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.
The pair have succeeded in constructing what looks like the very beginning of a nest in the tree. The visit often and still can be seen occasionally bringing Spanish Moss and sticks to the build site. Maybe next year!!
It seems that the nest building activity has ceased over the past week. The pair are still occasionally seen peached in the tree and fishing in the lagoon however I can see no visible evidence of a nest. Perhaps they are a young pair just practicing?
Jean F and Joanne V initially located this nest in the building stages in early April. Because of this, we do not have exact dates, but will note the adult arrival as April 1st as a guess.
We’ll keep an eye on them and let you both know if there is any progress. Perhaps they’re “practicing” home
Joanne V reports: 2 Osprey are getting nest materials. I could not see an actual nest, even on expanded photos, but on the one pic, you can see 2 together in the tree where they have been bringing material. They looked a bit smaller than typical, so perhaps a “first” nest. Don’t think they are the former occupants of the Cottages nest. Jean will keep monitoring. Evidently it can take 2-3+ weeks to complete a nest. Jean first noticed this about 10 days ago.