(40.0656, -74.0644)
Osprey Nest Platform
In a marsh amidst suburban sprawl in a shore town. Romeo Juliet. DUPLICATE nest of OW 3432.
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2023 - Candy 2020 - Candy
aAdult Arrival3/27/233/27/20
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/16/20
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2023 2022 2021 2020

Activity reports

2020 Nest Activity Report by Candy
Adult arrival03/27/2020Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation04/16/2020Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2023 Nest Activity Report by Candy
Adult arrival03/27/2023Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

05/19/2023 by Candy
May 19, 2023 Romeo caught an eel, and ate it near the nest. Juliet continually squawked as she sat deep in the nest (most likely incubating) begging for some.

04/04/2023 by Candy
4/4/2023 The pair seemed to have settled in nicely. I went to check on all the nests today because of the severe wind during Saturday evening. All is well. Today Romeo ate on the perch while Juliet called from the nest. The nest looks very good.

03/27/2023 by Candy
3/27/2023 Finally they arrived at the nest - both today and I observed mating. I visited later in the afternoon, and saw an amazing event. This nest and another occupy the marsh; the distance between the two is about 2 football fields. An unknown pair continually flew between the two nests, agitating the pairs - they were calling out. The pair appeared to be young - I wonder if they're juveniles from last year.

07/28/2022 by Candy
I visited the marsh yesterday - we've had a heat wave last week. Unfortunately I hadn't seen any evidence of juveniles. There were two adults flying over the marsh - I'm assuming it was Romeo and Juliet. The nest looks so forlorn.

07/10/2022 by Candy
I am sad to say I still see no evidence of eggs or chicks. I wandered into the marsh itself to get a closer look but I saw only Romeo on a post (the swamp grass grew very high so the photo is very blurry) of the platform, no sign of Juliet. Hopefully she was out hunting. While I was there however, I saw 4 ospreys circling overhead. Whether one of them was Juliet I don't know. I have a theory that the 4 osprey that frequently fly over my yard (which is around the corner from the marsh) and that I see on a nearby water tower are the 4 born last year on Seagull Terrace in Sunshine Harbor.

07/05/2022 by Candy
From across the marsh I spotted Romeo on his favorite perch. Juliet wasn't on the nest so my theory is nest failure but for what reason I don't know. I was thinking the constant rain and cool temps throughout spring affected the eggs/chicks.

06/21/2022 by Candy
Lately when I have observed Romeo and Juliet, they've either been on the posts of the platform, or one on another perch while the other one is away hunting I presume. I haven't seen either one on the nest since June 7; I am hoping the eggs/chicks are ok but I am kind of pessimistic at this point. The weather in Point Pleasant has been very rainy and extreme temperatures ranging from 50s to 90s on alternate days with strong winds. I don't know how severe weather affects the eggs/chicks but probably doesn't bode well for them.

06/07/2022 by Candy
I haven't seen any chicks yet but Juliet was fussing a lot with the nest. It was an extraordinarily windy day, and I just saw another nest where the female was reinforcing the insulation for her two chicks. I will keep checking and hopefully I'll spot chicks.

05/09/2022 by Candy
It rained for 3 days and 3 nights with high winds. I went to check on Romeo and Juliet - I could see one very wet head popping out of the nest. And I've been seeing ospreys with fish overhead flying in the direction of the marsh.

04/29/2022 by Candy
Today I saw them mate again; and throughout these past weeks, either one is always on the nest.

04/08/2022 by Candy
I think there may be eggs because there's been one on the nest whenever I checked this past week.

03/26/2022 by Candy
Today I saw Romeo and Juliet arrived and they mated!

01/12/2022 by Ben Wurst
Duplicate nest of OW 3432.

08/04/2021 by Candy
This pair had me fooled! Today I saw 3 fledglings! Romeo had his fish ready for a flying lesson, and it looked like he was waiting for Juliet to begin. Finally she got there, and one fledgling took off. He rested in the marsh for a minute while his siblings looked on. I am feeling a little sad because soon they will be headed south.

07/05/2021 by Candy
I haven't been able to get a good look at Romeo and Juliet lately. However from across the marsh sadly from their behavior there's no sign of chicks.

06/20/2021 by Candy
As I made my way down the path through the marsh grass, the red-winged blackbirds sounded the alarm. Romeo picked up the call and circled overhead, screaming at me. After a few minutes, he settled down on a post of the perch and called for Juliet. I concluded she was out fishing for his Father's Day lunch. I didn't see any hatchlings.

06/13/2021 by Candy
When I went to check on Romeo and Juliet, he came flying overhead to warn me. I have to part the dune grass/swamp grass to see and the red-winged blackbirds sound the alarm! They both perched on the posts of the nest. I couldn't tell if anyone hatched. I would think that Juliet would have been serving as an umbrella for chicks if there were any because it was really a hot day.

06/09/2021 by Candy
I haven't seen any chicks for these two yet. Juliet sits on the nest, or jumps to a post to perch. Romeo stays on his favorite perch, flies overhead, or is out fishing.

05/23/2021 by Candy
I haven't seen any evidence of egg hatching but I did witness this incredible event. I guess Juliet flew too close to this red-winged blackbird's nest and he dive-bombed her like a kamikaze pilot. His nest is right where I have access to take photos - I'm surprised I haven't gotten a peck or two on the head but summer is yet to get here...

05/12/2021 by Candy
I returned from Florida a week ago and visited nests today. Juliet sits on the nest while Romeo is perched on a beam of the nest. It seems that they have eggs.

04/09/2021 by Candy
Today Juliet arrived! I was so surprised bc I had been waiting for her just like Romeo. She was constantly building up the nest and it seemed like she was scolding Romeo bc he kept sitting on the perch.

03/31/2021 by Candy
No signs since that one sighting. I think it may have been one of the ospreys that have been fighting over r the nest that's about 125 yards away.

03/31/2021 by Candy
No signs since that one sighting. I think it may have been one of the ospreys that have been fighting over r the nest that's about 125 yards away.

03/06/2021 by Candy
Today was the first sighting of 2021! Yay!

11/18/2020 by
Nest point is not accurate as it is in the Atlantic Ocean...

11/18/2020 by
Nest point is not accurate as it is in the Atlantic Ocean...

07/20/2020 by Candy
Today was extremely hot and steamy. I observed one sitting on a perch on the nest. I really think this nest failed because of the unusually rainy and windy spring, particularly the month of May.

07/13/2020 by Candy
The pair are mostly per hing on or near the nest. No signs of new eggs.

06/25/2020 by Candy
The 2 were on the perches of the nest; as I approached closer, they both flew off. I'm thinking that something definitely happened to the eggs but perhaps they will try again.

06/14/2020 by Candy
I visited at sunset yesterday and one was on a perch while the other was arriving onto a perch. Curiously this morning, I couldn't see if anyone was sitting on the nest, and there were 2 flying overhead. I don't know what this behavior means as I had thought last week there were definitely newly hatched chicks.

06/08/2020 by Candy
I was puzzled today because both were off the nest when I arrived at the site. One was on the perch pole, and the other flew in. Then both flew o to the nest, chirped, and one stayed and the other flew off. I stayed for a bit but it was getting late. As I pedaled home, o e flew overhead with a big fish.

05/31/2020 by Candy
Juliet was on the nest, no sign of Romeo

05/29/2020 by Candy
Romeo on perch, then flew to Juliet on the nest. Can only see Juliet's head. Few minutes later, Juliet jumped up and perched on one of the poles of the nest! so both are perched, looking down into the nest, and fussing. Then Juliet jumped down to the edge of the nest, fussing. I strongly think chicks have hatched.

05/28/2020 by Candy
Romeo and Juliet very active... I think there's chicks!

05/17/2020 by Candy
I think it was Juliet on the perch eating a huge fish; Romeo sat quietly and still on the nest. I say it was Juliet because it looked much larger than Romeo and markings looked different to me. Weather was partly sunny and cool.

05/10/2020 by Candy
Romeo brought in a branch and fussed with the nest a bit. Juliet sat patiently

05/05/2020 by Candy
Romeo and Juliet doing their thing, Romeo grooming himself on his perch while Juliet sat on the nest. Decent day weather wise but more rain is predicted for tomorrow. I wonder if ospreys tire of rain as much as people.

05/04/2020 by Candy
Yesterday Romeo surveying the homestead and Juliet keeping watch too. Weather was partly sunny with wind picking up in the afternoon. Romeo chased a couple of great egrets that flew too closely to the nest.

05/03/2020 by Candy
Even though it rained during the night today turned out to be a lovely day. April was very rainy so I am hoping for the nice weather to continue. The ospreys need a break from the extreme winds and rain as well as we do.

04/29/2020 by Candy
I began watching this nest in mid-March 2020, and saw the male for the first time this year on March 27. The female arrived the following week, and the last time they were together not in the nest was April 13. It was on April 16 that the female was flat on the nest. I visit a few times a day ; this particular nest is very near my home.

04/29/2020 by Candy
Visited later afternoon; cloudy, chilly. Romeo sat on his perch , preening himself while Juliet sat on the nest. The pair remained like that for the hour or so that I was there.