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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. LI Marg July 31, 2020 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      George is at it again. Building his fortress & blocking this great view!!

    2. CarolV July 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Oh, dear…. just wanted a quick peek since I’ve been out ….. and this is the new view…. have to wait to find out WHY??? But then, George never explains…

      • CarolV July 31, 2020 at 4:25 pm - Reply

        Of course, I couldn’t wait….
        Turned out it was fish time anyway!

        Jane was pacing and complaining and took out her frustrations on this stick……

        George brought a nice dark fish @15:51……He came in the back way and bumped the stick………………. Jane took off then looped around and headed to perch, bumping the stick…..
        George just added finishing adjustments.

        Lucky us………………

        • CarolV August 1, 2020 at 8:19 am - Reply

          George was in a couple more times…………….And he wasn’t finished with that stick………. He did a thorough examination …..

    3. CarolV July 31, 2020 at 7:51 am - Reply

      The early morning visit paid off!
      Jane has been vocalizing since about 15 mins…… @07:40, George delivers a nice breakfish….

    4. CarolV July 31, 2020 at 7:13 am - Reply

      A rainy Friday morning……. we need it!

      George stops by to call….
      Next visit, another twig for his collection.

      • CarolV July 31, 2020 at 7:16 am - Reply

        A little later, he comes in and calls and Jane comes in. She headed to the perch to begin her “song” and G flew out…….

    5. CarolV July 31, 2020 at 6:49 am - Reply

      I was out in Cutchogue yesterday and checked on the Verizon nest. Hard to tell for sure, but it looked like 2 young on the nest. Not sure if they have fledged or not.

      • nfc July 31, 2020 at 1:05 pm - Reply

        Carol— that is an interesting nest on only one small part of that big platform. Glad you got to check on your old haunt.

        • CarolV August 1, 2020 at 8:24 am - Reply

          They amazed us all when they balanced enough sticks on that corner to build their nest. Verizon had removed the previous nest and the structure it was built on. A lot of people were concerned and contacted Verizon . But trust the osprey! They worked hard last year to get that nest up there! I’m glad I had the chance to watch!

      • Isabella August 1, 2020 at 12:47 am - Reply

        Always interesting to see where they will build a nest…..although it looks like a big weird tree!

    6. CarolV July 31, 2020 at 6:17 am - Reply

      We had a t-storm and it poured on my side of the Island…… looked the nest was wet, too.

    7. CarolV July 30, 2020 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      @16:37…. G&J both come in…….. I guess it’s lighting, but sometimes Jane is just incredibly beautiful. I mean, she’s always gorgeous but sometimes she’s breathtaking!

      Anyhow, George brought a fish but she wasn’t interested. So they both said…TTFN

      • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

        Round 2… same fish, different attitude… @18:56.
        It was a race to the nest… Jane touched down as George followed on her tail. And she was excited this time…

        • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 8:46 pm - Reply

          Jane sat while George cleaned his beak…. thought she was starting to dine in but she scooted.

          George found something to interest him down below and watched foe a few before taking off …..

          • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 8:54 pm - Reply

            Even I like purple when presented like this! With just a twinkle of moonlight to the right…..
            J&G haven’t been back.

            • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 8:58 pm

              Sorry…. this is now stuck in my head……..

              “When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
              And the stars begin to twinkle in the night
              In the mist of my memory, you wander on back to me
              Breathing my name with a sigh”

            • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 9:31 pm

              This had a purple tone that got lost in translation….. and I’ll be hearing Deep Purple till I fall asleep…..gagh!

    8. CarolV July 30, 2020 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Hello, Thursday!
      George and Jane come in close together…. Sounds like a breakfast request…
      off they go

      • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 10:09 am - Reply

        George lands, starts flapping excitedly………….. he is followed by what appears to be a male. George even flattens himself against the lens!

        • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 10:14 am - Reply

          Back-up arrives! The Warrior Princess is ready to kick feathered butt! Even throws herself out backwards……… And the interloper takes off….

          George makes a couple of stop-ins without incident at after that.

          • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 10:17 am - Reply

            The sparrow family had an outing…. Counted 7 at one point.

            • CarolV July 30, 2020 at 11:48 am

              A solo explorer…..

      • winnie July 30, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

        Just watching Barnegut-what a picture 2 babies & an adult hitching a ride on someones boat-so funny-I could watch them all day!

        • Admin Mary Anne July 30, 2020 at 12:08 pm - Reply

          That was quite funny, the female with bluefish remains, relaxing with two of the fledglings. Cam caught two of them there yesterday also, on the same boat.

    9. CarolV July 29, 2020 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Slow afternoon and evening…..
      George stopped a few times…. Just a quick HI!
      Looked like he was putting in a perch! Nope, just a reed

      • CarolV July 29, 2020 at 8:32 pm - Reply

        A little fluff and a smoooossshhh. of some seaweed.

        And no day is complete without a new stick…..
        Haven’.t seen Jane or the mystery woman. Almost 8:30 so I guess we’re done for the night.

    10. CarolV July 29, 2020 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      WOW! A midday fish! The schools must have changed their schedules! Good thing I was in earshot, as Jane came screaming in!

      A good sized portion, too…
      Well done, Mr O’Sprey!

    11. CarolV July 29, 2020 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      The next full Moon is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, named after the freshwater fish found in lakes and rivers in North America. It is also known as the Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, and the Grain Moon

      • winnie July 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        Thank you for that info-Does anyone know what that blinking light is out on the sound? Is there a lighthouse there? Havent seen George & Jane in the nest keep missing them-so thanks for the pics! Hope this heat breaks-dont like the heat!

        • Admin Mary Anne July 30, 2020 at 6:46 am - Reply

          Hi winnie, I think that might be the Long Beach Bar lighthouse, which sits at the entrance of Peconic Bay.

    12. Isabella July 29, 2020 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Watched patchoque for a while this morning…….🐥🐥s react to alarm call
      Of course I missed itty bitty fledging!!🙁

      • Isabella July 29, 2020 at 11:05 am - Reply

        Pretty sunrise

        • Isabella July 29, 2020 at 11:12 am - Reply

          Unless dad dropped 🐟 off…..🐥 caught this whopper!……sibs are closing in…..mom thinking…. I could go for some breakfish!

          • Admin Mary Anne July 29, 2020 at 11:44 am - Reply

            Mom brought that fish in at 5:57 am. Nice one!

      • CarolV July 29, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

        Isabella…. Mary Anne posted to OZFB…. I scrolled back to find these for you… Not the same, I know…
        First 2 take off….. Made a couple circuits…. you could follow her shadow and the mid pic is her near the gray box….
        Then landing

        • Isabella July 29, 2020 at 8:31 pm - Reply

          Thank you CarolV!……just missed it!

    13. CarolV July 29, 2020 at 10:16 am - Reply

      It’s Hump Day!
      George was in @05:06……………..
      Think he was begging for help. because here we go again…..

      Look who’s here…….. and he was vey welcoming…. bad boy…

      • CarolV July 29, 2020 at 10:27 am - Reply

        And the Mrs. is home and not happy. She backs right up to George and goes after #2 as she flies over.

        George is in and out til 7:30 or so. Jane was on the perch with a breakfast request…

        • CarolV July 29, 2020 at 10:34 am - Reply

          George was out for almost 2 hrs. and came home with seaweed…… He arranged his weed and puttered around then out….

          No fish for you, Lady Jane… I didn’t hear her this visit

        • Isabella July 29, 2020 at 11:07 am - Reply

          In the heat of the moment!

      • Isabella July 29, 2020 at 8:33 pm - Reply

        Bad boy bad boy whatcha gonna do

    14. BirdRJSviewer July 29, 2020 at 6:12 am - Reply

      Sad to see the update on the little chick and one unhatched egg.

    15. CarolV July 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Looking pretty in pink……………
      George plopped from perch a few minutes ago, to the endless commentary of Jane, who has to be there somewhere. He puttered around, headed back up ;then came flying back in with some chotchkee….

    16. CarolV July 28, 2020 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      George stays at the nest, puttering.
      Anytime that dark sailed boat catches my eye, I want to wipe off the screen…..

      • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        George mantles and reacts as what looks like #2 flies closely over….. with Jane coming in seconds later……….

        • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 7:33 pm - Reply

          George works on the nest…… Jane works on my last nerve…… cheep cheep chirp etc!

          George floats off…..

    17. CarolV July 28, 2020 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Could the fledgling at PSEG/OB… have caught its own fish already? Checked back and didn’t see a parent deliver. Came in carrying.

      What was odd… Just after 4:40….. the sky darkened off to the right; the wind started blowing so hard against the mic that it sounded like a freight train; the waves were choppy and the nest was rockin’! Lasted maybe 10 mins. or so
      I can hear a train in the distance sometimes but I don’t think they’re right next to one!

      • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Sorry…. should read 4:30- not 4:40….. if anyone wants to check it out.

      • nfc July 29, 2020 at 4:46 am - Reply

        Carol— there was a rain pod (that is what the weather person called it) around that time where I live a half hour south of Oyster Bay. It was a few minutes of heavy rain. The Oyster Bay trains the end of the line are near this nest. That is great that the fledgling caught a fish.

        • CarolV July 29, 2020 at 10:20 am - Reply

          TY for info…. I think they got the edge of that pod…. lots of wind!

    18. CarolV July 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Revolving females…….. Studmuffin!

      George is in…………………………….. followed by #2, who is only there for seconds……………..
      As both #2 and George take off, to the righr, Jane comes in from the left……………………… George did a quick turn about and came in again.
      That was hard to follow…… a fast flurry of feathers!

      • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        Sounds like Jane cheep cheeping on the perch….

    19. CarolV July 28, 2020 at 10:36 am - Reply

      A little Tuesday morning drama……. George with his usual early check in and some tweaking……

      • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 10:42 am - Reply

        George was in and out several times…. then he mantles as someone flies in and lands right next to him……. assuming it’s Jane but that is unusual for her…

        • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

          Oh….. Doesn’t Jane have more spots? This one walked around like she owned the place…. maybe J2 , the interloper from early in the season?
          Then OUR Jane lands….. George is trying to melt into the nest.
          #2 tries to push Jane out and makes a couple of passes, bumping Jane. Even went over to mantle next to George… like “We’re together”
          But Jane had enough and went on the attack and kicked #2 out

          • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 10:53 am - Reply

            Our Jane defends her nest and poor George just stays “invisible”

            • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 11:19 am

              Jane announces her triumph….. she headed for perch
              George goes right back to tweaking and nestorating…. in and out

              Then we get treated to this glorious chest push……

            • Isabella July 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm

              Jane our warrior queen!…..looks like same female that’s been landing on the nest at times
              Jane’s “necklace “

            • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 3:07 pm

              I had suspected this bird was not one of ours but somehow skipped over these early shots that proved it… She was in the nest for a while, not just a quick stop!
              George even made a trip to get nesting and present it….. stinker!

          • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 3:10 pm - Reply

            It’s after 3pm and haven’t seen anyone at nest since about 8:30am. Hope they’re somewhere keeping cool!

    20. Isabella July 28, 2020 at 1:46 am - Reply

      All alone til big bro visits…..itty does her best Rod Stewart impression

    21. CarolV July 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Jane shows up with expectations……..

      • CarolV July 27, 2020 at 9:04 pm - Reply

        I don’t think this lived up to expectations…. @17:42, George showed with….. this.
        Jane took it and ran.

        • CarolV July 27, 2020 at 9:07 pm - Reply

          Pretty sunset…… no one has been back since the BIG FISH delivery…..

        • Isabella July 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply

          Wow….that must be like fish jerky!…..really George!

    22. Isabella July 27, 2020 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      While the ospreyz are away….the sparrows will play!

      • Isabella July 27, 2020 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        Party pooper!

        • Isabella July 27, 2020 at 1:57 pm - Reply

          Itty bitty gets a visit from Bud…..they have a chat….itty takes a bathroom break

          • Isabella July 27, 2020 at 2:02 pm - Reply

            George tries to play Jenga ….gives up!

            • Isabella July 27, 2020 at 2:05 pm

              Gone 🎣……..can you blame them…..look at the temperature 🥵

            • Isabella July 27, 2020 at 2:07 pm

              Same here

            • CarolV July 28, 2020 at 11:16 am

              It’s been crazy hot and humid tooooooo long. I feel like an old sponge…… used to long…. we need a break!

    23. CarolV July 27, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

      George has been in and out several times. On early visits, it sounded like Jane was on the perch.
      One trip, he brought a big load of seaweed….. other visits he worked on those sticks.
      He headed to perch on last trip.

      • CarolV July 27, 2020 at 9:38 am - Reply

        The neighbors brought the kids to the playground…….

    24. Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Let me see if I have the hang of this

      • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:23 pm - Reply

        Still alone🙁

        • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:26 pm - Reply

          Sleeping beauties!

          • CarolV July 27, 2020 at 3:48 pm - Reply

            Just checked in on PSEG…… OB is EMPTY! So used to seeing those chubby kids bumping in to each other…… sniff
            And Oat. chick looks so alone…. “Bud” is out for long trips now.

    25. CarolV July 26, 2020 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Not much happening….. George was in a few times this evening. Looked all around and took off…………. Love that face!

      • Isabella July 28, 2020 at 1:38 am - Reply

        Has that deer caught in headlights look!…….dumbstruck 😳

    26. CarolV July 26, 2020 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      About 3pm…. George drops in with a hunk of fish. He looked all around, chirping quietly then went to perch.

      The scroll bar is acting up a little. Don’t know if it’s just a me problem or a search problem….. but it makes it difficult to scroll back. Doesn’t seem to be much action, tho

    27. Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Empty nest syndrome!
      This is what I see every time I look in!

    28. CarolV July 26, 2020 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Sunday morning greetings!
      George is in………………….. Jane comes in………………………… pest flies over………………………………. and the stickpile needs to be addressed……………………………..

      • CarolV July 26, 2020 at 9:06 am - Reply

        Breakfish @7:08……. Nice to see a more normal morning ….

        George brings a chunky 1/2 fish and Jane cheers him in, taking it to go….

    29. nfc July 26, 2020 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Good morning all. Yesterday we drove to the Oyster Bay nest. We saw one of the chicks flying for a short time. We stayed for half an hour as they watched for food. When my husband was under the nest taking a picture, they all were looking at him. (I had the site on my phone on live at the same time.) We saw an osprey in the distance flying about and diving and catching a fish. We saw it come around , but it wasn’t one of the parents. It went to its own nest. Of course when I checked back on the nest later there was a short flight and a food delivery within 12 minutes of our visit. That is always what happens. LOL

      • CarolV July 26, 2020 at 9:08 am - Reply

        Sounds like fun!

      • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Hi nfc!…… I know the feeling. At the arboretum I watch them circle over the water. Waiting to see if they catch a fish. Hasn’t happened yet! You’re a brave soul to stand out there for half an hour! Haven’t been to arboretum for a while due to this heat and stupidity!

        • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:18 am - Reply

          Girls club watching the “ sharks “
          Must be sailing lessons

          • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:21 am - Reply

            Itty bitty all alone….wonder if Bud is flying up the road to the lake

        • nfc July 26, 2020 at 2:39 pm - Reply

          Isabella— I stayed in the car with the ac on. My husband went out twice and took pictures. It was hot, but not like today.

    30. CarolV July 25, 2020 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Jane was in. She flew out over the bay but a minute later, the camera shook. I also heard her chirping.
      And George kind of gives it away……………………….
      George is forever fussing with his stick pile, but he’s also thoroughly cleaning his beak. No fish around, tho. He fussed around the nest and waved good-night.

      • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:25 am - Reply

        George looking up at Jane…..many times he has the best expression!

        • CarolV July 26, 2020 at 3:53 pm - Reply

          Do you remember Shari Lewis and Lambchop? Sometimes he reminds me of the hand puppet…..

          • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 6:45 pm - Reply

            Yes I remember….and they were on an episode of the Nanny

    31. CarolV July 25, 2020 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Older chick from PSEG/Patchogue took off from the right perch and flew a circle, watched closely by its sib…… this one’s been practicing hard, too. It was fun seeing how this kid followed every move…
      It was out for a while. Happy to say, it came back safely.

      All 3 chicks are also out at PSEG/Oyster Bay.

      Our local wildlife rehabilitation center has put out a call for fish…. they have 3 young osprey rescues already and say it’s just the beginning. Hopefully, my son will be able to bring in some of the bunker, tomorrow, that they just throw back.!

      • Isabella July 26, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

        It would be nice if he can contribute to the osprey “food pantry “

    32. CarolV July 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      A whole lot of beautiful bird delivering an itty-bitty stick!

    33. CarolV July 25, 2020 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Yay, George! @10:30…… Two figures appear in the distance…….jane is hot-footin’ it across the bay right behind George.
      He has a chunk of fish for her.
      She sits with the fish and chats with him …. saying hello, how ya been and TY, then taking off.

      • Trinity July 26, 2020 at 8:28 am - Reply

        Couple goals 👩‍❤️‍👨 🦅

    34. CarolV July 25, 2020 at 8:31 am - Reply

      GM, George!
      He hung around in sight about 1/2 hr. and I heard him… sounded like him… from the perch a little later…….. otherwise, all quiet on the osprey front…..

      Forecast for a sunny day, high in the mid 80s…. Enjoy your Saturday! Watch out for the crazies! (we are a tourist community and that’s a standard weekend remark!)

      • CarolV July 25, 2020 at 9:34 am - Reply

        A diller a dollar a ten o’clock scholar…… Jane finally shows a beak and starts lobbying for service…..

      • winnie July 25, 2020 at 10:21 am - Reply

        just peeked in on Barnegut 3 beautiful babies-love the way their heads bob back & forth Oh we got crazies here in Kings Park-you cant drive fast enough!

        • Isabella July 25, 2020 at 5:34 pm - Reply

          YES…..as the temps go up…brain cells go down!

    35. CarolV July 24, 2020 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Nest was mostly lonely except for the neighbors bouncing in and out.
      George arranged some sticks and later brought in a long rush with rootball.
      G acknowledges someone on the perch, who flies off….. might be Jane.

      • CarolV July 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm - Reply

        George starts on the sticks and then mantles …. perch bounces a little to show someone is up there…… Jane comes in as someone flies out from perch….

        Jane decides those sticks aren’t up to her taste, then leaves…….. and G jumps right in to fix his sticks……

        Last was jane waiting for dinner, about 8pm….. she had a long wait but she got it!

      • Isabella July 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm - Reply

        George wants to plant something that will come up next season!

    36. CarolV July 24, 2020 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      I was stalling, hoping to post a dinnerfish , along with pics from the afternoon but it was already after 8:30. So I started to edit and sure enough, I could hear Jane excitedly cheering.!!
      Low light makes for blurry pics.
      I’m just glad George showed up!……………………….. Romantic late dinner for Jane, which she ate in the nest.

    37. LI Marg July 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Oyster Bay Chick floats off of the nest, circles wide and returns to the perch. Mom and siblings are glued!! I don’t know if this if a first flight but it was pretty!

      • CarolV July 25, 2020 at 9:28 am - Reply

        I love watching those Patchogue chicks….. I would have expected the older one to act so dominant, but he seems to look out for the younger one.

        • CarolV July 25, 2020 at 9:30 am - Reply

          These OB kids seem to get along so well, too. Happy nests are so enjoyable

        • LI Marg July 25, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

          Hi Carol-I was worried about the little one, too. Smart and feisty, thank goodness and doing great. The big one is still hopping between the perches…no long flight that I’m aware of.
          This morning in OB, the first fledgling is having a blast out over the bay there. Enjoyable to watch. So appreciate following your comments to keep up here at OZ. Not the best season but will keep fingers crossed they return to thrive 2021.

          • Isabella July 25, 2020 at 5:47 pm - Reply

            Bud(the big one) flew in from the left yesterday or day before….couldn’t catch it in time. My screenshots are live . Due to my rewind doesn’t work!

    38. LI Marg July 24, 2020 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Good Morning OZ Fans….This is Patchogue Chick #1 making it to the perch.

    39. CarolV July 24, 2020 at 7:21 am - Reply

      George is in……… a gloomy start to the morning…
      G at work….. some seaweed………….. Jane is starting her dialog ; she came to the perch a few minutes ago.

      • CarolV July 24, 2020 at 7:24 am - Reply

        Jane comes down from the perch as George does some rearranging…..

    40. CarolV July 23, 2020 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Nest was empty much of the afternoon….

      Here’s George, with Jane a minute behind him…..
      They discuss dinner possibilities

      • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm - Reply

        George moved away to find busy work….. Jane just got louder!

        • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 8:54 pm - Reply

          George hung around fiddling with the nest while Jane begged…… he finally flew out and Jane was chirping quietly on the perch,
          George finally returns, no fish, and looks around but Jane seems to be gone………. and I never saw a dinnerfish….. Anyone?

        • Isabella July 24, 2020 at 12:18 am - Reply

          George looks like he’s trying not to listen!

    41. Isabella July 23, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      This was funny watching thing appear behind nest….like a shark fin!…..tuned out to be a sailboat

      • Isabella July 23, 2020 at 2:34 pm - Reply

        Love the way sib is looking up…..love the wings !

        • Isabella July 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm - Reply

          Sailboat / shark fin

          • Isabella July 23, 2020 at 2:42 pm - Reply

            Think all 🐥🐥🐥s have fledged….all females?…. I call them Wynken, Blynken and Nod

            • Isabella July 23, 2020 at 2:46 pm

              You can see shadow of wing pic above……she flew out over the bay and back

            • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 6:01 pm

              I thought just 2….. saw one yelling at the others but still in nest….

              There was a sailboat in the bay at OZ the other day with a dark sail and all I could think of was….. da-dum…. da..dummm;;;dah,,dUM! They do look like fins…

    42. CarolV July 23, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Thursday again…. how’d that happen so fast?
      Morning hello. George was in and out throughout the early day.

      Right before Jane popped in, a flock of -probably- ducks landed on the bay.. always fun to watch them coming in.
      George came to greet her.

      • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 8:39 am - Reply

        George comes off perch as if to warn off another osprey that tried to land. Jane was right in to back him up

      • ChrisH July 23, 2020 at 10:05 am - Reply

        CarolV, just came across the pic of your son w/the shark — he (not the shark) is a hunk, if you don’t mind me saying!!

        • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm - Reply

          I’m sure he wouldn’t mind!

      • Isabella July 24, 2020 at 12:21 am - Reply

        Blue/lavender color so pretty!

    43. Isabella July 23, 2020 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Ambulance 🚑 went by with sirens blaring….wonder if they thought it was a osprey alarming!

      • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 8:31 am - Reply

        It does look like the camera has widened the view…. can see both perches clearly now….
        There is certainly lots of sights and sounds to keep them interested! Wonder if they will be “city:” dwellers when they seek out their own nests.

        • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

          That’s a nice feature. We were close in while the chicks were small and, with the more distanced view, we will be able to see more of the kids fledging efforts. Good catch, Isabella!

          • Isabella July 24, 2020 at 12:16 am - Reply

            Thank you 😊

      • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 11:37 am - Reply

        In case you missed it…. this was cute….
        “Bud” was self-feeding and Itty wanted to be fed. When that didn’t work, Itty resorted to taking his own and even grabbed from sib’s beak. That kid is so self-confident and the older one so tolerant ; I love the relationship.

        • Isabella July 24, 2020 at 12:16 am - Reply

          You gotta be “street smart “ in the jungle

    44. CarolV July 22, 2020 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      George comes through @08:08….. nice chunky fish…….. Jane’s happy to take it.

    45. CarolV July 22, 2020 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      George had lots of exercise wrestling with that multi-branch he brought in earlier…… it fought back….

      Jane stopped in and was on the lookout for George.

      Temps mid 70s with humidity still high at 86%… Sets up the possibilities of t-storms after 9pm and again @1-3 am.

    46. CarolV July 22, 2020 at 11:48 am - Reply

      This is interesting….. and confusing.
      What appears to be a male lands…. George comes down from perch and does the bow thing. I thought that was response to females… and that he would chase a male.
      It looked like a large bird.

      It was back for another brief visit.

      • CarolV July 22, 2020 at 11:51 am - Reply

        George hustled off and got a nice branch to mark his territory….

      • Isabella July 22, 2020 at 11:32 pm - Reply

        Think it’s called mantling and they do it to look big and fierce…to warn others off

        • CarolV July 23, 2020 at 7:58 am - Reply

          TY… knew it had a name! It was tangled in those cobwebs of my brain…… wing-waggle or bow did not sound official

          • Isabella July 23, 2020 at 11:18 am - Reply

            You’re welcome……wing waggle or bow ,not official but fun!….totally understand the cobwebs…at times need a machete to get through mine!

    47. Isabella July 22, 2020 at 10:21 am - Reply

      nfc…..if this is nest you were referring to…it is Jersey

      • Isabella July 22, 2020 at 10:23 am - Reply

        Always interesting to me where they will build a nest…..one in the tree is in Florida

        • CarolV July 22, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

          Bet that boater never forgets again!

          • Isabella July 22, 2020 at 11:35 pm - Reply

            Yes…he should have innested in a cover!

      • winnie July 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        Dr Green put up a fence around Iris’s nest in Hellgate-Wow thats so close to the ground!

        • Isabella July 22, 2020 at 11:55 pm - Reply

          winnie….are you talking about the bolts in the nest?….what are they for?….did the nest fall off?…..haven’t looked at hellgate since beginning of season..there were eggs taken by ravens?….were they fertilized by Louis?….or other male. Few times I peeked seems Iris is alone. Just staying around to claim her nest.

          • Admin Mary Anne July 23, 2020 at 6:50 am - Reply

            Isabella, one egg was taken by a raven, the other was damaged by one. Yes, they were Louis’ eggs but he was with the female at the other nest so Iris stopped brooding. Louis and his mate have 3 chicks, as they did last year. A squirrel did quite a bit of digging around in the Hellgate nest over a period of days so it needs some work. The bolts are nest supports that were exposed, but no, the nest did not fall off.

            • Isabella July 23, 2020 at 3:09 pm

              Thx Mary Anne…..this also happened last season?(raven)……do you know what the fence winnie is talking about?

            • Admin Mary Anne July 23, 2020 at 4:27 pm

              Yes, this also happened last season. The fence Dr. Greene puts up to keep cars and people from coming too close to the nest during breeding season. People can walk around it and I have seen them do so. Now that there is no need for it and iris is hardly there, he has taking it down for the season. Let’s slow down on the screenshots of other nests and stick more to the OZ nest when Jane and George are there..

      • nfc July 22, 2020 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        Isabella— thanks for the article. It is an interesting nest. I hope boaters are careful when near the nest.

        • Isabella July 22, 2020 at 11:58 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome 😊

    48. Isabella July 22, 2020 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Camera angle has changed…..now that I see Budweiser truck…should have named 🐥 Bud…..he is itching to fledge…making me nervous being surrounded by a concrete jungle instead of water

      • winnie July 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm - Reply

        You are right & thats a busy road! Much better spots in Patchogue for sure!

        • Isabella July 22, 2020 at 11:56 pm - Reply

          And tons of spots by the water!

      • CarolV July 22, 2020 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        I was nervous about all that traffic, too.

      • Bobbie July 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm - Reply

        The PSEG Oyster Bay chicks have already fledged.

    49. CarolV July 22, 2020 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Happy Wednesday!
      George was in early.
      He’s back @05:27 with a fish.
      Jane came in but wasn’t interested so George ate it at the nest.

      • CarolV July 22, 2020 at 9:54 am - Reply

        Gorgeous George in the sunrise

        • CarolV July 22, 2020 at 9:57 am - Reply

          Jane was in, demanding nest service………………. George obliged @09:28 with a good sized fish for Jane.

    50. Isabella July 21, 2020 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      George shows up

      • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 11:44 pm - Reply

        Someone’s sleeping in the “big kid bed”

        • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 11:46 pm - Reply

          Sweet osprey dreams 💤

    51. CarolV July 21, 2020 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish @20:10…. Happy to see George feeding Jane. Needed some bonding.

    52. CarolV July 21, 2020 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Can’t let the day go without something added.
      I could hear Jane calling, but not from the perch. George answers and flies out.

      • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        A flurry of late ‘

      • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 7:55 pm - Reply

        George is in and out a couple more times….

        • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 7:59 pm - Reply

          Then did one of the best chest pushes ever! Good thing those sticks were there to stop him!
          He wound up with some wonky feathers and one at his feet….

          • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 8:04 pm - Reply

            George bows hello to Jane……… they both took off; then Jane stopped back for a portrait….(one of those Victorian ones where no one smiles)

          • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 11:47 pm - Reply

            George’s best impression of a ostrich

    53. Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Ale is watching the patchoque crawl….while itty bitty is being fed

    54. Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Where’s the water?……that way maybe?

      • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        Oyster bay watch

        • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:50 pm - Reply

          🐥🐥🐥 gridlock……..when you gotta go!

          • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm - Reply

            .

    55. CarolV July 21, 2020 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Oyster Bay…. I guess some one was paying attention!

      • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm - Reply

        Patchogue…. first my stomach lurched watching the tip-toe out on those rolly sticks….
        And then he went to spy-hopping and a hover…..

        When I don’t watch every day, I’m astounded how quickly these guys develop!

        • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 11:50 pm - Reply

          Weeeee!

      • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        I hadn’t even noticed @OB nest…. that kid who’s claiming the new fish from Dad already had a fish he’d been sitting on! Guess he’s the leader of the pack….. Sharing happened.,,, eventually

    56. CarolV July 21, 2020 at 11:27 am - Reply

      FortisAlberta-Exshaw….. wish they had time/date tags….
      Male just delivered and Mom is feeding kiddos….

      Look in lower left corner…. no idea what that big white blob is… was a little spooky watching as it floated out the gate… I did see a human exit before it. Whatever it is, female took off-alarming…. camera tends to pixelate fast movement.

      • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Alberta big foot!

    57. CarolV July 21, 2020 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Day looking better than yesterday…. temps to 85-86; humidity 68%…sunshine and lite breeze from NW…

      Slow start Tuesday…. George stopped by
      Neighbor stopped in…

      And who’s this?

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

        The visitor leaves as George comes in; then stops back in behind him…. Fish @09:05

        • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 9:54 am - Reply

          And then the lady of the house comes in……. off goes visitor but makes some passes …. Jane of course, tells her off….
          George wisely stays out of the way……

          • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 9:58 am - Reply

            Jane isn’t showing any interest
            George was picking at some bugs and even the fish, then moved closer to Jane- no takers. They sat for a bit, with George picking at fish. Jane took off; George ate some and took off with the leftovers.

      • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Looks like same osprey Jane chased off days ago

    58. CarolV July 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      There hasn’t been a lot of activity today…..
      George is bringing a houseplant……. looks like some of mine………… of course, had to find the right spot for it.

      • CarolV July 20, 2020 at 8:50 pm - Reply

        Jane stopped in; George greeted her. Neither stayed long.
        I didn’t see a fish today…. Anyone?

    59. Isabella July 20, 2020 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      This nest has a “house” number…..osprey on right looks like he’s reading a sign! Lol

      • Isabella July 20, 2020 at 6:10 pm - Reply

        When the fish rise up to greet you!

        • nfc July 21, 2020 at 9:01 am - Reply

          Isabella— that is an interesting nest. Where is it.?? Even though we needed all the comments about Yankee and the happenings with the nest, I am glad the new pictures show up at the top.

          • Isabella July 21, 2020 at 5:22 pm - Reply

            Believe the nest on sand bar is Jersey shore

    60. CarolV July 20, 2020 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      George stopped by with a new side chair……
      Nest has been quiet in this heat…. hit 90

    61. CarolV July 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Haven’t seen anyone in OZ nest for hours……

      Here’s FortisAlberta….. kiddo telling mom he just can’t eat another bit.

      • CarolV July 20, 2020 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        Hope it’s ok to share this…..
        This is what came up in the net ………….my son’s a fisherman…. Thresher shark, which fortunately was only mildly the worse for wear and was releasable…..

        • Isabella July 20, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

          Cool pic….what are fish underneath?

          • CarolV July 21, 2020 at 11:01 am - Reply

            The answer I got is mostly squid and bunker, with some odds and ends.
            After TS Fay passed through, Scott brought home 2 shrimp. He also showed pics of John Dory fish. Neither one of those are typical this far north or from the depth of water they troll. He also said they saw some pelicans….. probably pulled up by the storm.

      • Isabella July 20, 2020 at 6:03 pm - Reply

        View is so perfect…looks fake!

    62. CarolV July 20, 2020 at 10:39 am - Reply

      It’s a gray morning…… haze came and went on the bay. Lots of clouds in the forecast; 90% humidity and temps heading to 88. yippee……….

      George stopped in and was in and out several times. Jane gets politely greeted as she stopped by.
      It’s about 10:30 and haven’t seen a fish yet.

    63. Isabella July 20, 2020 at 2:42 am - Reply

      Phoebe…pretty reflection of sailboat

      • Isabella July 20, 2020 at 2:44 am - Reply

        Girls gotta groom!

        • Isabella July 20, 2020 at 2:46 am - Reply

          Double mint grooming

    64. CarolV July 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      George had a few projects today
      Still adding sticks and more grasses….. everything has a place…..
      Just some of his additions today….and the rearranging involved.

    65. CarolV July 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      @16:39……… I guess it’s a fishlet…… George brings in a small fish. Jane comes in and has to get a closer look…. I think George was tryna get a few more bites before she got it.
      Jane didn’t even bother flying out.
      They both hung out for a while, with Jane having her conversation at him

    66. CarolV July 19, 2020 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      3 handsome kids…. responding to a flyover with defiance already!

      • CarolV July 19, 2020 at 12:16 pm - Reply

        I thought there were 3 chicks at first glance and did a double take! These kids grew overnight!
        That’s Mom in the middle

    67. CarolV July 19, 2020 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hello, George!

      GM, Jane!

      • CarolV July 19, 2020 at 9:17 am - Reply

        Early breakfish @06:32….. YAY!
        Looks like a good one.

        • CarolV July 19, 2020 at 9:19 am - Reply

          George comes for a close-up………..

          • CarolV July 19, 2020 at 9:40 am - Reply

            Also had this shot of George delivering….. Looks like he’s doing a scene from Swan Lake…. with fish added of course ..hehe……

    68. Isabella July 19, 2020 at 1:50 am - Reply

      What was that?….the double mint twins!

      • Isabella July 19, 2020 at 1:53 am - Reply

        Jane gets breakfish

    69. Trinity July 18, 2020 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      I passed an osprey nest near Connetquot State Park ( it’s on the south service road of Sunrise Hwy ) , there were 3 chicks crowded in the nest and it lifted my spirits ! PSEG worked on installing a separate pole & platform for the parents maybe two years ago .

      • CarolV July 19, 2020 at 9:10 am - Reply

        I know the feeling! Success ! Glad to hear….

    70. CarolV July 18, 2020 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      George! Can you hear me now?
      Jane sees George and tries to hurry him along…..
      After he’s had a share, he brings Jane her dinner……………

    71. Roberta Schoenbrun July 18, 2020 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Is the second egg still in the nest? I don’t see it. Do they know when to stop sitting on it?

      • Admin Mary Anne July 18, 2020 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        It’s all covered now. Yes, eventually they just stop brooding.

      • Isabella July 19, 2020 at 1:30 am - Reply

        🥚

    72. CarolV July 18, 2020 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      What, Jane? I can’t quite hear you?

      • Isabella July 19, 2020 at 1:31 am - Reply

        Funny!

    73. CarolV July 18, 2020 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Breakfish @07:43”””””’
      Jane stops back, still carrying her leftovers for snackies.

      • Jim M. July 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm - Reply

        Is the second egg still not hatched? How can an Osprey roll that the chick inside an egg is not viable?

        • Jim M. July 18, 2020 at 4:45 pm - Reply

          Of course it should be “tell” not “roll”; please excuse me and thanks.

        • Admin Mary Anne July 18, 2020 at 5:03 pm - Reply

          The egg is not viable, it is well past the time where it should have hatched.

    74. CarolV July 18, 2020 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Breakfih @ Fortis…..

      • CarolV July 18, 2020 at 10:19 am - Reply

        Now that’s how to do a disappearing act!……………………. Sunset at Fortis
        A whole tribe of fairies!

    75. CarolV July 18, 2020 at 9:46 am - Reply

      To the discussion of 2020 ….. I was thinking the same… how it’s been a rough year for the osprey.
      And I agree that there are fewer birds in general.. Even when the migration return started, I was waiting for the big flocks of mixed blackbirds that usually descend and they just weren’t there. And most of my birdfood is going to the deer who jump the fence..
      The pandemic even effects the animal population worldwide…. especially in places like Africa, where conservation groups have been working in concert with local peoples to find alternative livelihoods to poaching and hunting and deforestation. Progress that has been made is being challenged as Covid19 devastates the people and disrupts those programs.

      We are just beginning to feel the long-range challenges from the pandemic and my one prayer is that our leaders get their acts together , stop fighting and work for the good of us all!

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