Nest #3287

Nickname: Frenchtown Cell 2
Nest substrate: Communication tower
Nest Location Description: Frenchtown Cell 2.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.5258716108
Longitude: -75.0342387021
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by DianeMC
Adult arrival 04/01/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/20/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by DianeMC
Adult arrival 04/06/2018 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by DianeMC
Adult arrival 03/12/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 0
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 06/07/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/16/2019 by DianeMC
Made a visit this afternoon. Found the female and 1 nestling sitting on the pillars of the tower. As I drove up, thought I saw something in the nest too, though when I took my observation spot, I saw nothing in the nest. While I watched, both the female and her female nestling took off from the pillars! They flew together, often passing very close to each other as the flew in circles around the tower. The female fledging was the first to come in for a landing. The female made several passes over the tower to encourage her young to fly. She wouldn't. Lots of vocalization from both birds. Female finally came in to land on the tower platform next to her daughter. Shortly after, I saw movement in the nest. Sure enough another female nestling made her presence known. She did not fly but did put on quite a show of jumping jacks, catching some nice air! While she exercised, both her mother and sister watched from the tower platform. I observed for about an hour.

06/07/2019 by DianeMC
All looked quiet again at the tower in the late afternoon when I arrived. I walked to get a better angle and saw movement. It appears the female was on the nest. I would see her move her head over the nest to look at me from time to time. As I walked back to my vehicle, I heard her. She never did get up off the nest, so I am assuming she is incubating!

04/04/2019 by DianeMC
Arrived at the tower late afternoon to find the female. She was scanning the sky and preening. Saw vultures nearby, but I did not see the male. She saw something fly overhead - I missed it. It was windy, and she floated in mid-air when she took off before flying away. She flew over the field, and in photos not worth publishing (the distance was too great), I saw another osprey with talons full of grass. The 2 osprey flew close to each other and the vultures. They took off towards the river.

03/20/2019 by DianeMC
The male was perched on the cell tower when I arrived about 4:30 pm. About 20 minutes later, he flew off across the field and went down in the trees. Within seconds he was back up flying to the nest with a stick. He placed and arranged the stick before flying off towards the river. Only saw the male today. Talked to one of the folks on the property who told me they arrived back 3/12/19.

08/09/2018 by DianeMC
Arrived at the nest site in the early afternoon. The female sat on her perch on the tower. I heard lots of vocalizing. Could only see 1 nestling, and that one was behind the posts of the tower. While observing, the female took off, circled the tower a couple times, then came in for a landing. Was that a lesson in how to fly? Observed for about an 1 1/2 hours. No sign of the male. Did see a few vultures and a red-tailed hawk in the distance.

04/06/2018 by DianeMC
Arrived and asked the landowners if the osprey pair had returned. They hadn't seen them yet. In the past I've been told they returned on April 1st. Hung around for a while to watch the Great Blue Heron, Mergansers, and American Black Duck pair on the pond. As I was preparing to leave, an Osprey flew over my head. I walked to get a view of the tower they which they nest. She was perched there. He flew to a nearby field, gathered grass, and delivered it to the nest. He perched near her for a couple minutes before flying off, and circling the nest. He flew over her, landed, and began mating. When he finished, he flew over the nest, circled over my head, and then flew off.

08/09/2017 by DianeMC
When I arrived, the boy was in the nest and his sister was perched on a pillar. Mom flew in, and the girl took off with her. They made a pass over the tower, then headed toward the river. Mom flew back to the tower. I could see the girl in the distance. It appeared as if she landed in a tree, but it was too far to tell for sure. Mom landed on a pillar. There was lots of vocalization between her and the boy. She took off again in the direction of the girl. I did see him fly. He took off from a pillar on one side of the tower, made a couple passes around it, and landed on the other side. He would not follow his family.

07/28/2017 by DianeMC
Just before noon when I arrived, the young male was alone in the nest. Within minutes his sister made several circles around the tower gaining height with each pass. She landed on a pillar. She no sooner landed and her brother took off landing on a pillar next to her. They scanned the sky for their parents, constantly calling out. Mom flew in and landed briefly in the nest. The girl flew back to greet mom and to look for food. None was to be found. As dad approached, the boy became very active and vocal. Dad buzzed the tower but no food drop again. I saw the parents fly by several times, once flying with or chasing away, a pair of black vultures. The girl did fly off again leaving her brother alone. After another fly-over by dad, he finally stepped off the pillar and flew. I waited for an hour and a half to see him fly. Worth it! Before leaving I drove past a pond on the property. I observed 2 osprey flying over it - dipping low, flying up, hovering, and repeat. Photos showed the pair to be dad and the boy. The property owners told me this is new behavior they began seeing the day before. The pond has no fish in it, however. Is this a lesson in how to get close to the surface? Lots of vocalizing today by both young. I guess they are hungry. Time to learn how to fish.

07/20/2017 by DianeMC
An osprey was perched on a utility pole below the cell tower when I arrived. Thought it one of the adults. It was a juvenile. We have at least one fledge. Since I did not witness any other flights, I will mark this date as the fledge date. Observed it for about 10 minutes. It finally flew back up to the nest. Mom sat on a pillar next to the nest. Was able to see 2 young in the nest. It appears there is 1 female (speckled brown feathers on breast) and 1 male (clear, white breast).

07/15/2017 by DianeMC
This nest sits on the top level of a very high cell tower. It is near a business and residence with lots of activity. The osprey are tolerant of all activity. Observations are made with a telephoto lens from a distance with which the osprey are comfortable. As I arrived to observe (2:30PM), so too did mom and dad! Each brought a fish with them. She sat closer to the nest, while he took his position on his perch. Lots of vocalizing as I took my observation post. They soon settled and mom surprised me as she flew off her perch and into the nest with the fish to begin feeding! I could only see one young bird. At one point, dad looked up and began calling. Another adult osprey flew over. It circled a few times, and then flew off. I was told by the land owner that the osprey returned to the tower on April 1st in the past. This year followed suit. While I was not observing at the start of this season, I will return to catch a fledge date.