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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.

charles.

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Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Paul,

I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
http://www.ospreytrax.com

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    52,035 Comments

    1. Isabella May 3, 2022 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Let’s see how I do
      Lucy…Lucy…Lucy…Lucy

      • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 1:11 pm - Reply

        She can’t stand that clump!
        Still steps on eggs when concentrating on nest
        She reminds me of I love Lucy
        Finally saw her do the wiggle waggle while settling on eggs

      • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 4:34 pm - Reply

        Ok: in that 1:06pm group… you have Lucy circled. Great when you can see chest. Now look at her head… do you remember Edie Munster? Reminds me of the way his hair looked…
        And the other pic… George’s head… while not perfect, those top feathers are more like rectangular with morel white between the patch and the top of his beak.
        Plus it’s a combination of chest feathers and the way they act
        And still getting them mixed up!

    2. CarolV May 3, 2022 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Lost track again….
      Thought this was Lucy but sat on eggs for awhile…
      Then a line of sticks came in as both flew out and back…
      Renewing my request for name tags! Could we send a drone up snd paint talons???

      And if they continue at that rate with sticks, we’ll be viewing knee caps in no time!!!

      • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 11:48 am - Reply

        .

      • Admin Mary Anne May 3, 2022 at 11:48 am - Reply

        Yes, you are right, that is Lucy.

        • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 11:51 am - Reply

          Thanks! She sat still for a long time for her!

          • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 11:53 am - Reply

            And then it was like that ball in a cup shuffle… which one is the egg under?

          • Admin Mary Anne May 3, 2022 at 12:09 pm - Reply

            Yes, she did! I cannot figure her out! She DOES know what to do, but doesn’t seem to know she has to brood for hours, or until she gets a fish from George.

            • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 1:53 pm

              It’s like the puzzle is fitting together and she is seeing the picture… bit by bit…..
              Interesting to see

            • Admin Mary Anne May 3, 2022 at 3:03 pm

              Very interesting, I have never seen a female osprey like her.

            • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 4:15 pm

              I watch several programs about zoo management and an issue they have shown is what they do when parents don’t care for the young. They of course have the luxury of solving the problem but it did make me aware that it can be an issue. We assume it’s something that comes naturally. While some can learn, not all do.

            • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 5:12 pm

              Too bad they can’t do role reversal

      • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Hard to tell at times when wind is blowing feathers,or they’re wet. Old eyes don’t help either.
        Lucy’s necklace looks like hand painted brush strokes to me.

        • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 1:01 pm - Reply

          That said…sure I’ll mistakenly identify them at times 😜

        • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 1:34 pm - Reply

          Not to be rude but George is a blockhead… to me, those top head feathers look rectangular while Lucy has more of a widow’s peak triangle….: but all of your comments apply

    3. CarolV May 3, 2022 at 9:30 am - Reply

      That one on the right looks like a little watermelon…..

    4. CarolV May 3, 2022 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Lucy stops back, carrying a fish G brought before.
      George took off but was right back as L left again.

    5. Isabella May 3, 2022 at 6:53 am - Reply

      George spent the night?
      Watching sunrise

      • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 7:00 am - Reply

        Lucy comes back

        • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 7:03 am - Reply

          Determined to move whatever that lump is

          • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 7:07 am - Reply

            Tried to tiptoe around the eggs
            She kept “biting “ eggs…never seen that before….her attempts to roll them?

            • Isabella May 3, 2022 at 7:11 am

              She didn’t get down and cozy with the eggs like George
              But she is on them….briefly

    6. Admin Mary Anne May 3, 2022 at 6:37 am - Reply

      Egg #3 laid between 4:42 and 4:48 am. George brought a small fish, Lucy takes off and we get a peek at the eggs.

    7. CarolV May 3, 2022 at 6:11 am - Reply

      Lucy is back from her break…

      • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 6:13 am - Reply

        George is up and there’s the new star
        Lucy carefully aerates

        • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 6:14 am - Reply

          And settled ON it!

        • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 6:49 am - Reply

          She was restless…. Up nd down several times… rolling the eggs around… draping seaweed…

          • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 6:51 am - Reply

            And then up to the perch…

            • CarolV May 3, 2022 at 6:53 am

              ******siiigghhhhh******

    8. CarolV May 3, 2022 at 5:58 am - Reply

      There’s another egg but I dropped phone… would make a great reporter!
      The switch from Lucy to George was quick….

    9. CarolV May 3, 2022 at 4:38 am - Reply

      Waiting for sunrise…
      Someone has been here whenever I checked

      • Junec May 3, 2022 at 6:07 am - Reply

        I saw that ….today should be egg 3…. Maybe she will stay on it..at least one will hatch if she does..

    10. Judith Waite May 2, 2022 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Is the buried egg still viable?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 2, 2022 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        I doubt it is, Judith.

    11. Isabella May 2, 2022 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Soaking wet George

    12. CarolV May 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Except for a possible stray shower, rain is done for the night.
      Temp steady and only dropping a few degrees to about 47 under overcast skies;
      Winds about 11mph from the E.
      Lucy does such a good job guarding the nest and nestorating. It’s a sham she doesn’t get that parenting thing. Egg # 3, if in the works, may come tonight or morning.

    13. CarolV May 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Finally… talking as Lucy!
      George braved wind and weather to bring home dinner…
      Lucy has been up and down to the perch…

      • CarolV May 2, 2022 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        Don’t forget to brush your beak!

    14. Isabella May 2, 2022 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Guess other egg is out of site…out of mind

      • Isabella May 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        One is the loneliest number

        • Isabella May 2, 2022 at 4:30 pm - Reply

          Sporting her wet look

    15. Mary Drotar May 2, 2022 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Is this Jane or Gracie?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 2, 2022 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        It’s Lucy, this is her second year with George.

    16. donald j May 2, 2022 at 7:39 am - Reply

      where is the other egg?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 2, 2022 at 8:13 am - Reply

        It was buried unintentionally yesterday morning, when Lucy landed with a stick.

    17. Isabella May 2, 2022 at 6:13 am - Reply

      Hard to tell for sure
      Doesn’t look like anyone on nest

      • CarolV May 2, 2022 at 9:21 am - Reply

        I checked a couple of times and couldn’t see anything

        • Isabella May 2, 2022 at 12:11 pm - Reply

          Shame if George wasn’t there
          Felt it gave a chance for a good outcome

    18. CarolV May 2, 2022 at 5:57 am - Reply

      Hello Monday!
      Red sky @ morning. … yes, rain in the forecast. Possibility all day. Teps 50 now only rising a few degrees; breeze maybe 5mph from the E.

      • CarolV May 2, 2022 at 6:51 am - Reply

        About 6:15, G went upstairs and said good morning. Both came down and G left.
        Morning pest pass over…

        • CarolV May 2, 2022 at 7:29 am - Reply

          George settled in …..
          Lucy landed on him… twice x… with a footfull of sticks and he got the hint.

          • CarolV May 2, 2022 at 7:31 am - Reply

            Z

            • CarolV May 2, 2022 at 10:10 am

              Here’s the rain…
              G took responsibility

            • Isabella May 2, 2022 at 12:09 pm

              Have mostly same morning pics….so, no sense posting

      • Isabella May 2, 2022 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        Wow!
        Gorgeous sky!

    19. Val May 1, 2022 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      What happened to the second egg? I only see one now.

      • Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 7:37 pm - Reply

        Val , it was buried at 7:47 am, unintentionally when Lucy landed with a stick.

    20. CarolV May 1, 2022 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      George is getting snuggled in. One egg clear.
      I think I saw the other in the grasses earlier but enlarging loses focus.

      • CarolV May 1, 2022 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        Lucy is in.
        George was just dropping with a footful of sticks and grass- you can see a strand dangling above Lucy. Think Lucy would like to see a fish.

    21. Isabella May 1, 2022 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Watching the not so friendly skies

      • Isabella May 1, 2022 at 3:56 pm - Reply

        Til George showed up with fish she had been squawking for before interrupted by intruder

        • Isabella May 1, 2022 at 3:58 pm - Reply

          Back to business

    22. Daria L Kowal May 1, 2022 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      As of now i can only see one egg…….however I have noticed that they do camouflage well so maybe its under there somewhere

    23. CarolV May 1, 2022 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Some chirpy squeaks and camera rocks… a private moment off camera…

    24. Isabella May 1, 2022 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Lucy not quite on egg…but close
      Where is other egg?

      • Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 4:51 pm - Reply

        It’s there…

        • Charlie May 1, 2022 at 6:04 pm - Reply

          Scroll back to 7:47am. Lucy delivers a log right on the other egg, its been covered up since.

          • Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm - Reply

            Yes, I saw, thank you, Charlie. I don’t even know how to feel about this.

    25. CarolV May 1, 2022 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      There’s concern on Fb that Lucy dropped a stick on the eggs and then stepped on them.
      Can’t really see but I think the darker egg os right by George’s feet with tee second just in front. Not much we could do anyway.
      Just a little more drama.
      At least we have an ever enthralling drama at this nest!

    26. CarolV May 1, 2022 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Is this like button, button, whose got the button??

    27. Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 6:50 am - Reply

      George flying in with breakfast, headless fluke..or flounder.

    28. Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Lucy with her breakfast George brought in.

    29. Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 6:47 am - Reply

      George brooded all night long.

    30. CarolV May 1, 2022 at 5:25 am - Reply

      Don’t know how long he’s been here but George is on the job this Sunday sunrise…..
      Barely a breeze @3mph 42 rising to 60 on a perfect May Day!

      • Admin Mary Anne May 1, 2022 at 5:47 am - Reply

        Looks like he was on the eggs all night!

      • CarolV May 1, 2022 at 6:10 am - Reply

        George was out when Lucy stopped by. She was there long enough to yell at a pest.

    31. Isabella May 1, 2022 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Keeping an eye on the eggs

      • Isabella May 1, 2022 at 3:12 am - Reply

        Lucy comes to say goodnight

        • Isabella May 1, 2022 at 3:15 am - Reply

          Daddy’s home…..settles in

          • Isabella May 1, 2022 at 3:22 am - Reply

            Night shift

    32. CarolV April 30, 2022 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      George on the nest for now….

      • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        I didn’t see if G brought dinner… but I don’t hear Lucy so maybe she’s off eating…

      • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        Here’s Lucy… stands behind G til he leaves…and….
        We’re all waiting…

    33. CarolV April 30, 2022 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Lucy on guard….relaxing
      I just liked the way the shadow aligned with the horizon….

      A gentle 60 now with light winds 7mph from the NW. dropping temps to low 40s under clear skies.
      HAGN

      • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 7:59 pm - Reply

        Winds NE, not nw… if anyone pays attention to that

    34. Joy April 30, 2022 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Please, Lucy! Sit on the kiddos.

    35. Isabella April 30, 2022 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Peaceful moment enjoying beautiful sunrise
      Didn’t know when I snapped pics another egg was under George

      • Isabella April 30, 2022 at 10:54 am - Reply

        Too bad jack sparrow can’t help brood them

        • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 2:39 pm - Reply

          Would LOVE to see sparrow sitting on one of those eggs!

    36. Elaine April 30, 2022 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Good morning! Congratulations Lucy and George on 2nd egg. So glad for this nest.

    37. CarolV April 30, 2022 at 9:17 am - Reply

      George is on the nest while Lucy stands closer

      • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 9:19 am - Reply

        When G goes, Lucy nestorates

        • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 9:23 am - Reply

          Lucy steps out.
          Mr. Spar comes shopping and checks out the new egg.
          G is back to incubate

          • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 10:15 am - Reply

            Lucy reacted to a fly-over. It came close enough that she jumped at it.
            George made a quick stop on his way to perch, where he had a lot to say to the pest

            • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 10:31 am

              George delivers a stick while Lucy oversees placement… it’s ok for now.
              G tries to squeeze in to eggcup but Lucy stays put in her hover and he Went off

            • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 10:45 am

              G flew back in for another try…. Too cute!

    38. Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Way to go, Lucy!

    39. Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Looking good Lucy…6:53 am.

    40. Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 6:50 am - Reply

      6:08 am. She settled on them later at 6:33:44. Until 6:34:20. Not even a minute, but she is digging around and aerating the nest more than she did last year. as I write this, she settled back on the eggs. 6:47:45.

    41. Daria L Kowal April 30, 2022 at 6:44 am - Reply

      Two eggs on this beautiful morning

    42. JuneC April 30, 2022 at 6:10 am - Reply

      2egg..6 AM…I saw her pushing earlier…

      • Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 6:25 am - Reply

        Yes she was. Interesting, as she didn’t even look down to see after she laid it.

    43. Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 6:09 am - Reply

      Second egg seen 6:02 am. She finished contractions shortly before, she just didn’t stand up.(5:47 am)

      • JuneC April 30, 2022 at 6:13 am - Reply

        Good morning…what time are you calling it?

        • Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 6:22 am - Reply

          About 5:47 am..

      • Isabella April 30, 2022 at 10:59 am - Reply

        Right on schedule
        On the day she told you she would!😉

        • Admin Mary Anne April 30, 2022 at 11:19 am - Reply

          Hi Isabella, Tues, May 3rd should be the third egg. I hope she stops after the third egg, yikes.

    44. Isabella April 30, 2022 at 3:27 am - Reply

      Most likely George on nest

      • Isabella April 30, 2022 at 3:38 am - Reply

        Most likely no one on nest
        Like trying to do magic eye

        • CarolV April 30, 2022 at 2:37 pm - Reply

          I think G left between 9:15/9:30pm. Lens must have been foggy because it WAS like a cloudy crystal ball.

    45. CarolV April 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Is this George or is Lucy in egg mode? Meaning getting ready to lay

    46. Isabella April 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Nighty night

      • Isabella April 30, 2022 at 3:36 am - Reply

        Really like third pic of Lucy looking over the bay
        Contrast of colors

    47. Judith Waite April 29, 2022 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Regal! There is no other word for her.

    48. Isabella April 29, 2022 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Sparrows perplexed
      Giants egg

    49. Sue April 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Oops- I see I’m NOT the first!

    50. Sue April 29, 2022 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      I see egg #1. Anybody else see it yet?

      • Admin Mary Anne April 29, 2022 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        Sue, yes, Lucy laid it on Wed the 27th, at 7:35 am.

    51. CarolV April 29, 2022 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Was just about to ask if G had just delivered lunch because it looked like he was cleaning beak when Lucy flew in with fish 🐠 in foot. Guess she decided to eat at home, up on the perch .

      • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        He’s checking on her. I could see her wing shadows.

        • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 3:03 pm - Reply

          Lucy’s back. Still has fish.
          I think there’s someone hanging around as both are on guard.
          G doesn’t knn
          Ow if stay or go.
          He left with a quick “hug”

          • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 3:06 pm - Reply

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            • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 3:23 pm

              George 💤 naps in the sun with L on perch- see her tail shadows on left.
              Can you see the little ball in the background? Mr. Sparrow making a dash across the nest

            • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 5:25 pm

              Hey! Maybe someone is playing badminton… since that’s a BIRDIE 👀😊🤣

      • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        Always love those feathers in the wind!
        Saw a wing shadow, so Ms. L still on perch keeping her honey company

    52. Edward J Boyd April 29, 2022 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      There’s a little bird coming in and taking twigs from the nest and flying off. He/she is about the same size as the egg. It puts natural things in perspective.

      • CarolV April 29, 2022 at 3:26 pm - Reply

        Love watching those little guys! Can hear their chicks getting stronger … won’t be too long before those kiddos bounce thru as they practice their flying: they grow so quickly!

    53. CarolV April 29, 2022 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Two little burglars robbing grass.

    54. Isabella April 29, 2022 at 11:05 am - Reply

      George had trouble hitting the mark
      Don’t think he stuck the landing

    55. CarolV April 29, 2022 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Clear shot of eggie… she does make pretty eggs.
      But making them hasn’t been an issue….

    56. CarolV April 29, 2022 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Good morning sunshine! Beautiful spring Friday as April gets away from us.
      Already had flyover. Went right over Lucy. Wen she alarmed, George came in to perch to back her up. He dropped down to se the egg and straighten up

      44 heading for 56 with winds from NW @18mph

    57. Isabella April 29, 2022 at 5:40 am - Reply

      Lucy on egg
      She kind of stumbled on to it

    58. Isabella April 29, 2022 at 5:37 am - Reply

      George on egg
      George on Lucy

      • Isabella April 29, 2022 at 5:42 am - Reply

        Good girl Lucy!
        Now stay!

        • Isabella April 29, 2022 at 6:06 am - Reply

          🎼 It’s a new dawn
          It’s a new day
          It’s Lucy still on the egg
          And I’m feeling good

          • Isabella April 29, 2022 at 6:23 am - Reply

            Back to classic Lucy
            Hopefully before wasn’t a fluke
            Time will tell

    59. Isabella April 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Looks like nobody on nest…..egg

    60. Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Sun rising and so is trouble

      • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        Twins
        Maybe they had same mother

        • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:16 pm - Reply

          Fairies looking after egg🧚‍♂️🤞

          • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm - Reply

            Then George

            • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:22 pm

              Almost Lucy

            • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:25 pm

              Talons don’t count

            • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

              Yes we see you
              Dang wind!

    61. CarolV April 28, 2022 at 9:53 am - Reply

      George made 4 attempts to land this fish!!! Even dragging it afross Lucy…

      • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 9:55 am - Reply

        Com’on! Land it, baby!

        • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 9:58 am - Reply

          Phew!! That was a workout!

          • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 10:01 am - Reply

            Is she gone?
            On to the important work…..

    62. CarolV April 28, 2022 at 7:08 am - Reply

      George settles in…. Quick peek at egg before G snuggles in and fairies arrive for morning chat

      • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 7:09 am - Reply

        .

        • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 7:43 am - Reply

          When Lucy came back, she “asked “ for the nest til G left….. then she straightened up but only made it to hover for awhile before taking off

    63. CarolV April 28, 2022 at 5:22 am - Reply

      Well……..:
      Lucy has more to learn…..
      Temperature just @40,slowly climbing through the day to low 50s. Winds from the WNW @18 and increasing with gusts to the 30s in places. Don’t put away those jackets yet!!!

      • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 5:42 am - Reply

        Lucy’s here…
        George is seconds behind…. And leaving

        • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 5:43 am - Reply

          Lucy puttered around fluffing for several minutes….

          • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 5:48 am - Reply

            Hold your breath…..
            I t’s progress…. Baby steps… pardon the expression

            • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:39 pm

              Better then last season…so far

    64. Meghan Dickerson April 27, 2022 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Is this usual for George and Lucy to not be in nest while an egg is present? I know last year Lucy wasn’t interested in sitting on egg. Hope not the case again

      • Admin Mary Anne April 28, 2022 at 6:22 am - Reply

        Meghan, no, this is not usual for the egg not to be incubated, especially by the female. I was hoping Lucy had matured by now, that her maternal instincts had kicked in, and that she’d take to brooding. It seems odd to me that she brings in sticks sometimes, moves things around in the nest, yet she shows none to very little interest in the egg. I have never seen a female completely disregard her eggs and refuse to brood longer than a few mins here and there. We’ll see what happens with the next egg, but I’m concerned that we might have a repeat of what happened last year.

        • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:52 pm - Reply

          She does the nesting bit. Then when egg is there. She seems perplexed.
          Could there be something amiss with Lucy?
          I’m thinking genetic or environmental
          Last season there may have been a possibility eggs weren’t viable. They didn’t remove and test them so never know for sure.
          To so far have a repeat this season??
          Even the experts are still learning due to the cams.

          • Admin Mary Anne April 28, 2022 at 8:26 pm - Reply

            Sure there could be something amiss. Lucy seems to not know she has to settle on the egg and stay there, instead of crouching over it as she seems to do sometimes. Or she will just stand over it. Even if those eggs last year were not viable from the start, George and Lucy would have no way to know that. George brooded them plenty, and ospreys will brood eggs long past the time they should have hatched, sometimes. We will all see what happens when she lays the second one. That likely will be on Saturday, the 30th.

      • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 8:27 am - Reply

        If I’m learning anything from osprey- and cam watching in general- there is no normal! What you read in the book isn’t always what you get! The roller coaster continues! We don’t always enjoy the ride but we’ve had a lesson…..

        • Admin Mary Anne April 28, 2022 at 9:29 am - Reply

          Lucy never read the osprey 101 manual! This is one for the books, especially since she laid five eggs last year. I wonder if she will do that again. That half blind osprey in East Hampton last year laid five eggs and then the cam went down for the season, so we have no idea what happened. She laid four eggs the year before and two survived to fledge. Sadly she did not make it back this year. But I was amazed that two Long Island ospreys laid five eggs!

          • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 10:44 am - Reply

            Must have been something in the water!!!
            And she was too busy off having fun to read! Think she needs glasses? But she can certainly spot G coming!!!

    65. CarolV April 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Is this Lucy?
      I nodded off and woke to what appeared to be her all the way on the eggs, then standing.
      Was it wishful thinking?
      About 17:56-58. Anyone catch it?

      • CarolV April 27, 2022 at 7:43 pm - Reply

        Meant to put time as 19:14-19:16….

    66. CarolV April 27, 2022 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Trying show-and-tell….in the mean time, he nods off…

      • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 1:54 am - Reply

        How many eggs?
        Hard to see..good job of camouflage

        • Admin Mary Anne April 28, 2022 at 6:24 am - Reply

          Just one egg so far, Isabella. Lucy will likely lay another on Sat, the 30th.

          • Isabella April 28, 2022 at 4:57 pm - Reply

            Thank you Mary Anne
            At first quick read didn’t see the word likely
            I thought..how does Mary Anne know when Lucy is going to lay an egg?…..too funny!

    67. CarolV April 27, 2022 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Cold front coming through…. 52 dropping to 38-39 by sunrise under clearing skies. Winds about 18mph fro W

    68. GinaM April 27, 2022 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      George has always been such a good daddy.

    69. CarolV April 27, 2022 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Yea! Hungry Lucy gets her fish!

      • CarolV April 27, 2022 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        She showed it off…

        • CarolV April 27, 2022 at 3:02 pm - Reply

          Lucy got as far as the “hover “ she adopted last year… early days… we can only hope.
          George knows his part. Not all males participate in incubation as much as he does. Everyone is different… just like humans!

          • CarolV April 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm - Reply

            SSSOOOOOOO close! But, no…..
            Is she teasing us?

    70. Meghan Dickerson April 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Is the live stream unavailable for anyone else?

      • Admin Mary Anne April 27, 2022 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        It’s up and running again, Meghan.

    71. Admin Mary Anne April 27, 2022 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Live stream down, I reported it. Hopefully won’t be down very long.

    72. Isabella April 27, 2022 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Good morning Lucy….George
      Lucy looks in the camera a lot
      Checking her ““hairdo “….or is she on to us?

      • CarolV April 28, 2022 at 5:11 pm - Reply

        🎶🎶Hai-do, check my talons…. Baby, how yu doin”?🎶🎶👀👀🎤

    73. Admin Mary Anne April 27, 2022 at 11:28 am - Reply

      An intruder flies towards the nest, upsetting George and Lucy.

    74. CarolV April 27, 2022 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Puttering around the nest…. Lucy very sure how she wants her nest… and that’s anyway except what George wants!

    75. Admin Mary Anne April 27, 2022 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Lucy brings in a stick while George broods. Now all they have to do is switch roles.

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