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18th Green Atlantic Dunes
Nest Location Description:
It's located in the tallest pine tree, next to N Sea Pines Drive, and overlooking the lagoon by the 18th green of the Atlantic Dunes golf course. If you're standing at the back of the 18th green, and next to the lagoon, turn to your left a little and look up. This nest is within a mile of nest 7428 and about the same distance off the beach.
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2019 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
I wouldn’t characterize it as a failure. It was more of an issue with construction delays on their new nest that pushed back the optimal timing for a successful hatching. Actually, it can be seen as prudent parenting on their part.
Photos of this nest
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 7428.
David L reports: A quick update to say I’m not sure if the pair are still hanging around. I took this photo on July 29th. I observed the female still adding a little nesting material. I didn’t see the male. I’ve not seen nor heard any of them in days. NOTE: We are making the assumption that the adults may have moved on.
NOTE: While this nest did not produce eggs/young, we believe it was due to a late start on nest building. It may have been a young pair and this might have been their first nesting attempt. We wouldn’t characterize it as a failure. It was more of an issue with construction delays on their new nest that pushed back the optimal timing for a successful hatching. Actually, it can be seen as prudent parenting on their part.
David L reports: Both the male and female Osprey are still calling this nest home. They're frequently hanging around the nest or in a nearby tree. All is well!
David L reports: I'm not seeing any signs of nestlings present. Both adults are at the nest and taking turns adding twigs and Spanish Moss to build upon it. They aren't acting as if there's anyone to care for. This is a brand new nest. Could that have anything to do with it? NOTE: Since this is a brand new nest and incubation behavior started in early May, it is possible that these are young, first time nesters. From what we understand, it is possible that sometimes the first nest for a young pair isn't successful. We will keep watching in hopes that there will be a nestling or two visible soon.
David L reports: I dropped by over the last couple of days and the nest is still active with both adults. The female brought back some more nesting material. I didn’t see anything that looked like they were feeding the young and didn’t hear anything. Everything else seems fine.
David L reports: All is quite at this nest. The female is hunkered down and the male was in a tree close.
David L reports: I dropped by the nest this morning and found the male sitting on a branch above the nest. The female is mostly sitting low and occasionally poking up. I think she’s on her eggs. NOTE: Based on this observation, we listed 5-5 as date of incubation, but it may be earlier.
David L reports: My wife noticed this new nest in plain sight. A pair of Ospreys has begun building this nest within the last month, if not sooner. . After a while, they both flew off to separate branches on a different pine tree not far away. I don't believe they have any eggs yet.