Nest #3948

Nickname: Steelton A
Nest substrate: Electrical pole
Nest Location Description: Metal pole carrying electrical wires above a railroad, about one mile north of the PA Turnpike bridge on Rt. 230 between Steelton and Highspire, PA
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Pennsylvania Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 40.2159809509435
Longitude: -76.8150353050232
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by Westwindschild
Adult arrival 04/17/2013 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 Westwindschild
Adult arrival 03/25/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/28/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/13/2015
Incubation initiation 04/28/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/27/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Westwindschild
Adult arrival 04/06/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/20/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Westwindschild
Adult arrival 04/17/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/08/2017
Incubation initiation 04/21/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/30/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Westwindschild
Adult arrival 03/19/2018 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

Pair seen rebuilding destroyed nest 3/25/15; Incubation behavior first noticed 4/28/15; Observed possible feeding 7 PM 5/26/15; did not last long enough to confirm. Observed feeding 6/7/15, 9 PM; observed 2 chick heads sticking up in nest 5:30 pm 6/13/15. Both adults at nest.

04/06/2018 by Westwindschild
Osprey perched directly on power line near the utility pole. Have never observed this behavior here before, which leads me to believe that this may be a new partner. 2nd adult perched on the nest as I arrived, but flew off immediately.

03/19/2018 by Westwindschild
One osprey observed carrying stick to the nest. Another adult flying over the road about 1/4 mile away could be its mate or could belong to the nest 1/2 mile away.

07/27/2017 by Westwindschild
Visited nest. Stayed for about 10 minutes. Adult female was at nest when I arrived, after 5 minutes she flew away. No sign of chicks at nest.

07/08/2017 by Westwindschild
Observed 2 chicks in nest. Appeared to be about 3-4 weeks old.

06/30/2017 by Westwindschild
Observed 2 chicks in nest. Appeared to be 2-3 weeks old

04/17/2017 by Westwindschild
First observed osprey at nest on April 17, 2017. Received a report from a friend that she observed them as of April 14. Female appeared to be in incubation posture, and nest was clearly larger than it was when I drove by the empty nest 10 days earlier

05/10/2016 by Westwindschild
Male observed bringing sticks to nest and arranging them around the incubating female. Observed nest for no more than 5 minutes.

04/20/2016 by Westwindschild
Female appears to be incubating eggs as of April 20.

04/06/2016 by Westwindschild
Observed pair copulating on the nest around 11:30 AM and chased a Cooper's Hawk out of the area several minutes later. Nest is in poor condition - very little left after the winter,will need work before nesting

07/04/2013 by Westwindschild
As reported by another, 2 juvenile osprey observed at the nest location with one adult. I did frequently see 3 ospreys together near the nest beginning in early June until mid-July, but could not tell if they were all adults or adults and juveniles. I am uncertain if the nest was successful or if there is a different explanation for the additional ospreys observed at or near the nest. The nest finally did seem to get anchored to the top of the 2nd pole they tried, and it has held up all summer, but it is not nearly as large a structure as other osprey nests I've seen.

05/23/2013 by Westwindschild
This pair continues to rebuild every time the wind blows their nest away, but it continues to blow away. I believe they must be a very young and inexperienced pair to have chosen such a poor location, but they are remarkably persistent about rebuilding. They have shifted their activity one pole down the line. Saw the female bring a fish to the nest today; no sign of the male.

04/18/2013 by Westwindschild
4/17/13 - Observed an Osprey flying to the top of one of the electric poles along the train tracks at Chemetron plant. Pulled over and looked through binoculars, and there was a pair with what looks like the beginnings of a nest.