Nest #5968

Nickname: DOHA01
Nest substrate: Utility Pole
Nest Location Description: Old Dover High School (1 Pat Lynn Drive, Dover, DE) stadium on top of the northeast stadium light pole. Nest was active in 2013 and 2014, but not before then. Monitoring began in 2015.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 39.178531583503
Longitude: -75.5407251312828
Followers: 6

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2016 2015

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by Delaware Osprey Watch
Adult arrival 03/22/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2015
Egg laying 04/26/2015 Chicks last observed 07/31/2015
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/21/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by greenjay
Adult arrival 03/11/2016 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
2016 Nest Activity Report by Mike V.
Adult arrival 03/13/2016 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/09/2016
Egg laying 04/17/2016 Chicks last observed 08/25/2016
Incubation initiation 04/17/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/17/2016 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by Mike V.
Adult arrival 03/26/2017 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/10/2017
Egg laying 04/18/2017 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/18/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/18/2017 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/12/2017 by Mike V.
1500 hrs: One individual in the nest and two days ago same thing but with constant chirping from the one in the nest.

07/25/2017 by Mike V.
2000 hrs: nest is still occupied, but adults and fledgling are away from the nest most of the day. They return in the evening just before dark.

07/14/2017 by Mike V.
0545 hrs: all three ospreys were out of the nest early in the morning and flying in fairly close proximity to the nest. The new fledgling appears to be refining his or her flying techniques with the adults close by.

07/13/2017 by Mike V.
1700 hrs: Nest is empty, the three must be out and about all day because none were observed in the nest at 0715 hrs.

07/12/2017 by Mike V.
1730 hrs: No doubt about it, the two adults were soaring high in the vicinity of the nest and the lone fledgling was trying to keep up.

07/10/2017 by Mike V.
2000 hrs: Nest is empty and presumably the chick has fledged.

07/09/2017 by Mike V.
July 6, 2017 2000 hrs: I observed the female in the nest while the male was flying high above the nest with a fish in his talons and he was chasing two other osprey adults; he held the fish so that it did not interfere with his flight when he dove low at one of the other adults; the lone juvenile popped up during this event and the female in the nest was vocalizing; the juvenile has been flapping its wings and trying to hover above the nest.

07/04/2017 by Mike V.
Looks like only one chick in the nest this year; last week I observed this chick on the edge of the nest stretching and flapping its wings but not becoming airborne.

06/09/2017 by Mike V.
1650 hrs: male and female high in the nest feeding with one chick visible.

05/18/2017 by Mike V.
1932 hrs: egg(s) apparently have hatched, both adults were high in the nest bowl making frequent bobs up and down as if feeding a chick or chicks.

05/15/2017 by Mike V.
1800 hrs: male on opposite light post feeding on a very large fish, dropped remains off at the nest where the female was very low in the nest as if still incubating eggs. No evidence of feeding chicks yet.

04/28/2017 by Mike V.
On or about April 18, 2017, activity of adults along the sides of the nest ceased and now one adult is low in the bowl (barely visible) incubating the egg(s). Male is frequently observed in the early morning (0730 hrs) perched on the light post opposite the nest. This evening (1815 hrs) I observed an adult pop up in the nest with its head down and moving as if turning the eggs.

04/13/2017 by Mike V.
Apparently no eggs yet; both adults are away from the nest for long periods; sometimes they return with twigs and the male still frequently perches on the light post opposite of the nest and feeds on a fish from Silver Lake.

04/02/2017 by Mike V.
0730 hrs: nest building continues with both adults bringing new twigs to the nest; one adult was observed swooping to the ground on the adjacent baseball field and picking up a clump of dead grass; other trips back to the nest included what looked like leaf litter.

03/27/2017 by Mike V.
1700 hrs: numerous twigs/branches sticking out of nest, the pair has been quite busy the last 24 hours; female in nest chirping while male was perched on the opposite light pole feeding on a fish; I noticed this behavior frequently last year where the male would feed close to but away from the nest and eventually deliver the half-eaten fish to the nest to the female and chicks when they were present.

03/27/2017 by Mike V.
2017 will mark the fifth year in a row that this nest has been in existence and active. Based on firsthand observation (frequent spring visits to the old Dover High School stadium [2007-2013]), prior to 2013, there was no nest at this location. And although the nest was not officially monitored in 2013 and 2014, a pair was active both years, but no data was collected.

03/26/2017 by Mike V.
1445 hrs: one adult in the nest chirping/vocalizing; a short time later two adults were sighted in the nest.

03/24/2017 by Mike V.
1745 hrs: one adult observed high in the nest; nest appears to have shrunk or settled since last season and is not as built up as previous years.

03/23/2017 by Mike V.
0730 hrs: adult observed perched on light post but not on or in nest.

03/15/2017 by greenjay
Nest appears to have been destroyed.

08/25/2016 by Mike V.
Left town for a western wildland fire assignment in Idaho and upon my return to Dover (09/11/2016) there was no longer any osprey activity in or around the nest.

07/09/2016 by Mike V.
1800 to 1830 hrs; juveniles are now taking flights away from the nest with the encouragement of the adults; looks like all three offspring have successfully fledged.

07/08/2016 by Mike V.
1645 to 1730 hrs; male perched on light post several feet from nest; all three juveniles look healthy and almost ready to fledge; each was observed stretching/flapping its wings while perched on the nest bowl edge; each was also observed jumping up and hovering two to five feet above the nest for several seconds and then landing back on the nest bowl edge.

06/20/2016 by Mike V.
2015 to 2045 hrs; one adult in the nest picking apart a fish; all three apparently healthy chicks also observed in the nest.

06/05/2016 by Mike V.
1700 to 1830 hrs; male was observed alone high in the nest and flew off for four minutes leaving the nest unattended and one chick popped its head up; he came back and shortly thereafter the female returned and the male flew off; a second chick was visible and both were stretching their wings; a short while later a third chick popped up and all three were clearly visible with the female high in the nest on the north end; male came back with a huge fish (2/3 the length of his body) and landed on the opposite light pole; female chirped the whole time; male fed for 32 minutes before flying over to the nest with the remaining fish and both fed the chicks; while he was feeding alone, a third osprey flew directly over the male but then left the area.

05/25/2016 by Mike V.
1700 to 1915 hrs; female was observed high in the nest on the west side, occasionally with wings outstretched as if shading the chick(s); male returned with a fish and the female fed the chick(s) for over a half hour; male flew off and eventually came back with another fish but landed on the opposite light pole and ate the fish; the female eventually settled down into the nest bowl as the sun dropped lower on the horizon.

05/24/2016 by Mike V.
1640 to 1710 hrs; both adults in the nest; one high in bole and on edge of nest feeding on a fish; the other lower in the nest bowl bobbing up and down feeding chick(s); the adult feeding on the fish on the nest edge eventually flew off to the top of the opposite stadium light pole and just continued eating the fish.

05/17/2016 by Mike V.
1700 to 1800 hrs; both adults were on the nest tails up, heads bobbing indicating that both were feeding a chick or chicks in the nest.

04/24/2016 by Mike V.
1600 to 1730 hrs; always now one adult low in the nest; during the observation period they switched positions-one low in the nest and other out away from the nest; although for a time one adult was observed circling high above the nest; prior to switching positions, the adult low in the nest briefly flew out of the nest, defficated while in flight, and returned to the nest immediately.

04/17/2016 by Mike V.
1600 to 1730 hrs; one adult low in the nest got up briefly with its head down and rump up moving a bit for about one minute then back down low in the nest until the end of the observation period leading me to believe there are now eggs in the nest.

04/10/2016 by Mike V.
1100 to 1200 hrs; both adults high in the nest initally feeding on fish; one flew off and came back some time later with another fish; both were observed high in the nest feeding.

04/03/2016 by Mike V.
1200 to 1300 hrs; neither of the pair in the nest; at 1400 hrs both were observed perched high in the nest.

03/27/2016 by Mike V.
1830 hrs; an abundance of new twigs/branches for the nest; both adults observed in nest; one flew off to the south and chased a pair of bald eagles (that were flying close together) to the west and a few minutes later came back to the nest.

03/26/2016 by greenjay
Female on nest while male sat on closer light post. Added picture of female on nest.

03/25/2016 by greenjay
One adult on nest today.

03/21/2016 by greenjay
Pair together on nest.

03/15/2016 by Mike V.
Drama today at 1840 hrs; both ospreys were chasing a bald eagle in the vicinity of the osprey nest; the three flew low over my front yard on Terry Circle and up over my house. Earlier (1805 hrs) a third osprey was observed again in the vicinity of the nest but eventually flew off and left the pair alone. One of the pair had a fish in its talons.

03/13/2016 by Mike V.
Osprey pair are occupying the nest; at 1715 hrs a third osprey near the nest was chased off by one of the pair.

03/11/2016 by greenjay
First adult observed today.

03/06/2016 by Mike V.
Photos taken from ground level west of the nest location (Terry Circle).

02/14/2016 by Test