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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
He just whacked her with a stick and then used her as part of the ramp to walk down….
Not fazed… just hungry
Just to mention more “activity “ around 5 pm. George seems to be increasing efforts.
I managed to click a pic and cut off time line… but you see one joy ride….
So not posting everytime anyway. Just letting you know G is on the job!
Lucy gets a fish
She says….it’s about time George!
Lucy and fish….exit stage left
Don’t let the door” hit your talon on the way out!
This was George delivering afternoon fish… good sized and headless.
Tried posting pics on this and was told couldn’t open so sorry if duplicate info. I don’t think identical.
Looked thorough, not just a quickie…
George was on nest, calling… booty call?
Lucy flew in and G floated up… might be a complete coupling.
Well not Peter Rabbit…but, George Osprey
Hopefully fertilizing the eggs in the “basket” 😉🐰🥕🦅🐣🐣🐣
Good morning all.
Can one of you eagle-eyed watchers scroll back to about 8:40 a.m. today and check what I think I’m seeing? Are there two females quietly on the nest or is that George at first alone and then Lucy landing? The first looked too speckled to me to be George.
Sorry… can’t scroll but I know I’m having trouble telling them apart. George has more speckles this year and even Lucy’s head markings seem similar…I’ve gotten them wrong several times already.
I can’t scroll back
Don’t know how speckled was the osprey
George is lightly speckled…getting old man “grey hairs”
George has chosen a female that looks a lot like himself
Hard to tell them apart at times!
George in front
Lucy in back
Yay! TY George!
George had been in earlier and Lucy inspected the talons, sending him back out…
Lucy flying in with nest material.
No fish here, Lucy, you’ll have to wait for George.
George stops in as Lucy tells us she’s upstairs…
And our Lucy! Looking perky in the unrise, asking for an early breakfish
Lucy saying hi to the fairies
Only about 41 …. Big change! But sun is supposed to stay all day
Full moon and passing clouds…..
Didn’t take this pic
What was showing when I got on
I really liked it so took screenshot
Looks like angel wings
At least we know who’s who! Didn’t look like any mating just a hello. And Lucy found her voice
That big dark cloud is dropping some precip as it goes. The wind is picking up and suddenly flipped a seaweed mat, spooking Lucy….
Real rain passing thru for a few hours around midnight … temps dropping from current 56 to 42 by sunrise. Winds from the west @12-13mph.
Have a blessed Easter. And a good Passover… I don’t recall the last time they were observed back to back!
Happy Easter 🐣
Blessings to all!
Dealing with the head wind
They stayed like this awhile
Probably knowing they could be blown off
I’m having a hard time getting these two straight. Especially when you wind is ruffling feathers. I usually tell them by Lucy and her chatter . And it was quiet….
I think this was George, doing a weeblewobble as nest rocked in wind. He was desultorily moving things about as he kept an eye on the sky.
Then there’s 2….
And still all quiet… I can hear wind on mic but no yammering.
She stayed a few minutes ….
Then one more rearrange on that stick before G glides off . IDs are my best guesses on this group ing….
Me too CarolV!
My pics above. ….George in front?
That’s what I thought too. George was there and Lucy stopped in then left. He wasn’t long behind.
I better not complain about her being vocal, no matter how piercing. At least we know it’s her!!!!
I finally figured it out and Betsy confirm I have them backwards…G was one who stopped by but Lucy on nest. Eventually I ‘ll get them straight!
A tree is growing in the nest!😄
Sun struggles to shine… supposed to get to 60. , under overcast skies, temps hitting 60 winds from the south @14mph
I’ve seen someone coming and going but don’t hear yammering. Thought earlier G was beak cleaning when he left. But this is all a guess that leads to a fish delivery.
Still haven’t figured out wifi… too much other procrastination to take care of….
Just saw Mary Anne’s post! Thanks, M… glad you’re here for us!
You’re welcome, Carol, thank you!
Tomorrow looks like another day close to 60….
For tonight, dropping to 50 under clear skies with winds out of the south @14mph…’that moonlight should be putting in overtime tonight!
I haven’t watched as closely this year but haven’t seen as much aggression as past few seasons. Lucy seems to be doing a good job showing ownership. Hopefully this will continue.
Everyone have a good night 😴
G came in without being announced by L and she was so fast behind him, she may have been stalking him! I not only missed a shot but what I did click I managed to cut off the data along the bottom.
So what we have is a dazed looking G who just delivered fish of unknown size.
But L has eaten!
Only the shadow knows….
A relatively quiet Lucy sits upstairs…
Hopefully she has her Coppertone sunscreen!
This nest is perfect…I am praying she sits on her eggs…should be soon…
CarolV..I catch up on what when on for the week with your posts…Thank you…
Glad I can help… I love this couple too- G in particular!
Rooting for a successful year- G(and we, deserve it!
The sun is supposed to stay with us… temperatures close to hit 60 or just above, with winds moderate from the west…. No rain in sight
Enjoy your day!
Now that Ms Needy is fed (said with love). I can det to my own chores….
And the waiting pays off!
Nice big headless breakfish!
Lucy checks it and goes as G cleans his beak…
Good Friday morning!
Lucy just slid in to the perch
Yappy came off perch to greet George..
Who came in empty footed….
Lucy tried a little louder to explain her needs.
And off G went
Lucy brought a board and is not so patiently waiting…. A long wait…
She went scavenging and brought a board
Someone approached and was disinvited…
They didn’t protest
I finally “caught “ George bringing a fish!
Lucy had been begging for one from the perch
Grabs fish….and away she goes….exit stage left!
Tidy up and go
Almost got a shot of the fish! Lucy was so fast I blinked and she was gone! If you look closely, you can just make it out!
At least we know she got one!
Squint and you can see her jet trail over the bay!
Lucy loudly told George “Enough with the seaweed! I need fish!”
And off he went again….
Lucy met George as he arrived with a stick… and loudly reminded him of her stomach….
Do you remember I said 🐟???please!
George just relaxing… the wind rippling the feathers along his back. When he stepped out of the nest, gliding out over the bay, I don’t think I saw a wing flap as long as he was in sight. Love how they can just hang on the wind…
Could hear Lucy as she chatted to him. Really doing an excellent job bonding to the nest… hopeful signs.
The fog moves over the bay as temps rise. Sounds like wind has picked up a little as it blows over the 🎤 mic…
I haven’t seen any fifty delivery.. has anyone?
George brought a big beak full of nesting and sticks and started spreading it around. Lucy dropped in and helped him.
She even flew out and brought her own stick !
George was in and out all morning. But he dragged out things several times, so he’s undoing his own work!
Lucy chased out another female as G chirped loudly from the perch. On the job!
An east wind is making G’s “hair “ stand up!
All is quiet at the nest. No one home that I can hear… just the distant bird 🎶 songs…
Supposed to rain briefly…. Just had a passing sunshower at my house on the South Fork.
On the North Fork, may get as wsrm as 67 with a breeze of 5mph. With the ocean effect we are probably getting to 60 this afternoon on my side.
Sunshine in an out
Some fog creeping in.
Lucy is on the perch talking. George may be in sight nearby but I haven’t seen him come back again.
Supposed to be overcast but mild, only dropping to 53 with light einds. Tomorrow looking like 60s plus.
George came in with more fish which Lucy was happy to come down for.
Whe was on perch minutes later telling G something so not sure what happened there…: G listened for a few minutes before flying out.
G came back at 6:30 with smallish live fish but Lucy wasn’t there. He waited several minutes but she didn’t show so he took off.
Sorry, no pic
Lucy drops down after talking to herself about 45-50 minutes upstairs…. G landed with fish and I dropped phone so was lucky to get this shot of Lucy getting fish….
I’m my own worst enemy!
George gets some quiet time to work on the house.
So funny… I was going to post this pic
One of my favorites
George takes time for himself. Lucy is on perch, discussing dinner plans… aa in “When are you getting the takeout?” She’s low volume for now….
Believe this is Ms. Lucy…. Relatively quiet so may have been fed.
Sounds like George on perch with his piercing chirping, challenging.
I n between those chirps, I can hear all the bird calls from the surrounding areas… very calming and nice to hear spring in the air!
Weather forecast is good… heading to low 60s with very little wind.
Lucy is off camera giving her breakfast order
The early bird gets the fish?
Hope she was bringing up fish
Watched her til she was ok
Already headless osprey
Watching George come in
Go get a fish George!
Look at the difference already
Enjoying their view
Watching George 🐟🤞
She was asking for a fish a lot
Didn’t see her get one….doesn’t mean she didn’t
One or both are on the perch quite a bit (you can hear them)
Maybe put a perch off to one side for next season??
Computer wifi decided not to work today…. So over tech…
Will try again later see if its snit is done
Quick shot from phone… can’t scroll on phone.
We have some showers coming through. Temps may hit 60 with sunny afternoon.
Getting on line is like pulling teeth.. and that’s with phone now. Forget computer! Guess I’m doomed to make phone call to optimum wifi…. But tomorrow., when rested and brain functions.
So hopefully the lovebirds are going well, eating well and unharassed.
Queen of the nest
Time for my pedicure appointment
Just love the wings ,tail and talons
Wish I could have caught her sooner
They are fast!
George and Lucy working on the future….
And here’s the Thank You, Mam!
George kept Lucy well fed today!
Lucy challenging. George shot up… team work!
Here comes the 🐠!
@17:32, G brings a good sized piece of fish, making L happy. She pauses to say TY and out she goes….
Lucy rearranging. Happy to see this!
Move some of those tumbleweeds!
Who’s this beauty?
Cue the trumpet! Her comes Georgie!
George was in about noon with headless fish but wouldn’t turn over…
He’s back and Lucy dives in, pausing long enough to make a few remarks about G’s conduct before she goes on her picnic
She was back a minute later, watching the sky…. when it was apparently safe, she went on her way
Rarely see a cloud free sky lately! Sunny afternoon with temps going to 53 and winds from W @10mph.
George fixing the crib as Lucy keeps watch…
Happy to see some commitment from her!
Keep it up, please!
George comes in….. a morning “kiss” for Lucy
We got some color!
Someone flew over and Lucy stood her ground
And @9:20 breakfish! The whole fish! George is generous again!
Wow. I believe I saw them having intercourse. It was quick, but why else would he be on top of her. If I’m right hopefully there will be babies.
Doris, yes they did, at 5:53:43. Fingers crossed for viable eggs and that she broods them.
Occasionally he lands on her just to hear…. Not right now, George…
And she dumps him off!
Osprey are just like people!😜😇
Early copulation attempts by males are a way to form a pair bond, synchronize development of gonads, but have little to do with fertilization, when they arrive, females ovaries are only partially developed, and undergo rapid development. In this phase, ovaries gain 5 to 15 x initial weight before descending the oviduct.
They seem to be bonding well this season. George bringing fish, a lot less Bela Lugosi
Lucy on the nest more often
Thankfully seems to be less intruders!🤞
There was a fish delivered about 12:18…
G got the head this time but plenty left for Lucy!
George was in and out, fortifying. Why does he have to build up here? Wonder if it has something to do with the wind direction???
And Mr. Sparrow peeked in
Just a blush at sunset as clouds march thru…
Slight chance of showers before midnight. Temps dropping low 40s, winds out of WNW @12-13mph
Ravens on and off nest
I wish those ravens could find somewhere else to visit! Lose this address!
These posted on pg 3….2015! It seems to pop up to that page sometimes and I didn’t think it would post there!
Just wanted to show that sunrise
George struggled to get this btanch high enough to get over edge. Was part way in, just to have it slide out behind him!
Love how Lucy calmly stays out of the way
With George getting those old “man” “gray hairs” on his chest. Getting hard to tell them apart!
Also my aging eyes aren’t helping!😉
I agree! Even the feather caps 🧢 are not that dissimilar…
Above….comment about sunrise
Nice fish, head still on…
Usual tug o’fish as Lucy grabs and goes
George says.. you could have waited for me to eat!
George taking a break…
Then right back to nestorating…
Lucy suggesting she needs fish more than G needs to relax….
It’s a cloud ⛅️ watching day! Ever changing. Ever fascinating…
Our birds are in ad out.
Caught glimpses of the little downstairs neighbors flitting around…. Welcome home! Just started seeing them around the awning over my patio, too, though I‘ve been feeding them for some time. Guess love ❤️ is in the air!
Looks like this pair is settling in
Seems like this nest is always a little behind. Nest along oakdale have been coupled up and busy. nfc…if you’re still interested. Arboretum nest on chimney and tree are both active.
Trinity. I also live close to patchoque nest. I think they may be the osprey that fly over my house. If you want, wave when you walk by.
CarolV…can you scroll back? I still can’t. Think my iPad is too old. Second year that I can’t. Frustrating!
Last but by no means least!
Mary Anne…..finally watched that video. Didn’t learn anything new,.though it was enjoyable!
Thanks to everyone involved……talons crossed for a successful year!
Hi Isabella, quick reminder of Paul’s request pinned above- “Please restrict postings, images and videos to only about the Ospreyzone nest.” So no pics of the Barnegat nest or others will be allowed any longer, thanks. Yes, I enjoyed that video also!
Yes …saw message
Thought it was ok since it was interesting info about early copulation….fertilization and ovaries . By Alan Poole
Info I never saw …so posted it for others. Just happened to be on barnegat site. Anyway it was interesting
If anyone wants to read it go on barnegat site.
It was but that’s how Paul wants it so we must respect his wishes.
I’m not sure if this is the right place for this comment but here goes, As i was watching today, I noticed that the female bird did not look like Lucy..ah here comes Lucy and throws here out. Along comes George and I believe we have an attempt at mating. Please let me know where I can make a comment in the future,
Daria, you are commenting in the right place…
thanks for remembering Isabella. Enjoy watching all the osprey near your house. I don’t live near the shores. I travel to view the birds.
I can scroll back on my laptop but haven’t been able to on iphone for at least 2 seasons. Know I used to be able to.
This year, I’ve lost the ability to view photos or edit on laptop. So I can usually scroll back on computer, take screen shot, which loads to Onedrive. then I go to onedrive on phone and download to photos. There I can edit and post pics. pics are harder to see on phone, as well as there is a lack of ids on pics that computer had. SO much fun!
And today, the wifi keeps disconnecting…. is someone mad at me? Maybe HelenR. is trying to get through!!! It is her birthday after all. (mine, too). Maybe I should sing to her?
Got a headache just from reading what you have to do.
Happy birthday 🧁🥳
Both in nest 4/9/22
I can’t believe there is an egg…I wish she would sit on it…
June, no, it’s an egg from last year! And Lucy already stepped on it and it broke, nothing in it.
Amazing…..that’s not a good sign for her own….So for sure Lucy…hopefully she has experience now and things will go smoothly..
G delivered seaweed and just missed Lucy..
Guess who buzzed them- Mr. Raven! I hope he loses their address!
George went back to store and bought a bat!
I happy Lucy stepped on the bat and moved it to the side…
Oops… that WAS an osprey….
Just making sure I get correction here…. that was an osprey, not a raven…..
Lucy making a move….
She’s doing more rearranging… happy to see involvement
When G delivered that fish this a.. , Lucy flew left. Within seconds, 2 birds came across bay headed right. Looked like a steal attempt.
Came just see them above brim of nest over George’s tail
Saturday starts beautiful sunrise
This is Lucy from 2021
G working hard on that nest. He’s so much fun to watch!
And he took time out to bring breakfish… come on down!
Lucy from today in similar pose headwise to 2021 scap… I’d say it is Lucy
Seems mature d…. Now if we don’t have fem wars! And we don’t need 5 eggs to worry about!
I agree with you Carol. So much about her matches Lucy.
Good. Makes life easier! Fingers crossed 🤞
CarolV…so you think this is Lucy?
yes…. enough similarities to think it is…. a more mature Lucy, hopefully
He couldn’t kick it out, so he picked it up and moved it to the side.
George attempts to kick out last year’s egg.
And an egg?
From last year! Crows never got it.
Thought it was too early
Is this Lucy?
She does resemble her!
I was shocked to see the egg. It is too soon. Glad we got a confirmation.
Fem chatting as G works on eggcup
Could that be one of last year’s eggs? It got briefly unearthed before getting buried again
It sure is!
So this is last years egg?
Is that George cleaning up the nest?
If the perch is a’rockin’
Fem was telling G how much she likes that windswept featherdo, so he drifted up and backwards to show his appreciation….
This fem is staying close to nest while G is away. Lucy was away so much she was lucky if she made it home for meals. Hope this bodes well for success!
And here’s the sunshine we were promised!
Touchdown…we have an osprey in the nest!