Nest #7539

Nickname: Quillens Pt RD
Nest substrate: Nest box placed on corner of boat lift
Nest Location Description: high risk-boat lift end of Quillen's Pt Rd
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5829281442374
Longitude: -75.0788556189575
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/30/2019 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 baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/03/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/16/2020
Incubation initiation 05/02/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2020 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/28/2021 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/15/2021 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/21/2021 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

05/25/2021 by baygirl
chicks observed during feeding

03/28/2021 by baygirl
68, S 13 mph, clear afternoon, both arrived to nest on boat lift today

03/26/2021 by baygirl
82, S 20 mph, sun, 4:30 pm, no ospreys seen or heard

03/17/2021 by baygirl
one osprey fishing directly over nest site today, 45., 100% overcast, NE 8 mph. No new nesting platform has been installed to replace high risk nest on boat lift

09/16/2020 by baygirl
juvie perched quietly on nest this morning

09/15/2020 by baygirl
have not see or heard the juvenile for 2 days, no adult male seen either

09/13/2020 by baygirl
juvenile still on nest this afternoon crying loudly for fish, i have not seen the adult male in a few days

09/12/2020 by baygirl
appears to be a male juvenile on nest crying everyday, only seldom attempts a dive for fish and not successful. not sure if ad male is still at the nest area but i did see quite a few flying in the general area

09/11/2020 by baygirl
one juvenile crying at nest, adult male still nearby, neighbors concerned about the crying juvie, hopefully it will migrate soon as its been flying for about 5 weeks now

09/07/2020 by baygirl
one juvie heard but not seen, adult took off and headed for the ocean

09/04/2020 by baygirl
one adult and one juvie in trees behind the nest, juvie then flew to nest crying for fish and adult took off

08/03/2020 by baygirl
both chicks fledged today just before the storm, oh my

08/02/2020 by baygirl
chicks are helicoptering and getting very rambunctious just before tuesdays storm hits, fingers crossed for them to fledge safely

07/31/2020 by baygirl
2 chicks very visible as mom was feeding them, one on each side of her, this coming week is a storm week so i will hope these 2 fledge safely

07/27/2020 by baygirl
continuing to see both chicks on nest with one adult nearby at all times, expecting a fledge date around end of first week of august but could be sooner

07/03/2020 by baygirl
2 chicks vis today, female shading, very hot, 90 temp, numerous kayakers floating near nest, busy holiday weekend

06/07/2020 by baygirl
one deep in nest with mate on nest edge at 4 pm today

05/23/2020 by baygirl
one deep in nest today, busy day in the water area near the nest

05/16/2020 by baygirl
still seeing one deep in the nest!

05/07/2020 by baygirl
all quiet at the dock and yard near the nest today, male on far side of boat lift, female incubating, hopefully my discussion with the family helped them to respect the ospreys space

05/03/2020 by baygirl
i observed the female deep in the nest yesterday and her mate on the other side of the boat lift. today i observed a boy pull a small schiff up to the dock and boatlift, flushing the female off the nest. both ospreys flew over head for about 20 minutes while the boys reopositioned the boat at the dock, female took a few circles over the boys head lowering her feet towards his head, sounding an angry alarm, the boys didnt seem to notice her. I approached by boat and yelled over to them, they said they couldnt hear me, i maneuverd closer and talked as best i could with the osprey screaming and the wind but the gist was they felt since the osprey were there last year ( not productive) that the osprey would be ok this season. i explained that this season was different because now they were incubating eggs. i told them if they continued to flush the birds off the eggs there would not be viable eggs. took the female awhile to land back on the nest just in time for the boys to come back out on the dock again, flushing the female off the eggs once again. i spoke with the mother later and i hope i educated the family on just how difficult and unsafe nesting would be with a nest box on their boatlift for the next 15 years! this is quite frustrating. the state of DE needs to have a better osprey education and resources plan for a growing population of this amazing bird. people dont realize these raptors bond with a nest site for life. making a temporary nest box is actually making a permanent connection with a nest site.

04/30/2020 by baygirl
pair is not incubating, female was hunched down today in high wind but she seems more focused on the house and yard that is very close to the nest that is on a boat lift, not that high above the high tide line. poorly placed platform location in my humble opinion.

04/28/2020 by baygirl
appears to be incubating, i checked twice today, both times just one deep in nest, did not see mate

04/23/2020 by baygirl
feamle on nest today

04/19/2020 by baygirl
female coming and going to an expanding nest today

04/14/2020 by baygirl
both at nest today

07/26/2019 by baygirl
pair had moved on , no ospreys seen

06/29/2019 by baygirl
no activity seen

06/04/2019 by baygirl
appears to be inactive

05/27/2019 by baygirl
no osprey activity seen, pair may have moved to the east marsh of James Farm, new snag nest at back of property just north of the Purple Trail of the preserve, visible from Joshua Cove

05/22/2019 by baygirl
no osprey activity the past few days

05/13/2019 by baygirl
Sometime prior to 5-5-19 the owners of this boat lift placed a small nest box on the corner of their boat lift to replace the nest material the new osprey pair was dropping directly on the corner of the lift. both birds perch at the box as well on a neighbors dock and they have brought lots of nest material in the past week. there is human activity close by so no egg laying and I hope there won't be this season. the nest could be at high water line in a storm and does not look very secure on the lift. this boat lift is right along the path the Eco bay kayak tour travels regularly so there will be much disturbance this summer. The family that owns the boat lift have a young boy that has been caught harassing other osprey nest sites in seasons past, hoping he has grown up a bit and wont bother these osprey. might be a good learning experience for him in any case.