Jim H reports: Nest 2653 - two osprey at the nest. One standing on the edge of the nest. This was the first sighting this year. Nest 2653 was blown out of the tree last year - probably with eggs. The nest was rebuilt but then abandoned. This is good news that they have returned this year.
Jim H reports: I was away the first couple weeks of May.
The osprey had rebuilt the nest and the female was on it when I left. However when I got back around May 22, I did not see evidence of the parents. Several observations over the last two weeks have shown no activity.
I am concluding that the nest was abandoned by May 21.
NOTE: Based on the latest observations, we have marked the nest as have been abandoned about 5/22/2022.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: This nest originally came down around April first. They quickly rebuilt and seem to be incubating eggs. We are simply picking up the data for the rebuilt nest.
Jim H reports some VERY GOOD NEWS! the osprey pair started rebuilding about a day later. I saw the female back on the nest about April 7th. Today the female is on the nest and the male was on a branch a few feet away. The nest is much smaller than it was but they seem to have decided that it will do.
Jim H reports: Very sad to report that nest 2653 was blown out of the pine - either of last two days but probably last night.
The osprey pair were seen at a mid tree level in an overgrown area about 100 yards from the nest facing each other in fairly dense shade (unusual to me). They seemed to be thinking “what do we do now?).
That nest has been there for several years. Hope they rebuild.
Jim H reports: As of March 26th the female is on the nest.
Jim H reports: osprey are in the tree by the nest as of Feb 26th. Looks like they are back again this year!!
Steve J/Jim H report: I checked on the above nest last night and this morning. Last night I saw what I believe was an adult above the nest. I did not see other Osprey but did hear a lot of chirping. Kind of sounded like young Osprey. This morning I did not see any activity.
NOTE: Based on observations, we are assuming that the fledging date of about 7/25 is correct. What may be happening is the youngsters sometimes are coming back to the safety of the nest as is common.
Jim H reports: Over the last 5-7 days the 2 fledglings have been seen on the edge of the nest spreading their wings and showing every indication that they are getting ready to fly. Four days ago I saw one of the chicks on a branch about 15 feet from the nest. Two days ago I observed one chick solo away from the nest but both chicks were back in the nest that night.
Yesterday afternoon the tree and the nest were empty of osprey and I thought that they were gone. But checking again around 7 pm, the female was back on the nest feeding.
I checked this morning around 8 am but did not see any activity.
So either the young are now on their own or are very close to departing for good.
Jim H has summarized key dates for this nest:
Eggs laid around March 7
First feeding observed April 12
First chick observed May 7
First flight approximately July 25
Jim H reports: The fledglings were still in nest 2653 yesterday. But they are getting quite big so should be on their own soon.
Jim H reports: Very happy to finally see two chicks at the same time. They were up above the nest today and stretching their wings a bit.
Jim H reports: Nest is still active. I'm quite sure that I am seeing the head of at least one chick just over the edge of the next.
Jim H reports: Checked the nest this evening and the female was head down and tail up in what appears to be active feeding mode. I did not observe this on Saturday April 10th
NOTE: Based on this observation, we will estimate that hatching took place on April 11.
Jim H reports: The female osprey has been seen in the nest on most days. The male has been fishing and guarding the nest. There has been a lot of crow activity in the area of the nest and the osprey have driven off the crows more than once.
A lot of material has been added to the nest so it is very difficult to see anything below the head of the female.
Jim H reports: Female is on the nest with our best estimate that an egg was laid about the 7th. Male actively landing and departing. Very noisy but I think this is only the parents. There was another male flying close.
Jim H reports: first saw female standing on the nest.
Jim H reports: Nest is still in the tree. On 2/28, one osprey was seen on a branch very close to the nest.
Jim H reports: For the last 3 weeks, there has been no activity at the nest. There is occasionally a single osprey in the pine tree but nothing at the nest. In addition, there are no "droppings" in the street under the nest. No sign of fledglings at any time. Nest has been observed daily or every other day since May. Only conclusion that I can make is that the nesting was not a success (disappointing).
NOTE: We will assume that something happened to the nestlings and they didn't survive. This nest has been monitored faithfully but we can not be certain what happened.
Jim H reports: One or both parents continue to be near or on the nest. Male chased a red hawk from the vicinity on May 27th. Female has been in or standing on the edge of the next for the last couple of days,
No appearance of fledglings at this point. But the next is high and seems quite deep
Jim H reports: Daily observations have shown the parents on or near the nest. Today, both parents were face down in the nest and appeared to be actively feeding chicks.
The nest is too high to see into the nest but it seems that we might have two chicks recently hatched.
NOTE: Based on this, we are estimated hatching took place this week. We list 2 chicks but will update when we can be sure.
Jim H reports: Both parents have been actively attending/guarding the nest. Too high up to see what's in the nest. Everything looks fine.
NOTE: We are assuming that incubation is underway beginning about March 8
Jim H reports: I looked yesterday and didn't see any ospreys on or around the nest .
I just checked again today and am happy to report that there is an adult in the nest looking quite maternal.
I did not see the mate but will be checking daily now.
Jim H reports: No activity at or around nest 2653.
Jim H reports: Fledglings are testing their wings! The two young birds are now flying. Over the last week to 10 days they have been very active on the nest - flapping wings and standing on the edge. Yesterday we observed one as it flew back to their tree before dropping into the nest. Both youngsters were back in the nest by the end of the day. They are quite fully fledged now and are close to the same size as the parents.
Jim H reports: Parents are actively caring for the nest. Two fledglings are now visible above the nest. Have attached a couple of pictures. The chicks are well along and probably not too far away from trying their wings!
Jim H reports: checked the nest today and both male and female were on the nest and busy feeding chicks. One head visible but there have to be at least two and maybe three chicks.
Jim H reports: Both male and female have been near the next. The female has been in the next most days.
She has been moving to the edge of the nest.
Too high up to see if there are fledglings but will keep looking for some heads!
Steve J reports: You can see an Osprey above the nest. At one angle I could see the top of an adult Osprey in the nest. NOTE: Based on the observation of an adult in the nest, we will make the assumption that incubation is underway. While we listed incubation as of 5/6/19. we can not determine the exact date because this nest was just reported today.
Steve J and Jim H found this nest on May 6, 2019. It appears that osprey have rebuilt the nest after it was reported to have disappeared in 2014.
Nest gone--no activity observed
Female adult standing on nest chripping; 2 adults circling near nest, then female joined them in flight.
No activity seen near nest; 1 adult standing on closeby snag
Nest present. No adults seen.
Nest present. No adults seen.