Nest #7838

Nickname: Swifts Neck1
Nest substrate: Utility Pole
Nest Location Description: Corner of Shore Avenue & Beach Street
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Mass Audubon-South Coast
Latitude: 41.7400446563083
Longitude: -70.7167665460327
Followers: None

Activity reports

Nest Activity Report by Dascas241
Adult arrival 04/30/2020 Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 05/25/2020
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure adult abandonment

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/26/2020 by Dascas241
2 osprey occasionally show up to the nest very early in the morning, but do not stay long.

06/13/2020 by Dascas241
Occasionally one bird will show up in the early morning works on nest, calls and sometimes a second bird comes but she/he chases it away.

05/25/2020 by Dascas241
Adult(s) show up to nest occasionally, but they do not look like the birds that built the nest. These are larger adult(s). They may have chased off the original 2. The younger osprey were being harassed by other osprey.

05/18/2020 by Dascas241
Nest is looking great. We have been providing sticks each morning on beach and they plus neighboring osprey have been utilizing. 3rd osprey still hanging around, seems to be 2nd and a larger male looking to take over, but not having any luck.

05/13/2020 by Dascas241
We brought some branches from area and spread them on the beach. This and the dying down of the winds has helped them get a base started. They are still being harassed by a larger osprey on and off. Not sure where they go at night but they are not staying in the nest at night just returning in the morning, staying all day, fishing and trying to build a nest, leaving around 7p.m. each day.

05/10/2020 by Dascas241
Nest has fallen down again, only some grass remains, see photo.

05/08/2020 by
Pair are doing a little better with nest building. We have brought sticks and spread them along the beach so in addition to beach grass they have gotten a stick out two to stay up. They really cannot get this nest building going. We keep gathering the sticks that drop to ground and take them back to the beach and they keep trying!! Persistence may win out!

05/06/2020 by Dascas241
This pair show up every morning, drag grass from beach to try to build a nest but no success. Grasses keep falling, they only brought 1 stick and by end of day it is all on the ground below. They stay together on beach, fish, go to “nest” eat, not sure where they go at night, but back in morning to try again. Saw them on grass pile on beach late afternoon today but tide cam in and washed it away, they are back sitting on pole. They have me worried and I doubt they will ever get a proper nest built.

05/03/2020 by Dascas241
Well it seams our new pair are not giving up quite yet. They were busy this morning starting a nest with grasses from the beach. Returned again at 5p.m. and sat on the very tiny nest of grass. Fishing in front of our house, will see if they continue to build nest in the coming days.

05/01/2020 by Dascas241
New pair showed up again but again heavy winds so nothing was staying put on the pole.

04/30/2020 by Dascas241
New pair arrived in area on Thursday April 30, 2020. Attempted to start building a nest on the utility pole on the corner of Beach Street and Shore Avenue. The 3 nesting pairs in the area were having none of it and kept chasing and dive bombing at them. Also it were very heavy winds so any grass that actually made it to the pole was blown off.