Cape Henlopen State Park
(38.7805, -75.1037)
Osprey Nest Platform
New in 2023, platform installed behind park office
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2022 - baygirl2021 - baygirl2020 - Amabelle2013 - LibbyM
aAdult Arrival3/14/22
bEgg Laying4/8/225/8/20
bIncubation Initiation4/8/225/8/20
cClutch Hatching5/16/225/29/20
eFirst Chick Fledging7/25/13
fChicks Last Observed9/9/13
xNest Failure6/9/21
xReason For Nest Failureother

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Activity reports

2013 Nest Activity Report by LibbyM
Adult arrivalNestlings3
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging07/25/2013
Egg layingChicks last observed09/09/2013
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by Amabelle
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying05/08/2020Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation05/08/2020Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/29/2020Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrivalNestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure06/09/2021
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure3 chicks died from possible exposure
2022 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival03/14/2022Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying04/08/2022Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/08/2022Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/16/2022Reason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

09/07/2023 by baygirl
occasional osprey visitors but mostly black vultures this first year, hope for an in view dining perch for the male, starter nest and signage around the lawn to keep people and dogs away for 2024

04/20/2023 by baygirl
A female has stopped by on occasion and a male,not necessarily together, today at 10:16am a male dropped the first small stick with pine cone, but he didnt stay long

04/12/2023 by baygirl
a female O at platform just before 7 am, male arrived just after, showed some flirting behavior then took off quickly. Female remained about an hour. She had larger necklace and mottled head. Neither bird is banded. 69 degrees, sunny, breezy,13mph west winds gusting

06/07/2022 by baygirl
male brought fish to nest on 6-6-22, morning. not seen since, 3 chicks have not eaten today, female has flown off nest for very short times but has not gone fishing.. she must go tmr to save even one of her 3 beautiful male is reported to be around 18 yrs of age?..

06/07/2022 by baygirl
male has not been seen for 48 hrs... im seeing chick on chick aggression now and the 3 chicks were doing so good..

05/23/2022 by baygirl
68, hazy sun, 10 mph N winds, all 3 growing nestlings being fed, look healthy this morning

05/19/2022 by baygirl
3rd hatchling visible at day break today. 1:00 pm, 77 degrees, sunshine, 12 mph NW winds, gorgeous day and 3 nestlings being fed well

05/17/2022 by baygirl
second hatchling visible around 12:30 pm today, nice to see them hatching close together

05/16/2022 by baygirl
first hatchling popped out around 6:25 this evening!

05/12/2022 by baygirl
female remaining on eggs during this protracted weather pattern of cold temps in low 50's, heavy rains, fog, high winds since Nor' easter arrived Saturday 5-7-22. Male on nest with female this morning. I am assuming he is able to deliver enough fish to keep this nesting going while other nesting pairs in the area are abandoning eggs or loosing natural nests to the high winds, another tough May for local osprey.

04/13/2022 by baygirl
male incubating on the early night shift this evening, has been snoozing on nest past few hours

04/13/2022 by baygirl
3rd egg laid...? I think today but not sure due to the high level of grassy "fluff" in the nest

04/10/2022 by baygirl
2nd egg laid sometime during the night, prior to midnight 4-11-22..unless it was laid a day earlier and I didnt see view is on the night nest cam

04/10/2022 by baygirl
the nest bowl is so deep I can not see if there is more than one egg, incubation continues though

04/09/2022 by baygirl
just the one egg as of 8 am this morning, periods of rain yesterday and thru the night, temps in the high 40s over night, 49degree, clouds some drizzle, 8mphW

04/08/2022 by baygirl
female was hunched on nest during last night storm but flew off around 9 pm then returned and spent the night on the nest, appears to have laid first egg around 2:30 this morning visible on nest cam.

04/07/2022 by baygirl
56 degrees, clouds, rain, wind 14 mph SE, no egg laying as of 1 pm today. nest bowl looks ready!

03/14/2022 by baygirl
arrival date for BOTH ospreys is a guestimate as I only tuned into the cam today and both at nest site, may be earlier arrival date.

06/09/2021 by baygirl
just before sunrise this morning the single chick appeared to struggle for a few minutes and then passed away. reason unknown as it was not cold and the chick appeared normal up to that time. Could this be exposure following a driving rain late last evening, perhaps some sort of toxin? we can't know for sure. Very sad.

05/30/2021 by baygirl
3 chicks doing well until yesterdays heavy rain, the runt died, today more rain, #2 died, temps in low 50s