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July 9, 2020: Sadly, George and Jane’s first chick has passed away. The remaining egg is long overdue and questionable.

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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

    44,368 Comments

    1. Monica August 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      So, is Ronnie the aggressive one that took the fish away from Gracie?! I rewound; that took place at approximately 6:30pm. Wow, I was surprised that she let him have it. But, Ronnie fell (sort of) and starting eating. So funny!!

    2. CarolV August 18, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Glad to see and read that the G & G family ate well today. Saw the usual diligence of the parents bringing in fish and the competition of the kids. Sandy does seem to be stepping up his game and getting his share, even if he has to wait.
      Saw around 5:40 or so…Gracie was doing her great job as protective parent. Someone was around, maybe that VF that was spotted earlier. Gracie had her wings over both kids and was warning someone off. Way to go, Mom!

      • Monica August 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

        I’ve seen VF – what is that an acronym for?!

        • JP(K) August 18, 2015 at 11:34 pm - Reply

          I think it refers to Visiting Fledgeling…. a young bird not originally from this nest. It lands here from time to time…

        • Wendy August 19, 2015 at 6:02 am - Reply

          VF means visiting fledging for thoses who asked .All of the family were in the nest mom dad Gracie and George as well as Sandy and Ronnie last night for a period of time .It is wonderful to have watched the growth an acquiring of skills by the fledglings .It is wonderful to see Sandy exert herself in getting food . George and Gracie have benn excellent parents to the 2 surviving Fleglings caring and encouraging them to fend and fly

    3. Bre August 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      But never forgotten..Dad takes over and doing great!

    4. Bre August 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      I think Gracie left today…Mom is gone..

      • JP(K) August 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        2 juvies and2 adults on the nest 7:35pm ET

      • Jai August 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        All four are on the nest so Gracie has not left yet. One big happy family in that tiny nest 🙂

    5. karin August 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      5:30 thru 5;:45 babies fighting over fish, mom flies in and gets stuck in the middle of them literally, then gets to the other side of the nest and sits there for about 5 minutes while the babies are still fighting and neither one of them notices she has a big fish under her foot….. she finally flies away with it.

    6. Tucker August 18, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I put on my thinking cap and my eyeglasses, took a look at the press section on the site. Someone should do the same. Jo-Ann you have done nothing that wasn’t already public knowledge. I’m the guy who pointed out the error of your Long Island as a fish comment, the” overlooking the Great Peconic Bay” is off by at least 10 miles, and there are dozens of nests within that 10 miles. My bird names were Marion, and Porter gee I wonder why I picked them way back when before your fish analogy?

    7. Cathy H. August 18, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Gracie’s back at 5:35 with a fish! Sandy is starving.

    8. Elaine August 18, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Gracie is on the scene. Apparently there is a problem with Ronnie sharing the fish with Sandy. It is almost like Gracie is telling both chicks to share the fish. She is not happy about the situation.

    9. Cathy H. August 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      I think Gracie has made her grand departure. She has not been to the nest at all today – only George.

    10. Jeff August 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Fresh fish (still alive) delivered at 4:40pm. About 10 minutes later, the kids started arguing over who would keep it. Have to admit it was the funniest thing to watch the flying from the nest in reverse!! Kids have to remember to raise the flaps before extending the wings.

      • CarolV August 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

        Thanks for pointing that out! Was able to scroll back.. I missed it on my quick check thru. It was priceless!

    11. Rich August 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      It’s amazing to me how our osprey friends are pretty much able to tolerate each other, even when four of them are crowded into a 3-4 foot diameter nest, while some of our forum contributors, despite having never seen one another, and probably separated by miles, cannot do the same. As is usual with nature, there are lessons to be learned.

    12. karin August 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      between 2:45 and 3:00 parental unit brought fish. Baby ( nest sitter ? ) snagged it and waited for the parent to go away. then the second chick came in. too many sticks in the way for him to get to the other chick to try to snatch the fish away,…….. finally he had his chance and managed to take the fish from the first chick……. after several minutes the first chick came back to take the fish back and got pecked right on the side of her face…… Hope the damage is not bad…

    13. Jo-Ann August 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Gracie spent some time this morning re-arranging the nest. She moved twigs and debris around bot at about 11:50 or so she brought in a big twig It was looking very dangerous especially when Gracie brought in a fish she had trouble landing and when Ronnie landed. It is right in the middle of the nest.
      Update–approximately 3:00 while writing this I Looked again and saw Ronnie attempted to land again, got a little caught up in the twig and flew off taking it with him. He quickly got free and it is now hanging off the edge of the nest(upper right side) where it isn’t in the way anymore. Another hazard gone from the nest.

    14. kgerette August 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Looks like Sandy has both “feet” full. 3:00pm EST. Tails of fish in each talon.

    15. Roberta August 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      OMG! Gracie (I’m guessing) just dropped in with a big messy branch. She left it in the middle of the nest & flew away. Chick flies in, hops around it. It’s a mess. I think Gracie is making the nest not so comfortable so the chicks will take off. Chick is trying to deal with it now.

    16. JeanneD August 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      August 18, 12:10 AM EDT
      To me, it appears that George, by the way he is looking around, is preoccupied with something other than fishing with his offspring. With this morning’s lovely visitor, perhaps? If he is trying to impress, did he need to bring in that hazardous piece of dead whatever?

    17. june c August 18, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

      11:30 Mom busy fixing nest..around 11:45 brought up a pretty big stick right in middle of nest. hope Mom rearranges it..11:53 trying to just that .

    18. Cathy H. August 18, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

      George has been doing some major housekeeping today. I haven’t seen Gracie around yet. Do you think she has left for her journey?

    19. Roberta August 18, 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Around 11:30am parent, presumably Gracie, came flying in carrying a large branch. She proceeded to do a major re-decorating job. Moved a large clump of seaweed to the far edge & then worked hard to place that branch on the perimeter. She had to remove & reposition other twigs to make room for this new one. She’s very busy clearing the space. Chicks are out, so she’s able to work.

    20. Elizabeth August 18, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Paul….will the cam still be running after the Ospreys leave? It would be interesting to see what other birds will visit the empty nest.
      .

      • ospreyzone August 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        Probably for a little while, not sure yet.

        Paul

        • Elizabeth August 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

          OK…Thanks Paul.

    21. Leanne August 18, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Fish delivered and I assume Ronnie grabbed fish. Shortly after delivery something spooked both chicks and they left the nest, Ronnie even took the fish. Ronnie returned with fish and continued to eat. Sounds to me as though Sandy is on perch.

      • Leanne August 18, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

        I scrolled back and I think it was the VF who brought the fish. Very neighborly!

      • Tucker August 18, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

        George is playing Pick Up Sticks, redecorating, turning the nest into a “Man Cave”. WAY TA GO BRO!

      • Lyn August 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        2:26 pm EDT – First meal of the day delivered by Gracie to Sandy. She’s absolutely starving.

    22. june c August 18, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

      around 8:30 Mom brought home fish.went on perch first..brought it down..I think,Ronnie, took it..something up with fledge’s call..lots of yelling…sounds very horse…now a way to tell them apart. Could be Sandy, having trouble tearing it apart..

    23. MarilynJ August 18, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Those pesky bees are becoming a nuisance. Attracted by the left over fish. Another good reason to move on soon. Going to miss them.

      • Ed August 18, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

        They are not bees. They are yellow jackets which are in the wasp family. They give bees a bad name. I have helped raise bees. They don’t eat fish or picnic fare..

        • MarilynJ August 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

          Ooops sorry. Meant yellow jackets. You are correct, bees do get a bad name because of them.

        • Tucker August 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

          Ed you beat me to it.I’m a Master Gardener and I love Bees. Yellow Jackets can be nasty but they do kill other insects that are pests. I don’t know how they do it but every time I clean fish their there in a sec.

    24. GinaM August 18, 2015 at 8:15 am - Reply

      I don’t recognize the visitor at 7:10… she seems fascinated with the camera

    25. Leanne August 18, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

      6:10 CST Did we just have a visitor??

      • Tora August 18, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

        I noticed this as well when I scrolled back. Definitely *not* Gracie, and older than the two chicks. Looks like she was chased off a little while later.

      • Leanne August 18, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

        What a cutie!

    26. CarolV August 18, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

      The gang was out early this a.m. Sandy just came screaming in in proper osprey fledgling fashion. The sunrise beautiful again. The sun so much further to the left it’s easy to see changes to the season. Off to work. Everybody, keep the posts coming to fill in the day….

    27. JAN August 18, 2015 at 12:01 am - Reply

      Jo-Ann………bless your heart! I DIDN’T read a thing about the “location of the nest” in your postings! Not even a hint….and you are right, Paul wouldn’t post it if there was. Isobel and gracey, please let it go. It’s not what this site is for! Jo-Ann, keep your head up and enjoy the osprey family! They appreciate you caring about them and watching them! Smiles!

      • Jai August 18, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Jan, I agree with you, it is time to let this dispute go and move on. I come to this site to see the birds and read what has been happening in the nest. It won’t be much longer until we will not have anything to watch because our Osprey family will have migrated. So, please folks can’t we please get beyond this for the sake of everyone else who use this site.

    28. Jo-Ann August 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Eleanore Please read my responses to gracey today @ 6:31 and to Isabel at 6:46.A specific location is as address( house # and street) not just a town. I did not even mention the town in my comment. It was a general description of the shape of this island only. If my comment in any way would have given the “specific location” away and put the osprey in any danger he would not have posted it.
      I will not address this situation any more, It was very upsetting and wish to forget about it,

      Thank you Monica, Susan< Alizarin and Katherine for appreciating my comments.

      • marilynJ August 18, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

        Jo-Ann, I live in Port Washington. And when I read your message awhile back, I thought, “Isn’t that nice that she gave an explanation of the area. And went out of her way to do so. I imagine people wonder about this part of the island. It was nice general information. Long Island is lovely and you seem to be a lovely person also. Lets keep enjoying the few days of osprey time left.

    29. marilyn August 17, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Do I see both chicks in the nest tonight? I hope so, since its sad to see Sandy spend the night by herself.

    30. CarolV August 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Just before 9:00pmEDT Looked like a UFO coming in…guess a late boater finding the channel but it was a little eerie!

      • CarolV August 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        Right after that, someone was up to stretch and poop…just enough reflected light to make that amusing……

    31. CarolV August 17, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      It’s unusual to see both chicks in the nest at night. Ronnie has been on the perch lately. I thought she was going to spend the night on that stick at the top of the nest that juts out, but about 8:28pm she did a nice ” tightrope” walk into the nest. Sandy isn’t too sure. he ‘s used to having the place to himself!

      • CarolV August 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        Cuddle time….maybe having sib back ain’t so bad!!!!!!!!

    32. Katherine August 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Alizarin, hello!
      Once again I send to you my deepest gratitude for the newest info regarding Chef Kris and Photographer extraordinaire! I just now have had a few moments to sit down, relax and check out the site! I just opened it and absolute amazement hit me! I didn’t even continue reading the article! I had to post this message to you immediately! This fine gentlemen and all his God given talents lives right here in Connecticut! Which is where I have called home all my life! His restaurant, if it still exists, is less than a half hours ride from my home! Talk about a small world!

      Back in February of this year is when I first got involved with live nest cams. Eagles, Osprey, Hawks, three types of Owls, Puffins, Albratross, Hummingbirds , Falcons and White Bellied Sea-Hawks. As you can see I am addicted! I was a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator here in Connecticut for almost 15 years and wildlife of all sorts continues to be my hearts passion! So finding all of this is like finding paradise! So with all that being said, i must add that I am extremely new to these wondrous live views into Natures beauty and I had no knowledge that they or a genius like Kris existed, let alone right here in my own state! So thank you once again for the info! I will be looking into all things Kris which should be an interesting journey! If I become aware of something I think might interest to you I will post!

      Again, thank you!

      Katherine

    33. CarolV August 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      about 7:45pm Ronnie was in the nest when George flew in alarm calling. A minute later, you could see someone landed on perch and then Sandy flew down to the nest. There was a “discussion” among the 3 birds, maybe Dad saying ” identify yourself!” ?
      I read the comments today and have to say that it is easy to misinterpret the written words when we don’t have vocal inflections to guide us….”twitter feuds” prove that….
      I just hope everyone keeps posting so when I can catch up after work, there will be enough variety to fill in a picture of the day. When I’m home, I think I over-post, but I just want to share my view. Thanks to all the posters !!!!!

    34. Bre August 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      So Love & Enjoy watching whats going to be the last of the feedings, from mom as she knows they need to eat more fish than they can catch at this point…

    35. karin August 17, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      let me rephrase that… In my mind Sandy is chick #2 and female because she acts so much like Grace….. I am assuming chick # 1 is Ronnie, male…very aggressive…. and in the majority of the animal kingdom ( not all, but most,,, ) the alpha is male………. they usually get to eat first…… of course it could be because he is the oldest and therefore entiltled……. does anyone know the pecking order for osprey?

      • mac August 18, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

        Agreed. I also think of Sandy as the female and chick #2, ans Ronnie as male and Chick #1.

    36. CarolV August 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Trying to catch up on the day. Still have lots of comments to read. Thanks to everyone. Saw the arrival of partial fish about 5:50ish pmEDT.. There were so many wings flapping around I wasn’t sure who brought it but I saw Ronnie get it. And shocker!!!!! A bit later, Sandy saw an opening and stole the fish!!! If a bird could look surprised, Ronnie did!!!
      She tried several times, including a fly-in sneak attack, to get that fish back, but Sandy hung on.
      About 6:50 Gracie flew in with a fish and Ronnie is letting Mom feed her. Sandy finished her fish and came over and got some Mom time, too.

      • CarolV August 17, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        I was starting to worry that Sandy was going to have a hard time on his own. I believe stealing is an important part of raptor development when they have to provide for themselves. I was happy to see his step in that direction.

    37. Elaine August 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Sandy has been waiting so long that she could not wait any longer for some of the fish. Gracie continues to “spoon feed” Ronnie. Finally Sandy moves over in back of Gracie to get some of the fish. It is kind of amusing in a way to see the determination of Sandy. She just pushed herself in for the fish.

    38. Roberta August 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      I’ve been watching on & off all day & have seen a chick grab the fish away from parent. I’ve seen chick eat by itself & even saw it fly out of the nest with some of it in its talons. I then saw it return to the nest with the tail end. Now I see that parent is feeding it, probably Ronny, while Sandy looks on from afar. Delayed adolescence, kind of like our human kids?

    39. karin August 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30 Sandy ( female nest sitter ) got hungry enough and mad enough when Meanie Ronnie grabbed the fish from mom for himself and after one failed attempt tried again and the war was on and she won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She got the fish and ate all the rest of it…..

    40. Leanne August 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Approximately 5:55 CST Gracie brings in a fish and is currently feeding Sandy (?)

    41. CarolV August 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks to all of you for trying to explain to me how to get pictures of the gang, but it is all Greek to me..streaming, smart tv, etc. My smart phone loses 50 IQ points in my hands! I will try the screen shots of the computer with my phone. Wish me luck! And JeanneD I thought that was Sandy, too, coming in for his close up…hope you got your shot!

    42. Katherine August 17, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Okay kiddies stop bickering! I believe the location has never been deemed “a secret location” if it had been our very observant and competent “comment moderator” would never have allowed any references to location to be posted – period!

      Please let’s all remember that we are all here to share and discuss these magnificent beings first and foremost! The added bonus is if we are lucky we may possibly begin new friendships to share our feelings, discuss life in general, share our joys and possible sadness and to be supportive of each other in the form of caring friendship

      Please, enough! Choose your words as though you were writing to your best and closest friend! You very well could be! Possibly a more clear and friendly comment is always the best choice. This way we leave no room for our comments to be misunderstood and cause hurt feelings!

      This wonderful experience will be over soon, so enjoy every moment and each other! The 2016 nesting season is a long 8 months away! Let’s enjoy the rest of this one and make sure we all have fond memories to carry us through the long cold months ahead until we are blessed to start this lovely voyage once again!
      Katherine

    43. Jo-Ann August 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Isabelle Makenzie=I did not describe the area where the nest is. Everyone on this site or who read our newspaper Newsday knows that this nest is in East Marian,N.Y. on Long Island. I do not know its exact location. I asked Paul at once if he could give me alocation from where I might be able to see the nest from a distance of course but he never replied. So in giving some details about this island in general in no way gave away the location of the nest.

    44. Jo-Ann August 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      gracey don’t know where you read that I told the World their specific location-I don’t know it. Anyone on this site knows the nest is in East Marian N.Y. on Long Island. That is no secret. I once asked Paul if he could direct me to a location where I could maybe get to see the nest but he never answered me. So my referencing some facts about the island as a whole in no way gave away their specific location.

    45. Judith August 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      6:22pm Hilarious! Chick without fish squawks raucously because chick with fish won’t share. Gracie stands between the two of them. Eventually Gracie flies off. Chick without fish is dumbfounded. She continues to look in direction of Gracie, who is flying off. Finally, she takes things into her/his own talons, raises her/his wings in a threatening maneuver, and snatches the remainder of the fish from the other chick. Both now relatively quiet.

    46. Leanne August 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Looks like Sandy was finally able to grab some fish after a small battle with Ronnie. Glad both got a little something to eat. 🙂

    47. gracey August 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Isobel – you are a very smart person…and you get what I am talking about – TMI…thanks for understanding…without getting graphic.thanks, gracey

      • Tucker August 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Gracey, I too realize what you are saying, although I disagree, call me silly if you wish. However, your comment seemed harsh, perhaps you should have said what you wanted without using names. Say Goodnight Gracey now that is silly!

      • Lyn August 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm - Reply

        6:15 p.m. EDT – Poor Patience (ahem Sandy), decided the best idea to get some of the fish was to get behind Mom and get up onto her backside! ha! Don’t know how this new tactic will work, but its worth a try before the fish is totally gone down Ronnie’s gullet.

        • Lyn August 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

          Hehe, its working! Ronnie went stage left.

    48. Leanne August 17, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Do the chicks always sound so hoarse?

      • Lyn August 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        8:20 pm. EST – Even Ronnie has to hog the nest to boot! Sitting right in the middle with Sandy perched at the side. Hope everyone gets sentimental and starts snuggling.

    49. Leanne August 17, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      4:51 Good sized headless fish is delivered and I can only assume that it is Ronnie who got it. Loads of squawking as I am sure the other chick would like some of that fish!

    50. Phil K August 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I maybe wrong but I saw the Fledge (can’t tell them apart to use names) take a small part of a fish and fly out of the nest and returned later. I do not think it was caught by the youngster.. I hope to see their first catch soon.

      • Karin from Rockland August 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        This is how I tell them apart, Sandy has much thinner legs than Ronnie who has thicker legs and is bigger overall.
        I can tell them apart so far.. along with the more aggressive Ronnie. But I am sure this will change soon or maybe not? They are so cute anyway.

    51. Rjoneal August 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Yes Lisa it was awesome and I believe it was Ronnie Who brought the fish in

    52. Rjoneal August 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      R Sanchez I did see this and I do believe it was Ronnie who came in with the third of the fish this is a good sign either he’s hanging out with dad and taking the leftovers whatever the reason Ronnie had fish and was flying with it this is a good thing. Should be noted shortly after Gracie was feeding Sandy who flew into the nest. Both babies got food today. George and Gracie both brought fish in. Also to mention Ronnie had a little piece of fish brought into the nest by itself. All is good hopefully there will be dinner tonight. It’s around 4:25 PM and Gracie has been sitting at the nest most of the day she just left. No children insight.
      Just our renters below the sparrows are home

    53. Mitchell August 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      I don’t think anybody can really tell the chicks apart any more. reading through the Play by Play some folks refer to Ronnie as Sandy and Sandy as Ronnie.

      • Lyn August 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        I agree with you Mitchell, except when both chicks are in the nest and you know who usually gets the prize. That is the only way now I can tell the difference and I’ve been here since the hatching. I wish we could blow a red or blue sticker on one of them so we can at least, temporarily, tell who is who. It is amazing how we all knew who was who just a few weeks ago! Our babies are surely growing!

    54. R Sanchez August 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Around 45 minutes ago, while the mother was at the nest eating a fish I got to see Ronnie fly into the best carrying her own 1/3 of a fish!! How exciting to see! 🙂

      • Mitchell August 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        Did She catch it Or just take it from somewhere else? Guess we can’t know.

        • R Sanchez August 17, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

          I am hoping Ronnie is learning and caught it by herself.

      • Lyn August 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        Watching around the 6:00 p.m. point with 2 chicks in the nest, and fish delivery arrives. I will give you one guess who the winning recipient was! Poor poor Sandy, she’s always getting the shaft. I wonder if she’ll be able to migrate with no fat reserves. Thank you all with your time stamps and information. I’m really trying to wean myself off slowly, but obviously weaning takes some time. It is great to be able to know around the proximity of an “event” and scroll back to see it. And Jo-Ann – don’t worry a fig about that andronymous sounding Jan who sticks her/his head in with his/her sarcastic self. Its happened twice and Paul should make the third time – OUT.

    55. Shirley August 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      There hasn’t been much activity today at the nest today. It appears that the little ones are exploring and preparing for their flight south. Just checked in and both kids are at the nest. The first one brought his own fish. The mother arrived with a live one, then the next baby arrived to partake of his share. They have grown so much and are indicating they can soon make it on their own. This has been the most delightful summer for me watching these magnificent creatures. I have watched since the beginning and cannot say enough good things about Paul and Tommy and the rescuers. I hope to have the same experience next summer if the nest is still going to be on camera.

    56. Isobel Mackenzie August 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      All eating well at the moment. Nice to see.

    57. Cindy August 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Did Sandy catch his own fish about 1:51 EST? He flew in with fish in claw

      • Cindy August 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

        Did Sandy catch his own fish about 1:51 EST? He flew in with fish in claw. Sorry meant CST

    58. Lisa August 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      It looks like one of the babies brought in a tail to the nest approximately 2:35 EST. I wonder if that means she’s fishing on her own now. Not sure which one it is. Anybody else see it?

    59. Marlene August 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Looks like Sandy came back to the next around 2:35 p.m., with the remnants of the fish that she flew away with a couple of hours ago! (I’m not a fish expert by any means, but I scrolled back and the tail looks somewhat the same.) If I am correct, she did a great job in eating the fish. Don’t know where she was when she did it, but that’s a good sign.
      One of the parents caught a fish a short time before Sandy returned to the nest, so the fledgling and parent are in the nest together.

    60. Isobel Mackenzie August 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Maybe I’m wrong but could the TMI comment not be about your lovely posts but someone has a problem with describing the area where the nest is.Just a thought.

    61. gracey August 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      to JO-ANN: TMI only was meant for telling the World their specific location, silly…..nothing else. Let them at least be safe here.

      • Monica August 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

        Still don’t get why talking about the location of the nest is TMI. It’s not like anyone is going to go up there and mess with the birds. I say just let people make whatever comments they want to make. We’re all grown adults, for heaven’s sake!! We don’t have to read all the comments on here; just read past it. I’m sure if it was an inappropriate comment, Paul would not post it. Well, that’s my humble opinion. I won’t comment any further on the TMI comment. 🙂

    62. Marlene August 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      The siblings were screeching for food for a long, long time. They were looking up at the perch, screaming to their parents. Finally, they both decided to fly the coop.
      Around 10:11 a.m. EST, George delivered a headless fish, which Gracie proceeded to snatch from him for the fledglings. However, they were nowhere to be seen for about an hour. Finally, around an hour later, Sandy returned to the nest. I’m pretty sure it was her, because she had trouble eating the fish. However, she made it clear that she did not want parental intervention. Eventually, the parent left the nest. (Originally I thought the parent in the nest with the fish was Gracie, but when it chirped it sounded like George’s sweet chirp.)
      So, Sandy was alone in the nest, trying to figure out how to do eat the fish, when the garbage truck pulled up. She was so scared of the noise, she took off with the fish in her talons. It was really funny, because she made a flyby with it still in her talons and chirping. As of 12:54 p.m., no one has returned to the nest.

    63. ja August 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      It seems that everytime i look Ronnie is grabbing the fish that Gracie brings to the nest and i havent seen Sandy at all today…poor
      Gracie i hope shes been eating out and the fish she brings back is to go

    64. shredman August 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Would love to know what spooked chick from nest 1225pm he even took bunker with him,
      didn’t have time to unhook from talons.My thoughts were big hawk or eagle, didn’t see either tho.

    65. Rjoneal August 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Cindy and Jon, Cindy I agree with Jon everything he stated our facts that I have read and witness over two years Of watching ospreys so even though mom and dad will be feeding occasionally it will get less and less fishing is an instinct and the babies will do this when it kicks in and when they’re ready. I posted a while back maybe you weren’t on. first they start out with trying to lift up Stix and stuff practice holding while flying like Gracie and George do. Then they move onto fishing so once we see them bring sticks to the nest if they do sometimes you don’t see it they practice outside of the nest. Then they’ll be ready to fish.

      • Cindy August 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

        Thanks. This is first year I have ever watched an Osprey Cam, & have learned alot. Will definitely be back next year to watch with you all. 🙂

    66. Mitchell August 17, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Does anybody know what the chicks are up to when they are out and about at this point?

    67. Phil K August 17, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

      One of the fledges (i cannot tell them apart) returned to the next approx. 10:20 AM and appeared to be wet. Just curious if anyone local has seen the fledges “hit” the water trying to catch a fish.

    68. mac August 17, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

      It is 10:24 am and one of the babies just returned to the nest and is definitely wet. I guess fishing lessons are beginning!

    69. Bonnie August 17, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

      EST:

      HERE’S A TIP OF THE DAY; Year’s ago I was sent with an order a “magnifying page reader”. Now that ospreys are learning to fish I can watch them in the water with it. Something I can not do with the naked eye. You’d be surprised how much more you can see with that little “tool”. So go check out your “junk drawers” and miscellaneous “saves”. You will see much more.

      Enjoy The Day ~

    70. GinaM August 17, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

      George working hard on home repairs followed by intruder protection. We will be seeing more of him now that it is his turn to take the babies under his wing.

    71. Janet F August 17, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Soon Gracie will leave for South America. The fledglings will be forced to fish more for themselves. George will stay and teach them how to fish until the last fledgling leaves. They are all right on target with time. Everything looks normal and awesome! It has been a thrilling nesting season. Sometimes hard to handle for sure but it is the way of the Osprey. Thank you Paul and all who work so hard to bring these beautiful creatures into our homes to view. These are some especially gorgeous babies in my opinion. I think Ronnie is female and Sandy is male. =)

    72. Doris August 17, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

      I think it is Sandy, waiting for breakfast. No luck so far. She just flew off. Hope food arrives soon.

    73. Lucie Pecor August 17, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Flew the coop??

    74. Ja August 17, 2015 at 6:48 am - Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that Sandys been eating i believe she was the baby trying to eat a fish tail this morning all alone in the nest …shes learning ?

    75. Leanne August 17, 2015 at 6:32 am - Reply

      5:20 CST and Georges stops in with a small fish for Sandy (?) She eats and he leaves. 🙂

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