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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.
Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.
Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.
Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.
Best wishes, and good luck,
John W. Fitzpatrick
Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
Academy of Natural Sciences
George is hiding a fish in there…… no one came to share….
George is heading up… his talons make such a “lovely” scritching noise on the camera housing………
Ever thrifty, G finds that tail he left before……
Someone, I’m GUESSING TOW, shows and makes a move for it, but G says no with a good peck and finishes it. Even romance can’t come between a man and his late snack…
@12:57….. TOW is waiting as George comes with a fish. He’s mantling and she’s working behind him as if she’s not interested….
When she does make an approach, George takes a little nip at her head, then just leaves the fish and moves away…..
TOW takes it and eats it right there, while George sits off to the left.
They’re both still hanging around the nest…………………….. is this an osprey date?
And they hung around together……………………….
Till, I’m guessing, the Mrs. came home.
George beat it and TOW flattened, then turned and actually chased the attacker……
The ladies exchanged insults and places and knocked things down from the balcony in the process,
This will probably go on for a while.
TOW is rearranging the house…..
She really did some kinda job today!
Everyone getting ready for the day……. get those feathers in shape! Even the 2 in the nest have makeshift perches….
George must have woken up with sticks on the brain. First thing….. a tripod….
And an early visit from, I think, TOW
@6:57…. George is in with breakfish. I THINK it’s Lucy but…………
15 mins. later, George brings grasses and is followed by someone with a fish. This looks more like TOW. The limited view screws up the light to the camera, too, making i.d. that much harder. adds a little mystery…
TOW is back and making herself at home…..
It could have been her getting that fish, not Lucy. Seems more likely.
George just adds more…..
Some other bird stops in…..
And GEORGE goes after it……. he doesn’t usually go after females……… male?
There were a couple other quick skirmishes that were more heard than seen.
Dancing with ospreys
Too funny! Binge watching early seasons of Survivor…. watching a challenge in the Pearl Islands and see an osprey sailing in the sky behind them!
A fish and an osprey dropped in to a bar……
I know, old joke… G came in, swayed in the nice breeze less then 5 mins. then left. Didn’t even hear him call.
Good Afternoon! 8;56 am Oyster Bay #3 took the leap of faith and fledged.
Darn! I was watching for a while before that! I’ll go look. TY
OYSTER BAY….. #3 goes…. Mom barely looks…old hat… probably already thinking tropical thoughts!
And Irene, even if I saw that, I have a hard time telling them apart. Thx again!
Don’t think mom can tell them apart either
This time I was paying committed attention. I must say……your screen shots of that moment are fantastic!!!
Thanks Irene for the heads up. Thanks Carol for the pictures. Didn’t have time to check this on rewind.
Tuesday….. very hazy….. Temp comfortable …. air quality 151-Unhealthy….. those western wildfires sending smoke our way again.
George came in with a greeting. Hello, Handsome! Nice to see your face!
Someone comes behind him. This doesn’t look like Lucy, possibly TOW….
And there’s our girl! Locked and loaded and clears the nest.
Finally got to see someone
Judging his behavior…Lucy ‘s on perch ?
So nice to see? You
Blur is George leaving
So nice to see? You
Blur is George leaving !
Interesting she spends the night
Legs came in… G’s I’m guessing. Something startled him and he made a quick scramble for the perch.
Clear night, dropping to 68 or so. Sunny tomorrow.
Air quality unhealthy…. we must be getting wildfire smoke again….
Either they’re really quick with fish exchange or they’re eating elsewhere.
Duke decides 20 seconds is enough
George has been rearranging….. Tnx…..
Cloudy with temps to mid 80s. Maybe sun mid afternoon. 81% humidity, w4mph wind.
IRENE…. you may be right. Just saw a second flyer at OYSTER BAY….. The single in nest is practicing wildly while the one on perch was flying around the nest. The first fledge had a whiter chest.
This happened earlier….. dripped down the wing….
Thanks Carol. Number 3 is so very ready. 👌
Monday morning and a storm across the bay! It moved west but if it reached my house, I never heard a thing……..
George came in; then the mystery osprey…. I think it was Lucy.
Lucy’s waiting for breakfish and G brings seaweed.
Asking for a fish til she sounds hoarse
Hope she returns next season….may not if male isn’t providing
Maybe they’re on perch
Chick opened her wings and was blown off kilter
Mom has to “catch “herself at times….very windy
This is the way to stay on the nest
Daisy had her feathers in a twist
She may have been upset with these kite surfers
Possible “bumper “ crop of girls
Oyster bay and barnegat
Hello! Am I correct to write the second sibling fledged at 316 pm today??
If it did, I didn’t see it. I only saw the same one flying, as far as I could tell
Typical siblings! One is up and bored; one is relaxed…. but not for long!
Equivalent to hair pulling?????
@17:01…. George comes in with teatime fish….. good sized chunk.
Lucy wasn’t far behind with a grab and go.
George was having a nice beak polish and enjoying the day when he suddenly skittered across the nest………… Guess who?
Tow popped in and hung around about 15 mins. Long enough to send G upstairs….
I’m thinking George really needs chicks next year so he’ll have something else to do besides building the nest!
Seriously though, does anyone know if there are plans to dismantle this nest before next year?
I haven’t heard anything yet, Paula.
I thought the same about George til I came across these pics
Seems having chicks doesn’t stop George ‘s stick hobby!
@8:05….. 1/2 fish…. Lucy came in to perch behind him, then down to get the fish…. quick and simple….
Sunday morning breakfish…..
George came in , acknowledged someone upstairs, Lucy most likely.
@5:29, he was back with a whole fish. No one dropped down and George started eating, There was some chirping from the perch.
After a few bites, George flew off, leaving the fish there.
And Lucy dropped down, grabbed the fish and took off.
Wing time !
May have to change his name to eorge….. since he’s missing the beginning….
Clouding up over night…. 40-60% chance of rain in the morning……………… HAGN
Stick of the day….. very intricate, multi-branched….
Fortunately, neatly arranged so it’s not in our way…………………
And…. I spoke too soon about not blocking the lens.! George was piling all kinds of stuff on the sticks in that corner…..
Poor George…. he dropped in and was just relaxing when someone came to the perch…. he skittered across the nest, seaweed flying everywhere…..
Not sure who stepped down behind him. They didn’t stay long
I identify this bird as an osprey
Pretty sure it’s George
Peek of the bay…two ships passing
Peek a boo…I see the beach
How quickly nest evolved in 9 days!
Lucy comes in and kicks out Ms. Interloper, who was still on the perch…….
Not sure who but G has a visitor….
Could be TOW…. She’s hanging around, even goes to perch, making herself at home….
G was in @5:11 for a pit stop.
He was back @5:33 with a fish. He has already had a share.
Lucy comes in and he won’t give her the fish,……….. but he does a quick fly around, to land behind her and she gets her breakfish.
George spends the next couple of hours showing us his legs…. he’s just pacing around the nest, doing very little.
Big foot climbed to perch…..
Illuminated the nest
Not much of a climb😀
Have fish, will travel…… I think that’s the same snack fish….He called a few times, then left.
This is my “memory for the day” on Facebook. One of my favorites.
Solar and Eclipse and Gracie’s lovely foot
Friday….. looking a little hazy still. Should be sunny and clear and in the high 70s.
Straight off to fish and deliver it @5:18 this morning.
Lucy isn’t far behind. She gets a nice whole fish and G had a gentle toe tug. And an osprey day begins……
@6:06…… George is in with another fish…. Speedy G caught and had time to eat some already….. about 50 mins. after first.
The neighbor stops in and skidaddles right before George and his snack stop in.
Grab and go
Here’s George’s stick of the day….
He’s been in at least 1/2 dozen times, putzing around, moving little things. He’s called but haven’t seen or heard Lucy.
Ahem… George, is that your stick of the day???? Would you rather I didn’t post it? Oh, you’re right! Every stick has a place in the greater scheme , regardless of size…….. smart bird!
Look at the wing span!
Not sure if that’s an osprey feather
If anyone has noticed red wing blackbirds stopped attacking….most likely young have fledged
Now there is a bird attacking oyster bay…..goes so fast can’t capture it in pic
Barely see what it is watching live!….good be a tern….never seen them attack osprey…they are ground breeders
I caught that too and thought tern. Now I’m wondering if it’s a mockingbird. They are very territorial and attack hawks flying in their air space. Even people ……I guess if it has a nest nearby, it might be protecting it. But it is so fast that even when I slowed down the video, couldn’t get a decent shot.
Tried again , enlarged and got this…. maybe mocker…..
Looks big for a mockingbird
Thanks for all your updates-Carol-Isabella & all FYI Dunrovin babies Up,Up no Away yet same for Barnegut-any day now! They are so beautiful-could watch all day!
You’re welcome winnie!
The Dunrovin trio are gorgeous
I noticed Mom had been decorated and wondered when that happened….
Here, she’s being buzzed and pooped on. I think it’s a tern but it’s FAST! It made a few more passes….
You can see the speckles on her in the second pic. And it’s a nice scap of the family, with dad home and the happy wanderer.
Happy Thursday, everyone!
George showed at 5:10 and went up to perch.
@5:34, he was back with a HUGE whole fish and Lucy was there to great him. He let her take it and off she went. Hold on, girl!
George guards against a fly-by
And G went out for his breakfish…..
We’re getting well acquainted with George’s underbelly! Pretty soon, I’ll be able to i.d. him from that angle!
Here we go again!
A giant osprey stepped down…. nah, that’s Lucy. She was right there to take the fish G had for her.
George did his beak before going….
Mom looks like she’s saying… ” Could you keep it quiet in the back seat?”
Please don’t post any more Oyster Bay pictures today. There have been at least 35 pictures of that nest posted today and that’s more than enough. I won’t be approving nearly that many per day in the future. This is a group for OZ pics , that is what the owners intend it for, and we have to respect it. Thank you.
Sorry Mary Anne
Just got excited seeing a fledge happen during a not great year for ospreys
Sorry… cuteness overload took over my fingers!
the other 2 are inspired…. one gets good air…..
I believe it’s the same one doing a lap and gets back in time for fish delivery….
Since I can’t tell apart, please correct if I get it wrong. TY!
George wants to improve his “veranda” upstairs….. he brings a stick and tries to take it straight there…. blocked
He tries to lift it up there and the right end is caught….. so he decides it looks good where it is….
Apologies… photo repeat…. should have posted these…
He turns his attention to the left rim, where he decided to move one from there to above…..
That didn’t work……
Lucy came in and took his mind off the nestorations….. she gave back-up.
First fledge at Oyster Bay 8:41 am .
Has not returned yet…
Last time I saw him on the nest was 6:30 am
So hot…must be roosting on a tree
Knew it would be soon…he was roosting at night like mom
Saw Wynken flying by
Blynken get some air lands on Nod
Dad brings big fish
Might have two more fledging
He returned at 12:05…
Back at 12:05 on the nest. Siblings watch the chick fly in. Happy to be reunited.
Do you know if that’s chick#1? I can’t tell them apart.
Yes it was chick 1.
And triumphant! Sibs are in awe!
Dad stopped with fish in between, did a head count and left
nfc… ty for the heads up!
Carol and Isabella— I saw it live . That is why I gave the time stamps. Then I saw the return live. I knew both of you would capture the moments. Thanks. Exciting day for osprey on Long Island.
Thanks so much for the notification!!!! It was fantastic.
Stick of the day…. he stashed it on his veranda……he moved up there; could hear him clacking around on the camera…
Wednesday morning….. hazy again… doesn’t stop George on his mission!
There’s an early fly-by to yell at….
then, at 5:28, it’s time to bring home the fish…. but not foot it over to a waiting Lucy
OK, he had a share… brings back to Lucy, who took it on the perch…
15 mins. later, G is back with another fish! Lucy must not like the company, as she takes off from perch….
George takes off with his fish, stopping back twice. The second time, Lucy is behind him.
He doesn’t even play games, just drops the fish for her to take.
Lucy paced trying to get the fish
George wasn’t giving it up
When she made her move…he took off
Gave her the rest about ten minutes later
Mom has a hard time getting it off fish hook
Flipping us the bird
Wynken, Blynken and Nod line up to chow down
Breakfish in Barnegat
When chick notices world beyond nest
Should I let one lose on him?
Might get a better shot up here
Getting your feathers ruffled while asleep
Must feel good in this heat!
Feather pile up!
Reminds me of when my daughter had a puffalump doll
Late to the party…me not Lucy
The early bird gets her fish 🐟
Synchronized chick grooming
It’s been a quiet afternoon … one brief visit from George was all I saw most of the day
The funny thing was, I heard Lucy yelling and ran to take pics as George brought in the fish and was about to edit them when I realized the time on pics was like 5:34….. when it should have been 17:34. The video had jumped back to the beginning. Not unusual, just unnoticed!
And it happened again around the time of the second a.m. fish! At least I noticed this time!
I wonder if that haze is part of the smoke effect from the Western wildfires? I saw parts of NJ were visibly effected. And our air quality is noted as unhealthy for sensitive people. Crazy!!!!
Slight chance of t-storm around 3a.m. but rain more likely into tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Last I heard was as far as NYC
Swear I smelled it when I was sitting outside in the evening
George was in with a second fish @7:07…. Lucy came in behind him but he wasn’t handing it over. He took off.
He came back with the fish about 45 mins. later but only stayed a short time.
George went straight to breakfish this a.m.!
He was in @5:34 with a nice, big fish and Lucy said TY!!!!!
Friday, July 23, 10:23pmEDT
Don’t forget Senior melting moon 🌙
Indicating how I feel due to the high heat and humidity!!
Also known as the Full Puddle Moon by the Geriatric peoples
Depends what kind of puddle 😉
Hear someone alerting upstairs….must be cooler and less buggy up there
Nest looking artistic….Bob Ross came down to paint his little branches
I feel like I’ve been transported to 2019….. the screen is blocked, throwing off the lighting on the rest….. all we need is a big smear of poop….
@12:20- George brought a good fish. Judging by his actions, that’s Lucy behind him. She gets the fish.
It’s like when the tv screen starts going
A man and his big stick
Seemed like someone bothered him…took off in a huff
My guess this is George with half eaten fish
My guess is George is responsible for “pot scrubber” on left
In and out feed focus makes for interesting pics
This chick was bouncing side to other side
Wynken, Blynken and Nod getting “edgy “ despite mom’s warning
Patchoque female screaming in breakfish!
She must have been starved….she lunged at male and fish
Sushi show and tell before take off
George comes in with his snack…. someone else is around…
Lucy was behind George and had his back……
And a big shocker! TOW was the 3rd bird in the game….
There were a couple more quick skirmishes….
We were left with this view……………………………………………………………..TY, guys
Just what was needed…. more seaweed!
Monday….. overcast again, maybe some reluctant sun. a steady 73 all day, according to the app. 85% humidity. blah
Gm, George. He was in at 5:06 with no hello to Lucy. This time, looks like Lucy is here.
And here she shows her side…. and her face
@5:45….. G brings a fish. Looked like there was company in the air, as Lucy has his back.
But he’s not ready to share.
Lucy gets the urge to rearrange his stick collection when he won’t let her near the fish. Out he went.
G is back and all we really saw was tail feathers, but Lucy took off with the fish.
George corrects the stick displaced by Lucy…
It’s a 2 stick day…. George tucked it up on his “veranda” above his stairway….
And he brought a fish @18:49…… He called but no Lucy….
When he came back an hour later, the fish was gone…..
George’s goes bigger and better with his daily stick…. he had a wrestling match with it…..
Hello again! I’m so glad he came back for the log!!!! 👏👏🌹
This beautiful quest, I do believe is trying so hard to make a lovely friendship with George.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching her during her very long visit this afternoon. I hope at some point with the tidying up process, that
George will notice the logs [LOL] and rearrange. It seemed to be some kind of process with her getting so comfortable and like laying down
in all the nesting. I will have to look that process up.
I know, I thought she looked like she was trying to settle in to the egg cup and make herself at home, but George’s tail was in the way.
This was interesting…….
George was resting quietly, contemplating the universe, when he startled and flew up. There was shadows above the nest that included a stick.
The stick dropped, George landed in corner and TOW landed! She took charge of placing her addition..
AND she cozied up behind G….. even tweaking his tail feather!
She hung around, even when G left and came back……. feeling at home.
Can’t blame this screen killer on George!
They both came back and G was not happy with that stick! He wasted no time plopping it over to the right!
B shot from this mornings action….pretty sunrise
Ugh!….. I spend a lot of time posting pics..then the page turns!!
Shake your wing thing
Never tire of wing shots
I think Bo and Jesse are afraid of being blown off the nest!
Hopefully, readers know a new page means check back to previous. Has happened more than a few times to me….
When is nest dash delivering the fish?
What kind of fish is this?
Blynken tries out the balance beam
Cute how the other two are butt to butt
From what I saw he was upright roosting like mom
OYSTER BAY= the chicks spotted Dad coming and sang him in…..
I was there at 935am. Mom and dad flew around the area watching us. They have a tree that they must sit in near the nest.
Sunday……Overcast and muggy, mid 70s.
George was in about 5am, Lucy dropped down from the perch a little later.
@5:44, George came in with a fish, being chased. Lucy helps yell away the chaser, then says she’d like some fish. But George wants his share this morning……
He’s back @6:15
George lands, there is definite toe involvement (patience, George) before she gets her beak in the right place…
…… and off she goes…
George then Lucy arrives
Somehow George got a fish
Which Lucy really wanted but stick was in her way
And an intruder to deal with
And George not giving it up
She kept working all the angles
Then George took off with it
Poor fishless …headless Lucy
Maybe George will return with her share
Lucy’s getting the fish
Gave George a good nip on the toe
Can’t say I blame her
Off with the fish
The daily stick…. he moves some others trying to fit it in the right spot