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Nest Location Description:
Located at north terminal end of pipe bridge above B58/97 parking lot. Security camera is nearby and can probably be used to obtain video of nest activity.
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2013 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
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There was only one bird on the nest today. I did not have my binoculars, but I would guess it was the young bird. It did not move around much. It just sat and observed the area with minimal head movement.
The single adult and the fledgling were both in the nest and stayed there for the entire time I was observing nests in the area.
Fledgling was outside the nest on a roost about 15 ' from the nest. No adult was observed this trip but a couple of adults were flying around nearby. I saw the fledgling lift off the roost and gently glide on the breeze into the nest where it began to call and look for an adult.
Saw the typical one adult and one chick on the nest today. The chick is nearly the size of the adult but it just sat, not moving wings or shuffling around. The two just stood beside each other on the edge of the nest, facing the same direction. The chick looked very healthy and essentially fully feathered.
I found a different vantage point from which to observe the nest. I can get closer but am more hidden. Shortly after arriving I saw one adult and one chick on the nest. The adult was calling and another flying adult was calling too. The flying adult went to land in the nest, but as it approached it put out its feet and talons in an aggressive manner, perhaps to steal the fish the birds in the nest were eating. As the flying osprey approached the adult on the nest jumped up and met the incoming bird jumped up with wings out and feet and talons splayed and they clashed momentarily. The flying bird moved on and eventually flew away. The adult on the nest watched it fly away and then returned to eating. The chick ducked as the action took place and then turned and called at the flying osprey just as the adult in the nest was doing. Eventually they settled down and the adult began to feed the chick, who is much larger now. The adult made the chick come to it to get food. The adult later was moving around a lot and looked uncomfortable. A minute or so later it stood on the edge of the nest, bent down forward and projectile pooped out into space. Wow was that eye opening. Got that on video too. It was actually quite amazing.
Saw one adult sitting immediately outside the nest. I could see the back of the chick as it was lying/resting in the nest. Very little movement. The adult was tending to its feathers, etc. No other activity.
One adult was on the nest feeding on a fish. Then a chick raised up and I was able to see its head. Still small and downy but was actively eating with the adult.
Observed one adult on the nest but saw from a distance without binoculars. Security camera located higher and SW of nest may be able to capture nest activity.