A Day in the Forest of the Osprey Nests! Honeymoon Island has one of the highest density of Osprey Nests in the county. According to the recent survey they are delayed with their young this year with only a few nests - maybe on eggs. If you’re visiting you can expect babies about a month delayed in this area - lots of excitement in the skies above as the Osprey bring in fish or fight for territory! It’s an enthralling park and every time I go I’m thrilled to see all the flurry of activity!!!
Osprey nest sites are highly variable, but in Florida the
birds prefer either dead trees or living trees with broken
or dead tops. The nest tree is usually taller than
surrounding trees and as close to suitable foraging areas
as possible. Where natural sites are limited or missing, Ospreys
readily nest on human-made structures, such as power poles, radio towers, channel markers, television antennas, or bridges 🐦The nest is a large, bulky structure that is regularly reused and enlarged for several successive years. Ospreys typically lay 3 eggs that are creamy-white, and heavily blotched and spotted with browns, grays, and rust. Incubation requires approximately 38 days, and the young fledge at 49 to 59 days of age 🐦Seasonal Occurrence. In Florida, the onset of nesting varies geographically; and Ospreys can be found nestin at any time of the year. In central Florida, Ospreys usually initiate breeding in February or March, and breeding continues through May or June. In the Keys nesting may begin in November and December.
🐦Status. The Osprey is a common and widespread breeding bird in Florida. Ospreys nesting in peninsular Florida south of the 29th parallel are unique among Ospreys of the eastern United States, because they are nonmigratory residents. In Monroe County only, they are considered a Species of Special Concern by the Florid Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (my FWC)