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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
George fortifies the nest….
That second stick had so many branches, George had a hard time getting off it once he had set it down!
Fortunately, he’s building up that outer rim. Waiting for the “KEEP OUT!!!” sign……….
After leaving the nest last night, George was back in for a few hours…..
George was in, delivering some bedding……. Lucy was right behind putting in her breakfast request; George left.
Lucy hung around for a few.
@6:07…… George brings home breakfish…
Then Smarty Feathers shows up with her own!!!!!
It was a bit of a fish-off, with George eying Lucy’s…… both left.
When George came back, someone went after him. He flew off with his fish while the other bird took the nest for a minute. Not sure what that was and didn’t get a clear idea of who….
Went back to look again and found that this bird had landed previous to chasing George.
He had tried several times to come in, with her chasing him over the bay and off the nest several times.
Sittin’ in the sunset…..
Next 4 days are showing rain… starting late tomorrow. We’ll see….
70degs. now, dropping to 54 by sunrise. Next few days are supposed to be cooler. nw8mph wind.
Left about 9….
Snack time and a quick break before George is back on the eggs. He ate right on the nest.
For JIM B and anyone who wants to watch the storks….. there is a 6 hr. difference but they do have the scroll bar. The feeders come up with fish about 6am, noon and 6pm.
Those chicks are grownig so fast!
@16:44….. very low key fish delivery………. no Lucy, no pests, no fuss.
George left the fish in his pantry and settled down.
He’s spent most of the afternoon on the nest. When he wasn’t in sight, could hear someone or see a shadow from the perch.
George keeps checking on that leftover fish….. we all know the feeling….. am I really hungry? Oh, what the heck…..
Potty time………………. looked like he was aiming for that boat!
And now to choke down that last piece not worth saving…….. we’ve all been there, Too!
2 or 3 osprey are flying over the bay…. one flew in to the perch.
Then George comes in with a fish. And there’s a flyover…..
The other bird was still flying nearby and flew over George again. George decided to take the fish out. I could hear him calling nearby…. maybe on the perch
George is back and still has fish….
He’s still vocal when he settles on eggs.
George has been off the eggs more than on this morning……
Thursday…. George left the nest shortly after midnight.
He and Lucy raced to the nest this a.m., landing within secs. of each other.. George went hunting and Lucy nestorated.
She got tired of waiting and took off…..
@6:25, George is back with a hunk of fish. He looked around for Lucy and then put the fish aside to sit on the eggs.
He went to the perch for a bit, then decided he might as well grab the rest of that fish and take it out to eat.
Blue t ful !
George at night
George is hunkered down in the increasing wind…..ssw12mph. 70degs. dropping tolow 60s. chance of line storms , with possible lightning, between 9 and midnight.
Lucy’s in, front and center………………….. George takes that as signal it’s o.k. to go……. poor, deluded bird/ she’s out minutes later.
George comes with a piece of fish…. no Lucy.
George worked on it for awhile, in and out a couple of times till he went back to the eggs.
ADMIN Mary Anne…. hope it’s ok to do a one time post from that stork nest in Czechleslovakia….
………………… It’s like a freakin’ old world painting!!! And it’s been raining.
Dad has his wings full with this already rowdy bunch! There’re all kinds of squeaks and squawks coming from underneath him…. and someone likes to pop its head out and do the “beak clap”.
I will keep this on my watch list ….
Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo
Photps from this web page / on youtube
I read some interesting articles about the stork. They are considered signs of good health and prosperity, so any nests that are built on homes are rarely removed.
In some places, people consider them so special that towns can be designated as “stork villages”. Certain criteria must be met to receive this prestigious title.
Since electrocution is such a hazard, villagers will closely watch any work being done to the wires. If they consider work to be sub-par, they will band together to have the work corrected or report the company to local authorities.
While still considered endangered in some areas, storks are making a come back.
That one sticking out yapping is too cute!
I saw this maybe a few years ago on tv
He takes care of the whole family
Feeds the chicks
While the male is away he even watches videos of the nest with the mom
He said she cries when she watches
That’s dedication….. so sweet
That is beautiful!!
What is the website for that stork nest?
Jim go to youtube- paste this into search. Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo
Thanks so much Mary Anne!
You’re welcome, Jim!
George went fishing….. @10:36. he came in with 1/2 a fish. Looked all around and decided he might as well eat the rest.
Down the hatch….. and it’s a big one!………………. Clean that beak, Georgie!
Very hazy morning…. promise of some sun, clearing in the afternoon. 70 now, only going up a few more degrees today. sw8mph winds with 77% humidity… feeling that stickiness already
It’s been a busy morning….. George and Lucy came in almost together…. He was acting a little defensive but I guess that’s his way of saying “You’re not home enough!”
There was quick bonding….
George bigs an impressive load of seaweed…..
Lucy was waiting upstairs to put in a breakfish request
@6:02…… George delivers the entire floppy fish to Lucy…
Someone was following him…. Lucy got very defensive and George went after them. Lucy made her get away.
George was up and down and made a trip because he he didn’t have quite enough seaweed….
Then, Lucy surprised him with a gift…
Quick visit while George was out….. looked like Dark Necklace…. George chased her.
It was an odd night. George flew out.
Then returned from about 11:30 – 1:45…. then gone again.
Full moon rising…… SOD, George!
Lucy was in earlier…. with all the nest to land on, she landed on his tail…… just saying good=night.
Two airplanes passed, one right after the other. Very hard to see but the 2nd one is a speck toward the right. Their lights flashed as they flew by…..
I took about 20 pics hoping to catch a flash…. silly me….
Still breezy @12mphSSW…… temp 63 dropping to 59 then starting to rise near midnight, holding steady at 61 the rest of the night.
Lucy is home and George must be nearby with a fish…. song and dance begins….
@17:56….. faithful George arrives with the fish….. Very hungry Lucy can’t get there fast enough…..
Thank you so much Mary Anne!
So much we are learning from these cameras…amazing!!
Oh yes, if there were no cams on these nests, we would not know nearly as much about ospreys, (and other birds) as we do now. I watch a couple of stork nest live stream cams and they are incredibly interesting. They also can be hard to watch. At one nest in the Czech Republic, the female was electrocuted on a high voltage wire, leaving four stork chicks for the male to raise. There’s a man who climbs a ladder three times a day to leave them a bunch of what looks like minnow fish and pinkies, which are dead baby rodents of some type. He also leaves some larger fish and dead rodents for the male. If he wasn’t doing that, no doubt at least half of these chicks would have perished by now. If anyone is interested in checking it out copy and paste this into youtube. Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo
I just watched the stork cam. What a nice guy to care for them! I wonder if they are a protected species.
There’s such a size diff in the four chicks! It was all too cute…… thanks for pointing it out!
You’re welcome, Carol!
Thank you Mary Anne for link to Stork cam…never saw baby Storks..only in pics…there is also a Falcon cam on the Mario Cuomo bridge..what is unique you are able to put a date and time and view…you guys should ck it out…the chicks look bigger then the Mom
Thank you, June, I will check it out!
Someone stopped briefly. I would have thought that Lucy would stay for fish delivery, but no telling what she’s up to lately. (if that was Lucy)
George is in several minutes later @11:51. He stood calling but then put the fish aside to go to his eggies.
Later, when George tried to stand, he needed help from his wings….. possibly wind(14mph) held him down……
OMG…love second pic!…..I could use a pair of wings!
Mr. Sparrow peeking to see if it’s clear to go shopping. The babies downstairs are getting louder! They grow so quickly……………
Lucy saying HI!? …
G didn’t get upset…
Georgepulled anall nighter….
Look who came home! She’sin bright and early……
When she spots George she gets LOUD! Must be a hungry girl!
@7:02…. George brings in breakfish…… A frantic Lucy gets it in seconds ……
And quiet descends so George can get back to his eggs.
And Lucy is back……..
George takes it as a sign he can go for a run….
But of course, she is minutes behind him….
Bright night….. George left just after this;;;
And he’s right back….
Temp dropping to about 46…
Hi All. Wondering if the Admins could add a “Like” button somehow ? So many posts give me a chuckle & would love to “like ” them all ! Also, re: pseg nest in Patchogue…. I never see anyone sitting on the eggs ! Maybe the parents are inexperienced ? It’ll be a miracle if anything there hatches. Our George is so attentive, to his Ladies and his eggs ! And now there could be 5 mouths to feed ? He better rest up on those eggs now, while he can ! 🙂
Hi Nancy, I don’t think it’s possible for a like button to be added. A couple of weeks ago, the resident female went missing at Patchogue. The male brooded for days on and off but has finally given up. There were two females coming around interested in the nest and I saw him mate with both. The two females were fighting for the nest and now there is just one. One egg was taken by a crow. The others are there but have been pecked by crows and it’s a matter of time before they are taken also.
Fresh fish @16:16…. George looked all around but no Lucy. He ate some more fish just because…..
Then he did some alarming… nice and loud!… before settling down
Visitor….. I think it was Lucy but couldn’t get a positive. Couldn’t see underwing markings or head, which I generally use to i.d.
George was a little guarded and even hesitant about letting her land.
But she sidled up right next to him.
Both left the nest.
2016: Our Sandy…… we used to say George would have to drag the nest behind him to get her to leave! It was close! He seemed to escort her away…..
………… And he fed her till the last! I can almost picture her trailing after him, begging at every stop.
George goes for a run; stops back to pick up a snack and takes it out.
He brought it back to finish at home but a pest interrupted his quiet time. Off he went again but wasn’t out long….. eggies were calling.
The Osprey 5
A man…. his eggs…crab shell…and slipper shell
That annoying stick is back poking us in the eye!
It’s more annoying to me because it’s wobbling in the wind now!
The neighbor must be on the perch or where ever the microphone is. He’s announcing his territory…. so sweet…. but funny to see George and his big old self while listening to Mr. Sparrow.
They are loud!….giving George a headache?😝
Like they say….. You can never hear yourself! His alerts make my ears twitch!
Adding a little freshness to the nice… nice big oak leaves.
George is alarming a lot. Occasionnally see someone fly by. And I hear geese…..
And you-know-what is edging its way back to center…. booooo!….
The girl with colitis goes by
We have the fish! @9:34…. No one to share with.
George puts is aside.
Shy fifth egg put in an appearance…
Not in laying order.
Nice picture….I keep thinking if they all hatched…I know one nest out west had 6… but couple weeks later 4 died…
June, where out west? What nest was this?
George lands with a fish, no Lucy there, but all five eggs can be seen.
Hi everyone, the naming contest is over. I would like to offer my thanks to those of you who took the time to vote. It was very close, but the name of our new female is Lucy!
Yes!…. I was thinking she’s a bit like Lucille Ball
Ditzy Lucy Ricardo
Lucy…happy she finally has a name…..
Hi June, so am I!
Thank you CarolV…. I think of you every time I see a cool moon 🌝
Are you saying when you think of me you think of “mooning”? ((;^}] LMMO (laughing my moon off)
Memories…. all alone in the moonlight…..
I can smile at the old days…..
My chicks were beautiful then…..
I remember the time when happiness was….. let the memory live again…
George left about 1:40am.
George comes back early morn.
Ms. M stops in.
I;m guessing this was her playing in the wind…. lifting up, floating back down… at least 1/2 dozen times..
George is nestorating and finds time to do a little guarding….
Two new sticks…
George is back to his Bela impersonation….Godzilla came in
Giving her the cold shoulder
They were on and off the nest a lot…alarming….George kept bringing seaweed
Beep beep….backing up and pushing that stick!
More on ..off and mantling
He acted like he was starting over on the relationship……
But, then again…. we’ve all treated spouses like that when they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do!
Dad on duty
George possibly missed a couple of nights (don’t know if it was entire night)
What does that mean for the eggs?
It is likely that those eggs have not had enough incubation time overall to be viable. At least the first three or four eggs were left uncovered more than just a few nights. Does anyone think they will hatch?
Mary Anne— I don’t think any will hatch. Maybe one miracle hatch, but not expecting it to happen. Sad for all of us watchers, but life in the wild. George needs to find a good mate. He does try to do his part.
I still think 1 or 2 may hatch…wondering if there’s an instinct that “tells “ George if they’re viable….or it’s such a strong instinct to brood (except for Lucy) that he does it no matter what
Think I read somewhere…and possibly posted info….that they can hear chicks getting ready to hatch
Isabella, yes, they can hear them. There are a few cams that have microphones that pick up the sounds of the chicks inside the egg, the Savannah cam is one of them and I’ve heard it many times. I think it was last year or the year before that the first chick was so loud and went on for so long inside the egg, you could not miss it. I am going to check and see if I can find a link to the video so you can hear it. I don’t think George knows whether the eggs are viable or not, unless one was cracked. We have seen ospreys brooding eggs many days past their hatch due dates. They finally give up, some take much longer than others.
Isbella, I could not find the one from Savannah, but I did find a video from the Charlo nest. I won’t post the link, but go to youtube and paste this into search: Charlo MT Osprey Nest Cam Can hear chick chirping from inside egg 6-10-2017. (Listen carefully and you will hear it about 21 secs in.)
Thanks Mary Anne— I found it and it was pretty loud.
You’re welcome, nfc, never tired of hearing it!
I don’t think there’s a chance. Only that last egg had any kind of night time incubating- it was after that one was laid that George started spending staying overnight. And even that has been changed.
George panting..alerting…and getting a blow out!
Isabella posting pics
I just have to say, I love George. If there ever was a more dedicated parent, I don’t know of one. He has always been involved with brooding, but because his new mate is a tad on the dingbat side, he has fully taken over. Remember when he waited that first season until the last fledgling was ready to leave the nest? She seemed so hesitant, he finally escorted her on her way.
I know I am not contributing anything of substance but I wanted to express my respect for our dear George. Our one constant all these years.
Gina, I would say that expressing your love and admiration for George and his devotion over the years is very much a contribution of substance, thank you!
I agree, Gina… even the dingbat part. It may be she’s just very young or it may be that , like humans, there is a sliding scale on IQ or so many other traits that would make a good parent. If anything, this year is a learning experience for us as well. As every year has been!
I feel the same way, Gina. He has been consistently reliable year after year. Just a great role model parent!
If I’m remembering correctly…that hesitant chick was Sandy…she was Gracie’s mini me…loved to mimic her mama!
Gina— your comment about George is so true. He has been a constant for us each year. He tries his best. We all love his dedication. Too bad he likes to cover the camera with crazy sticks. LOL The sticks are annoying. He does provide both sticks and fish to his mate.
Mean looking sky! That must be the cold front pushing in. No rain in the forecast but the temp supposed to drop 20deg (75 now). by sunrise. Winds NNW16mph.
It’s been sticky today with humidity 63%.I still have not seen Ms. M today. George was fairly consistant about staying on the eggs most of the morning and afternoon. He did a lot of calling, as if looking for her.
BTW!!! Notice a difference in the pic????
Went back to see the cause…. Sudden gust of wind took out arbor away! Posting its journey as a good-bye’
Wind also repositioned the annoyance.
I have suggested to George many times to remove the annoyance!
Maybe she’s catching her own fish
Really no sense in her being around…not saying this in a mean way…unfortunately she is oblivious to the eggs and therefore doesn’t contribute anything
If she returns next season hopefully something will click
Back to editing photos…… I can only do so many in a session. May take forever.
Was working in an area when the lens was fogged by poop haze.
Here’s two good shots. Jane looked so pretty and there are no bad shots of Squirmy…..
Even in the dino phase he was adorable!!!
I was always rooting for Jane and she turned out to be a good mama!
George gets the munchies and polishes off that leftover fish
Unloads some excess
and back to brooding
George takes a snack break from egg sitting…..he must have been starving…gobbled it up!
Fish in…fish out!
Trust me..there was poop in the wind!
Couldn’t catch it in a pic
Paula finds rewinding annoying….I find not being able to annoying!
Back to egg sitting
The poo-poo, my friend, was blowin’ in the wind……….
When I see George backing up for business, I hear the sound of a garbage truck backing up…..
Beep beep beep
Nice if going was just that easy for us!
Yes CarolV…you heard the tune in my mind!😀
Can’t see much. Obstructed camera. Can camera be relocated? Bill
If they were to do that, it has to be done after the ospreys leave on migration.
After several hours on the nest, George took a quick walk….
He came back and grabbed that leftover fish from this morning. He flew out briefly just to return to the nest to eat.
He spots something and alarms, shaking the fish off his foot. Someone comes over…. you can see the wing shadows…. and he jumps at them.
When he’s back, G ignores the rest of the fish and gets settled in.
George brought something @6:24….no idea what.
He rearranged some seaweed and headed to perch. I don’t think he even checked on eggs.
@7:36…. this time it’s a partial fish, that he leaves on the nest
He wrestled with a branch, moving it to the side
Then back to egg sitting.
Haven’t seen M unless she was in very briefly….
Is this the second time George didn’t spend the night?
Eye see you
George leaving just after 1a.m.
And he’s back
He was out again by 5:30…
I’m wondering if anyone thinks there is ANY chance ANY of these eggs will hatch?
I’ve been really busy the last few days so going by rewind, which I find annoying or by comments, which are quite helpful, it does not seem as if the eggs are being incubated properly.
Is there a chance George is going to pull off another miracle?
Hi Paula, I’m not expecting that they will hatch, but perhaps there is a chance that one will. I never expected her to lay five eggs either.
Even George’s dedication to the eggs is waning. I’d be sad to see a hatch because I don’t think any chick would survive. Even superGeorge couldn’t do it alone
That’s really sad to hear but what I expected, unfortunately!
I really thought a couple of eggs would hatch…but George didn’t spend a couple of nights on the nest
If they hatched was hoping females instincts would kick in…but the way she grabs and goes with the fish. I don’t know if George would be able to feed the chicks!
M is home….. George got up as she came in and looked like he went to perch….
She’s playing statue….
Geeorge is feeling the heat. It’s still 79 at 6:30pm. almost no wind.. wsw5mph and 54% humidity. It’s cooler over on my side of the Island but the humidity is higher, making for a similar heaviness to the air.
Tomorrow will be another warm one. up to 80 . Then a cold front is coming through. Yay! Not ready for the heat… but then, rarely am.
@17:14….. George spotted his leftover fish and took off with it. He circled back and took it to the perch.
Fish in @15:05………….. George had a hard time getting it off his foot and took off again….
He comes back in, puts the fish to the side and heads to the eggs.
Hello everyone. Looks like an egg shell on lower right of screen.
Hi Elaine, it’s a shell, but I don’t think it’s an eggshell.
Thank you. There is a possible egg in lower part of screen which is not be incubated. I may hopefully be wrong.
There’s a good chance that they won’t hatch anyway, so try not to worry about it. It’s better that they don’t.
I think you’re looking at what may be a slippershell. And there is an egg that is mostly buried but pops out occasionally . It’s not quite in the egg cup.
Also, closest to the near edge of the nest is a crabshell. We can only see part of that and may look a bit egg-ish.
George was in for a few minutes to fluff the eggs and do a general check around. The skipping video made for some interesting stop-motion pics.
And out he went again……. changing his routine
And he’s back…..
Keep getting grey outs. And the timer is skipping. Not that there’s much to see. No one in the nest still
Sleepy boy, “yawning” in the a.m.
M comes home… G goes out
M does some nestorating to keep busy…
@6:10…. Breakfish was served…
Forgot the fish’s pic…
There was someone on the perch when George came in….. and he wasn’t happy!
He hasn’t spent much time on the nest since he left early…..
Poppa Sparrow was playing hide and seek behind the smudgestick….. collected a mouthful of nesting. Have been hearing baby peeps from down below, so must be time to clean up the nest.
She got her fish…happened so fast I couldn’t get a pic
George tidied up before taking off
Through the night
Guess George went fishing
And here’s Godzilla standing on the eggs
She is now on perch …..loudly demanding Breakfish!
A little after hours grooming while egg sitting
George is hot!
Hmm….what to do with this pop of green?
Maybe over here
Tried many times to grab the stick
Finally got it…..ta da!
Back to business
You’re getting sleepy….sleepy
When I snap my fingers…you will awaken and move stick in the middle
George has been on the nest, except for a brief fly out, since the fish delivery
@18:23………. George brought fish. Only saw it briefly as he flew in. Guessing he ditched it on the nest as he went to the eggs to settle in.
M found some nice green seagrass…. draped it over that far branch.
Then she decided she wasn’t happy and wanted it, probably on the floor.
She wrestled with it but it was stuck on that branch….. she finally just moved the whole branch so it fell to the floor….. and was happy. Off she went.
George was in and out. This time when he returned, he decided that was not the place for that branch.
He loves to wrestle those branches! He worked until he had it off on the side and was satisfied.
Time for eggs……………….
Look who’s here! Ms. M stops by.
After she left…… hard to see in pics but that’s the dark speckled female who lands next…
Don’t get comfortable…..
M does an ambush; bouncing off the intruder’s back, she goes out. The other bird sits for a minute then leaves.
Three birds can be seen flying over bay.
Went back to check and as M flew out and Intruder still sat on nest, shadow on perch was flapping and took off. One of the birds over the bay looked like it carried a fish. George?????
M stopped back in after.
George decides to finish off that fish he brought earlier. And takes it out for a picnic.
Haven’t seen M except that early flight from perch that may have been her.
Here he comes with the tail to eat in the nest…..
He does a lot of calling while he’s on the eggs……
Didn’t think it was that hot…but George is clearly panting
It’s really not that hot but there’s very little breeze…
George brings breakfish but M not home….. He settles back to business