Carol B and Fran B report: Fran spotted activity at our nest. She saw the osprey carrying a fish to nest and heard lots of squeaking
Carol B and Fran B report they have not seen any activity yet.
Carol B reports: the nest is intact.
Fran B reports: Just wanted to report that there is one very vocal Osprey at our nest (#7147) at 5:45 p.m on Sunday, 3/27/2022.
Fran B reports: This morning I observed BOTH Ospreys at our nest. There was one vocalizing for a while, and then the second bird flew in and both were being very vocal. I know they can see me when I'm standing on our dock. I take a few pictures and then move away. But I know that they are looking straight at me while I'm on the dock, and they vocalize so I think they're "agitated". I don't stay there very long.
Christine B and Fran B report:Osprey was just laying there the entire time, may be nesting! Exciting! NOTE: We assume this is incubation starting.
Fran B. reports: Just a bit ago (@10:40 a.m.), I observed some activity at Nest 7147. Earlier, there was no activity, but when I looked again, I saw one Osprey at the nest, a second one flew in...and then a third one tried to usurp one of the others. There was some vocalizing, and one tried to "dive-bomb" another. After a while things quieted down and two remained at the nest for a bit.
So, at this point, I do think we will have an active nest again this year
Fran B reports: saw a single adult twice at the nest. Could have been the same bird or two different ones.
Fran B reports: saw TWO Ospreys on our Osprey nest this morning!!! I'd been checking periodically - very glad I checked this morning. Both were just standing but I'll be watching for more activity for sure.
Fran and Carol B's nest is considered done for the season. At least we became sure that there were two offspring, and apparently both are actively flying on their own. I have not seen an adult for several weeks.
NOTE: We cannot confirm the date of the first fledging, but our July 1 is an approximate guess.
Fran B reports: On Wednesday (7/28), about mid-day, I checked our nest from my backyard. I heard some Osprey calls and looked with binos and camera. I observed a single Osprey at the nest, vocalizing and moving around on the nest. After a short time, the Osprey (which I could see was a young bird - still looked speckled). The bird continued to vocalize but I could hear no other calls that might have been responses. After a short time...within about 2 minutes, the Osprey flew from the nest and came towards our flowing waterway (lagoon system in Palmetto Dunes). I was standing on our small dock and watched the Osprey land on an open branch fairly high above the waterway. He started vocalizing again, but I could hear nor see any other Ospreys nearby. I watched for maybe two minutes or so and noticed the bird moving about a little more.
Fran B reports: Not a whole lot to report, but I just saw one of our juvenile birds at the nest. There was no vocalizing or wing-flapping. Since there was only one there, I have to assume that the second juvenile had flown away for a while.
Fran B reports: I have a photo that proves nest 7147 has two youngsters. I have on occasion been lucky enough to see some wing-flapping. This nest has been quite a challenge!
NOTE: Photo added shows two youngsters .....and a bonus Eastern Kingbird!
Fran B reports: I am able to confirm the wing-flapper is definitely a youngster. But: Another shocker: As I was finishing looking at all of the photos I took, there MAY BE a second youngster. I literally had no inkling that there might be two because in all of my previous many observations - even AT the nest tree! - there was only the one. I have included a photo showing what appears to be a second chick.
Fran B reports: Late this afternoon, I heard Osprey calls. I looked out and took my camera into the yard to see if I could find out what was happening. A single Osprey in the nest was doing a lot of wing-flapping, and the way it looked, I'm thinking it might be the single youngster at our nest.
Fran B reports: On Monday early evening, I went to view the nest from the golf course in order to try to get better views. I observed the presumed female Osprey at the nest. She reacted as she normally does...somewhat agitated but not as much as some prior visits. Before too long a second bird appeared. It had been on the opposite side of the nest. I'm glad I got a couple of shots of that bird since it is the juvenile. I have seen no evidence of a second youngster.
The photos I'm attaching shows the speckled feathering and the light brownish coloration on the upper breast of the bird. One is the same view and bird, just a "wider" shot.
Fran B reports: Today around 4:40 p.m. I took a photo of the Osprey nest from my backyard. I was extremely excited to realize - when I looked at the photo - that there was definitely one youngster (small head) on the left side (from my viewpoint) of the nest, and "Mom" is on the right. Also, at one point this afternoon, an Osprey flew in and dropped a nice size fish in the nest, also...so lots of good signs! Seeing the actual nest and activity from my back yard has gotten VERY difficult. It's hard to get a spot that allows me to view the birds and activity. So much tree and limb growth that sighting is trickier every day!
Fran B reports: I have been seeing at least one adult at the nest from my backyard, but have not yet seen any signs of "chick" activity. Mostly, the adult is standing or laying down. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to hear some calls of a second bird, hopefully bringing food or providing a break for "Mom".
As usual, this evening the bird vocalized a time or two and then flew to a limb above the nest. I saw no signs of the second adult while I was there. I had binocs plus my camera, but I was not able to see any actual evidence of eggs or chicks. Hopefully something more definitive will appear in the next week or so. I've gotten photos from my back yard that shows an Osprey is present most of the time - sometimes appears to be still incubating, but I cannot know for sure. A second Osprey comes to the nest, but it's just luck if I spot that activity.
Fran B reports: When I arrived, I did not see a bird at the nest initially...but "she" finally popped her head up. She always appears nervous, I think she's suspicious about the camera lens. She vocalized a few times, and I spotted the second Osprey flying in and landed on a nearby limb. The nesting bird immediately flew off the nest and the second bird flew from its perch and entered the nest from the back side.
I have been unable to see any actual evidence of egg(s), but I feel sure there are eggs.
NOTE: Several photos added; observer indicated it is more difficult to observe this nest because of the growth of vegetation. Monitors can see it better from the golf course now and have to wait until the course is closed to observe the nest.
Carol B and Fran B report: I went to the golf course for a better view. I spotted one perched on a high limb, but I didn't spot "Mom" at the nest. As I was leaving to go back to the truck, one Osprey flew off the branch and flew right over me, and then a second Osprey flew up and away from the nest.
Carol B and Fran B report: This is a summary of activity in the time since the late March update: Osprey nest is still showing comings and going of the adults. I've witnessed several times the "changing of the guard" as the adults swap positions. I made another foray (my second) to the golf course a couple of days ago for perspective from the "front" view of the nest. One bird was laying on eggs (I presume), while the other perched higher up on a tree limb. The bird on the nest got a bit agitated since I was taking a few pictures. I was standing well back from the nest tree and using my long lens, but the bird vocalized a few times and took off. The second Osprey (who vocalized back) immediately flew down onto the nest to take up incubation of the eggs.
Carol B and Fran B report: I went to the golf course at 5:30 this afternoon and was able to view our nest from the opposite perspective of what I view from my house.
I suspect that she is on at least one egg, and may have been for a few days.
Today at the golf course, the Osprey was definitely laying on the nest...not standing. Sometimes when she sees me out there she appears "annoyed" and will sometimes start vocalizing. This afternoon, she sometimes turned her head and looked my way, but most of the time she looked towards our waterway. She did not appear to be agitated. Off in the distance a bit, I noticed a Red-tailed Hawk perched in another tree down the fairway from where I was.
Earlier in the afternoon, one Osprey was visible standing on the back side of the nest (visible from my house). There was some vocalizing, and another Osprey flew in as the bird on the nest flew off to take a break (?).
Fran B reports: Most of the time, I see one bird standing on the nest. I have seen two birds at the nest several times. I have not seen anything that looks like mating; I have seen some housekeeping/rearranging sticks/etc. The hardest thing was trying to determine what was going on when I've seen as many as four flying around and above this nest. I'm assuming that the "proper owners" are the ones coming and/or guarding the nest most frequently. One day there was a LOT of vocalizing between bird(s) at nest and others circling above.
Fran B reports: I thought we had a definite pair, one guarding the nest...the other bringing branches, etc.
But today, there is a dispute involving 4 Ospreys. They've been circling, swooping, and diving around and above the nest, screeching the whole while.
I do hope that ultimately we will have a viable pair.
Fran B reports:
An Osprey pair landed in nest #7147 at about 1:45 p.m. today. They actually did a bit of housekeeping right away. About 30 minutes later, I heard and saw a pair circling and continuously calling as they flew over our Trent Jones golf course (I think they were taking a brief break), and now they are back on the nest.
Fran B reports: I noticed one of the Osprey juvies at the nest tree this morning, and I got a shot showing the change in the plumage. The white tips at the ends of the feathers are so different from what I was calling "speckles" of white.
Fran B reports:I visited the Fazio golf course this morning and confirmed that at the time of my visit there, the nest was empty. I photographed it from all angles to be sure. I stayed for just over a half hour at around 11 a.m. What I found was one adult Osprey flying overhead with a fish (scolding me the whole time); I also found a juvenile Osprey a couple of limbs higher than the nest - I believe it would need to have flown to that position. I spotted a second adult Osprey in another pine tree not far from the nest tree and believe it was the other parent. I did NOT see the second juvenile, so I am assuming that it was probably the one that had already fledged (the older one which already had several days of flight practice and was off somewhere on its own at the time I was watching the other three). The juvenile on that higher limb clearly still shows the speckled pattern on the wings and the reddish eye. The other two had all-brown wings (no speckling), and the eyes appeared to be yellow.
As late as yesterday, I had seen both juveniles at the nest at the same time.
Fran B reports: I think today was finally THE day, at least for one chick!
I'm attaching a photo of one in flight (two had been in the nest on the street side and one moseyed to the other (golf course) side of the nest. The one on the street side was occasionally exercising its wings, but I noticed one in flight and it was flying towards my direction. I got just a couple of shots, but I'm attaching one. I'm pretty sure this is a juvie...eyes that are reddish (not yellow), a very light tannish band across the breast, and the front edge of the wings have a striped appearance (not totally brown as an adult Osprey has.
As I watched a bit longer, I think I saw an adult fly into the nest (confirmed in photo)...it appeared that the youngster still at the nest went to it; I believe the adult must have brought food to the nest...the chick put its head down and appeared to be feeding. In a subsequent photo (within 2 minutes) I took another shot...and found that the fledgling had come back to the nest.
Carol B reports: Went this morning about 9 am on Fazio golf course to look at nest. The adult was going crazy having me there, squawking and swooping. Stayed about 5 minutes, then went to other side of road to get a different view. Adult was on a branch above the nest, making more “gentle” calling sounds. Never saw it go to the nest, but sure seemed to be protecting it. No heads peeking out while I was there.
Fran B and Carol B report: This morning, I hit the jackpot and was able to finally capture photos of TWO Osprey chicks.
The photos clearly show the "speckled" feathers on wings, the reddish-orange eye, and wing-flapping activity of one chick.
Fran B reports: Observed one adult and one chick at the nest.
Fran B reports: At about 6:15 p.m., one adult was feeding at the nest.
Fran B reports: One osprey flew in to nest with a fish at 12:15 p.m. Both adults were present on nest, and several photos show one chick at nest.
Fran B reports: One adult in view at nest; several photos showed one chick.
Fran B reports: At 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:30, I saw adult Ospreys on the nest. As I watched, one flew off; the second appeared to be feeding. I thought their was no youngster visible, but in looking at two of the photos, I was able to discern one chick's head.
Fran B reports: There is one speckled chick on the left side of the frame along with one adult! (see photo)
Fran B reports: Just got back home from 2 visits to our nest tree (one on our way out, then a second look on our way back home). Both times, as soon as I became visible on the golf fairway, the bird on the nest (laying down) immediately started to call to the mate. Within seconds, the 2nd Osprey flew over the nest tree and circled over the fairway. Two crows were immediately available to challenge the Osprey in flight. I did not linger either time, but I was not able to see any portions of chicks, as I did on my first trip to the nest tree via golf course. I think there are youngsters up there but are still being very protected. I've been staying a fair distance from the nest tree, but when I go again I plan to go even further down the fairway in hopes that they might not be so worried! I know that there have been golfers on that course recently, but maybe they know not to be alarmed by golfers...
Fran B reports: I observed two adult Ospreys at the nest. Appeared to be feeding but could not determine if a youngster was being fed.
NOTE: Based on the last few observations, we have listed 1 nestling. That can be changed once we can confirm the number. They may not be quite big enough to confirm more than 1 right now.
Fran B reports: I made several observations from mid-morning into late afternoon. Could see one adult at nest - may have been feeding either itself or perhaps a youngster.
Fran B reports: Around midday two adults were visible at nest; one was in silhouette.
Carol B reports: One adult feeding a chick.
NOTE: Based on the observations of 5-5-20 and the photo, it appears there is at least one fuzzy chick in the nest. It seems to be upright enough to indicate it probably hatched at least a few days ago. Based on observations and photos, we are GUESSING that hatching took place on May 1 making the check several days old. We will adjust if observations indicate we should.
Fran B reports: Went over to the Fazio Course today (no golfing activity) to check the nest and initially saw nobody at the nest. But then I got caught up in a lot of activity. I started hearing Osprey calls that didn't sound like they were coming from the nearby PD water tower. Sure enough, I soon saw two adult Ospreys calling and circling the nest tree. I found that one Osprey had a nice fish in its talons. The other continued calling and circling. Eventually, the fish provided landed on the nest rather briefly. Both parents continued to call and circle. Finally, one of the parents landed at the nest. The second one continued to circle overhead...I believe it was concerned by my walking about trying to get different angles. I moved to a nearby tree and stood still for a while. That bird eventually landed at the top of another tree further away from the nest.
Fran B reports: 4/23/20 10:30 a.m. Saw one Osprey at nest; probable activity - looked like this mature bird may have been eating - standing on the front of Queen's Folly Road side of the nest
Fran B reports: There was no golf activity on the Fazio course, so I was able to walk onto the course and go far enough back from the nest to get views (and photos) of the opposite side of the tree from what I normally am looking at. I was very happy to have my mind eased! I have been very concerned about what that side of the nest looked like since, from my angle of view, it seemed like the nest might be in very bad shape - like sloping downward. Not to worry! The nest looks MUCH better from that side and vantage point. It is very large, appears to be level, and well maintained. I was not able to see any sign of eggs or chicks, but as I walked to my vantage point, an Osprey flew over me and landed on a branch pretty high above the actual nest. "She" perched there for the rest of the time I spent there, which wasn't very long (maybe 5 minutes).
mid-afternoon...One Osprey at nest site, perched in nest tree
Fran B reports: 4/18/20 11:00 a.m. One Osprey at nest
Fran B reports: about 11:30 a.m., I spotted the top of the head of one Osprey laying in nest. Soon after, I spotted an Osprey flying into the nest, and immediately the second Osprey left the nest. So...both were present very briefly.
Due to very windy conditions, the nest appears more "disheveled" than ever. Even using binoculars AND camera, it is very difficult to see anything very clearly...unless I happen to be watching at a crucial time (like yesterday).
Fran B reports: 1 p.m. Saw one Osprey standing on nest, possibly feeding or tending to egg or nestling - could not see well enough.
Fran B and Carol B report:
9:00 a.m. Observed one Osprey on nest...incubating (?)
Noon: No Osprey visible at nest
3:15 p.m.: One Osprey at nest...appears to be incubating
Fran B and Carol B report:
9:10 a.m. Osprey circling and vocalizing flying above the nest tree
11:00 a.m. One Osprey on nest
1:00 p.m. One Osprey on nest, possibly tending nest/eggs/chick(?) or feeding on fish
2:15 p.m. One Osprey standing on nest
3:45 p.m. One Osprey standing on nest
6:30 p.m. One Osprey standing at far edge of nest
Fran B and Carol B report:
9:15 a.m. One Osprey apparently incubating
12:00 p.m. One Osprey apparently incubating
3:00 p.m. One Osprey apparently incubating (all three times observed showed the bird in position (appeared to by laying, not standing) on the farther edge of the nest.)
4:45 p.m. One Osprey standing at far edge of nest; 2nd Osprey flew in (mating or bonding activity?)
6:50 p.m. One Osprey visible at nest
Fran B and Carol B report:
9:00 A.M. One Osprey on nest...incubating
11:00 A.M. One Osprey still on nest
2:00 P.M. One Osprey on nest...incubating
3:00 P.M. One Osprey flew onto the nest. About 2 min. later a second Osprey flew in, then
flew back off the nest (believe maybe a fish was delivered).
4:45 P.M. One Osprey on nest (incubating?)
7:00 P.M. One Osprey standing on nest (waiting for dinner delivery???) (:-)
Fran B and Carol B report:
9:30 a.m. One Osprey at nest
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. One Osprey at nest - standing/vocalizing; a second Osprey flew onto a tree limb, and the Osprey on the nest flew off. (I could not see the Osprey on the limb due to leaf cover, but did NOT see that one fly away.)
2:00 p.m. One Osprey back on nest
4:00 p.m. No Osprey at nest
7:15 p.m. One Osprey, incubating (I think)
Carol B and Fran B report:
Sunday I saw the osprey on the branch by the nest about 11:30
Starting about 1:00 p.m. There was one Osprey standing at the edge of the nest.
Saw Osprey again at 2:05 p.m. standing on nest.
Again, at 2:45 p.m. one Osprey standing at the edge of the nest, this time vocalizing.
At 5:30 p.m. One Osprey flew from the nest and landed in a tree on our side of the lagoon system, maybe to fish?
At 5:45, One Osprey returned to the nest.
Carol B reports: On Sunday I observed Osprey carrying sticks and rebuilding the nest.
Fran B reports: 8:30 a.m. Both Ospreys at nest; one flew off at about 8:40
10:25 a.m. One Osprey at nest - noticed preening/grooming activity
1:55 p.m. One Osprey standing in nest
5:10 p.m. One Osprey on nest - appears to be laying down near the front side of the nest (closest side to our dock)
Fran B reports: Just a few minutes ago (4 p.m.) saw Osprey at nest. On a whim, I carried my camera outside, saw another Osprey flying in (responding to calling?). Mating activity occurred!!! Within about 10-15 seconds, the male flew off
Fran B reports: Yay!!! Our Osprey is at the nest along Queen's Folly Road. It is vocalizing a bit as it stands on the nest.
Carol B reports: Checked nest #7147 yesterday. Sat for awhile, but no activity. Nest looks a little disheveled. Hope rebuilding starts soon
Carol B and Fran B report: One adult osprey was seen in the vicinity of the nest. The nest repair has not yet begun.
Fran B (subbing for Carol B): While I would not say that the Ospreys are back at the nest, I think food was in the nest. One of the juvenile Ospreys made his presence known on Saturday, when he perched in a tree across the water from our dock. He had in his talons a kind of partially eaten, possibly a bit dessicated fish. I think photos show a bit of blood, but it didn't look too great! I got a fairly good series of shots on Saturday, especially like the ones with spread wings and taking off with the fish.
He was back on Sunday, apparently with the same fish remnant (?) ! I saw the adult sitting on a nest tree limb, on the opposite side of the tree from the actual nest. Lots of incessant calling, too. On Sunday, the juvie was perched on a tree limb right above our dock, so really close. I stayed back from the dock, but he was definitely watching me.
Fran B (subbing for Carol B): I looked at the nest with binocs from my dining area and saw two Ospreys. So...I took my camera for a walk down to the dock. Low and behold, my shots clearly show TWO speckled Ospreys, and in shots of their front, each have the buffy color on the across the breast. I can't believe this...
Most of the photos I got of two birds on the nest clearly showed the difference between baby and adult plumage plus the different eye color (yellow vs. orangish)...
Here are two photos to show that there are actually TWO young in the nest. This is the first confirmation that the nest produced two young osprey. What a surprise find!
Fran B (subbing fro Carol B) reports:
This morning, I spotted the young Osprey perched on a limb away from the nest. It was not in a different tree...opposite side of tree and on a higher limb. He almost flew yesterday...
So, I guess this youngster can be said to have officially fledged!
Fran B reports: Took a few pics on July 4 of the Osprey juvenile testing its wings and am sending the best one.
Also took some shots of an adult at the nest today...did not see a second bird at the nest, so either the juvenile was off practicing flying or was just out of sight line.
Carol B and Fran B report: Sending 3 images...one clearly shows a juvie in the nest with an adult, plus "Dad" with a fish which he has been dining on, but also taking lots of time to call to the nest occupants. I was hoping the juvie would actually fly, but it did not...and I still have not seen that happen.
Carol B and Fran B report:
I still am seeing an adult with one juvenile. The other day I saw the juvie doing a lot of wing-flapping. Mom was at the nest...and right across the lagoon from our dock, an Osprey which I believe was Dad, kept calling and calling...and Mom would sometimes call back. But the juvie
still didn't try to fly while I was watching. I saw the adult on the nest yesterday and just a bit (a
bit of a head shape of what I thought was the youngster behind her). Surely, that youngster will be flying away any day now.
Carol B reports: Saw Mom feeding the young on Thursday, 10:20 am
Carol B and Fran B report: Attached are 3 not-very-good photos. The first two were from yesterday and the third was from today.
It takes some "imagination", but if you look closely you can distinguish a second bird's head in the nest. One really bad shot shows the youngster with it's wings slightly raised, but I did not include that one.
Carol B and Fran B report: Nest #7147 is still hard for me to see into, but Fran is doing an outstanding job getting a better view of the activity. NO sign of the chicks yet, not sure if because nest is so deep, or they are not there/shy. NOTE: There did seem to be feeding activity happening on May 14th so we have listed that as the hatching date, but that is just our best guess.
Carol B and Fran B report: saw the bird in nest yesterday, preening itself. This nest is very difficult to observe, but we do think incubation has been occurring but cannot pin point the date. We will make a tentative guess of April 5 based on an observation and will adjust it if we can determine when the youngsters hatch.
Carol B reports: It is a very large nest, and hard to see into. Fran has a great vantage point from her deck and checks on it for me
Steve J reports: one osprey around nest site
Carol B. reports: osprey at nest; sent photo
observer Steve J reports no activity
observer Steve J. reports: no activity at the nest between Feb. 13-16, 2019
all 2018 observations and photos by Steve J.
Observer reports: nest # 7147
I have visited 3 times in the past wk. Mom or Dad seems to be tending to the nest but I
Have not see any young ones. Nest is pretty high.
observer reports: I checked on it the past 2 days. Both days an adult Osprey was on the nest. Today a second adult was very close by in a tree. I can't tell if there are any babies.
observer reports: My wife and I checked on #7147 yesterday afternoon. We could see movement in the nest, could not tell if it was Mom/Dad or babies.
based on the reports, we are guessing that incubation is underway. May 1st is just a guess.
observer reports: I checked on it this afternoon. I could see either mom or dad in the nest moving around every now and then. Everything looked fine
observer reports: Mom. (Assuming Mom) has been on the nest the 2 or 3 times I have gone past it in the past wk
This is a new nest just found in late April.