A-1 Auto Clinic Ramrod Key nest
(24.6618, -81.4163)
platform in a cell tower
Nest is located northwest of the intersection of Mako Drive and State Road 4A behind the A-1 Auto Clinic, Ramrod Key, FL. Nest sits on a platform in a cell tower at 24.39.712N and 81.24.965W.
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2016 - mudskipper
aAdult Arrival1/12/16
bEgg Laying1/12/16
bIncubation Initiation1/12/16
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2016

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by mudskipper
Adult arrival01/12/2016Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying01/12/2016Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation01/12/2016Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

01/14/2016 by mudskipper
The tower climber, Frank Cortino, from 3Z Telecom, sent me photos of the nest with its three eggs, which I've posted. I've sent the photo of him with the bird circling to the local paper. It would be nice for the public to realize that these workers are aware of and abide by regulations to protect the birds.

01/12/2016 by mudskipper
Birds were first observed on Jan 11, 2015, although they obviously had been there a while. One bird was on the nest and another nearby. On Jan. 12, a cell tower maintenance climber ascended the tower and when at the height of the nest, the female rose from the nest and began circling and approaching the climber. He went a little higher and photographed 3 eggs in the nest. While the female was basically mobbing him, the male approached carrying a fish but only circled nearby. The climber descended (because they are not allowed to work on a tower when eggs or young are present) and the female returned to the nest, followed shortly by the male, who perched on a support beam just below the nest. All this was photographed, and the climber has promised to email photos of the eggs. The nest is lined with coconut husk fiber, evident in the photos.