Good morning from the summer-like Eastern Shore of Maryland! Although it is only May, the last two days have felt like the sultry days of July. We certainly hope the weather improves before our hatch window begins later in the week. I guess the hot sun is better than the cold rain, but some seventy two degrees and sunny (at the same time) would sure be nice. A brief little storm blew through earlier this evening, leading to this spectacular rainbow.
By the time I grabbed the camera and ran out to the backyard, the rainbow was starting to fade. It was quickly fading when I managed to take this photo.
While the Great Wait for the first pip is ongoing, I will entertain you with what has been going on in the neighborhood, with a little side trip to the eagle side of town. Life goes on for Tom and Audrey. Incubating, fishing, eating, sleeping, fussing at intruders and trying to avoid the crazy lady with the black box around her neck are all the order of the day.
Tom and Audrey continue to spend their respective time out of the nest at the usual haunts: the scraggly stick tree, various locations on the dock, our neighbor’s swim ladder, the pole cross piece (although I have only seen Audrey there once, Tom is there frequently) and a variety of docks. The scraggly stick tree has always been a popular spot for both of them, and continues to see a lot of osprey action.
I take so many photos that I sometimes have a hard time choosing which ones to use. There was no way to choose between the above photo and the below photo short of flipping a coin, so I decided to use them both.
What you can’t see in the above two photos is that Audrey wasn’t alone.
Given the fact that the dastardly crows are alive and well in the area, it was time for Roger to come out of his hibernation and take up his protective position at the end of the dock.
Although Tom really, really likes to sit on those eggs, Audrey does most of the incubating. Sometimes it is hard to see her all snuggled down low in the nest.
I looked outside a couple of weeks ago on a morning replete with chilly air and a cold wind. Here is what I saw:
Of course, I tried to get closer:
As I was selecting photos for this blog, I couldn’t help but notice I have a dearth of Tom photos this time. Here is Tom returning to the nest.
I do a substantial amount of walking in the neighborhood when the almighty dollar isn’t calling my name to head out to work. Here is something you don’t see everyday on the side of the road.
Here is a recent sunrise at the secret location. It’s not as spectacular as some of them, but it sure was pretty that morning.
As we have mentioned previously, the ospreys and eagles do not get along. By this time of year, the eagles have already hatched their young, so we don’t see them as often as we do in the winter. But I still hear them calling, and see one every few days. But last fall and winter, the eagles were plentiful.
The next group of photos were all taken on October 2, 2018, before the nest and poles were taken down for the winter.
A majestic eagle enjoying a beautiful day at the secret location:
Where there is fish, there are freeloaders. The dastardly crows have no shame, and will mooch off of anyone. One of them decides he needs to get closer to the action in case there is food involved.
The next day, the eagle was back again, looking a little damp on an otherwise sunny day.
As I watched, I realized the eagle had a meal with him.
We frequently see two eagles together.
Over the winter, there were a couple of juvenile eagles hanging around. I was able to capture some photos one morning in October of two adults and a juvenile. Not sure if this young one was related to the above two, to which the following series of photos will attest.
I will close with two photos taken of the same sunrise a couple of weeks ago. I love these photos, with the brilliant sunrise and Tom silhouetted in the sunlight. The second one is my favorite except for the fact that Tom looks like a headless owl, and you know we don’t like owls around these parts! But the first one is pretty darn special, too.
So that’s it for now. By the time I visit you again, the Great Wait will be over and there will be a new college graduate in our midst! We are all keeping our fingers crossed for three uneventful hatches and a successful Roger!
Until next time, we remain-
Crazy Osprey Man, Mrs. Crazy Osprey Man and Osprey Girl
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