Nest #7048

Nickname: Chelmer
Nest substrate: Live Tree
Nest Location Description: Nest located in tree behind townhomes on Chelmer Drive, adjacent to Futcher's Pond. Approximately behind 19747 Chelmer.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.719880864736
Longitude: -75.0998591977082
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2018 Nest Activity Report by SandyC
Adult arrival 03/28/2018 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/05/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/07/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/30/2018
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/15/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/27/2019 Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/27/2019
Incubation initiation 04/19/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/27/2019 Reason for nest failure
2020 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 03/21/2020 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/22/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/02/2020
Incubation initiation 05/21/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/11/2020 by baygirl
2 chicks and nest made it thru last weeks storm, chicks look like they should fledge around this week 8-15 or later?

07/28/2020 by baygirl
feeding observed on 7-11-20, 2 smaller chicks, expect fledge date around mid August?

06/24/2020 by baygirl
close to hatch date, about 35 days today, one deep in nest at 7:45 pm

06/20/2020 by baygirl
incubation observed today at 3:45 om, did not see mate

06/15/2020 by baygirl
one deep in nest today continuing to incubate with 2 flying around over the nest area around 5 pm

06/04/2020 by baygirl
one deep in the nest this evening

05/24/2020 by baygirl
not sure the air was incubating on 5-13 but reports are the nest is repaired and they are indeed incubating.

05/17/2020 by baygirl
i see female on nest rim for about 15 minutes, then she flew off and came back about 5 minutes later with nest material. no incubation seen

05/13/2020 by baygirl
pair incubating for past 2 days. lets hope that nest holds this entire season!

05/08/2020 by baygirl
nest looks very good today, much larger, and both were on the nest

04/30/2020 by baygirl
no osprey seen this afternoon and the nest is very sparse and hanging on to just one branch

04/20/2020 by baygirl
pair still trying to rebuild, female on branch today with just a few sticks hanging on the spars support branches

04/13/2020 by baygirl
nest down today following storm with driving rain and winds at 25 mph out of the south with gusts up to 50 mph.

04/11/2020 by baygirl
female on nest this afternoon, osprey dive bombed her then flew to the nearby pond, she maintained her position during the head hit from an interloper!

04/10/2020 by baygirl
branch and nest down winter 2019, pair is back and attempting to rebuild nest, male rt leg banded

08/27/2019 by baygirl
2 juveniles on nest calling for fish

07/31/2019 by baygirl
reports that the youngest may not have fledged... hard to see this nest

04/26/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest today, incubation date is a questimate

04/07/2019 by baygirl
no osprey observed or heard at nest today

03/27/2019 by baygirl
the nest is still somewhat intact on the exposed but live tree branch. both osprey reported on the nest for the first time today.

08/30/2018 by baygirl
juvenile osprey heard but not seen today, osprey family is now spending time at other end of pond in deep woods but I did see the adult male perched with fish on his fave tree briefly before he flew with fish toward crying juvenile. I will sign off as I am not in the area often and hope the others who live near this nest will listen for the sounds of juveniles. it does take a season or 2 or 3 to learn their behaviors. The young survived to fledge which is very fortunate in such a high nest in the woods.

08/14/2018 by baygirl
homeowner reports family may be at other end of the pond early today. then around 3:30p the youngsters and adults returned to the nest. good news! possibly the youngest had trouble getting back to the nest yesterday as that can happen and osprey adults are very protective during the maiden flight phase so perhaps the family stayed with baby till it got back to nest? cant know for sure but thankful this trio is flying. I will sign off now and let SandyC track the final days of the juveniles visits to the nest. enjoy them as they seem to disperse quickly.

08/13/2018 by baygirl
today a report that no osprey except the adult male were at the nest for night time. worried about owl attack of course as its very early for all the youngsters to be off the nest at dark.

08/11/2018 by baygirl
1:30 pm SSE 6 mph winds with some light gusts, overcast 84, some storms moving through the area. I observed adult female on nest with the smallest chick that has the most buff coloring on wings so looks lighter in color (can not confirm this last chick has yet fledged), then a fledgling arrived to the nest. Adult male flew in to his favorite snag perch and dried his wings, he had a small fish. Adult female flew away and another fledgling arrived to the nest and appeared to mantel, it may have caught its own fish! This family is doing great this season.

08/11/2018 by SandyC
Three chicks now flying, one in particular seems most adventurous and flying in early evening.

07/23/2018 by baygirl
4:55 pm, 3 chicks visible with adult female on the nest, then adult male brought in partial fish and female began feeding with male still on the nest. chicks look very healthy.

07/17/2018 by baygirl
female shading today, saw just one chick

07/12/2018 by baygirl
3 chicks clearly visible in the nest today with adult female. chicks look about 4-5 weeks old with one possibly a bit smaller.i was not certain of the hatch date and cant be sure of when these chicks might fledge, but they will be much later than most others.

07/02/2018 by baygirl
I observed this nest for an hour today, it was very hot and mombrella was doing an incredible job of shading, so much so that I could only confirm 2 chicks but I did think I first saw 3..for now tho the count is 2. the adult male was on the nearby tree for the entire time and did not leave for fish nor did the female call for fish so I must have arrived just following feeding.

06/27/2018 by baygirl
Male at this nest is rt leg banded, most likely same male from last season.

06/17/2018 by baygirl
report of feeding behavior at the nest and female skimming the pond surface to either clean talons or more likely to cool the chick (s)

06/14/2018 by baygirl
5:30 pm, female deep in the nest. rt leg banded male brought a partially eaten fish to the nest rim and waited but the female did not seem interested.male flew off toward the ocean. female remained very deep in the nest. I left and returned about 30 minutes later male was perched in favorite tree to the east and the female flew over toward him, did a quick fly around and went back to nest. she appeared to turn eggs and rocked back down deep in the nest.

05/20/2018 by baygirl
Stopped by the nest site today at 3:30 pm. One osprey was fussing about in the nest and I thought I saw a chick but when I got a closer look I just saw one osprey deep and flat in the nest. A few minutes later an osprey approached carrying a fish, it appeared to be a male. It headed straight for the nest so I assumed it was the mate but as it came within a few feet of the nest the now apparent female that was incubating jumped up, the male dropped the fish outside of the nest and landed briefly on the female who tossed it off her back and the male flew off toward the direction of Rt.1, then the female settled back deep into the nest. The nest is much larger and deeper than in the early photo. No other osprey seen at this visit.

05/09/2018 by baygirl
no data has been entered buy the monitor but I checked the nesting pair today and female was deep in the nest clearly incubating and the male was in the nearby pine tree.

04/11/2018 by SandyC
Closeup of nest.

04/01/2018 by SandyC
This pair had a nest nearby last year that stayed intact even after the tree it was in fell down into the pond. The fledglings (2) were apparently not harmed and left the nest after a few weeks.