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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 flies by…. you can hear him from the perch a minute later….
George is really stepping up the action….. about 3 mins. apart!
George brings in a gift………..
Jane gets stuck momentarily in the forked end….
I think George has had a horseshoe crabshell in the nest every year! This one has been in several places already.
Enlarged shot was taken from this original…
Clouds looking a little foreboding, but no rain in my forecast. There’s a cool front coming in… saying good-bye to our 60+ days and looking at 55 as our high for a week or more…
14:27…. George arrives at an empty nest….
Off in the distance…. BEAUTY flies on feathered wings!
Jane thanks George for lunch…
Gets a grip and goes on her picnic…..
@ 2:30 George brought leftovers for the Lady , she flew in and grabbed her takeaway 🐠
May 7th, 2020….06:45…..
George brings a clump………… Jane is upstairs, making suggestions… or ordering lunch
I had been focusing on the beautiful sailboat in the background til the view was blocked
Just one of several matings already this a,m.
And again @9:35…. hope she gets a fish out of thus!
Studmuffin’s not giving up!!
Persistent to procreate !
Logged on this morning and happened upon this. No doubt chicks will be coming soon.
Chicks won’t come for a quite a while, as there are no eggs yet. As of May 1st, there is a different female residing at the nest than the one who George had been mating with. Looks much like Jane from the last two years. So it could be a couple of weeks before we see any eggs.
Two weeks is soon enough.
George and Jane in, as George says good-morning
Passing thunderstorm last night. Looked like quite a display from the nest Just a few of the lightning bursts
Jet skis riding off into the sunset….. and social distancing
BTW…. Have had enough people agreeing that this is 2018/19=original JANE that I’m going back to that. Hope no one confused by name changes
Fish delivery………….. I am without audio for some reason, so didn’t get to HEAR Jane’s fish welcome. Missed it!
Jane was happy to see this. I haven’t seen any other delivery today but I could have just missed one.
George stayed for a few and did a little nestorating.
Another shot of the neighbor….. it seems their nest is in the side right about where Jane’s tail points. I think the chicks may be hatched, as the little couple are in-and-out so much. I hear the peeping from the nests on my patio. Life goes on, Covid or no…………..
I love her black tiara when the wind catches those feathers
Intruder stays just above the lens view… maybe a wing flip or toes on parade….. George rears up
George has been busy bringing in clumps of grass and/or seaweed to cushion the nest.
George brings home “flowers”…….. although, look quick and I see him riding a broomstick! Too early for Halloween!
The neighbors are flitting about. One stops on the left corner………… Always amazes me to see that size difference and that the little guys aren’t bothered by it!
Also amazing that they know the osprey isn’t a threat but other hawks are.
Love that first 🧹 shot
A bit of sunshine… promise of things to come…. had a touch of rain overnight. Light breeze to ruffle MsJ’s feathers.
Just keep tryin’…. just keep tryin’ …..
Don’t want to disappoint all those nosy people! Eggies, eggies, eggies! Don’t they have anything to do? You’d think they were stuck in their houses or something!
Yes…where are the eggs…there had to be a few successful mates…hope it is soon for MsJ…..I wonder if there will be a higher birth rate in 8-9 months…
Or a higher divorce rate!
Quarantine – the absolute real test of a relationship 😂
Dinnerfish! Fastest exchange ever!
MsJ does a short fish dance as George comes in…
Nice blue day!!!!! And a boat coming out of the inlet on left……. so nice to see some activity on the bay. Saw a sailboat and a few wakes ……
68 sunny degrees….. clouding over tonight; 30-60 % chance of showers overnight….. and partly sunny to sunny tomorrow…. mid 60s. May is looking up!
@13:13…. Incoming! George gets cheered in by MsJ
…….. As she takes the fish and turns to go, she spots a fly-over heading her way.
It flew low enough it showed briefly at the top of the lens. Madam wasn’t having it, and LEAPED for it, fish and all.!!!
After that, MsJ flew off to the left to hopefully have a peaceful meal.
George is fighting to get this stick to move but MsJ is standing on it. It rolled up to this position when she stepped on it and he’s not happy. He put in a good effort but eventually gave up.
And it rolled back down when she stepped off…..
Thanks for the pose! You ARE beautiful!
Yes she is…..
Working on the eggie situation…
G brings a present… dragging it right over J,,,,
MsJ tries supervising but headed to the perch, leaving George to rearrange the furniture on his own.
I like the reference MsJ …that covers new and old…
MsJ was up early..4:54…
George comes in to say how much he loves and respects her….
Fairly quiet at the nest. Both birds are in and out. George did some work on the nest.
Buttering her up before making his move !
MsJ looking very relaxed… heads up after this…
Fish snack arrives… and leaves…. and back!
Then MsJ plays the game… out..in..out..in…. getting dizzy!
MsJ seems quite comfortable lying on the nest cup.
Look at those skies! Nice to see blue skies and sunshine! Temp @61. There may be a possibility of a quick shower overnight, but the sun should be with us tomorrow…YAY!
Someone was not welcomed this morning
Very calm MsJ ducks from a face flap as George works on the nest.
And strenuous wiggling as George works on nest cup! He outdid himself…..
And he’s in a hurry to get those eggies!
Guess we’re back to business as usual for George….. now bring the lady a fish!
I even saw George peck at this one around 11:25 am.
This could be a disaster for chicks unless George has been mating with this Jane off the nest. If not it will be almost June before there are eggs. That’s quite late.
Just my opinion, the new Jane is prettier!
This looked like the male visitor from earlier….. landed on rim. fish in foot, fluttered wings and flew out…..
Minutes later, George brought grasses and got chummy…. no mating requests lately…
This is driving me cuckoo….. This bird, who was part of the whole 3 bird situation, looks more like original Jane to me….
And even different from early a.m. Jane…..
in nest early a.m.
I thought the same thing. I even went looking for the pictures you posted on the 25th, thank you for referencing them recently, and I wasn’t sure either. Maybe George has just decided to have a harem!
I even say George peck at her around 11:25 am.
A harem !! George is one salacious bird 🦅
I feel the same Carol.
Me too! I thought it odd for Jane to be in nest around !0PM last night..this morning early chest looked darker…maybe it was Jane who came back last night..well right now in nest at 3:08 it is new female…this is getting crazy…i dont care who lays egg first…but it would be nice to know for sure…
George took a moment to replace some lost bedding…
A bit of excitement!
A strange male landed in nest while Jane was there.
George delivers fish…. nice one
Janes does grab&go, while other bird takes off…
Other male attempts to return but George is on the job.
Jane comes back with most of her fish, to find George waiting, on guard.
George hangs around while Jane works on fish….. Nice when somebody has your back!
Love those photos
Good Morning, Jane2….. in nest all night.
George says a quiet hello. Another drizzly day…. hopefully tapering off in the next couple of hours.
HAPPY MAY DAY!
well it is 9:40PM and it sure looks like she is not herself…maybe tomorrow an egg will be there I hope
Here’s Jane2 ….. Looks like she’s staying on the nest again tonight. Would usually have perched by now….
There’s a line of storms heading our way… strong winds and heavy rains…. can only hope it breaks up, as often happens…
17:57…. George drops off some fish…….to go, of course.
Then takes the elevator up…
Waves just rolling in! Winds ESE @17mph……. 51-52 degs. overnight, with wind picking up later and rains close to midnight; possibly lasting into morning.
This looked more like a fish dance than a warning…..
…. but Jane2 wound up flying out… is George out there eating his fish head portion?
She was right back
Maybe this was an intruder??? Almost 1 hr. later and no din-din.
I made the mistake of eating my salad and totally missed this delivery…. No more eating during daylight I guess (:*}}
Large headless fish 10 mins. after Jane2’s dance. Yay!
Musing on names to go with George….
……………. Sticking with tv theme… George and Louise Jefferson…
……………………. Of course, George and Martha Washington…
……………………………and a little more obscure…. George Harrison-Beatle- married to Patti Boyd- wrote a song about her called “Layla…
But I think Tommy and Christina will be doing the honors, if they choose to rename Jane2
We haven’t heard yet, Carol. We’ll be sure to let everyone know as soon as we find out.
TY… Just playing… too much time on my brain…
Oh, I like Louise! That’s my middle name! I also loved The Jefferson’s.
To be determined…. stay tuned
going with Patt
Wind or no wind…. George gets it done!!!!!
OK… a little weak… can we call it sunshine? Jane2 relaxes…
2:00 pm battling the 💨
That icon looks….
I wasn’t gonna say but…… glad I’m not the only smut mind
Jeez ladies 😂
Not a lot happening….. rain lasted longer than predicted… at least on the OZ side of the Island….
And the wind picked up. ruffling feathers….
Looks like we’re getting a break from the rain. 48 now, going to 54 under cloudy skies. Rain returning tonight.
Jane2 was on the nest most of the night and on the egg cup the majority of that time… weather or getting in the eggie mood?
Think she went to perch between 11pm-ish and 1 am-ish.
Breakfish in the rain….. George in…. Jane2 out…
What is the reason why so many folks think it is not Jane from last year.????? You could have fooled me. Same necklace.
Yes, she is very similar. I wasn’t sure at first but did comparison, posted here 4/25. Also heard from Betsy and Rjoneal who have been great in the past with i.d.s. They both, as well as others, agree that this is not Jane2018/19.
The question has been passed on to the powers that be. Just waiting for a consensus.
I think it is her – looks the same in size and coloration – at lea\
st those are my observations
I’m on the fence too 🤔
Hello everyone..lets give this lady a name…let Tommy name her….
Olivia ? I’m a big George Harrison fan and thats his second wife’s name 😀
Jane2 checking the view
Look out below!
Could you scoot over, please?
More seaweed; a little nestoration and a good push…… and George is out…
we should give her a name….she deserves that..she may his mate for years to come..
So is the consensus that this is NOT Jane?
Is there going to be a naming poll?
Just wanted to know!
I am worried about watching George teach another “nubi”. I was really worried that he was gonna starve himself to death incubating Jane’s eggs!
Thank God Jane started doing what she needed to do after the one hatched.
Hopefully this year will be better. But the way things are going on all the nests I watch, I’m not to optimistic.
I’m still processing that our George has possibly moved onto a third female . He’s the aging lothario of the avian community !
Actually it is George’s 4th..there was one before Gracie…Stud muffin…
Ask Ranay about the 1st..I was not on site then…
Oh jeez I’m embarrassed that our beloved George is kind of a sleaze 😂
The couple is in the nest. George flew in; Jane2 dropped from the perch………………… George is doing the alarming…but no one has been in sight.
The weather is changing. $ of the next 5 days show the rain icon. Yippee….. it’s a chilly 51′
Thankfully, this didn’t get laid across the camera lens….Nice find, George
11:06….. After long, loud begging, George went fishing.
What a good one he brought home! And Jane got the WHOLE fish!
He watches her leave as she swoops to the left…
BTW: He left about 11:02 to go fishing…speedy!
Nice one, Jane!
Unfortunately, George is comfortable right where Jane wants to put her log…… so she harasses him till he leaves; then gets it positioned just right.
Jane goes ninja on an unseen intruder…..
Really not happy with that intruder!
There’s some green in the upper right of the nest , wonder if it has air purifying purposes !
Refreshes eau de fish… and adds a cheery pop of color….
Wonder what’s on his mind??……….. He stays in nest and Jane isn’t even yapping!
The bay was like glass……. Jane off on a run…
Heard from Rjoneal yesterday. Was a regular here when Gracie ruled.
She, too, says this is not the original Jane. I think it’s safe to say– we have a ringer………
Rjoneal said to say hello to all her friends and to keep safe and well…… she has the equivalent of a bird sanctuary in her yard, from the sounds of it! Lucky woman! Keeps her busy keeping track of their comings and goings.
I think we should call her April…..since she, as far as we know, arrived in April☔️😊
Hi Carol….I wanted to thank you for ur pics…I look at them everyday and see what was going on in nest…I have computer on my counter but miss a lot..
I may not post often but I do read them all……
TY… appreciate that. Wish more people would post.
Know that I too read the daily comings and goings, during these pandemic times I find it hard to muster up the energy to write anything ! I’m a health care worker and taking care of an elderly immune sensitive woman just drains me, this site provides a reprieve 😊
God Bless you Trinity..you are a Hero..Stay safe..my prayers and all the Osprey family send them to you and yours..
Thank you for your hard work…. keep safe and think good thoughts. We will get through this…
George dropped from perch; Jane went for a run.
George found the fishtail Jane had discarded earlier and enjoyed the snack.
Jane has been in and out, hanging on to the remnants of her fish.
George comes in with a nice, meaty piece of fish…. guess who needed it!
Jane nibbles on the fresher fish, while the tiny tail sits right in front of her…… George’s tail feathers are throwing shadows on the left.
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About 12:25… G&J both sitting in the nest. I didn’t see a fish.
About 20 mins. later, Jane shot like an arrow, straight in to the nest…. fish in foot. I tried to go over that 20 mins a couple of times and saw no delivery. Our Janie is a thief!
Someone was harassing her- the fish’s owner would be a guess- as she yelled defiantly.
George flew in to back her up.
They sat quietly, watching the sky. Jane wasn’t even doing the defense guarding…
THEN… George saw the fish……… “Well. if you’re not eating, do you want to give it to me for safekeeping?”
Jane apparently did not……….
Not sure when she came back but @13:51, Jane dropped from perch with leftovers for snacks.