Good evening! Congratulations are in order for one of our favorite birds. Breezy took his first flight on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 a.m. Remember, you can click on each photo to enlarge it for your viewing pleasure:
Once he left the nest, Breezy landed on some rocks by the water one house to the north of us. When ospreys take their first flight, they usually find a large stable place on which to land because their depth perception and balance have not completely developed yet. Breezy rested on the shoreline for a while, but his moment of peace was quickly interrupted by our neighbor’s lawnmower. Poor Breezy made eye contact with the loud frightening machine and then clumsily flew away. We then lost sight of him until he returned to the nest later on in the day. Many of our viewers were concerned because Breezy was away for a while, but similar to any teen with a new license, the last place he wanted to be was home. He was probably somewhat disoriented and afraid. After all, to make a perfect landing for the first time on the nest is no easy task. Eventually, he made it home safe and sound. It is now four days after his first flight and he is already a pro. Breezy dives, turns, rapidly maneuvers, speeds up and slows down, basking in his new found freedom. You can tell he is really enjoying himself, his flight appears joyful. As for his whereabouts when not in the nest, Breezy has been spending most of his time in our neighbor’s tree to the north of us. This is the same tree that Tom used last year to break branches off in flight to use in the nest. Spitz is due at any moment to fledge and we will all continue to watch the camera like hawks.
We have also been noticing more ospreys flying around and assume that other juveniles in the area are fledging. COM plans to put the perches back up in the water, but unfortunately, the tides have not been favorable for his task. Once they go in, I will post more pictures to show every one. Just to keep things interesting, COM put out another marked stick, which made its way to the nest within 24 hours of being in the back yard. Mrs. COM put one out last week, but it disappeared without making its way into our nest. I guess another osprey is enjoying the decorative addition to his nest.
Lastly, I feel like a broken record, but THANK YOU for the help with the fish research project, I couldn’t do it without the help from all of the loyal viewers. Remember to send in your photos for the “Where in the World Are Tom and Audrey” contest. Here is one from last year:
Until next time,