Nest #7406

Nickname: Old River Rd - 055-A-002, Holland Township
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Just east of Delaware River, 1 mile S of Riegelsville. Pursleys Ferry on a private farm field.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.5785951017585
Longitude: -75.1923148154526
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by DB
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied   Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes 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 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/15/2020
Egg laying 04/15/2020 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/16/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/25/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/05/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:00pm I am doing very quick checks of as many nests as I can after yesterday's tropical storm Isaias. The severely high winds took down many trees and could have blown nests and chicks down. After the terrible discovery at the Phillips Farm nest nearby, I am relieved to see that this nest is still on the platform and one of the osprey is sitting up on the nest. I first thought it was the adult male, but after reviewing the photos, it could even be one of the fledglings. This bird has a pure white chest. In reviewing all my photos of the two chicks at this nest, neither has the brown "necklace" that is sometimes present on (mostly) females. I assumed that the chicks who were already experienced fliers would be able to find shelter from the severe wind. I have not noticed any dangerous plastic or monofilament trash in this nest in any case, so I assume both chicks are fine.

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:50-12:55 p.m. I did not stay as I plan to return as soon as I check the two nests to the south. As I passed by I saw one adult perched which looked like the male, on the right top, but the nest was empty. Both chicks have fledged and are off somewhere.

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
2-3:00 p.m. When I arrived and parked I saw a man walking his dog. I asked him if he watched the nest regularly and had seen the chicks fledge. He said yes, at least a week ago. I had a hunch and was correct that this was Bill Arrison who had designed and engineered this platform construction and the one before that which was struck by lightning. I had spoken at length to his wife, Kate, last year. The tower was put up 10-11 years ago with the people living in the stone house to the north of the field. They actually own the field. A new couple is now live there, but also are interested in the osprey and in maintaining the tower and the camera. I have listed the fledge date as July 15 because it is half way between 7/9 when I was last here and they had not yet fledged, and today. As we talked, the osprey family put on an interesting show for us! First one of the fledglings flew skillfully to the nest (it has had some days of practice). It was calling loudly and persistently (probably for food delivery from a parent). Soon the fledgling flew to a nearby tree and continued to call. Then Mom flew into the nest which produced loud chick vocals. Finally Dad arrived at the nest and sat there with his mate. The chick continued with its non-stop calling the entire time I was watching. I did not see the second fledgling, but the first flew around the area and landed skillfully. I could have watched the rest of the day, but have a lot more nests to check.

07/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
5:15p.m. Two healthy, big chicks are active on the nest. Parent is on the south perch above. I saw some wing stretches and flaps, but no feeding. I did not stay very long.

06/30/2020 by CyclistBarb
2:30 p.m. The adult (probably the female) was perched on the northern support/perch above the nest. Two big eyases sat in the rain! They appeared to be 5-6 weeks old and healthy! A light rain fell the entire time I watched so the photos are not too clear!

06/16/2020 by CyclistBarb
5:00 p.m. When I arrived, the male was perched on the northern arm of the platform. Mom was on the nest with two beautiful nestlings! This family is doing very well.

06/04/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:25 p.m. The male is on the left perch, the female is on the nest. I saw one little head and probably two. I also see in the video I took, lots of flying insects around the platform. As at Phillips Farm, the female shakes her head to rid herself of these annoying pests. I hope these little ones aren't hurt by so many insects around their heads. Mom preens. I might have seen one of the two little ones doing a crop drop, but it is difficult to tell. Feeding was over by the time I arrived. The two eyases look to be between a week to a week and a half old.

05/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:05 a.m. The male is on the left perch of the platform; the female is sitting down on the platform. I hear lots of vocals. At 10:10 the female flies up to the right perch, but only stays there momentarily before flying back down to the platform. She remains standing and eats. She could also be feeding something too small to see on this platform. If there is not a hatchling yet, it won't be long until they have eyases. At 10:18 she sits back down low and neither adult is very active after that. I watch for about 30 minutes.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
8:45 a.m. The tower looks empty, but I am quite sure there is an adult incubating sitting way back on the east side of the platform. It is cold and windy, there was frost this morning. I believe the adult on the egg(s) is sitting very low to avoid the wind. I catch a glimpse of its head occasionally when it moves or lifts its head to look around. I don't see the mate.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:10 a.m. Both adults have been sitting on the nest for ten minutes. Finally, the adult which brought in grasses stands and flies off again. This is not an exchange. The same adult remains on the egg(s). The mate flies to the south end of the field and perches in a tree in the hedge row at the edge of the field.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
8:55 a.m. The incubating adult stands and rolls the egg(s). 9:00 a.m. The mate flies in with a huge talon full of grasses for the nest lining. It then sits down beside the mate and I can see this second adult better because it is closer to where I am parked on Old River Rd.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:18 a.m. I see what looks like an osprey flying above the nest area. I look and see the perched mate take off, soar above the nest, and disappear to the northeast, apparently chasing off a third osprey intruder? I also look in my scope and see that the incubating adult hasn't moved.

04/22/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:00 a.m. One adult is incubating. I notice after 10 minutes that the mate is soaring high above the nest. The mate never makes an appearance at the nest while I am watching.

04/12/2020 by CyclistBarb
The male perches on the left side while the female remains on the right. After a few minutes, the male flies off and soars in circles above the nest, over the river, toward the south, then back past the nest to the north. I don't see where he lands.

04/12/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:45a.m. The female (so it appears from her "necklace"), is on the perch. The male, then, flies in with a bunch of grass in his talons. He then works diligently on the nest, arranging sticks. He is sometimes almost out of site as he is back away from my viewing spot along Old River Rd.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
10:00 a.m. Kate Arrison tells me that her husband installed a camera on this nest which is not working right now! I am quite sure this camera is not linked to the internet and probably only has a film loop, although perhaps they have a pick-up at their home. I will inquire more carefully in the future.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
At about 9:00 a.m. the adult flew off the perch, toward the river. The one chick continued to eat whatever prey had been left on the platform and calling intermittently. After observing three birds on 8/6, two of which were definitely chicks, I wanted to arrive early and stay long enough to assess the family dynamic at this nest tower.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
10:00 a.m. One of the babies flies off toward the river. I can't tell if it is one that earlier flew in, or if it is the third, the one I have not seen fly. Thus I still can't positively confirm that all three have fledged.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
At 9:20 a.m. a second chick flies in and lands on the perch where the adult had been sitting. The sibling continued to eat, and both were calling loudly. Both are very vocal. After a couple minutes the chick on the perch hops down next to its sibling, and eyes the prey! Vocals continue

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
8:00a.m. It was quite foggy this morning, but had mostly cleared when I arrived at the nest tower. I parked on Old River Rd. I saw one chick sitting on the nest platform, and an adult on the perch. The chick was eating something in the nest.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
9:45 a.m. A third chick flew into the nest and landed on the perch. This confirms there are three off spring at this nest this year. Through my scope I can clearly see 3 sets of red eyes. I have not seen the tower empty so I am reporting 2 fledglings. I suspect the third is capable of flying also.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
A lady walking her dog passes, and sees my equipment. She asks how many chicks are in the nest and I tell her. She said she thought there were only 2 this year, but I tell her I can definitely see that all three on the tower now have red eyes. It turns out this is Kate Arrison, whose husband has installed this tower (twice...once after a lightning strike 3 years ago took out the first tower) and has watched this nest (for 10 years). They live just north of the field where the nest tower is.

08/06/2019 by CyclistBarb
When I arrived at 12:30 p.m. across from the platform on Old River Rd, there were three osprey on the platform, one on the perch and two in the nest. One of the two on the nest was eating prey. The second bird on the nest flew away before I could get good photos of it. I believe it was a fledgling, and I reported three but there is a slight possibility that it was an adult. I will try to observe early a.m. and confirm the number of nestlings. I stayed for quite awhile watching the two remaining birds. Both were nestlings. I do not know if either has fledged yet. The one who was eating, continued to do so while the one on the perch called constantly for its own fish delivery. Finally, the one on the perch flew into the nest and continued to call while its sibling monopolized the fish meal in the nest.