Zachary Taylor
(24.5497, -81.8113)
Osprey Nest Platform
Located in Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. According to the park ranger, this is a new nest. They have not had a nest on this platform for about 6 years.
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2023 - Ingrid
aAdult Arrival12/15/22
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure3/5/23
xReason For Nest Failureadult abandonment

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2023

Activity reports

2023 Nest Activity Report by Ingrid
Adult arrival12/15/2022Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure03/05/2023
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureadult abandonment

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Nesting Diaries

03/05/2023 by Ingrid
March 5, 2023: I last visited the Osprey nest on February 16 and 19, 2023. On both of those days, everything seemed normal at the nest. Both occupants were at the nest, and were engaging in their routine behavior of sitting on the nest and hunting for food. I returned to the nest on March 5, and there was no activity in the nest. I spoke with one of the park rangers, and he told me that both of the ospreys disappeared a couple of weeks ago. It appears that the nest failed this season. Nesting material is still on the platform.

02/13/2023 by Ingrid
On this day I arrived around 11:45 a.m., and both the male and female were sitting in the nest. (Osprey #1 and Osprey #2). Around 11:47 a.m., both Ospreys became very agitated and vocal, and a third adult Osprey landed in the nest. Osprey #1 chased away #3, while #2 remained in the nest. #1 returned briefly to the nest, and both #1 and #2 flew away. Both birds circled the nest, and then returned. All of the preceding activity took place between 11:47 a.m. and 11:49 a.m. At 11:52 a.m. Osprey #1 left the nest and returned at 11:53 a.m. with a long stick. The bird brought the stick into the nest and spent about a minute arranging the stick into the nest. At 11:54 a.m. Osprey #2 flew out of the nest and went to the nearby light pole located on the Naval Base. Both birds often use this perch for eating or preening. Osprey #2 spent 10 minutes on the light pole and then returned to the nest. Both birds stayed in the nest for about 5 minutes, and then one of them flew away. One Osprey remained in the nest. I left the nest at 12:20. I returned to the nest at 2:15, and one bird was in the nest, and the other was sitting on the light pole eating a fish.

02/10/2023 by Ingrid
I was at the park from 11:30 to 2:30, and the female was sitting on the nest the entire time. She occasionally stood up to stretch.

02/07/2023 by Ingrid
High winds and weather have kept me away from the park for a few days. The nest is still there, but it lost a lot of material, probably from the high winds. I didn’t see an Osprey in the nest, but one, or possibly 2 Ospreys were nearby hunting for food. One of them spent a lot of time sitting on the Naval Base light pole that is near the nest.

01/29/2023 by Ingrid
There was one bird in the nest when I arrived that morning. The other bird flew to the nest a few minutes later and then flew over to the Naval Base to hunt for fish. It sat on a pole where it had a good view of the water, and dove into the water to snatch a meal. The Osprey nest is at the end of the park that borders the Naval Base.

01/24/2023 by Ingrid
One bird in the nest. The other sitting on the nearby light pole eating.

01/22/2023 by Ingrid
The nest was empty today when I visited, but one Osprey was on the nearby light pole, eating lunch.

01/20/2023 by Ingrid
One bird brought a fish to the nest, and then one of them flew to the nearby light pole to eat. After finishing the meal, the bird returned to the nest. They were both very vocal while in the nest.

01/18/2023 by Ingrid
The nest was empty when got to the park, and a few minutes later, one of the birds brought nesting material to the platform. Both the male and female collect items to build a nest, but it’s the female who does the interior design work! About 10 minutes later, the other bird arrived with a fish. It’s usually the male who brings food to the nest. One of the birds (not sure if it was the male or female) took the fish and flew out of the nest and landed on a nearby light pole. The bird ate the fish on the pole before returning to the nest.

01/17/2023 by Ingrid
Both the male and female were in the nest. Seen copulating. The male brought fish to the nest. I first observed this nest on December 28, 2022.