Nest #847

Nickname: Fred and Ethel
Nest substrate: Dead Tree
Nest Location Description: Dead tree located between the Colonial Parkway road and river.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers, The Center for Conservation Biology
Latitude: 37.216378
Longitude: -76.750684
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by TK
Adult arrival 03/28/2012 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/27/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by LibbyM
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/18/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/18/2013 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by ChrisC
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/18/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by ChrisC
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/13/2014 Nest failure 06/02/2014
Clutch hatching 05/23/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by ChrisC
Adult arrival 03/31/2015 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 0
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/26/2015 Nest failure 06/28/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2016 Nest Activity Report by ChrisC
Adult arrival 03/16/2016 Nestlings 0
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 0
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/28/2016 Nest failure 05/31/2016
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/09/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen

07/02/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen

06/25/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen

06/18/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen

06/12/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen. Abandoned?

06/05/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen

06/04/2016 by ChrisC
Nothing seen!

05/29/2016 by ChrisC
One bird sat low in the nest.

05/22/2016 by ChrisC
One bird sat low in the nest.

05/15/2016 by ChrisC
One bird sat low in the nest.

05/08/2016 by ChrisC
One bird sat low in the nest.

05/01/2016 by ChrisC
One bird sat in the nest, fairly low; other perched nearby

04/24/2016 by ChrisC
One bird sat in the nest

04/17/2016 by ChrisC
One bird stood in the nest, another to the side

03/27/2016 by ChrisC
One bird to the side of the nest

03/19/2016 by ChrisC
Female to the side of the nest

03/16/2016 by ChrisC
One bird on nest, later one in branch above

08/02/2015 by ChrisC
Nest empty

07/26/2015 by ChrisC
Nest empty

07/19/2015 by ChrisC
Nest empty

07/12/2015 by ChrisC
Nest empty

07/05/2015 by ChrisC
Nest appears empty

06/28/2015 by ChrisC
Female perched next to on nest. Nothing visible inside the nest, but sight lines are steep.

06/21/2015 by ChrisC
Female on nest, seems to be shading chicks

06/14/2015 by ChrisC
Nest empty at first. Bird returns, fusses, then settles to the side. Possibly shading

06/07/2015 by ChrisC
One bird perched at side of nest.

05/25/2015 by ChrisC
One bird low in nest, Other briefly perched in branch above.

05/17/2015 by ChrisC
One bird low in nest

05/02/2015 by ChrisC
One bird sat in nest. Other perched on branch above

04/26/2015 by ChrisC
Female sat low in nest. Flies off briefly, perches nearby, and returns settling low.

04/24/2015 by ChrisC
One bird sat in nest, quite low

04/19/2015 by ChrisC
Nest appears empty

04/17/2015 by ChrisC
One bird above then in nest.

04/15/2015 by ChrisC
One bird sat in nest.

04/12/2015 by ChrisC
Female on nest for 10+ minutes.

04/11/2015 by ChrisC
One bird at side of nest, other perched just above. Eagle flies low overhead one bird takes off.

04/05/2015 by ChrisC
Nest empty. Two birds circling nearby for a while

04/04/2015 by ChrisC
2 on nest, one flies off then other, not returning for at least 10 minutes

04/02/2015 by ChrisC
One bird on nest, other buzzing it. Seems like they are fighting over the nest.

03/27/2015 by ChrisC
One bird perched high above nest

06/21/2014 by ChrisC
No adults seen in/around nest. Looks like it's been abandoned

06/15/2014 by ChrisC
No adults seen in/around nest

06/08/2014 by ChrisC
Have been walking by this nest daily for the last week, and have not seen any adults in or around the nest since June 1st.

06/01/2014 by ChrisC
One bird on nest, head high above rim.

05/23/2014 by ChrisC
One bird on nest, head popped up above nest rim - possibly attending to chicks?

05/20/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest.

05/18/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest. Later there is a shift change? Birds swap over, possible feeding?? - difficult to tell

05/11/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest.

05/03/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest.

04/26/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest. Flies off to chase nearby Osprey, then returns

04/20/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest. Later 2 on the nest.

04/15/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat very low in nest, barely visible. Looks like incubation.

04/14/2014 by ChrisC
One bird sat low in nest, yesterday and today. Incubation?

04/12/2014 by ChrisC
One bird next to nest, other perched above

04/05/2014 by ChrisC
Female in nest, Male visits - copulation. Photo shows band on female.

04/04/2014 by ChrisC
One in the nest, one to the side

03/30/2014 by ChrisC
One bird perched above nest

03/24/2014 by ChrisC
Vacant at first, then female seen perched next to nest

03/09/2014 by ChrisC
Two birds seen at nest - fly off as approach.

08/31/2013 by ChrisC
Nest empty

08/24/2013 by ChrisC
Nest empty, some Ospreys flying around.

08/19/2013 by ChrisC
One juvenile in and around the nest.

08/11/2013 by ChrisC
One juvenile on nest. Very skittish, flies off when stop to get out binoculars.

08/03/2013 by ChrisC
One juvenile at the side of the nest. Flies off after a few minutes.

07/28/2013 by ChrisC
Two juveniles screetching at the side of the nest. Flapping wings. One flies off. Adults also fling around.

07/21/2013 by ChrisC
Two juveniles in & around the nest. Adult perched on branch above them.

07/14/2013 by ChrisC
One bird visible in nest, another arrives and perches nearby. Later 3 birds in nest, 2 juveniles (photo)

07/05/2013 by ChrisC
One bird visible in nest

06/30/2013 by LibbyM
Only one chick in nest. Chick practicing flapping and getting lift in nest. Chick self-feeding.

06/30/2013 by ChrisC
One bird (F) sat on side of nest. One chick just visible, occasionally.

06/23/2013 by ChrisC
One bird sat on nest (picture)

06/16/2013 by LibbyM
Adult perched above nest. >= 2 chicks.

06/02/2013 by LibbyM
Saw >=2 chicks. Adult brooding the young with wings outstreached to block sun's heat.

06/02/2013 by LibbyM
Adult sat on edge of nest in guarding behavior. Assume chicks present.

05/27/2013 by LibbyM
2 adults. 1 perched on edge of nest. Assume young still present.

05/20/2013 by LibbyM
2 adults. One adult fed young. Could see the head of at least one chick.

05/19/2013 by ChrisC
One bird low in the nest.

05/12/2013 by ChrisC
Nothing seen at first. Then Osprey seen in the nest - can be impossible to see when sat very low.

05/02/2013 by ChrisC
One bird low in the nest.

04/29/2013 by LibbyM
Adult incubating eggs

04/28/2013 by ChrisC
One bird perched high in the nest tree, other very low in the nest, only just visible.

04/27/2013 by ChrisC
21 Apr - One bird perched high in the nest tree, other low in the nest. A third osprey flying directly above. Male takes off, and mobs the 3rd bird, female leaves the nest and joins in. She returns and is knocked off nest by another bird. After several minutes, M & F return to tree but perch high on branches. F returns to nest, male follows and perches nearby.

04/18/2013 by ChrisC
One bird perched high in the nest tree. One low in the nest.

04/15/2013 by ChrisC
One bird perched high in the nest tree. Two others flying above. Later, one bird perched next to nest

04/07/2013 by ChrisC
Apr 7 - Two birds perched high in the nest tree. A third osprey dives towards the nest and is seen off by the male. Later one bird seen at the side of the nest. Apr 6 - One bird perched on side of nest, other nearby, then in nest.

03/31/2013 by ChrisC
Mar 30 - Both birds at the nest Mar 29 - Activity around the nest. Three birds seem to be fighting over the nest. Then 2 birds perched on / around it.

03/11/2013 by TK
3/11/13 Both at the nest today, hopefully a better year for these two.

03/10/2013 by ChrisC
9 & 10 March: One bird seen perched in and near the nest, bringing in nesting material.

06/17/2012 by TK
Nest appears to have been empty for the last week. But on Saturday (16th) an Osprey (Female) landed nearby with a fish.

05/27/2012 by TK
Not much change. One bird low in nest, presumably incubating.

05/20/2012 by TK
Female sat low in nest. Male perched nearby.

04/06/2012 by TK
This may be the pair that abandoned the nearby duckblind. My husband noticed the new nest as we were driving by a week or so ago.