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.
4/26 three day rain storm coming
Female flat back in nest. Can barely see her. Male gone but returned with food twice in the half hour i watched.
The nest is on a utility pole so it will be hard to confirm eggs without a drone. She is acting like she is sitting on eggs.
4/3 one bird stands at nest and leaves occasionally
4/9 one bird standing at nest. I dont see any sitting on eggs.945-1015am cool 46 degrees. I almost left.
Yippee 2 birds!
At 1030 second bird arrives with sticks. Left then flew off and back. Landing on female that has been staying at nest. One bird sideways with wing in air. Looks like I may have witnessed breeding/copulation. Then he flew off. Came back about 5 minutes
Only same one bird. Saw another bird that looked like osprey but could not be identified. It flew by nest. Captured a fish in broad cov Then flew by nest but did not stop. Perhaps there is ajoher nest near wickets island.
The one bird flew out of nest and had not returned in 30 minutes