This morning, the female osprey on the nest became entangled in a plastic bag around her neck. We monitored the situation closely and consulted biologists with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and Conserve Wildlife Foundation about possible responses. A benefit of the nest camera is that we were aware of the problem and able to monitor it. Fortunately, after several hours, the female left the nest while the male incubated, and was able to free herself without intervention. She is back to incubating her eggs.
Marine debris is a serious issue with consequences for wildlife. Please do your part and make sure that you are not responsible for any loss of debris to the your surroundings and if you see any, please recover it and dispose of it properly.
The good news is – we now have 3 eggs!