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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
Neighbors arrive–“Nobody home…let’s check the new furnishings.”…….”I like this….and this….will this fit in the kids’ area?”
Somebody home upstairs…
The look of love 😉
5:46am–Morning meeting–chat about plans for breakfast–quick egg mambo
Off to work—“Bye, Dear! Don’t forget the fish sauce!”
4-24-17 Reply- CarolV fish sauce cracked me up laughing.
Nice to see our favorite couple
4-24-17 Reply- Nita R it is nice to see them together again.
April 22, 2017
4-24-17 reply- Birdnerd squatters that fits.
4-24-17 Reply-Leanne good pic of our neighbors down below, missed you!
4-24-17 Reply-Leann I just noticed you did not enter a date for egg,what up girl? Give us a date, your part of the family. Osprey Hugs
I hope some of you saw that PSEG was at it again. They relocated an Osprey nest that was on a telephone/power/utility pole.
4-24-17 Reply-Jessica V thanks for posting and yes MargaretR let some of us OspreyZone Followers know about it and I watched the video. PSEG is wonderful and I do not even live there. Here is the video link below if anyone wants to watch.
PSEG Long Island workers move an osprey nest from its old perch, an electric pole, to a safer wooden pole in Port Washington on Monday, April 17, 2017. Photo Credit: PSEG Long Island
Our patience has been rewarded…THANK YOU! And another year begins!
Finally! Hope we have a successful, happy nesting season again! I too watched the entire April the giraffe experience!
Welcome back! Good looking nest there!
Has Osprey zone been hacked.. Every time u hit the pause button a row of u tube selections come up….not one iPad or Phone just main computer. You can close it but on the left side lower corner has the words MORE VIDEOS…not good for us picture takers..Ranay noticed last night…Thanks
This is just a new “feature” with Youtube, I don’t like it either and will try to find a way to turn it off.
Aidan: Doesn’t happen if you’re on YouTube site itself — only on OZ website!! Screenshot is with both videos paused — YouTube and OZ.
You’re right, I think it’s because the recommended videos are on the youtube page already. But I think I figured out how to disable it, so it shouldn’t appear anymore on the site!
Aidan: I don’t see the recommended videos anymore when video stream is paused. Thank you for fixing it.
Thanks, Aidan! We appreciate all you do!
And, my last post of the day is almost the same as my first!! 😀 😀
hi paula in your comments you said that last year 2 ospreys made it to adulthood all 3 made it to adulthood the year before peewee didnot make it nature was agaist him but that year there was not alot fish to go around. this is tommy from wingsong hope you are all well and you all enjoy natures window remember there are hundreds of osprey nest all over the country that do not have cameras infact thousands so enjoy this one without making any negitive comments thank you tommy
Thank you so much for keeping this up and running on your property. We are truly grateful to you. I am surrounded by osprey nests here on Long Island but yours is the only one that lets me see inside and it is a great joy.
Wishing you and your family a beautiful spring and summer full of lots of fish, smooth waters and stunning sunsets.
4-24-17 Reply- Tommy so glad your home safe and all is well. Thank you for stating the obvious how lucky we are with this site.I hope you enjoy the sound of George and Gracie’s calls and soon it will be lil ones too. I know here in Florida the osprey call and sounds are everywhere but hearing our George and Gracie and seeing them just makes my heart fill with joy and I can not help but smile. So sorry you have to read or hear negative things after all you do. Please Remember as I told Paul and Aidan the majority are truly grateful and hope that a few bad apples wont ruin it for all of us. Hoping you have a nice summer, with good fishing.
Love our Osprey Family and Follwers
George and Gracie were in and out of the nest several times today. At 18-29-04 Gracie returned calling for George to bring a fish …
He obliged, coming 15 minutes later with a nice headless fish …
And off she went with the fish …
But … Gracie was back less than a minute later — without the fish!!
Shortly thereafter George flew away …
Gracie stayed a bit longer and then flew away …
George rearranges things …
And then some more moving things.
I don’t know who this is flying by but Gracie hopped down from the perch just as it whizzed past and seemed to give warning calls. I wonder where Mr Pesky Intruder from last year is!!
Gracie flying from nest
Dear Tommy, Paul, and Aidan,
Once again, thank you for the third year of being able to share in George and Gracie’s lives. All of us ospreyites love this site, and are so grateful for all you do. It’s amazing how they have added to the osprey population! Five chicks! Wonder if Ronnie and Sandy will be returning to LI this season.
Dear Tommy, Paul, and Aidan,
Thanks so very much for your support and allowing us to share in the lives of George and Gracie once again. We all waited with anticipation and today is a wonderful day, in spite of the dreariness. Can’t thank you three enough.
Hi All!!!! So so happy to see George and Gracie and that the camera is up and running!! This has truly made my day! And the nest looks really good so far….so HAPPY!
Thank Heavens! And Tommy, Paul and Aiden! I thought we would never see them again. We need a positive ID. I am hopeful. Please also keep in mind, Ronnie and Sandy could very well show up in the area – the young come back to their birth nest area two years after wintering down south. I don’t know how we could tell if they are flying around, but if they survived, I have a feeling we would know Sandy’s voice anywhere.
We just need the male to turn to the right so we can see the spot under his wing- if it is there, it is our George.
They just turned April’s camera off today and the same day we have ours back on… so grateful!!!!
So Happy to see our family …Thank You Thank You Thank you
Hello, it’s me. I’ve thought about us for a long, long time … 😀
George does a little rearranging of twigs.
Gracie warning away someone.
Gorgeous George and Gracie!!
Looking at this picture I should clarify that Gracie is closest to the camera!!
So Happy to see them Thank you!
Thank you so much for bringing the cam back. I am so glad to see George and Gracie, and to chat with you all again.
A BIG Thank You for bring us back up and running!!!!
Work in progress!!
Hey! Good to see yr back!
CarolV: Thank you!
Thank you so very, very much! So glad to see the can is up and being able to watch out favorite couple raise new clutch of osplets!
♥ ♥ ♥ Yay!!! So happy the live stream is up and running!! ♥ ♥ ♥ …Thank you to all at Osprey Zone!! ♥
YES, We back up…. Thank you for making me one happy lady today..
Voila merci beaucoup!
Welcome back..Perfect timing!.. Animal Adventure Park is turning off their giraffe cam today at 4:30. I have spent countless hours these last 2 months watching April & Oliver and watched in awe as she gave birth last Sat. to their little calf! I will miss them, but I’m fortunate to own property about an hour from them, so I will be able to visit the park and meet them in person!
Hard to tell with wind and rainy lens and wet feathers. Thinking it could be G&G–hoping….
Wind blown bird adding stick to growing nest; 2nd osprey can be seen above house’s roof
It’s definitely Gracie. Leaning very strongly that it’s George … but need to wait for better top of head view!!
Yes!! It is George!! Yippee!! G&G both made it back!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Good Morning From Phoenix… Im so excited that the camera is all good to go and up and running.. I love George and Gracie.. Excited for another season.
4-24-17 Reply- Cathy Hall welcome back and we are glad you are with us too. Season 3 Yeah!
Again, I’m sorry it took longer than expected to be back, but I got word this morning from Tommy that everything was up and running. A quick status update on the nest: George and Gracie are definitely back, and it looks like there are no eggs in the nest yet. Last year, the first was laid on April 25th. Hopefully, we will see that soon! It’s hard to tell in the rain, but I think the smudge on the camera lens might have finally washed off.
It’s a big relief to finally be back online, and thank you for your patience if you’ve still been checking the website these past couple weeks. If you know anyone who follows the camera or might be interested, help us spread the word!
YYYYYAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your hard work,,,,,,welcome back!
47 degrees in EM today, maybe hitting 50…..has been a cool, rainy spell, with hope for rising temps. FINALLY! Steady warming to look forward to for the next week or so…..Fortunately, you can’t see me, but I’m doing my happy dance!
Even enjoying the windy sound!
4-21-17 Aidan, Thank you and if you missed it below is a thank you card to you from all of us Osprey Zone Followers posted on April 7, 2017 at 11:16 am
Season 3 could not start any better than seeing George and Gracie mate successfully 2x already and the camera just came back on a couple of hours ago.
Yeah, soon eggs then babies.
Love Our Osprey Zone Family and Followers
What a pleasure to see the cam up and running again! Thank you!
Terrific Aidan! Thank you.
Thank you all. What a nice treat today.
Thank you so much for getting the camera back online. I have missed the osprey family so much. I am a happy viewer and so glad to see Gracie and George have made it back for yet another year. Let the games begin!!!
Hello Osprey Family!!!
Thank you Aidan, very much. It is a pleasure to see them.
Thank you Tommy, Aidan & Osprey Zone – we’re looking forward to see the next generation!
I certainly follow the Osprey Zone and, in fact, have a link for it on the links page of my osprey website at http://www.themajesticosprey.com along with 30 links to osprey websites all around the world including France, Germany, Poland, the UK and even Estonia!
So happy to see the camera is back on, thank you!! Copulation observed on the nest at 11:07 camera time. Can’t wait to see some eggs in the nest, welcome home George & Gracie!
We are back!! So happy and excited. Here’s to another successful season! 🙂
I don’t know if this camera is ever gonna be on this year, I hope so, but the Osprey couple that got me hooked on watching is back in Columbus, Ohio. The couple hasn’t been officially named but to me they are Bogie and Bacall. Last year didn’t go well. It was their first year and they weren’t experienced. They had 3 eggs, 2 of them hatched but a rogue Osprey attacked Bacall on the nest and she took off and the babies died from stress and exposure. So I am really hoping for a better outcome this year.
Anyway, the couple showed up on March 28, 2017 and they have an egg today April 21. The feed is annoying sometimes because it’s a news tower camera so if there is bad weather in the area they will move it and if they switch to a breaking news event that they are streaming they sometime forget to switch it back to the tower cam. But it is at least a camera.
The address is abc6onyourside.com
Hi Paula! This link might work better for people to see that ospreycam at ABC 6/FOX 28 studios in Columbus: http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/watch-live-osprey-tower-cam-03-28-2017
4-20-17 Reply- Gina M hey, Osprey Sis welcome back to Season 3 even though camera is off right now they are working on it. Yes George and Gracie have been spotted at the nest by 4-5 different people.
Take time to review a few pages back and look at some of our postings and pics while you wait.
Missed you, Osprey Hug
Heeyyyy…..Glad we’re back online! Posted a few pics but trying to keep it simple–which is really all I can do anyway!!!
4-20-17 Gracie the best mommy osprey
4-20-17 Here is a pic of our Strong,Brave Rocky posing for us!
4-20-17 Reply- CarolV Hilarious pic of Giraffe a group of us Osprey Zone followers watched the day she gave birth and kept texting back fourth. Dad just wanted so bad to see his baby he kept trying to reach him.
That Giraffe cam was great. I was so happy to see April give birth to Baby G. The camera is down now but I think they”re going to put it back up once the park is reopened. I cant wait to see how big baby G gets in the mean time .
Really concerned now…….any hope of hearing from Paul, Tommy, Aidan? No communication and no cam…., missing it and not knowing is so sad and frustrating, xoxoxo
RJONEAL: Thought I posted thanks for the birthday greetings! If I missed it before, double thank you now for being late with my thanks…
…………..to Everyone else….while I am as disappointed as anyone to be missing all the beginning drama of the osprey setting up the nest and finding out if G&G are our official returnees, I do not know the circumstances for the delay or the reasons why we have not been informed. This is a private cam and entirely up to Tommy whether he shares with the public. I would like to know, true, but pushing him for info is not going to make him more amenable. Que cera cera….and hopefully it will be resolved soon.
………….In the meantime, My thoughts go out to Tommy and family, hoping all is well with them.
Any ETA as to hen this will be up??
Hi, everyone- can’t remember if I posted this and recent posts are not showing yet…..Verizon Vic and mate Vera, in Cutchogue, were showing signs of possible egg(s). Vic was on post with fish and Vera was in nest bowl, out of sight, chirping not demanding as she usually is. He flew over to her and one of them took fish back to post. The other settled back in nest. Usually, Vera sits on edge of nest and squawks till he brings food. .Just a guess. That was Saturday, the 15th…I’m on vaca this week and leaving OZ on screen …a new version of osprey-watch…………..
Weather is sunny but chilly- just 50 @ 8:55amEDT…a bit cool with the highest temps predicted @low 60s for Fri, with rain Thurs.( in E. Marion by the nest)-slightly warmer on the South Fork for me.
Does anyone have an update on when Osprey Zone will be back up and running? Hope there’s not a problem. I’ve been looking forward to the coming season, all the nest (6) around by me are all back and active, so great to see!
Any news on this cam? I keep checking in, but nothing yet. Any info would be appreciated!
Just checking in….looking forward to getting back to shots of G&G going about their business…Hi to everyone
APRIL. 2016! PRETENDING I CAN SEE THEM …………………
4-19-17 Reply-CarolV love the osprey salute.
I’m wondering why we are not hearing from Paul or Tommy regarding the cams. They need to tell people if they are not returning. Everyone is worried about them and our birds. I hate not having communication.
Hi all, For me who lives in an area where the osprey are already busy with their young I can wait patiently for Ospreyzone to get back up assuming G & G are OK and will appear when the camera is up and running again. Hope for the best but don’t hesitate to check out other good sites. I just have to drive a mile or two to visit some very active nests. They say patience is a virtue so let’s be virtuous while keeping our hopes up. Regards, Bob
4-19-17 Reply- Bob glad you are back with us. Look at the picture of my osprey in my backyard below. I dont have to drive, just walk out my patio door. Watching all the ospreys and other birds around here still is not as good as watching our George & Gracie. Can not wait to see them again. Until then keep in touch.
Dear RJ, Looks like your prayers have been answered. Seems like they are back and ready to try to do their thing. Let’s watch and hope for the best, as always. Bob
😔 beginning to think we’re not going to see our birds this year, hope I’m wrong
Another Quick Observation
The Fourth Egg that was laid looked to be colored with Maroon Speckles. Granted the footage of the Egg was a few minutes afterwards so maybe the reddish hue may have been blood from the Birth Canal.
Anyone want to weigh in with an explanation
I’m not sure this is a common occurrence or not. At The Rutland Osprey Project in Manton Bay United Kingdom, Maya has just laid a Fourth Egg to her clutch. Maybe some of our experts can verify if having 4 Eggs in a clutch is an anomaly or not
Also in Southold, I noticed Four Nests that were occupied with Two Breeding Adults
2 Nests by Cedar Beach
2 Nests by the Goose Creek Bridge
Good Luck to all of our Osprey Parents
4-13-17 Video is fast but Hawk chasing my Florida Osprey and osprey drops the fish enjoy,
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4-12-17 Love all the Osprey pics, Florida wants you to meet my Osprey that lives in my backyard !
George and Gracie we love you and hope your mating so by the time the camera comes on we can watch for the eggs hatch. 🙂
If you live near Sayville you can see several osprey nests, besides the ones in Bayard Cutting Arboretum. There are 2 nests in the ballpark on Broadway Avenue, behind Target. Today I saw an osprey on one of the nests. There are also 2 nests along the Sunrise Hwy service road. One is in front of the business park and the other one further east on the same, eastbound side. It’s not the same as seeing into the nest but it’s great to know we have so many ospreys locally!
Thanks for the info, I noticed the Sunrise Service road nest today 😀. There are several along the Robert Moses Causeway & Ocean Parkway…great fishing location for the birds.
Thank you for the Sayville nest info,will keep an eye out..there’s also 5 nest in the Oakdale/E.Islip vicinity…the ‘Oakdale merge pair’, the ‘Bubbles falls pole pair’, the ‘montauk highway RR overpass pair’, the ‘main and heckscher pair’ and the ‘old grummans pair’ on south service road of Sunrise Hwy. as well
Is everything OK over where the nest is? HELLOOO.
Ok guys……… WHEN will this camera be up and running? Hope everything is A-OKAY………
4-20-17 Reply- Karen DeLong they are having issues but need to get with Tommy since it is on his property and he was out of town. They are waiting for Tommy to get back with them according to Aidan. We are told it will be up as soon as they can get fixed.
Nice to have you again Karen we are all wanting to see our G&G hang in there. 🙂
This was taken this a.m.! content://media/external/file/13668
HollyW, Thank you so much for posting this wonderful pic! Ospreys are back! Hopefully it’s one of our G’s on the perch and that both G’s are back. The nest looks great from this view. LOL It looks like a lot of the sticks survived the windy, cold winter.
Well, that definitely isn’t George with all those dark spots. LOL
Awesome, welcome home!! Thx for sharing…
I believe I hear Gracie screeching outside my son’s bedroom window. He said 2 weeks ago there were 2 in the nest. I haven’t walked under the nest since then, but according to all my neighbors ,it looks like George and Gracie have made home safely😍
what a great picture Holly.
Thanks for the picture and the update Holly!! Glad they’ve both made it back safely! 😍
HollyW, Thanks for the update! Hopefully it’s Gracie screeching outside your son’s window. It sounds like maybe the nest has been occupied for a while. Sure hope it’s our G & G. We’ll definitely know when the cam starts streaming. We’re all hoping it’s real soon!
4-9-17 To CarolV & Helen from your Osprey Family
4-9-17 To CarolV & Helen from your Osprey Family, hope your day was GREAT !
Thank you, thank you!!!! It was a good day.. Last night I saw a wonderful show on NatGeo. It was a story about Scotland through the. I saw Springtime and a Osprey family were the stars. It was terrific! Look for it.
George and Grace are back went and checked them today (from a distance) totally their nest with 2 birds there
Latest from Rob B….after the losses of all his NF fledges on the trip south in the fall, wishing positive results for this new season…
Does anyone know if George and Gracie are both back safe and sound at the nest? Aiden? Paul? They should be there by now.
I have osprey returning to my area, (Virginia) Gracie & George should be along soon!
Just wondering if the camera will be up again this year. Thanks
Hi to all…
Nancy H…this should answer ur question about height..
Hi, ospreyites, eagerly waiting and anticipating . . . this will be a great Easter/Passover present. George and Gracie have no clue how much they are loved and were missed. Looking forward to seeing them soon, also, and a new family!
Hello Everybirdy!!! Can’t wait to see what George and Gracie have in store for us this season. This nest is always a nail-biter.
This is my 3rd season. Last year Rocky was our miracle baby. I can only imagine him flying free in South America somewhere.
Thank you to all the people who post the videos and pictures of the milestones for people who cannot watch 24/7. We appreciate you.
I am eager to see the nest again. Hoping for the cam soon.
Gosh I wish this live cam was up and running. George and Gracie could be setting up housekeeping right now. I will continue to check every day. I so look forward to seeing this pair again.
Sending seasonal greetings before we get busy with G&G-