Nest #574

Nickname: New Quarter Point #1
Nest substrate: Channel Marker
Nest Location Description: 2012 Stick nest on Channel Marker 12, near the mouth of Queens Creek, off the point at New Quarter Park, York County, VA. 7-8-2013 - An osprey pair was seen standing on the nest. 6-14-13 - The female osprey was seen standing on the nest. 5-31-13 - A female osprey was perched on the side of the nest. She left the nest for approximately 25 minutes and returned with a fish, which she began to eat shortly after. She did NOT reach into the nest to feed chicks. No male present during 2 hours of observation. Recorded the nest as a failed nest. 5-26-13 - A female osprey was observed standing on the nest, when a second osprey flew in, landed on her back, and appeared to copulate with her. He left shortly after. She ate, tearing pieces from a fish in the nest. It wasn't clear if the fish was there prior to the male's arrival or not. Nor is it clear if this is the original pair that built this nest or another pair that may be contemplating a nesting attempt. The male of this pair appears to be browner in coloration than the original osprey that built the nest. - 5-19-13 - There were no osprey on the nest. The other three in the area were occupied. It does appear that this nest has failed, but will check again in a few days. Note: the male has not been observed visiting the nest for at least the last 10 days of observation. 5-17-13 - The female was standing to the side of the nest picking pieces from a fish and eating them. We were unable to determine whether she has chicks or not - she did not feed inside the nest while we were there. The nest was undamaged from a severe wind storm the previous night. 5-15-13 - The female osprey stood on the nest, with one wing slightly extended, possibly shading a chick. She stepped slowly and carefully in the nest. She called repeatedly and was obviously disturbed by a mature eagle flying overhead. The male did not return during the 40 minutes I watched. 5-13-17 - The female was standing inside the nest. There appeared to be a slight movement next to her left leg, but it could have been wind ruffling her feathers. She called frequently. Several osprey were flying in the area. The male did not return. 5-9-13 - The female was no longer sitting on the nest incubating, but standing on the side of the nest looking all around. She did not move on to the nest, but we were unable to see if there was a problem in the nest. 4-18-13. The male was observed sitting on the nest incubating. The female returned and perched on the side of the nest. Soon afterward another osprey flew low over the nest. The male flew towards the intruder, as did the osprey from the neighboring Marker 14. The female preened for a time before resuming incubating. 4-7-2013. The female was perched alone in an incubating position in the nest. 4-1-2013. Two osprey were perched together on the nest. The pair copulated (very brief contact) and the male flew away. 3-29-13. Two osprey were together on the nest. The nest is large with sticks spilling down the pole. The male flew off. No indication of eggs or incubation. 3-22-13. Two osprey were seen together on the nest. It was very windy with many other osprey in the air. 3-17-2013. One osprey was perched on the stick nest which has grown since 3-14-2013. A second osprey joined the osprey on the nest and copulation occurred. The male left shortly afterwards. 3/14/13 - Two birds were observed sitting together on the beginnings of a nest. The male left and returned with some sticks which the female positioned in the nest, 3-9-2013 - An osprey was perched on Marker 12, site of an active nest that fledged two chicks in 2012. Even with a scope I couldn't sex the bird as the side of the triangular marker obscured its neck and breast. Another osprey, a male, was perched alternately on the nearby Markers 14 and 13. The bird did not appear to respond to the calls of the bird on Marker 14. A third osprey flew in and joined the one on Marker 12. It did not gain a foothold and both birds struggled and flapped their wings, until one flew off and the other fell into the water. It wasn't clear if this was a territorial dispute over a potential nest site or a pair attempting to copulate - there was no sign of pair bonding and nestbuilding. After circling for a time, the original bird settled back on the marker, while the second bird flew up Cub Creek. 2-21-13 - First adult osprey observed on Queens Creek . . © 2013 .
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Monitoring Groups: Virginia Master Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 37.296777376379
Longitude: -76.6294843299561
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2012 Nest Activity Report by nzedr
Adult arrival 03/09/2012 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 06/30/2012
Incubation initiation 04/06/2012 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/13/2012 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by nzedr
Adult arrival 03/14/2013 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/07/2013 Nest failure 05/09/2013
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by SharonF
Adult arrival 04/11/2014 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 04/16/2014
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2015 Nest Activity Report by SharonF
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/24/2015 Nest failure 07/08/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure unknown reason

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

03/18/2017 by SharonF
Lone osprey perched on this channel marker, may be the same bird I observed on MM#14 last week.

03/11/2017 by SharonF
No sign of osprey

03/04/2017 by SharonF
No sign of osprey

03/23/2016 by SharonF
No sign of osprey or nest building.

07/15/2015 by SharonF
Nest has been abandoned.

07/08/2015 by SharonF
No sign of osprey. Nest appears abandoned.

06/29/2015 by SharonF
Very poor visibility due to foliage. Osprey stayed perched on side of the nest, looking outward from the nest, all the time I observed. No sign of mate.

06/17/2015 by Cathleen
Bird was sitting on the side of the nest the whole time I was there.

06/15/2015 by Cathleen
First time observing since May 30th. One bird standing on the side of the nest. No other activity that I could see. Again, poor visual caused by trees.

05/30/2015 by Cathleen
Could barely make it out but there was an osprey in the nest in the brooding position. No other activity to report on this nest.

05/23/2015 by Cathleen
There was a bird sitting low in the nest while its mate was on the side of the nest eating. It is still very difficult to see because of the leaves and the distance of the nest. Eventually it will reach a point where a scope will be needed, or better yet, a drone!

05/20/2015 by SharonF
Cannot see the nest because of the trees an leaves. I tried a path that leads below #15 where the view to this nest is unobstructed, but it's to far away. The osprey is barely visible on the nest.

05/15/2015 by Cathleen
Bird was very low in the nest and was moving its head quite a bit but the nest was too far away for me to see what it was doing. I did not see the mate anywhere.

05/07/2015 by SharonF
Almost impossible to find a position to see the nest because of the trees. Osprey still incubating as far as I could tell, no sign of the male.

05/03/2015 by Cathleen
Bird in brooding position in nest. The mate was not around. The trees are making it difficult to see the nest. Will try to find a better position to view the activity next time.

04/24/2015 by SharonF
Bird appears to be incubating., it's a little far for my binoculars. Mate flew in with a fish, and then flew away.

04/18/2015 by Cathleen
Both birds were present and both were standing on the side of the nest. One flew off but I could not tell if it was the male or female. When it returned they continued to stand on the side of the nest.

03/15/2015 by SharonF
No sign of osprey or nest building.

05/02/2014 by Cathleen
No sign of a nest

04/28/2014 by SharonF
Nest has been abandoned .

04/16/2014 by Cathleen
This is a small nest that appears to be unoccupied.

04/11/2014 by SharonF
2 osprey present. Nest looks small but did not observe any materials being brought. To nest.

04/02/2014 by nzedr
4-1-2014. No osprey present. No nesting activity.

03/28/2014 by nzedr
Still no nesting activity.

03/22/2014 by nzedr
No nesting activity is visible on this Marker. An osprey perched intermittently on the Marker. The area in the vicinity of the nest was very active, with two osprey carrying nesting material to Marker 11 and 3 osprey fishing. An eagle chased down one of the osprey so that it dropped its fish. The eagle retrieved the fish from the water and carried it away.

04/21/2013 by nzedr
4-18-13. The male was observed sitting on the nest incubating. The female returned and perched on the side of the nest. Soon afterward another osprey flew low over the nest. The male flew towards the intruder, as did the osprey from the neighboring Marker 14. The female preened for a time before resuming incubating.

04/12/2013 by nzedr
4-7-2013. The female was perched alone in an incubating position in the nest.

04/03/2013 by nzedr
4-1-2013. Two osprey were perched together on the nest. The pair copulated (very brief contact) and the male flew away.

03/31/2013 by nzedr
3-29-13. Two osprey were together on the nest. The nest is large with sticks spilling down the pole. The male flew off. No indication of eggs or incubation. 3-22-13. Two osprey were seen together on the nest. It was very windy with many other osprey in the air.

03/17/2013 by nzedr
3-17-2013. One osprey was perched on the stick nest which has grown since 3-14-2013. A second osprey joined the osprey on the nest and copulation occurred. The male left shortly afterwards.

03/16/2013 by nzedr
3/14/13 - Two birds were observed sitting together on the beginnings of a nest. The male left and returned with some sticks which the female positioned in the nest,

03/16/2013 by nzedr
2-21-13 - First adult osprey observed on Queens Creek. 3-9-2013 - An osprey was perched on Marker 12, site of an active nest that fledged two chicks in 2012. Even with a scope I couldn't sex the bird as the side of the triangular marker obscured its neck and breast. Another osprey, a male, was perched alternately on the nearby Markers 14 and 13. The bird did not appear to respond to the calls of the bird on Marker 14. A third osprey flew in and joined the one on Marker 12. It did not gain a foothold and both birds struggled and flapped their wings, until one flew off and the other fell into the water. It wasn't clear if this was a territorial dispute over a potential nest site or a pair attempting to copulate - there was no sign of pair bonding and nestbuilding. After circling for a time, the original bird settled back on the marker, while the second bird flew up Cub Creek.

05/29/2012 by nzedr
5/24/2012, Two young were seen in the nest. They have grown markedly in 8 days. Their heads have become darker and both were seen raising and exercising their wings when the female stood. She may no longer be brooding the chicks continuously. The male joined the female on the nest briefly.

05/16/2012 by nzedr
5/16/2012, Returned with spotting scope to verify if young are in the nest. Two chicks were definitely seen and possibly a third.

05/14/2012 by nzedr
5/13/2012, One osprey was seen standing on the nest, periodically pecking at an unseen object and bending toward the nest. The actions were suggestive of feeding young, but this could not be verified. A second osprey (male?) returned to the nest for a few minutes. The first osprey remained on the nest and settled over the eggs/young

04/26/2012 by nzedr
4/20/12, one osprey could be seen on the nest but was positioned too low to determine sex. No other osprey was observed in the area.

04/14/2012 by nzedr
4/13/2012, one bird sat low on the nest for the entire hour of observation, possibly incubating. (She?) did not leave to feed. This nest is too distant to readily determine the sex of the bird.

04/12/2012 by nzedr
One bird was seen sitting low (hunkered down) on the nest on April 6, 2012.

03/29/2012 by nzedr
Observed male bringing sticks to nest while female sat on the Marker March 10. Both adults present at nest March 17. Only one osprey, probably the female, was perched on the nest 3-25-2012