Previously a nest was mapped much closer to shore, but this location (edited) looks like there is an actual platform in the water in the area. Data point has been edited to highlight this. Also mapped as 3154 (will be edited for accuracy of location).
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.
Two juvs continue - one was sitting on nest when we arrived, other on piling under nest. When bird on piling attempted to go to the nest, “bickering” ensued. When we arrived, no adults were around. Eventually, male returned with a fish. This is the second visit we have not seen the female.
All four birds observed. Male mostly stays on separate piling near platform. Female remains in nest with two juvs. Still only one juv observed flying. It leaves nest and takes short practice flights and returns to nest.
At one point all four birds were in the nest - it sure was crowded! Birds observed eating a fish!
We have been away for the past week-and-a-half, so we headed down to check on the young. Two young remain (yay!) The bigger one took flight on its own after mom flew - Mom remained close to the fledge as it flew. We did not observe second chick take flight. Dad was also flying nearby.
When we first arrived, it was just the female with the 2 young. She left the nest very briefly and returned with a new stick for the nest.
Finally; the male arrived about 45 minutes later with a fish. We watched the young eat before leaving.
Male was not present for the 90 minutes or so we were there in the evening. Female took a brief flight and returned with a big stick. 2 chicks still present. Larger chick flapping wings a lot. No feeding observed this evening.
Tonight we witnessed something very sad… the larger Osprey chick lunged at the other and then proceed to shake its sibling’s head around like a rag doll. I stitched together some Live Photos taken through the spotting scope and turned it into video. I also magnified the final frame where it seemingly has its sibling in its beak. I understand this is documented behavior but just shocking to see. We never saw the second chick sit up after that. The female parent stood above it and watched. The male was turned away from it. Neither adult made an effort to stop it or anything. We will check the status of the chicks when possible.
After several days of wildfire smoke from Canada, and dangerous air conditions, we finally made it to check on the family! When we arrived tonight, Mom was attentive to something in the nest, though we couldn't see anything. Once dad arrived with food, we saw two little (but getting bigger) heads pop up. The little ones were such voracious eaters! At one point, one of the little ones was doing some "wing flapping" to maneuver itself across the nest.
Observed multiple “head bows” and male bringing food to nest. Observed both parents tearing apart fish and appear to feed. Female observed moving around nest and appeared to look down and show attentiveness to bottom of nest.
This is new behavior observed in the past week.
It has been raining (with flooding in parts of Monmouth County) for days, and we took a drive to check on this pair. When we first arrived, they were hunkered down, with a head barely visible at times. We left, and returned about 20 minutes later, and observed the male on one of the pilings that was barely sticking up during high tide. He had a fish. Soon after, he took off, flew low to the water, circled the nest, and landed. They then proceeded to mate.