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UPDATE Two parent household w/Osprey Cam and baby!

Ospreys nesting on platforms off the Margate bridge causeway set an excellent example of co-parenting.

UPDATE Two parent household w/Osprey Cam and baby!

UPDATE: Blog reader John writes of some other awesome Osprey residents of the shore, the ones with the very cool Osprey camera trained on their nest, courtesy of the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor. "My wife and I have become quite addicted," John writes, "first baby was born a few days ago."

Here is the link for the Osprey cam, it's sensational.

http://wetlandsinstitute.org/education/osprey-camera/

 

Here's my original photo taken off the Margate causeway. I'll be watching for a sign of the chicks, who should be feathering during this month and checking out their surroundings later in the summer.

 

Moving on from Tuesday's catfight with Rhea Hughes, (as Angelo Cataldi referred to it this morning), in which Rhea dubiously d efended her right to ride her bicycle against traffic down the shore with her son in a bike seat, we turn our attention to another pressing family matter, the Ospreys of Margate. I love watching the ospreys nesting on platforms just off the Margate causeway. A decade ago, the Ospreys were endangered and a rare sight. But platform building and other measures by the state Department of Environment Protection has led to a dramatic rebound, and nowhere is this more evident than on your way into or out of Margate. This year, it has struck me how many times I've passed these platforms and seen both adult ospreys hanging on the nest. Seems like the mom and dad are quite content to be raising their families every year on these wetlands near Margate, and really, who wouldn't be?

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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