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Ospreys Nesting on Richmond Shipyard Crane Welcome First Egg of the Year

RICHMOND (BCN/CBS SF) -- A pair of well-known ospreys in Richmond  welcomed their first egg of the year, the Golden Gate Audubon Society announced Thursday.

The raptor named Rosie laid the egg at 7:12 p.m. Wednesday in the nest her and her mate Richmond inhabit at a shipyard crane in the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park.

SF Bay Ospreys
Osprey Rosie laid her first egg of 2021 at 7:12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3 in Richmond Calif. She and her mate Richmond, spent the past month re-building their nest on the 75-foot-high cabin of a WW2 shipyard crane located in the Rosie the Riveter World War 2 Home Front National Historic Park. (Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Audubon Society)

The event was captured on the society's livestream camera of the nest.

The Golden Gate Audubon Society is an organization dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife and their natural habitats. It launched the San Francisco Bay osprey webcam in 2017 to document Rosie and Richmond's lifestyle and habitat.

Rosie is expected to lay two more eggs in the upcoming week. The eggs will most likely hatch in mid-May.

The osprey population declined in the 1960s and 70s because of the pesticide DDT, which caused their egg shells to break. As environmental laws against DDT strengthened over the years, the ospreys recovered and expanded their habitat to non-traditional nesting grounds such as the Bay Area.

More than 50 osprey nests have been documented along San Francisco Bay, according to the society.

The Golden Gate Audubon Society is also posting video highlights from its crane camera on a YouTube channel set up specifically to document Bay Ospreys Rosie and Richard.

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