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Osprey Nest Platform
This nesting platform overlooks Keyport Harbor from Matawan Point in Cliffwood Beach. Take Cliffwood Avenue to South Concourse, make a right onto Beach Drive. Continue straight on unpaved surface into Aberdeen Twp mulch center until you reach a grassy meadow. The platform is straight ahead across the field. A stand of trees blocks your view of the harbor on your left. You can also get a view of the nesting platform from the end of Broadway in Keyport. Proceed through the light at Broadway and Amboy Avenue/West Front Street to a treed dead end. Park on the right at the end of the road. The nest is across the harbor, roughly in line with Broadway. Residential street, so be considerate.
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2016 - Barzillai2015 - Barzillai2014 - Barzillai
aAdult Arrival3/28/15
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging7/30/14
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

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Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by Barzillai
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging07/30/2014
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by Barzillai
Adult arrival03/28/2015Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Barzillai
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

04/20/2017 by Barzillai
Birds are nearby this week but so far have not been spotted on the nest.

07/02/2016 by Barzillai
We had two adult osprey hovering, diving and fishing in Treasure Lake today around 6 pm (1800 hrs) behind our house in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey. Quite a show. Since I've not seen a nesting pair at the Whale Creek platform, I am left to assume these birds are from the platform on the point near Keyport.

05/22/2016 by Barzillai
I visited this nest today around 5:45 pm and found two birds, one sitting low on the nest, head only in view, and the other sitting high, chest in view. The one sitting high flew off after a few minutes. We had an osprey high atop a white oak behind our house on Treasure Lake in Cliffwood a couple of weeks ago. It could ahve been one of this pair or one from the Whale Creek platform. Be advised that the Amboy Avenue bridge between Keyport and Cliffwood Beach will be closed soon and remain under construction until November. To view this nest from Broadway in Keyport, take the Route 35 exit for Keyport at Town & Country Restaurant. To view it from Beach Drive, take Route 35 to Cliffwood Avenue exit and follow the instructions in the nest description.

04/11/2015 by Barzillai
Saw the pair this afternoon on the platform.

03/28/2015 by Barzillai
Observed a pair on the platform nest this morning at 9:40 am ET. I checked last weekend on 21 March at 3:37 pm ET and there were no osprey. The arrival date is an estimate and actually occurred between 21-28 March. Access to the area is difficult because Aberdeen Township is using the area between the access road and the nest to store piles of mulched leaves. The lot is quite muddy and nearly impassable. Best vantage points are from the slope to the right of the access road with a distant view across the mounds of mulch, or from across Keyport harbor from the dead end of Broadway.

09/14/2014 by Barzillai
No birds at the nesting platform today at 4:45 pm.

08/30/2014 by Barzillai
One osprey spotted at the nest today about 7 pm. I stayed for about fiver minutes. Like on the 27th, the bird stood on the pole above the platform. Keyport harbor is nearby and very noisy with loud music due to Labor Day weekend activity.

08/27/2014 by Barzillai
One osprey spotted at the nest today about 7:30 pm. I watched the platform for about 15 minutes.

08/14/2014 by Barzillai
Two osprey remained at the nest this evening. I visited around 8:15 pm, nearly dark, and I saw one bird standing on the short pole over the platform and the other laying on the nest. I'm assuming they are both fledglings who can fly but have not yet left the nest. It is interesting to note that a small boat channel runs alongside the nest, between Keyport Marina and Keyport harbor.

08/09/2014 by Barzillai
One bird was on the platform yesterday evening.

08/06/2014 by Barzillai
There was one bird standing atop the nest post this evening about 8:15 pm. I took photos of Matawan Point from the end of Broadway in Keyport on Monday afternoon. The nest is visible in the pictures. (I noticed this evening that the traffic light at Broadway and West Front Street can be seen from Matawan Point in a line of sight from Beach Drive through the nest, across the channel and through some trees. The traffic light can assist in placing yourself on a map. The point is not accurately shaped on the current map, seemingly longer into the bay and wider.)

08/04/2014 by Barzillai
There are 2 birds in the nest today at 2:30 pm. I stayed about 10 minutes. I moved the nest location on the map as it is much closer to the boat channel.

07/30/2014 by Barzillai
I visited the nesting platform this evening around 8 pm. There were four large osprey on the nest. When I approached, two of them flew and hollered at my presence, then a third flew. There was a bit of a traffic jam when they all tried to land at once. The nest seems strong and the chicks quite healthy. I couldn't determine if both chicks flew. Note that Aberdeen Township authorized Keyport to launch fireworks from Matawan Point this summer. It doesn't seem to have negatively affected the nest's success overall.

07/06/2014 by Barzillai
I visited the nest this evening around 7:45 pm and saw the adult pair on the nesting platform, one on the pole and the other on the nest. The nest is rather thick and I couldn't get close enough to discern whether any chicks were in the nest. I was able to go halfway across the field, stop, and use my binoculars and camera before the sweat bees found me. Again I beat a hasty retreat to the car, sweat bees in hot pursuit.

07/03/2014 by Barzillai
I made an effort to visit this nest around 6:30 pm today, but I was harassed by a group of sweat bees less than halfway there and had to abandon the effort at a quick retreat. I recommend some bug spray and proper attire. The adult was there, apparently in the grass or trees in front of me. She sounded some calls then flew to her nest. I noticed that the nesting materials are much deeper on the platform than at Whale Creek - maybe a foot deep. I got a few pics from the car. No word on little ones yet. My visit lasted no more than ten min.

06/29/2014 by Barzillai
I visited this nesting platform and confirm it exists and is occupied by at least one adult. I took a photograph of the bird in flight, another of the bird perched on the platform, and distant shots towards and away from the nest. The bird was very jumpy, so I was only able to cross half of the long meadow towards the nest. There might be a better view from a boat out of Keyport? A few locals confirmed that this nest is typically active.