Nest #4786

Nickname: Riverkids
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: This is a tree at the edgeof/or in the James River, in First Colony on the James. The site is at the James River, 176 The Maine. I have seen this nest for 5-8 years. It was devastated with wind about a year and a half ago.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.235103
Longitude: -76.801868
Followers: 1

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/21/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2012 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival 03/22/2014 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/17/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/02/2014 Reason for nest failure
2011 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No 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 Rivergirl
Adult arrival 03/09/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/08/2015
Egg laying 04/05/2015 Chicks last observed 08/19/2015
Incubation initiation 04/10/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival 03/11/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/09/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/20/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/26/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival 03/20/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/07/2017
Egg laying 04/10/2017 Chicks last observed 07/25/2017
Incubation initiation 04/14/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/13/2017 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/31/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, there were no ospreys seen/heard at the nest, or in the neighborhood. I talked with neighbors who live close to the nest site, and they haven't seen/heard them either. I'll do an observation on Sept. 4th; migration may be in process.

08/28/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, both ospreys were seen at the nest! The female was on the branch at the top of the nest and the male was eating a fish on the lower left branch, where he has been previously observed. The female was "talking" consistently, and a young osprey was seen flying from the James River across The Maine (the street). On my way back down The Maine, about 30 mins. later, both adults were in their same positions in the cypress tree. The weather was much cooler and less humid today, which may be why the ospreys were seen at their nest this morning! And, there was much less construction noise at the property.

08/20/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was sunny and in the mid-80s. The last time both ospreys were seen at this nest was about 7/30. The construction work on this property has continued and has been quite noisy. Today was Sun., so the crew was gone - but no ospreys were seen/heard in the area of their nest on the James River. The male has been observed on a lower branch of the cypress tree; the female hasn't been seen since early August.

08/18/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was cloudy, very humid. I observed the nest about 9:45. The male was on a lower left branch of the cypress tree and. . . there were two crows sitting on the branch above the nest!! the yard work and work at the pier was very noisy today; the crows did fly off. On my way down The Maine later, the male osprey was in the same place; no osprey communication was observed/heard.

08/16/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was high humidity, very sunny, and temp. in the mid-80s. Ospreys were not seen or heard. There was lots of activity/noise at the house, pier, and yard today. On my way back down The Maine, I heard an osprey, but couldn't see it; don't know if it was one of the Riverkids.

08/12/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, we had steady rain in the morning and then it became sunny. About 11:45, I went to see the osprey nests. The Riverkids were not seen. There was lawn work being done, and the piers are close to being completed. However, none of the ospreys were seen. It was very humid today. I walked down to the marina and saw 5 Turkey Vultures in the dead tree at the edge of the marina, where I have seen them before. As I was leaving the marina, I saw and heard a female osprey, as she flew into a tree along the side of the marina.

08/09/2017 by Rivergirl
About 10 - 11 a.m., it was very sunny and no ospreys were seen/heard.

08/07/2017 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 9:30, there were a few sprinkles and some wind. The male was seen on a lower left branch of the cypress tree, and a fledgling was seen on a branch at the top of the tree. They were just sitting in the tree. 3-4 ospreys were seen on up the James River, and there were about four turkey vultures in the same area. None of the ospreys or vultures were seen to land.

08/04/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, the work at the pier was quite noisy, and there was lawn work being done close to the River. There are large masses of dirt being moved for the new landscape. Given the noise and the pier work, it was no surprise that the ospreys were not seen or heard today.

07/30/2017 by Rivergirl
Saw an osprey flying over the James River, but no ospreys at/near the cypress tree nest. Later, I saw/heard 2 ospreys, with fish. They didn't go to the cypress nest, so they may not have been the Riverkids/their fledglings. Today was sunny, breezy, and about 70 degrees, at 9:50 this morning. Next visit, I will spend more time at each nest; hopefully will see all four ospreys!

07/25/2017 by Rivergirl
7:30 a.m., breezy, 78 degrees. The female was standing at the top of the nest; male was on a lower branch, with a fish. She was "talking" to a fledgling - it was hunting on the James River. The male took a bit of fish to the female and they "talked" to each other. On my return, the female was standing on a lower branch of the cypress tree. She then flew to the nest and the male brought a fresh fish to the nest area; she ate and they "talked." Both fledglings were observed hunting on the James, with the parents "talking" to them.

07/18/2017 by Rivergirl
I walked up The Maine at 9:30 this morning; it was 80 degrees and very humid. No ospreys were seen/heard as I watched/waited in the yard next to the James River, where the nest is located. Later, I did see a fledgling, but no adult ospreys. There was lots of activity at the pier spot on the James, and work on the yard area that faces the river, too. I also saw an eagle flying up the James - toward their nest area.

07/13/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, it was 90 degrees about 4:00 - hot and humid. Pier work continues - lots of activity in the James River near the nest. Saw an osprey in the sky near the nest, think it was a fledgling. The female came to the branch above the nest, and the fledgling flew over the back yard - female was "talking" to it! The fledgling landed on a tree branch in the neighbors yard and then flew off down the James River.

07/09/2017 by Rivergirl
Low 90degrees, no clouds, 12:45 a.m. No ospreys were seen or heard. The pier development has been extensive and quite noisy. The ospreys were not heard/seen at the nest area, nor in/near the James River.

07/05/2017 by Rivergirl
The pier workgroup was at the property -- no ospreys were seen in the cypress tree or at the nest in that tree, and no activity or wind in the James River. Observation was about 30 mins. --nothing seen. On my return down The Maine, a new pier was seen on the left - there was a fair amount of noise by the pier crew, then it was quiet. No ospreys were seen/heard. About 10 min. later, the parent ospreys were seen above the James River, as pier work continued and there was noise and motion by the crew. Walking down The Maine, both of the Riverkids were observed at a cypress tree on an empty lot, at 164 The Maine. They were quiet and sitting on the top left branches of the cypress.

06/30/2017 by Rivergirl
The wind was strong, 80 degrees at 9:00 a.m. There were 6 turkey vultures flying around, and pier work remains in process. One fledgling was seen, and the female was the top branch above the nest, "talking" to the fledgling. The female then flew up the James River. Later, there was increased noise at the pier project, wind speed picked up -- an eagle with a fish was seen, and also a fledgling. I wonder if the eagle had taken the fish from the fledgling?? No adult ospreys were seen/heard.

06/27/2017 by Rivergirl
The pier is being worked on today; quite a bit of noise and movement there. No ospreys at the nest, or heard or seen in the area. On my way back down the James River, later, I saw what I thought were two fledglings, flying up the James. The male came and landed/sat on a lower branch of the cedar tree; no fish. He sat a few minutes, then flew off. There was no activity, no ospreys, or communication observed.

06/25/2017 by Rivergirl
It was hot and sunny today, at 10:00 when I went to observe the nest. The male was on a left branch, about midway down the tree. He was standing on the branch, very quietly. There was no construction today - very quiet. As I walked back down The Maine, the male was gone, the heat was increasing, and no ospreys were seen/heard at or near the nest area.

06/22/2017 by Rivergirl
One osprey was on the top left branch above the nest. It was very quiet and no other ospreys were seen. Construction at the home site has been ongoing and quite noisy at times. On my way down The Maine, the female was still on the same branch above the nest. The male flew to the nest, then flew off -- a bit of communication was heard between the two of them. The female flew to the nest - then back to the top of the nest. The fledglings were not seen today.

06/17/2017 by Rivergirl
An osprey was on the branch above the nest - preening, and looking to the James River. No communication/activity. The pier work is in progress. On my way home, the female was observed at the same branch above the nest. She did some "talking" as fledglings were seen flying along the James River. Turkey Vultures were also seen, flying above The Maine. Clouds were increasing--this was the day after the bad thunderstorm, with heavy rain.

06/13/2017 by Rivergirl
This morning, it was hot, humid, and sunny at 10:30. The female was on the left top branch above the nest, looking to the James River. Lots of pier work is being done, and a new patio, too. It was quite noisy and the male was not seen. On my way back down The Maine, a fledgling was on the branch where the female had been seen earlier. No activity was observed at the nest, or along the James River.

06/09/2017 by Rivergirl
The Pier is now under construction. Both adults were on a left lower branch, doing a bit of "talking" - a fledgling flew by, going up The Maine. When I returned to the nest site, after about 30 mins., the male was on the branch directly above the nest. The female was gone; there was no communication/activity observed. As I walked down The Maine, I did see an eagle with food, and 2 turkey vultures at the empty lot that's about two houses down from the Riverkids' nest. I shortened my observation time - was getting bitten by mosquitoes. . . .

06/07/2017 by Rivergirl
This nest is so deep, it's hard to know if my information is completely accurate -- but, I think there are two fledglings! Today, the female was on the branch directly above the nest and there were two fledglings flying up and down the James River. "Mom" was talking to them; one of the fledglings had a fish, flew by the nest and up the James. The female has remained on the same branch during observation time today; male not seen.

06/02/2017 by Rivergirl
There is now a machine, on a flat, wooden "plank", on the James River, for building a pier on this property. No activity or noise there today. Male was standing on a short branch, directly above the nest, and the female was standing in the nest (to give space for the chick(s) to move in the high heat). Later, the female was standing in the nest, with her wings spread open; the male was on the same branch he was on earlier. An eagle flew over the James, above the nest; the adult ospreys were very quiet and stood facing the James River.

05/30/2017 by Rivergirl
The male was on the left lower branch, with a fish, and the female was standing in the nest, "talking." Later, the male was still eating the fish, female was gone, and the chick was in the nest. Female showed up at the nest, with a fish!

05/28/2017 by Rivergirl
The osprey in the nest is a chick; the female was on the left upper branch, facing the James River. She flew out of the nest, returned and "talked", then flew out, and went down the James. She arrived back at the nest, but not with a fish. On my way home, the adults were both gone from the nest/cypress tree.

05/24/2017 by Rivergirl
It was cloudy, about 9:00, and we had had rain for at least 3 days. The female was sitting quietly in the nest; the male was seen over the James River. He came and landed on a branch above the nest-both were very quiet. He flew out to the James, got a fish and went to a lower branch to eat. The female was standing quietly in the nest; flew off -- there appeared to be a young fledgling in the nest! No further activity.

05/20/2017 by Rivergirl
The male was on a left, lower branch of the cypress tree, with a fish. He took the fish up to the female, standing at the nest, then went back to the same lower branch. The female was standing in the nest, and seemed to be engaging in feeding the hatchling(s). As I walked down The Maine, a bit later, the behavior of both adults was the same as seen earlier - he was eating a fish, she was in the nest, and seemed to be feeding the young chicks. It was a sunny day, light breeze, in the mid-70's.

05/17/2017 by Rivergirl
Female standing at the nest, think there are hatchlings - no male seen. This nest is so deep, it's hard to see the hatchlings, but the behavior of the female suggests there are hatchlings! It was about 70 degrees, and no wind. The observation was at 9:15. The male was on the left upper branch, preening, and the female was standing in the nest, looking landward. There was some "communication " from the female; the male flew down the James and was gone for some time. The temperature was rising. . .

05/13/2017 by Rivergirl
Observation was in later afternoon, cloudy, about 60 degrees. Male was on lower left branch, eating a fish - female was standing in the nest, her behavior suggested there were hatchlings. 20 min. later, the male was done eating, flew to a higher branch, then flew up the James River, came back and landed on the lower left branch, again. Female was standing quietly in the nest (no activity observed). Male flew up the James, got a fish, left it at the nest, and flew off again. The female was down in the nest, but could see her head, and some movement. I believe there are hatchlings in this nest.

05/09/2017 by Rivergirl
It was sunny, breezy early in the afternoon; the male was on a lower left branch, eating a fish. The female was in the nest, rotating eggs, I think, and doing some "talking." The male took a piece of fish to the nest, gave it to the female and he went fishing in the James River. The female was standing in the nest, the male arrived with a new fish, returned to the same branch under the nest, and ate the fish. The female was active at the nest; both were talking to each other. The female's behavior suggests the eggs may be hatching -- the nest is so deep, there isn't a way to know if there are hatchlings.

05/05/2017 by Rivergirl
The female was in the nest, incubating; male was on a lower left branch, eating a fish. On my way back down The Maine, the male was standing at the nest, the female was incubating down in the nest. Eagles and vultures flew by. . . . It was raining and I didn't stay to see what might have happened ( e.g., if the eagles and vultures re-appeared). I'll go again 5/9 to see what's happening!

05/02/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was hot, sunny, and the wind speed was quite high (close to 15-20 mph). The male was on a left branch below the nest, eating a fish. The female was seen down inside the nest, probably to protect the eggs from the wind speed. On my way back down The Maine, both of the ospreys had remained in the same place as before - female was down in the nest, and male was eating on the lower branch on the left. He later flew up to a branch on the left, at the top of the cypress tree, near the nest. The female was down in the nest, quite deeply, protecting the eggs. They will be hatching quite soon, maybe!

04/29/2017 by Rivergirl
An adult was at the nest (female, I think) and flew off -- a young bird chased the adult, followed it to the nest, and lit on a branch near the nest. Eventually, it flew away. The female came and was observed in the nest. She was incubating on my return down The Maine. The male arrived and stood directly above the nest and did some "talking". It was almost Noon, sunny, and about 80 degrees.

04/26/2017 by Rivergirl
Female incubating; male on lower left branch of the cypress tree, with a fish. Both were quiet. Later, on my way home, the male was at the nest, raising his wings as he stood on the edge of the nest. It was getting more cloudy; the female was laying in the nest. Male flew down the James River, and came back to the nest with a fish. Both adults were standing in the nest; sprinkling began. Temp. about 60 degrees.j

04/23/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, the female was in the nest, incubating eggs. The cypress tree is now all green. Male was not seen/heard. On my way down The Maine, the male was on a branch below the nest, with a fish - eating it. Female was in the nest, incubating the eggs. It was cloudy and about 55 degrees.

04/20/2017 by Rivergirl
Female was down in the nest, incubating eggs. Male arrived with a fish for the female; she began eating and he was on a branch just above the nest. The cypress tree is "greening", on both trunks. This was a cloudy, breezy morning. On my way down the Maine, the female was incubating eggs and the male was on the branch above the nest. Both were quiet; male was not active.

04/16/2017 by Rivergirl
Female arrived at the nest with moss, made nest adjustments, and appeared to be incubating (laying low). The Male came about 10 min. after the female arrived, with a fish, and landed on a lower left branch and ate the fish. On my return down The Maine, the female was incubating in the nest; the male was not seen or heard.

04/14/2017 by Rivergirl
Male was on a left branch below the nest, eating a fish. The female appeared to be incubating eggs in the nest. It's so deep, I don't know when the eggs were laid. On my way down The Maine, the female was standing at the nest, looking down into the nest (at the eggs, I imagine). The male was on the left lower branch.

04/10/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was breezy, about 70 degrees. The female was standing at the nest; the male arrived with a fish for her! She flew down to a branch on the left, and ate her breakfast! He remained above the nest. On my return, both were at the nest, talking, and standing quietly, and looking at the James River. Egg laying in progress, maybe?

04/07/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was very windy, and cloudy. The female was observed on a branch below the nest; the male flew to the nest. Both ospreys left the nest and two other ospreys were observed flying over the James River - there were lots of waves and the wind was high at the river. On my return down The Maine, the female was on a branch to the left, below the nest. No other activity was seen in my 12mins. of observation.

04/04/2017 by Rivergirl
Today, both ospreys were at the nest. The wind has picked up - the male flew off to the James River. An Eagle was seen nearby in the sky. There were Ospreys flying by with nest building material, up the James. On my return, it had become very sunny and windy. Both ospreys were on branches below the nest. The building crew at 174 The Maine was working hard and there was a bit of noise.

03/30/2017 by Rivergirl
The female was perched on the branch above the nest. The male arrived, perched next to the female, flew off after several minutes. Didn't see that he had a fish. . Today was cloudy, about 50 degrees. On my return down The Maine, the female was on her branch, "talking" -- the male was not seen.

03/26/2017 by Rivergirl
Today was warm and sunny. The female was perched on a branch above the nest. She did some "talking",,then flew off and chased 2 crows. The male arrived at the nest and they "talked." On my return down The Maine, the pair were at the nest; the male flew off, but returned in a couple minutes. They did some "talking."

03/21/2017 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were at the nest, 1 at and 1 below the nest. On my way back down The Maine, it appeared that copulation was occurring!

03/20/2017 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were at the nest, "talking" to each other. On my way back down The Maine, the female was at the nest, and the male arrived with a fish, and was eating it on a branch below the nest.

09/09/2016 by Rivergirl
I observed the nest this morning - no ospreys, so they have migrated.

09/07/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, no ospreys were observed or heard in the late afternoon, about 5:00. I believe they have migrated. I'll track one more day, on Sept. 9th.

09/05/2016 by Rivergirl
It's much cooler - 70 degrees this morning at 10 o'clock. No ospreys were seen or heard over two observations in a hour. They may have migrated.

09/01/2016 by Rivergirl
Breezy and cooler; female was sitting on the branch above the nest. No activity observed. On my way down The Maine, she flew up the James River.

08/30/2016 by Rivergirl
Two ospreys were observed on branches on the left side of the tree. There was a bit of talking between them, then very quiet.

08/26/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, there were no ospreys seen or heard during two observations, about 20 min. each. They may have migrated - I'll check a couple more times.

08/24/2016 by Rivergirl
There was an osprey on the top branch, at the right of the nest. Later, an adult was seen with a fish on a lower limb of the tree.

08/21/2016 by Rivergirl
Both adults seen at the nest. One flew off, got a fish, and was chased by a pair of eagles. The eagles flew off and the osprey returned to the nest - without the fish! On my way back down The Maine, an adult was on the branch above the nest. It began "talking", but then stopped. No other activity observed at the nest or in the James River area.

08/18/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, it was less humid, cloudy, about 80 degrees. An adult was on the branch at the top of the cedar tree - no activity or "talking." On my return down The Maine, both adults were seen - 1 at the top of the nest, the other part-way down into the tree. Lots of "talking" was heard; an eagle flew by. . . the fledgling was not seen.

08/16/2016 by Rivergirl
Today was very hot and humid (85-88 degrees). There were two crows in the cedar tree, and 1 osprey-maybe the fledgling. On my way down The Maine, there were no changes, no activity, no "talking" was heard.

08/14/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, in high heat, the fledgling was sitting on the top branch above the nest, looking around the James River and "talking." A turkey vulture flew by several times. On my return, the fledgling was on a lower branch of the cedar tree, eating a fish. An adult osprey flew by several times, near the edge of the James. There was much "talking" between the adult and the fledgling.

08/09/2016 by Rivergirl
This morning, the female was on the branch above the nest, "talking" to a fledgling that was sitting on the nest edge. The fledgling flew off to the James River, flew back to the nest, and flew off a second time. On my return down The Maine, the female was on the same branch, looking up and down the river - no "talking" and the fledgling was not seen.

08/01/2016 by Rivergirl
An adult osprey was on the branch above the nest, just like yesterday. Talked with a builder who is working on home improvements, he has not seen young ospreys. He and I both saw two eagles flying up the James River near the house. The adult was at the top of the nest, again, when I walked down The Maine.

07/31/2016 by Rivergirl
There were six crows at a tree on land; all were cawing and flying back/forth to the nest area and the neighbors' home. An adult osprey was on the branch above the nest; it "talked" to the crows and they left. On my way back down The Maine, an adult was on the same branch, facing the James River. There was no activity or communication observed.

07/26/2016 by Rivergirl
Today was very hot and very humid. The male was observed on the edge of the nest; no chick/fledglings seen. The male moved to a branch above the nest; flew just a bit and returned to the branch and looked down the James River. About 30 min. later, there was no activity, no communication, no adults seen at the nest - it was very hot.

07/21/2016 by Rivergirl
On my way up The Maine, the female was sitting on top of the nest, looking down the James River. No activity or communication observed. On my way home, the male was on a branch below the nest, preening - then flew off. No chicks/fledglings seen/heard.

07/17/2016 by Rivergirl
Today was about the same as 7/14, but the female was seen on a branch to the left of the nest, on my way up The Maine. Neither osprey was seen on my way home; no chicks have been seen; no "talking" today.

07/14/2016 by Rivergirl
Neither adult was seen/heard at the nest. The temp. was very hot, no breeze. It was about 9:30. The re-designing of the house is continuing and there were several people inside the house today. Didn't see the ospreys on my way back down The Maine - it was about 90 degrees and 10:40. This is a very deep nest - hope to see fledglings soon.

07/09/2016 by Rivergirl
It was almost Noon when I walked by the nest. The female was on the branch above the nest, looking around the James River. It was very warm, sunny, and a bit breezy. There was no activity observed at the nest, and no osprey communication. It was the same on the way back down The Maine - 90 degrees F.

07/04/2016 by Rivergirl
Weather was very cloudy with intermittent rain. One of the adults was standing on the land side of the nest, consistently looking down into the nest. It was in the same spot on my way home, over an hour later.

06/24/2016 by Rivergirl
The adult at the edge of the nest flew off as I walked up The Maine. It was cloudy and windy. Male arrived with a fish and the female came up out of the nest - hadn't seen her! They sat side by side at the nest and ate the fish.

06/19/2016 by Rivergirl
Female on left branch at top of the nest; no activity, no male seen. Walking down The Maine, the male was on a branch below the nest, eating a fish.

06/16/2016 by Rivergirl
This house is being re-designed; several companies are working here. It is quite noisy. No nest activity seen - but this is a very deep nest.

06/12/2016 by Rivergirl
Female was at the nest; male flew in with a fish and then went to a lower branch with some of the fish. On my way down The Maine, later, the male flew in and landed on the female's back - copulation, effort?? He sat on a branch above the nest; then went to a branch below the female.

06/09/2016 by Rivergirl
It was breezy and sunny; about 60 degrees. An adult was on the branch above the nest - no activity at the nest was observed. Later, the male was sitting on the edge of the nest.

06/05/2016 by Rivergirl
An eagle flew by the nest - with an adult osprey chasing it. The adult returned to the branch at the top of the nest. Later, an adult was on a lower branch - no activity seen.

06/03/2016 by Rivergirl
It was sunny and 80 degrees. An adult was at the nest, looking to the James River. On my way home, the adult was in the same place, and flew off. This nest is so deep, activity in the nest is rarely seen, but the behavior of the adults suggests there are hatchlings.

05/31/2016 by Rivergirl
Both adults were seen, female standing at nest's edge and male on a branch directly above the nest. Both were watching the nest and "talking" a bit. On my return, the female was above the nest, flew off and returned within 2 min. Male was on a branch below the nest, on the left. Behavior suggests there are one, or more, hatchlings!

05/29/2016 by Rivergirl
Both adults were on branches at the nest; it's too deep to see hatchlings. . . . The adults flew to the nest, "talked" and then one of them flew off. On my way back down The Maine, the male was observed at the rear of the nest - quite hot outside today.

05/26/2016 by Rivergirl
Both adults were seen - male on a branch near the nest and the female in the nest. She seemed to be "talking" to hatchlings (nest too deep to see them, but her behavior suggests they have arrived).

05/23/2016 by Rivergirl
Adult was at the nest, about 11:00; it flew away after 3-5 minutes. On my way home, about 12:10, the female was on a branch to the left of the nest, preening. No activity observed at the nest and it started raining.

05/19/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, one adult was on a branch above the nest, the other was in the nest. There was clearly "conversation" between the adults - the female may have talking to hatchlings in the nest?

05/16/2016 by Rivergirl
Breezy and sunny; observation at mid-day. Female on the side of the nest; male arrived with a fish. The two adults "talked" and male flew to a branch with the fish! They continued "talking." This nest is very deep; I suspect there are hatchlings, but they can't be observed.

05/14/2016 by Rivergirl
Between 9:30 - 11:15, no adults were observed and no activity at the nest was seen.

05/12/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, it was cloudy, about 68 degrees. The male was on a branch below the nest, eating a fish. The female was not observed and no activity was observed at the nest. On my way home, both adults were on a branch below the nest; no nest activity was observed, nor "communication" between the adults.

05/10/2016 by Rivergirl
There was light rain, and it was cool. One adult was on a branch at the side of the nest. The other adult showed up with a fish, and the one at the nest (female) flew off.

05/07/2016 by Rivergirl
The female was standing at the nest; after 3-5 min. she flew out to the James River. No activity observed at the nest. On my way back down The Maine, about an hour later, there was an adult on the branch next to the nest, no nest activity observed, and no "talking" between the adults - the second adult wasn't seen.

05/02/2016 by Rivergirl
It was cloudy and breezy; about 8:30 in the morning. The female was on a branch just below the nest. There was no activity seen at the nest, and no "talking" by the ospreys. Two males flew over the nest and around on the James River, but they didn't stop and there was no talking between the ospreys heard/observed.

04/27/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, the female behavior was comparable to incubation - the male was on a branch below the nest. On my return down The Maine, the female was incubating and the male flew to the nest with a fish.

04/24/2016 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were at the nest today; female was in the nest and the male was on a branch at the nest. They were "talking" to each other and then the male flew off the nest.

04/21/2016 by Rivergirl
Both were at the nest today; 1 in the nest and the other on a branch below the nest. As I returned down The Maine, almost 6 P.M., the female was in the nest (incubation may now be in process) and the male was on the branch below the nest.

04/17/2016 by Rivergirl
No osprey was seen at the nest, but this is a large, deep nest with its opening toward the James River.

04/14/2016 by Rivergirl
Sunny, breezy and cool this morning. The female was seen at the nest, only on my return down The Maine, at about 10:45.

04/08/2016 by Rivergirl
Afternoon observation - cool and windy weather. One osprey was at the nest, on my way down The Maine, about 4:00.

04/07/2016 by Rivergirl
one osprey seen at the nest; weather was very windy.

04/03/2016 by Rivergirl
It was sunny and quite windy this morning. One osprey was seen in the nest; it appeared to be eating. On my return down The Maine, about an hour and a half later, neither of the ospreys was seen at or near the nest - finding food may have drawn them to Lake Pasbehegh.

03/31/2016 by Rivergirl
This morning, one osprey was at the nest, working on organization. The mate flew in and they worked together. It was a sunny morning, but very windy.

03/26/2016 by Rivergirl
Today, one osprey was at the nest as I walked up The Maine. It flew away after a few minutes. No ospreys were seen/heard on my return down The Maine.

03/24/2016 by Rivergirl
The weather was quite windy today. One osprey was on a branch at the nest, at 8:45. As I walked past the nest again about 10:00, no ospreys were seen. There were, however, 7 turkey vultures in the area.

03/20/2016 by Rivergirl
At 10:00 A.M., one osprey was seen at the nest. On my return, about 11:30, neither one was seen at, or near, the nest.

03/17/2016 by Rivergirl
No ospreys seen at 7:45A.M. as I walked up The Maine. About an hour later, I did see an osprey at the nest, on my way home.

03/15/2016 by Rivergirl
There were no ospreys seen at the nest, or in the air, as I went up/down The Maine today.

03/12/2016 by Rivergirl
No ospreys seen as I walked up/down The Maine this morning.

03/11/2016 by Rivergirl
The nest was observed; no ospreys present or seen close by. No eagles were seen, either.

03/06/2016 by Rivergirl
Three days ago, and again this morning, about 10:00, there was an eagle in the nest. The ospreys have not been observed at this nest.

10/22/2015 by Rivergirl
Today, as I was walking up The Maine, there were a pair of eagles at the nest. I had seen this same behavior last fall/winter. I will monitor the behavior this fall/winter.

08/29/2015 by Rivergirl
I believe the ospreys have migrated - none seen at the nest, or in the area, since 8/19/2015.

08/22/2015 by Rivergirl
No ospreys at the nest or heard in the area.

08/19/2015 by Rivergirl
A fledgling was standing at the nest, "talking" to an adult on a lower branch. The adult was eating - about 11:00 A.M.

08/13/2015 by Rivergirl
One fledgling on a branch at the side of the nest, on my way up The Maine. No fledgling, but an adult was on a lower branch when I was on my way home.

08/10/2015 by Rivergirl
A fledgling was observed sitting on the edge of the nest. No adults or other fledglings were seen.

08/07/2015 by Rivergirl
The female was on a branch at the left of the nest. No fledglings nor the male were observed. It was a cool and cloudy day.

08/05/2015 by Rivergirl
Yard crew was at the site. One adult was at the side of the nest, on a branch, eating. Think it was the female. No other ospreys seen or heard. This one was "talking" a bit, but didn't see the other adult or the fledglings.

08/01/2015 by Rivergirl
About 9:00 on a day with bright sunlight and high heat and humidity -- an adult, the male, I think, was on a branch at the left end of the nest, eating. There was no osprey "talking" or other activity.

07/26/2015 by Rivergirl
Fledgling at the nest, standing at the edge. It stood the entire time I watched - about 20 min. No activity or "talking."

07/24/2015 by Rivergirl
One fledgling was at the nest; however, no activity or communication effort was observed. Thirty min. after the first observation, walking back down The Maine, there were no ospreys at the nest. One osprey was heard over the James River area.

07/19/2015 by Rivergirl
At about 9:00 A.M., there was the female adult and a fledgling at nest. The female was "talking" and the fledgling took off from the nest. On my return walk down The Maine, there were no ospreys seen/heard in the area.

07/16/2015 by Rivergirl
Fledgling seen, on the branch at the side of the nest. It was eating; no other ospreys seen. On my return down The Maine, the female was sitting on the edge of the nest. A fledgling was seen flying and perching on the side of the nest. It left very quickly -- mom and fledgling were "talking" to each other.

07/08/2015 by Rivergirl
Female was at the nest, sitting quietly. Heard a little "talking" with a fledgling (I think) that was flying nearby. No further sound or activity.

07/02/2015 by Rivergirl
Hatchlings/fledglings seen at the nest. Female was on the branch above and at the side of the nest. Male flew into to the nest, then flew out after 5-7 mins.

06/26/2015 by Rivergirl
Nestling seen in the nest! Both adults perched on branches directly above the nest, looking down into the nest.

06/20/2015 by Rivergirl
Both adults were at the nest, standing quietly and observing the nest. No other activity observed.

06/18/2015 by Rivergirl
Female observed standing on the side of the nest & looking down into it. A little later, the male came with a fish to a branch near the nest. No activity observed in the nest.

06/14/2015 by Rivergirl
Female was at the nest, sitting. Male on lower branch, eating a fish. Hatchlings not observed.

06/11/2015 by Rivergirl
Female at the nest, interacting with hatchlings, maybe. Male was on a branch below the nest; he flew off.

06/06/2015 by Rivergirl
The male and female both flew into, and out of, the nest this morning. Believe one or more hatchlings are there, but can't see them. The adults usually perch on the side of the nest or on a branch near the nest, or in the tree.

06/05/2015 by Rivergirl
Early in the morning (8:20) an adult was on the branch immediately above the nest; no activity observed. Male showed up with a fish, went to a branch lower in the tree, on the left and was eating when I left. It had started to rain. . ..

05/29/2015 by Rivergirl
Mid-morning, male and female were observed standing at the top of the nest. They soon moved to branches next to the nest. Male flew off; female stayed on branch next to the nest.

05/25/2015 by Rivergirl
Both adults were sitting on a branch below the nest; sitting quietly and no nest activity observed.

05/22/2015 by Rivergirl
The behavior of the adults does suggest that the eggs have hatched. Today was quite windy; no activity observed in the nest.

05/17/2015 by Rivergirl
Behavior of adults suggests the eggs have hatched. Some new softer nesting materials seen. Male on a branch below the nest; female was gone.

05/12/2015 by Rivergirl
Wonder what is happening - no nest activity seen, at first, then saw adult take a "twig" to the nest. It may have been a fledgling sitting on a branch below the nest -- looked like a "young adult."

05/10/2015 by Rivergirl
Female sitting quietly in the nest. Male on branch below the nest, eating a fish.

05/07/2015 by Rivergirl
Saw one adult on a branch below the nest- no fish seen, and couldn't tell if it was the male or female. Couldn't see into the nest.

05/03/2015 by Rivergirl
The female was incubating and the male was on a branch below the nest.

04/26/2015 by Rivergirl
Female is incubating eggs. Male was on a branch below the nest, eating a fish. 25 min. later, he had gone fishing again.

04/24/2015 by Rivergirl
Female is incubating eggs. Male is on a branch directly above the nest.

04/19/2015 by Rivergirl
Female is incubating the eggs. Male perched on a branch below, on the left. No excess movement or activity.

04/14/2015 by Rivergirl
Female appears to be incubating eggs. Male was on a branch directly above the nest. Very quiet time.

04/07/2015 by Rivergirl
The female was sitting quietly in the nest - maybe egg laying? or incubation initiation? The male was sitting on the same branch below the nest as he was on 4/5.

04/05/2015 by Rivergirl
Today, the female was laying in the nest, as I both came and went along The Maine. On my walk home, the male was perched on a tree branch to the left, and slightly below the nest.

04/02/2015 by Rivergirl
4/2/2015 Both ospreys are at the nest. No nest-building today - just very calm behavior.

03/28/2015 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were at the nest; there was copulation and nest-building activity observed.

03/22/2015 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 10:00, the ospreys were copulating in the nest. Later, they were both just standing in the nest.

03/22/2015 by Rivergirl
The ospreys have been adding twigs and "weeds" to the nest.

11/04/2014 by Rivergirl
One fledgling was seen at the nest, in August. See 8/28 data, re: eagle at the osprey nest. Saw a pair of eagles at the nest in early Oct.; confirmed with the home owner that they have been coming to the osprey nest regularly since about mid-August.

09/05/2014 by Rivergirl
Same observation schedule as 9/1; no ospreys seen or heard. Believe they have left the area.

09/01/2014 by Rivergirl
Yesterday, I observed the nest twice, about 10 min. each time, 30 min. apart. There were no ospreys seen - perhaps they have left this area for the season. It's about that time of year!

08/28/2014 by Rivergirl
On 8/26, there were no ospreys at the nest, as observed for 15-20 mins. Today, about 8:40, there was an eagle standing on the edge of the nest!! After about 5-7 mins., the eagle flew off over the James River. I couldn't see where the eagle went, but it seemed to be flying up the James.

08/21/2014 by Rivergirl
8:30 There were two ospreys at the nest, an adult above the nest, and a fledgling, I believe, slightly below the nest. The young osprey flapped its wings and flew to another area of the tree where the nest is located.

08/19/2014 by Rivergirl
About 7:30, there were two ospreys at the nest -- one was on a branch below the nest, the other on a branch slightly above the nest. I think the one below the nest may be a fledgling, given its size and coloring differences. They didn't move in the course of a 10-15 min. observation.

08/17/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 8:30, there were no adult ospreys seen at the nest, and no activity in the nest (although this one is interestingly shaped and seems to have more space available on the river side of the nest. After about 15 mins., an adult flew into the nest - couldn't see if he had a fish, since I didn't have my binoculars up to my eyes at that moment. As has happened previously, when I have seen an adult fly into the nest, there was no observable activity in the nest, because of the shape of the nest, I assume. Watched 5-8 more mins.; didn't see any activity.

08/14/2014 by Rivergirl
Today was the second observation in the last four days. Today, one osprey was on a branch slightly above the nest, and the other was on a branch below the nest. Nothing was seen within the nest; however, a resident at the site said she had seen a "young" osprey earlier this week. I observed about 15-20 mins. today, but didn't see a bird in the nest. The osprey on the lower branch was quite a bit smaller than the one on the top branch, but the feathering appeared to be the same as an adult, which is not what I have seen in bird books. I'll observe again in 1-3 days.

08/09/2014 by Rivergirl
About 8:45 this morning, there was one osprey at the nest, on a branch next to the nest. No activity seen within the nest.

08/05/2014 by Rivergirl
At about 10:15 this morning, one osprey was sitting at the top of the nest, looking out over the water, and down into the nest. Same behavior about half an hour later. I assume it was the female, waiting for the male to bring breakfast! No activity observed inside the nest.

08/03/2014 by Rivergirl
About 9:10 this morning, and again about 10:30, one osprey was sitting at the edge/in the nest. This is a deep nest -- I think there may be hatchlings. The female was "talking" and looking into the nest. I couldn't see any activity, but the behavior appears to be consistent with what I remember from 10 yrs. ago when I used to see osprey nests at Midland Farm Swamp, nearby.

07/31/2014 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were at the nest; one was standing in the nest, looking constantly down into the nest. I couldn't see any nestlings, but the osprey behavior appeared to be that of a "parent." Watched twice, 10 min. per visit, at about 6:50 and 7:40 this morning.

07/28/2014 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were in the tree, one below the nest and the other sitting on the edge of the nest, looking into it. I think there is a hatchling, but I need to spend more time watching.

07/22/2014 by Rivergirl
At 7:30 this morning, both adults were perched at the edge of the nest, looking down into it. Maybe there are hatchlings, though none were observed.

07/18/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 8:00, one osprey was at the edge of the nest, and the other osprey flew into to the nest and remained. Both seemed to be focused on the nest -- maybe there are nestlings, but I couldn't see even the adult osprey in the nest, thought I had seen it fly into the nest!

07/14/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 9:00, there was one adult, standing at the edge of the nest. The adult looked at me, down inside the nest, and onto the river. No activity observed within the nest, but maybe it's too far away.

07/11/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 7:00, there were no adults seen in, or near, the nest. No activity was observed within the nest.

07/07/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 7:00, both ospreys were at the nest, one in the nest and the other a couple branches lower, but close. I'm not sure if there were two "nest invaders-one here and the other at the Lakers", but the situation was the same, i.e., an osprey invaded the nest/osprey, and then went airborne and flew around, making lots of "noise" and diving in toward the nest, again, for about 30 mins. I have never seen this behavior, at this time of the season. It is also of note that there has been a young osprey in a dead tree in my backyard, for about a week, with a schedule of sitting on a branch from 6:30-7:30 A.M. for a couple hours, then leaving -- and coming back in the afternoon to the same branch and staying until dark. One day, there was another osprey, with a fish, who perched on a branch just below where the other one was, and ate the fish. It was not shared, and the higher osprey didn't "go after" the fish-eating osprey. It could not be determined if there are nestlings in the Lakers' nest, or the Riverkids 'nest.

07/03/2014 by Rivergirl
About 7:30 this morning, there was an adult perched at the nest, with the same behavior at 6/30. No activity could be observed, except that of the adult.

06/30/2014 by Rivergirl
One of the adults was at the nest, perched on the rim, and spending time looking down into the nest -- observation time was 2X10 min. each. I wonder if there are hatchlings?. . . .

06/27/2014 by Rivergirl
Both adults were at the nest, one just above it and the other on a lower branch. No activity noticed.

06/23/2014 by Rivergirl
Same behavior as 6/20, at about the same time of the morning. No preening, but both were checking out the nest.

06/20/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, about 7:30, both adults were at the nest, on branches slightly above the nest. Both were preening and enjoying each other and looking into the nest.

06/18/2014 by Rivergirl
Today, about 6:30 A.M., both parents were near the nest, on branches just below it. Each one had a fish and was eating. No activity was seen within the nest - however, it is deep and I can't get very close. . . .

06/15/2014 by Rivergirl
Both ospreys were at the nest this morning, about 10:00. One was eating a fish, the male, I think. The mother, I think it was her, was standing in the nest.

06/12/2014 by Rivergirl
It appears that extra material has been added to the nest. Neither osprey was at the nest. I'll go a bit later next time and hope to see at least one of the adults. . . .

06/08/2014 by Rivergirl
At 9:20 this morning, there were no adults at the nest, and no activity seen within the nest.

06/04/2014 by Rivergirl
This morning, both adults were at the nest. The female was eating a fish, on a branch. The male was one branch down, off to the left of the female. No nest activity was observed.

06/02/2014 by Rivergirl
Today, there were no ospreys at the nest (9:15, 9:35). No activity seen in the nest.

05/30/2014 by Rivergirl
My computer has been out for a week -- I have been watching this nest and one of the ospreys was at the edge of the nest, looking inside. Perhaps there are hatchlings!

05/19/2014 by Rivergirl
Today, I talked with a resident who observes these ospreys. She has seen activity, and I saw some, too, today -- both parents were in the nest, so this may be hatchling time!

05/16/2014 by Rivergirl
Clutch hatching has not occurred - mama was sitting very quietly in the nest (incubation).

05/11/2014 by Rivergirl
I thought I typed all the information in, a few min. ago, but it hasn't shown up yet. What I thought were "hatchlings" on 5/2 was mama sitting on the eggs, and papa sitting on a branch. Today, I could see it was mama's head I had mistaken for a "hatchling" - I apologize for my first year of Watch, and not having big binoculars for viewing the ospreys.

05/07/2014 by Rivergirl
I obviously didn't get the incubation info correct! I saw one hatchling, for the second time, again today. Neither adult was at the nest.

05/02/2014 by Rivergirl
This is my first year of osprey-watch - I think I saw a nestling raise its head! Mama was on a branch, just below/beside the nest.

04/30/2014 by Rivergirl
The mama is incubating, I think.

04/25/2014 by Rivergirl
Today, the mom was not laying down in the nest, but was at the edge of it, standing and looking in the nest. Maybe there are nestlings - we'll see!

04/21/2014 by Rivergirl
Today, mama is sitting on the eggs, and papa flew to the nest, with fish in his claws, and landed -- to feed mama!

04/17/2014 by Rivergirl
Today, at 9:30, the female appeared to be incubating eggs. The male was feeding her. I had binoculars, but am not quite sure if the eggs are being laid, or incubated. Incubated is my guess, based on the info about incubation.

04/12/2014 by Rivergirl
At 5:00 P.M., the nest was empty, but it looks great! I think the tree may be live; we'll see. . .

04/07/2014 by Rivergirl
This has been an active nest for 5-7 yrs.; but not last year, I don't think . . . Nest building began March 31st this year. I walk and see the nest several times a week - progress is being made!