Nest #6233

Nickname: Piney Point
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Private residence, tall platform along water
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5653774625707
Longitude: -75.0886832327881
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/31/2016 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/14/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/30/2016
Incubation initiation 04/22/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/26/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/03/2017 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/07/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/05/2017
Incubation initiation 04/11/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/22/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/18/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/20/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/24/2018
Incubation initiation 04/16/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/26/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/09/2015 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/02/2015
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/15/2015
Incubation initiation 04/21/2015 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2015 Reason for nest failure
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/01/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/29/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/07/2014
Incubation initiation 04/19/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/14/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/02/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/13/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/12/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/07/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/22/2019
Incubation initiation 04/05/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/19/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/08/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/11/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/20/2020
Incubation initiation 04/08/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/16/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/16/2020 by baygirl
adult male on corner board of the nest platform today

09/09/2020 by baygirl
ad m on his guard tree today

09/07/2020 by baygirl
ad m at nest area and took off after a bald eagle that was in the wrong airspace

06/28/2020 by baygirl
2 chicks vis and alone in nest today with adult male in his fave nearby tree, did not see adult female!

06/13/2020 by baygirl
just one osprey seen in the nest thus far

04/14/2020 by baygirl
one incubating, interloping pair back at work attempting to build on nearby roof

04/09/2020 by baygirl
incubating bird flushed off nest by a new pair that is attempting to build a nest on nearby townhome roof

03/05/2020 by baygirl
male on nest today, chased bald eagle off the platform, brought a stick later on, waiting for his mate

09/11/2019 by baygirl
adult male at nest area

07/05/2019 by baygirl
just one chick remains at this nest

06/30/2019 by baygirl
one adult standing in nest, could not see a chick today

06/27/2019 by baygirl
just one chick remains on the nest with the female, i am hoping an owl did not get the other one but the nest site is close to a tall tree line where owls have been reported.

06/22/2019 by baygirl
1 chick visible with female at nest

06/18/2019 by baygirl
2 chicks clearly visible at nest during feeding.

06/02/2019 by baygirl
reports of 3 chicks but so far i have seen just 2

05/28/2019 by baygirl
have not been able to count heads yet but think there are at least 2

05/12/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest today in heavy rain and wind storm

04/13/2019 by baygirl
incubation continues while mate chases intruders from their airspace

04/05/2019 by baygirl
finally see one very deep in the nest, mate in nearby tree

04/02/2019 by baygirl
they sure love the new tall T perch on the platform, they are still busy building up the nest

03/30/2019 by baygirl
no signs of incubation yet but both are enjoying the new improved platform

03/25/2019 by baygirl
one up on the new tall T perch of the platform and the other down in the nest, lots of nest material visible now

03/23/2019 by baygirl
one low in nest today in high winds, does not appear to be incubating

03/12/2019 by baygirl
platform rebuild finished just in time! the pair is together at the nest today, bringing in nest material.

03/11/2019 by baygirl
one osprey perched on the nearby favorite guard snag perch today.

03/08/2019 by baygirl
We rented a lift and were able to rebuild the platform today. placed a starter nest on the improved platform as all nest material was blown off during the winter. also placed an eyebolt for a carabiner and safety harness and extension ladder supports for any future rescues. platform is 25 feet high but with safety improvements will now be accessible by ladder.

02/26/2019 by baygirl
tall platform is in bad shape, unable to find a solution to repairing such a high structure

09/15/2018 by baygirl
adult male perched on the tip of the spindly snag to the north of the nest, this was always his favorite perch seasons past

08/30/2018 by baygirl
last juvenile spotted was 8-24-18, it was on the nest and adult male was perched on the snag in back of treeline, today just adult male on pine branch in front tree line

08/15/2018 by baygirl
2 juveniles on the nest today and one adult in the tree behind the platform

07/22/2018 by baygirl
empty nest this morning, breezy beautiful morning to practice flying

07/20/2018 by baygirl
confirmed 3 fledglings off and on nest today so this is the date i will use. possible date was a few days earlier but not alot of flying today so i am sticking with this date by the looks of the babes.

07/06/2018 by baygirl
report of a homeowner who says she saw 2 fledglings flying at this nest... but this would make just about 42 days from hatch. possibly my hatch date was off but then so would my incubation date be wrong. definitely could be, will try to confirm fledging today. it can become harder to ID youngsters once they get darker feathering so she may not be able to tell the family members apart.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
well there is actually 3 chicks on this nest and all 3 very visible today as mom shaded them

06/20/2018 by baygirl
took some time but finally saw mom with 2 chicks and was confirmed by a neighbor that watches with a scope

06/17/2018 by baygirl
mombrella shading at least one chick and calling for fish but no male seen

06/03/2018 by baygirl
feeding behavior is consistent at this nest

05/26/2018 by baygirl
finally was able to confirm feeding behavior today around 6 pm

05/23/2018 by baygirl
both on the nest today, possibly one was feeding, i could not confirm

05/19/2018 by baygirl
pair still incubating even with 7 plus days of heavy rain.

04/16/2018 by baygirl
big trash bag fluttering in the breeze and one osprey getting up to fix the nest then settling down gently on what must be eggs! the mate arrived when a few interlopers flew over the platform at low altitude and after he felt all was safe he retreated to the pine tree.

04/07/2018 by baygirl
Still waiting to see incubation but so far just the usual trash in the nest. Every year this pair brings a large white plastic bag and it has arrived for the 2018 season.

03/20/2018 by baygirl
3-18, both on nest with one bringing nest material, 3-19, one arriving to nest then perching on favorite snag.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: I can hope the youngsters flew south safely away from the owls. the last adult female sighting was8-22-17 and I saw the adult male in his favorite tree today!

07/29/2017 by baygirl
amazingly these 2 youngsters have not been attacked by the great horned owl(s) that have taken their osprey neighbors. both are learning to fish but still spend much time on the nest

07/11/2017 by baygirl
somewhere along the line a chick was lost but 2 healthy chicks have fledged and continue to be cared for by the adults

06/29/2017 by baygirl
2 chicks seen yesterday, today I didn't see any but the female was calling for food.

06/21/2017 by baygirl
I saw 3 nestlings being fed on June 9. Since then I have only seen 1 or 2 and then just occasionally.June 15 I saw no adults on the nest but could hear one calling for fish from a pine tree. one chicks visible on that day. Have continued to see the adults and feeding behavior but have not seen chicks recently.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
both adults on nest and one feeding chicks. darn white plastic bag still visible in the nest, I was hoping it would blow away. this season has been the worst so far for plastic bags in osprey nests.

05/16/2017 by baygirl
plastic bag in the nest, blown up with the wind making it look like it is huge, sure hope it isn't going to put eggs and or hatchlings in danger. I watched the nest for about 15 minutes and the male was on the edge of the nest and then the female got up off the nest and stretched a bit but then back onto either hatchlings or eggs and again just hope they are not where the big plastic bag is sitting! often when the eggs begin to hatch I think the males spend more time on the nest and so there very well may be hatchlings now.

05/03/2017 by baygirl
continuing to incubate

04/23/2017 by baygirl
one incubating, cant see the second one from car, I need my boat in the water!

04/10/2017 by baygirl
as is often the case early in nesting season I just see one osprey in the nest. I believe once my boat is in the water and I am able to see from the opposite direction I will see the mate deep in the loblolly pines. all seems normal, the osprey was sitting in a built up nest watching the pairs in nearby nest sites.. a very busy colony of osprey!

04/03/2017 by baygirl
finally I see 2 osprey at the nest. there was one and I decided to stay awhile and a second osprey flew around the creek and landed in the nest. it was obvious they are a pair!

03/26/2017 by baygirl
one osprey in the nest and appears to be building the nest up.

03/23/2017 by baygirl
One osprey on the nest but may be a visitor from nearby 9A (#6004)

09/16/2016 by baygirl
Today was the last day I saw the adult male from this nest site. Late in the season he moves to the nearby dock to guard his territory and many other adult males from the nearby colony remain at their posts too. It becomes an old boys club:) You can find them all at their posts at sunset and early in the mornings. very quiet and peaceful group of guys! The fledglings may have remained a bit longer than 8-30-16 but I wasn't out on the boat as much so that was the last day I noted in my log. This nesting family has it pretty good because they are so high up and away from the craziness of the jet skis and boats that pass a bit farther away on the creek. They are the lucky ones in the colony.

07/17/2016 by baygirl
Sunset this evening I watched both chicks flying around the woods near their platform. The adult female left the nest and settled in a tree and the adult male was perched on a nearby boat canopy. The one fledgling settled onto a tree branch but the other one was not able to maneuver onto a tree and headed back to the nest. he seemed to not want to be on the platform alone. Hope the adults join him after darkness.

07/05/2016 by baygirl
Past few visits to nest I have seen just one chick with one adult on the nest. I doubt one was lost but just can not see it with the growing nest debris. At least I hope that is the case.

06/29/2016 by baygirl
! adult on the nest with both chicks clearly visible and in fact it appears the one chick is self feeding. I like to see this stage because if there is a lot of human disturbance on the water the adults can drop a fish and sit safely nearby while the chicks fend for themselves.

06/23/2016 by baygirl
Adult female on the nest calling loudly for fish. One chick visible.

06/14/2016 by baygirl
I observe this nest many times per week and have been seeing 2 visible chicks. Today the female was feeding both chicks. the male is hard to see because he often perches deep in the evergreen tree line near the nest.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
Both adults on the nest today and one is eating and feeding chicks. Too early to count heads though.

05/29/2016 by baygirl
One adult on the nest feeding.

05/26/2016 by baygirl
One adult feeding hatchlings and then other osprey joined the nest group. Later the one adult was shading.

05/25/2016 by baygirl
One osprey on the nest and very busy fussing into the nest. Possibly the chicks are hatching as it is just about 35 days of incubating and very warm day today.

05/18/2016 by baygirl
One is still incubating!

05/15/2016 by baygirl
Yes!! I see an osprey incubating!

05/13/2016 by baygirl
Rain off and on today. I checked this nest twice and could not confirm a bird in the nest...hope all is well.

05/10/2016 by baygirl
One incubating

05/08/2016 by baygirl
Pretty quiet at this nest. Very little to disturb except for the newish nest at Piney Point Rd power line where there seems to be just one bird as it was late last season.Today the incubating female was calling for a fish and I did not see her mate. I would like to confirm if its the same male as last season. He had an injured right wing but it did not seem to hamper his abilities in any way.

04/23/2016 by baygirl
This private platform is at a high treeline and very close to a new powerline nest. I would guess incubating started a few days ago. Will watch to see if the new nest occupants disturb this established pair.