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.
Nest still small but no longer any ospreys in it. theres is a sharp small pole sticking out of pole that I had not noticed before and not sure if new or just didn't see it previously. New small nest on platform very close by left of main stand. 1 small male was on nest and then flew away. possibly same bird from other nest who now has to move and make new nest due to sharp pole.
There is still no nest according to the satellite on GPS, but there are a couple sticks present and a male and female osprey. There is still the platform nearby with a male and female osprey nesting in it.
There is no longer a visible nest in this location. there was a large male osprey sitting on the indicated light post though. There was also a platform nearby ( right side of stand by parking lot) where there was a nest and what sounded to be chicks. There was a female osprey nearby with a fish in her talon, but was not eating the fish.