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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

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

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    1. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thursday morning…..
      George comes in, still carrying a sliver of fish, which he doesn’t share as Lucy came down from perch…..

      • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:17 am - Reply

        @6:14…. Good sized fish….. Lucy was ready to have it……….. George wasn’t ready to foot it over…..

        • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:21 am - Reply

          After ins and outs, missing each other, Lucy gets her breakfish….. took it on the perch

          • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:23 am - Reply

            Poor Lucy can’t sit and eat! She’s handling back=up with fish in foot.

            • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:28 am

              Loved this moment…..

    2. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Update last night……
      TOW stopped by again and even went up to perch….

      George came in, with a fish…… stayed till about 9:30

    3. Isabella July 8, 2021 at 3:07 am - Reply

      Night owl (George)?
      Or my eyes playing tricks

      • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:34 am - Reply

        Yup…. somebody was there…. blocking the Buglight blinking beam….
        I had always thought birds (except nocturnals) didn’t fly at night. This site has shown otherwise.

    4. Isabella July 8, 2021 at 12:29 am - Reply

      She’s got legs!…don’t know who..but she’s got them!

      • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 12:44 am - Reply

        You stick your right leg out…
        Stretching out after the meal
        No pants to unbutton 😉

    5. CarolV July 7, 2021 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      @17:59….. Guess TOW has been keeping an eye open for George…. She was there to greet him.
      He zoomed by to the rim off right and I wasn’t sure there was any thing, til I rewatched and took pics in slo-mo. And there it is…. a small tail piece….
      She stormed in and pushed her way under G . Looks like she got her booby prize.
      George is recovering from the assault.

      • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        TOW was back in less than 10 mins. and waited ….
        She even moved furniture……

        When G came in, she checked him carefully….. everytime he moved. she watched his feet.
        He just wanted to get as far from her as he could. She went to perch and is still there, cheeping quietly. George has gone.

        • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

          It was worth the wait for TOW…
          @19:19…. here comes a big whole fish! She saw him off somewhere and started yammering a couple of minutes ago.
          George made an effort but not much more defense than if he were trying to keep it from Lucy…..
          George looks like he’s wondering how this is happening…

      • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 12:49 am - Reply

        Thanks CarolV
        Was able to “catch” up a couple of days with your pics!
        Busy with Dr. appts
        Can’t believe dark feathered female still coming around
        Wonder if she’ll be the “it girl” next season

        • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

          He definitely has his claws full with 2 demanding females!

    6. CarolV July 7, 2021 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      George with his air-conditioning……

      • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        Not long ago, George came thru with a piece of fish….. he went to leave and there was a skirmish just to the right…..
        Some one that looked like crazy Lucy bounced thru and then there were 3 osprey over the bay. G did not have his fish when he got back…. not sure if someone else got it.

    7. CarolV July 7, 2021 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Another site I check in on…… Fortis Alberta….. hads 2 nests.

      This one is Exshaw…. lost one chick young and these 2 seem to be doing fine. Just well camouflaged!

      • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

        Then there’s Red Deer….. There had been a week of extreme heat and then some extreme storms… Then posters reported chick/s caught in some string or netting and were struggling to live.
        A rescue crew was sent up and they found two chicks were deceased and the 3rd was tangled. They removed the foreign material and placed the live chick back.
        Shortly after, the chick showed it was alive….. Not long after, the dad brought a big fish and the kid was well fed. Seems to be doing well now.

        • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 12:32 am - Reply

          Reading my mind…was going to ask if anyone was watching other interesting nest

        • Trinity July 8, 2021 at 7:22 pm - Reply

          Wow I’m glad they intervened and were able to help the remaining chick 😊

    8. CarolV July 7, 2021 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Good Wednesday morning!
      Our couple started the day on a good note….. George landed on his stairs as Lucy dropped from the perch.
      Very first order of business was a fish for Lucy…. George didn’t even eat anything. She got the whole thing. She was having a hard time getting a beak on it…. and it’s still alive….. so I was glad to see her taking the time to get a good claw hold.

      Early pics aren’t as clear, I guess because of low light?….. so I got the best shots I could.

      • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 8:19 am - Reply

        @5:39….. George scores his own!
        Lucy flew in right before George and his big fluke…… happily, she must be full…… she took off and left George to gather himself

        • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 8:21 am - Reply

          ;

          • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 9:20 am - Reply

            George is back with his fish…. Lucy came to clean up…. She didn’t bother G but the pressure was too much….
            Next time, another visitor, brief.
            G goes off, leaving the fluke like a nice carpet…

            • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 9:24 am

              Time for a stick……

            • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 9:30 am

              Sorry…. this was his stick….
              That was trouble landing….

            • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 9:34 am

              We all know where this is going….. little fishy all unprotected……
              George tried his best, especially since she couldn’t just grab&go but practically slapped him with it….
              At least he had some of it….

            • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 9:36 am

              .,

            • ChrisH July 7, 2021 at 9:57 am

              I thought it was a fried egg at first — lol!!

        • Irene July 7, 2021 at 9:36 am - Reply

          Good morning Carol, I got to thinking after the fluke was taken from him…….{not by Lucy} , would George have disagreed more intently if the thief was of the male species?

          • CarolV July 7, 2021 at 10:09 am - Reply

            Probably…. he’s usually the one who chases males while Lucy goes for the females.

        • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 12:35 am - Reply

          Fish looks almost as big as George
          Must be in season…fluke was served at barnegat

    9. CarolV July 6, 2021 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Stray ray of sunshine creeping under the clouds made the nest glow!
      More showers on their way within the hour…… clearing after that….

    10. CarolV July 6, 2021 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Lucy stopped in briefly….
      Handsome George, with head! The wind is picking up….

      • CarolV July 6, 2021 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        The dark clouds are moving in……

        • CarolV July 6, 2021 at 7:54 pm - Reply

          And cloudburst! I know it doesn’t show…. drops were bouncing all over…
          They are running thru by my house now…. the dog is not happy…. too close to fireworks I guess. This fear is new for him, poor old man….

    11. CarolV July 6, 2021 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Fish @15:29….. George was calling……
      ……Lucy got lucky and came in before G took off. Didn’t get a good view but G let her have the fish with minimum resistance…..
      Got a glimpse of her grasping the fish… hope she got a better hold…. couldn’t see her leave
      .

    12. CarolV July 6, 2021 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      I hear him but don’t see him. He’s letting the world know he’s home.

      Possibility of showers(t-storms) this afternoon…. shrinking by the hour…. was 100% now down to 70-80% and after 4…. still time for it to fade away….

    13. CarolV July 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Check out that wing! Won’t be long…….

    14. CarolV July 6, 2021 at 7:51 am - Reply

      GM, George, down from the perch
      Lucy shows…… and defends the nest from a fly-over…

      • CarolV July 6, 2021 at 7:55 am - Reply

        George welcomes her with a fish @6:42. We didn’t see much, with G front and center, but L got it quickly

        • CarolV July 6, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

          George brings a long stick and wrestles with it…..

          • CarolV July 6, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

            He adds it to the stairway…. and tries it out

            • CarolV July 6, 2021 at 8:31 am

              And a cute chest push….

    15. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      For ISABELLA…… another blackbird and osprey encounter…..

      • nfc July 6, 2021 at 11:01 am - Reply

        Carol— that is a great picture.

      • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 12:37 am - Reply

        Thanks CarolV
        Would be a great shot even with out the blackbird!

    16. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      George is still adding sticks…….

      • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

        This one got stuck on the guard rails….. he’s blocking himself out! Mighty tug o’foot and he got it in….. found the perfect spot for it…..

        Temps staying right around 70 all night . Warming up again for the next couple of days. My fan is back on….
        Everyone, HAGN!

    17. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      @13:01….. George landed with fish….. he got to sit for a few before someone started chasing him….

      • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 4:47 pm - Reply

        He got out right before someone came in over the perch and sprinted across the nest to take off after him…. They played tag for a bit……
        George spent about an hour at this game.

        • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 4:51 pm - Reply

          George left 10 mins. ago with his last bit of fish….. he comes back with seaweed to arrange.

          • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 4:54 pm - Reply

            And this stop, he’s skywatching because someone drops in for a short visit….. poor boy, no rest
            I wonder if Lucy is out there doing this at some other nest? Or just circling on the currents……

    18. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      PATCHOGUE…. Both in the nest… I don’t catch that often. Is it the female usually perching overnight?

      BTW…. The Newfoundland nest, where the 2 new chicks died in a freak accident…… the female stopped incubating on a regular basis shortly after that. The 3rd egg, if viable, should have been close to term. The male made an effort but, like George, couldn’t do it alone. So no chicks for them this year.

      • Admin Mary Anne July 5, 2021 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        Yes, the female sometimes perches overnight at Patchogue. What a shame for the Newfoundlnad Os.

    19. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Look quick and it looks like an extra chick in there…..

    20. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 11:18 am - Reply

      The daily stick…. and a big one! G puts it off to left…. wonder what’s holding up the other end?

      • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 11:46 am - Reply

        Next…… this went along the front….

    21. CarolV July 5, 2021 at 7:41 am - Reply

      It’s one of those mornings……
      Early, this looks like George and Lucy

      • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

        @5:57….. G has a fish…. and this is not Lucy. Not even sure if it’s TOW… The chest doesn’t look dark enough but could just be the lighting?

        • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

          And then there were 3!

          • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

            George has been in and out, alone and with another, but still has the fish and still no Lucy…

            • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 7:53 am

              More than 1 1/2 hrs. and he’s still carrying fish and calling loudly…

            • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 8:40 am

              George and his shrinking fish…..
              He watches 2 osprey chasing over the bay….
              and decides to snack on that fish…. bye, bye, fishy!

    22. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      George headed to the perch earlier but I wonder if he headed elsewhere. The fireworks are close enough that they are lighting up the nest.
      My dog is not usually bothered but there are so many around and extra loud, ….. and now I have 85 lbs. of shedding shepsky crowded against me on the couch…. can’t blame him, it’s too loud for me, too.

    23. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Hey! Who’s coming? I say Lucy, especially since George isn’t having a melt down…. She didn’t stay long.

    24. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      George came back,,,, he’s in a mood to watch those amazing clouds!!!

    25. Isabella July 4, 2021 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Watching the beautiful sky and bay
      George having a restful moment
      After all it’s exhausting when your ex girlfriend shows up for breakfish!

      • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        This has been in the nest since after the storm
        At first glance I was horrified thinking it was a dead osprey
        Looking at it again….some kind of gull?
        Must have picked it up for decor
        Never seen this before in any other nest I watch

        • Admin Mary Anne July 4, 2021 at 6:33 pm - Reply

          Daisy picked it up yesterday, a gull’s wing.

        • CarolV July 5, 2021 at 8:37 am - Reply

          That is unusual….. never know what attracts them!

      • Isabella July 5, 2021 at 12:57 am - Reply

        George stayed awhile bay watching…..Lucy joined him…..up to the perch

    26. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      @13:10….. George brought a fish, called for Lucy and left after 10 mins……………..aka: the Headless Osprey

      • CarolV July 4, 2021 at 3:40 pm - Reply

        George carried that fish for 2 hours,,,,, came in twice to call Lucy…..
        He started to sample…… then called a bit more before flying out. I’ll be surprised if that fish makes it back again.

    27. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Just before 11:00 a.m. ….. Sirens and beeping firetruck noises…. was it an emergency or a parade>>>>> hoping celebration.

    28. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Visitors…… one of the neighbors….

      • CarolV July 4, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

        And someone different…… a robin, young, I think…

    29. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 9:51 am - Reply

      OZ fireworks! TOW drops in but Lucy clears her out….

    30. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Peaceful at OYSTER BAY…….. Dad has provided 2 fish and sticks….. Mom felt nest needed some color….

      • CarolV July 4, 2021 at 9:17 am - Reply

        Everyone relaxing… well fed….

    31. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Breakfish went overboard….. George delivered a BIG whole fish and Lucy got it. In the commotion of a fly-over, fishy slid out of Lucy’s grip and over the edge. Upset Lucy flew straight across in front of the nest.

    32. CarolV July 4, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

      And Sunday begins with haze on the water…… 59 degs. chance of a passing shower…..
      George is here…..
      Lucy is here…..
      The pest is there……

      • CarolV July 4, 2021 at 8:11 am - Reply

        There’s that passing shower…..
        Once it goes by, we should have an overcast but dry day. temps might hit 70.

    33. Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:38 am - Reply

      Breakfish and a snack for the Velcro chicks

      • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:39 am - Reply

        Cuddle time at barnegat

        • CarolV July 4, 2021 at 4:32 pm - Reply

          That is such a vibrant green! Must be nice walking near there….

          • nfc July 4, 2021 at 8:24 pm - Reply

            I have seen the same man walk a white dog on different occasions. i don’t think i would want to be on the Internet>LOL It is a very pretty location.

    34. Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:03 am - Reply

      It was a partly cloudy sunrise….George arrives and goes full mantling
      My guess is Lucy is upstairs

      • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:07 am - Reply

        Lucy pops down for a quick visit

        • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:11 am - Reply

          She gets a whole fish

          • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:16 am - Reply

            Then mayhem
            Dark feathered foe comes uninvited
            Poor Lucy lost her fish
            George and Lucy on guard

    35. nfc July 4, 2021 at 5:41 am - Reply

      In Oyster Bay this morning, Dad brought a fish to the nest at 521am and mom came over. He flew away with the fish at 522. Mom kept looking around for 10 minutes. He finally came back at 532 and left the fish. He had eaten part of it. I guess he wanted a little food too. Times may be off for a minute or two. It was funny to watch.

      On the Port Lincoln osprey cam the chatters said the eggs should be laid soon. The stream has been on and off though because of weather.

      Chesapeake osprey chick is doing very well.
      Have a good holiday.

      • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:19 am - Reply

        Thanks for the update
        Was wondering about Port Lincoln….always said stream unavailable

        • nfc July 4, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

          Isabella— after I posted, someone said the first egg was laid on Aug. 11 last year. So we might have to wait awhile. They have started mating. I will let everyone know when something happens. It was nice watching them after the ospreys are all gone around here. It was a fall experience.

    36. Isabella July 4, 2021 at 1:08 am - Reply

      Just think the nest is so wildly pretty
      Sky is gorgeous

      • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 1:16 am - Reply

        Nap time
        What the storm brought…… right now our nest is remarkably clean
        These have bits and bobbles
        Paper…care tag for security blanket?
        Feathers?

        • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 1:19 am - Reply

          Female seems more dedicated to nest than male
          Maybe not much competition….maybe she likes to watch the traffic and people

          • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 1:28 am - Reply

            Mary Anne
            Every time I check in….looks like the apocalypse
            What happened to the osprey and other wildlife?
            Do you know if they found out why the chicks died?
            Did the parents migrate?
            I thought even if they don’t have to defend the nest…would still occasionally see them

            • Admin Mary Anne July 4, 2021 at 5:52 am

              They had that long period of rain, new mom tried but didn’t cover them well. They think they got sick from exposure. I haven’t seen the the parents either, but I’m not checking often. They migrate to Africa, I believe. They’ve no need to stay at the nest, but it’s too early to migrate, so they likely are somewhere not very far away.

            • CarolV July 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

              When I check in, they are usually scanning around the area, showing other views of the preserve. Sometimes they pick-up an osprey roosting somewhere.

    37. CarolV July 3, 2021 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Wishing you all a great holiday!!!!!!

      • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 9:46 pm - Reply

        Celebrating across the bay….

      • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 1:50 am - Reply

        Same to you CarolV! 🙂
        Every one stay safe and enjoy!

    38. CarolV July 3, 2021 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      It’s one of THOSE fish deliveries….. @19:34…. George is in with a nice big fish….Lucy comes in and she leaves….

      • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        Repeat…. except George leaves….

        • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 8:44 pm - Reply

          Ground Hog Day…….. sort of… Lucy gets no fish…

          • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 8:47 pm - Reply

            This time, Lucy doesn’t show…. George has a few bites and takes off….. Did he wear her out?

    39. CarolV July 3, 2021 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      The sun splashed from under the clouds……..

      • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        And there was a rainbow!!!!!

        • Isabella July 4, 2021 at 6:23 am - Reply

          So pretty!
          Don’t remember seeing a rainbow here before

    40. CarolV July 3, 2021 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      I guess George isn’t getting a day off from TOW ….. She was in and out several times…. he just kept edging over the rim of the nest…..

      • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        Loved watching that changing sky as the poor boy deals with THAT woman….. she must be on the perch as he flutters his way to the far edge….

    41. CarolV July 3, 2021 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Fish @15:51…… George brings his catch, partly eaten.
      He sat for a few, called, then took off………………..

      • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        When G is back a few minutes later, Lucy is behind him…..
        He plays keep away but Lucy goes to tug o’fish….. and she wins………

    42. Isabella July 3, 2021 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Does anyone see the male bring her fish?

      • Isabella July 3, 2021 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Daisy does a great job sheltering chicks
        Duke brings fish and foe
        Tries to shelter them from red devil

        • Isabella July 3, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

          Photobombing the family portrait

      • Admin Mary Anne July 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        Once in a while, Isabella, but not every day.

    43. CarolV July 3, 2021 at 7:40 am - Reply

      A cool and damp Saturday, with a NE12mph wind and more showers in the forecast throughout the day. Temp 61 and only rising to 63-64 today.,…..

      Happy to see Lucy, the wanderer, is home today. Some bonding…

      • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 8:09 am - Reply

        @7:35…. George brought breakfish. Lucy showed a couple of minutes later . George decided not to share and took off.

        • CarolV July 3, 2021 at 8:12 am - Reply

          And he’s back….. This time, Lucy got underneath him. She got a little peck on the head but she got the fish…. and out…..

    44. CarolV July 2, 2021 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      George finally got a board to surf in on instead of a fish!

      • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Poor boy can’t even relax after surfing without harassment…..

    45. Isabella July 2, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Nice leftovers for Lucy….and away she goes!

      • Isabella July 2, 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

        George takes a peek at us before taking off

        • Isabella July 2, 2021 at 5:40 pm - Reply

          Morning after the storm

          • Isabella July 2, 2021 at 5:42 pm - Reply

            What am I supposed to do with these things?

    46. CarolV July 2, 2021 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      George is in @15:44 with a half eaten fish…. he was just here 20 mins. ago…. gulping his food!
      George started to rip in to his leftovers when trouble arrived. He was so flustered, he dropped his fish…. TOW spotted it and made a dive and snagged the piece.

      • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 4:44 pm - Reply

        TOW was in and out briefly, moving to the veranda and then the perch.
        George got all fluttery…… as she dropped back in…………….. Shortly after, they both took off.

    47. CarolV July 2, 2021 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      George was on a stick kick…….
      Got 2 in and placed…..

      • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 2:26 pm - Reply

        Then he was interrupted by this one with a game of chase……
        hard to say for sure who but …..

        • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

          Back to business…….

          • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 2:32 pm - Reply

            And here she comes again…. George was trying to deliver a pouf and got side tracked by a visitor….

            • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 2:35 pm

              This time she was in no hurry to go. And it is TOW.
              She was creeping up on him and sidling closer……
              He started out a few times then finally left. She wasn’t far behind.
              Started raining….

    48. CarolV July 2, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      @7:21…. George comes in for a few minutes with another fish. When he came back about 1/2hr. later, it was gone…

    49. CarolV July 2, 2021 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Rainy day Friday…… showers throughout the day….
      Last night was one heck of a thunder/lightning storm!!!! My whole house shook more than once! I wanted to check to see how it looked from the nest but I was afraid to plug the computer back in!

      So, GM, George! Looking a little damp…..
      Lucy, good to see you, too!

      • CarolV July 2, 2021 at 7:35 am - Reply

        @6:13…. a nice simple breakfish delivery! It’s early, there’s no games, no intruders, and Lucy is home. Enjoy, Miss Lucy….

    50. Isabella July 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Just feeding in the rain ☔️

      • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        Sheltered from the storm ⛈

    51. Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      George peacefully bay watching til he hears someone land upstairs

      • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Decides to join them….if they’re still there

        • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm - Reply

          Back for seconds
          Nest looks really pretty…especially against those colors

    52. Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Thought they were having a peaceful moment til the devil in red showed up ,

      • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        Waking up the kids is never a good idea!

        • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:32 pm - Reply

          Patchoque female singing in the sunrise for breakfish

      • ChrisH July 2, 2021 at 9:56 am - Reply

        What is up with those red-winged blackbirds???

        • Isabella July 2, 2021 at 5:47 pm - Reply

          Ospreys can’t read
          They seem to be worse this season

    53. Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Thought they were having a peaceful moment til the devil in red showed up

    54. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      @16:09…. George is in with a fish……
      ….. Lucy came down and after some resistance, George let her have it.
      He cleaned his beak as she decided to go upstairs.

    55. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Someone was trying to take over the perch. There were a lot of vocals from up there, then Lucy was knocked down…..
      They took turns flying in and displacing each other, several times. It sounds like Lucy is still up there .

      There’s what sounds like a chain saw being used below.

    56. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Heard kids’ voices and hammering…. wonder if that’s what caught Lucy’s attention?

      And it’s raining….

    57. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Oyster Bay… shower passing thru…. Mom has her wings full trying to shelter the trio. They are predicting up to 2″ rain in parts of the NYC area…. don’t know if that will be the same out here…

    58. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Lucy came back to hang out with George but he’s still shell shocked…. which may be why he looks like a tortoise!
      He tried hiding in the camera, poor baby…..

    59. Isabella July 1, 2021 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      George busting a move before taking off this morning

    60. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 11:53 am - Reply

      George is back and still toting his fish, if a little smaller.

      You could tell when he landed he was being followed…. he climbed up in that left corner….

      • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 11:56 am - Reply

        And there she is! Poor guy can’t get any further up in that corner! She left very briefly but is now parked . Poor George is panting !

        • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm - Reply

          TOW haunted G til about 12:25, Bouncing in and out.

          Then I almost didn’t realize Lucy was there! Figured it was TOW back again!

          George wasn’t in any mood to share…. think the poor guy was traumatized! It came down to a wild melee of feathers, wings and feet flailing, as L made a try for the fish….. She had it, George got it back……

          • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 1:19 pm - Reply

            ……. and Lucy won the round! She paused to look at George before taking off.

            • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 1:49 pm

              Just a sample of what this looked like…..

            • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 2:04 pm

              Better…….

    61. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Fish @9:04…. big whole fish……………and he was being chased….

      • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 9:45 am - Reply

        Lucy comes in to back him up…. and of course, he takes off because he hasn’t eaten yet. She’s not happy.

        • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

          G is back quickly and only took a few bites.
          Lucy acts like she wants the fish and then just sits…… and takes off! Cannot understand these two! Maybe she caught her own this a.m.
          George flew right after.

    62. Nicole July 1, 2021 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Seems the three eggs are overdue to be hatched. I can’t see the eggs anymore, do we know or did anyone see something happen to them?

      • Admin Mary Anne July 1, 2021 at 10:24 am - Reply

        Nicole, there were five eggs total. Lucy did not incubate them. George did as much as he could, but it wasn’t enough and none hatched. It is a good thing because Lucy really has no clue of what to do. Hoping next year will be better!

    63. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 9:05 am - Reply

      I took these scaps from the Rescue video to try to see where George is building…..
      The nest is built higher now and the rim is just under the bottom of the camera. George is adding sticks above the camera, on level with the perch.

      • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 9:09 am - Reply

        He brought this multi-branch in earlier and propped it on the right corner… and now he can place sticks across that catch on the crooks of those branches….

      • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 1:55 pm - Reply

        Remember when we could see the beach!….if he keeps going he’ll block the bay view!
        Plus we’re back to headless osprey

        • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 1:58 pm - Reply

          😎

      • ChrisH July 2, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

        I wonder what the nest looks like now in person from the ground. It has to be HUGE!

    64. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 8:49 am - Reply

      It could have been worse….

    65. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Oyster Bay………..
      Mom brought home an interesting gift…. a snack bag, maybe Fritos?? This kid seems to have claimed it. Could be learning to read. Those artificial ingredients can be tongue twisters…

      • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        I eat Fritos ….no tongue twisters 😋

      • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 2:17 pm - Reply

        Spotted bag later and was able to read….”Rolled gold” which is a pretzel brand.

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

          ROLD GOLD

          • Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:21 pm - Reply

            Maybe they want variety 😜

    66. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 7:42 am - Reply

      George was in early, saying hi! Heard Lucy but didn’t see her.
      He’s been in and out 6-8 times, at least, already. Took seaweed out but also brought some in…. Busy boy!

      • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

        A blushing sunrise….

      • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

        Came in with someone following him…..

        • CarolV July 1, 2021 at 7:51 am - Reply

          Decided this stick needed to be above the camera……. would love to see his balcony up there!
          And we got debris kicked in our faces…..

    67. CarolV July 1, 2021 at 7:38 am - Reply

      June certainly went out with a BANG! We had loud thunder with lightning last night.
      Today’s rain has been moved to later this afternoon, thru the night. Temps rising to about 80.

    68. Isabella July 1, 2021 at 6:25 am - Reply

      Good morning George 😉

    69. CarolV June 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      @20:45……………. George is making a habit of these late fish deliveries…. and Lucy is not here again. He was only in a couple minutes.

      • CarolV June 30, 2021 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        Look at that sky! Ominous! There are flashes within the clouds….

    70. CarolV June 30, 2021 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      It was a slow afternoon…. rarely saw anyone.. George managed to get his daily stick…..

      • CarolV June 30, 2021 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        Stopped by for a short nest check……

        There’s a nice breeze but it’s 81 @8:00pm…. small chance of a pop up shower about 8:30-9pm,,,,,,,, couple other chances overnight but the real rain is supposed to arrive tomorrow…..

    71. CarolV June 30, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

      @9:28….. George brought in a fish…. nobody home…
      …………… He waited almost an hour, sitting in the same spot …. he called…. then out he went
      Gonna be another one of those days?

    72. CarolV June 30, 2021 at 6:49 am - Reply

      George is in and Lucy must be upstairs. George made his way around the nest, contrite from every angle.
      Lucy finds a dried fish tail and chomps on it and been yapping loudly and continuously.

      • CarolV June 30, 2021 at 6:52 am - Reply

        George has some lovely seaweed to add color to the nest.
        Lucy has some seaweed just to move something.

        • CarolV June 30, 2021 at 6:55 am - Reply

          Lucy continues to loudly complain while George gets in a good chest push…..

    73. CarolV June 29, 2021 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      George brought a fish @20:27…… Lucy wasn’t far behind him.
      Maybe because Lucy didn’t go for the fish right away??? But She paced around behind him and, even tho she did make a move for the fish, George took off.

      • CarolV June 29, 2021 at 9:09 pm - Reply

        Lucy went to the perch but I didn’t see that stinker come back with any fish. Who knew he would even have room after eating Moby all by himself… and he had eaten some of this one.
        HAGN!

        Temp has dropping to 70s but humidity is rising…. was 77% last I looked. At least there’s a breeze.

      • CarolV June 30, 2021 at 6:43 am - Reply

        Apologies to George. He finally showed up with the fish but Lucy must have gone elsewhere.

    74. Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Heat and humidity
      Yuk yuk and yuk!!🥵🤬
      Patchoque a little cooler than oyster bay
      Female still waiting for a fish?

      • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        Lucy makes a pit stop before gallivanting over the bay

    75. Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Watching her soulmate and the sunrise

      • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:18 pm - Reply

        Somebirdy bring me a fish!!!🎣🐟🐡🐳

        • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:23 pm - Reply

          Honey I shrunk the osprey
          Think miss sparrow felt sorry for her….don’t know if she got one

          • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

            The comings and going’s of George

            • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm

              On a wing and a prayer
              Poor Daisy always seems to have a little devil tailing her

            • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:38 pm

              This was fun to watch
              Daisy “pole vaulting “

            • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:41 pm

              Stuck the landing!

            • Isabella June 29, 2021 at 5:43 pm

              Mom trying to throw some shade

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