Happy almost end of July! Wow, this month FLEW by, especially for our feathered friends.
As many of you already know, today was a very exciting day for the youngest chick, Spitz. He finally fledged! At 8:50 AM, Spitz took his first flight, but have no fear, he didn’t go far because he landed on top of the camera. Spitz didn’t stay there very long, then became more daring and flew all the way to our boatlift, where he/she rested for a few hours. One of the parents joined him to check in and make sure that everything was running smoothly. Unfortunately, we were not home to see Spitz’s return to the nest, but some of our faithful Facebook friends noted that he arrived home around 1:30 PM. Many of you also believe that there was a “stranger” on the nest today, but again, since we were not home, we did not see that drama play out. I can tell you that there have been strangers on the nest in the past, so it is very possible that a neighboring osprey took a pit stop. Tom and Audrey are not very happy when intruders stop by, and usually chase off the unwanted visitor with gusto. Here are some photos of Spitz’s great adventure. Remember, you can click on each photo to enlarge it for your viewing pleasure:
Of course, we can’t forget about Breezy, who is also attempting to make headlines. Yesterday while we were eating breakfast, Breezy took off from the nest and dove into the water. A few seconds passed and then he resurfaced and slowly took off, much to our relief. We were somewhat confused, but we brushed it off and continued eating. About a minute later, Breezy took the plunge again. This time it got our attention and we watched as he continued to dive into the water and then resurface, each time struggling to get back into the air. We realized that these were, in fact, his inexperienced attempts to fish. Each dive took more and more energy from him. After five minutes and five heart-stopping plunges, he stopped and safely landed on our dock. Fortunately for our resident menhaden, Breezy needs more practice before he can provide snacks for the family. But he is really trying out his new found fishing skills, and it won’t be long before dinner will be served!
This past weekend, COM installed the three perches that I mentioned in the last blog. The main function of the perches is to provide an alternative landing spot for the osprey, because they thoroughly enjoy using our boatlift to hang out. The problem with their choice of hangouts is our boat cover becomes an osprey potty, which is very unpleasant for the humans who enjoy using their boat (us!). Audrey was not happy with COM, and kept circling around making very loud alarm cries.
Here is a family portrait taken a couple of days before Spitz fledged. Guess who can be seen fussing?
Keep sending in your “Where In The World Are Tom and Audrey” photos. Here is this week’s winner:
Thank you for contributing to my research, you guys are the best! Please keep posting any sightings of fish coming back into the nest, with time and species if possible.
Until Next Time,