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boat lift at end of dock, River Road Millsboro, new for 2018, nesting platform in marsh of property next to boat lift property
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end of season- no osprey activity seen on new platform, nest removed from boatlift but no excluder placed on boatlift
We placed a nesting platform in the marshy area of the next door property south of the boat lift property today. The new nest location is approximately 350 ft from original nest site. We did not see any osprey. The boatlift owners received permission from DE F&W to remove the nest material Tuesday August 22nd. Now we must hope the property owners keep an excluder on the boatlift into the 2018 osprey nesting season or we can not guarantee the osprey pair will choose the new nesting platform.
I have not seen any activity at the nest recently and the nearby homeowners report seeing just the male more than a week ago. There are a few gulls that have been using the nest as well as numerous crows have been picking at the nest. Nest is still intact. We have secured permission from landowner near the nest to place a new nesting platform on his empty land approximately 350 feet from boat lift and 50 feet from water's edge. It should be a good alternative site for the pair next season assuming the boat lift owners place an excluder on the boat lift corners where osprey may try to re-nest. Will ask them to talk with fish and wildlife to have permission to remove the existing nest same time as we place the new platform as that is usually the best way to entice osprey to make a nest move! Excluders are a must. New platform location is actually much safer for the birds, less human disturbance.
I arrived by boat to see one dead chicks head visible on nest. Chick appeared intact but very wet. Neighbors came out and said they can see chick from homes and it was dead at least since the storm two nights prior. discrepancy about 1 0r 2 chicks originally hatched but just one had been seen recently. adult osprey flying around the nest when people were on dock discussing the chicks death. female landed on nest and was calling to mate or chick. gulls were on the nest when I arrived by boat and scattered when female came back. We are in discussions with nearby marina land owner who has protected wetland available for an osprey platform so the boat lift owner can get permission to remove osprey nest and fix/use the boat lift.
checked nest after storm, female on nest feeding but could not see chicks
Male adult was on nearby snag with a fish and female was calling to him from nest. We sat out a bad storm in our boat and then returned to see the female feeding at least one, possibly 2 chicks. The male was guarding the territory from the observation deck on the dock next door
I was contacted yesterday by a volunteer at Tristate Bird Rescue that a homeowner had posted on a bird site a photo of an osprey nest on her boat lift and needed info about how to resolve the problem. I was asked to check the status of the osprey nest so I spoke with the homeowner and took my boat to visit her today. The female osprey was in the nest incubating eggs. I did not see the male osprey. There are a number of docks and a marina nearby as well as a marsh next to the marina ramp. The homeowner wants to allow the ospreys to nest undisturbed this season and perhaps place a nest platform in the marsh for the 2018 nesting season. I referred her to De Fish and Wildlife and asked her to keep me updated about the nests status. I was told the pair had placed nest material there 2015 and 2016 season but this is the first active nesting. The nesting pair will definitely be stressed by human disturbance. Hopefully other monitors will observe this location because it will not be realistic for me to check on the birds regularly.