Nest #6334

Nickname: Cedar Landing
Nest substrate: Dead Tree
Nest Location Description: The Island at Cedar Landing, lagoon on south side.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5699039417882
Longitude: -75.0919962978871
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 04/12/2016 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/05/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/24/2016
Incubation initiation 05/02/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/02/2017 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/26/2017 Nest failure 06/30/2017
Clutch hatching 06/04/2017 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/24/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/26/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/15/2018
Incubation initiation 04/14/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/01/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 05/02/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/24/2015 Nest failure 06/24/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure nest destroyed during storm
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 05/18/2014 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
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/16/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2019 Nest failure 06/09/2019
Clutch hatching 06/02/2019 Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/21/2019 by baygirl
still seeing at least one adult at nest territory

06/30/2019 by baygirl
the pair is at the nest much more now, coming and going, female calls for fish from her mate who spars with the failed nest pair next door

06/12/2019 by baygirl
no activity at nest since 6-9-19, adults not at nest but i see them in the trees. i dont know what happened but that nest was used by a great horned owl a few years ago. there has been a fair amount of rain and failed nests in the area but i am just guessing.

06/02/2019 by baygirl
finally can confirm chick feeding and shading, both adults spending much time at nest.

05/30/2019 by baygirl
extreme storm around 6pm with heavy wind and rain, pair still at nest and inc

05/29/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest today, mate on nearby branch

05/15/2019 by baygirl
nest remains intact after heavy rains

05/12/2019 by baygirl
heavy rain and wind for past 2 days, snag nest still holding, one incubating

05/07/2019 by baygirl
the snag nest is still looking good even with all the rain and high winds. watched them switch inc duties today

04/19/2019 by baygirl
no signs of egg laying. heavy rain, wind storm will arrive middle of tonight, hope snag holds

04/18/2019 by baygirl
another storm forecasted for tmr, high winds.. today the female was very busy at the nest. no signs of incubation tho.

04/15/2019 by baygirl
nest is swaying in the 40 mph NW wind event all day today and we had heavy rains last night, reports of many snag nests down in Delaware, the female is on the nest and digging in the nest bowl today, she may incubate soon, i just hope the nest holds this entire season....

04/14/2019 by baygirl
nest is huge, female perches on edge of nest most of each day, expect egg laying soon

04/05/2019 by baygirl
nest is much bigger now but there is a large black plastic bag and small white plastic bag making up a large part of the nest

04/02/2019 by baygirl
they have chosen their snag, its not much to hang a heavy nest on but they are commited now, and the nest is taking shape.

03/31/2019 by baygirl
they are trying to build a nest on 2 different spindly snag tops, neither looks like it will hold a nest, they are bringing in fish and scuffling with other osprey but staying true to their territory when they could just go to the creek and use the empty BM# platform!

03/23/2019 by baygirl
still not seeing any tree chosen for a nest and only seeing glimpses of this pair, mostly in a far snag to eat fish and some sparring with the Pine Needle nest pair.

03/19/2019 by baygirl
I can hear this pair in the loblolly pine grove, general vicinity of prior snag nests, but I am not sure if they have chosen a new snag to nest

03/16/2019 by baygirl
the pair is here but their snag came down in early winter so they are just looking around, visiting some of the nearby platforms, bringing in fish and obviously searching for a new nest snag... interesting to see what they decide on...

09/24/2018 by baygirl
adult male calling to passing ospreys at 4:15p today

09/20/2018 by baygirl
juvenile at nest calling for fish until 9-15-18, just before storms, adult male still at nest today

09/07/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile still consistently calling for fish and adult male still bringing in fish, saw the exchange on the nest today

08/18/2018 by baygirl
2 juveniles chasing one another and crying loudly for fish, one adult brought in a fish and a battle ensued. i have not ID'd the adult female but from the number of ospreys flying around in the tree area at the nest i am pretty sure she is still around.

08/17/2018 by baygirl
1 juvenile eating a fish in the favored far snag, one adult on branch near nest

08/09/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile eating in the nest, one adult in tree

08/03/2018 by baygirl
early morning 7-26 the nest had just one chick on it so i knew one had flown. then the nest was often empty ( i can see from my house)today at 2:30 both fledge were on the nest and both were eating so that tells me most likely both adults still in town tho i usually can see just one thru the tree.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
2 very large chicks on the nest today, most of the day i could see them, self feeding. they will be flying very soon.

07/22/2018 by baygirl
both chicks and both adults on the nest at 8:30 this morning, one adult, most likely the female, was feeding the chicks. chicks are getting very big and should fly soon if not already

07/21/2018 by baygirl
2 large chicks in the nest this morning with adult male on his nearby guard tree, then all day heavy rain but the snag nest is holding so far.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
female on nest, one chick vis and male on nearby guard tree this morning

06/27/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks clearly visible at evening feeding yesterday. we went past with our boat as that is the best vantage point for this very tall snag nest. the adult male was on a nearby snag tree eating his own fish while momma osprey fed her 2 chicks.

06/25/2018 by baygirl
I believe there are at least 2 chicks as I see feeding but can not confirm chick count at this time.

06/18/2018 by baygirl
both adults at nest consistently and feeding behavior seen but can not see chicks yet.

06/01/2018 by baygirl
finally! I see the pair together on the nest with one clearly feeding..I dont know if my incubation date is off or I just missed feeding behavior but something doesn't add up here! it was a crazy early season for these 2 as they seemed to be off and on the nest for a few weeks after arrival. no matter, there are chicks right now!if they grow to show their little heads perhaps i can figure it out then.

05/21/2018 by baygirl
I see one incubating and one on the nearby branch but see very little other activity, hope to see feeding behavior soon.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
still incubating in spite of the week of heavy rain. there should be chicks soon.

05/08/2018 by baygirl
continuing to incubate with what appears to be a few new arrivals in the marsh, perhaps some sub adults stirring the pot!

04/21/2018 by baygirl
I wonder if there wasn't a different male or even female on this nest since I began monitoring. That might explain all the shuffling off and on the nest and apparent incubating then not incubating and then more copulating that for today has been at least past 2 days of consistent incubating behavior with one on nest early morning and at dark.

04/17/2018 by baygirl
I have no idea what this pair is doing. I can watch from my home and any time I check this nest something different is happening. I saw one deep in the nest off and on all day, I saw female on the branch and the male came and they attempted to copulate. Who knows what is going on. The nest is active and there is some deep nesting.. otherwise its anyone's guess.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
this pair is just not serious about their nest. I know now they are no longer incubating if they truly were before. they come and go and seem to harass the other pairs around the colony. will wait to change the incubation date, assuming they get down to business this season.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
earlier today i did not see the osprey at the nest, and again now during a lull in the heavy rain storm. perhaps the bird is too deep for me to see. if not, she is up off her egg(s).

04/14/2018 by baygirl
10:00 AM, SW winds over 20 mph, 78, pure sun. One deep in nest, then I saw switch out duties later in the day.

04/11/2018 by baygirl
starting to see some serious deep digging in the nest, and the second osprey on the lower branch

04/07/2018 by baygirl
one of the pair beginning to spend more time on the nest but they are still scrapping with some interlopers

04/02/2018 by baygirl
They are fighting off other birds but definitely busy at the nest.

03/28/2018 by baygirl
Male flew in a nice clump of nest material for the waiting female today. She was very busy spiffing up the nest.

03/24/2018 by baygirl
2 osprey at the nest this morning at 7:30 AM but I will wait to confirm their occupancy as there has been quite a bit of shuffling around the colony past few days.

03/19/2018 by baygirl
One osprey coming and going to nest and fighting with second bird today. Then it was on nearby snag later in the day around 4 pm.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: the nest is still intact after all the storms. adult female last seen 8-16-17. adult male last seen 9-17-17 having a fish on a nearby snag. I hope the great horned owl pair moves away for the 2018 season.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
adults still at nest site, mostly perched on the lower branches of snag around sunset. the nest held through last nights intense rain and flooding.

06/30/2017 by baygirl
This day I saw the adult male on a nearby tree sleeping and the adult female was on another tree nearby calling softly. They were not next to the nest. I saw some nest material brought to the nest a few ties but I could tell there was no longer any chicks. I would guess the owl got this nest too but of course I do not know fro certain. this was the owls nest in 2015.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
yesterday I was wondering if the great horned owl that took both chicks from the nearby nest had gotten to this nest but I finally saw an adult feeding one chick. Today I saw an adult on the nest just once and no feeding. hard to see whats going on.

06/27/2017 by baygirl
No feeding observed past few days, no chicks visible. Today I rarely saw any birds on the nest except near sunset I saw one eating on the nest but no feeding. I believe the nest may have failed, I hope this is not another great horned owl attack.

06/22/2017 by baygirl
Still have not seen any little heads but the adults are still at the nest and I can see feeding behavior

06/08/2017 by baygirl
finally seeing regular chick feeding and even with the heavy rain a few days ago the nest looks strong

05/25/2017 by baygirl
incubating with a new family of great blue herons right next door

05/03/2017 by baygirl
pair continues to incubate even with a stray pair hanging very close in nearby pines

04/26/2017 by baygirl
very foggy day today after 2 days of heavy rain and at noon the osprey decided it was time to incubate. good timing, they waited out the storm

04/24/2017 by baygirl
the nest is much bigger and really lopsided, oh my. it doesn't seem like it is big enough to hold chicks.I think there is another pair trying to build a nest really close to this pair so not much of anything is getting done although I do see both osprey at the nest regularly now.

04/18/2017 by baygirl
seeing what I believe is preparation for incubating, one osprey in nest a lot today, fussing with nest material and digging deep

04/17/2017 by baygirl
Some nest building and one in the nest more frequently now but I question the nest sustaining incubation and chick rearing.

04/10/2017 by baygirl
this pair sees to spend more time off the nest than on it. and since some branches broke off the snag during the winter I wonder if they have enough base to build up the nest.i have not seen them work on it. at sunset tonight all other pairs were on their respective nests but this pair was no where to be seen.

04/02/2017 by baygirl
No birds seen on the nest past few days but I have seen ospreys in the trees nearby and calling. Yesterday 5 crows were in the nest. Today I see both at nest. The nest may not be able to be built up as some branches have broken off the snag over the winter and the nest is falling.

03/27/2017 by baygirl
at sunrise one osprey on nest branch. at sunset 2 ospreys on the nest.

03/25/2017 by baygirl
first sighting of an osprey on the nest branch

10/03/2016 by baygirl
This family did well this season and at least one fledgling and the adult male stayed late into September. There were 3 female fledglings and they remained together till about 8-28-16. 8-21-16 I kayaked down their lagoon and all 3 fledglings were perched on a snag just over the water and I could almost touch all 3 of them as I paddled by. They were so intent on staring into the water they didn't respond to me. Beautiful big females with dark necklaces. the adult male had his hands full with at least one still on the nest begging for food on 9-2016 when a bald eagle felw by and she quited for just a few minutes. But the adult male regularly dropped fish to her on the nest and he remained a few days after she had migrated around the 24th....I believe he left around the 2nd of october.Their disheveled snag nest is still holding up under many high wind storms but I hope it comes down this winter because I think its precarious at best.

07/17/2016 by baygirl
I am not seeing all 3 chicks now and I am concerned because the nest is not very big. But I do see 2 chicks now and then and both adults tending to them regularly. There may be 3 chicks but not confirming at this time. I can watch this nest from my home with a scope but its a little obscured by other trees especially when it is windy which is just about every day here on the bay! The chicks are not exercising as they are still a bit young.

07/01/2016 by baygirl
Condensed dairy-6-17-16, both adults on the nest, one is feeding chicks. 6-23-16, first appearance of 2 chicks visible! 7-1-16, 1 adult is feeding 3 very small, hungry chicks that are jockeying for feeding position. I can watch this nest with my scope through a window at my home. I have been waiting to confirm the 3 chicks as I thought there may have been 4! A rarity! But it does appear now that there are 3.

06/11/2016 by baygirl
Definitely one chicks has hatched as both adults are on the nest fussing deep down into it. The female then seemed to lay down to eat and then seemed to be picking at something in the nest a she sat a bit higher. She may still be incubating. The male just stared down into the nest as I have so often observed the adults do when the chicks have recently hatched.

05/31/2016 by baygirl
This afternoon the male osprey was pretty upset with a great blue heron that has a nest nearby and he chased him back and forth amongst the loblolly pines for about 5 minutes. The female just incubated calmly in the nest :)

05/21/2016 by baygirl
I can view this nest from my home so I check it many times each day. For the past few weeks this pair has been quietly incubating and sharing duties. I haven't even seen any other ospreys harass this pair, perhaps because it is amongst a tree line and next to a home construction site. The nest seems a bit precarious the way it is built on a snag that is dangling its top but maybe that dangling branch is somewhat of a cantilevering effect for the nest material? It does blow freely in the wind anyway! I sure hope this pair will finally have a few- heck even just one chick this season!

05/02/2016 by baygirl
I could write a short story about this pair! They built a snag nest in 2014 when I believe they were sub adults. They returned to it 2015 only to find a great horned owl raising two owlets in it. They built a new snag nest a few hundred feet away and incubated eggs up until a few days from hatching date but lost the nest during a storm. They then moved to the original nest (owls had vacated) for the remainder of the 2015 season, no egg laying. Then in winter 2015 the nest blew down. They arrived this year with very little snags to choose from and spent 3 weeks building a pitiful nest on another downed tree. The nest doesn't look very strong and is quite small. But they just started incubating. I hope they have success this year!!!