Independant pole with wooden platform. Installed by Barb Walker, Clearwater Audubon Society. This osprey still rebuilds in his first location but uses the platform for mating and incubating. This pair has not yet produced young. They have failed for
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.
The lone female is still sitting on the nest and rotating. I did not hear many vocalizations from her today. This morning there were 6 males around and 1 roseate spoonbill, so the eggs and hatchlings must be girls. :) I did not see another osprey drop off any thing but there was a branch added to the side of the nest which I think has already fallen. The red-shouldered hawk that was in the osprey platform early in the season was also around. There are vultures in that area but it has improved over the last couple of years. I think they caused the ospreys to fail in the past. I have seen several vulture osprey confrontations in this area as well. Usually it is because something has been killed on the road by the osprey nest and the osprey perceives the vultures as a threat to the nest.
On 3/18 the male was hit by a car and killed as of 3/19 the female is still sitting there incubating. An osprey from another nest 400 yards away buzzed her. We released a male that came from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in the direct vicinity of the nest. He's still hanging around the vicinity but as far as them hooking up tomorrow is another day baby.