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Bailey on Porthole Platform- Photo by Steve Kress

Bailey on Porthole Platform- Photo by Steve Kress

Hog Island Osprey Update

As you know, this past weekend has been quite stressful for Rachel, Steve, and Bailey. Below is the most recent update from Steve Kress explaining what has happened and where Bailey is now.

“This was another very eventful day for the Hog Island ospreys.   The wasp nest in the osprey nest continued to be a problem.  After attempting to shake off the wasps, eventually, Bailey had enough and leaped from the nest.  Eric Snyder found Bailey under the nest (unhurt) and a discussion began as to next steps.  Putting Bailey back in the nest was not a good solution because of the wasps and likely reoccurrence of another tumble.  So, we moved Bailey to the nearby boathouse nest, assuming that Rachel and Steve would find her.  As expected, Rachel and Steve quickly found Bailey and even provided food at the boat house.  But then a big surprise!  Another female osprey (likely it was Dottie- the female of the boat house pair) showed up and attacked Bailey as an intruder on her nest. We are happy that Dottie is becoming defensive of her nest as this bodes well for another pair next summer, but clearly, we had not found the solution that we hoped for.  On seeing this, we consulted with Dr. Rob Bierregaard and decided to move Bailey off of the boat house nest and onto a new platform.  Eric quickly built a new platform similar to the platforms that we have used previously and then he fashioned a stick nest with a soft confer lining within the platform.  The new nest platform was placed on top of Hog Island’s Porthole Lodge just as it was becoming completely dark.  The location is close to the original nest and has a commanding view of the ocean.  It does not have a camera associated with it so Hog Island staff will monitor from the ground and report on events of the next few days to the community.  I greatly appreciate all of the deep concern and good wishes for the Hog Island ospreys.” – Steve Kress

Bailey is doing quite well at the moment and we have also included photos courtesy of Steve Kress to show her new location and that Rachel and Steve are still nearby tending to Bailey! We will continue to keep everyone updated once we have more information.

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Rachel in tree near Porthole nest – Photo by Steve Kress

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Steve flying over new nest on Porthole lodge-  Photo by Steve Kress


View of the Porthole platform- Photo by Steve Kress


Stay the most up to date about any new osprey news here!

  • Gaye D Ishuin

    love these pics…so happy

  • Beverly J. Morton

    Oh, it’s so wonderful to finally be able to see a photo of Bailey in her new nest!! Thank you for posting these and keeping us updated!

  • Nancy LaRosa

    So happy to see the pics of Bailey in her new nest and Rachel watching over her. And that might have been Steve flying by. Thanks for getting her out of a tough situation and into a new home so quickly.

  • Marita Nelson

    So glad to learn Bailey is OK & why she disappeared from the old nest. Thanks for taking such good care of the family!

  • SnowBear

    Thank you so much for the update…..I can breathe now….

  • Sandra Taylor

    Love the way you coordinate efforts and ideas so quickly and efficiently…

  • Karen Martin

    Thanks so much folks!

  • Linda Chochol

    Thank you so very much on making a new place for Bailey away from those nasty wasps. Excellent job all around.

    • Lynne Perez

      Thank you so much for caring so much for the ospreys and making a new nest for Bailey. You are truly wonderful people.

      • Lynne Perez

        Did not mean to send to you Linda, Sorry about that.

  • Teacup

    Thank you :)

  • Jenneken Beij

    great job!
    thank you so much

  • Lana

    I am delighted! I wish all project participants good health and creative inspiration! Many thanks to the whole team!

  • Karen Miller

    I am glad Bailey is doing well in her new nest til she finally ready to fledge on her own new adventure in her life. I am glad Rachel and Steve found her in both nests after her tumble out of her original nest because of the wasps attacking her. Thank Steve for the updates and pictues of Bailey and her parents Rachel and Steve checking in on her in her new nest platform built by you as well to help out this beautiful osprey family during their moment of crisis.

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