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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.
Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.
Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.
Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.
Best wishes, and good luck,
John W. Fitzpatrick
Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
Academy of Natural Sciences
This is a beauty! George’s prize for the day….
A bit of a struggle, especially since he was trying for the balcony.
It was even more amusing because the stream is a little jerky, sometimes jumping several seconds…..
This seems to be it…. for now….
George is making up for yesterday’s fish shortage. He brought another one in @13:42.
Lucy acknowledged him from the perch but she wasn’t in any hurry to come down.
Once she got the fish, she was in no hurry to leave!
Lucy on guard duty…. The offender didn’t land but you could see the wing shadows….
Brunchfish @10:32…. Taking care of his lady today!
Lucy wasn’t too far behind…. and it’s a big one! Nice tug o’fish!
George took a few minutes to straighten the nest. Was trying to tuck one above the camera again. He must be turning the perch in to a balcony….
I don’t know what happened, but it appears one chick at the Urdaibai nest has died. It’s been in the same position .
For some reason, the cam operator was following a spider as it traveled through the branches.
Heartbreaking…. they were doing so well….
I think they believe it passed from exposure.
That’s so sad! Thought they were old enough not to worry. When I saw them tracking the spider, I was wondering if that had been a suspect.
I’m also hearing there is concern for the remaining chick, as the female isn’t shading her from the sun. I am concerned about the two Barnegat chicks for this reason, as well. The female doesn’t seem to know how to shade them. It’s 89 degrees there today. Clouds have moved in so that’s good for now. A few years ago, Dr Erick Greene of the University of Montana did a talk about the Hellgate ospreys and as he spoke, we could also see Iris, the female, on her nest with her chick. She took off flying and the cam-op followed her. We saw her swoop down down and skim across the water enough to get her lower half wet. And as she did that, Dr Greene told us to watch, that what she is doing is called swamp cooling and that she would fly back to the nest to cool down the chick with the water she picked up. Sure enough, Iris skimmed along the river, rose into the air and flew back to the nest. Landed and her chick got underneath her, water no doubt dripping down from Iris. Is that something the females just know to do? Or does that take years to figure out? I don’t know. Those of you that know Iris, know she is over 20 yrs old. I’ve gone on long enough, enjoy your Saturday everyone. I’m going to find that talk so you can all see.
For anyone interested, here is Dr. Greene’s talk and the swamp cooling I mentioned. Roll forward almost to the end, to 1:14:30. Copy and paste this into youtube search:Rob Domenech & Dr Erick Greene from Montana Osprey Project and Missoula College, Hellgate Ospreys
Thanks, Mary Anne//// appreciate your help…. I didn’t know about this….
You’re quite welcome, Carol, it’s a wonderful talk. But I love that ending! I just watched Iris doing the swamp cooling thing 5 times, it’s so interesting. I hope many here watch the whole thing, if they haven’t seen it. That chick is L’el’e, offspring of Iris and Louis.
Mary Anne– thanks for all the info you just gave us. Will definitely watch the video.
You’re very welcome, nfc, you’ll enjoy it.
Saw Rosie at San Francisco nest do it few days ago
Good morning, George…. Hello, Lucy…. She’s been down several times, calling for breakfish. Even did a bit of nestoration..
We had some showers early this morning…. looks like they’re a little damp at the nest. Supposed to be a partly cloudy day with temps close to 80. And high humidity @82%
Somehow, I’ve been restricted from posting on Facebook group pages. Can’t imagine what I did wrong! Hope I’m able to figure this out!
Lucy comes in to greet George and the fish….. TY, George…. and away she goes
Just some moments from the afternoon….
There was a quick skirmish between the females and George was stuck cleaning up the mess.
I love watching him tucking sticks above the camera. Wonder how it looks from that side!
Lucy came in…. someone flew over low enough that you could see shadows of their wing beats.
George tried to dissolve in to the nest as Lucy went kung-fu fighting…
They must be eating out. Haven’t seen much fish lately.
Gotten windy… ssw11mph…staying warmish tonight…mid 60s. 50% chance of rain around dawn.
Not much happening. George was in and out. Lucy went to perch.. The wind blew George up there and Lucy squeaked while the camera rocked…
Look at the color of that bay!
Sad news at Barnegat . The youngest chick died this afternoon. It is actually posted on the web page.
Oh My God!
I have been begging for the comment section at the top of the page for YEARS.
Thank You to whoever finally accomplished this apparently herculean feat.
It’s a shame there’s not really anything to comment on.
I’m always astounded at the lengths redwings go to to protect their territory. This one harassed the nest several times while I scrolled thru this morning. Mainly after the male…
Had to share this frame worthy shot of last night’s sunset at Barnegat…
Mom puts her head near the littlest chick… was so sweet.
He’s not doing well. I don’t think I saw him eating at feedings last evening or this a.m. He’s so tiny and precious…
The dinos were squaring off….. the one is relentless….even after submission, he keeps going for his sib. At one point, he raised up to Mom, who stayed out of reach
And speaking of aggressive…. I don’t think the little guy has much of a chance with his dominant sibling
Thank you for that beautiful pic-Yes I just looked @ Barnegut & that little one not good-thats the way of nature-& it hard to witness-But I am grateful for all the ospreycams & how well most are doing
They are a real pain in the tail feathers for these ospreys
Isabella— great capture after witnessing the behavior on the Barnegat nest. So sad that the littlest one died yesterday. You could tell that the chick wasn’t going to make it. I was glad they posted a commentary about what happened. Life is hard for the weak in the wild.
Good morning to you both!
George and his collection…. He came down on the camera side….. it’s a challenge to his flexibility but so much fun to watch…………
He tucked it back above the camera… thank you, G
TOW landed… she was casually waiting when George flew in, small fishtail in foot…. He didn’t chase her but waited till she left….. so did he.
Tow returned minutes later…. she took off, right thru the arch -and I do mean THROUGH!- so I thought it was Lucy coming in… but, no, it was George
I’m honestly confused about this one…. The first encounter was more like a reaction to George. Co-exist….
The second was more of a reaction to Lucy. But they both involved carrying a fish……. George is getting so speckled that sometimes I read him as Lucy till I get a good look…. which really didn’t have time for this trip.
Fresh fish on the barge mate!
Osprey down under
Feeding amongst the rubble
Don’t know if that’s left over fish or garbage?
Lens has cleared up some and the chicks are fat and fluffy
There was a third egg that was broken by a fish
Uneventful afternoon…. George added to his collection….
Double wonky feather alert….
They hung out together a couple of times… Lucy even tried the new “staircase”… A lot of the pics were too far right or headless…
I didn’t see any fish deliver. There was a 45 min. gap in the video and at least one other 15 sec jump. But Lucy wasn’t begging when they last shared time on the nest.
Another cool clear night. Yay! Unless G slides in with a last minute fish, HAGN!
Good night CarolV
Loving these cool nights!
Seems our view is shrinking and seeing headless osprey again!
Didn’t see anyone following her….
George is in…. as much as we can see…. I think he’s trying to put in stairs (;*)) He winds up knocking down a bunch of sticks that must be clustered there.
And Lucy stopped briefly to admire his work…. but I think was chuckling as she floated away….
Ha!….what to do about George! 😜
Do you think the barnegat number 3 chick will make it?? Today at 10:49 the biggest was bonking it and bonking the other chick??? It looks so much smaller. I noticed the small size yesterday.
He/she is a tough little one, so I am optimistic for his survival chances as long as the fish keep coming. He had a great lunch!
Glad to hear that Mary Anne. I will keep checking on him.
I peek in every day
Daisy is always on the chicks 🐥🐥🐥
Finally got to see them this morning…..dominant chick is an equal opportunity bonker!
I kept telling the little guy to lay down!……he turned topsy turvy after one bonk
One on the left is the dominant one
I was begging Daisy to sit on them!
Don’t know if they name them…..I think Bo, Luke and Jesse would be cute……dad is Duke
Now when I peek in,I will be relieved to see Daisy on them!
Hi Isabella, they won’t likely be named as they will be banded on June 9 at 8 am and we always start calling them by what their bands say. That’s what we did last year and the year before.
Isabella— it will be safer if she sits on them. I was just so shocked to see how small the youngest chick is. Then to go back and see the bonking. That was why I commented. Will keep watching and hoping for the best. On the Henlopen nest I started watching after Mary Anne mentioned it. The only chick left was doing well. Then it died. That chick was alone so there wasn’t any bonking. Life in the wild can be hard for the animal. We are lucky so many survive. We only know what goes on because of the cams. Otherwise we would have no idea how hard life is. It has opened up a new world for us.
nfc, still hoping for the best but that little one did not eat tonight and is not looking good.
At 5:10 am the chicks were visible. The littlest is still moving around. What was funny to watch is Daisy flew off for a minute and when she came back a little black and red bird followed her and kept bothering her. It is amazing that little birds bother the big birds. It was a beautiful bird though.
Those male red winged blackbirds are relentless. They bother the ospreys all season. Defending their nests way below.
Yes..it is both a blessing and hard lesson watching these cams!
First time seeing the chicks…number three is so tiny!
Since I take pics live ….pretty uncanny that I took them at the time you were referring to
Bless the little guy
@11:02…. George and a fish were here….. no Lucy.
He waited more than 10 mins. before leaving.
Nest looks like an enchanted forest
And The Other Woman isn’t taking today off…..
Sorry…. that’s Lucy defending the nest… here’s TOW bustin’ in
The rain in Spain did not stay in the Plain…… But the little squirts are squirting and eating well… and mombrella is doing the best she can…
It’s cool to hear different bird sounds in the background
Happy sunny Thursday…. temps to stay in low 70s and humidity 60%… That’s a WOW day for me!
Georgeis in early as usual, with Lucy dropping down to say Hi!
George has been in and out, bringing things for the nest….. this was one…..
He kindly put it to the side…
But left us with a parting gift..
Lucy was in for a few minutes… guessing she’s heading to perch… She seems to be there each morning lately when George arrives
Another clear, cool night: temp down to 54. Little wind @nnw4mph…………….HAGN
Thanks for this updated comment space. Was a good idea!
OK… Ignore…. Just posted funny….. have to get used to it
I was looking all over for the comment box!!!!!! Now at top of page….
Anyhow… @17:09…. George brought a fish…..
Lucy wasn’t far behind him…. he wisely got his toes away before crazybird grabbed a one.
She stood for a while as he cleaned his beak…. then went to perch…. and he polished his beak…..
She chatted upstairs til he left(with his shiny beak) ; then wasn’t too far behind.
Aidan made some adjustments…
I see! Obviously doesn’t take much to throw me off!
Finally caught 2 osprey on the nest in Patchogue….. any way to know if they are a couple yet?
Carol, yes they are! I’ve seen mating attempts and he brings her fish from time to time.
Tnx. I never catch them at home. Have to check more often…
The female usually shows up between 5 am and 6 am every day. Then on and off. The male is more random.
I posted this a page or two ago
Like Mary Anne says….she seems to be a morning “person”
The bird…not Mary Anne
Glad he’s not lonely
LOL! I am a morning person, so you’re correct.
This was a surprise….. Lucy came in with her own fish! George was daydreaming and startled at her arrival.
George slowly worked his way over. When he made a slow reach for it, he got a nice nip on the head….. After a short sit, out she went.
She stood still so long
Watching a boat
She was even quiet when George appears sans fish
They hung out quietly
Seems the dark feathered foe is giving them a break
George tried to sneak up and get the fish
Lucy gave him a peck on the head
Then she flew out….with fish
George was good to us…. a wing flick and a good shove cleared the lens
Oyster Bay family meeting…. Dad just delivered that whole fish… look at those chubby babies!
There was a lot of activity….. seemingly with blocking the window in mind!
George tried curtains…. happily, no go.
Lucy came in and decided to put her own touch on decorating…
Very post modern with a touch of retro 1980s
George was back and at it again…. fortunately, most cleared away and the last went with a tail swipe….
If at first you don’t succeed…….. hopefully, someone’s tail takes it out…
It took several sticks and his seaweed beard to make this.
Good Wednesday morning! Our stars made there appearances…. Lucy from the perch…
And fish, bright and early @5:38! Lucy came from perch to grab that nice big fish….
George had a nice seaweed beard….. looked better IN the nest…
Both were in for a while…. Lucy chatted. She moved upstairs; he went out.
George surprised with a late fish @20:50. Lucy was happy to take that big fluke to the perch. Could hear her up there….
George puttered around the nest and flew out about 9.
Clear night, dropping to about 61…… HAGN…. and enjoy your late snacks, too!
I really enjoyed this afternoons viewing that started after 3pm!!!! The black feathers on this visitors chest are in the shape of hearts.
I enjoyed the 2 females sparring because there were no real fights…. they were so pretty flying in and out and over the water! And George was so funny getting away from the dark female!
George came with a fish @15:42…..
And look who showed up! She did her best to work around to where she could grab that fish…..
There’s a pile of branches in that right corner and George must have climbed up and over the perch to get away….
The Other Woman watched George escape til something caught her attention”’
She DOVE over the left rim as Lucy zoomed in right above her…..
Lucy bounced right out and they passed in mid-air.
This continued for about 45 mins, bouncing thru the nest and diving over each other and chasing over the bay. I didn’t see any contact, happy to say. It was just an aerial skirmish….
Finally, with Lucy reigning supreme on the perch, George returned with the fish.
He wisely left it loose on the nest as Lucy dove for it……. talons still scared of her! Off she went with a decent dinnerfish.
This broad does not give up!
Just when you think it’s over…. sheeee”ssss baaa=aacckkkk!
Birds nest in birds nest
Koi sushi again?
If so owners better net the pond
Netting a pond can be dangerous to the osprey. I hope they do it properly, so the birds can see it. Maybe another deterrent can be used.
Peek a boo George….we see you!
Now we don’t!
Good day for an osprey
Finally got to look at eagle face book page
Wow! So many good pics!……really worth taking time to scroll through
Didn’t realize how popular it was!
Live cam pic is mine
Isabella– I have been following the eagles for the three years they have been around. I go to the area a few times a year. In three years they have had to rebuild the nest 3 times. The last time they put it up by Rob’s house so he put cameras on his roof. His wife wasn’t too happy, but she loves the eagles too. They have made calendars every year too. Absolutely gorgeous pictures donated by professional photographers. Proceeds go to a rehab group on Long Island. I check the facebook page every day for news and pictures.
Sorry for being off topic Mary Anne. This is a Long Island story and they have 19000 followers now.
George goes to work…. first he picked up some rug replacement….
Then he dropped off a stick.
He was back later to place that stick….. He tried VERY hard to put it across the lens… at least 3 efforts… but couldn’t get it quite right.
Thankfully moved it over to the edge…
Then he added this blob of seaweed….
Rainy Tuesday morning…. The sun was trying…. Overcast thru the morning….
GM, George….. Lucy is on perch and let’s him know it.
She dropped down briefly to say hello…..
Lucy is happy to announce that George is coming!
Good size breakfish for Lucy…. George’s talon is again in jeopardy….
Off she goes…. the rug again needs to be replaced…
George needs a bath; blood on his leg
Every birdy’s getting so big!
George was in and out most of the afternoon… spent some time just sitting….
Lucy was very vocal….. she may have laryngitis now…. but I never saw him bring a fish…. He was in til about 8:15. Haven’t heard from Lucy lately.
Possibility of passing showers overnight. Temps to low 60s.Winds almost dead calm…. nne1mph.
Lucy has been yapping and yapping…. with or without George there….
He stopped in to move a stick, while she stood behind him, telling him how hungry she was. He took off…..
………… and came back with another stick.
Hard to see but it’s raining…. likely off and on all….
btw… that’s why my parents didn’t waste money on art lessons for me….
Lucy taking the threats seriously and building the walls…… looking a little damp
George brought in a new one…
He dragged one that had been hanging over and of course it had to go where Lucy was standing…..
She put in her 2cents, sending him off while she tweaked that stick….
So George took it out on us…
And a big fancy one with pinecones!
Lucy took over placement but George took it back…. hmmmm…. just like a married couple!
Very colorful piece 😀
George was back @*:02 with another fish…. he’s had a good breakfish himself….
He sat for more than 1/2 hr., waiting, before he decided to eat some more.
That’s when the musical screech of his beloved could be heard approaching. She took off with the rest.
That would be 8:02
Monday, Monday…. can’t trust that day…..Good Morning! A bit overcast… possible showers in forecast all day… 83% humidity blahhhhhh
George says GM
And surprise! His leftover fish from last night! He’s about to head out when Lucy descended from above and held on tight as George tried to leave…. there goes his fish……
George decides to nestorate and I thought we were in trouble….Fortunately, most of it settled back down…
The Other Woman came in, surveying “her” nest…… til the wild woman hit her like a tornado!
Lucy dropped her fish and stomped that poor bird… I was concerned for the poor thing….
Lucy’s victory moment…
She picked up her fish to go….. note: she’s just got the fish head. Started on the opposite end, I guess.
Dinnerfish in @20:20…. George dropped it and left fast….
Then musical osprey….. Lucy and George both stopped thru but in between and even behind them, osprey were flying over the bay…
For whatever reason, someone dropped grasses, almost hiding the fish… which is still there
Checked in to Oyster Bay nest just in time for dinner.
Shorty was wedged between the older sibs and getting squeezed out…… so the cutie waddled around and positioned herself where she could make grabs for Mom’s beak. They are all eating well.
Dad stopped in to see how dinner service was progressing…
Shorty looks like she’s learned the tricks of survival as the 3rd sib. She was clever in her positioning, put herself in line but out of the way and hung in after the others slowed down. As long as the food supply is there, she should do great!
We had the osprey-go-round with a revolving series of bouncing birds… I recognized Lucy once…. and George would pause for a moment of calm or nestoration…
The 4th and 5th shots were G leaving, taking the rug with him…
@17:28, George brought in a good sized chunk of fish….. he only sat for a few minutes before taking off again
On the facebook page for the Bald Eagles of Centerport show pictures of an osprey stuck upside down from its nest in Northport. The Northport Fire Dept. rescued it and it was fine. There were electric wires and shredded tarp in its talons. If you go to the facebook page, just scroll down to see the rescue.
It was posted on Ospreyzone fb page also. Pics and story. They did a great job!
Glad that it was posted on Ospreyzone facebook. I don’t join any facebook pages, so I can only see the public ones. It is definitely newsworthy for bird lovers. Thanks gain for your comments and pictures on this nest. You make it alive and give us some laughs.
Oh, George….. the wall grows…..
She stayed for awhile uncontested
Even the bay was quiet
Thought she left
Must have gone to the perch
George does Bela
George takes off
This is a stick up
War of the ospreys
Having a quarrel with his old flame
Calling a truce for the moment
This went back and forth
Lucy didn’t seem to be around
Guess she’s gone fishing 🎣
This is how I left George
As I was “signing “ off…. I could hear another encounter
These two came in almost at the same time.
She feels comfortable enough that she’s challenging….. I guess that’s George. Never got to see him.
She’s gone and he’s still sitting same spot.
The other woman comes back; presumably George is still sitting….. Both fly as Lucy approaches…
And TOW comes back…
Of course, a chase ensues…. gonna be one of those days,
Lucy took a turn at guarding the nest…. It’s interesting (and frustrating) that she doesn’t get invested full time.
George brought another fish @8:53…. he had his share already.
I’m just not sure it was Lucy. She had been sitting on the perch earlier but George stayed guarded the whole time.
The female slipped in to the perch with a flash of tail feathers and came down on the extreme right without showing enough for an i.d.
The Other woman took a fish from him yesterday… wonder if she found a meat ticket?
Speaking of the other woman,,,,, she looked all around, stayed about 10 mins.
btw…. did you notice that stick along the front is lower? We have Lucy and her sweeping tail to thank!
They need more toys…
George is in early…. Lucy must be upstairs….
George got down to fishing first thing…… he brought it back to show Lucy, then took it out…
Minutes later, Lucy was dancing in the nest. George was coming back, with only a few bites gone from the fish….
Lucy happily took it to go…
Just a reminder……………. on the 14th
Just realized I’m a day ahead ….. rare; usually playing catch-up….
George kept trying til he got something to stay…. thanks, George!
Temps dropping to 57 under clear skies….. HAGN!
Wonky feather alert!
Urdaibai…. Look what those cam operators can do! The adults were both napping on a nearby perch.
And there are the butterballs….
Was watching those butterballs being fed
Lucy stopped by…
She went out for some seaweed…….
She headed to perch….
The stalker comes in….. and makes herself at home…
George comes home to find the house occupied….. The Lady left without any fuss…… I swear George walked all around inspecting the place…..
Lucy came from the right….. George came from the left….. Both heading to the perch. George got there 2nd and sort of fell back in the nest.
Lucy came down to chat with George, probably making a dinner request.
Dinnerfish @18:59…… George headed in; then the video skipped 15 secs. Lucy had her fish and was off to the right. Sounded like she took her fish to the perch.
Wonder if this is the same “chick “?
Maybe George should have picked her
You chose poorly George 😉
Dark Lady arranged seaweed as if this was her nest now. Took off when George came home.
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Not a good look, George!
It was accidental. He picked up another stick, which flipped this upright. He even looked surprised!
Fortunately, his tail took it down
The day started normal enough…..The usual nest work
George stops with a big fluke…. still flippin’
I think this is Lucy but George is very stand-offish when he comes…. and goes… with his fish. The rain passing through, figging the lens, is not helping i.d.
George finally turned over the fish…. then all heck broke out…..
Someone chased them both out of the nest and there was a free for all going on.!! There were at least 3 birds …. one with a fish… then one with a stick… and one with an attitude…. all in and out and flying over the bay.
I gave up.
Got this sequence that I think shows that was NOT Lucy who got the fish…. In short order we had George………… fem with fish ……………… Lucy with attitude….
LOL….it was totally interesting.
George had quite a job today for sure. Specially after Lucy decided to come home. I actually can`t wait for tomorrow. He is a fantastic bird!
George tossed aside the last remnant of that fish to start cleaning his beak…..
And there she is again! Landed then flew out over him…..
And back to beak cleaning…. there was a tiny piece of fish… wonder if he feels it
You’re gorgeous, George! Even if your nose is dripping….
He surveyed his domain quietly before flying out just after 8:30
Reminds me of a high school pic….when you can pick the background
One day he may look back and regret the hairdo and drippy nose! 🤪
George had a quiet afternoon…. he did his watching
Sharpened his beak…..
George got another stick
Must have liked the greenery that Lucy brought, so he got more
Heard someone calling and he flew out…
This someone just bounced through….. maybe because they saw George coming back…..
George sat upstairs for a long time. Calling and challenging.
Wonder if he’ll be home for dinner…………………..
Another cool night, in high 50s. Today was a pleasure! Low 70s and sunny. Maybe in the mid 60s tomorrow…… no more excuses to avoid mowing the lawn….. hmmmm
And at 19:24, while I was busy talking about him, he slid home. Nice fish…..
Someone landed on the perch but never came down. George did his wing waggles in acknowledgement…….
After about 15 mins., he started to eat. He’s plowing thru it….. If Lucy shows up looking for shares, she’ll be SOL….
Interesting….. caught a reflection on George’s eye….. I think
George is on a roll today! Another fish @12:15…..
While he was here, George decided to move that big stick from its nice spot on the far side of the nest. He flipped it up over his shoulder, got it stuck in his wings and shrugged it off in our favorite spot…..
And the stick wins this round!
Oyster Bay….. Eating high end…. goldfish!
………………… I think I remember seeing this fish here before but I don’t remember what they were. I hope it’s not someone’s koi pet! Can anyone identify? No luck yet goggling…
And their chicks are looking fat and sassy…
Chubby happy babies
The cursed plastic…… the male almost brought a large partially inflated balloon but it fell off as he entered nest.
Carol, that looks like a goldfish, likely from someone’s pond.
I thought so too. Was just hoping for an alternative to someone’s expensive lawn décor (possibly pet) disappearing ……
Definitely looks like koi
Hope the owners don’t watch the nest!
Thanks to cam operator at Urdaibai…. nice close shots of the little dinos, looking healthy. c
@6:49…. And Lucy benefits from George going fishing again……………… He had his share but there was plenty left for her…
So back to nestoration…. George is refurnishing the entire house!
And Lucy brings a thank you present of seaweed…….
George brings one of his multi-branches and gets temporarily stuck inside….
Another round for the stick!
Another Friday, another game….. nothing simple here anymore.
George came in, already guarding….. didn’t rally notice he had a fish till he moved across the nest…..
And then, not one but 2 birds come by…. one on the nest, one flying over….
The one in the nest leaves….
And someone comes in behind him again……………………………………………. time to go…
George was multi-tasking….. carrying his leftovers and a fish….
But shortly after, when Lucy came for breakfish, nada….
both took off.
Onward to stick collection…. George is in building mode…
That last stick must be upright just out of view….. George tried to put it in place but I think the stick escaped over the side.
George did not want to share
Came right back with fish stick….and off
Think he was playing keep away with the fish
I’m 🦇 osprey
Good shot! Looks like the Bat Symbol….da-da-Da-da-da-da = Batman!
George looking handsome in the breeze….. he came in to poke around the eggs and clean around them a little. Then just sat and gazed for a bit.
Temps dropping to mid 50s tonight…. yay! Was way too hot!