Nest #5869

Nickname: Baines Creek Simonsdale
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Simonsdale Elementary School, on Baines Creek
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 36.8267677109017
Longitude: -76.3649235554481
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2015

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by TRocknrun
Adult arrival 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

07/14/2015 by TRocknrun
Sad news to report about one of the 3 fledglings from this year's brood; the young osprey was found dead at the foot of a utility pole, on the far edge of our complex's property, near the water. After noticing strange behavior from the other 2 fledglings - as in, not being in the nest for more than a day, but rather perched atop the utility pole - I decided to walk over to the utility pole area, and with the parents circling overhead, I observed the dead young osprey (I've enclosed pictures). I, along with a Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries Warden, surmised that the youth electrocuted him/herself and fell to the ground. Rather than dispose of the body, I let the "circle of life" take its course, and after several days of heat and rain, all that remains of the carcass are feathers and talons.