Atop a light pole at the Sycamore Recreation Area at the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Acorn Drive, in Tinton Falls, NJ
What to look for
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 saw the chicks(?) yesterday. I don’t think it was the adults. Big but didn’t seem to be flying yet. Horrible heat yesterday and today. Didn’t appear to be
chicks there today;Mom stopped at nest this morning but flew away.
7/21 4:00: I saw what appeared to be one of the chicks perched on a nearby light pole so I guess they are starting to fly. Other one on nest? I can’t tell the difference. If so, no parents around when I visited
Observed ospreys in the area and located this nest atop a light pole in the Sycamore Recreation Area. The nest box is placed atop the light pole, not sure who placed the box. One almost ready to fledge juvenile in the nest with one adult today around 2PM