We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately.There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all.If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die.If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive.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.If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo.I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. 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.
By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers.Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at am I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night.That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish.These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes.The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died.