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Video: Osprey make love nest on whirley crane at Port of Richmond

By Chris Treadway
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 8:44 pm in Richmond.

An osprey sits on its nest on top of the whirley crane by the SS Red Oak Victory in the Port of Richmond on April 3, 2012. The crane has been a nesting spot for the past three years.

The large whirley crane hasn’t seen any use since it was installed six years ago near the SS Red Oak Victory as a reminder of the great machines that moved material at the World War II Kaiser shipyards.
Any use by humans, that is.
For the past three springs, the top of the crane has been used as a nesting place by a pair of mating osprey and we were lucky enough to catch them in this video returning to their roost.
According to volunteers at the Red Oak, the pair should be around awhile longer, for those who want to go have a look.
The historic ship ( is located at 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond and is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  • Steve Gilford

    Your amazing footage should quiet those who didn’t quite believe there was an osprey nest on the crane.

  • Shelly

    This is so interesting. We have had a pair show up near our home for the pas 3 – 5 years. It could be this couple because there is always one or two that follow. They are wonderful to watch.