Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

Good evening from the incredibly magnificent Eastern Shore of Maryland!  Wow, what a gem of a late spring day we have had here at the secret location.  We delighted in sunny weather and enjoyed light breezes with temperatures in the mid 70’s.  The weather couldn’t have been any nicer for a spectacular June day on the sunny Isle of Kent.  The only thing that could have made it better would be a chick or two, but I am sorry to report there are no signs of that in the immediate future.

When I wrote my “What A Difference A Day Makes” blog, I had no idea how aptly named it would turn out to be.  What a difference a day did make, so sad.  Our third and final egg turned out to be nonviable, almost certainly due to the brutal crow attack earlier in May.  At the time I wrote that blog, there was still hope for a hatched chick, as the final egg was in the nest with Audrey, who was in incubation mode, assisted by Tom as the back-up incubator.  The fishing was good, the nest was well-maintained and the optimism was palpable. The condition of the third egg has made a big difference in possible outcomes at the nest this year.  When we received our two dear foster chicks in June 2015, Audrey was still sitting on three nonviable eggs, and the eggs were being tended around the clock.  In deciding whether or not to place the foster chicks with Tom and Audrey that June, the nest fidelity created by those eggs was a big determining factor in allowing the placement.  Losing nest fidelity this season is not a positive piece of the foster puzzle.  But it’s not over til it’s over, although the chances for a foster are slim at this point.

Tom and Audrey are still very close by the nest when not actually in it.  I have been observing a very interesting phenomenon.  Our loyal osprey pair has been spending a significant amount of time together in some of their usual solo haunts. Take a look!

 

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A couple of photos of Tom and Audrey together in the scraggly stick tree one house to the north of us

 

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Something has caught their attention, and it doesn’t appear to be Mrs. COM (but probably is)

 

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Togetherness on the electrical box at the end of our dock. They both look a little damp

 

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Audrey is doing what she does best, squawking at Tom. Roger is probably glad he doesn’t have ears. Tom seems to be thinking “If I ignore her, maybe she’ll go away”.  So much for togetherness

 

My new neighbor with his new boat is probably doubly unhappy about the state of his boat covering.

 

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Such a handsome couple. I was waiting for a double poop shot, but received no cooperation

 

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Mrs. COM has caught someone’s attention!

 

If one boat is good, two boats are better:

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Tom and Audrey add an artistic touch to another neighbor’s boat.

 

Let’s go for the hat trick!

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We don’t want to leave COM out! His boat has such a nice dark green cover

 

In the end, there is nothing like home sweet home:

 

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Tom on his favorite nest support with his faithful mate near by with her yap shut for once. The nest looks so good, makes me so sad

 

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Tom still on one leg thinking “I knew it was too good to last, there she goes again”. Roger, save me!!!

 

Tom doesn’t have anything over Audrey in the one-legged department:

 

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Aargh, matey! I must have been a pirate’s parrot in a previous bird life. All I need is an eye patch

 

Calico Tom The Fishing Fool has been living up to his name:

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Enjoying a fish snack on another favorite haunt, the swim ladder two docks to the south

 

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The lighting isn’t very good for photos, but Tom can see his fish just fine

 

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Back to the nest with my fish, get that crazy woman away from me!

 

 

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Audrey grabbed the bottom half of the fish, and got out of dodge while the gettin’ was good

 

This photo makes me smile:

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Is anybody in there?

 

Another fish bites the proverbial dust when Calico Tom The Fishing Fool comes to call, and another visit to the swim ladder:

 

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What do you think of these wings, Mrs. COM? Bet you can’t catch me!

 

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Not impressed? Well, watch this…………….

 

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Tom has had it with Mrs. COM, takes his fish and heads north to be alone

 

As I mentioned earlier, today was one of the prettiest days we have had this spring at the secret location.  I woke up to a retching cat around 5:00 a.m., and happened to look out the window at a lovely sunrise.  Although I could have easily turned over, closed my eyes and let nature take its course outside, I decided to make you all proud.  I was a vision of loveliness in my pink robe and flipflops on the end of the dock.  I am sure the watermen who were out crabbing were blinded by my ethereal presence.  You can decide whether or not you want to thank Felix for coughing up that hairball at 5:00 a.m.

 

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Sunrise at the secret location on Sunday morning, June 4th

 

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Do you think the waterman has his binoculars trained on me?  If not, he’s missing his opportunity to gaze upon my pink robe

 

Tom was out fishing, as he frequently does early in the morning.

 

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You’ll have to take my word for it, this is Calico Tom The Fishing Fool with his morning breakfish

 

Audrey was patiently waiting for her share of breakfish:

 

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Audrey on the nest just after sunrise

 

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Waiting for the fish delivery man early on Sunday morning

 

 

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I don’t think the waterman was paying any attention to my pink robe, he had crustaceans on his mind

 

As I was leaving the dock, I noticed a friend observing me from Osprey Girl’s boat davits:

 

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One of the tree swallows that lives in the bluebird house in my garden

 

Mother Nature has not been kind to us the past couple of osprey seasons, but especially mean this year.  I guess we have to take the good with the bad, what choice do we have?

Here is the good:

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Wow, just wow!

 

Before I close, I want to comment on the situation at the Severna Park nest, where the littlest chick is being pecked by an older and bigger sibling, and doesn’t seem to be getting as much food as the other chicks.  For those of you who were with us during the 2013 season, you probably remember that we had the same situation with our youngest chick, Ozzie.  We were all sure that Ozzie would succumb to the lack of food and attacks from siblings.  I also wrote a couple of blogs that addressed the situation.  But in the end, Ozzie thrived and lived to fledge with his siblings.  He was also the subject of Ozzie’s rescue, when he became tangled in fishing line and was freed by COM.  Dr. Spitzer discussed the third chick problems in the blog “Reflections”, published on June 5, 2013.  There are also other references to the third chick, who was eventually named Ozzie, in several other blogs from the 2013 season, which are available in the archives.  Take a look at some of the blogs, but particularly “Reflections”.  Remember, our Ozzie made it, so keep your fingers crossed for the Severna Park third chick!

That’s it for tonight.  I will keep my camera handy, and for your viewing pleasure, will memorialize what Tom and Audrey are doing as empty nesters.

Until next time, we remain-

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

 

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173 thoughts on “Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

  1. well I saw some great pictures of Audrey and Tom on the nest the last couple days! Another couple days of health and safety!! adios moe from cape cod

  2. Hello all!! I have seen lots of Audrey and Tom today on the nest and must be cooler there than in the trees. Well safe and healthy another day. Wow I was thinking next month Audrey will be heading south- – that will come quick adios moe from a great cape cod day land

    • They must have been waiting on the HVAC guy to install some AC in their nest — there was no cool place in MD today! It felt like an oven no matter where you were. It’s been so nice to see them enjoying the summer together — hopefully, they’re discussing plans for next summer!!

      • Hi to all and I saw audrey and tom more yesterday and now nest is empty–it will happen. just checked and baby bailey tucked in and dad just left after moving a stick and mom on long perch!! sleep well osprey lovers!! adios moe from humid cape cod today where the beach water is warm!

  3. well I guess today Tom,Audrey,and a stranger and good health and safety last day so all is good on Kent Island. adios moe from sunshine cape cod today!!

  4. Hello to all and nice to see an intact nest after the storm that rocked the nest for a bit yesterday afternoon. I just saw pictures of Audrey and Tom on the nest and now am just seeing the tenants below who are doing their little yapping in the sunshine. Well another safe and healthy couple days for this couple! Enjoy the day everyone. adios moe from cooler cape cod.

  5. great to hear both safe and sound this am as several storms over the weekend with the nest rocking and rolling! enjoy the day watching ospreyland and life in general. adios moe from soon to be rainy cape cod!!

    • They are very close but, in case you’re wondering about the tornado overnight and aren’t on Facebook, the Chesapeake Conservancy posted a comment earlier today saying the Crazy Osprey Family is fine!

      • Thank you for the info. I thought it was just a rain storm, wasn’t aware of the tornado. Glad to hear all are well. After cam came back on I saw both on nest on rewind

  6. Hello to ospreyland followers! Have been watching the nest off and on last few days and this pm was glad to see the famous Audrey and Tom hanging out together. Another few days of health and safety. adios from moe on rainy cape cod!

  7. They’re both on the nest now – 11:15 Wednesday. Boy, not much going on around here. I have to actually do some work at work, haha!

  8. Hello to all and I enjoyed over the last few days watching replays of Audrey and Tom especially today and Uta is still right there with the posting of explore.com pictures-lots of single on nest, double on nest,part of fish,wanting more fish, and wanting to mate and leave me alone I don’t want to mate and blah blah. Next year will be the perfect year~ adios from summerime cape cod

  9. good evening osprey lovers! just watching Audrey standing solo and thinking that soon they will be leaving for this season! saw in the rewind a fish being brought it. well sleep well. adios moe from a nice cape cod day land!!

  10. Our osprey have become night owls. On rewind some birdie (Audrey I think) was on nest at approx 9:30 with a fish that was being casually eaten. Mate showed up at 11 then left about 12. An hour later birdie left with remainder of fish. A few nights ago it was the same scenario about 2am.

  11. hello friday lovebirds-Audrey and Tom now on the nest in the wind!! Nice to see them together as in less than 3 weeks I bet Audrey will begin her journey South! Last couple of days I saw some nice pictures Uta posted once again. Well sleep well. adios moe from sprinkling cape cod in the summertime.

  12. Somebirdie arrived for the nite approx. 8:20 (more than an hour earlier than recent past). Was also on the nest a lot earlier tonight. Wondering if the early to bed is for an early rise to take off for their other residence or maybe they aren’t interested in staying for the eclipse.

  13. Hello ospreylovers from around the world!! Pretty soon Audrey will be leaving and I haven’t seen her on rewind this am? Maybe today is the day. Well Tom will be hanging around after she leaves. adios moe from a beautiful cape cod day!!

    • Uta said on the Explore chat that there was a strange female on the nest earlier today for a very short time, but it seems no Audrey sightings.

  14. Hello osprey lovers!! Oh yes Audrey believe to be gone and today UTA posted some pics of Tom! Well safety and health has been maintained over the last month. adios moe from a perfect summer day on cape cod

    • It’s been a bittersweet season! We’ve experienced the sadness of having no little chicks to watch, but we’ve been happy to see that Tom and Audrey seemed to enjoy their summer in spite of everything that happened. Here’s to hoping next season will be better!

  15. On rewind Tom brought a headless fish to the nest approx. 3:15 hrs ago and sadly called out for about 4 minutes without any response then took the fish and left.

    • Oh yes I smiled when I also saw UTA’s pictures on facebook of handsome Tom-his coloring is magnificent!! adios moe from sunshine at cape cod!

  16. Morning from rainy Cape Cod on September 3-Just saw handsome Tom on rewind today. Well safety and health maintained. Stay dry everyone and enjoy the view!! adios moe

  17. The last time I saw Tom on the nest was on the 3rd & I have been checking on rewind a few times each day. I think he may have left to go to his winter home- hopefully he makes it thru Harvey & Irma with flying colors (pun intended). Looking forward to seeing Tom & Audrey again in March 2018.

  18. Tom was last seen from me on 09-04-17 in the morning.I too think,Tom is on his jouney to Southamerka.Wish Tom a safe travel and returning to next saison with Audrey.Thank you COF for all what you are doing for this nest and this blog .Hope you and all people,animals will be safe if the hurrican is coming.Prayers for good coming out.Cam will be shut down 09-09-17 from COF and back for the winter if the swans are here.To all my friends,we will see us next year and hope for better successful saison.

  19. There is a tall dark bird with very long legs standing on the nest right now. Can’t see his head, but must be some kind of crane or heron!

  20. On rewind 4 hrs ago for approx. 30 mins (to 3.5 hrs ago) a large dark brown bird (maybe an osprey or eagle?) was sitting on the back of the nest. After it left a bunch of crows arrived.

      • A couple viewers commented on the Explore chat that it was a juvenile eagle, which is why the head wasn’t quite as totally white as we’re accustomed to seeing.

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