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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
Congratulations Lucy and George! 🐣
I was on around the time..must have just missed it
Can’t scroll back ☹️
George is back with another fish!
But Lucy finds her leftovers….
Lucy polished off the tail.
I was hoping G would show her how to feed, since the kiddo was in open, but he just watched.
There was a moment or two when I thought she was gonna reach out…. But he did leave new fish on nest even when Lucy went back to eggcup
And….: a new stick…… yay? Love the fluffy Georgie cloud
I saw that, Carol, looked like she made an oh so slight move toward the chick. Like you said, it’s a process. Some new mothers take much longer than others. The previous resident female at Patchogue in 2020 had not a clue what to do at first. That chick went many hours without fish, and the female would make a move as if trying to feed and never getting near. Finally she figured out that the fish goes in that wide open mouth. She turned out to be a wonderful mother and raised two chicks to fledge.
Yeah… I had hoped G would do a demo… but, … as you say, there’s time . May be better if she learns on her own. Jane always seemed dependent on G
Can anyone reach that stick?????
Maybe send up a drone 😉
But we know George could make the situation much worse!
So I’m not going to complain about one stick
I’m happy that fat one was moved. And I’m just annoyed with the position. Kiddo will be moving soon anyway
George is back with a fish….
Lucy isn’t sure…. Get up?
Get fish? Hungry won….
G got cozy with Jr.
Lucy came back with fish….
George made sure he got fish and seemed like he wanted to feed Bob but Lucy was in a hurry to get back on nest.
The chick is already named?
No, the chick isn’t named yet, that will come much later.
I get tired of him/her so just randomly call something diff .
Learned my lesson with poor Squirmy.
Bob short for Bobblehead
George stood, tearing off small pieces of fish 🐠 but Lucy has covered kiddo.
Lucy still had the tail, the last I saw.
It’s a process. She’s doing great.
We all wish Lucy had fed the chick, but remember that newly hatched chicks can go at least 24 hours before they have to be fed, as they are nourished by the egg yolk they absorbed before hatching. But hopefully the next one either Lucy or George gives the little one a bite or two.
Yea..we have a hatch…must have been last night..unless some know when….congratulations Lucy n George
What day are we calling it?
Today at 4:36 am!
Thanks Mary Anne…I have books since 2016 on nest …not last year…
June13th. (my birthday) will be 36th day for egg 5….all eyes out…good catch nfc…..
Have a Happy! 29 again?
We have a bobble head!!!
George took off from perch about 6:13….
When he came back, he eased in quietly….
Lucy got up enough to show off the newbie. She was very gentle, let him look, chirping quietly. Then after he had a good time look, plunked herself back….She did great! And G was on the way out.
George is back but with wood, not fish
Lucy had something to say…
Lucy did take off for about a minute. Dropped back from perch and went right back.
Little Bob looked at Dad , mouth wide open… s/he knows his/her job!
Here’s the little one at 4:36 am.
We have a chick! Welcome little one!! (if you scroll back, you can see him at 4:36 am…)
At 5:39 am there looks like a chick has hatched. I watched it three times. Congratulations to Lucy and George.
Yes there is! Whooooohoooo! We have one! Will there be another??
How wonderful…now let’s hope she feeds it…
Another bright night for Lucy
Chick today? 🐣
Lucy’s looking restless.
Warm night @ 66 @ almost 11:00pm. Dropping to 61 by dawn; Swinds@3mph
Wow! It’s a biggun!
Lucy gets up..looks down..2:56 pm
She sees something..or hears something? Bug? Pip? Chick chirp from inside egg? Fingers crossed.
What is it, Lucy? 3:24 pm.
G brings a good surprise!
Lucy gets and goes….
G settled in
Breakfish was delivered… heard and saw Lucy go leaving but no pic..
Nice grammar… 1/2 asleep…
What a beautiful morning on the nest ☀️
Lucy arriving back… G clears out.
Missed her exit so not sure if G brought breakfish.
It’s a bright clear Friday morning. Temp @67 heading to 75 under sunny skies. Wind @W7mph
G is back for another turn already….
73 dropping to 60 under clear skies… winds W11mph
Keeps telling me duplicate post… so trying to get it unstuck….
G was being chased… might be what L was watching as it circled away
Decent sized… Lucy will make short work of it
Lucy goes as G cleans up and settles…
About 80-81…. Lucy is calling loudly….
I could have gotten wrong….
when are these chicks suppose to hatch?
Anytime now….the first two eggs are not viable and there’s a very good chance the third isn’t either. Fingers crossed for the last two eggs.
Hi Mary Anne, just curious — how do you know that the second egg (and possibly third) are not viable? I know the first egg got buried, but didn’t realize there was an issue with nos. 2 and 3. I don’t always have a chance to read all the comments so I may have missed something earlier.
Not that I’m disappointed — I’d have a hard time watching 4 chicks competing for food.
Hi Chris, it’s either the first or second egg that was buried. Even if the one had not been buried, Lucy wasn’t brooding, not until the third egg, so those two were not viable. We are getting close to being past the window for Egg 3, at day 38 and it’s really day 39, as it was laid shortly before 5 am. In many cases, the third egg will hatch at 35 days, so I have my doubts that it will hatch. Egg 4- we are at day 36, I’m doubtful about that one also. I so hope the 5th egg hatches, would not be bad to have only one…
Thank you, Mary Anne — that was very informative!
You’re welcome, Chris. Keeping fingers crossed for at least one.
Thank you for the info Mary Anne!
Thanks for the question ChrisH…you took the question right out of my head!🙂
George doing a lot of alarming
Lucy arrives to see what the fuss is about
🎶🎵So happy to see you…..
Georgie boy🎵 Georgie boy
So happy to see you 🎶🎶
And your 🐟 fishy!!!!🎵🎵
And a good one!!!
And G back to daddy duty…..
Already out guarding the kingdom…
But he’s back….
Must be a male hanging around….
Some of the ways Lucy kept busy this morning…
Lots of fluffing, shifting, tweeking….
There was live theatre at one point with the family downstairs… popping in and out, lots of dialogue…
Beautiful foggy morning
Quick peek at the eggs
Is anyone else having buffering?
If my count is right June 10th will 36 days for fourth egg? Can someone go up and move that stick from cameras view. Ha..was bad t-storms here in Greenlawn too…
Hi June, you’re correct, tomorrow is day 36 for egg 4. Oh that stick, it’s in the worst spot.
Having a scary t-storm by me…. Very loud boomers! Winds gusting from the south and about 12 mph steady… temp 70. Supposed to be the end of the rain we’ve been having
Lucy, I’m assuming, not looking happy!
Already quieter…. Promising to be a much better day…
Anybody notice the difference?
Too bad that nasty finger still standing….
Waited as long as I could….
I was hoping this was prelude to a delivery but…..
And now I’m on my way out.
Lucy had a good yammer ….
Lucy is fussing with the grasses…
She stood briefly and I saw something moving and started getting eggcited then saw it was her foot…. But I’m not anxious… 😉
Live stream is back!
Ty and Aidan!
After some rain overnight, clouds lingering as temp of 68 heads to 75 and sun makes a late afternoon appearance.. SSW winds@12mph
Camera started the day grumpy 😾.
Hopefully Aidan will make it smile again and we can get back to watching “One Nest on Live”
He will, we just have to be patient…
Happy Wednesday, Ms Lucy!
Next couple days we should have a hatch….when I saw screen down…I said not now!…
That and George’s building skills keep us at the edge of our seats!
He has a gift of putting stuff right is front of Lens..lol
Just like the way sunlight is glowing on Lucy
That beautiful face!
L back quickly…. Knew that fish wasn’t lasting long….
Winds have picked up. 12mph from the south.
Likelihood of rain after midnight, lasting to morning. Temps fairly steady: 70@ 7pm only dropping to about 66 by dawn
I feel better now!
George brought a smallish piece of fish and it looked like he even tried feeding her.
I just have to much imagination!
I’m afraid to ask …. Has anyone seen George since this morning?
I‘ve been out….:
Things didn’t seem right this morning. Saw him early….
Hate to “borrow trouble” ………
Lucy is calling and I don’t hear him…
Hopefully he’ll pop up soon
Our soap is back …. As the Nest Turns….
Just as we get comfortable, making popcorn, on egg watch…
Lucy left yet again to work on leftovers…
At least we can see eggs…
Great… one more peek before I go and I find empty nest and what looks like Lucy with fish arrives….
This happened 3-4 times.
Each time she struggles whether to stay or go and flies off briefly…
Longest eggs have been alone in weeks.
And I don’t know if G delivered fish and then left or if L had to get her own fish…..
Someone touched in briefly and scattered debris….
Then flew over
Lucy just waiting… did some nest work…
I may have missed a delivery but haven’t see a fish 🐟 or delivery guy…
Unfortunately gotta long list that needs some checking off… T2ultr
G is up and restless…
Lucy back after a nice break
Remember those arcade games where you can grab stuffed toys with the mechanical arms and drop in a chute? Do they still have those?
Oh, George leaving….
Oh yeah, they still have them!
Lucy back to business
George shows up
Lucy gets a break
And the trades begin…. G in; L out
Lucy in the Golden Hour of Tuesday morning, listening to the mockingbird….
Temps 58 heading to about 74
Not that it makes a difference here but breeze was SW
Good morning Lucy!
Did u see the planets this morning
Watching the sunrise
Or watching for George
Another night of the waiting .
Semi cloudy; dropping to 59 by dawn…
Was running through last year and spotted this pic of another challenger we called the dark lady… don’t know if I posted her lately but this was a good shot… beautiful bird
George came to just stand and kept Lucy company…..
After a relatively short time out, he arrived so quietly Lucy didn’t even get up to greet him.
She just reached over to get the fish and took off….
And the usual count and hook in…..
George stood and took a good shot off the port side….
Rarely see the adults 💩from the nest…
Lucy was back shortly after… G left
G stopped back before heading up to yell at the neighborhood
It’s yammer time!
G barely poked his hread in but Lucy showed off the fish…
Love a good grip as she goes
George taking the count and hooking in
Lucy asking for fish or break
Don’t know if this is George 🤔
Or Lucy making a quick return
Lucy on eggs
Lots of off and on
Hard to keep track
Than George brings a stick
Tries to stick it you know where
Lucy says…enough George!
The wait continues…..
Sunny Monday…. Mid 70s; light wind NW@4mph
And as also….thanx to Aidan!!
The livestream should be up and running at 11:00, so not much longer.
Must be the weekend…..
Yup, will be down until tomorrow morning.
And not like we could see if all eggs hatched at once and stood on each other!
LOLOL! That George is something else!
George brought in a fish.
Zero interest from Lucy. I don’t know whether Lucy returned with leftovers G saved or if it’s another fish.
G stayed at least 20mins, watching the skies and wakin’ up the neighborhood before taking off with the rest of 🐟
You here again? Don’t you have something else to do?
OK… looking productive with weather forecast….
A sunny day, starting w/ 61 @ 8am…. High of 71-72 winds of 4mphW
Enjoy the day
Good morning all…spent some time catching up with pictures and comments…Thank u all who post…not to sure about 3 egg hatch she really didn’t sit on it that much…guessing 4th egg to hatch around June 8-10th….but who knows…anything possible…..again Thank you all
Lucy must have spotted G with fish as she starts in…
She decided to move some seaweed.
Unfortunately, what had looked like trailing reeds looks like entangled twin….
Please continue to pass the word about responsibility to dispose of your trash!!$
And Lucy ramps it up as G delivers…….
And quick snatch and run with brief glimpse for us of breakfish
And happy George is in
Straight down from Lucy is what appears to be the twine wrapped around something .
Good morning, sunshine!
And good day,Lucy!
George in for morning break….
George adjusted the nestcup before settling in.
George gets up when Lucy returns but is in no hurry to go
Sorry but couldn’t get both hands free and wound up with obstructed pics…. At least we know Lucy got her fish dinner….
Lucy back and tucked in.
Winds fromS9mph… temps dropping to 59 under clear skies.
Yammer time…. Lucy reminding George it’s that time of day…
Why do I feel like I’m getting a rude gesture?
Shifted just enough…..
LOL 😂 !!
George sticking close…
Yammertime had him taking off from perch…. That gray line just above nest on left is G
Hi everyone. Normally silent nest observer here. Just one thing I would like the operators of the nest cam to consider. Last year the adult ospreys made a wall blocking the camera, seemed like the wall was only on the side of the camera. This year it’s happening again. You might want to consider that the reflections that the birds see in the glass are bothering them. Most other nest cams i see out there are not as close to the nest as this one is, Not so much for our sake as watchers, but maybe for the sake and well being of the ospreys the camera should be raised or pulled back from the nest a little more than it is if that is even possible. Don’t get me wrong I like the angle of the nest as well as the view of the bay, but does anyone else think there is a reason why the birds keep piling up stuff where the camera is? Clearly not something that should be done now, just something to consider for next season…
Hi.. nice to meet you. Don’t know what the cause for G’s obsession. Thought it might have something to do with the post for the perch being there for backer or even prevailing wind direction… just guesses.
But I do know it’s a privately owned ( Tommy and Christina) and maintained web camera, so they don’t have the funding many nature cams do. Even camera “maintenance “ is done by our very capable Aidan, who works for TRS, a local business owned by Paul, who sponsors it.
It’s not even unusual for the chicks to stand by the lens and gaze at themselves. They‘ve responded by showing interest then moving on.
But considering the nest is on a 60ft tower, just getting up there is a project. But it will certainly give the owners something to consider when they need to get up there again. It’s such a personal glimpse into this nest, it would be a shame to lose the intimacy.
Of course, if we get chicks and someone 💩 s into the lens……
BTW… last year, George’s object was building above the camera. Must have been adding to the perch. Kept tucking sticks over the housing til eventually they collapse down in front of the lens. He then started putting clumps of sandy seaweed over that! He is VERY inventive
Lucy having a beak wag with neighbors
Or asking George for a fish
George finally flew off perch
They said we’d see th sun! He’s trying…..
Temps supposed to stay comfortable 72-73
Saturday is a slow day….
If there was a fish delivery, I missed it.
There were numerous places traded.
Lucy was fussing with the grasses on each side of her…
The Sparrow family never stops! Constantly chattering and arguing… someone stopped by
More ins and outs… it was hard to keep up
Random happenings… never sure what order multiple pics are gonna post
George was in with a huge clump of reeds and seaweed….
Lucy excused herself….:
Took a nice break and is back …..
Time to settle in.
Cool night under clearing skies…down to 57 by dawn
The sun is out; temps 70-73 for afternoon; drying out and no rain on the schedule for days gentle breeze SE4mph….
This looked like G on duty
After yelling at the skies, he stepped up out
Lucy stepped in… think she carried seaweed…
Lucy’s a little restless…
Lucy is doing a lot of ducking and alarming….
Yup… someone is out there…
And getting chased…
I got a lare start again. Not even my dog 🐕 in a hurry to start the day.
Lucy just in hold… quiet and still as she keeps her eye on the neighborhood….
Overcast after rain overnight…. Cloudy skies lasting as temps stay cooler 59 only changing to low 60s at least thru the morning. Wind E5mph
Lucy spots something!
Com’on in, big boy!
Not sure if she’s talking to G or the fish!
And G moved in…..
She showed it off today! Nice!