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 walked to the marina today, to see if there was any effort from the ospreys to return to this nest site. Stayed for about 30 mins., but didn't see/hear any ospreys. It was very humid and warm - 90-96 degrees.
I went to the marina today and saw a female flying to a pine tree near the tree in the river. She did a little "talking" and I heard a response, but didn't see another osprey. She flew down the James, then flew back up past the site of the old nest, and flew up the James. Maybe the pair will find a new nest site!
The Beachers have not rebuilt their nest; however, they may have been the ones in the area at the Lakers nest, looking for a new nesting site. I don't know but will continue to look for where they might be building a new nest.
I went to the marina, but did not see/hear any ospreys. There was no observable evidence of efforts for nest-building. There were TWO DOZEN turkey vultures in the area to the right of the marina!! They flew off when I quickly approached them. As I left the marina, there were four ospreys seen flying in the area, toward Lake Pasbehegh.
I have not seen this pair of ospreys this year. However, a neighbor who lives near the beach said he had seen the pair at the James River, near the old nest site, last week. Another neighbor, whom I saw at the beach, said she had seen the ospreys at the beach last night. Today, there were 8 Turkey Vultures in trees to the right of the beach, near where the nest has been previously built. I will monitor the situation this season. Perhaps there will be a new nest!
The portions of the osprey nest that blew down into the cedar tree in May were recently removed by young men, according to the First Colony newsletter received yesterday. The rebuilt nest was observed to be quite intact, when I went to the marina today. No ospreys or other birds have been seen at the nest. Hope the ospreys will return in spring 2017 . . .
5/14/16 was when the nest was destroyed during a storm. Until June 5th there were efforts to re-build the nest. Since June 5th, the ospreys have not been observed at the nest, by me or several gentlemen who go to the marina almost daily. Since it has been about six weeks since the adult ospreys have been seen at the nest, I assume they will not return to this nest (for the remainder of this season). I will check the nest in the spring of 2017 and see if they return to their nest of quite a few years!
The gentleman who lives nearby, and also a frequent fisherman, have both said they have not seen the ospreys at the nest in two weeks. There were two black vultures in the tree at the edge of the marina. Temp. today was about 85 degrees.
It looks like the adults are putting a new nest together at the old site. Today, neither osprey was seen over the 20 min. I was at the marina. I have talked with the gentleman who lives nearby, and he has seen the re-building process, as well. Hope for the ospreys!
The nest looks like it is being rebuilt; however, no ospreys were seen/heard today. Weather was cloudy and the pier crew was doing work with machines at the marina. That may be why the ospreys were not there.
Bit of sun today. Saw an adult with a stick as I arrived at the marina; it flew to a live tree at the marina. On my way up The Maine, there were two ospreys and, I believe, an eagle, that were flying, chasing each other, and doing lots of "talking"/fighting. Weather started changing - the sun was gone and it got misty. I left after about 20 min.
The adults are working on re-building the nest at the top of the tree. An older couple (of people) had been on the beach with their dog - it was off-leash and chasing balls thrown with a "ball thrower". I believe that is why the female osprey flew off to the tree at the side of the marina, when I walked across the beach to try and see if there were any hatchlings in the nest.
The male was on the branch of the dead tree at the entrance to the marina; he had a newly-caught fish to eat for breakfast. The nest appears to be empty and needs work to become more functional. The female came to the nest, stood and "talked" a bit, then flew off and when she returned, she landed on the top of a tree to the right of the nest. Male flew off after eating (about 30 min.). Female flew and landed on the branch where the male had eaten the fish. In that same tree, SIX TURKEY
VULTURES arrived and sat on branches above the female. No activity was observed at the nest area. I had to leave about 6-8 min. after the turkey vultures arrived.
We had 40 mph winds Sat. night -- the osprey nest blew down into the cedar tree in two sections! No ospreys at nest portions. I did see two ospreys, one with a stick. Thought I may have heard the hatchlings. . .
It was raining too much on 5/10 for me to visit this nest. Today, she was in the nest, he was on the edge of it. He flew off, she went down in the nest. The male flew to a large branch in a pine tree on the marina. The two of them did some "talking" -- he then flew to the James Rive and hunted.
The W&M sailboats were in the James River. One adult was at the nest; the mate flew in with a twig, stayed about 10 min. and then took off up the James River. The osprey at the nest stood quietly at the side. I wonder if there are hatchlings and that incubation started sooner than I had thought!
The female was observed to be incubating eggs; the male was "talking" to other birds nearby - those birds left the area. The male flew off to hunt in the James River. The female was busy at the nest, but was not initially observed to be sitting on the eggs.
Today, there were two turkey vultures in a tree very close to the nest. They were gone in a short time and did not return. The female was in incubation; the male was on a branch at the marina. There appeared to be "talking" between the two of them and a second male appeared - then both the males flew off. This event took place over 20-30 mins.
The female osprey was in incubation and the male was observed hunting at the James River. There was some work being done for electrical service and I provided information to two families, with their dogs, about appropriate behavior at the beach and how far to provide convenient space for the ospreys.
Female was at the nest, working on getting it ready for egg-laying. Male flew to the nest with a fish; lots of communication between the ospreys. One of them left the nest and went fishing. It was a quiet morning, pure sunlight and light breeze. No people were seen and no boat activity was observed.
Both ospreys were on branches across the marina, when I arrived, about 10:30. Female flew to the nest, with a fish. Male went to the nest, quick copulation, and then he went back to the branch across the marina. The female stayed at the nest.
It was very windy and cool today. One osprey was seen flying into the marina, perching on a branch with a fish; it flew to the nest and the other osprey appeared! The second osprey was observed to go fishing, found food, and returned to the nest.
Pier work will continue for another week. Today was Sunday, so no work was in process.
Both ospreys were seen and heard, flying above the marina and at the nest. The pier crew showed up and unloaded some logs. The ospreys were flying around, then flew to the nest and were observed to be copulating. The pier crew said they would be back at the marina for another week or so. I believe it was a sharp-shinned hawk I saw flying across the marina. It didn't bother the ospreys.
The pier crew continues it work; should be done in another week. The female osprey was at the nest; the male was on a branch across the marina, eating a fish. He took the fish to the nest; the female took it to the branch where the male had been. An eagle was flying overhead; it got chased away by the male. The eagle came back, again, and was chased off, again.
I heard the ospreys as I was walking up The Maine. Their "conversation" suggested stress. The W&M sailing crew was active at the marina, and the ospreys were not seen or heard while I was there. I talked with a college representative, and several people who were observing the sailing crew (there were 8-10 sailboats on the James. Said I would talk with the crew about the ospreys (to educate the crew) if that might be helpful.
Today, one osprey was the nest when I arrived at the marina; the other osprey flew into the nest with a fish. There was "conversation" between the two ospreys. Pier work continues at the marina; doesn't appear to upset them too much.
I spent almost 45 min. at the marina today. There was a man with his grandson and a dog on the pier by the nest. An osprey flew toward the nest with a fish, but when it saw the man, child,dog -- it would not take the fish to the nest. I talked with the man about dogs disturbing the ospreys; they walked up the beach and both ospreys returned to the nest. There were also 4 crows causing disruption at the osprey nest - they finally left, when being chased by a red-tailed hawk across the marina.
Both ospreys were seen at the nest; one left very soon after I arrived at the beach. The marina piers are being replaced - work will take about 2 wks., the crew said. One osprey was the nest during my 30 min. visit.
There were lots of gulls in the area this morning, but the ospreys were not observed. I did see an osprey at Lake Pasbehegh, but think it was near the new nest that was built last year by a new pair of ospreys.
No ospreys were observed, or heard, at or near the nest. Effort will be made to see if a nesting platform can be put in the James River, similar to what's available at the Jamestown nest; two boatmen were helpful with information on the topic.
Both adult ospreys are gone from the nest. No activity observed at the nest, nor the adults, since June 18th. I did hear an osprey in the area near the marina, and it flew near the nest but did not stop - just flew away and did not return. No activity has been observed in the nest.
No adults present, no nest activity. Two neighbors reported they saw crows in the nest a few minutes before I reached the beach. There were vultures nearby a couple days ago - I haven't seen the ospreys since 6/18.
I arrived at the marina about 9:00. The family with the two golden retrievers were on the beach (7-8 people), at the further end of the beach. Previously, the ospreys had left the nest when these dogs were there. Today, neither of the adult ospreys were seen/heard at or near the beach - I stayed about 25 mins. The weather was breezy & warm. I will contact the man who lives nearby.
One adult at the nest; it flew to the branch across the marina. Two teens went to the pier, jumped in the river - threw stones just before that; the osprey flew off. The boys stayed in the water, splashed a lot - about 20 mins. Neither osprey returned to the beach area.
Today, neither adult was seen at the nest or near the marina. There was a man with two fishing lines at the pier; he didn't see either adult when he came to the pier. There were 9-13 turkey vultures perched/flying in the area during my 35-40 mins. in the area.
Female at the nest, looking down into it. She left the nest, flew back with a couple twigs, then rested in the nest for a couple minutes and flew out and up into the woods. After about 25 mins., she flew to the nest and laid down, very quietly.
Close to mid-day; temperature was warm. Female sitting quietly and low in the nest; male was not seen. Two men brought their boat to the marina, went into the James. Female stayed at the nest; no movement observed.
A man with a dog, in the water, were at the beach below the nest. Female osprey was in the tree across the marina - she flew to the nest when the man&dog left the beach. Male flew to the nest, then to the tree branch across the marina. Female stood quietly in the nest; went and got a twig and returned. No hatchling seen, but female/male behavior seem to support at least one in the nest.
Today, there were 3 crows hassling the male while he was standing on a tree branch across the marina entrance. They didn't bother the female or approach the nest. The ospreys "talked" while this was going on - the crows finally left!
A couple with a dog sat on the pier; female left the nest. Both adult Ospreys sat on branches close to the nest. When the human couple left, the Ospreys returned to the nest. There may be hatchlings. . . .
Female at the nest; quiet and sitting down in the nest. Male on branch across the marina entrance. Female left the nest; male came to the nest. Female brought a thin twig; both worked on the nest "décor." Another male approached; then flew away.
Female was incubating the eggs. Male was on a branch across the marina entrance. He flew off after about 5-8 min. of observation. Another male was seen flying close to the nest, and the mating male returned. He had seemed to be wet, and preening, when I first arrived at the marina. A couple, with two small dogs came to the beach - no aggressive canine behavior.
Female was incubating eggs. A second male approached the nest; this "intruder" was followed by the site male. W&M sailing team at the marina yesterday and today - gave adults with the group some info about the ospreys.
The female was "remodeling" the nest. The male arrived with a fish, He sat in the same tree as last time for eating it; took it to the nest, the female got some - he took what was left back out to the other tree. She remained in the nest.
4/2/2015 The female was standing in the nest, watching the male - he was on a branch they use for eating, and he was eating a fish. The branch is in a tree at the river-end of the marina. Both were very calm today.
There was a pair in the nest this morning, about 9:00. A third osprey, a male, flew to the nest, but was not allowed to enter it. This osprey flew by the nest 3 times in the next 10-15 mins., dropping twigs for nest-building each time. No response from the nest pair.
I have observed twice in the last week. No ospreys were seen at the nest, though I heard ospreys in the wooded area nearby. There were 13!! turkey vultures in a tree very near the nest site. I will continue to monitor this nest on a weekly basis.
This morning, there was an osprey sitting on a dead branch in a tree very near the nest. It was "calling", but no other bird arrived. The nest was undisturbed. There were four turkey vultures, on the far right of the beach.
Today, there were no ospreys, or other birds/geese, at the nest. There were four students, two of them throwing a tennis ball at high speed, back and forth at the beach, near the nest site. I discussed their behavior, which was too close to the nest, and requested a change, which they did do. I'll follow up next week.
Today, about 9:00, there was a pair of ospreys sitting in a tree, very near the nest. They were looking at each other, and the nest. Same behavior for the 15 mins. I stayed at the marina. No other birds (i.e. Canada Geese) seen.
Last week, on 5/6, a neighbor called to tell me an osprey had been found, dead, on the beach, at the shoreline. I went to the beach 5/7, but could not find the dead osprey. As I was walking home, down the street next to the James River, there were ospreys in courtship, and the male (I think) had a fish. Do ospreys court by "teasing" with a fish? It was most interesting - they were at it for 20-30 mins.
The Canada Geese were not at the nest nor in the river.
This morning, about 8:30, I went to the marina. No ospreys at the nest or heard, or seen. HOWEVER, there was a pair of Canada Geese IN the nest. They were not annoyed by me, and stood in the nest, happy with each other. This may be a new "nest couple."
A sign has been posted on the boardwalk, to encourage visitors to the marina to respect the ospreys and their nest. Today, the female was at the nest - flew off when I got "too close" and returned when I left the boardwalk.
Folks who visit the marina regularly have described the nest as being "built/rebuilt" this spring. Evidently, the number of people who have boats and/or come to beach, and kids climbing the tree where the nest is -- this is discouraging the ospreys from using the nest. There was one osprey at the nest, yesterday, and another who flew to the nest, turned and flew away. We'll see if they decide to stay or move to a different site.l