Nest #6784

Nickname: 180 WPT
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Bethany Bay marsh platform north east of platform 179 WPT
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5750521723186
Longitude: -75.1001750996868
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020 2019 2018 2017

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/24/2017 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 05/27/2017 Nest failure 07/09/2017
Clutch hatching 07/07/2017 Reason for nest failure unknown reason
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/28/2018 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/03/2018
Egg laying 04/24/2018 Chicks last observed 09/11/2018
Incubation initiation 04/24/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/25/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/15/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/16/2019
Incubation initiation 05/09/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/20/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/27/2020 Nestlings 4
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/29/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/10/2020
Incubation initiation 04/23/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/04/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/16/2020 by baygirl
ad male eating a fish on his fave dining pole

09/10/2020 by baygirl
one juvenile on nest today, no adult male seen

09/09/2020 by baygirl
one juvenile perched on the nest, did not see papa

09/08/2020 by baygirl
one juvenile alone at nest a 7 pm this evening

09/07/2020 by baygirl
juvenile on nest eating a fish today, did not see ad m

09/06/2020 by baygirl
one juvie on nest and ad m at nest area guard pole today

09/04/2020 by baygirl
adult male flew in with fish for one remaining crying juvie

07/30/2020 by baygirl
all 3 on nest this morning getting fed by momma with poppa on nearby guard/dining perch

07/29/2020 by baygirl
one chick fledged in high wind today then flew around for a few minutes, landed on nearby bethany bay condo roof and stayed from 3 pm till just before sunset

07/28/2020 by baygirl
just 3 chicks remain after the tropical storm on 7-10-20, I wish I had checked this nest that next day, likely one was blown out into the marsh grass, they are getting quite big and starting to flap, i expect them to fledge very soon, we are having another big storm tonight, hopefully the 3 are safe

06/28/2020 by baygirl
busy day on the water and at the small creek beach very close to this nest but the adults seem to do well with the activity and continue to feed without disturbance

06/27/2020 by baygirl
confirmed 4 chicks on the nest today, female feeding with male on the v perch, all 4 chicks appeared to be about same size, this is good news!

06/26/2020 by baygirl
till today I have seen just 2 chicks, got a call through Tristate Bird Rescue that someone reported this nest number has 4 chicks. I watched the nest at 6:30 pm feeding today, both adults at nest, male on V perch, female feeding, I could confirm 3 chicks with possible 4th and I will continue to monitor closely. The callers concern was the size of the nesting platform, this platform is the standard 38 " square, this one is the NJ design V shape. The nest is suitable in size and the adults are mature enough to raise 4 chicks 4 chicks are rare but we do see this along the inland bays. the key is the ospreys are not disturbed by people too close to the nest at feeding times, especially the last feedings of the evening as there may be a runt in the nest who will survive only is there are regular feedings! If the caller would like to discuss this nest please call back to Tristate Bird Rescue for my contact number. I live very close to this nest and can monitor daily and thank you for caring!!!

04/19/2020 by baygirl
2 up on the V's of platform frame today

04/17/2020 by baygirl
both on nest

04/15/2020 by baygirl
both on nest today, fixing nest material

09/22/2019 by baygirl
one juvenile from this nest site appears to be visiting trees nearer my home, just before sunset past few days it flew onto a snag and cried for fish off and on when the local adult males flew by, last day i saw it was today -with a fish on my telephone pole at my house. looks like its doing ok!

09/16/2019 by baygirl
one juv eat on nest today

09/02/2019 by baygirl
2 juveniles on nest and one adult on pole

08/22/2019 by baygirl
fledglings are doing very well, both adults still tending them

07/31/2019 by baygirl
2 chicks in nest with mombrella

07/26/2019 by baygirl
late nesters- expecting fledging around 8-15, both chicks look healthy and both adults at nest most of the time

06/27/2019 by baygirl
it took awhile for me to confirm feeding behavior even tho i saw the female in a more crouched position at times, for sure there is one chick and i hope i will see more

06/05/2019 by baygirl
still incubating with mate on fave pole nearby

05/30/2019 by baygirl
extreme storm this evening with what felt like windshear, hurricane strength winds and sideways rain, lasted about 15 minutes, i hope eggs and hatchlings are ok at the many nests in the area, this pair still incubating

05/28/2019 by baygirl
continuing to incubate

05/12/2019 by baygirl
finally one deep in nest for past few days, mate likes to eat on the old sign poles on waters edge to the north

05/12/2019 by baygirl
finally one deep in nest for past few days, mate likes to eat on the old sign poles on waters edge to the north

05/07/2019 by baygirl
could not be certain one was incubating today, did see one on nest rim may have been second deep in nest but first osprey was blocking view of a possible second.

05/06/2019 by baygirl
appears one is incubating with other on favorite guard perch, need to confirm

05/03/2019 by baygirl
pair off an on nest today, no incubating observed

04/28/2019 by baygirl
both up on nest rim today

04/26/2019 by baygirl
both still up perched on nest today

04/19/2019 by baygirl
both active at nest today

03/31/2019 by baygirl
2 busy on nest today

09/20/2018 by baygirl
one juvenile crying for fish on 9-11, but still seeing the adult male into today

09/05/2018 by baygirl
1 juvenile on platform V eating fish at 7:30 am

08/18/2018 by baygirl
entire family present today as i passed in my boat. both fledglings were on the nest- one was eating- and the adult female also on the nest and adult male on the old sign post he so adores.

08/17/2018 by baygirl
both juveniles on the nest today around 5:30. someone flushed them off the nest and both osprey started fishing over our creek. it is so cool to watch them throwing themselves into the water. neither one caught anything but for about 30 minutes they sure tried hard. both adults still at the nest area.

08/03/2018 by baygirl
I am sure these 2 flew before today but today was the first day I saw an empty nest and then about 15 minutes later as I came back past in my boat both were on the nest, one was eating and one adult was also on the nest. This is the first productive season for this nesting pair. really nice to see they made it with the people fishing and crabbing and the kayaker who lets his dog run the beach at the nest site every single day.

08/03/2018 by baygirl
I am sure these 2 flew before today but today was the first day I saw an empty nest and then about 15 minutes later as I came back past in my boat both were on the nest, one was eating and one adult was also on the nest. This is the first productive season for this nesting pair. really nice to see they made it with the people fishing and crabbing and the kayaker who lets his dog run the beach at the nest site every single day.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
one adult clearly visible with what appears to be 2 chicks deep in the nest but too hazy and far to be certain

07/22/2018 by baygirl
just one adult and one chick visible this evening

07/20/2018 by baygirl
one chick clearly visible today with one adult

07/05/2018 by baygirl
2 chicks on the nest with one adult today

06/20/2018 by baygirl
late day boat ride, clearly see 2 chicks at feeding time

06/18/2018 by baygirl
consistently seeing both adults at nest with feeding behavior but can not yet see chcks

06/03/2018 by baygirl
i am continuing to see both at the nest often thru out the day with the female busy feeding. the male spends his free time either on the v perch of the platform or the nearby old sign post at the waters edge. I have my fingers crossed this pair can tolerate the crabbers and kayakers that are surely coming to hang right at the platform in just a week or so.Last season the pair abandoned the nest.

05/21/2018 by baygirl
one appears to be incubating with mate on the sign pole nearby

05/19/2018 by baygirl
7 days of rain and this pair is still on eggs!

05/08/2018 by baygirl
continuing to incubate

04/22/2018 by baygirl
still waiting to see nest bowl prep or something. but both coming and going, some copulating and perching on the V of the platform but no settling in

04/16/2018 by baygirl
12:30 today the nest was empty with a large white bag flapping in the nest. A few minutes later both arrived and picked around the nest.

04/11/2018 by baygirl
8:00 this morning the pair was on the nest, one with a fish, when an immature eagle flew in and I heard an osprey at the nearby nest start the warning call for the colony. quickly an incubating osprey on CM7, the male from Sandy Cove, and the osprey from nearby nest 179 all flew up to help the now chased osprey with fish and they successfully thwarted a fish steal from the young eagle. it was exciting and amazing to see how osprey support one another during a predator provocation. But then, the male from Sandy Cove chased the osprey with the fish back to his nest territory. So the ospreys will support one another against another species but when the battle is won they are back to being adversaries for territory. Great morning on the creek. Who needs TV?

04/07/2018 by baygirl
Pair should be incubating soon,both very busy in the nest

04/02/2018 by baygirl
building up the nest, both are very busy all day!

03/29/2018 by baygirl
confirmed the pair is on the nest since yesterday, watched them again today as they both brought nest material. talked to the management about placing signs and educating the community to stay back from the 2 platforms this year, hoping for the best but not holding my breath that these osprey can nest in peace from people walking right up to the platform or spending hours next to it.

03/28/2018 by baygirl
SE Winds at 5 mph, clouds and sun, temp 45. many osprey flying together over the creek with a few challenging the 2 local eagles.this nest had 2 osprey on it along with a pair of osprey on the other 2 nearby platforms. will see if they all remain at the sites.

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: last osprey seen on platform 9-7-17. human activity steadily increasing along the bay beach very close to this platform. risky site.

07/29/2017 by baygirl
Both adults still hanging out on nest or nearby old poles

06/29/2017 by baygirl
I see one adult in nest everyday and often the other on nearby pole with fish, most likely this is the male. they are due for hatchlings.

06/24/2017 by baygirl
one appeared to be still incubating (or warming hatchlings?) at sunset with second adult on the V perch of the platform

06/22/2017 by baygirl
this pair continues to incubate even with the people and stray osprey surrounding them. I expect hatchlings near the end of June, so very late for the little osprey to enter the world.

06/08/2017 by baygirl
This pair is just keeping to the incubating no matter what goes on around them.

05/29/2017 by baygirl
ph my I see the ospreys incubating past few days and there has been a high number of people very close to the platform, the beach area is becoming popular to launch kayaks and SUP.s 5-27-17 a man was flying a small remote airplane over both osprey platforms causing the osprey to leave the nests.

05/25/2017 by baygirl
lots of coming and going to the nest but no nest building, copulating or incubating observed. most likely a sub adult pair just enjoying the creek and marsh.

05/07/2017 by baygirl
both osprey on the nearby sign posts, no incubating

04/29/2017 by baygirl
This platform was placed very close to 179, and last year, the second year 179 was occupied the pair had chicks but did not use 180 for guarding, however Channel marker 7 male did use 180. This year I saw osprey off anf on the nest around 4-24-17 and today all osprey pairs were present on nearby nests so I can confirm a new osprey pair has fought their way onto this platform. Now they use CM7 males other guard post and the male from CM 7 has moved his guard post to a pine tree closer to his platform. So we have a new colony of sorts, 4 platforms all in view of one another and viewable from the end of Sandy Cove Road.