was impossible, but the dark spot under her wing was unmistakeable.

    73. CarolV April 10, 2020 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks going out to Aidan and Paul, et al, for getting us rolling. It looks like the timeline is fixed. Was corrected right after they were told, almost. Was off by about 7-8 mins. Now it looks good.
      And the rewind had been extended to almost 8 hrs.! Fantastic!
      Saw George and Jane both stop by. Can’t wait to see them in the a.m. and how much nest restoration goes on. Looking good already.

      HAGN everyone!

    74. CarolV April 10, 2020 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      George greeted and bowed… Jane must have circled……

    75. Janice April 10, 2020 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Hello Everyone!! So happy to see the camera up and running and to see our precious Ospreys! So excited for this season! We need something positive at this time in our lives! Please stay well everyone…

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