For several years, a pair has nested atop a light pole at Walt Whitman Middle School’s softball field. The students have named the birds “Walt” and “Whitney,” reports Lindsey Miller, administrative assistant to Dr. Craig Herring, the principal.
A pair that for many years has nested on a platform at the Belle Haven Marina on the Potomac River returned last week and have substantial work to do to reconstruct their nest, it appears. Traditionally, ospreys built their nests in trees, but many today choose manmade structures like light poles, platforms, channel markers, barges and waterfowl blinds.
Some mistake ospreys for bald eagles. Adult bald eagles have a white head and tail. Ospreys have a white head, but they also have a brown stripe through the eye. Bald eagles have a wingspan of over 85 inches; ospreys, around 70 inches. Bald eagles are now raising their young.