Nest #6402

Nickname: BBNC new snag #3-Villas BW
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: East side of nature center boardwalk off to the right as you walk out the boardwalk. 3rd location for this pair was destroyed winter 2017/2018. No new snag nest as of 4-4-18. 4-27-18 a third pair seen moving over to Villas of Bethany West live tree.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5428549108431
Longitude: -75.071087939031
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 05/08/2016 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
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/21/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/17/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/27/2017
Incubation initiation 05/18/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/29/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Butch
Adult arrival 03/28/2018 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 04/27/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/11/2018 Nest failure 07/18/2018
Clutch hatching 06/13/2018 Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

04/14/2019 by baygirl
no activity and no nest remains in tree

04/05/2019 by baygirl
no activity seen, i believe this pair is now at BBNC new plat/snag

03/31/2019 by baygirl
heard ospreys but did not see any at this live snag nest today

03/25/2019 by baygirl
no activity seen

09/09/2018 by baygirl
no osprey seen or heard in the area since 8-18-18

08/18/2018 by baygirl
both adults circling and landing in the tree area near their snag nest today

07/24/2018 by baygirl
no activity anywhere nearby

07/22/2018 by baygirl
confirmed no chicks or any activity at the nest again today. i cant know for certain but I believe most likely an eagle or an GHowl tho i bet an owl took the chicks as the closest nest along this wood line is missing 3 chicks also.

07/18/2018 by baygirl
7:30 am check of the nest following a night of very heavy rain and wind, nest intact, but possible nest fail as adult female on the snag at BBNC crying for the fish her mate had on the branch below her. unusual to see the 2 adults together away from the nest and most often means the nestlings are gone...no chicks visible in the nest

07/05/2018 by baygirl
nice shady nest this evening with female on nest with 2 small fluffy looking chicks visible. did not see or hear male

06/27/2018 by baygirl
Female in nest today, not really shading, just standing. I can not see chicks at this early date but it sure looks cool at this nest site due to the nice live tree cover. Did not see male but later when I went to the nature center near this site I could hear the female calling for fish.

06/18/2018 by baygirl
female in nest, rearranging her posture and picking deep in the nest. she is due for chick hatching. It appeared though that she rocked back down on eggs. Will check her again tmr.

06/10/2018 by baygirl
female in the nest incubating with nest still intact after heavy rain storm all day yesterday

06/06/2018 by baygirl
lots of sticks on the ground under the live tree nest, the villas at the tree are all full of seasonal rentals but the female osprey is still deep in the nest and so hidden no one knows she is there!

06/03/2018 by baygirl
one deep in the nest today during heavy rain storm

05/23/2018 by baygirl
nest is much larger and deeper in appearance now. female harder to see as she was incubating today. the male was taking a few turns around the pine tree grove and calling to the ospreys over at the nature center.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
Female is incubating in the small tree nest, she barely fits in the nest bowl.

05/08/2018 by baygirl
Female in new tree nest today at 2:15 pm. She was very busy creating her nest bowl, I think incubation is close!

05/03/2018 by baygirl
Today the female was stainding in the new tree nest at the Villas of Bethany West. The nest is much larger now, not sure if the tree will hold it for the season.

04/29/2018 by baygirl
one female on snag close to last years BBNC new snag #3- at BBNC, calling for mate, then male flew in with nest material and headed to the new nest behind the townhome at Villas of Bethany West and the female flew out over the nature center marsh, grabbed a small pine branch and also went to the nest. This appears to be the new BBNC new snag #3!

04/27/2018 by baygirl
not sure if the 2017 pair from this nest site is on one of the platforms but today I observed a pair taking nest material to a live tree behind 743 Clubhouse Lane, Villas of Bethany West. the nest appears to have fallen recently as it is mostly on the ground under the tree.The homeowner states she saw the nest material on 4-25-18. There was no signs of any eggs or nest bowl like material on the ground so I am assuming this pair was in the act of building this new nest when it fell. Will continue to observe.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
1:15 today, cold misty day with poor visibility.ENE 14 mph winds. no osprey in this area and no extra osprey bothering the other 2 pairs on nesting platforms except for one female osprey flew by enroute to the home roof nest along Salt Pond.She got one male to chase her.

04/08/2018 by baygirl
No ospreys at this general location today but both nearby platforms had osprey pairs present

04/06/2018 by Butch
Thank you for correcting my confusion on this nest.

04/04/2018 by baygirl
This activity report and nest photo is incorrect for last years DEAD TREE nest #6402. There is currently no nest remaining at this site ( right of boardwalk as you walk out to end) following strong winter storms and I have not seen a pair in the area. The photo is actually nest #6242, BBNC old snag/old platform that is located just to the left of the boardwalk as you walk out to the end. There are 3 nest entries for the Bethany Beach Nature Center. Please update.

04/03/2018 by Butch
Female moving around on nest and arranging material. Could hear another osprey calling, but not sure if it is mate.

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

09/30/2017 by baygirl
Last saw the juvenile on top of the nest snag at 5 pm 9-27-17. I checked the site on 9-28-17 and no juveniles in sight. temp 82, NNE 19mph clear skies. great day to migrate. no osprey seen at the Bethany Nature Center past 3 days. godspeed

09/27/2017 by baygirl
one juvenile perched on the top branch of nest snag calling softly to a few osprey that flew by to fish in the salt pond. the juvenile opened its wings in the submissive begging posture briefly as they flew over him.

09/26/2017 by baygirl
9-23-17 6 pm 1 adult male on snag near walkway with 1 juvenile crying for fish at the nest 9-25-17 noon 1 juvenile on the top branch of nest snag. very quiet.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
today the adult male was perched on a snag and was finishing a fish and was just starting to work on the tail when I arrived at the nest area. closer to the nest was one juvenile eating a very large fish and "talking" as he ate as young osprey seem to do. I do not know if the juvenile caught its own fish but would assume as much since the adult was already completing his own fish.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
one juvenile crying softly on nest 9-20-17. no adult seen today. last adult male seen 9-19-17 brought fish for one of 2 juveniles at nest

08/20/2017 by baygirl
first chick was up on top of the snag on 8-17-17 and next day the second was up on another high branch of the snag. finally they are in the air and the nest is still sort of intact. Phew, it was touch and go for those 2 late nesters. this brings total fledglings at the nature center to 8! Yesterday and today all were present in the trees or on nests and calling for fish. it is a very noisy marsh at the moment but also full of flying joy.

08/08/2017 by baygirl
Very bad storm most of the day yesterday. I went to the nature center last evening and saw the nest had fallen down the one side of the snag- a small amount- and I could see just one chick. I was extremely concerned that the second chick had fallen out too because the adult female was clacking loudly, looking straight down below the nest and then circling and calling to her mate ( who I did not see) or the other local ospreys. I saw similar behavior at the other snag nest at the nature center and did not see 3 chicks there either so I had a sleepless night. This morning it was still raining too hard to go out to the site until about 7 Am. Much to my relief and delight all the chicks were accounted for and the females were calm. I think they were just stressed over the intense rain and perhaps hungry and wanting to feed their young but the males were not able to bring enough fish due to the extreme downpours. Some rain today nothing like yesterdays gusher! Snag nests can not withstand such high amounts of rain for such long periods of time- too much weight on a dead hollow tree.

08/06/2017 by baygirl
both chicks being fed by adult female today around 5:00 pm. the chicks appear to be about 6 weeks old. the snag nest looks pretty sturdy. we are going to have a heavy rain storm tomorrow with wind. I will check the nest late in the day but it seems very deep and protective as long as the snag does not fall the chicks should be ok.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
2 chicks visible Thursday july 27. I checked nest early this morning following severe storms with heavy rain all last night. the nest was still intact but I could only see the adult sitting in the nest. hope to see chicks there after the rains and heavy winds subside. we may have rain for a few days....the nest is falling a bit on one side. chicks need at least few more weeks, possibly closer to 4 to fledge.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
female feeding in nest, male on snag next to her

06/22/2017 by baygirl
Appear to be incubating but chicks are due

06/08/2017 by baygirl
female still deep in nest each time I visit and the rain only degraded the nest a little bit, its hanging down somewhat but hoping it stays put. the male sits very close in a snag and gets his picture taken everyday.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
Snag nest looks very good, female deep in nest today, male on his fave perch, guarding from a live tree nearby

05/15/2017 by baygirl
female in nest today, male on nearby snag. nest is ready but still no incubation

05/07/2017 by baygirl
nest is no at higher point on snag and looks almost large enough to sustain some chicks. both adults coming and going to the nest today, bringing nest material.

04/26/2017 by baygirl
female on top of new snag calling for fish but no male in sight. the nest, if one could call it that, is about 1/2 way down the trunk on just 2 branches. I am surprised they aren't attempting to place the nest material at the top where there is a 3 pronged area of branches to hold a nest....this poor pair just cant get a brake. but they have a beautiful place to hang out.

04/24/2017 by baygirl
pair is building a new snag nest very close to the original pair of downed nests during season 2016, but now in a much thicker dead tree, really the only remaining snag that might hold a nest.

04/17/2017 by baygirl
A lone male is spending time at the snag area. He has a white head with dark diamond on forehead, similar to the male at the new platform nest nextdoor.

04/06/2017 by baygirl
while there is no longer a snag nest for the third pair (2016) at the nature center I believe the pair may be here and spending time on the new platform. the left leg banded female from that nest in 2016 has not arrived although her mate is in the area. he is very distinctive and has been on the new platform for over a week. he seems to be letting the other pair onto the platform and he is spending his time in the snags nearby. if the left leg banded female arrives it will be pretty interesting!

09/30/2016 by baygirl
This nest site was actually 2 snag nests beside one another. During the month of September both snag nests came down during storms. The osprey pair that built these nests may have been sub adults as they never nested. One snag was built by a lone male late season 2015. This season he had a mate. They built a second nest in a higher tree beside the first nest. The female left the area mid September but the male remained in the area till the male from the new snag/platform (very close by) #6335 migrated. Both ests came down during different storms with last nest down 9-30-16. No available nesting snags remain for this pair in 2017. Should be a contentious 2017 spring at BBNC with most likely 3 adult pairs returning...stay tuned!

07/17/2016 by baygirl
This nest is now 2 nests. The lower snag nest is normal size and now there is a small nest in a snag to the east, about 15 ft. away. I have not seen a second bird in some time but today the male was on a nearby tree eating a fish.

05/22/2016 by baygirl
With a break in the rain, sort of, I checked the BBNC nest sites. This one is the only one empty. One was in the nest when I walked down the boardwalk and one was in the usual nearby treeline and both flew overhead while I was walking down the boardwalk. I believe this pair is sub adult setting up housekeeping. It is a risky location as it is close to the ground in a dryer area and quite close to the ongoing activity of the nature center.

05/18/2016 by baygirl
One bird in the nest, one bird in trees nearby.

05/15/2016 by baygirl
Just one bird visible today and it is low in the nest but I do not think it is incubating. It appears to be fixing nest material.

05/13/2016 by baygirl
New low snag nest is more substantial now. the pair hangs out on the nest and in a live tree closer to Grotto Pizza's back parking area.

05/08/2016 by baygirl
I first noticed this new 3rd pair of osprey hanging around the BBNC marsh area about 4/25/16. Of course with the old snag down and a pair checking out the nearby old platform things are a bit confusing. I have no idea if this pair is a sub adult pair of the original high snag pair from years past. But there is now 3 pairs very close together. And this is a new nest in a very low snag close to the walkway. The pair comes and goes. Sub adults would be a guess.