Super Night, Super Moon

Good evening, everyone!  As many of you know, last night was the super moon or perigee moon.  Super moons occur when the moon becomes full at the same time that it is closest to us in its orbit around Earth.  There was a super moon in June, and there will be another one in August.  It is very unusual to have three super moons in a row, so take advantage of this phenomenon and take a look on August 10.  Unfortunately, we were not home to watch the entire scene unfold, but did get home in time to snap a few photographs which I would love to share.  If you click on these two photos to enlarge them, you will see the light reflecting on osprey eyes, very cool:

 

Super Moon over the nest

Super Moon over the nest

 

Flapping under the Super Moon

Moonlight Landing

 

Many of you have asked how to tell the two chicks apart; hopefully these tips will help.  The darker baby is Breezy.  If you look carefully, his head and neck have more black than his sibling.  When compared with Spitz, you should be able to identify the differences.  Spitz has less black and more white on his head and neck.  He also fusses more than Breezy.  I am using “him”, “his” and “he” for convenience, and not because the gender of the chicks is known at this time.  We have asked Dr. Spitzer to give us his expert opinion, and will share it with you as soon as we know.

The Osprey Family-everyone is in the nest and someone is getting fed

The Osprey Family-everyone is in the nest and someone is getting fed

Yesterday, Audrey was attempting to shade Spitz from the sun, but despite their efforts, Spitz has gotten too big to be shaded.  If you were watching the camera around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, you would have noticed some triple head bobbing going on, sometimes right into the camera.  Breezy, Spitz and Audrey all participated in this event and it was pretty funny to watch.

A recent visitor to the end of our dock-is it time for happy hour?

A recent visitor to the end of our dock-is it time for happy hour?

We have been watching Breezy flapping and hopping, which has turned into flapping and hovering.  One of these times, he is going to be carried away by a gust of wind, and flight will start whether he likes it or not!  I will continue to keep everyone up to date as the excitement continues.

Adios Amigos,

Until next time,

Osprey Girl

 

 

76 thoughts on “Super Night, Super Moon

  1. i love watching the babies learning to fly. Its so exciting although it is bittersweet. cant believe another season is almost over–until next year i will miss them

  2. Glorious! A thought…you could make a poster of a cropped version of Moonlight Landing and sell copies as a fund raiser; excellent photography!

  3. It’s just after 8’clock in the AM here in Florida and all the Osprey family in the nest on the Chesapeake. Looks like dad is doing some heavy scanning for fish as he visits his family. Babies all nestled in their bed while versions of fishes swim in their heads. Already missing them!

  4. Don’t worry. Spitz has been eating. Osprey Family–will the perches be put like last year where they took ” baby steps” in the flying lessons?

    • Yes, Linda, the perches are sitting on the dock ready to go out. With the strong winds, the tides have been very high. This makes it difficult for COM to install the perches. I expect they will be out in the next couple of days. Thanks for asking! Mrs. COM

  5. GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT SPITZ, I WATCHED YESTERDAY, AND BREEZEY IS ON THE ATTACK, BUT WAS SO PROUD OF SPITZ, WHEN DAD BROUGHT FISH NUMBER TWO LAST NIGHT IN THE RAIN, HE-SHE JUMPED RIGHT ON IT, STILL LEARNING. THIRD FISH BREEZEY, LITTLE PIG WAS GOING TO FIGHT MAMA, BUT SHE STARTED TO FEED AND THINGS WENT SMOOTH, EVERYONE WAS WELL FED FOR A RAINY AFTERNOON, AND NIGHT. SHE IS A GOOD MAMA SHE GOT THEM FED BEFORE DARK, AND SHE FINALLY GOT FULL. GOD BLESS OUR GIFTS FROM GOD !!

    • They won’t take off for good for awhile. They keep taking practice flights that get longer and return to the nest, especially at night. The chicks still have alot to learn.

      • Oops! Today (7/17) Breezy took off! You just never know when nature will tell a bird that it is time to fly! 🙂

    • Yes, the fledgings will return to the nest. After each of their first flights, they are usually away from the nest for a while, could be several hours. But they will return to the nest and hang out until they take off for good later in the summer. Great question, thanks for asking. Mrs. COM

  6. You might like to know that you can put all the info of the meals and fish on the regular Facebook page of the live cam. They are making a chart of the fish/meals/time for a study.

  7. Oh my! Breezy is gone! Anyone see that or know if she is safe? Spritz doing a lot more fledging with the additional room. Someone who is there please let us know what is up ( :

  8. Wow, I guess Breezy is gone! He was there about 20 minutes ago. It’s 11:18 a.m. Thursday (07/17). Hue must have taken one last practice flap and decided it was time. Sorry I missed it but I’m sure you will have it on the 2014 highlights later on. It was so neat to see the chicks grow up (and so fast). The whole thing was so amazing. Thank you for letting us share their beautiful journey!

    Bill C.

  9. Did Breezy fly off or land in the water? Only those near by can tell us what happened after Breezy blew away! If he-she flew away perhaps he-she will flyl back to eat! I wasn’t quite ready for this! LOL

  10. i just looked at what the cc has to say on their facebook page. they said breezy landed and is hanging on the shoreline next door to cof’s house. that was a 3 hrs ago anyway but they also stated that fledglings will stay out for a while during these flights. they wont leave completely til sept. so hes just out exploring!!

    • Thanks for the info. Didn’t know if they leave the nest for good once they start flying around. I just saw Breezy back in the nest (like others have already said in this blog). Good to know they’ll be around for a little while longer before leaving for good. Now it’s Spritz’s turn.

  11. Big meal tonight! Breezy starved from the adventure and Spritz looking “on edge” wondering what’s out there! Doesn’t seem that interested in the food right now. Seems like such a gentle one and still likes hanging with mom! Oh what a difference a couple of days makes ( second born). Very exciting time!

  12. EVERYONE FED.VERY WELL, I THINK MOM BOUGHT DINNER TONIGHT.STILL EATING IT, IT WAS A HUGE FISH.SPITZ ATE LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW AT TIMES, AND THEN JUST NOT, AND THEN ALL OVER AGAIN, JUST GETTING THE BEARINGS, I GUESS, BOTTOM LINE LOVE THAT THEY ARE ALL FED, AND SAFE !!SPITZ IS A MAMA’S BABY !!!

  13. See Breezy has flown off again. Guess it happened in the last hour? Anyone see the take off? Yes Kathy, Spritz most certainly is a mama’s chick! Don’t think we know if they are male or female? Any meals this morning?

  14. and eating on his-her own with mama gone! Sleeping on top of the bounty! Bet mama has flown off to see to breezy ( :

    • Yes, I saw her catching a fish right near the nest and bringing it back to Spritz. Spritz then snatched the whole fish from mom and started eating. Now Breezy is back eating the leftover from the last catch with mom. BTW, I think I saw Spritz getting rid of his waste product. It shot out like a stream going sideways right out of the nest. It lasted a split second but now I understand how they keep the nest clean. A pretty neat thing to see.

    • I know! We can’t forget that Spritz was born several days after Breezy. So, one day soon Spritz will be taking off and I am not in a hurry for that! There will be a hole in my heart when they all leave—-happens everytime!Sprita and Breezy have very different personalities don’t they? Breezy gives you the feeling “can handle anything”. Spritz makes you want to baby her!!!!!!

    • Too bad we can’t insert that part of the gene into humans. That would solve the toilet training nightmare in a jiffy!

  15. Very interesting that the nest continues to be home base. I wonder for how long after fledging?

  16. WELL I SAW A LOT OF POSTURING , AND BEGGING, AND YACKING FROM BOTH CHICKS, LOUDER AND LOUDER, TO NO AVAIL, NO DINNER !! THE MORNING WILL BE INTERESTING. ALL IN ALL THEY ARE REALLY GOOD CHICKS, THEIR PERSONALITIES ARE TOO FUNNY, INCLUDING THE PARENTS. MOM IS ALL BUSINESS, AND CONSTANTLY CHECKING, AND DAD, IS A LET ME LAND HERE AND MOVE THIS OVER, WHICH IS IN THE WAY, AND THEN LEAVE, AS SOON A .SHE GIVES HIM THAT LOOK., MOM LOVES BRANCHES, AND THEY HAVE TO BE JUST SO. I HAVE NOTICED THAT SPITZ, LIKES TO REARRANGE, AND MOVE THEM. BREEZY IS ALL ABOUT BREEZY. IT IS GETTING CROWDED IN THE NEST. FUNNY HOW THEY LOVE TO BE NEAR MOM, BUT WHO WOULDN’T??? ABOUT THIS POTTY TRAINING, I NOTICED THAT RIGHT AWAY, SUCH A NEAT THING THEY ARE BORN WITH. I HAVE BLUE BIRDS EVERY YEAR, AND NOTICED THE MALE ALWAYS TAKING SOMETHING OUT THAT LOOKED LIKE A DIAPER POUCH, SIMILAR.TO WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN A STORK CARRYING, WELL HE IS CLEANING UP AFTER THE BABIES, AND I GUESS MOM, IF SHE CAN’T WAIT. TRULY GOD’S GIFTS TO US, AND SO AMAZING !!

  17. 8:53 AM Breezy arrives back at the nest with Tom who has a fish in his beak. Fishing together?

    • I believe I recall them saying they were going to build perches? Maybe that’s where the hammering is coming from?

      • Hi, Jean. Perches aren’t up yet, but will be very soon. The hammering was from a neighbor’s dock two houses to the south of us. Hopefully, they are finished now. Thanks, Mrs. COM

    • Hi, Kathy! One of our neighbors had a workman fixing his dock, that’s what the hammering was. Hopefully, he is finished now. Thanks for watching the camera. Mrs. COM

  18. Anyone see Spritz fledging? Seems like she’s perfectly content to just eat and relax to me! Shouldn’t those wings be flapping? They certainly had plenty to eat today ( :

      • Dang! I saw Spritz fledging and the sticks getting in the way. Spent some time moving them out of the way–I guess the take off was shortly after that—missed it!!!!

      • Hi, Jean. Sometimes Spitz will be hidden from the camera view by Audrey. If that happens, and Breezy leaves the nest, it looks like there are no chicks in the nest. I was fooled yesterday and thought Spitz had left, but when Audrey moved, Spitz was still there. So Spitz has not fledged yet, but is getting very close! Thanks for viewing our camera and reading our blogs. Keep watching. Mrs. COM

      • Hi, Jeanne! We have been watching carefully all day, and Spitz has not fledged yet. He fooled me yesterday, too. Sometimes Audrey will be completely blocking him from view, so when Breezy leaves the nest, it looks like there are no chicks in the nest. Spitz is still there, just sometimes hidden from view. So keep watching, he has not fledged yet! Thanks for watching the camera. Mrs. COM

  19. I HAVE NOTICED ALSO SPITZ, CONSTANTLY MOVES THINGS AROUND, JUST LIKE MOM. HE-SHE?? SEEMS SO CONTENT TO JUST HAVE MOM AND THE NEST. CERTAINLY HAS A ONE OF A KIND PERSONALITY , VERY ENTERTAINING, AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL. I WONDER IF SPITZ WILL BE THERE AFTER EVERYONE HAS FLOWN AWAY ??? TOO FUNNY !!SPITZ, AND THE LITTLE FITS, THROWN BY OUR LITTLE ONE. I SUPPOSE I WILL FOREVER CALL SPITZ, LITTLE ONE !!

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