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Heron Point Tee Box 5
Nest Location Description:
Located on the Heron Point golf course by Tee Box #5 in Sea Pines. Go past the green and continue to the next tee area and look to the right into the pine trees. There is a pine tree with the top out of it and that is the tree where the new nest is located. NOTE: We believe this is a new nest built by the pair that formerly had nest 7425 in a tree that is gone.
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2020 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
eggs or young killed by predator
Photos of this nest
Based on continued observations, this nest is listed as abandoned since May 25. The cause is most likely due to the attack of the small birds as seen by Herb N, the nest monitor.
Herb N reports: Since early May I have check this nest often. As I reported then, there was and has been no activity at that nest or around it. After the attack of the small birds drawing both Ospreys away from the nest, the nest was quickly abandoned. I check it often and still not one bit of activity and no fledglings. I am sad to report this nest empty and abandoned for a considerable period of time.
Herb N reports: My sad report is that I have seen not one bit of activity at the nest in the last 10 days or two weeks. The last activity was an unfamiliar event that may have had serious nest abandonment consequences. Late in the afternoon 10 days or two weeks ago, I saw two ospreys about 100 or 150 estimated yards from the nest over our large golf course water hazard in a serious conflict with 10 or 15 small birds. These smaller creatures were extremely fast and could turn on a dime. The ospreys seemed to have no luck as they were apparently were completely outmaneuvered by the small faster birds. After the battle, 8 of the small creatures landed not far from where I was standing apparently to rest after the conflict while others seem to still be circling not far away. Since this event, I have seen no osprey activity whatsoever at or neat the nest. I do not know if one event affected the other. All I could think of during the battle was that no osprey was in close proximity to and guarding the nest. In any event, I shall continue to monitor the nest for the next several days but I fear it will be to avail as the nest seems abandoned. This situation is sad to me in as much as the original nest was 50 or 75 yards from my patio and gave me years of observation pleasure and required nothing more than my binoculars and me siting down and watching the ospreys for hours. Now, this nest is a relatively long distance from my patio and is so far a failure and disappointment.
Herb N reports: This nest is checked a couple of times a day when I am available. During the last couple of weeks little or no activity was seen. I assume this means that during the gestation period for the eggs, the eggs are attended-to down in the nest. As this relocated/substitute nest is in a very high pine tree and not too accessible, I monitor it from a short distance using a good pair of binoculars. I have been present during the last couple of weeks and observed the male once bringing a fish to the nest mid-day. Also the male comes in the late afternoon or early evening apparently with the last fish of the day. From a little longer away on Sunday, May 3, I observed again, for the 3rd time, the interception of another bird's incursion into this nest's comfort zone. As with the other 2, this interception lasted for only one pass by our osprey before the target turned and fled. So, it appears every thing is normal with this nest. I assume the 34 to 40 day gestation has some time to run at which time I assume this nest should become observably more visibly active.
Herb N reports: This nest, as seen in the photos, is the new residence of a nearby nest 7425 which last year was in a pine tree that lighten struck in July or August, 2019. The tree was removed and the developer of the subdivision attempt to relocate the destroyed tree's nest to a nearby oak tree. The relocation was unsuccessful as the birds would not use it for several apparent shortcomings. This new nest, shown below, apparently was built to take the place of the unusable relocated nest. My wife, Tina, and I searched-for and found the new nest yesterday afternoon. Just as we found it, we noted a bird (possibly a bald eagle or similar hawk) flying toward the tree in which the nest is located. All at once, like a missile, an osprey came out of the nest and engaged the intruder. After a brief encounter, the intruder rapidly departed and the victorious osprey returned to the nest and returned to its parenting duties of, I assume, taking care of the egg(s). We shall continue to monitor this new nest. NOTE: Based on these last 2 observations, we have guessed that incubation is underway. However, we are unsure of the actual date because the nest was found so recently. As a guess, we have recorded April 23
While it is difficult to be sure, it looks like there may be one osprey in the nest in addition to one on the branch. We will wait before listing incubation.
This nest was only spotted about April 22nd. We think it may be the pair who previously nested at Nest 7425 prior to the tree removal. The nest was relocated but the osprey didn't seem interested in the new site and apparently have found a spot to rebuild.