Auspicious Arrival

    

Shipyard-crane ospreys’ first egg

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 7:12pm 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.

The event was captured on the society’s osprey webcam.

The Golden Gate Audubon Society is an organization dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife and their natural habitats. It launched the 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.

This week’s egg-laying can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/cFn4iZNgmks.

Pedestrian Killed on 580

A person walking in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 580 in Oakland was struck and killed by a vehicle late Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers responded to a 10:11pm report of someone walking on the highway near the High Street off-ramp. The pedestrian was struck by a car minutes later.

Authorities closed the eastbound lanes and diverted traffic to the High Street off-ramp. All lanes were reopened by 11:57pm.

No further information was available about the pedestrian or the crash.

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