Nest #6039

Nickname: Pine Needle Drive
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Pine Needle dr./Sandy Cove Rd.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5711178212406
Longitude: -75.0925404249633
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 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/14/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/06/2016
Incubation initiation 04/10/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/21/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/27/2017 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/13/2017 Nest failure 06/27/2017
Clutch hatching 05/21/2017 Reason for nest failure eggs or young killed by predator
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/31/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2018
Incubation initiation 04/15/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/05/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/01/2015
Incubation initiation 04/13/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/06/2015 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/03/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/12/2014
Incubation initiation 04/18/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/28/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/21/2013 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/15/2013 Nest failure 05/30/2013
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

10/03/2018 by baygirl
last date to see the adult male from this nest site was 9-27-18. hope he has a safe migration.

09/27/2018 by baygirl
adult male on his nest platform between 9-9:30 am and then he returned at 6 pm this evening to perch on the bushy tree near the canal where he can see the Sandy Cove adult male next door.

09/26/2018 by baygirl
adult male perched on top of one of his favorite bushy trees along the canal at sunset tonight. he may have been keeping an eye on the next door male at sandy cove who was perched on the dock and then flew up to the roof of the closest townhome where he also stayed after sunset.the two guys might be saying "i aint leaving until you do!"

09/20/2018 by baygirl
adult male at this nest every single day since 9-10-18, he is on the nest early morning and at sunset, often calling to the other nearby males that remain at their nests. he often as he did today, sits on the platform mid day. this has been his routine for over 10 days! i love knowing he is still here but i know the time is coming for him to take his leave. for now i enjoy seeing him and his buddies guarding their nests.

09/09/2018 by baygirl
heavy rain all day, flooding, winds ENE 24 mph. adult male has been here ooff and on this past week and he comes with a fish and sits on the downed snag near the nest to eat for a short while but then leaves.during rain storms i watch him perch on a branch of a partially dead tree very close to our house, he bows his head and shakes the rain from his bill. i hope he stays awhile longer because there are hurricanes approaching the east coast further south. i hate to think about all the osprey, especially the juveniles, who will get caught in the storms this season, but that is the fate of the eastern flyway

08/24/2018 by baygirl
juvenile on the platform t perch at 8 am today.

08/23/2018 by baygirl
adult female and adult male seen every day until today, just adult male and one juvnenile all day today. NNW winds at 13mph, puffy clouds and sun, nice day to migrate. sad to see her go but i felt it coming as the 2 adults have been perching and eating together with the male fixing the nest

08/18/2018 by baygirl
every day since 8-12-18 I see just the one juvenile, or at least i think its just the same one, coming to the nest off and on during the day crying for fish, adult male appears to be the only adult feeding the young one. adult female perches on the high snag to eat and ignores the juvenile. at evening time, the adult male perches with a fish on the low snag, eats the head and delivers the rest of the fish to the juvenile who then stays at the nest till just before dark and cries loudly but of course gets no more. Then he flies to the snag to join the adult female to spend the night, or so I hope as that may be safer then going to the little wood lot.today both adults are still accounted for, I am of course watching for the females departure and happy she is still here.

08/12/2018 by baygirl
tracking the 3 young..8-1-18: 3 fledglings at sunset, 8-4-18: 2 fledglings, 8-5-18: adult female feeding a fledge on nest today, later both fledge and adults, 8-6-18:sunset, one fledge cry on nest, one fledge perched on snag right under momma as she eats,8-7-18 2 fledglings, 8-8-18:one fledgling seen,8-9-18: one fledge seen, 8-10-18: one fledge seen, 8-11-18: one fledge seen, 8-12-18: one fledge seen flying to nest crying then it flew off as i pass by the nest on my boat and see a dead beheaded fledgling osprey floating in the water way!!! the bones of the bird are bare, it must have been decaying for few days...i wonder if 2 juveniles from this nest met the same fate. a great horned owl killed all 3 last season. this breaks my heart. the young from this nest like to perch in a small wooded area along the channel and years ago i would see the owl fly into this little area at nighttime.

08/03/2018 by baygirl
i watch this group all day every day and I think all 3 fledge are still here except I think one is getting its own fish as just 2 are constantly begging at the nest or at the snag tree with the third perched out on the channel sign. adult female is now also bringing in fish and when she does she feeds the fledglings!

07/24/2018 by baygirl
8:00 am all 3 fleg on the nest with one adult on nearby snag. they come and go all day but at dusk tonight all 3 on the nest together again. i am still seeing the adult female feed one or 2 chicks. i have been seeing quite a few fledglings being fed by momma.

07/22/2018 by baygirl
twice today i observed the adult female feeding 2 fledglings with the third getting a few bites..i wonder if the female just got tired of the 3 fighting over a fish. i have been seeing quite a few adult females feeding the fledgling instead of just handing over a partially eaten fish when she is done. interesting and will see how long that continues. also i like to note the amount of nights the fledglings continue to spend on the nest before they begin to spend nights in the trees with the adults. i do know they truly need the nest for about 3-4 weeks to use as a safe haven to rest and gather and beg for fish. they do learn to take their fish to a private tree perch but that is another story for another day- learning to carry a fish and perch with it on a tree without dropping it!

07/21/2018 by baygirl
I could and should write a book about this family of osprey. since I can see them so closely from my house and hear every noise they make, I am hyper aware of their lives.the evening of the 13th, just before dark i noticed one chick flapping wildly and i commented to my husband that i wished it would not do that at dusk so as to not attract the great horn owl...and then on the 14th, at 9:30 am, I noticed one chick was not on the nest. gulp, did it fledge? the adult female was eating on the nest but not feeding the 2 chicks, no adult male or 3rd chick was seen all day. i got permission to check the marsh near the nest because of my owl attack fears from last season and because i had a weird feeling something wasnt right.i could not get too close to the nest as i didnt want to flush the remaining 2 chicks from the nest but saw no signs of any ground predator in the marsh under the nest area. all day i checked the nest seeing just the female and 2 chicks and then in the evening the adults were present and showed no signs of watching a fledged chick in the vicinity which they normally do so i admit i assumed the worst that the chick had been taken by an owl. the next morning at 7 am. i was up to see if it had returned and just 2 chicks and the adults present at the nest. At 10 am i was sitting on my deck with hubby lamenting my volunteer life, why do i monitor these birds that just crush my heart when all of a sudden i see flapping in the weeds near the closest home to the dock and nest. I yelled "there it is, its in the weeds!" it appeared to be in the heavy brush of groundsel and phrag. the chick spent about 30 minutes flapping and eventually getting up onto the first low piling of the marsh dock approx 125 feet from the nest platform. it clearly was not able to fly at that point and so i contacted US FW guy i know and he said maybe try to get it and put on the nest. i knew that would never work cause the other 2 chicks would fledge too early. i called my brother who is a wildlife ecologist, wildlife chief of CO to be exact, and he talked me through all my choices and i just decided to watch it and pray no person went on that dock and flushed it back into the phargmites. it was really floundering, jumping on a low piling and then back down onto the dock, moving forward but then back again toward the weeds. it could get a bit of horizontal lift but no vertical lift. i must have kept my eyes on it for an hour. i had my hubby get my boat ready in case i needed to go rescue it should it fly low into the water or whatever harm might come to it, and finally it was able to get enough lift to fly onto a very low blunt snag. we were cheering. the adult osprey barely looked at it! and then it got even more lift and flew onto a higher snag. i knew then it was going to be ok and sure enough after some more time passed it made a short flight to a loblolly tree top and flapped onto a fluffy spindly branch for a just a few seconds and then over toward the large snag preferred by the adult male and successfully landed on a heavier branch. at 11:30 it took off for the nest and made it back with a hard landing. wow what an experience first flights are for osprey chicks and me! it stayed on the nest most of that day but since then all 3 are flying and doing very well begging for fish from mom and dad. they each have their favorite spots to perch in the trees near the nest but i notice one often sits on the low deck piling and i bet i know which one that is.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
all 3 are getting to be more active and obvious in the nest with both adults guarding the nest site by chasing herons and gulls and any other bird that ventures too close

07/04/2018 by baygirl
observed the 3 chicks get fed today, one slightly tiny chick pushed its way in and was fed the most fish this feeding. thats the way to survive and thrive.

06/27/2018 by baygirl
around 10:00 this morning I was watching the nest from my home as I had my coffee and noticed the adult female was moving some nest material around as the 3 chicks stood on the opposite side of the nest and suddenly the middle chick picked up a small branch with a tiny pine cone and moved it across the nest bopping the other 2 chicks on the head with the stick. They ducked for cover. The chick placed it on the nest rim. This is so interesting to watch such young birds learn from their parents.

06/24/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks are getting much more active and today with a light rain falling 2 were flapping the water off their wings

06/18/2018 by baygirl
The 3 chicks are getting well fed and cared for by both adults. they are getting big and active in the nest now.

06/09/2018 by baygirl
heavy rain today and with a short break in the downpour I looked out my window to see momma feeding all 3 chicks, lined up and taking turns getting bits of fish. the male was on the nearby fave snag..this is how a mature male osprey deals with heavy rain, he times his fishing perfectly.

06/07/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks all lined up and being fed by mama and watched over by papa today!!

06/05/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks visible today during feedings

06/03/2018 by baygirl
watching closely from my home and so far have seen just 2 chicks vis at feeding time. we are having a full day of heavy rain wind and fog. always concerned now with owl predation, fingers crossed this season will be safer for our favorite osprey pair

05/23/2018 by baygirl
yesterday I was sure there was at least one hatchling from the pairs behavior. the female was flying off and on the nest as the male stood on the nest rim peering into the nest, then the female would gently get into the nest bowl and fuss with something deep in the nest and had trouble getting settled back down again. i thought i saw chick feeding as she was now eating at the nest instead of taking the fish over to the dining snag. first thing this morning both osprey were on the nest together with the male watching the female feed/dip her head down deep in the nest every few bites of fish.

05/21/2018 by baygirl
the male has been spending time on the nest and the female is getting very fussy.. chicks should be here very soon

05/20/2018 by baygirl
the female has been quite fussy at the nest today, it may just be the heat, 80, but perhaps hatching is coming soon. this evening there was a new plastic bag in the nest, darn, just before chicks arrive..hope it gets buried soon.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
the pair is working together to keep the eggs incubating in heavy rain for a week now

05/08/2018 by baygirl
yesterday the nest had a plastic bag on it and a few minutes later the male somehow had both the plastic bag around both legs and the fish in his talons and then he flew around a few times trying to land on the nest but ended up landing on his fave downed dining snag. I watched him looking at the bag and suddenly he picked it off his feet! then he flew to the t perch on the nest to present the fish to his mate and took over the incubating duties.I really enjoy having such a front seat view of this pairs life.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
Quite a busy day at this nest area today,interlopers had both osprey circling the air space and the incubating female was up and down off the eggs a lot, but I am starting to think this is normal the first few days of egg laying?

04/15/2018 by baygirl
I have been enjoying watching this pair slowly bond. Lots of interaction and of course increasing amounts of copulating the past few day. Then yesterday lots of digging deep in the nest creating a nice nest bowl. I decided to watch closely at sunset and can still see the nest after dark, for just a short time, and saw the female was still in the nest with her mate up on their usual nighttime perch.So I was expecting incubation to begin today and sure enough at 8:00 this morning I observed the female laying- though not super deep in the nest, Then her mate arrived, they both got up on the edge of the nest and were just sort of looking deep into the nest and picking at sticks along the rim. Then she slowly walked into the middle of the nest and he got up on the t perch and just watched her rock down deep into the nest. WE have egg(s)!!! I have watched this behavior many times and always thrill to see how involved the male is in the process. Now at !0:00 he is up on the nest perch while she is deep in the nest. He will hover more now. 46, 100% clouds, med visibility, rain and thunderstorms expected.

04/09/2018 by baygirl
seeing much more bonded behavior now. today the pair was perched together, side by side, on the snag the prior osprey family always used.

04/07/2018 by baygirl
finally saw copulating yesterday and today. the female is now consistently at the nest, he is bringing fish and nest material. I think they have bonded now and expect egg laying soon. they are tolerating a pair of geese nesting in the usual high scruff of marsh grass just next to their platform...the prior osprey would never allow that for more than a day.

04/04/2018 by baygirl
Interesting watching what I believe to be a new pair at "my" nesting platform very close to my home. This seasons pair perches on different snags and do not seem completely bonded. I watched the male fly in with a large fish just before sunset and the female was on the nest calling softly for a fish. The male ate the fish head in the tree then flew over to the platform and ate more of the fish while perched on the tall platform t perch. He then dropped the fish into the nest, close to the edge, and flew over to the nearby pond to dip his feet. The female was looking for the fish and it seemed the fish had fallen slightly over the side where she could not get it. She walked around and was looking down where the fish dropped but did not retreive it. It became dark and she did not get to eat. I thought it was interesting that the male did not do what many do, he did not get in the nest and pass the fish directly to her. I have also seen no bonding/copulating behavior.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
I decided to date the pair arriving 3-31-18 although it had been very tough to know which pair was staying at the nest and there was definitely 2 different pairs easily identified by the females necklace. the female with the super large dark necklace is the one that is now staying in charge and being courted by her mate. as of today I have seen no territorial fighting.

03/29/2018 by baygirl
first i saw what appeared to be a bonded pair together at the nest and then the male perch on his favorite downed snag eating a fish. later the nest and area was empty of osprey although there were many soaring and chatting high in the sky all day today.i witnessed 3 osprey fighting at the platform, it looked as if the female that has been there was knocked off the nest and i did not see her until later in the day when she returned and called for fish for 2 hours.no ospreys visited her with a fish. just before sunset 2 other ospreys were fighting near the platform as she watched and then one male tried to flush her off the nest again. he sat on my neighbors roof for awhile sounding agitated and once again flew to the nest and tried to knock the female off the nest but did not. he then flew to a dense tree area presumably for the night.

03/28/2018 by baygirl
This same female remains on the nest most of each day. 2 days ago I heard her softly calling for a mate but so far he has not arrived. There are higher numbers of osprey arriving yesterday and today since the winds have shifted out of the south.At sunset tonight she was still on the platforms T perch looking out toward all the other nests in the colony. I watched her fishing earlier today and she also went to a nearby nest area to help escort the local eagle as it flew towards its nest at Bethany Forest.She was also getting nest material around 5 pm today.

03/25/2018 by baygirl
lone female with large dark necklace at nest off and on again today. i do wonder if an ospreys necklace can change in appearance from season to season... otherwise this is not the same female from 2017. And she is quiet, she is not calling for her mate which is the normal behavior I have seen from the female in years past.

03/24/2018 by baygirl
lone female at nest again today. She is not the same female from past few seasons as she has a very dark and very broad necklace. She has been tussling with a few other birds that come by and she eats her fish on the nearby snag then flies to the platform and nervously guards the nest. no nest building observed. at sunset she flew to the nearby snag.

03/22/2018 by baygirl
Again today I watched a lone apparent female perched on the nest, coming and going and tussling with a few other osprey but she seems to be holding her spot. She is flying off the nest and staying somewhere in eyesight of the nest I presume because she pops up from nowhere if another osprey gets near the platform. I can not see where she is perching for a windbreak but it is somewhere very closeby.

03/18/2018 by baygirl
occasionally seeing a single osprey but doubt it belongs here....

03/06/2018 by baygirl
No ospreys seen at this nest since yesterday morning. I believe its likely the osprey I saw sitting for such a long time at this nest was from the nearby Sandy Cove nest. Most early osprey nesting seasons there will be a few birds visit other nests until the colony arrives in full numbers. Or of course migrating osprey may well stop and enjoy the nesting platforms along our beautiful creek.This is a good reason that DE F&W asks we start our arrival data in the activity report only after both ospreys are seen together at a nest.A nor'easter is approaching with winds shifting to current ESE 10 mph at 2:30 pm. This is the first day with southerly winds since last week. Perhaps a few osprey will squeak in before the storm hits but hope they stay away a bit longer as another storm is predicted for early next week.

03/05/2018 by baygirl
Today we have another day of strong winds following a weekend nor'easter. High water and NNW15 mph wind with gusts up to 30 mph and 42 temp. I awoke to a lone osprey perched on the Pine needle nest and it remained there until 11:30 am. Must have arrived very early this morning and just sat bracing into the wind for about 3 hrs this morning. It finally flew off over the creek, presumably to find some fish. Only time will tell if this osprey 'belongs' on the nest or was just resting during a tough northbound migration. Another nor'easter is predicted for upcoming Wednesday...amazing birds that can migrate in such intense weather!

09/15/2017 by baygirl
Beginning August 24 the adult male was at the nest area every day until he was gone Sept 1, 2 and half the day on the 3rd when he then returned and began sunset perching on his favorite late season channel marker pvc pipe. By Sept 7 I can not be always certain which adult male osprey are near our area as they are sitting further out from nest areas or on other nearby perches but I do believe the pine needle adult male is still here. Most likely the males are taking their late season trips around the state or peninsula. Sept. 9 he was back on the pvc pipe. He was there again this early morning. I have seen the adult males guarding and chasing various other possibly migrating osprey and eagles and no doubt they are also ready to depart soon. I will button up the data on the Pine Needle nest for this unfortunate 2017 season and pray the pair returns next year for a productive nesting season. Godspeed osprey

09/15/2017 by baygirl

08/23/2017 by baygirl
one mature eagle on the male ospreys favorite guard snag this morning. did not see male today

08/20/2017 by baygirl
I think the adult female may have left on migration, yesterday 8-19-17 as that is the last I saw her, she was on the snag with her mate early morning. We had NW7 mph winds, maybe she grabbed the tail winds.

08/08/2017 by baygirl
Both adults still at the nest area. At sunset they both have been sitting on the white PVC channel marker pipes I place seasonally for the boat traffic. The female still seems to be calling for fish but she definitely brings in the big fish herself. Today I watched her flying back and forth to the nearby pine grove to get nest material and the nest is quite hug and ready for her departure. She is still spending much of her day on the lower branch of the pairs favorite guard snag as her mate sits on the top branch. In seasons past there might be 5 ospreys sitting on the snag branches together, but this year a great horned owl robbed them of their young and the weather is robbing the snag of most of its branches. It is not even mid August but still the summer feels gone...

08/05/2017 by baygirl
the adult pair is still off and on the nest and their favorite snags! so nice to see and hear them when I know osprey season is quickly thinning to shimmery sliver of its former self.

07/31/2017 by baygirl
yesterday both adults still at nest and on their favorite snag, both usually have fish at the same time. I sometimes hear the female at the nest calling for fish as if she had young with her. its interesting how social osprey are. as another osprey passes by the pair always call to them. reminds me of boaters who always wave to one another as they pass on the water, the osprey do this too:) Have not seen any fledglings visiting the nest but they are flying overhead bragging about their newly acquired sushi catching skills.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
both adults continue to spend most of the days on the nearby snag, occasionally visiting the nest together or bringing a bit of nest material. I do think a young osprey has landed a few times because of the submissive posture but the adult female just looks at it and does nothing, tho it leaves pretty quickly. she still calls to her mate but usually I see them both fly in with fish. I must say the female seems to catch the biggest fish:) I am so sorry to not see them raise their 2 chicks this season. I hope I am still living in this beautiful home with an intimate view of their lives next season. today, all during a very nasty storm and rising water across the marsh, the pair is sitting on their favorite downed snag, perched just a foot or so from the water. they seem to be enjoying the quiet of this time before her migration. I pray for no hurricanes in her or his path.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
all day the female sat on the nest except to get a bit of exercise and then she does a quick fly around. the male brings her fish when she calls and I saw her eating on the nest and he flew in with a second fish and ate on his favorite downed snag in the marsh. sad, wish they could have fostered the chick from power point but biologist was concerned the owl would circle back and take the little one.

06/27/2017 by baygirl
There is so much joy in watching osprey, especially when I can watch them outside my windows, see them fly over my head as I work in my yard, watch them clean their talons by skimming the waters surface as I kayak quietly by. Knowing their experiences just by the vocalizations of the colony. Seeing little heads pop up above a nest for the first time and then in the blink of an eye there are young osprey flying clumsily in front of me as I steer my pontoon boat through the channel near my home. In an instant there is terrible sadness too. Today was such a day. I noticed only the adults at the nest most of the early part of the day. I was working from home as always but I kept checking the nest from the window where I have my scope and I saw it was simply too quiet. The adult pair was on the nest when I had my morning tea but throughout the day I saw just the female and she was sitting quietly on the T perch. No heads popping up from the rim of the nest and no gangly wings stretching awkwardly out to slap the parents. I took my pontoon out around 2pm to check various nest sites and again just the female on the T perch. When I returned I parked my boat on the dock near the platform and walked to where I was standing approximately 50 feet from the nest. The female had flown off when I parked the boat. As I got in front of the nest I looked down directly next to the dock and in the wet marsh grass lay both chicks, wings spread out, dead from some horrific act. No heads on their little bodies. They appeared to have been killed recently as their blood appeared very red and fresh. I saw some small white feathers on top of the salt grass much closer to the nest and a very faint trail from the feathers to the 2 bodies not a foot apart.... slowly it dawned on me- great horned owl attack. Not my chicks, not the chicks I see every day. No way, but yes I knew it had to be. Just a very clean kill by the talons of death. And the owl didn't even take the little bodies, just the heads. Terrible nature, but nature as it must be. I called a US F&W biologist who I had intended to speak to about another osprey and so I told this tale and yes he said, just another owl attack. take the bodies away and bury them and that's what I did. At 6 pm as I sat on my deck, both adult osprey were on the nest t perch side by side and I heard that unmistakable slow soft peep peep peep of a female osprey calling for her chicks. I know that call as I heard it twice before in my 5 years of nest monitoring. darn, how many more times might I hear that call? Not any more this season, please mother earth. Godspeed little ones. You didn't get to fulfill your life purpose to fly, but you will - another day.

06/24/2017 by baygirl
I have given up hope of seeing a third little head on the nest. there are just 2 now and they are growing fast. there was a man flying a drone over the nest area just after dark.

06/21/2017 by baygirl
I started seeing 2 chicks around June 4th.Then on June 12th I clearly saw the female feeding 3 chicks, one much smaller.But by June 18 I realized I was now seeing only 2 chicks.As of today I still see just 2 chicks and I have a very good view of the nest with my scope. I think the runt has died. I am a bit surprised because though it has been warm the adults have been on the nest shading and there has been little disturbance and the male is bringing fish many times as day, he is very attentive.

05/28/2017 by baygirl
still no sighting of chicks but much feeding seen. today the female was off the nest for about 30 minutes while the people who own the dock worked on their hose line out to the end of the dock.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
lots of activity, both sharing duties and I can see feeding but no little heads have popped up yet. this is my favorite pair because they live just outside my window and I listen to them all day long. its always a happy day to get the first chick sighting. it should be by early this coming week!

05/22/2017 by baygirl
I have an intimate view of this pair and I knew right away when the hatchlings wer coming yesterday. so much activity in the nest and the male spending almost as much time looking into the nest as the female. feeding started at 10:15 yesterday and is picking up steam in between heavy rains.

05/17/2017 by baygirl
at 6 pm this evening I watched the pair switch incubating duties with the male on the eggs while the female spent time in the nearby pond just standing in shallow water dipping her bill into the cool water and splashing a bit. no doubt she was cooling off, hot day with 90 temps and very humid.

05/13/2017 by baygirl
Long day of heavy rain. At some points thru out the day I had medium visibility and was able check all nests in the colony. All nesters appeared to stay deep in the nests incubating with mates near, usually at nest or guard posts.

05/03/2017 by baygirl
"my pair" just outside my windows are doing great. there is a new possible sub adult causing some excitement and spending all his time on a nearby dock pole (maybe one of this pairs prior offspring?) and visiting them each day. but otherwise its pretty quiet except for when the nesting goose get too close. but tonight at sunset I was watching them from my deck and as the male approached with a fish the local bald eagle gave chase and my osprey male dropped the fish into the marsh. the eagle got it quickly and flew straight over to his nest across the large creek. today I watched 2 separate eagle-osprey battles on this creek. eagle numbers are climbing and just might impact this large osprey colony in years to come....

04/24/2017 by baygirl
the pair is continuing to incubate with few problems. they have even been ignoring the goose that is nesting super close to them. there is a new osprey hanging out just in the channel, on the other side of my house from this nest pair. the new osprey is a male and he showed up about a week ago. he spends most of his free time on a dock pole watching this pair and that has been keeping the pine needle male on alert.

04/17/2017 by baygirl
it is so great to have this pair right outside my window. I watch them constantly. they will sometimes leave the nest for short periods if the female flies over to the snag to tell her mate to share his fish or sometimes she just does a quick fly around, and they switch duties but he doesn't incubate for long. there is an interloper that likes to buzz the nest and get the nester ticked off but nothing serious thus far.

04/10/2017 by baygirl
I am seeing the behavior I believe preceeds incubating. the female is spending more time on the nest digging deep in the middle and moving the nest material around. also just sort of getting deep down in the nest for brief periods and peeking out, sort of just fussing. after sunset the 2 osprey were on the nest unlike most nights when they fly to their fave snag.

04/09/2017 by baygirl
a pair of geese were hanging out within 25 feet of the nest and possibly attempting to nest but the osprey were pretty upset by that and there has been a lot of diving at the geese as well as interloping osprey diving at the osprey platform. very unsettled today.

04/06/2017 by baygirl
No signs of incubating but the female has been at the nest almost constantly and there have been a few squabbles from interlopers diving at the nest. today she stayed on the nest during a huge storm while her mate flew overhead, carrying a fish and fending off an interloper. no problem with 20 mph winds I guess, when duty calls he steps up, storm or no storm!

04/02/2017 by baygirl
This is a really nice period to watch osprey, they are settling in to nest sites and re-bonding with mates and don't seem to care about doing much so they just hang around, bring some nest material now and then, copulate now and then, kettle with other osprey now and then and just sit in the trees a whole lot.

03/31/2017 by baygirl
I watch this pair pretty much all day when I am at home as their nest is very close to my house and visible from many windows. I can hear them too. Today I watched them copulate and I must say this is the first time in 5 plus years that I got such an up close and personal view. Interesting just how agile they are :)

03/29/2017 by baygirl
Monday Mar. 27, temp was 72, south winds at 14mph, 50% overcast with sun, good vis and at 11:00 the male arrives ! The pair sat quietly together on the nest and came and went thru out the day. In early evening, just as in years past an interloping osprey begins to bother the female as she is sitting in the nest. the male flies around the nest territory and aggressively dives at the third osprey as it makes low passes over the nest causing the female to jump up defensively. after a few passes the interloper heads to a close by tree and sits watching the pair on the nest. Tuesday Mar. 28 the pair is settling in with the female bringing most of the nesting material as the male spends time guarding the territory. At sunset I watch as an interloping osprey once again harasses this pair and then flies off to the creek "colony" area of platforms and systematically flies over each occupied nest causing disruption at CM9, marsh nests 663, 662 and then off it flew towards CM 9A...this seems to be some sort of evening osprey sport :) This morning I see some copulating and nest guarding and the pair spent some time on a favorite downed snag that sits over a near by little marsh pond.

03/26/2017 by baygirl
9 am, temp 45,!00% overcast skies poor vis, ENE16mph winds..slight drizzle. I see the osprey at this nest coming with nest material and at one point a belted kingfisher takes a chance and perches on the nest perch but as the sprey arrives she flushes the kingfisher off the perch but doesn't pay it much mind cause she is very busy now getting the nest in order. at 11:00 she is back on the dock piling calling softly for a mate. Later I see her perched high in the favorite guard snag as the mist gets thicker. At sunset she is not visible anywhere near the nest.

03/25/2017 by baygirl
one osprey off and on the nest and spending time on the nearby dock piling and calling softly for a mate. At sunset I do not see the osprey.

03/24/2017 by baygirl
This nest had a brief visitor again...I think it is actually the nearby Sandy Cove (#6024) birds enjoying some space... it will not last!

09/28/2016 by baygirl
Over the past week I have seen the adult male sporadically and I hear the ospreys calling to each other when the resident bald eagle flies by but very little activity is seen at the nest area. A 6:15 in the evening the adult male arrives and lands on his favorite snag perch near the nest. This is the last day I see him. It is the end of Osprey Season 2016. Monitoring the ospreys is exhilarating so it is not surprising that the end of the season brings bittersweet feelings and an unwelcome quiet to the creek. My mind turns to thoughts of safe migration, the absence of hurricanes and Mother Earth kindness at the wintering grounds. God Speed

09/14/2016 by baygirl
At sunset today I took a beautiful boat ride down the creek and the adult male osprey were plentiful, all perched on their respective territory guard areas. Such a serene time at the end of osprey season. Males were present at Pine Needle, Cedar Landing, CM9, CM9A, Piney Point, CM7 and James Farm 82.

09/13/2016 by baygirl
I have not seen the fledgling since 9/6/16. The adult male has not been around since 9/10/16 but today I see him in the morning as he is perched on his favorite snag eating a fish. Later around 5 pm he is back on the snag.

09/10/2016 by baygirl
Past 2 days I see the adult males from Pine Needle and Sandy Cove (#6024) sitting closer to one another. Both are on bushes along the main waterway of the creek. Occasionally they do fly-by's over their respective territories and then return to the bush perches. Around 2 pm I see the adult male on the nest with a stick. after he placed the stick he flew to the tree next to my home and was very vocal. At sunset he perched on his favorite white channel marker pole.

09/08/2016 by baygirl
I have not seen the fledgling or adult male since 9/6/16. At sunset today the adult male arrived and perched on his favorite channel marker pole to spend the night.

09/06/2016 by baygirl
NW winds at 14 mph. But the adult male and fledgling are still here! From 8:30 till 10:00 the fledgling cries for food and flies from perch to nest numerous times. At 10 the adult male shows up and drops a fish in the nest for the youngster. At sunset I see just one osprey on the white channel marker pole. Since the adult male always sat here I can only assume it is dad.

09/05/2016 by baygirl
Heavy N winds and migrating birds are most likely taking advantage of a tail wind today! I am surprised to see the adult male still here. I see him appear and drop a fish onto the nest for the female fledgling, then he flies over and drops into the pond, cleans his feet, flies to the downed snag to dry and then off he flies again. At 3:45 I think he is back playing chase with the fledgling and they both fly off together toward the bay. At sunset just the fledgling appears crying for fish and then settling on her fave snag perch, no fish tonight.

09/04/2016 by baygirl
At 8am this morning I saw the fledgling on the nest eating a fish and off and on during the day it was flying around crying. I have not seen the adult female since 9/2/16. Later today I saw the adult male and fledgling staring into the high tide water while sharing the downed snag perch and occasionally I heard the youngster crying. At sunset the female fledgling was on the nest again crying for fish and then she did a single fly over the nest, dropped down into the shallow edge of the pond a couple of times but did not catch anything. She sat in the water and bathed and then flew up onto the favorite snag branch for the night. I looked for the adult male after dark but he did not return to his channel marker. I have a feeling this will be the last day I see the two together.

09/02/2016 by baygirl
Yesterday at sunset I observed the adult female perched on a nearby snag as the lone fledgling cried for a fish and had been crying for hours prior. At dark the adult male went to his channel marker perch and the fledgling settled in without having been fed. Today I do not see the adult female but the adult male sat in a tree and the fledgling was nearby eating a fish. I bet dad gave in and brought the youngster a fish. This is the time that mom begins to disengage from parenting.

08/31/2016 by baygirl
The last day I saw more than one fledgling at the nest area was 8-28-16 and there were just 2 that day. I have not seen the 3rd fledgling that looked to be a male (pure white chest, lighter head) since 8-23-16. I believe he is now gone. One of the fledglings that may be female was sitting on a tall snag closer to my home every evening but that one has moved on also. So now I just see one youngster and every morning and every evening it sits on the nest calling for food. Sometimes it will perch on a no wake sign and stare into the water for hours but I have not seen it arrive with it's own fish-no not yet. I have seen see the adult male and rarely the adult female drop fish at the nest for it and then it mantles over the fish for awhile before flying off to a tree where it will once again mantle over the fish and vocalize for a few minutes as if it caught its own fish! At sunset the family, now just 3, perch on a snag before the adult male moves to a white channel marker pole along our channel. In the morning the adult female is on a different snag that is very close to our house. She often sits for hours before she flies off and then returns to the communal and favored near nest snag with a fish that she will consume in its entirety while the little fledgling sits on the nest crying. Mom is no longer feeding this youngster but she is still present to guard it. the male adult has taken over the feeding duties and will no doubt continue for a short while after the adult female leaves for her wintering grounds. But for now I look forward every morning to seeing her jet black silhouette in the tree and I marvel at how beautiful and strong she is. I know their leaving is coming because the occasional gull perches on the nest without fear of harassment by the osprey adults and yesterday I watched 3 tricolored herons sit near the nest with one so bold to perch on the nest t-perch while momma osprey sat a few feet away. when the adult osprey are not concerned with interlopers it tells me they are disconnecting from the parenting responsibilities and will soon be on the wind for winter.

08/23/2016 by baygirl
Everyday now I wake up early and go to my windows to see if my adult female is still here. Most days she is in sight, some days she arrives a bit later in the morning like she does today, carrying a huge fish. I swear the females bring larger fish to the nesting area than the males bring.....? The females are bigger so perhaps they are the able to simply grab and lift up with larger fish? I watch her perch and eat part of the fish and many times, like right now, she will not finish it but sit in sight of a fledgling that is begging on the nest and she will outlast the fledgling. She has been in the same spot for 2 hours. She does not share the fish. Or she may chase the youngster off the nest and away from their territory. She knows the youngsters need tough love now as migration approaches. Today both of the adults sat side by side on the downed marsh snag and ate fish. It is a sparkling beautiful day on the water and our ospreys are gleaming. We are very spoiled to have them amongst us!

08/19/2016 by baygirl
Last night we took a moonlight kayak out past our nest and past the white poles that mark our channel and there on the same pole as last year sat the adult male presumably guarding his family. He sits so still and it is so dark and quiet we can come up on him without him flushing. He just looks at us as if knowing we are no threat. Or maybe he is just too lazy to give up his favorite nighttime perch. And then this morning another familiar sight from seasons past-Our adult female sitting alone on the pine snag near our home. She sits with her eyes closed most of the time, very statuesque and serene, looking as if she is in repose and satisfied by her summer nesting season. Watching her so intimately for the past 5 months she certainly has earned her private time. She truly is a majestic bird. What a "rapturing' presence in the tree. It will not last, soon the fledglings arrive calling for fish. soon she will be gone for the winter. Ah, what a blessing to live on the inland bay.

08/16/2016 by baygirl
This morning after some fishing and fledglings scuffling on the nest for available dropped fish presented by the adult male, I notice the adult pair perched on a pine snag close to my house and away from the nest and family snags. This is the time of the season when I see the adult female at this nest site (and many others) start to pull away from the youngsters. She begins to sit a distance from them to observe but rest. She no longer brings as many fish for the young and seems to leave that chore for the adult male. And of course they need to be fishing on their own now. When I see this independent behavior from her I know that migrating time is approaching.

08/15/2016 by baygirl
Sunset is the best time to check the whereabouts of this entire osprey family. I am usually coming in on my kayak or boat at this time and can get wonderful views of the nest platform and snag tree line where the birds most often perch. Tonight as I came into the channel I saw all 3 fledglings and both adults on the snag at edge of the marsh. I noticed both adults sitting side by side on one branch and just as I mentioned it to my husband the branch broke scattering the entire family through the air. but no harm to any of them...they can all fly thank goodness.. and so they settled back onto the snag. It is slowly loosing its branches and no doubt will fall in a winter storm.

08/13/2016 by baygirl
Almost 4 weeks after the first chick fledged I see such growth in the youngsters. With a normal fledge date and plenty of summer time with the adults supervision osprey fledglings mature into confident preteens. Still frisky but so much more agile in the air. This am I watch the family dynamic over my morning cup of tea. The adult female is at her late in the season favorite perch spot, a pine tree close to my house and farther away from the activity around the nest platform. 2 fledglings are on the nest no doubt begging for some fish and the third is on a family favorite downed snag that sits in the marsh near the nest and beside a small pond. The adult female briefly does a fly over the nest and rouses the pond fledgling into a game of chase before she disappears over the local townhomes. The fledgling now soars and maneuvers with so much confidence and strength and then lands at the pond to wash its talons. New technical flight skills of swooping and dodging show the quick growth of the young bird. Wow what a blessing to be able to study this species up close day after day. I then notice the adult male is perched in a private spot on a nearby pine tree. his eyes are closed and he is enjoying a deserved rest. He has been a good father and provider.

08/03/2016 by baygirl
...and here is how it usually goes...At sunset I watch 3 fledglings crying for fish on the nest as the adult male swoops in and drops one fish into the middle of the nest. All 3 fledglings make a beeline for the flopping fish and amidst a confusion of wings and talons the male fledgling comes up with the fish and quickly flies it to a nearby snag. The other 2 youngsters cry mournfully for an evening snack they will not get! Its a numbers game and some osprey is usually going to go to bed hungry at this stage.

08/02/2016 by baygirl
I hear the sounds of an incoming fish dance presentation before I see the fledgling. It arrives to much fanfare. The first fish caught by one of the Pine Needle Fledglings! It circles the nest and decides to land in a near by pine tree to eat its no doubt hard earned fish. And besides- one of it's siblings is just next to the nest on a downed marsh snag. Fledglings learn fast to find a private spot to eat or else it's a raucous dining experience with a starving sibling sitting in striking distance.

07/31/2016 by baygirl
My log tells the story- "Happiness is a Sprey Snag" At sunset I see the adult female feeding 1 fledgling on the nest while the adult male and 2 other fledglings sit on the family snag. Just at darkness the female and fledgling join the others and the snag is full of the familiar "sprey" silhouettes. Yes, that's a beautiful site.

07/30/2016 by baygirl
Another day of watching a fledgling learn about water. One of the fledglings sits in the nearby marsh pond as its mother and sibling watch from a nearby snag. The fledgling walks into the pond until it's chest is in the water and it appears to start to float and then it begins to bathe flicking it's head under the water numerous times before it flies over to another snag and begins the tell tale call for food. The adult male comes swooping in from the direction of the ocean and that same scrubbed clean fledgling makes a beeline for the nest. Dad drops what appears to be a flounder into the nest and satisfies a very hungry youngster!

07/29/2016 by baygirl
This day I watch a fledgling in the water and I do not yet know just how dangerous it can be. We take it for granted that osprey are fantastic fisherman and divers, water warriors as I like to call them. However in a few weeks I will release a fledgling from another nest location that was picked up by boaters as it was floundering in water and was so exhausted it frantically climbed onto a hat they placed in the water. They scooped it up with a towel and took it to Tristate Bird Rescue for observation. I was asked to release it at its pickup site 48 hours later after it was given a good bill of health. But this day I watch one of the fledglings from my Pine Needle nest drop into the channel water numerous times and coming up empty taloned. I see it actually under the water for what seems like too long, then its head pops up and it floats like a duck for a few feet apparently getting its stamina to slowly pull its wings above the water line and then lift them up above the water just high enough to shake off excess water and finally it lifts up into the air. This fledgling is not deterred by another fishing failure. It will dive for almost 20 minutes while its sibling looks on in the nearby low pine tree. Thrilling to see how fearless these young birds must be in order to find the expertise necessary to survive the coming migration to their unknown wintering grounds.

07/26/2016 by baygirl
My log entry says it all. "Such joy seeing all 3 learning and living free."

07/23/2016 by baygirl
All 3 nestlings have now fledged. 3rd one left the nest today. There is a small stand of low pines at the entrance of our waterway and at 4:30pm all 3 fledglings were sitting on the pines and looking into the water. This is a great area for them to learn about water and fishing as it is very shallow and close to their nest. There is also a shallow pond in the marsh just past their nest platform and it is a place I can observe them dipping their talons in water. The entire family will bathe there and just sit and relax. I see the youngsters dip their heads under that shallow pond water and begin to do short touch and go's over the water.

07/16/2016 by baygirl
2 fledglings now! One was on our power line pole in front of our house and one was flying around being harassed by a redwing blackbird. When there is so much fragmites growing too close to osprey nest sites it can be very hard on the fledglings. Redwing blackbirds are unrelenting on their attacks on ospreys. But I guess its a good life lesson being learned very early. the third chicks in the nest is not as active though it is beginning to helicopter more each day.

07/15/2016 by baygirl
Largest most active chick (female?) fledged and spent most of the day somewhere with adult female. adult male stood watch over the other two. All were back on the nest at sunset. Adult female is not feeding the chicks that I have witnessed. She brings the fish and eats it all in front of them while they cry. This is not unusual behavior when the adults think its time for their young to fledge! But the temps were in the 90's past 2 days so its risky not to feed and hydrate the babies!

05/31/2016 by baygirl
Today I watched the female feed 3 chicks while the male sat on the nest T perch. It was the first time I could easily see the 3 chicks. They look similar in size thus far. The adults are doing a good job of protecting the nest because almost everyday another osprey comes and challenges them. I suspect its one of the osprey that are trying to build a nest on a crabbing pier where people regularly remove the nest material as it is an unsafe nesting location. But that pair just won't move on!

05/27/2016 by baygirl
Past 2 days I have seen 2 little chick heads pop up as the female is feeding them. Lots of coming and going with the female leaving the nest unattended for short periods as she does a fly around. I assume she is just stretching but I also wonder if this may be some sort of early training for the chicks.

05/24/2016 by baygirl
A beautiful breezy sunny day for the osprey pair to stretch their wings and get up off the chicks for periods of time. There was lots of fish to eat and frequent feeding times all day long. The female is definitely the main nest caregiver with the male guarding from a distance. He does bring nest material or just lands on the nest and checks the chicks over and walks the nest rim. Amazing to see the teamwork.

05/23/2016 by baygirl
ah, the rain has stopped for a little while anyway and the adult pair is more active today. he is bringing fish at regular intervals and she is eating and feeding chicks deep in the nest.

05/22/2016 by baygirl
It was a tough day yesterday for the chicks first day on earth. A very heavy rain persisted most of the day and into the night. This morning at 8 am I began monitoring the 2 nest with chicks that are in view of my home. There is still some misting and showers off and on with poor visibility but I can watch both nest pairs with my scope. Channel marker 9 (#6232) was busy feeding and sheltering the chicks on what seems a normal schedule but this nest has been quieter. Momma is staying deep in the nest and it took about an hour of coaxing from the male before the female got up out of the nest bowl to eat and feed chick (S). He had a large fish and continuously brought it to the nest rim to show her and I could see him vocalizing softly to her but she refused to get up for such a long time I was concerned she was sick. But eventually she got up and shook her wings a bit and even did a quick fly over the nest and then settled in to eat and feed. Now a few hours later she has fed another few times but is staying very deep in the nest. I wonder if she still has chicks to hatch or is just doing what she must-keeping the chicks warm and dry and resting up from yesterdays horrible weather. Although I monitor many nests this is the nest I consider to be "my nest." I have learned so much from this pair over the past few years and so of course I have gotten a bit attached. A biologist I am not. The data is interesting but for me the story at each nest is riveting!

05/21/2016 by baygirl
We have chicks!! It has been raining but the rain has slowed down and I watched him bring a fish to her. She sat on the nest edge and ate some fish but also tore pieces and dipped her head down into the nest. She is feeding at least one chick but it appears at least 2 chicks may be in the nest because she turns her head in 2 directions to feed. I don't like to see chicks born in such bad rainy weather as I have read that its very dangerous for the chicks if it rains the first 24-48 hours of their lives. But...every second of their lives is dangerous. It is the natural order of the natural world and I am absolutely honored to have such an intimate view of this osprey pairs life. It may be a busy weekend as I am expecting chicks at least 3 more nest sites. Gotta get out in the rain and see where the chicks are!

05/20/2016 by baygirl
Male has been spending much more time on the nest or nest perch. Today he brought a fish for the female who was sitting on the eggs. She got up and ate some fish on the nest while he watched her. Normally she eats off the nest. She has also been walking around the nest edge and exercising her wings, but not flying off the nest except for an occasional quick circle above the nest. After she some of the fish he then intently watched her doing something deep in the nest. Perhaps turning the eggs or perhaps an egg is hatching? She has been very restless in the nest, fixing nest material and he still brings more nest material as she incubates. The energy has shifted while they are in the nest. She gets up and changes position often throughout the day. He will fly over to the nest and stare at her and she is making soft noises. I think the chicks are imminent!

05/18/2016 by baygirl
Both adults on the nest fighting off a third interloping osprey. Male then chased it and female settled back on the eggs.

05/15/2016 by baygirl
Observe the pair switch incubation duties

05/09/2016 by baygirl
Today I saw the male spending most of his guarding hours on a pole across the marsh from his usual perch high in the pines. I think the crows and other smaller chasing birds are driving him away from the treeline.

05/08/2016 by baygirl
This is my pair of osprey...or so it feels this way because I can watch them all day long. They are doing well and switching incubating duties often each day. He generally brings her fish after he eats the head and she does take time off the nest to just sit on the nearby guard tree perch.He continues to bring nest material. Today he brought a stick and a few minutes later a fish. He is a busy and attentive mate.

04/23/2016 by baygirl
There is daily disturbance from marauding ospreys who dive bomb the nest and sometimes the male is off fishing so the female is protecting the eggs by herself. She tumbles off the nest and chases the harassing osprey then settles back down onto the eggs. I can see that more sub adults are in the area as the surrounding platforms are also getting harassed with some osprey off eggs permanently.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
Since I can watch this pair from my house I pretty much see every aspect of their daily lives! I know all their favorite guard and feeding perches and watch them defend their nest from interloping sub adults who dive bomb the nest daily. Usually the male is nearby and swoops over to the nest just in time to tumble the interloper away from the incubating female, but occasionally the incubating bird (usually the female) has to defend her eggs alone and she is ferocious and speedy and gets right back on the eggs. I enjoy watching the male bring a large fish to his feeding tree and after eating the head he delivers it to the nesting female who flies back to the tree to devour it while the male shimmies deep into the nest to incubate while his female takes a short break-but she doesn't remain off the nest long. And she always takes the night shift. This pair is a well oiled machine:)

04/06/2016 by baygirl
Osprey pair is building up the nest material, copulating and bringing fish. So far there has been few marauding single osprey challenging the pair for their nest.

03/29/2016 by baygirl
First bird arrived on 3/22/2016. Wind shifted NE for a few days and 2nd day of strong SSW winds brought in the mate.