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.
Osprey on this nest today, perched for a while then off to fish. Caught a bunker and ate it on the closest channel marker to the nest. Will check back soon to see if there is a pair.
3/22/23. - and while the Osprey from this nest was away, a Kingfisher took the perch. Picture posted. Will keep an eye out here as Im able.
Nesting pair observed today on this nest. Tide was very high and several fishermen were in the area at the end of Horse Neck Rd , so there wasn't room for me to stay and observe. However, the nest is well built on the platform and is active, appears to be incubating in progress. The three fishermen in the area confirmed that the nest has been active. Can clearly see two osprey in the photos posted below, taken today.