A couple of ospreys who are stars of a popular webcam have welcomed two new residents to their Kent Island nest.
Tom and Audrey, who became mates this year, had three eggs of their own that did not hatch. So biologists saw an opportunity to split up a large brood nearby, giving the four chicks a better chance of survival.
The biologists placed two foster chicks in Tom and Audrey's nest Wednesday morning, and the ospreys accepted the chicks as their own, according to the Chesapeake Conservancy, which operates the webcam.
"This pair was incredibly determined to hatch and rear young," Craig Koppie, raptor biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office, said in a statement. "I am glad to see that a solution was possible, and it was done in a collaborative manner that was a win for wildlife and our osprey-cam viewing public."
The osprey cam is one of two windows into bird life that the conservancy operates. The other monitors a peregrine falcon nest on the 33rd-story ledge of the Transamerica Tower at 100 Light St. A pair of falcons named Boh and Barb are raising three eyasses there, one of which was recently returned to the nest after being removed for medical care.