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Belle’s Journey

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Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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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 Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“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. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Just went back to find why the view of the eggs had improved…. one of those moments of “how could I not have noticed?” We have Missy to thank!

      • Trinity May 12, 2021 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Missy wants to make sure we get her best angles 🌟

    2. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      @6:47……. George is in with a fish….. Missy came in to claim it and went up……

    3. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      George hauled a branch in but mercifully left it over on the other side.

    4. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Forcing myself to do some photo weeding……

      I often forget just how dark Jane was! 6/13/18

    5. Isabella May 12, 2021 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Meanwhile on the west coast
      Good thing Dad added another stick….these chicks are on the move!

      • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        Oh, look! Another couples’ brood! And our little lady is perfecting her techniques on how to jump on her mate! She does make me laugh, tho!

    6. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Missy tried her Ninja technique but George saw her coming and got out of the way in time……..

    7. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 10:14 am - Reply

      The pest is on overtime today! George went after it.

      • Isabella May 12, 2021 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        Just wait til I get my wings on you!

    8. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:45 am - Reply

      The winds have picked up today….w14mph…. but at least it’s sunny and temps rising to61. Still below normal but we’ll take it!
      That plastic on the far rim is dancing.

    9. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Just wanted to share this from the Oyster Bay nest. Looked like someone wanted to have the nest but the other wouldn’t move. So cute….

    10. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Dealing with an intruder….. It flew right above them (you can see wings at top of frame) and must have hovered

      • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

        Missy was right up at the camera and George yelled behind her……… good thing they were both there

        • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:31 am - Reply

          After things calmed down and George was snoozing, Missy flew in and George looked carefully to be sure it was her

    11. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Wednesday morning…. Hump Day AGAIN! Didn’t we just do that?

      No one stayed on the eggs overnight…………………………………. Missy is in just before 5.
      I see that one annoying stick is down, but it bounces back up as soon as it realized we were here.

      • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

        George in with a fish @6:29. Missy raced in to beat chant him in.

        • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

          M comes back with a double footfull of seaweed. She didn’t disturb George’s happytime.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 12, 2021 at 7:32 am - Reply

        It appears as if the female at the Patchogue nest has gone missing. Eggs were alone all last night, from 6:25 pm. The male arrived this morning early to brood, but he left at one point and the crows are around. He is back now but it’s just a matter of time before crows take them. Very sad.

        • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 7:35 am - Reply

          That’s too bad. They were a successful pair. Wonder what happened.

          • Admin Mary Anne May 12, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

            She might have been hit by a car, is my guess. So sad.

            • CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:20 am

              Thought of that. And all those wires…..

            • Isabella May 12, 2021 at 12:37 pm

              My husband drives through the Oakdale merge to and from work….at least 3 times an osprey flew right in front of the car
              Went to arboretum yesterday….heard osprey but didn’t see any…doesn’t look like any of the nest there are occupied
              At home we usually see them fly over every day….it’s been quiet for many days
              There are so many things they have to deal with….cars, boats, raccoons, other osprey etc
              We seem to be off to a sad season already 😢
              This pic is 2018

            • Admin Mary Anne May 12, 2021 at 1:18 pm

              I don’t see a pic, Isabella, it’s showing blank for me. Amazing that they fly so low at times, but they do! At least the Oyster Bay pair seems to be doing well.

            • Isabella May 12, 2021 at 4:35 pm


    12. Isabella May 11, 2021 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      A couple of my favorite pics
      George zonked out
      New Mate has been somewhat obsessed with this stick…..move it!!

    13. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      She’s a funny girl………
      Her latest assault to get George up…………… Mind you, he was gone for about 25mins. and she could have come down then.

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        This was very deliberate and certainly did the trick!
        George was removed and she assumed her position….

    14. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Snakfish @18:52…..

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        Thought she was headed to perch, as usual….. but she shows up behind him heading to the left

        • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 7:40 pm - Reply

          And she’s back in 10 mins., fishless. Just a quick stop as George got down to business.

    15. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      @15:48….George comes in with a big fish, looking around for Missy………………… she hurries in a minute or so later and gets the fish in her beak and surprised me.. and maybe George…. by flying out.

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        George settles in . Then, here comes Missy, flying for the perch, and happily the fish was still with her.
        Happy eating sounds and George in his happy place.

        • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm - Reply

          Missy came back, with a nice crop.
          And George… well, we can see where he is.

        • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm - Reply

          Seen George brood eggs….haven’t really seen him roll them?

    16. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      George brought tribute to exchange but Missy wasn’t interested. She’s in hover mode.
      George tried sliding in maybe hoping she would move but…no.
      He only stayed a minute. He’ll be back.

      I would have thought Missy would see him brooding and take a hint…… I made a comment that when Missy took parenting classes, she excelled in swaddling (all the seaweed wrap) but was absent for incubation class. I wonder what it will take to make the connection?

    17. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 10:39 am - Reply

      George’s peace is broken with an intruder…..
      It flew right over, fish and all. He went out after it.

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 11:05 am - Reply

        There’s an egg out of the cup… George hooked in right next to it but he’s not seeing it.
        Not that it’s likely to make a difference.

    18. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Missy was alarming….. looks like George came in to back her up

    19. Paula May 11, 2021 at 8:20 am - Reply

      This is going to be a repeat of Jane’s first year! I just hope George is up for it, he is a few years older.
      I really hope he starts eating more of the fish Missy insists on him providing for her.
      She really is spoiled. Jane at least fished for herself most of the time.
      Thanks to everyone who posts the pics and updates. I find the rewind annoying and only do it when you guys let me know it will be worth it!

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 10:50 am - Reply

        If you can, go back to 7:24 am, with an oblivious Missy and a stumbling George.

    20. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Missy, when you’re done chewing on that stick, could you shove it overboard???

      Breakfish @6:36….. Missy took upstairs…. another big one!

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 8:09 am - Reply

        Missy is back with leftovers….

        • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 8:12 am - Reply

          Yesterday was tail feathers…. today it’s wing…..

          • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 10:45 pm - Reply

            It’s going to take a wing…tail… and a prayer

    21. Isabella May 11, 2021 at 6:45 am - Reply

      While waiting for George…..and moving the grass
      She kept stepping on the eggs 🍳
      Her way of brooding?
      She was getting annoyed and yanked on front stick
      Was hoping she would move it

      • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 6:48 am - Reply

        Super sized breakfish coming!

        • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 6:51 am - Reply

          Hmmm….maybe I should have eaten more
          New Mate took it to the perch….still complaining
          Just shut your beak and eat!

          • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 6:53 am - Reply

            Sitting on scrambled eggs

            • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 6:58 am

              Catching a cat nap 💤

    22. CarolV May 11, 2021 at 5:53 am - Reply

      George stayed on the nest all night. Missy rousted him out about 4:50. But all his hard work will be for nothing, since she’s not doing her share…………… my pictures won’t open so can’t post any till I figure that out.

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 6:33 am - Reply

        Got some use back…yay!… Missy pushing him out. Waiting for her breakfish order….

        • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 7:08 am - Reply

          Now no computer. So much for fixing by myself.
          Will work on this

    23. Isabella May 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Night shift

      • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 4:47 am - Reply

        Looks like spent the night 👍

        • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 5:12 am - Reply

          New Mate shows up…nudges George to get breakfish

          • Isabella May 11, 2021 at 6:16 am - Reply

            Walks on eggs
            George comes back empty taloned

      • CarolV May 11, 2021 at 6:30 am - Reply

        Looked like the poor guy went into a coma…. he hardly moved, from what little we could see!

    24. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      George brooded for about 1 1/2 or more, flew out about 8:30…. that’s fairly normal. Then he came back and was nicely settled in.
      But Missy showed. She stood behind him till he left….. and now she will leave, too.
      which she did.

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        Oh, look, he’s back! Let’s see how long he stays…………….

    25. Paula May 10, 2021 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I was shocked when I read about the 5 eggs but at the same time thrilled that hopefully at least 1, maybe 2 will hatch. Missy has seemed to get a little better at incubating so maybe, hopefully she’s finally done laying and now she’ll want to incubate the way she should. Finger’s crossed!

    26. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Some sun before the day is done…… George is alarming.

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 8:04 pm - Reply

        Pest patrol flew over, annoying George.

        Cloudy overnight, dropping to mid 40s.

      • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Every time I peeked in…pretty vignette ….sky , the bay
        Nest is pretty right now
        In this pic looks like 4 eggs

    27. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      @18:42….. Dinnerfish…. BIG one!
      Missy took it to perch…. can hear her up there….

    28. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Missy was bringing in all kinds of stuff today….. here’s a lovely clump of kelp…..
      She even tucked it around the eggs…. no wonder we can’t see how many eggs are there. She pulled some of it off…

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 4:50 pm - Reply

        George has cleared some of the stuffing from around the eggs,
        Each of them has brought in clumps of that dark grassy seaweed.
        Missy is crazed…. some more kelp that came in and back out. That nest is crowded!

      • Trinity May 10, 2021 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        These birds have an interesting take on “ nesting “ in preparation for the babies 😀

      • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        Love wing pic 4!

    29. Charlie May 10, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Apologies for posting wrong screenshot before. Same comment – somebody tell me I’m not seeing FIVE eggs??

      • Admin Mary Anne May 10, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        I just posted one. It sure does look like it. If you scroll back to 10:20 and watch, she has contractions and is grunting. Final contraction about 10:21:25. She fooled us as she did not stand up for a while and we couldn’t see the egg when she did.

        • nfc May 10, 2021 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          Amazing— I thought I saw at least four this afternoon. George and the new female have been busy. Now all we need is some incubating. Maybe we can have a hatch!!!!!!!!!!!Fingers, talons, and toes crossed. Thanks to all he people who post the pictures. Your stories are entertaining as the nest drama!!!!!!!!!!

    30. Admin Mary Anne May 10, 2021 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      I think I need glasses…because it looks like five eggs.

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        That was her 5th egg that she laid but one of the earlier ones was buried. Guess it finally got uncovered….
        I didn’t see that! It’s hit and miss on sighting those eggs,!

        • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 4:55 pm - Reply

          Laid between 10:15 and 11:15 ish today

      • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        Maybe why she doesn’t want to sit on them….she’s backed up with eggs!
        Enough George 😬😜!

      • Patty K May 10, 2021 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        Thank you dear Admin,for this incredible info,really thought it wasn’t possible,but wowzer, our OZ soap opera continues…😳

        • Admin Mary Anne May 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm - Reply

          Yet another gripping episode of “As the Egg Turns.”

          • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 9:07 pm - Reply

            Hope it doesn’t turn into the show
            8 is enough!

      • Trinity May 10, 2021 at 6:40 pm - Reply

        Holy moly 🙀

    31. Charlie May 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Somebody tell me I’m not seeing FIVE eggs??

    32. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Look at those clouds! And the line of sun that is sneaking thru a break in the clouds, reflectied on the water….. pretty spectacular for a gray day!

    33. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Missy sees George coming….
      Fish delivered @12:14…………………….. and there’s someone right behind him….

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        Intruder flew right over…. Missy wasn’t interested in eating so George had a few bites .
        Missy took off and George had his eggs.
        Is he counting???

        • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 2:01 pm - Reply

          Missy came down from the perch to grab that fish; headed right back up there…

    34. Isabella May 10, 2021 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      George having a snack….sitting on eggs
      Why does it look like 4-5 eggs?

      • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm - Reply

        Never mind egg with green dots…saw George standing on it
        Egg with purple dots?
        New Mate comes and goes with fish snack

        • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:40 pm - Reply

          George is off to guard his territory

          • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:44 pm - Reply

            Wind must be picking up….bay was like glass….now slight ripple

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

        Looks like the Easter bunny was here, Isabella….

    35. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Here we go again….. I’m always suspicious when Missy broods for any length of time…. sat for an hour before a flyover got her up…. I’m seeing 4

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 11:50 am - Reply

        Maybe a little clearer?

        • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 11:52 am - Reply

          Bottom shot…. she had the 3 by the front foot, one back behind the other foot…

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 11:58 am - Reply

        Have I mentioned how much I dislike that frickin’ stick?

        • Admin Mary Anne May 10, 2021 at 2:35 pm - Reply

          Maybe once or twice. :>)

    36. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 10:26 am - Reply

      It made me laugh when Missy flew in and suddenly decided this “chair” belonged on the other side of the room.

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

        She struggled to work it loose then flipped it over her head, to snuggle it in on the other side…
        With a very brief egg sit to follow….

    37. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 9:34 am - Reply

      For some reason, Missy likes to have a foot on an egg

      And she’s a beauty when she defends her nest

    38. CarolV May 10, 2021 at 7:43 am - Reply

      GM, Missy…. GM, George….. Hazy Momday morn…

      • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

        As George sits the eggs….. SURPRISE!!!!!!!! @6:15, Missy shows with a partial fish….
        I went back to see if I had missed a delivery or any leftover fish on the nest and found nothing.

        What I did find was Missy leaving the nest @5:34 and circling down to the bay and what looked like her skimming the water

        • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 7:51 am - Reply

          So it looked like a little roll reversal….. and George was fine with that as he headed to accept the fish……
          But Missy wasn’t sharing!

          • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 1:31 pm - Reply

            Just noticed my spelling of ROLL in role reversal….. I’d like to pretend it’s an egg reference but……… carelessness

      • Patty K May 10, 2021 at 1:55 pm - Reply

        Hi,I swear I see four eggs @1:54pm

        • Admin Mary Anne May 10, 2021 at 2:36 pm - Reply

          You do. Likely laid three days after the last overnight when we didn’t see.

    39. Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:15 am - Reply

      Just like this pic
      George watching New Mate fly off with fish
      Looks like his “hair” is blowing in the wind

      • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:17 am - Reply

        Then back to the eggs

    40. CarolV May 9, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      An even quicker turnover…. Missy was right on George’s tail… and the fish’s…. when he came in @16:11:14…

      • CarolV May 9, 2021 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        Knocked several seconds off the turn around time by getting out by 16:11:22!

    41. CarolV May 9, 2021 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Missy is lobbying for the spot.
      And they are alarm calling, George from the nest cup.
      Add to that the wind is picking up and whistling across the microphone…… just a little noisy!

      Wind is up to ssw16mph…. chance of a shower in the next hour. Increasing likelihood of rain into tonight and thru to morning. At least it “s warm at 63.
      We had a beach gathering in memory of my Mom and got the advantage of that sunny morning.

      • CarolV May 9, 2021 at 3:49 pm - Reply

        M finally chased G and he’s just a dot in the sky. And then she left. Her job is done.

      • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:19 am - Reply

        Glad you had nice weather!

        • CarolV May 10, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

          Thanks! It was a nice gathering, especially since first time we all got together in a LOOOOOONG… time

    42. CarolV May 9, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      This came and went so fast I had to run it in slo-mo to get pics! George came in; Missy plopped down from the perch and did a grab-n-run…

      • CarolV May 9, 2021 at 1:43 pm - Reply

        Fish at 13:10.:o6….. out by 13:10:20……

    43. Isabella May 9, 2021 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Happy healthy Mother’s Day wishes to all!

    44. CarolV May 9, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Osprey communication….. when being ignored, walk on his tail….

      • CarolV May 9, 2021 at 9:40 am - Reply

        Take your time and be sure to hit ALL those feathers….

        • CarolV May 9, 2021 at 9:56 am - Reply

          All that for 5 minutes…. sheeeeeetz!

        • Isabella May 10, 2021 at 1:20 am - Reply

          Tip toe through the feathers

    45. Tim Tiernan May 9, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Looks like the fish are changing over from bunker to blue fish, which must be a welcome change for the birds.

    46. CarolV May 9, 2021 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Happy sunny Sunday!
      Looked like Missy was on the nest early. Not sure when she came in but started getting glimpses of movement just around midnight.

      George was in for an early morning “meeting”

      • CarolV May 9, 2021 at 7:28 am - Reply

        Breakfish @6:48. Missy was starving and had the fish and out in seconds…..

        George straightened up a bit and settled in the sunshine.

    47. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Hope everyone has a day to enjoy!

      • Marg Iannone May 9, 2021 at 8:34 am - Reply

        Thanks, CarolV….wishing you the very same!🌸🕊

      • June c May 9, 2021 at 9:48 am - Reply

        Right back at ya…and. Happy Mother’s Day to all…

    48. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Oh, yeah…. the rain we weren’t supposed to get….. surprise!
      Supposed to blow thru by midnight,,,,
      Temps mid 40s tonight. Clearing to a sunny/ partly cloudy Sunday… may hit 60.

    49. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Missy was harassing George till he moved along…..
      She yapped in nest till minutes before George came in…..

      • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply


      • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 6:07 pm - Reply

        @17:28, George brings the fish but Missy is out… possibly on perch.
        There was some commotion with a flyby…………………. George puts fish aside and heads to the bowl

        • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 6:11 pm - Reply

          Missy plops down ON George. She has to harass him till he gets up before deciding she wants the fish…..
          She took the fish to the perch…. and George settled in

    50. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Usual osprey afternoon…. ins and out..

      George takes the fish; brings some back when he returns…. left on back of nest

      • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        Missy was in and out…. did some preening
        Sometimes, I think she just likes his company

    51. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      There was a fish delivery @11:41…. nobody home but us eggies…
      Missy is behind him but goes for perch.
      When she came down, she ignored the fish and pushed out George.
      She flewoff to come and go with this chunk of goop. She flew up to perch with it still stuck in her foot.

      George came back to get comfy and keep the fish company.

    52. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Oops, der it is…….
      Wish they’d stop playing games! Now you see it, now you don’t!

      • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        around 11:40
        Missy iced a stripe across that back left one earlier

    53. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Not to be obsessive but…… I think there’s one buried there…. Maybe Missy spent part of the night on the nest to lay a 4th egg
      George was trying to tug on this (arrow) as he fluffed ..

      • Admin Mary Anne May 8, 2021 at 11:19 am - Reply

        I see what you mean, it does look like it, she would have laid it three days after the third. Sadly, not that it matters, as they are hardly being incubated.

        • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

          I know… not gonna have 4 chicks fighting each other, that’s for sure.
          Maybe George is just gonna keep trying till she gets it right! They were mating again.

          • Admin Mary Anne May 8, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

            She needs to start brooding and I am not sure she is going to come to understand that. It may be too late already. We shall see. But when you think about it, if she does not have a clue, and George were to somehow brood enough that just one egg hatched, I don’t know if she would bother at all with a chick.

            • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 12:24 pm

              I thought of that, too. Just hope George stops trading spouses so we at least have hope next season!

            • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 12:26 pm

              As clueless as Jane was, she at least had the brooding down and, after her initial reaction, fed Squirmy enough to give George help. I think this girl skipped her Child Rearing classes.

            • Joy May 8, 2021 at 6:16 pm

              That’s what he gets for continually courting younger women.

    54. GinaM May 8, 2021 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Did we get another egg last night? I think I see 4?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 8, 2021 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Carol took a very good look, does not appear to be 4 there.

        • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 10:38 am - Reply

          Sorry, Mary Ann…. ever indecisive….. not that it matters, but maybe…

      • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

        This shows it slightly better….. looks smooth

    55. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Thought that was another fish for a sec.
      George just wants the eggs back….
      She’s not quite ready to clear out….

    56. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 7:38 am - Reply

      A bit overcast on this Saturday morning…. may be a quick passing shower but most of the day just cloudy. Mid 50s.
      George was in @5:15 and went straight on the eggs.
      Missy came in @5:44

      • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 7:40 am - Reply

        Breakfish @7:16
        Missy went up to perch with her big, juicy fish

    57. CarolV May 8, 2021 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Do I see for eggs or is the bottom left just bedding?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 8, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

        I think there are still three…

        • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 7:51 am - Reply

          Thanks… not that it makes much difference… poor Missy…feel sorry for her…. and George

          • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 7:57 am - Reply

            You’re right. George was fluffing and there’re his toes in that spot.

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

            So do I, much more for George though. I think she is young and has likely not experienced having chicks before, so she probably isn’t missing anything.

    58. Isabella May 8, 2021 at 3:03 am - Reply

      Someone on the nest

    59. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Shhhhhhhhhh…… That’s Missy!
      She;s been waiting for a fish….. surprised none came in….

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        Wonder at the possibility of a 4th egg?

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        George came with a fish and Missy’s not interested…. He even took a bite …. then he flew.

        • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 8:22 pm - Reply

          Missy’s restless,,, has gotten up several times and I figured that was it… but she’s still there…

          • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

            9pm…. video is flicking off and on…… but she’s still there….

            • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 11:11 pm

              11:07…. she’s still there

            • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

              Looks like she stayed till 3:45ish…

            • CarolV May 8, 2021 at 5:07 am

              And at some point, she was upright

    60. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Missy disagreed with this stick….. she kept going after it , in between skywatching….. and she made it better for our view!

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 7:22 pm - Reply

        And that skywatching paid off… challenged someone who made a double pass. It sounded like George yelling in the distance as support.

    61. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      George is upstairs”visiting” with Missy….. accompanying chirps and camera bounce to accent the shadows. I ‘ve heard them more than a few times

    62. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Just when we we rejoicing at the removal of that stick..
      George brought one that thankfully made it over to the far side….

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        But he wasn’t done………….. must have flown straight down and back with this monster……

        • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm - Reply

          Ahhhhhhhh…. job well done…….

          • Paula May 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm - Reply

            I’m convinced that he is actively trying to block our view. He knows we are here and he doesn’t want us watching him and all of his women.

    63. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Hey, bird watchers, can anyone identify that species? {;+}}

    64. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Our warrior Prince and Princess…..

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        No audio…..

        • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          Never mind! Just found another way audio can be unknowingly muted…. dang! Too many choices!

    65. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

      @8:32….. George shows with another fish…… settled in with the fish behind him.
      Missy came in , saw the fish and just stood for a while……….. she went out and came back with seaweed which she put right on his fish!
      George couldn’t see burying his fish, so he went behind her and took off, fish, seaweed and all…..

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 9:53 am - Reply


        • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 10:24 am - Reply

          George was back, once again, carrying that fish…. he settled in
          This time, Missy grabbed the fish to go.

    66. CarolV May 7, 2021 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Friday fineday! No rain on the menu!

      Missy beats George in to say GM…
      He did a clean up before he went fishing…

      • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 9:19 am - Reply

        @6:29, breakfish by George…..
        Missy sings him in and goes…………… he gets eggie time

    67. Isabella May 7, 2021 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Minding his own eggs

      • Isabella May 7, 2021 at 9:00 am - Reply

        Later on busy chasing

        • Isabella May 7, 2021 at 9:03 am - Reply

          Returned with a snack for the pantry
          Settled back on eggs

          • Isabella May 7, 2021 at 9:05 am - Reply

            Bothered by fly overs

    68. Paula May 7, 2021 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Beautiful Iris on Hellgate nest laid her first egg last night. Just know it will end badly, like the last two years.
      Here’s our Gorgeous George needing a brooding female and there is Beautiful Iris needed a providing male.
      Too bad we can’t bring them together!

      • Isabella May 7, 2021 at 9:11 am - Reply

        What happened to male that fertilized egg?

        • Admin Mary Anne May 7, 2021 at 9:56 am - Reply

          Louis? He has with another female downriver, this is his third year with her. They raised chicks to fledge in 2019 and 2020. But he still mates with Iris.

          • Paula May 7, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

            Yes and he chases of any potential new mates for Iris!
            It’s so sad to watch her fabulous genes not get passed on to another generation year after year!

        • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 10:03 am - Reply

          He’s a gigalo with a second nest…

          • CarolV May 7, 2021 at 10:04 am - Reply

            Gigalo is harsh and wrong…. he’s just in demand

    69. CarolV May 6, 2021 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Missy was going all around the nest, trying to move large items, testing all the big sticks.

      • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 8:32 pm - Reply

        She was on tippy-talons trying to pull something near the far side …..

        She even had a modified chest push and a moment in the cup, chasing a waving grass……
        I know, too little too late…. but she was cute…….
        And she flew up to bed

        • Isabella May 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm - Reply

          Well if George brooded eggs enough..and she takes over..may have a chance
          It ain’t over til it’s over

    70. CarolV May 6, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Missy was in a couple of times with the fishtail…..
      George decides to go for it…. it was so firmly stuck on her talons, it took a 22sec. tug o’fish to get it loose!!!!

      • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        He left till Missy flew, then came and finished his snack in the nest

      • Isabella May 6, 2021 at 11:48 pm - Reply

        Now that’s a pedicure!!

    71. CarolV May 6, 2021 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Leaving the fish, George clears the nest cup and gets comfy….. within minutes, Missy is wheep-wheeping behind him…… that face says it all!

      • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        She moved upstairs, still complaining. From up there, she spotted the fish laying on the other side of George.
        She jumped down to get it and went to perch to eat………………….. George can relax in quiet!

    72. CarolV May 6, 2021 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      @15:43…… George is back with another fish.
      Someone, I thought Missy has been on the perch. But she flew ouy over the bay and circled back and hovered over George, then back to perch……………. a little strange.
      George took off.

      • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        He was back in a few and acknowledged someone on the perch. He decided to eat right there.

    73. Peter R May 6, 2021 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      I don’t see any eggs…where are they?

      • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        The cup has gotten deeper and there are grasses around it. George usually digs them out when he decides to brood. But it’s not looking likely for chicks…

    74. CarolV May 6, 2021 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      @13:51…. George brings a fish. He hasn’t been in for a while…… he looks around but no Missy.
      Fish got put to side.
      He was just getting comfortable when someone dove in to the nest, sending him flying…. and he didn’t come right back.

      • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 2:57 pm - Reply

        Missy came in to stand on fish….
        Someone is flying around, getting her upset.
        And now she’s yapping, as if she’s calling George, while still standing on the fish….

        • CarolV May 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          Oh, hey! Forgot there was a fish down here! Bye!

    75. CarolV May 6, 2021 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Missy has been in charge, either on the perch or keeping the eggs company.
      One lookie-loo flew over, to M’s displeasure.

      • Isabella May 6, 2021 at 4:36 pm - Reply


        • Isabella May 6, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

          George egg sitting
          New Mate perch sitting….with 🐟

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