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. GREAT WORK, DO SO ENJOY WATCHING,. THINGS HAVE TURNED OUT WELL FOR ALL SO FAR, PRAYERS THAT IT WILL CONTINUE. GOOD OSPREY PARENTS, ONE VERY GOOD CHILD, AND ONE VERY INTO EVERYTHING CHILD. WONDERFUL DAY WHEN BREEZY CAN GET FISH ALONE.DID ANYONE SEE THE BOAT AND THE PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE N EST??? THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOU DO !!

  2. I’m sure glad that, unlike Osprey, my livelihood didn’t depend on my fishing skills!

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  3. Love the detailed blog and pictures. Fills in the other side of the story ( : Perches are a super idea–hope they take to it and stop messing up your tarp. Actually that’s fish emulsion in the end —I pay $ for that fertilizer! LOL Thank you for making it possible for so many to enjoy nature up close and personal.

  4. I’ve been watching on and off since 7. Audrey was in the nest for a bit around 8 this morning. Now, at 9:09 the nest is empty again. Everyone is “out and about”… and I guess the kids are out learning all that they have to learn before they all head South. Looking forward to seeing the younger ones bringing their first catches home! (At least I hope that’s something we’ll get to see!)

    • A little bird was lurking in the lower levels of the nest over several days before Spitz fledged and has hung out around the edge when Spitz is in the nest, as well as hopping in the bowl when it is empty. I wonder if it is the same little bird.

      • As I was told: there is a nest of sparrows beneath the Osprey nest. I guess they don’t eat sparrows or the the things believe in keeping your enemy in your sites! ( “

      • The sparrows help keep the nest clean like from insects and debris and the nest provides a safe place for them as well as nest materials. They help each other out–it’s a great relationship! Hope this helps your questions.

  5. A sparrow nest beneath the Osprey nest! Vertical living! Jean, thank you for telling me. The sparrows know that Ospreys are not cannibals.

  6. NEST EMPTY, I READ WHERE THE OSPREY, ONLY EAT FISH, SOMEWHERE IN THE INITIAL POSTING FROM THE OSPREY CAM PEOPLE. NICE NEWS FOR THE SPARROWS !!THEY MAKE PRETTY MUSIC FOR US !!

  7. This is confusing about the fledge date for Spitz. Did anyone not see the post on July 21 at 6:32 pm by Stuart stating that Spitz fledged. Stuart’s next post at 6:37 said that Spitz had returned to the nest.

    • Hi, Donna. I saw the post from Stuart on 7/21, but we did not see Spitz leave the nest until 7/27. Sometimes you couldn’t see him/her behind Audrey, fooled me a couple of times. I was sure that Spitz was gone, but he/she was still in the nest. So maybe that is what happened when Stuart entered his post. We are sure that Spitz did not fledge until 7/27. Thanks for following our blogs and watching the camera. Mrs. COM

  8. Breezy caught a fish this morning!! He brought it back to the nest, he was squawking and the fish was flopping, then he flew off with it, I guess to a better location, I didn’t see the type of fish, I was too excited! That might be his first catch, good job Breezy!!

    • Thank you for sharing!!! Yes, time for celebration. I’ll just bet he thougth of the others getting some and took it away!!!!He-she does not like to share for sure!

  9. MOM AND SPITZ ON THE NEST MOM EATING, AND SPITZ TOOK THE FISH, MOM LEFT AND SPITZ JUST FLEW OFF. SO HAPPY BREEZY CAUGHT A FISH, CAN NOW FEED HIM/HER SELF, HA !! TOO GREEDY FOR THAT. IT MUST BE A GOOD FEELING FOR MOM, HER BODY HAS TO BE SO TIRED, SHE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SOUTH AMERICA, VACATION !!SERIOUSLY SO HAPPY THEY ARE DOING GOOD, BEAUTIFUL BIRDS.

  10. JEAN, THAT IS SPITZ ON THE NEST WEARING THE NECKLACE, TAKING THE FISH AWAY FROM I THINK MOM, THIS TIME WITH ATTITUDE. SPITZ ATE THE ENTIRE SMALL FISH. SHOWING SOME SPUNK !! NO MANNERS !!

    • when I looked there was only one baby there, alone and I thought it was Breezy because of the head. Also Spritz has a dark area ( feathers) on her chest. Difficult to tell unless they are situated in just the right way. Heck, I don’t even know if they are male or female. Easier to tell when they are on the nest together. They are both doing great! I know Audrey spends a lot of time waiting around for someone to visit!

  11. CLOSER LOOK, AND SPITZ NOW, SITTING ON NEST, TAKING A BREAK. THE NECKLACE IS HOW I CAN TELL THEM APART FOR SURE, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE A DIFFERENT VOICE, BREEZY BEING MORE LOUD, AND DEMANDING, SPITZ, SOFTER,AND MORE BEGGING. THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION. IF THEY ARE TOGETHER, BREEZY IS LARGER, WITH A WHITE CHEST.

  12. Kathy, I think the one on the edge is Breezy and the one who was alone before resting is Spritz. If not, so be it ( : Like it when they are together.

  13. SPITZ ON THE NEST NOW BEGGING FOR FOOD, I WAS IN THE SHOWER, SO I MISSED WHAT YOU SAW !! IF YOU LISTEN YOU CAN TELL THEM APART, ONE SOFT AND BEGGING, THE OTHER DEMANDING. DON’T FORGET THE NECKLACE.

    • Kathy, what are you calling a necklace—the feathers coming in on Spritz? I still feel that Breezy in the on on the edge ( with the fish!) and Spritz is in the middle ( where she-he was resting when others came) As near as I can make out–Mom or dad dropped the fish off and the usual took place—Breezy hoarding it –BUT Spritz tried to put up a fight for once. I feel so bad about it but they must learn to fight for their food! Waaaaaaaaaaaa

  14. THE NECKLACE IS ACROSS THE SPITZ’S CHEST DARK IN COLOR, AND I SUPPOSE IT IS FEATHERS. I SAW THE FIGHT, SPITZ LOST, BUT THE TIME WILL COME, AND THEY WILL FIGHT, I THINK, HOPE SPITZ WINS. BREEZY IS A BULLY.SPITZ FINALLY TOOK THE FISH AFTER GLUTTEN WAS FULL, BREEZY FLEW AWAY, BUT CAME BACK, FOR MOM TO FEED HIM/HER, AND SHE DID, SHE IS A GOOD MOM. SPITZ REARRANGING THE NEST AFTER EATING. IT WILL ALL WORK OUT, MOM IS A GOOD MOM, SHE WILL PROVIDE. IT IS SO INTERESTING TO ME, AS THEY ARE SO DIFFERENT IN NATURE, ONE IS SO DEMANDING, AND THE OTHER SO PATIENT. GOD’S GIFTS !!!

  15. At first light, about 5:15 AM, Spitz & Audrey were in the nest. For the past few mornings, You see Spitz vigorously exercising and strengthening it’s wing muscles. They both left the nest at about 5:30 AM. Breezy is presently at the nest squawking for food.

  16. Audrey in the nest alone in the nest from just before 8:55 until about 9:05 or 9:10 when I had to leave. Came back just before 9:30 and Tom was there too. The Tom took off just before 9:32. Gone fishing, perhaps? I imagine that one or both of the fledglings will be back when the “breakfast bell” rings!

    • Thanks to you and Kathy for bringing us up to date on the mornings doings ( : I think the eating all equals out in the end. Nature’s plan ( :

  17. Left town the morning before Spitz took his first flight. Bad timing on my part! But very happy for Spitz. Right now, I’m looking at an empty nest. Wow! Amazing how the chicks grew so fast and now they’re out and about. Great osprey cam, great way to share these wonderful creatures with the rest of you Osprey fans. Thank you everyone for your great stories and, Osprey Girl, for the wonderful camera footage. Unbelievably cool!!

  18. At 12:19, it’s just Audrey and Breezy in the nest. Has there been any dining in the nest yet today? Maybe it’s not a good day for fishing. (Summertime, and the living is easy…)

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