Nest #6887

Nickname: Hardwick Municipal Bldg 013-A-001
Nest substrate: cell tower
Nest Location Description: Behind the Hardwick Municipal Building, in the maintenance/machinery lot which is fenced and gated, but open during business hours.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 41.0067503793459
Longitude: -74.9343833333824
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by Ben Wurst
Adult arrival Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by ospreyBabs
Adult arrival 03/30/2019 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
2020 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/17/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by ospreyBabs
Adult arrival 03/26/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/05/2020
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

09/05/2020 by ospreyBabs
Last time I observed Dad and at least one juvenile (possibly 2) was on September 5, starting around 1:30pm. One youngster was atop the tower, calling and occasionally circling the area - and eventually left, flying generally west. Dad showed up fresh from fishing (still wet!) about 15 minutes later, with a fish; he perched there for about an hour and ate. Then he was gone.

08/25/2020 by ospreyBabs
Visited the nest today, August 25, 2020. Dad arrived around 11:30am with a fish, and stayed perched on a pylon for over an hour, without eating, while I was there. A juvenile arrived a little later, flew to the nest at the top of the tower, and fish-begged, but Dad did not fly up to the nest with the fish. It could be because it appeared that the juvie also had a fish in her talons (I am not sure, but I think so). It could also be, I guess, that the juvie was not his chick, and that is why he didn't take the fish to her! I have seen other osprey (intruders) around the nest during this season, so there are definitely others in the area. Dad was still there when I left around 12:40, and so, I think, was the juvie (I could not see her, and she wasn't calling at that point). So Dad is still around, and (probably) at least one of his chicks.

08/15/2020 by ospreyBabs
Saw one fledgling on the afternoon of August 15, 2020; s/he was perched at the top of the cell tower. I saw Dad arrive during the time I was watching, and saw him leave as well; I assume he brought a fish but did not actually see it being delivered.

08/08/2020 by ospreyBabs
Saw two fledglings on the afternoon of August 8, 2020. One was perched at the top of the cell tower; the other flew down from the tower and perched in a nearby tree with a fish. S/he ate it there on a branch and then returned to the tower, perching on a lower level. Did not see either parent on this day. The two fledglings both have prominent necklaces and could both be females?

07/27/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:00 a.m. Since I was in the area, I went to check this nest. All have fledged and I expect it was not long after my last visit. I am estimating it as 7/17. Already on 7/15 I saw 2 of the chicks flying up to the top of the tower, above the nest. Today, there was no sign of the three chicks nor the parents. They are all off flying/hunting.

07/15/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:00 a.m. Today is a week day so the gate to the highway/maintenance yard is open. I drive in and am able to position my car to see the nest although I must look up very steeply. I am long overdue to check this nest and it is good I did so today because there are THREE BIG CHICKS, and they are soon to fledge. After seeing what I thought were much younger chicks on nests not far south of here, I am surprised these three are so advanced. One is even "branching" on the tower struts above the nest. At first I thought it was the adult, until I got a good look at its youth plumage through my scope. I heard vocals/calling though, and it was not coming from the chick I saw sitting on the nest, but from the one above! The chick on the nest is preening and partially obscured by the mesh platform of the tower that I have to look through. As I am watching these two, I am really surprised to see a third chick, also on the nest, come out from behind the main tower center post wing flapping energetically. It then actually "flies" to the very top of the tower and perches along the top edge just as is its sibling. At around 10:30 a.m. I see an osprey circling above the nest and it comes to perch on the far right corner, so that three of the family are now along that top edge, and the fourth (the chick) is in the nest. I haven't seen the male. At 10:40 a.m. the adult (female?) flies off the right corner, and I move outside the gate, down the driveway some, for another perspective. I heard a lot of vocals all the while I watched. An adult flies back in as I watched from out the driveway, but I don't know if it is the female or the male. I presume it is the female. I left at 10:50 a.m.

06/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:27 p.m. An adult was perched on a tower post. I could not see into the nest. When I walked around behind the building to an area where there is a swamp and nature trail, the adult was obviously agitated by my presence, flying over the tower and around the nesting area and vocalizing. I did not stay long in order not to disturb the nest. It would appear from its behavior that there are eggs/chicks in the nest even though it is difficult to see into the high nest.

04/06/2019 by ospreyBabs
May have seen a pair on 3/30/19, but am not totally sure; they were not together in the same place at the same time. Definitely saw both together perched atop the tower on 4/6/19.