Skidaway Osprey 1
A 24/7 Live View into the Savannah, Georgia's Landings Bird Nest
A brief history of the Landings Bird Cam
In the summer of 2014, cameras were installed above a bald eagle nest on Skidaway Island (near Savannah, Georgia). Although the eagles were expected to return for a third season, only one of the eagle pair was ever seen at the nest. During the Fall of 2014, a pair of Great Horned Owls began frequenting this recently abandoned Bald Eagle nest adjacent to a protected, nutrient-rich salt marsh along the Georgia coast. The nest sits nearly 80′ above one of the six Audubon International Certified golf courses at The Landings, on Skidaway Island, near Savannah, Georgia. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, a pair of owls successfully fledged four owlets from the site, but they did not return to breed in 2017. Instead, a pair of Ospreys began renovating the nest and committed to breeding in the same site for 2017.
Ospreys are large hawks that evolved to hunt and eat fish. Their vision is over three times better than human vision so they can spot fish swimming below. The dark band around their eyes reduces glare from water. Their feet are unique among North American hawks: Rough pads on the feet help grip slippery fish, while one of their talons rotates to hold fish more aerodynamically in flight.
Ospreys are pretty easy to identify. Look for their white head, white breast, dark eye patch and hooked beak. Flying overhead, their wings make a sharp M or W pattern rather than a gentle curve. Hovering over water they dive for their prey and then plunge their head and feet forward, grabbing the fish with their feet.
Ospreys build nests close to the water with materials such as sticks, moss or seaweed. They tradionally nest on dead tree snags but when those are not available they often nest on human structures.
2018 Season (Osprey)
Clutch of three eggs, two hatches, one fledge
- March 8, 2018 - First egg laid
- March 11, 2018 - Second egg laid
- March 14, 2018 - Third egg laid
- April 15, 2018 - First hatch
- April 18, 2018 - Second hatch
- May 2, 2018 - Hatchling deceased
On the morning of May 2, after several hours of inactivity in the nest bowl, the youngest Osprey chick appears to have died. Ultimately the cause of death is unknown; however, it’s most likely that the chick succumbed to lack of access to food or to injuries incurred from sibling aggression over the past few days. While it is unfortunate to witness such an event, nestling mortality is not uncommon in wild bird nests. In Ospreys, older siblings have a higher survival rate than younger siblings, and nestling mortality is higher for the first 2-3 weeks after hatch during the peak period of growth. Despite the loss of their youngest chick, the adults still have a chance at having a successful breeding season, and we hope that you continue to watch and learn along with us as they work to raise their oldest nestling to fledge.
- June 11, 2018 - First fledge
2017 Season (Osprey)
Clutch of three eggs, one hatch, zero fledges
- March 24, 2017 - First egg laid
- March 30, 2017 - Second egg laid
- April 2 or 3, 2017 - Third egg laid
Due to nesting materials, it can be difficult to determine the exact lay-date of the eggs
- May 5, 2017 - First hatch
- May 14, 2017 - Nesting deceased
Over May 12-14, at least one aggressive osprey attacked and harassed the resident pair and nest. Following these attacks, the nestling appeared listless and didn't respond to the parents' attempts to feed it, indicating that it may have been injured during the interactions. Unfortunately, the nestling succumbed to its injuries and died.
- May 15, 2017 - Deceased nestling removed from the nest by one of the adult ospreys
- May 25, 2017 - American Crow scavenges non-viable eggs
- May 26, 2017 - Eggshell remains removed from nest by female osprey
2016 Season (Great Horned Owl)
Clutch of two eggs, two hatches, two fledges
- History coming soon!
2015 Season (Great Horned Owl)
Clutch of two eggs, two hatches, two fledges
- History coming soon!
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