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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.

Click HERE for more information!

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. emilie October 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      This has been the highlight of my summer. Checking in on these guys daily was part of my day to day ritual.I will miss them all , but am so glad they 2 kiddos made it and hopefully are thriving and doing their Osprey thing! Thank you so much to all who have made this summer of watching the Osprey family so enjoyable, emotional, educational, and heart-warming.

    2. Sandy - massapequa October 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Correction – it was Friday early evening, 9/25, when I saw her last.

    3. Sandy - massapequa October 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Tommy, It was great of you to share the last moments with Sandy. I am sure Sandy was “thanking YOU” and saying her good byes. I shed some tears on Saturday (9/26) evening, as the sun was setting, Sandy was on the perch viewing the sound and I’m sure she was meditating her last night before her flight. It made me think of all the events that brought us to this day. My prayers. and thoughts will be with them, especially with this storm brewing on the south east coast. Looking forward to the next season of George and Gracie. Will the camera stream be on thru winter?
      Will the website be active for OAA meetings/comments?

      Regards to all!

    4. Jara October 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Just had to check in on the nest. Sad to see that Sandi’s perch is gone. So many memories of the princess sitting there looking out at the world. Hope the nest survives Hurricane Joaquin should it indeed hit the coast. But then if it is blown away a bit, at least Pee Wee will also have taken flight.

    5. Laura October 1, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing your final story of Sandy. It brought tears to my eyes. Just want to thank you for posting this site as well. I have been taking photos of Ospreys for years. I have learned so much from this site, it has been such an education. Watching from the beginning was very hard at times. There were times I wanted to climb the tower and save the baby who did not make it. I hated Sandy and Ronnie for what they were doing, but this is nature. Once PeeWee was gone and the other two babies flourished, I so enjoyed watching the site every morning. I miss this family already. Praying they all make it to their destinations safely, especially with the storm out there. Thank you again for providing us with this opportunity. Hoping you will continue to do this in the years to come.

    6. Bob October 1, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Everyone sounds like they are in mourning when the osprey did just what they are supposed to do. I guess I understand that. I am hoping they will stop by where I live but I think they might find too much competition since there are so many osprey here in western FL. I guess they won’t respond to their given names and I doubt I could recognize them so I will say goodbye to them and all of you. Wish a decent winter to all northerners.

    7. JOHN COLEMAN October 1, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Tommy thanks for sharing that special moment you had. I too am suffering empty nest syndrome and look forward to next year if we are lucky to share our time with a new Osprey family. Thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity this Summer.. Stay well.

    8. GinaM October 1, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Hello Empty Nesters,
      I highly recommend following Rob Bierregaard’s site Osprey Trax. It will show you the progress of the Ospreys from the New England area (including Long Island’s North Fork Bob)
      I find it reassuring. Rob helped all of us so much when we had our PeeWee situation and with the leg entrapment of Ronnie or Sandy.
      The link is here: http://www.ospreytrax.com/2015%20New%20England%20Fall.html

      • June c October 2, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

        GinaM Thanks for the link…like all have been following Hurricane Joaquin closely. Today it is way off shore..I hope Dad and Sandy hugged the shore line and took cover… Thank you Helen for sending last pictures…I don’t know why but I tear up when I look at them..this has been the most incredible summer..

    9. KarenH October 1, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Where are our Ospreys???? So odd looking at that empty nest. Does everyone still look?? Too funny huh? Scrolling back 4 hours means nothing. So glad Sandy said goodbye. Leaves us with a good memory 🙂

      • Jara October 2, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

        Karen, I still look in on the nest. Mostly just to see what’s happening now that our little family has departed. I’ll still check in as long as the site is up and running.

    10. CarolV October 1, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

      After looking over NF Bob’s previous southern migration routes, I’m sure our birds will be fine . They make numerous stops all down the Atlantic coast and spend as many days resting, seemingly, as flying. I’m sure they will hunker down somewhere to sit out any weather. Osprey Verizon Vic of Cutchogue was once again on his post with his fish yesterday. Truly a record breaker year for him! Never stays this late.

    11. CarolV October 1, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

      Tommy…never has a landlord been so well repaid by a Tenant!!!!! You certainly deserved that gift! The fact that you were unprepared to record it meant that moment was just for you….

    12. Mary Y September 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      This entire experience has been wonderful. What a wonderful family we were fortunate to have. Tommy and Paul were so kind and informative as stewards of the nest. Thank you to both of you. We look forward to Gracie and Georges return.

    13. GinaM September 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      I can’t help but worry about Ronnie flying over the Carribean with 85 MPH winds from Joaquin. She should be there by now.
      How smart of George to take Sandy when he did. They should be safe.
      I have to tell all of you that I am so glad I have you to “talk” to. Every year I feel bereft when “my” Ospreys leave their nest for the winter. Not many people get it. Then, in April, when I see them again (first I hear them and then I see them) I feel as if all is well with the world because they are back.
      May we all be together when Gracie returns to the nest followed by our now extremely good dad George. We can watch a new family be created.
      For TOMMY, I believe that not only was Sandy saying goodbye, but she was saying THANK YOU – without you and Paul, either she or Ronnie would have died because of that fishing line.

      Thank you to ROB who was our expert guide to help us through the rough spots. I plan on following Osprey trax over the winter.

      Many thanks to all who have made comments. I feel as if I know you. I look forward to the return of OUR Ospreys.

      Praying for clear skies, a strong tail wind, and lots of fish to be found. Hopefully, Princess Sandy will be squawking in Spanish before too long.

      GinaM

      • Lyn October 1, 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

        GinaM – just love your last sentence. Hysterical! Not only have the birds given me more than one laugh, its been all of this osprey community as well. ! i have to thank each and every one of you for your comments and humor. Have a great winter and I hope comments and observations still continue throughout the tough winter. For those who don’t live on Long Island – well -sometimes its really BAD weatherwise. No wonder these birds go south! Brrrrrr

    14. Alice Lehmann (Wallis) September 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Tommy,
      Thank you so much for our nature education and entertainment for the summer. I could view the tower that the nest was on from my house, however, even with binoculars I couldn’t see them, so the internet viewing was fantastic. I introduced my family and friends to the website and they are so enjoying it. As you are wishing them a safe trip south and looking forward to their return. You mentioned George and Gracie will return, but where to Ronnie and Sandy go
      Thank you again, Tommy,
      Alice

    15. Jesse September 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thank for sharing. You allowed us to have a window into Nature, if only for one brief summer. Thank you for all of us

    16. Beverly September 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you. My email is:
      Beverlyfontaine@yahoo.com

    17. Rjoneal September 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Tommy I am so glad you got to experience a moment with our Osprey family before Sandy and George finally left how exciting especially since it’s right there in your backyard. We can’t thank you enough for letting Paul put a camera in your backyard I bet you and Paul never knew it was going to cause so much attention. I live in Florida on the Atlantic coast and today I saw three ospreys in my backyard they live on the cell phone tower and pine trees they pretty much stay around all year long although the numbers get small as winter does approach you see less and less of them. It has been so exciting to see my ospreys in my backyard and then actually see our Osprey family in the nest to get an eye view on what really goes on in the nest. I have been watching ospreys for several years but ospreys zone Will always be my number one family and always hold a special place in my heart. hope it will be up and running next season and George and Gracie will come back home and start a new family. I think I became so attached to osprey zone because just like our osprey bird family Osprey zone was created and we all grew with it as Paul expanded and grew ospreys zone, example by adding highlights by adding the store by getting better at moderating our comments it’s just been wonderful to watch what started out as a simple camera on a Nest expanded to such a wonderful big family of all of us viewers. like a big family I love the way we all communicate to each other. Must admit there were a couple times there was some drama between people but in the end it all gets worked out and we are one big happy family. I look at the empty nest and I go back and I look at all the snapshot pictures and videos that I have taken so when I get lonely I get to hear Sandy squawking begging for food and also Ronnie i’m so glad I took video and sound. And who can forget poor Gracie I’ve got video and sound of her screaming tell she lost her voice at the beginning for George to bring food for her and the babies . Thanks to everyone and if you ever want to talk Osprey I’m going to leave my email so you can reach me. Especially tips on good reading material thanks for that. Until next season God bless everyone and maybe we can all keep in touch or swap pictures with each other .
      Rjoako@bellsouth.net

    18. Isobel September 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      A huge thank you to Paul and Tommy for all your hard work and all the lovely people sending comments.Watching from the U.K I’ve not only had the wonderful experience of watching our lovely osprey family but also have learned so much about life in the USA. Best wishes to all, Bye Bye birdies God speed , Will miss you.

    19. June c September 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Paul…could you put the leaving viedo on your highlights section?

    20. Ja September 30, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Elvis has left the building 🙁

    21. cheryl September 30, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Tommy what a wonderful and dear story. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone. Paul, thank you as well for your enormous effort bringing the Osprey to us all! To have had such a connection to these birds has been one of the best things in my life, and I think many others will agree. The leaving pictures are just great, and I think a little of everyone’s spirit travels with this family to help ensure safe travels. To everyone have a safe, healthy, peaceful winter. Looking forward to Spring already.

    22. Joyce September 30, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Tommy and everyone. Thank you for this experience. I will miss our family and hope we see them next spring. I’m sure Sandy was thanking you!

    23. pilot September 30, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

      What will become of the live feed? Will you be leaving it on through the winter so we might see Long Isle’s winter weather and maybe if some winter critter would use the nest?

    24. Jo-Ann September 30, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thank you Tommy for sharing that wonderful experience you had with Sandy. She was certainly showing you how much see appreciated what you did for her and her family. I just wonder why George and Sandy left on Sunday and are now I think the hurricane is-the entire northeast coast. Besides the wind at 75 mph in some areas the heavy rain, the very high waves and rough seas will make fishing impossible. I would have thought that instinctively they would have known that leaving last Sunday would have them heading into this hurricane. I hope they are flying inland.
      Does anyone have an estimate as to how far south they may have gotten to by now?

    25. Leesa D September 30, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Tommy, you have me bawling. That is absolutely the most touching story. To think that Sandy flew down so close to you is amazing. I know that it is a moment in time that you will always cherish and remember. Yes, you know all us followers would have loved to have seen a picture, but I think that it is more appropriate that it was a moment shared just between the two of you. Thanks so much though, for sharing it with us. And again, thank you for sharing this magnificent journey with us. May God bless you and keep you safe. And already looking forward to next year!

    26. Marlene September 30, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Dear Tommy, what an amazing story! Wow! Maybe she understood that you were watching out for them and were responsible for them having a home. That is so beautiful! I was reading it to my husband and started crying. They have become so much a part of all of us ospreyites’ life. Can’t thank you enough for all you and Paul did for us and our feathered family. Also, many thanks to Helen, Betsy, Richard, and everyone else for the pictures. They were very touching, especially George’s flyby with Sandy in the nest. I believe I had seen this on the video, but did not realize the significance of it at the time. I will miss everyone’s messages, but will keep checking in. We go to Florida for the winter, but I don’t recall any ospreys down there (not that I was looking for them). This year will be different, though. We are on the East Coast, on the Intracoastal. Maybe they don’t like that water?? Don’t know. But, this year I will definitely seek them out. I still can’t get over that beautiful moment that Tommy experienced. So touching! Nature is truly wonderful. Once again, I can’t thank enough Tommy and Paul, and everyone else involved for all that they did to rescue our babies.

    27. Junec September 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Will Hurricane Joaquin be in the path of our family?

      • Gamma September 30, 2015 at 10:40 am - Reply

        Junec , After looking at the path of the hurricane , I would think it could effect them. If Dad and Sandy left by Saturday or Sunday I would think they would be flying right into it, but not knowing their path or what stops they make it would be hard to tell. Maybe they will layover in Florida for a bit :)))))

    28. Ja September 30, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Thank u Tommy your story moved me to tears … This was a very emotional, educational and amazing experience for me. Thank u all for your comments and updates along the way i love u all.

    29. Rodee Hansen September 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Once again I recommend good winter reading of “Soaring with Fidel” by David Gessner.
      Page 169 – Freddy and David are on top of Gran Piedra, Cuba. “Freddy says: “That was the day I saw six hundred and seven ospreys flying overhead. No one had ever recorded over three hundred in the Caribbean before.
      Page 167 Keith Bildstein mentioned that clouds forme every day in the mountains, watching ospreys being swept up into them. And then they would fall below, disappearing and re-appearing again. When they moved up into the clouds …. and I am talking about groups of ospreys – they actually called to one another in the same kind of way and for the same purpose that nocturnally migrating birds call to one another: To remain in contact. They remain in auditory contact until they get out of the clouds. etc etc
      From bloggers i had believed that ospreys fly solo – NOT SO. Read the book…… you will find it hard to put it down. Rodee H.

      • karin September 30, 2015 at 12:30 am - Reply

        Rodee, luckily I live within a mile of a library. I will look for the book.

      • June c September 30, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

        On my to read books..Thank You very much..June

      • Leesa D September 30, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

        I will definitely be getting this book! Thanks for the recommendation.

      • Alice Lehmann (Wallis) September 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        Thanks will get the book

      • Helen September 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

        I just ordered the book you recommended. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you.

      • Helen October 1, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

        I got it for my IPAD and it is wonderful!! Thank you for your suggestion.

      • Richard Russo October 1, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Got it. It will be my next read on my kindle right after I finish my current book. Would be interesting to read comments as people finish. Can’t believe how much I miss our birds.

      • Helen October 1, 2015 at 11:39 pm - Reply

        I started it and it is terrific. Thank you so much.

    30. tommy aprea September 29, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Hi, Tommy Aprea here. I’d like to share something that happened in my front yard under the nest. On Saturday morning, Sept 26th, I went outside to throw some garbage in my dumpster and one of the ospreys was looking down at me from their perch, I’m sure it was Sandy. I looked up at her and whistled as I went back inside. As the storm door was closing I heard wings flapping and turned around to see Sandy landing on the railing of my banister, about 5 feet from the door. She starred at me for about 30 seconds through the glass door, I remained still and starred back. It was a very stunning moment I did not have my phone with me to take pictures and I didn’t want to move to scare her.

      I think she was saying good bye and thanks for everything and flew away.

      I hope they have a safe trip to their southern habitat and I’m sure we will all see George and Gracie again next year.

      None of us will ever forget this summer, all the moments that we shared will always be a part of us. We were blessed to all share a little window into the wonders of nature. We saw the best that nature can be and we saw Nature in the raw as our emotions were stirred and our feelings aroused. Thanks to all of you for being a part of this magnificent family and thanks for all your moving comments.

      Tommy

      • karin September 30, 2015 at 12:19 am - Reply

        Tommy. That is one of the most beautiful things you could have told us…….That is so cool and a moment you will always treasure. … and thank YOU for everything!

      • Beatrice September 30, 2015 at 5:43 am - Reply

        What a beautiful moment you described Tommy. Sandy was saying thank you and we all say thank you too. This has been the most wonderful experience for us all with our inside view of nature and life as it happens. We cannot wait for next year! It was a very bright spot in my life when I discovered this little community and I look forward to many more ospreys to come. You are a kind and generous man Tommy – a pleasure to have a connection.

      • Helen September 30, 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

        Tommy –

        A wonderous and wonderful happening.

        Tommy, you have given to every one of us multiple gifts – of learning, of caring, of compassion, of love.

        Thank you for letting us share this experience with you.

        Helen

      • maria September 30, 2015 at 7:21 am - Reply

        Thank you Tommy for sharing this touching story with us. Sandy is a special osprey to me. I love the whole family but he is extra special. I pray they have a safe journey. God bless them all. I look forward to George and Gracie returning. I miss all of them so much. Thank you and Paul for everything. I will be checking the site all winter.

        • Catolina Campbell September 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          I agree he is special to me as well. He seems more personal from what I hear..

      • KarenH September 30, 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

        How wonderful. How great and sad at the same time. Brought tears to my eyes. Sandy must have been saying thank you. That is so great. I will always remember this summer and thank you again for the experience. Unbelievable. Glad they are going to miss this nasty weather.

      • Catherine R September 30, 2015 at 7:58 am - Reply

        Dear Tommy,
        Thank you for sharing that amazing ending to a great year! I will miss seeing the family fly in and out of the nest. I have watched since the beginning and haven’t commented much but have enjoyed every minute of your website. Thank you again for letting us see these beautiful birds in their natural habitat! I can not wait until next year! Once again, thank you & Paul for all you have done Hope George, Gracie & their chicks come back next year!

      • Phil K September 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

        Thanks for sharing the goodbye story. Very nice. I also thank for your hard work to make this experience wonderful for so many people. Although some of the “humanization” of the Ospreys was sometimes frustrating I began to understand how different people react and feel about nature. I learned something about how nature and human nature come together in a natural setting. Most of human experience with animals is in captive (i.e. zoos) settings or edited media (i.e. Nat Geo). You provided us with a view of nature in its purest form and kept is in awe the entire summer.

        Thanks again.

        Phil

      • GinaM September 30, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

        Tommy, that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so very much for sharing that with us. I can only imagine your wonder when you were face to face with our little princess. Your generosity has meant the world to us – thank you from the bottom of my heart for our summer of Ospreys. You have enriched our lives greatly.

      • Debbie September 30, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

        Thank you so very kindly for letting us share into this beautiful world of George and Gracie, Ronnie and Sandy. It has been so awesome to view each day. I wish them only the best in their journey!

      • Lisa September 30, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

        Wow Tommy….Thanks for sharing. That was definitely a farewell to you and thanking you for doing what you did to make this next happen…..Until next year. Good luck to our feathered family..

      • Richard Russo September 30, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Thank you so very much, Tommy, for your generosity and caring about the Ospreys. You and Paul have provided us with a great gift, and, as I am sure you can tell from the comments, we all appreciate it. I really think it would be great to have a gathering at a local community center or hall around Christmas or Easter – sort of an informational fund raiser. In the meantime, I am hoping that this current Atlantic storm will not affect our osprey family as they make their way south.

      • Dawn September 30, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

        How beautiful is that story? Sometimes I think these wondrous creatures have no connection with humans at all. Then something like this happens to restore my faith that we are all, without a doubt, absolutely connected Thank you for sharing this incredible moment with us. .

      • June c September 30, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

        What a special moment you had…Thank you for sharing…like all bought tears….

      • Eva September 30, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

        So awesome; thank you for sharing that experience with us. And thank you too for giving us George and Gracie and family. Also appreciated the bonus of swans, sailboats, beautiful sunrises, moonlight, and little visitors to the nest from a vantage point generally not available to us.

      • Elaine September 30, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

        Tommy, I am shedding tears right now. What a moving and touching story. I think, too, that Sandy was saying thank you and goodbye. I am surprised that she was so close to you. This is my first year at this site, and I have enjoyed this wonderful, emotional, and educational journey this summer. I loved the camera setup with the water view. I was intrigued by the closeness of the camera to the nest, when the ospreys were up close and personal. Thank you for sharing this great adventure with the osprey family. I am looking forward to their return. May God bless the osprey family and keep them safe.

      • Redkayak September 30, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Amazing. Thank you for this site Tommy

      • Diane S September 30, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

        Of all the great moments we have shared throughout the summer, Tommy, THAT was the best! Awesome!

      • Gabrielle September 30, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

        Wow Tommy, that is so amazing. What a powerful moment. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of nature with us, and for proving that there are indeed good people in the world who have the resolve to step up and take action when the need arises, as well as step back to let nature take its course when appropriate. You have given us all a true gift. Thank you so much. Looking forward to next spring!

      • Ann H. September 30, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Thank you Tommy for that touching story -tears were flowing.What a wonderful end to the summer. And thank you to Paul for all your work.
        I don’t remember crying or laughing so much as I did this summer. My favorite comedy scenes were the several fish that flipped out of the nest- the reactions of the chicks were priceless!
        The people that post on this site are the best!!!!! I have learned so much this year and this is just the beginning.This nest has opened my eyes in so many ways.
        God protect our bird family and bring Gracie and George back to us in Spring.

      • catolina campbell September 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        Thanks for sharing…I will always believe that we are bonded with nature and kindness is always appreciated although not always acknowledged. Sandy did; you are privileged. Cat

      • ChrisH September 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

        Tommy, that was beautiful! What an incredible and fitting ending to this episode! Every time I read this, I can’t stop the tears. I do believe Sandy absolutely was saying goodbye and thank you to you. Animals have a way of knowing that we humans can and will help them when needed — we’re all connected.

        As much I already miss the family and will continue to do so, I’m glad to know that George finally gave Sandy the nudge she needed to get her act together. I like to think that he’s guiding her along the way. He really has been an awesome dad!

        Thanks to you and Paul for giving us such an unforgettable experience. Before this, I knew next to nothing about the osprey (except that there was such a thing), but in these last few months I’ve learned so much about these beautiful birds from both observation and the comments/insight of all the others here who, like me, have been following with such rapt attention.

      • Jai September 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        Tommy, you were truly blessed to have experienced the opportunity to look into the eyes of Sandy. Since we are incapable to know what they may or may not “think” at least you
        had the opportunity to interact with Sandy on a level we all wish we could experience. We all were blessed to have had the time with this family and I guess we will never know for
        sure how our chicks do in life from now on but at least they touched our hearts for a brief time and we wish them well. And we thank you for giving us the ability to experience them 🙂

        I am looking forward to another wonderful family next year with George & Gracie.

      • Linda September 30, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much for sharing. That sounds like an absolutely incredible experience!!!

        Thank you for all you have done for the birds and setting up this wonderful website.
        I so miss seeing the birds everyday, and hope their journey is going well.

        The ospreys are such amazing birds. I have been following the migration of some birds tagged with satellite on other websites, and I am constantly amazed at what they do, and how they do it. It’s such a mystery.

      • JP(K) September 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        Thanks for sharing, Tommy. Good luck to “our” Ospreys as they travel south. Looking forward to next years family, hoping that with the next being lowered, we still get the same beautiful view of the birds and the river/bay… stunning.

      • Madeline Sharrock September 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

        Nature never ceases to amaze. What a special moment. Thank you for sharing your camera and the glimpses into the life of the ospreys. It was special to watch this family while watching the new parents on my son’s platform in Hecksher State Park. It was great to compare and know when certain things were occurring in the life of this osprey family. Ours too, have since departed for the south and we look forward to their return in the spring.

      • Leanne September 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

        That was absolutely beautiful. She knew just how important you were to her life and she wanted you to know it. What a beautiful memory for you both to enjoy for years and years to come. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

      • Cathy R September 30, 2015 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        What a wonderful experience! I agree with everyone else that it was a personal thank you. I have a pigeon with a broken foot that comes to our house and it knows me and waits for me to try to sneak some seeds just for him before all his brothers try to steal the seed. I know that he knows who am and how I try to help him and little Sandy also knows you. You and Paul have been wonderful ‘foster’ parents to the whole family. A “Well Deserved” thank you!

        We all thank you for everything you and Paul have done for this family and for the website. I don’t blog as often as I should but I love to read what everyone else says and certainly feel part of a community. Can’t wait for next Spring. I will content myself with the Eagles in Florida now and the Albatross in January in Hawaii. May all our Osprey and our entire community “live long and prosper”.

      • PattyK September 30, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

        An OMG moment, again, so thank you so very much for giving us the privvy to learn, love , share this very special Ospreyzone site!I will forever be changed for the better, just learning and loving the osprey life and you wonderful folks!I think I know , as all of the people here, that you had no idea how this site would effect you and your world, just trying to keep up with all of us, so sending thanks and hugs again for BEING!!

      • Lyn September 30, 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

        Tommy~ My GREATEST appreciation for hosting this osprey nest on your absolutely BEAUTIFUL property on the North Fork, is sent. Your backyard (front yard) is the envy of most people in the world! The view is incredible! What a great place to live and to have put an osprey nest and camera for all of us to see and observe all summer long, and from what I’m reading, the entire winter also! Wow, we can ALL see how winter is doing its work on the bay and environs from the camera’s view, and maybe even observe new winter tenants in the nest! I know the cleaning crows have scoped it out a few times, but the wind maybe more than even they can take, 80 ft. up. The moment you described with Sandy looking into your home through the door at you, made me cry with tears of JOY. She definitely WAS thanking you. I truly believe in Karma, and what you did for her and her family she gave back in that brief encounter, with all of the love an osprey CAN give. THAT was your “thank you note” moment. I hate the fact that we will probably never see her or Ronnie again, nor will we recognize either of them should we see them, but the treasure of seeing them from egg to full grown birds is an experience that I’ll never forget, nor will hundreds or perhaps thousands of others. When George and Gracie return in the spring, hopefully a GOOD cycle will begin again and we will have a new healthy 2016 brood to watch. George and Gracie are now experienced parents. They will probably do better as second time parents, and hopefully there won’t be a bunker kill-off from the sewage treatment plant like last year, making food scarce. I’m praying that the news reports on this impending hurricane will not impinge on the migration of Sandy and George. I’m worried nonetheless but I tend to be a worry wart. You’ve provided, along with Paul, an exceptional view of nature and an up -and -personal view of osprey that many conservation groups should envy. I’m sure all the work will be rewarded in one way or the other over time. As I said before – Karma. Thank you for sharing this incredible moment with your most precious Princess Sandy! AND for allowing us all an awesome “birds eye view” of the birds – literally! Bless you all.

      • Ray and Winnie October 1, 2015 at 6:59 am - Reply

        Tommy, I really feel that the osprey watched your comings and goings all summer, and knew you were a friend. Gracie and George really taught them their manners….and they knew enough to say good bye. Take a bow Tommy, we all benefitted from your generosity.

      • Phil K October 1, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

        Do you know if it was Sandy or Ronnie that was tangled in the fishing line? I have been a bit critical about some of the “humanization” of the Ospreys however, I find myself thinking that maybe Sandy’s visit was saying “Thanks for saving me” (or my sibling. I know this is an example of what I was critical. I guess I too have been so touched by this “family” in way that cannot be easily explained.

        Tommy and all– Thanks for breaking my hard shell!!

        • Lyn October 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

          Phil K – FYI, it was Ronnie tangled in the fishing line, but Sandy also had some sort of red cord wrapped around her as well. So the rescue was actually for both birds, thereby saving their lives.

          • Phil K October 2, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

            Lyn…Thx.. I saw the red cord around the baby. That probably would have come off on its own. However, glad the cord was removed. I just remember how much “Ronnie” struggled for 3-4 days trying to get that was of line off its talons. I felt a pain in my stomach watching his struggle.

      • Tucker October 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

        Tommy Thank you for sharing that very special encounter. Recalling TV shows of the fifties, I wish I had my Winky Dink screen,I’d cover my computer screen and draw a couple of Osprey to fill the empty nest. Come to think of it there were times when I didn’t use the cover screen and just drew on the TV, my Mom didn’t care she liked Winky Dink!

        • Kathy October 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

          Tucker, go back and click on a few of the links for Sandy’s last photo shot. Save it to your desktop. I have her here as my desktop image so I say hello everyday to her. It’s such a great photo her looking straight into the camera on Sunday morning before her and George left.

      • Rose October 2, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

        Thank you for sharing Sandy’s farewell with all of us. I haven’t been on for a while but I heard that our “family” have departed for warmer climates.It has been a wonderful experience watching nature unfold in front of our eyes, the bad and the good. It has made me more aware of the Ospreys in my area. I am going to miss checking in on them but can’t wait for next summer and a new family to appear. They will be missed. Thank you for “hosting” this next and giving us this wonderful opportunity.

      • Marilyn October 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        Tommy, thank you so much for sharing that special moment with us. I loved watching this little family of Osprey through the good times & bad. Am missing them already, kind of sad to see the empty nest. Looking forward to next year, God willing, to see them again, or even another family. Thank you again & thanks to everyone that made this wonderful adventure possible.

      • Bev October 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        Thank you for sharing!

      • Barbara October 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

        I truly enjoyed these past few months Tommy and also wish to thank you for all you have done. What a touching tribute from Sandy, hope to see them again next year. Thanks again Tommy and I wish you well..

      • Bonnie October 11, 2015 at 3:33 am - Reply

        Hi, back atcha Tommy,

        Bet you never thought at just many people would love your “gift of Ospreyzone in so many places across this great world of ours. God continue to bless you always. Personally I have to say “WAAAA” and miss them much but so very THANKFUL for your sharing ..HUG’S

        And yes, I am sure Sandy was giving you thank’s and blessings and holds just a tiny window open to the nest she loved so dearly for next 2 years. Wow, just to know our osprey made it .. what a dream.

        See you next year and take real good care of yourself.
        You surely are a very special person in giving so much.
        Bonnie

    31. Pilot September 29, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Out of curiosity…During the night-time feed, one can see the rotating airport beacon in the distance, right at the top of the screen. It rotates a green and then a white light, which indicates a civilian airport. as opposed to military or otherwise. What airport is that, if this nest tower is on the north fork of Long Isle? I do not recall any airports in that area. Or is that simply a red light on a tall tower with the required flashing as per the FAA for tall towers at night?

      • Redkayak September 30, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

        It’s not an an airport it’s a light house

    32. CarolV September 29, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Paul had previously said that the site and store will be up and running all winter. Possibly with an addition of highlights as time permits. Hopefully with the story of what adjustments and additions are made to the tower and nest. In any case, I plan to check in regularly ; check out the view, see what’s new and say hello. Hope others say hi, too. So no “good-byes” Just “Hasta manyana”( I know that’s spelled wrong..just can’t make that crazy worm mark above the “n” )

    33. Betsy September 29, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Here’s the link for the pictures of George’s and Sandy’s leaving: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest#comment-2277361821 posted by helenbeary on Sunday, September 27, 2015 7:42PM. If you click on each picture, you can view that individual image. (But, here are the links for the individual pictures: http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2585/4460/original.jpg; http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2585/4461/original.jpg; http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2585/4463/original.jpg; and http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2585/4464/original.jpg.)

      I think they left somewhere between 7AM and 7:30AM Sunday, September 27.

      Also, there are images posted by nutty][wingnut today, Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:43AM: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest#comment-2280083270.

      • June c September 30, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

        Thank you for your link to pictures..I don’t know why but made me cry..watching this beautiful family since June..was away with no internet service and missed the last days..I want to believe that Sandy is following George on their long trip south..Gods speed to them.❤️

    34. karin September 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Wow!… Talk about empty nest syndrome… I was fine as all the kids moved out……( of course I get to see the kids all year )

    35. CarolV September 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      MarilynJ Certainly,,if you like it..I can’t claim it. Just reworded an old Irish blessing. Seemed to fit. Thank you.
      My Cutchogue buddy, osprey Verizon Vic, was still there this morning, eating his breakfast on his post. This is later than I remember seeing him in the past 5 years. On my drive home, as I crossed the bridge between Forks, an osprey flew over. So there are some still around. Maybe they don’t like the traffic of all the others going!

    36. June c September 29, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Helen…tried to look for final pictures. I was away and would love to see them have been watching since June ..miss them …maybe post on this site f you can…
      Thanks so much. June

      • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        Hi June. Sorry but I don’t know how to post the pics here. Have sent the pics directly to others who have provided an email address and will do the same for you and anyone else who provides an email address. Helen B.

    37. Patye September 29, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      So quiet – so still – miss our new found family. Empty nest syndrome all over again. Thanks again Tommy and all of you who made it possible for all of us to observe. Thanks to all of you guys who commented – it taught me a lot –

    38. Jo-Ann September 29, 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      I keep looking at the empty nest and find it hard to believe that this event we have been watching is over. We knew it would happen but I wasn’t prepared for both George and Sandy to leave at the same time. Thought we would have a few days between departures. I am happy and sad. I have cried a bit but know it had to happen. I think I cried less when my last child left home for college and I had an empty nest. I am a bit comforted by the thought that George will be guiding and looking after Sandy on this journey they are on. I hope he continues to fish for her.
      So I will now say “Thank you” to Paul for allowing us to have this extraordinary experience, to Tommy for building that platform and getting it on top of that tower, to Jim McDougall from the Wildlife Center for his bravery in going up to the nest and untangling both the babies from fishing line and rope, to PSEG for sending equipment and a crew for without their help I shutter to think what might have happened ( I will never again complain about my electric bill) and to all of those who took the time to post comments and suggestions about books and other sites to watch and the updates on events that sometimes I wasn’t able to view. So I know we are praying for the safe arrival of our osprey family to their winter home and that George and Gracie both return in the spring.
      I hope we all have a mild and snowless winter!!!( unless you like to ski then I hope it snows where you go skiing and not in my driveway.)Good health and happiness to all of you. Till we meet again.

    39. Richard Russo September 29, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Let’s see if this works for everyone. Copied a link to “farewell photos”

      http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2585/4464/original.jpg?w=480&h

    40. Kathy September 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Here is the link with all the parting pics : https://disqus.com/by/exploreorg-098882ce07c19021afe6d3b28975501a

    41. Kathy September 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      https://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2585/7087/original.jpg This is the last pic of Sandy Sunday morning. Please see if it comes up. Thanks Paul.

    42. Mac September 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      With the tropical storm “Joaquin” forming along the east coast, I am concerned for George and Sandy’s safety. If it takes 3 weeks for them to migrate (I think I read that here a short while back), will they be safe and slightly inland somewhere? If we only knew how they are doing…..

    43. Nancy September 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      I think it was around 8:00 am EDT Sunday that Sandy & George left. It was really cute to see. What I saw was Sandy in the nest doing her ‘I want breakfast squawk’. An Osprey flew past the nest over the water (may have been George); Sandy became very quiet, looked around, and then went up onto the camera. I heard a few chirps, and then she was gone. Perhaps she just wanted to say Goodbye to the nest before leaving. Paul, would it be possible to post this departure in the Highlight section?

    44. Pam September 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you Helen for capturing the departure. It is good know George and Sandy went together. He has been a great dad. Thanks to all for a very interesting journey.

    45. Helen Feigel September 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      This has been such a treat all summer. thank you to all!! Miss them!!

    46. Leanne September 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Helen, Is there anyway you could post the departing pics here on this site? I am having trouble finding them on the other site. Thank you so much.

      • Leanne September 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        Found the pics. That one of George and Sandy leaving together made me cry. Farewell and safe journey!

      • CarolV September 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

        Me, too. Tech challenged…

    47. Catolina September 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much. in taken the time to answer me… I felt a bit lost not seeing someone in the nest or hearing the Sandy squawk ,,,
      I would love to see the moment . of departure. Do you know where these Ospreys are vacationing? I will be looking for the departure clip, Again
      Thank you so much for the update. Cat

      • Michael G. Martin September 29, 2015 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        Hello Everyone
        Can anyone or everyone please give me an update on our Families migration South Like all of us we’ve been watching since day one. It’s been an incredible journey over the past 4 months and it Sad for me and Everyone to say a Tearful Good-bye to our Adoptive Family
        . Paul if it’s not to much Trouble and I know it will be post a Video or Photos of the Last Farewell to our Friends

        Mike

        • Michael G. Martin September 29, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          North-Fork Bob has left the Nesst on Monday he’s in Maryland

          Mike

      • Michael G. Martin September 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

        North Fork Bob is still in the Nest, he hasn’t left yet

        • CarolV September 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

          Thanks for posting about NF Bob. I was wondering. Checked on ospreytrax but imagine data takes a while to be posted there.

        • Helen September 29, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

          I looked for North Fork Bob on line tonight – wonder why he is so late. And Paul, I am willing to donate to the project like Mike Martin suggests.

      • Michael G. Martin September 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

        Paul
        I myself and many others wouldn’t mind Donating to the Project to Defer some of the Cost for next Season and possibly upgrading the Facilities

        Mike Martin

    48. Lyn September 29, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Hi there Helen – I went to the explore.org site and saw your screen shots. Lovely. Everyone should view them. Can;t believe you actually caught the moment that nasty crow picked the feather flag out of the nest!

      • marie king September 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        Been watching this family since first egg hatched. I’ve gotten very attached to this family. Suffered through loss of Pee Wee. Found myself telling Sandy to shut up when she had fish so Ronnie would’nt show up and steal it. Would tell her to take it and fly off with it if it looked like he was going to . Have loved her attachment to nest and her perch. Who will ever forget the nest feather? I would love to see the George and Sandy leaving pictures. Not very computer savy could someone please put up complete web site address. Thank you May God bless and protect this little family I will think of them often and never forget them.

      • Helen B September 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        Hi Lyn, Someone else caught the feather shot but thanks. Would love to post the last pics here (I took twelve but posted four) if someone will tell me how.

    49. Helen September 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Hello. This is my first post on this website. Along with many others I have been following George, Gracie, Sandy and Ronnie with great delight on the Explore/Osprey site.

      Since there is speculation, I thought you would want to know George and Sandy departed together early Sunday morning. Here is what I was fortunate to observe: George circled the nest twice. During the first circle flight Sandy could be heard calling to him off-camera. She landed on the nest during his second circle flight, still calling out to George. As he flew away, Sandy silently gazed out over the LI Sound for a short while and then, just as silently, she raised her wings and took off from the nest in the same direction as George.

      Four camera captures were posted of the above on the Explore/Osprey site Sunday evening which you can see if you go to that site and scroll down to the “basement.” Alternatively, If someone can provide an e-mail address or other instructions on how to share camera captures of the above, I would be very happy to do so.

      • ospreyzone September 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Thanks for Info, Helen. Could you provide the time that this took place, please. Thanks.

        Paul

        • Helen September 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

          No Paul – this is not my comment. Don’t know where it came from.

        • Helen September 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

          Thinking it is another Helen. Maybe check for the email address.

          • Helen B September 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

            Hi Helen. Sorry for the confusion. I have not previously posted on this site and didn’t know there was another Helen. I’ll use Helen B. Again, apologies.

        • Kathleen September 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

          Hi Paul, I saw Sandy on a rewind and took her pic with my phone AGAIN as I was inclined to do during the waning days – last time I saw her and thought I glimpsed George, I snapped a shot with my cell at 10:28 of a rewind that the cell capture shows to be -2.44:27. I kept checking the site Sunday and have since – nothing. So I’d say the photos Helen refers to are just before 8 am. Hope that helps and a BIG THANK YOU for all of these wonderful days of osprey watching!

        • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

          Hello again, Paul. Is there a way I can email a copy of the pics directly to you so that you can post them in a manner that is accessible to anyone who wishes to view them?

          As you are likely aware, the Explore site lost the two osprey chicks from Steve and Rachel’s nest. After that, many of us enjoyed watching several nests from around the world but your nest in particular has been very special. Watching George, Gracie, Sandy and Ronnie has been a treat. I will especially miss diva Sandy’s siren squawking. I am very grateful to you for the site and all you have done for the little family. Thank you. I look forward to watching in the years to come. Helen B.

          • ospreyzone September 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

            I will be posting a highlight video of the last sighting.

            Paul

            • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

              Wonderful! Thank you.

        • Charlie R October 2, 2015 at 7:58 am - Reply

          Paul and Tommy – THANK YOU. Please also check 10/1/15 @ 8:55am or so, as a fledge did two touch and go’s, didn’t stay, but I scrolled back and think it may have been Sandy because of the markings on his chest. I have two screen captures, but they aren’t time stamped. There were three Ospreys fishing the bay area below the nest earlier around 7:48am, also on 10/1/15.

      • Diane S September 29, 2015 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        Thanks for posting the farewell pictures Helen! I missed the departure, so at least I saw your pictures, which made me smile!

        • Helen B September 29, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

          My pleasure. I am going to miss all that squawking. Helen B.

      • Beverly September 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

        Helen, what is the website you found the pictures on?

        • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

          Hello Beverly….The URL is http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest You need to use the “load more comments” button at the bottom until you get back to Sunday evening when the pics were posted. Alternatively, I will send them directly to you if you provide an email address. Helen B.

      • GinaM September 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

        Hi Helen,
        I think I saw that on Sunday morning. I remember that George didn’t bring her a fish, but flew around. I didn’t think at the time that was the last time I would see them.
        I hope we can see the photos again. Thank you for posting this. And THANK YOU PAUL for EVERYTHING!!!!

      • Eva September 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

        Went over to Explore site for the Bremen Maine Osprey; in the comment section there are beautiful pictures of our osprey…the shot of the crows removing the feather is good for a laugh!
        Have to look for the others.

      • Dawn September 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        I’m not familiar with the Explore site. Can someone direct me to the photos of our Osprey leaving the nest? My children will definitely want to see them!

        • Helen B September 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

          Hello Dawn. The link is http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest You will have to scroll down to Sunday night by continually clicking the “load more button” until you get there. Alternatively, I can email them to you as I just did to Helen F. if you provide your email address. Thanks, Helen B.

          • June c September 30, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

            Hi…please send pics…june5wilson@yahoo.com..I was away and had no internet, missed last days..watching since June and it’s killing me not to see last minutes…love our family.

            • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

              Hi June. Pics were sent about an hour ago. Please let me know if you do not receive them. Helen B.

      • karin September 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        Helen, Those were beautiful…. I loved the comment on the crow taking the feather flag…. Thank you so much! And yes, i saw the order of the pictures was 4-1-2-3…

        • Helen B September 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

          Hello Paul. I should have checked the exact time but didn’t. Best approximation is between 7:30 – 8:30 am EDT Sunday the 27th. Sorry. I had a lot going on that morning.

      • Leanne September 29, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        Hi Helen, Is there anyway you could post the departing pics here on this site? I am having trouble finding them on the other site. Thank you so much.

      • Helen September 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        Hi –

        I am another Helen. Thank you so much – I can’t find the webpage and would appreciate seeing the pictures – hjr@elilaw.net. Thanks again. Helen

      • Maria September 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

        Been watching this site since before first egg hatched. This is my first time posting. We all have shared sorrow over Pee Wee. Took awhile to forgive Ronnie. Yes nature brutal. Found myself talking to Sandy. Telling her to be quiet when she had a fish. That was an invitation to Ronnie to come steal it.. Many times I told to to fly away with it when Ronnie showed up. Thank you Paul and Tommy. I have learned so much. Thank you for Ronnies rescue. May God bless and protect this special family we have all grown to love. Hope someone will give exact web site address for Helens pictures I’m not very computer savy. PS will anyone forget the nest feather?

        • Kathy September 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

          Maria, I sent Paul the link. He should post it for all.

      • Kathy September 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        Not seeing where you can click on “basement”. Trying to find info for all the others on the Explore site. Maybe we can get the departure pics from youtube.

        • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

          Hi Kathy…It actually says “load more comments” at the bottom of the page. It will probably take you a bit of time and multiple reloads to get back to Sunday evening. I don’t know how to post the pics directly to this site but, as I have done for others from this site, will e-mail the photos to you and anyone else who provides an email address. Helen B

      • PattyK September 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

        Helen- Thank you so so very much for the info. Any chance you could put a link to the site and your photos for the not very computer savvy oldies? Went to Explore.org/Osprey site and, duh, duh ville set in- cannot seem to locate” basement”or photos. By the way, I had a very teary moment trying to read your comments on seeing George and Sandy leaving the nest to my hubby, who, by osmosis, became an Ospreyzone addict also.Thank you again and heartfelt hugs to Paul, Tommy and our entire ospreyzone Family for this incredible experience!

        • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

          Hi Patty. Here is the URL: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest You will need to keep clicking the “load more comments” at the bottom of the page until you reach Sunday evening where the pics are posted. Alternatively, I will send them directly to you if you provide an email address. Helen B

      • Lisa September 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        Helen,

        I’m not sure why you mean to scroll down to the basement on the website? I would love to see the pictures too……

        • Helen B September 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

          Hi Lisa. At the bottom of the page, click on the “load more comments” button until you get back to Sunday evening where you will see the pics. Alternatively, I have already sent the pics directly to a couple of people from this site who provided an email address and will be happy to do the same for you and anyone else who would like the pics. Helen B

    50. Eva September 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      If the camera stays up this weekend it could be really cool to watch the tropical storm come through the area…much safer than going down to the beach!

    51. Richard Russo September 29, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Just thinking – for those around the north fork, or not too far away, how about a meeting at a local community center or hall (maybe around Christmas or Easter)- just to touch base, hear current news, speakers (Paul, others?), Osprey store, donations, etc.).

    52. Mimsey September 29, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

      A crow on the nest picking through leftovers. No sign of an osprey.

    53. karin September 29, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

      11:20 We have a crow in the nest looking around and saying ha ha while he picks at whatever bits of food are there….

    54. Bob September 29, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Forgot to mention that I get to see osprey doing their thing year round so I am not totally bereft at the migration of the North Fork LI osprey. Next up for me will be our neighbors the bald eagles doing their thing and until they start I can watch the manatees outside my window doing what they do. Nature provides much amazing entertainment to those who only look for it.

    55. Bob September 29, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Say goodnight Gracie, George, Ronnie & Sandy. Hope you catch many fish down south and enjoy the winter weather as I do on the west coast of Florida on an island. Bye to all and we all obviously wish the best for this family that we have followed for so long.

    56. Alizarin September 29, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Sad that they’re gone and the nest is empty. But there’s a tropical storm forecast to come up the Atlantic coast this week so hopefully George and Sandy left just in time and will miss the bad weather.

      Thanks again to everyone for your comments throughout the season and a big thank you to Tommy and Paul for this site. I look forward to seeing George and Gracie again in the Spring. Best wishes to everyone!

    57. GinaM September 29, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

      We may see other ospreys on the nest – the ones from the north may stop to rest on their way south. A couple of years ago, in early October, I was standing at the bay and overhead were at least 20 ospreys. It was the most amazing sight I ever saw. They were either all northern birds heading south or they were cashing in on a large fish find in the shallow waters. Sandy is flying south, but she is following a well traveled route where there are other ospreys with her. If she left on Sunday, then I would guess she is at least in the Carolinas by now, perhaps she is hitching a ride on a big ship, screaming for the sailors to bring her dinner.

      I am glad she got her act together and glad that she and George are on their way and Ronnie is probably bossing everyone she comes across, but gosh, it is hard to see the empty nest.

      • Catolina September 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the info; I agree it is hard to see the empty nest.. In my view George is a very good dad. Hope.to be here next year and enjoy an other time with these awesome Ospreys. Thanks Cat

    58. Leesa D September 29, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Looks like the whole family has left. Has anyone heard or seen them? I haven’t seen them since Friday when George brought Sandy a fish.
      Safe travels our feathered friends. And till we meet again.

    59. Kathy September 29, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

      I hear chirping, but it’s not them. I keep looking, but they are gone. I’m sad, but glad they are on their way. Wish we had GPS to know they are ok. God Speed.
      7:54 am est

    60. Deborah September 29, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

      I don’t comment often but watch every early morning and evening. I am hoping they’ve headed south to warmer climates and hope for the best for them all. Will continue watching as long as the webcam is up and working. My four year old students loved watching the rescue (even though it was early in the summer. It’s a great teaching tool and makes a lasting impression).

    61. Chris B September 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      I think our babies have all left. I will miss them and be thinking about them. Glad they are on their way but will miss them and will constantly be on my mind for the next few days.

    62. Roberta September 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Certainly looks like they’ve flown south. So sad, no note, no good-byes. What happens with the nest & camera now? Will there be a way to get back on in the spring when the family returns? This has been beyond wonderful. Thank you so very much for all your efforts to make this available to us. Stay well.

    63. Mimsey September 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Has anyone seen the remaining kid today? I haven’t.

    64. Lyn September 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      I want to believe that both Sandy and George DID leave together and that George is leading the way. Have not seen them all day, so what conclusions can one make? Even though George cannot provide food for Sandy, he’s showing her the way south – at least for a while. She’s fishing for herself now and I’m happy and hopeful for them both. Surely their paths will separate at some point, but at least her Dad gave her the push she needed to leave that nest and neighborhood she was so attached to. May the Good Mother protect Sandy and George and bring them to their destinations.

    65. karin September 28, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      I meant not a single osprey in the nest….. ( sorry )

    66. Jan September 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      I think Sandy and George are gone. Have tried to rewind the tape today whenever I could…might have missed a couple of hours…but no sign of them. Hope Sandy’s instincts kick in for the long migration and that they have a safe trip. I no they had to leave…but I’m gonna miss them so much!!!

    67. karin September 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Well ladies and gentlemen,…… I think we have an empty nest. I think they are heading south. George has been pretty indulgent so hopefully Sandy and he are together at least till she will be ok without him….. I have not seen a single osprey today although i did hear someone scratching on the camera this morning…. …probably the Crow Cleaning Company……

    68. CarolV September 28, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      I was surprised, coming out of work, to see Verizon Vic on his pole eating his fish.!! I thought he had gone! And driving home I saw other osprey flying over the bay. So I guess Sandy wasn’t the only one dragging his talons! I wonder if George is still hanging out in East Marion, enjoying the leisure time and eating local seafood.

      • CarolV September 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

        Poor nest, all forlorn…the plastic is barely moving!

      • CarolV September 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        BTW..got my order from the store and happy with all BUT if you order OZ magnets for the car bumper, check your size..I didn’t think it thru and now have a Very big car deco which hopefully I can trim down!!!!

    69. Bill from Massapequa September 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      It would appear that our Ospreys have gone. What a thrill to watch them mature despite all the drama in the nest! A regular soap opera. 🙂

    70. Leanne September 28, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      That nest looks empty and sad. I miss those birds so much. At the beginning of this little journey we’ve all been on, I had my computer on this site from 4am until 9pm. Recently, due to reasons beyond my control, I havent been able to view as much as I had wanted. I missed a lot but I kept telling myself it was good to distance myself as I had become quite attached and knew that when the Osprey family began their adventure to their winter destination, it would surely break my heart. And it has. Something is missing. Something has left a little hole in my heart. Childish? Maybe, but it’s how I feel. I just keep telling myself that April really isnt that far in the future and that I’ll make it. lol. I’ll keep George, Gracie, Ronnie and Sandy in my prayers. Pray they all have safe flights. And of course I will never forget PeeWee. The bravest one of the bunch!
      I’ll still be popping in and out and checking the comments, etc and I’ll also be counting down the days until April finally gets here.

    71. Jo-Ann September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Both George and Sandy were here Sat. evening. George delivered dinner about 6 p.m. Sandy left and did not appear till early Sunday morning. Jan’s post was at 7 so she was here before that time. No sign of George since that Sat. evening delivery. I watched all day yesterday but did not see George or Sandy and I also waited for comments. I am sure that Paul is getting to our comments as soon as he can and I am sure he has been inundated these last two days with all of us asking about where George and Sandy are. We are all concerned but I think we all are pretty much sure that George and Sandy have left. I find it unusual based on what we have been reading and had been told by the experts that both would leave at the same. time. I have a picture in my mind of George dragging a eco-friendly bag behind him containing his “Princess Sandy” because he wanted to leave and she preferred to stay here and get nest service.

      To Gamma, I am still watching and I think most of us are. Since we didn’t get any postings yesterday it was hard to tell who is still on nest watch.

    72. Monica September 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hello all!! I haven’t been on here in quite some time. Last time I saw comments was on 9/10, I think. When I checked in on 9/11, I assumed it was because of 9/11. I totally understand; I don’t ever feel like doing anything on that day. But, I kept checking in on subsequent dates and there weren’t any comments. So, what happened?! Is our family gone?!

    73. Freddie September 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Have a save trip Sandy!!

    74. Richard Russo September 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      So, it appears that the last two members of our osprey family have begun their journey southward (unless once again we are proven wrong). It is hard not to feel conflicted about their leaving. On the one hand, they truly must leave, while on the other, we all feel a sense of family tie with these four personality-rich birds. The fact they we will more than likely never see Sandy and Ronnie again adds to the feelings of loss. We will all anxiously await the return of Spring and the return of Gracie and George to their nest. I am also sure that we will bite our fingernails to the quick if there is a delay in either one’s appearance. Paul and the other individuals connected to this project have given us such a wonderful gift – the opportunity to observe, get to know, and love these incredible birds. Hopefully, we will all find a way to pass these feelings to others and support programs which help to foster the growth of wildlife in general, and the osprey in particular, on Long Island. On another note, this webcam has caused me to miss Long Island even more than I have. We moved to New Hampshire after retiring from our teaching careers. Perhaps, someday we will return for good (instead of our current sporadic visits to family and friends), and perhaps when we do, we will be observing future generations of Gracie’s and George’s progeny as they hatch, struggle, fledge, and eventually fly south. Life is truly a circle.

      • Helen September 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        Ditto to all you have said. I too have mixed feelings and I keep thinking of the chick flying off by herself or himself. I would love to have a get together during the winter. I feel that we are all relatives to this little family.

    75. Jan September 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Hello Everyone… The last time I saw Sandy in the nest was Sunday about 3:00 p.m. Haven’t seen her or George. Has anyone seen them?

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