Nest #6293

Nickname: UD-3
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Univ of DE - loop road around Marine Operations Building
Nest Cam URL: Click to Visit
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.7882711580556
Longitude: -75.1607759325409
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2016

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by Shook
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by UD Marine Ops
Adult arrival 03/14/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/25/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/27/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

10/02/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Female back again for a few minutes today. Was also here yesterday with a nice size fish. She never stays long. Heat wave here the last few weeks.

09/30/2019 by UD Marine Ops
One young or a passer by perched on the nest post and ate a fish. Great to see one again, it has been several weeks. I have seen a few fly by elsewhere in Lewes, vast majority moved on by early Sept.

08/28/2019 by UD Marine Ops
I wrote too soon. One arrived with a small fish. Immediately met at the nest by two others. Squabble and all flew off, one came back, fish still in talon. Flew off a few minutes later to find place to eat in peace.

08/28/2019 by UD Marine Ops
0-2 the last few days. Mostly vacant today, one max.

08/23/2019 by UD Marine Ops
0-2 the last few days. One brought a fish back this morning and was raided by her Sister so flew elsewhere to eat it.

08/21/2019 by UD Marine Ops
0-1 seen in the nest yesterday and this morning. None stay long before flying back out.

08/14/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1745 - Mom showed up with a small fish and the two (who had been perched for a while) jumped hard after and fought over it. Guess learning to fish has been hard. Mom came back a short time later with a much bigger fish. Both kids flew off with their meal. Mom out fishing again I presume.

08/14/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1530 - Vacant most of the day. Some stop and goes. Max of two perched at one time.

08/13/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1500 - One showed up for a short while earlier then left. Nest vacant. I don't see any soaring today. Weather is cloudy with occasional tstorms.

08/13/2019 by UD Marine Ops
0830 - nest vacant.

08/12/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Four Osprey soaring together over the inlet. Great weather for flying.

08/12/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1730 - Nest vacant all day. I've been away since 8/8 so not able to observe.

08/07/2019 by UD Marine Ops
0715 - none in nest, all out.

08/05/2019 by UD Marine Ops
I've only seen a max of two in the nest today. Empty most of the day.

07/30/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1015 - Nest vacant. All out fishing I presume.

07/29/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1645 - Full family of 4 seen in the nest for a short time. At 1700 three remain, all eating. One seems stuck with the remains of the very large fish caught earlier in the day and not enjoying the tail meat and lack of freshness.

07/29/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Adult female was eating large fish alone in nest. Later one of the young showed up. The adult feed the young osprey as when younger. Young also tour at the fish on its own some. Young away from nest often now.

07/24/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1730 - Four osprey in nest briefly. Crowded. Sisters seem to get along and share fish.

07/24/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1730 - Four osprey in nest briefly. Crowded. Sisters seem to get along and share fish. Nest mending going on today as well.

07/24/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Nice cool day. All Osprey away from nest most of day. At 1600 two had returned. Looks like one adult perched and one young in the nest.

07/23/2019 by UD Marine Ops
0800 - Male returned with a fish and flew off. Female remains perched on post, two young ate the fish.

07/23/2019 by UD Marine Ops
1715 - The adult male brought another large fish for the kids then flew off again. All were out of the nest for a while today. Only one young is there now enjoying the fish.

07/22/2019 by UD Marine Ops
I've been away since 7/12. Two healthy young (females I believe) have been standing in the nest all day. One adult with them often. A second adult appeared for a short time. I haven't seen the young fly yet. No flapping of wings either. It may be the excessive heat.

07/22/2019 by UD Marine Ops
At 1700 I witnessed a 4 minute flight and awkward landing! Also, what I thought was a hatchling on the perch was actually an adult (skinny female). The second hatchling returned from a flight and landed in the nest. The female just took off to hunt. Her young are bigger than her now. She has been working hard to take care of her young. I only saw the male for a short time today

07/09/2019 by UD Marine Ops
I've been away for 5 days. Today the largest of the young was flapping thei wings. Mom looks thin and tired. Both young are fully feathered, looking healthy, and hopefully soon ready to fly.

07/02/2019 by UD Marine Ops
The largest hatchling is in full Osprey feathers and looks like a small adult. The smaller one may be as well. No grey coat. Fledglings now!

06/28/2019 by UD Marine Ops
~0900 - nest going strong with two hatchlings and two well tending adults.

06/25/2019 by UD Marine Ops
A lot of activity in the nest. Both young have clear osprey coloration in their faces and heads. Both have beaks always open still. Both are stretching wings, though the larger one is more active. They are growing very fast. A lot fish caught by the adults today.

06/22/2019 by UD Marine Ops
This nest is still doing well. Two adults near constantly. Two hatchlings are active and growing fast. One remains significantly larger than the other. Distinct feathers are seen on both now.

06/16/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Still two younglings in nest. One is still much larger than the other. The larger one is losing grey coat and starting to show colored feathers (particularly the head). His or her head is above the nest edge most of the time now.

06/10/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Two young are active in the nest. One has been visible for a couple days and is larger than the other. Today is the first I've seen the second. The dominate one is projecting above the nest edge consistently with grey coat and pink tongue, growing fast.

05/31/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Definitely at least one young head popping up on the web cam video! Figure hatching was last Monday or earlier based on adult behavior.

05/29/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Male is feeding the female again. At least for the last 30 minutes. Bite by bite. I can't tell of what though. I didn't see them bring back a fish today or yesterday. I wish I had a high res camera.

05/29/2019 by UD Marine Ops
I may have just seen a small head pop up. I suspect the female is feeding the young, and the male is helping by giving pieces to the female? I just don't see her clearly feeding the young.

05/28/2019 by UD Marine Ops
A new phase for sure - eggs hatched? Male is feeding the female pieces of fish. Female may be feeding young (or is just staying close instead of fishing). I can't see inside the nest. The osprey pair are keeping to the outside edges of the nest. Feeding has been ongoing for several hours. Some nest adjusting and fluffing is ongoing as well. Some soft grass material is being added. The pair is working together on the nest.

04/25/2019 by UD Marine Ops
A single Osprey is resting a lot in nest. Possibly tending to eggs.

04/04/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Recent days the pair has continued to build up padding inside the nest. The size of fish they have been catching is larger. Plenty of periods of rest and some half-enthused courting behavior. Today was first day I observed soaring and chirping of a large # (~10) Osprey. Almost as if younger ones have arrived and getting reacquainted (or finding out they are not welcome in their birth nest).

03/29/2019 by UD Marine Ops
There has been less mating behavior the last few days. Today the male is building up the nest while the female is resting (and seems to be supervising the nest build up from her perch).

03/27/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Courting behavior and soft inside nest building has continued in earnest. This pair is healthy and happy. The outside ring of the nest is a bit better than last year, but no where close the quality of UD-2.

03/26/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Multiple trips placing seaweed and other soft material into nest.

03/25/2019 by UD Marine Ops
Courting behavior has begun

03/18/2019 by UD Marine Ops
3/18/19- Very active nest building by the pair.

04/19/2016 by Shook
This next is in the water on a aid to navigation sign