2013 Derecho And Osprey Perserverance

I’m in the Maryland Chesapeake Bay region, and today we were expected to be in the path of yesterday’s Midwest’s “2013 Derecho”.  Two storm events did occur today for us, first a strong line of storms came through the area around 8:30 a.m.  I made it to work in Delaware (an hour east of home) well ahead of this line of storms, thank goodness.  Here’s a couple shots that I took at work in Delaware.  After these swirling, ominous clouds rolled through, we had a huge wind-driven downpour.  I worried what it had been like at home.

Storm crossing over our building

Storm crossing over our building.

This had already rolled over us as it continues east.  You can see the beginning line of the storm in the distance.

Here’s what had already rolled over us as it continued east. You can see the beginning line of the storm in the distance.

After it came and went, we actually had partly cloudy blue skies.  But we were warned that the heat of the day would start up another, more severe storm line.  Tornadoes were possible.

As forecasted, another storm-line headed into Maryland.  Several tornadoes were reported.  Keeping an eye to the weather channel’s radar since I had to drive towards the storm to get home, I felt I was on the road in plenty of time.  As I drove, I watched the dark horizon got closer and bigger.  My husband called and said BWI Airport was evacuated to all lower levels of the terminals due to a tornado heading towards it.  I called my son who lives within 15 minutes of the airport, he was already tracking it.  It passed by 10 miles south of him.  And missed the airport.

I raced home a little faster.  The derecho was upon me as I pulled in.  I took these next photos from my balcony as soon as I arrived home.  The storm cell was mesmerizing…..

Dangerous cell crossed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, shutting it down to traffic.

This dangerous cell crossed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Annapolis, temporarily shutting the bridge down to traffic.  Winds were recorded at 68 mph.  (That is an osprey flying in the sky.)

Osprey flying into the winds of the cell

Osprey flying into the winds of this cell.  Crazy bird!

The edge of the cell now to my left, crossing CBEC.

The edge of the cell now to my left, crossing the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

And then the downpour came along with lightning.

And then the downpour came along with lightning and 60+ mph winds!

I, of course, had big worries for all of nature’s creatures, including our new Osprey pair and their nest on our platform.  This struggling Osprey pair have been trying to find a specific place to call home after being driven away from their first chosen spot on a boat.  Their nest looked like this before the storm.

Osprey and Nest 6-11-13

One of our new Osprey residents and Nest as of June 11th

After the storm, I checked the platform and found the 60 mph+ winds had taken away our Osprey’s hard work to date.  😦

After all the hard work, the 60+ mph winds destroyed the nest.

After the 60+ mph winds, the nest is gone.  (Sorry for poor quality!)

I was truly dismayed.  Now what will the Osprey pair do?  This pair just cannot get a break.  I looked and didn’t see them on Lippincott’s channel marker.  I hoped they made it through the storm…..

A half hour later, look who was on the platform!

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Our male Osprey returned.  I watched him look around & around at the platform, seeing the nest gone.

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“There’s part of my home!”

And with that look down to the water, the male Osprey took flight and flew down to a stick that he sighted (I didn’t!) and brought it back to the platform.

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Got it!

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To the platform!

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The Osprey placed the stick, sat a minute and then took flight out of sight.

With all their troubles, is that Osprey perserverance or what?!!  I was all smiles.  An hour later, the sun was shining through the clouds and I took another photo.  More stick(s) were added in the last hour.  YAY!

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A few more sticks were placed on the platform within the hour.

After taking that photo, I looked down to Lippincott’s marker and there was our Osprey pair, on their usual perch, keeping tabs from afar on their nest.

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Enjoying a rest after the brutal storm and a little nest rebuilding.

Here’s hoping our Osprey pair remain comfortable in trying to rebuild YET AGAIN another nest that they can call home.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

27 thoughts on “2013 Derecho And Osprey Perserverance

  1. We got about 2 hours of that tremendous storm that cut the electric power and internet temporarily, it rain like with force and high wind. After that the sky turned yellow and gold because the sun angle. It was very beautiful in a special way! Tomorrow I’ll have to see what is the damage in my backyard!

    • It was a doozy storm for all of us, that’s for sure! Lots of electric outages but we made out with no loss. I hope your backyard is okay and your birds made out fine. They will certainly be hungry tomorrow and, I’m sure, waiting for you to bring out breakfast! 🙂

  2. Wow, fantastic shots. So that’s what happened to the storm. I think it picks up steam going over the Great Lakes and you get the brunt of it. We didn’t get much of anything, some thunder and lightning here and there, but mostly rain, and not the flooding that was predicted.

    • Thanks Lisa! Glad you got lucky on this storm, it was a fast one so we really lucked out too, our area’s flooding wasn’t too bad. But I know you sure do get your share of extreme weather with the Great Lakes!

  3. We experienced torrential down pours 20 miles south of Annapolis in the morning. Evening storm threatened, but missed us. Now (0230) winds gusting as high as 40 mph. They woke me up . . . Good thing our boat is moored in the best hurricane hole in the area.

    • Did you see how that evening storm gravitated to the bay bridge and crossed? Either that bridge draws a storm’s crossing or it averts north or south, sure plays a role in the area’s weather for sure. I too woke up on very strong winds that night, that was sure unexpected. So glad you have a great mooring spot in bad weather! We usually rent a slip but this year we’re trailering….not so fun to trailer/all the work, but kept indoors when not in use so that part’s good.

  4. Awesome weather photos and so relieved your Ospreys weren’t injured and also perservered starting their nest over again. Put a smile on my face. Thanks Donna!

  5. Glad you and the osprey are OK. Thanks for posting these awesome photos. I could hear the sigh as the male looked at his blank canvas (again) and then seeing him start right up again made me smile!! You do lead an interesting and varied life Donna! hugs

    • Thanks Beth, that poor fella & his gal are still trying, I’ll be updating on their unfortunate issues soon. For sure, I am truly thankful to be lucky enough to live in such a wonderful area and view of nature. 🙂

  6. Wow, great pics of the storm clouds!They are scary looking. I briefly got caught in a storm here while riding my bicycle home- was glad I was wearing my bicycle helmet to protect the old noggin from the hail.And good for that osprey!

  7. That photo whose caption begins, “This dangerous cell…” was so dramatic!

    And I was touched that the osprey went immediately to work fixing his nest, such as it is. 🙂

    • It was so dramatic, I did worry it was going to drop a tornado or waterspout, since two others had dropped within 30 miles west of us from the line of cells. A bit scary, we stated aloud together what bathroom to run to if necessary. And those osprey, I’m in love with their perserverance. I hope they can stay tough the rest of the season and return to overcome this year’s struggles with a solid nest and family. 🙂

  8. As always, your pictures are amazing! I’m crossing my fingers your osprey pair continue to improve the nest so it’s ready for their return next spring.

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