I did not have a camera today, but could confirm seeing 2 chicks in the nest. Dad was perched on a tower post. Mom flew by the tower, circled around, and flew high and away. The chicks were not showing any signs of branching or flying. I watched for about 30 minutes before leaving.
When I arrived about 8:40, the female was on the tower. About 15 minutes later she called out to the male who was flying nearby. She took off, and the two of them put on a beautiful flying demonstration. I do believe this was a lesson for chick(s) in the nest, who I could not see. Five minutes later, both adults raced back to the nest. Both chased 3 ravens who were circling the tower. One of the adults landed in the nest, while the other engaged the ravens, talons out! The ravens finally gave up and flew off with the male escorting them away. The female remained on alert on the nest. Ten minutes later when the excitement was over, I got my first visual confirmation of 1 chick in the nest! The first view was of a tail with still developing feathers. I walked further into the field in a different direction suspecting any chicks were on the far side of the nest. That provided a look at the chick, but still only seeing 1. This nest has produced 2-3 chicks for the few years. I am hoping to see more, but for today's visit 1 was all I observed. Before leaving shortly before 10am, I did see the male fly by the area.
I arrived just before 10am and found the male perched on a post of the tower. The female flew by a minute later. She flew off leaving him as lookout. About 10 minutes later the female flew in with a branch in her talons. She landed and placed it in the nest. A red-tailed hawk flew into the area, and the male took off to give chase. She stayed on the nest. I stayed until 11:30. The male never returned, the female was on the nest, and I saw no visible proof of young.
I arrived and observed this nest from Rt 29. I did not stay long, but did observe 1 adult perched on the tower. All was quiet today.
I arrived at the tower about 9am on this day. I observed from Rt 29 today. The female was perched on the tower. A short time later, the male flew in with a stick in his talons. As he attempted to land, a crow came flying in, and was not happy with the osprey. All 3 birds sat perched on the tower for a short time, before the chase began again. The male took off, followed by the crow. For the next 5 minutes, they flew over the tower area, the crow chasing the osprey. At one point they were close to the tower, and the female got excited, putting up her wings. She did not leave the tower though. The male osprey finally flew away from the tower, followed by the crow and out of sight. I waited for a while to see if he, or they, would return. I could hear a crow, but saw nothing, only the female still sitting on her perch.
A quick look at this nest and I find it empty thus confirming all three chicks have fledged.
2:35 p.m. Because I want to get a total northwest chick count, and because Diane has been so busy, she asked me to visit this nest which she usually reports on. I first said hello to Russ, the friendly and welcoming farmer who owns the land around the tower. I am able to drive into the tower area via his private road. Last year I gave him photos and some of my raspberry jam. This year he told me he thought there were two chicks. However, when I arrived, I set up my scope and saw three again! At least two of them flew on the considerable breeze that we have today. Mom was on the tower for the first few minutes, but she flew off toward the river and I never saw her again. I can't say for sure that all three are fledged, but at least two are! While I watched I heard plenty of loud vocals. The first fledgling to take flight flew over to the field to the east and then while I watched it fly over the field, it returned to the tower and landed on one of the top posts. Its siblings watched.
Due to recent rain and wet ground, I did not ride out into the field where I normally observe. Today I just wanted to confirm that the pair was back and on the tower. They are both back and seen on the tower.
I wanted to do a check before the storms. When I arrived about 1:30pm, I did not see any birds on the nest. I could hear young cries from the tower. As I drove a bit closer, I could also hear a young crying out from the opposite side of my vehicle. I thought perhaps someone was flying over the fields. I drove past the tower to turn around and check the far side. Sure enough, thee sat on the juveniles on a pillar of the tower. I drove past again to put some distance between my vehicle and the tower. Driving with my windows down, I again heard cries from over the back field. I stepped out so I could scan the sky, and to my surprise heard a cry from the tree right next to me! There was one of the chicks perched in the tree. I moved back in the vehicle and heard an adult. The male came flying to the tower and landed on a pillar. When I looked out my window the chick in the tree had flown. It flew up to the nest. A couple minutes later, it moved to the opposite side of the nest. I could see the 3rd chick then. I confirmed 2 chicks in the nest and 1 on the pillar where I had first seen it. Dad remained on his perch. Mom must have had the day off or a spa day. I did not see her this day.
9:15-11 am Lots of action at the nest today. When I first arrived the female was at the top of one of the tower pillars, preening. I could hear one chick constantly calling out. She was ignored. I could see another chick on the nest but not the 3rd. Both chicks on the nest at that time are female, and took turns flying around the tower. They made nice solid landings on the nest and on pillars of the tower. At one point an adult male flew around the tower, and then was gone after a few passes. I thought it was one of the chicks but photos show it was an adult. Not Dad. The time stamp on photos show seconds between the last photo taken of the adult male and the first photo of Dad flying to the nest with a fish. The mystery male was an adult looking at his plumage and eye color. Those eyes were bright yellow.
When Dad arrived with the fish, there was lots of yelling from the 2 chicks on pillars under the nest. Neither chick flew up to the nest where he dropped the fish, but Mom did. After the delivery, there was lots of noise from the adults. They were not happy with a group of black vultures flying too close to the tower. Dad gave chase, the vultures left, with Dad escorting them. Mom sat on a pillar, and ate the entire fish, watched by two of her offspring below. Not long after Mom finished the fish, the 3rd chick flew to the tower and made a pin point landing on a narrow pole. For a few minutes all 3 chicks and Mom sat on the tower, then the male chick left his perch, circled the tower, and flew to the nest next to Mom. One of the girls joined her brother in the nest looking for leftovers. There were none. The 3 fledglings took turns flying around the field. During one flight, 2 flew together. It was good to see all 3 flying! I don't know when the exact day the 1st fledge occurred between my last 2 visits. It was great to see all 3 flying today! Photos to come.
10am - 12pm The morning was overcast and cloudy. When I arrived the female was perched on one of the tower pillars. Two chicks were visible in the nest. One faced the river and I only had a view of the side and back. The other faced me. The third chick was not visible until much later. All 3 are still in the nest. The chick I could see was a female and most active. Watched as first she began wing flapping. Then she settled down again. A bit later, she became quite active and caught great air. I thought perhaps she might "branch" flying to one of the pillars, or even take off. She did neither. The day was hot and very humid with no breeze at all. That action quieted down and I saw movement on a lower pillar. From past experience, that is the male's favorite perch. That proved true today too. Since all seemed quiet, I made the decision to leave. As I got in my vehicle, I noticed the female was gone from her perch. Within minutes, I saw an osprey flying towards the river. I waited and saw the male return with a fish. As he approached the nest, I could see 3 others. Dad dropped the fish and flew to his perch. Another osprey was flying back to the tower, crying out the entire flight. She landed on a pillar next to the nest, still vocalizing. Very high above and heading toward the tower, another osprey flew over. It kept flying over and past us. I wondered if it was one of the Rt 12 ospreys. It flew in that direction. When I left the tower, the female was on her perch, the male on his, and all 3 chicks still in the nest.
10:45-11:20 a.m. I was able to get good photos of three healthy looking chicks setting up my camera on my car window clamp, then walked out into the farm field and got even better views unobstructed by tower pillars. The parent (Mom I believe), and three chicks were there. There was a lot of wing flapping! I expect they will take flight in the next week or so.
From the road today, I could make out just a tail or wing feather sticking up over the nest. No good views for photos. Will return for a better view.
6:45-7:15 p.m. I went out to check on the age of these chicks at the request of Kathy Clark. The cell tower maintenance crew needs to do work and asked if this would disturb the osprey family. We think these chicks will soon fledge so if they can wait a couple or three weeks, so much the better. It is difficult to see this nest from route 29 as it is on the east side of the tower. It is very far away if viewed from the roller rink parking! However, I met the farmer on whose field the tower sits and he was very friendly and gave me access to much better viewing areas! I will return early Sunday a.m. to get photos with good lighting! Check out the chick in the middle! Do you think he is well fed? What a laugh I got...I think that is the biggest crop I have seen on any raptor ever!
From the road it is difficult to see inside the nest. No birds visible, but she is most likely incubating.
May 10th was the first day I arrived to check the nest. I did not see any birds, but did observe new nesting material and nest construction underway.
Arrived at the nest to find everyone gone. Both chicks have now fledged. Will continue to check in to see if anyone still visits before leaving for the season.
Lots of activity at this nest. Finally got to see the young. When I arrived, 1, the female was on a pillar of the tower. Soon, her brother flew in also. Listened in to quite the conversation between them. The "boy" flew off again, and she flew to another pillar. Dad came in with a food drop - small. He sat on a pillar under the nest platform. The boy came back. I don't think there was much left to eat from Dad's small drop. About 30 minutes later, Mom flew in with a great catch! There was lots of excitement and noise, as Mom dropped the fish into the nest where the "girl" was waiting. The boy couldn't get turned around and off the pillar fast enough. Things quieted down as the two siblings ate. Mom took off, to check out me below. She made a couple low passes, vocalizing, looking straight down on me. I think she was giving Dad a hard time about his baby sitting skills. HA She settled down, accepted my presence, and everyone went about their business. What a privilege to watch this family!
Secured permission from land owners to observe this nest from their property. Male was on a lower pillar eating a fish. Female flew in with a fish in her talons. She flew into the nest presumably to feed young. Heard lots of vocalizing but could not get a visual on young. She flew off at one point, circled overhead and returned to the nest.
Hard to get a good angle to observe this nest. There is a hedgerow of trees in front. A nest is visible at the top level of the tower on the right side. No birds were observed. Will go back for another visit.