Nest #4848

Nickname: Orville & Amelia
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Platform is in Chestertown about 80 feet beyond the end of our dock and just a few hundred yards upstream of the Chestertown Chester River Bridge.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 39.21111232569
Longitude: -76.0595753557502
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/17/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/22/2014
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2011 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/12/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/26/2015
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/15/2013 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/20/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/10/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/10/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/17/2016 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/15/2014 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/22/2014
Incubation initiation 04/14/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2012 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/12/2012 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/25/2012
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/07/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/31/2017 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by dafoster
Adult arrival 03/11/2019 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 0
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries


07/25/2019 by dafoster
This platform was established in February 2012 and the following month a pair of Ospreys (Orville and Amelia by name) built a nest and have been returning every year since that time. For the first 7 years, they successfully raised and fledged 2 or 3 chicks each year. Unfortunately, this year, although at least 1 chick hatched, none of them survived. Although the cause of death is unknown, the parents continue to return to the nest on a daily basis but they are "empty nesters."

04/01/2019 by dafoster
One Osprey arrived on March 11 and the second on March 12

04/01/2019 by dafoster
The first arrived on March 11 and the second on March 12. The third day they were actively adding small branches to the nest. Orville & Amelia typically raise 2 chics each year but they are not great nest builders.

07/21/2017 by dafoster
Fledglings continue to alternate between nearby pilings and the nest itself. The adults continue to bring fish to the nest (and presumably share them) but take them away when they leave. I have not yet observed either of the fledglings actually catch a fish.

05/31/2017 by dafoster
Although, based on the behavior of the adults, we assumed that one or more eggs had hatched several days ago, today was the first time we could actually observe at least one chick.

03/10/2017 by dafoster
There was a heavy wet snowfall this morning and even at a distance you could see from the expression of disgust on their faces that they wondered why they left the sunny south for this?

03/07/2017 by dafoster
Today the second Osprey (presumably Amelia) arrived and the two acted precisely like lovebirds who had not seen each other in 6 months, thus confirming the adage about absence making the heart grow fonder. Orville then promptly went to work collecting new sticks for the nest as well as certain critical decorative items.

03/06/2017 by dafoster
First sighting this morning at 10:30 AM. One Osprey (presumably Orville) first landed on our boatlift and then flew on to the nest.

03/05/2017 by dafoster
No sightings at this nest yet this year but there have already been sightings further down river.

07/15/2016 by dafoster
First chick flew from the nest 7/10/16 and the other flew a day or two later. Interestingly, where in previous years the chicks seemed to leave the neighborhood soon after they learned to fly, this years fledglings seem much more social. They take practice flights to a nearby boat lift and then return for supper before the streetlights come on

05/25/2016 by dafoster
Both parents have been acting as though they had chicks for several days now but it was not until today that we could actually see those chicks confirm their arrival. I am going to estimate that at least one of them hatched on or about May 17th.

03/29/2016 by dafoster
Breeding pair (presumed to be Orville & Amelia) are actively "planning a family." They have been refurbishing their nest and hanging out there most of the time since March 10th. Unfortunately, I can not see into the nest and can not tell if their are any eggs yet.

03/10/2016 by dafoster
While our first Osprey visitor of the year (earliest we have ever seen one) arrived on March 1st, that one turned out to be neither Orville nor Amelia but an impostor, known as "Sooner," an apparently misguided young Osprey who jumped the gun and arrived on Super Tuesday, got caught in the snow and soon took off for more pleasant climes. However, by March 10th the real residents, Orville and Amelia, settled in and immediately began rebuilding their nest.

03/01/2016 by dafoster
First sighting of the year. One Osprey on the nest for extended period. In previous years they did not arrive til around St. Patrick's day or shortly before. This year one has arrived at least 2 weeks early.

11/13/2015 by dafoster
One of the eggs apparently rolled through the slats and wedged below and out of reach of the parents- never hatched.

06/08/2015 by dafoster
NOTE: Due to the height of the nest it is impossible to see eggs in the nest and the nestlings can only be seen when they are able to stand upright and hold up their heads.

06/06/2015 by dafoster
First chick observed. This was preceded by an unusual amount of chirping during the previous 2 days. (In 2013 we had 1 chick and in 2014 3 but so far this year only 1 has been observed at any one time.

03/13/2015 by dafoster
Two Ospreys in the nest again today.

03/12/2015 by dafoster

03/12/2015 by dafoster
Two Ospreys in the nest today.

03/11/2015 by dafoster
First sighting this year but only one osprey, probably a male. I was concerned that they would be late this year because of the bad weather but this one actually arrived earlier than last year.

12/02/2014 by dafoster
Two mature Bald Eagles occupied the Osprey nest this morning. I can't believe that Eagles will actually nest this close to town but they now rest there several times each week and I wonder what will happen when the Ospreys return next March.

11/20/2014 by dafoster
A Great Blue Heron is taking advantage of the Ospreys extended vacation by taking up temporary residence on the Osprey nest.

11/19/2014 by dafoster
Although the Ospreys were last seen in this nest last September, the nest is frequently occupied by Herons and Eagles. Today 2 large Bald Eagles were observed in the nest for extended periods.

11/17/2014 by dafoster
I am curious as to whether other Osprey Watchers have observed a pattern of Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons stopping by for visits once the Ospreys have flown south. From March to September I never see other large birds near the nest although I have seen Eagles and Ospreys fighting over fish out over the river. Given that the Eagle is larger and stronger and a fierce competitor of the Osprey, you might think that they would pillage the nest and eat the young when the adult Osprey are absent but that does not seem to be a threat.

11/04/2014 by dafoster
This platform was installed February 2012 and the pair we named Orville and Amelia began nesting March 16, 2012. That year they raised two chicks and departed September 2012. By March 17 2014 what we assume to be the same pair returned again and this year they raised three chicks. Once again all departed the nest by the end of September but no sooner did the 5 Ospreys leave but a Bald Eagle began taking residence on the same nest. Lately, the Bald Eagle visits less frequently but has been replaced in turn by a Great Blue Heron.

04/16/2014 by dafoster
This nesting platform was first erected 3/1/2012 and the first nesting pair began checking it out 3/15/2012. I do not recall just when the first eggs were laid (NOTE: We can not see down into the nest.) but this pair successfully raised one fledgling that year and all three left in September 2013. This year a pair (presumably the same one) returned 3/15/2014 and began occupying the nest immediately on arrival. By 4/14/2014 they began displaying incubation behavior. This year a pair