Nest #7016

Nickname: PSD nest #3
Nest substrate: Utility Pole
Nest Location Description: newly rebuilt in 2018; nest built between two metal utility poles opposite nest 2013
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.2086627663455
Longitude: -80.6991655445557
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/18/2018 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 03/18/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/05/2018 Chicks last observed 07/15/2018
Incubation initiation 04/10/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/23/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 02/25/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/06/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/12/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/08/2020 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/04/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/09/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/17/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

02/28/2021 by CarolC
Carol T reports: No sign of activity at the nest yet. Last year there was no activity until March, though.

02/22/2021 by CarolC
Carol T reports: No activity.

02/14/2021 by CarolC
Carol T reports: No activity at site yet.

08/04/2020 by CarolC
Mollie K reports: Today I finally got to see some flying. I only see two flying. One landed back on nest and the other landed in a pine near the building. They look like they are getting stronger! NOTE: Based on previous reports and the size of all three chicks in June, we are assuming that the third chick already fledged. Earlier reports indicated that one was a bit ahead (6/28) of the other two. It is possible the third chick was the first to fledge, but we don't know the date. The August date is probably late, but we do know that the other two fledged by then.

07/30/2020 by CarolC
Mollie K reports: My husband said last week the juveniles were still just hanging out at the nest. When I checked yesterday same thing they were just hanging there. I only saw two so not sure about the third.

07/06/2020 by CarolC
Mollie K reports: The youngsters are still stretching and practicing wing flapping.

06/28/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: When I arrived at the nest today Mom was visible. All three juveniles were also in the nest. I soon realized by Mom’s vocalizing and behavior they were anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dad with a fish. I stayed for about 45 minutes, hoping to catch his arrival, but no luck. All three juveniles looked healthy and were very active...a couple of them practicing wing flapping. The largest one seems ready to fledge any day now, and I don’t think the other two will be too far behind. The female calling to the male, impatiently waiting for a fish

06/16/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I visited the nest on 6/16/20 and instead of the usual one chick and one adult there were two more chicks for a total of three! And these two new chicks were pretty good sized (smaller than the original first chick), but large enough that they should have been visible before now. I was lucky enough to get a photo ( posted) showing adult and chicks together, so it’s a good visual comparison of their various sizes. Such good news and so unexpected!

06/11/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I visited the nest today and am happy to report that I was visually able to see a chick in the nest and it looks fairly good sized and appears healthy! I wasn’t able to get a photo today, but will try again. No sign of a second chick yet. It may just be too small. Will keep checking.

05/24/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: Visited the nest and there was one adult Osprey visible, standing up in the nest and bending over. Appeared to be eating. Hopefully there’s a newly hatched chick that was being fed too. But no visual sign of it at this point. Stayed about fifteen minutes and this feeding behavior continued the whole time. No sign of the other adult. NOTE: Based on the estimated date of incubation and the observance of feeding behavior with the Mom no longer flat in the nest, we believe there is at least one chick in the nest. It is just a guess that hatching happened about May 17th.

05/11/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I visited the nest on 5/11/20 and there was one adult in the nest in incubating posture. I was there about fifteen minutes. No sign of the other adult and no sign of any chicks yet.

04/20/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I visited the nest on 4/20/20 and observed one Osprey in the nest incubating. The nest looked like it survived our recent round of storms in good shape!

04/09/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I visited the nest on 4/9/20 and am happy to report the first sign of incubation. There was one Osprey present, laying down in the nest.

03/30/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: 3/30/20 I have visited the nest twice in the last two weeks and have observed one Osprey present each time. But no sign of incubation yet

03/08/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I have visited the nest frequently and there haven’t been any Osprey at the nest or in trees in the immediate area, and no sign that the nest has been worked on...until today! The pair have arrived and both were hanging around in the nest while I was there. They both flew off as I was about to leave. So happy to report their return!

02/17/2020 by CarolC
Carol T reports: As of 2/17/20 I have not observed any activity at the sign of the pair yet.

07/31/2019 by CarolC
NOTE: While we cannot be certain of the dates the first 2 fledged, it happened sometime between 7/23 and 7/30. The third made his first flight on 7/31.

07/31/2019 by CarolC
Carol T is back with her final nest update: When I arrived there was one chick in the nest, no sign of the other two. So that was great news right off the bat...the other two had already fledged and it must have been sometime between 7/23 and 7/30. I didn’t see either of the parents at first, but heard one of them calling to the chick, who then answered back. I looked around with the binocs and spotted mom in a nearby tree. She had a good sized intact fish on the branch with her. This conversation between the two went on for almost two hours....the mom encouraging the chick to take flight and the chick intermittently answering and flapping its wings and occasionally hovering over the nest. All this time the mom sat in the same spot in the tree and was not eating the fish. I was really thinking there was a good possibility that the chick would fledge today, but after almost 2 hours I was losing hope. I decided I should call it a day and started towards the car when the mom and chick started a much louder, more constant conversation. The chick got more animated in the nest so I quickly got my camera in place and within a couple of minutes the chick took off and flew straight at me, circled around the nest, then flew around the immediate area and landed back in the nest. And here’s the really cool part...the mom flew immediately to the nest and gave the chick the fish as a reward and then flew off.

07/29/2019 by CarolC
Linda O reporting on Carol T's nest: I then looked over to the nest closer to the PSD Building and saw crows in that one also. I had heard osprey calling and then an Osprey came in over to the nest and chased the crows away. I then saw the 2nd Osprey flying around. The one in the nest then flew off and the pair flew around together. I was able to get some shots of them together. I am only giving this information because I have a shot of the Osprey protecting the nest after chasing the crows away. I thought it an interesting phenomenon.

07/23/2019 by CarolC
Tish S subbing for Carol T reports: Stopped by the nest today to check if the "children" had flown the coop so to speak. All 3 still at the nest when I checked today. One of the "chicks" was exercising its wings.

07/17/2019 by CarolC
Tish S reports for Carol T: Wednesday, July 17th I visited the nest to find the chicks just sitting, waiting for dinner. Picture attached.

07/12/2019 by CarolC
Tish S reports for Carol T: Friday, July 12th I visited the nest and saw nothing but tail feathers shaking in the air! Dinner had obviously just been served and the chick were all busy pulling at the delivery and making sure that they got their fair share. One head did pop-up for a minute, coughed and went right back to eating.

07/01/2019 by CarolC
Tish S (subbing for Carol T) reports: From the pictures you can see that I found mama Osprey working to protect her young from the heat of the Noon Day Sun.

06/23/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: Visiting the nest on 6/23/19 all three chicks were visible when I arrived. No sign of mom or dad. Haven’t seen dad in quite awhile, but with 3 growing youngsters in the nest I doubt there’s room for the whole family. Mom arrived with a fish and all three juveniles were observed eating. Even though one of the chicks still looks smaller than the other two, they are all active, healthy looking and practicing some wing flapping. They are approximately six weeks old so I anticipate they will be fledging in the next two-three weeks. So exciting to have a successful nest with THREE healthy juveniles! I was able to get a couple of photos (attached) showing all three of them.

06/16/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: On 6/16/19 Mom was observed in the nest with a fish. I could easily see two chicks in the nest that were much larger than a week ago. I didn’t immediately see the third chick. I looked at the nest from all angles with my binocs and couldn’t locate it. I finally saw it, kind of hidden behind a large pine cone sticking up above the rim. I don’t think he was as large as the other two, but he was separated from them, so I can’t be sure. He seemed to be okay though. He was moving around and I’m pretty sure he was eating as well. No sign of Dad today

06/08/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I am excited to report for the first time observing THREE chicks in the nest this morning! On my last visit, eight days ago, I saw one bobbing head, so this was a huge surprise. All three were active and healthy looking, so it was a huge relief to see them thriving after this unrelenting heat wave. Job well done Mom and Dad!

05/31/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I have been very concerned about this unrelenting heat wave, so I have visited twice this week. On today’s visit, 5/31/19, the female was sitting up in the nest, no sign of the male. After a few minutes she began shifting around a bit and when she spread out her wings I caught sight of a bobbing head for the first time! I might have seen another head, but not sure about that. I was so relieved to see that chick and I can only imagine how stressed and exhausted the parents must be. We desperately need rain and cooler temperatures!

05/14/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: Good news! I feel very confident in saying there is at least one hatchling in the nest. No more sign of any incubation and both parents were taking turns flying in and out of the nest and returning with fish or nesting materials. They seemed preoccupied today with adding to and rearranging the nest. (Photos attached). NOTE: Based on this report, we have "guessed" that hatching took place a couple days prior to this report. We have listed it as 5/12/19, but that is only our guess.

05/08/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: Nest #7016 on 5/8/19 Today was the first time I have observed “possible” evidence of a chick/chicks in the nest. One adult was laying down in the nest when I arrived. The second adult flew in shortly thereafter and it looked like both were tending to or arranging something in the nest. I think there was a “changing of the guard” after that and the remaining adult in the nest was moving around some....more activity than what I’ve been observing during incubation. I think my next visit will be more helpful in determining whether or not eggs have hatched.

05/01/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: The female was laying in the nest when I arrived. Shortly thereafter the male flew in and dropped off a fish. Next Monday marks approximately 30 days since incubation began. It’s getting close now!

04/23/2019 by CarolC
Carol T. reports: The female was hunkered down in the nest as usual and the male delivered a fish while I was there. All seems well at the nest!

04/16/2019 by CarolC
Carol T observes: I’ve visited twice this past week and both times the female was hunkered down in the nest with just her head occasionally visible. There was no sign of the male either time, but my visits were short.

04/07/2019 by CarolC
Carol T reports: I observed the first signs of possible incubation behavior on 4/6/19 and 4/7/19 . Both days I visited there was only one Osprey at the nest, which was laying down in the nest most of the time, but would stand up briefly.

03/31/2019 by CarolC
Carol T. reports: No sign of incubation yet. Female sitting up in the nest, constantly calling for the mate (I assume) for the last 20 minutes. I see a male in a nearby tree that I'm guessing must be the mate. If so, he's been sitting there quietly the whole time not responding at all. Hoping to see some evidence of eggs soon!

03/17/2019 by CarolC
Carol T. reports: Both Osprey were in and out of the nest, but still no sign of incubation behavior. The male brought a fish back to the nest. After consuming part of it, the female flew to an adjacent tree and continued feasting. (Photo attached)

03/12/2019 by CarolC
Carol T. reports: Lots of activity, as both Osprey were busy fussing with the nest and at one point, the male had to chase away another Osprey several times who was trying to take over the nest.

03/04/2019 by CarolC
observer Carol T reports: I visited the nest on 3/4/19 and it was empty when I arrived. Ten minutes later one of the adults flew in and began calling continuously to its mate, (photo attached) which did not arrive while I was there.

02/25/2019 by CarolC
observer Carol T reports: Nest #7016 On 2/25/19 I observed two Osprey at the nest for the first time. They were busy adding to and fussing with the nest...see photo

02/18/2019 by CarolC
observer Carol T reports: The nest appears larger and the osprey (maybe the male) was seen bringing in more nesting material. The female may be there, too.

02/18/2019 by CarolC
Observer Carol T reports: Observed Male Osprey on nest (clear white breast) on 2/14 and 2/18. Nest was much larger on 2/18, and on this day I observed him bringing nesting material several times to the nest and arranging. Have not seen the mate yet, but judging by the nest size I am betting the female has arrived and I've not been lucky enough with my timing to observe her.

07/20/2018 by CarolC
Carol T reports: Well, today was the empty nest when I arrived. I’m equal parts happy and sad. It’s been 5 days since I last observed them in the nest, and I can’t help but think they departed soon after I last saw them. There are two reasons I think based on evidence and one intuited. The nest looks a lot smaller than it did 5 days ago, owing I’m sure to the many days of unrelenting heavy rains and a few torrential downpours. Lots of nesting material was dislodged I assume, and there’s no evidence that’s it’s been tended to at all. And the other reason I feel like they’ve been gone for several days is a gut make of this what you will....but the last day I saw the juveniles they seemed different in ways that are hard to articulate. I sensed an acute state of alertness and a difference in their overall behavior. I will continue to check over the next couple of weeks, but as of now, the nest looks like it’s been vacated, and if so, that’s a really good ending:):)

07/15/2018 by CarolC
Carol T. reports: Both juveniles and mom were sitting in the nest today. I waited awhile to see if they might fly while I was present, but it didn’t happen. Both juveniles were alert, preening and flapping their wings. I would love to see them fly just once because I know one of these days soon they will be gone.

07/14/2018 by CarolC
all 2018 observations and Photos by Carol T.

07/12/2018 by CarolC
General comments from this observer: I have been monitoring three nests here on the Island for Project Osprey Watch and out of those three, one is a resounding success! I have visited this nest at least once a week since mid February, when I observed the nest being rebuilt from scratch. During this five month time period I have become very attached to this family, so I just had to post a photo of the mom and her offspring. I feel like a grandma posting photos of her grandkids LOL. These two juveniles are taken I am thinking they have to have fledged by now, but I have yet to see them take flight. This has been such a rewarding and educational volunteer experience and I highly recommend it !

07/07/2018 by CarolC
Observer reports: Mom and both chicks visible in nest when I arrived, and am happy to report both juveniles looked very healthy and very big!!! I observed them feeding and preening and flapping their wings for about 30 minutes. Even though I didn’t see either youngster fly in or out of the nest, I feel pretty certain they must have fledged by now. Hopefully I will get to observe them testing their wings on my next visit. All is well for now! I was lucky to get a good photo of all three together, which I attached below. It is starting to get very hard to tell the youngsters from the adults.

06/27/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: June 27th Mom in nest sitting upright with wings slightly spread in order to shade the chicks. This has been the posture several times over the course of my most recent visits...due to the very hot sunny days over the past couple of weeks. One of the chicks came out from under cover and has grown so much over the last nine days it looks like it is almost ready to fledge! I could see the second chick, but not well, as it stayed in the shade. So I couldn’t determine its size. I will visit this nest again in a few days with hopes of getting a better look. No sign of the male while I was there.

06/18/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: I’ve been a little apprehensive about returning to the nest because this is such a fragile time in the life of the chicks. But I am so relieved to report that BOTH chicks were present today and WOW have they grown in just a short period of time! They look like juveniles now, instead of babies. When I arrived Mom was in the process of feeding them. No dad in the nest, but heard and saw him soaring around.Even though one youngster is a little larger than the other, both are active and both seemed to have a good appetite. I was able to get a couple of good shots of both chicks with the mom, which I attached to this report. So grateful to see a happy family with two thriving kids!

06/10/2018 by CarolC
observer report; Nest #7016 It has been a week since I first observed 2 chicks in the nest. When I arrived today the female was sitting up in the nest, looking around and calling to the male. During this time period there were no chicks to be seen, so I was getting a little worried. But then the female moved around, flapping her wings, and two heads suddenly appeared! I observed the female feeding one of the chicks for several minutes and managed to get some good photos of this. (Photos attached). The other chick was not eating during this time, but was active nearby and looked as big and healthy as his sibling. When I left after 20 minutes or so, the male had not returned to the nest. Great visit and so relieved to see the chicks looking so healthy!

06/02/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: Great news!!! As of today, there are at least two babies visible in the nest. I was able to get a good long look at them, and at this point both are active and seem healthy. (See attached photos) Mom was in the nest when I arrived, and while I was there Dad flew in with a fish. Good signs all around! Based on the observations our guess is that they hatched about May 23, but that is just a guess.

05/21/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: May 21 Female laying down in nest when I arrived. Observed for about 20 minutes. During that time the mate flew in with a big fish and both Osprey remained in the nest, still eating when I departed. No sign of any hatchlings yet, but too early to be easily observable if there are any.

05/12/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: One adult laying down in nest. We are right around the 35 day mark since first egg was laid.

05/07/2018 by CarolC
obsever reports: One adult laying down in nest. Mate returned with a fish.

05/05/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: One adult laying in nest, then witnessed changing of the guard.

04/29/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: Adult in nest incubating. About 20 minutes later I witnessed a “changing of the guard”! Incubation began sometime around April 5th, so it’s been about 25 days.

04/20/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: April 20 Female in nest incubating. It’s been about 2 weeks since the first sign of incubation. Male flew in 10 minutes later with a fish and then flew off again.

04/13/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: April 13 Female incubating. Occasionally calling to mate. Male flew in after about 20 minutes. Looked like he delivered a fish and flew off again. Female feasted on the fish.

04/10/2018 by CarolC
observation: April 10th Adult in nest incubation posture. It seems an egg (or eggs) have been laid sometime between April 4-6.

04/06/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: April 6th First sign of adult laying prone in nest...incubation posture

04/04/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: Nest #7016 April 4th Nest is larger than it was 4 days ago! No sign of either adult.

03/30/2018 by CarolC
Observer reports: On March 30 Osprey was sitting in nest in the pouring rain. Couldn’t see well enough to determine which one it was.

03/28/2018 by CarolC
Observer reports: On March 28 female again sitting in nest when I arrived. Could hear another Osprey close by (maybe the male?) Female flew off after about 10 minutes.

03/24/2018 by CarolC
Observer reports: This nest is off to a promising start! On March 24 the female was sitting down in the nest. When I left about 20 minutes later she was still there just looking around. No sign of male.

03/22/2018 by CarolC
This appears to be a new nest as of March 18, 2018. It is across from nest #2513