Look for 2 adults on the nest. The adult pair will show pair bonding behaviors such as vocalizations, aerial sky dances, and the male feeding the female fish. You may see the pair copulating, which typically begins 14 days before laying eggs.
Females will lay 1 - 4 eggs at a rate of one egg every 1 - 2 days. After laying, incubation starts. Look for adults taking turns sitting low in the nest incubating eggs. The incubation period can last 35 - 43 days.
Chicks hatch ~39 days after incubation begins. Look for adults bringing food to the nest and making "head bows" into the center. Chicks typically can't be seen until they are 2 - 3 weeks old, so feeding behavior is the only way to know chicks are there.
Around 4 weeks after hatching, look for the heads of chicks to show over the rim of the nest, particularly when adults bring food to the nest. Other times they lie flat and are harder to see. Count the number of chicks in the nest before they learn to fly
Chicks begin flying around 7 - 8 weeks old, and are still fed by the adults. Count the number of chicks who have successfully fledged the nest and are observed flying.
Chick Last Observed
4 - 10 weeks after fledging, chicks begin leaving the nest area to migrate south, once they have learned to fly and feed themselves. Record the date that the last chick left the nest.
Look for signs of nest failure like adult abandonment, adults no longer incubating eggs or feeding young.
Male was in the nest with at least two chicks. The male flew off after a few minutes. The chicks were flapping/stretching their wings a bit, but were not attempting to fly and did not gain any elevation.
The nest has been expanded to the point that it hangs down the light pole, covering any surface that could possibly catch debris. Hatchlings were being fed in the nest by the female. The male was not sighted.
One small male was seen perched at a branch directly above the nest, chirping at the female who remained perched in the adjacent tree. The male was seen flying back into the nest, The nest remains in good condition.
Both birds in pair present. The nest remains in very good condition. The new addition of lots of Spanish Moss can be clearly seen. The nest is in a tree that has a Y shape, and the nest sits at the base of where the two arms meet. Both birds in the pair were observed sitting outside the nest, one on top of each branch. They simply sat there and looked around during the 15 minutes of observation. Definitely no incubation. Monk parakeets could be seen nearby as well.
We were never able to tell if there were young in this nest because it is so high and so deep. Others were watching it, though, and may have better information. In mid-November we began to see adults hanging around this tree so we are hopeful the nest will be occupied for the 2016 season.
For the last few weeks no one has seen any osprey in or near this nest but in the last 2 days a pair has been seen. We do not know if this is a young pair getting a late start but we will continue to watch. Updated information from other observers will be appreciated.
We are not sure of the exact date of fledging because this is a very deep nest; the occupants are almost invisible from the roadway, but we know it was constructed about a week after the nearby platform nest. We also are not sure whether about the number of chicks. But it's a healthy nest and we expect the parents will return again next year. This golf course with its ponds full of bream makes an ideal nesting place.
This is a very deep nest high in a pine tree; very hard to see what's going on but we are basing activity information on the nearby nest 1515 - that pair appears to be the parents of this pair and they seem to be mirroring their activities.
This nest is hard to follow because it is extremely deep and set among large palm fronds. We know only that the nestlings fledged about 2-3 weeks after nest 1515, which is about 100 feet away. Both nests were successful.