It Was A Dark and Stormy Night…

Good afternoon from the ominous-looking Eastern Shore!  We are currently under a tornado watch until 10:00 p.m. tonight, so let’s hope the weather gods keep the bad stuff away from Tom, Audrey and their chicks (and our house, please).  A couple of quick stories before we hunker down for the evening:

First of all, to those of you who read my blog from Saturday, guess what!  One of Crazy Osprey Man’s prefab osprey nest building sticks has made it to the nest.  He put three out, one is still down by the rip-rap, and the third seems to be missing in action.  If I had to guess, I would say Tom picked it up but had a little trouble getting it back to the nest.  The stick that made it to the nest, with its day glow orange construction tape attached, is quite visible in the camera view as well as from our backyard.  It sure didn’t take Tom long to find that one.

Second story:  As we were sitting having our happy hour last evening, we noticed Audrey take flight and leave the nest unattended for a couple of minutes.  She took a loop around the backyards, stretching her wings, and then made her way back to the nest.  Tom was out fishing, so the chicks had the place to themselves.  This is the first time with this brood that we have seen the adults leave their chicks alone.

Third story:  Around 7:30 p.m. last evening, while we were sitting outside enjoying the last of our lovely happy hour, we watched Tom return to the nest from our neighbor’s dock.  Much to Audrey’s chagrin, he did not “bring home the bacon” this time.  She fussed at him for a few minutes, and he resigned himself to another foray for the elusive fish dinner.  Tom traveled approximately 200 yards from the dock to the south and flew way, way up in the air.  He wasn’t up there for 30 seconds when he must have seen a potential meal, and boom!  Down he dove to the water, talons in motion, swiping at the water and then headed back to the nest with a very big fish!  Some of the Facebook viewers commented on this particular fish.  From the time Tom left the nest after his harangue from Audrey until he was back at the nest with dinner, less than 1 minute passed.  It was quite a spectacular event to witness.  And to top it off, Chick #3 managed to get a really good feed.

There was quite a large, noisy and wet storm here around 4:00 a.m. this morning.  It was loud enough to make us get up, close all of the windows and turn on the air conditioner.  Tom was sitting on the perch when I arose around 5:30 this morning.  It was raining quite heavily at the time and did not look very pleasant for him or his family in the nest.  I can’t help but wonder how our osprey families have weathered all of these severe storms for the 18 years they have been with us.  Nature is certainly amazing.

Well, that’s it for now.  Stay safe tonight, everyone.  Until next time, we remain-

Crazy Osprey Man and Mrs. Crazy Osprey Man

 

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