Kehoe's Nest
(48.0831, -114.113)
Dead Tree
saw this nest last year, appeared to have chicks, noticed adult arrival to nest a few days prior to oldenburg rd nest, on 5/5/13 i saw both adults working on nest, so am going to monitor this season!
What to look for
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2016 - spartanmt2015 - spartanmt2014 - spartanmt2013 - spartanmt
aAdult Arrival4/8/164/16/154/19/144/11/13
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/27/165/3/155/14/145/12/13
cClutch Hatching6/4/166/12/156/22/146/21/13
eFirst Chick Fledging8/12/158/28/148/16/13
fChicks Last Observed9/15/159/26/1410/3/13
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2016 2015 2014 2013

Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrival04/11/2013Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging08/16/2013
Egg layingChicks last observed10/03/2013
Incubation initiation05/12/2013Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/21/2013Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrival04/19/2014Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging08/28/2014
Egg layingChicks last observed09/26/2014
Incubation initiation05/14/2014Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/22/2014Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrival04/16/2015Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging08/12/2015
Egg layingChicks last observed09/15/2015
Incubation initiation05/03/2015Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/12/2015Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by spartanmt
Adult arrival04/08/2016Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/27/2016Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/04/2016Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/28/2016 by spartanmt
moving out of area next month, will be unable to complete my osprey nest monitoring :-(

07/21/2016 by spartanmt
mom in nest w/chick, then dad flew in w/fish, then he left again w/fish, then he came back and mom and chick played tug-of-war with the fish and dad left

07/17/2016 by spartanmt
mom and one chick in nest. it appears we've lost another one to owls in the area. so many of my nests have failed/lost chicks this year

07/10/2016 by spartanmt
mombrella, has her back to me, couldn't see any chicks

07/07/2016 by spartanmt
mombrella time, one chick popped up briefly

06/30/2016 by spartanmt
caught the tail end of a feeding - observed mom trying to give chick some fish, he's too full to accept it, so mom finishes off the fish herself. this is what i like to see :-)

06/26/2016 by spartanmt
mombrella with two active chicks

06/23/2016 by spartanmt
saw mom taking a quick bath in river, then fly back to nest! two bobbleheads greeted her...

06/19/2016 by spartanmt
mom standing in nest, fussing, then lays back down; cool and windy morning

06/17/2016 by spartanmt
mom laying in nest this morning

06/13/2016 by spartanmt
mom doing her mumbrella thing, chicks still too small to see/count

06/10/2016 by spartanmt
dad flew in w/fish, both parents feeding at same time, means there are at least two chicks!

06/06/2016 by spartanmt
mom laying in nest, dad resting on nest perch

06/04/2016 by spartanmt
dad feeding mom, who then is feeding someone deep in the nest bowl, out of sight :-)

05/29/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/27/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/17/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating, dad delivers fish

05/15/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/12/2016 by spartanmt
mom standing in nest

05/08/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/06/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/04/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/02/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

04/29/2016 by spartanmt
mom incubating

04/27/2016 by spartanmt
mom appears to be incubating

04/26/2016 by spartanmt
both at nest

04/22/2016 by spartanmt
both standing in nest

04/11/2016 by spartanmt
both mom and pops on nest today

04/08/2016 by spartanmt
one osprey on nest platform

09/18/2015 by spartanmt
empty today

09/15/2015 by spartanmt
one of 4 nests with a chick still present. today only one fledger on the platform.

09/11/2015 by spartanmt
2 chicks food calling from platform

09/08/2015 by spartanmt
both chicks still hanging at nest

09/06/2015 by spartanmt
one chick on nest platform food calling, one chick on branch right below nest, not food calling

08/31/2015 by spartanmt
two chicks on nest, one eating, the other watching and complaining. have yet to see this platform totally devoid of chicks, although it's not possible they haven't all fledged...

08/24/2015 by spartanmt
two chicks on bare nest platform bars, food calling. can't seem to catch this platform with all three chicks or empty of all chicks, either way.

08/19/2015 by spartanmt
only one chick on bare nest platform today!

08/12/2015 by spartanmt
2 chicks on bare nest platform, food calling

08/06/2015 by spartanmt
huge wind storm has completely destroyed this nest - all 3 chicks perched on the totally bare platform boards. one chick self-feeding while other 2 watch. sure glad these guys are close to fledging!

08/02/2015 by spartanmt
doug maccarter checked this nest yesterday, observed 2 chicks

07/27/2015 by spartanmt
3 chicks moving around nest, home alone, raining and cool this morning.

07/24/2015 by spartanmt
mom standing in nest, all chicks laying down, only saw one head this morning

07/21/2015 by spartanmt
all three chicks standing up in nest, home alone, looking pretty good.

07/16/2015 by spartanmt
mom left and came back with nesting material. all 3 chicks moving around nest. mom started food calling and 1 chick tried to get food from her open mouth

07/12/2015 by spartanmt
mom standing in nest, all the chicks resting this morning, did manage to see 2 distinct heads at one point

07/08/2015 by spartanmt
yep, finally able to confirm 3 chicks in this nest. mom left briefly and returned with nesting material, got to see all 3 nestlings sitting up and looking around.

07/01/2015 by spartanmt
caught the tail end of fish breakfast - mom feeding one chick and herself when i arrived, suspect the other chick is already full and taking a nap.

06/27/2015 by spartanmt
dad resting in nest tree (unusual) while mom is feeding breakfast - only saw one head eating, this is around 7:45 am

06/24/2015 by spartanmt
mom and dad both standing in nest this morning, no sign of chicks, most likely well-fed and napping already.

06/21/2015 by spartanmt
mom and dad in nest, dad is feeding a chick while another one moves around the nest bowl before laying down. at least two nestlings in this nest, still watching for a third. very sweet sight on father's day...

06/19/2015 by spartanmt
mom is feeding but her body is blocking a view of the chick/s. dad is still at nest, fussing with sticks. finally dad leaves and mom finishes off the fish - the chicks are not in sight, most likely in food coma...

06/15/2015 by spartanmt
mom laying in nest, dad standing right where he is perfectly blocking my view into the nest.

06/12/2015 by spartanmt
99% sure i saw movement in front of mom, who is definitely sitting up higher in the nest.

06/08/2015 by spartanmt
got back from 2-week vacation to find mom blissfully incubating today.

05/21/2015 by spartanmt
mom incubating, dad also in nest

05/09/2015 by spartanmt
female incubating, male paid a short visit then left again

05/07/2015 by spartanmt
female incubating, male flew in with fish, female not interested, male flies out with fish. lucky lady to be so well taken care of!

05/04/2015 by spartanmt
female laying in nest. watched as male delivered her a fish!

05/03/2015 by spartanmt
female incubating, no sign of male

05/01/2015 by spartanmt
male on nest perch, female is laying in nest, can't really say she was in an incubating position, although maybe.

04/25/2015 by spartanmt
both in nest

04/23/2015 by spartanmt
both observed working on nest today - totally ignoring the 4-osprey battle going on a few hundred yards to their north (mcdowell drive nest)

04/18/2015 by spartanmt
the mate has arrived, both on nest platform

04/16/2015 by spartanmt
one osprey in nest today, appears to be the male

09/29/2014 by spartanmt
empty nest. located one of the dads fishing from his favorite perch over the river; never have figured out if he belongs with this nest or the 'mcdowell drive' nest, since they are within spitting distance of each other. in any event, no chick today, only one, lone male adult.

09/26/2014 by spartanmt
chick still on nest. observed a male adult fishing in the nearby river - not sure if it's this girl's dad or the other chick's dad.

09/24/2014 by spartanmt
watched chick fly from river to nest

09/22/2014 by spartanmt
interesting activity this morning. the nest was empty, then an osprey flew over me, chasing a crow! the osprey then returned to this nest, got my scope on it, it was one of the fledglings giving chase! a minute later, here comes dad with a very big fish. exchange made, dad flew off, fledgling happy with breakfast.

09/16/2014 by spartanmt
watched two osprey chasing each other around the river, then one of them flew into this nest squawking, while the other flew away. i'm guessing the one that didn't return to the nest had a fish...

09/11/2014 by spartanmt
one chick standing on platform, food begging

09/07/2014 by spartanmt
empty nest, then one chick flew in and landed nicely

09/04/2014 by spartanmt
empty nest - yoo hoo! (pix)

08/30/2014 by spartanmt
only one chick on nest platform this morning, so i'm assuming we have two confirmed fledges now, although won't be happy until i see all three back in nest.

08/28/2014 by spartanmt
all three chicks in nest, all have necklaces, i'm thinking we have three females here. one finally flew off while i was there - finally!!

08/24/2014 by spartanmt
all 3 standing on nest platform, waiting for fish drop, i'm sure. still haven't observed a fledge, although i'm sure one has occurred by now!

08/17/2014 by spartanmt
all 3 chicks standing in what's left of their nest, basically a bare platform. strong winds went through on 8/14, i'm guessing that's when they lost their nest material. one chick eating, one doing some serious wingercizing, one just standing there, probably waiting for a chance to steal a bite...

08/09/2014 by spartanmt
all three chicks accounted for, one got up briefly to preen, otherwise they are all sleepyheads, no parents around

08/02/2014 by spartanmt
another 3-chick nest where i could only find 2 today, plus mom.

07/26/2014 by spartanmt
mom standing on side of nest, only sign of a chick was one lazy wing stretch.

07/20/2014 by spartanmt
mom feeding one chick while the other TWO are laying in the nest, apparently satiated. my 2nd 3-chick nest to worry about this season

07/13/2014 by spartanmt
good time to arrive at this nest - first dad flies in with a fish, mom is right behind him with a stick, watched both big chicks getting breakfast, life is good

07/06/2014 by spartanmt
and now i see two heads in the nest bowl. appear to be about 3 weeks old. mom and dad both in nest when i arrived, then dad flew off.

06/28/2014 by spartanmt
mom and dad both on nest. mom is feeding a little one deep in the nest bowl, only saw the very top of its head.

06/21/2014 by spartanmt
after a full week of heavy rain, winds, and just-above freezing temps, i ventured out to check my nests. mom incubating still, no sign of dad, nest appears intact

06/07/2014 by spartanmt
mom incubating

06/01/2014 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/26/2014 by spartanmt
female incubating

05/18/2014 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/15/2014 by spartanmt
finally, definite incubation going on here

05/10/2014 by spartanmt
mom sitting in nest but does not appear to be incubating yet; male not around, unless he's the one taunting the mcdowell drive male nearby?

05/03/2014 by spartanmt
one standing in nest; i expect to see incubation beginning here sometime next week.

04/25/2014 by spartanmt
one in nest

04/21/2014 by spartanmt
one in nest

04/19/2014 by spartanmt
both birds are there this morning! and the male was chasing/being chased by a rather broad-winged falcon or hawk - quite a sight! the hawk finally took off down the river...

04/11/2014 by spartanmt
no bird on the nest as of 4/9, but the birds have begun to return as of today, so i'll be checking daily from now on!

10/07/2013 by spartanmt
yes, the nest is definitely empty. no osprey sightings anywhere in the valley today; the pretty male seen on 10/4 was a bonus.

10/04/2013 by spartanmt
chick not at nest during afternoon check on 10/3, she's not at the nest this afternoon, either. she did have that faraway look in her eyes yesterday morning, i sense she is gone. will check again tomorrow, but it is just too quiet on the river...

10/04/2013 by spartanmt
it might be quiet on the river, but i'm posting a pic of an adult male osprey eating on a pole near the somers wpa entrance. he apparently doesn't have a chick to feed and is thoroughly enjoying his fish. i'm guessing this is the last osprey i see in 2013 :-(

10/03/2013 by spartanmt
female chick standing on nest platform, not food begging, just relaxing. no sign of dad

10/02/2013 by spartanmt
chick on platform casually eating a fish - she must be full with 1/2 a fish to go! so happy to see her eating; i'm guessing dad is still here taking care of her.

09/30/2013 by spartanmt
female fledger still on nest platform, food begging today. observed a male adult across river on pole on oldenburg road near the oldenburg nest. when i first arrived, he was just standing there w/a partially eaten fish, looking around; only a few bites of the fish gone. it looked to me like he was searching for a chick to feed. i watched for 10 minutes, he never took another bite. i wonder if this is oldenburg nest's dad or this nest's dad, just taking a break from his nagging daughter? chick did appear to have a fairly full crop. also saw another osprey fishing over the river at the same time i observed the fledger in her nest and the adult male on the pole - couldn't tell if it was a juvenile or an adult. just glad this chick isn't alone yet!

09/27/2013 by spartanmt
what a relief to see female chick in the nest (beautiful necklace, one of the biggest i've seen), and DAD was next to her, with a fish! chick squawked and squawked, even did a bit of mantling, but never made an attempt to grab the fish from parent. then i saw her poop, so maybe she just finished her own fish. watched as dad started eating the fish himself, chick didn't seem bothered by it, her crop was full. fyi: this is NOT the same chick i've been observing on the pole at the end of oldenburg road - this one has beautiful necklace, the pole chick did not have many speckles. now i'm wondering who this pole-sitter chick belongs to - maybe fennon way? no chick on the pole today when i observed female w/dad at their nest.

09/24/2013 by spartanmt
still here this morning, on his favorite pole perch at the end of oldenburg road. this is one of only 2 chicks left at this time. i'm praying that parents are still around, but it's getting late...

09/22/2013 by spartanmt
still here, on nest platform this morning

09/20/2013 by spartanmt
still one on nest

09/17/2013 by spartanmt
one chick on nest platform

09/16/2013 by spartanmt
one on telephone pole again this morning - he flew off when he saw me, across the river again, but this time he didn't go to nest, just landed in nearby tree. i'm guessing it's a chick from this nest. he is one of only two chicks i saw in my rounds today - everyone is gone!

09/09/2013 by spartanmt
one in nest food begging, could see adult in nearby tree, ignoring the pleas

09/05/2013 by spartanmt
finally caught all the chicks away from the nest! and one F was in the same spot on the same pole across the river from the nest - who knows, it could even be an F from the oldenburg nest!

08/31/2013 by spartanmt
still can't catch all 3 gone at once - today, a female chick standing on nest platform, and i believe it's her sibling once again on the pole across the river (pic)

08/29/2013 by spartanmt
so funny, not a stick left on this platform! two fledglings hopping around from one side to the other, calling for food

08/26/2013 by spartanmt
severe wind storm last night completely wiped out this nest - all that's left is the platform. one chick perched on platform when i arrived, then saw his sibling fly from his perch across the river into the nest. the pole perch this fledgling was using is the same one used by the oldenberg fledgers!

08/24/2013 by spartanmt
was hoping to see empty nest, instead 2 chicks hanging at home

08/21/2013 by spartanmt
picked the wrong time to check on fledglings here - fish just delivered, all 3 chicks in nest, 2 squawking at the 1 who got the fish.

08/16/2013 by spartanmt
on first drive by this nest, all 3 chicks in nest, frustrating, made me think i was never going to catch a fledge. on way home i decided to swing by again - jackpot! 2 chicks in nest, and the fledgling (a girl w/pronounced necklace) was on a limb in the pine tree right next to the nest tree! watched her for about 15 minutes, she didn't seem overly frightened, even preened a bit, so i'm thinking this was probably not her first flight!

08/12/2013 by spartanmt
all 3 chicks in nest, no food begging going on, adult osprey flew near the nest, they all started squawking, but adult didn't land in nest, just continued to fly circles nearby. one female chick displayed a very full crop, so i'm guessing breakfast was over and mom or dad was attempting to get them fledged!

08/07/2013 by spartanmt
3 chicks home alone, biggest & smallest sharing a fish (a few bites for the little guy, anyway). 2 chicks have very distinct necklaces already.

08/03/2013 by spartanmt
nest pretty crowded this morning. mom standing on side, one chick standing next to her and then wingercizing, the other two chicks laying down

07/29/2013 by spartanmt
3 chicks home alone, mom out helping dad fish, i'm sure!

07/21/2013 by spartanmt
mom feeding, all 3 chicks still present and appear healthy

07/14/2013 by spartanmt
still 3 chicks, 1 quite a bit smaller than the other 2, but they're all there!

07/09/2013 by spartanmt
mom in nest, saw two big humps trying to stay cool under her, never really made out the 3rd chick today

06/30/2013 by spartanmt
both parents in nest, saw two chicks beak bonking pretty ferociously, dad left the nest, mom seemed concerned over the fighting, moved to side of nest nearer the squabble, that's when i saw a 3rd head, tinier than the other two, staying clear of the battle. first nest of the season that i've confirmed 3 chicks...

06/27/2013 by spartanmt
just caught tail end of meal. mom on nest preening, dad eating, then dad feeding one of the chicks, then dad feeding mom! only saw one definite bobblehead.

06/26/2013 by spartanmt
well i spent 5 minutes watching mom preening; she had obviously just returned to the nest from a nice bath in the river. i didn't see any movement in the nest while mom was fixing her feathers.

06/21/2013 by spartanmt
mom in nest, dad perched on closest limb, do i see a bobblehead? pretty sure i saw the top of a little head, but only briefly!

06/17/2013 by spartanmt
mom incubating, dad was there but then flew off after intruder, with mom chirping encouragement

06/16/2013 by spartanmt
dad on perch bar but flew away when he saw me; mom still incubating

06/15/2013 by spartanmt
mom fussing in nest bowl, then back down to incubation posture

06/06/2013 by spartanmt
mom incubating

06/02/2013 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/31/2013 by spartanmt
status quo

05/27/2013 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/22/2013 by spartanmt
mom incubating

05/14/2013 by spartanmt
big hail & wind storm last night, found a different monitoring spot across the river that should be good for the season. observed one incubating, then the other flew into the nest.

05/13/2013 by spartanmt
watched as mom tucked her talons and fussed in the nest and then went into brooding position - incubation date is correct, after all. :-)

05/13/2013 by spartanmt
wow, the water came up so fast on this end of the lake, there is zero beach access to view this nest today! i will have to find another spot across the river if i'm going to be able to keep monitoring it.

05/12/2013 by spartanmt
ha ha, my first use of the edit function! got this mixed up with oldenburg nest. in this nest, i observed mom standing in nest for over 10 minutes, with dad on perch bar. kept waiting for some form of incubation or brood shimmy, but didn't see any. the water's rising on the river, it's a little harder to get to my lookout spot each day, so will go look again this evening.

05/12/2013 by spartanmt
entered incubation date by mistake, unless i see it tonite!

05/10/2013 by spartanmt
looks like mom standing in the nest again today. sure have a lot of moms waiting for mother's day to lay an egg!

05/08/2013 by spartanmt
watched female bring soft nesting material into nest this morning; dad hasn't moved from his favorite table!

05/07/2013 by spartanmt
mom standing in nest, seems to be fussing, i think this is dad eating a fish on the power pole, but didn't have time to see if he took the rest across the river to his mate.

05/05/2013 by spartanmt
decided to monitor this nest since it's so close to Oldenburg Rd nest, and i think i'll have a clear view all summer. both adults seen working on nest today.