one seen few days ago, today both on nest, 3 home lots are being developed directly across from this small vulnerable platform so it will be an interesting season with so much human activity
nest often has at least 3 fledglings near or on nest, one may be from Cliffs Isle #2 as that one has not returned to its natal nest, both adults still at this nest
nest empty this evening, one fledge flew to roof when large kayak group passed close to nest, second fledge on dock
one in nest incubating, but with such a small thing nest the osprey is very exposed and high in the nest
7 pm, female on nest calling for fish to male on guard perch, strong south winds today, periods of rain, some heavy
hi 63, NNE5 mph, sun, one on nest
2 4 week old chicks in a much fuller nest than years past, but platform is quite small, its crowded!
2 chicks vis at feeding today, i am hoping just the 2 as the nesting platform is very small
female incubating today, banded rt leg male on his fave sign post
female in nest, nest material is bigger this year but unfortunately theplatform is very small, she fills the entire nest
male on sign nearby, female standing on her pitiful tiny nest platform today
rt leg banded male returned, nest still way too small
3 chicks are growing and with such a small platform, momma spends quite a bit of time up on the platform corner t perch.
mom feeding 3 chicks today before heavy and long rain storm
female low in the nest, male on other platform, did not see feeding but expect hatchlings now
one exposed but flat in the nest, appears to have wings spread out tp protect eggs in heavy rain and wind, second flew in and landed on fave pole, had fish
female on the nest apparently incubating, male on other close by platform eating a fish
same behavior today as 4-19-19, male standing over eggs??, female wet, drying her wings on nearby pole
observed male on nest standing over nest bowl, looking down often, female on sign post, finished a fish and flew over to channel to clean her talons, picked up some seaweed material and then landed with it on nest rim, then she picked around in nest bowl and settled onto eggs. she is once again incubating very high up in a small nest with very little nest material to protect her and the eggs in strong winds and rain which is to arrive later this evening. her platform is very small and this pair doesn't seem to bring in sticks, they are lazy and just use marsh grass sparingly thus they don't seem to build a very sturdy or protective nest.
thought i observed incubation about 4 days ago but female was fixing the nest today and then flew south, did not see mate
busy trying to build up the nest, i am concerned about the small size of the platform, it doesnt seem large enough for the female to incubate safely
female on edge of small platform calling for fish as male was in the marsh on the island nearby eating fish, can not yet confirm his rt leg band
adult female on t perch eating a fish today and mate on sign pole, they are sticking around through the season as they did last year. there's lots of osprey company for them on these marsh islands
both adults perched together on the platform T perch this evening just before sunset.
none on nest but one on sign post and one on other sign post, the usual hang outs.
no osprey seen near the platform today but the nest is built up very high
one on the nest and one on the pole
female on the nest today and the male was on the satellite perch. when she is in the nest bowl it is obvious that the platform is smaller than most.
one adult on the nest perch today around 2:30 pm
after all day storm on june 3 the female abandoned the nest. since then she has been off and on the nest rim, calling for a fish from the mate who is spending time on the unused close by platform but she is not tending to the nest. I believe the extreme rains yesterday may have just been too much for the female to keep tiny hatchlings dry and perhaps the male was unable to provide enough food during the storm... no way to know for sure but i do notice the small size of the platform may make it difficult for the osprey to shelter the eggs and chicks properly. She seems to be "spilling out" of the nest when incubating. last year was a similar fate. Both adults are staying in the area.
have not seen feeding but definite hunched fussy behavior and calling for fish..i am certain she is on hatchlings
one deep in the nest in light rain calling for fish, mate was on the unused platform next door.
9:30 am today the female was very flat and deep in the nest. The male was on the marsh just east of the platform hunkered down against the gusting NNW 18 mph winds.
Finally I was able to ID a rt leg band on the male as he was perched on is favorite post. The female looked a bit soggy following the rain storm, she was standing on the edge of the smallish platform with a bigger nest than few days ago. No signs yet of egg laying.
both osprey on the nest today, then the male did a quick fly around and landed on the female attempted copulation.male flew off before I could ID a rt leg band.
both osprey across the small waterway from their platform, and both were standing in the marsh next to their favorite dining pole. The nest is looking better but I do wonder if the small size of the platform effects their brood size and incubation?
Male on sign post today and the female was perched on the 2x4 next to the platform, she was drying her wings with her back to me looking very Cormorant like
Female was in the nest around 4 pm today and her mate was nearby on his favorite sign post eating a large fish. The nest has been built up since 3 days ago.
No osprey seen on nest today but it appears the nest has been built up some.
1 osprey on nesting platform eating a fish around 4 pm today.
end of season: I did see both adults at the nest area throughout the summer but the female was gone early in august. I last recorded seeing her on 8-6-17 and her mate was last seen on 9-6-17.
6/17/17 I received an email from a homeowner that the nest had failed and the 2 adults were on the neighboring unused osprey platform eating fish together. I had taken my boat past the nest the day before and saw the female on the nest and the male on the neighboring platform but did not confirm chick feeding that day. Prior to that both of us had observed chick feeding. On 6/17 and 6/18 I observed the female sitting on the edge of the nest looking deep into the nest but no feeding. She was constantly calling her mate for fish and he remained on the nearby unused platform. I believe she had dead chicks in the nest because of her behavior. Then on 6/20 I observed her no longer at the nest but sitting on the neighboring platform with no male seen. I would guess her mate, a rt leg banded male did not bring enough fish to sustain the young chicks in the high heat. This is just a guess of course. Early in the season she appeared to be constantly calling him to get her fish and he would often not go for long periods of time. I do wish I could have looked into the nest to see if the chicks could have been entangled in something, perhaps the chain I saw on 4/3/17? Frustrating to see behavior that tells me I may be able to see why a chick died but not able to see it.
female fairly deep in the nest today, but still appears to be higher in the nest because of the small platform design. did not see male. I expect hatchlings soon
female on the nest incubating and male on the pole nearby. he was drying out from yesterday storm I suppose. I love it when they sit with their wings hanging low, its such a unique posture for osprey and I don't see it often but I saw it twice today. the birds really took a soaking the past 2 days.
homeowner thought maybe incubation started the 21st but I confirmed it on Earth Day. I knew it was soon because female was very serious about digging deep in the nest a few days before. problem is the platform is a smaller platform than the standard 3 ft square and since the osprey use only marsh grasses the nest is very small, shallow and sparse. the female looks very exposed on the nest even when incubating. she did fledge 3 chicks last season so who am I to judge?
female on the nest today, nest material is ready. she was fussing deep in the nest but flew away and I did not see her mate. the nearby homeowner emailed me today and said he thinks she wont have eggs this year and perhaps her mate is immature male. I explained it is still within reason that she will incubate and that we cant really know how old her mate is. I see normal behavior with the pair and there are lots of pairs around the bay that are not yet incubating. so we shall see but I feel positive about their chances!
the female sits on the nest and the male like the sign pole nearby. nice big nest, lots of copulating but no incubating yet!
finally this nest is getting built up. last season it was new and quite small but now it has some depth to it. at 3 pm female on the nest perch and male across the small channel perched on his fave posted sign post eating a fish.
the chain is no longer visible at the nest. I am hoping it fell out and was carried away by the high wind and tides. I can not see it in the nest, sure hope it isn't in there! there is a possibility someone that lives across from the platform got it because many people kayak past that nest and the platform is low to the marsh ground. the osprey are not incubating yet.
there is a long piece of plastic chain hanging out of the nest. it appears to be placed in the middle of the nest too. I can see where the birds got the chain- from a property directly across the channel from the platform. this piece of chain is dangling down about 3 ft below the nest. I am praying it falls out when the osprey bring more nest material. problem is they only use marsh grass so their nest is very flat and sparse. this chain could become a serious hazard.
birds are building the small platform nest up with marsh grass.
I got a report from the homeowner that placed this platform on the island that there was one osprey on the platform in the morning. At 6 pm I checked this nest site and witnessed the female osprey on the nest calling to an osprey hovering overhead in true fish dance fashion. the male that had a fish landed on the close by empty osprey platform (86IB) that this pair traditionally used as a guard and feeding post in years past. The male began eating the fish head as the female called to him to bring it to her. Later both were on the nest. Yesterday, Mar. 28 I spent time watching the pair and checking for distinguishing markings and for the first time I noticed the male is rt leg banded. I looked back at notes from 2016 and did not reference that before. This is one of approx 4 banded osprey in my monitoring group. I can not be 100% certain this is same male from 2016 but there was no adjustment period for the female so I am assuming it is the same male. The female has a very large deep necklace. today she was bringing nest material from the marsh, mostly marsh grass and this has been an issue years past because the nest is not as wind resistant as other nests that are made of heavier pine branches.She doesn't appear to want to travel to another area to find trees and sturdier nest material. The platform is smaller than the Delaware 3 ft square design and does not seem to get built up as other nests do. Today the male remained perched on the nesting t perch and occasionally slipped onto the females back as she brought nest material but it seemed to be more of a bonding action than copulating at this point.
All 3 chicks had fledged by 7-21-16 when the nest was empty for the first time. Throughout the rest of the season there was usually just one fledgling on the nest at a time with the female not seen after bout 3 week and the adult male hanging out on the nearby sign post until 8-25-16. This family is hard to track because the platform is on a marsh island with no other vegetation and the nearest home community has no tall trees. I can rarely see more than 1 or 2 of the birds after they fledge and as I suspected there was a report that the young were sitting on peoples decks. Fall of 2016 with landowner permission I placed a 2x4 satellite perch about 20 feet from this platform and hope to see more adult and young activity next season once they are all flying. one day after I placed the new perch nearby a man took a great picture of the local bald eagle pair enjoying the platform and new perch side by side :)
Still no sign of a fledge but I did see one chick up on the nest T perch and a second one exercising its wings and short helicoptering. The third is much smaller and less active. No adult in sight. I can assume there will be at least one fledgling soon if one has not already. Usually once they start hopping up onto a nest perch they are ready to fly.
All 3 nestlings on the nest late afternoon on an extremely hot day. One is much smaller, the runt, it has grown well but the oldest is so much larger no doubt the food supply is a bit scarce now with it time for the older chicks to fledge.
I have checked this pair a few times since the Sunday 5/29/16 storm and they seem to have done ok with the monsoons! Today I counted 2 heads but I think I saw a third head. I am hoping it is not a runt. When I arrived today around 2:40 one osprey was just flying off the nest leaving it unattended but came back immediately with the second osprey in tow. One landed on the T perch and the second gingerly stepped deep in the nest and was moving nest material around and shading and at that point I saw the 2 and possibly 3 heads pop up.
No feeding seen today but watched both birds on the nest, one on the perch, and one in the nest shading.
Osprey shading chicks in the 80 plus heat and humidity. She was in the nest for about 15 minutes calling to various osprey that flew by enroute to the bay from the ocean and then the male brought fish and sat on the nest perch while the female ate and fed chicks. Then she fussed with some nest material before shading again.
One incubating and one on nearby sign post with very large fish. The nesting material is looking better all the time! Much more substantial and this nest location truly needs a thick nest. I am very pleased with the new platform design.
One incubating, the second bird not in sight today.
One incubating and one on the next door platform guarding
I keep checking this nest because of nest failure seasons past but so far the nest, though still a bit smaller than I would like to see, seems much more substantial. The birds do sit high up and look a bit exposed and the nest material is mostly marsh grass but incubating continues and the near by osprey pairs don't seem to bother them. There are a number of single osprey as well as a pair attempting to nest on a nearby duck blind. Its a wideopen and very windy location.
Male osprey spends most of his guarding and feeding time on a nearby marsh sign. There are numerous other singles and pairs nearby on duck blinds and signposts. This is the first season this pair has a substantial nest built because the new improved platform has side supports to hold the material from the high wind exposure.
Osprey pair continues to build up nest material. Male has been bringing fish to show off to female. He sits on a near by marsh sign and eats most of the fish and then offers the remains to his lady. Pair has been copulating.
This long standing platform located on a tiny marsh island adjacent to Bayfront Drive is very close to another slightly lower platform. Only one pair has nested on a platform and uses second platform as guard perch. 2016 season osprey pair has chosen the platform with the T perch.