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Beattys Rd-Pohatcong Cell tower
Nest Location Description:
Pohatcong Cell tower.
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First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
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10:00 a.m. Again on a bike ride in the area, I observed the nest and took a photo of a completely empty nest. Chicks have all fledged and no one was home.
During a bike ride in the area, I saw the chicks on the nest and also saw the birds flying. I did not have my scope, just binoculars, so I could not determine which were chicks and which adults. However, these three have certainly fledged by now. I will estimate the fledge date as Aug. 8.
1:55-2:00p.m. I am doing very quick checks of as many nests as I can after yesterday's tropical storm Isaias. The severely high winds took down many trees and could have blown nests and chicks down. This nest is intact and I saw two chicks on the nest tower. One was sitting in the nest, the other perched on a pillar. The third is probably hidden behind a pillar, or perhaps the chicks have fledged and one is off somewhere.
1:30 p.m. I didn't watch for long. The three big chicks were self feeding on the nest. I didn't see either parent so they were probably both off hunting. These chicks are close to fledging.
4:45 p.m. I saw 3 big chicks and a parent (probably Mom) on the nest. Mom appears to be eating. These chicks look about the same age as others in this immediate area. They will fledge soon. Mom flies up to perch on one of the struts which over-looks the nest. Then I see the chicks start to eat. The eating is continuing when I leave to visit the next nest, with Mom watching from above.
6:45-7:00 p.m. The late afternoon light is good for viewing this nest from the corn field/dirt road. The adult (Mom no doubt) was perched on the pillar and I was delighted to see THREE CHICKS! The young are now almost as big as the parents and were taking turns wing-flapping and sitting up tall!
10:30 a.m. I approached the nest tower from route 173 heading north on Beatty's Rd. I decided to try the dirt road to the corn field first because it is at higher elevation. The tower is further away (than from the tower access road view point) and the light is bad as the sun is not yet out. This proves to be a good view though, as the nest is mostly facing this cornfield. I see the female perched on the tower post and one very obvious, big chick sitting tall, The other chick is also sitting up, but in all the photos it is partially hidden behind the tower structures. Its back is seen just to the right of its sibling.
4:25 p.m. I park at the gate to the tower access road and set up my scope and camera. I see that Mom is standing at the south edge of the tower by the nest. I am happy to also see one chick standing beside her. The photo is zoomed greatly and thus not in sharp focus, but one can clearly make out the little one! I will check back to see if this chick has sibling(s). I took a video and when watching it on the computer, there is movement which would indicate at least one other sibling.
9:20 a.m. Pulling up to the Beattys Rd turn in search of this nest, I see it is quite far away. The photo of the area is taken at this corner. I turn south on Beattys Rd and find the gated access road to the tower which seems to be the best spot from which to observe this nest. Through my scope I can see the back and part of the head of an adult standing at the edge of the nest. A lot of the nest is hidden by the tower structures so I don't know if there is another adult sitting on the nest.