On waterfront. Just discovered today. May be a new install as I'd never seen it before and am very familiar with the area.
What to look for
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.
Visited in the a.m. One of the juveniles has fledged. When I arrived, it was perched on the unused Buckeye Partners Osprey nest platform (the one closest to Kinder Morgan). The other juvenile was still in the nest but flapped repeatedly and went airborne a few times (see photo #8). The female parent was nearby, and the male parent was in the vicinity.
Visited in the a.m. The female left the nest briefly to either get some nesting material or a snake, I couldn't tell which. The male was around as were some other Ospreys. I don't think the 2 juveniles have fledged.
Visited in a.m. Female was on a perch (part of the platform) and juveniles were in the nest. One of the juveniles did a lot of flapping but I didn't see it go airborne/hover. It's likely incubation initiation and clutch hatching occurred earlier than I thought. More likely 3/22 and 5/1.
Discovered a pair on the nest this a.m. I assume they'd arrived earlier. The female stayed on the platform, while the male both hunted and brought nesting material to the nest. The nest needs to be rebuilt.
Observed this a.m. There is one large chick in the nest. While I was in the Money Point marsh and well over 200 feet away, the adult female flew from the nest 3 or 4 times and buzzed me, talons down, giving those grating alarm calls. She'd spotted me and obviously considered me a threat.
Have observed a # of times since 4/08. Female is always hunkered down. One time, though, male and female switched off, and male brooded eggs. Today, observed male bring a long rope to the nest. So, nest-building continues. Hatchlings due soon, I expect.
Was showing Laura Mae around the Kinder Morgan property and Elizabeth River Project restoration site when we spotted this platform and occupied nest. We observed one of the birds bringing nesting material to same. The 2 birds we saw could be the same birds that abandoned the "boom nest" just downriver.