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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. Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Attention OZ Followers – One of Osprey Followers Terry is dealing with some medical issues with her family members. I only know since she reached out to me to let me know she will not be able to attend the luncheon. Here is a little something for her and her family.

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        Terry….sad to hear you are having a hard time. Thoughts and prayers heading your way.. ….

    2. June c October 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Hi call…had to change location…will be at the Ole Restaurant, 630 Horseblock Road, Famingivlle, Ny 631-698-4944..Thank you

    3. CarolV October 13, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      I have 2 cats next to me who could have posed for this….Zoe-16- and Starjones-14-…………

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

        Apologies to Zoe–she’s 15, and like all of us, sensitive about age!

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        BTW—I feel very LUCKY we chose each other!

      • Rjoneal October 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        Friday the 13 was just another good day to be alive.

    4. CarolV October 13, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

      A cool morning–53 now @8a.m.–with clouds coming in. Weather report mixed, with rain shower for South Fork tomorrow, but not the North Fork. So I guess it’s one of those whichever-way-the-wind-blows forecasts! Must remember to close my windows when I leave for work tomorrow………………. At least the wind has died down.

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

        Someone was flying across the view……

        • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

          CarolV: Good capture. I wanted it to do a big loop around and come closer!!

    5. Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Look at the egg tooth on baby!

      • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

        Double Trouble and notice the goggles, Solar by water & Eclipse up front

    6. Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      10-12-17 Here is my lil painting bunting birdie that comes everyday with a partner, I hope you like.

      • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        And …

      • Admin Nita October 13, 2017 at 12:35 am - Reply

        They are such beauties!

        • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

          Nita, you probably have some in your area in person so much better.

          • Admin Nita October 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

            Well I sure did in Florida ❤︎ Not so much in Ga.

      • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

        We don’t get those here….beautiful!

        • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

          Aww thats to bad CarolV such vibrant colors in person, my pic is not very clear since I was sitting on screen in porch and took.

      • margaretr October 15, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

        wow look at all the colors in the birds… Absolutely beautiful

        • Rjoneal October 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

          Margaret R thanks they are a joy to watch.

      • June c October 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        I was in Texas a few years back and first time I saw one.. They really are beautiful..lucky you

    7. CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      5/1/16—Looks like George didn’t want to give up egg duty!

      • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        I remember one incident when Gracie was trying to lay an egg and George wouldn’t move, so it wound up several inches away toward the nest rim…..does anyone remember if that was last year or this year? Could this be that incident?

        I sadly deleted pics when I had a storage crisis, instead of just breaking open the piggy bank and buying some space……not enough pics around this to fill in the story for me……so I’m counting on our fabulous fact savers and checkers to remind me if this is that moment! Don’t have a time just the date.

        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

          CarolV: It was last year, May 1st 2016 at 7:46 am

          George was so excited he sat in the nest bowl while Gracie was laying the 3rd egg
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          • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

            Pushed Gracie right out of the way!!
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        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

          There it is all the way over!!

          • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

            Oops – Photo CPRT by TaxReduction Services

          • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

            Thanks Betsy……so my pic probably part of that series….I remember I was so fascinated by the whole “battle” for the nest spot, I hadn’t seen the egg arrive.!

            • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

              CarolV: Yes, your picture is during one of her final pushes before she laid the egg.

      • Admin Nita October 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        Looks like barbed wire lol

        • CarolV October 13, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

          Yeah….George was putting up lots of baby rails!

    8. CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Went back thru old shots looking for something funny to post and spotted one(two) of my favorites……………… of the most epic poop shots !

      7/31/16……………….from beginning………………

      • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

        ………………………………………… end!
        Sky writing !!!!!

        • Admin Nita October 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

          eeeew! Best ps shot ever =)

    9. CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Was taking a break from posting and am surprised and humbled that I was missed….TY for the concern!

      TY to ADMIN for rearranging comments…was getting confusing with people posting two places!

      This photo is the bay today…..lots of whitecaps! It rained some overnight, with a cloudy morning giving way to a sunny day….61 now, with mid 50s tonight, and a clear sky. It has to be really windy in the upper atmosphere because we’ve been getting some amazing cloud formations the last few days! Even the storm clouds have been beautiful!

      • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        10-12-17 CarolV glad you got my email everyone wondering if you were ok. It is nice to take a break everyone needs one. Thanks for posting and giving weather report lol .:)

    10. Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

      My Backyard Osprey just the other day in my Willow Tree

      • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply


      • Admin Nita October 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

        Wow beautiful, it’s nice to have them all year in Florida. At leaste down south in Ft. Laud. we did =)

      • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        Does backyard osprey have a name?

        • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

          10-12-17 Yes this one is Elvis the daddy and female mommy is JoJo the 2 babies they had this season were named Willow and Shadow. Willow loved to hide and eat fish from my willow tree and his/.her sibling would always fly in about 5 min later trying to take fish away but never succeeding. Eventually Shadow would go back to nest and wait for handouts from mom and dad.

    11. MFPI October 12, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Thank you very much Administrators Shelli and Nita for your excellent presence. The improved in order flow and response time at this cam is so nice. I can finally follow smoothly all of the great info and everyone’s joy for this amazing Osprey pair.

      • Admin Shelli October 12, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

        Thank u MFPI…that’s the plan. We hope for a smoother faster season next year 💗

      • Admin Nita October 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

        Great to hear MFPI !Wow beautiful, it’s nice to have them all year in Florida. At leaste down south in Ft. Laud. we did =)

    12. Betsy October 11, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      An osprey flew through the moonlight reflected on the water.

      • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        Nice shot!

        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

          CarolV: With the moon so bright I decided to let the recorder run when I went to sleep to see what happens during the night. I finally got around to playing it and I saw this!! I haven’t seen any osprey down by the water in front of the nest or close flybys since my last pic in the am on the 9th. I wonder if this is our little Solar finally migrating!! 🙂

          • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

            Betsy statistics show even though some ospreys fly through the night they usually dont start their 1st migration in the dark.

            • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm

              Betsy you will have to keep your eyes out and see if you see anymore sightings of Ospreys you should being seeing some Ospreys that are migrating still passing thru.

    13. Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      10-11-17 Gracie I miss you !

      • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

        Rjoneal: I miss our beautiful Gracie, too!

        • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

          Yes she moved out to soon for me I feel like we did not get to see her that much after the babies were born.

    14. Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Just a couple more of Mockingbirds from Betsy

      • Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply


      • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

        Rjoneal: I wasn’t going to post them, so I’m glad that you did!! And, with my captions!! 😀

        • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

          Of course I used your captions they are your pictures 🙂
          I will keep for my recap next season when all are here to see.

      • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        I love mockingbirds! Enjoy the way their wings show their “colors” when opened; enjoy the way they “flit” when they fly; and don’t get me started on they’re singing! I have heard some amazing imitations incorporated in their songs!
        Thanks, Betsy and Rj!

        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

          CarolV: Here are three more 😀

          Coming down

        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

          Waving hello

        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

          Having a chat with the sparrows

    15. Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      All My OZ Followers that are still watching- below are some beautiful screenshots that Betsy sent me while I was recovering of Mockingbirds and starlings. We all know how much I love our birdie friends when they come to visit the nest. I did finally get through most the comments and I did see CarolV posted some pics too and maybe others when it occurred but because I missed out I am just now being able to share with you some of my favs that Betsy emailed to me.
      I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did.
      Thanks Besty for sharing your Birdie photos with us!

      1st pic is 10-6 starlings synchronized flying ballet

      • Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

        And….count Dracula starling

        • Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply


          • Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

            Finally …Tada Starling

            • Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 8:41 pm

              Now Mockingbirds

            • Admin Nita October 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

              Awwww! What a sweetie =)

        • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

          The Dracula starling looks like a conductor leading his orchestra! Right at mid-crescendo with lots of horns! Tada starling is in a softer strings section! Hee hee

    16. Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Hello EGGBERT !

    17. Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      10-11-17 JuneC notified me that our clean up crew the crows had unhurried our EGGBERT! It was funny to watch the crows today as each one took a turn at poking and rolling and moving the egg but yet the Eggbert still remains in the nest. Not to mention the crows found the 2 fishtails left in the nest and picked and tossed them around awhile. Some crows were really digging in the sides of the nest and pulling scrapes out. Probably remains from all the fish that went overboard or got spit out by our Ospreys.
      Here are some screenshots.

      • Rjoneal October 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply


      • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Rjoneal: Part of me was horrified that they were pecking at Eggbert — Leave him alone!! — and the other part of me was kind of hoping they’d crack it open so I could see if anything was in there!! 😀 It must be petrified because with those beaks I thought for sure they’d crack it open!! And, the fish tails must be like fish tail jerky at this point!! 😀

        • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

          I agree I just want to take a peek in there as if I think there would be a fossil baby osprey silly I know. There was a pip and seen a crack so that egg has to stink unless it is already completely dried up but even then the gases that it released in the nest. Maybe thats why Gracie moved out the smell haaaaa kidding. Anyways I was thinking the same thing first leave our EGGBERT ALONE then ok crack all the way open so we can see. Now I kinda hope it is still there when they return but doubt it.
          Wouldnt it be funny if Gracie laid her eggs and sat on the EGGBERT too.

          • Betsy October 13, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

            Rjoneal: That would be funny!!

      • CarolV October 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

        Good to see Eggbert again! Nice that he found some playmates who dug him out!! Just don’t be too rough!

        • Rjoneal October 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

          Yes Eggbert is still in the nest CarolV

    18. Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Carolv, looks like you have been MIA at least today which is very unusual for you. I know you are ok since you were kind enough to email me but I do not see any pics from you today.
      Well lady I know you got something to post. Being ill and all I did not even post a Columbus Day pic but thought for sure you would in my absence hummmm..

      • Helen October 11, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

        Now that you mention it, did not see Carol at work yesterday. Maybe I will email her.

    19. Michael G. Martin October 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Dear Group
      To RJ Sorry to hear that you were under the weather, glad to hear your feeling better
      To our Admin, Welcome Aboard, Good to see that we have someone to help manage the Site

      One issue that has me Puzzled. Should have all the Ospreys have left on their Winter Migration South. I’ve been trying to research this unusual behavior and can’t seem to find any anecdotal information on this subject
      Maybe anyone of our Experts or any of our Ospreyphiles can weigh in on this phenomenon. Is this unusual for Ospreys in Mid- Northern Latitudes approximately 40 degrees start their Migration this Late in the Season. I was thinking that the temperatures have been on the mild side. Or maybe if it is one of our Juveniles maybe his or her instincts hasn’t kickstarted his desire to leave
      If this Juvenile doesn’t leave in the next week or so our experts step in and attempt capture before a Sentinel Event happens.
      Let’s n wait until it’s too late


    20. Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      This is a great video for educational purposes, up close of Gracie’s vent in this cloacal kiss
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      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

        Nita thanks for sharing your video you cant have to many videos of our Osprey Family even if it is rated R lol just kidding you all it is just mating the Osprey way. 🙂

        Glad you are better too. Do you remember all the fires last year in Okeechobee the smoke,fog and smell was so bad here in Jax you could not go outdoors schools and some business had to close. So many of us got hospitalized or had to go get meds for URI because living in Florida you have to keep ac on and smoke would come in some that way. Well that is how it was working outdoors after the hurricane somewhat. You do not live to far from me so I know you understand what I am talking about. Just glad you are here with us.

        • Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome Rj. I knew someone would appreciate my x-rated film lol ;-)I sure do remember the fires and back in the day the sugar cane factories stunk so bad at times it was hard to fish in lake Okeechobee. I grew up fishing there. My dad was a fishing guide. Very fond memories ❤︎ The next time I visit I will let you know and maybe we can meet up =)Thank you, I’m so glad to be here with y’all!

    21. Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

      10-10-17 Hi OZ Followers, I have not been able to check in for about 2 weeks since I have been ill but all better now. I have not been able to read comments yet so give me sometime to get all caught up.

      Betsy did email me letting me know and sharing pictures that our Sweet Solar is still in the area which makes me think George is with Solar still too.

      Several people have been checking on me and I want to say Thank You.

      I did see comments mentioning another Yearly Get-Together Osprey Followers Luncheon. Last year was wonderful and June C had personally used her own money and had professional print out copies of the Calendars that Alizarin had made for everyone that attended. Hope you take advantage of this time to get together.

      Bob thank you for asking about me, we have finished all damaged from hurricane except still trying to get panels to replace fencing and some trees still need to get cut down. Got a touch of pneumonia we think from all the debris and sawdust all that kinda stuff while working to replace damage boards on house and outside fence. All better now and back to work we go. Hot here 95s and humidity around 98% going to be taking a lot of breaks. You take care.

      Love My Osprey Family & Followers

      • Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

        Glad to hear you’re felling better Rj. we had it too! Put me outa commission for a week!

      • PattyK October 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal- Sorry to hear about your illness but happy to hear you are feeling better! Hadn’t been here for about a week, so I’ll be catching up on the comments too. Hoping that Carol is ok, too! Hugs to all OZ family!

    22. margaretR October 10, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for putting the comments in order. Makes it much easier to follow.

      • Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

        You’re welcome margaret =)

      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        I second that no need for reply 🙂

    23. Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Last but not least, what we all love to see
      the awwww factor
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    24. Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Feather style a few years ago 😉
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    25. Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Gracie having a bad hair/feather day =)
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      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        Love this one, I have a few like this but the enhanced picture looks great water so blue. Look how tiny are babies were.

    26. Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Boredom relief
      I’m posting a few photos from years past.
      To make you smile and say aw
      This is the first os 4
      Dad falls in the nest bowl
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      • ChrisH October 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Love the pics, Nita — thanks!!

        • Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

          I’m glad you like them Chris, thank you =)

      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        Well here is one for you posted in 2016 of George……

        • Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

          OMG this one beats al lolol!

      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        Ok one more this pic from 2015 George making a nest bowl.

        • Admin Nita October 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

          Hilarious! What a guy hey?

    27. Betsy October 9, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Flying by

      • Betsy October 9, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Someone with a fish.

        • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

          10-10-17 Betsy amazing you spotted this osprey with a fish love it. Thanks for posting pic and sharing.

    28. PattyK October 8, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      10-08-017, 9:15pm—Hello dear OZ Family, Don’t know what has happened to the current comments…I am an ol” not too puter savvy granny, just wondering how to keep in touch with my favorite site in the world, haven’t seen any current posts here, should I stay, or go to a utube site? Many thanks foryour advice

      • Admin Nita October 9, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

        Hi Patty, the comments are still here. But they’re not as frequent b/c it’s off season.
        Let me know if you see this one ok?

        • PattyK October 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

          Yes, Anita, thank you!

      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        Hi Patty K 🙂

        • PattyK October 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

          Hi back to you Rj- happy to hear you are on the mend! xoxo

    29. Betsy October 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      At 15:11:20 there was a screech of nails on the perch. 20 seconds later someone flew from it.

    30. Betsy October 8, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

      It looked funny when a bunch of starlings landed at once on the nest in the morning. Almost immediately they all flew off!!

    31. Betsy October 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Not the light from the moon but from fireworks.

      • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

        At least there wasn’t a chick in the nest like last year (8/14/2016) like Rocky was when someone shot off fireworks shortly before 5 am!

        • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

          10-10-17 Betsy I do remember last year fireworks but wow you got some good pics this year of the lighting from fireworks hitting the nest.

    32. Betsy October 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Just after I posted my reply to Admin Nita (re Rjoneal’s ID of last year’s weed growing in nest) I saw a skein of geese flying by in 3 sections, the last flying by thisclose to the nest!!

      • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

        Another picture

      • rodeehansen October 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        So we are back to the weed …. Last year I took the time to mail to Cornell Lab a sample of that nest weed, identical to one growing by my front door. It was not cudweed.
        Diagnostic report: ANNUAL SOWTHISTLE (S. oleraceus). For $ 6.00 plus postage a clear ID. I am sure I posted the results last year. This is serious business.
        Are you all sure Solar is still hanging around ????? Someone cut the apron strings. Rodee

        • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm - Reply

          rodee hansen: Sorry! I had gone back to last year’s comments for my answer. The posts that I read about the weed last year before I stopped reading comments were about the weed and you had posted that “I just spoke to a lady by the name of Roann from the Cornell Coop. Extension – Suffolk County. 631-581-4223.
          He best guess: since it is in a rosette form growing, it looks to her as it might be in the MUSTARD Family.
          If that is so, this might survive the winter.
          So ….. wait and see.” and rjoneal had posted that it was a cudweed!

          You posted the final answer after I stopped reading comments when my laptop cr*pped out (I made mention of it in my comment: March 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm
          Hi Everyone!! I’ve missed you all and OZ!! OMG — you would not believe it!! Back in November my laptop crashed — but good — and I lost everything … all my OZ pictures and videos because I hadn’t backed up any of my OZ stuff (I actually had planned to do that the next day or so — see, he who hesitates is lost!! 🙂 !!) After nearly having a nervous breakdown, I ended up sending the hard drive out to a super duper specialized data recovery company and they were able to recover most, but unfortunately not all, of my pictures and videos (for a very pretty penny, I might add!!) I finally got my butt in gear and, just today, finally got another laptop. I see Aidan’s note above and am eagerly looking forward to seeing George and Gracie again and reading everyone’s comments again!! Thanks Paul and Tommy for another year of OZ!!

          I went back just now after reading the comment you just posted and I see your answer!!: “Typical to my nature, once and for all I wanted a professional ID for the “salad bowl” in the nest. Fortunately the same plant grows by my front door. So I mailed it to the local Cornell Diagnostic Lab in Riverhead.
          “The planet submitted has been identified as ANNUAL sowthistle . This is a annual that reproduces primarily through wind-blown seed. Seeds germinate in mid to late spring but can continue to emerge throughout the season in moist, cool sites.Lower leaves are generally more rounded and lobed in appearance, where the upper leaves will become more sharply lobed. I have enclosed a chart to tell the difference between some similar-looking weeds as well. After a frost or freeze the plant should begin to senesce.” Sandra Vultaggio, Horticulture Consultant – It was worth the $8.00. The plant certainly adds to the beauty of the nest.”

          And, yes, Solar is/was still here as of yesterday and possibly today since there was another close flyby this am. Someone flies around in the area at the water’s edge in front of the nest and over or around the nest for days now. I had to enhance the picture from yesterday but it was Solar. This pic is from today.

          • Betsy October 8, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply

            And, yes, I have been watching the video stream, but not the way people would think!! I did it this way last year and posted about it!! And, I watch it this way as soon as the last chick fledges and there are extended periods with no one on the nest. Every few hours, I open up at least 2 but usually 3 windows of OZ and fit them side by side (I once tried 4 windows with the 4th on the bottom under the other 3, but that was real hard!!). I alternate the time on each window (e.g 09:00, 09:30 and 10:00 – I could do 1 hour intervals last year, but not this year!!), set the speed for 2 and let the video streams rip. I scan them and if something flashes by – and it will flash by – I make a mental note of the time and then go back to check it out. You can knock out 1 1/2 hours in 15 minutes!! 😀 😀

        • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

          Rodee, Sweet Rodee calm down I can see you turning red, you are the solider who fights to live each day, not an aggressive person spread your love. No one meant any harm.

          • rodeehansen October 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

            FOR RJONEAL……
            I am surprised how my post was interpreted. I was stating facts, nothing else.No emotions involved. I am totally calm and done with the subject. RH.

    33. CarolV October 7, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Sun’s Up in Ospreyland… part was out friend, the mockingbird, had a few notes to say about it!

      • CarolV October 7, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

        The sun was trying to push away the leaden sky…….

        • CarolV October 7, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

          And then, “the fog crept in on little cat feet.”

          While I was watching that, it was clear on my side of the Island. Guess it was just over the water. If I had worked this a.m., I might have seen it over the open fields as I drove past; always a pleasant way to perk up the commute!

          Checked back and it’s clearing over the bay………………….

    34. Betsy October 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Not that anyone other than Robin seems interested, but note date change


      2017 Chick Stats
      Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 am
      Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 7:06:24 am
      Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 7:31:23 (did not hatch)

      Chick #1 (Solar)
      hatched 🐣: 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
      fledged 🐦: 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
      first fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      last seen 👀 at nest: 10/06/2017

      Chick #2 (Eclipse)
      hatched 🐣: 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
      fledged 🐦: 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
      first fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      last seen 👀 at nest: 09/19/2017

      🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍
      Gracie: last seen 👀 at nest on 09/07/2017
      George: last seen 👀 at nest on 09/27/2017

      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        10-10-17 Betsy thank you for keeping up in the stats but, just because no one posts a reply does not mean we don’t care or are not interested. Remember some just read comments and some are gone until next Season. Don’t get discourage just keep doing what you do and have fun.

        • Betsy October 12, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

          Rjoneal: I think people skip over me after some of my postings, but I’m sure deep down they know I’m right!! But provocation creates change!! And, look what I had to do last year about Tammy the Troll!! It’s their loss, though! 😀

    35. CarolV October 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      In response to a couple of comments and questions about the high mortality this year, surprisingly it isn’t the weather. When the fall migration began and we had Holly in the Keys heading straight for Irma which was heading straight for her and 2 other storms cued up east of Irma, I thought weather would be a real issue for our birds. But only Staddler ran into bad weather. Flow and Tommy are likely victims of Great-horned Owls. Layla is a complete mystery, as she disappeared in the middle of the day in full migration, and Da Rock may well be radio failure. One of the interesting lessons from my 18 years of studying Osprey migration is how often we lose birds to random events, which seem unrelated to any genetically inherited abilities. Roosting in a woods that happens to have a hungry Great-horned Owl in it is purely bad luck, as are birds hit by vehicles or those who take off across the Caribbean and happen to fly into a really bad storm. Remember the mantra, “Nature is harsh, unforgiving, and random, but it is not cruel.” On a bit of refection, that should be “Nature is wonderful, but it is also harsh, unforgiving and random, but it is not cruel
      Dr. Rob B. …

      • Linda Ardizzone October 6, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

        Sorry Rob B but nature is indeed cruel. I never have agreed with that statement no matter who says it. I know how much you care about these birds and frankly I don’t know how you handle so much disappointment and sadness. You must be a very strong man to be admired for sure. The worst losses for me are Virginia and Staddler because they struggled so much to survive only to fail in the end. I cannot imagine that they did not experience fear and perhaps even terror. It breaks my heart. I am also growing quite frustrated with GHO’s who have a diverse diet and yet insist on killing Osprey chicks and apparently lately even Osprey adults. I dread even logging on to your website and only hear about these losses through other sites like this one. This year it is pretty much a guarantee that I will only find sadness and loss. Please, no one say to me that this is not a Disney movie because that comment would be insulting. It always is. This has been a really bad year for my favorite bird. It frustrated me beyond measure. Thank you Rob B for all that you do. We all value your expertise and admire your efforts.

        • Admin Shelli October 8, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

          Linda, thank u for your comment. I just wanted to point out that to be cruel is to have intent, and nature never intends to be cruel…it does what is necessary for the good of every living thing.

          • Linda Ardizzone October 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

            Thanks for your reply Shelli. I guess I feel that Mother Nature has her intentions and those intentions cost lives whether those lives be human or otherwise. So to think that Nature does what it does for the good of every living thing makes no sense to me as someone or something always loses. This year I witnessed Osprey chicks starve and get killed by GHO’s more than since I started watching nests 4 years ago. I admire people like yourself who can easily get past the loss and perhaps some day I will get there. In the meantime I will probably not watch nests that have already lost so many chicks and focus more on nests that have been more successful like this nest and our nest in Boulder County. Ospreys had a really rough year this year and I cannot imagine that they made any gains in population. Bad weather and GHO and Eagle attacks will only get worse so I may need to find another hobby. Thanks again for your reply and thanks to Rob B who does an amazing job tracking and reporting on the Ospreys. All the best. 🙂

            • Admin Shelli October 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

              I totally get your pain Linda, I didn’t mean to minimize it…Wildlife cams aren’t for everyone and I respect your decision to limit the nests u view. Praying next season will be a better one.

            • Linda Ardizzone October 8, 2017 at 11:14 pm

              Shelli please don’t think I feel like you minimized my sadness because that is not the feeling I got from your reply. I think we are all at different levels of managing the sadness and clearly you are ahead of me and I admire that. I hope to get there someday and not feel so sad and so much loss when our Ospreys die. I thank you so much for chatting with me and not making me feel foolish. It is so nice to have someone to chat with as we experience the good and the bad of Osprey life. Thanks so much. 🙂

            • Admin Shelli October 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

              All loss is a difficult thing and we all manage it differently. I think I respond to it scientifically and try to dissect the reasons why and how etc…that seems to help me.
              God made us all different and we respond differently to situations, and that’s what makes each of us special and unique in our own ways. Your sensitivity is a gift…don’t wish it away 💗

          • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

            10-10-17 Shelli Thank you for pointing out the meaning of the word cruel.

            Linda Ardizzone-Yes Linda you have the right to feel the way do and it is not everyone’s cup of tea to watch the Live Cams. Hope you stay with us next Season.
            Take care

    36. CarolV October 6, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      HEEEYYYY..YAY………heard you were looking for us……………..

      Heard chirping all around behind the scene …….

      • June c October 7, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

        This guy was cute….since other birds are at nest should be a sign Solar is gone….

        • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

          June c: Solar is still here, at least as of yesterday. S/he did a flyby yesterday morning and the face was clear enough to see it was her/him. An osprey is still hanging around in the immediate vicinity this morning; did a flyby in front of the nest.

          • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

            Also, other birds on the nest are not a surefire sign that the osprey are gone. When the chicks fledge and the nest is empty for long periods of time other birds do scout around the nest at times. We’ve all seen that.

            • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

              Perfect example — picture from 9/1 with crow on nest.

          • June c October 8, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

            WOW..This is crazy…maybe warm weather messing her up…

            • Betsy October 8, 2017 at 8:26 am

              June c: Maybe s/he’s just a bird brain!! 😀 😀 Seriously, though, some of Bob Bierregaard’s have left really late. Besides, what’s not to love about LI? 🙂

      • Rjoneal October 10, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

        10-10-17 Here is a pic from CarolV good shot.

    37. CarolV October 6, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

      There has been a change …..when I scroll back, a wide black stripe appears at the top and bottom of the frame, blocking 1/2 the picture. This is very frustrating since I’m missing things I may be looking for. It also means these wide strips remain if I want to pause at some point to take a shot……. Does this happen to everyone or is it some new “improvement ” downloaded by computer gods who hate me? (joke-not really paranoid—much)

      • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

        This is what I meant….not cropped

        Was watching some visitors and listening to mockingbird solo—he seemed to be flying in and out since he sounded close to mic then off at a distance…..

        • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

          slightly cropped……if I crop out bars, I lose tag line and 1/3 of picture

          • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

            I did some checking and it seems to be any cam with the youtube hook-up. We never had this issue previously. So gonna have to adjust………………..sigh………………

          • Admin Nita October 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

            Carol, I’m not having that issue, did you try rebooting?

            • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm


    38. CarolV October 6, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

      The sun is making an effort this morning. Had some showers earlier, before dawn. Supposed to clear to a sunny day later this morn. Weather staying warm, with mid 70s, mid 60s overnight.

      I keep checking in to see if we get a nest garden again this fall. Don’t see anything sprouting this year…..too bad… was nice seeing some life in the nest….other than the bugs and transient bird visitors.

      • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

        OOPS! forgot something……

        • Admin Nita October 6, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

          ROFL =)

        • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

          The birds…………………………

          • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

            and the bees……………….
            Forgot to mention above- last year’s shots…………..note the nest and Weedy…………

          • Admin Nita October 6, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

            Awesome! What kind Carol?

            • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

              Looks like a mockingbird… is singing now as I post…impressive vocals! Wonder if they come back to same territory each year?

            • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm

              I assumed you meant bird……there was an i.d. on the weed last year but I forget what was the final result,

            • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

              Admin Nita: Rjoneal identified the plant last year as a cudweed (rjoneal October 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm).

            • Admin Nita October 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

              I wonder if that’s anything like kudzu that grows in Ga.

            • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

              Admin Anita: I don’t know, but I don’t think so; it isn’t vine-y. I found this LOL:…88207.92634.0.93467.….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..0.12.1069…0j0i67k1j0i22i30k1j0i22i10i30k1j33i160k1.0.jqq481vMBpQ

            • Admin Nita October 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

              Ok cool, thanks Betsy =)

            • rodeehansen October 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

              My last comment on the weed ID. Lab Cornell said last year, it is very hard to id a plant from photos and thats why I mailed them the live speciment (no not from the nest, but same as by my door). I liked the way it made the nest so attractive.
              This thing with solar hanging out…. go figure. Apparently solar is catching her own food….. Don’t we all wish to see that food is on her table (nest). This is all so stranger this year. Does anyone think George is still around.????
              Gracie just “called”…… ‘BUY THEM A PLANE TICKET – ITS GETTING LATE”.

            • Betsy October 7, 2017 at 11:40 pm

              Admin Nita: Scrap the answer about it being cudweed!! It’s an ANNUAL sowthistle (see my reply to Rodee’s comment above … as I’m sure you have since you’re a comment moderator!!) 😀 😀 😀

            • Admin Nita October 8, 2017 at 7:49 am

              Oh ok, thanks Betsy =)

    39. Betsy October 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      Someone flew by again today …

      • Betsy October 5, 2017 at 5:16 pm - Reply

        passing right over the nest. Must be one of “ours” to consistently check out the nest.

    40. Marlene October 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Hi, Nita, thanks for the link to the decal for the windows. I’m definitely going to purchase some, and I’m glad your link will help Robin and possibly others. .

      • Admin Nita October 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Glad I could help =)

    41. CarolV October 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      From Dr. Rob @ –More bad news (this is the worst fall we’ve ever had) – we’ve lost the signal from Layla and Da Rock, so we’re down to 3 birds–Holly (safely in South America), Shana (making us nervous as she seems to be hunting from some ponds right along the side of a 4-lane highway east of Naples, FL), and Borealis (hanging out around Yale, near where the crews row).as she seems to be hunting from some ponds right along the side of a 4-lane highway east of Naples, FL), and Borealis (hanging out around Yale, near where the crews row).

    42. CarolV October 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      It was windy this afternoon…..the waves were racing in….and the flag was waving at us!

      • CarolV October 4, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        Pretty pink & purple sky with a full moon rising!

        • CarolV October 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

          Full Hunters’/Harvest Moon….

        • ChrisH October 6, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

          A bit of interesting info about those bands of pink and blue: The darker band right at the horizon is the earth’s shadow against the atmosphere and the pink bank is called the “Belt of Venus.” You can also see this in the west just before the sun rises.

          • CarolV October 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

            Thanks! Didn’t know this!

    43. CarolV October 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      Coming home from Riverhead-poorer by the price of 2 tires and a trip to BJ’s and Target- an eagle flew overhead….quite beautiful! It wasn’t far east of the Peconic estuary; not totally unusual to see migrating eagles in that area in spring and fall. It was a gift to see the eagle, but all I could think was move on down, move on down the road!
      Wish I could have gotten a picture!

    44. Marlene October 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Nita. I will have to look around for those decals for my storm door.

    45. Betsy October 4, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      IT LOOKS LIKE ONE OF “OUR” GUYS IS HANGING AROUND!! THE VIDEO IS KIND OF GRAINY BUT I’M WONDERING IF IT ISN’T SOLAR!! S/he appeared to be flying to the perch but maybe was spooked by the giant flag, because as s/he approached, she flew up and then back toward the water.

      • Robin October 4, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply


        • Betsy October 4, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

          Robin: There’s been an osprey hanging around by the jetties for the past couple of days, flying by close to the shore when it goes by. And, yesterday what looked like a juvenile osprey flew close to the nest under it and then there was the flying up toward the perch today. I can’t tell who it is or if it’s even the same one, but I can’t believe it’s just an osprey passing through on migration! I wish it would land on the nest and then we would know for sure!!

    46. Admin Nita October 4, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

      This goes with the cropped photo

    47. Admin Nita October 4, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Good morning everyone!
      We had a little visitor this morning.
      Looks like a young Startling

    48. June c October 4, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

      I know many of you follow other Osprey sites, I peak here and there ..I was so impressed by this females neckless…Her name is Chrissy from the Osprey House Environment Centre, Australia

      • margaretR October 4, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

        Wow that is some necklace she has… not sure I like it … very different.

      • June c October 4, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

        Trying to get a meet together for Oct 21st., around 11AM.. Farmingville seems to be in the middle for our Long Island followers..Anyone has an idea where to go in Farmingville please let me know…Trying to help Rodee out she would love to meet other members of the Osprey Zone…My email is in my avatar…A few of us got together last year in Smithtown.. Hope more will come…

        • Trinity October 4, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

          Rio Douro Bistro & Ole have great reviews online, both located in the Farmingville area.

          • June c October 5, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

            Thanks Trinity…Both look great…

      • Robin October 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

        Very beautiful, June – thanks for sharing – I’m going to check that sight out!

    49. Marlene October 4, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Hi, Nita, welcome! Next season will be even better, with you and Shelli on board! The information that Dr. Rob B. shared was really sad. I sure hope our family survived all of those storms. It was one after another. It looks as if the weather has quieted down, for now.
      I still love the story that Tommy shared with us the first season. Does anyone remember how one of George and Gracie’s offspring (we thought possibly Sandy) flew down and landed on his fence and peered into his kitchen? He saw the bird, but was afraid to move because he might scare it away. We felt it was Sandy’s way of saying thank you for keeping them safe and watching over them. I thought that was such a beautiful story.
      Also, I live on Long Island in Amityville. I hope no one asks me the usual question when they hear Amityville. Okay, I live about 1/4 mile from that infamous home. It always makes me upset, because of the tragedy that occurred there. However, the house is definitely not haunted.
      I know we’re all bird lovers. I felt so bad (and still do). When I came home Sunday, there was a dead yellow finch lying in front of my storm door. My husband had the house door open, because it was nice weather, and I guess the little bird didn’t realize there was glass. It was such a beautiful bird. Now I’m afraid to leave the house door open. I told my husband if it happens again, I’m going to put a temporary sticker on it whenever we leave it open. (He’s not in favor of doing that. This is the first time in 17 years that this has happened.) I can’t believe how bad I feel. I never saw a yellow finch, and I had to find this one dead. ;-(

      • Admin Nita October 4, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

        Hi Marlene, thank you for the warm welcome =) I also love G & G and am looking forward to next season with Shelli and all of you. Did you know they have decals that you can buy on line specifically for birds. You can barely see them ? I also have this issue of birds hitting my windows in the back yard. Eventually I saw the reason why they were doing this, I also have a little hawk who chases them. So in my case the decals wouldn’t work =/

    50. Betsy October 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      What looked like a juvenile osprey went sailing passed at 14:23:30. I wonder if this is Solar??

    51. CarolV October 3, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

      A little Tuesday visit – 6/19/16—-A peaceful moment

      • CarolV October 3, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

        6/18/17—A foggy day…..

        • CarolV October 3, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

          This beautiful bird recently was a post on my facebook page. Found this pic with its chicks ……
          It’s a member of a group called fruit doves that are mainly found thru-out the Pacific islands. This is a type of pink necked green pigeon, I believe. We needed a little color to brighten our day

          • ChrisH October 4, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

            That is a beautiful bird…. and those babies are freakin’ adorable!! I love doves, esp. Mourning Doves. There’s always a bunch under my bird feeders. I could stand at the back door and watch them forever.

          • RobininMD October 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

            Look at those babies – too cute! Got to love the beak and those eyes!!! Beautiful colors on Mom or Dad too.

    52. June c October 3, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hi to all….Last year we meet for a brunch at the Garden Grill in Smithtown…Would like to do again…Rodee’s idea just helping her out..Sat Oct.21 would like to set up a place for brunch around 11AM. Smithtown a little far for our out east family. If anyone has a place in mind more in the middle for all please advise..The place in Smithtown was charming…
      Hope to hear from you…

    53. Cheryl October 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Hi All, I do not usually post very much, but have enjoyed all who do immensely. I do live on L.I., in Bayport. Thanks to you all who kept up with the photos and comments and very enjoyable banter. I have found our Osprey so enjoyable over the last 3 years and am always encouraging others to take a peek. Thanks again to you all! and have a wonderful, safe, healthy winter. See you next year.

    54. NJD October 2, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Nita…Welcome. This is a wonderful site that allows us to watch our beloved feathered friends raise their family. Thank you for being a part of it.
      I live in Lido Beach, NY.

      • Admin Nita October 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        Hi NDJ, thank you for the warm welcome =)
        And you’re welcome too, I so glad to be a part.
        I’ve been watching too, just never made many comments here. I have the Facebook page for OZ =)

        • Joy Reid October 3, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

          Hi Nita!!! So good to see you here!! 🙂

          • Admin Nita October 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

            Hi Joy thanks it’s good to be here 😊

    55. catherine October 2, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Hi all…While driving on dune road in Southampton yesterday I spotted an osprey flying near an osprey nest. I guess there are still some that have not left for warmer climates yet.

    56. Betsy October 2, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

      “Oh, hello”

      • Betsy October 2, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

        “It looks like it’s just me and Mr Emby!”

    57. Betsy October 2, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Well, it looks as if there is still at least 1 osprey in the area!

    58. CarolV October 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      October 5th
      Full Harvest Moon/ Hunter’s Moon
      2:40 pm

      Looks like we may have a beautiful week ahead of us….sunny everyday…..subject to change at any moment…..
      Cool temps tonight- in the mid-low 50s. I will no doubt be covered in cats….they love me so much more in cooler weather!

    59. Admin Nita October 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Hey….please take me with you……

    60. Terry R October 1, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Haven’t posted in a while …..wanted to welcome Nita!!
      I live in Southampton…Love this site!!!

      • Admin Nita October 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        Hi Terry, thank you so much!

        • Elizabeth October 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

          Hi Nita…it’s been awhile for me too. Welcome!

          • Admin Nita October 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

            Hi Elizabeth, thank you =)

    61. CarolV October 1, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      I saw the comments about the t-storms. It was crazy weather on the Island yesterday…..waterspouts off Westhampton Beach, hail in Ronkonkoma, deluges in other places and quick rain storms in others. Temps dropped in to the 50s and now are slowly rising with the sunshine. Mother Nature displaying her sense of humor and love of variety! And some phenomenal cloud formations!
      Looks like a couple of days decent weather ahead of us…… the moment!

      I got stung by a yellow jacket on my finger yesterday and was amazed how much pain it caused…not the sting but the after effects …and how long it lasted! I thought of poor Bailey @ the Hog Island nest–some of you followed that nest–and the multiple attacks there! How much pain that baby was in from multiple stings!
      I was trying to save its life by capturing and moving it outside. Yes, a little crazy but I’ve done it before………..So instead, it committed suicide by stinging me…..guess it was its time to go…..

      • Admin Nita October 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

        And poor Bailey got stung in the eye too =(

      • Robin October 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

        Carol, I do that too.. wait till they are on a window and then with 2 plastic cups surround it till it’s in the cup, then set it free… hope you’re feeling better now, I’ve never been stung, all these years, and never stung – not sure how I’ve managed to be so lucky! Yes, poor Bailey – I saw that too. Hope she’s doing well.

        • CarolV October 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

          Glad I’m not the only nut….uh, bee saver! At work, we have huge glass windows and automatic doors, so bees wander in. The ledge is a collection of corpses everyday! I’m usually more careful but tried to rush cause I was supposed to be working…whoopsie!

    62. Rjoneal September 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      9-30-17 Rodee, Shelli and Nita do not live in New York a matter of fact they both live in separate states but maybe they would travel.

      • Admin Nita September 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

        I would love to meet up with y’all,but I’m in Ga. That’s a long way!
        I know Rjoneal you are even further too.

    63. RobininMD September 30, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Does anyone watch the West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam? It’s a break from the Raptor cams, but just spectacular! Right now all the hummingbirds in N. America are migrating to S. America – some passing through S. Texas – really beautiful, many different species…worth a look if you get the chance – they are on youtube – just type “West Texas Hummingbird Feeder Cam”. Hope you all are having a great weekend!

      • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

        RobininMD: Thanks for the info. Just checked it out! OMG, awesome!! I’m posting the links: and

        • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

          And this

          • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

            One more!! They’re fascinating to watch!!

        • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

          Imagine migrating hundreds of miles on tiny wings that beat an average of around 53 beats per second in normal flight??!!

          • Admin Nita September 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

            Oooo I love hummies, I have tons of them in my back yard. They will leave around Oct 18th.
            When they return one will come to my french doors in the back and hover the till I feed them =)
            I watch the on explore too!

            • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm

              Nita: You are so lucky!! — I don’t see any where I am in Nassau County! That’s so amazing that they know to “knock on the door” to get nectar!!

            • Admin Nita September 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

              I know I am =)

            • Robin September 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm

              That’s so cute that they come to your door to let you know they are back! They come back to the same location every year just like the osprey. The purple martins do the same, migrate to South America and then return to North America, same location- it is fascinating!

            • Admin Nita September 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm

              I know I love that they do that Robin =) My hubs and I look forward to it every year, like clock work lol

        • Robin September 30, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

          So beautiful Betsy, none at my house any longer… I love them!

          • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

            Robin: They are truly amazing to watch!! They are special birds!!

            • Robin September 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm

              Betsy, this is so nice, no worries about changing, cleaning the feeder and you get to see them close up – beautiful colors! I don’t know how much longer they will be there.. but it is something to enjoy while we wait for the next Raptor cam.

    64. June c September 30, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      The last posting of George in nest was from Betsy on September 27th at 16:02…any other sightings after that?

      • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

        June c: Not even a wingtip!

        • June c October 1, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

          Thanks..9/27 16:02 it is…

    65. Betsy September 30, 2017 at 6:55 am - Reply

      I was scrolling along the scroll bar when some bright flashes caught my eye. Apparently there was a thunder storm out east.

      • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

        It looked like it started a little before 3:41 and lasted about 12 minutes. There were maybe 10 flashes altogether, most of them small. This one really lit up the sky!

      • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

        I scrolled back further and apparently the storm started a little before 3:31 am, moving toward the east with the last of the lightening a few minutes after 5 am.

      • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 8:12 am - Reply

        And, a final bright flash at 5:23 am.

      • Betsy September 30, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

        And then the sun reflecting circles on the lens

    66. CarolV September 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      This was posted by Dr. Rob B., osprey expert, about his research study tagged osprey…He has a comment posted above and has answered questions for us (for those of you who are new) It’s been a rough year for him, too.

      It has been a bad week. Between the 21st and the 23rd we lost three birds. Flow, a male tagged as a juvenile in Essex, MA, in 2014, began his third trip south on the 19th or 20th (there was a gap in his data). He made it to Assateague Island just across the VA state line. The first signal on the 21st was in a woodlot, all subsequent GPS fixes were basically at the same point. We call a cluster of of points like this the rectangle of death. The weather was fine, there’s nothing he could have flown into, so this may be another Great-horned Owl attack. It was really disappointing to lose Flow. He was one of only 4 Ospreys tagged as juveniles to make it through two full migration cycles. It looked like he was going to settle down next season somewhere in southern ME or coastal NH. Newly tagged Tommy, migrating southwest from Newfoundland, dropped off the map on the 23rd. This was a complete mystery. He had a new radio, so we can’t blame radio failure, and the weather was fine. He perched along the Sandy River in central ME at 5PM. He may have moved again, but we only have two more locations, at 6 and 7 PM, then he disappears. Typically, with birds we suspect were killed by owls, we get a cluster of points because the radio is on the ground and the battery charge will last a few days.
      And then there’s Staddler. He ran into some rough weather over the Caribbean, made a sharp turn southwest and then made it to the Paraguana Peninsula in northernmost Venezuela. Seemingly inexplicably, instead of stopping and resting, he wound up floating in the Gulf of Veneuela. See a video that my colleague Iain MacLeod of the Squam Lake Natural Science Center put together showing what Staddler experienced here. He floated for over 30 hours, drifting along at 1 mph.

      • CarolV September 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

        Sorry–double posted and didn’t notice…was trying to move a graphic over to here. Check at the site.

      • Admin Nita September 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

        Carol I updated it for you ok =)

        • CarolV October 1, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

          Thanks, Nita….was wasting space…

          • Admin Nita October 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

            You’re welcome Carol =)

      • Betsy September 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        That’s so heartbreaking.

      • June c September 30, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

        Oh such sad news………….

      • Robin September 30, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Carol, That’s terribly sad news especially about the one that died floating. Must be extra hard on Rob B… but lots of hearts breaking with this news.

      • Bob October 2, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

        One always wonders what happens to the youngsters AND the parents when they migrate. Since we know G&G have made it for three straight years it is easy to assume their young are making it too but as Dr. RobB shows us with the evidence of tagged birds the attrition rate is higher than we would suspect. This actually should come as no surprise to avid bird followers as they can see how mother nature can make it difficult for all species including humans. I’m not saying one should not keep one’s hopes up for the success of a year’s offspring but not be overly depressed at the fact that many animals just do not make it. I realize that I am preaching to many who know this info to be true more than me. As always, we can only hope for Solar & Eclipse. Bob

        • Admin Nita October 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

          I’m with you on that Bob!

    67. Betsy September 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply


      2017 Chick Stats
      Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 am
      Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 7:06:24 am
      Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 7:31:23 (did not hatch)

      Chick #1 (Solar)
      hatched 🐣: 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
      fledged 🐦: 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
      first fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      last seen 👀 at nest: 09/22/2017 (possibly was the chick at nest on 09/27/2017)

      Chick #2 (Eclipse)
      hatched 🐣: 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
      fledged 🐦: 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
      first fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      last seen 👀 at nest: 09/19/2017

      🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍
      Gracie: last seen 👀 at nest on 09/07/2017
      George: last seen 👀 at nest on 09/27/2017

      Sadly, hopefully the last revision!! (If that makes sense!!)

      • Admin Nita September 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy!

    68. Helen September 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Gracey – I am the person who is in Shelter Island – don’t know exactly where Rodee is. Have a good weekend.

    69. Admin Nita September 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Good afternoon everyone!
      I would like to extend an invitation to join our Facebook group too.
      There are a few members already there, so please come join the fun with Shelli and I ❤︎

    70. Betsy September 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Welcome Nita. Sorry this posting is kind of late, but I wanted to make you a welcome “plaque,” too!! 🙂

      BTW, are you the Juanita Roper on YouTube? I watch you’re videos sometimes!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy September 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

        s/b your videos!! 😀

      • Admin Nita September 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        Thank you Betsy ❤︎ Yes that’s me on youtube too =)

      • Admin Nita September 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

        Wow thank you Betsy, I feel so special ❤︎

    71. Dawn September 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      I haven’t gotten to comment much this year and I cannot believe we are already at our season’s end! What a wonderful year it has been! I am truly thankful to Tommy, Paul, Aidan and the rest of the OZ staff. How privileged are we each and every year that we get to be a part of! My daughter, at 3 years old, was able to identify an Osprey call at the beach thanks to OZ. I am eternally grateful to everyone for their hard work and dedication. I’d also like to send thanks to Ranay. You are a special person with a huge heart and I am glad our paths crossed this year under the strangest of circumstances! I hope you are smiling! Now off to watch Harriet and M and Romeo and Juliet until our beloved family returns in March! Love to all!

      • Rjoneal September 29, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

        9-29-17 Reply- Dawn YES I am smiling 🙂 thank you and I am so glad we meet. Amazing how your daughter is learning about birds,nature so young good job mom. I might see you on the Eagle sites love Harriet and M15 well I love all of them to many to mention. See you next Season,be safe,and keep warm. Dont forget to check in once and awhile
        Whenever Robs book gets done I think it would be perfect for your family.

    72. Admin Nita September 29, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Good morning everyone!
      A lovely sunrise on the nest!

    73. June c September 29, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

      Good Morning to all…Has anyone seen our family yesterday?

      • Betsy September 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

        June c: No, not even a wingtip. Nor today.

    74. rodee hansen September 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      George reminds me of “snow-birds” getting ready to head south…… they inspect and close up their houses for the winter.. George always seems to do the same thing. Does he realize he will be back here in a few month. Is this all instinct. What a marvelous behavior. The mystery of migrating birds. I just disgust the possibility of visiting Hawk mountain in PA in either spring of better fall. Anyone knows if the spring is less eventful. I read a lot of Hawk-Mounten books, but can not remember. Would anyone here from Long Island be interested in an over-nighter???? That would be an EVENT come true. At the same time, seems like we can not even get together for a lunch. OR A CLEAN-UP DAY~~~~~~~~~ WHAT’S THE MATTER FOR YOU? Join the union!!!!! ………..Had my 3rd to last chemo today and feel like packing my suitcase and binoculars. (I feel so wonderful.).
      June ….. next time I am in Greenlawn, can I stop by?
      Ranay….. can’t tell you how much I would love to stop by your house as well. You are so connected with me now….. so sisterly and familiar. I see you in my dreams.
      Good night. Rodee H.

      • Helen September 29, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

        Rodee – I feel the same about Ranay – although we have never met, she is a joy to speak with and kindness personified. For what it’s worth, Rodee, you are welcome here as well. I live in a small town named Shelter Island which is the next town to our nest. I am privileged to live with Osprey nests all around. You would love it!!

        • Rjoneal September 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

          Helen you are so kind and a wonderful woman so passionate, thank you for such kind words. I will meet up with you when I go to New York. hugs

      • June c September 29, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

        Of course…Our back door is always open. don’t go to front door we may not answer Ha. Our friends know welcomed here anytime…

        • June c September 29, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

          Just a warning we have a Beagle/terrier Max who barks at everything, pay him no mind…

          • Rjoneal September 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

            June I love dogs so I am not scared keep the back door open ha… 🙂

      • Rjoneal September 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        9-29-17 Rodee, my sweet Rodee, thank you for your kind words and somehow maybe I can call but I will once again try to make it by face-time or phone or pic just like last time ok?
        That is the best I can do right now. Having some medical issues so not able to keep up as much as I want but I am slowly getting there. You know when I can get to New York I will reach out to see you.
        hugs xxoo

    75. Betsy September 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply


      2017 Chick Stats
      Egg #1 laid on April 28th @ 10:36:07 am
      Egg #2 laid on May 1st @ 7:06:24 am
      Egg #3 laid on May 4th @ 7:31:23 (did not hatch)

      Chick #1 (Solar)
      hatched 🐣: 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
      fledged 🐦: 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
      first fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      last seen 👀 at nest: 09/22/2017

      Chick #2 (Eclipse)
      hatched 🐣: 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
      fledged 🐦: 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
      first fish 🐟: no observed self-caught fish
      last seen 👀 at nest: 09/19/2017

      🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍 🟍
      Gracie: last seen 👀 at nest on 09/07/2017
      George: last seen 👀 at nest on 09/27/2017 (maybe I should wait another couple of days to make sure!! 😀 )

      • Rjoneal September 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

        Thank You Betsy for keeping up with the stats and sharing with all of us 🙂

        • Betsy September 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

          Rjoneal: You’re welcome.

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