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Kent Island osprey nest attacked by crow

Rachael Pacella
Contact Reporterrpacella@capgaznews.com

Two eggs in the nest of famous Kent Island osprey couple Tom and Audrey were destroyed this weekend after a crow attack.

On Saturday a crow attacked the nest while it was unattended, according to Chesapeake Conservancy spokeswoman Jody Couser. That attack destroyed two out of three eggs, which Audrey laid in the nest this April.

The viability of the remaining egg is in question, Couser said, as there was a second crow attack Sunday. She said the conservancy is hopeful the remaining egg is still fine. They will know if it can still hatch in a couple weeks.

A live video of the osprey couple's nest can be watched anywhere in the world, through a partnership between the Chesapeake Conservancy, explore.org, and the owners of the pole and platform on which the osprey nest each year. The anonymous "Crazy Osprey Family" also runs a blog detailing the ospreys' lives.

According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the American crow is a frequent nest predator. Crows eat the eggs and nestlings of many bird species, according to the lab's website.

In 2015 the osprey couple fostered two osprey chicks from Poplar Island after laying three eggs of their own, which did not hatch. Couser said the conservancy is open to doing so again this year if needed.

A live stream of the nest can be found at chesapeakeconservancy.org.

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