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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
Dark as night….don’t even see the blinking light across the bay
Not that it’s the biggest deal…..why doesn’t it say George and Jane have returned?
Good morning lady of the nest
This bird flew back and forth many times…George?…..saw him splash down by the beach. Didn’t get 🎣.
Here comes breakfish!
George taking a turn…. guess he’s done fishing for today…….
……………68 now, dropping to 62. wind SE3mph….. skies clouding over.
Once again, George is upstairs and Jane has a chat… always one sided…… and George leaves…..
There feather! 😜
Jane started singing when she spotted George and got louder when he stopped on perch………
………she was more than ready for this nice fish @15:56!
Jane made a few comments and George took off. from the perch
Guess George didn’t take the hint….. hear him on perch……. Jane decides to take a break…
Some things don’t go as planned………
Sounded like Jane was saying…. as much as I appreciate the break, a little snack would be nice……… she headed to perch…
Cute!….really looks like she’s talking to George
Sadly oyster bay nest is not in a good area. If you look below the nest, it seems to be at the docks? Construction debris? Just not a safe or pretty area. Garbage and a balloon? In the nest. We might see an uptick in balloons due to drive bys for grads, birthdays, etc.
If I collected cigarette buts at the beach. I would need an extension on my house to display them! With the pandemic, I felt the beach’s had a chance to “breathe”
OZ is in a residential area and they have their share of trash and balloons. We are equal opportunity litterers.
Isabella—this nest is in a weird area. It is down a street with businesses all around. One side is the water and the other side is businesses. It is a dead end too. The difference on either side is more than night and day.. We visited the nest last Sunday. Hopefully the ospreys won’t have a lot of issues that will hurt them.
thats a shame there is a little one there-hope they get that debris out of there!
@08:31….. Breakfish! And a good size!
A very hungry Jane dances excitedly……… And off she goes…………George carefully cleans his beak
And Jane is back
A foggy Thursday at OZ.. The dawn shift change……
96% humidity to start the day, 62 now rising to 72. Clouds and almost no wind….. lining up a sticky, dreary day…..
😴…..Jane was so still. I thought the cam froze!…..pretty foggy night……4:12am….still there!
Good morning Jane!
For some reason, I always think “dino-bird” with this move… looks prehistoric….
Have I missed deliveries today? I only caught a small breakfish and that sad afternoon fish chunk……
…………..George goes and Jane watches carefully…..think Moby Dick, George!
Big seagull flew close…
@14:14…. George brought a tiny chuck of fish…. I searched back to see if it was a leftover, possibly, but I saw nothing…..
At first, Jane walked away….. she balanced herself on the horseshoecrab shell ; then, turned, getting her lovely crown, to stare back towards him… and he was eating that measly bit!
She came back and got what was left and took off…… I suppose that will count as her meal??????
I spotted a long feather in the nest, but I think George brought it in with this group of debris….. not one of OZ….
One of the locals sails by against a beautifully painted sky! Nice artwork, Mom Nature!
Where feather?! 😳
The sky is trying to clear…. hopefully, more sunshine coming our way. Temps to be about 70…
George just came in as Jane went. I wish that breeze would pick up enough to toss that plastic overboard!
False sunrise…. Moon appearing about an hour before the sun shows up
Breakfish @08:31…. small….but edible
You would think their eggs would be the same color. Like robin egg blue.
Human neighbors. Looks like kids. New neighbors?….don’t remember seeing humans out on beach as much in the past…..and there goes George?
I like the diversity…. makes it a little easier to tell which came first…
Are we talking about the eggs?….I think their eggs are beautiful!…..just wonder what makes them different…..eg. The fish they eat?…other birds seem to have the same color.like robins eggs are blue.
Another fish @19:40……… George came in and Jane looked at the fish; said no thanks and flew. George stashed the fish so he could sit on eggies.
………………… But she was back, shortly, and spotted where George had parked that fish. Guess she had second thoughts! Took off with it.
About 19:54, I saw a shadow flit by the perch, so she may have come back already.
They are doing their best to break a speed record! In and out….. but at least this time we got a glimpse of the fish…
Jane ate on the perch…. you could see the shadow. If you look closely at the bottom feather on George’s tail, you can see the v of the fishtail.
And she’s back in…
George dropping down…. and the plastic sort of away from the eggies…. where’s a stiff breeze when you need one!
One of the locals…. I like how he lines up with the horizon…
Coming in that back corner, it’s hard to tell what George brings….. and then, he stands in the way! Hmmmmmm…..
Anyway, we know Jane is fed… that’s all that’s important! Lunchfish @12:51
A touch of color….. OK… I’ll take a break….
You or Jane? 😜
WINNIE: Wildlife regulations prevent disturbance of a nest with eggs /chicks in it, Only when death is imminent, caused by a man-made object, does anyone intervene. In the highlights section (see top of page) there is a video- Rescue- showing the freeing of a chick in this nest. Very interesting.
Good morning, pest…. it made a double feint, in rapid succession…
Jane wound up with a foot through the plastic…. dragged it away from the eggs and looks like it will come off…
GM, Jane…. Hello, George………… another OZ day-in-waiting…….
A coolish day ahead…. high about 70 under partly cloudy skies; light breeze @5mph.N
Now I wish they would get the freekin’ plastic out of the nest cup….
Good sized….. Jane looks happy……….
George made the effort to move that plastic…..
Jane is back……….
Enough of a breeze to ruffle her skirt………
I called PSEG to get that plastic out of the nest in Patchogue & they said no the ospreys put it there-in Barnegut they took it off a baby!
Hoping they would if it causes harm . They came to the rescue for ospreyz 2015. Barnegat osprey are banded. Maybe they get more protection .
Thank you for your response about the possible whereabouts of Gracie. If that was the case that she attempted to reunite with George it seems to go against the practice of ospreys partnering for life…Poor Gracie .
I know…. we speculated about a delay in her getting here, etc. but we will never know. On the other hand, we had a fascinating view of nature in action as George and Jane grew together as a successful couple. Gracie had seemed like an experienced parent when Jane so obviously wasn’t.
And watching a few other osprey nests, even casually, shows that there is a variety of arrangements, as far as coupling, just as there is among humans. The “experts” aren’t the last word. That’s the fun of these cams, that we all learn together!
And I still miss Gracie. She was unique
Yes, like CarolV says…they seem to mate for life., but are committed to the nest and reproduction. If Gracie was late to the party. George had to attract another mate. Rachel at Hog Island didn’t return this season. There is a new “ chick “ in town. Iris in hellgate found out her mate was seeing another woman down river! ….Peyton place of the osprey world!
GETTING FANCY? Looks like a shingle…..
Didn’t know birds got shingles!
Related to chicken pox
Just when we thought the plastic was gone…………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………I swear that looks like the same piece!
He didn’t listen, Isabella…….
Like most men! 😜
And later, a long stick draped in plastic…….. sigh…….
@14:30…. George delivers.
……..Jane had been alarming just before he got there. He slipped in from the perch, making it difficult to see. He did show off the fish on the way…
Cool view of the fish!
Itty bitty gets a good feeding. Full crop!
Flying a kite. George probably wants it for the nest!
I just hope they don’t leave the string!
So glad hair salons are open!
Think I’ll take that pic with me…. want mine just like that!
Me too! Tres chic!!
For this, Jane gave up her spot willingly!
Scratch that itch, Janie……………………
……………………………………………The clouds are moving in…. taking the shine off the day… think it’s gonna come and go. 61 now, rising to 67. A nice cool day, winds from NE 11mph..
A 12 sec. exchange… so wonder I missed it!
GM, Jane….. George…
When Jane flew out, she took that piece of plastic with her…it fell just beyond the edge of the nest.
There have been some shift changes already. I think George was angling for another with a gift, but Jane held her ground.
Thought that hsc shell was going somewhere, but was just repositioning.
New guard rail…. George got the nest for that…
Hopefully George won’t retrieve it!
George came back to trade for nest……… as far as I can see, he’s still there after 9:30. I’m sure Jane must be upstairs.
Dinnerfish @19:10………… George comes in on that bottom corner… hard to see but looked like a nice portion..
Video stream is very choppy, with the audio not in sync……..
Jane in….. George waves good-night.
67 dropping to 54 under mostly clear skies…
Can’t end the day without another visit……fairly calm…
It has been a few years since I viewed the nest.It is wonderful to see that George has returned.I see that Gracie has not. Jane seems to be his new partner .Dies anyone have any info on this change of partnering ? Thank you
That is does..oops typo
In 2018, camera was late in streaming. When it came on, Jane was in place. There were fights for control with another female….. photos appeared to show that it was Gracie. But that was the opinion of some of us…..
In any case, Jane was now the queen.
This season, we had another attempt at a take over. A similar looking female was in place for a time, but Jane kept up her attempts and regained her position….
Drama central among George’s women! Starting a TV show…. The Wives of Ospreyzone George
BTW…. Jane was obviously a first time mother. Led to some interesting moments! It was heart-warming watching George teach her everything she needed to know. In fact, the one chick to hatch, ,Squirmy, hatched under George!
Afternoon fish @16:28………… George comes in the backway with a decent sized headless fish….
Sailboat watching….. 70 degs. with a light wind…
Twinkle toes pest stopped by……
Video was jerky and Jane got caught mid something……
Little Buddy will be sitting on George’s tail next!
This is the craziness that was happening this morning….. Starts with Jane challenging and assorted attempts to fly-over,
Someone has a fish, but it’s not George, because he stops in several times….. and brings a fish later.
Tried to keep things in order, but I made the mistake of going back to particular incidents and lost my timeline…….. Jane needed her break when she got it!
There was some craziness which I now have so many pics for, I am trying to condense to post.
The important issue is BREAKFISH @08:40.
As Jane left, the fish caught on that horseshoe crab shell, flipping it closer to the eggcup. George shifted it around…
Then Jane came back to it….. she wore it briefly as a breastplate (suitable to her Warrior Princess status)… then it became annoying
George brings a branch, which he tries to find the perfect spot for,,,
That annoying plastic is flapping into the nest today….. guess I’ll think of it as a windsock….
Little buddy sparrow is on the rim in his favorite spot..(upper right)
My daily eye exam…..I see the sparrow!
Good, Isabella! Better than paying the optometrist !
Good night 💤
@19:58….. Just as Jane was getting anxious….. George appears with a big one. And he had his share tonight! Jane does her greeting dance….
……………………………………… and makes her get away…
Pretty pastel sunset……………..
……………. 66 now, dropping to 55 under clear skies….. looks like another great day tomorrow… we’ll take it!
Beautiful sky. Wish the whole summer was like this!
George brings snack fish @15:34……. he must have had a stalker, because he and Jane carefully watch the sky…. waiting for a clear get away!
George is getting some challenging done while Jane waits…. he leaves shortly and Mama settled in
A glorious day! Still cool in the low 70s, with a gentle breeze….. and looking to forecast, there’s a string of them ahead of us…. slightly warmer. At least, that’s the word for now.
Just gonna enjoy that view!
Little Spunky visiting in that left corner….. the flapping black plastic whip is temporarily caught! I just want to reach in with a scissor when that piece starts flailing around! Too much social isolation??????
The gift looks a little thin…… a push and a shove secure his place
Jane and her fashionable look……. she looks good in everything!
Good Saturday morning to everyone. I just took a drive to Oyster Bay and found the PSEG osprey nest after driving around and then asking someone where it was. Mom and Dad were on the nest feeding the chicks. The funny thing about the nest— the camera gives you a beautiful view of the sound the way Oz does, but behind the camera is an industrial area. I don’t know if it gets busy during the week on the street. Glad that I was able to find it. Next drive to find the one in Patchogue.
nfc, the Patchogue nest is on Main St, across the street from the south side of the Blue Point Brewing Company building.
Blue Point Brewing! A good local company, involved in the community. I know they have been delivering lunches to King Kullen grocery stores around them… probably other essential workers.. No beer involved
Thanks Mary Anne— finding the nest in Oyster Bay was an adventure and my husband grew up there. Your info will make it easy to find. From the pictures on PSEG website I figured it might be near the brewing company. Being grounded this spring we have made many little trips looking for new places on Long Island on our weekly trips.
I think the birds get used to the bustle…. look at that nest in the baseball field…. where they had fairs occasionally…. and I’m sure that’s just one. I’m sure someone knows the name of that nest…. right now, there’s a big echoing chamber in my brain. I’d like to blame covid complex………. but, no.
Sand Point Ospreycam…. and camera has been off… I feel better now
Carol— thanks for that laugh!!!!!It is amazing what you can find out in nature.. The animals have to adapt to their surroundings. I just found it funny that it looks so peaceful in Oyster Bay and then you see the commercial businesses right there.
At work, we had a nest at a parking lot. It was pretty high, but it used to amaze me how many people didn’t even know it was there!
A parking lot in the next town over had a nest in the lot lights, maybe 25 ft. up…. that one was removed over winter by the lot owners, light pole and all, and never replaced. It just had amazed me that the birds had chosen to build one there at all!
Just goes to show, we can all get along as long as we don’t give each other a reason to fear….. if only we humans would heed that lesson! putting soap box away………..
I can walk to the Patchogue nest….ok….a few years ago …now I would drive…on your way you can stop at the arboretum. There is a nest on the chimney on the mansion. Another on top a tree on the grounds. No cams. Bayard cutting arboretum
Thanks Isabella. I love to find new nests.
George buys eggie time with a big clump of seaweed…. Jane to perch…
Hey Carol – you’re such a close follower of George & Jane – I was wondering when we might expect the eggs to hatch. I know incubation takes about 37 days, but I don’t recall the dates the eggs were laid. Can you tell me?
Bobbie, here are the the dates: first egg laid on 5/24, and the second egg was laid on 5/29. Very end of June-or beginning of July, hopefully we will have a hatch!
GM, Jane….. Morning George!
Breakfish @ 07:12….. Good size and George had his share…
Cool beautiful night…good night Oz!
Good night Jane 💤
@19:24…. DINNERFISH! Huge and whole! Just hope Jane brings back leftovers for George!
Jane drops from perch after George exits……. don’t see any leftovers….
Clear skies overnight as temps drop to 57 …. good sleeping!………….. HAGN!
Jane was quietly cheep-cheeping and I thought she was looking for a fish….. But maybe she just needed to get to the bathroom!
Has anyone seen Jane?……………………………….
Just kidding…. she’s been upstairs, a lady of leisure, since a little before 4….
She must have felt us talking about her! Minutes after I posted, Jane was down, George was out and then he was shadowing her…..
@14:16…. FISH!!!! Jane couldn’t get it fast enough! She was a little hung up in those branches to the right but she got off safely.
BTW: LOOK at that SKY!
I love George’s expression in that last pic….
George pondering the honey do list
Too hot day turned into a perfect evening
Nice one, George…… looks damp and cool….
These sparrows are having a party today!
Jane is feeling the heat…. 75 now, heading close to 80, with 75% humidity. Clouds are supposed to burn off in a couple of hours.
Looks like this is turning in to the sparrowzone! Sorry about that! I’m just waiting for a fish delivery and these little guys are all over!
Now these are sparrows I can see!
LOL! I ordered them special!
Jane is out…. George flies a circle from the perch….. a fish would be nice…………………………
will have to double check to see if I missed one.
The sparrows are really on the move! Guess the kids are out to play……. I wonder if it’s the same one that keeps popping up and hanging around the rim?
A little family outing… there were 3 sparrows but they are so fast!………………… Jane was yapping. George may be in view?
GM, OZ! A foggy morning! Shift change….
Jane comes back….. right after George left, I thought he had turned to go to perch, but Jane said- no! Scram…
GN, Jane…………… looks like the potential for another shower has dissipated… now just looking at overcast skies thru morning. 67 now, dropping to 63.
I so enjoy watching, thank you so much
Also, just reporting, not complaining, the bottom
Red scroll bar is not functioning for us.
Nice to know not just me! Hasn’t worked for me since the beginning. Worked last year.
I work on my computer and it works fine…. sorry to hear that.
MRge, I think that’s a problem on your end, do you watch from Firefox or Google chrome?
@19:52……..Good old George with a good dinnerfish………….. Jane was more than ready! And so was George…………
Jane is back….. George tries ignoring her but she started fiddling with HIS décor.
in a magical poof….. the stream is a bit jumpy and he just disappeared! Off he goes…… and Jane settles.
The Osprey Wave! Gorgeous……
Jane quietly called for George, before getting up and shaking it off! Raindrops fell on more than her head!
She shook it off and flew out, with George coming right in………………
ADMIN….. video is off by about 15 mins. May be the weather? Was showing the dastardly white spiral off and on….
Carol, thanks, I see that. I’ll keep an eye on it for a bit before calling for help.