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!
My new neighbor with his new boat is probably doubly unhappy about the state of his boat covering.
If one boat is good, two boats are better:
Let’s go for the hat trick!
In the end, there is nothing like home sweet home:
Tom doesn’t have anything over Audrey in the one-legged department:
Calico Tom The Fishing Fool has been living up to his name:
Enjoying a fish snack on another favorite haunt, the swim ladder two docks to the south
This photo makes me smile:
Another fish bites the proverbial dust when Calico Tom The Fishing Fool comes to call, and another visit to the swim ladder:
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.
Tom was out fishing, as he frequently does early in the morning.
Audrey was patiently waiting for her share of breakfish:
As I was leaving the dock, I noticed a friend observing me from Osprey Girl’s boat davits:
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:
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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