Nest #4792

Nickname: Rivers Edge 3
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Platform built in James River on substrait
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.2219062323474
Longitude: -76.6578559073181
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/16/2014 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/27/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/13/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/04/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/01/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/08/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/06/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/13/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/20/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/09/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/18/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/10/2018 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
2019 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/12/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/23/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/18/2020 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/12/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/26/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/24/2020 by Rivers Edge
checked to see if osprey still in area...although not on nest some near by so will not say last observed.

07/12/2020 by Rivers Edge
Today when I first arrived near the nest, the parent and large hatchling were eating. Three kayakers came close and both parent and hatchling flew off. Fledgling is a very strong flyer and flew over head for 3-5 minutes before landing in a tree.

07/08/2020 by Rivers Edge
Finally got a great view of this nest...Chick not hiding..both parents were on the nest and the chick was eating. The parents left when they saw me but the chick kept eating and then started flapping its wings.

06/30/2020 by Rivers Edge
I have observed this nest 3 times...photo of only one chick who is getting large but I have not seen wing flapping.

06/24/2020 by Rivers Edge
I think there are 2 chicks after watching numerous times...still not able to get a good photo to confirm.

06/13/2020 by Rivers Edge
Today I got a good look at one chick. Dad sat with a fish below nest on rocks but parents are very cautious and after 20 minutes he flew away with the fish. Will continue to try to sneak up to see if more than one chick.

06/06/2020 by Rivers Edge
Today was able to see one chick fairly well after waiting a long time...I think I saw some movement on the other side of the nest so may be two chicks...need to continue to monitor.

05/31/2020 by Rivers Edge
I was about ready to give up on this nest and think it failed but I sat for about 30 minutes and suddenly a tiny little head popped up.

05/23/2020 by Rivers Edge
still not able to see any chicks...no feeding observed while there but at one point saw female carefully settling down on either chicks or eggs...suspect chicks.

05/15/2020 by Rivers Edge
Although the male brought a large fish to the female on the nest, there did not seem to be any feeding behavior. There were people in the area so perhaps that stopped the feeding. Female did not seem to be incubating at this time as sitting much higher so probably hatchlings who are too small to see.

05/03/2020 by Rivers Edge
Still obviously incubating..

04/24/2020 by Rivers Edge
Today both male and female were at the nest...the female is incubating while the male stands close by.

03/29/2020 by Rivers Edge
Today I was able to see two osprey on the nest. Foggy and observed from a distance. On the 18th I did not see a pair but now have been told by another watchers that she saw at least one before the 18th. Return date is an estimate.

03/18/2020 by Rivers Edge
This location seems to be abandoned at this time. Many osprey flying overhead.

06/30/2019 by Rivers Edge
It has been hard to observe this nest due to the river being high and only able to observe through the scope at a distance. By 6/30 two had fledged and were on the rocks near by. One other fledgling was with Mom on the nest but as boats cam by they would fly from the nest and then both would return. I did not see any feeding.

05/20/2019 by Rivers Edge
Last year during a hurricane a tree made it impossible to access the path to the river to monitor the nest. A new trail is now making the river accessible. Today I saw one, possible two chicks being fed by both parents.

03/29/2018 by Rivers Edge
Saw nest building on March 10. On March 27 both osprey were on the platform. The male flew off and sat in a near-by tree. Both brought in a few sticks to add to the nest.

07/09/2017 by Rivers Edge
Fought my way through the brush along the river to get a closer view of this nest. Two birds on nest, one obviously a hatchling. The other one immediately flew off and I never got a good view of wings to determine age but probably is an adult based on behavior. Appears to be only one chick from this nest.

06/17/2017 by Rivers Edge
Monitored yesterday...was able to walk beach to get closer to nest...confirmed one chick for sure..perhaps two

05/25/2017 by Rivers Edge
Observed from a distance that incubation had ceased on 5/18. On this date, due to four days of heavy rain, the beach along the nest was not accessible. My assumption is hatching around the 15th of May. Will continue to monitor

04/28/2017 by Rivers Edge
Lots of rain and river very high...sandy beach under water...I waded close enough to see the nest via binoculars...incubation continues with the male sitting on the rocks under the nest site.

04/09/2017 by Rivers Edge
Female is incubating eggs and male is in area and continuing to bring sticks to a completed nest.

03/20/2017 by Rivers Edge
Although seven osprey have been in the area since the first week of March and one osprey has been observed on the platform off and on since that week, it wasn't until today that I was able to get a photo of both birds on the nest. The nest was destroyed by winter storms but at this time has been mostly rebuilt. Due to light and distance, the photo is not great.

06/03/2016 by Rivers Edge
This pair is doing very well..much less accessible from the shore so not disturbed as much as nest 743. At this time there appears to be two and maybe three strong chicks in the nest.

03/18/2016 by Rivers Edge
This pair has added to their nest and both male and female are together on the nest often.

05/20/2015 by Rivers Edge
Observed female on nest shading a large chick that was well feathered and stretching its little wings. after 30 minutes another little head appeared, a much younger chick that did not stand or stretch.

04/05/2015 by Rivers Edge
This nest must be observed with a spotting scope.

06/02/2014 by Rivers Edge
I have observed this nest on two ocassions..at this time it appears unsuccessful. Today the male was sitting on the edge of the nest. He flew away when he saw me even though I was some distance. After I left he returned and sat on the nest edge. He peered into the nest, and rearranged a stick and then left. There does not seem to be a female around at this time. I will continue to monitor for her.

05/11/2014 by Rivers Edge
I have observed this nest on 4/27 when the female was incubating, and on 5/11. On 5/11 the male was sitting on the edge of the nest and the female was very low in the nest. It is difficult to observe the female from any location on land. I will monitor this nest when I do my nearby nest and hope that with my spotting scope I will be able to determine when there are chicks in the nest.