Heron Point #12
(32.1355, -80.8026)
Live Tree
It is located off Plantation Drive in Sea Pines next to the 12th tee of the Heron Point Golf Course. The nest is on the left side of the tee box even with the start of the water pond and the start of the golf waste bunker.
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2023 - CarolC2022 - CarolC2021 - CarolC2020 - CarolC
aAdult Arrival2/26/233/16/21
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation3/20/224/2/21
cClutch Hatching5/9/225/15/21
eFirst Chick Fledging7/5/227/4/20
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failureother

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2022 2021 2020

Activity reports

2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging07/04/2020
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival03/16/2021Nestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/02/2021Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/15/2021Reason for nest failureOver a month after hatching was confirmed there is no activty at the nest. No nestling and no adults present. We believe the chick didn't make it for an unknown reason and that the parents moved on.
2022 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging07/05/2022
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation03/20/2022Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/09/2022Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival02/26/2023Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/17/2023 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Finally a decent photo of the two ospreys at the nest. Today was the first time I've seen them both together in awhile - always just one. When I got arrived today, again only one osprey was perched on the limb by the nest but shortly thereafter, the other, I believe the female, flew in and landed in the nest. She stayed awhile but then flew back over the fairway and lagoon and perched in the pine tree above my head!

02/27/2023 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Yay!!! Just saw them both - one in the nest and one on the limb. Photo added.

02/26/2023 by CarolC
Cathy Jo C reports: there were two in the nest on 3/26 for sure, around 2:30/3pm. See photo posted.

02/26/2023 by CarolC
Cathy Jo C. spotted this nest but we confirmed it is nest 7858 which is already monitored for the project. We have added a photo.

02/20/2023 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I checked the nest last night and there was one adult osprey perched on a limb by the nest! I couldn't tell if it was the male or female - and there wasn't any nest rebuilding or anything going on, s/he was just patiently waiting there. Hope the mate shows up soon for a happy reunion!

07/14/2022 by CarolC
Note: One of the nestlings was lost for an unknown reason, but the other fledged around July 5th. A successful nest!

07/13/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: 7-12: Well, our little guy has fledged! I saw him out on a branch by the nest a couple times just hanging out and then the next time (about a week ago) he hopped off the branch, back into the nest and then suddenly swooped down and flew a short distance came back and very awkwardly landed in a close-by tree. I waited a long time hoping he’d make it safely back to the nest but he stayed perched on his limb preening and preening until I gave up and left. 7-13 Other times I’ve seen no activity and no Ospreys at all. But tonight the juvenile was in the nest feasting (on a fish, I imagine) and calling and calling in between bites. At first I assumed it was the adult calling for her boy to share her catch, but I finally saw the white spots on the wings and the spotted chest, and I think the orange eye so I’m pretty sure it was the juvenile. (Sorry, no pics tonight). Was so happy to see him back and enjoying a nice dinner!

06/30/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Sadly, still no sign of the second chick. But the surviving chick appears to be doing well. It’s gotten very big and is flapping its wings a lot and hopping around the nest. I haven’t seen it out on a branch yet but probably won’t be not long now.

06/19/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: It's kinda tough to tell what's going on in the nest this year - maybe because of the way the nest was rebuilt? From my usual and past viewing spot, I rarely see anything, So I've found another viewing spot - but it's about twice as far away from the nest. I can get a slightly better view but it's too far away to get any crisp photos. Anyway, over the past several weeks, I briefly saw the two little chicks one time and then on two other sightings it appeared that one chick was much much larger than the other chick. On other visits I didn't see any activity at all and I've still not seen two adults near the nest at the same time. Are there single-parent ospreys??? This evening, I was fortunate to see activity in the nest. But I saw only one chick with Mom in the nest. The chick is pretty big but I could see she was feeding it. So that was sweet. Hoping the other chick is still in there NOTE: We will continue to watch to see if the second chick is still there, but hope that it is just not visible right now.

05/26/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Oh, I am SO excited - just had my very first sighting of two chicks in the nest!. The timing of my visit turned out to be perfect - before I had even dismounted my bike, Mom (or Dad) flew into the nest and as soon as I got my binoculars up, I saw that two chicks had popped up on the rim to greet her. I could hear them cheep cheeping but Mom didn't stay very long and then both chicks quickly disappeared down into the nest and out of sight. It was brief and I didn't get a photo this time but I know they're there!

05/17/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Good news! Yesterday I finally got a pretty good look at one of the ospreys in the nest! S/he appeared to be pecking at something over and over and then would occasionally look up. I'm assuming s/he was having dinner or possibly feeding little ones? No way to tell for sure but I'm hopeful! Still haven't seen both ospreys together at the nest. NOTE: based on the most recent observations, we are assuming that the eggs hatched and the young are just not big enough to be seen yet. We will tentatively list hatching as sometime between the 4/30 and 5/17 observation. May 9 is simply a guess. One nestling is listed until we can confirm. If we are wrong, we can always delete/change the date.

04/30/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Not much has happened to report since the last update as these ospreys are still being very stealthy. I occasionally see tail or wing feathers just above the rim of the nest and last evening I briefly saw one osprey perched on a limb by the nest. No other activity or sightings observed.

04/21/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Well,these are some stealthy ospreys! Today is the very first time I've seen any activity at all at the nest since my last report - and I was getting very worried. I still have not seen the pair together this season or even a bird for a very long time, but finally, late this evening I saw wingtips or tail feathers move above the rim of the nest - so I know someone is still in there. No other activity or movement has been observed since late March. Maybe my timing for visiting the nest has just been off? But I think I remember a similar pattern from last year where no activity was observed for several weeks. I'll keep watching

03/26/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I still haven't seen the pair together but I have seen a wing tip/tail feathers protruding above the edge of the nest the last couple times I've been there. So it's been quiet, no heads visible and no calling - but there is an osprey in nest. NOTE: Based on these observations of "wing tip/tail feathers protruding above the edge of the nest" , we are making an assumption that Mom is on eggs even though we can not document the date that two were seen together at the nest. We are guessing 3/20 but that is only our best guess.

03/16/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I've observed a lone osprey perched on the pine tree where the old nest was multiple times now - in the morning, afternoon, and evening. And about 10 days ago it appeared that a nest was being rebuilt in the same spot where the old nest was. This evening when I arrived, there was an osprey in the nest and s/he flew down among the trees, gathered some spanish moss and returned to the nest with it! S/he stayed in the nest often calling out until I left. I haven't seen the mate yet but nest rebuilding is definitely underway!

03/03/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Oh my gosh! I'm so surprised - just saw an an osprey perched on the limb near where their nest used to be!!!

02/28/2022 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Sadly this is the current state of the nest (I think it’s mostly, or nearly all gone now) and also what looks to be significant damage to the tree and limbs that were supporting it. It appears one of the major supporting limbs on the right has split away from the tree and is hanging down, which may have contributed to the demise of the nest. By this time last year I had seen Osprey either near the tree/nest or perched in close by pines. So far I haven’t seen or heard any Osprey near the nest location. I’ll keep checking and hope they find a nearby spot to rebuild. However, the home located directly behind and below the tree where the nest was is now doing some big construction on the outside deck area - so it might not be an appealing site for the Osprey to rebuild

06/17/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Sadly, it's been 17 more days and I have not seen any Osprey or activity at the nest. I've checked regularly ad at different times of day so I'm think9ing it's unlikely that it's just bad luck that I am missing them every time. Me fear is the chick didn't make it and the parents have moved on. NOTE: Based on a total lack of activity recently, we are marking this as a chick that didn't make it.

05/31/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I’ve seen no activity or Osprey sightings at all at the nest for over a week now - until last night when we saw one bird come to the nest. An Osprey flew in and perched on a branch close to the nest and called out repeatedly for about 10 minutes before hopping into the nest where s/he disappeared out of sight and continued to call for another 10 minutes before flying away. While the Osprey was in the nest calling and calling, we saw another Osprey fly around the lagoon there but he did not go to the tree or nest. He did a couple of fly-bys - the last time carrying Spanish Moss but did not go to the nest. Maybe we’re just missing them coming and going, but if there are babies, wouldn’t one bird be close by protecting? Seems like last year there was usually a bird on the side of the nest or on a close by branch.

05/16/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: The nest has been very quiet during my recent visits but I knew Mom was still in there because I'd usually see some slight movement - like the tip of a wing or tail feathers rise above the side of the nest and then settle back down. This same behavior was observed as recently as Friday evening. But tonight there was much more movement in the nest - her tail and wing feathers bobbed up and down and she occasionally flapped her wings and she moved from one end of the nest and back to the other end a couple of times. And then, as I was leaving I saw Dad perched on a limb just below the nest! NOTE: Based on this observation of a change in Mom's behavior and the estimated date of the start of incubation, it is likely there is a chick. We are listing a tentative 1 nestling with a guess of hatching of May 15.

05/02/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: just got back from the nest and our timing was great! When we got there I could see the mom osprey in the nest and peering up over the sides. After about 10 minutes dad flew in carrying a fish. He flew in from behind the nest so I didn't get pics or see if it was a whole fish or partially eaten. He stayed down in the nest with her for about 5 minutes -- so I'm guessing they enjoyed a fish dinner together! He then flew across the fairway and perched in a pine tree. Mom stayed in the nest and occasionally her head popped up over the side then disappeared below the rim of the nest.

04/29/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: We have seen the Osprey that appears to be lying down in the nest multiple times in the past several weeks. I occasionally see her head pop up above the side of the nest but usually just I see just a few feathers (not sure if wing or tail?) rise above the side of the nest briefly and then disappear down inside the nest again. Maybe she's repositioning? I’ve only seen the pair of Osprey together three times recently - he brought some Spanish moss to the nest and then later a stick. The female stayed in the nest and arranged them and he flew away. Another time her head was visible above the nest and she was calling as the other Osprey flew by carrying a fish. He did not return to the nest to bring her a meal while I was there. And last night, I saw she was in the nest when some feathers appeared above the side of the nest and the male osprey flew in and perched in a nearby tree.

04/03/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: We were so excited to see an Osprey in and then apparently lying down in the nest late yesterday. A first she appeared to be eating something in the nest or maybe pecking at something or possibly arranging sticks? And then she lay down - with only tail feathers visible and sticking up - and she stayed still in that position until we left. Maybe incubating eggs? NOTE: Based on this observation, we are assuming she is incubating eggs. This is based on the fact that she was observed flat with only the tail visible. The head down motion might indicate the osprey was turning an egg or two.

03/30/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Sadly, I've only seen one osprey one time in the past two weeks - s/he was perched on a limb near the nest. Last night I talked to a part time resident across the fairway from the nest and he confirmed that he'd seen the pair fixing up the nest a couple weeks ago but hadn't seen any recent activity at all. I'm at a loss about what happened but am still hopeful that maybe the pair will return.

03/16/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Exciting news! Today I saw both osprey in the nest! One osprey flew into the nest and the other came shortly thereafter bringing Spanish Moss. They rearranged some sticks and one flew off again while the other stayed in the nest.

03/15/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Nothing new to report over the past 2 weeks. I frequently see the lone osprey in the tree with the nest. Usually she's perched close to the nest and once was perched on the side of the nest - sometimes chirping and calling. Still, I've not seen her mate there. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

02/27/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I have seen the female osprey in the tree with the nest 4 times now - no activity - just perched near the nest and surveying the area. I saw a male osprey on the limb of a different nearby tree where they sometimes ate fish last summer. But I have not seen the two osprey together or the male more than once which was early this week. He may not have been her mate.

02/20/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Stopped by the nest this afternoon and a female (I think) osprey was sitting in the pine tree near the nest. Didn’t see the male but heard a few chirrups before I got to the site, so maybe she was calling him? Hope so!

02/16/2021 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I visited several times over the past 2-3 weeks and again today. The nest still appears way up high in the pine tree but no osprey or activity has been observed.

08/09/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Last evening when I arrived, two ospreys were waiting at the nest and calling urgently. I believe both were the fledglings/juveniles but could not confirm the one perched on the left. The one in the nest and hopping about from nest to limbs had a lot of speckles on the feathers so I assume it was one of the fledglings. Both osprey called repeatedly and the one in the nest seemed especially distressed that neither Mom nor Dad came with a fish. I waited about an hour. I hope they were fed after I left - couldn't help but worry about them.

07/26/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: There have been several times when I visited the nest site over the past couple of weeks when there were no osprey or activity observed. However on July 22 when I arrived, one osprey was just leaving the nest and another was perched on the side of the nest and quickly hopped into the nest and began to eat. I didn't get a good look at either bird. Then shortly thereafter, a fledgling/juvenile (I did get a good look) flew in and perched on the side of the nest and called for about 20 minutes before the osprey in the nest left and flew off to a nearby tree. The juvenile then hopped into the nest and began eating. I stayed for another 15 minutes or so and no other osprey came to or left the site. I believe that is was mom or dad leaving the nest when I got there and that it was the two fledglings that were feeding in the nest separately.

07/12/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Mom was on a branch right by the nest while 1 fledgling was perched on the side of the nest while feeding on a fish in the nest. When s/he finished eating, Mom began eating the catch and the fledgling flew away to a nearby tree. I haven't seen the second fledgling or Dad at the nest since July 4.

07/08/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reported: I only saw Mom on a branch by the nest, neither fledglings nor Dad observed.

07/04/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: On July 4 one chick took flight and made several wide circles around the fairway. The other chick was rapidly flapping his wings in the nest a lot but did not take flight while I was there. Mom was on a branch nearby.

07/01/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I saw both chicks and Mom and Dad at the nest. One chick was up on the edge of the nest and the other chick in the nest was stretching his wings a lot.

06/27/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: On Jun 27, last evening, I saw Mom sitting on the edge of the nest when I arrived and after awhile she flew away several times and brought sticks back to the nest. Later the Dad arrived carrying a stick and Mom left again and brought back Spanish Moss for the nest. When I left, I observed both adults and one chick in the nest but I never saw both chicks at the same time while I was there

06/24/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Jun 24, I saw the Mom and both chicks in the nest calling and waiting for Dad who was eating a fish on a nearby limb. I waited awhile and he didn't go to the nest. I left and came back about 30 min later and he and his fish were gone but Mom and chicks were still in the nest waiting - no feeding behavior observed. Chicks were also stretching their wings a little while they waited

06/13/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I've been to the nest about a half dozen times over the past 2 weeks and while I've seen either one or both adults either on or near the nest each time - there wasn't much new to report - until last evening. First Mom flew in and perched on the side of the nest and then a head popped up from inside the nest - and then another head popped up! They have two chicks! I was so surprised at how BIG they appear since I haven't been able to see them at all until now. Lots more excitement ensued when Dad brought home a big (partially eaten) fish. More commotion and chatter until they all settled into a tasty fish dinner. Dad eventually flew away and occasionally a chick's head would pop above the nest while Mom continued eating.

05/30/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: Last evening I watched the nest for about 40min. Lots of activity. When I arrived the female (I think) osprey was perched on a limb below the nest. After awhile she flew off and came back shortly carrying a small stick. She took it into the nest and then appeared to be eating something there for a long while - lots of head motion bobbing up and down. Definitely appeared to be feeding on something but perhaps she was tidying the nest since she did arrive carrying a stick. The male (I assume) osprey arrived carrying a big fish and perched on the nest behind her. She never turned around though and continued the feeding motions in the same manner as she had been before he arrived. My view is obstructed so I couldn't tell if he was eating the catch or if it was placed inside the nest so she could eat it from her forward position. After awhile the male osprey left the nest carrying his partially eaten fish with him. He didn't return while I was there and the female stayed alert on the nest continuously surveying all around her.

05/27/2020 by CarolC
Kathy A reports: I observed the nest for about 20 minutes and saw 1 adult on the nest mostly looking down into the nest and looking up occasionally - perhaps s/he was eating a catch or feeding chicks. However I could not hear any sound of chicks from my vantage point across the fairway.

05/25/2020 by CarolC
This nest was not located until the third week of May. Steve J noticed it and reports: The nest is a little hard to see but the 2 times I was there the Osprey were active.