101-B-024 (Sam and Dave)
(40.0806, -74.0902)
Osprey Nest Platform
This nest is located in the midst of the Slade Dale Bird Sanctuary ( 13 acres) along the North Branch of Beaver Dam Creek, a tidal marsh. ⚠️ Need accurate location.
Monitoring groups
What to look for
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2021 - Candy
aAdult Arrival
bEgg Laying
bIncubation Initiation
cClutch Hatching
eFirst Chick Fledging
fChicks Last Observed
xNest Failure
xReason For Nest Failure

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2022 2021

Activity reports

2021 Nest Activity Report by Candy
Adult arrivalNestlings
Nest OccupiedNoFledglings
Nest Active First chick fledging
Egg layingChicks last observed
Incubation initiationNest failure
Clutch hatchingReason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

2022-07-28 by Candy
When I visited yesterday the parents were trying to entice the juvenile to follow them across the creek to a tree. They each had a fish and chirping to their offspring and it constantly chirped back. When I saw it fly out finally, it had a fish too! And followed them across the creek to the tree. I am theorizing they were teaching it to carry the prey to some place further away from the nest.

2022-07-07 by Candy
Hooray! I saw one chick that Sam was trying to entice it to fly! She kept flying over the nest, calling to it while grasping a small fish tail in her talons. Then she landed on a dead tree, and constantly called to it as she held the fish on the branch. I stayed for a bit but didn't see it fly to Sam. Dave sat on another dead tree and just watched.

2022-06-21 by Candy
When I visited last week, I noticed Dave on his favorite perch, a dead tree. Sam wasn't on the nest. Prior to last week, she was always on it, and squawked as I approached the platform. It was the same this week. Sadly, as I walked around the other side of the shallows, I spotted evidence of fireworks. My theory is she was either scared away, injured, or something else just as bad. I will continue to monitor. Hopefully my theory is wrong. Unfortunately this bird preserve is a partying location for teens, and leave beer cans, bottles, vapes, etc.

2022-06-07 by Candy
Yesterday an interloper flew overhead while Sam was on the nest and Dave was perched on a nearby tree. She watched with great interest as he went after the offending osprey. I have not seen any evidence of hatched eggs yet.

2022-05-01 by Candy
When I got to the nest I could barely see Sam's tail sticking up; I thought she's really getting the eggs deep. As I watched her tail rustle, Dave flew in and they mated! It seems this year I am seeing more mating by all the ospreys!

2022-04-08 by Candy
I am pretty sure there's eggs - I saw Dave fly onto the nest and Sam popped her head out from deep within it!

2022-03-21 by Candy
When I got to the nest Sam was in a tree pecking away at something I couldn't identify - it looked like a clump of mud and grass. I looked for Dave and found him perched in a tree. When I looked back at Sam, the unidentified thing was gone and she took off.

2022-03-20 by Candy
They wasted no time! I saw them mate 3 times. Both busy fortifying the nest. First day of spring was mighty nice

2022-03-19 by Candy
I'm so excited! I saw Sam today

2022-03-15 by Candy
I've been checking nests and today I heard Dave's call before I spotted him. He looks like he had a good winter and the nest looks good too.

2021-11-12 by Ben Wurst
Thank you, Candy for mapping this nest. We just need the exact location at some point.

2021-08-04 by Candy
I hadn't been to this nest since the end of June. Today a female fledgling was hesitant to take flight despite a sibling trying to encourage her with a fish on a nearby tree. I didn't see Dave around or the 3rd fledgling but suddenly Sam appeared with a fish to entice the last one to fly.

2021-06-28 by Candy
It was a typical NJ summer day -hazy, hot ,humid. Sam was on the nest with 2 chicks (that I could see). DVe was on his favorite perch.

2021-06-20 by Candy
A hot and steamy Sunday visit to Sam and Dave. I was so excited to note TWO more hatchlings! TRIPLETS! Sam flew around giving me a warning scream and settled on a branch. I don't know why this platform was built right on the trail - every time I go near and pass it, Sam is distressed of course. And I am not the only visitor. I know other photographers and locals walk the trail.

2021-06-09 by Candy
I had been visiting this nest irregularly; today I visited and saw one hatchling! It looks like a baby dinosaur. Sam, the female, flew over the nest as I approached on the trail giving me warning. Dave, the male, sat unconcerned on a nearby branch. I have decided I will follow this nest because I've lost a nest (Hepburn and Tracy were evicted in Bay Head)