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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

    44,312 Comments

    1. Isabella June 27, 2020 at 12:04 am - Reply

      nfc….don’t know if you tried arboretum again. If not here’s “ directions “ to the tree nest. After parking…go down this path.

      • Isabella June 27, 2020 at 12:07 am - Reply

        Path and the tree way in the back.

        • Isabella June 27, 2020 at 12:10 am - Reply

          Make a left at this sign

          • Isabella June 27, 2020 at 12:14 am - Reply

            Walk a bit….you have arrived at your destination!……went today at 4:30, not many people.

      • nfc June 27, 2020 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        Isabella— thanks so much for the extensive directions and pictures. I will be going some day soon. Thanks!!!!!

    2. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      George alarmed and took off….. Jane was in a few minutes later.

      Everyone, HAGN!!!!!

    3. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Was looking for an old pic and just started laughing…….. this was last year….. before it got bad!!!!!!!

      • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 7:40 pm - Reply

        I have line after line like this….. really need to clean my pics!

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm - Reply

        Ahh…the coconut 🥥!

    4. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Isabella…. This is the song that was in my head about the mockingbird. It must have been some old movie with little whistles between each line. And the words were more cheerful….

      • Isabella June 27, 2020 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        Wow, this song covered a lot of ground!

    5. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      We have fish @15:48……. George brings a good sized headless fish….
      Jane leaves gracefully, showing off her fish…..

      • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 4:34 pm - Reply

        George hooks himself in…..

    6. Isabella June 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Such a pretty day at ospreyz……clouds look like they are “painted” on……..although I am looking forward to the 🐣🐣s….enjoying Jane and George!

    7. kathryn kovacs June 26, 2020 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      6/26/20 June 27 is one of the days for the first hatching of the egg that was laid first. This 50 days for it to be ok from when it is laid. We will see what happens.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        Kathryn, I have never seen an osprey egg hatch past 42 or 43 days in 15 years of watching nests. It would be a miracle if one hatched at 50 days. It just doesn’t happen.

      • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        First egg was laid 6/24 @1:44pm…….

        • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 4:39 pm - Reply

          Duh… pardon my wayward finger…. egg was laid 5/24………
          nothing like confusing people….

    8. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Who knew watching traffic could be a family spectator sport????

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        Beep beep!

    9. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Time to switch….. Jane peeps at him the entire time, even while she chews a stick…… George, are you receiving a message???

    10. Isabella June 26, 2020 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Wynken, blynken &nod checking out what mom’s looking at…..area below looks a tad cleaner….maybe because they’re on camera….heron downstairs

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        Under my mombrella ☂️🎼

    11. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 11:51 am - Reply

      We really need some rain out here! Several possibilities on the forecast over the next week…. hope they don’t all run out to sea! Can’t believe this is 4th of July weekend already!
      Clouding over by me right now but big old sun on the weather map. Common rain! We’ll take a sprinkle!

      Pretty skies at OZ!

      • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Pshew! Just realized I’m a week ahead of myself and next weekend is the 4th! Didn’t have a lost week! Going fast enough!

    12. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 11:00 am - Reply

      I thought this was a fish coming in and it sounded like Jane was hoping….

      Jane had some things to say to George before she headed to perch.
      George fluffed the eggies and settled.

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 12:16 pm - Reply

        Doesn’t look like George is listening! Lol

        • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 5:07 pm - Reply

          I think the male deafness gene crosses all species……

    13. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 9:55 am - Reply

      I thought, when Jane laid that first egg, with the big brown spot on one end, it would be sooooooo easy to distinguish it from any others.
      But….. no…… Ms. Smartypants painted the other to match….
      I know the truly observant can probably tell them apart but…. not one of my talents.

      Just sitting back and waiting and no jumping to judgment

      • Admin Mary Anne June 26, 2020 at 10:24 am - Reply

        Ms. Smartypants, love it! In some of the nests it’s easier to tell them apart, especially when they have cam ops who are able to zoom in close. I’m with you, just patiently waiting.

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 12:19 pm - Reply

        I also thought that one egg had the brown end!

    14. Paula June 26, 2020 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Good Morning All,
      Can someone tell me the guesstimate for the first hatch? It should be soon I think. Can’t wait to see how Jane has matured into motherhood!
      Of course George has always been Super Dad!
      Really hoping for this nest to be successful because most of the other one’s I watch have had serious challenges this year.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 26, 2020 at 9:53 am - Reply

        First hatch in just a few days, Paula, hopefully. July 1st possibly. That will be day 38.

        • June c June 27, 2020 at 8:37 am - Reply

          I have some doubts on the 1st. egg….she didn’t cover it much…for sure on 2nd….hoping for a earlier hatch on 2nd..July 4 (36 day) if I counted correctly…but who knows anything is possible in this nest…

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula…..curious what other nest you watch…..ospreyz is the only one I’m watching….but I peek in on Patchogue, oyster bay, hog island, Charlo, once in a blue….hellgate, and San Francisco.

        • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 2:57 pm - Reply

          Forgot barnegat

          • Admin Mary Anne June 26, 2020 at 3:21 pm - Reply

            Isabella, have you watched the Marders Osprey cam? It’s on Long Island, Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton. 3 beautiful chicks in the nest. There is also a Marders eagles nest cam, not terribly far from there, at the Acabonac Harbor. But ospreys laid eggs there. The eggs are gone, I don’t know what happened to them.

            • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 11:40 pm

              Mary Anne…I will check it out. Thanks!….also didn’t know there was another eagles nest on Long Island, besides Centerport.

            • Admin Mary Anne June 27, 2020 at 8:42 am

              Isabella, the eagle population is increasing here. I saw an immature bald eagle at a lake in Yaphank last fall. There is a resident bald eagle near Lake Ronkonkoma. There is a nest at the Wertheim Perserve in Shirley, that pair have been raising chicks for years. They are in Riverhead and the Hamptons. One known nest on Gardiners Island and one on Shelter Island. As of last year, there were 11 known bald eagle nests on Long Island, I don’t know about this year. I am sure there are other nests that no one knows about. There is a new pair in Sayville this year that I read about.

            • Isabella June 27, 2020 at 12:44 pm

              Never knew there were so many eagles nest on the Island. One would think Centerport was the only one seeing a crowd taking pics with their ginormous zoom lens. Since they go after fish and chicks of osprey….have mixed feelings.

        • Paula June 26, 2020 at 4:42 pm - Reply

          Hi Isabella,
          The only other one I watch that isn’t on your list is the Boulder fairgrounds nest. The one that had the 3 eggs get frozen in the snowstorm and then she laid 2 more eggs. They both hatched but the 1st chick died unexpectedly and now the 2nd one has a problem with one of it’s legs. It is getting better but still nerve racking.
          Sorry it took so long to answer. Been busy today.

          • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 11:49 pm - Reply

            Hi Paula,
            Looking like I forgot another one. Only checked on them a couple times….second time saw the chick limping. I wonder if mom or dad stepped on her. Hope she recovers! I think last year this nest was hit by lightning and knocked out the cam.

        • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm - Reply

          I check this on… posted some last year. This is a gorgeous dark female. I’m not 100% sure it’s the same male or if he just matured. Seems more responsible, if you can say that. Anyhow, she was a new mother last year. They raised 1 chick , late fledge. Looked a lot like mom.
          There are 2 eggs in the nest, just not sure when they were laid.

          Google Newfoundland Power company ospreycam…

          • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 5:09 pm - Reply

            This is the male…. and their 2 pretty eggs

          • Admin Mary Anne June 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm - Reply

            Carol, there were three eggs at that Newfoundland nest, laid on 5/19, 5/23 and 5/27. I think one broke and disappeared, not sure though. So they expect a hatch soon also. Same couple as last year.

          • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 11:51 pm - Reply

            Didn’t look at this nest this year. Also posted pics last year. Darkest osprey I have seen!

    15. CarolV June 26, 2020 at 6:23 am - Reply

      GM, Jane

      Still waiting for George…..

      • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 6:34 am - Reply

        George got straight to business this a.m. Breakfish @06:21…..

    16. Isabella June 26, 2020 at 6:00 am - Reply

      Good morning Jane!…..someone kayaking on the peaceful, beautiful bay!

      • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 6:23 am - Reply

        After bringing breakfish….George does egg duty

        • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 6:24 am - Reply

          And here are the pics

          • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 6:28 am - Reply

            George watches the kayaker/ paddle boarder?….return

            • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 6:33 am

              Sibling huddle puddle…..so precious!

            • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 10:44 am

              The 2 PSEG nests are well fed! Mom at Oyster Bay seems like she is constantly popping fish into someone’s mouth!

            • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 10:45 am

              And yes, Isabella, I “heard” the mockingbird…

    17. CarolV June 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish @18:02……
      …………………………….. A decent sized piece which should fill Jane.

      • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        George settles in……

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm - Reply

          G starts alarming and then takes off…….

          • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 7:13 pm - Reply

            Jane is home……

            • CarolV June 26, 2020 at 9:31 am

              You’re such a cutie!

    18. Trinity June 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      I’m liking the simple rustic design of the nest so far 😀

    19. CarolV June 25, 2020 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      Pesky swung by…
      The camera was in and out of focus so most if my shots were bad… some looked a little impressionist….I heard Jane’s wing hit but I don’t think that did it…

    20. Marlene J June 25, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Hi, I check in periodically. Can someone please tell me what is in the bottom left hand corner of the next???? Is it part of a horseshoe crab shell???? Thanks!

      • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm - Reply

        Hi Marlene, yes, you are correct, that’s exactly what it is!

      • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        Jane’s treasure…. it’s been all over the nest…..

    21. Marie June 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      The egg on the left, at 14:28.

    22. Marie June 25, 2020 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      I think a chick is hatching!!

      • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        Marie, it’s doubtful as we are only at day 32 for the first egg.

        • Mary Drotar June 26, 2020 at 2:08 pm - Reply

          How long does an osprey egg take to hatch? It seems like it should be time at least for a pip. I follow all my eagles nests until they have fledged, then I move on to my osprey nest (this one) and also follow my darling puffins and their puffling until they fledge. Yes, it seems I have a lot of time on my hands. haha

          • Admin Mary Anne June 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm - Reply

            Hi Mary, it’s different for each egg/chick. I have seen eggs go from pip to hatch in a couple of hours and have also seen them go a bit more than 24 hrs. Some can be longer. Sometimes it’s hardly a pip, you aren’t even sure, and then suddenly the whole egg cracks and splits open. I have never watched puffins, I will have to check them out!

    23. Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Bay watch!……Still amazes me the difference amongst the nest. Oyster bay so big and fluffy already…..ours have yet to hatch. Mary Anne, are the oyster bay and Patchogue chicks about the same age?

      • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Fresh fish….guess they don’t want the leftovers by mom’s tail…..itty bitty is catching up!

      • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        Isabella, yes, I think the Oyster Bay chicks are just a bit older.

    24. CarolV June 25, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

      If you can, watch PSEG/Patchogue @9:06am. Mom brings in a big stick. She’s on a mission to fortify baby-rails, I guess. Not the first big stick this morning….

      • winnie June 25, 2020 at 11:15 am - Reply

        this really bothers me-there is a balloon in the Oyster Bay nest. I know you had mentioned only if babies are at risk-but people dont realize the impact on wildlife-its worrisome!

        • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 1:46 pm - Reply

          Winnie, I reported it and they are looking into it. They really need to get that balloon out of there! It’s not just a danger to the chicks, the ribbon can get tangled in either of the parents’ talons or wrapped around their legs. So dangerous! Update-They got back to me. PSEG is NOT going to do anything about that balloon. They say it is not a threat to the osprey! Incredible. They also said even if something is wrong, they are not allowed to interfere.

          • winnie June 25, 2020 at 2:18 pm - Reply

            Thank you so much for that-we tried-Prayers they will be OK

            • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 2:29 pm

              I asked them if they cannot interfere even if a chick was wrapped up in it and they said they cannot. That’s not true as PSEG has used their bucket trucks to help chicks in distress. In fact they assisted the OZ chick that was tangled in 2015, I think it was. The balloon in the Oyster Bay nest is bad enough, but that ribbon that is attached to it really worries me.

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 2:38 pm - Reply

          A car parade was held for our graduating Seniors the other evening. They were lined up along our bridge to the ocean beaches and we all drove by. I knew some people who remembered NOT to use balloons. Others went wacko and decked out their vehicles. I could see escaping balloons and just wanted to scream……..
          But is that so surprising? People protest “inconvenient” regulations when they are meant to protect other humans; why would we expect them to care about animals. ????
          Just one more reason on my ” Why I don’t like people” list”” getting off my soap box…..

          • winnie June 25, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

            Imagine!! I know what you mean about people!quick story-my son & I were driving down Bennetts Rd in E.Setauket 2 weeks ago A baby deer was in the road going in circles We pulled over put a blanket over it got it to the side of the road. While we were in the middle of the road people drove around us. Imagine!! Happy Ending-we called STAR foundation-baby is blind-has cataracts & they are taking good care of him-he’s a few weeks old.

            • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 4:21 pm

              Hi Winnie, Bennetts Rd behind the golf course near Sheep Pasture Rd? That’s wonderful you stopped to help that poor fawn! I wonder if those cataracts can be removed. You saved his life!

            • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 4:54 pm

              OOOhhhhhhhhhh…… GOOD for you! And, yes, people always have other places to be…. sad….
              Are they naming the baby after you?

            • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm

              Awww, what a nice idea, Winnie would be a lovely name for that fawn!

            • Trinity June 25, 2020 at 5:29 pm

              Thank you for being a caring human and taking the time to help local wildlife 😊

            • ChrisH June 26, 2020 at 10:50 am

              What a beautiful thing you and your son did!! I agree — they should name the baby Winnie! Thanks for pointing out the STAR Foundation, I never heard of them before. I see on FB the awesome work they do. I will definitely become a regular donor.

            • June c June 27, 2020 at 8:46 am

              Hi Winnie…what a wonderful thing you did…God bless you…they should name the deer after you…I believe that all who are on this site would have done the same…caring people…

          • winnie June 26, 2020 at 9:24 am - Reply

            this is for Mary Anne-Yes they said cataracts can be removed Drs are looking at him Since they operate on donations they said its costly. People have been donating hopefully enough to help him-STAR has a facebook page. They do unbelievable work for all critters.

      • nfc June 25, 2020 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Wow Carol. Thanks for pinpointing the time of the stick arrival. Those poor chicks were in danger. Glad they moved away. The parents do have to fortify the nests from little one who are curious. I am glad the street isn’t too busy now according to Isabella. It is a main street though so I could see it being busy. The animals have to adapt to their surroundings. Mary Anne— I liked your story about Patchogue too. We saw an osprey at the marina last week in Patchogue carrying a stick and heard them in the area. I answered all three of you in one comment!!!! Looking forward to hatches soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

          If you can get back to 8am…. Mom brought this in….. thankfully, much less drama… except I kept waiting for it to go overboard.
          No lives were in jeopardy with the placement of this log {;^))

      • ChrisH June 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        OK, that was funny and nerve-racking at the same time! She did a good job of finally getting it into place.

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 2:19 pm - Reply

          I agree with you! I was holding my breath but laughed when it was over! At least little guy ducked but gigantor said… work around me! Good thing they have nerf bodies but I worry about those big heads!

      • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 1:06 pm - Reply

        CarolV….my rewind doesn’t work….can you please post a pic. 🙂

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 2:27 pm - Reply

          I wish you could see the whole thing… went on for several minutes….Pics don’t do it justice…… so here’s a couple

          • Isabella June 26, 2020 at 2:00 am - Reply

            Thank you CarolV…..guess she’s nervous they will fall out and hit the pavement!

    25. CarolV June 25, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Good morning, George and Jane!

      • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 8:38 am - Reply

        Breakfish @06:56……. And it’s a good one!

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 8:53 am - Reply

          And Jane is back…..nice entry!

    26. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      GN, George……… Sleep tight, Jane. See ya , bright and early!

    27. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish @18:09…… Hungry Jane greets him and takes the decent sized 1/2 fish for a ride….

    28. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Jane coming in…. George was here about 1 1/2 hrs. Sounded like he was calling, not alarming………………………….. hopefully, gone fishing

      • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:02 am - Reply

        I have to say when I’m at the arboretum I hear the alarm call…..look around and as far as I can see, nothing. Think maybe they use this call also to “speak “to each other

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 8:43 am - Reply

          I know George is more vocal when he’s on the nest than Jane is. Jane saves her voice for her one-sided conversations with George!

          • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:27 pm - Reply

            😜….she’s “talking “ to the “wall”!

    29. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Admin Mary Anne…. took your advice and watched PSEG/Pat …… It was interesting! I guess it’s one thing to be in your home and fighting off an intruder and another to come home and find one there already! I guess we don’t know any history on these birds, whether they were a couple from a displaced nest or first time nesters. There’s always some new behavior to learn!
      I did feel sorry for the stranger; she looked thin.
      TY for the tip! BTW…. kids couldn’t have cared less!

      • Admin Mary Anne June 24, 2020 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        Hi Carol, most likely they are first time parents. For sure the female is. She didn’t know how to feed the oldest chick after it hatched, took her almost a full day to figure it out. Remember how Jane acted the first time she saw the chick in 2018? She had George to feed the chick until she figured things out. The Patchogue male had no clue how to feed, so it was wonderful indeed when the female finally figured out she has to bring the fish to the chick and actually put the bits in the chick’s beak. What a relief!

        • CarolV June 24, 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

          She’s doing great now…. I’m glad the older chick seems less aggressive. That little one is a pistol!
          Are we taking odds on whether our first egg will hatch? I’m on the fence as to whether I want them both…. maybe the spotty incubation those first few nights will delay it enough to put the hatches closer together……. hearing the tick-tock tick-tock…….

          • Admin Mary Anne June 24, 2020 at 6:37 pm - Reply

            I’ll tell you, I was quite surprised when the second Patchogue egg hatched 6 days after the first one did. I have no idea if both of these OZ eggs will hatch, but I won’t be surprised if they do. I wouldn’t mind if there was only one chick. We shall see soon enough!

        • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:37 am - Reply

          If she’s a first time mom…she is doing great!….chicks are well fed …have yet to see any aggression from older chick…..busy area….due to pandemic maybe quieter. Usually crawling with young people.

          • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 7:43 am - Reply

            I have seen the older one bonk the youngest twice, but that was not in the last week. About 8 years ago, my husband and I were waiting in line outside a small, popular luncheonette in Patchogue. The line was long and as we stood there, I heard ospreys, looked up and there were two circling high over our heads. Anytime we go to Patchogue, my eyes are peeled for ospreys!

            • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:40 pm

              I live just west of the nest. Two blocks from the bay. Almost daily see an osprey fly over my house. Many times has a fish or stick. When I found out about the Patchogue nest. Wondered if it was the male from that nest…….funny thing ,before I realized osprey were flying around…..and from viewing so much ospreyz….I thought, do I just hear osprey now!! Lol

            • Admin Mary Anne June 25, 2020 at 1:19 pm

              How wonderful that you live so close to the nest! You must hear quite a bit of skydancing when all the ospreys return in the spring!

    30. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      No one told Mom Nature there was a 0% chance of rain as was forecast for us on the southside of LI. We’ve had passing sprinkles, and the everchanging clouds showing across the bay from OZ show the possibilities. I haven’t seen any at OZ. Could probably use it.

      • CarolV June 24, 2020 at 12:31 pm - Reply

        Think Jane may have had a quick dip….. George just left and he and the nest look fine. Gotta help with the buggies.

      • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:18 am - Reply

        No rain on the south side where I am….also could have used it!

        • CarolV June 25, 2020 at 8:45 am - Reply

          Sorry, Isabella, we didn’t get enough to share….

    31. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Morning, Jane………. wonky feather alert!
      Morning, George… lookin’ good…

      Jane sends George off to the fish store

      • CarolV June 24, 2020 at 8:08 am - Reply

        And he’s back from the market @07:26 with a nice fish…… he lands it on Jane’s hsc shell, for which he got a maybe-not-so-accidental toe nip!

        • CarolV June 24, 2020 at 8:21 am - Reply

          Jane goes and George watches …..

          • CarolV June 24, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

            George levitates to the perch and Jane returns….

    32. CarolV June 24, 2020 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Happy to say, it looks like the chick @PSEG/Oyster Bay is free from the “ribbon” around its leg. I still see the ribbon. Looked like they were moving freely and being well fed.

      • CarolV June 24, 2020 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        The PSEG/Patchogue nest…2 chicks, 6 days apart…. healthy, well fed and offering hope for our eggies which are spaced. The younger one reminds me of Rocky… also 3rd chick at this nest in 2016. It is spunky, intelligent and puts itself forward . The older chick seems satisfied, as everyone is well fed. Waiting to see …….

        • Admin Mary Anne June 24, 2020 at 1:24 pm - Reply

          Carol, scroll back to 10:09 at the Patchogue nest. Male lands with fish, then an intruder..then the female. Quite interesting to be sure.

    33. Isabella June 23, 2020 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Again Jane was so still thought the cam froze…..Jane the humidity does the same thing to my “ feathers “……my dad calls it stupidity……downstairs neighbors a lot more active this season….wonder what Jane and George think about it.

    34. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish! @20:14…… 3rd fish today!
      This is a good sized fish, headless of course. George came in over the camera, making screenshots a little more difficult….
      We start with Jane’s feather-do….. and her cute face focused on dinner…..

    35. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      One of the chicks at PSEG/Oyster Bay has what looks like a ribbon around one leg. I imagine/hope they have people monitoring the situation.. It might be loose enough to wiggle off.

    36. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      @17:06…… We have fish! Medium sized but adequate. Jane acted very hungry. George had been on the perch earlier and she had a loud conversation at him….

      • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

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        • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm - Reply

          Jane is on perch…. her shadow shows along left side of nest…

      • Isabella June 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm - Reply

        Hopefully he will step it up when chicks hatch……I’m sure he will

    37. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

      George was alarming and took off like a shot as soon as Jane hit the perch…..

      • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 10:29 am - Reply

        I guess she was planning on George staying longer because she still had fish when she dropped down……. she was looking between the fish and the eggies…. decisions, decisions…

        • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 10:36 am - Reply

          Practical…. eat fish in a hurry! She did well til she tried to swallow the tailfin…. it kept getting hung up in the corners of her beak! She worked on it for about 2 mins. before she finally spit it out. But waste not, want not. Picked it up and finished it off before settling on those eggies.

          • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:21 am - Reply

            Always uncomfortable to watch them try to swallow that tail fin!

    38. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Breakfish @ 08:50…… George shows with a big headless fish…. Jane sang and danced nicely and showed us her fish before taking off…..

      • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 9:32 am - Reply

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      • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

        George was photo bombed by a mockingbird….. probably passed through its territory and got chased…

        • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:23 am - Reply

          Maybe George hadn’t “ heard”!

          • Isabella June 25, 2020 at 12:45 pm - Reply

            Carly Simon song….mockingbird…..come on CarolV…..thought you would pick up on it!🙂

    39. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Not sure what this was about. Haven’t seen mating behavior for weeks…… George did a tap dance on Jane’s back but no attempt at mating…. Jane looked a little confused….

      • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:44 am - Reply

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        • Isabella June 23, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

          Just saw this behavior at another nest….no nookie….most likely bonding…..or boredom.🙂

    40. Isabella June 23, 2020 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Amazing difference nest to nest…..while we wait for ours to hatch 🐣🐣…..itty bitty and sib already hanging out with mom on the edge of nest.

      • Isabella June 23, 2020 at 8:42 am - Reply

        First glance, thought this was mom and dad. It’s the chicks starting to helicopter!

    41. CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Tuesday 623…. getting closer to egg watch….

      George was in but didn’t stay.. Jane took a short break but was back

      • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:35 am - Reply

        The fog came in so quickly!

        • CarolV June 23, 2020 at 8:38 am - Reply

          And George added to the plastic collection…… Jane was hoping for fish…

    42. CarolV June 22, 2020 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      So I went back to see if I missed a fish delivery…. found some other pics but no fish since brunchfish….. did anyone see one? Did George fulfill his 2per day limit and quit early?

      It was fun to see Jane giving George the bum’s rush, for a change…..

      • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        Jane and her hsc shell… she gave it a pretty good toss!

        • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          “one of these things is not like the others……..” 2016 crept in there….

        • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 9:20 pm - Reply

          Not sure what this is… maybe a piece of wood…. was very choosy about where it went….

    43. CarolV June 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Studmuffin posing for the centerfold……

      • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 8:24 pm - Reply

        I guess someone was hoping for fish………………..

    44. CarolV June 22, 2020 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Sorry… this was too cute not to share! This kid had its own cabana!

      • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 2:57 pm - Reply

        I know not to make a habit of posting other sites….. couldn’t resist this cutie…… Pretty soon, hopefully, we’ll have our own

      • ChrisH June 23, 2020 at 10:00 am - Reply

        That is too cute!!

      • Isabella June 23, 2020 at 1:07 pm - Reply

        Super cute!!……I think Mary Anne will let us know not to post something……usually fine til 🐣🐣

        • Admin Mary Anne June 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm - Reply

          Isabella, yes, I was going to address this soon. Let’s stick to posting pics of the OZ nest only starting at the end of the week, Sun the 28th. No much going on now, but hopefully soon we will see a pip!

    45. CarolV June 22, 2020 at 10:53 am - Reply

      YAY! Fish #2 Brunchfish! I’m sure Jane needs some moisture! Decent size.

    46. CarolV June 22, 2020 at 7:12 am - Reply

      GM, Jane……

      • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 7:14 am - Reply

        Morning tai chi

        • CarolV June 22, 2020 at 7:17 am - Reply

          And breakfish @06:20……… a decent sized 1/2 fish…. George is happy to turnover the fish and get to the eggies…..

    47. Isabella June 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Paradise in Charlo ……🐥🐥

      • Isabella June 21, 2020 at 11:06 pm - Reply

        Barnegat NJ

        • Isabella June 23, 2020 at 1:02 pm - Reply

          Info

    48. Isabella June 21, 2020 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Amazing these chicks don’t have to be under momma anymore!……good night Oz!

    49. CarolV June 21, 2020 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish@18:30…..
      She watches him coming…………..Jane is happy to see a good sized headless fish….. see ya!

    50. CarolV June 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Lazy afternoon…..
      George is upstairs and Jane is having one of her one-way conversations…..In between, she’s moving that shelllll

      • CarolV June 21, 2020 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        Jane balanced on her shell and then jumped to the perch; the shell rolled right in the cup….

        So back to placing it elsewhere…………..

    51. CarolV June 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Open up those air- conditioning vents…. spread those feathers….. freakin’ humidity!

      • CarolV June 21, 2020 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        Buddy stops by….”Hey, Mr. O…. how’s it goin’?”

    52. Junec June 21, 2020 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Carol how many fish would you say is an average day..

      • CarolV June 21, 2020 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        2…. sometimes 3. and size doesn’t matter(no jokes intended). Even the day he brought tiny portions, it seemed to satisfy the quota.

    53. CarolV June 21, 2020 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Fish @10:13……………….. Jane had to negotiate around the hsc shell and in the process, it slid in the egg cup….. she got her fish- decent size- and ran

      George carefully moves mr. shell again…..

    54. CarolV June 21, 2020 at 4:21 am - Reply

      Good morning, Peoples!

      • CarolV June 21, 2020 at 9:46 am - Reply

        Beautiful Sunday morning!……….. Happy Fathers’ Day ! ……………… Hello, Summer!
        Sunrise reflected in that calm mirror……………………… And George glistened in the sun

        There’s been several trading spaces already……………………..
        Jane is fiddling with the horseshoe crab shell…. it’s been moved several times……

        • CarolV June 21, 2020 at 9:50 am - Reply

          I think Jane wanted fish but George brought grass……… and wanted his eggies again….

          • CarolV June 21, 2020 at 10:05 am - Reply

            It’s a good day to paddle…….

    55. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Very interesting sky………………………..

      George came in to sit the eggs……….

    56. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Was wondering how that horseshoecrab shell got over to the other side of the nest……. Jane landed on it and it slid toward the eggies….. hadda go!

    57. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      @17:29….. George rides the silver surfboard in to Jane…..
      ………….Large headless fish with a little red sauce….
      ……………………………… They looked like they were expecting a pest but all was well and Jane was off…..

    58. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Feel like I’ve been cheating! I’ve been getting a chick-fix, watching the PSEG osreycam/Patchogue….. 2 chicks with a big size difference. They seem to be doing great! If anything, the younger one puts itself forward more and there wasn’t any aggression while I was watching! Appear to be well fed… they were working on several feedings from one fish.
      Can’t wait til we have our own yungins to watch!

      • nfc June 20, 2020 at 11:37 pm - Reply

        Carol— that’s not cheating. It’s observing other nests with chicks. Mary Anne said that the two chicks are six days apart. Hopefully a preview of what we can see. It is nice having the view this year. Your pictures are great with your stories of what is happening. The highlights are good too. There have been a lot of unsuccessful nests this year with eagles and ospreys. There have been tragedies after the young are born. We saw this nest today which I wrote about below. Enjoy watching and learning to see what the wild life in nature have to show us in their fight for survival.

      • Isabella June 21, 2020 at 12:10 am - Reply

        Yes , I call him itty bitty……his full name is itty bitty smarty pants! Cousins over in oyster bay. I call Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. The nice thing about Oz being late is an extended season!

    59. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Jane looks hopefully as George approaches with………………….. seaweed…………….
      ………………………… Alright, George, I’m going….George! Slow down!

    60. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Jane’s feeling the heat…. humidity is up there…… she’s been up and down; letting the eggs cool a little, too.

      • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        George comes in……

    61. nfc June 20, 2020 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Just visited the Patchogue Osprey nest. It is on a busy street. The ospreys were making a lot of noise. There is a body of water just north of them and the ocean is just a mile south. We went to the Brookhaven Sandspit Marina to see a 20 foot lighthouse. There is a ferry to Fire Island there. We saw an osprey carrying a stick. We could see several nests in the distance. Without GPS this place would be hard to find. We drove to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum but it was busy. We will go back there again. When we left we saw two osprey nests on the road near the Southern State entrance. I wouldn’t have noticed them if I didn’t see someone get out of their car to take a picture. It was a nice drive on the day summer starts. At 8am on the Southern State we saw at least 10 out of state license plates. I guess they know that New York is the safe state to be in. LOL Happy summer to everyone. It is also Eagle Day another majestic bird. Thanks for locations from Mary Anne and Isabella.

      • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        I just went up to the store and summer is here. Already seeing people with no masks or gloves…… just hope our good numbers stay thate way… we worked hard to get them!

    62. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 10:56 am - Reply

      I’ve posted this on my fb page, asking people to post or send something similar to their friends. Most of us know better! …. Maybe you can help remind others,,,,,

      This is an osprey nest and cam installed by PSEG . This is the first season. As you can see, there are 3 healthy chicks. There is also a large deflated mylar balloon with attached strings. So far, so good; no one has gotten tangled YET! I can only pray that no one does.
      PLEASE!!!!! Remember not to set balloons free. Be responsible with discarding these properly. And don’t forget those ones tied to the mailbox to announce parties! Save a life.
      PLEASE SHARE!!!!!

      • Paula June 21, 2020 at 6:42 am - Reply

        You know how I feel about all helium balloons, I complain everytime someone posts a picture of one. I wish they would ban them and I thought there was a helium shortage anyway, why don’t they just STOP SELLING THESE STUPID THINGS! Everytime I see a balloon release in remembrance of someone they lost I bow my head and then wish that they would release those Japanese paper lanterns that you light on fire and they burn completely up. I just wish that the human race would think about something besides themselves before it is too late.
        Sorry really got on a tear there but YEA! I don’t like helium balloons!

    63. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 8:13 am - Reply

      @5:44EDT….. Summer Soltice…..
      Splitting hairs… is this the first day of summer with the split personality? Or does it mean tomorrow…. the first full day?

      • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 8:21 am - Reply

        Sorry… that’s 5:44pmEDT

      • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 8:27 am - Reply

        Big event! I will need to set my clock! Too late to leave for Africa! Well, not the year to start traveling………….

    64. CarolV June 20, 2020 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Beautiful Saturday morning! Gorgeous sunrise…. no fog!
      Jane was in and out a few times on short hops…
      George came in to check on a couple of fly-bys…
      ……………………………………………………and sunrise just got prettier.

      • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 7:58 am - Reply

        Breakfish @06:11……… Good sized and Jane is happy!

        • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 9:19 am - Reply

          Neighbors are busy over on the left… lots of flitting in and out…

          • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 9:22 am - Reply

            George reacts to a pest…..

            • CarolV June 20, 2020 at 9:24 am

              And Jane is back, after a good break

    65. Isabella June 19, 2020 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Downstairs neighbors must have the lights on…..reminds me of close encounters

    66. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      strrreeettcchhhhhhhhhhh……….. yoga time

    67. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Jane reacting to a pest….. she had one foot in with the eggs and got all twisted trying to avoid stepping on them……. some interesting shapes!

      • Isabella June 19, 2020 at 11:03 pm - Reply

        Jane doing the chicken dance!

    68. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      So, black plastic, bye-Bye-BYE!!!!!!!

    69. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      A solid chunk of fish @15:31…………………. Jane wastes no time,,,,,

    70. Isabella June 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Itty bitty smarty pants getting fed and shaded! 🐟☂️🙂👍

    71. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Jane probably wanted fish…….. George must have had a stalker. Jane alarmed with him before heading up.

    72. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Jane out…………… George in…………….

      Beautiful day with the fog burned off. Some clouds, clearing soon. 73% humidity-borderline sticky…. wind WSW6mph

    73. Isabella June 19, 2020 at 6:45 am - Reply

      Boulder county…..beautiful!

    74. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 6:32 am - Reply

      @06:11- Breakfish…. a nice big one! She watched him coming!

      • CarolV June 19, 2020 at 6:35 am - Reply

        BTW…. glad to see plastic has migrated away from the eggies…!

    75. CarolV June 19, 2020 at 5:49 am - Reply

      Get out the magnifiers…… osprey fishing…….

      Flying over the bay

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