Nest #6009

Nickname: 663
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Bluewater Ct./Seaside Dr
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5671665162803
Longitude: -75.0973975767212
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 03/25/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/26/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/01/2016
Incubation initiation 04/22/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/01/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/21/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/25/2017
Incubation initiation 04/21/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/28/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2018 Nest failure 06/24/2018
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure eggs not viable
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/18/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/30/2015 Nest failure 06/18/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure interloping osprey
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/03/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/29/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/12/2014
Incubation initiation 04/25/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/06/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/10/2013
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 03/23/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/17/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

04/14/2019 by baygirl
observed copulation this morning

03/31/2019 by baygirl
they seem to be settled, much more than in past seasons so hope they do well this year

03/25/2019 by baygirl
one on guard post and one in nest today

03/23/2019 by baygirl
finally can confirm the second bird at nest site. sure hope this pair can have young this season, they have had a tough time past few years. they seem to be harassed by other osprey, most likely sub adults that arrive in April and hang in the nearby tree line

03/22/2019 by baygirl
still just one

03/19/2019 by baygirl
one osprey on the nest for a long time today.

09/07/2018 by baygirl
one adult still spending time on the nest

08/18/2018 by baygirl
at least one adult still at the nest daily, I believe both are here as the female would be the one on the nest every morning and the male likes the satellite perch, they watch all the other pairs in the colony and usually stay pretty late in the season.

08/03/2018 by baygirl
adult female still enjoying her nest and the adult male loves his satellite perch in the marsh.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
both adults very much present at the nest

07/20/2018 by baygirl
adult pair still at the nest off and on each day, today the female sat on the nest most of the day, i assume watching all the newly fledged babies from the many nests nearby. its getting very busy in the sky over White Creek and there is a chorus of ospreys singing.But good to see these 2 adults still in attendance at this easily accessible nest just in case USFW needs a foster nest and parents.

06/25/2018 by baygirl
This pair incubated eggs for 2 months and finally yesterday they got off the eggs. They have been standing on the nest and then flying over to the trees where they always spend their late season free time. At dusk one adult returned to the nest rim and was standing there watching some interlopers make their rounds before night time. I can not prove the eggs were not viable but I can see this nest from my house and have watched them numerous times every day for 2 months. They were incubating and switching duties up until yesterday!

06/24/2018 by baygirl
today the male was on the nearby pole eating a fish and the female was standing in the nest, possible nest fail....should US F&W need a foster nest I think this may be a good candidate.

06/18/2018 by baygirl
I believe the eggs at this nest are not viable. The female continues to incubate way past 43 days and in fact she rarely gets off the eggs. I have not seen adults switch duties but they must. One is always very deep in the nest. This pair would make good foster parents if we need them.

06/07/2018 by baygirl
seeing more activity between the 2 adults at the nest today, may have a hatchling

06/03/2018 by baygirl
still appear to be incubating

05/21/2018 by baygirl
one clearly incubating with one on the pole today as i passed in my boat.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
continuing to incubate in days of heavy rain

05/08/2018 by baygirl
incubating seems to be uninterrupted from the increasing number of late arriving osprey along this area of the creek, there is a treeline behind this colony and it attracts interlopers that do cause some trouble

04/28/2018 by baygirl
confirmed incubation behavior today from boat

04/25/2018 by baygirl
I was certain the pair was incubating but as usual the past few days they have been off and on the nest, sometimes one is very deep in the nest for hours but then they are copulating...so I will observe for a few more days. There are still interlopers causing trouble too, sometimes landing on the nest.

04/22/2018 by baygirl
both at nest at 8:00, 12:15and at 5:30 today with one appearing to be very deep in the nest and the second standing on rim of nest. But at 6:30 pm it didnt appear either was on the nest. it may be one is very deep and the perch on the side of the platform is obscuring my view. i will be patient and hope to confirm incubation soon.. I do not like to see one nesting pair far behind the others in the colony as it can put stress on the younger chicks should an older chick from another nest decide to nest hop here and never return "home"..

04/20/2018 by baygirl
no signs of settling on eggs. the pair sits together on the nest often and i see copulating.

04/17/2018 by baygirl
just like in past seasons this nest pair gets many interlopers and today was no exception. I hope they can settle in soon. Both were on the nest often but no incubation thus far.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
both up on the nest often today

04/15/2018 by baygirl
lots of fussing deep in the nest this morning with both on the nest. i expect incubation very soon.

04/10/2018 by baygirl
saw copulating just before sunset

04/07/2018 by baygirl
possibly this pair is incubating, I can not see with the slant of the nest, Will be able to see better in few days with my boat in the water, however I do see some interlopers harassing this pair just as in years past.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
A rogue osprey was trying to land on the females back today with her mate right next to her but the rogue flew off without causing too much fuss.

03/25/2018 by baygirl
both of the adults on nest at 7:30 ths morning along with all pairs on nearby platforms of this osprey colony. 41, sunny crisp day, Winds N 16mph

03/24/2018 by baygirl
Still just one at this platform as confirmed at sunset today when all other pairs in this area were on their nests.

03/18/2018 by baygirl
one osprey on this nesting platform off and on today.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: as in years past other juveniles visited this nest but the 2 native youngsters seemed to do very well and rarely did I see them crying for fish. the adult female was last seen on 8-20-17 and the adult male was not seen after 9-8-17, guess his babes were gone and he wasn't needed any longer. adult male osprey are truly amazing in the care they provide for the juveniles once the mother is gone. they watch over them they don't coddle but they remain just in case a fish is needed!

06/24/2017 by baygirl
I have been seeing 2 chicks but I reserve the right to change this number, there certainly could be a 3rd in that super dense nest.

06/21/2017 by baygirl
My first glimpse of a chicks was 6/18/17. This nest is hard to count chicks unless I maneuver my boat of kayak close to the nest. I will wait until I can see heads from my house using my scope before I get closer. For now I see normal behavior with the male bringing plenty of fish and the female on the nest feeding.

05/28/2017 by baygirl
probable hatchling by behavior observed

05/25/2017 by baygirl
incubating activity continues, male spends most of his time on the nearby 2X4. hatchlings due soon

04/24/2017 by baygirl
except for no osprey at BM3 platform we now have a full house of incubating pairs in the "colony" - took them a little while to settle down. this is why platforms placed too close can be a hazard to the osprey. people want their own personal nest in their eye line to watch the birds no matter if it hurts the ospreys nesting.

04/18/2017 by baygirl
I thought I saw incubating this morning but later both were up high in the nest. maybe tomorrow?

04/02/2017 by baygirl
this pair seems to be hopping from this nest to 662 just next door. there are 3 nest sites very close to one another and I see much territorial disputes.

03/25/2017 by baygirl
Strong south winds brought in a high number of osprey the past 2 days. this nest had an osprey off and on but today I can confirm 2 osprey at this nest.

03/24/2017 by baygirl
Brief visitor on this nest today, same bird visited 2 nearby nests also.I believe the osprey actually belongs to CM9, (#6232) or 121IB

09/11/2016 by baygirl
This sad day...9-11. Last day I see the adult male enjoying his satellite perch. Last day I saw a female at the nest was 8-27-16 when the fledgling was eating on the nest as the adult female sat on the satellite perch and dried her wings. At least one fledgling remained until 9-1-16.

07/26/2016 by baygirl
One chick has fledged and most likely second has as well since today just one was on nest and that one was up on perch. Usually they will sit on the high nest perch at or just after fledging time.This nest site is part of the pair of nests we call "the Sixes".Sadly just this pair has been productive the past 2 seasons. The next door nest gets more harassment from sub adult osprey that hang in the nearby tree line. Its simply fate. One platform seems the same as the other....

06/01/2016 by baygirl
Ok, finally I saw one osprey bring a fish and the second was eating and feeding chicks! I have been waiting because this pair is one I can watch from my home and over the years they have always done well with 3 chicks the norm. They seemed to take longer to settle this year due to the extra ospreys in such close proximity. I hope they thrive!

05/22/2016 by baygirl
I do watch this pair daily and nothing remarkable happens-thus far- and they continue to switch incubating duties and spend time eating fish on their new satellite.

05/08/2016 by baygirl
While this pairs next door neighbors have been flushed off their eggs, this pair continues to quietly incubate, just like last year. Nothing seems to bother them. During the winter I placed a 2x4 perch pole in the marsh about 15 ft from the platform and the male loves it. He spends many hours each day eating his fish on the new pole.

04/23/2016 by baygirl
Oh boy, this is a tough time for this pair. They were incubating all day yesterday and this morning both were off the nest and sitting on their perches for over 10 minutes. I saw another osprey harassing all 3 platforms in this marsh area. I hope the eggs are viable with their continued disturbance.

04/22/2016 by baygirl
As of 4-21-16 I believe this pair is no longer incubating as they are both spending time once again perched off nest material. There seems to be continued scuffling amongst the ospreys in this platform grouping along the marsh, with in coming sub adults hanging out in the nearby tree line making things very unsettled for all the osprey in this colony.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
I have patiently waited to see signs of incubating and finally this morning I saw the white head just above the nest material and it has remained for a few hours! Mate has been on the platform perch guarding as this platform is amongst a group of close nest sites with some interlopers harassing regularly.

04/06/2016 by baygirl
Osprey pair has been building up nest material, copulating and fishing. occasional visitors from nearby nests cause some chasing but in general this pair seems very settled and especially enjoying a 2x4 perch that was placed about 15 ft away from platform. one bird now uses new pole as a guard perch.

03/29/2016 by baygirl
There are 3 platforms in close proximity. #6009 is the northern most marsh platform close to the creek. It has one T perch. Behind #6009 further back (west) in the marsh and along the gut is a V shaped platform #6033. South of #6009 is a 2nd platform also along the creek but it has 2 T perches=#6001. These platforms along with channel marker 9 and BM3 platforms make up an osprey community of somewhat sociable birds.