I have been watching this nest for several weeks now. The chicks were fairly large when I first saw them, and I wondered how long it would be before they would start to fly. Then I wondered if I could be lucky enough to be there when they did. Well, today was that day...... We checked this nest as well as another on the Everett waterfront, nothing happening, so we went looking for other roads to maybe get us closer, no luck. Came back to the first nest and we here the Osprey calling, it looks like there are only 2 birds in the nest, usually it is an adult and the two chicks. Then I see 2 other Osprey on 2 nearby pilings, the two adults. The next 10-15 minutes we see: Practice Hops Chick 1 Landing There were just jumping into the air, hovering and then landing Chcik 2's turn Now Chick 1 hops up again: Then Mom comes back to the nest And Jr. is off for his first solo Jr. comes by to say Hi :!: After this flight it was back to the nest, where they all sat back and watched the video of Jr.'s First Solo :?: :?: :?: :?: I never though I'd get this lucky, and boy was it fun to watch the "practice hovers", a really neat behavior right over the nest.