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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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    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. Judith October 1, 2022 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you to all who made it possible to share the wonderful story of George and Lucy and their plucky little little ones this summer. Hopefully, they all avoided the hurricanes on their way south.

    3. nfc September 24, 2022 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      So happy that we had a successful season. Thanks to all involved. Lucy was a great first time mom. George did a great job providing for his family. All the people involved made sure that we were up to date on the website. Pictures and info kept us all able to interact. Hoping the osprey get down to South America and thrive. Looking forward to next year. It will be here before we know it.

    4. CarolV September 24, 2022 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Can’t forget our manners!!
      Thanx to Mary Anne for keeping us in line, so we kept the guidelines and cleaning up our (my) screwups!
      Tnx to Tommy and Christina, our hosts, for making this site available to all.
      Tnx to Paul & co for supporting OZ and all the work his crew has put in to give us quality videos.
      And- not least of all- our Aidan, for all the times he gave the cam a swift kick to get it working again!!!
      We appreciate you all and I appreciate all the members. And your compliments
      So to you all…. Enjoy the seasons, watch out for snow and SOD.!!!!

    5. Junec September 24, 2022 at 7:59 am - Reply

      CarolV…Thank you for your daily postings….and for all who did…..kept me up to date on happenings…. it seemed every time I turned on camera it was down at the end…

    6. Junec September 24, 2022 at 7:52 am - Reply

      It was an amazing year for our family….Lucy was a wonderful Mom after 3rd egg…last year 5 eggs…this year 5 eggs. ..who knows next year…George’s building skills, sometimes annoying, but great…The peanut gang grew and became beautiful Ospreys..God Speed to them all…..

      • Admin Mary Anne September 24, 2022 at 11:52 am - Reply

        I’m wondering also, will Lucy lay another five eggs next year? She most definitely could! I hope they all make it safely thru migration and that George and Lucy return next spring to raise another family. I also hope some nest cleaning and camera adjustments takes place in the off season. If I hear anything, I will be sure to let you all know.

    7. CarolV September 23, 2022 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Brrrr… 53 @8am… may hit 62 later, under sunny. Skies. Winds N18mph. It’s that time of year when I wake up with the heat coming on and my windows are still open! The week ahead looks like real fall weather.

      It’s time to say goodbye to our O’Sprey family.
      The Peanuts gang, who kept us entertained….. and just the fact that we had 3 was a joyful surprise ! And little Pixie who stayed such a short time. It’s a first for our nest to have 4 hatch.
      Beautiful Lucy, who has been a super Mom and taught us so much!
      And our ever entertaining Studmuffin! Always tormenting us with his sticks in front of the lens! An excellent dad.

      We wish you a safe trip…. Gentle winds to carry you; fish a’plenty, and sun to warm you. For the kids: a safe and long life and families of your own.
      And George and Lucy, til we see you in the Spring, God-speed…….

      • ChrisH September 23, 2022 at 10:12 am - Reply

        Very sweet and so true. There’s a little lump in my throat right now.

      • winnie September 23, 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

        Where has the time gone-too fast-thank you all for your comments & updates What a beautiful family! May God Bless them on their journeys!

    8. CarolV September 21, 2022 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Temps about 67 and dropping just a few degrees, then stating to rise around midnight. Leading to rain in the morning-winds S8mph.
      All’s quiet at the nest.

      Everyone, have a great night!

    9. CarolV September 20, 2022 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Nice to see the that view. Now for a glimpse of our birds! They don’t seem to stay long when they do show!

    10. Admin Mary Anne September 20, 2022 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Live stream is up and running.

    11. CarolV September 20, 2022 at 6:48 am - Reply

      Live stream must have gotten confused! It went down ON a Monday! Usually the day we get it back after it’s been goofin’ of all weekend!
      Hopefully be seeing it later, for the chance of some last sightings.

      • Admin Mary Anne September 20, 2022 at 8:03 am - Reply

        We shall see, I reported it yesterday…

    12. CarolV September 19, 2022 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Got this shot from Betsy last night…. Good i.d. Shot of George and his wing spot. There was a juvie on perch not long before.

    13. Bobbie September 18, 2022 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Is anybody else worried about our migrating osprey heading into Hurricane Fiona?

    14. CarolV September 18, 2022 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      18:12…. Hearing but not seeing someone…. More like a juvie

    15. CarolV September 18, 2022 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Good Sunday morning!
      Heard osprey calling from nearby but not at nest.

      68 already headed to 80. Humidity is up @89%. Winds SW @8mph

      • CarolV September 18, 2022 at 7:02 am - Reply

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      • CarolV September 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        Betsy let me know I had just missed spotting someone flying off perch just minutes. before that shot. Looked more like juvenile but the exit was quick and straight out and down.

    16. Junec September 17, 2022 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Have been away…did Jane leave. If so about when…reading posts seems to be two left…when did one of them leave………this is getting late for them….wishing family safe flights for those who left..

      • CarolV September 18, 2022 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        Not sure but best guess is Lucy left after 9/2/22.
        Don’t have a date for first kid. There’s been issues with the video. As far as 2nd chick, I think there were 2 here til around 9/15.
        Still not sure about G and last kid. The nest has been pretty empty. Someone was heard but not seen with a wisp of a glimpse of someone flylng out this a.m.

      • Junec September 20, 2022 at 10:38 am - Reply

        I can’t believe I said Jane….thank you for dates…

    17. CarolV September 17, 2022 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Fall again today… 66 now with a high around 70. Next couple of days warming back up a little towards 80. Generally clear and mostly sunny.Winds from the east about 8mph.

    18. CarolV September 17, 2022 at 7:17 am - Reply

      Around 7am, I’m hearing quiet chirping but no one in sight
      And good morning…happy Saturday

      • CarolV September 17, 2022 at 7:31 am - Reply

        About 7:28…. Stronger calls…. Could be George.

    19. CarolV September 17, 2022 at 12:10 am - Reply

      I don’t know if anyone else saw one of the family today but I didn’t.
      I heard someone just at this time, talking from the perch……

    20. CarolV September 16, 2022 at 6:55 am - Reply

      “Morning has broken….
      ………Like the first morning
      ……….:;;…….Blackbird has spoken…🎶🎵

      A cool morning and a cool day ahead. Enjoy your Friday!

      • CarolV September 17, 2022 at 12:04 am - Reply

        The crew was in for afternoon clear out….

    21. CarolV September 15, 2022 at 7:47 am - Reply

      This kid may have caught her own breakfish. She flew in about 7:07 with a whole flipping fish and has been working on it.
      The sun’s angle makes it difficult but only saw one. Bird and this one came flying in excited with 2 feet firmly gripping this treasure.
      The fairies gathered to dance and celebrate… is that Pixie front and center?

      • CarolV September 15, 2022 at 8:09 am - Reply

        Left about 7:49 with her fish in tow.
        What may have been 2nd kid came in briefly minutes later to look around and flew after her

      • CarolV September 15, 2022 at 8:52 am - Reply

        It’s a cool morning…nice!about 64 @8:30, heading to 72 under sunshine. Comfortable humidity @low 51 % and breeze @NW18mph. Dp you hear fall knocking?

    22. CarolV September 14, 2022 at 9:46 am - Reply

      One kid came in about 6:20….. the fairies had an interesting display around 6:50 and iid went upstairs
      Breakfish arrived 8:29 to a hangry bird…. Who still had a lot to say more to say after G left. The kid ate part of the fish then took it to go.
      The janitor has been in and out

    23. CarolV September 13, 2022 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      George still working hard. I saw 5 deliveries and both kids had some. 9:40-11:53-14:31-15:09-16:50
      After the rain there was some god cloud watching. The clouds made way for a brilliant blue man could never capture in a paint can!
      Mostly clear skies with. Temps in mid 60s
      Hagn!

      • CarolV September 13, 2022 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        That’s good cloud watching but God cloud works too!

    24. CarolV September 13, 2022 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Enjoying the clouds and that spot of blue sky.
      She was reacting someone flying and showing off a range of calls, including her sqwacks….

    25. CarolV September 12, 2022 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Almost bright enough to be sun not moon rise!
      Likely rain after 4am; thunder possible, lasting through the morning. Almost no breeze @NW1mph

    26. CarolV September 12, 2022 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Told me first file too large to download… trying again… hopefully not duplicating

      • CarolV September 12, 2022 at 8:28 am - Reply

        This was 2nd fish delivery and I think 2nd kid

    27. CarolV September 12, 2022 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Saw a fish delivery about 7:18ish.
      Only saw one kid at that time

      As you can see we’re getting some rain
      Now G is filling up the nest

      • CarolV September 12, 2022 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Second fish… looks like other kid…

    28. CarolV September 11, 2022 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Watch out….😄🎶 here he comes… the fish 🐠 feeder!
      Kid ready….

    29. CarolV September 11, 2022 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Beauty shines on a gloomy day….

    30. CarolV September 11, 2022 at 8:23 am - Reply

      G brought a fish about 7:24 for one happy kid.

      And the janitor was here already!
      Mid 70s today with humidity of 90% under cloudy skies and little wind. Gonna be a bit sticky.

    31. CarolV September 10, 2022 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      2nd fish 🐟! Kid had long wait while other kid kept control of first fish…

      • CarolV September 10, 2022 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        Tried talking about sharing and then tried stealing before giving up and heading to perch

        • CarolV September 10, 2022 at 6:45 pm - Reply

          .

          • CarolV September 10, 2022 at 6:49 pm - Reply

            Kid let us know G was coming! Jumped down and got her own fish.
            It’s a good thing G bent dow to show his head… it looked like he has more speckles on his chest.

    32. CarolV September 10, 2022 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Incoming!
      Telling me dup post but not moving. Trying again

      • CarolV September 10, 2022 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        Other kid heard but not seen as this one gets her dinner. G just let go before she got any toes

    33. CarolV September 10, 2022 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      G just hanging out, probably enjoying the quiet with the kids out.Been here for a while.

      • CarolV September 10, 2022 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        16:44… kid came screaming in to perch….
        G woke from his reverie and flew….

    34. CarolV September 10, 2022 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      G is in for the 3rd time with fish.@14:24
      One kid got a fish around 12:26
      Sib got one about 13:36
      This time, he has a chunk but no takers. Busy

      My son has been fishing a few times this week. He says the fish are plentiful but mostly shorts; several different kinds from blues, fluke, bass. Too small to be legal for us.

    35. CarolV September 10, 2022 at 7:43 am - Reply

      Someone has their cheerioss

    36. CarolV September 9, 2022 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      And the moon rises….

      • CarolV September 10, 2022 at 12:47 am - Reply

        Moon over East Marion…….
        Last full moon of summer 2022

    37. CarolV September 9, 2022 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      The kids have been relentless with the yammering…..
      Bouncing in and out…
      Thought we were losing video with grey outs:..
      There are at least 2 yappers .
      Time for fish!! But I gotta. I’m sure the fish will be in now!

      • CarolV September 9, 2022 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        Translate but I’m gotta to I have to go

      • CarolV September 9, 2022 at 6:50 pm - Reply

        Yup…. Barely walked away to feed my furball and G came to feed the feather balls. Saw the melee and heard the ruckus… sounds like a country song…..

        • CarolV September 9, 2022 at 7:21 pm - Reply

          Other kid was up and down… bird pacing…. But no sharing. I st kid mowed thru the dinnerfish and took off.

    38. CarolV September 9, 2022 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      The kid has been yammering and hanging around. It sounds like 2 at times… someone upstairs.
      Kid took off suddenly and Heckle and Jeckle bounced in and out for a grab ‘n go before she got back.

    39. CarolV September 9, 2022 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      G brought a flipper in to kid….
      Kid is just standing looking around ; then some guarding

    40. CarolV September 9, 2022 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Yayyyyy!!!
      Now where is everyone?

      • CarolV September 9, 2022 at 11:07 am - Reply

        My little hp allowed me to scroll back on footage.
        Kid was there when G delivered about 9:55.
        Gonna have to get back to watching!
        Stick delivery about 10:04

      • CarolV September 9, 2022 at 11:21 am - Reply

        The janitor’s on the job

    41. Admin Mary Anne September 8, 2022 at 11:38 am - Reply

      I was notified that the live stream could be back later today, or tomorrow.

    42. CarolV September 8, 2022 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Video still dark….
      We’re having a sunny day; winds N12mph and heading to mid 70s
      Supposed to be a clear night so do some moon watching of that close to full moon…
      Have a great day.

    43. CarolV September 6, 2022 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      I suddenly realized it was Tuesday and came to check but video is still down.
      We’re getting some rain, finally, the nice gentle kind that is soaking in ,not drowning out everything, and making huge floods.
      Status quo thru the night, with temperatures this afternoon topping out about 70.

    44. CarolV September 4, 2022 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Video down.😧🥹still
      Almost 70 now. Heading to 80 slowly; cloudy today with high humidity. Blah…
      Very little breeze @N2mph
      Hopefully our little family doing well.
      And you all enjoy the holiday!😁

    45. Isabella September 3, 2022 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Looks like someone spent the night

      Early morning

      Chick and sailboat……don’t know if that’s a fish in talon…or part of nest
      Chick n fish

      • Isabella September 3, 2022 at 12:53 pm - Reply

        Yes…it’s fish

    46. CarolV September 3, 2022 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Let’s get excited! As 2nd kid comes to join welcoming party

      • CarolV September 3, 2022 at 11:39 am - Reply

        Dad delivery… no nips involved

        • CarolV September 3, 2022 at 11:41 am - Reply

          Kid shows off excellent guarding skills!

    47. CarolV September 3, 2022 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Stream is acting up…
      Let’s do a Tinkerbelle along with Pixie…. Everyone close your eyes and cross your fingers… or is that cross your eyes,,,? Anyhow wish for our video’s success

    48. CarolV September 3, 2022 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Cleaning up after kids!

      • CarolV September 3, 2022 at 8:18 am - Reply

        Sqwackypants commenting upstairs… what to do?
        Comes down to investigate and janitor moves to the next school.
        Hmmm… that was easy!

        • CarolV September 3, 2022 at 8:19 am - Reply

          WAIT! What’s this?

          • CarolV September 3, 2022 at 8:34 am - Reply

            Nice find! A little crispy on the edges but adds to the flavorl

      • CarolV September 3, 2022 at 11:18 am - Reply

        Just realized that Mr Janitor was replaced by a kid in second I was distracted…. And who can see around that sun! Okay,,,,
        Real cleaner
        Maybe time for real glasses instead of Amazo 6pack

    49. CarolV September 3, 2022 at 8:00 am - Reply

      A cool morning @65@8am……loving it!,,, rising to high 70s later. Gentle breeze NW3mph with sun getting some cloud competition later

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