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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
Thank you for fanning us!
Another beautiful osprey family!
Lunch and a rocket?
Would have loved to have seen that delivery!
Dad did a touch and go
Lucy beat George in but was very preoccupied by someone…. George was there and she saw the fish, but kept turning back to yell….
OK…. now it’s time for fish! Lucy goes in and George gets in our way….. but off she goes, fish included….
And the fisherbird cleans his beak before going…..
It sure looks like the nest is gonna have to be removed again already. If not it’s gonna be a S**t show as soon as there are chicks in there!
Or we won’t see anything cause the nest is too high!
George had too much time on his hands…..imagine if his lady friend left him to his sticks and stuff!
A slow, foggy morning. George was in around his normal time….
Lucy hauled her tail feathers down late….. and it’s still foggy over the bay
Some grass before…. some seaweed now… even George is taking it easy
OYSTER BAY….. Busy Dad brings breakfish…. and a second an hour later. These kids don’t even compete to eat, they are so well fed!
Lady Hawk has a video on her you tube channel of a osprey chick falling out of the nest. The expression on the mom and other chicks is really amazing to see. The chick was later put back into the nest. It is the Patuxent River Park Osprey nest. Lady Hawk doesn’t always put osprey nests on her videos, but when she does they are interesting. All her videos are great. They are usually about eagles and albatross.
Yes, I was watching this last night. There are three chicks and two of them are fosters, placed from different nests they fell from in Maryland. The second foster was placed on the 15th and fell last night. There are two Patuxent nests with cams, this is Nest 2. Both cams are currently down as the Patuxent parks dep’t has a frequent WiFi problem and they often need to reset it. Not sure if it will get done today as it is the weekend, but I’m hopeful.
Mary Anne– thanks for the extra info. on the nest. I didn’t know of the nest until I saw her video. It is so great that parents will foster chicks. They are doing what their instincts tell them to do and just take care of the extra chick. I have seen this in several nests. The most interesting was when a hawk was taken to the nest for food and the eagle started to raise the hawk. Life in the wild has challenges and rewards when the positive stuff happens.
Oh yes that red tailed hawk chick, that was so interesting! I’ve watched the two Patuxent nests for a few years, and they have had to rescue a few of the chicks during that time. This is the first time I have seen fosters in the nest and two of them. I hope all goes well with them and that they fledge. These nests are surrounded by water so it has happened where they have had to fish a chick out of the water sometime shortly after fledging.
George and his dinnerfish….. and no one home. He didn’t stay long.
OYSTER BAY…. everybody doing well….. pot bellies and full crops. Lots of fluffy feathers around as they loose their down. Lots of scratching and preening.
BTW: did you notice that sailboat sliding through behind them? Wouldn’t mind a ride on that!
This is a great nest. If anyone wants to visit it is near Frank Flowers and Son in Oyster Bay. It is on a side road. It is better to go on the weekends because it is an industrial street. The view is nice. You can see them now as they get bigger. I have to make another visit soon.
George is hanging out…. Lucy passed through here and was on the perch, briefly, earlier.
There was also a quick chase with TOW, too.
The heat and humidity sucks the life out of you.
George doing tai chi…….
Nah… just caught him in an odd pose but I liked it, wonky feathers and all
And the daily stick… G moved this more than 4 times….. it wound up straight across the nest…
Or the funky chicken….if I tried that move I would fall over!
This is a group working from Hampton Bays that does a lot of good work all over our area. Just a shout out for their hard work….
Is this same group with the fawn?
Yes…. they are very responsive.
that is a great story Carol. Thanks for sharing.
@5:48- 20 mins. later, George brings his own (2nd)fish.
Lucy stops back with her leftovers …. then both out….
G is in&out and on this trip, he’s followed by?????
Yup, it’s TOW.
In his hurry to get away from her, he drops his fish…. and she’s right on it.
And THEN, she guards it and decides to eat right there! Cheeky lady!
Now, she keeps returning and G can’t get settled. Man can’t enjoy his own castle!
Morning, Friday! Clearer day today.
George his usual early riser and Lucy wasn’t far behind. Even some mating/bonding.
George went straight out for breakfish and didn’t keep Lucy waiting long. AND she got the whole fish. George stood right in front of camera, so couldn’t see much beyond feathers….
Duke and Daisy looking towards bay
Bo and Jesse looking?
Beautiful osprey family
Patchoque female has company
So many sticks he kept losing his balance
She was suggesting he get fish
Hopefully that’s where he’s headed
Ohh that’s nice to see , maybe they’ll reunite as a couple next year 🤞
Good morning Lucy….George pops down
Decides to get frisky
Back to Bela mode….then to their corners
Returns with a nice breakfish
Lucy joins him with her own fish
These two really know how to have a stand off
Or is it a fish off
George takes off
Lucy has a long think before she follows
George comes back with fish
More “games” with Lucy and TOW….
TOW lands and Lucy suggests she go…. then comes back to nest…..
@17:50, George slides in with a fish…
Lucy is upstairs and must be concentrating on that flyer, because she goes after it……..
Done with the pesky business, Lucy is ready for dinnerfish.
She gets a grip and off she goes….
Can’t believe this “chick” still coming around
Wonder what she does with her spare time
I wonder where Lucy goes when she’s gone for long periods, allowing TOW so much freedom
Maybe they’re swingers 😉
Haven’t seen much of George today…. But has to bring in his stick!
He didn’t stay long….
Just when I say it’s been quiet….. quick visit and chase as TOW and Lucy bounce in and out a few times in a chase…..
George came in to say high…
Lucy is upstairs…. she shows on his back again…then she dropped in the nest to remind him about dinner.
Should I fiddle with this stick more or leave?
Sounds like George spends more time upstairs
See ya later
Sounded like George was on perch before he appeared on nest
You can almost set your clock for his 5 am arrival
Headless osprey in the mist
Funny pic of him going to perch
It’s 5 am somewhere
I feel bad for patchoque female
OYSTER BAY…. This kid is practicing like crazy! Lots of wingercize with little hops……. they grow so fast!
Yes their growth cycles are amazing to watch !
Thursday….. foggy day….. slow day
George was in at 4:46 and in&out for a couple of hours after that. He dropped off some seaweed.
Did not see Lucy but , judging by G’s reaction, I think she was upstairs at some point. Heard her and thought I saw someone fly out.
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Should we just go out on a fishing boat?
Love the color contrast
I’m not speaking to you George
I’m tired of chasing your girlfriend away
Talk to the tail George
Where are all the humans?
Amazing how many swans there are
Right where I left them
Did they stay like this all day?😉
George still in the “doghouse “?
Dinnerfish @19:47…. It was big and whole and Lucy got it all! Couldn’t see much but she did take some time, hopefully getting a grip, before she flew out.
You can just see her under George’s tail…..
George did a little nestoration before he left.
George comes in , with Lucy coming behind…..
There’s a flyover, which Lucy reacts to…..
As George decides to take off, the flyer is out there with him….
That sky looks like Mom Nature has been hard at work painting in impressionist style!
George is just chillin’.
Lucy is upstairs. Can you see her shadow on George?
She’s been in and out more today than she has been lately.
OYSTER BAY…. chick on right is self-feeding on a fishtail…
ALBERTA…chick doing well after 2nd visitation by aliens…
…………PLT (Project Learning Tree) was the group that went up to remove baling twine snarl from the nest…
Glad to see chick is okay
Is that a farm?
Like the foggy look
Been trying to figure out what that trash is
A visit from TOW…. She was in the nest for a few minutes when George came and fluttered his way across the nest.
After a few minutes, Lucy charged in and pushed her off.
Lucy sat by George afterward….
Wednesday….foggy and getting warmer… may hit 80 and almost no wind.
George came from the perch.
Started out well for Lucy! George brought a BIG whole fish. Happy to see she had a good foothold before she went.
Yay! They timed it right tonight!
@19:05, George brought this big guy, which he has had a good share of. Lucy was right in but not her frenzy self.
She went in for it and took off quickly. I always hate to see her go with a beak hold, especially on a heavy looking piece. But she didn’t come right back…. good.c
George paused to be admired…. which we do…..
Lucy looks like a hood ornament…. or singing in the bow of the Titanic,,,” Near, far, wherever you are” bring home a fish..
L had just chased this one out of the nest…..
Ollie Ollie oxen free
George playing keep away with half a flounder
Tuesday…. cool and overcast… may hit 70 today… no droning fan going all day!!! A nice break.
Even George was on a slow sched today…
It didn’t seem like Lucy was there this morning. I think G came down from the perch.
She was in, loudly calling for breakfish.
When G brought a fish @9:12, no Lucy. After a wait, he took to go…
Has been in a couple of times and no Lucy…. might as well snack….
A little late, Lucy!
She goes in for the fish and the tailfins are what’s left……. that’s like getting there for the last 3 M&Ms when your friend just plowed thru the whole bag!
She took it but came back to complain….
Good morning George
Seems like he dropped down from perch
These mom’s need and deserve a good nights sleep
George must have made that perch so comfortable that Lucy doesn’t even come down to lobby for fish…. George can hear her just fine!
George is making a habit of these late fish dinners!
Lucy did not show……
G flew out at 9:06
Feeding…eating…resting…grooming…happy osprey’s of oyster bay
Pretty sky reflection
Duke…Daisy…Bo and Jesse
Don’t know if she got any
I feel she’s mostly alone ☹️
Drove by nest yesterday early evening
She was there
Ps….fog is so pretty if you don’t have to drive or fly in it
Anything you can do
I can do better
I can do anything better than you
No you can’t
Yes I can
Fortis Alberta cam/ Red Deer… About a week ago, a rescue was sent up because of concern for the chicks. There was twine in the nest. Two chicks were deceased and the 3rd was checked and replaced and made a successful recovery.
Yesterday morning, the female carried in a large snarl of grass and twine. Identified as baling twine, I guess from hay baling?
In any case, good spotting and communications passed the info along and the same company sent the guardian angels back . The snarl was removed, the chick was carefully examined for any involvement (none) and a general visual inspection.
It’s always so heart warming to see these guys come to the aid of helpless animals.
This shot was taken from a video posted by Noland McDonald, on Facebook….and youtube
With the light streaming down on them, they do look like guardian spirits! 😇😀😇
They sure do!
No you can’t
Yes I can!
Yes I can
Yes I can!
I can do anything better than both of you!
Lucy dropped in a few times, even spent time upstairs…… very vocal, not just asking for fish…. guarding…
At 13:41, George came in with a fish.
Lucy came in, eying the fish but not charging,,,,,, She moved in and sort of pushed George upward so she could get a good hold.
Lucy was having a hard time grabbing the fish; it was in her claw with some well=anchored nesting. While she worked that out, George decided his sial roping needed a new home…. right about where Lucy was standing….
Even tho she didn’t seem to be going, George’s manipulations urged her out…
And of course….. a multi-branched stick….
OYSTER BAY…. the kids are so fat and sassy, they have no interest in eating. Mom and Dad had time for a little romance…..
Great family capture. !!! They are such great parents. It is a very calm nest with a beautiful view. Too bad they keep bringing in the garbage people leave around.
G was in just after 5….. Lucy was a lazy bones and not seen till after 6:30. And begging.
George brought her fish @8:10. And off she went.
Lucy came right back… thought she lost her fish but , no.
She just decided to eat at home today. Talking to herself the whole time….
Good morning George 😊……up to perch
Duke delivered a small snack
Chick got tired of sib getting the lions share
Hey!…..bring that back!
Can she swallow the tail?
Mom and sib aren’t happy
George showed with a late dinner.
Lucy showed about 5 mins. later, chatty happy….
Low light I get blurry pics.
Chance of rain after 3am….. 50-60% which I guess is scattered showers and depending which way the winds blow….. Highs mid 70s.
TOW barely had a toe in the nest before Lucy got her from behind….. a good shove and she was on her way.
TOW must have flown back over the nest because Lucy stomped around and threatened the air above her….
George came in and assumed his position..
OYSTER BAY…. You won’t believe what Dad brought home…. and tried lassoing a kid…..
………..Hopefully, it’s heavy enough that it won’t twine around the kids….
Mom brought this……….. people are so generous with their trash
Mom and the chicks…..what the?!
George was back a couple of times with that fish and eventually ate it himself…. Lucy gets distracted since she has no chicks to keep her at the nest, I guess…
Looking for the weekly special at the market…
Kelp delivery…. nice color…
Gotta have a stick……
Lucy stopped in, briefly….
Oyster Bay…. putting a little hop in the wingercize….
G and L have been in the nest a couple of times. Lucy must be hanging upstairs, as she’s in just as George drops in. She’s asking for fish.
Now George is here with fish and she’s not there…..
G just left…. neighbor doing some shopping…
This would be the neighbor….
Dreary Sunday gets off to a good start with G in to say hello….
He left about 5:02 and was back @5:08 with a fish!
He didn’t stay but went off to have his share.
Lucy’s ready and singing when he comes back. She must have lost her glasses as she get a solid grip on a talon. But all is well, no damage done and Lucy has her breakfish…..
Good morning George
Nighty night….so much darker in barnegat
It was overdue…. TOW and Lucy have been playing tag for a few days and I guess TOW got too comfortable.
George has been around the nest much of the day and TOW stopped before.
This time, as she stepped in, the AVENGER swooped in from above and had her trapped……..
Poor George tried playing statue, as usual……
First shot was earlier…..
TOW came down…….then…..Straight from above, Lucy rocketed in
All out brawl….. talons and beaks and feathers….
What the huh??????? That’s TOW on the right, with G trapped up toward the front.
Lucy just sat and looked when she first came in…… then more pushed TOW than attack….
Playing statues must be stressful… G with the wonky feather…
He adds his daily stick to the staircase/veranda on right.
Man’s trash is an ospreys decor
Daisy was sounding the I mean business alert
She took off with fish…chicks pancaked
Cam op panned around trying to see what was bugging her
Saturday…. a little overcast and muggy already….
Usual routine…. G in to say GM to Lucy…
Lucy comes down for the fish song and dance….
Fish @5:43…. And Lucy gets the whole fish! Enjoy your breakfish, Lucy
Look who shows up!
TOW and Lucy play tag…….
George wanders thru with breakfish leftovers of his own… He stops by a few times…
Lucy still on pest patrol….
Visiting photos and of course, Squirmy…..
Looks like Squirmy took exception to Dad almost landing a stick on him/her
And this day………….7/10/18……… George, Jane and Squirmy
2019….. Sunny and Breezy….. blame this on them….
2017….Solar and Eclipse….
2016….. Brutus, Ali, Rocky…. I know which is Rocky by his light head…
George came @20:44 with a fish… small….
He only sat for a few minutes, looking around, before he left.
George comes in like a fugitive on the run….
And look who’s behind him!
Somehow, he ends up on top of TOW….. I think it was an accident but…..
TOW went right and less than a minute later….. Lucy came in….
George was flittering on the right rim like a butterfly! They both just sat around for a while.
Lucy greets George coming in….. and checks his feet….
This time when G comes in, he waits. When L showed up, she wasn’t interested and George had started eating anyway… he finished it all.
Duh,,,, he had a chunk of fish…. my brain is shot
Lucy came in so close behind G she almost ran in to him…. and she checked his feet…..she’s so funny!
Alan Poole gave a talk about ospreys last night, very interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD9g9X55eZQ
George is skywatching as he comes in…..
Got lucky and caught a glimpse of the flyer between his feathers…..
Ms. Lucy puts in an appearance… sort-of…..
She’s lobbying for fish…
Don’t mean to overpost on Oyster Bay but I was getting worried. Mom was the only one there with the kids. She went fishing and just dropped off the fish. She came back and watched them. Maybe she was seeing how they are at self feeding? She did drop down to help them out. But I wasn’t seeing Dad.
But I guess Dad was holed up in his man-nest, waiting till it was safer to come out. He delivered a big fish…. which he ate the TAIL off….. not used to seeing that!
Now I can stop worrying.
George made an appearance…… poked around the wetness of his nest… gone again. Looked like another round of showers…
He mantled when he came in, so I’m guessing Lucy is there…
Calm before the fish
Their guess is Daisy is a first time mom
I think she is doing a phenomenal job
Have all the North Fork osprey chicks hatched? How common are “false pregnancies” in ospreys?
It’s likely more common than we see. Sometimes young females don’t understand what to do, whether it be brooding, or feeding the chicks. I would think that all of the Long Island osprey chicks have hatched out by now, north fork, south fork, all over LI.
I am heartbroken. We had chicks the first two years our nest was up (Mattituck). Then for the last 2 years, we had Canadian geese roosting and breeding in the osprey nest. They left at the end of April, and then our osprey pair moved back in, but it was likely too late for them to breed. But this year, no geese and the ospreys cam on time, and seemed to go through the motions. They still are around, fishing and eating, but no babies. I’m guessing those two years messed up their body clocks. Hope next year gets them back on track!
Betsy, April and the beginning of May is the right time for the ospreys to move back in and start mating and adding to their nest. Are you sure it is the same pair? Did you ever see them mating?
Oh, yes. They arrived, repaired the nest, and mated on time. But no babies.
They have the beat rain fairies in Oyster Bay!
But it’s gonna be a long day……… Mom does her best but those big kids can’t all fit under her mombrela…ellla…ella….
um… that was supposed to say BEST
You almost had me googling……beat rain fairies 😆
Beat rain fairies dance to rhythm 🎶 drum 🪘… 😊😜
Patchogue has them too! In color!
The pair here must have a safe house….. don’t see either of them.
Was watching the nest to monitor the storm since I live close by
Reflecting off the street light…cool
Even in a hurricane, George is on the job! Took advantage of a break in the action to provide for Lucy…. what a guy!
He was in @4:55……….Lucy was marching around, very vocal, by 5:30.
Conditions awful for pics but got a few shots. It’s pouring there now… my house, too.
Looks like storm is moving east
The Barnegat chicks are getting banded this morning at 8:30.
Just watched the Barnegat banding. It was very interesting to watch. I put it on you tube and the regular website and went back and forth. I could see the different angles that way. Ben left 2 fish. The parents both came back at 8:56. One parent took a fish off the nest, came back and took off again. They came back within minutes of Ben going down from the nest. Glad I watched it. It was windy, but not raining in New Jersey.
Ben banded them quickly, got in and out. He’s banded over 1500 chicks so he is very good at it.
Mary Anne, Thank you so much for making mention of this event! Very interesting!
Hunkering down for the night
Sky effects….. Elsa is creeping in….
Lucy is upstairs lobbying for fish…. George is selectively deaf……
Can’t hear high pitched sounds….the results of his hearing test!😲😉
That fish sat on the far side of the nest … Suddenly, George was mantling over it….. and Lucy came in…..
She looked around and quietly walked behind him, reached under him and slid the fish out…. I don’t think he moved!
Lucy sat on the edge of the nest and plowed through that fish, which really wasn’t that small, in less than 12 mins……….
Girls just want to have…fish🐟
I call tails!
What’s going on mom?
Holding on for dear life
Mom does the best she can
Fish tails fish tails
Oh no that’s fish heads fish heads 😜
George has some alone time with the fish tail
Then the games begin
Don’t know who the players are….too fast!
Lucy came in but is too involved with pest patrol….
George shows off that tail as he guards…. someone is out there and lands briefly behind him….
George was bay watching earlier…..
Lucy as Crazybird bounced thru a couple of times…..
And the fog has rolled in.
Remnants of Elsa are coming thru tonight, mostly towards or after midnight. Hopefully, as they are predicting, it’s a fast moving system….. but rain predicted most of tomorrow.
See what happens, Lucy, when you disappear most of a day? You have all winter to goof off. If you leave your nest – and mate- unguarded, they will come……
The pests are keeping her busy….
George has a branch which he stuck in our face…. it had several other placements, fortunately….
Lucy came in and someone was following her…. George went after the pest…
George started showing up with a fish….. his new companion.
George doesn’t get to enjoy the last of his fish.
Again a pest to chase…. in the process, he lost his fishtail
After the chase, he found the tail where he dropped it and settled in to eat….. just to have to chase again. The stick and fish went with him and did not return.