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Osprey Nest Platform
Valley Brook Avenue. This nest is off Valley Brook Avenue in the Berry's Creek Canal. One Osprey successfully fledged last summer (2013). Another Osprey is about to fledge any day.
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aAdult Arrival3/22/223/20/204/1/184/6/183/26/173/24/16
bEgg Laying5/2/224/16/204/25/184/20/164/11/15
bIncubation Initiation4/21/194/28/184/15/174/20/16
cClutch Hatching5/29/225/25/205/28/196/2/185/27/175/27/165/21/15
eFirst Chick Fledging7/16/227/16/207/28/197/30/187/15/178/5/16
fChicks Last Observed8/23/178/25/16
xNest Failure5/30/15
xReason For Nest Failureadult abandonment

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Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by NJMC Jim
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrivalNestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by NJMC Jim
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying04/11/2015Chicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure05/30/2015
Clutch hatching05/21/2015Reason for nest failureadult abandonment
2016 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrival03/24/2016Nestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging08/05/2016
Egg laying04/20/2016Chicks last observed08/25/2016
Incubation initiation04/20/2016Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/27/2016Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrival03/26/2017Nestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging07/15/2017
Egg layingChicks last observed08/23/2017
Incubation initiation04/15/2017Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/27/2017Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrival04/06/2018Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging07/30/2018
Egg laying04/25/2018Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/28/2018Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/02/2018Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrival04/01/2018Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/28/2019
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/21/2019Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/28/2019Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrival03/20/2020Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/16/2020
Egg laying04/16/2020Chicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching05/25/2020Reason for nest failure
2022 Nest Activity Report by jmac
Adult arrival03/22/2022Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/16/2022
Egg laying05/02/2022Chicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching05/29/2022Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/22/2022 by jmac
All three fledglings and an adult at the nest today

07/18/2022 by jmac
Chicks have fledged. One on the telephone pole nearby, the other two back at the nest

07/09/2022 by jmac
all's well with this nest

07/04/2022 by jmac
Three good size chicks in the nest. The nest was being attacked by two adult Osprey while both parents were on the nest protecting it.

06/14/2022 by jmac
Female shading chicks but I couldn't see how many

05/29/2022 by jmac
female feeding a chick/chicks

05/18/2022 by jmac
female incubating

05/10/2022 by jmac
female incubating

04/02/2022 by jmac
Pair working on the nest

03/24/2022 by jmac
This nest site had been taken over by Bald Eagles last season and the Ospreys moved to a new platform put up by the electric company. But now the Eagles have moved to that nest site and the Ospreys apparently have moved back to their old home.

04/04/2021 by jmac
This nest has been taken over by Bald Eagles

07/19/2020 by jmac
empty nest

07/16/2020 by jmac
Only two chicks on the nest with an adult but the young are fledge size and age so the third probably fledged ( I hope)

07/08/2020 by jmac
Three big fledglings ready to go

06/30/2020 by jmac
could clearly see two chicks today and possibly a third

06/17/2020 by jmac
Could only see one chick today but the others could be laying down. The female was on the nest as always

06/08/2020 by jmac
Three chicks

05/25/2020 by jmac
Osprey appears to be feeding chick/chicks

05/13/2020 by jmac
female continues to incubate

05/04/2020 by jmac
female continues to incubate

04/16/2020 by jmac
female incubating

03/20/2020 by jmac
pair on the nest

08/10/2019 by jmac
Two Fledglings on the platform today

07/15/2019 by jmac
I was surprised to see three large chicks in the nest today. I had only seen two before this. Pic attached

07/07/2019 by jmac
Two good sized chicks in the nest with the female

06/30/2019 by jmac
all is well, chicks getting big

06/23/2019 by jmac
both adults at the nest at times; feeding two chicks

06/11/2019 by jmac
at least two chicks in the nest

06/02/2019 by jmac
female feeding at least one chick, maybe two

05/10/2019 by jmac
female incubating

04/21/2019 by jmac
female incubating

04/14/2019 by jmac
Pair on the nest today. The male was bringing sticks and the female was sitting low as if she was incubating, but then got up and flew off. But eggs coming soon

03/31/2019 by jmac
One Osprey on the nest this morning. It took off after a Redtail hawk that apparently got to close.

07/30/2018 by jmac
Three birds in the nest today, one was an immature and one was an adult. I couldn't see the third bird well. Two birds flew to a near by structure.

07/18/2018 by jmac
the two chicks are doing well, the male is often in the nest with them. The female may have left already. He scolded me today, even though I wasn't near the nest at all

07/10/2018 by jmac
Two good size chicks

06/30/2018 by jmac
it is very hot (90s) and one parent that appeared to be the male was shading at least two small chicks

06/18/2018 by jmac
Both parents were shading babies ( hot day). I have never seen both parents do this at the same time. Could clearly see two chicks, possibly more

06/03/2018 by jmac
Osprey in a position on the nest today consistent with chick/chicks in the nest. A second bird came to the nest with a fish, but didn't leave it there while I watched

05/20/2018 by jmac
incubating osprey on the nest; the other bird near by

05/05/2018 by jmac
All is well with the nest. I notice that the pair is not as nervous about people as they were in the past. Either a different pair or they are becoming more accepting of humans.

04/28/2018 by jmac
incubating Osprey on the nest

04/06/2018 by jmac
Two Osprey on the nest today

04/01/2018 by jmac
still only see one bird at the nest sight

03/24/2018 by jmac
One bird at the nest, appears to be a banded female. Eating a fish

08/23/2017 by jmac
Fledgling sitting on power line behind the nest; no sign of the adult

08/10/2017 by jmac
when I got there the male was chasing a Great Blue Heron, relentlessly until it left the area. Fledgling on a pole back behind the nest.

07/29/2017 by jmac
one bird flying from the nest to the wires behind it. I would think it is the fledgling

07/22/2017 by jmac
no sign of any birds today, but I would say that the chick has fledged and the male and fledgling is what I saw on the wires last week. this was the first of my nests to have an incubating female, so I would say the time was right to fledge.

07/15/2017 by jmac
I didn't see the chick today but when I approached the male came over to check me out. There were two adults on the wires near by and one could be the fledgling since he is old enough to fledge now. The branches on the nest rooted last year, and are now full grown bushes, so the chick could be laying low in there. The fact that the adults are hanging around and seem to be protecting the nest leads me to believe things are OK with this nest.

07/08/2017 by jmac
The chick is almost ready to fledge.

06/28/2017 by jmac
Can see one chick in the nest, but it is possible there is another

06/12/2017 by jmac
One Chick clearly visible. Possibly another but I kind of doubt it.

06/05/2017 by jmac
One bird on the side of the nest apparently tending to chicks. Still don't see little heads popping up but things seem fine.

05/27/2017 by jmac
Female feeding chick/chicks in nest

05/20/2017 by jmac
one bird incubating, the other perched nearby

05/06/2017 by jmac
female incubating. male nearby

04/26/2017 by jmac
female incubating

04/19/2017 by jmac
The male brought a fish to the incubating female, then took it back, ate some, and brought it back to the female and left it with her.

04/15/2017 by jmac
Female in incubation position on the nest

04/08/2017 by jmac
Both birds working on the nest today

03/29/2017 by jmac
The pair was on the nest today

08/18/2016 by jmac
was in the area late and checked on the nest a little before sundown. Junior was on the nest while an adult was on a nearby tower. pic attached

08/14/2016 by jmac
The chick has left the nest, appeared to be on a telephone pole behind the nest. One adult was also present

08/04/2016 by jmac
The large chick was on the nest alone when I got there, with the male on his usual perch a quarter mile away. The female arrived with some sticks to upgrade the nest.

07/30/2016 by jmac
Chick still in the nest, not ready to fledge yet.

07/21/2016 by jmac
chick is getting big. both parents in the nest with it. All is well

07/16/2016 by jmac
All is well with this nest after the bad storms two day ago. The chick is getting big

07/10/2016 by jmac
all is well with this nest. both parents are usually on the platform with the chick whenever I go there. they seem very devoted. pic attached

07/03/2016 by jmac
It appears that only one chick in the nest. Pic attached

06/18/2016 by jmac
This nest is fine. Can still only clearly see one chick. Both parents very attentive.

06/14/2016 by jmac
checked the nest this morning, could clearly see one chick's head, possibly two. Pic attached

06/11/2016 by jmac
Observed the female fussing with or feeding chicks, but I couldn't see heads yet.

06/02/2016 by jmac
A redtail hawk got two close with a shorebird or young duck in it's talons. The male Osprey viciously attacked. The hawk seemed surprised and landed on a nearby pole for a while before heading off to his own nest a half mile away.

05/27/2016 by jmac
Pair observed feeding a chick. Pic attached

05/21/2016 by jmac
Checked on the nest on 5/18 and the hen was sitting much higher on the nest than when she is incubating. She may have a chick

04/25/2016 by jmac
an Osprey is incubating.

04/20/2016 by jmac
an Osprey has consistently been on this nest for the past week so I assume it is incubating

04/16/2016 by jmac
The birds were seen coputlating on my mid week trip. Should be incubating soon

04/07/2016 by jmac
Both birds at the nest today. It's a good thing this nest is a little hard to get to because the pair is very spooky

03/24/2016 by jmac
An Osprey was observered on the platform today by Chris T. First time this year

06/20/2015 by jmac
This nest is still empty, but there was an Oprey flying nearby with a fish

06/07/2015 by jmac
Checked on the nest today and it was empty. The last two visits only one bird was present and it appeared to be the female. She was obviously stressed, calling loudly and flying about. Apparently something happened to the male, who was a very attentive mate.

06/03/2015 by jmac
Checked the nest again today. Again only one bird around the nest but it didn't appear to be caring for anything in the nest. It looks to be the female, no sign of the male. No sign of chicks. Pretty sure the nest has failed but I will check again in a few day.

05/30/2015 by jmac
Only one bird at the nest today and it seemed stressed. I hung around for a half hour and left, but came back a half hour later and no sign of the other bird. I don't see any chicks but that doesn't mean they aren't there; they would only be a little over a week old. Still I don't have a good feeling about the nest today. I'll check it mid week.

05/24/2015 by jmac
Could see the pair feeding when I first got there, but they are always concerned when they see me, even though there is a considerable canal between us. The male immediatley flys over me and the female hunkers down on the nest. I think I will have to be more stealth if I want to get pics of the chicks.

05/20/2015 by jmac
Very windy day but both birds battling the wind on the nest. Lots of beak action in the nest, I suspect a chick. I will keep a close eye on for the nest few days.

05/14/2015 by jmac
Very aggressive Red Tail around the nest today, Female sitting higher in the nest may indicate a chick but I didn't see any feeding activity.

05/08/2015 by jmac
Looking at the pictures from today I can see there is a turtle shell in the nest. possibly was dinner or just decoration.

05/08/2015 by jmac
Things seem to be going well with this nest. When I arrived the male was incubating and the female returned shortly afterwards and took over. The male seemed excited and flew back and forth over the nest the entire time I was there, about 15 minutes. Hopefully chicks soon.

05/03/2015 by jmac
A bit of drama this morning. Another male was trying to land on the nest that was occupied by both of the pair. He was rebuffed and eventually flew off.

04/29/2015 by jmac
Things seem to be going well with this nest. I watched the male give the female a break and she got up and stretched her wings while he incubated. So far so good

04/26/2015 by jmac
Checked on the nest this morning. One bird incubating, the other hunting near by.

04/19/2015 by jmac
Checked in on the nest this morning. One bird incubating while the other was eating a fish nearby on a pole.

04/15/2015 by jmac
By the way, this is the cheesiest Osprey nest I've ever seen, but I guess this pair is fine with it.

04/15/2015 by jmac
Visited the nest today. Everything looks good. They mated while I was there. took a couple of pics

04/11/2015 by jmac
Visited the nest today and there is an incubating Osprey on it. Observed a male Osprey hunting not far from the nest

04/22/2014 by NJMC Jim
Birds copulated on April 1... Have awrded offf another Osprey and, yesterday, and immature bald eagle.

08/20/2013 by Ben Wurst
042-A-003 in state database