Nest #4647

Nickname: Boat Ramp
Nest substrate: Grain mill
Nest Location Description: This nest concerns us as it was unproductive last season. There is still some twigs left from the original spot for their nest and several left at the second spot. We are hoping for a return.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 38.6336161681257
Longitude: -75.6184624545532
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival 02/22/2014 Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/06/2014 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/08/2014 Nest failure 07/05/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2015 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival 03/22/2015 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

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/11/2018 by francie
This nesting area is of concern. The main nest was torn down and some wiring was placed in a nearby location for the ospreys to rebuild on. They did that for one year. Last year, the grain mill did a lot of construction, so that nest was torn down. They rebuilt on another section of the mill, closer to the river. They did have one chick in 2017 that successfully fledged. Now, that nest is gone. I fear they will soon give up and rebuild elsewhere.

03/22/2015 by francie
We were concerned as to whether or not this pair would return since the nest was unsuccessful last summer. However, today we spotted a pair in the nest and then flying around. There was some mating and then the male chased off, what we are assuming, is the male from another nearby nest. We still don't know if they will rebuild their nest in the old original area or go with the new second one they tried last summer. When we saw them, they were in the newer one.

03/16/2015 by francie
As of 3/16/15, we have not seen any osprey or activity at this nesting area.

09/19/2014 by francie
Checking my photos for this nest and the last date we saw any birds was September 7, 2014. The female was seen sitting in the nest for several days during that time. The next time we visited, 9/7/14, was the last time we've seen any activity at all at this nest.

08/15/2014 by francie
This nest has been empty for awhile. Evidently, the attempt of the male to mate in July was unsuccessful. We usually do see 3 or 4 osprey in the area still, but we don't know which, if any, are adults from the failed nest or birds from the nearby channel marker nest.

07/27/2014 by francie
We've been to this nest several times. The chicks from the nearby channel marker nest are always around. Also, the pair from this nest are usually somewhere to be found. Just a couple of days ago, there was some brief mating activity, after a long chase back and forth across the river. Someone is not ready to give up on this one!

07/05/2014 by francie
I have, very reluctantly, called this nest a failure. We know there was plenty of mating early on in the season. There was a partial nest in the original spot, but for some unknown reason, they started to build further over on the mill. That didn't work, they had some human help, but just didn't work out. I don't know if eggs were ever laid in the original nest or not. She incubated for a bit, but things changed and went back and forth for awhile. They are still hanging around, as is the pair on the channel marker nearby. I really am sad for this pair, as they are usually one of the most active locally. We will continue to watch, as we do spend time at the river.

06/30/2014 by francie
Had our dinner at the river tonight and saw several Osprey!! One chick was "fishing" and finally, after several tries, got himself a fish so big that he had a hard time with it. We believe this was a chick from the nearby channel marker nest. We can't see that one very well and what we can see, we have to use binoculars. One of our Boat Ramp pair landed on the nest platform, but left not long after landing. There were quite a few flying over and around, but nothing at all is happening in the nest.

06/21/2014 by francie
We spent some time at the river yesterday and, at no point, did either of this pair go to the nest. One was on the grain mill eating the whole time we were there. The other was on a nearby tower, which is one of his several dining spots. There were some from the nearby nest, as well. We haven't been able to see if that channel marker nest has chicks, since it's out in the river and the greenery has grown too tall for us to peek through from the area we can peek from.

06/15/2014 by francie
The female was in the nest when we checked on Sunday, but did not stay. The male was across the river, but flew around while fishing for food.

06/14/2014 by francie
Not much activity here today. One osprey was floating around the river, landed on the nesting area, and went back to the river. We could hear, but not see, another osprey calling to it. I will soon have to call this a nest failure, but am still hoping for something........ This is the pair that got me very interested in osprey watching, so it's sad to not see any chicks this year.

06/06/2014 by francie
The river was very busy with Ospreys today! At one point, there were 6 flying around. One went to the channel marker up river. Two were our pair from this nest. They were both perched on the area where the nest used to be, when we got there. The male remained perched there most of the time, eating a fish. The female flew around, came back, then flew into the nest for a few minutes. She didn't stay there long before flying off again.

06/02/2014 by francie
This female was again in the nest. We're thinking that this nest is deeper than it appears. From the street, in any direction, it looks very shallow and barely there. But maybe with this grate that someone placed down for them, the nest is deeper. She was pretty far down yesterday, so we only saw her head pop up every so often. The male was across the river on a barge.

06/01/2014 by francie
I am unable to update this nest, for some reason. We spent several hours near this nest today, since we spend time at the river. There does not seem to be any activity afterall. Both of the pair were nearby, one was perched near the nest, but neither was actually in the nest the whole time we were there. I fear there will be no chicks for this couple this year. We can still hope......... Neither of this pair was in the nest when we arrived on Monday. There were several other osprey around. When we left, the female was in the nest.

05/24/2014 by francie
There were several osprey on the river today, so it's hard to tell who belongs to this nest and who belongs to the one further down that is on the channel marker. The female was on the nest when we first arrived, but at some point, she flew off. She was not there when we left. I am very concerned for this pair.

05/18/2014 by francie
Photo posted was taken on previous visit, 5/3, when the new nest was built, after someone placed something over the area where the pair was having problems building.

05/17/2014 by francie
Neither of this pair was on the nest when I checked this one. However, the male was in one of trees that he likes and the female was sitting on part of the grain mill, but neither was in the nest at all. I don't know what happened with this pair. Once they became confused about which nest area they were using, things seemed to be going downhill. The new nest is not very well built.

05/11/2014 by francie
There were several osprey on the river when we checked. The male has taken a new spot, directly across the river in a bare tree. The female was on the "new" nest. It was feeding time while we were there, with several ospreys with fish in the talons, flying overhead to different areas. This particular male ate from a perch near the nest, then took some to the female. No activity, as far as chicks. We are hoping she is finally incubating and didn't lose eggs when they moved to the new nest area.

05/04/2014 by francie
We checked this nest twice over the weekend. It appears that someone has placed a grate of some sort over the second nest area, making the area more sturdy for a nest. A visitor mentioned that they had been there recently and watched the osprey bring nest material over, just to have it fall through the area, which is very open. So, some kind soul has placed something to help out the ospreys!!! Thank you to whoever did that, if you happen to read this!! The weekend was busy with eagles and vultures flying nearby. Saturday, we saw female on the nest, but Sunday, both male and female were flying around. There were several other ospreys here, as well. This is a very busy area! So right now, there doesn't appear to be any eggs. I'm hoping she didn't lose some in the beginning, when they had rebuilt the nest in the old spot.......

04/29/2014 by francie
I am really feeling sorry for this pair. I can not tell what is going on. The area where the nest is usually built is too high on top of the mill to be able to see anything. They had tried to build the nest in a second spot, twice, but it doesn't appear to have been successful. If the nest has been built in the usual spot, on top of the mill, it's been built low inside the area, as I can no longer see twigs sticking up and could not see any sign of the female. I did hear an osprey calling and there was one in a tree across the river. I don't know if it was one of this pair, as there is another pair just a matter of yards downriver on a channel marker. I do hope this pair is doing okay...........they were my first intro to "osprey watching" last summer! Plus, they were very actively mating earlier this month.

04/24/2014 by francie
This pair seems to be having problems getting things together. Although there has been a lot of mating activity and I was sure she was incubating, they are now trying once again to move their nest to the other spot on the grain mill. The spot they are trying for is much higher and less protected.......I'm getting very concerned for this pair!

04/21/2014 by francie
We usually spend more time at this nest because it's a great place to spend time. Most of the time we were here yesterday, both male and female were in the nest. Finally, male went off and came back out of nowhere with a fish, landed on his nearby pole, and ate. I took several photos and it didn't seem to bother him at all. He would just stare down at me, turn away and continue to eat. An eagle flew nearby, he turned, watched it, and went back to eating. This guy has always been a bit of pig, when it comes to meals!

04/13/2014 by francie
Male osprey was across the river, in a tree, when we arrived. He swooped down to catch a fish, missing it the first time, but getting it on the second try. He then took it over to a telephone pole to eat. He used this same pole most of last summer. When some youngsters walked by, he swooped away and up on to the grain mill, but not to the nest. While he was enjoying his meal, a vulture started floating near the nest, where Ms. Osprey is. Mr. Osprey then circled the vulture until he left. An eagle then appeared and Mr. Osprey went from chasing off the vulture to chasing off the eagle. Eagle landed up river, Mr. Osprey swooped around a few times and went up to the nest. I never did see him take Ms. Osprey any of that fish he caught, but in his defense, he did get distracted by intruders!

04/12/2014 by francie
Yesterday (4/11/14) was an active day for this pair. There was an eagle family directly across the river. so the male osprey sat guarding the female and the nest the whole time we were there. He did take a break for dinner, but ate just behind the nest. Then he brought "leftovers" to the female. Even last summer, he struck us as a little selfish with the fish he caught. He would always take it to a nearby spot, eat what he wanted, and bring the leftovers to the nest. At one point, a buzzard floated nearby the nest and he (osprey) flew around him in circles until the buzzard drifted off. Meanwhile, the eagles and the boaters were upsetting another osprey nest nearby that is on a channel marker. That osprey tried a couple of times to chase off the parent eagle, unsuccessfully. The eagle fledglings were all nearby in a tree....so there was a lot of control for territory going on. Very interesting day!

04/08/2014 by francie
I am thinking that this "sexually active" pair may have an egg. The female was on the nest today, her back was more flat, and she was constantly "fussing" at the pigeons and crows that were flying around. Her mate flew over the nest twice, while I was there, probably in an attempt to scare the other birds off. There were several other osprey in the area, as well. Also, it looks like the pair have decided on the old nest spot, as it has been built up more in just 2 days and the "new" spot was vacated.

04/06/2014 by francie
There has been quite a lot of mating activity with this pair. Also, they can't seem to decide on a nest location. They are usually seen sitting in the area where the nest was last summer. We have seen them bring sticks to this spot, in an attempt to repair the nest. Yesterday, however, they were both bringing sticks to nearby spot on the grain mill, at the top of another scaffold, just a few yards from the old site. Then, they both flew to a low spot on the river, where there was more mating activity. Today, we observed one of them sitting on the new spot, but did not see the other anywhere nearby.

03/31/2014 by francie
The pair was on site of last years nest this weekend. We watched as the male flew off to a nearby area, picked up a twig, and came back. So, they are rebuilding in the same spot as last years nest. There was also an attempt at mating.

03/22/2014 by francie
There is now a pair of adults in the spot where last years nest was. Waiting to see if they rebuild in this spot!

03/15/2014 by francie
An Osprey was spotted flying over near this area yesterday. Today, we stopped over and there is now one Osprey sitting in the spot where last years nest was. I'm assuming this means he has decided to rebuild!! Hopefully, his mate will show up soon.

03/08/2014 by francie
We have not seen any new activity here yet. I'm wondering if the Osprey we saw on 2/22 was a "passer through".