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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 Eldermire
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.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“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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    1. gracey July 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply


    2. WendyL July 30, 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      YES! this has renewed my faith in the human race! With all the awful things that are happening in our world, we are so fortunate to have people caring enough to help a baby chick out of a terrible jam. Thank goodness for this Cam, chick would surely not have made it. Thank you Paul, and thank you to all have attended to this nest. I would like to donate as well if we can get the organization that helped today. What a Wonderful World we live in!

    3. Andrea July 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Nice work. Thank you. Job well done.

    4. ray July 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Excellent work Paul…

      Chick is clear of tangle and camera squeaky clean.

      love it.

    5. Sarah Lynn July 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      I returned to my desk at about 6:00 EDT, and a beautiful clear picture, with sleeping birds. I’ll have to look back when I have a little more time.

    6. Pat July 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      HOORAY!!! That was fantastic.Great job, Paul and friends.

    7. gamma July 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Thank You Paul. Can you tell us who did this ?

    8. Leanne July 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Oh wow. That was quite the experience. My granddaughter and I cheered the minute we saw the lens getting cleaned and I will admit that I shed more than a few tears as I watched them untangle the chicks. It looked like number 2 had been tangled in that long brown shoelace looking thing. Such a relief to know they are ok. Gracie has returned and no one seems worse for the wear.

      Thank you to everyone who was involved in the freeing of these 2 chicks. These magical birds have truly become a part of our families and I for one am very grateful for your help and assistance in this rescue. Thank you, again! 🙂

    9. Rose Petejan July 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      6:10 thank you Paul. Where can we donate?

      Did they remove the fishing line from the nest. It all happened so fast.

    10. Judy July 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you for helping the osprey you are special

    11. DQ July 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      Yeah!!!! Thank you kind hearted people for helping out these chicks!

    12. Beverly July 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      So glad they were rescued, Thanks to the dedication of many

    13. Rjoneal July 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Paul and for all those who helped thank you thank you thank you that was awesome watching the live video of them untangling the baby. They cleaned out the nest got rid of all the plastic and the wire that was in there both babies are laying completely still at the bottom of the nest now not moving they seem to be a little scared . job well done!! Gracie is on the nest now and watching down below

    14. Monica July 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      So happy!! Yay!! Saw the entire rescue process. It’s incredible how quiet the chicks got. Gracie took off I guess once she saw the man who was going to untangle her chick. I can only imagine those two little guys were so scared. But, the rescuer took away all that could tangle them. Thank God!!

    15. Cheryl July 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Paul!!!! This must have been really scary for everyone, but was amazing to watch!

    16. Karin July 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      6:03 rescue complete, clean screen and all

    17. Karen July 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Congratulations!!! Great Job!!
      So glad to see the little guy’s leg looked uninjured.

    18. Karen F. July 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      You people are awesome! Thanks to all involved in the helping of getting the fishing line off the chicks leg…it was really tangled and don’t think it would have been able to dislodge it on its own…and thank you for cleaning the lens! Hugs to all!!

    19. sallyanne July 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Hope i am the first (I know i will not be the last) to say JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!! The rescue team is AWESOME!!!!!!
      Thank you Paul!!

      i certainly tuned in at the right time, @ 5:54PMJUly 30. heard voices, then WOW what a great job cleaning that lens!!!!

      Bless all involved; and, don’t forget, post an address where we can send donations to defray these costs!!
      I am so happy for these chicks!!!

    20. Jane July 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for freeing the chick from the fishing line and pulling some of the plastic & string out!!!

    21. mary ann rogers July 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      bless those people for helping

    22. rdgrey July 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      OUTSTANDING…..Got to watch the rescue….VERY well done!!!!! GOOD JOB to all involved!

    23. Roberta July 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      BRAVO for that amazing response to that poor bird. A fitting act in light of the extreme cruelty we’ve just experienced with the murder of the lion. Hard to find words to describe what my reaction to what I was seeing up there. So many thanks.

    24. Eva July 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Bless you, Rescuers!

    25. GinaM July 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply


      • GinaM July 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

        OK- how many of you were screaming ” IT’S THE OTHER ONE!!!?”
        Whomever those guys were- THANK YOU and THANK YOU PAUL!!!!!

        • Leanne July 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

          I actually did say “Oh no, they got the wrong one” lol 🙂

    26. Debbie July 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      GREAT JOB DONE GUYS……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    27. Chanselor July 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      THAT WAS GREAT! I am so glad help was able to come. I was not going to comment but I am so happy about this

    28. Holly July 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      By the looks on their faces, I’d say they met humans for the first time. And of course, there is the clarity of those expressions. Yay!

    29. Rjoneal July 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      5:53 pm they’re there to rescue the baby and they just cleaned the camera lens I am so excited
      My prayers are with everybody

    30. Donna July 30, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Paul, I sure hope they have Windex or something to clean the camera lens with while they are up there. Also, a little Rain-X wouldn’t hurt but they have to know how to apply it. It works great on other cams, but not sure it works too well if they PS on the lens. I’m sure it helps some. lol

    31. Becky July 30, 2015 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      I’m in for $50 toward the rescue also.

    32. gamma July 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Can someone tell me what time it gets dark in the evening in New York ?

    33. Bird Woman July 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Please keep in mind WE are concerned with this horrible situation as you are !!!!!
      A brief explanation would be appreciated……. TThank You

    34. Carol July 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      About 5:15pmE #1 really got in to his flapping exercise. It looked like it was a good thing he was tied down cause he might have been carried away. It’s so windy I don’t know if it would be good for a first flight.

    35. Leanne July 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      This is nerve-wracking!

    36. Linda July 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      I know this is very stressful on the chick, but I feel like it must be ok – it’s eating, and moving around as much as it can. I think this is a good sign. I know it’s been a long wait for a “rescue” but there are so many things to consider – most importantly both chicks in the nest and the human(s) going all the way up there to help. I just wanted to say thanks to Paul for letting the world watch the nest and thank him for all the effort to get help for the tangled chick. It isn’t something that can happen in minutes. Thank you Paul for everything you are doing and have done. Prayers.

    37. gamma July 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      I haven’t posted in a while but thought I would put my 2 cents worth in on the subject of the tangled chick. Some people have some very interesting suggestions but one thing to keep in mind beyond what type of equipment to use is it probably needs to be someone who has an idea of what they are doing when handling a bird and one this size. Then the chicks leg needs to be looked at to make sure there is no damage. And ALL the fishing line removed so no one else gets tangled. Just saying ! There is more to it than how to get up there. 1:31 PDT

    38. Jo-Ann July 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      This family just can’t get a break. Paul posted that help is on the way but the weather is not cooperating. We are having heavy rain, high wind, thunder and lightening till 10 tonight. I live on the north shore about 30 miles west of Mattituck and it just now started to rain heavily. We are having a very dry summer yet we had to have storms tonight!!!! I doubt any rescue can be done under these weather conditions. Guess rescue will have to wait till tomorrow. Chick is being fed and let’s all pray that the fishing line is not doing any damage to the leg. who will make the determination as to if any damage has been done?

    39. Karin July 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I’ve had company and been off the computer most of the day….. Count me in for 50.00 also.. just need a name and address,,,

    40. Rjoneal July 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      So glad to see that Paul is just posted help is on its way

    41. KRISTA July 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply


    42. Jan July 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Great to know help is coming… would be nice if who ever goes up there could quickly get rid of some of the other dangerous materials in the nest. I would gladly contribute also if necessary. Thank you for working on the rescue and all your attention to this site.

    43. mike July 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      I wish the happening would be used as an educational film for anglers and fishermen. So you can see which follow her rubbish has.
      – And they would have it non-stop watch!
      I am in trust at Paul that they rescued the little guy, soon.
      But I think is at this day a big problem, or?

    44. Carol July 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Gracie doing a good job shading chicks’ big heads. She’s really bobbing around in that wind! She has had a bit to say…nice to think may be something happening down below?

      • Carol July 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

        YYYYAAAAYYYY!!!!!!! Just saw Paul’s comment! Staying glued to comp and hoping feed stays stable!!!!!!!!!!

        • Carol July 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

          Must admit to tearing up

          • Carol July 30, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

            Why ???? Today of all days we are about to have this dramatic rescue and the video feed keeps pooping out!!???!!!

    45. ja July 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Amen !!!!!!

    46. ospreyzone July 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Help is on the way.

      • Cindy July 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

        Hurray!!!!! Hope chick is free soon. Thank you for all the hard work you have put in to getting the chick help. You’re an outstanding man with a heart of gold.

      • Rose Petejan July 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much Paul!!!!!!

      • Holly July 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

        Yay! You rock!

      • Monica July 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        Yay!! So happy for the chick!!

      • DQ July 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        AWESOME to hear! Thank you, Paul!

      • Sue July 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        Paul thank you so much for staying on top of this. You are a hero. 🙂

      • KRISTA July 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        Thank you for all of your help.

      • Leanne July 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much!! I am so worried about all the wind. I hope it’s a safe rescue for everyone involved. Prayers are being sent!

      • Jan that Archaeologist July 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        YOU-DA-MAN!! Saying prayers all will go as planned.
        To All: Let’s all stay positive.
        Thank YOU, Paul!!
        Jan that Archaeologist

      • GinaM July 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

        God bless you, Paul.

        • GinaM July 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

          As I mentioned earlier, I will also contribute to the costs incurred.

      • Bonnie July 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply


        And for all that were concerned THANK YOU !

      • suzanne July 30, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        Blessings to you, the helpers, and the sweet birds. Praying for all to go smooth, and safe for all!

      • sue kue July 30, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        great………I will be watching and I hope all goes well.

      • Sandy July 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Thank you and thank God!

      • Jai July 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

        Thank God! Thank you Paul, in all or anxiety over the Chick we must remember to be thankful for all you are doing.

      • Janet F July 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

        WAAAAHOOOOOO!!!!!! Chick is free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

      • JAN the HAPPY Archaeologist! July 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

        OMG!! Yea!! Woopie!! Babies were not afraid at all……well played dead. AND, folks the screen is clean!!

        Paul, You are a wonderful to say the least!
        Thank YOU!!

      • Susan July 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm - Reply

        Thank you, I would be more than willing to donate as well

      • Lyn July 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm - Reply


      • BSBZ July 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        Oh My God……..Thank you, thank you, thank you…..

      • DianeNY July 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

        Awesome Job!!

        • DianeNY July 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

          We can see again!!!

      • candi July 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        Thank you Paul for all that you did !! It was incredible to watch it live. I hope the bird will be able to learn to fly with no issues due to the fishing line!! Thanks so much – I love this web cam and was out to see it a few weeks ago!!

      • Vickie July 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply


      • Vickie July 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply

        PS Maybe they can clean the camera while they are up there! LOL

      • Vickie July 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        NVM Camera lens is finally clear!! Woo hoo!!

      • Catherine July 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

        Who was the brave soul that freed the chicks foot? Thank you! It looks like it was very windy for you too!

      • Sirole July 30, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        What a masterful rescue. Short, effective, didn’t seem overly traumatic for anyone, potentially dangerous debris removed, and Georgia came back right away. Much pumping in the nest, but some amount of wide-eyed wariness as well. Now we wait to see if George will dive right back into his routine tonight and in the morning!

      • marilyn July 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        Yay, is it done yet? Was at work til 6:30. Can you make it one of the highlights?

        • marilyn July 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

          I had to backtrack, but how wonderful, not only did the baby get free, the camera was cleaned! Thank you so much Paul! Cant wait to see the babies start flapping & learning how to fly.

          • marilyn July 30, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

            Can you let us know who did this so we can thank them?

            • marilyn July 30, 2015 at 9:03 pm

              Darkness has set in, haven’t seen Gracie or George all night. Hope they are not spooked by the person who helped the baby get untangled.

      • Coleen July 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        The nest surely does look nice cleaned up—and the lens, too.

      • luann July 30, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

        thank you for helping the ospreys

      • Tucker July 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        WOW! THANKS!

      • Donna Schulz July 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Thank you for helping. I had never been to your site before. I heard about the rescue in a Livestream chat room for the Cornell Red Tailed Hawks. Well, I just had to come see for myself. I arrived just in time to see the lens cover being washed off. I was in awe of the gentle but sure gloved hand that did the untwisting and line cutting. I wish there were a way to rid the environment of all the debris and litter scattered everywhere. All wildlife would be safer without the loose fishing line, plastic bottles and plastic shopping bags
        Thank you again

      • Marj July 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Thank you, thank you , thank you for saving the chicks, cleaning out the nest AND cleaning the camera lens. We’ll see how long that last!

      • Victoria S. July 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

        Good evening Paul, I cannot believe how amazingly clear the camera lense is from all the wonderful rain today!!! I am praying for a successful fix of the chicks foot. Good luck! Have a great night. 🙂

        • Carol July 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

          I guess you were surprised to read that the rain came after the cleaning! Hopefully we will get a highlight video of the rescue and housecleaning that happened today. I’m sure you will enjoy!

      • LC July 30, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        Love the DVR feature on this cam, that was an awesome rescue, so thankful to all involved and for the opportunity to observe the procedure, the clean cam is a bonus!!

    47. Carol July 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      2:54pmEDT George dropped in with a couple of small fish. Gracie was fish. Gracie was feeding #1 when a minnow flipped right in front of #2! He grabbed that to work on while Gr. fed #1. There was a bit of a free-for-all and I don’t know who got what but bottom line, not much fish.
      Chick #2 spotted George first and started the alarm call and Gracie chimed in with her song and dance.

      • jeanne deevy July 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        7/30 3:30EDT I remember the time on Sunday that Gracie brought in a fish that still had it’s head but was lifeless. At the time I didn’t notice–or pay attention to–what she was dragging, but I wondered where she had gotten a dead fish.

        And here in an earlier post, I blamed George for bringing in the line.

        I noticed that help is on the way. What we have to remember during this front-seat drama is that no matter how involved we are, trying to save a bird is not worth risking injury to a person. I might not have thought that way when I was younger, and I guarantee that I would probably still cry if I saw Bambi. And when I was five or so, I wouldn’t let my Dad use frogs as bait when we went lake fishing.

      • LYN July 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        6:40 p.m. -The entangled chick just woke up from his shock and he is FINE! Flapping and walking just great.

    48. Cindy July 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      I’ll give $50.00 also to help with cost of rescue

      • suzanne July 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

        that is a wonderful idea! i would too!

    49. Bonnie July 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      If there is “Animal Control’ or “Humane Society” in the area they will help. Plus they have people and businesses that donate help free then use it as a tax deduction. It’s really sad to see a full day go by and nothing done but the pain the chick has to endure and maybe damage the leg enough to have to put it down. We don’t know the damage on the inside that could have happened.

      If not I will donate.

    50. Holly July 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      On full screen you can see string is still wrapped around his right foot, but he is mobile. Let me know if donation site is set up. Always glad to help. Visiting relative in October (Southold) hope to drive by area just to point and say: I watched George and Gracie and their first kids grow up there!

    51. Rich July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      They don’t sedate the chick during a rescue of this type. If I am not mistaken, they would use a Raptor Hood to quiet the bird while they work to free the fishing line. I don’t know what they would do for the other chick except provide a net just in case. As for mom and dad – a helmet and gloves for the rescuer would be necessary.

      • suzanne July 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        i hope that the other chick doesn’t freak out and fall out of nest. I think I will check in just before dark and see what is happeing.

    52. JB July 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      The antenna supporting the nest looks quite climbable. Suggest locating and paying the fee to see a couple of professional radio tower climbers up there to handle the job. These guys are young, nimble, efficient, and fearless and ready to go.

    53. Carol July 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      With my morning of computer issues I’ve missed feedings. I did scroll back to about 12:50ish to see George bring in headless fish, decent size. I have to admit that I prefer when George beheads them elsewhere. I know, circle of life yadayadayada, but I get squeamish when Gracie starts ripping the face off a still flopping fish….
      That must be chick 1 who is tethered because he still is first up to plate at food time. Chick 2 waiting to side and got all perked up when George popped in about 1:10 but I guess there was no food delivery cause he went back to Mom. He got fed and got the end tailpiece. He worked on that for a good while. Any other feedings today will hopefully show up in someone’s posts.
      I hope someone is documenting whatever efforts are made today and that a highlight shows up later. We all appreciate whatever you do.

    54. june c July 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      count me in for $50…anything to help baby

    55. Lisa July 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply


      I will help donate money too. There has to be a way we can get this baby untangled. Is it possible some sort of construction equipment? There has to be something that can save this baby. What about the equipment used to install camera and nesting box?

    56. gracey July 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      I’ll donate $50.00 also…count me in to help this doomed baby…

    57. Cindy July 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Any update on when help may come rescue chick?

    58. Paul S. July 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Count me in for a contribution to save the chick. I have been following them since they hatched. A memorable experience.

    59. Laura July 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      I would be more than happy to help out with costs associated with this situation and I’m sure many others would also.
      Thinking about you and the chick in this difficult time

    60. sue kue July 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      ok I get it, but enough already……..we can go to the moon and back a we need and army to help a chick……………….come someone out there is capable of this job…………….Please………

    61. makenna July 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      I hope that it does not brake its leg trying to get out.:(

      • Leanne July 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

        I’m worried about the same thing, MaKenna. Especially in this horrible wind. I think they’ll have to wait until the wind dies down before any type of rescue mission is even started. Don’t worry. I’ll make sure to send you updates when you’re gone this week. 🙂

    62. Bill July 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      It looks like the chick freed itself (unless I missed the rescue.) It was flapping it’s wings and hopping around and I couldn’t see anything on it’s leg. It’s a little hard to make out detail due to the poop on the screen.

    63. Leanne July 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Approximately 11:50 CST George delivered a fish and Gracie is currently feeding the trapped chick. Number 2 is eating now. 🙂

    64. Cindy July 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Any updates when a rescue might try to take place?

    65. Sandy July 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Is it wishful thinking but it seems chick has moved from right of screen to left of screen and is being fed at 1:02 pm. Does it look like it’s unraveled now? Can anyone see any better?

    66. Rose Petejan July 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Paul, if you set up a page or website to except donations I’m in. Just let us all know.

      1:00 Thank goodness Gracie is feeding him.

    67. Elaine July 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Is there a special crane that could be used, or a Wildlife Rescue League of some type? I can imagine that this is not going to be an easy task to undertake. Sounds like both mother and the other chick would have to be sedated in order to get to the other chick, if this is possible.

    68. rdgrey July 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      This is more common than I would think but other have been rescued from this. I watch another nest at and if you scroll down to bottom they show someone cutting fishing line that was tangled. I checked that site this AM and these birds have a glove in their nest now. I have great faith in the operator of this site and looked into these two guys and their hearts are in the right place and will do the right thing. But will take time to not only do it safely for the bird but safely for the guy who has to go up. I have seen the tower and it is straight up 80-100 feet with no room for error. Please be patient with them, yes hard to watch but we must let them do this as safe as possible.

    69. Phil July 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      If there is any cost issue on getting a “cherry picker” or other equipment to help the chick…..count me in for $50.00 or more if needed. I am sure many others that watch this find Osprey family would participate.

    70. Jai July 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Poor chick is flapping and jumping in the nest but you can see the stuff still wrapped around it’s leg. It is near fledge age and this is becoming such a urgent situation with each
      hour that passes. Hope Paul finds a miracle for this chick soon.

    71. Pawel July 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Around 10:22am I saw how accidentally(I think it was just an accident) one of the chick freed the other by flapping the wings and jumping around the line. They both walk and look ok right now. Sorry for any grammar mistakes.

      • Pawel July 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        Arround 12:05pm when I was typing the previous post one of them hit the camera again:))))

      • Jai July 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Chick is still entangled. It can jump and move around a little but if you look at it’s right leg you can still see the fishing line or whatever. It’s movement is limited.

      • Lynn Cutler July 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm - Reply

        did the chick get that line off of her poor lil leg? haven’t been able to watch much yet today

      • Jara July 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

        Pawel: Chick is still caught in fishing line.

        • Pawel July 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

          I see, I was wrong about my statement. I think I confused which chick was trapped before and became too optimistic…

    72. Leanne July 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      It seems very windy today which I would think is posing yet another issue in a possible rescue.

    73. Cindy July 30, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

      What kinda truck was used to put the platform up on the tower? Couldn’t it be used to access the nest?

      • sue kue July 30, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        one would think so……

    74. Nancy July 30, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

      I would think electric company would be the best bet as they have to get pretty high up. Be glad to contribute $$ if needed. Every minute that passes causes more injury to that leg and the life of the chick. Maybe a helicopter could drop someone down on a line the way they do with rescues. How about coast guard rescue helicopter? Can’t afford to stand around and scratch heads much longer.

    75. Elaine July 30, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Special prayers go out to this poor chick for some intervention to get his/her foot free from whatever is causing the tangle and also to Paul and all involved in making a decision on the type of intervention.

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