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 think this nest is a failure due to black vultures were/are rooting on the utility pole. At this time, I do not see any osprey at the pole at all. Hope they find new place to build the nest without any interruption.
I found the way to see this nest from the ground today. This pole is located close to Saunders Elementary school in Newport News. There is nice opened field from school toward the tower. I saw one osprey flew and tried to chase crows and black vultures away from the nest. I couldn't see if another one was in the nest due to sun shone in my eyes.
It is hard for me to report this nest. The pole locates by I 64. There is no place to stop to watch it properly. I will try to report as I travel past the nest. I've seen ospreys in this nest every year.