After a long hiatus and frustrating nesting attempts last year, Frederick and Harriet have returned to the Masonville Cove webcam nesting platform. The ospreys, named after Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, by osprey cam followers, are determined birds. In 2016, a pair of Canada geese took over their nest. Although Frederick and Harriet renested at another platform and laid eggs, unusually cold wet weather in May caused them to abandon the nest.
This past March 2017 the goose scenario repeated itself. The osprey pair came back to the platform only to be pushed out by a pair of geese. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed most of the nest material, forcing the geese to move on. We were pleasantly surprised when Frederick and Harriet returned to build their nest. We hope they will raise a family this year and invite you to follow their progress! Thanks to the Maryland Port Administration for funding the Osprey Cam as well as the Maryland Environmental Service, National Aquarium, Living Classrooms, and Patuxent Research Refuge for their support of this project.