Nest #6453

Nickname: Power Point
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Power Line nest with new 2018 nesting platform at end of Piney Point Road at private residence near the marina.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5641942916534
Longitude: -75.0877279368062
Followers: 2

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2017 2016

Activity reports

2016 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/01/2016 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/23/2016 Nest failure 07/08/2016
Clutch hatching 06/29/2016 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/03/2017 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/07/2017 Nest failure 06/24/2017
Clutch hatching 06/15/2017 Reason for nest failure nest destroyed during storm
Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/30/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/20/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/31/2018
Incubation initiation 04/19/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/27/2018 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/31/2018 by baygirl
8:50 am, adult male brought fish to juvenile at nest

08/17/2018 by baygirl
juvenile still frequenting the nest. both adults still at the nest area.

08/06/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile on the nest today at 4:30 pm, waiting for dinner i presume.

07/20/2018 by baygirl
77, E 4mph, sun, good vis, 8:30 am lone chick made first successful flight off and soon back onto nest. later in the day was taking more short flights and landing very smoothly back on the nest next to momma. have not seen the male in a few day but told by homeowner he is bringing fish regularly.

07/05/2018 by baygirl
one chick visible again today at 6 pm, adult on nest

07/04/2018 by baygirl
only one osprey chick seen since 6-27-18.female was shaing on 7-1-18 but could not count heads that day. today one was clearly visible during feeding, no others seen. there may be just the one remaining. during the feeding the male returned and took the fish away. when is see a male do that it doesn't look like he is bringing enough fish for the entire family. more established mature males usually drop a fish for the family and go and get themselves a second one.

06/27/2018 by baygirl
just 2 chicks seen today with the adult female perched in the nest and watching the sky. one chick was on the nest rim and one was barely visible deep in the middle of the nest bowl.

06/25/2018 by baygirl
both adults on nest at dusk but have not been able to see the 3 chicks in over a week.

06/15/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks clearly visible at 10 am, female feeding and male flew to nearby live tree

06/03/2018 by baygirl
male bringing fish in today even with driving rains most of the day

05/27/2018 by baygirl
watched the pair switch incubation duties as the female took her fish to the dining tree last evening so I knew there was no hatchling yet. but today both were on the nest as the female was eating and appeared to feed

05/23/2018 by baygirl
one fussing about in the nest but then settled down deep, there may be a hatchling but i can not confirm

05/21/2018 by baygirl
report of possible chick feeding behavior early this morning. i watched the pair at the nest for 30 minutes around noon and there was some fussing in the nest but I did not see feeding, male then flew off toward the beach and the female settled deep down in the nest quite low so I would guess chicks are on the way

05/19/2018 by baygirl
both at nest today and appeared to switch incubation duties. expecting first hatchling sometime after the 24th if the osprey can keep the eggs dry from the prior 7 days plus of heavy rain with a few more days of rain forecast..

04/20/2018 by baygirl
yesterday I observed the female deep in the nest early in the day and then again when I returned late afternoon. Today I checked the nest again 3 times and each time one osprey was very flat in the nest. I believe its incubation time! I have not seen the male ospreys closer guard tree but I do know they eat in a pine grove east of the platform.

04/17/2018 by baygirl
the nest looks great , maybe a bit too great. It is already very high and the power company placed a very shallow nesting box on the pole so the nest looks like a storm could still blow it away! There should be some deeper sides or corner boards. Otherwise the pair is doing very well, the female is on the nest often and i watched her bring in seaweed and grasses today. She spent much time digging deep in the nest bowl There should be eggs soon.

04/15/2018 by baygirl
heavy rain today, could not see any osprey in the nest

04/07/2018 by baygirl
Nest is looking nice and fat and the female is on it everytime I check on it.

04/02/2018 by baygirl
the pair is building the nest up every day and today I watched the male soar over the nest with the female perched on the edge and he was carrying a huge fish and headed straight to his favorite dining tree east of the nesting location. The female applauded with her soft call to share that fish. Very happy to see this pair finally have a platform for their nest and of course the property owners are thrilled!

03/28/2018 by baygirl
one osprey visited the new and empty platform today but left after a short visit of just a few minutes

02/05/2018 by baygirl
After emails and phone calls from property owners, myself and Tristate Bird Rescue from fall 2017 and then again late Jan.2018 the Power company today installed a wooden nesting platform at the top of the power line. the pole is not active except for cable line at the lower portion of the pole. Finally the (hopefully) returning pair will have a safe place to rear chicks. Thank you Pepco!

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: both adults last seen8-20-17 attempting to rebuild a nest on the power pole but it keeps falling down from storms. still waiting to hear if power company will allow a platform placed at top of power pole.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
adult pair does sit on power pole, not much nest building, hoping to get a platform extension for the pole, power company will need to give permission as there does not seem to be any other suitable location to relocate the pair that has been there for past 4 years.

06/29/2017 by baygirl
yesterday Pete McGowan, US F&W was unable to find a suitable nest for Power Point lone chick and Tri-State needed chick to be released. they approached me to find a suitable nest, it was decided to try 6004, CM 9A.

06/27/2017 by baygirl
osprey chick was ready for release fro Tri-State Bird rescue yesterday. Talked with US F&W biologist and he has possible suitable nesting pair for re-homing at Poplar Island, MD. Otherwise we could try nest 6004 as nestling(s) are same age.

06/24/2017 by baygirl
A storm came through early this morning and the high winds took the nest down. I was called by TriState Bird Rescue to respond to a call that nearby homeowners had 2 osprey chicks but one was dead. When I arrived the nest was strewn across the gravel road and in a water filled ditch. The adult female was on the power pole attempting to rebuild the nest. I went into the home where the man was feeding the surviving osprey chick some fresh minnow. There was a second smaller osprey chick wrapped in newspaper and an un-hatched osprey egg without a crack in it. I asked the man to please not feed the chick. He had it in a box with a heat lamp. I drove the 2 chicks and the egg to another volunteer with TriState and it is now being assessed at their bird center. I subsequently was told by the homeowner that when he heard the nest was down he found the larger chick laying in the nest material on dry ground and the smaller chick was lying in the water filled ditch. Both were alive when he took them into the house but the smallest one died shortly thereafter. No doubt it had drowned. The chicks were just 8-10 days old at my best guess. We will wait now to see if the lone chick survives and if there is a possibility to re-home the chick. I do not see any possibility to reunite the chick with it's parents as there is not a suitable way to deter the adults from the power line or a suitable location for a temporary platform.

06/08/2017 by baygirl
one deep in the nest today but very alert

05/25/2017 by baygirl
one in nest today presumably incubating

05/07/2017 by baygirl
first day I see one deep in the nest, do not see mate

04/26/2017 by baygirl
oh boy, one heck of a huge ratty nest on the power line. all kinds of debris hanging down but no osprey in sight

04/24/2017 by baygirl
the pair is once again building up the nest on the power line. the nest is very sloppy with strips of something hanging off and nest material all over the electric "stuff" on the poles. I see the second osprey on a pole at the street and the other in the nest most days.

04/17/2017 by baygirl
the nest is almost gone but the pair still hangs out on it.

04/10/2017 by baygirl
today the pair was back on the nest after a few days of being AWOL. there nest is very sparse and wind damaged from the winter. it doesn't appear they have been working on it. but I have seen them harassing their nearby nesting pairs!

04/03/2017 by baygirl
first day I have seen any birds at this nest. Both were in the nest and one was very busy moving nest material around.

07/15/2016 by baygirl
Last log entry that mentions adults on the nest was 7-5-16. On that day they appeared to be busy in the nest with chicks. 7-8-16 no birds seen at the nest. There was a few days of heavy rains. 7-10-16 no birds seen. on 7-12-16 the 2 adults were back on the nest but no nesting activity was seen. Today I saw one adult with a fish do a fly around the nest and then head for the tee line where the pair hangs out. So they are still at the nest but no chicks this year!

07/02/2016 by baygirl
One adult on the nest appears to be shading chicks.

06/29/2016 by baygirl
Finally I see second adult bring fish to the adult on the nest who feeds a chick. Finally!!! This nest is high and a bit harder to see from the water but I can say for certain there is at least one chick. It will be awhile before I will be able to count heads though!

06/12/2016 by baygirl
Just one in the nest. It appears to be sitting higher in the nest so I am not certain it is incubating. The weather today is more 18 mph wind with much higher wind gusts. Such extreme and unrelenting wind must affect the nests.

06/08/2016 by baygirl
One is on the nest, I think it is still incubating.The bird seems more active but it is extremely windy today.

06/03/2016 by baygirl
One bird still incubating and one arrives and perches on the nest.

06/01/2016 by baygirl
One bird on the nest incubating.

05/29/2016 by baygirl
One osprey is incubating and one arrives to the nest. They do not change duties and no fish was brought. Hmm, I hope this male is a better fish provider when the chicks arrive:)

05/28/2016 by baygirl
I finally see the second bird arrive to the nest to relieve the one that is incubating. I still have no idea where the guard perch is. There are a lot of live trees surrounding the house and nest site so the second bird must be hidden from my vantage point across the waterway. Also I have not seen the second bird bring a fish.

05/26/2016 by baygirl
I saw a bird in the nest on the 23rd of May and today I confirm its deep in the nest so I will guess incubation began sometime between the 23rd and today. I normally view this nest with my binoculars from a road on another waterway so as not to disturb the nesting bird but I do not get a good vantage point from either location. If I drive up to the nest I am pretty much right under it.

05/13/2016 by baygirl
I have continually seen only one bird on the nest since my first sighting of the pair. I can not find the guard perch for the second bird. Today the bird on the nest flew off the nest when I approached in my car. The nest is almost directly above a house and I would guess the birds will have to acclimate to the humans that live there and approach down the gravel road on foot or in cars. It very quiet now but the neighborhood will come alive soon!

03/31/2016 by baygirl
I see a pair of osprey circling this nest. The nest was built in 2015, late in the nesting season and seemed to be a single sub adult or solitary bird during that season.