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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

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

    44,429 Comments

    1. jon Powers March 9, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      By the way, is this chat going to be replaced for the new season, i think it should, i suggested spot.im, easy to use and everything pops up instantly, it will build a better chat and more people will come and chat and learn more about ospreys.

    2. NANCY March 9, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Why was the nest so thoroughly cleaned out ? Will the G’s rebuild it ??

      • Eva March 9, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

        Good morning Nancy, last season a chick became entangled in fishing line and needed intervention. It was difficult to find a bucket truck to go that high, so after rescue, decision made to reduce tower height. That meant cleaning out the nesting material. George and Gracie should be able to rebuild before egg time.

      • jon Powers March 9, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Of course they will rebuild it, i’m happy they cleaned it out, first, the body of the third chick was still in the nest buried but still there and second, rebuilding the nest will help them bond more, last year was there first time having chicks and had a rough start.

      • CarolV March 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

        Hi! The tower was shortened by 20′ to make it more accessible in emergencies..like the fishline removal last summer. The nest had to be removed to make the platform manageable.Yes, it will be rebuilt…many nests here were damaged in some rough storms over the winter.I hope it will be the Gs who return and wait anxiously to see if we recognize them… It will just add to the fun of watching! I missed the building phase last year..I didn’t start watching until after the chicks were hatched last year.

    3. Bre March 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Can’t wait to see our G’s very soon now it won’t be long..meanwhile i have a family right outside of my home here in Florida, watching them
      fish everyday in the Turkey Creek canal leading into the ocean they perch outside my back yard in my big oak tree overlooking 2 huge ponds
      while i watch with bonaculars i so enjoy them & will miss them when they leave

      • CarolV March 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        Do you just have transient osprey? It seems some parts of FL have residents.

    4. Candi March 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Welcome Spring!! Cannot wait for our ospreys to return!. Has anyone seen the Pinkshell web cam osprey mother feeding her 2 young chicks? Seems she just sits there and is looking very bewildered?

      • CarolV March 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

        Hi..just watched Pink Shell for about 15mins(about 3:00pmEST) Both parents on nest,,one has fish ..I think mom..and has been eating. Chicks have either been fed or are weak..only head bobbles, no interest. What site do you watch? this site has no audio and no rewind to see what has been going on..Am I just spoiled by the awesome way Ospreyzone was configured or is this a more limited cam?

        • Karen March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

          They seem to be well fed. If you go to their Facebook page under Visitor Posts, several viewers post videos throughout the day highlighting the activity.

        • GinaM March 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

          Yes, they do eat well. I am concerned about the third egg. If that baby hatches now, it may be a replay of what we witnessed last summer.

      • Kathy B March 9, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        Candi, I have seen her feed but not alot. But I don’t watch constantly either. Not fond of the cam set up. Hope they make it. I guess people were concerned and they had some wildlife fish and game person out and said there was enough fish in the water and feeding should be ok.

    5. CarolV March 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Anyone watching PinkShell cam…are you getting sound? Or am I having my usual technical difficulties..more like deficiencies…?

      • Karen March 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        Don’t worry, it’s not you! They don’t have sound. It’s like watching a silent movie.
        Baby ospreys are so cute! I’m really hoping the 3rd egg doesn’t hatch so that these 2 have a better chance.

      • Eva March 8, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        I’ve been peeking in every few days, but I keep the sound down as the calls are so raucous. I do have trouble with the screen graying out every few seconds..as if a sheet is being lowered and raised. Happening to you?

        • CarolV March 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

          OK Eva..we all need to know what web address you are using as we have silence!!!!

          • Eva March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

            The Pink Shell site. What I was saying is I keep the sound down so I had no idea the site had no microphone.

      • Kathy B March 9, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

        no sound from here either Carol. I want to watch but it’s a crappy set up. Gets very frustrating. Anxious for our family back !

    6. CarolV March 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks to all our friends south of here who are keeping us updated on osprey spottings! We are all waiting impatiently! Don’t forget that Rob B has his site OSPREYTRAX.COM, which he is updating periodically, tracking local birds in his study. Click on interactivemaps, then spring 16. It’s sad to read about the birds that were lost this year, including our own NF Bob…..Our hopes are with the G’s, that they will both return…and that we can recognize them!!!!!
      And I’m starting to check the Chesapeake Bay nest. They successfully raised chicks as surrogate parents, as many remember, and took in a crazy fledgling from some other nest…maybe this year will be more successful for their own eggs…

    7. cheryl March 7, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      So looking forward to G and G’s return especially with the beautiful weather heading in.

    8. Jenn March 7, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Greetings from Southern Maryland. Just wanted to let everyone know that I saw an Osprey show up yesterday (Sunday, March 6th) to it’s nest off of Rte. 4 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. I also saw two Ospreys circling around Port Tobacco, Maryland – one with a fish in its talons. Hopefully this means an appearance soon of George and Gracie! God bless, everyone!

    9. Jim B. March 5, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      An osprey was spotted here in Charlotte, NC yesterday and it was headed northeast.

      • helen March 11, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

        A good sign!

    10. helen March 4, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Second chick is having trouble righting himself – don’t know if that is normal or not.

    11. helen March 4, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Second chick born in Florida

    12. Jan March 4, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Hello Everyone: A little snow here this morning!!! Hopefully, our Osprey Family is getting geared up to soon fly home to us!!! So excited for their return!! It won’t be long now!! Hope they have a safe trip….can’t wait!

    13. Anja March 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Looking forward to spring – watching the Ospreys last year was such a joy. I’m hoping they don’t bring fishing line to the nest!

    14. GinaM March 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      One of the OspreyTrax transmitter birds, Edwin, has started his journey back north! Godspeed to all of our beloved ospreys.

      • helen March 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        Amen Gina

    15. Scott Straub March 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      How can I get a camera on the ospreys in Huntington harbor , my town. I’ve been watching them for years and would love to share them with the world. They are on a navigation marker in the harbor.

    16. PattyK March 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      Checking in all the time, hugging all of you , and many thanks to Paul,et al, for keeping this still happening, Looking forward to spring and another incredible season to be able to watch Nature happenings …Hugs again to all of you !!!!!

    17. Helen February 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      I may be mistaken but it looks like the Osprey in Florida is hatching one of her chicks as we speak.

      • jon March 3, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

        The new chick has not much longer to live, hasn’t eaten since march 1st and didn’t eat that much and today is the 3rd and he has a empty crop, reminds of this nest last year except only one chick and the parents displaying very strange behavior at pink shell.

        • helen March 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

          He seems to be eating now. Fingers crossed.

        • Monica March 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

          Jon – How many osprey were born in Pink Shell? I just tuned on to the live cam and see two that look so weak.

      • Helen March 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        Yes, it is true – there is one little one born.

    18. RonS February 29, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Does anyone know about what date the ospreys return? When the Puleston cam was active, those ospreys returned mid-march, about 03/17 plus or minus one day.

      • Mike March 7, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

        It depends on the water temp and being this was a mild winter it may be a early return..

      • Eleanor March 9, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

        Saw an osprey in my tree in Greenport today?

    19. Bre February 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Lol Carol! I love you…you are a Hoot! If you aren’t a wrighter you should be 😉 i mean that with the upmost respect. I so enjoy your comments
      since we all started watching Thanks

      • CarolV March 2, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

        Thanks…if we can’t see the funny in life, why bother getting out of bed????( Occasionally I do have days like that)

    20. RonS February 26, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Does anyone remember about what date the Ospreys return? When the Puleston site was active, they returned about March 17th each year.

      • GinaM February 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        The birds should be on the move very soon, if not already. The transmitter birds on Ospreytrax have not left yet, but there are a couple of males who are out of transmitter range who may already be on their way. They should be coming “home” mid March to beginning of April.

    21. Leanne February 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Another very stormy night for the nest.

      • Michael G. Martin February 29, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

        Well in about 3 short weeks our Fine Feathered Friends will start to feel their Deep Seated Instinct to plan their Migration North
        I can’t believe that in September we said good-bye to the Four. With the enthusiasm that we had last Season, let’s see with this new season that maybe we can do something that May Our Lady Wrap Her blue Mantle around You help Ospreys in general
        Over the Winter months I have been in contact with other Osprey Projects and Research Facilities around the World. I told them about our best and the love we have for our Family.
        And with the help of Paul and the other Experts we as a whole can assist them in helping them do our own Research
        If anyone is interested in helping, let’s talk it up and see what good we can accomplish.

        Michael G. Martin

    22. CarolV February 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      The Gs will not be the only couple rebuilding this spring! I noticed the nest in Cutchogue on the Verizon tower is barely visible. There had been many sticks and nesting materials that stuck out in plain view. The other nest I watch, on the corner of rts. 105 and 24 in Flanders, is still large but has a definite tilt to it! This one has some protection from the wind, with some surrounding trees; also, it isn’t as tall, maybe telephone pole height. Conjures up comic scenes of osprey couples returning and speculating ” What the heck? This is not the way we left things!” Then, gathering around the local fishing spots, discussing vandalism and nest insurance……

      • CarolV February 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

        For the eagle watchers…did you see the new cam opened in DC at the Arboretum? Couple called Mr.Pres and First Lady. eaglecam.org/dceaglecam. Their just starting incubation.

        • Eva February 24, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

          Good morning all…for those who are watching eagles, there is also a new camera on a nest in Decorah Iowa. Can be found on Explore.org. This is a brand new camera on another nest in Decorah; the residents have not yet laid eggs, that event is anticipated in the next few weeks. I have seen the Osprey nest at Pink Shell..I was so happy to see them. TY!

      • ChrisH February 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm - Reply

        Lol — just visualizing that scene! 🙂

    23. Kathy February 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Glad to be watching the Pink Shell resort. All the eagle nests make me anxious at times. I love Harriet and M15 but that lil’ E7 is a brat. Been there, done that. Can’t wait for George and Gracie. Hoping our precious Sandy is faring well.

    24. CarolV February 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Popped over to SWFla eaglecam to see how big the eaglets are getting….always amazes me how quickly they grow! I haven’t been logging in too often. They are apparently big enough for dominance aggression..which seems to have been ongoing already since one submitted quickly. Guess if we are going to spy on their world, we will have to harden our feelings. It’s the reality of their world. But it will always be difficult for me!
      On a happy note…mid February and that much closer to Mr.&MrsG returning ….
      Hope all have made it thru winter okay…a few more weeks and we can breathe ………

    25. GinaM February 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      I keep watching OspreyTrax to see if any of the transmitting birds have started to make their moves. The map looks the same. Not too long now, though. They start to arrive back here around St. Paddy’s day. Praying Gracie and George are safe and strong to make their journey!

    26. Leanne February 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Just watched the live feed on YouTube. Glad George and Gracie aren’t in the nest today because it’s getting hammered by strong winds and rain.

    27. Ann H February 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      While waiting for G+G to return, I have been watching the eagles in Florida -Harriet & M15 and Romeo & Juliet. And sure enough, little E8 in Southwest Florida got his leg caught in something in the nest. FLASHBACKS!!! well, over 5,000 people were looking at this and holding their collective breath. The chat room was wild… This morning CROW came and rescued the poor little bird and now we are waiting for the outcome – to return to nest or be raised by them. The drama involved with these birds is amazing- a sweet helpless animal can bring a giant to his knees. Let’s hope for less drama in our nest this year.

      • Lisa L February 10, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        I watched the entire rescue unfold too in Florida. This time I think kept it together a little better than what happened here last season. I’m glad we have such great wildlife rescue groups that make a difference…Can’t wait to see G+G return also…:-)

      • Richard Russo February 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

        Yes, little E8’s plight sure brought back memories. Thank God for CROW. The poor little guy would most certainly have died. Hoping for a safe return to the nest and reunion with the Southwest eagle family.

    28. GinaM February 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Here’s a warming thought… even as the snow falls on the nest, today is February 8th. The ospreys return to Long Island in March. George and Gracie must be getting the urge to return to their home on the bay. Hopefully they will arrive safe and sound after their winter in South America. I have been watching Osprey Trax and don’t see any movement from the other ospreys yet. A few birds with transmitters have not survived. I will feel much better when I see our young parents return to start another season of wonder for us to share.

    29. Kathy February 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Check out Osprey Coast Community of FB. Nice page for osprey lovers.

    30. Leanne February 5, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      I’m loving the live feed of the snow. Thank you 🙂

    31. Jan February 5, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Hi Karin…Thank you so much for the Pink Shell Resort osprey cam link!! Hoping spring comes quick…it’s getting closer till George and Gracie return…Snowing right now here on Eastern Long Island…..just think…in about a month Geoege and Gracie will hopefully be on their way back home to us!!!!!

    32. PattyK February 4, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      A happy hello to all…I check in all the time and do not post, but kindrid spirits abound in this special place. I realize the chiefs do not answer the comments and questions, they need their time off,but watching the 2014 videos and then the wonderful 2015 happenings, what are anyone’s thoughts about the timing t for GGs to rebuild the nest, then have the next brood, all this year…???Thank you all, xoxoxo

    33. CarolV February 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      I just checked out the Pink Shell Beach osprey nest Karen mentioned (thank you, Karen!) and I started laughing! The nest is visible for night viewing, so at about 7:45pmEST, as I tuned in, the nesting parent stood up to resettle itself and rearrange what looked suspiciously like PLASTIC!!!!! Too funny…we made so many comments about Gracie and her “addiction” to plastic and trash! I’ll be sure to check in again during daylight!
      Of all the sights with nest cams that I have checked out, I still enjoy the set up at Ospreyzone the best…the camera position, the outlook over the water, the sound…all add up to a more enjoyable viewing experience. The only thing lacking is the night vision…….

      • CarolV February 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

        Sorry…that’s sites not sights….

      • Karen February 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

        I think what you were seeing are the big pieces of palm tree leaves. I’ve been looking for trash but haven’t seen any yet – must be an especially tidy area.
        I do miss the sound but the nest platform design is interesting and allows for good aeration and drainage.
        Maybe we’ll be lucky and George and Gracie will be upgraded to night vision in the future!

    34. Emily Cole February 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      What is the website for me to see Rosie and her eggs

      • Eva February 3, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

        go to Explore.org and look thru the photos of the various animal sites. You should find Rosie there, just click on her.

    35. Karen January 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone,

      I have been watching the 2 eagle nests in Florida but, well, they’re just not ospreys. So, I was excited today to find a link to an osprey nest with newly laid 3 eggs. The names of the parents are Lucy and Ricky and the nest is located at Pink Shell Beach Resort in Florida.
      Here are the links to their Facebook page and cam site – enjoy!

      https://www.facebook.com/ospreynestpinkshellbeachresort/

      http://www.pinkshell.com/osprey-cam

      • Karen January 31, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

        Wanted to add that I just read about the nest history on the Facebook page. They say they have been watching this pair nest at this location for 15 years. They (the humans) replaced the old deteriorating nest with the current one in 2013 and added the camera at that time. Sadly, no sound.

      • Helen February 4, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

        T Thank you so much. That website really felt good to see and come back to.

      • Helen February 4, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

        Wonderful!! Thank you.

      • Helen February 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        Again thank you – they are not as beautiful as our little family but maybe we are a little biased!!

        • rodeehansen February 9, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

          In response to Helen Feb 9 -2016
          You are correct …… “our” family is the best looking.
          George is such an elegant bird. Its just a fact. There is just something special about this fellow. No wonder Gracie fell in love with him.
          And Gracie is first and foremost a MOTHER….. Its all about her family. Unending care. I love when she rips the fish from George before he even lands.

          Are we still planning for a beach-cleanup???? RH

    36. karin January 28, 2016 at 1:25 am - Reply

      Hi everyone! it’s a little after midnight and our nest is peaceful….. Eva told me the moon is shining really pretty on the water so I had to look and sure enough…… It’s a beautiful sight….
      Romeo and Juliet have their babies and Harriet and M15 have at least one fluffy baby…. I don’t know if the other egg hatched yet. I also check out the Yellowstone / Old faithful live cam….. the bison come up very close to the visitors and even cross the sidewalk to get to the lawn of the old faithful inn…… … oh yeah, the bella hummingbirds have eggs in their nest too. They are teeny tiny…………… Carol and Rodee,…. you’re probably right,,,,,, I had been wondering if Sandy’s perch that broke off had been part of that big stick probably anchoring in nesting material and long enough to be anchored in and used for a perch too…….. I wish we could have watched the blizzard through the camera but the cold, wind, ice and snow may have prevented that……. oh well, at least the snow is melting and so many people did not have to go out in it…….I saw pictures on the news and that was a lot of snow….. one more thing… i also saw a car ( on the news ) in new york completely covered in ice,,,,,,, I hope the owner had a huge hair dryer to melt it! 🙂

      • Kathy January 31, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        Hi Karin,
        I too am watching the eagles and just found out Rosie has eggs again. So nice to have something to watch, but sometimes keeps me from my work. LOL. Are you on LI? I wish to come some day and watch out George and Gracie. That would be neat. Glad you are enjoying the cams like alot of us. Take care.

    37. JMD January 27, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      I just looked at the nest, from watching other O nest I’ve noticed a lot have a branch off and near nest for the O’s to be able to sit on. It had to be strong enough to hold the birds. Like an extension arm of the nest. Didn’t know if this would be feasible for someone to add to the nest.. Just a suggestion.

    38. birdviewer January 26, 2016 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      I can’t wait till spring, and to view the new cycle of ospreys!

    39. CarolV January 25, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Morning! Hope everyone has coped with the snow! It was a doozy! As usual, MomNature did her thing and kept the forecasters guessing! Got my Saturday off cause I don’t drive in blizzards anymore! My thoughts went out to anyone with a need to get to work like medical professionals and emergency personnel like police and firemen. Thank you to all of them.
      Not surprised to see no live feed! Camera probably buried or the lens is blocked by snow build-up.Disappointing but not unexpected……
      Have a good day!

    40. Beatrice January 24, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Where we are on Long Island got about 24″ of snow. That’s why I’m surprised there isn’t any snow in the nest.

      • CarolV January 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm - Reply

        Hi, Beatrice..I live in Hampton Bays on the South Fork and got about 14-16″ and got my Saturday snow day. When I drove to work on Monday I was surprised to see “Connecticut snow”, meaning maybe 6 or 7″.With the wind there was some drifting, but nothing like those of us south or west on the Island. Now after the rain, they have very little left while we are still dealing with the frozen leftovers!

        • CarolV January 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

          Forgot to mention I work in Cutchogue, just a short distance from East Marion and the G’s home.

    41. eva January 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Such a shame the camera is down; I was hoping to see some of the storm via the camera. Would have been quite a vantage point. Be safe everyone in the way of the storm.

    42. Leanne January 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      I want the live feed. Your in the middle of a blizzard and the feed is showing a nest without one snowflake in it.

    43. karin January 21, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Good morning! 🙂 It’s January 21. Anyone else wondering how George and Grace are going to get that limb moved so it’s not in the way? I hear Long Island is expecting about 8 inches of snow on Saturday………yuck. but it will be pretty to watch. 🙂

      • CarolV January 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Hi,karin…it looks like well dried scrub pine, which is fairly light, so the G’s should be able to arrange as needed.
        It’s 6:50pmEST and we’re waiting for our first real snowstorm this winter. I’m not complaining as we’ve been so lucky so far this season! Some places have been severely hit already, south and west of us. Original predictions have been downgraded for our area so I may not even get the opportunity to call in and get an extra day off! Will have to wait and see; Mother Nature always does what SHE wants! Everyone have a great weekend!

        • rodee January 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

          Hello, to you all who recently wrote in, like CarolV – Beatrice – Eva – Leanne – Karin – Kathy B.
          The camera is running nicely. No snow on the nest might be because it got swept away on account of the hight winds.
          Now I am no builder of Osprey Nests, but …….. I have the strong feeling Paul/Tommy left those sticks on purpose as an anchor, the foundation for whatever the G’s bring, so nesting material will stay put. Like the foundation of a house. Maybe????
          Enjoy the beauty after the storm. RH

          • Eva January 28, 2016 at 12:45 am - Reply

            Hi Rodee, good thing you’re not an Osprey nest builder- we would have to put a cam on you then too : )

      • Kathy B January 23, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

        Yea Karin, that’s a pretty big stick. Hope they can move it. Think it should have been left flat …for the base. Can’t wait for our couple to return and watch the journey continue. Watching the eagles now. Harriet and M15 ready for babies this weekend !

    44. Jan January 17, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Everyone…..Counting down the months till our Osprey family returns!!! Can’t wait!! Miss them so much!!! I check in every day …. Seems like it’s taking forever!!!!

    45. GinaM January 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Peaceful evening tonight. A light snow has covered the nest. If you close your eyes and think back to just a few months ago, the sun was so hot, Gracie opened her wings to shade her babies. Sandy’s cries could be heard by everyone as she learned to make her presence known.

      Today is January 17. According to our osprey experts, they will start to return on St. Patrick’s day. That is only two months away. That means Gracie and George will start their migration north soon. Sandy and Ronnie will stay where they are and master their fishing and flying and, also according to our experts, they will return to Long Island maybe next year.

      I can’t wait to see Gracie and George again. It won’t be long now.

      Enjoy a peaceful evening everyone.

    46. Karen January 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      For the past week, the Dyfi Osprey project site in Wales has been posting a special daily video from past seasons. They’ve all been wonderful and it’s been great to see the ospreys. Today’s video showed the 2 chicks from 2014 being banded and the whole thing is beautifully done. Well worth watching – as are the other videos posted this week.
      Enjoy!
      https://www.facebook.com/dyfiospreyproject/?fref=nf

      • ChrisH January 19, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

        Thanks for the link to the site, Karen. That video is amazing!

    47. jmd January 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Hello, I just stumbled across this site. I have not researched and looked at everything on site yet, but wonder why O’s have to rebuild for 2016. Thank You.

      • Eva January 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        Hi jmd. the nest sits on a tower that was about 80 feet high; the owner of the tower wanted to reduce the height to make it easier to access the nest should an emergency arise. In order to reduce the height, the nest material needed to go…or have it rain down on the crew while work being done. See you in the nesting season!

        • JMD January 14, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

          Thank you, Eva.??

    48. karin January 10, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Good morning everyone! We have ice and snow here in Indiana but not horribly bad…. could be a lot worse….. I hear New York has coastal flood warnings and our nest is still looking good……the waves look a little wicked though…………:) I check in on the Northeast Fla and the Southwest Fla nests every now and then.,,,,Romeo and Juliet’s babies are cute and fluffy and Harriet and M15 are still waiting for their babies to hatch…..I am going to enjoy watching George and Grace rebuild their nest in the Spring….. I can’t wait……

      • CarolV January 12, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

        Romeo and Juliet seem like great providers…there is always a fish or other food lying around! Hopefully we won’t have to watch sibling rivalry in this nest! The other nest has a first time male parent who seems to have stepped up as a spouse and hopefully will follow thru as a parent.
        I can hear chirping at our nest but no one in sight. Probably starlings.

    49. Rose January 7, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      The eagles in Hanover are getting their nest ready. This was an amazing site last year. Male was a great provider and often there was at least 4-5 fish sitting in the nest for mom to feed the babies.

    50. Leanne January 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Just checking in and what a beautiful sight. Sun is going down, ducks swimming on the calm water. Beautiful!

    51. Dawn January 7, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Good Morning Osprey friends! Happy New Year to you all. Can’t believe it’s already been quite a few month’s since our family left! On the bright side – it should only be a few months more before they return. Enjoying the new chicks that hatched for Romeo and Juliette and anxiously awaiting Harriet’s new babies.

    52. Leanne January 6, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Just checking in. Nest looks beautiful today with the sun shining on the water in the background.

      Hope everyone is enjoying the new year.

    53. E cole January 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      What is the website for the eaglet nest

      • Richard Russo January 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

      • Kathy B January 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        You can also visit Romeo and Juliet at http://www.eagles.org They already have little ones 2 weeks old. Harriet and M15 on the other nest are still incubating.
        Happy New Year to everyone. I got a few neat osprey gifts for christmas. A mug and a pc mouse. Still have Sandy on my screensaver so I get to see her everyday.
        Hope they are all well and safe.

      • CarolV January 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        I was confused because I’ve been watching SWF eaglecam that Richard mentions. When I scrolled back to catch up on comments, gracey was talking about hatchlings. that’s when I scrolled back to see that on the 22nd, Dawn posted a different site that has two hatchlings now…Now I have two sites to check ! It should be even more interesting to compare parenting styles and to watch two sets of chicks about a month apart in age. Both nests are in Florida but in different regions.
        Our sudden change to actual winter is hard on the system,,,I was enjoying the endless fall ! Reality feels really cold!
        Hope everyone had good holidays !

    54. karin January 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      I heard the camera was in a loop and that’s why it was dark for so long….. Now it is windy and snowing in our nest! This is the first snow I’ve seen through the camera…..I can hear some kind of birds….. they could be on ( or in ) the tower..

      • CarolV January 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        That was my kind of snow storm! Looked beautiful while it came down and then it was done! No leftovers!

    55. karin January 2, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Happy New Year everyone!
      It is January 2 9:59 am…………. The screen is dark…… i looks like a cloudy night with no moon……. all i can really see are the lights……….. it looks like it would be around midnight…. maybe the camera is in some kind of saver mode……… We here in Indiana finally have some sunshine after soooooo many days of rain, clouds and gloom……. It’s in the 20s right now but supposed to get into the low 30s……… We still have had only the 2 snows ( not even 2 inches ) so far but that’s supposed to change next week 🙁
      Only 21/2 – 3 months to go till George and Grace return!! 🙂

    56. Elaine December 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Happy New Year to everyone.

    57. Leanne December 30, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

      Wishing My Osprey Friends A Very Happy and Healthy New Year. May 2016 Bring You All The Best <3

      (only 2 1/2 months to go…I can't wait)

    58. Patty K December 27, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Just visiting again, seeing the clean nest,hearing the wind, remembering the phenomenal Osprey Season we were so privileged to be a small part of; this site will continue to be one of the most special things in my life………Thank You…….Happy & Healthy New Year to All!

    59. gracey December 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you Dawn for the Eagles website…I saw the second baby hatch…pretty amazing site. They keep the location a secret for the protection of the Eagles…like we should have done.

      The only thing I can’t watch is the food they bring in, like squirrel. I prefer the Osprey’s fish…because I like squirrels and such. The Eagles take turns with the babies and they are

      majestic birds. It will certainly keep me busy until “our” family return. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE !!!

    60. CarolV December 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      11;05amEST Happy Christmas, everyone! Seems like we should have a palm tree not an evergreen! The weather is unreal!
      If anyone cares to join the eaglet watch in Florida, I checked incubation time. It’s 35 days, so the first chick (egg laid Dec.19) may hatch about Jan 23rd. Could satisfy our withdrawal symptoms till the G’s come home……
      Hope you are all having a happy day….

      • CarolV December 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        11:15amEST Just checked and saw plenty of action on the bay. The swans are swimming by, a couple of probable seagulls were hanging out by the shore and what I guess were ducks were bobbing along.
        At the store where I work, we have a whole crew of crows ( I know they are technically called a murder of crows but that just creeps me out). There are generally 25 or more in the morning, sometimes closer to 50! Sometimes when they line-up across the roofline, making their acking calls, it feels like a scene from “The Birds”!

    61. Leanne December 25, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Wishing My Osprey Friends A Very Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year <3

      Is It March Yet?? 🙂

    62. GinaM December 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!
      It looks like the nest has been rehabed. That’s good. If we have another issue this summer, it will be easier for a rescue. As for rebuilding- Gracie and George will be fine. George got really good at it bringing sticks for Gracie to rearrange. I would love to put some nice fresh windshield wipers around for him to collect. 🙂 I, too, thought of PeeWee’s little body. I am sure Paul respected his memory.
      Only a couple of months now and they’ll be back!

    63. KarenH December 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Happy Holidays to All!! All the Best!

    64. Dawn December 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Happy Holidays everyone. Just wanted to let all my fellow Osprey lovers that there is an Eaglet on the brink of hatching on the http://www.eagles.org/Cams/FloridaNest.html site. Enjoy!!!

    65. Leanne December 22, 2015 at 12:51 am - Reply

      Nest looks much better. How much was it lowered? Hopefully lowering it will help with some of the wind issues. Looks great and would love to see a video of the cleanup, etc, if one is available.

      Happy Holidays 🙂

    66. Eva December 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Hi all, I’m sure the nest had to be removed in order to lower the tower 20 feet; can you imagine the amount of debris that would be falling off the platform endangering the workers? Seems a sad thing, but now we get to watch G and G rebuild from scratch. Happy and peaceful Christmas to all.

    67. ChrisH December 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Nest was definitely lowered — the roof of the house below is closer. So glad we didn’t lose that great view of the bay beyond.

      Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and happiness in 2016!!

    68. Helen December 21, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      The flagpole is visible and in the 2014 video I could not see it. So maybe it has been lowered.

    69. Helen December 21, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Was the nest lowered? I don’t think it would have been destroyed but there is no nest there at present.

    70. Alizarin December 20, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      What happened to the nest?

    71. Bre December 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      ? Did i miss something ? The nest is wiped out..leaving Only a couple of Big sticks ??

    72. CarolV December 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      On the SWF eaglecam – the first egg was laid yesterday (Dec.19 ’15) This eagle is an experienced parent while the male is a newbie. I watch off and on but haven’t gotten too attached. Maybe when the chicks come. I don’t know incubation period. Website is dickpritchettrealty,com.( hope spelled correctly)

    73. CarolV December 20, 2015 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      SHOCKER!!!!!!! The platform cleared and lower! Hope we get a recap of the action if someone makes a video. Am very happy to see we still have a good view over the bay.

    74. Richard Russo December 20, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

      December 19th at 4:25, Harriet the Eagle laid her first egg of the season. Check it out on Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. Congratulations to Harriet and M15! Looks like our tower has been worked on.

    75. Leanne December 20, 2015 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Hello Everyone. I’ve been away from my computer for a week and havent been able to check in. Has the nest been cleaned out and lowered? It sure does look different right now! If it has been cleaned and lowered, I’d love to see a video of it happening.

      I also want to wish everyone a very happy holiday with friends and family and also a happy and healthy New Year. Can’t wait to see the rest of this family in March. 🙂

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