Airlie Pier Nest
(34.2132, -77.8294)
Dead Tree
3/10/2012 Observed the beginnings of a new nest in dead pine. One mature Osprey was observed delivering new branches/twigs to the nest, and two mature Osprey were observed on perches just below the nest less than an hour later. This site is very close to a previous nest site that was lost during a hurricane in 2011.
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2013 - frayhouse2012 - frayhouse
aAdult Arrival3/4/133/9/12
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/5/133/24/12
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure5/16/12
xReason For Nest Failureunknown reason

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Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by frayhouse
Adult arrival03/09/2012Nestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation03/24/2012Nest failure05/16/2012
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureunknown reason
2013 Nest Activity Report by frayhouse
Adult arrival03/04/2013Nestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/05/2013Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

04/05/2013 by frayhouse
Knowing that there was some "disagreement" regarding the nest and territory, we visited this site several times throughout the month of March. The battles with the Red-taileds continued for several more days, and we also observed what seemed to be a similar territorial battle between the Osprey pair and an adult and (probably) 3rd year Bald Eagle. We are happy to report that the issue appears to have been settled in favor of the Osprey pair since about mid-March, and that incubation appears to be underway on 4/5/2013.

03/06/2013 by frayhouse
Checked this nest on 3/3/13 and saw only the male and no nest reconstruction efforts. Watched a Red-tailed Hawk bully the Osprey off the nest and then lurk around the area. Returned on 3/5/13 to find both the female and male on the nest, and that major renovation to the nest had taken place. Red-tailed Hawk pair bullied the Ospreys off the nest, but they soon returned and the male resumed delivery of nesting material. Will be interesting to see how this possible territory battle plays out.

06/02/2012 by frayhouse
Very sorry to report that this nest has failed. After watching about a week's worth of consistent behavior that indicated feeding of nestling(s) - regular fish deliveries and subsequent attention focused down into the depth of the nest - we arrived on 5/16/2012 to find that both parents were off the nest. Seemed odd, but we didn't want to draw any immediate conclusions. All subsequent visits to the area had both adults perched or hunting nearby, but they are no longer attentive to the nest. This is an experienced pair that we've seen nest successfully for the past few years, so we're not sure what has happened. We strongly suspect that there was at least one nestling present for at least a week, and that the nest has failed due to predation.