Welcome Home, Chesapeake Bay Osprey
My post of March 5th, “Watching For Osprey” discussed the impending return of the Osprey to the Chesapeake Bay area.
Osprey are returning! For me, March 12th was my first sighting of an Osprey. I saw it from my balcony across the creek on the utility tower. This tower was one of Bella and Beau’s perches (our community’s Osprey pair from last season).
Hmmmmmm….could this be Beau? Sorry, too soon to tell!
Osprey on utility tower
March 13th we passed through the Grasonville area (sighting of the Snowy Owl in my last post, no sighting again). There on Rt. 50 in Grasonville I saw my second Osprey on the Exit 44A sign as we started exiting for a planned fuel stop (Wawa station) just before the Osprey & its nest.
Perfect because that Wawa gas station provides very easy viewing and photo-taking opportunities of this nest and family. This has been an active Osprey nest for many years, and I’ve posted on in years’ past when I previously lived in this area.
The first photo I shot yesterday below gives you a view of this nest atop a pole which is directly in the center of a three-lane dual highway. Heavy traffic zooms pass this Osprey nest daily throughout the Osprey season (summer traffic is crazy-heavy). And yet they have prevailed here year after year. Amazing!
(sooooo terrible photo, don’t know why I took only one and assumed I focused…for shame…)
Osprey nest left, in the center of a heavily-traveled three-lane dual highway (poor shot)
Highway that gets quite heavy with traffic
(taken with my cell phone when getting back onto Rt. 50)
The Osprey that has returned on Rt. 50 Grasonville, MD (photo 3/13/19)
Passing over Kent Island, MD, today, I saw another Osprey gliding over Rt. 50 near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge; and then a little later another one flying over Rt. 50 just north of Easton, MD.
The Chesapeake Bay Osprey are returning, and they are right on schedule.
Welcome home, Osprey!