Nest #3935

Nickname: Greensprings Old Bridge Nest
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: No longer an active nest site
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.247698
Longitude: -76.790354
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/27/2013 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/11/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/15/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/19/2013 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 04/05/2014 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/23/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/02/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2012 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No 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 04/22/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/30/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/31/2015 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/08/2017 by Billy
I did not see any chicks, but the osprey was setting on the edge of the nest

05/09/2017 by Billy
Female osprey sitting low on the nest!

05/04/2017 by Billy
Osprey sitting low in the nest and the mail was nearby! Great news for a nest that was destroyed 2 seasons ago.

04/24/2017 by Billy
There was an osprey sitting on the edge of the nest.

04/16/2017 by Billy
There is now anest on a live, but stunted tree! It is probably the tree that held the nest until several years ago. Wee, the Osprey have returned to construct the nest. Today I did not observe sny osprey on the nest or perched in nearby trees. Some passersby told me that they have observed Ospreys on the nest. I will check again in a few days.

07/10/2016 by Billy
Both Osprys were observed sitting on a tree adjacent to the old nest. There were some disorganized sticks on this tree, but it was not even close to being a complete nest.

06/26/2016 by Billy
No Ospreys were observed.

06/19/2016 by Billy
I believe it was the female osprey that was sitting on the collection of sticks in the tree near the previous nest. The male was perched on a tree about 60 yes away. The man made osprey platform in the vicinity was occupied by a great blue Herron.

06/12/2016 by Billy
I observed a lone osprey on the skinny tree with some nesting material at the top. There is still no nest and the other osprey was not seen. The man made osprey platform was devoid of any nest material.

06/05/2016 by jenny
As I walked the trail I could hear osprey calling. Stopping on the old bridge, I observed the adult male osprey perched at the top of the skinny tree (looks like a snag with some leaves). This is the tree in which the previous year's nest was built by the osprey and blew out over the winter. It appeared to me that a small pile of sticks were formed at the top of this tree/snag (typically shaped like a small nest). I realize it's late; chicks have been hatched in other osprey nests nearby. Another adult osprey was perched on a nearby tree snag to the right. After about twenty minutes, this adult flew from the snag. A little while later, the adult osprey on the first tree snag flew off.

05/24/2016 by jenny
After a number of rainy days, I was able to get out to the trail and observe the osprey nests. Stopping on the bridge, I was able to observe the lone osprey perched at the top of the skinny tree (has some leaves; looks like dead tree snag in winter). No new nest has been built. Osprey sat very still. After about twenty minutes, I continued on to the next osprey nest I was to monitor. I returned about an hour later and observed the osprey still perched at the top of the tree. To the right however, another osprey was perched at the top of a different dead tree snag. Both osprey were very still; about 11:45, both osprey flew off.

05/08/2016 by Billy
Laura/Larry.......the lonely Osprey was perched in the same spot on the dead tree to the right of the nest at 0730. The empty Osprey platform was occupied by a perched great blue Heron.

05/02/2016 by Billy
I observed the same osprey in the tree adjacent to the old nest. He just perched there thru the heavy rain. There was no nest building activity on the platform close to the bridge.

04/24/2016 by Billy
There is still no evidence of a nest being rebuilt, though there were a pair of ospreys in the area. On remained perched on a tree to the immediate right of the old nest, whilst the other moved about in the air and perching about 400 yds away from the other osprey. the first osprey in the tree remained there for at least 50 minutes without taking flight

04/17/2016 by jenny
No evidence of osprey rebuilding nest on snag.

04/03/2016 by jenny
Observed the dead tree snag. Still wondering if osprey will rebuild nest that blew out during the winter months. Possibly a few small sticks at top of snag; difficult to know for sure.

03/26/2016 by jude
Still no osprey in evidence and no signs of nest building in the snag.

03/20/2016 by jude
The nest blew out this past winter. As of today, no new nest building or osprey in evidence. But they've typically been late so we'll keep our fingers crossed.

06/16/2015 by jude
Finally able to see chick consistently.

06/16/2015 by jude
impossible to see the nest any more due to leaf growth surrounding viewing area. Will try to find a better viewing spot to watch the chick grow up!

05/17/2015 by jude
Incubating! Still incubating!

04/22/2015 by jude
The nest is completed and has been since April 9. However, there are no osprey sitting in the tree and no one is incubating. I fear this nest may be abandoned.

03/24/2015 by jude
Last year's nest was lost in the harsh winter. No osprey in the area. The site may be abandoned.

03/24/2015 by jude

06/28/2014 by jude
We have one chick!

05/02/2014 by jude
Now incubating....yea!!!

04/18/2014 by jude
The nest appears complete and one adult is usually sitting on the rim. However, the female has not been settled low on the nest. I am unsure if she's incubating but think not.

04/07/2014 by jude
As before, we've only seen one osprey the several times we've checked on this nest. However, it was completely blown away over the winter and now there are quite a few branches in position. The female was sitting on the beginnings of a nest, calling out. A second osprey was flying over but it is unconfirmed that the second osprey belonged to that nest. We'll continue to monitor.

03/23/2014 by jude
Female was sitting on the dead snag where last year's nest was located. A second osprey was flying overhead. It appeared as if sticks had been added to the top of the snag. Hopefully they are rebuilding.

03/14/2014 by jude
Osprey are everywhere in Greensprings, flying overhead. However, no nests have been rebuilt yet this spring and none of the osprey have sat on last year's nesting site yet. I will continue to monitor and hope for a return.

07/12/2013 by jude
Sadly we lost one young osprey to the June 13th storm. Only one survived and it has now fledged. However, I think it will be around for us to enjoy for another week or so.

05/24/2013 by jude
Two chicks have definitely been seen. Parents are feeding constantly.