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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
According to the frequent posters, our lady Jane has flown the coop and is making her way to the tropics. Almost all of the osprey residing along Ocean Parkway & the Rob Moses area are also gone, I’ve only spotted a couple of stragglers the past week. I’ll be thinking of them and wishing all of my best for safe arrivals. These birds have given me so much joy and a relaxing hobby to indulge in ( and it’s free !!! ).
Trinity… I think of you when I go through the oakdale merge. Have not seen an osprey at any of the nest. Went to the bayard arboretum a few days ago. Didn’t see an osprey and was miffed at every seagull making me think for a second it was an osprey! Lol!
Isabella: They can be hard to tell apart sometimes, osprey and seagull … sometimes, on the video, I’d think “Who just went by?” then I’d look and see it was one of those big seagulls with the black wings!! 😀
Nighty night Ozland!💤
another good one! like that reassurance.
no caps because my cat, zoe is curled up on my left hand. good thing info is preloaded
CarolV..this is from Rachel Carson, who you may know Rachel at Hog Island is named for
TY, Isabella- I may be the only one in my generation who never read Silent Spring….. should be on my ” about time TO-DO” list…. which is VERY long!
Admin Shelli: Just in case you don’t see my email, I’m posting this here. The video stream is down!! First, at 15:52:06, it went to a dark picture with a spiraling circle …
then for over 1 1/2 hours now, it’s been the turquoise screen with a spiraling circle. Can you please let Paul or Aidan know? Hopefully one of them is around to fix it!!
They have been notified but it’s the weekend so I don’t know how quickly anything can be done
Admin Shelli: Okay. Thank you!
PLEASE, WRITE IN english !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY. WHY EXCLUDE US WHO DO NOT SPEAK WHAT EVER LANGUAGE YOU ARE USING. IT LEAVES US OUT. RODEE
I KNOW YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND.
Rodee I believe they’re just saying hello, good morning, goodnight etc…in a new language each day. Just to have some fun.
THEY ARE ALIENATING ALL OF US…SO HOW MANY TIMES IS IT FUN? JUST PUT AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION NEXT TO IT…PLEASE
Hello there gracey – Please, you don’t speak for all of “us”. Myself I enjoy new things and if I don’t care for a post anywhere online, if I choose to – I just skip it. One does not have to partake of everything one sees posted. And when I have been curious as to the meaning of something, I simply Google it. No one makes any of us “have to” partake of anything online – I live and let live or in this case, post and let post. Lol. ;D
FYI – I am a regular watcher here, just post in chat sporadically.
Gracey….it is always good morning and good night….so you don’t have to look anything up unless you want to…this was explained pages ago…how is it alienating when I say Ozland?…that includes all that watch the nest! Thought I was being nice greeting everyone and then signing off for the night. Guess I’ll think again! Though I will continue for the few that enjoy it. Tonight will be in English for you and Rodee!
Shelli ……….. I like to be part of the fun. Rodee
rodeehansen: It’s good morning in Uzbek!!
BTW, Rodee, I went to Google translate to look it up. The internet is wonderful for looking up information!! As has been posted before, Isabella bids us “Good night” and then greets us with “Good morning” in a different language every day!! The “Good night” comes first in a new language at the end of the day and then the “Good morning” follows the next morning in the same language used for the “Good night.” I think it’s a really fun idea!! You can even, for most languages, listen to how it’s pronounced!!
Most of us do not have the time/interest to see these foreign languages every day…… spending time for translation ….. to no avail/use. If the 3 of you like to carry this on, just test each other or do private e-mails…. saying good night and good morning to each other every day. Sounds like you are having fun…… for the most of us (heck, take a survey). It takes courage for me to speak up, especially since I do not find support of others (only GRACY) and yes, yes, I am not alone. Now you had all YOUR FUN, think of us now and bring this to a happier end for this season. Hopefully next year will be less “language educational”. R.
Betsy ……. what has all this to do with OSPREY ??????????
P.S. We have a wonderful, fun, welcoming and highly capable Moderator and Admin here named Shelli. Let’s leave the moderating to her, as that is where it belongs. You are entitled to your opinions, as are we all. You are not then entitled to criticize others here for how they choose to enjoy the community nor are you entitled to speak for “most” of any group. In addition, opinions are not facts. Hope you can choose to enjoy this cam site via accepting that we are all different – some of us will connect, some of us won’t – it’s ALL good!
~Happy Sunday to you and everyone!
Slow your roll ladies, please. It’s such a trivial issue to complain about.
Rodee…it is always good morning and good night! So you don’t have to look up anything
Isabela and all those who take time out of their personal time to update us on everything, I just wanted to say THANK YOU, everything you do is really appreciated. I am sure people WORLDWIDE are watching this video, so considering that most of the posts are 99.9% in English and that you make the rest of the world not feel left out by putting a little GM and GN in various languages, should make English speakers feel privieged. Just because the nest is in USA doesn’t mean that people from other continents don’t watch it…. Youtube covers the whole world, rodeee. Plus our ospreys travel and leave in more than one country… They have dual citizenship, therefore, they “speak” more than one language. 🙂 sometimes it’s good to widen your angle of view about the world and see things thru other people’s eyes, you will be amazed at how much more beautiful the world looks…
Meli…thank you very much! I super appreciate your appreciation!..for me your point about other viewers from around the world , was summed up by a viewer at Hog Island from another country . “The fact that we share the same moon,sun and stars, made him feel closer to us.
Rodee,,,I don’t speak any of the other languages. Heck, sometimes I have trouble with English! If I was capable of knowing all those languages, I think I would be famous! Why I started using other languages was explained in the beginning. I went to post good morning, it said I used that comment already. So I thought to get around that I would use a different language. I didn’t know that I could just add something to good morning eg. An emoji! So I’m not that tech savvy either! In fact I didn’t know how to do a screen shot. Betsy one day said “ Isabella, pictures to go with your comment! So I went to google to figure out how to do it. Never was it done to exclude anyone and anyone was welcome to join in!
FOR ISABELLA …………
Thanks for your explanation ……… I never saw what you had written in THE BEGINNING….. and it is so because I delete most blogs, its just tooooo overwhelming – my life has many other interests (and I work), so impossible to take all the OSPREY comments in. (Seems like other people invest more time). The down side is that I do miss stuff, but thats c”eat la vie (adding one more language). Anyhow ………… I appreciate your note. R.
Hayirli tong Ozland!🌥⛅️…….hayirli tong princess!
She beat the fairy orbs
By my calculations, if, on 9/18, the chick flew off to go fishing at 18:11:43 hrs and returned to the nest, touching down, at 18:14:35 hrs, it took her 2 minutes and 52 seconds overall. And, on 9/21, she flew off to go fishing at 16:21:26 hrs and returned to the nest, touching down, at 16:36:50 hrs, it took 15 minutes and 24 seconds overall!!
But, as you can see, her back end feathers were dripping wet both times!! LOL
I didn’t see George AT the nest today, nor did I hear him vocalizing. But, I think he is still around. I don’t know if the chick spent the night on the perch, flew to it before the camera came up at 5:59 am, or landed on the perch sometime later …
but, this may have been the chick flying to the nest at around 8:04 am – although I didn’t see the usual telltale shaking of the camera as when there is a landing on the perch …
because it was quiet at the nest from the time the camera came up until around 8:12 am when the chick, on the perch, started doing begging calls when this osprey flew into her view and flew around over the water in front of the camera … so I think it may have been George …
I don’t believe this was George flying around … it seemed larger than George and the chicks vocalizations were different – in both pattern and pitch
at 8:58 am the chick flew away
The chick did not come back to the nest until almost 3:57 pm, landing on the perch (nice big dip in the camera and a few quiet calls) …
then she flew away at 4:07 pm …
only to return a few minutes later to the perch at around 4:12 pm …
Ten minutes later she flew off to go fishing … and the rest they say is history!! LOL
Please note: I didn’t realize it was after midnight when I did my comments, so “today” pertains to 9/21!!
While the chick was eating the fish, all the way over on the right edge of the nest, this flew by. I wonder what the heck that is?
a gill!! LOL
Then this came flying past. Hmm, I wonder what part of the fish this is? (I was watching the video steam in 2x speed!!)
Oh, it’s a sparrow!!
then this flew by …
Squirt #1!! LOL
then this flew by ….
which the chick did just before taking off …
and flying away for the night
Betsy… I think you need to get to sleep earlier! Lol!!…sparrow,gills,poop,ufos….reminds me of watching things fly by in wizard of oz!
Maybe we should nickname George,Wizard!
…..looks like she caught that fish..her “petticoat “ is soaking wet!
Isabella: I think I need to get to sleep earlier, too!! Yes, her “petticoat” was wet from fishing, not from rain … unless she was on her back!! 🤣
hayirli tun Ozland!😴
Mamma Mia!!….didn’t know an osprey could catch a whale 🐋
She stood like this a few minutes…she must be exhausted…would have loved to see her catch it!
C7 still at Charlo….wish she/he would migrate…was attacked twice by GHO
Holy moly that’s gigantic !!!
A diiferent view of fish eating!!
Glad the moon made such a pretty show before the camera went beddy-bye…………
70 now, dropping to 68 and back up to 69, with a chance- 30-40%- of a shower in the early a.m.
cloudy to partly sunny tomorrow with temps in low 70s.
Wasn’t this beautiful!!…think we took pics around the same time!…thx for the info on the moon!
I’m so proud of our baby girl. I think she did catch this big fish. Her feathers were wet. The fish was quite sandy so maybe they had a tussle on the beach if she dropped it. Way to go!
Yes – me too Kammy!
I’m relieved and so proud as well ! 😀
@16:36— Just what I wanted to see! Squirmy front and center with her own fish!
Looks a bit sandy but still kickin’…… She starts on the poor guy…….
She fish-walks across the nest and heads right….
……… and we get to see bobbing tail feathers… @ 17:11, she’s mostly unseen.. I thought she had flown but there is still flickers of feathers off and on…
Squirmy off-loaded some excess weight…………….
….. and took off………..
Haven’t seen a ps in a while!
NOW do you all believe me that she caught her first fish on the 18th (ahem CarolV) ?????? This is her SECOND self-caught fish!!
Damn good-size one, too!!
My only point was I wanted to see it! Now we did!
Agree – didn’t see the fish come into the nest via Squirmy.
Totally agree — no real evidence on the 18th. Now we SEE it.
Betsy..glad you brought this up…I’ve been meaning to tell you that I didn’t doubt you when I asked,”how do you know?”…I guess you have pics or a video….. I should have said “I missed it, do you have pics or video “!… I didn’t “catch “ how the fish arrived,but was wondering if she caught it due to even though it was raining she was soaking wet !…..you were busy with Shelli and Then I was busy and forgot…..thx again for the video and all your videos 😄👍
Isabella: I didn’t take the “how do you know” as questioning that she caught a fish, I took it as curiosity about how I could tell!! On that invisible right edge it can be difficult, if not downright impossible, to know what’s happening. As I wrote, it was totally different from when George delivers a fish. There was no frenzy as there is (was?) when she’s there first on the nest screaming as he flies in with a fish or when he’s there first and she dive-bombs onto the nest to grab the fish from him (even in that invisible area you could tell that someone, not necessarily who, but that someone, delivered a fish to her when a fish was delivered there), there was no mantling as when she waits for him to leave, there was only quiet vocalization from her — surprise, shock maybe at what she did LOL — and her hind end feathers were dripping, dripping wet. She’d been trying to fish — she had been coming to the nest at times all wet — and that time she had success.
And, Isabella, you’re welcome!!
Yes, CarolV, it’s great to actually see her bring in a fish, but it’s also great just to know that she did catch a fish, whether or not we witnessed ALL of it with our eyes!!
Thank you so much for the pictures of Squirmy with her catch! So proud of her! Yay!
All alone am I….
Did you say good-bye?
All alone …..
Without the beat of your wings…………..
Could SOMEONE please please stop by???
Thanks for posting Tim !
yw, thanks for noticing… lol
That was nice but looked like the fish hit the beach before nest, I am thinking someone else dropped it on the beach for the squirm to
dive down and get it right away. I am suspicious of that video and hope I`m wrong
Shredman…I had the same thought for a minute…then I thought “she’s new at this,it’s a BIG fish and she probably struggled with it!”
While wandering thru photos, came upon the attack crow from last year! What a pest!
another day, another attack……….
This was my favorite…. looks like George has black extensions put in!
Haaaaaa thanks for the chuckle 😁
I think it’s safe to say, Jane has left. So. my wish for her- and no doubt, Gracie, too——
May the winds rise to lift you…
May the sun shine softly on you………..
May the way be clear before you………
And wherever you may roam….. Til you return……..
May God hold you in the palm of his hand………
Bon matino Ozland! 🌥⛅️
George flies by while princess is on perch ordering breakfish
The fairy orbs and pixies come and go as the sun plays hide-and-seek with the clouds…………
Squirmy is on the perch yapping as this osprey circles below………………..
I’m wondering about George.
And I’m wondering, if Squirmy caught a fish previously, why she hasn’t shown up with others. Is she taking them elsewhere? Would love to get eyes on her to see how she is. The perch was shaking as she protested the osprey…..must still be strong.
This is nature. Do not interfere on this please!!
Jimmy Webb: What does that mean? I don’t mean what does that mean, I know what it means, I mean WHAT does that mean? It’s like out of left field!!
Oh, it suddenly dawned on me and I think I understand!! We shouldn’t be WISHING that we were still seeing George!! We mustn’t interfere with nature by wishing!! I wish I was a billionaire, but I don’t see that interfering with the gods not making me one!!
I wonder where George could be. This is the second consecutive day that he did not come to the nest nor was he heard — doing guarding calls, or any kind of calls. He’s such a good papa I can’t imagine that he left on migration and I hope he’s alright. In 2015 and 2017, when the chicks those years hatched within the first week of June, George stayed at least through September 27th when he was last seen and in 2016 he was last seen at the nest on September 21st. This year’s little chick hatched 3 weeks later than the chicks in those prior years. Migration is a funny thing which scientists have yet to figure out, with no set date, but I really expected George to stick around until at least late September if not even into early October.
Not sure, but I guess Squirmy handled it…
TimR: This is her SECOND self-caught fish. I made a video of her first if you would like to watch it @
Sorry, In my opinion, this video doesn’t show Squirmy coming into the nest with her own fish. You her her getting excited off to the right. Where, it is entirely possible, that George brought the fish into the right side and she picked it up from him. She is wet from the rain. 9/21 – clearly records her first catch.
I questioned that as well, Marguerite, but do not contest it, as it is unclear, although the fact that there were 2 sets of wings is possible. I never claimed my video was 1st catch… 😉
I am just glad we got to see Squirmy, getting the job done!
Bon nocte Ozland!💤
Osprey on guard!
Don’t mess with this chick!
Full Harvest Moon
Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September This full moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering
66 now, dropping to 60 under cloudy skies…….
Tomorrow- high of 70 and partly sunny……
Interesting clouds going by…….. calm night, not much wind….
Princess yappy arrives
George leaves perch
Did he leave for a fish?..or peace and quiet?
The princess waiting to find out
She waited no more
C7 at Charlo this morning….looks like a postcard
So I started from an empty nest, doing the scrollback slowly, and found no one …. Coming back to present….Squirmy! as pretty as ever!
I’m hoping someone saw George today…….. I don’t want to believe he would have gone………. I know it’s getting late, tho.
Squirmy had lots to say as this osprey flew by……. and after
She kept an eye on it.
And she’s just sitting, looking pretty in the 3rd shot…
Yeah!! The chick is still here!!
She landed on the perch at about 4:30 pm and did some calling for George, then she hopped down to the nest at about 5:05 pm to look and call for him
The chick stayed on the nest for a little over 40 minutes, occasionally calling for George, alarming and mantling those times an osprey flew too near the nest, but mostly standing quietly …
And then she flew away.
Anyone seen Dad today? I haven’t. Maybe he’s trying to teach Squirmy some ‘tough’ love in getting her own goodies??
Admin Shelli: As the breeding season ends I want to thank you for posting our comments (and fixing our screw-ups!! 😍), answering our questions … and keeping us in line 😉
You’re most welcome Betsy… thanks for thinking of me 🤗
It has been a pleasure knowing you. I imagine we will stay in touch on Facebook – at least I hope so. You are a lovely person.
Admin Shelli: Are you still around?? I need to ask you to do me a favor …
Yes, I’m here
Plz tag me in your selected posts
Admin Shelli: Would you remove the 6 comments that I flagged and their pictures, please? And, then, would you remove my “Are you still around?” comment, please? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Betsy I am away from home until later this evening and I’ll be happy to try locate them
Adnin Shelli: Thank you for fixing my comment from 9/19!!
Pretty colors with the sunrise …
Glinda comes to the nest with her morning fairy friends …
you can see a face in the bubble over the upright stick!! LOL
I see a martian
Got out of UFO!
Seagull going by
Bonan matenon Ozland!🌥⛅️🌤
CarolV’s fairy 🧚♀️ orbs….usually hear the princess about this time
Nice quote! New to me and so true!
Isabella: here’s your “UFO” LOL
Admin Shelli: I’m posting this so I can bring up my comments that are awaiting moderation!!
Bonan nokton Ozland!😴🌛
The princess and I bay watching
I didn’t see (or hear) George at the nest today, but, the chick was in and out a bunch of times and on the perch, jabbering — to George or the world, I couldn’t say. She first came at 6:32 am, flying in from wherever she spent the night …
she looked around for George and called for him with no response …
she poked around the nest a little looking for something to eat …
then hopped from one spot on the nest to another …
she found her leftover fish from last evening …
and took it to go …
She was back at 7:21 am, again calling for George …
and scavenging for something to eat, finding the gill cover from last evening’s fish. She ate some of it but then discarded the rest …
she poked around for something else to eat but pretty much came up empty …
so she hopped up to the perch …
she was back at around 9 am, but, it was the same story — no George and no fish …
so, up to the perch again …
at around 9:30 am, she started excitedly alarming … a stray juvenile was trying to land on the perch. It flew off …
and “our” chick hopped down to the nest …
she continued alarming and mantling since the other juvenile kept trying to land on the nest …
and even lunging at it when it came close to landing on the nest …
it was very persistent, doing flybys …
there was lots of wing waving with this fly by!!
So, continuing!! After things settled down, a good shake out …
a gleeful jump for a job well done
and up to the perch …
Someone was nearby again, so, down to the nest …
again mantling …
all clear …
back to the perch …
and, then, a pest was near again!! Repeat!! Jumping down, alarming, mantling, calm …
but this time …
instead of hopping up to the perch, the chick flew away …
While the osprey’s away the crows will play Hee hee
The chick was back at about 4:30 pm
calling and looking for George …
losing her balance from weakness from not eating … just kidding!!
then up to the perch to do more calling for George …
I’m tired, so this is the rest of the day!! LOL
as the day closed out she sounded as if she had returned to the perch …
CarolV: She didn’t come from the front. You can hear her as she’s flying to the nest and at the 18:14:23 hr mark you can just see (barely) the tips of her wings as she goes by (just a hairline above the nest and just to the right of curved branch/sticking up straight stick), then she lands on the edge. Her cries are different from a fish delivery. She throws a couple of “eeks” (or “icks”, maybe) in with her cries … probably from being proud of and surprised at her catch!! LOL
This was supposed to be a reply to CarolV’s post under my video — but when I submitted my post, it came back that I had to enter my name and email address … so I did, but apparently that then made it a stand-alone comment!!
Mwaramutse Ozland! 🌤🌥…….CarolV’s fairy orbs
She alternated between calling for breakfish and nibbling on fish jerky
Love when her wings are up….she has pretty markings…beautiful combination of the Mamma and Daddy O!
Nice big supper
Mantled while George flew by
First picture above…George is right above the nest on the right….
Coast is clear
Balance was tricky
So she moonwalked it a bit
Got back to business
UFO flew by
The princess took her fish and followed
Hi! Isabella, I think that UFO was a white heron.
Marmalade to you, too, Isabella!
CarolV…thought is was a heron,but I couldn’t scroll back to take another look…….very funny marmalade! Lol!
The chick flew to the nest at 6:38 am looking for George and a fish …
she was there for not even half a minute and then she flew off …
she was back 8 minutes later …
landing with a hop …
she waited …
and waited …
blowing over and losing her balance in her excitement when she saw George on his way …
Love this wing shot!
this is what he delivered …
it was very lively …
but she managed to grab the fish …
then she took off to eat the fish at another eating spot taking a bunch of nesting material along …
it looked funny to see it dangling as she flew …
the nest was quiet all day and then she flew to the perch where she either chattered to George or to herself …
I’m not sure when she left the perch after landing there at 1:51 pm, but she flew to the nest at 3:55 pm …
and then hopped up to the perch …
a couple of minutes later she flew away …
George flew to the perch with a fish at 4:22 pm. I’m surprised the chick did not spy him and race to the nest …
George ate some of the fish while on the perch, making the camera shake with each piece of fish he tore off. A few minutes later he flew off with it to eat it somewhere else …
20 minutes later the chick returned to the nest, flying to the perch …
she got all excited when this osprey flew by the nest — I don’t know if it was George, but it must have been from the way she was begging for a fish, but she may have been so hungry that she would have done the same if Attila the Osprey flew by —
she hopped down from the perch …
did some intermittent begging and then hopped back up to the perch …
about 1/2 hour she flew away …
she was back 3 minutes later,landing on the right edge of the nest, with …
her first self-caught beauty of a fish!!
This news made my day! Happy to hear she finally did it!
Way to go, Squirmy!!
Well, it’s been one full week since Jane was last seen at the nest — on 09/11/2018 at 18:11:42 hrs. I think it’s safe to say now that she left on migration!!
Egg #1 laid on 05/23/2018 @ 12:04:41 hrs
Egg #2 laid on 05/26/2018 @ 07:11:23 hrs
Egg #3 laid on @ time unknown (camera was down between 05/28/2018 at 21:08:24 hrs and 05/29/2018 at 09:38:55 hrs – egg first seen 05/29/2018 at around 10:11:38 hrs)
*2 eggs did not hatch
Hatched 🐣: 07/01/2018 (39 days incubation)
Fledged 🐦: 08/26/2018 @ 56 days old
First fish 🐟: caught on 09/18/2018 ➡ 23 days after fledging (@ 79 days old)
Last seen 👀 at nest:
Not seen at nest when camera came back online on 05/22/2018; seen on 06/05/2018 in huge battle with George and Jane while trying to reclaim nest, again on 06/06/2018 in a smaller battle with George and Jane, and on 06/11/2018 in another huge battle with George and Jane, and on 7/28/2018 when she landed briefly on the nest
Jane (George’s new mate):
First seen 👀 at nest: 05/22/2018 (when camera came back online)
Last seen 👀 at nest: 09/11/2018 (@ 18:11:42 hrs)
First seen 👀 at nest: 05/22/2018 (when camera came back online)
Last seen 👀 at nest:
Do the chicks migrate with the last adult ? Will Squirmy leave with George, or will she be left to figure it out on her own ? Now that she apparently can feed herself, maybe George will decide his job is done and take off for southern climes. He did such a great job this year – really shouldered most of the burden ! It’s a bittersweet time of year…. <3
Nancy: Hi Nancy. No, the chick(s) do not migrate with the last adult (or any parent). They go it alone!!
“Nature of Migration
Individuals typically migrate singly, except at concentration points. Kerlinger and Moore 1989 reported that 80% of Ospreys sighted during fall over New York State were alone, 11% seen with other raptors (primarily Broad-winged Hawks [Buteo platypterus]), with maximum flock size 2 individuals. A flock of 11 was reported at Cape May, New Jersey (Dunne et al. 1988). Larger flocks (up to 92 individuals) have been reported in Cuba (Rodríguez-Santana et al. 2014) and Haiti (Crouse and Keith 1999) where the broad-front migration from eastern and (partly) central North America is concentrated as it passes through the Caribbean.
Satellite telemetry data show: (1) male-female differences in timing of migration (females leave up to a month before males), distance traveled, and overwintering locations; (2) individuals followed for over 1 yr by satellite telemetry showed unwavering fidelity to overwintering sites and a general fidelity to migration flyways, but not to specific routes; (3) breeding pairs did not migrate or overwinter together (Martell et al. 2001a, Martell et al. 2014); and (4) adults do not migrate with their offspring (MSM).”
1. Do Osprey pairs migrate and winter together?
Ospreys mate for life, as far as we know, but part ways each year for the fall migration. They migrate as individuals, not in groups or flocks. Usually, females leave the nesting area first, followed by the males. Mates do not see each other again until they return to their nest in spring. It would be a very rare coincidence if a pair ended up in the same wintering place.
2. Do the young migrate and winter together with parents or each other?
The young are left behind when parents migrate. A few days to several weeks later, the young take off, too. Each one finds its own route south and winters in a different place, just as the adults do.
3. When do the young migrate back north? Do they return to the place of their birth nest?
The young remain in the vicinity of the winter home and generally do not migrate north their first spring. Rather, they remain near their wintering area for another year until they are almost two years old. If young survive to the spring of their second year, they head north, but they do not necessarily return to the place of their birth nest. In fact, they may return to anywhere within a hundred miles of it. Chances are they will never see their parents, or each other, again.
4. How do Ospreys know when to start their migrations?
This question is hard to answer. Many birds respond to changing day length that at some point triggers migratory preparation, such as adding body fat to fuel the long trip. Then, environmental conditions such as wind direction and speed, atmospheric pressure, temperature or some unknown input or combination click in the birds brain, turning it from a lethargic resident into a migrating machine. Quite literally, a bird will be perched resting one moment and the next will be off like a shot out of a canon. The perplexing thing about the influence of day length on birds that winter in the tropics is that the length of daylight does not change much in that region. So there are likely many factors detected by the birds that prepare them for migration and then send them off at almost the same time each year.
5. Do Ospreys follow the same route north that they took south?
The return migration is almost always the mirror image of the fall migration. A bird that we have tracked on Nantucket, Señor Bones, migrated south in the fall and north in the spring in 2011 and in 2012 along almost exactly the same path. Minor variations occurred when he was flying over the Caribbean and over the Straits of Florida between Cuba and Florida; these variations were caused by drift with the prevailing winds at the time of the different flights.
6. How do Ospreys know where to go that is, how do they navigate to find their way back to their nests in the spring?
Ospreys use many methods to navigate. Since they do not migrate as a group, but as individuals, they cannot learn from each other. Some studies have shown that birds migrate using celestial cues, such as star patterns, or the position of the sun through the day and at the time of year. Others have shown that the earths magnetic forces aid them in migration. Some learning goes on through trial and error. Once a bird navigates successfully, it almost appears as if it has its own GPS navigational system to guide it next time around. The long and short of it is that we do not know for sure how they do it, but we do know that whatever methods they use, they can travel with remarkable accuracy from place to place.
7. Do Ospreys eat during their migrations or do they rely on fat stores to fuel them?
Ospreys fish along the way to keep up their strength. It appears that most fishing takes place early in the morning before they start the days flight, or during rest stops lasting a day or so along the way. This varies depending upon the distance traveled, the success of earlier fishing attempts, etc. Ospreys do not appear to fish when they travel out across large bodies of water such as the Straits of Florida or the Caribbean Sea.
What are the greatest dangers to Ospreys during migration?
8. One major danger is weather, especially when crossing large bodies of water. For instance, Ospreys crossing the Caribbean or the Straits of Florida can be blown off course if they fly into a strong headwind or get caught in a severe thunderstorm. Anything that slows their flight and increases the time it takes them to make the crossing could drain strength or fat reserves (their fuel) and put them at risk. Worst case, they may have to ditch into the water, or if they do make it to land somewhere, they may be too exhausted to fish to regain their strength. Another major danger is being shot by humans. This could happen anywhere. However, birds migrating in this part of the world are particularly vulnerable when they fish in private and commercial fish farms/ponds in the Dominican Republic, Haiti or Cuba. Many of the farms are owned by local people living at or near subsistence level, who do not take kindly to anyone or anything that steals their fish.
9. What happens when one mate migrates back to the nest before the other?
The longer the time interval between mates arrival at the breeding site, the more likely it is that the first to arrive will attract or be attracted to a new mate. Yes, Ospreys do mate for life as far as we know, but that bond needs to be reinforced each spring by the arrival of the second mate. If too much time elapses, a bird will accept another mate since the instinct to breed is far greater – and more important – than the instinct to wait for a mate that may have perished over the winter.
10. What happens if an Osprey returns to find his or her partner with a new mate?
In most cases, the late returning bird will drive off the new bird as the bond between the old mates will be stronger than the newly formed bond between the old and new mates, especially if the new mate is a young bird. We often see three Ospreys on a nest and conflicts between two of them early in the nesting season. These conflicts are usually short in duration and no one gets hurt in the process. However, once I found an adult Osprey dead in the nest while two adults went about their business of egg laying and rearing young. I do not know if the dead bird was a former mate or an intruder.”
There are two distinct populations of osprey with respect to lifestyle, the Residents and the Migrants. Residents are the ones, which breed in the subtropical latitudes in winter; they either stay in the same area all year round or move only locally during the non-breeding season. The other ones are the Migrants, which nest in the temperate latitudes and fly off each autumn to spend the winter in the tropical regions.
North American ospreys start migrating south to their wintering grounds in Central America and in the northern parts of South America, around mid-August. By early September, most nesting colonies in the northern latitudes are empty. The numbers of migrating ospreys observed at selected watch points along their southward route are at their greatest during mid-September and early October.
They reach their wintering grounds by late November. During winter, the only thing an osprey does is to eat, rest, recover from the stress of the previous breeding season and prepare for the next breeding season. It has been observed that during winter, they become more tolerant of each other as they congregate in loose flocks and are even known to hunt together in small groups, a few birds hovering over water, looking for fish might also stimulate others to join in the frenzy.
Adult ospreys start leaving their wintering grounds in early March, by late March, more than half of the wintering ospreys have left the wintering areas, for their natal nesting grounds.
Yearling ospreys stay on their wintering grounds for another eighteen months, returning to their natal nesting grounds at the age of about two years.
Two-year-old ospreys however, leave the wintering grounds much later than the adults, and may reach their natal nesting grounds as late as June, by then; they are already too late to breed. However, pre-adult ospreys may become a nuisance to the breeders, because they try to take over nest sites and may interfere with the breeding pairs, as they explore and search for nesting sites of their own. They are also sometimes known to replace a partner in a breeding pair if it dies or is incapable of performing its duties.
Ospreys arrive back at their natal nesting grounds by early May.” (http://www.glenlakesfoleyal.com/html/osprey_information.html)
Another website about migration: VIMS VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE @ http://www.vims.edu/bayinfo/ospreycam/about_ospreys/
Thank you Betsy. This is wonderful information !
Just before the video started to shut down for the night……….. looks like clearing skies.
about 72 now, dropping to 67- skies clear in early a.m., with clouds returning in morning, for a partly cloudy day. Small chance of a shower just before noon. high temp 73.
We are still getting some rain on the South Fork….
Squirmy popped in to view briefly……… yaps and returns to perch…….
About 18:17…………She poked her head in from the right and at some point, a delivery was made.
Squirmy kindly brought the fish in to view…. seems to be eating at the nest…
Looks like rain stopped….. yay! But still raining on my side of the Island, so it may return to OZland.
Aside from shifting position, Squirmy has been eating non-stop!
Wow, she ate almost all of that big fish! I don’t think she took the small remnant with her…. low light always makes my pics blurry… but even tho she trailed a strand of seaweed, it looked like her feet were open…….. JMO
Big fish! She handled it like a pro!…was waiting to see if she would eat it tip to tail..
CarolV: No delivery — self-caught!!
Betsy…how do you know?…I’m guessing that you have pics or video…hint hint!
How do I know?? Here’s how can you tell: She hadn’t eaten since 7 am, so she would be “starving” but, there was no commotion!! She doesn’t holler as when she sees George approaching the nest with a fish; even if he is there first with a fish, she comes tearing and screaming in; she’s relatively quiet as she flies to the nest; you can hear a raspy “eek, eek, eek” mixed in with her cries; she doesn’t mantle over the fish as when she grabs it from George; when she walks out with the fish you can see her bottom dripping, and even though it is drizzling, this would only happen from a dive. She has been trying to catch a fish — she has come to the nest wet. This time she did!!
BTW, you can jump from about 18:15 to 18:17 — she’s very quiet during that time, but some movement of the tip of a branch can be seen, so she’s still there.
Betsy…. thx for the video!….when I came on she already had the fish…couldn’t scroll back to see how it arrived..I must have just missed it!…funny because I couldn’t decide if she was wet from rain or bay….and what a big fish!! Congrats princess 👑!
I didn’t see her flying in… I heard some yapping and what looked like a wing tip swish above her head as she came from the right. That’s why I thought phantom osprey delivered
Squirmy is upstairs wheep, wheeping. Guess she needs fish? Did a quick scrollback and don’t see any recent. Weather is horrible, tho, so understandable. Thunder started, loud and proud about 1:15 and rain held off till almost 2. Been raining, in varying intensity, since……..
Hi Carol, I saw Squirmy earlier today and Dad brought a fish and almost lost a toe! Squirmy took off with it.
I swear these parents have armor plated feet! Thanks, Cathryn!
It’s been a gray day. Quite windy at the nest, from the sound..
Later in the day, they’re still showing t-storms. We only had a few sprinkles as opposed to rain they had forecast.
Haven’t had any luck catching any one at the nest. Have to wait for posts.
Have a great afternoon, everyone!
Must be a good day! It posted from phone!
Nary osprey nor craven on the windswept windsong nest!
Bon dia Ozland!⛈
Bon dia princess!
Waiting for breakfish
Served nest side!
Fighting fish and wind!…..fish tried to smack her royal tu tu!
Decided to go eat somewhere less windy
She should get her royal tu tu out after her own fish!
Bon nochi Ozland! 💤
Home is where the nest is!
2 of these are on Long Island
Ospreys bring strange things to the nest!
Isabella: Well, whatever works, I guess!! (re home is where the nest is) LOL
2nd nest down in 3rd grouping (2nd grouping of nests) is OZ!!
The family probably wanted to make it look like someone was at home!! LOL (re: strange things) I wonder how whoever brought it carried it there!!
Betsy and Isabella: re: strange things…. are we talking the guy or the sculptures????
Betsy..yes,and the one under OZ is a neighbor in east Marion
Isabella…. all good but that 2nd shot of the nest in that scrawny tree right where people were set up to lounge………. that is a spectacular shot!
I think this is in Dorset,England….they are setting up decoys hoping to attract the real thing. They even spray white stuff around to look like poop!
The chick was at the nest early this morning looking for a fish from George. She stayed for about 11 1/2 minutes, scavenging pieces of fish from the nest.
1. Landing on nest
2. Eating something she found on the nest
3. Hopping across to the edge
4. Fly-walking back to center
Doing an osprey dive when she left …
A bird just passing through. I liked the silhouette …
Is that an osprey on the left?
Isabella: No, I don’t think so … the three birds seemed to be together and then split as they passed the nest.
Aww…poor fish!…reminds me of those singing fish 🐟 some people have for decor
George came to the nest with a partial fish. He patiently waited for about 1/2 hour but the chick didn’t come and then he left …
Crow landings from perch to nest (1 to 4) and a jump up to the perch (5)…
George came to the nest to check on things and look out over the water. He stayed less than a minute and a half before flying off. I wonder if he felt wistful that he would soon migrate …
I didn’t make an error — I couldn’t decide between the 2 wing pictures!!
The chick came wanting a fish. She jumped up to the perch to let George know that she was hungry …
About an hour later George delivered a fish.
The chick hopping down from the perch (1) and grabbing fish from George (2 to 4)
and then he flew off …
There are legs …
and then there are LEGS!!
Oh Squirmy it’s time to stop loafing off Dad and catch your own meals !!!
Weather– 75 now, dropping to 72 under cloudy skies……. rain coming , increasing after midnight………
Looks like rain hanging around all day tomorrow. Remnants of Florence, most of which is passing over the mainland. We are getting outer bans and the further east, the lower the rain accumulation. Think we are under an inch total out here……….. but never second-guess Mom Nature
Video back right on time…. but I’m guessing action is done for the night…
Video napping…. checking back @7
George brings partial fish,,,,,,,,,, Squirmy jumps from perch and runs right in to George to get the fish..
Squirmy out in a puff of nesting
S flying toward her spot
Just some visits to the nest……..
George is here……
Squirmy stopped in and is wheep-wheeping from the perch right now……..
The cleaning crew is obviously a family business! The kid wanted to be paid on the spot!
It’s frustrating…. I can post to face book from my phone at work but posts to OZ can sit in the phone for hours, with the endless circle, until I get back to cancel them.
But it is more likely to have success with an all text message. Doesn’t make sense………..
Not sure what I’m posting…. now I’m having trouble finding pics I took today… almost posted my cat…. at least this should be an osprey…. I hope…
I’d blame me for this nonsense, but I’ve been doing fine…. till lately
Empty nest syndrome 🙁
Thought osprey more north might leave earlier ….not this Charlo cutie
Thankfully we still have our princess 👑!
Juvenile crow getting fed by parent …
Moghrey mie Ozland! 🌤🌥🌦
George brought a fish for a no show princess…..waited…then left….that’s George on the left
Oie vie Ozland! 😴
Itsy-bitsy back again…(on the stick). must have had a good night at this web!
About 72, dropping to 64 under clear skies, gradually clouding over in early a.m.
Monday- mostly cloudy, hight 76. Remnants of Florence heading our way, westward across land.
Looks like Squirmy finally calls it quits…… looked like she did a double loop around the nest. I didn’t catch if/when she landed on perch……..
Squirmy’s lobbying again. Looks like there was a fly-by that she’s reacting to.
And down again, with prolonged yapping………. on two devices slightly out of sync……………… better turn one down before my ears start to bleed!
@17:43- all that work paid off……….George shows with a large, LIVELY fish…………
This guy gave Squirmy a good fight and I was afraid she would lose it…….. she went right but the fish’s tail could still be seen, flipping for a while……. TY, Fish, for your sustenance.
Squirmy was moving around, maybe trying for a better hold……. she was still working on it as I post @ almost 6:30. And she needs a bath! Fish blood all over her legs…….
15:57- Squirmy flies in, yapping, then heads to perch. Chatting to herself once in a while……
Look at the beautiful day we have! 79 now at 4p.m……
13:25- we have delivery! Squirmy wasn’t there- surprise, surprise- so George called
Crazed banshee arrives and claims fish……..
George takes his time, cleaning his beak then heading to perch………..
Squirmy ate in…. her shadow showed and she chattered – don’t know how she ate AND yapped!
George was above, with an occasional comment
It was Squirmy’s turn to clean beak and jump to perch
About this ginormous nest…even the osprey look bewildered!…..”we should have put a door in”!………also surprised nobody spotted Gracie in one of the pics!….take another look…I’ll wait
I did………. felt it was only natural she be included And our view- as it once was- caught my eye!
I’m wondering where that is and if there are windy storms! The Verizon nest has to be rebuilt almost every year after winter!
Oh yeah—I immediately picked out our Gracie! I really miss ‘our’ girl. I sincerely hope she’s doing fine and is well.
Isabella: Rjoneal took that screenshot on 06/16/2016, we called it Gracie Feather Duster!! … and then I framed it for her!!
Betsy….when I spotted it, I thought I remembered it being your or RJ’s pic! It caught my eye because it was one of my favorite pics! When I googled osprey nests images. There she was!
A little cutie pie …
The chick is 11 weeks old today
Bongu Ozland!🌤☀️………bay cam!……I could hear the princess
Osprey cam….bongu princess 👑!
After a quick trip, princess yappy is back
Pick up sticks
See or hear you later!
May be of interest to some
This was about a week ago…..Louis fishing…I like to think he’s having a “spa” moment & pretending that he can’t hear Iris! Lol
Squirmy made an appearance to yap and then head upstairs……..
Squirmy has been chattering on the perch and dropped down to say some more……….. just GO FISHING!
This was not the sunny morning forecast. We had fog and it’s finally clearing … As you can see, the day was overcast in OZland. Things are starting to look better.
Is that George??????? Getting a big reaction from Squirmy….
The suspense is killing me!!!! Fish or no fish??? Squirmy is asking………….. repeatedly!
It’s been quiet from the nest……….. did Squirmy get the hint and follow George???? or give it a try? Hope so!
BTW………HAPPY 11 WEEK BIRTHDAY, SQUIRMY!
In honor of the Squirmy mushroom………
Someone was out late!! Came hurrying to the perch.
Betsy…. I should have stayed on late…..great pic!!…looks like the princess 👑
By that time, my sheep were all counted and I was starting on zebra stripes………….
IL-Lejl it-tajjeb Ozland!💤
int ukoll Isabella
You, too, Isabella…. in little white doggie language (;*]]
Kelb Malti ……very funny and clever CarolV!😆😉
Tried posting from work and it looks like it didn’t go.
Verizon Vic was on his pole with a fish as I got to work. I had said that I thought his 2 juveniles were gone but when I went outside at lunch, there was what looked like a juvie sitting on the post, calling. So I think Vic has one juv still hanging around.
These were pics of Vic this a.m.
So nice to still see them around! ….did you name him?
Yes- Verizon Vic and Vera
Good choice!…Verizon should make a commercial with them!
Pretty sunset for a pretty day.
Temp now, 71, dropping to about 63 under clear skies. Tomorrow supposed to be sunny all day, temps. mid 70s. No complaints from me!
Heard Squirmy talking to herself upstairs, a few mins. ago. Don’t know what her food sitation was today, since the mid-morning 1/2 fish I saw. Wonder if George will bring her anything tonight?
Was happy to search back and find she did get something to eat. A small piece of fishtail.
@16:07…. Squirmy had hoped off perch and was so excited, she flew off the nest. George came in and S flew back and attacked that fish.
George stayed for a few minutes, as Squirmy squawked…..
After George left, Squirmy’s shadow showed from the right. She must have stayed on the nest to eat, as she walked in to view some time later. Stayed for a few mins. then went.off.
About an hour later, Squirmy flew in and started yapping…. someone flew off the perch, right over her head.
Then, it looked like she went to perch…
DIY captions 😃
Some more pics
DIY captions 😊
It’s amazing the variety of nests and nesting places! Truly opportunistic birds ! That first nest under the 11:50 post is and ecosystem unto itself!
Isabella: I can’t believe how gigunda (!) the first nest in the more pics grouping is … it is soooooooooooo deep!!
Isabella— thanks for all the different nests. Amazing!!!!
nfc….you’re welcome!…one of them is a sculpture!
And it is amazing!