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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. birdRJSviewer July 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      At 17:44 it looks like Jane stepped on little #1 Skittles. Hope he/she is okay. Then at 18:39 little Skittles got caught in some material around his/her neck. I hope it comes off.

    2. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      After not being able to hear sound, now I’m getting what sounds like wind or waves, but no bird sounds.

    3. Admin Nita July 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Hungry chick gets fed

      • MargaretR July 3, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

        Thank you for keeping us posted

      • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        Thank u Nita…I have been away from the cam for a few hours!
        This is good to hear…I love seeing babies in food comas lol 😝

        • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm - Reply

          And I want to say how wonderful it is to have u back with us!
          I missed u terribly and so did the others 💕💕💕

    4. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Looks like Jane needed some ME time.. She took off so fast, I think George was startled!

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Jane was gone maybe 5-6 mins. When she got back, she took the fish from George, who was still snacking. She downed it all, to the last fin……
        Squirmy made a 1/2 hearted rally, but look at that bulging neck! Now she/he has a clump of grass encircling her/his neck. Jane settles on it all, so hopefully, the grass loop will work off or break.

    5. Mary Drotar July 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Do you think George is hanging around the nest so much because Jane is new at this? That would be incredible behaviour.

    6. Candi July 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      is there any sound as I don’t seem to get it? Love the baby and hope that all the eggs will hatch!!

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:32 pm - Reply

        I was about to mention that! I thought it might be my computer, as it’s had a vendetta against me lately……..
        every where I can, sound turned to max and just a faint sound comes through!

    7. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Looks like Squirmy is living up to the name!

      George brought a fish to the right side. Jane went over and started eating…….(G was coming back down from perch)

      Just as an aside….. the male eats the heads, usually before delivery, not out of chivalry, but because the head is high in nutrition. If the male is not fit, chances are no one will eat.(some exceptions, as we’ve seen elsewhere)
      Then the female must eat to be able to take care of the chicks…………… it’s not selfish, it’s survival……

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        Squirmy is putting those little elbows to good use and heading for the food giver………..

        • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

          When Jane flies out, the kid refocuses on George, squirming left again.

          • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

            Jane comes back right after……. probably needed to reposition………. Squirmy is scoping her out, peeking around egg

            • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm

              ATTENTION! Private Squirmy reporting for chow!

            • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm

              For whatever reason, Jane left the fish on left, checked on Squirmy and continued to the right. When the tailfeather curtain lifted, George had gotten the fish and was doing an excellent job…………

            • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm

              As Squirmy starts to flag, Jane gets some bonding/feeding time.
              When Jane takes the fish back, Squirmy tries to rally, but food coma setting in………..
              Jane puts a lid on it.

            • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm

              Jane puts a lid on the nest cup….
              George reclaims the fish and just hangs around, eventually snacking….

            • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm

              At ease soldier! Funny CarolV!

            • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

              For anyone not familiar with a food coma…. Exhibit A


            • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm

              I love hearing this! 😍

          • Trinity July 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

            Private Squirmy….as a huge Mash fan that had me cracking up !!!

    8. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Looks like air-conditioning turned up to MAX

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

        I need Feathers!

    9. Isabella July 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      About 17:15…look at baby O go! Scooting along using his wings. Too cute!

    10. Bonnie July 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      At 15:03:08 think the more white egg is pipping.

      • Bonnie July 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

        At 15:03:08 think the more white egg is pipping. I am so afraid with her ‘newness’ and seemingly lack of patience with feeding this chick the dad will be doing more work. Glad he is catching dinner and doing some feeding. She at times appears to be just a ‘baby’ herself, although a grown one. I really hope all three hatch and more fish and better feedings step up fast. I do not want to see happen what I think might, it would be tragic. So pray for the best for this nest.

        • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

          Bonnie… if you’re referring to George feeding her..that’s worries!

        • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

          I always expect the best, rejoice in what is given and accept any losses.. Just the fact that we have a chick this season is a joy in itself! Anything else will be gravy…….

          • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

            CarolV…nicely said. There was a chance there would be none. Now we have one. And if that is what will be,that is fine and dandy!

            • Isabella July 5, 2018 at 12:49 am

              Just realized that rhymed!

        • GinaM July 3, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

          No worries, there. George excels at being a dad! He is a talons-on dad and he is a pro at helping with the kids! 🙂

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        Bonnie..if you’re talking about the long crack, I see it. Shelli predicted a hatch tomorrow. We’ll see!

    11. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      While Jane is on a break, George shades the chick. He’s a popbrella.

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

        Betsy…popbrella. Seen dadbrella, like yours better!. George seems to be on nest more today. Wonder if that means #2 is coming!

      • Marilyn G July 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        Finally a chick! Thanks for the picture.🐣

    12. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Okay, CarolV!! Here’s the video of George feeding the chick!!

      • CatZ July 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        so basically 5 hours ago

      • June c July 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

        I knew he would step in..such a good Dad..Tks for video..

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        What a beautiful family moment! Jane and baby O getting fed from George while Mom provides shade. Was hoping you did a video of it. Again you didn’t disappoint. Thx Betsy!!!

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

        Thanks, Betsy! It was cute the way he fed Jane, too. Especially when she sucked in those guts like spaghetti and the feather went, too!

    13. Mary Drotar July 3, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      I’ve never seen George and Jane stay on the nest together for so long. It’s like they are anticipating something happening or it’s too hot to fly. lol

      • margaretR July 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

        Mary Drotar: wish they would bringi in a fish and feed the baby.

    14. CatZ July 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      I have been watching Jane ‘pant’ for the last 2 hrs. I hope George brings a fish soon! :/

    15. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      I’m such a dawdler that I’m usually so far behind on the video stream that I’m hanging out the window and holding onto the sill with one hand!!!! 😀 😀 So, I try to at least take a peek at the comments to see if anything is happening. Thank you Paula for posting about the fish smackdown. And, thank you Shelli and thank you Nita for posting our comments so timely!!

    16. Joan July 3, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      I am happy to have found this cam!

    17. Joan July 3, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Is this chick being fed enough?

      • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

        Yes, this chick is doing well…feedings should increase in frequency and volume in the next few days.

    18. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

      George is feeding the chick … hurry, catch it!!

    19. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Mombrella Jane …

    20. Paula July 3, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

      I just posted a comment about Jane being so gentle with the chick and as soon as I start watching the feed at about 10:39 am George delivered a live one and Jane lost control and it went into nest cup and beat the heck out of baby and knocked an egg around badly. George needs to make sure their goner’s before delivery!

    21. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Family time …

      • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

        and …

        • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

          George seems to be around more. Happy he’s staying close!

    22. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

      George brought some grasses for the nest …

    23. Paula July 3, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      It does seem as if Jane is getting better at feeding the chick. She is very gentle and sweet to it at least until she cleans nest. She gets pretty aggressive with some of those logs in there. I guess as far as feedings go I’m used to seeing Gracie feed the babies until they passed out into food coma’s. Have to quit comparing I guess!

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

        I know….. I started and reminded myself not to!

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        There was one year Gracie didn’t seem to feed the chick for about two days. The chick did fine,and Gracie was a wonderful Mom. Like I said,they must know something we don’t. They don’t need a lot of food at first. And Betsy informed us they are still developing their crop. I mean an osprey didn’t tell me how to feed my babies and they turned out!

    24. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      George and chick

    25. Trinity July 3, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

      I watched the 6 am feeding by Jane and she’s doing fine, it was a pleasant family scene with George observing from the side.

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

        I only saw the beginning and several good pieces went down and looked a bit later and kid was zonked out! So 👀 ed successful! Good girl,Janie!

    26. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

      George fed Jane …

    27. Karen July 3, 2018 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Hahahaha! The kid fooled me and my old eyes. I thought the way it was laying that there was a second chick, by the top egg. MY BAD!

    28. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

      George came with a fish … but then he flew off with it just as Jane was going to grab it …

      • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

        George came back 23 minutes later with the now-headless fish.

      • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 7:41 am - Reply

        And, Jane fed herself and the chick. See the chick’s beak filled with a piece of fish?! 🙂

      • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

        And, you can see its little bulgy crop!! 😀

    29. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 6:02 am - Reply

      And our hero returns!
      Jane fed herself and is in the process of gullet stuffing with Squirmy…… saw several mouthfuls make it in…….
      but I’m off to work. HAGD!

    30. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

      George came, and went, with the fish……………..

      “Nothin’ could be fina’ than the fishy on my minda in the moor-or-or-nin’
      nothin’ will be sweeta’ than that fishy when I eat ‘um just bout’

      • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

        Jane looks perturbed……….

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

        okay CarolV…song of the day!

    31. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:10 am - Reply

      Good morning, Jane! Back from the blue screen just now……. everyone enjoy your day!

    32. CarolV July 3, 2018 at 4:59 am - Reply

      Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday tomorrow!

      • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

        Same to you CarolV! Thx!

    33. Isabella July 3, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

      Goodnight Jane..Goodnight George…Goodnight baby O….Goodnight Moon!

    34. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 1:10 am - Reply

      I think Jane is doing a great job.

      • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 6:23 am - Reply

        Tiny bird = tiny amount of food at a time!! You can see in the picture that the chick is getting enough to eat. S/he’s less than 1 day old and the crop is only just developing!!

        “The crop develops within the first week of their life, which stores food so that the chicks don’t need to be fed very frequently.”

        “Osprey Crops
        Ospreys are diurnal raptors (active in the daytime), and all raptors of this type have a special organ called a crop, which is a swelling at the base of the esophagus that forms a storage area where food can be held for later digestion. When the chick’s crop develops over the next couple weeks, it will look like a small bulging protrusion on the chick’s chest, and its presence will make life easier for the whole family. For the chick, the crop means the little bird can quickly swallow food that its siblings might want, and for the adults it means the chick can go longer between feedings.
        Besides storing food for later consumption, the crop also stores indigestible material – like bones and scales. These unusable fish pieces are captured in the crop and eventually molded into pellets that are later regurgitated. Whenever someone talks of pellets, we often think of owls; however, owls do not have crops – they eat their prey whole, so all the contents goes to their stomachs and that’s where the pellets are formed. Owls regurgitate pellets much more frequently than ospreys do, mainly because of their different eating methods.”

        • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          Thank you! Thank you Betsy! Now that you have said it maybe some commenters will calm down. Thx for the info. Anytime I wonder about something, I look it up. Some info I get here. Some from Hellgate and Hog Island. Both sites are studying osprey. Hog island bands the chicks. I have also watched Dr. B. We should all be grateful things are going well here so far! Hellgate lost chicks due to starvation, and now the dad is MIA. Mom Iris is now catching fish and feeding one chick. Chesapeake bay on tap lost chick to starvation. Pioneer log nest lost one chick. …so like I said… I think Jane is doing well so far. And if other people don’t think so,or like her there are many other nest to watch . If they truly don’t like drama, I suggest Hog Island. As long as the GHO and wasp stay away!

          • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

            Louis was just spotted on the pole with a fish, he is fine.

            • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm

              Shelli…thank you. Good news!

          • CarolV July 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

            Isabella.. I was gonna say! Hog Island was not my first choice for drama free, after last year! But it certainly was a teaching lesson on how the female changed her tactics, seemingly learning as she went, in her effort to save her chick! Like Jane is our teaching moment this year as she develops into a mother!

      • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

        I agree with Isabella and Gina M. I meant to write this in front of my thinking that Jane is doing a great job!! I don’t think well when I post at 1:10 am!! 😀

    35. Betsy July 3, 2018 at 1:03 am - Reply

      George tries his “beak” at feeding the chick!

    36. Betsy July 2, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      I saw the stray cat (spayed!!) that I feed just now with something on the grass … it was a baby bunny. I have it inside in a cardboard box until I can take it to Tackapausha Preserve in the morning to see if they’ll take it. It doesn’t seem injured. Any tips on how I should take care of it overnight would be very welcome. Or, any suggestions on where else I should take it would also be welcome.

      • Betsy July 2, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply


      • Betsy July 2, 2018 at 9:52 pm - Reply

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      • Admin Shelli July 2, 2018 at 10:04 pm - Reply

        Betsy plz contact your local wildlife rehabilitation center as the bunny could be injured internally. Let them evaluate the bunny and then they will release it if and when it’s ready.

        If u take it somewhere and it’s injured it will die a slow painful death. Many injuries are invisible.

        Lastly, depending on its age, it still might be nursing and not know how to survive on its own just yet.

        • Betsy July 2, 2018 at 10:50 pm - Reply

          Admin Shelli: I believe Tackapausha Preserve evaluates animals for injury and, if needed, rehabilitates them. I also just remembered I used WINORR (Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation) for an injured baby robin I found in the middle of the road. I’ll try both. But, for overnight, how should I care for the bunny?

          • Admin Shelli July 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

            I would just make it comfortable in a safe, small enclosure – It doesn’t need food or water until it’s evaluated, but I’d call as early as possible tomorrow morning.

        • Betsy July 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

          Bunny is with the WINORR lady!! I just got back from dropping it off.

          • June c July 3, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

            Oh so happy to hear….One like saved…

          • Admin Shelli July 3, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

            Wonderful news Betsy! Thank u 💕

          • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

            Betsy ….Keep us updated.

      • June c July 3, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

        Hi ..I have several bunnies in my babies…if u where able to get it so easy something is wrong with it…they are super fast normally..

        • Betsy July 3, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

          June c: I think it was just frozen in fear. I saw the cat just as she carried something out of the bushes and put it down on the grass … in the darkness I couldn’t tell what she had. I ran down the steps of the porch and just reached down and grabbed whatever it was — turns out baby bunny — from between her paws. But, anyway, after I read Shelli’s comment I called WINORR, and just as Shelli wrote, the WINORR lady said although it didn’t appear to have any obvious injuries it could have internal injuries.

          PS — the WINORR lady wasn’t you, was it Shelli??!! 😀 😀 😀

    37. Trinity July 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      This could very well be Jane’s first experience as a mother, we viewers know nothing of her past. It will take time but these amazing creatures have inherent instincts and she will just know what is expected of her ( like every other mother of any species ). George is a seasoned pro with three years of parenting under his wing, he will hopefully guide Jane if necessary.

      • June c July 3, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

        Hi Trinity sure looks like that..her reactions to the chick was funny…wait for 2 n 3 to come…Its like having triplets….

        • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

          As funny as it was, I think Jane was excited. Seeing a newborn is exciting. Especially your first!

    38. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      The fog is gathering over the bay……..
      79 now, dropping to 69 by sunrise. some cloudiness overnight. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 3rd… partly sunny, low 80s.

    39. JanL July 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Nice to see a new ‘little one’ in the nest to start a new season. Congrats Jane and George!

    40. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      George brings in a nice fish…….
      Jane got excited, dragged it in front of Squirmy and flew out,,,,,

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        ” Mommy? Mom? Mom? ”

        • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

          Jane was right back….. she stared at Squirmy and that big open mouth and little hearts floated………….

          She did fine…. one piece was very big and the baby was trying to swallow, and Jane reached in and removed it.

          • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

            Some gooey schmutz had fallen on Squirmy. Jane carefully pulled it off and let Jr. take it from her beak.
            She may not have the best aim but she has patience and persistence. I think she’ll do.

            • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm

              I just wish George got some tummy time with Squirmy……. I don’t remember if Gracie was this possessive at first. But no comparisons anyway; not fair to Jane…

        • June c July 3, 2018 at 7:37 am - Reply

          very cute..

        • Trinity July 3, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

          Just like Stewie in Family Guy ! Mom…mom…mommy…mommy 😀

      • Trinity July 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        Later George, I need some ME time !

    41. PattyK July 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      7-2-18, 7:31 pm Having a special moment to give thanks and grace and love to Tommy, Christina Shelli, Nita, , Carol, Betsy, Trinity, ALL the OZ family for the wonderous fortunate time to share this……xoxoxo

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

        Totally agree with you!…Tommy, Christina, Paul, Aidan, Admins, all our wonderful contributors… THANK YOU for this ride!

      • Trinity July 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

        We are so blessed to have this site. 💚

    42. GinaM July 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Watching Jane feed the baby tonight, making sure the pieces weren’t too big and even picking up the pieces that were dropped and then feeding them to Little One, make me absolutely adore this bird. (Even more than I already did!) She is so sweet and so gentle.

      • Elaine July 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

        Little One is so cute. Looks like Jane is doing some nestorations or housekeeping. Congratulations to Jane and George on their new chick!

      • Kathy B July 2, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

        Gina, you must be seeing another nest. I scrolled back and everytime she feeds ( or tries) she feeds herself before her child. I know she is new, but she doesn’t give the wee one a chance to get the bite before she eats it herself. I saw chick get 1 bite at 7:30pm. I’m just so afraid this chick isn’t getting enough to eat. Not much of a crop to tide him/her over.

        • Isabella July 3, 2018 at 1:17 am - Reply

          KathyB…I don’t think you have to worry… when I was watching Sera over at Belwood feed the chicks,she would go to give them a piece,then eat it. I’m going “ why didn’t she give them that piece?” Those chicks are doing fine and she still does that. Maybe they know something we don’t

        • GinaM July 3, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

          Kathy I am watching the same nest. I have been since OZ first started. When she takes a piece that is too large she eats it herself, but she will let Little One take small bites then pull back. Everything is normal as far as the feeding is going. The little baby is thriving. The crop is still developing.

    43. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Giant bird alert!
      Screen back… whatever was going on… may have been a my computer thing?
      Anyhow, first thing I saw……

    44. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Oh, George…………………not sure where this one landed… right edge, I think…

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

        A little later, Jane was up doing some nestorations when George came in to say he wanted STICKS front and center……….

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        George brings a slingshot for intruders! Lol

        • Trinity July 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

          He’s always using the old noggin 😀

      • jopan July 2, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

        I don’t think baby got enuf

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        I see where George’s long stick is………… standing upright, just showing at the top right!
        And a good slingshot it would be!

    45. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Weirdness on OZ…. screen not showing video but thumbnails show video is back there. Anyone else getting this? YouTube, thankfully, OK.

    46. Laura July 2, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      I kind of wish Jane would let George help her out. Since she has recovered from her surprise of seeing a baby hatched she has taken over. I think she is trying to be a good mom but the pieces of fish she is giving the baby are too large. If George could show her, I think the results would be better. Hoping the new baby gets the nourishment he/she needs.

    47. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      ………………………… WONKY FEATHER ALERT!!…………………………………

      And lots of sails on the bay!

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        CarolV…thx for the chuckle!

    48. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      I managed to scroll back to the earlier feeding and was happy to see that Jane managed to pop a few pieces in to Squirmy’s maw….. some were too big, some were dropped, some Jane decided were too tasty. I think the important thing is that she was persistent. She kept trying and that bobble-head is getting a stronger neck. I think with what ever nutrition she absorbed from the egg and the tiny amount she needs at first, the chick should be fine till they both get better!

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Jane doing more baby-proofing…….

      • RobininMD July 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

        The little bit that I’ve been able to see – Jane is very sweet, tender and careful with her new hatch. We we could know where she came from? She is very lovable!

        • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

          Thank you Robin!! I agree!

          • RobininMD July 2, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

            Isabella, I love watching her!

    49. Betsy July 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      June c: I saw your request of Karen re picture. I have it. And here’s another. 🙂

      • birdRSwatcher July 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        Great picture

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        Betsy…second pic….what a sweet family!

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        Love the pics! Junior a natural, looking straight to camera!

      • June c July 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

        Betsy..Thank you so much…there is something special abt them..both are beautiful family pictures..Thank You again…

      • Karen July 3, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

        TY Betsy, I didn’t see the request.

    50. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Looked like George wanted nest time, leaning against her slightly, but Jane just got up enough to adjust the eggs. George went up to perch.
      Has George been on the nest at all since Jane found the surprise?

    51. Chris July 2, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Might be a weird question but does the mother have to sit on the eggs during this hot weather and is she still siting on half of that fish?

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        Hopefully you get a more informed answer, but I would say the eggs would overheat or dry out too much, being in the sun too long. They need a certain amount of moisture to hatch properly.

      • Admin Shelli July 2, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        Yes, eggs still need to be incubated in hot weather – the sitting on the eggs provides protection, keeps them at a ambient temperature of 99-100 degrees and May keep them cooler than sitting uncovered in the direct sunlight.

    52. Renee July 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      ‘Squigley’ had a good feeding starting around 2:06…Jane is offering bites a little on the big side but its getting some and looks like it’s starting a crop!

    53. Paula July 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      I was wondering when we should become concerned for the chicks health? Jane is getting it but very slowly and I’m real concerned when another egg hatches. I keep hoping George will take over and show her how it’s done but she won’t leave so that he can.

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        General policy for most nest cams is do nothing unless the danger is manmade…. as in the rescue several years back when the cause was entanglement in discarded fishing line.

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        I truly don’t know what everyone is talking about. I’ve seen three feedings. I watch other nest and have seen other mothers try to give big pieces in the first days. I’ve seen Jane adjust and give smaller pieces. They don’t need that much food at first . It takes a couple of days to be in sync,beak to beak. I think Jane’s doing a good job!

        • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

          Oh, I agree with you, Isabella! I think Jane is doing great. But if anyone is concerned………..

    54. Marlene Jannotta July 2, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Hi, I’ve been checking periodically and keeping an eye on the doings of our favorite osprey family. It’s awfully hot and humid on Long Island today. The temperature is around 87 on the south shore, but it feels like 98. There’s a heat advisory in effect until 9:00 p.m. The nest is on the north shore, which usually is warmer than the south shore. It must be awfully hot, sitting on a nest today. I don’t think Jane is doing a very good job of feeding the little one, but hopefully she’ll soon realize that chicks are always hungry. Squirmy is very cute and alert! Stay cool, everyone.

    55. Betsy July 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply


      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

        Yes, Betsy, I agree with every word…………… {:^]]

        • Betsy July 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

          CarolV: I had refreshed the page after I posted the 2nd video link … then YouTube failed processing the video! The comments hadn’t posted yet, so I put the tilde to bring up my comment awaiting moderation to add the new video link!! 😀 😀

          • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

            K… then I agree with Tilde………….
            ……………( hehe)

    56. Isabella July 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      There have been 3 feedings? Has Jane been able to take a dip in the bay? That would cool her and baby O! I think last season George brought in fresh seaweed to cool the nest. Still can’t believe there’s a little one!

    57. GinaM July 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Jane has officially deployed the Mombrella. She is learning!!

    58. Miker July 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      At 2 George brought in a piece of fish Jane laid it right next to chick she seems surprised it can’t eat on its own she fed it but she’s giving it too much it can’t grab it she’s getting better but missing a lot but the chick is getting fed and Jane will get better she is a quick learner and is dedicated to this chick she’s barely left the next since it hatched

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        It takes about two days for Mom and baby to get in sync with the beak to beak. This was info posted on another site.

        • RobininMD July 2, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

          I never heard that before but makes sense Isabella – thanks!

    59. SUE July 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Watching her feed the baby makes me believe that she IS a first time mama. The little guy finally got a few small pieces, but more got dropped or eaten by mama.

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        I think that was the feeding I got to watch part of on my phone. It did look like not much made it in . And what did stay looked like bones. Jane seems to need to relax….. she gets hyper! I think she wants the kid to feed itself!.

    60. Bonnie July 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Yea, food! 14:06:59 pm today.

    61. Jim Varney July 2, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      At least this hen is not as noisy as the other one was. Remember?

    62. Betsy July 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      The chick’s first feeding — and Jane’s, too!! 😀 😀 Jane actually feeding the chick happens at 08:28 hrs if you just want to jump to there. 😀

    63. Bonnie July 2, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Hope they feed little chick soon.

    64. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Jane was acting hinky when I got to watch. Wondering if she’s feeling #2 breaking out! Will try to catch up on comments but the way they present on this phone irritates me! Why can’t I remember my tablet that sits around unused?

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

        I complain more in OZ withdrawal. Sorry 😐

    65. Betsy July 2, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Jane and baby. Delayed pictures!! Had to run out to get another external hard drive — my laptop is FILLED!! 😀 😀

      • Bonnie July 2, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

        Goodness, you do keep us up to date! Thank you for that as I have not had much ‘watch’ time. Just able to take some brief peeks today.

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        Good one, Betsy! The foggy background adds to the mood!

    66. Admin Nita July 2, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Feed me please!

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

        Nita… cute pic! This chick is already so in sync with Mom! Head isn’t that wobbly, looks healthy! Jane is doing a great job. Two feedings so far as I’ve seen

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

        With Jane in her mega-bird position, baby looks even tinier! But it knows how the beak works!

    67. Pattie Hoolie July 2, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Yay! Chicky #1

    68. Karen July 2, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Does this look like a crack/pip?

      • Karen July 2, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

        And check out that ADORABLE LITTLE FACE ♥♥

        • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

          So CUTE! Great pic Karen! Hard to see if that’s a pip. Hate to see 2 chicks in this heat wave.,but they’re going to hatch when they do

      • june c July 2, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

        Hi Karen..could u repost this picture without red circle….great shot

        • Karen July 3, 2018 at 7:47 am - Reply

          Very sorry I missed your post yesterday June, I work and can only check in and out periodically. Glad that Betsy saw it and reposted for me.

      • Bonnie July 2, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        It does look like maybe a tiny bit of shell is gone. 10:13:37 seconds this morning. I copied and mage larger. Here is hoping all three hatch close together and no bonking happening this year. Please dear Lord.

        • Bonnie July 2, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

          Ugh, old fingers, that mage is supposed to be made. Where is my heat addled mind today?

      • Trinity July 2, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

        Love this image 💙

    69. Isabella July 2, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

      So far,so good! Yea Jane! Watch out Squirmy, ,mom has a sharp beak! Lol

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

        Feeding about 8:50. Jane doing a great job!

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

        Think Jane is doing a good job. I know it’s not necessary first day,but Jane is feeling him. Some Moms don’t. Some try to give ginormous pieces. Baby seems to be doing good. So far I give Jane 2 thumbs up! Just worried about this heat wave!

    70. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

      I was able to catch a fish arrival around 8:45 and it looked like Jane was trying to feed Squirmy but didn’t quite connect. George was supervising and looked like he wanted to get in there. Hope pictures or video when I get home. Please please please!! With sugar!!

      • Kathy July 2, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

        I haven’t been following this nest and just logged on. Why are the eggs so late hatching? And is this a new Jane?

        • Admin Shelli July 2, 2018 at 12:02 pm - Reply

          Hi Kathy! Yes, we have a new female this season and this appears to be her very first clutch as she seems very young. It’s not uncommon for late clutches when a new mate is introduced.

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

        It also seems like Jane is baby proofing. Seems to have moved several pieces of wood away from the cup….

    71. Leesa Downs July 2, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I think this is the first bite of fish for little bit!

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

        He got some around 8:28

    72. Betsy July 2, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

      After being not sure how to do and after a couple of attempts, Jane feeds baby!!

    73. Carol July 2, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Has mom fed the little one yet?

    74. Paula July 2, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

      Hi All,

      Has anyone seen the chick get fed yet? I went back as far as I could and did not see a feeding. I sure hope someone saw something I missed!

      • Isabella July 2, 2018 at 10:30 am - Reply

        Paula…as far as I’ve seen. Two feedings. About 8:28 & 8:50. Hope there will be pics and hopefully a video

    75. CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

      Good Morning, Jane
      Good Morning, Babyface

      • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 5:59 am - Reply

        George stopped by, and Jane said she was good for now.

        • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 6:05 am - Reply

          There was a piece of fish, which came in on the right. Jane ate some. Squirmy did his part, aiming that baby beak at Jane and George, when he stopped back. I didn’t see any feeding, but it’s still early. Hopefully, sometime today. Sadly, my pesky job expects me. (soobbb)

          So lots of pictures, please!

          • CarolV July 2, 2018 at 6:10 am - Reply

            Weather- as you can see, some fog……. about 72 now….sunny day, mostly, with some early clouds. Temp to low 80s.

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