Ospreys on the Magothy

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature as Art

Along the Magothy River on the Chesapeake Bay, the Osprey have flourished in numbers. An evening cruise on the upper river passed by nests on nearly every channel marker along the way.

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Their teenagers were tucked in for the evening, some enjoying their supper. A curious one sat up and wiggled his head back and forth in query to my passing.

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Mom and dad sat vigilant on the nests, glad to rest from a full day’s of fishing. Feeding teenagers is no easy task.

About thirty years ago, the Osprey population was having a difficult time to reproduce due to thin egg shells. It was discovered that DDT was the culprit, and the chemical was banned from use in the United States in the early 1970’s.

Since that time the population is now growing strong. Wintering in places from Florida to South America, these birds return to the Chesapeake Bay…

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