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 2020 2019 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
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/01/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/03/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/12/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

01/16/2021 by CarolC
destroyed by hurricane 9/19

03/13/2020 by CarolC
Debby B confirmed that the nest was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian (Sept. 2019) and wasn't rebuilt.

03/11/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: No activity. Nest no longer visible.

02/25/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: no activity yet

08/09/2019 by CarolC
Note: The chicks probably fledged in July but we do not have the date.

07/05/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Female standing on nest. Male nearby. No chicks (fledged?)

06/16/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Male, Female & 2 active chick on nest.

06/04/2019 by CarolC
Jim G. observes: Female & 2 chicks

05/22/2019 by CarolC
Note: Based on Jim's observations, we are guessing that the clutch hatched at least 10 days prior to the chicks being visible in the nest. May 12 is just our guess.

05/22/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Female & 2 chicks visible. Male nearby.

04/29/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Female incubation position. Male nearby.

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
Jim G reports: 10:05am Female standing in nest - appears to be doing maintenance 10:17am Male landed in nearby tree

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.

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
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.

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.

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.