Second Platform at 9 Tall Pines- rear right of yard.
Osprey Nest Platform
Two platforms were erected in the same yard in early 2019. The first was to replace the fallen nest branch of a long tern nesting pair. At the same time, a second platform was added in another near by pine. This second platform is in the far RIGHT side of the back yard near the lagoon. This pair is named Tally and Pinely
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.
Elaine M reports:
I tried to get pics of the osprey in 9137 yesterday and Wednesday. (7-19&20) Both days as soon as the osprey, standing on the platform saw me,
flew away. The first picture is more inclusive "live" on my cell phone. I didn't check the nest today. Again very vocal. However, I have
not seen any fledglings.
Elaine M reports:
I could only see one osprey in the tree next to the nest.
However, there was communication between the osprey in the tree and another osprey nearby. Lots of chirping coming from the
nest today-----------the usual!
NOTE: This pair is now called Tally and Pinely
Elaine M reported:
I checked the "Goodrich" ospreys this afternoon. As I thought, there is at least one chick. I saw a total of three ospreys. 6 photos added
NOTE: WE NOW THINK THERE REALLY WERE NO CHICKS.
Barbara N reports:
Just wanted to let you know Osprey have returned but not on 2544. If you recall 2 platforms were built behind 9 Tall Pines, near the lake. Well…..the good news is that ospreys have returned, but they are no longer using the first (original) platform.
The other platform is being fixed up and we are watching them go back and forth. Although we do not have direct sight to the nest, we can walk next door and view the second platform (which they are now using) from across the lake.
We are very excited that at least one pair is using the “facility”.
NOTE: We used 4/16 as the first sighting of the pair together, although that is just a guess.