Nest #2517

Nickname: Palmetto Dunes Water Tank
Nest substrate:
Nest Location Description: Palmetto Dunes Water Tank - there is a web cam set up that can be monitored from a phone or tablet, but NOT from a computer (technical problems 2-2019)
Nest Cam URL: Click to Visit
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.17717
Longitude: -80.727
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by KristenM
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/25/2018 Nest failure 07/06/2018
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 02/26/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/22/2019
Egg laying 03/20/2019 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/20/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 04/26/2019 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 02/28/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/28/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/24/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/01/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/07/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Two chicks come and go. Nest usually empty at night. They are getting fish in the nest and eating there, but have not seen either parent dropping the fish. Also I think both are females.. trying to see them together facing the camera . They are always facing the direction you see them because the lagoon is in that direction and the fish come in from there.

06/29/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: I checked early today and the nest was empty. Than one came back and the other one came back too. Mom still in/out nest and fish coming in for the chicks to eat. Friday when I checked, they were flapping wings and jumping up and down. Not sure what day they took their first flight , They obviously did and are back. Camera very dirty, so hard to see. NOTE: We will guess they fledged on Sunday, 6/28 but it might have been a day earlier.

06/21/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: They are as big as Mom. One has the striated breast of a female, but have not been able to see both of them together facing front. One is very busy flapping its wings and jumping up and down. He has always been the brave one, looking over the edge and more active. Hate to see them getting ready to leave . They are so beautiful.

06/17/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P. reports: The first chick born is trying out its wings.

06/01/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Love to watch them growing into their wings. Kind of like awkward teens. The other is perfect camouflage. (2 photos added from web cam) Mom leaving them a little longer now. Egg still in nest.

05/25/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Chicks are starting to get feathers. Noticed they are clumsy as their wings get bigger and heavier! Egg is still there and Oprah continues to sit on it at times. I think the white stripe down their backs are interesting. You could not see them lying in the nest except for the stripe. They grow fast. Eat and sleep!!!

05/08/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: You can see the two chicks and the unhatched egg. At this time I don’t think the third egg is viable.

05/07/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: The web cam shows that two chicks hatched, but the 3rd egg is still in the nest. It probably will not hatch. The two are being fed and growing nicely.

05/02/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Good news. Oprah’s eggs have hatched. I thought I saw a chick yesterday but today for sure. I also think this one that is already head up and mouth open may have been hatched yesterday. A second one hatched today but is not strong enough to lift his body up

04/25/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Oprah still sitting on her three eggs. My calculations are any time between 4/27- 5/2. To hatch

04/13/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: This nest is fine after the storm and female is still sitting on eggs

04/08/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: I just saw this exchange and was able to quickly take a photo of the three eggs.

04/07/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Just watched 1 return and one leave. Hard to tell which one because their not facing me. But there are now 3 eggs !!!!! Very prolific pair. Those of us that watched last year the third chick barely survive but did were hoping only 2 this year!!!!!!! Not sure when the third was laid but on 3/29 there were only 2!!!! Not sure if we can survive another year of watching 3.

04/07/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Oprah still sitting on 2 eggs.

03/29/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Oprah finally stood up and there are now 2 eggs. Today is first time I saw the second one. Sometime between April 30 to May 8 for hatching!

03/28/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: so far I only saw one egg and Oprah is sitting on it.

03/24/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Oprah has laid one egg as shown by the video camera on the nest.

03/12/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports the camera is back up and working! Female standing in nest this am. Both in nest late yesterday.

03/11/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: This nest is high atop the water tower and the camera is not working. Emailed maintenance..

02/28/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P. reports: both Osprey are back

02/25/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: One Osprey arrived and left.

02/20/2020 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: no sign of osprey

07/15/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: It was hot and the chicks opened their wings . I am so happy they all survived ....

07/15/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports:Seems an adult keeps dropping fish in the nest and flies away. I am assuming this is the youngest of the trio. July 4, all three were in the nest. Usually it’s just one and occasionally 2. Most nights the nest is empty. Any idea where they go ? In AM, one chick is back. According to PDO, 4/26. Ozzie and Opal hatched. 4/30 Olive hatched. They named them all. I will send a photo of Olive. Striations on her breast already...... #1 chick fledged 6/22——————#2 fledged 6/23 #3- fledged. 6/26..... she came back at night and was standing up in nest At 10 pm- All alone tonight. Kind of sad. You can’t hear her calling but she is lonely

06/26/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Chick 1- oldest- fledged 6/22 @. 3:30 Chick 2- fledged 6/23 around 2:10. #3- smallest still practicing and being fed but feeds self. Chicks 1&2. Come back and forth although #1. Leaves the longest. All back with mom for bedtime. This has been so much fun. I have pages of notes

06/26/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports that the last osprey has fledged. A very successful nest of three youngsters.

06/17/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: All three have been practicing. Spreading wings , flapping and getting up in the air for few seconds. Won’t be long and I will miss them along with friends watching.

05/28/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Can clearly see the three young in the nest. Photo posted.

05/27/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: Camera in nest has some spots so sometimes difficult to see. With the nest cam you can see the 3 chicks! Little chick is growing so have my fingers crossed he’ll make it.

05/23/2019 by CarolC
Jeffry M reporting for Sandy P: #2517- this is the PPOA nest webcam- all seems well however I have been unable to confirm status of 3rd chick- I see 2 clearly but not sure of the 3rd.

05/16/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: 3 chicks , thankfully the little one is hanging in there and growing nicely. Not as big as its siblings

05/04/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: All three still here. You can see all the changes after a week!

05/03/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: still 3 chicks. Getting harder to watch since chick #3, smallest is not getting fed a lot and is much smaller than the others. I understand all the reasons, but still hard !!!!!

04/29/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: 2 chicks and looks like one more egg. I monitored a nest with three and only two made it. Third one too small and other two got all the food. Hope this is not repeat. Rather have an unfertilized egg.

04/28/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports there are two hatchlings in the nest.

04/26/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: one baby has hatched!

04/22/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: 6 pm. Camera working yeh. Male brought fish back female flew off with it and he sat on egg/s? I think I saw 2 eggs earlier, but nest is deep.

03/31/2019 by CarolC
observer Sandy P reports: Just saw the male switch with female and was able to see one egg.

03/20/2019 by CarolC
Sandy P reports: This camera is great and I can watch all day. Last night first time female stayed in the nest. They both had left when it was dark ? Now it looks like she is finally sitting hopefully on an egg . Hope they won’t be disappointed.

03/04/2019 by CarolC
observer Sandy P reports: Mom is at the nest as shown in the photo.

02/26/2019 by CarolC
observer Sandy P reports: First time I saw the second Osprey fly in with stick. Assuming it is the male since he left and she remains.

02/24/2019 by CarolC
observer Sandy P. reports: Took this photo from computer. As you can see it’s a large nest. Also hoping you can tell what gender. 2/6. One Osprey moving sticks. Only saw Osprey in nest 2/22 and this am. I have it on continuous so I check thruout day. Pretty much just standing on nest.

07/14/2018 by CarolC
2018 observations of this nest by Sudi P. and Sandy P

07/06/2018 by CarolC
observer Sandy P reports: nest 2517- no activity and cameras working now. This nest was most likely a failure and will be marked as such.

05/29/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: Stopped by today about 3PM. Osprey in the nest moving around a lot, but could not see any chicks. The osprey looked busy. This is the first time I saw one in the nest. Hope the business was over a chick!

05/18/2018 by CarolC
observer reports:I drove by slowly and could see the nest much better. It’s larger than I thought and there was an osprey adult in it...

05/11/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: Checked on nest Friday around 3 pm. Again cannot see the entire nest due to height and location... this time I did not see any ospreys near it.. Did not see any heads in the nest ????maybe try another time of day....

05/04/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: This nest is pretty sparse, similar to the one on the bridge... I looked at it for a while today..around 3 pm. One osprey standing on one of the railings near the nest.. I could not see any activity in the nest. You can only see three areas and it’s very high.. at least one osprey was seen near it. !!!!

04/25/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: At first I did not see any movement, than an osprey flew into it. I moved to the dry cleaners area and got a better view of the female sitting in the nest. No chicks yet, but it is active.

04/25/2018 by CarolC
This nest is difficult to observe. We estimate the incubation as of April 25 when it was first reported.

03/28/2018 by CarolC
Observer Sudi P. reports March 2018 - we think the nest is active but it is high up and the web camera is not yet working.

02/28/2018 by CarolC
Osprey flew from the nest and another nearby

02/20/2018 by CarolC
Oprah and Oscar have a nest on top of the water tower in Palmetto Dunes. There is a web cam but it is not functioning at the present time but should be up and running in a few weeks.

02/15/2018 by CarolC
From the blog: Oprah FEMALE OSPREY This protective mom is quite vocal, and always on the lookout. Her hobbies include feeding Obie, and staring directly into the camera. We make sure it always catches her good side. Oscar MALE OSPREY Oscar is a little more camera-shy than his counterpart. This guy just won't keep still! You'll find him darting in and out of the nest intermittently during the day. His favorite thing to do is go fishing. Their Home bcpsd elevated tank Oprah and Oscar made their nest on a platform high above Palmetto Dunes atop the water tower. Their little piece of real estate gives them protection from prey, a perfect 360° view of their surroundings, and is situated right next our lagoon, which is teeming with all the fish they could possibly eat! From their nest, O&O can see Broad Creek to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. We'd like to think they have the best view on the island, and now they can share it with all of us! Obie Osprey spring 2017's BABY OSPREY We were able to get power to our camera, and we were surprised to find three eggs already in the nest! All three hatched on May 4. Sadly, one of the eggs was not viable, and although a second one hatched, the baby disappeared from the nest one week later. Obie, our lone survivor, is an active, strong, and hungry baby. His/her favorite activities are eating as much as possible, and exploring the edges of the nest. Update: Obie grew into a stunningly handsome osprey over the course of last summer, and by fall would still stop by the nest occasionally for dinner and to do his laundry.

08/11/2017 by CarolC
Juvenile standing on nest

08/06/2017 by CarolC
Juvenile standing in nest eating fish

07/26/2017 by CarolC
Juvenile standing on nest preening

07/15/2017 by CarolC
Juvenile eating fish on his own and practicing touch and go landings on the nest

07/13/2017 by CarolC
1 adult and 1 chick standing in nest--adult feeding fish to chick

06/30/2017 by CarolC
Juvenile standing in nest eating a fish

06/24/2017 by CarolC
Adult sitting in nest next to 1 chick

06/12/2017 by CarolC
Female adult feeding chick

06/08/2017 by CarolC
Adult female standing beside chick

05/27/2017 by CarolC
1 chick being fed a fish by adult

05/04/2017 by CarolC
2 adults on the nest tending to 1 chick that just hatched

04/01/2017 by CarolC
2 adults standing/sitting on the nest; egg(s) have been laid

03/30/2017 by CarolC
1 adult flew over the nest; a 2nd adult flew around the nest

07/18/2016 by CarolC
1 juvenile standing in nest.

07/14/2016 by CarolC
No activity observed.

06/30/2016 by CarolC
No activity observed

05/15/2016 by CarolC
2 adults standing on nest; 1 adult feeding chick(s)

04/29/2016 by CarolC
1 adult sitting on nest; 1 adult standing on post next to nest

03/25/2016 by CarolC
2 adults standing on nest flapping wings; 1 adult flew off

03/10/2016 by CarolC
2 adults sitting on the nest.

03/09/2016 by CarolC
2 adults standing on poles by nest.

08/04/2015 by CarolC
2 juveniles standing on nest

07/16/2015 by CarolC
2 juveniles standing in nest

06/21/2015 by CarolC
2 osprey standing on nest

06/12/2015 by CarolC
2 adults feeding chicks

05/06/2015 by CarolC
2 adults flapping wings on nest

04/18/2015 by CarolC
2 adults standing/sitting on the nest

03/25/2015 by CarolC
2 adults copulating on nest

03/11/2015 by CarolC
1 adult sitting on nest and 1 adult standing on nest

08/10/2014 by CarolC
1 juvenile standing on nest

07/06/2014 by CarolC
2 fledglings standing on posts under nest

06/24/2014 by CarolC
1 juvenile sitting on post below nest

05/21/2014 by CarolC
2 adults standing on nest

04/16/2014 by CarolC
2 adults mating in the nest

03/05/2014 by CarolC
2 adults standing on nest

08/14/2013 by CarolC
No activity seen

07/08/2013 by CarolC
1 fledgling standing on nest

06/23/2013 by CarolC
2 chicks standing on nest

06/07/2013 by CarolC
1 adult apparently feeding chick(s)

05/06/2013 by CarolC
1 adult sitting in nest & 1 adult standing on side of nest

04/14/2013 by CarolC
1 adult sitting on nest

03/16/2013 by CarolC
2 adults on nest

07/10/2012 by KristenM
Adult landed on nest;2 fledglings standing on nest

06/11/2012 by KristenM
2 chicks standing in nest

05/05/2012 by KristenM
Adult standing on nest

04/12/2012 by KristenM
2 adults sitting in nest