The nest is at the top of a tall communications tower at Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L)'s Wilson Avenue sub-station. The tower is immediately behind the sub-station. The nest is best viewed from the lawn on the left side of the building. I parked in the visitors' parking lot off Wilson but the office was closed at the time. Wilson Avenue has no shoulder, so don't expect to park on the side of the road. The Hudson Trail crosses Wilson about 50 ft away, so you might consider making the nest part of a hike on the trail. Wilson begins at Route 79 at the Brass Rail (former Poet's Inn) restaurant.
Look for 2 adults on the nest. The adult pair will show pair bonding behaviors such as vocalizations, aerial sky dances, and the male feeding the female fish. You may see the pair copulating, which typically begins 14 days before laying eggs.
Females will lay 1 - 4 eggs at a rate of one egg every 1 - 2 days. After laying, incubation starts. Look for adults taking turns sitting low in the nest incubating eggs. The incubation period can last 35 - 43 days.
Chicks hatch ~39 days after incubation begins. Look for adults bringing food to the nest and making "head bows" into the center. Chicks typically can't be seen until they are 2 - 3 weeks old, so feeding behavior is the only way to know chicks are there.
Around 4 weeks after hatching, look for the heads of chicks to show over the rim of the nest, particularly when adults bring food to the nest. Other times they lie flat and are harder to see. Count the number of chicks in the nest before they learn to fly
Chicks begin flying around 7 - 8 weeks old, and are still fed by the adults. Count the number of chicks who have successfully fledged the nest and are observed flying.
Chick Last Observed
4 - 10 weeks after fledging, chicks begin leaving the nest area to migrate south, once they have learned to fly and feed themselves. Record the date that the last chick left the nest.
Look for signs of nest failure like adult abandonment, adults no longer incubating eggs or feeding young.
I visited this nest around 3 pm today. The nesting materials are visible but no osprey were visible on the nest or in the immediate area after 15 minutes. A young brown hawk with white underplummage and black wingtips was on a high tension power tower across the street. It watched me for a while then soared around the area beyond the power substation, over the Hudson Trail, and then west over Wilson. Perhaps the nestlings have left?
I visited this nest at 6 pm on the 4th of July, mostly to pin down its location. I was staring up at the tower when an adult left the nest and flew SSW towards Birch Swamp Brook, maintaining its altitude. The adult returned at the same height from the north. While the adult was away, I could hear calls from the nest as well as some movement. There are at least two birds, but the tower is very, very tall and obstacles at the top block any line of sight. I was able to capture some photographs of the adult's return to the nest. I also took a picture of the sub-station sign and several of the tower.