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The Seaside Osprey Nest is located in the far Northwest corner of Oregon, in the coastal town of Seaside, just south of Astoria where the mighty Columbia River empties into the Pacific ocean. The Nest is on a tall pole erected in Broadway Park, next to the town's sports complex, near the west bank of the Neawanna Creek. Also close by is an intracoastal waterway, the Necanicum River; and just beyond that, the Pacific Ocean. There is a large and very fertile estuary that connects to both creek and river, where many birds fish daily. With all these sources of food from both salt and fresh waters, it is a rich and comfortable location for these lovely birds.

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Here is a video of the newly erected nest, showing the surrounding area:

                           New Seaside Osprey Nest 2016

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Here is a photo collage of the nest, credit to Zephyr (regular viewer) and credit to Arieanna Keever (April 2023):

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 Seaside Osprey Nest Information Board

The information on this website has been gleaned from Seaside nest watchers, locals and documentation...

The content is true and accurate to the best of our knowledge and ability.

 

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Annual Projection  (Estimations)

 Birds Arrive:  Late March - Early April
 Eggs:  Late April - Early May
 Hatches:  Early June
 Fledges:  Early August
 Migrations:  Early September

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Number of Days:  Eggs to Hatch    36 - 42 avg
Number of Days:  Hatch to Fledge   49 - 56 avg  (around 2 months)
Number of Days:  Hatch to Migration   80 - 90 avg

The vulnerable stage of chick development is approximately the first two weeks, after that they enter the rapid growth phase a further two to three weeks.

The female chicks are generally 15% larger and heavier than the male chicks. so at the end of the growth stage it is easier to guess the gender the chicks, especially if there is a male and female chick.

 

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Over the winter off-season (2022-2023) There were many visitors on this nest:

GREAT HORNED OWL, Just before dawn, very majestic!  Landed and stayed for some time...

JUVENILE GREAT BLUE HERON, stayed for a little while....

YOUNG BALD EAGLE, Once just for a short visit

ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, quick flyaround the nest

GULLS, almost daily landings (either Herring Gulls or California Gulls, we couldn't decide which!)

EUROPEAN STARLINGS, TOWHEE /SPARROWS AND AMERICAN ROBINS, now and then

AMERICAN CROWS, many times more than one. They loved perching on the cam post and vocalizing

CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAYS AND RED SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER (MALE) a few times and a STELLER'S JAY, once!

EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, on a sunny morning after a storm

a couple of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES

Over the winter off-season (2023-2024) Additional visiting species on this nest, not included on above list:

BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK

COOPER'S HAWK

Flock of REDWING BLACKBIRDS, both males and female

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH

OREGON JUNCO

 

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Links:

Seaside Osprey Nest Live Cam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGhKmZ_FsHw 
Gilded Wildlife / Videos
https://www.youtube.com/@gildedwildlife3887
Seaside Osprey Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1111144972806850
Necanicum Watershed Council Webpage https://www.necanicumwatershed.org/
Necanicum Watershed Council Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/necanicumwatershedcouncil

 

RaptorView's Cumulative Map of Osprey tracking

 

Osprey Migration Map 2019

Seaside Tide times: (Necanicum River) https://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Seaside-12th-Avenue-bridge-Necanicum-River-Oregon/tides/latest

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon Fish Species

 

https://myodfw.com/fishing/species

Finfish Species

Marine Sports Fish List

Wildlife Center of North Coast (Astoria / Seaside Aquarium): coastwildlife.org 503-338-0331

       

This area is very fortunate to be served by the above wildlife rescue and rehab agency.... in case of emergency, they can respond swiftly

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OSPREY COMMUNICATION:

Have you ever wondered what they might be 'saying' to each other?, please read this fascinating article on 'Communicative Behavior in Breeding Osprey': Article from The Auk Vol110 October 1993

Watch the videos on Visual Observation Board and Gilded Wildlife channel (link above) and see if you can observe these 'communications'        

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