Motts Creek Nest
(34.1267, -77.9182)
Dead Tree
This nest has been used for the past few years, but observations were sporadic due to kayak-only access in the shallow creek. We've discovered a good land-based vantage point, so will be able to submit data and photos on a much more regular and hopefully useful basis.
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2013 - frayhouse2012 - frayhouse
aAdult Arrival2/25/13
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/2/13
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging6/30/12
fChicks Last Observed7/1/12
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by frayhouse
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging06/30/2012
Egg layingChicks last observed07/01/2012
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by frayhouse
Adult arrival02/25/2013Nestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/02/2013Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

07/14/2012 by frayhouse
Paddled out to this nest today and found that both fledglings were perched in the immediate area of the nest. Watched both do a few loops around the area - wonderful to see them both flying and landing with such strength. Looking good!

07/02/2012 by frayhouse
6/30/12. Wow, did I pick the right time to check on this nest! I made my approach via kayak and arrived to find one of the chicks perched in a tree near the nest. A fledgling now! I watched this chick fly around the nest area, landing in several different trees. Suddenly, the fledgling flew back to the nest - turns out that one of the parents was coming in with a fish. The parent landed in the nest, stayed for a few moments, and then flew away from the nest with the still-wiggling fish in its talons. The parent perched in a tree near the nest and held the fish between its toes (?) while vocalizing repeatedly. Seemed clear that this was an attempt to get the chicks to explore outside the nest for their food, although they stayed put in the nest. After 5-10 minutes, the parent gave up, dropped the fish in the nest for the chicks, and perched in a nearby tree. Was fascinating to watch this "coaxing" process take place!