What A Difference A Day Makes

Good afternoon from the once again rainy Eastern Shore of Maryland.  What a miserable, wet spring it has been here at the secret location.  Before I sat down to write this blog, I took a look at the last blog, which was published two days before the initial crow attack on the nest which destroyed two of our eggs and a second attack the next day which has left the third egg’s viability in question.  There was so much hope and anticipation in that blog, which included the hatch windows for all three eggs, and the promise of chicks by the time this blog was written.  What a difference a day makes…………..

So here we are, closing in on the end of our hatch window for Egg #3.  I am sure many of our faithful camera watchers remember the 2015 season, when Tom and Audrey sat faithfully on their three eggs for weeks past their viability date.  A season which went from sadness to great elation with the fostering of Maine and Montana, and the arrival of our bad boy, E.T.  What a season it was!  Last year while sitting on her three eggs, our Audrey disappeared for twenty four hours during a very cold, wet and windy spring day.  Tom did the best he could to incubate the eggs, but he also needed to leave the nest to eat.  The eggs remained unattended for 7 hours when the temperature outside was 47 degrees and a cold rain fell.  For all of the details, take a look at the blog “Beautiful Noise”, published 5/12/2016 and “History In The Making”, published on 5/31/2016.  Of course, after the first two miracle chicks hatched last year, our nest was attacked by a Great Horned Owl, which resulted in the death of one of the chicks and damage to the remaining egg, which never hatched.  Our beautiful Chessie became the only child, thrived with all of the undivided attention, and took off to warmer climes in the fall.  We just can’t seem to catch a break the past couple of years, so thanks for hanging in there with us.

Where do we go from here?  Why has this happened?  What caused the change in behavior from our faithful Audrey and Calico Tom The Fishing Fool?  The questions are many and the definitive answers are few.  I am not a trained raptor biologist, just an observer of Nature and our nest going back more than two decades.  My unsubstantiated opinion is that the terrible weather conditions caused some or most of our problems earlier in May.  Above all, adult ospreys have survival instincts that supersede protecting the nest and eggs.  They must take care of themselves first, so if Tom wasn’t supplying enough fish to sustain Audrey, she had no choice but to go fishing for herself.  Tom may not have been able to catch enough fish to feed himself and Audrey due to the wind, rain and crummy weather, so he had to take care of himself first.  There were many days that I would see him with a fish, eating in the scraggly stick tree or a near-by dock.  I was sure he would bring part of the fish to Audrey, but each time, he finished the meal himself, much to my chagrin.  I go back to Craig Koppie’s statement from my last blog:  Anything in Nature is possible.  Since those days earlier in May when Tom no longer deserved his Fishing Fool moniker, and Audrey inexplicably left her eggs unattended for what seemed to be an interminable length of time, the conditions at the nest have made a remarkable turn-around.  I would wager to say that Tom and Audrey are back to their former selves. Tom is catching fish for all at a tummy-filling rate, and Audrey is as attentive to her remaining egg as we are used to seeing.  The nest has taken back its beautiful shape and size, and is lined with soft nesting materials just waiting to cradle new chicks.  As we wait for the fate of the third egg, other options are being considered with no decisions having been made.  So keep watching, keep commenting and hang in there with us for now.  The wild ride this season may not be over yet!

With the editorial out of the way, on to more pleasant topics.  I was in sort of an osprey funk for a while after the crow attack, but am getting back in an osprey frame of mind.  To reward your patience while I was incommunicado, here are some photos I have taken since the last blog was published.

 

First, some photos of the villains in this ever-changing saga:

 

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The weekend of the crow attacks. A villainous, murderous crow taking advantage of the nest devoid of adult ospreys

 

 

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While the crow was in the nest, Audrey was eating on the swim ladder two houses to the south of us, but seemed to notice the unwanted nest visitor

 

 

A couple of days later, Tom was observed eating a fish on the electrical box at the end of our dock.

 

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Tom is trying to enjoy his catch

 

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Tom gets ready to take another bite, but seems a little distracted

 

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Something has caught Tom’s eye (beside Mrs. COM and the ever-present camera)

 

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Here is the “something” that has caught Tom’s eye.  Roger is beyond embarrassed, and is blaming his new hat on the crow’s seeming nonchalance in sitting directly on top of a scarecrow

 

The crows are very wary and very smart.  The crows are in trouble, however, because COM has a new mission.  You should know by now that when COM has a mission, there is no stopping him.  Crows be warned, COM has you in his sights!!!!

 

While Tom and the crow were trying to ignore each other, Audrey was quietly incubating her remaining egg.

 

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Audrey in the nest, hoping everything would be back to normal

 

A little while later the same day, Audrey was taking a break in the scraggly stick tree next door to us to the north.

 

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Audrey in the scraggly stick tree, finally enjoying some sunshine. Sunshine on her shoulders makes her happy (with apologies to John Denver)

 

Audrey didn’t feel like messing with Mrs. COM that day, and off she went

 

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Audrey wasn’t in the mood for Mrs. COM and her camera, and skedaddles back to the nest

 

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Settling back in to the nest, but still keeping an eye on the crazy woman with the infernal camera

 

Remember in the last blog when I couldn’t choose between two photos, and decided to post both of them for your viewing pleasure and input?  Well, guess what, I had the same dilemma this time.  (By the way, I spent some time researching “dilemma” vs. “dilemna”. I have used the proper spelling, but I’m afraid that hasn’t always been the case prior to today)

 

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Option #1-Audrey in the scraggly stick tree- head on view

 

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Option #2-Audrey in the scraggly stick tree-profile

 

So, which do you like?  Option #1, or Option #2?

 

The weather gods have not been kind to us so far this season.  We have seen the following behavior in the past, but it is still rather rare to see either Tom or Audrey sitting on the rip-rap or near the ground close to the shore.  They will usually only sit there to get out of the wind.  Here is one of those windy days:

 

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Audrey sitting on a piling close to shore with her fish to stay out of the wind

 

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Audrey decides to head out a little further from shore to put some distance between her fish and Mrs. COM.  She is now being buffeted by the wind, and her head feathers are askew. The waves are rockin’ and rollin’

 

 

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Facing into the wind-she knows her head feathers will look better in the photos

 

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Back to the nest and hunkered down against the wind. Audrey looks nice and cozy

 

 

There has been much discussion of late about Tom’s fishing, first the lack of it and now the return of the Fishing Fool.  Here is some photographic proof of the return of our beloved Calico Tom The Fishing Fool:

 

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My first glance out the window, so I grabbed the camera and made my way outside

 

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A striped bass (also known as rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay) big enough to feed a multitude of osprey families. Take a look at how much of the head is still on the fish

 

 

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Oh, no, I know she is stalking me again.  Next stop in an attempt to elude the pesky Mrs. COM, a piling on the dock next door to the north of us.

 

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Notice that a fair amount of the fish’s head is now consumed

 

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Time to move on, that woman just won’t leave it alone

 

 

A different kind of bird that is very popular with the Crazy Osprey Family.  Guess where COM and Mrs. COM spent their Saturday night last weekend?

 

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Parrothead just sounds like a lot more fun than Ospreyhead, more colorful, too!!

 

 

Okay, back to the ospreys.  Here are some photos from yesterday and today to wrap up for now.

Tom and Audrey love the scraggly stick tree next door to the north, probably the place where Tom spends the most time.  He is sitting out there right now, looking quite wet.  Here is Audrey yesterday, drying off after a shower:

 

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Audrey is drying off in the scraggly stick tree

 

 

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Ah, that feels better!

 

 

Some of you have commented about seeing this lovely little family swim by in the camera view:

 

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Our resident Canada goose family

 

 

We know Tom is back to normal because he has been hanging out at one of his favorite haunts:

 

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Tom surveying his kingdom from the top of the camera cover. Audrey looks like she wants to say something, but has decided to keep her yap shut for once

 

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Group scratch!

 

Here are the final few photos that were taken today, including one of my favorite photos of all time.  You know I have taken thousands of photos in the five seasons we have been with you, so this is going to be good!  Sure hope you like it!

 

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One of Mrs. COM’s favorite photos ever! What do you think?

 

 

In the next series of photos, Tom is headed back to the nest and arrives with a fish:

 

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Back to the nest with a snack for Audrey. He has already eaten the good parts

 

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Bringing home the (fish) bacon, dear!

 

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Audrey didn’t waste any time taking off with her gift from the sea

 

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Tom in his man-cave while Audrey has left the nest and is eating on the swim ladder two houses to the south of us

 

 

Here is a unique sunrise on the morning of the initial crow attack.  Somber, but beautiful, sort of like the feelings we all had later that day:

 

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A sunrise fitting for the unsettled mood we were all about to experience later in the day. A portent of things to come. Sort of fitting, and a little eerie, don’t you think?

 

By the way, if you haven’t seen it, our dear friend and videographer extraordinaire, Uta, captured a fascinating moment a couple of days ago.  A cownose ray was swimming by the nest, and Uta was able to capture the image and post it on Explore and the Chesapeake Conservancy website.  The cownose rays make their way to us in the late spring every year to mate and have their young.  I will try to get some photos of them sunning themselves near the surface of the water when the weather warms up.  Great job, Uta, we so appreciate everything you do for us!

 

So that’s it for today.  I have actually finished a blog while the sun is still up, not about to come up, rather unusual for me.  Feels great!  As I leave you, Audrey is incubating quietly in the nest, Tom is in the scraggly stick tree, the pouring rain has finally stopped and tomorrow is another day.  We are all waiting anxiously to see what the next few days and weeks will bring to our Tom and Audrey and their adoring public.  Fingers crossed, everyone, for a positive outcome for all!

Until next time, we remain,

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

 

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65 thoughts on “What A Difference A Day Makes

  1. Well here we go again with another good evening osprey lovers! And another heartfelt blog entry with so many special pictures that exemplify a keen eye for camera use Mrs. COM.!! I am still in love with Audrey and Tom as so many others are. We all hope for a golden egg hatch as the COF especially does! I watched the nest so many times today peeking at that egg and hoping I would hear Audrey yapping for Tom to get more fish for a munchin osprey! Well heading back to reread the new blog entry and you really can see the single feathers with some of your closeups! adios moe from the cape where rain is on the way

  2. Thank you Mrs. COM for another fantastic blog. The pictures are so beautiful. My choice is #2. You should enter the one of Audrey, or is it Tom in flight, in a photo contest. I am so appreciative of all you do for us “osprey watchers.” Still praying for a miracle chick.

  3. And what a difference a little time makes as camera on for date night for Queen Audrey and Major Tom the fishing fool🌈🌈🌈 and the golden egg!! Adios moe from cape cod

  4. Thank you Mrs. Com for the wonderful blog and providing us the opportunity to view nature in its finest. I absolutely love the wing shots of Audrey & Tom along with #1 option of Audrey photo. This season has been like no other. I still have hope for the golden egg. Many thanks to you and family.

  5. Thank you for another wonderful blog! We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for a happy ending to this season’s drama.

  6. 12:57 The egg is cracket without a hatchling.Audrey moves the egg away out of the nest bowl.Rearly,we all have knowing,that is only a chance from 1% to hatch .Crows attacks the egg,no incubated from afternoon to the next morning and the temps were only 3°C.I´m so sadly but so is nature.I have nothing seen inside and Audrey have not consument from the inside.
    I saw the dent in the night. uta posted and I am sad so sad looked like empty shell and she knew adios moe from sad cape cod

  7. Thank YOU for your Excellent Blog and pictures, as usual…. perfect title, “What a difference a day makes….” ❤ xoxoxo

  8. So sad that all of the eggs are lost, but the important thing is that we still have Tom and Audrey. Another year is coming. Wonderful blog and pictures as usual, Mrs. COM.

  9. The egg had been moved from the spot it was in earlier this morning. Now it’s on the edge and looks like it could easily tumble into the water. I know we all feel miserable. Let’s hope the Adoption Agency grants Audrey a baby. If not, will she and Tom remain in the area or will they head back to Central America?

  10. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS WONDERFUL BLOG~~~SO INFORMATIVE, AND REMINDERS OF THINGS WE NEED TO REMEMBER ~~~VERY SAD ABOUT THE EGG ~~~PRAYING FOR A CHICK OR TWO WHO NEED GOOD PARENTS ~~~THANK YOU DEAR LORD FOR WHAT YOU WILL DO ~~~THESE ARE TWO AWESOME PARENTS ~~~YOUR PHOTOS ARE AWESOME AS USUAL ~~~~~~I LIKE NO 2 OF THE CHOICE YOU ASKED ABOUT ~~~BUT HECK I LOVE THEM ALL ~~~WHAT A GIFT TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEM ~~~PRAYING FOR ALL CONCERNED ~~~~I GREATLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU’LL DO FOR THE OSPREY, AND FOR US AS WELL~~~~PRAYERS BEING SENT ~~~

  11. 🇺🇸 Good morning to all, and a huge THANK YOU! for another wonderful, informative, yet bittersweet blog Mrs COM. Beautiful pictures, I so adore Queen Audrey and Calico Tom, our “fishing fool”. I am praying that a foster baby will join this wonderful couple 🐣❤️. I know many of us watch the Severna Park nest and baby #3 is really getting beat up by its siblings, they are six days apart. Just a thought. It would be so awesome to ensure his life as well as Audrey and Tom having a family this season, they are wonderful parents 😊. My choice of your pics are; option 1, and your fave, that gorgeous shot of Major Tom, and of course the sweet little Canadian geese family. Thank you again, and in advance for what you will do for our beautiful couple.

  12. This is a beautiful blog, well written, beautiful pictures and many other adjectives could be used to describe all of the blogs from this group that I have received, each and every time over the last few years. You must have this in book form as I would make a beautiful gift. Unfortunately, I am getting down to where I can’t spend money for donations, and gifts. I donated to too many other charities in the past, ergo unable to do so now. This gentleman is so good with his work I just had to say thanks to The Conservancy, the writer and his wife, and all others involved. I have always forwarded the blogs to friends and family. We lived in Salisbury. MD for 17 years, then move to Pittsburgh.

  13. Oh it is so difficult to watch poor Audrey on the nest, she looks so lost. Looks like there is foil or something they dragged in. I can no longer see the egg, but maybe it’s under the trash. Praying so hard for a foster baby.

  14. The third egg’s fate is very sad, but with all the crow pecks and stretches of abandonment, I’m sadly not surprised of the outcome. I can’t imagine poor weather has anything to do with it–there are many other nesting ospreys who also endure poor weather and they don’t exhibit the same behavior as Tom and Audrey.
    It’s so odd–they haven’t incubated well the past two seasons, but fare better with actual babies. This nest has been difficult to watch. I wish there were more answers other than weather and that’s nature. I wonder if something else has been stressing them out at the nest site, if there is some other factor plaguing them the past two seasons. I also wonder if they will stay the summer or migrate back.

  15. Some of us have been talking about the possibility of Tom and Audrey raisIng a foster chick or two as in two years ago. Any possibility of that happening?

  16. Thank you Mrs Crazy Osprey Man (and COF), another beautiful blog post and gorgeous pictures! Another roller coaster ride for us Osprey Lovers, and I am sure for you witnessing nature in all its fury in your your backyard. Sad day today, but let’s hope for better days ahead.

  17. Good evening as usual, but not the same as my feelings last night reading Mrs. COM new blog at about this same time! Early this 4 am I was wide awake and hopped on to check on Audrey and Tom whom had been together start of the night as I would call date night in my postings. Audrey was sitting in the nest at her usual spot and Tom was not there. When I first looked at the nest this am, after I quickly read couple explore comments=I saw the egg up front and I said that is weird-am I going crazy-so I played tape back quickly and thought I saw egg flip out with Audrey going back in nest realizing I don’t think so. At that time, I knew UTA had been on and said she was off to check Facebook emails and I smiled as I had sent her message on her timeline that new blog posted as soon as I knew last night and I knew she would be there so I put on timeline “egg rolled to front??sad and then went back and played again and said when Audrey picked up looked like empty inside so not viable. I wanted to throw up and I said that can’t be true, but it is. Uta at same time as I was posting her was watching the process! Well the new blog posting last night was so true again-what a difference a day makes! Crazy what happens so quickly! I watched nest several times of day and the outpouring of thoughts/feelings of the sadness of the happenings from these events have been felt by so many viewers. So today, we watched Audrey sit, Tom bring fish,egg move,chatter below,little birds sneaking up and going back under nest where they were before,seemed to be empty egg which was eaten,and newspaper delivery and as I would say blah blah. And now the nest is empty. Well this comment made last night is on so many viewers minds and I paste it as spoken by Mrs. COM and the COF
    “As we wait for the fate of the third egg, other options are being considered with no decisions having been made. So keep watching, keep commenting and hang in there with us for now. The wild ride this season may not be over yet! ” Well miracles have happened before and for the love of all osprey I post. adios moe from still rainy cape cod!! also thanks for CC and Uta and all moderators!

  18. I had to look one more time and yeh Queen Audrey I see Major Tom the fishing fool is on date night with you!!

  19. First of all I want to THANK YOU COM Family for all that you do, and continue to do for our beloved Osprey, and for all of us by bringing them into our lives. I know my life has it’s twists and turns, I should have everything I need for smooth sailing ahead, but obstacles and troubled waters are always looming. I can’t even begin to imagine all of the many things that our dear Audrey and Tom live with on a daily basis, of course the weather being a major factor, then all of the predators that are always ready to pounce. I think Uta said it a few days ago, that watching real nature is NOT a Disney movie. Whatever happens, I’m thankful that Audrey and Tom are safe and well.

  20. THANK YOU Mrs. COM❤️ You are truly an artist with pictures and words. I like number 2. As well as your favorite oh I love all of your photos they give me a smile and warm n fuzzy feeling. I’m sad that we don’t have a baby and hoping that possibly they may give Audrey-Tom a baby to care for.

    • 1000 thanks to the COM family and all involved that allow us to view the beauty and realities of nature! The photos are spectacular
      and the blog so well written that one enjoys reading them over and over…( by the way #2).
      It seems like a long time before Tom n Audrey’s cycle will begin again. We can only hope to see them next March or thereabouts.
      All the best to all in the Conservancy!

  21. Good morning and yes we are blessed to have a healthy Queen Audrey and Major Tom on this day. Everyone’s comments on all sites have been heartfelt and allows each of us to go through this sad phase of the 2017 journey. The nest has been with both Audrey and Tom, with each separately,and with only the small birds below! Weird how they came back and I guess to reinforce with hope that things do move on and try to go back to normal. adios moe from waiting for the sun on cape cod!!!!!!!

  22. The “Boathouse” Ospreys on Hog Island, ME have left the nest–and their egg–behind! Eeek! They are young parents and don’t seem to have the hang of incubating yet. So sad that it is unattended.

  23. Good afternoon! I see new moss/grass on the nest. Maybe Audrey is feeling that motherly instinct and knows something we don’t! Praying that is so TRUE! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  24. Will Major Tom still feed Audrey if she is not incubating? I have not been able to watch all day, so I wouldn’t know if I missed him. Thank you 🙂

    • Bella, so far today (according to Uta’s posts and videos), Tom has brought 2 fish to the nest (as of 4:53pm). I haven’t been able to watch – I get caught up by following our Uta. ❤

    • Me too Nancy, very sad. I am still praying that there is an adoption in the very, very near future, and that our wonderful couple hang around. 🐣💕

  25. Still feeling the great sadness at the loss of the third egg. We all hoped it would be a healthy egg, a healthy chick. So many of us are still hoping for a miracle of another sort….a foster chick to raise. A lot of mention has been made of chick #3 at Severna Park who really needs a fate better than the one it has been dealt. If only it were possible to transfer it to Tom and Audrey’s care. Right now it is so painful to watch Audrey and Tom. I can’t imagine how the COF feels, especially after this latest, beautiful blog. Thank you Mrs. COM, as usual for the incredible photos and words. Let us hope for happier days. And by the way, my vote is photo #2, but Audrey’s ‘portrait’ is #1 is equally beautiful.

  26. Good evening osprey lovers! I also am wondering what the plan is to be. At the present time I see Queen Audrey fluffing her feathers and Major Tom on right post and maybe asleep. Off and on today nest empty. Looks like the piece of paper from yesterday is history. The little birds that are living under seem so happy. Well looks like a nice calm breeze on the nest. Sleep well everyone. adios moe from sunshine cape cod today!! YEH

  27. This is my first time watching an Osprey cam. It has been so educational, happy and sad at times. As much as I was rooting for the third egg I knew the chances were very slim. So my question is; how long will Audrey and Tom stay at the nest? Not that I’m in a hurry to see them go.

    Thank you,
    Jennifer

  28. Hi and at this time Queen Audrey is awake for a few minutes cleaning between her talons 💅💅and making some noise and she is still so close next to Major Tom-maybe closer than when I last watched before I hit the sack🛏🛏Major Tom briefly looks at her as if to say “really” and she seems to stop and both seem to be back to sleep🕒🕒 I still love watching this famous Chesapeake Bay osprey couple💋👄. Adios moe from the cape heading back to bed. As I type this my dog cocoa is saying as he tries to sleep on the couch “really” Blah blah🌈👍😍🤗🌈

  29. When I see Audrey standing on the side of the nest looking at it, I feel like she is saying “okay, Craig, where are the foster kids?”

  30. For Mrs. COM, I hope you are aware of the situation at the Severna Park oxprey nest. It has been mentioned on this blog. I was just reading the comments on that website and the 3rd chick is unlikely to survive. Is there a possibility it could be fostered with Tom and Audrey? or is that out of the question? There is a food shortage there, and it’s being fed very little, not thriving and the older one is attacking it. Heather Parham Jeweler is the moderator on that site, and I believe she and her husband are responsible for installing that camera on that nest. They have asked permission from the USFWS to intervene and remove the little one before it dies, but have heard nothing yet. Maybe you can talk to Craig Koppie. I’m sure he knows about this. From Heather on their website:

    “Heather Parham Jeweler Moderator • 3 hours ago
    As you all know–unless I get the OK from the USFWS–we cannot intervene. I have been in contact with them since the begiinning–when this 3rd chick first hatched because of my own concern and how we would handle it. I am waiting to hear back.

    Heather Parham Jeweler Moderator (to) Mary Deats Draht • 3 hours ago
    Mary–I share your concern and it is horrible to see. It is however a wild nest even though it is next to a high school. Of course, because it is being viewed by people–this is what complicates an issue that happens in nests all the time–but now we can all see it unfortunately. As I have told everyone–I have to have permission and assistance from the USFWS to intervene. I am waiting for a response from several people there.”

    I don’t want to get everyone all hopeful and stir the pot so to speak, but didn’t know how else to contact you. So, everyone, don’t get your hopes up. They could be concerned that T & A might not accept the chick (but they are still returning to the nest and they have past experience with fosters, although eggs were there at the time the chicks were placed) or maybe the chick is too far gone now to foster it.

    • For Mrs. COM, If there is a possibility of fostering the chick with T&A, time is of the essence, because it’s organs will begin to shut down from dehydration and the lack of food which contains water and nutrition.

  31. Mrs. COM, please disregard my last comment as it wasn’t necessary since I know you’re already aware of that. I was just thinking to myself and writing my thoughts down. lol

  32. Mrs. Com, we support you 100% in any decision you make. You’ve given us endless hours of joy, and we hope you feel the depth of that…………..

  33. T&A together at the nest 1:58 pm. Whatever decision the USFWS makes regarding the chick in Severna Park will be in the chick’s best interest. If they decide to find a foster home for it, it’s possible it could be fostered to a different nest and not T&A’s nest. I do hope they do something to help it, but as they say, this is nature and these things happen. It’s very difficult for viewers to watch this happen on a live cam. I’m sure it happens in a lot of nests where there are no cams.

  34. Good evening to all of us looking to see Queen Audrey and Major Tom today and you can tell according to the explore comments that the nest has been empty today most of the time and also at this time the return of one of the ducks!! We can hope for Audrey and Tom to remain safe each day and night as they have been. Adios moe from cloudy and hour of sun today cape cod

  35. Some birdie arrived at the nest about 1:50 minutes ago with a partial fish in talon, then had a very late night snack. It looks like Audrey and is still there in the back of the nest (not on a post).

  36. A 2nd bird (?) flew in about 25 min ago with nothing in talon and mantled for about 5 min until distracted by duck swimming by, then left after a few mins. Acted like a submissive ET. Audrey left soon after & then the duck flew in but A came back to chase off the duck then was eating the nestovers.

  37. Dear Mr and Mrs COF….I have thoughts about the future nest. I know you dismantle it every year due to eventual weight load. But, what about leaving it intact for one year just to see. As I view other man made platforms that aren’t dismantled, both parents are on the nest together for long periods because there is lots of room for both….as in the Bolder County and Hog Island nests. These are big, strong established nests that support the entire family with plenty of room and security especially during these unpredictable, erratic weather patterns and predator attacks. If it did make a difference to leave it up one season then possibly a sturdier platform could be built to support a permanent nest. I know you’ve done this for many years but sometimes change is in order. Thanks for having the nest and camera at all.

    • Hi, Janet…. I think one reason the nest is dismantled each year is because when the Chesapeake Bay freezes in the winter, the changing tides (which are quite dramatic in the winter months) can lift and remove the nest pole (which is in the water). (I’m from the area and I’ve seen huge pilings floating down the river!) I’m sure the COF has mentioned this and will talk about it again for you. 🙂 The COM has mentioned (I think!) that the nest itself is also cleaned and dismantled because of parasites that can accumulate in the nest. (We actually have “osprey nest platform companies” in our area that specialize in this!)

      • I’ve read what they’ve said about weight and parasites but not freezing and tides. Is it common on the bay to dismantle for the winter? What about the vast majority around the country that don’t dismantle regarding parasites? My intuition and observation sees a changing pattern overall..weather, predators etc. What worked for many years may need to be reconsidered. Just my thoughts.

  38. I recall that there were some sticks put on the platform for A&T before their arrival this year as a starter for them but A&T removed them and brought in the ones that they chose for their new nest.

  39. Good evening and another pretty day on the nest. I was able to see Audrey and Tom at intervals and once I saw I think Audrey on right post standing like a ballerina on the post-and I chuckled. Well glad they are safe and healthy today. adios moe from beautiful cape cod where I just saw an osprey fly out and land on a cabin cruiser as he probably always does when we were putting our boat on mooring. As Mrs. COM would say-the poor boat owners as probably definitely poop shoot moments on that boat.

  40. Good beautiful afternoon. Audrey was on the nest chirping away and Tom came and started rearranging the furniture. It’s so good to still be able to watch them. Thank you so much COF.

  41. Good late day to all👍I see Queen Audrey looking gorgeous at this time with eyes wide open. Saw visits by Major Tom today. Well another pretty day on the nest and safety and health for both❤️Adios moe from cape cod where we saw a double rainbow tonight🌈🌈

  42. Good Morning!
    I just wanted to chime in on the nest removal aspect that was mentioned above….I think it was two years ago that the nest pole was completely side swiped during the winter months, and was leaning way over on it’s side.
    Parasites that we can see are irritating enough for our dear Osprey, I’ve seen them at the Hog Island nest and the Wales nest, it’s hard to watch when they are making the birds itch and twitch, then there’s the unseen parasites that are probably far worse.
    Thank you COF, you are doing a Fantastic job, I Trust in you.
    Have a great day 🙂

    • I wholeheartedly agree with you, Lillie-bug! I don’t think the unfortunate events of the past couple seasons are in any way related to the removal of the nest at the end of the season. The same things have happened in other nests that are not regularly removed. The COF has many years of firsthand experience, besides which they have input from raptor experts. I am thankful that they’re willing to share this experience with all of us even when times are tough!

  43. Watching our Audrey on the nest….Tom visited a few minutes ago. Thank you for allowing us to continue watching the beloved ospreys!

  44. Yes, Lillie, well said. Who knows more about how to care for that nest than the COF. I hope you all know, they do this out of the kindness of their hearts.

  45. Hello everyone! Just watched Audrey fly into back post. Say Tom on posts by Uta. On replay saw nest empty a lot today with a gorgeous day with calm waters below. I watched Bremen nest a bit as couple eggs pipping but I was sad so stopped for now. Well be safe and healthy Audrey and Tom. adios moe from sun to rain to sun to rainy cape cod

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