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‘Osprey cam’ captures Md. birds’ return to nest

Birds are seen on the Maryland Transportation Authority webcam as part of their "Osprey cam" that relaunched on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (Courtesy, MDTA Twitter)

WASHINGTON — Several popular reality stars are flocking to a nearby computer screen.

The Maryland Transportation Authority announced on its Twitter account Tuesday that the “osprey cam” is back, with daily streaming from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The birds will be streamed live from the bridge from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, barring traffic accidents, the MDTA said.

While the streaming started without the feathery tenants during its first day on Tuesday, the birds did show up about halfway through, with the MDTA saying on Twitter, “Look who decided to show up FINALLY.”

The birds can be seen on the osprey cam on the Bay Bridge traffic camera website.

The osprey cam started in 2014. When the “show” first began, the authority made several attempts to remove the nest and force the birds to choose a different spot, but the ospreys quickly rebuilt their nest.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said the bay is home to the most concentrated population of ospreys in the world. Ospreys are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but their nests can be removed from some structures without a permit as long as there are no eggs or birds in the nest.


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