Thu April 24, 2014
Moving The Ospreys From Their Traffic Camera Perch
SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say they're considering building a nesting platform for ospreys who insist on building and rebuilding nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted Wednesday that it is consulting with engineers about a platform after removing nests over Route 50 three times. Authority spokesman John Sales says officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.
Sales says the camera has caught the birds attacking the camera, which could cost $6,000 to replace. A nesting platform would be built nearby, but in a spot that's safer for the birds and any future chicks.