Nest #7473

Nickname: 85 Folly Field
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: This nest is easily visible across from 85 Folly Field Road. It is just behind what looks to be an old ball court of some type with a wall.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.2069878962247
Longitude: -80.6869346714478
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/06/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/03/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/15/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/14/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports for Lynn H: The juvenile continues to return and sit near/in the nest.

08/09/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports for Lynn H:Saw no one in nest for 2 days & then yesterday I didn’t see anyone in nest but heard a lot of talking & screeching! Found chick & adult on branch close by with a HUGE fish draped over the branch between them. Sounds like he still wants to be taken care of, but we now know the nest is empty.

08/01/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports: Just an update. The chick has been on the nest edge exercising the wings for about a week now, but doesn't seem to have left the nest yet! The mom continues to rest on the edge of the nest or on the limb in a nearby tree.

07/19/2019 by CarolC
Linda S subbing for Lynn H reports: Today I saw the chick perched on the side of the nest, very close to Mom’s wing,and mom was very very vocal! Although I thought the chick was going to be pushed off the nest, it held firm.

07/10/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports: I have only seen one chick, but noticed yesterday an “eye stripe” beginning to form. Don’t know if that helps to determine age, but wanted to pass that along. Yesterday mom was on side of nest w/ a fish, I’m sure sharing! I have also seen on two occasions an adult bring a big limb to the nest. Making repairs??

07/03/2019 by CarolC
NOTE: Based on these last three observations, we are assuming that hatching occurred about mid-June. The date of the 15th is simply a guess.

07/02/2019 by CarolC
Linda S (subbing for Lynn H) reports: Twice last week I thought I saw movement in the nest and some cheeping when dad brought home a fish dinner, but today I finally saw a head pop up and I think mom was feeding the chick. Only one was visible, but could possibly be another deep in nest. I’m really excited now!

06/24/2019 by CarolC
Linda S. (subbing for Lynn H) Reports: All last week, one or both adults were perched on side of nest and there seemed to be a lot of peering down into the nest. Today the female was on the edge of nest with one wing spread over the nest . Sure wish I could see what’s going on deep in that nest! NOTE: Based on this observation, we are assuming that there is at least one nestling. This is indicated by the female's behavior described as shading the nest.

06/17/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports: Numerous times last week, June 9-15 I observed same behavior. The male was usually on nearby branch, a couple of times not, so I’m thinking maybe out fishing. The female was in nest every time with tail feathers sticking straight up as if doing something deep in the nest. This morning, June 17 about 10:30am I found the male on the nearby branch but it clearly was the female sitting in the nest as I could see her head.

06/09/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H observes: June 6: 8 a.m., 3 p.m. no activity June 7: 8 a.m. saw female fly into nest and disappear June 8: 7:15 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.: Female in nest, male I 2nd west perch tree June 9: 7:15, noon, 5 pm, Female in nest, male in west perch tree. Note that every time I have gone by for 2 days, the female has been on the nest and the male nearby. However, I’ve not seen any bringing of food to the nest, so don’t think there are chicks yet.

06/05/2019 by CarolC
Lynn notes: June 5: 7:40 a.m. female on nest, head up and calling but male not in sight. Noon Male on nest, female on west perch tree preening. 7:30 p.m. female now on south perch tree. Seems like more than usual movement in the nest (head up and down) but maybe just wishful thinking on my part.

06/04/2019 by CarolC
Lynn observes: June 4: 7 a.m. & 10 a.m. no one visible. 5 p.m. – female calling and preening in west perch tree. Some movement down in nest indicates male is in there.

06/03/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: June 3: 7 a.m. adult on nest, 3:30 p.m. No one visible. 6:45 p.m. Female standing on nest, calling. Male preening on west perch tree. In a few minutes, she settled down into the nest and disappeared 7:15 p.m. no one visible.

06/02/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H: June 1: 6:12 a.m. female on nest, calling flew away, then came back in a couple minutes. 6:30 saw male fly into Islanders Beach Park with big fish still flapping around in his beak. June 2: 7:15 a.m. male in west perch tree preening. No one visible in nest.

05/31/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 29: 5:10 p.m. no one visible May 30: 5:30 p.m. adult ON May 31: 8 a.m. – no one visible. 7 p.m. adult on nest calling persistently, male in south perch tree eating a big fish.

05/27/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 27: 6:15 a.m. from my deck hear osprey squawking – but by the time I got there, no one visible. 7:10 p.m. As I approached couldn’t see any adults. But as I watched, the male in the nest stretched his wings then flew to the south perch trees. In about 5 sec, the female arrived, lit on branch near nest, then hopped in, hunkered down and completely disappeared.

05/26/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 25: 8 a.m. no one visible 11 a.m. adult ON (on nest) May 26: 7 a.m. no one visible 1:30 p.m. adult ON, 7 p.m. no one visible

05/24/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 24: 8 a.m. female preening on branch, 2 trees left of nest. Presumed male barely visible in the nest. 3:30 p.m., male on branch to left. Can’t see anyone in nest.

05/23/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: 6:45 a.m. female in west perch tree, male on nest. 7 pm --- 1 adult on next, 2nd adult (the male I assume) flew in with a fish. Both birds vocalizing. Then the female flew off with the fish, to the south perch tree and began to eat. I think if they had chicks, she’d have been feeding them in the nest

05/22/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 22: 7:15 a.m. ON (on nest), can just barely see a white head through the next branches.

05/21/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 21: (LH again) 3:30 p.m. female (I think) on nest, calling to male flying over,. Then she settled down into the nest and became invisible again.

05/18/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports: May 17: (LS) 10:00 a.m., 3 p.m. – nothing May 18: (LS) 4:15 p.m. – still nothing

05/16/2019 by CarolC
Linda S reports: May 15: (LS) 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. – no osprey visible at or near nest. May 16: (LS) 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. – no one visible

05/11/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 11: 7:14 a.m. saw movement down in the nest, but just barely

05/09/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 9: 7 a.m. Female is in south perch trees. Cannot see any bird in the nest. 7:10 She flew to the perch tree near the nest and began calling. A male responded and did a fly-by; but, alas, neither is on the nest. Then she flew off north in the same direction as the male. 9:30 drove back by the nest, and was able to make out a couple of tail feathers sticking out, so one osprey was sitting on the nest. 4:30 – cannot see any bird on the nest

05/07/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 7: 7:30 a.m. couldn’t see any on nest; 10:40 a.m. – saw a tail sticking out, so one is on the nest. Second osprey in nearby west perch tree.

05/06/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H observes: May 5: 7:30 a.m. & 3:15 p.m., one osprey on nest May 6: 10 a.m. adult in nest, barely visible when hunkered down

05/04/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports:May 4: 7:30 a.m. one on nest, then saw female flying over Islanders Beach Park. 7:40, saw 2 males: one with fish nearly as long as he was (?mackeral?). The 2 males were flying in over the ocean. 8:15 Later in my walk, the male still with his mackeral was flying from the next to the south perch trees. Female on nest. 2:20 p.m. female perched west of nest, another bird in the nest assumedly the male.

05/03/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: May 3: 4:40 p.m., female on nest 6:15 p.m. (LS = Linda Swinson observing): one parent on nest, other on branch near nest. After about 5-10 mins, osprey left nest and flew away. In minutes, the osprey on the branch moved into the nest.

05/03/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: 11:15 a.m. – one on nest, 2nd flying from nest just as I arrived. Possibly, they are incubating. NOTE: Recorded 5/3 as date of first sign of incubation. We will adjust if this is not accurate.

05/02/2019 by CarolC
Lynd's observations: 9 a.m. – no sign 5:15 p.m. – male and female in nest together 5:35 p.m. – only one visible in nest, couldn’t tell which

05/01/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H observes: 8:30 a.m. – Pair perched together, 2 trees west of the nest

04/30/2019 by CarolC
Lynn update: 7:30 a.m. – no sign, 4:00 p.m. – no sign

04/29/2019 by CarolC
Lynn reports: 7:45 a.m. heard one osprey calling high somewhere but none by nest or perch trees.

04/24/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: : 7:40-8:10 a.m. -- female sitting on branch directly above nest. She is fluffy looking between the legs, perhaps a brood pouch? 10:45: biking by, noticed female still (or again) on branch above nest.

04/23/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: 7:30 a.m. -- female sitting on primary perch tree just west of nest.

04/21/2019 by CarolC
interesting observation by Lynn: : interesting sequence. 2:10 p.m. a male was in a tree across Fiddler’s Cove from my condo, eating a big fish. 2:15 p.m. I headed out for a walk, no sign of any ospreys near nest. 2:30: ran into a neighbor down at Islanders Beach Park who had just seen 2 ospreys interacting at the nest (she thought maybe mating). 2:40 When I got back to the nest, 2 ospreys were sitting in the south perch trees, side-by-side. The female was vocalizing “at” the other (I think male, though couldn’t see their breasts very well). The male was just looking at her from about a foot away, while standing on one leg! 2:50 Got home and saw a male osprey still across the lagoon, working on that fish. The plot thickens: we have 2 males and a female in the area.

04/19/2019 by CarolC
Lynn observed: no activity at nest; female on perch tree just west of nest.

04/18/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: no activity at nest. A male perched in the south perch trees eating a VERY large flatfish. Female in the next tree calling loudly. (Can’t help thinking she was asking for a bite.)

04/17/2019 by CarolC
Lynn observes: no activity at nest; On the nearby site that we have not decided yet if it is an active nest: a male and a female perched on Islanders Beach Park cell tower. The random branches on the tower seem to have been shifted, but still nothing looks like a nest.

04/14/2019 by CarolC
Lynn reports: female in secondary perch trees about 100 yards south of nest.

04/12/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H reports: Osprey seen working on nest.

04/09/2019 by CarolC
Lynn reports: The female was on the nest, flew off, came back with a stick and was busy arranging it when I left.

04/03/2019 by CarolC
observer Lynn H reports: I went by today, and there was an osprey with fish one tree over from the nest. No activity actually at the nest though. Since the back was toward me, I couldn't tell if it was male or female.

03/31/2019 by CarolC
Lynn H. reported seeing an osprey at this nest site on March 31. The nest appears to be newly "refurbished" by some osprey.