It’s A Little Bittersweet

It’s A Little Bittersweet

Ozzie thanks everyone for believing in her! My family and I were out of town over the weekend without connection to the osprey cam, so unfortunately we missed the excitement of Ozzie’s first flight. Thus, I am not able to share all the details with every one as I had with Chester and Essie.

Ozzie landing on camera

Ozzie landing on camera

Now that all of our little feathered friends are capable of flight, the nest has been very empty. We were all rooting for Ozzie to take her first flight, and then reality hit us. The birds would no longer be spending as much time in the nest. Staring at an empty nest doesn’t have the same attraction as watching birds in residence, but it was bound to happen. I will do my best to keep every one filled in on the birds’ whereabouts. Although the majority of their meals are brought back to the nest, sometimes the ospreys choose a different spot to enjoy their fish. Earlier today, one of the babies was sitting on one of COM’s perches, happily nibbling on a midday snack while enjoying the nice sunny weather. All of a sudden, the fish dropped out of its talons. Whoops! Curiously peering into the water below, the osprey knew the fish was long gone.

The bird in the background has  a fish

The bird in the background has a fish

Recently, I have had a tough time trying to tell the ospreys apart. When the first baby took flight, we all knew that it was Chester. When it was the second baby’s turn, he was clearly Essie. Now that the runt of the group has her license to fly, telling them apart is nearly impossible.

This morning Mrs. COM was outside trying to take some photos of the young ospreys around the dock and perches. While she was busy with the camera, one of the adults left the nest, started screaming at her, and tried to dive bomb the intruder. Here are some of the photos she took before, during and after this event.

Flying over Mrs.COM

Flying over Mrs.COM

Our winner this week is…

Nurse Sue watching from Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD

Nurse Sue watching from Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD

Adios Amigos! Until Next Time,
Osprey Girl