Willey's Nest
(38.2511, -76.9615)
Platform removed
Site is to be developed in Summer 2022. Dominion Energy, at request of Colonial Beach Osprey Watchers, Town of C. B. and developer, removed the platform before spring occupancy. Dominion relocated the nest to Eleanor Park.
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2014 - swimmer2013 - swimmer
aAdult Arrival3/17/143/27/13
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/26/13
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2022 2014 2013

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by swimmer
Adult arrival03/27/2013Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/26/2013Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by swimmer
Adult arrival03/17/2014Nestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

06/27/2014 by swimmer
this couple is still at the nest and very active, but no sign of eggs or chicks this year. I

04/11/2014 by swimmer
This couple are very busy fishing and nest building. This is their second year on this nest, having successfully reared 2 chicks last summer. Their nest building skills are lacking when compared to others in the area, but hey, they are new at itl Always funny to watch them watch their downstairs neighbors, a raucous family of house finches.

03/17/2014 by swimmer
snow in the air today and the first sighting of an osprey in this nest. Welcome back!

07/19/2013 by swimmer
we are very close to fledging

07/18/2013 by swimmer
Lots of flapping and jumping around in the nest by both chicks this morning. Fledging can't be too far in the future.

07/16/2013 by swimmer
the two chicks have really grown and are flapping their wings and appear to be very healthy. Parents bring in the fresh fish and the chicks are now feeding themselves.

06/30/2013 by swimmer
6-28-13 I had not visited the location of this nest since the 5-18 entry, but I was happy to see that there are 2 large, healthy chicks in the nest. Hurray! Both adults and actively fishing and feeding the chicks.

05/18/2013 by swimmer
incubation appears to be continuing. One bird sitting full time.

04/27/2013 by swimmer
I've been away for a couple of weeks, but the birds clearly appear to be involved in incubation. My vantage point does not allow me to confirm that eggs are indeed in the nest.

04/12/2013 by swimmer
Looks like the nest rebuilding has begun.

04/09/2013 by swimmer
I was away for a couple of weeks and there are now 2 birds on the nest. They have thrown all of last years material out of the nest and they are actively feeding on fresh fish. I'll be interested to see if they decide to rebuild a nest.

03/28/2013 by swimmer
Mar 27, 2013: First osprey observed today. Single bird, thus far. A single bird has occupied this same nest for the past 2 summers with no eggs of chicks observed.