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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.
Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.
Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.
Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.
Best wishes, and good luck,
John W. Fitzpatrick
Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
Academy of Natural Sciences
In other nest news. In Hempstead Lake state park this year there is a Great Horned Owl family who took up residence in a very small high yet visible nest Two owlets hatched on March 16th. Well drama happened yesterday when the crowded nest got too small and both tots fell to the ground. They were rescued, are not injured and are in good hands Today word has it they will be returned to the park and placed in a bigger man made nest.
Here’s mama and babies before the fall. These are not my photos. There are many photographers hanging about under the nest on any given day
Love baby owls! TY for the pics and info.
Oh thank you for the detailed update !
As much as I loved watching the set up of the new house each season and was sorry to miss the drama of Gracie/ Jane exchange last year, I would never stop watching because of the camerastream delay. One of the GREATEST strengths of this nest, for me, is a lack of enemy birds! No GHO, no eagles (yet), and no raccoons making the climb. The only heartache as far as losing chicks was the year of the bunker die-off, when a fish shortage caused the death of the youngest chick.
Plus I live close- relatively- and I enjoy seeing what’s going on locally.
I also work in a grocery store where fellow watchers shop and chat about the birds when they see me. Between that, and the Verizon nest by my job, I have a lot of fun osprey watching from different angles.
I’m just hoping an adjustment to the camera is feasible, as we may be watching feet if they build the nest any higher……………..
I hope others reconsider not watching because of the delay. Isn’t the main show the cute babies and watching them grow? Watching George show Jane the ropes- not meant as a suggestion, George, as you have brought those home before— was a revelation and a learning experience in itself. Looking forward to the 2019 season !!!!
Well, since I can’t remember if I welcomed Mary Ann or not already WELCOME! I pop in once in a great while in April (if the cam isn’t on yet) but will be coming on more often when the cam gets turned back on in May. In the meantime, I’m watching all the eagle babies on different live cams being hatched, & waiting for my OTHER (besides this one) favorite live cam to get fixed & come back on- the Shark Cam on Explore.org. Anyway, welcome again! (You can’t get permission to somehow turn the cam on early, can you??)
Thank you, Sue! Tommy is away and won’t be back until the end of April, and he’s the one that has to get the cam streaming. He said it should be the first week in April, so we just have to be patient,
as hard as that is! There are plenty of other osprey cams to watch in the meantime.
Just a reminder for everyone, all the OZ photos posted from the past and the ones later on when the cam is up and running, need to have the sponsor logo strip on them, as the owner would like it that way. Thank you!
Thanks for that reminder Mary Anne!
This past Saturday I spotted 8 Osprey along Wantagh , Ocean & Robert Moses parkways, 3 were clearly couples in their home nests. I was so excited and overwhelmed with joy ! 😁
Just sharing a shot of this nest and its unusual “baby bumperguard……..
A fish among the fluffies……. Dad brought and had to encourage Mom from her spot, but she took the fish to go
4-9-19 Hi Carol I love watching this nest you never know what the male ospreys is going to bring into the nest. Just today he brought in a dirty white sock. lol
miss you see you soon 🙂
The best was the look on Harriet’s face as Jack placed the sock next to her! I think there was a wrinkle of “pee-u” on her beak! hee-hee
LOL – that is too cute!!
Happy Birthday Helen.
Happy day, Helen!
🙂 Thank you so much my friend!
Went to Oakdale to try and get pictures of an eagle that was seen there and got these instead. Come on back George with who ever!
Wow, Keith, beautiful photos!
Nice pics! We’ve all got the osprey itch!
Thank you, LT. Appreciate your scouting for all of us who are anxious to see who’s who and what’s what in Osprey Zone.
Great news, I was in George and Gracie/Jane’s neighborhood today, and they are back! Not sure if our favorite couple,but the nest is very much occupied.
What great news….I cant wait to see which female is at nest…god bless that they came back….
Yeah!! Thanks for being our “eyes”!!
TY!!!!!! Good to know, as we guess who will star the show for 2019!
Has anyone who lives in the area of the Osprey Zone nest seen any activity yet around George and Jane/Gracie’s nest?
If you are passing the time until the camera here comes on by watching the Kent Island osprey nest, you might want to look in this morning. The ospreys have added a newspaper in its delivery bag to the nest. The photos are clear enough that the publisher has confirmed it’s the April 2nd edition.
I’m sharing an observation from someone, not me, in the neighborhood of the nest. As of yesterday, the platform was still unoccupied but an Osprey was heard then seen in a tree across the canal very near where the nest is. I do know from years past that George has been known to sit in a tree across the canal from the nest.
Thank you Redkayak. Good to have an eagle eye in the area!! Hee hee
First time in ’19 I’ve been on site..juat wanted to let u know, there was activity on the nest today . I had the baby in hos stroller so I couldn’t walk to nest as I usually do. I only saw 1 , couldn’t tell who it was.
Thank you, Holly, that’s great to know!
Thanks for the info Holly!! Can’t wait for the camera to be up!!
I’m happy to report Vic and Vera at the Verizon tower seem to be figuring things out. They currently have a sort of double decker nest, with some sticks gathered on the top rim and a large pile of sticks in the CORNER (must have gotten my mental suggestion!) right below that. My hope is they continue with the lower nest on the more stable walkway,,,, we shall see.
Will send photo when I remember to take my phone with me!!!!
BTW- our osprey advocate, Helen, contacted anyone she could think of, concerned about this site. In the process, she found many people, including the property owner, concerned about the birds welfare and watching carefully. It’s heartwarming to see how many people cared!
The local osprey watchdog group counseled a wait and see attitude………. we are.
For anyone interested maggie from the Richmond nest laid egg number 1 today they are on their way
Hi all and Mary Anne. Was hoping the cam would be streaming, guess we’ll have to wait a little longer. Here’s hoping for a successful season.
Hello everyone! 2019 season closely approaching !
HI! Admin Mary Anne! Happy to see you with the admin title.
While we are all anxious to see G&J-( or possible return to G&G?????? ), we have to go with Tommy’s timetable. He graciously hosted us on to his private site. BUT I am in Ospreyzone fever myself!
In the meantime, some fill in on the Verizon nest situation………….. Helen, our intrepid osprey advocate, contacted several groups in an attempt to have a secure base erected for the Vs to build on. She located the group that oversees the protection of osprey nests, who sent a representative to survey this new tower. They felt that a nest would be feasible in this array and are taking a wait and see attitude.
Yesterday, both Vic and Vera were bringing in sticks. It was fun to watch as they were collecting sticks from a farm yard/field right across the road, so I got to watch them collect and carry them, rising on the winds, up to the platform. ( For anyone who may not know, I work right across the parking lot by this tower).
The problem seems to be that they don’t seem to know where to start. I realized that neither of these birds may have ever built a nest from the beginning. The nest that was removed had been there for a minimum of 20 yrs., according to long term employees who work with me. I have been there for 10+ yrs. and am pretty sure that the female partner changed about 5-6 yrs. ago. Not sure about male. He seems fairy consistent in his habits each year, but it is likely he inherited a pre-made nest.
They worked for several hours, placing sticks at various places around the walkway in the array, losing some as they worked. Then, I didn’t see any coming in during the afternoon. Now, I’m off for 2 days, so hope to see some progress when I go back Saturday……….
This shot is hard to see where the sticks were placed, so pardon my shaky arrows……….
Note on the above photo—- one stick even stretches out over that open center,
In my mind, the place to build would be in a corner, where the grid work of the walkway is doubled into a more secure mesh work….. but I don’t have an osprey view……….
This pic , which I took as I left about 6pm, is Vic and Vera, possibly discussing house plans????? One nice feature on this new set-up is the multiple perching options……….. Vic normally would be across the field on his eating pole, which tonight was occupied by a cheeky seagull……..
BTW… Vic has done some fly-bys right passed our large windows, just 5-6 ft. away; including one yesterday, carrying a good sized stick………… good thing we weren’t too busy, so I had a good morning watching the show. My co-workers just laugh at me… obviously not as bird-brained as I am……………
I like to think Vic was saying hello…… teehee
Carol, maybe you can convert some of your co-workers!
ADMIN Mary Anne………….10 years of trying and one or two have mild interest. I do have a bunch of customers who check in to see if I’ve noticed anything new. And there are people who watch here who have figured out who I am. It’s fun and encouraging to see all the interest people have for these beautiful birds!
How do I log on to the Verizon site & where is It? Maybe someone would answer me thank you we don’t have a camera here on 25A in Kings Park-I watch Missoula cam.
How cool to watch them gathering and bringing in the sticks! I would love to see that myself! I’m jealous!! 🙂
Hi ….First welcome Mary Anne…we are happy to have you on board!
The news from the south fork is that they are all back….We are still in Florida
where we see the residential ospreys…but nothing like this site!!! Looking forward to another season
Thank you, Theresa! I have seen many osprey pics taken on Long Island over the last week, posted in a few groups I am in. They are all over the place now!
This season we have a new admin joining us, as Nita is unable to be here, her name is Mary Anne.
Please help me welcome her to the group. She is a local and lives on Long Island. What a treat it is to have a local with us!
Welcome Mary Anne! Thanks so much for stepping in to help out ♥️
Thank you, Shelli, I’m happy for the opportunity to help out! I love watching the ospreys here and cannot wait
until we see them again. I know the season for this cam is shorter than the other osprey live cams, but I’m very grateful
for the time we do have. George and Jane had one chick last year fledge and hoping there are one or more this year. Fingers crossed!
Hey everyone, looking forward to a new season, and just wondering if you know an approximate date that the stream will be available. Ready to see our beautiful Ospreys again,
Leesa, all we know right now is that the cam owner is shooting for the first week in May.
Thank you Admin Shelli! After I posted my question, all the other conversations popped up! So then I found out what was going on. I’m looking forward to this season along with everyone else! Thanks for all your hard work, and welcome Admin Mary Anne!
Thank you, Leesa!
Don’t post often but happy to have you aboard.
Thank you so much, Ed! Happy to be here!
4-9-19 Hi Mary Anne we have been friends since this live cam started so happy you are volunteering to help moderate the chat. Do you remember when we first started with Paul and Tommy there was only about 25 of us who commented regularly? The Good Old Days Right lol…. I am so happy ever year our Beautiful Osprey Nest Grows more with followers who love Our Osprey Family. See you soon take care hugs.
Here is a picture with the whole family back from 2015 PeeWee Ronnie & Sandy the first season the nest went live.
Hi Rjoneal, I think you are mistaking me for someone else, as I was not active in this chat back then, although I was reading it and watching the cam at that time. No matter though!
Lol Oh we have a Mary Anne and I thought it was you. Well nice to meet you and I hope the Mary Anne I am talking about will watch this Season.
Happy to have you aboard Mary Anne, looking forward to this OZ season!!xo
Thank you, Patty, I am very much looking forward to it also!
Welcome, Mary Anne! Glad to have you with us!
Thank you, Chris!
Hi Mary Anne, so glad to have you join our group !
Thank you so much, Trinity, I’m very happy to be here!
Hello everyone! Counting the days now, hope to see Gracie, Jane or ??? Mystery girl with George! Welcome Mary Anne, it’s gonna be great!
Thank you, Robin! We’re getting closer! Looking forward to it very much!
HI Shelli. Welcome to Mary Anne. I saw the comment on Marcy 26th but didn’t notice the others because the number of comments was not as visible as in the past.. I wondered why no one was commenting. Lo and behold I looked further down and saw comments galore. I also noticed that number 38773. I had been checking in every day. Just didn’t notice that others were posting. Looking forward to the new season. Glad to see people from the last four years here again. I checked out at least two pages of comments. So glad everyone is ready for the season. I did see an osprey on Long Island recently. They are already in Maryland, Charlo, and Maine. So our pair must be getting ready for us to watch. It has been a very rainy April in New York as it has been elsewhere. I hope we have a wonderful year with out too much drama. It has been a crazy year for some of the other sites that we can see online.
Rjoneal— glad to see you are back. I missed you last year. I have been a follower of Dr. Sasse and have seen your input. You really help out with his programs. I watch everything after it takes place so have never been involved. I also check out your back yard videos. I keep finding more and more places to view and learn on the Internet.
Looking forward to chatting and learning with all the ospreyzone peeps!!!!!!
I am so glad to hear the site will be up again this year. I live in Houston and come home every summer to Greenport. This time of year gets me ready for the North Fork! We have followed these birds for years and we all look forward to watching them prior to our homecoming! Thank you to whoever is making this happen!!
I spotted an Osprey at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River and also another on the nest right on 25A as you get off the Sagtikos Parkway last exit before Sunken Meadow Park!! Yeah!!!
Good morning everybody! I just spoke with Aidan and he said Tommy will be back late April and will have the cam streaming the first week in May.
I know that’s not what some of you wanted to hear, but let’s be grateful that we’ll have 5 wonderful months of action and hopefully see all the nestorations, a couple more eggs laid, chicks reared, and many many flopping fish!! Here’s to a very successful season! ♥️♥️
I wish some kind of donations would be accepted to avoid delay in camera being turned on. I really appreciate this site and I know nobody is obligated to have this cam, but I won’t be watching the ospreyzone anylonger. I can’t wait 5 weeks thinking what is going on in the nest and just seing the end of the story… this to me is the best part, seing the ospreys return, rebuilding and preparing for their new family. <3
I completely agree!
I agree with you Meli– this is my favorite time of watching Osprey Zone , when they first come to the nest and fix it all up. Sort of a shame! Rachel and Steve at Hog Island should be returning in April.. That is a great nest to watch until about July when the Grey Horn Owls are around.
that’s a shame will be watching Missoula cam would like to watch Verizon don’t how to do that or where it is!
Sorry, Winnie, but Verizon isn’t on line. It’s on a tower just across the parking lot from where I work. I’ve been observing for about 10 seasons… or this may be the 10th starting now. That’s one reason I hopped on the OZ fan wagon. It’s about 15-20 miles west of Ospreyzone nest, so I can now imagine what is going on in the nest while I watch from below.
And we’re in Cutchogue, LI, NY
thank you Carol V for that info have been watching Missoula cam so amazing to watch Iris getting the nest ready-poor things were sitting in a snowstorm yesterday-& the red tailed hawks in Ithaca are sitting on 3 eggs.
Meli it’s not about the money. The property owner leaves for the winter and doesn’t return until May so there is no way to turn the cam on any sooner. I understand your frustration and I thank you for joining us the past seasons. Take care and good luck to you.
Hi Shelli!! Do you know if the nest/camera were revamped or will it be the same limited view with headless osprey?
Hi Betsy! Nothing has been done to the cam thus far as the property owner has not returned, but as soon as he does I will try and get an update as to what, if anything, will be done about repositioning the cam.
Okay. Thank you Shelli.
You’re welcome Betsy 🤗
Hi Shelli Thanks for giving us an update. 🙂
Hi Rjoneal, you’re welcome!
Showing interest @the new Verizon digs!! Each time I get a chance to look 👀, s/he is on a different tube
Hope house building starts soon! Maybe they both have to be in residence? Anyhow…. some hope!
The osprey is back in his nest by the Oakdale Merge
Yes, I noticed that too! So exciting to see!!
Good news my fellow osprey followers….I saw an osprey couple yesterday on the nest in southold by Goldsmiths….the season has begun!!!
Hello Osprey Lovers! Looking forward to another wonderful saga here at the Osprey Zone! Hopefully the cam will be turned on shortly! xoxo
I think I saw an osprey by Goose Creek today. He was flying around the beach. It is so exciting! It looked too big to be a hawk…. not 100% sure that he was an osprey, as he was too high, but still exciting!!! 🙂
Osprey seen on the NorthFork.
Osprey was seen on North Fork.
Hello everyone! First day of spring! Coming into the “home stretch “! As everyone else, hoping for a great season!
Audrey has already returned to the Chesapeake nest. It seems really early but the thing I’m really confused about is that I thought the males returned a lot earlier than the females. I sure hope Tom is OK and will be showing up soon.
I sure hope the camera is up and going here soon.
Is there by any chance an ETA on when that will happen?
Audrey from Chesapeake Bay is back — 03/19/2019 at 7:04 pm (EDT)!!
NEWS! Two ospreys have returned to Long Island, about an hour east of our nest. Oh – if only the camera was working…
Hi Gina…hopefully we will have some people who can ck our nest for us…
Happy almost springtime! Weather is certainly more co-operative here in LI!
On Saturday, I spotted an osprey on the eating post at the Verizon site by my job. He was eating and I was on way in to work, so no time to study…. I didn’t see “him” (assumption) on the few times I had to pop out to look.And now , I’m off for a few days, so can’t follow up……….
I was looking at the new array Verizon/Fios installed when they removed the V’s nest last fall. Although there was word they were putting up a platform, no further work has been done.
There is a spot in the corner of this walkway around there array where 2 walkways intersect, forming a close enough grid pattern which looks like it could support sticks as they are added for a new nest. The questions would be – will the osprey recognize this as a viable nesting spot . and…..will they be able to get their sticks in to that corner? It looks like there is space to come in thru the more open end, as long as they don’t get crazy with size…….. to be continued as events unfold.
And now we wait anxiously as our OZ camera remains “silent”…………
Hope all is well with everyone………..
Lifted this from moderator’s comment on Charlo osprey cam (https://explore.org/livecams/ospreys/charlo-montana-osprey-nest):
Chesapeake Bay is just 276 miles away from Long Island. Won’t be long now!! Shelli, tell Paul to shake a leg!!!!!
Well, I “think” the geese are back…………..
Saw what looked like Verizon Vic sitting on his post, eating, as I came in
Will check again at lunchtime and try to see if he has put anything on the walkway around the new structure. Will post later. Once again, they expect me to work….. so inconsiderate!
I imagine George won’t be far behind, if not there already. Anxious to hear what’ Going on at OZ!
AND SO IT BEGINS!!!!!
Hi all. Can’t wait for a new season to begin. Does anyone know when the camera will be turned on?
Hello OZ family! I can’t believe we are already into March. I am really looking forward to what this season will bring. I hope the camera will be turned on early but in the meantime I will be content watching the RVA nest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5FnNcBoKtA in the meantime. See you all soon!
Hi Dawn! We have a Facebook RVA group…come join us!
Hi all, just checking in. we are still snowbirds in FL, but coming back to Bethpage, LI end of next month, the grandies are so excited to begin another chapter of our George & Gracie series!Love to all of you!
Hi Dawn. Just checked in at OZ and read your post. I checked out the link … the osprey are there!!!!!!!
St. Paddy’s day is usually the time when we start to see the first ospreys return to Long Island. I can’t help but imagine our handsome George flying north, back home to us as I write this. And who will join him this year? Will it be our beloved Gracie or our brave and beautiful Jane? Also something to consider, now two sets of offspring will also be returning to the nesting area.
Talons crossed for safe travels to all our beautiful birds.
I am in Douglaston, right close by to Little Neck Bay. Today, while working in the garage, I am almost certain I heard the high pitch sound of an Osprey. It seems to be a bit early but I know I heard an osprey. I looked and looked but never saw the actual bird. How early do they arrive back on Long Island?
My son spotted 2 in North Sea….
I’m watching at the Verizon site. They never pot any platform to replace the former nest site. I hope there is room where the grid walkway meets at the corner and that the birds will be able to place a nest there. I have an imaginary picture of Vic’s face and thoughts when he comes home to an empty tower- rather changed tower……………
Heard a distinctive call this weekend here on N Shore/ Nassau as hoped – the day before St. P’s…didn’t see or hear it again, but saw O perched well south of here on his wacky tower nest on my way to work today! Hello Spring. Welcome O’s!
I also recently thought of George making his way north, the anticipation is getting very real !
Read on Charlo osprey cam comments a comment by moderator that “Mrs. COM (Crazy Osprey Man) already spotted an osprey in the neighborhood on Kent Island, Maryland, during her walk on Saturday!” That’s the Chesapeake Bay area!! Whoop, whoop, whoop!! Won’t be long now!!!!!!!!!!
Hi everyone! Betsy – Thank you SO much for your comment about the Chesapeake Bay – Kent Island Osprey – I saw him on cam (in rewind of course) – but can’t thank you enough! Can’t wait for this cam to go Live – hoping to see Gracie return stronger than ever and looking forward to another Season!
Hi everyone just dropping by to say hello miss everyone : )
Hi to all! It’s been a long winter with little snow for us….. but it ain’t over so not saying hurrah yet..
Hope everyone else has had a good season. Been laying off the various sites and just an occasional peek. Resting up for the new Ospreyzone season………. anxious to see what’s up this year and, like everyone else, hoping camera comes up early enough to catch arrivals.
Most recent status of the Verizon nest for Vic and Vera-…………….. this shows the new platform when it was almost done. Also, the 2 drums that were removed. One still had debris from the nest still stuck to it. Still no sign of any platform for the nest to be rebuilt on. Hope Verizon keeps its word, when they said there would be a place for the nest.
Helen, who also watches here and sometimes comments, has said she will be contacting Verizon to remind them. If anyone can get things done, it’s Helen! Wish her luck !!!!!
Carol — I do not think the space they provided is safe – it seems too open. I am going to ask Verizon to put up another telephone poll – tried to find their number for Cutchogue – am going to call the headquarters on Monday.
Betsy…silly string! Lol! Charlo posted 74 more days til osprey….hope everyone is well…will Gracie return?…Jane,or a new female?….let’s see who returns for the “nest” new season!
Hello out there! Is anyone there? If there is, I was just wondering if the camera will be back on early enough so that we can see the return of George and Gracie or Jane or if we’ll miss everything, once again, from the start of the season?
I’m sorry but I have not heard anything as of yet.
Chick (eagle) at SWFEC!!
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR…
“What’s up, all is going nicely here and ofcourse
every one is sharing facts, that’s truly fine, keep up writing.”
This reminded me of our raven/crow discussions………….
CarolV…carol’s craven!….too funny!….next time they have to stay still long enough for us to count the feathers!Lol!
Celebrate all the holidays- celebrate life!
……………………HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!…………………………………Best wishes to everyone!
And the same to you Carol…have a blessed day!
And to you as well Shelli….
I haven’t been here in a long time, just wanted to wish everyone a joyous holiday season (hi Carol!)
Admin Shelli: Are you lonely?? LOL
Although I miss our Osprey and seeing you all everyday I am kept very busy with SWFEC.
We are officially on egg watch now so we are all eggcited as to what season 7 will bring ♥️
Yes SWFEC is watching Harriets every move haha fingers crossed for an eggy soon! Her earliest egg laid was Nov 17th ( I remember b/c its my wedding anniversary!)
Renee you’re right! And time wise the earliest she has laid is 1:47pm and the latest is 6:38pm
HI TO ANYONE STILL CHECKING IN!!!!!
Lol well I was for about 9 days or so and no one posted so I kinda thought u all were thru for the season.
Update on Verizon nest- by my job-
While Vic and Vera are sunning themselves in warmer climes, their home has been removed. Verizon/Fios is upgrading their cell service and that involved the removal of the drum the nest sat on. I was wondering what was going on and planning to text Helen R who comments here and has a super-love for osprey. Ta-da…in she walks to KK as I was working ….
Since I didn’t know what or why of the situation, our friend, Helen,..(fearless woman in search of facts) marched over and spoke to the workers. They called someone in charge, who spoke to Helen and assured her that a 12′ x 12′ platform will be installed on top before spring, so that the osprey can rebuild! Hurrah for Verizon for being pro-active! We will watch to be sure they follow through…….. but if only to protect their new array, they would be foolish not to!!!
I will post further pictures when the work is done.
Kudos to the Verizon guys for the fearless work they were doing; shout out to L&M Crane for the boom; and a BIG thank-you to Helen for her detective work!!!!!!!
First, reminder of original tower with nest
Here’s the guys working on it. They stayed up all day.!
Still work to do….. I’m working elsewhere this Saturday plus the weather stinks…….. so will let you all know how the work progresses.
Wish I had gotten a shot of the drum coming down! With nest….
Sadly, we got busy and my attention was elsewhere… darn job!
Carol— thanks for this update. Keep watching and let us know what happens. I still check in every day. The number hasn’t changed. I am anticipating and watching the eagles at SWFEC getting ready laying eggs and hatching for season 7 (4 for me). It is a great cam to watch when there aren’t any ospreys to watch. Knowledgeable moderators including Shelli and great people watching and commenting. I started with this osprey nest four years ago and then someone mentioned SWFEC. I have been hooked since then. Yesterday I was at the Swan Club for a luncheon. This woman said to me— what is there to watch or do on the computers. I started telling her about all the live cams. She found it interesting. I always pass on info when I can.
🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hi everyone, there was a power outage late last week, affecting the cam transmission. They will check into it this weekend, It might be a simple network issue. Thanks for your patience.
Thanks Mary Anne!……..I noticed info is on bottom of camera view…..hope it stays that way….may get better pics! 🙂
Yes, I like it that way also! Much better on the bottom!
Cam is up and running, everyone!
Hoping for another great season come this spring!….til then wishing everyone well & enjoy the holidays!😊
thank you same to you all!
A couple of days early—
I don’t usually post unrelated videos (especially with commercials!) but this was just toooooooooo precious! Another reason to love elephants!
Amazing to watch them!….they’re so intelligent!
CarolV: A nail biter for sure!! Glad the baby was freed!!
That was cool! I wanted to reach in there myself and right him! Good job, Mama backup!
Was spending some time watching Hog Island…lo and behold what appears to be an osprey!!…if so he needs waze!
If anyone wants…you may still catch it on the rewind….
Betsy…as you would say “there’s always that straggler in every crowd “!
Good morning mr.flicker!
The moon last evening (10/22) over Charlo
Pizza pie in the eye!….moon over Montana
Went back to try and get better shots…feed kept buffering…my guess is a red tail
Watch out cuties!…mr. hawk is coming!
What a surprise seeing a hawk on the nest!
Was taking sunrise shots when this bird appeared!….some kind of hawk?…headless of course!
50? Shades of gray/grey
Doe & fawns
Lemon sunshine spilling all over!….mr magpie enjoying before he takes off
A red-tailed hawk was on the nest this morning. It landed at 08:26:37 hrs and stayed for about 16 minutes, flying off at 08:42:15 hrs.
This is such a gift, thank you for catching this moment. We had a juvenile hunting at our bird feeders in the late winter this year. So nice to see the raptor population is alive and well on LI.
Moon so bright it looks like daytime!
Hi CarolV!!!…it was a beauty!
Flyway sunrise 🌅 strutting its stuff!
The dreaded GHO at Charlo
Pretty blue out of focus
Clouds sitting on the horizon
One of the angry birds? LOL
Nobody left him any bugs or fish jerky! Lol
Got up on wrong side of nest.
CarolV..tee hee!!…and landed on the wrong nest!
Admin Shelli: Hi Shelli!! Do ya miss me?? LOL
Well of course I do…but I miss the birds more hahahaaa
Isabella: My goodness!! Wait a minute — have to adjust my eyes from the sunrises!! 🎜 blinded by the light 🎝 LOL You’ve been busy, busy, busy!! Good pics. BTW, the “geese” pics (re geese coming and going) are really swans!! Posted the same pic on Charlo … I thought they were egrets and captioned it so!! Mod said they were swans!! LOL
Isabella: re straggler — I didn’t think anyone would make it to the end!! It was a long video!! LOL (PS — did you see the “ahhh” in the video? Surprised you or CarolV didn’t comment on it!! LOL)
As you probably know, posted pics don’t do justice to watching. Those sunrises were blinding!! I actually wondered if it could hurt my eyes!!….thought those were some kind of big a’’ Montana geese! They were honking,that magpie flew off right before they arrived. Between that I thought I heard a gunshot. Thought the “geese” were flying away from that. Any time swans fly over my house, I never heard them honk
Swans on LI are mute swans, an introduced non native species. They are not totally silent just less vocal than other species
Don’t know what they have in Montana or if that’s why they are honking and nobody’s honking at you. 😜
Ok…they have mute, tundra, trumpeter swans..think they’re tundra because they honk like geese
Now I see their long necks…must have been blinded by the sunrises!
Cotton candy sunrise…Hog Island
Holy sunrise Batman!
Pink fairy glitter ✨
Pink hue on bay
Magpie & diamond orbs
Sunglasses 😎 recommended
Fairy 🧚♂️ orbs still around
Osprey view bay today
Fly cam didn’t want to be left out
Uber windy at flycam today!…small “aircraft “ advisory for birds! Lol….pelicans flying against the wind
Magpie took off when he heard geese coming
As Betsy would say “ there’s always that straggler in every crowd” !
CarolV’s fairy orbs get around!…..flyway cam
Lapis lazuli bay
So to fill the winter waill tell you my praying mantis story. Took my dog to marina nearby for her walk and discovered a p. mantis in my car. Left the window open so it could escape and after walking, couldn’t find it, figuring it wanted to stay at the beach. This afternoon getting ready to take friend to get her hair done, dsicovered the mantis again in my car. So had to find a napkin, get friend out of car and rescue the mantis before it frightened her. So is the mantis trying to tell me it wants a winter home with me, my dog, three feral cats, etc, etc.???
Helen…you could possibly keep it in a aquarium & feed it insects . I don’t think it wants to be anywhere near the cats (they would eat it). It is mating season for them,maybe she/he was distracted. If you’re looking for a meaning….I would say patience,mindfulness or maybe someone is praying for you!…I was sitting outside a few nights ago and one landed on my foot! I have to say I let out a yelp! It was mostly dark (had a mosquito lantern lit) and didn’t know what it was til I got a flashlight. Big bug to have land on you!….this is a picture of one in my garden last year
Plz don’t keep it locked up away from its freedom 💕
No I wouldn’t…I don’t know how the mantises survive in my yard. I’ve seen many of their predators. I call my yard Mutual of Omaha. Seen many creatures except deer, owls, and foxes. Although foxes are in the neighborhood
I believe they are protected species (or should be) so probably inadvisible to keep anyway. They are beautiful though! But I ‘ve heard they can give a nasty bite!
Good thing I jumped up!
What a cute story ! Whenever I spot a praying mantis, I take it as a reminder to slow down and live in the moment, as they symbolize patience. And I have a feral cat as well, my little diva Spring is spoiled with Trader Joe’s tuna & rotisserie chicken 😀
I had wanted to post this yesterday …
Always happy to see pretty wings! TY
Boy, was the nest rocking this afternoon!! A few times I thought I heard creaking of the tower!! The water was blowing away from the shore! The afternoon glow of the sun on the sticks looked pretty. I’m watching Charlo and OZ in my side-by-side window trick … huge difference between Charlo and OZ!! — a few times I checked to see if the Charlo video was still playing!!
Betsy..Charlo is so different… I was on this morning…mr.magpie stopped by…have not seen the hawk…used to hear but not see geese…saw deer, and I swear I heard coyotes this morning. It’s like the animals take turns in front of the camera. Maybe they’re “auditioning “ !
Isabella: Lavender for you!!
Thx Betsy!….it was wicked windy today!
Wish we had the green stuff growing on nest, it somehow gave hope for spring and miss it. think that was two years ago. do like when people post pic’s of blue jays, sparrow, etc. guess anything is better than nothing. maybe could put a couple of penguins up there for the winter.
Helen…Hello!…thank you for liking the pics!…it’s interesting to see what visits the nest… I wonder if some of the birds nested in the nest,and are now able to get the “penthouse “ view!…and what a beautiful view it is!….maybe Central Park Zoo will loan us a penguin 🐧 pair!😊
The greenery did give a sense of comfort that spring wasn’t so far off 😊
I miss the greenery to! It was a “personality” in the nest when all else was away…………….
Good morning Long Island!☀️
That is awesome!!!
Thx ChrisH & Betsy!….it’s a frustrating cam that loses the feed quite a bit !
Isabella: How cool is that picture!!
Wow! Got a little dizzy there! Felt like I was standing on my head!