Northwest End of the Chickahominy Bridge
(37.264, -76.8757)
bridge strut
on the northwest end of the bridge....just a pinch away from the nesting pair on the Southwest end
What to look for
Review All Observations
2022 - SuzanneS2021 - SuzanneS2020 - SuzanneS2019 - jude2018 - jude2018 - Herbie2017 - jude
aAdult Arrival3/20/223/7/213/12/203/28/193/21/183/20/184/1/17
bEgg Laying4/5/223/29/213/30/204/7/194/18/185/7/184/27/17
bIncubation Initiation4/5/223/29/213/30/204/7/194/27/17
cClutch Hatching5/6/215/8/205/13/195/31/18
eFirst Chick Fledging6/29/207/22/19
fChicks Last Observed8/14/217/7/18
xNest Failure5/15/227/18/17
xReason For Nest Failureadult abandonment

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2017-04-01Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2017-04-27Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2017-04-27Nest failure2017-07-18
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failureadult abandonment
2018 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2018-03-21Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2018-04-18Chicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatching2018-05-31Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by Herbie
Adult arrival2018-03-20Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2018-05-07Chicks last observed2018-07-07
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jude
Adult arrival2019-03-28Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging2019-07-22
Egg laying2019-04-07Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2019-04-07Nest failure
Clutch hatching2019-05-13Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival2020-03-12Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging2020-06-29
Egg laying2020-03-30Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2020-03-30Nest failure
Clutch hatching2020-05-08Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival2021-03-07Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2021-03-29Chicks last observed2021-08-14
Incubation initiation2021-03-29Nest failure
Clutch hatching2021-05-06Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by SuzanneS
Adult arrival2022-03-20Nestlings
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg laying2022-04-05Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation2022-04-05Nest failure2022-05-15
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

2022-05-15 by SuzanneS
When I last checked on this nest, it ad three eggs and all three were being incubated. I checked on this nest today. All three eggs are gone. The three chicks that had hatched in the nest on the opposite side of the bridge where this nest lies also are gone.

2022-04-14 by SuzanneS
This nest now has three eggs.

2022-04-05 by SuzanneS
Today I saw the first egg in this nest. I last checked April 1, so it could have been paid after that date and before today.

2022-03-25 by SuzanneS
I had a difficult time verifying whether the male had arrived, because two of the three times I observed the nest, I didn't see the male. However, on March 20, I observed the male fending off two other ospreys that kept trying to take the nest (which was empty at the the time; the female was nearby). I think the two ospreys were from a nearby tree that had previously harbored their own nest. The tree still stands, but very little of their nest remains. The male successfully fended them off, because when I returned to the nest on March 23, the male and the female were in the nest doing what they are supposed to do. The other two ospreys were in or near their tree/former nest, likely trying to figure out what to do.

2022-03-22 by SuzanneS
Not sure what's happening with this nest. I have seen the female on several different occasions. It appears though that 3-4 ospreys are trying to occupy this nest. Each time what I think is a male osprey tries to land in the empty nest, it has to leave immediately to chase away 2 other ospreys.

2022-03-08 by SuzanneS
The female has arrived. Waiting for the male.

2021-07-22 by SuzanneS
I visited this nest on July 22 and saw both fledglings in the nest. I didn't see the parents, but I cannot conclude they've left.

2021-06-08 by SuzanneS
Today I visited this nest, four days after my most recent visit. The youngest chick has died. Its feathered remains were still in the nest. Likely cause of death: malnutrition and pecking from the two older chicks. See photo.

2021-06-03 by SuzanneS
Visited nest on June 3. All three chicks present. Smallest is quite a bit smaller than the other two, but I watched the mother feed the smallest quite a bit of fish this morning, much to the dismay of one of the larger chicks, which tried to peck it, but the mother was in between the two chicks.

2021-05-07 by SuzanneS
The second egg has hatched.

2021-05-06 by SuzanneS
Today I saw the first hatchling in this nest. Two unhatched eggs remain. Had checked this nest May 3 and no hatching.

2021-04-17 by SuzanneS
Still three eggs. Looking good.

2021-04-11 by SuzanneS
This nest still has has three eggs, as of today. This nest had three eggs two days ago. Last year, this nest had four eggs.

2021-03-31 by SuzanneS
The first day I saw and egg in the nest was March 29. I visited the nest again today (March 31) and now there are two eggs in the nest.

2021-03-13 by SuzanneS
On March 13 both the male and female ospreys were in the nest; this was the first date I was able to confirm both had returned.

2021-03-07 by SuzanneS
The first osprey arrived at the nest on March 7, 2021.

2020-06-30 by SuzanneS
I'm pretty sure I witnessed the native voyage of one of the young ospreys, because I watched it hover over the nest twice, and return to nest after hovering, and then on the third attempt after hovering it flew forward, made a large circle, and returned to the nest. The mother called out the entire time-my assumption is 'words' of encouragement. Great to see.

2020-06-29 by SuzanneS
One of the young ospreys fledged this morning! The other is close behind. See photos of the fledging.

2020-06-29 by SuzanneS
The older of the two chicks will be fledging soon. It is practicing ‘jump flying’ and it’s landings remain awkward. Yesterday it achieved about six inches of elevation. See the photo I added today. The younger chick also practices flying by flapping its wings, but does not yet achieve as much height.

2020-06-13 by SuzanneS
The chicks are growing well. See photo of latest.

2020-05-16 by SuzanneS
Yesterday I checked on this nest. A chick has been lost. This nest now has only two chicks. See photo.

2020-05-11 by SuzanneS
Checked on the nest this evening. All three eggs have hatched. See photo.

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

2020-05-08 by SuzanneS
The male (presumably) had brought a fish to nest for the female while hatching was under way. He eventually removed the fish and finished it nearby. The female continued attending to the hatching. She gave me one good look of the new chick. See photos.

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

2020-04-05 by SuzanneS
This nest now has three eggs!

2020-04-03 by SuzanneS
Another person, Judy, contacted me and said she observed the nesting pair on March 12. I have changed the report accordingly. And new news! This nest now has two eggs!

2020-04-01 by jude
Noticed the egg this morning and saw on the activity report that Suzanne first saw this one on the 30th of March. I can't edit her report but I first saw both Osprey on the nesting site on March 12th, not quite a week before the adult arrival noted here. Our team (HRC bluebird trail at the Chick) has been monitoring this nest for about four years but haven't been this spring due to cancelling of the program. So, keep up the good work, Suzanne.

2020-03-26 by SuzanneS
More progress made on the nest.

2020-03-20 by SuzanneS
Happy to report they are rebuilding the nest.

2020-03-17 by SuzanneS
I am not certain this report is for this next, as there are three separate nest reports. I observed only one osprey, not two, so perhaps I should not have filed this report? Will attach photos.

2019-08-23 by jude
Female hasn't been seen in a while. The male and the chicks are in the area but haven't been back to the nest at the times I've gone to observe. Unsure if they've left the nest for keeps or just return at dusk.

2019-05-13 by jude
On 5-12, all was well. On 5-13, this third egg was on the far side of the nest, alone and unloved. However, when I returned on 5-16, the egg was not in evidence. Pushed off or back under the female...I wasn't sure.

2019-05-12 by jude
Both adults are near the nest at all times. There are three eggs and we should see some hatching soon.

2019-04-08 by jude
This pair is on a bridge strut, returning to the same nest they used last year. It is very shallow and much of the nest uses the concrete from the bridge as a base. The pair arrived quite late, not till nearly the end of March, and spent little time updating and repairing the nest. Almost immediately (within 10 days), the female appears to be sitting on an egg. She is low in the nest, stands briefly, and then resumes sitting. We'll know more when we are able to kayak out and check.

2019-03-18 by jude
No sightings yet of the pair that nested here last year. However, they arrived late in 2018 and still fledged two young, so we're not giving up hope yet!

2019-03-15 by jude
No sightings yet of any returning Osprey to this nest.

2018-07-22 by jude
No fledging yet but it won't be long....the parents are returning with fewer and fewer bits of fish. The two chicks squabble over the food like typical teenagers but will no doubt soon be airborne.

2018-07-21 by Herbie
Two chicks are still in the nest with there mother. They are still being fed.

2018-06-04 by jude
Two very active, larger, and obviously older. The other very newly hatched...not eating much. Hopefully, as the days pass, he'll be able to grab some food from sibling and chow down.

2018-05-31 by jude
Looks like we have chicks. Will climb the bridge and see what's going on.

2018-04-07 by jude
Still monitoring and hoping that she'll begin to incubate. One there most of the time, standing beside the nest.

2018-03-25 by Herbie
Nest doesn't look great at all. Both birds were in nest.

2018-03-24 by jude
Still only one osprey on the nest at a time. Because of the distance, it's hard to tell if it's a pair taking turns or the same osprey over and over. Will keep watching to see if both return.

2017-07-18 by jude
No eggs, no babies, no parents. Apparently abandoned....

2017-06-21 by jude
I checked the Chic. Bridge today and the there is still one more egg in the nest, but Mom is Not sitting on the egg. She is in the nest but off to the side.

2017-06-20 by jude
We are very concerned about this nest. There was a female and two eggs their on June 16th, but no adult and only one egg there on June 19. Our fear is that this nest may have been abandoned.....will keep monitoring closely over the next few days.

2017-06-12 by Herbie
There are two eggs in the nest. No Chicks yet

2017-04-29 by jude
She is definitely incubating eggs. Went out in a canoe to ensure that we were seeing 'incubating behavior' and confirmed eggs in the nest.

2017-04-02 by jude
The pair have returned and have begun to rebuild their nest.