This is a platform installed by the AEP. I watched the nest last year and 2 successfully fledge. It was an awesome nest to watch! I am anxiously awaiting their arrival this year. They arrived Mar. 26, 2011. So far, the only activity at the nest is a Red Tail Hawk has robbed all the sticks!
What to look 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.
3/19/2012 I stopped by the nest after work today and was greeted by the male osprey! He was on the tranformer where they originally had a nest. I did notice the platform has some sticks replaced! I captured a picture and will post! :)
3/14/12 Today, an osprey was seen flying around the pond area! The eagles were not bothered by him. He flew around about 10 minutes then headed up north along the Scioto River. He may be a pass-thru on his migration!