Located on the Arthur Hills Golf Course near the T box on hole #5 in Palmetto Hall. This nest is past Fish Haul Rd. You have to cross over and then it is on the left side as you are driving the cart path. This nest is off Mangrove Street in the vicinity of nests #7567 and 7019. We have confirmed that these are three separate nest in proximity.
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.
Chris K reports:
I have been to my last remaining nest #9065 and have not seen the female osprey for several weeks.
NOTE: Since it has been 2.5 months since we believe incubation started and there has been no sign of hatching or the female, this nest will be called inactive.
Chris K reports:
#9065 on the golf course has a female that has been sitting in the nest for a long time.
She is always there in the evening and at this point she may not be sitting on viable eggs.
NOTE: We noted incubation beginning on about 4/14 so it is possible that eggs hatched but the chicks are not visible. She would still be in the nest an we migh observe feeding behavior. We will wait to see.