Big Beautiful Babies Bloody Banding Biologist and Other Tidbits From 2015

Good morning from the spectacular Eastern Shore of Maryland!  Well, I thought I had better write the wrap-up blog for 2015 before the 2016 season officially starts.  The camera will be leaving the swan viewing area for the osprey viewing area the week of March 7, just around the corner. I hope you have enjoyed watching our beautiful swans and mooching geese while patiently waiting for the return of Tom and Audrey.  Winter is passing us by, complete with a blizzard and much welcomed visits from Osprey Girl (who made Dean’s List her first semester at the University of Delaware, yippee!).  This official wrap-up blog will touch on some of the highlights of the 2015 season, with special emphasis on the banding operation that took place in July.  For further details and more photos chronicling the 2015 season, you can go back to those blogs to refresh your memory!

As you may recall, we had a very eventful 2015 season. We had drama from the very start, with a flurry of activity surrounding who would be the King of the Castle (not really a castle, but the osprey nest, of course). Calico Tom, the fishing fool, won the honors and became the man of the hour. He performed his pre-fatherly duties with gusto, and Queen Audrey presented Tom and her loyal followers with three lovely eggs. Weeks of breathless anticipation followed, but as the window of opportunity for each egg to hatch passed without new life, a deep gloom fell over the kingdom.

In June, our melancholy was about to come to an end.  Dr. Paul Spitzer, our resident osprey expert and dear friend, suggested that we place a foster chick in need of a home into the nest, with some very specific parameters that needed to be followed as to the age of the chick.  The Chesapeake Conservancy made contact with Craig Koppie, a raptor biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the rest, as they say, was history, with not one chick, but two!

These are our two foster chicks on the day they arrived before they were placed into the nest.  Remember, you can click on each photograph to enlarge it for your viewing pleasure:

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Our two new foster chicks!

 

Our foster chicks, yet unnamed, taking a look around:

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Craig Koppie placing the Foster chicks in the nest. Audrey is on high alert

 

Tom heads back to the nest with a stick.  He had no idea of the surprise in store for him!

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What a glorious day in the continuing saga of 2015!

 

Life went on at the nest.  As usual, COM aka Mr. Fixit, was frequently fixing something at the pole.  He takes very good care of the osprey pole, camera and nest.  We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his devotion to our favorite osprey family:

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COM adding support to the pole to avoid rotation, which plagued the nest pole during the early part of the season

We certainly had a lot of excitement in July.  The month started with a beautiful summer day:

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A beautiful summer afternoon at the nest

 

We thought the real excitement in July was to be on the 17th with Craig Koppie banding our two foster chicks.  Little did we know what was to occur a couple of days after the banding:

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Double trouble-wading out to the nest to retrieve the foster chicks for banding

 

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COM and Craig setting up the ladder

 

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First chick being removed from the nest for banding

 

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First package ready to go down the ladder

 

 

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OUCH! A big beautiful baby is bloodying a banding biologist. Hey, that would make a great title for a blog…..

 

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Stand back, I’m an eagle!

 

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Don’t drop it!!!

 

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COM is a good helper. One down, one to go

 

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Next victim! On to number two.

 

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Sure wish I knew how to fly, thinks the young osprey

 

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Escape is not an option

 

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Gotcha! Happy Craig, sad osprey.

 

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Birds of a feather flock together, and I am not talking about the ospreys!

 

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COM and friend

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Craig Koppie with the red banded chick, soon to be named Montana, who appears to need a manicure

 

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COM and Craig wading back to the nest with precious cargo. Don’t get that camera get wet!!

 

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Montana in nest, Maine ready to go back

 

I know that we can all agree that the banding of the soon-to-be named, rapidly growing chicks made it incredibly easier to differentiate between the two chicks as the season progressed.  Many thanks to Craig Koppie, raptor biologist extraordinaire and COM, his faithful helper. Photo credits for the banding go to Teena Gorrow, as Mrs. COMomma was at work attempting to fill the college account.  By popular vote later in the season, the red-banded chick was named Montana and the yellow-banded chick was named Maine.  These names were chosen by the camera watchers/blog readers in memory of chicks in Maine and Montana that perished very early in their young lives.

Just as I was getting ready to write a blog about the banding, an interloper appeared at the nest on July 19, just two days after the banding.  We really thought we were through with visiting strangers and drama for the 2015 season, but it was not to be.  Enter E.T., although he wasn’t named at the time:

 

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First photo of the intruder, soon to be known as E.T.  He is at the far right closest to the camera.  Maine and Montana are hunkered down, and Audrey is confused.

 

Tom arrived back at the nest and a big surprise was waiting, another hungry mouth to feed:

 

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Someone is not happy with the new arrival. Yes, we are talking to you, Tom

 

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E.T.’s first day in his new digs. The whole family is perplexed, even E.T.

 

The working theory on the arrival of E.T. was that he was a fledging from another nest in the area who landed with us and decided he liked the new digs.  Our E.T. gave us oodles to talk about and much entertainment for the rest of the season.

Here are some other favorite photos taken in and around the nest during July 2015:

 

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Super Full Moon rising over the nest. One of COM’s marked sticks is making its presence known

 

 

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The same full moon as the evening progressed. One of our infamous Full Moon Dock parties was in full swing at the time, with lots of howling going on!

 

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July 2015 Full Moon. Check out the glowing eyes!

 

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Words cannot do this photo justice-Full Moon over the nest with the moonlight reflecting on the water

 

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July thunderstorm-Another one of Osprey Girl’s amazing photos

 

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July thunderstorms. Osprey Girl took some incredible photos that night.  This one includes the osprey pole, complete with osprey

 

The summer continued with Maine, Montana and E.T. learning to fish and fend for themselves before heading on their arduous trip south.  We worried at times if they would ever perfect their fishing skills, and the youngsters did not let us down:

 

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Learning to fish successfully. Two of our juveniles in the big tree, each with their own catch. The crows are looking for a hand out.

 

Oh, bittersweet September.  Some of our friends were on their way, but there were still some ospreys around.  We consoled ourselves with views like this behind the nearly empty nest:

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September sunrise behind the nest pole. Spectacular!

 

October was a fun month.  We had our end of season gathering, aptly named The Flocking.  The many attendees ate and drank and told tales of the summer.  Dr. Spitzer spoke to us, and was as entertaining as ever. A poster put together by one of our faithful camera watchers/blog readers, Featherdog, was a popular item.

 

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The happy Flocking attendees! Some had already left before the group photo was taken.

 

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Dr. Spitzer regaling us with tales of the osprey. He is a plethora of osprey knowledge, and we are so fortunate to have him in our corner!

 

There were always new and spectacular things to see at the secret location, even after our ospreys went South for the winter.  Here is a favorite December photograph:

 

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A rare December rainbow at the secret location. Take a look at the extremely high tide, up to the bottom of the dock

 

All good things must come to an end, as our 2015 season did.  We leave you with a scene from December:

 

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A December sunrise, complete with swans, geese and COM’s dock Christmas tree.  The empty pole looks so forlorn.

 

So another successful season came to a close, our most unusual yet.  From March through October, we laughed, cried, oohed, aahed, smiled, frowned, wondered and worried.  In another couple of weeks, the cycle will begin again.  Who knows what 2016 will bring?  Will our faithful Audrey and our Calico Tom return to start another family?  Or will we be met with some new osprey friends fresh back from their South American travels?  Stay tuned, we will know very soon!

Thanks for staying with us, and we look forward to another wild and wonderful season with you, our faithful camera watchers and blog readers!

We remain,

COM, Mrs. COMomma and Osprey Girl

We hope to see you all at the annual Welcome Back Osprey Party on April 19.  Craig Koppie will be the speaker.  Details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

123 thoughts on “Big Beautiful Babies Bloody Banding Biologist and Other Tidbits From 2015

  1. I do wait very patiently( do I have a choice) for Audrey to return and start pacing waiting for her man to arrive. I so enjoy watching all the activity. I wait with bated breath for this new Spring. Thank you!!!!!

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  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE AWESOME PICTURES, TOOK ME BACK IN TIME. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN AT THE GATHERING !! SO NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU’. I CANNOT WAIT, FOR THE OSPREY TO RETURN, AND THANKS EVER SO MUCH FOR THE VIEW OF THE SWANS, AND FOR ALL THAT YOU’LL DO. FTLOTB’S !!~~` GREAT BIRTHDAY SURPRISE FOR ME TO HEAR FROM YOU !!~~~~~~~

  3. What a wonderful surprise to find the COF back with us – and back with the gift of the memories of the 2015 season. Thank you so much Mrs. COMama – it’s great to hear from you. And yes, indeed, who knows what the 2016 will bring?

  4. Thanks Mrs COM, for the wonderful summery of 2015 ‘
    Looking forward to March 17 and Audrey’s return. Hope
    all is well ((<:)}

  5. Anxiously awaiting the ospreys. Thanks for letting us relive last year, and I hope for a wonderful outcome this year. The photos are absolutely stunning. And I couldn’t have guessed how big the birds actually are until I saw them in the hands of COM and Mr. Koppie.

  6. Wonderful blog, and the pictures are beyond words. It will be great to see the camera focusing on the nest once again.Have a safe trip back, Tom and Audrey.

  7. I enjoyed watching your blog from our summer home in Vermont where we see many osprey nesting on the power line platforms. Thanks for making this blog available to us. Joan

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  8. Waiting patiently for the return of the Ospreys. Thank you so much Mrs. COM for the enjoyable summary from 2015. It brought back so many memories….the pictures are great! And congrats to Osprey Girl – she did good!!

  9. Wow! Thank you so much Mrs. COMomma, now I know Spring is really on it’s way…fantastic photos, I can really get an idea of how big M&M were at banding. That’s a really tall ladder too, we had a 10 foot A frame, but that one looks even higher….congratulations to Osprey Girl, I know you and COM are very proud.

    Kathy, so happy that you’ve had a wonderful day, you certainly deserve it beautiful lady.

  10. Thank you Mrs. COM for the wonderful review of our beautiful little Osprey family…2015. So looking forward to the 2016 season!! I wonder if it will be as EGGciting as last year. LOL!!! Take care everyone!! See you on March 7th!!😊

  11. Thanks so much for those super beautiful and engaging photos…many I had never seen before. I am very excited to once again watch the Ospreys start a new cycle in a week or so. I was down in Cambridge Md two weeks ago on the Choptank River where I spotted an Osprey circling high above the water. Tried to get to my camera as I was so surprised to see him or her but was too late photograph…

  12. Good Morning! A very heart felt thank you to all the COM family. So good to hear from you once again. All my best, J. Luray Schaffner

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  13. BRAVO for all u do Mr. And Mrs 0sprey and Osprey Girl and Craig and those that make this osprey blog so special🤗🤗. My feelings of seeing the new entries and photographs were overwhelming—joy, osprey beauty in their size and accomplishments-etc. BREATHTAKING and we are blessed and I thank u all👍👍👍👏👏👏👋👋👋moe from the cape. Belated birthday greetings Kathy💫💫Congrats Osprey girl for your good grades💐💐

  14. 29 FEV 2016 Thank you and Jesus Bless you for all the time, work and love you three put into bringing Ospreys and my dear old friend, the Chesapeake, into my home here in France.
    Reading your logs is like getting a “letter from home!”
    Have you not thought about publishing a “yearbook” with all the blogs and photos of each year, that we “the feather followers” could buy on line? Might make a nice little college fund “egg!”
    So, thank you again for the joy you bring and the important work you do to save the Ospreys. Jesus loves you three. andrea

  15. Good afternoon all and YEAH !!!! Comomma is back with her usual insightful and darn humorous blogs!!!! We missed you so! Congrats to COG on a job well done, and I look forward to COM’s colored sticks to be showing in a neighborhood nest soon near you! Yeah, a new beginning (hope and pray we have our Audrey and Tom from last year)!!! Absolutely beautiful photos. Comomma, you continually out-do yourself. Wing hugs to all – for the love of the osprey!!!! 😎

  16. Fantastic blog and the photos are beautiful! Brought back a lot of last year’s memories. I am anxiously awaiting T&A’s return this year. Hopefully, we won’t have as much drama as last year, EGGciting as it was! Thank you COM and COMomma (and COG) for your dedication to these wonderful birds. Congrats to COG!

  17. Halleluiah! The COF is BACK!!! OMGosh how we missed you! Thank you for such an amazingly wonderful blog. Mrs. COMomma you tell our Osprey families story so beautifully. The pictures are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen from the shore, or anywhere for that matter, there is no way I could possibly pick one or two or three to say they are my faves, they are simply amazing, THANK YOU!
    COG, way to go! 🙂 I can’t wait for the season to begin! C’mon Audrey and Tom, the fishing fool! let’s have another beautiful family this year.
    Hello to all who we haven’t heard from all winter, glad you’re back to enjoy.
    THANK YOU AGAIN! COF for all you do. Oh and please let me add what a joyous surprise to see you put the CAM up for us the enjoy the Swans this winter, another HUGE THANK YOU!
    We ALL Love you so much! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself 🙂 🙂 🙂

  18. Andrea in France ~ good news… I am in the process of compiling all of the blogs and comments posted for 2015 season. I’ve been working on it for awhile on the weekends mostly as a ‘secret’ project. You can trust me when I say that there are THOUSANDS of comments, sometimes in response to a single blog post!! And the comments are still coming. One thing that has never happened before this last season is that many of us stayed around during the off-season and kept the blog alive from September onward even though there were no blogs after September 30th. There may be one more as the end-of-the-year wrap-up but maybe not. It will end with the first 2016 season blog when Audrey shows up. I suspect the Chesapeake Concervancy holds the copyright on the site as owner of the site.

    I’ve got most of the formatting/editing done with pictures included. A few pictures were since deleted when space ran out. I also included the videos and YouTube sites that were posted, though not the actual posting. I have it in four or five “parts” with hundreds of pages per part. I forget which part it is but as I recall one ‘part’ is only one blog but it is 800 some reformatted pages long! I wanted to get it in final version before I presented it to Chesapeake Concervancy for their review. It would be a huge undertaking to print the entire package! They also need to decide if they want to publish it and in what form and under what conditions. It is similar in nature to the Poster (August 2015) and Portrait (October 2015). The Poster brought in donations and the Portraits of the birds was a gift from the COF.

    I’ll be sure to let everybody know what CC decides to do with this third Labor of Love! Now everybody knows what my secret project is all about!
    For the Love of the Birds ~ currently in Osprey ‘Anticipation’ Mode and soon-to-be in TaTa Tundra Swans…. FD

  19. What great pictures amazing!! COG THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL! Glad to see COMomma YIPPEE.
    FD, you are WONDERFUL as always. I get goosies thinking of Audrey and Tom’s return.
    Lillie, I guess that is maybe why you said you would have to check you schedule for the 19th?
    Joan, thanks who knows I may have been lost all year lol.
    HAVE A FUN DAY GET THOS WINGS FLAPPING!! FTLOB 😍

  20. GOOD SUNNY MORNING !! FD, WHEN DO YOU SLEEP, OR DO YOU NOT ???? CHIEF ANGEL ALWAYS IN THE JOB !! YOU ARE ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE !! HATS OFF TO YOU AND YOUR ENERGY, AND DRIVE ! EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT DAY. E7, AND E8 HAVE HAD FOOD THIS AM, THANK YOU LORD, HE HS TO FIGHT FOR EVERY BITE MOST TIMES !! FTLOTB’S~~~~~~LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR OSPREY.S !!

  21. Good Morning Friends….got to see the beautiful swans – I hope not for the last time. Featherdog – what you are doing is simply amazing – gathering all we have done and said. As KATHY said – do you ever sleep? There is a new osprey chick at Pink Shell – hatched last evening according to Uta, but I haven’t been able to actually see it. There are two more eggs in the nest – let’s hope and pray all goes well. Worked up the courage to check in on E8 in SW Florida. He’s sitting up in the nest; his crop appeared full and his feathers are just starting to come in; E7 was facing the other way. Bei Bei appeared to be up in a tree outside and Mei was chewing up the bamboo inside. Her actions are almost human-like. I keep looking at the new photos from last summer that Mrs. COMomma posted and I’m astonished at how large M&M were when they were banded. The camera view that we see is so deceiving – I would have thought they were no larger than starlings or maybe pigeons at that point. But they were an armful for COM and Dr. Koppie. Bella – is everything alright? And Lillie – how is Manny? Have a good day everyone; I believe we’re going to have a sunny day.

  22. Good evening to all my COFriends!
    Barbara, thank you, yes, okay, I wrote my post last night but never got anything after that, but I do see it. You remind of me of me, if someone doesn’t check in, I worry, but I know that “life” can take over. For some reason I didn’t get any notifications that anyone checked in today, but when I logged in I saw that there were a few, I was certainly hoping that there wasn’t some sort of protocol that after the season starts we don’t even say “hey, have a nice day”. But happy to see many faithful’s did. I don’t know why I didn’t get any emails from the blog though.
    FD, you are quite amazing! Dedicated is a HUGE understatement, thank you 🙂
    Have a wonderful evening everyone, the excitement is building, they are almost home! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. Hello everyone, Bella, the excitement is building, that’s true, I sure hope our feathered friends get home safe and sound this year.
    Feather, I think you are amazing, looking forward to what your next step will be in your colossal project.
    Kathy gal, how are you and Abby girl doing?
    Fran, we’re flapping and flapping, stay well girlie.
    Barbara, no news about Manny, which is good news, he’s still home, only immediate family can visit and only if they are healthy. I’ll check in with them tomorrow and let everyone know, very kind of you to ask and thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

    Did anyone else hear about the Heron webcam that CC is raising money for? Check it out on their FB page, it sounds like it will be fascinating. I will be making a donation, but I am still most loyal to Tom and Audrey via the COF cam. Looking forward to hearing where the Welcome back party will be in April, that will be fun.

  24. Good Morning!
    Windy windy windy…hold on to your feathers😏 The swans are so pretty. Checked in on E7 & E8 laying side by side hmm no bonking. E8 is a tuff one first the fishing line then having to fight for food he is a survivor. The Eagles Liberty n Justice are huge when food comes in they are ready to grab, love to watch them mantle …spreading those wings over the food.
    Barbara, I saw the baby yesterday mom was eating. When she finished she tucked in her talons but still managed to poke baby in the head twice before covering up with her wings.
    Lillie, so glad to hear Manny is still home. He was in my prayers this morning.
    Pink shell osprey is sitting on baby n eggs. Bei Bei is heading outside with Mom they just opened the door.
    Have a wonderful day do one FUN thing! 😍
    FD, I no longer see leave reply to Featherdog on this new blog…I am missing it 🤗

  25. GOOD MORNING FROM I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE WEATHER IS , NC!! I SURE HOPE IT WILL BE SUNSHINE. LOVE IT WHEN FF, DOES THE CHECK IN, SAVES ME A LOT OF TIME. I THINK E8 IS DOING A GREAT JOB OF SURVIVAL. UTA POSTED A NEW BABY OSPREY, TOO CUTE !! EVERYONE, HAVE A GREAT SAFE, WELL,, FUN DAY !!! LB, MISS ABBY IS JUST FINE, A TAD BIT SPOILED, LOVES HER PAW MASSAGE AT NIGHT~~~~TOO FUNNY!!~~~FTLOTB’S !!~~~~~~~~~~~~~OH YES, SWANS ARE BEAUTIFUL THIS MORNING, THANK YOU GUYS FOR THAT !~~~`

  26. Goods morning to all my wonderful friends! I need some assistance please. I am not getting any notifications when someone posts something! I’m lost as to why. If anyone can clue me in I would really appreciate it.
    Have a beautiful day! And SMILE BIG! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🐣🐥🐤💕

    • Hi Bella – maybe it’s because it’s a new blog??? Try posting something again and checking the “notify me” box… I rec’d an email to update my blog following (I think that’s what it was???)
      (Keep in mind that half of my posts never show up at all – fairly computer illiterate here!)

      • Maybe it is the same issue Fran had the whole last blog. Her device kept trying to post a reply to me instead of “Leave a Reply” which is a misnomer because “Leave a Reply” [to whomever posted the blog] is used mostly for a stand-alone post ~ NOT a “Reply” to another’s posting!
        I found a lot of Fran’s ‘lost’ posts ~ they showed up at the very beginning (early) of the blog. They were all far out of date order. We never did figure out how it happened. FD

    • In the “Leave a Reply” box, are you clicking the box “Notify me of new comments via email” before you post? You may have to click it for the first post of a new blog… Try it, it might actually work! I don’t use it because I get around 40+ emails to greet me every morning & many more throughout the day! Takes forever to get through them! Some days, this blog has lots of posts so I don’t want to add even MORE emails!

  27. Good Morning Good Friends…a little blustery here on Long Island, maybe some rain, maybe some sun, maybe some snow in our future. Mother Nature is in charge and she will do as she wishes.
    Glad to see that many of you have checked in and that all is well – or at least under control – with everyone. I looked in at Bei Bei and Mei this morning. There was one on each camera, and I’m ashamed to admit that I couldn’t tel which was which because there was nothing with which I could reference their size. But each one was enjoying life. No swans for me this morning; I think I get here too late. Still haven’t seen the Pink Shell chick, because mama is keeping it under her wings. I always have to work up my courage to check on E8, but yesterday I actually saw it getting fed exclusively by one of the parents – with no bullying from E7. Once they become the submissive sibling I wonder if they ever stand up for themselves, or is life in the nest ALWAYS going to be a challenge. Lillie, glad to hear Manny is still at home…Hi Bella and KATHY and FF and FD. Enjoy the day!

  28. Good morning again friends, I thought you might want to see the Decorah Eagles in Iowa. It amazes me how they can handle the freezing cold, it is 16 degrees there this morning. They have three eggs all born in mid to late February. I just want to build them a fire or something.

  29. Good afternoon all – starting to carve out blog time. Man, I remember how many hours were dedicated to watching, watching, watching last year! Can only continue to be amazed on what a year it was and what a lovely community developed. You all are the best birdies around!!! Can’t wait to see the cam over the nest platform. Audrey was right on time last year, and St Patricks day is just 2 weeks from now!!!!!
    Thoughts and prayers with all who need it, and bully to those who have pissed me off today (none of you have!!). For the love of the osprey! 😎

  30. Hello to all of my bird loving friends,
    Cold and windy here as well Barbara, and possibly some snow coming down the pike.
    It’s one month today since Manny had his liver transplant, his daughter posted a photograph of him and the SIL who was the donor, they both look very thin and sort of weak, I guess it’s not easy for the donor either. Being home is much better though, his wife can take good care of him and home is always much more comfortable place to rest.

    Yippy!! Coreygirl and Bonnie are back, now just waiting for Audrey and Tom.

  31. Hi Lillie! Glad to hear that your friend Manny is home and getting good care. Prayers for him and his sister-in-law for them to get stronger every day. 🌹

  32. Good morning! All is well here in Baltimore. Really, getting up to 4 inches of snow? Say it’s an early Aptil Fool’s Day joke.
    Swans are floating about.
    E8-7 are nesting, E8 poking at catfish bones must be hungry he is by far my favorite!
    Liberty & Justice also nesting all must be waiting fo breakfish.
    Bei Bei sleeping in his room, yesterday he slept in the tree. I would check in on him saying don’t fall baby.
    Have fun so glad peeps are starting to check in!
    Remember do one FUN thing and flap those wings but do a Bell 😀 While you are doing it!
    PS Checked in on the Osprey in Pink She’ll she is sitting on baby and eggs I hope another hatches.

  33. Hello everyone. Just got back online and so very, very happy to see COMomma’s first blog of the season. Thanks for the memories of 2015. Congratulations to Osprey Girl! Keep up the good work. Just wanted to say hello. Will check back soon.

  34. 13 days till Audrey returns…
    …13 days till Aud… (Mar 4)
    Mark one off as dawn arrives…
    …TWELVE days till Aud! (Mar 5)
    ………..WOO-HOOOOOO

    ~~~ BIG NEWS ~~~ BIG NEWS ~~~ BIG NEWS ~~~

    HEAR YE, HEAR YE, HEAR Y’ALL! TOMORROW IS JEANNE’S BIRTHDAY!

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEANNE!

    27 days till Tom returns (Mar 5)
    27 days till Tom,
    I just can’t wait (& hope it is sooner)
    Until that date and
    There’s no more days till Tom!

    For the Love of the Birds ~ currently in Osprey ‘Anticipation’ Mode and soon-to-be in TaTa Tundra Swans…. FD

  35. Saturday, March 5th is Jeanne’s Birthday!!!… Sorry it wasn’t clear which day… Tired, good nite all!

  36. Good Morning! Well so glad they got it wrong again! When I grow up I’m going to be a weather reporter…if your are wrong people love you even more.
    Checked on all the kids. No swans 😕. Bei Bei is playing with a Bambo stick. Eagles are all nesting waiting for breakfish or what ever is brought to the table. Pink Shell osprey keeping baby an eggs warm.
    Have a WONDERFUL FRIDAY!
    Lillie, I’m so happy you are flapping those wings and doing your one FUN thing for the day!
    😊😊😊😻😻😻🐓🐥🐼🦃🐔🐤🐣🐟

  37. Good Morning All — Bei Bei is up a tree saying “okay, I’m up here–now how do I get down.” I just love that little bear!
    Hope you all have a great weekend and, Lillie, prayers still going out to Manny. Bella – any news on your job situation?

  38. Another baby at the Pink She’ll nest dad brought in fish poor thing getting hit by the tail.

  39. Good Morning Friends…a little snowy, a little blowy here on Long Island. What have I seen so far this morning? First off, I got to see the swans – so beautiful. Bei Bei was indeed up a tree and Mei was chewing up the bamboo. Liberty and Justice – who so remind me of M&M – were side by side in their nest. We are apparently waiting for a big moment – branching – which I take to mean a form of fledging for eaglets, where they leave the nest and are able to roost on a branch. Yes, Flamingo, I spotted and second chick at Pink Shell – so tiny and helpless. I was able to see a parent feeding the first chick. As always, worked up the courage to look in on E8, and wasn’t too happy with what I saw because I couldn’t tell if he was resting or hungry and exhausted.
    And how are our people this morning? I saw snow on the COF dock. So that means Lillie and the locals have what we have up here. How is your weather KATHY? And Bella, what’s happening in Florida? Will check in later, so be sure to check in and update!

  40. Good morning to all my COPeeps! So happy to see you checking in 🙂 Hi Nancy, thank you for asking. I’m praying it will be okay, but they keep putting off sending out the organizational charts and that’s a bit unnerving. We have no choice but to wait.
    I adore little Bei Bei as well, he is just the cutest baby.
    10:19EST and swans a swimming!
    And snow on the dock.
    Lillie, prayers to Manny, I do hope he and his SIL are doing better everyday. I was happy to see, both, your flapping and smiling yesterday, good job!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeanne! Enjoy your day!🎂
    HI KATHY! I hope you and Abby girl are doing well 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend my friends, and don’t forget that SMILE, it looks beautiful on you 🙂
    It won’t be long now. 🐥🐥🐣🐣🐟🐟🐟💕

  41. Hi Barbara! We are actually having a heat wave of sorts, it’s going to be in the mid 70’s this weekend and 50’s at night, just perfect weather 🙂

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