Nest #6001

Nickname: 662
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Bluewater Court
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5657633319592
Longitude: -75.0969403341924
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by Delaware Osprey Watch
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
2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/26/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2016 Nest failure 06/03/2016
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure adult abandonment
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/05/2017 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/28/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/06/2017
Incubation initiation 04/22/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/02/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/22/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/06/2018
Incubation initiation 04/08/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/20/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/17/2015 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/23/2015
Incubation initiation 04/16/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/25/2015 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/23/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/19/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2014
Incubation initiation 04/20/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/21/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/30/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/16/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/06/2019 Nest failure 05/15/2019
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/21/2019 by baygirl
one adult still at nest site

06/30/2019 by baygirl
pair still hanging out at the nest, eating good and watching the ospreys at the nearby channel marker nest raise 2 young

05/30/2019 by baygirl
pair copulating today at nest

05/28/2019 by baygirl
pair remains at nest

05/16/2019 by baygirl
since i do not approach nests I can not say for certain but I believe the heavy rain killed the newly hatched chicks.

05/15/2019 by baygirl
both up on nest today fending off another osprey interloper. then one on post and one looking into nest, fussing down into nest for just a second then up again, flew off nest then back and again standing on nest rim. it appears nesting has failed

05/14/2019 by baygirl
observed both osprey up on nest then one on nest rim and one on appears the nesting may have failed following 3 days of heavy rain. at time it appears no osprey is on the nest...will wait to confirm

05/13/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest in rainy morning, second on pole with fish, expect to see feeding very soon

03/31/2019 by baygirl
lots of coming and going and fish eating

03/25/2019 by baygirl
both at nest today

03/17/2019 by baygirl
a pair happy on the nest all day yesterday but this morning a third osprey has been battling them hard and so it goes again this season, 3 nest sites just too close together, takes awhile for the dust to settle.

03/16/2019 by baygirl
one osprey at nest since 3-14-19

03/11/2019 by baygirl
one osprey preening on the platform T perch today but did not stay very long, perhaps an hour..? Next door platform also had an osprey preening. SW winds bringing more osprey to the colony.

09/18/2018 by baygirl
one adult male on nest today

09/06/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile crying for fish on nest between 7-8 am

08/18/2018 by baygirl
2 juveniles and both adults at the nest area today, i also think there may be young visitors here often as this female is very agreeable to juveniles unlike some other adult females...

08/03/2018 by baygirl
both adult and 3 fledglings still at the nest regularly with one fledge enjoying a new mound of marsh grass and mussels that broke off the marsh and is perchable at low tide.the fledge sits on the mound to eat. the adult female at this nest allows other fledglings to visit so hard to know which birds are on the nest at any given time.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
one on pole with fish one in nest with fish but could not see if adults or young

07/21/2018 by baygirl
8 am this morning the adult male was on his favorite satellite perch at the waters edge , with all 3 fledglings on the nest and mom on the platform t perch when one chick took off and did some flybys of the nest and then a series of practice "dives" into the water as if to show off for the family. the fledgling didn't get very deep, just sort of dropped into the water and got its wings wet and then powered up out of the water and over to try to land on dads oerch but dad wouldnt budge so back to the water it went, dropping in again. then eventually it flew back to the nest scattering the other chicks and shaking the water off on all of them. so fun to watch the fledglings learn to be osprey.

07/04/2018 by baygirl
one chick wingersizing this morning with mom and siblings watching

06/17/2018 by baygirl
Female in nest feeding 3 large chicks, male staring into the water from his satellite perch

06/03/2018 by baygirl
still have not seen chick heads but seeing consistent feeding behavior

05/21/2018 by baygirl
chick feeding clearly seen today with both busy at the nest as i observed from my boat

05/20/2018 by baygirl
finally today the pair seemed busy at the nest and the female was not very deep in the nest, but I still cant say 100% that there are chicks because I did not clearly see feeding..perhaps tomr!

05/12/2018 by baygirl
0ne inc one on the pole with fish

05/08/2018 by baygirl
incubating without any problems from the increasing number of late arrivals on the creek

04/10/2018 by baygirl

04/09/2018 by baygirl
one osprey consistently low in the nest past 2 days. early this morning I watched the female fly in from the back treeline and replaced the male on the nest. she took a few minutes to just stand at the nest and then she gently rocked down into the nest bowl.

04/07/2018 by baygirl
female has been digging in the nest a lot, sometimes laying down, but I do not think she is on eggs yet but expecting it very soon. The platform is leaning, and not in my viewing favor. Once I get out on the water I can closely observe this next as well as 663 just next door

03/24/2018 by baygirl
The pair is definitely home at this platform. I have been watching them from my home and they are eating fish at the favorite guard pole and fixing the nest. There is now pairs all around them too except for a single osprey at 663 right next door.

03/22/2018 by baygirl
Still 2 osprey on the platform but coming and going to the next door platform today...I am pretty sure they are home on this nest but will watch another day.

03/19/2018 by baygirl
2 osprey spending most of today on nesting platform..however they seem to be traveling between this site and 663 next door as happens every season till more birds arrive.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: the last adult male sighting was9-3-17. the juvenile hung out for a few more days and was bringing in his own fish and spending time in the far snag where his parents liked to perch.

06/21/2017 by baygirl
The first day I could confirm hatchlings was June 2nd but most likely this date is late. It is very hard to see behind the T-perch on the platform unless I take a boat or kayak very close to the nest. I am seeing normal behavior at the nest with the male coming with fish and the female dipping her head down into the nest material. I hope to get a chick count soon.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
hatchlings due any day now, normal activity at the nest, no interlopers in the back pines harassing this far

04/10/2017 by baygirl
both birds at the nest most of the time with one on the post and one on the t perch, at sunset both back to the nest. it appears they are doing very well now, no harassing from other osprey.

04/06/2017 by baygirl
I had to be patient to call this nest pair arrival. Has been so much squabbling over air space and nest hopping that I was not certain how it would shake down. Now there are pairs on all the platforms in the colony for past 2 days with no fighting so I think they sorted it out. We still have a platform available at Bethany marina but it may go unused as it was empty in 2016.

04/04/2017 by baygirl
the pair from 663, next door, still using both nest sites.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
too much confusion between this nest, 663 and 174 to say if an actual bonded pair is on this nest. I think if there is an osprey that belongs to this nest it is being driven off by the pairs at 663 and 174. stay tuned, just the same issue every year now that a homeowner placed nest 174 too close to this nest site.

03/24/2017 by baygirl
At 6:20 pm I see one osprey on this nest and one on nearby CM9 (#6232). Earlier today the osprey from CM 9 was visiting the other close nests in this are but now since I see one on CM9 and this osprey on 662 I can assume a new bird has just arrived today..nice south winds should bring more osprey in next few days

09/13/2016 by baygirl
This was the last day I saw both adults at the nest site. They remained throughout the season just as they did in 2015 even though they were not successful in nesting. I sure hope they can get some peace in 2017 and raise a chick or 2.

06/03/2016 by baygirl
Just before sunset I confirmed the pair had abandoned the nest. I believe they are in a snag at the closest tree line but not certain because there are a number of birds hanging out in that area. They are no longer on the nest, were not on it all day today. I suspect too much disturbance from the marauding sub adult osprey hanging out in the trees. I did see this pair squabbling around the territory of their nest. Many times I witnessed a third bird flying at the nest and causing the incubating osprey to fly off in defense. This pair abandoned their nest in 2015 also. They are not much closer to the tree line than the 2 other platforms along the same marsh area but for some reason they get more challenge for their nest than the other nesting pairs. Too bad because in earlier 2 seasons they fledged 3.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
Well...I am not sure what is happening in this nest. Its always a bit harder for me to see from my home so I need to travel or boat over to check on it. They are apparently still incubating and made it through the past weekend of relentless rain. I saw the one adult up on the nest a bit more today and so its possible there are chicks but I will wait to confirm as I didnt witness the second osprey actually take fish to the nest. I did see it eating on the favorite perch nearby. And with the prior periods of disturbance with no birds on the nest at all for what seemed like long periods of time...there may not be any chicks to hatch. Stay tuned.

05/22/2016 by baygirl
Incubating through the ridiculous rain storms.

05/20/2016 by baygirl
Incubating and bringing fish to eat on the satellite perch.

05/18/2016 by baygirl
Yes they are definitely incubating!

05/16/2016 by baygirl
Ok I clearly watched this pair switch incubating duties today. Could I have been wrong about the first incubating date? or could they be re-nesting this quickly? I thought research points to a 3 week window before a pair will re-nest.

05/15/2016 by baygirl
Hmmm. It looks like one bird is perched on the attached T perch and one is deep in the nest..perhaps incubating. I have no idea what is really happening at this point.

05/13/2016 by baygirl
I have been watching this pair and have seen no signs of incubating.

05/02/2016 by baygirl
Sad to say but yet again this pair is off their eggs. This happened last season also. I believe the problem is the stray ospreys and sub adults that hang out in the tree line directly behind this nest. This season there is a new snag nest very close by that doesn't have any birds incubating or even a pair on it. But I see them flying around and dive bombing this nesting pair. Doubt they can r-enest at this late date. Better that they do not try.

04/24/2016 by baygirl
Finally settled down onto eggs! There is a new snag a few hundred feet into the back marsh of White's Creek Toll Bros. community so perhaps that new pair( sub adult?) is no longer feeling the need to harass this pair.

04/23/2016 by baygirl
This pair was not productive during the 2015 season when a new platform was constructed close by and again this year the pair isn't settling in due to marauding birds who dive bomb the nest regularly.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
This pair may be under pressure from the sub adults who have arrived and hang out in a nearby tree line. I do see this pair copulating and bringing fish and because of the angle of the platform it is hard to see if they are incubating but it should be any day now!

03/29/2016 by baygirl
Of the 3 platforms in this marsh area, #6001 is the southern most nest site and close to the waters edge. It has 2 T perches and 2 old tree trunks (used as "guard posts") jutting up from the marsh near the platform.