Nest #8767

Nickname: Academy
Nest substrate: Cell tower attached to a powerline tower.
Nest Location Description: On the top of a tower just north of route 519 and west of route route 639, (the Warren Glen Rd) near the intersection of these two routes. It is across route 519 from the Warren Glen Academy and Pohatcong Park along the powerline cut.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.6386892377406
Longitude: -75.1348248422195
Followers: None

Activity reports

Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival 11/22/0005 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

08/02/2022 by CyclistBarb
9:10 a.m. Once again there was an adult on the nest. It seemed to have brown spots on its breast which would indicate that it was the female. It was calling persistently and I saw at least 4-5 vultures circling overhead. One flew by the nest rather closely as seen blurred in the photo. I am not sure that is what had the osprey aggitated. Usually eagles and osprey just ignore vultures. From the photo it looks as though this bird that flew close to the nest may have been a crow or raven though. I did not get a good look at it as I took photos, but my impression at the time was that it was one of the circling vultures.

07/12/2022 by CyclistBarb
1:55 p.m. Today there was an adult sitting on the nest. I would guess this is a new pair, or at least a pair with a new nest location. They have continued to hang around the area after building a large nest, but had no eggs this season. It will be interesting to see what happens here next season. We have observed a similar situation at the Three Bridges Eagle Nest Platform on the high tension tower. At Three Bridges an osprey pair also built up a stick nest and have been at the nest and in the area all summer but laid no eggs. Next season it will be interesting to see if the eagle pair returns, or the osprey pair remains at the Three Bridges platform.

06/21/2022 by CyclistBarb
12:20 p.m. I saw no osprey. It appears that after building a nice nest, this pair has failed to lay eggs this year. I hope they return and are productive next year. I wonder if this is the displaced pair from a mile south which had nested on Smiths Diary silo in 2020.

06/17/2022 by CyclistBarb
4:20 p.m. From the Warren Glen Rd, across from the tower, I saw no adults on the nest.

06/06/2022 by CyclistBarb
1:45 p.m. I saw one adult on the post above the nest which flew off before I got my equipment set up after parking in the access road off route 519. No other adult was on the nest.

05/11/2022 by CyclistBarb
10:40 a.m. As I was driving from the Warren Glen tower nest, heading toward 519 north to check the Quarry nest, I saw a huge pile of nesting sticks on a tower at the intersection of route 519 north and the Warren Glen-Bloomsbury Rd northeast! I continued straight (northeast) not turning left onto route 519 and found a view of this tower across from a private home. I could get about halfway off the road and watched for quite a while. There was one adult which appeared to be sitting low on the nest. I couldn't tell if it was incubating, but it had a "necklace", so I assumed it was the female. Another flew in with an all-white breast which must have been the mate, a male. The first adult, the female, stood. The pair did a lot of nest-building/stick moving for a minute or so before the female flew off. The male continued to look at the bottom of the nest, move and rearrange, and then sat down where the female had been. Was this an incubation exchange? The female returned after a few minutes and stood wing flapping and moving around while the male stood, then wiggled down again. I presume there are eggs but will have to watch for longer periods. I then turned around and heading northwest up 519 to a driveway with a locked gate--the access road to the powerline towers. From that pull in I got a safe, good view off the roadway. This site is not very far (maybe a mile?) from Smith's Dairy, where nest #7924 was cleared away after the 2020 season, and a great horned owl model was installed to chase away the pair! This might be where they moved.