Nest #6182

Nickname: The Cottages
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Private osprey platform on a dock in The Cottages community of Ocean View- *2018 pair was displaced by geese on platform, building nest on top of chimney at nearby Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Rt 26 , Ocean View. Excluder placed on chimney March 2019
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5481717429805
Longitude: -75.0990865399735
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2016 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/25/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/11/2016
Incubation initiation 04/15/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/31/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/04/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/16/2017
Incubation initiation 04/22/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/26/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/30/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2018
Incubation initiation 04/24/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/30/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/21/2015 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/03/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/21/2015
Incubation initiation 05/02/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2015 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/27/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/19/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

04/19/2019 by baygirl
5pm today female finally deep in nest, she was not earlier today so i assume first egg has been laid

04/14/2019 by baygirl
there has been lots of battling with great blue heron and geese in the waterway, plus nest bowl building continues...waiting for incubation...

04/05/2019 by baygirl
female on nest today, no male seen or heard, rainy foggy day

04/02/2019 by baygirl
still doing well with no harassment

04/01/2019 by baygirl
osprey at nest and no geese pressure as of today

04/01/2019 by baygirl
osprey at nest and no geese pressure as of today

03/31/2019 by baygirl
rainy windy day, no geese around, both at the nest most of the day, male bringing in nest bowl material.

03/30/2019 by baygirl
both at nest since 3-27-19, copulating on the orange cones of the goose excluder, and building the nest up inspite of that excluder! we removed the excluder today at noon, both osprey back on the nest in seconds, and bringing nest material and copulating the rest of the day, no geese seen.

03/27/2019 by baygirl
male osprey perched on top of one of the orange cones of the goose excluder today at 5 pm! waiting now for the female to arrive so we can remove the excluder and cross our fingers.

03/23/2019 by baygirl
excluder was placed on school chimney 3-20-19, I have not yet seen any signs of the osprey pair that has nested at both locations. a pair of geese were about 400 ft down the creek today, so I am hoping that goose pair is nesting and was just feeding.

03/16/2019 by baygirl
geese not seen recently and school is placing an ecluder on the chimney sometime during the week of 3-18-19. Excluder still on the nesting platform until osprey arrive, none seen as of today.

02/22/2019 by baygirl
goose excluder placed on platform, eagle kite flown during low wind, rain free days and dog run on dock to attempt to get osprey pair back to the nest platform for the 2019 season. lord Baltimore removed nest from chimney fall 2018 and they are hoping to place an excluder type cap on the chimney before osprey arrive. we have been successful in deterring the goose pair thus far but they are lurking in the waterway

08/31/2018 by baygirl
noon, boat ride, adult male perched back on his favorite guard tree along the creek today, no juveniles seen or heard

08/24/2018 by baygirl
11:30 one juvenile flushed off the cottages nest platform by kayak then it flew to the chimney nest and there were 3 other osprey circling over the nest area

08/19/2018 by baygirl
2 juveniles on chimney nest today

08/18/2018 by baygirl
one fledge on chimney nest today with the adult male perched on the weathervane, no others seen at the cottage or chimney.

08/17/2018 by baygirl
youngest fledge ( i am pretty certain as other 2 flew over 2 weeks ago) flew back to empty nest today as mom arrived and she fed him or her a fish. the other 2 not seen in few days but they hang out back on the Cottages nest and tree areas most of the time now.

08/16/2018 by baygirl
well i was mistaken and actually the runt just finally fledge today. i did not see it on the nest due to a large piece of black landscape cloth ( terrible stuff for osprey nests) prior week i finally saw the little won gazing out to the perch areas of the rest of the family and jumping like crazy to try to get strength to fly. finally today an empty nest!

08/03/2018 by baygirl
Not only are all 3 chicks fledged but they are starting to visit the Cottages nesting platform and the adults are taking their fish back to that area also perching in their favorite guard and dining trees.I still see one or 2 young on the chimney but they definitely prefer the water way of the Cottages nest site. Happy to see the adults prefer it also. now we just need to get the chimney nest removed and an excluder placed on that chimney!

07/24/2018 by baygirl
3 large chicks very visible on the nest about 2;00, ad female on nest, then male flew in and lots of crying for the fish delivery.

07/22/2018 by baygirl
6:15 this evening all 3 chicks visible on nest with adult female calling for fish, the adult male arrived in a few minutes and deposited a fish. chicks look much bigger and i hope they fledge soon before too many storms arrive. so far the nest looks ok with one large piece of bark now sticking up on the south edge

07/13/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks clearly visible in nest, 2 adults seen earlier in the morning

07/05/2018 by baygirl
one adult standing in nest with one chick visible on corner of nest/chimney

06/27/2018 by baygirl
at 3:30 today i watched the nest site and finally was able to get a chick head count. there were 3 chicks with one quite a bit larger and one a tiny runt. The male brought in a fish and the female started feeding the runt first but then eventually she switched to feeding the 2 larger chicks. The nest looks very sparse and with all 3 chicks right on the edge of the chimney I wonder how many can make it to fledge. The 4 story tall chimney 3 sides are actually down to the ground level where there is cement and picnic tables and the other side goes down to a second floor roof. It is a huge drop and just looks very unsafe for anything much less tiny osprey babies. The male went to the weather vane to preen as momma continued to feed. We are expecting a heat wave over the weekend. the cement bottom of the nest doesnt look like it is very cooling.

06/25/2018 by baygirl
adult on chimney nest today, just sitting, could not see a chick and no mate in sight. I have reports that the male is going back to the cottages nest site to visit and is eating fish in his former favored tree....no other osprey have tried to claim the original cottage nest platform this season.. yet...

06/18/2018 by baygirl
female shading, hot humid day, one chick clearly visible on edge of sparse nest

05/31/2018 by baygirl
yesterday female did not leave nest to eat and today i clearly saw her eating and feeding with the male now perching on the school roof weathervane.

05/23/2018 by baygirl
one continues to incubate with the mate in the shady pine tree across Rt. 26

05/19/2018 by baygirl
to make it easier for my data I am simply keeping the Cottages nest number for the pair as they are continuing to incubate and the cottage platform remains empty.

05/08/2018 by baygirl
platform still empty with chimney pair continuing to incubate nearby

05/03/2018 by baygirl
platform remains empty and the osprey are incubating on the chimney

04/25/2018 by baygirl
I believe the geese vacated the nest 4-23-18 as it was empty that entire day. I did see 2 different pairs of geese on the waterway but no goslings. Now the past 2 days no geese seen and most of the goose down has blown off the platform. Meanwhile that same day the chimney osprey were busy copulating and I saw the female digging deep in the nest. Yesterday, 4-24-18 the female appeared to be incubating at the chimney nest and today she was deep in the nest with her mate standing on the chimney. So it begins at the chimney and we will see if any osprey claim the nesting platform. What terrible timing. I will start a new nest and data entry for the Chimney. So sad that the decision was not made to keep the osprey off of it.

04/21/2018 by baygirl
2:00 today the goose was still on the nest platform at the Cottage and the osprey pair was on the chimney. The male was standing and the female was picking around deep in the nest and probably starting incubation or egg laying. She got very deep in the nest but was fussing around so not certain but assume its imminent now.

04/20/2018 by baygirl
12:30 today the goose was still incubating and the osprey pair was on the SE corner of the chimney with a nest that looks like it may hold a few eggs. The male was just standing next to the female who was digging deep in the nest for about 10 minutes time. I will guess egg laying will occur very soon if not later today or tomorrow. This is a sad situation because this pair could have been kept from nesting in this poor location. Maybe it will work out, time will tell.

04/17/2018 by baygirl
7:00 pm today I was monitoring a nest on a road that has a small view of the Cottages platform so I looked over at it with my binoculars and an osprey was sitting on the corner board! I quickly drove to check the platform thinking just maybe the goose had left but alas when I pulled up the goose was on the nest, in a more attentive posture than I have seen in the past. No osprey but I walked out on the far end of the long dock and did see 2 osprey up on the chimney. Maybe the goose had been feeding in the water and the osprey landed there briefly. I then decided to check the chimney nest more closely and drove to the parking lot of the school and both were standing on the rim of the chimney. Then the male left and came back with a large stick. No incubating but the nest is growing on one corner of the massive and flat chimney.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
About 1:00 today the goose was still on the nest. I actually have never seen the nest empty and I know the goose pair will go off to feed together. guess I just have bad timing. maybe the male guards from the waterway while the female goose feeds? The Osprey pair were on the chimney nest at this time and then the male flew off toward the cottages. The female osprey was standing out on the west edge of the cement top of the flat chimney. the nest is still teetering on the SE edge of the chimney.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
Request was made from custodian of school to Kate Fleming at DE Fish and Wildlife to remove nest material on tall possible open chimney at elementary school. Pair is still flying over platform at the creek and fishing and dining there. Goslings should hatch sometime by end of April. We had hoped to get the osprey off the chimney as it may be very unsafe and may create problems in the future. Request was denied stating "leave them since they are settling in". Fingers crossed this decision works out. I would have liked to nip the chimney nesting in the bud early before eggs are laid. I am seeing copulating and some increase in nest that is precariously perched on the SE corner of the flat chimney rim.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
Heavy rain today with gusting ENE 15 mph winds, poor visibility. I checked both nests around 2:30pm. The goose was still incubating. One osprey was on the chimney nest, sitting low in the heavy rain but did not appear to be incubating...yet. But the fact that one was on the nest in rain makes me believe egg laying will be very soon. Generally early in the season I see osprey go to another area during rain- if they are not ready to nest. I did not see the other osprey. I decided to take a look back at my notes for the timeline of this unfortunate displacement of the Cottages osprey. The osprey began attempting to remove the goose from the nest on Mar. 25( female) and Mar.26 (both male and female). I observed them flying up and down the small finger of the creek into the weekend. At one point they took nest material to a tall pine tree south of the platform. Sometime during the next week, about April 3 or 4 or perhaps later a newspaper photographer photographed the pair starting the nest at the school chimney. It was posted on Facebook. I was told about it and new immediately it was the Cottage osprey because of the nesting platforms close proximity to the school. The school was out of session for Easter break so it was very quiet on the school grounds. Perfect location for ospreys to land in direct site of their old nest site. Monday April 9th I contacted the school but did not get a response for 4 days until I contacted a friend who works at the school who then connected me with the vice principle. I was told they talked to an environmental contracting company who said the birds were endangered and the nest could not be moved. I explained that as long as there were no eggs, and with De Fish and Wildlife permission, an unsafe nest could be removed and an excluder placed on the chimney. I was also told the chimney was not being used but was not sealed. Assuming the goose would vacate the osprey platform by end of April the ospreys could still return to their platform and lay eggs in a safe time frame. So I passed on the biologists contact info expecting the school would be given permission to take the nest down and block the chimney permanently so it would not be an ongoing issue. not to mention future injury to the adult osprey of chicks...But time was wasting and I was finally told by the school on April 12th that they were not allowed to take the nest away because the birds were 'settled in". Now its is the 15th and over 14 days have passed and of course no time is left to keep the osprey off an open chimney. This is very concerning not just for the birds safety but for the young students and local people and others involved who think this is "fun". This will be stressful to watch and I simply hope it goes well for all involved. Perhaps the next goal can be to place an excluder on the chimney in the fall...I will keep trying.

04/11/2018 by baygirl
ospreys copulating on the chimney with a larger nest obvious on one corner of the structure and the goose still on the platform.

04/10/2018 by baygirl
at 6:15 this evening the goose was still on the nest with the ospreys on the chimney at the school. Their nest is getting bigger. The male flew off to the closest pine tree on the waterway and the female was digging in the nest...hoping no egg laying anytime soon.The school is considering getting permission from fish and wildlife to take the nest down as the chimney is not sealed. this can only be done before eggs are laid.

04/09/2018 by baygirl
5 pm today I checked the platform and the goose was still incubating. I took a photo of the goose on the nest with the new osprey chimney nest in the far background. The osprey can watch their old nest unobstructed. They have a disheveled sparse nest on the south east corner of the chimney. They are coming and going and show no signs of incubation.

04/08/2018 by baygirl
Goose is still incubating. The osprey pair is now attempting to build a nest on a chimney at The Ocean View Lord Baltimore Elementary School. It is in direct view of the old platform, about 1000 ft away. they are taking their fish back near the old nest to eat and still flying over the goose. I can not tell if the old chimney is sealed but it doesnt look safe. They were trying to copulate today and do not have eggs...yet. I saw them flying around that area 4-2-18 but do not know exactly when they started the new nest at this location. I think the goose should have goslings by the end of April if not before, assuming it is not flushed off the nest by a predator.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
I continue to see the pair eating on their favorite dining pine tree and flying around the end of the creek but i do not see if or where they have started any new nests. The goose is still incubating.

03/29/2018 by baygirl
the goose is still nesting and the osprey pair was flying around searching for a new location to place some nest material. they chose a live pine tree but did not really build a nest. mostly they seemed to just fly around and the male brought a fish to their favorite perch. i hope they do build a nest in a nearby tree as the geese seem to be taking over the upper end of White Creek

03/29/2018 by baygirl
the goose is still nesting and the osprey pair was flying around searching for a new location to place some nest material. they chose a live pine tree but did not really build a nest. mostly they seemed to just fly around and the male brought a fish to their favorite perch. i hope they do build a nest in a nearby tree as the geese seem to be taking over the upper end of White Creek

03/28/2018 by baygirl
Today at 6 pm the goose was sleeping and the osprey were not on their favorite snag guard trees. I will hope to see were they are once my boat is in the water. I am hoping they find the Whites Creek marina new and empty platform to nest this season!

03/26/2018 by baygirl
Male arrived around 6:30 pm and both osprey attempted to flush the nesting goose from the nest but were unable to do so.

03/25/2018 by baygirl
2:15 today I checked this nest and the goose was sleeping and was surrounded by goose down so I am pretty sure the goose is incubating eggs. Then at 6:30 pm the homeowner emailed me that the first osprey had arrived to the nest and she was witnessing a huge fight between the goose and the osprey. She was concerned because there was feathers flying. Of course it could have looked worse than it was because of all the goose down but I will check back with her in the morning to see how it is proceeding. I would think the goose might win this battle but if the osprey is the same female as last few seasons we did not nickname her "Momzilla for nothing...just sayin'.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: momzilla moved out around the16th of august and I saw the male on 9-8-17. The juveniles may have moved over to the Long Platform next door (#6238) before they actually migrated because there was lots of action there:)

07/29/2017 by baygirl
at least one from this pair likes to visit the next door platform:)

06/29/2017 by baygirl
2 chicks visible this evening with female fussing with nest material

06/21/2017 by baygirl
I am seeing shading behavior and both adults at nest with female feeding but can not see any heads yet.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
one very deep in the nest today. I have not seen mate past few visits

05/03/2017 by baygirl
late this afternoon I checked on this pair and the female was on her favorite nest perch while the male was incubating. somehow I am not surprised to see her just sitting there relaxing while he incubates! males incubate of course but this female we don't call Momzilla for nothing. She is a large gal with a very pronounced necklace and personality to match:)

04/26/2017 by baygirl
female deep in the tall nest and male on his fave snag with his wings hanging super low, he is drying out! tough past 2 days of solid rain!

04/22/2017 by baygirl
today I finally see the female deep in the nest. the nest is very fat and happy looking!!! nice re designed platform:) The male was perched on his fave guard snag near the house next door to the platforms dock.

04/18/2017 by baygirl
wow this nest looks fantastic. just the female at sunset but the male does sit in trees that I can only see from my boat, and my boat is not in the water yet. what a gorgeous female, she has such a pretty necklace!

04/17/2017 by baygirl
The nest looks really good now. Momzilla holds court and her mate is busy bringing fish.

04/04/2017 by baygirl
This morning around 10:30 I finally see the male on the nest along with the female. I have been checking every day and finally he is here! There is a bit more nest material, and hoping they will build it up substantially since the man dumped it all out last fall.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
Still appears as tho momzilla is alone. Have not seen her mate and she has been very quiet.

03/29/2017 by baygirl
momzilla seems to be alone. She has been building up the nest tho!

03/26/2017 by baygirl
Momzilla is here!!! She seems to have arrived today. She was on the newly designed platform perch just staring down into an empty nest...she will need to start collecting nest material. I am fairly certain it is Momzilla because of her very large dark necklace.

11/11/2016 by baygirl
At some point during October and after the osprey family had left this nest site, the landowners had the man who built the platform take it down!! he dumped the entire platform and nest and left the empty platform on its side on the dock. Today we rebuilt it with extra 2x4's to create a thicker stronger pole (it is 20 feet tall!) and supports for the platform and a new t-perch and predator guard. I was unable to place any new nesting material on the platform as it is just too high and unsafe on a narrow dock, but surely the adult osprey can rebuild a new nest quickly upon their 2017 return.

09/11/2016 by baygirl
This famous day is the last day I saw the fledgling across the creek from the nest and she had a large fish. Her father was last observed yesterday, 9-10-16 in the same tree line. The adult female (Momzilla) moved out just after 8-21-16 when the badly leaning platform was swaying in a breeze with the family still together. At that date I emailed the landowner (they are seasonal residents) to tell them the platform may fall. It is on a 4x4 with no underside angled supports and the nest is extremely large and creating a top heavy problem...

07/15/2016 by baygirl
Large chick on the nest with adult female. It appears it is time to fledge.....I witnessed this adult female attempt to push her remaining chick off the nest last year. Something happened to her other two chicks at fledge time last season. She is extremely aggressive with her chicks.

05/31/2016 by baygirl
Finally I saw both birds on the nest and one was obviously shading chicks! Then the female flew off with the fish and the male stayed and shaded the chicks. And this really does make sense after I witnessed this female, who I named Momzilla last year, absolutely bully her chicks at every turn. She s one stressed momma osprey! But I love watching her opinionated self. I am certain the chicks were hatched at least a few days ago but with the height of the nest this was the first I can confirm.

05/26/2016 by baygirl
still waiting for hatchlings. One bird deep in the nest today.

05/22/2016 by baygirl
This pair should be having chicks soon. I watch them regularly and rarely see the second bird but if I get out on the boat then I see the bird perched further down the creek. They are incubating quietly in a very shallow narrow lagoon off the main bay tributary.

05/08/2016 by baygirl
Incubating and bringing fish. For such a secluded location this pair sure is noisy.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
This pair occupies a privately owned high platform on a very narrow creek and there is pressure from kayakers and boaters but they seem to do well because of the high location. The guard tree is close by on the next door neighbors property.

04/06/2016 by baygirl
Osprey pair is housecleaning, bringing and arranging nest material. The male is bringing fish and they are copulating.

03/29/2016 by baygirl
This private dock platform is on a very narrow waterway off White's Creek. It has been active for the past few years. 2015 pair raised 3 chicks, 1 disappeared 2 weeks before fledging age, second disappeared just after fledging and the 3rd was literally pushed off the nest by the adult female but did survive the full season.