Nest location is on a light pole overlooking a basketball court. it is a large nest that appears old. This pair is active and is tolerant to be disturbed by basketball activity. But summer 2019 it was too disturbed and abandoned the next and unsuccessfully rebuilt atop chimney in brick building opposite the court. Please see notes 2019
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.
this nest was plagued by basketball players even though the birds tried to continue the nest and appeared to have egg laying. the nest was finally abandoned for unknown reason and a couple weeks later a new nest was built across the lot in a second story tall chimney. this was attacked by multiple Mocking Birds and the next week was abandoned. No activity now.
after storm i observed the female in the nest standing up and the male consistently bring new large sticks to the nest. He would land on her back and appear to copulate brief second about three times he would do this.
from storm. nest lost half of sticks as they on ground. both birds out of nest. female eating fish. male gathering large sticks but doesn't use the fallen sticks. . flies over to female lands on her back. copulation.
this pair does not appear to have eggs yet as both have left the nest while a large group of men played basketball. A few days ago the female was in the nest and male was eating a fish next to the nest on a pole.