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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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.

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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.

*******************
Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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
http://www.ospreytrax.com

“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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    52,040 Comments

    1. CarolV July 25, 2022 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Monday afternoon nest doings….
      A little practice

      • CarolV July 25, 2022 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        Some chatting; more flapping

      • CarolV July 25, 2022 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        George has some lunch and then shares

    2. CarolV July 25, 2022 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Tag teaming….
      G passed a branch over to Lucy, where she found a GOOD place for it…. Not in our sight

    3. CarolV July 25, 2022 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Love ❤️ you, Mom!

      • CarolV July 25, 2022 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Lucy on lookout…

        • CarolV July 25, 2022 at 10:54 am - Reply

          George arrived… 🎺🎺. Tada!
          Small but fresh!
          Lucy collected

          • CarolV July 25, 2022 at 11:00 am - Reply

            Don’t waste time! Go for the nearest mouth!

    4. CarolV July 25, 2022 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Good morning, Monday!
      Feathers rippling in the breeze, S10 mph with gusts, making a muggy morning a little better..
      Chances of stray storms in early afternoon.

    5. Isabella July 25, 2022 at 1:17 am - Reply

      It’s all fun and games until a parent shows up

      • Isabella July 25, 2022 at 1:23 am - Reply

        Excuse me..could you not butt in!

        Thought it was a close call for sibling and camera

    6. CarolV July 24, 2022 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      What can I say?
      At least it’s squish-able…. I think that light thing is a shell

    7. Isabella July 24, 2022 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Thank goodness for the breeze

      • Isabella July 24, 2022 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Hey…quit bobbing that tail!
        We’re trying to get some shade

        OMG…that face!😊

    8. CarolV July 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      💤💤💤😴

      Took a look at tonight temps and not good… right now it’s just under 90. Overnight it barely drops below 80 in the predawn hours!

      • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        The cafeteria staff on duty.

        That could be youngest with the lighter head.

    9. CarolV July 24, 2022 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Looked like there was feeding going on…. Everyone always clustered over right!
      Kid off to left was clearing his “storage bin” for future use

      • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        One was energetically wing flapping, with bouncing already! Why do they go so fast??
        I guess it feels quicker this year since we barely got to know them .

        • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 1:45 pm - Reply

          That one to the left tried a few half hearted hops. It won’t be long….

          • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 1:57 pm - Reply

            Tried more and got some good flaps!

    10. CarolV July 24, 2022 at 7:17 am - Reply

      Winging it!

      I wonder if I’ll be able to tell these 3 apart? They’ve been partly obscured so much! I think If we do get to nominate names, I’m going with cartoon characters….. I n honor of Lucy and the excellent mom she has become (and ignoring genders unknown) I’m suggesting Charlie[Brown] and Schroeder…. And Waldo, which is how I think of the youngest.
      Anyone see what differences we can use to differentiate? I thought that youngest one was a bit paler on the head but not even sure about that since feathers cane in…..

      • Admin Mary Anne July 24, 2022 at 8:48 am - Reply

        I don’t know, Carol, our view of them is ok for now, but they are growing and it will become harder to see them, never mind trying to tell who is who. I’m just hoping right now that George doesn’t bring in any big sticks!

        • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 1:51 pm - Reply

          And the heads are stuck in the invisible zone 1/2 the time!
          I agree about sticks! So far, G seems pretty busy supplying the unending dinner table Lucy is running!

      • Isabella July 24, 2022 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Yes between the shmutz…camera down many times
        Haven’t seen them enough or clearly to notice distinguishing traits
        They are so similar in looks
        Cute names CarolV
        I thinking….miracle…dream…hope
        Something along those lines since It was amazing we got just not one…but four chicks!
        Maybe even Lucy Jr….Jane…Gracie
        Will be interesting to see name choices if we have a contest

    11. CarolV July 24, 2022 at 6:49 am - Reply

      It’s a pleasant 76 under partly cloudy skies;? Clearing to sunny and warming to close to 90… this has to be a record summer!
      Lucy still back there feeding…probably “Waldo”… usually last up to the table…

    12. CarolV July 24, 2022 at 6:16 am - Reply

      Good Sunday morning, sleepy heads!

      Mom’s here….

      • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 6:19 am - Reply

        OK, we hav one, two… where’s Waldo??? Way over there….
        And they’re all looking for George…

        • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 6:54 am - Reply

          Everyone on watch ….

          And here’s George and his breakfast guest!

          • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 6:56 am - Reply

            Lucy gets the fish and the assembly line cranks up

    13. CarolV July 23, 2022 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      King of the hill!

    14. Isabella July 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Admin Mary Anne
      I haven’t watched any other nest this season. Out of curiosity took quick peek at patchoque and oyster bay
      There was one chick on O B nest self feeding. Patchoque nest had two screaming for breakfast.
      Also obviously fledged since they got fed up and flew off. Our nest always seems to be behind. My question , is this a east Island…more West Island thing?
      Or just ospreyz?
      I also noticed nest along Oakdale ahead of ours

      • Admin Mary Anne July 23, 2022 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        Oyster Bay, those three fledged a few days ago. Patchogue chicks both fledged on 7/10. We aren’t behind, George and Lucy arrived later than ospreys way west of here.

        • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 6:13 pm - Reply

          When I worked in Cutchogue, I watched a nest in Riverhead. Each year , the nests would fill up west to east . Riverhead… then Vic@Verizon and then, George. Then as I added Oyster Bay and Patchogue, they seem to fall into the time line., being farthest west.
          There is also the addition of a north south component. LI is east/west but also runs with the east end further north. I know! Complicated too by the water which keeps it cooler out here.
          So the sum of this: there can be a discernable difference between when season starts in each zone.

          • CarolV July 24, 2022 at 7:23 am - Reply

            I know… cut to the chase and get to the point , windy!

            • Isabella July 24, 2022 at 5:49 pm

              Thank you for the answers

              Yes.. I didn’t mean that they are behind
              I don’t live out east. So I don’t know if other ospreys out there arrive around the same time as George and Lucy
              So according to your explanation CarolV. It does seem to be a west to east thing

    15. Isabella July 23, 2022 at 11:51 am - Reply

      That’s one shady momma!

      • Isabella July 23, 2022 at 11:56 am - Reply

        Fish is in!

        Osprey huddle

    16. CarolV July 23, 2022 at 9:54 am - Reply

      As long as she fits, the kid has a mombrella

      • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 9:56 am - Reply

        No one’s rushing as G brings a fish….

        • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 9:59 am - Reply

          Heeellllooooo… I’m back here!
          Let me get a quick stretch….

          • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 10:03 am - Reply

            A casual response…
            The fish goes to the dining room as one can be heard making happy twees…

            • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 10:20 am

              Kids gravitated over for fish and hydration….
              One came back to check in!

              It’s 83 already @10am…. Heading close to 90 under sunny skies. Winds from the W@8mph

            • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 10:45 am

              Dad Joke…..
              Want any fish?
              I can get you some……
              Cheap-cheep-cheep!

          • Isabella July 23, 2022 at 12:07 pm - Reply

            Hey CarolV
            Looks like we were watching same bat time ..bat channel 😆

            • CarolV July 23, 2022 at 6:17 pm

              I noticed! Even some same shots!

    17. Isabella July 23, 2022 at 1:24 am - Reply

      Series of wings …beaks..and osprey eyes
      George finishing up a fish…mostly chick one taking handouts
      Chick 3 waddled over to George to have some
      Lucy joined to try and throw shade
      All the while chicks were yip yipping
      No one seemed to be too bothered by the heat

      Didn’t get good look at 🐥3…….camera lens too small for all
      If necklaces are indication….may have 3 girls

      • Isabella July 23, 2022 at 1:29 am - Reply

        🐥🐥🐥🐟

        • Isabella July 23, 2022 at 1:31 am - Reply

          🥵☂️

      • Admin Mary Anne July 23, 2022 at 9:33 am - Reply

        I’ve seen many males with necklaces. The Patchogue male has a necklace similar to his mate’s! The three chicks at the Dunrovin ranch in Montana a few years ago had necklaces and they were DNA tested. Everyone was surprised that all three were male!

        • Isabella July 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm - Reply

          I know…believe there was also a male at a Canadian nest with necklace
          Some are very heavy
          That’s why I added …may have
          Name tags might help😉
          Especially beginning of season with George and Lucy!🤔

      • Joyce Weaver July 23, 2022 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        I was wondering whether they are all girls or whether all young is prey have those speckles and lose them when adult feathers come in fully.

        • Admin Mary Anne July 23, 2022 at 6:38 pm - Reply

          Not sure and it could be that some lose them. Of the ones from the Montana nest that had light necklaces, at least one of them retained it. He returned to the nest as an adult last year. His mother ran him off, but his blue band could be seen with the letter and numbers, he still had a slight necklace.

    18. CarolV July 22, 2022 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      This clump of damp stuff just got delivered. The bird… suspected Lucy, lifted straight up and was gone.
      Whenever I checked today, saw sleeping kids or what looked like feeding off right. We’ve seen that. Happy to know everyone well fed and hydrated.

      Weather repeats itself as humid and warm. Temps staying mid 70s snd above overnight

      • Isabella July 23, 2022 at 1:37 am - Reply

        What is it with that right side!

    19. CarolV July 22, 2022 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      George waiting till someone interested. The 3 kids cluster to that front corner while G holds a fish and ends out warjings

      Junior was adding a voice to the warnings

      • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        Finally a bit of interest….

        • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          This particular kid seems to take interest in backing up G with guarding

          • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 1:14 pm - Reply

            G was still handling out fish. There was some interest… kid on left eating while one to trying to get over there.

          • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 1:26 pm - Reply

            G was still handling out fish. There was some interest… kid on left eating while one right to trying to get over there.

            • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 1:29 pm

              Someone got smart and made shift to far side. You can just see the beak underneath G’s head.

            • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 1:31 pm

              G took off and Lucy came down to join the crew

      • Trinity July 22, 2022 at 7:07 pm - Reply

        Junior is a mouthy one !

    20. CarolV July 22, 2022 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Dad’s got a fish…. Interest is slow…

      Temps heading to mid-high 80 s under sunny skies. Humidity is moderate while breeze is low…

    21. CarolV July 22, 2022 at 6:33 am - Reply

      Good Friday morning!
      Lucy came down.

      She found some leftover and shared with whoever wanted any

      • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 6:35 am - Reply

        She did a little nestoration; added a stick

        • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 6:38 am - Reply

          Even some of the kids were yammering- learning….. and G brought in breakfish. We’re not being included in the viewing party

          • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 6:41 am - Reply

            Lucy came off perch and dragged fishy right …
            G took off and an orderly breakfast began . Kids were waiting turns

            • CarolV July 22, 2022 at 7:15 am

              Kid at right still eating. Lucy’s patience is awesome! She doesn’t quit if there’s a customer!
              Kid got a piece big enough to try using a foot to hold it… it went down…

    22. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      This kid still not used to those clown feet! Even the wings, which just keep changing and growing, require ever changing arranging

    23. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      George is back with his own fish and enjoying himself …
      Lucy has a customer on the right…. Happy sounds….

      • CarolV July 21, 2022 at 8:43 pm - Reply

        George struggles to gulp down some dinner for himself as Lucy hovers…..

    24. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      And whale for dinner!!!

      • CarolV July 21, 2022 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        Lucy coming to get it and heads to the right.
        The trio is slow to gather while George heads off.

        • CarolV July 21, 2022 at 7:44 pm - Reply

          These are well fed kids! No frenzy!
          “We’ll just nap…. Mom will feed us whenever!”

          George has a different relationship with each “spouse “….. he used to take away the remainders, returning periodically to feed kids himself or turn it over to mom of the season. Lucy made a point of stashing the fish between feeding and now just seems to be prepared to feed whenever anyone wants it. Funny how they adapt!

    25. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      George cleaning his beak; Lucy Over on right; kids gathered around with the kid on left shooting over the side (thank you)…… sounds like fish to me!

    26. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      We must be getting a pop up t-storm. severe weather alert as the skies darken . Temps are supposed to be dropping soon with rain now possible in next hour or so.

      • CarolV July 21, 2022 at 6:14 pm - Reply

        The line storm made it part way over the island, hitting west of here with some hail,tt&l, power outages. Before breaking apart.

    27. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Feeding happening as other parent takes off.
      Still feeding @2pm

      • CarolV July 21, 2022 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        George comes back empty footed. Must be his break.
        Lucy still feeding…

    28. CarolV July 21, 2022 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Love double feeding! Couple kids on pause already…

      Heading to mid 80s today under partly cloudy skies. Winds from the S@10mph and feeling muggy

    29. Isabella July 21, 2022 at 1:38 am - Reply

      Don’t even think about it!

      • Isabella July 21, 2022 at 1:41 am - Reply

        What’s up mom?
        Love chicks cowlick

      • CarolV July 21, 2022 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        I know! Makes me nervous!

      • june c July 21, 2022 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        😀

    30. PattyK July 20, 2022 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      8;21pm So thankful…………….the chicks are so well fed and healthy….so proud of seasoned Daddy George, so happy to see Lucy blossom into a wonderful Momma…this place is so much better than tv for us and ever amazing…grateful to be able to enjoy xoxoxo

      • ChrisH July 21, 2022 at 9:47 am - Reply

        I completely agree! They are such a beautiful family! Lucy is doing a wonderful job – what a difference a year makes! And George is his awesome self as always!!

    31. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Flapping! Breaking my ❤️! Still, those feathers have a lot of growing to do…
      Still muggy, even with breeze. Temps today went into the 90s, higher than predicted.
      Tonight they’re sticking around mid 70s

      May be another fish. G likes to bring dessert before bed . But I’m calling it quits, so have a good one! SOD

    32. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Are t it again! I was going to say still but I wonder if this was a new fish. George was cleaning his beak and, tho I couldn’t catch a pic, he was rubbing on the lens.

    33. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      And again!

      No wonder osprey take long vacations! They’re exhausted!

      • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 5:51 pm - Reply

        Success!
        Food comas all around!

    34. Isabella July 20, 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Strike a pose

      • Isabella July 20, 2022 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        Number 3 squeezes in for the fun

    35. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I don’t know what I‘ve watched lately but I opened this page and saw a bloody hand…..
      It looked like a fist, fingers curled, thumb curled opposite, cut off with sleeve still on it…..
      Time to clean glasses!
      There must be plenty of food!!!

    36. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      George is sharing snacks….

      • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        G sees something and starts alarming…

        • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 12:30 pm - Reply

          …. And down!
          He eats a few more bites and comes forward while Lucy went to get leftovers to share with the other kids

    37. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Serious itchies….

      • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 8:38 am - Reply

        Cutie tongue!

        • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 8:40 am - Reply

          Lucy gave a quiet warning and everyone dropped.. when mama talks….
          And sibling hug…

          • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 8:59 am - Reply

            Bobbing tails and happy sounds… G delivered… they’ll be at this for a while. Gonna need that hydration!

            Supposed to be close to 90 by late afternoon under sunny skies. Breeze W9mph…

    38. CarolV July 20, 2022 at 7:33 am - Reply

      The kids were a little restless.

      • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 7:37 am - Reply

        Com’on! Help me out!
        Move your head over this way! It’ll look like some one chopped off my head…. I t’ll be EPIC!

        • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 7:41 am - Reply

          George was challenging… kids are more interested in seeing who than hiding… smallest makes a half effort

          • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 7:48 am - Reply

            Lucy is lobbying for fish
            Then picking up after the kids’ wild party😉

            • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 7:49 am

              Z

    39. nfc July 20, 2022 at 3:56 am - Reply

      It is so nice to be able to see the nest and the ospreys. The rain helped clean the lens. (We didn’t get any rain all week even though others did. ) It looks like the kids must have got rid of the pile of sticks. Probably because they needed the room with 5 on the nest. Glad for that. They also seem fascinated by looking in the camera.

    40. Isabella July 20, 2022 at 1:20 am - Reply

      There’s always that one kid that wont stay in bed

      • Isabella July 20, 2022 at 1:48 am - Reply

        Then there’s always monkey see monkey do

        They were working on their night grooms

        • Isabella July 20, 2022 at 1:50 am - Reply

          Tucked back in
          By the moonlight

          • Isabella July 20, 2022 at 2:52 am - Reply

            Overachiever winger

      • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        I’m wondering if the itching kept them up, along with the bright moon!

    41. Isabella July 20, 2022 at 1:16 am - Reply

      Easy ….breezy …beautiful
      Lucy and the chicks enjoying the breeze

      • CarolV July 20, 2022 at 12:06 pm - Reply

        We got to see those beautiful new feathers! Having the schmutz on the lens gone, it’s like we can suddenly see all the changes

    42. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Waiting for the fishman…..

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        When G came in, he held on to fish while he and Lucy both alarmed… After a minute, Lucy came for fish.

        • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:22 pm - Reply

          The well fed trio took their time… more interested in the neighborhood happenings.
          George cleaned up before taking off.

          Finally one showed some interest.

          • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:30 pm - Reply

            And now 2 are sharing while third waits…

      • Junec July 21, 2022 at 8:05 am - Reply

        Nice picture of all three…

    43. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Hello, Cutie!

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        Now I have to try figuring out who’s who! We have at least one camera hog!

    44. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Going after those itchies….

    45. PatKty July 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      2;30 pm Wowzer, talk about up front and personal!! How wonderful is this clear and close view of feeding time!!

    46. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Look at these feathers! Blowing in that nice breeze!

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        Another fish! Good for the hydration!
        Think this is #1that Lucy is feeding

        • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 12:14 pm - Reply

          Someone is flying above… smallest one drops down immediately; other ones a little braver. George can be heard in the neighborhood.

          • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 12:16 pm - Reply

            2nd chick enticed over…

            • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 12:18 pm

              Enjoying her snack

            • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 12:21 pm

              Finally, ms patience gets pulled over

    47. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 9:42 am - Reply

      A nice breeze @11mph from the W. 78@9:30am under sunny skies.

      Looks like Lucy may have taken a quick dip.

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 9:43 am - Reply

        Sssttrrrrretchhhh…
        Can we still call that a baby wing????

    48. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:57 am - Reply

      George brought the fish and served it…. Just topped off #1…. NEXT!

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 9:01 am - Reply

        Next slides into place
        And stayed for a long time! I swear those shoulders were getting bigger as the fish was stuffed in there!

        • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 9:05 am - Reply

          Lucy says Enough! And butts in to get fish!
          #3 is back there waiting…

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 9:03 am - Reply

        Lucy is yammering and #3 is wondering what’s the hold up!

        • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 9:07 am - Reply

          #3 is in perfect position and #1 is trying to grab dessert

    49. CarolV July 19, 2022 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Overnight….. so peaceful

    50. CarolV July 18, 2022 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      It’s happt fishy time!

      • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Frenzy!

        • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm - Reply

          Lucy takes charge as George drops off dinner…
          Line forms to the right

    51. CarolV July 18, 2022 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Following something….

    52. PattyK July 18, 2022 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Many thanks to Aidan et al, we love you admins and all who help to make this wonderful site work…anything happening with a possible chick naming yet? and a p.s. to dear CarolV you are theee bestest to keep us so happy!!

      • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:17 am - Reply

        Ty! I enjoy!
        And we can never thank Aidan
        AndTommy &Christina
        And Paul &TRS enough or too often for the privilege of watching the OZ soap opera!

    53. CarolV July 18, 2022 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      I fell asleep and woke to see this!
      Am I dreaming?
      The date is right
      The time is right……..:. And the screen is clear!
      Happy dance🎶Happy dance!!!

      • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 7:21 pm - Reply

        That’s George stopping in
        I think Lucy sent him out for one more fish….

        • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 7:31 pm - Reply

          Look at the pretty coloring on those kids!

    54. Admin Mary Anne July 18, 2022 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Beautiful chick.

    55. CarolV July 18, 2022 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Fish for the fans!
      “What’s that in the sky? Superdad!”

      • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        Fish 🐠 fish 🐟 fish
        Lucy was right on it!

        • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 12:43 pm - Reply

          The moveable feast goes right… shorty waited turn… and looks like they’re getting rain, as are we.

        • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          So were off line again. I was able to go back and get a couple of better shots of this feeding. Only time I can do scrolling on my camera for this site

          G coming in

          • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 3:49 pm - Reply

            Nice fish!!

            TOE BONE!!

          • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 3:51 pm - Reply

            Never too big to need mamma…

            • CarolV July 19, 2022 at 8:23 am

              I absolutely LOVE this shot of Lucy sheltering the kids…. How far she has come!!!

    56. CarolV July 18, 2022 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Every body. Down!
      Wonder if they hear the thunder or if they even react….

      We are having rumbles… again…. Weather is just so unsettled. We don’t get what they predict buut get things they don’t.
      We were lucky out here yesterday. Parts of the Island got hit yesterday with pop up storms that they said were not tornadoes 🌪 yet lasted minutes and produced nickel sized hail, torrential rains, downed or broken trees on homes and cars and power outages.
      I think Mother Nature is angry!

      • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 12:21 pm - Reply

        Someone heard I like wing shots! We get a look at this future mighty wing!

    57. CarolV July 17, 2022 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Memories….
      I think I just posted this in 2016….
      The date was not on video then

      In any case, this is Tommy’s famous window washer at work… lens sparkled after

      • CarolV July 17, 2022 at 1:53 pm - Reply

        Then these 2 were 7/20/2016…
        Uno, Dos,Trey(as I nicknamed).
        The 3 amigos

        Became Ali, Brutus and Rocky
        Rocky is the one with the light feathers on head…. Smallest

    58. Isabella July 17, 2022 at 1:52 am - Reply

      Wings and legs

      Soon the chicks will appear headless too

      I can’t see them well enough to tell them apart
      Blurry chick 1..2..3

      • CarolV July 18, 2022 at 10:09 am - Reply

        Good for you getting that wing shot! I saw it go passed the view and just couldn’t get there! Such a nice look at those feathers !

    59. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Random shot from earlier before cam went down…. Something had their attention!

      We’ve been having random
      light showers that aren’t even officially forecast. Of course…OZ unknown. Crazy weather… a lot of maybes….
      Temps overnight fairly steady between 69-71 under overcast skies. HAGN!

    60. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Reaching through the window trying to grab the takeout!
      Happy brunch!

    61. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 10:10 am - Reply

      I guess someone realized our view was improving!

      • CarolV July 16, 2022 at 10:14 am - Reply

        Parents took turns trying to move things while cuties were stretched out in the drop zone….

    62. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Well hidden till a wing stretches or a head pops up….
      The gnats are annoying,too….

    63. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 8:05 am - Reply

      About 70 now, at 8 am, rising to about 80 under overcast skies. Air feeling heavy @ 92%humidity and almost no breeze @3mph from the E

    64. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Lucy waded through kids while trying to rearrange some sticks to the crib rails. Anticipating more practice?

    65. nfc July 16, 2022 at 7:50 am - Reply

      First— thanks for moving the comments so they are easy to read the new ones.
      I saw a chick next to the parent at 7:40am. I screen shot it. I can’t believe how big the chick is. It has been so hard to see the chicks with the branches and messy lens. Let’s see if it shows up. Thanks to the people posting the shots this season.

    66. CarolV July 16, 2022 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Flapping and folding those wings is getting some practice!

    67. Isabella July 16, 2022 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Lucy ordering breakfast

      Still waiting

    68. Isabella July 16, 2022 at 6:07 am - Reply

      Good morning sunshine
      Good morning chickadees
      Mom flying back and forth
      Popped in….then off again

      Right day and time!

    69. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Lucy in mom mode, going around picking up after the kids….

      It’s a comfortable 72, dropping to a nice 64 by sunrise. Breeze from the S@5mph
      SOD!

    70. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Always playing “Where’s Waldo” with the 3rd chick…. He was just an eyeball 👁 a second ago so grabbed a pic when the head popped up. That would be my pick for #3 (or4(5)) if we have a naming contest

      • CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        Although I do lean more to it being female…. I just switch between pronouns

    71. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Heard the yammering and got here in time to see the push to right… now happy sounds…. Dad dropped off dinner.

      • CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        This is the one that reminds me of Rocky…

        • CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:17 pm - Reply

          And it works out again!
          Wait your turn and dad showed up with a bonus fish! Be first to dad’s table!
          And G gets to feed!

          • CarolV July 15, 2022 at 8:21 pm - Reply

            Two getting benefits of G on the job….

    72. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness!
      My eyes 👀 didn’t believe as this stick went away!

    73. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      The kids are growing so quickly! I’m already feeling nostalgic…. Aside from the💩and the sticks, it’s been a good season!
      We had the privilege of seeing Lucy blossom! And George is always a show!
      Even the chicks… except for a few bonking sessions between the biggies, no one really picked on anyone. Plentiful fish helped. Shorty is a smarty, knowing how to be in the right place and keep her head down and get a good meal. Reminded me of Rocky!
      But it ain’t over!

    74. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Happy sounds and bobbing butt mean fish is on the menu….

    75. CarolV July 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Looks like biggest kid is on watch….

      • CarolV July 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        Time to rest… parental unit back on watch….
        Note one kid has head in the shade…. I think that’s the smallest, who always seems to prefer the umbrella

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