Osprey Cam: Reality TV Featuring Our Wild Neighbors



Editor’s Note: Osprey Cam is back! Check out the 2014 edition at its new location.

Yes, the ospreys have the left the nest and the osprey cam has ended its run (but look f0r it next year). Want another live cam? Check out deep sea life live with from the Okeanos Explorer!

By Jeff Dequattro, Nature Conservancy Coastal Programs Office, Alabama

UPDATE, JULY 6, 2013: If you see an empty nest: Both Ossie and Aubrie have been leaving the nest for fairly long periods, but returning, sometimes with a fish, sometimes with a parent with a fish (and getting fed). We expect these out-of-nest periods to lengthen as the birds mature — for now, at least one of the birds is still sleeping in the nest.

UPDATE, JUNE 26, 2013: Osprey will fledge (leave the nest) anywhere from 52 to 60 days after hatching. Any day now Ossie and Aubrie will start leaving the nest on experimental flights where they will learn to hunt and survive on their own. This doesn’t mean that they’ll be away for the whole summer – typically, the young birds of prey will stick around the nest an additional 3 to 4 weeks while they learn to be adults.

Allie laid three eggs over the course of 2 to 3 days starting on March 28. The incubation period lasted for 36 days until the first egg hatched on May 3, with the second egg hatching during the early morning of May 4th. The third egg did not hatch, unfortunately, however this isn’t abnormal. We’ve all watched over the past 54 days as Bama brought up to six fish per day at some points to feed the three nest-bound ospreys. 

There are some new neighbors in town, and I can’t stop spying on them!

Allie and Bama recently moved to Orange Beach, Alabama. They live on prime real estate in this pristine beach town along the northern Gulf Coast. The climate is sub-tropical, grocery shopping is close-by, and the commute to work is more than manageable. They utilize locally sourced food for nourishment and have recycled building material for their humble abode. Their family is healthy and quickly growing with the arrival of two new offspring.

Allie, Bama and their newborns are not your typical beach-town family. They are birds of prey, called osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and in late spring this spring, The Nature Conservancy and our partners installed a camera to monitor their activities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We have been invited into the home of Allie and Bama, and it has been the best unscripted reality show I’ve ever seen!

Ospreys are typically social animals that are seen all over the world, including populated coastal areas. They build their nests near hardy supplies of fish and in open, elevated locations that allow for a safe approach by air. Artificial platforms, like the one Allie and Bama have adopted are important for providing safe harbor for rebounding populations of ospreys. Ospreys also tend to build nests on other manmade structures not intended for this purpose, such as telephone poles, electric transformer boxes and channel markers, which can be unsafe for these animals and cause a nuisance for critical infrastructure important to humans.

What can you see on the Allie and Bama osprey camera?

Bama, the patriarch of the family,  brings in several fish a day from Perdido Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, both of which are less than a mile away. Bama brings mostly striped mullet (Mugil curema) to share with the family.

Allie (aka: Mom) takes over by tearing small chunks of the fish and feeding them to the eager chicks who are straining their necks and wrestling each other for a chance to get a tasty morsel of fresh sashimi. Once Mom and the chicks are finished, Bama comes back and cleans out the nest. You’ll notice that the nest is very well kept and free of discarded fish carcasses.

Allie rules the roost — she sticks around the nest almost all day to keep the hatchlings warm, fend off predators like owls and ensure everyone’s belly is full. It’s easy to tell the difference between the parents. Allie is noticeably larger than Bama, and she has brown spots around her neck, like a necklace. When Allie stands up, or takes a short flight around the nest to stretch her wings, you’ll see the two chicks sleeping or wrestling with each other.

You may be asking yourself: Why should I care about the osprey?

  • The survival and proliferation of this osprey family is rooted in a healthy and resilient ecosystem. Consisting on a diet of almost exclusively fish, they tend to live near large bodies of water where their primary source of food is plentiful. For that reason, the presence of ospreys is often viewed as an indicator that something is going well in the environment. It means there are fish that are big enough and virile enough to support a healthy balance of predator and prey interactions. Allie and Bama have food sources for their young in nearby Perdido Bay as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Their presence in this area indicates that fish are plentiful enough to keep two large adult ospreys and two rapidly growing juveniles healthy.
  • They are just cool! They are the only type of hawk or eagle that dive all the way into the water to catch fish. They dive feet first and catch fish with their sharp talons. They also have a reversible outer toe that they use to point their fish head-first, which makes them more aerodynamic during the flight back to the nest.
  • Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback since their sharp decline between 1950 and 1970. The United States’ ban on DDT in 1972 is largely thought to be the reason for their comeback. This apparent change in populations and health over that period of time has implications for ospreys’ sensitivity to the environment. If ospreys are declining, then the health of the resources they depend on are also in decline.

I encourage everyone who reads this blog to view the camera and participate in the upcoming baby-naming contest that just started! Watch Allie and Bama throughout the summer and share our excitement with watching the two hatchlings grow like weeds. This is a rare opportunity to be intimately involved in the lives of wild animals.

Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.




Comments: Osprey Cam: Reality TV Featuring Our Wild Neighbors

  •  Comment from M Green

    I’m amazed by these birds. My kids and I can’t stop watching since I saw this a few days ago. The behaviors are amazing to watch. Thanks for this one of a kind experience!

    •  Comment from Lynda

      does Bama stay at the nest, it got dark last night and he wasn’t home?

  •  Comment from Asher Waxman

    How was the camera installed without disturbing the birds?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Asher, ospreys use the same nest over and over again — this camera was installed during a period when the birds were not using the nest.

  •  Comment from Kirsten Hope Walker

    Thanks for posting this! It’s the best reality show on the internet. I love Ospreys. We had a frequent visitor at a federal fish hatchery I worked at a couple of years ago in Texas and I could watch her for hours! I’m hooked on these cuties!

  •  Comment from S Scanlon

    Thank you
    The fact that you took the time to introduce humans to the beings around them may spark an interest in conservation and preservation of the earth’s natural resources.

  •  Comment from Kalan

    Got the link to your webcam from The Nature Conservancy today. TOTALLY awesome! When did the chicks hatch?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Kalan, the chicks hatched about six or seven weeks ago.

  •  Comment from Dad

    Here is an osprey cam in Orange Beach, AL. Better look soon as these babies are almost grown. Looks like this is about 15 miles from you?

  •  Comment from Pat Taylor

    We have numerous osprey and eagle nests around Pensacola and at Fort Pickens but none with a “bird’s eye view” such as this one. Thank you

  •  Comment from Alice Spieth

    From our kitchen window, we have full view of an osprey nest near Peace River in Central Florida. What a treat to watch them rebuild their nest, sit on it ,then bring food to the babies, and then teach them to fly. This is their 3rd year on this nest.

  •  Comment from Cathy

    This is an absolutely wonderful thing you’ve provided! My family and I are mesmerized by these beautiful creatures! We will continue to watch these remarkable birds every day as they go through their daily living tasks. Seeing them move about, preen their feathers, feed, and respond to the world around them brings such joy to me and to my entire family. You’ve made lots of people around my home smile by giving us a window into the fascinating world of these ospreys!

  •  Comment from Dorothy Bachman

    I have been watching the progress of the osprey nests in Montana and now have found these. It is amazing how fast they grow and how attentive the parents are.

  •  Comment from Florence Eaise

    Simply amazing! Ive never seen baby birds so closely before or such beautiful baby birds I love this thanks for doing this its truly a treat

  •  Comment from Yelitza Leon

    Thank you for watch & Saving Mother Nature ! I am doing my best too. :-)

  •  Comment from Maria

    This is so fabulous. Can’t stop watching. Thank you

  •  Comment from David

    When will they start to fly?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Looks like very very soon.

  •  Comment from Lotus

    Thanks, this is so excellent & fascinating!!

  •  Comment from Bab Holtz

    I seeing what looks like 3 adults in the nest. Is that 3rd bird 1 of the babies?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      There are only two baby osprey in this nest. If you see a third, it’s an adult. They’re hard to tell apart at this stage!

  •  Comment from JoAnn

    Love this!! Been watching them most of the day! Thanks for posting! :)

  •  Comment from Chris

    Bab Holtz – Look at the white wing tips (primaries, etc.)on the two younger birds. They appear to be dark/light,speckled looking overall. The Adults appear dark overall. The facial markings, neck and chest look similar but the top of the young birds’ heads look a little different.

  •  Comment from Sameera

    Wow. I like this. This is my first time i am watching a live filming of birds life. thank you very much. Great attempt. I am from Sri Lanka and i am a naturalist coz like this opportunities very helpful for us to learn about other country s birds., Thank you again.

    I like this so much.

  •  Comment from Steff

    Amazing– absolutely amazing how these beautiful creatures care for each other. I think people should take a few lessons from them.

  •  Comment from Eve Stocker

    It appears that one of the adults is standing watch through the night; is this right? It is the first time I have seen this nest cam, so I have no idea what the usual behaviour of these ospreys is. I have not seen the second adult; would it be usual for the second adult to sleep somewhere else other than the nest and then return in the dawn? By the way, I am watching on my computer at work in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you for this most remarkable sight.

  •  Comment from Alice

    Wow, this has been so fun to check in with them all day to see what they’re doing. Really a joy to watch their daily life. Beautiful birds.

  •  Comment from Robert Bryant

    What a sense of the value of life you have offered here!
    I Chanced upon it at a time when I am recuperating from triple
    by-pass heart surgery and other ailments.
    When I watch these beautiful birds feed and preen and grow;when I watch the parents diligently nourish and protect them, I am struck by the thought that life, no matter how short, is fulfilling. Life…all of life, is so sacred and so wonderful that we should face the inevitable ending with nothing less than an appreciation for our short journey here.
    Nature is so breathtakingly splendid.
    Thank you for sharing!

    •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

      WOW!!! What a beautiful comment. And I wish that
      everyone would feel the same. Hope you get well soon.

      •  Comment from Robert Bryant

        Thank you, Patty.

        You are a kind and sensitive lady.

        Robert

  •  Comment from Myron Zerger

    thanks for making this cam possible—this is similar to the decorah. iowa eagle family i watched for hours last year—this a real treat for me….

  •  Comment from donna

    9am,looks hot up there,what do they do for shade or to stay cool? they’re almost panting,,this is very interesting,cant wait to see them eat,,but they need water ?

  •  Comment from MamaCamel

    Love this! I’m totally addicted! Can’t keep from checking in on them frequently.
    Is it me or is one of the fledglings a little weak? Seems like he/she is nearly always lying down when I peek in and his/her wings seem splayed more often than not.

    Also, do birds pant? Like just now it looks like mom and baby have their mouths just open in what looks like panting…

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Birds do not sweat — they do open their beaks to facilitate breathing when it’s hot. So it looks like panting.

  •  Comment from JoanieT

    Last year we watched the baby eaglets grow . Was this the same nest? This is great just no sound this time. I have sent it on to everyone. Great for kids instead of games on the computer this summer Thanks for this education.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Not the same nest — different cam and location.

  •  Comment from JoanieT

    I do think the names should be “Rolle” and “Tidee” to keep in the theme of things.

  •  Comment from Jared Buker

    Loving this!! It’s been slow here at work, so watching the ospreys has helped the time pass by a little more quickly!

  •  Comment from trillium

    Best bird cam ever! Such a good, clear picture!

  •  Comment from Bill Hepburn

    This is fabulous. I can’t wait until they try to fly. I had a Mourning Dove nest in a low tree on my lawn and watched the chicks develop, including trying to fly. One day the nest was empty and I have wondered if mom and chicks moved on or if a predator got to them.

  •  Comment from Sunshine

    One of the juveniles bobs his head around quite a bit as he peers aroung. I wonder if he has an eyesight problem. Anyhow, I have named him Bob. Don’t you think he should be named “Bob?”

  •  Comment from Anita May

    Love watching the family on and off two days but haven’t seen the male adult or seen the birds feed. It is great fun to watch the chicks test their wings, though. Thanks for a great view, I’ve only seen osprey from a distance hunting fish on a lake I visit – that male shares his lake with a bald eagle and a great heron. Great bird fight scenes.

  •  Comment from Mike Petty

    It’s great watching the babies. I notice that they scratch a lot. Do they have a problem?

    •  Comment from Darci Palmquist

      No problem. The scratching is essentially their way of grooming. It’s hot on the Northern Gulf Coast this time of year and with that heat there are plenty of pesky mosquitos and other insects that see the osprey family and their feeding times as sources of food. The ospreys are continuously preening and cleaning themselves so they can remain healthy.

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    See the update above from scientist Jeff DeQuattro about when the ospreys will be fledging — and what’s next for them.

  •  Comment from Leah

    Thank you for this wonderful view. Our family is enjoying this treat.

  •  Comment from Anita

    Do the babies–who haven’t left the nest quite yet from what I can tell–get water through the food brought to them by Mom and/or Dad?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Ospreys usually don’t need to drink water — they get all they need from the fish they eat.

  •  Comment from Lilli

    Thanks for this great opportunity to see live ospreys!
    I noticed one of the young ospreys seems to stand on one leg some of the time and is less active. Does it have a handicap?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Not sure — we will ask our field staff if they have information on this.

      •  Comment from Loralee

        I noticed that too!! Holding up his/her right leg!

  •  Comment from Kerri

    Is the feed not available on mobile devices? Can’t see it on my iPad.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      I don’t believe it works on Apple’s mobile Safari, Kerri.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    I’m enjoying this so much!! Thank you for posting it…It’s my new addiction!! Right now I’m sitting at my desk (supposedly working), worrying about the two babies because they seem bored!! hahaha!!
    Thanks again!!
    Loralee

  •  Comment from Kristi

    This is amazing! Mom and the kids polished off what looked like a catfish in about 40 minutes, fins, bones, skin and tail. Nothing was wasted. She ate more after the kids were full, then made sure there were no scraps in the nest. We should take a lesson.

  •  Comment from Carolyn Graye

    Love this! Thanks for letting us watch Allie, Bama, and their chicks. Beautiful birds!

  •  Comment from Lotus

    I haven’t seen the dad at all and have been watching nearly all day every day the last couple of days (yes, I am neglecting the housework and the children haha)and I just wondered if anyone else has seen him recently? Is it rare he is by the nest?

  •  Comment from Adam

    The feed has stopped, is the camera down?

  •  Comment from Kevin

    Uh oh. The camera appears to be frozen on a nighttime scene!

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    It’s Thursday morning and this doesn’t look like a live streaming camera shot. It looks like a photograph of a nest and a parking lot. It hasn’t changed. No cars are moving in the parking lot, or the road, and no wind and feathers are blowing in the nest. Yesterday there ere feathers blowing around the edge of the nest and you could seeing the Osprey’s moving, but this looks like a still camera shot.

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    I just posted a comment and the time given to the post was June 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM. But, I am writing this at 7:28 AM, EDT. The time is inaccurate.

  •  Comment from trillium

    Is the camera turned off? It doesn’t seem to be working.

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    Camera was down in the night, but is back now.

  •  Comment from trillium

    It’s on now.

  •  Comment from Greg Adams

    Absolutely remarkable. Living in the center of the United States, we don’t have many opportunities to see this kind of thing. Thank you so much.

  •  Comment from Greg Adams

    To see the adult fly into the nest with a fish in its talons is amazing. And the wingspan on them ….. Huge.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    To those wondering I saw the Dad stop by twice yesterday in the late afternoon with fish. Once he landed with the female. The female then starts right in distributing the fish. The male is there and gone very, very quickly. Easy to miss.

  •  Comment from Greg Adams

    That one little one has had a talon caught in some nesting material for some time now. Hope it breaks free of it soon. Kind of makes you nervous.

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    Mom, just left the nest. Well, are you going to go for it?

  •  Comment from cisco47

    I’d love some specifics.
    About how large is the nest? How many times has this pair of osprey used it? Do they rebuild each season? Do the babies remain in the area or move on to another location?
    I LOVE watching them try their wings, especially flapping and going straight UP! Will the mom fly with them when they begin?

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Wow! One of the birds went backwards to the edge of the nest and pooped over the side. Is that what they do all the time? Is there a pile under the nest?

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    One bird is flying from one side of nest to the other. Is (s)he getting ready to fly away?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      From what we understand, this is very typical behavior before they actually leave the nest. Testing wings.

  •  Comment from Cheryl Makovsky

    The mom is making me laugh. The babies are nearly as large as she is, yet she is protecting them (from the wind?) with her wing. A helicopter mom, just like so many of us….

  •  Comment from Kathryn

    We have a pair of Osprey near our home on Lake Norman in NC. We love watching them, but obviously this camera view is sooo much better! It seems that our Osprey are on about the same time-table? Is the timing of returning to the nest about the same everywhere or does it vary by region? Thanks for the up-close view! (Also our Osprey have eaten a few snakes… Yuck. Is this typical?)

    •  Comment from Emily Ginder

      I just found a osprey cam from NJ. This nest has four babies that are quite a bit younger than these. Can’t imagine how crowded the nest will be when they get bigger! That cam has sound.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    These babies are huge but won’t leave the nest and sit around waiting for food all day. Kids these days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  Comment from Kim

    I love this but I wish there were audio. This is amazing.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      I have it on good authority we’re working on audio for next year.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    This is marvelous! Just started watching a few days ago. Saw Bama then, but not in past couple of days. Does he normally leave for this long, or have I missed a visit from him to the nest?

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    Well, it’s Thursday night, at 11:40 PM, EDT and one bird is wide-eyed looking at the camera! I guess he can’t sleep. Or, maybe there’s not enough room in the nest with four Osprey’s.
    I’m in Lilburn, GA and we just received a heavy 20-30 minute rain. I would be interested in watching the nest during a heavy rain.

  •  Comment from Eve Stocker

    It surprises me that these birds are awake so much during the night. Is this because of the interference of so much electric light in the man-made environment? In the natural habitat would they sleep through the night or still be awake most of the time?

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    I believe the camera just froze!7:25 AM, EDT

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    No! I just had to reset it!
    All is well, for now.

  •  Comment from JoAnn

    I haven’t seen “Dad” since the other evening. Has he been back to the nest yet?

  •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

    This is so amazing and wonderful to watch. I pray that
    their first flight will be safe. Thank You for sharing
    this.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    A few minutes ago, one of the babies(?) just flew up over the nest for a few seconds before landing back in the center. Has anyone noticed them flying away from the nest yet?

  •  Comment from Selma Sagalow

    What a great treat. THANK YOU!

  •  Comment from Barbara Agule

    That was the longest “flight” I’ve seen so far.

  •  Comment from Cat Hudgins

    What kind of camera are you using? The picture is soooo sharp!
    Thank you!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    There is only one in the nest!

  •  Comment from trillium

    One is off! has to have been in last 20 minutes because I have been checking in all day.

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    Fledgling #1 flew completely out of the nest at 3:15 PDT (6:15 in Alabama, I presume.) He’s now been gone for eight minutes and counting. Momma left soon after his departure, presumably to take care of him. Meanwhile, #2 is doing a lot more wing-flapping, so he may follow soon enough.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    It happened between 10-20 minutes ago.

  •  Comment from Brendan

    The one left the nest about 6:16pm EST. It’s hard to tell where it has gone or if it is just perched somewhere off camera. Wish we had another camera angle!

  •  Comment from Denise

    The young one took off about 8.10 am Eastern Australian time. The parent took off very soon after, possibly to keep an eye on it.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    He came back at 5:49.

  •  Comment from Denise

    Young one just arrived back 8.49 Eastern Australian time, good news. First long flight?

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    Fledgling #1 just arrived back at the nest at 3:49 PDT, for a total time away of 34 minutes. No sign of Momma yet. My wife thinks that #2 has calmed down again now that he has company. #1 is doing a lot of wing stretching.

    Meanwhile on channel 2 (http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/live-osprey-cam and thanks for the tip, Emily Ginder!), those two babies have been fed two fish in the past hour! Lots going on.

  •  Comment from Carolyn Graye

    One chick seems much larger and has already flown and returned to the nest today. Wondering about the other one who stands around on one foot quite a bit?

  •  Comment from trillium

    They seem to mostly face towards our left. What direction is that, and is that the side of the prevailing wind?

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    The camera appears to be pointing approximately north. Yesterday, the wind seemed to be coming from the west, so they were facing into it, getting lift by stretching out their wings. #1 did this many times, “flying” for a split second and “landing” right where he took off from (or at most on the other side of the nest) before he was ready for his true maiden flight. So far today, the wind seems dead calm, which means they aren’t oriented the same way, and which may make it more difficult for #2 to follow in #1′s footsteps. Right now (6:58 A.M. PDT or 9:58 Alabama time) #1 is flapping a lot, getting ready for another excursion?

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    Now the wind has come up (from the west, more or less, again), and there is a lot more preparatory wing-beating on the part of both fledglings. It looks like more flights are likely very soon, even though you can sometimes see the rain dripping off them. It would seem a lot safer if Momma were around to help guide them back to the nest.

  •  Comment from Richard Simon

    I look at this every day and it brings a smile to my face.
    I have been an avid Central Park birder but due to right knee and left foot problems, which have lasted years, my birding has been sharply curtailed. This has helped to fill a void in my life. Thank you for that.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Thank you, Richard — we’re pleased to bring them to you.

  •  Comment from trillium

    Chick landed within a minute of mom, so he must be keeping close by her when off the nest.

  •  Comment from BionicBabe

    I just saw one bird fledge! i am so excited. Love watching the Osprey

  •  Comment from George Rivers

    That Osprey has been sitting in that nest by itself for several hours, I believe. Every time I enter my room and look at my monitor the bird is there, by it self. It must be a Democrat and expect the other birds to bring it some food. Or else, it doesn’t realize that it is missing an opportunity by not making an effort to fledge. Go on bird, try like the others did! You can make it!

    •  Comment from Richard Simon

      You sir are an imbecile.

      •  Comment from Robert Bryant

        DITTO!

        •  Comment from Laura

          CRAZY stupid to bring politics into the beauty of nature…he will fly when ready, NOT before! They instinctively know their limits. The sibs a lot of times have one a little weaker, one gets more food, being more agressive,the other possibly a slight “handicap” & cant get as much food, thus doesn’t fly or develop as quickly!

  •  Comment from Joy Lubritz

    I’m so relieved the other one’s back.

  •  Comment from kevin doyle

    I just saw one chick on the nest then 2 sub adults now there are 3 can anyone shed light. Kevin new Milford, ct.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Kevin, one of the chicks is fledging and doing test flights. The other seems to be staying in the nest for now. The parent has accompanied the first chick on its flights and returns to the nest with it. Completely normal behavior on all parts.

    •  Comment from kevin doyle

      Hi Bob,

      I’ve been photographing and observing Ospreys here in CT for 5 years. Have 5 nests I can get to from late March to May 30th when the beaches are closed only to residents. The other is a platform nest at the Milford Coastal Audubon Center which also has a web cam but for me I can’t access due active X controls & so forth, I follow these birds twice a week from March till September and in 2010 wrote a daily journal (150 pages typed).

      What I saw when I made the post was that 3 chicks had landed on the nest. One was there then # 2 arrived shortly thereafter by a 3rd, all 3 hand their what I call their first flight feathers. One definitely wasn’t a parent.

      I’ve noticed this here at home where a rouge chick from another nest will land with other chicks only to be chased away when a parent returns. Not common I guess but it happens.

      Our nest this year the female was 8 days late and mating commenced minutes after her arrival since the nest was fixed by the male after Super Storm Sandy did a number one it. This year our pair has one chick and in the past 3-4 all fledgling and hopefully moving on.

      The experts here suspect she’s older and nearing the end, who knows but all 3 seem to doing just fine. Very poor weather in the NE and it’s been 10 days since I’ve been down hopefully one day I’ll catch a break and see our guy flying.

      Any thoughts would be appreciated and what a wonderful camera and these birds allowing us into their lives & living rooms. Humans could learn a great deal from ospreys and nature in general.

      Kevin M Doyle

      •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

        Hi, Kevin:

        We’re a little short on expertise this week — Jeff DeQuattro is on vacation. I will try to get an answer for you from one of our other migratory bird people. Thanks for your comment.

        •  Comment from kevin doyle

          Great looking forward to your reply. Still nasty in CT rain, thunder, muggy not just osprey weather for humans maybe Friday they say sunny and 80 … will be 1st day in last 11 that we’ve seen the sun. Yesterday 2 tornadoes about 50 miles north of me and the media goes crazy, I guess they missed or forgot the mid-west or for us it’s weather news … well that’s osprey weather in southern England. I see the birds are basking in windy conditions and sun.

          •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

            Kevin, this from our scientist Jeff DeQuattro, weighing in from his vacation:

            “It definitely is a possibility and if it was a fledgling from another nesting pair, Allie might not reject it, but the dominant juvenile (Ossie or Aubrie) would probably be somewhat aggressive towards it.”

          •  Comment from kevin doyle

            Hi Bob,

            That’s what I thought not being an expert in biology or bird science but having logged close to 1000 hours watching ospreys over the years I believe in 2010 when our pair had 4 chicks I was distracted by a loud roar of piston engines it was a B-29 coming in for landing at the old Sikorsky Airport that built Corsairs for WW-ll … it’s now a civilian airport when I looked back at the nest there were 6 chicks but this was well towards the end of August and the female was long gone never to be seen until the following spring. So possibly these 2 were passing through found a nest and took a break. Also I’ve been told when rouge ospreys pester the new nest, they might have been chicks from the prior year. So 2013 (now) might being seeing chicks from (2011). Not proven but a theory.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    I have been so enjoying watching these ospreys! However, Mr Rivers has spoiled things somewhat with the unnecessary comment about Democrats. The Democrat Party is the strong supporter of environmental causes. It is certainly not Republicans. Let’s keep this about nature, please!

    •  Comment from Kevin C.

      Thank you for that response! Haha I thought the same thing. We should keep this site about nature and not get all political…

    •  Comment from Richard Simon

      The Republicans cannot help but show the world what a bunch of jackasses they are.

      •  Comment from Robert Bryant

        DITTO!, again. One always shows up. Even in the most

        pristine places.

  •  Comment from Mary Perlick

    Did I see 3 chicks earlier? None of them had the solid back of Mom; all were mottled.

  •  Comment from Robert Bryant

    Bob,
    Can you give me the address or a landmark for this location?
    I would love pulling it up on mapquest.

    Thanks,
    Robert Bryant

    •  Comment from George Rivers

      My guess is that the nest is located, on Wilson Blvd near the intersection of State Hwy 180, in Orange Beach, Alabama. I to believe that the camera faces in a North direction.

  •  Comment from trillium

    Webcam location general area:

    http://blog.al.com/live/2013/04/orange_beach_sets_up_webcam_at.html

    •  Comment from Robert Bryant

      Thank you, trillium!
      You have added a whole new dimension of interest for me.

      Robert Bryant

  •  Comment from Kathryn

    Please refrain from profanity. Most adults understand that humans have great variability as individuals. Trying to claim that 50% of the US population is made up of jacka**’s based on one person’s comment is not very open minded.

    Now for my comment, has anyone noticed that one of the birds seems to have fishing line caught on it’s leg? This could be the reason it is not flying. (Not because it’s a Democrat… DOH)

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    One of the fledglings just landed at 4:05. I don’t know when he left the nest.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    He then flew away again and came right back!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    One just took off at 4:11 CDT

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    and came back a minute later. The other one flew across the nest.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    4849 Wilson. Check it out on google earth.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    There is only one bird in the nest as of 7:43 CDT.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    The bird that is flying is making quick passes over the nest. He acts like a big brother teasing a younger sibling, flying over his head.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      It might also be one of the adults, Emily, encouraging the kid to fly.

  •  Comment from Donn Lehart

    These babies are mesmerizing – I can’t stop watching (and I’m at work right now). Gorgeous. Saw a crow dive-bomb one of the babies who was alone at the time about an hour ago.

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    New to this interesting experience. What is the range of the Osprey?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Terry, do you mean range of the species, or range of an individual bird?

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    I haven’t seen either parent all day. Is the one left in the nest getting hungry? Looks like he is trying to eat bark.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Birds often gnaw at the twigs and sticks that make up the nest — perfectly normal behavior.

      From what our scientists have told us, the parents will now be trying to coax the kids out of the nest to take flights.

  •  Comment from Jo Munn

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful sit!.
    My family and I have enjoyed watching the babies learning to be independent.
    I was wondering if what I am looking at in the middle of the nest is another bird? I see what looks like lots of feathers.
    I am concerned that one of the babies is not ever going to leave the nest. Is the usual for one to stay behind?
    Thanks again.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      That is not another bird — just some feathers.

      As far as we have been able to determine, both birds have made flights out of the nest.

  •  Comment from Rose

    I love that you set this camera up so we get to see this osprey family live, learn and grow! This is a very special way to involve us all with cycles of nature and hopefully help us all put more thought and care into both how we treat our earth and the creatures that depend on it as well as how we can do more to conserve our open spaces. Thanks so much!

  •  Comment from donna

    hey dave h 4849 wilson what ? i couldnt find it,
    thanx

    •  Comment from Barbara Agule

      Donna I found it at S. Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL. It is a little north of rte 180 where you can see a group of tennis courts. (I think.) I can’t pinpoint the nest, though.

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    No, any Osprey. In our neighborhood in Montgomery there are about three different raptors that I have though were different species of hawk. I though that the smallest one might possibly be an Osprey but thought that they might be more specific to coastal areas.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    4849 Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, Alabama. It is at the City Recreational Center.

  •  Comment from Carolyn Graye

    Mom’s been around, but I haven’t noticed Dad lately. Seems like Allie is doing the fish delivery for the last few days. Maybe I missed Bama?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Carolyn, our scientist Jeff DeQuattro replies:

      Dad is definitely still around. He is hunting almost all day. Now that the chicks are fledging, they will start hunting too and the need for Bama to bring fish to the nest will diminish. Pretty soon neither Allie or Bama will need to provide food for Ossie and Aubrie.

  •  Comment from Donn Lehart

    Looks to me like this one baby is too timid yet to fly, though he/she is doing a lot of flapping. I’m concerned mom isn’t feeding enough, as it looks a bit wobbly in the nest. Anyone else make that observation today, or am I just nervous for the little guy?

    •  Comment from Loralee

      I’ve been thinking the same thing, Donn…very upsetting, although, I did see him/her take a short flight a little while ago. Now I’m worried whether or not he/she came back!! There is one baby in the nest now, mom brought a fish, and he/she grabbed it like he/she was starving!! :-(

  •  Comment from Barbara Agule

    I don’t watch this all the time but my impression is that Bama hasn’t been around since 6/27 or so. Recently I’ve seen Allie drop in with fish. Also, I believe that one of the chicks has not yet fledged. Does anyone have proof that they have both fledged?

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    I wish it were possible to post a picture in this comment section, but I don’t see how. I could otherwise show you an image of the nesting site, atop a tall pole that resembles a telephone pole, only fatter and taller. There is a large, roughly rectangular platform mounted on top, and you can make out the outrigger/perch that is visible on the left side of the osprey-cam picture. You can see all of this if you go to Google maps and find the address previously indicated by Dave H., then go into street view and, using the osprey-cam image to orient yourself, look up in the proper direction. (And, if someone can tell me how, I’d be happy to post an image here.)

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Mark, you can insert a link to an image. I’m not sure if it pulls the image into the comment, though.

  •  Comment from Carol Singleton

    Thanks. You can see a full picture (second one down) by clicking on the link provided by Trillium on June 30 at 2:27 p.m. The second picture in the article shows the tall pole and the nest at top. I’ve tuned in about 50 times today and the little guy/gal is always there – when oh when will s/he fly? Love this webcam. thanks.

  •  Comment from Mary L

    I watch quite often and I have never seen the one who stays in the nest leave it. I also notice that when Allie comes with food the stronger one grabs it. I also wonder if the weaker one is getting enough to eat.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Mary, this from our scientist, Jeff DeQuattro: “Normally the first bird to hatch asserts dominance. This bird will get more food, fly first and generally be more aggressive in the nest.”

  •  Comment from Barbara Agule

    Well, I’ve finally seen the empty nest!!!

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Made me cry, Barbara..like watching your kids take their first step!! :-)

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    Oh my goodness! I just saw the lone baby leave the nest!

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    #2 fledgling just made his first flight at 3:14 PDT. It lasted less than a minute before he landed in the nest again, but then he almost immediately flew off again. He has not yet returned for the second time as I write this, a few minutes later.

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    #2 (presumably) is back in the nest after a flight of 5 minutes. We got to see a spectacular approach and landing, head on. Most dramatic footage yet.

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    Now that #2 is a big boy (or girl), having made his first flight(s), he’s ready to fight for the fish with the adult who just brought it home. He’s taken it away and is eating it on his own.

  •  Comment from trillium

    I see two people down int he parking lot, one in red, and one with a white shirt. The one with the white shirt looks like he is filming the nest.

  •  Comment from Carolyn Graye

    Yes…they’re still there. I assume those brilliant green/white flashes are from photography equipment.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    What a day it has been! Fledgling #2′s first flight! We thought it would never happen. What a thrill and the build-up, flapping wings like crazy! But now, where are the two youngsters? And the photographers have scared off the mother with their flashes. Plus the feed is down. This is all very stressful, keeping up with everyone! Enjoyable, but stressful. Now I can’t sleep until I know they are all back and safe tonight.

  •  Comment from Mary L

    It was great to see #2 rip that fish out of Allie”s talons and dig in Thank you to everyone who has been a part of making this available. It has been exciting and educational

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    Yes, it was a day for viewing for sure. And yes, I too am anxious to see the youngsters return a few more times. I have several co-workers now hooked on watching these ospreys.

  •  Comment from Bill

    The green light looked like a laser to me. A camera flash from that distance would not have whited out the camera or scared off the birds. Hope I’m wrong.

  •  Comment from Kevin

    Moderator, can you please delete the comments where people have listed the address of the nest? People have disturbed the birds and were really intrusive. Why can’t people just enjoy from afar?

    •  Comment from Richard Simon

      Why ? Because many people are idiots, that’s why.

      •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

        Reminder: Let’s be civil to each other in the comments. We haven’t been heavy-handed with our moderation thus far. This is a wonderful feature, so let’s keep the tone good.

        •  Comment from Laura

          excellent advice, Bob! TOO many people don’t know about nature/birds, what affects them.

  •  Comment from Kim

    My thoughts exactly, Kevin. I don’t get the need to know the exact location. Why can’t we experience it just as we have been via the live feed. It’s a pretty awesome view IMO! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them. I’ve been very concerned for fledgling #2 as to whether he would ever leave the nest and now that he has, I’m worried he’s not going to come back! My last view before the feed died was Allie returning to the nest and seemingly waiting for her babies to return and then taking off a few minutes later when that didn’t happen.

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    We are checking on the feed to see when it might be back.

  •  Comment from trillium

    I, too, saw the mother startled off the nest by the flashes yesterday evening. The link I posted in a previous comment was from the http://www.al.com blog from several months back. It was made public to thousands of Alabama.com readers then, along with pictures showing the exact location. I only discovered this webcam via a Nature Conservancy email, and I live hundreds of miles away.

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    Folks – why is the feed still out? Did something happen to the birds last night? Did those people do something? It is never a good idea to post locations of animals like this, because not everyone loves them – some people will harm them. What is going on?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      The City of Orange Beach tells me this morning they are working with their internet provider to restore the feed.

      The address of the nest has been public for months on the city’s website.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    The location of the nest was not a secret. It is available by an internet search and has been published in the local paper.

    •  Comment from Kristi

      Yes, but not everyone will take the time to do an independent search. If it’s provided right here, of course lots more folks will see it. I found it more of an adventure to Google Orange Beach and try to find the site based on what I could see from the nest camera. And I was successful, but I didn’t immediately post it.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    Well, I certainly have no objection to the deletion of my posts regarding the address. I just thought it was informative to see the nest location in relation to the nearby bodies of water and anyone living in the vicinity already knows the location.

  •  Comment from Jan Kostle

    After waiting for chick #2 to leave the nest, I had to miss it when it finally left. I feel so bad about that, but want to thank you for creating many enjoyable hours for this bird loving senior. Will they ever return to the nest or are they now perching in a tree somewhere? I hope your cam comes back on. Thanks again.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Cam is back, Jan. I see a bird on one of the nest supports.

      •  Comment from Loralee

        Thank you, so much, Bob!! This is one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime…I know that sounds “corny”, but it really is!! I feel so sorry that people are trying o ruin this amazing experience…maybe they just don’t understand how much this means to some of us, who have nothing else to be happy about. Thank you again!!

  •  Comment from Donn Lehart

    2:45 EST – both babies back in the nest. I was having a pretty bad bout of ‘empty nest syndrome’ earlier.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Yes! I’ve also seen both babies today! But has anyone seen Allie? Last time I saw her was last night when a large flash from below (photographers?) scared her away. Then the feed was down. I’m eager to know if she has been spotted! These high flying babies must be plenty hungry, if mom has not been around!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Has anyone seen Allie today? I’ve seen both babies hanging around the nest…#2 looks hungry, not sure why I think this, but I’m a little worried!!

  •  Comment from donna

    is the camera down agn ?? i’m now an addict – wheres the birds ?? plse get it fixed !!

  •  Comment from Terri Johnston

    The babies were starving and Allie dropped off just one little fish ….. not enough food. Ugh!

  •  Comment from Lynda

    Allie flew off when the white car , and 2 men were there it was around 9pm (EST) what the heck were they doing, shooting?, you don’t take pics at that time of night…..

  •  Comment from Patti

    An adult (couldn’t tell which one) flew in a little while ago and dropped off a very small fish and then flew off again. #1 grabbed it and wouldn’t let #2 near it, tho #2 is trying to be a little bolder these days. I’m always worrying about him.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    Mom must have been by because they have a fish

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Thank goodness..she’s been by a few times, I was starting to worry about #2

  •  Comment from Dave H

    To those worrying. Mom in nest with both chicks.

  •  Comment from Sue

    hopefully mom will be back with another fish for #2

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    Have to say, I’m like others here and worried that #2 isn’t getting enough to eat.

  •  Comment from Patti

    I’m worried, too. #2 always grabs the fish first and won’t share any of it. And now the adults just drop off the fish but don’t monitor who’s eating what. Mom doesn’t put the food into their beaks anymore. I keep thinking “somebody do something!” but I suppose this is just nature.

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Definitely worried about #2, she/he seems to be losing energy, not getting anything to eat, so shy, and even when she does get ahold of the fish (before #1 steals it)it’s too tough for her to tear apart…very worried about baby #2!!

  •  Comment from Sue

    I’m worried about baby #2 not getting food…I just can’t watch it anymore. I’m turning off the cam.

  •  Comment from Mao

    have the ospreys left their nest? flown off? on july 4th? to enjoy there wild freedom?

    Flew, Flew, Voló!

  •  Comment from Patti

    Oops. In my comment above, I meant to say that it’s #1 who grabs the food and doesn’t share. NOT baby #2.

  •  Comment from Mark Traugott

    Mamma is back on the nest and is feeding both fledglings. It’s as if she has responded to the tongue-lashing that #2 gave her yesterday as #1 hogged the whole fish. But really, everyone, this will work out fine. They are both visibly healthy and only weeks from being independent.

  •  Comment from Chloe

    I agree that #2 will be fine. Saw mom come on the scene and helped out with a few fish and #2 seemed to get his/her fill altho #1 is the aggressor and literally dive bombs any available fish.

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    An empty nest again…#2 hopefully getting stronger. Happy July 4th, fellow osprey watchers!

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    In a parallel universe some of you are obsessing about the poor fish. Lets relax and enjoy the fact that both birds seem healthy, and remember that life always seems to make some stronger than others. Its only natural.

  •  Comment from Richard Simon

    9 am this morning (did not have time to post then) momma was feeding one baby and after several minutes of this the other baby pushed their way in and momma started to feed that one.

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    7.4.13 5:55p EDT: Both babies being fed by a parent (one first, then the other after it left the nest briefly and returned).

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    I thought I saw the beginnings of brown spots on #2′s neck? Is it too early to determine the sex of each baby?

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Now at 9:15 PM on 7-4-13, parent is feeding both babies AGAIN three hours later! Life is good! Bob, how long before the babies will be able to hunt for their own fish?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Our scientists tell us they are learning to fish from the parents on some of these flights out of the nest — they should be able to do it on their own within a month.

  •  Comment from Barb

    When do the birds sleep and how many hours? I’ve been up past midnight several times and have seen that they are still awake and moving around in the nest. That’s understandable tonight as it’s raining hard and they seem to be holding onto the nest against the wind, but what about a calm night?

  •  Comment from Loralee

    So relieved to come home tonight, and read all your comments…guess it’s crazy to worry so much!! Maybe I should take Terry’s advice and start worrying about those poor fish!! LOL Thanks so much everyone, feeling happy!!

  •  Comment from Nat

    Wonderful project and some remarkable birds. I keep this video up in the corner of my screen at work to remind me how simple and beautiful life is when I start to feel overwhelmed with work. Thank you very much for this insight into a Osprey family.

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    Cornell Lab of O has an excellent suite of pages on ospreys — lots of information here about their habits: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/lifehistory?p_p_spp=119196

    Not sure about how many hours the kids should be sleeping right now.

  •  Comment from dennishobson

    maan !!.. that is so cool !! … tri to make this stream a wallpaper,, how nice that would be.. !!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Are the fledglings catching their own fish now. When I opened the live feed about a hour ago, there was a fledgling on the nest with a fresh fish. I don’t know if he brought it to the nest himself or if one of the parents did and had just left. A few minutes before the nest was empty. It has taken more than an hour for him to eat the fish. I’m assuming that is just inexperience.

    After they leave the nest, where do they eat the fish? Do they sleep in trees at night?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Emily, they are still sleeping in the nest at night thus far. I didn’t see the fledgling come in with the fish — maybe someone else watching the stream did and can confirm.

      •  Comment from Emily Ginder

        I was unclear in my question. Where do ospreys eat and sleep after they leave the nest permanently? Do they take the fish somewhere relatively flat?

        •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

          According to the Cornell link I put up earlier in the comments, the birds will eventually go to the Southern Hemisphere for a couple of years before returning roughly to their birth area. Ospreys like to roost in the tallest places around — tall trees. They are rarely on the ground and actually don’t walk very well on it. So, trees and other tall places.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    It is certainly humorous to watch the fledgling on the nest now trying to eat the fish. Doesn’t have the technique yet.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    He just gave up and left the fish there.

  •  Comment from Patti

    Has anyone found a good way of telling the two siblings apart? I usually go by what I perceive to be their slightly different behavior, and I think the “sideburns” on #1 are a little fuller than #2′s. (But when the wind is blowing it’s kinda hard to tell.)

  •  Comment from Loralee

    What the heck is wrong with those people in the parking lot…the large woman in the turquoise keeps waving her arms, scaring Allie!! Geeeeez…who is she waving at? UGH!!

  •  Comment from Robin Rae

    Such a sad sight… Allie in the nest all alone, a big chunk of fish under each foot, and getting soaked by the rain… “Empty nest syndrome”… Hopefully the young ones are keeping dry under a tree somewhere. This has been amazing watching this family over the past couple weeks (I found it a bit late).

    Thanks so much for making this available! Could there be the possibility of a live feed of some other wild animals?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      We are always on the lookout for other live feeds that help illustrate the importance of conservation. This one is special, given the clarity of the feed and the closeness of the camera.

  •  Comment from Carolyn Graye

    It’s amazing to watch the less assertive chick/fledgling pester Allie for food when she gets back to the nest. She lands and then flies off again, as if to say “C’mon, ya gotta learn how to fish on your own!” She’s a very devoted mom.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    7-6-13 at 9:21 EDT. Trying not to be alarmed, so can anyone update me? I have not seen a second baby on the nest in over 24 hours. See one baby there now, waiting on dinner, it seems. I have seen a parent & baby earlier today, with fish. Much rain earlier, so poor parent was looking very lonely on the nest, with fish an no one to feed. Will a baby, especially the dominant one, stay away for longer periods, then come back around? I really like to see three in the nest overnight!

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Now I’m seeing the July 6 update. Missed it earlier. Good to know this info. I was not sure I saw three in the nest last night and was worried. Now one lonely baby is in the nest as it gets dark. Looking for mom! Everyone head for home!!!

  •  Comment from Richard Simon

    three in the nest at 9am and then one baby flew away.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Thanks so much for the update, Richard! Knowing you saw all three in the nest is great news! They certainly come & go often these days, which I know is the goal. I do miss seeing them as much. Thanks again!

  •  Comment from Kim

    Around 9ish a.m. Atlanta time the less dominant baby made an awkward landing into the nest, joining Allie and its sibling (which was tackling a fish). Shortly afterward Allie took off and came back not long after with a fish (good mom!). The less dominant baby must have been quite hungry because he ran right over to the fish. Now, an hour and a half later it’s just Allie in the nest getting soaked through. They look so dejected when it’s raining. I think I am feeling the empty nest syndrome too.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    Three youngsters in nest.

  •  Comment from Barb

    There has been no camera for several hours, but I’ve found another sight to view the nest. Would rather have this site with the comments and answers, though!

  •  Comment from Richard

    bird came to nest at about 7:55 am cdt then another came with a fish a minute later then left.

    I’m guessing that was a parent. cool stuff. thanks for sharing.

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    New interview with Jeff DeQuattro in the Anniston Star newspaper on the osprey cam: http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/23065725/article-Lisa-Davis–Hottest-reality-stars-with-wings-ain-t-no-ducks-

  •  Comment from Laurie

    Both youngsters were in the nest together yesterday morning. All seemed well.

  •  Comment from Barb

    Have you discontinued viewing from this camera? I have had no picture for about 18 hours. So sad!!

    •  Comment from Leslie B.

      Barb-I have not had any camera feed interruption at all. Wonder if there is a problem on your end?

  •  Comment from Mao

    have the ospreys fully fledged? will they still be coming back to the nest?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      They have been returning so far. It looks as if they are spending more and more time out of the nest, though.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Camera seems to be frozen.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Lonely fledgling on nest for past half hour.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    One is the loneliest number, little Aubrie!!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Both fledglings on nest. A parent flew to nest and immediately flew away. Whatever message she was trying to give was ignored by both teenagers.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    No one home….

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    After over 50 years of working on it, it is is very humbling to find an entire family better than me at fishing–while only using their feet.

  •  Comment from Dave H

    Three youngsters in nest again..Weird

  •  Comment from Loralee

    There are three fledglings in the nest!! Totally stumped….three birds who all look alike, not Allie! Is one of them from another nest? Any idea?

  •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

    Photo of the three fledglings in the nest, for those who missed it:

    http://blog.nature.org/science/files/2013/07/Screen-Shot-2013-07-10-at-6.01.25-PM.jpg

    •  Comment from Emily Ginder

      Is it a runaway teen hiding out with his new friends?

  •  Comment from Beverly

    Already dating! ha!

  •  Comment from Diana Timmerding

    We watch “the kids” every day now that we found the CamNest. It is so much fun! Seems like everyone is spending lots of time outside the nest, though. Thanks for providing this valuable source of natural information, education, and entertainment?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      You’re welcome, Diana.

  •  Comment from Carol Singleton

    Do you have any photos of the babies when they were babies you could post? I didn’t discover the cam until about a week before the first bird fledged. It appears that many of us were “late” finding this wonderful entertainment. I have seen them a lot at the nest today but yesterday hardly at all. Once today, one bird was there with just a few feathers showing as s/he stood for a while on the metal in the top left corner – I saw the bird fly up there or I never would have noticed it.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    The last few days have been interesting! Thought I was imagining things last night when the three fledglings were on the nest. Who delivered the fish? A parent? Dominant fledgling has been terrorizing the parent who brings fish. I assume Allie? Now it seems that she drops off dinner on the fly and does not land, to avoid the fight! Guess it’s normal for the child to attack the parent who brings the food? Even though dominant child can fish, apparently, still seems to wait on parent to bring food. And, only one fledgling sleeping in the nest these past couple of nights? I’ve only seen one, but may have missed later arrivals. All fascinating to observe! Thanks for this! So many questions.

  •  Comment from Meg

    Will the parents migrate this fall? I feel like we see osprey all year round on the panhandle?

  •  Comment from Chris Blanchfield

    Fascinating tug of war going on! The one with the fish keeping its wings hunched around protectively while the other one tries to nab the end of the fish from behind! Then the one with the fish (not sure which one it is) moved to the edge of the nest to get away and I thought for a moment the fish was going to be dropped over the side!

    •  Comment from Leslie B.

      I happened to catch that drama! Allie dropped off the fish without landing and the two were pretty even for awhile in the tug of war. The one who got it finally almost went “dead” and hovered over the fish for the longest time. Not moving an inch (or even eating). Allie later landed and saw that #2 had started eating after grabbing the fish away. #2 is getting more & more forceful. So interesting to watch this osprey behavior.

  •  Comment from Sue

    Is this one parent feeding the other? There does not seem to be any animosity. Doesn’t it seem to take a long time for one bird to eat a fish?

  •  Comment from Sheila

    I have been watching for the past 3 weeks. Just love seeing the youngsters grow up. Fascinating to watch the parents take such tender care of their kids. Wonderful to see the kids exercise and then fledge. Know its not possible, but would love to see them learn to hunt. Really appreciate this site being open, the expense and work that went into creating the platform was something. I have loved watching birds for more than 15 years actively and my whole life as mere observer. This has been a real treat. I have spent countless hours watching, and just having the feed on in the background. Again, thanks for providing this.

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    Does anyone know what that lump is in the upper right portion of the nest? It almost looks like a dead duck, but I thought osprey only eat fish?

  •  Comment from website

    It’s awesome to go to see this web page and reading the views of all friends about this article, while I am also keen of getting know-how.

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    A fledgling has been hanging out in the nest most of the day, eyes closing a lot. I’m worried it is not well.

    •  Comment from Chloe

      I saw #2 there last nite for quite a while until it finally flew away. Then, again today on and off. It looks as tho it was waiting for mom to appear but I haven’t seen her for days. Not sure if she comes back to the nest anymore. Was wondering if #2 was getting much to eat — I sure hope but don’t think #2 is ready to leave the nest.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    I saw mom bring a fish today to #2, at least that is what it seemed. Quick drop off. #2 few away with it to eat elsewhere. Maybe afraid another (#1?) would try to eat it. It’s tough to figure out what’s going on now. I think that is the picture!

    •  Comment from Chloe

      Glad to hear mom was around to drop off fish; guess I missed that. Hope #2 ups its fishing techniques to stay healthy and not rely on mom so much. #2 always looks rather forlorn and I do feel a little sad to see it just sitting there. Well, they’re all different I’m sure and some just take longer than others.

      •  Comment from Donn Lehart

        Yes, both #1 and #2 are in the nest now. The one I call #1 is larger and lighter in color, is hovering over a fish; #2 is trying to inch over. I worry about this little guy – it pants a lot, eyes close often and lies down as well. I certainly hope someone will intervene and help it if it seems in any greater distress.

        •  Comment from Loralee

          I agree with Donn and Chloe, Little Aubrie does seem distressed, quite often…she doesn’t seem ready for mom to turn her loose to fish on her own, and it does seem that Ossie is taking her food, I worry about her Very much!! I realize that it’s nature, survival of the fittest and all that…but, I’ve become very attached to her, and would really love to see her thrive, survive, have a good life!!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Both fledglings are in the nest this morning. One is grooming and the other is chirping for someone. Just like human babies, some take longer to sit up, walk, and grow up.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    I tried to delete my previous comment. Actually one is eating a fish and the other wants some, but isn’t allowed a bite. That is why he is chirping loudly.

    •  Comment from Chloe

      The nest is empty now so hopefully #2 is out there fishing and is successful. I’d love to see #2 with a yummy fish in the nest without #1 making any moves on it. Meanwhile, hope mom hangs around to make sure all goes well.

      •  Comment from Loralee

        Mom to the rescue!! Happy to see Aubrie with her own fish!!:-)

        •  Comment from Chloe

          That’s great news! Hope mom is taking #2 literally under her wing and steering her to the best fishing spots for a quick lesson. The parents will be migrating soon enough and both fledglings will have to be self-sufficient. Still not sure #2 will be ready….

          •  Comment from Emily Ginder

            Do the ospreys on the Gulf Coast migrate? Different charts I have looked at indicate this area has osprey all year round. I am looking at different osprey cams around the country and most commentators say that the father migrates last after all the chicks are self-sufficient. Some fledglings do take longer than others, causing migration to be delayed. I am not sure if all I have read is correct, so perhaps someone can verify.

  •  Comment from Sheila

    one of the youngsters just brought in a pretty large fish
    it’s pretty great to see success!!

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    Aubrie(No.2) in nest alone hoping Mom will arrive with a free supper. Daughters, like my own, never seem to get off Mom and Dad’s payroll.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Isn’t it the saddest thing to see Aubrie there all alone so often! I have seen Aubrie eating fish several times today. Not sure if mom dropped off or Aubrie is fishing now. Hoping for the fishing on own thing. Info on this site has said ospreys are social, so I am thinking Aubrie must be one lonely little osprey! I guess it is normal for mom to stay away all of the time, but sad nevertheless.

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Poor lonely girl!! She cry’s and cry’s or mom…it really is sad!!

  •  Comment from Pat Taylor

    Aubrie has a very nice flounder for lunch yesterday and ate the whole thing! Enjoyed watching her work so hard until she got every last drop of it.

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    Thanks for the update Pat. I’ve not seen Aubrie for several days, and am glad people have posted that she is catching her own fish now.

  •  Comment from Chris Blanchfield

    Since Ossie and Aubrie are out of the nest so much lately, I discovered another osprey web cam that’s in Maine. The two young ones in that nest haven’t started flying yet so there’s more activity around the nest. you can find it at:
    http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/live-osprey-cam

    Enjoy!

    •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

      Thank you for this site. The 2 babies were trying to flap
      their wings while Mom is watching. Then Dad flew in with
      a branch. Will not be long. Hope the Parents will be there to guide them to safety. Aubrie is in the nest now.

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    Fantastic new site, Chris. It has sound too. Have to say, our Alabama osprey much handsomer than their Yankee cousins. But ain’t that always the case?

  •  Comment from Richard Simon

    Yeah Terry, they are fine until they have to go to school. Then the rankings of Alabama education come into play and pity those poor osprey :).

    •  Comment from Chloe

      Yes, I’ve been watching the osprey cam in Maine for a while and understand the little ones will be fledging by end of July or early August. It’ll be a little like instant replay after watching this cam but will be fun to follow their progress. The parents are Rachel and Steve and Rachel is forever the doting mom. Steve literally fishes his tail off supplying a ton of fish. The youngsters are Mabel and Tory and seem anxious to “lift off” very soon.

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    I don’t know Richard. I expect that there isn’t a school in Alabama that wouldn’t leave your rust belt schools in the dust, e.g. Detroit. But anyway, you apparently agree on the beauty comparison so “y’all come to see us now, ya hear?!”.

    •  Comment from Richard Simon

      Gee whiz Terry, every survey I have ever seen about education shows that Alabama ranks in the bottom five in every educational category.
      But glad you are proud of that!!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    There is also an osprey cam in Montana with sound and night time viewing. These ospreys got a late start and are 3-4 weeks behind most nesting pairs. You can relive those steps to fledgling! Of course, you can also view the osprey cam in New Jersey with FOUR chicks. One just fledged yesterday, but still have 3 to go. Montana: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/27/Hellgate_Ospreys/

    New Jersey: http://friendsofislandbeach.org/ospreycam/

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    There is a puffin cam if you really love puffins like I do. http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/puffin-burrow-cam

    •  Comment from Chloe

      Yes, Emily, I’ve also been watching cute little Hope. He/she is a feisty little thing and seems to be doing well. This is the first time I’ve been looking in on this cam and it’s a nice diversion from the ospreys but I still enjoy the ospreys the most.

  •  Comment from Terry Brown

    Richard, what a Debbie Downer you are.

    Yes,I am very proud of Alabama. Even the least of us enjoy a place of endless natural wonder; hospitable people; and,opportunity to better one’s station. That may be a reason all the Northern people (with better test scores?) are moving here. Anyway, Southerners are better looking and that’s the main thing, right? Let’s get back to the birds.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    There is quite a healthy looking osprey on the nest right now, chirping rather rigorously. There is no fish in the nest.

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    8:04 p.m. EST – Aubrie is in the nest. Alone. No food. Chirping. Come on, mama – bring her a fish!

  •  Comment from Donna Lenhart

    7:20 a.m. EST – Aubrie alone in nest again. Hungry and calling for mom.

  •  Comment from Donn Lehart

    12:46 pm EST – Aubrie in nest alone, still. I’ve not been able to look since my last post of this morning, so I don’t know if she has eaten. Does anyone know?

  •  Comment from Mary Perlick

    One in the nest, probably Aubrie. She just took off because it is pouring rain.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    I am just so heartbroken for her, she is all alone, crying for mom to bring her some food…it’s so sad, poor little thing. I know this is nature, but it doesn’t make it any less upsetting!!

    •  Comment from Chloe

      She just flew away but did see her recently with a few fish which she ate and I assume she caught them herself. I’m wondering if mom is still around or has taken off and also I never see the other chick. I understand dad will stay behind to assist the last one in the nest since mom leaves first. It is interesting that they don’t fly together and the chicks find their way strictly on instinct. Not sure if their destination is the Caribbean, possibly Cuba or beyond. The northern ospreys usually fly to South America during their migration. Maybe someone knows their migratory habits?

      •  Comment from Emily Ginder

        I’m wondering if the ospreys on the Gulf coast actually migrate since all the info I have found indicates that osprey are in these areas year round. The question is do these birds migrate and, if so, do other birds from the north take their place during the winter months. I have asked this previously, so hopefully someone will read your comment and mine and answer this time.

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    I did see, briefly, two fledglings on the nest earlier tonight. I assume our two, though one could have been the visitor fledgling. Both left, as no fish arrived.

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    I suspect the bird that stays in the nest, chirping loudly, is not going to make it. He should be looking for fish at this point instead of waiting for food in the middle of the day.

  •  Comment from Donn Lehart

    12:28 p.m. Aubrie back in nest alone. Calling almost constantly. Lying down & standing, and seems wobbly. She keeps picking at the sticks in the nest. PLEASE – won’t someone step in to help her???

    •  Comment from Emily Ginder

      No one is going to intervene with a natural process. This happens in the wild all the time, but without cameras present. The only time humans will intervene is if the problem is human caused, such as plastic or twine that causes a problem. This link will help a little in understand the thinking of naturalist: http://cas.umt.edu/geosciences/osprey/FAQ.php

  •  Comment from Pat Taylor

    Aubrie still in nest. Intruder tried to land but she spread her wings in a defensive posture to scare it away. She looks good so apparently is getting enough to eat.

    •  Comment from Emily Ginder

      S(he) has been in the nest all morning, calling constantly. I suspect the parents want a little more diligent practice from the little one and hunger might provide the impetus.

  •  Comment from Donn Lehart

    Please- someone step in to help Aubrie. I’ve been watching her for 20 minutes – she is calling incessantly, is wobbly and her eyes keep closing. She needs someone to intervene on her behalf. I am not a believer in letting nature take its course; we are all part of nature and if we see something like this, then it is our obligation to HELP.

    •  Comment from Emily Ginder

      Donna, please see this link: http://cas.umt.edu/geosciences/osprey/FAQ.php

      •  Comment from Loralee

        I totally understand what the link is saying, Emily….it’s still really hard to watch, to become so invested in these little ones, and watch them fail…I have to go against logic here, and agree with Donn. Poor little girl, she needs some help!! She sits alone so long, crying for mom, she looks so weak, it’s breaks my heart!! Ossie will appear in the nest with a fish and doesn’t share…it’s just making me sick!! Sad!!

        •  Comment from Chloe

          I just saw her in the nest again and she looks well fed to me. I think it’s separation anxiety as far as the nest is concerned since she does seem to come back often. She chirped a little and left so wasn’t there long. I think she’s doing well but is hoping mom will come by with a fish which I doubt will happen. At this stage, she should really be very independent and able to survive on her own. Let’s hope it happens so we can all relax.

          •  Comment from Chloe

            Emily, I did read that link and was surprised only about 50% survive — a real eye-opener but in nature, guess you don’t get any second chances.

        •  Comment from Emily Ginder

          I’m curious as to what y’all what someone to do? The bird looks well-fed and neat. She doesn’t look ill. Do you want someone to climb up each day to feed her? How will that help her in the long run? I don’t mean to be harsh, but I don’t see any need for intervention. I observe other osprey cams and the oldest bird always takes control. The younger ones get fed and cared for by the parents while they are on the nest. I’m sure they are cared for after they leave the nest. We just can’t see it, so it leaves us unsettled.

          •  Comment from Chloe

            I agree, Emily, there can’t be any intervention since some will survive and others won’t. I’m not concerned about her since she seems to be holding her own altho does like to be in the nest. Hopefully, she’ll joins the flocks of migrating birds and we’ll see her back with her own nest in a few years.

          •  Comment from Emily Ginder

            Unfortunately, they don’t tag or chip them here, do they? So I guess we will never know if she returns. I am not even sure the Gulf ospreys migrate, so we might see this bird in the nest in the winter time!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Pretty sure that was dad who just dropped off a fish to Aubrie, definitely not Allie!! She grabbed it and flew off, probably hoping to eat it in peace!! Now THAT makes me happy!!

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Strange! Aubrie waited & waited for a fish. Mom dropped one off, Aubrie grabbed it eagerly. Then looked around and flew away, leaving the fish behind. Maybe wanted to follow mom? Lonely and not hungry?

  •  Comment from kathy

    In case the concerned viewers missed it, About 7:45 EST Aubrie was in the nest when Mom dropped off a fish. Aubrie promptly grabbed it and flew off to eat it in a private location. Dinner, anyway.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    I think it’s easy for each of us to accept that in nature the fittest, strongest, and most competent do survive…that there is a large mortality percentage in the Osprey young…but, we don’t witness that, we don’t become invested in every one, perhaps we are happy not to know….in this case, many of us are invested, we do care very much about little Aubrie and her future, we do have high hopes for her, and we pray for her survival. Maybe it seems silly or unrealistic, but watching her day after day has made her a part of us…I guess if I could, if I was there, if I had the resources, I actually would climb up there and feed her everyday.

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    Good news! At 1:09 PM PST Parent dropped off fish to Aubrie (I’m pretty sure) who just flew away with it. Appears that Ossie, is remaining in the nest alone now.

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Oh, maybe I was wrong…anyway, happy that both are eating something right now!!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    And at 1:25 PM PST, parent dropped off fish to Ossie previously left in the nest. Conclusion, both fledglings eating at this time.

    •  Comment from Vanessa

      ….who also left the nest with fish as I was typing earlier. Lots going on when they do return to the nest!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Mom or Dad to the rescue with a fish for Aubrie…she took it with her and left the nest to eat in peace!! :-)

    •  Comment from Vanessa

      oops got my names mixed up on my two earlier messages. sorry folks. I meant the fledglings….

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Both kids in the nest for over an hour, hollering for mom!! What the heck!!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    Both fledglings are on the nest!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    I am still interested. It seems that the camera is off-line. Could the commentator please make a comment? Are we at the end of watching this osprey family’s progress?

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Hi, Vanessa:

      We’ve been informed by the city that the camera will be going offline on July 31, as the kids are basically not spending much time in the nest anymore.

      •  Comment from Chloe

        I just saw the little one in the nest alone and she suddenly took off with part of a fish hanging onto her talons. She seems to be getting food just fine and I’ll miss seeing this osprey family. I hope for a safe journey for the fledglings and looking forward to seeing the parents back next year. I’ve really enjoyed participating in the comments and viewing the web cam and feel I’ve gained a new insight and knowledge into these wonderful creatures.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    So sad that they’ll be shutting this down, there’s still so much going on with little Aubry. I guess we’ll just be left to wonder about her fate, which seems cruel after all the hours we’ve watched, waited, and worried about her. This has been a wonderful experience, and I have treasured every second of this journey…I just feel like it’s not over, and shouldn’t be considered as such!!

  •  Comment from Chris Blanchfield

    Now that Ossie and Aubrie are spending most of their time out exploring their world, and leaving an empty nest, I’ve been watching the Maine osprey cam where Mabel and Tory appear to be close to taking their first flights. It’s at:

    http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/live-osprey-cam

  •  Comment from Loralee

    I just wrote to the city of Orange Beach, and asked them to PLEASE reconsider turning his camera off. I, like many of you, have become very invested in this Osprey family, most especially, little Aubrie. I do realize that many Osprey do not survive their first year, but I am hoping and praying that she will start fishing on her own, and become more self sufficient as each day passes. Right now, dad is still around, bringing her fish…hoping that means that he hasn’t given up on her.
    I would like to keep watching…just for a few more weeks, keeping those positive thoughts and prayers flowing to this little one!! Hope that some of you are with me, and will agree on the importance of seeing this through!!

    •  Comment from Leslie B.

      I, too, wish they would give us a little more viewing time! Good for Loralee and contacting Orange Beach! After so many days of watching this family grow, it will be crushing to not be able to check in around dinner time (and other) to see the latest! Orange Beach-Please continue! Such a joy and an education also! We love this cam!

      •  Comment from Loralee

        Thank you, Leslie!! They told me that they would contact the members of the committee to decide these things and let me know…I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!
        I haven’t seen Allie for a while, but I see Aubrie everyday and Bama has been bringing her fish….so, they are still around. I guess the ultimate happiness would be to see Aubrie bringing her own fish back to the nest and eating it…that way we would know that she is capable of surviving, maybe these are “pie in the sky” hopes, as she doesn’t eat the fish her daddy brings in the nest, but takes them off to a secret eating location. Anyway, I think there are a few of us who are really invested in this Osprey family, and would love to see a very happy ending for this little one!! Hard to fail with so many people praying, and sending positive thoughts out to her….I’d like to continue!!

  •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

    I assume it is Aubrie who is in the nest right now. Not
    sure if she is crying or panting, since I do not have sound. One of the babies from the Web Site in Maine has
    flown, but mommy is still there. Hope it returns with food.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Bob…
    Honestly, do you think I’m being unrealistic in my optimism that Aubrie will survive? She is in the nest several times every day, “hollering” for food, which Bama is providing. Does this mean that she is unable to fish on her own?
    Maybe I have become too invested in her, maybe I’m not seeing things clearly, maybe I’m neglecting to see her as a wild animal who may or may not be able to survive in her world. I keep hoping that she is, in fact, fishing and maybe just not getting enough to eat, that she will get stronger and become more self sufficient as the days go by.
    Can you give me your honest opinion, I would so appreciate it.
    Loralee

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Loralee, I’ll forward this question on to Jeff to see what he says.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Once again…Dad to the rescue for little Aubrie!! A nice fish for her dinner!!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    It would be nice if the commentator could please give us a general update on what to expect moving forward in time, especially if the camera is disabled.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Jeff DeQuattro will be posting tomorrow to Cool Green Science on the ospreys, so look for that.

      •  Comment from Vanessa

        Looking forward to the update. Thanks so much.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Totally in shock this morning!! Wow!! Very upset, very angry, very offended!! Wishing little Aubrie all the positive thoughts I can send!!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Thank you!!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Awwww….there she is!! Little Aubrie on the nest!!
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, City of Orange Beach for bringing the camera back on line!!

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Cool to see the cam up and running tonight! Hope it will continue for awhile! I was so sad to think of no more sightings of the osprey family after all of these many days!

  •  Comment from Leslie B.

    Well, had a brief look a Aubrie on the nest, wrote my post and now the cam is down again. Is this the end? PLEASE CONTINUE, City of Orange Beach. What good publicity for your city to have this cam there. Don’t stop and lose this exposure and good will!

    •  Comment from Loralee

      I agree, Leslie!! I think the city folks are pretty sure that I’m a “loon”, as I e-mailed them and asked them not to turn off the camera, with Aubrie still there so much…then told them how upset I was when they did have it turned off. I’m not a nut, just so interested in Aubrie and her progress!! Hoping for the best. The camera has been on and off all day, hoping tomorrow it will be more on than off!! :-)

      •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

        Loralee, you are not a loon, you are a MOM. I feel the same
        way and have been so hooked on this family. I pray that they all will make it and be well. Cam is up again. Nest
        is empty. Hope I do see them one more time before they are
        on their own. Am watching the cam in Maine. Both babies
        were gone yesterday, but now their is one in the nest.

        •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

          Hi,

          Here’s a link to Jeff DeQuattro’s post today wrapping up the osprey cam. We were told the camera would be shut off on July 31, but it still seems to be live right now.

          •  Comment from Loralee

            Thank you, Patty!! I don’t think I’ll get involved with the Osprey’s in Maine, I think this has taught me a lesson…I really have cared so much, especially about little Aubrie, I’ve applauded her accomplishments, and cried about her failures, I am so touched by her unfolding story, and to just be left with the image of her alone and yelling for food, is heartbreaking. I really did think that the city of Orange Beach would understand how important she has become to many of us, and rethink their decision to turn off the camera….for some reason I thought they would think it was important for them, as well as for all of us to see this family through to migration, or whatever the end may bring. My hope is that little Aubrie will continue to be strong, that Bama will continue to bring her fish, and encourage her to venture out and learn to survive on her own. But, I guess the Orange Beach “Powers that be” have decided that this isn’t really an important, relevant issue, and they just don’t care about this small request….which seems very sad, very uncaring, and very small minded, to me.
            Yes, Patty…a MOM!! Just like you and many others watching this family. I really appreciate your comment and your support!! Have a great day!! Loralee

  •  Comment from Carol Singleton

    She is in the next right now (9:25 a.m. PDT)
    and looks to be calling out. thanks for keeping this stream live at least for now. I have so enjoyed this osprey journey. Thanks.

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Web cam is up and Aubrie is on the nest!! :-)

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Either Allie or Bama just did a fly by….Aubrie was throwing a fit, but she followed them! Hope she’s going out to learn some fishing skills!!

  •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

    It is 3:20 PM on Friday and Aubrie is in the nest. May be
    waiting for Mommy.

    •  Comment from Loralee

      She got so upset a little while ago….hoping Mom or Dad come around to feed her!! Poor little waif!! :-)

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Poor little girl, waiting for someone to feed her!! So sad!!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Bama to the rescue…he just brought her a nice fish!! Yay!!

  •  Comment from Emily Ginder

    One big, chunky, well-fed osprey on the nest.

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    I’ve been checking in all day and finally at 1:49 PM PST Aubrie in the nest preening.

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    yes, agree it is a healthy looking bird!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    Parent just dropped off a fish!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    and as I was typing, bird flew away with fish. Sounds like a children’s book!

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Very nice, Vanessa!! So happy to hear that she is being taken care of….I am truly a worry wart!!

  •  Comment from Mike Tuggle

    5 August: One of the young guys noted at the nest today. They seem to be very vocal. Can we look forward to an audio hookup next year ?

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Aubrie on the nest most of the afternoon, I saw Bama come with a fish at one point. Most of the time she just looks around and watches the world go by. She is not planning on leaving home!!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    It seems to me that our little girl is growing up, and maybe moving out!! Aubrie seemed destined to stay at home forever, being catered to by Bama. Over the weekend I was getting a little worried, and wondering if my request that this web cam be continued was bad, for all of us watching, I was worried that maybe she would be one of the 50% who don’t make it, and that we would all be witness to her demise. But, now I feel very optimistic, I think she is a little fighter, and that she is out and about learning to fish and be an adult. I’ve so enjoyed watching this family grow up, gotten so involved in their day to day lives, and really gained an appreciation that I never had for nature, for the environment, and for living creatures not often thought about. This has been an eye opening, wonderful, scary, awesome, worrisome, amazing experience for me….and I am so appreciative!! Very grateful to all who made this possible, and very determined to stay involved and support the Nature Conservancy.

    •  Comment from Patty DiGiacomo

      Loralee – You took the words right out of my mouth. I could
      not have said it better. I have enjoyed this so much and have watched and worried hoping that they will make it on
      their own. We can only pray and hope that they do. I am
      now watching a nest in Maine. They have flown but do come
      back for a short time. Seem to be doing okay. Thank You
      All Who Have Made This Possible. And Thank You to the fans
      who have been watching.

    •  Comment from Bob Lalasz

      Thanks, Loralee, for your words of appreciation. Look for the cam next year!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    I will check the website again tomorrow just in case, but tonight at this hour, it is empty. Thanks to all of you who are still checking in with this osprey family. I look forward to next year as well!

    •  Comment from Loralee

      Me too, Vanessa!!

  •  Comment from Chloe

    Fair winds, following seas and safe journey for this wonderful osprey family and looking forward to seeing them in the future to begin another new adventure. Until then… Aloha.

    •  Comment from Loralee

      I love that, Choe!! What a sweet comment!! :-)

      •  Comment from Loralee

        Chloe….sheesh…If only I could spell!! :-)

        •  Comment from Chloe

          Loralee, thanks for your nice comment and know we’ll all be anxiously looking forward to some new and exciting events next year will bring. Now that I’m an ardent osprey fan, I don’t want to miss any of it.

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    Owl in nest!

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    Eastern Screech Owl most likely? Just flew away. So cool.

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    back again. I guess the rest of you are not online now. :)

  •  Comment from Vanessa

    and off again!

  •  Comment from Meg

    I saw it too, Vanessa! It was bigger than a screech owl though. How interesting to still see what’s going on in the nest!!!

  •  Comment from Loralee

    Really?? Wow!! Wish I had seen that…very cool to still be able to see what’s happening in the nest.

  •  Comment from Meg

    Welcome back to our osprey!!! Does anyone know if its mom and dad and/or babies?

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