Good afternoon from the gloomy Eastern Shore of Maryland. The plans are almost finalized for our end of season gathering. It will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. at O’Loughlin’s Restaurant and Pub, College Parkway Center, 1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold, Maryland 21012, 410-349-0200. I tried to obtain a beautiful location on the water for our event, but the cost was prohibitive. O’Loughlins’s will provide a cash bar with separate checks, and a per head fee for food. I am working on the menu, and will let you know the cost as soon as I have it. So I will need a head count to let the restaurant know how much food to prepare. Although the hours of our event are 2-4 p.m., I am sure if we want to hang around later, it would be fine.
Craig Koppie will be speaking at a Wildlife Festival at Patuxent Refuge that day and will probably not be able to join us. Maybe he can stop by toward the end of our gathering, or meet us later. I will see what can be worked out. I will invite Dr. Paul Spitzer to join us, and let you all know if he can stop by. Hopefully, we should also have some folks from the Chesapeake Conservancy in attendance. Crazy Osprey Man (COM) will also be there to greet you all and regale his adoring public with yet more osprey stories! We will have some of Featherdog’s posters at the event that will be available for a donation to the Conservancy. There may even be a special surprise for everyone who attends!
There is still an osprey hanging around. Here are some photos from the scraggly tree I took yesterday:
Doesn’t it figure that we have only one osprey around, and the crows still manage to find him!
The poor osprey just wants to relax in the scraggly tree:
The osprey decides to go fishing:
Now that the ospreys are almost gone, our majestic national bird is starting to be a frequent visitor to the neighborhood:
As you may have noticed, the camera and nest came down today. Due to the impending severe weather, COM decided to take everything down before any storms hit. Craig Koppie came over to help. I was at work, so unfortunately was not here to take any photos. No sooner did the camera and nest come down than we had a visitor to the now bare platform:
So that’s it for now. I have two more blogs coming. One should be published in the next few days, and should be fun. I’ll write the last one after our end of season gathering.
Please get your RSVP’s in as soon as possible!