Nickname
Leg-o-Mutton Road
Coordinates
(32.2123, -80.7173)
Substrate
Dead Tree
Description
This nest is located in what looks like is a dead tree trunk that is covered in vines and weeds. From 278, turn as if entering Indigo Run. At the Indigo Run circle, proceed 3/4 of the way and turn right onto Leg-O-Mutton Road. Part way down on the left, there is a small pull off. Park there and look to the right in that small field. The nest is nearly impossible to spot unless you see the osprey flying in or out of it. However, if you check during the winter, you can easily see the nest since the vines have died. Note: It is nearly opposite where years ago there was a nest in a different dead tree. NOTE: The monitor has named this pair Fred and Ethel.
Followers
None
Monitoring groups
What to look for
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2023 - CarolC2022 - CarolC2021 - CarolC2020 - CarolC
aAdult Arrival4/7/233/24/22
aOccupiedYesYesYes
aActive
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/17/234/5/22
cClutch Hatching5/24/235/2/21
dNestlings122
eFledglings12
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed7/22/22
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2023 2022 2021 2020

Activity reports

2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching05/02/2021Reason for nest failure
2022 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival03/24/2022Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed07/22/2022
Incubation initiation04/05/2022Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2023 Nest Activity Report by CarolC
Adult arrival04/07/2023Nestlings1
Nest Occupied Fledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/17/2023Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/24/2023Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/12/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: No osprey seen in the vicinity. I believe that the nestling fledged sometime prior to July 12.

06/30/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: One adult eating a fish on the perch tree and a second, smaller one on a nearby branch.

06/27/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: One adult eating a fish on a nearby tree where there often is one osprey perched. There was one large osprey in the nest.It was hard to tell, but it might have been the nestling.

06/21/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: one osprey perched nearby. Did not see anything in the nest itself.

06/05/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: On 6-5, one adult was on the nearby perch tree and one was standing on the side of the nest. Again, it looked like she was tending a chick and I am pretty sure I saw a very brief glimpse of a wing. I do believe there is at least one nestling in the nest.

06/02/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Two adult osprey were perched on branches on two different trees. One was eating a fish and the other appeared to be looking back toward the nest. I could not clearly see the front of either bird to ID as M or F (forgot my binoculars). While I did not see or hear anything at the nest, I still think there may be at least one in the nest based on what seemed to be clear feeding behavior on 5/28.

06/01/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: No osprey and no activity around the nest. The nest is very deep and it is possible Mom was down in the nest. two photos added

05/30/2023 by CarolC
Mary Alice T observed two adults by the nest. Both were sitting on a limb on the left of the nest (where they usually perch) and stayed there for some time. Didn't see anything in nest. Looked like females to me or they both looked dirty. Added 5 images.

05/28/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Today Ethel was upright in the nest. When I first arrived, she appeared to be feeding a chick. Although I was not able to visually confirm a chick, I believe there is at least one. NOTE: Tentative hatching is listed for about 5/24 and tentatively 1 nestling.

05/26/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: I checked the nest several times between 5-15 and 5/26. While there appeared to be absolutely no activity at the nest, it is possible Ethel was down in the nest still incubating. She is nearly impossible to see down in the nest because of the depth.

05/07/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: This morning Ethel was still incubating eggs. She was calling to Fred, who seemed to just be flying around, and then he flew further from the nest. Hope he was going fishing for Ethel!

05/03/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: The adult flew out of the nest this morning. I believe Ethel is incubating, but the the shape and height of the nest makes it hard to be sure. Another observer also saw activity that might indicate incubation. We will have to watch for chicks to be certain. NOTE: I am listing a TENTATIVE date of incubation of April 17th, but this is just my best guess.

05/02/2023 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: I saw an Osprey - actually 3 Ospreys) on Leg-o-Mutten nest on 5/2/23. 3 photos added

04/17/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: This nest still has a lot of Spanish Moss and twigs hanging down the side of the dead tree trunk. NO osprey were in sight today at about 1:00PM. However, it is possible one is down in the nest. It is very deep and in the past it has looked like there was no activity only to discover later on that there were young. It is very hard to tell if mom is incubating because of the depth and configuration of the nest. It is, however, out in the open with no obstructions.

04/07/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Two osprey were flying in the vicinity of the nest. It looks like the nest is in much better shape than about 10 days ago.

03/23/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: no osprey at the nest.

03/17/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: At first the nest looked empty, but soon after I arrived a male flew into the nest with nesting material and carefully arranged a small stick. He was looking around as if waiting for the female, but I did not see her while I was there.

02/21/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: The nest is still hanging down and needs a lot of repair.

02/17/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports: No change in nest...falling down. Looks like it could be repaired though. No birds in sight.

01/31/2023 by CarolC
Carol C reports:The nest is still at the top of the dead tree trunk. It is very disheveled. There was a Cooper's Hawk sitting at the nest.

07/29/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Checked the nest one last time. No birds in or around nest, confirming that they have fully fledged and left.

07/26/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: No osprey in or around the nest. I believe they have fledged and left the nesting area.

07/22/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: There were two osprey in the nest looking around. One was doing a lot of wing flapping. While it is hard to be sure, I think both are nestlings.

07/15/2022 by CarolC
Karen R reports: Went by the nest twice today. Did not see or hear adults or nestlings.

07/14/2022 by CarolC
NOTE: While we have photos showing two nestlings, our latest observations indicate only one. It is possible there is only one that has survived. UPDATE: July I know think that one of the nestlings was off flying when we spotted only one in the nest.

07/13/2022 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: : I stopped by today and saw only one nestling in nest and Mom on nearby tree. Mom eventually flew over to nest and started eating, but made no attempt to feed the nestling. Men working on both sides of Leg-O-Mutton making lots of noise with machinery. Mom flew off after she was done eating. Dad did 2 fly-bys as Mom was eating. I did not observe another nestling and don't think there are 2. 5 photos attached.

07/11/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: There were two osprey in the nest. While I thought there were two nestlings, now we think it might have been 1 nestling and an adult. One remained visible while I observed but the other ducked back into the nest. There was no chirping from the nest. I heard another osprey as it flew by across the street and down the road a ways. It didn't approach the nest. (3 photos added)

07/10/2022 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: No adults around, but lone nestling sitting up high. Didn't make any noise. At one point an Osprey adult flew overhead, but did not stop of come lower. Nestling looks healthy and well. Stretching her wings!! 5 photos attached.

07/06/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: No activity at the nest today.

06/22/2022 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: When I first arrived, I could only see Mom, who had right wing raised and was obviously shading a chick. Then I saw another chick on Mom's left side and she began shading that chick with her wing. Dad flew over a couple of times. 5 photos added (a couple are zoomed in).

06/15/2022 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: Adult Mom sitting up in nest. Could hear chick making noises. Dad flew overhead, but didn't stop. At certain times she was clearly looking "down" at chick! 5 photos attached.

06/13/2022 by CarolC
Karen R reports: Stopped by an hour ago... saw Mom several times moving around in top of nest ... then Dad flew in for a minute or two and flew off (didn't see any twigs or food in his mouth)... i sat there for several minutes and heard 'chirps'... i played my iBirdpro sounds for osprey and i am quite sure what I heard out my window was the same chirp I heard on my cell phone.... one could only hope! NOTE: Based on recent reports, we are indicating at least 1 nestling and will update when number is confirmed

06/07/2022 by CarolC
Combined observations of Mary Alice T and Carol C: About 11:00AM, there was an adult down in the nest with just the top of its head barely visible. It was very noisy at the nest for about 30 seconds after arriving, and then all was quiet. Later in the day: Clearly an adult Osprey sitting on nest. Not sure if Mom or Dad. Was there when I passed earlier - 1:45pm or so - and then when I stopped to take some shots. So happy they are nesting here! 2 photos added

06/05/2022 by CarolC
Karen R reports: Stopped by today on way to HHI and saw one adult … listened for chicks but no sounds

05/31/2022 by CarolC
Steve H/Karen R reports: I went by the nest today. The bird was hanging out nearby. The nest is hard to see.

05/29/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Checked the nest about 10:30 on 5/29. Dad was making a lot of noise from a nearby tree. At first, I couldn't see anything in/at the nest. However, after several minutes Mom started calling from the nest and popped up her head. I still cannot be sure if their are little ones, but this nest is very high and covered in vegetation. My guess is that there may be a chick or more that are not yet visible. Maybe next time! Photos added - 2 of the male on the tree and one of the female's head in the nest.

05/27/2022 by CarolC
Karen R reports: Stopped by today(5/27) around 3PM - waited a few minutes but did not see any more activity than the adult in image posted.

05/17/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: On 5/16 there was an adult upright in the nest. On 5/17 as I drove by I saw no activity, but couldn't stop to really observe.

05/13/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: No osprey seen, but at least one was heard. Interesting to also see 3 Mississippi Kites in the area.

05/12/2022 by CarolC
Karen R reports: Adult seen flying into nest. 2 photos added.

05/08/2022 by CarolC
Karen R reports: It was an adult I saw in the top of the tree but no chicks .. almost looks like it could be the male with a branch in it's mouth? I was thrilled to at least see activity. 2 images added

05/06/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: About noon, I checked the nest and heard Mom calling, but couldn't see her. After a few minutes, her head popped up from the nest. Shortly after, Dad flew in with a fish, briefly paused at the nest, and flew to a nearby tree. Dad stayed there eating a fish. While he must have left something in the nest for Mom, she wasn't happy with it. She appeared to eat briefly and then began calling, Dad ignored her and continued to enjoy his fish. I had to leave before he was finished. Mom is still incubating.

05/02/2022 by CarolC
Bob C reports: Saw a head sticking out of the nest indicating incubation continues.

04/27/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Very quiet at the nest. Hard to tell if she is still down in the nest incubating. If she is, the eggs probably will hatch the second week in May. We hope to see some little nestlings!

04/20/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: It was difficult to tell if Mom was down in the nest. No osprey in the area. Very quiet. I do think she is incubating.

04/06/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Mary Alice T and Carol C both saw the female in the nest this week. We are confident she is incubating as of at least 4-5-22, but it is possible it started a few days before.

04/02/2022 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: spotted this Osprey on nest at 3:41pm 4/1/22 - Stopped car and got of a couple of shots before she flew over to the area of Indigo Run. Hope it will be viable this year!

03/24/2022 by CarolC
Bob C reports: One osprey down in nest. Assume the pair is back and it is possible she is on eggs.

03/15/2022 by CarolC
Carol C reports: Although the nest appears to be in disarray, an osprey (probably a male) was perched at the top looking around.

02/20/2022 by CarolC
Steve E reports: No activity. The nest is going to need a lot of rehabbing.

07/23/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: Same as usual. No osprey. NOTE: If we were correct on the hatching about 5/2, these two should have fledged by now. We will close off this nest but cannot definitely say that they fledged.

07/12/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: The usual - the nest is still completely hidden and I did not hear or see anything. On the other hand it looked the same as always.

06/21/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: One adult perched on the nest when I got there. Nobody else was seen or heard.

06/02/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: 2 adults circling overhead. Impossible to see the nest as you know. Nothing to hear today either.

05/19/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: The nest is completely obscured by leaves. Didn't see anything but the chicks are still there

05/02/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: Indeed they are there! You can probably tell that the nest is 95% hidden behind leaves. I was a second away from asking if we were talking about the same nest when I heard a commotion and saw the very top of one chick's head. Then this happened! (photos posted)

05/01/2021 by CarolC
Mary Alice T reports: driving by nest on Leg-o-mutten and saw male eating fish on top of nest and spotted female's tail feathers sticking out of nest. Dad has fish in his talons. They both flew off while I was there, but Mom flew back after a short fly-by...

04/12/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: I still don't see any activity in the nest but that lone osprey was there again, this time he/she was perched on the nest

04/02/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: Still no activity in the nest but there was an osprey perched on a nearby tree. He/She flew away from the area shortly after I got there and disappeared.

03/22/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: No activity (except for a crow that flew into the nest guaranteeing that nobody else is there)

03/10/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: No activity at the nest.

02/26/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: No activity yet.

02/17/2021 by CarolC
Steve E reports: No activity at the nest this morning.There doesn't seem to be a well formed nest there, compared to a few other active nests I've seen.

07/27/2020 by CarolC
On July 26, Mary Alice T again contacted Carol C because she did see more activity, although the nest is really not visible. Mary Alice reported her Observations: Observed two adults perched close together on tall tree to the left of where the possible nest is. Then female flew off and circled a couple of times and landed on a small limb in the tree where the possible nest is. Perched there and then dove (jumped) down into tree. Re-emerged about 10 minutes later and circled again and then landed back on the small branch by the nest. Male osprey stayed on his perch the entire time. I feel certain there are nestlings in this nest presently. ... 6 photos. Based on this second confirmed siting of Osprey at this possible nest, we created the nest. While there is little we can add this year, we will check it in the winter to see if we can actually spot the nest. We will monitor the site for 2020-2021.

06/02/2020 by CarolC
This is a very difficult nest to see or to confirm. On June 2, Mary Alice T, contacted me about this possible new nest since she saw an osprey land in a " clump of vegetation" that was well hidden. Another osprey flew off to a tree limb. Carol C went to investigate but did not see any osprey and could not confirm a nest. It is extremely difficult to see. We made a note to check the site in Dec. when the vegetation died off to see if we could spot a nest.

by CarolC