Va. osprey cam shows egg laid; more could be coming

WASHINGTON — Just days after the launch of a live 24/7 high-definition web camera meant to follow a nesting pair of ospreys in Richmond, at least one egg has been spotted in the nest.

The RVA Osprey Camera went live Tuesday and the egg was spotted Friday., one of the sponsors of the camera, said another egg could appear as soon as Saturday.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology said that female ospreys usually lay two to four eggs one to three days apart.

The RVA Osprey Camera sits on a piling in the middle of the James River between the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge and the Manchester Bridge, and is described on its website as a project “years in the making.”

Setting it up involved climbing a 40-foot granite pillar between the two bridges and carrying up heavy equipment including solar panels and batteries.

The camera has a 30X zoom and can pan 360 degrees, so sometimes it’s moved to give viewers a different look around.

The camera’s website includes a “live chat” function where viewers can ask Richmond Outside camera operators questions about the birds.

Watch the RVA Osprey Cam below:

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Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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