Nest #6105

Nickname: North Beach
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: North Beach community-Near Hatteras Dr. off Fred Hudson Rd.West of canal and on the northernmost shore of Salt Pond. Visible from shoulder of Fred Hudson Rd.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5540626979445
Longitude: -75.0647819704285
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by deldave
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 04/01/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/01/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/08/2016
Incubation initiation 04/10/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2016 Reason for nest failure did not fail
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/29/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/02/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/18/2017
Incubation initiation 04/22/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/07/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/23/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/30/2018
Incubation initiation 04/16/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/18/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/21/2019
Incubation initiation 04/13/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/24/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/17/2019 by baygirl
adult male still at nest site

06/04/2019 by baygirl
seeing lots of shading and feeding but no chick count yet

05/29/2019 by baygirl
female feeding at nest today

05/12/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest, mate on low branch of the live tree that's used as their dining and guard tree

05/06/2019 by baygirl
incubating

04/11/2019 by baygirl
one incubating, one with fish in nearby favorite live tree

03/25/2019 by baygirl
both at nest today

03/23/2019 by baygirl
one osprey at nest site

09/15/2018 by baygirl
one adult with fish on the tree branch closest to the nest platform

08/30/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile eating a fish on the dining tree across the road

08/08/2018 by baygirl
one fledge in the nest calling for fish

07/30/2018 by baygirl
just one fledge on the nest eating today

07/24/2018 by baygirl
1 fleg in nest and one adult in far pine tree today around noon time

07/22/2018 by baygirl
one large chick self feeding on the nest this evening, one fledgling on a nearby tree branch and on another branch of the same tree was an adult feeding a fledgling. did not see second adult.

07/15/2018 by baygirl
again today just 2 large chicks visible with adult female on the nest.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
female flew to nest with 2 chicks popping their heads up

06/25/2018 by baygirl
3 healthy looking chicks all lined up in front of mombrella today. did not see the male.

06/18/2018 by baygirl
I just cant seem to hit this nest at the right time. today the female was on the t perch and ! saw a wing flip up but thats all. no mate in sight. it was hot and the birds were not moving!

06/10/2018 by baygirl
one chick seen today with female in the nest, did not see the male

05/29/2018 by baygirl
possible chicks earlier than today but finally saw the male perched on the tall T perch with the female feeding young

05/19/2018 by baygirl
waiting to see signs of chick feeding. today the female was in the nest, she was a bit fussy and her mate was on the nearby tree branch. we have had 7 days of rain so I can imagine the birds are trying to dry out the nest bowl and eggs, but this pair should be showing signs of chicks very soon.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
one very deep in the nest today, can barely see the white head

04/14/2018 by baygirl
none at nest then both arrived. male on perch, female started calling for a fish. I would expect signs of nest bowl construction and incubation soon...

04/07/2018 by baygirl
ospreys at this site seem to be settled with the new pair at the next door Heron Bay platform. the male is most often in a scrappy pine tree just east of the platform with this female a bit busier than some other females, she comes and goes often thru out the day but the Salt Pond is a very favorite and crowded feeding ground for the local osprey and eagles.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
Most days this pair is visible at the nest as I drive down Fred Hudson Road. The male is often in the nearby pine tree and the female of course is at the nest. They seem very settled this season even with the new platform directly next door. I expect incubation soon.

03/24/2018 by baygirl
both osprey on the nest yesterday and today. each time I saw the female up on the platform T perch and the male i the favorite nearby tree eating a fish.

03/22/2018 by baygirl
A pair has been on the nest and then I also see just one but not regularly at this point.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
update today around 2:30 pm- one adult male at favorite snag across the road from the nest. no juveniles seen or heard.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: last adult female seen 9-3-17, last adult male seen on snag across the road from nest on 9-17-17. he liked that spot since both juveniles cried a lot at the nest. they hung around a very long time. one may still be there so will update closer to end of this month. these 2 youngsters were very vocal and not fishing very well.

08/03/2017 by baygirl
one chick and the adult female on the nest when I arrive to monitor from the walkway. the adult immediately started warning her newly fledged youngster who was perched up on the roof closest to the nest. a few hours later both young were back on the nest.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
waiting for fledging... 2 large chicks in nest but have not seen exercising. getting very heavy rains past 24 hours. hoping for flight very soon

06/22/2017 by baygirl
Lots of activity and feeding at the nest but so far no chick count

06/07/2017 by baygirl
no doubt the hatchlings arrived a few days ago but today I was finally able to confirm feeding behavior with both adults busy on the nest

05/25/2017 by baygirl
expecting hatchlings very soon, today one deep in nest and did not see mate.

04/22/2017 by baygirl
first day that the female is incubating. she is very deep in the nest so hopefully the pesky photographers wont see her and stay clear of the area

04/18/2017 by baygirl
at sunset both were on their favorite nearby guard snag...sure hope they have chicks this year, especially since they have a new platform

04/17/2017 by baygirl
the pair is spending time at the nest, building it up and the construction is completed. they should be incubating soon.

04/10/2017 by baygirl
this pair still seems unsettled. I drive by almost everyday and often just one is at the nest or sitting on the nearby pine tree branch. possibly there may be interloping osprey as the Salt Pond is a popular visiting area for all the osprey and eagles in the inland bay area.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
2 ospreys at the nest past 3 days.. I think some of the confusion was due to construction on the condo decks just across from the nesting platform..it may be stressing the birds.

03/29/2017 by baygirl
One osprey on nest perch and one in the nest... I am going to call it a pair:)

03/28/2017 by baygirl
Still can't call these birds a bonded pair...one in far snag and one on nest perch

03/25/2017 by baygirl
male on guard snag near nest, a female in nest, then male flew to nest with nesting material and seemed to land on female but she flew up and there was a squabble and chirping, then female flew to guard tree. can't tell if they are the pair that belongs to this nest site...just have to watch a bit longer for signs they are bonded pair.

03/24/2017 by baygirl
No osprey seen last couple days..perhaps the osprey we saw on this nest is actually a visitor from next nest east, Blue Coast_ as both are on that nest now.

03/18/2017 by baygirl
I checked the pond and see a lone and very wet female osprey on top of a snag between both the North beach and Pond Acres nesting platforms. A fog is rolling in and she is preening and facing the North beach nest...I am pretty sure now that this osprey is our North beach female...

03/17/2017 by baygirl
5pm I see what appears to be a female osprey flying over the Salt Pond and she heads straight to the new North Beach Platform and lands on the t-perch. A second osprey flies over the pond and then hovers over an immature Bald Eagle that is perched in a snag very near the Pond Acres osprey platform. interesting to see the second osprey hovering directly over the hidden BE and with legs dangling it does a fish dance and similar call as osprey do when they have fish.... but this osprey is definitely harassing the BE.

03/12/2017 by baygirl
I get second report from a nearby homeowner that an osprey has been sitting on the new nesting platform. I have been checking the nest daily and have not seen any osprey in the area.

03/10/2017 by baygirl
I received a report that there is an osprey on the nest today. Very cold, mid 30's,N winds at 18mph,some sleet. I checked the nest and did not see an osprey.

12/26/2016 by baygirl
Today we placed a new DE design osprey platform (red cedar)on a 10 foot pole next to the location where the original platform stood before it cracked in 2 pieces and dumped the chicks into the marsh. The old platform was temporarily fixed but today it was split and falling again so with the homeowners assoc request we put up a new platform and will look forward to watching the birds return to a safe home in 2017.

09/08/2016 by baygirl
Here is the story of this season at North Beach nest- On the morning of 7-20-16 (after a night storm) nesting platform was broken and nest and 2 healthy chicks were on the ground. Adult ospreys hovered nearby. With permission from Tri-state Bird Rescue we placed 2 chicks in a carrier and rebuilt the osprey platform. Placed chicks back in rebuilt nest and parents began feeding them in 5 minutes. Chicks did very well and fledged 8-1-16. Last juvenile was seen crying on the nest with one adult male in nearby tree on 9-8-16. The platform will need a total rebuild in the winter before the 2017 nesting season as the old platform top is loose and ready to fall down once again. Permission has been granted from the NB community to place a new osprey platform next to the old location and should be visible from Fred Hudson Road. Very successful and rewarding experience with this rehoming.

07/16/2016 by baygirl
the adult female was on the nest calling for fish and the two growing chicks were visible. They are still quite young but getting more curious and actively looking out of the nest.

06/30/2016 by baygirl
I originally thought this nest pair failed on 5-22-16. until today I saw no activity in the nest and I drive by this site many times per week. I rarely saw the male on his guard tree either.Then today I saw the female in the nest with 2 growing chicks of about the correct age for hatching on the day I thought the nest failed!!! It IS a very hard nest to observe due to the way it leans and its height. This really made my day!!!!

06/20/2016 by baygirl
Appears to be turning eggs or doing something deep in nest!

06/07/2016 by baygirl
Well I have been checking this nest and seldom saw any birds on the nest or in the nearby tree they use as a guard and dining perch until today when the male was back in the tree and the female was back deep in the nest! I think they have decided to re-nest! I have read that if they re-nest they usually wait 3 weeks so here we are at 16 days later give or take my accuracy in the original nest abandonment date. This is very late for this pair to have young but I believe they are a mature pair so perhaps barring further human disturbance they can remain with fledglings late enough in the season.....oh boy!

05/29/2016 by baygirl
I believe this nest is abandoned. No osprey on the nest or nearby at their usual guarding/perch tree. I have seen no activity for over 1 week. There is a boardwalk behind the condo's that goes past this platform, passing within a few feet of it, and I suspect that people have stressed the pair to the point that they abandoned their eggs. This nest was abandoned in 2015 also. The platform is not only close to the condo's and walkway but is next to yet another community kayak launch for Salt Pond. There are now 2 nest sites near kayak launches at Salt Pond that are abandoned for 2016 osprey nesting season. People seem to have no idea that the osprey need privacy to raise their young. Sad.

05/27/2016 by baygirl
I have not been able to confirm an osprey incubating in this nest since 5-22-16. There is a walkway that the community uses to access the kayak launch and this pair is very stressed by foot traffic in that area so I am not sure the nest is still active. Will continue to check daily as I can easily drive there from my home.

05/18/2016 by baygirl
I can finally see one bird incubating (its a tough nest to view) and the second bird is eating a fish in the nearby live pine tree near the kayak launch. This pair should have chicks very soon.

05/08/2016 by baygirl
This is the North Beach community osprey platform located next to the kayak launch walkway. The birds are occasionally disturbed by the various marauding osprey around the Salt Pond so I am not certain about their incubating. It can also be tough to see if a bird is in the nest but I have on most days confirmed a bird incubating. 2015 season was hard on the pair at this location and I suspect it may be a similar situation this season. The next door Heron Ct snag nest was destroyed during the winter as was one of the National Guard and Bethany Beach Nature Center snag nests. Its a crowded noisy osprey hangout! (Baygirl)

03/15/2016 by deldave
photo shows one bird arrived! Another seen flying around the area.

03/10/2016 by deldave
no activity today, just photos

03/09/2016 by deldave
This nest may be confused with a nearby location. My location is accurate. Nest is still full of materials. Post is leaning, may not last long.

03/09/2016 by deldave