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August, 2021: The nest has been built up so much that it covers our camera!

A note from Dr. Bierregaard on the eagles:
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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

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    1. CarolV June 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      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…..

      • CarolV June 19, 2021 at 2:34 pm - Reply

        This seems to be it…. for now….

    2. CarolV June 19, 2021 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      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!

    3. CarolV June 19, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Lucy on guard duty…. The offender didn’t land but you could see the wing shadows….

      • CarolV June 19, 2021 at 11:31 am - Reply

        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!

        • CarolV June 19, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

          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….

    4. CarolV June 19, 2021 at 8:15 am - Reply

      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….

      • Admin Mary Anne June 19, 2021 at 8:53 am - Reply

        I think they believe it passed from exposure.

        • CarolV June 19, 2021 at 11:36 am - Reply

          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.

          • Admin Mary Anne June 19, 2021 at 2:12 pm - Reply

            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.

            • Admin Mary Anne June 19, 2021 at 2:26 pm

              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

            • CarolV June 19, 2021 at 2:37 pm

              Thanks, Mary Anne//// appreciate your help…. I didn’t know about this….

            • Admin Mary Anne June 19, 2021 at 2:55 pm

              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.

            • nfc June 19, 2021 at 5:44 pm

              Mary Anne– thanks for all the info you just gave us. Will definitely watch the video.

            • Admin Mary Anne June 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

              You’re very welcome, nfc, you’ll enjoy it.

            • Isabella June 19, 2021 at 5:50 pm

              Saw Rosie at San Francisco nest do it few days ago

            • Admin Mary Anne June 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

              very cool!

    5. CarolV June 19, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV June 19, 2021 at 7:55 am - Reply

        Lucy comes in to greet George and the fish….. TY, George…. and away she goes

    6. CarolV June 18, 2021 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 7:08 pm - Reply

        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…

        • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm - Reply

          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!

    7. nfc June 18, 2021 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Sad news at Barnegat . The youngest chick died this afternoon. It is actually posted on the web page.

    8. Paula June 18, 2021 at 9:51 am - Reply

      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.

    9. CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:09 am - Reply

      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…

      • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:11 am - Reply

        Had to share this frame worthy shot of last night’s sunset at Barnegat…

        • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:14 am - Reply

          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…

          • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:17 am - Reply

            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

            • Isabella June 19, 2021 at 12:52 am

              And speaking of aggressive…. I don’t think the little guy has much of a chance with his dominant sibling

        • winnie June 18, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

          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

      • Isabella June 19, 2021 at 12:49 am - Reply

        They are a real pain in the tail feathers for these ospreys

        • nfc June 19, 2021 at 7:22 am - Reply

          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.

    10. CarolV June 18, 2021 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Good morning to you both!

      • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:01 am - Reply

        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

        • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 9:04 am - Reply

          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.

          • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm - Reply

            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

            • CarolV June 18, 2021 at 1:01 pm

              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.

              Any opinions?

    11. Isabella June 18, 2021 at 1:07 am - Reply

      Fresh fish on the barge mate!
      Osprey down under

      • Isabella June 18, 2021 at 1:13 am - Reply

        Feeding amongst the rubble
        Don’t know if that’s left over fish or garbage?

        • Isabella June 18, 2021 at 1:21 am - Reply

          Lens has cleared up some and the chicks are fat and fluffy
          There was a third egg that was broken by a fish

          • Isabella June 18, 2021 at 1:23 am - Reply

            Osprey postcard

    12. CarolV June 17, 2021 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Uneventful afternoon…. George added to his collection….
      Double wonky feather alert….
      Some bonding…
      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!

      • Isabella June 18, 2021 at 12:38 am - Reply

        Good night CarolV
        Loving these cool nights!
        Seems our view is shrinking and seeing headless osprey again!

    13. CarolV June 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      B-O-U-N-C-E……
      Didn’t see anyone following her….

      • CarolV June 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm - Reply

        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….

        • Isabella June 18, 2021 at 12:40 am - Reply

          Ha!….what to do about George! 😜

    14. nfc June 17, 2021 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 17, 2021 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        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!

        • nfc June 17, 2021 at 1:52 pm - Reply

          Glad to hear that Mary Anne. I will keep checking on him.

      • Isabella June 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm - Reply

        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!

        • Admin Mary Anne June 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

          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.

        • nfc June 17, 2021 at 6:45 pm - Reply

          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.

          • Admin Mary Anne June 17, 2021 at 9:30 pm - Reply

            nfc, still hoping for the best but that little one did not eat tonight and is not looking good.

            • nfc June 18, 2021 at 5:20 am

              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.

            • Admin Mary Anne June 18, 2021 at 6:07 am

              Those male red winged blackbirds are relentless. They bother the ospreys all season. Defending their nests way below.

          • Isabella June 18, 2021 at 12:58 am - Reply

            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

    15. CarolV June 17, 2021 at 11:22 am - Reply

      @11:02…. George and a fish were here….. no Lucy.
      He waited more than 10 mins. before leaving.

    16. Isabella June 17, 2021 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Sleeping angels
      Nest looks like an enchanted forest

    17. CarolV June 17, 2021 at 9:21 am - Reply

      And The Other Woman isn’t taking today off…..

      • CarolV June 17, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

        Sorry…. that’s Lucy defending the nest… here’s TOW bustin’ in

    18. CarolV June 17, 2021 at 8:42 am - Reply

      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…

      • Isabella June 17, 2021 at 4:08 pm - Reply

        It’s cool to hear different bird sounds in the background

    19. CarolV June 17, 2021 at 8:13 am - Reply

      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!

      • CarolV June 17, 2021 at 8:15 am - Reply

        George has been in and out, bringing things for the nest….. this was one…..

        • CarolV June 17, 2021 at 8:19 am - Reply

          He kindly put it to the side…
          But left us with a parting gift..

    20. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      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

    21. Irene June 16, 2021 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks for this updated comment space. Was a good idea!

    22. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      OK… Ignore…. Just posted funny….. have to get used to it

    23. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      I was looking all over for the comment box!!!!!! Now at top of page….

      Anyhow… @17:09…. George brought a fish…..

      • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm - Reply

        Lucy wasn’t far behind him…. he wisely got his toes away before crazybird grabbed a one.

        • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply

          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.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 16, 2021 at 6:15 pm - Reply

        Aidan made some adjustments…

        • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 9:03 pm - Reply

          I see! Obviously doesn’t take much to throw me off!

    24. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Finally caught 2 osprey on the nest in Patchogue….. any way to know if they are a couple yet?

      • Admin Mary Anne June 16, 2021 at 4:25 pm - Reply

        Carol, yes they are! I’ve seen mating attempts and he brings her fish from time to time.

        • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          Tnx. I never catch them at home. Have to check more often…

          • Admin Mary Anne June 16, 2021 at 5:08 pm - Reply

            The female usually shows up between 5 am and 6 am every day. Then on and off. The male is more random.

      • Isabella June 17, 2021 at 2:48 am - Reply

        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

        • Admin Mary Anne June 17, 2021 at 6:16 am - Reply

          LOL! I am a morning person, so you’re correct.

    25. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      This was a surprise….. Lucy came in with her own fish! George was daydreaming and startled at her arrival.

      • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        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.

    26. Isabella June 16, 2021 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      She stood still so long
      Unusually quiet

      • Isabella June 16, 2021 at 12:58 pm - Reply

        Moved quietly

        • Isabella June 16, 2021 at 1:01 pm - Reply

          Watching a boat

          • Isabella June 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm - Reply

            She was even quiet when George appears sans fish

            • Isabella June 16, 2021 at 1:06 pm

              They hung out quietly
              Seems the dark feathered foe is giving them a break

            • Isabella June 16, 2021 at 1:10 pm

              George tried to sneak up and get the fish
              Lucy gave him a peck on the head
              Then she flew out….with fish

    27. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 11:53 am - Reply

      George was good to us…. a wing flick and a good shove cleared the lens

    28. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Oyster Bay family meeting…. Dad just delivered that whole fish… look at those chubby babies!

    29. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

      There was a lot of activity….. seemingly with blocking the window in mind!

      George tried curtains…. happily, no go.

      • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Lucy came in and decided to put her own touch on decorating…

        • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 9:41 am - Reply

          Very post modern with a touch of retro 1980s

          • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 9:47 am - Reply

            George was back and at it again…. fortunately, most cleared away and the last went with a tail swipe….

            • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 11:02 am

              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.

    30. CarolV June 16, 2021 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Good Wednesday morning! Our stars made there appearances…. Lucy from the perch…

      • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 8:54 am - Reply

        And fish, bright and early @5:38! Lucy came from perch to grab that nice big fish….

    31. CarolV June 15, 2021 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      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.

      Beautiful sunset…

      • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 9:29 pm - Reply

        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!

    32. Irene June 15, 2021 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      I really enjoyed this afternoons viewing that started after 3pm!!!! The black feathers on this visitors chest are in the shape of hearts.
      Absolutely beautiful!

      • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm - Reply

        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!

    33. CarolV June 15, 2021 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      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….

      • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        The Other Woman watched George escape til something caught her attention”’
        She DOVE over the left rim as Lucy zoomed in right above her…..

        • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 5:17 pm - Reply

          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….

          • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

            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.

    34. Isabella June 15, 2021 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      This broad does not give up!

      • CarolV June 16, 2021 at 10:59 am - Reply

        Just when you think it’s over…. sheeee”ssss baaa=aacckkkk!

    35. Isabella June 15, 2021 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Birds nest in birds nest

      • Isabella June 15, 2021 at 12:32 pm - Reply

        Koi sushi again?
        If so owners better net the pond

        • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 3:34 pm - Reply

          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.

    36. Isabella June 15, 2021 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Peek a boo George….we see you!

      • Isabella June 15, 2021 at 11:06 am - Reply

        Now we don’t!

        • Isabella June 15, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

          Good day for an osprey
          Grooming..eating…napping

    37. Isabella June 15, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

      nfc
      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

      • nfc June 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        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.

    38. CarolV June 15, 2021 at 10:36 am - Reply

      George goes to work…. first he picked up some rug replacement….
      Then he dropped off a stick.

      • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

        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…

        • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 10:42 am - Reply

          Then he added this blob of seaweed….

    39. CarolV June 15, 2021 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Rainy Tuesday morning…. The sun was trying…. Overcast thru the morning….

      • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

        GM, George….. Lucy is on perch and let’s him know it.
        She dropped down briefly to say hello…..

        • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 8:33 am - Reply

          Lucy is happy to announce that George is coming!
          Good size breakfish for Lucy…. George’s talon is again in jeopardy….

          • CarolV June 15, 2021 at 8:36 am - Reply

            Off she goes…. the rug again needs to be replaced…

            George needs a bath; blood on his leg

    40. Isabella June 15, 2021 at 5:44 am - Reply

      Every birdy’s getting so big!

    41. CarolV June 14, 2021 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      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.

    42. CarolV June 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      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.

    43. CarolV June 14, 2021 at 9:18 am - Reply

      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….

      • CarolV June 14, 2021 at 10:15 am - Reply

        Lucy taking the threats seriously and building the walls…… looking a little damp

        • CarolV June 14, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

          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…

          • CarolV June 14, 2021 at 11:03 am - Reply

            And a big fancy one with pinecones!
            Lucy took over placement but George took it back…. hmmmm…. just like a married couple!

      • Trinity June 14, 2021 at 8:46 pm - Reply

        Very colorful piece 😀

    44. CarolV June 14, 2021 at 9:02 am - Reply

      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.

    45. CarolV June 14, 2021 at 8:03 am - Reply

      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……

      • CarolV June 14, 2021 at 8:07 am - Reply

        George decides to nestorate and I thought we were in trouble….Fortunately, most of it settled back down…

        • CarolV June 14, 2021 at 8:11 am - Reply

          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….

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

            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.

    46. Isabella June 14, 2021 at 1:02 am - Reply

      🇺🇸
      Flag day

    47. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Dinnerfish in @20:20…. George dropped it and left fast….

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 8:41 pm - Reply

        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

    48. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      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…

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 9:05 pm - Reply

        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!

    49. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      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…

    50. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      @17:28, George brought in a good sized chunk of fish….. he only sat for a few minutes before taking off again

    51. nfc June 13, 2021 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      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.

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

        It was posted on Ospreyzone fb page also. Pics and story. They did a great job!

        • nfc June 14, 2021 at 7:56 am - Reply

          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.

    52. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Oh, George….. the wall grows…..

    53. Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Stranger danger

      • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:32 am - Reply

        She stayed for awhile uncontested
        Even the bay was quiet

        • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

          Thought she left
          Must have gone to the perch
          George does Bela

          • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:37 am - Reply

            George takes off
            Then returns?

            • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:38 am

              This is a stick up

            • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:41 am

              War of the ospreys
              Having a quarrel with his old flame

            • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:43 am

              Calling a truce for the moment

            • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:46 am

              This went back and forth
              Lucy didn’t seem to be around
              Guess she’s gone fishing 🎣

            • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 11:50 am

              This is how I left George
              As I was “signing “ off…. I could hear another encounter

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

      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.

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 11:40 am - Reply

        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,

    55. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Lucy took a turn at guarding the nest…. It’s interesting (and frustrating) that she doesn’t get invested full time.

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 9:59 am - Reply

        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?

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 10:24 am - Reply

        Speaking of the other woman,,,,, she looked all around, stayed about 10 mins.

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

        btw…. did you notice that stick along the front is lower? We have Lucy and her sweeping tail to thank!

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

      Urdaibai…

      They need more toys…

    57. CarolV June 13, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

      George is in early…. Lucy must be upstairs….

      • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

        George got down to fishing first thing…… he brought it back to show Lucy, then took it out…

        • CarolV June 13, 2021 at 7:50 am - Reply

          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…

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

      Just a reminder……………. on the 14th
      Just realized I’m a day ahead ….. rare; usually playing catch-up….

    59. CarolV June 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      George kept trying til he got something to stay…. thanks, George!

      Temps dropping to 57 under clear skies….. HAGN!

    60. CarolV June 12, 2021 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Urdaibai…. Look what those cam operators can do! The adults were both napping on a nearby perch.
      And there are the butterballs….

      • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 1:51 am - Reply

        Was watching those butterballs being fed
        Nice crops!

    61. CarolV June 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Lucy stopped by…
      She went out for some seaweed…….
      She headed to perch….

      • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 6:11 pm - Reply

        The stalker comes in….. and makes herself at home…

        • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm - Reply

          George comes home to find the house occupied….. The Lady left without any fuss…… I swear George walked all around inspecting the place…..

          • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 6:18 pm - Reply

            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.

            • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 7:16 pm

              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.

        • Isabella June 13, 2021 at 2:05 am - Reply

          Wonder if this is the same “chick “?
          Maybe George should have picked her
          You chose poorly George 😉

    62. Joy June 12, 2021 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Dark Lady arranged seaweed as if this was her nest now. Took off when George came home.

      • Joy June 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm - Reply

        Sorry, screen shot didn’t include sponsor name.

    63. CarolV June 12, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

      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

    64. CarolV June 12, 2021 at 10:15 am - Reply

      The day started normal enough…..The usual nest work

      • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 10:20 am - Reply

        George stops with a big fluke…. still flippin’

        • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 10:23 am - Reply

          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.

          • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 10:28 am - Reply

            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.

            • CarolV June 12, 2021 at 10:56 am

              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….

            • Irene June 12, 2021 at 2:45 pm

              LOL….it was totally interesting.

      • Irene June 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

        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!

    65. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      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

      • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm - Reply

        You’re gorgeous, George! Even if your nose is dripping….

        He surveyed his domain quietly before flying out just after 8:30

        • Isabella June 12, 2021 at 1:43 am - Reply

          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! 🤪

    66. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      George had a quiet afternoon…. he did his watching
      Moved sticks
      Sharpened his beak…..

      • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 7:28 pm - Reply

        George got another stick
        Must have liked the greenery that Lucy brought, so he got more
        Heard someone calling and he flew out…

        • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm - Reply

          This someone just bounced through….. maybe because they saw George coming back…..

          • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

            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

            • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

              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….

    67. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Interesting….. caught a reflection on George’s eye….. I think

    68. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      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…..

      • Isabella June 12, 2021 at 1:45 am - Reply

        And the stick wins this round!

    69. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      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…

      • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 12:11 pm - Reply

        And their chicks are looking fat and sassy…

        • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          Chubby happy babies
          The cursed plastic…… the male almost brought a large partially inflated balloon but it fell off as he entered nest.

      • Admin Mary Anne June 11, 2021 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        Carol, that looks like a goldfish, likely from someone’s pond.

        • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 7:43 pm - Reply

          I thought so too. Was just hoping for an alternative to someone’s expensive lawn décor (possibly pet) disappearing ……

      • Isabella June 12, 2021 at 1:52 am - Reply

        Definitely looks like koi
        Hope the owners don’t watch the nest!

    70. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Thanks to cam operator at Urdaibai…. nice close shots of the little dinos, looking healthy. c

    71. CarolV June 11, 2021 at 9:27 am - Reply

      @6:49…. And Lucy benefits from George going fishing again……………… He had his share but there was plenty left for her…

      • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

        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….

        • Isabella June 12, 2021 at 1:55 am - Reply

          Another round for the stick!

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

      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…..

      • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 8:15 am - Reply

        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…

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

          George was multi-tasking….. carrying his leftovers and a fish….
          But shortly after, when Lucy came for breakfish, nada….
          both took off.

          • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 9:14 am - Reply

            Onward to stick collection…. George is in building mode…

            • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

              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.

    73. Isabella June 11, 2021 at 5:23 am - Reply

      George did not want to share

      • Isabella June 11, 2021 at 5:26 am - Reply

        Came right back with fish stick….and off

        • Isabella June 11, 2021 at 5:29 am - Reply

          Think he was playing keep away with the fish

          • Isabella June 11, 2021 at 5:51 am - Reply

            I’m 🦇 osprey

            • CarolV June 11, 2021 at 3:17 pm

              Good shot! Looks like the Bat Symbol….da-da-Da-da-da-da = Batman!

    74. Isabella June 11, 2021 at 3:23 am - Reply

      Sleeping beauties

    75. CarolV June 10, 2021 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      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!

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