Nest on platform in the marsh next to Widow's Cove at Great Neck Sanctuary. It is can be seen from the beach where there used to be a beach house and now hosts another platform. Also known as Myron's nest named after the owner of the adjacent property.
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.
Oh no -- the nest platform pole broke off in the bad windstorm late last week and what's left of the nest and likely eggs is on the ground. The ospreys have been seen visiting the nearby Beach House platform; will keep watch to see if they rebuild there.
Many Osprey flying over Widows Cove. Two different individuals went to the nest, leading me to believe the nest is active. I will keep a close eye on this nest to ensure this observation was not two males battling for territory (no fighting was involved).