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Nest Location Description:
Osprey nest is on CSA maintenance pole off Lawton Canal Road, right after turn into back entrance to Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The best way to see the nest (on the skinny pole, not the water tower) is to go in the back gate, entering Forest Preserve on Lawton and park at first right hand turn under the tree before you get to the little gazebo with maps. Walk on the path to the gate and peer through. Walk a bit further and peer between trees. Very hard to see this nest as it is high up.
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2018 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
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2019 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
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Christine B reports: I observed one Osprey perched on the edge of the nest on top of the tower I also observed one Osprey on the Pine tree directly in front of the nest. I can't say that they are a couple due to the fact that I haven't seen them perched on the nest together.
Christine B reports: There were two hatchling in this nest. I was lucky to see one of those Hatchlings fledge . I visited this nest for one week and always saw one Osprey occupying the nest. Finally two weeks from my June 26th report the nest was empty. I believe my second hatchling fledged during sometime before July 14th.
Christine B reports: Osprey Nest #6981 June 26th 2019 AM Observed three Osprey in the nest. One parent and two siblings. Mom flew off toward the Ocean and one of the siblings flew off and soared in the general vicinity for awhile then disappeared. The Osprey that was left behind did not look like she was interested at all in taking flight. After approximately 15 minutes Mom returned with a fish which she gave to her baby. Mom stood watch as her baby ate.
Christine B reports: June 17th 2019 7:45 PM I observed one of my babies fledge tonight. He flapped his wings and rose up from the edge of the nest and came back down three times. On his fourth try he rose up and took to flight. He took off, circled and landed 3 times then he settled down in the nest. His sibling is still hunkered down in the nest.
Mart Alice T reports seeing one Osprey at side of tower and two in the nest..,.sure at least one was a chick.
Christine B reports: June 15, 2019 Nest # 6981 Observed Mom and two offspring standing on the edge of the nest chirping and flapping their wings. Looks like they will fledge soon.
Christine B reports: A couple of days ago I observed 3 Adult Osprey at this nest. Two flew off one remained. At first I thought one offspring had fledged but he was big and they looked a little too young a few days earlier. I did count two offspring in the nest after observing a bit longer. Today I spent some time in the Preserve observing this nest from all angles and distances. Two Adults were present in the nest only saw one of the offspring today.
Mary Alice T added some info: While observing another nest, she noticed there was a huge commotion at this nest with one Osprey sitting on the nest, another sitting on part of the tower and a third circling up above. It had gotten them all riled up...
Christine B reports: May 19th, 2019 AM Nest #6981 Joyful Report I was able to see Mom Osprey with two of her offspring this morning in the nest. From the Preserve side I saw one but from the water treatment side in front of her I could see two small chicks. NOTE: Based on these observations, we have made our best guess on hatching date ...April 27.
observer Christine B reports: I observed two Adult Osprey standing on the edge of the nest. The Dad flew off . I stayed for some time hoping to see him return with a fish and maybe I would be able to see chicks but the bugs got the better of me.
Christine B reports: I observed the Mom Osprey sitting on the nest and Dad standing on the edge of the nest on guard duty.
report from Christine B. Obseved one Osprey in the nest sitting very low. I could only see the very top of her head when she moved from time to time. Could not locate her partner. He was probably out fishing.
Christine B reports: March 19th AM observed one Osprey laying low in her nest. No other activity observed.
Christine B reports: Sea Pines Preserve. 12:30 pm Two Osprey in the nest. One sitting very Low could only see the head. Second Osprey standing in the nest observing the surroundings . On guard duty :)
observer Christine B reports: This morning, both soon to be parents were in the nest.
observer Debby B. reports: Only one seen by nest between 2/13-2/18
Observer Debby B. reports: pair together on nest
Debbie B reports:Osprey seen at/on nest 1/30/19
2018 nest monitored by Debby B. with assistance from Jim G.
observer Debby B. reports: think the 2 osprey chicks (quite big) flew about 27th June, but they are still on nest. Sometimes one, one day none, today both there on nest. Can't say for sure, but you can put down July 1 for fledge date.
observer Jim G. confirmed 3 chicks in the nest with a photo.
Observer Jim G. was able to help at this nest by viewing it through his scope. It was quite a day at the nest. 6981 01:06pm - 02:16pm At 01:06pm Two juveniles standing in nest; one is exercising flight muscles. At 01:12pm Female brings fish to the nest. A third juvenile pops up and join in the eating. Female leaves the three kids to eat. At 01:28pm One of the juveniles continues the flight muscle exercises. At 01:35pm Female returns to the nest with another fish and begins to eat At 01:37pm The larger juvenile (the one who had been exercising) takes to the air and flies out of sight. At 01:41pm The female starts tearing pieces of fish off of the carcass and giving them to the remaining two juveniles. At 01:45pm One of the remaining two juveniles resumes wing flapping. At 01:49pm I hear an osprey calling in the distance; the female and the two juveniles remaining in the nest are scanning the sky. At 01:52pm The female is still eating and tearing off chunks for the two remaining chicks. At 01:59pm The female has finished eating and is now just feeding remainder of the fish to one of the juveniles. At 02:16pm The female and 2 juveniles remain in the nest. No further sightings of the juvenile that flew at 01:37pm.
Observer Debby B. reports: The two osprey babies are waving their wings with at least one parent always in attendance. Very hard to see this nest as it is so high up.
observer Debby B. thinks there are 2 or 3 chicks in the nest....she says it looks like 3 heads but is not positive
observer Debby B. reports that it appears the adults are feeding chicks....chicks not yet visible Based on this, guessing that they hatched about the 1st...but this is purely a guess.
observer reports: osprey moving around on the nest....eggs may have hatched
Observer reports she thinks the osprey is still sitting on the nest
No new activity reported
observer reports: Nest is up so high that it is difficult to see the osprey, but probably one head visible
3/19 Observer reports: thought osprey were sitting on eggs, and on 3/15/18 saw one bringing more sticks and then both pushing them around the nest.
Observer reports two adults on the nest both 3/5 and 3/9
One osprey on the nest.
Observer reports the osprey were bringing sticks to the nest.
Nest located and osprey activity near nest
two adults on the nest