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Light Tower
Lighting tower for Monmouth soccer field.
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2023 - LNR2022 - LNR2021 - LNR2020 - mjs2019 - LNR
aAdult Arrival3/20/233/25/223/28/21
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/12/234/25/224/12/21
cClutch Hatching5/27/22
eFirst Chick Fledging7/18/237/26/22
fChicks Last Observed8/15/238/28/22
xNest Failure6/14/21
xReason For Nest Failureunknown reason

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Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by LNR
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by mjs
Adult arrivalNestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by LNR
Adult arrival03/28/2021Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/12/2021Nest failure06/14/2021
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureunknown reason
2022 Nest Activity Report by LNR
Adult arrival03/25/2022Nestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging07/26/2022
Egg layingChicks last observed08/28/2022
Incubation initiation04/25/2022Nest failure
Clutch hatching05/27/2022Reason for nest failure
2023 Nest Activity Report by LNR
Adult arrival03/20/2023Nestlings1
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging07/18/2023
Egg layingChicks last observed08/15/2023
Incubation initiation04/12/2023Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

09/12/2023 by LNR
Juvenile eagle was moving the furniture around in the nest at 8 am this morning.

08/23/2023 by LNR
Two ospreys were at Monmouth on 8/15/23. No ospreys were present as of 8/21/23 through 8/23/23.

07/18/2023 by LNR
Fledge. The juvenile finally left the nest and was observed both flying (around noon) and on a different light fixture (8 AM). I first saw it jumping and flapping on July 5. It was managing to get airborne for a few seconds by the 15th before landing back in the nest.

06/12/2023 by LNR
Both adults were at the nest this morning around 7:10 AM. When the male flew off, I caught sight of one chick's head briefly. Given the height it will be a while before it's clear if they have more than one.

04/19/2023 by LNR
Both birds at nest. Male copulated with female and flew off. 8:15 am.

04/12/2023 by LNR
Based on posture of bird low in the nest I believe they are incubating. The date is approximate, could have begun a day or so ago.

04/05/2023 by LNR
The male was sky dancing around noon and later in the afternoon.

04/03/2023 by LNR
Around 8:15 am. A third osprey was perched in a tree outside the soccer field to the north east eating a fish. The local male osprey flew over to the tree, but failed to scare off the interloper the first time. It made a second pass at the tree and the fish eater flew off. The male made another pass at the tree, snapped off a branch and took it to the nest where the female was perched. In the afternoon, both ospey were sitting on the southeast light enjoying a fish dinner.

03/30/2023 by LNR
3/29/23 At 8:10 am both birds were present at the nest, the female in the nest, the male at the end of the light fixture. The male flew over and they copulated. Both remained at the nest for the few minutes this observation continued.

03/28/2023 by LNR
3/20/2023 Two adults were present at soccer field, one was in the nest. They both left flying north. 3/23 Male was sky-dancing with a fish at 8:15 am while the female circled around the soccer field and environs. The female landed in the nest and the male followed. They remained in the nest probably less than an minute--no copulation was observed. Then the male left with the fish, heading north and the female followed after less than a minute. 3/27/23 Both osprey spent part of the afternoon on the southeast tower together. 3/28/23 Both osprey were at the nest at 8:15 am. One was perched to the side on the lighttower, the other was rearranging furniture in the nest.

08/23/2022 by LNR
8:15 am the juvenile was in the nest, occasionally calling. No other osprey were seen at this time. Last night around 5:15 the juvenile was in the nest begging. An adult was sitting across the field on another tower.

08/16/2022 by LNR
Around 5:15 there were two adults on a tower opposite the nest. One was eating a fish. The fledge was diagonally across the field begging. After about 5 minutes the fledge flew to the nest and continued begging. After a couple of minutes the adult with the fish took the remainder and deposited it in the nest. The fledge ate a little and then flew back to the tower it was on previously with the remains of the fish.

07/26/2022 by LNR
7:20 am. Juvenile was on the nest one of the adults sitting off to the side. The juvenile did some flapping, jumped across the nest, flapped a little more and then flew off around the field for maybe a minute before returning to the nest. The other adult arrived back at the nest about the same time as the fledge. It seems likely this was not the fledge's first flight since it had no trouble returning to the nest, but it was the first one observed.

07/20/2022 by LNR
Chick was doing some wing exercises around noon today. That or trying to fan itself on a very hot day. It's growing well.

07/20/2022 by LNR
5PM. The adult sitting with the juvenile flew off the nest to a different post. Shortly afterwards the juvenile managed to get airborne for a few seconds a foot or so above the nest (distance is impossible to judge given the height of the light fixture).

07/13/2022 by LNR
The chick is more often perching higher and visible in the nest than in past weeks. This noon it was preening sitting next to one of the adults.

07/04/2022 by LNR
Happily the chick was observed this morning so it survive the storm on 7/2/22. Around 8 am both adults were perched at the nest, mostly preening. The male flew off briefly and clearly had remnants of fish or something in it's talons. After less than a minute it returned. The chick then got high enough to be visible.

06/28/2022 by LNR
Both adults present at nest at 8:15 AM. One flew off and came back with a stick and did some rearranging of the furniture. One chick visible and flapped its wings briefly. The other adult flew off to chase a random osprey that approached the nest.

06/22/2022 by LNR
A guess at hatch time was around May 27. On that date the female was observed leaving the nest and circling the tower and environs a couple of times. Previous to that she was mainly so low in the nest it was hard to see her. The nest is still occupied and active as of June 22 though it is too high to tell how many chicks there might be.

04/26/2022 by LNR
On 3/25/2022 there was one osprey at Monmouth University's nest. On 4/1/2022 both osprey were present. On 4/4/2022 they were observed copulating. Through out early April they came and went and were often together at the nest. 4/25 it looked like the female was incubating--staying low and horizontal in the nest. They were extremely vocal on 4/25 as other osprey flew through the area. 4/26 the male was next to the nest working on a fish while the female incubated.

04/14/2022 by Kat C.
This nest is active as of 4/14/2022. An adult osprey was observed sitting on one of the lights next to the nest. It took off when approached, flew off towards Whalepond Brook, and returned with a large fish in its talons. It flew past the nest to another location on campus to eat.

06/14/2021 by LNR
Actual date of failure approximate. Adult osprey was observed at nest around 8:30 AM, flapping and moving branches, but most of day osprey pair were building nest on a light fixture diagonally across the field. The new site already had a layer of branches at 8 am. Everything was normal for an active nest with chicks as of 6/9/2021. Because of the height, no information was collected as to number of chicks. An inspection around the base of the light tower offered no information as to what might have happened, but Monmouth University groundskeepers are very active in grooming the area.

05/26/2021 by LNR
Nest is active as of this morning. Chicks should have hatched sometime last week. Nest is too high to see into.

04/17/2021 by LNR
To update the nest history, the osprey first arrived late summer 2018 and laid down some nesting materials on the light tower. They returned in 2019, but the nest failed. Probably due to crows--a half dozen or more were seen in and around the nest, the adults were not at the nest. 2020 they fledged 2 offspring.

04/17/2021 by LNR
Date of incubation beginning is approximate. Osprey has been sitting low in the nest bowl 4/12-4/14 at various times observed. It is impossible to see into the nest as to whether there are eggs.

03/30/2021 by LNR
Hard day for the osprey pair. They had to fend off other osprey (observed twice today) and experienced their first soccer game complete with music and lights on.

07/21/2020 by mjs
Today one fledgling was in the nest and one was perched beside his parent beside the nest

07/14/2020 by mjs
2 Large nestlings spotted with both parents around.

05/21/2019 by Ben Wurst
Nest point was WAY off, so relocated to east of NJ. Will hopefully pinpoint this summer.