Nest #5437

Nickname: Warhill Nest
Nest substrate: Utility Pole
Nest Location Description: Warhill Sports Complex nest #1. Nest located on light pole on football field next to stadium.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.328628865179
Longitude: -76.7620354631042
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2015

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by Ltnickel
Adult arrival 04/05/2015 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
2019 Nest Activity Report by Rose
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by Rose
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/10/2020
Incubation initiation 04/16/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by Rose
Adult arrival 03/25/2021 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/12/2021
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/15/2021 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/30/2021 by Rose
No osprey seen on or near the nest today

07/12/2021 by Rose
Two chicks have fledged, seen perched on nearby structures; third chick perched on edge of nest. Neither adult seen when I briefly stopped by today.

06/25/2021 by Rose
Third chick confirmed in nest today. Both adults at nest, feeding chicks.

06/17/2021 by Rose
There are at least two chicks in the nest, climbing up to the edge of nest and looking down. Have seen two at the same time but there is a lot of activity in the nest, suspect there may be a 3rd chick that I'm not able to see from available vantage points. Female perched on edge of nest. Will check again within a week.

05/21/2021 by Rose
Female tending to apparent nestlings inside nest today. Male flying around the area and periodically stopping at nest. Unable to see little heads inside nest yet.

04/29/2021 by Rose
Female continues incubation behavior, sitting low in nest; unable to see her until male flew in with food.

04/16/2021 by Rose
Female sitting low in nest; unable to see her except for brief glimpses of the top of her head when she moves. Appears to be incubating at this point. Male flew in with food for her.

04/08/2021 by Rose
Nest has been rebuilt. Female sitting inside nest with head popping up intermittently. Male perched on nearby light fixture.

03/25/2021 by Rose
Both birds have arrived and are here today! Female perched on nest site and male eating fish on adjacent light fixture. Sticks have been added to nest in the last two days.

03/22/2021 by Rose
One bird heard calling in the area but not seen.

03/18/2021 by Rose
No sign of osprey in the area yet. Fish crows continue to perch on the remains of last year's nest.

03/12/2021 by Rose
No osprey observed today

03/08/2021 by Rose
No sign of osprey in the area yet. Two crows perched on remains of nest from last year.

08/10/2020 by Rose
Two chicks observed and photographed on nest by a Master Naturalist colleague on 08/10/20. I spent considerable time walking the area the following week and did not see any osprey chicks or adults. Last date observed 08/10/20.

07/24/2020 by Rose
Three chicks sitting on nest today without adults present. Watched for a while then all three flew to nearby light poles one after the other. The third bird was more hesitant to fly but eventually followed the other two.

07/16/2020 by Rose
One chick has fledged since I last visited, perched on nearby light pole. The other two chicks perched on nest, one flapping wings and looking over the edge and one resting. Adult male flying overhead.

07/09/2020 by Rose
Three chicks still perched on nest with one adult. One of the chicks is seriously flapping wings and making little jumps like it is ready to fledge very soon, the other two were just looking around curiously.

07/03/2020 by Rose
Finally able to confirm third chick today! Updated activity report. All 3 chicks perched on edge of nest, intermittently flapping wings, with one adult sitting down low in nest.

06/25/2020 by Rose
Two chicks sitting very low in nest, initially with no adult present. Could not see them until female flew in with food. Definitely two chicks, could possibly be a third, still difficult to tell at this point.

06/21/2020 by Rose
Only able to see the head of one bird today sitting very low in nest. Watched for a while but not a lot of activity.

06/10/2020 by Rose
Female sitting on edge of nest, continuing to tend to chick(s) in nest. Have only seen one head pop up at a time though there is a lot of movement inside of nest, making me think there is more than one chick. Will keep checking on them 1-2 times/week.

05/27/2020 by Rose
Female perched on edge of nest, reaching inside, feeding and tending to nestlings. Unable to see their heads over the top of the nest at this point but there appears to be at least two nestlings inside the nest that the mother is tending to. Male flying in the area, occasionally calling.

05/02/2020 by Rose
Female continues incubation behavior, sitting very low in nest. Male flying in area. Flew over nest and circling over nearby pond.

04/16/2020 by Rose
Checked on nest after 50 mph wind gusts earlier this week. Several sticks have blown to the ground but the nest remains intact. Watched what looked like an empty nest for 30 minutes before a bird sitting very low in nest stood up and repositioned. Second bird soaring high overhead. Incubation documented this date.

04/09/2020 by Rose
Male & female sitting next to each other in nest. Observed copulation act today. Photos added.

04/06/2020 by Rose
Male & female observed sitting on nest that they have rebuilt. The nest from last year had been completely destroyed except for a single stick on top of the pole. This pair was later to arrive to this location than the other osprey in the area. Had been checking on this nest location almost daily at the beginning of March, looking for the arrival of this pair. The last date I had checked here looking for them was March 12 so they arrived sometime after that.

05/25/2015 by Ltnickel
Parent sitting on nest

04/25/2015 by Ltnickel
Parents on nest

04/11/2015 by Ltnickel
We thought this nest was abandoned, but turns out they are just late starters!