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.
Christine B reports:
June 22, 2023 Nest #4074
Upon arrival I observed the tail of an Osprey in the nest. A few minutes later this Osprey stood up and flew off. I moved to different locations to see if I could see any other activity in the nest but there was no other activity I could see to report.
Christine B reports: May 31, 2023 Nest # 4074
I am continuing to observe this nest. Several times this month including today I have observed one adult Osprey on the warning light above this nest. I cannot come to a conclusion on this nest. I honestly don't know if there is something happening in this nest or this Osprey likes to observe from this spot. I cannot observe all sides of this nest so I will continue to report on it until I am certain that there is or isn't any offspring in the nest.
Christine B reports:
May 5th I Observed two adult Osprey fly toward the nest hover then fly away.
5/19 - Tonight I observed one adult Osprey perched on the red warning light above the nest. This nest is very high so I am not able to see inside the nest . I do believe more twigs have been added. The nest looks sturdier .
Christine B reports:
I haven't seen a lot of activity at this nest. Thursday I sat and watched this nest for about 20 mins. I was about to leave and call it quits when two adult Osprey flew straight to the nest hovered above it then took off. I have no idea what this observation means so I will continue to keep an eye on nest 4074.
Christine B reports: I viewed this nest from Sea Pines parking lot and spent a good 20 mins. observing this nest from the Harris Teeter parking lot this evening. I am sorry to report that there was zero activity at this nest. I have also viewed this nest several times this week on my way into the grocery store and did not see any activity. I will keep an eye on it but right now I don't think they decided to make this nest their home. Maybe next year.
Christine B reports: Good News! Today I observed the nest and was surprised to see that not only was the nest a little bigger but there was one adult Osprey perched on the red warning light and another adult Osprey perched below on the tower. When I came out of Harris Teeter I checked on the couple again. the larger of the two was perched in the nest and the other was still maintaining vigil below the nest. I noticed that so far the nest is not deep. I do hope they build up the edges little bit more for the safety of future hatchlings.
Christine B reports:
Earlier in the season, it was reported that this nest was totally gone. However, there is a glimmer of hope!
Christine says: I pass by the Hargray tower in Sea Pines almost every day hoping to catch a glimpse of some kind of activity on the top of the tower. Yesterday as we drove down Greenwood Dr. I noticed I could not see through the top of the tower like I did in previous days. I went back today with my binoculars and I saw that there was the beginnings of a nest being built . I will keep an eye on this nest and I hope the Osprey pair have returned home and rebuild. In the past this pair have always been behind schedule. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Christine B reports: On the evening of July 10th I observed two Osprey . One perched on a steel rod above the nest and one perched below the nest on the tower. Could not see anything going on in the nest. On the morning of July 11th I observed one Osprey eating a fish. She had a bark brown band around her neck area. I could not see if she had white edged wings due to the over cast sky. She looked slightly smaller then the two I observed the night before. After she ate she took off flying toward the ocean side of Sea Pines.
Christine B reports: Observed one osprey in the nest. His head was deep in the nest. I could only see the bottom half of his body for 8 minutes. Because of his body movement and where his head was positioned in the bottom of the nest and his lower half sticking up, I believe he was eating a fish. He then moved to the other side of the nest to roost. No other osprey seen in the distance or on the tower.
Christine B reports: I observed one nestling in this nest today. Mom was soaring above and the little one was chirping. She quickly returned to the edge of the nest and the little one stopped chirping and settled down into the nest.
NOTE: Our best guess is that this nest hatched probably in very early May. We are simply guessing when recording the date of May 3. We are listing one nestling until they get big enough to confirm. This is a very high and difficult nest to monitor.
Christine B observes: I have observed this nest several times this week. Mom was perched above the nest or in the nest with Dad perched below on the tower. I do believe the pair added to the nest this year making it difficult to see movement inside the nest. When Mom is in the nest I do see the top of her head moving about and occasionally her tail feathers.
Christine B reports: I have not seen any activity in this nest for two days. Thats not unusual due to the fact that this nest is very high. Hopefully she is just very low incubating her babies. I will keep
Christine B reports: I was at this nest two days 4/26-4/27) and I had the same observation both times. I could not see any activity in the nest but both days there was one Osprey perched below on the tower. On 26th I spent at least half an hour observing hoping I would see some movement in the nest but I did not.
Christine B reports: One Osprey was sitting in the nest. I could only see the top of her head. Her call was a short succession of chirps. Her significant other came into view circling then dived toward the nest. He landed on the edge of the nest and it looked like he dropped something in front of her and she quickly grabbed it. I thought it looked like he may have brought her some food to eat. He immediately flew away circled and landed again on the edge of the nest then quickly flew away again and headed toward the ocean. This observation was enjoyable. I love seeing them interact with each other.
NOTE: Based on the fact that only the top of her head was visible in the nest and that the mate appeared to drop off some food for her, we are assuming that incubation is underway.
Christine B reports: I observed Nest #4074 twice this morning at different times . I spotted one Osprey at this nest perched on top of the warning light in the nest early morning and one Osprey perched on the structure below the nest right before noon. I believe both sightings were of one lone Osprey at this time.
Christine B reports: I can say now without a doubt My fledgling has fledged.
I Observed him perched below the nest today. Nest was empty.
When I came out of Harris T. he was gone from the tower but I believe he was flying
above near the nest practicing . I also observed two adults soaring
higher up but in the vicinity of the fledgling. I like to think those were
his parents keeping an eye on him until it is time to move on.
Christine B reports: Today I witness something very interesting. Mom Osprey was perched above the Youngster in the nest and Dad was perched below the nest . All at once Dad
took off and began flying back and forth close to the nest while Mom perched above spread her wings flapping . All three of them vocalizing. It seemed as if Mom and Dad were encouraging the youngster to fledge. The young Osprey did not move or attempt to spread his wings.
Christine B reports: I observed one adult Osprey perched above the nest at this site.
I also observed one nestling perched on the edge of this nest and another adult perched in the nest beside the nestling. I kept watch
for at least 20 minutes but did not see this little one use his wings.
It was rewarding to see the whole family hanging out together for the first time.
Additional note: The reporter thinks there is only one offspring due to the fact that the warning light is in the middle of the nest. I would think that would make it difficult to incubate
all the eggs.
Christine B reports: I observed one adult Osprey with her wings in the shading position
and after a brief moment I saw a smaller Osprey pop there head up
from under the adults wing. This happened several times. I still believe there may be
only one youngster. I will be monitoring this nest hoping to see this little one
fledge and report any change in number
Christine B reports: One Osprey in nest one perched below the nest. Again, I know the differences in coloring but I have not been able to see them in flight or their chest. I normally see the fledglings perched on the edge of the nest and I can get a good look . I have not see that activity this year. I may have just missed it. I was also thinking this is crazy they should be fledged this morning so I did go out to observe the nests again and the above is what I saw.
Christine B reports: I observed one adult Osprey perched on top of the red warning light in the nest .
After a few minutes she took off and flew away I could see one little Osprey
head pop up. No damage to nest from the storm.
Christine B reports: Finally, One Hatchling spotted in the nest. Mom perch above the nest on the tower.
One Adult soaring above the nest . Hatchling looked older than newly born I think.
Difficult because nest is deeper then nests previously constructed on the dead tree near by.
Christine B reports: At first I was worried because there seemed to be no activity in this nest but after a few minutes I was able to see the rear end feathers of an adult Osprey fluttering in the wind. Still keeping my fingers crossed for this nest.
Christine B reports:
This evening I observed one adult Osprey sitting low in the nest.The parent was sitting low on the far left of the nest. This is the same area that I had previously reported that an adult Osprey appeared to be moving something around and we had thought maybe she was turning her eggs.
NOTE: Based on this and a previous observation, we are guessing that incubation is underway, possibly about April 18 if not earlier.
Christine B reports:I observed one adult osprey in the Nest . Several minutes later a second adult osprey flew into the nest
carrying a twig and placed it in the nest. Both osprey remained in the nest.
Christine B reports: Nest #4074 I just returned from Harris Teeter and checked out the nest from the store angle and I did see one adult in the nest a minute later I did see another adult Osprey land in the nest. I am in that HT parking lot a couple times week and this is the first time I defiantly saw two Osprey together in the nest.
Christine B. reports:As I said I am keeping an eye on this nest. Here is a picture of the nest.
It gives you an idea of well the nest has been rebuilt . Much larger then last year's nest. I think they are preparing for next year.
Christine B reports: 2020 Nest #4074 3:30pm
The nest at this sight has been fully rebuilt . I observed one adult Osprey perched on the red light right above the nest for five minutes. She took to flight heading toward the ocean.
Christine B reports:
I had reported in the beginning of the season that I watched painters remove the nest from that Tower. This tower can be observed from the Harris Teeter Parking lot.
I observed a large Osprey with a white chest perched on the top of the tower with what looked like the beginning of a new nest below.
A smaller Osprey with brown speckled breast was perched lower on the tower. Forty minutes into my observation time the larger Osprey flew away. Five minutes or so later the Osprey returned with a stick dropped it onto the other sticks. Unfortunately it fell to the ground and the adult Osprey took off again. I imagine to get another stick.
NOTE: This might be the same pair, or possibly a young pair trying to build a nest. It is late in the season for any new nest to be successful, though. We will check on this, especially next season to see if a new nest is built where the old one was removed.
Christine B observes: I observed two men high up on the Hargray Tower today inside Sea Pines. It looked like they were painting the tower and I am sad to report the nest I had observed last Thursday was gone.