Officials build platform nest for ospreys blocking Bay Bridge traffic cameras
STEVENSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - A small flock of ospreys who had previously made their home in a nest blocking Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic cameras now have a new home, courtesy of the Maryland Department of Transportation Administration.
To encourage the birds not to sit in front of the traffic cameras anymore, the MDTA built a special nest on a platform on top of the traffic pole next to the cameras.
The platform nest debuted around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Previously, the birds built two different nests in front of the camera facing the eastern span of the bridge, which officials took down. Then, they built a nest facing the western span.
Finally, officials came up with the idea of the special platform so the birds would still feel welcome - just not block the cameras.
John Sales, MDTA spokesman, told WTOP the cameras captured images of the birds attacking the cameras, which would cost roughly $6,000 each to replace.
Ospreys, like all migratory birds, 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, according to WTOP.
Every Monday through Thursday from 12 to 12:15 p.m., the MDTA will pan over to a shot of the new nest, and temporarily become the "Osprey Cam."