The Adventures of Breezy and Spitz

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:

Spitz's first flight.  Notice the prominent necklace (dark chest feathers)

Spitz’s first flight. Notice the prominent necklace (dark chest feathers)

 

Spitz

Spitz on our boat lift

 

Spitz and a parent around 11:15 AM

Spitz and a parent around 11:15 AM

 

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.

 

COM laying the bases for the perches

COM pounding in the perch bases

 

Audrey circling COM

Audrey circling COM

 

Keeping a close eye out for Audrey, who was circling overhead making unhappy noises

Keeping a close eye out for Audrey, who was circling overhead making unhappy noises

 

Another trudge out to install the perches

Another trip out to install the perches

 

COM installing last perc

COM installing last perch

 

Here is a family portrait taken a couple of days before Spitz fledged.  Guess who can be seen fussing?

Family portrait.  Spitz is yapping at everyone.  Are you surprised?

Family portrait. Spitz is yapping at everyone. Are you surprised?

 

Keep sending in your “Where In The World Are Tom and Audrey” photos.  Here is this week’s winner:

 

Mr. Cooley watching from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Mr. Cooley watching from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

 

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.

Adios Amigos,

Until Next Time,

Osprey Girl

 

189 thoughts on “The Adventures of Breezy and Spitz

  1. DAD BROUGHT A HEADLESS FISH FOR MOM, SHE GRABBED IT, AND FLEW OFF, HE BUSHED HIS BEAK, AND FLEW OFF, SPITZ NOW ON NEST ASKING FOR FOOD, JUST GROOMING AND ASKING AND WAITING !!

  2. Around 10:00 checked in to find a rare sight: Tom and Audrey quietly in the nest, no kids. Audrey made a few sounds (calling? Letting the young ones know she was home? Too easy to attribute human emotions and motivations…). Sometime between 10:05 and 10:10, Tom took off. Now, at 10:22, Tom is back. No sign of the kids. Just parents. Then Tom is off again. And the kids are out learning everything they have to learn before it’s time to fly south. (I’m already beginning to feel withdrawal symptoms. Alas! It will be a long winter.) Oh good…as I prepare to sign off, Breezy (pretty sure) is back and squawking up a storm. And now Spitz is back too, adding to the noise. So much for Mom’s quiet morning! Everything’s back to normal. All is well with the world.

  3. Breezy is still squawking like crazy. Must know he/she needs to practice. It’s neat that they know to do this instinctively. Yes, Fran, it will be a sad day when the last one leaves the nest for the winter. It will be a long winter before we see Tom and Audrey again. Has anyone seen Breezy or Spitz catching their own fish?

  4. WELL BREEZY CONTINUED TO HOVER OVER THE BIG FISH, AND EAT SLOWLY, .AND BOW UP TO EVERYONE, MOM LEFT AND BROUGHT SPITZ A SMALL FISH, WHICH WAS EATEN SO FAST, EVERY BITE, GONE. THEN MOM TRIED TO TAKE WHAT WAS LEFT OF BREEZE’S AND OFF GLUTTEN FLEW WITH THE FISH, SO THEN SPITZ IS BEGGING FOR MORE FOOD, WE WILL SEE WHAT A TIME, TRYING TO LEARN THEIR WAY !!!OM AND DAD HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM.

  5. It is 8:20 Am on Sunday morning and no birds in the nest. However, there is a very large brown blob! Has it been raining there and messed up the lens of the camera or what???? Never saw that before. Did everyone finally get fed?

  6. The nest is empty except for that dead stinky crab. Fortunately, Ospreys don’t have the sense of smell! LOL

    • Thanks for the update Joe! Wondering why they don’t pick it up and throw it out ( crab). One of them brought it in!

      • Jean, I would wager that Breezy brought it into the nest. Breezy is still learning to hunt prey. Breezy saw the crab swimming in the water and snared it. Breezy now knows that crabs are not edible and will leave them alone. Remember the saying, “practice makes perfect.” 😉

    • Kathy, hoping dry weather and suns
      hine will clear the lens. I think Breezy and Spritz are on the nest but can’t really make out Who it is.

  7. I THINK SPITZ IS LAYING IN THE NEST, IT HAS CLEARED A LITTLE, SPITZ LOOKS LIKE A PLUMP SMOOTH BODY, WITH REGULAR HEAD, AND TAIL. THE LEFT SIDE HAS CLEARED UP SOME, ACTION IS HAPPENING, I HEAR SOMEONE TALKING, GOING TO CHECK. NOT HAPPY WHATEVER IT IS !! THANKS FOR THE INFO.

  8. CAMERA CLEARING QUICKLY , SPITZ, CLEARLY REARING UP TO PARENTS THIS MORNING, ATTITUDE, WITH A BIG A, THIS IS ANGER FOR NO DINNER LAST NIGHT, I WILL SHOW MYSELF, WOW, IN A BIG WAY. OF COURSE THIS IS ALL NORMAL, BUT TOO FUNNY !!!

  9. SPITZ ATE ALL THAT WAS POSSIBLE, AND WALKED AWAY, MOM TOOK THE FISH, AND THEN SPITZ WAS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT, SO SAT THERE AND LET MOM DO THE FEEDING TO HIM/HER. ALL SPOILED, BUT A GOOD MOM !!! HUGE FISH, THERE IS STILL FISH, AND MOM HAS STOPPED EATING. CAMERA NICE A CLEAR !!!

  10. MORE FISH DELIVERED, AND MUST BE BREEZY SQUAWKING OUT LOUD WHILE EATING, AT LEAST I THINK IT IS BREEZY, SO FLARED UP, AND NOISY, TOWARDS MOM. FUSS, AND EAT AT THE SAME TIME !!

    • That’s how they do it, Kathy, fussing between bites. Sometimes I’ve seen where I don’t think they have even swallowed yet. Breezy, I believe, has been catching a few fish.

  11. Crazy Osprey Man, Woman or Girl—I know you have been busy, but I had asked a few ?’s on August 1st between 12pm-1pm. (to help you find them since so many comments later). Whenever you have the time, could you maybe go back and try to give an answer? I’m sorry to disturb your day and really very much thank you in advance. Some people I know are also awaiting any possible answers. Did you see a crab in the nest, too?

  12. As the camera fades to black. It is only Audrey in the nest. I just looked at the weather radar and there is a pretty severe thunderstorm heading to the Eastern Shore. I hope the kids get through it okay!

  13. IT LOOKS IKE TWO SHADOWS IN THE NEST, BUT I CANNOT BE FOR SURE. WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE WHOLE FAMILY, BUT ESPECIALLY BABY SPITZ, LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN FLYING !~’

    • I watched the camera for 15 minutes before it went dark. Audrey was the only one in the nest. Spitz is fine. If you remember, Breezy stayed away from the nest overnight a few days after learning to fly.

  14. At 10:27 when I logged in, Breezy and Spitz were in the nest… Spitz at the far side (relative to the camera) eating. About a minute after I logged in, Breezy left. Did anyone see who brought in the fish? I had taken a few quick looks at the cam between 9 and 9:39. Saw first Audrey and Tom in the nest, then Audrey and one of the kids (didn’t look closely enough to see which one), then later both young ones. Is either of the fledglings catching fish yet, does anyone know? Or is Tom still the provider? I’m sure that Audrey is now fishing again, with the kids out and about, I just haven’t happened to see her bring in any fish. Just wondering.

  15. Some of the adult Ospreys here in St. Mary’s County are already leaving the area. Are they headed back south already? I thought they hung around til late August/September???

    • Possibly it is because we have had a relatively cool Summer. This might also be a harbinger of a very cold Winter.

      • Joe, you are lucky to have had a cool summer–here in Fl. we are having the hottest on record! I am not a happy camper. Enjoy that crisp air! Don’t think The Osprey family will leave until everyone can fish!

  16. This has been a truly amazing experience! I’ve been watching from the beginning and I want to thank all of you who kept me informed as to what was going on when I was unable to watch. It does appear our chicks are becoming more and more independent but Audrey, like a dutiful mother, continues to worry about them. I am puzzled as to why, when Breezy has learned to catch fish, he still returns to the nest for meals. Yes, I agree, Breezy is male and Spitz female. Although Breezy occasionally helped Audrey with housekeeping, Spitz was more active in that department. Nature is truly amazing!

    • You can catch up on a lot of news of these ospreys on the Facebook page–click on the “f” at the top of the cam page.Questions can go on the “Posts” part or comment section. Both babies are fishing but will still need to be fed as they are not adults yet and skills less formed. Look how much smaller they are next to a parent (they will continue to protect them as well). Enjoy! This is so fun and wonderful to watch.

  17. Look at this video of Osprey fishing. In the first segment an Osprey grabs 3 or 4 fish AT ONCE! In the last segment another Osprey grabs a fish that is almost as big as a Marlin!

  18. JOE, AWESOME VIDEO , UNBELIEVABLE STRENGTH AND AGILITY, NOT TO MENTION EYESIGHT !!! GOD’S GIFTS TO US, IN THEIR BEAUTIFUL WISDOM AND ABILITY TO SURVIVE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

  19. Thanks, Joe, for that video! Awesome. Loved the footage from underwater just before the osprey swoops in to catch the flounder. I didn’t realize the osprey would go that far into the water. After all, flounder feed and swim mostly at the bottom. Obviously it’s relatively shallow water, but still… pretty impressive diving. And what strength of talons and wings to get up out of the water with a good sized fish.

    Someone mentioned a new blog entry. Where? All that’s coming up for me — as the most recent entry — is this one (“The Adventures of Breezy and Spitz”) dated July 27th. Is there a blog entry on Facebook? I don’t go to Facebook much, but will check it out if there’s more info.

    Thanks all. Loving this whole experience.

  20. YESTERDAY THREE BLACK CROWS, THIS MORNING A SPARROW, THIS AFTERNOON, A WHITE DUCK IN THE NEST, AFTER THE CHILDREN LEFT. WHO KNEW???? HAVE THEY DECIDED TO RENT, AND THEY ARE CHECKING THE LOCATION ???

  21. To Kathy and others – note post by CJ above there’s a great new blog entry with photos entitled “School Days” but you have to do something a little different to get there. (New comments are starting to show up after that one –dated Aug 4, BTW… The conversation continues!). At the osprey cam home page, click on the word “Osprey Blog” and it will open on the Aug, 4 new blog post. Missing your comments and observations!

    • Hi, Kathy! The newer comments and observations by viewers are being posted on the newest post, which is dated Aug. 4. (You are still posting your comments on the one dated July 27). The title of the Aug 4 post is “School Days” but that isn’t showing up in the list right above “The Adventures of Breezy and Spitz” the way you might expect. But this is how to get to the new blog dated Aug 4: On the Osprey Cam page, right above where you see the titles of the previous blog entries, you will see the words “Osprey Camera Blog” in the white area. Move your cursor to be over the white area anywhere around those words and clock. That will take you to the new blog entry called “School Days” which also has really great new photos. (thank you, Crazy Osprey Family!) Scroll down and join the conversation. You are missed, Kathy.

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