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.
They were mating yesterday. Today, he has brought more plastic back to the stand. The stand if full of plastic and junk. No idea how they'll manage to lay eggs considering this stand is undersized to begin with. Guess we'll find out!
They're both off the stand today. One on the perch to the side of the stand the other appears to be perched on a tall stiff stick on the other side of the stand. From my window I can see a large flat piece of material, almost looks like a flattened cardboard box on top of the nesting material. Who KNOWS what he has managed to confiscate to keep them from the nesting material underneath. At this point, I'd say there isn't any way they can lay eggs in that stand.
Both male and female there today, female is the same as last year,green new york band E/37, assuming its the same male because he just sat in the nest as she squawked at him...they did try to mate but I think she threw him off
For the past week, normally twice a day, we have had 6 osprey flying over our house, morning and then around 4pm. Two of them fly northwest when they leave the other 4 are from this stand and the next stand at Game Farm Road. They make a heck of a racket so we are able to watch and count them for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Last night was absolute torture in the Sanctuary, thankfully the cops showed up to shut it down at 10pm but for over an hour the manical newbies shot off major FW right over the stands where the 4 adults have nestlings. The male disappeared last night but finally returned around 7am this morning and has bringing fish all morning.
No idea where the male has been disappearing too but he has been there and is bringing fish and sometimes trash which is thankfully getting caught on the newly installed perch. She's been feeding chicks, thus far I've only seen one head but I hope there other chick is too low for me to see. I was worried they wouldn't produce but they have, as has the Game Farm stand. Can't tell how many are there from this distance, maybe in a couple of weeks
Female has been on nest for two days without the male, I am afraid he has had an accident or otherwise cant get back, she flew off to find a fish and was gone for over an hour,leaving the eggs that long leaves little hope of a hatching. I will keep an eye on it but Im afraid it will be a failed nest.
Mom on nest, she is banded E/37,green band, a New york bird,banded in 2019 in Jamaica bay.I believe she was the female in the nest to the south,last year. Dad brought a fish back and ate most of it before tossing her the tail.
I'm assuming the one Osprey that returned is the male, she normally is days behind him. He's on the stand which is loaded with trash. Will their nearby neighbors at the game farm stand attempt to take over this nest bed?
The perch you installed just off the stand has been brilliant, they flapped their wings for 2 days and then realized Dad was eating fish on the perch and both took off to join him. Then they had to chase him back to the stand because they left him no room on the perch! Both are flying, awkwardly at times but have begun fishing, awkwardly.
They have a lovely large black plastic trash bag or large piece of landscaping cloth on the top the stand towards the Sunrise Blvd side of the stand. She's been rather low and this morning they are up against one another as low as they can get. He has been making frequent use of the perch you installed. The wind is killer here again today.
Pictaker, I'm glad you can see the bands I can't tell one from the other but we did return home few days ago with 3 osprey perched on top of phone poles and one in the stand. The two osprey at Game Farm Road keep disappearing so not certain what birds belong where at this point. Fingers crossed the stand provides offspring this year!
Male on nest,NO sign of a female, spent three hours watching and nothing showed up, male had half a fish in his talons the whole time. I am afraid the new female either pushed out the old one and moved on or they had a fight and both are unable to return.There is still time for him to find a mate so I dont want to label this failed just yet, hopefully something will happen in the next few days..
I think they are not goin to have hatchlings this year, I have witnessed no feedings at all and she seems to want to leave. I am assuming the eggs arent viable now,been over 6 weeks and they should have hatched already,not goin to call it yet but I think we have a failed nest : (
She's been laying low for a couple of weeks now. These two are pros. You can't tell she's in the stand. There was a 3 osprey stand off this past week, I"m seeing an osprey that is coming from the north to sunrise beach. I suspect maybe he is from the stand that Ben pointed out was built near a home
The wind, rain & cold have been tough but these two seem to have it down to a science. He stays on the ground just off the stand. We saw him take her place a few days ago. She flew around for a few, came back sat on the perch on the stand for a few and then they swapped places. They do endure this mad weather very well, I'm on the 3rd floor looking down the street or I wouldn't be able to see her.
This stand is no longer listing but is leaning. She is up towards the one side staying very low, at this point I'd say she has eggs as she hasn't been on either perch for 2 days. He is about 15 ft away on the ground. Mad, wicked wind here today
Eagles buzzed by, Peregrine falcon landed on the street light in front of our house last night but all have disappeared. We had 3 red tail hawks, one is still haunting the hood but they tend to disappear once the osprey return.
Today was a monster. We had freakish very heavy downpours for about an hour. When I picked up the binoculars and looked down Sunrise toward the stand, ALL 3 of them were up sitting on the side of the stand taking turns spreading their wings. I'm sure the rain had to be a thankful break from the sun roasting them all day.
Male has freed himself of the bag. She has been very very low for the past 3 days and didn't pop up yesterday after he disappeared with the bag around his legs, thankfully he was back this morning and we could see her eating but just barely. One bag and it appears a rigid piece of a crab pot are still attached to their stand.
One plastic bag blew out but it appears he put it put it back yesterday. Today both eagles were sitting side by side at the edge of the wetlands in front of our house. When they took flight, the male osprey from this stand dive bombed them for about 5 minutes driving them out over the bay. These two currently nest on the ForkedRiver as you head west towards the Capts Inn. These 2 normally avoid the wetlands until fall, we'll see how it plays out this year. As of today the female is not staying in the nest so I'm assuming no eggs yet.
They have added to the nest in the stand including some plastic bags flapping on top of the nest. It appears they also have added a rigid piece of a crab pot hanging down one side. Yep, they are cleaning up the wetlands on Barnegat Bay
All three were on stand this morning, for past 3 hours the stand is empty, doesn't appear the chick is in the stand either yet it wasn't able to fly as of yesterday. Adult sitting on posts, can't make out if chick is in nest.
Approximately 3 days ago she raised up out of the nest. Dad now sits next to her on the side of the stand ripping apart fish and they are obviously feeding a chick, no clue yet how many hatched, more to come...
Junior is laying in nest lifting one wing at a time. Mom & Dad spend lots of time on the perches allowing the young one to walk around the edge of the stand haven't seen him flapping both wings in an attempt to lift off...YET.
Both birds are cleaning, filling & eating like mad. They've fought off the Eagles & Blackbirds without too much effort. I swear they recognized me this morning when I was grabbing some pictures. Game Farm stand is still empty :(
The fledge has been getting fishing lessons which have been really interesting to watch. Dad stays nearby and then flies along with him as he wonkily heads back to the stand with his catch. All 3 are on the stand this morning.
Lift off occurred and within 24 hours he was flying around, not very well but this guy has been faster than the previous fledges taking off and staying off the nest. Both parents are still around but one of them tends to disappear for almost the entire day each day (Mom?)
Hopefully I'll grab some shots this week but they have continued to feather the nest but mom hasn't been out of the stand in over a week. Dad shows up regularly with fish & spends time sitting within 10 feet of the stand on the ground. I've seen them switch places in the nest so mom can spread her wings.
They spent last week mating and as of today, she's not left the nest for two days. She's sitting low in the bowl, just her head is peeking out. Dad is sitting on the ground about 10 feet away, it's extremly windy today
Happy Easter! Woke up this morning to find an Osprey perched on the side of the stand. While outside with the dogs he swooped down the lagoon. Will watch this week to see which of the 3 stands in the area he chooses.
Saw one VERY small head pop up from the nest today. I figure these two laid their eggs at least 10-14 days behind the Osprey Cam pair. This nest produced two young last year. The one chick I did appear to my novice eyes to be very small. Mom was moving nest material around the nest while the chick kept raising up and stretching. Dad took off to find fish at this time.
Mom is raising herself higher in the nest and both parents have been seen in the nest appearing to feed the young. At this time, it appears there are two small heads but it's still too early to tell. They appear to be doing well.
Based on her posture in the stand I believe she's hatched her eggs. No idea how many at this point. More to come as they grow! The eagle has been around very sporadically but it's haunted by every bird in the wetlands. They always manage to chase him off. Hope he has plenty food in the Game Reserve where I believe he lives. Maybe that's why Nest# 3356 is never occupied by Osprey?
Mom continues to lie low in the nest. A goodly amount of the trash they brought to the nest has blown away. Dad has many perches along the waters edge for fishing and spends a good part of his day flying back and forth to the nest with food for her. All is well thus far!
All appears well. She's so low in the nest it's difficult to discern her presence some days. Dad if fishing up a storm and fighting off multiple birds for his fish. Today, we had a huge bald eagle in the wetlands. He grabbed a gull midair. Settled down to eat far from the Osprey stand but Dad O did do a flyby to let Baldy know he was being watched. Blackbirds terrorized Baldy until he finally departed. Still lots of junk swinging from the stand but for now it appears the worst is hanging below the stand.
She's so low in the nest today you can't even tell she's in there. I'll venture a guess and make today her 1st day of incubation. She's no longer sitting on the perch and calling him for food. The wait begins!
Even more trash added to the nest. I wish I had a magic wand to make it all disappear. There is all matter of trash blowing in the wind off of the stand/nest. It was very windy this afternoon, he attempted to mate, she wasn't having it!
Appears they've collected more trash for their nest. Not much we can do about it. They were mating again yesterday, she's still leaving the nest so we're assuming no eggs yet. They arrived about 7-10 days after the Osprey Cam pair.
Bunch of junk is hanging off the stand today, can't determine how much is still in the nest itself. Dad has been dropping sticks. Hope the fierce wind off the bay today carries a lot of the trash away.
I don't think they have laid eggs yet, but this morning we noticed there appears to be a minnow trap and some plastic bags/jugs in the nest. I do not have the wherewithal to climb the stand and pull the junk out of the nest, they are staying near the stand but are not in the stand today :(
He's baaaaccccckk! He was on the stand this morning at 7:30am when I left the house. He's sitting on the perch this afternoon. Don't see his mate yet....So excited to see them return, fingers crossed the missus shows up soon!
Mom, Dad and the two kids are still hanging out on the stand and fishing on the edge of the wetlands. We're watching, anticipating but dreading their migration. It's been a blast watching them all summer. The entire neighborhood is going to miss them but with the stand in our neighborhood, we're hoping this will be a yearly event for us. I'll post when they finally depart for warmer climes.
Appears the young'uns are attempting to take flight from the nest. They sit up on the sides and flap their wings, they appear to be able to use their wings to hop around at this point but not much else. Alot of wing flapping but no lift off yet!
Checked on these two after hearing about a nestling falling or being washed out of its' nest after last nights foul weather. Both nestlings are up and about stretching their wings and looking for mom who appears to be sitting on the wildlife sign at the edge of the wetlands watching them.
Was little frightened today when only one nestling appeared to be in the nest but after a 10 minute watch, what I thought was trash ended up being nestling #2 stretching it's wings in the lower portion of the nest. It popped it's funny head up and stretched it's wings while trying not to fall over. Appears all is good in Sunrise Beach nest!
They are growing like weeds! They are more and more noticeable during daylight hours. Mom is almost always on the side of the nests and the chicks spend a lot of time attempting to stand and look out over the top of the nest.
The two nestlings are moving around in the nest and sitting up higher in the nest with each passing day. You can see them stretching their wings thru out the day before Mom has them settle back down inside the nest. Dad is fishing like mad these days.
Sat on my bike with my binoculars for 20 minutes and FINALLY, two small heads popped up looking around! I watched for a third but after 15 minutes I'll confirm 2 and update if that changes. Very exciting stuff here in our neighborhood!
Dad was sitting at the edge of the wetlands but still in sight of his stand today. The female was sitting on the side of the nest watching her nestlings. Still unable to determine how many she might have.
This morning fish were being brought to and from the nest. Around lunch time it appears a small head was reaching upwards to Mom who was sitting up on the side of the nest. No idea how many have hatched but from their movements it appears at least ONE has hatched.
We're paying closer attention but as of this morning she still seems to be very low in the nest with the male coming and going thru out the day. He's gone most of the afternoon though so I our best guess is that none of the eggs have hatched yet.
She still seems low in the nest without too much movement. Don't think they've hatched yet, but it's gotta be soon! Best thing happened with the last rain storm, the plastic bag that was blown up on the far side finally blew away.
The female is still lying low in the nest. The male is still bringing nest materials to the nest. There is no way for us to know how many eggs she may have but we'll keep a close eye on her movements over the next two weeks. The male is guarding their home, he appears to remain close to the nest circling the immediate area as deems necessary. Last week I did see him flying around the area with two other Osprey who seemed to have moved on as I haven't seen them in the past 7 days.
I have two stands rather close to one another. #3355 & #4808. As of yesterday, I believe I saw THREE osprey where two on 4808 attempted to run the third bird away. As of today at 3:15pm, I see one osprey sitting on each stand. Earlier today, the osprey perched on 4808 appeared to be calling for about 15 minutes before a second osprey approached and appeared to have fish in it's talons. He dropped some into the stand (4808) which fell to the ground, the calling osprey dropped down, grabbed whatever was dropped and they flew off together, it was obvious that the osprey that had flown in had a large fish in it's talons. I'll have to keep an eye on both stands over the next few days to determine if we have two nests being built or two osprey hogging up the local housing market!