Rubonia Nest
(27.5805, -82.5543)
Utility Pole
Been observing osprey in the area. They have built a brand new nest. I've loved watching the nesting behavior.
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2021 - freckledhen
aAdult Arrival1/1/21
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation
cClutch Hatching4/1/21
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure4/12/21
xReason For Nest Failurenest destroyed during storm

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2021 Nest Activity Report by freckledhen
Adult arrival01/01/2021Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure04/12/2021
Clutch hatching04/01/2021Reason for nest failurenest destroyed during storm

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Nesting Diaries

04/15/2021 by freckledhen
All week I have observed a lone Osprey eating at the utility pole next to were the nest was. Today, I observed 2 Osprey sitting on the utility pole where the nest was previously. I also witnessed another bird trying to start a nest there. This 3rd bird has a stick in its grasp and was landing on top of one of the perched Osprey and trying to, what I assume, push it out of the way.

04/13/2021 by freckledhen
I returned to the area around noon on Apr 12, 2021. The nest was completely gone. Not only did we have a severe storm Apr 9-11, but there was also utility work that I've previously posted about. On Tuesday, April 13th, I observed the utility crews working in the nest area. It is difficult to determine the true nature of the nest disappearance.

04/05/2021 by freckledhen
Today, the osprey have been adding to the nest. I posted a photo of the landing. Most times I can see one of the pair perched on a nearby tree by the nest.

04/05/2021 by freckledhen
Part 2 update on 4.5.21 - There is a utility crew replacing poles along the road. I contacted FL FWS and unfortunately, there are no protections for removing active osprey nests. I also contacted USFWS. They directed me back to FL FWS. Fingers crossed the line crew stop at their current location. I will be very sad if the nest is removed. The birds will be feeding from fish that are exposed to the gypsum stack leak that is in the news too. Florida has dropped the ball on protection of natural resources.

04/01/2021 by freckledhen
I'm pretty sure the chicks have hatched. Today, both parents were observed in the nest and leaning forward into the base of the nest. Twice I saw a small wing flap from inside the nest. Hopefully, I will have definitive confirmation soon. I'm very excited about the babies!

03/30/2021 by freckledhen
This has been an amazing bird watching activity. In Dec. 2020, I'd seen more osprey than usual. I then saw what I thought was mating behavior. Eventually, they started adding a couple of sticks at a time to the electrical pole. Now, there's a full blown nest! They even added more today.