Nest #518

Nickname: PA Courthouse nest/ inactive
Nest substrate: communications tower
Nest Location Description: Large nest, about three years old. I know it has been active since 2009.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 36.74981
Longitude: -76.05247
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2016 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by stevej
Adult arrival 03/03/2012 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 03/23/2012
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed by human

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/29/2016 by stevej
No activity this year as of yet. Will continue to watch.

03/23/2012 by stevej
SAD to report that nest #518 was apparently taken down today by tower workers. The pair had not started sitting but the nest has been active for four (4) years now since 2009. TOO BAD!!!!!! I'm not a happy camper.

03/20/2012 by stevej
8AM,Foggy and 56 degrees. Both Mama and Papa were sitting on the tower next to the nest. Seems like Mama is a drama queen. A pair of Crows came to the nest tower and perched on a deck below the nest. Mama didn't like that and flew over and perched close to them, sqalking loudly. One of the Crows jumped up and flew toward Mama and then Papa Ozzie took off chasing both crows away to a pine tree about 50 yards away.He actually flew into the pine branches during the chase and you could hear his wings flapping on the branches.Mama Harriett flew to the nest and Papa Ozzie also returned to the nest and immediately mated again. OF NOTICE, it seems when there has been a disruption by intruders, mating always occurs soon afterwards?? Don't know if that is a characteristic of Osprey or not?? But I have observed it when their space was intruded by Hawks,Vultures,Balded Eagle and Osprey #3 approached.

03/19/2012 by stevej
Today,70degrees and mostly sunny. Arrived about 3PM to see both Osprey on tower next to nest. Soon they left and returned with fish an ate in the nest.

03/18/2012 by stevej
Today, 64degrees and partly cloudy. Arrived @ 3:45PM to find both Mama and Papa feeding on tower next to nest.Soon they were back in the nest when Mr Osprey #3 arrived. There was a lot of noise and Papa Ozzie took off after #3 and chased him away. Later Papa returned and continued raising the sidewalls of the nest.( see the last four (4) pictures)

03/16/2012 by stevej
Things seem calm at the nest today. Papa Ozzie was eating a fish on the other tower and Mama Harriett was preening and rearranging twigs in the nest. I did notice that Mama Harriett was sitting in the nest more today. During a hour and half period, she left the nest only twice and that was for a short time, maybe only five (5) minutes at a time. When she returned she did not bring food or twigs with her.Papa Ozzie was eating the whole time I was there,

03/15/2012 by stevej
The male appeared first on 3/03/2012. He began working on the nest.(adding sprigs) The female was there the next day. They have been mating several times every day since then. Today the male flew off and returned in about twelve (12) minutes with two (2 fish, one he dropped in the nest and the other one he ate while perched on one of the antenna bars.(see picture). The female ate in the nest. The fish in the picture is about a pound to pound and a half.Both have been working on raising the sides of the nest.