Utility pole located on Bradley Blvd overlooking sylvan lake. 2 Ospreys in early stage of building nest. Lots of branches on ground, very little progress on nest build but have observed them first on 3/17/2019, then for three days. 3/26-3/27
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.
First Nest Building observed 3/26.19, first spotted 3/17 Flying around lake and even fighting with nearby eagles. Posting some pics of first stick, unforunetly on Utility pole. Pole number reported, hopefully alternative platform could be built nearby.
One of the Sylvan Lake ospreys was divebombing nearby Eagles Nest in Cell Tower and Chirping in Panic mode. Maybe eagle stole a fish or ,maybe eagle grabbed an osprey? I have video but this app will not allow me to up load.