Nest #2514

Nickname: Signal tower at Palmetto Electric on Matthews Dr.
Nest substrate: 100' Tower
Nest Location Description: Osprey nest is on top of a communications tower at the Hilton Head Island office of Palmetto Electric Cooperative. The Co-op created a platform for the ospreys to nest. The platform is roughly 6.5' x 7' chain link fence with hardware cloth underneath.
Nest Cam URL: Click to Visit
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.20967
Longitude: -80.70083
Followers: 3

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by KristenM
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/20/2013
Egg laying 03/13/2013 Chicks last observed 08/07/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 04/22/2013 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 03/07/2014 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 04/19/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival 02/10/2015 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/09/2015
Egg laying 03/02/2015 Chicks last observed 07/31/2015
Incubation initiation 03/07/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 04/10/2015 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by NCPirate
Adult arrival 01/26/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 02/12/2018 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 02/12/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 02/20/2018 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 02/24/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival 01/26/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 02/21/2018 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 02/21/2018 Nest failure 04/19/2018
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

by JohnF

07/14/2018 by JohnF
all 2018 observations by Carol T.

04/20/2018 by JohnF
observer Carol T. reports:Nest 2514 On recent visits to the nest, I was continuing to observe incubation and the web cam supported this as well. However, the web cam blog posted this information on April 19th: “Unfortunately for the pair, Bea and Jasper, they will not have any chicks to raise this summer. The chicks should have hatched the first full week of April. Today marks the 59th day since the 3rd egg was laid and the 54th day for the 4th egg. This is a first for the pair to not have any chicks hatch. The last two years the chicks and eggs fell through the nest leaving the pair with no offspring. As you may recall the first and second egg were from a different male. Bea and Jasper will likely cover the eggs where they will break apart and decompose. We are not sure how long the pair will continue to incubate the eggs. After so many years of successful osprey seasons, it's hard to believe we are in our third consecutive year with no juvenile ospreys to see fledge. It is our conclusion that the eggs failed due to infertility.” Very sad news. Let’s hope that next season will bring an end to this trend.

04/10/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: According to the blog on April 10: “Today marks the 48th day since the 3rd egg was laid. Chicks normally hatch 34 - 42 days after being laid. It's very possible that these eggs are not viable. We keep watching and wishing the pair the best of luck.” I observed an adult in nest incubating on April 4th, 6th, and 10th. The webcam verifies this, and I’ve viewed the webcam when both Jasper and Bea were in the nest together, and a few times when Jasper was on the eggs alone.

03/31/2018 by JohnF
Observer reports: Not much activity at this nest when I’ve visited. The web cam reports that March 28 and March 31 mark the the fifth week for the 3rd and 4th eggs. Jasper continues to bring fish to the nest and takes over incubation duties while Bea takes a break. Should be getting pretty close to the eggs hatching!

03/21/2018 by JohnF
incubating eggs; confirmed by web camera

03/14/2018 by JohnF
Observer notes: Bea continues to incubate the eggs, which is verified by the web cam and blog, and I am able to get a glimpse of her in the nest when I visit. No major drama this past week!

02/28/2018 by JohnF
Bea laid egg #4 on Saturday, Feb. 24th. She is now incubating two eggs (#3 and #4) On 2/28 an intruder tried to land on the platform. This was later reported on the blog, but I was actually on site when it took place and watched the entire incident which lasted for about an hour. When the intruder tried to land, Bea was in the nest alone and had to fend off the intruder for a short while until Jasper returned and took over. At that point Bea went back to incubating the eggs. It was a very intense situation, as Jasper and the intruder were involved in an aerial chase for close to an hour until Jasper finally prevailed and the intruder flew away. This was very stressful for Bea during this time as the culprit would fly down quite close to the nest with Jasper in constant pursuit. The pair in nest #2513 was watching on high alert, so I imagine this ordeal was causing them quite a bit of stress too.

02/24/2018 by JohnF
According to the Palmetto blog, It’s not clear when Bea arrived, but it was sometime in January. A male arrived January 26th that was believed to be her mate Jasper from previous years. Bea laid her first egg February 12th, but did not incubate it and it was lost almost immediately. This first male turned out not to be Jasper, who actually was confirmed to arrive on February 14th. Now the real Jasper and Bea settled down and began to mate. Bea laid a second egg February 16. (This egg was undoubtedly from the previous male). This egg was covered over. Bea laid a third egg on February 21st and it is possible this egg is from Jasper. She immediately incubated this egg and continues to do so. When I visited the nest today, February 23rd, I observed her sitting down in the nest exhibiting a posture with a flat back. So this matches up with the blog reports. She was in this posture for the 30 minutes I was there, while Jasper was in and out of the nest.

02/13/2018 by NCPirate
First egg of Palmetto Electric's 2018 Osprey Season

02/12/2018 by JohnF
2/12/18 one osprey sitting in the nest

02/07/2018 by JohnF
no activity seen

06/08/2017 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest--no eggs or chicks

03/30/2017 by JohnF
Osprey were mating on the nest

03/10/2017 by JohnF
Fifth egg has fallen through the nest

03/03/2017 by JohnF
Third & fourth eggs fell through the nest; fifth egg was laid

02/27/2017 by JohnF
Third & fourth eggs were laid

02/21/2017 by JohnF
Booth the eggs fell through the nest

02/20/2017 by JohnF
Second egg was laid

02/17/2017 by JohnF
First egg was laid

01/31/2017 by JohnF
Male arrived at nest

01/10/2017 by JohnF
Female arrived at nest

07/23/2016 by JohnF
No activity observed.

06/20/2016 by JohnF
No activity observed

05/23/2016 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest--no eggs

05/14/2016 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest--no eggs

05/06/2016 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest--no eggs

04/24/2016 by JohnF
2 adults standing on nest

04/14/2016 by JohnF
Adults have begun mating again

04/08/2016 by JohnF
The only chick has disappeared

03/29/2016 by JohnF
1 chick hatched--other 2 eggs did not hatch

03/18/2016 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest next to 2nd adult sitting on 3 eggs

02/21/2016 by JohnF
Adult sitting on 2 eggs.

08/09/2015 by JohnF
No activity observed

07/05/2015 by JohnF
1 juvenile standing on nest. All 3 juveniles have fledged but perch on trees near nest

06/11/2015 by JohnF
3 good size chicks standing on nest

05/13/2015 by JohnF
3 chicks being fed by both adults; chicks are 4 weeks old

04/13/2015 by JohnF
Adult sitting on 2 chicks & 1 egg

03/08/2015 by JohnF
2 adults seen on nest. 1 adult sitting on 3 eggs

07/18/2014 by JohnF
1 fledgling standing on nest

06/25/2014 by JohnF
2 juveniles standing on nest

06/24/2014 by JohnF
1 juvenile standing on edge of nest

05/18/2014 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest next to 2 chicks

04/26/2014 by JohnF
Adult sitting on nest with 2 chicks

04/12/2014 by JohnF
I adult sitting on nest

03/13/2014 by JohnF
1 adult standing on nest

08/07/2013 by JohnF
1 Fledgling standing in nest

07/19/2013 by JohnF
1 fledgling standing in the nest

06/10/2013 by JohnF
2 chicks in nest + 1 egg

05/09/2013 by JohnF
adult feeding 2 chicks

04/13/2013 by JohnF
1 adult sitting on nest

03/18/2013 by JohnF
2 adults taking turns sitting on 2 eggs

07/13/2012 by KristenM
1 fledgling standing on nest

06/05/2012 by KristenM
1 adult standing on nest feeding 2 chicks

05/19/2012 by KristenM
Adult in nest next to 2 chicks

04/10/2012 by KristenM
1 adult sitting on nest