Nest #6235

Nickname: 82 IB
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: SW (middle)platform along the beach cove at James Farm Ecological Preserve
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5792529552713
Longitude: -75.0863031468537
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/05/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/31/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/21/2016
Incubation initiation 04/28/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/07/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/07/2017 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/27/2017 Nest failure 05/06/2017
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure human disturbance
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/07/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/26/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/03/2018
Incubation initiation 04/20/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2018 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 06/07/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 06/12/2014
Clutch hatching 06/10/2015 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/01/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/17/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

by baygirl
The last day I saw a fledgling was 8/21/16 and that day it was perched on a tree deep in the marsh but 4 dogs were allowed to run into the marsh so the young osprey flew away. Happily it doesn't have to be subjected to the continuous disturbance any longer. A few days later I still saw the 2 adults up in the trees but since there is another nest site with fledglings nearby it became hard to tell who was who. I am glad this season is over at James Farm because it is getting worse each year as the dog owners believe the ecological preserve is a dog park. No enforcement and fewer ospreys each nesting season.

04/19/2019 by baygirl
same story, different year, people clamming very close to nest, female stayed put on the eggs for the hour i was there, i did attempt to educate the people but they would not leave the marsh area

04/13/2019 by baygirl
pair is not on the nest regularly, as in seasons past, there is quite a bit of human disturbance so they are not yet settled, mostly on a nearby snag

04/06/2019 by baygirl
2 in tree, good to confirm all pairs accounted for at the preserve today but many people walking close to nest sites

04/01/2019 by baygirl
2 osprey on nest copulating around 3 pm today

03/31/2019 by baygirl
one osprey in guard snag past few days, lots of human disturbance tho right near the platform, fishing etc,the signs to stay back say april thru august so lets see if people follow that.

03/25/2019 by baygirl
one osprey on favorite guard snag today

09/22/2018 by baygirl
adult male on his fave snag at 5:30 pm today

09/14/2018 by baygirl
adult male perched in the favorite snag near the nest

09/03/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile perched quietly in the favorite snag near nest

08/30/2018 by baygirl
one adult in the snag

08/18/2018 by baygirl
seeing just one juvenile consistently past few days, and one adult

08/03/2018 by baygirl
5:30 today just one fledgling on the nest, did not see any others from this family

07/30/2018 by baygirl
empty nest for the first time today at 7:30 pm

07/26/2018 by baygirl
one fledgling on the nearby tree branch being fed by adult female and adult male in pine tree. they were flushed away from the nest by 2 clammers way too close to the platform, the other 2 chicks hunkered down deep

07/24/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks on the nest alone today, one adult came briefly during the hour i was there doing docent work. chicks are rowdy and ready to fly especially in the high winds, SSW 18 mph with gusts today

07/24/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks on the nest alone today, one adult came briefly during the hour i was there doing docent work. chicks are rowdy and ready to fly especially in the high winds, SSW 18 mph with gusts today

07/22/2018 by baygirl
around 4 pm today all 3 chicks visible on the nest with one adult coming and going as the chicks were very active, lots of wingercising and calling for fish. these 3 beauties should be in the air very soon if one hasn't taken a test flight already.

07/20/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks visible today while i was "docenting" at the preserve beach, momma spending more time in the tree and calling for fish from there, some disturbance from people approaching to take pictures of the chicks.momma lets out a warning call and the chicks go flat so the people dont actually see anything by getting too close. silly people.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
female on nest with chicks but could not get clear head count

07/01/2018 by baygirl
photographers f;ushed the female off the nest during the heat of the day today as i was volunteering, docent work. there are still 3 chicks in the nest being shaded unless people or dogs encroach

06/25/2018 by baygirl
one chick visible with adult female on nest tonight just before dusk. have not seen all 3 chicks in quite some time.

06/23/2018 by baygirl
spent a few hours observing all the cove nests at the farm today- as i was a docent-and not seeing 3 chicks at this nest, recently only 2. i did think one was a runt, or at least smaller so hoping its just deep in the nest being shaded by mom.

06/15/2018 by baygirl
docent duties give me 2 hours to observe the nests along Pasture Cove. Saw female feeding 3 chicks today with one a possible runt.

06/08/2018 by baygirl
one chick visible at feeding time, about 3 pm, both adults at nest

06/03/2018 by baygirl
fingers crossed for this family of ospr, i docent at this location and its a real challenge to keep people and dogs away from the marsh at this nest. but so far this season the female is a bit less reactionary altho now with chicks she is getting more stressed.

05/21/2018 by baygirl
sunny breezy day with a few people and dogs on the beach near the platform but one was deep in the nest and the other was up in the tree eating fish.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
this pair continues to incubate inspite of the week of heavy rain. at least it has kept the people and dogs away....

05/05/2018 by baygirl
busy day with many people on the beach, visiting during the native plant sale, but this pair stayed on the eggs with the male making an appearance off and on and chased an eagle away from the treeline- giving the beach visitors quite a thrill. 2 dogs were allowed off leash and they did run over to the marsh nest but the owner did get them when I asked him to leash them.

04/20/2018 by baygirl
one osprey barely visible, very deep in the nest for over an hour today around 9 am.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
just one osprey picking around in the nest today around 1:00 pm

04/07/2018 by baygirl
Finally I see both osprey together at the nest. I would bet money they were here earlier than today but I wont create and activity report until I am certain. They were busy in the nest and then up and soaring with the numerous other osprey enjoying the NNW 6 mph and up wind gusts out over Pasture Point Cove. We walked out close (100 ft) to the platform to place the repaired stay back sign once they lifted off the nest and we were amazed to count 8 osprey above us. All 7 James Farm osprey pairs are now officially at home for the 2018 season.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
1 female osprey on the nest today.

03/23/2018 by baygirl
1 osprey on the nearby tree today, first osprey I have seen at James Farm this season.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
the diary entry from 2016 just appeared amongst my 2017 entries, not sure how to fix that.....but I did see the adults off and on during the summer and last adult male sighting was today. he was perched in his favorite dying tree near the nest.

06/22/2017 by baygirl
the pair is still off and on nest depending on human activity at James Farm

05/15/2017 by baygirl
ospreys from this nest are now spending time on a downed snag neat the bayshore mobile home park. I have not seen them at their nest site past few days

05/07/2017 by baygirl
both osprey were stiing on the nest today, no incubating and the nest has failed. they were attempting to copulate and may try to renest but it will be very difficult moving deep into the summer months at this very busy beach area.

05/06/2017 by baygirl
at 11:00 today the female was off her eggs for over 2.5 hours and no male was seen. obviously the nesting has failed. I did watch a number of people approach the nest to photograph and they spent long periods of time at the new sign that is posted only 100 ft from the nest. at 100 feet the osprey are off the nest. I have asked the preserve management to place realistic signs but they feel that since the osprey population is doing well nothing needs to be done to protect them at this ecological preserve. very sad.

04/27/2017 by baygirl
incubating osprey was calling for fish for about 30 minutes and the a photographer got within about 125 feet of the platform even though there are signs to stay back, and of course the osprey was up off the eggs immediately and the man stayed there for about 15 minutes. and this is a slow time of the nesting season.

04/23/2017 by baygirl
nest looks nice and fat! the female was on new platform t perch calling for food

04/15/2017 by baygirl
this pair is using the snag nearby for relief from people and dogs. there are new signs up to keep people away but the signs are too close to the nest and tell people to stay 100' away. by the time they are at the sign the osprey are off the nest. and of course they go closer anyway. loosing battle at James Farm.

04/09/2017 by baygirl
this pair was spending lots of time fighting off another osprey pair, and not the pairs from the other platforms at James Farm as they were all present on those nests.

04/07/2017 by baygirl
today was first day I could confirm a pair on this nesting platform. all 6 nest platforms at James Farm are now occupied.

07/17/2016 by baygirl
At sunset this evening the pair of chicks was very visible in the nest along with the adult female. The male was guarding from his usual nearby tree perch. I would guess these 2 babies have about another week or 2 till fledge and I can hardly wait for that day as it is still touch and go with people disturbing them. Somehow the adults have perservered thru the stress and continue to fish and feed them.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
Hard to believe but this pair continues to incubate. I placed "stay back" signs along the marsh near the platform and so far it must be working! The second osprey usually sits in the nearby tree line and sounds warning calls as people or dogs make their way towards the platform. CIB also posted a video about osprey etiquette requesting people stay away from the osprey platforms around the inland bays. Maybe Facebook is the answer:) But..it is still early in the season.

05/20/2016 by baygirl
Well this pair is still on their eggs. But I know it is going to be a tough time coming up. Memorial Day is around the corner and that means a crowd of people and dogs along James Farm beach and in the water right next to this pairs platform. We placed more stay back signs along the marsh and even with our brief visit the pair was off the nest sounding loud warning calls albeit just for less than a minute. We are unable to place signs in the water area that is so very close to the platform and that is exactly where the disturbance was 2015 season-people clamming for hours causing the pair to abandon their chicks. Its possible that since they are incubating later their chicks will not hatch. Maybe that would be a blessing. But I am always hopeful that people will understand that ospreys ARE vulnerable to human presence and stay back from nesting sites.

05/15/2016 by baygirl
One incubating one nearby

05/13/2016 by baygirl
One still incubating

05/08/2016 by baygirl
Checked on this pair today and so far they are still incubating even with the increasing human presence on the nearby beach. Perhaps the stay back signs are helping! The mate was eating a fish on its nearby guard tree perch.

04/29/2016 by baygirl
All 4 platforms along James Farm beach and marsh area have pairs. They are slowly settling down but there is human disturbance frequently, especially on nice days. Dogs are allowed to roam close to nests. Today I monitored the nests for 3 hours during the James Farm Native Plant sale and in spite of the stay back signs posted close to nest areas people continued to flush all the birds off nests. This platform is the first to begin incubating eggs. They had young in 2015 but abandoned the nest early during chick rearing. Hoping for a better outcome this 2016 season.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
This middle platform along the James Farm Ecological Preserve marsh on Pasture point is under pressure from human and canine activity. So far they are bringing nest material and eating fish in the nearby treeline but they do leave the nest often when people and dogs walk within a few feet of their platform. 2015 season they had chicks but appeared to have abandoned the nest and chicks.