Nest #7823

Nickname: Route 31 Com Tower
Nest substrate: Utility Pole
Nest Location Description: This nest is located on a communications tower behind the Annandale Hose Company #1 on Route 31 southbound in Lebanon NJ 08833.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.5987877482662
Longitude: -74.8747361717194
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2020

Activity reports

2020 Nest Activity Report by lindarap
Adult arrival 04/23/2020 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 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/12/2020
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
After picking up my car from the Subaru dealer, I headed north to check on this nest. I found it empty. The single chick has fledged. I estimate that it did so on August 12, halfway between Aug. 5, when I last saw it on the nest alone, and today, when it is obviously off flying somewhere.

08/05/2020 by CyclistBarb
2:45-3:00 p.m. 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 exposed nests and chicks down. In any case, I assume fledglings that are experienced fliers, would have been able to find shelter and protection from the high winds. This single chick is a bit behind some others in this area. I am pleased to find it safely sitting on the nest when I arrive. The nest doesn't look as though it suffered much. I don't stay long, but while I watch, this chick is inactive and quiet. I don't see either parent.

07/22/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:00 a.m. I parked at the Country Square Plaza on Payne Rd and could clearly see the adult female and one large chick, both facing to the north. There is little activity and I hear no vocals. I haven't seen the male nor a fish delivery very often at this nest. It is clear now that there is only one chick. I have heard the size of the clutch can be determined by the available fish. This nest is at least 3 miles from Round Valley Reservoir and at least 1 mile from the South Branch of the Raritan River. Perhaps that has influenced the number of chicks. Will have to watch in years to come. This chick, while growing and looking healthy, seems to be a bit younger than the chicks I watch along the Delaware River. At 9:30 a.m. Mom does start to call...I assume calling her mate for more fish. She is looking around and calling a lot now. 9:45 a.m. I left and headed north on route 31 stopping at an office building parking lot just a bit north of the nest for a different view. I can see the chick and the adult from there pretty well, but have to look through the structures of the tower and look up more than from the small strip mall on Payne Rd. Still, it is a different angle and can provide more views if they are at that side of the nest.

07/14/2020 by CyclistBarb
7:10 a.m. I arrived at my observation post in the small plaza. The adult (probably female) was perched on a pillar. One chick was sitting up tall and during the time that I watched, this growing chick preened, pooped, picked at the bottom of the nest, stretched its wings and moved/rearranged some of the nest sticks. It was quite active and moved around quite a lot. I only saw the one and I doubt there could be a second that remained hidden with all the activity and movement in the nest. At 7:25, the chick lay down and Mom hopped down to the rim of the nest. By 8:10 a.m. neither had moved so I left.

07/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
6:25 p.m. At the end of a long afternoon of checking nests, I decide to detour past this nest tower. A parent is on the nest, but I see no other activity. It is late, the chick must be down resting and already fed.

07/07/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:20 a.m. The sun is still not out when I arrive so the photos are not clear until later. However, through my scope I can watch the female and one chick. After 20 minutes, "Mom" is calling continuously, perhaps for food. The one chick is getting big, sitting up tall and preening. I don't see two! I am doubting my notes from 6/30! I reviewed the video and what I thought was two heads might have been a head and a wing tip. I will keep watch to see if a second chick appears. It seems that for as long as I watched this morning, (more than an hour), and clearly only saw one on the nest with the female, that probably there aren't two after all. I changed the Activity Report back to 1 for now.

06/30/2020 by CyclistBarb
8:15 a.m. After trying to watch this nest from the shoulder of route 31 northbound, I discovered a strip mall (Country Square Plaza) on Payne Rd, just west of route 31 with a good view of the nest. The adult pair was on the nest, arranging sticks and sitting. Not long after I began watching with my spotting scope and camera on fixed brackets, the male flew off. Soon I see movement and two little heads. One of the chicks helps Mom with her stick arranging. My photo which is way zoomed, in poor light, and thus not very sharp, shows only one chick. The video I took seems to show two. I watched for quite awhile. The female flew to a post over-looking the nest at around 10 a.m. The chicks were down and inactive after that so I left.