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Ask The Times: Are ospreys on bridge new? Hard to say
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Is the new Osprey nest on Boling Bridge built by the same birds that have been there every year on an older nest? It’s unusual for the same bird to build another nest, and I believe it’s unusual for other ospreys to nest close by. What’s going on here?

“It is unknown whether these are the same individuals that nested here in previous years,” said David Hedeen, ecology section manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation. “Although osprey are often monogamous, this is not always the case. If one or both individuals are ‘new’ birds at this location, they may be more likely to construct a new nest.”

While it “may be unusual,” Hedeen said it happens sometimes.

“In some areas, pairs of osprey construct nests very close to one another,” Hedeen said. “For example, on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, active nests have been observed within approximately 10 yards of each other.”

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