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12 Grey Fox HHP
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Nest is located at 12 Grey Fox, Hilton Head Plantation, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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2018 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
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Jeffrey M reports: 1) As you know successful installation of nest platform on treetop where previous nest was destroyed. 2) Male (Popeye) has been waiting at meeting site for Olive Oyl twice daily usually somewhere between 7-9 am and 3:30-5:30 pm. 3) Popeye has not made any attempt to occupy the nest platform yet. Don’t think he will until Olive Oyl returns. After nest was destroyed from Matthew he did not begin to build a new nest UNTIL she returned and then immediately started to build in the live tree that the nest platform now resides on.
The nest came down since last season. Due to the combined efforts of Jeffrey M, several others, and the maintenance department of Hilton Head Plantation, a new platform was built and installed for Popeye and Olive Oyl. A great community effort.
Jeffrey M reports: As we wrap up reporting I have to correct my data. I had thought only one chick made it last month. I missed the first chick fledging and thought only Sofia made it. We had been living away from the house during a renovation and the nest was huge 2 tiered so the bulk of the nest I could not see into. Long story short Sofia has a very robust and healthy brother named Sven. I have been watching the 2 of them for 10 days now and am sure they are our chicks. Sven is a male.. If you look closely at this picture the upper left is Olive Oyl (mom) with fish and on the lower right are both chicks watching. They are fishing- Sven is clearly the older of the two and they stick together. Very successful nest this year.
all 2018 observations and photos by Jeffrey M.
6/29/2018 at 7:50 AM -Nest 6980. We have one almost fully grown chick as you will see in the picture below. Approx. 1 month ago I lost track of the second and I must assume it is no longer. The mother (Olive Oyl) was in the tree to the left above the nest and Dad (Popeye) was circling above. The great news is that this chick now named Sofia appears in superb health and is testing her wings. I am fairly sure this is a female because when I view them up close with strong binoculars she has developing and distinct necklace.
observer reports: Caught this pic yesterday at 7:15 am. Nest 6980. Popeye on right arriving with fish, Olive Oyl on left and if you enlarge pic you will see one of the chicks in the middle.
observer reports:All is well at nest 6980 as you can see Olive Oyl keeping watch on her brood after breakfast this morning. Still pretty sure the count is 2 chicks but have not gotten a clear pic of the 2 heads together.
observer reports:Olive Oyl (female) has been become much quieter and I noticed late last week she was busy tending constantly to “something” in the nest and Popeye (male) has be consistently very close by. Today I got a view of one chick (at least). Thus I was off on recaculationl of her days on nest in prior post and my original post about a month ago was more accurate for when she was on eggs.
Observer Reports: Olive Oyl doing what she does best- basking in today’s much welcomed sunshine. I am thinking she is close to 10 days continuously on eggs- there was an interruption about two weeks ago ( not major) but steady since then so conservatively, I am going with 20 days.
observer reports that all is well with Popeye and Olive Oyl.
Observer reports: As of 3/18 Popeye and Olive Oyl in nest #6890 are doing great. still enlarging nest and female Olive Oyl staying very tight to nest. They seem to be thriving.
Since female returned on 3/4 Dad helped rebuild the nest. The female is exhibiting incubation behavior as of 3/13 and we assume there are eggs but cannot give the date they were laid.
Prior to 2017, this nest was located in a tree across the lagoon. The tree was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and the ospreys built this new nest nearby. In 2017, there were two chicks that fledged. However, one was weak and returned to the nest. The Center for Avian Conservation was called but the chick died. This was the first successful nesting for the pair. The nest was attacked by a Great Horned Owl and destroyed in 2015. It was again destroyed in 2016 by another pair of ospreys. This info is being added here since 2018 is the first year that the data is being reported on this site. (entry based on info provided by J. Morford)