This nest was spotted in early March 2021. The nest is in the crook of a live pine tree located in Sea Pines on the lagoon side of Spartina Ct, which does not have houses. It can be seen from the street in front of 2640 Spartina Ct. Also referred to as the Calibogie Cay Club nest. The pair is named Cal and Tina.
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.
2/2/24 At least one, possibly two osprey were on the nest this morning at 8:30. My sister sent this picture to me, and it looks like there’s a second head on the left side of the nest. I will check tomorrow to verify that there were two. Confirmed by another picture sent on 2/2
Mary Ellen B reports: Two ospreys are seen flying around the nest. One video shows one osprey sitting on and then flying off the nest. I am attaching two still images I took from the videos.
NOTE: THIS PAIR HAS BEEN NAMED CAL AND TINA.
Mary Ellen B reports: I’ve checked nest 8028 twice in July ( most recently on the 9th), and I did not see any birds on or around the nest on either visit. The nest looks intact and not to have sustained any damage in the storm Wednesday night. I will keep dropping by to see if the ospreys return.
Mary Ellen B reports: Excitement at nest 8028! At 8:30 this morning, I counted 3 osprey heads in the nest! One was definitely an adult. I believe the 2nd was probably an adult also, but the 3rd was a hatchling!
NOTE: Because the nestling was large enough to be seen, we are guessing that the egg(s) hatched about May 31. (that is about 2+ weeks ago.)
Mary Ellen B reports: This is a newly found nest which was set up in the database on March 8, 2021. We do not know much about the nest yet, but by the time it was located, the pair was already back. We will record the pair as having returned on 3/9/21 although they probably returned in the past week.