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.
Mary Alice T reports:
They fledged yesterday, 8/5/23!!! One even went down and caught a fish for herself under the watchful eye of Lucy!!! Yeah!! Loved these little ones even though I don't get to see them until they are older
Mary Alice T reports:
Arrived at the nest and Lucy and her two nestlings were eating. Lucy was feeding one of them bill to bill. Then they all posed pretty after lunch... Didn't see or hear Ricky and I can positively say neither fledgling has fledged. 2 photos
Mary Alice T reports:
This afternoon I was glad to see both nestlings and Mom sitting on a limb above them. I don't think either nestling has fledged, but probably will soon! Mom stayed with them for quite some time before she flew off. 3 photos added
Mary Alice T reports:
Arrived at the nest and could only see one nestling. Lucy and Ricky no where in sight. Could not see the 2nd chick. Not sure if it has fledged. This nest is very difficult to observe - very deep and large. I will keep looking until I see no occupants. 1 photo (heavily cropped).
Mary Alice T :
Observations: Arrived at the nest and could clearly see the second chick (sitting right next to Lucy.) The other chick is on the right! So happy she had two! Didn't see Ricky anywhere. 1 photo (heavily cropped).
NOTE: We have updated the data to confirm 2 nestlings.
Mary Alice T reports:
Observations: Today was the first day I actually observed Lucy and Ricky's chick. Not a great shot but so happy she has made her way to the top of the nest! (Not sure she is a girl yet...) Lucy was feeding and didn't see Ricky anywhere around. I hope another chick pops up soon. 2 photos.
Mary Alice T reports:
Observations: Observed Lucy exhibiting feeding behavior. Ricky was perched on a nearby limb. I want to say they have at least one chick! Time will tell but I'll keep watching of course. 1 photo.
Note: one nestling noted but can be updated. We are listed hatching as about June 3...halfway between May 31 and the June 6 observation when probably feeding behavior was seen.
Mary Alice T reports:
Observations: Finally Lucy popped her head up and was calling loudly for Ricky. First I've seen of her in a while. These two have done an incredible job at building this nest back. It is as large now as it was before the last storm! Keeping my fingers crossed. 1 photo.
NOTE: This seems to confirm that incubation continues.
Observations: I took several shots of the nest and determined that I believe Lucy's tail is showing from the back of the nest. I think it is clearly her tail feather. Ricky was no where around, but I believe Lucy is now incubating. I have attached 2 photos and even though there are lots of sticks and twigs, I can see a tail feather showing. Ricky and Lucy have done a wonderful job of building this nest back up! The tail feather is in the center of one photo, directly below the orangish ball. 2 photos added
Mary Alice T:
Observations: Lucy was sitting on a limb above the nest, calling for Ricky. I never saw Ricky while I was there, but others there said he had flown overhead a couple of times. Their nest is looking good and they are doing everything right, but no incubation yet. Hopefully, they are close to getting ready but it is getting later and later. 1 photo added.
Mary Alice T reports: Observations: Lucy of #6211 Evian in Shipyard was flying in on a limb when I arrived today. Ricky was flying above the nest and did a couple of fly-bys while I was there, but did not land. They have definitely built their nest up and looks ready for a family. I am still keeping my fingers crossed! 1 photo.
Mary Alice's Observations: Lucy of #6211 Evian in Shipyard was sitting on a limb above the nest today. Ricky was no where in sight. It appeared that they have built the nest up even more and it is looking better. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will be successful parents soon. 1 photo.
Mary Alice T: Observations: Lucy of #6211 Evian in Shipyard was sitting on the nest today. Ricky (Dad) was flying overhead and then flew off! It appeared that they have built the nest up somewhat but I think it still needs a little work. I'm hoping they hunker down with incubation soon. 1 photo.
Mary Alice T reports: Please meet, Ricky and Lucy, residents of #6211 Evian in Shipyard. Today when I arrived, Lucy was sitting on a lower limb eating a fish and Ricky was busy flying in and out gathering nesting material. I am so happy they have begun to restore their condo. Ricky made about 3 trips while I was there and one the first trip, he carried a huge stick with lots of Spanish moss. Lucy was busy chowing down. These two are going to have a nice family! 3 photos.
Mary Alice T reports: Visited the nest today and one female Osprey was sitting on the limb looking into what's left of the nest. These two need to get busy, but haven't observed 2 Ospreys at the same time. As stated previously these two Ospreys are late-comers, so I will keep checking on them and am hopeful they will breed. 1 photo added.
Mary Alice T observes: Observations: Got a closer look at this nest which looks like it need much repair. Did not observe any Ospreys in the area, but these two Osprey are late-comers and usually the last to have chicks. I am hopeful they will return.
Mary Alice t reports: When I arrived both nestlings in nest the nest and no adults around. Then one fledgling flew from the nest to a tree in a nearly lagoon where I was standing. The other nestling stayed in the nest and cried. Mom came in and landed in a tree close to the nest and they talked back and forth. Finally the fledgling that flew from the nest returned to a limb by the nest. I think the other nestling will be out of the tomorrow, too! 4 photos.
Mary Alice T reports: When I arrived both nestlings in nest area - one on a limb above the nest and the 2nd one just on the edge of the nest, but couldn't get a shot. No adults around. I don't think they will be there much longer... 1 photo.
Mary Alice T reports: When I arrived Mom was perched on a limb right off the nest. Both chicks were on the other side of the nest and appear to be doing great. I probably just missed feeding time. 2 Photos added
Mary Alice T reports: When I arrived could just see one chick. I'm a little concerned I did not see the 2nd chick again today as they are both pretty big now. No adults on the nest. I will keep looking for the 2nd chick.
Mary Alice T reports: Both Mom and Dad in nest - lots of activity. I am assuming there are chicks that aren't quite visible yet. Dad flew out and sat on a nearby limb. Also, thought I heard some chick noises... 3 photos
Mary Alice T reports: Today the female was hunkered down deep in the nest, and the male came sweeping in and dropped a fish off for her. Stayed a few minutes and then took off again. I don't believe there are chicks yet, but hopefully very soon! 2 photos
Mary Alice T reports: Today the female was hunkered down deep in the nest, crying softly. The male was at the nearby lagoon doing some fishing. I did not see him catch anything, but he was trying! Still looks like they are on track and doing well so far. 2 photos
Mary Alice T reports: Stopped by today to find the female deep in the nest - could just barely see the top of the female's head. Male was flying around with a large fish, but landed on a nearby tree and proceeded to eat. He may have given her the leftovers, but I had to leave. Looks like they are on track and doing well so far. 1 photo posted
Mary Alice T reports: : Stopped by this evening to find the female in the nest. Male was flying around and headed to the nest, so I got ready to get a few shots, and the suddenly the female, jumped up and had a crazed look on her face and tried to ward him off landing. In one shot, she almost does a flip backwards! She succeeded and he flew off. Now that I look at the images more closely, I'm not sure this was her mate and possibly could've been an intruder. I waited for a while but this male did not return! 8 photos added
Mary Alice T observed: Stopped by today to find both adults in/on nest. Male was eating fish and female was sitting in the nest. Then the male flew off and the female flew on the limb where the fish was. Started eating it, then tried to fly off and talon got hung up on the 1) limb, 2) Spanish Moss, and/or 3) fish. Was dangling upside down with right foot hung up for one long minute and 45 seconds! FINALLY freed itself and flew off. Male was circling overhead while all this was going on. I thought we were going to have a real problem, but it worked out ok. 6 photos added
Mary Alice T reports: I have visited this nest several times looking for the adults in the nesting tree or nearby trees, but so far have not spotted them. I will keep watching until something definitive happens.
Mary Alice T reports: I check on this nest - 6211 - almost every day. I do not believe it was successful and unless a little one pops up soon, they did not have a chick. Although I thought they did at one point have one because they appeared to be demonstrating feeding behavior, I never witnessed a chick in or around the nest. Usually every day one (and sometimes both) parents are there, usually eating a fish and I often see them at the nest tree more often than not. I will keep looking for a few more weeks. I know these parents are usually one of the last to have a chick. I believed the chick they had last year was still there on or around 7/27/20 and if I remember correctly, didn't actually fledge until into August. However, I haven't spotted a nestling here this year.
Mary Alice T reports: I visit this nest almost everyday trying to see some activity. I sometimes see Osprey flying, but can't tell if they belong to this nest. I frequently here what appears to be Osprey calls from the nest, but I don't see one. Today this Osprey (which I believe to be the male) flew in with a fish and ate it very slowly. I stayed for a long time hoping he would throw the left overs into the nest, but I left before witnessing that. Not sure what is going on with this nest - I thought there was at least one chick but could not say for certain. Will keep watching until something definitive happens. Note;1 image posted
Mary Alice reports: Upon arrival, no activity at all. Then heard Osprey deep in nest crying - an adult. I believe she has at least one chick, but the nest is so deep, you just can't tell. Eventually, I saw the tip of her head but could not confirm there is a chick. Adult cried a couple of times. Another adult flew over and started to fly into nest, but decided not to. He flew off and I don't believe he had a fish. This nest is always the last one to reveal a chick (and fledge) but I think there is one in the nest!
Mary Alice T reports: : Observed one female adult sitting on nest. After a few minutes of watching she flew out of nest and over the nearby lagoon. She dove down into the water, but did not get a fish. She then flew back to nest and within a few more seconds, flew off the nest again and over the lagoon but did not dive down for a fish. Mom returned to nest and flew off one last time; made one pass over and then returned to the nest. Never saw the male, nor did I hear any chicks - hopefully she has one or more chicks, but the nest is so deep, I usually can't see a chick until it is old enough to sit high on the nest. 6 photos.
Mary Alice T reports:
Could just see the tip of Mom's head in the nest when I arrived. I am pretty sure she is tending to one or more chicks... Then Dad flew by with a big fish and eventually flew it into the nest and gave to Mom. He stayed around for a bit and then flew to a nearby branch and sat for a while longer while Mom chowed down and fed chick(s). 3 Photos
Mary Alice T reports: Both adult Ospreys were sitting outside nest. One appeared to be eating a fish. After about 10 minutes it jumped down to the nest and the other Osprey also disappeared into the nest. I am assuming that they were feeding a chick/or chicks. I was there for about another 10 minutes and neither came out of nest. 1 Photo posted
NOTE: Based on the last two observations, we are recording 1 nestling and will update that when we can tell if there is another. We also are estimating hatching in early May...maybe about May 5th.
Mary Alice T reports: Could not see any Ospreys outside or on the nest, but could hear one calling from within the nest, assuming she was down deep. I think she either has chicks or soon will. No photos taken. Did not observe the male.
Mary Alice T reports:
Observed one female adult sitting on nest. After a while she flew off two times - made a wide circle and landed back on nest both times. I think she is incubating but not 100% sure. Did not observe the male.
Mary Alice T reports: : Observed one adult male sitting on limb directly above the nest and one adult female flying overhead calling out. It appears they are not incubating yet, since no one is sitting on the nest. The female never landed while I was there. 2 photos
Mary Alice reports: Today the nestlings (fledglings) were both on separate limbs in the tree by the nest, but I wasn't there 5 minutes and they both flew off! Funny that Mom did feed one fledgling the other day!
Mary Alice T reports: Observations: Observed two fledglings - one on limb (where it always is) and one in nest, just barely visible unless it stretches its wings; Mom flying overhead and lands in nest. Proceeds to feed the nestling in nest for about 20 minutes. The other nestling stayed on the limb to the left. I do not believe that these nestlings have left the nesting area to fly. Mom and Dad are always nearby.
Mary Alice T reports: Observations: Observed two fledglings perched close to nest on separate branches. Two Ospreys flying above making a lot of noise. It appeared to me that these were the parents trying to coax them out of the tree. Mom flew in and landed a couple of times, but the fledglings would not budge! I'll keep watching until the fledglings actually leave... 3 photos.
Mary Alice T reports: : Observed two nestlings (definitively); one perched on branch and one sitting up in nest. Mom flying overhead, making a couple of circles. Then Mom flew in and perched on a limb beside the nestlings. Looks like they won't be there long now. A lot of flapping of the wings behavior from both of the nestlings. 4 photos.
Mary Alice T reports: Observations: Observed two Ospreys sitting in nest. The one on the left is clear; the feathers of the one of the right can be seen when image is blown up. Also another Osprey perched right above the nest which is clearly an adult. I think (but am not certain) that the two in the nest are chicks and at one point, one began flapping its wings, testing them out. The adult (Mom) flew off the limb and circled a couple of times and came back and landed in the tree again.
Mary Alice T:
Observations 4:09pm: Observed two nestlings (definitively) sitting in nest. Mom is perched right above the nest. She flew in and out a couple of times. Stretched their wings a lot. They will be leaving soon.
Joanne V reports: Only saw this one Osprey today. Can’t really tell from these photos if it’s an adult or nestling, but I suspect it’s the nestling based on the coloration of the 2nd picture. It kept moving about in the nest.
Joanne V reports: When I arrived “Papa” (right) was sitting in nest; can barely see top of “Mama’s” head (left). He flew out and sat on a nearby branch. Mama popped her head up. No sign of any nestlings yet.
Joanne V reports: Shortly after I arrived this Osprey (papa probably) flew out of the nest and then returned about 5 minutes later and sat on a branch by the nest. No sighting of mama, but believe she was deep into the nest. No sign of any nestings.
Joanne V reports: Interesting observations today. When I arrived, one Osprey was sitting on a branch. Several minutes later, another Osprey flew out of the nest. That Osprey met up with a 3rd Osprey and flew around for several minutes. Then one of that pair flew to the tree, sat on a branch and then went back inside the nest. The Osprey on the far left branch never moved.
Joanne V reports: Didn’t stay too long today as it was hot. Need to go out mornings and not afternoons.
Know mama was in the nest as she moved a few times, but not visible enough for me to get a good photo.
Joanne V reports: When I arrived I heard occasional peeps from nest, but saw nothing. About 10 minutes later I see “Papa?” arriving from behind me and he circled the tree and then sat on a branch by the nest. Not long afterwards, he left. I waited for another 15 minutes and as I was starting to leave, he returned to the tree and sat on a different branch. Then I left. Never saw any movement inside nest, but know “Mama” was there from her noise.
Joanne V reports: Very quiet again. Waited at least 20 minutes before I saw this wing move above the nest top. Did see and hear an Osprey flying in the distance, but it never came close to this nest. It might have even been from a nearby nest. But haven’t seen much activity the last few times I’ve visited.
Joanne V reports: So this papa dropped a fish off in the nest and then sat on a nearby branch for awhile before he flew away again. No sign of mama, but pretty sure she was deep inside the nest. NOTE: Based on the past 2 observations, we assume incubation has begun. We will simply pick a date that seems likely.
Joanne V reports: I can never see anything inside the nest. When I arrived an Osprey (papa?) was sitting on a branch above the nest and then flew away. About 20 minutes later, I heard peeps coming from the nest and shortly thereafter papa returned and flew into the nest. I left shortly thereafter.
Joanne V who is helping monitor this nest with Mary Alice T reports: Could not see an Osprey inside the nest, but one was on the branch near the nest. It’s a deep nest and pretty high, so it’s possible another was too far down to see.
Mary Alice T reports: Stopped by the nest today and this is the FIRST time no adults were watching over the nest. After looking for the "chick" in the nest, I finally spotted her out on the limb just sitting there.
Mary Alice T reports: DATE: August 8, 2019
Observations: Observed one Osprey (Mom) sitting on a limb facing away from the nest. Did not see any other movement. Then the Male comes flying in with a fish and drops the fish into the nest and sits on the side. I thought I saw movement at this point, and suddenly the chicks wings flew up (not really a chick anymore - lol) and the "chick" appeared to be pretty big. Dad flew off and then Mom moved directly over the nest and "chick" was totally visible at this point. Although we thought this nest was dormant, there definitely is one "chick" who has not fledged. I have included photos. I have faithfully watched this nest and just could not believe that the chick had fledged without me seeing it! So glad I finally saw the "chick" and I would assume it should be fledging soon, but who knows. This was an unusual case!
NOTE: It appears the adults are still around the nest watching it. However, since it is 4 months since incubation behavior was first note (April 10), it seems very unusual that this youngster has still not fledged.
Mary Alice T reports: TIME: 12:13pm
WHERE: Evian Regime (Shipyard)
Observations: Observed one Osprey sitting on limb above the nest and to the right. Unfortunately, no signs of any chicks. I have about given up, but find it interesting that one or both the adults are consistently sitting over the nest watching it. I have checked everyday for the past 2 weeks and either one or both Ospreys are keeping vigil.
Mary Alice T: Observations: Observed two Osprey sitting on limbs above the nest. Unfortunately, no signs of any chicks. A little disappointed that this might be a failed nest. Will keep checking for a chick as long as the adults hang around. Will keep looking 2 photos
Mary Alice T. reports: Observed one Osprey sitting on limb above the nest. Unfortunately, no signs of any chicks. It is a huge nest though, so I supposed it could be hunkered down low. Will keep checking for a chick.
Mary Alice T reports: DATE: June 30, 2019
Observations: Observed one Osprey sitting on limb and one Osprey sitting in nest when I arrived. Couldn't see or hear any chicks but eventually the male flew off and returned shortly with a big fish. I am 99.9% sure she has at least one chick in the nest. Male Osprey stayed on limb until I left. Got a shot of the male bringing the fish back and the female sitting in the nest. 2 Photos
Mary Alice T reports:
DATE: June 13, 2019
Observations: Observed one Osprey sitting on limb when I arrived. Osprey also visible in nest. Couldn't see or hear any chicks but she was busy poking her head down in the nest, so I think there is a chick Other Osprey just stayed on limb right above the nest. 2 Photos
NOTE: Based on these observations, we are simply guessing that there is 1 chick (at least). We will update this if we can confirm additional chicks.
Mary Alice T reports: Observed one Osprey sitting on limb when I arrived. Fairly quiet. The it flew off. Few minutes later another Osprey returned with a bunch of nesting material (Spanish Moss) and threw it into the nest. Then it flew off. Another Osprey appeared with a fish in tow and landed on a limb. Couldn't see any chicks. Could not hear any chick noises. So glad there was some activity finally! Cloudy day with slight breeze.
Mary Alice T:
Observations: Observed one Osprey sitting on limb when I arrived. Fairly quiet. Then saw some flapping of wings deep in the nest which I originally thought could be a chick. The the Osprey flapping its wings flew out of nest and the other Osprey (F) hunkered down in the nest. Could not hear any chick noises. Sunny, hot day with slight breeze. 3 Photos
Mary Alice T reports: Observations: Observed one Osprey sitting on a limb above the nest and one Osprey flying around in the sky. The Osprey sitting on the limb moved around and eventually hunkered down on the nest, so I assume she has some chicks in there. Sunny, beautiful, breey day. 4 Photos.
observer Mary Alice T reports: March 10, 2019
Observations: Observed female sitting quietly on nest. One adult flying around overhead but never landed at the nest or tree. Adult flying was making calling noises. Sunny, warm day. Got shot of nesting Osprey and flying Osprey.
observer Mary Alice T reports: DATE: March 5, 2019
TIME: 3:45pm - 4PM
WHERE: Evian Regime
Observations: Observed female sitting on nest, calling for mate. One adult flying around overhead but never landed at the nest. Coolish, but sunny day. The nest is massive and located high in a large pine tree which is completely shaded.
Mary Alice T reports: DATE: August 4, 2018
TIME: 5:45pm - 6:00PM
WHERE: Evian, Shipyard Plantation
Observations: When I arrived, one adult and one juvenile were sitting on a branch next to the nest. Both were crying on and off. Then the juvenile stood up and began stretching her wings and jumping about in front of Mom. Mom just sat there watching. Then all of a sudden the juvenile flew off the the show was over! She never returned while I was there.
Mary Alice reports: DATE: July 21 2018
TIME: 4:30pm - 4:45PM
WHERE: Evian, Shipyard Plantation
Observations: When I arrived, one chick was in the nest; first time I have had a good look at this chick clearly and more than just the head! Chick was eating something and looking up at Mother. Mother was on limb above waiting patiently for her to finish eating. Mother called a couple of times. Fairly quiet. No other activity noted. I believe this chick will fledge within the next 10 days or so.
observer reports: : When I arrived, one adult was in the nest eating and/or feeding the chick (who I couldn't see.) Then two Ospreys exit the nest and go out on a nearby limb to sit. After looking at them, I thought these were two adults. But then an adult male flew in and landed with a fish, so I believe the two Osprey on the limb are one adult and one chick. The male eventually flew off and left the other two on the limb. Never saw the fish again, so the male either left with it or threw it in the nest. When I got home and looked at the two Ospreys on the limb on my computer, I believe that the smaller one is definitely the chick. Very hot and humid but with a little breeze. Two Mississippi Kites were buzzing overhead for the entire time I was there. The male Osprey went after the kites a couple of times.
observer reports: Observed one chick's small head poking up in the nest, but couldn't get a photo. Two adults in nest - both appeared to be feeding or eating. Lots of wings flailing around. Very hot day, but nest is located high in a huge pine tree completely shaded. One adult flew off eventually.
comments:Observations: One Osprey in nest; appeared to be feeding a chick although I could barely see what appeared to be the top of the chick's head. Could be more than one chick. It is a huge nest. One Osprey, presumably the male, was sitting in the nest with the female and then flew out onto a limb with a fish in its talons. Male stayed on limb and didn't appear to be eating the fish. Then lots of action of both Osprey's flying out of the tree and circling in the sky; then flew back in (with the fish.) Did not observe any chicks per se, but it appeared that Mom was feeding something when I first arrived. Watched for about 20 minutes and for the remainder of the time, the male sat on the limb and the female reentered the nest.
Hot and humid; bright sun, but nest if fully in the shade
observer reports: Osprey sitting very deep in nest (assuming it was the mother) Could just barely make out the top of her head and one eye. Did not see mate or hear any chicks. Some people there said there was a lot of activity yesterday with them flying in and out of nest and making much noise. Watched for about 10 minutes.
It is just a guess that incubation started in late March,
observer reports: Observations: Osprey sitting on outer limb by the nest. Did not observe any chicks, but two owners told me they had seen at least one chick's head. It appeared that Mom was eating something when I first arrived - possibly a fish. Watched for about 15 minutes and for the remainder of the time, she sat preening.
Warmish evening. Did not observe any chicks or hear any. Never saw the mate.
observer reports: First time I have observed an Osprey in the nest this season. One female Osprey sitting on limb (on the other side of the nest) crying. Never entered the nest. Watched for about 15 minutes.