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: 1

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

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

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
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!

03/14/2015 by jude

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.