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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
Not to be a party pooper, BUT… I do hope that if they have 3 this year the male keeps supplying adequate food so there will be no more sad deaths like poor Pee Wee last year. Know this nest does not do rescue like in Maryland. But should think about doing so in order to save and renest the one most picked upon.
The Chesapeake nest that was given two chicks to raise is much more accessible than this nest…60″ is still a challenge to plan a rescue or camera adjustment.
hello to everyone…please stop these complaints…camera is in exact location as last year….the nest will grow quite large and you will see much more than this platform….also the view of
the sea is wonderful as are the sunrises….please just be happy we have this cam and this platform….and please be happy that George and Gracie are alive and well and are trying to
make a family, which we will get to watch and enjoy….JUST STOP COMPLAINING….if you’re unhappy….then don’t watch…Amen.
Amen! We are not paying for this and the people who are could have just set up video for themselves. We should be happy that they are making it available to all of us.
11:24amEDT about 11:19 Ge. brought in a fish…he had stopped in before and left with it..I guess Gr.wasn’t taking any chances cause when she got her claws on it, she took off, trailing seaweed behind her…
As a make-up present, Geo. was back in minutes with a stick, which he is carefully arranging…
The boy is working overtime!!!More sticks,,, maybe he’s picking up what has blown out….
Gracie and George seem to have regained the nest and are making up for lost mating time. I hope the wind dies down so his sticks stay on the platform. And I also hope the visiting osprey finds his/her own mate.
We kind of sort there was s second male and then there was a rival for Gracie..maybe they’ll hook up!!!!
10:16amEDT glad to see comments filling in…was happy to see red/pink object a balloon..thought it was a lure and fishline…We are off and running with the identity guessing game…adds to the fun!!!
10:31am was concerned about one of Geo.’s legs, but I guess it was blood from the 1/2 fish he brought in to Gracie about 30-40 mins ago….he does like to play keep-away!! Or just trying not to get thrown overboard !
It’s April 4th at 9:57am . Very , rainy and cool out. Can’t tell if it’s George on the side but is he injured on the back of the left leg. The feathers on it looks pink ( from bleeding) and in the ” elbow” of it left claw looks hurt . I was just concerned. Glad to see the Osprey are back .
8:00amEDT The day started just after 6:15 this a.m. with female landing and chirping beginning…George finally showed and interaction began….lots of in and out, sticks delivered, beautiful dance displays, and in-your-face mating..talk about a bird’s-eye-view!!!! anyway,at least we know they are settling in…..
8:35am Mother Nature is not giving the birds a warm welcome!!! Now rain and below average temps…..dreary day again….
The wind has graciously provided our pals with lots of nest building material. Funny how nature works.
Thank you so much Carol. I was able to rewind and look at everything!
7:51 am 4-4-16 both male and female on nest mantling and in protective posture. Every now and then you can observe another osprey flying by.
Today is Monday, April 4 and once again at around 6-6:30 AM George mates with Gracie several times two times the birds rear ends we’re facing the camera one of them looked very successful. George has been busy bringing in sticks however he’s dropped quite a few out of the nest as well He better get going though it’s looking pretty empty he needs to build a nest up before them babies come. I notice he is trying to find really large sticks to put up the bumper pad for the nest. We don’t want our babies falling out. Oh and of course George brought up a piece of garbage bag it was in the right-hand corner don’t know if it’s still there now.
I hope everyone got to see the little mini blizzard and the snow on the nest on Sunday and before long it was melted and our birds were mating. George brought lots of fish on Sunday but I only saw Gracie get a hold of one of them. Here’s hoping today on Monday will be a good day to continue mating and building up the nest. I don’t know about anyone else but I spent the whole weekend watching our Osprey zone. I can’t wait till the babies come.
Wow!! April 4, about 6:44 a.m. saw both Ospreys & I’m pretty sure they were mating!
Hi friends! I’m SOOO excited to actually watch the Ospreys from now until they leave the nest!! I didn’t learn of this website until Newsday (NY) posted a link last summer and by then it was well into the summer. But my family and I continued streaming it EVERY day and ALL day long! Anyway I just want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all who make this possible for to be able to watch. This is such an amazing gift that you have provided us with!!! Sorry this is such a long comment. Oh and by the way, it’s 12:55am and I wanted to know if that is the osprey on the left hand side of the screen perched? It’s hard to tell because it’s dark. Thank you again so very much for this website!
Hi Aiden, Forgot to “Thank you” for all you do to keep the website and camera up and running. I can only imagine how much time it takes and your dedication is very appreciated. I do have a question–Why are comments posted out of date order? I posted 2 comments today and found that they and many other comments dated April 1st are posed in between comments that were posted on March 30th and the 31st. If I had already read the comments of the 30th and 31st I may not go back to those dates thinking other dates would be posted out of date order, If that is the case let us know and we will be more aware of the dates of the comments. Thank you/
Jo-Ann, I’m not Aiden, but I think I can answer your question. If you will notice that each time any of us posts a comment there is a “Reply” out to the right of our name, date and time. If you reply to a previous comment, then that reply is tabbed a little to the right of the other comments, and the dates can then be out of order if you are just looking at that. When Aiden posted his first comment asking us to keep the comments coming, lots of people did just that and hit the “reply”, so there are dates under his original note that are older than the comments below. Does that make sense, or did I totally confuse you??!!
I’m so confused…
There was an attempt at mating at 7:20 PM but that didn’t look like Gracie. In fact, it didn’t look like a female. This is going to be an interesting summer…
Their back !!! Both looking healthy and happy. Looking forward to this season. Thanks for keeping the cam runnin.
Hi Alan I am a a followed from last year and support the osprey store and bought a shirt.
OMG they just mated!!
Something PINK in the nest already. Looks like part of a balloon ! Not trash again. This at 7:19pm april 3rd. Really fighting the wind and hanging on for dear life………
THEY HAVE ARRIVED! i know it’s G&G!
My wife and I are wondering if the two Ospreys are the parents or the children?
They were flapping at each other when the second one flew in a few minutes ago.
Husband and wife argument?
April 3, 2016. At about 7:07 p.m.
I love it . Both are back again. Gonna be watching for weeks.
I may be repeating a comment I posted but I do not see it printed so I am doing it again. At 5:20 p.m. EST an osprey who I assumed was Gracie (had the necklace) flew into the nest but I didn’t see the spot under her wing. I played the video many times but never saw the spot. I happened very quickly so I may have missed seeing the spot. The weather is awful-it is very cold and windy with snow showers. Bet George and Gracie ( I hope it is Gracie) are sorry they left their sunny winter home for the Northeast and the terrible weather.
I thought Gracie had arrived when I looked in today. I was away a few days so I do not know when she arrived. Yet at about 5:20 P.M. the nest was empty then an osprey arrived I thought it was Gracie (has the necklace) but as she flew in and her wings were outstretched I did not see the spot under her wing. Can some of you look at the piece of video. I hope it is Gracie and possibly I missed seeing that spot-it happened so fast. I replayed it a few times and hope it is Gracie. I am sure she and George are very sorry they came up North because the weather is just awful. It is very cold and windy=not to mention snow showers. Hopefully we have better weather after this Tuesday as the forecast is predicting.
I think we need to rename the nest “Three’s Company”
The new guy likes to hang out and chirp until George or Gracie chases him away.
The wind has been terrible today and tonight will be another storm- hopefully things will calm down the rest of the week and the ownership of the nest is settled.
6:30 round 2. Yea!!!!
He’s”officially” fertilizing the egg on. 4-3 @ 6:30PM
april 4, – 10:51a.m. EDT – They now have 19 -22 days to re-build the nest before eggs are due to be laid.
First one was at 6
6:15pmEDT…there are definitely two females…and George doesn’t seem to care as long as he can get someone to co-operate! The one who’s been there most recently looks more like Gracie. There was also another another run to overtake the nest. I’m just not as sure as I was that this is Gracie….I finally found a good shot of her underwing spot and that’s not what I thought I saw yesterday….All my screen shots are in the computer I had that went bonkers and the Geek Squad were no help….for once, not my ineptitude!!!!!
6:16 George arrives with the first plastic of the season and the “Gracie” bird followed him in!!! He was pleased with himself and did a beautiful display dance….hopefully it will blow right back out….
7:07pmEDT George finally delivered a 1/2 fish to the waiting “G”…he had touched in at least twice before and took off again…Maybe the matter is settled as far as the stranger is concerned???
We will see a lot more what YOU do in your backyard and sunbathing then watching the osprey in their nest
Hope when the osprey are not there you can change the camera angles like last year. Going to lose allot what is going on in the nest.
After many attempts George finally did,,,around 6 PM YEA!!!
April 3, 2016 5:54 pm. A mating attempt perhaps?
I just witnessed them mating! She was sitting on the branch for quite a while, then he swooped in, landed on her, did his deed & took off.
George flew away with the fish and now Gracie is waiting for dinner to be served to her.
Those poor osprey with the foul weather we are having. Glad to see them back, though. Do we know yet if this is our George and Gracie?
Gracie and George both building the nest… Anyone else seeing this??
Gracie her old self nagging again to get the nest build before any hanky packing.
They taught that it was going to be easy this year until they came back and have to start all over again.
4:09pm $/316…Holy Happy Day!!!!!! Our very first time seeing Them BACK AGAIN, building est together!!!. Does anyone have the time they first saw Gracie come in??? The nest was empty for most of the day today….thank you all for all and any specific info !!!! HAPPY SUNDAY!!!
Saw Gracie and George in the nest. Setting up their home again.
looks like George and Gracie on the nest together…starting to build a new nest..very windy..but YEAH!! April 3rd 3:57pm
Welcome back George and Gracie. It is so good to see both of them in nest area. Now work begins to build nest.
Sunday, April 2, 2016 3:35pm
Our happy pair are trying to hold on in the “nest” with the strong winds.
I finally see the two of them right now – they are very compatible so I believe they are George and Gracie. Yay!!!!!
About 3:20pmEDT Stranger had just left. Gracie came in, followed by stranger, soG took off. Minutes later, George brought in a courting gift of seaweed, and seemingly doesn’t notice wrong girl!
And apparently doesn’t care as he made a move ON her! Another osprey flying around over water….
3:39pm G. tried again to get on her back and the unknown female shook him off. Osprey drama!!!!
3:47pm an osprey flew above the stranger and urged it off nest..small aerial skirmish..you can see the shadows on the roof of house on left and beach.
My cats are happy ospreys are back. they have been watching with me and patting at the screen. Now we have “My Cat From Hell” on TV so the yowling is distracting them…3:51..Two oprey flew in..second one was stranger. First one in did some display flapping then claimed upper right corner with the S in center of nest,,$:01 another osprey did a run right at S and chased her..one returned but of course now the action is in right blind corner so I can’t guess. It looks like Mr Handsome displaying in center of nest but companion seeking privacy
I feel like a gossip reporter
4:19pm George has brought in two sticks in a matter of minutes..4:22 George leaves and bird in corner moves to center and, to my surprise, it’s the stranger!
George returns a minute later with another stick..I don’t know how to interpret all this!! But I really have things to do………will have to do scroll back…
BOTH BIRDS ON NEST- YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Now let’s watch them build it!
LOL i see a end of a red balloon tie with string in the nest..here we go its like they never left,taking up from where they left off, how sweet, at least it’s not fishing line string, whew
3:05pmEDT..since a few minutes ago, there is an.osprey in nest with well speckled breast..another tried to land and veered away..
This osprey has such a perfect head marking that she looks like she had a bowl cut! I think I had bangs like that in grade school….
Whoops, its so windy the plastic blew away..
There’s plastic in the nest now…that must be Gracie! Welcome home Gracie! 😉 Yay
Peeking on Sunday 4/3, crazy wind and the nest and camera is shaking like I’ve never seen it before… I see new nest material on the platform. Hope the winds die down so we can see more progress on the new nest. Question, is the nest built exclusively by either the male or the female, or do they both contribute. In my backyard the house wrens have the female build the nest while the male sings his encouragement to the female for her hard work.
Looks like some nest building is underway. Will be interesting to watch they’re skills at this as I missed it last year.
Its great to see the birds back at the nest! We’ve got an Osprey with a fish flying up to perch on the nest at about 10:20 AM 4/3.
Actually – the bird brought a stick….
Very exciting. I have loved watching osprey in lakes and ocean sides. I look forward to this phase in their lives. I see more sticks have arrived.
Around 8:20 am EDT one of the Osprey landed on the nest, and the wind was so strong he/she was being blown something awful. Wind was so strong it blew several of the large sticks out of the nest. Glad it seems to have died down late morning.
11:55amEDT Just logged in and noticed sticks were gone from the nest…scrolled back to around 8:15( I think) to see one osprey desperately hanging on while another circled…a gust took several sticks out and over the far edge, including the large prize someone worked so hard to bring in yesterday…so I was lucky enough to watch that branch arrive and go.. the bird “blew out” right after…..I don’t think either bird has made an attempt to come in since….
Very high wind gusts here on Long Island. At 9.33 am Sunday April 3 our Osprey landed on the nest. Wings flapping to keep balance in high winds.
8:30amEDT Looks like storm clearing in East Marion and even sun coming out! On the South Fork, we are still snowing but attempting to clear; winds gusting to 45mph…Just read on Chesapeake Cons. site that osprey often shelter in trees in rough weather, so hoping that’s where the G’s are…
Interesting happenings at the Chesapeake site…female has been identified while the male is not yet back. There is another bird which the nest-owning female is allowing to share with her, but the general opinion is that it may be a former fledgling from a couple seasons back…This site has been newsworthy before, so why should this year be different? There is a good nest being built already, even though the previous male isn’t back. Will have to wait to see what happens there too.
8:00 am April 3rd. So good to see stocks being added to the nest. I was concerned that George has been lazy and Gracie would just ignore him. Our Heckscher State Park ospreys have been quite industrious the last 2 weeks as we have been watching them fly with sticks and fish.
Saw an Osprey, Assume it was George, in the nest while snowing this morning. Hope he does not say the heck with this and head back south!!. Nice to see the nest being built. Of course George can expect Gracie to rearrange every stick (its a female thing!!)
7:17amEDT Chcked in to watch the snow falling….about 7:08 a lone swan sailed across and when it got to the left jetty did a fly-run along the top of the water.
Mesmerizing watching the water blow back out to sea!
Glued to the screen yesterday watching the nest building activities. Today am wondering where they shelter during the wild, windy weather ?
OMG it’s snowing on our nest maybe Gracie knew this and that’s why she don’t want to come around to much tell the snow melts. Today is Sunday about 6:30 AM I don’t know if everyone saw but George pretty much stayed at the nest most the day Saturday bringing about three fish I counted for Gracie she made 2 appearances that I saw maybe more but I never saw her take any of his fish. He finally started putting sticks in the nest and it was hilarious to watch him drop some of the sticks and look down as if where did it go. Of course he brought some seaweed for padding put it in the corners George looks beautiful doing his air dance many times holding a fish He is doing the typical Mating dance this is a good sign Gracie should start coming around more and more when it’s time to really bond and mate. She will help him build the nest. George will flirt which will look like he’s attempting to mate but not until she really holds her head down tail up and stays in position you will know The real mating from the what they call the mini mating.
George stayed at that nest in the rain just in case Gracie decided to come by the nest and when she did fly over and up on the Perch he made sure he did his fancy dance There was an intruder who stop by at one time early Saturday morning but when grace flew by intruder left I got a beautiful picture of intruder in the nest on the right side and George with fish in the air Gracie chasing him. I hope everyone is enjoying this year as much as I am we are off to a really good start except for the snow of course. These poor birds have to endure so many weather changes.
Cool shot of an osprey flying in from over the water and through the snow. Didnt land but it was a really cool visual as you could see it seemed to be having trouble flying in the wind.
April 03..5:50 am ct
Snow! I seriously can’t believe it!
April 03-5:48 am ct
Looks like nest building is well and truly started.
A lot of action and a lot of building today!
At approx 6:40 ish PM- George was building the nest and the other male ( whom I have named Fidgety Wings FD for short) came in for a landing. There was a mid air altercation and a lot of squawking. George resumed his stick collecting and has done quite a nice job of it today. If only he could find himself a nice windshield wiper to really make the place feel like home….
I don’t know who this industrious osprey is. It’s not George, he didn’t have those snazzy epaulets on this wings. But he worked hard on the nest today. When I looked this morning he was sitting on the nearly empty nest. By the time I checked in this evening he had brought in branches and sticks and seaweed. I even saw him chase another osprey from the nest (George?), Looks like the fun is about to begin,
Hi Everyone: OMG!!! Have been watching alot today. THEY ARE BACK!! So happy to see George and Gracie!! It has been a long six months. Found this site last year and am so happy I did. Just love it!!! Can’t wait to see what this year brings!! I live on Eastern Long Island and the weather is not going to be good this week. In fact, they are predicting high winds with a rain and snow mixture…. but am sure they will do just fine…..Can’t wait for spring!! They are already starting to rebuild their nest!! They are amazing…
So George has started tidying up the nest- meaning he flies out, picks up a stick, & flies back with it HOPEFULLY not missing the platform. After he lands, he sits & looks around for a while, then stands on the edge of the nest & calls 5 or 6 times, then takes off. Gracie had better get here or it’ll take him forever to get that nest built.
This has been a very good day for activity! George and Gracie have been back and forth on the nest, and at least one of them has been very diligent in building the nest. I have seen at least 2 other Osprey on the nest, and around 6:15 pm EDT there was what appeared to be an intruder that was chased away by one of our two. (I hope!!) Looking forward to the next few days as the nest continues to take shape, and we get to see our family a lot more regularly.
So happy to see life at the nesting site…but that doesny look like the George or Gracie that I remember……
What a surprise! First time I was able to get on the computer today and it seems that I’ve missed a very busy day. Nest building!! I scrolled back and at approximately 15 mins back I saw one Osprey fly off and I also caught a quick glimpse of another wing on the right side of screen. I’m still not convinced it’s George and/or Gracie but I am hoping it is.
April 2 – 5:45 pm CT
6:30pmEDT Good to see some editions to the nest!!!!! Only one bird when I checked back…No new comments yet, so I’ll be happy to hear about happenings today and opinions on if that was Gracie this morning…..On vaca this week so I can watch firsthand…Yay!!!!!!
6:53pmEDT Did the scroll back to see interaction between 2 osprey…bird that came in at 6:50pmEDT has a few speckles on chest and a dark spot on side under right wing…Can we say “Gracie” yet?
That big stick across the nest came in about 6:35pm…fun to watch
6:32pm Est An ospsrey bringing sticks in. It was chirping to something. Flew off fighting the wind and I saw another flying to the right of the screen but it didn’t land so I’m not sure if it’s friend or foe.
Saturday, April 02, 2016 at 6:28PM. Observed Osprey starting to build nest today.
Nest under construction!!….