#2698 Peel's lot, Fripp Island Platform 2 private area
3/27/18 - I noticed the nesting material was removed. I went over to the tower area and found contractors working there.
They said they have had a permit for 9 months and had the
clear to go to replace antennae's on the tower.
Nolan, whom I spoke with, said yesterday, the nest was there
and when he started working on replacing antennae's, it fell
down. He said he plans to put it back up the best that he can.
He said he would put some 2x4's up to support, we'll see if that
happens. Anyway, he did take photos before he started work,
as you will see in this email.
He was also told this was not nesting season and that it began
in the summer. I told him that it begins now with the building of
the nest, and ya can't have eggs until ya have a nest to put them in.
I will continue to stay in touch with him and educate him on the life
of an osprey. Maybe he will see them in a different light.
I will keep an eye on the nest site, Nolan says the work should be completed
by the end of this week. Hopefully so.
May activity reported, but I don't see where I entered that.
at this point, I believe, it was May 13 2013 that I saw 2 birds.
2 birds June 15 2013
2 birds July 17 2013
4 Birds July 17 2014
MARCH 2022 PLATFORM BLEW DOWN FROM VERIZON TOWER
OSPREY NESTING ON VERIZON TOWER WITHOUT PLATFORM
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.
Yesterday, Nolan (the boss) sent me this email with photos.
Keep reading beyond the following email for the rest of the story.
"We are finishing our scope of work here on Fripp Island tower (AT&T site 410-051) and I wanted to send pictures of the newly reconstructed nest. The new nest platform is 12 square feet (4.0’ x 3.0’) made of pressure treated pine 1” x 4”’s and secured to the top hat of the tower with galvanized screws.
We put poultry mesh on top of the wooden platform and then topped the poultry mesh with all the remnants of the old nest. The tower has a lightning rod (which is an integral part of a communications tower) and is just off to the side of the nest.
I feel as though we have given the bird(s) a sustainable platform for a future nest that can co-exist with future cell tower scopes of work: we are just missing a webcam/nest camera. Perhaps, since you live on Fripp Island, you can send me some pictures if you see any Osprey activity at the Fripp Island tower."
This was the most wonderful thing I had heard, way beyond my expectations. I was so delighted, I told Nolan, I was naming the tower after him. This morning, I went over to Nolan's tower and
saw the nesting pair in their new nest! I asked Nolan what his wife's name was, and named the nesting pair Nolan and Mackenzie. A true success story, thank you so much Nolan.
P.S. - Nolan suggested a webcam for the tower, we are working on that possibility. I did send Nolan photos of the pair, he was very happy indeed!
Check out the photo of the fabulous nest Nolan built and Nolan and Mackenzie are back in their new nest!