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Belle’s Journey

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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.

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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. Denise H. May 24, 2024 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      PSE&G has osprey cameras. One in Patchogue (with 2 chicks) and one in Oyster Bay. You can go to PSEG osprey cameras and access the live stream.

    2. Denise h May 19, 2024 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      I went down by the nest – I don’t even see the camera there. Very sad. 😞

      • Admin Mary Anne May 21, 2024 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        Thank you very much for letting us know Denise! I wish they had told us instead of leaving us all hanging. I’m sorry, everyone.

      • Trinity May 21, 2024 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        What an unfortunate update , thank you for checking .

    3. Judith H. Block May 16, 2024 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Why no Ospreyzone camera? I miss not being able to watch them.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 21, 2024 at 6:59 pm - Reply

        Apparently the camera has been removed…

    4. Tim May 16, 2024 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Just curious to know what lack of visibility on live stream actually means, & can it be fixed?

    5. Denise H April 25, 2024 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Will the camera be back up this season?

      • Admin Mary Anne April 26, 2024 at 12:53 pm - Reply

        I am unable to find out, Denise H, but I tried. No one will give us an update.

    6. Paula April 11, 2024 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I have watched this nest since 2015 or 2016 and there has been some of the most amazing scenes I’ve ever witnessed in nature thanks to this site. The last few years have been challenging to view and I’ve had to find other nest’s to watch. But my heart has always drawn me back to this nest and George and all his loves. I have always missed Gracie, but watching George be such an amazing partner and father has been so wonderful.
      I hope the camera does come back on, but I don’t think it will. The people who own it are probably tired of dealing with the issues that constantly arise and the criticisms they have dealt with for years. I can’t say I blame them. I do wish they would tell us for sure one way or another, though!
      I am glad to know that there are osprey on the nest. I hope it is George and his Lady Love and I hope they live long lives and have lot’s of chicks but I won’t be coming back. When I logged on today I noticed that in the address bar it say’s it’s an unsecure site. That concerns me, plus it’s just a let down every time I log on and there’s nothing.
      Thank you ALL for every thing and Admin Mary Anne don’t let anyone bully you!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 14, 2024 at 8:47 am - Reply

        Thank you for the kind words, Paula, all the best to you! I agree with everything you say. We all wish we would get some kind of update.

      • June c April 14, 2024 at 11:43 am - Reply

        Like you Paula I have been with site 2015-2016… I am not giving up hope..
        Mary Anne you have been wonderful with your updates…Everyone on this site has been great..
        Will keep checking in once a week…just in case…
        Be safe and take care everyone

        • Admin Mary Anne April 14, 2024 at 6:46 pm - Reply

          Thank you very much, June. I’m not giving up yet either. Still hoping to hear something.

          • winnie May 19, 2024 at 12:33 pm - Reply

            thats a shame wonder what the problem is?

      • Isabella April 22, 2024 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        May be they tired of the many times they lost camera feed
        If you see this Paula
        Hope you enjoy your osprey viewing where ever that may be!
        Just so you know osprey zone has been not secure for awhile
        Neither is Barnegat

        • Admin Mary Anne April 23, 2024 at 6:56 am - Reply

          The CWF of NJ web site is down. You can watch the Barnegat cam on youtube.

    7. Admin Mary Anne April 10, 2024 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Here is a nice NJ nest, no eggs yet but should be within the next 10 days. Cam ops move the camera around. Lovely osprey couple. Also has a fun, informative chat with nice people. Go to You tube and search for Barnegat Light Osprey Cam.

    8. June c April 9, 2024 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Hi all….the PSEG , Patchogue nest now has 3 eggs…saw 2 eggs Sunday today 3… fun to watch for now…any news about our nest?

      • Admin Mary Anne April 10, 2024 at 6:45 am - Reply

        No news, June c. The minute I hear anything I will post here, but I have a feeling we aren’t going to get any updates.

    9. June c April 8, 2024 at 9:04 am - Reply

      The Patchogue osprey nest last year had four chicks all survived…she now has 2 eggs….watching until our family is on line…enjoy the eclipse today …

    10. Paula April 5, 2024 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      IRIS is back! She landed on her nest this morning. So wonderful!

    11. Paula March 31, 2024 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Happy Easter All
      It is really great news to hear that there are osprey on the nest
      I hope we get to see them but more importantly, I hope they thrive this year!

      • Admin Mary Anne April 1, 2024 at 10:59 am - Reply

        Hi Paula, agreed!

      • Kathy April 2, 2024 at 8:38 am - Reply

        This is great news

      • June c April 5, 2024 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        WOW. Great news…happy to hear they are there…

    12. Isabella March 31, 2024 at 7:15 am - Reply

      Great to see the osprey out and about. We will just have to hope George is back and up to his usual shenanigans with the ladies.
      Thank you Mary Anne for all you do!
      Has anyone seen that bird show with Christian Cooper ? I m always gobsmacked by what birds do.
      If anyone calls me birdbrained. I’ll take it as a compliment!
      Happy Easter 🐣

      • Admin Mary Anne March 31, 2024 at 8:00 am - Reply

        Hi Isabella, thank you! Hope you are all having a nice weekend. A woman who lives not far from the nest reported on FB that she was walking on the beach this morning at 7 am and saw two ospreys on the nest. One flew away before she got closer. No further updates.

    13. Trinity March 27, 2024 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Hello everyone ! Another season for our beloved birds across Long Island , I’m grateful to have the PSEG cam feeds to enjoy but George will always be the original favorite .

      • Admin Mary Anne March 28, 2024 at 9:20 am - Reply

        Hi Trinity, he is quite something. I wish all male ospreys were like him. Feeding his mate, feeding chicks. Very special male.

    14. Paula March 24, 2024 at 6:31 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Dad and an interloper are on the Boulder, Co nest. Waiting and hoping for Mom any day.
      Audrey has returned to the Chesapeake Nest, now waiting for Tom.
      I am most excited and hopeful waiting for The Queen Iris on the Hellgate nest.
      The season is ramping up and I hope we’ll hear something about this cam soon.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 24, 2024 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Paula. Daisy is at the Barnegat Light, NJ, osprey nest, waiting for Duke. The resident pair at Patchogue is back. There are ospreys at Oyster Bay as well. Fingers crossed for Iris in MT.

        • Paula March 28, 2024 at 5:23 pm - Reply

          I am anxious about Iris also. I will be glued to the camera there starting April 1. Her favorite day to return is the 7th.
          I just wish she could find a true mate if she does return.

          • Admin Mary Anne March 29, 2024 at 2:06 pm - Reply

            There was one last year whom Iris seemed to like, Paula, so we shall see. Fingers crossed. (No news about the Osprey Zone nest. Wouldn’t surprise me if George was back.)

    15. Laura Pluta March 18, 2024 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      The osprey have arrived in Oyster Bay and Patchogue!

      • Admin Mary Anne March 19, 2024 at 6:34 am - Reply

        Same pair at Patchogue, not sure about Oyster Bay.

    16. Joyce Weaver March 16, 2024 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone. Just checking in for any news of the nest as Osprey season is almost upon us. Hoping the forest has been cleared from the platform and the camera will be active.

      • Admin Mary Anne March 17, 2024 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        There has been no news. My contact, whom I informed that people were asking what is going on, said they were to discuss what they were going to do and get back to me. I asked again almost a month later, (on 3/8) and have received no answer. Thanks, Joyce. (And to the person who sent me the snarky message, I am only the MESSENGER here. I have NO power to “shut this cam down”, if you are including me in what you said. I cannot update you, if I myself am not informed of the plans. I also cannot force them to post here, as you seem to think I can do. I am as frustrated as you are. So back off. I will ask again on Mon.)

        • Paula March 20, 2024 at 10:30 am - Reply

          Thanks for all you’re are doing Mary Anne.
          Just ignore all the negativity. I know that is getting harder and harder to do lately, but we just have to try to take the high road whenever possible!
          Here’s hoping to see George and the sound soon!

          • Admin Mary Anne March 20, 2024 at 12:15 pm - Reply

            Thank you, Paula, plenty of people out there believe they will get results by being loud and pushy. That doesn’t work with me. I reached out again on Mon as I said I would, and received no reply as of yet. It’s not looking good, IMO. Hope I am wrong.

        • Kathy March 21, 2024 at 8:50 am - Reply

          Good morning Mary Anne Thanks for the update Still checking in everyday & hoping for some good news

          • Admin Mary Anne March 23, 2024 at 4:38 pm - Reply

            Hi Kathy, you’re welcome. I wish I could say there was some good news to share, but I’ve heard nothing.

            • Kathy March 24, 2024 at 9:46 am

              Thanks Mary Anne Guess I’ll have to be more patient

            • Admin Mary Anne March 24, 2024 at 9:28 pm

              We all do. I wish someone would post here and tell us something, since I’m not getting any replies to my queries.

    17. Gino January 19, 2024 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Hi. Is this feed still available?

      • Admin Mary Anne January 24, 2024 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Hi Gino, we are still here, there’s just isn’t anything to report yet.

        • June c February 7, 2024 at 7:23 pm - Reply

          Hi…are they going to clean up nest?
          Happy New Year…also

          • Admin Mary Anne February 10, 2024 at 11:54 am - Reply

            Hi June, Happy New Year! I have not heard anything yet of the plans. I’ll see if I can find out on Mon.

            • Admin Mary Anne February 26, 2024 at 8:13 am

              June, I reached out on 2/12 and am still waiting to find out what the plans are for this nest.

            • Kathy March 6, 2024 at 8:40 am

              Checked in today to see if the cam will be up and running this season Will be waiting for an update Fingers

            • Admin Mary Anne March 7, 2024 at 7:20 am

              Still waiting also, Kathy…

    18. Paula December 25, 2023 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
      Here’s hoping for an update on camera status early next year!

      • Admin Mary Anne December 30, 2023 at 9:27 am - Reply

        Same to you, Paula! I haven’t heard a thing regarding this nest/cam for next year as of yet.

    19. CarolV October 31, 2023 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Hi! Hopefully all enjoyed the summer- and fall!
      Been a bit gloomy for me. I’m grouchy enough even before the everlasting overcast…
      So trick or treat…
      Smell my feet
      Bring me something good to eat!

      Stay well!

      • Admin Mary Anne November 1, 2023 at 8:05 am - Reply

        Hang in there, Carol!

    20. Jamie Garretson August 26, 2023 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Exciting news from Peconic Landing in Greenport:
      Our Osprey is occupied!

      We now would like a camera! What are the recommendations?

      • Admin Mary Anne August 31, 2023 at 10:48 am - Reply

        Hi Jamie, I don’t know what type cam is used here, but Axis has very good cameras!

    21. Paula August 8, 2023 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Hi All,
      Wondering what is coming for this nest camera? Is it ever going to be back on or can I just write this one off my list
      I sure hope not because this was my first and my favorite!

      • Admin Mary Anne August 11, 2023 at 10:37 am - Reply

        Hi Paula, I reached out weeks ago to say it was down and received no reply, so I am not hopeful for it going live stream anytime soon. This fall I will try and find out if the cam will be raised, adjusted, for next year.

        • Kathy August 16, 2023 at 7:45 am - Reply

          Thank you Mary Anne for the update It was nice to read somethiing about the cam I thought the site & cam was abandoned

        • Paula August 16, 2023 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          Thanks for the reply. I’ll keep checking back for info.

    22. June c May 29, 2023 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      I am amazed at chick 4 at Patchogue nest…Mom found his little head and he is getting fed….

    23. Roberta May 28, 2023 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Mary Anne for your reply. Sorry about their privacy wall . Disappointing. I’ll keep checking.

    24. Roberta Schoenbrun May 27, 2023 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Hi all. Looking for George & whoever he hooked up with this year. Has anyone been to the nest yet?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 28, 2023 at 6:48 am - Reply

        Hi Roberta, George is with Lucy, and this is his third year with her. But they blocked the nest with sticks so it’s unlikely we will be able to see anything for the rest of the season. If they have chicks, we will be able to hear them.

    25. NANCY BORMUTH May 16, 2023 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Sorry to ask this here, not sure where else to go…..Does anyone know what happened to the eggs on the Patchogue PSEG nest ? I thought there were 4 eggs, but I only see one little bobblehead. Thanks for any info or suggestions.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 19, 2023 at 11:18 am - Reply

        They all hatched, Nancy, there are 4 chicks.

        • Dawn Frazzitta May 24, 2023 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          Ooooofff – that 4th one is SO far behind the others. I thought the 3rd one was going to have an issue. I hope 4 is strong enough to hold his own and not go the way our beloved PeeWee did so many years ago!

          • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2023 at 8:27 pm - Reply

            Looking good so far!

            • Matt May 25, 2023 at 4:05 pm

              I’m only seeing 3 on the Patchogue nest. As for the Oyster Bay nest, I only got a glimpse of 3 eggs.

            • Admin Mary Anne May 26, 2023 at 12:14 pm

              There are 4 chicks at Patchogue, keep watching, 4th is very small but is being fed. Yes, 3 eggs at Oyster bay.

    26. CarolV May 6, 2023 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Good morning to all!
      What was a random check in turned into a peaceful concert 🎶…. Our friend Mr. Mocker paused in his rounds to give us a listen to his repertoire . And Lucy chimed in! I think she spurred him on because he went on for at least 5 mins. You could just see her in that right corner with some wing flutters as she sang with him….. and then I heard G off in the distance.

      Yesterday I had a sparrow in the house. I saw
      movement in the corner of the livingroom and looked up to see her? Him? On the window molding.
      My bigboy, Harry, can open my old door and since it was so nice, I left it open to air out the house. Of course, never saw bird come in. Door got closed
      Anyhow, it couldn’t have gone better. Left door and windows open and with some gentle guidance little guy found a way out . Who’s the birdbrain now?

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