Nest #1141

Nickname: Ft De Soto Deep in Woods in maintenance area
Nest substrate: The pair is trying to build a nest on top of some sort of square post that is sitting on top of a utility pole
Nest Location Description: This nest can be accessed by making a left on to the main road once you enter Ft De Soto. Then you make the second left onto a service road that says "do not enter" (park maintenance area). In order to get to this nest you have to drive into a prohibite
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: OspreyWatch Pinellas, Eckerd College, Florida Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 27.636076
Longitude: -82.710166
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by Beth
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 01/22/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Beth
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Gmoney
Adult arrival Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 0
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 01/10/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure Structure holding nest was unfit and incapable of supporting a nest.
2014 Nest Activity Report by Monica
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 05/03/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure Repeated nest failure, structure unfit for nesting
2014 Nest Activity Report by laacuna
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by laacuna
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Sami
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure No nesting material or signs of nest
2013 Nest Activity Report by Sami
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure No nesting material or signs of nest
2012 Nest Activity Report by Sami
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure No nesting material or signs of nest
2015 Nest Activity Report by Emma
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Nicole27
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Molly F
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

10/04/2017 by Timothy
- Nest Not located, green shed on posts seemed to interest the Ospreys - 4 Ospreys sighted - Males

01/20/2017 by Molly F
Couldn't access

01/17/2017 by Molly F
Could not access nest due to restricted access road

01/13/2017 by Molly F
Couldn't access nest due to restrictions on road

01/10/2017 by Molly F
Restricted access road had a lot of maintenance workers, so I didn't have access to the nest

01/05/2017 by Molly F
No nest present in platform, but dead tree nearby had some evidence of nest formation.

10/30/2016 by SamieC
No nest found.

07/24/2016 by Nicole27
Nest is in good condition. One adult in nest, but could not identify the sex.

05/10/2016 by Monica
1 adult and 1 juvenile in the nest

04/18/2016 by Monica
Both adults in the nest, it looked like there was a chick in the nest but I couldn't tell for sure

04/08/2016 by Monica
Both adults seen in the main part of the maintenance area.

03/23/2016 by Monica
Neither in the nest, but two adults seen flying over the main part of the maintenance area.

03/16/2016 by Monica
Female in the nest, male heard but not seen

03/09/2016 by Monica
Both in the nest, incubation likley

03/04/2016 by Monica
One adult in the nest and one circling overhead

02/24/2016 by Monica
No birds seen but they were nearby somewhere as I heard them while in the vicinity

02/16/2016 by Monica
The nest is bigger than previously and had a female in the nest, the male was heard calling to her but not seen. She did not appear to be incubating.

01/14/2016 by tCribbs
Search team could not find the nest but there were multiple osprey in the area.

06/30/2015 by Patrick N.
No nest found

04/29/2015 by lralviti
no nest

04/01/2015 by lralviti
No nest present

03/01/2015 by lralviti
No nest

01/16/2015 by Krizia
Male osprey near by but no nest present. Osprey is currently feeding.

12/04/2014 by Sami
No nest

11/30/2014 by Sami
No nest

11/20/2014 by Sami
No nest

11/13/2014 by Sami
No nest

11/06/2014 by Sami
No nest

10/30/2014 by Sami
No nest

10/23/2014 by Sami
No nest

10/16/2014 by Sami
No nest

10/09/2014 by Sami
No nest

10/02/2014 by Sami
No nest

09/25/2014 by Sami
No nest

09/18/2014 by Sami
No nest

09/11/2014 by Sami
No nest

07/17/2014 by laacuna
Nest materials on the ground near the nest no sings of any osprey

06/27/2014 by laacuna
The nest was empty

05/01/2014 by Monica
Nesting materials blew off of the platform again, still no incubation and both birds were flying overhead while I was there.

04/25/2014 by Monica
Neither seen, materials blown down again

04/15/2014 by Monica
Still rebuilding, materials blown down again. Neither seen

04/10/2014 by Monica
still rebuilding, both flying around while I was present

04/01/2014 by Monica
Neither was seen and the materials they had gathered blew off the platform again

03/18/2014 by Monica
Male was flying around the main maintenance area, female was not seen. The materials they had gathered were blown off during the storm 3/17/14.

03/11/2014 by Monica
Both birds were heard but neither was seen; some nesting materials on top of the pole

03/04/2014 by Monica
Both were flying overhead, there were several vultures flying around the area as well. They were very vocal, calling back and forth to each other the whole time I was in the area of the nest, and as I approached it.

02/28/2014 by Monica
Male bringing in nesting material. Heard but didn't see the female. Some of the nest materials from last week were still present.

02/21/2014 by Monica
The female was sitting on the edge of the pole and the male was flying in with nesting material. The materials from the previous week were at the base of the pole and only a few branches were on top of the pole.

02/16/2014 by Monica
The male was bringing in nesting materials and calling to the female, who I heard but did not see.

02/09/2014 by Monica
Both osprey were present, the female was sitting on the platform and the male was flying overhead. Both were screeching the whole time I was there.

01/17/2014 by Gmoney
During the third observation of this nest, the male and female Ospreys flew around in the area but stayed away. We never saw them close by the failed nest. We walked further into the wood to check for a new nest that they may have built, but we couldn't find one. The nest didn't look to have made any progress but the Ospreys were still hanging around. We aren't exactly sure what to make of this nest.

01/15/2014 by Gmoney
Upon arrival for the second observation of this failed nest, we spotted two Ospreys. The male Osprey was perched on top of the nest but flew away as soon as we arrived. The female Osprey was perched on a near by tree and remained there during our observation. The male and female flew around the area for a while during our observation but never returned back to the nest. The Ospreys may be in the process of rebuilding the nest, or moving it to a more secure location.

01/10/2014 by Gmoney
The nest was very difficult to access because it was in a secure and prohibited area. We had to ask permission to enter the area, and after much effort and persuasion, the officer let us through. We drove through the woods off-roading for a half mile, then proceeded on foot for a quarter mile. We finally found it after almost giving up. The structure was unfit for a nest. The dead tree/pole sat in the center of a cleared out area of woods. There was about fifteen feet on either side which isolated it in the center. The nest was extremely low compared to every other nest I've seen, only reaching a maximum hight of about 20-25ft. The top of the pole was level with the trees in the woods. The nest failed and collapsed. The shrapnel and remains of the nest were on the ground at the base of the post. Around the post was a large square metal box looking object and the nest remains laid on it. There were no Ospreys in site during the time of observation.