The Great Wait

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.

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A fantastic rainbow at the secret location. It was a full rainbow, but too large to photograph the entire vista.

 

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.

 

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The fading rainbow as Audrey incubates. I wonder if she noticed the rainbow? I know she probably noticed the rain…

 

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.

 

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Audrey in the scraggly stick tree. She doesn’t look particularly happy to see me, but I don’t take it personally.

 

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.

 

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Audrey has that far away look in her eye. Probably looking far away for Tom and a fish!

 

What you can’t see in the above two photos is that Audrey wasn’t alone.

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A dastardly crow hoping that Tom brings Audrey a fish so the crow can nibble some sloppy seconds.

 

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.

 

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Roger is back on duty, and dancing a little jig to celebrate getting out of that musty garage. It’s great to have him back!

 

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.

 

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Audrey on egg duty.

 

I looked outside a couple of weeks ago on a morning replete with chilly air and a cold wind.  Here is what I saw:

 

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Audrey hanging out on the rip-rap trying to stay out of the wind

 

Of course, I tried to get closer:

 

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Audrey hadn’t left yet, but it didn’t take long after this photo for her to decide the rip-rap may not be the safest place to enjoy the view as Mrs. COM approached with her camera.

 

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.

 

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It’s my turn to sit on those eggs, move over Betty!!

 

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.

 

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There was an unhappy osprey somewhere in the neighborhood, but probably not as unhappy as the menhaden! No scale in the photo, but this was a good size fish.

 

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.

 

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A delicate sunrise over the water

 

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:

 

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Look at the size of that bird! They are so magnificent

 

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Don’t look, Tom and Audrey.  Someone has been sleeping in your bed! (with apologies to Goldilocks)

 

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.

 

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Tom, there is someone sitting on top of your camera pole!

 

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Don’t hold me to it, but I think the eagle is starting to get annoyed with the crow! Look at that face!

 

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The crow doesn’t seem too terribly concerned.  The eagle is looking angrier.

 

The next day, the eagle was back again, looking a little damp on an otherwise sunny day.

 

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Check out the “pants” on this incredible bird

 

As I watched, I realized the eagle had a meal with him.

 

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Something is stuck in my talon. Maybe I can shake it off, thinks the eagle

 

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Darn, I can’t shake this sucker off.

 

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Finally!  What’s for dinner?

 

We frequently see two eagles together.

 

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Lovebirds

 

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.

 

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Two adult eagles were hanging out in the big tree two houses to the north of us when a juvenile made his (or her) presence known. The adult eagles were not happy to see him. There are three eagles in this photo, look hard!

 

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Still three eagles. The juvenile is the darker colored one who has not developed its’ distinctive white head and tail. One of them is raising a fuss, look carefully!

 

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An aerial battle ensued. My money is on the adult

 

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The eagle on the left is checking out the sky. The other one is looking for a landing location.

 

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Victory! The eagles are still wary (nothing to do with me, I’m sure-sarcasm), but they have settled down just a wee bit.

 

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.

 

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Wow, just wow!!! Sunrise at the secret location with Tom silhouetted in the scraggly stick tree and the sun reflecting off the water.

 

 

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I love, love, love this photo. Too bad Tom was busy preening and didn’t look at the camera!

 

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

 

If you are enjoying the osprey camera and blog, please consider a donation to the Chesapeake Conservancy so they are able to continue supporting programs such as this one.  Go to http://chesapeakeconservancy.org today.  Thanks very much!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 thoughts on “The Great Wait

  1. Thank you for another entertaining and informative blog post. I hope you are printing and hanging some of these fabulous photos!

    • Hi, Lea! I haven’t printed any of the photos to hang, but that is a really good idea. Not much wall space in a house that has the best artwork of all on one entire wall, Mother Nature’s!!! Thanks so much for being a loyal camera watcher and blog reader for so many years! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Mrs. COM

      • Hi, Dena. I am out of town, but Poppy, the moderator on explore, sent an email that one egg must not have developed properly and was removed from the nest. If I find out anything else, I will let you know. Thanks, Mrs. COM

  2. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! And those pictures! FANTASTIC! Congrats on your daughters graduation! Time sure flies, I remember you writing when she was about to go….Thank you for all your family does!

    • Thanks, Cathryn! It has been a whirlwind four years, for sure! I am very happy to hear that you are enjoying our blogs, photos and of course, the camera! It’s good to know we have long-time followers who are still with us! Thanks again for sticking with us. Mrs. COM

  3. Stunning photography and I always enjoy your witty captions! The eagle pictures are magnificent 👌 Your devotion is much appreciated and I thank you and COM and new graduate to be Osprey Girl😘 WOW where have those four years gone🤗

    • Thanks, Moe! You have been one of our loyal friends for many years. We are so fortunate to have you in “the club”!! Always glad to know you are still enjoying the photos, blog and camera after all these years. Thanks for all of your support through thick and thin! Mrs. COM

  4. One again you’ve outdone yourself, Mrs. Com. Wonderful!!! Can’t thank you and family enough for your years of dedication so we can experience true nature as it happens. Com family you are the best!!! Beautiful photography! THANK YOU So much! Congrats to Osprey Gal! 🎓

    • Thanks, Luray! So glad to have you in our midst. Getting positive feedback and having loyal viewers/readers like you really help to keep us going when things get touch in the osprey world! Glad you are here with us! Mrs. COM

  5. Thank you for your newest post, filled with lovely pictures and fun prose. Congrats to Osprey Girl! Fingers crossed that Tom and Audrey will have three healthy chicks to parent, and for us to watch.

    • Hi, Pal Gal! Three chicks would be fun to have, it’s been awhile since we have had a trio. Here’s hoping! Thanks for being a faithful reader of our blogs and camera watcher. It’s so nice to have you with us! Mrs. COM

  6. Love your blog. Lived on the Kent Narrows for 26 years. Your blog brings back many memories there. Now living on the Indian River Lagoon. We have a nearby springs area called Blue Cypress Lake with over 300 osprey nests in season. Quite a s
    sight.
    Thanks again for all of your efforts!!
    Wayne and Delores Mills

    • Thanks, Wayne and Delores! Three hundred osprey nests on one lake, wow! Glad to be keeping your memories of Maryland alive and well. Thanks for reading the blogs and watching our camera! Mrs. COM

  7. Love your post – so glad that Poppy shared it on the Explore website. It was great to see the happenings from a different angle than the webcam – which is great too! Hopeful for a successful season for all of our beloved osprey families!

    • Thanks, Kathy! Poppy is a true friend to all things osprey. We are so fortunate to have her in our corner. Glad you are enjoying the camera and blogs. Comments like yours really keep us going! Here’s hoping for three little ones to add to the fun! Mrs. COM

  8. Of course! Congratulations to Osprey Girl on her graduation. I remember well when she started on her college career when she was a fledgling herself. That was the year I learned of this wonderful group. Thank you for this latest – and lovely – update as we wait for what this nesting season will bring us and Tom and Audrey. Wishing you and us a healthy, happy, hatch.

  9. Good morning, Barbara! Thanks for your good wishes! We are very proud of our Osprey Girl. She has worked incredibly hard her entire academic career, and is ready to move on to the next chapter in her life. You are very welcome for the latest blog. It’s a quiet time of year in the osprey world, so I hope you enjoyed the eagle diversion! Thanks so much for continuing to be a loyal camera watcher and blog reader! Mrs. COM

  10. Thank you for your wonderful post! My great grandson (age 5) and I are waiting patiently for the first hatch.

    • Hi, Patsy! From generation to generation, I love it! Tell him to hang in there, hatching is (hopefully) going to begin very soon! Thanks for reaching out. Glad you are enjoying the blogs and camera. Mrs. COM

  11. I always look forward to your posts and pictures. I too remember when your daughter was starting college. Congratulations to the graduate. And, thank you for your blogs. They are one of the best parts of osprey season on the Chesapeake.

    • Hi, Mary! It has been a quick four years, that’s for sure! Thank you for the congratulations! Osprey Girl deserves the best in life, she is a really kind, compassionate and level-headed young adult. And thanks for continuing to read my blogs and watch the camera. Without fans like you, it wouldn’t be nearly as rewarding for us! Mrs. COM

  12. It’s hard to believe that Crazy Osprey Girl is graduating from college. I remember when she went off. Best wishes to her. Thank you for taking the time to write your blog . It is always delightful to read!

    • Hi, Robin! I love seeing some of the regulars from way back are still with our camera and blog! Yes, she went off to college in 2015, two years after I started writing the blog! I am not sure how four years went by so quickly, but it did and here we are still here! I am very happy you are still enjoying the blog after all of this time. It’s a labor of love on this end for sure, but we are buoyed up by great comments like yours! Thanks for sticking with us! Mrs. COM

  13. Thank you for another great blog, you’ve made this waiting period a bit easier! The eagle diversion was perfect while we wait! I’m wondering if Tom and Audrey are able to enjoy some of the Blue Angel acrobatics today and tomorrow?
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend and Congratulations to your daughter, I too remember when she started her journey. Best wishes to her on her next chapter!

    • HI, Susan! I don’t have to start work until this afternoon, so have been out planting some flowers. Even here on the Eastern Shore, I can hear the roar of the Blue Angels practicing! Looking forward to watching their show tomorrow in Annapolis. Always great to hear from you. Thanks for the congratulations, and of course, to being one of of loyal blog readers and camera watchers. Hope our paths cross again soon! Mrs. COM

  14. All of your photos are magnificent, but that last one took my breath away! THANK YOU! You really should enter it in a photo contest–I’m sure you would win first prize. Congratulations to Osprey Girl. I know how proud you and COM must be. And, it was good to see Mr. Roger again out there on duty. Enjoy the Blue Angels tomorrow. They are flying all around here as I’m typing this, but I keep missing them. If you blink, they’re gone.

    • Thanks, Nancy! I liked those sunrise photos also, was really happy when I saw them downloaded off the camera. We are so very proud of Osprey Girl. She is such a good person, kind, compassionate, levelheaded and just a solid kid. We will be watching the Blue Angels from a friend’s dock who lives on the Severn right across from the Naval Academy, truly primo viewing. Thanks for hanging in there with us all of these years! Mrs. COM

    • You are very welcome, Mary! Thanks for continuing to be a loyal camera watcher and blog reader. People like you make it fun for us to keep on going! Glad you like the sunrise photos! All of those photos are of the sunrise, not the sunset! Our back yard faces east southeast toward the water, so we get the sunrises and moonrises, spectacular!! Thanks for your lovely comment! Mrs. COM

  15. Congratulations! To your family on Osprey Girls Graduation, bet there’s going to be some great howling at the moon parties coming up! Thank you for the great blog and amazing photos, once again you outdid yourself.
    Can you believe there are Osprey in the city, I work on the water and I’ve spotted several osprey flying around, I’m not sure where they nest, maybe over at Fort McHenry? But I love seeing them!
    I admire the work that the Chesapeake Conservancy does, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to make a few donations over the years, I know how important the Chesapeake Bay is to our entire planet. That may sound extreme, but it’s the largest estuary in the United States.

    • Hi, Lillie! How wonderful to hear from you! You have been a loyal camera watcher and blog reader from the very start, and I thank you for that. We are very fortunate to have you in our osprey family. Thanks for the kind words about Osprey Girl. She is a good egg, and we are all so very excited as she starts the next chapter in her life! Keep your eyes on the camera, our first new addition should be arriving shortly! Mrs. COM

    • Yes, we do, Tresa!! Very exciting, we will just have to wait to see how large our little osprey family grows. Thanks for watching the camera and reading the blogs. Mrs. COM

    • I been enjoying the new fuzzball. It is a riot. Audrey has a hard time getting it to go under her. Wants to peek out! Congrats to Osprey Girl. I believe she was in still in high school when the camera/video first started, if I’m not mistaken. That was a year I would sneak off to a computer and watch every chance I could get.You are right these years have flown by as fast as the fledglings learn to fly! There is a n egg missing in the nest. I’ve retraced overnight as I could but did not see a reason why for the one night. Either I missed it or it happened earlier that that. Thanks for all you all do and good luck to whatever future endeavors for Osprey Girt.

      • Please excuse my spelling in the above message. It should read “happened earlier than that”. and “Osprey Girl” nor Girt–so embarrassing, my apologies to the Girl.

    • Hi, Donna! Yes, all of the photos I post are of sunrises. The water side of our house faces east south east, so we get the sunrises and moonrises, both spectacular! I am very happy to know that you enjoy the photos, especially since you are a professional! I am always open for any pointers on how to make my photos better. I have a very fancy camera that I use as a point and shoot! Thanks for continuing to watch our camera and read my blogs! Mrs. COM

  16. Hi, Linda, great to hear from you! We started partnering with Chesapeake Conservancy in 2013, and that is when I started the blog. Yes, you are right, Osprey Girl was in high school when our little camera went world-wide, and look at it and her now! As you probably know by now, one of the eggs didn’t develop properly, and Audrey removed it from the nest bowl after having a little snack. Nature at work, for sure. Thanks for your kind words, and for continuing to be a faithful camera watcher and blog reader! Mrs. COM

  17. Is it just me or is this last egg very late to hatch? Maybe it is not a viable egg as well? We will see one way or another soon I guess. Your photo have always been outstanding!

    • Hi, Linda. I don’t think the egg is viable, seems like the same problem as the one that already broke. It seems too light to me, no weight to it. It looks like we will only have one chick this year. I hope I am wrong, but we will see. Thanks for the photo compliments! Mrs. COM

  18. My first time viewing the Osprey cam. I love it!! Watching Tom or Aubrey feeding the big chick from a fish. Great footage! But I’m wondering about what sounds like continuous gunshots. The osprey are playing attention but don’t seem overly concerned.

    • Hi, Leslie! It is fun to watch the chick getting fed. He/she is getting big so quickly, I guess because it is getting all of the food! I haven’t heard any gunshots, and I don’t think there are any waterfowl in season at this time of year. I will keep my ears open, and let COM know to be listening. Thanks for reading my blog and watching the camera! I will be trying to get another blog out very soon, so be on the lookout! Mrs. COM

  19. Have I missed any new blogs? The big is so big and beautiful! I haven’t been on for awhile so it was a small shock to see the “little” one so large. Those sparrows sure make a racket! Worse than Audrey me thinks.

  20. The chick is so big and beautiful I meant to say. I’ll have to start editing in a better manner. I’m blaming it on my new keyboard-its awkward. Good excuse?

    • Hi, Linda! You haven’t missed anything. We were away for a good part of June on a land/sea graduation trip to Europe. Then I went right back to work. I have some time off this week, so plan on another blog in the next few days. Stay tuned! Mrs. COM

  21. Hello MrsCOM, just wondering how our Osprey are doing, especially Lil Bit?
    sorry to bother you, but the camera is down and whenever I go to check I see Audrey alone and it makes me nervous, but it’s just highlights and that’s nice to watch also.

    • Hi, Lillie! We have been away since early Friday. Should be home late afternoon/early evening so will take a look on our end when we return. We have been calling the chick Archie for a while, so may stick with that in our house! Thanks for the heads up, hopefully will have an answer in a few hours! Mrs. Com

    • Me, too! It will always be our name for him. Don’t care much for the voted name, there was great karma to keep the royalty names going. Oh, well, there’s always next year! Thanks for being such a faithful osprey fan! Fondly, Mrs. COM

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