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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
PORT LINCOLN…. Mom helping remove egg shell as #3 makes an entry….
Mom got off long enough to get a glimpse at the 3 wiggles
It will be interesting watching these 3. I’m hoping the close hatching times cut down on bullying. Hoping….. It looks like there is a history of siblicde at this nest, which I’m sure is more common than we want to believe.
In any case, you can check it out @ Port Lincoln livestream. Since this is OZ, done posting now that the osprey are leaving LI. Wishing them all the usual…
…..May the wind be favorable
…..May the sun shine upon you….
…..May your journey be uneventful….
….. And ’til we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Hope everyone has a great fall and winter….. and looking forward to SEEING our nest in the Spring…… think good thoughts that the blob is taken in to custody and off our camera.
Thanks as always to our admin Mary Anne for keeping us informed and in line.
Thanks to Tommy and Christina for providing a home to George and whoever…..
Thanks to Paul for sponsoring and supporting.
And super thanks to Aidan for his technical expertise in keeping the camera co-operating.
Not forgetting our posters and commenters ….. I know you all love these birds as I do.
So happy all the holidays!!!!!
Has there been any update on getting the camera cleaned? I know it takes planning and all but just wondering if there was anything in the works?
Not that I have heard yet, Paula.
TY Mary Anne!
Just a one time post…. you can watch the action at Port Lincoln Osprey.
It was an epic event because these first two hatched so close together….
Just a few hours later… looking stronger already!
My biggest problem with this site is I’m not a night owl! By the time I remember to check, they’re all sleeping over there!
Believe that’s the pip, to the left……… Mom stingy about showing off those kids….
If that kid works hard, it’ll be out soon with a short gap in age and hopefully some size on it before the “twins” start bonking.
Carol. THanks for the video. According to the chat on you tube the third one has pipped. That is good so that they will be close together. At least they have rewind to watch the different cams. I watch one in Australia and one in New Zealand.(not ospreys). I am looking forward to watching this nest as all others are just about finished for the season. It was such a shame that the Chesapeake cam went down just after CJ fledged. That would have been fun to watch the camera around the area. I am not a night owl either.
btw…. they said a pip on the 3rd egg…. would be nice if they are all close… probably easier on #3
Here is a feeding at Port Lincoln osprey . I hope the screenshot comes through. I have been having trouble with screenshots.
You did it! I know your pain! I often think I’ve got it covered and am surprised by what posts! OK on Fb because you can delete a mistake! But I have asked Mary Anne more than a few times to get mine straightened out here!
So TY Mary Anne for your work here!
You’re welcome, Carol!
thanks Carol. it is good having the support of others.
at port lincoln osprey cam two have hatched. The time stamp to see them is 230 am on 9-14-21 if you can find it.
There is one hatch overnight at port lincoln osprey. the usual video isnt working, but i found another one. the shell is off to the side. there is a little one under the sleeping mom. eggs were laid 8- 3 8- 6 and 8- 9. hopefully we will be able to see more as time goes on.
Oyster Bay…….. Monday.
No osprey this a.m., just the janitor…. this handsome guy has been in and out. Even spent 5-10 mins. rearranging and chucking things around. Think he’s moving in!
In case anyone is keeping up with Port Lincoln Osprey ……First hatch happened this morning.
OYSTER BAY….. Scanning thru yesterday and now today, I saw no osprey. Last saw them morning of the 10th.
We had a visit from the roving party peeps and the janitor was by a few times.
Thanks Carol for that nice tribute. And let me know if you have seen the little white chest today at all.
Good thoughts to everyone…
OYSTER BAY…….. Rain, rain has gone away…. and the early bird is looking for his “worm”…. cliche kinda morning!
Kid lobbying with a march around the nest. And here’s Dad with the delivery
Bo and Jesse get excited for dad coming in
I’ve got your back
Good size fish for Bo
About 15 minutes later
Duke brings a king size fish for Jesse
Love the rain effect on the wings
Good things for those who wait
This was the osprey rescue Helen mentioned……
‘I don’t know the area or where this was in relation to OZ….
Thank you CarolV
Was waiting on the edge for update.
I don’t think it’s George…..head markings look different.
Hope this osprey can recover!
Thursday arrived with early morn thunder boomers! Very impressive ones….. still raining….
No one home but this guy who’s stopped by a couple of times. Even he looks wet……
Computer ( I’ll blame it) acting up. was supposed to post as new thread…..
I was trying to answer Isabella….. Just to let you know, Holly- who lives near nest- says she has heard George in the trees around the area. There are several nests around there.
Tuesday morning….. the homebody waits for Dad…. and dad delivers….
Forgot to state Oyster Bay Nest…
2nd kid shows up….. and here’s dad….. brought her leftovers and took off
I believe this was the 2nd kid getting a 2nd fish (whole this time).
Mary Anne— thanks for moving the new comments to the top. It is easier than scrolling to find the new ones.
Thank you, nfc, but we can thank Aidan for that!
Aiden— thanks for all you do!!!
@6:46…….. Dad flew in right as 2 kids came in…. He took off briefly, just to circle around and deliver to one who is possibly female and dominant of the 2 kids here.
This kid was waiting around, flying in and out, for about 2 hrs. before Dad delivered the fish claimed by sib. And he’s been in and out several times since…… “no fish for you!”
Dark there now.
This kid was in early….. very low tide!
And Dad was laboring!
The local teens find an empty house for their end of summer party…………………..
Dad was watching…. 2nd kid popped in and got her breakfish
The wing span on the chick!
Meanwhile down under
Nice that they provided perches
Rain rain go away
An Osprey was picked up with an injured wing last night. I am wondering if It may have been George because it was from the East Marion area. Will find out if it going to thee Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center
Thanks for letting us know, Helen.
It is now at the North Fork Animal Welfare League. Will find out more later or tomorrow
OYSTER BAY…… early bird gets the breakfish….. and she watched dad catch it! Looked like dad dove right in bay by nest, circled up to the right and presented it.
2nd kid comes in just too late….
both took off and a new cleaning crew comes in…… mostly starlings, up to 6-8 at a time, well camouflaged as they hopped about.
Dad provides for 2nd kid.
Hi Carol…..Hope you are well! That is exactly what I saw also. Amazing isn’t it?
I have been watching for all 3 juvies, One has not been in for breakfast yesterday and today.
OYSTER BAY……. Stormy night. Lots of wind and rain. The kid who’s been spending her nights on the perch held on tight.
Saw 2 kids in this morning.
Dad got breakfish for both
Coming in for a landing
What’s a chick gotta due to get a fish!
Catching up on local gossip
Hi Isabella-se the babies @ Barnegut-do you think the parents have left already? I know pretty soon they’ll all be gone-sadly
Winnie, the female, Daisy was last seen on Aug 21st. The male, Duke, is still there and bringing fish.
This is the last pic I got of Duke delivering a fish
He’s still around but hard for me to catch him live(no scroll back)
His job right now is to do drop offs and fly off
Daisy is on her vacation…I hope she returns…she was a great mom!
Will miss Bo and Jesse…they were fun to watch and I think they are extra beautiful osprey
Duke brings in a good size fish
I spy 🕵️♀️
There is a sparrow family playing on the lawn
Beautiful background for a beautiful osprey!
Jesse waiting patiently for a fish
Maybe not so patiently!
I see dad coming
Here comes my pesky sister
She lost her balance and lost her fish
And waits patiently again
Meanwhile…..Wynken, Blynken and Nod….wait for breakfish
Working on a night groom
OYSTER BAY……………………. It’s a 3 kid morning!
I thought I saw the 3rd one popping in yesterday and being chased. But I’m not that familiar with their markings to have been sure.
Nice to see them all together!
Saw Dad with 2 deliveries and the neighbor stop in.
Multiple crow crew visits…….
And a noisy kid hanging around waiting her turn.
Went back to check and found that one of the other kids left a fish, after eating its share. So everybirdy ate.
I’ve seen fish delivered here
While hoping the nest gets cleared out by next spring, I hope the crew gets some shots of what it looks like from beyond the blob! Maybe more resembles Cousin IT!
And I just heard osprey voice as I type! @11:41…… Sounded like George….. Hello, dear friend!
OYSTER BAY….. Saturday began with early rain….. didn’t see the morning meeting of the 3some.
……… The light chested kid came in to get his fish from Dad…. @6:40
That one took off ( near end of pier)as dark-headed kid came in…..
BOTH neighbor and janitor stopped by
Just before 9:30, Dad stopped in with a leftover but wouldn’t give it to kid who came in.
2nd kid stopped in. These looked like 2 who had gotten fish earlier.
PSEG Oyster Bay…….
Dad was back minutes later. One kid made the grab before dad could take off again….. wasn’t in a mood to share
The early osprey gets the fish 🐟
Bo and Jesse keeping a lookout
Really going to miss these two
Bo was a bully at the start…they soon became thick as thieves
Hope Daisy returns next season…she was a great mom!
Duke too! (Dad)
I see the male at the Patchogue PSEG nest has been busy adding, too! I can only wonder what OZ looks like beyond the veil!
I haven’t seen the male since early August….guess I’m missing him when he checks in
Really don’t see difference in the nest…except for the grass and being lightly arranged by the storm
What time do you see Him?
Every body on deck…… Dad starts breakfish service @6:25….
For some reason, this kid ate a share, then left the fish to go skim the water.
The crows were investigating but weren.t sure of the bounty.
OYSTER BAY…… Itsy bitsy was bizzy wizzy….. looked better in motion as the web glinted as it moved….. as did the spider.
Sunny Tuesday………… started out overcast but lookin’ good now…. 82,,,,,, 69% humidity….. light westerly breeze….
3 amigos all showed this a.m. Dad started deliveries about 6:15am.
Nice day for a boat ride,,,,,,
“Security blanket “ stays put!
We want fish!
PORT LINCOLN ….. Mom just reluctantly left and dad moves in…
The color of the nest is like a hazy aquamarine …guessing a result of the water…such a beautiful color!
They always have that turquoise rope
Wonder what color the eggs really are?
It is a beautiful color…. just a little choppy sometimes! Slight case of motion sickness!
Three well fed….
A distant – very distant!-cousin comes by. Tried out the nest for size to enjoy the view…..
Hope everyone fared well from the storm!
The blob held strong but from what I saw the camera never went down so that means the nest should be fine, Thankfully!
Where I live it was the storm that wasn’t
Was hoping the “fort” that George built would be blown off
Think he installed these! 😉
We did ok out here with the storm…. lotta rain, not to heavy on the wind. Certainly not enough to rip off the roof at the nest!
But I’m ok with that!!! No roof ripping please!
Was referring to him putting hurricane straps on the blob
Was hoping wind would clear the blob
Which way do you think the fish will come?
There’s an osprey up here people!
Now I lay me down to sleep 💤
I pray the lord gives me fish to eat
Only the lonely
Sometimes this area is so desolate looking
Don’t think dad is bringing us a fish anytime soon!
OYSTER BAY……………. Even in the storm, dad made sure to feed everyone…. there’s a kid behind that raindrop.
Later in the day, the trio waited for Uber-eats to arrive…..
CarolV…as always thx for interesting moon info!
Here’s a fairy festival for you
I know! They have the best rain fairies!
Latest on the storm- “As of 7am – DOWNGRADED FROM HURRICANE TO TROPICAL STORM
ABOUT 50 MI… SE OF MONTAUK POINT NEW YORK
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N AT 18 MPH
STORM IS MOVING 18 MPH-
AT THIS SPEED AND MOVEMENT – THE STORM WILL BE PASSING EAST OF MONTAUK NEAR BLOCK ISLAND BY 10AM.. AND INTO
NEW ENGLAND BY 1 TO 2PM.”
Always glad when the hurricane steps a few degrees east and passes us by. Died down to tropical storm and dumped a lot of rain. A little water in the basement but I can live with that!
The Blob looks wet and soggy but still making nasty faces at us………………….
And MARY ANNE….. I remember Gloria and several others but my first hurricane memory is Carol in 1954. We lived on Hill St., Southampton. It took down all the massive trees all along the street. All you could see looking down the street was tree after tree after tree laying down……… The root systems were massive and, to a 5 yr. old, taller than I was. Maybe that’s why I always have that first fear during hurricanes that a tree is gonna fall on the house!
Oh its so funny you should say that-Carol I am surrounded by woods here in Kings Park-huge trees hang over my garage & bedroom-so whenever theres a storm I sleep in the Den-How will we know when our friends fly south-you guys are more in the know than me? Do you think the parents left Barnegut?
Good Saturday morning!
There’s a new batch of sparrow babies chirping from my awning and a hurricane heading straight at us….. quite the contrast!
It’s scary seeing the projections, with us as X marks the spot! Things may change but in the meantime, good thoughts go out to all who will be effected over the next few days….
Keeping my fingers crossed, Carol. I well remember when Gloria hit us in 1985.
Good Morning All,
I have been watching the morning news here and hearing about Henri coming your way. Here’s hoping everyone who lives in the path of this one fares well. I do hope the wind is strong enough to remove the blob from the camera!
Will the camera be adjusted at some point?
Hoping it will, Linda, have not heard anything. When I do, I will let everyone know.
just before 9am today the Chesapeake osprey CJ fledged. She was born late June 25th. The fledge was at 56 days old. Hopefully she will have enough time before migrating. She has been a joy to watch. Next up is Port Lincoln Osprey with the swaying water.
Hello, Friday! A peaceful morning before the weekend barrels in! Even the smaller Hamptons are overrun in the summer.
The Kids await delivery service……
And do a nice crowded fish dance as they spot Dad….
“It’s ALL mine!” as she guards her prize……….
Dad stopped to eat before this one………………
Cleaning crew ……
I don’t know why but I love hearing the crows talking to each other!
And this is the delivery I missed! Thought it was odd that Dad only fed 2!
PORT LINCOLN Ospreycam….
Oh, yeah… other side of the world and downunder……
Scrolled back to catch sight of those 3 beautiful eggs during an exchange.
I don’t know about you but this is what I see each time I log on to OZ…. and EVERY freakin’ time it gets me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for that split second
Can we spell gullible ?????
Then reality hits……..
All I ever see is the BLOB!
It sure would be nice to see something.
Left computer open to OZ…. Dear George calling again…
Sounds lonely. Both his ladies desert him??
Hey!…where is everyone?
Oh well..more fish for me
Isabella… Heard George @7:08:38 for a bit. But it’s hit or miss. since I generally scroll. Hard to see sound! And, no. haven’t heard any one else.
The patient trio…. not really! Just happened to catch them all with their beaks shut!
Minutes later…… fish #1
Last but not least……….. fish #3……
Bing, bang, boom…. breakfish has been served!
Is that all delivery by Dad? I’m wondering if Mom has gone on vaca.
KNOCK KNOCK! Maintenance…..
Which one of these is not like the other?
Hanging with feathered friends
Mary Anne…..Hi Mary Anne
57 M/ Bo…..has been sneezing or coughing. Thought due to preening. Though her sibling has not done either.
Is this a concern?
I have seen 56 do it also once in a while. When they preen the powder down may be causing them to sneeze. When the Charlo ospreys were nesting in their original nest, we saw them sneeze quite often!
Dipping her toes in the bay on a really hot day
Think it’s too late to give the fish mouth to mouth !
A truly rare bird….
Sorry… it had me laughing……
Now that’s thinking outside the box!….brilliant
The Sears Craftsman bird
Lol — good one!!
Just after 6am, George can be heard announcing his ownership. Another osprey can be heard at a distance. Wonder where the closest osprey neighbor lives?
Again @6:04…. think I’ll let it run just to hear his dulcet tones!
Here comes dinner!
OYSTER BAY……………… Happy Monday!……………. A noisy trio awaits delivery….. but, unless I missed it, they wound up all taking off empty footed.
This kid hangs around the most. He decided to take a quick dive right near the shore, swam out and up; then, another quick dive a little further out before flying away
It pays to stay close to home! I saw Mom in earlier with a clump of dried seaweed. This looked like Dad, but not sure. Nice size fish.
If that is the first fish, that’s unusual.
That mess looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.
First thing that came to mind………………Stranger Things. If you were a fan of that show.
It reminded me of The Blob….. an oldie
Too close for comfort!
Double mint twins react to a fly over
Hey!….she’s not sharing!
Playing keep away with the fish
Well…the seagulls seem to like it
Peek of eggs before she covers them
This cam is hard to watch….feed is jumpy…water choppy
What a beauty!
OYSTER BAY…. busy morning…. the 3 amigos showed up, looking to be fed.
Dad brought a big flounder but it went with him when he left. Not sure if he held on to it.
Next….fish #2………….. looked like Mom dropping it off…………….. hotly disputed with one, I think the oldest, dominating.
Fish #3…. Dad drops it off……. looks like the 2nd kid, with #3 kid hanging back.
Everyone took off, 2 with their fish
Don’t know if anyone is still watching
Came back from vacation to see the nest
Shocking to see but not too surprised
George has some sense of humor!
I still check in…hoping to see a change….guessing Lucy is gone
Pics of nest before the final curtain!
Weathering the storm
Your ship has come in
Double mint twins
Still checking in, hoping the “sky” has fallen. Looks more well packed, if anything. Hope it was a good vaca!
When I check in I don’t even hear them
Wonder if nest is blocking audio?
FORTIS ALBERTA- EXSHAW….. Beyond The Curtain………
Action on the left side………….. One kid took off this morning before 7a.m…… it almost looked accidental. Both chicks were practicing hard. One went up on the near perch, sat for a bit, preening, then looked like he was practicing again. Looked like he aimed toward nest then slipped sideways from view. But did fine, stayed out for a while before coming in to rest.
Somebody still sleeping at home….
Dad brought a still flopping fish… Claimed and eventually taken elsewhere. Everyone scattered.
Then one lucky kid at home when Mom AND Dad brought in fish. Dad gave his up.
Still checking in hoping for “clarity”…. HAGD!
RED DEER-FORTIS ALBERTA CAM… Their kid, Legacy, has fledged. Cam was down but early this a,m.( about 7:40), she practiced, flew across nest then out. Flew across the fields and came home minutes later.
They just aren’t sure if that was first flight, the cam having been down …. but it had the feel of a first timer….