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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
18:48. We have dinnerfish!
And a foggy lens….
Lucy wobbles off and George settled in
And she’s back…
Almost looks like a butterfly….or bookends
I finally caught a fish 🎣
Well George did
Lucy takes it to go..by beak
Hold on Lucy!
Possibly more rain, starting after 5 til about sunset. Then another round running through the night. 69 now. Hazy, lazy day
Both parents, especially Lucy, are fussing more with the eggs. Fluffing and turning more. I think I mentioned that Lucy was “cooing” at them. Sweet…:
George came in to alarm and announced ownership….
Lucy was fussing in the eggcup, pulling out some grasses while quietly talking to the eggs
If our calculations are correct, pip-watch begins tomorrow! Now, can G or L move that stick?!
They certainly are extra attentive to the eggs, rolling and arranging grasses. I believe they react to noises from within the egg. So I’m hopeful we have something viable among the mix.
Now comes the hard part: how will Lucy do when presented with a little one?
If all works well, we’re in for some egg-citement!🙏🏽🙏🏽🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞
I thought this was George but with the wethead look, wasn’t sure
He was restless, futzing with the egs and then alaming. He took off… highly unusual for G to leave eggs.
Lucy comes in, carrying a partial fish. She’s torn between her fish and her eggies…. You could see the struggles
And eggies won… with fish getting brooded, too!
If you look closely, it’s tucked under that left shoulder
Lucy back… fishless
G takes off… L takes over
That’s where I keep my snacks 😜
It’s a 50 shades day… and G is back
He’s been checking those eggies…. Something happening in there? Right now, anyone who hatches got some growling to do before WE see them!
OK… you know I meant GROWING…
But growling did make me laugh when I reread this after it posted! Pictured a little bobble head with a growly face…..
This looks like I feel!
So good morning, Ms Lucy. I got a late start so don’t know if G has been in.
Still raining and gloomy on my side of the Island too. Temp about 60 heading to a high of 70 under clearing skies. Almost no wind @1mph from the E.
Have been trying to figure out if that original log was rolled or added to… the jury is still out… just looks very crowded
Can’t see Lucy….what I can see is the log!
Would have loved to have seen it transported to the nest!
Nighty night ospreyz
Yes!!! L barely got her beak on it. Even her talons must have been a challenge!
Rain a possibility all night. Temps 57-59; winds SE@4mph
Not sure what’s happening…
Lucy repeatedly yammering; looking towards perch… even started up at least 2x, as if going after someone
George yelling loudly, nearby and from perch. Noisy!
Dinnerfish! Might have still had head. Maybe that’s what all the noise was about…was G already upstairs but guarding nest with fish in foot?
Leaving us guessing…
Or G is just that fast at hunting!
Lucy’s not talking… no time..
And G is focused elsewhere
Lucy is building a log cabin….
She chased G out….
And makes me nervous around the nest cup….
At least this went to the far side
Lucy does the balance beam
Then balances on George’s tail
Rude awakening…the look on his face!
Lucy tried to fill our request to move the log
Seems to bother her just as much
She gave it her all🤔🤨
I’ll use it as a tail rest
I id’d that as George on the eggs
… until I saw what was brought in and thought ut looked like a G delivery, especially when the sitter refused to go…
Nope… this was Lucy bringing a log! She could barely get a beak on it!
G just didn’t want to leave until L eventually walked on him…
She adjusted the log and found it made a nice tail rest….
She also pulled a George by positioning it in the growing wall
They like to block our view
Just when chicks are due!
Of course! Why make it easy? Swear they know we’re here!
Here goes the view…
I think it’s the same log just rotated…
Wishful thinking 🤔 that it blows away……
And we have fish!!!
A peek before G settles in
Have not seen fish delivered in awhile
Was wondering if there was one yesterday
Looks like a clump…
A lot of air traffic but assorted shapes and sizes… G was checking…
Did I nod off on a delivery? Although L seems like she’s waiting
This time it’s a stick… love how he lined it up with the skateboard!
L made him think he was getting eggs but distracted him with moving a stick, then sunk back on the eggs while he readjusted it….:
“ Com’on, Lucy! Please?”
“How’bout a fish, skippy?”
Sun pushing in as temps hit 60 heading for a high of 65. Winds E12mph
The kids downstairs are a noisy hunch but as we wait, Lucy and I keep drifting off….
Lucy’s calling for George….. break time.
Looks like they had some rain.
It poured here like some one dumped a bucket on the house. Nicee and cool now.
Here’s George… he sends her out for a run
Lucy watching the clouds roll through across the bay… some of those showers fell by me.
G had stopped by to backup L from some pest harassing them
Waiting for Mr Goodfish and this is what G brings
Lucy didn’t seem happy!
Winds from the E@13mph with tems 57-58 most of the night. Good sleeping weather
So SOD. Everyone!
Lucy had several episodes when I thought George was incoming but finally @ almost 8pm, he brought a juicy dinnerfish
George was back… he’s yelling at someone…. Think I saw large seagull flying….
Lucy’s shadow movement from above…
Lucy’s down to take over….
This shows the heatwave spreading over the area; only the very shores aren’t effected. It’s also unusual for East Marion to be cooler than my area.. we often have some ocean cooler air…
Weather forecast says it’s a one day event…. Please be right!
By not effected, I just meant that we aren’t in that 90+ bracket…. We’re still too hot for May/early June
East Marion went above… 90 now…85 by me….
Humidity has dropped significantly and temperatures sliding… yay…. Easier on L
Thank goodness for slight breeze and low humidity
Guessing that G brought a fish to L, that I missed. Lucy has been out while G sits the eggs.
Cute wearing his antlers…..
Here’s Lucy back from her break, with G letting her wait a few minutes before parting from the nest…
That’s Lucy I think in the top pic, so not sure when she left. But definitely gone longer than the few minutes she allows when she’s not eating…
They’re a great pair
Like a well oiled machine
Wondering what George is alarming about
I think he’s complaining about the heat
Lucy doesn’t seem worried
Or too hot to care
Love the Vegemeter vitamin mug! Perfect!
THANK YOU, AIDAN! Hope you had a restful weekend….
And hello, pretty Lucy!
Live stream is up and running!!
Thank you Mary Anne.
You’re welcome, Elaine!
Good Tuesday morning… unofficially summer after Memorial Day…another month bites the dust!!!
.. mainland may be getting a heatwave (above 90). We should be cooler with the water surrounding us… low 80s; wind W10mph; and our biggest issue out here, humidity @81%
Look at this competitor last year… must be the Dark Lady… gorgeous!
I’ve enjoyed the visit to past seasons while cam is down but hopefully we’ll be back on track tomorrow.
One more of cutie, Squirmy….
never thought poor baby would get stuck with her nickname but…..
Still 74@8pm; only dropping a few degrees to68 by dawn ; winds SW @9mph under overcast skies.
Meteor shower tonight if it’s clear enough to try for your shooting star to wish on, all the night owls… 1am.
My picture is blank with “stream not available”.
Yes, the cam is down. Hopefully it will be back up tomorrow morning.
Visit to 2019- 6/26- for a chicks fix…..
Sunny and Breezy with a headless Jane.
If you remember, we interpreted legs that year as the nest got deeper and I think the lens got 💩d on by one of the little sweeties
Hopefully you’re enjoying the weather on this beautiful Memorial Day.. temps 76@noon heading to 80 or so; SW winds @7mph
2018…. One of the favorites… little Squirmy
With G & Jane
April’21….One of the other women from last Spring… We had a hard time figuring out how many females there were! Think there was at least 2 others that Lucy kicked the 💩 out of.
Still 72@6pm. Dropping to 58 by sunrise under clear skies w/winds S@9mph
From last April, 2021, when George and Lucy were dating…..
Lucy had several days of epic clashes with either one of the Janes or both…. It’s still confusing looking at pics!!!
Sunny 😎 day with temps low 70s and breeze N5mph. Happy Spring Sunday!
I just liked this…
Isabella’s Bela Lugosi model
Really getting into it
Talk about emoting!
Live stream has been down most of the day.
As of now. Predicted storm has deteriorated to a 30% chance of a quick passing shower., then clearing skies. Temps dropping to about 59 with winds from the west@7mph
Enjoy your weekend and take time to honor those who fought for us….
It likely won’t be back on until Tues…
When her head is damp, Lucy’s Eddie Munster look is emphasized…
GM, Ms Lucy! Happy Saturday! A little bit damp from overnight showers. Some fog for now with a chance of t-storms later today…. 63 headed to 70
And breakfish by George… decent sized
He must have snuck in because he didn’t get the song 🎵 and dance. Lucy was still happy to greet him and go. G takes over
Hunkered down for the night
Like the way neighbors lights highlights nest
Was G carrying leftovers or is that it? Just a tiny tail…..:
Lucy flew out for a minute and George slid in.
Lucy came back to find him there and expected him to go…::
When he didn’t move, she flew out again to pick up a bribe… when that expensive seaweed didn’t work, she gave him a little kick… and got the nest back
Fog crept back.
Chances of spot showers early evening with likelihood of rain overnight.
The sparrow family downstairs is hatched and chirpy… guess this is the second batch for them…
Lucy goes out for a quick run
George takes a turn
George doesn’t budge
Decides to grab nest material
He took the hint
Lucy gets snuggly with the eggs
George is on perch sounding off; being the guardian.
George thought he was taking over…..even brought seaweed. He almost landed on Lucy which got her up…. For a minute….
GM, Lucy on this lightly foggy morning….
Clearing after 9 am but cloudy with temps to high 60s and S winds @9ph
My inconsiderate dog was getting breakfast when George came in …. Got a quick glimpse at a big fish as Lucy took off.
George settles in
All tucked in and listening to very peaceful bird songs….
Temps 61-62 all night. Winds from S@6mph.
Possibly of showers 4-8am.
Earlier G was casting his shadow again. This is his place now, keeping L company and guarding his nest. Very domestic!
And then he went a’huntin’!
Look at that nice fish! Lucy should be busy with that! Just wish she’d get better grips!
Off she went…
After that flurry of activity, G looks a little shellshocked but he’s soon on the eggies
This was a fish delivery and I managed pics of Lucy announcing and fluffy pants…
But at least we know she got it!
Thursday morning… the usual trading places, with Lucy holding her place more.
G staying close.
Temps holding around 63-64 with winds@10mphSE
Lots of grass and seaweed for trades came in.
Hehe… he thought I was going….
Thanks for the commentary, as always, CarolV!!
Good night ospreyz
Good night Lucy
George’s shadow covers Lucy as he comes to perch.
GN, Ms. Lucy
About 53 now. Temps hovering within a few degrees all night. Light winds @3mph from the SE
George with a whopper dinner fish for Lucy.
Lucy wondering what George is alarming about
Sometimes I think he likes to hear himself talk 😆
George now delivers on that right rim making it difficult to get a good shot of the fish but Lucy held it up for. Us…..
Off she went
George took over and got comfy
Lucy was back
No reaction to first try… 2nd approach
And out as L gets settled
She is many times camera cooperative
Knows what her fans want!
Wonky feather alert 🪶!
Lucy a little squished as she fits in with the skateramp…..
G is upstairs sounding off… just another osprey day, with lots of sun….
Temps about 56 heading to 63 or so w/ from the E@6mph
Lucy was out 5 mins or so… little bit of exercise.
George was a bit reluctant but Lucy not about a feather tug or talon tap….
Lucy angled in and settled. G stayed nearby to let everyone know where he was……
Get up George!
Lucy sporting late spring fashion
Fashion alert… shows the rogue feathers influence so fashion forward this season!
Group of get-up…. That 3rd photo… we’ve all had that 👀 look at some point! Either counting mentally or playing muzak in her head… patience patience patience……
Good night Lucy
Lucy settled in for night
Almost 9pm and temp 55… just dropping a few more cool degrees to 52 by dawn under overcast skies; winds from E@8mph
She looks so pretty in this lighting….
Just after I posted Lucy’s glamour shot, handsome hubby brought dinner!
They stayed on right but you can just see fish before L took off….
MrFluffypants takes over
Changing of the guard
Lucy takes a break
George settles in
Too close for comfort
Lucy nudged George with her “foot” to get George off the eggs
Enjoying their penthouse nest with a view
Fish for lunch!
Good one… she was trying to get a good grip. It had seemed she lost an earlier fish as she was back within minutes of delivery
G is still annoyed by the wall Lucy worked on
Lucy brought back some fish to eat at home…
I think G was hoping for leftovers
Lucy was out getting seaweed
She chose some lovely art pieces
And ushered G out…
Ty for that tail shot, G!
Is that a satisfied smile?
Bay to “table”…nest
Fish for lunch
Trading places continues…
G has a small stick…to add to that big one. Is the ramp really necessary?
He pushed Lucy out again and is dismantling her wall…. Clashes with his ramp…
Good morning, Ms. Lucy . Perfect morning for snoozing in…
A partly cloudy day, 57 now headed to mid60s with winds @9mph from the NE
Lucy is keeping busy futzing…:: she’s got a little wall in the works.
I think G was taking off as Lucy brought in that brick of muddy stuff by her feet…. I think modern muddy seaweed is her design aesthetic
George back with double claws of reeds and pushed Lucy out
L never stays away for long….. and ignores him the rest of the time….
He retired up above to yell at the skies…
This was odd. Didn’t see this bird coming in but it just stood like this for a couple minutes. As it took off, Lucy took off behind it…. Was she just backing up G or chasing someone? Hate missing part of the story! Lucy was right back and you could see. The bird flying back to the left.
Wind out of the SE @8mph . Temps dropping to 55 under cloudy skies.
Looking at George…who just flew to perch
What do you think? Alfalfa? Or a Hershey’s kiss?
Going with kiss cause she’s so sweet!
Of course, it’s just a stick behind her…
Alfalfa — lol! I was a big fan back in the day!
Enjoying the breeze….but not the gnats
Lucy on the lookout.
Much cooler day… should stay lower than 70…. Wind coming from the NW@11mph. Much easier on the birds. In general, looks like a good week of seasonal weather
Lucy takes a break
Tucking in for the night
Lucy had some nestorating to take care of before she settled. She’s got to be feeling so much more comfortable as temps settle back to where they should be.
Yammer time… G must be nearby….
She’s watching that stick as it wobbles with the wind…..
And here it is! Big fish dinner and Lucy needs the moisture…. And off she goes
And play time with the kiddles
Temps falling… cooler 61
By dawn…. Wasn’t long ago when that was the high for the day!
About 74 now, with winds from the S @10mph
Think stick bothers her as much as us
Better one stick then George’s usual collection!
No words… at least not that I can put here….
Got excited… Lucy and that beautiful tail pushing stick out of the way….
Was just a teaser…..
Lucy comes; George goes
Panting from the heat
Sounded like Lucy was on perch
Lucy getting a nice breeze
George on the job… slowly cooling down…. 80@3:30
Lucy letting in what breeze there is… temps are about 84… with breeze almost straight out of the south. There’s the difference between North Foork and South Fork and being close to ocean… only about 69 by me.
George is upstairs letting the neighbors know he’s there…..