Nest #778

Nickname: Tennis Courts
Nest substrate: Light post
Nest Location Description: This is a huge nest. This year is the first year I'm really observing it. Even though it's on a tennis court, it's pretty secluded (the tennis courts don't seem to be used that often), and the male is much more protective than males I've seen near other
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Florida Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 29.147702
Longitude: -81.045566
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by Penny
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/19/2012 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by Penny
Adult arrival 03/03/2013 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/23/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure A platform was installed and the male hurried and created a new nest!

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

10/05/2013 by Penny
Successful nest this year, even though they got a "late" start!

03/23/2013 by Penny
Wonderful news: The Tennis Club put up a platform! Soon after, I saw the male doing his morning displays at the break of dawn. I was so worried this was too late, but it wasn't! Soon after, the female arrived, and she is now apparently sitting on eggs!

02/24/2013 by Penny
2/23/13 We were told to stay off the property.

02/13/2013 by Penny
Sadly, this nest was taken down by December 31, 2012 without a permit. When FL Fish and Wildlife was contacted, they were told that "the nest blows down every year, and the bird comes back and rebuilds every year." That is simply not true. Very sadly, the male has been trying to build nearby over the past few weeks with no luck. I had hoped perhaps those at the Tennis Club of Pelican Bay would act responsibly and install a platform nearby, but they aren't even being honest about how the nest came down. Will post photos later. Very devastating for this breeding pair this year. Sad that even the rules/laws don't apply unless you videotape someone taking down a nest (I have before and after photos -- no matter).

05/28/2012 by Penny
I haven't yet seen a chick or chicks yet, but this is the first time I have heard them (about a week ago) -- what a strange noise. They were imitating their mother when I walked by. They are still burrowed down deep in the nest, it seems. As with the other nests, everything was very very quiet during the month of April.

04/01/2012 by Penny
3/31/12 Female was firmly planted in the nest "pewing" as people played tennis under her and her mate was enjoying a fish on a nearby electric pole.

03/29/2012 by Penny
The female is sitting in the nest. The male is very protective. This is the first nest I've walked by where a bird followed us, as if he was escorting us away from the nest (I've had them fly over before, and even swoop down at my dog, but this was different -- he was steady, not fleeting). Last Sunday, there was some drama: Two additional ospreys showed up (possibly fledglings from the year before?) and a minor aerial confrontation took place. The male chased away the intruders. Lots of racket.