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Nest Location Description:
Just south of the AF Base, on the left side of Kitts Hummock road, next to the highway sign.
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2016 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
Photos of this nest
Observed 1231-1247. 91 degrees with 5% overcast and breezy. Only one on the nest, sitting very low in the nest. Around 1243 and elderly couple in a convertible stopped right underneath the nest, agitating the osprey and it began to call out, but wasn't flushed. The car left a minute later and this calmed the bird. Mate was not in sight.
Observed 1556-1612. 100% overcast with on/off rain. 59 degrees. Both adults present. One laying low on the nest, the second perched on the power line next to the nest that has been covered in safety cones.
Observed 5/3/2016 1706-1725. Sky 100% overcast with slight misting. 57 degrees. Both adults present. One sitting low on nest not moving, but chirping actively. About quarter after, the other moved close and pulled on the wing to move in and take over, also laying low.
Observed 1451-1516. High visibility with no clouds. Female sitting low in the middle of nest. Cessna took off from base, but she was unfazed by the noise. Male brought fish, but immediately left. She seemed agitated at that point, and began inching closer to the edge, and calling out loudly. 1501 the female left the nest, and I followed her movement over the field to the SE of nest, where male was engaged with an adult and juvenile bald eagle (my car roof had been blocking the view). She attacked the juvenile three times very aggressively, and the adult disengaged. Bald Eagles took off south and the Osprey returned to the nest. Male tried to mount, but she pushed him off rather quickly.
Observed 1410-1437 with 100% overcast, but high visibility. Temperature 56F with breezy conditions. The adults have arrived in the past week. (I've been past here a few times, but had seen crows stealing nesting material, so I assumed it abandoned.) The female was arranging material while the male was rummaging back and forth in the field bringing new nesting material.