Nest #4648

Nickname: Soroptomist Park
Nest substrate: Utility Pole
Nest Location Description: This has been an active nest for several years that I know of.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 38.6464341093915
Longitude: -75.5986393172882
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2018 2016 2015 2014

Activity reports

2014 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival 03/15/2014 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/20/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/02/2014
Incubation initiation 04/08/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/01/2014 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival 03/14/2015 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
2016 Nest Activity Report by francie
Adult arrival 03/11/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/14/2016 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/11/2018 by francie
Last year, this pair left early. We saw a chick once, but not after that time, so we assumed something happened to it. The nest was either torn down or blown down over this past Winter, so it will be interesting to see what happens. It had been built up quite high over the years. We called it the Osprey Mansion. No activity as yet.

06/03/2016 by francie
This nest gets deeper every year, so it is hard to watch. There is now a bird sitting up on the nest, so we are assuming there are chicks.

05/17/2015 by francie
Incubating had been initiated early on with this pair. They will be hard to keep an eye on. They have built their nest up so high that we can barely see the top of the head of the parent incubating. Even then, they have to be in a certain position or we can't see them at all!

03/22/2015 by francie
As of 3/21/15, both male and female are at this nest!

03/16/2015 by francie
This is our favorite nest as it's one of the 2 we watched before getting involved with the Osprey Watch. As of 3/16/15, there is one osprey in the nest. So far, the mate has not been seen. Usually, it is somewhere nearby and most often it's on the telephone pole near the nest or one of close trees.

09/19/2014 by francie
We continued to check this nest for awhile, but never did see anymore activity. We are assuming that once this chick fledged, they went elsewhere. This pair usually stays around for awhile, but not this year.

08/15/2014 by francie
We have not seen any activity at this nest for 2 weeks or so. I don't know if they have gone on to another site for hunting/eating or left the area.

07/27/2014 by francie
We were surprised last weekend when this chick flew out of the nest, while we were watching. We've been several times since then and chick is still hanging around and going back to the nest.

07/05/2014 by francie
No wing exercising as yet. But chick is still in the nest, still letting Mama feed it.

06/30/2014 by francie
Still only seeing the one chick. That is, until today......This is a very deep nest, so we don't know if the chick has fledged or was hunkered down in the nest. One of the parents was in the nest when we got there, but it flew out, flew around, and landed on a nearby telephone pole. We never saw chick activity.

06/22/2014 by francie
Both parents were in the nest today when we checked on this one. The female was feeding the only chick we are able to see and then the male flew off.

06/15/2014 by francie
We have finally been able to see one chick in this nest!! The only way I could see was to go around to the backside of the nest.

06/14/2014 by francie
Mom is very protective here!! She was sitting up in the nest, when we went by. Another osprey pair came very close by and she was fussing at them until they finally circled away from her nest. We have not seen the male for some time. I don't know if something has happened to him or we just keep missing him. This was one of the nests where we always saw him sitting on a pole or a tree nearby, in previous years.

06/06/2014 by francie
The female was sitting up in this deep nest when we stopped over today. She then kept poking her head into the nest and worked herself all the way around in a circle, eventually, while still poking her head/beak into the center of the nest. She also removed some twigs while we were watching. We thought she was doing some housekeeping.

06/01/2014 by francie
There is at least one chick in this nest. Both parents were in the nest this evening when we checked on them. However, being the deepest nest, it may take awhile before we see more of the chick or chicks!

05/26/2014 by francie
We saw some movement in the nest in front of where the female was sitting, so I am going to say there is at least one chick. This is the deepest nest in town, so it is very hard to see much.

05/24/2014 by francie
The female was up on the edge of this nest a couple of times while we observed. We did not see the male. The previous years, before I started the Osprey Watch, this male was always nearby. Not this year. I am thinking there may be some small ones in the nest, since she is now spending time on the edge.

05/17/2014 by francie
Still nothing new with this nest, as far as we can tell.

05/10/2014 by francie
We could just barely see movement in this deep nest. We listened for new sounds, but heard nothing. The male was nowhere to be seen, at that time.

05/04/2014 by francie
Male was on his nearby pole when we visited. Female is in nest and looked to be eating. We listened to see if there were any new noises coming from the nest and did not hear anything yet. This male is very observant, watching us and a group of people having a cookout in the park area next door.

04/24/2014 by francie
Just checked this nest, but didn't see any activity until we were about to leave. Then the female popped her head up over the edge. This is a very deep nest!! The male was nowhere to be seen.

04/21/2014 by francie
This nest is so huge that it's hard to see if anyone is in it, at times. Every now and then, the female will pop her head up and look out, but it's hard to tell if she is actually incubating or if any eggs have hatched. So far, she is spending most of her time in the nest. The male is usually close by, as seen in some of my photos. He has his favorite spots!!

04/13/2014 by francie
We did not stay long today, for observation. There was a family gathering at the park where this nest is located. There are medical offices on the other side of the fence, which is where we observe from. The family gathering had spilled into the medical parking lot, so we only did a quick check. Female is on the nest and male was seen flying away from the nest when we pulled up. He did not return during the short time we were there.

04/12/2014 by francie
I believe the female is incubating. The last few times we've traveled over to this nest, she has been in incubation position. The male was nowhere to be found yesterday, so we watched for a bit. I saw a bird in the distance and as I wondered if that was the male, the "real" male came out of nowhere from the opposite direction (from the river) with a fish. The pair shared dinner together.

04/08/2014 by francie
Doing a quick check on this nest today and saw 2 ospreys almost getting into a fight over the nest. The female is sitting in the nest, one osprey swoops over and another came in quickly to chase it away. Not sure what was going on, if the intruder is trying to steal the nest or the mate??

04/06/2014 by francie
There was mating activity a few days ago, in this nest. So far, the female is not sitting in the nest on a regular basis, but both birds are usually nearby.

03/31/2014 by francie
At first, we didn't see either one from this nest. Then, as we started to leave, we saw them both in trees at the park next door. The nest is ready, since it didn't change much from the end of last season.

03/21/2014 by francie
This nest is in repair status, but it looks to be pretty well kept from last year.

03/15/2014 by francie
Just since last week, there is now a pair of Osprey sitting on this nest! They are officially back!

03/08/2014 by francie
There is still no activity at this nest, but we are watching! Looking forward to seeing some soon.