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Ospreys have returned to two nests in East Islip beach. No cameras though. So we can’t spy on them. Can’t wait for camera to be repaired in East Marion.
I’ve been following the DC eagles 2016, Liberty and Freedom (now Juvies) and their nest is way more protected than this one which seems to be in the wind most of the time. How do these chicks “branch” like the eaglets do?
Thank you so much for a wonderful season with George, Gracie and family. It’s been a privilege to be able to observe and learn about these amazing birds. I’ll be back next spring. I pray they will too.
Thank you for the farewell video. I watched it a couple days ago then watched it again….. I will most likely watch it a lot ( and Gina’s too ) ….. In one ( or a couple ) of highlight shots I remember seeing a tree somewhat close to our nest…. I had been thinking George may have been calling Sandy from there saying ‘ ok, one last look then we need to go ‘…..
I miss them a lot…. We had a visitor this morning close to the camera….. then i had to shut down and get the grass cut and edging done……
Thank you so much for sharing this farewell video. I hope all goes well for them, We will never know what happens to Sandy and Ronnie, but hopefully George and Gracie will be back again next year. Thank you for giving us the wonderful experience of viewing our local osprey family while they were residing here. Looking forward to next year.
Just got the book “soaring with fidel”…….can’t wait to start reading. Heard it was very good.
I hope their migration is safe, but there are many pitfalls. man is the worst offender because their is a market for their feathers and many people in the Dominican republic and Haiti consider their meat a delicacy. I have seen this personally, and it occurs mainly in the poorer areas
Thanks for capturing Sandy and George’s last moments on the North Fork. I’m pretty sure I saw this live when happened, but it’s nice (and sad) to see them again. Hope they have reached their destinations safely, and that we’ll be able to see George and Gracie raise a new family next spring. Thanks for everything, including the East End Student Film Project, and especially Tommy and Paul, who made all of this possible.
The “Farewell” video is wonderful. I have a question – right around the three minute mark you can hear another osprey calling (repeated series of short chirps followed by a long one). Just before Sandy flies from the perch around seven and a half minute mark, you can hear the same call from a bit farther away. Do you think that it is George calling to Sandy and waiting for her to follow before he heads south?
Could be, I believe that the audio is a little out of synch with the video, not sure why, but I’ll look into it. It seems to me that Sandy first lands on the perch or Camera housing (see it shake) and by the time Sandy leaves (nest shakes again) George is long gone and Sandy is leaving in a panic, as she realizes that dad is “out of here”.
Thanks for your reply, Paul. I did notice that the sound was out of synch on the “Farewell” video. I think I compensated for that, and it does seem (as I watch again and again) that there are calls (several short chirps followed by a long) in the distance at two times in the tape. The last one can be heard just before Sandy takes off (allowing for the discrepancy in the audio/image). Is that the sequence of chirps used to all to one another. It would be nice if that were the case, because it just might be George calling to Sandy before he leaves the area.
I watch viedo and got it wrong..heard the chirps in background that were a little different, must have been
George giving warning ..I see now it was George first Sandy second..you have to listen carefully to hear the distant calls
to Sandy…either way I hope they make the journey together and are safe.
Richard..I agree with you..even tho the audio was out of sync, there was another osprey calling from a distance. I, too, would like to think it was George. Even if another osprey, Sandy may have had company on his flight.. Another commenter quoted from a book about osprey that they had been observed flying in groups. That makes so much more sense. I know blackbirds arrive in large groups in spring,,mixed redwings, grackles, and starlings, then split up for the breeding season. In fall they mass together again for the migration. I don’t see why osprey couldn’t do a similar co-operative migration. Tracking info only speaks to the individual bird’s movements, not the airspace around it.
Thanks, Carol. I am really hoping it was George, and the sequence and timing, I think, support that conclusion. It would be great if they had tracking chips so that we knew where they were. But then agai, we’d need to be prepared for bad news as well as good. Anyway, here’s hoping that they made good use of the week before the Carolina rains. If they did (some tracked Ospreys put in 300-400 miles per day), then they could have been at least in Florida. Filling the gap by watching Southwest Eagle Cam – unfortunately, started just before the great Oz died – so tragic! Really would like to see improvements in this project. I think we have plenty of willing donors.
Thank you for posting the “farewell” video. At least we can be fairly certain George and Sandy started out together. Thank you to Tommy for the story of Sandy’s personal farewell to him. I am sure your comings and goings kept her entertained while she was still a nest bound baby watching you from her home on the tower. Thank you to Tommy and Paul and all the osprey zone crew. It has been a marvelous adventure!