Nest #990

Nickname: Gordon Creek 1
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: On the island at the mouth of Gordon Creek where it meets the Chickahomy River. (Across from Chickahominy Riverfront Park, path near Campsite, R 29.)
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.271222
Longitude: -76.877045
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by SDevan
Adult arrival 03/15/2012 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
2013 Nest Activity Report by SDevan
Adult arrival 03/14/2013 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 07/08/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/20/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/25/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/18/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/14/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/11/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/27/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/09/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/14/2016
Egg laying 04/20/2016 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/20/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/19/2017 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 04/25/2017 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/25/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 03/12/2018 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
2019 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival 04/01/2019 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

05/20/2019 by jude
Apparently the adults were sitting on eggs in early May when two kayakers observed activity. Since then, the cypress needles have filled in to such a degree that it's nearly impossible to see the nest, much less the chicks. We'll know more when the chicks mature and begin branching out.

04/08/2019 by jude
Both adults were seen together near the repaired nest for the first time on April 1st. Rangers at the park have also stated that they appear to be working hard to rebuild the nest. It is difficult to tell without a kayak if the female is sitting on eggs yet. This has always been a very productive pair but the winter loss of their nest seems to have pushed their schedule back some.

03/18/2019 by jude
No nesting pair back yet, although many Osprey are in the area. The nest blew down over the winter so the pair will have to rebuild if they return.

06/05/2018 by jude
Still can't tell what's going on. Hopefully kayakers will be able to let us know if there are chicks or not.

04/07/2018 by jude
The nest looks to be complete. Both Osprey are in the area, setting on the limbs of the tree, flying overhead, etc., but no sign of incubation at this point.

03/24/2018 by jude
Both osprey are back and have been seen carrying nesting material back to the bald cypress tree. Winter storms destroyed the old nest completely so this pair will rebuild from scratch. Thank heavens for FEMA!

04/29/2017 by jude
She is definitely incubating eggs. Went out in a canoe to ensure that we were seeing 'incubating behavior' and confirmed eggs in the nest.

07/16/2016 by jude
Thank goodness for kayaks....they two young have fledged. This has been a productive nest year after year.

06/20/2016 by jude
No activity observed for a while. Kayakers on the team have been checking the nest and have not seen any adults in the tree or near the nest. We're worried.

05/08/2016 by jude
The female is still incubating. The male stays close, sitting on a branch near the nest.

04/27/2016 by jude
This nest was checked today by boat. The female is incubating and the male is hanging close, sitting on a branch nearby.

04/24/2016 by jude
We can't see the nest any more....needles are out and blocking the view. One of our team will check by kayak over the next week and we'll update with a report soon.

04/02/2016 by jude
The two adults have spent much time and energy redesigning their nest. All looks ready for egg laying.

06/02/2015 by jude
no longer can see into the cypress. Park personnel have seen one chick by boat.

05/17/2015 by jude
Still incubating although the needles on the bald cypress tree make seeing the nest nigh on to impossible. The rangers are keeping us up to date with what's going on!

04/22/2015 by jude
The nest is completed, the female is incubating, and the male is usually nearby. This nest is active and promising.

06/25/2014 by jude
Everything is guess work on this nest because the Bald Cypress has now camouflaged it all. However the two adults are in and out on a regular basis and the park ranger has reported seeing two heads when he travels near by boat.

05/02/2014 by jude
The nest is complete and they are definitely incubating eggs.

06/17/2013 by SDevan
June 6, 2013 observation: Adult Osprey alert and perched on side of nest for entire observation period. Not able to see a nestling in this tall nest. Assume adult attention indicates at least one nestling.

03/31/2013 by SDevan
March 15: Osprey sitting on nearby branch of the nest tree. Evidence of last year's nest still in tree. March 29: two Osprey on nest and in nest tree.

03/15/2013 by SDevan
14 March 2013: Adult OSPR on branch next to nest