Nest #4175

Nickname: Skull Creek Tower
Nest substrate: Power Line Tower
Nest Location Description: Abandoned power-line tower located in the water of Skull Creek next to bridge to Hilton Head Island.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.2219763785723
Longitude: -80.7822206083985
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by SkullCreek
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 SkullCreek
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 03/01/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed during storm
2015 Nest Activity Report by SkullCreek
Adult arrival 04/15/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/10/2015 Nest failure 04/01/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed during storm
2015 Nest Activity Report by SkullCreek
Adult arrival 04/10/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/08/2015
Egg laying 05/10/2015 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/10/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/15/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by SkullCreek
Adult arrival 03/19/2016 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
2018 Nest Activity Report by SkullCreek
Adult arrival 04/18/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 06/03/2019
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 04/24/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/08/2019 by CarolC
Tish S reports: I believe the Osprey chick in nest 4175 has fledged. This nest is located to the north side of the bride between Hilton Head Island and Bluffton which my husband and I cross 2-3 times every week in both directions - for a total of 4-6 viewings of the nest each week. We have watch a single chick head get bigger and bigger over the month+ that we have been monitoring the nest. On Friday May 31st we commented how large the chick had gotten - we were able to get a longer view of the chick because the heavy traffic had slowed our driving speed. We brought a camera with us on Monday June 3rd with the intent to get a picture. Unfortunately, there was no chick on Monday. We have not seen the chick in the nest all week with 4 trips to Bluffton and back (8 viewings total). We have seen the adult Ospreys sitting on the cross braces but not at the nest. Unfortunately the nest is not at a location that allows it to be monitored for more that a minute at a time. Only 1 chick head was ever seen in this nest. While the time for each viewing was just moments at a time, given the angle of view and the total number of views of the nest if there had been 2 chicks we would have observed a 2nd head at some time.

05/17/2019 by CarolC
Tish S reports: On Friday, May 17th I observed an adult Osprey feeding chick. I have not been able to determine whether there is just 1 or if there's more chicks in the nest. They have reached the point where both adults will leave the nest at times.

05/05/2019 by CarolC
Tish S reports: While crossing the bridge heading west, the head of an Osprey chick was clearly observed in the nest.

04/28/2019 by CarolC
Tish S reports: The nest is active and appears to have youngsters in it. Our date for hatching is purely a guess since we were not monitoring this nest.

04/22/2018 by SkullCreek
Male and female ospreys have returned to this nest once again in mid-April 2018.

04/18/2018 by CarolC
NOTE: This is data posted by someone else on this nest between 2013-2018. It is copied from their posts. It did not appear that this person was monitoring the nest any longer so the Hilton Head group has added it to our monitoring list. Here is the info from a previous person: Ospreys did not return to nesting site in 2014. Nest was blown away during 2013-2014 winter storm. In spring of 2015, a male and female osprey returned to site and rebuilt nest. In Jan/Feb, there were no remnants of the previous nest probably due to Hurricane Matthew passing through. But on March 3, 2017, I spotted a female osprey perched on the tower. She stayed for a long time until we walked away. There was one big tree limb lying across the screen on top of the tower. (I think the screen was secured there by humans for a nest base a long time ago at the time the tower was abandoned.) Mar 6: Nest is growing! One female perched on tower. April 23, 2017 nest viable with one female sitting low in nest as if incubating eggs and raising head now and then to look all around. Male appeared flying overhead squealing as we approached the tower. He dropped a piece of fish into the nest. Two chicks' heads were seen (from the bridge) in the nest on June 18, 2017. April 18, 2018 male and female ospreys observed on the nest. (UNKNOWN observer)

02/27/2018 by SkullCreek
No ospreys observed to date. Nest history indicates the osprey mates are late arrivals. Came in April last year.

07/21/2017 by SkullCreek
Nest appears empty. Assume two chicks fledged.

06/18/2017 by SkullCreek
Two chicks' heads were seen (from the bridge) in the nest.

06/02/2017 by SkullCreek
There is at least one chick in nest. One adult present. Nest much deeper and robust.

04/23/2017 by SkullCreek
This nest is viable. Female osprey observed sitting low in the nest on top of the tower. Male observed flying over nest squealing as we approached. Later he flew over and dropped a piece of fish into nest.

03/09/2017 by SkullCreek
March 6, 2017: One female perched on tower. Nest has more sticks in it.

03/04/2017 by SkullCreek
Observed one female osprey perched on tower next to nest site. So far nest consists of one long, thick tree limb lying across the platform.

06/18/2016 by SkullCreek
Female osprey observed in the nest.

11/15/2015 by SkullCreek
Final report for breeding season 2015: On 11/15/2015 the nest was empty. The nest had been occupied by male and female during the breeding season. At least one fledgling was in the nest.

06/16/2015 by SkullCreek
Nest was destroyed in winter storm 2013-2014. In spring of 2015, a new nest was observed in the same spot. Female was observed low in the nest, and male was observed perched close by.

11/04/2014 by SkullCreek
This had been an active nest with at least one fledgling every summer for several years. But the nest was blown away in a bad winter storm in early 2014. The male and female Ospreys returned to the nest in February 2014 and made an attempt to restore the nest. But they gave up and did not return to the site.

06/16/2013 by SkullCreek
06/16/2013: 2 adults, at least 1 chick.

05/12/2013 by SkullCreek
05/12/2012: 2 adults, 1 chick 05/12/2013: 2 adults, 1 chick