The nest is atop a pine tree close to the tower that was damaged from Hurricane Mathew. This nest is behind the Mellow Mushroom,the outside seating area, left of the Sea Pines Greenwood gate, front gate, to the right of Harris Teeter you get a perfect view from the Harris Teeter Mellow Mushroom side parking lot.
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.
Christine B reports: No activity
NOTE: We are concerned that something happened to the nestling causing the pair to abandon the nest. I seems unlikely that I missed the fledging since I am in that area a lot.
Christine B reports:
I observed this nest from 7:15 pm to 8:00pm. Again as I said in my last report .
I haven't a clue as to what happened to nest 7070. I am in that area morning noon and night and activity just abruptly stopped. I guess it is possible that I missed them fledge.
I did not see any activity in this time period.
Christine B reports: On my arrival to observe the nest, it looked empty but seconds later
one adult Osprey flew into the nest and was flapping her wings and hoping around in the nest as if she did not want to step on the little ones. About 5 minutes after her arrival one adult flew in with a fish and dropped it
into the nest. I heard what sounded like multiple chicks chirping . He took off
and returned with something small and at that moment I heard one chick chirping. They both settled down in the nest and the chirping ceased.
Christine B reports: Observed on May 10th and 17th 2020
No new behavior observed. One Osprey observed on both dates sitting
very low in the nest. I could barely see her head. I did not see her partner near by on these dates.
Christine B reports: The only activity I observed this AM was one adult Osprey
standing in the nest looking around and chirping . I did not see any other adult in the area.
NOTE: Based on this, we think hatching may have happened but May 1 is just a guess.
Christine B reports: Osprey nest # 7070 before the storm.
I have observed one adult Osprey either in the nest or on a branch perched beside the nest on these two days. No other type of activity observed.
Christine B reports: Osprey Nest# 7070 March 23, 2020
I observed today for the first time one Osprey sitting low in the nest.
I could only see her head. Her partner was on the edge of the nest
and as I was observing them both her partner took to fight, soared above the nest
then flew off.
NOTE: This description may indicate incubation has begun.
Christine B reports: 11:00AM I observed one Osprey sitting in the nest chirping and constantly looking in all directions. I have seen one Osprey in this nest or perched on a limb near the nest several times before this date. I have not observed two Osprey at this nest yet. My hope is I will be able to report on two Osprey at this nest soon.
Christine B reports: June 12th 13th 14th 15th
I have been observing this nest for 4 days in a row at different times AM and PM. I also have observed this nest prior to these dates and have not seen any signs of hatchlings. I have not seen an adult in the nest since
my last report. I will keep an eye on it but I am afraid that something happened and there will not be any offspring from this nest this year.
Christine B reports: May 19th 2019 Nest# 7070
I heard a lot of chirping in this nest luckily I did get to see Mom Osprey's head pop up and wings flutter .
She is very low in the nest and I have not seen chicks yet.
Christine B reports: :May 4th 2019 at 11:30 I observed one Mom Osprey in nest #7070 standing up chirping. The dad flew in a couple minutes later with a fish It looked like they were feeding chicks. I heard some more chirping in the distance. Both Parents remained in the nest standing wings slightly open.
Christine B reports:
When I frist arrived I observed one Osprey perched on the edge of the nest.
Went into HT and when I came out I observed the nest was empty and one Osprey was flying toward the nest with a fish.
He landed on the nest looked around, took off circled and landed on a branch close to the nest. looked about then he began to eat his fish.
I waited for awhile but could not spot any other Osprey in the vicinity.
Christine reports: Aug. 7, 2018 Observations. I have been back to the nest 3x since the morning of Aug. 6 including this morning and all 3x I have not seen the Parents or the young Osprey nor did I see any Osprey in the sky or hear any chirps.
Christine B reports: Tuesday July 31, 2018 - I saw two young Osprey in the nest this AM.
The Young Osprey closest to the parking lot was standing upright in the nest and began flapping his wings and rose sightly in the air. I could see his feet hoped he would take off. One Adult was on a nearby limb watching.
After a few minutes both Ospreys in the nest settled down into the nest.
Christine B. reports: July 22,2018 Sunday afternoon observations Nest #7070. Two young Osprey, one in the nest and one standing on the top edge of the nest eating and when they were finished they did a lot of chirping.
Did not see parent near by. There was however an Osprey soaring very high up above close to the nest.
Observer reports: July 9, 2018 8:13 PM I counted two baby Osprey sitting in their nest with their Mother.
Dad was up in the Tower watching over them. Mom did a lot of chirping before I saw the babies but I could hear them chirping in response. After 10 mins their heads popped up.
June 30th 2018, Observed my nest three times this week. Seeing the same behavoir each time.
Mom walks gingerly around in the nest stopping and unfolding her wings. Looks like she is shading the nest.
Dad is nearby and nudges her out of the nest and he takes over nesting duties. Dad has brought home twigs and one time a fish. I have not seen babies yet . Virginia Creeper has covered the outside of my nest making it impossible to see in the nest.
observer reports: June 18th 2018 AM .
I observed Mom Osprey standing in her nest chirping and slightly spreading her wings obviously shading her eggs. I have not seen any signs of chicks yet.
Dad Osprey is coming and going but I have not seen him bring a fish to the nest or to Mom Osprey yet.
Last week I observed Mom and Dad sharing nesting responsibilities and a lot of chirping. Dad also took a position on the tower watching over the nest for some time last week.
observer reports: A lot of activity this morning. Mom and Dad taking turns leaving the nest coming back with Spanish Moss and chirping.
Finally they both settled down Mom sitting flat in the nest and Dad perched on the branch below the nest Preening.
observer reports: Observed one Osprey standing in the nest chirping.She flew off and returned with a stick.
Repeated the same behavior 3 more times bringing back sticks and Spanish Moss placing all nest material in the nest.
She settled down and began to preen. No sightings of any other Osprey in the area.
observer reports: April 18th 2018 observed one Osprey standing on the edge of the nest. No sighting of mate.
About ten minutes later Osprey standing on edge of nest started to chirp. A smaller Osprey who I thought for a moment was her mate came flying in almost landing on her back.
Both Osprey began flapping there wings and Her chirp became louder.
The intruder flew off and a split second later her mate arrive and perched on the branch right next to her and the nest.