no incubation observed, last 2 years incubation began on Mar 24 which makes for earlier fledglings, by July 4, very helpful at this busy marina location
last day to see the female at nest, male missing since around tuesday mar 22, not seen near nest site, female waiting for him then she disappeared too. may be time to move this platform to a somewhat safer area, if there is one at this busy crowded community...for now the nest remains empty, probable fail
one on 3rd floor deck railing of townhome across the marina channel a favorite perch spot
yay the website is fixed! The male at this nest was reported to be "flying around" the nest is very strong winds on 2-18-22 and "did not land at the nest or nearby". I observed the male at the nest area, on his favored dock perch, 2-19. 2-20-22 both were on the nest and flying back and forth to their dock perches and the lower railings on the neighbors dock. took photo and sent to e bird. both now coming and going to nest but with cooler temps they are leaving the nest area often and visiting other nests and perches along our creek.
high winds today, male not seen near nest site but female standing on nest, facing into the wind
confirmed female osprey arrived to nest site this morning , both ospreys at nest, later they spent most of the day at the dock perches. they both look very healthy. i do not see 2021 data "button" and wonder if this site has been reset and rady for the 2022 season, unable to add nest activity report
Past 3 days saw good winds out of the south, so the tail winds and time in Feb. had me watching for JT's return. JT was reported flying around the nest area yesterday but with strong winds he may not have landed at the site. I did not see him. However this morning he was on his favorite dock perch, then left, came back with a fish but flew off again when a gull harassed him for his breakfast. The winds picked up late afternoon to NW 28 mph with gusts up to 40 mph so he was not at the perch this evening. He is right on schedule from prior years. Lets see how his mate Evie does.
JT was photographed on the tall dock perch at sunrise this morning, not seen the rest of today, Cool temps and strong NW winds may have been his deciding factor to head south?...
"JT" the adult male osprey has remained at the nest territory deep into October. I confirmed him at his favorite dock perch on 10-30-21, did not see him on 10-31-21 but today around noon I saw him (identified by missing feather left wing) flying low over the James Farm preserve blue trail observation platform, heading in the direction of his nest. He flew very low through a break in the trees, not a route other ospreys would take. While I was unable to go directly to his nest site at that time and I did not see him later in the evening I am certain I saw him. His feathers have been looking in rough shape. JT has a very light necklace and 2 thinly connected diamond like dark patterns on his head.This is a record for me to observe him or any local adult male at their nest territory. I am hoping this is just his routine and he is not too old or ill to depart to his wintering grounds. He is a special bird indeed, consistently enjoying his nesting territory from the 3rd week of Feb. into late October. We will never know where he winters but we can assume he doesn't spend much more than 2 1/2 to 3 months there! We hope to see him spring of 2022. He will be at the very least 12 years of age but more likely older. 2012, he and his mate Evie started their first nest on the crane, moving to the marina jetty in 2013 and 2014 and then in 2015 onto the raised marina platform we built for them. This pair is named after the prior owners of the land, JT and Evelyn Jump. There is a plaque in their memory under the nesting platform.
JT. : adult male osprey on favored low dock perch at 6 pm this evening. beautiful clear low wind evening
adult male named "JT" remained at the nest area, last day seen was 10-8-21. He was usually on the high or low dock perch he favors at next door property and flew regularly over my house, occasionally calling but rare to hear another osprey call back. we do see some migrators moving through. Since I have not seen or heard him I believe he left on 10-9-21 for his winter migration. Hope to see him next Feb right on schedule. fingers crossed
I stand corrected... the adult male known as JT is on the tall dock perch today, 10:00am. Beautiful day, 70, winds NE4mph, mixed clouds and sunshine
adult male osprey on platform T perch at Noon and seen flying over the creek fishing
yesterday JT, adult male was on the tall dock perch calling to another oprey that flew south east, JT had a fish and took it in same direction as other osprey. about 15 minutes later 2 osprey were in a kettle circling near Bayshore campgound, one was doing the fish dance while second was just flying with it, nice to hear them calling to one another so late in the season. Today at 1:15 JT was at dock and flew over towards Bayshore. I believe he has been perching in a stand of trees there as I hear him from time to time. He is definitely the last local osprey.remaining from this colony.
"JT" the adult male was on tall perch this afternoon and evening, he loves it here, first to arrive in Feb and appears he will be the one to turn off the lights again this season. love this senior male
adult male on tall dock perch last 2 days, I believe the new flags strung around the nearby boat has pushed him off his favorite low dock, he is the last male I have seen and was the first to arrive in Feb. He LOVES it here
adult male on favorite low dock perch today
fledgling appears to have attempted to land on the 3 story town homes metal roof and slid down in between 2 town homes, landed on the cement patio, sat there stunned for about 5 minutes but flew off and seems to be ok, this has happened in prior years as well. metal roofs are very treacherous for a young student!fingers crossed its ok!
juvenile is spending alot of time on tall dock perch calling for food, appears to be a female
single chick fledged sometime around noon today, did not make it back to nest but spent the night on nearby dock tall perch
large chick is doing some hopping across nest and up onto T perch but not helicoptering and not letting go of nest material too much.. had some nice wind today but the chick wasnt having much of it
report of one runt with larger chick seen from upper deck nearby
female deep in nest, male on his favored nearby dock low perch
SSE 7 mph, sunny 68 degrees,!:30 I arrived just after feeding and again was able to see one nestling with both adults on nest
one nestlings head visible at feeding time, 4:30 pm
confirmed hatchling feeding today at 10:00 am, 82, sunny, W 10 mph First osprey chicks of the 2021 season!
i suspect there is a hatchling late in the afternoon today...
watching for hatchling activity, none seen so far
will start countdown to hatchlings tomorrow! will be first chicks of the season!
nest is very deep, hard to see osprey head in nest, hoping the bulkhead work has not harmed incubation
bulkhead work done within approx 65 feet of this platform and the poor birds seem to be incubating steady inspite of the heavy work going on so very close.
very heavy rain and south wind today, this is the only pair incubating eggs. heavy rain is dangerous to eggs, fingers crossed this pair keep their eggs dry
72, S 15 mph, sun, JT on dock perch, Evie in nest incubating with a bulkhead crew within 70 feet of her, they are repairing the entire west wall of the bulkhead and dropping boulders, somehow she maintained her cool, nest has a big bunch of bulkheading fabric in NW corner
Evie still very fussy, up and down, incubating but not switching out with Jt to eat that I observed.. and I did check in many times today. I wonder if some female ospreys go without food the first 24 hours of egg laying. Have not seen any research on that behavior. 64, s7mph, sun and clouds today, large piece of some sort of dark gray landscaping felt on one side of nest.
Tough day for egg laying, overcast with rain all day, 46, ESE 10 mph, Evie, the female osprey, was fussy at nest since mid morning, turning, hunching and generally digging and fixing the nest bowl in heavy heavy rain.. at 5:15 pm I checked her and she was very deep in the nest. JT, the male, remained on his favorite dock perch most of the day. She did get up a few times before dark, appeared to turn the egg, or dig in the nest a bit, she re-positioned herself but she never left the nest. She is right on schedule as last season. They have been here 1 month. What a wonderful osprey pair to watch, senior birds who just take living on a marina wall in stride. I hope they have a safe productive season.
48, sunny, NE winds at 13 mph, 9:45, both at nest very busy female preparing nest bowl!
no signs of egg laying yet, "stay back" signs to be placed around nest tomorrow, new private webcams installed on dock across the waterway, some chattering with passing ospreys
very busy on nest building today, SSW 18 mph, clear skies
Bringing in a bit of nest material, starting to see a few extra osprey in the area but not hearing much vocalizations just yet. quiet ospreys
JT, male on lower next door dock perch, Evie, female on nearby fence post in pouring rain storm. Community has installed a webcam on nearby deck, not on platform, plans are to place permanent stay back signs by HOA since community is done with construction but very busy this winter and we expect all season, due to high numbers of weekly and short term renters. reports are people are walking the jetty wall and approaching directly up to the nest. If at the nest via the jetty wall the birds will be very high risk this season.This will be the first year this senior pair has so much human disturbance early in the season. I hope they can tolerate and raise young to fledging.
checked this nest every day multiple times waiting for this famous pairs arrival. this morning no sign of them but at 3 pm with clear sunny sky and SW wnds gusting over 18 mph Evie was on the nest and JT flew in over the lagoon and landed on Evies back to bond. these 2 area a mystery, how do they seem to arrive together and so very early?
'JT' the adult male at sandy cove was last seen the evening of 10-24 just before the all day storm on 10-25. i doubt he moved much that day but perhaps he took his leave on the 26th when the weather was clear. definitely a record for my latest local osprey sighting
adult male still in town, he was on the tall dock perch at 12:30 today, enjoying a beautiful sunny fall day
adult male osprey at dock perch last night at sunset and at sunrise this morning, so he seems to have beat his Oct 18, 2018 record for last on the creek
adult male at nest area early morning , his latest noted migration date was 10/18/18
adult male at nest are in the morning
adult male on low dock perch at dusk, I did not see him earlier today so he is definitely going on day jaunts
adult male on taller dock perch today
adult male on the taller dock perch at sunset today, he allowed a cormorant to use his favorite low perch for the beautiful view
adult male eating a fish on the dock perch at 4:30pm today
adult male on dock perch at sunset
adult male on his favorite dock perch again this afternoon, he looks disheveled, feathers bleached and possibly ready to start molting
adult male on favorite low dock perch this afternoon
adult male on dock perch off and on today, this evening he was on the perch when a great blue heron made the mistake to land on the nest, and the osprey charged straight at him and though it was a very loud exchange there was no harm down, the heron vacated quickly!
ad male back at the nest area eating fish on the
end of old dock, his fave place to dine!
adult male back on his fave dock perch today, the men are guarding their territories!
adult male back at his nest territory today, perched on his favorite late season tall bush surveying the creek
first fledged female has not been seen since the day it appeared at low dock perch with fishing line hanging off its left leg or foot.the other 3 coming and going
one juvenile on low perch with fishing line and possibly a sinker hanging from its left leg or wing, it appeared to be the first fledged female. young male seen later in the day as was both adults
all 4 on dock perches this evening at sunset
one fledgling in nest eating this morning with poppa eating in private on a dock around the bend and out of sight of the other fledgling that was perched on the jetty wall watching for fish
the 2 juveniles remain at the nest, dock perch or favored tree, i have seen them trying to fish and on 7-25 i believe i saw the first fledged, female, bring in her own fish, still seeing the female and male at nest area, usually on the dock perchs constructed just for them!
female on nest today at 4 pm feeding the youngest, which appears to be a male while the female fledgling sat on the sidelines crying for fish. i dont think the runt, or youngest, has fledged yet so good to see it getting fed.
youngest survives on nest during crazy fireworks evening, wingersizing today, oldest stays on nearby tall dock perch most of the time, not attempting to fish just yet
younger chick hunkered down in the nest for busy holiday weekend, fledgling and adults spending all their time safely tucked away on the nearby dock perches we installed a few years ago, i hope the chick will get fed, its 90 degrees today
chick alone on nest at sunset tonight, the other 3 on the dock perches, after dark lots of fireworks, i can see a few ospreys circling around the marsh crying out, guess the fireworks are as stressful for them as they are for my dog!
7:00 pm I watched the oldest and first fledged chick (female?) jumping across the nest, helicoptering up onto the platform Tperch and taking a few well timed flights over momma head as she stayed off the nest and safely perched on the nearby dock stand we made for this nesting pair 2 years ago, the youngest and once runt remained in the nest, appears to be a male, he is naroower, more streamlined, much more buffy on the chest, and he is tentatively starting to flap his wings but they dont work in tandem-yet. he tried to jump but kept his talons on the nest, no air for him just yet. I sure hope he can fledge before july 4, saturday, when the community will be overcrowded and very disturbing of this nesting family. i hope i hope...
oldest chick took off at 6:00 am this morning, heading northeast and as of 4:30 pm it has not been seen, hopefully it is perched somewhere building up confidence to return to its natal nest. I have seen it take 2 days for a fledgling to get the courage to fly again and I have seen fledglings land on another nest and never return to their natal nest...lets hope it goes home this evening.
fledgling back on the nest at 5 pm, waiting for dinner
oldest chick on nest rim watching the adults that were perched on the nearby dock, the chick looks very interested in joining them, the second chick still spends most of the day laying in the nest
8 week old chicks, the oldest appears to be a female and is wingercizing more and more, hopping across the nest, female has been leaving the nest and perching on the nearby dock perch we built for her to give the oldest chick some room to bounce, the younger chick has caught up in size but is still laying most of the time, it also appears to be a female. I imagine the oldest will fly this week
largest chick starting to flap, smaller one is still laying alot
the chicks are quite large but not exercising wings yet, they tend to be quiet as there are quite a few people that linger near the nest so momma gives a warning call and they duck and she perches elsewhere
7 pm feeding, male took fish to nest, large chick was exercising his wings (already!) and female took fish and fed the runt exclusively so probably the oldest was fed prior. but nice to see the runt eating and it looks to be starting to catch up in size, so happy to see it making it!
late afternoon feeding, both adults on nest male on corner board, older chick satiated and laying in middle of nest, female feeding runt, yay
5 pm i observed male fly to dock perch with a very active fish in his talons. female was on nest eating but not feeding, both chicks visible, one is very large and active , the runt was not very active but i could see its head on occasion. later by kayak the female was on nest and i saw just the older chick
possible reason for sibling aggression at this nest: this year the community has grown with about 21 new townhomes added to the property. every evening a large group of people gather on the lawn area directly across the waterway from the nest. aprox 60 ft away. the ospreys are flushed off the nest for a few hours during what would be the last feeding of the night.they fly circles in the air giving warning calls so the adults are very stressed for more than a short period of time. its tough to see this now after this pair has been so successful since 2012. hopefully the runt will survive.
sadly i see aggression in the nest, one older sibling and one runt thus far with the older sibling pecking at the runt at feeding time. this is very unusual at this nest where the adults are very senior and normally great providers. I suspect the problem is the male is stressed to come to the nest due to more transient people renting new townhome units and spending time very close to the nest particularly at sunset/evening for last feeding of the day. so hard to see this happening for this family that arrive first in delaware every year.
should be able to see some tiny heads but with such high winds,cool temps and rain the female is keeping the chicks undercover
female deep in nest with male on rim during high wind 24 mph with gusts
female finishing up feeding at 5:15, then she ate the rest of the fish and sunk down low to protect her hatchlings
cold and very windy today, following a night of rain, female on nest, very deep trying to keep the hatchlings warm
feeding behavior observed!! with so much rain it gotta be challenging for these adults to care for tiny hatchlings. cant wait to see how many they have. as far as i know they are once again the earliest osprey chicks in Delaware.
i feel i should be seeing feeding behavior but so far incubation continues, we had 2 very heavy rain days in a row, hoping eggs are viable.
did not see signs of hatchlings today but female seemed restless, will look tomorrow, should be chicks soon
so far so good even with extra disturbances, townhomes being painted, power washing bringing in boats, kayakers, this pair has seen it all
I have been watching the nest since the 20th, waiting for the pair to arrive. The homeowner that is close to the nest has been waiting and watching also, text me this morn that one was at the nest. I drove over and actually both were there. Female on the nest, male on the lower dock perch. I took a video for time stamp. I believe this is 3rd year both observed arriving on the same day, and 4 years they arrive the third week of Feb. possibly the earliest in the state of DE. I got a report on 2-20-2020 that a person I trust saw 2 osprey fly over his house, it is south of here by about 30 miles. the pair was flying north.I did think it could be this pair and now here they are. So..do they winter in the same location? Is is a more northern latitude? How do they do this? I know the female leaves easily by the second week of August each year as their young are first to fledge by July 4th weekend. And the male likes to stay into October. So amazing.
last one out and he turned off the lights on the 2019 season. this was last day I saw him on one of his favorite late season places to eat fish. he was on the new raised walkway eating a fish as I approached for a walk.. he took off to his fave tree to finish his meal. wishing him a safe winter migration... and hoping once again he returns first to the inland bays for 2020.
adult male still at nest site, enjoying the low perch, cleaning his talons in the water at shoreline after fish dinner this evening.
Adult male still hanging out on either of the 2 dock perches near his platform. Amazing that this male is the first to arrive and might be the last to turn off the lights for the 2019 nesting season.
adult male on tall dock perch again today, he has been on the dock perches, high or low, consistently for the month of September.
adult male on tall perch again today.i bet this guy spends the most time in Delaware of any osprey, he is in no hurry to leave but he arrives early every spring!
male still at tall perch at sunset
adult female left 8-9, adult male was gone from 8-10 until his return on 8-22. He moves away from the water and into the trees near my house at the end of every nesting season.
adult female and one juv on low dock perch today
the fledglings have really enjoyed the dock perches we built for them, today i saw just one fledgling on the low dock with the female. i expect momma to leave very soon since she arrives so early in the spring
both chicks in nest this afternoon but this evening one was back on the low dock perch with momma on the high dock perch and other chick standing on nest rim. i am pretty sure both are flying, they are huge and i see them eating by themselves frequently but momma does grab the fish from time to time so she isnt spoiling them! i saw her fly in with a fish today while papa was having one too so she is starting to get back to fishing.
one chick fledged in high wind this evening at 5:30 pm. the second looks ready to go. a storm blew in and the fledgling sat on a nearby dock perch built especially for the ospreys with both the male and female flying overhead and coaxing it on to fly back to the nest but it hunkered down against the strong wind and rain until both adults perched right next to it. the other chick was helicoptering above the nest obviously wanting to join in. after about 1 hr the fledgling flew back to the nest and as far as I could tell, both young were ready to spend the night in the nest as more rain and a lightening storm approached. This may be the earliest fledge date in my 7 years of monitoring but the 4th year for this nesting pair to have the first chick to fly. I expect it when they are consistently the first pair to arrive in southern Delaware- in February!
2 chicks are really getting big and feathered. bulkheading company was about 50 ft away today pulling some pilings by barge and momma was not happy, she circled and circled overhead.
mpmbrella working hard today , temps around 90
consistently seeing 2 chicks at feeding time but wont be surprised if there is a 3rd
took me 2 visits today to confirm one was still in nest as it was pouring rain and winds at 30 mph, but finally at 5 pm saw one pop head up. no doubt she is working hard to keep eggs and chicks warm and dry
did not see chick feeding today but female was quite a bit higher in nest today and was fussing under herself for the 30 minutes i observed, she kept getting up and looking under herself then settling down but not in the incubating flat posture. she is at 42 days
female was deep in the nest today but she did seem a bit fussy, looking down quite often, i still did not see any chick feeding behavior but expect it anyday now.
watching for chick feeding behavior but still incubating
watched female get up onto edge of nest, another osprey started flying over her head, then another osprey came and landed on her back, sort of a touch and go rather than copulate, then he took off and chased the first air-born sprey while the female started rearranging in the nest and darn if she didn't pick up a piece of red twine and re-position it deep in the nest bowl. that twine is just deadly to chicks
still not seeing the second bird but one is incubating
female deep in the nest, have not seen the male recently
male on new tall dock perch and female on nest at 5:3pm today
still not incubating but female at nest most of the time
have not seen both at nest past few days but the winds are wnw 35 mph and up for 2 days, and the bulkhead company working closeby, did see the male do a fly over today while the female was bracing into the wind at the nest
bulkheading company working about 100 yds from nest platform. they will be doing work for at least the next month, jetty replacement, rip rap being placed along what was once a lovely natural beach with horseshoe crabs and giant diamondback terrapins. sad all the way around, hoping this osprey pair can settle in and nest early as they have done the past few seasons as this gives them a leg up when the masses of renters arrive in May. did not see both today, just the female at the nest, the male will stay farther away with all the heavy equipment so close to his guard perch.
STAY BACK signs are up and the pair is perching on the new much taller guard perch on the nearby dock.
both osprey seem to be getting fish, the male especially has been building up the nest. they are spending most of their time on the next door dock perches that were built especially for them. since they started incubation Mar. 30 of 2018 I will expect a similar date for nesting this season. Today they chased off an immature eagle and they were vocalizing because a few more osprey were spotted along the creek.
we had SW winds off and on past 2 days so more osprey are now arriving to the colony.
Both osprey perched on the nearby dock perch at sunset today. I have been checking the nest site for past week since this pair has been the first to arrive past few seasons and sometimes they do arrive on the same day. They did not disappoint. At sunset they were side by side looking westward toward the active eagles nest at Bethany Forest where the eagles are incubating eggs. I believe one arrived around 4:00 with the second around 4:30. Amazing how they do this. 42,Wind NE 8-12 mph with some gusts and relatively clear skies today. And so the 2019 season osprey nesting season begins along White Creek DE.
Returned home Sunday Oct. 21st and did not see any osprey. There was a first frost over the weekend and so I assume the osprey has flown south. The season has now officially come to an end. The eagles are now front and center and a large group of brant are on the creek soon to be followed by buffleheads, grebes and the rest of our winter birds. And so it goes...
The past 2 days the osprey is still hanging around his nest area. yesterday he was loafing on the old dock for a good part of the afternoon and I heard him calling and this morning at 9 am he was on the old dock finishing a fish, then he flew to the waters edge and cleaned his bill and walked around in the shallows a bit, then flew over my house heading east.At about 4 pm I heard an osprey calling from the vicinity of a wooded area near where he often flies to. I am only assuming it is our same adult male by his behavior. i see hawk watch at Cape Henlopen is still counting migrating osprey and the weather, though turning cooler, is still nice and the passing osprey i see often have fish so whats the hurry to head south! I will be away for the weekend so will be curious to see if he is still here next monday Oct. 22.
Well, it seems our guy is still in town! I got a report he was at his nest on 10-14. I didn't see him but then yesterday, 10-15, I saw an adult male flying over our house, he was carrying a nice size fish and he headed for the wood area that "he" has been using as a dining hall this fall. I couldn't be 100% certain it was him but I felt it was.... and then today there he was!, perched for hours on the old dock, in exactly the corner spot he treasures. The house closest to his nest is getting a new roof this week so he is using the old dock for privacy as he has done all season whenever it is necessary. I know I have never noted an adult male osprey remaining this late in October but then I could easily just miss seeing them. So this may not be anything unusual, or this may be a sign of some change in migration timing, or this adult male is ill. I doubt he is ill as he is fishing, perching, flying and looking very healthy. Time will tell. This is the cool thing about observing a bird so intimately for entire nesting seasons.
hi 64, WNW 2 mph at 9AM, no sighting today. I believe he has started his migration. Godspeed beautiful bird. While "docenting" nearby at the James Farm Eco preserve one juvenile female osprey was fishing over the cove and one adult bald eagle watched from the trees. the osprey later perched on a branch and let out a soft warning call that she had seen the eagle. one osprey flew past traveling south. the season is waning and may be my last to monitor large numbers of osprey. it has been an enriching 6 years.
WNW 5 mph shifting to NNW 7 mph and gusts over 10, hi of 60 today. morning rain and cloudy today, no sighting....
Hi 65, NW 14 mph wind today with overnight wind gusts over 35 mph. No sighting today. Is he finally southbound?
some rain today, 75, hi of 80 today, S 11mph with gusts, 9 am adult male on dock perch, at sunset with rain off and on today adult male still here, I spotted him on the dock. dduring the day he was on the tall ragged piling near the dock. hurricane michael that hit florida panhandle will be affecting us all night. I expect he will take cover and possibly be southbound tomorrow, i surely hope so.
He is still here! Past 3 days he is usually either on his favorite early morning tall bush top, during the day the dock perch or often at sunset he flies up onto the metal roof of one of the townhomes near his nest platform.. I have seen him fishing but have not seen him eating near the nest but I may have seen him at the nearby James Farm Eco Preserve because I watched him fly over there when another osprey was circling with fish and observed 2 or more osprey eating fish in the trees at the preserve- maybe just for company but it seems he is enjoying his solitude on the creek.He has been very quiet. US FW Pete McGowan tells me there are still a few adult male osprey at Poplar Island in the Chesapeake so the fishing and weather must still be keeping them. Always concerning when hurricanes are hitting the eastern flyway and again this week Hurricane Michael is pounding Florida. We may be getting some rain and colder temps next few days so lets see how long this guy hangs out. This may a record for the osprey I have monitored past 6 years.There have been some staying into October but not 10 days in!
Adult male still here! Again this morning at 9:30 he was on top of the bushy tree facing north and then he took a short flight out over the creek and came back and landed on the branch again but then facing south. As we left on a dinner boat ride he was on the t perch of the nesting platform and 2 hrs later at sunset as we brought our boat into the creek he was back on the dock perch. He has been very quiet past 2 days as there haven't been any visiting ospreys although I have seen a noisy few southbound osprey (possibly migrators) taking fish to go to the trees along the James Farm Eco Preserve beach and that is about 1/2 mile north as the osprey flies so I may even have seen him eating there for company. I do think in years past there have been adult male osprey along the creek for at least the first full week of October so this is not that unusual. But I do hope he leaves before any hurricanes make their way to the US coastline.
Yesterday I was sure the adult male from this nest had flown south but then today at 9:30 am there he was again perched on the top of the bushy tree that is directly in front of my house. It is on the waters edge and affords him quite a nice 360 view of the creek. He has used this tree top for a few years now and only late in the season. At 1:00 pm as I kayaked out my channel he was hanging out on the a tree where many remaining egrets and herons are now perching. Maybe he wanted company. When he saw me he launched into the air and headed north toward the inlet. Later he was back at the dock perch.
The adult male is officially here 7 months today, just like 2017. This morning at 8 am he was on the dock perch then flew up to the town home roof, at 10:45 he was back on the dock perch, and again between 5-6 pm, during my boat ride past the nest territory, he was first on the dock perch and I heard him offer a raucous hello and sure enough another osprey arrived from the south east so he flew up to meet the passerby and they flew in a kettle for about 5 minutes directly over the nest area then they flew together to pasture point cove, about 1/2 mile north and he then escorted the visitor NE for a short way toward the inlet before he turned back and headed to the dock perch. Upon my return he flew up to the top of the town home roof, his new favorite evening spot. No doubt he gets a great view from such a high vantage point. Otherwise the 4 story town homes block his view to the east. About 45 minutes later, just at sunset, I saw him fly in from the beach and head down to the dock perch again. Its interesting to see him all alone on the creek. Everyday I expect to be his last day for the season but each day he is still enjoying the solitude- altho he sure isnt alone, there are still a few terns, many cormorants, the resident great blue herons, 2 yellow cap herons, and numerous snowy, green and great egrets, not to mention the returning bald eagles to keep him entertained all day. And he really does just loaf at the dock perch. Guess this is what the wintering osprey do, no need to travel to SA to see their routine!
9-28, 4:30 pm adult male with fish on dock perch. 9-29,7 pm adult male on dock perch. 9-30, sunset, adult male on favorite bush that overlooks our channel then he flew to his perch on the dock. 10-1, 11:30 am adult male on the nest with a large amount of dried material, obviously fixing the nest for fall migration, at sunset he was on the nest platform perch and then flew to the dock perch. 10-2, 2:30 pm adult male on dock perch and then he flew "up river" westerly direction and at sunset back on the dock perch. 10-3, 9:00 am adult male on dock perch then flew out to mouth of the marina and was fishing for a short time then back to the dock perch. At 5:00 pm he was on the old dock (facing the direction of the nest where the other remaining male had been but that male left 9-28) and at 6 pm back to his dock perch. The dock perch was built especially for him so that he would not perch on the boat and it has been very successful in keeping his poo contained. The 3 fledgings used the perch also as did the adult female on rare occasions. This adult male arrived 3-4-18. Just like last season he has remained on the creek, at his nest site for 7 months out of the year. He surely loves White Creek and I love seeing him as I walk, paddle or boat past his perch. I hear him calling softly off and on each day. he is the remaining osprey of the 2018 season. He makes me smile. I will monitor him until he is no longer at the nest. I guess he will leave in next 2 days, if past seasons are an indication of his migration pattern. Since he arrives so early and leaves so late, perhaps he over winters in the Caribbean or in the northern area of SA, or is a rare migrating winter resident of FLA? Its fun to create a story for him. This is his 7th season at the Sandy Cove location and so he is at least 9 years old. I hope to see him again in 2019.
adult male back on his favorite dock perch at 6 pm this evening. softly calling to the pine needle male nearby
i paddled out into the creek at sunset and saw sandy cove adult male osprey perched on the dock perch that was built for him a few years ago. he loves his perch and appeared to be facing the other remaining osprey male that was perched on top of a tall bush along our canal. a paddle boarder flushed this male and he flew up to the closest town home roof where he remained past dark. he was still looking at the pine needle osprey male. I was happy i paddled out because i did hear some osprey today but would not have seen him had i not gotten out on the water.
off and on, adult male still at the nest area. today around noon and then just before sunset he was on the specially designed osprey perch on the dock across from his nest. i hope he stays into october but they do plan dock work sometime very soon and his perch will be destroyed for a boat lift. we hope to design something new for him for next season.
adult male is still coming around, perching either on the new dock perch, or the short bush he loves so much late in the season. but he is allusive now and only seen early in the morning or late evening.
adult male is still guarding his territory, i see him daily, eating or perching on various spots near the nest, he has moved over to his favorite bushy tree top closer toward the stray male on the old dock, this is what he has done for the past few seasons. i love seeing him at sunset perched on the bush, surveying the creek.
8:30 am, one juvenile on nest, adult male on favorite dock perch
one fledgling perched on the nest past couple of days, appears to be female, she was there at 8:30 am today,she cries a little and the adult male is still around although he has been at the old dock instead of the new dock. i have not seen him bring her fish but from past seasons I know he is watching over her.the adult female is gone as are at least 1 of the fledglings, they were born so early, lucky youngsters have a head start.
3 fledge are still using the nest to call for food and rest, today all 3 were in the area with 2 on the nest and one on the dock perch, then the 2 on the nest got into a spat and both flew to opposite jetty pilings. one was crying loudly. i did not see an adult and i do not know if the female is still in town. someone placed a large "no wake" sign on the pole of the platform, directly on the predator guard which negates the predator guard and could give any ground predator a step right up onto the nest.i called the mgr of the community to tell him #1-they just ruined the predator guard #2-the nest and osprey including their platform are protected as long as it is active nest site. I do not believe these 3 youngsters are still using the nest to sleep at night but it is nesting season and the birds are using the nest.
2 fledglings today around 7 pm.one on the jetty and one calling for fish on the nest before a paddleboarder flushed it off and over to the dock perch where the adult male normally perches, did not see the third fledgling or the parents this evening but there was much human activity near the nest.
2:30 today during intermittent heavy rains and E 18 mph winds with gusts I checked this family and all 3 fledglings were present with one on the old jetty, one on the dock perch with the adult male perched right next to it and one on the nest calling for fish. have not seen the adult female in a day or 2 and wonder how long now she will stay. she has been here since february and her chicks are now flying for about 18 days. i hope she sticks around into middle of august but lately she has mostly been perching in the old half dead tree that she has preferred for a number of years. she lets her mate do all the work of fishing for the kids. she raised her brood.
86, sun, clouds occasional rain showers, SSE 9 mph. All 3 chicks on nest this morning after night of heavy fireworks. then a huge downpour around 9 am and one chick flew to a pole, then when it tried to fly to the nest it fell into the water but was able to fly out of the water and got itself onto a dock where it dried out a little before flying back to the nest. later 2 fledglings on the dock with one chick possibly not flying yet. this group seems to be slow learners or maybe I am just not remembering from season to season how hard it is for osprey young to learn their flying craft.
around 3 pm the nest was empty! all 3 had flown and 2 were sitting on the nearby dock with one on the tall pole. momma was flying overhead calling to the 3 to be sure they were ok i guess...then at 7 pm I decided to check the 3 before sunset and more excitement- 2 were on the nest with momma, and one was on dad's fave dock perch ( no dad in site), this little one decided to jump up on the piling cover that is rubber and very pointy and of course he couldnt grab that cover but it didnt worry him as he simply took off and did a few turns over the nest and then dipped down to the water and "play fished' by touching his fett into the water 3 times then returning to the dock perch. so fun to watch this new flyer already trying his hand at fishing! he looked like he was showing off for his mom and siblings at the nest.
at least 2 chicks flying, probably one still reticent, more than likely the largest female. saw one take his part of a fish to the pole to eat in peace, ah freedom!
Finally I have a confirmed Flyer! Been watching for the past few days, all 3 young were active on the nest but no one including me saw a flight although I do suspect one probably flew briefly before today. This evening I drove past the nest in the boat,about 5:15, all 3 were on the nest with mom and the adult male was on his guard perch on the dock next door, and then I went back out on the SUP and from my channel I saw the obvious outline of a fledgling on a tall scraggly piling near the nest, the piling is always a favorite of fledglings every season and there it was, all hunched over staring into the water below. I paddled over as fast as I could and I watched for about 30 minutes as mom flew over and back and forth to the nest sometimes getting seaweed, sometimes a branch and then dad took a fish to the nest right by the fledgling and then dad flew off for more fish and mom went to her guard tree all the while the fledgling was flapping its wings and re-positioning on the piling until finally it lifted off, banked right and made a perfect flight landing back onto the nest. hmmm, I think it might have flown before but it was still the thrill I wait for and work for every osprey season. My first flyer of over 35 nests. Happy evening!
3 very large chicks on the nest today and I checked them 3 times as it is time to fly. No wingersizing seen today either. The barge was moved away and then back for overnight. Lots of workers around and that may be keeping the chicks down in the nest. appears to be at least one male and one female chick in the nest. adult female has been spending time on the old knarly tree this adult pair loves so much late in each season. with such big chicks its quite a full nest when both adults are on it.
6-22-18 a large barge parked at the platform- again. the homeowner of the closest condo was very upset so they were asked to move the barge and they only moved it about 5 feet away. the chicks are quite large, 2 are wingercizing. the fear of course is they will be flushed off the nest before they are ready. there is only water under them. today the female was flushed off the nest repeatedly by boats, kayaks, and 2 boys fishing way too close. she was clacking loudly and circling the platform for most of the afternoon. we were out in the creek on SUP and kayak and could hear and see her from quite a distance.i am praying the 3 chicks fledge soon. there will be work done in the marina all this coming week with probable disturbance at the nest site. fingers crossed for the chicks safety.
The chicks look like they want to fledge but they have a few weeks to go. They are very well cared for and so far not too much disturbance from the locals altho sunset is a tough time as people will sit near the nest and the female gets very stressed flying around with the fish she wants to feed her young. dad just sits on his guard perch and watches.
3 growing chicks flapping around low in the nest today, wings stretching up at all angles!
2 growing chicks visible today during feedings, have not seen third chick in about 1 week but nest material is very high so I hope I just am not able to see the third.
the male is bringing is large fish and the female is very busy feeding and shading and so far the increasing boat and jet ski activity hasnt caused them much stress. last few days i have seen just 2 chicks heads
male on the nest rim with the female in the nest bowl clearly feeding 3 growing chicks, one appears quite a bit larger and more active. they look to have some feathers now
everything seemed to be going well and i was happy that this pair has not been bothered and their chicks should be able to handle the coming weekend disturbance with almost 3 week old chicks being able to thermoregulate on their own... i hope i hope... but today a large barge was parked at the nest so that the bulkhead company could begin placing boat lifts in the marina, the crew was using a plank up onto the bulkhead area of the nest platform to get off and on the barge. the female was feeding when i arrived but she was flushed off the nest when the crew took the barge about 100 feet into the marina, then she flew around a few times and landed back on the nest. she was loudly warning them and the ospr male remained on the nextdoor dock perch. I did talk to the homeowners mgr and he asked they not dock at the nest. Just before sunset the female was laying deep in the nest and the workers appeared to be leaving the barge further into the marina for the night so i think they got the message.. hoping with rain coming tmr that they wont flush her off the nest, she is so close to having chicks old enough to deal with people swarming her nest area.
6 pm today I watched the male take a fish to the nest and the female began feeding. I saw 2 heads pop up! My first osprey chick sighting for the 2018 nesting season! There may be more chick (s) but 2 were clearly visible this evening. beautiful warm clear evening and no rain, finally.
17 days since first signs of chick hatching and so far the pair is still at the nest even with the extreme rains for 7 days and more to come. I cant see any chicks but the female appears to be hunched over them and I do see feeding behavior. if the rains would stop i could spend some time watching for some little noodle heads to appear over the nest rim!
yesterday the male stood by on the nest rim as the female got up and down from the nest bowl about 3 times, then she was messing under her chest but I didn't confirm feeding behavior. Today at 11:30 I arrived to see the male once again standing on the nest rim but this time the female was feeding chick(s)!!! I think most likely all of the chicks are now hatched and hope in about a week I can count heads.
This morning I observed this pair for over 30 minutes and sensed hatching might occur very soon. The male was off and on the platform, perching up on the high t perch and the female was very chatty and they were looking into the nest when the female would get up and re-position herself on the eggs. This evening I went back just before sunset and watched the male bring in a fish and sit on the favored dock perch, eat the head and then take the rest over to the nest. The female flew off with the fish and the male got down into the nest but very briefly. The female flew around twice with the fish and it seemed she would go to the dock perch but went back to the nest. The male got up onto the high t perch again and she began to eat in the nest. She seemed ravenous, eating very fast and then she stopped and dropped her head deep in the nest ever so gently. She did this a few times as she continued to eat. Then she delicately postioned herself down into the nest once more as the male watched intently the entire time. He did not leave the nest. I had to leave as the bugs were biting badly but so exciting to watch the first chick feeding of the season so I sure didn't mind some bug bites! Can not wait to check again in the morning. We are supposed to get a few days of rain but hopefully not heavy downpours as that can be very hard on hatchlings.
4-23-18 the boat lift construction began on a boat slip 5 slips from the nesting platform. there are at least 4-5 workers very close to the nest but so far I have not seen disturbance that has caused harm to the nesting pairs ability to incubate but I do not observe the nest more than a few minutes a couple times each day.
the pair is still doing very well at this sometimes busy location. there is work going on at the town home closest to the platform but the female is so deep in the nest she doesn't seem to let it bother her. However there is a float ready to be placed into the marina for boatlift installation construction and I am praying it wont be too close to the nesting platform to disturb her. The ospreys are 3 weeks into incubating their eggs. The life of an osprey monitor can sure be stressful.
one incubating with one enjoying the dock perch
one incubating with one enjoying the dock perch
so far so good with this pair peacefully incubating. expect hatchlings some time first week of may
everything appears to be going well for the pair, incubating quietly with no signs of disturbance.
The ospreys have been incubating since 3-30-18 but I wanted to be certain because sometimes the osprey will lay low in the nest before they are incubating and its usually when it very windy and its always the female. But this pair is definitely on eggs and they were the first to arrive this season so it makes sense they are the first to incubate.
Another day of intense winds, out of the WNW 20 mph with gusts above 35 mph, some sun and clouds, 44 temp. The female has been staying on the nest and male is directly across the marina channel perched on the edge of the bulkhead where he gets a windbreak from the high grasses. There has been a bulkhead company working on the boat docks and that flushes the pair onto nearby platforms. This morning they were on CM9 for a short time, apparently one was eating.I watched 2 eagle osprey battles this morning, both times it was an immature eagle with at least 5 osprey capping the eagle and they kept if from stealing one ospreys fish. Had it been the mature eagle the fish would have been his! But it was cool to see so many osprey have arrived and are in full offensive mode for the colony.
Another day of getting wind whipped on White Creek. It is just brutal outside with 20 mph and up west winds pummeling the marsh. The Sandy Cove osprey are taking it in stride and offering me another great opportunity to intimately watch osprey behavior without the rest of the colony at nest sites. The pair seems to follow a regular routine of the female staying on the nest as much as possible even in the crazy wind and the male takes shelter, if you can call it that, on the downwind side of a low bushy shrub line along the edge of our marsh. He sits on a horizontal branch of a downed snag, about 4 feet above the swampy marsh, facing the wind. I believe he is somewhat in hearing distance of the female on the nest but not in sigh tline of it. He spent at least 3 hours on the branch mid day. Around 3:30 pm I saw him launch into the air and fly over to the nearest nest platform, "Pine Needle", and there was his mate also on the platform. Both braced into the fierce wind for about 20 minutes until he flew off in the easterly direction of the Salt Pond or the ocean whatever the destination might be. She stood on the nest, on guard, in the stance an osprey will take when they are not actually on their "own" nest but enjoying the view from some other birds perch, and after the wind just slammed her silly for awhile she lifted off and got tossed around finally flying in the same direction as her mate had flown. I was at my desk in front of the windows, still watching a webinar 30 minutes later, when the male came back with a small fish and it was funny to see him flyin, highover the Pine Needle nest (again this aint his usual nest,) and strut his stuff doing the fish dance hoping to impress his mate and finally he realized she was no longer on that nest platform so off he went toward his true nest site only to run into the bald eagle heading toward his nesting mate across the creek at the Bethany Forest eagle nest! The osprey quickly flew down to the 4x4 pole in our marsh where he has been enjoying his meals and the eagle just continued on to his nest area. I have seen this happen twice this week...the eagles do not engage with this pair of osprey or attempt to steal their fish...hmmm? I wonder if its just too early, no eaglets to feed -yet- and the bald eagles are not hungry or interested in the smaller fish the osprey have currently been getting..I do not know.. but it is very interesting. The male osprey took just a few minutes to finish his fish, scraped his bill on top of the pole a few times to clean the fish scales off, then flew over to the beach and dipped his talons at the edge of the water to clean up a bit more and the last I saw him he was enroute to HIS nest area at Sandy Cove. Just a great day to enjoy the early birds!
Both osprey are quietly staying on or near the nest most of each day even during the nor'easters. Today we had yet another day of extreme weather and high tides following last nights storm. Temps were 36, clouds with WNW 20 mph winds gusting up to 40 mph all day long. the osprey pair, mostly I presume the male, spent the day off and on a downed snag on the downwind edge of a bushy marsh line, out of the wind and keeping an eye on all the other ducks, geese and herons that were enjoying the high water in the marsh directly in front of my house.I left to do errands around 12;30 and the female was on the nest bracing against the wind while the male flew off towards the Salt Pond. At 4 pm I watched the male on a pole in our marsh. He had a large fish, he ate the head, small part of the body and then flew towards the nest most likely to deliver as a gift to his mate. It has been interesting watching this pairs behavior when no other osprey are on the creek. They seem to enjoy all the open territory and are getting enough to eat although some days I see one fly by with small fish. The nest area is quiet of people so they have had no human disturbance but the community is growing with more town homes built this winter.
Both osprey on nest at noon today. Female (definitely the first to arrive as she is the dark one with slight necklace) was on t perch and male (no necklace, smaller and much lighter feathers) was in the nest. They were very quiet, just perched-both facing south. Weather was 43, E 8mph winds that have shifted to ESE 9 mph with a storm approaching. No other osprey seen or heard along the creek today.
Following a massive nor'easter storm I went to check on the single osprey at this nest and on my way down the road an osprey was sitting in a tree and gave a soft call and flew to the Sandy Cove nest. A second osprey was already on the nest. Hard to believe any bird would be migrating north into the NW20 mph wind with wind gusts over 30 mph today but indeed there was the pair perched together on the nest! This is their second year to be first to arrive to White Creek. Tough birds they are!
I have continued to see the lone early arriving osprey on the nest at Sandy Cove. It appears to be a female, as it is very dark and has a medium necklace but I recall last season the 2 birds were difficult to tell apart unless they were together or deeper into the season when the male took on a bleached feather look.I have seen the osprey flying past my home and gathering nest material and fishing in the creek on the warmer sunnier days. Yesterday- 3-1-18- I checked on it since we are now getting a very heavy nor'easter today and I will see how it makes it thru the storm. We have heavy rain, winds gusting out of the NW up to 50 mph and coastal flooding. The other species of birds I can see from my home are all staying on or low to the ground.Or they fly into the safety of downwind tree branches.I am glad we dont have more ospreys here-yet!
I have seen the osprey at the nest everyday except 2-23-18. I saw the bird with a fish on the t perch of nearby platform CM7 2-22-18 when workers were close to the sandy cove nest. Today the bird was on the nest in dense fog and an immature eagle was on the t perch of CM7 platform. They appeared to be having a faceoff.
one osprey is at the nest site, can not tell if it is male or female until second osprey arrives. it is very quiet since no other osprey are in the area. it flew off the nest and was fishing over the creek today, 72, sunny winds SW19 mph
I have been waiting for these osprey to arrive since they were so early last year and received a phone call today from the homeowner that an osprey was on the nest this afternoon. With high south winds and a beautiful balmy day for February I am not surprised one of the pair flew in early again this season but it IS a week earlier than last years record arrival date...let's see if this is a trend for 2018. I will try to confirm at sunset or early tomorrow morn.
9-29-17 I was amazed to see the adult male from Sandy Cove nest site back at his favorite perch on the dock near the platform. it is a unique special design osprey perch that only these osprey use so I am 99 % certain this is the male remaining at the location and not a migrating osprey. if it is he has been here 7 months as I first saw him Feb. 26. He loves this place:) Today I did not see him but it was a very windy cool day- 66, WNW winds at 22 mph. good day to fly. I had a very busy 2017 osprey season. I began monitoring 50 nests sites. 6 nest sites were not active due to geese (1), no osprey adults using the nest (4) nest down from winter storm (1), 1 osprey pair did not incubate, leaving 43 active nesting pairs with a total of 78 chicks counted. 14 nests sites then failed (19 chicks died) with a final total of 29 productive nesting pairs at the end of the season and 59 chicks fledged from those nests for a nest average of 2.03 chicks per nest.
9-25-17 3:30 pm boat ride- surprised to see and adult male perched on the pine branch that sandy cove male always uses.. I think some males are still returning to nest sites to guard them
update today at noon the adult male was on the nest T perch and had brought a fresh pine branch to the nest! he spent most of the afternoon sitting at the nest.
I saw the adult male at the nest area on August 8 and then saw no osprey until Sept 8.. a full month later and the adult male returned and was perching back on his favorite dock perch early mornings and at sunset. He must have taken quite en extended trip around the Delmarva peninsula! Yesterday I saw an adult male that I can not be 100 % certain belongs at the Sandy Cove area but he was on the nearby gazebo and hanging out at the dock. I will assume it is time for a trip south very soon and close this nest data for the 2017 season. It was a very successful and stress free season for this pair that was the first to arrive in Feb. A record for me. Godspeed beautiful birds. fly around the hurricanes. Make good choices until 2018!
One fledgling often seen on the nest calling for fish, sometimes it is perched in the nearby dying pine tree. The adult male makes an appearance mostly when the fledgling is not in attendance but today I saw and heard the fledgling crying for fish and then saw an osprey skim in low over the water and seemed to be heading away from the nest when suddenly it veered right and dropped a huge fish on the nest for the crying youngster. Dads are amazing eh?:)
one fledgling still visiting the platform and bringing fish to the dock pilings. the adult male is still on the tree at sunset.
just one fledgling on the pole near the nest. saw many flying overhead and singing the fish song but no others at nest site when I was present.
both adults still at nest site, both bring fish. the fledged young are often on the pilings and today I watched one practice diving into the water as the 2 adults were perched on the dock pier apparently watching the progress. the young osprey got deepr subemerged into the water with each dive, until his wings were under the water. he was able to propel himself up out of the water and into the air but rested after about 6 dives. I wonder how many young osprey succumb to exhaustion while learning to fish? all 3 young from this early nest are very dark in color now and much harder for me to pick out who is who. I assume the adult female will migrate soon as she has been here since Feb. 26th if not before!
Today all 3 fledglings were perched on jetty pilings staring into the water. One adult was also on a piling with them. At sunset all 3 back on the nest with one eating and the adult female at the nest. This pair arrived so early in the spring I expect the female to be gone early also.
male brought a fish to nest and female took it and flew over the nest a number of times as if to tease the 3 large chicks. eventually she landed and had some fish and then fed one chick but mostly she ate. the chicks are flapping like crazy and the winds are high, hope none fledges early.
3 chicks very active today
All 3 chicks are growing and appear very healthy. The female is at the nest except to get nest material and the male continues to sit on the nearby dock perch built just for him. The community has been very respectful of the osprey family. I expect, if everything goes well, that the chicks should fledge around July 4th.
female feeding one small chick while 2 larger chicks popping their heads up at opposite end of the nest.
jet ski came right up to the nest today and the man actually stood p on his jet ski and hovered right at the platform until the female, who was feeding chicks, flew off the nest. argh. but she came back and so did the male and I was able to see 2 growing chicks as mom was feeding them. hoping to see 3 chicks again soon
the pair is spending much time together on the nest, feeding and protecting the chicks from heavy rains. there is a jet ski parked super close to the nest but so far the pair is handling disturbance ok
I observed the nest at 8:00 this morning before the heat arrived. The male brought a fish and remained at the edge of the nest while the female ate and fed what seemed to be 3 chicks by the positioning of her dipping head but could not be certain at this early date. Then at sunset I returned and once again the male brought a fish and remained at the nest edge as the female ate and fed...3 chicks visible pooping their tiny heads up above the nest material! there could of course be 4 hatchlings but I clearly saw the 3. one was smaller and sitting further back from the 2 larger chicks. After the female finished eating and fedding both adults fussed into the nest a few minutes and then the male flew off to a pier with the remainder of the fish. guess it was one big fish or perhaps he is just a very skilled and good provider! early in osprey hatchlings lives I do see the male come with a complete fish. later as the chicks grow I often see the male bring a fish, sit nearby, eat the head and then give the female the rest to share. this was such a warm day I was thankful the community and marina are still quiet giving these little chicks time to grow. but alas a barge is now parked about 50 feet from the nest platform and the bulkhead company will be putting a boat lift in all day tmr. I can only hope they do not cause the adults to remain off the nest in the second day of 90 plus temps. it is always something in osprey world.
at sunset today I watched the male bring female a fish, he stayed on the edge of the nest while she ate and fed what appeared to be at least 2 hatchlings by the motions of her head dipping deep in the nest but of course I have no idea, yet anyway. the nearby seasonal homeowners do have a vantage point from their third floor so hoping when they come for holiday they can see the chicks:) it was beautiful to watch the feeding tonight, the female didn't feed long and then she settled back down deep into the nest and the male sat on the corner perch. gorgeous seen as the sunset down river
I observed feeding behavior past 2 days. male is very busy bringing fish and staying at nest while female feeds.
During brief break in heavy rains I checked nest and female was deep in nest with mate on platform perch. I will check tomorrow during clear skies and warming temps to confirm normal nesting activity.
last evening I observed the female in the nest with the male coming and going. she was very fussy, looking down into the nest and moving nest material etc. I was pretty certain a chick had hatched but decided to go back today and sure enough she was up off the nest, fussing in the nest and then the male brought fish and she was feeding chicks! he left and came back in about 30 minutes with more fish.this may be the earliest clutch hatching in my years of monitoring, but it makes sense since this pair arrived feb. 26th, also a record for me!
This pair on a busy summer season marina bulkhead are doing very well. the community has not yet been crowded but end of May craziness is approaching. I am hoping we see chick feeding behavior before the weekend of May 13th. This will give the tiny chicks very precious time to be sheltered before the crowds descend for Memorial Day weekend.
incubation continues except I did witness the female flushed off the nest today when a man was walking his dog at the nest area. I believe dogs are the biggest stressor to osprey, more so than people. I don't understand why people insist on walking their dogs right up to an osprey platform.
the male loves the perch a man placed on the nearby dock and neither osprey seems bothered by the kayakers going by, at least not yet!
just before sunset both osprey on the nest, male on the perch and female deep in the nest incubating. happy to see this since it seems a few other nearby pairs are off their eggs.
the homeowner closest to this nest had a large group staying at their home but so far the osprey are still incubating:)
female still in the nest incubating, as far as this morning , prior to the huge storm that just moved through the area. I will check her later this day.
I continued to watch the females behavior and yes she was incubating! not surprised as they have been here for over a month! but this may be a record for me in the 5 years I have monitored!
This pair is doing well. they have built the nest up nicely and don't seem to have any territorial issues with other osprey down the creek. A few times I thought the female was incubating but then next visit she was up on the perch. We have had high winds and the females do sometimes get very low in the nest. I expect this pair to incubate early but so far I cant confirm egg laying.
both birds coming and going with the female spending the most time on the nest and the male spending most time on the bulkhead across channel from platform. They are making short visits to nearby empty platforms
female very busy in the nest on this extremely windy day. male on bulkhead just across the channel. I wont be surprised if she isn't incubating eggs soon.
Both osprey back on the t-perch, facing opposite directions. I flushed them off as I kayaked past with signs the community asked me to place on the nearby bulkhead. Stay Back Signs help a little thorughout the summer crush of people, but this pair does have a rough go, the community keeps building more town homes and more rental people coming and going so the ospreys are under seige all summer.Life on White Creek 2017
Today the male osprey has been spending time on a downed snag in the marsh outside my window. Still no signs of any nearby osprey and very quiet..no osprey calls yet.
At 4pm I check on the pair and they are both perhced on the tall nest T-perch, facing opposite directions...I need a good camera:)
The storm arrived the evening of Mar. 13. Very intense Nor'easter with winds 25-40 mph and gusts 50 mph, temps from 35 dipping into the low 20's, rain, overcast skies and med to poor vis. No osprey on the nest Mar. 14. Mar.15 still no osprey on the nest but at 1:45 pm a single osprey appears on the nearby Pine Needle nest just outside my windows , it sits facing into the driving wind and storm conditions..and after about 15 minutes it flies away from the nesting areas to a stand of loblolly pines and I watch as it attempts 3 times to land on the back side and deep in the pine tree.It finally is successful. So this is where it is sitting out the storm! Mar. 16 the storm and extreme winds continue..no sign of the Sandy Cove birds today..Mar. 17 the sun returns and the winds are WNW 9 mph. both Sandy Cove osprey are back at the nest! they made it through that insane storm. Mar. 18 the female holds court on the nest but no sign of incubating..it will be interesting to see if they start very early or wait till more local osprey arrive.
March 8th, noon, both osprey observed-1 on dock and 1 on nest. March 11 just one osprey on the nest on a very cold windy day. Today with a storm approaching I checked the nest first at 3 pm and the female osprey was sitting in the nest, the male not around. At sunset 7pm I see both adults on the T-perch of the nesting platform. Both were huddled close together and facing into the cold north winds. We are expecting a nor'easter with 50 mph winds and snow changing to rain by tomorrow morning. I will keep an eye on this first to arrive osprey pair throughout the week. Still no other ospreys on White's Creek.
No other osprey have shown up along White Creek where I have monitored the past 4 years. The "colony" nesting area is still very quiet of activity except for the Bethany Forest adolescent eagle pair that likes to visit the empty osprey nesting platforms. Mar.2 I saw both Sandy Cove osprey off and on the nest. Mar. 3 I checked the nest at sunset and did not see the birds on the nest but it was extremely windy and turning colder so they may be taking some jaunts southward for fishing...Mar. 4 I saw the adult male perched on a wood pole in the marsh opposite the front of my house. It was super windy and he just sat on the pole for an hour or so. He was very scruffy looking, feathers puffed up. After an hour he launched over the marsh and headed to his nest site at Sandy Cove community. Today I checked the osprey at 10:00 and the male was once again on my friends dock and the female was standing in the nest. As I walked along the nearby bay trail the male osprey flew over to the nest. Both osprey are quiet, no vocalizations, but that should change as soon as a few of their peers arrive:) It seems they are getting enough fish as they aren't spending much time away from the nest. I have seen them flying over the creek next to my house, they follow the channel and hover looking for fish. I have seen them eating on the nest and on the dock.
9:30 am I checked the nest site to be certain the pair was actually the pair bonded to the nest site. Still amazed at the early arrival of both birds! But again at 9:30 I see both osprey. The female (brown necklace, slighter darker larger of the tow birds) was perched on the nest t-perch and as I approached from my friends yard I saw the male ( clean white chest)standing on friend's dock and the male flew directly over to the nest, briefly mounts the female then lands on the nest. the females behavior is accepting and calm. I am pretty darn certain this pair belongs on this nest, no matter the early arrival date!
Both adult osprey on nest today. A few days ago I saw an osprey flying in the vicinity of the nest but did not see any activity on the nest. Today at 1:45 I saw an osprey on the dock next to the nest. The osprey was eating a fish. I decided to check the nest site just before sunset and arrived to see one osprey on the nest perch and then the second bird flew onto the nest. It appears to be a male and female and I can only assume the same birds from 2016 due to their comfort in my dog and my presence on the nearby bay beach. The female remained perched on the nest perch and the male started clearing the nest of clam shells left from the resident winter gulls. In the past 5 years this is the earliest date I have seen an osprey pair along White's Creek. The first solitary bird of 2016 arrived to nest #6005 (very close to this nest) about Feb. 16, 2016. I have not seen any other ospreys in the area until today. Its is not too surprising now though with the recent strong southerly winds and warm weather. Let's see when the nest "spreys" arrive on the creek.
The last day: The past few days I saw the adult male either on his early morning shrub bush or surveying the creek from his high pine perch. This evening after 5pm I checked the creek via my boat and about 5 adult males were at their known guarding perches- Sandy Cove male was one of the remaining guys! This was the last night I saw the adult male from Sandy Cove. A few other nearby adult males remained toward the end of September but with the continuing strong N winds most of the White Creek ospreys were on the wind toward their wintering grounds. My hopes are they made the journey safely and missed the hurricane season. I have monitored numerous osprey nesting sites the past 4 years but the ospreys at Sandy Cove and Pine Needle (#6039) hold a special significance for me. I grew up on these waters and marshes, clamming, crabbing, fishing, swimming and camping. I see the extreme pressures on the environment, including the ospreys, every year. The quiet creek is now a constant roar, a water freeway of sorts during the summer months. As the state of Delaware allows for non stop high density development at waters edge I witness the wildlife and marsh being directly affected by the jet ski's, high horse-powered boat engines and general lack of respect for water craft regulations. The marsh continues to break up creating wider yet shallower channels, the terrapin turtles are fewer and the osprey who have nested along or over the water ways are increasingly stressed to the point of abandoning their young. I see this with my own eyes and data. I can only hope people learn to respect the osprey and inland bays and appreciate how much they enhance our world.
The sun had just set as I drove my boat past the Sandy Cove dock and out of the corner of my eye I see the adult male making a beeline for his high perch in the pine tree. He had a large fish.
Boat ride out past the old dock- one stray (possibly sub-adult) sitting on the old dock. This is a normal occurrence though out the season as the old dock attracts numerous osprey to dine or attempt nesting. The local birds chase them off until the fledglings are gone, then they look the other way. And on this day the adult male from Sandy Cove was perched on his nearby low shrub bush just watching the interloper, while the Pine Needle adult male watched from his high snag branch.
This morning as I walked the trail to the old dock I saw the adult male sitting on a broken down jetty next to the new dock. he took off at the sight of me and did a low fly over his nest and then out towards the ocean.
Just before sunset as I returned from a boat ride I saw the adult male perched on his high pine tree branch. The high pine is used all season by the osprey family. Now it is just the adult male remaining to guard his marina platform.
Again today I saw both the adult males from Pine Needle and Sandy Cove platforms perched in the low shrub bushes they enjoy late season. The bushes are right along the waters edge.
The last sighting of the remaining female osprey fledgling was on 8/31/16. She may have been around and using the new dock perch but with the homeowners in town during this period she would have relocated except for night time. Today is the first day I have seen the adult male since the end of August. He was sitting on the low shrub bush near the Sandy Cove dock. The adult male from Pine Needle was sitting in another shrub bush. These 2 males tend to move to this location once the fledglings and other local osprey move out. They tend to sit in this area early morning and before sunset.
Today is the last day of August and the past week I have checked this nest site a few times each day and I see the same two birds- the adult male and a fledgling that appears to be female because of her dark brown necklace. The adult spends most of his time on a low bushy tree near the water and then at sunset he occasionally moves over to a favorite snag. The fledgling is usually on the nest early morning and cries for fish but later in the day I see it perched on a new dock perch a man made for the ospreys. Often it has a fish. I have not seen the adult male bring a fish to the fledgling but I have seen the fledgling fly in with a fish. Most likely the adult steps up when necessary as that is the behavior I notice later in the season and once the adult female is gone. So this site is becoming so quiet now with most of the family gone.
Time has passed but I have continued to monitor this nest site throughout a very busy time rehoming chicks at 2 other nest sites. I do believe the adult female has moved out to her wintering grounds as I have not confirmed her presence since 7-31-16. Surely she has been here but with the people walking past the adults favorite guard tree and her need to stay clear of screaming fledglings there has been no sighting. The adult male has been present almost every time I check the area. I would guess the adult female gone by 8-16-16. This guess is based on past seasons data. Most females stick around for approximately one month after the chicks fledge, but only if the nesting began at a normal time and not a re-nest late in the season. As for the fledglings I have not seen 3 at one time for a few weeks and this is a good sign. Usually some are much faster at learning the art of fishing. I often see the female fledglings lingering the longest. This sprey family now has a new perch on a dock next to their platform and each day I have seen one fledgling enjoying a fish on it. the man who owns the dock got tired of osprey perching and fouling on his boat awning so I recommended a wood perch on the end piling and voila!, it is a big hit:) But alas- I can feel the 2016 osprey season winding down. This has been my busiest season of the past 4 years with over 20 active nest sites to monitor. My passion is observing osprey behavior and I can truly say the more I learn the more I realize this species will always surprise me. As I sit here with my door open onto the creek marsh of a colony of 8 osprey nest sites my office room is filled with the dulcimer tones of osprey vocals. There is nothing more joyful than those sounds. And right now I am pretty sure those songs are coming from the many osprey fledglings still enjoying the camaraderie of their parents and newfound friends. Godspeed to them that they return in 2018!
A lot of action here today. One fledgling walked into the water at low tide and began dipping it's head under the water and walking around in the shallows. the other fledglings hung out in the tree and on the jetty and eventually I was able to confirm both adults still tending their babes. It is getting harder to find the adult female, no doubt she has a new quiet spot elsewhere to stay out of the fray.
2 fledglings on the nest and both are eating. both adults are over on their favorite tree. I guess they both shared their catch with their young. Do not see the third fledgling today.
I kayak out in front of the marina to watch the family dynamic as it has moved to a nearby pine tree just as it has every season. The tree has some dead branches that allows for the adults to perch and watch the youngsters as they learn to fish from the nearby dilapidated jetties. Sometimes at low tide they just stand at waters edge looking down at the minnows swimming around them. Today 2 fledglings begin on the nest but quickly fly off for a game of chase.
An empty nest today! Exciting to see them all off the nest and sitting on a nearby jetty staring into the water. Their new lives are just beginning and they can now get away from human disturbance.
The third chick fledged late in the afternoon. By evening all were back on the nest. This is so great to see the runt catch up and thrive attesting to the abundance of good fishing by the adult male. People at the community have been watching out for the nestlings and educating the renters about keeping away from the nest. I think the sign placement has been beneficial this season also. But there is no doubt that this pair gets a high amount of disturbance from boaters, kayakers, SUP's and sunset watchers. If the same pair survives to nest here the next few seasons they should continue to acclimate to the ever increasing Sandy Cove community. there has been a request for a second platform to be placed in the marsh next to the crabbing dock and I do not think this would be safe for the new osprey pair or this existing pair. Too close to one another and far too close to people on the dock not to mention the high amount of dogs that visit the dock each day.
I still think there are just 2 fledglings on this nest. The third seems quite a bit less active and I have not seen the nest empty of chicks thus far. One always seems to be down in the nest or huddled close to mom. It is the runt of course and so it may take some time to fly. But the other 2 are doing well and able to get away from boat and kayak traffic...finally!!
2 chicks fledged together just after noon today. The adult female has been with holding food and the babes are getting cranky! One returned to the nest when the adult male brought a fish but the second fledgling spent many hours on a nearby piling while the others were then treated to more fish. Adult male did a few fly overs dangling the fish and finally around 6 pm the second fledgling returned to the nest to get a tiny bit of fish! All were on the nest for sunset.
Today I was finally able to count chicks and sadly there are 3 with one a tiny runt. I could see the runt under the adult females chest while she fed the other 2 larger active chicks. They are all quite young but the size difference is shocking and always makes me sad to see. I hope that time will allow the little one to thrive but reality is much harsher. But, I certainly have seen miracles with runts in seasons past, so will keep my thoughts as positive as possible. It will be that much more important to keep people away from the nest so that all the fish the male gets makes it to the family!!
Still quiet at the marina and both adults on the nest with one often on the nearby piling. I see feeding and shading and no disturbance from water recreation thus far.
I checked the nest 4 different times today. I didn't see what I think is feeding behavior until I took the pontoon out and hovered within binocular distance of the nest and sure enough the female was up on the nest rim eating and dipping her head deep in the nest obviously feeding chicks. The male was sitting on his satellite perch. just before sunset I walked to check the nest again and the female was sitting high in the nest and then rocked down into the nest for sunset and night time.It is still very quiet at the marina so the pair is able to hopefully get a few good days in with feeding and sheltering the chicks before the boating and picture taking activity begins. The nest is on a bulkhead the jutts straight out into the spectacular creek sunsets and so people spend time very close to the nest almost every evening.
Still not 100% sure there are chicks. With the past few days of rain and a cool and overcast day today there doesn't seem to be much action at the nest. I visited about 5 times and stayed at least 10 minutes each time and I saw the male perched nearby and being very vocal with all the extra ospreys passing overhead but no visible signs of feeding during my visits.
I believe there may be chicks but the weather is so bad I can not confirm. Male is staying on nest even in the downpour of rain. Chicks are due any time now.
I check on this pair at least once a day as it is visible from my dog walking route. Also I am aware of the high human activity near this marina so I like to see how the pair is doing. So far its very quiet in their neighborhood. Sometimes a few stray osprey harass the nest but the pair is good at guarding their territory. They have a thriving sparrow population living in their downstairs nest area too.
Its possible this pair started incubating a day or 2 prior to 4/10/16 but with the high winds and high nest material it can be hard to confirm incubating as the birds will hunker into the nest to face the wind. This pair is handling the human traffic along the marina but at request of manager I did tack a few laminated cardboard "stay back" signs to the bulkhead in anticipation of transient seasonal renters who often get very close to and linger near the nesting pair.
This osprey pair is doing well. building up the nest material, bringing fish, copulating and generally tolerating the construction crew in the community. With permission of the Sandy Cove community I placed temporary "stay back" signs on the bulkhead area today-before the adults get down to incubation.
Began monitoring this nest site in 2012 when 2 osprey attempted to build nest on a barge. Nest failed. 2013 pair built a low nest on nearby bulkhead piling and fledged 2 chicks 2013 and 3 banded chicks in 2014. Fall 2014 nest destroyed by storm and replaced with a higher placed platform. 2015 season fledged 2 chicks. Platform is on end of busy marina with increasing human disturbance. Drone flown over nest in 2015.