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Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 3.78'
Flow: 1590 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond

  • Very warm today with highs in the mid 80's. The trails are in really good shape in the area. Everything is open.

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 2:42am
Low Tide: 9:42am

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Osprey Cam Goes Dark For 2017

Well, folks, it was a fun ride. The first season of the RVAOspreyCam is now in the books. Our adults returned in March, mated, and laid three eggs (two of …

By Andy Thompson | August 9, 2017 | Posted In: Birding

‘Fledge Watch 2017’ is on for RVA’s Peregrine Falcons

Just because the action is winding down at the RVA Osprey Cam, doesn’t mean there’s no bird cam action in Richmond right now. In fact, over at the Department of …

By Andy Thompson | June 28, 2017 | Posted In: Birding

Final Osprey Fledges, but RVA Osprey Cam Action Isn’t Over Yet

It’s a bittersweet time over at the RVA Osprey Cam. If you haven’t checked in on Maggie and Walker recently (those are the adult ospreys), you missed their two chicks …

By Andy Thompson | June 27, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

Richmond, meet ‘Maggie’ and ‘Walker’!

If you missed the news, on Sunday at Dominion Riverrock our RVA Osprey Cam partners the Friends of the James River Park announced the names for the adult ospreys. After …

By Andy Thompson | May 23, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

Voting is Open: Help Us Name Our Ospreys

Last week we solicited name pairs for our osprey parents at the RVA Osprey Cam (click here to find out why we’re naming the adults, not the chicks). Well, now …

By Andy Thompson | May 10, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

It’s Time to Name Our Ospreys!

It was an eventful weekend for viewers of the RVA Osprey Cam. On the high side, we watched the parents dutifully dote on their first two chicks, bringing shad and …

By Andy Thompson | May 1, 2017 | Posted In: Birding

Amid Cold, Rain, RVA Osprey Family Welcomes New Life

Yesterday morning, viewers at the RVAOspreyCam were treated to an amazing moment. At 7:45 a.m., the mother osprey stood up and walked to the edge of the nest. The day …

By Andy Thompson | April 25, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

#Hatchwatch Enters Day 3

It’s a gorgeous morning in RVA as we await the emergence of baby osprey No. 1 from its egg. The weather looks like it will turn nasty over the weekend …

By Andy Thompson | April 21, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

Big Day at the RVAOspreyCam!

It’s been a crazy few days in RVA Osprey World. Last Thursday our internet signal started to degrade due to interference from other signals near our ethernet bridge on a …

By Andy Thompson | April 19, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

Much to See, Do at Appomattox Riverfest

On Saturday, April 29th the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River will stage the 3rd annual Appomattox RiverFest (with co-sponsor Fort Lee). This day long family event is great for nature lovers, birders, …

By Andy Thompson | April 13, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, Environment, Fishing, Greenways, Paddling, Upcoming Events

Downtown RVA Ospreys Now Sitting on Three Eggs!

Richmond’s favorite pair of ospreys (featured at isn’t slowing down. Every couple of days it seems, there’s something to report. Last Thursday the female laid a third egg. Given …

By Andy Thompson | March 27, 2017 | Posted In: Birding, James River

Voting for Green Spaces in Henrico

In the Op/Ed section of Tuesday’s Times-Dispatch, Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill clues us in to something all Henrico voters should keep an eye out for in the ballot …

By Andy Thompson | November 2, 2016 | Posted In: Birding, Environment, Fishing, Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Bald Eagles Take Up Annual Richmond Residence

Editor’s note: Chris Johnson is a local photographer with a passion for wildlife. He’s written and shown off his work in this space before. We hope to have a semi-regular series …

By Chris Johnson | February 4, 2016 | Posted In: Birding, James River

The Purple Martins of Bryan Park

July 4th has come and gone. We’ve celebrated our independence from Britain by grilling, drinking, and shooting off fireworks, but did you know there are still colonies in the world? …

By Nick Kotula | July 21, 2015 | Posted In: Birding, Features

No Rookery Doesn’t Mean No Heron Action in RVA

Here are a few things that you should know about me before reading this: When I put together the words “Richmond” and “outside”, I immediately think of the James River. …

By Nick Kotula | June 4, 2015 | Posted In: Birding, Features, James River

Richmond’s Ospreys Feast on Shad Run

We’ve featured a lot of amazing bald eagle photos here over the past few weeks, as Richmond’s two nesting pairs — one on Williams Island near Pony Pasture, the other …

By Andy Thompson | April 28, 2015 | Posted In: Birding, James River

RVA Eagles and the Circle of Life

This one is too amazing not to share. What an incredible reminder of the struggle for life that plays out all around us while we go about our daily routine. …

By Andy Thompson | April 22, 2015 | Posted In: Birding, James River

Photo update: RVA bald eagles of every age

It’s been a while since our last bald eagle update. The good news is that our resident eagle stalker/photog extraordinaire, Chris Johnson, has been keeping tabs on Richmond’s population of …

By Andy Thompson | April 14, 2015 | Posted In: Birding

Incredible Shot of RVA Bald Eagle Chick

Here’s a pic I haven’t seen anywhere else. If you follow this site, you’re aware of the work of local photographer Chris Johnson. He’s all over Instagram as vintage_rva. This …

By Andy Thompson | March 27, 2015 | Posted In: Birding

Photos: RVA Bald Eagles From Above

Local photographer Chris Johnson is as adept with the camera on his drone as he is with the one in his hand. Here are some shots taken from above the …

By Andy Thompson | March 24, 2015 | Posted In: Birding, James River