May 19th, 3:50 p.m.: Unfortunately, our osprey couple didn't get an opportunity to care for their "new" eggs. While the nest was empty a crow, maybe the same crow as last time, entered the nest and consumed the eggs.
May 19th: Biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service heard about the loss of our eggs. And, as luck would have it, they may have some osprey eggs in need of a home! To determine whether our couple have the potential to be "adoptive parents," they asked that we place some chicken eggs (store bought), speckled to look like osprey eggs, in the nest and watch to see if they would start caring for them. So, join us to see if they do!
May 16th: Over the course of the previous week, activity around the nest was high with several other birds challenging the nesting mother and eggs. On the morning of Friday, May 13th, the eggs were left unattended while mother and father were defending themselves. In that short period of time, a crow entered the nest and consumed the eggs. We are saddened for the loss but understand that this is all part of observing nature in the wild.
Hello osprey fans! Welcome to our inaugural nest cam. This newly built penthouse overlooking our Merrill Center headquarters and the beautiful Bay has attracted a young osprey couple to take up residence.
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!
Keep your eyes on the cam above for an intimate look into the daily lives of these extraordinary birds. 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.