#6627 Hunting Island/Just before the Fripp Island Bridge Bridge East
Osprey Nest Platform
On Hunting Island, Just before you head onto Fripp Island, SC
East side of Bridge
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.
Saw one flying for the first time on 7/8/22. Yesterday I saw the nest empty for the first time and saw two of them return. Today all 3 were on the nest, I watched one fly off and return. Both adults are still in the area.
observed a pair feeding babies this afternoon. The next is on a platform on top of what looks like an abandoned utility poll or a poll placed there for the platform. It is not the one seen in photo as there are no electrical parts on the poll. It is between the water and the utility polls that do have transformers etc. suggesting that when new utility polls were installed, the next poll may have been an abandoned poll. The nest poll is at the high tide line and easily seen from the pier.
Sometime around the first of May, the eggs began to hatch. First saw three nestlings on May 14th (Mother's Day!). On 5/16/2017, I got pics and a short video showing 3 nestlings being fed by the female while the male perched just next to the nest (see photos)
Almost certain that this nest has eggs. Observed brooding behavior since late March. I have been watching osprey nest on this platform for the past 12 years but not certain if it the same adult pair every year. I have tons of photos of the nest and check on it nearly every day. Last season there were three successful fledges, and all three fledged the nest on the same day, July 5th, 2016. My opinion is that it was due to the July 4th fireworks nearby as all three of the young and both adults were extremely agitated when the fireworks started that evening. On the morning of the 5th when I checked the nest, it was empty. Observed adults and all three young afterwards until they left the area.