Nest #6232

Nickname: 121IB
Nest substrate: Channel Marker
Nest Location Description: White's Creek channel marker #9
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5678457550551
Longitude: -75.0957372408078
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/10/2016 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/12/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/05/2016
Incubation initiation 04/10/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/21/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/14/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/17/2017
Incubation initiation 04/06/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/16/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/22/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/06/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/27/2018
Incubation initiation 04/02/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/10/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/17/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/06/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/04/2015
Incubation initiation 03/27/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/12/2015 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/11/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/02/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/12/2014
Incubation initiation 03/26/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/09/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/07/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/14/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/01/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2019
Incubation initiation 03/21/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/07/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/24/2019 by baygirl
the juveniles left and after a few weeks one returned and spent a few days crying and sure enough mom and dad were still available to feed it, guess it wasnt having much luck on its excursions.

06/29/2019 by baygirl
both chicks are exercising, helicoptering above the nest so i expect fledgling soon

06/05/2019 by baygirl
chicks are getting big and attracting alot of attention= disturbance from passing boats, going very very slow and close to platform. mo usually takes it in stride but jetskis really unnerve her and she abandons the nest

05/28/2019 by baygirl
clearly seeing 2 chicks at feeding times, always hopeful for a third

05/12/2019 by baygirl
still very deep protecting chicks in heavy rain and wind, have seen feeding behavior

05/07/2019 by baygirl
female on nest eating and feeding!

05/07/2019 by baygirl
this nesting will be so very interesting, i am watching closely and see no signs of chick feeding. there was so much off and on the nest once i saw what appeared to be incubating so wonder if we will have ANY chicks this season....

05/03/2019 by baygirl
watching for chick feeding behavior but still seeing incubation behavior

04/14/2019 by baygirl
solidly incubating, cant wait to see if there are chicks after all the off and on early in egg laying

04/02/2019 by baygirl
been deep in the nest for 3 days now

03/31/2019 by baygirl
i have no idea if this pair will have chicks, lots of up and down off the eggs if there are any, but does appear to be deep in the nest most of the day now

03/27/2019 by baygirl
female deep in the nest again today

03/25/2019 by baygirl
female off the nest 3-24-19, then began throwing nest material in the water, copulating and just hanging out so lets see how long till this pair re-nests. today both were on the next door platform. BM#3 and appearing to have build up that nest too

03/23/2019 by baygirl
day 2 of high winds, wnw 35 and up, female is trying hard to remain deep in the nest, but she is very fussy and occasional gets blown off but returns and hunkers down

03/22/2019 by baygirl
very high winds with periods of rain for past 24 hrs, gusts over 35 mph. i have been watching this pair switch incubating duties or with the male standing at the nest most of the day however the wind is so fierce I now see just the female up on the nest rim, bracing into the wind, staring into the nest... then digging deep in the nest and moving a stick, she is no longer flat, but more slumped down,and no the wind looks to have blown her off the nest and she lifted up and banked wildly toward the tree line leaving the nest unattended. If she had an egg yesterday I bet she does not have one today. The wind is insane.

03/21/2019 by baygirl
i saw the female digging deep in the nest yesterday and so I thought incubation in maybe a few days but then there she is, very deep in the nest for the past few hours..I am going out on a limb here and call egg laying, seems very quick, less than 10 days since her arrival but of course perhaps she arrived before I noticed even though they are outside my window and I watch the nest everyday...its very windy and rainy,49, E 21 mph with gusts..sometimes a female will hunker down in the nest before egg laying but the posture is different, not quite as flat back as incubation posture, this gal is flat and very deep. she is starting the nesting season off with an early record for me or so i believe without researching the past 6 yrs.

03/21/2019 by baygirl
it appears the earliest incubation since i began monitoring these birds in 2013!

03/16/2019 by baygirl
pair is doing same activity as last season, bringing nest material to both channel marker platforms, BM#3 and 9 but lets see if they choose #9 as that has always been their favorite and then they do not allow other osprey to nest at BM#3...

03/11/2019 by baygirl
one osprey preening on the piling next to the platform this morning, it was watching another osprey at the nearest nest site, first day to see more than just the original 2 osprey that arrived in late Feb. so the SW winds should be bringing many of them in soon.

09/25/2018 by baygirl
adult male has been around every day, today on BM3 platform eating a fish

09/20/2018 by baygirl
adult male very present either on the nest t perch or BM3 platform every day, today at 6 pm he had a fish on BM3

09/07/2018 by baygirl
one adult still at nest perch-BM3

08/27/2018 by baygirl
adult male and female on nest together at sunset.later one juvenile on nest

08/26/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile and one adult on BM3 "perch" at sunset

08/18/2018 by baygirl
one adult on the channel marker pole with fish and one juvenile on nest, seeing 2 juveniles off and on but not today

08/15/2018 by baygirl
both adults perched side by side on the jetty today! those adult females sure are elusive when the older kids are begging too much, guess now that the juveniles are not always lurking around mom made time for her mate!

08/03/2018 by baygirl
might take me some time to dig back in my notes to see if and when momma left the group but all 3 fledge are still hanging around and poppa brings lots of fish, usually some of the family are on BM#3 platform or the #2 channel marker into Bethany Marina.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
empty nest this evening with one on bM#3, the young are hanging out on the nearby deck and roof now

07/21/2018 by baygirl
7-19-18 was the first day the nest was empty.. all chicks flying for sure now! they are hanging out on the house closest to their nest, on the deck railing and the roof. then making a bee line for the nest when dad arrives with a fish.

07/07/2018 by baygirl
fledged chick was off the nest and AWOL all day but just before sunset returned to the nest. today a second is flapping away in heavy gusts, 69, clouds,NE 21 mph winds. should be some flyers today, hope they can handle the gusts.

07/06/2018 by baygirl
gusty morning, SW winds, 12mph , 84, clouds sun good vis, one fledgling on BM#3 CM empty platform at 8:30 am, momma flying around to check on it, 2 other chicks in nest, one also very active,

07/05/2018 by baygirl
all 3 still on the nest this morning after heavy fireworks last night. they are very active

07/05/2018 by baygirl
very windy this morning and the 3 big chicks are exercising and pushing each other around the crowded nest site, mo is usually on a corner board and the male will perch on the t perch is not on nearby BM3 platform. These 3 should be flying very soon and I hope they fledge safely with so much boat traffic and storms coming tmr.

07/04/2018 by baygirl
1 chick, very active pogo stick, side to side of nest and hitting the other chicks on the head with its wings. dad left but mom stayed on the corner board watching, i think it will fledge very soon just hope not tonight during the fireworks. a few years ago that happened and the fledged chick joined a different nest down the creek and never returned to its original nest.

06/24/2018 by baygirl
the chicks are getting very big and very active. mom and dad hang out on other channelmarker poles when the boat traffic is heavy.

06/18/2018 by baygirl
3 big beautiful healthy looking chicks in the nest not too bothered by the increasing boat traffic,

06/08/2018 by baygirl
past the piling/nest with my boat and 3 chicks lined up today to eat, they all look good

06/07/2018 by baygirl
clearly seeing 2 chicks lined up and being fed by mama today, was hoping to see a third but just the 2 again this year.

06/03/2018 by baygirl
so far consistently seeing just 2 little chicks during feeding

05/21/2018 by baygirl
i observed feeding today but can not see chicks yet, the male flew in with a huge branch that he could barely lift up to the nest...i wonder if a chick could be buried by such large nest material? so far the boats and kayaks have not bothered this pair much but the coming weekend will be very busy with the waterway filled with jet skiis and lots of harassment.

05/20/2018 by baygirl
10:30 am the male was eating a fish on the channel pole he uses for dining and then he flew to the nest and handed off the fish to the female who quickly began feeding chicks, this took till 11:00 am. Then at 11:20 the male was back with another fish and he took it to the female on the nest who again began feeding the chicks. this male is a super dad. 5 pm he was on his fave pole eating while the female was on the nest shading and fussing at various slow moving gawking boats and kayakers, then he took the fish to the female who fed her brood... I can not yet see the chicks heads but should be able to see them soon!

05/19/2018 by baygirl
first signs of chick hatching was 5-10, and then on the 13th we started to get rain that has continued daily for 7 days. I think the pair still has chicks as they seem to be hunched over them and feeding but hard to see with the rain and poor vis.

05/08/2018 by baygirl
waiting to see feeding behavior very soon.. female incubating most of the time with the male staying on the next channel pole

05/03/2018 by baygirl
This osprey was up off the eggs a few times the past 2 days as the temps are warm and boaters are "looky lou-ing" and slow boating past the nest platform. I can hear the osprey warning calls from my house and then I can see the osprey flying over the nest but it is usually just a few minutes and the bird gets back onto the eggs. Hopefully all is well and we should be seeing some chick feeding in this next week if my calculations are correct. This should be the second nesting pair with hatchlings for my 2018 season. My first observed chick feeding was today at the nearby Sandy Cove nest.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
eating fishing and incubating, braving the heavy rain storm

04/15/2018 by baygirl
incubating

04/10/2018 by baygirl
at 7:30 am i watched the pair switch incubating duties but the male flew back to nest and did a touch and go on the females back, not actually copulating but I suppose some bonding?

04/07/2018 by baygirl
finally the past 2 days I am seeing consistent incubating behavior. I wonder if the female will start to lay low in the nest before she even lays eggs, sort of testing out the comfort level? That would explain the inconsistent deep in the nest posture I see sometimes...at any rate she is very deep now.

04/04/2018 by baygirl
The past 2 days have been very interesting to watch what I think is incubation behavior but amazing in the amount of time neither bird is actually on the eggs. Yesterday both were digging deep in the nest, I assume turning egg(s) and taking turns shimmying down deep to incubate but then one would be on the platform t perch and the other would fly away without the perched bird getting onto the eggs. And the nest would be empty for over 30 minutes at a time. Temps ranged from 42-57 degrees so not particularly warm. Shifting winds at about 7 mph. At dusk neither was on the eggs. Then at 7:30 this morn one was deep in the nest and I saw them switch duties and get deep in the nest. But still there was a lot of shifting about on top of the nest with both just hanging out, not incubating. At 5:45 this evening, following a huge rain storm, one was deep in the nest. Now at 6:55 pm with very strong WNW winds at 23 mph and sunshine I can see both heads glistening in the nest, one is clearly very deep and the other is laying just next to the one incubating trying to stay low from the wind...I guess. I always wonder just how long an osprey can remain off eggs to keep them viable but at the correct temp. Amazing nature.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
3-31-18 I observed the female digging deep in the nest, fussing for a long time deep in the nest and I believe that is a tell tale sign egg laying will start soon. Today I confirmed the osprey switching incubating duties with the female rocking down onto eggs.

03/22/2018 by baygirl
Osprey pair may have arrived before the 2 day storm 3-20,21-18 but are on the nesting platform today bringing nest material and fish. The female is staying on the nest most of the time and the male is guarding and bringing fish to CM1 pole that he has used in years past assuming it is the same male. Some tussling with the other nearby osprey but this pair looks like they are home for the season.

03/19/2018 by baygirl
2 osprey on CM 9 off and on today. They are going to nearby CM-BM3 platform/pole as in years past. still not sure if they will stay as there are a few osprey fussing over the 4 different nest sites in this area.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: the adult female was gone for awhile and then returned and I last recorded seeing her on 8-22-17 as she sat on her nest t perch daring the boats to come any closer. I saw her mate 9-11-17. I keep thinking he will return as he usually stays as long as there are other males around from the colony. but so far his nest area is full of gulls and cormorants.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
adult female still at nest and the entire family moves back and forth between their original nest and BM#3 next door unused CMplatform-#6227

07/11/2017 by baygirl
These 2 chicks are huge and I have seen quite a bit of helicoptering high up off the nest into the wind but no actual flight and no confirmation of fledging. I can see this nest clearly from my home and I think this pair is just too well fed to fly-yet.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
2 healthy chicks, male spending all his free time on Bethany marina platform that is empty second year in a row.

06/21/2017 by baygirl
Consistently seeing 2 chicks being fed at the nest. The female will now leave the nest for short periods and return with nesting material. The male spends most of his rare free time on Bethany Marina CM 3. The female is handling the boat and jet ski traffic well thus far, but then it has not yet become a super highway on the creek.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
finally a day without rain until thunderstorms tonight, but most of today clear. I saw chick feeding but still have not seen any little heads pop up

05/22/2017 by baygirl
consistently seeing feeding behavior and certain the hatchlings born last week.

05/17/2017 by baygirl
fussy female but still cant confirm chick feeding behavior!

05/16/2017 by baygirl
I am watching this nest off and on all day every day since I can see it from my house and there is a lot of activity but I still can not confirm hatchlings. the male was on the nest for awhile but cant confirm anything yet!

05/03/2017 by baygirl
pair is doing well and continuing to incubate, as are the other nearby platforms in this colony

04/24/2017 by baygirl
incubating quietly although I did get a warning call as I paddled my kayak past one day and I was not very close to the nest. male spend his time on a low pole across the channel on the marsh area where BM3 osprey used to hang out. this is the second year no osprey have nested on BM3

04/17/2017 by baygirl
pair was off the eggs for a day or so and then back on them. incubating normally now.

04/10/2017 by baygirl
This pair is definitely off their eggs! I believe there is a pair on Sandy Cove dock, just as in the 2015, 2016 season and each day people take the nest material away and the spreys fly around harassing the pairs in the colony. this may keep them from nesting for a little while and may have disrupted CM 9's incubating but how can I know 100%?

04/10/2017 by baygirl
Darn, at sunset both were sitting up at the nest, one on the t-perch, one on the corner board. no incubating here!

04/09/2017 by baygirl
uh oh.early today neither bird was incubating. they were busy moving nest material or digging in the nest and even though it was 61 and sunny today I doubt they were just cooling the eggs for most of the day. it could be just too much harassment from some interloping osprey. the colony has definitely been unsettled. I am simply hoping I was mistaken and they had not yet started incubating. but if it takes another 3 weeks or so then it may be a re-nest situation.

04/06/2017 by baygirl
This pair may have started incubating before today but I am certain it is happening today, and of all days when we just had a huge strom with extreme wind and rain blow over the creek. She remained on her eggs as osprey usually do even in the worst weather conditions.. Amazing birds

04/03/2017 by baygirl
Female has been spending time deep in the nest. I see this sometimes in windy weather before the pair is actually incubating. I don't know if its just a coincidence or a birds preparation for egg laying. Keeping a close eye out as I can watch from my house. Females also seem to get very fussy in the nest before incubating with lots of digging into the nest to make a nice nest bowl I suppose.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
This nest is visible from my home. the birds on this nest have been very busy building the nest up after windy winter. I have seen copulating and yesterday during extremely windy afternoon it appears the female was incubating but she was just laying low in the nest. Male has been bringing her fish!

03/25/2017 by baygirl
First day I see 2 osprey, prior to today there has been a bird visiting 9 and few other nests in this close colony of nest sites.

03/24/2017 by baygirl
One osprey off and on this nest today..this platform was used by a 2016 pair that enjoyed BM3 empty platform and again today I saw this bird on both platforms and nearby marsh nest 662...no other osprey in that close community of nests so I think this bird is just enjoying some space...

09/14/2016 by baygirl
This evening at sunset was the last time I saw the adult male from 9 (6232)and he was on 6227 as he often was late in the season. Since 6227 was unused this season this family used both channel marker platforms to perch depending on the boating activity.The last evening I saw the lone fledgling,9-5-16, it was on BM3 platform at sunset. This was an unusual season for this family as they always had at least 2 and normally 3 chicks grow to fledge. They arrive early in the season and do well but this season I believe it may have been at least one different bird of the adult pair. It will be interesting to see how 2017 season unfolds at these 2 side by side nest sites. Fascinating ospreys never disappoint!

07/17/2016 by baygirl
First time the fledgling has returned to the nest since fledgling! I saw both him and his mother on the platform and the father on BM#3 platform at sunset.

07/15/2016 by baygirl
Fledgling has not returned to the nest but has been perching on nearby BM#3 (6227) and the private channel markers going into Bethany Marina. Both parents are monitoring the fledgling and feeding it.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
I can watch this pair from my home and they are doing well. I can not count chicks heads yet. Today I saw various feeding times and at sunset boat ride I saw the one get down deep in the nest to protect while the other one settled onto the nest perch.

05/27/2016 by baygirl
This morning I watched the male bring a fish for the femalw who ate ravenously for some time before she flew off leaving the male on the perch. She did a few circles over the nest and then sat on a nearby perch and the male left the nest also! He had a large fish. Soon the female returned to the nest and then began feeding the chicks. Interesting to see them leave the chicks at such an early age especially with so many other types of birds flying low over the nest but I do notice this from time to time on other nests as well.

05/23/2016 by baygirl
Regular intervals of chick feeding all day today.

05/22/2016 by baygirl
First day after the chicks were born and the heavy rains are gone leaving just some sprinkles and misting. This pair has been busy all morning protecting the chicks from the elements and feeding themselves and chicks. It pretty quiet on the water thus far with just a few crabbing boats passing the platform and one SUP. The osprey have sat tight not leaving the chicks. I need to get out and check more nests. Yesterday the visibility was just too poor to see possible chick feeding at other expecting nests.

05/21/2016 by baygirl
I believe we have chicks. I am not 100% certain yet but will keep my scope on this nest throughout the evening. It is a nasty rainy day but one bird has been very busy down in the nest all day and I think the other bird brought food and there appeared to be feeding behavior. It is definitely time for chicks. Sorry that it is such a poor weather day for chick hatching!

05/20/2016 by baygirl
One incubating with the second bird hovering closely...

05/18/2016 by baygirl
One bird incubating and second bird on BM#3 nest guarding. BM#3 nest not used this year. Very unusual!

05/15/2016 by baygirl
One bird incubating. Second bird on nearby piling.

05/08/2016 by baygirl
This pair has been very low key. Occasionally a SUP will get the incubating bird off the eggs for a few seconds but in general the birds sit very low in the nest and rarely move about. No birds have claimed the next door nest at BM3 #6227 so its pretty calm on the channel.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
This pair may be a new pair of adults, one from 6232 (CM 9) and one from BM3 as they used both platforms for a week or more and finally settled on 9 to incubate. Seasons past the osprey from 9 arrived very early and this year the platform remained empty quite a long time with a bird flying back and forth to nearby platforms.