Looks at though they may be incubating but will check again in a day or so.
The osprey have spent a good deal of energy this last week working on rebuilding their nest. The male was observed making 4 or 5 trips back with branches during a couple of 15 minute observation times during the week. The female made shorter, less frequent flights to pick up some nearby sticks. Once when they both were away from the nest another osprey flew by, poached a large stick from the nest and flew off.
3/28/23 Osprey arrived approximately on this date. Their nest is completely gone. given that it survived storms last summer it is possible that it was removed by human intervention, but I have no proof of that.
3/30/23 This evening one osprey was perched on the light fixture where their nest was last year. There are some branches or vines on the fixture that weren't there before but they have to build the nest from scratch.
Around 7 AM, both birds were still around the football field. One was eating a fish on a light fixture on the opposite side of the field from the nest. The other bird brought some nesting materials to the post diagonally across the field from the nest. In the 15 minutes I watched, it made 4 trips in with mostly small branches. There was not much nest material on the pole so the bird may not have been doing a lot of bringing in materials at other times.
There was a severe storm the evening of 7/2/22 with driving rain (1 inch in about 20 minutes), high winds, and hail. I believe the chick died as a result. On 7/3 both adult birds were present on light fixtures on the opposite side of the field. On 7/4 both adults were present on light fixtures other than the nest light. Around 7 am the male flew down to the field, picked up a stick and flew to the light where the female was perched. Later in the morning both adults were on a different light fixture with a small twig next to them.
Around 7 AM one adult (presumably male) was on a light fixture across from the nest eating a freshly caught fish--the fish's tail appeared to be thrashing. The other was at the nest. Eventually the fish was delivered to the nest at which point one chick became visible. In 3-4 visits this week I have only seen one chick.
The nest is active. The female was perched on the side of the nest and today was the first time I saw the top of a juvenile's head. It remains to be seen whether there is more than one juvenile. The male was not present at the time of the visit.
The osprey arrived sometime between 3/12/2022 when none were present and 3/22/2022 when two were observed at the stadium. On 4/2/22 and 4/9/22they were observed copulating at the nest. By 4/23/22 the female appears to be incubating, but since I made no observations in the the last two weeks I have no information on when she began.
All three ospreys were present this morning around 7AM. The fledgling was at the nest enjoying fish breakfast. After it was finished it flew to a lower light fixture for a while, then flew to one of the high lights. Most of the flights I observed this week were approximately the height of 2 - 4 stories of the high school. It moves around the campus and off into the neighborhood. One or both adults remain on nearby light towers.
Date of fledging is approximate. I could not spot the juvenile on 7/20/2021 anywhere and guess it may have been somewhere in the neighborhood. During previous stops earlier in the week the juvenile was at the nest. On 7/17/2021 the juvenile was sitting on the southeast lightpole, south of the pole that supports the nest.
Both adults were at the nest for a while this morning. Female was busy eating a fish. Eventually a chick popped its head up. It did some wing exercises showing its impressive wingspan.
Adults were at nest feeding chicks around 7 am. On 6/13/2021 one chick was up high enough to be spotted as it was being fed. Still impossible to know how many chicks are in the nest.
Eggs should have hatched sometime last week. The nest is too high to tell how many chicks, but the nest was active as of yesterday morning. Adult observed standing high in nest, later moved down where it could not be seen from ground level.
Location of the nest makes it impossible to see if there are eggs, but birds were observed mating today as well as 4/10 and it has been hard to see if there is a bird in the nest. I would guess they are incubating since I can barely see the head at times.