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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
Pee Wee’s getting lots of food – yay!!!
Does anyone recognize what kinds of fish George brings to the table?
As much as chick #1 has instigated the fights so far today, I feel bad for it … So far I’ve seen Gracie hit it right across the back when she landed on the nest (see video below of the little guy getting fed); then it got its back end stepped on when George was tidying, just before 11 am; then landed on by Gracie when she hopped down from the perch to the nest at 11:29 am!!
Hello All!! Going to be a stormy afternoon here on Long Island, with thunderstorms and showers coming in!! Hopefully tomorrow (Sunday looks better here)
Using chick 3 as a mattress can hardly find him.
I love how Gracie takes care of Lil Bit whiledad feeds 1 & 2. As long as there is enough food Lil Bit has an excellent chance of survival. I hope nature is cooperative. No matter what, though, George & Gracie are excellent parents. Hope we don’t have fishing line issues, but as long as people don’t dispose of trash properly, this will continue being an issue.
Two older chicks were either fighting or playing. Going at each other with their beaks..Disturbing if they were fighting……this lasted quite awhile. Hope pee wee 2 can hold his own if they start picking on him.
I’m telling you now you are all in for a rollercoaster of emotions! Last year the last one to hatch was eventually killed by his siblings. I can’t watch this year.
10:34 am, older two chicks are duking it out again!
Chick 1 and 2 are still fighting and stepping all over chick 3 . He is so small sometimes you think there is only 2 chicks in the nest.
Hi. We are big fans of G&G. In fact, we have, in our yard Petronella and Larry Bird. for the second year. Last year their mating was not successful. By this time they had (sadly) vacated their exuberant nest (other than to stop by for some sushi, from time to time). Anyway everything going on with G&G, is going on here. Dad coming and going, a steady supply of fish. We cant see the chicks yet, but we feel they are there.
We have a question: The pole is 50 feet from our back door. They sqwack at us when we open the door. we’ve been staying out of the yard, almost 100%. But the BBQ season is starting, and we want to know from some experts. is it ok to use the patio? we dont want to spook them, as i said at the start, we’re big on osprey. Any advice? Thanx. Barry
Not an expert, Barry, but that is an active household below G&G’s nest. They use their deck and the beach. Sometimes, you can hear other activity, like garbage trucks, leaf blowers and ice cream trucks.Other nests in our area are on corners of busy intersections, over a supermarket parking lot,on bridges, and the Sandpoint, Idaho, nestcam is above a baseball field. Is the nest post high by your yard? Hopefully, someone who knows more than I will answer you and give a more definitive answer.
Name suggestions for these chicks might be Ali, Fraser and Tyson. Lots of fighting among this brood.
Method to their madness…
It was really painful to watch this morning as the others were fed the skinny flounder and PeeWee2 was ignored. George was feeding the babies along with feeding Gracie and fighting off intruders all at the same time. When the older two had full crops, Gracie moved in and specifically fed PW2. Even though #2 Chick was up and begging, she would fake him out by putting a piece of fish in his beak, then take it out and give it to PW2. I watched PW2’s crop get full and now he is passed out. I think they figured out how to stop the attacking of the smallest chick. I hope so. Lots of intruder action today. George may have to chase them over the the fields again. I think George, hands down, wins the Most Improved Osprey this year!
Lots of rough weather ahead. But the fish are running and plentiful. That is a blessing. And Gracie has perfected the Mombrella to protect the babies.
Wow! Looks like fishing is good this morning. George brought a flounder/fluke to the nest around 6:03 and then again around 7:45. Peanut ate a few bites at earlier feeding. Hope that he gets more with the second flounder/fluke. Sure enough, around 8:30 Gracie starts talking to George, who is feeding the other two, to tell him that baby needs to be fed, so he breaks off pieces which Gracie gives to Peanut. He has a very good feeding. Yaaaah!! At 8:48 she leaves for a little exercise and returns with a big twig. Here we go again with home improvements. Around 10:02, there is a second feeding session for the rest of the second fish. Peanut is able to get himself to the head of the table, and gets more food. Then, they all pass out after filling their tummies with sushi. That intruder has been around occasionally this morning. Hope everyone watching has a great day!
10:05am 6/11/16- Good feeding for all three babies. #4 was given a huge piece and somehow he/she managed to eat it.
I meant #3 not 4. Guess I can’t count on Saturday mornings!
Pee wee II didn’t get much on the first two feedings this morning but the 10:00 am EST it was up front and center to get something and he did, thank goodness. It rolled onto it’s back trying to get in there for the food I wasn’t sure it would make it back up but it did. I’m so glad to see him get something this morning.
The two bigger chicks had another fight around 7:08 a.m., which lasted about five minutes. The peanut was stuck in between them. Luckily, they did not bite him. I can’t believe how much they are fighting. I don’t remember this happening last year when they were so little. But, then again, I did not start watching OZ until around July 4. Wondering if this behavior is normal. Thanks goodness they are not harming the little guy. But, hoping they are hurting each other seriously also. Looks like a gorgeous day, but it’s not going to stay that way, unfortunately.
I am so happy to see the little one get fed!!!
Seems like there should be enough food. I hope the wee one is being fed.
What is it with George Feeding Gracie all the time and not feeding the chicks first ? I’ve not been too happy watching the last day or so. Plus lil bit needs more to eat.
Has anyone seen the littlest one get fed?
6:02amEDT 6/11 George brought a nice sized whole fish in to Gracie. She took control of the fish and started feeding. Of course, Uno and Dos were the main recipients. After a bit, she walked over to start picking up dropped bits and was making an effort to get it in to Trey. She started chirping quietly; George came in and started taking apart the fish and handing over pieces. Gracie continued feeding and eating til 6:35. Trey got several pieces, one really big piece I thought he would drop it, but it looked like it went down. Since he is about 72-73 hrs. younger than Dos and another 36 hrs, behind Uno, he has some catching up to do, but he obviously isn’t going to need the amount of food yet that the other two are putting away.
Gracie is making the effort to assure he is getting fed. It’s beautiful to see her walk around and single Trey out. The other two are usually well fed by that point.Fingers crossed. As long as the other two concentrate on sparring with each other and not ganging upon him, Trey should be alright, as long as the food supply is there.
It’s a beautiful morning in Ospreyland.The chicks downstairs are chirping and birdsong in the air as the sun comes up. The water is calm, the wind not too strong.
And the big two are beating each other up.Trey is jammed between them but they aren’t going after him.
About 7:18, the daily Pest must be flying over. George yells at him.
Glad to see little weebles is eating ok. Justn ot sure little guy gonna be strong enough to fend off the two bullies, hope he gets through the weekend, gets that much stronger. Love this site, these two are funny to watch and the kids make it cuter. Thanks
To the newbies who think that #3 (I call him Peanut) is not getting enough food — I saw him eating a few times today. The other chicks were weak, the same way he is, when they were the same age (only two days old). I can see the difference in them, strength-wise, and there is enough food for the three babes, so hopefully he will keep growing. I’m really so glad that he’s gotten his share of food. It’s amazing how they grow so quickly.
Around 5:43 p.m., George brought in another huge fork-shaped branch. Those parents are so comical, carrying it all around the nest. Then, around 6:35 p.m., the older two chicks had another fight. Peanut was underneath, in between them, but he wasn’t involved in the fight. There was no food to fight over. I think #1 started it, but could not be sure because they were both in the nest bowl. Gracie was just watching them. Wondering what she was thinking . . . sibling rivalry.
Uh, oh…..Looks like the comments coming up are all from 2015!!! My comment from early this afternoon is not up yet. Oh well, I’m sure the technical difficulties will be resolved by tomorrow morning. 🙂
Gracie is feeding the chicks….but little bit is in the back again and not being fed. Feel so bad for this little guy. Why doesn’t she feed all the chicks?? Just don’t get it. ..feel bad for him..
8:25pmEDT George is back with another fish,,last one was small..I don’t know if he ever got any..He got the head off this…definitely different kind of fish…No guessing from ME..never right…Gracie takes it and starts sharing it out…
Trey is killing time turning a circle, waiting for the big bozo sibs(said with affection) to get their fill….Gracie is handing out big pieces..one chick was wearing guts for a hat…Trey fell asleep holding piece too big to swallow..Gracie took i while cleaning……Herding them under her is becoming a job…at least Trey has an advantage there !
I wonder if George could make a late delivery this evening. The little one didn’t get much today.
No..just young. Every hour, let alone day, seem to count on the “learning to eat” curve.Chicks were born 6/3, 6/5t. and 6/8 am. Has a lot of catching up to do; one bonus is the other two are busy beating up on each other, giving him a break for now….
7:37pmEDT George turns over whole fish to Gracie. While she’s opening the fish, Uno & Dos are busy trying to pin each other…..Some good wrestling moves…
Gracie fed them for a good 10 mins., making sure she plugged several good pieces in to Trey.
8:10pmEDT Gracie was dozing, her head slowly falling, when she jerked up enough to miss a healthy squirt from a tiny butt sticking out from under her chest..the perils of Motherhood !!!!
I love George and Gracie but I dont know why every time they have babies they are so aggressive. Other Osprey families usually only fight over food and it usually one takes 1 or 2 feedings for the babies to realize the pecking order of food. Once they wait their turn for food no fighting. Well last year Ronnie and Sandy fought but only over food. Now Baby 1 and 2 are fighting and it is not even over food this has happened alot today and for pretty long periods of fighting. I also dont like watching lil guy so I will be just ck in once in awhile until things calm down at the nest. I think even if lil guy survives he is eventually going to get beat up by baby 1 so its just a matter of time. This is of course if he didnt get trampled to death after baby 1 and 2s last fight lil guy was under them. Just dont understand why George and Gracies babies always have issues. This time is not even because of food. So keep the comments going and I will be tuning in a couple times a day probably during feedings. God be with our family and to all who are OZ followers!
Did anyone observe the two larger chicks fighting each other between 6:35 and 6:38 pm? They were really going at it!!
Daft? No, just struggling to survive amongst it’s older siblings.
So where is Trey, I don’t see it in the nest. Anybody know???
Glad to see our little one get fed today. Keep up the good work Mom!
4:43pmEDT Good Lord, George…someone in the neighborhood may be missing a tree!!!!!!!!! All kidding aside, that was a LARGE branch that was passed around by G&G, over the chicks, till even I was holding my breath !The stream was jumpy, so it was hard to see how it came in. Gracie was “helping” him and I held my breathe a few times as it hovered over or fell on the chicks…It wound up on the far side of the nest and looks less scary there….Gracie has her back to us now, blocking the view……
Huge branch brought in right now – needs both parents to handle it and keep from kids. Hope they don’t drop it on any of them.
I hope this is not like last year in which case chick#3/ pee wee is living on borrowed time. It was brutal to watch last year as the 2 bigger older chicks eventually killed #3. Nature can be so cruel. Lets hope George and Gracie are better at catching fish and better parents the second time around
The little guy is not getting as much food as the other two. But, looking at the last feeding today (approx. 1pm), sometimes he just does not grab the food off Gracie’s beak. Well, he just doesn’t know how to take it off her beak. But, even so, he just doesn’t get as much. I’ll be praying for the little guy. The other two had a bit of a tussle today.
Mikeinthecity: Chick #3 is not “daft”
1st chick hatched: 6/3/2016 between 2:42 pm and 5:23 pm, when first seen
2nd chick hatched: 6/5/2016 somewhere before 4:58 am, when first seen
3rd chick hatched: 6/8/2016 at 6:17 am
Meaning the third chick hatched more than 4 1/2 days after chick #1 and a little more than 3 days after chick #2. Considering that they are almost adult size by 5 weeks, I would have to say, as I’m sure most everyone else on this site will agree, that this gave it a major major disadvantage. He seems to be a little fighter and I am, as I’m certain most everyone else here is, rooting for it to overcome what disadvantages and unfairness in life it was dealt.
Hi Paul or Aidan: This is what was happening all day long yesterday. I don’t know if it happened today before this time — I was out late this morning and when I came back, I scrolled back and was more focused on watching when the chicks were fed and more concerned with seeing if #3 was getting food, so that I wasn’t paying attention to the time stamp. Only after I saw George fly off, return to the perch and jump down to the nest and then doing it all again did I notice that the time had gone back to the same point and the video was repeating.(And, yes, what I’ve seen so far, after the morning’s first feeding when #3 was ignored [this is what I wrote in my notes: Then she fed the two bigger chicks, with #2 (it has the black spot on the back of its head and wider center stripe on the top of its head) getting the bulk of the feeding, and ignored #3, who was crying to be fed – painful to watch and breaking my heart – and who had been shunted to the back by the two larger chicks while Gracie took forever before she was able to rip a piece out of the fish (the fish seemed really tough to tear into). Gracie cleaned up the nest bowl and then sat on the chicks.])
Oops. Just noticed I didn’t finish my sentence … And, yes, what I’ve seen so far, after the morning’s first feeding when #3 was ignored, there have been several more feedings with Gracie making a strong effort to feed #3.
Mom is laying on the kids and has her head hung-I am wondering if she is ok???Does any one know??
I don’t think the little one is all that healthy. He seems extremely weak.
He waits and waits to be fed and then gives up. The only time he gets any food is when Gracie makes it a point to come nearer to him. I don’t understand why she doesn’t feed them from the other side so that chick #3 can be in the front. Oh well, I’m asking too much. At least he is getting some food.
I think something may be wrong with Mom right now..she has her head down…do Ospreys sleep like this during the day???(Someone said in another comment that she swallowed a hook yesterday)…sorry to bother you,but you were the first post I see so I replied…I also saw the little one eat today(this morning)
The stream will be down momentarily between 2:30 and 2:35 for maintenance.
Where do I find the live comments thread for this site?
What do you mean…daft? #3 is trying to stay alive and since it’s the last hatch it may have a difficult time doing that.
2:11pmEDT George expends as much energy carting around his fish til done as if he were fishing for a new one each time ! Good Daddy & Hubby….General food fest..George feeding Gracie, George feeding front chicks, Gracie feeding Trey in back of trio…system that works !
Unfortunately, they don’t know when, or even if, there will be another fish. I vote that we all stand at the base of the tower the nest is built on and toss up fresh fish into the nest!! (Of course, don’t stand next to me while we’re fishing for the fish … I’m likely to get the hook in your head!!) 😀
Carol, thank you for answering our questions and being here in your own time. I agree that The osprey system works for them.
It’s tough being a bad. At about ~6:34 PM today, both the larger chicks squirted on George.
Tough being a dad that is.
I would keep an eye on Gracie for a fed days.
I think she may have eaten a fish hook. Looked like it anyway. That was about 15 minutes ago give. George may have gotten some line as well.
They will probably get it back out, but just in case.
I have seen this before and everything was alright in that case.
SK: There is a time stamp displayed at the bottom right corner of the video stream that you can use when referencing events at the nest.
Oh I was so Glad to see our Lil Bit get some food today.
I didn’t see that it got any food? I watched 2 feedings. Gracie tried once but it was unsuccessful. Also watched a later feeding and then again no food for pee wee II. I feel again we will loose another.
1:24 EST I did finally see that it got a little!
7:40 pee wee got a few mouth fulls. Could have been more, but we’ll take what we can get. Gracie has truly tried to get some food to it, not always successful but she does try, such a good mom.
Why does it take so long for the comments to be updated? Isn’t there someone paying attention to this site? I must say it is very annoying. Please fix this thanks.
Hope this is PaulH making a joke. Much discussed topic is being addressed, as stated in the opening comments….granted, they’ve gotten confusing again from people misposting.
Carol, you are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for volunteering your time to moderate this site.
I don;t think there is someone monitoring this 24/7. Paul was looking into a sort of chat scroll but that will also need to be monitored. Those of us that have been here from the first broadcasts learn to be patient.
Yes, patience is the key. We do not always get instant gratification; especially with something so worthwhile.
wow Paul – these people have dedicated themselves to creating and maintaining this site which gives us great pleasure and an insight into the beauty and also the heartbreak of nature which many of us would never have had but for these good people. We are so grateful to them –
At 1:30pm Gracie and George sure are being great parents, working together to make sure pee wee gets his share. They are awesome!!
They are great parents because they are doing everything to ensure that two chicks will survive to fledge again this year. Which is what survival of the species is all about. However. # 3 is getting weak and seems incapable of feeding even when offered at times. Similar pattern to last year, without the bullying so far.
Lil Bit Getting his own feeding love It!
Around 11:29 a.m., #1 started a fight with #2. It lasted for about three minutes! #3 was battened down in the nest, for which I was glad. Can’t believe how aggressive that first chick was. Then, when it was just about over, he went to bite Gracie’s talon! Someone needs to teach him respect for his parents. Hope #2 is okay after that fight. There seemed to be enough food to go around prior to that episode.
Wildlife needs to get #1 out of the nest and hand raise. This is going to be a repeat of last year only it will be second hatchling this time.i I don’t think viewers will put up with the massacre this time.
Marlene: It was awful to watch! (Here’s what I wrote in my notes: The two oldest chicks woke up and a major pecking battle started between #1 and #2, #1 starting the fight (at 11:28:54) and #2 giving back as much as it got, the fight lasting over a minute and somewhere in the video stream jump gap of 11:30:03 and 11:30:14, both chicks conking out. Then it resumed at 11:31:02 when they woke up as Gracie went to the nest bowl, lasting until 11:32:04, when it stopped as suddenly as it started. #3 was, mercifully, asleep and did not get pecked.)
I saw that too. Maybe they were just being siblings? Tough to watch. Seemed a lot longer than 3 minutes.
12:47pmEDT Gorgeous George in with a new headless fish and Gracie barely interested, so he’s feeding her…when she stands up, the pop-ups start wiggling..and waving…watching dad feed mom…one kid struggling to get out of the cup…TOO CUTE !!!!!…but no go yet…Trey staying low while 1&2 beg…
Uh oh…creeping…and bonking…Trey getting beat up by their butts..
Hi everyone, can some one tell me if Lil Bit had anything to eat today?
Don’t you think you should clear all that man made plastic from the nest.
No..Many osprey bring OUR trash to their nests…and this nest is 60′ in the air…lowered from last year’s 80’…
Betsy, thanks for posting the video with the big branch that George brought in. That was sooo funny. I was laughing out loud. Sometimes they are so comical. I had read the other day about this incident and how viewers were amazed and thankful that they did not step on the chicks or drop the branch on them, so I knew it was a happy outcome. They bring such smiles to my face. I wonder what they would think (but I don’t think it’s possible for them to be that intelligent) if they knew they had thousands of observers watching their every move and rooting for them.
LOL looked like Mom was enjoying the chick fight. Little bit was sound asleep through it all.
You really just have to appreciate watching these chicks fight. It really speaks to what nature is all about.
Was glad to see Lil Bit eat this morning. Also how bout that chick fight?
Perfect opportunity for #3 to have a bounty of food, as #s 1 and 2 lost interest (11:18 AM). But it either a) didn’t open its beak, b) dropped the food or c) turned away (maybe couldn’t move from the weight of siblings?).
Boy, chicks #1 and #2 really going at it at 11:32 AM!!! Thank goodness #3 was temporarily spared.
Sorry – more like 11:28 AM for the real action. : (
Let the bonking commence! Happy to see that our Pee Wee is getting some food though!
it’s 11:15 – seems like pee wee getting fed very nicely – for anyone who isn’t seeing this, rest assured he’s getting a good share now.
Every day is a chance for him to get stronger.
11:11amEDT George checking in to see if anyone needs a snack….Gracie says “yes, please ” and one bobblehead pops up.
Trey popped up and Gracie made sure he got some..third popped up but wasn’t as hungry…11:29am sparring match between Uno and Dos..Trey lying low…went on for several minutes..one even went for Gracie’s toe as she stood over them..someone flicked a switch and they fell asleep…boom..
Im glad to see Lil Bit (since that seems to be the name of choice) ate this morn Yay!!
10:24 am. Enjoyed watching the latest feeding. One of the older chicks was sleeping. Gracie went back & forth from the other older chick to the little one. That little one got his/her fair share of the fish. 🙂
9:56am,,George back with fish…same from earlier? Chicks are still asleep, so when Gracie takes fish, she feeds George a little. Two chicks wake up (? and Trey) Little guy is right in there.Even when third chick wakes up and pops head in, Trey stayed in front of group and had more……went over backwards at one point(looked like fell not pushed) but he’s fine…
10:13..clean-up finished and lock down commences….
I want to reach out with a scissors and snip that plastic finger that keeps pointing at us !!!!!! Trash saying” we’re here…deal with it”?
George, the fish Guardian, is back @10:18..moves fish over, but stays in nest to survey his realm …..
10:28am Pest is back overhead..persistent this a.m. …One afternoon recently,.I watched Verizon Vic (Cutchogue) jump from his post, fly across that field, a parking lot, a road and well across a vineyard chasing an intruder awayfrom his nest…He don’t play !!!!! Too bad we miss George in beast mode….
I was out there yesterday – about a block away from the nest – and there were three ospreys in a fierce air battle. I think George was taking them both on. He was flying and diving after them all while making his warning screech. When I got home and checked the video stream, sure enough, George was not at the nest when I saw this, so it had to be him. It was too close to his nest not to be.
Guess I’ll have to tune out for awhile. I can’t handle a repeat of last year, with the weaker chick being beat up and not fed.I have been watching an owl cam. They had 7 owlets. Between the Dad and Mom all 7 were fed and all survived. I’ll tune in about a week to see if things have improved.
The 3rd baby is not getting enough food….I am concerned about that lil one….I hope he makes it. 🙁
June 10- 9:53- Intruder just a little too close for comfort:
June 10- 9:31 am-
Thank you, Leanne….
The time in my last post was supposed to be 7:15 a.m. in case you want to see what happened.
8:40amEDTish..went back to watch feeding…could watch over and over.one poor chick was turned around at one point and begging from George (off to right on rim) Once he got the right direction, he got his share. Gracie is very patient and shared all around, then cleaned up.
June 10 8:50 a.m. (EST) George brought a fish at about &:1 . Baby 3 was in front other 2 facing Gracie so I thought it would stand chance of getting fed. But for some reason it moved behind the other 2 so again Gracie fed the other 2 and I did not see her give one piece of food to Baby 3. Not even when she went into the nest bowl she fed the scrapes to the other 2,
There is plenty of food yet Baby 3 is not getting fed. Poor thing is begging and struggling to get fed. We know for last year when food was scarce that it was Gracie’s responsibility to fed the first ones born so Pee-Wee being the youngest was ignored. Survival of the fittest as we all had to accept. But this is not the case now -it just seems that because Baby 3 can’t get his head up there with the other 2 it is out of luck.
I began watching this site last year after the Newsday article when it was obvious that Pee-Wee was definitely not going to make it. I stopped watching for a few days because I just couldn’t bear to watch what was happening. I hope this is not a repeat of last year.
The good news is a stick was placed over that piece of plastic that was so annoying yesterday. It amazes me how they are so aware of some situations and fix it. I have noticed George who has brought in some huge branches did again put one in the area of that wad of fishing line. Hope it stays there.
Praying that Baby 3 can hold out and while it gets bigger it can make itself more able to get food.
8:45amEDT feeding..Gracie was making sure Trey got fed..Popped a couple pieces in his beak..I think he managed to get some down…YYYYAAAAYYYY!
Little guy got a feeding between 8:42-8:46 am. Thank you Gracie