Nest #5953

Nickname: Sand Key nest
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: lat* 27.955971890607816 long*-82.82737009521486
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Florida Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 27.9559718906078
Longitude: -82.8273700952149
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by AHK
Adult arrival 01/11/2016 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 05/25/2015
Egg laying 02/21/2015 Chicks last observed 06/30/2015
Incubation initiation 02/21/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 03/27/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by AHK
Adult arrival 12/29/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 05/19/2016
Egg laying 02/19/2016 Chicks last observed 06/20/2016
Incubation initiation 02/20/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 03/26/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by AHK
Adult arrival 12/31/2016 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 05/28/2017
Egg laying 02/16/2017 Chicks last observed 06/27/2017
Incubation initiation 02/17/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 03/24/2016 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by AHK
Adult arrival 01/10/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 02/12/2018 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 02/12/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/02/2018 by ManaMcD
Adult (male?) osprey present nearby and one osprey (female?) sitting in the nest; looked alert. Vocalizing frequently during observation.

02/16/2018 by AHK
After working on the nest repairs after Hurricane Irma and mating frequently end January-early February, the female Osprey laid the first egg and started incubating on Monday February 12, 2018.

07/08/2017 by AHK
The chick learned to fish and left the nest area on June 27, 2017.

06/18/2017 by AHK
This year's surviving chick (a female) has not followed the pattern observed previous years. She left the nest the day she fledged. She has stayed in the neighborhood and was diving for fish in the nearby bay 12 days after fledging. Both her parents have stayed around, now for 3 weeks after her fledging. She flies with one of them during the day and in the evening she returns to a roof nearby or can be seen scanning for fish at the sailing center pier (picture). She is a very different, brave chick.

06/11/2017 by AHK
One of the three hatchlings died at about 1 week, the second nestling died at 3-4 weeks. The surviving chick fledged at 8 weeks. It's a female who left the nest immediately upon fledging. It has been roosting and feeding on a roof next to the bay, about 500 yards from the nest, and is already diving for fish - only two weeks after fledging.

02/18/2017 by AHK
In November 2016 we collected funds, removed the failing nest platform and installed a safe, modern one. The couple, Sandy ans Stanley, accepted the new nest and are now happily incubating. Lots of pictures of the new nest, and weekly updates at

07/02/2016 by AHK
Sandy and Stanley had two hatchlings, but the second one hatched at least 5-6 days after the first one, and died at 2 weeks. The first born fledged May 19, became a confident flier very quickly and learned to fish for herself. Left the nest on June 20th. Now Sandy is babysitting the nest a few hours every now and then.

01/14/2016 by AHK
This couple, Sandy and Stanley came together at the nest for the first time in this season on December 29, 2015 after Stanley brought a fish to Sandy. They have started to repair the nest slowly but surely.