Nest #463

Nickname: Knotts Island
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Located in Knotts Island Bay, NC.
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Latitude: 36.4995643360812
Longitude: -75.9101008987427
Followers: 1

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by Gary
Adult arrival 03/11/2012 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 03/19/2012 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/29/2012 Nest failure 05/13/2012
Clutch hatching 04/30/2012 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2013 Nest Activity Report by Gary
Adult arrival 03/21/2013 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/11/2013
Incubation initiation 04/15/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/23/2013 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Gary
Adult arrival 03/12/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/23/2014
Incubation initiation 04/12/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Gary
Adult arrival 03/09/2015 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/29/2015
Incubation initiation 04/09/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/21/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Gary
Adult arrival 03/18/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/10/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/04/2016
Incubation initiation 04/04/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/16/2016 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by Gary
Adult arrival 03/06/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/09/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/04/2017
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/13/2017 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/28/2016 by Gary
This may be a new pair. The male has had to protect the nest several times. Even from the male in the next nest north. Also there is not much nest building activity.

07/10/2014 by Gary
This nest has turned out to be a disaster. It had 3 female babies. Last Wed I found 1 on the bank. Watched him overnight. Still there Thur. Stranding/Rehab team picked her up. On Fri they returned her and another 1. We therefore had 4 female babies. About 2 hours later a baby male from the nest next door pushed the new one in the water. Rehab picked it up. After they left I noticed another one missing. Found her in the water and met rehab part way here. Counted again when i got back and realized another female was missing. Didn't find her. Presumed dead. Net result is one female that has her food stolen. Neither adult keeps the male away. In fact I have not seen the father in the last day. I am constantly chasing the male baby away. It starts at 6AM.

03/12/2014 by Gary
Male arrived March 9.

08/02/2013 by Gary
About a wek ago I noticed that the branches in the nest were disappearing.I did not see who was taking them out. I have a 2x4" side around the nest. The branches are now even with the side. This is the first time I have observed this.

03/16/2013 by Gary
Papa arrived March 14

05/15/2012 by Gary
Mama Osprey had a very sad Mother's Day. It appeared that Sunday she picked up a dead baby from the nest and dropped him into the bay. I saw what looked like 2 motionless legs hanging down. There is no feeding activity at the nest. However it may be to early to call a nest failure because they are mating. Maybe there will be a new batch of eggs.

05/01/2012 by Gary
Appears there is egg hatching activity. Mama is not sitting on the nest all the time. May have been feeding a baby.

03/31/2012 by Gary
I deleted the date for the first egg laid since visual inspection showed no eggs. For an untrained observer it is only a guess. There was no sitting until 3/29.

03/31/2012 by Gary
Although mama is sitting they are still mating. Maybe more eggs to come.

03/23/2012 by Gary
Did a visual inspection and took a picture. Well constructed nest. Can't see much from the picture. Lined with green grass and bay grass. No visible eggs. May have been under the grass. I did not want to touch anything. Mama and papa sat quietly on the pier while I inspected.

03/19/2012 by Gary
Appears today an egg was laid. There is always an adult present and occasionally one will appear to be covering something in the nest. We have one rogue osprey that is bothering the adults in all four nests. When he appears one of the ospreys squats down in the nest to protect the egg.

03/12/2012 by Gary
This nest has been in operation since 1990. I was building our house when I noticed an osprey trying to build a nest in a tree. The branches were not staying in the tree crotch. I immediately built a platform in the Bay about 10' above the water. I picked up some branches that had dropped from the tree and threw them into the nest. The next time papa came to the tree with a branch he noticed the nest. He inspected it with mama and it has been in use ever since. They are fun to watch. It has been renovated at least twice. I believe that we have only had one year with no babies. We probably average 2 babies per year. Last year one died. One year I found a dead parent in the nest.