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.
Small amount of nesting material, with some Spanish moss. One male sighted preening himself on perch above nest, no sighting of female. One local reported having seen the female fly off and not return in the past few days after the male failed to bring her food.
Pair of Osprey still present, in the same places as they were last week. The nesting pole has a metal dish on the top of it and remains completely clean. There were a few other pairs in the area however it appears that these two have claimed this pole, they just do not seem to be making any nesting moves.
female osprey perched on pole above nest. male is sitting low in the center of the nest. male flew out and circled the nest and landed on top of the female ( literally perched on top of her back) then flew back into the nest.
Observed female osprey perched on pole up above nest platform. Male osprey inside nest, flew out circled nest, tried to land next/ on top of female (pole was to small) then flew down back into the nest. Nest seems to be growing.
Today was the first time that I found this nest. The nest is very hard to see again, because of the larger platform that it sits on. There was an osprey occupying this nest. It was sitting down in the nest and could not determine the sex of the osprey.
A teacher at Bay Point Elementary contacted me in early December about this nest. She said the platform was falling apart. She was right. The pole wasn't going to make it either so we installed a new pole and fiberglass dish platform on 1/4/13. There was a pair of kids pants in the nest!