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Osprey Nest On Crane Stops Work On D.C. Park Bridge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ospreys that built a nest on a construction crane have stopped work on a bridge along Washington’s Anacostia Riverwalk.

National Park Service and District of Columbia transportation officials say the crane won’t be used until the ospreys have abandoned the nest for the season. A female osprey appears to be incubating eggs, which takes about 35 days. After that, young osprey take about 45 days to learn to fly.

The crane was for a bridge to carry a trail over railroad tracks on the east bank of the Anacostia River.

The trail is part of a $10 billion effort to revitalize the river and will eventually connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia Park and the river.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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