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Belle’s Journey

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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.

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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 Eldermire
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.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. CarolV May 28, 2021 at 8:31 am - Reply

      George fortifies the nest….
      That second stick had so many branches, George had a hard time getting off it once he had set it down!
      Fortunately, he’s building up that outer rim. Waiting for the “KEEP OUT!!!” sign……….

    2. CarolV May 28, 2021 at 7:26 am - Reply

      After leaving the nest last night, George was back in for a few hours…..

      • CarolV May 28, 2021 at 7:29 am - Reply

        George was in, delivering some bedding……. Lucy was right behind putting in her breakfast request; George left.
        Lucy hung around for a few.

        • CarolV May 28, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

          @6:07…… George brings home breakfish…
          Then Smarty Feathers shows up with her own!!!!!
          It was a bit of a fish-off, with George eying Lucy’s…… both left.

          • CarolV May 28, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

            When George came back, someone went after him. He flew off with his fish while the other bird took the nest for a minute. Not sure what that was and didn’t get a clear idea of who….

            • CarolV May 28, 2021 at 8:15 am

              Went back to look again and found that this bird had landed previous to chasing George.
              He had tried several times to come in, with her chasing him over the bay and off the nest several times.

    3. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Sittin’ in the sunset…..
      Next 4 days are showing rain… starting late tomorrow. We’ll see….
      70degs. now, dropping to 54 by sunrise. Next few days are supposed to be cooler. nw8mph wind.

    4. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Snack time and a quick break before George is back on the eggs. He ate right on the nest.

    5. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      For JIM B and anyone who wants to watch the storks….. there is a 6 hr. difference but they do have the scroll bar. The feeders come up with fish about 6am, noon and 6pm.
      Those chicks are grownig so fast!

    6. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      @16:44….. very low key fish delivery………. no Lucy, no pests, no fuss.
      George left the fish in his pantry and settled down.
      He’s spent most of the afternoon on the nest. When he wasn’t in sight, could hear someone or see a shadow from the perch.

    7. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      George keeps checking on that leftover fish….. we all know the feeling….. am I really hungry? Oh, what the heck…..

      • CarolV May 27, 2021 at 1:21 pm - Reply

        Potty time………………. looked like he was aiming for that boat!

        And now to choke down that last piece not worth saving…….. we’ve all been there, Too!

    8. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 10:15 am - Reply

      2 or 3 osprey are flying over the bay…. one flew in to the perch.

      • CarolV May 27, 2021 at 10:18 am - Reply

        Then George comes in with a fish. And there’s a flyover…..

        • CarolV May 27, 2021 at 10:21 am - Reply

          The other bird was still flying nearby and flew over George again. George decided to take the fish out. I could hear him calling nearby…. maybe on the perch

          • CarolV May 27, 2021 at 10:30 am - Reply

            George is back and still has fish….
            He’s still vocal when he settles on eggs.

    9. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 9:40 am - Reply

      George has been off the eggs more than on this morning……

    10. CarolV May 27, 2021 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Thursday…. George left the nest shortly after midnight.
      He and Lucy raced to the nest this a.m., landing within secs. of each other.. George went hunting and Lucy nestorated.
      She got tired of waiting and took off…..

      • CarolV May 27, 2021 at 7:54 am - Reply

        @6:25, George is back with a hunk of fish. He looked around for Lucy and then put the fish aside to sit on the eggs.
        He went to the perch for a bit, then decided he might as well grab the rest of that fish and take it out to eat.

    11. Isabella May 27, 2021 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Blue t ful !

      • Isabella May 27, 2021 at 6:58 am - Reply

        Silly George

        • Isabella May 27, 2021 at 7:00 am - Reply

          George at night

    12. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      George is hunkered down in the increasing wind…..ssw12mph. 70degs. dropping tolow 60s. chance of line storms , with possible lightning, between 9 and midnight.

    13. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Lucy’s in, front and center………………….. George takes that as signal it’s o.k. to go……. poor, deluded bird/ she’s out minutes later.

      • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 5:52 pm - Reply

        George comes with a piece of fish…. no Lucy.
        George worked on it for awhile, in and out a couple of times till he went back to the eggs.

    14. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 11:59 am - Reply

      ADMIN Mary Anne…. hope it’s ok to do a one time post from that stork nest in Czechleslovakia….
      ………………… It’s like a freakin’ old world painting!!! And it’s been raining.

      Dad has his wings full with this already rowdy bunch! There’re all kinds of squeaks and squawks coming from underneath him…. and someone likes to pop its head out and do the “beak clap”.

      I will keep this on my watch list ….

      • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 12:11 pm - Reply

        MLADÉ BUKY
        Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo

        Photps from this web page / on youtube

      • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        I read some interesting articles about the stork. They are considered signs of good health and prosperity, so any nests that are built on homes are rarely removed.
        In some places, people consider them so special that towns can be designated as “stork villages”. Certain criteria must be met to receive this prestigious title.
        Since electrocution is such a hazard, villagers will closely watch any work being done to the wires. If they consider work to be sub-par, they will band together to have the work corrected or report the company to local authorities.
        While still considered endangered in some areas, storks are making a come back.

        • Isabella May 26, 2021 at 4:10 pm - Reply

          That one sticking out yapping is too cute!
          I saw this maybe a few years ago on tv
          He takes care of the whole family
          Feeds the chicks
          While the male is away he even watches videos of the nest with the mom
          He said she cries when she watches

          • CarolV May 27, 2021 at 9:02 am - Reply

            That’s dedication….. so sweet

      • ChrisH May 27, 2021 at 10:08 am - Reply

        That is beautiful!!

      • Jim B. May 27, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        Hi CarolV,
        What is the website for that stork nest?

        • Admin Mary Anne May 27, 2021 at 4:35 pm - Reply

          Jim go to youtube- paste this into search. Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo

          • Jim B. May 27, 2021 at 5:12 pm - Reply

            Thanks so much Mary Anne!

            • Admin Mary Anne May 27, 2021 at 5:42 pm

              You’re welcome, Jim!

    15. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 11:12 am - Reply

      George went fishing….. @10:36. he came in with 1/2 a fish. Looked all around and decided he might as well eat the rest.

      • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 11:16 am - Reply

        Down the hatch….. and it’s a big one!………………. Clean that beak, Georgie!

    16. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Very hazy morning…. promise of some sun, clearing in the afternoon. 70 now, only going up a few more degrees today. sw8mph winds with 77% humidity… feeling that stickiness already

    17. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:19 am - Reply

      It’s been a busy morning….. George and Lucy came in almost together…. He was acting a little defensive but I guess that’s his way of saying “You’re not home enough!”
      There was quick bonding….

      • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:22 am - Reply

        George bigs an impressive load of seaweed…..
        Lucy was waiting upstairs to put in a breakfish request

        • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:25 am - Reply

          @6:02…… George delivers the entire floppy fish to Lucy…

          • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:28 am - Reply

            Someone was following him…. Lucy got very defensive and George went after them. Lucy made her get away.

            • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:32 am

              George was up and down and made a trip because he he didn’t have quite enough seaweed….
              Then, Lucy surprised him with a gift…

            • CarolV May 26, 2021 at 8:40 am

              Quick visit while George was out….. looked like Dark Necklace…. George chased her.

    18. CarolV May 26, 2021 at 4:29 am - Reply

      It was an odd night. George flew out.
      Then returned from about 11:30 – 1:45…. then gone again.

    19. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Full moon rising…… SOD, George!

      • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 8:50 pm - Reply

        Lucy was in earlier…. with all the nest to land on, she landed on his tail…… just saying good=night.

        • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 8:53 pm - Reply

          Two airplanes passed, one right after the other. Very hard to see but the 2nd one is a speck toward the right. Their lights flashed as they flew by…..
          I took about 20 pics hoping to catch a flash…. silly me….

    20. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Still breezy @12mphSSW…… temp 63 dropping to 59 then starting to rise near midnight, holding steady at 61 the rest of the night.

    21. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Lucy is home and George must be nearby with a fish…. song and dance begins….

      • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 6:15 pm - Reply

        @17:56….. faithful George arrives with the fish….. Very hungry Lucy can’t get there fast enough…..

    22. Isabella May 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Mary Anne!
      So much we are learning from these cameras…amazing!!

      • Admin Mary Anne May 25, 2021 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Oh yes, if there were no cams on these nests, we would not know nearly as much about ospreys, (and other birds) as we do now. I watch a couple of stork nest live stream cams and they are incredibly interesting. They also can be hard to watch. At one nest in the Czech Republic, the female was electrocuted on a high voltage wire, leaving four stork chicks for the male to raise. There’s a man who climbs a ladder three times a day to leave them a bunch of what looks like minnow fish and pinkies, which are dead baby rodents of some type. He also leaves some larger fish and dead rodents for the male. If he wasn’t doing that, no doubt at least half of these chicks would have perished by now. If anyone is interested in checking it out copy and paste this into youtube. Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo

        • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

          I just watched the stork cam. What a nice guy to care for them! I wonder if they are a protected species.
          There’s such a size diff in the four chicks! It was all too cute…… thanks for pointing it out!

          • Admin Mary Anne May 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm - Reply

            You’re welcome, Carol!

        • June c May 26, 2021 at 7:16 am - Reply

          Thank you Mary Anne for link to Stork cam…never saw baby Storks..only in pics…there is also a Falcon cam on the Mario Cuomo bridge..what is unique you are able to put a date and time and view…you guys should ck it out…the chicks look bigger then the Mom

          • Admin Mary Anne May 26, 2021 at 7:28 am - Reply

            Thank you, June, I will check it out!

    23. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Someone stopped briefly. I would have thought that Lucy would stay for fish delivery, but no telling what she’s up to lately. (if that was Lucy)
      George is in several minutes later @11:51. He stood calling but then put the fish aside to go to his eggies.

      • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        Later, when George tried to stand, he needed help from his wings….. possibly wind(14mph) held him down……

        • Isabella May 26, 2021 at 1:22 am - Reply

          OMG…love second pic!…..I could use a pair of wings!

    24. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Mr. Sparrow peeking to see if it’s clear to go shopping. The babies downstairs are getting louder! They grow so quickly……………

    25. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Lucy saying HI!? …
      G didn’t get upset…

    26. CarolV May 25, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Georgepulled anall nighter….

      • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

        Look who came home! She’sin bright and early……
        When she spots George she gets LOUD! Must be a hungry girl!

        • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 7:40 am - Reply

          @7:02…. George brings in breakfish…… A frantic Lucy gets it in seconds ……

          • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

            And quiet descends so George can get back to his eggs.

            • CarolV May 25, 2021 at 7:48 am

              And Lucy is back……..
              George takes it as a sign he can go for a run….
              But of course, she is minutes behind him….

    27. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Bright night….. George left just after this;;;

      • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        And he’s right back….
        Temp dropping to about 46…

    28. Nancy May 24, 2021 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Hi All. Wondering if the Admins could add a “Like” button somehow ? So many posts give me a chuckle & would love to “like ” them all ! Also, re: pseg nest in Patchogue…. I never see anyone sitting on the eggs ! Maybe the parents are inexperienced ? It’ll be a miracle if anything there hatches. Our George is so attentive, to his Ladies and his eggs ! And now there could be 5 mouths to feed ? He better rest up on those eggs now, while he can ! 🙂

      • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 9:36 pm - Reply

        Hi Nancy, I don’t think it’s possible for a like button to be added. A couple of weeks ago, the resident female went missing at Patchogue. The male brooded for days on and off but has finally given up. There were two females coming around interested in the nest and I saw him mate with both. The two females were fighting for the nest and now there is just one. One egg was taken by a crow. The others are there but have been pecked by crows and it’s a matter of time before they are taken also.

    29. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Fresh fish @16:16…. George looked all around but no Lucy. He ate some more fish just because…..
      Then he did some alarming… nice and loud!… before settling down

    30. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Visitor….. I think it was Lucy but couldn’t get a positive. Couldn’t see underwing markings or head, which I generally use to i.d.
      George was a little guarded and even hesitant about letting her land.
      But she sidled up right next to him.
      Both left the nest.

    31. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      2016: Our Sandy…… we used to say George would have to drag the nest behind him to get her to leave! It was close! He seemed to escort her away…..
      ………… And he fed her till the last! I can almost picture her trailing after him, begging at every stop.

    32. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      George goes for a run; stops back to pick up a snack and takes it out.
      He brought it back to finish at home but a pest interrupted his quiet time. Off he went again but wasn’t out long….. eggies were calling.

    33. Isabella May 24, 2021 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      The Osprey 5
      A man…. his eggs…crab shell…and slipper shell

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm - Reply

        That annoying stick is back poking us in the eye!

        • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          It’s more annoying to me because it’s wobbling in the wind now!

    34. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

      The neighbor must be on the perch or where ever the microphone is. He’s announcing his territory…. so sweet…. but funny to see George and his big old self while listening to Mr. Sparrow.

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 12:13 pm - Reply

        They are loud!….giving George a headache?😝

        • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 3:16 pm - Reply

          Like they say….. You can never hear yourself! His alerts make my ears twitch!

    35. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Alfalfa feather-style……

      • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 11:07 am - Reply

        Adding a little freshness to the nice… nice big oak leaves.
        George is alarming a lot. Occasionnally see someone fly by. And I hear geese…..

        And you-know-what is edging its way back to center…. booooo!….

    36. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 10:57 am - Reply


      • Isabella May 25, 2021 at 4:37 am - Reply

        The girl with colitis goes by

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    37. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 9:59 am - Reply

      We have the fish! @9:34…. No one to share with.
      George puts is aside.

      • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 10:01 am - Reply

        Shy fifth egg put in an appearance…
        Not in laying order.

        • June c May 24, 2021 at 2:47 pm - Reply

          Nice picture….I keep thinking if they all hatched…I know one nest out west had 6… but couple weeks later 4 died…

          • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 3:36 pm - Reply

            June, where out west? What nest was this?

    38. Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 9:40 am - Reply

      George lands with a fish, no Lucy there, but all five eggs can be seen.

    39. Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Hi everyone, the naming contest is over. I would like to offer my thanks to those of you who took the time to vote. It was very close, but the name of our new female is Lucy!

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

        Yes!…. I was thinking she’s a bit like Lucille Ball

        • ChrisH May 24, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

          Same here!

        • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 12:49 pm - Reply

          Ditzy Lucy Ricardo

      • June c May 24, 2021 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        Lucy…happy she finally has a name…..

        • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          Hi June, so am I!

    40. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 8:56 am - Reply


      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 11:04 am - Reply

        Thank you CarolV…. I think of you every time I see a cool moon 🌝

        • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 11:23 am - Reply

          Are you saying when you think of me you think of “mooning”? ((;^}] LMMO (laughing my moon off)

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    41. CarolV May 24, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Memories…. all alone in the moonlight…..
      I can smile at the old days…..
      My chicks were beautiful then…..
      I remember the time when happiness was….. let the memory live again…

      George left about 1:40am.

      • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 7:59 am - Reply

        George comes back early morn.
        Ms. M stops in.
        I;m guessing this was her playing in the wind…. lifting up, floating back down… at least 1/2 dozen times..

        • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 8:03 am - Reply

          George is nestorating and finds time to do a little guarding….
          Two new sticks…

    42. Isabella May 24, 2021 at 5:30 am - Reply

      George is back to his Bela impersonation….Godzilla came in

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 5:32 am - Reply

        Giving her the cold shoulder

        • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 5:35 am - Reply

          They were on and off the nest a lot…alarming….George kept bringing seaweed

          • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 5:37 am - Reply

            Beep beep….backing up and pushing that stick!

            • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 5:39 am

              More on and mantling

            • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 5:41 am

              More seaweed

        • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 10:50 am - Reply

          He acted like he was starting over on the relationship……
          But, then again…. we’ve all treated spouses like that when they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do!

    43. Isabella May 24, 2021 at 2:09 am - Reply

      Dad on duty
      Mary Anne
      George possibly missed a couple of nights (don’t know if it was entire night)
      What does that mean for the eggs?

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 3:29 am - Reply


        • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 3:30 am - Reply

          Off duty

      • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 7:36 am - Reply

        It is likely that those eggs have not had enough incubation time overall to be viable. At least the first three or four eggs were left uncovered more than just a few nights. Does anyone think they will hatch?

        • nfc May 24, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

          Mary Anne— I don’t think any will hatch. Maybe one miracle hatch, but not expecting it to happen. Sad for all of us watchers, but life in the wild. George needs to find a good mate. He does try to do his part.

        • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 11:26 am - Reply

          I still think 1 or 2 may hatch…wondering if there’s an instinct that “tells “ George if they’re viable….or it’s such a strong instinct to brood (except for Lucy) that he does it no matter what
          Think I read somewhere…and possibly posted info….that they can hear chicks getting ready to hatch

          • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

            Isabella, yes, they can hear them. There are a few cams that have microphones that pick up the sounds of the chicks inside the egg, the Savannah cam is one of them and I’ve heard it many times. I think it was last year or the year before that the first chick was so loud and went on for so long inside the egg, you could not miss it. I am going to check and see if I can find a link to the video so you can hear it. I don’t think George knows whether the eggs are viable or not, unless one was cracked. We have seen ospreys brooding eggs many days past their hatch due dates. They finally give up, some take much longer than others.

            • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm

              Isbella, I could not find the one from Savannah, but I did find a video from the Charlo nest. I won’t post the link, but go to youtube and paste this into search: Charlo MT Osprey Nest Cam Can hear chick chirping from inside egg 6-10-2017. (Listen carefully and you will hear it about 21 secs in.)

            • nfc May 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

              Thanks Mary Anne— I found it and it was pretty loud.

            • Admin Mary Anne May 24, 2021 at 2:45 pm

              You’re welcome, nfc, never tired of hearing it!

      • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

        I don’t think there’s a chance. Only that last egg had any kind of night time incubating- it was after that one was laid that George started spending staying overnight. And even that has been changed.

    44. Isabella May 24, 2021 at 1:33 am - Reply

      George panting..alerting…and getting a blow out!

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 1:34 am - Reply

        Isabella posting pics

    45. GinaM May 23, 2021 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I just have to say, I love George. If there ever was a more dedicated parent, I don’t know of one. He has always been involved with brooding, but because his new mate is a tad on the dingbat side, he has fully taken over. Remember when he waited that first season until the last fledgling was ready to leave the nest? She seemed so hesitant, he finally escorted her on her way.
      I know I am not contributing anything of substance but I wanted to express my respect for our dear George. Our one constant all these years.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 23, 2021 at 11:13 pm - Reply

        Gina, I would say that expressing your love and admiration for George and his devotion over the years is very much a contribution of substance, thank you!

      • CarolV May 24, 2021 at 7:20 am - Reply

        I agree, Gina… even the dingbat part. It may be she’s just very young or it may be that , like humans, there is a sliding scale on IQ or so many other traits that would make a good parent. If anything, this year is a learning experience for us as well. As every year has been!

      • ChrisH May 24, 2021 at 9:53 am - Reply

        I feel the same way, Gina. He has been consistently reliable year after year. Just a great role model parent!

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 11:15 am - Reply

        If I’m remembering correctly…that hesitant chick was Sandy…she was Gracie’s mini me…loved to mimic her mama!

      • nfc May 24, 2021 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        Gina— your comment about George is so true. He has been a constant for us each year. He tries his best. We all love his dedication. Too bad he likes to cover the camera with crazy sticks. LOL The sticks are annoying. He does provide both sticks and fish to his mate.

    46. CarolV May 23, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Mean looking sky! That must be the cold front pushing in. No rain in the forecast but the temp supposed to drop 20deg (75 now). by sunrise. Winds NNW16mph.
      It’s been sticky today with humidity 63%.I still have not seen Ms. M today. George was fairly consistant about staying on the eggs most of the morning and afternoon. He did a lot of calling, as if looking for her.

      • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        BTW!!! Notice a difference in the pic????

        • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

          Went back to see the cause…. Sudden gust of wind took out arbor away! Posting its journey as a good-bye’
          Wind also repositioned the annoyance.

          • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 7:57 pm - Reply


          • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 1:50 am - Reply

            I have suggested to George many times to remove the annoyance!

      • Isabella May 24, 2021 at 2:04 am - Reply

        Maybe she’s catching her own fish
        Really no sense in her being around…not saying this in a mean way…unfortunately she is oblivious to the eggs and therefore doesn’t contribute anything
        If she returns next season hopefully something will click

    47. CarolV May 23, 2021 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Back to editing photos…… I can only do so many in a session. May take forever.

      Was working in an area when the lens was fogged by poop haze.
      Here’s two good shots. Jane looked so pretty and there are no bad shots of Squirmy…..

      • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 3:38 pm - Reply


        • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 6:37 pm - Reply

          Even in the dino phase he was adorable!!!

      • Isabella May 23, 2021 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        I was always rooting for Jane and she turned out to be a good mama!

    48. CarolV May 23, 2021 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      George gets the munchies and polishes off that leftover fish
      Unloads some excess
      and back to brooding

    49. Isabella May 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      George takes a snack break from egg sitting…..he must have been starving…gobbled it up!

      • Isabella May 23, 2021 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Fish in…fish out!
        Trust me..there was poop in the wind!
        Couldn’t catch it in a pic
        Paula finds rewinding annoying….I find not being able to annoying!

        • Isabella May 23, 2021 at 1:22 pm - Reply

          Back to egg sitting

        • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

          The poo-poo, my friend, was blowin’ in the wind……….

          • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 3:07 pm - Reply

            When I see George backing up for business, I hear the sound of a garbage truck backing up…..

            • Isabella May 23, 2021 at 4:09 pm

              Beep beep beep
              Nice if going was just that easy for us!

          • Isabella May 23, 2021 at 4:08 pm - Reply

            Yes CarolV…you heard the tune in my mind!😀

    50. william f young May 23, 2021 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Can’t see much. Obstructed camera. Can camera be relocated? Bill

      • Admin Mary Anne May 23, 2021 at 1:10 pm - Reply

        If they were to do that, it has to be done after the ospreys leave on migration.

    51. CarolV May 23, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

      After several hours on the nest, George took a quick walk….
      He came back and grabbed that leftover fish from this morning. He flew out briefly just to return to the nest to eat.

      • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 11:48 am - Reply

        He spots something and alarms, shaking the fish off his foot. Someone comes over…. you can see the wing shadows…. and he jumps at them.

        • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 11:51 am - Reply

          When he’s back, G ignores the rest of the fish and gets settled in.

    52. CarolV May 23, 2021 at 7:27 am - Reply

      George brought something @6:24….no idea what.
      He rearranged some seaweed and headed to perch. I don’t think he even checked on eggs.

      • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 8:10 am - Reply

        @7:36…. this time it’s a partial fish, that he leaves on the nest

        • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 8:12 am - Reply

          He wrestled with a branch, moving it to the side

          • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 8:14 am - Reply

            Then back to egg sitting.
            Haven’t seen M unless she was in very briefly….

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

      Is this the second time George didn’t spend the night?

    54. Isabella May 23, 2021 at 4:21 am - Reply

      Eye see you

    55. CarolV May 23, 2021 at 2:09 am - Reply

      George leaving just after 1a.m.

    56. Paula May 22, 2021 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Hi All,
      I’m wondering if anyone thinks there is ANY chance ANY of these eggs will hatch?
      I’ve been really busy the last few days so going by rewind, which I find annoying or by comments, which are quite helpful, it does not seem as if the eggs are being incubated properly.
      Is there a chance George is going to pull off another miracle?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 23, 2021 at 6:09 am - Reply

        Hi Paula, I’m not expecting that they will hatch, but perhaps there is a chance that one will. I never expected her to lay five eggs either.

      • CarolV May 23, 2021 at 7:01 am - Reply

        Even George’s dedication to the eggs is waning. I’d be sad to see a hatch because I don’t think any chick would survive. Even superGeorge couldn’t do it alone

        • Paula May 23, 2021 at 7:12 am - Reply

          That’s really sad to hear but what I expected, unfortunately!

      • Isabella May 23, 2021 at 11:59 am - Reply

        Hi Paula
        I really thought a couple of eggs would hatch…but George didn’t spend a couple of nights on the nest
        If they hatched was hoping females instincts would kick in…but the way she grabs and goes with the fish. I don’t know if George would be able to feed the chicks!

    57. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      M is home….. George got up as she came in and looked like he went to perch….
      She’s playing statue….

    58. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Geeorge is feeling the heat. It’s still 79 at 6:30pm. almost no wind.. wsw5mph and 54% humidity. It’s cooler over on my side of the Island but the humidity is higher, making for a similar heaviness to the air.
      Tomorrow will be another warm one. up to 80 . Then a cold front is coming through. Yay! Not ready for the heat… but then, rarely am.

    59. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      @17:14….. George spotted his leftover fish and took off with it. He circled back and took it to the perch.

    60. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Fish in @15:05………….. George had a hard time getting it off his foot and took off again….

      • CarolV May 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        He comes back in, puts the fish to the side and heads to the eggs.

    61. Elaine May 22, 2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Hello everyone. Looks like an egg shell on lower right of screen.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 22, 2021 at 11:43 am - Reply

        Hi Elaine, it’s a shell, but I don’t think it’s an eggshell.

        • Elaine May 22, 2021 at 12:38 pm - Reply

          Thank you. There is a possible egg in lower part of screen which is not be incubated. I may hopefully be wrong.

          • Admin Mary Anne May 22, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Reply

            There’s a good chance that they won’t hatch anyway, so try not to worry about it. It’s better that they don’t.

          • CarolV May 22, 2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

            I think you’re looking at what may be a slippershell. And there is an egg that is mostly buried but pops out occasionally . It’s not quite in the egg cup.

            • CarolV May 22, 2021 at 3:34 pm

              Also, closest to the near edge of the nest is a crabshell. We can only see part of that and may look a bit egg-ish.

    62. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 11:16 am - Reply

      George was in for a few minutes to fluff the eggs and do a general check around. The skipping video made for some interesting stop-motion pics.
      And out he went again……. changing his routine

    63. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Keep getting grey outs. And the timer is skipping. Not that there’s much to see. No one in the nest still

    64. CarolV May 22, 2021 at 9:26 am - Reply

      Sleepy boy, “yawning” in the a.m.
      M comes home… G goes out

      M does some nestorating to keep busy…

      • CarolV May 22, 2021 at 9:29 am - Reply

        @6:10…. Breakfish was served…

      • CarolV May 22, 2021 at 9:45 am - Reply

        There was someone on the perch when George came in….. and he wasn’t happy!

        He hasn’t spent much time on the nest since he left early…..

        • CarolV May 22, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

          Poppa Sparrow was playing hide and seek behind the smudgestick….. collected a mouthful of nesting. Have been hearing baby peeps from down below, so must be time to clean up the nest.

    65. Isabella May 22, 2021 at 6:34 am - Reply

      She got her fish…happened so fast I couldn’t get a pic
      George tidied up before taking off

    66. Isabella May 22, 2021 at 4:59 am - Reply

      Through the night

      • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 6:03 am - Reply

        Guess George went fishing
        And here’s Godzilla standing on the eggs
        She is now on perch …..loudly demanding Breakfish!

    67. Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:59 am - Reply

      A little after hours grooming while egg sitting

    68. Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:39 am - Reply

      George is hot!

      • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:41 am - Reply

        Hmm….what to do with this pop of green?

        • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:44 am - Reply

          Maybe over here

          • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:46 am - Reply

            Tried many times to grab the stick

            • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:48 am

              Finally got it…..ta da!

            • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:51 am

              Back to business

            • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:54 am

              You’re getting sleepy….sleepy

            • Isabella May 22, 2021 at 12:57 am

              When I snap my fingers…you will awaken and move stick in the middle

    69. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      George has been on the nest, except for a brief fly out, since the fish delivery

    70. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      @18:23………. George brought fish. Only saw it briefly as he flew in. Guessing he ditched it on the nest as he went to the eggs to settle in.

    71. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      M found some nice green seagrass…. draped it over that far branch.
      Then she decided she wasn’t happy and wanted it, probably on the floor.
      She wrestled with it but it was stuck on that branch….. she finally just moved the whole branch so it fell to the floor….. and was happy. Off she went.

      • CarolV May 21, 2021 at 3:43 pm - Reply

        George was in and out. This time when he returned, he decided that was not the place for that branch.
        He loves to wrestle those branches! He worked until he had it off on the side and was satisfied.
        Time for eggs……………….

    72. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Look who’s here! Ms. M stops by.
      After she left…… hard to see in pics but that’s the dark speckled female who lands next…

      • CarolV May 21, 2021 at 11:54 am - Reply

        Don’t get comfortable…..
        M does an ambush; bouncing off the intruder’s back, she goes out. The other bird sits for a minute then leaves.

        Three birds can be seen flying over bay.

        • CarolV May 21, 2021 at 12:08 pm - Reply

          Went back to check and as M flew out and Intruder still sat on nest, shadow on perch was flapping and took off. One of the birds over the bay looked like it carried a fish. George?????

          M stopped back in after.

    73. CarolV May 21, 2021 at 10:26 am - Reply

      George decides to finish off that fish he brought earlier. And takes it out for a picnic.
      Haven’t seen M except that early flight from perch that may have been her.

      • CarolV May 21, 2021 at 10:36 am - Reply

        Here he comes with the tail to eat in the nest…..
        He does a lot of calling while he’s on the eggs……

    74. Isabella May 21, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Didn’t think it was that hot…but George is clearly panting

      • CarolV May 21, 2021 at 1:10 pm - Reply

        It’s really not that hot but there’s very little breeze…

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

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

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