Nest #6887

Nickname: Hardwick Municipal Bldg 013-A-001
Nest substrate: cell tower
Nest Location Description: Behind the Hardwick Municipal Building, in the maintenance/machinery lot which is fenced and gated, but open during business hours.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 41.0067503793459
Longitude: -74.9343833333824
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by ospreyBabs
Adult arrival 03/30/2019 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 CyclistBarb
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by ospreyBabs
Adult arrival 03/26/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/05/2020
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by ospreyBabs
Adult arrival 03/27/2021 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
Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival 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

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/03/2021 by ospreyBabs
Was at the nest 6/26 and 7/3 and still have not heard or seen any evidence of chicks this year. On 7/3 I saw two adults leave the nest around the same time and fly in opposite directions, so am assuming there aren't any chicks in the nest. I continue to see an intruder approach the nest and hover over it, occasionally landing - only to be chased away, usually by Mom. Will post again if I see evidence of chicks, or anything unusual. I imagine the adults will not stay as much at the nest after this, but will report anything I see.

06/12/2021 by CyclistBarb
I observed this nest for about 30 minutes and saw no sign of adults or chicks. The nest appeared empty. This nest is being regularly watched and reported by "Ospreybabs" who has reported the same findings and provided excellent photos. Because this nest is the farthest from my home and even quite far from my northern most eagles nests, I am happy to see another person regularly monitoring this pair. If this nest is not productive this year after producing 3 chicks last year, it is joining a trend in northwest osprey nests during the 2021 season. I have found quite a few which were productive last year and have failed to produce chicks this year.

06/05/2021 by ospreyBabs
Was at the nest on Monday, 5/31/21 and today, 06/05/21. Still not able to hear any chicks, but am assuming they have hatched by now. (Probably it's just too early to hear their little voices.) There was an intruder in the area on both days; Mom has been alerting against him (believe it's a male) frequently, and way before I can see him, so I am always able to get some photos. He often hovers above the nest for about 10 seconds at a time, and on Monday landed on the platform, too. That day Mom left the nest and chased him away. Dad has been around, and I believe he brought a fish on Monday but did not see him bring one today. He perched on the edge of the platform for about 10 minutes before flying off, presumably to go fishing. I did not see him after that before I left.

05/22/2021 by ospreyBabs
I saw both the male and female today, May 22, 2021. I could not hear any chicks, but I do suspect there may be hatches; Dad was very busy bringing in sticks today. He went out every few minutes and brought back large sticks almost every time he returned. And, it is just about time for hatches now - about two months after these parents have returned.

05/15/2021 by ospreyBabs
I saw both parents on May 15, 2021. The female was off the nest, perched on a pylon next to it, and the male was perched on a pylon below. I don't there are hatches yet, because the female would not have left newly-hatched chicks in the hot sun for any length of time; she was off the nest for about a half hour at 1pm, when the sun was bright.

05/01/2021 by CyclistBarb
It is Saturday and the gate is closed so I can't easily drive into the back lot to set my scope up either on a tripod or on the car window. I can see the nest, and one adult perched on one of the posts of the tower. I don't see any nest building. While I watched, I saw what was probably the mate soaring way up above the nest, but too far to be sure.

04/10/2021 by ospreyBabs
Today (April 10, 2021) I saw the pair at the nest again. When I arrived, the male had a fish and was on one of the pylons eating it; the female was flying around the area and bringing in nesting materials. I saw the two of them (I believe) flying in large circles, as if they were dancing in the sky; have never seen this behavior before. They seemed to be moving together towards the east/southeast, in large concentric circles, and returned some time later. They were very high in the sky. Later I did see one of them - the female, I think - chase what must have been an intruder osprey out of the area. She dove after the intruder, fast, so it was not the resident male. I could not tell if the intruder was male or female. Most of my pics from today are from too far away.

04/03/2021 by ospreyBabs
The male has arrived at the nest as of today, April 3, 2021. (Another watcher on premises said he saw the male 5 days ago.) They were busy today bringing in sticks and working on the nest, which had taken a beating over the winter in the winds. The male had caught a fish and was eating on a nearby tree, then took it up to finish on one of the pylons. In the photo, you can see both perched on the tower.

03/27/2021 by ospreyBabs
I saw one adult today, March 27, 2021. (I was here last Saturday, March 20, and saw no osprey, so it seems almost certain that this is the week they arrive.) I believe today's osprey was the female from this nest; the male does not have a necklace. She was bringing nesting material in (see cropped photos); she also spent some time calling alerts, and chasing some black vultures out of the area.

09/05/2020 by ospreyBabs
Last time I observed Dad and at least one juvenile (possibly 2) was on September 5, starting around 1:30pm. One youngster was atop the tower, calling and occasionally circling the area - and eventually left, flying generally west. Dad showed up fresh from fishing (still wet!) about 15 minutes later, with a fish; he perched there for about an hour and ate. Then he was gone.

08/25/2020 by ospreyBabs
Visited the nest today, August 25, 2020. Dad arrived around 11:30am with a fish, and stayed perched on a pylon for over an hour, without eating, while I was there. A juvenile arrived a little later, flew to the nest at the top of the tower, and fish-begged, but Dad did not fly up to the nest with the fish. It could be because it appeared that the juvie also had a fish in her talons (I am not sure, but I think so). It could also be, I guess, that the juvie was not his chick, and that is why he didn't take the fish to her! I have seen other osprey (intruders) around the nest during this season, so there are definitely others in the area. Dad was still there when I left around 12:40, and so, I think, was the juvie (I could not see her, and she wasn't calling at that point). So Dad is still around, and (probably) at least one of his chicks.

08/15/2020 by ospreyBabs
Saw one fledgling on the afternoon of August 15, 2020; s/he was perched at the top of the cell tower. I saw Dad arrive during the time I was watching, and saw him leave as well; I assume he brought a fish but did not actually see it being delivered.

08/08/2020 by ospreyBabs
Saw two fledglings on the afternoon of August 8, 2020. One was perched at the top of the cell tower; the other flew down from the tower and perched in a nearby tree with a fish. S/he ate it there on a branch and then returned to the tower, perching on a lower level. Did not see either parent on this day. The two fledglings both have prominent necklaces and could both be females?

07/27/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:00 a.m. Since I was in the area, I went to check this nest. All have fledged and I expect it was not long after my last visit. I am estimating it as 7/17. Already on 7/15 I saw 2 of the chicks flying up to the top of the tower, above the nest. Today, there was no sign of the three chicks nor the parents. They are all off flying/hunting.

07/15/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:00 a.m. Today is a week day so the gate to the highway/maintenance yard is open. I drive in and am able to position my car to see the nest although I must look up very steeply. I am long overdue to check this nest and it is good I did so today because there are THREE BIG CHICKS, and they are soon to fledge. After seeing what I thought were much younger chicks on nests not far south of here, I am surprised these three are so advanced. One is even "branching" on the tower struts above the nest. At first I thought it was the adult, until I got a good look at its youth plumage through my scope. I heard vocals/calling though, and it was not coming from the chick I saw sitting on the nest, but from the one above! The chick on the nest is preening and partially obscured by the mesh platform of the tower that I have to look through. As I am watching these two, I am really surprised to see a third chick, also on the nest, come out from behind the main tower center post wing flapping energetically. It then actually "flies" to the very top of the tower and perches along the top edge just as is its sibling. At around 10:30 a.m. I see an osprey circling above the nest and it comes to perch on the far right corner, so that three of the family are now along that top edge, and the fourth (the chick) is in the nest. I haven't seen the male. At 10:40 a.m. the adult (female?) flies off the right corner, and I move outside the gate, down the driveway some, for another perspective. I heard a lot of vocals all the while I watched. An adult flies back in as I watched from out the driveway, but I don't know if it is the female or the male. I presume it is the female. I left at 10:50 a.m.

06/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:27 p.m. An adult was perched on a tower post. I could not see into the nest. When I walked around behind the building to an area where there is a swamp and nature trail, the adult was obviously agitated by my presence, flying over the tower and around the nesting area and vocalizing. I did not stay long in order not to disturb the nest. It would appear from its behavior that there are eggs/chicks in the nest even though it is difficult to see into the high nest.

04/06/2019 by ospreyBabs
May have seen a pair on 3/30/19, but am not totally sure; they were not together in the same place at the same time. Definitely saw both together perched atop the tower on 4/6/19.