Nest #7407

Nickname: The Narrows - 055-A-003
Nest substrate: Electric Pylon
Nest Location Description: On Delaware River across from what used to be called Indian Rock Inn, which is now called The Narrows.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.5712404910875
Longitude: -75.1517759084015
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by DB
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   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 07/21/2020
Egg laying 04/15/2020 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/21/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/25/2020 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
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

08/05/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:30 p.m. From the Riegelsville-Milford Rd I can see that this nest is intact and hasn't been blown down. I don't see any of the fledglings or parents at the nest, but it is quite far away from this view. I will not go over to the PA side. I am doing very quick checks of as many nests as I can after yesterday's tropical storm Isaias. The severely high winds took down many trees and could have blown exposed nests and chicks down. In any case, I assume fledglings that are experienced fliers, would have been able to find shelter and protection from the high winds. These chicks have been fledged for about two weeks and were strong fliers.

07/24/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:45 a.m. When I arrived I saw only one chick on the nest and one adult, probably the female. These chicks are too big to "hide" in the nest, so the other two have fledged. I heard a lot of different vocals coming from the trees along the river and the area east of the tower as well as from the chick on the nest. Before I could set up my camera, the third chick flew off the nest leaving Mom perched alone on the nest tower. I will estimate the first fledge took place on 7/21 since that is about half-way between today and 7/19 when I saw all three chicks wing flapping on the nest. I expect this third chick has also flown before as it just took off without any big wing-flapping preamble! It was well fed so must have eaten recently as it sported a large crop!

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:10pm I parked at the north end of the restaurant parking lot as they were open today, Sunday, for brunch outside. I confirmed that the three chicks were perched on the north side of their nest side by side looking toward the north! They will be fledging soon. I watched for about 20 minutes, but nothing much was happening. All seemed normal. Then I noticed two birds perched on an electric tower in the background, on the field near where the Phillips Farm nest platform stands. Through my scope and with camera zoomed in, I saw that it was two adults, mating! There is no way to know if it is the pair from this nest, or the Phillips nest!

07/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
6:00 p.m. I looked at this nest through my scope from the Phillips Farm fields. It is further away than when I watch from The Narrows restaurant parking lot, but because it is late, and the lighting is much better looking toward the west, I decided not to cross the river. It appeared not much was happening. A parent and the 3 chicks were sitting on the nest and not being very active. I did not watch for long.

06/30/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:30 p.m. The entire time I watched, a light rain was falling. When I observed almost two weeks ago, I only saw 2 chicks and hoped that nothing had happened to the third. Today, when I first arrived, I saw the adult and two large chicks...then, I was happy to see the third sit up tall. It had been lying down in the rain. These eyases look to be 5-6 weeks old. I saw some pretty vigorous wing flapping by first one (while the siblings watched), then a second!

06/18/2020 by CyclistBarb
3:30p.m. The restaurant, The Narrows, is now allowed to open for outdoor dining. They have set up in the parking lot making it more difficult to park and set up my scope! The growing foliage further complicates the observation. I was able to move to the north end of the parking lot. The male was in his usual spot on the northwest corner. The female was on the nest, apparently feeding the chicks. The chicks were also self feeding and the photo shows one pulling a long string of prey with its beak. I only saw two though. I hope nothing happened to the third that I saw 2 weeks ago.

06/16/2020 by CyclistBarb
6:00 p.m. By the time I got to the nest, the light was very poor. The male was perched on the northwest corner of the tower eating. The female was sitting near the nest bole. I only saw one chick, as I expect they had been fed and were now lying down. I did not stay long and will return soon.

06/04/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:15 p.m. Dad flies to his favorite perch on the tower struts next to the nest while Mom continues to feed the three who appear to be about a week to a week and a half old.

06/04/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:50 p.m. One adult, presumably the female, was sitting up high on the nest. It was a warm day and I assume there are eyases in the nest.

06/04/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:00 p.m. The male flies in with prey. Both start feeding and soon I spot 3 eyases!

05/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:55 a.m. One adult (the male I assume), was perched on the tower; the female was on the eggs. Neither was active during the 30 minutes I watched.

05/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:20a.m. The female stood and appeared to roll the eggs. The male was still perched on the tower next to the nest.

05/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:30 p.m. After observing two other nests, I looked again at this nest from the Phillips farm road, on the NJ side and could see the female was still sitting down in the nest.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:35 a.m. I park in the Narrows parking lot, set up my scope and camera and can only see the tail of the incubating adult on the nest. As I continue to watch, nothing much happens. Occasionally the incubating adult lifts its head. I never do see the mate. I left at 9:50.

04/22/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:35 a.m. One adult is sitting on the nest incubating. The mate is perched next to the nest on the tower strut. 9:38 a.m. The perched adult flies off and I lose site if it after it soars over the river and heads then toward land on the NJ side. I am watching from PA.

04/22/2020 by CyclistBarb
Egg laying must have taken place after April 12 and prior to April 22 when incubation was observed.

04/12/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:00-11:30 a.m. When I arrive (parking at the Narrows restaurant on the PA side), the pair is on the nest. The male is left, on the tower struts. The female is right, toward the east side of the tower, on the nest. 11:21 a.m. The male flies off over the river to a large tree near where I am parked, breaks off a branch, carries it back to the nest and places it in the nest. 11:25 a.m The male mounts the female in copulation.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
11:51 a.m. I drove south to the Milford bridge crossing into PA, then took route 32 north again and parked at The Narrows restaurant across from the nest. I got a photo of the chick sitting on the nest, and calling persistently.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
11:30 a.m. I drove to the vantage point on route 647 where the nest was visible. I saw and photographed only one chick on the nest. The light was quite good even though the nest is far away. I then drove into the farm field, but couldn't get a much-better photo. I then drove down the gravel lane to the Phillips farm house (where I was told the father lived), but the gate across the tracks was closed. I turned around and headed back up the lane toward route 647. I did get photos of nest #2930, "Holland Township" from the south perspective, with its one chick perched and the adult perched on the high tension tower nearby.

08/06/2019 by CyclistBarb
At 1:00 p.m., now on the NJ side, I drove into the farm field to get closer to the nest. I could see two of the three fledglings. I then followed a farm worker down the driveway toward the river. The gate on the other side of the tracks was open. I viewed the nest from very close up, from beside the farm equipment shed. It was too close to see both chicks, but the one on that side was a good close-up.

08/06/2019 by CyclistBarb
From the Rieglesville-Millford Rd, route 627, you can see the nest. It is quite far away. The photo of the nest and tower was taken with my 40x zoom camera. I could see only 2 of the chicks.

08/06/2019 by CyclistBarb
At around noon I arrived at the observation post on the PA side of the river in the parking lot of The Narrows restaurant. I set up my spotting scope, but could see nothing in the nest. I watched for awhile then left figuring the fledglings were off flying around.

07/29/2019 by CyclistBarb
Three healthy fledglings were observed sitting on, flying off and back to the nest. They all were vocalizing continuously, loud enough to be heard on the PA side in the parking lot of The Narrows Inn. First fledge occurred sometime between 6/16 and 7/29, and I would guess at least a week ago (mid July?).

07/29/2019 by CyclistBarb
Photos from 7/29 show all three in the nest; A fledgling that flew off then returned to perch on the metal strut; The nest with a second fledgling missing having flown off; A close up from very close on the NJ side (it is impossible to see into the nest from this point).

06/16/2019 by CyclistBarb
First photo shows 3 beaks! Three chicks were observed with adult on the nest. This is the first time I saw this nest. Observed from the PA side, parking lot for "The Narrows" restaurant, through spotting scope and 40x zoom camera.