Nest #7143

Nickname: SP Rookery area on Lake Mary
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: Sea Pines Rookery on Lake Mary (where there are no birds). You kind of walk back and then there is a blind with step and a nice look out over the water. If you look left as you face the lake, the fishing pier is just across the water on your left. The Osprey nest is on the left far away about mid-tree line.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.1444282668752
Longitude: -80.7698793030243
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 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/01/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/20/2019 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/10/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/20/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/10/2020 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/02/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/30/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/04/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

02/20/2021 by CarolC
Allyson L reports: After almost five days of rain and wind, the nest appears to have suffered some damage. No ospreys were sighted; however, one was heard chirruping in the vicinity.

02/15/2021 by CarolC
Allyson L reports: no sightings of osprey nor any chirrups or calls heard – nest is undisturbed

02/08/2021 by CarolC
Allyson L reports: Monday, February 8: a male osprey flew over my car headed toward the Sea Pines Reserve – I turned into the reserve to monitor; he landed in the trees bordering the lake just south of Lake Mary and chirruped; however, he was not observed close to the nest

02/02/2021 by CarolC
Allyson L reports: I spied a healthy male osprey nearby before approaching the location. Then, as I had not yet determined the exact location, the male osprey flew off as I neared. The nest seems to have occurred some storm damage but am unsure of that.

02/02/2021 by CarolC
Allyson L reports: There was no sign of an osprey nor did the nest appear disturbed.

07/05/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: fledged afternoon of July 2, I believe. Saw baby on nest in morning, adult swooping around, teaching to fish, perhaps, and next morning baby gone Friday. On Sat. saw baby flying, I think, around nest with adult flying overhead. This morning, Sunday, osprey talking from tree limbs, but I couldn't see them.

06/22/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: no real update on 7143..one baby in nest for sure, but will keep looking.

06/15/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: have seen one baby in nest. both parents always around, this morn one brought spanish moss to nest, then picked up something and went to limb to eat it...didn't look like fish. then other brought moss to nest and puttered around with one baby visible.

05/31/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: Babies in 7143, but can't see them yet. NOTE: We have listed 1, but will change that when we can confirm the number.

05/07/2020 by CarolC
Debby B and Lynn H report: incubation started 3-30 and believe hatched May 3rd-5th May 7: 11:30 a.m. Nest 7143. Female on nest is in different posture and may have a chick but it can’t be seen. DB and LH both think it likely there is a chick under her. Male in nearby perch tree. NOTE: We recorded 1 nestling but will update that when we can tell how many hatched.

05/01/2020 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 1: 9 a.m. DB & LH notice adult still incubating. No evidence of feeding, although the adult seems to be sitting a little higher in the nest, so we will be watching carefully. It’s about time for hatching

04/26/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: 4/25 change of birds to nest: 4/26. one brought spanish moss to nest while other sitting. I go in early morn and seems as male broods at night, female during day, but not always. The birds on this nest are constantly moving around so don't know situation of eggs, but time will tell.

04/25/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: early a.m. DB reports observing a change of birds to the nest.

04/21/2020 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: April 21: 8:30 a.m. observed one adult sitting in and one perched beside nest. Incubation continues.

04/18/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: 4-18 a.m. looks like male sitting, female on tree. male left, female went to nest, male returned with fish? NO, spanish moss! looks like this is incubation nest as bird always there, although head always moving around. Perhaps osprey can multitask.

04/15/2020 by CarolC
Lynn H and Debby B report: April 15: 9:30 a.m. DB & LH together saw an adult on the nest. DB reports that she has seen an adult on this nest the last several days.

04/11/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: female sitting on nest; male brought fish and left her with fresh fish breakfast

04/10/2020 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: April 10: 8:30 a.m. adult on nest. A couple ospreys are soaring high, but could be the pair from #7757.

04/07/2020 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: April 7: 8 a.m. adult on nest, 8:20 male flew in carrying something (looked like a stick but could be a fish). 9:30a.m. adult on nest.

04/05/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: April 5: early a.m. DB reports adult in nest.

04/04/2020 by CarolC
Lynn H and Debby B will both be reporting on this nest for awhle. April 4: 11:15 a.m. Deb B showed Lynn H where this nest is, so she can help with observations. There was a female perched by (but not in or on) the nest, and a male see flying nearby. This nest is within sight of #7157, so there may be some confusion about which male we are seeing, if he is not right at the nest.

04/02/2020 by CarolC

03/30/2020 by CarolC
Debby B. sitting on eggs as of 3/30 so prob will hatch around 5/5.

03/30/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: 7143, mated third time 3-28 on nest. looks today, 3-30, as tho one adult finally sitting on eggs, although keeps messing around in nest. while looking over the water

03/27/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: pair mated again in nest on 3/26, but not sitting on eggs yet

03/24/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: I even walked under nest 7143 twice as good old forest preserve has cut a(nother) trail way back on that side of lake. I have observed pair bringing in nesting material, mating (on 3-21), dilly-dallying around nest doing nothing. This morning both were in nest, but male flew out and thought female would sit on eggs, but, no, she messed around the nest and then perched on her favorite snag.

03/12/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: TWO OSPREY WERE CIRCLING IN THE AIR OVER THE NEST CHIRPING AWAY AND I WAS HOPING TO SEE THEM LAND AND MAKE LOVE, BUT THEY FLEW TO A LIVE TREE AND SUDDENLY AN EAGLE SWOOPED DOWN AND ALL TOOK FLIGHT AND I HAD TO LEAVE THE SUSPENSE.

03/11/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: nest located to left of two small dead snags straight across from lookout. finally saw action, but no confirmed nesting. 3/10 and 3/11 osprey sitting on snag, today one was on the nest, but two others came by and flushed it out, then two sitting on nest, doing nothing, no repair, just staring off into space. then one sitting on snag as tho it was protecting nest, but looks like nothing in nest. will keep you advised. that one will be active, finally, and hopefully I will be able to see a sitting bird.

02/25/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: No activity at the nest yet.

02/25/2020 by CarolC
Debby B reports: No activity at the nest yet.

08/08/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 7143 has fledged. Didn’t see chick or adult anywhere in the nest area.

07/05/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Adult on snag above nest. 1 chick visible in nest.

06/19/2019 by CarolC
Jim G observes: Adult & 1 chick on nest.

06/04/2019 by CarolC
Jim reports: Female cowling over chick.

05/22/2019 by CarolC
Jim reports: Adult on nest.

05/20/2019 by CarolC
NOTE: Based on Jim's observations, we are guessing the egg hatched about May 20th. It is normally hard to see the chicks for the first 2 weeks or so.

05/15/2019 by CarolC

04/29/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Female low in nest. Male sitting above on snag.

04/10/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 4:14pm Adult low in nest (incubating?)

04/03/2019 by CarolC
Jim G observes: 2:58pm Adult standing in nest

03/27/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 4:41pm Female standing on nest - Male in tree above nest

03/20/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 2:03pm Both adults above nest

03/13/2019 by CarolC
Jim G observes: 3:39pm One adult high above nest

03/06/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 11:03am Nothing sighted

02/27/2019 by CarolC
observer Jim G states: 3:18pm Nothing sighted

02/20/2019 by CarolC
Jim G reports: 2:49pm Nothing sighted

02/13/2019 by CarolC
Jim G observes: 4:21pm Nothing sighted

08/14/2018 by CarolC
Jim G reports: Both have left the nest. They probably fledged in early August.

07/30/2018 by CarolC
Jim Reports: #7143 10:03am - 10:23am 10:03am Both chicks are in the nest. No adults present. 10:07am One chick stands and engages in some vigorous wing flapping. 10:11am For the next 11 minutes, both chicks call frequently and scan the sky. 10:23am Both chicks settle in the nest.

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

07/10/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: #7143 03:08pm - 03:31pm 03:08pm Female is shading both chicks. 03:13pm One chick stands and moves around the nest. 03:31pm Standing chick returns to shade of mother’s wings.

06/24/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: #7143 05:37pm - 06:04pm 05:37pm Adult(facing away) was feeding chick. 06:01pm Adult stopped feeding.

06/03/2018 by CarolC
report: 7143 03:12pm - 03:52pm 03:12pm Male standing in nest preening. 03:17pm Male left nest. 03:34pm Female returned to nest with fish, stood on edge of nest and ate the fish. 03:56pm Observation terminated

05/25/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: 7143 04:14pm - 04:46pm 04:14pm Female sitting low in nest 04:17pm Male sitting in small tree on Rookery Isl. 04:27pm Female left nest. Male circling over Rookery Isl. 04:31pm Female and male circling over water. 04:34pm Female returned to nest and settled low. 04:38pm Two males interacting over water (territorial dispute?). 04:40pm Male fishing near nest. 04:46pm Observation terminated.

05/13/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: 7143 04:49pm - 05:33pm 04:49pm Adult did not move for the entire observation period. 05:33pm Observation terminated.

05/04/2018 by CarolC
observer reports: #7143 02:22pm - 02:54pm 02:22pm One adult on nest - seems to be incubating. 02:54pm Adult hasn’t moved except for a little head movement and panting. based on these observations, we will assume that incubation may have started about May 1