June Nest Activity Report

Greetings 2020 Monitors,

The nest activity report for the month of June has been completed (please see link below).  This data would not be available if not for the time you spend each week to observe and submit your data – Many Thanks!

June 2020 Nest Activity

Thank you also for submitting your observations in a timely manner – it certainly helps us create this report for everyone to see when the information is still fresh.

Unfortunately the number of nests with an “Unknown” status is extremely high at 93.  Despite the wonderful efforts of several of you to help “fill in the gaps” we still have many nests across the state that are unaccounted for.  If you have not yet submitted your data for these nests, please do so as soon as possible!  And if anyone is able to visit and submit observations on any of these nests, even as “just passing through”, that would be greatly appreciated!

Following is a summary of the Activity through the end of June.  If you have comments or questions please send them to rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com

June Nest Activity

  • Total nests in database: 344
  • Historic nests: 22 (Not monitored)
  • No Nest Found: 22 (May be designated “Historic” next season)
  • Unknown Nests: 93
  • Housekeeping: 2
  • Not Active Nests: 43 (No breeding behavior observed)
  • Active Nests: 51  (Breeding behavior observed)
  • Successful Nests: 109
  • Nestlings Observed: 201

Thank you again for all of your hard work. The data in this list will be updated and presented again in early August, so be sure to enter your observations prior to August  5th.

See you on the trails,

Jon, Jess and Gary

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June Observation Data Due by July 4th

Important Reminder: Please ensure all of your June observation data is entered by July 4th!

Jon will be working on the June data summary and hopes to have it available by the 9th. But in order to do so, we need to ensure we have all of the data for June on each nest.

Thank you all so much, and wishing you a safe, happy, and osprey-filled holiday weekend!  -Jess

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May Nest Activity Data

May Nest Activity Summary

I am pleased to report that we finally have the nest activity report for the month of May. I know the data will seem a bit outdated given all the fledglings capturing our attention! But when viewed in conjunction with previous, and following months, the data from May gives us a solid picture of the type of activity in each nest.

The hard work of all the monitors, Gary and Jess has resulted in the following figures.

· Total nests in database: 342

· Historic nests: 31

· No Nest Found: 27 (May be designated “Historic” next season)

· Active Nests: 180

· Not Active Nests: 26

· Unknown Nests: 78 (These have been highlighted in yellow. If you have the time, observations on these nests would be very helpful in determining the health of the Osprey population in RI (and parts of MA).

Thank you again for all of your hard work. The data in this list will be updated and presented again in early July, so be sure to enter your observations prior to July 7th. If you see any errors or omissions in the data please send a note to us at rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com.

See you on the trails,


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Observations For June Due

With July fast approaching, please be sure that all your observations for the month of June have been entered.   I will be reviewing all the observations for the month and updating the Monthly Nest Activity Report by July 9th.  So please enter those observations  by the 7th.

Thank you, Jon




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How to Report Fledglings

Hi Everyone- I hope you are all doing well. Now that we are starting to see the first signs of the chicks fledging, I’ve received a question about how and when to report fledglings in the Observation form. Hopefully these guidelines will help!

You’ll know you have fledglings when you see that the nestlings now have their flight feathers (with tell-tale speckled wings) and they are able to make short flights out of the nest. If you Google “osprey fledgling”, you can see some photos to get an idea of what they will look like! Ideally you will see them leave the nest, or they may actually be perched outside of the nest, or make short hopping flights around it.

When you see the fledglings, you can start reporting the nest status as “Successful”, and begin including the count of fledglings when you fill out the form. You’ll see there is one question for the number of nestlings visible, and another for the number of fledglings visible- they will each be counted separately, either as one or the other, not both.

It is possible that some of the young are more developed than others, so if you believe there are some that could be considered fledglings and others that should still be considered nestlings, then you can split the count between the two categories (i.e., if there are 3 young in the nest but only one is able to leave the nest, then you’d enter 2 for visible nestlings and 1 for visible fledgling, and the nest status would be “Successful”).

Please do feel free to reach out with any questions, and wishing you happy osprey-watching!  -Jess

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Duplicate Entries in Observation Data file

Hi Everyone! Just a head’s up about a potential issue you may encounter when entering your data. One of our monitors reached out to let us know that they were seeing duplicates of their submitted data in the Observation Data file. I took a look and noticed that there were duplicates on a number of dates from several other monitors as well.

It appears to be an issue with how some mobile phones are handling Google forms. Apparently when a user passes from their mobile internet to Wi-Fi, when they re-open their browser, it is sending their form response again. Google is aware of this and is working on it. There is a workaround for now. If you happen to notice that your entries are being duplicated as well, you can try this:

When you fill out the observation form and reach the end, where it says “Thank you” and there is a link to submit another response, click on that link (even if you don’t have another response to record right then). This should prevent your browser from re-sending your response again later.

I will keep an eye out for duplicates and delete if I find them. It isn’t really an issue for us, data-wise, but it does make the Observation Data file unnecessarily long, if the same entries are appearing more than once!

Thank you all so much!  -Jess

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Observations Due This Friday

Hi Monitors!
Many thanks to all of you who have been monitoring and posting through the month of May.
In order to determine how every nest is doing across the state (and into Mass.) everyone’s observations from May should be entered into the system by this Friday, June 5th.
As you all know, this is an important time for Osprey and monitors. While the Osprey are raising their chicks, we are watching and counting…. while the canopy slowly closes our viewing windows!
Thank you so much for your dedication, and please stay in touch! Keep those great photos coming as well!
Jon & Jess
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Link to May Nest List


Hello Monitors,

In the previous post we shared some highlights from your observations over the past month.   If you are interested in seeing the entire “big” picture, there is a link to the May 2020 Osprey Nest List in the Informational Resources section of this page.

We also shared some definitions of terms that everyone should look through so that we are all on the same page!

Thank you again for supporting the program – we could not do it without all of you!

J, J & G




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May Nest List & Definitions

Warwick, May 2019 Photo by Claire G.

Hello Monitors!

Thank you all for a great first couple of months. We know it has been a bit crazy with the new system, forms and such, but here we are knee-deep in another season! Following is a status report of your hard work through May 9th.

While reviewing all of the observations, including field notes, we noticed that some of the terms are not being used on a consistent basis. In order to capture accurate data that can be compared across previous decades of observations, we all need to be using the same definitions for what we observe in the field.

Please review the following definitions. If you are confused, please send us an email. It is very important that our collective reporting is consistent.

· No Nest = There is no structure or nest at the location

· Historic Nest = A nest that has not been Active in a few years. There may, or may not, be a nest or structure. (So far this season, three nests previously labeled as Historic have shown activity!) The label of “Historic” is determined at the end of each year.

· Breeding Activity = One of more of the following: Nest building, copulation, incubation, male providing food to nest and leaving, female feeding chicks, nestlings, fledglings

· Not Active = No Breeding Activity (see above) was observed. Osprey may have been present at or near the nest, however no breeding activity was witnessed during the observation period.

· Active = One or more elements of Breeding Activity (see above) was observed. In this program the term “Active” does not mean Osprey were present at the nest. Some element of Breeding Activity must have been observed to call the nest “Active”. This can seem a little counter-intuitive.

· Unknown = You could not figure out what you were observing. Please use this term sparingly and explain in the notes box.

· Successful = Fledglings (not nestlings) were observed in the nest. One or more nestlings in a nest may not live to become a fledgling. Fledglings have flight feathers and their wing muscles are developed enough to make them capable of flight. Fledglings may still rely on their parents for food.

· Number of Fledglings = The number of fledglings actually observed in the nest. This figure may vary from observation to observation.

Through your hard work there are 334 nests in the database. While a total of 212 nests have been classified as either Active, Not Active or having No Nest, there are still 89 nests that have not been reported upon. These nests have been highlighted in yellow. It would be great if you could look at the highlighted nests and try to report on one or two of them.

· Total nests in database:334

· Historic nests (Grey): 38 (3 of which are now Active)

· Needing observation / monitor (Yellow): 89

· Active Nests: 124

· Not Active Nests: 56

· No Nests: 32

· Unknown Nests: 6

Thank you again for all of your hard work. The data in this list will be updated and presented again in early June. If you see any errors or omissions please send a note to us at rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com.

See you on the trails,

Jon, Jess and Gary

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Updates to Nest List, Map, and Submit Data

Greetings Monitors!
I hope you are doing well and have been enjoying all of the activities and antics of the osprey! Many of the nests are now incubating eggs, so we should be seeing chicks in about a month or so! And we have quite a number of new nests that you all have discovered this year, which is fantastic news! Jon has been hard at work updating the nest list in response to your requests for changes, additions, etc. I have included a link to the latest list below. And Gary has in turn been visiting many of the nests throughout the state, confirming the new nests and getting the nest map on our website updated to show the correct latitude and longitude data. Based on this, I have now also updated the Submit Data form, so you will see a number of new nests listed and also that some of the nests have been swapped into a more appropriate location listing. If you have any questions or run into any issues/can’t find a nest, please do reach out to me at rhodeislandosprey@gmail.com. Thank you all so much for all of your work in keeping the observations and nest list accurate and up-to-date!
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