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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 Eldermire
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.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“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. Betsy October 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Okay, guys help me out here. I was looking back through comments for pictures to copy and I noticed that the special icons were all showing as “??.” I don’t think I changed any settings on my laptop that would cause this to happen. I uninstalled and re-installed Google Chrome thinking that maybe that was the issue, but it’s still the same; and it happens on other browsers. I did uninstall and re-install MS Word a few days ago when it kept crashing but I don’t think that has any bearing on whether or not icons show on the web. This is rjoneal’s comment from September 13th (page 53) that had all the pretty and witty icons — this is what it looks like now:

    2. Jan October 24, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      To Rjoneal. CarolV, Betsy and to all that post photos. Just love them all. . So adorable. You all do such a great job! Thank you! Hope you enjoyed your luncheon….I’m a Long Islander but couldn’t make it that day! Hope there is a second time in the future!! Hoping our family is warm and safe… Sure miss them!!

      • Margaret R October 26, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Reply: Jan- I as well was unable to to attend the luncheon. That would be so nice if there is a second one.

        • Jan October 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

          For Margaret-It sure would be nice…the picture of your dog is so so cute!!

      • Betsy October 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome Jan!! I didn’t go to the luncheon, either (bad cold 🙁 ). And, I agree with the rest of your post!!

      • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

        10-28-16 Reply Jan sorry it has taking so long to reply. Very kind words for all of us. You are very welcomed. We all enjoy being part of this wonderful family we have, our Osprey Family.

      • June c October 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        I’m all for a second try….set a date and place… I’ll be there and I’m sure others who could not make first…Rodee, Ann n Peggy I know would go as well..

    3. rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      10-24-16 Reply- Gina M look at the portraits Betsy did for me of our Stud Muffin. Beautiful !

    4. rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

      10-24-16 Reply- June C I see you changed your Gravatar to your favorite pic looks great. 🙂

    5. rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Betsy post pics of birds here are pics from 2015 that visited the nest.

      • Betsy October 26, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: Nice layout!!

        • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

          10-28-16 surprised you even noticed it, not professional done but just wanted to add to your beautiful art of visitors to the nest.

          • Betsy October 31, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

            rjoneal: Don’t be surprised!! I notice things, just don’t always comment on them!! 🙂

      • CarolV October 28, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

        Love the visit to last year’s cleaning crew! Especially love the wing-shot on upper right………….

    6. CarolV October 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Had previously posted a web address for eagle couple Romeo and Juliet….checked it out today and it was odd…use this one….more direct.
      Hope it comes out right this time.

      Sorry I’m not getting to OZ get-together later this week. Hope everyone has fun and maybe posts a picture. We had some wet weather this past few days; now just windy and colder. Fall has returned. Sounds like Rob B has lost another of his new Newfoundland tagged juvenile. Virginia, as she is named, made a valiant effort out-flanking the hurricane -and made land, but dropped off the radar. There have been intermittent pings from her tag and Rob is hoping someone can recover it, so at least they can learn from whatever info is on it and maybe find out what happened to her. Sorry for his loss…….

      • CarolV October 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

        Rob B also mentioned one of his tagged juveniles from Newfoundland was still hanging around in Maine…………..he joked the bird would maybe need to bounce off the ice while fishing before moving south.

      • CarolV October 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        Just rea;ized get together was yesterday. Hope someone posts picture and details.

        • CarolV October 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

          Meant Saturday…no wonder I don’t go anywhere. I don’t know what day it is!

      • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        CarolV: I went to OspreyTrax yesterday after I read Emily’s reply to Shredman and saw the sad news about Virginia. The last time I went to Rob’s site (October 14th), Leif was MIA and there was no definitive news about Virginia — I was hoping it was just a cell tower issue after the hurricane. Poor bird.

        • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          CarolV: And, the link for Romeo and Juliet works! 🙂

      • CarolV October 25, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

        Rob B posted Virginia’s transmitter was recovered and will be used in a tagging effort next year. RIP Virginia.
        DYFI has posted loss of contact with their juvenile, Bega, the sole survivor of a nest decimated by magpies.

        And this is why I’m glad our “kids” are untagged but fly forever in our minds

        • CarolV October 25, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

          Sorry- that would be Lake District Osprey Project, not DYFI——need to add disclaimers on my posts as I can’t seem to get anything right lately! Will go look in mirror to see if head is on straight……………………………

    7. Betsy October 23, 2016 at 2:23 am - Reply

      rjoneal: I found another picture of George, one where he has a long slender body!! 😀 And, I framed that. 🙂

      • Betsy October 23, 2016 at 2:25 am - Reply

        But … I know you really love the picture of George that you requested a wood frame for. He didn’t look good in wood!! 😀 So, I did this:

        • Betsy October 23, 2016 at 2:27 am - Reply

          Personally, I think the picture turned out awesome, but, if you really want wood I’ll email you a picture with him framed in wood!!

          • rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

            Betsy Keep it just the way it is….. Awesome love the frame w the pic!

        • June c October 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

          George looks so handsome…..

          • Betsy October 28, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

            June c: He sure does!! I’m going to have to do more of beautiful Gracie, she’s getting outnumbered!!

        • rjoneal October 29, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

          10-29-16 Betsy every time I scroll down and see this pic I just fall in love with it more and more. George looks so majestic and mysterious,strong, brave bird just love the black and white shading. .

      • rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

        10-24-16 Betsy AWESOME LOVE PIC AND FRAME! Thank you 🙂

      • rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

        Betsy this one is great w frame but back round sky makes it look even better.

    8. rjoneal October 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Feather flag from 2015 and US flag now 2016

    9. rjoneal October 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      10-22-16 Our Osprey Followers got together today for the luncheon. June C was a wonderful lady for getting some of the ladies together to meet and talk about our Ospreys. My picture was there along with a short note since I could not come to New York. We are all missing our Osprey Family and counting down the days for George and Gracies return.
      Love our Osprey Family and Followers

      • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: Sorry I couldn’t be there … I have been battling a cold from hell!!

        • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

          10-28-16 Betsy seems a lot of you people in New York have colds. Maybe due to it being 80 one day and 40-50s the next. Burrrrrr

    10. Bre October 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Finally! Checking in with the family..wanted to let know i did ok through the storm with power loss for several days,lots of tree limbs down, pool screen damage, & some
      comp issues but all in all am Very Grateful! I have missed everyone & all the GREAT pics, i will be back on later to catch up more..big Huggs 😉 😉 🙂

      • rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

        10-24-16 Thank goodness Bre like you a lot of damage happened but that can be replaced. So glad you finally let us know you are ok
        HUGS 🙂

      • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        Bre: We were worried about you!! Glad you finally checked in and are okay!!

      • CarolV October 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        Bre- just spotted this……..glad to hear from you and all okay, all repairable. Be looking forward to next posts………..

    11. CarolV October 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Just wanted to add another thank you to admin………TOMMY and Christine as landlords, friends who helped build and erect the nest site and run the camera,
      AIDAN.our valuable and patient moderator
      PAUL’for his input and sponsorship and all it takes to keep us up and running

      With a SUPER-sized reminder and thanks to the genius of TOMMY for the magical waterworks that allowed the more often than not clear view of our family
      Pictures are from different episodes, for demonstration only—

      • CarolV October 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply


        • CarolV October 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply


          • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

            CarolV: Cause ➡ Effect ➡ Solution pictures — very clever!! 😀

      • rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

        10-24-16 CarolV Now thats a good one cause and effect.

    12. CarolV October 21, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Well- summer still holding on- 72 right now @11:00am. Rain supposed to be coming later, pulling colder 50-55 weather behind it-bah………still have the easterly winds…messing up fishing for the commercials; that and the warmer waters, that should have changed by now, are causing shifting fish migration to be delayed. Fish that should have been heading out of the bays are slow to move. May be a reason osprey are still being spotted; food still there for them, as travelers stop here. Hurting the local fishing boats, tho.

      Loving all the “baby” pictures and portraits! So creative!
      Everyone sounds so busy! RJONEAL- glad to hear progress is happening at your place. Know how hard it must be to get anyone to help, with so much destruction all around you! Even moving around the area must have been a challenge! And so little was said about the amount of damage in your area! Keep on truckin’, girl! Can’t believe you have time for OZ….must be your therapy!
      BETSY: My eyes start to droop just thinking about all the video you’re watching! GINA,too……..It will be good to see anything you guys produce, especially some cold winter day; whenever you get to it, we will appreciate it more from the anticipation!

      6-24-16— BABIES ON GUARD!………….. went thru pics and spotted this one…we’re even getting the hairy-or feathered- eyeball ! Always loved it when someone stared in to the lens!

      • CarolV October 21, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

        Just realized your 10/20 @10:28am post similar idea, just further along age-wize….cute to compare………………look at the crops on these whipper-snappers! okay- added 20 yrs. to my age with that comment!…

      • Rich Russo October 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply


        I think you are absolutely right. I had my boat in Southold Bay on the 18th of October and ran into a school of Blues enjoying a huge meal of bunker. I could not believe the amount of bunker showing on my fish finder. The same story in Mattituck Inlet and Mount Sinai Harbor, as well as the feeder creeks for Peconic Bay. It must be hard for some of these birds to leave such a feast.

    13. Rich Russo October 21, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Southold Bay – osprey fighting the wind this morning to pluck a bunker out of the water and carry it off in the direction of Goldsmith’s and Port of Egypt.

      • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        Rich Russo: Wow. Hope s/he shakes a tail feather soon!!

    14. rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Our Babies from 2016

    15. rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      10-20-16 Betsy I found this portrait you did of G &G now this one looks like George my favorite. So glad you made this one awhile back.

      • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: I didn’t really like how this came out when I first made it … and, now I look at it and really go “blech”!! 😀

    16. CarolV October 20, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Just checking in.have been de-OZing for a couple of days…..Still have some reading to catch up.
      The weather here is really kicking up…we had a summer resurgence for a few days, with temps close to if not in the 80s. Beautiful sunny days. Of course, when I take a few days vaca, fall and not so great weather is gonna return. You can see the waves in this shot but much more apparent in the live shot how the wind is driving right in to the beach.
      But our weed garden is still happy!
      Gonna enjoy everyone’s comments……….T2U ltr…………..

    17. rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      10-20-16 Betsy I would love for you to replace your pic of Geo with this one instead. The pic you have almost looks like Gracie due to the way he is positioned. Probably why you picked that one. I love it dont get me wrong but it does not show the male characteristics of a male osprey. I love the sleek long slender look. If you do not thats fine we do not have to agree just a suggestion. 🙂

      • rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        I meant to say a pic of Geo like this one, where you can see his long slender body.

        • GinaM October 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

          He is a super studmuffin in this picture!

      • rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

        Betsy sorry I need to clarify more so you know which one I am talking about, you have made so many different beautiful ones. I am talking about the portrait you made on October 6, 2016 at 5:38 am George and Gracie in wood frames can you make one just like that but use different pic of George ?

      • Betsy October 21, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

        rjoneal: How ugly would that be to have printing smack dab across the top of George’s head??!! And since I have absolutely no idea of when it’s from I can’t even check to see if I have a video to grab the picture from that.

      • CarolV October 21, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

        I love this shot too….shows his grace as well as his strength…….

        • rjoneal October 24, 2016 at 9:53 pm - Reply

          10-24-16 CarolV I agree completely he is a strong tuff handsome bird.

    18. Rich Russo October 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      So – we have been renting a house in Southold for the past 3 weeks on Southold Bay. About a half hour ago, I was sitting on the deck and heard this unmistakable call. I looked upand an osprey flew overhead, turned west, and then inland in the vicinity of Goldsmith’s Marina. What do we make of this? It’seems October 20th!

      • Rich Russo October 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        Don’the know how “seems” got into the text. It’seems October 20th. Shouldn’the all of them be gone?

        • CarolV October 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

          You must have similar keyboard to me……takes off on its own sometimes!

    19. rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Last one for tonight, enjoy everyone

      • Betsy October 20, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

        rjoneal: I really like this picture!!

        • rjoneal October 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

          10-22-16 Betsy thanks Rocky looks so big here being close up to camera helps. Love those pin feathers !

    20. rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      10-19-16 Aww our sweet lil Rocky Bb3 bonding w mom

      • CarolV October 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        Loved these moments, when Rocky snuggled on to Gracie….could imagine a contented sigh, followed by little snores…………..

    21. rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      10-19-16 All 3 of our Babies !

    22. Shredman October 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Hard to believe but just saw a Osprey 10/18/16 520pm Iron Pier beach hunting the pond behind parking lot.
      Was on him for 10 minutes with binoculars. A few failed attempts. That should be my last sighting of the season.

      • Betsy October 20, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

        Shredman: I remember reading somewhere about an osprey, in the upstate NY area I think, that didn’t start migration until well into December!! There was already snow on the ground and it was still hanging around!!

        • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

          After seeing Emily’s post I went to OspreyTrax and saw Rob’s comment about Martha’s Vineyard juvenile Meadow who went all the way west to Lake Superior and settled down there until November 15th. That’s probably what I had read but was thinking it was December, not November … I remember reading about snow on the ground!!

      • Emily October 21, 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

        Hi, Shredman! Another osprey (Leif) is still around Lewiston, ME – Dr. Rob Bierregaard’s website:

        • June c October 22, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

          I wish our family was is so amazon that they due this trip twice a year..

        • shredman October 24, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

          Ty Emily for this info will check it out here and there.

        • rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

          10-28-16 reply- Emily glad you are still with us and we love all the work Rob does for our birds. I love getting his newsletters.

    23. Betsy October 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone! I haven’t looked at comments for the past couple of days because I’ve been trying to organize (or, at least, get them into some kind of semblance of order) OZ pictures and videos – they are all hodge-podge (I mean a total jumble; really beyond a total jumble!!) in my laptop. And, OMG, I have over 4100 OZ videos!! They range from a minute long to a bunch that are hours long from when I would fall asleep with the screen recorder going, most probably averaging, though, 3 to 5 minutes long. Yikes – how much time is that??!! 😀 😀 😀 Anyway, from one of the hours-long videos I just now grabbed a screen shot of this – thought you might get a kick out of seeing Gracie and Brutus awake in the middle of the night!!

      • Betsy October 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        I think it was Brutus, but, it could have been Ali!!

      • rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 11:43 pm - Reply

        10-19-16 Betsy nice pic at night time, you almost have as many videos as I do pics. I cant imagine all those videos whew, you are going to have a hard time deleting them now. Good luck with that since every time I think I am going to delete some pics I end up just going down memory lane and never delete any not to mention hours that go by. I guess if I am a hoarder about anything it is my Osprey pics. Guess I am glad I do not do videos except for me with my Ipad it is hard enough keeping all my osprey stuff organized. Like you have mentioned before I too have info, files, folders, websites, apps, videos, and pics all on Osprey stuff. I need to re organize all mine too.
        I think you should get some more clips off your videos and make some more of your art decor for us ha….. I can send a pot of coffee your way to get you going.

        • Betsy October 20, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

          rjoneal: Ain’t that the truth!! I started to look at the video clips, thinking “Why do I want to keep this?” And, then, after watching the clip I think, “No, I don’t want to delete this.” Haven’t gotten rid of any yet!!!! My laptop has barely any free space — almost all of it taken up by the videos!! I have an Iomega external hard drive that I tried to transfer them all to, but, with all the other stuff I have on it, that doesn’t have enough room!! Guess I have to get another Iomega or a Passport since it seems I’m not going to part with any of the video clips!! And, I’m hardly making any headway with organizing the pictures!! In fact, I’ve been going back over the comments and I’m copying more pictures to keep!! 😀 😀 Pot of coffee sounds great!! Make it an urn, like the size they have in diners!! 😀 😀

      • June c October 20, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

        Love the picture….how do u go through 4100 videos. It’s hard enough to go through that amount of pictures…good luck

        • Betsy October 20, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

          June c: I don’t even know where to begin!! 😀

    24. GinaM October 18, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hello everyone,
      I am sorry I haven’t checked in for a while. I get sad looking at the empty nest and the little piece of rope that was such a source of amusement for Brutus. I hope all of our southern friends are OK.
      I will be making another goodbye video for this year. It is just taking me a little longer than usual.
      Wishing everyone a beautiful day- it is so warm here on Long Island it just feels like our “family” SHOULD be on the nest.

    25. Leanne October 18, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      October 18- I Miss Everybirdy 🙂

      • rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm - Reply

        10-19-16 Reply- Leanne we miss you !
        I miss our Ospreys especially our Gracie since she left first.

      • CarolV October 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        We miss you too!

      • Betsy October 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Leanne: Hi 🙂

    26. CarolV October 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Supermoon rise

      • rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 11:49 pm - Reply

        10-19-16 CarolV good pic, I wish you could go and meet with all the other ladies on 10-22-16 are you sure you can not be there? You are going to be missed since you are one of the people that post frequently. 🙁

    27. CarolV October 16, 2016 at 3:48 am - Reply

      12:23am- looks like daylight………..

      • Betsy October 20, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

        CarolV: It does look like daylight!!

    28. rjoneal October 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      10-15-16 check out this pic California sunset by a viewer on Explore beautiful!

      • CarolV October 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        Beautiful pic!

        • rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

          10-19-16 Reply-CarolV thanks, I love the light house and all the birds and of course the colors, it almost looks like a fake picture hard to believe thats what it looks like in person.

      • June v October 17, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

        What a beautiful sky…amazing

      • Betsy October 20, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

        rjoneal: That is one amazing-looking sky!!

    29. CarolV October 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Don’t know if I’ll make it to the official full moon hour, so this looks good- The smudge looks like a moon already!

    30. June c October 15, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone….have been away n busy with bringing boat home…I miss our family…love all the creative pictures..Rjoneal n all down south happy to hear your OK sorry to hear about all the damage…wishing u all well..
      Just a reminder about lunch next Sat. Oct. 22. At the Garden Grill in Smithtown, 64 N County rd.,Smithtown at 12:30..CarolV I think u said u could not make it and Helen but I hope Betsy and other long islanders will come..looking forward to meeting ya all…June c

    31. Rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      10-14-16 Reply-Jan thank you for thinking of me and my family.
      Thank you for your kind words and keeping tabs on all of us who were in harms way. I am feeling better.
      Lots and lots to do but at least my car got repainted it’s a really nice car. It was heartbreaking to see all the paint off the roof around the sunroof peeled off from tree branches that fell on my husband’s truck. But we are survivors and I almost feel guilty for feeling stressed and bad about all the things we have to do and replace before getting back to where we were. Compared to the Carolinas and of course as we all know poor Haiti. I can’t imagine living in such a flimsy little house or tent when a hurricane hits land. It sounded like trains going by and it lasted for about eight hours when it came to Jacksonville not quite like a tornado sounds but close. I too am a Survivor of a tornado that hit in Nebraska when I was a child home alone with my sister in the basement when they came to rescue us there was nothing left but steps going up to nothing. Thank goodness we had basements.
      Also I was quite young but there was a pretty bad blizzard one time in Nebraska that snowed in for several days but because I was a kid it was fun however I will never forget all the cleanup and damage the blizzard did.
      Thanks again for being a part of our Osprey Family

    32. isobel October 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Just been reading all the latest posts and lovely to listen to all the chirping, between that and the garden sprouting it keeps the nest alive. rjoneal thank you for all the interesting information, being so far away we don`t appreciate how dreadful these hurricans can be. Glad you are safe and best wishes. Hope you are all spruced up soon. Also thank you again to all for keeping me entertained with all the wonderful pictures and posts. Hope you all have a safe winter.X

      • Rjoneal October 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

        10-18-16 Isobel thank you for such a nice comment. Thanks for caring words. We are slowly making progress and each item I get to check off my list makes me think how grateful I am for all that I do have. Soooo many others are still just getting electricity and some lost their homes. I can not even imagine losing my home, this is where my children grew up and they call home.
        Anyways I watch videos from this season and last season of our family G&G I miss them so much.
        I know before we know it they will be back but I still feel a lil piece of me is gone. Stay in touch you know were I will be heee on OZ of course. Be safe, Be kind, and stay warm.
        Love Our Osprey Family and Followers!

    33. CarolV October 14, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

      BETSY- ok gave away age but the mental visual of that pile of tape was funny…..and I’ve had the toilet paper experience too. Once I had a cat wind a spool of thread around the leg of every standing object in two rooms- several times each…was an extra large spool…..was like a spider obstacle course!….industrious little creatures!
      My Stevie Irwin is never happier than when he can steal a roll of paper towels. hug it with his front legs and kick the crap out of it with his back claws! All the while looking around to see if he’s gonna be caught!………… But better get back to ospreys…………….

      Just wanted to add thanks to TOMMY and Christina as always, for this site; PAUL and AIDAN, for putting up with us,( especially when we wander off topic) and anyone who helps admin this journey. It’s an honor to be part of this group of friends!
      Looking forward to hearing about -and seeing- any additions to the store.

      7/21/16……..Mom on watch, with a little back-up

    34. LynD October 14, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Nancy – There is a bald eagle nest in northeast Florida that is just wonderful to watch. Its the American Eagle Foundation’s cam that gives you
      24 hour access via their pan, tilt and zoom cam and also infrared night vision. The eagles are Romeo and Juliet and they are just beginning their
      new season of starting a family for the 2016-2017 period. The site is just super, and has volunteer moderators doing chat in 2 hour intervals just
      about every day (see schedule). You will learn a lot about the majestic bald eagle, and when the babies hatch, they are the most adorable little
      bobbleheads you can imagine. (expected in December). Enjoy! Click here: NE Florida Eagle Cam – American Eagle Foundation

    35. Rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Nancy and everyone else before you correct my mistake –

      GinaM s video the year made was 2015 I made typo and put 2016 sorry but was a lil tired when I posted last night.

    36. rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 1:43 am - Reply

      10-14-16 Bre Bre Bre – are you still on OZ we are all wondering if you are ok after hurricane?
      Thinking of you and your family.

    37. CarolV October 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      October 16th Full Hunter’s Moon 12:23 am…………………coming soon to a sky near you……………………aka: Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon

    38. Betsy October 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Just a “Hi” to Paul and Aidan. Thanks for keeping the camera running!! 🙂

    39. CarolV October 13, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Rjoneal- What a difficult time you’ve been thru- and will go thru till all back together! Your neighbors were lucky you’re such a planner.and generous to boot! Tough times ! Had no idea you guys were so hard hit! Glad to hear from you! It’s a cliche but.material things are replaceable; YOU and your family are not……….Thanks for checking in so promptly….we were all worried…now, hopefully, we’ll hear from other FL friends like Bre. if still checking in.
      And glad I could put a momentary smile on your face…………you’re in my prayers……..{;+}}}

    40. CarolV October 13, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

      about 11:01 on 10/13/16………..sitting with my Zoe-cat snuggled against me, trying (in slo-mo) to screenshot this illusive bugger, when a back-ground program starts playing Adele’s “Hello”….in cello and piano, building to orchestra, no less……….a surreal and unexpected moment of serenity! Thank you, magical internet! Sorry for all the times I’ve cursed you!

      Note how our garden grows…………..I also caught glimpses of the American flag flapping on left, under Gracie’s black plastic banner….is that new?

      • CarolV October 13, 2016 at 11:55 am - Reply

        That would be Elusive, I guess, not illusive.ooopsie

      • CarolV October 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        11:02:22—– Long may she wave! Bottom left by nest edge

      • Betsy October 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        Carol: I first noticed the flag on Sunday … maybe it was there before that but the wind — direction, speed, etc. — didn’t make it flap enough to be visible?? maybe for Columbus Day?? maybe this is a replacement for another one that got pooped on (a lot) or raggedy with the crazy east end wind?? Maybe Tommy will answer!! 😀 😀 😀

        • CarolV October 14, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply

          All valid points..I thought of the wind-direction one, too. Just curious….
          Also that I’m generally checking IN the nest or over the water…..It just kept catching my eye thatday…

    41. Nancy October 13, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Can anyone recommend other nest cams to watch over the fall & winter months please ? I do watch the MN eagle cam and also the Pink Shell osprey nest in FL. But are there others you are particularly fond of ? Thanks !

      • CarolV October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

        NWFL eagle cam is popular

      • Betsy October 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        Nancy: I’ve seen people here mention SWFEC (Southwest Florida Eagle Camera — with Harriet and M15 (I actually went to the site yesterday for the first time ever and the site gives a history of the nest’s eagles, and has pictures of how to differentiate Harriet from M15). Sorry, that’s all I can give — I don’t know any others!!

        • Nancy October 14, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

          Thank you Betsy & CarolV. I’ll check them out.

        • Robin October 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

          I LOVE the eagle cams… every year I ask myself how in the world did I become attached to a bird on the computer? Guess seeing them hatch and grow up, learning their habits and listening to their unique voices – it just happens. It can be heartbreaking but still worth watching and becomes addicting – should be a warning for that! Miss everyone here!

      • rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 1:52 am - Reply

        10-14-16 Reply- Nancy go to Explore and you can get a variety to start with then expand your search sooooo many out there. Rob our Osprey specialist is on Explore and you can go to You tube and just type whatever animal you want to see and watch live cams right from You tube.
        I have a list of some you can try but will have to find list and I will post it for you later.
        I see several OZ followers already mentioned the ones in Florida were I live and they are great eagle cams.

        Dont forget Betsy alone has a ton of videos she made on our family you can go to her you tube channel and watch those as well it is eraftery and if you never seen GinaM s video from 2016 it should be on your list to watch it is wonderful.
        Love our Osprey Family and Followers!

      • JeanneD October 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

        October 16, 2016, 6:15 PM

        Nancy, I have been watching the Cornell Lab of Ornithology cams for several years. Mostly raptors, but not all. Cams are located from Texas to Montana, and so activity begins at different times. Some, such as the Montana ospreys, have manned cams.. Site is at: Click all at the top with the other cam site names to see additional cam sites. All have lots of information.

        Overall, though, nothing beats this site.

    42. rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      10-12-16 I’m here happy to say!
      A lot of damage due to hurricane Matthew visiting . Tonight the first night I’ve been able to get on the site I did read comments and Betsy was right Jacksonville got hit pretty hard. When it hit land where I live category 4 we had wind of 110 sustained winds and then up to 145 Gusts where I live. I’ve had emails from several Osprey followers which was really nice of them to check on me and according to them the news really didn’t publicize how bad Jacksonville got hit don’t know why since we got hit pretty bad. FEMA finally arrived today in Jacksonville for my county which is Duval.
      So here’s the lowdown neighbors tree big old pine tree over 25 years fell on hubby’s truck F350 lots of damage tree scratch the whole top of my sunroof paint gone Toyota Avalon nice pearl white wasted car is now in shop to be repainted.
      We have Brick house in the front and back but on the sides we have siding it’s supposed to be a certain grade for her cane proof that’s a joke. Hurricane ripped off siding on one side of the house and we had flood on that whole side luckily we stayed home and we were able to stop it. My spare bedroom furniture I can sand down and save from water damage couple things had to get thrown out. During the hurricane hubby and my son went out and dug a ditch to keep water from coming into house.
      Fencing all around swimming pool and lake gone down pieces left. The concrete post stayed in the ground and didn’t move but every thing else got ripped apart. Cool deck is horrible chipped in chunks up to craziness the fountain built into swimming pool on top of step up on swimming pool all chipped up and pulled away from concrete. I have a really big tall patio screen and several sections the screen just ripped right in half but at least the structure did not get damage. We had no electricity for two days we still have some in Jacksonville that don’t have electricity as of now and it’s been five days. We did have generator but you can only power so much for so long after two days you’re definitely want electricity. Gas prices went up of course and there was some gas price gouging but not too bad.
      Several of our neighbors ran out of gas during the hurricane and we let them borrow some of our gas cans. Luckily we prepared a lot. Lots of flood damage on the outside of the house and around the property but we were expecting that.
      My new roof held up wonderfully thank goodness. Some of the bricks from the chimney missing but easy to replace. One tree uprooted down by the lake so it’s gone now.
      A list of little things to be fixed last.
      Hubby and I both have been sick probably from being in the rain so much day and night. After the hurricane passed us we had lots of flooding a north eastern that swung back around and gave us lots of storms for two days after hurricane. Feeling better now finally today.
      Boat got a little bit of damage but nothing real major. We did have a couple tornadoes but nothing never hit down where I lived. I think there was a total of three deaths in Florida last I heard.

      I want to thank everyone who emailed me to check up on me and everyone on Osprey zone who posted
      Comments. I know my problems seem trivial compared to those in Haiti and in the Carolina’s I have friends who live in the Carolina’s and they had a lot more flooding than we did. I believe it was only a category three or two when it hit the Carolina’s and when it hit Jacksonville it was a four.
      OK enough of negative talk of my problems I missed everyone so much and I miss being on here and seeing comments.

      Betsy, CarolV, and to all others who posted pictures the last five days thank you, I’ve enjoyed all the pictures and can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.
      I saw the most beautiful Osprey fly over my house the other day I know it had to be one who was migrating because it wasn’t one that I’ve seen. I say he since it was big and slender like our George it just made me smile so much when I saw that Osprey that look like George. I know it’s not our George I’m just saying pretty sure it was a male he had the body stature like our George. It made me think about our Osprey Family and followers.
      Promise next post won’t be a book.
      Do we know if Bre is ok?
      Bob should be ok from what was on news if they were right.
      Anyone else that was in harms way I am hoping you made it through this mess just like me.
      Keeping spirits high one day,one problem at a time.
      HUGS to ALL

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Betsy October 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: Glad you are back and glad you and your family are all okay!! I don’t know what news outlets didn’t publicize how bad Jacksonville got hit, but The Weather Channel, to which I was practically glued to, certainly did!! The big surprise, I think, was how North Carolina had so much flooding!! I don’t think Matthew was expected to go so far north. When I was watching, one of the meteorologists was on the phone with the governor of North Carolina and the governor was upset because news outlets were saying that the storm had been downgraded to “just” a tropical storm by the time it reached there but they were getting hammered with all the rain and still in dangerous conditions, having a ton of damage done with all of the flooding.

        PS — I learned (on The Weather Channel) that the St.John’s River is one of the few major rivers in the US that flows north!! 😀

        • rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 1:19 am - Reply

          10-14-16 Reply-Betsy see who would have guessed by watching the weather channel you learned some geography huh. You pay very close attention to details this is why I call you Detective Betsy, as a matter of fact we have 15 different bridges that all run over the St.Johns River at different points and you can pretty much get to any of the bridges from where I live in about 15 min driving. Almost anywhere you go in Jax you have to go over bridge most use to be toll bridges now I dont think any are at all. We are a big Navy town and have a big ship yard not to mention casino boats since it is illegal to gamble on land.
          Yes they knew the hurricane was going to go up coast but they didnt think it was going to cause so much of an impact until it was on them. We at least were prepared. My heart goes out to all of them and anyone who is suffering.
          It was the surge after the hurricane that got us as well with all the flooding and storms, that is the one thing that caused several deaths.
          Nice to see you have been keeping yourself occupied with all your new postings and art designs.
          Missed chatting with everyone and wondering if Paul is going to post a highlight video from this season.

      • Helen October 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        rjoneal – thanks for your recent update on experiences with Matthew. Hope you’re feeling better and recovering from all that wind and rain. We appreciate all the comments from our Osprey group and we’re all looking forward to next March.

        • rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

          10-14-16 Reply- Helen thanks for keeping in touch and thinking of me. Missed everyone a lot.

      • Karen DeLong October 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        Well bless you rjoneal…….. Soooo glad both of you came through fine. Sorry for all of the damage, but at least you two are ok. And at least you have a generator. We put in a permanent one after Ike’s wind came through (Ohio) and we lost power for 3 days. Others in my area were out for at least 3 weeks. And I said no more for me and about a month and a half later—that generator was sitting in my back yard. And I haven’t regretted not once for putting it in. Take care!

        • rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 1:37 am - Reply

          10-14-16 Reply- Karen DeLong thanks for your kind words and yes it was a pretty penny to get generator. We have ours hooked up so if power goes out it will automatically kick on. However it has 2 zones to power whole house but during Matthew one zone did not work. We dont know why so we were only able to power half the house no hot water heater. All was good as long as it kept my kitchen and freezers in garage going all my food. We have a portable AC unit that plugs in and it worked pretty good kept the house at least 74- 75 degrees for me a little hot but remember you have all doors and windows boarded up except a little piece of back door to let dogs in and out of. The temps outside were 80s -90s so with ceiling fans on we were able to get temp down to 72 some of the time. Anyways we have to get electrician to look at why it didn’t work in both zones but wouldn’t want to live without.
          Ohio is that were you live now or do you live in NY? Ohio gets pretty cold too. I remember Ike not a lot but glad you are ok.

          • Karen DeLong October 17, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

            We live in Ohio Kiddo…….. And yes it gets too freaking cold sometimes! About 2 years ago, the temps went down to -25 degrees (wind chill) and naturally our furnace went out! So I said no more and went out bought a new furnace! We didn’t get heat for over 24 hours. Luckily we had an electric heater and so with me in my winter coat and my dog in hers (doggie coat) and my cat snuggled up on the couch—that’s how we got through that mess…….. But now, we are good to go! Take care!

            • Rjoneal October 18, 2016 at 2:54 pm

              10-18-16 Reply KarenDelong-
              When I lived in Nebraska we had a big furnace downstairs in the basement next to the laundry room and I remember being so scared of that when I was young all the noise and seeing my dad mess with it all the time scared me to death. It didn’t look like the one in Home Alone (movie ) but I hated going down to the basement. When you said furnace that’s the first thing I thought of. Luckily when I was about six we got electric central heat and air but the furnace stayed standing in the basement still.
              One of the ladies that I worked with here in Florida was born in Ohio. I’m glad I got to live in Nebraska with all the snow during my younger years so many good memories, moved to Florida when I was about 16. I like to visit the snow but not live in it.
              Nice talking to you be safe keep warm take care.

      • Jan October 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal— so sorry to hear about all the damage due to Hurricane Matthew– but so happy you and your family are OK!. That was one dangerous and powerful storm… Watched on the weather channel and I could see it was so devastating… I hope you continue to feel better!

      • Robin October 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm - Reply

        Glad you are okay Rjoneal and family – very scary storm!

        • rjoneal October 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

          10-20-16 reply Robin sorry looks like I missed this comment when you posted it. Thanks for thinking of me.

      • GinaM October 18, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

        Oh my! I am so glad you are OK!! I thought about you. I never knew which part of Florida you live in.
        Take good care!

        • rjoneal October 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

          10-19-16 Reply- GinaM I posted a pic of stud muffin Geo for you on dated October 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm page 55, thanks for thinking of me and yes I live in Jacksonville Florida. Sooooo glad you are going to do a video. I know the pressure is a lot since last years video was amazing but, it was the first season and the only video that Paul was able to post not to mention emotions were so high. No matter what the 1st video will always be the best it was the beginning of our family and those memories we have are from where it all started. Not to say your next video wont be great, remember you already made a hit and now we know you can do it. 🙂

          ( GinaM 10-5-16 not the best pic but Geo looks so magnificent, GinaM this pic of Geo is for you! )

          • GinaM October 20, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

            I have to go find my Studmuffin photo! Thanks for thinking of me!!! And thanks for the kind words about the first video.
            I bet you are seeing a lot of ospreys down by you now. Just think, our little family flew right over you!!
            Take good care dear rjoneal!

    43. Barbara October 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      Miss our feathered family but what a great year it was! Thanks to all who allow us to have this wonderful experience. Looking forward to next year’s adventures with
      G & G!!

    44. Betsy October 12, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      CarolV: Ever since you posted the picture of Brutus wearing her sailboat hat this idea has been floating around in my head!!

      • CarolV October 12, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        EXCELLENT! Too funny!

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 Betsy nice touch sailboats. 🙂

    45. Helen October 9, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      One of the Osprey next door to me is back after at least one week. I wonder if he was spooked by the hurricane.

      • Betsy October 11, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

        Helen: Hmm … wonder if we should keep an eye out for Brutus to come back at the nest!! (As a reminder all, if s/he came back to the nest September 6th after not being there for 3 days and acting all regressed and if it was possibly hurricane Hermine related … what the h*ll would getting caught in Matthew do to her/him??!!).

        BTW: rjoneal and Bre (and anyone else in the hurricane’s path) hope you and family/friends are all okay. “Check in” ASAP please.

      • CarolV October 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

        Did he take off again? In case I miss you @KK again————HI!

    46. CarolV October 9, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

      ………………..Could you pick up the newspaper while you’re out?…………..Thanks, honey……

      Another rainy day, but the water table needs it…………not too cold-57…I know, FL people…but okay for us!
      Sounds like, FL posters , you did okay with the storm. Looking forward to posts getting caught up…and video shut down a little while ago………….

      • CarolV October 9, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

        And talk about growing like a weed!!!!!!! Third area sprouting up between plastic

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 CarolV I really missed reading your comments the most, thanks for a good laugh, I need as many as I can get right now or I will fall apart.

    47. Betsy October 8, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      No birds were on the nest today (well, a sparrow was, but he was on the left edge of the nest with only part of his head visible), so you’re spared more pictures of starlings, mockingbirds, sparrows, and crows, and I didn’t take a picture of the huge sea gull that flew right over the edge of the front of the nest! 😀 😀 😀 However, I believe I saw osprey several times this morning – twice flying parallel to the inlet from the pond area to the water and heading to the right skimming the water; one I saw appeared from beyond the jut of land, heading to the right and skimming the water; and one flying from the right toward and then parallel to the inlet back toward the pond area. Migratory osprey, taking a break before continuing on, or lingering resident osprey – who knows.

      It’s now 2 weeks since Brutus was last at the nest, 2 1/2 weeks for George. Gracie has been gone for 5 weeks and a day, Rocky 4 weeks and a day, and Ali was last seen exactly 7 weeks ago.

      I would like to share this picture, if I may, Paul or Aidan, because it is truly a most awesome picture, and if I hadn’t seen it on the video with my own eyes, I would have thought it was someone’s Photoshop work. I think I took it on late Saturday evening (EDT), September 10th, when OZ’s video stream was down for those 2 1/2 days. I was checking other sites to see if any of the ospreys were still around; at the several sites I checked, parents and juveniles had all started their migration except for at the Charlo, Montana osprey nest. Neither of the juveniles had left yet and one was sitting on the perch next to the nest. There were moonbeams surrounding the juvenile, I guess the lens of the camera giving them prismatic tints – a most extraordinary, amazing sight to witness. The people commenting on the website seemed to appreciate the view, but didn’t seem wonder-struck like this New Yorker was … when another viewer asked about them, someone replied something along the line of, “Oh, they’re moonbeams.” I guess magical moonbeams happen frequently in Montana!!

      • CarolV October 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

        AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. Hadn’t realized Rjoneal was in the thick of it! Hope she manages to post. Till then, thoughts and prayers to her and her family…….and all our other OWA posters (OZ posters who admit to their addiction). Will catch up more thoroughly later. Just skimming….glad to see we’re back on line……………….

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 CarolV, Catorgoy 4, I would say we got hit pretty good. Thanks for thinking of me and all the others too. Missed me didnt you ha?
          🙂 I am here and we got electricity with hot water no more boiling the water they lifted the water boiling yesterday in my area yeah.

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 Betsy I have heard the word moonbeams used before in Alaska were they have the northern lights sometimes they have moonbeams too. Wonderful you got some pics of it but probably so much cooler in person. Thanks OZ for letting her post pics.

    48. Betsy October 8, 2016 at 6:15 am - Reply

      I watched OZ until about 1:30 pm when I switched to watching The Weather Channel. My sister, in Pembroke Pines, didn’t call, but I don’t think they got it bad; the Keys weren’t affected, so, Bob should be okay; I don’t know where in Florida Bre lives; but, Jacksonville, where rjoneal lives, got it pretty bad. I hope all is well with everyone.

      I haven’t seen any osprey skimming the water or flying over the water for the past few days. But, after the crows this morning, other birds visited the nest today (10/7).

      • Betsy October 8, 2016 at 6:17 am - Reply

        And, I can’t forget to put the little sparrow who was came to the nest!!

        • Betsy October 8, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

          Here’s another geometric picture for you CarolV and rjoneal … no chicks sliced and diced.

          • Betsy October 8, 2016 at 6:19 am - Reply

            Oops!! Wrong picture!! Here it is:

            • Rjoneal October 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm

              10-15-16 Reply-Betsy nice sliced and diced with all the beautiful colors!

              Ps I like the one G&G above it to of course.

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 Betsy thanks for letting everyone know what was going on during the hurricane. You are not kidding my city looks terrible so many stores and their big signs gone laying in streets with trees and glass all kinds of stuff tires were in the streets and pieces of peoples furniture. One big mess. Lots of buildings torn in half, half standing the other half gone.
        My neighborhood was in passable till 3 days after hurricane some are still not able to get to their homes due to power lines and down trees, they wont let anyone in yet. I do feel bad for the ones still no electricity. They had Salvation army along with other Red Cross go around giving out water bottles and Emergency Ration Meals,they kept it all at Craig field and distributed out. We almost felt guilty taking any of it but at the time it had been 2 days no electricity or water and we qualified as a zone that needed supplies so we only took 1 box of food and 1 box of water left the rest. They put tootsie rolls in each meal kit what a special touch. Anyways flooding waters and of course the storm that came after didnt help really made us and others in danger at times. Snakes are real bad in Florida anyways and when you have flooding waters like that snakes are everywhere. You have to be very careful.
        My Betsy the Osprey Zones Woman Detective haaaa !

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 Betsy love your art project nice !

    49. Michael G. Martin October 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      To All Of You Devoted Ospreyphiles

      I really don’t have to say this but let’s all stay Connected via OspreyZone. We all have become very special kind of Friends because of this site. And it’s strange how Our Ospreys have brought us together as a Group. I believe if not for our love of Ospreys, we would have become Friends anyway.
      So, over those cold winter months we can click on OspreyZone and stay abreast of what’s going on with all of our lives. And we can reminisce about this past season, talking about all the Milestones our babies have achieved. We can start talking about next year when Gracie and George return to us to start a new Family. Also we can offer suggestions as to how we can improve communications and this site in general (with the approval of the power that be)
      And also let’s not forget the research paper that I’m still working on ( lol )
      And before we know it it’ll be March and our friends will have triumphantly returned to brighten our Dayss
      I will close by saying Later


      • CarolV October 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

        Glad to hear from you. As long as the site is up, I’ll be checking in….the view is a show in itself!

    50. CarolV October 7, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Even without the G family, there’s lots of activity. The video is a little jumpy, so that this group of visitors looked like a stop motion film. Earlier, about 10:05. we had a beautiful serenade as a mockingbird showed off his repertoire, right by the microphone. It’s restful listening to the variety of bird calls and the gentle sound of the wind. Even the human activity of building. off in the distance, adds to the aural color.

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 CarolV I can almost hear the mockingbird, the way you described this view is awesome, as I was reading I could picture it and imagine all the sounds you described, beautifully written with just enough adjectives and not to much to read. Nice !

    51. Betsy October 7, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      This beauty flew in front of the nest a few days ago …

      • Betsy October 7, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

        And, this guy was walking along the water’s edge this morning.

        • Betsy October 7, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

          A bunch of noisy crows flew toward the nest, this one landing then quickly flying away.

          • Betsy October 7, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

            They circled around, with one landing on the perch. It hopped down to the nest, staying for a minute before flying away.

      • CarolV October 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        Way down upon the Swanney River…

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 I second that song choice.

        • Betsy October 13, 2016 at 1:22 am - Reply

          “Old Folks at Home” (also known as “Swanee River”, “Swanee Ribber” [from the original lyrics], or “Suwannee River”) is a minstrel song written by Stephen Foster in 1851. It is the official state song of Florida.

          The Suwannee River is a federally designated wild river. It is the only major waterway in the southeastern United States that is still unspoiled. The Suwannee flows from the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

          😀 😀 😀

          • rjoneal October 14, 2016 at 1:41 am - Reply

            10-14-16 Betsy see now you know why I agree with song choice, Betsy teaching everyone a little something every day 🙂

    52. CarolV October 7, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

      don’t mean to over emphasize———-if you can, check out ospreytrax on facebook to see how an osprey is effected by the weather. Fascinating……….

      • Betsy October 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Okay, I did!! … The last update, though, I see is October 8th. Sure hope all of our “babies” (G&G included) are safe and sound, too!

    53. CarolV October 7, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Hi-Rjoneal and Betsy- I appreciate both of you and all you do- but don’t “be in the pink” on my say-so! I know you’re just “pokin” me-, better way to say that, I’m sure- but now I’m feeling guilty!
      ………….and, yes, Betsy, I knew they were lovely osprey…………just dressed in black………………was a joke………………..and second joke……..or were you clarifying for the troll?……teehee
      RJONEAL- that 7/2/16 shot of Gra + 3 is one of my favorites ! Even Gracie’s favorite “wiper/edging” made it in the shot!
      BIRDNERD- perceptive comment- ” the forest always reclaims” Perfect analogy to the creeping weed! even 60 ft. up in a nest………….

      Another overcast morning, but sun is on the way- seems to be the pattern, cloudy start to the day with a sunny, glorious fall day later. And how does our garden grow?

      Thinking of Florida (and SE coast upward) and prayers and donation going out for Haiti……….

      • Betsy October 11, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

        CarolV: After your comment I got all paranoid and thought I really put in pictures of crows!! 😀 I went back online to double-check the pictures!! 😀 😀 😀

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 CarolV thanks.

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:13 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 CarolV Sorry no more pink jokes!

    54. Jo-Ann October 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Hi CarolV. I moved the 6 semi feral cats (semi feral to me but completely feral to everyone else they are not adoptable) to my new home. It took two trips but it went smoothly than I expected. They traveled very well and have settled in nicely. They range in age between 3 to 14 years old. I was involved in animal rescue for 40 years in the Miller Place area so having 6 cat at this time is a very low number for me. My daughter is back to work but will be in physical therapy for a long time. Thanks for asking about her . I am still busy shopping to replace all the stuff I donated.
      I still look at the empty nest because I do miss seeing the water and beaches like I said so it is nice that I can look in and see the view.
      To you and all still looking in-Have a safe, happy and healthy fall and winter.

      To those who are in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas I am praying for all in Mathews path. It is looking like a very bad situation and hope all of you are heeding the warnings.

      • CarolV October 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

        You are a dedicated lady! I would be afraid the cats would wander off in a new space.
        Glad to hear your daughter making good progress…PT is a pain-literally-but so important!

    55. Betsy October 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      I’ve been trying to weed out some of the videos I recorded. This was from the evening of July 30th. I had started to tape and then fallen asleep and it recorded all night … out of a 6 hour tape there’s only a snippet of video because one of my cats stepped on the laptop keyboard — so, I have about 5 1/2 hours of tape of the desktop!! 😀 But what was on the tape was Brutus, Rocky and Gracie spending a quiet evening on the nest.

      • CarolV October 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

        Cats can be so helpful! You’re prob lucky they didn’t decide to festoon the room with all that lovely tape!

        • Betsy October 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

          CarolV: It’s on the computer (digital) — there is no tape!! However, once, year’s ago, I came home from work (night shift) and found that my kitten, Riley, unrolled a brand new just-hung roll of toilet paper!! — the whole roll!! … through the house!! Scott’s 1000-sheet!! 😀 😀

    56. Paula October 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      I don’t know how many of our family lives in the path of Matthew but I just wanted to let you all know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
      Please be safe!

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 Paula thanks we got it pretty bad in Jacksonville.

    57. Betsy October 6, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

      I’m thinking of all of you in the path of Hurricane Matthew — it’s supposed to be a category 4, “the strongest in decades” according to the The Weather Channel! Please stay safe. (I hope all of “our” birds are safe, too!!) I just got off the phone with my sister; my brother-in-law just finished putting up the hurricane shutters and my sister is busy busy busy with last minute preparations. She says the hurricane is supposed to loop around for a double strike!!

    58. Betsy October 6, 2016 at 5:38 am - Reply

      Here’s George’s portrait. I left the frame size as is because some people like a wide frame and others don’t … so it can be cropped to size if preferred.

      • Betsy October 6, 2016 at 5:40 am - Reply

        And, here’s matching Gracie. The same thing with the frame.

      • Jan October 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply


      • Jan October 6, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply


        • Betsy October 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm - Reply

          Jan: Thank you … twice! 😀 😀

      • CarolV October 7, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

        Both good shots and worthy of being hung in the G Family Gallery Hall

    59. rjoneal October 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Reply – GinaM 10-5-16 not the best pic but Geo looks so magnificent, GinaM this pic of Geo is for you!

      • CarolV October 7, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

        Dad on Duty-lookin’ good!

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 CarolV I think so he is so handsome. Thanks for noticing, Gina may have signed off by now.

    60. Jan October 5, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Hello Osprey Family….Just love all the pictures posted. Thank you for posting them! Miss our family…To everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew…please stay safe…will be thinking of you all…

    61. rjoneal October 5, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      10-5-16 CarolV I wanted to use pink in the frame since it looked so much better but I know how much you hate pink so I hope you like especially.

      • Margaret R October 6, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

        wowowww- that is a great photo and I love the frame with all the colors and shading- Good job Rjoneal

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 Reply- Margaret R I am glad you liked it, I sure do miss our Gracie!

      • CarolV October 7, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

        Don’t roll your eyes but………..Just my opinion, I think pink in the frame would have muted the pink blush in the photo-and not a symptom of my “pinkophobia”. Accenting the blues and browns, and matting with white, pulls forward the pink tones—-in a good way.
        Love it!

    62. JeanneD October 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Oct. 5, 2016. 6:11PM

      My prayers are with all who are going to be in harm’s way in the coming days.

      • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        10-12-16 Reply- JeanneD thanks we need all the prayers to heal now.

    63. rjoneal October 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      10-4-16 here is oldie

      • Margaret R October 5, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

        REPLY-RJONEAL… Love the photo!!

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 Reply- Margaret R tks 🙂

      • Stephanie October 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        What a great picture! Thanks for sharing it us 🙂

        • Stephanie October 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          *with us…lol

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 Reply- Stephanie thank you for commenting and noticing. I love all the pics you post too. I miss everyone sooo much.

      • Betsy October 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

        rjoneal: What a great shot!! They look so content. To anthropomorphize, they look just like a mom and her kids snuggled together at the end of the day … a feeling of love and serenity!!

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 Reply- Betsy nicely said , just reading your your words warms my heart and makes me miss them soooooo much ! Love your adjectives.

      • CarolV October 7, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

        I think this was right around the time when we really knew Rocky was gonna make it…..looking so confident and healthy and strong, like she could take on anything!

      • Robin October 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

        I love this picture – Rocky looks SO cute! Thank you rjoneal!

        • rjoneal October 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm - Reply

          10-12-16 Reply- Robin you are welcome, sorry late on response back but a little busy with hurricane and all. CarolV said it perfectly ( ..looking so confident and healthy and strong,

    64. CarolV October 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Rjoneal- thinking about you, Bob and our other FL members…stay safe………….
      ….I don’t think we need to worry about the visiting osprey being Brutus- she, no doubt would be up in the nest checking for a sushi delivery.! Prob just a northern bird, laying over for a rest and a feed.
      …..And tiger-Mom is back!……I’m being Switzerland, {as well as I can} almost…………..hehe…….but my typing two fingers are itching……..
      Betsy- Love the Crow family portrait………..reminds me of the silhouette pictures that were popular in the 19th century! And we all probably did the cut-outs in school, with the construction paper? Fun memories-

      SPECIAL THANKS to ALIZARIN—- got the pdf for the calendar- still have to look it over, but I’m sure it will be great and will be getting it made at Staple’s or where someone can do it justice!

      I’ll be with many of you, watching the SWFEC and the NEFEC…I get squeamish about the feeding , but I do love the chicks…I don’t join the chat, so know I’m there in spirit.

      The final word on Verizon Vic- he was there, as I mentioned, on 9/29, late in the day. I was off for the week-end, but got the report from a fellow watcher at work, that he was gone the next day. We had rough weather over the week-end, so he must have moved out.

      • Betsy October 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Crows??!! They were osprey silhouettes!!

      • Rjoneal October 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

        10-5-16 CarolV Yes Tiger mom is back lol. We are as ready as we can be for Hurricane suppose to be where I live on Friday afternoon.

        Bre & Bob and all those on or and where hurricane is predicted to hit or cause damage be safe I am with and we are all in same boat. Lots of prayers for Haiti and everywhere else that is suffering.

        Betsy you better believe I backed up all my pictures from last year and this year of our Osprey family.
        Also it is incredible to see the Osprey fly with the fish and take to the nest but most Floridians around here take it for granted and don’t even notice it anymore it’s a shame. Whenever I’m taking pictures out in the parking lot people look at me like I’m crazy that those are just some stupid birds if they only knew what magnificent beauty they are missing

      • Bre October 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        Thank You CarolV doing my best to take all necessary precautions here in FL..knowing the worst, hope & Pray for the Best possible!

    65. alizarin October 4, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      I emailed the calendars out earlier today so if you didn’t receive a message with attachments from me for some reason, please let me know and I’ll resend. Thanks.

      alizarin (at)

      • ChrisH October 5, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

        The calendar is spectacular! Thank you for the time and effort it took to make and for sharing it with us!

      • Leanne October 5, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

        I received mine and love it. Thanks again and see ya in the spring 🙂

      • Deborah October 5, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        I have not checked in for a while and was not aware of the calendar. Is it too late to order one?

        • alizarin October 6, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

          Deborah, send me an email (alizarin (at) and I’ll email a pdf file for you to print out.

    66. Betsy October 4, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

      Gracie from August 17th

      • Betsy October 4, 2016 at 4:17 am - Reply

        And, no CarolV, that’s not pink for the matte! — it’s antique white!!

      • Trinity October 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

        Looking so confident and regal ?

        • Betsy October 5, 2016 at 4:39 pm - Reply

          Trinity: That’s from the evening I made the “No Room to Park” video … I’m glad there was no room on the perch and she landed back on the nest, so I could get a beautiful screen shot of her in the evening!! 😀

      • Robin October 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        Isn’t she lovely! Loving all the pics during the down time – can’t help but to check in every so often – only 6 months to go now!

      • rodeehansen October 5, 2016 at 8:32 am - Reply

        FOR BETSY …….

        Your photo of Gracie from Aug 17th that was posted on Oct 4th is done with such care by you and perfect in its coloring. The frame and mat real professional. VERY HARMONIOUS !!!!!!!!! I am sending you a hug. Thanks, see you at Oct 22nd. Is it really happening.??? Its EXCITING. Rodee

        • Betsy October 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

          rodeehansen: Thank you … now I have to find a good shot of George and do him justice!!

      • Jan October 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm - Reply

        Just love all your pictures Betsy!

    67. GRAcey October 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Betsy…I would have preferred Baby #1 to be the first square instead of # 3…..consecutive order would be nice for the GRACIE FAMILY….and yes I believe females should be

      acknowledged and rewarded for their hard work…the same as men…

    68. Nancy October 3, 2016 at 11:19 am - Reply

      10/3. Interesting to see life in the nest….something green is growing…

      • ChrisH October 4, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

        And getting bigger every day thanks to all that fish fertilizer… 🙂

        • BirdNerd October 5, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

          “The forest always reclaims”?! Likely will need some housekeeping come next March.

    69. Betsy October 3, 2016 at 3:38 am - Reply

      With Brutus, the last member of the George Family to leave 😉 😀 , no longer around, in addition to the sea gulls zipping by close to the nest …

      • Betsy October 3, 2016 at 3:38 am - Reply

        And, the lone scraggly crow I saw …

        • Betsy October 3, 2016 at 3:41 am - Reply

          (European) starlings have been frequenting the nest.

          • Betsy October 3, 2016 at 3:48 am - Reply

            Yesterday (10/1) osprey could be seen plying the waters. Again today (10/2), in the late afternoon, an osprey was hanging out down by the water – on the jetty, pilings and jut of land.

            • Betsy October 3, 2016 at 3:49 am

              A few days ago (September 27th) an osprey spent a good part of the day (6 1/2+ hours) around the water area in front of the nest alternately spending time on the walkway, the pilings just to the right of the inlet, and the angled jetty just to the right of the camera view of the nest. It first flew from the back pond area just before 11:40 am, along the inlet to land on the walkway where the jut of land shows, then flew to the pilings and then to the angled jetty. It flew off from the jetty, apparently to circle around and skim the water from right to left, again landing on the walkway area, staying for a spell, then flying to the pilings and then to the jetty. It did another partial loop before eventually flying off for the day from the jetty at around 6:15 pm.

            • Rjoneal October 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm

              10-3-16 Betsy I really hope that is not our Brutus because if that’s the case and Brutus don’t leave he will not survive there in the winter.

            • Renee October 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

              Today 10/4/16 at 8:13a on cam there’s a Seagull seen on cam flying past and then right about 8:15am there’s what I thought were 2 Osprey flying past from R to L (using a clock reference starting at 9 o’clock to 3) at from what I could see they looked like Osprey, who know’s lol….

          • Helen October 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

            Beautiful – thank you.

          • Redkayak October 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

            Looking for thier 15 minutes of fame

            • Redkayak October 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

              The Starlings that is

          • CarolV October 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

            Very interesting and intelligent birds- and very successful here. Bit of a pest problem in some places. I love seeing them in the mixed flocks of blackbirds when they group with grackles and red-wings.

      • Rjoneal October 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

        10-3-16 another creative piece of art from Betsy. ?

    70. rjoneal October 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      10-2-16 Here is another pic of the family all together in nest 7-4-16

    71. rjoneal October 2, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      10-2-16 Enjoy the whole familyeating breakfast

    72. CarolV October 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      As much as we worried about our guys getting a move on- Rob B just posted one of his recently tagged osprey ( in Newfoundland ! ) started moving south; then turned around and went back home!!!!

      • CarolV October 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        RJONEAL- That danged hurricane changes it ‘s mind every few hours, it seems! Nail biter! Hope your renos are done soon……………….

        BETSY- not everyone is diplomatic; some just like to provoke……………..

        • CarolV October 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

          The water is so dead calm, I thought the video was frozen but the clock still running ! No flapping plastic…………flying birds and then the boat brought life to the scene. Forgetting what sunshine looks like!!!!! We’re stuck in endless gray………………….

        • Rjoneal October 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

          10-3-16 Tks will get done faster now we are running on a clock before storms or hurricane gets here. ?

      • Rjoneal October 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        10-3-16 this happened last year too. I love Robs osprertrax and getting his newsletters with updates is wonderful.
        I hope the Osprey that Betsy has been seeing is not our Brutus who decided to turn around and come back too !

    73. Terry Rosko October 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Love the portrait! I am a constant watcher but don’t say much. Thanks to all that make this site so great….now it’s time to watch the Eagles in Florida.have a good winter …see you in the spring!

    74. Marlene October 2, 2016 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Betsy, the framed family portrait was adorable! Thanks! Happy fall to all our ospreyites. Let’s hope all of our family arrived safe and sound, along with the other migrating birds out there. Hope our family is safe with Matthew around the Caribbean islands.

    75. PattyK October 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      10-1-16, 4:58pm….I thank you all wonderful OZ Family for this 2016 super experience. The home crew did such a wonderful job, the special photo and video crew were such a plus, and I(we family) give you all heartfelt thanks…. this special site has certainly changed our lives forever…God is good…Nature is wondrous…, humans loving and appreciating it all is special…so…SHOUTING OUT TO ALL OF YOU, MANY THANKS AND MAY WE HUG AGAIN IN THE NEXT WONDROUS SEASON! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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