This nest had been occupied since we moved here 3 years ago but, was abandoned this year for some unknown reason. I was informed by one of the golf course rangers that the nest has been there since he started working at the golf course 10 years ago. It's
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.
Checked the nest today but, only saw 1 nestling. I don't think the other fledged so, maybe something happened to it. I only got one picture off before the nestling layed down in the nest. The adult flew over me twice check me out. I'll post a pic. It definitely was looking hard at me.
Although I have no way of seeing into the nest, approx 4/13/14 I observed only one Osprey perched outside the nest the same as in the Southern nest. As this has also continued for about 3 weeks. Like with the Southern nest, I assume that eggs have been laid and incubation has begun.