Nest #6686

Nickname: KJGG Airport
Nest substrate: Rotating Beacon Tower
Nest Location Description: Top of rotating beacon tower for Williamsburg Jamestown airport
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist
Latitude: 37.240643
Longitude: -76.717782
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2018 2017

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by CarolVMN
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/10/2017
Egg laying 04/05/2017 Chicks last observed 08/23/2017
Incubation initiation 04/05/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/14/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by CarolVMN
Adult arrival 03/16/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/08/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/15/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CarolVMN
Adult arrival 03/13/2019 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
2020 Nest Activity Report by CarolVMN
Adult arrival 03/11/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/28/2020 by CarolVMN
We were finally able to see a second nestling...for a while it looked like there may be only one. The older one is testing out his wings but has not yet fledged. Getting close!

03/17/2020 by CarolVMN
Nest rebuilding has progressed, mating has begun

03/12/2020 by CarolVMN
Nest rebuilding has begun

03/11/2020 by CarolVMN
Two osprey on the tower! Time to start rebuilding

03/02/2020 by CarolVMN
One osprey observed in the area, flying with a fish. He did not land on the nest platform at that time

06/23/2019 by CarolVMN
There are definitely some nestlings but unable to see how many yet

03/13/2019 by CarolVMN
Both are back, flying and talking up a storm

03/10/2019 by CarolVMN
First arrival seen on March 10, 2019, seems to be waiting for his mate!

06/17/2018 by CarolVMN
There are definitely 2 nestlings so far! Beginning to lift their wings and move around a bit more making them easier to observe

06/09/2018 by CarolVMN
Clearly some activity in the nest, Mom either in or standing just outside, Dad standing guard at times as well. When Mom is outside the nest, movement can be seen in the nest but still difficult to tell how many chicks there may be.

05/26/2018 by CarolVMN
One chick observed, possibly a second but difficult to tell

05/15/2018 by CarolVMN
Behavior seems to indicate that we may have a chick but not yet observed

05/06/2018 by CarolVMN
Mom still incubating, turning eggs. Dad in the vicinity

04/08/2018 by CarolVMN
Female behavior looks like she may be beginning to incubate

03/31/2018 by CarolVMN
Both male and female at the nest, they have made good progress on rebuilding. Some breeding activity observed.

03/18/2018 by CarolVMN
Date of arrival is estimated. First observed on March 17th and they had already started to rebuild the nest that had been removed over the summer for tower equipment maintenance. Rebuilding has not gotten very far yet. There were 3 birds active in the area in the morning. Two were perching on the tower in the evening.

07/13/2017 by CarolVMN
Today the largest of the young osprey had a nice flight, about a minute long. Another of the young was in the nest flapping its wings as if trying to build up the courage to leave the nest!

06/30/2017 by CarolVMN
Now can see 3 chicks, one is noticeably larger and more active than the others and possibly soon to fledge. Has been observed standing on the edge of the nest eating with adult and standing on one of the tower posts.

06/10/2017 by CarolVMN
We definitely have 2 chicks! Starting to spend more time looking over the side of the nest and spreading their wings.

06/04/2017 by CarolVMN
Looks like we may have 1, possibly 2 chicks.

05/14/2017 by CarolVMN
Definitely feeding activity going on. Male bringing several fish over the course of a couple hours, female feeding while he stands watch.

04/30/2017 by CarolVMN
Female on the nest, turned eggs. Did not see the male

04/23/2017 by CarolVMN
Female in the nest. Male in the vicinity. Returned with one fish during observation period

04/16/2017 by CarolVMN
5 pm, female sitting on the tower just outside the nest, the male was inside the nest. 5:20 pm, the male leaves the nest, the female takes his place in the nest 5:45 she turns the eggs 6:20 pm Male returns with a fish and drops it in the nest, leaves again 7 pm, He returns with another fish

04/09/2017 by CarolVMN
Female was low in the nest most of the time of observation (1.5 hours) and did appear to turn the eggs once. Male was flying in the vicinity and at one point returned with a very large fish, but perched on a nearby pine tree to eat it. Female called to him during this time and even flew out very briefly and then back to the nest.

04/05/2017 by CarolVMN
Female appeared to be outside the nest on the tower when I arrived, male inside. She entered the nest and appeared to possibly be turning eggs and the male flew off.

04/03/2017 by CarolVMN
Both birds outside the nest, both flew off at different times.

04/02/2017 by CarolVMN
2 adult osprey observed at the nest. Both left at different times and returned with fish. Another osprey observed in the area as well.