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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
THE BABY IS STUCK IN THE FISHING NET…..IF IT DOSE NOT GET UNTANGLED IT WILL DIE
Thank you for this. I showed this to my daughter and she was amazed. It also has quite a calming effect on me during a hectic workday – even just by listening!
OMG the baby is on it’s back and no one is helping him! So stressed!
I freaking out as well. Please turn that little one over momma.
phew. that was stressful! I didn’t think little Scooter was going to make it!
From Phoenix, Arizona, I and several others thank you for giving us something to do while we endure our 113 degree summer days. This site has a cooling effect and we are all pulling for the little one!
Hi I ‘m from Colombia , I found this place by chance and I love all the time I see them , I think they are my hahaha pets, thank you, this is a gift .
So nice to be able to switch out of the garbage on CBS, NBC, ABC, etc., to this treat from Mother Nature. Thank you all for being thoughtful enough to create this video stream.
Hi Elaine, Heres another Osprey site you may want to check out,I have been watching it for two yrs now and its beautiful!
What is the distance of the camera from the nest?
About 3 feet.
just found this site. thank you so much for doing this. love it!
Found this today thanks to Newsday’s article. I have been following an Audubon live camera on an osprey nest at Hog Island, Bremen, ME. The pair there – Rachel & Steve – had 3 eggs, 2 hatched. They look a bit bigger than the LI babes. You can follow on I will surely be checking in every day. THANKS
Thank you so much for setting up this camera. My family lives up the street from this beach. It’s so great that my kids can see the nest from the beach and then go home and see what’s happening live on the camera. My parents were told about this site tonight at a community meeting and called us right away! My kids are loving it, so am I! The information about the ospreys history is fascinating and remarkable. Thanks for sharing!
Poor PeeWee seems to be stuck on his back. Is that burlap or netting partially covering him? Oh, Gracie please roll him over…..
Whew, okay, PeeWee righted himself at last! Was stressing big time for him…
Hello! Thank you for this webcam! When will you be removing the netting that’s been brought to the nest? One of the babies has already been caught up in it & it can lead to a life-threatening situation… Hopefully the local F&W are preparing to remove that debris?? Thanks!
Gracie looks like she is uncomfortable, possibly because babies are getting larger and/or are moving around. I am so glad I found this site. I live in Sarasota, FL and have not found a good site like this one. I hope the family gets some sleep tonight.
During today’s feedings the little one has seemed markedly more assertive, and has been very well fed.
That’s a lotta gnats flying around that nest. They are much easier to see this time of day when the sun in shining on them. There is a big attraction for the bugs considering the fish, seaweed, and other smells and sundries. It doesn’t seem to be affecting the birds at all. You never seem the shake when the bugs are flying about, or do anything noticeably visual to show they are being annoyed.
Where is the baby?
Now I see him/her….Was so worried….
Can you please put up the video from the storm yesterday?
Joe, you can scroll back by sliding cursor on red line below the live cam screen…I think I saw it was only good for 4 hrs., tho
Just a quick question, is this the proper way to comment? and why are comments äwaiting moderation”?, Just want to do the proper protocol, thanks!
This is definitely the comments’ section. Our software is supposed to allow users to comment directly after they have been approved once, just doesn’t seem to work. However good this would be for filtering out spam it still might not prevent some of the un-publishable comments that we have received which need to be moderated. Unfortunately we can’t monitor 24/7, so for the time being there will have to be delays between comments and publishing. I’m looking into better ways to manage comments, please stand by.
Please tell, what is awaiting moderation?
Hello??? Please help me on this wonderful site to comment. what is waiting moderation?????????
A wonderful performance, highly recommended
Alec Baldwin in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”
At the John Drew Theater, East Hampton, NY
Gracie needs to go out for dinner solo,let dad babysit. She needs a well deserved break from the house + kids.
I Agree. She could certainly use a “spa day”. I watch her trying to catch a few winks. Like all new mothers, she’s worn out and it will only get worse as the kids grow. I’m really enjoying this site.
Yes, agree. If there is a way to still capture the video beginning just before the storm and until the video crashed, and then followed by when it was finally restored. That would be an excellent clip for everyone’s library.
Talking of “live feed”, did anyone see the fish’s tail suddenly start thrashing about yesterday even though its head was mostly “removed”? Nature, red in tooth and claw…
Looks like all had a great meal this morning, Gracie made sure the all got thier fill, especially the little one, so good to see.
Wow, just look at them now..Bellies full, Gracie & George will have to work on building up the nest sides, I think, as they are getting larger and more activeMy heart was in my throat a few times today, watching the babes wandering towards the edges. This site should win an academy award!! Thank you, thank you!
Watching this from Bedford, England, tuning in several times a day. Glad to see the runt is still surviving, good luck to it. Thanks for an interesting site.
1:00 pm nice hardy lunch for all the pips. One fell asleep with its head on the fish! 1:08
These birds soar!! They are the best parents and the little ones know their place in the family line. Babies get rough but they love. Best show I’ve seen in years.
Love watching the baby’s. Hope the little one makes it. Worried Me last night with the storm and then the camera went out. Great to see all is OK.
Wow! The other two are really growing….I hope the lil one gains strength and survives! I’m scared to look…..
so glad all came through the storm. I see both mom and dad bring in nesting material to reinforce the nest. With the little ones getting more active, I’m glad to see this. This puts ‘reality’ TV to shame! I find it amazing how invested I am in this and I see comments from others and can see that they are just as invested. I’m so honored to be allowed to experience this! Thank you for sharing.
“This puts ‘reality’ TV to shame!’
A big thumbs up on that!
Looks like nice weather this morning for them. This is so awesome to watch, thank you.
The little one still looks well. I am addicted and watching from the Boston area.
Awww looks as if they are sprucing up the nest with some greenery!!
Peewee Pip ate so well at 9:42 feeding!
I was almost afraid to pull up the site….but I had to know. So happy to see all is well. I noticed that the bigger one was picking on the little guy…I hope it was just playing. Thanks for the updates. I hope there aren’t any more nasty storms for awhile. Love this..so fascinating to watch. And nerve wrecking…LOL <3
How long have George and Gracie been a couple. I’m surprised he took half the fish back?
Glad to see all babies and Gracie are fed and settled in. Just before the feeding one of the larger chicks was chipping away at the other two chicks until they turned away and buried their little heads in defeat.. Then when the large fish was brought to the nest Gracie fed them and all is well.
George delivered a Huge fish. Looked like there was enough to feed the 3 chicks with a little left over for mom.
I was so afraid this morning checking my emails regrading the storm and the welfare of my favorite family! I am soo relieved and happy to see that everyone is doing just fine. And it’s breakfast time and everyone is having FISH! I love this live feed – Thank you so much for providing this wonderful experience. ALL the way from Houston, TX!
Good morning! I was so happy to see the whole family this morning, and that they made it through the storm. George came through with a nice size piece of fish for the whole family.
OMG, My heart just dropped at approximately 8:30 am because I saw the oldest pecking at the other two, then they dropped! They are OK and eating now, but the oldest needs a serious time out!
yes I saw that too. Its a learning curve the others will know not to mess with him. But I have seen on other nests in other years of viewing the youngest smallest chick become the dominant. It is so interesting to watch these birds in the nest.
I guess we all did the same thing when we got up!! Great job Gracie!!
If you scroll back on the video you will see the 3 babies. It looks like mom and babies are fine.
Good Morning! So Happy all is well ?? Good Job Osprey family and Tom, owner of the site for keeping us calm.Ty
I believe I see at least 1 baby…:)
….And, we have VIDEO feed. Nest is intact. I scrolled back about 30 minutes from the time of this post and all three babies are there!
Did you see any fish being delivered/eaten?
Just went out to check the nest with binoculars. The nest is OK and I see one parent on the nest. Can’t get a better look with the nest being so high. Terrible storm last night. We lost power.
Ok, all is good. I think we’re back in business. Enjoy
Kindly let me know how to properly comment on this site. The previous comments I made were awaiting ??? Thank you
Please h.. thank youelp me to understand and participate in comment site
This is such an amazing view of nature! I observe my backyard birds on a daily basis but this is breathtaking. Thank you for bringing this to all of us. Where is George?
Why does the feed now say,
Please sign in to view video?
Very concerned about family, have been trying to get on website to find out results of storm and am unable to obtain, wants me to sign in and when I try doing this it says that it is not my password. PLEASE, someone update if the birds are OK and if so how do I get back into website (hopefully website is still having problems from storm and it’s not me
Birds and nest appear fine. Trying to reset everything now, equipment is working, should be up shortly. Thanks,
Thank you ever so MUCH Paul, you have eased my mine and am looking forward to website returning. THANKS AGAIN
Thank you Paul for all your hard work in creating this opportunity to create a place for these two Osprey to make a nest, and then to share it with the world. My wife is currently in China, where the government blocks YouTube. So, last weekend, I called her on Skype video and put two monitors together so that a large group of young Chinese children watched for over thirty minutes as Gracie (also my wife’s name) fed her three babies with a freshly caught fish. Fish is a staple of diet in China, so they are even more impressed to see a bird that can catch and eat it. They all ooooed, and awwwed, as they have never seen anything like this before. We are all very grateful and appreciative. JB
So glad to see mom and babies are fine. I live on Long Island as well and that storm last night was fierce.. Today is a beautiful day and the nest looks fine..
Love this cam.. Than you
I surely hope all is well. The video is saying private?!?
I guess the camera is out…?
Any word on the birds ?
I just noticed all the posts this morning about the storm last night. It appears someone with administrative privileges just made the video private, so even if it was working, the public feed on this site would not be available. Perhaps someone can fly a small drone with a video cam above the site to get a get a visual. It would be very sad indeed if the young were lost. I have been watching them every day since the beginning.
I just found this site tonight. I pray that George, Gracie and the chicks survive.
I hope and pray that the birds are ok. I named them Jeremiah, Tinkerbell and PeeWee. I love them and pray that they are ok. I saw Gracie hovered over the babies during the first of the storm, and then the nest was lifting with some branches falling out. Then the camera went out. I am very concerned about them.
Thank you ospreyzone (Paul?) for your information. It was terrifying to watch and I appreciate your observation.
Hello, I was watching the nest during the storm and could see the wind lifting the nest and the sticks blowing away now I can’t get the cam to load, is it broken do you know. Is the nest Gracie and the chick all ok ? Please let me know ASAP, I am terribly worried about all of them. Thank You
Just got back from a visual inspection of the nest and things looked ok from the ground although it’s impossible to see into the nest right now, the power is out on the street feeding our equipment. Supposedly the power will be back on sometime tonight and let’s hope that everyone is alright and that our equipment has survived a very strong blow and rain storm.
Please check back in the morning.
So nest is still there????
Thank you!!!Will be here early…xoxoxo
Thank you so much for checking. I was so worried ?. Those were some storms (while I love them) It seems the wind was intense there. I’m sure Momma did a great job protecting her babies. Thank you again. And thank you for making watching this awesome Osprey family possible
Thank you for the update Ospreyzone. Feeling still very distressed for our feathered family until the cam comes back on to confirm the family is intact.
Will stay awake till the cam is up again and I can see that they are AOK…such a blessing and stress to see nature happening right in front of our eyes, thank you!
Praying the Osprey family are all ok. I was watching before the camera went off ? The camera is still down and I wont be able to sleep until I can see that they made it through that storm…Im sure they are all ok and just drying out. Hope the cameras come back on asap
OH MY!!! Looks like the nest is about to get blown away!!!!!! Im worried!!!
Praying they are okay….. 🙁
I am very worried about George and Gracie’s babies, because of the wind blowing the nest. Poor Gracie is hunkered down over the babies, but the nest is blowing up a bit and it’s making me so concerned. I can’t access the feed and I’m still very worried about the beautiful family. Please post something if you can get the live feed.
Is there anyway you can post the video from the storm. That was so heart warming see it protect its young.
A terrible storm is going on at 8pm. The nest was rocking and I saw the left side lift up. Sticks were blowing out, too. I hope they survive. I am really scared for them and now the cam has gone out. Please keep them safe.
OMG…Im praying…Hold on Osprey family ??
are they OK I cant get it to load!!!
Fierce storm right now. Mom has the brood covered and is hunkered down. The nest is rocking and losing sticks from the outer edge.
They are all strong, and seem to be fed according to their needs, we call them Orville, Wilbur and Amelia (in order of birth), and think they’ll all be super flyers!
Gracie holding on tight with the chicks underneath as the winds continue to howl! What a good Mom….
the big one should be named piggy
Brenda (name my friends and I gave her #3 cause she is small and non agressive, we feel she’s definitely female), anyway was fed guite well before those two woke up. Also notice Gracie sometimes waits for those two too go to sleep and then will feed Brenda. SHE WILL SURIVE
I hope so my heart is breaking
Does anyone feel that the ‘little one’ might have a visual or hearing problem ? It seems to me that he/she is not aware that the the older two are being fed. Right now, Mom is feeding the two older ones and ‘baby’ is looking in the opposite direction, unaware that lunch is being served.
Right now, Baby is eating and having no problem…..
Tommy, I think I can speak for everyone viewing this site by acknowledging the skill and effort it took to mount a platform and video camera on top of this 80 foot tower. We appreciate what you have done and are really enjoying the results.
2:30: At some point Gracie ended up with two fish in the nest. The little guy waited patiently off to the side while the 2 big ones were fed. When they fell asleep, Gracie took her time feeding the little one. Now they are all cuddled together. Wicked storm on the way, so I hope they can all hold on tight.
I’ve been trying to check in on the little one at feeding, so I’m glad to hear that she was well fed. She is a strong one.
Ok- so now what is in the nest? Looks like a long piece of black metal or plastic? Momma Gracie needs to get baby bird back into the middle of the nest…
George brought big fish at 11:00 MST, so probably 2:00 in east. only see 2 babies though…….i think.
I see only two little heads feeding at 2;07 pm hope all is well.
It’s lunchtime! All 3 babies are currently eating and Rocky is definitely getting his share.
Now, if the wind would calm down and Gracie would keep those chicks away from the edge, I’d have a pretty anxious free day. 🙂
It’s 12:00PM Central time, 1:00PM Eastern. Right now mom has a whole fish. All three chicks are lined up facing mom with the fish. Today, the little chick is in the middle, and starting to fight back at his siblings. It’s great to see him toughen up and getting stronger.
I am in the lucky position of being a few hundred feet from the nest. I can see the nest from afar then zoom in with the webcam on the computer. An extraordinary experience to follow these birds. It can get rather emotional.Let me reassure you that I see the osprey fishing over the bay, not an easy task but they seem to be successful catching bluefish and porgies. Looks like they are getting enough food but I’m not an expert, yet…..
Luckily, there was another fish this morning and the little one was out front and got fed. As long as the baby opens its mouth, mom will feed him … but when he sleeps through feedings or doesn’t get out from under or faces the wrong way, she’s not going to feed him.
So nice that there was really a big fish this afternoon and they all got fed as much as they could before food coma set in. On other nests I’ve seen, they’re getting 7 or more fish a day at this point, for 2 babies … and it goes up from here … so there seems to be not so many feedings at this nest … unless I’m missing most of them. That’ll be fine, if the fish are really big!!
sometimes when i log in and watch i think i see George far below flying over the water hunting. I worry the wind will blow them out of nest!
A storm hit the area, Can you see the nest? Thanks!
Isabel….you are close to nest is the nest still there???? or did it blow away????
I will be so worried for them later….weather around there could be really bad. I hope they don’t get the same thing they did around Illinois last night.
Wow!!! George brought home a whole big fish for Gracie & the kids today!! I am glad because I was getting worried when I didn’t see Gracie feeding the little ones any fish. I guess I just missed it in yesterday’s video. You’re a good husband/father, George.
I’m watch your live feed daily and enjoy seeing the changes in the babies. It seems like they are growing so quickly! I was curious as to what the gender is of each baby?
I just scrolled back a little bit and seen where Papa brought breakfast and it looks like the baby is eating REALLY well!!!!
Very disturbing to hear the mom continually yelling for food … and the dad showing up with nothing. Even scrolling back, I can’t seem to locate many feedings. I wish I knew how many fish they were getting; it does not seem like he is bringing enough. If there isn’t enough food, she will feed the strongest to ensure that some survive. Since they are, it seems, new parents, they may not do well with this first try.
Such a contrast from last night to tonight. Last night gale force winds. Gracie could barely stay in nest; she was so flattened out protecting her birds…her little head facing the wind. Tonight water as calm as glass, and just gentle breezes. Amazing.
I am worried about baby #3
Little baby #3 is going to be fine. This morning, it moved in front of the other 2 to get some fish & got a lot of fish from mom. George brought home a whole fish for mom & babies, & he didn’t eat any of it—-it was all for them. I was concerned about the little one a few days ago too, but now it seems to be stronger & getting bigger & can move in front of the other 2 to get some fish from mom. The 2 bigger ones don’t seem to be bullying the little one as much anymore either. They’re all going to be fine.
Do I see a new addition to the nest? A big piece of squiggly seaweed? I noticed the new scallop shell yesterday, too. How wonderful of George & Gracie to provide such a nice “home” for their babes to grow up in. It’s amazing how quickly they grow & get their feathers.