Nest #743

Nickname: Rivers Edge 2
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Kings Mill on James River. Fifty yards from nest called Rivers Edge 1. nest on platform. Much smaller platform that Rivers Edge 1. Almost on shore.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.2209237397548
Longitude: -76.6514839786988
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 Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/24/2012 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/19/2012
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/02/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/30/2012 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/23/2013 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/28/2013 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/11/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/03/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/18/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/20/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/25/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/20/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/05/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/08/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/15/2017 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by Rivers Edge
Adult arrival 03/12/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/23/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/11/2019 by Rivers Edge
I have visited the nest three times since last report. The three chicks are really growing. Parents seem to be very alert and protective.

05/20/2019 by Rivers Edge
On 5/20/2019 I saw two, possibly 3 chicks. Mom was sheltering them from the sun and dad was nearby fishing. Last season a tree fell during a hurricane and blocked the path to the river. currently the path is accessible for monitoring.

05/20/2019 by Rivers Edge
After downloading my photos on the computer it is clear that there are three chicks. Hurray!

03/29/2018 by Rivers Edge
Saw pair on 3/10. By March 27 the nest was repaired..female on the nest, male sitting in rocks at the base.

07/09/2017 by Rivers Edge
Both chicks have now taken flight but return to the nest almost immediately to sit on the edge. The older ones flies more often and is attempting to fish. He flies low and skims the water with his talons over and over. Perhaps he can't figure out why there are no fish on them when he returns to his nest.

06/17/2017 by Rivers Edge
Observed nest yesterday. At first no osprey seen either adult or chicks...got concerned but in 15 minutes adult came to site and saw two chicks.

05/25/2017 by Rivers Edge
I monitored this nest on 5/18 and at that time, the female was no longer incubating so I am assuming that the eggs hatched around May 15th. On this date, I observed one small wobbly head and some other movement so can confirm one hatchling for sure and possibly more.

04/28/2017 by Rivers Edge
Incubation continues...new photo posted

04/09/2017 by Rivers Edge
On 4/8/17 observed nesting pair. At this time the nest is complete and the female is incubating eggs. The male brought a fish to the nest and the female flew off while he sat on the nest and ate his fish.

03/20/2017 by Rivers Edge
In the first week of March I saw one on the nest site and six others in the area. It wasn't until this date that I finally saw both of them together on the platform. Most of the nest was destroyed during the winter by storms but at this time, the nest rebuilding is progressing.

06/18/2016 by Rivers Edge
Definitely two very large chicks in the nest...posted photo to show how well they are doing at this time. After failing for two years it is so great to see how well they are doing this year.

06/03/2016 by Rivers Edge
I have visited the nest site several times since mid March. Incubation began around 4/20/16. About 5/25 I noted that Mom appeared to be monitoring hatchlings. On 6/2 I could see one large hatchling in the nest (there maybe two but I can't confirm at this point.

03/18/2016 by Rivers Edge
It appears that even though this nest was abandoned last year, the pair are going to try again. The female was sitting on the nest and also brining sticks to it. The male was eating a fish on the broken pier. The female was disturbed several times by people walking by on the shore.

05/20/2015 by Rivers Edge
Monitored nest for an hour...Female no longer incubating, standing with wings shading nest...flys away when disturbed by walkers but circles over river and returns quickly...no sign of a chick..dad came to nest several times to preen on edge but did not bring fish nor did mom go fishing.

04/05/2015 by Rivers Edge
On March 11, 2015 I observed two osprey on this nest. By the time I reached the river (can't see the nest while walking down the last 3/4 of the way), the male had left. A male was sitting on the pilings of the old pier where nest 1 was located, Now the boards from the pier have been taken down and it is impossible for the pair from nest one to nest there. I think that that pair may have taken over this platform. In past years this platform has beginning nests that are later abandoned. By April 3, the nest was complete, although small, and the female appears to be incubating and maybe egg rolling. However, she does get up and sit on the edge of the nest for a period of 10 minutes during the 90 minutes observed. The male was in a tree up the hill and stayed there preening for 80 minutes. The female called to him several times, finally flying up to him. Copulation occurred and then both flew back to the nest. However, he stayed for just a few minutes. People on the beach walking by cause the female to fly from the nest, circle overhead until the people leave, and then she returns. This nest is just a few yards from the shore.

04/07/2014 by Rivers Edge
On 4/6/14 the nest appeared to have had a few more sticks and trash added. However, there was no sign of the female previously seen and no other osprey in the area other then the pair that is nesting on the broken down pier nearby. I am thinking that this is now an abandoned site.

03/31/2014 by Rivers Edge
I have monitored nest weekly. Last week it appeared that some sticks had been placed on the platform but no sign of osprey. On 3/31/14 a female osprey was sitting on the sticks and what appears to be the beginning of a nest. She called repeatedly but flew to a tree when she spotted me. She stayed there, calling for an hour but no sign of a male.

03/10/2014 by Rivers Edge
I monitored the nest on 3/10/14. No sign of the adults on this date. They usually return around the 24th of March. The nearby nest is now occupied-that pair usually returns on March 8th, as they did this year.

07/17/2013 by Rivers Edge
I have observed the nest twice during this time period. On this date both hatchlings have fledged and are in nearby trees. They were calling for food and Mom brought a fish to one in the tree farest from me.

06/12/2013 by Rivers Edge
I have observed this nest twice in this time period. On both occassions I saw both hatchlings. Today, the two are growing quickly and flapping their wings. Their eyes are also beginning to change color and are no longer the bright red. At this time I am thinking they maybe three weeks old rather than two. They did not appear hungry but Dad did not bring fish on either observation dates. Mom seems to be guarding the young diligently.

05/29/2013 by Rivers Edge
I observed this nest over Memorial Day weekend. There was a lot of boating activity on the two date I observed with Jet Skis zooming close to the nest. Only Mom was on the nest and she sat on the nest the entire time. There was no sign of Dad or feeding activity. On May 29th I observed for several hours as I could only see one hatchling for short seconds. Finally Dad brought a fish and two hatchlings could be observed being feed. At this point they seem strong so must be at least one to two days old.

05/17/2013 by Rivers Edge
I have observed the nest on three occassions. Incubation began around May 1, 2013. Both male and female are present.

04/24/2013 by Rivers Edge
4/24/13-female sitting in nest, male sitting on edge of nest. He flew off and later returned with a nice leafy branch. Female stepped to edge of nest and they worked together to put it in place. She then set down in same spot-I don't think they are incubating though. Last year they returned one day later and did not start incubation until early May.

04/09/2013 by Rivers Edge
4/9/13.. No sign of brooding.

03/28/2013 by Rivers Edge
The pair had not returned on 3/20/13 when I checked. Hurray they are there now on 3/27 with a half completed nest. My estimate is they returned on the 23..it is amazing that date is exactly the same as last year. Both adults were sitting on edge of platform-no building activities. The male twice flew in the air to chase away approaching osprey.

03/12/2013 by Rivers Edge
3/11/13-I have checked the nesting platform on two occassions and no sign of the returning adults. Last year I first saw them on 3/24/12.

03/04/2013 by Rivers Edge
I checked for ault's return three days ago-osprey flying in the area so will check today to see if adults on nest.

08/07/2012 by Rivers Edge
8/7/12 I have observed this nest twice since last entry. By 7/19/12 the first chick had fledged followed by second chick on 7/26. On 8/6/12 both were visiting the nest but no sign of parents. When I walked onto the beach, both fledglings flew. One immediately caught a fish and flew off. No sign of any other osprey in the area.

07/15/2012 by Rivers Edge
I have observed the nest on four dates since 6/17. On all four dates the third chick was never observed again so my fear of predations seems to have been correct. On July 1 the chick in the nearby nest had fledged but the two chicks in this nest are hatched later and show no wing flapping. On July 15th hatchling 1 in this nest is doing lots of flapping and some lifting. Chick two is flapping but only jumping from side to side of the nest. Dad has brought fish during the hour, lands in the nest but when the hatchlings seem interested in it, he flies off. They just sit and watch their breakfast leave but show no intention of following. Dad returns with the fish and repeats this exercise over and over with same reults. However, I would expect that hatchling one will fledge in the next five days.

06/18/2012 by Rivers Edge
I have observed this nest twice since last diary entry. On 6/10/12 all three nestlings were observed-two seemed to be thriving and had grown significantly-it was difficult to see the third but for a brief period his head seemed to pop up-On 6/17 I observed the nest for several hours as I could not see number three hatchling. The first two have really shown and several times both stood and stretched out their wings. I fear that the third has perished or been predated. The nest is near the shore and trees and great horn owls have been heard in the area as well as eagles. People were walking on the beach on the earlier visit but this did not seem to bother Mom. On 6/17 there were jet skis and boats on the river. Mom seemed nervous, leaving the nest once to fly circles over a couple that were sitting on a log on the beach. I will continue to watch for the third chick.

06/03/2012 by Rivers Edge
6/2/12-An exciting day for this nest-when checked ten days ago, Mom was still incubating. Now there are three hatchlings-two seem significantly older with darker feathers. Last hatchlings still has white fuzz on head. Mom feeding-close to shore and with scope I got excellent views. Incubation probably started a little before May 2.

05/21/2012 by Rivers Edge
5/21/12 Mom continues to incubate eggs, sitting low in nest, turned eggs several times during the hour. No sign of Dad. Neighbor nest now has two hatchlings about ten days old.

05/11/2012 by Rivers Edge
Female continues to incubate eggs-sitting low in the nest-very inactive during two hours. Because she is so close to shore, she became nervous when I could be seen so I stayed behind a tree most of the two hours. Now that I own a scope I can really see her well. Male did come to nest several times but did not stay long or share incubation.

05/02/2012 by Rivers Edge
On May 2, 2012 both male and female in the nest. After 15 minutes the male left. the female was observed turning her eggs-I have not been able to observe that in the neighboring nest which is further out in the river and is much higher and larger. Female called out some but male did not return during the hour.

04/12/2012 by Rivers Edge
On March 24th a male was beginning to build the nest. A female was also in the area and landed on it several times when the male was off gathering sticks. Often when he attempted to add sticks he would drop them into the river. On March 30th the nest was much larger and a female was sitting upright in the nest. After 15 minutes a male came and stood near her. Soon another male started flying around and made downwards darts at the nest. The female flew away and then the first male started flying around overhead very close to the second male. Soon the two of them flew off. I watch for an hour, but no birds returned. On April 10th a male and female were standing on the nest. The male would leave and return with branches and they would both tend to the building of the nest. It seems to be settled as to who now occupies the nest. I did not observe copulation during the hour and a half and neither bird seemed very vocal.