2023 Matilda &Oliver
(37.3479, -76.2749)
Osprey Nest Platform
5/4 observed two eggs 6/10 two hatchlings 6/26 chicks practice flying 8/01 the first chick fledges
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2023 - Tomoko
aAdult Arrival4/14/23
bEgg Laying5/1/23
bIncubation Initiation5/2/23
cClutch Hatching6/10/23
eFirst Chick Fledging8/1/23
fChicks Last Observed8/4/23
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Activity reports

2023 Nest Activity Report by Tomoko
Adult arrival04/14/2023Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging08/01/2023
Egg laying05/01/2023Chicks last observed08/04/2023
Incubation initiation05/02/2023Nest failure
Clutch hatching06/10/2023Reason for nest failure

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Nesting Diaries

08/05/2023 by Tomoko
08/05 The last of two chicks fledges, while the first chick perches on a nearby branch.

08/01/2023 by Tomoko
8/01/2023 The first chick fledges .after twenty minutes it comes back to the nest. The second chick practices flying. .Mama Matilda perches on the post at the nest all day.

07/26/2023 by Tomoko
The osprey station on a post was constructed in early 2021. That spring a pair produced three chicks, all fledged successfully and left for the south in summer. In 2022 the same pair returned, produced three eggs but the male was killed by an eagle, and the female after three days, left the nest to feed her nest temporarily. During her absence, two crows came and ate all three eggs. The female osprey hang around the empty nest for several days, but eventually left. In early March 2023, the female osprey returned to the nest, but a couple of Canadian geese displaced her and occupied the nest. The human owner intervened and scared the Canadian geese away. The female osprey.. now we call her Matilda..immediately returned to the nest. A total of three male ospreys fought over Matilda’s nest, and eventually a male (we named him Oliver) succeeded. The couple produced three eggs. The menhaden fish Oliver carried to Matilda ware on the average only 2-3 inches long, compared to 2021 observation when the menhaden fish on the average were 5 inches long. After listening to Dr Watts talk during the Colonial Beach Osprey festival about supplemental feeding, we stated to give one frozen sardine a week to Matilda. Although only two chicks were born, they are growing ok.

05/06/2023 by Tomoko
5/6/2023 observed three eggs in the nest. Matilda is in the nest 24/7. The center of the nest is lined with moss. It even has pine cone decorations!

05/04/2023 by Tomoko
Confirmed Two eggs in the nest