A camera shot from spring 2016 of an osprey with her egg.
Hello osprey...and geese fans! Welcome to our nest cam. This penthouse overlooking our Merrill Center headquarters and the beautiful Bay was waiting for ospreys to take up residence. Instead we got geese this year!
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. Often called the "osprey garden," the Chesapeake Bay has the most concentrated population of osprey in the world!
Last year, 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 this year. However, before the osprey could lay claim to their nest, a pair of resident population Canada Geese took possession of the nest. On Wednesday, April 5th, mother goose laid three eggs.
Keep your eyes on the cam below for an intimate look into the daily lives of these geese. 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.
Interested in learning more about osprey that call the Chesapeake region home - perhaps, just not this nest this year? Listen in to our podcast, read stories, watch our osprey tagging video, visit our osprey tracking map to watch them migrate, or check out our critter cam map showing many the cams around our region!
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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.
2017 Goose Cam Update
The geese have left the nest! Less than 24 hours after hatching in the nest, six goslings followed their parents to the ground. All survived the 35-foot plunge off an osprey platform on the Bay side of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters in Annapolis. A few minutes later, the family took their first plunge together in the waters of Black Walnut Creek.
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