Nest built about two years (2010) ago according to neighbors.
As of 3/21/23, Nest is still in a dead tree about 150 feet into the field from the street, to the left of Dr. Johnny's (directly across the street from Shear Designs). Clearing of trees, construction vehicles located all around the Nest Site.
Look for 2 adults on the nest. The adult pair will show pair bonding behaviors such as vocalizations, aerial sky dances, and the male feeding the female fish. You may see the pair copulating, which typically begins 14 days before laying eggs.
Females will lay 1 - 4 eggs at a rate of one egg every 1 - 2 days. After laying, incubation starts. Look for adults taking turns sitting low in the nest incubating eggs. The incubation period can last 35 - 43 days.
Chicks hatch ~39 days after incubation begins. Look for adults bringing food to the nest and making "head bows" into the center. Chicks typically can't be seen until they are 2 - 3 weeks old, so feeding behavior is the only way to know chicks are there.
Around 4 weeks after hatching, look for the heads of chicks to show over the rim of the nest, particularly when adults bring food to the nest. Other times they lie flat and are harder to see. Count the number of chicks in the nest before they learn to fly
Chicks begin flying around 7 - 8 weeks old, and are still fed by the adults. Count the number of chicks who have successfully fledged the nest and are observed flying.
Chick Last Observed
4 - 10 weeks after fledging, chicks begin leaving the nest area to migrate south, once they have learned to fly and feed themselves. Record the date that the last chick left the nest.
Look for signs of nest failure like adult abandonment, adults no longer incubating eggs or feeding young.
5/1/23 Went to check local nests after severe weather moved through the area yesterday. Nest is intact, and both Male & Female were present. While there, the Male flew in with a fish, female took it from him and took off to a nearby tree. CONSTRUCTION is ongoing at this site, I now have a # to contact of the Contractor to speak with them about a possible platform, and NOT disturbing this tree in the coming months. Another Male was in the area and did several fly overs. Updated photos taken today.
4/2/23 - First time I witnessed the Male, I was relieved. Both the Male & Female were present IN the nest today. CONCERNED that construction is continuing very near the nest, although many trees have been desecrated and survey stakes are apparent, this tree and nest is intact. The huge pile of debris has been removed from in front of the nest, but heavy construction vehicles are very near. I still have not found anyone to speak with to ensure they are aware this nest and Osprey could be incubating at this point (both in nest today). Would be interested in speaking with the owners to see if Platform for next year would be possibility if they remove this tree - this nest has been documented here for atleast 12 years. Photos uploaded with today's date ( takenfrom General Booth side)
3/21/23 - Osprey sighted flying from the field as I drove Southbound on General Booth. I was able to spot the nest, and verify this nest was still there. Female in the nest, VERY VOCAL, CALLING. I did not sight male while she was in the nest.
VERY CONCERNING that this tree and nest is now in the middle of construction vehicles, and trees were being felled to the back of the nest while I was there. There are alot of dead, felled trees as can be seen in my photos directly in front and beside the nest. I didn't see anyone to ask status of nest tree, they were working out of sight. Pictures safely taken from sidewalk, street side.
The female arrived March 5th. They are both repairing the nest that they used last year. It was in pretty good condition when the male arrived. He has been re-aranging twigs ang bringing marsh grass to the nest this past week.
Mr Osprey arrived yesterday, March 1st. Today it was 71 degrees and sunny, Tomorrow we are expecting 3-4 inches of snow after about three hours of freezing rain and sleet. Welcome back to Va.Beach Mr Osprey!
The first info was totally wrong. The There were two (2) eggs layed, first one May 10th and second one on May 12th. Hatching occurred June 20th and June 21st respectfully.This pair have been extremely attentive to the nest and chicks.I first observed the Male arrive to the nest first (April 13th) and begin working on it by bringing sticks and grasses about three days before the Female arrived (April 16th).She was easily identifiable, much bigger and displayed the chest neckless prominently.The chicke look as if they will be fledgling in another week or two.
Have just started watching this nest. The female is setting and can't determine any chicks yet. The male hasn't started to bring lots of food to nest yet. I have seen male and female switch off and on sitting in the nest. once hatching is noticed will fill in other info.