Nest #3728

Nickname: Gordon Creek 2
Nest substrate: hunting blind
Nest Location Description: nest on a log beside the hunting/duck blind directly across from boat launch location on Gordon Creek at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.268687
Longitude: -76.872778
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by SDevan
Adult arrival 03/14/2013 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/08/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/20/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/26/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/25/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/02/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/18/2015 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
2015 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/16/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/11/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/17/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/09/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 06/04/2016 Nest failure 07/14/2016
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed during storm
2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/26/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/25/2017 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/25/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/10/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/14/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/18/2018 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/18/2018 Nest failure 05/15/2018
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure adult abandonment

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/15/2019 by jude
No activity as yet....the blind has been damaged over the winter and the roof is now highly slanted. The Osprey may not be able to return to this site. We'll keep an eye on it!

06/05/2018 by jude
Definitely abandoned. No Osprey have been near the log for nearly three weeks.

05/15/2018 by jude
The nest on the log has been abandoned. We are so sad to see the osprey leave us but grateful that they weren't chicks in the nest.

04/10/2018 by jude
The photos on the left show the duck blind with its damaged top, a 'blue shot' of the pair when they first returned and selected that log, and an evening shot of them having completed their nest.

04/07/2018 by jude
Well, they didn't choose a tree. Instead they built their nest on a fallen log in the middle of the creek. Other Osprey pair have tried this log before and each time, their nests have failed. This is definitely a worrisome situation.

03/24/2018 by jude
This is an interesting story. The duck blind was pretty well ruined in the last storm and the platform upon which this pair always built their nest is now cracked, broken, slanted, and unusable. Both Osprey are back, both are near the blind all the time, but no nest building has begun. Hopefully they can find a site nearby and start fresh.

06/20/2017 by jude
Despite a late start, the osprey are doing well raising their two chicks. So far, so good!

04/29/2017 by jude
She is definitely incubating eggs. Went out in a canoe to ensure that we were seeing 'incubating behavior' and confirmed eggs in the nest.

04/02/2017 by jude
Very busy this weekend building a new nest. They are both carrying in sticks right and left.....hopefully they can get it together in a timely way.

03/30/2017 by jude
Both Osprey have returned and have been seen sitting atop the blind. However, the nest was blown down last fall and the two Osprey have not begun to make a new nest. No stick-carrying behaviors have been seen. We'll just have to watch and wait, fingers crossed.

07/16/2016 by jude
Once again the nest is totally gone. It must be related to high winds and they hadn't made a very good one due to the late start. This is a disappointment but not a surprise.

05/08/2016 by jude
Okay. The nest in the nearby tree is complete. BUT the geese are gone and the osprey have returned to the duck blind. But the nest they created has been thrust over the side and two eggs are hanging in the detritus. Are they goose eggs? Are they osprey eggs? We can't tell from this distance. The nest is a mess and the osprey seem unwilling to leave the blind. More to come this week as this saga unfolds.

04/27/2016 by jude
Both adults are on the branches of the tree by the new nest but not incubating at this point.

04/24/2016 by jude
As of last Sunday, the 10th, two Canada Geese have taken over the nest, laid eggs, and are incubating. Frustrated pair of osprey spent much the first week dive-bombing the geese and then sulking in a nearby tree. Last Sunday, the two osprey began to build a new nest in that same nearby tree. So now, the nest is completed and the two osprey are sitting on branches nearby. They haven't laid eggs yet but seem to be nearly ready.

03/26/2016 by jude
No osprey in or near the nest today but three or four flying overhead. May belong to our duck blind nest. Will check again next Sunday.

03/09/2016 by jude
The two adults were seen on the nest on Wednesday, March 9, by a team member kayaking by.

06/16/2015 by jude
One confirmed baby. I don't know if second was just my imagination or if it died. Anyway, one baby for sure.

05/17/2015 by jude
Looks as if the female is standing on the side of the nest. Is it because the eggs have hatched or is it just that the weather is soooo hot that she can sit beside the eggs, knowing they'll stay warm? I'll be back tomorrow to check.

04/22/2015 by jude
The two adults are both constantly there and the female appears to be incubating eggs. This is all progressing nicely.

03/24/2015 by jude
the two adults have returned and are constantly chasing away two other adults who want the spot. Hard to tell who used it last year....defending stolen territory or defending last year's territory?

06/25/2014 by jude
Two heads have definitely been seen. Great success at this spot again this year!!!

05/02/2014 by jude
The nest is completed and the eggs are laid. The female is definitely incubating her eggs.

06/17/2013 by SDevan
June 6, 2013: Observed both adults at this nest in late morning. Finally observed nestling, approximately 3-4 weeks old

03/31/2013 by SDevan
March 29: observed one OSPR on nest and other perched in tree nearby in picnic area. Nest appeared to be larger.

03/15/2013 by SDevan
14 March 2013: observed OSPR standing on nest continuously for about an hour. Then joined by another OSPR as I was leaving