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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
2 in the nest….
Good Saturday morning on Labor Day weekend…. Talk about a long, hot summer!
But our time with the Oz family seemed so short! It was such a joy watching Lucy flourish… and she’s still surprising us!
There were more here a short time ago.
Not sure if leftovers were found by the backrim kid….eating and other one goes
And delivery! Nice big fish; fairly calm since one is busy…
G stopped by w/seaweed @15:43
@17:21, one kid came in with a flipping fish. Did she catch it or was given it elsewhere? Did not see an exchange.
She was just holding it and checking it out for a while before tearing it to itand gobbling!
At 18:11, Mouthy landed and was trying to get closer when G landed one minute later. He had fish chunk which he left
Mouthy took off after him. He returned about 18:19 to find that chunk G left. Went quickly because Mouthy took the kid’s fish which she didn’t fight over.
Kid left and Mouthy ate away on those leftovers.
G delivered another! Keeps those kids well fed… not sure if a repeat customer or 3rd bird
Kid with fish wasn’t eating.
2nd kid came in but just being nosy and took off again
Kid with fish wasn’t eating.
2nd kid came in but just being nosy and took off again
G had yet another fish 🐠. Making sure these little turkeys are stuffed!
As we say good night….. chomp chomp chomp……
Y’all have a good one!
My kind of weather! Just a hint of autumn!67 still a@10:00am, heading to about 75 , all under sunny skies.
Humidity @55% with winds NE11mph…
I wasc surprised to find I managed to get a shot yesterday of what I thought was Lucy yesterday. Long process but I got it here….. and still think it’s her.
Now I’ll have to figure out how I did this
Happy Friday morning! Nice and cool right now and sun arrives with flare! 🎶🎵Here comes the sun, little darlin’…. It’s alright now, here comes the sun!”🎵
And breakfish for this kid.
The fairies came in. Is that Pixie in the middle!
Fairies must be in a rush- not their orbs today.
There… little orb shows over kid’s wing…. Pixie angel says hi!
G dropped off seaweed.
Kid stopped back carrying her fish
Good news/bad news…. No pics but good events
G brought a large whole fish to one kid…. Little piglet was gulping it down when he decided to clear out, taking the leftovers with him. Delivery was about 17:20….
Second kid, I THINK the youngest, came in to hang around.
That was about 18:00
Around 18:23, what looked like Lucy delivered a whole fish to this 2nd kid. Adult stayed for a few minutes while kid did some quiet yammering.; what I think was Lucy took off. Kid ate then took her fish to go.
Admittedly, I’m uncertain about Lucy. I hadn’t expected to see her here still. But when did Lucy ever do the expected.
But no pics. Sorry… have some computer use back but can’t do pics yet.
Do have pic of nest, which looks better than it has for a while!
And correction….. sec kid took fish from first about 18:00. Both outt of sight when adult came in. One came off perch to claim fresh fish.
Couple more years, I may get the hang of this!
Just so happy to have a little control back on my computer! Got carried away.
Video feed indecisive today
Has anybody left? I know George is last one to leave..
Finally spotted 2 kids, each getting dinner and what I THOUGHT was Lucy delivered one fish. Posted times above. Sorry no pics
Breakfish and a bite….
I’m thinking about a bite of breakfast…but no raw fish for me!
I’ve been typing (and saying breakfish for so long, it’s hard to go back to the fast part without effort! And yes, have gotten some odd looks saying breakfish in public!
This one may be another Sandy, if you remember her. We used to joke George would have to drag the nest away to get her to leave!as it was, he practically had to push her ahead of him!
A beautiful morning.. about 70 calling for sunshine and 80 today. Winds from the west @7mph.
Don’t mean to be ungrateful, but like so much of the country, we’re drying up. The fall may be very dull this year, wIth autumn colors very subdued. . But the alternative seems to be flooding…. It’s complicated!
I remember that very well….the day she left George circled the nest twice and called to her….it seemed she looked at the camera and left…
Not sure how to call this. Video is running and time is correct but video is flashing in and out.
Kid is there…..
Hearing before seeing…..thought chick had a “frog” in their throat
Mr Craven taking over
Kid was “caw”phing?🙃😉😋
Happy janitor; cleaning after the kids!
This kid came in yammering…. Went straight to leftovers, had a few bites then took rest to-go
Good morning frm the OZ!
George loudly calling….
Kid back there eating
Nice to see right day and time
Nobody home 🙁
Asking for and receiving a fish
George went to perch
Chick on right eating while announcing to anyone the fish is hers!
A Tale of Two Tails,
Wonder if 1-800-GOTJUNK has an aerial unit?
I zoomed in… not this bad—-yet
At least the table is still clear…..
G stops to inspect…
Nice light breeze @ S10mph
82 deg @5pm, dropping to 73 by dawn under mostly clear skies
Someone’s been busy…….
LIVE STREAM up and running..
She heard about a try-out for a hood ornament model
Cleaning up the outfit…
🎶🎵Anticipation is keeping me waiting 🎶
From 8/26 rerun
Flipper bites the dust…….9
From 8/26 loop…..
TY… I believe that’s MINE!
Video on repeat.
G coming in…..
About 80 sticky degs @6:30pm. Looks like showers are canceled. And dropping to about 71 by dawn
Happy kid with a fish….
Not so happy voices coming from perch/right side. Sounds like 2 voices
Stream is up but sketchy… skipping. No one home
About 85 and sticky…. Possibly some rain popup storms around sunset…. I’m rooting for the storms! Unfortunately, they sound like the kind that break up before they reach us but whack the heck out of parts west of us… we shall see…:
Still 79 @ 7:45z….. dropping to 71 sticky deg.
Under cloudy skies; Air heavy…
We have one…
We have 2….
AND we have 3!
All the chickens home to roost…. In sight!
Sib came in….
A lot of noise and activity on right…
Everyone well fed
Since we can’t really tell these guys apart anyway, just gonna refer to this bunch as the Peanuts gang… for future reference back on this season. In honor of Ms. Lucy.
And of coarse, our little angel, Pixie.
Got the okay on this
Another fish comes in….
Delivery bird… G’s legs? … climbed to perch after a few minutes, then took off
Young one is not eating anymore but wants to hold on.
Quite a good tug-o-fish!
But new arrival gets the fish
A couple of sqwacks came out of this kid… chip off the ole Lucy!
Happy to see still 2 kids :
Kid got her fish….
Still crying… maybe wants to be fed?
Didn’t see who brought it… just shadows of wings leaving… guessing G
Kid at home and Legs stops by.
Kid put in a request
Live stream back for now, the connection has not been good this week so we shall see.
Not long they will be leaving…any names as yet
Hi June, it’s not going to happen, I’m not hearing back regarding names. The fledglings are hardly ever there anyway, plus the live stream is down much of the time.
If there’s no objection, ok if we refer to them as the Peanuts gang, in future, in honor of their fabulous mom? Maybe not have individual names, except Pixie….
Works for me!
Still on yesterday’s rerun.
Today is sunny Wednesday… heading to 83 with winds W13mph. Pretty day!
Heard kid coming in begging…
Wasn’t long before video froze…. And we have a rerun…
Thanks, Aidan! Keeping you busy!
And ty , MaryAnne!
Stream is up….. and the cleaning crew is the star!
Something was disturbed and that long stick popped up
LIVE STREAM back up…
Still not working but different time warp…. Got some nice shots of kid…
Those are good shots. I’m going to miss them. This was a great season!
There is video but it’s a loop of less than an hour from this morning. Did a scroll through it for a quick view of handsome.
We’ve been having some passing showers…. The spotty random kind we’ve been getting here lately.
Low wind, high humidity makes for heavy day….
Good morning all, the live stream is back.
Guess we’re offline
When I logged in the timer was off by about 1/2 hr but running. Now it’s just blank pic. The way it was acting up yesterday, glad it lasted till now.
Yes, it’s down. Looking at tomorrow morning for it to be back streaming again.
Wrestling match between the kids…
Kid looked like it was eating the sun!
Other kid made a move to steal before taking off….
George delivered a lively meal that made a flip for it…. Out the back.
Kid is still pokin’ around wondering where’s breakfish?
Where comes the sun? Bit of fog on the water. May be a little sun but generally cloudy today; temps to low 80s
Then there were 2
G landed, one kid came in to yap. They sat together for a while.
Then another one joined the noise.
It was a houdini moment when the video skipped and G disappeared… now you see him, now you don’t… always startling!
Lucy snuck in with a fish. Just when I think she’s gone!
Kid on back rim is eating.
Someone flew over…. Lucy and the kids went crazy!
Cacophony would be accurate!
Lucy flew after….. kids stayed on guard
Someone landed far over this way and the kids were not happy… but missing mom’s support
After visitor left, one kid rearranged nest and settled for a minute before heading upstairs
Monkey see: monkey do…. Other kid settled in
Other kid stayed on nest for a while.
Even when parent came and stood right over her, she wasn’t moving!
Delivery on right….quick exit
Video blinking in in and out… video jenky… hope we can limp thru!
And AUDIO is jenky
Having other posting issues, so taking a break . I’m sure all kinds of wonderful things will happen!
Waiting paid off
This kid burns all his calories begging!
Complaining because no sharing….
One got fish…. As always…
No one showed with 2nd fish today. Mouthy waited and waited .
I st kid finally allowed other to steal what was left
A few morning clouds clearing to a sunny afternoon. Mid 80s later
Watching the sun rise
And then there were two…. Noisy ones!
Dessert fish….. G stood for a few minutes with his kid… then out
Down to about 70 tonight
Is at it again…. New decking.
I wonder if people living around there get to see some of these pieces coming by? Or if anything ever falls out of the sky ???
Was supposed to say George but I’m sure you all knew who…..
2nd kid is in and tried to steal
George dropped in with decor….. hungry kid complaining sib won’t share
Kid2 so busy complaining, he doesn’t even notice Lucy is behind him with another fish
Yay! Big one! And no pesky sib!
Another kid comes in
2nd kid took off briefly and G came in briefly to drop off fish.
Other kid came screaming back and wanted to claim fish but first kid was holding on……
She stood looking around, even after sib left, before finally tucking into fish
Not much activity when I checked. Kid to right yammering while it sounds like G calling upstairs.
Kid putting in request. Decided to flop down
8/19- Live stream down as of 7:38:39 am.
Someone dropped off a nice fresh fish to keep them happy….
Friday morning…. Bright sunshine!
The fairies 🧚♂️ are in!
Our Pixie must be with them!
Mouthy complaining because she doesn’t have anything and sib does…. Looks like a dried up scrap
Paces back and forth, complaining, looking for a chance
Goes. In for the steal
And winner gets the spoiled
I scream…you scream…we all scream for breakfish
They screamed for a long time…..George delivery
Was wondering why the chicks go from laying down to standing
Guess now that they can fly…they sleep standing
In case anyone else was wondering….
Don’t know why info about birds sleeping standing up was not posted ?
Had nothing to do about other osprey nest
Just thought it was interesting info
Hi Isabella, we are asked to: “1) Please restrict postings, images and videos to only about the Ospreyzone nest.”
Thought for a minute might be 3 kids but was 2 kids, 2 parents.
Kid that just came in went back to get fishtail from, I believe, G; while one on right is being fed, presumably Lucy
Another fish… mom’s in charge
A whale of a feast!
Kid was occupied between yammering, preening and sky watching.
Then the excitement! George put this one down where we could see it!
Kid working to reach Moby
Get my bib please! I’m ready to feast!
Think he was having a tantrum because he can’t get the fish…. Was stomping around and moving sticks…
A lot of noise, not much action. This kid pacing and yapping….
And someone in the invisible zone.
So I haven’t been able to tell if all kids are still here. Haven’t seen 3 together. Has anyone?
But I thought Lucy was gone because I kept missing her at the nest till I suddenly saw her several times in an afternoon . I guess they do some exploring in prep for actual departure.
carol at 1832 today looks like 3 chicks and a parent. one eating on own. two being fed.
George brought in a fish and I dropped the phone…: so jo pics. I was able to just see someone flying off with the fish as G cleaned his beak.
This kid flew in noisily begging.
G took off.
Juvie flew in minutes later. Couldn’t tell if same one and had maybe lost its fish. But that’s the one who got next fish George brought, not the one who has been waiting.
It looked like he wrestled the fish to perch. Other juvenile was yelling the whole time.
Can see the shadows of him up there
No one in sight but can hear a juvie upstairs, begging
Can you imagine if we humans just compulsively added to our homes?
Or is that what the show HOARDERS is about?
Livestream up and running!
Thursday…. Video off.
It’s a beautiful day. Under sunny skies, Temps reach about 81 today with winds from the W@9mph.
Dinner and a show….
One kid on nest, one upstairs, letting everyone know it’s dinnertime
Sudden frenzy…. One fish comes on
Other fish delivery directly behind as 2nd kid drops down
Frenzy… second uber eats driver gets out quickly…. Now 2 kids each have fish …. George is out, and happy well supplied kids settled to business
The rain hit here on my side of the Island about 6:10. And a real cloud buster it was! Think it’s done for now .
Love the smell of the clean earth after a summer storm!
Kid stretched and loosened his belt before starting gain. Tail feathers show from right now and then
Thinking this is Lucy as it sounds like G sounding off upstairs…: