Nest #4783

Nickname: Dowses Beach, Osterville
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Located in Dowses Beach parking lot, in the village of Osterville in the Town of Barnstable.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Cape Cod Osprey Watch
Latitude: 41.622222
Longitude: -70.367778
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by Nan-see
Adult arrival 03/27/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/19/2014
Egg laying 05/01/2014 Chicks last observed 08/28/2014
Incubation initiation 05/01/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/15/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Nan-see
Adult arrival 04/01/2015 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/02/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/02/2015
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/10/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Nan-see
Adult arrival 03/30/2016 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
2017 Nest Activity Report by vharik
Adult arrival 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
2018 Nest Activity Report by vharik
Adult arrival 04/02/2018 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

04/08/2017 by vharik
2 birds on nest.

04/29/2016 by Nan-see
Status quo. Harriet stayed in nest, Ozzie in and out. He does not venture too far and always has nest in site.

04/22/2016 by Nan-see
Harriet in nest; Ozzie perched on wooden pier. She flew to him, stayed a bit; they both returned to the nest. Appear healthy.

04/01/2016 by Nan-see
Unsure exact date of arrival. In past years, ozzie has arrived days before Harriet. Both seen flying overhead, then to nest. Both look healthy. Tending to nest which survived winter storms.

09/26/2015 by Nan-see
Friend and observer reports one osprey in the area but unknown if this is one of ours. A check mod the area last evening proved negative. However, a blue heron was fishing in the area.

09/20/2015 by Nan-see
No nest activity. One juvenile, I believe perched on dead tree. May be from this nest. Appears healthy and flying back and forth to this perch.

09/11/2015 by Nan-see
Observed two adults perched side by side on pier. One flew to nest and dropped portion of fish to juv. In nest. Think this could be both Ossieand Harriet due to co-mingling. Several pairs still in vicinity. Major storm last night with high winds but still in area today.

09/02/2015 by Nan-see
Ossis continues to bring fish especially at dusk. Both juveniles in nest impatiently awaiting Ossis arrival. Larger of the two takes fish from nest to favorite perching spot..a flat top pole where he can comfortably eat without fear of it being snatched...awesome to watch this family of three. Harriet appears to have vacated the area several weeks ago...

08/22/2015 by Nan-see
The juveniles have become more comfortable out of nest but stay close to each other while perched on poles nearby. Adult, I assume, Ossis was in nest then flew off. Getting to be that time of year.

08/22/2015 by Nan-see
The juveniles have become more comfortable out of nest but stay close to each other while perched on poles nearby. Adult, I assume, Ossis was in nest then flew off. Getting to be that time of year.

08/16/2015 by Nan-see
Both juveniles in and out of nest but keeping very close by for short flights. Both look very healthy

07/10/2015 by Nan-see
Harriet in nest w two who are almost her size!!! Ossie flew to nest with dinner. Obvious sibling rivalry for fish..Harriet intervened to ensure both got fed. Instinct of Harriet continues to amaze me!!!

06/22/2015 by Nan-see
Harriet continues mothering her three babies. The last one born is much smaller with other two jockeying for moms attention. Fingers crossed they all survive

05/18/2015 by Nan-see
Harriet continues with incubation.,,Ossie flew in with fish, then left. Nest is very high obscuring view from vantage point. All appears well

04/30/2015 by Nan-see
Harriet in nest. Ossie brought her fish. Stayed a few minutes then flew off. Found him perched on pier feeding on another larger fish. Nest is getting very high and difficult to see activity.

04/17/2015 by Nan-see
Harriet in nest waiting patiently for Ossie, who was perched in a tree nearby. They kept in eye contact,. When Ossie flew to different tree, Harriet changed her position in nest to keep him in sight. They are an amazing pair!!!

04/10/2015 by Nan-see
Harriet in nest, then flew off. She usually returns within minutes, but did not return while being observed for 45 minutes. Ossie not seen. Time: 1610 hrs

04/07/2015 by Nan-see
Both busy with nest building. Harriet active especially flying about gathering seaweed and other remnants...observed at dusk on 04-06

04/03/2015 by Nan-see
Visit yesterday at around 3 pm. Harriet in nest tidying up...moving things around....Ossie off in the distance...

04/01/2015 by Nan-see
Wahoo!!!both Ossie and Harriet have returned. First sighting today although I feel they could have returned earlier in the week. Last yr Ossie returned on March 24, followed by Harriet a few days later. Both appear healthy. Both perched on nearby pier, then flew to nest where Harriet remained. Sightings of other osprey in the area also. Hopeful...

03/25/2015 by Nan-see
No sightings yet. Ossie was sighted on 03-24 last year with Harriet in tow five days later so hopeful they will arrive soon. Nest survived very severe winter storms.

10/01/2014 by Nan-see
No sightings in nest for over a month. Assume they are on their way for warmer weather...

09/08/2014 by Nan-see
Osprey soaring. Difficult to tell which ones as there are several nearby nests. Nest last occupied on or about 8/25 by at least one of the chicks when he swooped down to retrieve fish in nest, followed by, I believe, adult Ossie. Believe they are still in area perched I trees out of sight. Their favorite tree, in marsh grass now has the resident fox hiding beneath it awaiting the dropped fish by inexperienced fisher, Ricky and Nelson. Could not believe my eyes when looking through binoculars and observed the fox looking up hoping for a dropped morsel...nature at its nest!

08/12/2014 by Nan-see
Both babies,Nelson and Ricky thriving. Nelson, older of two is more adventurous, leaving nest for longer period of time. Both very active and appear on schedule. Have not observed Ossie or Harriet in nest for a week, although have seen osprey soaring. Cannot tell if this is them as several other nests nearby. Happy to report at least three other nests within 3 miles successful with at least one fledgling.

08/12/2014 by Nan-see
Happy to report at least one of the babies, Nelson, I think, has mastered the art of fishing...he had a difficult time staying in the air with his catch but he finally made it to the nest...very entertaining!

08/02/2014 by Nan-see
Both Nelson and Ricky in nest w Harriet, I think. Difficult to tell if adult is Harriet or Ossie, but feel it is Harriet due to position in nest. She perches facing south, towards the parking lot, Ossie perches in opposite side facing north. All appear on track and doing well.

07/30/2014 by Nan-see
The picture is of Harriet and Ricky, youngest of the two. Observed today during the day instead of dusk. Both Nelson and Ricky stayed close to nest with Nelson venturing farther away. No sign of Harriet or Ossie today, but she was actively feeding Ricky in the nest last evening. All appear healthy with babies nearly the size of mom.

07/23/2014 by Nan-see
WE have LIFT-OFF!! Sorry to say I did not witness this exciting event as I have been away. Today I was met w an empty nest but could observe at least 4 young osprey flying. An hour later observed Ricky and Nelson sitting in the water very close to shore. Had never seen this behavior in osprey but assume they were looking for an easy meal. Both stayed close to each other. Nelson flew back to safety perched in his nest. Ricky still on shore. Ossie and Harriet not observed near nest but assume they were were part of the ones I saw soaring....so happy that they are on their way and appear healthy and on schedule!

07/11/2014 by Nan-see
All survived tropical storm Arthur. High winds and heavy rain. Both Ossie and Harriet leave nest for several minutes at a time, then Harriet returns in minutes. Chicks getting very big and exercising wings. Happy to report all appear healthy.

07/02/2014 by Nan-see
Both chicks, maybe third, in nest very active. Will name first chick, Nelson and second Ricky for those of old enough to remember the show, Ozzie and Harriet. Nelson much bigger, as expected. Ossie flew over nest with fish..probably getting ready to teach them to fish and fly. Harriet got very talkative and left nest briefly. This normally brings Ossie back to nest but he did not return.

06/29/2014 by Nan-see
So glad to report much activity in nest. At least two chicks, maybe a third. Both chicks flapping wings, but stay close to Harriet in nest. Ossie was in nest perched in usual position. When he flew off, Harriet took up his position and appeared to be feeding a third chick. Unconfirmed, but other two chicks appear healthy.

06/26/2014 by Nan-see
Concern for chick(s). Cold front with heavy wind and rain. Harriet crouched down assuming attempt to shelter chick. Movement from chick but not as active as in past days. Fingers crossed...will update tomorrow....

06/24/2014 by Nan-see
First chick activity observed 06-15. Difficult to tell when hatched. Active with outstretched wings. Harriet keeps looking down into nest and continues in sitting position. Could be additional chicks not in view. Ossie flies over nest peering inside, then flies off. All appear healthy.

06/14/2014 by Nan-see
Predictable behavior by both. Again, Ossie more attentive to Harriet who confines herself to the nest with some relief from Ossie. Ossie continues to amaze me with his fishing skills; one dive and he is successful. He feeds for a bit then dutifully returns with fish in tow to feed Harriet. Still cannot discern whether we have a successful nest.

06/08/2014 by Nan-see
Have observed Ossie spending more time in nest so assume eggs hatched or hatching. He is more attentive to feeing Harriet and keeps looking down into nest. Still cannot see or hear any other activity but assume hatchlings on the horizon. Hoping for positive report soon...

05/18/2014 by Nan-see
Harriet continues sitting in nest, sometimes hours at a time. Ossie remains close by fishing and keeps a watchful eye. He never has the nest out of sight. Tonight Harriet waited patiently for Ossie to return. He appeared at the nest, both stayed in nest for 5 minutes. Harriet flew off to stretch and fish. Still cannot see into nest, but assume at least one egg due to behaviors.

04/21/2014 by Nan-see
Nest building continues. Both in and out of nest with Harriet staying mostly in nest. Both appear healthy and sharing nest and feeding responsibilities.

04/16/2014 by Nan-see
High winds. Both perched on low pole for 45 minutes. Harriet flew to nest, followed by Ossie, who left again after several minutes. Continuing w nest building. A third osprey was lingering abou 100 ft away feeding on fish. All appear healthy. Cannot see into nest due to height and nest structure so difficult to see Amy egg activity.

04/10/2014 by Nan-see
Observed for several hours. Both busy with nest building. Ossie fishing and returned to feed Harriet. Both appear healthy.

04/05/2014 by Nan-see
Female, Harriet in nest for much of time. Left and returned w male, Ossie. Ossie hovering over Harriet, then leaves after several minutes. This behavior continued for several hours.

04/03/2014 by Nan-see
Male arrived first followed by female several days later. Typical behavior w male fishing and returning to feed female. Both in and out of nest but female stays closer to nest. Will post photos.

04/03/2014 by Nan-see
Have named pair Ossie (town of osterville and osprey) and Harriet. Easier for me to document.