26 June 2009

First, I would like to thank all of our viewers and commentators for making our third season a success. The interaction with our commentators has created "our own osprey family".

Our local osprey bloggers gathered together at Reilley's restaurant at the north end of the island on the 25 June to talk about the current season, past seasons, as well as future seasons. It was great to put faces behind the names to our commentators. Vivian, Carol, Toni, and Doris met with MG and GJ, from Palmetto Electric, and had a great time getting to know one another. In a nutshell we discussed the possibility of streaming audio/video for next season, what might have caused the third chick, DS, to die in it's fifth week, and the history of Palmetto Electric's involvement with osprey on Hilton Head. We also discussed local wildlife around our homes and our personal encounters with our feathered and furry friends.

During our discussions we realized that our current osprey couple have yet to be named, so if you have any suggestions for our osprey parents please submit them. I will create a post just for names.

Again, I want to thank everyone for making our third season a success. Our osprey are still on the nest so keep watching. They should hang around until mid August to September and our camera will continue broadcasting after they are gone so we can see what other birds are passing our way. I want to thank Toni for suggesting the blogger get-together as we had a great time meeting everyone and had a lot of laughs. Remember to submit suggestions for naming the osprey parents which will be in the next posting.


Anonymous said...

Yep, we had a wonderful time at Reilly's yesterday afternoon. In fact, some of us hung around for more than three hours! Sorry that Katt didn't make it--we held a chair for you. Meeting MG (moderator) and GJ and putting faces to names and comments rounded everything out. A little field trip outside of Reilly's to see our famous feathered family's home was a great end to a great afternoon.

Thanks again to Toni for suggesting the get together, and thanks to the Palmetto Electric folks for agreeing to join us.


Carol said...

I ditto everything Vivian wrote and more. A wonderful get together and good conversation. And I was thrilled to see one of our osprey way up in the nest. Wonder who it was. I again thank MG for all the work done on the web site. The moderations continue to be helpful to us all. And Doris, we'll be looking for your first blog! Let's plan on another meeting to celebrate the return of mom and dad in 2010.

Anonymous said...

So sorry I couldnt make it I was stuck at work. Would like to maybe again get together some day and meet everyone. Either way this has been so much fun and it was so great to blog and talk. I look forward to next season. Thank you again PE for everything and thanks to all the PE osprey family we have started,


toni said...

I was working all day today so did not have a chance to include my comment until now. But, it was terrific to get together and have a chance to meet everyone. Great to put faces with names and we did miss you, Katt! We should try again later this summer. I wish everyone on the blog could have joined us. Thank you again MG and GJ for all your support and expertise. It has been a great season! I really enjoyed out get- together!

Anonymous said...

How nice to see the young osprey together on the nest this morning, even if it was for just a short time. It seems more and more often the nest is empty. Has anyone seen the young fly in with a fish? Is mama osprey is still feeding the young occasionally?


moderator said...

Good morning Vivian!

Every time I see GJ or MG with a fish the mother is always present, and I've never seen who brought the fish to the nest. It would be great to see one of the chicks bring in their own food so we know it has become self sufficient.

Toni said...

I just want to let you know that you did a great job of summarizing our get-together. Doris, too, was much impressed with all the work you have done both on the summary and throughout this process.

moderator said...

Thanks Toni!

We all learned so much this past season about ospreys. Watching them grow almost over night was fascinating. I never would have thought watching an osprey nest with chicks would be so intense...from hatching, to eating, growing feathers, the competition between chicks.

Looking back now at our first web cam season with chicks, it seemed to pass so quickly. We still haven't seen the chicks bring any fish in, but I have to admit I haven't been watching them as frequently.

Please thank Doris for me for attending our first osprey round table meeting. Gary and I had a terrific time meeting our bloggers.