Nest #3971

Nickname: Boatlift nest
Nest substrate: boat lift bar
Nest Location Description: Pair are attempting to build a nest on the bars of a boat lift. Is only about 500 feet from another nest. Doubt it will be successful. In May 2013 boat owner built an osprey platform nearby. By end June, no nesting or egg laying observed. The same has been observed in 2015 and 2016. Platform is ignored and both ends of a boat lift bar are used to attempt a nest. In 2016 a large nest resides at one end of the bar, but no egg laying or brooding has been observed. In 2015 a chick was hatched, amazingly, but it disappeared in a couple of weeks, probably falling into the water.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 36.898607
Longitude: -76.043917
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by john
Adult arrival 03/31/2013 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 05/10/2013
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure improper site
2014 Nest Activity Report by john
Adult arrival 03/12/2014 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/09/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure other
2015 Nest Activity Report by john
Adult arrival 03/09/2015 Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/09/2015 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/09/2015 Nest failure 05/04/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed by substrate loss
2016 Nest Activity Report by john
Adult arrival Nestlings 0
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
2017 Nest Activity Report by Reese
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
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
2018 Nest Activity Report by Reese
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/01/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/05/2018 by Reese
July 5, 2018 - Banded second nestling with purple band 49/D.

06/29/2018 by Reese
June 27 banded one nestling with purple band 45/D. Another chick too young. Will band next week. On June 7 there were 3 nestlings. Do not know what happened to the third chick.

06/09/2018 by Reese
June 7 - 3 chicks 4-7 days old

05/06/2018 by Reese
3 eggs as of May 3, 2018

06/22/2017 by Reese
June 22, 2017 - Banded one of the three chicks. Other two too young. Purple 15/D

05/04/2015 by john
Again this year this pair built a nest on the boatlift, ignoring the platform nearby. But this year the nest is much larger and may be adequate to permit survival of a chick At present they are brooding.

06/10/2014 by john
The one chick in the nest disappeared after being seen to nearly fall out of the inadequate nest several times. Parents continue to hang around.

05/28/2014 by john
Nest reported disrupted a week ago (see last report) -- HOWEVER parents remained active at nest and today we discovered there is a chick in the nest! This nest is minimally sufficient and located precariously on a boat lift bar.

05/22/2014 by john
Apparently laid egg(s), but then failed when small storm disrupted nest. They still hang around the failed nest area.

04/12/2014 by john
This nest failed last year for trying to build a nest on a narrow boat-lift beam. Someone built a platform and this year (2014) upon arrival, the pair began to build on it. A storm blew it off however, and they again have built a nest, probably successfully on the narrow boat lift beam. In the photo can be seen the nest and the abandoned platform.

10/04/2013 by john
This young couple never agreed where to build a nest, even after being helped with a platform in their area. Left in September.