Nest #6693

Nickname: Northwest End of the Chickahominy Bridge
Nest substrate: bridge strut
Nest Location Description: on the northwest end of the bridge....just a pinch away from the nesting pair on the Southwest end
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist
Latitude: 37.2639788740675
Longitude: -76.8757390594482
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 04/01/2017 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/27/2017 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/27/2017 Nest failure 07/18/2017
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure adult abandonment
2018 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/21/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/18/2018 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/31/2018 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Herbie
Adult arrival 03/20/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 05/07/2018 Chicks last observed 07/07/2018
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/28/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2019
Egg laying 04/07/2019 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/07/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/13/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival 03/12/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/29/2020
Egg laying 03/30/2020 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/30/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/08/2020 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival 03/07/2021 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 03/29/2021 Chicks last observed 08/14/2021
Incubation initiation 03/29/2021 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/06/2021 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/22/2021 by SuzanneS
I visited this nest on July 22 and saw both fledglings in the nest. I didn't see the parents, but I cannot conclude they've left.

06/08/2021 by SuzanneS
Today I visited this nest, four days after my most recent visit. The youngest chick has died. Its feathered remains were still in the nest. Likely cause of death: malnutrition and pecking from the two older chicks. See photo.

06/03/2021 by SuzanneS
Visited nest on June 3. All three chicks present. Smallest is quite a bit smaller than the other two, but I watched the mother feed the smallest quite a bit of fish this morning, much to the dismay of one of the larger chicks, which tried to peck it, but the mother was in between the two chicks.

05/07/2021 by SuzanneS
The second egg has hatched.

05/06/2021 by SuzanneS
Today I saw the first hatchling in this nest. Two unhatched eggs remain. Had checked this nest May 3 and no hatching.

04/17/2021 by SuzanneS
Still three eggs. Looking good.

04/11/2021 by SuzanneS
This nest still has has three eggs, as of today. This nest had three eggs two days ago. Last year, this nest had four eggs.

03/31/2021 by SuzanneS
The first day I saw and egg in the nest was March 29. I visited the nest again today (March 31) and now there are two eggs in the nest.

03/13/2021 by SuzanneS
On March 13 both the male and female ospreys were in the nest; this was the first date I was able to confirm both had returned.

03/07/2021 by SuzanneS
The first osprey arrived at the nest on March 7, 2021.

06/30/2020 by SuzanneS
I'm pretty sure I witnessed the native voyage of one of the young ospreys, because I watched it hover over the nest twice, and return to nest after hovering, and then on the third attempt after hovering it flew forward, made a large circle, and returned to the nest. The mother called out the entire time-my assumption is 'words' of encouragement. Great to see.

06/29/2020 by SuzanneS
The older of the two chicks will be fledging soon. It is practicing ‘jump flying’ and it’s landings remain awkward. Yesterday it achieved about six inches of elevation. See the photo I added today. The younger chick also practices flying by flapping its wings, but does not yet achieve as much height.

06/29/2020 by SuzanneS
One of the young ospreys fledged this morning! The other is close behind. See photos of the fledging.

06/13/2020 by SuzanneS
The chicks are growing well. See photo of latest.

05/16/2020 by SuzanneS
Yesterday I checked on this nest. A chick has been lost. This nest now has only two chicks. See photo.

05/11/2020 by SuzanneS
Checked on the nest this evening. All three eggs have hatched. See photo.

05/10/2020 by SuzanneS
Two chicks in the nest today. See photo.

05/08/2020 by SuzanneS
The male (presumably) had brought a fish to nest for the female while hatching was under way. He eventually removed the fish and finished it nearby. The female continued attending to the hatching. She gave me one good look of the new chick. See photos.

04/14/2020 by SuzanneS
No new eggs have been laid since the third egg.

04/05/2020 by SuzanneS
This nest now has three eggs!

04/03/2020 by SuzanneS
Another person, Judy, contacted me and said she observed the nesting pair on March 12. I have changed the report accordingly. And new news! This nest now has two eggs!

04/01/2020 by jude
Noticed the egg this morning and saw on the activity report that Suzanne first saw this one on the 30th of March. I can't edit her report but I first saw both Osprey on the nesting site on March 12th, not quite a week before the adult arrival noted here. Our team (HRC bluebird trail at the Chick) has been monitoring this nest for about four years but haven't been this spring due to cancelling of the program. So, keep up the good work, Suzanne.

03/26/2020 by SuzanneS
More progress made on the nest.

03/20/2020 by SuzanneS
Happy to report they are rebuilding the nest.

03/17/2020 by SuzanneS
I am not certain this report is for this next, as there are three separate nest reports. I observed only one osprey, not two, so perhaps I should not have filed this report? Will attach photos.

08/23/2019 by jude
Female hasn't been seen in a while. The male and the chicks are in the area but haven't been back to the nest at the times I've gone to observe. Unsure if they've left the nest for keeps or just return at dusk.

05/13/2019 by jude
On 5-12, all was well. On 5-13, this third egg was on the far side of the nest, alone and unloved. However, when I returned on 5-16, the egg was not in evidence. Pushed off or back under the female...I wasn't sure.

05/12/2019 by jude
Both adults are near the nest at all times. There are three eggs and we should see some hatching soon.

04/08/2019 by jude
This pair is on a bridge strut, returning to the same nest they used last year. It is very shallow and much of the nest uses the concrete from the bridge as a base. The pair arrived quite late, not till nearly the end of March, and spent little time updating and repairing the nest. Almost immediately (within 10 days), the female appears to be sitting on an egg. She is low in the nest, stands briefly, and then resumes sitting. We'll know more when we are able to kayak out and check.

03/18/2019 by jude
No sightings yet of the pair that nested here last year. However, they arrived late in 2018 and still fledged two young, so we're not giving up hope yet!

03/15/2019 by jude
No sightings yet of any returning Osprey to this nest.

07/22/2018 by jude
No fledging yet but it won't be long....the parents are returning with fewer and fewer bits of fish. The two chicks squabble over the food like typical teenagers but will no doubt soon be airborne.

07/21/2018 by Herbie
Two chicks are still in the nest with there mother. They are still being fed.

06/04/2018 by jude
Two very active, larger, and obviously older. The other very newly hatched...not eating much. Hopefully, as the days pass, he'll be able to grab some food from sibling and chow down.

05/31/2018 by jude
Looks like we have chicks. Will climb the bridge and see what's going on.

04/07/2018 by jude
Still monitoring and hoping that she'll begin to incubate. One there most of the time, standing beside the nest.

03/25/2018 by Herbie
Nest doesn't look great at all. Both birds were in nest.

03/24/2018 by jude
Still only one osprey on the nest at a time. Because of the distance, it's hard to tell if it's a pair taking turns or the same osprey over and over. Will keep watching to see if both return.

07/18/2017 by jude
No eggs, no babies, no parents. Apparently abandoned....

06/21/2017 by jude
I checked the Chic. Bridge today and the there is still one more egg in the nest, but Mom is Not sitting on the egg. She is in the nest but off to the side.

06/20/2017 by jude
We are very concerned about this nest. There was a female and two eggs their on June 16th, but no adult and only one egg there on June 19. Our fear is that this nest may have been abandoned.....will keep monitoring closely over the next few days.

06/12/2017 by Herbie
There are two eggs in the nest. No Chicks yet

04/29/2017 by jude
She is definitely incubating eggs. Went out in a canoe to ensure that we were seeing 'incubating behavior' and confirmed eggs in the nest.

04/02/2017 by jude
The pair have returned and have begun to rebuild their nest.