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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. Betsy July 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      While I appreciate and respect the fact that the name for the chick was chosen through a vote, and that the name Squirmy won, I feel that the name Squirmy doesn’t fit the chick. The name should fit the beauty of the bird, the name should fit the dignity of the bird, the name should fit the majesty of the bird.

      (I did not post your entire comment)

      • Admin Shelli July 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        Betsy, 200 folks voted and the name Squirmy was chosen. A name does not define the beauty, dignity or majesty of a bird.

        No mater what name this beautiful chick has it will still be beautiful, dignified and majestic!

        I’m sorry this wasn’t your favorite name but the group has spoken and we are not going to change it. Let’s just enjoy this baby while we can and not worry about the name ♥️

      • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

        “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    2. CarolV July 28, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Looks like Squirmy has a new view!
      Good!!! We can see her too!

      • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        👀 look at how well Squirmy is blending in!

        • Eagle'sSpirit003 July 28, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

          It’s soo good too see Squirmy. Just looks too close to the edge

    3. CarolV July 28, 2018 at 5:57 am - Reply

      Where’s Big Foot???

      • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 5:57 am - Reply

        Fish is in…….

        • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 5:59 am - Reply

          Jane does housekeeping while George prepares breakfish……..

          • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

            Squirmy limbers up for the eating contest….

            And after all this,,,,,, George leaves…

            He’ll be back, but I gotta get going…

            • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 6:09 am

              Where oh where has my breakfish gone…. oh, where, oh where can it be?

              Jane has it now….and she’s back! Let the feeding begin!

    4. CarolV July 28, 2018 at 5:19 am - Reply


      Here comes the sun! Wakey, wakey!

    5. Betsy July 27, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Jane, George and Squirmy were having a nice, quiet evening, with Jane feeding Squirmy and George on the right (tail feathers) keeping a lookout …

      • Betsy July 27, 2018 at 11:50 pm - Reply

        Suddenly, as one parent did a rapid tyuk tyuk tyuk, Jane bolted off the nest to the front, dropping the fish, George bolted right and Squirmy pancaked …

        I don’t know what alarmed them like that, I didn’t hear anything, such as firecrackers or thunder, and I didn’t see anything flying around!!

        • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 9:14 am - Reply

          Someone has been hanging around. That happened earlier when they were eating, too. Maybe juvies looking to get fed? The young are out here at the Verizon nest and 105 nest. Seems so odd when Squirmy isn’t even a month till tomorrow!

    6. Betsy July 27, 2018 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      Pretty head feathers!!

    7. Betsy July 27, 2018 at 11:28 pm - Reply


    8. Betsy July 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      George has a golden aura!! 😀

    9. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Forecast– 77 now… dropping to 70 by sunrise. 60-80% chance of t-storm between 11pm and 3am.
      Saturday- cloudy morning- slight chance of showers… clearing to partly sunny for afternoon….temps. high 70s-80

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

        The video came back briefly as I was shutting things down….. Got a shot of the Martians trying to beam up Squirmy…… or maybe just the full moon!

    10. Cheongyei July 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      So cool the way these guy’s chemistry turns fish into feathers. Gotta love nature.

    11. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      18:51- George delivers a large fish….Jane is preoccupied…..
      Squirmy scurries over to eat….

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

        Jane bolts out and Squirmy pancakes………

        • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

          Feeding resumed
          Then, Squirmy pancakes as George flies out……

          Jane comes back
          George comes back
          Dinner continues– in the rightside…

          • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

            After Squirmy fell asleep. Jane went over to take the leftovers. George took a little peck at her, but wound up giving up the fish
            As Squirmy stood up to do his stretch, Jane flew out. Squirmy went back to sleep
            Jane came back with some fish for Squirmy (she was in and out a few times, checking on S), but the kid was out…..

            • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm

              As we go to bluescreen, looks like Jane may have decided to eat…

    12. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      This is what Squirmy saves for our view!

      Note: 2nd shot it’s flying past Mom……….

    13. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      @15:22- George brought in a fish……… when Jane tried to take it, he flew off.

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply


        • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

          I had a hard time deciding if Jane caught her own, because not much is gone from this fish. George had come back and I guess Jane must have taken his, then flown around to the left.

          Squirmy spotted the fish and made her way over, to be well fed.

    14. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      A usual osprey day— Jane rushed in as back-up when George was yelling at some pest………….

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

        George fussed until he got his stick exactly right……………………………….

        • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

          ……………… and a puff of breeze and gravity took it out!

    15. Betsy July 27, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      I think someone stole Squirmy and replaced him with this giant!! 😀 😀

      • Admin Shelli July 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

        Hahahaaa! 🤗

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        It’s like not seeing the grandkids for a few weeks! Suddenly, they’ve grown so much!

      • Trinity July 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

        Jesus Mary & Joseph….what is that thing ?!?

    16. Cheongyei July 27, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Parent was a little slow to rip and feed at 9:20am,and Squirmy dared to move in and try to nibble the fish on his own. Not too successful, but self-feeding coming soon.

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        She’s tried for a day or two….. getting impatient!

    17. Beverly Fontaine July 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Do we know if Squirmy is male or female?

    18. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Sitting at Firestone waiting for 🚙 to be inspected
      Looks like a feeding happening
      No details

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

        OK…. The fish originally arrived @8:42- the usual no-see feeding saga.

        • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

          George was back at 9:18 with leftovers and Squirmy was polite enough to eat where we could stare at her…{;*))
          Even after a good meal, there were leftovers.

    19. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Squirmy’s just a foot away………..

    20. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Jane blocks an exit…………

    21. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

      George brings in a fresh supply of grasses and stops to pose for a picture…………..Handsome devil!

    22. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

      SKY HOOKS…………..

    23. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

      I believe this is George returning with leftovers…….Squirmy goes over for dessert………

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

        And more Squirmy while we are graced with her presence……….
        Look how cute she is with all those emerging feathers!

    24. Mzsha July 27, 2018 at 6:42 am - Reply

      Squirmy? Seriously??? All the cute choices you had that matched Jane and George. Boo! Astro or Elroy would have been so much cuter and more dignified.

      • Betsy July 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        Mzsha: I’m disappointed, too!! My choice was Jet!!

        • Admin Shelli July 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

          Squirmy and Solo were the top two…66 votes for Squirmy and 52 for Solo.
          Jet was third with 38 votes ♥️

          Funny that the two “Jetson” names were last.

          • nfc July 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

            Shelli— thanks for the numbers. I was wondering what the difference was in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc…

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:35 pm - Reply

        All I’m gonna say is…… not the first vote I’ve been disappointed with the results!

        But I can only blame myself! Next time I nickname a chick, it’ll have to be something ugly!

        • Betsy July 28, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

          CarolV: It’s not a matter of choosing an “ugly” nickname. No one else calls a chick by anything other than “chick;” you’re the only one who feels the need to “name” it. And people should have thought about the long-term, not just the immediate time frame, and considered that the chick will not always be toddling around the nest but will grow into a beautiful juvenile.

          • CarolV July 28, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

            Betsy, my comment was meant as a joke…… I’m sorry you are disappointed but that comment was a little hurtful. Enough said.

    25. CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:24 am - Reply

      5:36am………….. George is in with breakfish…..

      • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:26 am - Reply

        Squirmy gets his breakfish in bed
        Jane comes in…….she keeps busy while George feeds Squirmy

        • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 6:29 am - Reply

          AND the elusive Ms. S makes a brief appearance!

    26. Betsy July 27, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

      Finally!! There’s Waldo!! 😀 😀

    27. Kathleen Bookie July 27, 2018 at 6:14 am - Reply

      Squirmed fed at 6:13 am today. Finally can see him somewhat.

    28. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      (almost) Full Moon rising…………

      76 now; dropping to about 70. Partly cloudy. Tomorrow looks like a sunny morning with some clouds afternoon- high 82

    29. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      I’m about to haul my Little Giant mega- extension ladder to OZ-land and build a wall across that right zone! ! !

      I need a dose of Squirmy cuteness and tail nubbins don’t count! By the time we get a good view, we won’t recognize her! Several fish and lots of sleep make chicks grow !

      • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

        Will the mystery Squirmy please step forward………….?????

        Uhhh- no,,,,,,,,,

      • PattyK July 26, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

        LOL! So agree! Thankful for the partial nest site, wish we could see more, also thankful that George rearranges Jane’s decor, and happy that Mother Nature has been window cleaning,Squirmy is growing leaps and bounds, every OS season is different and special….forever grateful….xoxo

        • CarolV July 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          Despite the disappoint of Gracie being replaced, this has been an enlightening learning experience! Have been, and still am, enjoying it!

    30. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      @18:43- George brings a fish and waits for Jane to show up; she takes it…..

      • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

        action offsides….Looked like Jane ate and started feeding Squirmy

        George took over and continued the crop cram………..

        • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

          There was lack of urgency for that 6:45 feeding, so I went back to see there was a fish delivery @16:24- Jane took the fish and fed Squirmy for a good long feed……………

    31. Cheongyei July 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      The nest rails are a lovely accumulation of “a little of this” and “a little of that”! A little unstable in places, I saw a parent with a fish trying to feed squirmy 90 minutes ago, but the piece of lumber he/she was balancing on was not too stable, LOL

    32. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Limbo anyone?
      How loooow can you goooo?

      • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        The elusive Squirmy!!! Is that feeding? Will have to check when I get home

    33. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Should we issue an amber alert for that missing child?????
      Wondering why that corner is so popular for the chicks every year? Is there an x box over there????🏈🏐🎱. Games?

      • Isabella July 30, 2018 at 1:15 am - Reply


    34. Redkayak July 26, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Maybe we should rename Squirmy Waldo! Enough with this hiding in the off camera spots already! I haven’t seen the pip in 2 hours

    35. Cheryle July 26, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

      I just opened the site. Where is Squirmy? Did something happen to her during the night?

    36. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

      There are some showers passing on my side of the Island for the last 1/2 hr….. those are probably the clouds passing across the bay from the nest…. Idon’t see any at the nest.

      But when I checked earlier, they weren’t in the forecast…… Just Mom Nature laughing at all those people with their expensive equipment, saying YOU can’t predict ME!

      And, now, seriously gotta run! HAGD!

    37. CarolV July 26, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

      GM, OZ !
      Safely thru the night and on to the business of the day.

      Looks like an overcast day, temps high 70s and a slight chance of t-storm midday

      • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

        George delivered seaweed………

        • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

          6:25- Jane came in with a fish. If George brought it earlier, I missed it……. What is important is Squirmy starts the day with a full crop!

          Off to work and crappy wifi…. Everyone, enjoy the day!

          Looks like an overcast day, temps high 70s; slight chance of t-storm midday.

          • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

            Needed a couple of Squirmy pics to brighten a dreary day! Squirmy-thenics and just plain Squirmy cuteness!

          • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

            I thought this was, and confirmed by my fish guru on fb, Mary Anne, a small sandshark.

            • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm

              or dogfish shark

    38. Stephanie L July 25, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      An official welcome to Squirmy! Thanks to everyone who put the contest together!

    39. CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      There were some bands of showers going thru today. Where I work, we had about a 2 min. cloudburst mid-morning.
      Then, mid-afternoon, we had about 1/2 hour of several heavy bands running thru, alternating with sprinkles.

      Found this cute interaction when some rain hit OZ. No matter how big a kid gets, she still needs her Mama!

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        George and Jane taking time to keep in touch with a chat…….(3rd pic)

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

        Almost forgot! Jane slurping spaghetti!!! Always a yummy sight!

    40. Cheongyei July 25, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Squirmy’s feeding at 17:25 and on was great, right at the camera! He is handling bigger bites! A week from now he’ll be attacking the fish deliveries and claiming them for Squirmy.

    41. Cheongyei July 25, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Squirmy showed us some great preening at about 17:02

    42. CarolV July 25, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      My first look at Squirmy today on a real screen! Look at all those feathers poppin’! That looks like leftover fish…….. and a horseshoe crab shell.

      My reception at work was horrendous!

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        Went back to track down that fish……….. @17:24- George brought in a big whatever…… sad… kind of cut with a dolphin-ish look…
        Anyhow, Jane took it..
        Squirmy does her pre-marathon eating exercise…..

        • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

          Squirmy ate well…..

          • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

            @18:08-Jane left with the fish leftovers…….

            • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:06 pm

              18:16- Jane’s leftovers had magically grown into a whole fish….

              And 2 mins. later, George came with his own fish!

            • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm

              To add to this craziness— Jane was in and out several times. Squirmy showed some interest, but Jane left again. Squirmy went back to sleep
              George was chompin’ away on his fish. He flew out.

              When he came back, he stood over Squirmy till she woke up.

            • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm

              What I missed, at first, was that Jane slid in behind Big Ole George and slipping bites to Squirmy!
              When George noticed, I think he just fed the kid faster!

              Good thing Squirmy stretches, to prevent popping!

          • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

            I noticed, when Jane was feeding Squirmy and slowed down, Squirmy tried self-service! Kid’s growing too fast!

          • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

            Squirmy looked zonked out, with Jane nearby…….

            Was happy to see Jane come in, because the likelihood of more rain increasing @9pm. Looked like the moon is making her presence known thru the clouds…….

            About 75 now,, dropping 2 degs. by sunrise. Calling for heavy rain, saying 80-100% chance between 12-2 a.m.

    43. GinaM July 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Hello Squirmy!!!!
      One more bite from mom and your crop is going to pop!

    44. LYNN CUTLER July 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      alright, love it!!!!!

    45. SUE July 25, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      While I like the new name, you sure you don’t mean “Squirty”? (Wink, wink)

      • Trinity July 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

        Fabulous pic and caption !

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

        Good one!

    46. Rob Bierregaard July 25, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Osprey Zoners! I have been so tied up with the Hog Island cam and all the drama there that I haven’t had time to visit your site. So, someone fill me in on the late start this nest had! The latest fledge we’ve ever seen on the Vineyard was August 23rd. And it looks like “Squirmy” may have a go at that record.
      I don’t know how many of you on this chat group have heard, but my first kids’ book, Belle’s Journey, was published this spring. It’s a 100-page, middle school chapter book. The target age is 7-12, but anyone interested in Ospreys will like it, so I say the age range is 8-108 (Publishers hate this for some reason). Anyway, it’s available on or or straight from me for a signed copy (

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        The camera was down for the start of the season, so we don’t know why Gracie was displaced by Jane. The day after the cam came back, Jane -our new female- laid the first egg- with 2 others in due order. Jane seemed at a loss as to what to do, but George showed her each step of the way. He, in fact, spent many of the first nights on the clutch, as Jane seems to be a first time mother.
        The first (and only) chick hatched while George was on the eggs. When Jane came in and saw the chick for the first time, she was startled by, if not afraid of. the little squirmy creature.
        George was a patient teacher, and with time, it all clicked and Jane is an excellent mother.

        Gracie has been back to the nest; even had a major fight with Jane who won the nest.

        This has been a fascinating season!
        Congrats on your book! Got mine on pre-order early…………
        Thanks for stopping by! HI is a drama every year! Learning so much from that one, too!

        • CarolV July 26, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

          Sorry, left out dates…. eggs laid 5/21- 5/23- 5/26……… Squirmy hatched 7/1

          • Betsy July 28, 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

            Camera wasn’t up yet on 5/21.

            • Carol Valk July 29, 2018 at 12:05 pm

              Feel free to correct me…. I’m sure you have dates if mine are wrong…..

            • Betsy July 29, 2018 at 11:26 pm

              CarolV: Yes, I have the dates. I’ve posted them, adding updates as applicable, on at least 4 occasions.

          • Carol Valk July 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

            Found the correct dates and changed my notes……… egg#1- 5/23…. egg#2- 5/26…. egg#3- 5/29

    47. Lisa M July 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      OMG!! It’s Squirmy LOL I think I am the first one to call him that YAY!!!

    48. Monica July 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Hello All!!!

      So, only one egg hatched this year?!

    49. Cheryle July 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Where is the location of this nest?

      • Admin Shelli July 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

        The nest is located on private property in Long Island.

    50. Admin Shelli July 25, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply


      • Eaglesspirit003 July 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        Yayy hello little Squirmy💕💞💕👋👋👏👏😍😍😍

      • Elizabeth July 25, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Hello Squirmy! You’ve gotten so big since the last time I checked in.

      • Helen July 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        Good work Shelli and Carol who came up with the adorable name!

      • SmokyMtnCreatureFan July 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

        Hello everyone! ‘That’s so funny re the official name! I had loved the name ever since reading it as others posted it. Who was the first person to use that name? My guess is that it was Carol V! Am I right Carol? XD Bravo to you or whoever was the first to dub the wee one Squirmy!!!! ♥

        We saw some calling baby Squirmy, some calling baby Junior and then a few other names… I ADORED the Squirmy name bec it just seems SO cute, warm and fuzzy. However, when it came time to vote, I was tempted to stay with Squirmy bec I just love it so, but opted instead for Jet. Now to come here and see that the name Squirmy won?! cracks me right up – ’twas clearly meant to be! And yes, I do love it!

        Congrats Squirmy on having an official name of your own!! Thanks Shelli! Hope everyone enjoys a lovely afternoon and night! =)

        Be careful little one – don’t get so close to that edge! You are tempting my having heart failure over here! XD OMGosh, I simply can’t stand it when any of these baby birdies get soooo close to the edge of the nest. Arrgggggh.. LOL. XD

        • Admin Shelli July 25, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

          Yes, it was Carol that first started calling the baby Squirmy 🤗

        • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

          This kid burst out of her egg and started squirming around day one!
          While I admit I was partial to Jet, the vote is official……..

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        Squirmy it is……..

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

        OK…. Squirmy…….

        • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

          OOps! Pardon my dotage! Double comment!

    51. nfc July 25, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

      I had the most interesting walk this morning on Long Island before the rain came. I live in the middle of the island (East Meadow) so big bodies of water are a few miles away. We do have occasional ponds or lakes around. I went to Eisenhower Park in Westbury to walk the small lake. I saw a huge bird of prey flying and soaring around the lake the whole time I was there. It actually swooped into the water 3 times and came up empty handed. I figured it was an osprey or a juvenile eagle from the colors. I wish I had binoculars. I will have to bring them with me next time. I have only seen geese and ducks in this lake before. We do now have a few pairs of eagles on LI and they have produced eaglets. I am leaning toward it being a juvie eagle because there wasn’t a lot of white on the belly. Needless to say I was in heaven watching this bird soar around. I had to watch where I was walking because I was so focused on the bird in the sky. We both left just when the rain started.

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

        That sounds magical! I would have walked in to something!
        Did you get much rain? We had a 2 minute cloudburst. And lots of muggy with warm wind.

        • nfc July 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

          Carol— we had heavy rain about 9am. Then muggy and spotty rain for a few minutes at a time.

    52. CarolV July 25, 2018 at 5:24 am - Reply

      Squirmy workin’ those wings!

      Forecast saying the rain won’t be out here today…. but still a hot, muggy day…


      • DarDar July 25, 2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

        Carol Love your weather reports.

      • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

        Im watching on phone -see time on pic-someone lands left corner and Jane upset! Can’t swear but THOUGHT I saw spot on side when they flew out. Phone won’t let me fine tune.
        If anyone can check…..
        I think George has a spot too?

        • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

          As they flew out

        • Betsy July 26, 2018 at 1:23 am - Reply

          Looked like 2 were trying to land on the nest … and, a juvenile did — left front.

    53. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      George is jumping to perch and Jane has decided she likes her privacy on the right!

      Moonbeams across the bay as a full moon approaches..

      Temp. fairly steady for the night- 76 now, dropping to 73 by dawn. My app shows chance of t-storms 40-60 % starting after 3a.m., then increasing throughout the day–temps. mid 70s.
      According to our local channel. rain from the NW will only reach NYC area tomorrow, while out here, rain will hold off till nighttime and thru Thursday… heavy at times…. stay tuned……

      • CarolV July 24, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

        We went to blue screen after this pretty moonshine shot… HAGN!

    54. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Jane sees George coming but he arrives empty taloned…..

    55. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Yes, Jane, we want you to move some grasses and seaweed, just not THOSE!…..Look behind you!

    56. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      WE CAN SEEEE U!…….. and that “tiny” foot!

    57. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      WHAT!!!!! Did we complain to much about the occasional sticks blocking the view???? NOT funny George!
      Hopefully, Jane will find a better spot for it!

    58. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      16:08– George hop-scotched around the nest, seeming to want to keep the fish, but Jane persisted and won.
      …. Feeding was off-sides.

      • CarolV July 24, 2018 at 6:01 pm - Reply

        Squirmy took her power nap and returned for round 2…….

    59. jacqueline m Budris July 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      does this nest ever get to be turned over. what a raise beauties in.them.
      any help here.??
      just sayin’

      • Admin Shelli July 24, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

        Ospreys are garbage collectors…they love it. 😍

      • Paula July 24, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

        At least this year it isn’t trash. While I hope Gracie makes it back first next year I have really appreciated there not being that much plastic and trash in the nest this year. It could be that people are finally learning to use trash cans and not so much trash available around there now! Hopefully!

      • Michael G. Martin July 24, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

        The Nest is decorated in Early American Garbage. This is Jane’s house and if George and Jane and Little Elroy ( oops sorry ) like like this way, so be it.
        Actually, if you look at how high those things are arranged, her’s why.
        If we look at the path of the Sun during those Dog Days Of Summer. We can deduce that

        (A) The Camera is pointed towards the West ( about 282* degrees.
        (B) Thus we can make a positive deduction that directly behind the Nest is East about 92* degrees
        (C) The height of the mound and the Shadow it will cast when the Sun is in Mid Transit ( Directly Overhead ) will keep Little Elroy ( Ooops Sorry Again ) and figuring how the Shadows will fall and the way Little Elroy will be positioned by Jane should keep him out of the Sun, approx 85% of the Day

        So in conclusion, who knew how smart Jane was that she studied Eoclid’s Theories Of Plane Geometry. You Go Girl

        Peace All

        • CarolV July 24, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

          So…… I take it you voted for Elroy? Subtle, Mike! Tomorrow’s the big name day!

          • Michael G. Martin July 24, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

            I thought long and hard about voting for the name of Elroy. But I thought that the other Juvenile Osprey’s might poke fun at him for being named Elroy. You know Kids can be cruel that wat. But again I thought, this is one tough Guy or Gal and also being a North Fork Native.
            He or She, according to the Jim Croce song “ I Got A Name “ He’ll Carry it with Him as he Daddy did
            ( Insert Artistic License Here )
            So He or She will carry the name of
            “ Elroy “ with Pride

            Peace All

            • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

              You are so funny Mike! I’m still hoping for JET
              Find out soon!

            • CarolV July 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm

              Well, Mike, she’s gonna have live with Squirmy, with pride!

      • CarolV July 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        This is just wood, seaweed and grasses……. Gracie had a plastic fetish….now, THAT was a messy nest!

    60. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Caught what looks like a feeding earlier. At work and can’t fill details Just happy 😃 to see her getting fed

    61. CarolW July 24, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Where is the baby? I cant see it.

    62. Betsy July 24, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply


    63. CarolV July 24, 2018 at 5:55 am - Reply

      Good Morning! Starts out with Squirmy trying her feet out. Looked like she was more on them than her ankles for a bit!

      And a big fish comes in nice and early!

      Off to a humid 80 deg. day””””’

      • CarolV July 24, 2018 at 6:03 am - Reply

        Happy baby!

        Heading off to work. HAGD!

    64. Betsy July 23, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      I saw this picture in the Sunday New York Post with this caption: “This aptly named crested serpent eagle was minding its business – eating a snake – when a pesky black drongo swooped in for a bite. Photographer Liu Chia-Pin captured the eagle extending its 5-foot-wide wings in Tapei, Taiwan, with its lunch still dangling from its talons and the diminutive drongo digging its claws into the eagle’s neck.”

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

        While trying to find the picture online to post, I found this article and pictures from Daily Mail (

        “The Crested Serpent Eagle had been eating a snake it had just caught on a branch when the small bird swooped in … “

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

        “The black drongo species is known for aggressively dive-bombing any bird that invades its territory, as is captured in these shots … “

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply


      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm - Reply

        “Wildlife photographer Liu Chia-Pin said: ‘The small bird was brooding and so attacked and drove the invaders, constantly attacking in the trees or in the air’

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm - Reply


      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm - Reply

        “The small drongo bird sat on top of the eagle for several seconds as it made its escape with the snake between its claws … “

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

        “Black drongos have even earned themselves the nickname of ‘king crow’ for their behaviour towards other birds … “

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

        “The black drongo bird, which is just 11in in length, had no fear when attacking the five-foot wing span eagle … “

        • CarolV July 24, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

          I’ve seen specials on these birds…. no fear

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

        Another link with other pictures and info:

      • Betsy July 23, 2018 at 11:06 pm - Reply
      • nfc July 24, 2018 at 4:10 am - Reply

        Betsy– Those were great pictures and the video was cute. It is amazing how a tiny bird will defend its territory from a much larger bird. At SWFEC the little birds are always attacking Harriet , M 15 and the E’s. E 7 actually caught one and ate it when he was quite young to be catching prey. It was all caught on the wonderful cams that they have in Florida. Thanks for sharing.

      • ChrisH July 24, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

        At first I thought the shots must have been doctored because they seemed too good to be true – until I watched the video. Absolutely amazing!!

        • Betsy July 25, 2018 at 1:22 am - Reply

          nfc and ChrisH: Imagine being the photographer to get such fantastic footage?? Probably the thrill of a lifetime!!

          • ChrisH July 25, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply


    65. CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      L’heure bleu……….
      77 now, dropping to about 72 near dawn. 305 chance of t-storm about 4am…… cloudy to partly cloudy overnight

      Tomorrow- temps. to 80 with chance of showers 8-10am and then again 5-7pm… partly cloudy morning and sun in afternoon. ..

      • Isabella July 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

        Such a pretty time before night. What I call blue haze. Especially when it follows a stunning sunset

    66. CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      @18:01- George brought a large partial fish………
      Jane took it

      • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

        Squirmy was well fed… probably be an inch bigger by tomorrow! My grandma always said we needed to sleep well, because that’s when we grew!

        • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

          Squirmy was picking up her fallen scraps….. can going for the fish be far behind? I guess she has to get up on her clown feet first….. I thought I saw her trying today……….

          • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

            Squirmy nods off as Jane downs the tail………..

            • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

              After all the hidden or distant feedings, it was nice to have a front row seat!

    67. BridRJSviewer July 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Great close up of feeding time today at 6pm

    68. LYNN CUTLER July 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      lol, you all see his crop tonite??? lmao, & He’s still eating, he so adoreable, he looks like he has 2 crops instead of one, what a lil doll

    69. Cheongyei July 23, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Baby is YUGE compared to the eggs now. When did he hatch?

    70. Isabella July 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Watching over her bay

      • Isabella July 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        Jane seems to like rocking on this log

      • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        Squirmy–” Sitting in my nest by the bay
        …………..watching the tides roll away…
        ………………sitting in my nest by the bay………
        …………………. waiting for fish to come my way…”

        • nfc July 24, 2018 at 4:13 am - Reply

          Carol— great little tune. They sure do have a wonderful view every day.

    71. CarolV July 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      George’s shadow shows him landing on right. Judging by the converging eaters, must be a fish, I hear Squirmy squeals of happiness……….
      George was in the nest just a few minutes before!

      • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        George is in a few minutes later with what must be a second fish…….. Jane and Squirmy seem to still be eating at right…. WOW!

        • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

          This fish is pretty small and I’m guessing the 1st was, too.
          Squirmy switched parents and got a bite or 2 from G before J came to take this fish.
          She fed Squirmy well.

          Guess George better find his own and eat “on the fly”!

    72. CarolV July 23, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      This popped up as my memory for the day on fb! Solar and Eclipse and the swim goggles………. hope it puts a smile on your face!

      • Isabella July 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        CarolV…most practical item brought to the nest! “Here kids put these on when you go in the water “!

        • CarolV July 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

          They were a lot of fun! Lots of jokes!

    73. Isabella July 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      The diva is back and putting on a show!

      • Isabella July 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

        The end!

      • Trinity July 24, 2018 at 2:03 am - Reply

        This chick is clearly destined for stardom.

    74. CarolV July 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Dad and Squirmy hanging out
      Jane joins the family…… there’s a nice breeze blowing, helping with the 80 temp.

    75. CarolV July 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Waldo makes her appearance !
      And she was moving a stick…………… so cute!

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