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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.
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
I 🎵can see clearly now 🎶 the fog has gone 🎶. At least on the lens!
From indifference to demanding! How far our little girl has come!
Lucy returned from break and G wasn’t getting up. So Lucy pounced on him, actually jumping on him!
He got the hint….
Might be a little payback from him pouncing on her to fertilize yet another egg!
Lucy!! You in there???
Foggy AND fogged over.
Temps mid to high 50s with overcast all day.
Light winds from the E
G came in so Lucy could take a break…
Don’t ever recall seeing fog this thick at the nest
Lucy is a trooper!
I know! When I checked in last night, I thought the camera was doing that graying over thing.
Clouds ⛅️ coming in… still warm @63 @6:30.
Dropping to about 53 by dawn under overcast skies, with E winds and slight chance of occasional passing showers
Everyone, have a good night 💤!!
Ms. Fluffypants stands to greet George.
Another quick turnover….
Lucy goes…. George wiggles in….
George was alarming loudly when a shadow landed… Lucy for backup!
She stayed there, preening it looked like, while George got a good rest
Like a well oiled machine !
L calls G in, ….
Fish 🐠 delivery and acceptance…..
….and G is hooked in and comfy…
About 45 secs.
Intruder came way too close…yes, the live stream went down, I will report it.
Nice shot…I would love to go back and view this scene!! TY
Hi M, you can go back! Put your cursor on the red line below the cam view and scroll back to 7:55:45 and you’ll see in a few seconds.
Unfortunately, it depends what you’re watching on…. My i-phone doesn’t allow scroll back. And I swear it used to, because I watched at work.Irritating
Or an old iPad that used to
But is now hobbling along with me😩
Lucy with her wonky feathers… and foggy bay
55 and warming to 63….. winds fromNE @5mph. A gentle day…
L looks like a Viking boat, with the carved prow and oats sticking out…..
Oars not oats… different image!
George comes in and Lucy takes a walk around the block
When she comes back, quickly, she brings seaweed which she dragged down his back, stepping on him the whole way! He was protesting…..
What a pair! Her personality-or birdality- really opening up…
Oh that’s great, Carol, yes she does!
Stream coming and going…. I’m having wifi issues too., probably same company. Yet they get paid… okay, not the complaint center.
Everything seems to be running well so I’m calling it a night.
Low tonight about 53 with winds from the east about 8 mph…. Sounds like a good one!
Lucy has been peeping for a while so she was more than ready when he showed. Zoom she was golne….
Got a quick shot of the eggs
I can sit for an hour with phone in hand, suspecting G is nearby with fish…. Put that phone down and there he is before I can get phone in hand again! I’m sure that’s a sub-section of Murphy’s Law!
Lucy flying from perch above, stick falling…
Soo, how many eggs in the clutch? expect any more?
Hi Mary, there were five eggs total. One is buried in the nest material, has been since May 1st. So George and Lucy are brooding 4 eggs. No, we do not expect any more.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!
A peek at the eggs. 10:03 am.
Overcast but in the high 50s all day. Still a little windy @14 mph from the NE..
Unfortunately, no video stream again. I’m sure it’ll be working soon
As I was typing, someone flipped the switch!
G flew in and. sent her on a break. Almost immediately, he started alarming and Lucy rushed back, armed….
No, but she was carrying a chunk of muddy seaweed, which she placed on George, telling him she needed the eggies back
George was reluctant to go but Lucy was persistent. Got a brief peek at the eggs.
Lucy fluffing eggs and a little restless…
Do we dare imagine another 🥚❓
Carol, don’t even think that!!! LOL!
so wonderfully amazed…so thankful for our OZ groupfor further insights into this incredible learning about nature, had given up on Lucy, and so sorry now…hopefully she has learned to be the mommy we wanted for this wonderful nest, thank you !
Look who’s popped in… just see Mr. Spar on far edge, between Lucy and the log….
Btw… thanks to Aidan and those in charge for getting the live stream up and running again 😃❤️👋👋
You can say that again! Aidan rocks!
Out again for me. 🙁 hope aidan and the team works their magic again!
All taken care of!
George wanted to sit on eggies but Lucy saidnot right now…. Even try ho he had a chunk of fish in foot. Off he went.
Fish 🐟 fish 🎣. #2
George is busy! And Lucy is happy to take it!
George takes over, scaring me in the process, moving that stick right over the eggies! And of course finds the perfect spot..
Lucy in full protection mode but holds her ground as George is heard nearby . Someone was seen flying nearby.
Here it comes again!
Lucy leaves with her bunker breakfast. Thanks, George.
Good morning, George…. Morning, Lucy!
That chill wind from the NE continues for a mostly sunny day.
1/2 moon is pretty bright on a cooleindy night! 50 and about 48 under clear skies with winds @ 17mph from theNNE.
Here are the four eggs. Now we wait.
Need 4 ⏲⏲⏲⏲😉
It’s so good to see sunshine….Still having 19-20mphwinds from NE,with warmer temps to 58.
Mother Nature cleaning cupboards of March and April leftovers.
Got a message from Betsy that egg #5 arrived yesterday @10:13am. Due to wifi issues on my end couldn’t get posted. Dand I’m showing live stream not available, which I don’t know if my problem or OZ camera.
In any case, repeating pic which does show newest egg on right but not all 4 eggs. There were issues with landscape fabric blah blah blah and I still can’t get view.
Or a live stream. Tis a pickle! And frustrating with my wifi…. I f I drank I’d be hitting the bottle!
Carol, it’s not your problem, the live stream has been down since yesterday afternoon. I reported it and I am waiting to hear back.
K… having other issues I’m hoping are getting fixed but may still take up drinking… sounding like a good idea!
LOLOL!! Good luck with those issues!
great…now if they would lay on them so they can actually hatch.
Leora, since Lucy laid egg 3, the eggs have been brooded by both parents.
Hard to see
Even harder now😜
What happened to the camera?
Live stream is down, Valerie. I reported it and am waiting to hear back.
Goes out for a quick trip
Returns with George right behind
On Mother’s Day !
She fusses with the fabric
Fashions herself a windbreaker
Someone catches her eye
Could be this 747 of a bird flying
And at some moment between….when I answered my phone
The fabric most likely blew away
St least that wind yesterday came in handy!
George came in with a fish and a follower… someone was flying over the bay…
Lucy wasn’t interested in the 🐟
George is back…
Lucy goes for a break…she’s that spot in the sky
George still has fish and leaves it behind him as he settles on eggs
After trading places again, George was taking bites of his leftovers when Lucy dashed over to grab it, taking off and leaving
A little bit of sunshine in my life🎶🎤
A little bit of fishy for my bride🎶👀
🎶🎤 hiho hiho It’s off to eat I go!
A song 🎵 for every occasion
🎵🎶 goodbye, goodbye 🎵goood bye! And G schootched in
Oh, happy day….🎵
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL….
Have a few questions…
What day last year did Lucy leave…..what day did George leave?
She really did good yesterday….she was soaked….
Guessing eggs should hatch around second week in June…
Last year I believe we were up to our eyeballs in gunk when George pulled stuff over the lens. I don’t know if we ever got any of that. Not even a goodbye 👋
Thank you Carol…I shut it down after 5th egg …and Lucy..(Missy) didn’t sit on them…..
What we were watching towards the end
George was up to his old sticks!
And the Blob came…
That was definitely….THE END!
Mother’s Day reprieve
Did I miss a fish?
A gloomy start to Mothers’ Day but at least not raining…. Winds to 20mph fromNE@20mph. Tems high 40s going to maybe 53
Lucy is back….. G says he’s not moving
Lucy left him there to visit his eggies
Now she’s back and more demandinG. George stands up, raises his wings and lets the wind take him
A quick exchange as G comes in and Lucy takes a break
G goes in…
Building a windbreak?
W could do without the tumbleweed!
Happy Mother’s Day! 💐
Lucy returns and George floated off
Lucy snugged in like she’s been doing it forever…..
Fishy time! Fishy time!
Hungry girl hustles off….
George moves in…
Rain temporarily on hold… will roll back in soon.
Winds picking up to 20ph out of theNE. Hang on!
Pest patrol! Thanks for the backup!!!
I may have missed it but I didn’t see much of George this a.m.; just Ms. hero Lucy holding down the nest. The lens was cloudy and the bird well scrunched….:
Saw her stand and poop out, which she rarely does.
Poppy’s home! No fish but she’s glad to see him. She had gently cheeped for George a few times
G settled in
The sparrow brood may be flying. Saw some little pingpong balls shooting out… lot of noise too
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!
Yeah… jumped the gun… early morning brain fog…
Or consider it a reminder…. We’ll go with that!
Sometimes catch a fishing boat that heads to the canal over on the left. First time I saw it coming in, it was creepy watching the lights getting closer and closer….
Looking chilly, Lucy hangs in there.
Rain to continue all night through tomorrow.
Temps a steady 50 and winds 5mph from SE
Just want to put a little tent over the nest!
They could pitch the landscape fabric 😉
Lucy came i a little while ago to take over. That plastic kept annoying her and she was yanking it around.
George was bouncing inand iut .. Lucy finally got settled,, eggs clear o f the plastic when G was back, tucking her in!
He successfully moved he off again
Are these two gonna be a comedy act now?
.she left .
And he’s happy.
Not branches….landscape fabric hiding eggs
Isabella….. first you said how quiet the nest was and what happened????
Then you said how clean and pretty it is…. And landscape fabric appears….::
Are we sensing a pattern???? Do we have to ask you to stop the. Compliments??
For heavens sake, no more comments on eggs or we’ll have a dozen!
I’m a good witch 🧝♀️🦄🍀🧚♀️🐸🤴 😉😇
Lucy guess is checking all around and occasionally cheeping.. about 6:11, she gets restless… George must be nesrby
Here comes George with an early breakfish!
G had bypassed the nest and landed behind Lucy
Chilly day, probably only getting a few degrees warmer, about 55. Rain predicted coming in afternoon.
5/5- Lucy rises seconds after laying 4th egg. 3:53 pm.
Lucy’s last contraction, laying the 4th egg.
If she has five again. Another thing that makes her unusual
Very much so!
George returning after chasing an intruder! Lucy on guard!
Just when I said things were quiet 🤫
Alice… you’ve got a bbbiiiggggg mouth! Jk! Doing Jackie Gleason
You’re a riot CarolV
George bringing in the soft stuff…Lucy sitting pretty!
Nest is very pretty
Hopefully will stay like this
We can still see!
Mary Anne….she hasn’t laid another egg
Do you think she will?
I would be happy with just the two hatching
Lucy’s been so good brooding them. We don’t know how she would be feeding chicks.
Possibly some maternal/ hormonal switch clicked on. May not be fully on
Or could be this has been a much quieter season. Not the crazy competition for the nest like last season
Hi Isabella, tomorrow would be the day she’d lay a 4th egg. It’s possible. I won’t be surprised if she does, after what happened last year. I also won’t be surprised if the 3rd egg is the viable one, and not the other 1st or 2nd egg she is now also brooding. It would be best for only one to be viable. I don’t know if she could handle two chicks. But who knows. I hope she doesn’t lay any more eggs though.
Mary Anne… got message from Betsy that she saw 3 eggs(4th) She gave permission to send pics. She said check around 3:51 for contractions
Thanks Carol, she sure did. Seconds before 3:53. I’ll post a couple of pics. #4. Will there be a 5th? There likely will be, but hoping not.
She is sneaky! And quick! Way before expected!
Oh for goodness sake. Every year George places a stick right in front of the camera ! Besides that, it is amazing how much he/they’ve built up that nest from nearly nothing !
I think this is George.
Which I’m guessing that means he brought lunch?
The last I checked, Lucy was there in an identical pose… so that’s my hesitation.
Whoever, those tiny teeny bugs are swarming and annoying him…called no-see-ums, they glisten in the sunshine as they circle. I’m sure the lovely fishy smell is like a good cologne….
Hi, George…. Are you leaving soon? My chest smile is getting chilly….
There’s something going on… sounds like power saws
“Keeps me waiting…. Leaves the sheets rumpled… grumbles to herself…:
Takes a good look around before settling
G comes in with see aweed…. A bit of alarming and warning the neighbors….
And she settled in…
We have breakfish!
Lucy has been waiting…..
Looks decent! Lucy is happy…
And so is George!
Good morning, Lucy!
Lucy hopped out; Daddy’s home…
Supper and off to perch
Daddy takes a turn
In for the night 🤞
Heard the commotion…. Lucy kindly waited long enough for me to just catch her going…:.
George wasted no time getting strapped in. He was cleaning his beak after he laid down….
Such a good girl!
Still steps on eggs. Though gently with talons tucked
Lucy is yapping between poking around the eggs.
I suspect G is near by,
And in your face, people! as he delivers a big one!
Lucy needs the extra fuel to keep her wam in the chilly day .
Out she went…
And she deserves it!
I love Lucy ❤️
Hmmmmmmm…. Just a friendly hug?
Or are we still making eggs?
Please no more
I think two is good
Hey everyone! I’ve just joined in for this year, and am so excited to find our there are 3 eggs in the nest, and Lucy is brooding! But in rewinding throughout the morning I’m only seeing 2 eggs. Is one hiding under some of the nesting material? I enlarged the screen to see if that would help make it more visible, but I’m still clueless as to where it is.
Glad to see so many of the faithful OspreZoners back on, too! Looking forward to a successful year!
Hi Leesa! One of the eggs was buried in the nest the morning of May 1st. Lucy started brooding on and off after she laid the third egg yesterday. She seems to be sticking to it, and hopefully keeps it up. Being that she laid five eggs last year, I wouldn’t be surprised if she laid at least one more this year.
Lucy has had us on edge but it’s like some one flipped a switch and her light came on. She got the idea of how to brood….
Will be interesting to see how much she gets as we go. Still a lot for us all to learn!
George and his pillow.
Looks like the lump Lucy doesn’t like
Early fish was appetizer!
Wanted to point out G’s face on this one! Love catching these “human” expressions!
Pretty sure this is Lucy
By George… I think she’s got it!
Georgie boy…keeping eggs warm and dry
George in the rain….
“Anyone got an umbrella?”
Not sure with that wet head‘do….. who who who who are yooooooo? Couldn’t resist…. Now it’s stuck in my head. …..
Anyhow the rain should let up soon ….
Who who…who who
I am so happy to see she is staying on egg 3.. I watched her help to build a great nest…moving things around …then lay eggs and not sit on them was driving me crazy…with egg 2 she sat for a brief moment……was ready to give this year up…..but behold….she is staying on eggs… have not made comments on all the great pictures and information..Thank you to all
I’m with you Junec . I was ready to throw in the towel! I felt couldn’t watch another season repeat. Don’t know what clicked in, hopefully will continue.
And you’re welcome 😊
Someone here each time I checked overnight!
And good morning!!!!!
When did G sneak in? And he’s cleaning his beak——- did he deliver breakfish?
Can’t even step away now!
Rain has been pushed to later this morning and just lasting a few hours…ever changing…. Temps low 50s; winds from the E@9mph
Hi Carol, George brought a fish at 5:54 and Lucy took off with it.
Hi Carol, George landed with a fish at 5:54:04.
Checked at 2AM…4Am…good girl Lucy
Lucy returned after a brief trip… looked like she went to beach… maybe quick splash to get moisture on her feathers?
I went back to check my memory and according to my meager notes, Lucy started incubating on 5/3, the day she laid #3. And George was on eggs for long periods. Weather wascool but not cold.
So if nothing else, we have learned another lesson.
I had read that sometimes they postpone hatching by keeping first eggs cooler, to keep hatch times closer.
Anyway! Who doesn’t like surprises? Now we get to worry about everyone getting along! At least they are close in age.
Que sera sera!
Lucy has flown out a few times but she keeps coming back. It will be interesting how overnight gets handled.
Rain is in the forecast. Temps holding fairly steady ubder overcast skies… low 50s/ 49 @ dawn.
Rain set to start near sunrise
Lucy brought a nice chunk of wood as a trade for the nest. Fortunately, she left on the side as she headed for eggs.
George relinquished nest, stopping for a “kiss” good-bye
George & Lucy – A handsome couple – – George leaves after a visit with a sitting pretty Lucy
After 15+ mins on eggs, Lucy was replaced, to come back shortly, push G out, nestorate, aerate, and Beak Anchor herself back on the eggcup….
Fan you hear me cheering?
Ok CarolV….think I see what you mean
Eddie and the blockhead!
Looks right but I always try to look for other markings too. Sometimes just snap quick pick when things are slow to study in my photos….