Nest #6335

Nickname: BBNC NEW SNAG/PLAT
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Newest snag (built 2014) at end of walkway is now a new platform! 2018, pair built a new frustration snag nest in a thin snag closer to the canal
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5436067820007
Longitude: -75.0710536098989
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/31/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/18/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/30/2016
Incubation initiation 04/23/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/16/2017 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/07/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/17/2017
Incubation initiation 05/02/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/08/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Butch
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
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/08/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/15/2018 Nest failure 07/04/2018
Clutch hatching 05/23/2018 Reason for nest failure eggs or young killed by predator

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/30/2018 by baygirl
adult male in his favorite snag today

08/18/2018 by baygirl
Warm breezy day, WSW winds at 10mph with gusts, guess the lack of north winds is keeping the adult females in town. today around 11:00 am I observed the nature center nest sites from across the channel and both adults from this new large snag nest were perched on the neighboring tree limbs calling to the numerous other osprey passing by.

08/15/2018 by Butch
Sunny, 90 degrees, but nice breeze. No birds on nests, but several flying around general area, one with a fish in it's talons. Also lots of calling chirps.

08/03/2018 by Butch
Hot day and mostly sunny, some breeze. 11:30 am. Did not see or hear any osprey anywhere in the entire marsh area.

07/30/2018 by baygirl
one adult standing in the snag nest today

07/24/2018 by baygirl
10:30 one adult on new snag at waterway then around noon one adult was on the platform and snag was empty. can not be certain if this is the original osprey from this nest or one from the failed Villa's nearby, both nest sites failed.

07/22/2018 by baygirl
just before dusk this evening one adult osprey calling for fish on the snag next to the new snag nest at the canal, no osprey near the platform.

07/18/2018 by baygirl
7:30 am, 84, NNW 7mph, sun and light clouds following a night of high winds and heavy rain.nest empty but both adults on the large new snag nest at canal.

07/14/2018 by Butch
12:30, cloudless blue sky, 85 degrees. Still no activity on this nest.

07/12/2018 by baygirl
nest empty, one adult osprey with fish on snag near newly constructed and growing snag nest.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
I was monitoring this nest site today from a different vantage point along the Salt Pond canal and at first I saw 2 osprey adults bringing nest material to a new nest located on a thin snag NW of the platform. The amount of nest appears to have been built up in past 2 days or so, I base this on my own experience in watching osprey build snag nests but can not be 100% sure when they started the nest. I thought it looked like a frustration nest and it is next to the adult males usual guard tree. So I assumed it was not a sub adult pair in that territory.I walked the trail until I could see the pairs platform and my heart dropped when I saw an empty nest. No young osprey remained in the nest. The 3 chicks that were in the nest just a week ago were about 6-7 weeks old and very healthy. They would not have died from exposure or starvation. I know eagles spend time on the far side of the pine grove near their platform but I also know that great horned owls often take young osprey when they are in the stage of exercising wings and getting ready to fledge. I can not prove it but I know the chicks were taken from the nest and now I see the adult pair has moved off the nest and are building a frustration nest nearby. This is so sad but its is nature and I have to accept it. The BBNC new snag/plat location was a very successful nesting site for the past 4 years, it is just a random event. Now I hope the 3 chicks in the other platform at the nature center do not suffer the same fate.They were present on that nest at 6 pm today.

07/05/2018 by Butch
3:345 p,, 87 degrees, sunny, humid. There were no adults on the nest. In fact, I could not see any evidence of the chicks. I scanned marsh and woods nearby and I could not see any osprey. It just seems too early,for the chicks to have fledged.

06/27/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks vs on nest with female calling for fish from snag next to platform. when she flew to the nest the 3rd chicks head popped up.the male had a large fish on the live tree near the channel..

06/25/2018 by Butch
Beautiful day, 80 degrees, light breeze, 3:00 pm. Parent was standing on edge of nest with wings spread over nest. Occasionally she would flap her wings. As her back was to the sun, it appeared she was providing shade for chicks. I only saw two. One was very activ and seemed larger than other chick. I was afraid at one point that he would fall out of nest. It turned out he was using opportunity to squirt out a substantial defecation beyond the nest edge. After I 10 minutes parent on the nest starting calling loudly for mate who showed up shortly afterwards on a tall dead tree.

06/20/2018 by baygirl
just 2 chicks seen today, as i arrived female was finishing feeding, 80, hazy sun today, SSE 9mph later mombrella was over the chicks

06/16/2018 by baygirl
Today I may have solved the mystery of what happened to last 3 seasons left leg banded female from this nest. NJ left leg bands and since female osprey generally settle farther from their natal nest sites than males do its possible there could be more than one... having one of their females in my group for the past few years nesting at the old snag nest at this site was always very exciting. Then she didn't arrive this season. Today I discovered a left leg banded female on the nest with 3 chicks at Joshua Cove. I heard there was a huge battle for that nest site. It is actually very close as the crow flies and so it is really possible this is our gal from the famous 4 pack nest at the old snag.Maybe she just wanted a new locale. We will never know for sure but I have a feeling about her...

06/15/2018 by baygirl
both adults on nest with 2 chicks vis

06/11/2018 by Butch
2:45 pm, 61 degrees, overcast, 8 mph wind. Yes, 3 babies! A parent was on edge of nest feeding one chick to her left for 5 minutes. I was getting worried about the others when she switched to her right. It was heartwarming seeing her (him?) working so hard to feed the young ones.

06/10/2018 by baygirl
3 healthy looking chicks bobbing about in the nest with momma, she was calling softly for fish, did not see her mate

06/05/2018 by baygirl
viewed this platform from the Salt Pond today, one shading chicks, mate not seen

06/03/2018 by baygirl
i have been stopping by briefly to check on this pair and have been consistently seeing the male at the nest with the female feeding chicks. really nice to see an osprey pair appreciate this nesting platform.

05/23/2018 by baygirl
I arrived around 1:15 pm to see the female in the nest finishing eating and what appeared to be feeding at least one hatchling. She only dipped her head a few times, and after eating she fussed in the nest for quite sometime, staring into the nest, getting up and down numerous times, another tell tale sign she has at least one chick! Her mate came back about 30 minutes later with a tiny fish and he ate it himself in the pine tree without so much as a peep out of the female. Beautiful breezy day at the nature center today, 75, WNW 8mph, good visibility, wispy clouds and lots of sunshine. The male osprey from the Villas tree nest made a few spins thru the far trees. I can not help but notice the ever expanding pond areas of the marsh and the absence of the snags that once made for such a dramatic view from the boardwalk. the water level is coming up no matter who wants to argue it!

05/22/2018 by Butch
8 pm,61 degrees, light wind, partial cloudy and no rain. Did not see mate. Female was more active than normal; seeming to be digging around in nest.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
we have had 7 days of rain, sometimes all night but for periods of every day with more rain forecast in next few days.this is always worrisome for the eggs and newly hatched chicks. so far this pair is still incubating. today around 11:30 I spent time watching both nesting pairs here at the nature center as both are moving into the egg hatching range for this coming week. it was very cloudy with off and on drizzle, 65, SSE 7 mph. I assume the female was incubating as she was softly calling for fish and was very fussy, she kept getting up and changing position in the nest.And she was digging under her chest.... I expect we will see chick feeding behavior soon. I did not see the male but more than one osprey flew by and prompted her to call more loudly for her lunch to be served!

05/16/2018 by Butch
The female on this nest is the calmest of the bunch and they have built the neatest nest. She was quietly sitting nest with only head visible; occasionally turning. Mate not seen. 11:40 am, light rain, 65 degrees.

05/08/2018 by baygirl
2:15 today just one deep in the nest, very quite, and no mate seen. very cloudy day with NE winds at 13 mph, good vis, 54 temp.

05/07/2018 by Butch
2:30, 68 degrees, slight wind, mostly sunny. It was a busy half hour. At one point 3 different osprey circled over the general area of the platform nest and chirping loudly. The osprey on nest seemed to take it all in stride. An assortment of other birds everywhere--great egret, turkey vultures (flying through top layer of canopy rather than above it), yellow rumped warblers, chipping sparrows, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds, gulls, crows. It was quite noisy.

05/03/2018 by baygirl
1:30, 78, SW winds at 6mph, pure sun. Female deep in nest and male on his favorite spindly snag next to the platform. He did not have a fish. The newest pair was flying around near last seasons BBNC new snag #3 nest was and I am thinking this may be the 2016, 2017 pair from that nest territory as they are now over at the Villas building a tree nest but they keep hanging out on their old favorite snags. They don't seem to be concerning to the 2 platform pairs. It had been so very quiet-now It sounds more like the "Bethany Osprey Center"!

04/30/2018 by Butch
Female deep on nest. Mate(I think) was flying over general area and settled on dead tree on east side of Boardwalk. Spent at least 7-8 minutes calling. I did see bald eagle a few minutes before. A half dozen downy egrets in marsh. 60 degrees, partly cloudy, fairly windy. 1:35-2:00 pm.

04/27/2018 by Butch
11:45-noon, sunny with few clouds, 61 degrees--osprey deep in nest with only head visible. No siting of mate though I heard a call from Salt Pond.

04/23/2018 by Butch
Bird deep in nest. Heard her call mate who flew briefly over treeline and disappear back toward Salt Pond. After 5 minutes, bird on the nest stood up and bowed in the nest; I think probably moving the eggs around. Then it sat back down into the nest facing in a different direction. Sunny, a little wind, 62 degrees, 1:45 - 2 p.m

04/17/2018 by baygirl
11:50 today, 48, W 15 mph winds, about 80% cloud cover with some sun and hi vis. Definitely see one osprey incubating and the second flew in low then perched on the smaller snag next to the platform.

04/16/2018 by Butch
Arrived at 10:40 am. Stayed for 25 minutes. 55 degrees, sunny (at the time) and quite windy. I also observed female deep in the nest with only her head visible. Did not see male come to the nest, but I saw an osprey out over Salt Pond hunting.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
1:30 visit today. I like to check the incubating ospreys after a storm and we had a good 24 hour heavy rain. The female was in the nest very deep, apparently incubating and the male flew in and landed on the small snag beside the platform. I was on site about 30 minutes and the female did not get up off the nest in that time. SSW winds over 18mph, 100% clouds, med vis, 61.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
1:15 today the nest was empty with the male perched on the closest snag to the platform. He then flew over to the back treeline and out came the female osprey who flew to the nest. The male took her spot in the pine tree. I watched the female for a few minutes as she started to pick around deep in the nest. i thought she might just be getting the nest bowl ready to lay egg(s) but then she got down into the nest and rocked down deep and was obviously incubating! She stayed down low with just her white head showing for the remainder of my 30 minute visit. I am very happy to finally have a pair of osprey want the platform I built in 2016 to re-home 2 young osprey chicks who lost their snag nest. Just hoping the left leg banded female is somewhere safe but not intending to arrive late to the party and evict this new osprey couple.

04/12/2018 by baygirl
5:00 pm I watched both nest sites at the nature center for over an hour and this nest platform had the female and then she flew to the closest smallish snag and waited for her mate who arrived about 30 minutes later. They copulated and then he flew off. They can be hard to see as they often sit back in the treeline especially when they have fish. They are not, so far anyway, perching in the same areas last years pair liked. This female does not have a left leg band. I am still waiting to see if that female arrives as she arrived 4-16-17. I believe this pair to be from last years snag nest #3. If they are not harassed I think they will use the platform-finally! It feels quiet at the marsh, very unusual for years past when we had 3 pairs all vying for the small territory. Maybe this will change with the strong south winds bringing in the younger osprey.

04/11/2018 by Butch
Observed nest for 10 minutes at 4:50 p.m. Did not see any osprey on nest or nearby.

04/08/2018 by Butch
4/8--11: 30 am --one bird perched on platform. Weather: clear, windy, 42 degrees.

04/08/2018 by baygirl
I am still not certain this pair will remain at this site but for now I will say the nest is active.I watched this pair for about an hour today around 2-3 pm along with the other platform pair. I did confirm the female at this nest is not left leg banded as the female from the past few years.I knew it was not her because she did not stay on the platform when people approached. I had my scope and confirmed no leg bands on the current pair.Also this pair is not harassed by the human activity and I suspect they could be last years New Snag #3 pair as that pair was used to being close to the boardwalk and this male has the same head markings. I was unable to see the leg of the old platform female today so still not sure if the left leg female is in attendance at the nature center. She arrived mid April last season and could still arrive and usurp this pair. If she does she will attempt to build a nest at the top of her favorite snag that is still standing near the platform. For now this pair was just hanging out, I saw no nest building today.

04/03/2018 by Butch
Pair both sitting on nest and re-arranging nest material.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
Not sure what is happening at this platform.I have seen ospreys on it but not today. Just one (male?) was perched on the snag beside the platform. I am not ready to confirm an active nest at this site.

03/18/2018 by Butch
No activity. An immature osprey was observed perching on a picnic shelter about a 1/4 miles away.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: nest is in bad shape from storms and snag breaking apart. one crying juvenile consistently on nest till few days ago, may have left after storms blew thru (I hope) all 3 juveniles last seen together at nest 8-19-17. last adult male seen drying its wings in nearby snag on 9-14-17 with the lone juvenile on platform crying for fish. all juveniles switched to the platform after the snag nest was disintegrating from heavy rains. lets see where they nest next season

08/08/2017 by baygirl
Yesterday evening I went to check the nest following and even during a heavy day of rain. The nest had disintegrated on the west side of the tree trunk leaving just a small part of nest material remaining and one chick perched on it. The adult female, adult male and one other fledgling was in sight on various trees. The female was extremely stressed and I assumed calling for food but then she began circling the nest clacking loudly and looking into the marsh. I assumed she had lost the 3rd chick to the nest falling. However this morning I arrived after a night of more rain and saw 2 fledglings on the nest with the adult female feeding them and a third chick flew over and landed precariously to try to get some fish too. The other 3 fledglings from the closest nest were also in sight so I feel confident these 3 chicks have fledged safely during the storm. Thank you Osprey God. Snag nests are exhausting!

08/06/2017 by baygirl
3 very large chicks on the nest along with the adult female. she is left leg banded. she was calling loudly for fish and the adult male was on his favorite tree eating a fish and he did not share. I saw him fly off toward the ocean as I was leaving the nature center boardwalk. the 3 chicks are so big their eyes are looking more yellow than orange and their feathers are getting very dark. if they are not flying then they are just lazy but most likely I am missing seeing them on the nearby trees. the snag nest looks pretty good at this late time in the season and with so much activity on it, sure hope it holds through tomorrows storm.

08/03/2017 by baygirl
3 chicks and the female adult on the nest calling for fish. at least one chick was flapping and exercising so there should be at least one airborne soon, if not already

07/29/2017 by baygirl
3 very big chicks on the nest this morning following a very rough night of high winds and driving rain. This snag nest came down last year but this time the chicks really should be flying any day now! We are getting more rain all day with rain continuing next few days. Rising water into the marsh can take many snags down. Praying this snag holds a few more weeks till the young can get strong flying skills.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
female on nest calling for fish, male flew in with fish, feeding of chicks but too high to see chicks from my vantage point

06/22/2017 by baygirl
I am seeing chicks feeding behavior and so far the nest looks strong

06/08/2017 by baygirl
I believe the pair has hatchlings but have not yet confirmed feeding. The female was on the nest calling for fish today and she was quite fussy under her self and laying a bit higher than incubating posture.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
incubating, nest still looks stable

05/07/2017 by baygirl
male eating fish on fave snag at water edge and female incubating

05/02/2017 by baygirl
Female deep in nest today, male nearby on snag. the nest is huge. I pray it holds this season.

04/26/2017 by baygirl
snag nest very large and female on guard snag calling for fish. did not see mate. platform shows signs of new nest material for 2017 but it is not being used.

04/24/2017 by baygirl
each visit to this nest site I see a larger snag nest sitting on the rotted tip of the big dead tree. both osprey like to sit there. I don't see how the main branch will support this nest all season. oh my, at least there is an empty platform yards away in case the chicks need rescuing

04/18/2017 by baygirl
female on top of snag, the nest is much bigger. darn, I hope this season is not a repeat of last years fallen nest. there are 2 lone osprey claiming different zones of the middle snag area of the nature center. pretty crowded!

04/16/2017 by baygirl
Finally the left leg banded female has arrived. The pair was together today but as I suspected they are attempting to rebuild a nest in the high snag, the very same snag where they lost their nest last season. The snag no longer has the lower branch to support a normal nest so lets see what happens. The new platform has more nest material on it but it was placed there by another pair that is now no longer allowed in the territory.

04/06/2017 by baygirl
male with pure white head and black diamond shape on forehead remains in the area but spends his time eating fish in the nearby snags and seems to be allowing another bonded pair onto the new platform. if his mate does not arrive it will be interesting to see if he finds a new mate and challenges for his new platform..or will he be a bachelor this season?..as the osprey world turns at the nature center.

03/30/2017 by baygirl
last years distinctive male on snag near new platform...no female in sight

03/28/2017 by baygirl
Do not see male from this nest. As I approach the new platform 2 osprey fly off the nest. the female osprey is not the left leg banded bird from past 3 seasons and the male is not her mate with dark forehead marking. this pair may be the 3rd pair from 2016 that lost 2 snag nests. the female flew to a nearby snag and the male briefly landed on her back, then they flew away.

03/26/2017 by baygirl
male from last year in snag that held the nest that fell during summer 2016 nesting season. this male has very distinct head marking. head is very white with the dark forehead mark very black in a diamond type shape.

10/02/2016 by baygirl
By far this nesting family was my most memorable for the 2016 season. I will try to keep their story as brief as humanly possible! The adult pair showed incubating behavior around 4-23-16 but by 5-8-16 they were off and on the nest until 5-18-16 when I was certain they were incubating once again. 6-30-16 I observed feeding behavior. I first saw 2 tiny heads on 7-9-16 and again I clearly saw 2 small heads on 7-17 but at some point I believed I saw 3 heads with one a runt however I can not find the note in my log book so I can not now be sure there were 3 but I do believe there was as I had been spending time at the nature center helping to educate the public about the osprey. 7-29-16 the 2 chicks were growing and the left leg banded adult female was usually calling loudly to her mate to bring more fish. It was a hot summer and the adult female spent her time shading the chicks.8-3-16 I noticed the snag nest was beginning to fall down the tree trunk. 8-4-16 the nest was a long thread with the 2 chicks and adult female hanging on at the top of the snag.8-5-16 I arrived just before dark to find the nest entirely gone and both adult osprey sitting on the remainder of the tip of the snag and they were looking down into the phragmites calling to their young.I called Tri-state Bird Rescue for advice and they asked if I could attempt to rescue the 2 chicks assuming they were still alive. I got my gear and struggled to get to the site and did indeed find the 2 chicks alive and sitting on top of nest material amongst the marsh grass and phragmites. One chick was smaller and more lethargic. I placed them in a carrier and slogged out of the muck and marsh. Once home I dried them and placed them in a larger carrier for the night. Early the morning of 8-6-16 I handed them off to another Tri-state volunteer and by late morning they were at Tri-state and determined to be in perfect shape and ready to go back to their parents. Trouble was we had no nest for them to return too. Since I monitored numerous nests in the area we began the process of finding other nesting osprey parents to foster them. But since this nesting was a re-nest these youngsters were too young to be placed in any local nest. I contacted US F&W Pete McGowan and he looked for a suitable rehome nest at Poplar Island in the Chesapeake but the only nest available had chicks far too young. So he said the best thing was to try to get them back to their parents. Since I have built osprey platforms I decided to go that route and on 8-10-16 we built a new platform about 60 feet from the original snag nest location. Unfortunately it was a 40 ft snag and our platform is just 10 feet high. I made a new nest and by 2 pm the newly rt leg banded chicks had arrived from Tri-state and I placed them on the new platform along with the bag of small fish Tri-state had provided. The adult left leg banded female and unbanded male had remained in the area. The female claimed the chicks in 4 hours!The adult male took about 1 week to begin visiting the nest but though the adult female spent little time on the nest except to feed and at night time she did tend to the chicks until the male accepted the new nest site. It was a tense experience watching the family acclimate to the new nest with the male chick fledging within the first week, 8-18-16 and the smaller docile female fledgling in 2 weeks on 8-27-16. The adult female left the group one short week after the female fledged. Her migrating coincided with the 9-3-16 storm that took down other snag nests in the area. The adult male took over feeding and guarding and remained until late August.The young osprey were pressured daily by a family of bald eagles that took advantage of the ospreys late nesting. I can only hope the eagles helped prepare them for their late start in life. I last saw the female fledgling following the end of September storm that also damaged other nest site and she was sitting quietly alone on a nearby tree branch peering into the high water of the marsh. I am hoping that one day in 2018 I will see one of the young banded birds visit the Bethany Nature Center osprey colony. We sure gave them a fighting chance at a long life!

07/17/2016 by baygirl
This pair re-nested in June and now have 3 very young chicks in the nest. Today I saw just two and the female was extremely agitated and calling to her mate to bring a fish. he was in a nearby tree eating and took his time bringing her the fish. It was very hot and humid and these young chicks will need a lot of TLC to survive this late in the season.

05/31/2016 by baygirl
Its definitely time now to see feeding behavior but so far I just see the adult osprey deep in the nest with an occasional second bird sighting. I guess I can be missing feeding times but I also did see this pair off the eggs a few weeks back so I hope the eggs are viable...

05/20/2016 by baygirl
Well I thought I would stop by and see what is happening at this nest today. Its very quiet and one is definitely deep in the nest incubating. Maybe these birds can be off eggs for longer periods than I can imagine and still have viable eggs?

05/18/2016 by baygirl
Hmmmm, today there is clearly one bird incubating and one bird on the edge of the nest. The beat goes on....

05/15/2016 by baygirl
Today there is one bird down in the nest but I am not certain it is incubating. It seems a bit active to be incubating but it may be....

05/13/2016 by baygirl
I do not know what is going on at this nest. I do not know just how long ospreys can remain safely off eggs. I know there are many variables so I will just keep monitoring this site to see what happens this season. I can now confirm though that this bird that is sitting off the nest on a nearby perch is the same female from 2015 season. She has a left leg band. Some what unusual for our area as we right leg band in Delaware. But clearly this is the same female that raised 4 chicks 2015 season!

05/08/2016 by baygirl
I see no birds incubating! There is one bird perched nearby. I wonder if the brand new very low snag nests nearby occupants may be shaking things up too much....

05/02/2016 by baygirl
Bethany Beach Nature Center's boardwalk has great viewing of osprey, eagles, heron and other assorted species. This particular snag nest is seen from the far end of the boardwalk. It was a notable nest in 2015 with 4 fledglings-and it was the pairs first nesting season. The winter of 2015/2016 was hard on the snag trees in the marsh and this nest took a beating and lost a few support branches and nest material. Hoping it can make it through the entire 2016 season.