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The nest is located atop a chimney in a huge house in Bay Head, NJ off of Egbert Street. I first observed it at the end of last season, and recently saw activity from across Barnegat Bay in Bay Head Shores, Point Pleasant NJ. I reported the male has a silver band on one leg, and appears to have a red band on the other
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I've been seeing activity from across the bay lately. Today I went to see if there were any hatchlings. I didn't see any but Lovey was sitting off to the side of the nest, and she took a short flight around the nest. Thurston aka 71C brought her a fish. Perhaps tomorrow.
As I approached the nest in the early morning, I couldn't see anyone. When I got closer I saw a head peeking out - those eyes! I stayed for a bit but didn't see anyone return with breakfast.
I just got to the bay when I heard the alarm. An osprey was hovering over the bay for a good minute or longer with its catch , screaming. I looked around, saw nothing except an osprey on Thurston's and Lovey's nest. It flew across the water to join the osprey atop their nest. Then another two ospreys appeared, the male wearing a silver band. The female was not only beautiful but huge. They flew to the south. Interesting -
As I sat at the bay beach across from the Bay Head nest, I saw Thurston visiting my side to collect more seaweed. He did this on May 13th and 14th.
returned from Florida a week ago, observed activity from my bay beach. One of the pair remained on the nest while the other gathered seaweed for the nest. Before I went to FL I saw scaffolding on the chimney. I contacted BW and the outcome is the homeowners decided to let the nest be for this season.
Thanks to Ken Ostrom, the red band identifies Thurston as 71C, banded by Ben Wurst in 2015 as a nestling! I also observed that Lovey has a federal band but I can't make out the numbers yet. As of today, there are no eggs. I did see Thurston flying off, probably for lunch
The first day I say them this year on the chimney nest was April 6; I noticed them last year at the very end of the season. It's a difficult nest to observe because it's across the bay, and the street where it's located is VERY PRIVATE. But I will do my best. Yesterday both Thurston and Lovey were gathering nest materials from my side of the bay. When I uploaded the photos on my laptop, that's when I saw Thurston had a silver band on one leg and what appears to be a red band on the other!
I just got clearer photos of the bands on the nest. She is housekeeping the nest.