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Eagles Nest & Highway Good Samaritans

Edited on March 06, 2012: At a seminar on birding, a local bird expert said it was likely this was an osprey nest. Today, I was tweeting with Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; sent them a picture; and they confirmed it is an osprey nest.

I found an eagle’s nest and yes, I was in search of one.

I’m pretty sure there’s an eagle or two that lazily drifts in the afternoon sky near my home. For 2 or 3 years, I saw an eagles’ nest on the electrical poles adjacent to the Amtrak train line nearby. It’s been gone for awhile. But I keep my eyes open hoping to find one again.

This weekend, driving down Rt 40, I saw this one! It’s adjacent to the CSX train tracks, just south/west of the Riverside office area.

Now, I thought nothing of pulling over and walking along the shoulder of the highway to try to get an awesome picture. A woman driving by, thinking my car broke down and I was getting out to walk somewhere for help, offered assistance. I explained what I was doing, walked back to my car, and pulled down a few feet. Another driver, seeing that, thought I was out of gas, and offered assistance. Again I explained my nature fascination. When a police car pulled over, that’s when I thought I should end my photo session. It was unexpected, but I definitely appreciated all the good samaritans!

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  1. Talk about a roadside teaching moment.
    Pairs are beginning to lay eggs in our region. I hope you see some activity.

    January 16, 2012
  2. Martha, Thank you! I’ll be on the lookout. It’s not a regular stop but I’ll make sure to go by every so often.

    January 16, 2012
  3. Loved your story on stopping and all the assistance, made me chuckle and think how I’m always worried someone, especially an officer will try and stop to help me. 🙂 Glad you did get assistance on ID’ing your nest, I was just catching up on Lisa’s FOBNWR tweets and jumped to your blog. I photograph & blog about an osprey nest a couple hundred feet from my third floor condo around Kent Narrows area in Maryland and love it. Looking forward to your posts!

    March 13, 2012
  4. Donna, thank you! I’m looking forward to exchanging stories about our osprey nests 🙂

    March 13, 2012

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