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Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.
IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.
Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.
Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.
Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.
Best wishes, and good luck,
John W. Fitzpatrick
Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Was happy to see there was a feeding just as I was logging in.
I checked back to see that , as usual, Squirmy kept George waiting….. the fish was in @17:25…
Yes, the rain started…. George came in to keep her company.
Looks like the rain stopped in OZland……. that’s what the weather map showed…… most of the storm is running across the south shore of the Island. Still raining at my house.
I took more pictures but they upload to “the Cloud” and the cloud is reluctantly giving them back! Will post more if stingy cloud sends them back-
adoreable sweet baby❤
George brings in fish……the “princess “ takes her sweet time to get up! Lol
Think she would move a little closer!
George finally realized he had to walk fish over to her “highness “!
Do the funky chicken 🐓 ! 🎵 Y’all come on in now….come right on down front…I got something I want to show you…now y’all heard of the popcorn..y’all heard of the dog….you heard about all your other dances,but now there’s a brand new dance..that’s going around…. I want to show you exactly what I talking about…. I m talking about the funky chicken 🐓 …you raise the left arm up and your right arm too..let me tell you just what to do..start both of em to flapping..you start your feet to kicking…that’s when you know you doin the funky chicken!
Twee2 fledged! Crows are having a feast!
Mom shoos them!
Boulder county fledgelings
George came in with what looked like leftovers. He gives it right to Jane, who takes a beakful and heads to Squirmy………..
GM, everybody…….. we had a nice noisy t-storm…. hit on my side of the Island about 2:15……… not sure when Ozland got it, but they do look damp.
Jane came in and used Squirmy as a landing pad……….. and Suirmy’s day begins……….
Same as my morning!”lol!
Not a shooting star … it’s shooting squirt!!
Neon ps!….cool pic!
Looks like you found some of the Pleiades meteors!
Maj ram Ozland!…….ew,all the bugs! Sleep tight don’t let the bugs bite!
Abstract family photo 👨👩👧😊
George came in with a big fish…..I felt sorry for the fish….George took a long time and the fish was thrashing around!
Jane flew out for a spin around the bay…..George paused eating the fish…looked around for Jane…you better keep an eye on your lady George! …letting her fly around on a Friday night! Lol!
Squirmy decided to make room and eat!
Squirmy stretched her way from under the board………… looks lightweight…….. the camera is shutting down, as Squirmy and her buggies settle in……
Forecast…………… 79 now, dropping just a few degs. to 75 by dawn. Cloudy, chance of showers 1-4am, 60%.
tomorrow…. cloudy, temps. low 80s; chance of occasional tstorm, chance increasing after 5pm.
The bugs are having a party on tht board! Coming and going in all diff. combos…….. Maybe it’s a new vaca spot!
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Hi, Can’t see my first comment so i’ll try again…… Has Squirmy been self-feeding or mantleing fish for herself yet. I have missed some feedings so not sure everytime i catch a feeding parents are doing it… Just thought i’d catch basis on her….. She’s so dang cute with full frontal pictures in the cam…… 🙂 🙂
Debbie- don’t forget: when you comment, be sure to check the box for Save my name, etc. which is just below the name space. Otherwise, our comments don’t appear as pending….and look like they have disappeared, while they are just hanging in cyberspace till Admin posts them. Have done it many times myself!
Thanks CarolV… Pretty sure i forgot to do that…..Thanks for reminding me…… 🙂
Hi, just checking on Squirmy and wondering has she been feeding herself yet or mantled any fish for herself. I must have missed if she has… She’s so dang cute, love when she is full face looking into the cam…. 🙂
Hi Debbie….no she is not self feeding….she is very spoiled by mom and dad! She even takes her time getting up sometimes to eat! Mom and dad don’t seem to mind. They are quick to feed her! I for one am glad,don’t want to rush things! Very much enjoying her! She is very entertaining! As is Jane and George!
Hi Isabella… Thanks for the info. was hopeing I hadn’t missed it. Yes I to enjoy her very much. Keep them as long as we can just as long as she has enough time to figure things out before leaving…. Have enjoyed the nest like the rest of you….. Thanks again
Suddenly, a board dropped from the right……….. hmmmmmm, we know it wasn’t George!
Squirmy just kinda shrugged it down a bit, til her wings were clear…….
@18:02– George brings a good sized fish… maybe a bluefish??
btw- George responsible for the new post….
and the waiting begins….
Jane came in to the right corner……
Imagine the beep–beep-beep as Squirmy backs up……….
……..and clears a space for Dad’s fish…………
Squirmy skip-hopped over to George……..and had a good dinner……..
Note: S has leftovers on her back from bad dad’s poop …… supposed to rain over the weekend…… or so they say now…..
15:25- Jane brought in a fish.!! She flew it by George to the right side.
Squirmy celebrated this arrival by doing air jumps—- too close to the edge, if you ask me!
And was well fed………… long feeding, many happy noises……….
George stayed on nest, moving close. Maybe hoped for a few bites???
Omg! Poor fish looks scared!
Osprey hand holding………..
The good lunch “salute “!
Osprey games…..who can stand the longest?…..Jane!
George was late to the party
Joined Squirmy in a stick game
George is abusing the allotted time for his turn!
Squirmy doesn’t want to play anymore!
Update on the only club……Em and L’el’e have fledged…..Em doesn’t come back to the nest……L’el’e does
Twee2 should fledge any day……unlike Twee, so far doesn’t seem to like visitors and chases them off!
The youngest member…..guess who
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!
Abducted by aliens 👽?
Sleeping with the fishes?
Never know when the mid-night munchies hit!
I wonder if that jumping fish was the one that osprey aimed for!
Well….he doesn’t look happy! Lol
Two beautiful birds showing off those chests!
Squirmy has been chirping a lot and Jane doing some alarming……..
Don’t forget to page back(previous) to 161 for more of 8/17/18 and beyond……….
After Squirmy had her fill of that 10:08 fish, Jane dropped in………
There was some alarming
Then George shared with Jane………
Had to check back several times, because I knew Jane got the fish. Turned out, George left it there by the rim, so Jane could take it. Had to look hard, to see the fish slide slowly right(watching between G’s right leg and S’s body)
Squirmy makes room..
celebrates with a quick dance….
………… and goes to share a snack with Mom…….
10:08…….And George and the fish are kept waiting by Squirmy….AGAIN!
The luxury of being the only chick….. be as full as you want and not have to rush for that next meal! George is very patient……
Morning chores…………. Jane brings grasses/seaweed
George brings a stick…………. and doesn’t put it on Squirmy!
Love when she poses with the wing-props………….You can see the Haze part of the 3H forecast.
Hey! There’s Dad!
George shows his catch and
Jane comes in………. when she moved toward George , he flew out..
Squirmy was wingercizing in that pic…. George was offright…..
George comes back, having eaten the head,,,,,,,,,,,
He hands the fish to Jane, who goes to right to feed Squirmy……….
Squirmy says Happy Friday!
Waiting for breakfish and watching birds fly by………
Buenas noches💤 Ozland!
Isabella- I like your multi-lingual sign offs! …. and yes, that was Japanese.
Here’s tonight’s …………..
…………………………………..maj ram, OZland
Abstract family photo 👨👩👧
What a spectacular view, these birds are blessed with a fine piece of real estate 😀
The only way I’m going to get that view, is to come back as an osprey!
Now, here’s a switch! Squirmy got decorated!
Weather: 81 muggy degrees; 72 by dwn; clear night turning to sunny day. Clouds coming in afternoon. temps mid 80s
Oopsy poopsy daisy…..now she needs a shower! Not until Sunday…..love pic 2…”really “!
19:28- We can see George has a nice fish over there; and, again– no interest
Jane stops in
Eventually George starts chompin’ on it…..
We have movement!
Squirmy was barely upright when George started pushing food at her!
Squirmy backed up to take care of business…… the force knocked her off balance, so she turned it in to a little wingercise!
camera took a nap from 17:59-18:59……
It was a quiet afternoon…………. A little Squirmycize…………………. a little boat watching………..a lot of resting!
George was in and out……. once, he wanted to move some seaweed and Squirmy was laying there. George reached over and it looked like he bonked her on the head! She started and got up to move..
Got home and did scroll back to find George standing around with 1/2 a fish.
Guess there was a previous feeding, because it was almost an hour before Squirmy showed up to the table.
Jane flew in with a fish
George wants fish
George get closer
Goes for the steal
Jane holds on to the prize 🐟
Hops over to feed squirmy
The “defeated “. Slinks away
That was a good lunch! 🐟
It is funny that Squirmy has so much energy after she eats…….. fuel on board!
I LOVE the whole stand-in-front-of-the-camera-&-preen thing!
Squirmy took a while to make up her mind while George waited patiently. Breakfish!
Room service can wait! Lol
For your collection, Isabella
CarolV…Japanese? I was doing goodnight Ozland,til …comment used already. So started with other languages. Then realized I could just add something
Oiche mhaith Ozland! 😴
Squirmy’s co-ordination has gotten so good! Scratching her head……
Some pre-bed exercise as we lose the light……….
81 now, dropping to 72- clear skies.
Tomorrow a sunny day, temps high 80s……………… and we had a brief reprieve this morning, but the dreaded H word is crowding back, (humidity)
You’re getting sleepy….sleepy……
Took this scap on my phone this a.m…… loved the composition……
Abstract family photo ….
George and I were watching for the Draken …. I didn’t see it, maybe George did
Squirmy didn’t see the Draken, and gave her “yelp” review!
Follow the leader!
Every time I mention that ship I call it the Kraken! Think I have the wrong mythology!
Maybe the Kraken ate the Draken!
George, George, George………………………..
Squirmy has a big HI! as George approaches….
Incoming!……….. and carefully arranged…..
Squirmy takes charge, trying to pass it to us………
Can you believe that???
Guess I can relax now…………
Oh NO!…….. here we go again……………..
Squirmy takes charge…great pics!
Could that be the Draken?
Rt. of sailboat, top pic.
On right side just near frame………..George and Squirmy were not co-operating….
I think it is – I have almost the same shot (hope this works …. it’s my first time posting a pic).
You got it! Now, you’re off and running!
I just went back and managed to get it slightly enlarged( diff. pic when it moved further right.). Squirmy and George took turns getting in the way when the boat went by!
@6pm…. George delivers a good sized fish. I thought Jane was moving in but she decided to stay to the right.
Squirmy hangs back when the fish was still flipping, but moved right in after George started deheading it. Bon appetit!
George fed Jane after a while………..
………. and Squirmy lined up for a top-off…..
George flys in with seaweed….love the colors of the pic where he lands!
I spy with my little eye…
She loves that lens!
I’m not sure what time, but I understand that the Viking ship, the Draken Harald is heading into Greenport today Wednesday Aug 15th. Keep your eyes peeled.
We should have quite a treat (aside from Squirmy’s cute little face) in the background today. The Draken Viking ship will be docking at 4pm in Greenport. We should be able to see it sailing past just before then.
Every breath you take
Every move you make
I’ll be watching You
Pretty sure I saw delivery and eating but back to work and crappy watching. Sure someone will post
Song of the day
Good morning Ozland!
Twee2 of the only club getting breakfish……. I believe Twee2 is 2 weeks older than Squirmy. I know Dr. B is interested in Squirmy possibly breaking fledge record. Shelli….would he be interested in Twee2? Or is she too old?
Even if you don’t watch Belwood ….cute video of sibling feeding the other! 8/13
Abstract family photo with 2 very abstract 💕 s
Good night, Cutie!
There were t&l storms to the west, pretty heavy ones from the reports, but they fell apart before they reached the East End. Some storms are still passing over the ocean, so there is a slight possibility of a shower overnight. ….. In fact, just found out we’re having rain right now. Forecast said showers were supposed to hug the south shore, so hopefully, no rain on OZ………temp now, 76- falling to 71 by dawn. And still HUMID….. so tired of that word!
Hazy, hot & humid….the evil words of summer.
Squirmy looked like she was enjoying the massage from Jane’s tail!
@17:18— George brought home a nice fish that no one wanted. It was a strong flipper, with pieces of nesting flying across the nest. Squirmy went to watch for a bit.
You can see Squirmy’s fuzz-a-poppin’………………….. She didn’t eat and went to take a nap…………
G flew out then back. Part of the fish was gone and he worked steadily to demolish it.
Jane came in and fly-hopped to the right. Squirmy went to sit with her.
George finally took the fish to Lazybones and got her interested enough for a good feed.
Almost missed this, behind Jane’s tail! George handed over a good sized chunk of the tail to Squirmy. She turned to right, so couldn’t see how she did or if she had some “help” from Mom……………
Funky chicken part 2
George came in with a big fish….thought Squirmy was getting up and making room for fish….but no
Jane? No….seems George has it all to himself
Until some little chickadee decided to have some!
Pic 3 cracked me up ! Interpretive dance moves by Squirmy .
Love 💗 those Squirmy legs!
Nice wingercizing at 16:24
Sorry….im saving this spot
In case you were wondering….it was George
Love my Momma! ❤️
Most chicks get up and rush over to the fish……Squirmy took her sweet time! Lol
Saving this spot! Excellent!
@14:24- We have fish! Looks like porgy, I think.
Squirmy cheering in Dad and lunch..…….
Squirmy went off right, so we had lots of views of George sticking fish through a wall………..teehee
Thought Squirmy was done because she moved further away from G but Dad said ” I brought it, you eat it” and just stretched to reach; so Squirmy ate more!
About 3:10pm…. George gargled the tail down and left a few minutes later.
About 3:25. Jane landed with this partly eaten fish and fly-hopped over by Squirmy. S was snoring, so Jane just waited. Squirmy woke to fish in her face and rose to the occasion, helping get rid of it.
George is in behind them.
George gets bored, too……..picked up the center of nest, more or less……..
George has been in and out……….. Jane is just hanging around the nest…………..
Squirmy and Jane both had something to say to George. Meal discussions?????
……….exploring that thing….
headless osprey………… gotta have one!
monitoring the sky………..
Look how much can be done sitting in one place!
Something smells fishy!
Comment for….exploring that thing…..also annoying when replies don’t post under the right pic
The family that sleeps together…….Charlo
L’el’e had a free pass and a great seat for the Pearl Jam concert!
I saw comments about that concert and didn’t realize it was right there! Not every young osprey gets that experience!
They didn’t seem to mind, stayed on nest with one parent on perch. I think L’el’e wants a T shirt!
Jane’s shadow shows above……….
….then she drops down to “politely” shove her way in next to Squirmy….
George left shortly after, trailing some weeds behind him……..
A sticky situation……George brings a stick and just leaves it on Squirmy……Squirmy stretches and off it goes!
George starts alarming….Squirmy pancakes
Squirmy does the lie down “limbo” lol.
She didn’t quite make it…..but she thinks she did! Lol
Jane bringing seaweed with shells or barnacles….standing proudly by her “find” !……how often do we see Jane’s head?
Squirmy doing the funky chicken 🐓🎵
Didn’t quite make the limbo…..last pic should be first
Last pic should be second pic. Hate when they scramble. Click on them in order, then….?
Big improvement over yesterday!
You can see all the fuzzy feathers around the nest….. even more fun to watch them dancing in the breeze!
What in the world is this? A clump of mussels with seaweed? Very odd treasure, Jane…………
George puts a stick on Squirmy………
………………….who cleverly removes it!
Clump comes in……………. stick is in the way, so George moves it to the wall
Hey! This is great! I can watch from here!
Just like me watching TV,,,, z-z-z-zzzzzzz-zzzzzzz
GM, Squirmy! Rise and shine!
There may be the occasional shower today… or not. About 77 now, going to low 80s. Partly sunny.
about 7am……George the hunter shows with the head already removed from the fish…….Jane takes it and does a quick lap……
Breakfish served on the right…..
11:55:32….lovely wing pic!
A hop!! – both feet up at the same time!!