Bay Colony Marsh
(38.5811, -75.1539)
Osprey Nest Platform
new platform replacing downed Seagrass Plantation snag nest-as of 5-3-19. snag nest was at edge of property/marsh at end cul de sac of Habersham Ln. New plat in marsh near Bay Colony marina
What to look for
Review All Observations
2021 - baygirl2020 - baygirl2019 - baygirl2018 - baygirl
aAdult Arrival4/5/213/24/203/29/194/2/18
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation4/22/214/15/204/11/194/24/18
cClutch Hatching5/26/206/30/195/28/18
eFirst Chick Fledging7/18/208/26/197/24/18
fChicks Last Observed9/1/209/8/198/15/18
xNest Failure4/26/19
xReason For Nest Failurenest destroyed during storm

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival2018-04-02Nestlings4
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings4
Nest Active First chick fledging2018-07-24
Egg layingChicks last observed2018-08-15
Incubation initiation2018-04-24Nest failure
Clutch hatching2018-05-28Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival2019-03-29Nestlings3
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings3
Nest Active First chick fledging2019-08-26
Egg layingChicks last observed2019-09-08
Incubation initiation2019-04-11Nest failure2019-04-26
Clutch hatching2019-06-30Reason for nest failurenest destroyed during storm
2020 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival2020-03-24Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging2020-07-18
Egg layingChicks last observed2020-09-01
Incubation initiation2020-04-15Nest failure
Clutch hatching2020-05-26Reason for nest failure
2021 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival2021-04-05Nestlings2
Nest OccupiedYesFledglings2
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiation2021-04-22Nest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

2021-04-07 by baygirl
both at nest today, it was very quiet, no boating activity at marina, both on perches near the marina instead of on nest.

2021-03-28 by baygirl
one osprey reported at nest today,rain, fog to drizzle and clearing s 7 mph, 60

2020-09-06 by baygirl
ad m on guard snag today

2020-07-27 by baygirl
one fledgling on far snag with adult, one fledgling flying around then landing on platform t perch, very hot, hanging wings and calling for fish

2020-07-03 by baygirl
consistently seeing 2 chicks in nest, this evening both were being fed at 7 pm, male not seen

2020-06-09 by baygirl
2 healthy looking chicks visible at feeding time today around 2:00pm

2020-05-07 by baygirl
one deep in the nest today, did not see or hear mate

2020-04-30 by baygirl
one deep in nest, did not see or hear mate

2020-04-15 by baygirl
one deep in nest today

2019-09-08 by baygirl
2 juveniles in nest and one juv and one adult in tree

2019-09-02 by baygirl
one juvie in snag tree and one adult in far pine

2019-08-29 by baygirl
all 3 flying by the 26th of august, they look great and still seeing momma drop off fish. i am unable to change the nest data with the renesting so i doubt these 3 will be counted.

2019-08-22 by baygirl
chicks are large and I expect at least one or 2 to fledge before Sept. 1st.

2019-07-30 by baygirl
3 growing chicks continue to thrive

2019-07-26 by baygirl
I am not able to change the nest failure data and then add all the renest data for this nest. however the renest produced 3 chicks and as of today they all look very healthy and approx between 4-5 weeks of age

2019-06-30 by baygirl
female on nest this evening, she was hunched, not flat, looked to be shading and very fussy down in the nest and under her chest area, did not see adult male but i suspect at least one hatchling from the renesting

2019-06-28 by baygirl
pair still incubating but if this re-nest is successful then i expect chicks very soon

2019-05-30 by baygirl
pair has decided to renest, I am guessing on or around May 20th. today one deep in nest, did not see mate

2019-05-06 by baygirl
both at nest today, male bringing in nest material, female quite vocal to him, looks like they like their new home!

2019-05-03 by baygirl
new platform placed in nearby Bay Colony Marina marsh today, both osprey on the new platform within less than 30 minutes! pair had started a new frustration nest in another snag close to the marina ramp but once the new platform was ready they flew over it a few times and quickly claimed it as their own! i observed nest building and copulating.

2019-04-26 by baygirl
nest blew down in storm

2019-04-22 by gypsymom3
Both ospreys visible by nest. Birdfeeding station placed near snag has been removed.

2019-04-18 by gypsymom3
One incubating in nest. Mate perched in tree nearby. Birdfeeding station has been placed on property not far from snag.

2019-04-15 by baygirl
heavy rains last night, 40 mph NW wind gusts though-out the day today, reports of many snag nests down in Delaware, so far this nest is holding and snag is standing

2019-04-13 by baygirl
one deep in nest incubating today, did not see mate. incubating osprey let out a warning call when man approached very near to snag. nest location is extremely close to human activity. plans are to attempt to relocate this pair to a new platform for 2020. this may be difficult unless snag comes down.

2019-04-02 by gypsymom3
Ospreys continue to build nest. One osprey leaves nest frequently while the other remains on nest. It would be great to have a platform placed in the community. I would be happy to help since I live in the community that owns the marsh.

2019-04-01 by baygirl
osprey pair at snag building up the nest however the snag is rotting and just hope it can hold a nest thru the entire season. snag nest is very close to a home. nearby marsh that is suitable for a nest platform is owned by a different community and I have not yet been given permission to place a tall safe nesting platform. hoping to do so in the future.

2019-03-29 by gypsymom3
Osprey couple preparing nest in snag. Good to see their return.

2019-03-27 by gypsymom3
Osprey on nest and flying around. Have seen another osprey flying nearby and perched on tree very close to marina. Heard osprey on nest calling out.

2019-03-20 by baygirl
one osprey off and on the nest and flying around with a fish before eating it on the lobloly pine near the snag, then a mature bald eagle chased the osprey and when the osprey dropped the fish the eagle couldnt find it in the marsh, how many times have i seen this, robbing peter to feed no one.

2019-03-19 by baygirl
one visitor early this morning

2018-09-21 by baygirl
this nest had 4 chicks, 2 were considered "runts", the first 2 larger chicks fledged and then knocked one runt out of the nest on 7-25-18, i was called by tristate bird rescue to retrieve it, i found it in the marsh, it was then placed in a new nest at Cliffs Island with one other similarly aged chick and it fledged 8-5-18, the same day as its sibling runt fledged from this nest. We hope to construct a new nest platform in the marsh near this snag nest in 2019. snag nest is falling