Nest #7663

Nickname: Silo with Tower - 045-A-002
Nest substrate: Farm silo with conveyer motor housing on top.
Nest Location Description: Farm silo behind an abandoned or seldom used cement plant off Edison Rd.
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: New Jersey Osprey Project
Latitude: 40.712605
Longitude: -75.06255
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2022 2021 2020 2019

Activity reports

2019 Nest Activity Report by ENSP Osprey
Adult arrival Nestlings 3
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 3
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/30/2019
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
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure
2021 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
Nest Activity Report by CyclistBarb
Adult arrival 04/23/2022 Nestlings
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging
Egg laying 10/22/0005 Chicks last observed
Incubation initiation Nest failure
Clutch hatching Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

05/10/2022 by CyclistBarb
3:15 p.m. An adult was on the nest, sitting low. As I watched it seemed to stand and roll eggs then sit back down low again. This would be a real come-back after last year and having their 2020 nest completely removed! I will see if I can see this nest better from Good Springs Rd and/or get closer by going on the ISE Farms property which is apparently a huge producer of chickens and eggs. The silo is apparently on their property.

04/23/2022 by CyclistBarb
11:40 a.m. In less than 20 days, this pair has built up a nest on the motor housing. When I arrived, I saw an adult flying toward the nest area carrying a stick. There was already a bird on the nest, then there were two. It will be interesting to see if they have eggs this season.

04/04/2022 by CyclistBarb
12:40 p.m. This silo is closer to Edison Rd than I recall. When there is no corn or high crop in the field, I can see the nest area without having to trespass in the old cement works driveway! I didn't see any birds other than very small ones (starlings?). It appears the nesting material has been completely cleared off. This nest produced 2 fledglings in 2020, but was inactive in 2021.

07/23/2021 by CyclistBarb
9:30 a.m. Once again I see no ospreys present at this location and the nest remains collapsed and abandoned. Last year this nest had 2 chicks! At this time last year the chicks were self-feeding but had not yet fledged.

07/05/2021 by CyclistBarb
Unfortunately, I did not get to this nest at all in July so it has been a month since I observed (May 1). It appears that this nest is not being used this season. It has all collapsed to the lower level. I didn't see much evidence of adults at this site earlier, and what is left of nest material appears to be old--from last season.

05/01/2021 by CyclistBarb
4:30-4:45 The nest is not nearly as substantial as last year, but today there appears to be an adult on top of the housing where the nest was last year. This adult could be in the incubation position. I zoomed way in and cropped to show just the back of the adult. A lot of nesting material has fallen onto the level below the top which supports the nest. There is also a large mylar or plastic "streamer" trailing off the corner of the tower. It is possible this adult is just nest building, or just present at the nest. I did not see any signs of the mate. It is possible they haven't yet laid eggs, but that should happen soon if the nest is to succeed. Last year two fledglings were raised in the nest on top, but then the nest looked to be much more substantial.

07/19/2020 by CyclistBarb
4:50p.m. The parent (Mom) was standing on the nest, in front of the two big chicks who appeared to be self-feeding. At 5:00 p.m. the adult flew off, but by this time, the chicks were finished eating and both were sitting down low in the nest, facing me. There was no further activity so they must have had a lot to eat. I didn't see any wing flapping, they were just sitting/lying in the nest. I view this nest from far away, but it would appear that these chicks are about the same age as others in this immediate area, and I expect they will take their first flights soon.

06/28/2020 by CyclistBarb
2:40 p.m. I drive down the road marked "Posted". Again, the area seems completely abandoned! A female is sitting high on the nest while the male is circling high overhead. I am surprised and excited to see, clearly, two large chicks! They look to me to be at least 4 weeks old! That would mean hatching took place around the end of May and incubation sometime near the last week of April. This would correspond to the nests I am watching between Riegelsville and Milford, NJ.

06/13/2020 by CyclistBarb
11:10 a.m. Driving south on Edison Rd, I spot the conical metal silo and the two communication towers. They are very far away and difficult to see even with a spotting scope! I wonder how to get into the farm associated with the silo. After an underpass, I discover a large area of land that was once some sort of industrial site...a concrete factory? There are some large concrete structures now covered with weeds. There is also a building with a business, but as it is Sunday, I don't try to see if it is occupied. There is a posted road just south of the underpass which I drive into and follow back to an area that appears to be half abandoned semi tractors, and a huge amount of bailed hay in storage! I will have to investigate this area and seek permission to spot from here as this seems to be the closest I can get to the tower. I do see an adult on the south tower sitting on a nest. It is windy so the photos are not in clear focus. I do not see the mate.