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March 30, 2021: Our first osprey landing of the year at 12:09 PM!

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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

    46,313 Comments

    1. Barbara March 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      12:13 PM one osprey on the nest. Welcome Home?

      • Admin Mary Anne March 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        Looks like him!

    2. CarolV March 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Touch down

      • CarolV March 30, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        Keep screwing up and dropping phone but unfortunately that’s what I’m stuck with now.
        George(I believe) did a great tail-in-air chest push then has been surveying the area and doing some chirping.

        • Admin Mary Anne March 30, 2021 at 12:51 pm - Reply

          I say it’s George also.

          • CarolV March 30, 2021 at 2:55 pm - Reply

            Looks like the candle worked!

    3. Nancy March 30, 2021 at 11:58 am - Reply

      How old would George be now ?

      • Admin Mary Anne March 30, 2021 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        He’s not banded so it’s unknown for sure. But I would say at least 12.

    4. CarolV March 30, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Looks like a candle flame……
      Too gushy saying it’s lighting our couple home???

      • Admin Mary Anne March 30, 2021 at 9:00 am - Reply

        Hey Carol, if it works, I’m all for it!

    5. June c March 30, 2021 at 8:23 am - Reply

      I was looking at my notes from 2016…George returned right after St. Pats day….Gracie returned March 27 that year…should be any day now…!

      • CarolV March 30, 2021 at 10:57 am - Reply

        Just checked back in our archives ….. pg. 65….. we were discussing return of bird that was probably George …. on Mar. 25.

        • June c March 30, 2021 at 3:48 pm - Reply

          Hi…went back..check out page 64..around March 20th…hope we have a wonderful season

          • June c March 30, 2021 at 3:50 pm - Reply

            Take that back. March 28.. there was a welcome back George from Gina

    6. GinaM March 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      at about 5:23-5:25 I was watching the nest and over the water beyond the nest were two ospreys fishing. They circled the water low and then they dove in and flew off to the left of the screen. Maybe it is one of our offspring. They come back to their original nesting area. Now we just need mom and dad to come home.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 29, 2021 at 6:15 pm - Reply

        Males tend to return to their natal area, but females generally end up nesting further away. I hope we see George soon!

    7. Roberta Schoenbrun March 29, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      I’m so happy to see this site up & running. Can’t wait to see George & whoever joins up with him this year. Hope it’s a healthy year for all of us.

      • Karen Berryman March 29, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        Saw two ospreys in a nest on Northville Tiunpike in Riverhead earlier this afternoon.

    8. CarolV March 29, 2021 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Fairies are here for the morning dance! Nice bright Monday morning, March 29th. Ticktock, ticktock

      And I have had trouble with posts with pics attached…… thought it was just me and my usual rejected by tech issues!

      • CarolV March 29, 2021 at 9:24 am - Reply

        The winds are strong out of the WNW, coming against the migrations. Would be surprised to see George today..
        But I do love a surprise !!!

    9. Isabella March 28, 2021 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Dear could you please do something about your wet feathers?

    10. CarolV March 28, 2021 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Couple stopped by; one in the middle was pulling up dead grass. Hopefully collecting for its nest elsewhere.
      Little fog on the lens as temp drops. Rain in the forecast.
      We had such a perfect spring day yesterday. Really can’t complain!

    11. CarolV March 28, 2021 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Yesterday, we were out on a seal watch cruise. The weather was perfect and we saw a whole bunch of seal! Guesstimate was 125-150. It was a fun day.
      The organization had an osprey platform right outside their building on the dock. They said someone had arrived just yesterday.

      • CarolV March 28, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

        It was fun that I had expected maybe 10-20 seals so this was a bonus!!!! The noises were loud and varied….

      • Isabella March 28, 2021 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        Wow CarolV!….only time I saw a couple of seals was walking along the beach in Maine…..know they are here..never seen them!…glad you got to see so many!
        PS….of course it’s been not clear skies to see the full moon 🌕…..and that wind strong moon has been spot on!!

      • Trinity March 28, 2021 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Sounds like a lovely activity 😊

      • ChrisH March 29, 2021 at 10:14 am - Reply

        Wow!! What an awesome sight!

    12. Isabella March 27, 2021 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Oyster bay hired a clean up and look out crew for their arrival
      Patchoque did a little spring clean and decorating

      • CarolV March 28, 2021 at 10:28 am - Reply

        That’s a full service crew in OB!

    13. Bats March 27, 2021 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      On the nest, Robert Moses Causeway – the nest that was moved!

      • Trinity March 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm - Reply

        Rob Moses , Ocean & Wantagh Parkways are my favorite osprey scenic route to drive 😊

        • Bats March 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Me too, go as often as I can. 🙂

      • Marguerite Iannone March 28, 2021 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        Hello Bats-some pics of that nest as it was on January 1, 2020 and the move taken January 22, 2021 – amazingly they moved it in its entirety!

        • Marguerite Iannone March 28, 2021 at 1:26 pm - Reply

          Moderator, please cancel my comment to Bats….my second file photo was too large to post!! Sorry & Thank You

          • Admin Mary Anne March 28, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

            They both came through fine, Marguerite! Nice pics!

            • Isabella March 28, 2021 at 3:52 pm

              Marguerite….that photo issue happens to me at times…sometimes if I wait and try again they go through…other times it says I said that comment already….seems to be a “ hiccup “ once in a while
              Thanks for the nice pics!

    14. CarolV March 27, 2021 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      The Watch stopped by.
      One guy is hanging around, rearranging. Likes that particular stick.

    15. Paula March 27, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Tom has arrive on the Chesapeake nest. Come on George!

    16. Helen Rosenblum March 27, 2021 at 11:01 am - Reply

      One on nest on West Neck Road near Westmoreland.

    17. Barbaraa March 27, 2021 at 8:46 am - Reply

      8:41 AM today a pair at the Oyster Bay nest! Welcome Back!

      • Admin Mary Anne March 27, 2021 at 10:51 am - Reply

        Hi Barbara, they arrived yesterday!

        • Barbara March 27, 2021 at 3:56 pm - Reply

          Thank you!

    18. CarolV March 27, 2021 at 7:25 am - Reply

      The fairies stopped by…….
      The neighbor was busy in the left corner, shopping for furnishings, chirping away…. nice way to start the day!
      Enjoy your sunny Saturday!

    19. CarolV March 26, 2021 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Still a few days till full, but Mr. Moon putting on quite a show!

    20. Paula March 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I’m very hopeful for this weekend!
      I’ve been going from camera to camera looking to see if anyone’s home yet and it looks like the female on the Boulder fairgrounds nest has returned.
      It’s also great that CarolV reports that Verizon Vic has returned. So hopefully Gorgeous George will show up this weekend!

      • Admin Mary Anne March 26, 2021 at 9:17 pm - Reply

        Paula, I saw a pair today at Oyster Bay, and a pair at Patchogue today also, so things are moving along!

    21. CarolV March 26, 2021 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Big improvement! The Watch stopped by- 2 plus a tag-along as they took off.

    22. Helen Rosenblum March 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Still none on nests in my neighborhood..

    23. CarolV March 26, 2021 at 8:22 am - Reply

      The morning looks a little hung over…….
      Little breeze to riffle the grass…. possibly showers late morning then clearing; mid 50s.

      Verizon Vic showed up in Cutchogue. Helen, who also posts here, called to let me know she was watching an osprey on Vic’s eating pole, so it was probably him. Right on time on the 25th. Can George be far behind?

      • Trinity March 26, 2021 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        The weather reminds me of an Agatha Christie scene 🕵🏼‍♀️ ☁️

        • Isabella March 26, 2021 at 8:10 pm - Reply

          Loved Agatha Christie!….and then there were none…..haven’t read any since high school

      • CarolV March 26, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

        Winds stepped up to 17mph SSW… With fog on the bay…..Light fog outside my house. Hard to get motivated….. thinking it’s time to make lasagna….get my butt off the couch!!!!
        Saw Heckle and Jeckle briefly but otherwise, the grass is the star.

    24. Isabella March 25, 2021 at 11:57 am - Reply

      The early bird gets the fish 🎣?…..come on George, you’re going to have to “mow” the lawn soon!
      Beautiful foggy bay!

    25. CarolV March 24, 2021 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      They’re bouncing in and out, checking what can be found. One was pulling out grass or trying to….
      I love that they’re so vocal!

      • Isabella March 24, 2021 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        Hi CarolV!…..glad to see you back!….scrolled down and saw your new addition to the family….congratulations and best of everything….he sure is a super cutie!😊

    26. CarolV March 24, 2021 at 6:02 am - Reply

      Here comes the sun…..
      When comes the osprey?…….: ( sounds of foot tapping))

      • Paula March 24, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

        Hi CarolV,
        The osprey have returned here to Columbus, OH. They nest on a local TV tower. They are the reason I started watching the osprey camera’s. The first year they were here the camera was on all the time and we got to watch everything. Unfortunately, the chicks died that year but I found this site researching osprey and got hooked on watching George and Gracie and got to see a successful nest. I also learned a lot from the people here! Now I watch 7 osprey nest cams and other cams too.
        Hopefully George will be here soon and we’ll get to see all the drama this year!

        • Admin Mary Anne March 24, 2021 at 8:31 am - Reply

          Hi Paula, it sure is addicting, isn’t it?

        • CarolV March 24, 2021 at 11:14 am - Reply

          Last year was the first heart breaker in the 5 or so I’ve been watching OZ. Hopefully -talons crossed- we will have a good year….. with no cast changes and successful raising!
          Have you checked PSEG osprey cams? Interesting views of the surroundings. No fan pages tho…… Just interesting to check in. I check in with several others but this is my go-to site…

      • Helen Rosenblum March 24, 2021 at 9:42 am - Reply

        Nuttin and no Vic either……..

        • CarolV March 24, 2021 at 12:45 pm - Reply

          Helen… I passed by yesterday but didn’t stop to check. Should be any day if he follows schedule.
          Only thing I miss since retiring is seeing Vic and Vera.
          Well, maybe some people, employees and people like you… hehe

          • Helen March 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm - Reply

            🙂

    27. CarolV March 23, 2021 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Getting close to the Full Worm Moon.
      Just love the names!

    28. CarolV March 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      The neighborhood watch checked the empty nest. They’ve been by a few times. Maybe courting? Wings held down and vocalizing.

    29. Marguerite Iannone March 23, 2021 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Of course the comment below should have read “grandson” CV….best of luck the the family’s new little hero!

      • CarolV March 23, 2021 at 2:57 pm - Reply

        Which would be true if my son didn’t call him grandson! Yeah, I can’t believe it myself… how’d that happen? hahah

        • Marguerite Iannone March 23, 2021 at 5:24 pm - Reply

          Enjoy everything!! 🙂

    30. Marguerite Iannone March 23, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Good Morning Osprey Zone chatters….Osprey made an appearance at the Patchogue nest this morning. Looking forward to the new season here. Congrats to youCV on the birth of that handsome grandame!

    31. CarolV March 23, 2021 at 8:14 am - Reply

      It’s a foggy day in ospreytown! Temps mid 50s and sun by late morning… or so they say

      Patiently waiting

    32. CarolV March 23, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Before the season starts, wanted to share the high point of an impossible year…..
      My new great grandson HENRY.. two months old
      His mom did the modifications….
      Is he a bird…etc

      • Admin Mary Anne March 23, 2021 at 8:32 am - Reply

        He is a cutie, Carol!

      • nfc March 23, 2021 at 8:37 am - Reply

        Carol— congratulations on the new grandson. A great thing to happen after the year we have all been through. The superman outfit fits the theme here—-FLY!!! Enjoy every moment with this cute baby.

      • Paula March 23, 2021 at 9:53 am - Reply

        Such a blessing for you and your family!

      • June c March 23, 2021 at 8:06 pm - Reply

        Love the picture..Congratulations Carol…looking forward to a great year with our family…

      • Helen Rosenblum March 24, 2021 at 9:44 am - Reply

        He is so cute and very mature for his age.

      • ChrisH March 24, 2021 at 10:20 am - Reply

        Adorable!!

      • winnie March 25, 2021 at 11:32 am - Reply

        Congrats to you & your family-Love being a Grandma-mine are in College now-Love the name-some of the crazy names today cant tell if its a boy or a girl-God Bless

    33. GinaM March 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Today I saw one sitting on a nest in Bellport – but it was far away from the road I was on. Then later, I saw one circling the nest near Mill Neck/West Harbor, but again, it was far away. All the nests I checked were empty. The only thing is I didn’t hear them. I really believe they are back from their calls. I like to think they are saying “Hey! We’re back!” So glad there is good flying weather.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 23, 2021 at 6:33 am - Reply

        Hi Gina, good to know! My husband and his brother saw a pair in Patchogue yesterday, from the harbor. They have a nest on top of a very tall tower. He called me and said there were two on the nest!

    34. Tim Tiernan March 22, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

      No ospreys yet at the 9 nests that I watch on Shelter Island. The good news is a large flock of gannets was feeding, probably on menhaden, about 1 mile east of the osprey zone nest.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 22, 2021 at 8:14 am - Reply

        Hi Tim, that’s great you watch nine nests on Shelter Island! I spent many summer weekends there when I was a teen. My uncle used to drive me around and point out all the osprey nests. that’s how I fell in love with them.

      • Helen Rosenblum March 24, 2021 at 9:48 am - Reply

        I heard ne was back but don’t know what nest – usually they return to the South Ferry nest an St. Patrick’s day. None of the three nests by me have Osprey yet. Will let you know as things change on SI and would appreciate your doing the same. I might add that there are none yet at the nests in Southold.

      • Helen Rosenblum March 24, 2021 at 9:57 am - Reply

        Tim – There are 3 Osprey nests on Westmoreland – one close to the beginning of the street and 2 by my house at the end of the private road – none have any Osprey yet. Will keep you informed and would appreciate your doing the same.

    35. Tom March 21, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Still no ospreys on the baseball field light poles in Sayville. One usually arrives around St Patrick’s Day. A little late this year.

      • Kathleen Birmingham March 21, 2021 at 9:56 pm - Reply

        Swear I heard them, ran out to look and saw one, then a second here this afternoon here near Bayville/Mill Creek – north Nassau

    36. Paula March 20, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Hello! Is anyone there?
      I know I haven’t commented but that’s just because every time I check in, nothing is happening and there hasn’t been any other comments posted. I also HATE having to go all the way to the bottom to post a comment!
      I was just wondering if anyone has seen anything?

      • Admin Mary Anne March 20, 2021 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula, I have not seen anything yet, except a raven that comes every few days and some finches. Hopefully soon, George will come along! An osprey landed on the PSEG Oyster Bay nest at 3:23 pm, so we know they are starting to come back. My husband saw one flying overhead today in Patchogue by the harbor.

        • Paula March 21, 2021 at 6:33 am - Reply

          TY Mary Anne,
          I’ll keep checking in!

      • Isabella March 21, 2021 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula!
        I have been checking in and wondering the same thing!…..kept seeing my comment as the last one …haven’t seen a thing…have also been peeking in on barnegat. Seems to be osprey in the areas…maybe they’re not ready to “commit “ 😜

      • June c March 23, 2021 at 8:09 pm - Reply

        Hi Paula….have been cking in now and then…should be soon…hello to all

    37. Isabella March 17, 2021 at 1:32 am - Reply

      Are these birds ravens?

      • Isabella March 17, 2021 at 1:55 am - Reply

        😊☘️☘️☘️🍀

      • Admin Mary Anne March 17, 2021 at 7:51 am - Reply

        Hi Isabella, I know the ones at Barnegat are a pair of crows, they have been visiting there for over a week. Not sure about the Chesapeake birds, need to get a closer look at the pic. Just took a look, they are crows at Chesapeake also.

        • Isabella March 17, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

          Thank you Mary Anne!!😊
          Hard to tell them apart…sun is making their feathers look blue with a black hood.

    38. Isabella March 15, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Well….eagles, geese, owls, red wing blackbirds….looks like we’re not the only ones waiting for the ospreys ….they have their work cut out for them!
      This nest is barnegat. Nest with osprey is westhampton. If you’ve never watched barnegat…tip…turn volume down!!!
      Oh and hi nfc and Paula!
      Good day to all😊!

      • Isabella March 15, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Pics?….hope they come through 🤞

        • Isabella March 15, 2021 at 5:26 pm - Reply

          🤞

      • Paula March 16, 2021 at 10:21 am - Reply

        Hello Isabella,
        Here’s to a great season!

    39. CarolV March 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Paula….
      Just going on memory…..When I watched Verizon nest at work, Vic, the male, returned fairly regularly by the 27th of March. When I started watching OZ, on years we could see it, George would show up a few days later, generally Mar 29th-Apr. 2nd. I’m just happy to see him whenever!

      • Paula March 16, 2021 at 10:20 am - Reply

        Thanks CarolV,
        My memory seems to have abandoned me so I’ll trust yours but I think Mary Anne’s plan to start watching closely on the 17th is what my plan is!

      • Helen Rosenblum March 18, 2021 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        As you wrote, no Vic yet, Carol

    40. nfc March 14, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Hi everyone. Hope you are doing well. Looking forward to a successful season of ospreys. Yesterday I checked out some of my usual haunts for ospreys on the internet. On the Charlo Montana nest they put a metal basket with a brick on top of it. I was surprised to see that. I scrolled down and saw that they put it there so that the geese don’t put a nest up there. They did last year. It was cute to see, but after hatching the little geese jump down within a day of hatching. It overlapped with the osprey pairs season, so the osprey went to another nest close by. I think it was a smart thing to do. It was an interesting site to see. Even the resident owls looked at it with wonder. Hopefully the ospreys will come back to the original nest which has a full camera on it.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 14, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

        Hi nfc, I’m hoping that female goose gives up. She was very comfortable on the nest edge yesterday morning. There was a goose there already today, but it did not stay long. Fingers crossed!

    41. Paula Legnosky March 14, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Am always so happy to look in and see the camera working. Hope it lasts so we know when George returns and a mate for him whoever that will be. Can anyone tell me approx. date for return?
      Thanks and Happy Day!
      Paula

      • Admin Mary Anne March 14, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

        Paula, the cam has been turned on in either April or May the last few years. Last year it was up and running on April 10th and George was there. I have been hearing reports of ospreys spotted in a few places on Long Island already. I start watching in earnest from St. Patrick’s day on!

        • Paula Legnosky March 14, 2021 at 12:19 pm - Reply

          Thanks for the reply!
          I’ll be watching with you because it does seem that George returns in March. It’s hard to remember because of the camera issues the last few years, that and I have found other cameras to watch and I can’t keep them all straight.
          Here’s hoping for a wonderful year for all of the Osprey nest’s because last year was pretty brutal.

    42. Admin Mary Anne March 12, 2021 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Looking for scraps.

      • Isabella March 13, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

        Good morning Mary Anne!
        I think the raven and I spy with our little eye….a cigarette 🚬 butt?
        Hope I’m wrong

        • Admin Mary Anne March 13, 2021 at 2:54 pm - Reply

          Hi Isabella! It just might be! I don’t see it now though in the nest, do you?

          • Isabella March 14, 2021 at 1:50 am - Reply

            No..hopefully it worked it’s way down

    43. Admin Mary Anne March 12, 2021 at 8:58 am - Reply

      A raven flew in…

    44. Admin Mary Anne March 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      The nest had a visit by a Merlin this morning!

      • Trinity March 10, 2021 at 10:00 pm - Reply

        Lovely 😊

      • ChrisH March 11, 2021 at 10:37 am - Reply

        Very cool!

    45. CarolV March 10, 2021 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      It’s Hump Day!!!!! Happy Wednesday!
      The Sun rose in Triumph and the fairies danced!

      • CarolV March 10, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

        Look who came to visit! Stayed a few minutes and took a good look around…..

        • ChrisH March 11, 2021 at 10:38 am - Reply

          Nice! I’m bummed that I missed this.

    46. CarolV March 9, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

      The sun had to fight its way up, peeking in and out thru the clouds. But it won! Heading to high 40s on a sunny spring-like day.

    47. GinaM March 4, 2021 at 11:49 am - Reply

      I am so happy to see the camera up and running. The ospreys around Long Island usually start arriving around St. Paddy’s day, so this year we will be able to see them return from the beginning! But never did I imagine I would tune in to see Bald Eagles! There is always something fascinating happening here at our beloved nest. Talon’s crossed for safe journeys home for all our ospreys making their trek home.

      • Trinity March 10, 2021 at 10:01 pm - Reply

        🤞 as well

    48. CarolV March 3, 2021 at 11:44 am - Reply

      A beautiful day in the neighborhood! Still chilly but rising! We’ll take it!

      • Isabella March 3, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

        Hi CarolV!….hope you have been good…it’s 11:22 ..wondering how your pic is posted 11:44?….anyway surprised not to see sparrows at the nest…birds around my house are so busy they’re practically bumping into each other!….no social distancing!…as always thanks for the interesting 🌝 info.
        Hope everyone has been doing well and staying safe. Miss our nice group of ospreyz fans!….fingers crossed for a good season!..I see the eagles 🦅 have landed..touchdown for a quickie…..great pics,but hope they go far from the nest!….don’t want any hog island episodes

        • CarolV March 3, 2021 at 8:03 pm - Reply

          Hi, Isabella. Dunno, OZ posts the time. Tis a mystery…
          Yes, getting antsy and doing the count down. Hopefully George will be back again and the drama of who’s that girl!
          The eagles were a surprise. I didn’t catch them . Haven’t been watching full time yet. Probably visiting.
          Looking forward to chatting in the season. Take care. Stay heathy!

          • CarolV March 3, 2021 at 8:06 pm - Reply

            Just saw the post time is off. It’s 7:05 and I see my previous post about an hour off

    49. CarolV March 1, 2021 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Another rainy day in OZland……temps are supposed to top out about 43, then drop 20+ degs, to the low 20s. tonight.
      Sun supposed to shine most of the week….
      Oh, Happy March! Have to remind myself all the time -daily- where we are on the calendar! Retirement and Covid… it’s all blending together! Hope everyone enjoying their days….

      • CarolV March 1, 2021 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        Was glad to see some branches gone…. don’t want the nest to go up past cam view again!

    50. Helen Rosenblum February 28, 2021 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Two babies in Ft. Myers Nest.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 1, 2021 at 8:26 am - Reply

        3 as of last night!

        • Helen Rosenblum March 2, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

          Wow! Hope they get along. It seems they were born very close to each other so that might – might – bode well.

          • Admin Mary Anne March 2, 2021 at 2:56 pm - Reply

            Looking good so far. There is an abundance of fish so all should be well.

        • Helen Rosenblum March 6, 2021 at 12:15 pm - Reply

          I see the two quite clearly and the third not so visible but may have seen the shadow of the third.

          • Admin Mary Anne March 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm - Reply

            They are growing, it will get easier to see them. That’s not the best cam, I know.

            • Helen Rosenblum March 13, 2021 at 11:55 am

              I can see only 2 – hopefully I am wrong

            • Admin Mary Anne March 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm

              Hi Helen, I have not looked in on them today, will take a peek. Been watching for the female to return at Carthage, Tenn. The male is working so hard on the nest. Update: I checked and saw them at 2:06 pm. The older one curled up sleeping, then the two younger ones half hidden under Mom to stay cool. So there are three, no worries!

    51. CarolV February 27, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Rainy Saturday at the nest….. possible rain the next 2 days. But it’s warmer and not snow! TickTock on the count down clock!
      Most of next week looks good…. temps up and down but all above freezing daytime… yay!

    52. nfc February 26, 2021 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Thanks for posting the highlights about the eagles. It was interesting to watch. It is very obvious that the nest is too small for eagles. It is great to see eagles on Long Island, but not on an osprey nest. Looking forward to a good season in 2021. Hope everyone is doing ok during this snowy winter.

    53. CarolV February 24, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Several days in the 40s and the snow is going…. gone from the nest and we can see the grass is still growing there…..
      Days are getting longer…. almost 6pm and there’s still light! Oh, Spring, are you peeping ’round the horizon!

    54. CarolV February 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      So good to see Dr. Rob’s input… makes me feel better. Hopefully, their seasonal rental is over on Shelter Island, not too close by!

      • Helen Rosenblum February 24, 2021 at 8:56 pm - Reply

        I feel the same Carol – beginning to hope they are elsewhere. There are a bunch of Bald Eagles on Shelter Island.

      • June c February 25, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

        That is good news..we live close to the Centerport Eagle nest..it’s about 6 feet in diameter or better…looking forward to a very successful year!

    55. CarolV February 22, 2021 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      ADMIN MaryAnn: Just testing because anything I try to send with a pic attached says “Duplicate comment” Season hasn’t even started and I’m a pest!
      Also, …HI!

      • CarolV February 22, 2021 at 3:18 pm - Reply

        Trying oic again….

        • CarolV February 22, 2021 at 3:19 pm - Reply

          Well… just my computer being hateful again….. maybe I should wear my Covid mask so it doesn’t recognize me!!!! Have a great day!

    56. CarolV February 19, 2021 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      More spitting snow….off and on all day…..looks like an ice build-up sliding down on right? At first, I thought it was part of the camera housing breaking off.
      Next 2 days are showing sunshine…. will be happy to see that! Followed by 43 degs, on Monday and rain. won’t that be a sloppy mess! Looks like at least a week of above freezing daytime temps. Yay!

    57. CarolV February 18, 2021 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Later in the day, after the eagles visit, this is what the nest looked like. Big beautiful flakes, swirling all around, laying it down quickly. Turned to stinging icy snow before stopping mid afternoon. Possibility of more precip later tonight or thru tomorrow. More snow this year than we’ve had in several years’
      I think we may have had a bit more on this side of the Island. Had 4-5″ by me, which also turned to icy mix before stopping.
      Hope all are doing well. Counting down the days.

      • winnie February 19, 2021 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        thank you what a beautiful shot of eagle-nice to hear from all of you-will we ever see grass again? I actually started basil seeds in the house-itching to get out in garden-Went out to feed my outside kitty-a sheet of ice-he has a nice house & a heated pad-poor guy-been here for yrs-TG my son is here we will go to the bluff later to feed the colony of cats-stay well you all-praying our feathered friend are all OK

        • CarolV February 20, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

          Hi to you…. you are dedicated to your kitties if you’re tramping around in this weather, taking care of them! My bird seed is getting scattered from the back stoop! Which the dog appreciates, as he picks out the nuts!
          Looking forward to some “warmer ” weather! I can hear the wind whistling on the mic as I type. But will take the 40s next week and be grateful!
          Take care and be careful!

      • June c February 19, 2021 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        Me too!

    58. Admin Mary Anne February 18, 2021 at 10:16 am - Reply

      The female eagle was annoyed by a pair of ravens and left.

      • CarolV February 18, 2021 at 8:24 pm - Reply

        Love this shot!

      • Bobbie February 20, 2021 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Hope the eagles went far, far away to nest. It could be another disastrous season for our osprey if the baldies move in nearby.

    59. Admin Mary Anne February 18, 2021 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Doesn’t appear to be just a visit.

      • June c February 18, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

        I hope it was just a visit..this would be terrible if they decided to make it their nest

        • Admin Mary Anne February 18, 2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

          I talked to Shelli about it, she said it’s pretty late in the mating season to be selecting a nest. But it’s not impossible. I know the Centerport (Long Island), female bald eagle has just laid eggs. I hope this pair moves along, the nest really is too small for them anyway.

          • June d February 19, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

            I live about close to …nest…will take a drive down and look..Thanks..

    60. Admin Mary Anne February 18, 2021 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Looks like a pair of bald eagles likes this nest.

      • ChrisH February 18, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

        Thank you for posting this, Mary Anne! I scrolled back to check it out and was so excited to see them!

        • Admin Mary Anne February 18, 2021 at 11:35 am - Reply

          You’re welcome, Chris! I was not too surprised to see the female land…and then the male landed on her, I did not expect that!

    61. CarolV January 25, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Just checked in for the view……….. You can see the cold in that chilly sky!
      Hovering just about freezing, with a wind and the possibility of snow in the next day or two. But that’s iffy, as it’s supposed to warm up slightly. But that’s Long Island

      The next full Moon will occur on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 2:16 PM ET, and is known as the Full Wolf Moon. It is also known as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule.

    62. June c December 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Saying hello to everyone…Happy New Year..stay safe and be well….

    63. CarolV December 29, 2020 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Just days before we say good-bye to 2020. It’s been a difficult year for many. Who would have ever imagined a pandemic i? It’s so 100 years ago! We are too progressive to let that happen!
      Once again, Mother Nature had her way and we were stopped in our tracks by microscopic molecules that took over our lives………
      But with all the turmoil, all the negativity of politics and the controversies of whom to believe- scam or no scam; safe or not safe; mask or no mask……. there are still moments in each of our lives we can choose to celebrate and carry forward as the best of 2020……
      On that note, I wish you a happy and healthy NEW YEAR! Take care of yourselves and your families.

      • Admin Mary Anne December 29, 2020 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        Happy New Year to you too, Carol, and everyone here! I know we are all looking forward to spring and the return of George and Jane.

      • ChrisH December 30, 2020 at 10:38 am - Reply

        Very nicely said, Carol. A happy, safe and healthy New Year to you, too.

      • nfc December 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        Carol— your thoughts are well said. It has been a year like no other. I think looking at the different cams on the internet has helped us get through the year. Even the different species of animals have had their own traumas through the year. We have to go on and be strong. Hopefully 2021 will be a good year for all of us. This pause your life and watch what has happened in the world will be a reminder to all of us to live each day and be kind to others.
        Happy New Year to all. We look forward to a new normal!!
        Hopefully George and Jane will have a productive year . It has been great having the camera into the nest being a great view of the osprey life and the north shore waters. thanks for all who work on this site and make it work so well.

    64. CarolV December 29, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      full Moon will occur on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 10:28 PM ET, and is known as the Full Cold Moon

      this shot is from midnight last night. Moon was so bright it “looks like day”1 That’s Bug Light flashing across the bay…. Got to see the beautiful night by my house. We’ve had so many cloudy days and nights lately, it was great to catch the moment…..

    65. winnie December 22, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Just checking in to see how all my Osprey friends are! Hoping you are all well & praying for a better upcoming year-sick of the mask fogs up my glasses-Happy Holidays to all!

    66. CarolV November 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      We’re having a lovely storm…. lots of rain and the wind is picking up…….. grass is growing well at the nest. My lawn should look that good!

      • PattyK December 23, 2020 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        Just wanted to say… Merry Christmas and Happy, HEALTHY 2021 to all OZ wonderful people…stay safe till we meet again on this special site xoxoxo

    67. CarolV November 30, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      The November FULL MOON slid in about 4:30 this a,m, on the last day of the month……. about time!

      Hope this finds everyone well and snug, settling in towards a happy holiday season.

      • Isabella December 4, 2020 at 4:14 am - Reply

        Hi CarolV!….as always..thx for the moon info! Always interesting! Here’s a pic of the moonlit nest……
        Yes..wish my lawn was doing as well…been battling grubs that the moles and possums can’t keep up with!
        Stay safe and well!!🙂❤️

    68. CarolV November 12, 2020 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      George and Janey, how does your garden grow?
      Saw the tips of the grass last time I visited and now it’s growing nicely….. there was plenty of rain last night thru today on my side of the Island …. now we are cooling down tonight. Winter is knocking…..

      Hope everyone is doing fine….

      • winnie November 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        happened to click on Savannah Ospreys-did not know that the Ospreys reside year round there-I am so excited to see a male osprey perched on tree 11/12/2020! Had to pass this along.

    69. CarolV November 9, 2020 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Thanks to all who served……and their families who served with them!

    70. CarolV November 9, 2020 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Good morning, sunshine! Enjoying our gorgeous weather on this sparkling day!

      Hope everyone is doing well! Sliding rapidly towards the holidays….. time flies in a corona lock-down…….(;*}}

    71. Isabella November 7, 2020 at 2:58 am - Reply

      Aussie mom has quite the statement necklace!
      CarolV Hi…thanks for the heads up about the moon 🌝…didn’t have the best view… but awesome fact!
      Winnie….hope you’re healing well 🙂👍
      Everyone stay safe and sound !
      So far I would like to throw this year out the window!!

    72. CarolV November 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Trying to avoid checking election results yet again…. guess we will be on pause for a few days…..
      Enjoying the fab view at OZ and thinking good thoughts about our couple……

      WINNIE… hope you’re feeling okay….. and vision is good.
      Isabella…. hi!

      Happy week to all….. glad we got past that spell of gloomy weather…. enjoy the fall feel…..

      • winnie November 7, 2020 at 9:10 am - Reply

        thanks for the good wishes-part of old age unfortunately-keep the pics coming-enjoy this beautiful weather-stay well all!

      • winnie November 14, 2020 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        thats so nice of you-I will need a series of shots(in eye) to see if they can repair my retina-look out for a prior comment I sent about Savannah Ospreys

    73. Isabella October 28, 2020 at 2:12 am - Reply

      If anyone is still with us needs an osprey fix….the chicks at port Lincoln are at the cute fluffy stage….nest is on a barge

      • ChrisH October 28, 2020 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Aww…. sweet!

      • winnie October 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        thank you for the pics-seems so long ago since our friends were here-yes I look at the nest every day. Hope you are all well!

      • nfc October 29, 2020 at 8:56 am - Reply

        Isabella– I check in on this nest every day. It is nice seeing the offspring growing. It was sad when Taps died. Solly has been very domineering even though the second one is only a day younger. I think the second one is called Dew.

      • RobininMD November 3, 2020 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        I watch this one too! Hope all goes well, my heart is with Dew over there… Looking forward to Spring – but we’ve got a long way to go!

    74. CarolV October 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Look who stopped by while I was here….. had a lot of squawking to do…..

    75. CarolV October 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      SPOOOOOOOKYYYYYYY! Hasn’t happened since before I was born!!!!!! Loooooonnnnnng time!

      • CarolV October 25, 2020 at 5:20 pm - Reply

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        • ChrisH October 28, 2020 at 9:57 am - Reply

          That’s a very cool fact — amazing actually!

      • winnie October 28, 2020 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        That pic is aweaome-amazing-thank you!

        • winnie October 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm - Reply

          Just had eye surgery-sorry for misspelling!

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