Nest located on Sea Island Parkway/Hwy 802 on a Platform in the marsh across the highway from Dermatology Associates.
One bird sitting.
7-2-17 at least one chick
Bird/s not present.
03-24-18 Active - bird may be sitting.
04-06-18 Bird on nest.
04-19-18 Bird sitting.
06-04-18 Very active, some eggs may have hatched.
06-29-18 Continues to be active - cannot tell if young are present.
07-26-18 Birds not present. Nest appears active.
08-11-18 Birds not present.
05-21-19 Active nest - sitting.
06-06-19 Very active, bird sitting.
06-21-19 Not sitting on center of nest; mostly on edge of nest.
07-06-19 Two chicks.
07-20-19 Two hatchlings; very vibrant nest.
08-20-19 Nest vacant.
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.
First osprey arrived Feb. 10. Second osprey arrived Feb. 28. Observed these two osprey's for Feb., Mar., Apr., May. First hatchling observed May 17th. Observed parents and hatchling through July. Parents left in July. Juvenile osprey last seen August 15th.