VIMS Osprey Cam Pump House Pier
(37.2475, -76.4992)
Osprey Nest Platform
VIMS Osprey Cam Pump House Pier
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aAdult Arrival2/26/232/23/222/28/213/8/203/9/193/5/152/26/143/15/13
bEgg Laying4/14/233/25/213/22/20
bIncubation Initiation4/14/233/28/223/25/213/22/204/1/19
cClutch Hatching5/24/235/1/214/29/205/11/195/7/155/20/145/10/13
eFirst Chick Fledging6/26/216/26/207/5/197/4/187/2/147/1/13
fChicks Last Observed5/26/238/9/218/18/209/5/199/10/188/20/157/10/14
xNest Failure5/27/235/10/22
xReason For Nest Failureotherother

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Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by Harmony
Adult arrival03/15/2013Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/01/2013
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching05/10/2013Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by Harmony
Adult arrival02/26/2014Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging07/02/2014
Egg layingChicks last observed07/10/2014
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching05/20/2014Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Harmony
Adult arrival03/05/2015Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed08/20/2015
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching05/07/2015Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Harmony
Adult arrivalNestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by ss
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging07/04/2018
Egg layingChicks last observed09/10/2018
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by ss
Adult arrival03/08/2020Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging06/26/2020
Egg laying03/22/2020Chicks last observed08/18/2020
Incubation initiation03/22/2020Nest failure
Clutch hatching04/29/2020Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by ss
Adult arrival03/09/2019Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging07/05/2019
Egg layingChicks last observed09/05/2019
Incubation initiation04/01/2019Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/11/2019Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by ss
Adult arrival02/28/2021Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging06/26/2021
Egg laying03/25/2021Chicks last observed08/09/2021
Incubation initiation03/25/2021Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/01/2021Reason for nest failure
2022 Nest Activity Report by ss
Adult arrival02/23/2022Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation03/28/2022Nest failure05/10/2022
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failurebad weather hampered fishing, one hachling died, nest left unattended for hours and crow took care of the remaing 2 eggs
Nest Activity Report by ss
Adult arrival02/26/2023Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying04/14/2023Chicks last observed05/26/2023
Incubation initiation04/14/2023Nest failure05/27/2023
Clutch hatching05/24/2023Reason for nest failureFew fish deliveries and when Male brought a fish, Female ate it off the nest an only feed a few bites, if any.

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Nesting Diaries

05/28/2023 by ss
This was an odd year for this nest. Female laid eggs much later than usual. The male incubated but didn't deliver fish as frequently as he had in prior seasons.The female rarely fed the hatchling(s).

02/26/2023 by ss
Male first seen 2/24/23 Female first seen 2/26/23 2/24 Male brought a fish to the nest, waited. Let go of the fish and began to dig out the nest bole and moved some sticks. 2/25 Male came in early, waiting a little while then retrieved the fish from yesterday and left with it. In the afternoon Male stayed on the nest for a long time, looking & waiting. 2/26 7:45am the male came to the nest followed by the female. They both defended the nest, he brought in more sticks and both moved sticks around.

04/24/2022 by ss
Female arrived 3/3/2022

02/25/2022 by ss
make arrived approx 6pm 2/23/22 2/24 & 2/25 he was busy working on the nest

08/15/2021 by ss
2nd fledge 7/1/21

06/01/2021 by ss
6/1 chick died; probably the youngest (#3). Over the weekend of 5/28, observed the oldest chick has been aggressive toward the other two, posturing when a fish is delivered. They 2 would take a submissive posture and shy away from the beginning of feedings. They usually got some bites in after the oldest ate. The weekend of 5/28 was rainy, however Dad still delivered several fish to the nest. Until Mon 5.31, there was a fish in the morning and no other delivery until late in the evening (as night fell), One of the younger chicks didn't eat.

05/06/2021 by ss
Hatch 5/6 - 3rd nestling seen

05/03/2021 by ss
Hatch 5/3, 2nd nestling seen

05/01/2021 by ss
Hatch 5/1 - nestling observed

04/01/2021 by ss
2nd egg laid 3/28, 3rd egg presumably laid 3/31

03/04/2021 by ss
3/4/21 Female arrives

08/23/2020 by ss
Eggs hatched 4/29, 4/30, 5/2 Fledges 6/26, 6/28, 5/2 Female last seen on nest 7/28 (note cam offline for a few days following 7.28)

05/21/2019 by ss
5/21 only see 1 chick in the nest. There were 2 yesterday evening.

05/15/2019 by ss
5/15 See 2 chicks heads during feeding

05/12/2019 by ss
Sun evening, observed feeding behavior from Female. Can't see the hatchling, yet.

05/11/2019 by ss
Sat morning 5/11 approx. 9:10 female removed egg shell from nest bowl

03/09/2019 by ss
3/6/19 Resident male arrived 3/9/19 Resident female arrived

07/09/2018 by ss
Chick wrapped in fishing line, rescued 7/9 but injuries were severe and it had to be euthanized.

06/06/2017 by Harmony
3 chicks in the nest-yay! They had a major rain to deal with yesterday and Mom was hunkered down for it.

05/17/2017 by Harmony
This HAS to be the same osprey as last year--she loves her plastic bags!

03/04/2017 by Harmony
Male arrived on March 1and is "building" today, March 4.

07/07/2016 by Harmony
One of the chicks is missing today--I think that's a good sign. ..

08/21/2015 by Harmony
Female stayed much longer than the male. She hasn't been around that I could see since Aug. 20. Good season except for plastic. May they live and prosper!

07/05/2015 by Harmony
Today is the first day I have observed both chicks gone. Male flew at least a week ago but today both are gone.

07/05/2015 by Harmony
Lots of drama this year. Dr. Watts removed blue bag which had entangled 1 chick, found the dead hatchling and tagged the chicks. Mama replaced bag with a flip flop!

06/07/2015 by Harmony
Mama has been gone a Long time today. I think she got interested in the Hermione activities and went touring. I'm worried about 1 chick. Have only seen 2 for the last few days. . .

06/01/2015 by Harmony
chicks are getting big and someone thinks decorating with a blue plastic bag is the new "designer nest" I wish people would be more careful with plastic! 1 male 1 female (I think) not sure about 3rd chick.

05/08/2015 by Harmony
W & M Griffin mascot visits nest but doesn't appear to disturb the residents.

05/08/2015 by Harmony
3 chicks appear May 7, 2015 (Sue Stein report). I saw one today. Female had been appearing to be restless--now I know why!

03/13/2015 by Harmony
Major stick delivery, nest is getting high.

03/13/2015 by Harmony
Ospreys returned March 5, 2015--YaY!

07/29/2014 by Harmony
Another successful year. YaY!

05/27/2014 by Harmony
Very squawky Mother Osprey was finally brought dinner. Dad decides to perch on piling and share the event. 2 babies eating well.

05/23/2014 by Harmony
Made it through tornado warning and rains. 2 chicks observed with a sparrow keeping them company on the sidelines.

05/02/2014 by Harmony
Mother Osprey survived the miserable weather recently and seems entertained today by cormorants drying their wings on the new posts beside her.

04/29/2014 by Harmony
On April 6, we observed the male osprey trying to feed his mate, but food was rejected. Picky! Today, rain is causing hunkering down activity.

07/19/2013 by Harmony
These chicks were textbook perfect and they have been very rewarding to monitor. Yay, osprey success story!

07/03/2013 by Harmony
These 3 chicks have been through a tornado warning and 4 other major storm sessions. They are tough! Two of the chicks flew today and I haven't observed them for a week so that was an exciting event.

05/22/2013 by Harmony
Dad fed the chicks today. Mama is busy building a "playpen" for the ever-growing chicks. She keeps adding sticks and rearranging the seaweed.

05/19/2013 by Harmony
Lots of rain yesterday, but feedings went on. Chicks are stretching their wings and looking bigger each day.

05/17/2013 by Harmony
Fierce storm at around 6 p.m. last night, white caps on the river and lots of rain. Was relieved to see 3 fuzzy heads this morning chowing down.

05/14/2013 by Harmony
1:10 pm Great timing! Papa delivered a fish, Mom served lunch, 2 of the offspring fought over the portions (or were just practicing their "pick me" technique). ??

05/14/2013 by Harmony
Saw 3 fuzzy heads and a Mama calling out for room service (at least my interpretation of "Hurry up with a fish, these babies are wiggling around driving me crazy".

05/14/2013 by Harmony
Breakfast at 7:54. Still can't tell if there are 2 or 3 chicks. Unseasonably cool today around 50 degrees. Mama rocks the nest when she rearranges herself on the chicks!

05/13/2013 by Harmony
Mother's Day must have been the incentive, for there are 2 possibly 3 chicks eating well today. Yay! Yesterday I observed lots of "rolling" behavior from Mama so maybe there were bumpy chicks moving around already?

05/10/2013 by Harmony
Whole lot of preening going on! Haven't seen the female so high on the nest as she was today. Opportunistic Neighbor small bird sitting on the nest sidelines. Female is doing lots of sky-alert watching. Breezy & 86 degrees.

04/26/2013 by Harmony
Papa Osprey perched on piling near the nest and appeared to be searching the water for fish?

04/20/2013 by Harmony
Thursday must have had great gliding winds because that is what Papa Osprey did for more than 30 minutes. I saw him head for the Yorktown side of the river and thought maybe he was fetching more nest material (he had earlier deposited a stick) but he returned empty taloned.

04/17/2013 by Harmony
Hot bird on the nest today--82 degrees w/42% humidity. Bird has "panting" open-beak display.

04/16/2013 by Harmony
Lots of fussing with the nest materials this morning--one bird would pick up the stick and the other would move it back! An opportunistic sparrow visited several times. Would it be interested in leftovers or a nest site of its own?

03/28/2013 by Harmony
3/27/13 Over a period of 20 minutes, the 2 birds both flew away, but one stayed with the nest most of the time. Cam launching time is soon!

03/20/2013 by Harmony
3/18/13 Nest building is progressing. One of the birds stayed at the nest most of the time and was joined by another bird several times. At one point, a third bird tried to land at the same time as the "roving" bird and they spread wings and they both flew off spatting with each other. One bird was on the nest at the end of the observation.