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Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.
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
Just checking nest after being gone for some time. How many chicks do we have? I only see three?
Yes, there are three. The youngest passed away days ago.
Look at how those feathers are a’poppin’!
They’re sitting high enough to see the progress….
Here we 🎵are again!
🎶watch us when you can 😉🎶👋🏿
Sunny day but breeze from the NE keeping temps about 80. Beautiful!
Lucy having talk with kids, while she still has everyone’s attention!
LIVE STREAM back…
TY! As always, AIDAN!
And u2 ,MA!
Thank you, Carol!
Every time I check in….Lucy’s been in the same place
We’re getting pop-up thunder storm by me…. Very loud! One of those maybe storms… maybe get boomers/ showers/ high winds/ deluge/even hail… or maybe not! One or all or some … or none! And these forecasters get paid for this!
And video still down
Right day wrong time…… seems to be stuck in a short loop frm today
Still the same at 12:39
Making progress… right day wrng time….
Went offline last night… running video from yesterday. Photos from yesterday’s stream
These guys are so pretty…. Love seeing them close….
Shorty was sampling on its own between bites
Taking turns stretching…
And I thought that was a shaft of light hitting Lucy…. But, no…. She’s been anointed by one of her darlings
Lucy’s turn…. Very ballet
Looks and sounds like dinnerfish….
Someone comes in from right with some stick….
Some one came from left with seaweed
Yungin watching and taking notes as Lucy discusses the preparation of dinner sushi…
Looks lighter than others…
We’re back and dozing off in the heat….
Still yesterday’s video…. Not much got posted yesterday anyway….
Look at that face!
Looks like we’re offline. Video is from last night…
Good morning, all.
Right time, wrong day….
All day video of yesterday….allows scrolling so if you missed yesterday…..
Still yesterday 7/12….
Love the pose!
Good afternoon CarolV
Wish they could post on top when signal is out
Would save me from …what the what
1 my connection
2. My old iPad
3. My old eyes
I check the date.
But yes, would help …
Lucy staying in nest overnight….
Full Buck Moon…..
Officially full mid afternoon tomorrow…
When I went to let the dog out, the local group of 3 bucks were there. They barely acknowledged my old guy! I think they played the chase game enough to know who wins! They go over the 4’ fence with a small hop!
One stood within feet of Harry and they just looked.’
, with the buck just leisurely walking over and hopping the fence to stand with the other two and watch for us to go in. Maybe they can trim some things….
The Tale of the Tails….
Bobbing tails and happy noises mean dinnerfish.
The chunky trio lazes away the day… I should say quartet and own up to my lack of activity! Although temps are about 77, it’s a very heavy atmosphere.
Strong line of potentially dangerous storms forming and moving quickly across the mainland but unlikely to hold together as the front moves across the Island. Gonna be a warm night with temps staying above 70. Looks breezy by the nest as Lucy rocks in the winds of about 15mph
Not sure what’s going on now, around noon. Both parents on nest, alarming like crazy. Trio all fearlessly shifting around.
That “fearlessly” started off as “restlessly.” Gotta love autocorrect.
I was thinking…those chicks are tough!😆
Mom got lucky….
Kid realized just in time that Mom was “behind” her and pointed that armed weapon over the beach before “unloading!”
Must be that time!
Yammer with Mom
And Dad calling on perch
Slo start…. Cam was down but our buddy’s got it going…TY!
Kids are all there, someone showing off those ever growing wings!
Another beautiful day. 77 already but only going to low 80s… that’s enough, thank you! Winds SSW@ 11mph under sunny/ partly cloudy day
Live stream is up…
George checking on their hard work paying off!
George and ANOTHER fish! They must be throwing themselves at him!
He’s cleaning his beak, which usually means fresh catch.
Mama’s boy in for his meal.
It’s hard to see…. Right where the thick stick runs into the frame is tail #3…. So I guess that’s the shot of the 3 dinos 🦖 I was hoping for!
I nodded off and woke to the sound of chicks feeding wheeps. It was woven in to a waking “dream”
I think it’s always the same kid that moves up next to mom…. Gonna say “mama’s boy” just on spec!
I would love to see all 3 together. Someone always off to the side somewhere
Faithful George must be near;
Yup, here he is!
Big fish for growing fam…
Lucy tried getting over chick wall but ran into them… tried getting around and headed right invisible zone. Think #3 over there…. Can hear peeping
Snuggle and snooze….
The yammer started again and George showed with what looks like another fish, not a return
Ok….. just don’t forget I’m here!
George was at it again….
The kids were tangled momentarily as George dragging and lifted the branch to the far side.
Lucy came with her usual muddy clump, saying “what the hey, G ??”
Better than it was but still a nuisance taking up space.
Lucy calling for fish….
Snackfish is a snack and a half!
Happy dinos join Lucy in the 🎶 for fish….
That’s a probable morning leftover too
Not sure but guessing Lucy is gently asking if anyone wants anymore….
All I can (imagine) I hear are little dino snores……:
Bay watching chicks
While Lucy picks on baked cod sautéed with seaweed
Fishflopped it over to the kiddos to see if they wanted some
Only one seemed to be
Dad comes downstairs to block the view George style
May have wanted to take fish….Lucy held on tight
Now where were we?……oh yeah 🐟
Fish fry by now
Room for one
Let’s try two
Best I can do
Fish is in…. Not first of day, judging by calm reception
Someone decides to sample…
Lucy moves over, with another sneaky snacker
And the tell tale sign of an earlier meal, as these two go back to sleep !
Good Sunday morning!
Wrestling with a stick that’s scratching on the camera housing…. Such a lovely noise.
It’s a comfortable 65 now, at 7am…… heading to high 70s under sunny skies. Winds N9mph
There is no rain in the forecast for the entire week ahead! Always subject to change….
Lucy was feeding the gremlins and before she had swallowed the tail fin she was calling for more.
She’s got grass stuck on her beak.
The jrs are trying some yammer practice,
Very “cozy “……:
George spending some quality time at home…..barely room to inhale!
Someone still using the mombrella!
Another one thinks that mombrella was looks like a good thing….
Looks so handsome!
Looks well fed!
3rd one behind stick over in front of Lucy
Temps heading to 80ish … sunny with some clouds for the afternoon….winds N10mph
The kids hit the deck as George, carrying a fish, stopped at nest and flew over, alarming…
Lucy came in and yells
George slides in and drops fish by Lucy.
They get a quick moment.
All those wings…: getting crowded in there
Wings… wings…. Wings!
The stuff them before bed fish….
Good sized; Lucy takes it off right, as G took off
George comes in with a big one….
Lucy and George react as someone dives towards them; G took off after him
The gang’s all here….
Still going! Lucy takes her job seriously! No child hungry!
The one closest to L is a little harder to see- blends with bigger middle one. Middle went after right one, who moved over just a bit but is already edging back.
Saw G’s shadows from perch.
George “Legs” O’Sprey trying to fit a stick in to whatever he’ building in his corner
Lucy loudly telling G to forget the sticks and get with the fish!
Squeezing under the mombrella
Mom, who’s taller?
Just when we were feeling safe!
Once more with some effort! Tou can just see a squiggly white near tip of tail as we were spared and 💩went flying to my favorite corner.
Getting so big!
Wish I could see clearly and start telling who’s who!
And just what we needed(no) ! Another stink!
Stink… psychological slip…. Stick
All there….. just hard to see….. squint
Little camera hog!
Also future nagger! Learning to yammer well!
Lucy brought in a small log, just what was needed…
At least she went left with it…
Great camouflage….resting his head on a branch “pillow “
Lucy’s been calling for a fish awhile
Eventually chicks join in
That may or not be George flying by
Up on the perch top?
Last pic of Lucy and three fluffy lumps
I gave up and they may have too
Lucy lures in George with her dulcet tones…..
He lands behind her out of sight but got a brief glimpse of decent fish
All 3 🦖 s are there waiting together… shadows are hiding them. Little slow to wake up. Good to know they are well fed!
Dino having some adjustment issues on those wings that seem to have grown overnight!
And thankfully, the 💩is aimed to the left and overboard!
Really ood pictures of the three chicks at around 5:28 or 17:28. They look really great.
sorry— good picture.
Cute selfie of a junior
George came in, did some calling then went upward, carrying a large fish. There wasn’t any reaction in the nest; it was quick.
George is back after having a share…
Lucy is loudly wading towards G , wading thru kids.
Lucy gets the fish, while chicks 1&2 are trying to figure out where to beg
#3 gets lucky and is in the right place to be first to eat. You can just glimpse her on the right edge of frame while other 2 beg
I THINK this was G who is topping off chick when L brings stick, . She then takes over the fish tail. Goes on with feeding . Schmutz and lighting making it harder yo see who’s who.
Beginning to look like venetian blinds.
One kid says HI!
There’s another just to right, hiding.
Not sure where 3 is at the moment
Warm & sunny, temps low 80s Breeze from W9mph
Goodnight 💤 😴
Lucy and one jr. Settling for now.
Chance of first of several quick passing rain bands in the forecast anytime within an hour and overnight
Cooling to about 71 with winds S10mph
Sounds like feeding on the right side of the nest
Who has decided to build a split rail fence!
George brings a big fish… that’s it on the left, coming in for a landing….
Kids waiting for a turn
Just took pic and saw 3 clearly… so much easier when they are moving!
Carol– thanks for the info that there are three. I kept looking all day yesterday and it was hard to tell. I hope these three survive to fledge. Lucy and George are doing ok. Just wish the fort would go away . As they get bigger that fort is taking up a lot of room. Maybe they will knock it down. LOL
I also have been looking for 3 chicks…I knew chick 3 would be OK….strong little guy…….hopefully they will go on other side of nest…now a nice rain will help to clean up lenses….Ha
Unless that washer works….
I t’s a view; less lumber, still smudgy…. I’ll take it!
Kids napping on right rim
Temp approaching 80 by 1pm then starting to drop slowly under overcast skies. Wind SW@ 7mph and a little muggy @70%
Pretty sure everyone ate.
Everyone’s looking a little fuzzy as their feathers pop out
George came to visit for a bit. Lucy is chatting, not yapping, at the moment….
Maybe I worry too much but as crowded as this nest is, I hate to see George manipulating multi -branches around when kids are near edge….
And another one…. Getting a little help
LIVE STREAM is back running…
Cam still down
I’m imagining Lucy in her ventilated jacket…. She always looks so cute!
Wonder if the dinos are bonking today?
Considering tomorrow is a holiday, I suspect it will be a guessing game, too.
It’s 4pm and 83.Fullsun.
winds W9mph…. But feels stagnant.
So guess we’re off line. Waied a while to see if it came back.
Hope everyone has a good night and a good Sunday and a safe and happy fourth!
Hopefully the fireworks are minimal…..
So guess we’re off line. Waied a while to see if it came back.
Hope everyone has a good night and a good Sunday and a safe and happy fourth!
Hopefully the fireworks are minimal….
Have a happy and safe
4 of July
George is back and Lucy is reading him the riot act….. guess he doesn’t have fish… as long as he didn’t bring a stick!
3rd round of tstorms just rolled through here….bah!
Feeding time… of the two heads showing… one on right is keeping an eye on chick we can’t see well. It’s just by the right side. Each time it’s made a move, that visible chick has glacéd over or n
Made a move toward it…… it’s over there waiting.
Feel slightly better that we had turned the page and pics that were supposed to be tacked on here got attached to wrong place!
See previous page to read them… and my whiny confusion ….
Lunch by Lucy
She tried to feed the little guy
His sibling gave him the stink eye
Rain started up again. Thunder rumbling in the distance by me. After initial t-storm, chances of rain 30-60% through out the day and evening….
Lucy on umbrella duty again.
Pulled wrong photo. Hard to tell them apart. Here’s the current shot
I can’t even tell these apart anymore… neither what I’m posting nor what I’m tagging them to. The point was to say…. Yes they are eating….
And one was picking on another.
Turned out, turnabout was fair play. Lucy left the nest and the one that got bonked took that moment of distraction to toddle up and whop his bully on n the head….. so it’s mutual bonking.
But having a hard time trying to keep things straight.
Just gonna leave it at…. They are eating