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Palmetto Hall Golf Course near Caladium
Nest Location Description:
At the top of a very tall apparently dead tree located on the left side of the short cart path between golf holes Hills 4 and Hills 5 (between Fort Howell Drive and Fish Haul Road) on the right just past Caladium
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First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
Photos of this nest
all 2018 observations and photos by Robin S.
observer reports:We started with 3 nestlings but ended with 2. Both nestlings are enjoying time away from the nest but close by with Mom supervising. Note: Based on this report, the fledging date has been posted as 6/23, but it probably was several days earlier.
comments:The osprey nestling is having a practice round using the wings and the wing span is impressive. Mom feed the nestlings then flew out of the nest with the fish bones and went back in the nest. The second nestling is trying to eat the fishtail Mom brought back to the nest. I was unable to spot the third nestling today.
observer reports: The three chicks are doing great and growing. Mom takes a short break from time to time and does a fly over but always close. A few days ago it was pretty warm and the chicks were sitting under Mom’s wings
Observer reports: can see 3 chicks in the nest
observer reports: 2 chicks in nest! Can just see them in the photo added.
Update: Behavior has changed with the adults. Previously, Dad went off to get a fish and ate ½ of it and took the rest to the nest to mom. Mom would leave the nest and go eat. Lately, Mom hasn’t left but eats in the nest. The last visit I noticed Mom was not sitting on the eggs but to the side. I don’t hear nestlings yet but suspect they have hatched…hopefully soon my suspension will be confirmed. We also have seen an interloper visiting…another osprey circling above the nest. Dad was on the tree eating his ½ of the fish and Mom got very agitated (2nd photo) and calling for help. Dad kept the fish in his talons and went after the other osprey then back to the tree to eat more of his fish. I was so fascinated I didn’t get any photos of the visiting osprey but got one with dad taking off.
observer reports: My last visit to nest 6983 was very exciting. Mom was on the nest sitting on eggs and she kept calling but I couldn’t find Dad. I turned around to head to the other nest but to my pleasant surprise across the street up on a branch was Dad enjoying a fish (I had the back view of Dad). So I crossed the street and went on the cart path and turned around watching Dad eat ½ of the fish while Mom continued calling to him. When he was done with his ½, he called to Mom and flew to her providing her dinner. She quickly took the fish and flew back to the same branch Dad ate on and enjoyed her dinner.
observer reports: I visited this nest today and had to smile. There is new nest material – We must have some Chicago Black Hawk fans in the area. Do you see the bright red ribbon hanging down? Mom was on the nest, started calling and left the nest only to circle quickly around and come right back. No evidence of nestlings yet.
Mom Osprey has been sitting on the nest apparently incubating eggs.
observer reports: Nest 6983 is so much fun to watch. Mom seems to be in the nest a great deal more these days with Dad on a perch close by. Dad did bring some more nest material in today and they were together for a little while in the nest.
osprey flying into nest
osprey at nest
2/22/18 Both osprey at nest - see photo
2/17/18 Nest under construction at top of dead tree