Nest #7428

Nickname: West Beach Lagoon - SP
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: The nest is located in a tall pine tree behind 21 West Beach Lagoon in Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.1214695824177
Longitude: -80.7959101415138
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/02/2019 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/01/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival 03/07/2020 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/27/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/03/2020
Incubation initiation 03/27/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/01/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/01/2021 by CarolC
David L reports: I’ve been watching this nest for the last month and it wasn’t until yesterday, 3/1/21, that I spotted the female perched at it. No sign of the male yet.

03/01/2021 by CarolC

02/16/2021 by CarolC
David L reports: I saw fresh poop under the Osprey nest, and in the usual place from previous years, on 2/2/21 and 3 more times over the next week. I’ve yet to see any Osprey in the nest or in the immediate area.

07/16/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I’ve not seen the juveniles by the nest since July 3. This photo was taken soon after showing one of the juveniles perched alone at Daybreak. I believe the parents have been successful in raising two new Osprey this year!

06/30/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I'm happy to report the two young birds have fledged the nest. I dropped by yesterday to find one of youngsters in nearby tree with the male. He had a fish he was working on. After awhile, the male flew back to the nest with the youngster safely returning. He left the rest of the fish in the nest and flew off. The neighbors say the young are flying around and returning to the nest. It appears to be a successful nesting season for this Osprey family! NOTE: we listed the date of fledging as 6/27. While we can not be positive, we know fledging took place between the 24th and 30th of June, so we went with the mid point. Only two fledged because the 3rd died about June 23rd.

06/24/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I have disappointing news to share. While observing yesterday, a neighbor informed me that an Osprey fell out of it and died the day before. Fortunately, we have two more in the nest and I finally got a photo of them. They are eating fish on their own now. In one photo, one of the youngsters was testing their wings on the edge of the nest. It shouldn’t be long before they’re ready to take flight.

06/13/2020 by CarolC
David L. reports: There’s at least one young bird in the nest and maybe another. I still can’t quite tell. The one that’s there is getting big. You can see the youngster’s head popping above the nest. I spotted the male in his usual perch and a 2nd male on the opposite side, and perched a little higher to see into the nest. The female had just flown off. All appears to be going well at this nest.

06/03/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: The chores of parenting are ongoing. The female seems to spend most of the time in the nest. I can see she's feeding but I still don't have a count of how many young they have. The male is pictured sitting on his favorite branch and the female is on top of the nest feeding her young. They're leaving a pretty good mess underneath. All continues to be well at this nest.

05/23/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: This nest is active with both adults shuttling back and forth with feedings and nest building. The first photo is the female and I believe she's feeding but I still can't tell how many young she has. The second photo is of the male returning to the nest with sticks and working on the opposite side of the young in the nest. All looks well!

05/11/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I’m pleased to report this nest is active with young. I can’t tell how many eggs have hatched. I do see them bringing food to the nest. The female is pictured in the nest and is feeding I believe. The male is on his favorite perch and keeping an eye on things. All appears to be well here. NOTE: Based on this, we have confirmed at least one nestling in the nest.

05/06/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I have exciting news to share. I dropped by last Saturday, the 2nd, and found the female going through the motions of feeding young hatchlings. I can’t see any of the young but neighbors say they can hear them. Over the last 5 days both parents have been bringing in food. I did see the male remove a half eaten fish at one point. This morning they were both in the nest. NOTE: We have indicated May 1 as the date of hatching. That is our best guess. We recorded 1 nestling but will update that when we can tell how many there are.

04/30/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: It’s still quite around the nest. No sounds of hatchlings yet. I dropped by today to find the male eating his breakfast on his favorite tree close nearby. He flew to a branch by the nest afterwards to sit for a spell. It was a cold wet morning. I believe the female was hunkered down. That’s pretty much been the routine for weeks. It appears that all is well

04/19/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I dropped by this nest several times in the past week. Both parents are present and they're acting like they have eggs. One is usually hunkered down and occasionally squawking. The male is still adding nesting material. He's usually on a tree nearby. I've stood under the nest but I don't hear the sounds of young chicks yet. I'm sending a photo of the male with his fish. The female flew down and sat on a branch near by. The male was in no mood to share and flew off.

04/04/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: The female has been sitting down low in the nest all week. This morning I found both adults in the nest and looking down at their eggs as if taking inventory. After awhile, the male flew off and the female settled in low again.

03/28/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: All is well in the nest. The female is doing a good job of hunkering down on her eggs. I spotted the male about 50 yards away, up in a tree, and eating a fish. As he left to fly to the nest, it looked like he brought his mate a snack.

03/09/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I'm excited to report the male returned to the nest at least two days ago. I took a photo of him near the nest while the female was standing on top of it. I don't believe they've produced any eggs yet. Time to get busy!

03/05/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I’m happy to report the female has returned to her nest. Judging by the two trails of poop below the tree, it appears she’s been back only hours. Soon after this photo was taken, she jumped in her nest. I haven’t spotted the male yet.

02/26/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: Thus far, I’ve not seen either the male or female at their nest. There’s no markings on the ground to suggest they’ve arrived.

02/15/2020 by CarolC
David L reports: I’ve been by the nest several times this week and there is no one at the nest but there is a male Osprey who wintered in close proximity to this nest and nest 7515.

08/08/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: I dropped by the nest briefly over the last couple of weeks and haven’t seen any activity. There are no fresh droppings under the tree that holds their nest. NOTE: Based on this report, we are assuming that the adults may have also moved on.

07/18/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: I believe our young Osprey is a female and she's already taken flight. I dropped by the nest yesterday around midday and nobody was home. I came back at dawn and found her here without her parents. I'm sure they're still close by. All is well!

07/01/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: Good news! Everything appears to be going well at this nest. There is a single juvenile who's quickly growing. The male Osprey is pictured delivering a fish to his offspring.

06/15/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: I'm happy to report there is at least one nestling and of decent size. Both adults are present and hanging around the nest and tree. I saw the female eating a small flounder.

06/04/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: I been to this nest twice over the last couple of days. I didn’t see or hear any chicks but the female spent time holding her left wing up as if to cause shade. Both adults are present.

05/18/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: The female is still sitting on her eggs and occasionally standing up to stretch. The male was perched on a tree close by with a fish

05/05/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: The Ospreys are having a relaxed morning. The male is sitting on a branch to the right and the female is in the nest. All is well!

04/21/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: I dropped by Osprey nest 7428 today and observed the nest to be quiet. I presume the female is huddled down and sitting on her eggs. The male Osprey is perched on a branch on bottom left of this photo. There's lots of bird droppings beneath the tree.

04/01/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: This photo as taken March 24th, showing the female hanging outside the nest. I dropped by 3-4 days later and didn't see anyone. I dropped by today and still couldn't see anyone until a strong gust of wind picked up her tail feathers high enough for me to glimpse she's in the nest and hunkered down. Yea!

03/18/2019 by CarolC
David L. reports: I dropped by my nest yesterday and noticed that the female was still standing in the nest and very talkative to her mate on the nearby branch. She flew around to stretch her wings and quickly returned to the nest. I don't think there's any eggs yet.

03/11/2019 by CarolC
David L reports: I found the female standing in the nest and the male on a branch close by. The property owner where the nest is located said she knew they had returned when bits of animal parts started landing in her driveway.

03/05/2019 by CarolC
observer David L reports: Here's the nest with the female on the branch. Both birds are here but I didn't see the male.

03/02/2019 by CarolC
Observer David L. reports: Both Osprey are in the nest! I saw one bringing in nesting material and they appear to be happy.

03/01/2019 by CarolC
observer David L reports: I saw one Osprey sitting on a branch next to the nest this morning.