Yacht Club
(48.0802, -114.222)
Osprey Nest Platform
Nest is located on island across from flathead lake yacht club. i didn't think my volunteer observer was going to report, but i was wrong!
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2014 - spartanmt2013 - spartanmt2012 - spartanmt
aAdult Arrival4/14/134/13/12
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation5/3/135/1/12
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure5/31/136/21/12
xReason For Nest Failureadult abandonmentadult abandonment

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Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrival04/13/2012Nestlings0
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings0
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation05/01/2012Nest failure06/21/2012
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureadult abandonment
2013 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrival04/14/2013Nestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation05/03/2013Nest failure05/31/2013
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureadult abandonment
2014 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

05/03/2014 by spartanmt
last entry for this nest unless a new pair takes over here. i'm convinced the somers beach pair abandoned this nest for nicer digs across the channel

04/25/2014 by spartanmt
empty - i think this nest was abandoned for the somers beach one

04/21/2014 by spartanmt
no sign of life at this nest - hopefully this pair is now occupying the somers beach platform

04/19/2014 by spartanmt
hoping this pair has moved to nest #4857 due to this nest being disturbed two years in a row. monitor thinks a bald eagle has a nest nearby, which might account for the failure, although i haven't ruled out human activity

04/11/2014 by spartanmt
not sure if my monitor will be able to watch this nest this year, stay tuned...

06/10/2013 by spartanmt
someone reported to al that a dead osprey was found on the island where nest is located. this is the 2nd year the nest has failed. i don't like the sound of this (see oldenburg nest history). apparently cause of death was not obvious. i'm guessing this osprey belonged to the yacht club nest, which led to this year's abandonment.

06/06/2013 by spartanmt
on 6/5, al observed a pair of osprey building a new nest on a nearby platform! this new platform is closer to the public beach but farther from harassing eagles (which i guess are right across the channel, per AJ). too late for chicks this year, but maybe it's the same pair staking claim to a different site? lord knows the original nest has not worked for at least 2 years!

06/02/2013 by spartanmt
no osprey in sight, think i'm going to call this an abandoned nest now :-(

05/31/2013 by spartanmt
the 2nd nest of the season that i think has failed, but not sure yet. on 5/30, al observed one in the nest (i'm guessing mom) and one eating a fish in a nearby snag. mom solicited food, dad ignored her and kept eating, mom then left the nest and perched above him on the same snag for awhile, then flew across the highway and landed in a tree that she couldn't have seen the nest from. AJ observed the nest empty for almost an hour on 5/30. today i checked again, and there were no osprey around the nest for the 10 minutes i observed. this will be the 2nd year in a row this nest has failed - what is going on?

05/27/2013 by spartanmt
mom incubating (assume it's mom - someone is incubating)

05/23/2013 by spartanmt
mom in nest, not really standing, not really incubating, kind of just hovering over the nest bowl. got some pix from the highway, tho!

05/22/2013 by spartanmt
thought i saw the top of mom's head in the nest today but not sure...

05/15/2013 by spartanmt
found a good monitoring spot at the swimming access - yep, mom's on eggs, and dad was at the tippy top of a snag nearby. didn't have my camera, would have been a great shot

05/14/2013 by spartanmt
need to find a spot to monitor this nest that is not on yacht club property. no update from AJ, but if he saw something amiss, i'm sure he'd tell me.

05/10/2013 by spartanmt
my volunteer nest watcher hasn't reported anything new on this nest, so i'm assuming it's status quo

05/04/2013 by spartanmt
now there are two osprey, and mom appears to be incubating! we obviously missed all the action. will double-check to see if mom is still incubating later this weekend, but noting date now...

05/03/2013 by spartanmt
only one osprey near the nest again today, starting to think this is going to be another bunco year for #1126

05/03/2013 by spartanmt
still only one osprey seen near the nest, no activity

04/26/2013 by spartanmt
osprey near nest, no real activity going on

04/17/2013 by spartanmt
per aj: pair still hanging around the nest, not doing much in the way of nestorations, mainly just hanging out and waiting for spring (it's 34 degrees right now)

04/15/2013 by spartanmt
both osprey at nest. at one point, a bald eagle wanted to visit and was chased away by male osprey. the goose is gone from this nest, too!

04/10/2013 by spartanmt
per aj - goose in this nest, also, although some squabbling going on, so not sure if there are eggs

06/28/2012 by spartanmt
al's been checking this nest regularly since it first appeared abandoned; no activity

06/22/2012 by spartanmt
on 6/21/12, al observed both parents perched away from nest. they did not return to nest for over an hour of observation. he will go back later today to see if nest is still vacant. he believes the nest has been abandoned. a magpie has been bothering the nest all season, so it's hard to believe m/d osprey would leave the nest for such a long period of time.

06/15/2012 by spartanmt
al took his scope out a couple times this week to look for bobbleheads. while there seems to be a bit more activity from mom in the nest, she also still seems to be incubating.

06/11/2012 by spartanmt
mom looked more active in the nest but still no sign of babies

06/07/2012 by spartanmt
al has nothing new to report - should be getting close to a hatch!!

06/01/2012 by spartanmt
should say no "new" activity - everything a-ok!

06/01/2012 by spartanmt
no activity, al promises to take pic of nest

05/20/2012 by spartanmt
aljohnson: everything status quo and kopasetic

05/11/2012 by spartanmt
no unusual activity, female still "laying low"

05/06/2012 by spartanmt
aljohnson: female still hunkered down, male brought more nest material

05/02/2012 by spartanmt
aljohnson: female definitely on the egg! when male returned to nest, female got up from her flat back position, both mom and dad displayed obvious signs of excitement...