This nest is located in a live pine at roughly 253 Belfair Oaks Blvd, adjacent to one of the golf course tee boxes. It is very high (80-90 feet) and partly obscured by branches. First reported Jan 2023
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.
Karen R reports: Tuesday I spotted an Eagle sitting on a branch only a few feet from the nest. The Eagle was perched like he owned the tree! Given the history of this nest, only time will tell "who" claims it.
Karen R reports: This morning I stood below the tall pine tree noted on Belfair Oaks location and spotted what I think was an Eagle on the branch just a few feet from the nest. All brown body (no white on breast) - all white head - yellow beak. I know you said their mating season is Fall vs early Spring but am quite sure it was not an Osprey. But, I'll keep watching.