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RVAOspreyCam.com is back…and so are the birds!

Andy Thompson

March 5, 2018 4:11pm

If it feels like spring is somewhere around the corner, well, Richmond’s most famous raptor pair agrees with you. Remember Maggie and Walker, the osprey couple showcased for the first time last year at RVAOspreyCam.com? How could you forget, right? Well, they’re back from their sojourn in South America, ready to mate, nest and raise young on that same bridge piling in downtown Richmond again.

One of the peregrine falcons in a nest box on the James River Bridge in Newport News. Credit: Wildstreaming.com

And the osprey cam is back, as well, with some sweet upgrades. This year we’ve added audio, so you can hear the birds’ vocalizations, and infrared for nighttime viewing. It’s going to be a lot of fun again, and it’s all thanks to the Friends of the James River Park, whose support continues to make this effort a reality

But, wait, there’s more!

Bryan Watts at the Center for Conservation Biology invited us to put up a peregrine falcon cam on the James River Bridge linking Newport News to Isle of Wight County. Last year there were less than 30 nesting pairs of peregrine falcons in Virginia. You can follow both cams — the falcons and the ospreys side by side at WildStreaming.com

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?