Nest #6662

Nickname: JCC Marina/Bilsburg Brewery
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: Behind the new roadway behind the new brewery
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist
Latitude: 37.2267612149725
Longitude: -76.7796226025162
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/26/2017 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 jude
Adult arrival 03/08/2018 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/10/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/16/2019 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/07/2019 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/07/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/13/2020 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/08/2019 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/08/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/13/2020 by jude
Because of the angle of the nest to the road, it is impossible to see inside. However, today, for the first time, I saw a definite chick head peering over the edge. So, we definitely have at least one chick in the nest. Fellow Master Naturalist Bruce G saw feeding behaviors about three weeks ago, so I think we can guess that the chick is 21-25 days old. Hopefully, we'll be able to tell soon if there is a second chick in the nest. As far as I know, this is the first successful nesting for this pair. So, all this is great news.

05/26/2020 by bruceg
Only see adult in nest. Looked like she's standing and eating (or feeding a chick?). No sight of chick, but tree is too high.

04/24/2020 by bruceg
This is a tough nest to see into. It's so high, I can only barely see any bird activity from one location on the Jamestown Settlement side of the nest, but only on the "higher ground of the roadway. I think I saw a lone adult low in the large nest, but I did not have a high-power scope, just binoculars. No second adult observed.

04/08/2020 by bruceg
Carolyn Morgan did an activity report on nearby nest #1584 seeing a nest on 3/13/2020. #1584 blew away around 2018 - I think she meant nest #6662. While launching my kayak from marina, I saw an adult on a nearby branch but could see nothing w/the naked eye on the nest. Upon my return from kayaking, with binocs, saw an adult seemingly low in the nest, but no second adult on the nearby branch. Since I saw low-sitting birds on 2 of my 3 nests in the Back Bay along the Jamestown Causeway -- maybe #6662 also has a female on eggs? -

05/12/2019 by jude
Female continues to appear to be incubating the eggs.

04/08/2019 by jude
The female appears to be sitting on eggs. However, the nest is at a very hard angle and more observation is needed to double check this entry.

03/18/2019 by jude
Both adults were seen, one on the nest and the other on a branch nearby! Last year their nest failed, so hopefully this will be a better year.

03/15/2019 by jude
Park staff tells me that they saw the female flying in the area and landing on the nest for a few minutes on Friday, March 14th!

04/10/2018 by jude
The female is sitting low in the nest with the male close by. I think she has begun incubating but I will continue to monitor over the next few days to double check.

06/26/2017 by bruceg
No activity. No birds.

04/29/2017 by jude
Checked today and they are still bringing in nesting materials, mating frequently, and chasing off a third osprey. But no incubating behaviors at this time.

04/09/2017 by jude
Butterfly Girl and I went over to the Marina today and watched the new nest for a while. I took some photos and we were fascinated by the constant chatter of the two. Right now they are both just sitting on the edge of the nest and making a lot of noise when eagles or vultures fly over. It’s a beautiful nest for only being three weeks old, so we have high hopes we’ll soon see the female incubating.

04/07/2017 by bruceg
Male in nest upon arrival, female arrived and male left, female does not appear low and both were gone when we returned after a half hour.

04/03/2017 by bruceg
Female in nest. No male in sight -- did NOT appear to be low and in incubation, but tough angle to see up 40 feet.