Nest #4784

Nickname: Wes
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description:
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 38.929447
Longitude: -76.258121
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by rc
Adult arrival 03/27/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/12/2014
Incubation initiation 04/16/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/24/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by rc
Adult arrival 03/25/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/11/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/07/2015
Incubation initiation 04/12/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/20/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by rc
Adult arrival 03/18/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/20/2016 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/22/2016 Nest failure 06/01/2016
Clutch hatching 05/23/2016 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2017 Nest Activity Report by rc
Adult arrival 03/25/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/05/2017
Incubation initiation 04/15/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/26/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by rc
Adult arrival 03/25/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2018
Egg laying 04/24/2018 Chicks last observed 08/31/2018
Incubation initiation 04/25/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/05/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by rc
Adult arrival 03/24/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/16/2019
Incubation initiation 04/17/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/26/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

10/03/2019 by rc
On Oct. 3, 2019, still seeing an osprey(not of our nest) in our area soaring with the strong cold front winds-seems very late-may be due to warmer temps so late in September?

09/19/2019 by rc
As of 9/17 we were still seeing 2 osprey in the area but none were near the cove area of W's platform or pier. One was perched briefly on G's platform although there had not been a nest there this season. We saw one osprey soaring in flight above our home this morning.

09/09/2019 by rc
kayak update-we saw 5 osprey in our cove area;three were at our nest platform and pier. The other 2 were in the far cove area-one perched and one flying through. Still seeing osprey fly & call on 9/10, too. Other treats: 5 wood duck juveniles in far cove, a tricolored heron still enjoying our far cove seen often with snowy egrets (up to 9!), 3 green herons, 2 great blue herons and 2 great egrets

08/04/2019 by rc
Observed empty platform this morning which means all 3 chicks have now fledged! Saw one perched atop a nbr's flagpole-still there 30 minutes later before flying into a cove tree.

07/25/2019 by rc
Kayaking: our nest had 3 young and 2 adults; G's had one adult; far cove had 1 chick on platform w/ 2 adults nearby; corner of cove had 2 fledges and 2 adults; White Farm -not sure if I saw one fledge flying and then later an adult with a fish; C's platform empty so both chicks fledged with at least one adult nearby (one adult flying); still could not see clearly the duck blind nest.

06/17/2019 by rc
kayak view: 3 chicks observed at our nest!! 2 at near point of cove, 1 on C's; no nestlings observed at far cove, White Farm or G's platform. The duck blind still had a nest but was too far away to observe nest activity.Bonus close view of mallard hen with 9 ducklings at cove ramp!

06/04/2019 by rc
6/4/19 kayak viewing of 7 nests with 2 adults at each and based on behavior think we have at least one chick at 6 of the nests!

04/26/2019 by rc
end of April observed nest incubation for all nests except far cove nest. Hope to kayak soon to get a more current update. Also observed incubation on nest on Bayside Dr but not at Lopez platform.

03/30/2019 by rc
Observed activity with binoculars: 2 on our nest, 2 on C's, 1 on G's. too far to see W's nests.

08/06/2018 by rc
kayak update: 2 in area of C's; 2 for G's; 2 adults & 2 fledges for ours; 2 adults & 2 fledges near closest cove nest; 2 adult & 1 fledge at far cove; 2 osprey near White Farm nest; could not see detail on duck blind plus 2 more along the way for 17

07/09/2018 by rc
Kayaking on July 9th-saw 2 adults at each platform with chicks, and one on C's and G's-10 adults. 2 chicks on our nest, 3 on the cove corner, at least one on the far cove and on the White nest. We could not see the duck blind nest for adults or chicks-too hazy.

06/06/2018 by rc
kayak trip-observed pairs at 5 nests(first view of White Farm platform) with one at C's and 1 at duck blind. Behavior indicated no chicks at G's nest, at least one at the corner cove nest, and 1-2 at our nest. Not able to see the duck blind clearly enough. Incubating behavior at the far cove nest. C's osprey may have just been resting since often not at this nest. One osprey flying overhead not connected to our usual nests.

05/04/2018 by rc
May 4th kayaking confirmed pairs with one incubating at ours, G's, both far cove nests. A pair of osprey observed on C's nest and at least one on damaged blind nest. Total of 11! Could not see as far as the WF platform or its point platform.

04/04/2018 by rc
March 24th 1 osprey on G's platform. March 29th saw 3 osprey flying, 1 on our platform, 2 on C's property watching a goose on its platform, 0 on G's platform. April 4th observed one fairly low on our nest but I don't think it was incubating-maybe nest building. One was building a nest on G's platform.April 8th i on G's nest; 1 on our nest eating with 1 on the pier; goose still on C's platform; 2 on W's platform near Parson's Is. April 16th 2 on ours, 2 on far cove point, 2 on what is left of a duck blind, goose on C's, 2 on G's.Unsure when eggs were laid since cannot see into nest but April 25th observed incubating behavior. April 25th activity on both far cove nests; incubating on G's nest; incubating on our nest with mate on pier; single osprey on C's nest; pair on damaged blind but not incubating.

03/25/2018 by rc
We are so excited!! Our osprey pair have returned to the nest platform!! We also saw an osprey on the Baker platform today. Yesterday I saw an osprey on Gladys' platform but it was not there when I looked earlier today.

09/20/2017 by rc
saw one osprey soaring above the house on Sept. 19th but we have no evidence that our family has been around since our last kayak on Sept. 8th. No osprey observed today 9/20

08/25/2017 by rc
kayaking-confirmed 3 of our 4 still here; in far cove we saw 3 osprey, possibly 3 more but could not determine if the 3 we saw near White Farm cove were different from the 3 we saw at the other cove area

07/28/2017 by rc
Kayaking 7/26 confirmed both nestlings have fledged! Also saw a pair of osprey bonding atop the canvas top of a boat at one of the piers closer to the cove-evidence of nest building! Confirmed our 4, C's 1, 1 at blind, 2 at G's and 2 in cove area-same as ones on the boat? 0 at White farm nest

07/23/2017 by rc
On July 21st, I observed the two chicks on the nest and took pictures of them while the parents were perched on the pier nearby. Early on the 22nd (6 am), we observed one of the nestlings flapping its wings and then taking short flights off of the platform!

07/14/2017 by rc
Kayak 7/14 : observed 3 pairs of osprey (ours, G's and far cove) and 3 individuals (White Farm, C's, and old blind) Only our pair of chicks were seen.

07/06/2017 by rc
With binoculars was able to confirm two chicks and 2 parents!!

06/27/2017 by rc
On kayak trip June 26: confirm one chick on our nest with 2 adults; 2 adults on G's nest but no chicks; 2 adults in tree near corner nest-no chicks; 2 adults near far cove nest-no chicks; 1 adult near White farm nest-no chicks; could not see the blind's nest; only 1 adult on the C's nest-no chicks.

06/24/2017 by rc
Using binoculars I am able to confirm at least one chick in our nest-none others were evident. When kayaking we saw a pair of osprey in the far cove but not on the nest; both osprey and behavior indicating a chick on the corner nest; one osprey at the White farm nest but no nesting behavior; no nest at far point in bay; saw two osprey at the blind-one on the nest; Callahan's nest often has one osprey -not sure about chick; G's nest has two parents but no indication they had a successful hatch.

03/28/2017 by rc
Both osprey were seen on the platform Sat. 3/25 afternoon. On 3/27, beginnings of a nest were observed above the platform surface. Later one osprey was on the platform. Much calling high aloft by 4 osprey on 3/27 and already this morning at 6:30 a.m.

10/05/2016 by rc
Kayak update 10/3/16: one female osprey with fish for meal in far cove. Also read in an e-letter by The Center for Conservation Biology about poor breeding results for eagles and osprey in our area-attributed to the consistent rain throughout the height of the breeding season.

09/24/2016 by rc
Kayak update 9/23/16: 3 osprey in far cove area- 2 females and 1 male!

09/15/2016 by rc
Kayak 9/14: only one osprey observed-far cove area with fish for breakfast. Front went through on Monday and another is due to pass tonight.

09/11/2016 by rc
On kayak trip 9/7, we only saw 3 osprey-no pairs but one each at the far cove platform, the far point platform, and one at our platform. There is a strong front coming through today so we expect that may carry them south, too.

08/31/2016 by rc
kayak update: saw a pair of osprey in far cove area but one was too thin for any of ours-maybe passing through? Saw one osprey on far point platform. Although we saw 2 osprey flying high over our yard yesterday, we did not see evidence of our pair in our small cove area today. (Last Friday, we observed 5 osprey in area-our pair, the far cove pair, and one individual flying near G's nest)

08/20/2016 by rc
Kayaking observation 8/19/2016: 6 osprey still in area of our cove. Our pair and a far cove pair; two individuals (one at far point nest and one at G's nest)

07/03/2016 by rc
Kayaking 6/29 sighted 10 osprey and no chicks at any of the 7 nesting sites in the cove areas. Why are there no successful nests this year after such a productive breeding season last year/

06/01/2016 by rc
During kayaking this morning, there was no parental behavior by the two osprey nearby. Last Thursday when we kayaked, we observed a very strange event-4 osprey (2 pair?) actually chasing each other around and near the nest site-none landed on the nest-eventually all flew off. Later I observed one had returned to the platform but still no sign of parenting or feeding. Update on other nests observed in our cove area: G's nest continues to have 2 adults that give signs of parenting behavior although we did not see a chick or feeding. It is the only nest that shows any signs of hope for chicks. We did see 6 other pairs of osprey-none showing parenting behavior although one was carrying nest material to the W. Farm's nest that we thought had been abandoned this year. I thought it would be too late for a nest now?? We observed 2 other osprey in the area but not together. There were no osprey on the blind or at C's "former goose" nest where we had observed mating behavior on May 24th. I am puzzled and saddened by the failure of so many nests...

05/24/2016 by rc
Yesterday was the first time we observed an osprey upright on the nest. Observed this again this morning but now I think something is wrong. Both have been off the nest for prolonged periods; observed them flying nearby but past the nest. Update on other nests observed last week 5/19-two cove nests had been incubating earlier than the others and now seem abandoned. The farthest out on the point had two osprey but no signs of incubation or parenting behavior. G's nest was still incubating with pair together. The nest on the blind had two osprey perched on it but no evidence of any parental behavior. The nest previously occupied by the goose now has an osprey -did observe mating behavior by a pair but have not seen any results yet nor have I seen evidence that the male stayed around.

04/23/2016 by rc
On Thursday, Apr 21, 2016, we observed our osprey staying at the nest, then switching off. There was not constant incubation as there appears to be now on 4/23. We did observe incubation already started on the 2 far cove nests. An osprey on G.'s, the W. farm point, and on the "blind"nest have also been constant but not incubation posture.

04/08/2016 by rc
As of 4/7/16, there were 7 nests in our cove area-saw 13 of possible 14 osprey. One pair was seen on a pier near where they had a nest last year but this year it has been occupied by a nesting goose. Not sure where they have relocated. There is a nest this year on a rickety blind in the water near a point of land-worried that it will not survive strong storms...

09/18/2015 by rc
During our kayaking on 9/17/15 we observed two osprey still in the far cove area. Based on their location, I am guessing they are from the nest on the edge of that cove-it had a later start than ours did.

09/15/2015 by rc
I last observed the fledglings on Sept. 2nd before our trip. After checking with my neighbor, he last observed our osprey at the nest area on Sept. 9th. We are all hopeful that they will have a safe journey south, including the one that seemed to have an injured wing.

08/31/2015 by rc
4 pm Excited to find the fledgling (the one we thought may have an injured right wing) with a catch, eating on the platform. Another osprey flew past me into the small cove area, heard a splash, but did not see if it was successful. G's platform had one osprey; the far cove had 2 osprey flying near usual perches. A paddleboarder drove up and said two days ago he was near a "stand" off the tip of C's land where two osprey were perched. Even though he got very close (arms length), only one osprey flew off-the other scolded him loudly but did not leave. Would a meal cause this behavior? I am also wondering if these two were originally from C's nest, that has been empty for several weeks when I have been checking?? Unfortunately I have not had my scope to get closer looks to identify each osprey as fledgling or adult or to be able to look far distances to see the pair of osprey at that "stand".

08/27/2015 by rc
When kayaking 8/25/15, we observed 2 osprey at our nest area, 2 at G's nest area, at least 3 still at cove area, 2 at W. farm's area, 2 at the far end of the W. farm, 0 at C's nest area.

08/27/2015 by rc
When kayaking 8/25/15, we observed 2 osprey at our nest area, 2 at G's nest area, at least 3 still at cove area, 2 at W. farm's area, 2 at the far end of the W. farm, 0 at C's nest area.

08/16/2015 by rc
We are still observing 2 adults and 2 fledglings. My neighbor shared today that he has observed the adults teaching the one fledgling to fish. Unfortunately, he has only observed the other fledgling perched on one of the pier crossbars or one of the platforms nearby. It still appears to have an injured right wing which may be the reason he has not been seen learning to fish. After kayaking mid-week, we think some of the osprey at our area nests have left to go south already-fewer osprey were evident near nest platforms.

07/20/2015 by rc
7/15/15 6 pm the nest is empty-second chick fledged! 7/16 2 osprey chicks on nest for breakfast; 8:30 nest empty. Saw neighbor who reported the second fledgling appears to have an injured right wing. 7/18 am saw two fledglings on nest. 7/20 Saw adult and one fledgling on nest possibly for meal; the other fledgling was perched on crossbar of pier and an adult was perched in the tall tree across the cove. Have observed fledgling on C's nest and chick with adults on G's nest.

07/11/2015 by rc
7/11/15 2:45pm observed only one nestling and then discovered the other chick had fledged and was perched on a pier pole near the perches of the two parent osprey! The nestling was flapping its wings often as if it was ready to join them but not while I was observing.

07/11/2015 by rc
7/9/15 Kayak trip confirmed: 2 osprey flew off nest in far end of cove; 2 chicks on nest edge of cove; W. Farm nest lost 1 of 2 chicks in recent bad storm-found it floating nearby; 2 adult osprey on E. Bay nest end of W. Farm; 1 chick with 2 parents on G. nest; our nest had 2 chicks and both parents; C. nest was observed on a.m. walk with 1 adult and 1 chick.

06/29/2015 by rc
6/28/2015 Confirmed that two chicks and parents survived the bad storm on Sat. 6/26.

06/25/2015 by rc
1:45 pm Confirmed 2 nestlings survived the bad storms we have had during the last week. Good size and got photo with both parents. The C. nest has not had activity the last few days-no sure what is happening. Confirmed sighting of one chick with parents on G's nest.

06/06/2015 by rc
Observed nests 8:30-9:10am: Observed female upright on nest with male on crossbar of pier. Minutes later she started to call and the male soon arrived with fresh catch (reddish). Female fed the two chicks, alternating about every 3 mouthfuls, only a few times for herself, while the male acted as a lookout. After about 15 minutes, the male flew off while the female continued feeding even as I was leaving. C's nest had two slightly older chicks moving around its nest with the female upright on the nest. G's nest showed no chick activity-female was eating when I arrived; then she flew off and the male arrived and was preening himself.

05/20/2015 by rc
9:20 am - Female on the nest; male on the pier. Male circled and returned with food. Female ate for a few minutes before starting to move in a way that seemed to indicate feeding chicks lower in the nest. Male took a few bites and also seemed to move towards the chicks with food, too. Male flew to C. tree perch and female returned to sitting on the nest.

05/01/2015 by rc
12:20 One osprey on crossbar. A few minutes later it flew to platform and took the place of the osprey on the nest, who then moved to the crossbar.

05/01/2015 by rc
10:10-10:35 am Observed one osprey with fish sparring with gull for position on pier shelf. Gave up and moved to crossbar to eat for about 5 min. before moving to tree to eat. About 10:25 the osprey on the nest got up, rotated position and then back down-seems higher above the platform than previously.

04/25/2015 by rc
8:20 am Arrived to see C's osprey's head moving up & down as if eating. One of our osprey was on the nest while the other was perched in C's tree. 5 min. later the tree osprey took off, returning about 8:45 to crossbar with fish. Flew into tree to take a few bites before flying to nest. The nest osprey picked up fish with talons and flew to cross bar to eat. The other settled onto the nest.

04/22/2015 by rc
On 4/22/15 at 8:25 am I discovered that I could view another platform across the cove. Osprey 1 carried food to that nest where Osprey 2 was sitting on nest. Osprey 2 got up and flew off while Osprey 1 took over sitting on the nest. On our platform at 8:35, Osprey 1 came to perch on the pier crossbar before approaching the nest with food. When it arrived, Osprey 2 got off of the nest and flew away; Osprey 1 took over sitting on the nest.

04/12/2015 by rc
The nest is active with a pair. 7:55 am Female was sitting low in the nest while the male was visible high in the sky calling and flapping wings before flying off. About 20 minutes later, he returned circling about the nest before taking a "dip" and then preening on a nearby pole.

04/05/2015 by rc
6:45 sunrise observed one osprey circling back to nest with nest material. Arranged carefully around the lower part of the nest. Swooped in circular area around nest again, landing and tamping down the nest at the base before settling on the nest again.

03/25/2015 by rc
Male and Female observed on platform for the first time in 2015. A few pieces of new nest material present.

07/17/2014 by rc
Both fleglings winging around nesting platform in broad circles. One fledgling lands on nesting platform, the other alights awkwardly on a bough near the top of a mature tree.

07/06/2014 by rc
Both young looking healthy.

06/08/2014 by rc
Female stood at side of nest while two chicks, looking active and healthy, poked around and sparred with each other. They appear to be about the same size and weight. The male soon returned directly to the nest with large fish, deposited it, then flew to a perch nearby. The female began stripping bits of flesh and offering them to both chicks. After a short time, she ate as well, while still feeding the chicks.

06/01/2014 by rc
Female sitting on nest, making adjustments with bill and breast. Male not present. Several minutes later, two chicks stretch necks upward and crawl clumsily out from with female's breast feathers. One is clearly stronger than the other, in both appearance and physical exertion. They soon disappear below the platform rim, not to be seen again. Mother continues to sit with them. Male does not return during the 30 minute observation.

05/25/2014 by rc
Male eats part of a fish, then takes remains to the sitting female. He flies off immediately. She rises and begins eating at the nest. While eating, she occasionally extends her beak full of fish to the bottom of the nest, then comes back to the fish to strip more meat. The eggs have hatched...though no visual of young . How many? The male must have returned to hunting more food. Significant behavior changes in both birds.

05/22/2014 by rc
Male sitting on nest. Female perched nearby. Eventually female takes flight, flying ~5-7ft. above water in circles about 100 yds. in diameter. Once during each circuit, she makes a very low angle, head-first dive into the water, bobs to surface, takes flight and resumes the circuit. She does this four times, then returns to same perch. Bathing? She spends the next several minutes fanning and shaking-out water, then spreading and holding wings open to dry, like a cormorant.

05/18/2014 by rc
Female sitting on eggs. Male flies off, returns with fish and begins eating. Another osprey flies near. Male flies off with fish to parts unknown.

05/11/2014 by rc
During this 30 minute observation, the male was on the nest. The female preened and scratched on a perch nearby. The male began calling when another male Osprey flew within 100 yards of nest and didn't stop until the osprey left the area. Soon after, the female took flight, circled the cove three times, drifted over the adjacent field, then returned to perch.

05/04/2014 by rc
Female incubated eggs while male ate part of fish. He seemed to eat mostly flesh and entrails. He then brought remainder of fish to female. She flew with it to a perch while the male sat on eggs. Female devoured remainder of fish, including the head, tail, and bones. Upon finishing, female remained at perch for many minutes, cleaning, scratching, preening, resting.

05/01/2014 by rc
Over 3 inches of rain fell during past 24 hours, including several very heavy downpours. Male not present initially. Female sitting on eggs. Male returns empty-handed to nearby perch 13 minutes into observation. Six minutes later, female begins chirping slowly and softly. She continues while raising frequency and volume of chirps. After one minute of this, the male takes flight, heading due east where he begins to hunt about a half mile out. The male continues its hunt through the end of the observation - ten minutes after he left his perch.

04/27/2014 by rc
Female sitting on eggs. Male returned with fish to nearby perch and ate. Nine minutes later the female called softly. The male immediately took the remainder of the fish to her. She flew with it to a nearby perch and ate while male sat on the eggs.

04/23/2014 by rc
Male incubated eggs during first ten minutes of observation. The female was not present. When female returned, it immediately took over nest duties and male flew off to a nearby perch

04/20/2014 by rc
Female sat on eggs while male made two forays to bring soft nest materials. Once dropped off, the female incorporated the material into the nest without moving off the eggs. During this 30 minute observation, the male returned with one clump of grass, but maintained possession of it for nearly 15 minutes - including flying around the immediate area for several minutes before taking it to the nest.

04/17/2014 by rc
Female was hunkered down in center of nest moving only her head during course of entire 30 minute observation -0800 to 0830. The male was nowhere to be seen during that time.

04/14/2014 by rc
Copulation observed twice within fifteen minutes. After second copulation, the female left the nest and returned less than two minutes later with limp nesting material, placing it inside the cup of the nest. Nest lining?

04/09/2014 by rc
No sign of eggs or incubation. Same behaviours exhibited as those observed on 4/06.

04/06/2014 by rc
No sign of eggs or incubation. Female guards nest while male eats fish at nearby perch. After several minutes, male brings remainder of fish to female. She takes fish to perch to eat while male stays at nest.

04/03/2014 by rc
Observed one Osprey adding new nesting material while its mate perched on a piling 20 yards away. The nest is already more substantial than what has been observed at this platform in years past.

03/31/2014 by rc
Observed osprey pair for the first time at the nesting platform. No evidence of nest building present.

03/27/2014 by rc
Only one osprey observed at the nesting platform.