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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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August 8, 2020: Camera is now back online after the storm!

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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.

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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

    45,435 Comments

    1. frank Speyer July 31, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Beautiful, Thank you PSEG

    2. WendyL July 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      George brought in a huge headless fish! Gracie covers it with her wings and hides it and squawks until George leaves!! I’m sure he’s not hungry enough to intrude on the kids feeding, afterall he just ate………Great protective Mother making sure her children are taking care of, amazing, nature at work again!

    3. Karen July 31, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      That fish George delivered about 6:10 was the biggest I’ve seen brought to the nest! They’ll eat well tonight!

    4. marilyn July 31, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Looks like someone brought a nice big fish home for dinner.

    5. Annieap1 July 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Kudos to all of the wonderful people and companies who assisted in freeing the entangled hatchlings yesterday!!!! What a great rescue of these beautiful babes. I rarely watch this nest as I am ‘addicted” to the HI Osprey cam of Steve and Rachel. I have, however, been checking in on this nest this summer. I am certainly pleased that this intervention occurred. May they live long and fulfilled lives as they learn to fly and ‘go about doing what Ospreys do”.

    6. CarolV July 31, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      6:11pmEDT good boy, George! LARGE headless fish! Gracie is almost hoarse from yelling! I was gonna order pizza delivery if dad no show! But he came thru!

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Looks like everyone eating together…no second service for #2…..Gotta go feed my cats and have my fluke dinner….fish all around tonight!

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        The kids were so stuffed no one wanted the tailfin so Gracie had that treat…What digestive systems these creatures have….skin, fins and bones! It all goes down! I had 1 tiny bone in my fish and I had to remove it, and I have teeth!

        • Karen July 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

          So true! And they don’t even need to cast pellets like other raptors (not often at least).

    7. kgerette July 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      I’m old enough…George Burns and Gracie Allen. “Goodnite Gracie”. To those of you too young to know, go find them on youtube.

    8. BigBird July 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Paul. Just curious…why did you not have the chicks banded yesterday while the rescue was being made (and garbage removed from the nest)?

      • ospreyzone July 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

        I’m still interested in learning more about that option but certainly wasn’t prepared to implement it on such short notice in an emergency situation. I’ve heard mixed opinions about banding and tracking as far as effects on the birds, not even sure if that option would be available. I’m sure its involved, I doubt you just “have the chicks banded”. Certainly interested in any reliable information concerning such.

        Thanks

        Paul

    9. Karen July 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Hi,
      Just for curiosity, how many on here are, perhaps, too young to realize who George and Gracie are named after?

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

        I’m good…and I remember at least one “goodnight, Gracie” somewhere along the line.

      • Beverly July 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        I am

      • Becky July 31, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        I was born in 1960 and I know who they are named after.

      • Marietta July 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        I remember. George Burns and Gracie Allen.

      • Leanne July 31, 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        I know who they’re named after. 🙂

      • sue kue July 31, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        I was born in the mid 1940’s so I know very well………..I think these chicks are girls I see what appears to be the necklace starting to form………………….If they are girl how about Lucy and Ethel…………………………………………………………………………

        • Monica July 31, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

          Love your suggestion, Sue. I’ve seen the reference to a “necklace” but I don’t understand what that means.

          • sue kue August 1, 2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

            Monica, The underside of the bird, the chest, the females has dark marking that looks like a necklace………………..around neck .

        • Karen July 31, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

          Ha,ha – I like that. Unfortunately, it’s too early to judge from their necklaces because it changes. I wish we knew.
          Male and female could be Fred and Ethel. 2 males – Allen and Burney.

          • sue kue August 1, 2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

            Karen, I like your choice of and as well……………………………….

          • sue kue August 1, 2015 at 6:55 am - Reply

            Karen, I like your choice of names as well…………………………………………………………

      • Monica July 31, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

        I’m too young to remember but, of course, I know who George and Gracie were. 🙂

    10. Beatrice July 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you Paul! The video is the best! Our heroes to the rescue!

    11. Alice July 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      wow!!!! just watched the rescue clip and congrats to all…..way to go PSEG!!!

    12. Coleen July 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Looks like the little wing bones are almost hollow enough for lift off. The little helicopter antics are becoming more frequent and soon we should be a fledge. Gracie fed them well so far today and they are so much better since the strings are off and the nest is not such a mess with manmade items. God bless the rescue team and all involved.

    13. Leanne July 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      About 2:17 CST George delivers an “ugly” fish. Gracie and chicks are all having a few bites of their lunch.

    14. CarolV July 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      3:18pmEDT George got the message! Gracie and the kids yelling for a while….Large headless fish should keep them busy for an hour(maybe)….

    15. Rose Petejan July 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      2:50 Just checking in our my chicks and see some green stuff in the corner. Please tell me that just some moss??????????

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

        I think seaweed. No worries….

      • Karen July 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

        I can’t decide what it is. Sometimes it looks like plastic and other times it seems to be vegetation.

      • Elizabeth July 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        Things will start to grow in the nest…grass and sometimes a flower.

    16. ospreyzone July 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Ok, we just posted a quick and dirty video of the rescue yesterday on the top right of our webpage. Stay tuned for the full fledged version.

      Paul

      • Jackie July 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        I know these professional work under all conditions during the year, but I would bet this was their finest hour. A huge thank you to all who
        took part in this daring rescue. The birds seem to know they were being helped. Go forth and prosper. ONWARD!!
        Thank you Paul for the post, just awesome.

      • Jessica July 31, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        Video is fantastic! Finally a happy animal intervention!

      • Bob July 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

        Paul I missed the actual event and just watched the recap. I am impressed. I didn’t know they made a bucket truck that big. Thank you for your dedication and all folks who pulled off this miracle. A clean nest and lens is a great accomplishment. Looks like Gracie was concerned. I am surprised she did not attack.

        Also if you need any donations to help defer the cost, just let us know how we can help.

      • Ed July 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Did PSEG do this pro bono. They get such bad press all the time but this is a real feather in their cap (pun intended)

      • Jeanne July 31, 2015 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        Thank you for posting the full video. It was great to watch. Great job to all who helped our Ospreys.

    17. Tom L July 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      After the recent “Cecil” the lion story, it is such a joy to see human beings who care about wildlife….Thank you to all involved for great ending to what might have been a sad story. Now if we could only teach man what to do with his garbage…

    18. Judith July 31, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      I propose they be named Tom and Paul, and when they fly south they can be Tomas and Paolo.

    19. Caroline July 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for helping these birds. And the camera cleaning!!

    20. Elaine July 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Many thanks to all who helped in the rescue. Everyone in the nest appears back to normal and happy, and we can see the nest clearly now.

    21. CarolV July 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      12:45pmEDT After much “cheering” from Gracie, George went hunting and brought home med. sized partial fish.

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

        Chick #2 got the tail end as usual. This time #1 stole it and took to side to pick at. #2 sidled up and waited till he got a chance to take it back! Cute! And no fighting…both were fed.

    22. Linda0307 July 31, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Thanks so much to all who helped save the babies. I love watching them grow. This goes to show there is still so much kindness in the world.

    23. dianne July 31, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

      A special thanks to all involved in the rescue. This was a joy to behold.

      • Cathy from SI July 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

        I missed it!
        What time did it happen? I may be able to rewind…….thanks.

    24. CarolV July 31, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

      George swooped in to perch about 11:09. Great shot as he flew straight in over nest! Then everything so much more exciting without the shmutz tint. Gracie has been sweet talkin’ him since.

    25. WendyL July 31, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

      We would have lost both chicks. It turns out BOTH were tangled. #1 in fishing line and #2 in that red long string.

    26. Bunny July 31, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

      At approximately 11:15 a herd of something came ashore, looked like a large wing spam, does anyone know what these were?

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Possibly Canada geese.

        • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

          I also just thought of cormorant. These are large black waterbirds with about a 3ft. wingspan. I see them usually on posts by the water drying their wings in the sun. I guess they could wade onto the beach too.

      • Tucker July 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

        What’s the over/under on the camera lens? BTW Windex is not an environmentally friendly product. Saw the comment about the eagle and the fishing line, time for us recreational fishermen to consider biodegradable fishing line once again, companies stopped making it cause no one would buy it even though it works. From now on,whenever I’m in a tackle shop I’ll ask for it, it’s a start. The older I get the more I scratch my head!

        • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

          As you can see in the rescue video, they used Method brand,…environmentally friendly cleaning line. Thank you for rethinking your fishing choices. Hopefully the manufacturers will supply the demand if enough people show interest. I too scratch my head at peoples’ choices. Do we just have more time to think or have we seen too much?

      • Lyn July 31, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

        4:45 p.m. Our “bag lady” Gracie just flew into the nest about 20 minutes ago with another plastic bag! Ugggggg!

    27. ja July 31, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Being from central New Jersey I never received the local news about the ospreys but since the tangled foot I researched the beginnings of the tower and how this all came about…I have seen all the news articles and want to thank Paul & Tom for believing in their instincts and building the tower…that was a great story and gave many people awareness of the ospreys.

    28. barbara July 31, 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Just watched one of the chicks wingercising. It looks like mom is redecorating the nest, moving some twigs. Love it when the chicks stare right into the camera.
      Thanks again for sharing the view.

    29. Audrey fm CT July 31, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Many thanks to PSEG & all those who participated in rescuing the chick from that huge entanglement….it was much more involved than we could see & since there was so much of it the others may have become entangled as well. Again, our praises to PSEG for volunteering their equipment for a most worthy cause. Peace & Blessings to all of you!

    30. Marilyn July 31, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

      What a beautiful clear day at the nest. Thanks for the rescue & the cleaning of the camera lens.

    31. June B July 31, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

      My friend from the Berkshires relayed a tragedy and eagles nest by her. The eagle chick also got tangled up in the fishing line and on his first flight was tethered and went over the side. There were no cameras to alert anyone and the chick died from hanging. So thank you all on behalf of our wildlife.

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you for posting this sad story as it just emphasizes the importance of what was accomplished yesterday

    32. Beverly July 31, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

      I didn’t get to see the rescue live. Where was George and Gracie when this was all happening? How did they react?

      • ospreyzone July 31, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

        We will be posting a quick and easy video of rescue in an hour or two, a much more detailed video will follow in a few days.

    33. Leanne July 31, 2015 at 10:24 am - Reply

      9:07 CST Gracie brings in a small fish and baby 1 tried to wrangle it from her. After a small game of tug of war (Gracie won) Gracie feeds number 1 and number 2 impatiently walks around in the nest, making her feelings known. She does get a few nibbles but I can’t tell if Gracie fed them to her or if she just went and helped herself. Feeding is on right hand side of nest and hard to see completely.

    34. Carol July 31, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Gracie brought in a good sized fish@ 10:07amEDT…Must have stopped for a bite cause it was headless. Jr. wrestled her for it and put up a good fight, but momma wants what momma wants…

      • Carol July 31, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

        Sorry I doubted you Gracie…kids still #1 priority….was just bloody, not headless

      • Carol July 31, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

        I think that was #2 giving Gracie grief ….she was the one who gave the rescuer the harder time yesterday…she’s pretty feisty when she’s not facing #1

    35. barbara July 31, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Yes sorry to leave you out. Thank you Jim MacDougal and your organization. Maybe the chicks could be named Mac and Doug

    36. barbara July 31, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Made my day. Never thought I’d say this but Thank You PSEG.

    37. Joan T July 31, 2015 at 9:51 am - Reply

      I’ll never complain about my PSEG rates again. LOL!!! Thank you to everyone involved for the spectacular work you did. There are many more of us who love animals than those who may not quite understand the beauty of nature.

      • Tucker July 31, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

        Simply Marvelous! On the creek where I live, Evelyn Alexander came on a cold nasty rainy day to rescue a Mute Swan. The bird was trussed like a chicken headed for 350 oven. A neighbor was floating a Duck decoy tethered to his dock by a nylon rope which ensnared the big fella. Just like our pals, the more the Swan tried to free himself the worse it became.The Volunteer gently towed him in, scooping him onto the dock with a very large net. He covered him with a blanket and carefully cut away the rope. He thoroughly examined the exhausted bird, thankfully he was unharmed. The bird rested perfectly still on the dock just like our rescued friends did in the nest. The Volunteer waited and then returned him to the water. The rain had stopped.Strangely, as the Swan paddled off into the creek the air resonated with a chorus of birds singing and calling it was like a celebration, I had goosebumps. I’m not a nut-the Volunteer,my best friend and myself all looked at each other and smiled. I felt those goosebumps again yesterday. Thanks Tom, Paul, Jim and PSEG.

    38. ospreyzone July 31, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Just a brief note to be followed up soon with more details and a special “Ospreyzone Situation Room” rescue video.

      Many thanks to PSEG for providing equipment and crew, without hesitation, they saved the day, so grateful for all their efforts. By the way, it was always clear that their efforts would be a donation, in good faith, as an outreach to the community. All who have offered to participate in the costs of this effort, please just appreciate this golden gift from PSEG, and spread the good vibe.

      Many, many thanks go out to Jim MacDougal who performed the rescue, 85 feet up in the air and much gratitude goes out to his organization, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. http://www.wildliferescuecenter.org/

      It was a long day, but a good one.

      Paul

      • GinaM July 31, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

        Thank you for the information, Paul. I am grateful to you, Jim MacDougal and PSEG. Can you tell us was Gracie watching? Was she flying nearby or perched somewhere? It must have been very stressful for her but they all seemed to have forgotten their ordeal and it is back to normal now!

        • ospreyzone July 31, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

          Actually Gracie started “buzzing” the bucket and was watching very closely.

          • Mike E July 31, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

            Was George around as well during the rescue?

          • GinaM July 31, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

            Cool! Good for her!!

      • Angie July 31, 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

        Great efforts were made and it paid off for all. Amazing group effort!!! I feel very grateful to be able to watch the cam action daily. It’s been an emotional roll coaster this season but I wouldn’t give anything for this spectacular opportunity. Paul, thank you so very much for keep all of us crazy Osprey fans updated and taking every effort to calm everyone’s nerves and tackle all of our concerns with such concern and compassion. Cheers!!!

      • Cindy July 31, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

        Everyone involved in the rescue deserves a medal. My most sincerest thanks to all.

    39. Rebecca Higgins July 31, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

      This is 21st .century bird watching! Such fun! Watch at home and during “downtime” at work. How exciting to see some of the rescue yesterday. Hopefully, some of the nursing homes pull this up for residents to enjoy. I have introduced this website to my grandchildren,neighbors and friends. Thank you to all involved!

    40. JB July 31, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Almost forgot in the midst of all of the happy excitement.

      HAPPY 7-WEEK OLD BIRTHDAY TO THE NEWLY FREED CHICK NUMBER ONE!

    41. DAwn July 31, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

      My family and I watched with baited breath as the rescue took place yesterday when we rewound the video. I am completely in awe of the fact that this chick was able to be saved. Tommy and Paul, you guys rock!!! I cannot thank you enough for giving all of us this window into the lives of Gracie, George and these beautiful babies!

    42. SUE July 31, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      BRAVO to all involved in untangling the fishing line from the baby’s leg!! You all rock!!! AND the lens is cleaned off! (momentarily, anyway) Nice but quick piece was done by Channel 12 News.

    43. Carol July 31, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

      9:09 amEdt Gracie drops in and the kids say “we’re hungry” so mom starts yelling for George…business as usual Lesson learned: No matter what happened yesterday, life goes on

    44. emilieew July 31, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Singing “I can see clearly now the poop is gone ” Wow what a difference window cleaner makes! such a beautiful day and such beautiful birds!

      • June B July 31, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

        That is so funny. That will have to be the theme song. I’m thinking for Mother’s Day next year we should get Gracie a gift certificate for maid service. Someone to throw away all the “treasures” that George brings home and to clean the windows.

      • donna weinholtz July 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        Ditto! can barely take my eyes away. No work getting done today!

    45. Carol July 31, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

      So, if Paul & Tommy didn’t have this live feed the osprey most likely would’ve died without intervention. Thanks to all involved in the rescue. Osprey lives matter!

      • WendyL July 31, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

        Both chicks would have died as both were tangled. #1 in fishing line and #2 in that “red” string. Video shows both were tangled. If there was no cam we would have lost both.

    46. Carol July 31, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

      I ‘ve said it before and I’m repeating…..I love this camera angle!!!!! 8:07amEDT…great shot of chick practicing right in to the lens haven’t seen another site where I can go eye to eye with an osprey. Figure out the poop issue but please keep view o this personal level….

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

        Changing my sign in to tell us apart

    47. JB July 31, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Just watched the short video and read all the comments. This is one of the most inspirational events I have witnessed in a very long time. A faith in humanity restoring experience.

      Paul, you are an amazing man. Thank you for hanging in there and helping not only this Osprey family, but the thousands of folks are experiencing their life everyday in real time on video.

      🙂

      • Carol July 31, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

        Hopefully the entire rescue will become a highlight! So much more to see….you’ll love it!

      • Elaine July 31, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

        A different “Elaine” stopping by to add thanks, praise, and gratitude for this awesome freeing of the chick’s talons from entanglement. Many thanks to PSE&G and the crew! Thanks to Paul, as well, for everything! You can be in no doubt of our passion and enthusiasm. So awesome to enjoy a local osprey family growing up, despite sadness, close to home. An osprey nest was atop a police and fire department tower on my side of the LI Sound, and had to be removed. Thanks for providing this new nesting platform! Best regards.

    48. Debra M. July 31, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Thank you to all who were involved in freeing the babies from the fishing line, etc. And, thank you for cleaning the camera lens! Great job … THANK YOU!

    49. Isobel Mackenzie July 31, 2015 at 7:23 am - Reply

      Hello, I watch George, Gracie and the wee ones from the north of England so 5 hours ahead of you. Thank you all for your hard work and letting me share this wonderful experience with you all

    50. Rjoneal July 31, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

      Well after eating breakfast and a little rest time our baby that was rescued decided to get some camera time. It was like he/she was showing off. Look dad I can do the hokey pokey you put your right foot in you put your right foot out you put your right foot in and you shake it all around . It was nice to see him do a little dance to be sure his foot was not injured. He/she loves looking at that camera what a beautiful site and the background is gorgeous brother and mama with the sun rising over the water,

    51. mi ke July 31, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

      BIIIIG thank you, to all the people, are involvement at the rescue!

    52. Cloudymoor July 31, 2015 at 6:50 am - Reply

      “It was just a piece of cake,” said the rescuer, Jim MacDougal,…

      Nice to hear. Maybe the chicks should be named “Jim” and MacDougal. Glad to see the leg didn’t become infected. Much gratitude to all concerned. Now we can enjoy fledge watch

    53. Catherine July 31, 2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

      The pics on Newsday show PSEG truck, Mr MacDougal & the other 2 volunteers helping the chick! It was also great watching the video! Now our family can’t wait to see them fly!!

    54. Alizarin July 31, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Bravo to Jim at the Wildlife Rescue Center, PSEG and all who made the rescue possible. Thank you Paul!

      • E. Sherrod July 31, 2015 at 7:04 am - Reply

        Thanks so very much to all involved. they look so good.

    55. Carol July 31, 2015 at 6:27 am - Reply

      George brought in nice sized whole fish about 5:50amEDT. Both chicks had some. Nice to see chicks between us and the fog!

      • Carol July 31, 2015 at 6:38 am - Reply

        6:35am Mom and kids sitting peacefully, feathers shining in the sunrise, with a hint of a rainbow in the left upper corner. Picture perfect moment

    56. Vickie July 31, 2015 at 6:04 am - Reply

      Around 5:45am and the babies were still alone but they were doing their morning stretches and flapping. Mom and Dad flew in about five minutes later with breakfast!! So nice to be able to see it all so clearly!

      • CarolV July 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

        Mom spends time on perch by camera. That’s how she flies in just when food arrives. Usually when she’s been away she brings her own-caught fish or nesting material

    57. will July 31, 2015 at 5:56 am - Reply

      Shout out to Pseg with the assist

      • Pat July 31, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

        Awesome

    58. Helen Rosenblum July 31, 2015 at 5:52 am - Reply

      PSEG is two for two having been involved with the restoration of an Osprey nest of Shelter Island and the reuniting of the family after the nest pole was destroyed when a truck hit it.

    59. Shar July 31, 2015 at 2:59 am - Reply

      ♥ What a beautiful sight, seeing the chicks at night from the glow of the moon! ♥ Absolutely love it! Chick #1 was practicing standing on one leg, ironically the right leg, and sleeping standing. 🙂

    60. Leanne July 31, 2015 at 2:35 am - Reply

      Once the chicks have been officially named I think it would be a great idea if we took up a collection and got each man one of the Osprey statues with the names engraved as a small token of our appreciation. Just a nice gesture for the wonderful things they did for our 2 babies.

      • Cindy July 31, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

        I would be happy to donate. They done a great job & deserve recognition.

    61. Leanne July 31, 2015 at 2:16 am - Reply

      !:15 CST…Two sleeping babes 🙂

    62. Rose July 30, 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you & God bless you for helping our little family. I love the website & am so grateful to you for sharing it with everyone.

    63. Leanne July 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      10:14 CST and I’m just checking in on the babes. Gigi was doing a little dancing and number 2, Izzy, is laying down but is awake. Gigi is moving about just a little. Enjoying her “freedom” I bet. What an exciting day it’s been!!

    64. Rjoneal July 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Here is the link to YouTube for those who didn’t see it The rescue
      http://youtu.be/uXZdM1Ashgg

    65. Elaine July 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      For Mary. There is a red bar at bottom of video. Just drag it to your left with your mouse. You should do it soon so you will be able to see the whole event. This has been an eventful day for the chicks. I am so glad everyone in the nest is back to normal. I am also glad the camera lens was cleaned and trash in the nest was removed. The kids were so good throughout the procedure. If anything they probably looked stunned. They stayed perfectly still when the cover was removed. How awesome.

    66. Karin from Rockland July 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      I just watched the video on Newsday, I cried. As an RN, they were fantastic, quick and decisive. I need to watch it again.
      Thank you!

    67. Rjoneal July 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      For those of you who didn’t get to see the actual rescue in the four hours have passed and you cant scroll back you can view it on YouTube . I must say though it was very exciting watching it all happen live here’s hoping tomorrow be a good fishing day .

    68. Karin from Rockland July 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      OMG, I am reading all your comments and I missed the rescue, I am anxious reading about it and so happy they made it ok.
      I was in Florida visiting my Mom and she had computer on to Gracie and George and when I went to Sanibel I saw one, they are so beautiful, but all I thought about was G & G.
      Then I got home on Monday and I had a virus on my computer. I corrected it myself, but no video yet, so watching on my tablet when I can. Paul you are awesome.

    69. candi July 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks again Paul and the rescue crew who were super!! I was cheering them from the kitchen and watched all day waiting for the rescue!! I was so happy to see all the action and how gentle the handling of the ospreys was done. Can’t wait to see them fly.

    70. Maureen Sher July 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Just watched the rescue from the newsday link. Awesome job by Paul and everyone else involved. What amazing work you all did. I am loving the clear camera shot(hope it stays for a while ). Looking forward to watching our babies fly. God Bless you all for helping these majestic birds.

    71. Mary July 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      I have been watching for weeks and I still can’t figure out how to rewind. Can someone explain it to me. Thank you.

      • Leanne July 30, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

        On the live feed you can use the red bar, under where it says Sponsored by Tax Reduction Services, to rewind the feed. Click anywhere on the red bar and it will rewind to that time in the feed.

      • jeanne deevy July 30, 2015 at 11:29 pm - Reply

        July 30, 2015 at 11:20PM

        Mary, to rewind, go to bottom of the screen where the red line is. Go to right edge and hover over it. When white circle with red center appears, click and move it to the left and you will see the screen rewind. Circle can be moved in either direction once it is away from the edge, and you can replay over and over.

        Hopes this helps. By the way, if you are on Youtube and see the red line, you can rewind.

      • oldollday July 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm - Reply

        Mary if you put your pointer at the very edge of the view lower right, it will make a white circle pop up. just put the pointer-(arrow-mouse-cursor-) on the round white circle and hold it while moving it to the left. It is not a big circle, but big enuf to see to move. You can do this over and over on any youtube. You can then press the gray’ live’ dot to go live again. I hope this helps

      • Rose Petejan July 31, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

        Mary, this can be done on a computer or lap top. I’ve tried on my IPAD and have not been successful.

      • WendyL July 31, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

        If you are viewing on a tablet the red rewind line does not appear. Only on my PC was I able to rewind the red line.

    72. Heather July 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      Fantastic! God bless everyone involved in facilitating the rescue! Please let us know if a fund is started to pay for the rescue. I, too, will be glad to contribute.

    73. Carol July 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      About 2&1/2 pages of comments just popped up! Kudos to the moderator! Someone else working overtime to commemorate a special event! And just to mention how great it is to scroll back and see a sparkling clear view!

    74. Katherine O'Leary July 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Hello again! I got so involved in my grateful joy that I forgot to ask if the video of the rescue will become available for those of us who either did not witness the rescue or do not possess the technical expertise to have made a copy of the actual live event! This is where I must admit that I have the tech savvy of a dust mote! So – Will it be made available? If it will be, will you post the web site address where we can view it?
      Katherine

    75. rodee hansen - Ronkonkoma - NY July 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I was just wondering about banding – there must be a good reason why this was not done at the same time. RH

      • Casey July 31, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

        No good reason to band them. Besides that, wouldn’t bands get them tangled more easily?

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