We Didn’t Forget You!! A Plethora of Photos to Apologize…..

Good evening from the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland! Thanks to all of you who joined us for the first annual Welcome Back Osprey Party in April. Dr. Spitzer gave a delightful talk, and we enjoyed meeting all of you. Many thanks to the staff of the Chesapeake Conservancy for arranging the festivities. Here in the land of Tom and Audrey, it has been a quiet couple of weeks since last I wrote. Life has been busy, busy, busy for the humans, and status quo for the ospreys. The egg count for this season seems to be holding steady at three, which is a relief for all of us. After the adventure of four eggs last year, three seems to be a more reasonable number to soothe the camera watchers in our midst. And did any of you notice the colorful sticks in the nest on Easter Sunday? That COM can make quite the osprey fashion statement!

I apologize for letting so much time pass by since our last visit, and promise to try and not let it happen again. To make up for my extended writer’s block, I will give you an idea of where our ospreys have been hanging out since last we met. Please enjoy these photographs, which have all been taken since the last blog. Remember, you can click on each photo for a larger view:

There are a few favorite hang-outs for Tom during the time Audrey is nestled down keeping her eggs warm and after they hatch. Most of these photos are of Tom, with a few of Audrey in the mix. She doesn’t do much these days other than sit on the nest (with a few breaks here and there), so Tom is getting most of the attention today:

This is Tom on our next door neighbor’s dock just to the north of us:

Tom enjoying a well earned snack before sharing with Audrey

Tom enjoying a well earned snack before sharing with Audrey

After Tom eats his fill, starting with the front end of the fish (must be the tasty part), he will take the back half to Audrey:

Tom arriving at the nest with Audrey's dinner

Tom arriving at the nest with Audrey’s dinner

Audrey will then receive her share of the fish from Tom, and take a break outside of the nest while he takes over incubation duties.

This is the tree by the water in our next door neighbor’s yard just to the north of us, which has turned out to be one of Tom’s favorite trees. Last year, he would swoop down and snap branches off to use in the nest. I have a few places I will look to find Tom, and this is a frequent roost:

Here is Tom sitting in one of his favorite trees in our next door neighbor's yard just to the north.

Here is Tom sitting in one of his favorite trees in our next door neighbor’s yard just to the north.

Here is a wider view of Tom in his favorite tree:

A wider view of Tom in his favorite tree

A wider view of Tom in his favorite tree

As you probably know, Tom does the fishing and provides sustenance for Audrey. Here he is in flight:

Tom on the hunt

Tom on the hunt

Here is a wide view of our dock with Tom on his favorite electric box, and Audrey in the nest. As you can probably tell from this photo, crabbing season is not far behind:

A wide view of our dock with Tom on the electric box and Audrey in the nest

A wide view of our dock with Tom on the electric box and Audrey in the nest

A closer view of Tom on the electric box. This is his preferred eating location, and he hangs out here quite frequently:

One of Tom's favorite hang-outs.  He will frequently eat his fish from this electric box at the end of our dock

One of Tom’s favorite hang-outs. He will frequently eat his fish from this electric box at the end of our dock

Here is a view of Audrey sitting on the nest:

Audrey enjoying a sunny day while incubating her eggs

Audrey enjoying a sunny day while incubating eggs

It won’t be too long until COM and I begin our lovely happy hours on the end of the dock. We tried once this season, but the allure of happy hour on the dock is somewhat diminished by cold and wind. Needless to say, our first attempt was somewhat abbreviated. With the weather forecast for temperatures in the mid eighties later in the week, I am sure we will try again. However, I think I will have to go out and scrub down the picnic table (or perhaps that would be a good project for Osprey Girl). Here is the reason, whoever ends up doing the cleaning:

Tom waiting for happy hour

Tom waiting for happy hour

As hard as I try to be a friendly face, sometimes Tom just doesn’t appreciate my attention. I have managed to chase him off with fish in “hand”, after he was minding his own business enjoying the “fruits” of his labor:

Tom enjoying his fish before being chased off by a crazy lady with a camera

Tom enjoying his fish before being chased off by a crazy lady with a camera

I'm out of here!  Tom leaves with his fish

I’m out of here! Tom leaves with his fish

Here are some other locations where Tom likes to hang out:

Tom on our boat lift

Tom on our boat lift

Tom on our neighbor's dock two houses to the north of us

Tom on our neighbor’s dock two houses to the north of us

Tom on our neighbor's boat lift two houses to the south of us

Tom on our neighbor’s boat lift two houses to the south of us

Tom arriving at the nest.  Audrey is wondering why he is there without a fish

Tom arriving at the nest. Audrey is wondering why he is there without a fish

If you have been following the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Facebook page (which you should if you don’t), you may have recently read a posting about an osprey banding project which the COF (Crazy Osprey Family for the uninitiated) facilitated for Dr. Rob Bierregaard, who we met through Dr. Spitzer. Beginning in 2000, he began tagging ospreys with satellite transmitters that enable all of us to follow the osprey’s movements around their nests and their migration to South America and back. It is a fascinating study which may be followed by going to his website, http://www.ospreytrax.com. We were able to assist him in capturing and banding four ospreys, two of which were fitted with solar-powered transmitters. The Conservancy’s FB posting has a wonderful summary of our day with Dr. Bierregaard, complete with lots of photographs. COM was actively involved in the capture of the ospreys, and there are many photographs of him on the Conservancy’s Facebook page. I would like to share with you two of my favorite photos from our adventure:

Mrs. COM handing an osprey back to Dr. Bierregaard after getting to hold him for several minutes.  What a thrill!

Mrs. COM handing an osprey back to Dr. Bierregaard after getting to hold him for several minutes. What a thrill!

Dr. Bierregaard enjoying his pizza while holding a female osprey in a straight jacket in his lap.  You will probably never see this again!  We were waiting for her male partner to return to the nest for a special surprise.  You'll have to go to the Conservancy's Facebook page for the rest of the story...

Dr. Bierregaard enjoying his pizza while holding a female osprey in a straight jacket in his lap. You will probably never see this again! We were waiting for her male partner to return to the nest for a special surprise. You’ll have to go to the Conservancy’s Facebook page for the rest of the story…

One more important thing before I close for the night. Don’t forget that the Great Give starts Wednesday and ends on Thursday. The person who donates the most money to the Chesapeake Conservancy will win a private tour of Tom and Audrey’s nest location, provided by the Crazy Osprey Family! Please go to http://www.chesapeakeconvervancy.org today to make your gift donation!

Enough for now. Until next time, we remain

Crazy Osprey Man, Mrs. Crazy Osprey Man and Osprey Girl

29 thoughts on “We Didn’t Forget You!! A Plethora of Photos to Apologize…..

  1. Great post and photos, continuing kudos to the GOG (Crazy Osprey Gang)

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    • Thank you so much for reading our blog! Writing them is a labor of love. Hopefully, another one will be coming next week! Mrs. COM

  2. Thank you for the update and great pictures!! Now counting the days until the first egg hatches!!

    • Hi, Susan! Great to hear from you. I enjoyed chatting with you at the Welcome Back Osprey Party. Glad you liked the blog. Hope to see you again! Mrs. COM

      • It was so nice to meet and chat with you! Thank you for being such a big part of entertaining and educating us about these magnificent birds. Looking forward to the hatching soon! Susan

  3. Thank you both for all you do for the wonderful ospreys.. Always look forward to reading your blog

  4. Hi there!
    Thanks for taking care of the Osprey.
    Is there any way you can take the orange piece of plastic tape out of the nest? What if one of the chicks eats it?
    -Concerned about plastic

    • The construction tape is tied to one of the sticks that COM puts out for the ospreys to use in the nest. He has been doing it for years, and we have never had a problem. Ospreys eat fish, not tape, so don’t worry. We wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize our osprey friends!

  5. thanks for the pics and blog always enjoy them and bless you all for all your time and care put into these beautiful birds. they are part of my every day routine!! cant wait for the babies. blessings n luv from parkville MD

  6. I absolutely love the ospreys and I have been watching for 2 years…..have told many friends about Tom and Audrey. You are very lucky to be a part of all of this………….Thank you for keeping us up to date and caring for
    these wonderful birds!!!!!! I am just so fascinated by these awesome creatures!!

    • Thanks so much for following our birds and the blog. Positive reinforcement is much appreciated! Glad you are enjoying our little piece of nature. Mrs. COM

  7. Always look forward to your photos as well as the funny captions! There is a stupid starling that has invaded the sparrow’s nest! They will chase them away (babies,eggs will be in danger as well). Could there be any way to get rid of them?

    • Good evening. We have notice the starling as well. There is nothing that we can do to the nest right now, as we feel it would be detrimental to the ospreys. As the ospreys are the main concern for us, we will have to let nature take its’ course right now and see what happens. Thanks for reading the blogs, so glad you are enjoying them. Mrs. COM

  8. Love the ospreys. I live in the Middle River area of Baltimore Co and we have lots of nests around. One is built on the school sports light of a local school. One nesting pair who used to build a nest on a cell tower near me had to change their location this year. The cell tower was removed and another placed a little away. Of course, they liked the new location also! So all is well and good. Thanks!

    • Those ospreys really like to build their nests in some interesting locations! Ours have an ideal location, plenty of food, concerned neighbors and prefab building materials right under their beaks! Thanks for following the ospreycam and reading our blogs. It should be a good summer and fall! Mrs. COM

  9. Am I seeing this right? It looks like sparrows have made a nest under the osprey nest… it’s on the far-side but you see sparrows hopping down under the ospreys, usually with some osprey nesting material in their beaks!

    • Yes, we have had downstairs neighbors for a few years! Rent free and a great view. This year there is a visiting starling who has been bothering the sparrows. Thanks for watching our osprey camera and reading the blogs! Mrs. COM

  10. OM Gosh the first baby to break out of it’s shell. Must have been some time last night or early this morning. So precious. I caught mom feeding it this morning. Excited!

    • The first egg hatched at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24. The video clip will be posted shortly. Thanks for watching the camera and reading our blogs. Mrs. COM

    • Number one hatched around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014. We were able to pull the video clip, which will be posted shortly. Thanks for watching the camera and reading our blogs. Mrs. CO<

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