Close to the 13 hole of the Fazio golf course. If you are on the 13th tee there is a sand bunker on the right approx 200. Yards or so off the tee. Just beyond the bunker is a lone pine with the nest. It is 50 yards east of the 13 hole in the pine tree. Between the 12 tee and 13 fairway.
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.
I am sad to say I consider this history. A few years ago it was an active/thriving nest. Between the golf course pruning the tree and storms, it has been inactive and looking totally abandoned the past 2 years. Early last year it was sad to see....at times a single Osprey sitting standing on the branches near the unkept nest. No attempt to repair the nest in the past 2 years.
Steve J. reports:Almost every time I check (which is often) there is a single Osprey on a branch above the nest. Last night the Osprey was eating a fish. This morning standing on a branch. As we have said before I think this was an unsuccessful year. I hope the golf course peeps do not once again cut the limb and nest off this winter.
NOTE: This nest has struggled this year. With no evidence of incubation/nestlings it has been marked as unsuccessful this season. It did seem active, with the pair working on the nest, but maybe it is a young pair that didn't get it right. We hope for success next season.
Steve J reports: I have been checking on the nest daily fir the past wk.
Usually I see 1 if not 2 Osprey standing on limbs above the nest. I have not seen evidence of a young one. On 3 occasions I have seen one of the Osprey bring back sticks....I assume working on the nest. The Assistant Golf Superintendent again told me this morning he has heard chicks. I see no evidence of that at all.
It has been a tough go for the nest. Last winter the golf peeps took down the branch/nest. 3 wks or so on a windy evening a branch went right through the nest. And now a small tropical storm.
Steve J reports:I am somewhat concerned about nest 7531. I was out of town for 3 wks in May. During that time Jim H said he thought there were chicks in the nest. Recently the Assistant Golf Supervisor told me he also formally heard the chicks chirping. Several times I saw either Mom or Dad sitting high.
Last Sunday a wind storm came through and sent a branch into the nest. Since the only activity I have seen is either Mom or Dad standing on the branches above the nest.
I will keep on watching.
NOTE: Added photo showing the damage to the nest.
Steve J reports:Most of the visits I see an Osprey standing on a branch above the nest and another Osprey on the nest. Jim H who is somewhat of a Naturalist thinks they have an active nest with babies.
NOTE: Based on this observation and photos, we are assuming that incubation has begun, but we will wait to determine if there are chicks in the nest.
Steve J reports some good news: This was the nest the tree/Golf course people cut down the branch with the nest.
I have been watching the tree for the past 6 wks or so. I have often seen a single Osprey in the tree. The nest has been slowly rebuilt in the same tree. The nest is still rather small. Twice in the past 5-6 days I have seen a second Osprey in the Nest.
Steve J reports: This tree was removed after last osprey season.
As sad as it is once again an Osprey stands on a branch above the former nest.
I assume waiting for the mate to return. Hopefully the mate will return and they will rebuild in the near future.
Steve J reports: I have checked on the past 3 late afternoons. Previously we were pretty confident we had 2 fledglings.
1 evening I did not see any activity.
1 evening I saw an Osprey standing on the side of the nest. Inside the
nest I could see the head of another Osprey.
Last evening I could only see the head of an Osprey in the next.
NOTE: This probably means that all is well with the nest and the behavior is what is expected. Both fledged but still returning to the nest for several weeks. We will close out this nest for the season as it successfully fledged 2 young.
Steve J reports: Once I saw 3 Osprey on a branch above the nest. Once or twice I could see 1 Osprey in the nest. Other times nobody was in the nest. NOTE: Based on this report, we are noting at least 1 fledgling. Although we cannot confirm the date of hatching, if the incubation date was in the ball park, the nest would have hatched in May. Fledging would seem to be right on target.
Steve J reports: #7531 3 of the last 4 days an Osprey has been sitting/standing (I would lean towards sitting). I did not see any feeding behavior.
on the side of the nest. A 4th time both Osprey were on 2 limbs above the nest.
Steve J reports: I have checked on 3 times in the past wk and am unable to see an Osprey in the nest.
The first 2 times I saw no activity.
The last time I saw the 2 Ospreys in the branches above the nest.
Steve J reports: #7531 An Osprey has been visible standing on a tree lime above the nest. But I have been unable to see an Osprey in the next the past 3 times I have looked. It is possible she is there but cannot be seen?
Steve J reports: I have been watching nest #7442 and 7531. Actually the same report for both. The parents seem to be very attentive......standing on the side of the nests and or in the tree above/around the nest. I can see a small head peeping above in both nests.
NOTE: We will assume there is at least 1 chick in this nest and will alter it if another is spotted. Again, because this nest was found so late, we can not provide reliable data on when the pair returned, egg laying etc. We will list hatching as June 1st...since that would make the chick at least a week old and more likely to be visible in the nest.