While this nest has been vacant since it was rebuilt after a storm in 2019, it is used as a staging area for several Osprey visitors. Picture attached.
Now that the park is re-opened post Covid-19 shutdown, access to the nest shows it is empty. Still being used as a staging area but no apparent nesting activity there. Shame- it is a great spot and a solid nest. Will keep an eye.
It seems the nesting pair from the nest over by the Sandy Hook Visitor's center is using this new nest as a staging area. I've observed both the banded male and the female alternately eating fish here and preening as well. I wonder if they will occupy this nest next year instead of the overbuilt one they are currently incubating on. They have moved a lot over the last couple of years due to their nest being blown down by a storm last spring. Makes for a great story!!
Have been checking in to see if there are any Osprey taking up residence at this newly rebuilt nest. As of 4/5, only this bunch of Turkey Vultures hanging around. Will check back.
Nest rebuilt and relocated slightly north. Beautiful location and nest construction. Lets hope a new pair moves in!
This platform nest fell over during a storm April 2018 about 2 weeks after the nesting pair returned. They relocated to a nest platform about a half mile south and were there for another 2 weeks but then they abandoned the relocated nest. I don't know where they ended up.
Suzq. I see you said nest is down? I'm new. Last week I was headed south off sandy hook and observed the pictured hawk in last nest on peninsula on my right. Did I choose wrong nest on map?
This nesting platform is no longer in place. Last season it was very crooked and appeared some what unstable. The platform disappeared after all the ice & snow this winter.
Today I observed one osprey sitting on the telephone pole near the site of the former platform. I later observed what I believe to be the same osprey in the tree near the platform site that the pair always used for eating & resting when not in the nest.
This nesting site usually had the first birds return to it in March. I feel this osprey had recently arrived today.
This nested Hijacked By Hawk for now.
I am unsure if more than one Osprey hatched from this nest. I was able to view them on eggs in May and was unable to get back down to this nest until July. On July 24, I observed one immature Osprey going in and out of the nest, doing quite a bit of flying, considering that the chics in the other nests of Gateway National Park are mostly still in the nests. As a result, I am posting this as producing one chic.