Alan B reports:
5/7/23 Maxine Uttal observes: incubation position at first then a lot of both of them standing around and wing flapping and some relocating of sticks.
5/17/23 bird sitting in nest, looking more elevated than when incubating (egg hatch today is an estimate based on 5/19 report from neighbor).
5/19/23 incubation, moving sticks around. Neighbor said there was a lot of activity yesterday with crows and hawks
5/24/23 adult feeding 2 chicks 9:30 am. View better from ORC.
5/28/23 Adult stands at side of nest. Chicks not visible.
5/29/23 Adult female stands at side of nest. Chicks not visible.
Alan B reeports for April 21-28:
8990 8:44 incubation position
8990 11:35 incubation position
8990 12:15 pm looks empty, watched for awhile, and a bird eventually showed the top of their head. Incubation position. Viewed from ORC.
Alan B reports:
8990 9:28 looks like incubation, can only see top of head. OBP. Can’t see from ORC. But male flies in and I see them trade places. 9:35. I have photos of this.
Alan B reports: Image posted of what looks like the female spreading her wings outside of the nest and the male in the nest. They didn't change places while I observed.
9:24 male in incubation position then had female fly in being harassed by a crow, landed for a few seconds then left, better view of male from 17 oyster bay place. Can only see his head. Female flies in and chirps a lot.
NOTE: We are listing incubation as possible as of 4/11
Alan B reports for April 3-9
8990 bird hunched down and only top of head is visible 9:14 am
8990 no one home 9:45 am
8990 10:44 nobody home
Alan B reports: 8990 9:17 nobody home then 1 shows up, 3 others fly around including a BAEA, crows get too close, lots of noise. Three of Alan's photos added from March observations.
Alan B reports: 8990 11:04 female standing at side of nest
Alan B reports: 8990 9:23 both adults standing at side of nest. After a few minutes they both went flying away.
NOTE: Since neither bird remained at the nest, incubation is probably not underway yet even though she appeared to be in incubation position previously.
Alan B shared two images of this nest.
Alan B reports: 8990 female bird in incubation position then moved to side of nest, male flew in then female left 9:16 to 9:31. Male standing at side of nest.
Steve W reports: They are spending more time on the nest rather than perched on its edge. We may have witnessed the pair changing places to incubate an egg, But we can't see that a bird is in the nest most of the time.
NOTE: We will hold off on a date for egg laying until we can see consistent incubation posture.
Steve W reports:
3/4 Add some Spanish moss and it feels like home.
3/8 Now it's looking like a real nest.
Alan B reports: 8990 nest building
Alan B reports: 8990 nest building activity today
Male and female present, male fetching sticks. Could be a young pair?
Alan B reports: There was one bird there that probably was a female. The nest looks still like it is in “the discussion phase.”
This is a new nest reported by Steve W 2/24/2023
They just started construction, maybe a half dozen sticks. Right now most of the nest building is in the discussion phase. Location: in backyard of 15 Oyster Bay Place. View from back of 7 Oyster Reef Cove.