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Tommy Aprea - Windsong Osprey Nest

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June 15th, 2020: Two eggs in the nest. Mostly sunny this week.

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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

    44,095 Comments

    1. Laura June 10, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Well the 8:30 am feeding went a little better for our littlest one!

    2. Laura June 10, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      A long feeding went on around 7:15 am but little guy didn’t get a thing. Gracie didn’t even acknowledge that he was there. He/She looks so small in comparison to the other two. Not looking good for chick #3! 🙁

    3. isobel June 10, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      So sad to watch as two older chicks feed well and not a bite for the wee one. Was nearly shouting at the screen.

    4. CarolV June 10, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

      4:44am EDT 6/10 George popped in for the first time and has been in and out a couple of times since .

      7:12 Breakfast arrives..Big whole fish..Gracie takes charge

      • CarolV June 10, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

        George took fish back, 7:28am

    5. Betsy June 10, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

      George had already stopped by the nest twice this morning: at 4:43 am, leaving after 7 minutes of standing and looking around and then at 4:56 am when he came back to do some housekeeping, leaving at 5:09 am. Gracie was on the chicks when an unwelcome visitor alit on the edge of the nest (you can see the tips of its feathers on the top of the screen as it flies over the nest before landing).
      https://youtu.be/eBtz4mnaEzg

      • CarolV June 10, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Good job, Gracie !! SuperMom !!

    6. Marilyn June 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      10:28 pm,, going back to around 7:30 pm, it looks as though Gracie is really trying to feed the little one. Making an effort to get closer to him/her so she/he can eat.

    7. kathy B June 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      8:30pm Peewee finally got a few bites. Didn’t get any the last three feedings I saw. A little bonking but not too bad yet.

    8. Judith June 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      …another fish/meal for the babies! Sharing the news for those of you who, not unlike myself, have been voicing concerns about ‘our’ new lil one, thriving. This tiny lil thing, is surely fighting the fight…pushing her/himself in line for every meal. It SEEMS like Gracie is making a genuine effort to satisfy the hunger, moving the fish over & closer to the lil one, then reaching over the other 2, to accommodate the pipsqueek! With full bellies (one & all!), sleep well, Osprey Family…!

    9. GinaM June 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      7:38 ish PM
      Gracie really made an effort to feed PeeWeeII.
      The little one ate. Thank heavens.

    10. Gina W June 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      The two older ones sometimes lay down and crush LIL Bit 🙁

    11. Monica June 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      7:34pm ET – Chick #3 is not getting much food. One portion so far for him. But, the two bigger ones keep him far from Gracie’s beek. Uh oh….

    12. CarolV June 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      7:16pm 6/9 Watched the 5:54 feeding. Gracie made the effort to feed Trey after the other two..Just like the other two, who didn’t seem to eat much at first, the pieces were still too big for the little guy…He is getting stronger and hopefully by tomorrow, he will be able to grab better. Give him a chance before writing him off !!!

      • CarolV June 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        Let’s rejoice in his being…He’s cute, adorable and here NOW !!!!! Time enough to worry if times get rough. Gracie missed the first two more than she hit. They are growing rapidly. As Trey gets a stronger neck, there will be more deposits in that wobbling beak. She definitely made a special effort to get something in him…………………

        • Betsy June 10, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Thank you for posting that (both posts) … my thoughts exactly. I also think people should not call the third chick “Pee Wee.” It is not Pee Wee; Pee Wee died. This is a different chick, with its own personality, its own battle to survive, and, I think in a way, it creates bad karma to call him by the same name!! It’s almost as if people are really wishing this chick dies so they can say “See, I told you.”

    13. Leanne June 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      June 09- 6:33 pm- For Jim Varney:

      https://youtu.be/2yRGMwM0ONM

      • Leanne June 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

        June 09- 6:35 pm- It runs about 1 minute too long but I had hash browns in the oven that I had forgotten about. 🙁

    14. Donna June 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      I just watched the 6pm feeding and poor pee wee didn’t get any. Gracie tried toward the end of the feeding but the piece was just too large for the wee one. So he missed out on this one. I’m screaming at the screen like it’s going to do any good, lol.

      • Donna June 9, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        Now it’s 7:30 feeding and the poor thing almost was flung out of the nest trying to grab yet another piece which was a little too big. I don’t know if I’m going to survive these feedings.

    15. Judith June 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      …6pm, Gracie made a real effort to feed lil one, who’d been eagerly waiting, mouth wide open. Although the lil one’s meal was significantly smaller than the others, so is she/he. Hmmm…so what’s enough to sustain life?! I’m hoping that our Osprey family will find the perfect balance, in the often harsh world, that Mother Nature provides. There’s nothing more beautiful or heart wrenching, than to experience the gift that a camera like this provides us all…an actual, real time look at Nature unfolding…thanks to Tommy, et al!!! The viewers observations, & shared excitement & concerns, continue to keep me riveted! I wonder…do Gracie & George have any idea, just how big their extended family is?! Just sayin’…

    16. Catherine June 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Very concerned that the little guy has not gotten fed this feeding at 6:00 pm.

    17. Karen. DeLong June 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Hopefully the newest member of the clan makes it this year. Let’s all hope and pray for the little one.

    18. Karen June 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Today at 16:43 on the screen – the biggest baby was picking on #2. Very dominant #1 baby! It’s not fun to watch mother nature sometimes.

      • Karen June 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

        opps wrong time 16:24 there is the squabble.

      • Leanne June 10, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

        June 10- 9:27- I noticed some of that behavior yesterday. Chick 1 and 2 were really going at it. I posted a video of it here yesterday. Lets just hope they learn to just get along. 🙂

    19. Nature146 June 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Anything new here…news about the little ones?

    20. Zach June 9, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Chick number 3 seems to be doing well, I have noticed a little bonking

    21. Jo-Ann June 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      June9 @3:00p.m. (EST) I have watched a few feedings today and am concerned that baby 3 is not getting any food. The others being larger can reach out to Gracie but baby three is not able to get to the food she is offering and it is always behind the other 2 who get it. He seems to give up and lays down while the other 2 are still eating. I hope it isn’t getting too weak.
      Did anyone see baby 3 get any food today? Thankfully that plastic has moved away from the nest bowl.

      • Zach June 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        Zach – Pee Wee did eat some lunch after the other 2 were full, Gracie fed him/her several bites

      • Ruth June 10, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

        I have the same concerns as you, Jo-Ann. Gracie seems to stop feeding too soon, also. I saw a brief feeding this morning around 7am and only #2 got his fill before she stopped.

    22. Leanne June 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      June 09- 1:42 pm- Poor George!!

      https://youtu.be/K6ISplEiM1Q

      • Marilyn June 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm - Reply

        lol, did his wings get caught in an updraft?

        • Betsy June 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

          Marilyn: His tail feathers did … and it also happened to him on the 6th, with him doing the exact same step!!

    23. Betsy June 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      At 12:32 pm, George brought a whole menhaden/bunker (did I get it right?) to the nest, landing right next to the nest bowl so the fish was face to face with chick #1, flapping and gasping (the fish) … I was hoping the chick wouldn’t put its head too close to the fish’s mouth!! Then George, still grasping the fish with his foot, tried to grab it (the fish) by the mouth. Meanwhile, Gracie, on the opposite side of the nest bowl, came barreling over to take charge of the fish, screeching all the while. George, still having a hold of the fish with his foot, pulled his foot back and Gracie grabbed the fish by the mouth with her beak. A brief tug-of-war ensued, with Gracie getting the fish. After ripping into it and getting her share, the flapping black plastic underfoot where she had gone to stand and getting in the way, Gracie fed the chicks, but not without the plastic, still under the fish and grasped in her foot, continuing to get in the way. That plastic is so bothering the heck (not the word I really want to use – but this site is family-oriented 😀 ) out of me!! I just don’t want anything to distract Gracie, making her overlook #3 … although I think s/he’s holding her/his own and Gracie’s been good about feeding her/him. (I’m trying to block out in my mind all of the comments made before #3 hatched in reference to what happened last year with Pee Wee [which I was fortunate not to have seen, coming to this site after all of that happened].)

      • Betsy June 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

        PS- Just after Gracie won the tug-of-war and was moving over with the fish, its flapping tail smacked #2 in the head!!

    24. Ann H June 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Peewee is 1/2 the size of the other 2 chicks.He got one bite yesterday and one today. The writing is on the wall.
      When the third egg was laid I was nervous and when it hatched, I was sad. Now this..

    25. Paul M. June 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Love the Drama. Will 3 make it or wont he?….

      • Harold June 10, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

        It is great!!! I thought I was the only one.

    26. Meg June 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      I’m not seeing current conversations. I have watched but have yet to see #3 get a bite of food. Mom seems to feed in short spurts-1 and 2 aren’t going to food coma so 3 gets missed. I’m not too hopeful for 3 to survive but we’ll see.

    27. Kathryn June 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      I think it is going to be like last year that chick 3 is not going to have a chance because he is to small.

    28. Mary Ellen June 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Im worried I think Bit needs to eat soon

    29. Betsy June 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Boy, chick #2 sure is pushy!! I was watching Gracie feed the chicks with the fish that George brought at 11:22 am … Gracie was feeding the chicks, then the time went from 11:24:40 to 11:10:29 and Gracie was back on the nest bowl and back to calling for a fish as George flew overhead to the perch (which wasn’t there the first time in the “real” time) and the time continued “normally” to 11:11:19 when it jumped to 11:25:14 and Gracie was feeding #’s1 and 3 and #2 was conked out; then #2 woke up and Gracie finished feeding the chicks (all three were fed … especially with #2 out for the count) and cleaned up the nest bowl at 11:33 am, when all three chicks were conked out … since that last time warp, the time has been marching on correctly!! 😀

    30. Patricia June 9, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Can someone please explain the magical appearance/disappearance of the vertical pole in the nest at 6:55 and 8:22?

      • Betsy June 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        Patricia: Yes, I can! See my post below June 9, 2016 at 9:32 am and June 9, 2016 at 9:52 am. Somehow the video stream was coming back out of order – so things that had already happened were coming back in the stream later!!

    31. Joanne B June 9, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Where are all the posts? I have been watching this nest since last year and depend on the posts to stay up-t0-date. I do not see anything new since yesterday afternoon. Did the blog move as mentioned? Thanks

    32. GinaM June 9, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Oh no. It’s starting again. The first born started pecking at PeeWeeII. It wasn’t feeding time so it wasn’t a competition issue. They were just in a pile sleeping and woke up… I know it is nature and “pecking order” is real. But it is hard to watch.

    33. John Elipolito June 9, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Oh NO Lil Bit is getting beat up!!

      • Ellen Tanner June 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

        Love that Name so perfect for him/her.

    34. Marlene June 9, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

      It is extremely windy and on he cold side today, not at all like the weather has been earlier prior to yesterday. I think the wind is causing the video to jump around. I noted yesterday that viewers were mentioning a huge branch in the nest, which was brought in by George. Magically, that same branch (I think it must’ve been the same branch — I did not see the original one) appeared on screen at 6:53 a.m., right in front of the camera. Suddenly, at 8:52 a.m., it disappeared. That’s a good thing. I saw Gracie feeding the chicks a few times, but because the video skipped around sometimes, I could not tell if the little one was fed. I sure hope so. He’s got that little mouth wide open, just like the siblings.

    35. Jan June 9, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Oh no…just tuned in this morning ( it is 10:15 am. est) and saw the bigger chick picking on the little one!! Hope this is not another repeat of next year….makes me feel so bad for that little one….. Hope is stops!!

    36. Marilyn June 9, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

      6/9 10:15am. Some pecking of the little one going on this morning. So sad to see a repeat of last year.

    37. Betsy June 9, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Hi Paul or Aidan: In case you’re not aware, the time stamp on the video stream has a time warp thing going on!! (It’s one time and then it’s earlier and then it’s later and then it’s earlier!!) I don’t know how things work in cyberspace, getting from one place to another, but it looks as if the video is being put back together like a jigsaw puzzle with the pieces all out of whack!!

    38. RC June 9, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

      if you would like a glimpse of what we want to happen here, go to Orange beach AL> osprey nest. They have three lovely chicks there and they are almost ready to fledge…
      And they love their momma….she can’t move anywhere that they don’t move and get under her or at least as close as they can get to her.
      Gives me hope for this nest

    39. Betsy June 9, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

      I saw an “osprey fact” post on another osprey webcam site yesterday regarding chick development. So, I “borrowed” their idea: that it would be great to see how the chicks will develop over the next 8 weeks.

      Then, I lifted this from http://www.ospreys.org.uk/osprey-facts/
      “Chicks
      A young osprey spends the first seven or eight weeks of its life confined within the nest (or eyrie); a huge pile of sticks lined with moss, bark and grass. It will be fed primarily by the female, who tears pieces from a fish and passes them into the nest cup. At two weeks old the youngsters can move around the nest and after a month they are very active preening and exercising their wings. Gradually the wing-flapping increases until they are able to lift a little off the nest, called ‘helicoptering’ and then take their hesitant first flight.”

      Go to the website to see how the chicks will look at 3 weeks old, 5 weeks old, and 8 weeks old.

    40. Ruth June 9, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Is anyone else having trouble with the cam stream? The playback isn’t working very well either. It freezes and jumps a lot. I am getting feezing on the cam, also. I hope it gets fixed.

    41. Betsy June 9, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Every crib needs upright bars on the rails — it probably would have been amusing to see how the big branch ended up upright right in front of the camera!! … rocking side to side with the wind (somewhere between 6:53 am & 7:10 am when the video stopped streaming!) … gonna have to keep watching to see the outcome!! (If the video stream ever stops freezing and jumping every few seconds!! 😀 )

      • Betsy June 9, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

        Didn’t get to see where the stick went … somewhere in the freeze gap of between 8:22:47 and 8:30:23!! 😀 I would imagine, with the fierce wind that it blew over!

        • Betsy June 9, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

          I continued watching and then I saw the stick upright in front of the camera again … I thought the stick blew back up … and then I saw the time stamp: 8:23:57!! Okay, guess what, in addition to the video jumping, the time is also jumping all over!! (Sometimes, I wish we could really go back in time!!) 😀

    42. Kathy B June 9, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Seems stick is interferring with video…..Anyone else having issues?

    43. Leanne June 9, 2016 at 7:26 am - Reply

      June 09- 7:23 am- Not much of a breakfast for the chicks this morning although chick 1 and 2 did get a few bites. I didnt see chick 3 get any but the video was so jumpy that I just hope I missed his/her feeding. Large stick has also blown in front of camera and seems to be staying there. Glad it didnt land on Gracie and/or chicks. From what I have read, the winds will continue today so I hope George can catch some fish and that Gracie finds it safe enough to feed the chicks, especially #3.

      • Leanne June 9, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

        June 09- 7:34 Just after I wrote the above, George seems to have brought in some more fish. I can’t tell who is getting fed because of the jumpy video. Wish this wind would die down!!

    44. isobel June 9, 2016 at 5:49 am - Reply

      5:45am Chicks all enjoying breakfast.

    45. Betsy June 9, 2016 at 5:44 am - Reply

      George brings a big stick and then he and Gracie decide together (ha!) where to put it.
      https://youtu.be/WnM3BThfQao

      • Monica June 9, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        LOL!! That was hysterical!! At one point, it looked like George stepped on the chicks. I guess ‘arguments’ happens in all species!! lol

        • Betsy June 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

          Monica: He did!! And in the past, before the chicks, he or Gracie would “stomp” on the eggs!!

      • Monica June 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

        Betsy – love your videos and funny observations!!

        • Betsy June 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

          Monica: You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

    46. Marilyn June 8, 2016 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      10:48 pm Not liking what I saw a little earlier this evening. Got home from work, went back a few hours & saw the 2 older chicks being fed & the little one underneath that tarp or whatever it is. I hope this year is not a repeat of last year.

      • Marilyn June 8, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

        Looks like Pee Wee ii didn’t get anything at that feeding. 🙁

    47. Marlene June 8, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much to Leanne for the two videos of the newbie! I faithfully watch OZ every morning and during the day, but today — naturally — I was away all day long. When I tuned in tonight, I was surprised to see the empty shell and then realized that we now have three babies! Dear Lord, please keep the food supply abundant for our babies and all of the others.
      And thanks, also, to Betsy. A lot of hard work went into that video which shows how to distinguish between George and Gracie. I have them down pat, but in the beginning it took me a while. Even though I was a fan last year, it still took me time this year to tell them apart. That will be very helpful to new viewers and some of us “regulars.” What a talented group of ospreyites!!
      And, as always, thanks so very much to Paul and Tommy, without whom this website would not be possible.

      • Leanne June 9, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        June 09- 6:00 pm- You’re welcome and I’m glad you enjoyed them 🙂

    48. CarolV June 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      9:51pm 6/8 After being off for 3 days with no hatch action, I was pi..uh, irritated that I had to leave before #3 made its appearance…it looked like Gracie kept the older two on lock-down, giving 3 a chance to get out and rest up…..I’ve been calling the chicks Uno, Dos, Trey,,,as a nod to the G’s winter vacations…Spanish not one of my specialties, I’m not sure of spelling…Probably, like last year, everyone will have their own names until naming day choices…And I probably won’t be able to tell them apart after #3 gets stronger anyway……Was happy there are so many comments to sift thru! Good work on the videos….

      • CarolV June 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

        When I went back to look up last year’s hatch dates, I was struck by the “barrenness” of those pages, lacking all the special videos we now enjoy…thanks again, talented ones..!!!!!!!!!

      • CarolV June 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

        Checked spelling..good on I and 2….. 3 is tres…but I like Trey anyway…

    49. LynD June 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Anyone know what that white “thing” that came flying into the nest is? It literally came flying in with the wind. Neither parent brought it in.

      • Betsy June 10, 2016 at 7:22 am - Reply

        LynD: Carol referred to it as a horseshoe crab shell that George moved to the right back corner out of view in her May 19th post (it had been brought in a few days prior mixed in with seaweed).

    50. Donna Mosquera June 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      8:06 pm Very sad…watching from roughly 45 minutes ago…Momma is feeding the 2 larger babies while the 3rd is begging for food and being ignored. 🙁

    51. maryann June 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Does anyone know if the baby got any food at the 7:15 pm feeding? looked like only the bigger two got fed. Then she turned around, blocked the camera?
      Did the baby get anything? Then she settled them in for the night. Pee wee was doing everything right – finding the strength to stand up, but he was behind his siblings.

    52. jon June 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Of course she didn’t bother feeding the third chick.

    53. Leanne June 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      June 08- 7:00 pm- Are they fighting already?

      https://youtu.be/C8bl-OUgtQc

    54. Leanne June 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      June 08- 6:35 pm- I was really hoping Gracie would remove that plastic from those chicks. Has me very worried. 🙁

    55. Kathleen June 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I vote for Edward Boyd’s choice names – Wynken, Blynken & Nod – Pew Wee !! Nah! Too sad

    56. GinaM June 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Nasty Storm is on its way Gracie sweetheart- it will be over soon.

    57. Shel June 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Rob,

      Regarding your future plans for chatting element, I was new ( avid ) viewer last last year and now that there are (3) I am certain I will be again.

      I am retired and spend way too many hours on the computer…….have never been involved with editing or photoshop, but familiar with architectural CAD drawings.

      Based on the above, If there is something that I can contribute to the site I would be interested in speaking with you.

    58. Jo-Ann June 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      June 8 3:50 p.m. (EST) Looks like all is going well in the nest. I have been away so don’t know what has been happening at feeding time and video stream is down. I hope something gets put on top of that piece of plastic it is so annoying and it has been blown over the babies at times Usually either G or G somehow know it is a problem and to secure it with a twig or clump of seaweed. Hope that happens soon. Baby 3 won’t be able to get out from under it to eat.

    59. LynD June 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Gina – Wow, that footage was something! and quite literally – with Gracies foot going right on top of the chick pile!
      Now, they all have to deal with torrential rain! Badly raining here at 3:45 p.m.

    60. Earl Hathaway June 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      I dont see any video of Little Bit eating.

    61. Rjoneal June 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Gina M I total agree w you on your Reply to Jim Varney (I don’t necessarily agree… I have seen Gracie make concentrated efforts to bring the fish to the chick’s beaks, sometimes the one that is farthest away)
      ——–
      I Even today for example saw George made an extreme effort to try and feed any baby that would take the food moving all around the nest at lunchtime. He did such a good job tiny pieces and all he wanted do is feed someone but they were so sleepy and already full.
      Also this morning Gracie made a effort to feed the new baby number 3 on a separate occasion where she had to walk around to that baby.
      We also witnessed this last year with Sandy and Ronnie.

      • Jim Varney June 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

        Well Even Rob the osprey expert agrees with me so. I mean I understand the wishful thinking and all. Don’t get me wrong

    62. Leanne June 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      June 08- 3:18 pm- Forecast for tonight: Scattered thunderstorms early, then becoming clear after midnight. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. Low 53F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

    63. GinaM June 8, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      If those babies can survive the gigantic stick George brought to the nest and proceeded to step on them, drop it on them and get Gracie to help carry back and forth over their heads, they can survive anything…. film at around 2 pm.

      • Leanne June 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        June 08- 3:14 pm- I think Gracie got so disgusted with the whole stick moving situation that she dropped it over the side. Can’t say I blame her. 🙂

      • Betsy June 9, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

        I’m glad I saw your post, GinaM! I was so busy making my “third chick hatches” video that I wasn’t really watching the video cam … then I saw your comment and … well, hopefully OZ let it post!! 😀

    64. Tora June 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Incoming rough weather! Fingers crossed that it passes quickly. Batten down, babies!

    65. Ann H June 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Great to see chick #3 is healthy but very worried about the future. Hoping for a miracle.
      God speed George and his fishing abilities.

    66. GinaM June 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      So far so good for Pee Wee II… Gracie is making an extra effort to feed him and the others are being kind. It is my wish that with George’s improved fishing abilities and the bountiful fish in the bay this season, PWII will grow up healthy and strong.

      • Elaine June 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply

        I love the name Pee Wee II. Right now three little sleepy heads.

      • margaret June 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm - Reply

        GinaM… I was gasping when George was trying to move that stick and dropping it on Gracie and then stepping on the chicks…

    67. Edward Boyd June 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      May I suggest Wynken, Blynken and Nod for the three new Osplets.

      • Leanne June 9, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

        June 09- 7:33 am- If there are 2 males and a female, Larry, Moe and Shirley 🙂 lol

      • Helen June 9, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

        I love that!!!

      • Kathleen June 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

        The baby don’t seem to be getting it’s fair share.

    68. J bardio June 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Has little bit eaten today?

    69. Jim Varney June 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Just a note people. The parents do not pay special attention to any one chick. Its all about who is at the beak. Thats it.

      • GinaM June 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        I don’t necessarily agree… I have seen Gracie make concentrated efforts to bring the fish to the chick’s beaks, sometimes the one that is farthest away

        • Leanne June 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

          June 08- 3:12 pm- I totally agree, GinaM. We saw it last year and this year. 🙂

      • Betsy June 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        Jim: Yes, just as GinaM says. Plus, I have watched other osprey cam sites where the mom seems to make sure that all of the chicks are getting fed.

    70. cheryl June 8, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Yeah! Baby # 3!!!!!! Feeding not too plentiful for #3 yet. Maybe he’s just too new. Hopefully this afternoon he’ll chow down. Thank you all for the updates and videos.

    71. Laura June 8, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

      At 11:20, Gracie can be seen paying special attention to the new chick and feeding it well. Perhaps there will be hope for this little guy. He has a lot of catching up to do!!

    72. LynD June 8, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Yes CarolV, I’m so happy that June 8th didn’t go by uneventfully!!! God bless this little one, and happy birthday #3. I couldn’t believe my
      eyes this morning when I counted 3 bobbleheads, with all the talk of a dud egg.

    73. Betsy June 8, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

      To everyone: I’m glad the video is a help. I was SO confused last year when I started watching OZ, a little before Ronnie and Sandy fledged … I didn’t know who was who!! 😀

      BTW – the little wobble chick does get upright … I’m working on a video of it now … “Bobble Heads Wobble and They Fall Down.” I hope to post it shortly. Meanwhile, why don’t you watch “June 7, 2016 at 7:45 pm Nature’s Technicolor (The kids are in Bed … A Perfect Setting for a Romantic Dinner for Two) It had rained earlier and then it was clearing up as the setting sun was coming out. George came with fish and fed Gracie … the colors went from dark to golden!! PS – Either that fish was armor-plated or George needs to get his beak sharpened!! 😀
      https://youtu.be/575WORqJU2s

    74. Jim Varney June 8, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Welcome Pee wee

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