Southwest Chickahominy Bridge
(37.2638, -76.8767)
bridge strut
The SW (Inge's) side of the Route 5 bridge crossing the Chick
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aAdult Arrival3/8/223/2/213/18/203/17/193/21/183/19/173/19/164/8/14
bEgg Laying3/22/223/26/213/30/204/3/194/1/173/26/16
bIncubation Initiation3/22/223/22/213/30/204/3/194/5/184/1/173/26/164/29/14
cClutch Hatching5/6/224/26/215/6/205/6/195/9/185/19/176/1/14
eFirst Chick Fledging6/27/207/21/187/21/187/5/177/11/167/28/14
fChicks Last Observed7/11/21
xNest Failure5/15/22
xReason For Nest Failure

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by CCB Tech
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2014-04-08Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging2014-07-28
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation2014-04-29Nest failure
Clutch hatching2014-06-01Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2016-03-19Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging2016-07-11
Egg laying2016-03-26Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2016-03-26Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2017-03-19Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging2017-07-05
Egg laying2017-04-01Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2017-04-01Nest failure
Clutch hatching2017-05-19Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2018-03-21Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging2018-07-21
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation2018-04-05Nest failure
Clutch hatching2018-05-09Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2019-03-17Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging2018-07-21
Egg laying2019-04-03Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2019-04-03Nest failure
Clutch hatching2019-05-06Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival2020-03-18Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging2020-06-27
Egg laying2020-03-30Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2020-03-30Nest failure
Clutch hatching2020-05-06Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival2021-03-02Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings1
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2021-03-26Chicks last observed2021-07-11
Incubation initiation2021-03-22Nest failure
Clutch hatching2021-04-26Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival2022-03-08Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2022-03-22Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2022-03-22Nest failure2022-05-15
Clutch hatching2022-05-06Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

2022-05-15 by SuzanneS
When I last checked on this nest, it had three chicks (see photo). I checked on this nest today. All three chicks are gone.

2022-05-06 by SuzanneS
I wasn't able to check on this nest for about two weeks, but when I checked on it May 6, all three eggs had hatched!

2022-04-02 by SuzanneS
This nest has three eggs as of April 1, 2022.

2022-03-22 by SuzanneS
This nest already has two eggs!

2021-10-18 by SuzanneS
For the second consecutive year I am suspicious that this nest has lost both its hatched ospreys. They suddenly disappear well before migration should begin.

2021-07-25 by SuzanneS
I am pretty certain this nest lost one of the two chicks. One fledged; it visited the nest on the other side of the bridge. I noticed this very behavior last year, too. I last time I saw a fledgling in the nest was July 10.

2021-06-14 by SuzanneS
I am as certain as I can be that this nest has lost a young osprey. Two young ospreys were present in this nest on June 4. I saw only one young osprey in this nest when I visited June 8, 12, and 14. It was too early for it to have fledged.

2021-06-08 by SuzanneS
Visited this nest June 8, four days after my most recent visit. Only one chick was in the nest. Since I observed the first hatchling April 26, even if the missing chick is the first hatchling, this would mean if it was missing due to fledging, which I doubt, it would have fledged about six weeks after hatching, which would be early. I will visit this nest again tomorrow to see whether this nest still has two chicks.

2021-06-03 by SuzanneS
Photo #6 taken June 3. Chicks are pretty big.

2021-06-03 by SuzanneS
June 3: visited nest. Both chicks are present and growing well. Quite large.

2021-05-07 by SuzanneS
Both chicks are growing quickly.

2021-04-26 by SuzanneS
I checked on this nest in the evening of April 23; none of the two remaining eggs had hatched. I checked this nest again in the morning of April 26. Saw a half shell, so one egg hatched over the weekend. The mother left the nest briefly so I was able to watch the second egg hatch today!

2021-04-17 by SuzanneS
Still two eggs. The ospreys have added additional some trash to the nest; it looks like plastic netting of some sort. I hope this trash doesn't present a danger to the chicks when they hatch.

2021-04-11 by SuzanneS
This nest has lost an egg. On March 26 this nest had three eggs. As of today, there are only two eggs in the nest.

2021-03-26 by SuzanneS
I noticed an osprey sitting inside the nest as if on an egg several days before I was actually able to verify there were eggs. These two are on the ball. The nest directly opposite them, which I also monitor, has no eggs as of today.

2021-03-03 by SuzanneS
The second osprey arrived at this nest on March 3, 2021.

2020-07-15 by SuzanneS
I am concerned that this nest lost a fledged young osprey. I say this, because I have not seen two ospreys in this nest for over two weeks. I have seen three ospreys between this nest and the nest on the northwest side of this bridge (that nest has two 'original' fledglings), but I have not seen two in this nest and two in the other nest at the same time. I cannot be certain, though, because I know young ospreys visit other nests (I have documented this with my own photographs), so perhaps it has been doing so while I've been observing the nests. However, I observe the nests at different times of the day: early morning, mid-day, and right before nightfall, and I still haven't seen four young ospreys between the two nests.

2020-06-29 by SuzanneS
This nest had two chicks. I observed the older of the two on Friday, June 26, 2020, with nice controlled flights from nest edge to nest edge. I did not see it fly from the nest, however. When I revisited this nest Sunday morning (observed for 2.5 hours), Sunday evening (1 hour), and again today (2 hours), I did not see this young osprey anywhere.

2020-06-13 by SuzanneS
The chicks are growing well. The larger of the two is walking around the nest. The unhatched egg has been discarded. See photo update.

2020-05-27 by SuzanneS
The two chicks that have hatched are doing well. One chick is noticeably larger than the other. As of about three days ago, the female no longer incubates the third, unhatched, egg. See photo.

2020-05-16 by SuzanneS
This nest has had two chicks for a number of days now. The third egg has not hatched, yet the female continues to incubate it. This report is from my viewing the nest May 15. See photo.

2020-05-10 by SuzanneS
Two chicks in the nest today. See photo.

2020-05-06 by SuzanneS
Error in my previous report. The photos are of the female (as best I can tell) returning to nest after the male spelled her.

2020-05-06 by SuzanneS
The first chick has arrived! The photo is of the male coming to nest to spell the female.

2020-04-14 by SuzanneS
No new eggs have been laid since the third egg on April 5.

2020-04-03 by bruceg
Stopped on bike -- saw adult stand up and seeming to turn the eggs - then sitting down low.

2020-04-01 by SuzanneS
Today, April 1, 2020, I observed the second egg in this nest.

2019-08-23 by jude
fledglings still in the area but in and out of the nest. I've seen one return to the nest but it's real inconsistent.

2019-07-10 by bruceg
Two chicks on nest. One adult on nest. No second adult. Neither chick looked old enough to have fledged.

2019-05-20 by jude
Well, she wasn't still incubating...she was keeping her three chicks warm on those very cool May days. Now that it's warmed up, these chicks are out and about, sleeping a lot, messing with each other, and asking for a snack--typical siblings! They look to be about two weeks old and are absolutely wonderful.

2019-05-10 by jude
The female appears to still be incubating. Must be nearly time for some eggs to hatch!

2019-04-08 by jude
The female is sitting deep in the nest and appears to be incubating.

2019-03-18 by jude
Both adults were sitting on the nest yesterday. Their great adventure is about to begin!

2019-03-15 by jude
The female has returned! She was sighted by park staff on March 9th and I spotted her yesterday on the bridge nest.

2018-07-22 by jude
Both chicks have fledged and seem to be awkwardly gaining skill. Their landings are still very unsure and they fly far below their parents, screaming and crying for food. After a few minutes in the air, they land in the nest and continue their demands for food. Definitely fun to watch!

2018-07-21 by Herbie
The one chick fledged on 7/12/18

2018-07-07 by Herbie
There is one chick and one old egg in the nest. The chick is standing most of the time.

2018-06-05 by jude
Two chicks and one infertile egg. Chicks are very active and growing quickly. Their wings are amazingly large....what a joy to be able to observe from above.

2018-05-15 by jude
There are two chicks in the nest, the larger one obviously a couple of days older. There is also one egg that may be infertile. The mother is no longer incubating the remaining egg.

2018-04-07 by jude
She's definitely incubating, and while we were watching, the male flew in with a fish for her. They are an experienced pair and we feel really confident about this season's success.

2018-03-24 by jude
We have seen one osprey or the other from around March 12th, but on the 21st, we saw both on the nest at the same time. Looks like we'll have another good year at this nesting site.

2017-07-05 by jude
The first has fledged. Well done, Baby Osprey!

2017-06-20 by jude
Mama and her three chicks are doing beautifully. Lots of wing flapping and helicoptering. These three should fledge soon!

2017-04-29 by jude
Was thrilled to see her incubating so early in April. She is still sitting on eggs and male is always close by.

2016-06-20 by jude
Two chicks in the south nest and the female in the north nest is still incubating. This is great news.

2016-05-08 by jude
Okay, we definitely have two nests and we definitely have two incubating females. The second nest started to incubate this past week. We'll have to do a new nesting site for it.....

2016-04-27 by jude
Both nests are occupied by adults. If the second nest actually becomes active with incubation, I'll have to begin a new nest entry.

2016-04-24 by jude
Okay, now we have two nests in this one on the left side of the bridge and one on the right. The left has been incubating for nearly a month now. The nest on the right is now fully completed and two adults are sitting on or near it. No incubation occurring as yet.

2016-04-03 by jude
Today she was sitting on eggs while the male stood on the side of the nest. She is low with only her head showing. There is a second nest down the river that also had a female sitting on eggs so, although it's unusually early, I don't think she is alone in her incubating status.

2016-04-02 by jude
She still appears to be sitting on eggs. It's very early but her behavior looks as if she's incubating.

2016-03-26 by jude
She's sitting low in the nest with only her head visible. She's on eggs for sure. What an early bird she is!

2016-03-19 by jude
The nest has been refurnished and the female is sitting on it, waiting for a male? a fish? a passing stranger to compliment her décor?

2015-05-17 by jude
The nest appears damaged and abandoned. There is no osprey activity nearby.

2015-04-22 by jude
Still no activity at this nest. Although the nest appears to be in good shape, the osprey have not landed or been near it while I've been watching.

2015-03-24 by jude
No sign of activity yet. Will keep checking on this nest.

2014-06-27 by bruceg
Only one chick in nest. Adult had wings spread over chick - presume to be shading it from hot sun.