Osprey Sighting ——– Rt 50/301 Grasonville Maryland

WOOHOO!  That’s the excitement I felt when I spotted my first Osprey of the season this morning in our area on my way in to work.  🙂    He/she was perched on top of the Rt 50/301 Exit 44A Chester River Beach overhead sign that is also supporting an Osprey nest that has been active for several years.  We have several active Osprey nests built along this highway corridor that I post on occasion each season.

Thank goodness I had my camera, I wheeled my car off the next ramp and headed back to capture a few shots.  🙂

Osprey

Osprey

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A bit scruffy-looking, but you’d look that way too after flying a few thousand miles in just a few weeks!  😉

Our local Osprey season has begun!  I just had to let you know!  🙂

UPDATE:  3/8/13 – The osprey is still perching on this sign so it appears that this one is home.  I briefly watched the skies early this morning from my balcony before heading to work, but no sign of an osprey here amongst all our local platforms.   For sure, it’s just a matter of time…..maybe this weekend!  🙂

16 thoughts on “Osprey Sighting ——– Rt 50/301 Grasonville Maryland

  1. Nice shots, and thanks for the reminder that ospreys head south for the winter! I was keeping an eye out for one this weekend, but there’s no way that any would have returned here so early. I’m hoping that they become numerous enough around here that I can spend some quality time with them and not forget anything so obvious as the fact that they migrate.

    • I’ve been quietly AND ANXIOUSLY waiting for our osprey to return lol. I am praying we get a pair on our platform this year! Thanks Jerry, just think, your area osprey are possibly enroute to you as we type/read this. They just decided to stay a little longer south to enjoy that gorgeous tropical weather while your temps warm up for the season! 🙂

  2. Great news! I love watching the progress of the Rte 50 nests. How many 100s of 1,000s of people have driven by and never seen them?

    • It is, thanks! It is a wonder that the osprey continue to live and tolerate the huge amount of summer beach traffic that rolls underneath them every day each season. And soon when the chicks are peering over and perching on the sides of their nests, my daily worrying and close heart-attacks will begin! Yours too, right?! LOL

  3. You are too cute! I love that you swung back around to get the photos. 🙂 I’m happy to hear the osprey are returning. A few more weeks and they’ll be up my part of the Chesapeake Bay!

    • Thanks Anita, lol, my husband & a few others think I am a little looney. Isn’t it exciting to know that Spring is here cuz the osprey are back! I just got off the birdwire, yours said they are on their way. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading about yours, keep us posted.

  4. Very Cool!! Angie came back on 2/11 and Angelo came back the next day or that is when I first saw him. They are starting to be more active on the nest bringing branches, twigs, and pine straw. I haven’t seen any mating going on yet, but at this point I am not stalking them 24/7! 🙂 They are only trying to snap twigs from the trees rather than take the variety I set out for them. Angie is really getting the larger sticks. She is also picking up sticks from the water and she is really doing the lions share of the work. Maybe when he tows the line the mating will begin!! 🙂

  5. Lucky you to see your South Carolina osprey so much sooner than we do, Linda! Glad to hear A & A are back and doing well. Tsk tsk Angelo does need to pick up the pace, I was hoping he learned a bit more last year, lol. Keep us posted, can’t wait to hear they are mating. I’m keeping fingers crossed for a successful season for them this year!

  6. Do you think the osprey was just waiting for you to drive by? Thank you for including us in your excitement. I am ready for the season!! hugs

    • You’d almost think so! 😉 Keep your fingers crossed with me that an osprey pair finds our platform this season just spectacular for their new home! Maybe I should put a for sale sign out….. hugs back

  7. Hi! I have been reading your posts since last year…it’s awesome! As a matter of fact, I did see the same one this morning! We must have been commuting around the same time. I wanted to take the exit and go back to make sure my eyes weren’t playing a trick on me but time did not permit. Because I thought it was a little bit too early. My first sighting last year was 3/17. I’m so thrilled to have them back here! I believe I saw another one on the platform close to the bay bridge on Kent Island side. Great shots! Looking forward to keep on reading your blog!

    • Woohoo Tammy, you saw him/her too! Thanks for sharing. That’s exactly why I turned around, I thought my eyes were playing with me too. To take photos of that nest, I usually park and stand in the closed Mrs. B’s Restaurant parking lot which works out well for morning sunlight shots. If you ever see me, honk if you love osprey! LOL

      This is the earliest osprey sighting I have seen since watching them for six years around Grasonville/Kent Narrows/Kent Island. What a treat we experienced today!

  8. Yay! Donna, this is very exciting!! I can’t wait to see your pictures this season. On a side note, we were in the Florida Keys for a week last week and the first 5-6 days I only saw a few Osprey (some live there year round). But, on our last day driving back to Miami I must have seen 7-8 of them. The migration north had clearly begun. Maybe I saw yours!! 🙂

    • If I were an osprey, I’d live in the Keys year-round for sure! 🙂 We are ready here in the Chesapeake Bay, that is for sure. Going to wish & pray real hard yours and our ospreys use our platforms this season for a summer of antics and adventures to follow. I can’t wait!

      Oh, and for an update, that osprey is staying perched on the Rt 50 sign, so that one appears to be home! 🙂

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