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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.
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
OSPREY ZONE FOLLOWERS
Here our the Stats on The George & Gracie’s Nest in Long Island ( these stats have been the official stats since Betsy first helped joined in and combined with other followers and me )
Alizarin made everyone a beautiful calendar 2 years in a row, this calendar has all dates plus photos and important info. If you have a calendar great your ready to for this Season since she makes the calendar at the end of the year for the following year to have. She does put in a lot of work making and I love helping her with it every year. Many Followers request for her to please make again. Now I am hoping most of the Followers are using their 2018 calendar but if you want to request one please post a request.
Attention, notice the dates of arrival for George & Gracie are –
(Note, camera was down so 1st time seeing at the nest) 04/21/2017
Arrival Date for George 03/24/16 & Gracie 04/02/2016
Arrival Date for George & Gracie April 2015
2017 Baby Osprey Stats Arrival Date for George & Gracie (Note, camera was down so 1st time seeing at the nest) 04/21/2017 Last seen George on 9/27/2017 & Gracie last seen 09/07/2017
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) Egbert never broke buried in nest
Baby Osprey #1 (Solar) hatched on 06/05/2017 (38 days incubation)
fledged on 08/02/2017 @ 58 days old
Fist fish- no fish seen caught by Solar
Last seen 10/06/17
Baby Osprey #2 (Eclipse) hatched on 06/07/2017 (37 days incubation)
fledged on 07/30/2017 @ 53 days old
First fish-no fish seen caught by Eclipse
Last seen 9/19/17
2016 Baby Osprey Stats Arrival Date for George 03/24/16 & Gracie 04/02/2016 Last seen George on 09/21/2016 & Gracie last seen 09/02/2016
Egg #1 laid on April 25th @ 8:51 am
Egg #2 laid on April 28th @ 7:11 am
Egg #3 laid on May 1st @ 7:46 am
Baby Osprey #1 (Brutus) hatched on 06/03/2016 (39 days incubation)
fledged on 07/29/2016 @ 56 days old
first fish on 08/16/2016 it was18 days after fledging (74 days old)
last seen at nest on 09/24/2016
Baby Osprey #2 (Ali)
hatched on 06/05/2016 (38 days incubation)
fledged on 07/25/2016 @ 50 days old
first fish on 08/13/2016 it was19 days after fledging (69 days old)
last seen at nest on 08/20/2016
Baby Osprey #3 (Rocky)
hatched on 06/08/2016 (38 days incubation)
fledged on 08/05/2016 @ 58 days old
first fish on 08/15/2016 it was 10 days after fledging (68 days old)
last seen at nest on 09/09/2016
2015 Baby Osprey stats Arrival Date for George & Gracie April 2015 Last seen George on 09/26/2015 & Gracie last seen 09/08/2015
Egg #1 laid unknown
Egg #2 laid unknown
Egg #3 laid unknown
Baby Osprey #1 Ronnie) hatched on 06/12/2015 (unknown days incubation)
fledged on ****2015 @ ** days old
first fish on ****2015 it was ** days after fledging ( days old)
last seen at nest on 09/12/2015
Baby Osprey #2 (Sandy ) hatched on 06/13/2016 (unknown days incubation)
fledged on ****2015 @ **days old
first fish on ****2015 it was ** days after fledging ( days old)
last seen at nest on 09/12/2015
Baby Osprey #3 (PEEWEE ) hatched on 06/15/2015 (unknown days incubation)
Died (RIP) in nest 07/1/ 2015 at 2 weeks old, lived 16 days
Here is the last family tree I made last year
Hi Rjoneal– I have been wondering when Gracie and George arrived back in the past… thanks for posting– looking forward to viewing the nest hopefully soon.
Margaret R, your welcome, we are all waiting to see our family back together again, fingers crossed they will have camera up soon. Take care thanks for checking in and posting.
To RJ and Betsy
Thank-You ever so much and the other OspreyZone Team Members are the tireless effort in collecting all the stats on the Nest
To facilitate in time and effort I have printed them for future reference when I decide what Project I’m going to undertake this Osprey Season
This way I don’t have to bother anyone with the same questions
PS But I will be asking a “Ton Of Questions, so Be Prepared
Well you made me laugh Michael and I am sure Betsy is laughing too, “PS But I will be asking a “Ton Of Questions, so Be Prepared ” I can only hope we all can answer them.
Did you see Maya and Blue33 back at the Osprey nest at Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, you were following this nest last year I know.
Here is video from Scyllabub.
I saw Mays and 33 this evening and 33 didn’t waste any time getting Down with Maya. Them Brits don’t waste any time do they
I’m not Two-Timing Gracie and George but I do have to get my Osprey Fix somehow and somewhere
Micheal G.Martin- you are not kidding,no date night, just down to business, guess they will bond later lol.
It is good to look at other sites to learn and compare on different Ospreys behaviors, due to their environments, food supply, and weather conditions. This is how we can get good data as you know. Yes George & Gracie will always be our home. Thanks for posting.
Thanks, Rjoneal, for the list. I have a calendar but am printing a copy of your list just to keep handy.
Thank you for stats..I have 3 books of notes….nice to have it all on one page..
Ospreys have made it Louisiana. I know they aren’t the ones that come here but it’s good to know that they will be here soon!
Hi Elanor, nice pics of your ospreys in your area thanks for posting and nice to see you on Osprey Zone. Take care
I actually live in East Marion, but these were the osprey’s on the lake that I grew up on in Louisiana. My mother sent them to me.
Elanor, how wonderful that even your mother is watching the Ospreys. I love Louisiana had family that was born there. So you can see our George and Gracie Nest probably from where you live. I know last year when camera was not on yet we had some real good people who lived in area and was able to give us a report and pics of them at the nest. And of course without trespassing since they lived in same community as nest.
Tell your mother thank you for sharing, even though I have them all year round I love seeing pictures of different Ospreys.
Take care thanks for posting.
Hi Gamma nice to see you are checking in hopefully soon we will see our Osprey Family.
Isn’t it time to turn the camera on ? We don’t want to miss the first arrival…of Gracie or George…they’ll be here
any minute now. Please let’s not miss this…
I have messaged the cam owners and am waiting on a reply.
I promise to update u all as soon as I hear anything.
As always thank you for the update and wonderful work keeping up with comments Shelli.
They usually arrive around April 1st. Last year it wasn’t up in time, 2016 George arrived on April 1st, if I remember correctly. Sorry to be a pain, it’s just really exciting!!!
3-14-18 Hi Sue, sorry somehow I missed your posting, thanks for putting the info out there, glad you are checking in and posting. Take Care
The nest at South Ferry in Shelter Island is usually active by St. Patrick’s Day so am keeping my fingers crossed.
REMINDER TO ALL
Sorry pics out of order no matter how many times I try it seems to load out of order but you get the idea.
3-10-189 Good Morning Osprey Lovers, here is Osprey nest in shopping center light post Publix in my neighborhood, Hope this helps till the camera goes back on line while we wait for George & Gracie’s return. Enjoy, miss our Osprey Family and Followers.
Dont forget to click on picture to see better 🙂
Hi all — good news a friend of mine spotted an Osprey in Cutchogue Long Island yesterday…..let the season begin!!!!!! Hopefully George and Gracie will not be far behind.
LT – Do you know where in Cutchogue because I was looking for Verizon Vic at KK and he was not there at the time.
Hi the sighting was on the bay side….I just returned from kk in cuchogue and no sign of Verizon Vic yet. I’m so happy that we have started ospey watch on the east end. Happy st pats day to all!!!!!
3-18-18 Hi LT glad you are still checking in and back with us again. We are hoping soon the camera will get turned on.
2 babies at Ft. Myers nest. There also is a third egg unhatched thus far.
The Osprey family in my back yard JoJo and Elvis have 2 eggs.
Please click on picture to see better thank you 🙂
3-8-17 Hi to all my Osprey Zone Followers here are some pics from yesterday in Florida in my back yard.
And the sunset
You are so lucky to have such beauty around you..
2nd chick hatched March 8 early AM
CAN WAIT…for our families return….
Hello to all….
So graceful and beautiful.
Sheila In Pawleys checking in today as I scout my favorite bird sites. I just love this North Fork nest! Soon we shall see activity I trust, these two are just hilarious and I look forward to their antics and loving ways together!
3-6-18 I want to thank all those who posted and checked in.
Be safe and take care.
As we head into mid March, I’ve started scouting the osprey nests along my commute. It will be a good day when they grace us with their presence 😊
Hi Trinity thanks for posting. Yes soon we will be hearing our Gracie call out to George telling him to get her a fish. I can’t wait. I miss them both. You keep an eye out for them and others.
1st baby born in Ft Myers
Yes! We have the first baby of the season hatched last night on the Pink Shell Osprey nest.
Shelli thanks for keeping up with comments. As Eagle season is approaching for some nest to an end others are just now laying eggs.
It’s hard to believe Osprey Season has started in some places and soon everywhere.
You’re very welcome! I hope to be much more active here when George and Gracie return 💕
Yes Helen you beat me to it there is a baby osprey.
Our wonderful Gracie with Solar & Eclipse
I just wanted to let everyone know that I saw the first Osprey of the season arrive in Port Tobacco, Maryland on Sunday, March 4th. It was flying and scouting out over the water – never saw it land on any nest. Not sure if it was one that calls our location home, or if it was one heading further North. They are on their way!
Hi Jen thanks for sharing info for those who don’t have Ospreys all year long like I do. I just can not imagine not seeing or hearing an osprey during the winter.
We are all starting to get excited about George and Gracie’s return.
Every year my heart just pounds once I see one of them and can’t wait to see them both back together as a pair. They travel all the way here to Floridia then back to Long Island and until I know they are both safe at the nest I can not rest easy.
It’s going to be a wonderful season, we miss them so much.
Attention Jenn- Oops Sorry Jenn I just realized I misspelled your name on previous reply.
Not a problem at all. Was nice that you took the time to reply. I’ll post an update if I have another sighting.
I see 2 nests on my commute to work. I haven’t seen any activity in either one of them yet, but it’s still a little early. I also watch for hummingbirds to show up. We normally put our feeder out the last week of March – typically will see one around the first or second week of April. I’m located in Calvert County, Maryland, about 10 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay.
Ok did everyone leave? No comments made lately or pictures posted except by me recently. Our George and Gracie could be coming home anytime starting 3rd week of March so don’t forget to check in later on in the month and hopefully the camera will be turned on.
I check in here every once in a while. I’m so happy it is time to watch the nests again!
Hi Jessica thanks for posting and checking in. Soon it will be time again for our Osprey Family and Followers to reunite for Season 4 of the George & Gracie’s Nest, thanks to all who have given us this beautiful family.
I still check in also. Looking forward to their return.
Elizabeth hi thanks for posting and checking in. Starting to get excited about our Osprey family coming home soon.
I check in once a week or so. Can’t wait for the camera to be up and running again. It’s almost time for the G’s to come back.
Leanne, yeah thanks for posting it’s going to be another great year. So glad our family is probably started their journey back home to Long Island. Nice to hear from you.
To RJ,Carol and the rest of All You Ospreyphiles
I’m still here waiting for Gracie and George to come back all Suntan and Relaxed from their Winter Vacation in the Tropics
Just a few more weeks and they will be home a starting a new Family
Peace Be With You All
Hi Micheal it just would not be the same without you here. Another family to watch grow and fledge hopefully soon. Thanks for posting.
“The way we were……” Just to get us thru…………….
Some early photos from ’15 and ’16………earliest ones taken from saved videos above. Apologize for lack of tags as these are from my clueless days of photo caps.
Hope things work soon so we get to see G&G comin’ home to roost! While they still have their Southern tans!
CarolV thanks for posting and sharing your pictures, I was starting to think I was the only checking in.
Soon our family will back together again.
3-3-18 Don’t forget to click on pictures so you can see them better, miss everyone.
3/3/18 Today one of my beautiful Eagles visited me in my back yard. Hope you like. Remember it is not easy to get photos of a fast moving Eagle really high above and trying to zoom in on it while it is moving if you are not a professional photographer. If I would have had video camera it would have been better.
Now update on my back yard Osprey nest that the Eagles and Ospreys were both using and I have been waiting to see who was going to finally lay their egg in nest.
You guessed it, the Ospreys have their nest again, the Eagles must have found a better location not in such an open area. So I am very happy that both the Eagles and Ospreys are hanging around my area. Yeah!
We have eggs in the Osprey Nest here in Florida in my back yard, not sure if it is 2-3 last year 2 hatched and fledged. The Hawks also have a nest and I am pretty sure eggs since someone is always on the nest.
ok here is one of the doves
Rjoneal—- Sure wish I lived in your backyard so I could watch this all day long. I wouldn’t get anything done. Enjoy and share. I printed one of the eagles to add to my osprey eagle book that I have from all the pictures everyone posts for the last three years. Thanks.
3-5-18 NFC- Thanks for posting and commenting nfc glad you are still checking in and enjoying my pictures. I allow morning coffee and after dinner time outside to watch and take pictures or videos of all the nature around me. Your right time gets away from me some days and it is hard to want to be inside. Especially having the pool, lake, nature and my dogs and hubby all who enjoy the outdoors just as much as me. My grown children well they like to have coffee and swim a bit but not to long they are always busy.
Take care and see you soon.
Thanks CarolV it has been awhile since we chatted. Going to have to get caught up. Anticipating the arrival of George and Gracie’s return.
This was a very windy day and George and Gracie ore on intruder alert babies Solar & Eclipse down pan-a- caking.
Now how about a Red Bird
My Osprey in Florida today
Or click on picture to see moving….
Ospreys- More and more Osprey Live Cams have officially started their Season so until our camera comes back on if you are missing the sound or missing the Ospreys here are 2 more beautiful Osprey Cams that have sound and rewind to hold you over until George & Gracie come home. Savannah Ospreys Cam 1 Cornell Lab Bird Cams Project
Started streaming 4 hours ago and Richmond Osprey Cam Wild Streaming Started streaming 6 hours ago.
Dont Forget Pink Shell has 3 eggs stil, Enjoying the Grand Ole Osprey Achieva-has eggs also University Florida http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/ospreycam/
Good thinking Rjoneal and thanks for sharing these links. Nita and I have a Facebook group for all three of these nests! Come join us, we’d love to see u.
Thanks, Rjoneal………..starting to feel the call………..
CarolV feeling the call, thats good since they will be home in about 3-4 weeks.
Shelli, thanks for the invite and I am so glad we have people like you and Nita to monitor the Eagles and Ospreys Nests. Our baby Eaglets will be leaving soon except for the Eagles Nests that are just getting started.
Thank you for these! I needed a little Osprey fix! Hope all it well!
Reply- Dawn nice to see you checking in and your welcome. Keep warm and be safe.
Just wondering, with March on the way, when the camera will be up and running. Very much looking forward to seeing Gorgeous George and Beautiful Gracie raise another wonderful family.
Hi Paula…we don’t have an answer for u at this time, but I promise to let u all know just as soon as we have a plan in motion! Have a great day 🤗
Hope everyone had a good weekend! And YEA! for everyone who has Monday off!(me)
Things seem so sad lately….hope this little bundle of sweetness puts a smile on your face.
This is Fiona. She’s a bit larger now and had a spot on the SuperBowl………
Here is picture of our babies from 2016
I apologize for the delay in posting your comments today. Nita has been running things here for me as I am swamped at the SWFEC nest.
However, Nita is unable to be with us for awhile. I wish I could say more, but out of respect for her and her family I cannot. I can say that she would welcome your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Thanks everyone and have a good evening! 🤗
2-16-18 Shelli Thanks for letting Osprey Zone Followers why the delay with posting. Love the Eagles and since they have the Live Cam right now with the babies, well you got to do what you got to do. Nothing but passing time here until our Osprey Family comes home so no hurry.
Did you see Harriet tried to get that snake bird in the nest? Poor thing she made so many stops on the way that bird was so heavy then just as she gets high to nest it falls to ground
Earlier with that big rabbit M15 finally took over for Harriet and got it in the nest just barely. We have some big rabbits here in Florida.
Thanks for the update on Nita’s situation she is in our prayers.
Oh yes, I saw all the action. Poor Harriet tried her best to get that Anhinga back to the nest last night. I was very concerned when she plummeted to the ground! I couldn’t find her. I was praying she wasn’t injured. Thankfully she flew to the attic shortly after and she was fine!
They finally got the big bird, a Anhinga, to the nest this morning. What a feast it was!
Shelli— Harriet’s trying to get the anhinga and the rabbit the other day— were amazing to see. She was determined as she has been since I have watched her. I know that they were heavy items, but I wonder if her age had something do with it. I know we have trouble doing things when we get older. Maybe animals do too.
Don’t go too crazy trying to do both ospreyzone and swfec. I am happy that they are separate times in the year so I have something to watch all year long. Take care.
Was t that something! She never ceases to amaze me! We don’t really have any studies on aging eagles but if they follow suit with other animals and birds then yes, things will become a bit more challenging with age.
But in this case the anhinga weighed about 3-4 lbs and that’s a lot to carry let alone to lift up 60 feet to the tree top. But she was determined and after a good night’s rest she was victorious!
To Nita and her family –our thoughts and prayers are with you……………..
Thank you so much Carol…I will pass this on ❤️
To all our Florida family…………….. Just wanted to say, even tho most of you may not be directly connected, how much we all grieve for the victims in the school shooting.
We all lose a piece of our serenity when that kind of unnecessary mayhem takes the lives of so many innocents. Say a prayer for their families and give extra love to your own.
Very well said CarolV thanks for posting. From Florida, Hugs
I didn’t know this was possible! Amazing !
Check this out imagine seeing this in your neighborhood 😮
ALL Osprey Zone Followers-
Yearly Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday-Sunday, I do this every year 2-3 but this is the easiest one to do,no pictures required. Audubon and others you take pictures to document your findings. Now everyone who loves birds go out in your yards or to the park and send your numbers on what kind of birds you see in your area. This really helps for all of us.
Osprey news – thanks to Becky R who made this video
And Pink Shell 3 eggs in the nest Uta G made video
If you have not seen this yet check out how beautiful this Great Blue Heron is they call Patience in Terrapin Cove. We all know how much I love my Great Blue Heron which I call Humphrey just like the one at Hog Island from all the pics I post of him or her.
2-15-18 And for the National Geographic news today the bird we all love Albatross.
And on that subject can you believe how fast this baby Albatross has grown just a couple of days ago he/she did not have one white feather now all white. Amazing the speed they grow and more amazing their life history and how adorable it is to watch them all bond.
Ranay – Beautiful video of the Albatross chick. Thank you. Helen
and here is another one
Ok here it is the White Peacock with feathers open enjoy 🙂
Dont forget to click on picture to see it better, thank you Osprey Zone
This is cute …
And for the Eagles, Thank you to AEF Here is Mr. President & The First Lady
That but a tear in my eye… Absolutely beautiful ….
They are so bonded and female completely has 1 goal to keep the eggs warm and dry no matter how much snow covers her up. The male really knows what it takes to keep his future in the eggs alive and warm along with his partner. Beautiful glad you liked it.
Wow – that was sensational. Thank you Ranay.
Thanks for the memory……..
Nature is infinite in her variety! Loved the dancing……it always amazes me the lengths some animals go to when looking for a mate! One of my favorites is the bower bird, which creates a “bower” with grasses then landscapes all around it with collected items meant to attract a female.
There are several varieties and styles may differ. Blue is an important color for some and they incorporate human trash(sound familiar) when they think it will appeal to the female(lighter color inspecting a nest). It seems as if the female chooses to mate with a male with a striking presentation-a dance goes with this stage presentation. The males are not monogamous and have nothing to do with nesting and rearing the chicks…….too busy dancing and decorating I guess.
CarolV I seen their dance and preparations it is amazing and love to watch documentary on these birds.
Red-Taied Hawk naming contest – help name Big Red’s new mate at Cornell University athletic field.
Sent in a name but accidentally sent it before I could comment why I chose it……….. oh,well……………..
Carol, I’m sorry I don’t understand…but it’s probably me lol – I’m brain dead.
Ohhhhh I get it now! Lol – awesome Carol, thanks! It will be fun to see what name they choose
Must see real short video on the Butterflies
Now this is really disturbing …you know my love for butterflies….lets hope next year there are no fires in CA and they come back..
June C- I know you love butterflies and I am hoping they can learn to adapt like other living things and maybe find other alternative spots to migrate if needed. Look at the Eagles and Ospreys they are living smack dab right in the middle of cities now and previously years ago Eagles did not come that close to civilization.
I saw that………it’s hard to believe they can come back from such a big loss. Hopefully, they relocated due to the conditions? They generally have such a specific diet requirement, that probably wouldn’t be easy.
Be somebodies Valentine Today, just do a kind deed or say a kind word not everyone has their loved ones, but they don’t have to feel alone today.
Happy Valentines Day Osprey Family & Followers, click on pic please
Valentines in 2016 fr Rjoneal and Emily
I made picture back in 2016 Emily added floating Hearts still love this picture
DON’T FORGET TO Click on Pictures to see effects
BETSY: I think those bees were related—-distinct family resemblance (;*}}
Rjoneal- love yr hawks…different from the more common ones here……….
Thanks CarolV I love my family hawks, Red Shoulder Hawk male and female live in tree down by the lake.
Can’t you just feel that SPRING is on its way?? Pretty soon our birds will be back, starting another family. Soo exciting. Found a dead female cardinal at my bird feeder this am. Sad but what to do? And I looked at seeds this morning at Lowe’s. Happy Valentines Day!!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Now that looks like me when I am running around trying to get my chores done. And since I love pink CarolV I love it. heee
some non-avian love…enjoy a chuckle…………….
CarolV that was so was very funny….I loved it when she looked back to make sure he was not going to take off again..
I had similar run-a-rounds with my son! Never had to climb a tree, tho!
I saw a video a while ago where the young baboon was having a kicking, jumping tantrum……most parents have been there………….the mother just sat there and let him flop all around her; I think he wanted to nurse and she said “un-uh, you’re done!
Kids are kids all across the species!
CarolV: That was cute!!
That is hysterical!!
See we changed from one non video to another non video………………………….
Here is my Hawk picture from today enjoy….
Click on pics so you can see them better please 🙂
Good to see nature win!
Right for once they reported good news.
I saw this on the weather channel on Long Island wanted to share
update egg 2 for Achieva
Thunder lays 1st Egg, if you never seen this view it is amazing and the weather conditions are crazy there too.
Plum Island, a former research center for communicable diseases, was closed down years ago. The government, at its usual glacial pace, has wavered on what to do with it. Local town government has lobbied to keep it as a wild life sanctuary while the feds seem to want to sell it to developers. In the current climate, where big business TRUMPS protecting the environment, it seems to be an uphill battle.
It’s sad isn’t it….and it’s only getting worse.
Hi Shelli nice to see you 🙂
Thanks Rjoneal, nice to see u all as well. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ❤️
I got this link in an email. It’s cute!!
Another cutie video!!
Betsy cute video, I have seen other eagle videos like this one and I love it when they put music that matches the activity. Thanks for sharing.
Rjoneal: I’m here — haven’t been on site in a bit!! I see there’s a lot to catch up on!!
Here’s a George fix!!
They’ll bee (hee hee) back again in no time!!
I wonder if the bees are related!! hee hee
Just noticing how I spelled my name!!
ok just checking, thanks for the George & Gracie pictures
ohhhh and the Bee lol
NFC- Thanks for kind words and posting.
ATTENTION OZ FOLLOWERS : all who want to listen and learn here is the info for classroom chat at Eagle Nest here in Florida with Shelli our Admin mod. Harriet & M15 babies are E10 & E11 They have so much info on this site and love, love, that you can control the camera now and move it yourself from your own home the 360 camera view. Awesome.
SWFEC will be hosting a Classroom Session for Mrs. Comstocks’ 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy in Bayside, NY on 2-8-18 at 11am (EST). We hope you can join us.
CarolV are you back to work, vacation over? It is never long enough is it… Hope you got some much needed rest and relaxation while you were off.
Betsy it has been awhile do you got a picture or info to post?
Theresa if you have any other pics you want to share please do every one loved your peacock pics. You really started a trend. lol
Trinity been awhile since we heard from you?
Helen good to see you checking in.
Hi ! I spotted some hawks along the Garden State Parkway in NJ last weekend, has me looking forward to the return of our birds 🦅 😊
Trinity arent they beautiful, I love my family Hawks, I will try and post a pic on Saturday or Sunday for you. The Female Hawk and Male Hawk hank out in my yard all the time.
Hi Nita today was 80 degrees I almost felt guilty for all that are having another round of winter snow and storms but it passed. Hope everyone is safe out there. Be careful 🙂
Nita, Thanks for keeping up with me today on site I knew you would like the owls.
you’re very welcome and I do love my owls ❤︎
I’m glad it didn’t hit 80 here in Ga! I thought 70 was going to melt me 😉
I sure hope winter’s not over here!
We were under a tornado warning, sirens blazing but thank God it never happened whew!
Oh my Nita after seeing your post I watched the local news. They showed damage to cars, sheds, houses, and so on from what they said was a tornado that did hit down briefly in Georgia. No one hurt and min damage looked like it hit maybe a block or 2 but mostly down trees and stuff that was laying outside.
As a survivor of a tornado in Nebraska were the only part left of our house were the stairs and the basement we were staying in I fear tornados.
So glad you are ok.
Believe it or not we do get a lot of tornado watches and warnings in Florida too.
But what I really hate we do not have tornado sirens. No basement of course.
Sorry to hear that Rjoneal, tornadoes and hurricanes are forces to be reckoned with.
One good thing is the tornadoes in Fl. are never as huge as the ones you had in Ne. and here in Ga. One went through a few years ago that was a mile wide. It was north of me. I saw many in Ft. Laud too and they did do some damage especially in trailer parks =(
Here We Go Again- at Pink Shell they already did a rescue for the fishing line and hook at the beginning of January and now there is a hook and fishing line in nest visible again.
I think I saw 3 eggs??????
Below are just some videos and info to keep you going until our Osprey Family comes home.
But 1st ….
And to get us ready for our family here is a video from Betsy from the Good Old Days 🙂
They are just the sweetest couple ❤︎
Owls owls owls….
I’ve been Charlo and those owls seem to have settled in…….hope it’s just a winter vacation home! The resident couple had to wrestle their nest back from geese last year……..hope the owls haven’t become tooooo comfortable……
Update on Achieva-
1st Egg at Achieva and fish for mom
Update on Pink Shell
Now for the Eagles update AEF- NEFL Nest we have Sky who shows off his/hers first branching and hoovers yeah!
Here is very short clip Bald Eagle hatching up close
SWFL Eagles update
And one of my Favs 3 Eagles 2 males and 1 new female this year Trio-Nest
Thanks for sharing all the videos. I will look at them later today. I am having a classroom session with Shelli at 11am today at South West Florida eagle nest. It all happened because I posted here ( my first year posting) about showing the students the eagles and ospreys. Shelli told me I should do a session. We have been working on it for the last few months. Hopefully it will all go well. I am so glad that Shelli recommended it, that she works here now and that I have gotten brave enough to post. I have copied many pictures from all of the posters here. Looking forward to season 4. (Mrs.Comstock— on swfl here nfc
Our classroom session went well….in fact it was awesome! I’m so glad it all came together. I really enjoyed spending time with you, 88 students, other staff and the principal (even the nurse and librarian got involved lol) how cool is that!! Thanks again for allowing us to come into your classrooms.
p.s. I would love to see the eagle shirt u wore lol. 🤗
One of my favs of Gracie and the babies enjoy
2-7-18 Just a quick pic …
Our sweet babies from last season….
A maze for fun
click on picture to make big and print.
Thanks for the puzzles, Rjoneal! They are two of my favorites – word searches and mazes! 🙂
2-7-18 Chris H thanks I am glad you like, I too like word-search keeps my brain sharp, nice you are still checking in and thanks for posting. Take care
Here are two beautiful photos of a peacock, taken by my partner, Frank, when we were in Croatia last May. The peacocks run wild on Locrum Island, which is just a short ferry ride from the Old Walled City of Dubrovnik.
Wow gorgeous Theresa!
Wow, I second Nita, gorgeous here is my pic nothing like yours Theresa.
Spectacular. Thank you for sharing.
Hi..This peacock lives at the Grand Oaisi hotel in Cancun Mexico….rear white…we are going back in May and will try n get a better picture
Thanks, Rjoneal, for the eclipse pic and all your birds.
This was my efforts on getting the eclipse. One from my stoop on the way out to work; one from the car( shush, taken while driving). By the time I got to work, the sun was taking over………
okay……….I didn’t post that sideways……….interesting…………………….
CarolV thanks for your pics here is what I got but like I said I did not get a view of the moon red.
It never got really red here either, but last glances before sun took over, it had a cast to it, not the full white it had been. Just wasn’t our turn on the East Coast for the full show…….
Looking a little worse for wear, the groundhogs were dragged from their homes and, not surprisingly, disagree on the arrival of Spring! But don’t ask the weathermen……they can’t get tomorrow right!
So have a great day and enjoy the wait…………
Lol for sure Carol =D
Thank you Rjoneal and others for posting such lovely pictures which brighten up the cold winter months. You are so fortunate to have such a variety of beautiful birds on your doorstep. Best wishes to all. Spring is not far away.
Isobel- Thanks, we are all glad you are enjoying the pictures and that you are checking in. Stay warm and safe and soon our Osprey Family will be home again.
1-31-18 Here are my pics for today….
Click on the pictures to see better and pic #2 for more pictures
Now I know the red birds pics are blurry but I was actually inside house took pic through patio glass door. Just wanted to share.
Thanks for sharing…
Lovely cedar waxwings right? I’ve yet to see them up close.
I love to watch the cardinals too. Soon I will see this behavior in my backyard too.
All I have is an iPhone so it’s hard to get photos from my window, my feeders are too far away!
If you want to watch LIVE The Lunar Eclipse
Rjoneal: Thanks for the video!! I watched it live this morning — was at the beach at 5:30 am!! Even though the east coast had only a partial eclipse, it was a pretty substantial partial!! Gorgeous to watch!!
Betsy lucky you this is like the 2 or 3 rd time you got to go to beach to watch in person the moon.
Although the beach is real close I did not go. I looked several times where I lived but not a good view.
Rjoneal: I gotta tell you though, I was a little nervous at that time of the morning — a few cars and all dark there except for the moon … I think I watch too much on the ID channel!! 😀 😀
Betsy I would be a little nervous too, you have to be careful crazy people out there.
Nita thank you for posting some wonderful pictures.
I will take a pic today and post tonight.
It got down to 30 here this morning burrr. Ice on some roads but they put sand down. I know not cold for all the other followers but cold for Fl. It is sunny and high today 40s.
Finally tomorrow back to Fl weather so they say.
Can you believe how fast all the baby eaglets are growing. Soon pink shell and Achivia will have baby Ospreys can’t wait.
Wow that’s almost as cold as I got last night! I think it was 27 here.
I know those eagles are so big now! Yes can’t wait for chicks at Pink Shell and eggs at Achieva 1st egg laid last year on 2/7 =) Hoping they have matured enough to bring the chicks to fruition this year =)