I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options.
It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young.
Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well. ******************* Charles Eldermire Bird Cams Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology Paul, I’ve been to your site—great cam! They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young.
That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not.
For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line.
We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings.
I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest.
As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.
I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams.
All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.
I just read about a guy who caught a burglar in his house by having his webcam turn on when it detected motion, and having it take pictures and email the pictures somewhere. The email part is a little unusual, but webcams are inexpensive these days and so is the software to monitor them. That's nothing more than a video camera attached to your computer.