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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
About 9:20… heard quiet chirps from the perch. George flew out and secs. later, rocking and chirping on the perch……. guess Lucy is stopping by.
Happy Thursday Rainy day here…. supposed to clear out then return this evening… temps mid 60s
When George came in this morning, he started his mantling routine…. no idea who’s on the perch…..
He was back again to pose for us…..
@6:02, G came in with a fish. He waited to see if Lucy came, but no. Time to head to the eggs.
After awhile, he gets up to take his fish out to finish it.
He came back to sit…. rain coming thru…. hopefully the last for the day.
Hunkered down… giving up trying to predict….. will he stay or will he go????
Temp dropping to 55. Rain in the forecast, but maybe starting closer to dawn………………. Good night, George
Before I finished typing…. empty nest….
@18:52 …. It was a photo finish ,,, you could hear Lucy yelling all the way….. left with a beak hold that didn’t look good.
She may have dropped it, because in less than 2 mins. she was upstairs begging….. George flew out
And he’s back…. can’t hear Lucy….. so he can sit in quiet.
Is this the pretty stranger who’s been visiting when no one’s home? George was not happy! She left when another osprey flew over the bay….
Small “tree” coming in….. and look where it went…….
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I don’t know exactly what that was, maybe a rodent? But dad is regurgitating for them. And they just had a full feed from the caregiver about 2 hours ago…….. Look at that neck!!!!!
He’s got a rodent pillow propping him up!
Dad wasn’t done. He had more to give. #2 grab it but #3 stole it. He had a bit of trouble but it’s down.
#1 saw the tail hanging out and tried to grab….. as if he needs anymore!
Lunchfish @12:49…………… Lucy made it home for this one…
G watched her go then onto the eggs. Guess he’s in an eggie state of mind today.
Looks like mama sparrow is shopping today, as she snags a nice piece of grass to take home.
The chicks are pretty loud now. Wonder how soon they’ll be popping out.
Sorry to say I follow 3 nest and all seem to be empty, this being one. All had Osprey pairs return hang around a month
and now the nest all seem empty every time I drive bye and yes the wall are low enough to not even see a head. Oh well
better luck next year.
Driving around the island I see many empty nest….should be able to see the parents busy caring for the chicks
Amazing news! An albino osprey chick has hatched this morning in a nest on the Iberian Peninsula, at the Urdaibai Bird Center in Spain. It came out of the third egg, 4 days after the second egg hatched. The male was relocated there from Scotland and the female, from France, so this is a very special nest indeed. It;s been many, many years since this area has had ospreys.
Very interesting backstory. They must be so excited!
Mary Anne– thanks for sharing this unique happening.
You’re welcome, nfc. Type this into youtube: Osprey Webcam Basque Country
I saw that this morning….. thanks for the history on it. Now, will the kids have accents?
I wonder, if there is sib aggression, if they will make an effort to relocate it.
I doubt it. That poor chick does not have a good chance of survival. No melanin in its feathers, which make them strong, eyes very sensitive to UV rays. I won’t go on. But this is why we rarely see true albino birds.
I posted this a couple years ago….this one obviously made it to adulthood…doesn’t make it clear if both were albino
Thanks, Isabella, I remember this..the osprey in the pic is leucistic, see the normal coloration of the eyes? He would have normal vision. There was a leucistic osprey at the Hog Island boathouse nest last year or the year before. But he was not nearly as white. I have to find my pics of him.
Yes…thought they darkened with age
Though that wouldn’t happen in a true albino
Adding to the nest and finding a place for everything…… and even a chest push! Then a rest…..
Hump day! Good Morning…………… Lucy was in first. She made a little jump at George as he arrived. Guess she’s a little skittish.
George apologized for whatever he may have done…. ever!
@6:30, George brings a fish and calls for Lucy….. He leaves it by the eggs.
Lucy stopped in but didn’t take the fish. Then left. I really don’t understand her!
George sat on the eggs for a short time, then took off, leaving the fish.
George brought some grasses…..
He grabbed the fish and is sitting on the rim, calling …..
After about 15 mins., he and the fish took off
George….you’re either wing dinging her or acting bashful
Lucy is home
Beautiful sunrise across the island
@18:14….George shows with fish for Lucy…. He calls her and then, guess he wasn’t done with those eggs.
Just as he kicks off the fish. crazybird came flying and yapping in. Broke her own record, since the fish was already off his foot. Land, grab, fly….
And there he is……
Guess an instinct can’t be cut off so cleanly…..
Wonder what this was about? Lucy came flying in. She was yapping the whole way! Again, she reminds me of a juvenile! George figured it was a good time to take a break.
Lucy was still yapping after he left, till she finally flew, too
George was in and out all afternoon. Lucy even stopped by.
George didn’t pay any attention to the eggs, so I guess he’s recognized the reality. Makes me happy/sad……..
Lucy’s back again, with some suggestions for dinner. George just flew to the perch…
Then, he tried “bonding” ….. Lucy was a definite NO! She shrugged him off a few times and finally just flew out from underneath him! Well.. the guy just wouldn’t take a hint!
Guess he doesn’t hear a peep peep from the eggs
I don’t want to over post from other nests but this was so cute! look at the neck on the middle one! The fish fairy emptied his container( was about 1800 their time) and these guys had a party! They are all bill clacking now and sqweek/squawking and it was just too funny to watch.
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Growing so fast!
They are adorable!
Think this is the one who came in the other day that reminded me of George. But I can see that deep dark V on the forehead better and the suggestion of a necklace. Not the dark lady that was here this morning.
Lunchfish @13:44….. Lucy beat George in and was happy with the large fluke. She wasn’t in a rush to leave, as they both surveyed the sky. It looked and sounded like she went to the perch.
George cleaned around the eggs but didn’t stay.
Looks like Dad Stork regurgitated some worms for the trio….
And their noon feed was delivered by hand
Lucy has been in a couple of times this morning. After being MIA most of the last couple of weeks (occasional stop-bys), wonder if this mornings trespasser has her riled.
3 bobbleheads in Oyster Bay…
Oyster Bay third egg hatched last night between 8:10 and 8:13. It was while the female was feeding the other two and she was blocking the view.
Carol, here are all three chicks at Oyster Bay, right after the third egg hatched. I think he was free of the shell a couple of mins before.
TY, Mary Anne… didn’t visit last evening..
And when I first looked this a.m., I didn’t see any! Thought they were under that cloth or paper in the bowl. Little looking and I realized there was some grass standing tall and they were behind it. Was a little scare!
The three amigos
Someone home at patchoque
I don’t think these cams zoom in?
Oyster bay hard to see chicks
Hi Isabella, no, they don’t zoom in. That’s the new female on the perch. She is there more than the male. Usually around 5 am she arrives, this morning she was there even earlier.
Hi Mary Anne
Do you think she’ll lay eggs?
The Patchogue female? Likely not, but you never know!
About 10a.m. George… and Lucy…. cleared off the eggcup…I think I see all 5. but no interest in sitting. I’m good with that.
George had been in the nest but you could hear Lucy begging quietly on the perch. He went fishing.
In the meantime, Lucy started straightening the nest. Many of those sticks had been displaced during the morning’s hub-bub.
George must be nearby with a fish by the way she’s yapping….
Here comes breakfish! Decent chunk of fish.
TY, George! He always watches while she gets a grip…. when he doesn’t have egg=compulsion brain…..
It’s been a busy morning!
A dark bibbed lady has been trying to move in….
George left the nest during the night.. and returned to find this female was here bright and early. George had several run-ins, with Db going after him!
Lucy showed up and had her own encounter
George has found time to bring in more sticks……. and they are covering the eggs……
This was one confrontation.
DBL was on the nest. George came in with nesting and found her there. He tried telling her politely that it was his house, but she ignored him…… he flew out.
Then someone attacked from behind. Wound up with 3 osprey chasing around over the bay, tho I couldn’t get them in one shot.
George started moving some of those sticks…..
All three……last one off the nest means business….talons out!
Battle amidst a beautiful sunrise
Eggs got covered
Battle still going on as I post
Funny they keep bringing sticks…ammo?
This is quite the battle….many times you can see them flying around over the bay
On and off the nest
I’m going to sleep 😴
I’m sure CarolV will post pics
Ok…one for the road
Doesn’t look like any one is getting breakfish
Boat watching with an up do
George?…..stayed on nest like this for a while
Then went to perch…..wonder why he stopped brooding at night?
Don’t think that was Lucy…cause this happened
At 6:30 pm: is that Lucy on the nest? No freckles on the chest.
Hi Judith, I went back and looked. She had speckles, you can’t see them all as her crop is sunken in. She was yammering for fish. At 6:32 she steps in closer to the cam and you can see her necklace.
George is on the perch as trouble… I mean Lucy…. comes in….😊😊
He doesn’t even say hi or bye… just wham, bam and thank you, ma’am….. and out.
@19:03, George is back but Lucy left already. He called for a couple minutes before taking off
He must have finished his fish. Lucy lost out again.
He had seaweed stuck in his beak and was just as handsome!
Partly cloudy skies tonight, temps low 50s. winds w4mph…..
10pm and he’s still here….
Blue skies, shinin’ on me…. nuthin’ but blue skies do I see….
Stretching the truth… yes, gray clouds too. Just nice to see color.
Small half fish @14:31…. he calls but no answer…..
George flew out briefly; when he came back he found that small piece of fish. He decided to eat in and did the usual disappearing act with the fins.
He found a small piece stuck to the seaweed it had been stuck to and worried at that to get the small, small remnant.
This is Beaumont and Hope in Newfoundland. They are a comedy act when it’s time to change places. Beaumont is like George…. loves him some eggy time! And just eggs for now
This time, Hope wapped him in the back of the head with a wing….. and then a little beak action…
Photo courtesy: Newfoundland Power Osprey NestCAM….
The stork kids grow every time I check on them! The biggest one held his stand for a few seconds and even picked his head up, just using his wings to balance.
And that is “mama” delivering a meal. Dad has been spending more time away and regurgitating fish when he gets back.
George has been in and out, nestorating between brooding…..
What you have to do when your mate won’t stay around to pile things on you…….. do it yourself
Two bobbleheads in Oyster Bay. Dad is a great provider and Mom keeps that lid on tight in this crummy weather.
Happy Memorial Day to everyone. What a weather weekend we had. I just looked at the Oyster Bay nest at 8:57 am. Both chicks being fed. I was worried that they wouldn’t make it through the rain this weekend after hatching. Mom and Dad did a great job at protecting them.
I was worried also. Two chicks at Cape Henlopen in Delaware did not make it, and it appears the third one does not have much time left. Very sad. Update; the mother came back and settled on the remaining chick and that has helped him enormously. I was away for a bit, came back to see that his mother had fed him around noon. Fingers crossed, he just may make it!
George came in at 5:12am. Lucy popped in behind him.
George bonded with her. Didn’t appear to be a full mating.
G was in and out, sitting briefly on the eggs. then left about 6:35
Fish @7:56…. Lucy comes right behind George for her breakfish. Nice size, better than that 1/2 minnow she got last night.
A man and his eggs
No George at night
ADMIN Mary Anne…. they ran that article again in Sunday Newsday about the osprey. Same inaccuracies you mentioned.
I just sent off an e-mail, for what it’s worth. Mentioned the mis-stated details and that I am not the “expert” but the situation had been discussed here.
The info had been supplied by a naturalist, according to the article. Guess he doesn’t actually watch the site.
byline to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wonder if you will get a response, Carol, but thank you for doing that. I agree with you that naturalist does not watch the cam, or perhaps he did look in once in a while. But if he was just looking once in a while, he wouldn’t know what is going on there. I still cannot believe they assumed that crows took all the eggs and that new ones were laid. Unrelated but a chick hatched in the second Marders nest in East Hampton tonight about 8:37 pm, the one with the two eggs. The cam on the Marders nest with five eggs is still down. The Hog Island boathouse female is a bit like Lucy. She incubated the egg last night and into early this morning but that was it. We shall see what happens when the second egg comes.
I doubt I get a response. It’s not an issue that writer is gonna make her rep on, so probably threw it together and forgot it…..
It’s fascinating how much we are learning….. There’s so much more to “the birds and the bees”!
I’ve been watching the storks and every time I see Dad stand over the 3, I cringe, hoping they’re big enough by his measure!
Hi Carol, I know what you mean, that male could toss another chick over the side if he has an inkling to. I’m wondering how it’s going to go when the chicks get large, to near fledge. Is the man still going to go up and provide them fish? They will need more than those little minnows by that time.
I noticed they aren’t feeding them as often. The male was getting to the point where he was waiting and looking for them around feeding times. Now, the male is spending more time off the nest and regurgitating food for them when he comes back. Probably behavior they want to encourage.
But I just saw them bring the noon feed, (on rewind). They don’t seem to be supplying as much, especially for the male. Fish were slightly bigger for the chicks, and they ate well.
It is frustrating watching when I can’t read details in the chat! What are my chances of learning Chech at my age???
What is sweet is there is little aggression between the chicks. They have a good audio system and it picks up everything, so the vocalizations of the trio are adorable.
You can use google to translate, but it isn’t the best, although you will be able to understand some of what is being said. The youngest is looking good and is almost the size of its siblings, I think h/she might be left alone by the the father.
Nature is both beautiful and cruel
One thing in that article I didn’t know is that osprey don’t usually start to brood the eggs until all of them are laid. That gave me a small hope that the last of them still have a chance because George spent more time on them than at the beginning. But still unlikely I guess.
Joy, that is not true. Sometimes they put off incubating the first one for a bit, but in 16 years of watching many nests, I have never seen an osprey wait until all of the eggs are laid before brooding them.
He was back on nest for at least an hour around 6:30.
George is calling…. Lucy probably not answering
There’s several bands of rain in the forecast- the first as soon as 7pm; the rest scattered thru till morning. At least tomorrow, while not sunny, should be dry. Temps dropping to 48. NE 16mph winds for a brisk night
George left about 7:30…..
George is in @17:48 with a fish tail……
And look who shows up for a foot-out…
Was good to see her.
George watches her go….
Cleans out the eggcup….. settles in ………………… and THEN cleans his beak… a man with priorities.
First time I’ve seen this.
Looks like someone stole a stick, knocking at least one other out in the process…..
Look to the far rim…..
Just before that happened. George had been in, twice, trying to eat his fish…. and left
Could you call this a stick-up? teehee
Every time I check in…no George
Looks like he gave up!
George came in to do some calling.
It looked like there might be someone coming in, with George trying to be cordial with his greeting.
But it turned in to defense.
George settled on the eggs briefly. Then some ins and outs and defense. Now he’s out,
This has me puzzled. The top 2 pics. are a bird that stopped in and appeared nervous and I didn’t think it was George. It’s hard to get a good look, with the speed that they leave and the wind blowing their feathers. It also appears slimmer, which could be the way it’s standing.
The bottom pic I know is George
Markings are similar
While I’m sad to see these beautiful eggs exposed, I’m glad that George isn’t lying here in the rain for a hopeless cause. He took several long breaks yesterday and stayed off the nest last night. This has been about 2 hours that he’s away now. I think he is “facing the reality”….. or instinct telling him he can’t do this alone.
He calls and looks for Lucy with no response and, during this bad weather, she hasn’t even put in an appearance for the second day. I wonder if he will even continue to have a bond with her that would even continue over in to next year.
But, that’s all speculation. For now, I’m just happy to not see him in the rain. The saga will be picked up later………………………. and our education will continue.
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Can’t believe how fast these guys are growing…… look how they learn to stand on those long legs.!
I love how the sibs are watching him! The one in front tried it next.
George was in @5:49 and stayed about 20 mins.
He came back with a 1/2 eaten fish, which I was happy to see.
He put it aside to head to the eggs.
Now it looks like one of his tail feathers!
It’s been POURING here on my side of the Island. George still looks fairly dry. Maybe he’ll get lucky and the rain will stay over here.
I can hear him calling as I type. He did that when he was in early . Guess he’s looking for Lucy ……
Well, it’s moved further east…. poor George…. I wish he’d just go sit in a tree…..
A break in the rain and it’s time for a snack. Think he took it upstairs….
So far no George
Didn’t see George all night
George is finally back. He’s been out for hours. I was wondering if he was coming back.
As soon as he came in and settled, he was calling.
The showers that were supposed to arrive seem to have missed the nest. We had light sprinkles on this side of the Island.
Tonight will probably be another matter. It’s supposed to start closer to midnight and last thru tomorrow. After almost no rain for a couple weeks, it’s making up.
And he’s out again…
Both birds have been away from the nest for 2 hours an d20 minutes. Should we be worried?
Judith, George has been back for a while, but don’t count on any of those eggs hatching. It would be one for the books if any did.
Lucy has been away all day and rarely spends more than a few minutes when she shows. She used to at least hover in the vicinity of the eggs but now doesn’t bother.
George spent several long breaks away from the eggs today after spending the first full night in several nights. He has tried but he can’t handle this on his own. And a hatch this year has been unlikely.
…. Lucy can make eggs…5!…. but made no effort to care for them. We can only hope that if Lucy returns as George’s mate, that she has matured …. She seems very young.
Has Lucy been to the nest at all today? I’m beginning to think she doesn’t like her name! The name was announced and she pretty much flew the coop!
In one of the earlier comments, I don’t remember who said it, but I agree that George does look sad. He knows he should be having chicks to provide for and he is trying so hard to get them. I sure hope Lucy does a lot better next year or he finds another mate that is as dedicated as he is. Hog Island’s Steve doesn’t seem to have a mate that wants to settle down either. But then there’s the Boulder nest with the New Dad and he is doing wonderfully. I sure hope these girls get it together because “We need babies to watch”!
Hi Paula, it’s been a crazy season, hasn’t it? I hope the Hog Island female comes back more mature next year also. In a few days there should be a hatch at Barnegat in NJ. Oyster Bay is due for another hatch and there are two chicks at the Dunrovin nest on MT, one more egg to hatch. Update-Oyster Bay now has two chicks as of about 4:45 pm.
There’s also the Newfoundland Power Co. Nestcam in St. John’s …. The female has beautiful markings….. they are very funny together! 3 eggs , not sure when they are due to hatch.
And the female at the Hog Island boathouse nest laid an egg this evening!
Wow! That’s great news. I’ve been watching the Savannah nest and they are doing great. The chicks are huge and finally not fighting anymore. But this is my favorite nest and I really wish things would turn around for George.
The next line of storms is heading this way. The wind is up to nw17mph, It’s doing pretty things with George’s feathers.
Something really had his attention just before he flew out.
Haven’t those eggs been alone awhile? Is that normal with Osprey?
Mary, Lucy is likely a young osprey, and she just doesn’t know what to do, so she is not brooding. This nest won’t have chicks this year and it probably is a good thing.
Isabella… just wanted to thank you for your info…. answered back by your posts and then realized how far down they were already! I learned a lot
You’re welcome CarolV!
Survival of the fittest is hard to watch!
Don’t know how this comment ended up here
It’s posted further down
Break in the rain…. George heads out…………..
As he got up, he was his own raincloud- drops flying everywhere…
After a long break, George is back. He carries a token stick and kleenex sized seaweed. And back to the eggs.
Just wanted to feed our need for a bobblehead….. Oyster Bay nest here on LI has one so far.
Mom stuck it in all morning, just getting up to take care of business,
This time, the male came with a fish while she was still up. She took the fish over by bobby and it looked like she fed it a few bits… probably all it needs for now. But I think it may have started raining again, as she put the fish aside and settled in again.
Male took fish for later.
Do I see two?
You may be right. At the time, only one head was bobbling. I only have one other pic from then, also inconclusive.
But there are definitely 2 now with one egg to go. I didn’t check in yesterday.
Poor George….. It’s a rough day to be the only protector.
During a break in the rain, he was looking around and calling……
George night and day
Wet and wild
Isabella…… Good catch on that bottom photo. I’m guessing that’s a flash from the lighthouse caught in a raindrop on the lens. It made me really stop and look at that photo, wondering where the flame came from!
I thought it was close encounters..lol
Thought it was lightning til I realized was repeating
Hangin’ in there. He didn’t bring any fish when he came in but he was out for a couple of hours so may have eaten then.
Supposed to have rain cells coming thru most of the day……
When George came in, the grasses shifted and this could be the elusive 5th egg.
George made it all night …. took a quick break just after 4:35am…. then left about an hour later…
Let’s not mention the s-t-i-c-k…….. (co=operating)
And the eggies have a new shell amongst them… looks like a small scallop
Rain coming thru in bands…. getting heavier tonight. Temps falling to 48 and not rising too quickly in the morning. May only reach 55 tomorrow.
Wondering if George will make it all night. He used to call for Lucy but I haven’t heard that lately. Feeling so sad for him….
Nice big fish @15:12, started elsewhere. He seems determined to finish it. After quick trips out and back, he finished the fish and now settles on nest.
As you can see by the sky, the forecast storm is heading out here. Rain can start as early as 6-7pm. Temp now about 57.
I guess wind direction has changed….. our buddy is back
Here is an article that was on Google Chrome about the ospreys in Newsday.
You might have to search for it or type it in. It showed up on my phone. The ospreys in Oyster Bay and Patchogue are mentioned as well as the one in Huntington that the nest was taken down.
The Patchogue parents did not abandon the nest as they say in the article. Something happened to the female. The male is still there. He brooded the eggs on and off for days after she went missing. Now he’s mating with another female, bringing her fish and sticks for the nest. He mated with her at 5:22 am today. There was a hatch at Oyster Bay last night, first chick!
Not surprised they got facts wrong.
SO wrong, they also said there is a second set of eggs! No there is not, those are the same eggs! One was taken by a crow and two are left.
George had his wings full with this one!
He wrestled with it, wearing it at one point.
I thought it was heading for the ground but it must be hung up on the camera or perch,The only thing I see is the end in the very left hand corner….
George has been on the nest, except for an occasional break. all morning…
OMG! At 7:50 am their time, the male stork picked up the smallest chick and dropped it out of the nest……. it had been eatting really well (morning feed had been delivered earlier) and seemed to be standing up for itself but it was smaller than the other 3/
I was skipping thru the video and suddenly saw only 3 chicks and went back to find the little guy. Sorry that I did. That was hard. I guess from his point of view, the male is increasing the chances for his more successful chicks.?? So sad…
Yes, I saw that also, Carol. It’s very common for storks to do this. Years ago I saw a female stork gobble down her youngest alive. I was hoping the male would not do something to the youngest here, being they all are getting enough food. Instinct is strong. There is another nest with five storks and I am surprised the parents have not thrown out at least one by now.
So who’s bright idea was it to have them “delivering” babies??? jk
Fascinating this is worldwide with different myths
If interested…there is more to this article
Very interesting how peoples on different continents developed the same fables from watching similar birds,,,,
I just want to post a pic with the little guy. He was enjoying a meal and hanging with his sibs. You can see how much smaller he is…
Photo courtesy: Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo
needed to look into the why
This is what I found
And like here…maybe they should add this
Thanks, Isabella. All very interesting and helps , It certainly wasn’t a food shortage.
The creepy, disturbing part was the male standing over the chicks, watching as they interacted over some fish he had regurgitated. Then he just reached in and grabbed the chick and off to the edge he went.
I always accept the death of a chick by starvation or sibling rivalry as inevitable , but that deliberation on the part of the parent was a new one and upsetting .
George…night and day
Always amazes me how long it takes me to realize that something SO obvious has changed. Guess I’m more focused on other details….
Started shifting about 3:40 and worked its way over. Enjoy the view while we have it!
…………………….. Gracie loved her “windshield wipers”……………………………………. 5/7/2016
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