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Rjoneal September 24, 2017 at 10:32 am – Reply
9-23-17 The Nest is Empty, George & Gracie have left to Florida
Great Season 3 started with camera down, thanks to all followers who lived nearby especially Holly and her son reports of our family were there as scheduled.
George brings in 2 fish at the same time which he had never done before. We had our usual Guess 1st Egg laid and Hatch. 3 eggs laid one did not hatch and was known as Egbert, the babies used as a Yoga ball, and Bean Bag. Egbert remained in the nest unbroken and buried in the end. The first fledge was our baby 2 named Eclipse. We had our 1st Baby Naming Contest voted by Followers, we joined with Fb Followers thanks to Nita and Shelli, we got our official names Solar & Eclipse, since we had a Total Solar Eclipse Doris and a few others entered the names which got the most votes. We had our usually worries with trash, ropes, balloons, twine, plastic, but no rescue needed. Our 2 Juv Intruders made themselves right at home even ate some fish at the nest. Goggles were brought in and we all had fun with that.
It would not be the George & Gracie’s Nest if we did not mention Thank You to Tommy and Christiania our Landlords, Paul Henry & TRS whom the site is sponsored by and Aidan who has really put up with a lot this year from us. We welcome our new moderator Shelli at the end of the Season. OF COURSE THE STARS OF IT ALL, A BIG THANK YOU TO GEORGE & GRACIE for returning home safely to the nest and starting their 3rd batch of young.
We all know our CarolV who uses her sense of humor being our spokeswoman posting her comments and pictures and news weather reports. Bre who gave us her beautiful poems again this year, all the followers who posted and gave us pictures of ospreys nearby. We all supported each other during the bad times including our Sweet Rodee who is still fighting but will win. The medical issues, floods, hurricanes, and all the tragedy’s life threw at us we were here for each other. June C did post some anatomy pics of Ospreys and more voice recordings along with some pics. Betsy was with us again and posted info and kept us all updated on events along with the babies progress as they were growing. Michael G.Martin who is still doing his projects. Bob and his wife was with us again, ******* We had so many followers post for the 1st time this Season to do the Baby Naming Vote and was so good to hear from them. I cannot post everyone’s name and what they contributed but I want to say EVERYONE is what makes this site our HOME. Thank You for being here with us again as one Big Osprey Family as we observe, learn more and new things every year.
The George & Gracie Nest gave us all a break from all the things we couldn’t control in our life a sweet, peaceful moment of happiness. Memories we will always have deep in our hearts.
Our Handsome, slender, brave, strong, protector, great fishermen, our one and only Stud Muffin, George made us aww with amazement the way he bonded with Gracie and always did his part. He is an equal partner when it comes to incubating the eggs sometimes he liked it a little too much and Gracie would have to push him off. He loved to feed our sweet Gracie and the babies. Always showing Gracie he will do his part. He made us all laugh at all his wonderful but sometimes crazy behavior especially when he wanted to move Gracie décor around. Now we come to our Precious, Sweet, beautiful, gentle, and very smart Gracie. Such elegance, beautiful posture, wonderfully groomed, good instincts and very protective as well. She sits on her eggs in all kinds of weather and chases off anyone who gets to close. She loved to be pampered and feed by George but when she wanted control of the fish she took control. Gracie did move out of the nest this year which she had never done before. She relocated and gave the nest to the babies who handled it well. Gracie made rare appearances but when she did she brought a fish. Gracie was watching her babies grow from afar. Maybe she was hoping they would mature faster or maybe this will be Gracie routine from now on. We will have to watch next Season so we can learn. She bonds every year more and more with George and together they make a great team raising wonderful baby ospreys. We all love to see and cherish the precious moments when George would be right by her side and together they would make little coo sounds to each other. Our Cutie Pie Baby 2 Eclipse was always proving he/she wanted to be the older bird and be the 1st to do everything. Eclipse wanting to get out of the shadows and not have to wait its turn anymore, to be free and independent as soon as it could fly. How we will miss Eclipse screeching calls and sideways landing in the nest, the selfies, close-ups we got. Together Solar & Eclipse bonded and we got to see the aww precious moments as they laid tucked and curled next to each other. At the closing of Season we had our Nester Baby 1 Solar who just did not want to grow up and took a little longer for her/him to realize it was time to migrate. We will miss Solar’s dives into George or anything that got in the way of fish. How Solar loved to be at the nest and how excited and vocal she/he would get. The beautiful poses she gave us especially how she mastered mantling, and protecting the nest, although at times it seemed to be missing Eclipse. Daddy George took real good care of her/him until she/he was ready to go, and now they are gone. Off to a new land, new trees, and maybe taste different kinds of fish, they will call it home for the next 2-3 years. George and Gracie are in their usual wintering spots which is usually in different areas but we say they have left for Florida. Don’t worry us Floridians keep our eyes to the skies and say a little prayer that George & Gracie are protected in Florida until it is time for them to come back home to Long Island. This is a well-deserved break for them after raising 2 wonderful Ospreys. I end this Season with my favorite saying which is on the Family Tree I made ( Love does not claim possession but gives freedom ) by Rabindranath Tagore
See you next year Season 4
Love Our Osprey Family & Followers ( below is 2 babies from Season 3 that fledged successfully Solar & Eclipse )
2016 George and Gracie do it again, they have managed to make it back home and have 3 fledgling Ospreys all well and healthy as to date. My second year and Osprey Zone is my home. So many new things, Paul has added Aidan to our family the computer guy or man and we can post videos and pictures to the site for all to enjoy. Rob B. our Osprey specialist is here with us again.
Tommy our Landlord invented our magical camera lens window system complete with a jet stream of water thats like a pressure washer. The nest platform was lowered just a bit.
The osprey zone store still open for business.
Betsy made the first portraits of George and Gracie and the 3 babies this year. Betsy also made a portrait of Sandy and Ronnie from last year, the siblings that both fledged.
We had our first videos made on how to tell the difference between the babies. The Guess Egg Hatch date was fun, I started and Betsy finished for me. The First guess of fledgling on each baby. Countless of osprey followers doing a fish count for all to know mostly while babies were young. We have Bre with us again our poet, Bob at 71 still reminding us the birds are nature and anything can happen, CarolV she is our number one commentary with her humor,info,weather reports,upbeat postings. We cant forget our Micheal Martin who is always gathering up info and dates to work on his projects. June C is working on voice recording on George, Gracie and the 3 babies showing data and sound waves the different calls and sounds our Osprey do. The best new was no fish kill and plenty of fish even our baby 3 who is 41/2 days younger than oldest survived and fledged against all his odds of sibling rivalry, he still has bald spot from being pecked so much but he is a survivor.
So many more things and so many more people who make Osprey Zone our home away from home. Lets all hope all will migrate and George and Gracie will be back next year.
We had our first year of having TROLLS on are site also thanks to Betsy unofficial detective work they no longer bother us.
Is this the 1st year these osprey had babies? How many years have they nested here?
I to wish Gracie was a better mother but from what I have read this is how nature is. This is my first year watching all the live cams on ospreys. I live in Florida close to the beaches and we have an osprey nest all around us. The babies dry off in my weeping willow tree and wooden fence after a summer rain. I watched a nearby nest on cell phone tower and one nest in Publix shopping center on top of parking lot lights. I never knew how bruital life could be for them.
As I was saying my 1st year watching and it’s been one bad viewing experience but I learned a lot. First I watched the nest that killed all the eggs from a hailstorm,The mother stayed in the hail and protected them but 1 or 2 are believed to have fell out during storm the 3 rd one had cracked and did not survive. Then I watched a beautiful 2 babies born to Rachel and Steve and they were getting so big I watched everyday then an eagle came took both babies. So that leads me to watching osprey zone and now they are hungry and have tourted the little one. I did learn a lot but I think I will probably just watch fr Florida in my area not so much the live cams.
I am curious though about this family if it is their first and how long they been nesting there if anyone could tell me then it will end my learning experience with the osprey and live cams.
Thank you for giving anyone and everyone a chance to see and learn most of all it was free. Hard to get any education for free.
Please keep up the good work my blessing are with all of you and the osprey family.
Almost can’t take it anymore that poor little guy is picked on and not alowed to eat at all. I know its natures way but its heartbreaking to see every day.
After I’m done typing this out, I’m deleting this site. It’s too gruesome to watch the wee one getting gang-banged by the elder siblings. All I do is cry…cry…cry. If the wee one doesn’t make it, I hope (s)he dies quickly, instead of suffering. My heart goes out for him/her. 🙁
I, too , am devastated to watch how the sweet little one is attacked. I feel like a sadist tuning in to watch . I am going to hope that a previous blogger’s remarks re how even a little runt can survive this abuse, will do so in this case.
OMG Nature is so hard.
I’m so disapointed Gracie does not take better care of her runt….they are literally killing him right before her eyes…very hard to watch even though this is “nature” The little guy just doesn’t have a chance against their assault