Nest #6992

Nickname: Orange Channel Marker #38
Nest substrate: Channel Marker
Nest Location Description: In Elizabeth River and in close proximity to the Crescent Cove neighborhood (at end of Marina Reach). Please be advised that this area is private property, and viewing this nest from this neighborhood is by permission only.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Chesapeake Bay Osprey Watchers
Latitude: 36.7328601538987
Longitude: -76.2846602872803
Followers: 1

Activity reports

Nest Activity Report by Dave Gibson
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

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

06/21/2018 by Dave Gibson
Chicks are growing fast and are flapping their wings. Female left briefly to chase away a too-close Great Egret. Male visited several times with food.

06/16/2018 by Dave Gibson
Nestlings are getting noticeably bigger. Saw much of male today.

06/10/2018 by Dave Gibson
I'm getting attached to this place. Yes, female was brooding, and yes--there are chicks. At least 2 of them! I observed one nestling stretch out its wings. Please see latest photos.

05/27/2018 by Dave Gibson
Observed off and on for an hour plus this am. Female mostly alone (and brooding?). Male visited several times, once with a small fish. Observed female eating. Female never left nest.

05/26/2018 by Dave Gibson
Visited in early am. Male delivered a big stick to the nest. Nest building continues (nest building can continue into nestling period and beyond). Adults were always on nest rim and never in nest. I assume hatchlings are in the nest.

05/20/2018 by Dave Gibson
Observed nest in am. Nothing much new here. I thought I could barely see the top of an Osprey head.. I assume the female is deep in the nest and is still incubating.

04/21/2018 by Dave Gibson
Female on nest and male visited often. When I left, male was on limb nearby.

04/08/2018 by Dave Gibson
Visited early. Female is clearly incubating. Is deep in the nest and difficult to see.

03/27/2018 by Dave Gibson
Observed this am. One of the Ospreys continues to deliver branches and fish to the nest. See latest photo. Female may be incubating. Copulation had been observed by several, including myself.

03/25/2018 by Dave Gibson
Observed from the end of Inland Rd. This is the best location from which to view this nest. Nest building continues. And the nest is huge! Two or three times observed one of the Ospreys drop into the river's edge and grab a clump of fine material (grasses--and maybe some mud?). So they're lining the nest as well as still adding heavier stuff. No sign of incubating. Both left the nest at times.

03/24/2018 by Dave Gibson
Visited this am. Nest building continues and nest is noticeably larger and deeper. No sign of incubating.

03/18/2018 by Dave Gibson
Spent 3 hours observing nest and taking photos of same this am. Nest building continues unabated. The male, and I believe the female, both participated. I saw the Ospreys deliver large sticks, finer material, a pine cone. The male, presumably, brought in a fish. At one point both flew in together, the male above the female. The female landed and the male landed gently on the female. It appeared that copulation ensued. Also, at another point, a third Osprey appeared. It looked like a young bird. (Feather color on the back of the head was a tan color.) Was it theirs? All three stayed in the nest for a while. Had never seen an Osprey adult trio in a nest before. Had never seen Ospreys copulate either!

03/17/2018 by Dave Gibson
Nest building continues. I hadn't observed this before. Both large and small sticks being added, and perhaps finer material. No signs of incubating. Much calling. Busy couple!

03/15/2018 by Dave Gibson
Observed both Ospreys on and around nest this am. Much vocalizing. Great estuarine habitat here. Observed numerous interactions between Ospreys and Bald Eagles, both adult and juvenile.