Md. installs nesting platform for osprey

SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials have installed a nesting platform for a persistent osprey who built nests that blocked traffic cameras by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman Tamory Winfield says crews installed a platform Thursday near the camera where the bird most recently tried to nest. He says the platform is secured over the shoulder of Route 50, not the roadway, to make it safer for any future chicks.

Officials got U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permission to remove the nest last week since it didn't contain eggs or young birds. But Winfield says after the third removal, officials decided to lure the bird to another spot.

People can check the osprey's progress for 15 minutes at noon Mondays through Thursdays when a camera is turned toward the platform.

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