Nest #2930

Nickname: Phillips Farm - 055-A-001
Nest substrate: Osprey Nest Platform
Nest Location Description: Holland Twp..
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.570712016
Longitude: -75.1581660152
Followers: None

Past Seasons

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

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
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 Ben Wurst
Adult arrival Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
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 07/11/2020
Egg laying 04/08/2020 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation 04/11/2020 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/21/2020 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

08/23/2020 by CyclistBarb
The dead fledgling is still hanging, but at least the sibling seems to have flown off the nest. All was quiet.

08/12/2020 by CyclistBarb
I went to check again on this nest. I want to retrieve the dead chick when it falls. It was still hanging, and will be there for a long time I fear, without intervention. Even sadder and more worrisome was the sibling which was still sitting on the nest and calling constantly. I can't believe this has continued for the week that has passed. Surely the sibling flew away. Surely the parents have been feeding and caring for their one living off-spring. As I was driving around the field to see if I could confirm without a doubt, that the trapped osprey was the second chick and not one of the adults, I thought I heard a parent calling from the trees. However, there are many ospreys in this area and another nest less than a quarter mile away. It could have been an adult from the other nest. The remaining chick called continuously. I realize the more nests you watch, the more deaths you witness. Nature is harsh and the closer we look, the more difficult things we see. So this one chick joins the 50% of fledglings that don't make it to one year. There will be so many more seen and unseen. I tried to reach out to Marc Phillips to obtain permission to access this nest. This is a huge truck farm and he is so busy in the peak of the season that he told me he is unable to meet with me now. I hope to meet him and obtain permission later on. There are still large wads of monofilament hanging off the nest. I hope before next year's nesting season, we can clean out this nest. I also intend to put up posters to inform and warn fishermen about the risk of leaving plastic and monofilament trash on the river banks.

08/05/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:45 p.m. Yesterday, tropical storm Isaias roared through Central Jersey with wind gusts over 70mph, felling trees, and, I feared, blowing down nests. Today was a nice day so I went out to the Delaware to check on my two eagles' nests (which were fine/undamaged). Since this Phillips Farm nest stands very high and unprotected, unshielded from wind, I decided to also check on it. When I first arrived, even before I set up my scope, I could see one of the chicks on the nest. I was horrified and saddened to find the other chick hanging, dead, by one of its feet, trapped by the monofilament trash that had been brought into the nest. What a horrible death to just hang there trapped, unable to fly back to the nest which was so close. These two chicks were the first to fledge of any in the 26 nests I observed and were strong and competent fliers for almost a month. No doubt they sought to hunker down during the high winds and rain in their nest, where they had been fed and cared for all of their short lives and felt safe. Perhaps the wind blew the tangles around this chick so that when it decided to fly off or was blown off.....terrible! Human trash, especially plastic and monofilament, is such a curse to osprey who are inexplicably attracted by it and tend to "decorate" their nests with it, to the detriment of their off-spring and themselves. I have seen some plastic in this nest, which appeared to be single-use sacks. It wasn't until my last visit, on the 19th, that I photographed the deadly wad of monofilament which was sitting on the nest. My alarm bells did not go off loudly because the chicks were flying! Of course, even adults can get their feet tangled in this stuff. And, even if I had sought to remove it, how? This nest is 40-50 feet high so a very tall boom truck or fire hook and ladder truck would have to be engaged. That would require special permission from Marc Phillips. The entire time I watched, stunned, the sibling called and called, but I did not see either parent. It was such a sad sight at what had become a favorite nest of mine! After seeing this tragedy, I decide to check as many of the other nests as I had time to check to be sure there had been no further losses.

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:00 p.m. When I arrive I see both chicks have fledged, which doesn't surprise me! I had thought they might have even fledged on my last visit 10 days ago. Both fledglings were perched on a transmission tower next to the nest pole. #1 on the top and #2 lower down. After a few minutes #1 flies off the top and I don't see where it goes. However, its sibling remains perched half way down. All at once I hear very rapid, loud vocals from #2 which usually signals the arrival of a parent. Sure enough, a parent lands in the nest. It isn't long before the other parent flies overhead and they both take off toward the river. After a brief time, one of the parents (Mom I believe) brings something small to the nest and starts to eat her catch. The chick doesn't fly immediately to the nest but after a couple minutes it takes off, flies a large circle over and around the nest, and lands in the nest, pushes Mom aside and mantles the prey! Mom then flies to the top of the tower and fledgling #2 eats. This is the way I left the nest area, fledgling eating, Mom perched. #1 never returned for a share while I was there, nor did Dad.

07/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
5:35 p.m. Parent is on the perch above the nest (probably the female). Two big chicks are sitting side by side in the nest. Apparently both are well fed as they sit calmly. I stay for only 20 minutes as it is late. I am pleased to see they are growing and look healthy!

06/30/2020 by CyclistBarb
2:55 p.m. I believe this nest began incubating while the other two nearby were still nest building. Thus the chicks would be a week or so older. When I arrived today, the two chicks were sitting very high in the nest along with a parent. Their feathers looked very well developed. I watched for awhile from the top of the hill, parked on the farm road. After about 15 minutes, I noticed a farm pick up truck was coming toward me, and decided to move down to my usual viewing spot which is closer to the nest, but lower so the view is not as clear into the nest. As I drove closer, I noticed a bird fly off the nest, toward the river and the almost appeared to be one of the chicks! Could we have fledglings? When I set up my scope, the nest appeared empty. I can't confirm flight though because it could have been the adult and the eyases could be lying flattened in the nest to "hide" from my intrusion. I will have to revisit this nest soon to see if these chicks are fledged.

06/16/2020 by CyclistBarb
5:30 p.m. When I arrived, I saw the female standing on the nest and calling loudly and persistently, probably for a fish delivery! After I watched about 5 minutes, the male arrived with the requested "take out menu" and the two began to feed the two chicks. The male also rearranged something large and looked like garbage, not sticks or food! The light was not perfect and the chicks were mostly hidden behind the parents. They seem to be doing well.

06/04/2020 by CyclistBarb
1:45 p.m. The male is on the transmission tower near the nest tower. The female is busy "feeding the bottom of the nest" and soon I can see one little head. She is also eating some of the prey. I can definitely confirm two eyases. This nest is very high, so it is possible one is hiding! I notice in the videos I took, that there are a lot of flying insects around the nest. The female shakes her head to rid herself of the annoyance. I hope these aren't detrimental to the eyases.

05/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:20 a.m. The male is on the nest with the female, but he flies to a tower that is close to the tall nest platform. He stays for about 10 minutes then flies off toward the south, toward the river.

05/21/2020 by CyclistBarb
9:40 a.m. The male returns to the nest with a fish. He seems to be eating the fish on the nest. The female is vocalizing the entire time the male eats. At 9:48 a.m. the female stands and begins to eat. When I left at 10 a.m. the female was still eating, the male was still on the nest. I believe at lest one of the eggs has hatched or at least there is a pip based on the parents both looking down and the fish being delivered.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
8:10a.m. The mate lands on the north side of the nest, then it flaps its wings around the nest for a minute or so, then settles on the north side. The adult which has been sitting on the egg(s), stands and flies off over head, behind my car and perches in a tree along the farm road where it has a good view of the nest and the field.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
8: 10 a.m. There are two trucks that come up the farm road past me, heading out toward the road, and I see that the mate has been perched behind where I am parked, on a tree at the edge of the road. It flushes when the trucks go by, and flies back to the nest.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
7:45 a.m. I can see the top of the head of an incubating adult occasionally when it moves or lifts its head. This is a high, deep nest viewed from the Phillips Farm road.

05/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
7:50 a.m. I haven't been watching long, and before I get my camera set up on the mount, I see the mate fly in. It flies off quickly and heads northeast over the field.

04/22/2020 by CyclistBarb
10:35 a.m. There is an adult in the nest which appears to be incubating. I did not see the mate during the time I watched, but this nest appears to have eggs.

04/12/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:15 p.m. There is one adult sitting on this nest. This is a very high, deep nest. This adult could be incubating. 12:15 p.m. The mate flies in. This appears to be an incubation exchange. The sitting bird stands and flies off. The mate, which has just arrived, arranges some sticks then wiggles down to sit in the nest bowl.

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
I observed this parent-offspring pair for 30 minutes. Neither moved, but the chick called regularly. The last photo is an overview of the post/platform on which the nest is built, and the high tension tower on which the parent is perched. You can just make out the 2 birds as specks in the photo!

08/08/2019 by CyclistBarb
11:05 a.m. I am in the area observing the three NJ nests and one PA nest! Originally, (July 29--the first time I noticed this tower) this large, tall, obviously maintained nest appeared empty. I saw no chicks and no adults. Two days ago, I observed a single chick on this nest and posted photos. Today I observed a single chick calling on the nest and this time I also saw an adult perched on a high tension tower near the nest. I am now thinking that this is, in fact, an active nest with one chick. I have posted photos of the baby and the adult from the north and the south.

08/06/2019 by CyclistBarb
When I observed this tower platform today around 1:30 p.m. a single chick was sitting in the nest. The first photo is taken from the same location that I took the photo on 7/29--a driveway to the south. I then followed another driveway to the north of this platform and was able to get a front view of the chick. Nest #7407 is less than a quarter mile away. I saw only 2 of the 3 fledglings on that nest and wonder if this could possibly be the third?? I guess I would have to see a parent bringing prey to a lone osprey chick on this platform to know for sure whether it was occupied.

07/29/2019 by CyclistBarb
This nest does not appear to be occupied. I observed it from a driveway to the south of the nest location while reporting on a nearby occupied nest in a high tension tower.