They Grow Up So Fast

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:

First day of flight

First day of flight

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.

Freedom-Day 2 of flight

Freedom-Day two of flight

Landing is still a bit shaky.  Who is watching from the tree?

Day three. Landing is still a bit shaky. Who is watching from the tree?

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.

Family reunions are the best. Day four of flight (Sunday afternoon)

Family reunions are the best. Day four of flight (Sunday afternoon)

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:

Nurse Sue and friends watching from Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland

Nurse Sue and friends watching from Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland

Adios Amigos,

Until next time,

Osprey Girl

 

 

 

118 thoughts on “They Grow Up So Fast

  1. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO, THIS IS SO ENJOYABLE. I AM SO HAPPY ALL IS GOING WELL WITH THIS FAMILY, THEY ARE VERY ENTERTAINING, AND BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FROM GOD !!

  2. Thanks for your updates! Sure do enjoy reading them & seeing the pics! Donna

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  3. Appreciate the updates and those pix really put size into perspective! Larger than they seem in the nest. Spritz seems to be a home body! Not complaining as I will miss her!

    • Yes, Spitz does appear to be enjoying the good life at home in the nest. But he will be taking off soon, but will be back and forth for a few weeks. Thanks for reading our blogs and watching the camera. Mrs. COM

    • We appreciate you reading our blogs and enjoying the camera. Lots more to come this summer before our feathered friends make their way to warmer winter digs! Thanks for your positive comments. Mrs. COM

  4. yes i will miss them all too. wish we could keep up with the babies from year to year but we are so blessed to have you,the osprey family, to share these amazing birds with. thank you for all you do. if only tom and audrey knew what celebrities they are!! but then again sometimes i wonder if they do- the way it seems like they are looking right into the camera like they know we are watching! and sometimes they even seem to be singing along with music i am playing!! its so funny.

    • Thanks, Kris! We have been so fortunate to be able to watch our ospreys for all of these years, both before and after the camera went up. It is really rewarding to be able to share our good fortune with all of the viewers out there. So glad you have been enjoying the camera and blogs, and hope you continue to do so for a long time! Best wishes, Mrs. COM

    • It does seem funny when they into the camera. My idea is that they see a reflection of themselves and wondering, what the heck?…..

  5. oh yea and just an fyi there is also a giant panda cam on national geographics site this baby (bao bao is its name) is adorable to watch. when you can catch it awake anyway!!

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    • Hi, CJ. I will take a look on COM’s good monitor and see what is going on. It could be that (maybe)she is just developing (maybe) her necklace. Thanks for the heads up. Mrs. COM

  7. Noticed alot of hopping and flapping last night from Spitz. Trought for sure he/she was going to take off for a flight, but it was just practice. Is Tom still suppling food or is Audrey taking care of the feeding?

    • Hi, Sharon. Tom is still the hunter, and supplying the fish for the family. Thanks for reading our blogs and watching the camera. Mrs. COM

      • Surely does. Only 3 days difference in their age but a vast difference in their size thus far. Guessing it’s because the oldest one gets the most food? Is the male Osprey smaller than the female as it is with Eagles? I just get the feeling that Spritz is very content to stay home and be catered to! Doesn’t appear to be eager to move on. Thinking that will change in a heartbeat!

  8. I ALSO NOTICED SPITZ’S CHEST, SO GLAD THAT I DID NOT IMAGINE THAT, HE-SHE IS JUST TAKING THE TIME NEEDED TO MATURE, BUT BOY IS THERE CONVERSATION FROM THIS ONE !! LOVE IT, SPITZ-FIT !!!

  9. spitz has been trying so hard today. a couple times i thought she had it (i keep calling he or she a her) im sure it wont be long and we’ll all be going through empty nest syndrome!!

    • Like I said, I am not in a hurry for Spritz to fly the coop! It’s not for us, it’s for it’s self( I think we think female because of the size?

  10. Spitz left the nest at 6:25 pm this evening. He was literally a cliff hanger. I couldn’t leave the computer in hopes that I would see him fly off. Awesome

  11. This is the first year that I’ve had the pleasure of watching this wonderful family. Watching Breezy and Spitz transform from eggs to big birds has been an incredible experience and I am glad that I was able to be a part of it. The only bad thing for me is that watching the cam is kind of addictive and I can’t do the things around the house that I need to do! You guys do amazing work and I thank you for bringing the lives of these creatures into our homes and into our cyber world.

  12. As the camera fades to black. It is just Spitz and momma in the nest. Breezy is spending it’s first night away from the nest!

  13. At 8:19 AM this morning I thought I saw a little bird land on the edge of the nest. I watched what I thought was the bird for several minutes and it never moved a feather—-did anyone else see this? Congrats Spritz—you were right on time flying as you were born 3-4 days after Breezy! You can stay there as long as you want as far as I’m concerned!

  14. Hi Osprey Girl,

    Love your blog. Have learned much over the
    Past 2 years.
    Today was the most awse me for me as I went
    To the live stream of Osprey cam to watch
    Breezy feasting on his catch. Spitz was looking on. Then, Breezy edged over closer
    To Spitz. AND began feeding Spitz!!! What a
    Wonderful time to observe. Sibling feeding
    The other. This happened on Tuesday, 5:45pm. Amazing!
    Shortly after, Spot was spreading his/her
    Wings! I hoped for a take off. But not tonight .
    Thank you for another great experience.
    Will miss our feathered friends when they depart.
    Sincerely
    Local neighbor

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  15. BREEZY ATE THE WHOLE FISH, AND FENDED OFF MOM, AND SPITZ. HOPE SOMEONE IS BRING IN FOOD FOR SPITZ, I WISH .SPITZ WOULD PECK BREEZY RIGHT OUT THE NEST !! JUST ONE TIME.!!! SPITZ DOES A LOT OF TALKING, IF YOU CAN’T TELL THEM APART, JUST LISTEN FOR THE TALKING AT SOME POINT!!!

  16. BREEZY ONCE AGAIN MANAGED TO STEAL THE FOOD, AND THEN WHAT COULD NOT BE EATEN THEN, FLEW OFF WITH IT, WHAT A NERVE !!! MOM NEEDS TO HAVE A TALK ABOUT SOME MANNERS, NO WONDER SPITZ FEELS LIKE STAYING PUT.THE OLDEST CHILD IS SOMETIMES GIVEN MORE I REST MY CASE !!

  17. I watched Mom feed Spritz late afternoon–More fish must have been brought in and Breezy got that, Did anyone else see Spritz eat? I also saw that little bird land on the side of the nest again ( :

  18. I am so confused. I thought Mama and Spritz were just standing on the side watching Breezy finish off a bone and then in flies who I thought was dad and I think it might be Breezy! Didn’t noticed the feathers on the other one ( just took it for granted it was Breezy being Breezy–was it dad and this is Breezy complaining? No food on board.

  19. Breezy is eating the fish right now. Its feathers look a little more darker and head has more black. Spitz has more white on its head. The chicks are about the same size and are “speckled brown, white tipped feathers. Both parents are in the nest at the moment. I think its Audrey that was closest to camera with stick. Her eyes are more lemony color, Tom a gold-brown. Maybe this helps a little?

  20. Crazy Osprey Family–Have you been able to tell if Breezy has begun fishing? He has a whole fish this evening with Tom watching over him, but wouldn’t have eaten the head? Maybe he doesn’t like catfish brains.

    • Hi, Linda. Breezy has begun fishing, but we haven’t seen him catch anything. Stand by for another blog in the next day or two and we will talk about it. We haven’t seen Spitz fledge yet, but he/she has been oh so close! Thanks for the question. Mrs. COM

  21. DAD BROUGHT FISH, FOR MOM AND SPITZ AROUND NINE, THEY ATE FOR OVER AN HOUR, IT WAS A LARGE FISH, WITH HEAD GONE. I SEE SELFISH IS NOW AT THE NEST EATING, HE-SHE PROBABLY LANDED AND GRABBED IT.HAPPY THAT MOM AND SPITZ, HAD A LARGE ONE, AND SOME TIME TO EAT IT ALONE..

    • Yes, I saw Breezy hogging the fish from Mom and Spitz and ate the rest all by himself/herself. Spitz has been practicing flapping his/her wings a lot this morning. Maybe it’s almost time for him to fly off?? Spitz has been standing near the edge of the nest looking at the water (thinking should I or shouldn’t I ??). Stay tune!

  22. Saw Mom, Dad and Spitz in the nest and Mom was fussing up a storm. I feel she was fussing with Breezy to get him/her back to the nest, but it was not happening just like a bad child. She had a look ” when you get home” !

  23. I am beginning to think we are a little hard on Breezy. She-he shouldn’t be thought ill of because he-she was born first and matured faster than Precious Spritz. Breezy was right on time learning to use the wings ( making her-him quite hungry.) Then it was out into the world and all that flying made a big bird hungry! Still not able to hunt but needs to eat. As near as I can tell, stay at home Spritz has not left the nest but once? I am beginning to think it’s because the desire is not there ( Mama’s baby) Had a daughter like that! Eventually, they leave the nest and you wonder if they will ever be back!!!! They move on to make their own nest in their own time ( : Let’s give Breezy a hand for exceling in fledging and doing what he-she is supposed to do. We all feel protective of the “under bird”. It will most likely take a good strong wind to get Spritz back out there! ( :

  24. JEAN IT IS SPITZ, AND BREEZY IS A PEST, NO WAY AROUND IT !! THEY KEEP US ENTERTAINED, AS LONG AS THEY ARE WELL, I DON’T REALLY CARE.IT WOULD BE FUN TO SEE BREEZY BONKED ON THE HEAD THOUGH !!

  25. Breezy isn’t stealing food. His taking of food from Audrey and Spits is essential to learning to use his talons to grasp fish when hunting. Don’t get upset. Audrey makes sure that Spitz is well fed. I noticed that Tom brought a second fish that Spitz ate unaided by Audrey. Spitz has to strengthen his jaw and neck muscles to tear apart the fish flesh. As far as I can tell both chicks are developing nicely.

  26. Maybe I have never been at the nest at exactly this time but I have never seen that shadow in the front of the nest–what is that?

  27. Hello Jean, I believe that is the camera, check out the photos that the Crazy Osprey Family are kind enough to share, you’ll see the camera. And that Breezy is a llittle bit of a bully, but I did see Spitz keep a fish away from him this evening and breezy sure was fussing but just when Spitz eating the fish Tom flew in with a whole fish and breezy in a mad rush to grab it for himself was holding on to Tom’s talon, Tom was shaking is talon fo him to let go which he finally did and Breezy secured the flopping fish under his talon and began to have his dinner. Osprey are so so beautiful and Breezy, since he’s started flying is especially beautiful.

    • I saw it, too, but thought it was Audrey’s talon that Breezy was holding. I’m glad both kids are healthy and happy even if one is a little more energetic than the other one! They are so much fun to watch.

  28. oops, noticed I missed a few words and mistyped in places also, glad you all are good at reading in-between the mishaps. Looking forward to watching our birds on and off today.

  29. At 5:15 AM and just now at 6:00 AM, Spitz is flying up and almost out of camera range for 5-10 seconds at a time!

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