Williams Pond
(38.6494, -75.5978)
Osprey Nest Platform
The first nest I was watching, was built on a utility pole in this softball field. This second nest is actually build on an Osprey platform.
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aAdult Arrival3/11/233/6/213/13/203/8/163/16/153/28/14
bEgg Laying5/22/214/1/14
bIncubation Initiation4/2/234/10/214/6/14
cClutch Hatching5/17/14
eFirst Chick Fledging7/5/14
fChicks Last Observed7/2/237/11/218/15/14
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failureunknown reason

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2023 2021 2020 2018 2016 2015 2014

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival03/28/2014Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging07/05/2014
Egg laying04/01/2014Chicks last observed08/15/2014
Incubation initiation04/06/2014Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/17/2014Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival03/16/2015Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival03/08/2016Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival03/13/2020Nestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureunknown reason
2021 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival03/06/2021Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying05/22/2021Chicks last observed07/11/2021
Incubation initiation04/10/2021Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2023 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival03/11/2023Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed07/02/2023
Incubation initiation04/02/2023Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/04/2023 by francie
These 2 chicks are getting big!

05/21/2023 by francie
Definitely something going on with this nest. Sitting on the edge and the other parent was bringing in food.

09/10/2021 by francie
The last few run throughs we've made at the ballpark, we haven't seen any osprey.

08/11/2021 by francie
There has been 1 or 2 ospreys hanging around, in the park, but not in the nest.

08/06/2021 by francie
Chicks and adults are still hanging near the nest and/or eating in the nest. The river is just on the other side of a line of trees.

07/18/2021 by francie
Two chicks, as suspected!! They are now on the wing!

06/25/2021 by francie
Chick is getting strong, Neck is growing and it's much easier to see now.

06/12/2021 by francie
Definitely one chick, possibly two. One was reaching its' head up and there was wing activity behind it, too far for it to have been the chick we could see. So there may be another.

06/06/2021 by francie
Mama was in protective pose today, apparently shielding chick/s from the heat.

05/28/2021 by francie
Osprey sitting up higher on the nest. The other on his usual pole eating.

05/22/2021 by francie
I am going with a strong possibility that there is a chick. The female was on the nest and looked to be sheltering with her wings. Today was hot and quite sunny.

04/22/2021 by francie
This seems to be a very close pair. She (or he) is incubating and the mate is usually pretty close by.

04/10/2021 by francie
Incubation posture was noticed today. Usually, the female is on the nest or nearby. She was down low in the nest today.

04/08/2021 by francie
Both ospreys were at this nest today. They seem to both stay close, usually one on light post and one in the nest or both on different light posts.

06/17/2020 by francie
This nest appears to have failed, but I'm not sure why.

03/16/2020 by francie
Both osprey are at this nest and there was nest repair going on when we spotted them.

03/11/2018 by francie
We have seen one osprey on this nest with 4 others floating nearby. She (I assume) was calling out to them. Maybe notifying her mate that she is here?

06/03/2016 by francie
We saw a parent bird sitting up on the nest on May 19, 2016. Last week, we spotted 2 chick heads being fed.

05/17/2015 by francie
This pair has also been incubating for awhile. They are a little ahead the other nest in the same park, like they were in 2014.

03/16/2015 by francie
We were at Williams Pond to check on Nest 4646 and when we saw an osprey on a lighting fixture, we assumed it was from Nest 1. As it sat up there, another osprey swooped over and took a seat next to it. We still figured it was the Nest 4646 pair. When we drove off, we could then see the pair on the higher fixture, closer to the other nest, so we now know that this pair belongs to Nest 4755 (#2). So, both pairs are back at Williams Pond. However, this pair from Nest 4755 had a little mating activity going on.

09/19/2014 by francie
This nest was vacated sooner than the other at the park. We never saw any other activity, other than several ospreys flying overhead, but this park is right beside the river and was very active with overhead activity.

08/15/2014 by francie
The same as with the other nest in this park, there has been no activity as of late. We used to see a chick visiting the nest, while eating. Not lately........ I am feeling the empty nest syndrome!!!

08/02/2014 by francie
One chick flew into this nest while we were watching the other nest (#4646). It looked like he had a fish. He was sitting up, watching the other nest when we left. There was no other activity in this nest during that time.

07/27/2014 by francie
We rarely see these chicks in the nest. Yesterday, we were watching the other nest and one flew in this nest with food. He stayed for awhile and then took off again. We have not seen the adults in the nest for quite some time.

07/05/2014 by francie
We spent awhile checking these 2 nests yesterday, mainly because one chick has fledged from this nest and we were hoping to see it fly back. There were a lot of Osprey in the air, as so many local birds are on the wing now! But we didn't see the one chick return while we were there. The other chick was eating the entire time we watched.

06/30/2014 by francie
We've driven through the park several times over the past week, but not much activity, other than chicks sitting up with a parent and lots of wing stretching! Tonight, they were all sitting and watching softball. There is a lot going on in Williams Pond Park to keep these 2 nests occupied!

06/21/2014 by francie
Lots of wing exercising when we checked this one! They are so big that the only way I can see the difference is by the spotted feathers. These 2 are awesome!!!

06/15/2014 by francie
These 2 chicks are growing fast! The mother was fussing at another pair of osprey that were flying around the river, which is right in their back yard, so to speak. At one point, she left the nest, flew around in circles, crying constantly. I first thought we were bothering her, but we were sitting on the bleachers of the ball park, which gets very busy all summer. Plus, there were a couple of youngsters in the field close to her that were practicing batting.

06/01/2014 by francie
These 2 chicks are getting bigger already. One is a little smaller than the other, which I'm assuming is expected.

05/29/2014 by francie
Just added photo for this nest from 5/24. One chick, you can see well. The other chick is behind some of the nesting material.

05/26/2014 by francie
No new activity here. Just the 2 chicks with the mother sitting on the edge of the nest, as she was a few days ago.

05/24/2014 by francie
There are, indeed, 2 chicks in this nest!!! I am so excited! This was the first pair to be spotted incubating and they are now the proud parents of 2 chicks! I thought maybe she had chicks, since she was sitting on the edge of the nest the last time. Their heads are now visible over the top of the nest, when I stand up on the bleachers in the ball field. I am going back with my zoom camera to get some photos!

05/20/2014 by francie
Checking this nest today, the female was sitting up on the edge the whole time I was there. She would look down, moving her head down, at times. This is how I've seen the eagles do on the webcam when there are chicks in the nest, so I am still thinking there may be a chick in this one.

05/17/2014 by francie
I am going to say there is a chick in this nest. The pair were very busy when I checked this one. The male came in with a fish and left for a few minutes, while the female was ripping off pieces of fish and bending her head over. So I am assuming she was feeding a young one! The male came back pretty quick and I could just barely make out some movement in the nest, between the parents. This was the first of my nests to look as though they were incubating!

05/10/2014 by francie
I've seen this female sitting up more, but then later she was sitting further down in the nest. I am not hearing any new sounds yet, or seeing any movement through breaks in the nest. Male was eating nearby while we were there.

05/03/2014 by francie
Very busy ballpark!!! Female is incubating and watching the action. I can't help but wonder if the osprey remember how busy this park gets during the summer months!!

04/29/2014 by francie
The female is pretty low in this nest, so it's hard to see her unless she pops her head or tail up. I could just barely see some movement when I checked this nest. The male was not around, even though he usually is in a nearby tree.

04/24/2014 by francie
Same as with the other nest on this spot, female was in the nest, hunkered down. Male was nowhere around. Softball practice was going on. Personally, I wonder how these 2 pair of ospreys handle raising young in the middle of a youth softball field! :)

04/21/2014 by francie
I wanted to take a photo of this nest yesterday, but the male is always very close and very watchful, so I had to take it from a distance. The female can be seen looking out over the edge, but I thought I saw something else yesterday, which is why I was hoping to get a better photo.

04/13/2014 by francie
This ever-protective male was perched on a nearby utility pole the entire time that we were at the park today, checking nests. He is the most protective, as far as always being nearby the nest.

04/12/2014 by francie
I feel sorry for this female osprey. Her nesting platform is right in the middle of a couple of little league softball fields. The Williams Pond 1 nest is here, but it's off to the side. This particular nest is in the middle of all of the commotion. The male is always in a nearby tree. Last night, there was also an eagle in the nearby tree.

04/06/2014 by francie
This nest became very active, very quickly. I've never observed in this manner, so I am not quite sure. But it looks as though this nest may have eggs. The female is usually sitting deep in the nest, to the point of only being able to see her head or the top of her head. The male is usually perched in a nearby tree. He's been very protective. I am going to assume that she is incubating, at this time.

03/31/2014 by francie
While checking on the Williams Pond 1nest, this one had remained empty. We were checking the 1 nest this weekend and saw that there is now a pair on this platform, as well. The female was sitting in the nest and the male was on a nearby pole. When I opened my car window, he swooped down directly over the car........very close. I've never had that happen. I'm wondering if they have already mated successfully!