Nest #7519

Nickname: Little Silver Point
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Twelve feet above wetlands on a point of land behind 615 Little Silver Point Road, about 10' from Little Silver Creek, a tributary of the Shrewsbury River. No public access via land but visible from the water.
Nest Cam URL: Click to Visit
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.338335
Longitude: -74.018627
Followers: None

Activity reports

Nest Activity Report by wrwetzel
Adult arrival 04/13/2019 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

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/10/2019 by wrwetzel
For the past month the presence of the birds has diminished. We still see one or both on the nest but less and less frequently. Likewise, we may see one on the perch but that, too, is infrequent. We have pretty much given up hope of seeing the young. We don't know what happened. We have no sight line into the nest and still don't want to bring a ladder nearby for a direct inspection. There was strong behavioral evidence of eggs in early June. Did they fail to hatch? Did a raccoon or other surface predator (despite a predator shield) intrude? Did another bird attack the nest? Was our assessment of the presence of eggs faulty? We don't know. But we are disappointed.

06/13/2019 by wrwetzel
For the past several days we have seen mostly only one bird, no hand-off, and rarely the other on the perch, probably only once.

06/05/2019 by wrwetzel
Now back to the prior behavior. Osprey sitting on nest most of time though perhaps not as low. Appeared to be eating at one point. Perhaps wishful thinking but it also appeared to be making gestures suggesting that it was feeding a young, that is, head bobbing down into the nest from time to time.

06/04/2019 by wrwetzel
Right at the 38 day mark from the time the nest was always occupied (27 Apr 2019) another abrupt change occurred. Now one of the pair is standing up at the side of the nest, no longer sitting down in the middle. Does this mean a fledgling has hatched? We don't know. Our line of sight is too low to see down into the nest, even with a telescope in the attic. We hope to see feeding activity in the next few days, which will confirm the presence of young.

05/12/2019 by wrwetzel
No change in behavior for past two+ weeks, one of pair always sitting on nest. Other rarely on perch except just before hand-off of nest duty. Nest and pair survived rain and 20+ Kt sustained winds on Sunday, 12 May 2019. Observed hand-off a couple of times including one where duty period lasted only a few minutes.

05/06/2019 by wrwetzel
Nothing new for the past week. One of the pair is always on the nest, the other is frequently on the perch.

04/29/2019 by wrwetzel
Behavior described on 27 Apr continues. Registered at Osprey Watch, posted photo, link to osprey camera, and diary entries retroactively. Angle of osprey camera is too low to observe inside of nest - cannot report on presence of eggs.

04/27/2019 by wrwetzel
Today the behavior of the pair changed abruptly. Now the nest is always occupied by one osprey. The other is infrequently on the perch, more often fishing or perching elsewhere.

04/26/2019 by wrwetzel
From 14 Apr 2019 to present the pair divided their time between building the nest, sitting on the nesting-box perch, fishing, and sitting in a tall, nearby tree. They appeared to vacate the nest before dark and return in morning. We observed one giving the other a back rub on several occasions - one on top of the other, claws touching back feathers. Perhaps this is part of mating activity?

04/14/2019 by wrwetzel
Pair begin nest construction.

04/13/2019 by wrwetzel
Built and installed platform. Pair observed visiting platform a few hours later.