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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Salisbury's Metropolitan Osprey House

One sure sign of spring on the Lower Shore is the return of the Osprey, from their winter hunting grounds in Central America to the wilds of Delmarva. Folks who live around the water are familiar with these raptors - slightly smaller than an eagle but a bit larger than a seagull, these birds are a joy to watch as they fish on the ponds, rivers and bays of the area.

But, not so joyous for WSCL listeners, these birds also love to nest on the top of our transmitter tower at Salisbury University. Osprey like a nest that's away from trees and with a good view of the surrounding area. The nest itself, on the very top platform of the tower, is not the problem - it's when they rest on one particular horizontal antenna - the one responsible for getting our signal from the WSCL studios back to the transmitter tower in Seaford. When an osprey alights on this antenna, its weight dips the antenna just enough to interrupt the signal, causing a drop-out in our sound. So, occasionally during the spring the music will be interrupted. The duration can be anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes - depending on how long the osprey wants to rest on the antenna!

Osprey are a protected species, even more so when they are nesting, so there's nothing much we can do about it. Except hope that they get off their duffs and go out to the waters to enjoy the great fishing we all know and love as a part of life on Delmarva.



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