Like nature's clockwork, the Chesapeake Bay's favorite ospreys are back

Meredith Newman
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The Chesapeake's favorite osprey are back and ready for their close-up.

They're back and ready for their close-up.

Fresh from wintering in South America, Tom and Audrey have returned and will again be the stars of the Chesapeake Conservancy's 2016 live-streaming webcam. The live-stream will follow the daily lives of this osprey couple and their return to Kent Island.

Ospreys migrate thousands of miles each year to and from Central and South America. They mate for life and typically return to the same spot year after year, despite spending the winter apart. They are also a valuable indicator species when monitoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The animal's diet consists of only fish and they're sensitive to many environmental contaminants, according to the release.

The owners of the property where the camera is located, self-named the "Crazy Osprey Family," reported an aerial battle between two ospreys, though not the pair on the platform. Observers also reported mating behavior on the platform.

The osprey cam will also now allow users to see what's going on in the nest when it's dark. Last year, more than 1 million people viewed the web came, Chesapeake Conservancy President & CEO Joel Dunn said in the release.

Last year's cam revealed a love quarrel between the ospreys. A new osprey, named "Calico Tom" by fans, became Audrey's new mate. The couple laid three eggs that did not hatch, according to the release. But, Tom and Audrey did adopt two foster chicks. Fans named them Maine and Montana.

To watch Tom and Audrey's shenanigans, visit www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/osprey-cam.

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