Nest #3286

Nickname: 056-A-001
Nest substrate: Communication tower
Nest Location Description: Frenchtown Cell 1.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.5172698427
Longitude: -75.0586807732
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2017 2013

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrival 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
2017 Nest Activity Report by DianeMC
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/09/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by DianeMC
Adult arrival 05/10/2020 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/29/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/03/2020 by DianeMC
I wanted to do a check before the storms. When I arrived about 1:30pm, I did not see any birds on the nest. I could hear young cries from the tower. As I drove a bit closer, I could also hear a young crying out from the opposite side of my vehicle. I thought perhaps someone was flying over the fields. I drove past the tower to turn around and check the far side. Sure enough, thee sat on the juveniles on a pillar of the tower. I drove past again to put some distance between my vehicle and the tower. Driving with my windows down, I again heard cries from over the back field. I stepped out so I could scan the sky, and to my surprise heard a cry from the tree right next to me! There was one of the chicks perched in the tree. I moved back in the vehicle and heard an adult. The male came flying to the tower and landed on a pillar. When I looked out my window the chick in the tree had flown. It flew up to the nest. A couple minutes later, it moved to the opposite side of the nest. I could see the 3rd chick then. I confirmed 2 chicks in the nest and 1 on the pillar where I had first seen it. Dad remained on his perch. Mom must have had the day off or a spa day. I did not see her this day.

07/29/2020 by DianeMC
9:15-11 am Lots of action at the nest today. When I first arrived the female was at the top of one of the tower pillars, preening. I could hear one chick constantly calling out. She was ignored. I could see another chick on the nest but not the 3rd. Both chicks on the nest at that time are female, and took turns flying around the tower. They made nice solid landings on the nest and on pillars of the tower. At one point an adult male flew around the tower, and then was gone after a few passes. I thought it was one of the chicks but photos show it was an adult. Not Dad. The time stamp on photos show seconds between the last photo taken of the adult male and the first photo of Dad flying to the nest with a fish. The mystery male was an adult looking at his plumage and eye color. Those eyes were bright yellow. When Dad arrived with the fish, there was lots of yelling from the 2 chicks on pillars under the nest. Neither chick flew up to the nest where he dropped the fish, but Mom did. After the delivery, there was lots of noise from the adults. They were not happy with a group of black vultures flying too close to the tower. Dad gave chase, the vultures left, with Dad escorting them. Mom sat on a pillar, and ate the entire fish, watched by two of her offspring below. Not long after Mom finished the fish, the 3rd chick flew to the tower and made a pin point landing on a narrow pole. For a few minutes all 3 chicks and Mom sat on the tower, then the male chick left his perch, circled the tower, and flew to the nest next to Mom. One of the girls joined her brother in the nest looking for leftovers. There were none. The 3 fledglings took turns flying around the field. During one flight, 2 flew together. It was good to see all 3 flying! I don't know when the exact day the 1st fledge occurred between my last 2 visits. It was great to see all 3 flying today! Photos to come.

07/24/2020 by DianeMC
10am - 12pm The morning was overcast and cloudy. When I arrived the female was perched on one of the tower pillars. Two chicks were visible in the nest. One faced the river and I only had a view of the side and back. The other faced me. The third chick was not visible until much later. All 3 are still in the nest. The chick I could see was a female and most active. Watched as first she began wing flapping. Then she settled down again. A bit later, she became quite active and caught great air. I thought perhaps she might "branch" flying to one of the pillars, or even take off. She did neither. The day was hot and very humid with no breeze at all. That action quieted down and I saw movement on a lower pillar. From past experience, that is the male's favorite perch. That proved true today too. Since all seemed quiet, I made the decision to leave. As I got in my vehicle, I noticed the female was gone from her perch. Within minutes, I saw an osprey flying towards the river. I waited and saw the male return with a fish. As he approached the nest, I could see 3 others. Dad dropped the fish and flew to his perch. Another osprey was flying back to the tower, crying out the entire flight. She landed on a pillar next to the nest, still vocalizing. Very high above and heading toward the tower, another osprey flew over. It kept flying over and past us. I wondered if it was one of the Rt 12 ospreys. It flew in that direction. When I left the tower, the female was on her perch, the male on his, and all 3 chicks still in the nest.

07/19/2020 by DianeMC
From the road today, I could make out just a tail or wing feather sticking up over the nest. No good views for photos. Will return for a better view.

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:45-11:20 a.m. I was able to get good photos of three healthy looking chicks setting up my camera on my car window clamp, then walked out into the farm field and got even better views unobstructed by tower pillars. The parent (Mom I believe), and three chicks were there. There was a lot of wing flapping! I expect they will take flight in the next week or so.

07/17/2020 by CyclistBarb
6:45-7:15 p.m. I went out to check on the age of these chicks at the request of Kathy Clark. The cell tower maintenance crew needs to do work and asked if this would disturb the osprey family. We think these chicks will soon fledge so if they can wait a couple or three weeks, so much the better. It is difficult to see this nest from route 29 as it is on the east side of the tower. It is very far away if viewed from the roller rink parking! However, I met the farmer on whose field the tower sits and he was very friendly and gave me access to much better viewing areas! I will return early Sunday a.m. to get photos with good lighting! Check out the chick in the middle! Do you think he is well fed? What a laugh I got...I think that is the biggest crop I have seen on any raptor ever!

06/19/2020 by DianeMC
From the road it is difficult to see inside the nest. No birds visible, but she is most likely incubating.

05/10/2020 by DianeMC
May 10th was the first day I arrived to check the nest. I did not see any birds, but did observe new nesting material and nest construction underway.

07/31/2019 by DianeMC
Arrived at the nest to find everyone gone. Both chicks have now fledged. Will continue to check in to see if anyone still visits before leaving for the season.

08/09/2017 by DianeMC
Lots of activity at this nest. Finally got to see the young. When I arrived, 1, the female was on a pillar of the tower. Soon, her brother flew in also. Listened in to quite the conversation between them. The "boy" flew off again, and she flew to another pillar. Dad came in with a food drop - small. He sat on a pillar under the nest platform. The boy came back. I don't think there was much left to eat from Dad's small drop. About 30 minutes later, Mom flew in with a great catch! There was lots of excitement and noise, as Mom dropped the fish into the nest where the "girl" was waiting. The boy couldn't get turned around and off the pillar fast enough. Things quieted down as the two siblings ate. Mom took off, to check out me below. She made a couple low passes, vocalizing, looking straight down on me. I think she was giving Dad a hard time about his baby sitting skills. HA She settled down, accepted my presence, and everyone went about their business. What a privilege to watch this family!

07/20/2017 by DianeMC
Secured permission from land owners to observe this nest from their property. Male was on a lower pillar eating a fish. Female flew in with a fish in her talons. She flew into the nest presumably to feed young. Heard lots of vocalizing but could not get a visual on young. She flew off at one point, circled overhead and returned to the nest.

07/15/2017 by DianeMC
Hard to get a good angle to observe this nest. There is a hedgerow of trees in front. A nest is visible at the top level of the tower on the right side. No birds were observed. Will go back for another visit.