Nest #6242

Nickname: BBNC old snag/old platform
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Snag nest/old lower platform in tree stand midway down walkway
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5424135226261
Longitude: -75.0722462237529
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/09/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/03/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/01/2016
Incubation initiation 04/25/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/19/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/26/2017 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/16/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/28/2017
Incubation initiation 04/15/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Butch
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/24/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/16/2018
Incubation initiation 04/17/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/27/2018 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/16/2018 by baygirl
one female juvenile on snag beside nest, eating fish

09/07/2018 by baygirl
one male juvenile perched quietly on the favorite snag near the nest, 85, sun with wnw winds at 10 mph, good day to migrate

08/18/2018 by baygirl
warm breezy day, WSW 10 mph winds with gusts, one adult on snag branch eating a fish and one juvenile on a pine tree branch also eating.

08/15/2018 by Butch
Sunny, 90 degrees, but nice breeze. No birds on nest, but saw 3 or 4 flying looking for fish. One had a fish and there was lots of calling back and forth.

08/08/2018 by baygirl
observed from canal, 3:30 pm, 89, hazy sunshine, no wind today. adult male on favorite snag, only other osprey in the marsh area was the male from new plat/snag eating a fish at his nest area. no juveniles seen or heard

08/03/2018 by Butch
11:40 am, 85 degrees, sunny and some breeze. Did not observe any Ospreys on nest or anywhere in vicinity. Did not hear any either.

07/30/2018 by baygirl
1 fledge in the nest, 1 fledge on adult males favorite snag and 1 fledge on a pine tree branch with the adult male perched on another branch of his favorite snag. Did not see female and the young were very quiet.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
breezy day with SSW winds at 18 mph with gusts, hazy sunshine but decent visibility, I arrived around 12:00 to see one fledgling perched on the adult males favorite snag, the adult female on the live sparse pine tree near the nest and 2 chicks in the nest. no adult male in sight. the fledgling on the snag then launched into the air and put on a sweet show, circling high over the water and then making 3 attempts to land on various trees until he finally hovered over a thick snag trunk and touched down heavily. then another chick took off and then the final one and those 2 play tussled very near to the adult female with one going back to the nest the other choosing a pine branch and all 3 began the cry for fish that echoes through the nature center swamp. i love to hear that noise! i think at least one had fledged before today but I am sure all 3 are flying now though in different skill levels. all 3 appear to be males from the white chests but I can not know that for sure. but that would explain their daredevil show for me today. my experience over the years shows the young males tend to fly first and with more confidence the first few flights. but that's just my anthropomorphic brain. i hope that since these 3 are now flying that no harm will come to them this summer- at least not by predator.

07/22/2018 by baygirl
6:45, breezy hazy humid evening, all 3 very large chicks on the nest, 2 were very active flapping their wings, ping ponging across the nest in the breeze and one was hovering off and on. the third one was laying. both adults were on separate trees nearby. i can not confirm if any of the chicks are flying but by the size of them, the dark appearance of their feathers and the length of their tales I would bet money at least one and probably the 2 that were active and appear to be male are flying. this is the early flight stage when they still spend much time at the nest begging for food, sleeping at night time or resting during the days. it can be hard to time it perfectly to see the flight.

07/20/2018 by Butch
Another beautiful day, 85 degrees, light breeze. Lots of Ospreys flying and calling; at least a half dozen. One parent in the usual tall dead tree also calling. There were two very mature chicks, but after a half hour I never saw the third.

07/18/2018 by baygirl
7:30 am, 84, suns few clouds, NNW 7 mph, checking nest early after a night of heavy rain and wind. all 3 chicks visible with both adults on the nearby snags.the adult male had a fish.

07/14/2018 by Butch
12:20, 85 degrees, clear sunny sky. Saw two nestlings lounging on edge of nest. Female was hunting and male was in his usual observation tree. A gentleman taking photos said he had seen 3 chicks.

07/12/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks clearly visible in the nest with adult female. did not see the male today.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
6 pm, after finding the next door nest empty of 3 large chicks I was happy to see the adult female on this nest with her 3 growing chicks, preening and feathers flying in the waning sunshine. I did not see the male but the female was softly calling him to bring her some dinner.

07/05/2018 by Butch
Sunny day, 87 degrees, 4 pm, humid, slight wind. Female on edge of nest. After 5 minutes, male came with fish. Then 3 heads popped up for their chance at the meal.

06/27/2018 by baygirl
SSE 13 mph winds, sun some clouds, good vis, 76 at 3:00 pm today. Adult female was on the nest, shading with 2 chicks visible. Adult male was preening on a snag close to the walkway. I have not see a third chick in quite some time.

06/25/2018 by Butch
Pretty day, light breeze, 80 degrees, 2:45 pm. Only saw parent on edge of nest with little movement. After few moments saw two chicks' heads bobbing around. Parent on nest starting calling and mate on tall tree answered, but didn't see any moves.

06/20/2018 by baygirl
mombrella shading 2 chicks today

06/18/2018 by baygirl
3:45, hot humid day, 84, SSE 6 mph and lots of mosquitoes!! Female on nest feeding 3 chicks, finally a head count. I had been seeing 2 chicks but had a feeling there were 3. I did not make it out to check the other platform as I was swarmed with mosquitoes. Bug spray next visit.

06/11/2018 by Butch
61 degrees, overcast, 8 mph wind, 2:30 pm. Female deep in nest as usual, but her head was busy bobbing up and down. Looks like feeding mode. Did not see mate.

06/10/2018 by baygirl
female in nest today, foggy cloudy drizzly day following yesterday long heavy rain storm. did not see mate or chicks

06/05/2018 by baygirl
viewed this nest from the Salt Pond today, one adult shading and one on snag

06/03/2018 by baygirl
stopping by regularly and seeing the male bringing fish with the female still fairly deep in the nest when not feeding

05/27/2018 by baygirl
breezy day, 80, clear with good vis, and finally i see the female on the nest finishing eating and feeding at least one chick, the male was in the back pine tree when i arrived. i have not seen the female leave the nest in a few days so she may have had the first hatchling a couple days ago.

05/23/2018 by baygirl
beautiful day to hang out at the nature center walkway! 75, WNW 8 mph, clouds and sunshine, good vis. The female was deep in the nest when I arrived with her mate preening on his fave snag. After a few minutes she started a very soft call, he took a spin around his territory and then landed on the nest rim. She continued to softly call to him and then in a few minutes she got up and flew off to the same tree he came from, and she began preening and wingercizing. The male settled down, rocking into the nest. It was interesting to see the switch out of incubating duties, the communication that seemed to say " Can I have a short break please?" They dont just switch duties at meal time. It is amazing to observe how osprey work so well together during nesting season- at least most do.

05/22/2018 by Butch
61, light breeze, no rain. Did not see mate. Female, as usual, very hard to see from angle of platform. 8:15 pm

05/19/2018 by baygirl
65, SSE 7 mph, medium visibility,7th day of rain.. we had a clearing around 1130 this morning, just some drizzle so I spent about 30 minutes observing this pair as its always concerning to have so much rain saturate the osprey nests.Everything looked good with one osprey, presumably the female, deep in the nest, the second was not around. I expect to see chick feeding behavior soon and usually know chicks are coming when the male begins to spend much time on the nest rim and the female gets very fussy.

05/16/2018 by Butch
11:30 am, light rain, 65 degrees. At first I thought nest was abandoned, but after 5 minutes female made enough of an appearance to call to mate who was perched in his sentinel tree.

05/08/2018 by baygirl
2:15 today, 54, NE13 mph, 75% clouds with med vis, interesting to arrive and hear the soft "peep like" call of the female as she was preening and winger-cising on the nearby snag. the male was incubating. she appeared to be almost singing softly with happiness for the short break off the nest! She took a few turns in the air and landed on the far snag and resumed the soft vocalizing and preening. sweet.

05/07/2018 by Butch
2:30, 68 degrees, slight wind, sunny. Female deep in nest. Mate sat stoically in nearby tree and spoke up when 3 other ospreys flew overhead for a few minutes. Lots of other birds in area.

05/02/2018 by baygirl
1:30, 78, SW 6mph wind and pure sunshine. One very deep in the nest and second not seen or heard but the new pair (possibly from last seasons BBNC new snag3) was flying around the snag trees to the west -near the basketball court.

04/30/2018 by Butch
Partly cloudy, 60 degrees, very windy. Female deep in nest. Did not see mate. 1:5-2:00 pm.

04/27/2018 by Butch
11:30-11:45 am, sunny with few clouds, 61 degrees. Watched nest for 10 minutes before I saw bird on nest. I thought it was deserted, but she was just really deep in it. Did not see mate, but heard calls.

04/23/2018 by Butch
One of osprey deep in the nest; mate on the usual observation tree nearby. Heard them calling, but no action. Sunny, a little wind, 62 degrees, 1:30 1:45 p.m.

04/21/2018 by baygirl
2:00 today I observed this pair switch out incubation duties after male brought fish. female took it to back snag to eat.

04/17/2018 by baygirl
I am calling incubation today. Been seeing behavior that makes me believe egg(s) may have been laid a few days ago with incubation initiated perhaps as early as the 13th but today I saw definite nesting behavior. The female remained deep in the nest during my observation from across the creek at the kayak launch. The male flew around and grabbed some nest material but did not take it to the nest. He went to the pine tree and just dropped it on landing. This season I have seen this sort of off and on the nest behavior with incubation getting more serious after a few days. Now I wonder if the unhatched eggs that are often found in nests during banding are actually the first eggs laid and not the last as is often theorised. 48, W 15 mph, mix of sun and clouds, high visibility, great day to spend some time watching numerous nests bordering the salt pond marshes. I am still expecting another pair to arrive at the nature center. It is so very quiet there.....

04/16/2018 by Butch
Arrived at 10:40 a.m. Sunny, windy, 55 degrees. When I first arrived, neither bird was on the nest. The marsh was extremely flooded. Over the next 15 minutes, I observed a bald eagle, great blue heron and common terns flying over the marsh. A few minutes later the pair came back to the nest at the same time. As they sat there, another osprey flew only a few feet over them and then disappeared. The pair did not leave the nest while I waited another 10 minutes. Bald eagle reappeared over the marsh. Pair did not appear to be incubating yet.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
1:30 today one osprey was very deep in the nest and appeared to be incubating for the 30 minutes I remained on the walkway.. I did not see the mate. The marsh was quiet of osprey except for the next door platform pairs activity. SSW winds 18 mph, clouds, med vis, 61. I think this pair is incubating but may be a young pair and isn't too serious about it. Will still wait to make that call even though I have seen one deep in the nest off and on for past 4 days.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
I am happy I did not call this officially an incubating pair because today at 1:15 both were off and on the nest for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes the female was laying in the nest but she was not very deep and may have just been hunkered down due to the cool misty weather. At one point she flew to her favorite snag and the male flew over and attempted copulation. I did not see any fish brought in and when I left the female was back on the nest laying down. I did not see her turning eggs or fussing in the nest bowl or looking into it but still I guess she may have eggs. Again we will just have to keep monitoring.

04/12/2018 by baygirl
female deep in the nest but not certain she is incubating as she did get up a few times and flew to the favorite snag. she did not have a leg band. sometimes early in the incubation females seem to spend longer times off the eggs. I do not know what determines this except that they must know much about thermo-regulating and so they can get off for a few minutes.But at times it seems risky to me!

04/11/2018 by Butch
Watched nest for 10 minutes at 4:40 p.m. Clear, 41 degrees. Female on the nest and male on the tall dead tree that he occupies nearly every time I have been there.

04/08/2018 by Butch
4/8/18--11:20 a.m. one bird on nest and one on high dead tree to right. 42 degrees, clear, windy.

04/08/2018 by baygirl
I watched this pair along with the other platform pair today. Could not see the females leg but male has no bands. They spent most of the hour with the female in the nest and the male on his favorite snag guard tree to the west of the platform. Beautiful sunny but chilly day,46, winds N 18 mph.

04/07/2018 by baygirl
Pair is busy at nesting platform and are still scrapping with visitors to this very popular osprey destination. See incorrect photo for nest #6402 by "Butch" that is actually a 2018 photo of this NJ design platform with current osprey pair.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
Both on nest today and then the male took off after another osprey that got a bit too close to the platform. It is still pretty quiet though at the nature center with just this pair in residence.

03/25/2018 by baygirl
am going to take a chance and say the pair is on their nest today...they are on the nest and seem quite comfy but I did see them visiting the other nesting platform (BBNC New Plat) about 30 minutes later. There was a third osprey on that platform just before they both flew over there so perhaps they were just guarding the entire nature center marsh.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: entire family seen 8-20-17. adult male and one remaining juvenile last seen 8-28-17.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
All 3 fledged young come and go to nest, begging and resting, the adults are bringing fish and perching in their usual favorite snags. there are 2 other nests very close-by with chicks much younger. will be interesting to see how much visiting there will be if the others do fledge later in the season.

07/11/2017 by baygirl
These 3 chicks are ready to fly and perhaps one already has, just have not confirmed it.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
1 adult on nearby snag and could not see any birds in nest.

06/22/2017 by baygirl
one chick visible today

06/08/2017 by baygirl
lots of activity on the nest, feeding and nest arranging but I can not see any little heads popping up because of the tilt of the platform and the very high nest material...soon though:)

05/25/2017 by baygirl
both adults on nest today, one feeding chicks

05/21/2017 by baygirl
I spent about 1 hour at the boardwalk of the nature center and all 3 females were deep in their nests. I was hoping to see hatchling feeding behavior on this old platform location but did not. the male was on his fave snag and when I left the female was asking him to get her a fish.

04/24/2017 by baygirl
pair is continuing to share incubating duties with the male spending most of his time in the tall guard snag area farther away from the other 2 pairs.

04/17/2017 by baygirl
the pair is incubating while there are many other osprey battling for airspace nearby. this pair stays out of the fray but the snag trees nearby are very popular with other pairs.

04/05/2017 by baygirl
this day I watched both osprey take turns dive bombing a bald eagle that was sitting deep in a pine tree near their nest, a crow even got into the action and was helping them but the eagle didn't budge.

03/26/2017 by baygirl
2 ospreys in the nest, female very vocal, appears to be telling the male she wants a fish!

03/25/2017 by baygirl
One male osprey on nest calling for a mate

09/03/2016 by baygirl
Final dates for this nest, 8-28-16 last adult female and male sighting, 9-1-16 last fledgling (female) sighting and then the 9-2/3-16 storm blew in and no more ospreys seen at this nest site.

07/17/2016 by baygirl
I was able to see the 2 chicks clearly today and the adult female was on the nest with them, attempting to shade them from the heat. The chicks are still young and will need some more time till fledge but they are starting to look strong moving about the nest. The adult male was in a nearby tree eating the head off a fish before he dropped it into the nest for the family.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
I continue to check this nest often and so far the pair is still incubating. The second osprey usually guards from the tall snags that once held the original nest.

05/20/2016 by baygirl
One bird incubating. Do not see the second bird today.

05/18/2016 by baygirl
One bird incubating one bird brought nest material.

05/13/2016 by baygirl
This pair continues to incubate. I observed them switch incubation duties. The relieved bird flew over to the original snag tree area where a very mature pair once had a nice snag nest. I would bet money that this is the same pair but no way to know for certain. And...there is a new very low snag nest to the east and midway down the BBNC boardwalk. I would also guess that would be the new pair I saw a few weeks ago....a sub adult pair perhaps?

05/08/2016 by baygirl
I have continued to attempt to identify which pair has claimed the old platform and there is no way to tell. But a pair has settled in and the other ospreys that once hung around are nowhere in sight. Unfortunately the pair at 6335 (New BBNC snag) seem to be off their eggs. I would bet that with the frequent eagle visits, the extra osprey pairs hovering around the high trees and the newly arriving osprey sub adults scuffling nearby at the National Guard area, the disturbance took its toll. Lets see how the entire Salt Pond colony fairs this season!

04/09/2016 by baygirl
This pair may or may not be the senior pair who occupied a large snag nest for the past few nesting seasons. Their snag nest was destroyed during a winter storm. The old platform is located just below where the snag nest had stood. When they arrived this season they hung around the snapped off snag but surprisingly there was also another pair visiting the old platform just a few feet away. The two pairs tolerated one another. There is also the pair at #6335, the new BBNC snag.So there has been alot of activity. No way to tell who will claim the old run down platform. Its very low in relation to the other tall snag nests in the loblolly pines.