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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

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

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

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

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

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

Hello Paul,

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

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

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

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

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

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

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

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

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

    45,435 Comments

    1. Kathie V April 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      So happy to be on the watch again. Welcome back George and Gracie. My grandchildren have been asking about you all winter. They are excited to see you again and now we’ve added another watcher…my 4 y/o grandson.

    2. isobel April 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Carol do please keep us entertained with your wonderful comments.I love them. Great to see the progress being made on the nest and hope your weather improves soon. Keep up the good work Carol.

    3. Gamma Carolyn April 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      9:14 am PDT Here are some interesting facts if anyone is interested. There is a section on molting of Osprey.

      http://individual.utoronto.ca/ali_naqvi/osprey.htm

      • Leanne April 7, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

      • ChrisH April 8, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

        Excellent article! Lots of great information. Thanks Gamma Carolyn!

      • Leesa April 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

        Awesome!, thank you.

    4. Rjoneal April 7, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Welcome back Sallyann. I too watch the Eagles I love all birds it’s a wonderful world to have such a precious gift a world with magnificent birds in all sizes shapes and colors

    5. CarolV April 7, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      10:24amEDT I was just exploring different pages on this site and saw comments for each page…there was one from Jodi in February expressing concern for fledglings at the Flanders rts 24/105 site… I have watched this site for years, driving to and from work, and it has been a successful nest with no squashed birds. In observing fledglings learning to fly, at the Verizon nest in Cutchogue, the birds don’t usually land on the ground. They practice flying between buildings, light poles and any available raised structure, quickly learning to climb on currents to work their way upward to a very high nesting site.Last year, the sole fledgling flew to a pole usually occupied by its father..it sat there for hours…a parent came and sat on a lower rung position and another would call from the nest. Eventually, it got the courage(and probably got hungry!) to make the trip back up and did well till it left for the season. I hope this helps with your concerns…

    6. Rjoneal April 7, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Today is April 7 and I saw George bring in 2 fish to Gracie so far today it’s around 10:15 AM and of course I’ve seen them mate like a couple times as others have said they are doing it like bunnies. Good thing they don’t have as many babies as bunnies or we would be in trouble the nest wouldn’t be big enough. According to the Osprey books George will be staying by Gracie side pretty much the whole time when she’s ready to lay the eggs. So we will watch for that happen next.
      Someone mentioned about the ospreys feathers Moulting from what I know and have read but claim to be no expert ospreys do not moult.

    7. Rjoneal April 7, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Carol IV this is true if they think you’re over sharing they can just skip over it for those of us who want to stay informed we thank you for your info and funny jokes

    8. Rjoneal April 7, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Helen you are correct George did not have to wait for Sandy but Sandy was a Nester and didn’t want to leave George practically had to warn her at the end that she either come or he’s leaving without her.

    9. Sallyanne Ferrero April 7, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Right now in FL watching magnificent eagles; two eaglets. One already has branched. We are waiting for the younger one to do so. In the meantime, glad i checked the ospreys here in LI. I watched the family last yr, incl. the sad demise of peewee, the subsequent rescue, . etc .such a privilege to see all this up close!!

      The beautiful cycle of life is beginning to unfold again right in front of our eyes.

      .Wonderful wonderful wonderful to hear and see, and, in some cases lend assistance.It is impt. that we protect and preserve our natural world!!

      I recognize some names from last yr; we had/have a respectful group. So, hello everyone, and have a good day!

    10. Mary Yourch April 7, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Why do my comments never show up? What am I doing wrong?

      • Eva April 7, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

        Mary, you probably aren’t doing anything wrong; its more likely the moderator hasn’t checked in, approved and posted all the waiting comments.

      • CarolV April 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

        I find that sometimes I don’t fill out the three boxes at top of comment section correctly. And they erase if I change pages or move to another section on this site. Just always check before you hit post that all is filled in ( I also see all my spelling mistakes and dumb comments AFTER I hit POST)

      • RonS April 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

        Mary,
        I believe that after you post a comment, it is marked “Waiting for moderation”. Once the site moderator approves it, it will them be published for the public to view. This helps keep a gentle, civil and family friendly discussion.

    11. Nancy April 7, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Boy ! That nest is a mess. Doesn’t look very comfortable yet for hatchlings. Hope these two fill it in with softer stuff !

      • Leanne April 7, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

        I’m pretty sure they’ll get it cozier in time for the babies. I’m sure the rain and wind havent helped them in their building but they still have time. 🙂

      • Steve H. April 8, 2016 at 7:34 am - Reply

        I’m sure that awful zip tied starter branches that were put there aren’t helping! yecch Who’s idea was that?

    12. Jackie April 7, 2016 at 6:10 am - Reply

      6:09 am – both Ospreys landed on nest…

    13. Leesa April 6, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      I’m like most of the others that are watching this site, and in no way do I claim to be an expert. However, I’m assuming that Osprey, like other birds, will molt as soon as the weather warms up, therefore the patterns that we are seeing may be a bit different from their summer ones. I am 100% convinced this pair is George and Gracie from last year, as I took some still shots of both of them from when they were building the nest last spring, and also some of the summer shots, and there is no doubt in my mind they are the same pair. You have to look at some of the small details, and then you will realize there is no doubt it is our beloved George and Gracie!! There is a shot of Gracie last year in one of the highlights when they are building the nest that her necklace is huge! Lots of spots and they are dark. But the one true thing with her is that spot under her right wing. George has a black ring starting on each side of his neck that is almost like the beginning of a single strand necklace, but then it just stops, on both sides. These are visible in just about every picture I’ve looked at of him from last year, and of course this year. Hope this helps, and I hope I’m right about the molting. If anyone else has more information on this please share with us. I think we are all enjoying expanding our knowledge about these magnificent birds!!

      • Mickey Martin April 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

        Hi Leesa. Someone posted a very helpful URL up top about Osprey. Molting or losing flight feathers has nothing to do with weather. Its all about what season it is. ie: pre or post migration. Gracie will lose a few flight feathers just after migration.During the season you will see the loss on the web cam. These feathers stick out much more then the ones she`s keeping. George will not lose as many, if at all, upon getting here. So while everyones right. Its not a molt per-say, the Osprey do lose feathers. Hope that helps.

        • Gamma Carolyn April 8, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

          Mickey, you explained it well. The loss of the feathers also does not change the patterns found on each Osprey . At least no enough that you can tell.

        • Leesa April 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

          Yes. Thank you. All of this is such a learning experience!

    14. Marlene April 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Happy belated birthday to Bob in Longboat Key. We are in North Palm Beach for the winter, but heading home to the South Shore of Long Island next week. Sure hope it warms up. I keep wondering if George and Gracie as asking themselves why they didn’t wait longer to head north, although they are busy with that nest and everything that goes along with it.

    15. Marlene April 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Happy belated to Bob in Longboat Key. I’m in North Palm Beach, but heading home to the South Shore of Suffolk County next week. Sure hope it warms up. I keep thinking that Gracie and George must be asking themselves why they didn’t wait a little longer to fly north!!

      • Bob April 8, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

        Thanks for the BD wishes and have a good trip north

    16. CarolV April 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Sorry I missed the stick people. As mentioned previously, Chesapeake Conservancy nest has neighbors who leave marked sticks that can be seen built into nest. That is a much neater nest, but those birds don’t seem to have to deal with the multi branched scrub pine the G’s are dealing with……

    17. GinaM April 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Looking at George’s collection of sticks, construction debris and garbage bags, reminds me of my local ospreys who are about 40 minutes west of George and Gracie.
      One day, while out in the yard, I heard a big CRACK in the dying tree high above me. A male osprey broke off the branch and brought it back to the nest. The branch was enormous.
      Once he got it onto the nest, the female took one look at it and picked it up and dropped it down to the sand below. She was not having any of it.

      I know I said this before, but I am most impressed with George’s building this year. I am so proud of him. He also caught a gigantic fish this afternoon- not easy in these frigid, choppy waters!

    18. Bre April 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      I agree Rjoneal 🙂

    19. Rjoneal April 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Rose P how can you say that about our handsome George he was a first time father and did his best at times we would get upset but we all had to remind ourselves he was learning as he was trying to Do his best. Last year was the first time Gracie and George had babies so it’s a learning experience it’s been documented in all the Osprey books the older and the more they bond year after year the better parents they become Remember once they fledge they don’t have fathers and mothers to learn from with the Osprey it’s experience trial and error with instinct

      • Leanne April 7, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

        I agree. I think he did the best he could do and I have faith he’ll do even better this year!

    20. Mary Yourch April 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      In response to Bonnie; I believe the heavy sticks crossed in the middle of the nest box are needed to help anchor the smaller sticks they need to build up the nest. The nest would be vulnerable to blowing away in heavy wind. Correct me if I am wrong

      • Mickey Martin April 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        Hi Mary. Maybe the owners of the nest site can tell us if they put the sticks up there or if thats just what nature left. My thought is, its what nature left. I was lucky enough to observe by webcam the Dennis Puleston nest. It was on the Great South Bay here on L.I. It was easily 3 feet tall ! Weighed 100`s of pounds. I guess what Im trying to say is, these birds are Master nest builders.

    21. Rjoneal April 6, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      LeAnn and everyone else I just want to say whether it’s Greorge Or Gracie to you it really doesn’t matter this is our Osprey family
      And we all are one big happy family and very grateful that they are here and can’t wait for them to have babies. Also Bob happy 71 birthday glad to see you’re back with us. Carol thanks for always keeping everyone updated along with the others let’s keep it going for those who have to work so they don’t miss out on anything here’s to a good season

      • Leanne April 6, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        I agree with you! I just want these birds to be happy, healthy and have some cute babies. 🙂

      • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

        Thanks for your kind words. I sometimes feel I comment too much, but on the days I’m not home, I depend on others who comment. I figure anyone can skip through if I over share!

        • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

          And I’m always happy to see your observations!

    22. Rjoneal April 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Gamma And to those who are reading Gamma’s Comment The reason why the Gracie in 2014 highlights is different it was not Gracie it was the first female but George and the female never had offspring she died supposedly of pneumonia from all the wet and cold weather that year Gracie came shortly there after and they did not have any offspring that year but George and Gracie bonded the following year is when George and Gracie had their first offspring which was last year
      This discussion came up many times last season so for all the newcomers in the highlights the female in 2014 that does not look like our Gracie because she has a very thick heavy necklace it was not our Gracie Gracie came after her but George never did have any offspring with her

      • Leanne April 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        I didn’t know the other female, from 2014, had died. I thought maybe she got chased off. Now I’m worried about Gracie with all that wind and cooler temps. I hope she’ll be ok!

        • CarolV April 7, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

          I thought the whole pneumonia thing was someone’s supposition. I thought 2014 female just didn’t return and our Gracie was the new mate….

          • Gamma Carolyn April 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

            I am sure that by the time this gets posted it will be so far down it will be lost. I don’t know how it can be stated that a female Osprey had died of pneumonia. Was there a body ? Did some one announce it ? Carol, that is all I remember from last year also was someone thinking this. If you read through the “About ” section at the top there was only mention of a pair of Osprey who started a nest but never had any chicks. The female of that year (2014) apparently did not return in 2015. There are highlights and pictures all over this site but few with dates. And I am NOT saying that is bad I am just saying that for comparison it makes it confusing. It really doesn’t matter if they are the same 2 as last year or a different male or female. But then you can’t say they matured so much over the winter and are better parents. They would then just be different birds.
            Personally I think the 2 on the nest now are the same from 2015, so we will see how they do, if the wind ever stops and allows them to finish the nest. Perhaps our moderator could step in and clear up some of this confussion from year to year and put dates on the highlights.

      • ERaftery April 11, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

        This Gracie pneumonia rumor was instigated by “Bonnie” on September 3, 2015. BTW, I love the responses to her bogus claim!

    23. Rjoneal April 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      Paul, did you decide if there’s a way Us osprey zone members can give a monetary contribution for you,Tommy and Tommy’s wife for all that you do and your team ? I know during the rescue we all offered money to help and it was declined at the time instead we all purchased stuff from the ospreys zone store However you said it really doesn’t earn any money to go towards you or Tommys family.
      Many times several of us have offered to help out financially did you ever decide if you wanted to start a membership so we can donate to keep this up and going for a the future ? I know you’re busy with tax season right now but I sure hope you can answer we would love to donate or give some type a contribution for all that everyone does.

      • June c April 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

        I would be happy to donate.

      • Helen April 6, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Great idea! Count me in!

        BTW I feel confident it is G & G. I am aware that an Osprey will mate with someone else if the original mate does not come back but they are so compatible that I cannot believe it is someone else so quickly.

    24. Rose Pegtejan April 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      I almost hope it’s not George. He just didn’t take care of his family last year. I hope this will be a much better year for mom and her babies.

      • Helen April 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Wow Rose, if my memory is correct, I thought he was a wonderful father even delaying his departure until the chick was ready to go and they left together. Maybe I remembered it incorrectly??????

        • Bob April 26, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

          I think you are correct Helen. George did hang out for a long time and did seem to guide his chick to the south. Don’t know what more you could ask of him.

      • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

        Unfortunately, there was a bunker die.-off due to human negligence last year. Thousands of dead fish lined the riversides and beaches. This is major food supply for osprey and other species. I think this was a more likely cause for Peewee’s death than lack of trying. Once fish became available, George did fine. Let’s hope humans learned the lesson…….

    25. BonnieS April 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Many thanks to Tommy for allowing us to view these beautiful birds lives. I watched this nest off and on all winter and those sticks have been bothersome. A little too heavy and in the middle of the nest box. Think it is now too late to remove them. Do hope they do not cause a future mishap with the nest. Last year this nest sure did like plastic and other trash. Must be some crazy interest as the Robbins keep picking and tearing up bedding plastic along with ground cover cloth to put in their nest in Maryland – unfortunately I too too often find a fallen nest with so much plastic! I have dug up and gotten rid of all of my garden protection covers except those that are cotton. Hopefully birds will not tear bits out of it for nesting material. I purchased and hung raw cotton for birds to use in nests, but not one would take any. Go figure. This year our neighbor who had several very tall old ‘stick’ and roost trees cut them down. When the Bald Eagles and Ospreys began fishing in earnest they could be seen flying in circles with fish clutched looking for their favorite trees. Screaming! They were and are still upset about their tree loss. It takes nature a good 100 years to make a suitable tree for many animals, and man only 10 minutes to take it down. I really do hope more people will be more careful of all of our natural wildlife and their habitats.

      • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

        That’s a point so many of us would never think about! All we would see is an eyesore…You have prompted me to try to see things differently..One thing I do is make sure that I comb my shedding Husky outside…never had a dog shed like this guy!. His hair goes flying on the wind…I have seen it worked in to some nests..

    26. Marlene April 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Looks like around 10:00 a.m. they mated again — this time on the border of the nest!! They have become acrobatic birds. Very determined to make a family.

      • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        Can anyone say “like rabbits”? Egg watch starting Earth Day weekend?

    27. Leanne April 6, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

      At approximately 11:25 EDT …People leaving sticks for the nest? If so, that’s super cool!!

    28. CarolV April 6, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

      @10:57ish amEDT Close fly-by warned off by George,,lots of vocal challenge by George and stranger…not much nest building happening so far today..some rearranging
      Checking in on other nests…DC eagles just adorable, even as they lose their white fluff..
      Pink Shell nest..one chick hanging back while other gets well fed..stepping in as other slows down….both look healthy and strong.
      NE FL eagle cam familiar smears on lens…chicks are generally out of nest now
      Dick Pritchett eaglecam…all four eagles on nest, both parents feeding chicks…kids at brat stage, stealing from parents until parents regain fish…all is well…
      While I have seen 3 chicks fledged from the Cutchogue nest,I didn’t have the up close and personal view other years to see how many chicks died or never hatched. I almost hope for 2 chicks this year here. Last year was a heart breaker….@pink shell, I believe, there is still an egg unhatched in the nest and there was rivalry between the two who did…one just quickly learned to keep its head down and be patient….Same at the eagles’ nests

    29. Kathy B April 6, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Not liking the trashbags! Hopefully no windshield wipers this year.

    30. GinaM April 6, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I officially saw Gracie’s black spot under her right wing. 🙂

      • Leanne April 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        Me too 🙂

    31. PhilK April 6, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Is it possible this couple is not George and Gracie from last year? The female appears to have different markings but I am not the most detailed person that visits this site. I think we are in for a treat regardless.

      • Tucker April 6, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Camera talk is starting to start to sound like whining. Our hosts can’t fly. Let’s be grateful and appreciate the share.

        • PhilK April 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

          No whining here. I appreciate everything that TRS and others do to allow our access to this wonderful piece of nature.

      • Gamma Carolyn April 6, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

        8:26 am PDT PhilK, I think the Gracie we are seeing now is the one from last year. If nothing else her voice. But if you go to ” Highlights of 2014 ” which I believe was the 1st year for a camera , and no eggs were laid, it is not the same Gracie. 2014’s Gracie had a much heavier necklace.I don’t know if 2014 was just for their own personal enjoyment or if it was live for the public. As for George I think so , although over the weekend there were at least 2 different males working the nest. But the 2 on the nest now do seem familiar with each other .
        I think early on when they are first arriving back people have a tendency to spot a Osprey and just assume its one from a certain nest.
        I don’t watch all day as I find it somewhat frustrating but do check in to look a couple of times a day.

    32. CarolV April 6, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

      @5:53 amEDT…it’s official for me..Gracie landed with her underwing spot in full view!!!!! (hope I got time right)

      • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

        And once again I’m blinded by wishful thinking…that’s George and wrong side…look before typing…sorry!!!

        • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

          OK after rewatching(several times) and finding a spot where I did see under Gracie’s wing and no spot….Is it possible the “spot ” is an lack of feather coverage caused by backward extended wings? In all other ways, that appears to be Gracie……

          • Leanne April 6, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

            The spot on Gracie is very visible in the first seconds of the clip “Feeding Time.” Same shot is also visible in the first picture of the hightlights just to the right of screen.

            Those people on the beach..were they just leaving branches/sticks for the Osprey to use for the nest??

    33. Candi April 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Camera angle really needs to be adjusted as we will not be able to view the nest and all the happenings. So far that nest needs some serious work and with all the wind, it has been quite a chore for Gracie and George. This has been so exciting to watch the beginning of the process as I was late to the party last year, after Pee Wee died. I did see the rescue live and that was an incredible day!! Thanks again to all that work on this project.

      • JP(K) April 6, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

        If you compare the shots from last year the angle is exactly the same although the platform and camera are lower. The nest is not built up as high and wide as it was last year, yet. At this point I don’t think it would be wise to do mess with anything up there right now unless it was a matter of life and death, like the chicks being trapped in line like last year.

    34. rodeehansen April 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      George, he has such “bedroom-eyes”. I love when the lids are at half-mast. Good-looking fellow. RH

    35. Rjoneal April 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Leanne I don’t remember if I mentioned but I did get pictures of Gracie and her little marking under her wing today on April 5 has around 620 I think or 6:23 PM
      It looks more like the necklace it’s just a little marking George’s very pronounce circle I can send you pics if you want just let me know.

      • Leanne April 6, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

        I also took a few screenshots of Gracie ? but didnt really get a good look at her spot. The one time I did manage to glimpse it, to me, it didnt look as large as last year BUT it was a quick glimpse as she turned very quickly. The male that I had seen earlier on had a black spot on his right side too and I dont really remember George having that mark. Could also be my eyes as I do need glasses. 🙂

    36. Gamma Carolyn April 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      3:22 PDT It will be very interesting to see how this nest takes shape. Right now it just looks like a pile of sticks and I wonder how hard it is going to be for them with that big stick they put back on the nest platform. It just seems like it is in the way and cutting through the middle of the nest area.

      What is everyone looking for with both male and female to tell them they are the same from last year ? I know that either Sat . or Sun. there were at least 2 different Osprey working the nest.

      • June c April 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm - Reply

        On April 3 around 4:15 another female intruder hit Gracie in head with feet fly by…I have a picture of her approach…Ospreys mate for life, unless something happens to mate..and go back to same nest….

    37. Rjoneal April 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Leanne correction I made a mistake Gracie does have a little black dot but George’s more pronounce so sorry about that Leanne but just now at 6:20 George brought in a fish and you could see a little bit under Gracies wing and there’s a little black dot not too big mostly last year all our conversations talked about whether it was George by his markings on his leg,black spot under wing and head markings since Gracie didn’t have much of a necklace back then . So I guess you’re right we and there is a little black spot and hopefully you can scroll back and see it

      • Leanne April 6, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

        Thanks for replying to me and answering about these 2 birds. I have also scrolled back on numerous occasions and I truly think I just may have confused myself even further. I did remember Gracie’s black spot from last year and remember it being under her right wing. As for George, I think I may have been comparing the hightlights from last year to a new male that made an appearance earlier on this season. I think I’ll just go on assuming its both of the G’s because the more I look back, the more confused I seem to get.
        Either way, we’re all in for yet another fun season with our Osprey family. 🙂

    38. Rjonesl April 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      We haven’t heard from Bob. Bob are you out there watching this year ? Does everyone remember him he gave us so much info I think he lives somewhere around Florida as well but further south.

      • Bob April 6, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

        Hi everyone, and a special hi to Rjonesl, who asked about me. It’s nice to be remembered. I am in Longboat Key Florida and have to admit I’ve been remiss in following this year’s family so I will try to catch up although it seems that things are going well in both the nest and the commentary. I’ll have to spend a little more time to catch up. After all, I spent most of my life on Long Island. I was 71 on Easter Sunday which doesn’t happen too often since March 27 is a little early for Easter and for my birthday to fall on it got me (and my wife) a special invite to the Longboat Key Club Easter buffet which was a very special treat! Sorry for all this personal stuff. Now it’s back to what we all care about as one – the birds.

        • CarolV April 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

          #300pmEDT HBD Bob, from another Aries..my bd this Saturday and it’s never hit on Easter…And I love the personal stuff…we’re all getting to know each other…

    39. Rjonesl April 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Phil K God bless !

    40. Rjonesl April 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Leanne if you give me your email address I can send you pictures of last year and this year to show you the comparison if you want. So you can see how it is Gracie. Or you can email me I don’t mind putting my email out there. I have lots of pics. Rjoako@bellsouth.net

    41. Rjonesl April 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Leanne it is Gracie for sure Gina M and I both compare pictures from last year to this year she just has a couple more black specs for her necklace cause she’s older The black spot under the wing is George that’s how we identified George. Gracie does not have a black spot under her wing

    42. Leesa April 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Around 3:20 an intruder flew in toward the nest while George and Gracie were both there. The stranger did not try to land and flew off. I stopped the video as he/she flew by, and don’t believe I have seen this Osprey before. It had a lot of very dark speckles on its neck and chest.

    43. CarolV April 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      5:10pmEDT You can see the shadow of the tower stretching across the house and beach..I don’t remember seeing this before. But, then, it’s probably sun position and I didn’t start watching last year til after chicks had hatched. And we haven’t had much sun this year on days I’ve been home!!!!!

    44. Rjoneal April 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Carol IV yes indeed I live in Florida it’s 85 I’ll be more than happy to send our weather to our Osprey family

    45. GinaM April 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      … at the rate these two are going there will be 375 eggs in the nest this summer 😉
      Nice to see our cold, wintery weather has not slowed them down at all.
      I think the rival osprey has gotten the hint and is not landing as often on the nest. It is so good to see George and Gracie again and to hear Gracie nagging him. I think George went to a nest building school in over the winter- he is outdoing himself!

      • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

        It could be the cold making them so lively to generate heat!!!!!!

    46. Leanne April 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Has anyone noticed Gracie’s black spot yet?

      • Becky April 6, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

        What do you mean by “black spot”?

    47. PhilK` April 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      By the way, my new avatar is a computer painting of my nephew. He was an Army Ranger that lost his life on 12/9/2015. He died serving the country he loved. God bless America!

      • Leanne April 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        God Bless your nephew for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

      • RonS April 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        Grateful prayers and thanks from another vet..

      • Helen April 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Am so grateful for his sacrifice for all of us. Thank you.

      • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        I am so sorry for your family’s loss. It is a privalege to share the site with him.

      • Thomas Lambert April 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

        PhilK May Perpetual Light Shine upon your Nephew. God Bless you and your family you will be in my prayers.

      • Elizabeth April 6, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

        God Bless and prayers for your family’s loss PhilK. Your nephew’s service is greatly appreciated and may he rest in peace.

      • ChrisH April 6, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

        I’m so sorry. God bless your nephew — and you and your family.

      • June c April 6, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

        So sorry for your loss..what a great way to remember him ..

      • Judy April 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        My husband is a retired Army Ranger. God Bless your son for his service.

    48. PhilK` April 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      I appreciate all the efforts of TRS to allow us the opportunity to watch these beautiful creatures. I wish we could adjust the camera a bit. We may miss some important events. However, this is probably being greedy and asking for something that is not appropriate at this time.

    49. Mickey Martin April 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Male just flew in and copulated. He then flew off to the left.Its the female thats been in the nest chirping from my last ob.

    50. Mimes April 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Question: Is there some way to adjust the angle of the camera remotely? The bottom and right side of the nest platform is out of view. I want to reach into the image and tidy it up. But mostly because the birds are out of view sometimes, even when they are on the platform.

    51. CarolV April 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      2:13pmEDT I see the Chesapeake Conservancy has launched a webcam for a heron rookery…I was surprised to find that they nest in trees..I always thought of them as nesting in the reeds, which, when I follow that thought through, might be difficult with rising tidal waters….Should also be an informative viewing experience, as well as their osprey and falcon cams…

    52. CarolV April 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      1:30pmEDT Haven’t logged in much today.had trouble with the video this a.m. Then, my 18 1/2y.o. cat, Mishka, decided he needed to cuddle..not a lapcat, he requires a chest sprawl involving an arm…so pretty much paralyzed by his love, I’ve been vegging out!
      Thrilled to see how much the nest has grown !!! Gracie sounds just as vocal !!!! 1:37pm I see George stopped in to fulfill his husbandly duties…does anyone know conception to egg laying time?

      • LynD April 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        I believe its 19 to 22 days.

        • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

          Thanks for answering and posting. !

      • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

        I just spotted 19-22 days posted by LynD yesterday…thanks !

      • Mickey Martin April 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

        2:59pm 4/5/16 the nest has grown with new sticks in one day. Presently theres one Osprey chirping very loudly on the platform. The cam might have sustained a jolt or maybe from the wind, it has moved left of center.

    53. Elizabeth April 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Someone (George?) enjoying his fish for lunch.

    54. Lisa L April 5, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      There was some mating going on around 10:09am this morning. They are bonding!!

    55. ELizabeth April 5, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      How nice to see how busy George & Gracie have been re-building their nest.

    56. Kathryn k April 5, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Thanks for letting us know. Glad it is back up. They are real busy fixing the nest.

    57. Nita Roper April 5, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

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    58. Aidan April 5, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Hi everyone, our feed from the camera is a little choppy today, likely due to the wind and cold (29 degrees right now). Hopefully, the conditions will improve and things will return to normal by the end of the day.

      • Marsha April 5, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

        They’re back! and I’m so happy to see them!

      • margaret April 5, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

        oh dear…. not another plastic object in the nest!

        • Mike April 6, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

          I’m a novice viewer, but I think they like the plastic. When the wind blows it looks like feathers fluttering, which provides the chicks with some camouflage so that when a predator flies overhead it can’t distinguish the chicks from the extra stuff in the nest moving in the breeze. Just my theory…

    59. Marlene April 5, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Good morning! I have a tech question. Is there a new way that we are viewing the video when scrolling back? It seems that the four hours already recorded are going through very quickly when reviewing that time frame. I’m just questioning if that is what will now take place, because I did not see our famous family in the nest within that time frame.
      OK, thanks for all that you are doing to keep us in touch with our favorite feathered friends. Have a great day, everyone!

      • Aidan April 5, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

        I had to reset the video stream due to our connection issues this morning, so it’s only showing the few minutes since I did that. It will still show up to 4 hours once it’s recorded for long enough

        • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

          Thank you…we keep you busy!!!

    60. Tora April 5, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Been loving the coverage and watching these two bond and build! However, I think we have a camera issue this morning. Any news?

    61. Kathryn k April 5, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hi Alan is the camera down? Do you know how long it will be out.

    62. Dawn April 5, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

      I’m guessing the camera is out of service? Hope there wasn’t too much damage with the wind and crazy weather!

    63. CarolV April 5, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

      8:32amEDT what’s up with the feed? I keep seeing the same delivery and I think it was yesterday…while very funny-fish in claw as Geo lands on Gra and slides off-it also seems the 4hr scroll back is off.

    64. Rjoneal April 5, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Paul or Aidan or whoever can help us I don’t believe the live feed camera is working correct I just took a picture of Gracie in the nest and it’s exact same one from yesterday morning can you let us know if you’re having equipment our camera problems ? Thank you we would appreciate any updates

    65. Rjoneal April 5, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

      It’s around 7:40 AM and George is back at the nest he’s hoping Gracie I’ll come back so he can mate when she’s done with the fish. Either need to take shelter and get warm or start collecting Smore sticks for that nest.

    66. Rjoneal April 5, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

      4-5-16 at around 6 AM Gracie in the nest waiting for George. It is only about 16 degrees right now for Gracie. If the news is right. Around 7 AM George comes in with the fish lands on top of Gracie again I got some really good pics of him and the fish on top of Gracies back. Gracie grab the fish and takes off hopefully she will seek shelter in the trees and try to keep warm. I can’t believe that stick in the right-hand corner is still Bobbing up-and-down and has not blown over nor has George tried to fix it. Just for our birds sake I hope we don’t see them too much today because they’re taking shelter from the cold.

    67. Lucie April 5, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

      That was quite a landing with fish!! at 7:28 am. ET

    68. Lucie April 5, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

      so windy again!

    69. grammiev April 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      It’s Mon 4/4/16 11 pm . There is no video! What happened??

    70. Rjoneal April 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      It is too funny to watch that big stick on the right-hand side bouncing up-and-down when the wind blows barely hanging on bet by tomorrow it’s not in the nest anymore unless George fixes it
      I think around 6 PM on Monday George brought Gracie another fish they might be gone for the night unless they decide to try mate haven’t seen them for a while. Keep warm my little Osprey family is going to be cold

      • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

        Hi, Rjoneal..You are right about the cold!! The beautiful sunshine glistening on the water is deceptive! A delightful 34 at 2pm is not my idea of spring! With a wind to boot! You’re in FL. aren’t you? Send some heat our way!

    71. Rjoneal April 4, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      It’s Monday 6:28 PM but I just scrolled back about two hours ago and George brought in a fish he tries to mate with Gracie with the fish in his claws hilarious Gracie takes cover grab the fish and flies off. George’s just trying to be proactive and multitask unfortunately didn’t work out for him

    72. RonS April 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      About 4:42PM Gracie lands on nest. No fish. Chirps as if she sees George with dinner and she want her share.

      • RonS April 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

        About 4:58 Very excited chirping from Gracie as George finally delivers dinner.

    73. Monica A April 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Hello all, I haven’t logged on in quite some time. So, is it true? George and Gracie are back? How do you know these are really them? And they’re already getting ‘busy’ with procreation?

      • CarolV April 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

        We all play a guessing game..in my opinion, that is George but I’m still not 100% on Gracie…I go by head markings, mainly, and this female looks similar to last year’s shots of Gra.but I have yet to see Gracie’s famous dark spot under her right wing.

    74. CarolV April 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      1:51pmEDT Geo. stopped in a few minutes ago with 1/2 a fish but no one home….and it’s snowing again….

    75. njd April 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Question – I did not see any postings since March 30th, so I checked the ‘notification box’ regarding postings. Today I received 144 notifications in my e-mail box. Tried to unsubscribe, but can’t find that link. Also, I noticed there are postings and what appears to be immediate replies. What am I doing wrong?

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