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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
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.
Paul 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.
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
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.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Condensing today so far-if I haven’t missed one……..6:30am; 8:28a.m.; 10;43am; 1:19pm; 1:50pm; 1:58pm; 2:35pm; 2:41pm; 3:05pm.
9 that is good..still have a couple hours to go. It seems when there is more then 10 everyone happy.
That was 1:07, not 1:19- if anyone is exacting
WOW! That’s a lot of fishies!
i want to think George is a GREAT fisher. 7/19 whole fish in at 1:07,1:50,1:58,2:35, and 2:41……5 fish in less than 2 hrs! All kids fed today and then some.
I have a sneaky suspicion that #1 is a female. Check out her neck area. She’s starting to get a ‘necklace’ like Gracie.
Probably and the females are larger than the males
I take back my last comment, Gorgeous George just made me a total worry wart for nothing. 4 fish in about an hour. Never saw that before. Hope that happens more often because everyone ate very well including sweet Gracie.
home run by George around 3:00 pm- all fed!!
All 5 eating together
Around 2pm fish was brought in by George, then Gracie fed chick #1 and 2 while #3 looked along. As they were eating George brought in another fish and fed #3. Nice scene as all 5 fish were eating at the same time. But after Gracie finished with her fish, she came after George’s fish and took it away to feed chick #1 or 2, while #3 stood by the sidelines. Then at 2:40 George brought in another fish to Gracie for chick #3 to eat all by him/her self 🙂 while #1 and #2 relaxed.
Paula- re: tail swallower Gracie…she was very stingy with those tails for a long time. Only lately, has she given any away. Trey has been lucky a couple of times. But sometimes, when the Biggies are eating and Trey has been excluded, I swear she counts every mouthful and would transport each into her own mouth if she could! I know the look you mention….
JOAN: TY! I didn’t know that ctrl-end trick! Just the grey arrow in the right corner that takes you to the top!
bv16- George made me very happy when he showed up with that fish. There had been several fish #3 had very little of. She was well fed after that!
2:35pm- AND another one!
Gracie takes charge…….
And this makes me happy…………..
Gra isn’t even squawking about George hangin’ out in the nest….
No wonder she wasn’t squawking! Just realized George snuck this in! That is him bringing in another fish!
As soon as Trey gulped the last bit, Gra went to get this from Geo. I think he was just holding it anyway
3:05pm- I am speechless!!!!!!!!!!
ME TOO! :)))
George is the best dad ever!! Brings large fish and for the 2nd time that I was able to see this he sees the biggies hogging the food and runs out to grab a nice fish to feed Lil Bit. LOVE HIM!!!
Wow they are getting so big.. Today at 2pm all of them in the nest eating .All five of them…So cute Mom& Dad feeding everyone…
1:50pm- That’s picking up the pace, George! Hard working dad! Hopefully, Trey has a chance, but the Biggies are in there already…
Headless. good sized
1:58pm- GO! GEORGE! GO! second fish @ 13:58:17 !!! Two fish party! Trey had started to feed from Gracie; when George came in, he fed Trey. But Gracie broke up the daddy bonding time and took over new fish.
That is a fish descending behind that smudge………
Alright…I’m confused…Trey was peacefully eating with George; Gracie came and got the fish and started feeding a biggie; and then I have no idea where it went.! Under the plastic? Over the side? Poor Trey got burned!
Hi CarolV, I saw that too and I thought well even if he wasn’t doing it right at least Littlebit was getting fed. I would have thought she would’ve liked a break from feeding if only for a little while!
I was feeling so confidant that all three chicks were going to make it but now I’m not so sure. Littlebit gets fed very well in the mornings but that’s it. I just watched the first feeding in 4 1/2 hours and she didn’t even get up to try to get some because she knew it was useless. Like I said before I know next to nothing about fishing but it does seem that the fish are becoming fewer and farther between just when the opposite is needed. And while littlebit isn’t ” starving” she won’t thrive with so little food.
Does anyone know if something has happened to make the fishing harder for Gorgeous George? There was a lot of talk about a fish kill last year and there has been a lot of talk about algae blooms this year. Just wondering if something like that might be happening!
1:07pm…Yay! Fish! Big and whole.
@1:18-Uno has eaten; Dos is eating; Trey is peeping…
What to do when Dad Calls alarm? Selflessly throw yourself on the fish….
@1:17, Gracie handed tail to Uno, who chug-a-lugged. No food for Trey, who is still peeping. Not liking a day when fish are far apart.
12:28pm- Something going on. The crowd is suddenly standing but Gracie isn’t yelling. Seemed like they were watching outside the nest. Well, since we’re up, maybe some flapping practice?
I was really hoping for a fish delivery-as were they, I’m sure!
Wendy, well said!
I too have been very disheartened by the comments of some and the plethora of photos. I can’t help thinking why do some feel it necessary to post so many photos when one can simply enjoy watching the live stream of ‘our little family’.
Thank you Paul, Tommy, Aiden for this wonderful site. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the wonderful video photos and somments to go with the videos. They are awesome! Sounds kinda windy today. Hope no storms on the horizon, although North Fork probably needs some rain, but no storms.
Must be a good day for fishing. George delivered another nice size one around 10:43. Looks like they all had some of it. They should all be pretty full. Hope Gracie has been eating. Her brood keeps her busy!
Around 9:26 a.m., after eating, they all took turns wingersizing and trying to lift off, then went to sleep. They are so cute.
Bre, thanks for the nice poem. I enjoyed it. To CarolV and June C, and everyone who has posted how much #3 has been eating this morning. Thanks so much! Usually I have more time to keep the screen on and listen to Gracie when I know a fish is arriving, and then I look to see what’s happening. But I’ve been running around a lot the last week and also this coming week, and have missed out on a lot. It makes me happy to know Peanut is being fed. I, too, saw last night that #1 gave her a warning, not a peck. I was glad for that. At least it’s not as humid for them (and us) today.
10:43amEDT- Next! Saw that Trey had a few bites, then Uno? walked in, then chased her.
George and Biggie having a chat as Gracie requests Geo leave.
Gracie took off @11:01…Guess fish is done? Trey is appealing to someone on perch…
This photo I’m posting just ’cause…while waiting, Trey catches shade from The Great Headless Osprey…..(I Think Dos)
Oops. I just realized that I can get to the bottom by pushing control/end. Sorry.
My wife and I spent 2 days last week on the south shore of Suffolk County Long Island in a dual kayak. There were 20 osprey nests within a 4 mile radius. Every one occupied, most with young getting ready to fledge and some already fledged. Great entertainment for anyone with a pair of binoculars and a way to get out on the water. Now is the time to get out and see these incredible birds in their element. This website has helped us to appreciate Osprey, they are truly “top of their food chain”. Than you so much for the effort that is takes to keep this sight going.
This is rjoneal’s picture…June 8th…thought of it looking at the three of them now…Hard to believe that they where this small.
Wow, that is quite the accomlishment for those 2 parents!
It looks like a beautiful morning on the bay!
I just saw something that made me chuckle, at 9;22 am Gracie and littlebit were finishing up the fish and Gracie ate the tail and littlebit was watching her and it almost seemed like she was thinking ” Hey, I wanted that.” I just thought it was cute.
It looks like hopefully the pecking and pulling out of feathers has stopped at least as long as Littlebit minds her manners, but it doesn’t look like the feathers are growing back, at least not too quickly. Does anyone know if they will grow back or if the bald spot will just be covered by longer feathers growing above?
Thanks to all
Have A Great Day!
Boy George knows how to bring in some really big fish to feed the growing clan. At the 8:30 feeding Gracie tried her best to get the fish over to Trey for first dibs, but he was pecked on by his sibling ..Dernit. Oh well the fish is so big I am sure Trey will get a good eat! Awesome lil guy
8:28amEDT—Fish transport arrives, to the approval of a hungry crowd! GO,GO, George!
This is Gracie and Mini-G cheering on the Mighty Fisherman…….
Gracie is being mean to us and feeding in our favorite blindspot. Can see that Trey is at back while biggies eat. It’s okay, she did eat well before. And the fish is big, soooo- we’ll see.
Uno-i think- is off to left, involved with, what looks like, the gill cover. Good for Trey, who gets in for some mouthfuls, till Uno comes back, intimidates without hitting. Dos is off to Gracie’s right, peacefully enjoying his breakfast.
By 9:06- Biggies are done for now. Trey is getting her share, and I think there is still a good chunk left. She hung with Gracie til 9:22, when it looked like Gra downed the tailfin. She and Trey surveyed the bay while the Biggies worked on their feathers,
About 7:40am- Gracie sent George off fishing with her “subtle” calls. Everyone is on George watch.
It’s good to see all the pictures being posted! I’m on vaca and one of those people with nothing better to do than watch the Zone.In between all the other stuff here.
Gracie sounds like she’s calling in a fish………………………YUP! 8:28-big one!
Rjoneal- Excellent welcome and nice wing shot!
BRE- Thanks for sharing your poem!
PAUL- as always, you are there for us. Thanks for all you do. Good luck with the washer. The rain doesn’t want to help out.
And as always, thanks to our hosts, TOMMY and CHRISTINA-do you get any benefit from all that osprey fertilizer?
And AIDAN- our overworked moderator who puts up with us…
7-19-16 All is good and well in the nest this morning even BB1 is no longer pecking he gave Bb3 a warning at 6:31am feeding today but did not peck him. Bb3 was eating first since he went to bed hungry last night and Bb1 saw Bb2 in line to eat and was not getting anyfish. Bb1 went over and warned Bb1 as soon as Bb3 saw him coming he couldnt go anywhere just duck and cover. He did what he was suppose to and stopped eating till Bb2 and Bb1 got done. There was 2nd helping for Bb3 yeah !! Not exactly a feast but a good start to put something in all the babies tummies. They are all waiting on another fish Gracie is doing her begging call along with Bb3 chiming in.
pic is Bb1 giving Bb3 a warning no pecking just warning 7-19-16
Around 3 PM yesterday baby B, I think B, went up completely.
GOOD! I tried so hard to get that moment! Thank you! I thought #1, but I will be the LAST to claim that I know who’s who of the big two
7-19-16 Reply – CarolV love your sense of humor, sleep tight lol
CarolV commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
in response to Steve w:
This nest is Loaded with creepy crawlies …..what are these critters ?
Natural bugs and beetles. Important to the eco-system that this nest is. Help dispose of the fish scales, osprey poop, other waste produced by sloughing skin cells, shed wing covers, etc., etc. Much like the many bugs-visible and microscopic, that surround us. Like the teeny little critters in your bed chowing down on your shed skin cells……….sleep tight!
7-19-16 Reply- Bre-Rel Nice Poem Bre!
A Poem/dedication For George..for all he does,
pic is 6-22-2016 George feeding baby he sees something and stops for a min good daddy!
Beautiful, graceful picture. Thanks Rjoneal.
6:30amEDT- YYYAAAYYYY! Breakfast arrives! I know it’s hard to see, but it looks good sized. Hopefully. enough to go around…
I couldn’t believe my eyes, but Trey was right up there, on Gracie’s left, from the beginning. Gracie was shoveling it into her! Disclaimer..add I BELIEVE after each time I say Uno or Dos. Uno moved on her right. Dos wandered around then tried to intimidate Trey- here, Dos is looming over Trey, to minimal effect- she ducked, but didn’t move.. Dos even tried the Trey method of under Gracie, which was hysterical, as big as he is…He did eventually shimmy under, and got some food. But Trey was right in there till 6:47 when the fish was gone.
George had flown in to the perch, and as soon as the last gulp went down, she started lobbying.
Maryann- These birds get their hydration from the fish they eat.
And unfortunately, the washer has issues. I know, Tommy was away, for one. And it’s suspected that something may have bumped the squirt tube, so I’m not sure if it works anymore.
5:50am- The call for breakfast is being made…Gracie’s yelling and Mini-G has been peeping for a while. Since she had little, or more likely nothing of the late day fishes, she’s impatient. We didn’t get any of the predicted possible showers(or t-storms) last night, the lens is impossible. Thanks. little shooter! And no full moon! Bad luck all around…
Weather for today…right now…lovely low 70s. still overcast. Today- mid 80s…low humidity..sun coming out late morning..let’s see if they got it right.
I should say, on the South Fork, we didn’t get any rain. Not sure about East Marion(NF), but it doesn’t look like it
Thank you Wendy C for saying what I have been thinking recently.Some of the comments have made me feel uncomfortable. We are so lucky to have this wonderful chance to watch these beautiful birds. Lets just enjoy them and thanks to all who make it possible to let us share in their world.
To Wendy C: Thanks so very much for expressing my thoughts. We are so grateful to have access to this wonderful website. I do not recall so much negativity last year, and it is very distressing. I feel bad for Paul, who has put so much time and expense into this; Tommy, who has allowed our beloved family to live on his property and share it with us; and Aidan, for monitoring all of our comments. The website is extremely popular, even in other countries. It’s just amazing to be able to share this family. We have become so attached to them and care about them. Let’s appreciate this wonderful gift that has given us. In all of the horrific events in our beloved country and the world, let’s be thankful for the chance to “get away” and enjoy a this beautiful glimpse of nature. Once again, many thanks to Paul, Tommy, and Aidan. You are deeply appreciated.
I was able to tune in again scrolling back to around 6:30 p.m. George brought a fish to the nest. I think it was a whole one, but not too big; it was difficult to be sure about the size. Chick #3 went to get fed, and got chased away by #1. I don’t think he got pecked, though. However, #1 and #2 got fed and then Gracie flew away. Our little one was complaining to Gracie before she went up on the perch, and Gracie answered him back, but Peanut went to bed hungry. Poor baby. Hope there was ample food today. I’m going to read everyone’s notes now. Night all you ospreyites.
Marlene, there was ample food and Peanut was fed today. Hope that eases your mind .
Trey ate well all morning, so she ate least had reserves. Unfortunately, she wasted some on the lens……….
LOL I was watching The Walking Dead and the zombies reminded me of the babies when “fresh meat” is delivered by George! If you haven’t seen that program, the zombies gobble up living things, often while they are still flapping like our fish. 🙂
Oh, Gina! My thought exactly!
I’m hoping someone can tell me that I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure Littlebit hasn’t eaten since about 11:30 am or 12 pm today. I saw Gorgeous George bring in 2 fish at about 3;30 and 4 but she didn’t get even 1 bite of either of them and I didn’t see another feeding until about 7;30 and she tried to get in there but didn’t get any of that 1 either. So I’m hoping I missed her eating some other time. I don’t know much about fishing buy it has seemed that George is having lots of luck in the morning but not so much in the afternoon and evening. I’m pretty sure that Littlebit has gone to sleep for the night very hungry for at least the last 3 nights.
I think you are right Paula – I watched and didn’t see him/her be able to get close enough to get anything. Finally gave up and went and laid down.
Trey did go hungry last night, and peeped her way to sleep. But this morning’s first feed was excellent for her!
CarolIV..reply… Thanks for posting that update
Seems like lil bit is shut out of the 8:30 pm feeding. Biggie ate most of the fish, even bb#2 didn’t have that much
8:13pm…George just delivered a whole fish…medium size. Poor Trey is so hungry that she was putting herself forward despite a quick warning and got bopped. We’ll seehow far this fish goes.
Trey pushed too hard, sneaking up next to Uno and almost got pecked, but Uno decided he wanted food more than feathers. Trey backed off, but she’s creeping, as she has been off and on for hours. Hungry baby.
Well..Uno got a huge chunk which he took off to eat on his own. Dos finished off the rest with Gracie.
7-18-16 Reply Dorothy- I like that you called him /her Big Bird and since he/she has alot of feathers that fits him or her well. 🙂
Dorothy commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
in response to rjoneal:
7-16-16 I just love this pic of bb1 reminds me of pics of George and Gracie on windy day that I have! Love my osprey family and followers!
More like “Big Bird?” lol
7-18-16 reply- CarolV
Thanks, your pics are good too! Its not as easy doing the fish count as you think huh just when you think you can take a break another and another. I was taking notes also and stating who got what fish so that even took longer.
Keep up the good work glad you were able to take it over. I started it, Betsy did it one day and now you are doing it. Yeah thats devotion everyone taking turns.
Extreme wind hope BB3 keeps his head down he is so much smaller easier for him to get lifted right up out of the nest. Calm down people he wont!
pic taking today before the squirt
CarolV commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
in response to rjoneal:
7-16-16 picture (Did you see that?)
A Poem/dedication For George..for all he does,
A nest full of helpless chicks await
father osprey in search of food
His eyes trained on a school of bait
To take back to hungry brood..
In an instinctive quest for survival
He is meticulously dissecting the Ocean
At the nest they await his arrival
In a blind raucous helpless commotion
A large school of plump bunker surface
To avoid bigger swimming deep
Unaware of the danger above them
Father Osprey’s promise to keep
I LOVE THAT POEM. Thank you for sharing it.
Great poem. Nicely done 🙂
7-18-16 Reply Steve W – last year and this year at the first of July bugs start to get bad. They are big ants either carpenter or fire ants also I dont know which one for sure but lots of bees and its either yellow jackets or wasp they come from the fish. this is the reason Gracie not only cleans up all the scrapes to eat but so the bees and wasp will stay away.
Steve w commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
in response to CarolV:
2:34pm- YAY!!!!! George delivers…Gracie is being noisy and guarded. It looks like biggies are moving in…Trey will have to wait. But that doesn’t stop her from edging around to the far side out of reach!
This nest is Loaded with creepy crawlies …..what are these critters ?
Rjoneal- Happy to say, no fireants! Carpenter ants, which are prehistoric looking! Love this pic! I tried getting a bee to pose and they wouldn’t co-operate!
7-18-16 Monica thanks, as of lately everyone seems to be getting along if anything bb3 is the one doing a quick peck and duck number shame on him. No aggressive fighting like when younger. Pretty much all zen !
pic 7-16-16 Gracie 3bb resting in a row
Monica commented on Osprey Zone – Live Osprey Cam – North Fork, Long Island, New York.
in response to rjoneal:
7-16-16 picture (Did you see that?)
Awww, cute pic!! Love to see the “guys” all standing there together. 🙂
So, have they all been behaving? No pecking of #3, I hope.
Haven’t had time to watch all day or read everyone’s comments, but I will later on when I return home. However, I scrolled back for a little while and saw George bring in a whole fish around 16:18. Everyone was very excited, and then #3 showed her excitement by giving a HUGE squirt on the lens. The good news in that a huge rain storm just went through western Suffolk about a half hour ago. It is heading east, where our osprey family is. I’m on the south shore, they are on the north shore. If it hits all of Long Island, they should probably have the storm in about 15 minutes. Hope that helps clear the screen. Maybe they don’t like us watching them, ha-ha.
5:37 pm Can the lens still be cleaned.? Just wondering as it’s almost impossible to see the young ones. Just love this site
Our irrigation system is either blocked, bent or clogged, not really sure why it’s not working. Hope to work on it soon.
I missed that there was a second delivery @4:34pm. Good Dad! Also small, but whole
Looked like the Biggies monopolized that, too. Even taking over the remains from Gracie.
” IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT…” well, there does seem to be some weather coming in…but this was a chick-flick…..
and there wasn’t enough fish….
You never cease to crack me up.
On July 18, 2016, at 4:19 pm, I think it was #1 who decorated the camera lens. The kids have grown up so much that it is hard to identify them anymore. #3 is almost as big as#1 and #2. I want to thank Tommy and Paul for all they do in providing the equipment with sights and sounds to help us to view osprey nest activity. It is very educational to watch the young ospreys hatch, grow up and eventually fledge..
It was chick #3
4:18pm- This won’t last long…
I almost made a comment, before I went outside, about how good the chicks had been about shooting over the side…………had to prove me wrong…
Nice move, Trey……
7-18-16 reply thanks
Welcome newcomer !?
Our camera lens is a little dirty right now from our Birdies squirts and the water cleaning machine seems to be temporarily out of service but it’s getting better as the days go on.
I recommend you go through some comments and look at pictures. This is the first year we’ve been able to post them.
Please try to take time and visit highlights and all the other tabs at the top of the site to get a little history of how Osprey Zone started if you’re interested.
There is so much information on the site however most of it is listed under comments at this time.
We heard about your osprey nest that the babies were taken by a raccoon. We all feel for you and know what it’s like to feel a loss. Last year we had a tragedy with our nest Peewee was his name he died in the nest at two weeks old by his other siblings. There was a fish kill that cause a food shortage.
This year is the second year as parents, for George and Gracie to have babies. Gracie had 3 last year 2 successfully fledged and we have 3 this year and with God’s will all 3 will fledge.
We have a baby naming contest going on right now so everyone has their own names on what they call the Osprey family.
I have been with Osprey Zone since it started many of us here hope you find a home here with us. This is not a live chat so be aware comments sometimes only get posted once a day sometimes more than that. This site does not except donations at this time it is sponsored by Paul Henry’s Tax Service and it’s in Tommy our landlords backyard. Aidan is our computer person if you have any questions or concerns he is new to us this year. thank you Paul for adding him to our family.
We hope you find it as interesting and loving as we do. Our nest has already been known to have some unusual behavior compare to other osprey nest as our Osprey expert had pointed out it and it makes us feel special.
Rob Bierregaard is our Osprey specialist there are videos,comments and letters from this year and last year that you can read on the site as well.
Picture is from 5-13-16 rainy day Gracie is getting up to take a break and fly off and George is getting ready to sit on the 3 eggs for daddy duty!
A before and after shot of a dead on squirt! The lens was just about cleaned off and “smack” got it really good.
Here is the before shot – you can see the little on all the way on the right just about ready to go! UGH
3:45pm- Gracie placing a call for take-out….wonder how fast the deliveryman will be?
Thank you Tommy, Christina, Paul and Aidan. It is amazing to be able to watch this osprey family at such close range (allowing folks to snap great portraits!) with the beautiful Gardiner’s Bay in the background. And I’m astonished by how few transmission glitches there have been – and by your willingness to right the glitch as quickly as possible. I also appreciate your willingness to winnow and post comments: it’s great to know the day’s fish count and to read about interesting incidents and osprey behavior. It is especially heartening to see how #3 thrives when the fish are plentiful and the parents more experienced. And I hope we’ll be able to watch George and Gracie add to the osprey population for many years to come.
There was a little lift-off! Hard to see, but chick farthest right caught some air, till other chick joined in, beating up Gracie in the process.@15:05…
I hope people saw this because this was really funny. At 11:11:18 chick #3 was standing next to chick #1 and then just reached over and gave a tug on the head feathers of chick #1!!
I didn’t note time but I saw the tug! I thought- little chick’s little revenge! Feisty!
Does anyone know if it would be advisable to run the window washing apparatus just so the babies could get water? In this heat, does the liquid from the fish really suffice?
Even if it’s built to run off the nest, maybe they could lean over & wet their little beaks. Feedback anyone?
Hope you saw the note from Paul. They know there is an issue with washer and hope to be able to do something. Not an easy job….
Wow, can you say “Bad hair day?” Hope none of the little brood does any wingercizing or they will be blown off the mountain. And, just as I write this there goes someone with their wings open!!!
Rjoneal- Thanks for the heads-up on the eclipse! Will put in my calendar…
Don’t forget! Moon should be spectacular …full moon 7/19 technically, but should be good tonight, too. As long as it’s clear.
Bummer..prediction…chance of t-storms, then chance of showers, then cloudy all night, thru tomorrow. Good night, Moon………..well, sometimes, they’re wrong.
7-18-16 HANG ON OSPREY FAMILY WINDY DAY!
picture Gracie stretches out her wing taken today
The older chick is really spreading his/her wings.. looks like its going to take off at any time now..
7-18-16 I will try again to get posted!!
7-17-16 7:15 pm ALL Osprey Followers:
This is the first time I have been able to watch or get on site today!! There was a real bad car crash at the end of my subdivision took out our 8 ft fence hitting and taking out street sign and cable and telephone box for over 10 hours we were out of all service once I found out.
Betsy has emailed me she is now watching Boulder she says since the quality of viewing is so much better. She made a video about the differences. I scammed through the comments quickly and noticed she did post this today! So I have to think she is still reading comments at least in order for her to post this. I think she is just frustrated with the whole thing. Maybe she just needs a break!!
I am kinda surprised that she called Osprey Zone 3rd rate and the moderates printed it.
If you are reading this Betsy people did comment many times on how thankful they were for your devotion to the site, Guess that is not the case anymore.
Now I have to go back and read comments so I can find out what really happened today.
Just wanted everyone to know I AM HERE STILL ! Especially after all the joy and kindness everyone has shown me over the past couple of days.
Osprey Zone will always be my home even if I spend a little time looking at other osprey family’s thats just so I can keep learning and I also pass on info to all osprey followers.
Its all about education and learning Right?
Love my Osprey Family and Followers !
Below is a picture just for my family NOW THATS A WING HUG
Love this shot! I always think, just like a family…may not always get along, but……still family!
I am grateful for all your posts, I feel like we are old friends. Thank you for all you do RJONEAL.
Thank you, rjoneal. You’re doing a terrific job. And this is a terrific site.
This is not a complaint, but a question. Would it be possible to have the “leave a comment” section at the top of the page rather than the bottom. Am I missing something, or do we have to scroll all the way down to enter a comment? I’m a computer moron, so I am, in fact, likely to be missing something. I need a 12 year old to lead the way.
I total agree with Wendy C and her comment from 7/17 @6:51 PM. Comments and demands can get out of hand. It is wonderful to hear about the day’s activities and how other people are doing, but it can get out of hand very quickly.
Look at what happened with the CC viewer comment section. It has not existed for most of the season and now it is almost impossible to find out what is going on there. The info on the facebook page is not enough. The CC does so many good things that is impossible to devote tons of time to each aspect of their mission.
The Cornell Barn Owl CAM fell victim to the same bickering and demands
We should all respect and give thanks to our hosts and each other and accept the wonderful opportunity we all have to watch this wonderful family grow up. It is sad that many of us do not realize how good the things are that we have until they are gone.
To Tommy, Paul, and anyone else who helps to give us this incredible experience: Many, many thanks! You do not have to do it, but you do; and I am nothing but grateful.
He’s probably sick & tired of the whiners on here.
About 88 deg.at noon…Mod humidity,slight breeze.
Just got included in a severe thunderstorm watch till 8pm
Hello. Did our little Trey eat at all today? Please let me know. I sure love the littlest guy…and of course all the littles but my motherly concerns I cannot help. Thank you.
11:27am Headless fish, good size…Gracie cranky and wants George out…George hasn’t fed the chicks lately, that I’ve seen
11:03am…NICE intruder pancake by chick..parent barely called out! Then parent flew out and circled back. Not sure who is up there.
I am beside myself, seeing our beautiful ospreys developing so nicely. What a difference from last year. They look soooo good. I think Gracie and George should get the
Aviary Parent award for taking such wonderful care of their brood. Have a great birdie day all. Keep on posting; and stay cool.
It IS nice to see the difference it makes when all goes well. Helps to put last year’s tragedy in perspective…
Hope the humans learned their lessoms and will keep what knowledge they’ve gained to good use, without overdoing the fish cull method used this year.