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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

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. Paula April 13, 2021 at 8:38 am - Reply

      The Savannah Osprey nest on Cornell camera’s has a chick as of this morning!

    2. June c April 13, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Finally some sun today…it seems that J2 is going to be the protector of the nest….

      • CarolV April 13, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        I think most of the fly-overs are females, which G doesn’t normally respond to. It does seem like Her has spent more time in the nest today

    3. CarolV April 13, 2021 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Missy brought some fish leftovers for later. George has been nestorating , bringing in seaweed and sticks.
      He’s looking a little more comfortable with her.

    4. CarolV April 13, 2021 at 6:35 am - Reply

      George was in @5:20, checking and out..
      Missy in @5:45..
      G brought breakfish @5:51, nice big whole fish…. let the games begin….

      • CarolV April 13, 2021 at 6:37 am - Reply

        The waiting game… G took fish 🐟 to behead….

        • CarolV April 13, 2021 at 6:39 am - Reply

          Female in and out, ticktock ticktock as she surfs the skies….

          • CarolV April 13, 2021 at 6:58 am - Reply

            Missy even brought several clumps of seaweed to trade, but G decided he needed some more.. hungry work lugging that in and out!
            Finally about 6:45, he came in and handed-footed?- it over with no ceremony.

      • Paula April 13, 2021 at 7:21 am - Reply

        I think she’s getting tired of the games! I know I would be.
        I’m just wondering if he is just really waiting for Jane? I know he’s mated with this female but “A man is a man is a man”.

    5. CarolV April 12, 2021 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Moving in for dinnerfish….

    6. CarolV April 12, 2021 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Afternoon fish 🐟 and no one to share it…

      • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 2:42 pm - Reply

        I love how he flies in and out with his fish…..
        Do you think he cruises the neighborhood hoping to spot his lady and entice her home?

        • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 3:08 pm - Reply

          G is back and you can tell She is near…. and time for keep away…

          • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 3:16 pm - Reply

            She keeps flying out, riding the winds nearby…. pretty windy!

            • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

              Finally, after more than a dozen patient waits, She squawked and rammed a shoulder into him and got her fish… he had started eating it, so guess that was it!
              Someone else was out over the water…

          • Trinity April 12, 2021 at 3:40 pm - Reply

            He’s such a handful !

            • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:15 pm

              Maybe this is “flirting”???

    7. CarolV April 12, 2021 at 11:41 am - Reply

      About 11:20ish, lot of activity, bouncing in and out of nest, chasing and vocals, both near and far…
      G tries bringing in sticks, between chasing a probable male that has touched in briefly

      • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        Incoming defensive…. lots of vocals outside nest too…

    8. June c April 12, 2021 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Today is the first day I noticed that George is standing side by side with J2…

    9. CarolV April 12, 2021 at 8:59 am - Reply

      From welcome to the nest to WELCOME !!!

    10. CarolV April 12, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

      We have breakfish!

      • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 7:59 am - Reply

        A little drama…

        • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 8:00 am - Reply

          She goes for it but he’s playing….

          • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 8:01 am - Reply

            ….tipping as he pulled away…

            • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 8:02 am

              But he’s right back and Missy rushed in… too hangry for games!

    11. CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:12 am - Reply

      When I checked in, Missy’s in, waiting. George had been in just after 5:30, with her right behind….

      • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:16 am - Reply

        Someone came in with a fish and , although she studied it, she didn’t take and out he went.
        I’m thinking this isn’t George

        • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:19 am - Reply

          @6:13 George brought a wad of seaweed and attempted mating… Fe looked cooperative
          G out again

          • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:22 am - Reply

            George is in the wad delivering mode. Fe is asking politely for breakfish….. wonder if she told him about the delivery man?

          • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:42 am - Reply

            All G has on his mind is delivering muddy seaweed wads and mating with each trip.
            Where’s the breakfish???

            • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 7:01 am

              Bottoms up and a quickie on the way out….

    12. Isabella April 12, 2021 at 5:54 am - Reply

      The sun is coming up…and so is someone’s tail!

      • Isabella April 12, 2021 at 6:19 am - Reply

        Don’t think this is j2
        Should have a egg any day

        • Isabella April 12, 2021 at 6:24 am - Reply

          Pics of chick that’s been on the receiving end of George this morning

          • Isabella April 12, 2021 at 6:41 am - Reply

            Nest nookie

        • Isabella April 12, 2021 at 7:56 am - Reply

          In sync

      • Isabella April 12, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

        Pic of j2

    13. Paula April 11, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      George’s behavior is different than anything I’ve ever seen. I understand the mantling but to mate with her and then play keep away with the fish is befuddling. I am also probably wrong about this, but I think the female is sky dancing for George. I’ve never heard of a female doing that, only males or couples together.
      This has already been a strange year and it hasn’t even really started!

    14. Isabella April 11, 2021 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Guarding the nest in unison

      • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        Back to mr.moody……really George..after the lusty morning you had…still giving the cold shoulder!

        • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

          They must all be napping 💤

          • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 3:56 pm - Reply

            Nap time over

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 4:49 pm

              Turf wars

      • Patty K April 11, 2021 at 5:51 pm - Reply

        Goodness…who is who at this point….really wishing we could see the chests,pardon…Seems at this last nest togetherness no mantling but no togetherness yet…wishing I had the experience to differentiate…still such a great experience…kudos to the great folks here who can give more photos and insights…👏

        • Isabella April 12, 2021 at 1:43 am - Reply

          And me yelling…”turn and face the camera “ isn’t working!

          • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 9:21 am - Reply

            I think I heard you! I was yelling too! And…”George! Stop smushing her face in the nest!”

    15. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      George was playing keep away, as usual….

      • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        But the female got crafty…. she flew out over him and circled around, coming in from behind to swoop in, grabbing the fish on her way through!

        • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          G was back about 13:26 with another fish….. the fog has definitely lifted!

        • PattyK April 11, 2021 at 2:04 pm - Reply

          Feeling like I’m watching Osprey soap opera 🙄😊

          • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 3:34 pm - Reply

            Yes….and it may be the same story line for the nest week!😜

            • Patty K April 11, 2021 at 4:04 pm

              👏👏🤗,Isabella,thanks for the giggles!

          • Patty K April 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm - Reply

            Kinda glad for this rainy day;happily glued to OZ happenings,so more entertaining than the TV channels..Again,major shout outs to our landlords and Mary Anne and all OZ crew 👏😘

            • Admin Mary Anne April 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm

              Thank you, Patty!

    16. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Yoohoo!!! Anyone home? I brought someone to lunch!

    17. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Mr. Muffin showing how handsome he is as the winds pick up. Some nest work as the osprey soirée seems to be over for now.

      • Paula April 11, 2021 at 1:52 pm - Reply

        I don’t know about you CarolV, but I think that big stick won!

        • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 4:49 pm - Reply

          He did have quite a fight with it!

    18. Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Speaking of my eyes…thought this was a egg

      • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 9:13 am - Reply

        Three on a nest….dance card is full…scorecard is confusing…and George is sowing his wild oats!

        • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 9:46 am - Reply

          The three were in and out…flying around…alerting
          Then George was at it again! And again…she was not receptive maybe she’s calling it a day George
          My guess is these two players are George and j2

      • PattyK April 11, 2021 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        Lol,Isabella,with the rain and fog it’s hard to tell!Wishing the Missy would turn around towards the cam.Could it be that the female with the heavy necklace is trying to occupy the nest?My eyes are trying to decipher if the other is J2; thinking that maybe G is ok with J2 but mantling with the other?

        • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 3:42 pm - Reply

          I don’t know PattyK….they were soaking wet…matted down and moving all around…it was like the shell game…figuring which cup the ball is under
          I thought the one with the heavy necklace might be Jane

    19. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Getting stranger….
      and I have to leave!!

    20. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Delivery…. tug of fish and out… female stopped back before disappearing with fish….
      Was a little confusing in the fog. G had just left minutes before and I thought fish was headless but it looks like it was just semi-detached

    21. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

      G not wasting any time! And made second attempt on his was out.
      These two are definitely comfortable together…

      • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:55 am - Reply

        Snd he’s at it again! Not losing any time now!

        • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:59 am - Reply

          Female is getting wear marks on her back….
          G is hanging around nest and making up for lost time!

    22. Isabella April 11, 2021 at 7:43 am - Reply

      George decides on a quickie

      • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

        Then someone else gives it a shot….she is not receptive…George doesn’t defend
        He had two tries

        • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 7:50 am - Reply

          George has another go

          • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 7:57 am - Reply

            Then again
            She was not receptive….enough is enough

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 7:59 am

              Back to mr moody

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:04 am

              Of course you have breakfish after…..a little tug of war….she wins and flies off

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:36 am

              Threes a crowd….anyone’s guess….mr moody on the right?

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:39 am

              Ok. Guessing one in the middle a female…George gets busy

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:42 am

              Other female ?…chases her off
              Osprey on left had a fish

            • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:45 am

              Back to square one…but with who?……between all the action…fog, rain and my eyes…can’t tell

        • Isabella April 11, 2021 at 8:53 am - Reply

          The other osprey that is(two tries)

    23. Admin Mary Anne April 11, 2021 at 7:38 am - Reply

      And then this happened..George on the right.

    24. Admin Mary Anne April 11, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

      George not wasting time.

    25. Paula April 11, 2021 at 7:29 am - Reply

      I just checked the weather forecast here on the site, and it looks like it might be challenging for George to impress any female with fish. At least at times.
      What happened to putting the comment section at the top of the page? I feel like I miss so much to post a comment!

    26. CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:04 am - Reply

      George showed just before 6, followed shortly by this girl. Tho still mantling, he seemed more familiar with her, and she seems comfortable here.
      When another bird flew over, she backed G up defending the nest.
      She’s rearranging the nest while G is out. She’s too damp from the fog to get an id but I’m hopeful we know her

      • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:10 am - Reply

        I’m thinking J2

      • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:35 am - Reply

        Excuse me… what????

      • CarolV April 11, 2021 at 7:38 am - Reply

        The real George just made an attempt to mate and She seems receptive

    27. CarolV April 10, 2021 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      G in with fish, waiting

      • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        The Fe shows up

        • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

          And gets fish 🐟 to go…

          • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

            She came back to say “TY, handsome!” And out again

            Wish I could get a better angle…

    28. CarolV April 10, 2021 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Revolving door!
      George in with a fish; and out…
      Female, not guessing, in and out
      G and fish back. Stayed awhile; out

    29. CarolV April 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Took phone shot of computer screen to get this shot of that female. She’s been in a couple of times…
      Sorry about quality.

      • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 6:21 pm - Reply

        This was another one who stopped by…

    30. Cheryl April 10, 2021 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Just had a chance to check in today. So glad to see, spring has sprung, and our birds are coming back trying to settle in.

      • CarolV April 12, 2021 at 6:46 am - Reply

        We are playing guessing games again as to whom is really here! George is a yes…. female still subject to change! Aggravating!

    31. CarolV April 10, 2021 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      George is back to working on the nest….
      did scroll back…. looks like last of fish went about 11:00…..
      Still not seeing female…
      sigh 😞

      • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        Someone stopped in but I’m headed out. No time to study

        • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 2:36 pm - Reply

          There was some activity with at least 2 osprey flying around. One was. Probably male and not welcome…..

      • Patty K April 10, 2021 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        Talk about the cold shoulder routine,several times Missy landed in nest and George’ continued to mantle,geeze….not looking good for togetherness…

    32. CarolV April 10, 2021 at 8:04 am - Reply

      George has a fish for Missy but I haven’t seen her. He’s been in at least 2x since 6:54 and just left again.

      • Paula April 10, 2021 at 9:12 am - Reply

        Maybe she got tired of the cold-shoulder from him and decided to look elsewhere. He really didn’t seem to like her!
        I’m sure that as soon as I write this she will probably show up! These birds love to prove me wrong!

        • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 1:05 pm - Reply

          Always! It was kind of 1/2 hearted. She took fish sometimes, others it was keep away.
          It had seemed like she shrugged him off when he tried mating. 🤨😟🥺

      • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 10:06 am - Reply

        Still waiting…. he’s back still lugging fish…
        Not making me happy!

        • Paula April 10, 2021 at 10:57 am - Reply

          He does seem very lonely. I hope Jane doesn’t take as long as she did last year to get there.

    33. Isabella April 10, 2021 at 2:10 am - Reply

      Over the past couple of years…have seen osprey fly over sometimes with a fish…or stick
      This year it seems one has chosen the tree behind my garage to eat their fish
      This time I looked up in time to see her fly to the tree….she couldn’t relax and enjoy it because 3 osprey came after her….one divebombed her
      Then they were all flying around…..don’t know if they were after the fish or her….then a fifth joined them…..it is really something to see behavior outside of the nest area….I’m guessing I won’t see this after they settle down with chicks
      Wish I could have gotten pics of them all…but they were going so fast!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 10, 2021 at 7:34 am - Reply

        How exciting, Isabella! I would be looking up in that tree all day long!

      • nfc April 10, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

        Isabella– thanks for sharing this story. You are lucky to see something like this. When it happens so fast, there isn’t time to get all the action.

      • CarolV April 10, 2021 at 7:56 am - Reply

        Good spotting!

    34. Paula April 9, 2021 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Does anyone remember when Jane showed up last year? I know it was late.

      • Admin Mary Anne April 9, 2021 at 1:26 pm - Reply

        Paula, she showed up on May 1st.

        • Paula April 9, 2021 at 6:05 pm - Reply

          Thank you, Mary Anne. I knew it was late, but I didn’t think it was that late.

          • Admin Mary Anne April 9, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

            You’re welcome, Paula. Have a good night, everyone.

    35. CarolV April 9, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

      10:30ish….. activity around nest with at least 3 osprey in the air….
      About 10:30…. G on guard when someone trampolines thru behind him.
      Lots of vocals, especially when G moves to perch and scrabbling is heard as the camera shakes. Chasing and calling continues

      • CarolV April 9, 2021 at 10:56 am - Reply

        Things quiet down and they pause for a date… She’s chatting quietly

    36. Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Osprey in the mist

      • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:33 am - Reply

        Ospreys

        • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:36 am - Reply

          Mr Moody Mantler ….have fish will fly

          • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:39 am - Reply

            Back

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:43 am

              Incoming!

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:46 am

              Mr moody let’s her take the fish

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:49 am

              Wait. What!!

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 8:52 am

              George’s dance move….the egg bowl smush!

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 9:03 am

              Two can play at this game!

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 9:05 am

              Nobody took the prize

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 9:37 am

              Until now

    37. CarolV April 9, 2021 at 6:34 am - Reply

      George on duty early! Foggy Friday breakfish is taken to go, with happy squeals from Missy…

      • CarolV April 9, 2021 at 6:51 am - Reply

        George was in before 6am….left about 6:02.
        He was back about 2 minutes later with a whole fish, with Her flying in simultaneously.
        George didn’t hand it over until he had a share.

      • CarolV April 9, 2021 at 8:53 am - Reply

        Another fish! Definitely offered….

        • CarolV April 9, 2021 at 9:19 am - Reply

          Lonely… I’m Mr Lonely… I’ve got no head to call my own 🎶🎶🎶

    38. Isabella April 9, 2021 at 12:24 am - Reply

      I don’t know if George is pining for Jane….or just not into this chick
      She seems to want to stay…when can she get a proper name?

      • CarolV April 9, 2021 at 6:37 am - Reply

        It’s a rocky beginning… seems when he tries, She shrugs him off. But at least the morning fish gets delivered today

    39. Isabella April 8, 2021 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      George’s mood swings

      • Isabella April 8, 2021 at 11:57 pm - Reply

        S Wing!

        • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 12:00 am - Reply

          The osprey behind the curtain is……..

          • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 12:03 am - Reply

            Where did he go with the fish?

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 12:05 am

              And back to Mr. Moody

            • Isabella April 9, 2021 at 12:10 am

              Mantling in N J
              She has a fish….he says” ha ha…you’re not going to get this one!

    40. CarolV April 8, 2021 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      George has been in and out several times with this fish 🐠.
      This time, it looked like he was turning it over to Her but then turned back and reclaimed it, proceeding to eat it all. …. despite Missy having a lot of comments.
      She made her opinions clear before she left.

      • Paula April 9, 2021 at 6:14 am - Reply

        I don’t think he likes her! I saw him grab the fish and turn away to eat it and he is not sharing this morning either. I really don’t think he likes her!

    41. CarolV April 8, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      Another fish? No interest…She takes off.

      • CarolV April 8, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

        And the fish stands alone….🎶🎶

      • CarolV April 8, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        About 1:25pm, She was back for the lonely fish…. George dropped down for a quick attempt before she took off.

      • PattyK April 8, 2021 at 5:13 pm - Reply

        Do you think birds like other wildlife grieve? Watching George…….

        • CarolV April 8, 2021 at 5:54 pm - Reply

          I think nature is more pragmatic…. some animals seem to grieve but I think if procreating is on the front burner, other issues are pushed aside….
          Remember the old song… When you’re not with the one you love, love the one you’re with…

    42. CarolV April 8, 2021 at 10:22 am - Reply

      10:18….. G brings in another fish, which She drops down to claim…….. fattening Her up!

    43. Paula April 8, 2021 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Is it just me or is there A LOT of sticks in this nest?

      • CarolV April 8, 2021 at 10:36 am - Reply

        At least no more plastic bags, swim goggles or even stuffed animals! G is playing it straight organic so far!

        • Paula April 8, 2021 at 12:03 pm - Reply

          That’s very true. Gracie LOVED her some plastic! That is one thing I like about Jane, she prefers natural nesting material.

    44. Isabella April 8, 2021 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Don’t know if osprey that flew over was j2….she appeared just after….thought I would witness morning magic….George played hard to get….she got fed up and left

      • Isabella April 8, 2021 at 8:51 am - Reply

        She tries again…offers George a stick on his “cold” shoulder…..

        • Isabella April 8, 2021 at 9:00 am - Reply

          Gave him plenty of opportunity

    45. CarolV April 8, 2021 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Just before George came in, another osprey approached from the right but flitted off as George came from the left.
      He did a lot of swivel necking, looking off to the right, checking out who was there….
      Now it’s business as usual….

      • CarolV April 8, 2021 at 8:10 am - Reply

        Chicken necking! Knew there was a term for that movement!

    46. Marg Iannone April 8, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

      Good Morning OZ – George brings a nice fish for this lady!

    47. CarolV April 8, 2021 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Shadow in the nest as early as 4:45. When sun came up. there was George. Female came in a little later. They were both in and out.
      About 6:36am, George brought a headless fish. She wasn’t shy about asking for it and George turned it over without hesitation……. sounds like progress!!
      Off She went with breakfish to go.
      George did some nestorations and She was back in maybe 7:10ish.

    48. CarolV April 7, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      4:49pm…. G brings a fish; Missy came in to check it out but G was playing keep away

      • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        She moves in; G leaves fish and attempts mating

        • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 5:12 pm - Reply

          She shrugged him off and while he was gone, she moved in for fish

          • Isabella April 8, 2021 at 9:08 am - Reply

            A little bait and switch!

        • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 5:55 pm - Reply

          She shrugged him off and grabbed the 🐟

          • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 6:05 pm - Reply

            G made one more attempt before she took off
            Looks like a double post…things froze

    49. CarolV April 7, 2021 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      This looked like progress…
      Until he jumped on her and away she flew…. with some sharp chirps

      • PattyK April 7, 2021 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        What’s with the continued mantling from George….a strange beginning I haven’t seen at OZ before,Ms OZ queen keeps coming back but George is still displaying a coveted scene?v

        • Admin Mary Anne April 7, 2021 at 4:03 pm - Reply

          Patty, I think George might be a little uncomfortable yet. Maybe he is waiting for Jane. This will pass eventually.

          • Patty K April 7, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

            Thanks Mary Anne,will hope that they both settle down for a prosperous season!

    50. CarolV April 7, 2021 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Sighhhhhh…. feels like a poke in the eye 👁

      • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 12:29 pm - Reply

        Her just dashed out, probably to chase another female?
        She’s bouncing in and out like she owns the place

    51. Isabella April 7, 2021 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Patiently waiting for George to share

      • Isabella April 7, 2021 at 11:20 am - Reply

        Finally lunch!

    52. CarolV April 7, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

      George offered a fish to Her which she studied carefully.
      When she didn’t take it, G took it back .
      He’s eating it now as she watches

      • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 12:25 pm - Reply

        She just grabbed it…. sharing is caring!

    53. Paula April 7, 2021 at 11:01 am - Reply

      IRIS has returned to Hellgate. I’m SOOOOOO Happy she returned!!!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 7, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

        I was pretty excited when I saw her! She’s right on time!

    54. CarolV April 7, 2021 at 9:48 am - Reply

      George delivers seaweed and waits for applause.
      Female has been in and sounded like she was on perch for a bit.

    55. Isabella April 7, 2021 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Already rearranging…..George doing his Bela Lugosi

    56. Admin Mary Anne April 7, 2021 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Osprey attempts to land…8:02 am

      • Isabella April 7, 2021 at 9:30 am - Reply

        Looks like a male…maybe she left his nest for George’ S

    57. CarolV April 7, 2021 at 6:20 am - Reply

      Morning, George!
      Female was in briefly but was hard to tell if she came from perch or flew in…
      video is acting up and dreaded circle ⭕️ is in….

    58. Isabella April 7, 2021 at 1:18 am - Reply

      George went to the perch…someone joined him…then I lost the feed…maybe j2 changed her mind!
      Tried to post it…lost connection…..anyway, hopefully a union just in time! 🤞👍🥳

    59. GinaM April 6, 2021 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      George seems to be doing a lot of manteling every time the “Jane”/The Jane? is in the nest. Like he is protecting the space and not wanting to interact.
      Am I missing something?

      • Admin Mary Anne April 7, 2021 at 6:16 am - Reply

        This is very common, Gina. Males even mantle when they reunite with long time mates that they haven’t seen since the previous fall. He’s mated with her at least once that we saw. Also heard them above on the perch last night.

        • Isabella April 7, 2021 at 10:35 am - Reply

          Mary Anne…..even though I have seen this as you state…over the years and across other nests… I could not find any info other then….to protect their food
          I tried googling…why birds mantle….osprey mantling….osprey mating rituals….frustrating when you can’t find what you’re looking for!
          Tried osprey mantling again and voila!

          • Admin Mary Anne April 7, 2021 at 4:02 pm - Reply

            Isabella, that Puleston nest is the very first cam I watched, in 2006. Great cam, great bunch of people in that forum. I lived 20 mins from the nest and Dennis Puleston’s wife, Betty, invited the forum members over to her property for a picnic. We went up into the barn loft and we were able to watch the nest, see the fledglings and the parents. It was wonderful to see in person, the chicks we had watched grow up. Sadly the cam is no longer there, it was fun while it lasted.

    60. CarolV April 6, 2021 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Osprey date

      • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        And a happy ending….

        • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

          Missy came down from perch and has headed back .
          And now G headed up and the perch is a’rockin’!
          G has time to make up!

        • Pattyk April 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm - Reply

          👏👏👏👏👏😘

        • Trinity April 7, 2021 at 11:58 am - Reply

          Omg the salacious factor to this post is hilarious 😂

    61. CarolV April 6, 2021 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      J2…… 4/11/2020

      • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        not much help…. just love the shot….[:^}

        • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 6:14 pm - Reply

          One of several attempts to take over nest

      • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        1 more J2….

      • Paula April 6, 2021 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        Well that just proves I’m wrong again! This girl has a much darker necklace and more pronounced.
        At least George wasn’t all alone today!

    62. Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Another look at her.

      • Pattyk April 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm - Reply

        Bingo @7:36pm! Watching with such fascination the mantling,courtship doings,andQueen Oz is 💕 lovely,such a beautiful necklace 👏👏😘

        • Pattyk April 6, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

          Just wondering why my comments are always waiting moderation for so long….just want to shout out and enjoy this special moment with OZ family ASAP

          • CarolV April 7, 2021 at 6:26 am - Reply

            Sometimes my comments wait moderation until I refresh the page… I sometimes miss incoming comments because I’m too busy watching and posting and don’t refresh…

    63. June c April 6, 2021 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      It looks like George is Ignoring her…

      • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        Males often do that even with mates they have been with for years. Especially when they first arrive. He’s mantling, protecting his nest. It’s funny because when the female leaves, he looks for her.

    64. Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Lovely osprey.

      • Trinity April 6, 2021 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        Lovely picture 😊

        • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

          Thank you, Trinity!

      • Helen April 6, 2021 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Yes she is beautiful. Fingers crossed….

      • Isabella April 6, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Looks like j2. She has a crisper necklace..and that bewildered look…she is pretty…if Jane doesn’t show up…hope she stays!

    65. Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Female was on the nest with George and this osprey in the distance wanted to land, could not tell who it was.

      • Paula April 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        The one that tried to land looked like a male to me. I didn’t see a necklace.

    66. CarolV April 6, 2021 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Looks familiar!!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        That’s not Jane, but there is another that wants to come land…

        • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 4:57 pm - Reply

          Saw that… hopefully not another war zone

      • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 4:56 pm - Reply

        Not sure who but she accepted the fish 🐟

        • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          Now she’s rearranging furniture…
          And some chatting

          • Trinity April 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

            The courting process 😍

      • Paula April 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        I wonder if it’s Jane2! I remember looking at her last year and thinking her necklace looked like chains of hearts and this girls looks the same.

    67. Paula April 6, 2021 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      13:37 I think Jane is back!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm - Reply

        Paula, hope I am wrong, but her head looks much to light. Jane was darker on her head and she also had dark eyebrow markings.

        • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 4:22 pm - Reply

          See her her head? Jane’s is different.

        • Paula April 6, 2021 at 4:31 pm - Reply

          You’re probably right. I went through some of the videos and Janes necklace isn’t as crisp as this lady’s either. I was just so excited to see someone with George!

        • June c April 6, 2021 at 4:52 pm - Reply

          Is this J2?

          • June c April 6, 2021 at 4:55 pm - Reply

            It sure looks like her. He tried to mount her…

            • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm

              George is going to attempt mount any female who hangs out there long enough.

          • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

            I’m not seeing it, what do you think, Carol?

    68. Roberta Schoenbrun April 6, 2021 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      He must be so lonely.

    69. CarolV April 6, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Lunch, anyone??? Anyone????

      • Isabella April 6, 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        Looks like the same fish….guessing he’s leaving it to entice a mate?……they usually eat off nest….my theory is to keep the nest as pest free as possible
        Of course that’s impossible when chicks come !
        Question for Mary Anne
        What happens if George remains mate less? 🙁

        • Isabella April 6, 2021 at 3:20 pm - Reply

          I’m still holding out for the window of opportunity…but it seems to be closing

        • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 4:07 pm - Reply

          If George remains without a mate this year, he will hang around here all spring and summer. But mostly off nest, and we won’t see him much. He will get the urge to migrate at the usual time.

    70. Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

      6:18 am…osprey flies in low, checking George out.

    71. CarolV April 6, 2021 at 7:28 am - Reply

      G hauls in another small tree. He’s wrestling it in place, of course straight to the Great Wall towards the front…..

    72. CarolV April 6, 2021 at 6:58 am - Reply

      George was up early… has been in and out, decorating, hoping for that certain ambiance.

      Here he is, chatting with the fairies. Asking for dating advice?

    73. Isabella April 6, 2021 at 1:45 am - Reply

      Sitting in my backyard with the hubby…he’s telling me about seeing the osprey on the way home driving through Oakdale…. I said when are we going to the arboretum?…probably will see osprey there
      Then I looked up and saw this female eating huge fish!..wish I had looked up sooner and saw her fly to the tree!
      The crow was chattering and flying around her…thought because she was in his territory…but it seemed it was because she had food
      Other birds flew around…landed near her chattering….she paid them no mind!…..after she left..another one flew over the house…wondering if they are the patchoque pair?

      • CarolV April 6, 2021 at 7:00 am - Reply

        What fun! I see them flying over the house, especially later in the season when juveniles are just leisurely circling. But never saw in the trees!

    74. Isabella April 6, 2021 at 1:31 am - Reply

      Hopefully Jane will arrive soon….there is still a window of opportunity…..if she doesn’t..hope she is safe and just decided on a different mate
      Wonder what happened to J2?

    75. Admin Mary Anne April 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      He waits..

      • Isabella April 6, 2021 at 1:32 am - Reply

        Perfect pic and caption!!!

        • Admin Mary Anne April 6, 2021 at 6:44 am - Reply

          Thank you, Isabella!

        • Fred April 8, 2021 at 6:23 am - Reply

          Mating at 4/08/21…6:10am

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