Linda S reports:
After hearing a couple of reports from neighbors that Harriet was in the nest, and I had NOT seen her in the nest, I went to nest and spent some time.
As I approached, I saw Ozzie swoop up to the limb next to the nest. After waiting a few minutes, he jumped over to the nest and that's when I saw Harriet's tail feathers go straight up and there was quite a bit of "flapping".
He then flew away but a big smile was on my face in hopes of this being the beginning of a new family!
Linda S reports: I have seen Ozzie & Harriet at nest 7473 a couple of times this week in the same places as before, on the limb next to nest & the other nearby.
Linda S reports: I again saw the female on the branch near the nest, but also saw another osprey on the branch nearby. I think its time for them to start working on their nest!
Linda S reports: I saw an osprey on the limb next to the nest on Folly Field Rd/ Wimbledon Ct. This is my first sighting this year.
General update: This nest in located in a tree where developers want to built and have said the tree needs to come down. However, in 2022 they tried to get the tree removed but were told it could not be removed during nesting season. Again in Dec. 2023, the same request came to the town. Working with the town, the data from this project, a person from that homeowners group, and our local Audubon, the nest has been saved for the 2023 season. They were told once again that it is too late to remove the nest and that if it is removed it cannot be until after there is no evidence of a successful nest this season (late summer/fall). In addition, the developer expressed the idea that they might be willing to put up a platform in the area if the tree is taken down.
SO...we have given this pair another season of nesting for 2023.
Linda S reports: We still have 2 juveniles that still return, not necessarily in the nest but on the side of nest or in a nearby tree.
I see one there quite a bit and the second there about half as often. They seem to be backing off their nest area time, but still making appearances! I’ll let you know when they no longer return.
Linda S reports: Towards the end of last week,maybe Thurs 7th, I surmised that the nest is empty! However I have noticed one returns and perches on the edge of the nest or on a nearby branch. I’m assuming it was the last to leave as it seems smaller and thinner than the others.
I didn’t see anyone yesterday so I’ll try to check daily until I’m sure all are gone.
Linda S reports: After my visit yesterday, I’m convinced that at least 2 have left the nest. I need to observe further for the third. Seems as tho they grew fast!
I had seen some flapping but didn’t catch actual flight, but yesterday I saw a juvenile in the nest chowing down on a fish and not sharing. I saw someone land with a fish but not sure if the juvie snagged it for himself or could he possibly have been the carrier of the fish
Linda S reports: Flight day may be near! Today I saw one of the juveniles perched on the side of the nest. No flight witnessed yet, but certainly on the lookout!
Linda S reports: I’m happy to report 3 chicks in the nest, not 2! Mom is feeding them regularly but got awhile before fledging.
Will keep you updated, but just wanted to confirm 3 chicks! Makes me happy!
Linda S reports: Eureka! Finally, today I saw a little head pop up from the nest. Earlier in the week, I noticed Harriet in the nest & appeared to be feeding them. I believe there are 2 chicks, but will continue to monitor for progress.
Whew!! I was starting to get worried, so happy to see that little head, made me smile!
NOTE: We have tentatively list 2 nestling with a hatching of about 5/3 based on the fact that they often cannot be seen until they are at least 10 days old.
Linda S reports: I’m not positive, but we may have babies. A couple of times in the past week I have seen some movement in the nest & it’s not the adult.
I will confirm as soon as possible. It’s a little frustrating as I have not had problems in past years confirming activity. Something in the nest has changed, making it more difficult to monitor.
I am patiently waiting on some confirmation & will relay as soon as I can confirm.
Linda S reports: I have seen the female in the nest and the male nearby. I once saw the mail fly into the nest and that’s when I realized she was there. She’s very hard to see at times.
At any rate, I think there may be eggs, but no chicks fussing when dad comes around.
Hope to report activity soon, just happy to see them there!
NOTE: Based on this observation, we are assuming that Mom is on eggs but it is too early for any to hatch. We will take a guess that incubation started about 3/25, but we cannot be sure.
Linda S reports: I continue to see both osprey at or near the nest but not actually in the nest. Once I went by and saw a lot of crows flying over the nest but it may have been coincidental.
I will continue to observe in hopes that they will “get busy” soon!
Linda S reports: For the 3rd time this week, I have observed either the male or female at nest but on a limb very close to the nest. I haven’t been able to see anyone IN the nest but always one close by.
I will monitor closely until I determine if someone is “hunkered down” in the nest.
Barb T reports: Great news! Upon my return from the Caribbean, I rode down Folly Field to find an Osprey in the nest and another on the nearby tree. I believe the male was in the nest and female in the tree. After prancing in the nest, possibly neatening the nest, he flew away and left the female on the tree limb where she remained even after I left. I will watch closely for an egg.
Linda S reports: The nest on Folly Field is still there, intact but unoccupied & appears untouched at this time.
Linda S reports: the youngsters are still at the nest as of 9/2/22
Linda S reports: He/she was gone, then later saw it on edge of nest.
Then, this morning I saw the 3 of them, Ozzie, Harriet & Juvey flying & fussing. The flapping of the wings made evident that one was still improving the flying technique.
Linda S reports: There’s a lot of flapping going on but juvenile hasn’t managed to take flight yet. I have seen the parents on the nests’ edge & also in a nearby tree.
Still waiting for flight, won’t be long now. Just my opinion, but I think it must be a male not wanting to leave nest & forage for himself! lol Mama’s boy!!
Sadly, no 2nd one this year. I’ve looked all around the ground under nest for bones or remnants, but nothing.
Linda S report following the 7/7/21 storm:
The nest appears to be in good shape, and yesterday I saw both Ozzie & Harriet on the sides of nest while juvenile was in nest between them. Harriet flapped her wings once & I wondered if maybe she is trying to encourage flight??
Will continue to observe! Amazing that the nest withstood the storm!!
Linda S reports: After observing the nest from different angles yesterday, I still only saw 1 little head in the nest with Harriet.
I’m still not convinced that there isn’t a second one as I see movement but still can’t confirm. So as of now, there seems to be only one, but since I haven’t seen one on the nests’ edge I will continue looking for both.
On a comical note, I was almost under the nest observing, and about 3 minutes after I moved from that spot, someone in the nest “shot” their excrement directly where I had been standing!
Linda S reports: Finally! Yesterday I saw a chick clearly. Only 1, tho. I really thought there was a second one so I’ll keep checking in hopes to see that 2nd little head!
Linda S reports: Eureka! There is movement in the nest! I saw one little head pop up briefly & movement in the nest as well. Made me smile!!
I guess now we wait for flying lessons!
Linda S reports: I still haven’t seen any little heads pop up! But I’m convinced that someone is there because Harriet is usually on the edge of nest definitely caring for someone.
Linda S. reports: We have babies!! At least it appears that way.
Harriet was in the nest feeding 2 chicks in nest.
I didn’t see the chicks but she was feeding one side of nest then turned to other side to feed.
I’m sure they are there, just waiting for those little heads to pop up!
NOTE: Based on this we will assume there are 2 nestlings. We will update when confirmed.
Linda S reports:2 days ago I saw someone stirring in the nest, I assume it was Harriet. Today I managed to get all around under the nest. I didn’t see anyone but def heard a call from the nest. Didn’t hear any peeps, but the way she is hunkered down, I’m guessing the eggs are close to hatching.
Linda S. reports: Harriet has been seen in the nest most every time I’ve been by. And usually squawking at Ozzie for food!
I have seen him in a nearby tree and appears to be having a bite or two before delivering dinner to Harriet.
Shouldn’t be long now!
NOTE: Based on the past couple reports, we can only take a guess that incubation may have begun about April 1. We will adjust this as needed.
Linda S reports: For about 2 weeks now, Ozzie & Harriet both have been spending a lot of time in, on or near the nest. If eggs are not already there, I’m sure it won’t be long!
Linda S reports: , I observed the most amazing thing yesterday. There were 2 pair of Osprey fighting over the nest. They were dive bombing each other and when one would land in the nest, another would come and run the other away. At one time, I saw what I think were 2 in the nest mating. Of course they were run off again. This went on for at least 1/2 hr.
Linda S reports: Just reporting several sightings of male & female renovating their nest. No eggs yet, but lots of rehabbing!
Linda S reports: I heard an Osprey & just as I looked up I saw it fly from the nest.
That’s the first sight of Osprey & couldn’t tell if it was male or female.
Linda S reports: I believe this may be one of our chicks watching us grill. Nest is close by & it’s fussing! Probably wants some of our burgers & brats!
Linda S reports: Today the last chick was gone!
Linda S reports: The past few days I have seen one of the chicks on one side or the other of the nest. Not in it, but on a branch next to it. Each time, it is fussing like crazy. Not sure, but appears this one chick has yet to fly away.
I will try to check daily now in hopes that there is not a problem.
Linda S reports: This week I have observed some exercising of wings & today, Sunday I saw mom & both chicks standing on the edge of nest. Waited & watched for a bit but they didn’t leave. I guess there’s a possibility that they have left & returned??
I’ll continue to watch, sure would like to witness their first flyaway!
Linda S reports: Observation for the past week has shown 2 chicks several times, the latest being yesterday.
I observed Harriet on the limb next to nest & both chicks were exercising their wings in the nest. Won’t be long now!
Linda S reports: Finally saw the chicks! They are bigger than I thought too.
I saw Harriet on the nest and a chick was on either side of her. It was about noon on Sat May 30. I think they all were hungry as there was a lot of fussing going on!
Linda S reports: Saturday, 5/23 early afternoon, female Harriet appeared to be feeding someone in nest.
I did not see chick, but sure it’s there!
Lynn H reports: 6:30 a.m. Male in main perch tree. Female on nest.
5 p.m. Watched male bring fish to female at nest. After some vocalizing and interacting, the male flew away. Confirmed, there is a chick!! Female is feeding a chick, which can just barely be seen reaching its tiny grey head up as Mom is feeding it.
NOTE: Based on the last few observations, we are listing tentative hatching as May 7th. That would be about right if the estimated start of incubation is about right. The last few reports probably were examples of Mom tending/feeding a chick that was not visible until May 18th. While 1 chick is listed, we will update that if it becomes apparent that there is another.
Lynn H reports: 11:30 a.m. Male in main perch tree. Female on edge of nest, possibly shading a chick?
Lynn H reports: : 8:30 a.m. Female trimming sticks and preening, standing on edge of nest. Still can’t actually see a chick. 3:10 p.m. no action
Lynn R reports: 8 a.m. Female in nest, looks like she is feeding or tending a chick. Male in main perch tree. Still can’t actually see a chick.
Lynn H reports: 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. no activity
Lynn H. reports:6:30 a.m. no action. 10:30 a.m. Female moving around in the nest, keeps looking down. Possibly tending chicks. Male is in the southwest perch trees.
4 p.m., Female seems to be tearing up something in the nest, probably a fish, and possibly feeding a chick. Male in the main perch tree.
Lynn H reports: May 7, 2020: 8 a.m. Male in perch tree. Female in nest on its side, reaching down in. Could be feeding small chick; but chick can’t be seen,
Lynn H reports: No evidence of hatching yet, although Ozzie and Harriet are determinedly incubating still.
Lynn H reports: April 24: 8 a.m. Female in southwest perch tree, male calling from nest, but can’t see him in there. Incubation continues.
Lynn H reports: April 23: 7:00 a.m. Female on main perch tree. Can’t see male but he is probably down in nest. She took off and is flying off northward.
Lynn H reports: April 22: 2:40 p.m. Adult on nest.
Lynn H reports: April 20: 8:30 a.m. Female in perch tree preening, male in nest. Then he flew to the perch tree. She stretched, pooped, then went back to the nest and disappeared into it. The both look a little bedraggled, probably pretty wet after the overnight storms,
Lynn H observes: April 19: 12:40 p.m. Adult on nest – thunderstorms coming.
Lynn H observes: April 18: 3:30 p.m. Adult on nest, another seen flying nearby.
Lynn H reports: The female is hollering her head off between
preenings, and I finally saw enough of a tail flick in the nest to realize the
male is down in there.
Lynn reports: April 17: 7:30 a.m. No adult visible.
1:00 p.m. Female perched by nest, grooming and calling intermittently as she usually does in the presence of the male. He finally twitched enough of his tail so that I knew he was down in the nest.
Lynn H reports: April 15: 7:30 & 9:30 am. No adult visible
Lynn H reports: April 14: 8 a.m. no adult visible
3:30 p.m. Cannot see female, assume she is in the nest. Male is again in the southwest perch tree, eating a largish fish. This time it looks like some kind of jack, based on the tail shape and spines along the lateral sides of the tail. He is calling, but no response the female.
Lynn H reports: April 13: 11 a.m. Nest still there after ferocious storm, adult incubating.
6:30 p.m. Female on nest, calling noisily. She usually does that in the presence of the male, so looked all around for him. Finally spotted in the southwest perch trees, eating a large fish nearly as long as he is. He is “ignoring” the begging female. If she keeps calling, he may relent later; but, for now, he is eating. The fish looks like a sheepshead porgy, by shape and thick blackish bands on a very light background (although I wasn’t close enough to be sure).
Lynn H reports: April 12: 7 a.m. male in perch tree
10 a.m. no adults visible
Lynn H reports: April 11: 9 a.m. Male in perch tree, female in nest.
5:20 p.m. Male in perch tree, female in nest. A few minutes later, male flew to nest. Some vocalization, then she flew across the road to another tree. The male settled down into the nest. So, Ozzie is on duty for a while.
Note: If incubation began, as expected,
Lynn H reports: April 10: 7 a.m. Adult on nest, can’t tell which.
Lynn H reports: April 9: 7:00 a.m. Adult on nest
7 p.m. Female in perch tree, preening. Male on nest
Lynn H reports: April 8: 8:00 a.m. adult in nest
6:30 p.m. Female on the nest, then hopped out onto a nearby branch. She shot out a big poop, then hopped back into the nest! Very tidy is our Harriet.
Lynn H reports: April 7: 7:00 a.m. no adult visible.
11:30 a.m. adult in nest, moving around
7:00 p.m. adult in nest
Lynn H reports: April 6: 7:30 a.m. female in nest, head up, calling
10:30 a.m. One calling somewhere, one soaring high 00 neither in nest, but female is probably down in it.
11 a.m. Male brought a fish, then the female flew with it to the sw perch trees. The male settled into the nest, occasionally calling. After finishing the fish, female flew back to the main perch tree (nearer the nest), giving occasional soft calls, cleaning her beak on the tree branch, then preening. Male still in the nest.
Lynn H reports: April 4: 8:20 a.m. adult on nest. 11:30 a.m. none visible
April 5: 8:20 a.m. none visible, 9:30 a.m. osprey heard calling
Lynn H reports: While no osprey were seen yesterday, today April 3: 8 a.m an adult head visible in nest.
11 a.m. male in main perch tree, can’t see a bird on the nest.
Lynn H reports: April 1: 9:30 a.m. Female in perch tree grooming. Male not visible. Oh, there he is, down in the nest. I can just see a couple of tail feathers twitching. (This nest is too deep to see birds on the nest unless they move around or stick their heads up.)
Lynn H reports: March 31: 5 p.m. Adult on nest, but can’t tell which it is.
Lynn H reports: March 30: 7:50 a.m. Female perched next to nest. Male not visible. Female called a couple of times as another adult was seen flying high over. Don’t know if it was “her” male.
Lynn H reports: March 29: 3 p.m. Male left nest, and female hopped in. Can only just see the top of her head.
Lynn H reports: March 28: 7:35 a.m. Female in perch tree, then hopped over by the nest (as 3 crows approached). Then she moved into the nest, where she really can’t be seen except for an occasional shadow of movement.
3:20 p.m. adult on nest, no activity, apparently incubating.
Lynn H reports: March 27: 1 p.m. Male in main perch tree, calling. Then flew off. Female in nest hunkered down so only a few tail feathers can be seen. Maybe incubating?
1:40 p.m. an adult is in the nest moving around (can’t tell which adult)
Lynn H reports: March 26: 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. no ospreys visible
Lynn H reports:
March 24: 7:45 a.m. female perched next to 11:45 a.m. no ospreys visible
3:15 p.m. female in nest arranging sticks, moving around but not settling as she probably were if incubating.
Lynn H reports: March 23: 1 p.m. Male on nest, but not hunkered down. 1:06 flew away.
5:30 p.m. Female in main perch tree, no sign of male
Linda S. reports: an adult is in the nest. She could barely see a head.
9:30 a.m. Female in main perch tree; male not visible.
4:00 p.m. An adult in a perch tree about 50 or so yards north of nest.
4:30 p.m. Female in main perch tree
Lynn H reports: March 21: 9:19 a.m. Female in main perch tree, male seen flying nearby.
4:30 p.m. Male flew in to secondary perch trees with a large flapping fish. Female perched near nest, hollering loudly. A third adult was seen flying nearby.
Lynn H reports: March 20: 7:23 a.m. Female in perch tree near nest, no sign of male.
Lynn H reports: March 17: 1:17 p.m. Start of my walk, female in main perch tree, male not visible. End of my walk, about 20 min. later, adult seen flying away from the area of the nest, probably same bird. A minute later, female brought a stick to the nest. Then she flew away, then returned with an even bigger stick. Then the male flew in. What a commotion! Then the male left and the female quit hollering.
Lynn H reports: March 16: 11:00 a.m. Female on perch right next to nest. Male in nest, arranging sticks, then flew away. Male returned in a couple minutes with a big wad of Spanish moss and dropped it into the nest.
Lynn H reports: March 15: 1:15 p.m Female in main perch tree, feeding.
Linda S reports: I have seen one sitting on limb near nest, but no one on or in the nest.
Lynn H reports: March 13: 2:30 p.m. Female in closest perch tree, feeding on a fish. Male not seen.
Lynn H reports: March 12: noon. One Osprey flew over the Fiddler’s lagoon (not sure if it was one of the pair at the nest tree). I walked over to the nest where the Female was in the secondary perch trees. The male flew past her twice then headed toward Islander Beach Park. Neither is sitting on the nest yet. 15 minutes later, female still in sw perch trees, no longer feeding or calling. Male not visible.
March 12: 4:40 p.m. Female in closest perch tree; male was down in the next but then flew up and away.
Lynn H reports: March 11: 9:30 a.m. 1 adult in perch tree; can’t see the other.
March 11: 4:00 p.m. Male down in the nest, seen as he hopped to the rim and flew off. He swooped twice near the secondary perch trees (sw of the next maybe 100 yards) where the noisy female was perched. He then flew to the primary perch tree, so neither is on the next. Female appears to be feeding on a fish.
Lynn H reports: March 8: 6 p.m. Female perched next to the nest, “begging” (more like a shriek!) like she usually does in the presence of the male; but he is not visible. Is he out of sight of me where she can see him? Or is he down in the nest?
Lynn H reports: March 6: Male seen in perch tree, heard a 2nd osprey
Lyn H reports: March 6: Male seen in perch tree, heard a 2nd osprey
Lynn H reports: A male and female are roosting near the nest tonight.
Lynn H reports: Twice this week I have seen an Osprey in the nearest perch tree to the nest. Back to me but I think it was a male.
Lynn H reports: Still no action seen around the nest. However, the osprey that poops on my deck is obviously back, although I haven’t seen him!
Linda S reports for Lynn H: The juvenile continues to return and sit near/in the nest.
Linda S reports for Lynn H:Saw no one in nest for 2 days & then yesterday I didn’t see anyone in nest but heard a lot of talking & screeching! Found chick & adult on branch close by with a HUGE fish draped over the branch between them.
Sounds like he still wants to be taken care of, but we now know the nest is empty.
Linda S reports: Just an update. The chick has been on the nest edge exercising the wings for about a week now, but doesn't seem to have left the nest yet!
The mom continues to rest on the edge of the nest or on the limb in a nearby tree.
Linda S subbing for Lynn H reports: Today I saw the chick perched on the side of the nest, very close to Mom’s wing,and mom was very very vocal! Although I thought the chick was going to be pushed off the nest, it held firm.
Linda S reports: I have only seen one chick, but noticed yesterday an “eye stripe” beginning to form. Don’t know if that helps to determine age, but wanted to pass that along.
Yesterday mom was on side of nest w/ a fish, I’m sure sharing! I have also seen on two occasions an adult bring a big limb to the nest. Making repairs??
NOTE: Based on these last three observations, we are assuming that hatching occurred about mid-June. The date of the 15th is simply a guess.
Linda S (subbing for Lynn H) reports:
Twice last week I thought I saw movement in the nest and some cheeping when dad brought home a fish dinner, but today I finally saw a head pop up and I think mom was feeding the chick. Only one was visible, but could possibly be another deep in nest.
I’m really excited now!
Linda S. (subbing for Lynn H) Reports: All last week, one or both adults were perched on side of nest and there seemed to be a lot of peering down into the nest.
Today the female was on the edge of nest with one wing spread over the nest . Sure wish I could see what’s going on deep in that nest!
NOTE: Based on this observation, we are assuming that there is at least one nestling. This is indicated by the female's behavior described as shading the nest.
Linda S reports: Numerous times last week, June 9-15 I observed same behavior. The male was usually on nearby branch, a couple of times not, so I’m thinking maybe out fishing. The female was in nest every time with tail feathers sticking straight up as if doing something deep in the nest.
This morning, June 17 about 10:30am I found the male on the nearby branch but it clearly was the female sitting in the nest as I could see her head.
Lynn H observes: June 6: 8 a.m., 3 p.m. no activity
June 7: 8 a.m. saw female fly into nest and disappear
June 8: 7:15 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.: Female in nest, male I 2nd west perch tree
June 9: 7:15, noon, 5 pm, Female in nest, male in west perch tree.
Note that every time I have gone by for 2 days, the female has been on the nest and the male nearby. However, I’ve not seen any bringing of food to the nest, so don’t think there are chicks yet.
Lynn notes: June 5: 7:40 a.m. female on nest, head up and calling but male not in sight.
Noon Male on nest, female on west perch tree preening. 7:30 p.m. female now on south perch tree. Seems like more than usual movement in the nest (head up and down) but maybe just wishful thinking on my part.
Lynn observes: June 4: 7 a.m. & 10 a.m. no one visible. 5 p.m. – female calling and preening in west perch tree. Some movement down in nest indicates male is in there.
Lynn H reports: June 3: 7 a.m. adult on nest, 3:30 p.m. No one visible. 6:45 p.m. Female standing on nest, calling. Male preening on west perch tree. In a few minutes, she settled down into the nest and disappeared 7:15 p.m. no one visible.
Lynn H: June 1: 6:12 a.m. female on nest, calling flew away, then came back in a couple minutes. 6:30 saw male fly into Islanders Beach Park with big fish still flapping around in his beak.
June 2: 7:15 a.m. male in west perch tree preening. No one visible in nest.
Lynn H reports: May 29: 5:10 p.m. no one visible
May 30: 5:30 p.m. adult ON
May 31: 8 a.m. – no one visible. 7 p.m. adult on nest calling persistently, male in south perch tree eating a big fish.
Lynn H reports: May 27: 6:15 a.m. from my deck hear osprey squawking – but by the time I got there, no one visible. 7:10 p.m. As I approached couldn’t see any adults. But as I watched, the male in the nest stretched his wings then flew to the south perch trees. In about 5 sec, the female arrived, lit on branch near nest, then hopped in, hunkered down and completely disappeared.
Lynn H reports: May 25: 8 a.m. no one visible 11 a.m. adult ON (on nest)
May 26: 7 a.m. no one visible 1:30 p.m. adult ON, 7 p.m. no one visible
Lynn H reports: May 24: 8 a.m. female preening on branch, 2 trees left of nest. Presumed male barely visible in the nest. 3:30 p.m., male on branch to left. Can’t see anyone in nest.
Lynn H reports: 6:45 a.m. female in west perch tree, male on nest. 7 pm --- 1 adult on next, 2nd adult (the male I assume) flew in with a fish. Both birds vocalizing. Then the female flew off with the fish, to the south perch tree and began to eat. I think if they had chicks, she’d have been feeding them in the nest
Lynn H reports: May 22: 7:15 a.m. ON (on nest), can just barely see a white head through the next branches.
Lynn H reports: May 21: (LH again) 3:30 p.m. female (I think) on nest, calling to male flying over,. Then she settled down into the nest and became invisible again.
Linda S reports:
May 17: (LS) 10:00 a.m., 3 p.m. – nothing
May 18: (LS) 4:15 p.m. – still nothing
Linda S reports: May 15: (LS) 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. – no osprey visible at or near nest.
May 16: (LS) 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. – no one visible
Lynn H reports: May 11: 7:14 a.m. saw movement down in the nest, but just barely
Lynn H reports: May 9: 7 a.m. Female is in south perch trees. Cannot see any bird in the nest. 7:10 She flew to the perch tree near the nest and began calling. A male responded and did a fly-by; but, alas, neither is on the nest. Then she flew off north in the same direction as the male. 9:30 drove back by the nest, and was able to make out a couple of tail feathers sticking out, so one osprey was sitting on the nest. 4:30 – cannot see any bird on the nest
Lynn H reports: May 7: 7:30 a.m. couldn’t see any on nest; 10:40 a.m. – saw a tail sticking out, so one is on the nest. Second osprey in nearby west perch tree.
Lynn H observes: May 5: 7:30 a.m. & 3:15 p.m., one osprey on nest
May 6: 10 a.m. adult in nest, barely visible when hunkered down
Lynn H reports:May 4: 7:30 a.m. one on nest, then saw female flying over Islanders Beach Park. 7:40, saw 2 males: one with fish nearly as long as he was (?mackeral?). The 2 males were flying in over the ocean. 8:15 Later in my walk, the male still with his mackeral was flying from the next to the south perch trees. Female on nest. 2:20 p.m. female perched west of nest, another bird in the nest assumedly the male.
Lynn H reports: 11:15 a.m. – one on nest, 2nd flying from nest just as I arrived.
Possibly, they are incubating.
NOTE: Recorded 5/3 as date of first sign of incubation. We will adjust if this is not accurate.
Lynn H reports: May 3: 4:40 p.m., female on nest
6:15 p.m. (LS = Linda Swinson observing): one parent on nest, other on branch near nest. After about 5-10 mins, osprey left nest and flew away. In minutes, the osprey on the branch moved into the nest.
Lynd's observations: 9 a.m. – no sign
5:15 p.m. – male and female in nest together
5:35 p.m. – only one visible in nest, couldn’t tell which
Lynn H observes: 8:30 a.m. – Pair perched together, 2 trees west of the nest
Lynn update: 7:30 a.m. – no sign, 4:00 p.m. – no sign
Lynn reports: 7:45 a.m. heard one osprey calling high somewhere but none by nest or perch trees.
Lynn H reports: : 7:40-8:10 a.m. -- female sitting on branch directly above nest. She is fluffy looking between the legs, perhaps a brood pouch? 10:45: biking by, noticed female still (or again) on branch above nest.
Lynn H reports: 7:30 a.m. -- female sitting on primary perch tree just west of nest.
interesting observation by Lynn: : interesting sequence. 2:10 p.m. a male was in a tree across Fiddler’s Cove from my condo, eating a big fish. 2:15 p.m. I headed out for a walk, no sign of any ospreys near nest. 2:30: ran into a neighbor down at Islanders Beach Park who had just seen 2 ospreys interacting at the nest (she thought maybe mating). 2:40 When I got back to the nest, 2 ospreys were sitting in the south perch trees, side-by-side. The female was vocalizing “at” the other (I think male, though couldn’t see their breasts very well). The male was just looking at her from about a foot away, while standing on one leg! 2:50 Got home and saw a male osprey still across the lagoon, working on that fish. The plot thickens: we have 2 males and a female in the area.
Lynn observed: no activity at nest; female on perch tree just west of nest.
Lynn H reports: no activity at nest. A male perched in the south perch trees eating a VERY large flatfish. Female in the next tree calling loudly. (Can’t help thinking she was asking for a bite.)
Lynn observes: no activity at nest;
On the nearby site that we have not decided yet if it is an active nest: a male and a female perched on Islanders Beach Park cell tower. The random branches on the tower seem to have been shifted, but still nothing looks like a nest.
Lynn reports: female in secondary perch trees about 100 yards south of nest.
Lynn H reports: Osprey seen working on nest.
Lynn reports: The female was on the nest, flew off, came back with a stick and was busy arranging it when I left.
observer Lynn H reports: I went by today,
and there was an osprey with fish one tree over from the nest. No activity actually at the nest though. Since the back was
toward me, I couldn't tell if it was male or female.
Lynn H. reported seeing an osprey at this nest site on March 31. The nest appears to be newly "refurbished" by some osprey.