Ospreys on shipyard crane welcome first egg of the year

Young ospreys in their nest. Photo by Joe Cox on Unsplash

A pair of well-known ospreys in Richmond welcomed their first egg of the year, the Golden Gate Audubon Society announced Thursday.

The raptor named Rosie laid the egg at 7:12 p.m. Wednesday in the nest her and her mate Richmond inhabit at a shipyard crane in the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park.

The event was captured on the society’s live-stream of the nest.

The Golden Gate Audubon Society is an organization dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife and their natural habitats. It launched the osprey webcam HERE in 2017 to document Rosie and Richmond’s lifestyle and habitat.

Rosie is expected to lay two more eggs in the upcoming week. The eggs will most likely hatch in mid-May.

The osprey population declined in the 1960s and 70s because of the pesticide DDT, which caused their egg shells to break. As environmental laws against DDT strengthened over the years, the ospreys recovered and expanded their habitat to non-traditional nesting grounds such as the Bay Area.

More than 50 osprey nests have been documented along San Francisco Bay, according to the society.

This week’s egg-laying can be viewed on YouTube HERE.

Leave a Reply

The Exedra comments section is an essential part of the site. The goal of our comments policy is to help ensure it is a vibrant yet civil space. To participate, we ask that Exedra commenters please provide a first and last name. Please note that comments expressing congratulations or condolences may be published without full names. (View our full Comments Policy.)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *