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

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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.

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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. Karen August 6, 2015 at 10:39 am - Reply

      After eating for a while, the intruder lets go of the fish and #1 takes it. #2 still just standing with his back to the nest, wishing he was somewhere else.
      There must be lots of new fledglings with the ability to fly but not the skill to catch their own fish.

    2. Rita August 6, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

      looks like to me another baby brought a fish to the nest wasnt to happy when baby 1 took it
      lol

    3. June B August 6, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

      OMG More drama in the nest. It seems there was another juvie visiting the nest for a good 10 minutes. Then adult comes in with fish and than other adult comes in. 5 ospreys in the nest at the same time. Visitor flew off and then there were 3.

    4. CarolV August 6, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

      About 10:13amEDT All hell breaks loose! All three chicks announce Mom is home Mom flies in and has no time to react that VF is taking control of fish. Another osprey follows her in, probably trying to steal the fish. She takes off after it, screaming. She can be heard and seen flying around. Our chicks duck and VF straddles fish.
      The chicks, one in particular, have a lot to say but don’t really challenge VF. About 10:30 VF turns over fish to vocal chick. VF very vocal and I hear Mom on perch. Guess she’s allowing visitor to stay.

      • CarolV August 6, 2015 at 10:43 am - Reply

        When I rewound I saw Mom fly to perch soon after melee. Other osprey was flying around still yelling.

        • CarolV August 6, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

          Mom drops into nest but doesn’t chase VF.. VF tells Mom his life story, says “Thanks for the grub” and takes off when #2 starts shuffling around edge behind him. #2 complains to Mom that he still hasn’t eaten. He edges his way in and starts helping himself. #1 seems to be sharing. May be he’s distracted because I think VF may be around.

        • CarolV August 6, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

          So much for sharing! #1 dragged fish across nest. Mom had taken a piece, which #2 got. Then he went back to haunting #1. It was a decent sized fish so I have hopes #2 will get some.

    5. Angie August 6, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Juvenile visitor has stolen breakfast!!! This makes for an interesting morning!!

    6. Rose Petejan August 6, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

      10:26 Sorry I think that was Gracie that brought in the fish.

    7. GinaM August 6, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

      A random fledgling lands in nest, Gracie arrives with big fish, he steals it from her.She tries to dive bomb him to no avail. Now the chicks try to get at the fish and Random Fledgling pecks at them. MORE DRAMA TODAY! 10:20 EDT

      • GinaM August 6, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

        aaaaand Chick #2 gets it away from Random Fledgling and brings it over to Chick #1!

    8. kalcat August 6, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

      I see three chicks in the nest. A visiting fledgling?

    9. Jan The Archaeologist August 6, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Now wait a minute. . . it is 10:20AM the bird who just brought a fish to the nest does not look like MOM or DAD. The back of this bird has the little white markings just like our babies. I looked back at our screens and Gracie is mostly all dark brown on her back. And, this bird is not sharing, yet.
      Take a look folks. . . what do you all think??

    10. Karen August 6, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

      What is going on! 3 juveniles on the nest. Finally a fish deliver by Gracie at10:20 and a slight skirmish. One juvenile has the fish – I’m guessing it’s the visitor. One of the legitimate chicks is asking for food, the other just looks upset.

    11. Elaine August 6, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      I can’t believe this! There are 3 chicks in the nest. I though I saw either Gracie or George fly by. Another mouth to feed. I think there is “distention in the ranks”. One of the chicks is really Oh my! Probably a fledgling from another nest. Kinda like the one at Chesapeake. Another day of adventure.

    12. June c August 6, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      10:15. Is that visiting baby having a bit to eat?

    13. Rose Petejan August 6, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

      10:19 a.m. What just happened. There are definitely 3 juveniles on the nest. I think George brought in a whole fish but it looked like the 3rd juvenile got the fish. Looked like another adult osprey flew in and George fought him off the nest. Maybe he was after the fish that was just delivered.

      Our two juveniles haven’t been taught how to feed themselves. This will be interesting.

    14. Vickie August 6, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Ok…visiting juvenile….now we have three babies screaming for food. I believe Gracie drops off a fish and one of the chicks hogs it. Is it one of our two…is it the visitor? This is like soap opera —- The Osprey Diaries, As The Tide Turns, The Days of Our Nest. What’s going to happen next? Stay tuned!

      • Vickie August 6, 2015 at 10:24 am - Reply

        Rewinding the feed I think it was the “visiting” chick that got the fish! What was he raised by wolves?!?! Where are his parents?!?! He needs to go to his nest and act like that!!

    15. barbara August 6, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

      10:18 am fish in nest. can’t tell which one is holding on and eating. Anyone else know which one it is????

    16. Debbie August 6, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Well we have 3 juvies on the nest and a fish was just delivered..Can anyone tell who belongs and who dont….!!! 🙂

      • Debbie August 6, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

        Well i can spot the new juvie…has her/his head down….. everyone share…

    17. Doris August 6, 2015 at 10:18 am - Reply

      At last breakfast is served.

      • Tucker August 6, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

        I submitted Sky for the little guy, shortly after he passed. I felt he was flying. “The Sky is the Daily Bread of the Eyes”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    18. Rose Petejan August 6, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

      10:12 a.m. Is that a third juvenile on the nest. It doesn’t look like Gracie? Where is Gracie? If that’s not her where is she?

      George is MIA as usual.

      How long can these two little guys go with no food??????

    19. Jara August 6, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

      10:00 am Eastern – Three birds in nest. I think the third is another fledgling, but not sure. Almost looks like he’s looking for food too. No food yet today though. The chicks keep looking up at the post where George normally sits and crying for food. Not sure what’s going on today.

      • Jara August 6, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

        Yikes. George finally came in with a fish and all heck broke loose. The visitor grabbed the fish. Then Gracie showed up and I thought there’d be a battle. Both parents flew off and our young chicks are left with nothing. Visitor has control of fish and isn’t about to share.

        • Jara August 6, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

          Around 10:30 one of the chicks had had enough and decided to take the fish. Visitor let it go. Gracie showed up but did not have a fish. Visitor finally left. The other chick seemed to be in shock during the whole thing, but then went to try to sneak a bite. Gracie finally took the fish away from the first chick and is feeding the second chick.

    20. Mitchell August 6, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      whats going on in the nest at 10 am? my vidio quallity is not so great. is that George and the two chicks Is that another Fledgling in there?

    21. Meg August 6, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

      3rd bird on the nest looks like a juvenile too!

    22. June c August 6, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Mom back 10:00. No fish..I am getting bad..watching on TV. And taking iPad with me while I clean up rooms

    23. Doris August 6, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Thank goodness Mom is back. No fish, but it is a start.

    24. Maryann August 6, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      To Phil:
      Read your post … it reflects my sentiments exactly. After losing the little guy, I could not watch the site anymore.
      I have only just recently been able to tune in again. It really affected me. It was such a helpless feeling. Will always remember him.

    25. Phil August 6, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

      9:56….I think I saw Osprey fly over the nest with a fish but did not stop at the next. Assume it was George or Gracie. Was I seeing things????

    26. Doris August 6, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

      I never posted before, but I have been watching since they were born. I have been watching since 6 A.M. and no fish. After baby died was hard for me to look at siblings, but knew it was nature and had to get over it. Now I am worried about the 2 babies. I picked names for them For baby, Paco, meaning free, because he is not suffering anymore. Morgan, which means great and bright sea dweller and daisy meaning sun. I hope that George and Gracie are OK and come back with a fish. Amazing how you become so attached.

    27. GinaM August 6, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Oh God, is that fishing line hanging from the perch where there seems to be a lot of noise from whomever is up there???

      • GinaM August 6, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

        Gracie, where are you???

      • GinaM August 6, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

        Who is this random fledgling in the nest stealing Gracie’s big fish???

      • GinaM August 6, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

        I think that was fish guts not fishing line.

    28. Meg August 6, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

      As for naming the chicks, they both look like males to me based on the predominant white chests (females have brown “necklace” usually). How about naming them Bert and Ernie? I like Spirit for the 3rd baby. Oh and at 10 am, still no fish but someone is on the camera pole eating and the chicks are squawking but no delivery yet.

    29. rjoneal August 6, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Here’s a little info on the ospreys.
      The male is the sole provider for the family during the month of incubation and the subsequent month, when the growing chicks demand more than six fish per day. If food is abundant, two out of three chicks are usually able to fly after seven to nine weeks of constant parental care. Predation on eggs and young birds by crows, ravens, owls, gulls, and raccoons does not usually happen unless human activity has disturbed the parents.
      Fledging- At seven to eight weeks of age the young osprey will take their first flight. They spend days practicing flying and perching, near the male’s feeding perch calling when the male returns with food. Two weeks after fledging, the young will start to follow the male on hunting trips. Four to eight weeks after fledging the young Osprey will begin to emulate their parents and hunt fish on their own.
      According to the most recent estimates, about half of young Ospreys die in the first year; the mortality rate in subsequent years is between 16 and 19 percent. Available banding data (20 000 individuals have been banded in the last 60 years), indicates that Ospreys can live for 15 to 20 years; however, some individuals have lived much longer. The longevity record for the species is held by a banded bird that died, probably from a bullet, at age 35. Unfortunately, we don’t know whether this individual had bred every year up to its death.

    30. CarolV August 6, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Around 9:30amEDT Someone was flying circles around nest then looked like it might have landed on perch. Gracie doesn’t usually fly around so much before landing so it may have been crazy neighbor visiting fledgling. Chicks were very vocal! And no breakfast yet!

      • CarolV August 6, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

        VF flew off perch and u-turned into nest, loudly greeted by chicks. decided to hang for a bit.

    31. Mitchell August 6, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Yay!! Some Drama something new. Why are the chicks freaking out? at 9 40 am? Their parants are trying to get them to fly out I think.

    32. kgerette August 6, 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply

      9:36 am EST Someone is on the perch. Just saw them fly to the nest. Babies screeching!

    33. Rjoneal August 6, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      I read all the comments and I looked back it’s 9 AM and still no mom and dad and no fish deliveries I’m a little worried even if they’re supposed to fledge dad is still supposed to be teaching them how to fish and or at least he supposed to remain with the babies making sure they get enough food and he’s nowhere around either! In the past I found information were the family may hold back on food to help the babies fledge but I don’t know when this case.
      I only think one baby might be ready to fly and fish and eat on his own but baby number two definitely has a hard time eating on his own and isn’t hovering as much as baby one.
      Did everyone noticed several times there was an intruder that went by the nest and the oldest stood up when it got to close while making their loud noises.

      • Vickie August 6, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

        I’m wondering if it’s an intruder or it’s their parents? Their cry sounds like a greeting/hungry cry as their parents are flying by but perhaps it’s an alarm cry. Hmmm?

      • Lyn August 6, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

        10:25 a.m. EDT – Is the bird eating the fish Gracie or the intruder fledgling? I’m so confused as the all look the same and the one eating isn’t sharing!

      • Gamma August 6, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

        The father does not really teach the young to fish. Most of it is hard wired into them. They may hold back food a bit to encourage them to fledge. Normally the mother will start her journey south and the father will stay with the young until they leave and then he goes. He will continue to bring fish for them. I think both these chicks hatched close so they will probably g
        fledge close.
        The intruder was another young fledge about the same age. Maybe he got lost as he seems as hungry as the other two.
        Are there many other osprey nest near by ?

        • Gamma August 6, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

          The father may also bring fish and who ever gets it first eats. This encourages them to go after what they want but also they practice eating on their own. It takes them longer but they eat.

    34. Phil August 6, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

      For our dear little one that did not make it, I suggested the name “Spirit”. Several reasons…..The little on never gave up exmplifying the Spirit of this country, For most of us who watched from birth, his/her Spirit will always live within our minds, and the name is not gender specific.

      Also fun to watch the kids “primping” the nest like Mom and Dad.

    35. ALBA August 6, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

      I don’t know if you selected names for the little ones. Jack and Jill ad the wee one Jakie. I enjoy watching them grow. I have several bird feeders and baths in my back yard and just love to see them go after each other for food Thanks again

    36. GinaM August 6, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

      I think the male chick is going to fly out of the nest today, if the way he is flying this morning is any indication.

    37. barbara August 6, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

      It’s Thurs 8:10 am . Is one chick on the left favoring it’s left leg or is that just how they stand at times. Looks like he’s on one leg. Did anything happen?

    38. Phil August 6, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

      8:00 AM EDT….Mom and Dad have not been in the nest for at least 5 hours. Longest time I can remember the kids being left alone. I am sure they are hungry. I get as nervous watching the kids as I did with my first grandchild!!!

      • Vickie August 6, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

        I read somewhere that the parents will reduce the amount of food they bring to the nest to encourage the babies to fly on their own. If they get hungry enough they must just take that leap!

      • CarolV August 6, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

        I heard Gracie on perch earlier.

    39. Sallyanne August 6, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Good morning, all. Looks like a lovely AM Aug. 6th @ 7:50 eastern

      I have been enjoying watching one chick hop and flap furiously. So vigorously that its wing keeps smacking other chick!!
      Maybe today is the day BOTH fledge: The hopping/smacking one will gain momentum, and the other will fly off in self defense!!

    40. Rose Petejan August 6, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

      7:43 a.m. It looks like there could fish some fishing net on the nest.

      Maybe we should be putting up signs advising of the dangers involved by leaving fishing line and netting behind. If it wasn’t for these camera’s I would never have known of the dangers involved.

      I scanned back 4 hours and there has been no fish deliveries that I’ve seen?

    41. June c August 6, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

      Tomorrow the first born will be 8 weeks old. Really ready to fly, but some said could be at 10 weeks. Is it true Mom will be leaving after they can fly?

    42. Ja August 6, 2015 at 6:51 am - Reply

      6:46 am Baby #1 is def favoring his right leg he doesn’t want to stand on it . i hope it wasn’t injured from the fishing line

    43. Leanne August 6, 2015 at 6:04 am - Reply

      5:03 CST Both babies calling out for Ma and Pa and so far not getting any response.

      • Judith August 6, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

        …where are Momma & Daddy?! The babies are getting restless…looking like they may be considering their 1st flight, sooner than later!!! 😉

    44. Leanne August 6, 2015 at 2:35 am - Reply

      Yesterday morning, due to storms, my husband was off work. Not sure what time it was but he said “I was sleeping pretty good until the birds that we don’t have woke me up” Guess I forgot to turn the volume down on my speakers. lol. Thankfully he wasn’t mad but tonight, speakers are off!!

    45. Leanne August 6, 2015 at 1:48 am - Reply

      12:48 CST. Both babes are awake and looking as beautiful as ever, especially in the moonlight. Some flapping going on and some chirping but other than that they just seem to be surveying the scene. 🙂

    46. susan ewell August 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Camera looks great now! So clear and chicks are so big! I like Eleanor’s suggestion for a name for chick# 2, Patience…..Prima for bully chick, and PeeWee for the little one we lost. .

      • Coleen August 6, 2015 at 1:59 am - Reply

        Is it raining and they’re all wet? It is 1 a.m. New Orleans time. They were sound asleep when I looked 5 hours ago.

    47. Monica August 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Hello all, so, where are George and Gracie hanging out these days?! Perhaps it’s the time that I tune in (it’s about 8:21pm ET), but lately I’ve been seeing just the two chicks. I think someone mentioned the other day that the more dominant one is the female. Is that right?! Are female ospreys larger than the males? Oh, and I still can’t see the ‘necklace’ that some people have referred to. 🙂

      • CC August 6, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

        Yes, the females are larger than the males and sometimes the “necklace” isn’t as visible until the chick has eaten and has a full crop.

    48. nancy August 5, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Suggestions food chick names. Sky (for little guy), Blyrhe and Lane.

      • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

        I love Sky for the baby. I had actually submitted the name Rocky when he was just a few days old because he had to fight for his food but Sky is much, much better.
        I submitted my names very early on and don’t know if we can submit more than once but so far I love Sky for the baby and another person picked Patience for baby 2, which is so fitting. 2 great choices for 2 great birds. My other submissions, in addition to Rocky are Gigi for number 1 as it has both parents initials, my granddaughter chose the name Izzy for number 2. 🙂

    49. patty August 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Magnificent performance from the higher flying chicks, with the glorious sunset shining on them! Laughter & Happy tears!xoxo

    50. CarolV` August 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      One chick “flew” over and landed on the other! Had to rewind for that! About 7:35ish if you want to watch

      • CarolV` August 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        Also 7:45 Wingercize right into camera with evening sun glowing on him

      • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

        I saw that too. I wondered if it was intentional. lol 🙂

    51. Rjoneal August 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      I just love it when they both lay down next to each other and go to sleep they look so cute it’s the only time they look like they get along . I know they’re supposed to be independent but it is cute when they have a little bonding time together. Especially when one of the babies opens up the wing and wraps it around the other one and it doesn’t seem to bother the other one at all. Today was a good learning day for both babies. Mom and dad both kind a let them fend for themselves to see if they were able to feed themselves and they got good practice at that along with some hovering over the nest and flying lessons. And let’s not forget when intruders came by Down they both went and one of them even called out like Gracie does when intruders are nearby . Pretty sure it’s baby one the oldest one has been mimicking Gracies calls when it’s dinner time or when she’s begging for food or when an intruder is near . I two couldn’t get live stream on my iPhone 6 or iPad today for a couple hours but were fine on my home computer and TV Internet . Don’t know why that is since my Wi-Fi and Internet were working on my iPad and iPhone but I noticed others commented they were having problems too.
      Here’s hoping tomorrow will be a great wonderful fishing day and flying day.

    52. CarolV August 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      ET the accepted juvenile , showed up for fish dinner. Nobody fighting her for it.

    53. June c August 5, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Looking at him now both legs down..

    54. June c August 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Is something wrong with big chick right leg? When he stands he has been on one leg and just tapping right leg down..

      • Karen August 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

        I think all birds stand on one leg and from watching the owls I found out that there’s a reason: “Birds’ legs have an adaptation called “rete mirabile” that minimizes heat loss. The arteries that transport warm blood into the legs lie in contact with the veins that return colder blood to the bird’s heart. The arteries warm the veins. By standing on one leg, a bird reduces by half the amount of heat lost through unfeathered limbs.”

        • June c August 6, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

          Looked up info also…added note…when full grown..”to dry off one leg”

    55. CarolV August 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      I forgot to say chicks had no interest in fish.

    56. Marlene August 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Around 5:30 p.m. EST, the chick with the mostly white breast was practicing flying, and actually hovered above the nest for a second and totally disappeared from view!! Any day now . . .
      It’s so funny when they flap their wings and hit each other. It really makes me laugh — the expressions on the faces of the ones being “flapped on.”

    57. Catherine August 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Seems like the dominant one is trying his wings, getting some air, and smacking the other one on the head, while he is practicing.

    58. CarolV August 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Dad delivers @5:42pmEDT Headless medium fish

      • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        It looked like both chicks got fed. They did the one on each side stand and I saw Gracie turn both ways. The chick on right managed to reach in and grab a couple of times. Gracie took off immediately. All afternoon at home was enough!

        • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

          6:18pm Someone is doing the one footed pose! I think tat’s the first time I saw a chick do that.

    59. Jo-Ann August 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Some really great suggestions for the names of the two chicks but I recall Paul telling us that in memory of the third chick three names will be needed. I agree with this. We watched it being born, agonized over what happened to it trying to understand what was happening and cried when it died. He/she should not be forgotten and I hope the winner of the contest will be someone who names all three.

      • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Agreed. That baby was just as loved as the other 2 and should always be remembered.

    60. kgerette August 5, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Guess it is Gracie. Eyes playing tricks…..

    61. kgerette August 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      4:30 pm EST….3 fledglings in nest? That’s not Gracie…….Guess the visitor is back.

    62. Marlene August 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      As I scroll back, George brought lunch to the babies around three hours ago, and Chick #1 (which I believe is the dominant chick) was adament about not sharing lunch with his sibling. Not very nice!! Gracie came to the rescue with a big fish around 1:45 p.m. EST., and shared with this Chick #2. She fed him and he also did some tugging at the fish.
      I’m trying to tell them apart, and at this point in time I think that the dominant baby (#1) has a necklace; I think chick #2’s breast has more white feathers. Any comments?

      • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        Sometimes I just want to poke them with my little pointer arrow to turn them around! I’m having a harder time now that they are getting fed in shifts and feeding themselves! But I do know one chick ate 1/2 George’s fish and then 2nd chick took rest of it. The first chick Gracie fed had had first half of George’s fish.

      • Karen August 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        One of them does have some brown spots and the other is more white but I don’t know which is which. And then it’s so hard to get a good look.

        • Karen August 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

          I thought I saw the difference in color but now they both look the same!
          Love the hopping and flapping back and forth across the nest.

      • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        It’s getting so hard to tell them apart. I get so confused but one difference is the black lines they have on the tops of their heads. Chick 1 has a broader black line and chick 2’s line is thinner and straighter. That will probably change tomorrow. lol 🙂

    63. V August 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      After a quiet afternoon nap, Gracie’s fish came in handy for snack time. Everyone well fed this afternoon.

    64. Jara August 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Gracie came in with another fish around 1:30 and is feeding the other chick. First chick is demolishing his fish all by himself.

    65. CarolV August 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Gracie came in about 1:25pmEDT with headless fish and looked around at chick who was eating and chick who wasn’t hungry. Decided to take brief nap. After trying to get the fish back from the other chick, the piggy chick decided to let Mom feed him.

    66. Karen August 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      Odd behavior. Gracie brought in a headless fish at 1:30 but is just standing with it in her talons while one chick feeds himself and the other begs for food.
      Now she has finally started to feed the bigger. Maybe she was seeing how they managed on their own.

    67. Kathryn k August 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Looks like Gracie wants to sleep instead of feeding chick 2

    68. Leanne August 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      About 11:10 CST Fish is delivered. Gracie isn’t home to feed them so chick 1 snatches the fish and makes it her lunch. I think each chick had the opportunity to feed itself so far today so it’s good to know they can do it when an adult isn’t around to help. Getting so big! 🙂

      • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        Gracie delivers a chunk of fish and is currently feeding a squawky number 2, who is probably saying something like “Ma, Sissy won’t share!”

      • Eleanore August 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

        I can’t believe how long the little chick will wait for his/her food while Mom always feeds the bigger chick. The Little guy should definitely be named “Patience”. Then what would the big bully chick be named? Any suggestions?

        • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

          Oh, I love that name. That’s my favorite one so far for number 2. It certainly is fitting.

        • susan ewell August 5, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

          How about Prima for the bully chick? For Primadonna! Patience, Prima and PeeWee!

          • ospreyzone August 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

            Please submit all naming entries in the “Name the Babies” section of the website, contest will end the first day of flight.

    69. Rose Petejan August 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Is the camera down, I haven’t been able to get on in the last hour.?

      • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        Mine has been fine so far today.

      • Etta August 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

        I can’t get live feed on iPad or iPhone today.Computer is fine.

    70. najamet August 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Any sharing?

      • najamet August 5, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

        Not as much fighting as I have seen in other nests. I think they just switched places on that fish ?

    71. sallyanne August 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Great big fish George brought in for lunch @ 12noon; however, 1st chick took it over, and now at 12:40 doesn’t look like other chick has had a bite to eat!!

    72. CarolV August 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Whole fish delivered by George @12:10pmEDT. Just handed over and said”You’re on your own!”

      • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        One chick has control of fish and isn’t in a mood to share. The other chick got in some serious practice while waiting. Even had a very short flight across the nest. I think George is still on perch. He called for Gracie when he saw who was in charge. Practicing chick has looked up there a few times. Maybe getting ideas? New destination?

      • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

        Poor baby….pacing and begging piggy sib…

        • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

          At last! Piggy waddled away to poop! Still fish left.

          • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

            This is when 2nd chick took possession

    73. Bev August 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      That poor fish the kids are trying to eat is having a slow death!!!

    74. Sandy. Massapequa August 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      At 12:20 did anybody see one of the chicks pick up a little fish from in front of the camera in the front of the nest? It seems it was hidden there from an earlier catch perhaps? It was not brought in by any parent at the time when I was watching. While I watch, one is eating it on its own while the other watches.

    75. Eva August 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Anyone know what the birds are that have been on the beach and paddling in the water for awhile? 12:15 Est

      • Eva August 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

        Well, maybe it was more like 11:45.

        • Leanne August 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

          I’ve seen ducks out there before but I have no idea what type. Good eyes, by the way. I had to scroll back a few times before I finally saw them.

      • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        Someone spotted them the other day. I thought maybe cormorants, but I don’t know if they travel in flocks. I don’t know if seagulls would look that big from 80ft. up. And I had also suggested geese but they would more likely be eating grass somewhere at this time of day.

        • CarolV August 5, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

          Now I think I have to backtrack on cormorant. I just looked them up and as far as I could find out, the only type on the Atlantic coast only winters here’ I haven’t seen any lately because I haven’t been around the beaches.

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