They’re Flying!

Happy Friday Everyone!

As many of you know by now, Chester, the oldest of the babies, left the nest (fledged) around 7:00 am this morning. At 9:25 am, Chester landed on our boatlift. One of the adults flew over and landed next to him at 9:30am. The adult flew off, and at 10:15am, Chester flew to a piling at the end of the dock closest to the nest. I made my way to the dock with my camera at 11:00 am, and caught his first flight back to the nest at 11:20 am. When Chester got back, Essie seemed to be a bit jealous. Essie started hovering a few feet over the nest as well, and really caught a lot of air. As of 6:00 pm Friday, Chester is the only baby we have seen leave the nest. It won’t be long until Essie joins Chester in flight!

Here is a series of photographs taken of Chester’s first flight back to the nest.

Chester leaving a piling at the end of the dock.

Chester leaving a piling at the end of the dock.


No going back now

No going back now


Don't look down

Don’t look down


Almost home

Almost home


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

A Visit To The Nest

The Chesapeake Conservancy held an osprey coloring contest at Matapeake Elementary School on Kent Island. The winner, Ella, a rising fourth grader, won a very special visit. Ella and her family stopped by on Wednesday for an up close and personal view of the osprey and their home. On Facebook, I noticed a few posts about the “red thing” in the nest. While Ella and her brother were visiting, they put 6 sticks out in the yard marked with survey tape. Three of the sticks have already been used by Tom for construction, and are visible from the camera. The Conservancy will be posting Ella’s winning drawing soon, so make sure you take a look!

Ella and her brother spreading marked sticks

Ella and her brother spreading marked sticks

Last but not least, we have two new winners for the photo contest!

Lily watching from Severna Park, Maryland

Lily watching from Severna Park, Maryland


Mr. Mittens (NOT to be outdone by all those dogs!) watching from North Beach, MD

Mr. Mittens (NOT to be outdone by all those dogs!) watching from North Beach, MD

Adios Amigos, until next time,
-Osprey Girl