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Nest Location Description:
Restricted access area. In tall pine on northern bank of Intracoastal Waterway (Elizabeth River Southern Branch) at The Preserve on the Elizabeth, and not far from Bells Mill Park. Thanks to the kind folks at CFM, the HOA Board here, and HOA Board member Steve Arrendale in particular, for alerting me to the nest and its location.
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There is a nest around here somewhere, I believe. Observed 2 Ospreys here this a.m. and spent time observing one feed on a fish it had just caught. It doesn't appear the pair is using last year's tree nest, which appears to be empty.
No sign of anything on the nest. I'm not sure what's happened here. Nest failure? An Osprey--probably not one of the 'resident' Ospreys--flew by and I captured it. See 2nd & 3rd flight photos. I am unable to arrange photos in order taken.
Spent time there this am. Didn't see any activity in nest. Observed 4 Ospreys in vicinity, yet quite high up in the air--and vocalizing.
The female was on the rim the entire time I was there (one hour this am). The male didn't visit, but I could hear him from time to time. Hatchlings in nest?
It appears the female is still incubating. At times both male and female were on the nest. Fair amount of vocalizing.
Female on nest and still incubating (I assume). Male visited, then hung out nearby on a tree. While observing this nest I noticed another nest on a channel marker (about 1/4 mi. upriver).
Finally. An Osprey nest in a living tree! Thanks to everyone at The Preserve on the ELizabeth. One female hunkered down and sitting on eggs in a huge nest. I was never able to see more than the top of the female's head. The male visited once. The female started vocalizing loudly and I knew the male would be approaching soon. And approach he certainly did. Was able to squeeze off one shot of the male in flight. Not one of my better shots.