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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
third egg at port lincoln osprey cam. looking forward to a good fall for us to watch them. date of egg 8-9-21. all eggs three days apart. sorry for all small letters. typing one handed.
Thanks for such info. I went today and found it. Very beautiful!
TY for the update!
No one slept in the nest. Nice to see they all checked in together.
Dad dropped off a fish. The one on the perch had claimed the fish (she wasn’t challenged) Now she’s sitting on the perch with the claw still clenched, as if the fish slipped out. And she keeps looking at the “fist” as if puzzled. She went back and got the fish. There were some vocal comments but no aggression.
FORTIS ALBERTA CAM/ RED DEER….. Kid getting good air in her practice. Chat says she flew across nest so it can’t be long before she leaps…
FA has a 2nd cam EXSHAW with another spectacular view, of mountains, with 2 kids. All doing well but, once again, the lens has been decorated. Seems to happen every year I’ve watched. And the lens doesn’t seem that close!
OYSTER BAY….. One lucky kid is home when Dad comes in with a big whole fish.
…………. second sib lands, looking hungry. Lucky kid took off, carrying her fish
Good morning…… usual sounds from our nest…..
There’s this nest to check in on. Australia…. Female has laid 2 eggs so far. The history of the nest is beneath the video on youtube live stream.
Gonna check in on it myself since you can scroll back to find some daylight. Can’t get used to switching my hours to “down under”!
Carol– I watch this nest during their season which starts now. At least there will be some ospreys to see in the off season here in the usa.. They zoom out and you can see the barge. It has been a year of success and failure for the ospreys around the world. It is always good to have another nest to watch.
I have a harder time watching when they zoom out…. all that choppy water! Have to get my seasick pills!
For the first time this year I’m really glad there are no chicks! They’d be all tangled up in that gooey mess.
I’m thinking George would have been busy fishing. And residents in the nest would have trompled down any nesting . But probably, like 2019, it would have been a s**# show, with the lens so close to the kids. So it’s a moot point. Just sorry to be missing them, George , Lucy and TOW. Wondering who will be back next year.
Good morning All. I am a tad curious about the where abouts of the little trash bag at Oyster Bay. Yesterday it was being moved around slightly.
I realized it is not there this morning. I guess somehow I missed it happening.
Me, too. I did see a crow poking around it yesterday. It seemed fairly light. Wonder if Mr Crow came back.
7/8/21….. This was a rescue conducted by Eric Greene and the Montana Osprey Project team….
The landowner allows no baling twine usage on his ranch, so parent went shopping elsewhere. Four chicks on the nest were involved when they went up. One was deceased.
This chick was so tightly tangled, his one leg was badly swollen. The chicks were untangled and returned to nest.
The last pic was taken by Chris Ford, the landowner, showing the parents with 2 of the chicks, doing well. 8/4/21
OYSTER BAY,,,,,,,,,,, The poor baby didn’t even have the trash bag for company. Mom left a few minutes ago when the rain got heavier.
Heard George a little after 8, just running thru quickly. Microphone works…… and no sense posting that over and over. Maybe post some other nests, if that’s okay.
Well, it sure looks like the season is over for OZ this year!
Here’s hoping it’s fixed for next year!
It’s been raining by me, so probably getting to East Marion and OZ. In the forecast for showers all night. Temps mid 60s. Is it too much to hope wetting down the seaweed will make it fall in?????????
When I look 👀 quick I get disoriented… it feels like the pic is upside down!
Heard some random sounds and challenge calls
Just checking in-what happened to the nest? or camera?
The cam appears ok, but the view is blocked by the nest material.
Around 5:45, it sounded like a fish delivery…. Surprised they can fit on the nest!
The “wall” moved as they took care of business on the other side….. little bit creepy.
What is it that I am seeing in this picture? Has everything been turned upside down from the nest?
Too funny! I just posted that before I saw yours!
Almost makes me dizzy!
Oh… George went crazy…. Cleaning the beach of seaweed and covered sticks that were propped across the nest. I know. I feel unwanted….
this is weird I am getting messages from 2015
On your phone? I have that problem, too. I have to log in fresh each time and not go with page of last login. Been like that for awhile for me.
Since I take pics on computer, I generally post from there. But even there, the video usually shuts down and has to be restarted. That could be my computer.
At the top, where Ospreyzone.com shows… there’s the circle arrow refresh sign. Try hitting that. Sometimes works😎
Just before 11:30……. the door was slammed
Oh George, no! I couldn’t believe this when I first saw it. What a bummer! I guess that’s it for this year.
Looks like grapes…… could those talon toes stomp them for wine? not likely.
OYSTER BAY…..All for one warning off a fly-over…..
But one gets it all when breakfish comes in….
Lots of yammering and movement…. appeared to be Lucy getting breakfish
Some more drapes added…. yea…..
@19:17……. A foot with a fish…… sounded like Lucy in the background….
Beak and eye grabbing fish. Well… the beak is grabbing, eye just there guiding…
We’re goin’ under…………
Smarty’s tail feathers on right
George tried a couple of roofing options. Hopefully, the second will disappear like the first did.
Debris flew as George fluttered away from TOW stopping in.
And a show of talons…. like laundry on the line…
There’s a new queen in town
Daisy loses her perch
Shooting the breeze
Tug o fish
Not moved intentionally
Going to say George
Alerting from perch before and after
Could hear him on camera…like nails on a chalkboard 😬
I’m confused what happened here-are they OK?
OYSTER BAY…. 2 of these guys are very independent… sleep outside the nest while Mom keeps the 3rd company. He’s still sleeping on the nest, with the trash bag for company. Later switched to the perch.
Everyone made it in for breakfish. They mostly self feed, stealing from each other. And then off to play.
What I think is Lucy gets a whole head-on breakfish. Easy turnover…… probably too hard to play keep away!
George is back with a 2nd head-on fish. He returns a bit later with the leftovers.
OOps…… this is George with the 2nd fish….
George..then I m guessing Lucy gets a fish
Together…than just George
One big step for osprey
Now I don’t know if he has a pantry upstairs…he came down with a whole fish for himself
Had a few nibbles before leaving
Or going somewhere we can’t see
Tuckered out after a big day!
Blink..and you’ll miss an osprey
Returned with half eaten fish
What a great shot of the three of them with their heads tucked! Love it!!
Not much happened……. occasional tail feathers, chirp or call, shadow from above.
This was a female , who looked like there was a flyover ……. also some begging calls….
George was carrying a fish. Didn’t stay long.
Dropping temps, maybe 59 by dawn……
Love the bravery
Makes me think of Rose from Titanic….without Jack holding her
It was a piece of cake!
Port Lincoln Osprey laid the first egg. Time on cam is 00.57 on 8-3021.
My excitement for today““““`the beautiful fledge of 56 at 8,25 am and 57 at 10.12 am,
Yes, I will be happy when 56 gets back to the nest!
Mary Anne, I am so glad I went back to the site. Once again I took in another lesson in Osprey Nature.
OYSTER BAY…. This came in with sound effects…. obviously a bag of trash. So kind of some concerned environmentalist to leave this behind
The way it’s tied on top
Likely picked it from trash out for collection
Unfortunately wanted it for their “collection “
Always amazing what they’ll pick up!
And I was just going to comment that it’s nice to see “security blanket “ is the only thing left
Not unusual to leave bags stacked around public trash barrels. But people don’t stop to think about attracting wildlife to the pile. If it doesn’t fit IN take it home with you. Easy-peasy!
G was in @ 5:39…
He’s back 6:10 with breakfish for Lucy(assuming). Lots of excited yelling greeted him.
She stepped off perch to take the fish and left that way.
I was thinking this is the worst the view has ever been then revisited 2019……. even beyond the schmutz on the lens, it was bad
Remember your “turtle “?
I spy an osprey
Not for long
Getting major air!
Defending the nest
She gave him the ‘wing” off
Finally got to watch this video
Fascinating….really enjoyed it
The wind beneath her wings
Mary Anne…this looks like number 56…is that older chick?
Daisy brings a bale of hay
Open wide!!………Would have loved to see this fish delivery….one of the biggest I’ve seen!
Does anyone know what it is?
It was a bluefish…
56 is the younger one.
Chance of showers around midnight. Temps cool low 60s
George was in and out. But I think this might be TOW….. Quick short stop and go…
Female came from the perch to guard the nest…..
I’m leaning towards TOW
Fortis Alberta Red Deer……………..
This kid is doing great! It’s good to see it so feisty….
Just to remind you…. A rescue crew was sent up because the 3 chicks in the nest were in distress…. a snarl of baling twine added to the effects of the extreme weather they had endured. Unfortunately, 2 were already deceased. The crew also went up on a 2nd mission to remove more baling twine.
I don’t watch this nest…glad to see chicks doing okay!
@15:30….. The fish arrived…..
Oh, George was attached……..He called and someone came in….. she took the fish . Can’t say for sure who, but she had pretty osprey eyes!
Daisy takes a well deserved break
Bo and Jesse stay camera ready
Grooming….on a Sunday afternoon
WOW. This nest really got built up this year ! Almost blocking the camera again. George is certainly a dedicated worker !
OYSTER BAY…. 3 kids in briefly early a.m.
One on top rim just came in from wherever……. one on left perch took off.
Big britches took fish from Dad…..
Mom explained reality as she took it…. not yet, child, not yet. We share.
Sunny Sunday…..72 going to mid 70s. Cool way to start August but I’ll take it!
George was in @5:33, already has a fish and mantles over it. Has some there then takes off.
When Lucy comes in, he brings the fish back for her.
Someone came in behind George….
Later, TOW lands and brought some seaweed with her. She’s not giving up! Wonder if she tells her friends… oh, yes, my boyfriend’s married… but they’re separated!
Clearing pics again. Endless… but I do find some good ones!
1/5/20- Now that’s a chest push!
Or is he break dancing????
Jane admiring…… and a BAY!
That’s May 1, 2020……. think I went European for a minute with 1/5/20.
Lots of lights lining the bay
Hey!….we can see the bay!
Pretty in pink….
Two birds on the nest. She’s been sitting there at least half an hour, no begging.
The legs are probably George on his way up on the camera….. scritch, scritch, scritch…. At least he tamped down some of the debris……
Oh! George is gonna work on the pile!
Not what WE had in mind, George!
Better! The bay and sky are still out there!
George was stuffing it all back upstairs….
I give up!
Second pic looks like Godzilla attacking!
This should be interesting!
Don’t make me come down there!
Wind blows Daisy off course and she bounces off chick
Having fun jumping back and forth over sib
Here is a wonderful talk recently given by Dr. Rob Bierregaard you will all enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVHrWYdsRhU
Thanks Mary Anne—- interesting talk by Dr. B
You’re welcome, nfc, I quite enjoyed it!
That was a wonderful talk…I have the book and loved it..Thank you
Should be soon George will be back
Hi June, you’re welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed it! George arrived at the nest on 3/30 last year, so fingers crossed we see him soon!
Hello all….. a voice out of the past. I have not watched for a long time. Now I see the camera is featuring legs ONLY. What happened??????? And when?
I recognize George’s legs, they are “dirty-looking”. Thank you ,Rodee
The nest was nice and clear this spring, but was built up by George and now the view is what you see here!
Hey, Rodee. Good to hear from you!
It’s been getting progressively worse. Then this morning, George tried climbing to the perch, where he has been building a “balcony”, judging by how much stuff fell down.!
Dad delivered a still flipping fish…. and there was a disagreement and a tug o’fish….
And the winner is…..
Dad catches up on nestkeeping while no one is home.
And this is the view I tuned in to……
G was in @5:15 with someone , prob Lucy, right behind.
Not long after, I think this is TOW stopping by. It looked like someone was diving at her before she left.
As someone, probably George, climbed to the perch, all this stuff cascaded over.
I can hear noises upstairs and occasional osprey comments.
Was just a matter of time!
Looks like someone went crazy with a etch a sketch
So windy was blowing their feathers up!
George kindly moved the big one out of our way….TY, G!
Took a few minutes to figure this out
As if an osprey appeared in the background
Believe George was in front…then went upstairs
Lucy is osprey in the background?
Looks like landscape fabric again
George has been working on curb appeal
I used to use it …don’t know if it harms them….but I look at it differently now
Did you get to see him deliver? It looked like a sandstorm!
Beautiful sunny Friday after some heavy rain overnight. 70 with a nice breeze. May hit 80
G was in at 5:21….. L showed 5:45
George brought in his fish @6:19. He mantled over it but when Lucy tried to take it, he took off.
Lucy waited around, finding a dried up fishtail to chew on.
After a long wait, G is back with the fish.
Lucy is ready…….
I’m saying Lucy but not 100% sure. Sometimes hard to tell at these angles. But I think she acts more like Lucy
Great….. a plastic sheet full if sand…. you were doing so well staying natural, George…..
AND now the drapes have been delivered. lolol
Daisy keeps an eye on Bo and Jesse…..so windy there
Haven’t seen the chicks helicopter…it’s like they know they’ll be blown off the nest…ready or not!
57/M, the oldest chick, got a bit of air this morning.
Lucy came to back up George from unseen enemy……
George changed to the log of the day program……………….
Then built a new stairway to climb to the balcony. His nails clicked against the lens…..
Started raining by me about 6. Working its way east. Chance of storms thru out the night; low 70s.
OYSTER BAY…. The whole fam was in as Dad delivered another fish. Will be harder and harder to catch them all together.
……………. The kid in the back has been self feeding on a previous fish. Dad took off and one kid took off, while Mom started feeding one kid. The reunion didn’t last long.
Not sure if this is Lucy
George mantles…..little bit of a squirmish
George brings in a support beam
Maybe adding a third story
Would love to see the entire nest!…must be a masterpiece!
Heck…soon we may only see talons!
George was hefting hemp…trying to install it on the second floor
does anyone know if the Barnegut babies fledged? Whenever I look they’re still in nest-thanks
No, not yet, winnie!
George? Did you get formalwear?
Mr. Crow is vigorously digging for something…. pieces of grass keep getting tossed over his shoulder…
What is happening with the Manorville site I have been streaming it for years after the 3 eggs didn’t hatch nothing
Robert, wish I could help but I am unaware of a live streaming cam on a nest in Manorville, sorry. The eggs at this nest in East Marion did not hatch due to an inexperienced female who would not brood, she laid 5 eggs.
I guess it was the East Marion site I was referring, sorry . Thanks for the update
One kid was loudly complaining…. maybe wanted their own perch? Took off and flew around in a big circle and could be heard landing on the camera!
Expected to peek in and find everyone sleeping
There’s always one in the bunch
If they continue raising three….maybe they should surround nest with perches !😀
At first I thought Mom had slept elsewhere…. till the ghost flew by! So I backed it up to find out what was going on!
Hazy morning…. and bad lighting for pics.
G was in just after 5…. Lucy showed her beak about 5:27′
George delivered breakfish @5:42.
Lucy noisily took it to the perch and complained that George wasn’t leaving fast enough.
George was back shortly with seaweed………………. is there any left on the beach??????
Ya need pants George 😜
Talon ted George working on curb appeal and second story
What are you looking at?
Sometimes green below is so vibrant!