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Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description:
23429 Sunrise Court Lewes, DE 19958 Near Bayfront beach
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Delaware Fish and Wildlife
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2016 Nest Activity Report by
First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
Photos of this nest
3:15pm, one on the nest. Suddenly an interloper (another osprey?) swoops the nest and the mates take chase in defense. One mate returns to the platform pole; the other continues to chase the interloper. Eventually the other mate goes to the shoreline.
5:51pm, the female is sitting on a branch in a nearby tree while the male is at the shoreline. It's another rough day on the bay with 19mph winds! The nest appears to be disheveled.
3:45pm, one is at the shoreline perched on stump trying to eat a live fish when an seagull comes in for the steal, but the osprey is focused and only lifts its wings in protest. Soon 3 seagulls try to flush the osprey but again he ignores them and finally flies away with catch in his talons. The mate is on the platform guarding the nest during this episode.
2:25pm, female on platform pole when male mounts her and copulates; the male then flew to shoreline while female stayed on platform pole.
1:43pm, one guarding nest platform; the other at the shoreline waiting for a fishing opportunity; then soared for a bird's eye view of the bay. 5:33pm, one building the nest; the other on the platform pole pulling fish onto it.
8:13am, adult on nest; gradually building nest with sticks & thatch. 5:39pm, huddling together on nest to buffer against cold temps and 13mph winds! Brrr...Talk about ruffling your feathers!!
7:13am, one in nest; then the other flew onto nest with fish; sitting s/b/s; one flew off to fish. 8:19am, one eating on nest; the other guarding from platform pole. 8:25am, one was flushed when seagull tried to steal fish; the other stayed on nest; then both were s/b/s on nest eating fish.
8:50am, male (only) on platform pole. One stick on nest observed. 3:08pm, male sitting on nest, as if patiently waiting for female to arrive. 3:48pm, BOTH male & female were observed circling the nest.
12:10pm, observed first arrival of adult male perched on platform pole. No female observed.