Nest #6234

Nickname: 81 IB
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: platform out on Pasture Point/James Farm Ecological Preserve
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5821203246839
Longitude: -75.0881751113404
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 03/30/2016 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/05/2016
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/02/2016
Incubation initiation 05/05/2016 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2016 Reason for nest failure
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/28/2017 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
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/28/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/27/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/03/2018
Incubation initiation 04/22/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/01/2018 Reason for nest failure
2015 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure 07/13/2015
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure possible predator or rogue osprey, found dead chick nder nest with blood on wing and body, witnessed nest aggression from other ospreys
2014 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/31/2014 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/29/2014
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/01/2014
Incubation initiation 04/19/2014 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/06/2014 Reason for nest failure
2013 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/26/2013
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/04/2013
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/19/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/02/2019
Incubation initiation 04/16/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/24/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/16/2020 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/30/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/04/2020
Incubation initiation 04/23/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/06/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/12/2020 by baygirl
ad m on guard pole today at 3:30 pm

09/06/2020 by baygirl
ad m on guard pole today

09/04/2020 by baygirl
juvie was on nest crying while adult male ate a fish on nearby perch, then juvie took off and did a few dives in pasture cove and came up with a small fish that it took to the nest perch. yay juvie!

07/30/2020 by baygirl
checked nest this morning by boat, chick is still in nest with adult, i do not think it has fledged but hope it does before the full on weekend, it is in danger remaining on the nest with so many people approaching from 2 directions, once it fledged all 15 osprey chicks at james farm eco preserve will be safely flying

07/30/2020 by baygirl
and then this evening, there it was on the guard pole!

07/30/2020 by baygirl
5 pm this evening i checked nest again and the chick had fledged to the second guard perch approx 50 feet from nest, it was balancing precariously on the 2x4, crying and lookoing toward the nest where the adult female was on the t perch ignoring it, very soon the adult male flew in with a fish and went to that perch, seemed surprised to see the fledlging so he went to the first and closer guard perch and started eating the fish. the fledgling cried louder and wobbled on the 2x4 then tentatively lifted off and flew straight for the nest just barely grabbing the sticks along the nest rim and was safe at home! yay!!!

07/29/2020 by baygirl
2 kayaks went directly up to nest this evening causing the chick to flounder madly on the nest rim, both adults were circling the kayakers with loud warning calls, i was on my boat, approached and asked them to observe from a safer distance, i explained that while that chick may look full grown it is not yet flying and on that tiny land strip it could easily fall into the water

07/28/2020 by baygirl
one chick wingercising madly and i hope it does not fledge or get blown out too early!

07/03/2020 by baygirl
consistently seeing just the one chick

06/28/2020 by baygirl
one chick vis again today

06/27/2020 by baygirl
just one chick visible mid day today

06/26/2020 by baygirl
one chick vis today

06/20/2020 by baygirl
both adults at nest during feeding at 7:45 this evening but still did not see any little heads pop up

06/19/2020 by baygirl
kayakers sitting under nest for 15 minutes today while the adults flew overheard issuing stress calls. i approached by boat and explained that they will get a better look from a distance. no chicks counted at this nest yet

06/07/2020 by baygirl
watched feeding today around 4 pm

04/25/2020 by baygirl
female flushed off eggs today due to clammers walking the marsh right at the nest platform. amazing people dont think about what ospreys are doing on the nest?

04/20/2020 by baygirl
definitely still not incubating, will change the date when necessary

04/15/2020 by baygirl
just one on dining pole, none in nest today

04/14/2020 by baygirl
both in marsh today following yesterdays intense storm, may be wrong about incubation date, this next week should confirm one way or other.

04/10/2020 by baygirl
pair arrived first to the cove but with people allowed to walk up to the platform and fishing right next to it the osprey are not yet incubating eggs

06/29/2019 by baygirl
first saw the 3 chicks on 6-8 and so far they continue to do well

06/03/2019 by baygirl
i can see lots of feeding and shading but no chick count as of today

05/10/2019 by baygirl
both at nest area, one inc, one on guard perch

05/04/2019 by baygirl
James Farm Native Plant sale day, I docent and monitor the 4 platforms in the cove the entire day.9-2 pm and so today people stayed back and observed from a distance. both osprey took turns incubating. male as usual spent more time on the satellite perch.

04/29/2019 by baygirl
Docent tour of the cove today- as we approached the area we saw 2 people out at this platform at 5:30 pm. one was shaking the pole while the other was taking pictures. both osprey off the nest/eggs frantically flying over the peoples heads, loud warning calls did not seem to get the people to move away. i walked out and asked them to get out of the osprey zone and attempted to educate on protection of the species but they seemed to be oblivious or drunk or both. osprey were probably off eggs for about 5-10 minutes. it was a fairly warm evening at about 60 degrees so hoping the eggs still viable. this is harassment pure and simple.

04/13/2019 by baygirl
both stay on nest or nearby perch, no inc observed

04/02/2019 by baygirl
both at nest today

03/31/2019 by baygirl
coming and going to the nest and yesterday they were scuffling with the male from the new bayshore/jf platform as they were grabbing seaweed nearby

03/25/2019 by baygirl
one on nest warning call to a fisherman in marsh near the nest, second day in a row the man is at the nest

03/16/2019 by baygirl
one off and on nest since 3-12-19, been bringing in fish and eating at the guard perch

09/20/2018 by baygirl
adult male eating a fish on his favorite pvc pipe in water

09/03/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile on the tall t perch of the platform, adult male on his fave pvc pipe in the water

08/18/2018 by baygirl
consistently seeing both juveniles at the nest and both adults

08/03/2018 by baygirl
one fledgling flying around then landed back on the nest to join other chick and both adults at the nest

08/03/2018 by baygirl
one fledgling on a pvc pipe today, eating a fish, other fledge on nest with fish and adult female , adult male on satellite pole

07/24/2018 by baygirl
2 very large chicks with both adults bringing fish today. those 2 chicks have a good life, the fish come in all day long, dad is a very good provider.

07/22/2018 by baygirl
Around 4 pm this evening one was on the nest perch, one on the satellite pole eating a fish, probably that's the male and both chicks are very large and obvious standing on the nest. they should be in the air very soon.

07/20/2018 by baygirl
there is a good possibility my hatch date is incorrect because the 2 chicks looked huge today! dad brought in plenty of fish and mom observed from her platform perch as I did my docent duties for the preserve and watched kayaks get a bit too close to the nest flushing mom and dad away.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
adult on nest with 2 chicks very visible

06/19/2018 by baygirl
observed nest pair from boat for 2 hours today, saw female feeding 2 chicks with male staying on perch or satellite perch when not fishing

06/03/2018 by baygirl
consistently seeing chick feeding behavior via my boat or when i am docent

05/21/2018 by baygirl
one deep in the nest today with the mate eating a fish on the satellite perch. nice to see them not disturbed but here comes the holiday weekend.... and the ecobay kayak concession tour guides love to flush this pair off their nest.

05/19/2018 by baygirl
one incubating and the second on the nearby satelitte perch eating a fish today around 3 pm. rain for the 7th day in a row.

05/05/2018 by baygirl
full day of monitoring during a busy native plant sale day and this pair did very well since no one was that far out in the marsh. the male stayed on the satellite perch most of the morning giving a nice view for the people of both him and the incubating female near by in the spotting scope frame.

04/22/2018 by baygirl
one deep in the nest and one on the platform t perch at 4:30 today

04/16/2018 by baygirl
this pair may be incubating but today with light rain and following a 24 hr storm one osprey was picking around deep in the nest and the second was on the satellite perch with a fish.

04/07/2018 by baygirl
one bringing nest material, second hard at work fixing the nest today and soaring in the wind along with all the other James farm osprey. The sky is full now with socializing and jostling osprey. And the occasional eagle, young and mature.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
Both on nest today with a few other osprey circling the James Farm area.

03/28/2018 by baygirl
South winds today and yesterday must be bringing in a second wave of osprey. I watched both osprey come and go to the nest today bringing nest material. They were very busy!

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: female last seen 8-10-17 and male last seen 8-17-17.

06/22/2017 by baygirl
The pair is still at the nest depending on activity at James Farm. yesterday I saw the Eco Bay kayak tour group sitting directly at the nest platform, of course the osprey were not there as they had moved to large PVC pipes at the island nearby. If the osprey had chicks the kayak tour group would keep them off the nest as they have in years past. arghhh

05/14/2017 by baygirl
2 ospreys at the platform today, one on satellite perch and one in nest. this pair may well be a new sub adult pair. I hope they don't incubate eggs this season as egg laying in June isn't good for the chicks. momma osprey tend to migrate out in august here in southern Delaware.

05/10/2017 by baygirl
no osprey seen past few days

05/07/2017 by baygirl
yesterday I saw no osprey at this nest for over 2 hours. today I saw just one sitting on the t-perch

05/03/2017 by baygirl
both on platform at sunset. one on perch and one in nest. hope to see incubating soon as its getting to the critical time for the chicks to thrive.

05/01/2017 by baygirl
both osprey at nest but no signs of incubation

04/27/2017 by baygirl
2 osprey on the platform today, both were sharing the tall t perch. I have never seen the pair do that before and I am wondering if this is a new pair?

04/26/2017 by baygirl
still not seen any osprey at this nest. unless one is incubating and I cant see it, otherwise they are gone. will take my scope tomorrow when the fog is gone and see if I can see anything. this was the first pair at the farm so unusual that they are not around.

04/23/2017 by baygirl
did not see any osprey at this nest today. I looked for quite awhile in case one was very deep in the nest but I do not believe so.

04/15/2017 by baygirl
this pair is doing good. eating fish on the 2x4 nearby and not being disturbed much by people yet because they are luckily out on a point and its still cold enough to keep people off the water.

03/28/2017 by baygirl
Early in the day one osprey at the nest, then at 5:30 pm 2 ospreys on the nest.

09/10/2016 by baygirl
Today was the last day I saw an adult at this site. The last fledgling seen on the nest was 9-2-16 just before the storm arrived. This nest is next to #6234 and I think the 5 total fledglings from the 2 nests visited each others nests and hung out in the same tree line to get far away from the people, boats, dogs, SUP's and kayakers along the James Farm Ecological Preserve shoreline. I spent as much time as I could educating people at the beach area about osprey nesting disturbance and will hope to do the same during the 2017 season. My goal is to have permanent metal "stay back' signs in place by march 2017. In general I believe this nesting family did better than the one next door because they are out on the point and dogs do not get to them. Total osprey fledglings at James Farm is just 5 from a total of 7 osprey platforms. Only 2 platforms were productive this year, one was not used, one was sub adults, one was abandoned with chicks and 2 active nests were possibly abandoned after heavy rain storms.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
This pair out on the point at James Farm is continuing to incubate without apparent disturbance. I am not visiting the area as frequently as seasons past so I am hoping my "stay back" sign placement is more effective than in years past! Once the kids are out of school and the next door campground is in full swing all bets are off. The young boys especially like to wade through the marsh grass and the osprey platforms are very inviting for boys that are bored....

05/20/2016 by baygirl
I continue to watch this pair and visit the area every other day or so. They seem to be doing ok and there is not much human disturbance yet since the weather hasn't allowed as much kayaking groups or individuals to frequent their water area. They also seem to be a bit tougher about human disturbance as long as people are not directly at their marsh site and that can happen from the campground next door. Hoping they also make it through the Memorial Day crush of humanity.

05/05/2016 by baygirl
Finally this pair has been able to settle into incubating!!! Usually they are so much earlier but this year there is an extra platform being used nearby and sometimes I witness sub adults keep mature pairs from incubating...lets hope these two are able to have privacy from both the other ospreys and people.

04/20/2016 by baygirl
This platform on a narrow spit of marsh has pressure from kayaks, boats, people fishing, clamming and catching bait as well as numerous interloping osprey (possibly sub adult) arriving daily but they go about their business of fixing their nest and bringing fish. No incubating...yet!