Nest #7142

Nickname: SP Boat Launch
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: The nest is at SP Preserve where the boats go out across the lagoon.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.1413304991249
Longitude: -80.7742137527924
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018

Activity reports

2018 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/01/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/03/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

04/03/2019 by CarolC
Jim G. reports: 04/03/19 2:49pm Adult low in nest (incubating?)

03/27/2019 by CarolC
Observer Jim G reports: 03/27/19 4:33pm Female in nest

03/20/2019 by CarolC
Jim G observes: 03/20/19 1:52pm Nothing sighted

03/13/2019 by CarolC
Jim reports: 3:18pm Both adults standing on nest 3:21pm Male flew away

03/06/2019 by CarolC
I am happy to hear that the female is back. I have been by there three times since the third week of February and only saw the male on each visit.

03/06/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 10:05am Female standing in nest - appears to be doing maintenance 10:17am Male landed in nearby tree

02/27/2019 by CarolC
observer Jim G reports: 3:07pm Both adults sitting near nest

02/20/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 02/20/19 2:35pm Male sitting on branch above nest

02/13/2019 by CarolC
observer Jim G reports: 4:13pm Male standing on edge of nest

08/14/2018 by CarolC
Jim G reports: The youngster fledged prior probably early August since the nest is now empty.

07/30/2018 by CarolC
Jim G. reports: #7142 09:13am - 09:47am 09:13am Mother and chick are sharing a rather large fish. No sign of the male. 09:30am Mom and chick are still eating. 09:44am The meal is finished. The female takes flight. 09:47am The chick settles in the nest.

07/14/2018 by CarolC
all 2018 photos and observations by Jim G.

07/10/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: #7142 02:16pm - 02:38pm 02:16pm Female and 1 chick in nest. Female is shading chick with spread wings. 02:23pm Female is making repeated calls and scanning the sky. Both are standing. 02:34pm Female calling more frequently. 02:38pm Chick settles in nest and female resumes shading the chick.

06/24/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: #7142 05:04pm -05:23pm 05:07pm Male arrived at nest with a fish(not the one hanging on the side of the nest). He dropped fish in nest and flew. Female began feeding chick. 05:23pm Female still feeding chick and taking an occasional bite for herself.

06/04/2018 by CarolC
Observer comments: Still no signs of chicks in either nest, despite claims by the alligator boat operators that there are “juveniles” in nest #7142. Some gentle probing revealed that the two people who making the claims were passing along things heard from others. I am observing with a 60X spotting scope, so I have a very close and clear view of the nest

06/03/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: 02:18pm - 02:58pm 02:18pm Adult sitting low in nest. 02:24pm Male circling above nest and calling. Female responding to his calls. 02:25pm Male flies away. 02:46pm Female frequently scans the sky, but no sign of the male since 02:25pm. 02:58pm Observation terminated.

05/25/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: 04:56pm - 05:28pm 04:56pm Adult sitting low in nest. 04:58pm Male sitting in nearby tree - calling. 05:17pm Female standing in nest. 05:20pm Female settled low in nest. 05:28pm Observation terminated.

05/13/2018 by CarolC
Observer reports: 03:47pm - 04:44pm 03:47pm Adult (later determined to be the female when she briefly stood up) sitting low in nest. 03:54pm Male caught a fish near the nesting tree, landed nearby and ate. 04:10pm Male landed on edge of nest, stayed about 15 seconds and then flew away. 04:17pm Male attempted to catch another fish, failed and landed in tree next to nest. 04:41pm Female stood up in nest, made some some adjustments and resettled in incubation position. 04:44pm Observation terminated.

05/08/2018 by CarolC
The incubation date of 4/24 is a total guess since this nest was not discovered until late April. The person who found the nest thought there was a chick in it, but subsequent observations indicate incubation is continuing. We will try to figure this out.

05/08/2018 by CarolC
Observer reports: 01:23pm One adult on nest - seems to be incubating. 01:38pm Adult making adjustments on bottom of nest - maybe turning eggs. 01:42pm Adult standing on edge of nest, cleaning or making adjustments. 02:01pm Adult stood on edge of nest for about 30 seconds then flew. Adult had heavy streaking on breast - probably female.

04/24/2018 by CarolC
This nest was not found until April 24th when a possible chick's head was observed. We have no earlier information on adult arrival, incubation etc.