He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis. Fitzpatrick Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes: It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge.We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived.
The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch.In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged.In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year.One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest.Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD.We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately.