Nest #6238

Nickname: Long Platform
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: private residence platform on long dock
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5504390583612
Longitude: -75.0969903431899
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/01/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/22/2016 Nest failure 05/10/2016
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure adult abandonment
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/04/2017 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/28/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/26/2017
Incubation initiation 04/26/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/06/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/11/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/30/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2018
Incubation initiation 04/21/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/14/2018 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/04/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/23/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/05/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/02/2019 by baygirl
1 low in nest, may still be incubating or has a hatchling?

05/27/2019 by baygirl
female still very flat and deep on nest and often flies off platform when boats sup's, or kayaks approach and this can be quite often since the new Solitudes community is open and full for the season.

05/12/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest in heavy rain and wind, no mate seen from my vantage point on land, will wait for boat to view the guard perch

05/06/2019 by baygirl
incubating

04/02/2019 by baygirl
strange that there is no activity, no geese, osprey or eagles..but i bet the immature eagle pair is nearby

03/23/2019 by baygirl
no activity seen except for occasional immature eagle

08/24/2018 by baygirl
juvenile alone in the favored trees, crying for fish

08/12/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile on the nest crying today, 8-9-18 i saw the juvenile on the nest and then it flew to the trees where the adult female was eating a fish.

07/30/2018 by baygirl
as I always felt, my hatch date is way off but sure was nice to see this chick flying. i dont know what happened to the second chick but it was always elusive in the nest and may have been caught in something.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
one large chick on the nest with one adult today about 1:30 pm.

07/20/2018 by baygirl
7-13-18, i clearly saw 2 chicks but since that day consistently seeing just one. today one large chick was standing alone on the nest with an adult that appeared to be the male perched in a live tree across the channel. perhaps the chicks are much older than i thought, it seems so by the chicks size, and perhaps one has fledged and momma was looking after it, time will tell but i do think my hatch date may be off.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
female on nest around 3 pm today and as i passed on boat she fussed at me and flew around the nest area while one chick peeked over the nest edge. still just seeing one chick and guess that's all there is.

06/20/2018 by baygirl
finally saw one chick today, i had to watch for quite awhile until dad brought a fish and mom started feeding. the adult female stands on the nest rim often, looking totally uninterested in the nest but she is so upset with passing boats I assumed she did have a chick, it just often looks like she doesn't. and the height of the nest makes it trickier to see also.

06/16/2018 by baygirl
have seen shading behavior and guarding but no chicks or feeding behavior yet. i do feel there are chicks just bad timing on my part. female is very aggressive when you get anywhere close to the nest via boat, she flies off nest if you pass by

06/01/2018 by baygirl
4 pm boat ride, one very low in nest, second not seen

05/21/2018 by baygirl
one very deep in the nest as i passed by on the boat, and she did not complain about my presence as she usually does. her mate was perched in a tree and was calling to other ospreys kenneling overhead.

05/17/2018 by baygirl
one incubating in rain

05/08/2018 by baygirl
one deep in the nest incubating today

04/21/2018 by baygirl
1:30 today one osprey deep in the shallow nest appears to be incubating. it got up, dug around, possibly turned an egg and settled back down flat and deep.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
one osprey on the nest during today's off and on rain storm. it appears there is some sort of debris hanging off the platform. it did not look like the the osprey was deep enough to be incubating.

04/12/2018 by baygirl
sure looks like one osprey is incubating will check back again to confirm

04/11/2018 by baygirl
ospreys on the platform today. the geese either hatched goslings or they were forced off the nest by something, possibly the 3yr old bald eagle that is enjoying the pine trees close by..but nice to see this pair got their nest back in plenty of time to incubate eggs..lets see how it goes now.

04/10/2018 by baygirl
no geese on the nest around 5:30 pm and no ospreys seen

04/08/2018 by baygirl
no geese on the nest today around 4 pm.

03/29/2018 by baygirl
At 4 pm today I took my border collie mix to the woods where the osprey from this platform usually perch and I saw the female osprey up in the tree. there were numerous pairs of geese along the marsh area. I hope this osprey pair also finds a suitable tree to build a nest since the geese are on their platform this season.

03/29/2018 by baygirl
geese are nesting

03/19/2018 by baygirl
uh-oh...2 geese on the nesting platform today

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: I saw the adult female in a tree near the last seen juvenile on same day 8-17-17. did not see the adult male after that date but didn't get the boat down to the nest site often due to storms

07/29/2017 by baygirl
on the 25th of July there were 4 young on the nest... one possibly from next door cottage nest #6182, yesterday just one youngster taking a nap with 2 others in trees

06/29/2017 by baygirl
did not see any signs of chicks late today but female was on nest calling for food, an osprey was nearby fishing in the creek, might have been the male

06/20/2017 by baygirl
One adult on the nest appears to be fussing with chicks, possibly feeding.

06/06/2017 by baygirl
no doubt the chicks hatched a few days ago but finally today I was able to confirm both adults on nest and feeding behavior. really hopeful this pair can raise chicks to fledge this season.

05/18/2017 by baygirl
incubating, can not see mate from current vantage point

05/07/2017 by baygirl
one incubating and a boat is now docked close by....

05/03/2017 by baygirl
one incubating

05/01/2017 by baygirl
one still incubating, have not seen the mate lately

04/26/2017 by baygirl
I have been watching and have seen no action for days and then surprise, today there was an osprey incubating. I even got out my scope to be certain. the platform is easy to see but the ospreys territory is not ,due to trees, guess they were there all along. maybe even incubating before today, this seemed to happen last year also. but then the people spent too much time on the dock and the osprey abandoned the nest. maybe this year will be different.

04/04/2017 by baygirl
2 osprey on the nest today around 2 pm. one was busy fixing the nest.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
No osprey seen on the nest recently

03/28/2017 by baygirl
I osprey on nest, faintly calling.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
I have been watching this pair hanging out back in the tree line away from the platform. There has been a pontoon boat tied to the dock right at the nest and I wonder if that was what caused the birds to abandon the eggs. I can only see the second bird from a boat and so most likely there were 2 osprey for this nest all along, the one was simply not visible to me until I got out on the water. perhaps someone has been spending long periods of time at the dock..it appears so by the crab pots etc. People do not realize the disturbance to a nesting osprey pair and many people put osprey platforms on their docks .I see many unused dock platforms on the waterways of Sussex county. Today just before sunset the pair was hanging out together on the nest.

05/20/2016 by baygirl
No more activity at this platform. I can confirm this nest has failed.

05/13/2016 by baygirl
No birds today :(

05/10/2016 by baygirl
Just one bird up on the platform today. After a few minutes it flew away. It was not incubating.

05/09/2016 by baygirl
A bird was back on the nest apparently incubating this morning. later in the day I saw the bird fly back to the platform, perch a few minutes and then appear to drop down onto eggs. I have not seen a mate for this nest in some time and I have to wonder if this bird is attempting to incubate alone?

05/08/2016 by baygirl
Early in the day I saw an osprey incubating eggs on this nest but when I returned later in the day the bird was up on the platform but not incubating and I saw no mate nearby. I watched for about 15 minutes and the osprey never got back on the eggs.

04/23/2016 by baygirl
This platform is on a very long dock that is extremely close to and directly across from a new home construction site. The birds have been flushed off the platform constantly but somehow they settled in and I just noticed they are incubating! The construction must be bearable! Lets see how they do. They are most likely the birds from a 2015 unproductive nearby snag nest that was destroyed during the winter.