Often called the "osprey garden," the Chesapeake Bay has the most concentrated population of osprey in the world! Every spring, these quintessential Chesapeake birds travel thousands of miles to return to the same nests, where they reunite with their mate, breed, and fish for menhaden.
In 2016, a young osprey couple called this nest their home and even produced some eggs. Unfortunately, those eggs were consumed by a crow when left unattended.
As you can imagine, CBF staff and supporters were eagerly awaiting the osprey return the following year. However, before the osprey could lay claim to their nest, a pair of resident population Canada Geese took possession and in early April 2017 mother goose laid six eggs. Roughly a month later, the six goslings followed their parents in taking the 35-foot plunge off the osprey platform to the ground. A few minutes later, the family took their first swim together in the waters of Black Walnut Creek.
This year we again had geese and on May 5th the goslings departed the nest with their parents and headed for the waters of Black Walnut Creek.
After the geese departed a pair of osprey moved in and hatched a chick of their own on July 2, 2018. Take a look at a video snapshot from July of mama osprey feeding the baby a hearty meal of menhaden and one more recently in August when the chick took her first flight from the nest.
Please remember that this is no Disney film! Nature can be a cruel place, but it is our policy not to interfere with anything that goes on in the nest. We also will use our discretion to turn off the cameras at any time should we choose.
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Big thanks to BGE for helping us build this osprey platform and install a web cam so that osprey lovers like you might enjoy it. BGE also asks that their customers help them protect ospreys and continue safe and reliable delivery of electricity by letting them know of nests on or near utility equipment by emailing email@example.com. A trained crew will be dispatched to shield the birds from equipment or relocate the nest.
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