045-A-004 (Fuel Ox)
(40.6626, -75.051)
Cell tower
Cell tower on the property of Fuel Ox along route 173. This tower and nest are also visible from the shoulders (east and west bound) of I-78 just east of the weigh station/rest stop.
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2023 - CyclistBarb2021 - CyclistBarb2020 - ENSP Osprey2020 - CyclistBarb
aAdult Arrival5/5/23
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation
cClutch Hatching6/1/20
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure7/6/20
xReason For Nest Failureunknown reason

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

Activity reports

2020 Nest Activity Report by ENSP Osprey
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching06/01/2020Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrivalNestlings0
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure07/06/2020
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureunknown reason
2021 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2023 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival05/05/2023Nestlings
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

08/05/2023 by CyclistBarb
7:58 a.m. Driving to Warren Glen, we passed the tower and saw one adult perched on the railing. Only early on May 5, did I see a pair at this tower actually working on the nest. Otherwise, I have seen just one adult at the nest tower on several occasions. There were no eggs/chicks again this year.

07/08/2023 by CyclistBarb
8:45 a.m. As I passed, I stopped but I did not see any ospreys on or near this tower. As with the last few years, a pair was active and present during the first months, but then left and the nest is now abandoned.

06/28/2023 by CyclistBarb
1:55 p.m. As with previous years, this nest appears to be abandoned by the adult pair who were active earlier this season. I will continue to watch and try to spot activity from route 78, but from route 173 there is no sign of activity.

06/17/2023 by CyclistBarb
5:20 a.m. I watched this nest from route 173 and did not see an adult sitting on the nest. It is possible that there was one visible from route 78, but just as likely that this pair has abandoned this nest again this year.

05/28/2023 by CyclistBarb
11:50 a.m. One adult was on this nest and could have been incubating. It did not shift positions, stand, or move much except for its head, looking around. I will have to keep an eye on the nest to see if there really are eggs at this nest which often is "active" early on but then nothing (no chicks) ever comes of the pair's activity.

05/05/2023 by CyclistBarb
1:45 p.m. Amazingly we saw a bird working on the nest and another perched on the structure. Last year, there was no activity here after the very earliest month of the season. Previous years, the nest failed. It is right alongside the interstate I-78 and would be a difficult place for chicks to fledge safely. Will have to watch this nest.

07/26/2022 by CyclistBarb
I have stopped and looked at this nest every time I am in the area checking the Bloomsbury and Asbury Farms nests. The nest remains large and intact, but I haven't seen any osprey on or near it since April.

06/17/2022 by CyclistBarb
5:01 p.m. I drive past this nest whenever I am out checking others in this area. There hasn't been osprey around or on this nest for several months even though they were present early.

06/06/2022 by CyclistBarb
4:42 p.m. No sign of osprey near or in this substantial nest!

05/10/2022 by CyclistBarb
4:40 p.m. There was no sign of either of the pair or any other osprey at the tower when I watched today. The nest is huge, but it is in a terrible location, immediately over the interstate highway which is very busy and full of long-haul trucks. It would be a risky situation for new fledglings.

04/23/2022 by CyclistBarb
11:06 a.m. I exited I-78 and drove east on route 173 to Fuel Ox. One of the adults had flown off, the other was still perched on the tower, but flew off as I watched.

04/23/2022 by CyclistBarb
10:20 a.m. I pulled over on westbound I-78 and saw a pair on the posts of this nest. It is the first time I have seen the pair there together in over a year.

07/30/2021 by CyclistBarb
10:15 a.m. I found an empty nest again. This nest was never "active" having been declared "failed" last year. I never saw the pair of osprey here this year, only a single bird, and that was early in the season.

07/23/2021 by CyclistBarb
9:00 a.m. Still empty. I haven't seen osprey here for a couple months, and then only a single bird.

07/05/2021 by CyclistBarb
4:30 pm I checked again. This time, viewing from route 173, the nest is completely empty. No birds of any type are present.

07/04/2021 by CyclistBarb
1:40 p.m. Observing from the shoulder of I-78, I am disheartened to see there are vultures perched on this tower, one on the post, one on the nest. No sign of the osprey pair.

05/01/2021 by CyclistBarb
I pulled off on route I-78 to take a quick look, but saw no evidence of osprey. I wonder why, when apparently there was at least one adult present in April, that this nest appears to be unproductive again this year?

04/23/2021 by CyclistBarb
4:00 p.m. As I watched from the pull off on route 173, I could see one adult on the nest. I thought I saw another flying overhead, but it was too far away to be sure it was an osprey. Unfortunately, the structure blocked the view of the bird's breast so I couldn't see if it had a "necklace" so don't know if this was male or female.

04/13/2021 by CyclistBarb
3:50 p.m. One adult was seen on the tower. Its back was toward me so I couldn't see if it had a "necklace" and thus might be female. The nest is large and intact.

07/27/2020 by CyclistBarb
8:15 p.m. I passed this nest while eastbound on route 78. I have already concluded that the nesting attempt failed, and did not see the pair the last time I checked. I did not stop, but as I passed I noted there was an adult on one of the pillars. I will keep an eye on this nest next season to see if the pair returns to try again.

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
I looked at this nest from 3 different locations and saw no sign of the pair of adults. Upon reviewing my photos, the last day that I saw the pair on the nest (male on a pillar and female sitting down in the nest), was June 28. There are two photos from that date, showing the pair. After that, I observed and searched on 7/7, 7/9, 7/14 and today and saw no sign of either adult. I am going to estimate that the nest failed on 7/6.

07/14/2020 by CyclistBarb
7:45p.m. I decided to try to view this nest from the shoulder of eastbound I-78 again as on June 28. This time, however, I saw nothing at the nest. It is the third time I have looked at the nest and seen no sign of the osprey pair. I thought I saw a chick at one point, but further scrutiny of the photo showed it to be a piece of something in the nest, not a chick. I now suspect that if there were any eggs laid, that hatching has failed, and thus the parents have abandoned the nest. It does overlook this horribly busy interstate highway! In fact, observing from the shoulder is not very pleasant as trucks are rushing by at 80mph! I will keep trying to determine the fate of the osprey here.

07/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:45 p.m. I drove past this nest and observed from several view points. I could see nothing at the nest from the shoulder of I-78 westbound. There were no adults perched on the pillars and it is difficult to see the nest itself from there. I then exited and could see nothing from route 173.

07/07/2020 by CyclistBarb
I could see nothing from I-78 westbound, and traffic was very heavy so I exited to route 173 east, but couldn't see anything from there either! I will have to go back early some a.m. and check from I-78 eastbound since the nest faces that side.

06/29/2020 by CyclistBarb
NOTE ABOUT NEST LOCATION AND NUMBER: I am adding this note at home as I write the report for 06/28/20. As I mentioned earlier, there were two nests listed and shown at Bloomsbury Park. There is only one tower and one nest at the park and I assumed the other nest (#7672) listed was the one at this location at Fuel Ox on route 173, as the description was "at the Bethlehem-Bloomsbury line" and that is more or less correct. However, tonight I noticed that the ENSP had listed this new nest (#7880) in a more precise location (assuming Fuel Ox-the business--remains at this location and in business!) Thus, I am reporting to this nest number. The #7672 should be eliminated.

06/28/2020 by CyclistBarb
5:15 p.m. After observing six other nests in the area, I got back on I-78 eastbound to head home. I stopped on the shoulder across from the tower. This paid off, although there was a lot of speeding traffic! I snapped off some shots from my car using my window mount and my camera zoomed. When I downloaded, I could see the adult peering over the rim of the nest, looking south across the interstate highway, right at me! This adult appears to be incubating, but it is rather late for unhatched eggs.

06/28/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:35 p.m. I pulled over to the shoulder of I-78 westbound and looked at this nest through my binoculars. I could see an adult perched on one of the tower posts and it appeared that there was a bird on the nest, sitting low, as well. I exited the highway and drove the mile back up route 173, viewing the nest from the large parking area at Nelson Enterprises, the next business west of Fuel Ox. The adult was still perched, but I could not see anything in the nest from this parking lot, or anywhere along route 173.

06/16/2020 by CyclistBarb
3:30 pm. I wanted to check on this nest again to see if there was any sign of osprey. The photos I took showed what I believe is the head of the adult sitting on the nest. It is difficult to see from the highway as the tower is very high and there is no surrounding land that isn't lower than the road or parking near the road. I might try next time to view from the shoulder of the interstate highway!

06/13/2020 by CyclistBarb
8:30 a.m. I am planning to locate all the nests I can north of Riegelsville which are not being "followed" or reported here. Two towers were listed in Bloomsbury Park, but traveling on I-79 south, we spotted this tower. We back tracked on route 173 and saw a nest, but did not see any adults or chicks. I will check back soon. There is only one tower at Bloomsbury Park.