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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

“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 June 10, 2021 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      I love watching George with these big multi-branched sticks. He is so determined! And there’s a breeze that kept pushing him back…..c

    2. CarolV June 10, 2021 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      George brought a nice fish @12:11…. someone landed behind him …. He was all aflutter and guarded. The other bird only stayed for a short time.

      George was in and out for hours, carrying his fish and no Lucy. He eventually ate it.
      He’s been calling with no response. Lucy was so involved this a.m., I thought she might have changed… silly me.
      She’s emotionally abusing us all! (kidding)

    3. CarolV June 10, 2021 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Lucy seems more invested this morning. As George continues nestorations, Lucy joins in….

      • CarolV June 10, 2021 at 9:20 am - Reply

        And she’s backing him up with guard duty… synchronized at times!
        She rushed across the nest at one point. George had to duck….

    4. CarolV June 10, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

      I guess Lucy wasn’t coming down without breakfast on the table.
      George comes in to say good morning. Lucy chats to him from there.
      When George brought the fish, Lucy came down to greet him. Then, there was a 15 sec. jump in the video and Lucy was on her way out with the fish…..

      • CarolV June 10, 2021 at 7:34 am - Reply

        George did some nestkeeping, moving things here and there,
        He had a satisfying chest push, with lots of kicking and things flying. And he’s out….

        • CarolV June 10, 2021 at 8:03 am - Reply

          look who stopped in….
          She made a quick exit… you can just see Lucy approaching in that left corner of the headless pic.

          • CarolV June 10, 2021 at 8:08 am - Reply

            Lucy’s back…. and in charge…..
            George can’t bow any lower!
            Lucy stands guard…..

            • CarolV June 10, 2021 at 8:13 am

              George has things to do….. he adds to the nest, with a little help from Lucy… very little… she’s busy being in charge…

              Just had to go chase a blue jay away from the sparrow nest on my patio. I guess I made so much noise, my dog, Harry Shepsky, came running with his chest all puffed out, ready to take on the enemy! Love my boy!

    5. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Lucy was upstairs begging just before 8pm. Couldn’t spot any delivery. Did notice some small time jumps on the counter, but not long enough for an exchange, fast as Lucy is.

    6. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Did anyone else see this?
      This small boat passed from r. to l. and turned to head toward horizon. What looked like a wake grew behind it then continued to grow the further away the boat got. It was strange that it grew and stayed there after the boat had seemingly pulled away..

      • CarolV June 9, 2021 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        @19:02:14….. as it traveled, it looked like the boat had 2 sections

    7. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      The nest has been mostly unoccupied this afternoon. George made a few quick stops.
      Lucy came in behind him this time.

      Sometimes I’m not sure because Lucy isn’t here as often and George is more deferential than when they spent more time together………. but when the begging requests started….. yup: Lucy

    8. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Check in: The kids at Urdaibai are losing their flush and going dino…. eating well and looking strong.

      What I marvel at is that I imagine these relocated parents were new parents… obviously a new couple. And other nests get 1st timers… even both parents as newbies. Yet 2 times now, George’s new mates were great fighters but not natural mothers….
      And we don’t know any history on George and Gracie except they showed up looking for a place to put a nest. Correction… it wasn’t even Gracie as George’s first partner. She came 2nd year.
      So, George, where are you going wrong??????

    9. Isabella June 9, 2021 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Feeling hot..hot..hot!!

      • CarolV June 9, 2021 at 5:45 pm - Reply

        Isabella…. me, too! Not a fan of heat…. thankfully the humidity dropped under 60%. 84 at almost 6pm. (5 degs. cooler by me- ocean effect)

      • nfc June 9, 2021 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        The Oyster Bay pair are so calm and work together very well. In the heat mom has become a mombrella. I will go to visit when the chicks are a little bigger. You can stand right under the nest and watch the nest on the phone. Looking at the Long Island Sound is nice too. It is a quiet area on weekends.

    10. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 10:39 am - Reply

      George is in with another 1/2 fish…..
      Someone lands, causing him to mantle. It was hard to tell if she had any spots under her wing in that light. George wasn’t happy with her, so I’m not sure if it was Lucy and he just didn’t want to share.

      • CarolV June 9, 2021 at 10:42 am - Reply

        The other Fe left.
        Now this one dropped straight down behind George and he took off. Geez, George….. they[re dropping from the skies!

        • CarolV June 9, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

          This second visitor seemed to have darker chest markings, unless it was just lighting. Hard when the sun is at that angle

    11. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 10:35 am - Reply

      George has a new stick…..
      He gets reminded that he can’t be straddled over it when he tries to pick it up…
      Found its place on the far right…

    12. nfc June 9, 2021 at 7:29 am - Reply

      It looks like the last chick at Henlopen State Park has died. Three hours ago it was struggling. It hasn’t moved in the last couple of hours. It had looked ok. I kept watching it after Mary Anne told us about losing the other chicks.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 9, 2021 at 7:53 am - Reply

        Very sad, I don’t know what happened, he was getting plenty of fish. Guess he got sick, poor chick.

    13. CarolV June 9, 2021 at 7:05 am - Reply

      It appears we have at least one broken egg….. kind of fitting to see George squash it…..
      Too dramatic to say squashed like his dreams (and ours) for this season?

      • CarolV June 9, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

        Hazy Hump Day…….. GM, Wednesday…… and GM, George and Lucy!

        George says HI! to Lucy on the perch
        She shows her face, pretty as always…

        • CarolV June 9, 2021 at 7:35 am - Reply

          @6:23….. nice early breakfish…. Godzilla comes off the perch…..
          Lucy made one of her subtle acceptances of that nice sized fish and off she went

    14. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Lucy was begging up on the perch….
      She jumped down to sing George in….. but he arrived fishless….. she stared behind him, maybe looking for the fish to fly in…(jk)

      She started yammering, even took a couple of snips toward his beak…… She’s still there yapping and he flew out

      • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        George came back with a stick…..
        Lucy departed

    15. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      George is in @17:34 with a fish, headless. I couldn’t tell if someone was on the perch but he was a little defensive and I thought I heard some chirps…

      • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:04 pm - Reply

        This might have been the perch sitter…. as there’s a quick fly-by

        • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          George waited….. he may have gone to the perch, because someone is there and sounds more like his calls….

    16. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Leisurely day….. George has been in and out….. Lucy stopped by.
      George brought some small stuff…. a skinny stick and this seaweed were some.

      The humidity is ridiculous even if it’s dropped from 73% to 66%. The forecast shows showers overnight. Hope it cools us off a bit! Too early for this.

    17. Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Finally got to see the chicks!
      Oopsy….little guy tummy up

      • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:37 pm - Reply

        😊

        • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:40 pm - Reply

          Waiting for dad to feed them
          He didn’t…mom started grabbing pieces for them

          • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

            Mom took fish…dominate chick got the most
            Don’t think little guy got any

    18. Admin Mary Anne June 8, 2021 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      From now until they both have left on migration, please let’s stick to posting pics of only ospreys, and mostly pics of George and Lucy. If anyone wants to watch the storks, they can go to the youtube site and see them there, thanks!

      • Irene June 10, 2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

        I would like to ask questions about what is and is not happening with this nest. So
        I think this conversation in writing is a test to see first if someone will actually read it.
        Thank You so much also for installing the pole for such a nest.. Irene

        • Admin Mary Anne June 10, 2021 at 1:11 pm - Reply

          What is it you would like to know, Irene?

          • Irene June 10, 2021 at 1:24 pm - Reply

            most importantly…..the 2 eggs that are buried below….will they hatch?

            • Admin Mary Anne June 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

              Irene, sadly, none of the eggs are going to hatch…

          • Lisa Strong-Griffin June 11, 2021 at 6:26 pm - Reply

            None of the eggs in this next are going to hatch?

            • Lisa Strong-Griffin June 11, 2021 at 6:27 pm

              Nest not next…sorry

            • Admin Mary Anne June 11, 2021 at 8:47 pm

              Highly unlikely. George did the best he could as far as brooding goes, but Lucy just did not get it.

        • CarolV June 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm - Reply

          Irene…. I don’t know if you’ve watched these already but next to the live video are several clips of happenings this year. Near the top is a section of Highlights with features from previous years, including a rescue . And the heading About has the history of when and why the nest was installed. All interesting.
          But this is not like Facebook where posts are immediate. Sometimes posting is slightly delayed, as are answers. Just the nature of the system. Hope you enjoy your time here. Not the best year for us.

          • Irene June 12, 2021 at 2:42 pm - Reply

            Hello Carol, Thank you for taking the time to also reply with some great information. I*m feeling my way through the page of this site now. Learned to look at the time stamped.
            Much better understanding.

    19. Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Getting excited when dad gives up the goodies!

      • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:06 pm - Reply

        Dad says…enough already!…lol
        This got them quiet!

        • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

          Another thing that caused a pensive moment
          Dad taking off

    20. Isabella June 8, 2021 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      So far so good 🤞
      Hanging out with nice little crops
      Mom and dad show up

      • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 1:59 pm - Reply

        😊

        • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 1:59 pm - Reply

          👍

    21. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 11:35 am - Reply

      It looks peaceful but, in video, that’s a whole lotta motion goin’ on!

      Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo

    22. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Toddlers already? I forget how fast that happens! And right to the scary edge. of course….

    23. nfc June 8, 2021 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Here is an interesting fact that was shared yesterday about the albatross I told everyone about . THey put tracking devices on the parents in February. LGL the mom’s didn’t work. LGK the dad has tracked 18,641 miles of flying since February as he forages for food to bring back to Tiaki. THey feed by regurgitating squid smoothies. A little gross, but that is how it is done.

      • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 7:45 am - Reply

        These seabirds are hard workers! I check in on the puffins in Maine and the Bermuda cahow in season….. all different feeding methods but lots of traveling

    24. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 7:19 am - Reply

      George caught another fish for himself…. Now he has his leftovers …… He can sit and contemplate ….

    25. Isabella June 8, 2021 at 6:10 am - Reply

      Bela reacting to the sunrise 😜
      Most likely Lucy on perch

    26. CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:06 am - Reply

      Lucy was on the perch calling before George came in…. says GM as he bows to her magnificence …..

      • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:09 am - Reply

        George is determined to fill that right corner. He made at least 4 trips for seaweed and grasses, carefully arranged…..

        • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:12 am - Reply

          Lucy had a quick skirmish with a fly-by. letting them know she’s here and in charge…

          • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:18 am - Reply

            @5:41, George is back with a whole fish. I don’t think he meant to leave it, just show it off but Lucy had other plans!
            Thought she was gonna do a grab and run but she stopped to get a good grip on this prize….

            • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 6:21 am

              ..

            • CarolV June 8, 2021 at 7:06 am

              A better look at that steal

    27. Isabella June 8, 2021 at 6:01 am - Reply

      nfc
      This is the stork nest I’m watching
      This is the Facebook page….no mention of chick in rehab
      Where did you read the info?

      • Isabella June 8, 2021 at 6:05 am - Reply

        I’ll rest my head on you….you rest your head on him

      • nfc June 8, 2021 at 7:18 am - Reply

        Isabella– I read it on the website when a few people wrote in English. There were only 2 storks on the nest that day. Then another day there were 3 so it had to have been put back. I was surprised to see the 3 so I figured they put it back. I never saw the Facebook page. If they did put the stork back, that is great. The 3 seem to be doing ok. I do remember the youngest looking very small. So life in the wild is what it is. There are 3 there now. So we have to be happy for that.

    28. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish @18:54….. and someone is upstairs…..

      • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        Other female gets buzzed but don’t get to see who it is….
        She took off with one quick stop back

        Sometimes, it seems like 2 different females visiting…. probably just the changing lighting….

        • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm - Reply

          When the traffic cleared, George got to eat his snack in peace.
          Then enjoyed a nice long beak cleaning….. that branch is perfectly placed!

    29. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Drop in…. Other woman makes a quick survey…..

    30. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      George was trying to stuff this thing off to the right and it wasn’t co-operative….. a little clingy.

    31. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      George came in and mantled as someone landed on the perch.
      He flew out and you can tell by sound and shadow puppets that a mating was attempted. George flew and the female=unknown= flew off a few mins. later.
      40 mins. later, the Other Woman stopped in.
      No conclusions…..

    32. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      Somebody’s walking! A step or two before and after these steps around its sib!

      • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 5:20 pm - Reply

        Two up… the one in front is a little wobblier… the one in middle is doing very well

    33. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Is George out stealing doormats? That was my first guess when I saw this…. clearly braided sisal rope but what???
      If I lived in that house below, I ‘d be outside just to watch George bringing his latest treasures!

    34. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      I can only feel sad as we are in the hatch window and nothing to anticipate….. *siiiggghhhhhhh*

      • Admin Mary Anne June 7, 2021 at 3:24 pm - Reply

        Agreed Carol, it’s a real bummer. Every time I look, I imagine bobbing little heads we won’t see this year.

        • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 3:29 pm - Reply

          Ahhhh… me, too. Especially when G starts fussing with the eggs. He’s weaned himself away but can’t quite let them go

    35. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Video was stalled about 1 3/4 hrs. When it came up, George was sitting, holding a fish. He left it in the nest.
      Good thing the neighbor’s not pescatarian….

      • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Skipped right over this…. George didn’t just leave…. another set-to encouraged him to leave.

        Other Woman came in like she owns the place. She was sidling up to George and his fishy friend when a battering ram caught her from behind. George scampered.
        I THINK it was Lucy but never got a full read. Lucy? hung on to nest as OW got pushed out and G took off.
        OW flew back, with L going after her again.
        It’s gonna be a long summer.

        • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 1:05 pm - Reply

          ..

        • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          George just wants to hang out, peace and quiet, his fish waiting….

    36. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Stuck…..

    37. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 10:08 am - Reply

      These chicks look strong and well fed. Can’t tell for sure but eyes look okay. Cam op got some nice sho

    38. nfc June 7, 2021 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Mary Anne and Carol— is the stork nest at Mlade Buke the one that was mentioned where they had four chicks? I watched it a few days. Then I read that the dad threw one chick off and it died. It was also stated that one chick went to a rehab. So there were two chicks. Now there are three. So I would assume that the chick was put back. They all look like they are doing well. The one that was threw off the nest was very small. I remember the mother wasn’t around. Mary Anne mentioned that when she first told us about the nest. Glad that they are getting fed by people too.
      It has been interesting finding other nests with birds to watch. I watch South West Florida eagles every year. I have watched Osprey zone from the beginning. A nest with an albatross that is very interesting to watch is the Northern Royal Albatross. It is New zealand. Eggs are laid in November. Born in Jan. They don’t fledge until September. After about 8 weeks the chick stays on the nest alone while the parents go out to sea. The Dept of Conservation there has about 38 nests. They pick one in December to highlight. This year’s chick is Tiaki. If you would like to experience a different bird’s growth check it out. Here is the website— http://www.doc.govt.nz/royalcam
      We might as well share sights we like to see life in the wild.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 7, 2021 at 10:46 am - Reply

        nfc, yes, that is the nest, I think. I didn’t know they took one and then returned it to the nest. Do you know why it went to rehab? I watched that albatross nest but it was before the egg hatched. Every day, someone would come and gently take the egg and check it, and put it back. Thanks for the link!

        • nfc June 7, 2021 at 12:02 pm - Reply

          Mary Anne— it definitely looks like the nest. From what I remember the chick may have fallen out of the nest, but was ok. They took it to rehab to check it out before returning it to the nest. It is hard to get info on that nest because it is a different language.
          On the albatross nest they weigh the chicks every week to make sure they are being fed by parents. They check bands. Sometimes the chicks are harassed by other albies because they are alone. It is interesting to watch them grow. There is also a long time to watch them since they don’t fledge until they are 9 months old.
          It is nice hearing about other sites on the internet.

      • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

        Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check it out.
        I didn’t see where one was removed and returned. Maybe was before I started watching. That removal by the parent was so shocking because I had never heard they do that. Took me a bit to get over that.
        Wonder if it’s possible the dropped chick survived the fall and was removed to hospital. That’s a nice thought. Could have fallen to a roof? Or bushes?

        • Admin Mary Anne June 7, 2021 at 12:20 pm - Reply

          It’s such a long drop, Carol. No way to be delicate about this, but I heard it land.

          • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 1:43 pm - Reply

            Yeah…. me, too. Conveniently forgot that ……

        • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Just realized I forgot about the return part. That small dropped chick was not returned . My error

    39. CarolV June 7, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

      George was in early…. Lucy stopped in….. George went to work…

      • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 9:33 am - Reply

        And the other woman…..

        • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 9:35 am - Reply

          George is working hard on the nest…. the eggs are currently covered…

          • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 9:38 am - Reply

            Other Woman comes back and is in no hurry to leave….. George is calling…while She just stands there.

            • CarolV June 7, 2021 at 9:53 am

              Look who’s defending the nest! George is playing statues…..

    40. Isabella June 7, 2021 at 6:07 am - Reply

      George thinking about which females he’ll entertain today

      • Isabella June 7, 2021 at 6:09 am - Reply

        Sticking it in the camera

        • Isabella June 7, 2021 at 6:11 am - Reply

          Hey there Georgie boy!

          • Isabella June 7, 2021 at 6:13 am - Reply

            Having a bad wing day?

            • Isabella June 7, 2021 at 6:48 am

              He’s been busy redecorating

            • Isabella June 7, 2021 at 6:53 am

              Shaking his bird booty

    41. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      White sails in the sunset…..

      • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 9:17 pm - Reply

        George acted like he wanted to sit on the eggs, clearing and fluffing for several minutes.
        He moved over to do some calling and chirping but got no answer.

        I wonder if it;s gonna be a whole summer of vying for George???

        77 still @9pm, dropping to mid-60s. Winds sw10mph…..

    42. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Both Lucy and She dropped in again… George was bowing to anyone….

      • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        When Lucy came, George just flapped a little and mantled.
        When the other female approached, he almost made movements like he wanted to chase her away, then remembered his manners….

    43. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Nice close shot of chicks being fed, These parents seem to be doing things right.

      Photos…Urdaibai biosphere reserve in the Basque country

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

      Hours later, George was back, piece of fish in foot. He was sitting near rim when the video skipped 15 secs. and someone else is there, too.

      • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 4:48 pm - Reply

        George tries to get as far out on that rim as he can, while she decides to make herself at home…..
        George shows that he recognizes she’s there; while she tries to see if he wants to share that fish….

        • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

          No sharesies…. G polishes off his fish…..
          She did some more nest keeping……. hmmmmmmmm

          George left, leaving her there. She wasn’t far behind. Probably flying by him, batting her eyelashes….

          • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

            Looks like they may have been flying together, as She comes in right before George.
            When he brought nesting in, she showed up again and even did some challenge calling……

            • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm

              Challenge met, as Lucy blasts in, kicking the crap out of her….. some little birdie must have passed the word!
              George got out of Dodge and let the feathers fall where they may….. Lucy was the last bird standing in the nest…

    45. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      George brought a fish @10:59, with someone following…..
      She landed on the perch, then on the nest. as George fluttered and mantled …..

      • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 2:49 pm - Reply

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        • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 2:52 pm - Reply

          George flew out and back, still being followed. He took off with his fish and haven’t seen him back at the nest.
          The nest was empty most of the morning, too.

    46. nfc June 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Barnegat has 2 chicks. From what I read they only just got their first meal. Don’t know when they hatched.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 6, 2021 at 1:18 pm - Reply

        The first chick took all day yesterday to hatch and was free of the shell at 5:07 pm. The second chick hatched this morning at 7:24 am. The older chick was fed today at a little after noon. The female is a new mother so it took her awhile to figure out the feeding.

    47. Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Feeding and a nap
      These two seem to be doing good 👍
      They were even nipping each other

      • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:54 am - Reply

        Anyone who watches barnegat knows…this is a busy road .
        Hopefully Daisy will settle in
        Don’t know why they didn’t zoom in on chicks….maybe on a lunch break

        • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:57 am - Reply

          Pic

          • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 12:01 pm - Reply

            🐣🐣

    48. Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Doesn’t matter if she stands on the eggs now

      • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Cooling off with a fish and feather fluffing

        • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:25 am - Reply

          All in the family
          Groundhog night at San Francisco

          • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

            Nice to see a feather pile

    49. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 8:49 am - Reply

      The tide is in @Urdaibai….. thought I went to wrong site! Haven’t seen any close ups yet…. saw the male bring a stick and put it right across one chick but seems ok…. both seem active

    50. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 8:38 am - Reply

      The chicks are starting to exercise those growing wings and more attempts to master those spindly legs…

      Dad getting harassed to produce- he brought some object, either cloth or paper, and they had no idea what to do. He showed them if he shook it some bugs or worms fell. The caregiver removed it next feeding trip.

      • Isabella June 6, 2021 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        They have really grown!

        • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 2:12 pm - Reply

          With the amount of fish, mice and worms they stuff down, I’m surprised the nest still holds them!

    51. CarolV June 6, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Gonna be a sticky Sunday… temp already 72. humd.73% at 7:30am.
      Saw Lucy in first. George showed up. Had to do his customary egg check before heading out

      • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 7:35 am - Reply

        Obligatory stick….. little nestorating

        • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 7:38 am - Reply

          George was in @5:44 with a whole fish… he was being followed….. he left to have his share

          • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 7:41 am - Reply

            He’s back again, fish nicely trimmed, being followed again.
            Fortunately, it’s Lucy this time, making her whirlwind grab for the fish.

            She did her pose for us and left.

            • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 7:43 am

              George tidied up, then left

    52. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Haven’t seen George since he left the perch around 17:22. No one has stopped in….

    53. nfc June 5, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Port Lincoln osprey cam is up now. It is in Australia. It is the beginning of the season. It s on a barge.

      • CarolV June 6, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

        Tnx for the heads up! I like that nest.

    54. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      GEORGE BROUGHT SOME STICKS, DID SOME CLEAN UP AND NESTORATING, DID SOME CALLING….. NOW, GUESS WHERE HE IS…..

      • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 5:22 pm - Reply

        oops… didn’t mean to yell…..

    55. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Lots of traffic to gaze at…..

    56. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Živá kamera – Mladé Buky – čapí hnízdo 19:36 their time…

      LOOK, guys! No hands!
      Even tried a step

    57. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 9:13 am - Reply

      The neighbor lady came for supplies…. She brought hubby back with her for some bigger pieces…. They were on a spree!

      • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 9:27 am - Reply

        George brings a new stick and decides to stay….

        • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 9:28 am - Reply

          The neighbors return to find the store is closed…

      • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 9:57 am - Reply

        Not sure that was hubby…. wonder if the fledglings from previous brood hang around to help.

    58. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 8:54 am - Reply

      At 8:27, George brings a smallish 1/2 fish. He waits for a few minutes, flies out just to circle back and call. He’s still waiting patiently.

    59. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Size check on the storks…. that one goes after the container when the feeder comes up. Think it’s the oldest one.

    60. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Some great camera work at the Urdaibai wildlife nest. We got good pics of the surviving 2 chicks. One seems to have a light colored head.
      The little albino chick’s body was still there.
      These 2 are already aggressive to each other. They seem to alternate on who starts the fight.

    61. CarolV June 5, 2021 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Saturday… and some sun after a bit more rain last night…..heading to almost 80 today…..
      Lucy flitted above the camera line to the perch and George was right behind to say good morning…

      • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 7:54 am - Reply

        George did some nestorating…. he was in and out several times…..

        • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

          He stopped a few times to snuggle on the eggs but didn’t stay long.

          After a couple of trips in above camera view, Lucy shows her face. And reminds George about her appetite. If he’s listening….

    62. CarolV June 4, 2021 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Ms. Dark Head stopped briefly….
      She saw George coming and skipped….

    63. CarolV June 4, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      I don’t think the little albino chick is doing well. This top pic is from earlier today and he was already having trouble. Maybe because of his eyesight, but he couldn’t focus to attract the mom’s beak. He seems weaker each time I check in. The last view wasn’t good.(bottom pic)

      • Admin Mary Anne June 4, 2021 at 5:39 pm - Reply

        He’s not going to make it, Carol. I don’t think he has long.

        • CarolV June 4, 2021 at 5:56 pm - Reply

          Just saw your comment. I think he’s gone.

      • CarolV June 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm - Reply

        I went back and looked again and the chick was in that position for more than 15 mins. before the parent settled on the chicks. I’m not sure but it looked like the white one was beyond where she settled.

        • Isabella June 4, 2021 at 8:07 pm - Reply

          Aw…poor baby 😢

      • nfc June 5, 2021 at 5:11 am - Reply

        So sad about the albino chick. I started checking in on that nest when Mary Anne told us about it. Mary Anne— you said from the first that he wouldn’t make it. The sad part of watching nature.

        • Admin Mary Anne June 5, 2021 at 6:03 am - Reply

          And now I am concerned for the other two. At least one of them appears to have an eye infection. It would be quite a loss for this project to lose any more chicks. These are relocated ospreys. The female, Landa, is from France, and the male, Roy (named for Roy Dennis), is from Scotland. There is a wonderful video about this project on youtube. Toward the end of the video, you will see Roy in it, his band says N3. Type this into youtube search: The recovery project of the Osprey in Urdaibai.

          • CarolV June 5, 2021 at 9:18 am - Reply

            I thought there was eye infection in at least one of them. Too bad. They seem strong other wise.

    64. CarolV June 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      @16:29, Geprge showed up with a small fishtail. No Lucy. He’s just sitting, looking all around….. calling sometimes.

      • CarolV June 4, 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

        After a long sit, George took the rest of his tail out.
        He returned with the remnant to gulp down at home.

    65. CarolV June 4, 2021 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Flashback Friday…. 7/25/16….. feeding Rocky
      Little Rocky had such pretty markings….. wonder if that pale head continued to adult markings…..

    66. CarolV June 4, 2021 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Thank you, George!!!!!!

    67. CarolV June 4, 2021 at 7:13 am - Reply

      Foggy Friday….
      George comes in , saying hello. He’s in a few times with nest supplies, before Lucy comes off the perch and starts lobbying for fish.
      He gives her a quick backrub on his way out.

      • CarolV June 4, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

        Lucy waited…. and breakfish arrived at 7:16
        Nice big fish,,,,,

        • CarolV June 4, 2021 at 7:49 am - Reply

          Lucy flew to perch and then out. George kept an eye on her.
          George decided to sit on the eggs.

    68. Isabella June 4, 2021 at 12:08 am - Reply

      Mary Anne
      Maybe not the biggest deal…but are they going to update this?
      George and Lucy
      🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚

      • Admin Mary Anne June 4, 2021 at 8:46 am - Reply

        Isabella, I am sure they will eventually.

    69. CarolV June 3, 2021 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Finally, at 19:06, George shows with Lucy’s dinner……
      She’s well worked up by now and that toe of George’s is in her way again! He yanked his foot out in time…

      • CarolV June 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        George watches her leave, dragging a banner behind….

        After not sitting all afternoon, George clears out around the eggs and settles in for a while….

    70. CarolV June 3, 2021 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      The yap is back…. is there a fish in her future?
      She’s upstairs…

    71. CarolV June 3, 2021 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Another fish!!!
      Lucy was again announcing from the perch. …
      You’d think she hadn’t eaten in days! A toe ALMOST got grabbed…..

      • CarolV June 3, 2021 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        Nice sized fish….. Lucy got that good foothold and checked the skies before she went.

        George sat for a few minutes, then he went, too.
        Wonder if he feels the rain coming so fished early.

      • Mary M Yourch June 3, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

        I am late checking in. Are there eggs this year?

        • Admin Mary Anne June 3, 2021 at 8:21 pm - Reply

          Hi Mary, George is with a new mate, Lucy, who is young and inexperienced. She laid five eggs, none of which are likely to hatch, even though George does some of the brooding, Lucy does not.

          • Mary M Yourch June 5, 2021 at 12:03 am - Reply

            Thank you for your reply Mary Anne. I feel caught up!
            Mary

            • Admin Mary Anne June 5, 2021 at 5:56 am

              You’re welcome, Mary!

      • Isabella June 4, 2021 at 12:01 am - Reply

        This little piggy better watch out!!

    72. CarolV June 3, 2021 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      With free time this summer, maybe George is learning to “water witching”. Looks like a good divining rod.

    73. CarolV June 3, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      George is coming!!!! That’s Lucy’s message , from on the perch and then in the nest…..

      • CarolV June 3, 2021 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        @12:08…. Ta Da! Lucy at least got a good grip on this one, happy to see…..

        • CarolV June 3, 2021 at 12:42 pm - Reply

          Lucy goes…. and so did George

    74. Isabella June 3, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

      George is right where I left him
      Before he came in…sounded like Lucy was on perch calling for breakfish

      • Isabella June 3, 2021 at 10:38 am - Reply

        💖

        • Isabella June 3, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

          Golden beauties

          • Isabella June 3, 2021 at 10:44 am - Reply

            Boulder County
            Hog Island
            Hellgate
            Patchoque
            🙁

            • Isabella June 3, 2021 at 10:46 am

              It’s a family affair
              San Francisco

            • nfc June 3, 2021 at 11:53 am

              Isabella– it is turning out to be sad for a few nests. The Savannah two are doing very well. Glad to see there are 3 at San Francisco. The history part only lists one egg. Too bad about Iris who has been around for years. In the summer I will check out the Australia ospreys on Port Lincoln on the barge. They should be starting soon.

    75. CarolV June 3, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

      So close, George ….. so close

      • Isabella June 4, 2021 at 12:15 am - Reply

        When osprey poo hits your eye like a big pizza pie…that’s amore 🎼

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