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.
We have concluded that the second egg has failed to hatch. The chick that hatched on 5/31/23 did not survive for unknown reasons. Honey and Horner continued to care for the remaining egg, which should have hatched by about June 4th at the latest. Normally the eggs are laid a couple days apart and hatch a couple days apart. It has been 12 days after the first egg hatched and Honey continues to try to incubate the second egg. However, they do leave the egg unattended at times.
The second egg does not seem to be viable.
This afternoon, someone was watching the web camera and sent this sad update:
There were two thieves (Crows) on the nest. The first one broke open the egg and ate the contents.
The second bird was on the side of the nest and when the first bird left the second one came in and grabbed the egg shell and took off.
A sad ending for this season. We hope that next season will be a successful one for the pair. Start watching the camera again early in the winter.
Thanks for following Honey and Horner through the International Osprey Watch program. Again thanks to Ms Lloyd's donation and the Outside Brands for sponsoring this camera at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. We appreciate the work that the museum folks did to get the camera up and running in time for this season so we could enjoy a closeup look inside the nest. Until next season!
One egg has hatched and one egg is still incubating!
Remember to check the live camera on the nest. The link is clickable and is found at the top of this page to the right of the map.
We have listed the approximate date of hatching and 1 nestling. That will be updated after the second egg successfully hatches.
Pam W reports:
Honey has been moving sticks and cleaning the nest getting ready for hatching. Two eggs can be seen when she stands up. Hatching should take place in the next week.
Photo added of a night shot from the camera showing Honey incubating her two eggs
Pam W. Updates for early May:
The camera has provided great shots and we have confirmed that there are two eggs, the first of which was laid April 23. Interactions between Honey and Horner are enjoyable to watch. One day, one was "fussing" with the other. It appeared that Honey was not happy with Horner while he spent too long away.
The pair of osprey spend a lot of time around the nest, but have not laid any eggs yet. Remember that the osprey cam on this nest is active thanks to a gift from a generous Coastal Discovery Museum donor and the Outside Foundation. The camera link IS POSTED ABOVE IN THE NEST INFO SECTION AT THE TOP.
If you do not see an osprey in the nest but hear one or both, they are most likely sitting at the top of a post beside the nest platform which is not in the camera range.
Pam W. reports: While I cannot be certain, I think there is a chick/chicks in the nest.
NOTE: Visual confirmation on 4/30 of Mom feeding at lest one chick. If our incubation date is accurate, the chick probably hatched maybe 10 days or so ago but we were unable to confirm it at the time.
Pam W reports: Today at the nest on Honey Horn there was just one bird BUT the minute I pulled my car up to get my binoculars out that bird jumped into the nest and was very busy! I think there are eggs there!!
Pat W reports: The nestling is fluttering his wings today. I tried to get a photo but as soon as I drove into the field, Ossie made the youngster hunker down. The youngster is about half the size of the adult.
Pam W reports: I saw one osprey in the nest last Monday and then today (5/25) I saw TWO! Then they both hunkered down. I wonder if the nest is too deep but there MIGHT be a momma and baby in there!! Wasn’t expecting that at all but I will keep watch. As soon as I stop my car in the field they hunker down like they recognize the car—lol!!
Pam W adds: I looked for them when I left this afternoon. The one this morning actually looked like it was feeding something but as soon as I stopped it jumped into the bottom!! I swear they recognize the car! I will try to sneak up on it tomorrow!!
NOTE: Based on these observations and the estimated date of incubation, we assume there is at least 1 chick in the nest. Our date of hatching is just a guess based on the incubation date. While 1 chick is listed, we can update that when we are certain of the number.
Pam W reports: Nest 4668. Here was Ossie today just sitting on her nest and making it pretty. Saw no sign of Mr. Prey. She kept working on that twig while we were there this morning but couldn’t get it to break off like she wanted!! I can’t say for sure if there are any eggs but she seems to be guarding something!!
Pam W reports: As I was leaving work today I noticed that the the osprey was sitting on one of the poles! THEN I noticed that there was another osprey sitting down in the nest! Ossie and Mr Prey are back together again AND I think Ossie has already laid an egg (or more) and is sitting on it! It was so exciting to see the two of them together
Pam W reports: Nest #4668 was busy this year! I think the one chick has flown the coop — I was at the museum 4 days and never saw Perchy come back to roost! I will keep my fingers crossed that we have the same or better things happen next year!!
Pam W reports: I saw another osprey flying around the perched osprey! I just hope it waits till I can have the scope!! I tried to get a picture today but Perchy (my name for the chick) hunkered down☹️.
Pam W reports: While it looks like an osprey guarding/feeding something, it may be that is the chick getting ready to fledge. He/She sits on the perch, looks at me while I watch and then hops back into the nest. Looks like it’s eating something and it is the only osprey I see!
Pam W reports: A big osprey just flew in. We think that is the small osprey in the nest!
The chick is sitting in the nest and the adult flew in to feed it. Through the binoculars I could see the little guy with his mouth open. Then the adult flew in. Dropped off something and flew away!
Pam W. reports: She was sitting on the nest. Then he flew in with a fish and then she flew off to go eat in a tree!! You can see the fish in her claws if you bring it up close.Ossie is busy, and I named him Horn!!
observer Pam W reports: I checked out Ossie yesterday and she was just sitting on her nest. No chicks that I can see but she is certainly guarding something. There is a mound of pine needles and other things that Ossie is stoically guarding!!