Nest #3542

Nickname: 072-B-011
Nest substrate: USCG Channel DayMark
Nest Location Description: Raritan River Light #32 ATON Tower structure.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.4844127735
Longitude: -74.3557539009
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018 2017 2016 2013

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by KevinR
Adult arrival 04/02/2017 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 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 unknown reason
2018 Nest Activity Report by KevinR
Adult arrival 03/31/2018 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

07/16/2018 by Raritan Riverkeeper
Found 2 osprey on the nest, but readily left. Do not suspect any chicks in the nest.

05/25/2018 by KevinR
one adult on tower above the nest. Did not observe any birds in the nest

04/26/2018 by KevinR
one osprey is sitting on the nest incubating eggs! The eagles 1/4 mile west seem to be getting used to this nest now.

04/22/2018 by KevinR
The ospreys have not bee chased off, but rather have been busy. The nest is almost complete, but I watched the two going back and forth collecting more sticks and brining them back to the nest.

04/13/2018 by KevinR
A fair amount of new nest material has been deposited on the tower platform since last week, but it looks pretty disheveled, with no nest shape. No ospreys observed over a 45 minute period. The nearby eagles (1/4 mile away) may have chased them off.

04/05/2018 by KevinR
Two ospreys observed on tower, bringing nesting material for the first time. At this time, there are only about six sticks on the nest.

03/31/2018 by KevinR
2 Ospreys observed on the ATON tower. Last year's nest is totally gone.

01/24/2018 by KevinR
This Coast Guard ATON tower has been swept clean of all nest material. This looks like human activity to remove the nest. There is no sign of any of the old nest material, but the damaged ATON sign board on the tower that I reported to the C.G. has been repaired, obviously by the USCG.

07/02/2017 by Raritan Riverkeeper
Found two adult osprey on the nest, could not establish if any chicks in the nest.

06/24/2017 by KevinR
2 adults observed on tower above (no on) the nest. New grass observed in the nest bowl. No sign of eggs or chicks. When the adult eagle on a nest 1/4 away flew by hunting a fish, the ospreys left the nest tower.

06/15/2017 by KevinR
2 ospreys observed on tower, but not on the nest. No incubations taking place here.

06/09/2017 by KevinR
No activity at this nest today - they done been gone! :-(

06/01/2017 by KevinR
6/1 - Nest has been abandoned! An active eagle nest is only 1/4 mile away, and the eagles may have driven them off

05/20/2017 by KevinR
Female is still incubatign the eggs, while the male sites on the Day Mark tower.

05/14/2017 by
One osprey sitting on eggs, and after an hours absence the male came back and perched on the tower above her.

05/14/2017 by
One osprey sitting on eggs, and after an hours absence the male came back and perched on the tower above her.

05/14/2017 by KevinR
Female osprey sitting on eggs, and after an hours absence, the male came back and perched on the tower above her.

05/11/2017 by KevinR
Incubation continues.

05/04/2017 by KevinR
Incubation continuing, male on tower standing guard.

04/28/2017 by KevinR
The nest is active. The female is incubating, with the male standing guard on the tower.

04/15/2017 by KevinR
This nest is only 410 yards away from an active bald eagle nest. The eagles have already chased ospreys off a nest further away, so it will be interesting to see if they allow this pair of ospreys to nest. On 4/15/17, the 2 ospreys were observed nest building on the ATON.

06/19/2016 by Raritan Riverkeeper
Observed this nest since 2009. Nesting material was cleared in October 2015. Nest was rebuilt by June 2016.