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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

    47,948 Comments

    1. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 8:45 am - Reply

      George brings breakfish but M not home….. He settles back to business

    2. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Foggy Friday….. George got up from his night on the nest and took off into the haze.
      M came down and ouyt from the perch…

    3. Isabella May 21, 2021 at 5:52 am - Reply

      All nighter……yea George!

    4. Isabella May 21, 2021 at 2:44 am - Reply

      So far so good

      • Isabella May 21, 2021 at 2:48 am - Reply

        Golden beauty
        Don’t think it took New Mate that long to lay eggs?
        Speaking of eggs….when is the first due to hatch?

        • Admin Mary Anne May 21, 2021 at 6:13 am - Reply

          Good morning, Isabella, the first egg due to hatch on or about June 5th.

          • Isabella May 21, 2021 at 7:54 am - Reply

            Good morning and thank you Mary Anne!

      • Isabella May 21, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

        Well I dozed off and woke up to see the same thing….thought screen froze
        Unless I missed something…no one has been on the nest

    5. CarolV May 20, 2021 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish.@18:50….. “Legs” came off the perch and took the fish. George kept an eye on her! And off she went.

    6. CarolV May 20, 2021 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Could that be elusive eggie 5 poking out? That’s about where I last remember seeing it.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 20, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        Yes, I think that’s it.

    7. CarolV May 20, 2021 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      It does make a nice frame………
      He was watching M come to the perch

      • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 4:37 pm - Reply

        He’s looking a little poofy…. must be warm in the sun, Temp was close to 70 with a wind sw9mph…. a warm breeze doesn’t cool you much

      • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        The new stick is actually pretty…almost like an arbor
        But the one flipping us the bird ..has got to go!😆

    8. CarolV May 20, 2021 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      George adds one of his wacky branches ….. he wrestled with it for several minutes…
      He goosed himself and got it tangled in his tail feathers….

      • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        He was very determined to get it placed…..

        • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 2:42 pm - Reply

          And, of course, we knew where it would wind up……

          • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm - Reply

            This is what did it… it caught in his tail as he turned and then he went forward and out…. leaving us a present

      • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        Funny when they goose themselves
        Them placing a stick or whatnot can be entertaining!

        • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

          It was…. wish I had learned how to video!

    9. CarolV May 20, 2021 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Early lunchfish @11:15…. M dropped down to do a quick grab. She left with a beak hold….

    10. CarolV May 20, 2021 at 7:06 am - Reply

      George left the nest last night….. lights down below highlight him

      And back in this a.m.

      • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 7:09 am - Reply

        And, as you can see, the Stick is back….

        George alerts to a pest. As he flew out, M came in. You can see G chasing the pest over the bay

      • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 5:14 pm - Reply

        Wonder why he didn’t spend the night….the temps really dropped
        I was happy…don’t know how the eggs felt

    11. Isabella May 20, 2021 at 5:21 am - Reply

      Ugh…don’t know how this happened!

      • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 9:56 am - Reply

        George warns off intruder…settles back on eggs 🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚
        Has anyone seen the fifth egg lately?

        • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 9:59 am - Reply

          Goes fishing?

        • Admin Mary Anne May 20, 2021 at 10:25 am - Reply

          Hi Isabella, I think I spotted just a bit of it yesterday, most of it is buried.

        • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

          🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚?

          • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 5:20 pm - Reply

            Mary Anne
            The Osprey 5
            is this the 5…or am I looking in the wrong place?
            Thx!

            • Admin Mary Anne May 20, 2021 at 5:32 pm

              The 5th is in the front, mostly buried. Carol posted another good pic.

        • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 4:26 pm - Reply

          The last time I saw it, ( I think it was the egg) it was just outside the egg cup, closest to this side of frame(bottom). It was mostly buried then.

    12. Isabella May 20, 2021 at 12:29 am - Reply

      No one home at the moment

    13. Isabella May 20, 2021 at 12:25 am - Reply

      George tidied up the “debris “ around the eggs….giving us a better view

      • Isabella May 20, 2021 at 12:27 am - Reply

        Just like this pic

        • CarolV May 20, 2021 at 4:27 pm - Reply

          I like the little “bow” on top

          • Isabella May 21, 2021 at 12:55 am - Reply

            Yes ..a bow
            I was thinking cat ears

    14. CarolV May 19, 2021 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      Good night, best dad of the osprey nest!
      59 dropping to about 52…. almost no wind @ssw3mph….. humidity rising at 65%………. sun with some clouds tomorrow…..

      He brought in whatever that is earlier…….
      M visited…. she looks like she’s a giant!

    15. CarolV May 19, 2021 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      @19:08…. dinnerfish,,,,, and I think M is hungry!
      She was doing a frantic song&dance…..

      • CarolV May 19, 2021 at 7:26 pm - Reply

        ……… and was grabbing anything she could get a beak on…… meaning George’s foot! She’s lucky he came back down after that reception!

        • CarolV May 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm - Reply

          I hope she at least apologized! That’s the rookie move of a juvie!

          • CarolV May 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

            George is doing a lot of alarming as he tries to settle in.
            Once he’s in place, he needed something to fiddle with….

    16. Admin Mary Anne May 19, 2021 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone, as you can see the cam connection is down. I reported it and was told it could be a power or internet outage. Fingers crossed it returns soon. Update, all is well now, thank you, Aidan and Tommy!

      • CarolV May 19, 2021 at 5:49 pm - Reply

        And ty for your help!
        As always, tnx to Tommy and Aidan!

        • Admin Mary Anne May 19, 2021 at 8:01 pm - Reply

          You’re welcome, Carol, I’m only the messenger.

    17. CarolV May 19, 2021 at 9:43 am - Reply

      @9:27….. fish delivery…. No M in sight. George put it aside to head for the eggs.

    18. CarolV May 19, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

      A very young fawn was hit by a car about i/2 hr. ago. It’s gratifying to see the response. At least 4 cars stopped and the women checked on the fawn. It was able to hop to my lawn while they called the police. There’s a patrol car waiting now for the response team from the local wildlife rescue.
      My dog alerted me loudly of the activity outside.

      • CarolV May 19, 2021 at 8:35 am - Reply

        The people from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center just picked up the fawn. They said two legs were broken. I didn’t ask but I’m sure they will do what is best. They said the little guy looked “brand new”… His cries when they picked him up went straight to the heart.
        Always a good place to donate. They do a lot of good work.
        And thanks to the policeman who waited patiently until the center people came.

        • Admin Mary Anne May 19, 2021 at 9:58 am - Reply

          Thank you for the update, Carol, I hope the fawn recovers.

        • Isabella May 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm - Reply

          That must have been awful to see
          Every Christmas as one of my gifts…I choose two places to donate to
          I will add them to my list

          • Admin Mary Anne May 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm - Reply

            Isabella, what a nice thing to do!

          • CarolV May 19, 2021 at 1:14 pm - Reply

            TY, Isabella! I just made a small donation. They generally get several osprey at fledging time. Good group

      • Helen Rosenblum May 19, 2021 at 9:01 am - Reply

        I am sure that Evelyn Alexander will be involved. They are a first class group. Hopefully the fawn will be ok.

      • ChrisH May 19, 2021 at 9:51 am - Reply

        That’s very heartwarming to hear. I hope it will be OK.

      • nfc May 19, 2021 at 2:55 pm - Reply

        Carol– thanks for your story about the fawn. It must have been heartbreaking to watch. Glad that the rescue center came so quickly.

    19. CarolV May 19, 2021 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Wednesday…. 63 and sunny, heading for the low-mid 70s.

      George went off about 4:20. He was back before M came in
      He was in and out…… I thought he brought a fish but it turned out to be wood. which M had to find the proper spot for

    20. Isabella May 19, 2021 at 7:00 am - Reply

      George at night

      • Isabella May 19, 2021 at 8:23 am - Reply

        Poor George with the gnats and heat…..maybe New Mate will bring him seaweed
        My forecast is for gnats, mosquitoes, flies, and all sorts of creepy crawlers 🐜🐛🦟🦗🕷🦂
        Ugh I’m itchy already!

    21. CarolV May 18, 2021 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Last time M was here. George has been out several times .
      , mostly quick trips…

      • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 5:58 pm - Reply

        This trip was a little longer and he came home with fish. No Ms. M.
        He decided to eat some more. The lady better show up soon!

        • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 6:01 pm - Reply

          George did a little fly/hop over to the eggs, leaving the fish behind him…..
          After fluffing the eggs, George settled in.

          • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 7:47 pm - Reply

            M shows up. she was a little pushy.
            George had time to grab his left over fish. (M was the view!)

            M left after a few minutes. And George came back with empty feet.
            Guess our girl better show up more often, unless she’s fishing for herself.

            • Isabella May 19, 2021 at 12:16 am

              If she fishes herself then George could brood more

    22. CarolV May 18, 2021 at 6:45 am - Reply

      Tuesday morning….. a little overcast…. even George was dragging his talons…
      M was in to roust him out. He came home with some seaweedy chunk and went back to bed. M was back to remind him she needed breakfish.
      This time, he came home with a big fluke….. M thumped down for the feast; and out.

      • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 7:11 am - Reply

        And there she goes crossing to the left again. She must have a good roosting spot over there…

        • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 6:37 pm - Reply

          George brought a second small piece of fish. M wasn’t around so he ate it all

    23. Isabella May 18, 2021 at 4:59 am - Reply

      Night and day

      • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:09 am - Reply

        New Mate joins George
        To and fro over the eggs

        • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:12 am - Reply

          Was hoping she would move it….but no

          • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:14 am - Reply

            George comes back and settles in

            • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:16 am

              Not for long

            • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:20 am

              Eggs breathing sigh of relief

            • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:29 am

              George returns with fish…..Godzilla jumps down from perch…lands on eggs
              Takes it to go

            • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:31 am

              Could not get pic in time of her landing on eggs

            • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:33 am

              And back to George on eggs

            • Isabella May 18, 2021 at 6:37 am

              Reacts to fly over

            • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 7:02 am

              To ease your mind a little, Isabella, M was close but clear.

    24. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Good night, George
      Good night, everyone…..
      Temps down to low 50s under clearing skies.

    25. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish…. @18:24…………
      M was starved and did the usual son&dance as G flew in….
      She flew out right and crossed left again…

    26. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      Poor George doesn’t even have time to comb his feathers!

      I was so focused on the round object just in front of the eggcup that I never spotted the legs! Helps to look at the whole picture and see the crab!

      • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        He ran out on a quick shopping trip for a must-have……

        • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 5:42 pm - Reply

          Sat on perch for a little while

          • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 5:44 pm - Reply

            Crab attack! Now that I’ve i.d.’d it, he decided he didn’t like it….

            • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 5:46 pm

              M in…………….. G out…………………..Dinnertime shopping?

    27. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Does anyone else think the focus is slightly off? Seems like the video pixilates more and the pics don’t always have sharp edges. Tried in both slo-mo and regular speed and am getting slight blurriness.

      • Isabella May 19, 2021 at 12:12 am - Reply

        Seems to focus in and out…jumps slightly…when blurry it’s hard to quickly identify George from New Mate

    28. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Making up for the breakfish scrap….
      @13:46………… M flew in….. George right behind her…. she wasted no time grabbing that fish and flew off right then left…..
      and a minute later, there she goes by……

    29. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      I haven’t seen M in the nest nearly as much as she had been. Other than a flyin to perch about 11:30, which must have been her, haven’t seen her since early this a.m. when she got the dinky fish from G.
      She’s not even playing the shove um out game. If he alarms, she’s not showing to back him up. Concerning……..
      Maybe she’s just trying a little freedom…. we are certainly getting an education on the different osprey personalities!

      • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Found one seaweed delivery but it went with her as she left…

    30. Joy May 17, 2021 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Question for the osprey behavior experts here. How unusual is it for a female to lay more than three eggs in a season? And if the answer is “very,” could the additional eggs have been laid under cover of darkness by the intruder? Might she be pestering because she wants to brood them?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 17, 2021 at 12:08 pm - Reply

        Hi Joy, four eggs isn’t terribly unusual, but five is. (It’s more uncommon for four chicks in a clutch to survive.) There is a pair in East Hampton that have five eggs right now, 2 years ago they had four. We didn’t see the four OZ eggs here laid, but we did see the present female in labor with the fifth. So we can be sure that she laid the fourth one.

      • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

        The night the fourt egg was laid, M spent much of the night on the nest, which is unusual. The egg was there the next day.

      • Isabella May 19, 2021 at 12:09 am - Reply

        You know Joy…. I was thinking the same thing….George did Mate with at least one other female…if all eggs aren’t current female…could be why she doesn’t brood them and keeps stepping on them

    31. CarolV May 17, 2021 at 6:12 am - Reply

      Another long night for George.
      And Here’s M.

      • CarolV May 17, 2021 at 7:06 am - Reply

        M is in, waiting for George. He shows with a fishtail, which he left on the edge. M goes for it and swallows in a gulp.
        George went out again, while M stood looking at the spot she found the tail, maybe looking for thr rest of the fish!

    32. Isabella May 17, 2021 at 5:10 am - Reply

      Night and morning egg duty

      • Isabella May 17, 2021 at 5:43 am - Reply

        New Mate shows up…steps on eggs

        • Isabella May 17, 2021 at 5:48 am - Reply

          Godzilla kept going back and forth stepping on the eggs while futzing with the nest

    33. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      George has settled in.
      Still haven’t seen M in hours.

      It makes me so sad to see him trying so hard……………………………

    34. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      The Dark Necklace makes another approach…… George wasn’t happy…..

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        It looked like he went for one of her wings….. and made sure she moved along

        • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

          They were claw to claw ….

          • Isabella May 17, 2021 at 12:30 am - Reply

            Reminds me of this pic….do you think it’s the Jane look alike?

    35. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Haven’t seen M for a while. Wonder if she made her own dinner run. George has been calling, not alarming. He had snackfish in the afternoon. Haven’t seen any other fish, unless I’m just missing it.

    36. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      M lobbying for dinner….

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

        I just liked the way he looked here….

        • Isabella May 17, 2021 at 12:32 am - Reply

          Lost in his thoughts

    37. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      George eventually remembered his fish in the pantry and ate it in the nest…..

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        M has been in a couple of times… G leaves and she goes after he does…. usual MO..

        • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 3:06 pm - Reply

          This time, he tried ignoring her. She stood over him but wasn’t pushing the issue. He left. As did she.

    38. Isabella May 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Sitting on the nest of the bay….watching the boats roll away

      • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        George and I were having a peaceful easy feeling til a pest came uninvited
        Ps…I didn’t win spider solitaire game

        • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 2:06 pm - Reply

          George escorted her/him out
          Back to that easy feeling

          • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 2:29 pm - Reply

            George went for a quick run
            Back to business

            • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 2:33 pm

              New Mate shows up….then I believe George, than her are on the perch

    39. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Missy was in and out before George could even stand………
      Love that face!

    40. Roberta Schoenbrun May 16, 2021 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      There’s never been so many intruders as this year. Possibly all the females that George has been enjoying in the past few years?

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        Hahahahaha…… when your past comes back to haunt you???? Too funny!
        But in his defense they “flock” to him!

    41. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

      George has put a lot of time in on the eggs this morning. He’s done a lot of alarm calling.

      He was wary of this arrival but it looks like M coming in to perch. G took a break and went for a run

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 11:48 am - Reply

        And he’s back.
        That fish should be nicely fly covered by now….. yummy extra protein in fly eggs……..

        • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 11:54 am - Reply

          It’s gotta be hot up there! Only 70 but hazy and not much breeze….sw7mph.
          Where’s M with her globs of wet seaweed now?

    42. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

      @7:10…. Intruder female landed in nest. Both George and M responded. George flew by to the right, fish in foot , and M flew in to nest, carrying a fish.
      About 7:26, George came in, put his fish aside and settled on eggs,

      @7:34… Intruder landed on nest, startling George, who went after her.

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 8:27 am - Reply

        Got some pics and posted w/previous comment

    43. CarolV May 16, 2021 at 6:56 am - Reply

      GM,…. Happy Sunday!
      My computer is acting up again. Not allowing access to pics again. Wish me luck!

      George stayed all night and had to deal with a pest first thing. Just ins and outs so far

      • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 8:13 am - Reply

        Figured it out, partly…. at least I’ve got pics.

        At 7:10…. unknown female, possibly same one who has been pestering them, landed on nest.

        Both M and George responded, G coming from the right, M in from the left.
        And BOTH were carrying fish…

        • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 8:14 am - Reply

          While M was still on the nest, pest headed back but George was there to chase her away

          • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply

            After George came in to sit on eggies, the pest landed behind him! He really got angry and went after the intruder female, getting in a few good hits.
            He didn’t chase her but stayed with the eggs.

            • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 8:41 am

              Neighbor checking in…. noone home…

        • CarolV May 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm - Reply

          Another long night…
          About 64 dropping to 57. Humidity up and wind mild. There’s a long stretch of at least 9 days of slightly cloudy rain free days coming up.
          HAGN everyone!

    44. Isabella May 16, 2021 at 4:10 am - Reply

      On egg duty

      • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 6:21 am - Reply

        Leaves eggs to give chase

        • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 6:25 am - Reply

          Godzilla comes in to trample the eggs…leaves

          • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 6:27 am - Reply

            George returns….no fish….resettles on eggs

            • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 6:31 am

              New Mate shows up….thought she would have gotten her own breakfish

            • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 6:33 am

              Heads or tails……two headed osprey

            • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 6:38 am

              Off again….to fish?

            • Isabella May 16, 2021 at 7:23 am

              Can’t see it in pic……swarm of gnats…. I hate bugs!

            • CarolV May 16, 2021 at 10:32 am

              Not a fan of gnats…. lots in my yard, too! Always afraid to talk around them…. someone might get inhaled!

    45. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      M disturbs the peace…… as usual.
      George goes for a run…..

      • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 9:27 pm - Reply

        George alarms while sitting …… someone’s flying out there…
        And he seems settled in nicely….

    46. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      George snoozing 💤 in a gentle breeze.
      Still 70 after a beautiful sunny 😎 day. Dropping to about 52 and clouding over. Tomorrow overcast in the 60s

    47. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      @17:21….. George is in with dinnerfish.
      __Name________________came in and wasn’t interested, so George started eating and then took it out.

      • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 6:06 pm - Reply

        Part II……………. George came back and M still wasn’t interested.
        He said the heck with it and headed for the eggs…………… M seemed very interested in what George was doing but not sure if she wasn’t just looking for the fish that’s behind him!
        She decided to crowd him out. Now she spots the fish and takes it to the perch…. you can see her legs …

        • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm - Reply

          This was M watching George as he rolled eggs and hooked in….

    48. Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Hi everyone, we are going to have a naming contest for the new female. Shelli will create a form so that you can vote for your favorite name suggested by Tommy and Christina. We will post the link early next week!

    49. Thomas Aprea May 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Good afternoon to all ospreyzoners here are some names you requested from christina and tommy you all can pick the one that you all like Lucy. Daisy Berta Rosi Betsy Betty Millie. Ethel Bonnie lilly

    50. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 10:30 am - Reply

      My sister has been spotting an osprey in her neighborhood on a regular basis. She went looking and at the nearby high school, she spotted this….

    51. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Breakfish dessert…… like donuts after the eggs….
      @8:55
      George looked hard at where the eggs were and did some digging to clear them. The eggs got covered by the intruder as she kicked off…

    52. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

      Bold intruder! Missy came in like an avenging heroine….

    53. CarolV May 15, 2021 at 6:46 am - Reply

      Saturday starts early!
      George was in the nest all night…. rise and shine!
      M drops in…

      • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 6:48 am - Reply

        Breakfish @6:06…..

        • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 6:53 am - Reply

          George in the morning light, relaxed and happy.
          M brings back a strand instead of her usual glob of seaweed.

          • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 7:19 am - Reply

            M making up for that light delivery earlier…

    54. Isabella May 15, 2021 at 6:10 am - Reply

      Defending the nest while waiting for breakfish

      • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 6:12 am - Reply

        Breakfish

        • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 6:15 am - Reply

          Back to brooding

          • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 6:36 am - Reply

            New Mate joins George

            • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 6:39 am

              George sounding the alarm from perch….New Mate takes the downstairs

            • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 6:42 am

              She did a lot of sprucing the egg bowl….she likes to move around those grass clumps

    55. Isabella May 15, 2021 at 4:27 am - Reply

      Looks like an all nighter

      • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 4:31 am - Reply

        SF looks like an eerie roller coaster ride

        • Isabella May 15, 2021 at 4:33 am - Reply

          Cool shot….circus aerial act!

          • CarolV May 15, 2021 at 7:08 am - Reply

            Back up in the landing zone!

          • nfc May 15, 2021 at 7:16 am - Reply

            Isabella—- that is a very cool shot. Thanks for sharing. I hadn’t known if Louis was back, but I have seen Iris on the nest with the eggs. Hope she has a successful year.

            • Admin Mary Anne May 15, 2021 at 7:25 am

              Louis has eggs with his mate, Star. He flies in and mates with Iris at her nest, almost every day. Iris broods her eggs on and off, mostly off. It will be a repeat of the last two seasons. Eventually a raven will come and make off with the eggs while she is off fishing. Iris will spend the summer fishing, eating and resting. Not a bad vacation for the old girl.

    56. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Looks like George is settled in on the eggs. He was there earlier and even ignored M when she came in, at first.
      He did take a quick trip and came back about 8:30 after M left.
      Just be interesting to see how long he stays.

    57. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      @19:02…. supperfish! M hurried in for it.

      • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        While she was getting a grip, George just went under her to get to his eggies.
        M did a nice slip-slide away over the bay while George settled in.

    58. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      @15:47….. George brings a very battered looking 1/2 fish but still good sized.
      M comes in and struggles to get it off George’s foot and off she goes.

      • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        George cleaned out the cup before settling…

        • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 4:31 pm - Reply

          George got up to turn eggs as M came back….
          Turned out, she had the fish tail left. She did her best to choke it down but had to rethink and pull it back to work on some more.

    59. Isabella May 14, 2021 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      George brings fish then settles in

    60. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Whatever that blue stuff is, there’s plenty of it! Our plastic issue doesn’t seem so bad. (Alberta, Canada)

    61. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      M is just hanging around, not being pushy so George is enjoying egg time.
      But she’s not silent! Maybe lobbying for lunch?

    62. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Just watched some of the videos contributed by the East End Student Film Project that are posted next to the live video. I really enjoyed the one commemorating little Yankee.’s short life.
      Wanted to thank them for their thoughtful work.

    63. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      George was so intent on yelling at a flyover, the arrival of M from behind startled him! He checked the perch to be sure it was her!

    64. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Looks like another osprey couple who like to spend time on the nest together! Sweet…

      • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 11:45 am - Reply

        Have to say very noisy neighbors around that nest

        • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

          Looks like they consider it white noise!😉

    65. Kevin May 14, 2021 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Hi all….has anyone been watching the PSEG Osprey nest in Patchogue? I’ve noticed that for the past day or so that the eggs have been left unattended for hours at a time. In fact, last night it appears that they were left unattended for the entire evening from about 9:00pm (the 13th) until about 7:00am today (the 14th). It seems a little unusual for them to be left like that…hope something didn’t happen to one of them..I haven’t seen the male around.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 14, 2021 at 10:08 am - Reply

        Hi Kevin, it’s the female who has been missing for several days now. The male was there a little while ago, but I’m surprised the eggs have not yet been taken by crows, ravens or gulls.

        • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

          This leads me to a question I was going to ask….has a male ever hatched and raised a chick?
          I know a few years ago the Belwood Dad took care of the chicks after the Mom died

          • Admin Mary Anne May 14, 2021 at 5:40 pm - Reply

            I remember that also, Luther was amazing. But the chicks were already half grown when the female was killed by a GHO. A GHO took the chicks before they fledged. I have never heard of a male hatching eggs and raising chicks alone.

      • Nancy May 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

        I was kind of thinking the same about this nest. I’m sure it’s just bad timing on my part, but every time I check in there’s no one on the eggs. However, the times I do catch a bird on the eggs it seems like it’s always George. Just an observation.

        • NGS May 14, 2021 at 1:50 pm - Reply

          Thank you for this update. I have been watching the Patchogue nest and I didn’t for a few days and was surprised when I came back. There was a raven that pecked at an egg as did a sparrow (today) notwithstanding that the eggs appear to remain intact. There were two osprey on the nest briefly this morning but I do not believe one was the mother as she continues to be missing in action. If the male were missing and the female were at the nest, I believe she wouldn’t leave the eggs unattended as long as the male does. He sits for 15 min and gets antsy and goes. Interesting stuff.

          • Admin Mary Anne May 14, 2021 at 2:22 pm - Reply

            Yes, around 10 am, that is not the resident female. She was there briefly a couple of times yesterday and once the day before. That first day when she landed, the male buzzed her to get her off the nest.

    66. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Admin Mary Anne… TY for fixing.

      I’m wondering….. if Tommy doesn’t want to name the new female, could we ? Missy as a name has no dignity. I’m gonna have to start typing informally known as……
      Otherwise, she’ll be like poor Squirmy who was stuck with his nickname forever.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 14, 2021 at 8:18 am - Reply

        I’ll look into it, Carol.

      • nfc May 14, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

        Carol— on a lot of other nests they call the new female NF or New Female either forever or until they come up with a name. I agree that if you call her Missy it will stick like Squirmy. It is hard not coming up with a name when you do all the explanations and screen shots. Thanks for all the time you post for us. This year seems so frustrating!!!! Maybe we will have a miracle chick!!

        • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

          I have a suggestion or two in keeping with the George and…. (Partner) route, just don’t think it’s up to me. Figure either Tommy and Christina would name or we field suggestions and vote.

      • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Or me calling her New Mate …although I know that wouldn’t end up being her name 😜

    67. CarolV May 14, 2021 at 7:19 am - Reply

      GM, everyone… Happy sunny Friday!
      Missy was in early. George a little later. Some ins and outs, with Missy reminding George she needed breakfish.

      • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 7:22 am - Reply

        And here’s breakfish….. nice one!
        And George settles in…..

      • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 9:38 am - Reply

        Good morning CarolV!….enjoy your day!😊

    68. Isabella May 13, 2021 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      Eggs were alone for quite awhile…til New Mate showed up

      • Isabella May 13, 2021 at 11:56 pm - Reply

        Since I take pics live…don’t know what this is about..pretty funny shot!

        • Isabella May 13, 2021 at 11:58 pm - Reply

          Incoming fish

          • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 12:01 am - Reply

            What to do now?…..Oh yeah…sit on eggs

        • CarolV May 14, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

          Isabella… on that tail up shot. I think someone was learning the can-can

          • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 9:40 am - Reply

            🤣

          • ChrisH May 14, 2021 at 9:55 am - Reply

            Lol — or the Hokey Pokey

            • Isabella May 14, 2021 at 10:59 pm

              You put your tail feathers up put your tail feathers down put your tail feathers up and you shake em all around
              You do the osprey pokey and turn yourself around…that’s what it’s all about!😉

    69. CarolV May 13, 2021 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish @17:12……. As usual, Missy flew in a few minutes before George showed with her fish.
      She’s hungry so no game play; just grab and run… She got a good foothold.

      • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 6:14 pm - Reply

        George turned over the nest when Missy came back. She made a quick trip to bring back a wad of something. It;s hard to tell what it is. Looked like seaweed at first, but I see what looks like the edge of a horseshoe crab shell but other parts look like cloth or paper….
        She landed it right on the eggs at first but must have heard me yelling…No! and moved it to the side.

        • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 6:18 pm - Reply

          Catching some rays as the sun gets low.
          More sunny days predicted with temps close to 70 tomorrow. High 40s overnight

    70. CarolV May 13, 2021 at 11:36 am - Reply

      @10:55…. Another fish-1/2 of one. No Missy, so George put it aside and went to the eggs,
      Missy came in and managed to step on G’s face as she went around him…. He left .
      She wasn’t interested in the fish and, after hanging out for a bit, she left.

      • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 11:39 am - Reply

        Just getting comfy and the pest visits. George jumped at it and thought it was going when it swung back and right over him…. he took off chasing it.

      • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        After almost 2 hrs. in the sun, Missy took the baked fish.

    71. CarolV May 13, 2021 at 8:39 am - Reply

      George was alarming, with 2 osprey flying , one of which had flown right over him.
      Another zoomed left to right and must have been Missy to the rescue. She came in to back him up.

    72. CarolV May 13, 2021 at 8:11 am - Reply

      @6:44…. Missy flew leisurely in to the perch; followed by George with a tiny scrap of fish… which he proceeded to eat. Missy came down and it was all over but the beak cleaning….

      • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 8:16 am - Reply

        To make up for that, George was back @7:31 with a whole fish, head and all. Leaving it on the rim, he settled on the eggs.
        Missy came in with a big load of seaweed and almost landed on the fish. Sne casually eyed it then surveyed the entire area before going to the fish. Then upstairs

    73. CarolV May 13, 2021 at 7:13 am - Reply

      GM, sunny Thursday!
      A lot of movement, not much action. George has been in and out maybe 1/2 doz. times, with Missy popping in to stand behind him. Like a nagging voice in his head…..

    74. Paula May 12, 2021 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      Some of you know that I never particularly liked Jane, she hurt Gracie, but I have to say that I like Missy even less. George will lay on those eggs if she would just leave him alone. But she just won’t. She doesn’t have a clue what to do, and I know she is young, but she won’t even let George do her job for her.

      • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 7:24 am - Reply

        I’m disappointed she hasn’t picked up anything from watching him. Maybe it’s some hormone she’s just not producing, although I would have thought 5 eggs would have triggered it! I’m just hoping to see her learn before this season is over… Too late for these eggs but looking ahead to next year.
        Poor George needs to spread his excellent genes! And stop letting these young girls take over his nest!

        • Paula May 13, 2021 at 8:15 am - Reply

          Absolutely! I really thought she was getting it when she spent all night on the eggs a few days ago but apparently she decided that was enough of that!
          I am curious about George not being as vigilant as he usually is though! Makes me wonder if he knows the eggs aren’t viable and now he’s just trying to teach her what to do.

          • CarolV May 13, 2021 at 8:44 am - Reply

            I thought so, too, until an extra egg was there the next morning. Anytime she spent more than a few minutes on the nest, another egg appeared!!! Fertile Myrtle can make um but not “bake” um!

            • Paula May 13, 2021 at 10:30 am

              That would be hilarious isn’t wasn’t so tragic!

      • Trinity May 13, 2021 at 1:19 pm - Reply

        Disliking a wild animal is baffling and rather disappointing Paula, I mean this page is meant to be informative and entertaining. Please be mindful of what you choose to post as it comes across as rather immature. They’re birds not humans ✌️

        • Admin Mary Anne May 13, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

          Trinity, I see your point but you might also be mindful of what you post. Calling Paula immature is rather unkind. It is understandable why people dislike the fact that this female does not seem to have a maternal instinct. It’s not her fault and if she returns next year, hopefully she will have matured and everything will have clicked into place.

    75. CarolV May 12, 2021 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Pastels rule as the day fades…. a beautiful day that exceeded promises, with temps to 66.
      There’s a string of sunny days lined up, temps predicted to mid 60s. Cool nights in the 40s. My kind of weather!!!!!

      Everyone, HAGN!

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