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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
Ospreys welcome, here we go!
OMG.. she is here…11:05….
Going exploring, found video Youtube- of Jane meeting her first chick. For anyone who doesn’t know…. Jane was a first time mom-reluctant- and G had spent a lot of time sitting the eggs himself, particularly at night. The egg hatched under him.
I can only get video to rewind by hitting 10 sec icon on pic. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
I remember being concerned when she pecked at it! But she learned quickly!
Hate to be a PITA,,,,,
Can’t get logo, date on same pic without the big redline.and take pic at same time . Takes a sec or so for redline to fade and moment may have passed. We had both logo and date at bottom last year. Is it possible to go back?
Also, when logo at top, can’t crop out all excess black space without cropping logo, too. Making actual pic smaller.
Thanks for your input as always.
Or is this just a me issue? I could understand that.
OH, WAIT! THAT’S A BALD EAGLE!!!!!!
From what I was told, there is a pair that has hung out here on and off, all winter.
Any idea when the Osprey got here? YAY!!! THE VIDEO’S ON!!!!!!!!!!
Good day, everyone!!
Watching the Bald Eagle on and off nest yesterday…and this AM….beautiful creature…..I wish our family comes home soon..
If that eagle spends a lot of time at the nest, our pair will likely nest elsewhere. So fingers crossed that eagle finds another place to hang out.
Eagle left and returned with breakfast.
Bald eagle back.
So excited to have this back!!! I can nit wait to see what thi syear brings!!!!
Just tuned in in time to see a bald eagle on the nest!
I hope they won’t drive off the osprey, but what a thrill to see it up close like that.
I was told there is a pair that has been there on and off all winter. (Not nesting.)
Bald eagle stops by.
Osprey over bay@14:52 or so.
That’s probably 15:42. Starting season off well🙄
Got informed by Isabella that was a seagull I saw.
Welcome back live stream Osprey Zone. Thank you to all who worked so hard to bring back this cam. Hoping for another exciting viewing Osprey Season!
LIVE STREAM up! Thank you Aidan and Paul!!
Fantastic & Thank You!
We think heard one in Cutchogue. Will keep you posted.
Hi everyone, the date for the work to be done so the livestream is running has been changed to tomorrow 3/25. Thanks so much for your patience, I know it’s hard to wait!
Thanks Mary Anne
Thanks Mary Anne. So looking forward to live stream…
Thursday 3/23 12:56PM – there is an osprey at the LIPA Patchogue nest.
Yes, Barbara, thank you, the female returned on 3/10, the male on the 16th. There is a male at Oyster Bay as of 3/22.
Osprey on nests along Montauk Highway in East Islip, Great River, Oakdale. Happy Dance!
Greetings, looking forward to a great season.
I have 2 requests:
1) Please restrict postings, images and videos to only about the Ospreyzone nest.
2) When an image or still is shared, please don’t crop out the bottom line with date and time etc. I need it to be able to come back for being included in highlights. Also, my copyright is important to me.
Please note that I encourage you to point out highlight worthy moments, as I can’t see everything but I’m hoping to keep up with the nest this year in our highlights. I also have an Osprey intro and a history of The plight if the Osprey , made by some of my students recently, to be published shortly, stand by.
May have temporarily found way to get to photos from earlier in n day! It’s a long and winding road but until I find a better idea….. this is shot from this morning taken about 2:30pm…and I can edit!
Sort of stumbled… um,….. navigated to a back door. Now better make notes or….
Now I’m exhausted!
AND the sun came out…!!! HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE!!!
George is hopefully back for the season. Will be interesting to see what female shows up
I’m sure some of you have already seen osprey around.
Just sharing some funny osprey pics
One of my favorite George pics!
Hoping for a successful season!
Osprey can’t read……or can they🤔
So good to see the nest again! Looks like the tag line got shorter. Missing TRS sponsor
.I’m guessing first arrival for 3/31 @ 12:35pm. Hope someone can keep check. I haven’t even looked to see what’s working for me this year.
The wind is really whipping on the 🎤!
Someone-osprey- just flew over the bay.
Good to see you…: been a long.winter !
Glad you’re still posting. From what I’ve seen already, I’m gonna have multiple issues, like last year, if not worse, getting pics. Still can’t scroll back and won’t bore you with other excuses.
We always seemed to post same pics last year anyway. So hopefully you’ll be on board for that and you’ll get some help .Know Mary Anne on top of everything….. HI, Mary Anne
Now we just wait
Hi Carol and everyone, so nice to see the nest. Hoping we see Os tomorrow!
Good Morning Osprey Zone. Wanted to let you know Osprey pair have returned to Patchogue….not sure if the resident pair – looks like it. Have a good day Everyone.
Hi Marguerite, they have been there for several days. Paul doesn’t want us posting images of other nests, but thank you.
Thank you Mary Anne for this response. I will be sure to follow the rules. Looking forward to the new season. Take Care
You too, Marguerite, have a great weekend, hope we see some action at the nest!
Thank you Mary Anne…hope everyone had a fun St.Pats day…this should be an exciting Osprey season….
Hi everyone, just found out that Aidan and Paul will try and get everything set up and running on 3/24! If that date changes I will let you know.
Thanks, MaryAnne! Was checking for good news! Good luck to everyone!
Now if only I could get my equipment to cooperate!
Many thanks,blessings for the new season and sending hugs to all 👏🍀😘❣️
So looking forward to this season…hope all is well with everybody…..
Happy spring to all!
I know it’s early but just checking in and learning newquirks to negotiating the site.
Despite some really cold spells and heavy snow upstate, we had a relatively quiet winter out here on the Forks.
A lot of drizzle; not much snow. More rain coming later today.
Hopefully stream will be back before the O’Spreys.
Looking forward to the Osprey returning to Long Island 😊
I’m hoping the camera is on soon as well.
Here’s hoping for some good osprey watching!
My son saw an osprey today, near Shore Road in Douglaston adjacent to Little Neck Bay. Isn’t this a bit unusual? I thought all ospreys were gone by now? He or she was eating a fish while on the roadway?
I find it interesting that the osprey was eating a fish on the road! Yes, most are gone, but there are always some leaving later than the majority of them. Most likely they are juveniles. Some from LI, and others stop over to rest here from the north, before continuing on their journey south.
Hopefully they are all safely in their destinations, kicked back, talons up, wings behind head, enjoying the sunshine.
Youngsters may be exploring, finding a space to explore over the next 16 months or so.
Everyone, enjoy this beautiful fall!
10/7- LIVESTREAM running! Nothing going on. Nice to see it anyway.
Thank you to all who made it possible to share the wonderful story of George and Lucy and their plucky little little ones this summer. Hopefully, they all avoided the hurricanes on their way south.
I recently spotted an Osprey down here in West Palm Beach , wished them a successful refueling stop and journey !
So happy that we had a successful season. Thanks to all involved. Lucy was a great first time mom. George did a great job providing for his family. All the people involved made sure that we were up to date on the website. Pictures and info kept us all able to interact. Hoping the osprey get down to South America and thrive. Looking forward to next year. It will be here before we know it.
Can’t forget our manners!!
Thanx to Mary Anne for keeping us in line, so we kept the guidelines and cleaning up our (my) screwups!
Tnx to Tommy and Christina, our hosts, for making this site available to all.
Tnx to Paul & co for supporting OZ and all the work his crew has put in to give us quality videos.
And- not least of all- our Aidan, for all the times he gave the cam a swift kick to get it working again!!!
We appreciate you all and I appreciate all the members. And your compliments
So to you all…. Enjoy the seasons, watch out for snow and SOD.!!!!
CarolV…Thank you for your daily postings….and for all who did…..kept me up to date on happenings…. it seemed every time I turned on camera it was down at the end…
It was an amazing year for our family….Lucy was a wonderful Mom after 3rd egg…last year 5 eggs…this year 5 eggs. ..who knows next year…George’s building skills, sometimes annoying, but great…The peanut gang grew and became beautiful Ospreys..God Speed to them all…..
I’m wondering also, will Lucy lay another five eggs next year? She most definitely could! I hope they all make it safely thru migration and that George and Lucy return next spring to raise another family. I also hope some nest cleaning and camera adjustments takes place in the off season. If I hear anything, I will be sure to let you all know.
Brrrr… 53 @8am… may hit 62 later, under sunny. Skies. Winds N18mph. It’s that time of year when I wake up with the heat coming on and my windows are still open! The week ahead looks like real fall weather.
It’s time to say goodbye to our O’Sprey family.
The Peanuts gang, who kept us entertained….. and just the fact that we had 3 was a joyful surprise ! And little Pixie who stayed such a short time. It’s a first for our nest to have 4 hatch.
Beautiful Lucy, who has been a super Mom and taught us so much!
And our ever entertaining Studmuffin! Always tormenting us with his sticks in front of the lens! An excellent dad.
We wish you a safe trip…. Gentle winds to carry you; fish a’plenty, and sun to warm you. For the kids: a safe and long life and families of your own.
And George and Lucy, til we see you in the Spring, God-speed…….
Very sweet and so true. There’s a little lump in my throat right now.
Where has the time gone-too fast-thank you all for your comments & updates What a beautiful family! May God Bless them on their journeys!
Temps about 67 and dropping just a few degrees, then stating to rise around midnight. Leading to rain in the morning-winds S8mph.
All’s quiet at the nest.
Everyone, have a great night!
Nice to see the that view. Now for a glimpse of our birds! They don’t seem to stay long when they do show!
Live stream is up and running.
Live stream must have gotten confused! It went down ON a Monday! Usually the day we get it back after it’s been goofin’ of all weekend!
Hopefully be seeing it later, for the chance of some last sightings.
We shall see, I reported it yesterday…
Got this shot from Betsy last night…. Good i.d. Shot of George and his wing spot. There was a juvie on perch not long before.
Is anybody else worried about our migrating osprey heading into Hurricane Fiona?
Yes, and hopefully it turns northeast soon! https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2+shtml/234955.shtml?mltoa34#contents
18:12…. Hearing but not seeing someone…. More like a juvie
Good Sunday morning!
Heard osprey calling from nearby but not at nest.
68 already headed to 80. Humidity is up @89%. Winds SW @8mph
Betsy let me know I had just missed spotting someone flying off perch just minutes. before that shot. Looked more like juvenile but the exit was quick and straight out and down.
Have been away…did Jane leave. If so about when…reading posts seems to be two left…when did one of them leave………this is getting late for them….wishing family safe flights for those who left..
Not sure but best guess is Lucy left after 9/2/22.
Don’t have a date for first kid. There’s been issues with the video. As far as 2nd chick, I think there were 2 here til around 9/15.
Still not sure about G and last kid. The nest has been pretty empty. Someone was heard but not seen with a wisp of a glimpse of someone flylng out this a.m.
I can’t believe I said Jane….thank you for dates…
Fall again today… 66 now with a high around 70. Next couple of days warming back up a little towards 80. Generally clear and mostly sunny.Winds from the east about 8mph.
Around 7am, I’m hearing quiet chirping but no one in sight
And good morning…happy Saturday
About 7:28…. Stronger calls…. Could be George.
I don’t know if anyone else saw one of the family today but I didn’t.
I heard someone just at this time, talking from the perch……
“Morning has broken….
………Like the first morning
……….:;;…….Blackbird has spoken…🎶🎵
A cool morning and a cool day ahead. Enjoy your Friday!
The crew was in for afternoon clear out….
This kid may have caught her own breakfish. She flew in about 7:07 with a whole flipping fish and has been working on it.
The sun’s angle makes it difficult but only saw one. Bird and this one came flying in excited with 2 feet firmly gripping this treasure.
The fairies gathered to dance and celebrate… is that Pixie front and center?
Left about 7:49 with her fish in tow.
What may have been 2nd kid came in briefly minutes later to look around and flew after her
It’s a cool morning…nice!about 64 @8:30, heading to 72 under sunshine. Comfortable humidity @low 51 % and breeze @NW18mph. Dp you hear fall knocking?
One kid came in about 6:20….. the fairies had an interesting display around 6:50 and iid went upstairs
Breakfish arrived 8:29 to a hangry bird…. Who still had a lot to say more to say after G left. The kid ate part of the fish then took it to go.
The janitor has been in and out
George still working hard. I saw 5 deliveries and both kids had some. 9:40-11:53-14:31-15:09-16:50
After the rain there was some god cloud watching. The clouds made way for a brilliant blue man could never capture in a paint can!
Mostly clear skies with. Temps in mid 60s
That’s good cloud watching but God cloud works too!
Enjoying the clouds and that spot of blue sky.
She was reacting someone flying and showing off a range of calls, including her sqwacks….
Almost bright enough to be sun not moon rise!
Likely rain after 4am; thunder possible, lasting through the morning. Almost no breeze @NW1mph
Told me first file too large to download… trying again… hopefully not duplicating
This was 2nd fish delivery and I think 2nd kid
Saw a fish delivery about 7:18ish.
Only saw one kid at that time
As you can see we’re getting some rain
Now G is filling up the nest
Second fish… looks like other kid…
Watch out….😄🎶 here he comes… the fish 🐠 feeder!
U pcan go…
Beauty shines on a gloomy day….
G brought a fish about 7:24 for one happy kid.
And the janitor was here already!
Mid 70s today with humidity of 90% under cloudy skies and little wind. Gonna be a bit sticky.
2nd fish 🐟! Kid had long wait while other kid kept control of first fish…
Tried talking about sharing and then tried stealing before giving up and heading to perch
Kid let us know G was coming! Jumped down and got her own fish.
It’s a good thing G bent dow to show his head… it looked like he has more speckles on his chest.
Telling me dup post but not moving. Trying again
Other kid heard but not seen as this one gets her dinner. G just let go before she got any toes
I got it!
G just hanging out, probably enjoying the quiet with the kids out.Been here for a while.
16:44… kid came screaming in to perch….
G woke from his reverie and flew….
G is in for the 3rd time with fish.@14:24
One kid got a fish around 12:26
Sib got one about 13:36
This time, he has a chunk but no takers. Busy
My son has been fishing a few times this week. He says the fish are plentiful but mostly shorts; several different kinds from blues, fluke, bass. Too small to be legal for us.
Someone has their cheerioss
Cleaning crew on time
And the moon rises….
Moon over East Marion…….
Last full moon of summer 2022
The kids have been relentless with the yammering…..
Bouncing in and out…
Thought we were losing video with grey outs:..
There are at least 2 yappers .
Time for fish!! But I gotta. I’m sure the fish will be in now!
Translate but I’m gotta to I have to go
Yup…. Barely walked away to feed my furball and G came to feed the feather balls. Saw the melee and heard the ruckus… sounds like a country song…..
Other kid was up and down… bird pacing…. But no sharing. I st kid mowed thru the dinnerfish and took off.
The kid has been yammering and hanging around. It sounds like 2 at times… someone upstairs.
Kid took off suddenly and Heckle and Jeckle bounced in and out for a grab ‘n go before she got back.
G brought a flipper in to kid….
Kid is just standing looking around ; then some guarding
Now where is everyone?
My little hp allowed me to scroll back on footage.
Kid was there when G delivered about 9:55.
Gonna have to get back to watching!
Stick delivery about 10:04
The janitor’s on the job
I was notified that the live stream could be back later today, or tomorrow.
Video still dark….
We’re having a sunny day; winds N12mph and heading to mid 70s
Supposed to be a clear night so do some moon watching of that close to full moon…
Have a great day.
I suddenly realized it was Tuesday and came to check but video is still down.
We’re getting some rain, finally, the nice gentle kind that is soaking in ,not drowning out everything, and making huge floods.
Status quo thru the night, with temperatures this afternoon topping out about 70.
Almost 70 now. Heading to 80 slowly; cloudy today with high humidity. Blah…
Very little breeze @N2mph
Hopefully our little family doing well.
And you all enjoy the holiday!😁
Looks like someone spent the night
Chick and sailboat……don’t know if that’s a fish in talon…or part of nest
Chick n fish
Let’s get excited! As 2nd kid comes to join welcoming party
Dad delivery… no nips involved
Kid shows off excellent guarding skills!
Stream is acting up…
Let’s do a Tinkerbelle along with Pixie…. Everyone close your eyes and cross your fingers… or is that cross your eyes,,,? Anyhow wish for our video’s success
Cleaning up after kids!
Sqwackypants commenting upstairs… what to do?
Comes down to investigate and janitor moves to the next school.
Hmmm… that was easy!
WAIT! What’s this?
Nice find! A little crispy on the edges but adds to the flavorl
Just realized that Mr Janitor was replaced by a kid in second I was distracted…. And who can see around that sun! Okay,,,,
Maybe time for real glasses instead of Amazo 6pack
A cool morning @65@8am……loving it!,,, rising to high 70s later. Gentle breeze NW3mph with sun getting some cloud competition later