A cedar platform on a 50ft utility pole along the creek connecting the old Forbes ponds to the Speed River (Mill Pond).
Erected March 23rd 2016
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.
An adult was observed for an hour sitting in the nest during the day hunkered down and rotating every once in a while... let's hope for eggs!!
The second adult was scouting the area and flew by the nest several times.
The ospreys are definitely building a nest on the platform... I observed one of them for more than 20min going back and forth from a forest adding more and more sticks etc... The other osprey was perched on the platform watching...
A pair of ospreys was spotted again using the platform, possibly engaging in mating behaviour... more branches have been added to the original platform by the ospreys... many sightings of ospreys in the area hunting and engaging in aerial acrobatics...