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Nest #858

Nickname: Greensprings Trail Nest
Nest substrate: Dead Tree
Nest Location Description: A nesting pair returning to an existing nest.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.2526729319827
Longitude: -76.792483291626
Followers: 3

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/21/2012 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2012
Egg laying 04/01/2012 Chicks last observed 08/02/2012
Incubation initiation 04/02/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/23/2012 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/13/2013 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/01/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/09/2013
Incubation initiation 04/10/2013 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/16/2013 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/20/2014 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/25/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/08/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/22/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/09/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/18/2015 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/20/2016 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
Nest Activity Report by Billy
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   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

06/19/2016 by Billy
I observed two healthy looking nestlings and mom on the nest. I could hear the other osprey, but did not see him. Both nestlings were moving around a bit.

06/15/2016 by Billy
One nestling was actively exercising it's wings for about 15 minutes. I never saw the other nestling's head but I did observe movement in the nest. The mother osprey was perched near the edge of the nest. I could hear the other osprey, but I never saw him.

06/12/2016 by Billy
I went early in the morning as the sun was rising behind the nest. The female was on the nest and I observed only one nestling for the time I was there. There was a considerable amount of glare thus hindering my observation. I will go back later this week to observe the nest.

06/05/2016 by jenny
Observed one adult osprey sitting high on edge of nest. I was also able to see the entire body of one hatchling in the nest. I was able to see part of the second hatchling behind its sibling. The osprey chicks have grown a lot since my last check.

05/24/2016 by jenny
After several rainy days I was able to get out on the trail and observe the osprey nest. 11:00 am - I was immediately able to observe the adult female perched on the edge nest. After a couple of minutes, I observed one osprey nestling head pop up from in the nest. I could see the nestling's head and neck. The nestling stayed at the back of the nest but moved around quite a bit. After twenty minutes, the male osprey flew in from the east, carrying a fish. As the male landed on the edge of the nest, the female osprey flew off. As I watched the male begin to tear the fish, I observed a second osprey nestling head pop up from the nest. For the next twenty minutes, I observed the adult osprey feeding both nestlings; the nestling towards the front of the nest was fed continuously by the adult, while the nestling at the back of the nest seemed more interested in looking around and moving around, and took fewer bites of fish from the adult. By the end of my observation, the adult was still feeding the nestlings; the female had not returned to the nest at that point.

05/08/2016 by Billy
Early morning.....Mom was on the nest with her head barely visible above the nest. I heard the male, but dis not sight him.

05/01/2016 by Billy
When I arrived at the nest it was raining heavily. Mom was moving on the nest trying to shield the eggs from the rain. I did not observe the male, but I did hear him

04/24/2016 by Billy
The female remained on the nest for the time I observed the nest. she moved her head a bit, but there were no movements related to egg turning. The mate/male was observed on a dead tree in the middle of the swamp. he moved around a bit, and when I could not see him, I heard him.

04/17/2016 by jenny
Quiet afternoon. Observed female osprey low in the nest; popped her head up a few times.

04/03/2016 by jenny
Observed female and male on nest. Male left the nest several times to fly around the area. Returned and remained on nest for duration of observation. Female low in the nest; possible egg(s)? Noted two additional osprey flying in the area.

03/26/2016 by jude
Only saw one osprey sitting in a tree near the nest today.

03/20/2016 by jude
Two adults in the area and seem to be rebuilding their nest.

06/16/2015 by jude
Almost impossible to see the nest now, due to increased foliage at the viewing point. Will try to find another viewpoint so I can continue to watch as chick grows and matures.

05/17/2015 by jude
Still incubating....won't be long now!

04/22/2015 by jude
Mom began incubating around April 9, 2015. Both adults are present, with the male often sitting in a nearby tree.

04/22/2015 by jude

03/24/2015 by jude
They are back and rebuilding! Great news.

03/14/2015 by jude

03/14/2015 by jude
One osprey has returned. Hopefully the other is in the area or on the way. Last year they both returned late and incubated late. The chick was late to fledge. Let's hope this year is sooner rather than later!

06/28/2014 by jude
We have one chick!!

05/26/2014 by jude
Observed her incubating....this is great news.

05/02/2014 by jude
The nest is complete but I still can't see the female incubating in the nest. Will keep monitoring and hoping.

04/18/2014 by jude
Only ten days later and the nest is completely rebuilt. Both adults were seen in the area, sitting on nearby branches. Also, as you can see in the photo, one adult is frequently sitting on the rim of the nest. No incubation at this point.

04/07/2014 by jude
Today all the branches are once again gone from the tree. It appeared as if the pair had returned and were rebuilding. However, now we're not sure. We will continue to monitor.

03/23/2014 by jude
Lots of sticks in the crook of the snag used last year. Two osprey were sitting in trees nearby, one about 100 yards away, the second about 300. Hopefully, it is the nesting pair, returned and ready to rebuild.

03/14/2014 by jude
Osprey are flying over this tree all the time but as of today, there is no indication that the nest will be rebuilt. It was totally destroyed over the winter so the returning pair, if and when they arrive, will need to begin again.

07/04/2012 by jude
Saw both chicks today. They are intent on learning how those big wings work. Both spent time practicing the up and down flutter. Cute little buggers.

05/26/2012 by jude
No question about it....there are chicks in this nest. Mom and Dad are both clinging to the edge of the nest and on constant watch for danger from above or below. We'll be able to count them when they are a little larger.

05/18/2012 by jude
This is definitely a nesting pair. Although we haven't seen the babies yet, we are hoping that the hatching will occur soon or has already occurred. Stay tuned for more news soon.

04/21/2012 by jude
Amy usually is the one nestled down, sitting on the eggs. John periodically arrives to relieve her and, after about 15 minutes, will return to the nest. They both stay close, call frequently to each other, and seem very alert to all movement nearby. So far, no hatching evident.

04/07/2012 by jude
We went by the nest today just as the changing of the guard occurred. It was awesome to see such power arrive at the nest with great speed and then slow down and land with grace and skill. The eggs were immediately covered and will continue to incubate as the parents carefully watch and wait.

04/06/2012 by jude
Amy and John have been at this nest in the past. They returned and resumed their partnership with very little fixing up of the nest. She appears to be already sitting on eggs.