Nest #7903

Nickname: Elizabeth River Park
Nest substrate: Steel pile
Nest Location Description: Chesapeake, VA. On top of a 40' steel pile(?) where Scuffletown Creek flows into the Elizabeth River. There's a tugboat operation there. I believe the pile secures a barge.
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Latitude: 36.8079944993402
Longitude: -76.2865925133667
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020

Activity reports

2020 Nest Activity Report by Dave Gibson
Adult arrival 03/15/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 06/15/2020
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure eggs or young killed by predator
Nest Activity Report by Dave Gibson
Adult arrival 03/09/2021 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

05/21/2021 by Dave Gibson
Observed nest while walking in park. Female was on nest and vocalized. Male hunted. The female could be frooding young, but not sure. Glad to see both birds there.

04/17/2021 by Dave Gibson
Visited on 4/17 late in day. Female was buried in the nest and the male hunted. Observed him catch a fish and carry it off. He returned later with nesting material for the nest.

04/13/2021 by Dave Gibson
Visited this a.m. I don't think there's any question that the female is on eggs.

03/26/2021 by Dave Gibson
Observed female on the nest. Male was absent. Nest is growing.

03/11/2021 by Dave Gibson
Nest building continues.

03/09/2021 by Dave Gibson
New arrivals. Much vocalizing. Observed copulation behavior.

07/26/2020 by Dave Gibson
I'm not sure, now, whether or not the nest here has failed. Yesterday, I observed an adult defending the nest from a Bald Eagle. This a.m. an adult spent a considerable amount of time sitting in the nest.

07/05/2020 by Dave Gibson
I discovered the male building this nest in March, 2020. The female showed up later, and the pair mated. They produced offspring (don't know the number). Sometime in June, the nest was abandoned. I assume a predator got to the chicks. I've been back several times, but haven't seen any signs of life there. Please see the photos which document the "progression." The last photo is of the abandoned nest.