On Wednesday afternoon, the birds rebuilt a nest, but on a gantry facing the western span near the Bay Bridge.
“He’s pretty much on the same gantry, but it went from eastbound to westbound and once again found its primary nesting place in front of another traffic camera,” says Tamory Winfield, the public information officer for MDTA.
“I can safely say this wasn't expected from anyone,” Winfield says.
John Sales, MDTA spokesman, says the camera has captured images of the birds attacking the camera, which would cost roughly $6,000 to replace. The cameras help MDTA stay informed about traffic issues and dangers on the roadways.
On Tuesday, the area where the ospreys had been building a nest was examined and a wildlife expert said the platform was a good solution.
Craig Koppie, a raptor biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' Chesapeake Bay field office, said the platform moved them not only from the camera, but to a safer spot entirely. Earlier they were right above the signage for the Route 50 Expressway."We're basically going to entice the osprey pair to move over. Because they are going to see that the new location, the new added structure, provides what they need on a flat surface," says Koppie.
The new spot is only 15 feet away and Koppie says he is confident the spot will be more appealing to the ospreys.
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"That’s something we would not be able to do within a week," Sales says. The cameras are hooked up to wires, which would take time to rework to go to another camera.
MDTA has discussed the option with U.S. Fish and Wildlife as well as Bay Bridge Administrator Gordon Garettson. It may be a solution down the road, Sales says
Can the ospreys be lured to another location?
The option has been discussed, but the location could be difficult to determine.
"It's a matter of, if it's too far away, the bird is unlikely to go to that spot," Sales says.
Who else is working with MDTA?
MDTA has consulted U.S. Fish and Wildlife as well as Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Also, it is coordinating with Bay Bridge Administrator Gordon Garettson.