Nest #5068

Nickname: Chickahominy Bridge
Nest substrate: bridge strut
Nest Location Description: The SW (Inge's) side of the Route 5 bridge crossing the Chick
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.2638369198695
Longitude: -76.8767033135891
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by CCB Tech
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 jude
Adult arrival 04/08/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/28/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/29/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/01/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by jude
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
2016 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/19/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/11/2016
Egg laying 03/26/2016 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/26/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/19/2017 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/05/2017
Egg laying 04/01/2017 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/01/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/19/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/21/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/21/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/05/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/09/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/17/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/21/2018
Egg laying 04/03/2019 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/03/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/06/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival 03/18/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/27/2020
Egg laying 03/30/2020 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/30/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/06/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/15/2020 by SuzanneS
I am concerned that this nest lost a fledged young osprey. I say this, because I have not seen two ospreys in this nest for over two weeks. I have seen three ospreys between this nest and the nest on the northwest side of this bridge (that nest has two 'original' fledglings), but I have not seen two in this nest and two in the other nest at the same time. I cannot be certain, though, because I know young ospreys visit other nests (I have documented this with my own photographs), so perhaps it has been doing so while I've been observing the nests. However, I observe the nests at different times of the day: early morning, mid-day, and right before nightfall, and I still haven't seen four young ospreys between the two nests.

06/29/2020 by SuzanneS
This nest had two chicks. I observed the older of the two on Friday, June 26, 2020, with nice controlled flights from nest edge to nest edge. I did not see it fly from the nest, however. When I revisited this nest Sunday morning (observed for 2.5 hours), Sunday evening (1 hour), and again today (2 hours), I did not see this young osprey anywhere.

06/13/2020 by SuzanneS
The chicks are growing well. The larger of the two is walking around the nest. The unhatched egg has been discarded. See photo update.

05/27/2020 by SuzanneS
The two chicks that have hatched are doing well. One chick is noticeably larger than the other. As of about three days ago, the female no longer incubates the third, unhatched, egg. See photo.

05/16/2020 by SuzanneS
This nest has had two chicks for a number of days now. The third egg has not hatched, yet the female continues to incubate it. This report is from my viewing the nest May 15. See photo.

05/10/2020 by SuzanneS
Two chicks in the nest today. See photo.

05/06/2020 by SuzanneS
Error in my previous report. The photos are of the female (as best I can tell) returning to nest after the male spelled her.

05/06/2020 by SuzanneS
The first chick has arrived! The photo is of the male coming to nest to spell the female.

04/14/2020 by SuzanneS
No new eggs have been laid since the third egg on April 5.

04/03/2020 by bruceg
Stopped on bike -- saw adult stand up and seeming to turn the eggs - then sitting down low.

04/01/2020 by SuzanneS
Today, April 1, 2020, I observed the second egg in this nest.

08/23/2019 by jude
fledglings still in the area but in and out of the nest. I've seen one return to the nest but it's real inconsistent.

07/10/2019 by bruceg
Two chicks on nest. One adult on nest. No second adult. Neither chick looked old enough to have fledged.

05/20/2019 by jude
Well, she wasn't still incubating...she was keeping her three chicks warm on those very cool May days. Now that it's warmed up, these chicks are out and about, sleeping a lot, messing with each other, and asking for a snack--typical siblings! They look to be about two weeks old and are absolutely wonderful.

05/10/2019 by jude
The female appears to still be incubating. Must be nearly time for some eggs to hatch!

04/08/2019 by jude
The female is sitting deep in the nest and appears to be incubating.

03/18/2019 by jude
Both adults were sitting on the nest yesterday. Their great adventure is about to begin!

03/15/2019 by jude
The female has returned! She was sighted by park staff on March 9th and I spotted her yesterday on the bridge nest.

07/22/2018 by jude
Both chicks have fledged and seem to be awkwardly gaining skill. Their landings are still very unsure and they fly far below their parents, screaming and crying for food. After a few minutes in the air, they land in the nest and continue their demands for food. Definitely fun to watch!

07/21/2018 by Herbie
The one chick fledged on 7/12/18

07/07/2018 by Herbie
There is one chick and one old egg in the nest. The chick is standing most of the time.

06/05/2018 by jude
Two chicks and one infertile egg. Chicks are very active and growing quickly. Their wings are amazingly large....what a joy to be able to observe from above.

05/15/2018 by jude
There are two chicks in the nest, the larger one obviously a couple of days older. There is also one egg that may be infertile. The mother is no longer incubating the remaining egg.

04/07/2018 by jude
She's definitely incubating, and while we were watching, the male flew in with a fish for her. They are an experienced pair and we feel really confident about this season's success.

03/24/2018 by jude
We have seen one osprey or the other from around March 12th, but on the 21st, we saw both on the nest at the same time. Looks like we'll have another good year at this nesting site.

07/05/2017 by jude
The first has fledged. Well done, Baby Osprey!

06/20/2017 by jude
Mama and her three chicks are doing beautifully. Lots of wing flapping and helicoptering. These three should fledge soon!

04/29/2017 by jude
Was thrilled to see her incubating so early in April. She is still sitting on eggs and male is always close by.

06/20/2016 by jude
Two chicks in the south nest and the female in the north nest is still incubating. This is great news.

05/08/2016 by jude
Okay, we definitely have two nests and we definitely have two incubating females. The second nest started to incubate this past week. We'll have to do a new nesting site for it.....

04/27/2016 by jude
Both nests are occupied by adults. If the second nest actually becomes active with incubation, I'll have to begin a new nest entry.

04/24/2016 by jude
Okay, now we have two nests in this one spot...one on the left side of the bridge and one on the right. The left has been incubating for nearly a month now. The nest on the right is now fully completed and two adults are sitting on or near it. No incubation occurring as yet.

04/03/2016 by jude
Today she was sitting on eggs while the male stood on the side of the nest. She is low with only her head showing. There is a second nest down the river that also had a female sitting on eggs so, although it's unusually early, I don't think she is alone in her incubating status.

04/02/2016 by jude
She still appears to be sitting on eggs. It's very early but her behavior looks as if she's incubating.

03/26/2016 by jude
She's sitting low in the nest with only her head visible. She's on eggs for sure. What an early bird she is!

03/19/2016 by jude
The nest has been refurnished and the female is sitting on it, waiting for a male? a fish? a passing stranger to compliment her décor?

05/17/2015 by jude
The nest appears damaged and abandoned. There is no osprey activity nearby.

04/22/2015 by jude
Still no activity at this nest. Although the nest appears to be in good shape, the osprey have not landed or been near it while I've been watching.

03/24/2015 by jude
No sign of activity yet. Will keep checking on this nest.

06/27/2014 by bruceg
Only one chick in nest. Adult had wings spread over chick - presume to be shading it from hot sun.