Nest #5395

Nickname: St. John's-Kingston Cove
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: New nest location! as of March 32.1582, -80.7435 in St Johns Place, Shipyard - its on private property so close observation will be hard 2/28/2020 When I first spotted the pair 2 weeks ago I assumed they would begin a rebuild of their badly damaged nest - this has not occurred - I see at least one of the pair still in the neighborhood but I cannot find their new nest if there is one - pretty sad about this - I'm not sure where they are - last time their nest was destroyed they rebuilt across the street - I'll keep searching FOUND THEM!! 3/19 the pair has built a new nest - in St Johns Place approx 1500' from the old nest that was blow down last fall
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.1582
Longitude: -80.7435
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by Jean
Adult arrival 03/11/2015 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
2016 Nest Activity Report by Jean
Adult arrival 02/19/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/22/2016
Incubation initiation 03/05/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
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
2018 Nest Activity Report by Jean
Adult arrival 02/18/2018 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 CarolC
Adult arrival 02/02/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 08/17/2018
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by Jean
Adult arrival 02/22/2019 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 06/28/2019
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
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
2020 Nest Activity Report by Jean
Adult arrival 02/13/2020 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 03/19/2020 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 02/13/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/06/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/19/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 04/22/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

02/22/2021 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: No activity at nest site yet

02/15/2021 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: Nest located but no activity yet.

07/20/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: I know one of the offspring has fledged and I suspect the other has by now as well. NOTE: We have indicated both have fledged.

07/19/2020 by CarolC
Jean F reports: I stopped to observe the nest this afternoon and herd some peeps/calling right away. I looked around a bit until I realized the pair was directly above me in the tall pine directly over the driveway. The slightly larger of the pair held a headless fish which it tore at for a bit. About 20 min later the bird dropped the fish. I backed away thinking one of the pair would retrieve it but that didn’t happen, at least not while I was there. One of the pair flew to the nest, then to various other tree limbs, peeping and calling frequently. I only saw those two - I’m not sure either was a juvenile.

07/12/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: When I arrived, I saw a head in the nest and then was barely able to raise my camera when an Osprey flew into the nest. I suspect it’s one of the fledglings. There was an incredible amount of very loud chatter going on in the nest. I know at least 2 were in the nest, but my goodness they were noisy. I did hear another Osprey off to my left, but was never able to locate it.

07/08/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: When I arrived, I only saw one of the nestlings on a nearby branch. So, obviously that has fledged. Then saw the other nestling in the nest. The one on the branch flew across to the nesting tree and the sibling was spotted in the nest. So, definitely 2 offspring. One has definitely fledged. The sibling may have as well, but I haven’t yet directly observed that. NOTE: Based on the past two observations, we are guessing one fledged between the 3rd and the 8th. We will record it as fledging the 6th as our best guess.

07/03/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: You can just barely see another head to the front left of the larger Osprey. The larger one spent several minutes just flapping her wings in the nest, but never left the nest during my observation. Will try to get back over the weekend. This nest does have 2 nestlings, but not sure if this is adult and a nesting or the 2 nestlings. It’s a very deep nest and tough to see from the ground.

06/25/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports:Not much activity today. Only saw this Osprey whose head was inside nest during my entire visit. Possibly feeding time. This nest does have 2 nestlings; most likely deep within nest there.

06/18/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: Siblings. No sign of parents today. So cute!

06/11/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: When I arrived I saw “mama” sitting on the right edge of the nest. Shortly thereafter I saw movement inside the nest and then 2 heads popped up. YAY! About 10 minutes later heard an Osprey off to the far left of nest, but could never locate it. I’m assuming that may have been “papa,” but don’t really know. NOTE: This was the first confirmed report of 2 nestlings. We think they hatched in mid/late April which would be pretty accurate based on the size of the two clearly visible today.

06/03/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: No activity observed today. All quiet.

05/29/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: Only saw “mama” who was initially deep inside the nest, but then repositioned herself until settling on top of nest. No sign of nestlings.

05/25/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: The St. John’s nest still has an active pair. Papa is the one in flight while Mama just hangs in the nest. No sign of nestlings yet.

05/14/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports:The 1st pic is “papa “ sitting on a branch in same tree as the nest. He basically did not move the entire time I observed (about 20 minutes). The final pic you can see “mama’s “ head left of center. She did move either while I observed.

05/09/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: This Osprey flew out of the nest almost immediately after I arrived and circled the nest about 4 or 5 times before returning inside. At first I hoped it was a fledgling, but when I saw these pics, they look too big in size.

05/05/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports. I just think there’s a least one chick in the nest. Over on the left. Osprey on right was in nest when I arrived. But lots of movement inside nest and heard 2 types of peeps. The typical one I hear, but also a softer one that wasn’t as elongated in between peeps. Baby.? Could just be mom on the left, deep inside nest. Usually can’t see into this nest at all. NOTE: These comments refer to the posted photo with the two red circles. We still believe that hatching took place, but cannot confirm number of chicks. This is a deep nest that is hard to tell for sure when chicks arrive.

04/29/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: When I arrived did not see any activity. An osprey flew into the nest, but too quickly for me to get a shot. Nothing visible after that for a few minutes. A little while later a head popped up. Don’t know if that is mama or papa.

04/22/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: Today late morning. At first just heard peeps from inside nest, but did not see an Osprey. As I was getting ready to leave, an Osprey flew in the nest and sat up for about 15 minutes and then flew away. I suspect that was “papa “ and “mama” was submerged deep in the nest. NOTE: Based on this observation, we assume that there is at least one chick. Will update later to confirm number of chicks.

04/11/2020 by CarolC
Joanne V reports: Joanne found this nest and we assumed it was un-monitored. When setting it up, it was determined that this is the rebuilt nest that formerly was on Kingston Cove. Joanne took several images which have been added to this nest documentation.

04/08/2020 by Jean
It appears that one of the pair is spending more time on or near the nest. I can barely see the actual nest as it is now on private property. The pair are quite vocal - every time I go by (2X per week) I hear lots of calling and chatter

03/19/2020 by Jean
So I'm pretty sure there is an egg or two - pair is actively on the nest - 3/19/2020

08/04/2019 by CarolC
Jean F reports: I’m pretty sure at least one chick fledged from the nest here in Kingston Cove - lots of training flights and Osprey chatter. Unfortunately the nest became obstructed following a June storm so I could not get a close look.

06/13/2019 by Jean
Checked on the nest today after all the rain and storms. The nest has suffered some damage - perhaps a large limb seems to have fallen on it. I saw no osprey however there has been a parent and a fledgling being very active in the neighborhood - I'm going to assume this is the nest fledgling.

05/27/2019 by Jean
Today I observed one of the osprey pair returning to the nest with a fish - I could clearly see one good sized chick and the osprey's mate - I'll be watching to see if there is more than one check

02/18/2019 by Jean
I haven't seen much activity yet. Trying to walk by every day now.

08/17/2018 by CarolC
Jean reports: I had the hardest time seeing the nest. I cannot report actually seeing any fledging activity - I tried my hardest to walk back there as much as I could. This year I simply did not see the level of activity I saw in previous years. I thought early on (mid June) that I had spied some fledging activity but now I’m not so sure. TO be safe I think there was NOT a chick in the nest this year.

07/08/2018 by Jean
For the past several weeks I have not seen the pair in the neighborhood. Earlier in June they were very active - fishing constantly, hovering and calling. I thought there was one fledgling but the nest is impossible to see due to its location among heavy leaf cover.

03/31/2018 by Jean
Pair have been very active - still see one carrying sticks - perhaps a rebuild effort after recent high winds/storms - the actual nest is getting harder to see with recent leaf growth around it

03/01/2018 by Jean
3/1 - pair are very active in our neighborhood - fishing in the lagoon on a daily basis - we are seeing them together quite a bit now

08/19/2017 by CarolC
No activity observed

07/05/2017 by CarolC
No activity observed

06/08/2017 by CarolC
Nest has been re-built in a near-by tree; 1 adult seen near nest flapping wings

02/27/2017 by CarolC
The nest and the tree it was in were both destroyed by Hurricane Matthew

10/18/2016 by Jean
I'm saddened to report that this nest and the very tall pine tree where it was located were lost during Hurricane Matthew. I looked through the debris and could not even find the nest remnants. Very Sad. I hope the couple rebuilds in my neighborhood this spring.

07/22/2016 by CarolC
Heard adult osprey chirping at a nearby lagoon

06/04/2016 by CarolC
Observed 2 chicks in the nest and 1 adult tending to them.

05/10/2016 by CarolC
Female calling from nest

04/29/2016 by CarolC
Viewed the tail of an adult sitting in the nest chirping

03/16/2016 by Jean
I've been observing mom on the nest for approximately a week and a half

02/27/2016 by Jean
Today was the first day I saw the pair together - one in the nest the other on a limb above. Fingers crossed for little ones this year!!

02/19/2016 by Jean
One Osprey arrived back to the nest 2/19/2016

07/24/2015 by Jean
I been monitoring the nest all summer - no evidence of chicks. Although I cannot see directly into the nest I have not observed any evidence of chicks - no little heads, no fledging activity. The pair are frequently perched in the tree near the nest, however I do not think there are any little ospreys this summer.

03/28/2015 by Jean
First observed an Osprey on the nest today!

03/26/2015 by Jean
Seeing one of the pair sitting on a limb near the nest almost daily; hearing the pair call to each other frequently throughout the day

03/15/2015 by Jean
3/15 - the pair have been very active - calling, fishing in the lagoon nearby and moving about

02/11/2015 by Jean
We've been watching this nest for 3 years.