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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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July 6, 2020: The first egg has hatched!

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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

    44,308 Comments

    1. rjoneal June 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      June C thanks for the info on when the baby can first eat and when they open their eyes I couldnt remember from last year!! I was wondering the same as Patty.

    2. rjoneal June 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Gina got a good laugh at your comment about the stalker and the paternity test! 🙂 Hope stalker does not want a baby to raise on his own.. Got a feeling we have not seen the last of him tell he goes to migrate. He seems to have nothing better to do but cause trouble. Glad you saw our baby being born cant wait till the other 2 hatch. I have to be honest though I kinda hope only 1 more hatches less fighting and I dont want to see repeat of last year. They already predicted there will be a fish kill there so if that is true limited supply again.
      Happy Birthday little one!!

    3. Marlene June 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Congratulations to our proud parents, and to all us ospreyites!! And, congratulations to the contest winners. So tiny . . . first on its back and somehow straightened out. I have to say, they are such wonderful parents and so much fun to watch. It’s too bad that some humans are not as wonderful as George and Gracie. This is the best osprey website. As I’ve said before, so many thanks to Paul and Tommy for making all of this possible. I always said I wanted to go birdwatching when I retired, but I never imagined being able to see it firsthand!! What a view!

    4. Kathleen June 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Congratulations to all the June 3 winners!

    5. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      8:21pm Betsy, I was kidding you about suggesting George was possibly picking poop off Gracie (in your 3:02pm post today…But I’m sure she’ll be wearing poop soon enough when the little squirts begin squirting !
      Love all the videos..Thanks to the talented Leanne…!!
      And even tho I didn’t pick today, I’m glad it was today because I was off…little more special to see as it happens…and I will be working tomorrow, the day I did pick….It’s all good….Congrats to the right guessers !

    6. GinaM June 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      With all the “interaction” with the Stalker this Spring, I sure hope George doesn’t ask for a paternity test! 🙂

      • Lynn June 4, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

        lol

    7. Liz B June 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      6/3/2016 7:55 PM EDT Beautiful shot of George and Gracie on the nest admiring their new family member.

    8. june c June 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      WELCOME LITTLE ONE!!

    9. Bre June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Am sooo EXCITED! Thanks to Leanne 😉 we all get to see the first EGG in hatch process!! 😉 ma & pa G’s are going to be up all night BIG SMILE

    10. Ann H June 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Yay a baby at 5:23pm!!!! I guess Laura won the contest. So eggciting!!

      • Laura June 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        🙂 I’m Sooo elated!!!

    11. Laura June 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      the link to the video I captured of baby chick at 5:23 pm

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxvbB-csLvK8blVVbUtPdGp6MGM/view?usp=sharing

      • Lynn June 4, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

        thank you for the video of the sweet lil baby

    12. Jamie June 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Sorry, so excited at 7:02

    13. Rjoneal June 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Video on YouTube under osprey WTR7 George and Gracie’s first baby hatches !!

    14. Jamie June 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Hatch!

    15. Donna June 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      If you go back to 18:10:30 you will see a nice shot of the new little one while Gracie rearranges the furniture.

    16. Rjoneal June 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      June 3 guessers I just want to say congratulations to all of us even though it appears Laura’s the only one who didn’t specify a time and said afternoon I’m sure Betsy will make an official announcement but I wanted to say yeah to all of us who picked June 3 we just didn’t pick the right time !! We got our first baby !!
      Leesa – 7 am
      Judith – 7:50 am
      Rodee Hansen – between 9 am and 3 pm
      Laura – afternoon
      Rjoneal- between?am-12 noon

      • Laura June 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        This is my first time watching and I didn’t realize I had to specify a time frame but I am just so excited about baby #1. I can’t believe how attached I have become to these guys! When I saw the baby at 5:23 pm I thought my family was going to throw me out of the house. They just don’t understand! LOL!!!

      • Leesa June 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

        I was happy it was today as I had my two grand kids here, so we got to watch it as it happened. They were both totally absorbed in it, and loved seeing the new chick. And yes, congratulations to all of the June 3rd guessers. I was a few hours early, but got the day right. Let’s do a guess on the 2nd hatch.

      • Betsy June 4, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

        Rjoneal: I made the announcement this morning (I’ve been making my video compilation of the hatch! — I want it perfect 😀 ). I wasn’t quite sure how to work it, either, since Laura didn’t specify a time. But,the chick was still in the egg as of 4:46 pm, so I couldn’t put anyone else!! 😀

      • Judith June 4, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

        …life is very sweet, indeed! Sooooo proud of & overjoyed for/about G&G, & their new lil one! I’m honored to be a part of our Osprey Family…! Thanks to EVERYone (you, G&G, at the top of the list!), for all of the input! Yes, even the ‘silly’ observations & endless questions (all answered)…lessons of life & nature & yes, love, learned daily!!! I’m pretty much glued to the computer, watching (in awe…) & waiting…

      • Betsy June 4, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

        George came back just before 6:17 am to retrieve the fish, flew off with it, and then came back with it at 7 am. George still seems bewildered by it all!! After standing for a bit, looking as if he was not quite sure of what he should do and trying to see the chick under Gracie, he fed Gracie some of the fish while she was sitting. After a minute or so of being fed by George, Gracie got up from the nest bowl and went over to take the fish from him to feed herself. She offered him pieces of fish a couple of times, but although he reached with his beak over to her, he didn’t take the fish from her. Then, he picked up a piece of fish from the nest. He had the piece in his beak and he reached over to feed Gracie and Gracie, meanwhile, was still trying feed to George!! So, here they were, each with a piece of fish in their beak trying to feed the other!! (Which was comical!) Meanwhile, the poor chick was peeping to be fed! (Which was not comical!!) Eventually, George gave the piece he had to the chick before leaving and then, as George flew off, Gracie fed the chick. I thought ospreys learn and become better parents over time. I think George is just a little overwhelmed. But it seems, to me, Gracie is more interested in eating … at least the nest will be clean because she obviously will eat any little scrap of food she can stuff in her beak!! … It wasn’t any better at 7:53 am when George came back to the nest with nest materials. The fish was still there and Gracie, who had been off the nest bowl already, went over to George to have him feed her; but, apparently it was going too slowly for her, so she took the fish to feed herself, totally ignoring the chick. After eating a few bites, Gracie let go of the fish. Then, after was an alarm session at a passerby, Gracie walked around to the right side of the nest and George picked up the fish. He unsuccessfully tried to feed the chick, who was straining to reach its little head, open beaked, toward George, but before he could get food in its beak, Gracie sat back on the nest bowl covering the chick(and eggs), and George ended up feeding her, until she polished off the rest of the fish, except for the tail, which George ate. She may be a good “wife”, but so far she’s a horrible mother!!

    17. Laurie June 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Baby is here!

    18. Donna June 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Just saw a baby chick.

    19. kathy B June 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Baby……..

    20. PattyK June 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know when baby starts feeding? sounds like Gracie is already tellin’George…just wondering..

      • june c June 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        quote from Alan Pool’s book “eyes open hours after hatching,and that they can actively take food from their parent’s bill.” (page 103 A Natural and Unnatural History)

        • PattyK June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

          Thank you June C, it’s 10:58 am Saturday, haven’t seen baby fed yet, did I miss it?

    21. GinaM June 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      George is being such an attentive daddy this year! I think I see a crack in a second egg like the first one. The little baby is so cute!

    22. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      June 03- This is the last one. I dont want to make anyone mad but I did think George was funny in this one.

      https://youtu.be/ce4t64UZ4MM

      • Leesa June 4, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

        Leanne, I took a video on my phone of Gracie feeding the chick this morning, so if you want it to post just let me know. You may have done the same thing since you are so good at keeping us all posted on the special events!! Thanks for that. I have no idea how to get it on the site, so I can email it to you if you need it.

    23. June B June 3, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      June 3 6:11 We have a baby!

    24. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      June 03- Happy Hatch Day Continued-

      https://youtu.be/tGoi74gETM8

    25. Lisa Parham June 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Around 5:23 pm est. George brought Gracie a fish. Gracie stood up & the first baby was fully hatched! Baby looked good although it was on it’s back. Baby somehow got upright, then Gracie layed down on baby & eggs while George did nest maintenance. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE ONE! Way to go mom & dad!

    26. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      5:53pmEDT George brought in a big clawful of seaweed..He was walking around Gracie as if he wanted to sit on eggs+1…she stood up to show off Junior and the chick is already lifting head(shaky) and trying to rear up…
      What happened to the fish?George take it back?
      I really miss email comments now…posted photos on OZ facebook…at least I have that figured out….

      • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

        @6:02pm Gracie allowed George to meet the baby..he gingerly made his way into place, carefully placing each foot and checking the chick with his beak..Gracie stayed to watch, stepped away for a minute or two and is back @6:08…..She brought in a stick and requested her seat back….did some furniture arranging before she settled back in
        @8:11 George is out…will he bring something Gracie will finally eat? Has she eaten today?

        • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

          And he’s back in a minute with a stick…are they baby-proofing? Seems like there’s a stepped-up building phase….

        • CarolV June 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm - Reply

          Error correct….George out @6:11

      • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Nosy pest flying over @6:19 George tells him off….Geo is hangin’ in the nest..guard duty…
        Can anyone tell I’ve done nothing today since I got back from Firestone? Have to go cook stripe bass fillets…I’ll be sitting next to Gracie if I eat much more fish.!

    27. Wendy C. June 3, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      George picked up a half of a shell in his beak and then dropped it. Gracie just moved and we have a chick!! She is sitting on the two eggs and has the chick underneath as well. 5:56pm

    28. GinaM June 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      OH BABY!!! WELCOME TO THE WORLD LITTLE ONE!!

    29. PattyK June 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      5:45pm….Feelin’kind of like a Grandparent again….whacko, maybe, but mesmerized watching the new family adjust to having #1 arrive! Hmm…even shed happy tears… THANK YOU!

    30. Betsy June 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Dopey George … he came with a headless fish at 5:23 pm … Gracie was telling him the baby is here … he paid her no attention as he cleaned off his beak … she got up off the eggs and said “Look!!” … he went to the baby for a closer inspection, seeming bewildered and not knowing quite what to do … Gracie took the fish and moved to the right side, letting George have time with their brand new chick … and then he sat on chick and remaining two eggs for a brief moment, getting up to look at the chick once more before again sitting. IT’S A HAPPY DAY!!

    31. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      June 03- George Meets Chick 🙂

      https://youtu.be/JBXj-k051Mo

    32. Leesa June 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      5:23 pm we have a chick!!! All looks well, and mom and dad are both checking it out! Congratulations George and Gracie!!

    33. Lisa Parham June 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Baby looked great. Was originally on it’s back, then some how got upright. Gracie now laying on baby & eggs while Gorge doing nest maintenance. HAPPY BIRTHDAY little one! Way to go mom & dad!

    34. rjoneal June 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      6-3-16 Friday 1723 Gracie stands up right after geo brings dinner and plop there is baby featherless ball of baby osprey geo look so surprised. He was wondering why she didnt charge him for the fish when he arrived.
      So I got the day right just not the time. yeah me Congratulations Gracie and George !!!

    35. PhilK June 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      I see a Baby. 5:15!!! George promptly brought a meal at 5:22

    36. brad June 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      I had noticed Gracie looking at her eggs all day, and @ 5:25 I found out why. Baby #1 has hatched!

    37. JANET June 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      we have a chick!

    38. Anja Baldock June 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Baby hatched at 17:23:49. Yeah!!!!!!!!!

    39. Lisa Parham June 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Around 5:23 pm est. George brought Gracie a fish. Gracie stood up & first baby is hatched!

    40. Jim M. June 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      6/3/16 at 17:23:14!

      Baby Bird!

    41. PattyK June 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      526pm Hopefully all will be able to scroll to see Baby#1 hatch!!!!!!! YAY!!!!

    42. Laura June 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      17:23 (June 3rd 5:23) baby is out and free!!! Mom and Pop look soooooo proud!!!

    43. KPBUQUOI June 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      4:23PM CDT June 3…We have a first born:)

    44. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      17:23pmEDT Baby #1 is here !!!!!!!!!

    45. Sharon June 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      5:23 pm EDT ….First baby hatched!! 🙂 Yay!!!

    46. PattyK June 3, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      5:23pm BABY!!!!!!!!

    47. Laura June 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      We have a chick emerging! June 3, 4:47pm (16:47) Take a Look!!!!

    48. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      June 03- 5:15 pm- I find it kind of comical how George has been close by and tending to the nest but as soon as that egg started to hatch he was like ” Bye, bye! See ya! I am outta here”

    49. LynD June 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      We have a pip! Whoever guessed June 4th will be the winner!

    50. Donna June 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      EST 16:47 I see a broken shell. Don’t know the exact time it started but the first one is on it’s way.

    51. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      June 03- Gracie Tosses An Egg Shell 🙂

      https://youtu.be/c9YeMs2QC1o

    52. PhilK June 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      5:00 PM. Gracie picked up an empty shell. Cant see a baby though.

    53. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      4:27pm Oh, Betsy, I think Gracie has dried scales…needs moisturizer…give the Mom2be some dignity, please

      • Betsy June 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        CarolV: I don’t know what you mean.

    54. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      @ abogt 3:34…Gracie was rearranging the eggs and one looked like a small flap pushed out and fell back..I tried really hard to get a picture of that exact second but no good..haven’t learned video yet..and my eyes are crossing now….Oh, picture sending was a failure.

      • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        YAY Video up already…Thanks, Leanne!

      • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        @ about 4:45pmEDT Each time Gracie stands, it sounds like she’s chirping quietly to the eggs…encouragement….Could the neighbors all be quiet for a while? all that beautiful singing too distracting….and somebody down below is banging on something…..

    55. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      June 03-3:44 pm- First Egg Is Starting To Hatch. It’s The Egg Closest To Camera. 🙂

      https://youtu.be/jlo_Ah8P9gw

    56. barbara June 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Fri 6/3/16 3:38pm George and Gracie both in the nest.

      • Keith Bittner June 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

        4:28 Gracie stood up and you could see one of the eggs peep pushing out.

        • Keith Bittner June 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

          4:59 Gracie picked up an egg shell with her back to us covering the view of new chic?

    57. PhilK June 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      15:36 (3:36 pm) Think I saw Gracie pull a piece of shell from one egg. Nothing moving inside. Maybe just my paranoia.

    58. PattyK June 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      At 15:30 watched George take off and Gracie move the eggs around. 15:30:10, saw a piece of shell flapping on egg closest to camera! Oh, bo, here we go!!

    59. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      @3:26pmEDT George can’t get comfortable on the eggs..up,down,up,nudge, down,up,roll……Gracie was upstairs, chatting, now she’s down and inspecting eggs with him…Gracie’s back on eggs; George flew out and around to perch…Gracie keeps looking downward….Hold on, little pipper…I guessed tomorrow!

    60. Paul June 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      The front egg has a piece that appears to be loosed on top…..looks like the beginning of the escape

    61. Leanne June 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      June 03- 3:28 pm- Wondered why G was so restless and now I see why….one of the eggs is starting to hatch 🙂 🙂

    62. Betsy June 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      It sounded as if Gracie landed on the perch at 10:38 am. Just before 10:49 am, George and Gracie exchanged quiet chirps; George got up from the eggs and Gracie jumped down from the perch. After exchanging a few more chirps, George flew away and Gracie sat on the eggs.

      Just before 12:05 pm, Gracie got up to stand at the front of the nest and stretch her wings, while having a conversation of quiet chirps with George, who was up on the perch. George flew off and Gracie went back to sitting on the eggs. In a minute George was back with a stick and Gracie then got up, moving a clump of dried grass, before flying away, leaving the eggs in George’s care. After getting himself settled on them, he started fiddling with, first, some grass within beak’s reach, and then, the stick he had just brought, finally getting up from the eggs to move it over to the right front corner and then, while still up, moving an L-shaped stick more toward the right side.

      Gracie came down from the perch at 1 pm and George left, coming back 5 minutes later with a pretty big antler-shaped stick, landing on the nest with a clunk. After having a little trouble, George put the stick behind the camera view, and then went about tidying the nest, including trying to pick off the white spot (dried poop?) on one of Gracie’s feathers. Gracie stood up, on the left front corner of the nest, and while she was chirping to him, George moved to the eggs, poked around them and then sat for a second before getting up and poking around them again, stopping when Gracie started alarming to look around and throw in a few alarms himself. He then resumed his poking and sat. Meanwhile, after the alarm session, Gracie flapped her wings to try to dry them (it looked as if it had started to rain at about 10 am, while George was sitting, lightly at first and then progressively heavier after Gracie sat at 10:49 am, before finally tapering off and now has been raining off and on). She proceeded to walk and slip-slide her way along the left side of the nest toward the back and then to the right side of the nest, chirping the whole time, where she picked up the L-shaped stick and moved it to the back of the nest out of camera view (nearly taking George’s head off!!). She then picked up a crab claw that was next to George to move that over, and apparently because of where she was and the camera mic is, as she chirped when she picked up the claw, it sounded just like a dog’s squeaky toy!! (One video coming up!!) George, in the meantime, sitting on the eggs, was moving around things next to him; he then got up from the eggs to move a stick to the left side of the nest. Gracie made her way back to sit on the eggs and George flew away.

      George was back at 1:15 pm, smashing into the camera housing as he flew in with a huge Y-shaped stick; it looked as if it broke at the fork as he was trying to position it. George then stood for a minute or two at the front of the nest before leaving again. George was back in 10 minutes, at 1:28, bringing a large multi-branched stick, the stick coming in first before you saw George. After he got off his ride, Gracie briefly tried to pick up the stick to help George while she was sitting on the eggs. But George heave-hoed and picked it up to move it toward the back. Gracie then got up and grabbed an end of one of the smaller branches still sticking into the middle of the nest while George grabbed where that branch met a bigger branch, and as she was pulling it toward the front of the nest, he was pushing to maneuver it better toward the back! She then let go and he moved it by himself, flapping and stumbling his way, pausing to alarm first with Gracie and then solo at an intruder, until he wrestled it into place behind the camera view. Then, as he went to fly away, it looked as if he either got caught on something or couldn’t get lift, ending up on the right edge of the nest. Eventually, after standing on the right back corner for a moment, George flew off.

      Gracie was on the eggs until 2:42 pm, when she alarmed and George hurriedly flew in carrying a wad of grass, checking and turning them periodically and getting up to stretch her legs and wings. She flew away and George is presently sitting on the eggs … sigh, not 2 eggs and a chick!!

    63. Michael G. Martin June 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Experts say that Ospreys especially Gracie can feel the chicks moving in the Eggs. Has anyone noticed more so than before that Gracie is much more uncomfortably agitated and watching and doing more examinations of the Eggs
      I think the Rain,Wing and Frost warnings are going to but off delivery a few extra Days.
      And the Temperature the last month or so have been unseasonable Cooler especially at Night

      Mike

    64. Jo-Ann June 3, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      June3 @:252p.m.) meant to type -landing on the branch the line is caught on will NOT be good. My mind is going faster than my fingers are typing.

    65. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      2:42pmEDT George came in with a huge wad of green seaweed..and I think Gracie’s eyes got bigger at the size of it…..She was alarming right before Geo flew in and he gave some warnings when he landed…It’s a crowded osprey world ! Gracie went off for her exercise…
      Gracie has a feather sticking on her beak which is making me cross-eyed for her…..

      • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

        BTW>>> thank you, for being right on top of comments today, Aiden, or whomever is doing it…We are all on pins and needles….

        • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

          whoever? always get them confused

      • CarolV June 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

        OK I tried sending photos..should be interesting,,

        OK…attempted to send photos..

    66. june c June 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      at 14:33:14 the crack is clear..you can see it..Gracie has been up many times today..little guy working hard to get out

    67. Jo-Ann June 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      June 3 @ 108 p.m.(EST) George flew in and literally annoyed Gracie so she would get off the eggs so he could get on them. I am still concerned about that wad of fishing line especially since that piece of bark it being used like a walkway, Gracie was just backing up it toward that wad and I have seen this happen before. Not to mention that landing on the branch that line is caught on will be good. Some weeks ago both George and Gracie made many attempts to block that area with what Betsy called an “antler” and comments were made that they had been successful but the next day the “antler was gone and the area with the fishing line was again exposed. That piece of bark could not be in a worst place they use it as a gang plank. With all the plastic and clumps of seaweed they have brought to the nest I am praying that something is dropped over that fishing line to cover it over.
      Keep watching (and doing nothing else around the house) waiting as we all are for the babies to break out of the egg shells. Maybe today we will see one born.

    68. Marlene June 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      I agree that this could be the day for the first hatch!! Very excited!! Gracie does seem to be listening and to be checking more than usual. She looks to disheveled. I think she’s going to be more so in the next few days.

    69. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      12:06pm George came in..Gracie stood up and they both went beak to egg and had an examination and a word..then, Gracie went on her break.

    70. Laura June 3, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

      At 11:37 am, George takes a good look at the eggs as if he “suspects” something. I can’t see the crack that others have seen even though there have been some great views all morning long. I’m “feeling it” however!!

      • Danny June 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

        THE EGG HATCHED YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    71. CarolV June 3, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      11:09 amEDT 6/3 Got smart in my old age..dragged 17″ laptop with me for big screen viewing ! Of course, if I decide to walk anywhere….car getting other work, too, so long wait….Anyhow, scrolled back to last (9:51am) parent exchange and saw ..EGGS… anyone seeing cracks has much better eyes than I do !
      Betsy..could be bluefish..I think I commented I had some last week that my son had caught…I am not good at identifying…last night was yummy flouder..maybe George will get that next…recommend it highly, George !
      I see that about 9:05, Gracie brought in some furniture for the nestury and had a hard time deciding where to put it…George offered to help carry it, but Gracie has her own ideas using the feng-shui discipline of decorating

    72. Marlene June 3, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      George was eggsitting, and around 9:02 a.m. Gracie flew in with a twig. That’s a change! Usually that’s George’s job. She proceeded to do some nestorations, and George got up to help her. They were both holding onto the twig, moving it around. Then George decided to let Gracie finish the redecorating and went back to eggsitting. They are just soooooo cute!!

    73. Rjoneal June 3, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Leanne I agree with you I think Gracie was wanting Geo to feed her for some reason he just didn’t get the clue she was doing her usual noise begging call I guess he wasn’t in the mood for it. About this time last year is when he first started feeding her . And if he left the fish in the nest he would always try and feed her some before taking off with it so far hasn’t done that today. Glad to see Gracie finally decided to feed herself and eat this steal fish.

    74. Betsy June 3, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

      It’s funny … when Gracie is on the eggs today, she is putting her head down to listen practically every few minutes and when she gets up, she peers down intently at the eggs. And, George, when he’s on the eggs, is just George — la la la la la la!! 😀

    75. june c June 3, 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

      about 9:51 Gracie finally took off with fish that was brought in earlier..i am sure someone will tell the story about this fish in and out of nest today..

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