Nest #168

Nickname: Lucky
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Nest is on a pole in Placid Bay on Mattox near our pier.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers, Virginia Master Naturalist
Latitude: 38.2015653383545
Longitude: -76.9905805206299
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by Pam
Adult arrival 03/01/2012 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 06/22/2012
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2013 Nest Activity Report by Pam
Adult arrival 03/03/2013 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/01/2013 Chicks last observed 08/22/2013
Incubation initiation 04/04/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/10/2013 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Pam
Adult arrival 02/27/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/08/2014
Egg laying 04/08/2014 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/25/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Pam
Adult arrival 03/06/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes 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 Pam
Adult arrival 03/07/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/07/2019 by Pam
The pair returned to the nest on March 7. One week later than usual.

03/06/2015 by Pam
Female returned at 6:00pm 3/6/2015

09/29/2014 by Pam
This is the first year that the first born dominant chick -Jackie- (born 2 days before the others) has pecked on the other 2 chicks- Manny & Moe. Manny & Moe fledged and hunted well before Jackie. Jackie stayed in the nest and cried forever. She even stole fish that her siblings brought to the nest. Jackie did not leave until September 14. Manny & Moe were gone by August 22.

04/07/2012 by Pam
Usually, when the osprey arrive in Placid Bay there is a "Battle for the Bay" between eagles and ospreys that lasts a few days to a week. This year the eagles are not only staying over the bay and in the trees, but they are attacking osprey and making them drop their fish. There are 5 osprey nests visible in our small bay. Has anyone else noticed this change in behavior? We assume that either the eagle and osprey populations have reached maximum density in our area and/or fish are scarce. The immature eagles seem to be the most combative.

04/07/2012 by Pam
Every expectant mother needs a stuffed animal! If you look to the left of the osprey you will see a stuffed tiger. Our neighbors' dogs each have one and drag them outside to play with them. This tiger was brought to the nest on March 30. The female just ignores it.