Nest #676

Nickname: QL Marina
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: THIS NEST IS BEING MONITORED BY ANOTHER MASTER NATURALIST IN 2013. SEE 2013 information below 2012 log. The nest is situated on a newly erected platform at Queens Lake Marina, in Queens Lake, York County, VA. Osprey returned to the area 2-24-2012.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.296999
Longitude: -76.650251
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by nzedr
Adult arrival 03/08/2012 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/30/2012
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/04/2012
Incubation initiation 04/24/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2012 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by nzedr
Adult arrival 03/14/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/06/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/30/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by nzedr
Adult arrival 03/09/2016 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/10/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Cathy110
Adult arrival 03/03/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/26/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/17/2017
Incubation initiation 03/23/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/01/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Cathy110
Adult arrival 02/28/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/02/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/25/2019
Incubation initiation 04/01/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/15/2019 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by Cathy110
Adult arrival 03/08/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/28/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 03/29/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/04/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries


06/29/2019 by Cathy110
Both chicks have fledged! The family was off the nest and seen flying and fishing. Resting on signs markers, and sailboat masts

06/22/2019 by Cathy110
Largest chick ready to fledge. Jumps and flaps wings. Second chick younger but healthy and interested in older chick flapping. Observed male bringing fish.

06/04/2019 by Cathy110
I am also able to confirm two nestlings with photo dated today.

05/30/2019 by Cathy110
Another observer took a photo that confirmed two young!

05/25/2019 by Cathy110
Pair observed in spotting scope while on bird walk in New Quarter Park. Some observed the parents feeding the chick. Still only one chick can be confirmed.

05/18/2019 by Cathy110
Couple on the nest calmly sitting together. Couldn't see the chick with my camera zoom. Observed for about 20 minutes. Couple remained on the nest.

05/17/2019 by Cathy110
Nestling verified by excellent photo from another observer. Not certain if there is more than one.

05/04/2019 by Cathy110
Hatched chick!? The adults appear to be watching over a chick. Have not observed them feeding yet but strongly suspect there is at least one nestling.

04/10/2019 by Cathy110
Female incubating. Appears calm and comfortable.

03/29/2019 by Cathy110
Egg laying! The female is low in the nest, and I observed the male bringing her food. They both adjust nesting material and appear very calm and settled.

03/22/2019 by Cathy110
Today I observed the pair mating. The nest has been built back up to its usual spring size. Expect the female will lay eggs in early April.

03/12/2019 by Cathy110
The nest has been built up more. I watched the male deliver a fish and both ate from it.

03/11/2019 by Cathy110
Today I observed the pair together on the nest. I could not go down to the marina because of construction. As I was driving away, I saw one of them fly low over the creek and appeared to be returning to the nest.

03/08/2019 by Cathy110
When I arrived at the nest I observed one adult sitting on the nest. Another Master Naturalist,however, reported that earlier in the day the pair were both seen on the nest and the male was carrying sticks.

07/13/2018 by Cathy110
I was looking at the water and what appeared to be a croaker or spot but it was not moving forward just staying still when suddenly the young osprey were calling and a man yelled from the deck "Look at that hawk!" no sooner he said it I saw huge wing-span swoop down, grab the sizable fish and fly off -struggling to find it in my camera or binoculars -I was unsuccessful but it did not bring the fish to the osprey nest. I waited for quite a while - perhaps later the young were brought a meal --the fish was large enough to generously feed the family of five! See enhanced contrast photo of the fish on this site

07/12/2018 by Cathy110
The chicks appear to be close to adult size now -they stay close together and wait patiently for the parents to deliver food. When they call out in unison and with great "urgency" I can tell one of the parents is near. I captured a photo today of the three very large young. They are approximately nine weeks old and will soon be learning to fish!

07/02/2018 by Cathy110
The chicks are all growing well despite the fact that I rarely see the male in the vicinity and when I do, I haven't seen him deliver a fish -but the photo I got this time clearly showed the care the young are receiving - the healthy growing pictured close together well guarded by the mother.

06/16/2018 by Cathy110
For this visit I observed the mother and her chicks, but it was difficult see all three chicks in clear view at the same time The red eyes were clearly visible for two of the chicks and the mother's yellow eyes also clearly visible. Photos posted on this site may be hard to see, so on the gazebo bulletin board at the marina I post photos of the major milestones in size or development.

06/11/2018 by Cathy110
At last confirmation of three healthy nestlings! The mother calls out and I hear some return osprey calls but have not seen her mate at the nest,. The female left the nest for a very short period and the three babies called out for her and watched her circling over the water,

06/05/2018 by Cathy110
The chicks have grown a lot, but it is hard to see all three at once. I did not see any feedings and did not see the male at all during the observation period of about 30 minutes

05/24/2018 by Cathy110
3 hatchlings caught on camera! At first it seemed there were only two. The female called often perhaps expecting the male to be returning with food. She left the nest a couple times, flying low, and returning quickly. At one one time, another osprey flew by the nest with a fish in its talons, but did not stop to deliver it. The female called often. We did not see the male return to the nest before we left. Observation time: about 20 minutes.

05/15/2018 by Cathy110
Hatchlings likely?! Although no direct evidence of hatchlings has been noted, the behavior of the pair seems to indicate the likelihood. They both sat only on the sides of the nest during the entire observation period and never sat in the nest cavity. When last observed on 5/8/18, the female was still sitting down in the nest. According to the timeline, the eggs should have hatched by May 10 (40 days incubation) and could have hatched earlier and the sitting behavior noted on the 8th could have been brooding not incubating. Today was very warm and brooding may not be needed as often and will likely be complete in a few days depending on hatch date. Looking forward to confirming chicks ---any day now.

05/05/2018 by Cathy110
Master Naturalists met at the marina here to share information, ask questions, and provide updates on the nests being monitored. This nest was chosen for the meeting location as the nest platform on the creek is easily observed especially with a spotting scope. It has been 35 days since incubating activity was first observed Although we won't be able to see the chicks, we should be expecting they will hatch very soon.Then the young will brooded for another 10 days after hatching. Interestingly, during the meeting, Robin Culler, Cohort XII, noticed another active osprey nest. It is inland from the creek near the tree line and will be added to the website. Earlier in the season a pair of displaced osprey from last year had been observed but hadn't settled down. This may be the same pair.

04/30/2018 by Cathy110
Warm spring temperatures and abundant sunshine. The female still low in the nest. Observed the male bringing her food.

04/09/2018 by Cathy110
It was a cold and drizzly morning during my observation time today.At around 10 am the temperature was 45 with a light breeze. The female was very low in the nest. Perhaps they have built up the sides a little more. The male brought her food and fed some to her. No other osprey or eagles were around during this time.

04/01/2018 by Cathy110
The behavior of both the male and female today seemed to indicate that there is an egg in the nest. The female sat low in the nest for most of the time that I watched (40 mins). The male was with her all the time except for when he brought in a fish. Both the male and female arranged sticks on the perimeter of the nest and I observed the female once, perhaps turning an egg. There was a lot of activity today around the nest with people and boats as well as the two osprey that had previously occupied nest #679 that is no longer there. Photos today show the position of the male and female that was typical during my visit. (photos #14 and #15)

03/29/2018 by Cathy110
When I first arrived the female was alone on the nest resting (not standing) The male arrived about 10 minutes later. The nest has been generously rebuilt and the female seems comfortable. Two osprey were observed sitting together on a sign in the vicinity of nest #679 but since their nest from last year is no longer there, we don't know if they will stay,

03/15/2018 by Cathy110
Quiet day today. No eagles, no other osprey noted except the female on nest during observation period of about 30-40 minutes. I have added more photos that show how much they have built the nest back up since arriving. The photos appear more close up as I used the zoom on the computer screen and then took a screenshot. Jan Lockwood's photo (left most in both rows) has the best resolution.

03/10/2018 by Cathy110
Observed the pair on the nest moving a few sticks. Also saw some brief mating activity (The male landing on the female's back).

03/02/2018 by Cathy110
An osprey was seen as early as February 25 in the vicinity of the nest, and the pair observed together on the nest, actively nest building on February 28.

07/27/2017 by Cathy110
This evening I kept watch for about an hour but did not see any of the osprey return to the nest. I could hear osprey in the trees distant from the nest, and could see two osprey in trees near a different nest.

07/17/2017 by Cathy110
Today I observed one juvenile on the nest but no other member of the family. Interestingly, a juvenile night heron observed me for a long time while I was on the pier photographing the osprey,

07/02/2017 by Cathy110
Today when I arrived one fledgling was on the nest and the other on a sign about 100 ft from the nest. I observed the fledgling on the nest take off and circle the creek around the nest. The juveniles did a lot of calling but I didn't see any adults return to the nest. However, I saw one adult osprey across the marsh in a tree. I also saw two osprey flying high in the vicinity of the nest. I observed for 30 minutes or so and did not see any successful catches.

07/01/2017 by Cathy110
Both chicks have fledged!! Putting the approximate date of fledging at June 26, that would make the chicks 57 days old at the time (Norm is 50-55 days) Today when I first arrived, the nest was empty. Then the male and one fledgling returned. They both called from the nest and twice the male left and returned. I stayed for close to an hour but did not see the female or the other juvenile. When I left the juvenile was alone on the nest.

06/21/2017 by Cathy110
Today I observed the male and both juveniles on the nest eating and the male feeding one of the juveniles.

06/17/2017 by Cathy110
Today one of the young vigorously flapped its wings and jumped at the same time while the younger one looked on with interest. It is getting crowded in the nest!

06/10/2017 by Cathy110
The chicks are approximately 40 days old and continue to grow and develop both in body and behavior. They are becoming interested in their surroundings and occasionally exercise their wings. Over the next 10-15 days the chicks will be developing their flight muscles to get ready to fledge by the time they are around 50-55 days old. An exciting time!

06/06/2017 by Cathy110
Both chicks are well and active. I observed the mother leave the nest--just stretching her wings--circling around the nest and returning in a half minute or so.

05/26/2017 by Cathy110
Observed the mother with two active chicks. Did not see the male in the area and no feeding took place. The mother left the nest for a very short time and was always in sight circling near the creek.

05/22/2017 by Cathy110
Observed the mother feeding two chicks and herself. Male was not on the nest but most likely nearby based on the osprey calls I heard. Chicks appear to be growing from the few glimpses I got of them.

05/18/2017 by Cathy110
Similiar story today - male circling around fishing, female waiting on the nest. This time calling out. Chicks are very hard to see and couldn't get photograph or video but through my binoculars I observed -very briefly--one head and then two heads bob up and down. Mother watchng but not feeding. Believe she was iwaiting for the male to return with food.

05/15/2017 by Cathy110
Female on the nest. Male nearby fishing. Observed for twenty minutes didn't see a catch or any feeding.

05/07/2017 by Cathy110
Two hatchlings! Both eating well. Although some of the behavior seen earlier meant it was likely that there were hatchlings, today was the first time I observed two active nestlings being fed and attentively cared for. The time from first observing signs of incubation to first noticing signs of hatching was between 39 and 42 days.

05/04/2017 by Cathy110
Still waiting for evidence of a hatchling. Observed the pair eating together.

05/01/2017 by Cathy110
It appears that the pair is now expecting a hatchling very soon. The female is not sitting low in the nest anymore and frequently leans over and tends to something. I observed the pair sitting together, and the female watching and tending.

04/27/2017 by Cathy110
A very warm day. The osprey are still incubating. I observed the pair exchange nesting duty. Based on the date of when incubation was first observed, it has been 4 1/2 weeks --clutch hatching should be soon.

04/22/2017 by Cathy110
Cool and rainy today. Female on the nest male nearby fishing. No hatchlings yet

04/10/2017 by Cathy110
Around noontime I observed the male bring the female some fish and feed it to her.

04/06/2017 by Cathy110
When I arrived today it was very windy, but the rain had cleared. The female was on the nest calling out often and the male was flying nearby or sometimes sitting on the signpost. He returned to the nest briefly and the female stood up just long enough to turn the eggs then settled back down and did not call out for the rest of the time I was there. Today's photo was taken after the female turned the eggs and the male was about to fly off the nest.

04/01/2017 by Cathy110
This nest was the site of the monthly meeting of Master Naturalist Osprey watchers. It is the only one in the group we know of so far that eggs are being incubated! At this stage, one of the adults will almost always be seen sitting low in the nest or turning the eggs with their feet. We don't know how many eggs are in the nest but most often it is 2, and one will hatch before the other. A likely time that the eggs could hatch will be the fourth week of April.

03/27/2017 by Cathy110
Today the female was sitting on a sign about 100 ft from the nest when I arrived and the male was low in the nest. The female returned with a fish and the male flew off the nest momentarily but returned and landed on the female and mated with her before he flew off for the remainder of my visit.

03/23/2017 by Cathy110
UPDATE: On 03/25/17, another observer reported seeing the female turning the eggs with her feet. I also saw this behavior on 03/26/17 Today was the first day I saw one osprey deep in the nest (I saw an eagle and perhaps the other osprey flying nearby) The osprey in the nest didn't get up -- just poked its head up and around. I watched for about 20 minutes. I assume it is incubating eggs. All other times the osprey are standing in the nest and are actively looking about and ocasionally one or both fly off. I did see this activity yesterday.

03/16/2017 by Cathy110
Both adults observed on the nest. Two eagles also spotted flying nearby but no interaction. No signs of incubation activity -

03/12/2017 by Cathy110
The female arranged nesting material, the couple has mated a number of times and they stay close together, but haven't seen signs of her incubating eggs yet.

03/06/2017 by Cathy110
Female on the nest by herself when I arrived. Watched her fly off to the trees and carry a stick back to the nest. Male was fishing nearby.

03/04/2017 by Cathy110
No birds on nest when I arrived. A person working nearby said he saw them on the nest mating earlier. About 15 minutes after I arrived they both returned to the nest and I observed them mating.

03/03/2017 by Cathy110
Observed the male and female sitting on the nest together then the male flew off and then the female joined. There were a number of birds flying in the same area - some vultures and some I didn't know the identity. Both male and female went off toward the trees and did not return before I left. It actually started to snow - very wet flakes.

03/02/2017 by Cathy110
Observed this female for 45 minutes. She was alert and stayed on the nest except for a short flight. Before leaving the nest she called several times.

06/22/2016 by nzedr
6-21-2016 - One chick seen in the nest with the female. The male visited briefly before perching in a nearby tree.

04/14/2016 by nzedr
4-10-20116 Female observed in incubating posture.

03/13/2016 by nzedr
3-9-2016 - Female and male osprey observed at the nest

03/01/2016 by nzedr
A male osprey was seen flying over Queen's Creek on February 29 in the afternoon and again in the evening. On March 1 a male osprey was seen perched on the No Wake sign at the Queens Lake Marina.

07/06/2015 by nzedr
I was fortunate to observe one of the chicks fly from the nest in a long loop along the Queens Lake Boathouse and back to the nest to join his sibling and one parent. One of the chicks in the adjacent nest on Marker 20 has also begun to make short flights from the nest.

06/24/2015 by nzedr
2 large chicks were seen on the nest with the female osprey. One chick flapped its wings vigorously and hopped a couple of steps in the nest. The female flew off and returned with a branch and began renovating the nest.

03/21/2015 by nzedr
3/18/2015 - Male and female osprey observed perched together on nest during the late afternoon. Nest is in good shape following the winter. Pair 03/14/2015 - One osprey seen perched on nest and another flying in the area and perched on nearby sign.

06/26/2014 by nzedr
Both the male and female were standing on the nest, but the nest appeared to be empty. They were not interested in the nest and flew off when disturbed by a boat. It seems that the nest has failed.

06/06/2014 by nzedr
The female continues to incubate but sadly this nest may have been abandoned, given the time she has been incubating. The female left the nest twice, returning with sticks to add to it. She rolled the eggs before settling to incubate. During our period of observation we did not see the male.

05/28/2014 by nzedr
The female is still in an incubating posture on the nest. She left the nest unguarded twice during our visit. After one flight she returned with a small stick which she placed in the nest. We could not see a chick in the nest when we viewed it through a telescope. The male was not seen during the hour plus that we were there.

05/23/2014 by nzedr
The female continues to lie very low in the nest either incubating or brooding. There was no indication of young in the nest when she flew off after being disturbed by boats. The male flew in to the nest twice during the 45 minutes I watched, but did not bring food on either occasion. After his second visit, she repositioned a couple of sticks in the nest before resuming her incubating position.

03/19/2014 by nzedr
The female osprey was perched on the nest. The male landed beside her briefly. The nest appears to have been repaired and "tidied" although it hasn't grown thicker.

07/15/2013 by nzedr
7-15-2013 - Both chicks have fledged and are feeding in the area.

05/29/2012 by nzedr
5/29/2012, The female osprey was seen on the nest when the male osprey flew in with a fish. The female did not move and he began to eat. After a few minutes she moved to join him but appeared to eat very little. Both osprey looked down into the nest. (Hatch period estimated May 27-June 3). The female resumed her incubating position. The male left and returned with a long twig, which the pair then positioned together in the nest, whereupon the male flew off again.

05/13/2012 by nzedr
5/9/2012, the female was observed incubatin on the nest ,while the male was perched on a No Wake Sign just beyond the boathouse.

04/26/2012 by nzedr
4/24/12 and 4/26/12, female osprey was lying low in the nest and appeared to be incubating. The male was not observed.

04/12/2012 by nzedr
4/12/2012, the nest is now about 8-9 inches high as the osprey continue to add material. Today, the female osprey was alone on the nest for more than an hour of observation. She was perched on the edge of the nest, crouched with wings and body quivering and calling loudly and continuously. She left the nest several times for about 2 minutes on each occasion. She moved to different parts of the nest but did not settle in it or appear to be incubating. Three osprey were flying in the area. After 1 hour and 5 minutes the male flew into the nest, mated and left again.

04/12/2012 by nzedr
3-8-2012, osprey were first seen on the platform. 3/13/12, osprey pair observed building a nest on the platform. 3/22/12, male observed bringing sticks to the nest in which female sat. Female then seen to rearrange and position sticks in the nest. The nest is now approximately 6 inches high. 3/26/12, pair observed building nest with the male bringing sticks and the female bringing clumps of marsh grass, presumably to line the nest. 3/28/12, both ospreys were observed on the nest. The male left and the female remained on the nest calling while the male flew overhead. Her calls were softer and rapid. The male returned and the pair mated. The male left (to fish?). The female also left briefly. The male returned without food. The female returned and they sat together for a time, after which the male left again. 3/31/12, both osprey were absent from the nest. Two osprey were present at a neighboring nest and four osprey were observed circling and flying over the creek. At one point a mature Bald Eagle was the focus of their attention as they "herded" the eagle away from the area.The ospreys did not return to the nest during the hour plus that I was present. 4-4-2012, the nest was empty when observation began. Both osprey returned and mated. The male left, while the female remained at the nest calling.