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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
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.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul 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.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

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

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

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.


Charles Eldermire
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.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. phil KELSEY June 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Thought I had a limited emotions and a strong stomach until I watched the little guy become a meal. With no fish all day, the larger siblings did what they had to. Nature is both beautiful and cruel.

    2. merry June 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      I’m out. It appears that they are both attacking Pee Wee while Mom looks on. It doesn’t look like George is fishing either. I see his shadow in the camera.

    3. Denise June 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Please pull through little one! So sad watching him?

    4. isabelle June 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      As I watch now, the nesting poetry is gone…..

    5. Ocampas June 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      They really give that little guy a hard time. Sad to think he may not make it.

    6. Elaine June 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      I just turned on this site today after some attempts about an hour ago. PeeWee looked as if he was barely breathing. I think this will be the last day I will watch the site. This osprey family is so dysfunctional. I read some of the comments where they haven’t been fed for some time. Did they ever get fed? Now PeeWee is moving around and is trying to get Gracie’s attention. But now PeeWee has his head ducked because one of the older ones is trying to get at him. It seems that the activity changes from minute to minute.

    7. barbara vail June 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      It looks like #2 finally did the little guy in. So sad!!

    8. Tracey June 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Please help the little one. Please.

    9. sapphie June 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      ok….I think it might be time to put up a bigger warning on what is about to happen. Poor little guy is toast.

    10. MarilynJ June 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Maybe it may be best to shut down the streaming for awhile.

    11. linda June 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Now both are picking on little guy. I just want him not to wake up anymore. The minute he picks up his head he gets attacked.

    12. Yiani June 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Just WHY? Poor little peewee at this time hope he goes so he won’t suffer anymore! This is to much to watch!

    13. Linda June 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      I think that maybe it for the poor, poor baby. My heart aches for him.

    14. Eduardo June 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      I don’t think Junior is going to make it. Sad to watch, but as the ornithology professor stated – osprey breeding strategy; natural selection.

    15. Monica June 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Just tuned in. I don’t think I’m going to be able to watch any longer. It just breaks my heart to see the little guy pecked by the bully. Poor thing!! And, yes, I know that it’s nature but it’s still too difficult to watch. 🙁

    16. Tracey June 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Why? That’s my only question. WHY?

      • Ugrai Bálintné June 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        Just a question. Are not make up my writing. I know that it is impossible to intervene in the events of nature. Ask what would happen if something is natural life, you save a little bit? Before the brothers are beaten to death, it’s just a question. It’s as if we looked along the street that someone beaten to death. And I am watching it that I’m not doing anything.

      • Mike Martin June 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

        I observe 4 Osprey nests. 3 of which are in the Northeast and the other is in the U.K. Each nest is in different stages of development. It’s fascinating to watch the Physical and Social Maturing of the Chicks as well as the Family Dynamics among the Parents. It seems that as the Chicks grow they lose the sense of aggression amongst Siblings. In our best the attaches on the little have diminished drastically. I know we are all advocating for the Wee One and it does break our hearts but she still is health and eating and if you watch closely at the attaches. You will notice that the pecking is not performed in a violent manner and I think it really doesn’t cause any major trauma

      • Suzanne Wickett June 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        Tracey ~ if your question is WHY did that helpless baby have to die ~ you will never get an answer ..other than , that’s nature way, survival of the fittest. All pat answers ~ This was a human decision , to watch this happen , to witness natures brutality ~ but once in a while you can and should go against the tide ~ This was not ok , shame on those who made this call . This wasn’t a pair of 3 week old ospreys , ripped out of the nest by an Eagle , how could you stop that ? This was Human beings deciding to let that baby die . Some might say I’m over reacting , maybe there right …the alternative, is under reacting … what a waste .

        • Tracey June 30, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

          That’s all I was trying to say.

      • Betty June 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        I was initially enjoying watching this live feed. But…..after watching these two chicks torture #3, I am sick. I understand it’s nature but so is a tsunamI. I can’t watch the destruction. For the life of me I don’t understand the mother inot interceding. I had no idea this is the way they role.

      • Maureen June 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        I can’t watch this anymore. You Cronell Lab people should stop this!

      • Mike Martin June 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        I couldn’t believe it with my own eyes but one Sibling was actually feeding the Little One. I did a Triple take and Yes it was True

        • Sheryl June 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

          Feeding him what?

      • Annette June 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

        I have been away since noon and just got home to catch what is happening. I can’t believe there has been no food at all all day! What is going on? Can not someone go to this nest and help out? Please? We are adult human and humane beings! I think Gracie and all 3 babies are very hungry and for some reason George is not bringing in food! Please Cornell Lab and others do something!!!

      • sue kue June 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

        i have been watching this nest for the few weeks…..I have been very upset by the treatment towards the little one but today has truly done it I hope the big two starve………………………………..

    17. rdgrey June 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      DANG, I even call in to work to watch today, LOL. I have to say this is the first I have seen this down. You have done a great job of setting it up. Most go down several times a week if not daily. Really appreciate the work you have done for our curiosity of Osprey. Have enjoyed this so much.

    18. Debbie June 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Question…Why is the comment line way at the bottom of this page. Or is it i’m missing something.
      If there is another way to comment please let me know.
      Hopefully the cam will come back soon.

      • ospreyzone June 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        We are working on improving the comments section currently.

        • Jon June 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

          Disqus would be a great replacement, if this site is powered by wordpress it replaces the comment section and comments show up real time without having to refresh the page after you submit one.

        • Holly June 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

          Just wanted to say appreciate this cam and all the work that goes into something like this. It has been a hard year for several Osprey families and this one, apparently, is no exception. I do hope Gracie is able to help George out if he is indeed injured. I have seen other females go out for dinner. It is a tough decision for mom when her chicks are so young. As for the little guy, sometimes I wish death was swifter but nature complies with my wishes, ever. George and Gracie, we love you and all Osprey.

    19. DJ June 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Anyone else getting a “video nterupted” message on the live feed page? I’m getting it on both my ipad and computer. My internet is working so I’m concerned something has happened to the osprey feed.

    20. JudyB June 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      I’m no longer able to get the camera – are other people having trouble?

    21. Diane June 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      The video streaming has been turned off?? Did something horrible happen? Or just technical difficulties?

      • ospreyzone June 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

        Just technical difficulties.

        • Helen June 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

          This is not normal. Please! Help the little one out of the nest!

    22. ospreyzone June 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      We just lost our connection to the camera for some reason. We will try to find the problem and get the stream back up as soon as possible. Stay tuned.

      • R. Wood June 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        Don’t Hurry!

      • Lisa June 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

        At what point do you have someone step in and help out? This is just terrible what’s going on.. I’d rather not see this baby get tortured anymore…

        • andy June 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          They sure aren’t my most adored couple anymore!! I hate the way these adults are acting! Adored by who???

          • andy June 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

            Too bad the eagles got the wrong chicks.. the Hog Island ones were sweet. These 2 are rotten!!!!!!!

        • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

          The little one isn’t going to make it much longer. It’s to weak.

        • Stephanie June 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          I agree it’s terrible god forbid if a young child is watching

        • Joanne June 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

          me too…I’m sitting here crying! OMG

      • Lynn Cutler June 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

        ok, have not watched too much today, hope that the ,or our lil fuzzy is “ok”, i know all very concerned for our lil guy, it is making him 1 smart & hopefully stronger baby

        • kgerette June 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

          He was doing great yesterday and today has been brutal with no food for anyone and the bullying. He looks bad at 4pm. Also people that think the comments aren’t loading fast enough, you have to refresh your page and the most recent will come up. Prayers for our little fuzzy peewee.

      • John D'Angelo June 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the excellent work you have been doing on this. I know it has been tough to watch when the little guy gets beat up, but this is nature and we have to take it as it comes. George and Gracie are doing what they are supposed to do and I am hoping the fishing gets better soon.

      • Ugrai Bálintné June 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        When’s the camera? Does anyone know?

      • Ugrai Bálintné June 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

        .Just a question. Are not make up my writing. I know that it is impossible to intervene in the events of nature. Ask what would happen if something is natural life, you save a little bit? Before the brothers are beaten to death, it’s just a question. It’s as if we looked along the street that someone beaten to death. And I am watching it that I’m not doing anything.

    23. suzanne June 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Feed has stopped working. That makes me worry bad stuff is happening in the nest. And yes I thought George was favoring his left foot I think it was….

    24. Marilyn June 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Why doesn’t the parent step in when the terrible pecking of the little one is going on? Just step in between the birds.

      • Lisa June 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        I agree! It is so sad to see the little one getting bullied! You would think the mother or father would protect it. 🙁

      • linda June 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

        #1 is so brutal on little pee-wee just now. He is relentless. I don’t know how much more he can take. As #1 gets bigger he is strong enough to really hurt the little guy. The parents lack of feeding is making them aggressive. I just hope he is dead before they tear him apart. Poor little soul. Lets all wish for his soul to cross over quickly so he is no longer suffering

      • Rose A June 30, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

        I pray Little dies soon. He can’t pick up his head without being tortured. Tooooo sad

    25. Lisa June 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply


      You have to do something about this. This is heart wrenching to watch, but I just can’t help worry about that poor baby being tortured. I think it’s time that you get someone to help.

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        I wish little one would go ahead & die. End its pain & suffering. Have cried my eyes out watching it be so brutalized. 🙁 Neither parent would defend it when it was at their feet.

    26. Bonnie June 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Wow, mom again dragged up a large nest addition and could have, should have, caught a fish for everyone. PLEASE, NEXT YEAR TAKE THIS NEST DOWN AND PUT UP POLES IN AND NEAR THE WATER with nice boxes on top so that any tiny babies can be safely taken for either raising by hand or fostering such as those Audrey and Tom did. This was a viable chick, let us all hope he/she makes it through these terrible trials and meanness by older bratty sibling(s).

    27. Liz June 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      I OFFICIALLY do not like #1 and #2 anymore! 🙁

    28. Brad June 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Sorry to read what has been (not been) transpiring today…
      This has been the first time I’ve truly been concerned for #3’s survival. Between lack of food, dehydration and the constant attack by #1….things do seem quite dire at the moment.

      • Samantha Huertas June 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

        Video Streaming is interrupted?!

      • Patty June 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

        Streaming has stopped, may be a blessing in disguise; this was a bad day so far for our adopted Family……..

    29. Tracey June 30, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      What good does knowledge do if you refuse to act on it? This is a young couple that simply can’t handle 3 babies, or there isn’t enough fish. It was long ago time to stop the sufering and get the little one some help. How can those could help sleep at night knowing they didn’t?

    30. Gamma June 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Are these posts working at all today ? It seems to take hours before a post shows up.

    31. Rose Petejan June 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      George looked like he was favoring one leg when he flew off. He didn’t put much weight on it?

    32. rdgrey June 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Boy she is really giving him an ear full with every return empty handed. Could be just not a good fishing day where they are all deep. Looks pretty calm in the water. Looks like the alpha is getting his/her hunting skills practiced up with the little one. No food in nest and just not even letting him/her lift its head up without getting punished. I dont see any growth today and continues to just bury its head and just looks lost, poor little thing.

      • Jon June 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        The little did get bigger and had to great meals yesterday so it had enough water and it’s playing dead so it don’t get beat on at least that’s what it’s trying to do.

    33. Rose Petejan June 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      You can definitely tell there is a problem when there has been absolutely no affection between George and Gracie.
      As the chicks get older the female usually helps with the fishing.
      I wonder if Gracie would react faster if George wasn’t there.

      • JB June 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm - Reply

        Not true. The male does all the fishing until well after the chicks fledge. There is something else going on.

        Paul, can you reach out to the experts and see if they have any explanations for today’s apparent disinterest in feeding the chicks?

    34. Marilyn June 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Today so far has got to the worst attacking of the little one. The minute the little one picks up its head, it gets attacked by one sometimes both of the others.

    35. suzanne June 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Maybe George didn’t hurt foot but hurt wing, or something in the dynamic of diving into the water for the fish? Birds can do all sorts of crazy things to get hurt. On other hand if the water is warm the fish will go deeper for cooler water. It may be harder to catch fish today.

      • Sheryl June 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

        Yes, and the water is stirred up from the storm. I was out on Sunday, and it was very dirty. Bunker not on the surface due to heat combined with dirty water can make for difficult fishing.

    36. Heather June 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      No, I guess that IS George. So the question remains…why is he not fishing today??

    37. Kathy June 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Lil Guy hanging in there…but he’s so weak. 🙁

    38. Gamma June 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      At this rate it won’t matter if the little one survives the other’s wont either if they don’t eat.

    39. Linda Kay June 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      No feeding as of yet ??? George has left 2-3 times but returned empty handed ! (clawed) Gracie has left twice for nesting materials. Lil’ Rocky (chick #3) has cont. to receive beatings from Bully # 1 & Bully # 2 has been passive so far. Do’t know how much more Lil’ Rocky can endure ?

    40. Marilyn June 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      So it seems pecking the little ones head is not enough. I saw one of the bigger ones grabbing at the little ones wing now. 🙁

    41. Rose Petejan June 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      I wish someone would please help us understand what is going on????? This is highly unusual behavior.

    42. Heather June 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Is it me, or is that not George on the nest? It looks like a female.

    43. Vibra June 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      I do not understand, The male just sitting there, And female – begging for Food…

      • Linda June 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

        Don’t understand why neither is getting food. I’m afraid the larger siblings will look at pee-wee as food. looks like #1 wants to tear it apart. This is so frustrating.

        • Linda June 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

          Feel so bad for the little one. I wish he would just go to sleep and not wake up. He is suffering a slow death and the parents don’t care. Sucks

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

        It’s almost like he doesn’t hear her

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

        Mama’s gonna have to go fishing. Dad isn’t having any part of it.

      • Samantha June 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm - Reply

        1:15pm and still no food. I’m hungry just watching. 🙁

      • Judy June 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm - Reply

        Gracie has been screaming all day for George to get some fish… It’s now 1:15 & no dish.. I think that Gracie is worried about the little one she keeps looking at him…Very strange day for all of them..

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        Why doesn’t she go fishing instead of just sitting there?

      • Renee June 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

        Ok. It’s 1:45PM. No fish ? It was always about the poor little one and now no fish ??? I just don’t get it. Poor little one was laying at mom’s feet. Im signing off till later. Hope to see a different situation later . 🙁 Try to intellectualize this, but I guess that cant be done.

      • Judy June 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

        2:00pm & still no fish.. The little one has had a TERRIABLE time today.. …He must be in pain because today while he is getting beat up ,he has been screaming..Maybe there is no fish that Georcge can see to,get…I hope (but sad to say) that the little one would pass away.. As I can see he can’t seem to take much more of this another day..??

    44. Rose Petejan June 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Tom spent very little time in the nest with Audry. His main goal was to provide fish for his family
      This is very unusual behavior. If George is hurt, Gracie is going to have to pick up the slack and take over fishing for all of them. I would imagine all 5 of them must be starving. There have been no fish since George left entangled in that mesh yesterday.

      • Jon June 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

        Well, someone said gracie was apparently trying to get rid of the bullies and George caught her and i guess she was trying to carry them away and George made her put them down, this could be why George hasn’t went fishing.

    45. Vibra June 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      This is just ” horribel”, well I know nature – – It is hard, and I think , both parents – are yong – maybe ? In this nest, I mean

      • jan orth June 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

        OK……now come on. I know we aren’t supposed to interfere BUT you did by building those platforms to help save the species! Mother Nature is indeed cruel BUT since we are watching can’t we become involved like we would an endangered species???? We don’t really have to stand by and watch this no matter what the policy is. It’s a slow death and that is something we can do something about. After all it is an opsrey…a hawk that isn’t that plentiful! Please reconsider? Thank You!

    46. JB June 30, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Very strange that George is not catching fish today. His foot is fine after the episode with the burlap netting. Osprey’s are very resilient and capture and catch heavy fish every day, all day. Consider the impact of a single fish catch and then the simple light pulling of the net. It appeared to me that he simply didn’t want the burlap in the nest anymore so he got rid of it.

      But, as for today and no fish? It’s very strange.

      • andreaallennyc June 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

        Yes, he seemed fine after removing the netting. At times they seem to be concerned about predators. Maybe that is keeping him in or close to the nest. Though at the moment I think Gracie is really yelling at him to go get food?

    47. Jara June 30, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

      What is going on? Still no fish. Looks like larger ones are trying to eat the tiny one. He looks badly hurt. I know this is the way nature works, but hard to watch.

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Yes it is. If they are gonna kill him, hurry it up & stop torturing him. 🙁

        • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

          Looks like little one is about dead. 🙁 So very sad. :(((((

      • JB June 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

        It’s not uncommon for siblings to cannibalize after they cananize. The parents won’t participate in that, but they also won’t stop it. I wonder whether the lack of feeding is to trigger that to happen? Can’t make sense of this.

        • Jon June 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

          The parents have to eat, they wouldn’t feed the little one, they would let it starve and die, if they didn’t want it no longer.

    48. PHIL KELSEY June 30, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Wow. Mama just brought in a 2 foot pice of 1×1 wood. Looks like the nest will be more sturdy as they grow. Unfortunately I do not think the little guy will part of the family much longer.

      • Annette June 30, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

        I am sure I am just as perplexed as everyone else watching this live cam today wondering what is going on…. I don’t think there have been any feedings all morning. And the agressor bully is so hungry that he pecks on the wee one unmercifully. It’s very hard to watch the wee one suffering. If only George could get some fish caught … Many would be good… And get those bigger chicks fed and save some for peewee. Oh how my heart aches for this nest and this terrible behaviour after watching the nest in Baltimore where rescued chicks were put in the nest and the parents looking after them so well. I am hoping for a good outcome from all this drama.

      • cindy June 30, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

        They gonna kill little one, if food is not brought in.

        • Judy June 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

          Very sad to see, but this is the way it is..Not sure if I will look when he does bring the fish..

      • Rob Bierregaard June 30, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

        I did see the lumber arrive in the nest. I wonder if she’s shopping at Home Depot. I think you’re right about the little guy. It’s awfully tough to watch, but that’s just the way nature works.

      • Karen June 30, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

        I don’t think he will either — poor little guy.

      • Judy June 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

        Not sure why George is not getting any dish..Gracie is very upset.. the little one has taken a few beatings this morning.. He is not good today looking bad.. 11:45 and still no food for them..not surs why…it will be bad for the little one when the food does come, they will be very hungry they will beat him a lot harder #1 is getting very strong… Not sure how much he can take.. But I am hoping for the best…Hang in here if you can…it’s now 12:00 pm & Geogge still has no fish..

      • Pat June 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        The little one is getting bigger, though. That has to be a good sign.

    49. Shirley June 30, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Yesterday I saw the male walk over to the green net and when he flew away the net was attached to his claws. Today he seems to be walking very cautiously. Perhaps he has injured his claws when trying to remove the met. What will happen if no fish are forthcoming?

    50. Vivi Britt Rasthe June 30, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Can someone, please – tell me ; What is going on – in this nest ? Sorry – my English,he,he. I think, as I have seen,, the male do not bring ” Food” Fish , they need maybe more to eat ?

    51. ellen June 30, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

      I hope the father didn’t hurt his foot when getting tangled in mesh. He is holding it up often. Anyone remember if he fished after that?

      • Jon June 30, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

        All birds tuck there feet in, its like when we put our hands in our pockets when we are cold.

    52. Bonnie June 30, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Yesterday Gracie was doing something to #1 and # 2 which didn’t look right, but I’m a human. Could this be his reason for refusal for fish? Also, she was doing it and checking left, back,forward,right a number of times. After he caught her she flew away, came back and picked up both birds which George made her drop.

      • cindy June 30, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

        Maybe he doesn’t want to fish, afraid Gracie is gonna take the 2 meanies out of the nest & not come back

      • Jon June 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm - Reply

        What do you mean?

    53. maryjo June 30, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Very curious behavior on the part of George. One, that he hasn’t brought a fish yet today when he has been so consistent in this regard. Two, that he is actually staying on the nest this long. Sometimes, they are just worn out from unsuccessful attempts. I believe the average is a 40% success rate per dive. Could he have battled with an eagle? Is he hurt in some way? Really bizarre, as Gracie pleads for fish. And unless under dire circumstances, the female does not fish before chicks fledge.

    54. cloudymoor June 30, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

      the older chick is hovering over the sleeping runt, just waiting for him to stir so he could pounce. And just now that happened and #3 played possum.

    55. SUE June 30, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      So the green cloth is gone & the plastic is back & worked into the nest. Mom & Pop are preening & squawking while the babies are up & looking for food? It looks like there’s lots of boat traffic, so maybe that’s keeping them from fishing? The little ones all seem to be OK so far- good that #3 is separate, but it may not stay that way. Another day in the lives of osprey…

    56. maryann li June 30, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

      I could not watch anymore on Saturday because of what the older two were doing to the little one. I was shocked to log on this morning and find him still alive.
      He has to have sustained injuries, in addition to being traumatized. Is there anything afoot to take him out of the nest and raise him in a rescue setting?
      Don’t know anything about this – if it’s a danger to the birds to approach the nest. But if we all must just watch nature take it’s course, I can’t view it any longer.
      Nature has an incomparable beauty, but also an ugly side.

      • suzie June 30, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

        I know there is a “policy” of noninterference…that it could cause an “early fledging” if someone goes to the nest…well, these two big guys can’t fledge – they don’t have the feathers. Someone should remove the little one and take him/her to a rehab center. Maybe then he/she can grow to be an Osprey…maybe damaged and non-releasable, but a chance to grow up. Please, someone, help this little one to at least live.

        • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

          I totally agree with you.

          • nancy June 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

            I also agree. Isn’t that what wild life rescue is about? Rescuing an injured animal? Why have wild life rescue if they aren’t going to help?

    57. Gamma June 30, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Is there a reason the fishing is so bad in this area or has it always been ?

    58. Jara June 30, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      What is going on with George? Came back with no fish again.

    59. Rose Petejan June 30, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      What would be the reasons that George isn’t fishing. There was no evening meal and at this point no morning meal?

    60. eleanor June 30, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      At the 2:33 mark, if you back it up it looks like maybe their might be some prey birds around. mama and daddy not very happy and both looking up.

      • cloudymoor June 30, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

        thanks for this Eleanor.

      • JB June 30, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Not sure what you mean about 2:33 mark. When you consider “LIVE” everything is minus something when you back it up. -2:33 from live for example. One would have to do the math of when the actual event took place, and whatever time zone they are living. For sure, it’s very strange to see George just hanging out there and not fishing. Paul has this nest elevated above everything so there is no perch to rest and overlook the nest as there was in the recent Hogs Island event where the Eagle swooped in as soon as both birds left the nest.

        • rk1516 June 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm - Reply

          JB, there are pics on this site that show a perch above the camera.

      • Pat June 30, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

        The little one is way too close to the edge. It looks as if the bully is trying to push him out.

      • Momo781 June 30, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

        I’ve been watching since about 7:00am today and there have been no feedings yet. In fact, Gracie’s scolding has not stopped for more than a few seconds at a time, George has not left the nest, just moved around a bit. The two bigger chicks have moved across the nest but only a desultory bit of pecking on the little one. Thought a predator was close by a few hours ago but this seems wholly directed from Gracie to George. Interesting. Family drama on this next has escalated to a new level.

        And thank you for posting the osprey expert letters,very informative. As a wise man once said, no good deed goes unpunished!

    61. Judith June 30, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Is this male osprey not George?

      • suzanne June 30, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

        I was wondering same thing! He looks smaller….and yesterday i noticed netting was gone and there were posts about him having it caught in his talons. I didn’t catch an evening feeding as I usually do also. This is so interesting but sad too. I think many of us forgot nature isn’t always little hummingbirds and rainbows. (me included).

    62. Helen June 30, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

      This morning 6/30 mama bird went fishing. First she left to find some twigs and came back to cover the little one with a little guard rail. Maybe to prevent the big guys from pecking.. Then she flew out again for fish. For some reason, papa is not in the mood today.

      • Jon June 30, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

        The female don’t fish when there’s a chicks, she was only getting things for the nest.

      • Kathy June 30, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

        Well, papa better get in the mood real fast. Now 10:52 and guard rail not working. Little one taking some punishment :'(

    63. JB June 30, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      9:22 Eastern Time, and 8:22 Central. No feeding yet today. I agree with other posters that it will make the bigger chicks even more aggressive against the little one. Little guy has been laying at the extreme left side of the nest and big bully has considered attacking him a few times, but so far has turned away. I also try not looking at what’s happening as they all have become like family.

      • Tucker June 30, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

        You have to consider tides when fishing, I would guess this holds true for George as well.

    64. Tracey June 30, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      My thoughts and prayers are with this osprey family. We at Hog Island witnessed an eagle taking both of our three week old chicks. Godspeed to you.

    65. rebecca b June 30, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Its 9am and I have not seen a feeding yet this morning. They are going to be very aggressive when George gets back with a fish. #3 seems to be smart enough to separate its self from the other two. I have been wondering if there isn’t something wrong with the little one.

      • rebecca b June 30, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

        It seems that #3 is failure to thrive. It is becoming more apparent now with only 2 days separating him and being so much smaller then the other 2. I am still hoping!!

      • Suzie June 30, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

        Poor little thing – every time he raises his head, one of the other two try to kill him. He’s been pecked and twisted so many times about his head and neck, I am afraid he is about at the end. If anything, he’s got to have nerve and/or brain damage.I’m praying, but have very little hope for #3s survival.

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      • GinaM June 30, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

        I think Gracie is on top of the camera yelling at George who is just standing there looking at the water. I hope he isn’t injured… 9:24 AM

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

        Why doesn’t the Mom go fishing

    66. eleanor June 30, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Did they get fed this am? Trying not to watch and just look at the comments. So hard.

      • Cindy June 30, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

        Poor little one doesn’t have any fuzz on his head. The other bigger 2 needs to jump off the nest & leave little one alone.

    67. Emily June 30, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Beautiful view of the sky, ocean and nest, as well as the sandy beach. Thank you.

    68. June B June 30, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Mom and Dad are very vocal this morning. The 2 larger chicks are learning nest building 101. Funny to watch them moving sticks and falling over with sticks much bigger than they are. Little chick sleeping through it. Occasionally wakes up and looks around.

    69. Diane June 30, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

      No fish yet this morning. Both parents in the nest. All 3 chicks up and looking around. Lots of screaming. Not sure what’s going on. Why no fish yet?

    70. Bunny June 30, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Why is Gracie yapping so much, are there other birds of prey in the area? I seem to see George hanging out at the nest and kind of looking towards the sky often. He should be out getting some breakfast for the family. Also notice some straightening out of twigs, guess #1 is not happy with the way the nest looks.

    71. Judy June 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Wondering why George has not brought breakfast to the nest this morning although I’m not looking forward to the abuse the little one will probably get. 🙁

    72. Marilyn June 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      Didn’t see the morning feeding, where’s the little one? Did he/she get anything to eat?

    73. Carol June 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      She’s been out a couple of times taking care of household chores while he stayed and chicksat. Time to bring home the bacon! Osprey-style

    74. Carol June 30, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Gracie’s giving George an earful! He;s a little slow to get started this a.m. Time for breakfast!

    75. Sara June 30, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

      My goodness, what is she yelling at? Her voice even seems hoarse. It’s like she’s talking to keep herself awake this morning.

      • Annette June 30, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Why all the screeching? Is something wrong with peewee? Has anyone seen him/her this morning? Has he/she been fed? Maybe she wants George to get some more food for the little one if he is still alive? Can someone answer?

      • GinaM June 30, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

        I think she wants George to go fishing and bring home breakfast

      • kgerette June 30, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

        Telling George to go get breakfast !

      • Linda June 30, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

        That’s George yelling. I don’t see the little one maybe that why he’s making so much noise

      • Gordon June 30, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

        As of 08.30 local time, I don’t think a single fish has been brought in today. No wonder the mother is agitated! By this time yesterday, there had been two.

        You can identify between the parents as the male is much sleeker in all aspects.

      • andreaallennyc June 30, 2015 at 8:45 am - Reply

        I didn’t see it but she usually is yelling for food. Osprey also yell when there are predators. Both are calls to their partner.

      • Rob Bierregaard June 30, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

        Mom is telling Dad to get his act together and go get some fish!

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