Nest #481

Nickname: Thalia
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Nesting platform is in the middle of Thurston Branch at Thalia Island.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers, Virginia Aquarium
Latitude: 36.8608963526852
Longitude: -76.1158151054383
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by Woody
Adult arrival 03/12/2012 Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/04/2012 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 06/28/2012
Clutch hatching 06/11/2012 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2013 Nest Activity Report by Woody
Adult arrival 03/12/2013 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/08/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/29/2013
Incubation initiation 04/03/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/02/2013 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Woody
Adult arrival 03/20/2014 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/08/2014 Nest failure 04/15/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed during storm
2014 Nest Activity Report by Woody
Adult arrival 03/13/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Crystal
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 05/02/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2017 Nest Activity Report by Reese
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Reese
Adult arrival 03/16/2018 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

05/19/2018 by Reese
May 17, 2018 - Two chicks just hatched - one egg

03/16/2018 by Reese
Both adults on nest March 16, 2018

07/07/2017 by Reese
July 6 2017 banded chick with purple band 08/D

04/15/2017 by Woody
It appears there may be an egg or eggs in the nest.

03/27/2017 by Woody
Observed first mating.

03/22/2017 by Woody
Male observed on nest.

03/12/2017 by Woody
First observed solitary females off and on for several days before verifying that one was nesting. One on box this date was attacked by another female and a fight ensued. I left before any bird returned to the nest.

04/15/2016 by Woody
Nest failed 4/1516. Reason unknown.

03/08/2016 by Woody
Yesterday, the beginnings of a nest appeared. Today more work had been done and the two birds appeared. there is a green cord or heavy monofilament fishing line used for nesting material.

05/02/2015 by Woody
Nest failed. Possible destruction of eggs/chicks by crows or great horned owl as per Reese Lukei.

04/27/2015 by Reese
Osprey still incubating. Egg(s) should begin hatching this week.

04/01/2015 by Woody
One bird was on the platform yesterday, apparently sitting on an egg(s). It did not move in 20 minutes. Same thing observed today.

03/17/2015 by Woody
An eagle attacked the nest, knocking one osprey off the platform. The two ospreys drove the eagle off.

03/13/2015 by Woody
There were two birds on the platform four days ago. a lone female attempted to drive them away. No ospreys were on the platform, nor any sign s os nest construction until today.

03/11/2015 by Woody
Two birds were perched on the platform this afternoon. Upon approach, they took off. Later, the male was perched on a channel marker with a fish. The female circled for awhile then left.

03/27/2014 by Reese
The male and female were mating. This male is most unusual in that he has a faint brown speckling on his chest. Normally only the female has this "necklace". See photos.

03/19/2014 by Woody
Construction of the nest started 3/17/2014. The female has arrived and was seen this afternoon.

03/14/2014 by Woody
There was a male on the platform this morning and again this afternoon.

06/05/2013 by Woody
Eggs apparently hatched after May 12. I last observed the nest that date and no chicks evident. On June 2, two chicks were seen in the nest.

03/22/2013 by Woody
Birds mated 3/1913, ~9:45 a.m.

03/16/2013 by Woody
The ospreys spent the day working on their nest.

03/12/2013 by Woody
Today it was apparent a pair of ospreys is nesting here. Both birds were around this afternoon and considerable construction of a nest had been since yesterday.

03/11/2013 by Woody
3/11/2013-A lone male was on the platform in the morning. He took off carrying a fish, hovering in mid air while calling. He returned five minutes later and alit on a nearby channel marker. Shortly, a female came on the scene and the male flew to the platform and was joined by the female. Within a few minutes, a third bird came on the scene and the two on the platform crouch down with wings spread, apparently trying to keep the other osprey off, That osprey continued on its way out of the area. The pair then took off. No ospreys were around the site later this afternoon.

03/11/2013 by Woody
02/19/2013-A lone male was on the nesting platform, taking off, circling around calling and landing back on the platform before instantly taking off again.

10/16/2012 by Woody
This is the third failure at this site in three years. In 2011, thenest was abandoned after the male disappeared. There were no hatchlings visible. In2010, the nest failled with the death of the femaile. Two fledglings were found dead in the nest from exposure.

03/14/2012 by Woody
3/14/2012-Construction of nest has begun.