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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
Did the scrollback. As far as I can tell, Jane was up and down all night but didn’t leave eggie for the long periods of previous nights.
Jane went to perch about 7. She just dropped down and settled on eggie.
Was a much nicer day than predicted, lots of sunshine.. Temps w70 @7:00pm. ere in low 70s and still Dropping about 6degs. in next hour, then down to 59 by dawn. Small chance of a shower in early a.m., otherwise overcast………………. you can already see fog across the bay… I have it already on my side of the Island., so it’s creeping in.
@18:14… George brought dinnerfish…. Jane was in no hurry to get up, so George was grabbing a few more bites…
……. Jane finally approaches and George turns it over…..
……….. Jane dropped down to trade places @18:52, when George flew out. But she was back to perch 5 mins. later. I think they’re both up there.
The May 7th week highlight video is full of drama , intensity and awe at these fascinating birds. Well done Paul 👍🏻
Teatime fish….. Jane was in no rush to leave. Thought George was gonna shove her out so he could get at the eggie…
Even when she took the fish, she went up to the perch and then the camera.
Visit from the neighbor…. properly distanced….
At least the birds are smart! Birdbrains?…so not!
Finally have time for a proper hello to everyone! Been peeking from the start. Thank you so much CarolV for great pics and captions!!! Scroll back isn’t working for me. So if you didn’t post I would be missing a lot!
Hi! Isabella! Wondering where you were!
Have you tried going to youtube? You might be able to work it there. 12 hr. scrollback here. Not sure about youtube. Think it’s the same.
Has your brain turned to pudding in these covid times? Or are you working or keeping busy? Hope all is safe and healthy with you. Take care
Ha!…brain turned to pudding long time ago! Lol….keeping busy with 3 essential workers . One first responder. Also shopping for my elderly parents
Covid smart & stylish!
I love them…where did u get them?
This couple live in California. Article said these mask are popular there.
So cute !
Busy few minutes….. grackle, I think, was chased away by a resident sparrow…
Love the purple haze of left over fog!
@12:24…. George comes in with lunchfish, but Jane seems more interested by something behind him, which draws her attention around to the left, where she flies out….
When Jane came back, George launched after the pest and escorted it out over the bay….. fish was left on nest…
Jane took the fish and flew just before George returned to his happy place……. Jane was back @13:05
Looks like purple mountain majesty…..is that how it goes? Lol
I was thinking smoke on the water…. just neede fire in the sky!
today around 12:23 an intruder attacked Jane in the nest…George went after intruder..I am sure CarolV will have good pictures of this..How is she suppose to lay a 2nd. egg with all this going on..Good Luck Jane
Intruder at nest
From mid-air with a tiny parachute!
I’m just kidding but the mental optics are just too funny!
Now you know I’m not an artist! …. This is Jane laying her next egg….. if pest doesn’t stop harassing.
LOL! Carol, that’s great!
So crafty Carol !
The pest is out there…. it made a couple of passes but not too close. Jane was calling, maybe for back-up but no George near-by
You…. are…. both..er…ing … ME!
George is in with nest material, coming in the back way.
Jane takes a 20 min. break
oopppsss… grabbed wrong shot… this was too pretty to forget…. Jane heading to perch
The pest is on patrol…. Flies by while George is on eggie…. Jane comes down from perch and George goes.
Then, you can see it fly by with George in hot pursuit……
Jane checks the camera then heads to perch, with George right in….
Breakfish in @06:26…………. nice sized headless …… Jane packs up to go and George can’t wait to get on that eggie…
Good Morning! It’s Hump Day!
George comes in to take a turn…. Jane was right back. Egg #2 today?
Foggy again…. Jane looks pitiful……… 58 now, high 60s later. May be some sunshine this morning but it looks overcast most of the day.
Around 10:59 Jane left egg, again….Hope when the next one comes she will stay on eggs…I had some doubt that this was not Jane from 2019 but after watching her behavior it is so Jane…..Lets hope she will be better for the next egg…or two…
It’s getting dark and Jane is on the nest………
Almost nine and temp is still 62… Only dropping to about 56 by dawn under cloudy skies…….
Just before six, Jane chirped quietly at George, above on the perch….
About 1/2 hr. later, George delivered! 1/2 nice sized fish…. Jane went…. George could barely wait to roll that egg and settle in…..
Enjoying some peace….. although by the sound… that may be disturbed….
Jane is sheltering the eggie but not firmly on it…. pretty humid and she looks like she’s feeling the heat
Already above the forecast of 67…. 69 @1pm… probably heading to 71 or more…
Just because I love those wings!
Lots of trading places; George brought some grasses/seaweed; alarming: George spending time on perch
61 heading to about 67… high humidity making it sticky….. little to no wind, the bay is flat…… sort of a peek of sun with the hope of more sun breaking thru soon…..
Jane has beautiful markings. I love her “freckles “
BREAKFISH! @06:37….. good sized 1/2 fish which Jane was very happy to take…
That pest must be hanging around… I can hear George alarming as I post
The pest is up and visiting….
Jane jumps at it, then jumps backwards, hitting the edge of the nest, then falling out backwards. She’s fine and can be seen chasing someone before returning to nest.
It looked like the egg was stepped on and covered by grasses…..
Jane pulled the nesting off the egg before settling…. looks okay. from here
Jane is chirping quietly, til George takes off from the perch
Here’s Jane coming in this a.m.
I think the egg was unattended for a few hours during th night. It’s hard to see in the dark, but the birds have enough white to show and the egg of course is white. So it looked like who I think was George leaving around 11pm and the egg alone until almost 3am. At which time, I believe it was George returning.
I don’t know what 4 hours un-incubated @temps in the mid-50s would be.
The fog descended on OZland….. George flew out briefly, then back. He ‘s settled in now.
Dropping to about 53 before dawn. Fog wasn’t predicted till pre-dawn, but it snuck in already….. Tomorrow supposed to clear gradually, with hopefully some sun in the later afternoon. Temps to 66-67.
19:43…. George brings a nice chunk of 1/2 fish…. will he be overnighting on the eggie again?
6;35pm, Happy to see an egg, but soo very not happy to not see mom or pop , Gracie would NEVER do, know that she trained george to cuddle them, then our first Jane trained dad to chip in, but this has been another different nest happening, please cover that egg and hopefully another, xoxoxox to all
@13:44…. George brings a whale as Jane’s push present. It was a whole fish and Jane just looked at it…. I guess she likes them cleaned!
….. George takes it out….
@114:35…..George brings back a much shorter fish, but there’s plenty left of that big boy! Jane was ready and waiting this time!
…… She was back in about 15mins.
Just keep tryin’
Jane flies thru the fog, stops briefly and heads to perch…
George had vacated earlier but Jane didn’t come down. He returned til Jane decided she was ready
I guess George had a midnight snack? The fish from last night is gone
@07:12…. George brings a fish but Jane ignored him. ….. so George went off with it.
And we had a morning pest alert.
Ever patient George (except when he wanted to sit on that new eggie!) brings back the fish. Jane needed to be coaxed by some sweet words from her honey, but she took the fish finally.
This is speculation but might explain why Jane wasn’t hungry this a.m. …….. shots are dark and grainy
Went back, curious what happened to last night’s fish in the nest. Figured I’d see George snacking. Instead, I saw George fly out, what looked like Jane (shadowy patch around neck) come in and the fish went with her when she left. … Then, George was in minutes later and back on the eggie…..
Great video replay of the week of May 7 to 14th. The music and action were really wild to see. These two ospreys had to fight for their nest. So glad we now have an egg. Thanks for the video and posts that people make.
Happy Memorial Day to all.!!!!
A joy to see! 🥚 Congratulations and best of luck! ♥︎
Congrats to Jane and George on the new egg! My first attempt at a scr shot posting–from 6:38 pm, 24 May. Now, I have to figure out all over again which one is Jane/which is George 🙂
Good to see you here! Easy from the front, trickier from the back… At least we’re down to just one Jane again!
Jane flew off….
George was in minutes later with a fish.
He looked all around for Jane, then tried to sit on the egg while avoiding the fish. He inched between the two with that wicked claw and carefully sat on the egg. His buddy, the fish, is next to him…
George is still at the nest. I don’t know if Jane is on the perch. George flew off briefly and she didn’t appear. He seems to be looking for her.
Hi CarolV and all osprey fans :)…great to see an egg and all the action back again. Great scr shots.
Holy cow!. I just halfheartedly figured I’d check in on Jane & George. Much to my surprise, I see there is finally an egg in the nest. Hooray!
@17:32…. George came in with a good sized piece of fish…. Jane already had a good grip on it with her beak when George took off again, leaving her in a tumble of feathers as she fell back!
There was a fly-by in the distance, which may have been the reason…..
He’s back a few minutes later…… Jane’s feathers are in place, as is her dignity. She takes the fish she has certainly earned!!!!
Jane returns…. George levitates off the nest…..
Congratulations to George and Jane! The start of another generation. Thank you to OZ for all of the years of enjoyment.
George uses seaweed for a push present…. thought it would at least be a fish!
He schmoozes his way into getting Jane up. She bows to his insistence.
He finally went after an intruder with a vengeance and Jane dropped from the perch. Wonder how long he’ll let her stay?
George already demanding egg time! He shoved Jane to the side, pushing his way in!
Beautiful egg! Beautiful Mama!
…………. enlargement came from 1st photo…
Yes…what time are you calling her first egg 1:43? Please advise….how wonderful is this..
June, went back and checked..1:44 was the final contraction.
Thank You Mary Anne..Carol right on the money! How great is this…Was starting to worry a little..should have known better…
It did seem like she was taking a long time, didn’t it? She likely will lay another on the 27th.
Yes it did..I was watching her contractions…
Egg # 1!!!!
We have an egg! Laid about 1:44 pm, but Jane did not stand up until 1:57 pm.
It’s about time! At least now when I click on this site there should be a bird here!
Wonderful news !!!
5/26/20 3;19pm Watching again, parents letting egg sit, not covered…..not savvy about this but do you think they know that egg is not vital?
Patty, they have no way of knowing if that egg is viable or not, unless it was broken. I think Jane will brood more once the second egg comes. Don’t worry.
5/27/20 9:50 pm Thank you dear Mary Anne, hoping that another egg will change the situation, just love this Osprey experience xoxoxo
Finally!! And on my Nana’s birthday 🙂
Jane’s trying out the cup!
George… proud Papa!
George keeps an eye on Jane. There must have been a pest, as Jane comes back…..then out again
Not sure if Jane ate much, because she wasn’t gone too long and she returned fishless…. with the pest still harassing her.
Can here her begging already while I post.
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Just before Jane got back, there was tentative movement by the perch….
As soon as Jane came in, she started defending the nest… not sure if the other bird was on the perch, but Jane was definitely angry! Gave it a good escort OUT!
AND STAY OUT! $#&*()!!!!!!
George stops for a victory dance
GM, Jane… happy Sunday……………….. looking at a cool day, not supposed to hit 60, but the sun is supposed to make a cloudy appearance…
Early morning intruder…. George was extra defensive and Jane backed him up…
Jane checked out George’s foot as he came in…it looked like he had something….. after he left, she went over and looked around where he had been but found nothing
Time for a little exercise….
AND….. BREAKFISH! @06:48……….Jane sang it in…
Looked like a decent sized headless fish…..
…. and off she goes…..
@18:52…. Dinnerfish! Fluke for Jane….. she’s very hungry. She sang George in,,,, and rapidly took her fish to go
Jane is back @19:24… putters around moving things in the egg cup, before heading up.
Small possibility of another passing shower…. overcast skies continue; 52 now only dropping to about 48 by sunrise.
Off we go! And get rid of those rain drops!
Nice wing shots…
It’s raining off and on…..
……. George stopped in; looked more like a hello than anything else
Minutes after George left, Jane was alarming…
Looked like George was looking for a mombrella…….. but he was nestorating
While I’m here…..
Jane looking damp…She heads to the perch….
. there were some showers running through. Still a 50% chance of more rain late this afternoon.
We got lucky with this storm. Original long range forecast was for 4 days of rain. It’s turned in to some showers and fog today. Thank you, Mom Nature!
This afternoon Jane has been busy arranging seaweed and George has been obliging her with more big clumps. Can we hope they are preparing the Cradle?
I sure hope so!
Practicing social distancing
“Stay away from me George “ 😀
Christina and Tommy….Thank you…Thank for the years of joy and wonderment of this nest…….Stay safe…
Paul, Aidan and Sue….we may not hear from you often but know you are in the background…Thank you for sponsoring this beautiful project…I think I speak for many how much we feel in love with this family…
well correction ..fell in love and feel grateful..
Jane loudly greets George…..
………… who slips around to the back door to bring in a nice fluke @07:36.
…………………….. and Jane is out…..
Just a little foggy this morning!
A damp looking Jane drops down, checks all around at the grayness and heads back up… George was calling from the perch.
George is off into the gloom…
Reminds me of The Crow movie poster 📽
Hahahah! Yes! Don’t let George here that!
George brought in assorted grasses and did some nestorating….
Jane made her own tweaks….
…… As she went to fly to perch, some grasses tangled in her claws. She was momentarily caught but shook free. She made the big circle over the bay to come in to the other side of the perch.
Almost 8pm and temp. is still 68 under clouding over skies. Rain likely after 11pm, with temps about 57 by sunrise. Looks like rain all day a possibility.
Like the flag and beautiful words from the landlords.! All the best to you, Tommy and Christina,,,, and all the crew, Paul, Aidan, Sue and our Admin. for keeping us rolling!
We have a dinnerfish @16:32…… Nice big one that was so stuck to George;s talons, I thought Jane was dragging him with her!
Jane was back, carrying a chunk with her.
………George was planning on taking it, but Jane said-“anh, anh, Honey,” and headed upstairs.
…………… I don’t know when George would have gotten Jane’s leftovers, or if he just has another one, but he’s carting around his own .
George was alarming as a fly-over goes right above the nest.
………Jane drops down, right on to George’s shoulder, knocking his a$$ over teakettle….
……….. George righted himself and took off.
The neighbors are active…. flitting about…
Having a chat…. think Jane putting in a request…
Hi, did they just mate? About 10 mins ago she seemed to summon him and then he was on top of her for maybe 10 seconds,
Knowing nothing of the actual osprey mating process, I may be wrong but it sure looked like it to me.
Yes, they did, Barbara Ann!
She was alarming at whatever passed over her and he came to the rescue….. and whatever…
Jane was alarming and a shadow loomed over her….
……………….George was right in and covered her back! hehe
Wishing a relaxing weekend to all, in these unusual times! As always, be safe!
And don’t forget……….
Same to you, CarolV! Thanks for all the great pictures!!
Same to you Carol and to all…Thank you for all who served…and to you Carol for your pics…..
Stay safe and keep your spirits up everyone 💙
Another of George’s interesting finds…
Two… Two… two feet at once!
George waving _Hello!
Looks like the sun is trapped between those lines of posts…..
Nice perspective 👍🏻
7:07am…. George comes in with a med. piece of fish which Jane happily takes.
The bay looks like glass. There doesn’t even seem to be any waves; no lapping at the shore!
Jane has her just-got-up look
I was thinking she looks like I feel!
I wish I looked this good in the a.m.!
Hi everyone/ Looks like Jane is staying in the nest tonight. I wonder if she is close to laying her first egg
Hi I saw that last night…hope you are right!
We’re sittin’ on the nest by the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, we’re just sittin’ on the nest by the bay
…………….. Our couple did their obligatory exercise and head up to bed shortly….
Still 56 @ 7:30pm, dropping to 49 by dawn. More sunshine tomorrow with temps up to 66……………….HAGN, everyone!
George didn’t seem in any hurry to share. Jane hadn’t done her usual song and dance… wonder if he needs that recognition… may be part of the process. Anyhow, Jane’s approach was more deferential and she got her fish.
George stopped in for some exercise….. 22 mins. later, he delivers a headless fish…… Speedy Gonzales!
George upstairs keeping Jane company….
….. Jane jumped up and it sounded like she landed on the camera.