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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.
Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.
Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.
Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.
Best wishes, and good luck,
John W. Fitzpatrick
Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Thank you Aidan…
LIVE STREAM BACK!
Morning…. Dreary start. Overcast and humid but cool. Temps maxing out about late afternoon @74.
Winds registering @ 0
Good night,L, G&kids…. And everyone…
Maybe we’ll see you tomorrow.
Chilly night ahead, @59 by sunrise.. winds for now E5mph under partly cloudy skies.
I hope so..still have not heard anything…
The more I rewatch, the less sure I am that I’m seeing 4 little heads or just 3. So frustrating with those sticks! Sometimes I think I’m counting someone’s elbow as a 4th head… Have to wait and hopefully view will be less sticks more chicks when video comes back.
I agree. I think there are only three now. Hope I’m wrong.
This is what I was referring to
Wee one in nest cup?
Yes, I saw that little white stripe but never saw it move…(have not heard anything back yet regarding the live stream.)
Again… 17:17 feeding, yesterday…. Was able to see 4 bobbers and Lucy was working the row. She looked like she hit all 4. Hopefully!
Another chilly morning- 61 going to 71 under partly sunny skies. Winds E7mph.
I spotted all four?…think I posted pic of same time
The wee one in the nest cup?
If so …didn’t see movement
Hopefully you’re right and all four were fed!
Cam is down… video from yesterday.
Feeding time with hidden kiddos.
I reported it, still waiting…
Sweet dreams Lucy
George….honey do list
Lucy gave me hope when she started rearranging the branch. At one point, I thought it was sliding overboard but no, it got pulled back in.
George came in to see what she was up to and got the “where’s the fish?” Speech???
Finally fish……the early bird special
Or late considering
Did not see little chick
George brings seaweed
Went fishing?…..that’s George over bay
Heard him alerting on perch ….does he have a fish?….if yes he better bring it downstairs
Lucy still asking
Did anyone see a fish?
Lucy still asking for a fish
She’s going to go hoarse
I’m going to get earplugs
George is on perch
Chick wars….don’t see wee one…hopefully keeping head down
Lucy puts the kibosh on fighting
George left perch to fish?🤞
Glad to see OZ on again.
It’s a chilly 63 with almost no wind.. Keep those kiddos warm! There’s a chance of a little more rain before it starts clearing.
This is a pic from yesterday
You can clearly see the wee one in front beak open
He eventually gets pushed to the back…..mostly due to the number one gavone
I wish George would get another fish like he did one day….he and Lucy could both feed
I don’t know if I would call this survival of the fittest
The littler ones both asking to be fed
Come on George….you have it in you….step up your game
Lucy asked for a fish so long yesterday… I turned off my volume
Hope today will be better
🎣 George…..not sticks!
Morning…. Rain ☔️ today…
The video is showing yesterday afternoon and evening. I got this shot where all 4 kiddos are clustered. Their camouflage works well but all 4 are there. Little guy is just behind 3… his head shows
Lucy looks exhausted
Taken care of 🐣🐣🐣🐣
Asking George for fish for a long time!
She shouldn’t have to plead.!!
Sweet dreams Lucy
Lucy “suggesting” George work on dinner….
Minutes later he’s gone….. fish not fish sticks please!
G was back…. Fish less…
Lucy made her point known…. Hangry girl.
Saw 4 bobbles.
And G is off again
And again…. Came in; loudly lectured and out..
Lucy was having a hRd time getting around the littles….. think they were slapped by fishtail….
They are chirping now… so cute!
The afternoon rain storm broke up but still calling for extended showers after midnight, lasting into the morning..temps down to 61.
Hopefully most of that fish will be gone so fab four aren’t crowded under Lucy!
Lucy had a lot to say, understandably…..
I think about the kiddos but they seem resilient…. Little squishy balls…
Oh my goodness George
Lucy’s been asking for a while!
Hopefully will get fish.l.lnot stick
Fish George….not sticks
Lucy and George relaxing.
Possibility of rain within next few hours, then clearing till after midnight. Rain then likely lasting till morning.
Temps around 70 with winds E@7mph
I don’t see 4….. is he under other chicks? 3 is real fighter..
When I was watching, he was in nest cup. I’m pretty sure I saw top of head moving when that lovely stick got deposited.
This is last I saw wee one before George blessed us with that stick
Chick 3 is a fighter….but something may be wrong with his right eye
I posted above pics for you
Lucy and George both made multiple trips out. Bringing back assorted sticks and reeds and mud balls.
3 chicks visible and scooting around.
Last chick was in nest cup with first glimpses that it was sleeping but I’m sure I saw the top of a head move before Lucy settled in.
Lucy goes for a quick jog
Look at that belly!!
Love Lucy’s ruffled look!
George feeding Lucy…..this pic is from now
Anyone else experiencing video popping back to different times?
I getting dizzy trying to keep track
I’ve noticed chicks right eye looks almost closed
George always seems to be flipping us the bird
It looks like he might have a piece of nest material in his eye..
Thanks Mary Anne
Better than wound or infection
Look at the cuddle pile! Growing fast!
The invisible osprey is feeding Lucy….
Back in business…
🎶Roll out those lazy hazy 🎵crazy days of summer 🎶🎵
Hopefully heat won’t be too bad for chicks
George will have to switch from sticks to wet seaweed
Live stream is running…
For now, we’re getting a video loop from yesterday.
Today, it’s a little cooler (high around 70)
Under partly cloudy skies. Almost no wind…S1mph
Look how far they venture out already
George is back on the stick kick.
Fortunately, this one wound up out of sight. TY,G!
George is working away over there. Lucy seems to be the main recipient. Bobbles – maybe two- could be seen. Suspect G has been going for a while.
G flew out with fish and circled back, improving his position and now he’s feeding what I think is 4.
It’s easier to see in motion but I saw 4 heads and this guy at the back looks the smallest….
George has gotten several pieces to it already!
That could be Lucy feeding… but I’m less concerned about who is feeding then who is getting fed….. and I’m thinking that’s #4…. Ever hopeful!
Feeding is still/or again happening… and it’s the 2 littles scoring!
Look at difference here….
The bigger one fell asleep and another big one is asleep behind these gyys.
So this is 3&4 getting lots of bites.
LIVE STREAM UP and RUNNING…
The live stream is still out but reading the comments make me very concerned for #4. I was watching yesterday and things didn’t look good. George brought in a fish and Lucy brought it around to where little was and tried to feed it before the rest of them were even moving around yet, but it wouldn’t take the food from her. She even put a piece of fish on it’s little head maybe to entice it, but nothing. I really had hope for all 4 because Lucy is doing so great for a first time Mom but I really had hope because George is the best Osprey Dad I’ve ever seen. If little doesn’t make it it will not be for lack of trying on the parents part!
I agree, Paula, it doesn’t look good for #4. Hard enough to raise three, four even tougher.
3 chicks have made it over to Lucy…
4 is lying in cup…..
And the live stream went out….
Here’s George with a fresh fish.
Lively…. It flips itself into the nestcup
Lucy took over
The bigger two getting fed while smaller two spar behind them
Lucy way over on right, handing out fish. They’re stating to follow her around…
The littlest are again sparring
G trying to feed L but she just wanted to yammer.
He took off.
George back with a stick.
He moved a different stick which fell overboard
Lucy was out to get a fresh mudball
Some basic housekeeping before settling again
Forecast for a comfortable sunny day… about 63 now, heading to mid 70s
Good Morning! Happy Juneteenth!
Spotted all 4 chicks. #4 looks tiny next to older ones.
Lucy took a quick trip. The 2 oldest really went at each other…
Lucy poked at the fighters then sat on them. At least they’re not picking on baby
George is in, feeding the babies who are out
Good night ospreyz
I’ve got to say…. When Lucy takes on a job, she does it wholeheartedly! She rarely leaves the nest! Brief trips , probably down to the beach for a little dip to wet the under feathers, and right back. !
Even Gracie would take breaks while George took over …..
On the other hand , she has the fish pantry quirk… I don’t remember the other females hoarding the leftovers by sticking them in with the chicks!
And she really loves having G feeding her…
It’s fun seeing how different they are!
What are you doing
Eating a fish…hopefully following a feeding
There’s the tail…..down the hatch!
G showed with new stick
Lucy pulled tail from her pantry….
G took it and started feeding L
George got the fins.
Lucy was tipsy 😵💫…. She was having a hard time straddling the crew
All 4 were in the line. 4 fell backwards… you can just see his little face. I &2 are of course getting the most.
Lucy’s feeding as fast as she can. But the line backers have what looks like 4 blocked. I did see 3 get fish but not sure about 4.
Was hoping G would feed from his angle but he took it out
We had rain overnight.
Tonight looks dry, under clearing skies .
Brisk breeze out of NW , 18 mph. Temps 70 now dropping to mid 50s overnight.
Nice to see you’re back! Wasn’t expecting it so soon!
And minutes later, George went out and caught a still flipping fish…. Way to go!
Lucy wants first dibs….
Lucy has been asking for a fish
She got fed up and went to get a stick….went to put it up front…thankfully changed her mind
They have both put sticks on and near that stick in our way …plus hit it with their tails
I think it’s in with gorilla glue!
The Fab Four fighting feisty
Even the wee one joined in
I tried to tell him to keep his head down!
Finally fish…head intact!
Let the feeding frenzy begin!
Couldn’t watch whole feeding…don’t know if the little guy got any
Maybe next fish
The two T Rexes are gavones!
Thank you for getting the feed back on. Hadn’t had a chance to get on line until now and was very surprised to see it live. Thankful that all chicks are still here too.
Wasn’t supposed to be running til Tuesday
Something made me peek in
Just in time to see end of a feeding
Tag team feeding with mom and dad
All Fab Four……do not know if the wee one got any…..or much…feed is very jumpy and hard to tell
Happy Father’s Day George!!
Happy Father’s Day to any dad viewers!
Tag team sticks
Thankfully got knocked or blown off
Lucy and I watching a beautiful sky
Will say a prayer for you
Hope all goes well!
From 10:55 am Sunday on you can see the chicks clearly. Number 4 looks very weak. Didn’t get any food. The other three look healthy and well fed. Sad part of nature to watch. Inevitable to happen when there are so many chicks in a nest. Lucy is doing a great job for being a first time mom. Someone commented about being four chicks n a nest growing up. That would be hard in such a small space. Glad the cam is back up. I am sure some of the good screen shot people will have some pictures.
Another feeding from the yesterday video,
It looked like all 4 plus Lucy, were getting some fish. It’s hard to see which little beak gets stuffed. And I think Lucy really enjoys the pampering! And George is going strong!
Guessing the live video is not showing? All I get is a video of running a loop from approximately 19:20 yesterday that runs about 3 1/2hrs. And it allowed me to fast forward or scroll back. But hard to control.
There is some good feeding action. It’s still hard to count chicks. Out of oorder but times are there.
Hard to tell if 3or4 chicks…I think I see 4 in the 20:27 shot
It’s out, Carol. We’ll likely have to wait until Monday morning until we see them.
I just knew you were going to say that!
I’m so sorry, Paula, but there is nothing they can do on the weekend. And I just realized that Monday, June 20 is Juneteenth Day, a federal holiday, so it might be Tues before the live steam is back.
I am so sorry about the video problems. I am having surgery on Monday, and hoped to see the osprey family before surgery. I hope the little one is ok and eating.
Good luck with your surgery on Monday, Elaine!
MaryAnne: what’s funny is that it’s allowing me to scroll back and forth, which I can’t do with live video! Especially like the 15sec feature! Curious what the reason is…
Anyhow…. Have a good rest of weekend
Thank you Mary Anne.
Good luck, Elaine. Speedy recovery!
Chance of severe storms headed our way… just to the west they had. Thun& light, downpours, gusty winds, even some hail.
But they can fall apart as fast as they form…. We shall see.
Mombrella in position….
And just like that, it’s passed….
Ruffled Lucy’s feathers as she complained…
Could tell there was lightning even though there was no bolts….
By me, had one BIG. Boomer as it was leaving….
G came in stand by her…
Lucy is helpfully picking up dropped pieces and “disposing “ of them.
You can see them growing! I forget every year how fast it happens…
Lucy has decided she likes this system… and it works for George!
Here we go again…. Incoming weapon….
Then Lucy pulls a good piece of fish from her pantry
She wants G to take charge…
Lucy sets up as sunshade…
Then moves right into the way…
Just had some moments of holding my breath while some large branches were passed over and around the precious ones.
Took a bunch of pics but never noticed the image was not centered and none had the tag line..: If you can scroll back to about 12:18-12:20, watch…. Especially since the feed is skipping… makes it almost comical….
Fortunately they didn’t go front and center!!!
Didn’t realize George had a fish til he started eating
Started giving some to Lucy…having a nice bonding session
Big chick popped out to get some too
They must have eaten earlier…no one was that interested
Lucy watches George swallow the tail
Amazing how they can do that!
See you later George
George is full service this a.m. Lucy getting her share.
Saw 4 bobbles poking out but only one was far enough to get a beak full
Pushy was out
I suspect there was an early feeding.
The gang wasn’t getting out.
Lucy and George shared what there was and George swallowed tail, checking to see what was left.
Lucy kept the lid on the whole time. “Romantic “ moments for busy parents….
(whisper). The absence of sticks in view is so refreshing, I ALMOST don’t see the one that’s there….. Don’t want G to feel he needs to fill the view…..
Lucy was right back
Am surprised to see how clear the morning is! Expected fog on the bay.
Expecting partly cloudy turning to sunny day.
70 now @ 7:00am, heading to 80; winds S7mph
Sounds like OZ getting the rain that just passed by me. Quick fast moving “cloudburst “. Supposed to go right by. Lucy’s got them covered. Good work, Ms Lucy!
There’s no room for you George
I don’t remember seeing mom and dad on nest during the night
George goes to his room
Maybe he felt the rain coming and was checking to see if she had it covered?
We learn so much, even if we can only speculate reasons!
Temps hovering around 67-68 all night. Slight chance of a small shower after nidnight. Winds about 7 mps from S. .
4 little bobble heads? How AWESOME!!!
Came on just in time to see a great feeding session
Even the wee one in the back seat got a good feeding
Every time I thought the bottomless pit was done
He was back up for more…he got a lot of big pieces…don’t know where he was putting it
Thank you Lucy for knocking stick off!
George showed up to finish the tail
Which gave him energy to bring this
Didn’t take a pic every time
Lucy reached back to feed wee one quite a few times
Good job feeding the Fab Four Lucy
Glad you were able to get eyes on… I haven’t had a good view!
Happy to hear everyone well fed. Maybe little shorty is learning to conserve energy til biggers get fed first so he’s not falling asleep before mom gets to him….
And mom is hanging in for longer sessions. But still a long way to go. I like it best when they double team with 2 fish.
That is wonderful…she gave birth to very healthy chicks…all fighters…I never seem to be at screen during feeding time….
Has anyone seen chick 4 get any food?
Lucy’s doing her job. Sessions are lasting longer but don’t know if she’s hitting all the targets. Littler ones tire out.
This was a magic skip…: it came in…: video skipped and it was off to the right
Down the hatch! Fins are dessert
Lucy picks up dropped pieces and takes a few for herself. As usual hard to see who’s eating.
Then we got a view of Lucy’s lacy undies
Lucy took over
Lucy moved to various spots around the bowl, but still hard to say who ate.
George was in a couple of times with seaweed.
He left the reminder of fish on nest.
Another delivery…. Lucy wants George to serve. She keeps her seat.
ADMIN Mary Anne…. Looks like I posted rest of the pics on Paul’s post. Is there anyway you can move them? Don’t want to distract from his message
I feel like I’m always asking you to fix my booboos
They are fine, Carol, but I could not move them if I wanted to. Happy to help you anytime you need it, though!
Thanks Mary Anne. Seems like I’m very needy! Will try to remember to check before I post!
You’re welcome, Carol! Not sure when the live stream will be running. I reported it and haven’t heard back yet. Hope it won’t be too long until it’s up again.
Lucy and George feed the kids
Lots of alarming
George takes fish
Lucy covers kids
A mother’s work is never done!
Look the ruffled ascot, Lucy. Very fashion forward.
She’s got the gang on lockdown; can take a quick snooze
Cooling down about 10 degrees more to 59@dawn. Winds 5mph from SE
George brought in some leftovers, which Lucy took.
George looked at littles and spotted fish that Lucy had stashed in there with them.
Does anyone remember either Jane or Gracie stashing leftovers right in the eggcup? Seems to be Lucy’s pantry.
Both parents had a few bites and Lucy got down to feeding the crowd.
The littles stood at attention, even #4 making an effort.
George watched for a couple of minutes before making efforts to come in from the back.
I saw George making an effort to entice what looked like#4 but it’s maybe a little early for her to be interested. I like these dual feedings, especially for the youngest. They run out of stamina quickly.
George was alarming and Lucy took the opportunity to get his fish. She had swallowed her fins.
She fed the bobbles while he took off., then gathered them under her.
I think 4 is doing well, upright and showing interest already.
We’ll see how she does tomorrow. The 2 oldest seem to be involved in sparring with each other rather than picking on the younger…. For now
Why arn’t they feeding the little one?
The other three are a little taller, and Lucy or George will feed the ones they can reach. It’s hard for the little one to get thru the crowd to the front.
A whole fish
Is that the other fish in nest cup?
Seems to be plenty of fish
Though feeling anxious for the little guys
The one by the nest cup fish..isn’t moving…..was he fed today?
I think I saw him get a bite or two. George has that big fish now.
Thank you Mary Anne
Maybe the cooler temps helped
But Friday is looking to be brutal 🥵
I don’t think June is supposed to be this hot
Hi Isabella, supposed to be 90 by me and I am further much west on LI, I see East Marion as 82 degrees tomorrow. Not ready for hot weather!
Finally a fish
The Fab Four queue up
George came from perch
Thought he was going to help….instead he took the fish
The chicks watch it go!
Here we go again. Guess he’s building an addition for the big family….