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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.
Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.
Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.
Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.
Best wishes, and good luck,
John W. Fitzpatrick
Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
Academy of Natural Sciences
It takes 5 to 6 weeks for incubation for the eggs to hatch. That means the first egg came 5-23 that means it will hatch the end of this month or the beginning of July.
It takes 5 to 6 weeks for incubation of the eggs to hatch. The first egg was 5-23 so that would bring that egg to hatch about the end of this month to the 1st of July.
I wonder if someone would set up a platform for Gracie nearby the OZ nest, would she occupy it?
George was sitting on the eggs and had just had a brief alarming session when Jane flew back to the nest with a blowfish …
After a brief alarming session (look at George looking at the fish!!) …
Though bubble above George’s head in this pic- “You’ve GOT to be kidding! I know she is young, but seriously?”
Leesa: Good one!!
Jane fly-hopped, or rather, tried to fly-hop, to the right side of the nest, knocking in to George and then having trouble getting passed him …
George followed and stood next to her – I think he was trying to horn in on the fish …
He stood next to Jane for a while and then made his way back toward the eggs, continuing to look over at Jane and the fish …
Forget the eggs!! George started making his way back to Jane. I don’t know what happened, but the next thing the fish went flying backward through the air …
and landed in the nest. George wasted no time “running” to the fish!!
picked it up with his beak …
and then finally, after a little trouble, grabbed it with his foot …
and away he flew with it!!
Oh too funny!!! Where’s the green ribbon when you need it!
Maybe they popped it! Can’t wait to get home and see that on a bigger screen!
CarolV: Wait until you read the information about blowfish/puffer fish in the links provided by SMCF!! Gasp!!
Wow! That’s some “ fish story” Betsy! Good thing you have pics to prove it! Lol
Jane gave a big yawn!!
A sparrow flitted as Jane was dozing
Another close fly-by at around 06:16 am. Jane went backward over the edge of the nest as she was trying to fend off the intruder. No clear picture of intruder but I wonder if it’s Gracie again — the persistence makes me think so. I hope she doesn’t take this to the death. I hope the rest of the day is calm!!
Someone started buzzing the nest early …
Jane this am. I just thought this was a really pretty picture.
Jane on the nest early this a.m.
Incoming to perch didn’t excite Jane so must be George, arriving with the sun. I didn’t see him taking a turn yet, as of 7a.m., unless I missed something on quick scroll.
As usual, off to work for me so HAGD, everybody!
Pest alert this morning…………..
Jane was happy in the sunshine, breeze blowing up her tail feathers
But earlier, I see trouble on the horizon……..
Get away, pest!
I’ll bite your toes!
Jane made a jump for it, but……………
… the wind blew her out backwards! She recovered nicely and got back to the nest.
Gracie, dear, what’s going on? How and why did this become,
the nest you’ve known for years gone by, the mate who always stood by your side,
have now been taken from your grasp, another female walking your path.
We’re all confused, as you must be, so hard to watch not two but three,
fight for this place, this nest, this home, and know you’re out there all alone.
Nature can be strange at times, cruel and ruthless in human minds.
The truth is that God knows what’s best, His plan for all to withstand this test.
To watch you struggle, though, ”tis rough, wondering when you will say “enough.”
Please do take care, stay safe and free, let George and Jane and their 3 eggs be,
two thousand eighteen’s OZ fam, the ones who we watch every day on the cam.
And maybe next year things will change back to what’s normal, you back in range.
We love you, Gracie, yes it’s true. We only want what’s best for you.
For now, relax, fish, sleep, and then, the next day do it all again.
You won’t have chicks this year although, we’ll miss you daily but hope you know
that you are missed and thought of much, please stay safe, Gracie, from all of us.
Leesa Downs: Why, oh why, must you always make me cry??!! That poem is just absolutely beautiful!
PS – I didn’t even make to near the end of your poem like your last one; I was bawling by the end of the second line!!
I’m at work and had to stop reading cause I’m likely to cry. Another one to wait till tonight
Leesa– another great poem for us. Thanks for sharing.
Lessa…whats in our hearts you capture them in your poems…..absolutely beautiful…
Thanks, June, Carol, Betsy, and NFC. When I read the posts you all write, I realize there are others who feel just like me. Happy for Jane and George, yet sad for Gracie, and a bit scared for what might happen later this year. We all have our place in this adventure, and it’s great to be sharing it with so many wonderful and caring people.
So perfectly stated… beautifully done Leesa… thank you… hard not to cry…
No overnighter tonight for George! He flew from the nest at 21:21:05 and Jane hopped down from the perch to sit less than a minute later.
George is just the cutest!!
And, here’s “our” Jane
PS – see the little sparrow on the left 😀
Flag Day, June 14th!
CarolV: I forgot!! Thanks for the reminder!!
Here’s a different view!!
George and Jane swapped places at 17:07, George arriving empty-taloned …
Jane flew off, empty-beaked and empty-footed, and then George sat on the eggs …
George had been alarming, so Jane flew back to the nest to help – notice what she’s carrying!!…
Miss Independent Woman ! Love her !
Trinity: A thought just occurred to me!! Maybe she has a boyfriend on the side and he “bought” her dinner — and that’s where she spent last night …. maybe that’s why she comes home late so often!! Out on dates with him!! 😀
Again this sounds like one of my past relationships ! 😀 haaaaaaa
Trinity: 😀 😀
they had a joint alarming session …
then George flew off …
Jane finished the fish …
then sat on the eggs!
Earlier…………….shake, shake, shake…
……..shake, shake , shake……………..shake, those rain drops…………
and a little- well, big- flapping can’t hurt!
Currently 68 with overcast sky….possibly another shower coming thru around midnight.temps dropping to 52 around dawn.
Sunny day tomorrow with temps in mid 70s.
Just got home and logged in to see George arrive. Haven’t watched video or caught up on comments……
That’s probably George out over the water…….. Jane wasn’t alarming….
Is she working George’s bumper guard out of the nest?
George comes in and Jane has a long conversation with him before going out herself.
Jane came back with this fish……… guess she went thru the local fly-thru.
There was an intruder causing them much annoyance.
CarolV: I should know better than to be eating when I read your comments!! … rice is no fun to cough up!!
Do you want fries with that? Lol
Jane returned from her break looking sopping wet. Gracie always used to look drenched when it rained, too. I think George must secretly put Rain-X on his feathers!! 😀
Shaking out her feathers
After George and Jane swapped places, Jane went on a cleaning spree tidying up around the egg bowl …
That piece of plastic George brought earlier caused a lot of trouble for her, flapping and blowing in the wind and covering the eggs, but it really became her nemesis when her foot slipped through a hole in it and the plastic became wrapped around her leg, dragged around with her like the chains of Marley’s ghost.
Apparently, George read the comments about how neat and clean the nest was, with only seaweed, sticks, leaves, and grass! “Oh, that’s right!! I thought something was missing!!”
Where does he get this stuff?
Bobbie: Beats me!
We humans are generous with our garbage…………
Looks like landscape fabric
Isabella: I think you’re right!!
Next week we will be at the 30 day mark since the first egg was layed! Hopefully we will see some babies soon!!
Elena: Oh my gosh, that went really fast!!
I wonder whose feather? Jane’s or Gracie’s?? 😀
I thought the exact same thing when I saw him bring it in!
Great news! Such a beautiful bird.
“Blech!! I can’t believe George brought this dirty old carpet home … and put it in the nursery …”
“Oomph … It belongs outside!!”
CarolV: Wowwwwee!! Where do you find the time to post so much on 2 spots?! 😀 😀 😀 I have enough trouble on one!!
For one thing, I’m not driving back and forth dealing with mr. schmuck how many times in the ast couple of weeks??? And you do fine anyway!
CarolV: Thanks!! They (he and his lawyer) say “Hurry up, get your things out” — then they say “you can’t come this day and you can’t come this day nor this day.” I wish I could sue someone for being a donkey!! 😀
Jane up close … get your fix after the harrowing events of yesterday!!
George brought a nice partial fish for Jane which she promptly grabbed with her beak. She paused at the right side of the nest for a few seconds, making all kinds of squealing noises, before flying away with it … I think she was trying to grab the fish with her foot!
Jane was back about 13 minutes later, fish in foot, landing on the left back corner of the nest …
She stood there for a little more than a half a minute before fly-hopping to the other side of the nest …
where she stood near George for a bit, while he looked longingly at the fish, …
He looked longingly at the fish, not at Jane… he has his priorities….
Meli: You should have seen him this morning looking back and forth from the eggs to the leftover fish … fish won!! 😀
Lol he loves his fish…. 🙂
and then she flew away …
Funny… don’t think I’ve seen that before….reassurance? Yes I know. Human feelings yada yada……
OK… I anthropomorphize!!!!
Always have always will. Is there a 12 step program??
CarolV: I think we all do, or at least most of us do!! I think, as long as it’s not extreme, it helps us relate to animals and to understand them better!!
George brought a mat of debris to the nest …
It looks like George is trying to find some blankets to help keep the eggs warm when he has to go and get something to eat. I also want to comment on some people saying that Gracie was trying to stomp on the eggs. That’s not what it looked like to me, it looked like that was how she landed and the way the nest is she was stumbling to get her footing. Also, if these eggs turn out to be non viable it won’t be because of anything Gracie did. It won’t be for lack of trying on George’s part either!
Paula: I agree 100%!!
And, I want to add, that I think Jane is doing the best she knows how!!
And it won’t be for lack of trying on Jane ‘s part either!
I totally agree with you. I don’t see anything that looks deliberate. Looks like she was just stumbling around and watching out for an attack.
When can we begin looking forward to seeing the eggs hatch? Timeline? Thanks, I do not get to watch very often.
We will be in pip watch around the 30th of June. However, we don’t know if the first egg is viable as it was left unattended for a few days….but u never know, they may have been delaying incubation and it will hatch.
Admin Shelli: In the 2 years that I watched, Gracie barely sat on the first egg until about a day/day and a half after she laid it. I always thought it was instinctively to delay incubation so the chicks hatch closer together, but I couldn’t find any documentation to that effect. I also noticed that she would barely feed the first chick, if at all, until the 2nd egg hatched or just before it hatched. In fact, the first year I watched (2016) I was so upset at not seeing the chick, who was really begging, get fed that I posted that Gracie was a horrible mother!! I had read “Once the chick is out, it will not have to be fed right away because before it hatches, it absorbs the yolk and uses that for early nourishment.” (I had gotten that info from http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/osprey_cam_blog06/archives/2006_05.html and from http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/osprey_cam_blog06/archives/000152.html, but the page can no longer be found on the server). Nonetheless, it was still disquieting to see!!
Yes, you’re absolutely right…some raptors do delay incubation and yes, the yolk they absorb right before hatch can nourish them for a couple days if need be.
Look who just walked in the door!!
Yea!! Sweet Jane!
So nice to see Jane again. Said a prayer for her last night. First I asked myself a silly question, can you pray for an osprey? Why not, it’s one of God’s creatures!
Isabella: Of course we can!!
I think animals have spirits which are similar to souls for me! If I see a dead animal while driving I always say a quick prayer for it’s spirit’s journey
So happy to see Jane back! (At work and misbehaving )so I can’t take pictures! Yay!
CarolV: Looks like you’re yay-ing ’cause you can’t take pictures!! 😀 😀 😀 😀
I know. Saw that later!
808,am Jane returns to the nest they chat for a moment he leaves and she returns to eggs
Subject of chat:
G: Where have you BEEN! So worried!
J: Your crazy ex- drove me ragged
!!! Almost got lost since I’m not that familiar with the area yet. And it got late…. Had to get away! Stayed at the nestel down the beach 🏝….. I’m ok 🙂
Carol: That’s the BEST yet!! 😀 😀 😀
BTW!!!!! Did ya ever tell her it was over???? Cauz she sure doesn’t act like it!!!!
Sounds like one of my past relationships 😀
Trinity: Oh, no!!
Temp now 57- rising toabout 60 @ 2:00 pm and dropping thru the evening…..cloudy, rain likely thru evening and overnight…….. Showing rain now for Th & Fri……….. should be a dampener for the US Open………. HAGD
And changed again. Looks better for the Open. See how many times it changes
The first thing I did when I woke up was to see if Jane had come back. I saw George sitting on the nest.
So, I scrolled back to see if Jane ever returned. As soon as there was enough light on the nest to make out details and the sleeping bird lifted its head, I saw that it was George …
He got up, flew off for a short 2-minute break and then returned to sit on the eggs …
Good papa, handsome George on the eggs …
At 4:49 am, George went over to the fish he’d left there last evening and ate a little of it on the nest before flying off with it …
He was back a little over 15 minutes later to resume sitting …
And, there he still is as I post …
Betsy… I watched live early this morning, went to bed at 5:10 am. Told myself,” Betsy will scroll back & post pics with info “ and you did! If Jane comes back before I check back in,Betsy will have pic and caption,and you did! Also,thx,now I have addicted to love in my head! Lol!
Issabella: You’re welcome!! It was my pleasure to get the song in other people’s heads besides mine!!
Had a bite of insta-breakfast
Took his fish for a quick walk……………
and back to work………….. he’s doing a lot of calling right now @ 5:25.
and I gottahustle….running late now…… can’t resist checking in here!
🎜 Your lights are on, but you’re not home
Your mind is not your own
Your heart sweats, your body shakes 🎝
Another look is what it takes
🎝You can’t sleep, you can’t eat
There’s no doubt, you’re in deep
Your throat is tight, you can’t breathe
Another peek is all you need 🎜
Whoa, you like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough
You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to OZ 🎜
😀 😀 😀
Morning all at 450am George starting eating the rest of the fish hurriedly something caught his attention he chirped and flew away with the fish
4:30 am. Still George on nest
Mamma Mia come home!
4:45 am. George is looking all around. Got up about 4:50. Started eating fish. Then flew off with fish
5:00 am. Just me and the eggs!
5:05 am. George is back with fish. Warning off intruder. Sat down on eggs. These poor eggs will hatch on a wing and a prayer!
Isabella: I think you’re right.
Well they will have 2 wings…….👀😇
Well, one good thing!! With Jane often not coming back to the nest until way after dark, George is at least prepared for the night shift!!
8:45pm George ate as fast as he could swallow, then back to nestie the eggs…he is a wonderful Daddy….half dinner waiting for Jane….where are you, Momma? xoxo
Was camera always this bad at night? No IR? Praying for Jane to come home. Where are you Mamma Mia?!
Isabella: A full moon is our IR!! 😀
Wondering if this was Jane, looks like a ‘heavy’ necklace also heard another osprey alerting while George was on nest…
Renee: Could be. Hard to tell. These are pictures of Jane I found on the spur of the moment. The leg feathers in the 2nd picture seem similar to the bird in your picture. Can’t really tell about the wing feathers, though.
Renee: I just got up to that part of the video stream … I don’t think it is Jane. She made no effort to sit on the eggs, plus George seemed to chase her away.
Thank you…At hat time there were 3 Os flying around, the only sure one was George w/fish.
Poor George. He had to go and get his supper. Still no Jane or Gracie.
George finally got hungry………
Just briefly, this bird touched down……………..right before…….
…..George touched down………….
Yelling at it…………
They both seemed to be on the right very briefly,; that looks like George, I think, as someone sits on nest……. then off.
Need a scorecard to find out who’s on first! Rename these guys Abbott and Costello!
20:38…. George is back, with a cute “freckle”…
Has seconds on dinner………..
Keep your eggies close and your fishy closer!
Possible midnight snack and early pre-cooked breakfast………..
And watch out for thieves!
George finally flew off around 8:04 pm.
Was a beautiful day…….. high was about 70…. now 64……. dropping to mid/high 50s tonight………. possible showers tomorrow…..
Okay, we need a little levity! You know how George plays with things? Well, …
Betsy— thanks for the video. That is the kind of videos we all enjoy seeing— the silly things that happen.
nfc: You’re welcome! I was thinking along the lines of Steel Magnolias: “Things were getting entirely too serious for a moment. We needed to laugh.”
Too funny! Thanks for posting, Betsy….yes, we definitely needed that. I got such a kick out of it I replayed it 3X in a row!
Thx Betsy! Seems George decided hat was not his style! Lol
ChrisH and Isabella: You’re welcome. It was just so stressful yesterday, I’m glad something so funny happened on the nest!!
The last time I saw Jane was about 1130 George had been on the eggs since around noon no sign of her since
George caught a fish, as of 8:53 he’s egg sitting with a late night snack next to him .
I am a little concerned, but not overly so, that we haven’t seen Jane back at the nest since about 11:30 am, not even when George alarmed. I remember reading a couple of years ago on the Osprey Camera Blog (Chesapeake Osprey Cam) “… our Audrey went missing in action for over twenty four hours …” https://ospreycamerablog.wordpress.com/2016/05/
I think Jane is somewhere nearby, gathering herself together after the day’s brutal events, and that she will return when she is ready.
George was out VERY briefly and eggs look OK at this angle…….
George getting “bored”….. playing with grass…….
“Can you see me now?”
Cute CarolV! George playing “peek a boo”
I’ve been watching George for the past hour or so, all of this turmoil is almost too much to take in. Jane is really a great defender of her eggs and new home. I’ve been worrying about the three adults all day.
My heart is breaking for our George………………. how long can he hold out? I watched him earlier. It looked like he threw up castings and maybe ate them again… Would that be nrmal or is he hungry and trying to holdout?
And both Jane and Gracie…………… ????? I know it’s reality, nature, etc….. It’s just so hard………….
I’m starting to get very worried about George. He’s been on the nest for over 5 hours now and no sight of anyone else. He needs to eat and I don’t think he’ll leave the eggs alone!
Same here Paula 😔
Just went back to last page when I realized we had turned another one. Hate to miss anything! Hope everyone knows about this feature.
MIKE MARTIN: I’m glad you liked that name for our soap opera! But in truth there was a previous discussion about soap opera derivations for the OZ story( can’t remember if here or on facebook) and that was a good one that I happened to remember. Wish I had a name for you to give proper credit.
BETSY- Thanks for the mobbing info. Kindda knew the basics but was an interesting read…
TRINITY– Sound of Music a staple on my favorites of all time list…… Christopher Plummer- who at 88 is having a career resurgence- was just on a talk show. He still says he was never happy about his performance in that movie! While we all loved Capt. Von Trapp!
CarolV: Love that movie!!
CarolV.. that was Elaine. “As the nest turns “. I think yours was “general osprey “ and “all my osplets”, mine was “ the bold and the feathered “ & “osprey lane”
After doing a quick read thru comments at lunchtime, I was almost afraid to look when I got home! I still am not ready to watch videos or even look at fight pics…..
I did a scrollback and, unless I missed something, it appears George has been on nest for 4 hrs. Can anyone corroborate?
I did get a chuckle out of George’s security bumper guard………..
12:54EDT…… George stretching, scratching and egg fluffing
And another adjustment…… I see he was doing some calling, too.
Went with my 4:10 post
Haven’t seen Jane at the nest since George came back to sit on the eggs at around 11:30 am. Hope she (as well as Gracie) is okay.
I usually don’t post but want to reply to a post by Betsy. This is in regard to a photo dated 6/5 at 16:36 hours. Everyone is looking to see if the intruder is Gracie but look at the one egg. It looks like the end is cracked. Just wondering if you see what I see. Thanks!
Laura: Hi! I originally thought the egg was cracked, too, when I first saw it the fight. I reviewed the video at the time and it was just a strand of seaweed over the egg!! Phew!!
Thank you for letting me know this Betsy. Now, lets hope Jane returns!
Laura: Let’s hope so.
WOW ! So much excitement ! I haven’t checked in for a few days so I missed all this drama ! So has Jane won the nest battle for now ? If it’s Gloria, will she just take over nest sitting or will she boot the eggs out and try for her own ? Has George been seen during all this ? I’ve gotta stay tuned to this station !! 🙂
Ugh. I knew that ! (face palm)
NANCY: It could be worse!! Just last week I sent an email to the attorney who’s been helping us out with a problem we’re having with a contractor upstate … and I addressed him by the contractor’s name!! 😀
Hi Everyone. I have some comments from the third graders that I got this morning around 10am. During their class the live cam was very quiet and the ospreys weren’t even on the nest. Before typing their responses I read of the action this am. I am glad it didn’t happen when I had the class. It is so upsetting to see this part of nature. I showed the class the picture of the nest and a video from 2015 when the ospreys were bringing in the twigs. Here are their comments and questions:
William and Lucas both said— the eagles eggs were white. These are different colors.
Michael and Giana said that ospreys must like their nests up high like the picture so that no other animal can get there to hurt the babies.
Chloe’s comment— the eagles only laid two eggs. The ospreys laid 3 eggs.
Kiara and Annissa mentioned that they must live near the water so that they can get food.
The students said that they put grass in the nest to cushion the eggs.
After looking at the video and talking about how they fly , the students said that the ospreys land like a helicopter. They saw George and Gracie landing on the video. I told them that a helicopter is named after the osprey. (My husband was the one who told me that when I first started watching the ospreys.)
Happy reading. I do hope that the attacks stop on the nest before one or both of the females gets hurt or worst.
I just love reading your classroom updates!
Shout out to the third graders! Yay!
Great job everyone 🤗
Love reading the kids’ comments! Very observant about the helicopter! TY!
nfc: Wow! They’re really starting to put the pieces together!
~Hi everyone – here are some shots of Gracie taken today… Gosh, it’s all just SO horrible for all of them and we who love them. ♥
~Also, one of the eggs has marks on it, might be from all the scuffling and battling – might not be…
God bless her – God bless them all. ♥
Their precious eggs – may they be blessed to survive the battling. ♥
Not sure, but are you talking about that dark, squiggly line on the egg? It looks like a piece of nesting to me. Hard to tell.
Best I could do without total blur…….. do you mean the white spot?
Sorry, Shelli, for lack of tagline……..
SmokyMtnCreatureFan: I reviewed the video. No, it’s not a hole in the egg — it’s a white spot in the splotch of brown of the eggshell.
Hi look at the egg closet to water..it looks like a puncture…
June c: That picture is from around 7:50 am or so, yes? It’s a piece of dried grass sticking up — wafts with the wind!! 🙂
Hi Betsy..yes it was around 7:50….Then that is good news…
Best I could do…..
Is that an egg in front of the other two? Does it look broken? So much guessing with all the bedding and shadows……….
Rocky: is that the egg you questioned?
OOPS! Wrong mountains! Sorry, SMCF!- Smoky!
I post the above video as it clearly shows great views of Gracie, albeit 2016. This is a great way to study her for yourself here, in case you remain uncertain re the intruder these days being Gracie.
These videos are heart wrenching.
They ARE Trinity – I hate it for Gracie and I hate it for ALL of them. =(
OMG…this terrible…you can see her stomping….if these eggs hatch will be a miracle……
I just saw an email from Rjoneal who had been notified by June c that Gracie was at the nest this morning!! 8:07 am!!
Looks like Gracie landed on the nest.saw it happen in a flash,but I believe I saw her spot!
If not Gracie,they are chasing someone. George tried to eggsit couple of times,but intruder is insistent!
George tried to eggsit 10:15. Lasted couple minutes. Then again 10:34. Off again!
10:42 am. Eggs are home alone!
11:07 am. George back on eggs.
11:17 am. Off again!
The intruder is Gracie at 900 she landed in the nest and stomped on the eggs again she is clearly trying to destroy the eggs
Yes Miker, that’s what I saw too. Hope she didn’t succeed!
Hi Miker – All due respect to your take on it, I’ve watched the video over and over, and to me – no, she was not trying to stomp on eggs. She simply landed as she did in the nest – I don’t see that as a conscious and purposeful attempt to crush the eggs. Rather I see it as it’s simply how and where she landed.
Hey Betsy – Thanks for affirmations. By the way, thank you also for your response to me some time ago re other creatures and their having their very own thoughts and feelings. I loved your response and also the video of Carl Safina! So yes indeed, thank you very much for that! ‘Love all your pix, stories and commentaries – Bravo and keep on going! =)
SmokyMtnCreatureFan: You’re very welcome!!
Hi….happy to see that you guys don’t think it was not on purpose…..
Jane getting ready to jump up to the perch
That was quite the scene at 808am Hope the eggs are ok
8:34am Wow, lots going on, battling with intruder, just saw , I believe, Gracie(spot under wing) land fora few seconds on nest. Jane and George have been in and out of nest for at least an hour now…..
A lot of action this am at 820 am intruder landed in the next and stomped on the eggs appeared to do it on purpose.
Hi All.. I haven’t been on OZ much this year. I was away most of May and didn’t walk much past the nest. However to my best recollection in April, when I first spotted 2 ospreys at the nest, I swear it was Gracie by her chatter..hers is very unique. Later on when I did walk under it, I knew it wasn’t her, as she flew off before I even got close..Gracie never did that. I would always call up and say Hi, Gracie”, she would look down and pay me no mind. Around Memorial Day( when I returned home) I walked down my beach and before I reached the nest, on the edge of the western part of Tommy’s property, his landscaper had mowed. I found more than a dozen adult osprey feathers in the grass. My heart sunk, there’s something foul,smelling in the woods nearby. Questions started going thru my head. Did Gracie come back in April before cameras were on and some how get injured or killed? There have been so many osprey flying over my house , I gave no clue who they are or where they ate nesting. There are several nests within a mile of us.
I signed on to OZ this a.m. and started reading some past posts. If I read correctly, Gracie was spotted in a battle with George and Jane on the 8th, who do the feathers I found in May belong to?
As I sit here typing this I swear Gracie is outside my window screeching. I wish the camera had audio so some of you expert followers could help verify if it’s wishful thinking on my part or if Gracie is really still here and ok! If any of you should want to investigate this, you are welcome to my home..My covered porch is over 40′ long, you could sit and listen for her.
Hi Holly…I don’t know if you saw my first comment….I would love to take a ride out…tap my avatar my email is there…
I scrolled back just now to as soon as there was enough light to be able to discern who was on the nest and it was Jane. I wonder if she spent the whole night on the eggs!
This is Jane on the nest this evening. I watched (skimmed) until the view was pitch-black, no shift changes.
Jane dropped down from the perch and then moved over to stand right in front of the camera. Meanwhile, George, who had been sitting on the eggs got up to fly away.