Nest #5484

Nickname: Learners
Nest substrate: Field light pole
Nest Location Description: There are several field light poles in the area near the parking lot and sport(s) field(s) of the elementary school. The osprey nest is constructed on the top of the fixtures (lights) on one of the field light poles on the baseball field.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers, Virginia Master Naturalist
Latitude: 37.276205
Longitude: -76.817422
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015

Activity reports

2015 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival 03/13/2015 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/28/2015
Egg laying 04/05/2015 Chicks last observed 07/23/2015
Incubation initiation 04/12/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/25/2015 Reason for nest failure
2016 Nest Activity Report by Rivergirl
Adult arrival 03/09/2016 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 jenny
Adult arrival 03/09/2016 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 06/26/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/08/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/15/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by jenny
Adult arrival 03/09/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/05/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/18/2017
Incubation initiation 04/06/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/13/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by jenny
Adult arrival 03/17/2018 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/11/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/20/2018
Incubation initiation 04/14/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by jenny
Adult arrival 03/12/2019 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/08/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/17/2019
Incubation initiation 04/12/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/20/2019 Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by jenny
Adult arrival 03/11/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/02/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/16/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/09/2020 by jenny
7/9/2020, 2:45 pm, HOT and HUMID, 86°, dark clouds with some sun shining through, a little rain earlier in the day. We have 2 fledglings!!! As I arrived on site, I observed one adult Osprey and one young Osprey on the nest. The adult quickly flew from the nest, calling loudly as he flew. As I walked around the area towards the nest, the adult circled above me still calling loudly. After a few minutes, the adult returned to the nest, landed, and immediately flew from the nest and circled above, high and low. As the adult circled the baseball field, calling, I observed the Osprey nestling fledge from the nest and circle the baseball field. The adult Osprey then flew nearer to the young fledgling and they circled the baseball field and soccer field together. After a few passes, the young fledgling flew to the top of one of the light poles on the baseball field and perched. The adult Osprey flew to a nearby tree and perched. All remained quiet until 3:20, when I observed the other adult Osprey and second juvenile fledgling flying/circling in the southwest direction. As the two Osprey flew/circled, they came closer and closer to the baseball field. It appeared the adult had a small fish. Both the adult and juvenile landed on a light pole near the light pole where the newer fledgling was perched. As the two landed on the light pole, the Osprey dropped the fish to the ground. The adult flew off, circled once, and landed on the light pole next to the original fledgling. The more recent fledgling remained perched on his light pole. After about fifteen minutes, the adult Osprey flew to a nearby tree and perched. Each of the young Osprey remained perched on their respective light poles. Success!

07/06/2020 by jenny
7/6/2020, 11:15 am, HOT and HUMID, 86°. Upon arrival I could see two young Osprey in the nest. I could also hear loud Osprey calls coming from a nearby tree but after scanning the trees, I could not get a visual on the Osprey. After a few minutes, I looked up and observed five Osprey circling above; two of the Osprey seemed to be chasing one another. The Osprey continued to circle then flew off. All was quiet. At 11:35, the adult male Osprey flew in with a small fish in its talons and deposited it in the nest; the two young Osprey in the nest began to tear at the fish and eat. The adult Osprey then flew over to a nearby tree (his usual spot) and perched. At this point, I assumed the Osprey I first heard calling from the trees was the adult female. At 11:50 am, one of the young Osprey flew from the nest and began to circle the baseball field. I assumed this was the Osprey that recently fledged. The other young Osprey in the nest continued to eat the fish. As of today, I have not observed the second young Osprey, fledge. Due to the heat and humidity, I decided to end my observation about noon.

07/05/2020 by jenny
7/5/2020, 77°, overcast and humid; some lightning and thunder. I wanted to stop by and observe whether the young Osprey chick in the nest had fledged yet. I was able to observe two chicks perched on the nest; the recent fledgling quickly flew from the nest to the light pole opposite the nest. The young chick in the nest remained perched on the edge but would not take off in flight. I scanned the tree line and observed adult Osprey perched in a tree next to the soccer field. The lightening and thunder continued so I remained in my car. I was able to observe the young fledgling fly from his spot on the light pole over to a different light pole, where he perched. A few sprinkles began to fall; with the lightening, thunder, and sprinkles, I decided to end the observation. Will continue to check the nest in hope of observing the second chick fledge.

07/03/2020 by jenny
7/3/2020, 9:30 am, 82°, sunny; another hot and humid morning. Upon arrival on site, I observed adult Osprey and one chick in the nest. I scanned the tree-line and fields and observed the recent fledgling perched on the tall light pole to the left of the nest. Several minutes later, the adult flew from the nest, circled above, and landed next to the fledgling perched on the light pole. The second chick was still perched on the edge of the nest. Several minutes later, the adult Osprey flew from the light pole over to the tree it had been perched in the previous day. The young fledgling then flew from the light pole and perched at the top of a tree, catty-corner to the baseball field. All remained in place for the next 30 minutes. The adult Osprey flew from the tree, circled above a few times, and returned to the nest; the chick and the adult in the nest. Fledgling remained perched in the tree (10:25). At 10:30, the adult Osprey flew from the nest and began circling and calling loudly; the calls became more high pitched and louder. I looked and observed two additional Osprey flying high. The three Osprey called and chased one another for several minutes, then two flew off towards the north and the one adult returned to the nest. The fledgling was still in the same tree and the chick was in the nest; when will he fledge?

07/02/2020 by jenny
7/2/2020, 10:45 am, 82°, hot and humid, with some clouds. Arrived on site and observed young chick perched and looking over the edge of the nest. As I walked towards the nest, I could hear loud calls from the trees on the far side of the baseball field. As I heard these calls, I also heard the chick(s) calling back from the nest. I scanned the trees and observed the adult female Osprey perched in a tree near the far side of the baseball field and the male Osprey perched in a large tree on west side of baseball field. I could hear a stereo of calls. At 11:00, the two adult Osprey flew from their respective trees and began circling above the baseball field. After several minutes, the adult female Osprey returned to the tree she'd been in and the adult male Osprey flew away towards the southwest. Scanned the trees again and found one young Osprey perched in a tree; the first chick to fledge. The fledgling flew from the tree and circled above the baseball field a few times and returned to the same tree but perched higher up in the tree. The other chick remained in the nest. Dark clouds moved in so I ended my observation, 12:05 pm.

06/30/2020 by jenny
6/30/2020, 3:10 pm, a cloudy, hot and humid day. Arrived on site and observed the adult female Osprey perched high on the edge of the nest. The male was perched in a nearby tree (the usual tree). To my surprise, an Osprey chick nestling rose up from the nest and began jumping up and down, and flapping its wings. The chick repeatedly displayed this behavior with a few short "rest" periods in between, in which he perched in the nest with his head over the edge of the nest, looking downward. With each up and down jump, the chick would jump higher, flap its wings and rest in the nest. Quite a sight to watch! I'm sure the chick will fledge in the next day or two. I was also able to see a second chick nestling in the nest. After about forty-five minutes, it began to rain. All was quiet so I ended my observation.

06/22/2020 by jenny
6/22/2020, 10:30 am, 82°, Hot and Humid! Arrived on site and observed the adult female perched on the edge of nest. I could hear quiet calls/chatter coming from the nest. I observed the adult male Osprey perched high in a nearby tree (his usual location). I walked towards the nest and the female flew from the nest, circled several time above and returned to the nest. The adult male stayed quietly perched in the tree. A passerby stopped to chat with me for a few minutes (we were wearing our masks). We talked about the Osprey and what I was observing; I was able to point out the female in the nest and the male perched in the tree. As we talked, the female Osprey flew from the nest, circled above us a few times and returned to the nest. I could hear soft "chatter" coming from the nest which I also mentioned to the person I was talking with. I indicated the sounds were most likely coming from the chick(s) in the nest as the adult female returned to the nest and settled. We finished up our conversation and the passerby returned to the parking lot and left. All was quiet for the next fifteen minutes so I concluded my observation.

06/19/2020 by jenny
6/19/2020 10:40 am, 80°, mostly sunny with a few high clouds. Arrived on site and observed the adult female Osprey perched on the edge of the nest. I walked towards the soccer field and the female began calling, loudly. I decided to change direction and walked on the path that leads to the nest (underneath). As I got closer the female again called loudly, flew from the nest, and began circling above me; her calls became louder. I turned around to walk back towards the parking lot; the female circled once more and returned to the nest. I went back to the soccer field and observed from there; each time I moved, the female would call. At 11:20, several Turkey vultures circled above but the female Osprey was quiet; only when I moved, did she call. By 11:30, all was quiet.

06/10/2020 by jenny
9:40 am, 81°, hot and humid; cloudy with some blue sky seen through the clouds. Arrived on site and immediately noticed the signage indicating the soccer field was closed and the baseball field was closed (and locked up). As such, I knew my observation position would be limited today. Male and female adult Osprey were perched high on the edge of the nest. As I focused tightly on the nest with my binoculars, I was almost certain I could see a small head bobbing in the nest. As I walked in the direction of the nest, the adult male began to call loudly and the adult female began "chatting." Overhead, I also observed an Osprey flying high and circling. At 9:48, the male flew from the nest, landed high up in a nearby tree and perched. The Osprey that had been flying overhead had flown off. The female called loudly, flapped her wings a few times and flew from the nest. She circled above me several times, then hovered over me, flapping her wings. I continued to walk on the pavement that goes under the nest, walking past the nest to the end of the pavement. The female then flew back to the nest and perched on its edge. I walked back towards the parking lot. At 10:02, the female Osprey lowered herself into the nest. I was still able to see a small head bobbing; it appeared the adult female had settled next to the chick. Because I was limited in where I was able to observe from, I decided to again walk on the pavement towards the nest. The female began calling loudly as I got closer; her behavior was the same; she flew from the nest, circled above me a few times and then hovered over me until I was past the nest. I turned around and walked back towards the parking lot. The female immediately returned to the nest. The male Osprey remained in the same tree for the remainder of my observation which ended at 10:45.

06/03/2020 by jenny
10:00 am, 80 °, hot and humid. Arrived on site at 10:00 am; male and female Osprey perched on edge of nest. At 10:09 am, both Osprey began calling loudly. I searched the sky and observed two Osprey flying/circling high above. The male Osprey flew from the nest and headed towards the west which was the direction one of the Osprey was flying/circling; the two began "darting" and "chasing" one another. The female Osprey flew from the nest but stayed close-by, circling the baseball field and tree-line. She returned to the nest after only a few minutes. The male Osprey eventually "chased" the intruder Osprey away, and returned to the nest at 10:25. Both adults remained perched on the nest for the remainder of my visit. There was no sign of chick(s) yet, but again, they may just be too small to observe at this point.

05/25/2020 by jenny
5/25/2020, Memorial Day; overcast 63°. Arrived on site at 10:00 am; all was quiet at the nest. I scanned the tree-line with no sign of Osprey. As I focused on the nest, I could see a shadow through the twigs; assumed this was the female. Walked around all sides of the nest; all was quiet, no calls or movement to observe. By 10:20 am, I expected to see the male but did not. However, the female popped up out of the nest and perched on its edge. As I walked closer towards the nest, she called loudly; a minute later, she flapped her wings and flew from the nest, circled above me, calling, and then returned to the nest where she perched for a minute, then with her downward looking into the nest. She settled into the nest again; I could still see the top of her head so she was definitely higher in the nest than in past weeks. This behavior would seem to indicate there may be at least one nestling in the nest; again, we won't know until any chick(s) get bigger to where we can observe. I scanned the tree-line and individual trees; as the trees have filled-out it has become more difficult to see through the thicker parts of the trees thus making it more difficult to observe the male Osprey who can often be seen perched in one of the nearby trees. At 10:49, I heard calls coming from the nest, which typically has been a sign that the male Osprey could be in the vicinity. Sure enough, as I continued to scan the trees, I observed the male perched on a nearby field light pole, with a fish in his talons. I watched him fly from the light pole to the nest and deposit the fish. I was able to hear a lot of chatter going on in the nest. The male perched himself on the edge of the nest. The female was bending over; was she eating? was she feeding young? I walked underneath the nest once more; male still perched quietly. A few minutes later, the male Osprey flew from the nest towards the southeast. All remained quiet in the nest so I ended my observation at 11:05 am.

05/17/2020 by jenny
5/17/2020, warm, cloudy, and breezy, 70°. Arrived on site at 10:15 am. At first, I did not see any activity at/on the nest. I scanned the tree-line and did not see Osprey in any tree. At 10:20, I was able to see some movement through the twigs in the nest. Based on previous years, it should be time for hatchlings to appear. However, because the nest is so high up on the light fixture, we won't be able to verify any chicks until they're older and visible. Observed a Turkey vulture, two Black vultures, and two American Crows flying above. At that point, the Osprey popped her head up in the nest. 10:26, observed the male Osprey fly in from the west and perch in a nearby tree (his usual, favorite). The Osprey began to call loudly as a hawk circled above. After a few minutes, the hawk flew towards the north and the male Osprey quieted down. At 10:39, I began to walk towards the nest, wanting to observe the nest from all sides. As I got closer to the tree in which the male was perched, he began calling loudly. I circled around all sides of the nest; still could not see much clearly. As I circled back, the male called loudly, then flew from the tree, heading east. As noted with past behavior, I expected the male to return withing 15-20 minutes. 10:39; the wind was picking up by this time. I continued to walk around/below the nest; I could hear quiet calls coming from the nest. Surprisingly, at 10:44, the female began to call loudly from the nest. I observed two Osprey flying in from the north. The two Osprey were circling close together, then one began to chase the other. Neither came to the nest; I could still hear the female calling loudly from the nest. Several minutes passed and both Osprey flew off towards the north, circling and chasing. All was quiet as dark clouds moved across the sky filling in the blue spaces that had been peeking through. There were lots of other birds flitting here and there, mostly on the field and surrounding grounds; Chipping sparrows, Grackles, Cowbirds, and others. 11:07; again, surprisingly, as I look up, I observed four Osprey circling above; one had a fish. I observed the female Osprey come up out of the nest, flap her wings, and then fly from the nest. She didn't go very far but immediately turned around and flew back to the nest. I watched three of the four Osprey fly away. Female stayed perched up high on the nest. I scanned the tree-line searching for the male Osprey, but no luck. I knew he was around as I saw only three Osprey fly away. The female settled in the nest. The male Osprey with the fish returned to the area but did not come to the nest. The wind continued to increase; I was not able to see any sign of the male Osprey. Finally, at 11:25, the male flew in with the fish and landed on the nest, dropping the fish into the nest. Female came up out of the nest and flew from the nest making a few passes above the soccer field; she then returned to the nest. Again, I would suspect at least one chick in the nest since the female was willing to leave the nest and fly. The male flew from the nest. Two Osprey returned to the area; the female immediately flew from the nest to fend them off, then returned to the nest. Male returned to the area. It was getting a bit confusing keeping track of who was who; Osprey were coming and going. I decided to end the observation at 11:45. An interesting observation!

05/09/2020 by jenny
5/9/2020; sunny, windy 49°, 9:55 am. As part of the Global Big Day, I wanted to make sure I visited the Osprey site as part of my count observation. I arrived on site and immediately observed male Osprey flying in with a fish. I could hear soft calls from the nest. Male flew to the nest and dropped fish; female Osprey came up out of the nest. The male flew from the nest towards the northwest. Female was moving around in the nest and finally settled. At 10:15, the male flew back in to the area and perched in a nearby tree for a few minutes then flew to an adjacent tree and perched. After another few minutes, male flew to the nest and perched on the edge; he continually looked down into the nest then he lowered his head. As I watched his behavior it appeared he was tearing and eating any leftover fish. All was quiet for about fifteen minutes; male then moved to the front edge of the nest and spent some time preening. He then stood up high on the nest, flapped his wings, and perched back onto the nest. Female came up from the nest for a brief moment and settled back into the nest. Again, all was quiet. At 11:02, the male Osprey flew from the nest towards the southeast. Fortunately, I was able to observe a variety of additional bird species for the count day. Ended my observation at 11:05.

05/02/2020 by jenny
5/2/2020; received a phone call from our HRC volunteer who coordinates our Osprey watch for the chapter. An injured male Osprey was rescued from the mud in a nearby pond and was being transported to a wildlife rescue center. Our coordinator asked those of us who monitor Osprey nests within several miles of the pond to please visit our nest sites and to hopefully make sure both adult male and female Osprey were observable, and that the injured Osprey was not from one of our nests. At 12:04 pm, I arrived at Matoaka to check on the site's Osprey nest. At first, I did not observe either the male or female Osprey or any activity nearby. I scanned the tree-line and did not see the male Osprey perched in any tree. I did hear a few quiet Osprey calls from the nest so I assumed the female was in the nest. I walked the soccer field to observe, then to the baseball field. At 12:20, I observed the male Osprey flying in from the north; he circled the baseball field a few times, the soccer field a few times, then landed on the edge of the nest. The male perched briefly and then headed off towards the southeast. I continued to observe the nest from the baseball field until a family arrived on the field to play catch, hit and field baseballs. I then went back to the soccer field to observe the opposite side of the nest. At 12:40, the male Osprey returned to the area; I could see a fish in his talons. The male flew to a nearby tree, perched, and began tearing and eating the fish. After about 10 minutes, the male flew from the tree, with the remainder of the fish, to the nest. He continued to eat the fish; from what I could see through my binoculars, he seemed to be sharing the fish with the female (I could see the female's head moving). Once done eating, the male perched high up on the nest. I was able to see some shadowy movement through the nest's sticks. I assumed the female was okay. I continued to walk around all sides of the nest for the next 20-30 minutes to make sure my observation was accurate; I concluded both the male and female Osprey were doing fine. By this time several additional families had arrived to the baseball field, the soccer field, and a nearby practice field. All together, including myself, there were 12-14 adults and children in the area. Of note, I was the only person wearing a protective mask. I decided it was time to leave. I reported back to our coordinator that the male and female Osprey at the Matoaka nest were okay. Unfortunately, the next day, our coordinator reported that the rescued Osprey's injury involved a twisted wing; sadly, he was euthanized.

04/29/2020 by jenny
4/29/2020, a sunny, warm day 74°, 10:50 am. As I arrived, I could not see either the male or female Osprey at/in the nest. Per usual, I scanned the tree-line and observed the male perched high up in a nearby tree. Grounds keepers were mowing, edging, and blowing leaves on-site so it was rather noisy. I waited until they finished and then walked towards the nest area where I could get a better view of the nest, and closer to the male Osprey perched in the tree. The male called several times, then was quiet. At 11:05 am, the male flew from the tree and headed towards the southeast. I still could not see any activity at/in the nest. Suspected the female was hunkered down low in the nest incubating her egg(s). Based on past behavior I expected the male to return within 15-20 minutes. 20 minutes later, I observed a Red-shouldered hawk flying and calling loudly. As the hawk flew over the northern tree-lined area of the baseball field, I heard the male Osprey calling loudly as well. I scanned the trees and observed the Osprey perched high in a tree (I had not seen him return). The two continued to call to each other. After several minutes, the hawk flew away and all was quiet. As I walked around the baseball field and looked up at the nest, I observed the female Osprey, with her hind quarters up in the air and and moving slightly. I figured she was turning the egg(s). This lasted a couple of minutes; she then settled back down into the next. With no additional movement, and the male still in the tree, I decided to end my observation. As I walked back to the car, I took one last look at the nest; the female was fully up on the edge of the nest, flapping her wings; she then sent a long, long stream of white poo downward onto the baseball field. She then settled back into the nest. Observation ended at 11:55 am.

04/16/2020 by jenny
4/16/20, a sunny, clear, cool morning 55°, 10:20 am. Upon arrival, I could not see any Osprey activity on/in the nest. I scanned the tree-lined areas and observed the male Osprey perched in a nearby tree. At 10:35, the male flew from the tree, made a few calls, and flew towards the southeast. Still could not see the female; suspected she was down low in the nest. About 10:55, I observed the female's head pop up from the nest. A few minutes later, the male Osprey flew in from the east with a large stick, which he brought to the nest. The male and female Osprey arranged the stick in the nest. Male then flew to a nearby tree. The female lowered herself into the nest. Things were quiet for awhile. About 11:20, the male flew from the tree and headed southwest; based on previous behavior, I expected him to return within ten/fifteen minutes. As I observed the nest once again, I noticed the female's hind/rear end and dark feathers sticking upward from the nest. Past behavior indicated to me that she was probably turning one or more eggs. She exhibited this behavior for several minutes then settled back into the nest. As predicted, within fifteen minutes, the male returned to the area, circled several times, flew towards the north and circled, then came back to the area and perched in another nearby tree.. He remained in the tree for the remainder of the observation, which ended at 12:00 pm. Again, based on previous year's nest activity reports, I estimate egg laying and incubation began sometime during this past week.

04/03/2020 by maw
4/3/2020 A sunny and very windy day, 69*, 3:45pm. When I arrived I did not see a bird on the nest; however, upon close observation I spotted the tail feathers of the female osprey sitting very low in the nest. After only a minute the male flew in from the northeast and sat on the edge of the nest. He lowered his head several times to the female and then sat for approximately 7 minutes just preening. He then flew away to the east. At 4:03 three vultures flew over the nest and the female cried out with several shrieks. At 4:06 the male flew back into view and landed in a tall tree close by. He did not have any food in his beak. He just sat towards the end of the thick branch and seemed content to sway in the breeze. There were many gun shots (as I have heard that there is a hunt club nearby (?) but the male osprey did not fly off or seem disturbed in the least. As I drove away, he continued to sit in the same tree. He had been there at least 40 minutes!

03/27/2020 by jenny
A sunny day, 65°, 10:00 am. Upon arrival I could not see either the adult male or female osprey on the nest. However, at 10:10 am, I observed the adult male osprey flying in from the west as a few Turkey vultures were circling above. I could also see and hear Fish crows. I observed a Kildeer scurrying across the dormant grass on the soccer field. The male osprey circled over the soccer field several times and then flew to a nearby tree and perched. He stayed for about five minutes, flew overhead and then to the nest where he perched high on the edge of the nest. The male preened and looked down into the nest several times. I thought I saw some movement in the nest; I suspected the female osprey had been there all along, I just couldn't see her. The male osprey remained perched high on the edge of the nest, called a few times but other than that, he remained very still, even as I walked on the sidewalk beneath the nest. At 10:37 am, the female osprey popped her head up; I could see her head and upper chest. She moved around in the nest and settled in again; I could still see her head. At 11:00 am, I observed a Red shouldered hawk and a Sharp shinned hawk flying above the soccer field. The male osprey made a few quiet calls but remained perched on the nest. The hawks flew towards the east.

03/22/2020 by jenny
3/22/2020, 54° and partly sunny, 10:30 am. Observed male and female adult osprey on nest. Male was perched high on the edge of the nest. Female was lower in the nest behind the male, towards the back. The nest is deep. About 10:40, the male flew from the nest in an apparent attempt to chase away a turkey vulture that was flying closer to the nest. The tv flew towards the north, out of site; male osprey returned to the nest and perched on the edge. His posture was very straight, his demeanor was alert as he scanned the sky. Could now see the female osprey's head and chest. At 10:50, the male again flew from the nest and circled above the soccer field; he was calling loudly. After only a few minutes, he returned to the nest and again perched on the edge. Took a few photos from the car; distance too great to get a good picture. Both osprey remained at the nest for the remainder of my visit.

03/11/2020 by jenny
3/11/2020; male and female adult osprey observed constructing the nest. Note: no osprey or nest material was observed one week prior. Determined arrival was between 3/3/2020 and 3/11/2020.

07/08/2019 by jenny
Noticed the osprey chick had fledged

06/27/2019 by jenny
6/27/2019; 1:00 pm, hot and humid, 93°. Adult male flew to nearby tree. Chick in nest is getting big; moving around and flapping wings repeatedly

06/10/2019 by jenny
Hurray! We can see at least one growing osprey nestling in the nest today!

06/03/2019 by jenny
3:00 pm, sunny, warm, and humid, 84 degrees. Did not observe any activity for the first ten minutes, however, at 3:10, I observed movement in the nest and a few minutes later, the adult female osprey flew from the nest, circled above, made several calls and returned to the nest. The male then flew in from the west with a small fish, landed on the edge of the nest and dropped the fish in the nest. Male osprey then perched on the edge of the nest. Noticed the adult female going head-first in the nest; she perhaps was feeding young. Difficult to see but behavior suggests this; possibly at least one nestling. No change for the next twenty minutes.

05/20/2019 by maw
4:15 pm, hot day with a nice breeze, 91 degrees. One of the ospreys was sitting up high on the edge of the nest. This bird peeped and then was silent over and over intermittently. She stayed on the nest until 4:35 when she flew toward the south and did a large loop and then flew immediately back to the nest. When she returned she sat lower in the nest. I did not observe the other osprey. I left at 5:10.

05/13/2019 by maw
4:15 pm, cloudy, damp, chilly 61 degrees. At first I did not see a bird in the nest but after circling around the area, at certain angles I could see the head of the female osprey. At times this female cried out loudly - sometimes I couldn't see any reason why and then one time there were two turkey vultures circling above. At 4:43 she made loud noises and the male bird returned to the nest. He sat on the edge of the nest. At first he watched me with his head turning. Then he began to preen his breast feathers. He continued to do this until I left at 4:58.

04/08/2019 by jenny
1:00 pm, a sunny day, 82 degrees. No nest activity was observed upon arriving. There were three Turkey vultures circling above for several minutes; they flew off towards the north. About 1:15, adult osprey flew in from the south west and perched in a nearby tree. I watched the osprey eat a small shiny fish, pulling small pieces of the fish. I heard continuous calling from the nest; at 1:32, the adult osprey perched in the tree flew to the nest with a piece of fish and dropped it in the nest. The other adult osprey then flew out of the nest with the piece of fish and landed in a different nearby tree and ate the piece of fish. Each of the osprey remained in their chosen location for the remainder of my observation.

03/30/2019 by jenny
2:00 pm, overcast, warm 76 degrees. I observed two adult osprey perched on edge of nest; one of the osprey was repeatedly calling loudly then softly. Higher in the sky, I observed several turkey vultures flying/circling above, probably closer than the osprey wanted them to be. Eventually, the turkey vultures flew further and further away; the adult osprey quieted down. Five minutes later, I observed another male adult osprey flying in the southwest sky. The adult male on the nest flew towards the southwest and followed the other osprey as both continued towards the southwest and out of sight. About twenty minutes later I observed the two adult osprey circling in the distance. Eventually, one male adult osprey flew in and landed on the edge of the nest. Both the female and male osprey stayed perched on the nest.

03/17/2019 by jenny
4:00 pm, sunny, cool 55 degrees. Adult female osprey perched on the edge of nest; after about ten minutes, male adult osprey flew in from the southeast and perched on edge of nest. After ten minutes, the adult flew from the nest towards the southeast, circled above several times, then flew towards the west, out of sight. Turned to look at the nest and could not see the female adult osprey; thought maybe I'd missed her leaving the nest, however, fifteen minutes later, I heard a call from the nest and saw a head pop up. Flying overhead, from northeast to south, I observed two adult osprey flying and darting back and forth, crisscrossing each other. This behavior continued for about five minutes then both osprey flew higher up but still continued to circle. After a few minutes they separated and flew off. I then observed one of the adult male osprey fly back towards the nest from the east; the osprey hovered over the nest flapping its wings then settled onto the edge of the nest. The female also came up and perched on the edge, next to the male.

03/12/2019 by jenny
Checked on osprey nest this afternoon. Observed male adult osprey perched on edge of "in progress" nest. After twenty minutes, adult flew from nest towards the southwest. Later, observed female osprey flying in from the west; flew to the nest and perched.

08/20/2018 by jenny
No sighting of osprey.

08/01/2018 by jenny
10:00 am, 83 degrees; dark storm clouds moving quickly across the sky. Observed the young fledgling relaxing on the front edge of nest, looking all around. I scanned the surrounding area(s) looking for the adult osprey but did not see them. A few turkey vultures were circling in the sky some distance away and a number of smaller birds were observed nearby but there was no sign of the male or female adult osprey. The young osprey stayed on the edge of the nest during my entire observation.

07/11/2018 by jenny
It appears the young osprey has fledged! 3:00 pm., a hot and humid day. After spending an hour walking around below the nest and observing the nest, trees, and sky, and seeing no sign of osprey, I determined the young osprey had fledged. Toward the end of my observation, I did notice an osprey flying in the far distance, however, this osprey continued to fly further and further away.

06/29/2018 by jenny
3:00 pm., hot and humid; 93 degrees. Upon arriving at the site, I was able to observe the young osprey resting on the edge of the nest. I could hear an osprey calling from somewhere in the trees, but could not locate the osprey. After thirty minutes, no additional activity was observed so I ended the monitoring.

06/27/2018 by jenny
2:50 pm; 86 degrees, cloudy with some sun. I could see an ospreys' head peeking up from the nest. An adult osprey flew in and landed on the edge of the nest. Immediately, both osprey flew from the nest, circled several times overhead then each osprey flew to nearby light poles and perched. After about ten minutes, one of the osprey flew off towards the north; I lost sight of the osprey. However, after another fifteen minutes, this osprey flew back to the area, circled above and flew towards the nest but did not land and instead continued flying towards the southwest. The second osprey flew from the light pole in which he'd been perched and headed north west. It appeared one of the osprey was the female adult; the other, perhaps the male.

06/20/2018 by jenny
2:30 pm; hot and humid 86 degrees. Upon arrival, I observed young osprey upright on the edge of the nest. The osprey was spreading its wings and closing its wings repeatedly and peering into the nest. The male adult was flying and circling overhead. After about 15 minutes, the adult osprey flew off to the west. The young osprey settled down into the nest. Difficult to see anything else that might be in the nest.

05/28/2018 by jenny
An overcast, warm and humid day; 81degrees at 12:45 pm. At the beginning of the observation, no activity was noticed. After about ten minutes I heard an osprey calling loudly but could not "see" the osprey. The call was repeated several more times; again nothing was observed. As I looked at the nest, I could see some movement through the sticks on the nest. I assumed this was the female osprey and possibly a hatchling. The loud calling however, was not coming from the nest. As I scanned the nearby trees with my binoculars, I observed the male osprey perched in one of the trees. Again, I heard the calling and determined all of the calls were being made by this male osprey. After a few minutes, the adult male flew from the tree and headed, in low flight, to a different tree located on the opposite side of the nest. The adult male perched about midway up the tree. The male remained in the tree throughout the observation. No other grand movements in the nest were observed during this visit.

05/07/2018 by jenny
4:30 pm; cloudy/overcast, 68 degrees. Upon arrival, all looked quiet on the nest; surmised the female osprey was incubating her eggs low in the nest. Scanned the tree-lines and sighted the male osprey perched in a nearby tree. I watched the male fly from the tree, circle over the soccer field and the nest, then flew back to the same tree and perched. At 4:50 pm, the male flew from the tree towards the south. I could see the female osprey's head popping up from the nest; she briefly scanned the area. After a few minutes, I heard the female calling from the nest. Typically, this has meant the male osprey is nearby (or flying in). As I scanned the sky, two osprey were flying in from the southwest. The first osprey flew overhead and continued on towards the northeast. The second osprey flew close to the nest but then flew on towards the east. The osprey circled back around and landed on the nest. At this point the female osprey came up out of the nest. The male and female exchanged places. The male settled down into the nest and the female flew off towards the west. All was quiet for the next twenty minutes. The female osprey was then observed flying back to nest with a large stick. The female placed the stick on the edge of the nest; not happy with its placement, the osprey rearranged the stick to a different location on the nest. The female looked into the nest and slowly tried to move down into the nest. It took two attempts but the female was able to lower herself into the nest as the male osprey came up out of the nest and perched on the edge of the nest. After a few minutes, the male flew to a nearby tree. This observation and osprey behavior was similar to that of the last observation on 5/2/2018.

05/02/2018 by jenny
4:30 pm, sunny and warm; 82 degrees. Upon arrival, we could barely see the adult female's head bobbing in the nest. After about ten minutes, the female osprey called and we knew the male osprey must be close by; sure enough, the male osprey flew in from the southwest and landed on the edge of the nest where he perched. After a few minutes, the male turned around and looked into the nest; at that point the female osprey came up out of the nest and exchanged places with the male; the male moved down into the nest. The female then flew from the nest and was gone for about fifteen minutes. The female returned to the nest carrying a large stick which she placed on the upper side of the nest, closest to where we were observing. The female then gathered up the stick and rearranged it in the nest. She performed this behavior several times; she also rearranged a few other sticks in the nest. When she finished, the female and the male exchanged places; the female osprey now low in the nest. Once all was settled the male osprey flew from the nest towards the southeast. He was gone for quite awhile. However, upon his return, a different male osprey was observed flying in from the northeast. As that osprey flew closer, the other male osprey (female's partner) quickly flew in from the southwest and chased the osprey away towards the northwest. The male then flew to the nest and perched high atop the front side of the nest.

04/14/2018 by jenny
8:30 am; a warm morning, 72 degrees. Osprey nest appears smaller than in past years, particularly across the top (very flat). However, the back-side of the nest appears deep. As I walked from the parking lot towards the nest and looked up at the nest, it appeared neither adult osprey was in the nest. After walking around to the back-side of the nest, I observed the adult male osprey perched at the end of a branch in a nearby tree. I still could not "see" any activity in the nest itself. I observed the male for nearly twenty minutes as he preened and called to several turkey vultures flying overhead. I continued to observe the nest for any movement. After thirty minutes, I walked around to the other side of the nest; as I walked, I came fairly near the tree where the male was perched. He did not seem bothered by my closeness; no calling, no swooping down from the tree, etc. Once on the other side of the nest, I focused soley on the nest. After about five minutes, I could see the female osprey's white head, moving. I assumed she was positioned far down in the nest; only her head was observable. I continued to observe the nest another fifteen minutes; at that point, the male osprey flew from the nearby tree towards the south. At 9:30 am, I decided to end the observation. The male osprey had not returned; the female remained in the nest. Based on the female's behavior (low in the nest), I assumed incubation had begun.

04/02/2018 by jenny
3:00 pm, partly sunny; 58 degrees. It appears a few thicker sticks have been added to the nest. One adult (female) was observed in the nest. After about ten minutes, the male osprey flew from the south west, hovered above the nest, then perched on the upper horizontal bar of the light pole where the nest is located. As I walked around the nest, the male osprey chattered at me.At 3:30, the male osprey flew from the nest, circled the soccer field twice, and continued to circle higher and higher towards the south end of the field. As the osprey flew high towards the south east, it got to a point where I could no longer see the osprey through my binoculars. There were three turkey vultures circling above the tree line but continued to move off towards the west. I could hear the female osprey calling from the nest. At 3:50 pm, the male returned with a small fish; he briefly "touched" the nest and the female popped up to see what was happening. I thought the male may have dropped the small fish into the nest, however, I observed the male immediately fly to a nearby tree, where he perched on a branch and looked to be eating the fish. At 4:00, the clouds had moved in and the sky was grey, which made it difficult to see the osprey. I decided to end the observation at this point.

03/26/2018 by jenny
A partly cloudy day; 46 degrees at 4:30 pm. The osprey nest appeared thin; perhaps the recent winds blew some of the sticks/twigs off the nest onto the ground. Neither adult osprey was observed on the nest. However, after about five minutes, one of the adult osprey flew in from the the northwest, landed on the nest and perched. About twenty minutes later, the other adult osprey flew in from the southwest, circled overhead once, and landed in a nearby tree. As the osprey perched in the tree, we observed the osprey eating a small fish. Ten minutes later, this adult osprey flew over to the nest and landed. Both osprey were now in the nest, perched, back to front. Both osprey remained in the nest for the remainder of our visit.

03/19/2018 by maw
03/19/2018 4:30 pm; 60 degrees; windy As I arrived at the site one osprey was on the nest loudly calling. There were answering calls from another osprey off toward the east. The osprey stayed on the nest for 30-40 minutes while the other flew overhead and brought back a small stick and dropped it into the nest. As both ospreys sat on the nest it was easy to identify that one had a very white breast and the other had a beige mottled breast.

03/18/2018 by maw
3/18/2018 by MA 4.30 pm; sunny afternoon; 58 degrees. I arrived and saw both ospreys on the nest - one was still and one was actively flapping wings. The active osprey flew away and down to the woods by the baseball field and picked up a short stick. It then flew back to the nest and dropped it into the nest. During this time there was lots of loud chirping/calling back and forth. One of the ospreys then flew off to the east. At 4:42 I looked up and observed two ospreys flying in circles overhead. Their markings were distinct and quite beautiful. As they flew above, I noted that a third osprey was still on the nest. The two flying ospreys seemed calm with no aggressive moves. At 4:48 both flew off to the NW and out of sight. At 4:58 the osprey on the nest began to make loud chirps and kept this up for about two minutes. Then I saw one flying osprey to the east and it circled and left. At 5:04 an osprey returned to the nest carrying a small fish. It dropped it into the nest and landed. A few minutes later this same osprey flew off with the fish in its mouth. The osprey that had been sitting on the nest flew off also. Several minutes later I spotted two ospreys in the same tree toward the west but I don't know which two of the three they were. I lost sight of both of them as they flew off toward the west. Finally at 5:31 one of the ospreys flew back to the nest and I left the area shortly after.

03/17/2018 by jenny
2:45 pm; a cloudy afternoon; 54 degrees. Have been checking the site for the past several weeks without observing any osprey activity (or osprey flying in the area). However, today when I drove into the school parking lot, I immediately observed the adult male and female flying overhead, then landing on their "nest in progress." After a couple of minutes, the male flew from the nest and circled the nearby trees, clipping the tree tops and collecting sticks as he flew. The male then returned to the nest and dropped the stick(s) into the nest. This was repeated several times; the adult then flew towards the southwest. I watched the adult female as she arranged/rearranged sticks in the nest; several sticks fell from the nest to the ground. After about 20 minutes, the adult male returned, flying through the trees clipping more sticks. The adult landed in one tree, perched for five minutes then returned to the nest, hovering above, and dropping the stick he'd collected into the nest. As the stick hit the nest, a different large/long stick fell from the nest to the ground. At that point, the adult female flew from the nest. Both adults flew overhead for several minutes then flew away towards the southwest. I stayed to wait for their return but it began to rain so the observation was ended.

08/18/2017 by jenny
I have been checking the osprey nest and surrounding area(s) several times a week for the last couple of weeks and have observed the two osprey fledglings on each visit. I've also observed the two adult osprey on most visits. The fledglings have been observed in/out of the nest and in/out of various trees. Sometimes it has taken me at least 10-15 minutes to locate the osprey as they've been well camouflaged in the trees. At this point, the osprey fledglings appear to be very independent. Over the past three days, I've checked the nest and surrounding area(s) twice each day. I have not seen any of the osprey. As such, I will conclude the osprey have moved on.

07/28/2017 by jenny
Have visited the osprey site every couple of days over the last week and a half, checking on the progress of the two fledglings. On each visit, I have observed the two adult osprey and both fledglings. The fledglings continue to grow and practice their flight skills, venturing further and further from the immediate area but always returning to nearby trees or the nest. The adults have been observed in nearby trees. Each time I visit, I expect the family of four to be gone but they're all still nearby and easy to observe. Today, for the first fifteen minutes of my observation, I did not see any osprey. I did observe an American Crow pecking away in the osprey nest. As I searched and searched for the osprey I began to think they might have gone. However, after about twenty minutes, I could hear osprey calling. Scanning the trees, I finally was able to see both fledglings perched on a large dead tree snag and both adults in different trees. I observed for another twenty minutes; each osprey stayed put. I was about ready to end the observation, when both fledglings flew from the dead tree snag to the nest. After a minute, one of the fledglings flew from the nest and circled once, then flew over the bank of trees and landed in a different section of the same tree as one of the adult osprey. The family of four is still here.

07/13/2017 by jenny
Wanted to check on the progress of the two osprey fledglings. Arrived at the site, 10:15 am. Observed one adult osprey perched on the nest and the other adult osprey perched in a nearby tree. The two fledglings were perched on a large/tall tree snag in a bank of trees (nearest to the adult perched in nearby tree). One of the fledglings was perched at the top of the tree snag and the other about half way on the tree snag. After ten minutes, the fledgling on the lower part of the tree snag flew from the snag and circled the soccer field several times then returned to the snag. Five minutes later, this fledgling flew from the tree snag directly to the nest and stayed in the nest with the adult osprey. After another five/seven minutes, the second fledgling flew from the tree snag, directly to the nest and settled in. Both fledglings and one adult osprey remained in/on the nest for the remainder of the observation. The other adult osprey remained perched in the nearby tree throughout the entire observation. Observation concluded at 11:05 am.

07/06/2017 by jenny
Noon - Both osprey chicks have now fledged! Both were practicing their flight skills. One fledgling was in flight circling with the two adult osprey, then returned to the nest. The adults flew off. After a few minutes, the second fledgling flapped his wings and flew from the nest directly over to another light pole on the baseball field, where he perched for about ten minutes. He then flew directly back to the nest. As soon as he was settled on the nest, the first osprey fledgling flew from the nest and headed for a nearby tree where he perched. I had to leave after about 25 minutes; when I left, one fledgling was still on the nest and the other still in the nearby tree.

07/05/2017 by jenny
Have been checking the osprey nest daily for the past several days in hopes of observing the young osprey fledging. Today, one of the young osprey flew from the nest and circled above. The two adult osprey were observed nearby and shortly, all three were flying/circling above. The other young osprey was observed perched on the nest, periodically looking upward as the three osprey continued circling above. The three extended their flight in a northward direction then circled back and flew behind the nearby bank of trees and eventually, back to the nest. By the end of the observation, all family members were back in the nest.

06/26/2017 by jenny
A beautiful day; perfect weather. Always suspected there might be two osprey chicks but on previous visits, we only observed one chick. However, today on my individual visit, surprise! I observed two osprey chicks sitting upright in the nest, along with the adult female osprey. The male osprey flew to the nest and perched on the edge but quickly flew off towards the southwest. The adult female was in the middle of the nest with a chick on each side peering over the nest. The adult female was calling periodically throughout the observation and the chicks were attempting to call as well but their sound was more like a chortle. Each time I moved my position, the adult would call loudly and fly from the nest circling above me; once I was in position, she would return to the nest, hovering above the nest for about ten seconds then settling back in to the middle of the nest. This happened repeatedly during my hour observation. The chicks are getting big. The male osprey had not returned by the end of my observation. The nest activity report will be revised to reflect the two osprey chicks.

06/19/2017 by jenny
2:15 pm, hot and humid, 91 degrees. Observed the male osprey perched high on the front of the nest, preening. After a few minutes, the male stood up on the edge of the nest. I could see movement in the back of the nest; female was moving around and the osprey chick's head could be seen. Male and female osprey then settled on the edge of the nest, male in front and female in back of the nest. Both were facing inward towards the middle of the nest. The osprey chick's barely visible. As I walked under the nest to get to another observation location, both the male and female osprey flew from the nest and circled above my head, calling loudly. As I moved quickly on by, the pair returned to the nest. When I reached the other observation point, both osprey again flew from the nest and circled above my head; the male then flew to a nearby tree and the female returned to the nest. The male remained perched in the tree for the remainder of my observation. The female stayed in the nest but moved around quite a bit. As I walked past/underneath the nest on the path back to to my car, the female adult osprey once again flew from the nest and circled above my head, calling loudly. As I reached my car, the female returned to the nest.

06/12/2017 by jenny
4:15 pm, sunny, hot, and humid, 90 degrees. Observed female osprey perched on the nest, with the osprey chick underneath. At 4:20, the female began to call; as I looked up, the male osprey was flying towards the nest, then circling above the nest, but finally landing in a nearby tree. 4:35, male osprey flew into the nest. Both adults moved to the front of the nest and the osprey chick was observed in full view at the back of the nest, moving around in the nest. The chick has grown quite a bit; still has a small head with a body shaped like a small bowling ball with feathers. After several minutes, the female adult and the chick settled in at the back of the nest. The male perched high on the front of the nest.

06/08/2017 by maw
Today at 4:15 I made a quick visit to the osprey nest. The temperature was cool at 66* and it was overcast but very nice, mild weather. One osprey was sitting on the nest and it really watched me and made many calls as I walked around. At approximately 4:30, this osprey went down deep into the nest and I could no longer see it - even its head. Around 4:40 the second osprey flew back to the nest carrying a short, oak branch with leaves and it dropped this into the nest. There was no further action as long as I stayed.

06/05/2017 by maw
Today was rainy, 100%humidity, and 72*.I arrived at 4:15 and at 4:20 one adult osprey was seen shaking off water and then sitting down low in the nest. At 5:34 this osprey flew off with a small stick from the nest and dropped it to the ground. The bird kept on flying and was soon out of sight. Three minutes later this same bird flew back to the nest and this time it had a larger stick. It dropped it into the nest. It sat in the nest and made many loud sounds. At 5:43 a second osprey flew back to the nest with a fish and began to tear it apart. It seemed that the adult osprey was only feeding itself but I am not certain. I saw no signs of a baby osprey.

06/01/2017 by maw
Today was a sunny and warm day (87*) when I began the observation at 4:45. I thought that only one osprey was in the nest as I watched its (male or female?) whole body except head was going up and down. This was probably either the osprey feeding itself or tearing up pieces of fish for a baby osprey. I did not ever see any part of a baby osprey. This behavior continued for 20 minutes and then at 5:05 the osprey's head stayed below for longer intervals. At 5:07 the osprey's head came up and she/he moved to the edge of the nest, looked around, and began to making calling sounds. What a surprise when a second adult osprey's head and body came up from inside the nest! Both ospreys sat on the edge of the nest and were very still as they gazed out to the west. Then at 5:17 the osprey that had stayed hidden deep down in the nest flew away from the nest and off to the south. I waited until 5:45 but the osprey that flew off had not returned when I had to leave. The osprey that remained on the nest sat on the edge of the nest and stared out in the direction that its mate had flown. I was not able to see or hear any baby osprey.

05/29/2017 by jenny
Success! Wanted to check on the osprey nest today after so much rain this past week (and yesterday). Arrived at 4:20; both the male and female osprey were clearly visible on the nest. The male was perched high on the back of the nest and the female directly to his left. Observed the female tearing small pieces of fish and feeding the pieces to a small osprey chick with a bobbing head. Definitely, at least one growing chick in the nest. At one point, I thought I saw a second small head but could not confirm it was a different chick. We'll now be able to observe the chick's growth. Because we observed the differences in the female osprey's behavior on May 15, 2017, we suspect the hatch date to have been near that date (5/12 or 5/13).

05/28/2017 by jenny
Arrived at 12:35; an overcast, humid day. Rain began as soon as I began my observation so I observed from the car. The male osprey was perched on top of the field light pole closest to the nest. The female osprey was in the nest, barely visible, however, throughout the observation I could clearly see her head moving up and down. A steady rain began at 12:55 making it difficult to observe. Both osprey remained in place. At 1:10, the rain lessened; male osprey spread his wings and flapped them repeatedly, then sat upright, perched on the light pole. I observed the female rise up and shake her head several times and then settle back into the nest. At 1:20, the rain increased again. The male osprey stood up on the light pole as the rain pounded him. Interestingly, even though the female stayed in the nest and positioned herself a few times, her head was always facing the direction of where the male osprey was perched. At 1:30, the rain lessened again and the male osprey flew from the light pole to a nearby tree where he stayed for the remainder of my observation. The female was positioned higher up in the nest by the end of the observation. I could not see whether there were osprey young in the nest.

05/18/2017 by maw
05/15/17 by MaW Arrived at 4:15 and the day was clear with a temperature of 77 degrees. The male osprey was sitting on the edge of the nest and he flew away at 4:18. The female made lots of sounds intermittently. The male flew back into view and landed in a tree toward the west. The two birds then "talked" back and forth and at 4:50 he returned to the nest. It seemed that he was carrying a fish. The female came up from being down in the nest and then went back down. From another view, we observed the female continuing to bob up and down in the nest. Her actions were different from the last few weeks. As the male perched on the edge of the nest, the female kept busily bobbing up and down. She probably was either eating or possibly feeding a baby osprey (or even two). However, we did not hear or see a baby osprey.

05/08/2017 by jenny
Arrived at 4:15 pm; observed female osprey low in the nest (could see her head). After about two minutes, the male osprey flew in and perched briefly on the edge of the nest. Female moved her position in the nest when the male landed. Male stayed only a few minutes then flew from the nest to a nearby tree. Observed the male perched on a tree branch; after about five minutes, he flew from the tree branch towards the East. Observed the female osprey in the nest; could see her head and a portion of her wing(s). She shifted her position twice during the next 30 minutes. At about 4:55 pm, heard the female calling; looked up and observed the male osprey returning to the nest. At that point, the male nestled down into the nest and the female osprey flew from the nest; she was gone for only 4/5 minutes. When the female osprey returned to the nest, the male came up and perched on the edge of the nest and the female settled back down low in the nest. The male then flew away and returned a few minutes later with a twig/stick and set it on the edge of the nest. He then rearranged the stick/twig and perched in full view on the upper edge of the nest and stayed in pose for the remainder of the observation.

05/01/2017 by jenny
Arrived at 4:15 pm to observe nest activity. Female osprey was low in the nest. No sign of the male osprey. During the 60 minute observation, the female moved a few times and her hind end and portions of wings were in view. It appeared the female may have been turning the egg(s) in the nest. She settled down quickly each time. Near the end of the observation, the male osprey was observed flying/circling high above. He did not come to the nest; flew off after a few minutes.

04/27/2017 by maw
4:10 pm, it was a warm 84 degrees with lots of sunshine. The male osprey was sitting on the edge of the nest and within a few minutes he flew off to the east - circled and disappeared. The female was sitting low in the nest but a part of her was visible and moved occasionally. At 4:56, the female in the nest began to make loud sounds and within a minute two ospreys flew over the nest and continued on to the western treeline. Several minutes later the male osprey returned to the nest holding a fish. He left the fish in the nest and flew away to the south. He appeared again at 5:34 flying toward the nest from the south. He clipped the top of a tree and brought a short, thick piece of the tree to the nest. He remained at the nest until 5:40 and then flew off towards the east.

04/10/2017 by jenny
4:15 pm, a sunny, warm afternoon; for the first ten minutes, it looked as though the osprey nest was empty. We surmised however, that the female osprey was low in the nest incubating egg(s). We then observed the male osprey in a nearby tree, eating a fish. After about ten minutes, the male osprey flew to the nest with a piece of leftover fish which he dropped in the nest; at this point we were able to observe the female osprey moving in the nest then flying from the nest with the small piece of fish, over to a nearby tree. The male osprey laid low in the nest. The female was observed eating the fish; after just a few minutes, she then flew back to the nest and resumed her low position. The male osprey perched on the edge of the nest for about fifteen minutes then flew from the nest and circled high above for several minutes, then flew towards the southwest. When the male osprey returned, he flew to a nearby tree, perched for several minutes, flew to the nest where he stayed for another fifteen minutes, then flew back to the tree where he'd been previously. By the time we ended our observation, the male had flown back to the nest and both male and female osprey were in the nest.

04/06/2017 by jenny
4:15 pm. Wanted to check on the osprey nest following a storm that blew through the area. Nest intact, however it looked as though the top edges of the nest may have lost some nest material. Observed female postured low in the nest (could see a portion of her head and flat back). Male osprey was not in the nest at first but flew in after about ten minutes and perched on the nest. Based on the female's posturing during the entire observation, we will mark this date as the beginning of the incubation period.

03/30/2017 by jenny
2:20 pm, a cloudy, cool afternoon; male osprey perched on edge of nest. Female osprey laying a little lower in nest. Male moving around behind the female then back to edge of nest. After five minutes, male flew from nest to a nearby tree. Male observed pruning. Female remained in nest; could see her head; positioned as if possibly incubating (?). Then observed female's hind end up in the air and movement; possibly turning egg(s)? Back in position, she began calling. Male still in nearby tree. Female then flew to tree(s) area for about two minutes and flew back to nest carrying a large stick which she positioned in the nest. Female then flew towards SE. Male flew from tree, back to nest for a few minutes, then flew from nest towards SE. Male and female returned to the nest, together at 3:01 pm. At 3:05, male flew from nest towards SW. Female remained on nest, perched higher up than before. At this point, not sure if there are eggs in nest. Observation ended at 3:20 pm. Male had not returned to the nest, yet. Cannot confirm eggs/incubation this date.

03/20/2017 by jenny
A cool, 59 degree afternoon. Observation began at 4:15 pm. Male and female osprey peacefully sitting on edge of nest. After about ten minutes, male osprey flew from the nest and circled above us several times then flew off towards the south. Female remained perched on edge of nest for another five minutes then flew off towards the west. Male osprey returned to the nest carrying a small shiny fish; once on the nest, he began eating the fish. After a few minutes, male osprey flew to a nearby favorite tree and continued eating the fish then flew away. Osprey was observed returning to the nest carrying a large, thick stick ; as the osprey approached the nest the stick was dropped and fell to the ground. Both male and female osprey were sitting on the edge of the nest. Female was consistently chatting loudly to the male for at least five minutes; male then flew off towards the south. Female began to make distress call. Suddenly, a different male osprey flew towards the nest and briefly bombarded the female osprey. This osprey continued to fly close to the nest as the female continued to make alarm calls. The osprey flew away after a couple of minutes. In the distance we observed three osprey circling high in the sky. The original male osprey returned to the nest; both female and male perched on edge of nest. Two of the osprey that had been flying in the distance flew closer and closer to the nest. One of the osprey bombarded the nest; the male osprey sitting on the nest quickly began to chase the intruders. One of the osprey flew away while the other two continued the chase. During the chase, the female osprey flew from the nest and flew behind the two who were in the chase, keeping her distance. She then returned to the nest. The original male osprey eventually chased off the intruder and returned to the nest. After a few minutes, both the male and female flew to their favorite tree. Five minutes later, both returned to the nest and sat quietly for the rest of our observation, which ended at 5:20 pm. Quite an observational adventure!

03/18/2017 by maw
At 7:30 am both male & female ospreys were sitting on on the nest. The male was perched high on the edge & the female was low in the nest with only her head showing. The temperature was 44 degrees.

03/14/2017 by maw
PM - Arrived at site at 4:15 and immediately observed male and female osprey in/on the nest. The female was barely visible and the male was sitting up high on the edge of the nest. At 4:40 the male osprey flew away from the nest toward the north and disappeared. He reappeared a few minutes later and perched on a tree branch near the baseball field - on the same tree and branch where he perched and ate a fish a few days ago. Around 4:50 both the male sitting in the tree and the female on the nest began to make many loud calls. A third osprey appeared and flew close over the nest and continued to fly away toward the south. Around 5:05 the male osprey returned to the nest and stayed for a very short time (approx. 1 minute) and then flew out and sat on that same limb/tree across the baseball field. At 6:10 the male osprey was observed sitting on the edge of the nest. A few minutes later two people approached the nest and walked to the baseball field. Osprey calls were heard and around 6:18 the larger female osprey approached the nest and flew directly over the male osprey on the nest. The male osprey flew away from the nest and both osprey flew off toward the west. One of the pair perched in the same tree where it had been seen previously. At 7:01 both male and female ospreys flew back into the nest from the west approximately 10 minutes before sunset.

03/09/2017 by jenny
AM - Arrived at site and immediately observed male and female osprey perched on nest; also observed a third osprey (male) circling the nest and swooping down in an attempt to land on the nest. The two osprey on the nest spread and flapped their wings repeatedly and called noisily, in an attempt to get the third osprey to leave. The third osprey was determined to disrupt; at that point the male osprey chase ensued. The chase took about three minutes at which point only one of the adult male osprey returned to the nest. PM - returned to the site late afternoon and observed male and female adult osprey perched on the nest. During the hour, observed male leaving nest with a piece of fish which he stopped to eat on a nearby tree. Also observed the female adult osprey on the nest and as she left the nest and returned a while later. Periodically, both adult osprey were observed perched on the nest.

06/26/2016 by jenny
After the annual "Bobwhite and Bunny Survey," stopped by the nest site and immediately observed the osprey fledgling on a light pole near the original nest. The young osprey was beautiful, posed on top of the pole. Success!

06/22/2016 by jenny
Adult and young osprey on nest. As I walked onto the field, adult flew from nest and began circling overhead, landing on light pole nearby. Adult then began circling over my head, high and low and after about ten minutes landed in a nearby tree. Young osprey remained in the nest watching the adult. After about fifteen minutes I headed back to my car; adult osprey flew back to the nest. Young osprey went down into the nest.

06/12/2016 by jenny
A hot, humid, overcast day. Female adult osprey in the nest; adult male on edge of nest. Male flew from nest and circled the area several times then flew back to the nest. Rain began to come down quite heavily making it difficult to observe/see the nest. The adult female's wings were spread out in the nest, possible covering the young nestling. She flapped her wings several times and continued to extend them in the nest. After thirty minutes I stopped observing due to the rain.

06/05/2016 by jenny
Observed adult male and adult female perched on edge of nest. After a few minutes, one of the adult osprey flew from the nest towards the bank of trees nearby. Osprey flew low behind the trees then circled back; the adult on the nest was calling repeatedly. Osprey returned to the nest after a short flight and rested lower in the nest. The other adult osprey then flew from the nest in a southwesterly direction. Returned with some scragilly nesting material and deposited in the nest. I walked below the nest at an appropriate distance to observe from all sides. After about ten minutes I observed a third osprey head peeking up out of the nest. As of this date, there's at least one osprey chick in the nest.

05/29/2016 by jenny
Observed adult male and adult female osprey on edge of nest next to each other. After several minutes each adult respositioned with male at front edge of nest and female at back edge of nest. Both adults observed looking all around and making a few calls. Female disappeared down into nest for a few minutes then came back up to edge of nest. Female changed her position on edge of nest several times while male sat still at front edge. Female then flew to a nearby tree but quickly returned to the nest (less than a minute). After about 45 minutes, the adult male flew from nest towards the south. Observed for an additional half hour; female still on back left edge of nest; adult male had not returned to nest by the time I left. Did not observe any additional movement in the nest; no sign of nestlings on this visit but may be further down in nest.

05/23/2016 by jenny
Arrived at 4:30 pm and observed adult osprey perched on back side of nest. Osprey was looking around in all directions and called out several times; also observed some preening. At 4:50, the adult female osprey came up out of the nest and sat on the edge of the nest. After several minutes, the osprey lowered herself back down in the nest. The male osprey remained on the edge of the nest with his neck elongated and head held high as if on alert. He relaxed and bent head down as if to look in the nest. He then flew off. Observed a different adult osprey flying overhead with a fish; two eagles were observed chasing the osprey with the fish. The three flew towards the west behind the trees; I lost sight of them. Back at the nest, the adult female came up out of the nest again and perched on the edge. The adult male had returned to the nest and was perched on the nest. As I left, both adults remained perched on the edge of the nest. Observation was a bit confusing with regard to which osprey was which. At first, I thought the osprey with the fish was the adult from the nest. However, I don't believe it was; I think it was a third adult osprey.

05/15/2016 by jenny
Osprey nest observed during annual spring bird count. Male and female were sitting on edge of nest. Periodically, both adults had their heads down in the nest with backs/tails in the air. Based on behavior, suspect possible nestling(s).

05/09/2016 by jenny
Weather was cloudy and warm, with a significant bright glare in the background sky making it difficult to clearly observe the nest. Heard an osprey in the trees but could not find. After about half an hour, observed osprey head pop up from the nest; I could then see the osprey's head and neck and the osprey's back. After a few minutes, the female back side and tail were up in the air for about 30 seconds and then she settled back down in the nest. About ten minutes later, the osprey again had her back side and tail in the air and front downward in the nest for about 20 seconds. Surmised she was turning the eggs both times this behavior was observed. Second osprey no where in sight during the one hour observation

04/27/2016 by jenny
Observed osprey nest for an hour and fifteen minutes. Did not see either osprey for the first ten minutes. Assumed one osprey was deep in the nest. Ten minutes into observation, one of the adult osprey flew in from the southwest, circled a few times, clipped a few trees and brought several sticks to the nest which were then deposited. As the osprey deposited the sticks, I observed the second osprey immediately come up out of the nest. The two osprey then traded places. The osprey that flew in with the sticks eased down into the nest as the osprey that had been in the nest took flight towards the southwest. There was a significant glare which made it difficult to determine at that point which osprey was the male and which one was the female. No observed movement in the nest for the remainder of observation. However, at 5:45, observed osprey flying in from southwest, carrying a small fish. The osprey (could now identify as male), flew to a tree near the nest, perched on a branch, and began tearing and eating the small fish it had captured. The osprey ate the entire fish and remained on the tree branch until 6:05, at which time the osprey flew from the tree, circled the sky a few times, then flew out of sight. At 6:15, observation ended. Osprey had not returned to the nest or to the immediate area.

04/16/2016 by jenny
A warm, sunny day at the sports field. No observed sighting or activity for the first twenty minutes. Perhaps the female osprey low in the nest. Observed ten turkey vultures flying high in the sky. Male osprey flew in from the SW and landed on the nest briefly. Male flew from nest to a nearby tree; difficult to see because male flew mid-way deep into canopy of the tree. Lost sight of male osprey. After ten minutes, observed male flying, circling the sports field numerous times. Observed male clipping several trees to get sticks. Brought at least two sticks to the nest and arranged them. Male then sat on top edge of nest; spread wings over nest several times and warned the three turkey vultures flying overhead. Never observed the female.

04/08/2016 by jenny
Walked around perimeter of osprey nest (from appropriate distance) to observe. Could not see osprey but could hear an osprey; most likely the female osprey deep in the nest. Possibly sitting on egg(s)? After fifteen minutes, observed osprey hind end/tail feathers in the air for about 20 seconds. Osprey then settled again. Four minutes later, osprey repeated the movement. Five minutes later, osprey popped her head up for a few seconds then repeated the previous hind/tail feathers up in the air. Male flew in from the NW and perched on the upper edge of nest. Male leaned in to the nest several times then sat on top edge of the nest. Several minutes later, male flew from the nest in SW direction. Osprey circled the sports field several times and flew directly over my head. Osprey continued to circle the field for several minutes then flew back to the nest and perched on the upper edge.

04/03/2016 by jenny
Walked around all sides of nest for observation. Did not see anything for the first five minutes. Male osprey then flew in from the southwest direction and perched on the top edge of nest. At one point, male leaned further into the nest and I could see second set of wings and tail feathers. Concluded the female was lying in deeper part of nest - perhaps on egg(s)? Male osprey remained on top edge of nest throughout my observation as if on-guard. Could hear some chattering. Also heard male osprey warning several turkey vultures flying overhead. No further observation of female. Ended observation after one hour.

03/30/2016 by jenny
Observed osprey nest for one hour. Osprey sitting high a top the edge of nest. Osprey closely watched two people and dog walk directly beneath the nest on path towards baseball field. After five minutes, osprey flew from nest in southwest direction past the trees which surround the sports fields. Twenty minutes later, osprey returned to the area and perched at the top of a tall tree about 55 meters from nest location. Osprey remained perched on the tree for the remainder of my observation. Heard osprey signaling to people and a different dog below that he was nearby. No other nest activity observed.

03/27/2016 by jenny
Observed osprey nest for 45 minutes. No sign of either female or male osprey on nest or in the general area.

03/26/2016 by Rivergirl
This nest will now be monitored by the colleague whom I met with at school parking lot on 3/20/16.

03/20/2016 by jenny
Female osprey on nest; repositioned herself twice. Flew from nest once to a nearby tree and stayed for about three minutes. Flew back to nest. Remained on nest for remainder of observation (1 hour).

03/20/2016 by Rivergirl
A colleague from MN and I met at the site. One osprey was sitting in the nest.

03/11/2016 by Rivergirl
3/9/16 Today, both ospreys were in the vicinity of the nest! One was in the nest, the other was on the branch of tree where it had been seen numerous times last year.

03/06/2016 by Rivergirl
I was at the nest site yesterday, and also one day last week, but have not seen the ospreys at this nest yet. . . .

08/29/2015 by Rivergirl
I believe the ospreys migrated between 7/24 and 7/29 - have not seen them since 7/23/2015.

08/29/2015 by Rivergirl
I believe the ospreys migrated between 7/24 and 7/29 - have not seen them since 7/23/2015.

08/19/2015 by Rivergirl
I have stopped by this nest twice since 8/8/15 -- no adults or fledglings have been observed or heard. I believe they have left.. . .

08/08/2015 by Rivergirl
No ospreys were seen or heard in the area of the nest, about 5:20 P.M.

07/29/2015 by Rivergirl
No activity at the nest and no ospreys at the nest or in the area.

07/23/2015 by Rivergirl
One fledgling at the nest, eating. Female flew to the nest with a fish. She left the nest after 15-20 sec. and sat on a tree branch nearby.

07/18/2015 by Rivergirl
An adult flew to the nest; sat and ate fish. No fledglings observed in the area.

07/14/2015 by Rivergirl
Went to the site in mid-morning - rain was falling and no ospreys were observed. About 1:00, it was sunny, but a crew was mowing the school lawns. Initially, no ospreys were seen in the area, or at the nest. Two ospreys ( 1 adult, 1 fledgling) flew to the nest, but when the mower was cutting grass below the nest, both flew away.

07/09/2015 by Rivergirl
One adult was at the nest - the other was in a nearby tree. Fledglings were flying in the area and there was "talking" heard between them and the adults. Observation was at about 3:15 P.M.

07/03/2015 by Rivergirl
Adult at the nest, female, I think. Several "birds", fledglings?, were flying in the area. Adult was "talking" to them/me. None came to the nest; just flew around. Weather was warm and sunny, with light clouds.

06/28/2015 by Rivergirl
There were two, maybe three, fledglings flying near the nest, and "talking" to the female, who was at the nest.

06/22/2015 by Rivergirl
It was a hot day; very few clouds. One adult was at the edge of the nest, "talking" to ospreys and vultures in the sky. One hatchling was observed.

06/14/2015 by Rivergirl
Today, I saw one, maybe two, hatchlings! Both adults at the nest, female stood by the hatchling. Male "talked" consistently and eventually flew off the nest.

06/07/2015 by Rivergirl
Male was sitting quietly at the edge of the nest. Female then seen; she was down deep in the nest and stood up. Light clouds, breezy, temp. in mid-70's. Both adults "talked" a bit when I was walking/looking at the nest.

05/31/2015 by Rivergirl
I went to the schoolyard about 3:00 today. Both adults were at the nest, sitting on the edge -- same as last time. They looked down into the nest and "talked" to me as I walked closer to the light pole/nest area. Didn't see the hatchlings, but nest is deep. It was breezy and in mid-80's,

05/25/2015 by Rivergirl
Today, about 2:30, both adults were in the nest. No hatchlings were seen, but adult behavior suggested they were there -- adults standing quietly, looking down into the nest and giving "calls" with regard to my walking toward the nest.

05/17/2015 by Rivergirl
Both adults were at the nest. There was mowing and lawn work being done just below the nest area. After 15 mins. of continued mowing, etc., the male Osprey flew off toward the James River; the female remained at the nest. No activity re: hatching was observed.

05/10/2015 by Rivergirl
Went to the nest area - unfortunately, it was raining. No adults were seen and no nest activity.

05/03/2015 by Rivergirl
I watched the nest for about 10-12 min.; didn't see or hear either of the ospreys. The male flew to the nest; the female left the nest (she must be incubating eggs) and flew away. The male stayed at the nest -- he flew around as I walked to my car, then flew back to the nest. Stayed a total of 20+ min. - the female had not returned.

04/27/2015 by Rivergirl
Female is incubating eggs. Male was in a tree to the left of the nest. Both were quiet and looking at each other.

04/20/2015 by Rivergirl
Nest is flat. Female observed in the nest, incubation is the observation. Male not seen. Observation was 30 mins.

04/12/2015 by Rivergirl
Female is down in the nest, sitting quietly, so I assume she is incubating eggs. Male is in tree nearby, sitting quietly.

04/08/2015 by Rivergirl
One osprey in the nest, working on design, other one in a tree across the field, on the right.

04/07/2015 by Rivergirl
One osprey (female?) was in the nest, appeared to be re-designing the nest.

03/29/2015 by Rivergirl
Today, one of the ospreys was flying into the nest, with building material, as I arrived. Two more trips for materials were made, with good success. The nest is quite deep.