And Down The Stretch They Come!

Good evening from the windy Eastern Shore of Maryland!  We are still here, not to worry.  The Crazy Osprey Family has been incredibly busy these past few weeks.  Osprey Girl has started her senior year of high school, and the work just keeps on coming.  Mrs. COM will take over blogging duties for the rest of our time together this year, which is rapidly coming to a close.  It’s hard to believe that all of these months have gone by with our osprey family, but here we are, coming down the home stretch of the 2014 osprey season here on the lovely Chesapeake Bay.

You may have noticed the dwindling amount of activity here at the nest, but rest assured, we still have osprey action in the area.  Breezy and Audrey are long gone, but Spitz and Tom are still around.  Before Breezy left, he (my self-imposed pronoun, we have no definitive decision from Dr. Spitzer on the chick genders) was catching his own meals.  Here are a couple of photographs of one of his prizes.  Remember, you can click on each photo to enlarge it, then click again to zoom in on a particular area:

Wow, I caught a really big fish!

Wow, I caught a really big fish!

 

Breezy is chased off his perch by a woman with a camera-can't a guy eat in peace around here?

Breezy is chased off his perch by a woman with a camera-can’t a guy eat in peace around here?

 

 

Spitz continues to be a daddy’s boy, and Tom has been bringing her fish quite regularly.  They seem to have a quick meeting in the mornings.  Spitz will arrive at the nest, and shortly after, Tom will arrive with breakfast.  Their exchange is brief, and Spitz will usually take the fish to a near-by tree.  Tom will bring Spitz fish at other times during the day, but I haven’t noticed a very predictable pattern.  The exchange is usually at the nest, and doesn’t last very long.  Spitz must know when her dad is on the way back with a fish, because she starts fussing before he arrives. When Tom eats, he prefers the swim ladder on our neighbor’s dock two houses to the south of us.  Here are a couple of photographs of Tom, his fish and a patient gull hoping for some dropped morsels:

When will fish learn to fly so I won't get wet?

When will fish learn to fly so I won’t get wet?

 

"Patience is a virtue", thought the seagull

“Patience is a virtue”, thought the seagull

 

The crows are happy to take over the nest when it is empty.  This one even had the audacity to sit in Tom’s favorite man cave:

Sure hope Tom doesn't find out I used his digs

Sure hope Tom doesn’t find out I used his digs

 

Spitz’s favorite hang-out is definitely the very large tree down by the water two houses to the north of us.  When I hear her fussing and she is not in the nest, this is where I usually will find her (yes, I have decided Spitz is a she, but we have no official confirmation from the experts, just my humble opinion).  Spitz’s unmistakable calls have not diminished with age.  I had to turn the sound off on our osprey viewing computer months ago, the racket was unbearable.  There is a seven second delay from what is actually happening at the nest until it shows up on the ospreycam, so we would hear everything twice in the house, once from outside and once from the computer seven seconds later.  The din was unbearable at times, and although we love our ospreys, our sanity was at stake until the mute button was engaged.  Here are some photos of Spitz on the big tree.  You’ll have to trust me on this one, it is hard to make out the white on her feathers without enlarging the view.  Of all the ospreys I have photographed, Spitz is the most camera-shy.  We cannot get as close to her to snap a few shots as we could with all of our other osprey friends.  As soon as we walk out the back door and take a few steps toward wherever Spitz is hanging out, she starts her fussing and takes off.  So this was as close as I could get before she took to the sky:

 

Spitz and two crow friends at the top of her favorite hangout

Spitz and two crow friends at the top of her favorite hangout

 

Two crows are company, three's a crowd

Two crows are company, three’s a crowd

 

Look, Dad, I'm wet!  No fish, but do I get an "A" for effort?

Look, Dad, I’m wet! No fish, but do I get an “A” for effort?

 

Tom and Spitz will sometimes spend time together in the big tree.  See if you can find Spitz.  The crow is hoping Tom will drop the fish and Spitz won’t notice:

 

Father/daughter bonding time

Father/daughter bonding time

 

So that’s it for now.  We won’t leave for the season without saying good-bye, so stay tuned for at least one more visit this season with the Crazy Osprey Family and friends.

Until next time, we remain

Crazy Osprey Man, Mrs. Crazy Osprey Man and Osprey Girl

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97 thoughts on “And Down The Stretch They Come!

  1. Kathy, I have an idea to tide you over through the winter. Type the words “panda cam” into your google window. Up will come several possibilities. One is “I panda” in China. They have over 20 cameras inside and outside. You get to watch adult and baby pandas at all hours. (The only problem is that the time in China is 12 hours ahead of us, so when it’s noon here, it’s midnight there and the pandas are asleep. But at 8pm here, it’s 8am there and they’re just getting up.) They are fantastic and great fun to watch. The other option that will pop up after your “Google” search is the panda cam at the San Diego zoo. Once you’re there, you can also check out the ape cam, the polar bear cam, the elephant cam, and the koala cam. There’s always something going on! It won’t be quite the same, but it is fun. At the San Diego zoo, there are also blogs attached to a couple of the cameras. They aren’t quite like the feeling of community here at the osprey cam — and the updates are not as wonderful and detailed as the ones given so generously by the Crazy Osprey Family (thank you, again, all of you!)… But it might help to tide you over. I admit that I love to watch the young pandas in China lying amidst piles of bamboo, just lying about and stuffing their faces…sometimes they behave like college students in a dorm, lying on benches with their feet up in the wall. The toddler pandas are lively, adorable, and sometimes very funny. Check it out. It could be fun. (Let me know on this blog if you have any trouble, and I’ll try to walk you through the steps, okay? Blessings to you.

  2. THANKS GIRLS, I THINK THAT IS REALLY SWEET OF YOU’LL. I WILL BE FINE. I WISH THAT OUR BABIES HAD BEEN BANDED, SO WE COULD KNOW A LITTLE SOMETHING, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.I DO HAVE A GREAT FONDNESS FOR GOD’S GIFTS TO US, AS YOU CAN TELL. I DID GET ATTACHED TO SPITZ !!~~I KEPT THE LAST PICTURE SO I CAN SEE SPITZ EVERYDAY. WE WILL SOON HAVE A REVIEW OF THEIR TIME HERE, SO WE WILL HAVE AN ALBUM TO GO BACK TO, JUST LIKE FAMILY, AND THEY WERE.I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE IN MISSING THAT BABY SPITZ, HE/SHE, WAS JUST DIFFERENT !! CAN’T WAIT TO ACTUALLY FIND OUT THE GENDER. THANKS AGAIN, I AM NOW HEAVILY INTO THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS, SO YOU DO KNOW MY HEAD IS ON OVERLOAD. I GET INTO THAT , JUST AS I DO MY ADDITION TO SPITZ !!~~~ THANKS AGAIN !!!YA’LL FRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK, KATHY HERRING BERRIER, IF YOU LIKE, LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU !!~~~I SUPPOSE YOU CAN ALSO TELL THEY DON’T CALL ME CHATTY FOR NOTHING !!~~HAVE A GREAT DAY ~~~~~

  3. I just read something on a FB page called Florida Keys Hawkwatch that makes me very happy, There’s a bird watching festival going on there and they count all of the different species, as of yesterday they had counted nearly 400 osprey. Thousands and thousands of birds migrating must make for some amazing photographs, I hope they post more pictures and especially of the osprey because that’s my favorite bird of prey.

    • Thanks MUCH Fullersisters! Sounds great–will be checking it out. Also thanks to Fran. That sounds so wonderful also! I definitely will be watching those pandas, Not only because of the panda cam here at the National Zoo (DC) where the new cub was born. That reminds me to check that out again. On the Facebook page for the cam, several people posted some other VERY interesting sites as well. It will keeps us all occupied watching over the winter and before we know it March will be here!

  4. Kathy, Linda, Fran!! check out the story and photos just posted on the Florida Keys Hawkwatch FB page, especially the photos, the first photo looks a lot like Spitz, it’s a really good story too, check it out.

    • I have been reading about the migrations and they are reporting seeing over 3,000 Osprey down in Florida. They say there are more to come. Makes me feel happy there are so many and I know who 4 of them are! See you in the spring 2015!

  5. I guess it’s just habit but I still check in on the nest occassionally, I’ve seen some interesting visitors investigating and sniffing around the osprey nest from the tiny sparrows to the gigantic blue heron, I wish I could post a photo here, it was so funny all you could see was his long legs.
    The last couple days I haven’t seen a thing though either my computer is acting up or the camera is turned off.

    • Thanks for the update! I believe at some point they clear away the nest and perhaps then cut the camera off unitl next time ( : Miss our little “Stay at Home” Hope she is safe and flying free.

    • I always thought Spitz was a girl, too. She had that way of straightening up, rearranging the nest and bringing back colorful ribbons like Audrey.

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