Nest #7417

Nickname: Pohatcong Quarry
Nest substrate: Cell Tower
Nest Location Description: Overlooking Baer Aggregates Quarry along the Delaware River
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.6477896564834
Longitude: -75.1864032267837
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
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 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival Nestlings
Nest Occupied No Fledglings
Nest Active   First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/30/2021 by CyclistBarb
11:35 a.m. I realized I could see this tower from a dirt road off of Carpentersville Rd. The road is not posted "private" but is posted "Semi-wild Shooting Range" and along both side the fields were planted. I suspect this is state land. I could actually get reasonably close and with morning light, it is quite visible without having to go all the way to River Rd, notify the quarry, and drive up the steep, washed out tower access road. Unfortunately, I saw no sign of the adults. The nest is flat and doesn't look like it has been built up at all this year. If the nest itself was more substantial, I would have thought that perhaps the chicks had fledged and were off flying around, but his nest looks unused.

07/23/2021 by CyclistBarb
10:45 a.m. I realized I could see the tower from Carpentersville Rd. It is a different view than from the tower access road through the quarry. I saw one adult perched on one of the posts. I spoke to Carol in the quarry office. Last year she was excited about having the osprey at the facility, but this year she says they aren't around. She speculates it is because of the weekly blasting. I don't know what has changed at the quarry...didn't they always blast? I drove up to the viewing spot. The adult was still perched. I couldn't tell if it was the male or the female. The nest looked rather skimpy and there was no sign of any other osprey around.

07/22/2020 by CyclistBarb
12:45 p.m. I checked in with Carol in the office, then drove up the access road to a spot in the shade where I could clearly see the tower. Both chicks have fledged! I immediately see them both fly off as I am setting up, and it is obvious these are not their first flights! One of the adults is flying around and above the tower. The chicks join it. Not long afterwards the female (I believe) flies to the tower and perches on a pillar on the top level. It has something orange which at first I thought was plastic. However, it is strange. It looks almost like a fish but the color is so vivid and unnatural! I suppose it could be a gold fish out of someone's pond....but it almost looks like a plastic fish! The adult takes it in its mouth again and flies off with it! Both chicks are doing small circles around and above the tower and one lands and perches on the tier below the nest (top) tier. I hear vocals the entire time I am there. I think the chicks are pretty excited and maybe ready to eat some of that weird orange fish! It is great to see they have both successfully fledged and are flying strong!

07/09/2020 by CyclistBarb
2:00p.m. From the cell tower access road I see a parent (probably female) perched on a mesh platform above the nest, and a large chick on the nest itself. Not long after I set up, a second large chick sits up and flaps its wing! TWO CHICKS! I am happy to confirm the two because this nest is very difficult to photography because one is looking up from quite far off, and thus you are looking through a lot of wires, pillars, and mechanical parts to the cell tower! Both chicks are wing flapping and don't seem hungry. The parent sat quietly above without moving the entire time I was watching.

06/30/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:30 a.m. Access to this cell tower is by permission of, and through the locked gate of the quarry. It is only available M-F from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. From this road to the tower I found a few spots, high enough, yet far enough away from which I could see the adult on the nest. I did also see movement of one chick, but at this time can only confirm one. The other view point is from a driveway on Oberly Rd, but the tower from that point is very far away! The adult who was sitting on the nest when I first arrived, flew to perch on one of the tower's posts above the nest. I did not see the second adult this time.

06/16/2020 by CyclistBarb
4:00p.m. I drove into the quarry and saw no one around. I took a couple of photos from near the office. I could see one adult on the tower platform, but it was quite far away. I then drove along River Rd north and climbed the hill to Oberly Rd on the east side of the tower. There are large farms there and I drove down a farm road to get a bit closer. One is still very far from this nest. I might try to get permission from the quarry to park there as it is closer. The photo I took at 4:30 from Oberly Rd, while very dark and not in sharp focus, seems to show a pair on the nest so perhaps this pair is nest building.