Officials troubled by persistent osprey that built nest in front of Bay Bridge traffic camera

Maryland transportation and environmental officials are troubled by a pair of osprey who have built their home right in front of a traffic monitoring camera on the Bay Bridge.

Every time officials move the camera, the raptors attack the camera.

The birds return to their summer home on The Bay every year after flying back from South America. They mate for life and the first thing they do is establish a nest.

With the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the Maryland Transportation Authority moved the nest Friday, but the persistent couple came back yesterday and again Tuesday.

“They are probably a young pair because they are just starting to build their nest now and they seem a little inexperienced,” Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, said. “They are charismatic wild creatures, two-feet-tall with a six-foot wing span.”

The Fish and Wildlife service said it is OK to disturb a nest if there is no eggs or chicks in it. With the nest over top of the traffic lane where the new chick may fall into traffic, Dunn said a move might be in the best interest of this Osprey couple.

“I don't think it's an ideal site. So finding an alternative site is probable preferable for this particular pair,” he said.

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