Dolphin Head #17
(32.2635, -80.7192)
Dead Tree
Dolphin Head Golf Course between holes 16 and 17 just behind the Men’s 17th tee box.
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2021 - CarolC2020 - CarolC2019 - CarolC
aAdult Arrival3/24/20
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/15/214/16/20
cClutch Hatching5/23/20
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure5/1/21
xReason For Nest Failureotherother

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Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrivalNestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureThis nest was NOT a failure as we thought at one time. There was one chick and it did fledge.
2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival03/24/2020Nestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/16/2020Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/23/2020Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/15/2021Nest failure05/01/2021
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureDead tree fell

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Nesting Diaries

05/02/2021 by CarolC
Pat R reports: The bad news is that the tree on DHGC hole 17 which contained the nest #7566 has fallen. The tree was dead and is shattered into many pieces as is the nest. (Don’t really know at this time what happened to it). The adult ospreys are circling around, making lots of noises and landing in surrounding trees. The gals with whom I play golf were all devastated and we played a bad hole. So sad. NOTE: The tree came down within a day of the last nest report. Very sudden!

04/30/2021 by CarolC
Pat R reports: An adult sitting there deep in the nest with only the top of its white head showing. Since this nest is on a golf course, the monitor can only observe while golfing. However, other friends who golf are helping report on this nest. Teamwork! NOTE: Based on this report and the March update, we will assume that incubation is underway. We cannot pinpoint the start, but will guess mid April

03/11/2021 by CarolC
Pat R. Reports: Saw an adult osprey sitting on nest #7566 on DHGC hole 17 today, March 11th around 12:30

03/08/2021 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Nest 7566 on DHGC 17th hole has crows around it but so far haven’t seen ospreys around it although they have been seen in the area.

08/22/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Although this youngster has fledged, it is still hanging around and the parents bring him fish. (Maybe in COVID quarantine!)

08/01/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: The youngster is still hanging around to be fed. Saw two there today, 8/1/20, then one flew off and later saw chick having a good meal, so it must have been a parent that flew off and left food, or another parent that arrived with fresh food. This chick will probably never leave since it has it so good. We’ll see what this impeding storm does to the nest.

07/11/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: While I was playing golf I saw a good sized osprey walking around the nest and one sitting at the top of a branch on the tree. No interaction while I was watching. NOTE: Based on the last observations and timing, we are assuming that one is a juvenile who is about ready to fledge.

06/20/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports:I saw one good sized one moving around in nest #7566 on the 17th hole. That one on hole 17 was squawking on Thursday. Didn’t see any one coming to feed them in my short times of observation since I was playing golf. NOTE: We assume the nest has 1 nestling that hatched around the third week of May. This is our best guess based on observations.

06/04/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Checked Nest 7566 on hole 17 on Thursday, but saw no action.

05/23/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: DHGC 17th tee had a head sticking up from the middle of the nest.

05/16/2020 by CarolC
Pat R. reports: Nest 7566 on DHGC 17 tee had an osprey sitting on a branch

04/26/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: One osprey sitting on the nest.

04/17/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: I saw one osprey perched at the top of a bare branch which I assumed was an adult. I did see another head bobbing around in the nest which looked like it was busy doing something. I could hear some osprey sounds but couldn’t tell if they were coming from that nest. Some of my friend “spotters” have seen two flying around the nest at times. I can’t tell yet about babies.

04/16/2020 by CarolC
While golfing, Carol B observed what looked like Mom in the nest and another osprey on a branch. This is a late nest to get active but this may indicate incubation is underway. We are recording it as having started, but will change it as needed.

03/24/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Nest #7566 on the 17th hole of Dolphin Head Golf Course had two ospreys pecking away at something in the nest which my husband reported to me since I did not play today. Interesting that my nests started so late again, but around the same time.

02/20/2020 by CarolC
Pat R reports: no activity on Thursday, Feb. 20

02/05/2020 by CarolC
Pat R. reports: Nest # 7566 behind hole 17 on Dolphin Head Golf Course was checked Feb. 5 around 9:30 as I passed it playing golf. The nest still looks in pretty good shape but saw no activity at that time.

08/02/2019 by CarolC
Note: While at one point we thought the nest had no young, later it became apparent that there was on chick who successfully fledged.

08/01/2019 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Yesterday morning I observed a young one in Nest 7566 on the 17th hole with one other which could have been an adult (could see the white breast) on a protruding limb that was making osprey sounds. Today I saw nothing

07/26/2019 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Yesterday I monitored Nest #7566 on the 17th hole of Dolphin Head Golf Course. An osprey that looked pretty grown was sitting on a branch above the nest making screeching noises like asking someone to come feed it. Last week I could hear the calls from surrounding trees but couldn’t see anything so I think the young ones are still hanging around although I never saw any actually in the nest, only adults messing around up there like they were tending to something

07/20/2019 by CarolC
Pat R reports: I have checked the nest yesterday and today and saw no activity at or near either nest. I think whatever was in the nest (lots of past activity with the adult birds, but no baby sightings) has moved on out.

06/28/2019 by CarolC
Pat R. reports: nest 7566 behind Dolphin Head 17th hole on Thursday, 6-27 and saw one adult osprey sitting on the nest occasionally fiddling around in the nest, and one adult on a branch above it all.

06/20/2019 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Observed Nest 7566 at hole 17 on Dolphin Head Golf Course for about 20 minutes on June 20th around 8:00. Saw just one adult sitting on the the nest for around 10 minutes, then another flew into the nest for just seconds. Couldn’t see what they were doing. Then the “fly-in” adult moved to a higher perch and just sat there. The adult on the nest just sat as before sometimes preening itself.

05/30/2019 by CarolC
Note: This is a newly reported nest on May 30, 2019. Since it was found so late, we have no information on adult arrival and similar preliminary data.

05/30/2019 by CarolC
Pat R reports: Friends spotted this nest and it has been added to the monitoring list. I saw an adult standing quite regally on the nest. Took a photo, but saw no chicks. Friends tell me that they have seen another adult appear at times.