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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
The forecast is for clearing skies and sunshine with temps mid50s… will take that!!!!
Gotta get to work!
Good timing for breakfast as fem sings in George and happily accepts nice sized headless fish; and off she went with words of ty…
Foggy morning as G finds his way in with fem not far behind
When G left , someone started flying around…..: G came back and discouraged the visitor
Got a message from Betsy, aa OZ watcher and friend, that I missed an exchange of fish about 1;30pm. Glad to say that George was on the job, even if I wasn’t! Tnx, Betsy!
They landed. They started mating. He fell off backwards. HAHAHAHA!!!
George brought a root ball….
Fem came down to yammer….
May be too windy to fish but not to attempt mating. Now he OWES her a meal
Wifi in and out, both at home and at nest.
Guessing that water too rough to fish…
Rain showers and wind straight from the E at 21mph.
Sorry, but I forgot the female’s name last year. She was too inexperienced. Hoping for more success this year. Someone like Gracie😊
Hi Karen, Lucy was her name.
Thanks. Thought that was it.
Loud yammering but no breakfish….
and she checks and leaves….
G was in by 5:30; fem showed about 6.
G was in and out working on nest while fem kept reminding him of priorities… her stomach!
Wind gave them nice feather-dos.
Happy Thursday! Gray morning in the mid 40s with wind picking up later to blow in the rain, which takes over for the afternoon into evening.
Trips back and forth with nest material…no fish for whoever is on perch asking for it
George still doing Bela Lugosi
Female took off
Setting up the baby bumper….
George and Lucy ?
OK…who is the female? It looks a lot Gracie…
Oh, if only!
Just after 6pm, Female came in to greet Gas he delivered fish tail. She took it, then went to perch to make comments as G worked on nest
She was back down minutes later, fishless. Not sure if eaten or dropped but she was asking for more.
When G took off, she followed
Proposal….as G brings nice fish
Thank you, George!
There was an osprey at the nest around 2:15. Are they finally back?
Yes we know George is, not sure if the female is the same.
Hump Day! Rainy windy Wednesday… temps about 46 barely rising to 48 today as rain continues to afternoon and winds are from the NE @17mph
Thought this was lightning but it’s Buglight flashback in the rain
George coming in….
To say good morning to female who dropped off perch….. they got close with what looked like a hug
George putting in some sweat equity. Branches and grasses coming in…
Fem still upstairs making sweet noises, although starting to get a little louder
Who’s this??? Around noon today-
Did he fall out of nest about 5 mins later. ? Believe it was George
I believe this is G , coming in then going for furniture…. Someone wheeping from perch.
And wheeper dropped down
They sit quietly, female tweeting softly.
Too early to yammer….
Carol— saw this live. They look cute together. Hope we get a successful season with George and his lady (whomever) it might be. Thanks.
Yes… George is already piling in the sticks… he needs something else to keep him busy!
Oh what a beautiful sight-it never gets old-thank you!
Bug Light in the spotlight! Mostly see it at night flashing away across the bay…. The little lighthouse that could!
Weather forecast… heading to around 50 with mild winds. Rain headed in tonight.
Raven is back… and kicked out….
I hope G keeps chasing this guy so he learns to stay away…. Baby stealers
Tuesday morning blushed then burst….
And look who shows!
And made himself at home…
George tried chest push too close to edge!
He’s such a character!! So happy to see him back!
Looking more like it ‘s G…
Keeps checking toes. Too chilly here? Tucking up too.
Was nestorating and did a chest push
I am pretty sure that is George..
Not any FaceTime with The male, just females.
These guys are showing up, using it for shopping and then trying to steal from each other!
I did hear chirping from perch but noone came in to chase.
Even the ravens had issues! 3 in at one point…
And last one out grabs nesting, with “so there!” Attitude!
And it’s on…
Hello there! Just chased off another, fighting for nest rights.
Think we have Aidan to thank once again as stream was off till 9am… our hero!
On the sunny side of partly sunny day, temps @43 rising to 49-50… winds about 15mph
And good morning, all
this Osprey looks like not sure what he is doing..
Just saying hello
Who was that?! George or someone stopping by for a rest? How lovely to see an osprey on the nest again!
That looks like it could be George’s signature “Christmas tree” feather grouping on his cap. And he seems at home, surveying the area and calling….
Temps steady around 40-41 most of the night under clouds with a couple of degree drop in early morning. And wind reporting aT ZERO! Wow!
Finally got a good look from the front and almost positive this is Gorgeous George!
Calm at the moment…
Nice to hear birds and watching them drop by…
Supposed to have showers this afternoon… temps high 40s and moderate breezes.
They seem comfortable together…. Chatting and preening….
That is not Lucy…
Looks like Jane..
I agrees that it sure looks like Jane. I had thought she had moved on!
A beautiful blue morning changed to a shade of grey…..
Then we had traffic….first an osprey… then 2 osprey- first one looked like it was saying “my house “…
Then a pair of ravens on a shopping trip
There is a female up on the perch, can be heard calling for fish.
I think this is our boy George!
Osprey wars! One will not leave, that might be George, defending the nest.
George? Turn around! Is that you?
Two on the nest!
Went back to where I knew it was Lucy… too many pics are skirmishes or Lucy yammering or fish in face as G is avoiding toe removal. Maybe wing markings help.
Good morning CarolV…I am praying George will be back soon..I saw her few times on nest and heard her go on perch…
Think she may be staying on perch. Makes peeps or chirps before she drops down to survey.
This female could be heard calling before she jumped off perch, as another osprey flew over beach behind her
Good Saturday morning!
For its own reasons, my phone won’t allow me to get to Ospreyzone to post a morning pic…..
Pretty sunrise, followed by passing clouds. Cool morning @39, slowly rising to high 40s even with sunshine this afternoon. March winds still dominating @18mph from the WNW.
Yesterday’s visitor that got me all hopeful seems to have moved on. So 2 visits from different probable females ….. Maybe G got tired of the early season drama?
Finally! The games these tech machines play!
Ok… Saturday rises!
Osprey stopped by at 11:50 ish and stayed a few minutes!
Doesn’t look like George’s underwing markings to me. The first pic is from today. The second from last year (George)
This is today’s shot.
That’s what I thought, too. Maybe too many specks on chest too. Was trying to match with last year’s females but didn’t find anything I was satisfied with yet. Then didn’t see any more visits yesterday
Was moving sticks around and surveying the area…. Those specks throwing me off
Who is this? Could it be George?
I’m thinking female
Be still my heart!
Cloud watching kind of day….
53 and downhill all day. Wind on the menu
Temp about 53 on a downhill through the day… windy thru the afternoon…
Here’s someone we rarely see.. one of my favorite birds.. mourning dove. Love the sound as they take flight, as well as the subtle colors and call
Friday and 58 degrees @ 1:30am… and dropping from here…. Chances of quick shower before dawn with a widy day all day…. Boooo
Now to see if going back to sleep is possible… HAGN!
This handsome guy was in for about 5 mins., cawing uis presence. Quoth the Raven “ Anybody here?”
Goodbye. Send George!
A foggy morn in OZ town….
51 @8am… warming to mid 50s …. Wind picking up this afternoon…
Temps holding till about midnight as rain comes in tonight.
G watch continues…… Last day of March…
Those clouds are on an express train running across the sky! That beam of sunlight looked like a spotlight looking for a target!
Good morning All,
George returned last year on March 31. Will this year be the same? Fingers crossed!
George returned last year on 3/30/21 on a beautiful day. Perhaps the weather has delayed him a bit. *Pic is from last year.*
I thought it was the 30th but couldn’t find the video of it so I went with the 31st because it’s my son’s and granddaughter’s birthday.
Happy Birthday to your son and granddaughter!!
And to think how much he built that nest up from there!
Looks like we are offline . Checking at 9am.
Have no idea why March 25 post so firmly planted at top of posts. A little confusing.
And my happy Harry is missing from the little box….. curious.
Think I figured it out. Must have hooked on to my comment to Paul instead of posting new comment. Sorry about that. Confusing
I pinned it there so everyone sees Paul’s requests.
Carol, it will be back at 10 am.
The inda morning where you feel like “Yeahyeah I’m awae “ to……
“Okay! I’m up!”
Happy Tuesday! Still chilly mid 20s but heading close to 40. Still a bit of breeze.
There is nothing sadder than an empty osprey nest in the spring!
Especially when they have arrived on other nests already! C’mon George and your lady…
Sun still trying but was a good day for cloud watching! There’s one upper right that looks like a UFO in hiding…
Very chilly day… 29 now, dropping to almost 20 by early morning. Winds 23-25mph(WNW) gusts in 30s… making for “feels like temps are 15. Brrrr!
Sun struggled this Monday morning….
We were treated to this dramatic break through….
There was even a passing snow shower. Temp a rousing 26 shooting up to 32 as the high for the day.
Windy @17mph from the NW.
So everyone have a snuggly day. I’m thinking hot chocolate….
I really wish that weed block would get blown away. While I’m going through rewind I always think it’s a bird. The other day there actually was a bird, crow, and I thought it was the weed block!
It has fooled me too, Paula!
I t is annoying! Has a life of its own… and a stranglehold over there…
I didn’t know the crow had lighter under feathers… this was the wind ruffling those neck feathers….
He didn’t stay long. Had something to say and a good look around and then off.
Helen R has been in my mind… I know she would be worrying about where George is… she was always so concerned that he wouldn’t show. I know I will feel better to see him!
Mary Anne pointed out that this is a raven.TY!
It’s always a guessing game for me. I think I look it up every year. I was on the fence with this one and went the wrong way way as usual. As I usually do….
And that’s why I don’t gamble!
Sunday living up to the name… cool (.mid 40s high) and breezy (13 mph) enough to whip that plastic… whip it good…
How come I have so many old song lyrics stuck in the brain while 5 mins ago eludes me?
And the fairies stopped in
This guy had a lot to say!
Saturday begins with a long arc across the sky of the Moon saying bye-bye-bye….
Stops to chat with the Sun
Fairy posse partied through
Weather: just about 50, dropping thru the day to the high 30s, with chance of occasional shower
Good to see someone if just the crows….
Mary Anne spotted them picking through the furnishings
This was Yankee . The nest was slow to get going as there was female competition for the nest . 2 eggs were laid, one hatched. Can only call it failure to thrive, as chick, Yankee, did not do well- even the parents seemed to recognize what was coming as even George, the attentive dad, was not overly concerned with feeding.
Yankee passed away the next morning after 5 days of cuteness….
Eggdoodle, the 2nd egg , was incubated for a short time longer then disappeared into the nest.♥️
Thanx for indulging walk down memory lane… been a rough few years! 🤞🤞🤞fingers crossed for a better outcome than we’ve “seen” in a while!
Today looks hungover. Temps in mid40s ad staying fairly steady overnight. Had rain till early morning and second round forecast later into tomorrow. March is leaving, not like a lamb 🐑 but a grumpy 😾. Slinking away….
Btw… was over by Riverhead (where I know 2 nests). Didn’t see any action by nests but thought I saw at least 2 osprey flying but not together…
The waves ripple straight at the shore pushed by a moderate northwest wind…. Temps high 30s but starting to rise overnight as rain heads towards us, possibly lasting into Friday.
Think that’s southwest wind…
I think I saw a pair on a next on Montauk Hwy. in Oakdale this morning. Can anyone confirm that? I couldn’t stop at the time to look more closely.
2021…. Lots of displaying in fight of the females…. Wound up with Lucy laying 5 eggs but no hatches.
George went big as he built up the nest till we went thru theLand of the Legs before losing the view to the Blob