Nest #3525

Nickname: Strykers Rd/Solar Farm Nest
Nest substrate: Communication tower
Nest Location Description: American Power Cell Tower.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.697731635
Longitude: -75.1483282068
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by ENSP Osprey
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/11/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
5:10-5:30 p.m. When I drove into the dirt road that leads to the tower, I stopped and looked from a distance and saw two osprey flying circles above the nest, and heard them calling. I saw another perched on the lower level. I wondered if it was the parents flying and calling, upset by my intrusion. If so, one of the chicks must have flown to the lower. The light from this position wasn't so good. I continued to the tower, turned toward the gate to the solar farm, and turned around down at the end of the road by the gate. I positioned my car across the road so I could look directly at the nest using the window mounts for my scope and camera. To my surprise, both chicks were now "branching" as they were perched above the nest on pillars and parts of the tower. They both looked prepared to fly, and in fact, I realized the two I saw flying circles above the nest were actually these two chicks--fledglings now! I did not see them land on their perches, but when I started the car to leave, one after the other, they took to the air again and flew high above me! Apparently it was one of the parents I saw perched on the lower level, but I never saw it again after the first view.

07/07/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:20 a.m. I drove east on the dirt road leading to the tower and around to the locked access gate for the solar farm. I turned around so I was facing the nest sideways and set up my scope and camera on my window mounts. One adult was perched and eating prey on a post on the lower tier of the tower. The other adult was on a post above the nest and I could see one large chick sitting upright! That was good news because on a prior visit I had been unable to confirm any nestlings! Soon, I saw the one chick even more clearly and it must be at least 5 weeks old or more! Even better, its sibling, which was hiding behind one of the posts, did a big wing flat and then walked out so it was visible. These are two BIG, healthy looking nestlings! I watched for awhile and took photos, then decided to drive out. The movement and engine noise of my car caused a huge ruckus! One parent (Dad) flew from its dinner on the tier below to a post above the nest, and the other parent (Mom) squawked an alarm. The nestlings lay flat! I left at once in order not to disturb them any further!

06/28/2020 by CyclistBarb
3:10 p.m. As I drove toward the tower down the dirt lane, an adult flew off the tower, and around the area calling, obviously upset at my intrusion. I continued all the way to the end of the lane, by the gate to the solar farm, and turned around. From there I set up my scope and camera looking north. I was about 100 yards from the tower in my car. The agitated adult calmed down and landed back on one of the tower posts, perching over the nest. I could see slight movement way down in the nest. Photos show a slightly rounded dark area that was the head of the other adult sitting in the nest as if incubating. As I left, driving back past the base of the tower again, the male left its perch and again squawked its annoyance at my presence. That told me that there must be eggs or chicks under its mate. I was able to capture just the head of the female on the nest, fully zoomed in and therefore not very clear!

06/13/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:20 a.m. I have been locating nests in North and Central Jersey that have previously or recently not been followed, in order to have those chicks counted in the state's nest-count reports. I will at least attempt to report the number of chicks and successful fledging. This tower is behind Berry Plastics, but the nest is small and flat, on the east side of the tower, furthest away from the road. I could see no sign of a nest from Stryker Rd. I discovered a dirt lane to the base of the tower and on around the corner to a gated access to the solar array. From under the tower, I could see the bottom of the nest. I thought I heard an agitated osprey calling as I drove along the lane, but until I turned toward the north and looked at the nest from that angle, I saw no sign of the pair. Looking north from the dirt road, I saw two adults working in the nest, either arranging nesting materials or attending to hatchlings.

05/01/2020 by Doobie
This is the closest nest to my house that I can see on the map. Today I saw an Osprey fly from west to east over Little Philadelphia Road in Washington, 07882.