Nest #678

Nickname: Cell Tower
Nest substrate: cell tower
Nest Location Description: Verizon cell tower for residents of Kingsmill on the James in Williamsburg, VA. Located in a parking lot in front of Kingsmill Resort.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.2258187905665
Longitude: -76.6663336372375
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by JTucker
Adult arrival 04/03/2013 Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 0
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 04/03/2013
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure Move and redesign of cell tower prohibited adequate platform for nest building
2012 Nest Activity Report by JTucker
Adult arrival 03/16/2012 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/21/2012
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/14/2012
Incubation initiation 03/30/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

11/25/2013 by JTucker
Nest gone from chimney. Poop nearly all gone. Storm? Human removal?

11/23/2013 by JTucker
3/27/13: Verizon moved its cell tower from one end of the parking lot to the other to remove it from the line of site from the front entrance to resort. Did not observe when old nest was dismantled, but likely prior to the move to prevent the hazard of falling. Nest was unoccupied and date was prior to breeding season, so no issue. AT&T took down its tower (no nest) and constructed a new tower of a different design at the other end of the parking lot. Design is a small solid circle slightly arched, too small for a nest which would slide off anyway. Construction supervisor confirmed the new design was to prevent nesting. 4/3/13: one osprey on V. tower with a few sticks. Appears to be getting ready to rebuild and find mate. 4/18/13: much commotion directly below cell tower in preparation for televising of LPGA golf tournament - trailers, electrical lines. No signs of osprey. 4/28/13: no osprey, no nest. Photos taken: 1. 3 towers, left to right: old AT&T, new AT&T (white), moved old V 2. left: the moved old V tower; right: new AT&T tower 6/30/13 (approx): wind in storm blew over the old V tower so it hung limply bent over in half (picture a dead flower on a long stalk). A few days later the tower was repaired: crane pulled tower upright, tower stages collapsed like nesting cups down to lowest stage, arms pulled into body, new short narrow tower anchored by guidelines. New configuration is insufficient to support an osprey nest. August 10/17/24/31: on Saturdays from deck above resort pool overlooking the James River (no binoculars): 3 osprey fly in and out of a nest on a chimney on one of the guest quarter buildings. White poop all over green roof. ;) They are only a 100 yards from the water, so convenient for bringing a fish home to the dining room table. This nest was not there last year! Could it be the couple from the cell tower relocated to waterfront property? 9/7/13: two osprey observed on chimney nest 9/14/13: no osprey observed, but nest still there If any nests on chimneys appear in 2014, a new nest site will be reported. Stay tuned!

06/28/2013 by JTucker

06/29/2012 by JTucker

06/28/2012 by JTucker
10/5 noticed nest had been removed. Appears larger cell phone receptors had been installed. Stay tuned for next year! No one at nest for the end of July, August, September. 6/28 -mom and dad are perched to side of nest on cell tower, son flew overhead so I could clearly see the white breast - a male osprey Observations by terrestrial beings are limited, but we can observe mom and dad giving flying demos on 6/14, and by 6/21 three Osprey are taking turns flying circles around the nest. 5/25/12 - Dad brought fish and dropped into nest. Mom tail up - must be tearing up fish and feeding chicks 5/19 - one perched on cell tower watching, one in nest tail up 6/14 - mom and dad giving flying lessons above nest, coming back to perch. Loud: KWEE, KWEE 5/3/12 and 5/5/12 - male on tower preening, female in nest looking about 4/7/12 - only one, sitting up in nest 4/8 - neither visable 4/10 - neither viz 4/11 - one viz sitting in nest 4/12 - neither viz 4/13 - neither viz 4/14 - F in next, M on tower next to nest 4/15 - neither viz 4/17 - neither viz

05/08/2012 by JTucker

04/17/2012 by JTucker