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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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    49,267 Comments

    1. Isabella July 17, 2021 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you for fanning us!
      Another beautiful osprey family!

      • Isabella July 17, 2021 at 4:16 pm - Reply

        Lunch and a rocket?
        Would have loved to have seen that delivery!

        • Isabella July 17, 2021 at 4:18 pm - Reply

          Wing time
          Dad did a touch and go

    2. CarolV July 17, 2021 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      @13:36….. FISH!!!!!
      Lucy beat George in but was very preoccupied by someone…. George was there and she saw the fish, but kept turning back to yell….

      • CarolV July 17, 2021 at 2:25 pm - Reply

        OK…. now it’s time for fish! Lucy goes in and George gets in our way….. but off she goes, fish included….

        • CarolV July 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm - Reply

          And the fisherbird cleans his beak before going…..

    3. Paula July 17, 2021 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      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!

      • Isabella July 17, 2021 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        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!

    4. CarolV July 17, 2021 at 9:40 am - Reply

      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

      • CarolV July 17, 2021 at 10:52 am - Reply

        Some grass before…. some seaweed now… even George is taking it easy

    5. CarolV July 17, 2021 at 8:35 am - Reply

      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!

    6. nfc July 17, 2021 at 6:18 am - Reply

      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.

      • Admin Mary Anne July 17, 2021 at 10:01 am - Reply

        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.

        • nfc July 17, 2021 at 10:34 am - Reply

          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.

          • Admin Mary Anne July 17, 2021 at 12:13 pm - Reply

            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.

    7. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      George and his dinnerfish….. and no one home. He didn’t stay long.

    8. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      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!

      • nfc July 17, 2021 at 5:55 am - Reply

        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.

    9. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      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.

    10. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      George doing tai chi…….
      Nah… just caught him in an odd pose but I liked it, wonky feathers and all

      • CarolV July 16, 2021 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        And the daily stick… G moved this more than 4 times….. it wound up straight across the nest…

      • Isabella July 17, 2021 at 1:12 am - Reply

        Or the funky chicken….if I tried that move I would fall over!

    11. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

      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….

      • Isabella July 17, 2021 at 1:13 am - Reply

        Is this same group with the fawn?

        • CarolV July 17, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

          Yes…. they are very responsive.

      • nfc July 17, 2021 at 8:14 am - Reply

        that is a great story Carol. Thanks for sharing.

    12. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 9:50 am - Reply

      @5:48- 20 mins. later, George brings his own (2nd)fish.

      • CarolV July 16, 2021 at 9:54 am - Reply

        Lucy stops back with her leftovers …. then both out….

        • CarolV July 16, 2021 at 9:57 am - Reply

          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.

          • CarolV July 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

            And THEN, she guards it and decides to eat right there! Cheeky lady!

            • CarolV July 16, 2021 at 10:28 am

              Now, she keeps returning and G can’t get settled. Man can’t enjoy his own castle!

    13. CarolV July 16, 2021 at 9:19 am - Reply

      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….

    14. Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Synchronized pairs
      Duke and Daisy looking towards bay
      Bo and Jesse looking?
      Beautiful osprey family

    15. Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:46 am - Reply

      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

      • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:47 am - Reply

        😜

      • Trinity July 16, 2021 at 8:49 am - Reply

        Ohh that’s nice to see , maybe they’ll reunite as a couple next year 🤞

    16. Isabella July 16, 2021 at 5:42 am - Reply

      Good morning Lucy….George pops down

      • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 5:45 am - Reply

        Decides to get frisky
        Headless

        • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 5:51 am - Reply

          Back to Bela mode….then to their corners

          • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:00 am - Reply

            Returns with a nice breakfish

            • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:35 am

              Lucy joins him with her own fish

            • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:38 am

              These two really know how to have a stand off
              Or is it a fish off

            • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:40 am

              George takes off

            • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 6:42 am

              Lucy has a long think before she follows

            • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 7:05 am

              George comes back with fish

    17. CarolV July 15, 2021 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      More “games” with Lucy and TOW….
      TOW lands and Lucy suggests she go…. then comes back to nest…..

      • CarolV July 15, 2021 at 6:45 pm - Reply

        @17:50, George slides in with a fish…
        Lucy is upstairs and must be concentrating on that flyer, because she goes after it……..

        • CarolV July 15, 2021 at 6:50 pm - Reply

          Done with the pesky business, Lucy is ready for dinnerfish.
          She gets a grip and off she goes….

      • Isabella July 16, 2021 at 1:49 am - Reply

        Can’t believe this “chick” still coming around
        Wonder what she does with her spare time

        • CarolV July 16, 2021 at 10:21 am - Reply

          I wonder where Lucy goes when she’s gone for long periods, allowing TOW so much freedom

          • Isabella July 17, 2021 at 1:08 am - Reply

            Maybe they’re swingers 😉

    18. CarolV July 15, 2021 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Haven’t seen much of George today…. But has to bring in his stick!
      He didn’t stay long….

      • CarolV July 15, 2021 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        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.

    19. Isabella July 15, 2021 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Should I fiddle with this stick more or leave?
      Sounds like George spends more time upstairs

      • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        See ya later

    20. Isabella July 15, 2021 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Sounded like George was on perch before he appeared on nest
      You can almost set your clock for his 5 am arrival

      • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

        Headless osprey in the mist

        • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm - Reply

          Funny pic of him going to perch

          • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 12:28 pm - Reply

            It’s 5 am somewhere
            I feel bad for patchoque female

    21. CarolV July 15, 2021 at 10:14 am - Reply

      OYSTER BAY…. This kid is practicing like crazy! Lots of wingercize with little hops……. they grow so fast!

      • Trinity July 16, 2021 at 8:51 am - Reply

        Yes their growth cycles are amazing to watch !

    22. CarolV July 15, 2021 at 9:06 am - Reply

      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.

    23. Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:30 am - Reply

      Wynken, Blynken and Nod

      • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:33 am - Reply

        Should we just go out on a fishing boat?
        Love the color contrast

        • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:36 am - Reply

          I’m not speaking to you George
          I’m tired of chasing your girlfriend away

          • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:37 am - Reply

            I’m sorry

            • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:41 am

              Talk to the tail George

            • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:46 am

              Where are all the humans?

            • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:48 am

              Swan lake
              Amazing how many swans there are

            • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:53 am

              Right where I left them
              Did they stay like this all day?😉

            • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 1:56 am

              George still in the “doghouse “?
              Silly boy

    24. CarolV July 14, 2021 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      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.

    25. CarolV July 14, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      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….

    26. CarolV July 14, 2021 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      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.

    27. CarolV July 14, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

      OYSTER BAY…. chick on right is self-feeding on a fishtail…

      • CarolV July 14, 2021 at 11:36 am - Reply

        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…

        • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 2:03 am - Reply

          Glad to see chick is okay
          Is that a farm?

      • Isabella July 15, 2021 at 2:00 am - Reply

        Like the foggy look
        Been trying to figure out what that trash is

    28. CarolV July 14, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 14, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Lucy sat by George afterward….

    29. CarolV July 14, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

      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.

    30. CarolV July 13, 2021 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      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

      • CarolV July 13, 2021 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        George paused to be admired…. which we do…..

    31. CarolV July 13, 2021 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Lucy looks like a hood ornament…. or singing in the bow of the Titanic,,,” Near, far, wherever you are” bring home a fish..

      • CarolV July 13, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        L had just chased this one out of the nest…..

    32. Isabella July 13, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Ollie Ollie oxen free

      • Isabella July 13, 2021 at 11:12 am - Reply

        George playing keep away with half a flounder
        From?

    33. CarolV July 13, 2021 at 9:44 am - Reply

      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…

      • CarolV July 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm - Reply

        Has been in a couple of times and no Lucy…. might as well snack….

        • CarolV July 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm - Reply

          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….

    34. Isabella July 13, 2021 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Good morning George
      Seems like he dropped down from perch

      • Isabella July 13, 2021 at 9:33 am - Reply

        Tracking mom

        • Isabella July 13, 2021 at 9:39 am - Reply

          These mom’s need and deserve a good nights sleep

    35. CarolV July 12, 2021 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV July 12, 2021 at 9:33 pm - Reply

        George is making a habit of these late fish dinners!
        Lucy did not show……
        G flew out at 9:06

    36. Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Feeding…eating…resting…grooming…happy osprey’s of oyster bay
      Pretty sky reflection

      • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        Wing time

        • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:35 pm - Reply

          Family portrait
          Duke…Daisy…Bo and Jesse

          • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:40 pm - Reply

            Got Fish?!!
            Don’t know if she got any
            I feel she’s mostly alone ☹️
            Drove by nest yesterday early evening
            She was there

            • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:42 pm

              Ps….fog is so pretty if you don’t have to drive or fly in it

          • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm - Reply

            Anything you can do
            I can do better

            • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 6:03 pm

              I can do anything better than you

            • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 6:04 pm

              No you can’t
              Yes I can

    37. CarolV July 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      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

      • CarolV July 12, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        With the light streaming down on them, they do look like guardian spirits! 😇😀😇

        • ChrisH July 13, 2021 at 9:53 am - Reply

          They sure do!

      • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        No you can’t
        Yes I can!

        • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm - Reply

          Yes I can
          Yes I can!

          • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 6:15 pm - Reply

            I can do anything better than both of you!

    38. CarolV July 12, 2021 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm - Reply

        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…

        • CarolV July 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm - Reply

          And of course….. a multi-branched stick….

    39. CarolV July 12, 2021 at 8:47 am - Reply

      OYSTER BAY…. the kids are so fat and sassy, they have no interest in eating. Mom and Dad had time for a little romance…..

      • nfc July 12, 2021 at 9:16 am - Reply

        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.

    40. CarolV July 12, 2021 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Hello, Monday!
      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.

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

        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….

    41. Isabella July 12, 2021 at 5:43 am - Reply

      Good morning George 😊……up to perch

    42. Isabella July 12, 2021 at 1:40 am - Reply

      Duke delivered a small snack

      • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 1:42 am - Reply

        Chick got tired of sib getting the lions share

        • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 1:43 am - Reply

          Hey!…..bring that back!

          • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 1:45 am - Reply

            Can she swallow the tail?

            • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 1:47 am

              Yep!
              Mom and sib aren’t happy

    43. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      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.
      HAGN, everyone…

    44. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      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..

    45. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      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….

      • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 3:21 pm - Reply

        Mom brought this……….. people are so generous with their trash

      • Isabella July 12, 2021 at 1:49 am - Reply

        Mom and the chicks…..what the?!

    46. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      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…

      • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 2:49 pm - Reply

        Looking for the weekly special at the market…

        • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

          Kelp delivery…. nice color…

          • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 2:52 pm - Reply

            Gotta have a stick……

            • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 2:53 pm

              Lucy stopped in, briefly….

    47. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Oyster Bay…. putting a little hop in the wingercize….

    48. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 9:59 am - Reply

      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…..

      • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 10:11 am - Reply

        G just left…. neighbor doing some shopping…

        • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 2:44 pm - Reply

          This would be the neighbor….

    49. CarolV July 11, 2021 at 8:52 am - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 11, 2021 at 8:56 am - Reply

        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…..

    50. Isabella July 11, 2021 at 5:13 am - Reply

      Good morning George

      • Isabella July 11, 2021 at 5:15 am - Reply

        Ta ta

    51. Isabella July 10, 2021 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Nighty night….so much darker in barnegat

    52. CarolV July 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      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…..
      ..

      • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        TOW came down…….then…..Straight from above, Lucy rocketed in

        • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

          All out brawl….. talons and beaks and feathers….

          • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 6:48 pm - Reply

            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….

            • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 6:57 pm

              Playing statues must be stressful… G with the wonky feather…
              He adds his daily stick to the staircase/veranda on right.

    53. Isabella July 10, 2021 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Man’s trash is an ospreys decor

      • Isabella July 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        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

    54. CarolV July 10, 2021 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Saturday…. a little overcast and muggy already….
      Usual routine…. G in to say GM to Lucy…

      • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 9:03 am - Reply

        Lucy comes down for the fish song and dance….
        Fish @5:43…. And Lucy gets the whole fish! Enjoy your breakfish, Lucy

        • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

          Look who shows up!
          TOW and Lucy play tag…….

          • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 9:28 am - Reply

            George wanders thru with breakfish leftovers of his own… He stops by a few times…

            • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 9:29 am

              Lucy still on pest patrol….

    55. CarolV July 10, 2021 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Visiting photos and of course, Squirmy…..
      Looks like Squirmy took exception to Dad almost landing a stick on him/her

      • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 8:08 am - Reply

        And this day………….7/10/18……… George, Jane and Squirmy

        • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 8:36 am - Reply

          2019….. Sunny and Breezy….. blame this on them….

          • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 8:40 am - Reply

            2017….Solar and Eclipse….

            • CarolV July 10, 2021 at 8:43 am

              2016….. Brutus, Ali, Rocky…. I know which is Rocky by his light head…

    56. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      George came @20:44 with a fish… small….
      He only sat for a few minutes, looking around, before he left.

    57. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      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…..

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 8:54 pm - Reply

        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.

    58. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Lucy greets George coming in….. and checks his feet….

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        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.

        • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 4:38 pm - Reply

          Duh,,,, he had a chunk of fish…. my brain is shot

          • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 8:14 pm - Reply

            Lucy came in so close behind G she almost ran in to him…. and she checked his feet…..she’s so funny!

    59. Admin Mary Anne July 9, 2021 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Alan Poole gave a talk about ospreys last night, very interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD9g9X55eZQ

    60. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      George is skywatching as he comes in…..
      Got lucky and caught a glimpse of the flyer between his feathers…..

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        Ms. Lucy puts in an appearance… sort-of…..
        She’s lobbying for fish…

    61. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        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.

    62. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 11:46 am - Reply

      George made an appearance…… poked around the wetness of his nest… gone again. Looked like another round of showers…

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 11:54 am - Reply

        He mantled when he came in, so I’m guessing Lucy is there…

    63. Isabella July 9, 2021 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Calm before the fish
      Their guess is Daisy is a first time mom
      I think she is doing a phenomenal job

    64. Betsy Frank July 9, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Have all the North Fork osprey chicks hatched? How common are “false pregnancies” in ospreys?

      • Admin Mary Anne July 9, 2021 at 11:20 am - Reply

        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.

        • Betsy Frank July 10, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

          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!

          • Admin Mary Anne July 10, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

            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?

            • Betsy Frank July 11, 2021 at 12:49 pm

              Oh, yes. They arrived, repaired the nest, and mated on time. But no babies.

    65. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 8:54 am - Reply

      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….

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 8:56 am - Reply

        um… that was supposed to say BEST

        • Isabella July 9, 2021 at 11:26 am - Reply

          You almost had me googling……beat rain fairies 😆

        • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

          Beat rain fairies dance to rhythm 🎶 drum 🪘… 😊😜

      • CarolV July 9, 2021 at 9:03 am - Reply

        Patchogue has them too! In color!
        The pair here must have a safe house….. don’t see either of them.

        • Isabella July 9, 2021 at 11:29 am - Reply

          Was watching the nest to monitor the storm since I live close by
          Reflecting off the street light…cool

    66. CarolV July 9, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

      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.

    67. Isabella July 9, 2021 at 6:23 am - Reply

      Looks like storm is moving east

      • Admin Mary Anne July 9, 2021 at 7:05 am - Reply

        The Barnegat chicks are getting banded this morning at 8:30.

        • nfc July 9, 2021 at 9:02 am - Reply

          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.

          • Admin Mary Anne July 9, 2021 at 10:11 am - Reply

            Ben banded them quickly, got in and out. He’s banded over 1500 chicks so he is very good at it.

        • Irene July 9, 2021 at 9:03 am - Reply

          Mary Anne, Thank you so much for making mention of this event! Very interesting!

    68. Isabella July 9, 2021 at 12:27 am - Reply

      Hunkering down for the night

    69. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Sky effects….. Elsa is creeping in….

    70. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Lucy is upstairs lobbying for fish…. George is selectively deaf……

      • Isabella July 9, 2021 at 12:30 am - Reply

        Can’t hear high pitched sounds….the results of his hearing test!😲😉

    71. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      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……….

      • Isabella July 9, 2021 at 12:32 am - Reply

        Girls just want to have…fish🐟

    72. Isabella July 8, 2021 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      I call tails!

      • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 4:34 pm - Reply

        What’s going on mom?
        Holding on for dear life

        • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 4:35 pm - Reply

          Mom does the best she can

          • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 4:44 pm - Reply

            Fish tails fish tails
            Oh no that’s fish heads fish heads 😜

            • Isabella July 8, 2021 at 4:48 pm

              George has some alone time with the fish tail
              Then the games begin
              Don’t know who the players are….too fast!

    73. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Fish @15:14……….
      Lucy came in but is too involved with pest patrol….

      • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        George shows off that tail as he guards…. someone is out there and lands briefly behind him….

    74. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      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.

      • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

        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….

    75. CarolV July 8, 2021 at 10:57 am - Reply

      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…

      • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 10:59 am - Reply

        George started showing up with a fish….. his new companion.

        • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

          George doesn’t get to enjoy the last of his fish.
          Again a pest to chase…. in the process, he lost his fishtail

          • CarolV July 8, 2021 at 11:44 am - Reply

            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.

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