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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

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    51,966 Comments

    1. ospreyzone March 23, 2023 at 7:26 am - Reply

      Greetings, looking forward to a great season.

      I have 2 requests:

      1) Please restrict postings, images and videos to only about the Ospreyzone nest.
      2) When an image or still is shared, please don’t crop out the bottom line with date and time etc. I need it to be able to come back for being included in highlights. Also, my copyright is important to me.

      Please note that I encourage you to point out highlight worthy moments, as I can’t see everything but I’m hoping to keep up with the nest this year in our highlights. I also have an Osprey intro and a history of The plight if the Osprey , made by some of my students recently, to be published shortly, stand by.

      Many thanks.

      Paul

      • CarolV March 25, 2022 at 3:21 pm - Reply

        May have temporarily found way to get to photos from earlier in n day! It’s a long and winding road but until I find a better idea….. this is shot from this morning taken about 2:30pm…and I can edit!
        Sort of stumbled… um,….. navigated to a back door. Now better make notes or….
        Now I’m exhausted!

        • CarolV March 25, 2022 at 3:24 pm - Reply

          AND the sun came out…!!! HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE!!!

    2. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Stuffed…. Good night!💤😴

      8pm…..81 and only dropping a few degs to 78. Breeze SSW12mph and 80% humidity….
      Hagn!

    3. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      So to continue the round table dining, 2 is eating right, with 3 bugging him
      George has delivered 2nd fish to 1, who has had 6-7 min uninterrupted…. And Lucy came home

      • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 7:47 pm - Reply

        She took charge, showing 1 the art of the talon pull…. 3 was cheering her on!

        • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          1 ran over to grab first fish from 2, who has had it for awhile
          And #3 gets fed by mom… and everyone ate happily ever after…

    4. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Two kids hanging out. They’ve gotten close.
      I saw G go be with a stick and was wondering why kids were excited.

      • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Turns out, he was also carrying fish around which debris was tangled!
        As he pulled it away, #2 flew slightly off the nest!

        • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 6:40 pm - Reply

          #3 is demanding of #2

          • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 6:42 pm - Reply

            While 3 begs from 2, #1 comes home

            • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 7:38 pm

              George comes in with 2nd fish, which worked well for1

    5. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      🤔 can ya see me now??

    6. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      3 trying hard to steal or get sib to feed him….

      • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 4:32 pm - Reply

        .

        • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 4:35 pm - Reply

          George rides in on magic seaweed rug… a

          • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 4:50 pm - Reply

            Sometimes refuses to post then doubles…. Sorry… I surrender!

        • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          George rides in on magic seaweed rug…

    7. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Happiness is cool fishy.
      Back kid, who flew in a bit ago, is right there to be fed by G.
      Front kid, presumably #3, waits

    8. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Sib, probably 3 , watching as kid takes off. Sib was out of sight as 3 watched overhead flyer.
      At one point. There were shadows from perch area

      • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Of course, we can’t know if this was maiden flight.

        • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 1:22 pm - Reply

          Kid , presumably, in air to right

        • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 4:14 pm - Reply

          GOT THE WORD
          this was not first flight for#2

    9. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Back to the business of stuffing a 🦅…

      • CarolV August 8, 2022 at 11:57 am - Reply

        Fluffer nutter…..:that fluff is making them nuts!

    10. CarolV August 8, 2022 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Someone to right working on fish.

      Mid 80s high for the day…. Winds SW9mph under north partly sunny skies

    11. Admin Mary Anne August 8, 2022 at 10:27 am - Reply

      LIVE STREAM up and running, a bit iffy at times though.

    12. CarolV August 7, 2022 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      I did post pics of the later feeding on this fish. By scooting through the earlier sections of reruns of 8/5, found practicing happening and arrival of G with fish with sauce….

    13. CarolV August 7, 2022 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Hi, everyone! Hope you’re having a good weekend.
      Reasonable weather @mid 80s under sunny skies.
      Nice breeze @SW15mph and mod humidity @74%.
      Nice flying weather…. Suspecting second fledgling. Don’t think#3 was ready.
      Enjoy!

    14. CarolV August 6, 2022 at 5:44 am - Reply

      Offline

    15. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Everyone settled in…

      Winds S7mph temps mid 70s under cloudy skies

    16. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Fish being handed out…
      This kid heads in

      • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        Other kid hotfoots it to this side of, I’m guessing, Lucy

    17. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Lucy is over there, starting to yammer…. 3rd kid in IZ

    18. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Someone has fish…. Looks like the fledgling…

      • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        Jr keeps eating

        • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:38 pm - Reply

          Just as Lucy finished handing out the fish she had taken, George landed with another.the fish

          • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:43 pm - Reply

            Surprisingly, Lucy wasn’t interested.
            George got to feed. Is she turning over the reins?

            • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:44 pm

              Who’s eating?

            • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:47 pm

              All 3 kids… 3rd off right; Lucy in back starting to yammer

    19. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      TY , Aidan! You’ve saved the weekend!
      Video is back!
      MIA kid is back!

    20. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Thought another one was missing! Just blending in!

    21. Isabella August 5, 2022 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Quietly waiting in their corners for fish

      • Isabella August 5, 2022 at 9:32 am - Reply

        Maybe if we flap around

        • Isabella August 5, 2022 at 9:35 am - Reply

          Or stand on one foot

          • Isabella August 5, 2022 at 9:37 am - Reply

            Back to our corners

            • Isabella August 5, 2022 at 9:39 am

              Let’s try to stay still and quiet….like statues

    22. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Passing showers. Raining hard but not for long. Rest of day mostly cloudy, temps high 80s and muggly..: blah

    23. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:28 am - Reply

      This is the kid who’s been waiting so patiently while sib has had control of fish.
      If you look closely, you can see who’s behind her. Maybe this will help i.d. Eventually.
      In meantime, forward kid takes a dislike to the stalk.

      • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:29 am - Reply

        Ps… that’s Lucy on back left

      • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:33 am - Reply

        Lucy moves in on cornstalk

        • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:36 am - Reply

          Ok….. I‘ve been patient!
          You’re done!

          • CarolV August 5, 2022 at 8:39 am - Reply

            Lucy has allowed someone else to control fish! Progress!
            And other kid gets excited!
            My turn, mom!!!!

    24. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:14 am - Reply

      I think that’s George. Dropped off fish then flew around to perch to call.

    25. CarolV August 5, 2022 at 7:08 am - Reply

      This is when I hate that Invisible Zone the most!!!!
      It’s sad and annoying when things go on or one spent so much time over there he gets nicknamed Waldo! But to not know if they fledged!!!!!

      There are tail feather tips that are barely showing

    26. CarolV August 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Fresh fish delivery.
      Jr wants ownership but ai think adult is holding on

    27. CarolV August 4, 2022 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Even if we aren’t sure who’s who, these guys deserve names.
      Lucy’s first family should be commemorated for reference in future seasons.

      • CarolV August 4, 2022 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        Including our little angel that I think of as Pixie

      • Isabella August 6, 2022 at 2:31 am - Reply

        I call them
        Little Lucy
        Janey
        Waldo
        Pixie🧚‍♀️❤️

        • Junec August 6, 2022 at 8:29 am - Reply

          Pixie great name for the angel….Little Lucy too….I think #one is a female…talks a lot like Lucy…
          Great pictures Carol…I agree don’t like far corner Ha….Lucy has become a wonderful mother…
          George as always the best Dad ever…..hard to believe I have been with this site 7 years…like some of you…

    28. CarolV August 4, 2022 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Look who’s got the big gish! Must be Dad dropping it off…

    29. Isabella August 4, 2022 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Was hoping someone could scroll back to around 6 am
      I posted that I believe one chick flew up to perch
      Couldn’t get pic in time

      • CarolV August 4, 2022 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        Sorry… I was up early and took sinus meds which is put me back to sleep. No help

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