One For The Birds

Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:08pm

Osprey nest built on top of crane shuts down Washington construction site.

Construction delays happen all the time, but what's holding up a project in Washington, DC is very unusual.

A pair of osprey have constructed a nest atop a crane being used at a $64 million rive rwalk currently under construction.

The nesting osprey are protected under the International Migratory Bird Act.

Disturbing their nest is considered a crime.

That means construction has to be halted.

"There's really nothing we can do," says John Lisle of the DC Department of Transportation. "We're going to stop working in the area where the nest is around that crane until the birds move on and we'll work in other parts of the park."

The osprey will keep the nest until their eggs hatch and their offspring can fend for themselves.

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