Ospreys are fledging and learning how to fly.

If you are fortunate to be able to watch an Osprey nest, you will get many chances to see the chicks exercising their wings. Jim O'Brien photographed a chick doing just that with one of its parents nearby.

Osprey with her chick by Jim O'Brien

It's fun to watch the young Ospreys learning how to fly. They seem to do fine until they have to turn in the wind, then their flying is not as smooth.

We did have a very unusual, unhappy occurrence last week just north of Anchor Bay - a young Osprey was hit by a car and taken to Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa. Kudos to the volunteers who saved that bird and others in need.

Thanks to Jim for allowing me to share his photo with you here.