Nest #5798

Nickname: The Cottages at Shipyard
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: Shipyard Resort at the Cottages #19-28 in a pine tree at end of parking lot
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: LowCountry Institute
Latitude: 32.15
Longitude: -80.735833
Followers: 1

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by JohnF
Adult arrival 03/03/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/24/2018
Incubation initiation 04/12/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/20/2018 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/09/2018 by JohnF
observer Joanne V reports: No visible activity. We assume that the chicks have fledged.

07/25/2018 by JohnF
Mary Alice T. (substitute observer) reports: One Osprey sitting on limb just to the right of the nest. Not making any noise, just resting. I couldn't tell if this is the fledgling or an adult cause I'm just not that familiar with them. To me, it looks like a fledgling because it looks smallish. (3 photos)

07/24/2018 by JohnF
Joanne V reports: Did one final check today before leaving tomorrow. No visible activity in nest or on tree, but did hear some peeps in distance, but couldn’t locate.

07/18/2018 by JohnF
Joanne V. reports: Checked today on my nest. Only had cell, but you can see a darker, bigger osprey on a branch below the nest on the left, and a lighter colored brownish, smaller osprey on a branch above the nest all the way to the right. They both flew away, and clearly the wing span of the brownish one wasn’t as wide, but still a decent width. We have had difficulty monitoring the nestlings but feel pretty good that there were two nestlings and probably 2 fledglings. This is our best guess.

07/14/2018 by JohnF
all 2018 observations and photos by Joanne V.

07/05/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: Saw osprey flying near nest, but not close enough to get a really good picture. Could not see any osprey in the nest, but did hear peeps which suggested more than one osprey inside the nest. Really haven’t had any clear looks at offspring; just some “fuzzy” heads a couple weeks ago. Nearby neighbors reported to me they have heard lots of peeping all week, but they also have not seen babies.

06/30/2018 by JohnF
Observer reports: While it is difficult to be sure, there may be a juvenile visible in the nest.

06/26/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: on 6/26 it looked like the nest was a bit "misshapen".....possibly due to storm or wind damage in the past 10 days.

06/17/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: no visible sign of activity in or around the nest this afternoon. Also, no peeping sounds heard.

06/10/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: #5798 had no visible activity this morning

06/06/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: Quickly checked the nest. Nothing visible, but now I know that there are times the mother is deep inside the cavity. I did think I heard peeping.

05/31/2018 by JohnF
Observer reports that there are most likely two fuzzy heads in the nest, but she will continue to monitor to be certain. Our best guess is that they hatched about May 20...but that is a guess.

05/28/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: After nearly 2 weeks of no visible activity, Mama is finally showing herself in the nest. Shortly after taking these pictures, she must have laid further down into the nest, because she was once again not visible. No sign of any babies yet, but at least I know now that this nest is indeed active. YAY!!

05/25/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: Checked the nest about 9 this morning. Once again, no visible activity in the nest itself. An adult osprey was perched on branch opposite the nest ( the usual perching branch to the right of nest). Will continue to monitor.

05/21/2018 by JohnF
observer reports that on 5/20 there was no nest activity. On the morning of 5/21 she returned and found an osprey perched on a branch near the nest but no visible activity in the nest. She wonders if the nest is a failure.

05/12/2018 by JohnF
observation made at 10:00AM: There was one Osprey who perched on a nearby limb, occasionally moving, but did not attempt to fly away. At one point there were several "peeps" that I hoped indicated some life inside the nest, but after almost an hour of watching, I saw no signs of movement in the nest.

05/06/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: ). I was just about to leave, giving up hope of not seeing any activity when Mama flew back into her nest. Not long afterwards Papa perched on a branch near the nest. I met one of the owners nearby who said they are very active and noisy most every morning about 7AM.

05/02/2018 by JohnF
no activity visible anywhere on the tree or the surrounding area. Where did they all go? I know now there are at least 3 that hang around the nested tree. I walked down around the lagoon. Still no sightings and no osprey sounds

04/28/2018 by JohnF
observer reports: While watching these two, another osprey flew overhead, but never rested on the nesting tree. At first, I thought perhaps the one on the branch might have been one that hatched, but I think it's too big. It later flew off. Then mother, left the nest and rested onto a branch on the other side of the tree. She was still there when I left and there was no sign of the earlier one that flew off the branch. I did hear a lot of peeping about the nest, but could not see any bird other than the mother.

04/14/2018 by JohnF
Mom was in nest in what appears to be incubating position.

03/28/2018 by JohnF
Shortly after I arrived,she remained in her nest but was flapping her wings a lot. I kept hearing another osprey and then saw the 2nd one flying about. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get them both in same picture because "he?" wasn't flying close enough to the nest.

03/18/2018 by JohnF
The osprey are still around the nest.

03/04/2018 by JohnF
osprey is still hanging out at her nest.

02/20/2018 by JohnF
osprey in area sitting by nest

08/19/2017 by JohnF
No activity observed

07/05/2017 by JohnF
2 juveniles sitting on limb near nest, one eating a good size fish while the other one was begging for some

06/08/2017 by JohnF
2 adults sitting on the nest; 2 fledglings sitting on limb next to nest

05/03/2017 by JohnF
1 adult sitting on the nest

04/02/2017 by JohnF
2 adults sitting on a limb next to refurbished nest

03/01/2017 by JohnF
Female adult sitting in the nest

02/01/2017 by JohnF
Both adults have returned and are rebuilding the nest that was partially destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

07/22/2016 by JohnF
1 adult flew off the nest.

06/19/2016 by JohnF
2 adults in and out of the nest tending to 2 chicks

05/10/2016 by JohnF
Female calling from nest

04/29/2016 by JohnF
Adult female sitting on the nest

03/31/2016 by JohnF
Male sitting on branch near nest

08/07/2015 by JohnF
Juvenile female standing on limb beside nest chirping

07/29/2015 by JohnF
1 adult & 1 juvenile flew to the nest. The adult then gave the juvenile a fish. They both flew off and the juvenile landed on a nearby tree to eat the fish.

06/20/2015 by JohnF
No activity observed

06/06/2015 by JohnF
Female adult sitting on tree branch near nest

05/31/2015 by JohnF
1 adult and 1 chick in the nest