Bits and Pieces

Happy August 17th! Many of you have noticed that the osprey camera is frozen at the moment, and we are currently working to fix it, no need to worry. As August progresses, our feathery friends continue to grow and experience new things every day.

My family and I recently returned from vacation and have not been around to make many observations, but we will keep our eyes peeled and keep you up to date!

Spitz relaxing on our boat lift, much to COM's disapproval

Spitz relaxing on our boat lift, much to COM’s disapproval

Here’s a quick update for those of you who are going through withdrawal. COM has a direct feed to the ospreycam which has not been affected by the camera malfunction, so we kept our eyes open today.  At the moment, Audrey is resting in the nest, beside a pinecone. We are not sure which genius brought the pinecone back (probably attached to a branch). It doesn’t seem to be serving a purpose at the moment other than providing a cozy atmosphere.

"Careful" landings

“Careful” landings

Earlier today there were five crows and a seagull on the nest, pecking at some leftover fish. There were no ospreys to be seen, and the interlopers seemed to be enjoying their stay at Casa de Tom and Audrey. All of a sudden, one of our adult ospreys (we’re not sure which one) came swooping in out of nowhere and chased the intruders away. Take that, crows and seagull!

As I write this, Audrey is sitting all by herself on the nest.  Spitz has come back twice in rapid succession, each time with a branch.  When she (?) brought the first branch back, which was quite large and oddly shaped, it ended up on Audrey’s back.  Audrey looked at Spitz as if to say, “Really?”, and then rearranged herself until the stick landed in the nest where it belonged.  Spitz took off, and immediately returned with another less cumbersome stick.  She deposited this stick in the nest without incident, and then took off again.  Right now, Audrey is all by herself in the nest, finally some peace and quiet.

This morning, Mrs. COM noticed one of our juveniles on the center perch with a fish. We are not sure if the young one had caught the fish, but it seemed like it had. Unfortunately, it flew off before we could get close enough for a photo and a good look at the feathers. Most other years, we have been able to walk out on our dock without seeming to disturb whoever was in the nest. But this year, Spitz is not happy at all when she is in the nest, and one of us walks out onto the dock.  She is getting very good at making the distinctive danger sound.

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

As usual, I am going to update every one on the ospreys whereabouts. The two babies have been sitting in a neighbor’s really big tree two houses to the north of us.  They like to perch near the top.  Tom frequently visits the tree in our next door neighbor’s house directly to the north of us.  We have also seen our ospreys on our neighbor’s boat lift two houses to the south of us. This year, although the family hasn’t been using the perches as much as others have in years past, both the adults and juveniles do hang out there occasionally.

Breezy and Spitz hanging out on the perches

Breezy and Spitz hanging out on the perches

Many of you on Facebook have noticed that many long skinny fish have been brought back to the nest, we think that they are Garfish. Recently, we were outside baiting the crab traps at the end of the dock and saw groups of these same fish swimming just beneath the surface of the water. This is a perfect source of food for the osprey, really easy pickings! While we’re on the fish topic, I really appreciate everyone’s help with the fish survey, I could not do it without you guys.

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Garfish

[http://www.charterboats-uk.co.uk/fish/garfish/]

That is all I have for today, thank you so much for reading the blogs and my apologies for not being here to make more observations! I know that a lot of you rely on the Crazy Osprey Family when our feathery family is not on the nest.

*Just as I was finishing up this blog and ready to post, Spitz flew into the nest with a HUGE menhaden, still flapping!  She is happily eating away.  In between bites, she is squawking!  Why am I not surprised at that?  Great catch, Spitz!  Where is Breezy when you need him?

Here is this week’s winner in the “Where in the World Are Tom and Audrey” contest”.  Keep sending in those entries to be eligible for the grand prize at the end of the 2014 osprey season.

Mr. Dusenbury watching from Cape Cod, MA during the super moon!

Jim watching from Nauset Beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the August super moon!

Adios Amigos,

Until Next Time,

Osprey Girl

 

 

 

 

222 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces

  1. Just had to share this: right after I posted the comment above I went to check the nest one last time for the morning. A couple of sparrows dropped in and checked out the redecorating for about a minute. It was amusing that one of them hopped right onto the green stuff and then moved a bit past it (scavenging, I guess, but didn’t find anything) while the other sat on the edge and chirped. (“Don’t you just love what they’ve done with this new color scheme?” We should go downstairs and try it at our place!”). All kidding aside, I love having learned that sparrows often build nests under an osprey nest…a great symbiotic relationship! Everybody wins!

  2. At 1:05, Spitz in the nest alone, eating fish. Wonder how long he’ll be alone with food on the table? Anyway, since he’s still something of messy eater, ther will no doubt be scavengers later to find scraps.

  3. Forgot to mention that the fish looks pretty mangled, so can’t tell what kind of fish or even what part of the fish he/she has got there. Also, I noticed that e greenery is looking almost completely dried up, so I’m guessing that it more than likely was seaweed… alas, it’s turning brown. So much for the change in color scheme!

  4. yes, but I feel sorry for her because she seems lonely! See anyone else today? I want to pick her up and hug her! LOL

  5. SPITZ STILL SITTING ON THE NEXT JUST CHATTING AWAY, WISH I COULD SEE THE WHOLE SPITZ !!! JUST ENJOYING THE SCENERY ALL ALONE, AND ALMOST SINGING !!! GONNA MISS THAT SWEET THING

    • IKR? Spitz should have been named “Chatty Kathy.” Mr Sea Gull is there now and is saying, “Are you done with this nest cuz I Love it here.” Just saw Audrey cleaning up a little and checking things out. Gone again.

      • Chatty Kathy is it? naming her after yourself hum? LOL Guess there is a lot of holiday action today–sparrows, sea gull and the family. The nest is starting to fall down. They remove it. Wonder when they’ll do that—most likely after it gets cold and they know the family will not be back until next year.

  6. SPITZ ON THE NEST, BEAK BRUSHING, AND CHIRPING, MUST HAVE HAD A FISH. I WOULD LOVE SPITZ, TO BE NAMED CHATTY KATHY, PEOPLE CALL ME THAT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TOO FUNNY !!

  7. A HEADLESS FISH DELIVERED TO SPITZ, IT APPEARED TO BE BLUEISH, AND SLICK, LOT OF WING POSTURING, AND SOUNDING LIKE A DUCK OVER THE FISH. I CAN’T DECIDE IF SPITZ IF IS HAVING A HARD TIME FISHING, OR IS JUST THE BABY !! GOBBLE FEST TIME !! PRETTY BIRD, WITH A SPITZ, FIT TODAY, TOO FUNNY !!! SPOILED LITTLE ONE !!!!~~~

    • Kathy, I am responding above the top line on your post as it requests. Not certain where this is going? So happy Spritz is doing well and getting plenty to eat. I believe Spritz Is just happy at home as I have said. When it’s gets cold she will move on. I am learning not to get too attached to the chicks as it hurts so when they leave. It is also sad to watch the nest grow frail. Spring will bring the parents back to us and a new miracle to observe!

  8. SPITZ ON THE NEST THIS MORNING WITH A LARGE HEADLESS FISH, QUIETLY EATING QUICKLY, LOOKS LIKE IT MUST HAVE BEEN SERVED, AS IT IS A SMOOTH REMOVAL OF THE HEAD, LIKE DAD WOULD HAVE DONE, TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT, MAYBE THEY ARE TRYING TO FATTEN THEM UP, AND SPITZ IS NOT AS GOOD AT FISHING YET. BEAUTIFUL SIGHT TO SEE !!!

  9. I AM TOTALLY CONFUSED, SPITZ, ATE A LOT OF THE FISH, WHICH LARGE, FLEW OFF, WEB FOOT IS .ON BOARD, CLEANING UP THE NEST, AND NIBBLING ON THE FISH, SPITZ, FLIES BACKS, CLEANS BEAK, FLIES OFF AGAIN, WITH ALL THAT FISH LEFT THERE, I HEAR SOMETHING, .

    • Kathy, I sent a response to you earller–sent it to where they asked on the reply( above the top line) I don’t see it here and don’t know where it went! Do you?

  10. NO, I DON’T SEE IT, BUT SPITZ CAME BACK TO THE NEST, AND WAS LOOKING FOR THE FISH, BUT SOMEONE SWOOPED IN AND TOOK IT AWAY !!! SEND YOUR RESPONSE AGAIN !!! DON’T FORGER TO HIT POST COMMENT

    • I don’t know what I said or where it went. Do you see on the reply where it says to reply above? I did see Spritz come back and look around like, “what the?” Think she might have learned to stay there until the fish is gone! Sad but the way of the world. That’s why squirrels hide their nuts!

    • I am there now and hear that yapping. Has anyone besides Spritz been on the next today or have they all stopped coming by except her? I feel sad for her ) : Keep the watch–going off line now. Happy Labor Day!

  11. APPEARED TO BE MOM BRINGING A HEADLESS FISH TO SPITZ , WING POSTURING, AND GRABBING THE FISH, MOM FLEW OF, AND I THINK IT WAS SPITZ FLEW OFF WITH THE PRIZE STAY TUNED, SPITZ HAS BEEN KNOWN, TO RETURN .

  12. BABY SPITZ ON THE NEST WITH A HEADLESS FISH, SO HOT, NEEDS TO EAT THAT FISH FOR LIQUIDS. JUST LOOKING AROUND RIGHT NOW, BUT CLEARLY HOT !!!MAY HAVE JUMPED OFF, LET ME CHECK !!

    • You’d think Spritz would have learned you can’t leave food there. Have you seen Breezy lately? I vwlive you saw Mama yesterday. If it’s hot, they will be around for awhile still. At least they know how to fish!

  13. I HAVE SEEN MOM, DAD, AND SPITZ, NO BREEZY, REALLY SURPRISED THAT THEY ARE STILL BRINGING FISH TO THE NEST FOR SPITZ, BUT THEY KNOW BETTER THAN I !!! I DON’T LIKE HOT WEATHER, BUT AM ENJOYING SEEING SPITZ !!!

  14. Thank you both, Kathy and Jean, for your continuing observations. Haven’t had much time recently to watch the osprey cam, much less add to the blog. Just so you know… when I check the cam and there’s no one in the nest, I cant help but wonder how long the nest has been empty and whether they’ve started their jrney southward… then I come right over here to look for your comments. (I’m guessing I’m not alone). So I’ll keep checking. Thanks again.

  15. Okay… so right after I posted the entry above, I thought I’d check out the nest again, and behold: there was Breezy. Poor thing, he looked hot and weary. Beak was open, as though panting, Wings were drooping. (But not a sound out of him/her). Stayed for about 2 minutes, and then flew off at 10:24. No wonder they don’t stay in the nest much! It’s so exposed! Anyway, it was good to see that it’s not just Spitz coming back “home.”

    • Was out today and thank for the updates folks. Why is it any hotter now than it was mid summer? I thought it cooled off up there about now. It’s really hot down here in Florida. The hotter it is the deeper the fish go! Maybe they are pooped from deep diving ( :

  16. So glad that Breezy was spotted, I was starting to get worried. Thank you Fran, Jean and Kathy for all of your up to date observations. Must be almost time for another update from the COF, so looking forward to hearing about the things we cannot see. (Lillie)

  17. Just saw Breezy bring Spitz a small fish. Spitz finally shut up and flew away to go eat it. At least I think it was Breezy. If so that was really sweet! Was wonderful seeing the both of them today.

    • It might have been Tom you saw, not Breezy. Tom has been bringing in fish for her/him. Many times you might not see others on the nest but they are close by — in the area. On the facebook page itself you can get updates, too.

  18. I AM SURE IT WAS MOM OR DAD BREEZY WOULD NOT BRING THE FISH, MIGHT WALK AWAY IF TO FULL FOR IT, BUT NOT BRING IT !! I DON’T KNOW FOR A FACT BUT ACCORDING TO MY OBSERVATIONS, IT DOES NOT SEEM POSSIBLE, !!! AS LONG AS SPITZ GOT FOOD, YEAH !!

    • I am sure you are correct that it was Tom or Audrey who brought Spitz a fish. What was I thinking? Breezy wouldn’t ever bring a fish for someone else. I remember him pecking Spitz to death on the head when they were little babies. Once I thought he had killed her and I was so upset. Spitz is a little lazy or a really bad fisher-bird. LOL

  19. At 6:55 a.m., Spitz on the nest, quietly preening. A beautiful morning, after last night’s downpour. As to your question, Jean, about why it would be hotter now… We’ve had an unusually mild summer, w/temps generally in the mid 80s. Lovely weather. Then on Aug 31 (Sunday), temperature and humidity started climbing into the 90s. Had some thunderstorms last night that seem to have alleviated heat and humidity a bit. But no, the temperatures don’t necessarily decline in a straight line from Aug. through October. And sometimes we get a few days or even weeks of “Indian summer” in late Sept/early Oct. with temperatures that shoot back up into the 90’s after early Sept. deceives us with some days of “sweater weather.” I wonder how that affects these birds… wonder if it makes a difference that the young ones didn’t have to acclimate to hotter temps. I’m sure they’ll adjust to all manner of temperatures and conditions before the year is out. But maybe that’s why Spitz was looking particularly hot and weary the other day… hasn’t really had to get used to the kind of heat we usually would have had.

    • Thank you for the detailed weather description Fran! I guess most weather patterns are changing a bit these days also. At least the water fowl have the water to cool off in ( even if it too is warm on top. I live on a private lake and have noticed the migrating patterns changing in the past couple of years. Spritz is a very interesting bird.

  20. SPITZ, IS MORE THAN INTERESTING, THAT BIRD IS A DOOSEY !!! SITTING ON THE NEST THIS MORNING BEGGING FOR FOOD, MOM BRINGS JUST THE TAIL END OF A FISH AND LEAVES IT , SPITZ, TAKES A BITE, AND FLIES OFF. TRYING FIGURE THIS OUT, IT MUST THE HEAT, AND HAVING A HARD TIME CATCHING A FISH, SHE IS A GOOD MOM !!! LOVE MY SPITZ !!!

  21. Just checked the nest at 7:55 and Spitz is there. I was wrong about who was n the nest earlier…at 6:55, that was, in fact Breezy. Spitz has much lighter coloring on top of the head! (I’d been away for a couple of weeks and was a bit “rusty” on the details. But seeing Spitz there now, it’s pretty clear by comparison which bird I saw earlier.)

    As to weather, you’re welcome, Jean. (I’m not sure how much of a change this represents in weather patterns, this summer represents. I remember as a kid in New York that we would sometimes start school in early September wearing long sleeves and even sweaters, only to have some incredibly hot days on the athletic fields (those woolen marching band uniforms were designed to keep you warm on cool autumn days!)… every now and then, even an overly warm day on Halloween!

  22. Any COF members out there? Haven’t heard from you all in a long time! We miss you! Any news on who’s a girl, whose a boy and are our guesses correct? Breezy-boy, Spitz-girl.

    • Wonder when we will find out their sex, if ever. They will be leaving soon. I am guessing Spitz is a girl and Breezy is a boy. Just sayin………

  23. AFTER MUCH LOUD FUSSING FOR FOOD, A FISH WAS DELIVERED, SPITZ STOOD OVER IT, AND LOOKED AT IT, LOOKED AROUND, FLEW OFF WITH THE LARGE WHOLE FISH, I THOUGHT AT FIRST IT BE DROPPED, BUT IT WAS NOT. STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY SPITZ IS GETTING ALL THIS SPECIAL CARE, BUT THANKFUL FOR IT.

  24. I wonder, too. Don’t recall this behavior with the youngest last year–however, my brain IS one year older! 3 chicks were fledged last year.

  25. I DID NOT A SEE ANY OF THIS LAST YEAR, BUT I SAW SPITZ WHEN HE WAS FIRST HATCHED, I SAY HE I DON’T KNOW, HE IS A DIFFERENT BIRD, THE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEMEANOR , MORE GENTLE LIKE, BUT HAS THAT OTHER SIDE, NOT QUITE DEVELOPED YET. MAMA’S BABY !!! THEY ARE ALL AMAZING, BUT THERE IS A SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ONE !!.

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