Osprey spotted around Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT >> A police officer spotted these osprey around the city and took their photos.

The birds are migrating north again to breed.

Osprey are seen on Poland Street, at Pleasure Beach and in Seaside Park, the officer said.

More and more osprey are being tracked as they live, nest and reproduce in Connecticut.

The state saw record numbers of osprey nesting in 2016, with 337 active nests and 490 fledglings.

Osprey are fish-eaters, 21-25 inches long, with a wingspan of 54-72 inches. They have rebounded since 1969 when DDT exposure almost knocked out the population.

• The Connecticut Audubon Society seeks to monitor shorebirds, including piping plovers.

Training for volunteers will be held 10:30 a.m.-noon March 4 at Connecticut Audubon Society Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Drive. Snow date is March 5.

RSVP: twaterbirds@gmail.com. Info: www.ctaudubon.org.